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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Friday vetoed 12 articles of a controversial forest bill approved by Congress last month, which was promoted by the powerful agriculture lobby but slammed by environmentalists.

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Brazil tries to balance farming and forests updated: Sun Mar 18 2012 23:10:00

It's harvest time in the heart of Brazil. Top-of-the-line John Deere tractors carve up vast soybean fields, sucking in dry pods and leaving a trail of dust.

Replanting Brazilian forestsupdated: Sun Mar 11 2012 23:20:00

Brazilian ranchers forced to replant after deforestation turn to seed collectors. CNN's Shasta Darlington reports.

Loggers become seed collectors to replant Brazil's rainforestsupdated: Sun Mar 11 2012 23:20:00

Santino Sena wades through a knee-deep swamp, snatching up green seeds about the size of ping-pong balls that float on the surface of the water.

Brazil delays vote on bill regulating deforestationupdated: Tue Mar 06 2012 18:44:00

Brazil¹s Congress postponed a vote on Tuesday on a controversial forest code, which has pitted farmers and ranchers against environmentalists.

Brazil vote sparks fears for future of rainforestupdated: Tue Mar 06 2012 12:23:00

Brazil stands at a crossroads in its efforts to preserve the Amazon rainforest as the government considers controversial legislation governing land use.

Brazil Senate passes Amazon deforestation codeupdated: Wed Dec 07 2011 07:52:00

Brazil's Senate passed a controversial forestry bill late Tuesday, supported by ranchers and farmers but opposed by many environmental activists.

Amazon deforestation at record low, Brazil saysupdated: Tue Dec 06 2011 12:30:00

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has decreased to the lowest level since record-keeping began in 1988, according to official estimates.

The death of Zé Cláudio and Mariaupdated: Tue Dec 06 2011 12:30:00

VICE visits the hometown of two environmental activists who were murdered in May outside their home in the Amazon.

The death of Zé Cláudio and Mariaupdated: Wed Nov 23 2011 11:16:00

On the morning of May 24 of this year, two gunmen ambushed and murdered Amazon activist José "Zé" Cláudio Ribeiro da Silva and his wife, Maria do Espírito Santo da Silva in the Brazilian state of Pará. The couple's involvement in environmentalism began with the creation of the Alta Piranheira Beach settlement in 1997. This settlement, where fruit gathering is the only form of production permitted, is part of a program of agrarian reform designated for poor families who depend on the land for survival.

Maathai 'gave African women a voice' updated: Mon Sep 26 2011 13:06:00

I'm often asked who has been an inspiration in my life and my career. The answer I've always given is Wangari Maathai.

Brazil Catholic Church opposes proposed reforms to rainforest lawsupdated: Sat Jun 18 2011 12:55:00

Brazil's Catholic Church is the latest to publicly oppose a controversial revamping of the country's "Forest Code," which activists say would cause an environmental disaster.

CNN Hero: Anne Hallumupdated: Fri Feb 11 2011 16:53:00

Anne Hallum is helping rural Guatemalans protect their villages from deadly mudslides.

Protecting villagers from deadly mudslidesupdated: Fri Feb 11 2011 16:53:00

In rural Guatemala, all it takes is a few minutes for tons of heavy mud to plow into a vulnerable hillside community and swallow its people and their homes.

Group releases photos of uncontacted tribe to raise awarenessupdated: Tue Feb 01 2011 16:59:00

In an effort to ramp up pressure for Peru to crack down on illegal loggers in its region of the Amazon, an indigenous rights organization has released what it says are photos of an uncontacted tribe in Brazil that is threatened by the logging across the border.

Forests size of Russia 'could be restored'updated: Wed Dec 22 2010 02:21:00

Forests covering an area almost the size of Russia could be restored around the world, according to a global partnership of scientists.

Deforestation a problem in Indonesiaupdated: Sat Nov 27 2010 01:17:00

Indonesia has one of the fastest rates of deforestation in the world. CNN looks at the issues as a result of this.

Indonesia aims to halt deforestationupdated: Sat Nov 27 2010 01:17:00

Rainforest covers 60 percent of Indonesia, yet this developing country is among the world's highest carbon emitters.

Deforestation levels lower in Brazilupdated: Wed Nov 24 2010 21:00:00

CNN's Becky Anderson reports on the levels of deforestation in Brazil that are actually dropping.

Can Brazil continue to slow deforestation in the Amazon?updated: Wed Nov 24 2010 21:00:00

Only when flying over the treetops of the Brazilian Amazon was I finally able to comprehend the scale of the forest.

Cameras capture decline in biodiversityupdated: Wed Sep 08 2010 05:39:00

A new picture index is helping scientists monitor long-term trends in rare animal species around the world using strategically placed remote cameras.

Amazon hiker arrives home after 2-year, 4,000-mile trekupdated: Wed Aug 11 2010 02:25:00

British explorer Ed Stafford arrives home to Leicestershire, England, on Wednesday, two days after he completed a two-year, 4,000-mile trek along the Amazon River.

Learning from Madagascar's lemursupdated: Thu Jul 22 2010 08:54:00

Scientist Hanta Rasamimanana takes CNN into the Madagascan jungle to observe lemurs in their natural habitat.

Madagascar's 'lemur lady' on saving endangered animalsupdated: Thu Jul 22 2010 08:54:00

Thirty years ago, a young Hanta Rasamimanana was dispatched by the Madagascan government to spy on a delegation of American scientists in the country's Berenti reserve.

Greenpeace: Paper company is 'trashing Indonesian rainforests'updated: Tue Jul 06 2010 06:03:00

One of the world's largest pulp and paper companies is destroying Indonesia's rainforests and taking away the habitat of rare animals, environmental group Greenpeace charged Tuesday.

Indonesia announces plan to protect forests, peatlandsupdated: Wed May 26 2010 22:23:00

Indonesia's president on Wednesday announced a two-year moratorium on new concessions to convert virgin forests and peat lands into plantations, part of an internationally backed strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation.

Greenpeace vs. Nestleupdated: Mon May 24 2010 23:06:00

Greenpeace Executive Director Kumi Naidoo talks about his organization's successful campaign to stop deforestation.

Social media can help save the planet, says Greenpeace bossupdated: Mon May 24 2010 23:06:00

Greenpeace is well-known for taking direct action in the name of saving the environment, but key to its campaigning now is the collective power of the Internet and social media, says Greenpeace's executive director, Kumi Naidoo.

Can forests thrive in the world of carbon trading?updated: Mon Apr 26 2010 00:03:00

So few forests remain in the tiny country of Armenia that the World Bank has warned it could one day become a desert.

Saving the rainforests: REDD or dead?updated: Fri Dec 18 2009 22:42:00

The U.N.'s forest carbon scheme which has formed part of the negotiations at the climate talks in Copenhagen has been one of the few areas where countries are broadly in agreement.

The REDD planupdated: Fri Dec 18 2009 22:42:00

CNN correspondents explain why a plan to cut deforestation has its critics.

Crisis engulfing U.N. summitupdated: Thu Dec 17 2009 10:28:00

The U.N. climate summit is struggling with problems both inside and outside the Bella Center. CNN's Phil Black reports.

Climate summit personal for Nepalese delegateupdated: Thu Dec 17 2009 10:28:00

Bhola Prasad Bhattarai traveled from his native Nepal to Denmark to see how the "big people see the little people."

Hundreds detained in Copenhagen protestsupdated: Sun Dec 13 2009 22:17:00

Thousands of protesters took to the streets and hundreds were detained Saturday in Copenhagen as they demanded a climate-change agreement that would curb greenhouse gas emissions and aid developing countries harmed by pollution.

Marching for 'climate justice'updated: Sun Dec 13 2009 22:17:00

Thousands march in Copenhagen to demand leaders take action against climate change. CNN's Phil Black reports.

Palm oil problemupdated: Fri Dec 11 2009 09:36:00

CNN's Arwa Damon goes to the Indonesian island of Sumatra to look at some of the problems of palm oil production.

Reporter's notebook: Palm oil production devastating Sumatran forestsupdated: Fri Dec 11 2009 09:36:00

As we drive through central Sumatra, what looks like a scene from some apocalyptic movie where an unknown force has obliterated all life on earth unfolds before us.

New photos highlight rainforest devastationupdated: Fri Oct 02 2009 11:39:00

A series of photographic exhibitions have been organized in Europe and North America this autumn to highlight a campaign by Britain's Prince Charles to combat tropical deforestation.

Fortune: Wesley Clark: Ethanol's field generalupdated: Thu Jul 02 2009 17:25:00

If ever there were an industry in need of a general, it's the ethanol industry. Already under siege from food companies blaming biofuels for rising grocery prices, ethanol companies are now seeing their profit margins crushed by falling prices for their product. Compounding the problem, many environmentalists -- who five minutes ago seemed to be in ethanol's corner -- have turned against the corn-based fuel.

Newlyweds turn back clock on deforestationupdated: Wed May 06 2009 02:04:00

The people of Indonesia's Java Island still follow wedding traditions passed down centuries ago by their ancestors.

Environmental vowsupdated: Wed May 06 2009 02:04:00

Couples must plant trees to receive a wedding license in a small Javanese province in Indonesia. CNN's Arwa Damon reports

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