Colombia says 42,600 hectares deforested in Amazon in first half of 2021

Government figure shows 34 percent decrease in deforestation across Caqueta, Meta and Guaviare provinces compared with the first half of 2020 when close to 64,500 hectares were deforested. Colombia’s so-called arc of deforestation stretches across the three provinces and creeps into the country’s Amazon. (Jaime Saldarriaga / Reuters) Some 42,600 hectares of rainforest were destroyed […]


Senate panel backs criminal charges against Brazil’s Bolsonaro

Seven of the panel’s 11 senators endorse report that also calls for indictment of 77 other people, including several ministers and three of President Bolsonaro’s children. A demonstrator wears a mask depicting President Bolsonaro with a mouthful of US dollars, while holding a syringe representing Covid-19 vaccine, during a protest in Brazil on October 2, […]


Indigenous demonstrators block roads to protest fuel prices in Ecuador

Thousands of demonstrators rally against economic policies of conservative President Guillermo Lasso, days after he raised gasoline prices, with roadblocks set up in some parts of the country. Ecuadorans march against economic measures imposed by the government, including fuel price hikes, amid a state of emergency, in Quito, on October 26, 2021. (AFP) Indigenous Ecuadorans […]


Sudan’s ousted PM returns home as world opinion grows against coup

From UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to the US and European powers, several leaders are demanding the restoration of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s government. Top General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan’s declaration of a state of emergency and dissolution of the government provoked an international backlash. (AFP) Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok and his wife have been […]


Something Really Wants Our Attention: One Cosmic Object Emitted 1,652 Fast Radio Bursts in 47 Days

The energetic phenomena known as Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) are one of the greatest cosmic mysteries today. These mysterious flashes of light are visible in the radio wave part of the spectrum and usually last only a few milliseconds before fading away forever. Since the first FRB was observed in 2007, astronomers have looked forward […]