Heat and smoke from the fires raging through the Amazon forest in Bolivia are responsible for the deaths of many animals, including armadillos, Bolivian veterinarians and officials say. Approximately 8,300 square kilometers (3,800 square miles) have been impacted by the fires near Bolivia’s border with Paraguay and Brazil.
Bolivian President Evo Morales said on Sunday, August 25, he was open to international aid to fight the blazes that have engulfed rural villages and doubled in size since Thursday.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says his country will accept aid from G-7 countries to battle wildfires in the Amazon rainforest only if French President Emmanuel Macron retracts what Bolsonaro considers offensive remarks.
Bolsonaro told reporters Tuesday Macron accused him of being a liar, adding that Macron has to retract his comments “and from there we can talk.”
Macron has questioned Bolsonaro’s honesty and commitment to protecting the environment. Macron threatened last week to block a free trade deal between Latin America and the European Union unless Bolsonaro, a climate change skeptic, took serious steps to fight the Amazon fires. Bolsonaro’s conditional acceptance of the aid comes one day after he rejected the money, declaring the funds could be better used in Europe.