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Brazil's Bolsonaro under pressure ahead of climate summit

Rio De Janeiro - A coalition of environmental groups and agribusiness companies urged President Jair Bolsonaro's government Thursday to set "more ambitious" goals to curb Brazil's emissions and protect the Amazon rainforest at this month's US-organized climate summit.

Beef-addicted Uruguay aiming to make farming greener

- Rotating cattle to keep the grass long, synching cows' pregnancies and improving bovine diet are just some of the tactics Uruguayan farmers are using to mitigate the impact of cattle on climate change.

Escaped caimans captured after scaring Paraguayan townsfolk

Asunci - Seven caimans escaped an overflowing lagoon in Paraguay, invaded a nearby town center and terrified residents for hours before being captured in a risky operation by volunteer firefighters, officials told AFP Thursday. The toothy reptilians, between 1....

Wildfire ravages massive section of Argentine forest

Buenos Aires - A wildfire raging in the south of Argentina has consumed a vast swathe of forestland in three days, local authorities said Wednesday -- an area half the size of Liechtenstein.

Amazon community files lawsuit against Chinese firm over gas flaring

Puerto Francisco De Orellana - Indigenous Waorani from Ecuador's Amazon filed a lawsuit Thursday against state-owned Chinese oil company PetroOriental, accusing it of contaminating their ancestral lands by burning off natural gas from oil wells in a process known as flaring.

Central American states count cost of Iota amid search for bodies

Puerto Cabezas - Rescue workers dug through mounds of thick mud Thursday in the grim search for bodies as Central American countries began to count the cost of Hurricane Iota, which left at least 44 people dead amid a wave of destruction.

Nana downgraded to tropical storm over Guatemala

Guatemala City - Nana was downgraded to a tropical storm on Thursday as it hit Guatemala, several hours after making landfall in Belize as a hurricane.

Chaotic climate, chaotic cities fuel Brazil flood toll

Guaruja - Violent rain has killed scores of people and forced thousands from their homes this year in Brazil's most populous states, a disaster experts blame on climate upheaval but also rampant urbanization.

Goat farmers at climate change frontline in Argentina's wine belt

Malargue - In a vast valley at the foot of the Andes, Antonio Sazo counts his goats, having ushered them down mountain slopes in the south of the Argentine province of Mendoza, where climate change forces them higher every year in order to graze.

Chile's drought killing thousands of farm animals

Petorca - For Erick Hurtado, the worst thing about the drought that has devastated his family farm in Chile is the dead animals.

From tree killing beetles to crop disease: Central America's struggles with drought

Valle De - Honduran conservationists are worried. A deadly insect that wiped out more than a quarter of the Central American country's conifers between 2013 and 2017 is back.

Brazil rescinds offer to host 2019 UN climate conference

Bras - Brazil announced Wednesday it is withdrawing its offer to host the COP25 UN climate conference next year, citing financial constraints.

California blazes threaten populated areas

Lake Elsinore - Authorities battling massive wildfires in large swathes of California issued mandatory evacuation orders and health warnings Friday over the worsening air quality as the flames grew ever closer to populated areas.

Seven killed in storm Alberto flooding in Cuba

Havana - Heavy flooding caused by Subtropical Storm Alberto killed seven people when it struck Cuba, Civil Defense officials said on Saturday.

Hurricanes cost Caribbean tourism more than $700 mn: report

Miami - The tourism industry in the Caribbean region attracted almost one million fewer visitors after hurricanes Irma and Maria hit last year, costing it over $700 million, according to an industry study released Monday.

Bolivia's fabled carnival marches on despite deaths in floods

Oruro - Bolivia Oruro Carnival got under way Saturday with stunning costumes and parades, though the mood was dampened by the loss of 17 people killed in flooding and 8,200 families left homeless by heavy rains since November.
 

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