Rainforest EXPLORER: News & Notes
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CARBON MARKETS: Can trading save the Amazon?

CARBON MARKETS: Can trading save the Amazon? | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
One morning two days before Christmas in 1988, Chico Mendes, the leader of a group of rubber tree tappers, walked into his backyard to take a shower. That was his routine.
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Amazon Trees Removed Almost a Third Less Carbon - Climate Central

Amazon Trees Removed Almost a Third Less Carbon - Climate Central | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Carbon absorbed by rainforest is falling, which means even greater cuts to manmade emissions are needed, warn scientists.
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Stanford scientists team with indigenous people to produce detailed carbon calculations of Amazon rainforest

Stanford scientists team with indigenous people to produce detailed carbon calculations of Amazon rainforest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
By teaching basic ecology field work techniques to indigenous groups in the Amazon, Stanford researchers find that satellite measurements of rainforests underestimate the region's carbon storage potential.
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Amazon Rainforest Breathes In More Than It Breathes Out

Amazon Rainforest Breathes In More Than It Breathes Out | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Pristine Amazon forests pull in more carbon dioxide than they put back into the atmosphere, according to a new study. The findings confirm that natural Amazon forests help reduce global warming by lowering the planet's greenhouse gas levels, the researchers said.
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Reducing Tropical Forest Destruction Could Cut CO2 Emissions by One-Fifth

Reducing Tropical Forest Destruction Could Cut CO2 Emissions by One-Fifth | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Scientists have found that reducing deforestation in the tropics would significantly cut the amount of carbon dioxide entering the Earth's atmosphere--by as much as one-fifth.
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Vines strangle carbon storage in tropical forests

Vines strangle carbon storage in tropical forests | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Although useful to Tarzan, vines endanger tropical forests' capacity to store carbon. In a major experimental study in Panama, researchers showed that woody vines, or lianas, slow tropical forest tree growth and may even cause premature tree death. Lianas reduced aboveground carbon uptake by more than three-quarters, threatening the forests' ability to buffer climate change.
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Drought Causes Amazon Rainforest Trees to 'Inhale' Less Carbon from the Atmosphere

Drought Causes Amazon Rainforest Trees to 'Inhale' Less Carbon from the Atmosphere | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
For the first time ever, scientists have discovered direct evidence of the rate at which individual trees in the Amazon rainforest "inhale" carbon from the atmosphere during a severe drought.
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Peat is Amazon's carbon superstore

Peat is Amazon's carbon superstore | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Satellite data reveals that the most dense stores of carbon in Amazonia is not above ground in trees but below ground in peatlands.

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Peru’s first-ever high-resolution carbon map could help the world breathe easier

Peru’s first-ever high-resolution carbon map could help the world breathe easier | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
To put an accurate price on carbon, you need to know how much you have and where it's located, researchers say Stanford University scientists have produced the first-ever high-resolution carbon geo...
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Team uses satellite maps to give Amazon trees a carbon price tag - Futurity

Team uses satellite maps to give Amazon trees a carbon price tag - Futurity | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A detailed assessment of Amazon trees based on satellite maps could help quantify the amount of carbon available to trade through offset schemes.
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