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The truth about Paddy Power's stunt in the Amazon rainforest

The truth about Paddy Power's stunt in the Amazon rainforest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Not a single tree was harmed in the Amazon. Paddy Power admits it was a bit out of left field to raise awareness of deforestation by pretending to chop down the Amazon, but we’ve been twiddling our...
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Well now...this is an interesting approach to building Amazon awareness.  Read their blog before you react! 

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Small monkeys take over when big primates have been hunted out in the Amazon - Mongabay.com

Small monkeys take over when big primates have been hunted out in the Amazon - Mongabay.com | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Mongabay.com Small monkeys take over when big primates have been hunted out in the Amazon Mongabay.com His work, conducted in conjunction with Varun Swamy, the Bullard Fellow for Forest Research at Harvard University, focused on gathering detailed...
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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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To Breathe Upside-Down, Sloths Tape Organs To Their Ribs – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

To Breathe Upside-Down, Sloths Tape Organs To Their Ribs – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
If you spent a lot of your life hanging upside-down, you’ve got a problem. Your liver, kidneys, stomach and other internal organs would press down upon your lungs and diaphragm, making it marginall...
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You Can't Eat Your Cake and Have the Forest Too -- or Can You?

You Can't Eat Your Cake and Have the Forest Too -- or Can You? | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Every unique ecosystem provides significant economic, social, cultural, aesthetic and intrinsic values to humanity. But forests occupy a special class in themselves....
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SUSTAINABILITY NEWS - via #Rainforest Alliance: Tropical deforestation and forest degradation have become the second largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions--some 12 percent in total--roughly equivalent to what every car, truck, train and airplane combined dump into the atmosphere.

 

But what can YOU do to help?

 

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Amazon Watch - "There Are Many Chico Mendes Around the World"

Amazon Watch - "There Are Many Chico Mendes Around the World" | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Franco Viteri, indigenous leader from the Ecuadorian Amazon, remembers hearing about the death of Chico Mendes. The lasting impression of Chico's example inspired Franco to participate in the Chico Vive! conference.
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Insect Hordes, Chemical Warfare = Amazing Rainforest Biodiversity!

Insect Hordes, Chemical Warfare = Amazing Rainforest Biodiversity! | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Warfare between plants and insects is responsible for remarkable tropical biodiversity, two ecologists contend.
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H&M, Zara commit to cutting rainforest destruction out of clothing production - Mongabay.com

H&M, Zara commit to cutting rainforest destruction out of clothing production - Mongabay.com | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
H&M, Zara commit to cutting rainforest destruction out of clothing production
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While the clothing industry's impact on forests is rarely acknowledged, its footprint is expanding.
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Dozens of Insect Species Living Only On Two Types of Flower – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science

Dozens of Insect Species Living Only On Two Types of Flower – Phenomena: Not Exactly Rocket Science | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Los Amigos Biological Station sits within the Peruvian Amazon—one of the planet’s richest hotspots for life. Countless species fly, scurry, climb and burrow through the surrounding rainforest. To b...
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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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Crowdsourcing in the Amazon Rainforest to Educate and Conserve!

Crowdsourcing in the Amazon Rainforest to Educate and Conserve! | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

" IBM has been charged by the Brazilian government with a tough sustainability problem: monitor and track biodiversity in the Amazon rainforest. The task is no small undertaking, considering there are at least 40,000 varieties of plant species that can be found in the Amazon"

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IBM creates a "citizen science" app that allows Amazon schools and communities to collect data on Amazon biodiversity - resutls in "massive data" collection and gives Amazon communities a new understanding appreciation of the world they live in! 

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Tropical Ecology

Tropical Ecology | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

This full-color illustrated textbook offers the first comprehensive introduction to all major aspects of tropical ecology. It explains why the world's tropical rain forests are so universally rich in species, what factors may contribute to high species richness, how nutrient cycles affect rain forest ecology, and how ecologists investigate the complex interrelationships among flora and fauna. 

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Excellent - a new text from John Kricher - a great introduction to neotropical ecology! 

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Rain Forest Warriors: How Indigenous Tribes Protect the Amazon

Rain Forest Warriors: How Indigenous Tribes Protect the Amazon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
How did a huge island of green in the Amazon become a fortress against ranchers, loggers, and miners? Answer: indigenous tribes.
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Tropical nations make progress in slowing deforestation

Tropical nations make progress in slowing deforestation | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Efforts to slow destruction of tropical forests seem to be paying off in a number of countries, argues a new report published by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
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Ecuador's Jaguars Threatened by Oil Drilling - Amazon Aid Foundation

Ecuador's Jaguars Threatened by Oil Drilling - Amazon Aid Foundation | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Oil drilling can have devastating consequences for the environment, as drilling activity results in deforestation, loss of biodiversity, soil and aquatic pollution, and air pollution.
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Yasuni continues to amaze...how can this place be under threat?  Stop the madness.  

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$35 Million Pledged to Combat Illegal Gold Mining in Peru

$35 Million Pledged to Combat Illegal Gold Mining in Peru | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Earlier this week, the Humala administration of Peru pledged $35 million (US) to the Madre de Dios region, an investment that will work to enforce the rule of law in areas of development.
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Absurd Creature of the Week: An Ant That Skydives and Uses Its Head as a Shield | Science | WIRED

Absurd Creature of the Week: An Ant That Skydives and Uses Its Head as a Shield | Science | WIRED | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
With a range stretching from Argentina all the way up into the southern U.S., this incredible genus of ants has also mastered the art of rainforest skydiving, leaping from the canopy to avoid predators, only to steer themselves mid-flight right back onto the trunk of their home tree. And they do it with remarkable agility.
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Awesome!  Added bonus - we see gliding ants at the ACTS canopy walkway and can watch this behavior live and in person! 

 

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Ants plant rainforests, one seed at a time

Ants plant rainforests, one seed at a time | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Deforestation is destroying forests around the world, but its effects are especially obvious in the Amazon Basin. Due to cattle ranching, soybean farming, logging, and slash-and-burn agriculture, the rainforest is disappearing at a rapid pace. But a recent study published in the Journal of Ecology offers a unique solution to replanting the deforested landscapes: ants.
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All hail the awesomeness of ANTS! 

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Slothville? Yes, because you can never have too many sloths!

Slothville?  Yes, because you can never have too many sloths! | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
As the headquarters of the Sloth Appreciation Society, Slothville is the number one destination for sloth fans on the web. Created by Lucy Cooke, zoologist and author of New York Times best-seller A Little Book of Sloth, producer of sloth virals and writer director of award-winning documentary Meet the Sloths/Too Cute! Baby Sloths!
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How to be an explorer!

How to be an explorer! | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The most exciting new frontiers of exploration are on our very own planet, says Dr. Robin Hanbury-Tenison, one of the greats of British exploring.
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"It doesn't matter if people have been there before, it isn't about being the first -- it's about understanding and learning more about it." 

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Extreme weather events provide window for scientists studying Amazon climate change

Extreme weather events provide window for scientists studying Amazon climate change | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Three extreme weather events in the Amazon Basin in the last decade are giving scientists an opportunity to make observations that will allow them to predict the impacts of climate change and deforestation on some of the most important ecological processes and ecosystem services of the Amazon River ...
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Amazon trees 'live fast, die young'

Amazon trees 'live fast, die young' | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A "live fast, die young" life history strategy could have played a key role leading to the high tree diversity in the Amazon, scientists suggest.
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Hello Beautiful! Meet the Paradise Tanager from the Amazon

Hello Beautiful!  Meet the Paradise Tanager from the Amazon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
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Can't wait to see this beauty during our next visit to the ACTS canopy walkway in Peru!

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Just touching the golden poison frog can kill you

Just touching the golden poison frog can kill you | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A conservationist is trying to save the frog, whose Colombia habitat is under assault by development and mining.
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The golden poison frog is both feared and coveted. Its scientific name, Phyllobates terribilis, includes “the terrible” because its toxins are so poisonous.

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'Mosaic' landscapes seen to reduce fire risk in Peruvian Amazon

'Mosaic' landscapes seen to reduce fire risk in Peruvian Amazon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
As climate change increases the likelihood of drought in the Amazon Basin, farmers can reduce risk of wildfires by transforming the landscape into mosaics made up of both fields and forests, according to an expert with the Center for International Forestry Research.
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The Amazon and Climate Change...facing the challenges NOW!

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