Latest Deforestation News

Little talk of rainforest protection in the Brazilian Amazon

Aug. 17, 2022 08:05 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In the Brazilian Amazon these days, it's nearly impossible to run for office talking up the environment. More common is a scene like this: A candidate for Congress parades a helicopter — the symbol of illegal gold mining — painted with the Brazilian flag,...

French wildfire stops expanding; workers seek to tame it

Aug. 14, 2022 11:44 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A major wildfire that ravaged pine forests in a tourist-beloved area of southwestern France has stopped expanding after rain fell and firefighters worked Sunday to tame it. Ronan Léaustic, an official in the Gironde region, said 8,000 evacuated residents have been...

European firefighters join battle to stop French wildfires

Aug. 12, 2022 10:30 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Firefighters from across Europe started arriving in France on Friday to help battle several wildfires, including a giant blaze ravaging pine forests in the southwest. A series of heat waves have compounded a critical drought in much of Europe to create prime wildfire...

Wildfire in southwestern France: 8,000 people evacuated

Aug. 10, 2022 12:58 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Firefighters were battling a wildfire in southwestern France on Wednesday in a region known for its pine forests that was ravaged by flames last month. The blaze forced the evacuation of about 8,000 people and destroyed at least sixteen houses. A major highway near the...

In reversal, Brazil court reopens case of rainforest park

Aug. 09, 2022 23:49 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — After declaring the decision final, a state court backpedaled Monday and reopened a lawsuit that invalidates a protected area in Brazil’s Amazon. The judicial reversal is a setback for a cattle rancher dubbed the rainforest’s worst perpetrator. The Mato...

Problematic or perilous: Brazil's environmental choice

Aug. 07, 2022 10:39 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — One president of Brazil built a giant dam that wrought tremendous damage in the Amazon rainforest. He slashed the size of a protected area to accommodate land grabbers. He steered billions of dollars toward the land-hungry cattle industry. That president...

Man who destroyed vast forest wins demise of park

Aug. 06, 2022 08:12 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In a move that shocked environmentalists, the government of Brazil’s third-largest state has given up a legal fight over protecting a state park in one of the Amazon's most biodiverse areas. The upshot of that decision is that a man responsible for the deforestation of...

Brazil moves toward paving road key to deforestation

Jul. 29, 2022 16:41 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In a decision that critics have labeled as dangerous, Brazil’s government granted a preliminary environmental permit for paving a dirt highway that cuts through one of the Amazon rainforest’s most preserved areas. The road known as BR-319, runs about 900...

2nd state in Mexico begins avocado exports to U.S. market

Jul. 28, 2022 16:18 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. consumers will finally get the chance to try avocados from Jalisco after 25 years in which neighboring Michoacan has been the only Mexican state authorized to send the green fruit to the U.S. market. That just may help with prices, which have soared this...

US to plant 1 billion trees as climate change kills forests

Jul. 25, 2022 20:03 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration on Monday said the government will plant more than one billion trees across millions of acres of burned and dead woodlands in the U.S. West, as officials struggle to counter the increasing toll on the nation's forests from wildfires, insects and...