South America

Amazon’s ‘tallest tree’ safe from fires, say scientists

SAO PAULO, Brazil (AFP) — 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. The scientists say they located …

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Brazil president to skip Amazon summit, citing doctor’s orders

SAO PAULO, Brazil (AFP) — 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. …

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Brazil’s Amazon basin fires keep surging

SAO PAULO, Brazil (AFP) — The number of fires in Brazil’s Amazon basin is still on the rise, even though the government has banned burning, officials said Saturday. In the first 48 hours since the ban was issued, satellite data …

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Brazil’s burning ban takes effect as Amazon fires rage

  By Jordi Miro with Allison Jackson in Rio de Janeiro Agence France-Presse   PORTO VELHO, Brazil (AFP) — A 60-day ban on burning in Brazil takes effect Thursday after a global outcry over fires raging in the Amazon and …

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Bolivia lost 1.2 million hectares to fires this year, govt says

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AFP) — Fires have destroyed 1.2 million hectares (3.2 million acres) of forest and grasslands in Bolivia this year, the government said on Wednesday, though environmentalists claim the true figure is much greater. The news comes after …

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro fuels spat with Macron over Amazon fires

by Jordi Miro, with Allison Jackson in Rio de Janeiro PORTO VELHO, Brazil (AFP) — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday repeated a demand for French leader Emmanuel Macron to withdraw recent remarks, as he accused France and Germany of …

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Brazil rejects G7 aid to fight Amazon fires: govt

BRASILIA, Brazil (AFP) — Brazil on Monday rejected aid from G7 countries to fight wildfires in the Amazon, with a top official telling French President Emmanuel Macron to take care of “his home and his colonies.” “We appreciate (the offer), …

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G7 pledges millions to fight Amazon fires

BIARRITZ, France (AFP) — The G7 will give $20 million (18 million euros) to send firefighting planes to tackle the blazes engulfing parts of the Amazon, the presidents of France and Chile said Monday. “We must respond to the call …

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New fires rage in Amazon as Brazil military planes battle flames

by Jordi Miro with Allison Jackson in Rio de Janeiro PORTO VELHO, Brazil (AFP) — Hundreds of new fires have flared up in the Amazon in Brazil, data showed Monday, even as military aircraft dumped water over hard-hit areas and …

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UN, France raise concern over Amazon wildfires ‘crisis’

by Giovanna FLEITAS / with Jorge SVARTZMAN in Rio de Janeiro SALVADOR, Brazil (AFP) — Paris and the United Nations called Thursday for the protection of the fire-plagued Amazon rainforest as Brazil’s right-wing president accused his French counterpart of having …

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Forest fires in Brazil surge as deforestation accelerates

SAO PAULO, Brazil (AFP) — The number of forest fires in Brazil surged in the first eight months of 2019, official data show, as President Jair Bolsonaro faces growing criticism over rampant destruction of the Amazon. Nearly 73,000 fires were …

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Maduro supporters demonstrate against US sanctions

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — Thousands of supporters of Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro marched through the capital Caracas on Wednesday in protest against attempts by US President Donald Trump to asphyxiate the ruling regime. Dressed in red and carrying the tricolor …

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