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Pope v president as Amazon burns

8 Oct 19 - Two of the most powerful forces in Brazil, the president and the pope, are pulling in opposite directions on an issue critical to climate change.

'CHAOS, CHAOS, CHAOS': A trip through Bolsonaro's inferno

11 Sep 19 - From afar, it resembles a tornado: an immense grey column shooting thousands of feet upwards from the forest canopy into the Amazonian skies.

Central America climate change driving people out

10 Sep 19 - Droughts and damaging storms are impacting smallholder farmers in Central America and driving higher levels of migration from the region.

BOLIVIA BURNING: It’s not just Brazil's forests that are ablaze

29 Aug 19 - While the world watches the Brazilian Amazon burn, across the border in Bolivia it’s also ablaze.

Without our help, the world's forests would not be burning

26 Aug 19 - Fuel is everywhere in rainforests, but it seems unimaginable that such humid ecosystems could ever catch fire. And without human intervention, they don’t.

Outcry goes global as Amazon forests burn

23 Aug 19 - The environment minister of Brazil, where wildfires have been sweeping the Amazon rainforest, was booed at a climate event yesterday as celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio and Ariana Grande joined an international chorus of criticism.

Germany pulls millions in Amazon funding

13 Aug 19 - Germany will suspend $39 million in funds sent to Brazil to finance projects aimed at preserving the Amazon forest.

We might be expecting too much of the Amazon

7 Aug 19 - The Amazon might not be sequestering as much carbon dioxide as we think, scientists say.

Rampant deforestation driven by greed for meat

5 Jul 19 - Brazil’s huge beef sector continues to threaten health of world’s largest rainforest.

Brazil leader guts environmental agencies

12 Jun 19 - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro appears intent on decriminalizing Amazon deforestation, ending most fines, straitjacketing law enforcement, and gutting environmental agencies with mass firings.

Coal-dependent Chile vows to come clean by 2040

7 Jun 19 - Chile, host of the next UN climate talks, has unveiled its plan to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, which will require one of the fastest coal shutdowns anywhere.

Scientists fight Brazilian leader's cutbacks

31 May 19 - Brazil’s scientists are fighting back against President Jair Bolsonaro’s plans to slash funding for research and education programmes.

In the land of El Dorado, clean water has become ‘blue gold’

11 Apr 19 - In the land where the legend of El Dorado began, the race is on to solve the mystery of a vital 21st century treasure – the water that tens of millions of people rely upon across northern South...

Climate change drives migrants to the US

9 Apr 19 - The northern triangle of Central America, the largest source of asylum seekers crossing the US border, is deeply affected by environmental degradation.

Costa Rica aims to show world the way

28 Feb 19 - Costa Rica has launched an economy-wide plan to “decarbonize” the country by 2050, as the Central American nation aims to show other nations what is possible to address climate change.

UN calls Brazil dam burst a crime

5 Feb 19 - The Brazil dam burst last week happened less than a month after the country’s new climate-sceptic government came to office promising a relaxation of environmental laws and inspections to “take the...

Brazil's resources open for business, says Bolsonaro

25 Jan 19 - Brazil will strike a balance between environment and “much-needed economic development”, Brazilian president Joao Bolsonaro has said in his first overseas speech.

Bolsonaro appoints 'beef caucus' minister

11 Dec 18 - Brazil’s far right president-elect Jair Bolsonaro has named Ricardo de Aquino Salles, a 43-year-old lawyer and a staunch ‘beef caucus’ ally to lead his environment department.

Bolsonaro names climate denier as key minister

19 Nov 18 - Brazil’s president-elect Jair Bolsonaro has named an anti-globalist diplomat to lead on foreign affairs and his country’s relationship to the Paris Agreement.

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