Latest Forests News

4 Indian soldiers are killed in a gunfight with suspected rebels in disputed Kashmir

Jul. 16, 2024 02:51 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Four Indian soldiers were killed in a gunfight with suspected rebels fighting against Indian rule in the disputed region of Kashmir, the Indian military said Tuesday. The soldiers were killed late Monday when they were fired at by militants hiding in the forests of...

Indonesia's massive metals build-out is felling the forest for batteries

Jul. 15, 2024 21:14 PM EDT

LELILEF SAWAI, Indonesia (AP) — On a steep trek up to his forest farm on the Indonesian island of Halmahera, Librek Loha let out a cry of dismay. “Aduuuuh,” he said, his voice trailing off. “Landslides, again. They happen all the time now.” The mudslide...

Lightning-caused wildfire in an Arizona forest still uncontained, leads to some evacuation orders

Jul. 15, 2024 17:57 PM EDT

GILA COUNTY, Ariz. (AP) — Several areas in Tonto National Forest are under evacuation orders due to a lightning-caused wildfire that has burned 8.6 square miles (22.2 square kilometers) since last week, authorities said Monday. Officials with the U.S. Forest Service said the Black...

Sparked by fireworks, New Jersey forest fire is 90% contained, authorities say

Jul. 09, 2024 10:44 AM EDT

TABERNACLE, N.J. (AP) — Firefighting crews have managed to contain 90% of a forest fire that burned 6.7 square miles (17 square kilometers) in the New Jersey Pinelands. The blaze in Wharton State Forest was not threatening any structures, and no one had been injured by it, the New...

Deforestation in Colombia fell to historic lows in 2023, environment minister says

Jul. 08, 2024 13:38 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Deforestation in Colombia fell 36% in 2023 versus the previous year, the government said Monday, marking the lowest level since records began. The decline was driven by a drop in environmental destruction in the Amazon, the world's largest rainforest,...

New Jersey forest fire that was sparked by fireworks is 75% contained

Jul. 08, 2024 12:24 PM EDT

TABERNACLE, N.J. (AP) — A forest fire that has burned 6.3 square miles (about 16.3 square kilometers) in the New Jersey Pinelands was 75% contained as of midmorning Monday, officials said. Its status remained basically unchanged since Sunday night. The New Jersey...

Review of prescribed fires finds gaps in key areas as US Forest Service looks to improve safety

Jul. 08, 2024 06:05 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two years after the U.S. Forest Service sparked what would become the largest and most destructive wildfire in New Mexico’s recorded history, independent investigators say there are gaps that need to be addressed if the agency is to be successful at using prescribed...

A study finds Indonesia's deforested land is often left idle. But some see potential in that

Jul. 04, 2024 21:08 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Years after being felled, vast swathes of Indonesia's old-growth forests are left sitting idle. And when the land is finally put to use, it's most often for new palm oil plantations, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. ...

Fires have become the most visible sign of the conflict heating up on the Lebanon-Israel border

Jul. 04, 2024 09:47 AM EDT

CHEBAA, Lebanon (AP) — With cease-fire talks faltering in Gaza and no clear offramp for the conflict on the Lebanon-Israel border, the daily exchanges of strikes between Hezbollah and Israeli forces have sparked fires that are tearing through forests and farmland on both sides of the frontline. ...

Canada's 2023 wildfires burned huge chunks of forest, spewing far more heat-trapping gas than planes

Jun. 27, 2024 08:24 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Catastrophic Canadian warming-fueled wildfires last year pumped more heat-trapping carbon dioxide into the air than India did by burning fossil fuels, setting ablaze an area of forest larger than West Virginia, new research found. Scientists at the World Resources...