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Curated from the web, new and noteworthy updates from the Amazon
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Video: Saving a River Giant, and a Livelihood

Video: Saving a River Giant, and a Livelihood | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
In the Brazilian Amazon, conservation efforts have led to a resurgence of the Pirarucu, one of the largest freshwater fish in the world.
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Glad to share some good news from the Amazon.  Conservation in partnership with local people works!  The Pirarucu (aka arapaina), the largest fish in the Amazon is making a comeback in Brazil.  Added bonus:  this was on the front page of the NYT digital edition on 3/3/15. 

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Glad to share some good news from the Amazon.  Conservation in partnership with local people works!  The Pirarucu (aka arapaina), the largest fish in the Amazon is making a comeback in Brazil.  Added bonus:  this was on the front page of the NYT digital edition on 3/3/15. 

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Company chops down rainforest to produce 'sustainable' chocolate

Company chops down rainforest to produce 'sustainable' chocolate | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Aiming to be the world’s largest purveyor of sustainable cacao, a company is developing a plantation in the Amazon that scientists say comes at the expense of primary forest.
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Who's to Blame for Peru's Gold-Mining Troubles?

Who's to Blame for Peru's Gold-Mining Troubles? | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
New Yorker (blog)
Who's to Blame for Peru's Gold-Mining Troubles?
New Yorker (blog)
... surrounding buffer zone, created to preserve one of the Amazon's most biodiverse zones from gold mining and other destructive practices.
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GREAT QUESTION:  "Do North Americans and Europeans have the right to tell Peruvians that they can’t mine there? Are some areas so crucial for our planet’s survival that we need to band together and preserve them? On a personal level, what responsibility do we have as consumers? Do we cash in our gold stocks? Buy only fairmined gold? What about laptops and cell phones?" 

 

All excellent questions posed by the author of the article.  GREAT conversation starters at your social gathering or classroom debate!

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A model forest? A Regional Peruvian Park Balances Local Needs and Conservation

A model forest? A Regional Peruvian Park Balances Local Needs and Conservation | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Regional conservation area safeguards subsistence and spirituality in the Peruvian Amazon. For Alfredo Rojas, the history of the remote villages along the Ampiyacu River is one of enslavement.
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Collaborating for Sustainable Coffee in Colombia

Collaborating for Sustainable Coffee in Colombia | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
We are high in the hills of Santander, a heavily forested coffee growing state in Colombia, where the leadership of Nespresso, Rainforest Alliance, Fundación Natura, and the Colombian Coffee Federation (comprised of more than 300,000 smallholder...
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Chocolate, Rainforest Alliance, and Sustainability

Chocolate, Rainforest Alliance, and Sustainability | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The average American eats about 12 pounds of chocolate per year. I am pretty sure I mentioned that I love chocolate before... dark chocolate to be specific but that is not the "greenest" thing I co...
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