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In this Nov. 25, 2019 photo, highway BR-163 stretches between the Tapajos National Forest, left, and a soy field in Belterra, Para state, Brazil. Carved through jungle during Brazil’s military dictatorship in the 1970s, this highway and BR-230, known as the Trans-Amazon, were built to bend nature to man’s will in the vast hinterland. Four decades later, there’s development taking shape, but also worsening deforestation. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Preservation or development? Brazil’s Amazon at a crossroads

Dec. 12, 2019 10:02 PM EST

TRAIRAO, Brazil (AP) — Night falls in Brazil’s Amazon and two logging trucks without license plates emerge from the jungle. They rumble over dirt roads that lead away from a national forest, carrying trunks of trees hundreds of years old. After pulling onto a darkened highway, the truckers chug to...

New Hanford cleanup contract worth up to $10B awarded

Dec. 12, 2019 8:17 PM EST

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — The Department of Energy awarded a new Hanford environmental cleanup contract worth up to $10 billion over 10 years, it announced Thursday. The Tri-City Herald reports under the current contract, almost 1,700 workers are cleaning up contamination primarily in the center of the...

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, second right, next to Vice President Hamilton Mourao, attend a lunch with Armed Forces General Officers in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Dic. 9, 2019. (AP Photo /Eraldo Peres)

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...

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2019 file photo, President Jair Bolsonaro attends a ceremony to launch an agro program at the Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil. Alter do Chao, a sleepy Amazon town, has become the flashpoint for the growing hostility between Bolsonaro and environmental groups following the arrest of firefighters he says set rainforest fires. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

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,...

In this photo taken on Saturday Dec. 7, 2019, Brazilian environment Ricardo Salles stands outside the Brazil delegation room at the COP25 U.N. climate talks in Madrid, Spain. Madrid is hosting a two-week global summit aimed at lessening the impact of rising temperatures. (AP Photo/Dorothee Thiesing)

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...

In this Dec. 1, 2019 photo, Caetano Scannavino, coordinator of NGO

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...

Supporters of the climate movement Ende Gelaende protest in front of a coal-fired power station Lippendorf near Leipzig, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019. Ende Gelaende is an action alliance for an immediate coal exit, climate justice and a fundamental system change. The alliance announces a mass action of civil disobedience in the Saxony and Lusatian coal mining area in Germany. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

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 Jair Bolsonaro flashes a thumbs up as he greets supporters after attending a Changing of the Guard at the Planalto Presidential Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

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...