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    A man works in a burning tract of Amazon jungle as it is being cleared by loggers and farmers in Iranduba, Amazonas state, Brazil August 20, 2019.

    EU Foreign Policy Chief Says Bloc Can Offer Expertise to Help Combat Amazon Forest Fires

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini said Friday that the European Union was ready to provide consultations to its partners in the Amazon basin to help them combat forest fires that have emblazoned the region's rain forest for the last three weeks.

    ​Earlier on Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron called on world leaders ahead of the G7 summit in France to prioritize the putting out of the wildfires destroying the Amazon.

    Similarly, on Thursday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed concern over the fires, saying that amid a global climate crisis, the world could not afford to lose its major source of oxygen and biodiversity.

    An aerial view of a deforested plot of the Amazon near Humaita, Amazonas State, Brazil August 22, 2019
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    An aerial view of a deforested plot of the Amazon near Humaita, Amazonas State, Brazil August 22, 2019

    The wildfires in the Amazon rain forest have drawn international attention. According to satellite data provided by the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research, this year, the wildfire area increased by 82 per cent compared to 2018. Experts from across the world are warning of grave consequences of the fires.

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