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Brazil candidate threatens to quit Paris pact

Thursday - Presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro is threatening to take Brazil out of the Paris Agreement if he wins the October election.

Brazil hits deforestation cuts ahead of schedule

13 Aug 18 - Brazil has already hit its 2020 targets for cutting emissions from deforestation, according to the government.

China gives Venezuela $250m to boost oil

6 Jul 18 - Venezuela will receive $250 million from the China Development Bank to boost oil production, the South American country’s Finance Ministry said.

Farming goes underground to win the climate change fight

22 Jun 18 - Bolivian farmers are going underground in order to protect their crops from drought, flash floods and increasing temperatures.

Costa Rica reckons it can be the first country free of carbon

14 May 18 - Costa Rica’s newly elected president is vowing to make his country the world's first truly carbon-zero territory.

New river brings havoc to Argentina

3 Apr 18 - A new river in Argentina is playing havoc with farmland and roads and even threatening a city – but also highlights the potential cost of the country’s dependence on soya beans.

Brazil fights emissions cap for shipping

9 Mar 18 - Brazil is seeking to water down prospective climate targets for the shipping sector.

Amazon wildfires send emissions soaring

15 Feb 18 - Climate change-induced wildfires are now the biggest source of carbon emissions in Amazon forests.

Chile creates five national parks over 10m acres

31 Jan 18 - Chile has created five sprawling national parks to preserve vast tracts of Patagonia – the culmination of more than two decades of land acquisition by two US philanthropists.

How deforestation is starving São Paulo of water

30 Nov 17 - São Paulo could face more devastating water shortages if farmers continue to clear the Amazon forest, warns the utility chief who recently steered the biggest city in the Americas from the edge of...

Brazil’s recession grows as emissions rise

16 Nov 17 - Brazil’s recession has earned it an unhappy distinction: it is the only major country in the world where damage to the climate is growing while people are becoming poorer.

Brazil’s carbon emissions rose 8.9% in 2016

1 Nov 17 - Despite Brazil’s worst recession in history, national greenhouse gases emissions are estimated to have risen 8.9 per cent in 2016 and reached the highest level since 2008.

For cattle farmers in Brazil, money can’t buy love

31 Oct 17 - In regions of the Amazon where farmers could choose to grow more sustainable and lucrative crops like fruit or vegetables, ranchers persist in their low-income cattle business.

Brazilian Amazon loses 660,000ha of forest in one year

24 Oct 17 - The Brazilian Amazon lost 6,624 sq km of forest between August 2016 and July 2017.

Brazil records worst month for forest fires

12 Oct 17 - Brazil has seen more forest fires in September than in any single month since records began, and authorities have warned that 2017 could surpass the worst year on record if action is not taken soon.

Amazon fires pushing climate change beyond human control

6 Oct 17 - A leading Amazon scientist has highlighted grave problems in Brazil’s management of the world’s most important forest as climate-driven fires eat it away.

Diamonds and a bitter feud destroyed an Amazon reserve

28 Sep 17 - Family rivalry and Brazil’s Catholic church helped miners to devastate an indigenous territory that was once a leader in the fight against deforestation.

Brazil backs off mining bid in Amazon reserve

27 Sep 17 - The Brazilian government has pledged to reinstate a mining ban in an Amazonian nature reserve, reversing its earlier course after an international outcry.

Chaco forests go up in smoke as the West's barbecue fuel

4 Sep 17 - No tropical forests anywhere in the world are being destroyed more rapidly than the Chaco, stretching across Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay. Mostly, the trees provide fuel for barbecues.

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