Latest Deforestation News

Problematic or perilous: Brazil's environmental choice

Aug. 07, 2022 10:39 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — One president of Brazil built a giant dam that wrought tremendous damage in the Amazon rainforest. He slashed the size of a protected area to accommodate land grabbers. He steered billions of dollars toward the land-hungry cattle industry. That president...

Man who destroyed vast forest wins demise of park

Aug. 06, 2022 08:12 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In a move that shocked environmentalists, the government of Brazil’s third-largest state has given up a legal fight over protecting a state park in one of the Amazon's most biodiverse areas. The upshot of that decision is that a man responsible for the deforestation of...

Brazil moves toward paving road key to deforestation

Jul. 29, 2022 16:41 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In a decision that critics have labeled as dangerous, Brazil’s government granted a preliminary environmental permit for paving a dirt highway that cuts through one of the Amazon rainforest’s most preserved areas. The road known as BR-319, runs about 900...

2nd state in Mexico begins avocado exports to U.S. market

Jul. 28, 2022 16:18 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. consumers will finally get the chance to try avocados from Jalisco after 25 years in which neighboring Michoacan has been the only Mexican state authorized to send the green fruit to the U.S. market. That just may help with prices, which have soared this...

US to plant 1 billion trees as climate change kills forests

Jul. 25, 2022 20:03 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration on Monday said the government will plant more than one billion trees across millions of acres of burned and dead woodlands in the U.S. West, as officials struggle to counter the increasing toll on the nation's forests from wildfires, insects and...

Report: Brazil authorities pay no mind to deforestation

Jul. 20, 2022 13:59 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Environmental criminals in the Brazilian Amazon destroyed public rainforests equal the size of El Salvador over the past six years, yet the Federal Police — the Brazilian version of the FBI — carried out only seven operations aimed at this massive loss, according to a...

Moroccan soldiers, firefighters battle fires in the north

Jul. 15, 2022 18:37 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Firefighters and the military struggled on Friday to contain three wildfires in northern Morocco that has killed at least one person as hundreds of residents evacuated their homes because of flames that ravaged large swaths of pine forests. Efforts to...

Deforestation in Brazilian Amazon hits tragic record in 2022

Jul. 12, 2022 09:35 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon during the first half of 2022 broke all records, a measure of the increasing destruction taking place under the presidency of Jair Bolsonaro. Satellite images taken between January and June show 4,000 square kilometers...

Wild species relied on by billions at risk, report warns

Jul. 08, 2022 11:21 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Every day billions of people depend on wild flora and fauna to obtain food, medicine and energy. But a new United Nations-backed report says that overexploitation, climate change, pollution and deforestation are pushing one million species towards extinction. ...

North Korea works to prevent flood damages amid COVID crisis

Jun. 28, 2022 05:36 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Koreans were working intensively to protect crops, factory equipment and other assets from potential damage from days of heavy rainfall, state media said Tuesday, as outside observers worry any flooding could aggravate the country’s economic hardships amid its...