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Tarnished Gold: Illegal mining stokes Indigenous divisions

Jan. 18, 2022 12:50 PM EST

RAPOSA SERRA DO SOL INDIGENOUS TERRITORY, Brazil (AP) — The mining encampment that stretches across a mountainside in Brazil’s Amazon is dotted with plastic tarpaulin covers. Under them, dozens of men toil in rocky pits, excavating sacks of ore to be transported by truck. Gold will be extracted...

Tarnished Gold: Illegal Amazon gold seeps into supply chains

Jan. 13, 2022 10:22 AM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — The medals were billed as the most sustainable ever produced. To match the festive spirit of South America’s first Olympics, officials from Brazil, the host country for the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro, boasted that the medals hung around the necks of athletes on...

Tarnished Gold: Illegal Amazon gold seeps into supply chains

Jan. 13, 2022 08:24 AM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — The medals were billed as the most sustainable ever produced. To match the festive spirit of South America’s first Olympics, officials from Brazil, the host country for the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro, boasted that the medals hung around the necks of athletes on...

In the rainforest’s shadow, Brazilian surf capital blossoms

Dec. 29, 2021 09:16 AM EST

SAO SEBASTIAO, Brazil (AP) — As most of Brazil tuned in to watch two local clubs battle for the continent's soccer championship last month, 14-year-old Luana Reis was far from a television set. She was surfing blue-green waves with a soaring rainforest backdrop, competing with...

Thomas Lovejoy, biologist who championed biodiversity, dies

Dec. 27, 2021 13:03 PM EST

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Thomas E. Lovejoy, a leading conservation biologist who is credited with popularizing the term “biological diversity,” has died. He was 80. His death on Saturday was announced by George Mason University, where he was director of the Institute for a...

Police burn miners' boats in Brazil's Amazon, upping tension

Nov. 29, 2021 20:16 PM EST

BORBA, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian police said Monday they burned 131 boats used by gold miners in the heart of the Amazon, raising tensions in an isolated region rife with poverty and crime. Smoke has been wafting over the Madeira river since Saturday, with many locals...

Brazil's Amazon deforestation surges to worst in 15 years

Nov. 18, 2021 22:23 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The area deforested in Brazil's Amazon reached a 15-year high after a 22% jump from the prior year, according to official data published Thursday. The National Institute for Space Research’s Prodes monitoring system showed the Brazilian Amazon...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Nov. 03, 2021 11:53 AM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Oct. 28 The (Johannesburg, South Africa) Mail & Gazette on climate denial within political parties: Local government is on the front line of the climate crisis. ...

Brazil steps up climate emissions goal; critics unimpressed

Nov. 01, 2021 13:39 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil on Monday stepped up its commitment against greenhouse gas emissions, aiming to halve them by 2030 as compared to 2005 levels, while critics alleged the government is tinkering with data. “We present today a new, more ambitious climate...

Study: 10 UNESCO forests emit more C02 than they soak up

Oct. 28, 2021 09:42 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Sites containing some of the world’s most treasured forests, including the Yosemite National Park and Indonesia's Sumatra rainforest, have been emitting more heat-trapping carbon dioxide than they have absorbed in recent years, a U.N.-backed report said. ...