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Brazil: UN regional group has endorsed Amazon city to host 2025 climate conference

May. 26, 2023 18:49 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s government announced Friday that a U.N. Latin America regional group has endorsed a Brazilian city in the Amazon region to host the 2025 U.N. climate change conference, though the world body has not yet publicly confirmed the venue. President Luiz...

Brazil builds 'rings of carbon dioxide' to simulate climate change in the Amazon

May. 24, 2023 10:45 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In the depths of the Amazon, Brazil is building an otherworldly structure — a complex of towers arrayed in six rings, poised to spray mists of carbon dioxide into the rainforest. But the reason is utterly terrestrial: to understand how the world’s largest tropical forest...

In the Amazon, Brazilian ecologists try new approach against deforestation and poverty

May. 22, 2023 10:01 AM EDT

CARAUARI, Brazil (AP) — In a remote corner of the Amazon, Brazilian ecologists are trying to succeed where a lack of governance has proved disastrous. They're managing a stretch of land in a way that welcomes both local people and scientists to engage in preserving the world’s largest tropical...

Search for 4 kids missing after deadly Amazon plane crash leaves Colombia on edge

May. 19, 2023 20:51 PM EDT

BOGOTÁ, Colombia (AP) — Colombians were on edge Friday as authorities searched for four Indigenous children who were on a small plane that crashed in the Amazon jungle this month but have not been found. The three adults aboard died. The crash happened in the early...

Oil drilling project near mouth of Amazon River rejected by Brazil's environmental regulator

May. 18, 2023 19:52 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s environmental regulator has rejected a license for a controversial offshore oil drilling project near the mouth of the Amazon River that had drawn strong opposition from activists who warned of its potential for damaging the area. The agency’s...

Oil project near Amazon River mouth blocked by Brazil's environment agency

May. 17, 2023 22:20 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s environmental regulator refused on Wednesday to grant a license for a controversial offshore oil drilling project near the mouth of the Amazon River, prompting celebration from environmentalists who had warned of its potential impact. The decision...

Brazil's Amazon megaprojects threaten Lula's green ambitions

May. 07, 2023 10:13 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — After his swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 1, Brazil's Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva walked up the ramp to the presidential palace arm in arm with Indigenous leader Raoni Metuktire, instantly recognizable by his yellow headdress and wooden lip plate. But a major...

Brazil recognizes 6 Indigenous areas in boost for Amazon

Apr. 28, 2023 17:45 PM EDT

BRASÍLIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on Friday granted official recognition of nearly 800 square miles of Indigenous lands, most of it in the Amazon, in a move that seeks to safeguard critical rainforest from the unchecked exploitation that marked his predecessor's...

Lula meets with Indigenous in Brazil's Amazon, pledges lands

Mar. 14, 2023 00:08 AM EDT

RAPOSA SERRA DO SOL INDIGENOUS TERRITORY, Brazil (AP) — On his first trip to Indigenous land in the Amazon rainforest since taking office, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva expressed support for creating new territories for those communities, but stopped short of announcing any...

Carbon emissions from boreal forest fires rose in 2021

Mar. 02, 2023 14:31 PM EST

Phillip Meintzer was hours away by car from the largest fires raging in the forests of British Columbia and Alberta in summer of 2021, but the air was still thick with smoke from the Canadian infernos. “The fires weren't next door. It was a little ways away,” Meintzer, a...