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Comp of fires in Amazon rainforest, Brazil

Brazilian soldiers are still dealing with wildfires despite a ban on burning forests (Picture: AP)

Farmers are still burning swathes of land in the Amazon rainforest, despite Brazil announcing a ban on fires for land clearing.

More than 80,000 wildfires have broken out in the country this year, an increase of more than 84 per cent on last year.

President Jair Bolsonaro has come under fire over his fixation on developing the Brazils economy – even at the expense of the countrys protected rainforests.

Last month he shrugged off the fires as part of the time of year when farmers clear their land.

The right-wing climate change skeptic also tried to blame NGOs and environmentalists for setting them off them to make him look bad.

But he since appears to have given way to international pressure after Brazil enacted a 60 day ban on using forest fires to free up land in the Amazon.

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Despite this, recent pictures show the worlds lungs are still being ravaged by flames.

A tract of the Amazon jungle burning is seen in Apui, Amazonas state, Brazil September 3, 2019. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly

Fires are still raging in Brazil despite efforts of soldiers and emergency services (Picture: Reuters)

A Brazilian soldier takes a quick rest before resuming to fight fires at the Nova Fronteira region in Novo Progresso, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro sent the military to help extinguish some fires. Last week, he passed a decree banning most fires for land-clearing for a period of 60 days, although he later limited the ban to the Amazon. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

A Brazilian soldier takes a quick rest before resuming to fight fires at the Nova Fronteira region in Novo Progresso, Brazil on Tuesday, September 3 (Picture: AP)

Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) fire brigade members attempt to control hot points during a fire in Apui, Amazonas state, Brazil September 3, 2019. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

A government ban on starting forest fires in Brazil appears to have fallen on deaf ears (Picture: Reuters)

A Brazilian soldier puts out fires at the Nova Fronteira region in Novo Progresso, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro sent the military to help extinguish some fires. Last week, he passed a decree banning most fires for land-clearing for a period of 60 days, although he later limited the ban to the Amazon. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

The world has looked on in horror as the worlds lungs go up in smoke (Picture: AP)

Brazilian soldier refill their water bags as they ready to fight fires at the Nova Fronteira region in Novo Progresso, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro sent the military to help extinguish some fires. Last week, he passed a decree banning most fires for land-clearing for a period of 60 days, although he later limited the ban to the Amazon. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Soldiers refill their water bags as they ready to fight fires at the Nova Fronteira region (Picture: AP)

Brazilian soldiers put out fires at the Nova Fronteira region in Novo Progresso, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro sent the military to help extinguish some fires. Last week, he passed a decree banning most fires for land-clearing for a period of 60 days, although he later limited the ban to the Amazon. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Troops and emergency services are still out in force, despite the governments decree (Picture: AP)

A Brazilian soldier fights fires at the Nova Fronteira region in Novo Progresso, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro sent the military to help extinguish some fires. Last week, he passed a decree banning most fires for land-clearing for a period of 60 days, although he later limited the ban to the Amazon. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

President Jair Bolsonaro has come under fire for his stance on economic expansion (Picture: AP)

Fire consume brush at the Nova Fronteira region in Novo Progresso, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro sent the military to help extinguish some fires. Last week, he passed a decree banning most fires for land-clearing for a period of 60 days, although he later limited the ban to the Amazon. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Farmers are continuing to free up space by starting wildfires (Picture: AP)

A Brazilian soldier fights fires near a herd of cattle, at the Nova Fronteira region in Novo Progresso, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro sent the military to help extinguish some fires. Last week, he passed a decree banning most fires for land-clearing for a period of 60 days, although he later limited the ban to the Amazon. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

A Brazilian soldier fights fires near a herd of cattle, at the Nova Fronteira region in Novo Progresso (Picture: AP)

Brazilians soldier fight fires at the Nova Fronteira region in Novo Progresso, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro sent the military to help extinguish some fires. Last week, he passed a decree banning most fires for land-clearing for a period of 60 days, although he later limited the ban to the Amazon. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Bolsonaro has clashed with the international community over offers of aid (Picture: AP)

Brazilian soldiers walk over a burnt out area as they move to fight fires at the Nova Fronteira region in Novo Progresso, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro sent the military to help extinguish some fires. Last week, he passed a decree banning most fires for land-clearing for a period of 60 days, although he later limited the ban to the Amazon. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Soldiers walk over a burnt out area as they move to fight fires (Picture: AP)

A Brazilian soldier fights fires at the Nova Fronteira region in Novo Progresso, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro sent the military to help extinguish some fires. Last week, he passed a decree banning most fires for land-clearing for a period of 60 days, although he later limited the ban to the Amazon. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

The South American country has seen a dramatic increase in deforestation in the past year (Picture: AP)

A herd of cattle stand in the midst of smoke from the fires at the Nova Fronteira region in Novo Progresso, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro sent the military to help extinguish some fires. Last week, he passed a decree banning most fires for land-clearing for a period of 60 days, although he later limited the ban to the Amazon. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

A herd of cattle stand in the midst of smoke from the fires at the Nova Fronteira region (Picture: AP)

Freshly cut jungle begins to burn at the Nova Fronteira region in Novo Progresso, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro sent the military to help extinguish some fires. Last week, he passed a decree banning most fires for land-clearing for a period of 60 days, although he later limited the ban to the Amazon. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Freshly cut jungle bursting into flames (Picture: AP)

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro reacts during a launching ceremony of public policies against violent crimes at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil August 29, 2019. Picture taken August 29, 2019. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

Jair Bolsonaro initially shrugged off the fires before the government enacted a ban (Picture: Reuters)

The international community has watched on in horror as Brazils rainforests have gone up in smoke.

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Last month Bolsonaro rejected an offer of $20 million (£18 million) in aid from the G7 states because he said it would leave his country being treated as a colony or a no mans land.

He then took a swipe at French President Emmanuel Macron and said he would only accept the offer if he took back his insults and apologised for calling him a liar.

Bolsonaro previously goaded Macron by telling him to take care of his home and his colonies instead.

But Macron insisted the aid money would benefit nine countries including Columbia and Bolivia.

As world leaders struggle to come up with a solution, ordinary people have been ditching Google for Ecosia, a search engine which uses its advertising revenue to fund the planting of millions of trees.

Freshly cut jungle begins to burn at the Nova Fronteira region in Novo Progresso, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro sent the military to help extinguish some fires. Last week, he passed a decree banning most fires for land-clearing for a period of 60 days, although he later limited the ban to the Amazon. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Dramatic pictures show fires continue to rage (Picture: AP)

Brazilian soldiers put out fires at the Nova Fronteira region in Novo Progresso, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro sent the military to help extinguish some fires. Last week, he passed a decree banning most fires for land-clearing for a period of 60 days, although he later limited the ban to the Amazon. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Jair Bolsonaro said Brazil would only accept £18m in aid if French leader Emmanuel Macron takes back insults in which he called him a liar (Picture: AP)

Brazilian soldier refill their water bags as they ready to fight fires at the Nova Fronteira region in Novo Progresso, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro sent the military to help extinguish some fires. Last week, he passed a decree banning most fires for land-clearing for a period of 60 days, although he later limited the ban to the Amazon. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Soldiers refill their water bags as they ready to fight Brazils raging forest fires (Picture: AP)

A Brazilian soldier puts out fires at the Nova Fronteira region in Novo Progresso, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro sent the military to help extinguish some fires. Last week, he passed a decree banning most fires for land-clearing for a period of 60 days, although he later limited the ban to the Amazon. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Bolsonaro rejected an offer of $20m from the G7 States who said international aid could see his country treated like a colony or a no mans land (Picture: AP)

A herd of cattle stand in the midst of smoke from the fires at the Nova Fronteira region in Novo Progresso, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro sent the military to help extinguish some fires. Last week, he passed a decree banning most fires for land-clearing for a period of 60 days, although he later limited the ban to the Amazon. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Livestock have been engulfed in smoke as cattle farmers destroy the rainforest (Picture: AP)

A tract of the Amazon jungle burning is seen in Apui, Amazonas state, Brazil September 3, 2019. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly

A tract of the Amazon jungle burning is seen in Apui, Amazonas state, Brazil (Picture: Reuters)

A tract of the Amazon jungle burning is seen in Apui, Amazonas state, Brazil September 3, 2019. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly

Tracts of smoke can still be seen billowing into the sky despite the government ban (Picture: Reuters)

Bolsonaro said on Monday he was eager to speak about the fires at the next UN General Assembly meeting in September as the issue erodes his support at home.

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He told reporters in Brasilia that he wanted to speak with patriotism about the Amazon, a region he said was ignored by previous administrations.

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