Amazon land grabbers assail ecotourism paradise in Brazil

ALTER DO CHAO, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s Alter do Chao, a sleepy village that blends rainforest and beaches, bet on tourism and scored big. Visitors flocked here to eat Amazonian river fish while gazing ...

Firefighters battle exhaustion along with wildfire flames

BEAVERCREEK, Ore. (AP) — They work 50 hours at a stretch and sleep on gymnasium floors. Exploding trees shower them with embers. They lose track of time when the sun is blotted out by smoke, and they ...

Amazon Indigenous group patrols to expel invading loggers

ALTO RIO GUAMA INDIGENOUS TERRITORY, Brazil (AP) — A bit after sunrise, dozens of Indigenous Tembé men began preparing for the important day ahead. They danced, chanted and donned matching black T-shi...

AP FACT CHECK: Pence presses a distorted case on economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence and fellow Republicans pressed a distorted case Wednesday that President Donald Trump took over a moribund economy from Barack Obama and supercharged it. Th...

AP PHOTOS: llegal gold miners ravage Brazil's rainforest

ITAITUBA, Brazil (AP) — The wiry figure of an illegal gold miner wields his machete to cut a path through virgin rainforest, opening the way for his partners heading to a gold mine deep in the Itaitub...

Timber thief arrested for killing Taiwan's endangered black bear

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A timber thief has been arrested for killing an endangered Formosan black bear (Ursus thibetanus formosanus) after authorities found a photo of him posing with the slain a...

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon may be at 14 year high

SAO PAULO (AP) — Preliminary official data published Friday indicate that deforestation in Brazil's Amazon region over the past 12 months could be at a 14-year high, adding to concerns that President ...

New coronavirus vaccine trials start in Brazil

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian health authorities on Tuesday were starting a three-month test of a coronavirus vaccine produced by Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac — one of a handful around the worl...

Brazil sacks official after soaring June deforestation data

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s government on Monday fired an official at the national space agency Inpe whose department is responsible for satellite monitoring of the Amazon rainforest, just three da...

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

India saw another record daily jump in coronavirus cases while Russia reported a steady increase in its caseload even as it moved to swiftly ease restrictions in sync with the Kremlin’s ambitious pol...

Virus deaths surpass 100,000 in US while cases rise in India

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — As the death toll from the coronavirus rose above 100,000 in the United States, there were also record numbers getting sick in India and worrying signs of a resurgence i...

Indigenous leader calls for help in Brazil's biggest reserve

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — As the coronavirus spreads into indigenous lands in Brazil, killing at least 40 people so far by the government's count, the first two COVID-19 deaths were registered this week i...

Pandemic poses special threat to indigenous health, culture

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — In Indonesia’s easternmost province, felled trees are stacked to block a road that leads to Papuan villages. On the Thai-Myanmar border, the Karen people have also made makes...

Police in northern Taiwan bust illegal loggers, confiscate 50 tons of wood

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Law enforcement in Hsinchu County arrested 11 people on Tuesday (April 28) for illegal logging and timber trafficking, confiscating approximately 50 tons of valuable wood ...

Stalled mega power project in central Mexico stirs discord

HUEXCA, Mexico (AP) — The thermo-electric plant looms over the smattering of homes and cows munching on dried corn stalks in Huexca, a tiny farm community in central Mexico where many residents view i...