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Pope Francis blames Amazon fires on destructive 'interests'

Oct 06, 2019 - 6:32 PM

'The fire of God is warmth that attracts and gathers into unity. It is fed by sharing, not by profits,' says the Pope

ON AMAZON. Pope Francis speaks as he celebrates a mass on October 6, 2019 at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, for the opening of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

As global leaders meet, the Amazon rainforest burns

Sep 22, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The rate of deforestation in the Amazon has nearly doubled since far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro came to power in January

AMAZON ON FIRE. View of a burnt area of forest in Altamira, Para state, Brazil, in the Amazon basin, on August 27, 2019. Photo by Joao Laet/AFP

H&M suspends Brazil leather purchases over Amazon fires

Sep 06, 2019 - 12:31 PM

The retail giant responds to the fires destroying the world's largest rainforest

NO BRAZIL LEATHER. Swedish fashion retail giant Hennes and Mauritz (H&M) says they are temporary freezing leather orders from Brazil following the Amazon fires. File photo by EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

Bolsonaro accuses U.N. rights chief of meddling, praises Pinochet

Sep 05, 2019 - 9:47 AM

Brazil's president hits UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet for allegedly meddling in his country's internal affairs by 'attacking our courageous civil police and military'

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during the launching ceremony of the Front Brazil Project, which aims at reducing the rates of violence in cities, at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on August 29, 2019.  EVARISTO SA / AFP

Brazil president Bolsonaro to skip Amazon summit on doctor's orders

Sep 03, 2019 - 9:18 AM

Bolsonaro is due to undergo surgery to correct an incisional hernia, his fourth operation since he was stabbed nearly a year ago during the presidential campaign

UNDER THE KNIFE. File photo of Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro. Photo by Marcelo Chello/Shutterstock.com

Brazil's Bolsonaro fuels spat with Europe as fires soar

Aug 31, 2019 - 8:51 AM

The latest official data show thousands of new fires are ignited across Brazil on Thursday – the first day of a ban on burning –with most of them in the Amazon basin

JAIR BOLSONARO. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (R) talks to advisors before the launching ceremony of the Front Brazil Project at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on August 29, 2019. Photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

Brazil's burning ban takes effect as Amazon fires rage

Aug 29, 2019 - 4:17 PM

(UPDATED) The decree issued by President Jair Bolsonaro comes after escalating international pressure over the worst fires in the Amazon in years

BOLSONARO'S BAN. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during the commemoration ceremony of the National Volunteer Day in Brasilia, on August 28, 2019. Photo by Evaristo Sa/AFP

Amazon fires a 'tipping point' – forestry group chief

Aug 28, 2019 - 1:50 PM

The situation in the Amazon is 'very urgent,' stresses Gerhard Dieterle, executive director of the International Tropical Timber Organization

AMAZON ON FIRE. View of a fire in the Amazon rainforest near Novo Progresso, Para state, Brazil, on August 25, 2019. Photo by Joao Laet / AFP)

G7 pledges millions to fight Amazon fires

Aug 27, 2019 - 7:57 AM

Nearly 80,000 forest fires have been detected in Brazil since the beginning of the year – just over half of them in the massive Amazon basin

FOREST FIRES. Brazilian farmer Helio Lombardo Do Santos and a dog walk through a burnt area of the Amazon rainforest, near Porto Velho, Rondonia state, Brazil, on August 26, 2019. Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP

United Kingdom pledges $12.3 million for fire-ravaged Amazon

Aug 26, 2019 - 4:00 PM

The money will made available immediately to help restore the habitat, including areas that have been hit by the fires, the British government says in a statement

AMAZON ON FIRE. View of a fire in the Amazon rainforest near Novo Progresso, Para state, Brazil, on August 25, 2019 Photo by Joao Laet/AFP

Pope Francis fears for Amazon, planet's 'vital lung'

Aug 25, 2019 - 7:08 PM

He urges the world's 1.3 billion Catholics to pray for the fires to be extinguished as quickly as possible

POPE'S MESSAGE. Pope Francis speaks from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St. Peter's square during the weekly Angelus prayer on August 25, 2019 at the Vatican. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Hundreds of new fires in Brazil as Amazon outrage grows

Aug 24, 2019 - 10:26 PM

(UPDATED) Official figures show 78,383 forest fires were recorded in Brazil so far in 2019, the highest number of any year since 2013

DEFORESTED LAND. Aerial picture showing a deforested piece of land in the Amazon rainforest near an area affected by fires, about 65 km from Porto Velho, in the state of Rondonia, in northern Brazil, on August 23, 2019. Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP

Protests to greet G7 leaders as they discuss Amazon fires, trade

Aug 24, 2019 - 1:15 PM

(UPDATED) United States President Donald Trump and his fellow G7 leaders will meet in France as wildfires rage in the Amazon rainforest and trade tensions heat up

Oxfam activists wearing firefighters costumes and "big head" masks depicting (from 2nd-L) British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, US President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and German Chancellor Angela Merkel perform druing a demonstration in Biarritz on August 23, 2019, on the eve of the Group of Seven (G7) summit. (Photo by Bertrand GUAY / AFP)

Brazil's Bolsonaro authorizes army to help fight Amazon fires

Aug 23, 2019 - 11:53 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's decision comes as demonstrations are held around the world over the fires in the Amazon forest

WORD WAR. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro blasts his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron as having a 'colonialist mentality' for rallying G-7 countries to address wildfires raging in the Amazon rainforest. File photo by Jacques Witt/Pool/AFP

Amazon wildfires 'acute emergency,' belongs on G7 agenda – Germany

Aug 23, 2019 - 6:57 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron's bid at rallying world leaders on the issue has been immediately blasted by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who accused the G7 summit host of having a 'colonialist mentality'

PROTEST. A man walks past protestors as they hold posters highlighting environmental hazard, wildfires and deforestation of the Amazon outside the Brazilian embassy in Mumbai on August 23, 2019. Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

Amazon fires: how celebrities are spreading misinformation

Aug 23, 2019 - 6:03 PM

Singers, actors, and world leaders share misleading photos of Amazon fires taken years ago on social media

Brazil's Bolsonaro blames Amazon fires on NGOs as Twitter erupts

Aug 22, 2019 - 7:27 AM

'No matter how successful we are, if our Earth dies, we all die,' says one Twitter post

Brazil's right-wing presidential candidate for the Social Liberal Party (PSL), Jair Bolsonaro votes during runoff elections, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 28, 2018. (Photo by RICARDO MORAES / POOL / AFP)

Forest fires in Brazil surge as deforestation accelerates

Aug 21, 2019 - 6:49 PM

Fires have been concentrated in states occupying the Amazon. Thick smoke has blanketed several cities in recent days and even caused a commercial flight to be diverted.

FOREST FIRES. In this image, taken by NOAA-20, the smoke from the fires in the Amazon rainforest can be clearly seen. File photo from NOAA

Bolsonaro vows to fight 'illegal deforestation' in Brazil

Aug 04, 2019 - 8:53 PM

The announcement comes a day after the head of Brazil's National Institute for Space Research says he was being sacked after a row with President Jair Bolsonaro over deforestation

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro attends a ceremony to commemorate the participation of Brazil in World War II in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on May 8, 2019. (Photo by MAURO PIMENTEL / AFP)

Brazil scraps bid to mine Amazon natural reserve

Sep 26, 2017 - 9:35 AM

The Brazilian government backs off a controversial proposal to authorize private companies to mine a sprawling Amazon reserve after blistering domestic and international criticism

THE AMAZON. This file photo taken on December 04, 2011 shows an aerial view of the Amazonic forest reserve of Trairao, western Para state, northern Brazil on December 4, 2011.  Lunae Parracho/AFP

Nearly 400 new species discovered in Amazon

Aug 31, 2017 - 11:16 AM

The report by the WWF and Brazil s Mamiraua Institute released in Sao Paulo listed 216 previously unknown plants 93 fish 32 amphibians 19 reptiles one bird and 20 mammals two of them fossils

BIODIVERSITY HOTSPOT. This file photo taken on December 04, 2011 shows an aerial view of the Amazonic forest reserve of Trairao, western Para state, northern Brazil on December 4, 2011. Lunae Parracho/AFP

Brazil arrests 'Amazon's biggest deforester'

Feb 25, 2015 - 10:30 AM

Brazilian authorities arrest the boss of a gang blamed for 20 of the deforestation in the Amazon rainforest in recent years

Undated photo made available on 03 June 2008 of deforestation in the Amazon region, Brazil. Marcelo Sayao/EPA

Amazon indigenous land loss threatens climate – study

Dec 03, 2014 - 9:14 AM

Study finds indigenous territories and protected natural areas account for 55 of all carbon stored in the Amazon

Undated photo made available on 03 June 2008 of deforestation in the Amazon region, Brazil. Marcelo Sayao/EPA

Brazil government claims drop in Amazon deforestation

Nov 27, 2014 - 7:51 AM

The official figures are at odds with a conservation group s findings

Undated photo made available on 03 June 2008 of deforestation in the Amazon region, Brazil. Marcelo Sayao/EPA

Amazon deforestation up 29% in 2013 – Brazil

Sep 11, 2014 - 7:56 AM

The figure reverses several years of decline despite being the second lowest annual increase since records began in 1988

Undated photo made available on 03 June 2008 of deforestation in the Amazon region, Brazil. Marcelo Sayao/EPA

Brazil cracks 'biggest' Amazon deforestation gang

Aug 28, 2014 - 2:39 PM

The group is responsible for environmental crimes to the tune of 230 million says the Brazilian Environmental Institute

THE AMAZON. A photograph made available on 04 October 2013 shows the river Tiputini as it passes by the northern border of Yasuni National Park in Ecuador, 16 May 2007. EPA/Cecilia Puebla

Isolated indigenous make contact with outside world in Brazil

Jul 31, 2014 - 8:34 AM

Brazilian experts say the Ashaninka indigenous people likely crossed the border from Peru facing pressure from illegal logging and drug trafficking at home

Chevron ordered to pay Ecuador $9.51B on appeal – court

Nov 13, 2013 - 4:07 PM

The Supreme Court upheld a 2012 ruling but dramatically reduced the amount to be paid in damages to 9 51 billion from 19 billion

A few tree species dominate Amazon

Oct 19, 2013 - 11:31 AM

Some experts believe these trees are so common because they were actively cultivated by indigenous people in the area for millennia

AMAZON RAINFOREST. A photograph made available on 04 October 2013 shows the river Tiputini as it passes by the northern border of Yasuni National Park in Ecuador, 16 May 2007. EPA/Cecilia Puebla

Chevron in US court to block $19B Ecuador fine

Oct 17, 2013 - 11:02 AM

A court in Ecuador ordered Chevron to pay 18B in damages later raised to 19B to people from Lago Agrio in the Amazon for environmental damage

SUPPORT FOR ECUADOR. People representing Ecuadorians carry a giant puppet near a United States court house to show support for a pollution judgment against the Chevron Corp in New York, New York, USA, 15 October 2013. EPA/Justin Lane

Amazon deforestation due in part to soybean growing

Sep 18, 2013 - 5:00 PM

Despite a moratorium Brazil s huge soybean industry is still indirectly responsible for the felling of trees in the Amazon

SOYBEAN HARVEST. Combine harvesters crop soybeans during a demonstration for the press, in Campo Novo do Parecis, about 400km northwest from the capital city of Cuiaba, in Mato Grosso, Brazil, on March 27, 2012. AFP/Yasuyoshi Chiba

Ecuador police clash with protesters over Amazon oil drilling

Aug 28, 2013 - 3:54 PM

Four protesters were detained for a few hours but later released Interior Minister Jose Serrano said

FIGHT FOR THE AMAZON. People march during a protest against the exploitation of oil in the Yasuni National Park, an incredibly biodiverse part of Ecuador's Amazon, in Quito on August 27, 2013. AFP / Juan Cevallos

Brazil Amazon town takes a stand against deforestation

Aug 26, 2013 - 7:27 AM

A town in the northern state of Para is turning its back on the destructive ways of the past and trying to save what it has left

A cowboy drives cattle at a farm in Sao Felix do Xingu, Para state, northern Brazil, on August 8, 2013. AFP / Yasuyoshi Chiba

To protect Amazon, Colombia enlarges nature reserve

Aug 22, 2013 - 5:15 PM

With the increase Colombia s Chiribiquete nature reserve now sprawls over 2 8 million hectares making it the biggest of the country s 58 natural parks

Science wRap: Hyperloop, Amazon oil drilling, Area 51

Aug 18, 2013 - 7:46 AM

In this week s Science wRap: a high concept transport system a carnivorous mammal cancer genes Amazon oil drilling and the legendary Area 51