Latest Rain forests News

Children a big part of migration through perilous Darien Gap

Sep. 14, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

NECOCLI, Colombia (AP) — Every day, at least 500 migrants from around the world sail out of Necocli, a small town on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, across the Gulf of Uraba to the village of Acandi, to start a week-long trek through the jungle that takes them into Panama — the next stop on...

Brazil's Indigenous march to pressure court on land ruling

Aug. 25, 2021 19:40 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Thousands of Indigenous people marched toward Brazil’s Supreme Court on Wednesday to pressure justices expected to issue a ruling with far-reaching implications for land rights. Wearing feather headdresses and with their bodies painted, they...

Data raises concerns as Brazil's forest fire season begins

Aug. 06, 2021 00:06 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Severe drought and early data are raising concerns that this forest fire season in Brazil will see the same high levels of destruction recorded in the past two years, despite efforts to tamp down the blazes. With Brazil's forest fire season...

Brazil forest fire season underway and raising concern

Aug. 05, 2021 18:21 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The season of Brazilian forest fires has begun, and early data plus severe drought is sparking concern that nationwide destruction in 2021 will stay at the high levels recorded in the past two years, despite efforts to tamp down the blazes. The...

Ashley Judd walks again long after shattering leg in Africa

Aug. 02, 2021 09:41 AM EDT

Ashley Judd is walking again, nearly six months after shattering her leg deep in a Congolese rainforest. Judd posted a video of herself on Instagram on Sunday walking by herself up a hill in a national park in the Swiss alps. “My leg and foot,...

US agency to review possible protections for Alaska wolf

Jul. 26, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced plans Monday to review whether a southeast Alaska wolf population merits Endangered Species Act protections. The plans are outlined in a document set to be published in the Federal Register on Tuesday....

West Virginia University receiving funds to study rainforest

Jul. 26, 2021 04:04 AM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The National Science Foundation has awarded more than $150,000 for ecology research at West Virginia University to study the interaction of trees and soil water in the Amazon rainforest. The $152,649 in funding was announced last week by...

US to end large, old-growth timber sales in Alaska forest

Jul. 15, 2021 16:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said Thursday that it is ending large-scale, old-growth timber sales in the country's largest national forest — the Tongass National Forest in Alaska — and will focus on forest restoration, recreation and other noncommercial uses. ...

Brazil redeploying troops to Amazon rainforest, bans fires

Jun. 29, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil's president is sending troops back to the Amazon rainforest to bolster policing against logging and other illegal land clearance, acting amid international criticism of a surge in deforestation and just two months after withdrawing a similar military mission....

Brazil to redeploy troops to Amazon to fight deforestation

Jun. 28, 2021 21:15 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — President Jair Bolsonaro signed a decree Monday to dispatch Brazilian soldiers to the Amazon in a bid to curb surging deforestation, just two months after withdrawing troops from the region and days after his Environment Minister resigned. The...