Aug 26, 2019

Amazon fires: Leonardo DiCaprio gives $5m for rainforest

Leonardo DiCaprio's environmental organisation is putting $5m towards helping the Amazon rainforest after the recent surge in fires there. Earth Alliance will give the money to local groups and indigenous communities as they work to protect the Amazon. The National Institute for Space Research in Brazil says there have been more than 72,000 fires in the Amazon rainforest this year. A statement on the Earth Alliance website says: "The destruction of the Amazon rainforest is rapidly releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, destroying an ecosystem that absorbs millions of tonnes of carbon emissions every year and is one of the planet's best defences against the climate crisis." UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Britain would provide £10m to protect the Amazon rainforest.

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