Latest Deforestation News

Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President of the EU Commission, speaks at a press conference in Berlin, Germany, following the informal talks of the EU Trade Ministers on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020.  (Bernd von Jutrczenka/Pool via AP)

Key EU states worry South America trade pact may hurt Amazon

Sep. 21, 2020 10:26 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — EU countries remained divided Monday on whether to approve a preliminary free trade deal drafted last year with South American countries because of concerns related to the Amazon deforestation and the respect of European standards. Speaking at an informal meeting of the 27-nation...

Fishermen ply their trade in the Tapajos river in Alter do Chao, district of Santarem, Para state, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. The riverside region dubbed

Amazon land grabbers assail ecotourism paradise in Brazil

Sep. 20, 2020 11:45 AM EDT

ALTER DO CHAO, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s Alter do Chao, a sleepy village that blends rainforest and beaches, bet on tourism and scored big. Visitors flocked here to eat Amazonian river fish while gazing out over the water, and to take day trips offering the chance to meet Indigenous people and see pink...

Altemir Freitas Mota carries a tool used in cutting down trees as he leads Tenetehara Indigenous men from the Ka'Azar, or Forest Owners, to his group's campsite after he was apprehended for illegal logging on the Alto Rio Guama reserve in Para state, near the city of Paragominas, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Three Tenetehara Indigenous villages are patrolling to guard against illegal logging, gold mining, ranching, and farming on their lands, as increasing encroachment and lax government enforcement during COVID-19 have forced the tribe to take matters into their own hands. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Amazon Indigenous group patrols to expel invading loggers

Sep. 16, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

ALTO RIO GUAMA INDIGENOUS TERRITORY, Brazil (AP) — A bit after sunrise, dozens of Indigenous Tembé men began preparing for the important day ahead. They danced, chanted and donned matching black T-shirts before setting off on motorbikes into Brazil's Amazon forest. Self-declared “forest...

Trucks sit idle on highway BR-163 as it is blocked by Kayapo Indigenous near Novo Progresso, Para state, Brazil, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. Protesters blocked the road to pressure Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to better shield them from COVID-19, to extend damages payments for road construction near their land, and to consult them on a proposed cargo railway. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Top Brazil official says no halt to Amazon protections

Aug. 29, 2020 12:44 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s environment ministry said it will continue operations to curb deforestation and fires in the Amazon and other regions, reversing an earlier announcement that it would halt such operations starting Monday. The decision was published on the ministry’s website...

Fire consumes land deforested by cattle farmers near Novo Progresso, Para state, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. Under military command, Brazil's once-effective investigation and prosecution of illegal rainforest destruction by ranchers, farmers and miners has come to a virtual halt, even as this year's burning season is about to begin. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

AP finds Brazil's plan to protect Amazon has opposite effect

Aug. 28, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

NOVO PROGRESSO, Brazil (AP) — In May, facing urgent international demands for action after a string of massive wildfires in the Amazon, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro put the army in charge of protecting the rainforest. Instead, The Associated Press has found, the operation dubbed as “Green...

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro wears a mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic at the start of a ceremony where his nation's flag is projected over him in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. In May, facing urgent international demands for action after a string of massive wildfires in the Amazon, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro put the army in charge of protecting the rainforest. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

AP finds Brazil's plan to protect Amazon has opposite effect

Aug. 28, 2020 12:07 AM EDT

NOVO PROGRESSO, Brazil (AP) — In May, facing urgent international demands for action after a string of massive wildfires in the Amazon, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro put the army in charge of protecting the rainforest. Instead, The Associated Press has found, the operation dubbed as “Green...

Men search for gold at an illegal gold mine in the Amazon jungle in the Itaituba area of Para state, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. It’s part of a gold rush that started in 1984 after the precious metal was discovered in the region, where around 30 tons of gold worth some $1.1 billion are illegally traded in the state of Para annually, according to National Mining Agency estimates, or about six times more than the amount legally declared. (AP Photo/Lucas Dumphreys)

AP PHOTOS: llegal gold miners ravage Brazil's rainforest

Aug. 24, 2020 11:32 AM EDT

ITAITUBA, Brazil (AP) — The wiry figure of an illegal gold miner wields his machete to cut a path through virgin rainforest, opening the way for his partners heading to a gold mine deep in the Itaituba region of the Amazon, between two protected forest reserves. Dercilio Franchini, 52, and his partner Ze...

In this March 2020 photo provided by the Southern Youth Development Organization, community members check information contained in a poster they produced which documents local fish, before publication, in the Lenya area of the Tanintharyi region in southern Myanmar. After learning about the UN’s “Ridge to Reef” conservation project, indigenous land rights activists spent nearly a year consulting with local communities to develop an alternative proposal for a landscape conserved by indigenous people, outlining techniques used for generations, including land and forest administration as well as traditional customs and practices that safeguard biodiversity. (Southern Youth Development Organization via AP)

Indigenous activists clash with UN over proposed park

Aug. 19, 2020 12:37 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — When farmer May Cho Win learned that a conservation project proposed by the U.N. Development Program in Myanmar would include the land she’s worked for over a decade, the 28-year-old wondered how she and her husband would be able to support their three children....

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2019, file photo, Brazilian soldier puts out fires at the Nova Fronteira region in Novo Progresso, Brazil. In 2019, the forest around the town of Novo Progresso erupted into flames — the first major blazes in the Brazilian Amazon’s dry season and spurred global outrage against the government’s inability or unwillingness to protect the rainforest. President Jair Bolsonaro pledged to control burning in the forest in 2020, but smoke is again thick in the area. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)

Amazon continues to burn in 2020 despite promises to save it

Aug. 19, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

NOVO PROGRESSO, Brazil (AP) — A year ago this month, the forest around the town of Novo Progresso erupted into flames — the first major blazes in the Brazilian Amazon's dry season that ultimately saw more than 100,000 fires and spurred global outrage against the government’s inability or...

Workers from Brazil's state-run environment agency IBAMA check an area consumed by fire near Novo Progresso, Para state, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. Experts say the blazes are pushing the world's largest rainforest toward a tipping point, after which it will cease to generate enough rainfall to sustain itself. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Amazon continues to burn in 2020 despite promises to save it

Aug. 18, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

NOVO PROGRESSO, Brazil (AP) — A year ago this month, the forest around the town of Novo Progresso erupted into flames — the first major blazes in the Brazilian Amazon's dry season that ultimately saw more than 100,000 fires and spurred global outrage against the government’s inability or...