Latest Deforestation News

Fire-ravaged forests get help from pine cone collectors

Oct. 27, 2019 11:52 PM EDT

ALONG THE BURNT MESA TRAIL, N.M. (AP) — With snow ready to fall, the scramble was on to collect as many ponderosa pine cones as possible. A crew outfitted with spurs, ropes and hard hats scaled hefty tree trunks and used long clippers to snip branches loaded with the prickly orbs. The cones being gathered...

Pope urges bold action to protect the Amazon amid fires

Oct. 6, 2019 7:56 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged bishops on Sunday to boldly shake up the status quo as they chart ways to better care for the Amazon and its indigenous people amid threats from forest fires, development and what he called ideological "ashes of fear." Francis opened a three-week meeting on preserving...

Arrows and smartphones: daily life of Amazon Tembe tribe

Oct. 5, 2019 1:40 AM EDT

ALTO RIO GUAMA INDIGENOUS RESERVE, Brazil (AP) — They hunt with bows and arrows, fish for piranhas and gather wild plants, while some watch soap operas on TV or check the internet on phones inside thatch-roof huts. They paint their faces with dyes from seeds to prepare for battle and also use video...

Arrows and smartphones: daily life of Amazon Tembe tribe

Oct. 1, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

ALTO RIO GUAMA INDIGENOUS RESERVE, Brazil (AP) — They hunt with bows and arrows, fish for piranhas and gather wild plants, while some watch soap operas on TV or check the internet on phones inside thatch-roof huts. They paint their faces with dyes from seeds to prepare for battle and also use video...

Arrows and smartphones: daily life of Amazon Tembe tribe

Oct. 1, 2019 12:04 AM EDT

ALTO RIO GUAMA INDIGENOUS RESERVE, Brazil (AP) — They hunt with bows and arrows, fish for piranhas and gather wild plants, while some watch soap operas on TV or check the internet on phones inside thatch-roof huts. They paint their faces with dyes from seeds to prepare for battle and also use video...

Africa's charcoal trade is decimating fragile forest cover

Sep. 25, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The machete-wielding men lodge themselves deep inside forests for weeks at a time, felling trees that will be incinerated into pieces of charcoal. Because they often work at night and target seemingly idle public land, they operate with relative impunity while decimating forests in...

AP Explains: A look at Amazon fires as climate worries mount

Sep. 24, 2019 8:56 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Fires that swept parts of the Amazon this year added to global worries about a warming climate, as well as the sense of urgency at the Climate Action Summit at the United Nations this week. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has said he wants to convert forests to soybean farms...

Brazil's president is heading to UN in a pugnacious mood

Sep. 23, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been in power for less than nine months, but he's already had diplomatic spats with France, Germany, China, Norway, Arab nations, Venezuela, Cuba and Argentina. Now the pugnacious leader is set to go onto the world's biggest diplomatic stage and buck...

Brazil aims to deflect criticism over Amazon deforestation

Sep. 20, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In July, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro dismissed global concerns about fires raging in the world's largest rainforest, saying "The Amazon is Brazil's, not yours." Now, the far-right president's government has a new message: Everything's fine, and the rainforest is open for private...

Amazon tribe in Brazil patrols territory, braces for fight

Sep. 18, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

ALTO RIO GUAMA INDIGENOUS RESERVE, Brazil (AP) — Deep in the Amazon rainforest, there is talk of a looming conflict over land. The men in the Tembe indigenous group sometimes daub themselves in traditional war paint and patrol the forest. They carry bows and arrows, but feel increasingly vulnerable as they...