Fifth Guajajara tribesman killed in Brazil in five months

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A member of the Brazilian indigenous group known for its forest guardians who fight illegal deforestation in their territory was killed Tuesday, marking the fifth slaying of a Gu...

Mexico: Monarch butterflies drop 53% in wintering area

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The number of monarch butterflies that showed up at their winter resting grounds decreased about 53% this year, Mexican officials said Friday. Some activists call...

Butterfly reserve guide found slain in Mexico

A guide in Mexico's monarch butterfly preserve has been found apparently slain, officials say, days after a butterfly activist in the same region was found dead in uncertain circumstances. ...

Mexico president calls conservationist's death 'regrettable'

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Thursday called the death of a rural leader who fought to conserve the monarch butterfly's wintering grounds “regrettable” and “pain...

Missing monarch butterfly activist found dead in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities have found the body of a missing farm leader who was active in protecting the wintering grounds of the monarch butterfly in Mexico, prosecutors said Wednesday. ...

Mexico questions police over disappeared butterfly activist

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in western Mexico have called in 53 local police for questioning in the Jan. 14 disappearance of a long-time promoter and protector of the wintering grounds of the monar...

SoftBank to invest $40 billion for new Indonesia capital

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Japan's SoftBank is offering to invest $30 billion to $40 billion in the development of a new Indonesian capital, an official said Friday. The billionaire f...

Indonesia: UAE crown prince to lead new capital construction

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Abu Dhabi's crown prince has agreed to lead a committee that will oversee the construction of a new capital city for Indonesia that is estimated to cost $34 billion, an Indon...

Cambodia dismayed over US sanctions for corruption, logging

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The Cambodian government has expressed “strong dismay" over a U.S. Treasury decision to sanction two businessmen suspected of corruption and illegal logging. ...

AP Exclusive: Peruvian loggers charged in Amazon deaths

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Authorities in Peru say they have charged five men in the timber industry with the 2014 murders of four indigenous activists who had battled illegal logging in the Amazon jungle. ...

Monarch butterflies arriving late in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Environmentalists and officials in Mexico say they expect this year to see a strong turnout of monarch butterflies, millions of which make the 3,400-mile (5,500-kilometer) migration...

Africa's charcoal trade is decimating fragile forest cover

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 nig...

Air force officer to head Brazil's deforestation watchdog

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's science minister has appointed an air force officer as interim president of the agency which monitors deforestation in the Amazon. Minister Marcos Pone...

Brazilian police dismantle illegal logging network

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's federal police say they have begun dismantling a multistate scheme to illegally harvest timber in the country's Amazon region. Police said in a Thursday sta...

Peru restores independence of forest auditor after uproar

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru's government has restored the independence of an agency charged with combating illegal logging after facing potential U.S. sanctions. President Martin Vizcarra...