Land degradation

California Gov. Jerry Brown, left, flanked by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, urges members of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee to approve a pair of bills to extend state's cap and trade program, Thursday, July 13, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
July 14, 2017 - 4:24 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown warned of a California ravaged by forest fires, disease and mass migration if lawmakers fail to renew the state's signature program to fight climate change, which he called "a threat to organized human existence." California's longest-serving governor, who...
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A truck drives into the Valero Benicia Refinery, Wednesday, July 12, 2017, in Benicia, Calif. California Gov. Jerry Brown is racing to convince lawmakers to extend the state's cap-and-trade program which puts a price on carbon emitted by polluters, including oil refineries. The program has been closely watched around the world as a market-based way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but it expires in 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
July 13, 2017 - 5:59 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown warned Thursday of a California ravaged by forest fires, disease and mass migration if lawmakers fail to renew the state's signature program to fight climate change, which he called "a threat to organized human existence." California's longest-serving...
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Brazil's President Michel Temer waves as he exits after attending a ceremony at the Planalto Presidential Palace, in Brasilia, Monday, June 26, 2017. Temer is expressing defiance in the face of possible corruption charges, the lowest approval rating for a Brazilian leader in a generation and calls for his resignation. He says nothing will "destroy" his government. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
June 26, 2017 - 8:53 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's attorney general formally accused President Michel Temer of corruption on Monday, making him the first sitting president in Latin America's largest nation to face criminal charges. Attorney General Rodrigo Janot's accusation is the latest salvo in an intensifying...
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FILE - This Sept. 15, 2009 file photo shows a deforested area near Novo Progresso in Brazil's northern state of Para. Norway's prime minister on Friday June 24, 2017 warned Brazil's president to curb deforestation or Norway will reduce its financial contribution this year. Erna Solberg said "if preliminary figures about deforestation in 2016 are confirmed, it will lead to a reduced payout in 2017."(AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)
June 23, 2017 - 9:00 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway's prime minister warned Brazil's president on Friday to curb deforestation in the Amazon or Norway will reduce its financial contribution to the project this year. The announcement comes as the Amazon and Atlantic rainforests are being cut down at the fastest rate...
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Norway's Minister of Climate and Environment Vidar Helgesen speaks during the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative in Oslo, Norway, Monday June 19, 2017. Religious and indigenous leaders worldwide are calling for an end to deforestation in an international multi-faith, multi-cultural plea to reduce the emissions that fuel climate change, which is killing tropical rainforests.(Lise Aserud/NTB Scanpix via AP)
June 19, 2017 - 8:48 am
HELSINKI (AP) — Religious and indigenous leaders worldwide are calling for an end to deforestation in an international multi-faith, multi-cultural plea to reduce the emissions that fuel climate change, which is killing tropical rainforests. Participants from 21 countries at a conference in the...
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June 19, 2017 - 6:56 am
HELSINKI (AP) — Religious and indigenous leaders worldwide are calling for an end to deforestation in an international multi-faith, multi-cultural plea to reduce the emissions that fuel climate change, which is killing tropical rainforests. Participants from 21 countries at a conference in the...
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FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2009 file photo a forest in the Amazon is seen being illegally burnt, near Novo Progresso, in the northern Brazilian state of Para. Brazil is considering measures that would roll back environmental protections and make it difficult to meet its Paris climate accord targets, a signal it is stepping back from its global leadership on climate change just as the United States is also retreating. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)
June 07, 2017 - 1:43 pm
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil is considering measures that would roll back environmental protections and make it difficult to meet its Paris climate accord targets — a signal it is stepping back from its global leadership on climate change just as the United States is also retreating. Congress has...
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FILE- In this Feb. 28, 2017 file photo, a passenger airliner flies past steam and white smoke emitted from a coal-fired power plant in Beijing. President Donald Trump's pullback from a global climate pact could accelerate China's unlikely ascent toward leadership in stemming global warming and promoting green technology, and on global matters far removed from the environment.(AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
June 02, 2017 - 6:26 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pullback from a global climate pact could accelerate China's unlikely ascent toward leadership in stemming global warming and promoting green technology, and on global matters far removed from the environment. Trump's announcement that the U.S. would leave...
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FILE- In this Feb. 28, 2017 file photo, a passenger airliner flies past steam and white smoke emitted from a coal-fired power plant in Beijing. President Donald Trump's pullback from a global climate pact could accelerate China's unlikely ascent toward leadership in stemming global warming and promoting green technology, and on global matters far removed from the environment.(AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
June 01, 2017 - 5:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pullback from a global climate pact could accelerate China's unlikely ascent toward leadership in stemming global warming and promoting green technology, and on global matters far removed from the environment. Trump's announcement that the U.S. would leave...
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Boulders and debris surround homes damaged when rivers surrounding Mocoa overflowed and sent a wall of water and debris surging through the city over the weekend, in Mocoa, Colombia, Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Colombian authorities said at least 273 people were killed. The death toll was expected to rise since many more were missing and bodies are still being found. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
April 05, 2017 - 3:25 am
MOCOA, Colombia (AP) — People were caught off guard when a devastating flash flood surged through a small city in southern Colombia, but not everyone was surprised. Government agencies, land use experts, and environmental organizations had said for years that Mocoa could face dangerous flooding...
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