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Amazon gold rush: Illegal mining threatens Brazil's last major isolated tribe

Illegal gold mining activity has risen sharply over the last five years in Brazil's indigenous Yanomami reservation in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, a Reuters review of exclusive data from satellite images shows.
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Small islands may not disappear under rising seas, researchers find

In recent years, the leaders and inhabitants of many small-island nations like Kiribati and Tuvalu have warned that climate change is an existential threat to their homelands, fearing they could disappear under rising seas as the planet warms.

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Brazil slashes budget to fight climate change as deforestation spikes

Efforts to keep the Amazon rainforest standing and reduce Brazil's planet-warming emissions are being hampered by budget cuts for the country's environmental watchdog and its main climate change programme, researchers have said.

Climate

Drought-hit Argentina faces water worries amid coronavirus pandemic

With deforestation surging in Brazil, as President Jair Bolsonaro encourages development of the Amazon, water is expected to become in increasingly shorter supply in the region.

Toxics

Televised raid on illegal Amazon mining angers Brazil government, leads to sacking

Brazil's Environment Minister Ricardo Salles has fired the country's top environmental enforcement officer, according to a government notice published on Tuesday, after a news program broadcast a dramatic raid on illegal mining in the Amazon rainforest.
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Justice

Illegal loggers uncowed by coronavirus as deforestation rises in Brazil

Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon rainforest rose in March, government data showed on Friday, indicating that illegal loggers and land speculators have not stopped destroying the forest with the onset of the coronavirus outbreak.
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Armed with good data, engineers wage quiet battle for cleaner air

As countries try to slash air pollution and step up action on climate change, many are looking at a key culprit: tailpipes.

Climate

Brazil agency gives out fewest environmental fines in 24 years

Brazil's federal environment agency last year gave out the fewest fines for breaking conservation laws since 1995, the agency's press office told Reuters on Monday.

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Amazon and other large ecosystems at risk of rapid collapse: Study

Large ecosystems such as the Amazon rainforest and coral reefs could collapse faster than scientists had previously assumed, according to a study published on Tuesday.

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British hedge fund billionaire Hohn launches campaign to starve coal plants of finance

British hedge fund billionaire Chris Hohn has launched a campaign to persuade central banks to starve hundreds of planned coal-fired power plants around the world of finance, aiming to block the projects before they can pose a threat to the climate.

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Urban gardens in Mexico fight hummingbirds' extinction

Suitable habitats are shrinking because of human settlements and climate change.

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Arctic 'doomsday' food vault welcomes millionth seed variety

On Tuesday, 30 gene banks deposited seeds, also including offerings from India, Mali and Peru.

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Climate change gets first mention in G20 finance communique of Trump era

Finance officials from the world's 20 biggest economies on Sunday referenced climate change in their final communique for the first time in U.S. President Donald Trump's administration, but stopped short of calling it a major risk to the economy.

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Justice

No rush on bill to allow mining on Brazilian indigenous lands, speaker says

Brazil's lower house speaker, Rodrigo Maia, said on Tuesday that a bill to allow for mining on protected indigenous lands will not be given the urgency in Congress that some would like.

Toxics

Jalisco investigates extreme pollution at Mexico's 'Niagara Falls'

A Mexican state has launched an investigation to determine the source of heavy metals and organic matter polluting a river that feeds what was once a spectacular water fall.

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