Latest Land degradation News

Michigan property owners settle PFAS case for $54 million

Sep. 21, 2022 14:29 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A judge has given tentative approval to a $54 million settlement involving 3M Co., a shoe manufacturer and property owners in western Michigan who said their land and wells were contaminated by toxic “forever chemicals.” The class-action deal involves...

Idaho a step closer to having largest research dairy in US

Sep. 20, 2022 16:08 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The University of Idaho’s plan to build the nation’s largest research dairy and experimental farm cleared a big hurdle on Tuesday. Idaho Gov. Brad Little and two other statewide-elected officials on the Idaho Land Board approved the university’s plan to...

Nakate: Leaders are missing the human face of climate change

Sep. 16, 2022 15:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Vanessa Nakate's climate activism over the past three years has propelled her to the world stage. Since 2019, Nakate has worked to amplify the voices of African climate activists through a platform she created called Rise Up Movement, spearheaded an initiative to...

Major wildfire in southwestern France no longer spreading

Sep. 15, 2022 06:37 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A major wildfire that ravaged forests in southwestern France stopped spreading Thursday, according to local authorities. The prefecture of the Gironde region said the wildfire has burned more than 37 square kilometers (14 square miles) since Monday, leading to the...

EU lawmakers support ban of goods linked to deforestation

Sep. 13, 2022 10:04 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers have backed a proposal for a law that would ban the sale in the 27-nation bloc of agriculture products linked to the destruction of forests. MEPs gathered on Tuesday in Strasbourg, France, supported and strengthened a plan from the EU's...

Number of Brazil Amazon fires hits five-year high in August

Sep. 01, 2022 10:51 AM EDT

MANAUS, Brazil (AP) — More fires burned in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest this August than in any month in nearly five years, thanks to a surge in illegal deforestation. Satellite sensors detected 33,116 fires according to Brazil's national space institute. The dry season months...

Pachama CEO talks holding carbon emitters accountable

Aug. 29, 2022 08:13 AM EDT

Diego Saez Gil co-founded climate technology startup Pachama in 2018 at a time when big corporations in Silicon Valley and elsewhere were looking for ways to offset their carbon emissions through forest conservation. Saez Gil grew up near the Yungas forest region of northwest...

Deal reached to address 2 leaking nuke waste tanks

Aug. 25, 2022 17:58 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A deal to address two nuclear waste storage tanks that are leaking radioactive materials into the soil in Washington state was reached Thursday between the state and the U.S. Department of Energy. The waste is left over from the production of plutonium for...

Crucial illegal road threatens Amazon rainforest

Aug. 24, 2022 16:03 PM EDT

An illegal dirt road ripping through protected areas in the Brazilian Amazon is now just a few miles shy of connecting two of the worst areas of deforestation in the region, according to satellite images and accounts from people familiar with the area. If the road is completed it will turn a large...

Virginia site taken off EPA's Superfund list after cleanup

Aug. 23, 2022 18:29 PM EDT

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — A site in central Virginia that used to house a business that dismantled batteries is being removed from the federal list of Superfund sites, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on Tuesday. Between the early 1970s and 1985, the C&R...