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PACK for a Purpose

PACK for a Purpose | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Select your destination to pack for a purpose in Africa, Central America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and other parts of the world. Use our interactive map to find participating lodgings and recommend a new destination or community project.
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Small Space.  Little Effort. Big Impact

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Curated from the web, new and noteworthy updates from the Amazon
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Amazon Forest and Wildlife National geographic

Amazon jungle documentary national geographic Wild Amazon takes you deep into the heart of the Amazon on a journey you will never forget! Home to th
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Plastic-eating mushrooms

Plastic-eating mushrooms | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Manila Bulletin, the nation's leading newspaper, brings you the latest news and current events in the Philippines and abroad daily, since 1900.
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Science and Technology and Sustainability straight from the Amazon! 

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Yale Environment 360: Following El Nino, Amazon At Risk of Intense Wildfire Season

Yale Environment 360: Following El Nino, Amazon At Risk of Intense Wildfire Season | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
As a result of the recent El Nino, the Amazon rainforest is the driest it has been at the start of a dry season since 2002 — setting “the stage for extreme fire risk in 2016” in the region,
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Living Amazon Report 2016

Living Amazon Report 2016 | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Cooperation critical to future of the Amazon
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BIG NEWS!  WWF's annual update on the Amazon has been released!  A must read for anyone who wants to know the current status of the Amazon and its future! 

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Scientists compile list of all known Amazon tree species, say it could take three centuries to find the rest

Scientists compile list of all known Amazon tree species, say it could take three centuries to find the rest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
No one has ever actually counted up all of the species of Amazonian trees we already know about, so a team of scientists, led by Hans ter Steege at the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in the Netherlands, went ahead and did so earlier this year.
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Butterfly Thieves Steal From 'Badass' Ants—A First

Butterfly Thieves Steal From 'Badass' Ants—A First | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Amazon butterflies swipe food from ants, a never-before-seen behavior, a new study says.
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Mercury Pollution Caused By Illegal Mining In Peru Puts 12 Districts In The Amazon In State Of Emergency

Mercury Pollution Caused By Illegal Mining In Peru Puts 12 Districts In The Amazon In State Of Emergency | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Due to mercury contamination caused by illegal gold mining, the government of Peru on Monday declared an environmental emergency in nearly a dozen districts within the Amazon rainforest.
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Building a Sustainable Forest Economy

Building a Sustainable Forest Economy | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Between 1999 and 2012 alone, mining in the Peruvian Amazon increased by 400 percent, resulting in rampant deforestation and the dumping of an estimated 3,000 tons of mercury into local waterways
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CARBON MARKETS: Can trading save the Amazon?

CARBON MARKETS: Can trading save the Amazon? | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
One morning two days before Christmas in 1988, Chico Mendes, the leader of a group of rubber tree tappers, walked into his backyard to take a shower. That was his routine.
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Critical threshold in Amazon deforestation | British Council

Critical threshold in Amazon deforestation | British Council | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

A large-scale new study identifies a critical threshold for significant species loss in the Amazon due to deforestation, but also suggests a strategy for action

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Keeping Amazon fish connected is key to their conservation

Keeping Amazon fish connected is key to their conservation | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

Unless a system-wide approach to conservation is applied to Amazon basin lakes, floodplains and rivers, we could soon see a collapse of the region’s fish populations.


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Peruvian Amazon will get wetter and experience more severe floods, threatening wildlife

Peruvian Amazon will get wetter and experience more severe floods, threatening wildlife | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Researchers predict increased seasonal precipitation and much higher rainfall fluctuations in the Peruvian Amazon basin due to rising global temperatures.
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Hopeful lessons from the battle to save rainforests

Hopeful lessons from the battle to save rainforests | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

"Save the rainforest” is an environmental slogan as old as time — but Tasso Azevedo catches us up on how the fight is actually going these days.

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Life on the edge: Saving the world’s hotbeds of evolution

Life on the edge: Saving the world’s hotbeds of evolution | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
It's a radical new approach to saving nature: don't obsess about individual species, safeguard the places on the bleeding edge of evolutionary change instead
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Huge cacao plantation in Peru illegally developed on forest-zoned land

Huge cacao plantation in Peru illegally developed on forest-zoned land | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A zoning evaluation released by the Peruvian government finds the land on which United Cacao’s plantation is sited could not have been legally developed for agriculture.
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Study: Drought impedes tree growth, shuts down Amazon carbon sink

Study: Drought impedes tree growth, shuts down Amazon carbon sink | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A 2010 drought stalled tree growth and temporarily shut down the Amazon carbon sink, a problem that could worsen as drought due to climate change escalates.
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How to Make a Scientist

Tropical Biology: an Ecological Approach co-coordinator Andrea Vincent, teaching assistant Andrés Rojas and faculty member Susan Whitehead discuss what are…
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At 1,066 Feet Above Rainforest, A View of the Changing Amazon by Daniel Grossman: Yale Environment 360

At 1,066 Feet Above Rainforest, A View of the Changing Amazon by Daniel Grossman: Yale Environment 360 | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A steel structure in the Amazon, taller than the Eiffel Tower, will soon begin monitoring the atmosphere above the world’s largest tropical forest, providing an international team of scientists with key insights into how this vital region may be...
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Quantifying the drivers of South American deforestation

Quantifying the drivers of South American deforestation | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
New research uses spatially and temporally explicit data to better understand deforestation trends in South America.
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Are some forests more useful than others at stopping climate change?

Are some forests more useful than others at stopping climate change? | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Carbon sequestration is a powerful argument for wide-scale reforestation. But does reforestation with an agenda pose a danger to the future of forest biodiversity?
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Botanical Innovation and the Cosmetics Industry

Botanical Innovation and the Cosmetics Industry | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Symrise has identified the Amazon region as one of the most promising sources of botanical innovation. To be at the heart of this strategic (...)
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Wonderful Life: Biodiversity for sustaining people and their livelihoods

Wonderful Life: Biodiversity for sustaining people and their livelihoods | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Francisco "Chico" Mendes (1944 - 1988), Brazilian rubber-tapper and environmentalist, actively involved in protecting the Amazon forest through his advocacy for the rights of local communities and indigenous peoples.
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Field Museum expedition captures animal selfies in Amazon Rainforest | Science Codex

Field Museum expedition captures animal selfies in Amazon Rainforest | Science Codex | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
If you've been on the Internet lately, you've probably seen a cat selfie. Now, a Field Museum expedition to the Peruvian Amazon has elevated the animal selfie phenomenon to a whole new level.
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Gold mining ramps up, pushes deeper into Peruvian Amazon rainforest

Gold mining ramps up, pushes deeper into Peruvian Amazon rainforest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
By Morgan Erickson-Davis
22 April 2016
(mongabay.com) – The quest for gold has been stripping rainforest from around rivers in the Amazon Basin, with not even protected areas immune from mining.
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