Brazilian protests intensify; Bolsonaro stays silent

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – The two men were sitting at a bar on Nov. 21, sipping drinks for relief from the scorching heat of Brazil’s Mato Grosso state, when police officers barged in and arrested them for allegedly torching trucks and an ambulance with Molotov cocktails. One man tried to flee and ditch his … Read more

Bankers bet billions on new wave of debt-for-nature deals

More countries linking debt cost to conservation goals Seychelles, Belize, Barbados among those to strike deals Ecuador swap could be the biggest yet at $800 million Cape Verde, Sri Lanka and others are also exploring deals SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, Nov 17 (Reuters) – The Galapagos Islands, whose thousands of unique species inspired Darwin’s theory of … Read more

World making little progress on food waste, a big climate problem

Nov 15 (Reuters) – Every Thursday, California resident Richard Redmond takes a gallon-sized container of food scraps to the farmers market in the city of South Pasadena where it is collected and composted for use in gardens – an effort to reduce the amount of household waste he sends to landfill. “It’s just stunning,” the … Read more

COP27: Polluters must pay for climate change, poor nations tell rich

Island nations call for global carbon tax ‘While they are profiting, the planet is burning’ Fears grow for jailed hunger strikers in Egypt SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Leaders from poor countries criticized wealthy governments and oil companies for driving global warming, using their speeches on Tuesday at the COP27 climate summit in … Read more

Brazil polls facing Bolsonaro backlash after election miss

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) – Brazilian polling companies have been facing threats of a crackdown after their surveys for the election’s first round significantly underestimated the support for the president and his allies. President Jair Bolsonaro’s Justice Ministry called for a Federal Police investigation and the antitrust regulator on Thursday launched a probe into whether pollsters … Read more

Haiti: ‘Rape has become a weapon’ for gangs, says the UN

CNN – As Haiti reels from a cascade of crises, the United Nations has released a grim report accusing the country’s powerful gangs of using rape as a tool of intimidation and control. Large swathes of the capital city of Port-au-Prince are run by organized criminal groups, with one Haitian security forces source telling CNN … Read more

Big Brazilian gold refiner delisted amid Amazon mining probe

MIAMI (AP) – One of Brazil’s biggest gold refiners, which processes gold suspected of being mined illegally in the Amazon rainforest, has been stripped of an important industry seal of approval that global manufacturers from Apple to Tesla rely on to root out abuses in their supply chains. An investigation by The Associated Press in … Read more

Haiti at breaking point as economy tanks and violence soars

By EVENS SANON and DÁNICA COTO October 4, 2022 GMT PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Daily life in Haiti began to spin out of control last month just hours after Prime Minister Ariel Henry said fuel subsidies would be eliminated.causing prices to double. Gunshots rang out as protesters blocked roads with iron gates and mango … Read more

Ian to make second landfall as Category 1 hurricane

(On this page, you will find the latest on where Ian is, what we can expect in our area, the latest track, radar, “spaghetti” models, hurricane alerts, storm surge alerts, tropical storm advisories and the latest video from the storm’s destruction.) Ian is expected to be a Category 1 hurricane when it makes a second … Read more

Hurricane Ian: Live updates on the storm’s path, impact

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Ian rapidly intensified as it neared landfall along Florida’s southwest coast Wednesday morning, gaining top winds of 155 mph (250 kph), just shy of the most dangerous Category 5 status. Damaging winds and rain lashed the state, and forecasters said the heavily populated Fort Myers area could be inundated … Read more