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The Maijuna - Fighting for Survival in the Amazon

The Maijuna - Fighting for Survival in the Amazon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Our documentary film will tell the story of the Maijuna indigenous group as they fight to save their ancestral lands and traditional culture.
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Curated from the web, new and noteworthy updates from the Amazon
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Jungle Walks and Bottled Hope: Rainforest Ways

Jungle Walks and Bottled Hope: Rainforest Ways | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
2015 Student Field Reporter Project:  We’ve enlisted the help of several students to share their 2015 Amazon experiences with us. Over the coming months we will regularly feature their posts, photo...
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This is the latest post from our student field reporter who is currently in the Amazon with the Gunston School.  She's doing an amazing job of storytelling.  

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Phys.Org Mobile: Rainforest protection akin to speed limit control

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Naturalists in paradise

Naturalists in paradise | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
John Hemming follows three British scientists who made significant discoveries in the Amazon.
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What Role Do Indigenous Peoples and Forests Have in a Sustainable Future? - Huffington Post

What Role Do Indigenous Peoples and Forests Have in a Sustainable Future? - Huffington Post | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Indigenous people are, by definition, outsiders, due to their geographic and political remoteness. They make up about 5 percent of the world's population and anywhere from 10 percent to 30 percent of the world's poorest people.
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The Amazon tower that gives scientists the big picture of the rainforest - The Independent

The Amazon tower that gives scientists the big picture of the rainforest - The Independent | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The Amazon rainforest has an extraordinary impact on the planet, producing about half of all the oxygen in the atmosphere.
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Who Did This To Peru's Jungle?

Who Did This To Peru's Jungle? | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
When the price of gold skyrocketed, illegal miners flooded into the country's Amazon basin, eager to find even the tiniest bits of the precious metal. Trees and villagers have paid a price.
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10 Eerie Amazonian Legends - Listverse

10 Eerie Amazonian Legends - Listverse | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The Amazon is home to myths and legends that are as vast and mysterious as the jungle itself. Some have ancient roots, and others are urban legends that ev
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Great collection of myths and legends from the Amazon! 

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How to get crystal clear focus with your binoculars - YouTube

Inside Birding host Jessie Barry describes how to set up binoculars for a better birding experience. Includes adjusting the eyecups and diopter as well as ho...
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Packing List: What to Pack for the Amazon Rainforest

Packing List: What to Pack for the Amazon Rainforest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
If you're visiting the Amazon Rainforest in Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, or even Africa or Asia. This packing list will help you be prepared for the jungle!
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Great advice and a nice supplement to the packing list we provide to all of our travelers! 

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Peru, do you know how many birds you have?

Peru, do you know how many birds you have? | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
So, you already know you have the third highest number of plants and animal species after Brazil and Colombia, right?
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Saturday May 9th is the Annual GLOBAL BIG DAY brought to you by our friends at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology!  Cornell organizes the event to help get a better handle on just how many birds there are in the world, where they are, and what they need, by encouraging people to go out and look for them all at once.

Sightings will be recorded in realtime using a special eBird project.

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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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Global Warming Is Already Clobbering the Amazon | WIRED

Global Warming Is Already Clobbering the Amazon | WIRED | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Studying global warming in the Amazon will fill a critical gap in the research, but it isn't easy.
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Brazil beef industry pledges cut Amazon deforestation rate in half

Brazil beef industry pledges cut Amazon deforestation rate in half | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A new study finds that voluntary zero-deforestation commitments by corporations can radically clean up supply chains Food retailers such as McDonald’s, Krispy Kreme, Dunkin Donuts, as well as agribusinesses like Cargill, are among the big...
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In Brazil, cattle industry begins to help fight deforestation - Science /AAAS

In Brazil, cattle industry begins to help fight deforestation - Science /AAAS | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
“Zero-deforestation” commitments having an impact, study finds
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China's Amazonian railway 'threatens uncontacted tribes' and the rainforest - The Guardian

China's Amazonian railway 'threatens uncontacted tribes' and the rainforest - The Guardian | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Environmentalists sound alarm over plans to construct 5,300km route between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to cut transport costs
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Amazon rainforest climate tower is taller than the Shard and the Eiffel Tower - Daily Mail

Amazon rainforest climate tower is taller than the Shard and the Eiffel Tower - Daily Mail | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A huge tower dwarfing some of the world's greatest landmarks has been erected in the heart of the Amazon rainforest in a bid to gather new data on the state of our atmosphere.
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Peru eyes the Amazon for one of world's most powerful dams - Mongabay.com

Peru eyes the Amazon for one of world's most powerful dams - Mongabay.com | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Peru is proposing a huge hydroelectric dam in the Amazon that, if built, will be one of the most powerful on Earth, do significant harm to the environment, and flood the homes of thousands of people.
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On Bug Spray, Research Projects, and Weirdly Named Birds

On Bug Spray, Research Projects, and Weirdly Named Birds | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
2015 Student Field Reporter Project:  We've enlisted the help of several students to share their 2015 Amazon experiences with us. Over the coming months we will regularly feature their posts, photo...
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The Gunston School departs TODAY for the Amazon. They are armed and ready for a full on research expedition with their FANTASTIC teacher leaders, Ms. Vooris, and Ms. Beck - with extra special support fromRainforest Trust, education coordinator, Jesse Lewis! Check out this pre-departure field report from Kailani C. She'll be sharing more from the field and upon return!

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As Andes Warm, Deciphering The Future for Tropical Birds by Daniel Grossman: Yale Environment 360

As Andes Warm, Deciphering The Future for Tropical Birds by Daniel Grossman: Yale Environment 360 | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Scientists have theorized that tropical birds in mountainous regions will move uphill as the climate warms. But new research in the Peruvian Andes suggests that the birds will stay put and face a new threat — predator snakes that will climb into their territory to escape the heat.
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New study finds the brilliant-thighed poison frog can learn its way home

New study finds the brilliant-thighed poison frog can learn its way home | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Poison dart frogs (Dendropatidae), named for their poisonous secretions used by indigenous tribes to coat blow gun darts, may possess another less deadly talent. According to a recent study, published in the journal Biology Letters, the curiously named brilliant-thighed poison frog (Allobatis femoralis) can use its memory to find its way home through the rainforest.
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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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