Brazil deploys warplanes to dump water on Amazon fires after G7 involvement

Amazon fires

This post was last updated on September 12th, 2019 at 01:40 pm

The Amazon forest, also known as the “lungs of Earth”, after seeing a record number of fire this year, is now being calmed down by the Brazilian warplanes that are dumping water to save the world’s largest tropical rainforest.

The Brazilian government came into action after leaders of Group of Seven (G7) nations, presently meeting in France, cited the ongoing fire as a grave concern for the earth’s climate. President Jair Bolsonaro immediately gave a green signal to military operations across seven states to overcome the surging fires in the Amazon.

During the summit, French President Emmanuel Macron said the G7 is about to close a deal, which will provide “technical and financial assistance” to nations under the impact of Amazon fires.

Almost 80,000 fires were recorded across Brazil through August 24, which is believed to be the highest since 2013, the space research agency, INPE, stated.

Bolsonaro declared that the military is now in action after weeks of criticism globally, accusing the Brazil’s government of being ignorant towards the forest fires.

He also announced on Twitter that “He had accepted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s offer of a plane and specialized support for the firefighting operations, after a call between the two leaders.”

In a media briefing on August 24, the Defense Ministry claimed that 44,000 troops had been deployed in Brazil’s northern Amazon region.

Being the world’s largest tropical rainforest, Amazon is considered as vital in order to deal with the climate change due to the huge amounts of carbon dioxide absorbed by the trees. The forest contributed to 20% of the Earth’s oxygen, and is home to over one million indigenous people belonging to 500 tribes. It also has three million species of flora and fauna, including jaguars, sloths, toucans, river dolphins, howler monkeys, giant otters, and insects.

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