G7 leaders vow to help fight Amazon wildfires

International leaders gathering at the G7 summit are close to a deal to help fight fires in the Amazon rainforest.

French President Emmanuel Macron said the world’s richest nations would provide ‘technical and financial help to Brazil so that we can help them in the most effective way possible’.

Leaders from the US, Britain, Japan, Germany, France, Italy and Canada are set to finalise the deal at meeting in the French resort of Biarritz on Monday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her country would talk to Brazil about reforestation in the Amazon once fires there have been put out.

She told reporters: ‘Of course this is Brazilian territory but we have a question here of the rainforests that is really a global question.

‘The lung of our whole Earth is affected, and so we must find common solutions.’

Boris Johnson has promised £10 million to help protect the Amazon rainforest and called on world leaders to step up their efforts.

He said British funding for the South American rainforest would be made available immediately to protect and restore the habitat, including in areas affected by the current fires.

Pope Francis also added his voice to the chorus of concern over the fires in Brazil, which borders his homeland of Argentina.

He urged Christians to pray so that ‘they are controlled as quickly as possible.’

He told a crowd at the Vatican that ‘we are all worried’ about the Amazon fires.

He warned that that the ‘lung of forest is vital for our planet.’

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