Amazon rainforest fires are an international crisis

The Amazon rainforest is burning at a fast rate. French President Emmanuel Macron called the record number of fires an “international crisis”. He said urgent action is needed and the fires should be top of the agenda at the G7 summit of world leaders. He tweeted about how serious the fires are. He wrote: “Our house is burning. Literally. The Amazon rain forest – the lungs which produce 20% of our planet’s oxygen – is on fire. It is an international crisis.” Germany’s leader called the fires an “acute emergency”. She said they were “shocking” and threatened Brazil and the whole world. The UK leader called the fires “heartbreaking”. He said: “We stand ready to provide whatever help we can to bring them under control and help protect one of Earth’s greatest wonders.” The UN Secretary-General said: “We cannot afford more damage to a major source of oxygen and biodiversity. The Amazon must be protected.”

El líder de Alemania calificó los incendios como una “emergencia aguda”. Ella dijo que eran “impactantes” y amenazaron a Brasil y al mundo entero. El líder del Reino Unido calificó los incendios como “desgarradores”. Él dijo: “Estamos listos para proporcionar cualquier ayuda que podamos para ponerlos bajo control y ayudar a proteger una de las mayores maravillas de la Tierra”. El Secretario General de la ONU dijo: “No podemos permitirnos más daños a una fuente importante de oxígeno y biodiversidad. El Amazonas debe estar protegido”.

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  3. urgent action
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  5. the G7 summit
  6. Our house is
  7. 20% of our planet’s
  8. It is an international
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  2. of world leaders
  3. crisis
  4. of fires
  5. oxygen
  6. of the agenda
  7. a fast rate
  8. is needed

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  1. they were “shocking” and threatened
  2. the whole
  3. provide whatever help
  4. bring them under
  5. protect one of Earth’s greatest
  6. We cannot afford
  7. a major source of oxygen
  8. The Amazon must
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  3. be protected
  4. wonders
  5. and biodiversity
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The Amazon rainforest (1) ___________________ a fast rate. French President Emmanuel Macron called (2) ___________________ of fires an “international crisis”. He said urgent action is needed and the fires should (3) ___________________ the agenda at the G7 summit of world leaders. He tweeted about (4) ___________________ fires are. He wrote: “Our house is burning. Literally. The Amazon rain forest – (5) ___________________ produce 20% of our planet’s oxygen – (6) ___________________. It is an international crisis.”

Germany’s leader (7) ___________________ an “acute emergency”. She (8) ___________________ “shocking” and threatened Brazil and (9) ___________________. The UK leader called the fires “heartbreaking”. He said: “We stand ready to provide whatever help we can to bring (10) ___________________ and help (11) ___________________ Earth’s greatest wonders.” The UN Secretary-General said: “We cannot afford more damage to a (12) ___________________ oxygen and biodiversity. The Amazon must be protected.”

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eUKleadercalledthefires”heartbreaking”.Hesaid:”Westandreadytop
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oneofEarth’sgreatestwonders.”TheUNSecretary-Generalsaid:”We
cannotaffordmoredamagetoamajorsourceofoxygenandbiodiversity
.TheAmazonmustbeprotected.”

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