Land degradation

In this Nov. 25, 2019 photo, highway BR-163 stretches between the Tapajos National Forest, left, and a soy field in Belterra, Para state, Brazil. Carved through jungle during Brazil’s military dictatorship in the 1970s, this highway and BR-230, known as the Trans-Amazon, were built to bend nature to man’s will in the vast hinterland. Four decades later, there’s development taking shape, but also worsening deforestation. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
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December 12, 2019 - 9:51 pm
TRAIRAO, Brazil (AP) — Night falls in Brazil’s Amazon and two logging trucks without license plates emerge from the jungle. They rumble over dirt roads that lead away from a national forest, carrying trunks of trees hundreds of years old. After pulling onto a darkened highway, the truckers chug to...
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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2019 file photo, President Jair Bolsonaro attends a ceremony to launch an agro program at the Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil. Alter do Chao, a sleepy Amazon town, has become the flashpoint for the growing hostility between Bolsonaro and environmental groups following the arrest of firefighters he says set rainforest fires. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)
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December 10, 2019 - 12:49 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday called young Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg a “brat” after she expressed concern about the slayings of indigenous Brazilians in the Amazon. Bolsonaro questioned the coverage news media have given Thunberg, 16, who on...
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In this photo taken on Saturday Dec. 7, 2019, Brazilian environment Ricardo Salles stands outside the Brazil delegation room at the COP25 U.N. climate talks in Madrid, Spain. Madrid is hosting a two-week global summit aimed at lessening the impact of rising temperatures. (AP Photo/Dorothee Thiesing)
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December 08, 2019 - 5:15 am
MADRID (AP) — Brazil can’t stop deforestation in the Amazon without the help of rich countries, the country’s environment minister said at the United Nations' two-week climate change conference. Ricardo Salles, who declined to set a target for limiting deforestation in the coming year, said in an...
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Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro flashes a thumbs up as he greets supporters after attending a Changing of the Guard at the Planalto Presidential Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
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November 29, 2019 - 8:51 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Without offering proof, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday said actor Leonardo DiCaprio had funded nonprofit groups that he claimed are partly responsible for fires in the Amazon this year. Bolsonaro’s remarks about the American actor were part of a wider government...
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FILE - In this Thursday Oct. 18, 2012 file photo, passengers board a London-bound EasyJet flight at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, Netherlands. European budget airline easyJet said Tuesday Nov. 19, 2019, that it will become the first major carrier to operate net-zero carbon flights, offsetting carbon emissions from the fuel used on every flight. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)
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November 19, 2019 - 8:01 am
LONDON (AP) — European budget airline easyJet says it will become the first major carrier to operate net-zero carbon flights, offsetting carbon emissions from the fuel used on every flight. The company says Tuesday it will offset the carbon “by investing in projects that include planting trees or...
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FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2019 file photo, Krimej indigenous Chief Kadjyre Kayapo, of the Kayapo indigenous community, looks out at a path created by loggers on the border between the Biological Reserve Serra do Cachimbo, front, and Menkragnotire indigenous lands, in Altamira, Para state, Brazil. A Brazilian government report said Monday, Nov. 18, that the rate of deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest is at its highest level in more than a decade, undermining officials’ claims that concerns by environmentalists have been overblown. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)
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November 18, 2019 - 5:28 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest is at its worst in more than a decade, a government report said Monday, undermining officials’ claims that concerns by environmentalists have been overblown. Deforestation between August 2018 and July 2019 reached 9,762 square...
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Dutch construction workers gather for a demonstration against the government’s environmental rules, in The Hague, Netherlands on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. The industry is protesting government limits on nitrogen emissions and rules about transporting sand and earth contaminated with tiny amounts of chemicals known as PFAS. (AP Photo/Mike Corder)
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October 30, 2019 - 8:23 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Thousands of Dutch construction workers converged on The Hague on Wednesday to protest restrictions they say are crippling their industry, the latest large-scale demonstration against the government's environmental policies. A central park in The Hague filled up early...
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In this Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, photo Ponderosa pine cones sit on a tree stump after being cut open during a demonstration at Bandelier National Monument near Los Alamos, N.M. A cone collecting effort is underway in parts of New Mexico and Colorado as conservationists and land managers work to gather seeds to restore forested landscapes following wildfire. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)
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October 27, 2019 - 11:52 pm
ALONG THE BURNT MESA TRAIL, N.M. (AP) — With snow ready to fall, the scramble was on to collect as many ponderosa pine cones as possible. A crew outfitted with spurs, ropes and hard hats scaled hefty tree trunks and used long clippers to snip branches loaded with the prickly orbs. The cones being...
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Indigenous peoples, some with their faces painted and wearing feathered headdresses, stand by Pope Francis as he celebrates an opening Mass for the Amazon synod, in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Pope Francis is opening a divisive meeting on preserving the Amazon and ministering to its indigenous peoples, as he fends off attacks from conservatives who are opposed to his ecological agenda. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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October 06, 2019 - 7:56 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged bishops on Sunday to boldly shake up the status quo as they chart ways to better care for the Amazon and its indigenous people amid threats from forest fires, development and what he called ideological "ashes of fear." Francis opened a three-week meeting on...
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Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro speaks at a ceremony to kickoff the Economic Freedom Project, at the Planalto Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. This is Bolsonaro's first public event since his Sept. 8th surgery. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
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September 23, 2019 - 5:32 pm
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been in power for less than nine months, but he's already had diplomatic spats with France, Germany, China, Norway, Arab nations, Venezuela, Cuba and Argentina. Now the pugnacious leader is set to go onto the world's biggest diplomatic stage...
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