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As Brazil's wetlands burn, rain is 'only hope'

Matupa - Lieutenant Silva's face is grim as he watches his firefighters try -- and fail -- to control one of the thousands of wildfires ravaging Brazil's Pantanal, the world's biggest tropical wetlands."It needs to rain. We've got low moisture, intense heat.

Fleeing California wildfires '10 times harder' during epidemic

Clovis - It is not the first time that Leanna Mikesler has evacuated her home in the California mountains because of wildfires, but during an epidemic it is "10 times harder.

Bolsonaro slams 'cancer' of environmental NGOs

Bras - Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has slammed environmental NGOs as a 'cancer' and denounced what he said was an international conspiracy accusing him of being responsible for devastating Amazon wildfires."You know that NGOs don't have a voice with me....

Death toll in Peru tanker explosion rises to 14: ministry

- The death toll in the explosion of a gas tanker in Lima rose to 14 following the death of a woman hospitalized with severe burns, Peru's Deputy Health Minister Victor Bocangel said Saturday.

Amazon's 'tallest tree' safe from fires, say scientists

S - Intrepid Brazilian and British scientists say they have located the Amazon's tallest tree in northern Brazil, untouched by a spate of wildfires that have raged in the rainforest for weeks.

Air conditioning system caused Brazil museum fire: police

Rio De Janeiro - The fire that devastated Brazil's National Museum in September was caused by the air conditioning system and spread quickly because the building lacked the equipment to contain it, federal police said Thursday.

'Significant' number of artifacts recovered from gutted Brazil museum

Rio De Janeiro - A "significant" number of artifacts has been recovered from Brazil's National Museum which was gutted by fire five months ago, devastating one of Latin America's most important natural history collections, according to the team of experts picking throu...

Chile says attacks rising in wake of Mapuche killing by police

Santiago - The number of arson attacks and other "acts of violence" has soared in southern Chile's indigenous communities in the week since the killing by police of a young Mapuche man, the government said Tuesday.

Brazil orders museums to boost fire protection

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil has issued a 30-day deadline to improve fire protection at six federal museums, a week after a blaze gutted Rio de Janeiro's treasured National Museum.

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.

Forest fire threatens California's fabled Yosemite

Los Angeles - A vast fire in northern California has destroyed 50 km2 (more than 12,000 acres), left one person dead and is threatening Yosemite National Park, authorities said Tuesday.

Firefighters continue to battle wildfire in northern Spain

A forest fire has been raging in northern Spain since late on Monday this week, with firefighters, water-carrying planes and helicopters desperately fighting to curb the blaze.
 

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