Latest Forests News

Protesters: 'Cop City' activist's killing doesn't make sense

Jan. 29, 2023 14:42 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Tortuguita’s cautious voice rang out from a platform amid the tall pines the first time Vienna met them: “Who goes there?” she remembers them calling. The tree-dweller, who chose the moniker Tortuguita – Spanish for “Little Turtle” – over their given...

Why Brazil's Yanomami are being decimated by disease, mining

Jan. 26, 2023 17:49 PM EST

BOA VISTA, Brazil (AP) — Severe malnutrition and disease, particularly malaria, are decimating the Yanomami population in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, and on Jan. 20 the federal government declared a public health emergency. While many in Brazil were left wondering how the calamity could...

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. ...

Los Angeles Zoo's aged Asian elephant Jewel euthanized

Jan. 20, 2023 19:20 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jewel, the Los Angeles Zoo’s 61-year-old Asian elephant, was euthanized due to declining health, officials said Friday. Zoo staff monitored the geriatric elephant and provided supportive care around the clock for several days before determining that her quality...

Feds send $930 million to curb 'crisis' of US West wildfires

Jan. 19, 2023 18:16 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. is directing $930 million toward reducing wildfire dangers in 10 western states by clearing trees and underbrush from national forests, the Biden administration announced Thursday, as officials struggle to protect communities from destructive infernos being made...

Fashion sneakers propel sustainable rubber in Brazil Amazon

Jan. 19, 2023 11:39 AM EST

XAPURI, Brazil (AP) — Rubber tapper Raimundo Mendes de Barros prepares to leave his home, surrounded by rainforest, for an errand in the Brazilian Amazon city of Xapuri. He slides his long, scarred, 77-year-old feet into a pair of sneakers made by Veja, a French brand. At first...

Study: Big gap in carbon removal effort key to climate goals

Jan. 19, 2023 06:54 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Researchers say efforts to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere aren't being scaled up fast enough and can’t be relied on to meet crucial climate goals. A report published Thursday by scientists in Europe and the United States found that new methods of CO2...

Wetland forest with unique plants, wildlife now protected

Jan. 16, 2023 00:02 AM EST

ROCKY POINT, N.C. (AP) — With a mission to the beauty of natural habitats along North Carolina’s coast, Janice Allen was thrilled with the efforts to protect what she called a “little wetland gem” by two busy highways in Rocky Point. Allen, director of Land Protection for...

Coyotes master fitting into South Florida’s urban sprawl

Jan. 15, 2023 03:19 AM EST

John Ciccarelli and his buddy Ernest Slavis were out for an innocent Christmas Eve of Catholic Mass followed by some gambling. After worship at St. Maurice at Resurrection Catholic Church, they headed across the street to the Casino @ Dania Beach, where they expected an adrenaline...

Forest lizards genetically morph to survive life in the city

Jan. 10, 2023 15:19 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Lizards that once dwelled in forests but now slink around urban areas have genetically morphed to survive life in the city, researchers have found. The Puerto Rican crested anole, a brown lizard with a bright orange throat fan, has sprouted special...