Latest Forests News

Pope appoints first cardinal from Amazon rainforest

Jul. 01, 2022 08:11 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — When the Archbishop of the Brazilian city of Manaus Leonardo Steiner kneels before Pope Francis on August 27, the Brazilian clergyman will make history as the first cardinal to come from the Amazon region. “The communities feel that the distance between Rome...

Poland completes Belarus border wall to keep migrants out

Jun. 30, 2022 05:43 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A year after migrants started crossing into the European Union from Belarus to Poland, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and top security officials visited the border area on Thursday to mark the completion of a new steel wall. On Friday, Polish...

Big cats in urban jungle: LA mountain lions, Mumbai leopards

Jun. 30, 2022 02:43 AM EDT

Los Angeles and Mumbai, India, share many superlatives as pinnacles of cinema, fashion, and traffic congestion. But another similarity lurks in the shadows, most often seen at night walking silently on four paws. These metropolises are the world’s only megacities of 10 million-plus...

Fire restrictions now lifted in 2 northern Arizona forests

Jun. 28, 2022 18:57 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Fire restrictions have been lifted in the Coconino National Forest, Kaibab National Forest and other public land in Coconino County. As of noon Tuesday, Kaibab lifted all fire restrictions including the area closure on Bill Williams Mountain. ...

NJ firefighters fully contain Ocean-Burlington forest fire

Jun. 27, 2022 11:47 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.J. (AP) — Firefighters have fully contained a forest fire in Ocean and Burlington counties, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service said Monday. The agency said the blaze in the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest had burned 315 acres and was 100% contained as of 11 a.m. Monday....

Big landowner closing California forests due to fire danger

Jun. 27, 2022 11:16 AM EDT

ANDERSON, Calif. (AP) — Swaths of private California forestlands will be closed to the public starting this week due to extreme drought and risk of wildfires, the owner announced. Sierra Pacific Industries said the closure will take effect July 1 and will remain in effect until...

Family, friends mourn British journalist killed in Brazil

Jun. 26, 2022 17:53 PM EDT

NITEROI, Brazil (AP) — Gathered at a cemetery on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, friends and relatives paid their final respects on Sunday to British journalist Dom Phillips, killed in the Brazilian Amazon while researching for a book about how to save the world’s largest rainforest. ...

New Colombian president pledges to protect rainforest

Jun. 25, 2022 14:26 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Gustavo Petro, Colombia’s first elected leftist president, will take office in August with ambitious proposals to halt the record-high rates of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. Petro has promised to limit agribusiness expansion into the forest, and create reserves...

Indigenous and family mourn expert killed in the Amazon

Jun. 24, 2022 15:49 PM EDT

RECIFE, Brazil (AP) — Members of Brazilian Indigenous groups, friends and family members gathered Friday to mourn Bruno Pereira, an expert on Indigenous peoples who was killed with a British journalist during a trip to the heart of the Amazon rainforest. His was cremated following the ceremony. ...

Recent rain allows forests in US Southwest to reopen

Jun. 23, 2022 18:02 PM EDT

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Some national forests in Arizona and New Mexico are relaxing fire restrictions and reopening, thanks to a strong start to the annual rainy season in the southwest U.S. The monsoon has delivered much-needed moisture to the parched region and relief from...