Deforestation

Indigenous peoples, some with their faces painted and wearing feathered headdresses, stand by Pope Francis as he celebrates an opening Mass for the Amazon synod, in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Pope Francis is opening a divisive meeting on preserving the Amazon and ministering to its indigenous peoples, as he fends off attacks from conservatives who are opposed to his ecological agenda. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
October 06, 2019 - 7:56 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged bishops on Sunday to boldly shake up the status quo as they chart ways to better care for the Amazon and its indigenous people amid threats from forest fires, development and what he called ideological "ashes of fear." Francis opened a three-week meeting on...
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Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro speaks at a ceremony to kickoff the Economic Freedom Project, at the Planalto Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. This is Bolsonaro's first public event since his Sept. 8th surgery. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
September 23, 2019 - 5:32 pm
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been in power for less than nine months, but he's already had diplomatic spats with France, Germany, China, Norway, Arab nations, Venezuela, Cuba and Argentina. Now the pugnacious leader is set to go onto the world's biggest diplomatic stage...
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Brazil's Minister of the Environment Ricardo Salles smiles for a photo during an interview with The Associated Press in Washington, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. After facing international criticism for steeply rising rates of deforestation in the Amazon, Salles is visiting the U.S., France, Germany, and the United Kingdom to insist that there’s no big problem. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick
September 20, 2019 - 2:50 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — In July, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro dismissed global concerns about fires raging in the world's largest rainforest, saying "The Amazon is Brazil's, not yours." Now, the far-right president's government has a new message: Everything's fine, and the rainforest is open for...
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Brazil's Minister of the Environment Ricardo Salles smiles for a photo during an interview with The Associated Press in Washington, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. After facing international criticism for steeply rising rates of deforestation in the Amazon, Salles is visiting the U.S., France, Germany, and the United Kingdom to insist that there’s no big problem. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick
September 20, 2019 - 2:18 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — After facing global criticism for deforestation in the Amazon, Brazil's minister of the environment, Ricardo Salles, is visiting the U.S., France, Germany, and the U.K. to insist that there's no big problem. He is also promoting the idea of a "bio-economy agenda" to monetize...
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Pope Francis holds his skull cap in the Soamandrakizay esplanade as he celebrates a vigil with youth in Antananarivo, Madagascar, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. Francis is in Madagascar for the second leg of his weeklong trip to Africa. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
September 07, 2019 - 1:25 pm
ANTANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Pope Francis denounced the illegal logging and exploitation of Madagascar's unique natural resources on Saturday as he opened a visit to the Indian Ocean nation by urging the government to fight the corruption that is ravaging the island's ecosystem and keeping its...
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Pope Francis and Madagascan President Andry Rajoelina, right, arrive at the Ceremony Palace in Antananarivo, Madagascar, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. Francis is in Madagascar for the second leg of his weeklong trip to Africa. (AP Photo/Alexander Joe)
September 07, 2019 - 5:55 am
ANTANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Pope Francis denounced the illegal logging and exploitation of Madagascar's unique natural resources on Saturday as he opened a visit to the Indian Ocean nation with a plea for the government to fight the corruption that is ravaging the island's environment and keeping...
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Pope Francis talks with Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina during his meeting with authorities at the Ceremony Palace in Antananarivo, Madagascar, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. Francis is in Madagascar for the second leg of his weeklong trip to Africa.(AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
September 07, 2019 - 4:20 am
ANTANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Pope Francis denounced the illegal logging and exploitation of Madagascar's unique natural resources on Saturday as he opened a visit to the Indian Ocean nation with a plea for the government to fight the corruption that is ravaging the island's environment and keeping...
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Pope Francis talks with Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina during his meeting with authorities at the Ceremony Palace in Antananarivo, Madagascar, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. Francis is in Madagascar for the second leg of his weeklong trip to Africa.(AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
September 07, 2019 - 4:08 am
ANTANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Pope Francis denounced the illegal logging and exploitation of Madagascar's unique natural resources on Saturday as he opened a visit to the Indian Ocean nation with a plea for the government to fight the corruption that is ravaging the island's environment and keeping...
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This Aug. 26, 2019 satellite image provided by NASA shows the African continent. While the world has turned its gaze to fires blazing in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, satellite images show a far greater number of fires on the African continent. But experts say the situation in Africa is different and not yet a growing problem. NASA has called Africa the “fire continent” where on an average August day at least 70 percent of the 10,000 fires burning worldwide are here. Yet the agency says the number of fires is consistent from year to year. (NASA via AP)
August 28, 2019 - 12:43 pm
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — As the world has watched with fear and fascination the fires burning in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, satellite images show a far greater number of blazes on the African continent. NASA has called Africa the "fire continent" that's home to at least 70% of the 10,000 fires...
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In this photo taken Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019 people hold a placard demonstration in Cape Town, South Africa, in protest against fires burning in Brazil's Amazon rainforest. Satellite images show a far greater number of fires burning on the African continent but experts say the situation in Africa is different and not yet a growing problem attributing the abundance of fires across the savannah lands to agricultural technique by small farmers cultivating fields. (AP Photo)
August 28, 2019 - 11:39 am
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — While the world has watched with fear and fascination the fires burning in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, satellite images show a far greater number of blazes on the African continent. NASA has called Africa the "fire continent" that's home to at least 70% of the 10,000 fires...
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