The deforestation of the Amazon rainforest — the "lungs of the earth" — by wildfires is untold destruction, not just for the Amazon but for the entire planet, according to the head of a nonprofit environmental group.
Two indigenous leaders were shot dead and two others wounded in Brazil’s Maranhão state, in an attack not far from where a prominent tribesman who defended the Amazon rainforest was killed last month, authorities said.
Seven Amazonian countries signed a pact to protect the world’s largest tropical forest via disaster response coordination and satellite monitoring, amid recent fires that torched thousands of square miles of the jungle.
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday repeated a demand for French leader Emmanuel Macron to withdraw recent remarks, accusing France and Germany of "buying" the Latin American country's sovereignty with Amazon fire aid.
The G7 has agreed to spend 20 million euros ($22 million) on the Amazon, mainly to send fire-fighting aircraft to tackle the huge blazes engulfing many parts of the world's biggest rainforest, the presidents of France and Chile announce.
As dozens of fires scorched large swaths of the Amazon, the Brazilian government struggled to contain growing global outrage over its environmental policies, which have paved the way for runaway deforestation of the world’s largest rain forest.
Five major retailers, including Amazon.com Inc. and Walmart Inc., were sued by the University of California over what it called the “existential threat” when foreign manufacturers infringe schools’ patents.