Latest Rain forests News

Big Brazilian gold refiner delisted amid Amazon mining probe

Oct. 05, 2022 21:03 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — One of Brazil’s biggest gold refiners, which processes gold suspected of being mined illegally in the Amazon rainforest, has been stripped of an important industry seal of approval that global manufacturers from Apple to Tesla rely on to root out abuses in their supply chains. ...

Worst Brazil forest fires in a decade, yet election silence

Oct. 01, 2022 08:22 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — September has come and gone, marking another painful milestone for the world's largest rainforest. It's the worst month for fire in the Amazon in over a decade. Satellite sensors detected over 42,000 fires in 30 days according to Brazil’s national space...

Number of Brazil Amazon fires hits five-year high in August

Sep. 01, 2022 10:51 AM EDT

MANAUS, Brazil (AP) — More fires burned in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest this August than in any month in nearly five years, thanks to a surge in illegal deforestation. Satellite sensors detected 33,116 fires according to Brazil's national space institute. The dry season months...

Crucial illegal road threatens Amazon rainforest

Aug. 24, 2022 16:03 PM EDT

An illegal dirt road ripping through protected areas in the Brazilian Amazon is now just a few miles shy of connecting two of the worst areas of deforestation in the region, according to satellite images and accounts from people familiar with the area. If the road is completed it will turn a large...

Prince William charity invests with bank tied to dirty fuels

Aug. 19, 2022 13:14 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The conservation charity founded by Prince William, second in line to the British throne and who launched the Earthshot Prize, keeps its investments in a bank that is one of the world's biggest backers of fossil fuels, The Associated Press has learned. The Royal...

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,...

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...

3 new arrests linked to slaying of Amazon expert, journalist

Aug. 06, 2022 15:53 PM EDT

BRASILIA, BRAZIL (AP) — Federal Police arrested three more suspects Saturday in a case arising from the slaying of a journalist and an Indigenous expert in the remote western reaches of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest in June. A police statement alleges the three were involved in the...

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...