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Record fires ravage Brazil's Amazon and Pantanal regions

Bras - A record high number of fires scorched Brazil's Amazon and Pantanal wetlands last month, official data showed on Sunday, as deforestation and climate change wreaked havoc on some of the planet's most valuable ecosystems.

Chile celebrates successful breeding of endangered frog

Santiago - A critically endangered species of frog seems to have a bright future after conservationists in Chile launched a rescue campaign that has produced 200 offspring.

Amanaci, the Jaguar that symbolizes environmental destruction in Brazil wetlands

Corumba De Goias - Amanaci used to roam freely around Brazil's Pantanal region until an outbreak of fires in this paradise of biodiversity left the jaguar with scorched paws.

Ecuadoran indigenous activist recognized by Time for fighting for her jungle

Quito - Nemonte Nenquimo is desperate for her five-year-old daughter to inherit pristine ancestral lands in Ecuador's Amazonian jungle region.It's this tenacity that earned her a spot on Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people in the world in 2020....

Bolsonaro faces growing pressure to green Brazil economy

S - As the destruction of the Amazon rainforest and Pantanal wetlands bruise Brazil's international image, bankers, business executives and even agribusiness firms are calling for a greener economy, adding to pressure on President Jair Bolsonaro.

Environmental groups, big ag unite for Amazon in Brazil

Bras - An unprecedented coalition of 230 environmental groups and Brazilian agrobusiness companies have sent an open letter to President Jair Bolsonaro urging him to fight deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.

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.

Desperate race against fires in world's biggest tropical wetlands

S - The smell of burnt vegetation and the red glow of flames welcome visitors these days to the Pantanal, the world's biggest tropical wetlands -- a biodiverse paradise that is now partly reduced to ashes by record wildfires.

'Superfungus' threatens last Panamanian golden frogs

Panama - Cocooned from the outside world, some 200 critically endangered golden frogs are living a sheltered existence in Panama, protected from a devastating fungus that threatens to wipe out a third of the country's amphibian species -- a situation scientists...

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....

Colombia close to resuming aerial spraying of coca crops

Apo - Colombia's government said on Monday it will resume the controversial practice of aerial spraying of coca plantations following a spike in gang-related violence.

Brazil indigenous protesters defy court, resume roadblock

Terra Nova - Indigenous protesters in Brazil defied a court order Tuesday and resumed a roadblock of a key highway through the Amazon rainforest, demanding help against the new coronavirus and an end to illegal mining and deforestation.

Brazil indigenous protesters demand help against virus

Terra Nova - Brandishing bows and arrows, dozens of indigenous protesters blocked a main highway through the Brazilian Amazon Monday, demanding help against the new coronavirus and an end to illegal mining and deforestation.

Argentine marshland threatened by worst fires in decades

Rosario - Ravaged by drought, the Parana Delta in Argentina, one of the largest and most biodiverse in the world, has been burning like never before since the beginning of the year.

Brazil firefighters race to contain wetland blazes

Pocon - A tractor cuts a firebreak through the vegetation of the Pantanal, the world's biggest tropical wetlands, as firefighters race to contain the blazes that have been devastating one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth.

Study finds dangerous mercury levels in Amazon fish

S - Nearly one-third of the fish in the Brazilian Amazon state of Amapa have such high levels of mercury caused by illegal mining that they are dangerous for human consumption, according to a new study.

Body of missing environmentalist found in Honduras

Tegucigalpa - A missing environmentalist who recently said he feared for his life has been found dead in Honduras, a country considered high-risk for human rights and environmental defenders, humanitarian groups said Tuesday.

Court halts Mexico's 'Maya Train' over indigenous health rights

Mexico - A Mexican court has ordered the suspension of work on the "Maya Train," a controversial railroad through Mayan lands in the country's southeast, after an indigenous community filed an injunction.The $6.

Giant tortoise Diego, a hero to his species, is home

Quito - Diego the giant Galapagos tortoise whose tireless efforts are credited with almost single-handedly saving his once-threatened species, was put out to pasture Monday on his native island after decades of breeding in captivity, Ecuador's environment mini...

Amazon could be next virus hot zone: scientist

S - The next pandemic could come from the Amazon rainforest, warns Brazilian ecologist David Lapola, who says human encroachment on animals' habitats -- a likely culprit in the coronavirus outbreak -- is soaring there because of rampant deforestation.

Colombia launches military push against narco gangs slashing forests for coca plants

Apo - Colombia's Defense Minister said Monday the military will step up an offensive against drug trafficking gangs responsible for clearing thousands of hectares of protected national parks for coca plantations.

Bolsonaro's Amazon 'dream' is indigenous 'nightmare'

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has unveiled a sweeping plan for the Amazon rainforest that would open indigenous lands to mining -- a "dream" for the far-right leader, but a "nightmare" for environmentalists and tribal leaders.

Mexican conservationist found dead two weeks after disappearance

Mexico - A Mexican conservationist known for championing the protection of monarch butterflies was found dead two weeks after his disappearance, authorities said.

Glass frogs reappear in Bolivia after 18 years

La Paz - A rare species of frog native to the eastern slopes of the Bolivian Andes has been spotted in the South American country for the first time in 18 years, the investigation team that made the discovery told AFP.

One year on, Brazil town remembers 270 killed in dam breach

Brumadinho - Residents of Brumadinho in southeastern Brazil paid homage on Saturday to the 270 people killed one year ago when a nearby dam burst, spewing millions of tons of mining waste over homes and farmland in one of the country's worst industrial accidents.

Peruvian police arrest Belgian with 20 wild birds in suitcase

- Peruvian police have arrested a Belgian man at Lima Airport for trying to smuggle 20 live birds to Europe in his suitcase, the National Forest and Wildlife Service said Wednesday.

Colombian botanist risking his life to preserve nature's memory

La Calera - For the last three decades, botanist Julio Betancur has braved minefields and penetrated deep into jungle territory infested with drug traffickers and armed gangs in a bid to document Colombia's rich biodiversity.

'Not a single species' affected by Galapagos fuel spill

Quito - The Galapagos Islands' unique wildlife was spared after a barge carrying 600 gallons of diesel fuel sank, causing a spill, the Ecuador government told AFP Monday.

Falls and fun at eco-friendly 'ice' rink in Mexico

Mexico - Mexico is better known for cactus-dotted deserts and Caribbean beaches than winter sports, but the capital's central square is celebrating winter with an enormous, eco-friendly artificial ice rink.
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