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Amazon fires ‘show need to improve EU science diplomacy’

Image: NASA Earth Observatory

The unprecedented scale of the fires ravaging Brazil’s Amazon rainforest underscores the failure of science diplomacy, according to Klaus Schuch, scientific director at Austria’s Centre for Social Innovation.

Schuch authored a recent European Commission report that calls for a more prominent role for science in international diplomacy and for greater cross-border collaboration on research and innovation policy.

In light of the Amazon rainforest’s importance to the global climate, the G7 nations offered $22 million (€19.9m) in aid to help fight the fires earlier this week, with German chancellor Angela Merkel calling the Amazon the “lung of our whole Earth”.

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