Latest Land degradation News

Brazil's Amazon states seek $500 million from Norway

Dec. 11, 2019 5:57 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The states of Brazil's Amazon region held talks Wednesday with Norway about possibly receiving some $500 million in funding for sustainable rainforest projects, if a deal to provide the funds at a federal level falls through. The $500 million had been earmarked for Brazil's Amazon...

Brazil's Bolsonaro calls activist Greta Thunberg a "brat"

Dec. 10, 2019 1:40 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday called young Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg a “brat” after she expressed concern about the slayings of indigenous Brazilians in the Amazon. Bolsonaro questioned the coverage news media have given Thunberg, 16,...

Minister: Brazil can't stop deforestation without help

Dec. 8, 2019 5:15 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Brazil can’t stop deforestation in the Amazon without the help of rich countries, the country’s environment minister said at the United Nations' two-week climate change conference. Ricardo Salles, who declined to set a target for limiting deforestation in the coming year, said...

Gunmen target Brazil indigenous people, killing two

Dec. 7, 2019 7:05 PM EST

Rio de Janeiro (AP) — Gunmen opened fire Saturday on a group of indigenous people in Brazil's Maranhao state, killing two, according to the state's public security secretariat. The attack on members of the Guajajara group, known for its forest guardians who protect their territory against illegal...

British Columbia will no longer log in key Skagit headwaters

Dec. 5, 2019 11:35 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — British Columbia's government announced Wednesday amid an international dispute that it will no longer allow timber sales in the Skagit River's headwaters. The Seattle Times reports the decision could intensify pressure over Canadian mining company Imperial Metals' pending permit to start...

Bolsonaro vs NGOs: Amazon town becomes ground zero for spat

Dec. 4, 2019 8:53 AM EST

ALTER DO CHAO, Brazil (AP) — A sleepy Amazon town has become the flashpoint for the growing hostility between Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro and environmental groups following the arrest of volunteer firefighters he has said set blazes in the rainforest. The episode prompted leaders of...

Meeting scheduled to detail plans to clean up mud flats

Nov. 30, 2019 11:48 AM EST

STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning to hold a public meeting on its plans to clean up about 50 acres of mud flats along the Housatonic River on the site of the Stratford Army Engine Plant. The New Haven Register reports that the meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m., Dec. 10 at...

Science warnings, US retreat add urgency to UN climate talks

Nov. 30, 2019 11:45 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Mass protests, a last-minute venue change and talk of climate tipping points are adding some unplanned drama to this year’s international talks on tackling global warming. Delegates from almost 200 countries had hoped to put the finishing touches to the rules governing the 2015 Paris...

Brazil’s president criticizes DiCaprio over Amazon fires

Nov. 29, 2019 8:52 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Without offering proof, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday said actor Leonardo DiCaprio had funded nonprofit groups that he claimed are partly responsible for fires in the Amazon this year. Bolsonaro’s remarks about the American actor were part of a wider government...

Protester voices: Colombians share their mounting discontent

Nov. 27, 2019 10:03 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Protesters in Colombia have been marching for nearly a week in demonstrations that are drawing students, workers and even entire families. Though several Latin American nations are experiencing a wave of protests, Colombia’s are perhaps unique for the diverse range of...