Latest Rain forests News

Worries abound that Mexico’s Maya Train will destroy jungle

Feb. 03, 2023 18:04 PM EST

CALAKMUL BIOSPHERE RESERVE, Mexico (AP) — Miguel Ángel Díaz walks slowly so his footfall on dry leaves doesn’t drive away what he's trying to find in this dense forest of seeded breadnut and sapodilla trees. Coming to a small wetland, a sign warns: Beware of the crocodile. ...

In Congo, activists look to Pope to boost forest protections

Feb. 01, 2023 12:04 PM EST

Local climate activists in Congo are hoping Pope Francis' visit will help spur action to protect the country's rainforest from oil and gas interests. The Pope's call to protect Congo's “great green lungs of the world” on Tuesday was welcomed by campaigners who see the papal visit...

Investigation faults Liberian agency protecting rainforest

Jan. 24, 2023 23:09 PM EST

An independent investigation into logging in the Liberian rainforest found illegal operations “on a significant scale," with multiple missteps or breaches of law by the government agency charged with protecting those forests, according to a copy of the report obtained by The Associated Press. ...

$1 million system to reduce traffic in Puerto Rico forest

Jan. 09, 2023 16:17 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. government announced a $1 million investment on Monday to establish a park-and-ride system for Puerto Rico's El Yunque National Forest. Some 1.2 million people visit the forest every year, with up to 3,000 cars trying every day to access an...

Border pressures migrate north as Venezuelans head to Denver

Jan. 09, 2023 11:11 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Javier Guillen just wanted to get to the United States as he endured a three-month trek from Venezuela, hiking through Central American jungles and spending four days clinging to the roof of a Mexican train known as “the beast” to avoid police and kidnappers. But...

Hess to buy $750 million in carbon credits from Guyana

Dec. 03, 2022 10:22 AM EST

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — U.S.-owned Hess Corporation, a consortium partner in Guyana’s offshore oil sector, has agreed to buy $750 million worth of carbon credits from the South American nation in the next decade as it works to ensure Guyana’s almost intact Amazonian rainforests remain...

Amazon loses 10% of its vegetation in nearly four decades

Dec. 02, 2022 16:03 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Amazon region has lost 10% of its native vegetation, mostly tropical rainforest, in almost four decades, an area roughly the size of Texas, a new report says. From 1985 to 2021, the deforested area surged from 490,000 square kilometers (190,000 square...

Amazon deforestation in Brazil remains near 15-year high

Nov. 30, 2022 15:08 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon slowed slightly last year, a year after a 15-year high, according to closely watched numbers published Wednesday. The data was released by the National Institute for Space Research. The agency’s Prodes monitoring system...

At climate summit, Brazil's Lula promises new day for Amazon

Nov. 16, 2022 17:56 PM EST

SHARM el-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Six weeks before taking power, Brazilian President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on Wednesday told cheering crowds at the U.N. climate conference that he would crack down on illegal deforestation in the Amazon, revive relationships with countries that finance...

Fight over aid for climate losses divides UN talks

Nov. 16, 2022 11:59 AM EST

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — With an end-of-the-week deadline rushing at them faster than agreements are coming out of them, negotiators at the U.N. climate summit were in a difficult spot Wednesday. Talks in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh got off to a plodding start and...