Sep 7, 2019

Amazon fires: Seven countries sign forest protection pact

Seven South American countries have agreed measures to protect the Amazon river basin, amid global concern over massive fires in the world's largest tropical forest. More than 80,000 fires have broken out in the Amazon rainforest this year. Bolivia has also seen fires rage across the forest near its borders with Brazil and Paraguay. Brazil's leading meat export industry group and agricultural businesses have joined an environmental campaign calling for an end to deforestation in public lands in the Amazon and demanding government action. Several international retailers have said they are suspending purchases of Brazilian leather because of the links between cattle ranching and the fires devastating parts of the Amazon rainforest.

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