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Mexico’s cactuses find novel path to cooler climate

Thursday - Rainforests are prized for storing carbon, but Mexico’s cactuses are also vital to climate cooling, and provide leather too.

Biden in risky talks to save Amazon

Tuesday - The US is negotiating a multi-billion dollar climate deal with Brazil that observers fear could help the reelection of president Jair Bolsonaro and reward illegal forest clearance in the Amazon.

Brazil to pay farmers to protect nature

26 Mar 21 - Brazil's lawmakers have cleared the way for the creation of a national system to pay farmers, local communities and others to protect natural habitats that provide key environmental services such as water and carbon storage.

Meat giant vows net-zero by 2040 amid record profits

26 Mar 21 - Brazilian company JBS, the world’s biggest meat processor, has announced record profits a day after it pledged to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 – the first global meat and poultry company to do so.

Brazil sets ‘indicative’ goal of carbon neutrality by 2060

10 Dec 20 - Brazil has announced it will aim for carbon neutrality by 2060, sparking anger among campaigners who say the pledge is meaningless and a deliberate distraction from president Jair Bolsonaro’s destruction of the Amazon rainforest.

Brazilian spies intimidated government’s own delegates at climate talks

15 Oct 20 - Brazil’s spy agency has been accused of trying to intimidate its own government’s negotiators and Brazilian environmentalists at the COP25 climate talks in Madrid last year.

Chinese fishing vessels sound alarm off Galapagos

29 Jul 20 - Ecuador has sounded the alarm after its navy discovered a huge fishing fleet of mostly Chinese-flagged vessels 200 miles from the Galápagos Islands.

New Brazilian map unmasks illegal foresters

23 Jul 20 - Shoppers should have a bone to pick with Brazil. A new map shows just how much of the country's beef and animal feed exports are tainted by the illegal destruction of rainforest and savannah.

Supermarket chains threaten Brazil boycott

21 May 20 - British supermarkets have warned Brazil they might have to boycott its products if lawmakers there pass a contentious bill that could enable faster destruction of the Amazon rainforest.

Bolsonaro sends in his soldiers

13 May 20 - Brazil has deployed thousands of soldiers to protect the Amazon rainforest as the government mounts a response to surging deforestation ahead of the high season for forest fires.

Chile sets new target of peak emissions by 2025

14 Apr 20 - Chile has committed to peaking its greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, in an updated national plan presented virtually to the UN.

Big Money firms back Amazon oil boom

17 Mar 20 - Five large financial firms from the US and UK are bankrolling an oil boom in the western Amazon, says a new report.

Military man takes command of the Amazon

Hamilton Mourão

3 Feb 20 - President Jair Bolsonaro has caused widespread dismay by appointing an ex-military colleague to oversee protection of the Amazon.

Amazon fires are melting Andes glaciers

2 Dec 19 - Black carbon from Amazon rainforest fires is settling on Andes glaciers and making them melt faster, according to new research.

Bolsosnaro accuses DiCaprio: You're burning the Amazon

2 Dec 19 - Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro has accused actor Leonardo DiCaprio of bankrolling the deliberate incineration of the Amazon rainforest.

Amazon deforestation soars to 11-year high

20 Nov 19 - Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest this year rose to its highest in over a decade.

Casualties mount in Bolivia's battle for white gold

20 Nov 19 - The overthrow of Bolivian president Evo Morales shows how the politics of environmentalism and social justice intersect in a silvery-white metal.

Argentina changes waste rule and opens doors to plastics

4 Nov 19 - Argentina has changed its definition of waste in a move that could allow it to import millions of tonnes of plastic waste discarded in the US.

Catholic church denounces Amazon policies

1 Nov 19 - The Catholic church in the Amazon has denounced attacks on the environment and the life of indigenous people — setting out on a collision course with Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro.

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