Brazil Slams, Rejects G7 Aid Offer As Amazon Fires Rage

"BRASÍLIA - Brazil on Monday rejected aid from G7 countries to fight wildfires in the Amazon, with a top official telling French President Emmanuel Macron to take care of 'his home and his colonies.'

Nearly 80,000 forest fires have broken out in Brazil since the beginning of the year -- just over half of them in the massive Amazon basin that regulates part of Earth's carbon cycle and climate.

G7 countries made the $20 million aid offer to fight the blazes at the Biarritz summit hosted by Macron, who insisted they should be discussed as a top priority.

"We appreciate (the offer), but maybe those resources are more relevant to reforest Europe," Onyx Lorenzoni, chief of staff to President Jair Bolsonaro, told the G1 news website."

AFP had the story August 27, 2019.


"Amazon Rainforest Fires: Brazil To Reject $20M Pledged by G7" (Guardian)

"Rain Will Not Extinguish Amazon Fires For Weeks, Weather Experts Say" (Reuters)

Source: AFP, 08/27/2019