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G-7 countries commit $20 million to protect rainforest

G-7 countries have agreed to an immediate $20-million fund to help Amazon countries fight wildfires and launch a long-term global initiative to protect the rainforest.

A handout aerial picture released by Greenpeace shows a patch of forest on fire in the municipality of Candeias do Jamari, close to Porto Velho in Rondonia State, in the Amazon basin in northwestern Brazil. (Victor Moriyama / AFP/Getty Images)
A view of fire in the Amazon rainforest, near Abuna, Rondonia state, Brazil. (Carl De Souza / AFP/Getty Images)
A fire burns out of control after spreading onto a farm along a highway in Nova Santa Helena municipality in northern Mato Grosso state. Official figures show 78,383 forest fires have been recorded in Brazil this year, the highest number of any year since 2013. (Joao Laet / AFP/Getty Images)
Aerial view of burned areas of the Amazon rainforest near Boca do Acre, Amazonas state, Brazil. (Lula Sampaio / AFP/Getty Images)
Soldiers, firefighters and volunteers combat forest fires in Robore in eastern Bolivia. (Aizar Raldes / AFP/Getty Images)
Trees are destroyed after a fire in the Alvorada da Amazonia region in Novo Progresso, Brazil. (Leo Correa / Associated Press)
A section of the Amazon rainforest that has been decimated by wildfires in the Candeias do Jamari region near Porto Velho, Brazil.  (Victor Moriyama / Getty Images)
A burned area in the Jamanxim National Forest in municipality of Novo Progresso, Brazil. (Victor Moriyama / AFP/Getty Images)