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"Monetise the Amazon"

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A row has broken out at the G7 summit of world leaders - over the Amazon rainforest.

There's been a record number of wildfires across Brazil this year, most of them in the Amazon.

After French president Emmanuel Macron tweeted "our house is burning", his Brazilian counterpart accused him of using the fires for political gain.

Now Brazil’s environment minister has come forward with a solution: to monetise the rainforest, in order to deter illegal logging.

The best course of action is "opening up areas to commercial development", Ricardo Salles told the Financial Times.