Latest Land degradation News

Brazil president announces carbon market, thin on details

May. 23, 2022 16:27 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has signed a decree that he says will create a national carbon market to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Brazil ranks sixth in the world for climate pollution, according to Climate Watch . “In this still new...

Security concerns, lack of support stall Africa's Green Wall

May. 23, 2022 03:20 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A series of complex challenges, including a lack of funding and political will as well as rising insecurity linked to extremist groups al-Qaida and the Islamic State in Burkina Faso, are obstructing progress on Africa's Great Green Wall, according to experts...

Iraqi merchants struggle on amid series of strong sandstorms

May. 16, 2022 14:30 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The thick layer of dust blanketing the sky did not deter Muhammed Ghalib from walking to work in Baghdad’s main commercial district on Monday, as the latest in an unrelenting series of intense sandstorms swept Iraq. The dust coated his eyelashes a shade of orange....

Climate change to make droughts longer, more common, says UN

May. 11, 2022 09:19 AM EDT

The frequency and duration of droughts will continue to increase due to human-caused climate change, with water scarcity already affecting billions of people across the world, the United Nations warned in a report Wednesday. The U.N. desertification agency, which is currently hosting...

Brazilian groups want direct access to U.S. forest funding

May. 10, 2022 09:35 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian environmental and Indigenous organizations, together with some companies, are urging the United States to come through with promised funding for forest protection and deal directly with people who live in the forest, have protected it and, they say, “are directly...

Amazon tribes turn the tables on intruders with social media

May. 07, 2022 09:02 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — It was dusk on April 14 when Francisco Kuruaya heard a boat approaching along the river near his village in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. He assumed it was the regular delivery boat bringing gasoline for generators and outboard motors to remote settlements like his. Instead,...

Brazil's Amazon deforestation hits record for month of April

May. 06, 2022 15:31 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Deforestation detected in the Brazilian Amazon broke all records for the month of April, and that followed similar new records set in January and February, reflecting a worrisome uptick in destruction in a state deep within the rainforest. Satellite alerts of...

Sandstorm suspends flights, many Iraqis struggle to breathe

May. 05, 2022 09:49 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Hundreds of Iraqis rushed to hospitals with breathing problems Thursday and the Baghdad airport suspended flights for several hours as a thick sandstorm blanketed the country, the fifth to engulf Iraq within a month. Iraqi state media said most of the patients...

Jordan's restoration efforts push back on degrading land

Apr. 27, 2022 15:35 PM EDT

SABHA, Jordan (AP) — Efforts to restore damaged but once fertile land in Jordan's desert are sprouting hope for one of the world’s most water-scarce nations, as a land assessment report Wednesday warned of the growing scale of global degradation. Local organizations believe...

Zimbabwe's tobacco rebounds amid worries over health, labor

Apr. 27, 2022 04:22 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe, Africa’s biggest tobacco grower and one of the world's top exporters of the nicotine leaf, has opened its selling season for the crop amid pledges to fight deforestation and child labor in response to pressure from rights groups, environmentalists and...