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The Benefits of Tarantulas on the Ceilings and Frogs in the Showers

The Benefits of Tarantulas on the Ceilings and Frogs in the Showers | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Let's be honest...looking for tarantulas on the ceiling before sitting down to dinner is not considered normal. Nor is checking for frogs in the shower before you shampoo.  But as many of our Amazo...
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Cutting down on cutting down

Cutting down on cutting down | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
IN THE 1990s, when an area of Brazilian rainforest the size of Belgium was felled every year, Brazil was the world’s environmental villain and the Amazonian jungle...
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According to this great article by the economist, "there was no silver bullet but instead a three-stage process in which bans, better governance in frontier areas and consumer pressure on companies worked, if fitfully and only after several false starts."  What does this mean for the future of all tropical forests?  Time will tell

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The Amazon Could Stop Breathing

The Amazon Could Stop Breathing | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The Amazon rainforest is home to hundreds of billions o […]
The post The Amazon Could Stop Breathing appeared first on Amazon Aid Foundation.
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Using Google Earth to protect uncontacted tribes in the Amazon rainforest

Using Google Earth to protect uncontacted tribes in the Amazon rainforest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
In 2008, images of an uncontacted tribe in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil created ripples. With bodies painted in bright colors, members of the tribe aimed their arrows at a Brazilian government plane flying overhead, occupants of which were attempting to photograph the tribe to prove their existence. Now, a new study has found another way to survey such tribes safely and remotely—using satellite images.
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▶ Brazil World Cup 2014: Amazon tribe leader's message to England team - YouTube#t=35

▶ Brazil World Cup 2014: Amazon tribe leader's message to England team - YouTube#t=35 | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
With the start of the World Cup just days away, protesters from the Kayapo people of the Amazon join other indigenous people in clashes with the riot police....
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Camera trap captures first ever video of rarely-seen bird in the Amazon...and much more

Camera trap captures first ever video of rarely-seen bird in the Amazon...and much more | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A camera trap program in Ecuador's embattled Yasuni National Program has struck gold, taking what researchers believe is the first ever film of a wild nocturnal curassow (Nothocrax urumutum). In addition, the program has captured video of other rarely-seen animals, including the short-eared dog and the giant armadillo.
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Intact Amazon forests show possible signs of global warming impact

Intact Amazon forests show possible signs of global warming impact | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Climate change may be taking a hidden toll on intact rainforests in the heart of the Amazon, finds a new study based on 35 years of observations. The research, published in the journal Ecology, focused on the ecological impacts of fragmentation but unexpectedly found changes in the control forests.
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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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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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Of jaguars and loggers: new film to showcase one of the least-known regions in ... - Wildlife News

Of jaguars and loggers: new film to showcase one of the least-known regions in ... - Wildlife News | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
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Oil company breaks agreement, builds big roads in Yasuni rainforest - Mongabay.com

Oil company breaks agreement, builds big roads in Yasuni rainforest - Mongabay.com | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Oil company breaks agreement, builds big roads in Yasuni rainforest
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... Block, which covers about 100,000 hectares or 10 percent of the park.
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Brazil To Ban Catfish Fishing To Save Lives Of Amazon Pink River Dolphin

Brazil To Ban Catfish Fishing To Save Lives Of Amazon Pink River Dolphin | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Brazil has banned catfish fishing in an effort to save endangered Amazon pink dolphin.
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Of jaguars and loggers: new film to showcase one of the least-known regions in the deep Amazon

Of jaguars and loggers: new film to showcase one of the least-known regions in the deep Amazon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
In August, three young filmmakers will go on the expedition of a lifetime. They plan to spend six months filming in one of the most remote, most spectacular, and most endangered ecosystems on the planet: the Las Piedras River system. This unprotected swathe of Amazon jungle contains massive anacondas, prowling jaguars, and even uncontacted indigenous people.
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Intact Amazon forests show possible signs of global warming impact

Intact Amazon forests show possible signs of global warming impact | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Climate change may be taking a hidden toll on intact rainforests in the heart of the Amazon, finds a new study based on 35 years of observations. The research, published in the journal Ecology, focused on the ecological impacts of fragmentation but unexpectedly found changes in the control forests.
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14 Million Soccer Fields Of Amazonian Rain Forest Saved From Clearcutting - CleanTechnica

14 Million Soccer Fields Of Amazonian Rain Forest Saved From Clearcutting - CleanTechnica | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
14 Million Soccer Fields Of Amazonian Rain Forest Saved From Clearcutting CleanTechnica Although this may be a questionable connection, perhaps it would be wise to reduce or eliminate one's consumption of McDonald's hamburgers, if there is any...
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Size matters: small animals abundant in fragmented forests, large animals not

Size matters: small animals abundant in fragmented forests, large animals not | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Habitat fragmentation and hunting are both distinct critical issues facing forests today that require their own countermeasures. Yet, much research has chosen to conflate the two, potentially leading to ineffective ecosystem management. According to a new study, the interaction of both factors can contradict the effects of hunting and fragmentation alone, revealing a research and management gap that urgently needs to be filled.
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World Cup Is In Shocking Contrast to Amazon Deforestation, Dam Building

World Cup Is In Shocking Contrast to Amazon Deforestation, Dam Building | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Amazon's tribes are using the glare of publicity to ask the world to help save the Amazon rainforest.
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Oil Drilling Contaminated Western Amazon Rainforest, Study Confirms

Oil Drilling Contaminated Western Amazon Rainforest, Study Confirms | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Peru's Amazon rainforest is extensively contaminated from decades of oil and gas drilling, researchers reported yesterday (June 12) here at the annual Goldschmidt geochemistry conference. In the past decade, volatile demonstrations by indigenous groups and tangled lawsuits against oil companies have exposed the toxic legacy of decades of oil drilling in the Western Amazon. But lax government regulations during the early years of oil exploration, combined with a lack of environmental monitoring, mean there's little data on the true extent of contamination in the richly diverse rainforest. "I was surprised by how little has been published," said study co-author Antoni Rosell-Melé, an environmental chemist at the Autonomous University of Barcelona in Spain.
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Brazil Leads World in Reducing Carbon Emissions by Slashing Deforestation

Brazil Leads World in Reducing Carbon Emissions by Slashing Deforestation | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Brazil leads the world in reducing carbon emissions by slowing deforestation in a process that saw continued growth of beef and soy industries.
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Why are Ecuadorian oil firms talking about building a road into Yasuni-ITT?

Why are Ecuadorian oil firms talking about building a road into Yasuni-ITT? | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
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Plans to carve a road through one of the most biodiverse places on earth could have devastating consequences
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"In the jungle, one basic best practice is to not build roads. Once you build a road you provide access to outsiders who may want to log valuable wood, hunt or capture rare animals, or squat on land that has belonged historically to indigenous peoples. You don’t build roads." ~ Bill Powers, chief engineer at E-Tech International, a USA-based consultancy. 

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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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Newly discovered insect has ultrasonic love call!

Newly discovered insect has ultrasonic love call! | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Newly discovered insect 'Supersonus' hits animal kingdom's highest-pitch love call Phys.Org Female Supersonus.
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Regenerating Tropical Forests

Regenerating Tropical Forests | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
UConn Advance (blog) Regenerating Tropical Forests UConn Advance (blog) “For a long time scientists have observed deforestation in the tropics, in which you see forest cover going down,” said the project's principal investigator, Professor Robin...
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The Amazon rainforest Cutting down on cutting down - The Economist

The Amazon rainforest Cutting down on cutting down - The Economist | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The Economist The Amazon rainforest Cutting down on cutting down The Economist IN THE 1990s, when an area of Brazilian rainforest the size of Belgium was felled every year, Brazil was the world's environmental villain and the Amazonian jungle the...
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Logging, fires take a hidden toll on Amazon rainforest

Logging, fires take a hidden toll on Amazon rainforest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Selective logging and small sub-canopy fires are degrading vast areas of rainforest across the Brazilian Amazon, contributing to largely hidden carbon emissions, argues a study published today in Global Change Biology. The research found stark differences in carbon storage between primary forests, selectively logged forests, logged and burned forests, and regrowing or secondary forests.
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Phys.Org Mobile: Desert scientists turn to rainforest for climate answers

Phys.Org Mobile: Desert scientists turn to rainforest for climate answers | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
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