Indian conglomerate Reliance denied a report that it was planning to sell a $20-billion stake in its retail business to US rival Amazon in a deal that could upend the country's hugely lucrative e-commerce sector.
The number of fires in the Brazilian Amazon last month was the second-highest in a decade for August, nearing the crisis levels that unleashed a flood of international condemnation last year, official figures showed.
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday angrily denied the existence of fires in the Amazon rainforest, calling it a “lie,” despite data produced by his own government showing that thousands of fires are surging across the region.
Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon fell about 27 percent in July from a year earlier for the first time in 15 months, even as clearing increased 34.5 percent over that period, according to preliminary data from Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE).
The number of forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon last month rose 28 percent from July 2019, satellite data showed, fueling fears the world's biggest rainforest will again be devastated by fires this year.
Millions of wild animals are trafficked within and out of Brazil every year, a new report has found, with its authors warning that a lack of good quality data means the country’s illegal wildlife trade is not taken seriously enough, with grave consequences for biodiversity.
Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rose for the 14th consecutive month in June, preliminary government data showed, heaping further pressure on President Jair Bolsonaro who is under fire for worsening destruction of the rainforest on his watch.
As Amazon becomes an increasingly important lifeline in the pandemic crisis, it is being hit with a wave of criticism from activists, politicians and others who question the tech giant's growing influence.
US President Donald Trump on Friday threatened to block federal aid for the United States Postal Service unless it raises shipping rates for online companies like Amazon.com, prompting criticism that the move would hurt consumers relying more than usual on packages during the coronavirus outbreak.
Amazon denied reports that it is no longer accepting new deliveries of books to its warehouses while prioritizing essential goods amid the coronavirus outbreak, as major cutbacks at the UK’s two main book wholesalers have begun to prevent bookshops up and down the country from acquiring new stock.