Latest Land degradation News

Indictment: city illegally dug up lead-laden soil from range

Sep. 17, 2020 6:51 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The public works director of a North Carolina city has been indicted in federal court on charges his department illegally transported hazardous waste from the city's shooting range. Federal prosecutors in Charlotte say David Lutz, 64, of Pisgah Forest, illegally had his workers dig...

RI finds toxins in soil at highway construction site

Sep. 17, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island officials have found toxins in soil brought in by a contractor building highway interchange in Providence and have ordered its removal. Samples taken from the soil at the construction site at the interchange between Routes 6 and 10 contained elevated levels of...

Altemir Freitas Mota carries a tool used in cutting down trees as he leads Tenetehara Indigenous men from the Ka'Azar, or Forest Owners, to his group's campsite after he was apprehended for illegal logging on the Alto Rio Guama reserve in Para state, near the city of Paragominas, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Three Tenetehara Indigenous villages are patrolling to guard against illegal logging, gold mining, ranching, and farming on their lands, as increasing encroachment and lax government enforcement during COVID-19 have forced the tribe to take matters into their own hands. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Amazon Indigenous group patrols to expel invading loggers

Sep. 16, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

ALTO RIO GUAMA INDIGENOUS TERRITORY, Brazil (AP) — A bit after sunrise, dozens of Indigenous Tembé men began preparing for the important day ahead. They danced, chanted and donned matching black T-shirts before setting off on motorbikes into Brazil's Amazon forest. Self-declared “forest...

EPA removes Montgomery site from Superfund list

Sep. 10, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — After years of work, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will not put a polluted area in downtown Montgomery on its list of the most contaminated Superfund sites in the country, a state agency announced Wednesday. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management announced...

Des Moines hopeful eyesore near downtown will be cleared

Sep. 10, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A sprawling former industrial site on the edge of downtown Des Moines would be transferred to city ownership and prepared for future development under a plan that officials announced Thursday. The City Council will vote Monday on whether to join a consent decree that if approved by...

Soil dug out to remove Yellowstone gasoline contamination

Sep. 2, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park officials expect to reopen a road closed by a gasoline spill sometime within the next week. The 6-mile (10-kilometer) stretch of two-lane road from Fishing Bridge Junction to Mud Volcano has been closed since a tanker truck rolled on its side...

Trucks sit idle on highway BR-163 as it is blocked by Kayapo Indigenous near Novo Progresso, Para state, Brazil, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. Protesters blocked the road to pressure Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to better shield them from COVID-19, to extend damages payments for road construction near their land, and to consult them on a proposed cargo railway. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Top Brazil official says no halt to Amazon protections

Aug. 29, 2020 12:44 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s environment ministry said it will continue operations to curb deforestation and fires in the Amazon and other regions, reversing an earlier announcement that it would halt such operations starting Monday. The decision was published on the ministry’s website...

Fire consumes land deforested by cattle farmers near Novo Progresso, Para state, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. Under military command, Brazil's once-effective investigation and prosecution of illegal rainforest destruction by ranchers, farmers and miners has come to a virtual halt, even as this year's burning season is about to begin. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

AP finds Brazil's plan to protect Amazon has opposite effect

Aug. 28, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

NOVO PROGRESSO, Brazil (AP) — In May, facing urgent international demands for action after a string of massive wildfires in the Amazon, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro put the army in charge of protecting the rainforest. Instead, The Associated Press has found, the operation dubbed as “Green...

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro wears a mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic at the start of a ceremony where his nation's flag is projected over him in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. In May, facing urgent international demands for action after a string of massive wildfires in the Amazon, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro put the army in charge of protecting the rainforest. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

AP finds Brazil's plan to protect Amazon has opposite effect

Aug. 28, 2020 12:07 AM EDT

NOVO PROGRESSO, Brazil (AP) — In May, facing urgent international demands for action after a string of massive wildfires in the Amazon, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro put the army in charge of protecting the rainforest. Instead, The Associated Press has found, the operation dubbed as “Green...

Men search for gold at an illegal gold mine in the Amazon jungle in the Itaituba area of Para state, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. It’s part of a gold rush that started in 1984 after the precious metal was discovered in the region, where around 30 tons of gold worth some $1.1 billion are illegally traded in the state of Para annually, according to National Mining Agency estimates, or about six times more than the amount legally declared. (AP Photo/Lucas Dumphreys)

AP PHOTOS: llegal gold miners ravage Brazil's rainforest

Aug. 24, 2020 11:32 AM EDT

ITAITUBA, Brazil (AP) — The wiry figure of an illegal gold miner wields his machete to cut a path through virgin rainforest, opening the way for his partners heading to a gold mine deep in the Itaituba region of the Amazon, between two protected forest reserves. Dercilio Franchini, 52, and his partner Ze...