New satellite images published by the European Space Agency show an increase in air pollution in the Brazilian Amazon as fires burned in the region last month.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has said his son, a congressman and foreign minister are in the United States to discuss possible US aid for Brazil amid devastating fires in the Amazon region.
Brazil has banned most legal fires for land-clearing for 60 days in an attempt to stop the burning that has devastated parts of the Amazon.
Brazil’s president has said he has accepted four planes from Chile to help fight Amazon fires, and he accused the French president of portraying himself as “the one and only person” concerned about the environment.
Lingering smoke in the Amazon is causing concern among Brazilians who say that respiratory problems – particularly among children and the elderly – have increased as fires in the region rage.
Fires across the Brazilian Amazon have sparked an international outcry for preservation of the world’s largest rainforest.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has said he will only accept an offer of international aid to fight Amazon fires if French leader Emmanuel Macron retracts comments that he finds offensive.
Leaders of the Group of Seven nations have said they are preparing to help Brazil battle fires burning across the Amazon region and repair the damage as tens of thousands of soldiers got ready to join the fight against blazes that have caused global alarm.
Boris Johnson has promised £10 million to help protect the Amazon rainforest and called on world leaders to step up efforts to save endangered species.
Boris Johnson said he is “horrified” by the devastation in the Amazon, but warned against using the destruction of the rainforest to block trade deals.
Brazilian troops backed by military aircraft on Saturday prepared to deploy in the Amazon to fight fires that have swept the region and prompted anti-government protests as well as an international outcry.