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$35 Million Pledged to Combat Illegal Gold Mining in Peru

$35 Million Pledged to Combat Illegal Gold Mining in Peru | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Earlier this week, the Humala administration of Peru pledged $35 million (US) to the Madre de Dios region, an investment that will work to enforce the rule of law in areas of development.
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Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes
Curated from the web, new and noteworthy updates from the Amazon
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The Double-Crossing Ants to Whom Friendship Means Nothing | Deep Look

The Peruvian Amazon is a dangerous place when you're small. So the young Inga tree hires ants as bodyguards to protect its vulnerable leaves. Their pay
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Ethics, sustainability, and Amazon hydropower: mission impossible?

Latin America’s largest electrical company operates 45 hydroelectric dams, and is responsible for 34 percent of Brazil’s generating capacity.
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Rain Forest Map, Natural Habitat Maps - National Geographic

Rain Forest Map, Natural Habitat Maps - National Geographic | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Explore our Rainforests Map with National Geographic.
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Indigenous People of the Amazon and Climate Change

Indigenous People of the Amazon and Climate Change | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

Indigenous peoples of the Amazon and climate change. Interactive calendar, traditional knowledge. Work of Instituto Socioambiental - ISA with the team of InfoAmazonia.

The infographics bring together river level and rainfall measurements and the seasons of the year as informed by indigenous researchers of the region, together with the names of the astronomical constellations as identified by Tukano elders.

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Amazon rain helps make more rain - Research in Germany

Amazon rain helps make more rain - Research in Germany | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
In a joint study, international scientists investigated how clouds and hence rain develops over the Amazon tropical rainforest.
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Global network of protected areas can stem biodiversity loss in the #Amazon. Explore more>

Global network of protected areas can stem biodiversity loss in the #Amazon. Explore more> | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Nairobi, 21 October 2016: It is the largest tropical forest in the world, a land of myths and magic. The Amazon provides ecological services not only to the 33 million people who live there, but to the rest of the planet.
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Amazon Binocular Project & BirdsEye News, Oct. 2016

Amazon Binocular Project & BirdsEye News, Oct. 2016 | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

Amazon Binocular Project:  BirdsEye Supports Bird Education in the Peruvian Amazon!  Give your gently used binoculars a new lease on life in the Amazon and help promote bird education programs in remote rainforest classrooms!  We are excited to announce the kickoff of the Amazon Binocular Project.  The project is a collaborative effort between the Educator Academy in the Amazon, EcoTeach Foundation, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, BirdsEye, and students at Tualatin Valley Academy

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Why Care About the Amazon? Just ask Untamed Science!

Filmed on location at our study sites in the Peruvian Amazon! 

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Putting Amazon Indigenous Producers on the Map

Putting Amazon Indigenous Producers on the Map | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
To improve access to markets for Amazon indigenous peoples, EDF is developing a unique interactive map of community enterprises for sustainable natural products
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Amazon Peoples and Climate Change

Amazon Peoples and Climate Change | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

Indigenous Peoples and their relationship to the land is distinctly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. This relationship is also key to confronting the agents of change....hear Indigenous Peoples from across the Peruvian Amazon describe how climate change is effecting them and the biodiversity their cultures and communities depend on.

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Brazil just ratified the Paris climate agreement. Here’s why that’s a really big deal

Brazil just ratified the Paris climate agreement. Here’s why that’s a really big deal | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Brazil is the third largest country, by emissions, to have joined the accord.
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Think sloths are cute? How about when they crawl into a latrine and eat your poop? - Seriously, Science?

Think sloths are cute? How about when they crawl into a latrine and eat your poop? - Seriously, Science? | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Sloths are usually depicted as cute, fuzzy animals that spend lazy days lounging around trees eating leaves. But, according to this paper, those cuddly sloths have a dark side: some of them like to climb into latrines and scarf the slurry of human waste found inside. “The first observation of the unusual feeding habit took place on …
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How a hunting boom left the Amazon Basin with 'empty rivers'

How a hunting boom left the Amazon Basin with 'empty rivers' | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The fashion for wild animal skins and furs drove a hunting boom in the Amazon basin through the 20th century.
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Ant bridges connect shy tropical tree crowns: Ant biodiversity study confirms basic island biogeography principles

Ant bridges connect shy tropical tree crowns: Ant biodiversity study confirms basic island biogeography principles | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Internet and phone connections are essential for effective communicators and for success in business. New results from a study in Panama show that connections between trees may be important for maintaining the rich diversity of tropical forests.
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Cool!  ACTSPeru advisory council member, Steve Yanoviak, is featured in this article! 

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Ensuring the Paris Agreement Works for Forests and Wildlife

Ensuring the Paris Agreement Works for Forests and Wildlife | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
While the Paris Agreement, which formally entered into force last week on November 4, 2016, provides the global mechanism needed for realizing a low carbon future, there remains much work …
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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
Imagine a fish isolated in an Amazonian lake — part of the vast freshwater ecosystem of the Amazon basin, an ever-changing network of rivers, lakes and floodplains that extends to 1 million square kilometers (386,102 square miles).
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500,000 baby turtles to be released into the wild

500,000 baby turtles to be released into the wild | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Peruvian environmental authorities will release 500,000 yellow spotted Amazon river baby turtles back into the wild through mid-November.
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Brazil The Amazon Rain Forest | Geography Educational School Posters

Brazil The Amazon Rain Forest | Geography Educational School Posters | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
From our Geography poster range, the Brazil The Amazon Rain Forest Poster is a great educational resource that helps improve understanding and reinforce learning.
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This Teeny Frog Makes Its Own Insect Repellent

This Teeny Frog Makes Its Own Insect Repellent | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The Amazonian amphibian produces a chemical camouflage that renders it invisible to its aggressive ant neighbors.
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Enrollment OPEN for the 2017 Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest

Enrollment OPEN for the 2017 Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

Explore the Amazon and transform your teaching - Scholarships available for this transformational professional development program for science educators! 

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Why one species of dolphin has turned pink

Why one species of dolphin has turned pink | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Botos lurk, virtually unseen, in the huge rivers of South America - and they are the subject of an awful lot of wild speculation
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YOU can be an Amazonian Bat Expert:  All it takes is a smart phone 

YOU can be an Amazonian Bat Expert:  All it takes is a smart phone  | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
New open-access, interactive, downloadable, digital Field Guide to Amazonian Bats, designed for tablets or smartphones, could herald the future of wildlife field guides.
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Lovejoy, ‘Godfather’ of Biodiversity, Reflects On 50 Years in the Amazon

Lovejoy, ‘Godfather’ of Biodiversity, Reflects On 50 Years in the Amazon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

Over the past five decades Thomas Lovejoy has helped bring global attention to the Amazonian rainforest and the threats it faces, leading seminal research that has become the foundation of the field of conservation biology — even coining the...

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U.S. imports of Amazon crude oil driving expansion of oil operations

U.S. imports of Amazon crude oil driving expansion of oil operations | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Crude oil imported to the U.S. from the Amazon, most of which gets refined in California, is driving expansion of oil operations into the rainforest, according to a new report.
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Could the Amazon Rainforest Be Saved as a Biological ‘Factory’?

Could the Amazon Rainforest Be Saved as a Biological ‘Factory’? | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
With the world’s largest tropical forest under continuous assault, Brazilian scientists propose rescuing it as a kind of lab to help develop biotechnology products.
- 2016/10/14
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