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Amazon Rain Forests Burn as Warplanes Dump Water, Military Steps In

Amazon Rain Forests Burn as Warplanes Dump Water, Military Steps In

The Brazilian rain forests are now getting aid from the military as warplanes are dumping water to control forests. A video was posted by the Defense Ministry on Saturday, according to an article from Reuters, AFP/Jiji attributed to Brasilia, and Biarritz, France, these warplanes are dumping thousands of liters of water on raging fires on the order of President Jair Bolsonaro. He had authorised military operations in seven states to combat said fires. French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday said the G7 was nearing a deal to provide “technical and finance help” to countries affected by Amazon fires. Nearly 80,000 fires have been registered across Brazil through August 24. This is the highest number of fires reported in the Amazon since 2003.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday pledged 10 million sterling or $12.3 million to help restore rainforests that have been destroyed. The Amazon is the largest tropical rainforest in the world and is vital to the fight against climate change. Some are now saying that support from the international community and from the Brazilian government is welcomed but is viewed as too little too late. Brazilian climate scientist Carlos Nobre now believes that 20 to 25 percent of the ecosystem could be destroyed and the Amazon could reach a tipping point, and this could cause a period of dieback. This is when the forest converts to savannah. 

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