Latest Deforestation News

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...

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...

Brazil detects record Amazon deforestation in Jan. and Feb.

Mar. 11, 2022 11:59 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Detected deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon reached a record high for the month of February following a similar record the prior month. Satellite alerts of deforestation in February corresponded to 199 square kilometers (77 square miles), the highest...

In Brazil, artists and activists protest against mining bill

Mar. 09, 2022 19:44 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Thousands of Brazilians gathered outside Congress on Wednesday to protest a set of bills they say threaten the Amazon rainforest by encouraging deforestation and industrial activity on protected Indigenous lands. The event, led by star Brazilian musician...

Green groups say Romania failing to stop illegal logging

Feb. 23, 2022 10:25 AM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Environmental groups say Romania has failed to tackle illegal logging and nature destruction in areas protected by European Union law, two years after Brussels warned the country to put an end to illicit deforestation. A new report authored by...

Experts see avocado price rise, damage to Mexican producers

Feb. 17, 2022 19:58 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Experts say you may be paying more for your avocado toast in the short term, and the effects of the U.S. temporary ban on imports of the fruit is already being felt by avocado pickers in Mexico. Mexico is negotiating security guarantees for U.S. inspectors who...

Mexico's avocados face fallout from violence, deforestation

Feb. 16, 2022 19:59 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — With clever Super Bowl ads, an irresistible fruit and apparently insatiable appetite from U.S. consumers, Mexico’s avocado producers have so far been able to separate avocados from the conflictive landscape that produces them — at least until a threat to a U.S. agricultural...