G7 pledges 22 million USD to help fight Amazon fires

The G7 has agreed to spend 20 million euros (22 million USD) to send fire-fighting aircraft to tackle the huge fires engulfing many parts of the world's biggest rainforest, France's President Emmanuel Macron and Chile's President Sebastian Pinera announced Monday.

The G7 � Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States � have also agreed to support a medium-term reforestation plan which will be unveiled at the UN in September. Macron declared the situation in the Amazon region an international crisis and made it one of the G7 summit's priorities. He has threatened to block a huge new trade deal between the EU and Latin America unless Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, a climate change sceptic, takes serious steps to protect the forest from logging and mining.

Source: VOV5