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North Koreans may have helped create Western cartoons, report says

Washington DC, US Reuters North Korean animators may have helped create popular television cartoons for big Western firms, including Amazon and HBO Max, despite international sanctions on North Korea, a research report has found. Researchers discovered files on a North Korean internet server that included animations, written instructions and comments that appear to relate to […]

Record wildfires hit Venezuela during climate-driven Amazon drought

Sao Paulo/Maracay, Venezuela Reuters Venezuela is battling a record number of wildfires, according to data released on Monday, as a climate change-driven drought plagues the Amazon rainforest region. Satellites registered more than 30,200 fire points in Venezuela from January to March, the highest level for that period since records started in 1999, according to Brazil’s […]

Brazil cracks down as wildcat miners in the Amazon shift their operations

An illegal gold dredge burns in Paruari river during an operation against illegal gold mining at the Urupadi National Forest Park in the Amazon rainforest, conducted by agents of the Chico Mendes environmental agency ICMBio with support of the Federal Police, the Federal Highway Police, Brazilian Intelligence Agency agents and Brazilian Public-Safety National Force officers, in the municipality of Maues, Amazonas state, Brazil, on 1st June, 2023

Sucunduri, Brazil Reuters Deep in the Amazon rainforest, Brazil is fighting destructive wildcat gold mining as it spreads from Indigenous lands into government-protected conservation areas. Federal Police have joined the government’s biodiversity conservation agency ICMBio on a series of recent operations to catch illegal gold miners and destroy their camps and equipment. An illegal gold […]

Spike in Asia, Africa migrants turns Amazon jungle outpost into crossroads

Federal Police officers conduct a raid in a port during the Turquesa Operation, in Benjamin Constant, Brazil on 30th November, 2023

Reuters A recent crackdown on migrant smuggling and human trafficking throughout the Americas turned up migrants from 69 countries, an indicator of the steep growth in Asians and Africans who are crossing oceans and continents to reach the United States. Coordinated by the international police organisation Interpol, the fifth annual Operation Turquesa united immigration enforcement […]

Amazon rainforest destruction slows sharply year to date, report says

People watch drones creating a 3D display outside the United Nations Headquarters calling attention to the Amazon rainforest and climate change in New York US, on 15th September, 2023.

Sao Paulo, BrazilReuters Destruction across the Amazon rainforest so far this year has slowed dramatically, down 55.8 per cent from the same period a year ago in a major turnaround for the region vital to curbing climate change, according to an analysis provided to Reuters. The analysis by the non-profit Amazon Conservation’s MAAP forest monitoring […]

Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon falls to lowest since 2018

A general view shows the water conditions in the Piraiba river before a summit of Amazon rainforest nations, in Belem, Para state, Brazil on 5th August, 2023

Sao Paulo, BrazilReuters Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon dropped by 22.3 per cent in the 12 months through July, government data showed on Thursday, as President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva made good on a pledge to rein in the destruction that happened under his predecessor Jair Bolsonaro. Some 9,001 square kilometres of Amazon jungle were […]