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Are We Any Closer to Knowing How Many Species There Are on Earth?

Are We Any Closer to Knowing How Many Species There Are on Earth? | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Are there half a million? 100 Million? After decades of research, there is no consensus
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Curated from the web, new and noteworthy updates from the Amazon
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World's first fluorescent frog discovered in South America

World's first fluorescent frog discovered in South America | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
In normal light the polka-dot tree frog has a dull complexion – but under UV light it glows bright green
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Canadian oil firm pulls out of national park in Peru's Amazon

Canadian oil firm pulls out of national park in Peru's Amazon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
David Hill: Pacific abandons one million hectare concession including indigenous peoples’ territories along Brazil border
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Was The Amazon Once An Ocean?

Was The Amazon Once An Ocean? | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The Amazon rainforest is a treasure trove of biodiversity, containing 10% of the planet’s species in its 6.7 million square kilometers. How it got to be that way has been fiercely disputed for decades. Now, a new study suggests that a large section of the forest was twice flooded by the Caribbean Sea more than 10 million years ago, creating a short-lived inland sea that jump-started the evolution of new species. But the new evidence still hasn’t convinced scientists on the other side of the debate.
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What would you do if you had “nature’s pharmacy” in your backyard?

What would you do if you had “nature’s pharmacy” in your backyard? | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Indigenous peoples of the Ecuadorian Amazon rely on what grows around them to cure what ails them.
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New Theory on How the Amazon Controls the Earth's Climate

New Theory on How the Amazon Controls the Earth's Climate | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Learn how the 'heart of the earth' may be the key to reversing climate change and saving our lives.
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Mark Plotkin: Maps, Magic and Medicine in the Rainforest | Bioneers 2016

Mark Plotkin, groundbreaking ethnobotanist and author of seminal books including "Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice", works closely with Indigenous peoples an
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Precipitation in the Amazon rainforest in past millenia - Scivit News

Precipitation in the Amazon rainforest in past millenia - Scivit News | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Precipitation in the Amazon rainforest in past millenia - Scivit News: The Amazon rainforest is a critical hotspot for biodiversity and as a carbo
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Small farmers play big role in felling Peru rainforest - satellite maps

Small farmers play big role in felling Peru rainforest - satellite maps | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Small producers clearing forests have caused Peru to lose 1,800,000 hectares of Amazon rainforest since 2001
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Lessons from the Catwoman: Extinction and resliience of Amazonian fauna [exerpt from SAPIENS]

Lessons from the Catwoman: Extinction and resliience of Amazonian fauna [exerpt from SAPIENS] | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Francisco Evangelista, a Paumari Indian who grew up along the Piranha River within the Purus River basin in the Brazilian Amazon, tells
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Inside the Food Forests of the Amazon Rainforest

Inside the Food Forests of the Amazon Rainforest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Nearly all Kichwa families have their own chacra, a garden that serves as a source of food and medicine.
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These colorful new maps reveal the hidden diversity of life in Peru's Andean and Amazonian forests

These colorful new maps reveal the hidden diversity of life in Peru's Andean and Amazonian forests | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The massive green swaths of Peru’s Andean and Amazonian forests host a more diverse array of life than previously thought — much of which has been hidden beyond the visible spectrum of light.
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WATCH: Caterpillar Discovered In Peru Builds And Crawls In Strange Leafy 'Armor'

WATCH: Caterpillar Discovered In Peru Builds And Crawls In Strange Leafy 'Armor' | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
YouTube star and real-life biologist, Joe Hanson, discovered a unique caterpillar while filming his documentary show in the Peruvian Amazon. The crawling insect builds its own moving shelter out of leaves.
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Rainforest berry to help win battle against deadly superbugs

Rainforest berry to help win battle against deadly superbugs | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A red berry from the Amazon rainforest has emerged as a key weapon in the battle against deadly superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics.
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Amazon rainforest faces double jeopardy - Climate News Network

Amazon rainforest faces double jeopardy - Climate News Network | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
6 May, 2017 – Increased risk of drought-related wildfires at the heart of the Amazon rainforest adds to vulnerability caused by deforestation.
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How Filmmakers Distill Science for the Big Screen

How Filmmakers Distill Science for the Big Screen | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

The new film Amazon Adventure turns decades of research into 45 minutes of visual majesty
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Leveraging peat to beat the heat

Leveraging peat to beat the heat | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Recognizing the potential of Peru’s rich peatlands in tackling climate change
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Scientists warn Amazon peatland could face ‘environmental disaster’ due to palm oil threat

Scientists warn Amazon peatland could face ‘environmental disaster’ due to palm oil threat | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
An area of peatland in Peru needs to protected from the region’s burgeoning palm oil sector if it is avoid “environmental disaster”, says a new study.
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Peru’s New Environmental Policies: What Are They and Will They Work?

Peru’s New Environmental Policies: What Are They and Will They Work? | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Conservationists are cautiously optimistic about new moves by Peru to invest in ecosystem services, protect forests, mitigate climate change and offset biodiversity losses.
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Ants, not evil spirits, create poisonous devil’s gardens in the Amazon rainforest

Ants, not evil spirits, create poisonous devil’s gardens in the Amazon rainforest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
"Devil's gardens are large stands of trees in the Amazonian rainforest that consist almost entirely of a single species, Duroia hirsuta, and, according to local legend, are cultivated by an evil forest spirit," write Frederickson and her colleagues in Nature. "Here we show that the ant, Myrmelachista schumanni, which nests in D. hirsuta stems, creates devil's gardens by poisoning all plants except its hosts with formic acid. By killing other plants, M. schumanni provides its colonies with abundant nest sites—a long-lasting benefit, as colonies can live for 800 years."
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Yet another amazing natural history story from the Amazon

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Cargo drones deliver Antivenom in the Amazon rainforest | InternetMedicine.com

Cargo drones deliver Antivenom in the Amazon rainforest | InternetMedicine.com | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
SOURCE The Amazon is home to thousands of local indigenous communities spread across very remote areas. As a result, these sparsely populated communities rarely have... Read More →
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A New Age of Discovery Is Happening Right Now in the Amazon! 

A New Age of Discovery Is Happening Right Now in the Amazon!  | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

Today’s explorers and scientists are identifying new species at a rate that would’ve amazed Charles Darwin
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Peru in fight to save its endangered languages

Peru in fight to save its endangered languages | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Taushiro and Resigaro, two indigenous languages, are among 17 that are critically endangered in Peru, where modern life's advance into the isolated Amazon basin region has wiped out many native peoples' way of life, and their languages along with it.
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Ecuador has begun drilling for oil in the world’s richest rainforest

Ecuador has begun drilling for oil in the world’s richest rainforest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The country is poised to cash in on one of its most valuable assets. But at what cost?
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10 years ago, the Amazon was being bulldozed for soy. Then everything changed.

10 years ago, the Amazon was being bulldozed for soy. Then everything changed. | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
This week – after months of negotiation and uncertainty – the Brazilian government, the soy industry and civil society organizations, including Greenpeace, indefinitely renewed an agreement keeping huge swathes of Amazon rainforest from being destroyed for soybean farming. This is big news for the Amazon, for Indigenous Pe
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Scientists launch expedition to find missing monkeys

Scientists launch expedition to find missing monkeys | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Over the course of the next four months, the Houseboat Amazon expedition will endeavor to locate the mysterious Vanzolini’s bald-faced saki in a remote corner of the Brazilian rainforest.
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