Land degradation

Dutch construction workers gather for a demonstration against the government’s environmental rules, in The Hague, Netherlands on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. The industry is protesting government limits on nitrogen emissions and rules about transporting sand and earth contaminated with tiny amounts of chemicals known as PFAS. (AP Photo/Mike Corder)
October 30, 2019 - 8:23 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Thousands of Dutch construction workers converged on The Hague on Wednesday to protest restrictions they say are crippling their industry, the latest large-scale demonstration against the government's environmental policies. A central park in The Hague filled up early...
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In this Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, photo Ponderosa pine cones sit on a tree stump after being cut open during a demonstration at Bandelier National Monument near Los Alamos, N.M. A cone collecting effort is underway in parts of New Mexico and Colorado as conservationists and land managers work to gather seeds to restore forested landscapes following wildfire. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)
October 27, 2019 - 11:52 pm
ALONG THE BURNT MESA TRAIL, N.M. (AP) — With snow ready to fall, the scramble was on to collect as many ponderosa pine cones as possible. A crew outfitted with spurs, ropes and hard hats scaled hefty tree trunks and used long clippers to snip branches loaded with the prickly orbs. The cones being...
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Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro speaks at a ceremony to kickoff the Economic Freedom Project, at the Planalto Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. This is Bolsonaro's first public event since his Sept. 8th surgery. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
September 23, 2019 - 5:32 pm
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been in power for less than nine months, but he's already had diplomatic spats with France, Germany, China, Norway, Arab nations, Venezuela, Cuba and Argentina. Now the pugnacious leader is set to go onto the world's biggest diplomatic stage...
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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 - 2:50 pm
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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Traders Edward Curran, left, and Gregory Rowe work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. Stocks are having a mixed performance early on Wall Street Friday as gains in banks and energy companies are offset somewhat by a drop in technology stocks. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
September 13, 2019 - 12:06 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks gave a mixed performance in midday trading on Friday as health care, banks and industrial companies gained ground and offset a decline in technology stocks. Still, stocks are on track for their third straight weekly gain, having been bolstered in prior sessions by an...
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Pope Francis holds his skull cap in the Soamandrakizay esplanade as he celebrates a vigil with youth in Antananarivo, Madagascar, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. Francis is in Madagascar for the second leg of his weeklong trip to Africa. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
September 07, 2019 - 1:25 pm
ANTANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Pope Francis denounced the illegal logging and exploitation of Madagascar's unique natural resources on Saturday as he opened a visit to the Indian Ocean nation by urging the government to fight the corruption that is ravaging the island's ecosystem and keeping its...
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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 - 11:39 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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French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during his final press conference at the G7 summit Monday, Aug. 26, 2019 in Biarritz, southwestern France. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
August 27, 2019 - 2:43 am
BIARRITZ, France (AP) — The Latest on the summit of leaders from the Group of Seven democracies (all times local): 10 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron says the Amazon, while mostly Brazilian, is a world issue and that his message to Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro is "we cannot allow you to...
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A fire burns trees and brush 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 - 9:03 pm
PORTO VELHO, Brazil (AP) — The Group of Seven nations on Monday pledged tens of millions of dollars to help fight raging wildfires in the Amazon and protect its rainforest, even as Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro accused rich countries of treating the region like a "colony." The international...
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Wildfires consume an area near Porto Velho, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. Brazilian state experts have reported a record of nearly 77,000 wildfires across the country so far this year, up 85% over the same period in 2018. Brazil contains about 60% of the Amazon rainforest, whose degradation could have severe consequences for global climate and rainfall. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
August 23, 2019 - 8:36 pm
PORT VELHO, Brazil (AP) — Under international pressure to contain fires sweeping parts of Brazil's Amazon, President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday authorized use of the military to battle the huge blazes while thousands took to the streets to protest his environmental policies. Brazilian forces will...
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