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At climate summit, Brazil's Lula promises new day for Amazon

Nov. 16, 2022 17:56 PM EST

SHARM el-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Six weeks before taking power, Brazilian President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on Wednesday told cheering crowds at the U.N. climate conference that he would crack down on illegal deforestation in the Amazon, revive relationships with countries that finance...

Fight over aid for climate losses divides UN talks

Nov. 16, 2022 11:59 AM EST

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — With an end-of-the-week deadline rushing at them faster than agreements are coming out of them, negotiators at the U.N. climate summit were in a difficult spot Wednesday. Talks in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh got off to a plodding start and...

Brazil will be climate leader, says ex-minister Marina Silva

Nov. 12, 2022 14:00 PM EST

SHARM el-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Marina Silva, a former environmental minister and potential candidate for the job again, on Saturday brought a message to the U.N. climate summit: Brazil is back when it comes to protecting the Amazon rainforest, the largest in the world and crucial to limiting...

Major banks support rainforest oil project despite problems

Nov. 04, 2022 14:49 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — In the Putumayo region of the Colombian Amazon, Segundo Meneses' daily routine took him to the Chufiya river, its banks verdant and waters alive with catfish and piranha. On one morning seven years ago, he noticed a dark film lapping the shore. Where the river turned a bend, it...

Giant, sustainable rainforest fish is now fashion in America

Nov. 04, 2022 08:21 AM EDT

TRES RIOS, Brazil (AP) — Sometimes you start something and have no idea where it will lead. So it was with Eduardo Filgueiras, a struggling guitarist whose family worked in an unusual business in Rio de Janeiro: They farmed toads. Filgueiras figured out a way to take the small toad skins and fuse...

In the Amazon, a giant fish helps save the rainforest

Nov. 03, 2022 08:59 AM EDT

CARAUARI, Brazil (AP) — Even in the most biodiverse rainforest of the world, the pirarucu, also known as arapaima, stands out. First, there is its mammoth size: It can weigh up to 200 kilos (440 pounds), by far the largest of 2,300 known fish species in the Amazon. It is found...

Former UK health minister draws fire for reality TV stint

Nov. 01, 2022 10:25 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Former U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who led Britain's response to COVID-19 in the first year of the pandemic, was suspended by the Conservative Party on Tuesday after signing up to a reality TV show. Hancock, who is no longer in government but remains a member...

Brazil’s brash President Bolsonaro mum after election loss

Oct. 31, 2022 19:12 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — In Brazil’s capital on Monday, the silence was deafening. Nearly a full day after President Jair Bolsonaro lost his bid for reelection, the usually brash right-wing leader had neither conceded defeat nor challenged the results of the country's closest...

New president's bid to protect the Amazon will face hurdles

Oct. 31, 2022 17:36 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In a victory speech Sunday, Brazil’s president-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva promised to reverse a surge in deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. “We will once again monitor and do surveillance in the Amazon. We will fight every illegal activity,”...

Lula defeats Bolsonaro to again become Brazil's president

Oct. 31, 2022 00:31 AM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has done it again: Twenty years after first winning the Brazilian presidency, the leftist defeated incumbent Jair Bolsonaro Sunday in an extremely tight election that marks an about-face for the country after four years of far-right politics. ...