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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,...

Rainforest animal called a kinkajou rescued from dusty highway rest stop in Washington state

Jun. 28, 2024 15:39 PM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Why did the kinkajou cross the road? And what's a kinkajou, anyway? One of the mammals — which look like a cross between a monkey and a tiny bear — was found far from its normal rainforest habitat this week at a highway rest stop amid the rolling sagebrush...

In Indonesia, women ranger teams go on patrol to slow deforestation

Jun. 03, 2024 21:06 PM EDT

DAMARAN BARU, Indonesia (AP) — In a lush jungle at the foothills of a volcano in Indonesia's Aceh province, the song of gibbons in the trees mixes with the laughter of the seven forest rangers trekking below them. An hour into their patrol, the rangers spot another mammal in the forest with them....

Deforestation in Indonesia spiked last year, but resources analyst sees better overall trend

Apr. 28, 2024 22:09 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — From trees felled in protected national parks to massive swaths of jungle razed for palm oil and paper plantations, Indonesia had a 27% uptick in primary forest loss in 2023 from the previous year, according to a World Resources Institute analysis of deforestation data....