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FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2019 file photo, logs are stacked at a lumber mill surrounded by recently charred and deforested fields near Porto Velho, Rondonia state, Brazil. Dozens of Brazilian corporations are calling for a crackdown on illegal logging in the Amazon rainforest, expressing their concerns in a letter Tuesday, July 7, 2020, to the vice president, who heads the government's council on that region. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

Bolsonaro imposes 4-month ban on fires to preserve Amazon

Jul. 16, 2020 12:27 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday banned setting agricultural and forest fires as the country enters the dry season at a moment when the government faces pressure from local and foreign companies to show greater commitment to environmental protection....

This image provided by Burger King shows a video by Burger King addressing greenhouse gas emissions.  Burger King is announcing its work to help address a core industry challenge: the environmental impact of beef.  To help tackle this environmental issue, the Burger King brand partnered with top scientists to develop and test a new diet for cows, which according to initial study results, on average reduces up to 33% of cows' daily methane emissions. (Burger King via AP)

Burger King addresses climate change by changing cows' diets

Jul. 14, 2020 12:07 PM EDT

Burger King is staging an intervention with its cows. The chain has rebalanced the diet of some of the cows by adding lemon grass in a bid to limit bovine contributions to climate change. By tweaking their diet, Burger King said Tuesday that it believes it can reduce a cow's daily methane emissions by about 33%....

A man wearing a mask to curb the spread of the coronavirus sits near a red lantern outside a restaurant in Beijing Monday, July 13, 2020. China reported eight new cases, all of them brought from outside the country, as domestic community infections fall to near zero. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: Hawaii to wait to waive quarantine requirement

Jul. 13, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s governor says he will wait another month to waive a 14-day quarantine requirement for out-of-state travelers who test negative for COVID-19, citing an increasing number of cases locally, “uncontrolled” outbreaks in several U.S. mainland states and a shortage of...

European Council President Charles Michel speaks during a media conference at the European Council building in Brussels, Friday, July 10, 2020. European Council President Charles Michel presented updated proposals for the EU's long-term budget and post-coronavirus recovery plan ahead of a summit next week in Brussels where heads of state and government leaders will try to agree on a compromise. (Kenzo Tribouillard, Pool Photo via AP)

EU Council head tries to win over 'Frugal Four' on budget

Jul. 10, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — With pressure mounting to reach an agreement on a post-coronavirus economic recovery plan, the president of the European Council on Friday tried to win over the so-called group of “Frugal Four" member countries with new proposals. Charles Michel’s latest offers keep the size...

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2019 file photo, logs are stacked at a lumber mill surrounded by recently charred and deforested fields near Porto Velho, Rondonia state, Brazil. Dozens of Brazilian corporations are calling for a crackdown on illegal logging in the Amazon rainforest, expressing their concerns in a letter Tuesday, July 7, 2020, to the vice president, who heads the government's council on that region. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

Brazil asks investment firms to adopt protected Amazon areas

Jul. 9, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s government on Thursday proposed that global asset-managers adopt protected areas in the Amazon rainforest in order to curb illegal deforestation ahead of the season farmers traditionally use fire to clear land and brush. Vice President Hamilton Mourão, who heads...

Workers pack crafts and fruits from the Amazon on a box before 'The Harvest Amazonian Barter' will deliver to people who subscribe to the service in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. A group in Colombia is providing farmers in remote areas of the Amazon jungle with food and hygiene products in exchange for some of the fruits that they harvest and that would otherwise go to waste because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Colombian siblings launch market for Amazon farmers in need

Jul. 9, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

The luscious fruits of the Amazon jungle still grow, undeterred by the raging pandemic. But many Colombian farmers and Indigenous communities have been left without a way to sell their harvests, and without the wherewithal to buy the staples of daily life. Seeing this need, two siblings launched The Harvest:...

Conservation study shows lemurs, whales nearing extinction

Jul. 9, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Nearly all of Madagascar's much-loved lemurs are under threat, and almost one-third are just one step away from extinction, largely due to deforestation and hunting on the giant island off eastern Africa, conservationists said Thursday. The International Union for Conservation of Nature,...

Dutch police arrest farmers protesting emission cuts

Jul. 8, 2020 4:57 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch police arrested dozens of farmers Wednesday who were blocking the entrance to a waste treatment plant, the latest in a string of protests by farmers angry at government plans to cut emissions of nitrogen oxide. Police from the eastern Drenthe province tweeted that they...

This photo taken by a camera trap shows a group of Cross River gorillas in the Mbe Mountains of Nigeria on Monday, June 22, 2020. Conservationists have captured the first images of a group of rare Cross River gorillas with multiple babies in the Mbe mountains of Nigeria, proof that the subspecies once feared to be extinct is reproducing amid protection efforts. (WCS Nigeria via AP)

Rare gorillas in Nigeria captured on camera with babies

Jul. 8, 2020 3:12 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Conservationists have captured the first images of a group of rare Cross River gorillas with multiple babies in Nigeria's Mbe mountains, proof that the subspecies once feared to be extinct is reproducing amid protection efforts. Only around 300 Cross River gorillas were known to be...

Wisconsin mink industry warned of outbreak in Europe animals

Jun. 29, 2020 1:28 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin animal health officials are cautioning the state’s mink producers about the dangers of the coronavirus following outbreaks among animals on several farms in Europe, spurring renewed calls from animal rights activists to ban the fur trade. There are no confirmed cases...