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New species of orchid discovered in Peruvian jungle

- Botanists have discovered a new species of orchid in Peru's central Amazonian rainforest, the country's national parks service announced Tuesday.

Portugal prepares for fire intervention as heatwave approaches

Lisbon - Portugal said Monday it has mobilised more than 10,000 people and boosted control operations in fire-prone areas of the country ahead of a major heatwave to avoid a repeat of last year's deadly wildfires.

In Mozambique, a joint fight against climate change and forest loss

Mocuba - From a distance, the Gile National Reserve in northern Mozambique is a vast, dense ocean of green that reaches as far as the horizon.

Portugal starts clearing forests to prevent deadly fires

Lisbon - Portugal on Saturday launched an unprecedented drive to clear its vast forests in order to prevent a repeat of last year's deadly wildfires, which killed 112 people and sparked a massive backlash against the Socialist government.

UN schemes to save forests 'can trample on tribal rights'

Paris - The only UN-approved financial mechanism to curb deforestation, a key driver of global warming, has bulldozed the rights of forest-dwelling peoples on three continents and needs to be fixed, experts say.

First global pact backing indigenous land rights launched

Stockholm - Indigenous peoples could soon regain some control of their native forests with the creation of a new global institution dedicated to securing their land rights.

Portugal struggles to rise from the ashes of its deadliest fire

Pedr - Joaquim Godinho and his wife Edite watch with blank faces and heavy hearts as a bulldozer demolishes the charred remains of their home of nearly 30 years.

Portugal arsonists feed wildfire destruction

Lisbon - Portugal's police said Wednesday they had arrested 61 suspected arsonists so far this year, with fires on the rise and figures showing the largest number of people killed in forest blazes since 2003.

EU hauls Poland to top court over ancient forest logging

Brussels - The EU on Thursday took Poland to the bloc's top court over logging in the ancient Bialowieza forest, a UNESCO World Heritage site covering some of Europe's last remaining primeval woodland.

Three die in raging Siberia wildfires in Russia

Moscow - Russia on Thursday launched a probe into the deaths of three people in Siberian wildfires that have destroyed hundreds of homes and forced the authorities to impose a state of emergency.

Fort McMurray recovery from 2016 forest fire plods along

Fort Mcmurray - A few late-season snowflakes flutter over Fort McMurray, their whiteness contrasting against surrounding forests blackened one year ago by the most destructive wildfire in Canadian history.

Belgium's 'fairytale' bluebell forest victim of own beauty

- A carpet of bluebells bursts into flower in Belgium in a wonder of the natural world -- but one that is at risk of being trampled by tourists drawn to its beauty.

Three die as fires ravage Madeira

Lisbon - Three people were killed, two seriously hurt and around a thousand forced to flee overnight as fires ravaged the Portuguese holiday island of Madeira, reaching the capital Funchal, rescuers said Wednesday.

Russian wildfires put key climate resource at risk

Moscow - Russia's practice of leaving massive wildfires to burn out of control in sprawling stretches of Siberia puts at risk a key global resource for absorbing climate-warming emissions: its trees.

Ft McMurray wildfires costliest disaster in Canada history: insurers

Montr - Wildfires in Canada's oil city of Fort McMurray this year caused CAN $3.58 billion ($2.75 billion USD) in damages, making it the country's costliest disaster ever, according to estimates from insurers on Thursday.

Russia finds remains of crashed firefighter plane, no survivors

Moscow - Russian firefighters on Sunday found the remains of a crashed plane that went missing Friday with ten people on board while putting out wildfires in Siberia.

First residents return to fire-ravaged Canadian city

Fort Mcmurray - The first convoys of weary, anxious residents returned to wildfire-ravaged Fort McMurray on Wednesday, a month after they were forced to flee the Canadian oil city due to the inferno.

Evacuation lifted for oil sites threatened by Canada fires

Montr - Officials have lifted the evacuation order for several oil production sites north of Fort McMurray, the city threatened by massive Canadian wildfires, but stopped short of allowing production to resume.

Fort McMurray fire contained, but smoke delays oil production restart

Ottawa - Firefighters have contained a massive wildfire in Canada's oil sands region, but thick smoke Friday continued to prevent a resumption of most oil production.

Fort McMurray homecoming set for June

Ottawa - Tens of thousands of evacuees from the wildfire-ravaged Canadian oil city of Fort McMurray received word Wednesday that they can return home next month if conditions are favorable.

Canada wildfires destroy oil workers' lodge

Ottawa - Growing wildfires threatened Canada's oil sands region on Tuesday, destroying a remote lodge used to house hundreds of industry workers and forcing thousands at other facilities to be evacuated.

Canadian oil hub works to restore power, eyes resuming full oil output

Fort Mcmurray - Crews worked Tuesday to start restoring water and electricity in this Canadian petroleum hub crippled by huge forest fires, as officials said stalled oil production could resume in days.

Canada natives mourn loss of hunting, fishing in Fort McMurray fires

Lac La Biche - Chipewyan native Elmer McDonald putters around his trailer in a Lac La Biche parking lot and plays his fiddle since being evacuated as the Fort McMurray wildfires closed in on his tribal home late Sunday.

Wildfire spared 90 percent of Fort McMurray: Alberta premier

Fort Mcmurray - Fort McMurray is largely intact despite a week of damage from the wildfires devastating Canada's oil sands region, Alberta's premier said after touring the ghost town.

Battle against Canada inferno turns to oil sites, infrastructure

Fort Mcmurray - Firefighters battled Monday to protect oil installations in Canada's wildfire-ravaged city of Fort McMurray, capital of the country's oil sands region, as rain and cooling temperatures slow the spread of the blaze.

Weather aids firefighters battling blaze in Canada oil region

Fort Mcmurray - Authorities battling a forest fire in Canada looked to Mother Nature for help, as cooling temperatures and rain slowed the spread of the blaze that had forced the evacuation of an entire city.

Fort McMurray moms celebrate 'bittersweet' Mother's Day

Fort Mcmurray - A big burly man jumps up from his seat at a Canadian fire evacuation center Sunday muttering a profanity, and rushes to a firefighter who is distributing flowers for Mother's Day.He asks in a whisper if he might have a few daisies to give to his wife.

Canada wildfires now advancing more slowly

Fort Mcmurray - Raging forest fires that prompted the evacuation of an entire Canadian city were advancing more slowly Sunday thanks to a change in the weather and oil facilities have escaped major damage, officials said.

Raging Canada fires now threaten second province, authorities say

Fort Mcmurray - Wildfires that ravaged a vast area of western Canada's Alberta province now are threatening a neighboring region, authorities said Sunday, as the inferno -- which doubled in sized in the space of a day -- continued its advance.

Canada fire 'out of control,' doubles in size

Fort Mcmurray - A ferocious wildfire wreaking havoc in Canada doubled in size and officials warned that the situation in the parched Alberta oil sands region was "unpredictable and dangerous.
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