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Canopy crusade: world's highest network of camera traps keeps an eye on animals impacted by road building in the Amazon

Canopy crusade: world's highest network of camera traps keeps an eye on animals impacted by road building in the Amazon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Oil, gas, timber, gold: the Amazon rainforest is rich in resources, and their exploitation is booming. As resource extraction increases, so does the development of access roads and pipelines.
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Glad to see that some effort is being made by oil and gas developers in the Peruvian Amazon to mitigate their impact on local widllfe!  Monitoring these bridges with cameras is even better!

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Taking on the Amazon's 'Deforestation King'

Taking on the Amazon's 'Deforestation King' | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Brazil has arrested Ezequiel Antonio Castanha, who allegedly cleared an area two and a half times the size of Manhattan.
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Mysterious Geoglyphs of Amazonia May Show Ancient Humanity Had an Major ... - Ancient Origins

Mysterious Geoglyphs of Amazonia May Show Ancient Humanity Had an Major ... - Ancient Origins | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Evidence of ancient Amazonian civilization deep under the canopy of the rainforest is hoping to be revealed under a new initiative by international scientific agencies.
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Ants and termites might run more of the world than you think

Ants and termites might run more of the world than you think | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Although ants and termites are small insects, they are the most abundant animals in many tropical ecosystems, including tropical rainforests
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Weekend Wildlife:  What's the most abundant animal in a rainforest?  It's not the monkeys or the frogs! 

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Wharton MBA opens chocolate factory to save the rainforest

Wharton MBA opens chocolate factory to save the rainforest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
not-for-profit nor for-profit, but rather “for purpose.”
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Innovating Brazil nuts: a business with roots in the rainforest

Innovating Brazil nuts: a business with roots in the rainforest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Scientist and entrepreneur turn to Brazil nuts to protect Peru's threatened forests. Sofía Rubio was eight years old when she decided she wanted to be a biologist. 'I would skip school to go to the woods with my father or mother,' who did research in what is now the Tambopata National Reserve in the southeastern Peruvian Amazon, she says.
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The Amazon's oil boom: concessions cover a Chile-sized bloc of rainforest - Mongabay.com

The Amazon's oil boom: concessions cover a Chile-sized bloc of rainforest - Mongabay.com | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Hungry for oil revenue, governments and fossil fuel companies are moving even further into one of the world's last great wildernesses, according to a new study in the journal Environmental Research Letters.
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Taste for endangered wild animals in Brazil threatens jungle wildlife

Taste for endangered wild animals in Brazil threatens jungle wildlife | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
EXCLUSIVE: Experts from Lancaster University and Brazil surveyed households in he cities of Borba and Novo Aripuanã to find out which animals they hunt and eat from the rainforest.
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Every time a fig is born, there's a wasp massacre

Every time a fig is born, there's a wasp massacre | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
This article was written by James Cook , a Professor at the University of Reading in the UK and the Hawkesbury Institute for Environment at the University of Western Sydney, where he leads the Plants, Animals and Interactions research theme. The...
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When Monkeys Surfed to South America – Phenomena: Laelaps

When Monkeys Surfed to South America – Phenomena: Laelaps | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Long ago, about 36 million years before today, a raft of monkeys found themselves adrift in the Atlantic. They'd been blown out to sea by an intense storm that had ripped up the African coast, and ...
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Bird Calls of Amazonia - A great introduction from The Brain Scoop!

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Why Visiting a Rainforest Might Just Save the World

Why Visiting a Rainforest Might Just Save the World | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
While hordes of tourists with cameras swarming through rainforests is also obviously not what we want, the more people understand these incredible ecosystems, whether through actually visiting themselves or learning proactively, the better. Only increased awareness of the power and possibility that rainforests create for us can inspire the conviction needed to actually do something - before it's too late.
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Watch an Amazon Baby Bird Put On Its Caterpillar Costume

Watch an Amazon Baby Bird Put On Its Caterpillar Costume | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Unlike their parents, when cinereous mourner chicks hatch they usually grow bright orange feathers making themselves look like toxic hairy caterpillars — and it’s not because they were adopted.

In a dog-eat-dog world like the Amazon rainforest, these tiny little creatures are basically easy picking for predators. They can’t run, they can’t hide, and they can’t fly.
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Get the scientific scoop here: http://phys.org/news/2014-12-amazonian-bird-chicks-mimic-poisonous.html  Photo credit: Credit: Santiago David-Rivera

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A Hundred Ways to Be a Frog

A Hundred Ways to Be a Frog | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A plant ecologist follows herpetologists through the species-rich forests of Amazonian Peru.
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Sahara fertilises the AMAZON with 182 million tones of DUST every year

Sahara fertilises the AMAZON with 182 million tones of DUST every year | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Nasa's Calipso satellite found dust clouds carry on average 182 million tons of dust each year between the Sahara desert and the Amazon rainforest.
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In Peru, Gold Rush Leads to Mercury Contamination Concerns | PBS NewsHour

In Peru, Gold Rush Leads to Mercury Contamination Concerns | PBS NewsHour | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
In remote regions of the Peruvian Amazon, extensive gold-mining operations have stirred major environmental concerns over mercury contamination in fish, fish-eating wildlife and humans. In collaboration with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, special correspondent Steve Sapienza reports. Continue reading →

Via Robert DesJarlait
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Hope that PBS turning the spot light on gold mining in the Amazon will focus attention on this devastation...

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Severely Injured Toucan Who Was Attacked By Vandals To Receive 3-D Printed Prosthetic Beak

Severely Injured Toucan Who Was Attacked By Vandals To Receive 3-D Printed Prosthetic Beak | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A bird in Costa Rica who endured a brutal attack is going to get a second chance thanks to some innovative technology.

A male toucan named Grecia lost the upper part of his beak after a group of vandals attacked the animal, according to Agence Fr...
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Peru planning highway through most biodiverse place on earth | David Hill

Peru planning highway through most biodiverse place on earth | David Hill | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
As scientists and many others have emphasised, building roads into fragile environments such as tropical forests, like the Amazon, can have particularly devastating impacts. These include physical disturbances to the soil, vegetation and water-flows, pollution, and opening up previously inaccessible areas to hunting, colonisation and natural resource exploitation.
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Rainforest frogs flourish with artificial homes

Rainforest frogs flourish with artificial homes | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A rainforest frog population grew by about 50 percent when scientists built pools for tadpoles that mimic puddles made by other animals.
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Rare Black Jaguar Sighting as Big Cat Takes Cross-River Swim in the Amazon

Jaguars are strong swimmers and climbers and require large areas of tropical rain forest and stretches of riverbank to survive. A model for conservation, the...
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Economic models for forests often neglect value of biodiversity

Economic models for forests often neglect value of biodiversity | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Tropical forests provide countless goods and services that help sustain human life. Given the rapid conversion of forests to agricultural lands, scientists say it is critical that we prioritize conservation of forest ecosystems. While economists have attempted to quantify the economic value of tropical forests, these estimates may overlook the intricacies of the landscape. According to a recent study in Biological Conservation, economic analyses of forests tend to neglect areas containing
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Here's Why Deforestation in the Amazon May Bring More Frequent, More Intense Droughts to Brazil | VICE News

Scientists have long known that forests play a significant role in global climate dynamics, but now they are increasingly concerned about the way they transport water on a regional scale.
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Beauty and Destruction in the Amazon

Footage from the Amazon accompanied by a haunting Wayne Shorter composition shows the beauty of the rainforest side by side with the effects of deforestation...
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If a Tree Falls in the Forest...

If a Tree Falls in the Forest... | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
It’s World Philosophy Day! Here at the Rainforest Alliance, we tend to spend this day pondering the age-old conundrum: “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a ...
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'Rainforests are the planet's sweat glands' - Deutsche Welle

'Rainforests are the planet's sweat glands' - Deutsche Welle | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A new study predicts that the effects of deforestation on the global climate will be much stronger than expected. Study author Deborah Lawrence tells DW more.
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Conservation Impact in Peru

Conservation Impact in Peru | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A Rapid Inventory Leads to the Creation of the Ampiyacu-Apayacu Regional Conservation Area
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