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Tribes, environmentalists battle copper mine in Arizona

May. 19, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

SONOITA, Ariz. (AP) — Scenic State Highway 83 gently curves through southeastern Arizona's wine country, past waves of blond grass dotted with orange-tipped ocotillo plants before the dark Santa Rita Mountains loom into view. The Milepost 44 pullout offers a panorama of the range in the Coronado National...

Peru's military tries to curb illegal gold mining in Amazon

May. 16, 2019 1:25 AM EDT

LA PAMPA, Peru (AP) — By day, Peruvian police and soldiers search for and destroy equipment used by illegal gold miners in a part of the Amazon rainforest where mining has transformed once-dense foliage into a desert pocked with dead trees and toxic pools. As night falls, they play cards and soccer, call...

Mexico cancels school in capital due to poor air quality

May. 15, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's education ministry cancelled schools in the capital and surrounding areas for Thursday due to a siege of air pollution. Weather conditions at the end of Mexico's dry season combined with dozens of brushfires burning in and around the city have produced a blanket of smoky haze....

AP Explains: Brazil's environmental changes under Bolsonaro

May. 15, 2019 8:05 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The administration of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has canceled a United Nations climate change workshop to be held in the city of Salvador in August, reaffirming its lack of interest in participating in international efforts to fight global warming. The far-right Bolsonaro has...

Forest fires blaze in eastern Russia, forcing evacuations

May. 9, 2019 8:39 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Wildfires are blazing on about 58,000 hectares (145,000 acres) throughout the eastern reaches of Russia, threatening small villages and forcing the evacuation of children and senior citizens from at least one village. Avialesookhrana, the Russian government agency for aerial protection of...

Correction: Destined to Burn-New Homes story

May. 7, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — In a story April 27 about residents in rural areas preparing for wildfires that was distributed by The Associated Press, the Reno Gazette Journal erroneously spelled the names of a couple quoted in the story. They are Laura and Ed Heneveld. A corrected version of the story is below: Tahoe...

As Israeli group expands, Palestinian houses face demolition

May. 3, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — For 20 years, Hala Kashour has lived with her husband in what she called "paradise," a bucolic meadow that rolls through a Palestinian neighborhood of east Jerusalem. The coveted pasture, which Israel calls the "Peace Forest," lies in the crosshairs of a long-simmering conflict between the...

Lawyer fighting palm oil among 6 to win environmental prize

Apr. 29, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — When Alfred Brownell arrived in a remote Liberian village, the surrounding tropical rainforest had been leveled by bulldozers. Burial grounds were uprooted, religious shrines were desecrated and a stream people depended upon for water was polluted. Brownell, an environmental lawyer and...

Blaze breaks out in forest that inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

Apr. 29, 2019 5:37 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British firefighters are tackling a blaze in the woodland that inspired "Winnie-the-Pooh." East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service says its crews were called Sunday evening to a blaze in southern England's Ashdown Forest, inspiration for the 100 Acre Wood in A.A. Milne's children's stories. The...

Germany: Dry weather raises fears of forest fires, drought

Apr. 24, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Meteorologists in Germany say rain forecast for the next few days is unlikely to provide much relief to parched fields and forests, raising fears of a repeat of last year's drought and serious wildfires. Udo Busch of the German meteorological agency DWD said if dry conditions prevail, the...