Latest Rain forests News

Mining companies back away from Brazil's Indigenous areas

May. 20, 2022 15:56 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Some of the world’s biggest mining companies have withdrawn requests to research and extract minerals on Indigenous land in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, and have repudiated Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s efforts to legalize mining activity in the areas. ...

Elon Musk visits Brazil's Bolsonaro to discuss Amazon plans

May. 20, 2022 13:40 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Tesla and SpaceX chief executive officer Elon Musk met with Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday to discuss connectivity and other projects in the Amazon rainforest. The meeting, held in a luxurious resort in Sao Paulo state, was organized by...

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...

DiCaprio, Ruffalo urge Brazilians to vote, irking Bolsonaro

May. 04, 2022 18:06 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Hollywood stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo joined other celebrities making a final push for voters in Brazil to register before the Wednesday deadline, prompting dismissive responses from President Jair Bolsonaro. In recent days, A-listers in Brazil...

Brazil's Senate to investigate after alleged Yanomami rape

May. 03, 2022 18:13 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Brazilian Senate’s Human Rights Committee is sending a team to Yanomami indigenous territory after reports that a 12-year-old Indigenous girl was sexually violated and murdered. In a post to his Twitter account Tuesday, Sen. Humberto Costa, who leads the...

It's a joey! Bronx Zoo announces birth of rare tree kangaroo

Apr. 29, 2022 15:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A baby tree kangaroo that's just poking its nose out of its mother's pouch is the first of its species born at the Bronx Zoo since 2008, zoo officials announced Friday. The birth of the Matschie’s tree kangaroo joey “is an exciting birth for the Bronx Zoo and a...

Brazil court deals blow to massive Amazon gold mine project

Apr. 25, 2022 20:17 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian federal court on Monday upheld the suspension of an environmental license for what would be the largest open-pit gold mine in the nation's Amazon rainforest, dealing a blow to the Canada-based company behind the project. Belo Sun Mining Corp. was...

Algae a winner in Elon Musk-funded greenhouse gas contest

Apr. 22, 2022 10:48 AM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — From algae farming to producing a sort of artificial limestone, ideas for reducing greenhouse gas in the atmosphere are getting a funding boost from famed entrepreneur Elon Musk. The Tesla electric vehicle and SpaceX rocket company developer is bankrolling a...