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Brazil: Agricultural interests behind recommendation to eliminate Indigenous affairs agency seen as guarantor of land rights

A congressional panel backed by Brazil's powerful farm lobby recommended on Tuesday dismantling Indian affairs agency Funai, a move critics said would leave indigenous tribes unprotected from an advancing agricultural frontier.

Malaysia: Customs officers seize over 300 live, rare tortoises

Malaysian customs officials have seized 330 tortoises that were smuggle into the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Former USNPS regional chief works out deal to remain with agency after admitting to fraud; union reacts angrily

A senior National Park Service official investigated for padding his travel expenses by nearly $18,000 reportedly has been transferred to a position overseeing the agency's Park Planning, Facilities and Lands Division, a move that drew quick criticism from union representatives.

Vietnam: Attracted by world's largest cave, tourists to Phong Nha-Ke Bang NP making sustainable contribution to local economy, researchers say

Deep in the forests of central Vietnam, home to rare flora and fauna and the world’s most spectacular system of caves, tourism is benefiting the local environment.

Ohio SHPO: Pipeline company has yet to pay agreed-upon penalty for damaging historic sites

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — A natural gas pipeline project across Ohio hasn't honored an agreement to pay for harm done to historic properties, the State Historic Preservation Office said.

Editorial: Viewing Trump's possible Bears Ears review motivations through a transactional lens

President Trump is considering a plan to eliminate or significantly shrink the newly created Bears Ears National Monument. If he does, President Trump — who prides himself as a dealmaker — would be undermining America’s national heritage for little more than short-sighted politics.

New Orleans takes down third of 4 Confederate statues scheduled for removal

NEW ORLEANS — A little after 9 p.m. on Tuesday, a crane was hauled to the entrance of City Park, signaling that the final retreat of the Confederate general

Bleaching has killed 90% of near-surface corals in Indian Ocean's Chagos Archipelago

The extensive coral reefs of the Chagos Archipelago, a collection of more than 60 small islands in the Indian Ocean, have been badly damaged by coral bleaching events over the past two years that have killed roughly 90 percent of the corals to a depth of 90 feet, according to a new survey.

Hitting heat target of Paris Agreement still would spell trouble for Great Barrier Reef: study

If global temperatures hit 1.5°C above pre-industrial conditions -- the target negotiated at the 2015 Paris Agreement -- it will be twice as likely that we will see a repeat of the extreme ocean heat that severely damaged the Great Barrier Reef in 2016.

Italy: Looking to boost tourism, government giving away 100+ historic buildings in exchange for adative re-use commitment

Italy is giving away more than 100 historic buildings - including castles, houses, and towers - in a bid to boost 'slow tourism' and tempt visitors away from the overcrowded city centres.

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