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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.

Bolivia's fires destroy 'heritage' rock art sites

La Paz - Wildfires that have raged across forests and grassland in eastern Bolivia for weeks have destroyed rare rock art sites, archeologists announced Tuesday.

Brazil president to skip Amazon summit on doctor's orders

S - Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro will skip a regional summit on fires that have devastated swaths of the Amazon because doctors want him to get ready for surgery scheduled for next week, a spokesman said Monday.

Brazil's Amazon basin fires keep surging

S - The number of fires in Brazil's Amazon basin is still on the rise, even though the government has banned burning, officials said Saturday.

Peru, Colombia propose emergency Amazon summit as fires blaze

- Peru and Colombia proposed on Tuesday an emergency Amazon summit for countries in the region in order to coordinate a strategy to protect the vast rainforest currently blighted by numerous fires.

Brazil farmers deforesting Amazon 'to survive'

Porto Velho - On his block of land deep in the Amazon rainforest, Aurelio Andrade says deforestation is the only way he and other farmers can survive in the remote region where fires are raging.

Mexico City declares air pollution alert

Mexico - Mexico City declared an environmental alert Tuesday as a blanket of smog enveloped the sprawling urban area of 20 million people for a fourth straight day.

Japanese man jailed for smuggling insects from Ecuador

Quito - A Japanese man was sentenced to two years in prison in Ecuador for attempting to smuggle a massive haul of creepy crawlies out of the country, officials said Thursday.

Unfroggetable: endangered Bolivian amphibians get long-awaited first date

La Paz - The fate of a species may just rest on this love story.

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.

Duque asks court to allow banned weedkiller on cocaine

Apo - President Ivan Duque asked Colombia's constitutional court Thursday to modify a ban on aerial spraying of the herbicide glyphosate in order to tackle record cocaine crops."My respectful request is for the decision to be modified...

Peru opens military base to protect Amazon from deforestation

Tambopata - Peru opened a military base in the Amazon on Tuesday in a bid to tackle illegal mining, the main culprit for deforestation in the world's largest rainforest.

Brazilian indigenous community threatened in aftermath of dam burst

Citrolandia - In her 88 years, Antonia Alves has seen much hardship as a member of Brazil's indigenous community, whose people have often been driven from their ancestral lands over conflicts with farmers and loggers.

Model Bundchen 'surprised' by Brazil minister criticism on environment

S - Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen on Wednesday defended her work as an environmental activist, after the country's new agriculture minister accused her of issuing criticism "without knowledge.

Romeo and Juliet: the last hopes to save Bolivian aquatic frog

La Paz - Almost a year after conservationists sent out a plea to help save a species of Bolivian aquatic frog by finding a mate for the last remaining member, Romeo, his very own Juliet has been tracked down deep inside a cloud forest.

Volunteers strive to stave off shutdown chaos at US parks

Los Angeles - Sabra Purdy is just back from Joshua Tree National Park in southern California, which was crammed with tourists.

Brazil's Bolsonaro completes cabinet with rightist environment chief

S - Brazilian president-elect Jair Bolsonaro, a longtime climate-change skeptic, has named a rightist lawyer with a contentious background to be environment minister in the country whose Amazon rainforest is under threat.

Honduran court convicts seven in murder of environmental activist

Tegucigalpa - A Honduran court on Thursday found seven men guilty in connection with the murder of Berta Caceres, a Honduran indigenous environmental activist shot dead for opposing the construction of a dam.

Economy depends on environment, WWF warns Brazil's Bolsonaro

Bras - If Brazil's far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro wants to make good on his promise to reboot the economy, he should stop his attacks on the environment, according to the World Wildlife Fund.

Bolsonaro's vision for Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - Far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro promised in his victory speech Sunday to "change Brazil's destiny," after campaigning on a hardline law-and-order platform.

Former Guatemalan vice president jailed for corruption

Guatemala City - A court in Guatemala City on Tuesday sentenced former vice president Roxana Baldetti to 15 years in prison for corruption after a trial lasting four months.

Bolsonaro, Haddad hold different visions of Brazil future

Rio De Janeiro - Right-winger Jair Bolsonaro and leftist candidate Fernando Haddad, who will contest a second-round runoff to become Brazil's next president, hold diametrically opposed visions of Brazil's future.

World Bank warns of Latin America's 'fragile' recovery

Washington - The World Bank on Friday expressed concern over the "fragile" economic recovery in Latin America and the Caribbean, weighed down by Venezuela's spiraling crisis and weak performances in Brazil and Argentina.

Chile launches immense scenic route connecting 17 national parks

Santiago - Chile is launching a huge scenic route through its Patagonian wilderness in a bid to attract tourism and highlight the need for conservationism in the sparsely-populated region.The Patagonian "Route of Parks" connects 17 national parks covering 11.

Mexico ranch helps American bison make a comeback

Mexico - Hundreds of years ago, the American bison roamed freely across the widest natural range of any herbivore on the continent -- a vast habitat extending from northern Mexico across the United States to Alaska, and Canada.

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.

Chile enacts historic ban on plastic bags

Santiago - Chile made history on Friday when it became the first country in South America to ban the commercial use of plastic bags.

Chile restricts tourists and non-locals on Easter Island

Santiago - Tourists wishing to travel to Easter Island can now only stay a maximum of 30 days, after local authorities implemented Wednesday a measure to regulate population growth threatening the remote Chilean territory's environmental sustainability.

Chile to restrict tourists and non-locals on Easter Island

Santiago - Easter Island is known for its unique Moai monumental statues carved by the Rapa Nui people, believed to have arrived on the remote landmass in the southeastern Pacific Ocean in around the 12th century.

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.
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