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Monkeys of the Amazon Rainforest

Monkeys of the Amazon Rainforest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Blog for SustainableTrip.org.: Monkeys of the Amazon Rainforest
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Who doesn't love monkeys?  Here's a great little overview of the monkeys which call the Amazon home!  

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Curated from the web, new and noteworthy updates from the Amazon
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Featured video: the Uncharted Amazon trailer

Featured video: the Uncharted Amazon trailer | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The up-coming documentary, Uncharted Amazon, promises to highlight both the little-seen wildlife and the people of the Las Piedras River system in the Peruvian Amazon, one of the most remote wildernesses on the planet.
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From the filmmaker:  "I don't think any part of it was easy but most of it was fun and when we did finally get what we were after, there was a great sense of achievement. I mean who knows, everything in that short trailer could be gone in 50 years."

- Tristan Thompson
Filmmaker

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Resistance to antibiotics found in isolated Amazonian tribe

Resistance to antibiotics found in isolated Amazonian tribe | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Villagers evolved antibiotic resistance without being exposed to Western medicine

Via VERONICA LESTER
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A great way to bring the Amazon into your HS biology classrooms! 

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great classroom connection for HS bio teachers!

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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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Shocking images of environmental devastation in the Peruvian rainforest - YouTube

Güido Lombardi, a Peruvian journalist, tells in his news radio program at RPP Noticias the impressions that he got after overflying the affected areas by the...
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Ayahuasca Psychedelic Tested for Depression

Ayahuasca Psychedelic Tested for Depression | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A pilot study with the shamanic brew hints at its therapeutic potential
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BirdSleuth Teachers Take on the Amazon Rainforest

BirdSleuth Teachers Take on the Amazon Rainforest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Meeting the howler monkeys was my trip highlight! I was amazed at the instant bond that was created with them. I also loved meeting and spending 10 sweaty days with so many amazing educators!
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Occupy Amazonia? Indigenous activists are taking direct action – and it's working - The Conversation UK

Occupy Amazonia? Indigenous activists are taking direct action – and it's working - The Conversation UK | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Native groups in a remote corner of Peru just took over 14 oil wells for a month.
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Possible New Primate Discovered in Peru

Possible New Primate Discovered in Peru | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Last year I spent three weeks with an incredible team of scientists exploring the Tapiche-Blanco watersheds, a remote region in the Peruvian Amazon. Our team was about 200 kilometers from any of the nearest cities--Iquitos, Pucallpa, and Tarapoto--and 40 kilometers from the border with Brazil. The trip was filled with discoveries (three new plants, four new fishes, four new frogs, a savanna habitat none of us expected in this part of Peru) but the biggest discovery was a mystery monkey. 
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Global Warming Turns Rainforest Leaves into Junk Food

Global Warming Turns Rainforest Leaves into Junk Food | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Like those breakfast cereals that look healthy on the box but have even more sugar inside than Cocoa Puffs, some rainforest trees engage in false advertising. It’s not their fault—it’s ours.
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Sustainable Development Goals and forestry: Lessons from Peru

Sustainable Development Goals and forestry: Lessons from Peru | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A giant Brazil nut tree in the Unamat forest, Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios, Peru.
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It’s a forest, not a ‘museum’: What sustainable development means in the tropics

It’s a forest, not a ‘museum’: What sustainable development means in the tropics | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
View of the Juruena River, Mato Grosso, Brazil. Icaro Cooke Vieira/CIFOR photo
 
BOGOR, Indonesia—A tropical forest: A habitat for wildlife, untouched by humans? Or trees ripe to be cleared for profit?
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The Great Amazonian Pantry: How Eating the Products of the Rainforest Could ... - Huffington Post

The Great Amazonian Pantry: How Eating the Products of the Rainforest Could ... - Huffington Post | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Peru is uniquely positioned to provide a model for the world of how a country can use its own resources -- like the exotic fruits of the forest -- and culture to sustain itself....
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How a Changing Climate and Disappearing Habitat Impacts a Tropical Bird - Science World Report

How a Changing Climate and Disappearing Habitat Impacts a Tropical Bird - Science World Report | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Climate change is impacting birds across the world as seasons shift. Now, though, scientists have taken a closer look at the white-collared manakin and have found that habitat degradation and climate shifts may impact this species survival.
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Peru's mega-dam projects threaten Amazon River source and ecosystem collapse

Peru's mega-dam projects threaten Amazon River source and ecosystem collapse | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Peru is planning a series of huge hydroelectric dams on the 1,700-kilometer (1,056-mile) Marañón River, which begins in the Peruvian Andes and is the main source of the Amazon River. Critics say the mega-dam projects could destroy the currently free-flowing Marañón, resulting in what Peruvian engineer Jose Serra Vega calls its 'biological death'.
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Why were we obsessed with rainforests in the '90s? And why aren't we still?

Why were we obsessed with rainforests in the '90s? And why aren't we still? | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Spoiler alert: We haven't saved the rainforests yet, so what happened? Let's find out.
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For those of us who remember the "heyday" of rainforest awareness, this article is poignant.  It should cause us all to pause and reflect on what "hooked us" in the first place and what we need to do now re-engage on that very personal and visceral level when we were young...and most importantly, how can we channel that emotional connection into action and policy in the age of climate change? 

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Can shade-grown cocoa help conserve sloths?

Can shade-grown cocoa help conserve sloths? | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Tropical forests support the greatest diversity of species in the world, yet we are rapidly destroying them. Most deforestation in the tropics is due to agricultural development and livestock production, the two greatest causes of declines in terrestrial biodiversity. However, one strategy that has been gaining attention for its potential to preserve biodiversity is shade-grown agriculture.
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Can Peru stop ‘ethical chocolate’ from destroying the Amazon?

Can Peru stop ‘ethical chocolate’ from destroying the Amazon? | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
NGOs allege illegal deforestation of primary rainforest to plant cacao and oil palm
Cattle-ranching, logging, mining, highways, hydroelectric dam projects, oil and gas, soy, oil palm. . .
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Sadly this is happening right near our study sites

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Young bug enthusiast meets his hero, EO Wilson

Young bug enthusiast meets his hero, EO Wilson | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Ever since he was 5, Jasper Bagley’s idol has been E. O. Wilson, the renowned biologist, widely considered the world’s leading ant expert.
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A shape shifting Frog?

A shape shifting Frog? | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Pristimantis mutabilisA tale of loss, discovery and a shape-shifting frog, set in the mountain forests of South America.
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Climate Change vs. Conservation

Climate Change vs. Conservation | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Has global warming made it harder for environmentalists to care about conservation?
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A very, very thought provoking essay...put it on your must read list. 

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Poisonous Frogs Inspire De-icing Tech for Planes

Poisonous Frogs Inspire De-icing Tech for Planes | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

Plane wings could de-ice themselves by secreting anti-freeze.

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Biting the head off a four-inch grub comes with a unique set of challenges

Biting the head off a four-inch grub comes with a unique set of challenges | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Biting the head off a four-inch grub comes with a unique set of challenges. These wrinkly white insects—offspring of the Rhynchophorus palmarum beetle—have viscous guts the consistency of melted bu...

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Caroline Ivy's curator insight, March 26, 9:53 AM

This article is about how deforestation in Peru is threatening an important local food source.

 

Deforestation is not a very new concept; demands for lumber, wood fuel, and construction material are often much louder than those for environmental caution. But by cutting down these vital palm trees (estimated about 17,000 last year) a white grub that is a staple in local diets and often exported to neighboring areas is threatened, and therefore threatening many livelihoods and families who rely on this grub for food. Deforestation around the world is like this. Rain forests have an important role in many economies, and are not just tourist destinations.

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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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Amazon rainforest and Great Barrier Reef need better care, say scientists

Amazon rainforest and Great Barrier Reef need better care, say scientists | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Research published in journal Science shows local protection of three world heritage sites is too weak and leaves them at risk of ‘unfolding diaster’
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Indigenous Peruvians win Amazon pollution payout from US oil giant

Indigenous Peruvians win Amazon pollution payout from US oil giant | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Out-of-court settlement ends long legal battle for compensation for deaths, birth defects and environmental damage allegedly caused by Occidental’s pollution Members of the indigenous Achuar tribe from the Peruvian Amazon have won an undisclosed...
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