French President Emmanuel Macron is calling on world leaders to place the massive fires destroying Brazil’s Amazon rainforest at the top of their agenda as they gather in France’s southwest for the Group of Seven summit. France is hosting the summit in the city of Biarritz, on the Atlantic coast, which begins on Saturday. An estimated 2,500 active fires in the Amazon have caused international concern, prompting a backlash against Brazil’s right-wing president, Jair Bolsonaro, who has described measures to protect the rainforest as “obstacles” to economic growth.
By Scott Neuman. NPR News. August 23, 2019.