Rain forests

Pope Francis walks in procession on the occasion of the Amazon synod, at the Vatican, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. Pope Francis opened a three-week meeting on preserving the rainforest and ministering to its native people as he fended off attacks from conservatives who are opposed to his ecological agenda. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
October 07, 2019 - 2:26 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has told South American bishops to speak "courageously" at a meeting on the Amazon, where the shortage of priests is so acute that the Vatican is considering ordaining married men and giving women official church ministries. Francis on Monday opened the work of the...
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Pope Francis walks towards an newly-planted oak tree during a tree-planting ceremony on the occasion of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology, at the Vatican, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. The ceremony takes place two days before a Synod of bishops on the Pan-Amazon region opens at the Vatican to address the ecological, social and spiritual needs of indigenous peoples in the Amazon. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
October 06, 2019 - 12:55 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — 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. Francis was to celebrate an opening Mass on Sunday with global attention newly...
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Brazil's Minister of the Environment Ricardo Salles smiles for a photo during an interview with The Associated Press in Washington, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. After facing international criticism for steeply rising rates of deforestation in the Amazon, Salles is visiting the U.S., France, Germany, and the United Kingdom to insist that there’s no big problem. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick
September 20, 2019 - 11:50 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — In July, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro dismissed global concerns about fires raging in the world's largest rainforest, saying "The Amazon is Brazil's, not yours." Now, the far-right president's government has a new message: Everything's fine, and the rainforest is open for...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron, and his wife Brigitte, share a laugh as they wait for Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at the Elysee Palace, in Paris. World leaders have offered support to Brigitte Macron, the wife of France’s president, after a string of public insults from Brazilian leaders targeting her appearance. An official close to Brigitte Macron told The Associated Press on Tuesday, Sept. 10 that she has received “numerous” messages of support from private individuals and public figures including multiple heads of state. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, file)
September 10, 2019 - 8:29 am
PARIS (AP) — World leaders have offered their support to Brigitte Macron, the wife of France's president, after a string of public insults from Brazilian leaders targeting her appearance. The insults came as Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and French President Emmanuel Macron have clashed...
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A herd of cattle stand in the midst of smoke from the fires at the Nova Fronteira region in Novo Progresso, Brazil, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro sent the military to help extinguish some fires. Last week, he passed a decree banning most fires for land-clearing for a period of 60 days, although he later limited the ban to the Amazon. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
September 06, 2019 - 1:46 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Low-cost fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz AB says it is suspending leather purchases from Brazil in response to the Amazon fires. The Stockholm-based group says "a temporary ban on leather from Brazil" was linked to "the severe fires in the Brazilian part of the...
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Smoke rises from a rainforest in Altamira, Para state, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Wednesday that Latin America's Amazon countries will meet in September to discuss both protecting and developing the rainforest region, which has been hit by weeks of devastating fires.(AP Photo/Leo Correa)
August 30, 2019 - 3:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Brazil's foreign minister said his country is successfully extinguishing the fires in the Amazon region that have generated international concern after discussing the situation with President Donald Trump on Friday at the White House. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said...
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A tree stump glows with fire amid smoke along the road to Jacunda National Forest, near the city of Porto Velho in the Vila Nova Samuel region which is part of Brazil's Amazon, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. The Group of Seven nations on Monday pledged tens of millions of dollars to help Amazon countries fight raging wildfires, even as Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro accused rich countries of treating the region like a "colony." (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
August 28, 2019 - 10:52 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Can you save the rainforest from your desk? A spike in downloads for a search engine that's contributing profits to planting trees shows people are looking for ways to help as fires rage across the Brazilian Amazon. But experts say that while such efforts won't hurt, it's better to...
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In this photo taken Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019 people hold a placard demonstration in Cape Town, South Africa, in protest against fires burning in Brazil's Amazon rainforest. Satellite images show a far greater number of fires burning on the African continent but experts say the situation in Africa is different and not yet a growing problem attributing the abundance of fires across the savannah lands to agricultural technique by small farmers cultivating fields. (AP Photo)
August 28, 2019 - 8:39 am
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — While the world has watched with fear and fascination the fires burning in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, satellite images show a far greater number of blazes on the African continent. NASA has called Africa the "fire continent" that's home to at least 70% of the 10,000 fires...
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Land smolders during a forest fire in Altamira in Brazil's Amazon, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. The fire is very close to Kayapo indigenous land located on the Bau indigenous reserve. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
August 27, 2019 - 9:57 pm
PORTO VELHO, Brazil (AP) — Lingering smoke in the Amazon caused concern Tuesday among Brazilians who say that respiratory problems — particularly among children and the elderly — have increased as fires in the region rage. "The kids are affected the most. They're coughing a lot," said Elane Diaz, a...
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Amid smoke from forest fires, cattle graze on a farm along the road to Jacunda National Forest, near the city of Porto Velho in the Vila Nova Samuel region which is part of Brazil's Amazon, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. The Group of Seven nations on Monday pledged tens of millions of dollars to help Amazon countries fight raging wildfires, even as Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro accused rich countries of treating the region like a "colony." (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
August 26, 2019 - 9:36 pm
JACUNDA NATIONAL FOREST, Brazil (AP) — Equipped with hoses connected to rubber backpacks, Brazilian firefighters in the Amazon on Monday raced in a truck along dirt roads toward plumes of smoke after a spotter in a military helicopter directed them to a fast-spreading fire. A landowner opened the...
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