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Brazil’s Water Crisis: A Case of Rain or Rainforests?

Sao Paulo, one of the largest cities in the world, may run out of water in the next few months leaving 20 million people high and dry. Who is to blame?
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Deforestation climbing - along with fears - in the Amazon

Deforestation climbing - along with fears - in the Amazon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Deforestation in the Brazil Amazon continues to pace well ahead of last year's rate, shows data released today by Imazon.

According to the Brazilian NGO's analysis of satellite data, 1,373 square kilometers of rainforest was chopped down between August 2014 and December 2014, a 224 percent increase relative to the prior corresponding period a year before. Forest degradation from selective logging and fires is pacing 664 percent ahead of last year. Forest degradation typically precedes outright clearing.
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Fishermen in Brazil Save a River Goliath, and Their Livelihoods - New York Times

Fishermen in Brazil Save a River Goliath, and Their Livelihoods - New York Times | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Efforts to save the pirarucu, one of the world’s largest freshwater fish, have been a success while offering a strategy for fending off a broader freshwater extinction crisis.
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On eve of Brazil presidential election, is the Amazon at stake? (+video) - Christian Science Monitor

On eve of Brazil presidential election, is the Amazon at stake? (+video) - Christian Science Monitor | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

 

Most Brazilian voters are focused on what incumbent President Rousseff and top competitor Silva have to say about the sluggish economy. Their prescriptions will have a major impact on environmental protection in the Amazon rainforest.

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Flu-Infected Isolated Amazon Tribe Can be Wiped Out - International Business Times UK

Flu-Infected Isolated Amazon Tribe Can be Wiped Out - International Business Times UK | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
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Using Google Earth to protect uncontacted tribes in the Amazon rainforest

Using Google Earth to protect uncontacted tribes in the Amazon rainforest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
In 2008, images of an uncontacted tribe in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil created ripples. With bodies painted in bright colors, members of the tribe aimed their arrows at a Brazilian government plane flying overhead, occupants of which were attempting to photograph the tribe to prove their existence. Now, a new study has found another way to survey such tribes safely and remotely—using satellite images.
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The Amazon rainforest Cutting down on cutting down - The Economist

The Amazon rainforest Cutting down on cutting down - The Economist | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The Economist The Amazon rainforest Cutting down on cutting down The Economist IN THE 1990s, when an area of Brazilian rainforest the size of Belgium was felled every year, Brazil was the world's environmental villain and the Amazonian jungle the...
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Striking Photographs from Indigenous Amazon Community

Striking Photographs from Indigenous Amazon Community | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
These photographs of the Dessana tribe, published on th …
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Amazing photography - captures the mystery and magic that defines the Amazon

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New species of river dolphin threatened by Amazon Dam construction

New species of river dolphin threatened by Amazon Dam construction | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
River dolphins in the Araguaia and Tocantins rivers in Brazil make up a new species, formed when the rivers were cut off from the Amazon by rapids
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Why is Amazon deforestation climbing?

Why is Amazon deforestation climbing? | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The 28 percent increase in deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon over last year that was reported this week is bad news, but it is not surprising.
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Excellent overview of why this is such bad news and reasons behind this dramatic increase in Amazon deforestation is happening

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Incredible Images Of The Giant Tower Being Built In The Middle Of The Amazon

Incredible Images Of The Giant Tower Being Built In The Middle Of The Amazon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
the Amazon Tall Tower Observatory, which is nearing completion in the middle of the Amazon rain forest, will gather data on gases like carbon dioxide, methane, and other components of pollution to help scientists better understand what is happening to our climate.
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Time for a checkup: researchers examine the health of lowland tapirs

Time for a checkup: researchers examine the health of lowland tapirs | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The Brazilian tapir (Tapirus terrestris) may get a bad rap in Brazil, where referring to someone as a "tapir" essentially equates to calling them an "ass," but history has shown that this species is deserving of a lot more respect.
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Amazon deforestation picking up pace, satellite data reveals

Amazon deforestation picking up pace, satellite data reveals | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Despite the worsening situation in the Amazon – and São Paulo’s most severe drought since records began – the environment has played little part in the debates between the two presidential candidates.
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Satellite data indicates a 190% surge in land clearance in the Amazon in August and September of 2014 compared to the same time last year...not a trend we are a fan of. :-(   

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Cutting down on cutting down

Cutting down on cutting down | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
IN THE 1990s, when an area of Brazilian rainforest the size of Belgium was felled every year, Brazil was the world’s environmental villain and the Amazonian jungle...
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According to this great article by the economist, "there was no silver bullet but instead a three-stage process in which bans, better governance in frontier areas and consumer pressure on companies worked, if fitfully and only after several false starts."  What does this mean for the future of all tropical forests?  Time will tell

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▶ Brazil World Cup 2014: Amazon tribe leader's message to England team - YouTube#t=35

▶ Brazil World Cup 2014: Amazon tribe leader's message to England team - YouTube#t=35 | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
With the start of the World Cup just days away, protesters from the Kayapo people of the Amazon join other indigenous people in clashes with the riot police....
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How Google Earth Images Could Help Save Amazonian Tribes

How Google Earth Images Could Help Save Amazonian Tribes | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Monitoring the populations of “uncontacted” tribes via Google Earth satellite images may be a noninvasive way help insure the survival of indigenous Brazilian villages.
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Awesome! 

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Cops and loggers in the Amazon rainforest | The Knowledge Effect

Cops and loggers in the Amazon rainforest | The Knowledge Effect | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

Armed agents from Brazil’s environmental protection agency, backed by police and military units, have cracked down on illegal lumber mills in remote regions of the Amazon rainforest.


Via Mathijs Booden
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Crime Fighting - Amazon Style!

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First Amazon bridge to open world's greatest rainforest to development

First Amazon bridge to open world's greatest rainforest to development | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A new bridge has come to symbolise Brazil's most challenging and urgent issue: balancing the demands of economic development with environmental protection (RT @aggs_geog: 1st bridge across the Amazon - prioritising economic development over...
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New species of giant Amazonian fish

New species of giant Amazonian fish | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A new species of the giant fish arapaima has been discovered from the Amazon, raising questions about what other species remain to be found and highlighting the potential for ecological problems when animals are relocated from their native habitats.
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