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Bolsonaro vs NGOs: Amazon town becomes ground zero for spat

Dec. 4, 2019 8:53 AM EST

ALTER DO CHAO, Brazil (AP) — A sleepy Amazon town has become the flashpoint for the growing hostility between Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro and environmental groups following the arrest of volunteer firefighters he has said set blazes in the rainforest. The episode prompted leaders of...

Authorities: 2 kids dead, 1 missing after truck swept away

Nov. 30, 2019 10:16 PM EST

The bodies of two children were found Saturday, but searchers were still looking for a third child who went missing after a truck they were in was swept away while attempting to cross a runoff-swollen Arizona creek in what a sheriff’s official called a “horrible and tragic incident.” Gila...

Brazil’s president criticizes DiCaprio over Amazon fires

Nov. 29, 2019 8:52 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Without offering proof, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday said actor Leonardo DiCaprio had funded nonprofit groups that he claimed are partly responsible for fires in the Amazon this year. Bolsonaro’s remarks about the American actor were part of a wider government...

Apache man moving ‘home’ to protest copper mine in Arizona

Nov. 27, 2019 5:25 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Wendsler Nosie Sr. is drawn to a mountainous area in central Arizona where he and other Apaches have harvested medicinal plants, held coming-of-age ceremonies and gathered acorns for generations. On Thursday, he’ll start a three-day journey to make a permanent home in the...

The Latest: Firefighters make progress against blaze

Nov. 26, 2019 8:25 PM EST

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a California wildfire (all times local): 5:20 p.m. Firefighters are making progress containing a California wildfire that is still threatening more than 2,400 homes and other buildings. No homes have burned and the blaze in the mountains above Goleta in Santa Barbara...

French probe into pregnant women killed by dogs in a forest

Nov. 20, 2019 10:54 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French investigators are seeking to determine which dogs bit and killed a pregnant woman in a forest during a hunt with hounds last weekend. The prosecutor in charge of the case, Frederic Trinh, said the autopsy showed that the 29-year-old woman died of bleeding as a result of multiple dog...

Lawsuit filed to stop big US Forest Service project in Idaho

Nov. 19, 2019 2:19 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is ignoring a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling by restarting a giant forest project in Idaho, say environmental groups that have filed another lawsuit seeking to stop the project a second time. The Alliance for the Wild Rockies and the other groups filed...

Brazil says Amazon deforestation is worst since 2008

Nov. 18, 2019 5:29 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest is at its worst in more than a decade, a government report said Monday, undermining officials’ claims that concerns by environmentalists have been overblown. Deforestation between August 2018 and July 2019 reached 9,762 square...

Illegal pot farms on public land create environmental hazard

Nov. 17, 2019 1:19 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two months after two men were arrested at an illicit marijuana farm on public land deep in the Northern California wilderness, authorities are assessing the environmental impact and cleanup costs at the site where trees were clear-cut, waterways were diverted, and the ground was littered...

Cyprus president: Arsonists won’t stop national park plan

Nov. 14, 2019 2:16 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ president vowed on Thursday to press ahead with creating a national park in a largely untouched area of the tourism-reliant island, following a string of deliberately-set forest fires that were blamed on local landowners’ development plans. Nicos Anastasiades...