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A firefighter rides a motorcycle past a burning area next to the Transpantaneira road at the Pantanal wetlands near Pocone, Mato Grosso state, Brazil, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. A vast swath of the vital wetlands is burning in Brazil, sweeping across several national parks and obscuring the sun behind dense smoke. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Brazil adds some to force fighting vast wetlands blazes

Sep. 23, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's government on Wednesday said it was adding 43 more firefighters to a small force battling blazes that have charred a Belgium-sized swath of the world's largest tropical wetlands. President Jair Bolsonaro addressed the United Nations this week to fend off criticism of his...

In this photo provided by the United Nations, Jair Bolsonaro, president of Brazil, speaks in a pre-recorded message played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at U.N. Headquarters in New York. The U.N.'s first virtual meeting of world leaders started Tuesday with pre-recorded speeches from some of the planet's biggest powers, kept at home by the coronavirus pandemic that will likely be a dominant theme at their video gathering this year. (Rick Bajornas/UN via AP)

Bolsonaro to world: Brazil is victim of environmental smear

Sep. 22, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro defended his administration’s record protecting the Amazon rainforest, telling the United Nations’ virtual meeting of global leaders on Tuesday that his country has been wrongly portrayed as an environmental villain. Bolsonaro's critics...

FILE -- In this Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 file photo clouds of smoke are pictured over Europe's largest lignite power plant in Belchatow, central Poland. Government stimulus programs to pull the world out of the coronavirus pandemic offer “a tremendous opportunity” to build a clean-energy economy, former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said Thursday, calling on governments not to “invest in the past.

UN chief: don't 'throw away' stimulus money on fossil fuels

Sep. 17, 2020 8:56 AM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Thursday on governments not to “throw away” economic stimulus funds by supporting fossil fuel industries that contribute to global warming. Speaking at a virtual conference on climate change, Guterres noted that countries have...

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2019 file photo, Kayapo tribal leader Raoni Metuktire smokes a pipe after a press conference in Bidart, southwestern France. The Indigenous leader emblematic of the fight for the preservation of the Amazon forest in Brazil was hospitalized with symptoms of pneumonia and tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Raoni Institute on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Bob Edme, File)

Brazil Indigenous chief Raoni tests positive for coronavirus

Aug. 31, 2020 10:39 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Chief Raoni Metuktire, an Indigenous leader who became a symbol of the fight for the preservation of the Amazon forest in Brazil, was hospitalized with symptoms of pneumonia and tested positive for the new coronavirus, the Raoni Institute said Monday. The nearly 90-year-old...

Trucks sit idle on highway BR-163 as it is blocked by Kayapo Indigenous near Novo Progresso, Para state, Brazil, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. Protesters blocked the road to pressure Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to better shield them from COVID-19, to extend damages payments for road construction near their land, and to consult them on a proposed cargo railway. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Top Brazil official says no halt to Amazon protections

Aug. 29, 2020 12:44 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s environment ministry said it will continue operations to curb deforestation and fires in the Amazon and other regions, reversing an earlier announcement that it would halt such operations starting Monday. The decision was published on the ministry’s website...

Fire consumes land deforested by cattle farmers near Novo Progresso, Para state, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. Under military command, Brazil's once-effective investigation and prosecution of illegal rainforest destruction by ranchers, farmers and miners has come to a virtual halt, even as this year's burning season is about to begin. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

AP finds Brazil's plan to protect Amazon has opposite effect

Aug. 28, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

NOVO PROGRESSO, Brazil (AP) — In May, facing urgent international demands for action after a string of massive wildfires in the Amazon, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro put the army in charge of protecting the rainforest. Instead, The Associated Press has found, the operation dubbed as “Green...

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro wears a mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic at the start of a ceremony where his nation's flag is projected over him in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. In May, facing urgent international demands for action after a string of massive wildfires in the Amazon, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro put the army in charge of protecting the rainforest. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

AP finds Brazil's plan to protect Amazon has opposite effect

Aug. 28, 2020 12:07 AM EDT

NOVO PROGRESSO, Brazil (AP) — In May, facing urgent international demands for action after a string of massive wildfires in the Amazon, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro put the army in charge of protecting the rainforest. Instead, The Associated Press has found, the operation dubbed as “Green...

Men search for gold at an illegal gold mine in the Amazon jungle in the Itaituba area of Para state, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. It’s part of a gold rush that started in 1984 after the precious metal was discovered in the region, where around 30 tons of gold worth some $1.1 billion are illegally traded in the state of Para annually, according to National Mining Agency estimates, or about six times more than the amount legally declared. (AP Photo/Lucas Dumphreys)

AP PHOTOS: llegal gold miners ravage Brazil's rainforest

Aug. 24, 2020 11:32 AM EDT

ITAITUBA, Brazil (AP) — The wiry figure of an illegal gold miner wields his machete to cut a path through virgin rainforest, opening the way for his partners heading to a gold mine deep in the Itaituba region of the Amazon, between two protected forest reserves. Dercilio Franchini, 52, and his partner Ze...

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2019, file photo, Brazilian soldier puts out fires at the Nova Fronteira region in Novo Progresso, Brazil. In 2019, the forest around the town of Novo Progresso erupted into flames — the first major blazes in the Brazilian Amazon’s dry season and spurred global outrage against the government’s inability or unwillingness to protect the rainforest. President Jair Bolsonaro pledged to control burning in the forest in 2020, but smoke is again thick in the area. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)

Amazon continues to burn in 2020 despite promises to save it

Aug. 19, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

NOVO PROGRESSO, Brazil (AP) — A year ago this month, the forest around the town of Novo Progresso erupted into flames — the first major blazes in the Brazilian Amazon's dry season that ultimately saw more than 100,000 fires and spurred global outrage against the government’s inability or...

Workers from Brazil's state-run environment agency IBAMA check an area consumed by fire near Novo Progresso, Para state, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. Experts say the blazes are pushing the world's largest rainforest toward a tipping point, after which it will cease to generate enough rainfall to sustain itself. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Amazon continues to burn in 2020 despite promises to save it

Aug. 18, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

NOVO PROGRESSO, Brazil (AP) — A year ago this month, the forest around the town of Novo Progresso erupted into flames — the first major blazes in the Brazilian Amazon's dry season that ultimately saw more than 100,000 fires and spurred global outrage against the government’s inability or...