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Brazil president rebuts European criticism over environment

Jul. 4, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro rebutted European criticism over his commitment to the environment on Thursday, saying that foreign leaders have historically influenced decisions that are hindering Brazil's progress. The far-right president said he had flown over Europe twice and...

Brazil: Protecting environment not only European 'interest'

Jul. 2, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's foreign minister said Tuesday that protecting the environment "is not only a European interest" after France said it would ratify a free-trade deal between the European Union and the South American bloc Mercosur only if Brazil respects its commitment to reduce deforestation....

Cargill to spend $30M for ideas to end Brazil deforestation

Jun. 13, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cargill Inc. said Thursday the Minnesota-based agribusiness giant will spend $30 million to fund new ideas for ending deforestation in Brazil, and called on its peers, governments and organizations to work together to come up with real solutions. Minnetonka-based Cargill is a major...

EPA taking 1st big steps to clean up leaking Colorado mines

May. 23, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will take the first major steps this summer to clean up wastewater flowing from dozens of old mines at a Superfund site in southwestern Colorado, officials said Thursday. The work includes dredging contaminated sediment from streams and ponds,...