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Number of fires more than doubles in Brazil's Pantanal

Jul. 26, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — The number of fires in Brazil’s Pantanal, the world’s biggest tropical wetlands, more than doubled in the first half of 2020 compared to the same period last year, according to data released by a state institute. Officials said it was the largest number of fires in a...

Some areas protected as Formosa's Louisiana work continues

Jul. 24, 2020 2:29 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Taiwan-based company and opponents to plans for a $9.4 billion plastics complex have agreed that site preparation can continue except in wetlands and in five known or possible sites of enslaved people’s graves. “It’s important that these sites be...

'Founding father' of Louisiana coastal program dies at 84

Jul. 20, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A geologist, geographer and archaeologist who devoted his life to studying Louisiana’s rapidly eroding coastline and helping the state develop a restoration plan, has died. Dr. Sherwood M. “Woody” Gagliano died Friday at the age of 84, news outlets reported. ...

Court asked to stop work at Formosa Plastics' Louisiana site

Jul. 15, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Opponents of a Taiwan-based company’s plans for a $9.4 billion plastics complex asked a federal judge on Tuesday to stop work at the site in Louisiana. Planned construction would irreparably harm the community and environment by destroying wetlands, increasing chances of offsite...