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Ants plant rainforests, one seed at a time

Ants plant rainforests, one seed at a time | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Deforestation is destroying forests around the world, but its effects are especially obvious in the Amazon Basin. Due to cattle ranching, soybean farming, logging, and slash-and-burn agriculture, the rainforest is disappearing at a rapid pace. But a recent study published in the Journal of Ecology offers a unique solution to replanting the deforested landscapes: ants.
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Without its rainforest, the Amazon will turn to desert, theoretical physicists weigh in on Amazon deforestation

Without its rainforest, the Amazon will turn to desert, theoretical physicists weigh in on Amazon deforestation | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Mainstream climatologists predict a 15% fall in rainfall over the Amazon if it is stripped of its rainforest. But the 'biotic pump' theory, rooted in conventional physics and recently confirmed by experiment, shows that the interior of a forest-free Amazon will be as dry as the Negev desert. We must save the Amazon before it enters a permanent and irreversible dessication.
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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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Read: THAT GLORIOUS FOREST: Exploring The Plants and Their Indigenous Uses in Amazonia

Read: THAT GLORIOUS FOREST: Exploring The Plants and Their Indigenous Uses in Amazonia | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
If you are an armchair botanist, however, it is full of the wisdom and insight of a 50-year love affair with the Amazon.
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Amazon "Forest to pharmacy" project - interdisciplinary learning!

Amazon "Forest to pharmacy" project - interdisciplinary learning! | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
“We’re really going to try to highlight awareness and understanding of the conservation of the Amazon rainforest for the purpose of making sure that we have good access to medicinal plants over time,” said Bruck. “As the forest ecosystems are degraded and eventually lost through poor agricultural practices, we lose an opportunity to study species and the way indigenous tribes use medicinal plants. The students were really interested in a ‘forest to pharmacy’ concept.” 
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Great example of how the Amazon can be used as a focal point for interdisciplinary learning!  If you are in the Philly area go check it out! 

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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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5 Amazon Rainforest Words to Know in Spanish

5 Amazon Rainforest Words to Know in Spanish | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The Amazon is the world's largest tropical forest covering huge regions of South America. So what do you call the Amazon in Spanish?
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To save the rainforest, let the locals take control - New Scientist

To save the rainforest, let the locals take control - New Scientist | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Global intervention in tropical forests to combat climate change could sideline their most effective guardians, warns Fred Pearce
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Amazon deforestation soars after a decade of stability

Amazon deforestation soars after a decade of stability | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
"The Amazon is nearly 20 per cent deforested, which may be close to a tipping point in terms of its ability to maintain itself and the climate system and rains that it helps to create," says Thomas Lovejoy, a pioneer in Amazon biodiversity studies, currently at George Mason University.
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Researchers propose improvements for Peru's protected areas

Researchers propose improvements for Peru's protected areas | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
In a study published recently in PLOS ONE, researchers examined Peru's network of protected areas. They found that many of these don't exist in the areas most important for preserving the country's biodiversity and addressing its threats, and suggest alternatives to make the system more effective.
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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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