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Small monkeys take over when big primates have been hunted out in the Amazon - Mongabay.com

Small monkeys take over when big primates have been hunted out in the Amazon - Mongabay.com | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Mongabay.com Small monkeys take over when big primates have been hunted out in the Amazon Mongabay.com His work, conducted in conjunction with Varun Swamy, the Bullard Fellow for Forest Research at Harvard University, focused on gathering detailed...
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Brainscoop brings you the mighty Fer-de-Lance in a tube!

We found so many snakes with Pablo that we decided to have a few episodes devoted to these beautiful and often misunderstood creatures. First: the common Fer...
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Yet another great video from The Brainscoop's recent visit to the Peruvian Amazon! 

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Amazon tribes' forests are a vital carbon sink

Amazon tribes' forests are a vital carbon sink | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
As land rights of indigenous peoples are increasingly being violated, writes Tim Radford, new research shows that the planned destruction of the Amazon rainforest is a major threat not only to cultural identity but also to the global climate.
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'It's war!' Peru-Brazil indigenous people pledge to fight Amazon oil exploration

'It's war!' Peru-Brazil indigenous people pledge to fight Amazon oil exploration | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Peru - host of the COP20 UN climate conference now under way in Lima - is facing rebellion by a 3,500 strong indigenous people deep in the Amazon committed to fighting oil exploration in their forest territory, writes David Hill, following the government's failure to consult Matsés communities or respect their rights.
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A Field Guide to the Strange and Surprising World of Beetles | WIRED

A Field Guide to the Strange and Surprising World of Beetles | WIRED | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

How cute it is that we humans think we rule the planet, that somehow we’re the pinnacle of evolution. In reality, it’s the arthropods—ants and spiders and scorpions and such—that truly hold dominion over Earth. And there are no arthropods as successful, as diverse, and as woefully underappreciated as the beetles. They tally an astounding 400,000 known species and there could be an estimated 3/5 million waiting to be discovered!"

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Mysterious glowworm found in Peruvian rainforest

Mysterious glowworm found in Peruvian rainforest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Wildlife photographer Jeff Cremer has discovered what appears to be a new type of bioluminescent larvae.

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EXPLORER NEWS - Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink

EXPLORER NEWS - Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

The Amazon River regularly spills over its banks, flooding the surrounding forest.  This seasonal overflow creates a unique ecosystem that provides life essentials to more than 2.5 million insect species, 40,000 plant species, 2,000 fish species, 1,200 bird species, 420 mammal species, 425 amphibian species, 370 reptile species, and 10 million people! Recently, radically fluctuating flood levels are causing scientists to ponder the impact of global climate change on this ecosystem.  Yet even with the abundance of water, there is a scarcity of potable water for its human inhabitants. 

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BRAZIL: Water Abounds in Amazon, But Sanitation Is Scarce — Global Issues

BRAZIL: Water Abounds in Amazon, But Sanitation Is Scarce — Global Issues | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
It might seem a bit strange to adopt, in the Amazon rainforest, a solution developed for drought-stricken northeastern Brazil. But rainwater collected on rooftops and stored in tanks is helping to improve the health, hygiene and overall living conditions of rural communities in the jungle.
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A bit hard to imagine that the source of 1/5th of the world's fresh water could have issues with potable water for human residents. 

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The Race to Save the World's Chocolate

The Race to Save the World's Chocolate | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A shortage of the beloved confection will soon be upon us, analysts say. Counteracting it could involve brand-new strains of cacao.
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Eavesdropping on the Secret Social World of Amazon Giant Otters

Eavesdropping on the Secret Social World of Amazon Giant Otters | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Giant otters can grow to nearly 6 feet in length and are the largest otter species on the planet. In addition to being huge, giant river otters also have a (relatively) huge vocabulary.
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Fishermen in Brazil Save a River Goliath, and Their Livelihoods - New York Times

Fishermen in Brazil Save a River Goliath, and Their Livelihoods - New York Times | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Efforts to save the pirarucu, one of the world’s largest freshwater fish, have been a success while offering a strategy for fending off a broader freshwater extinction crisis.
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Peru's forests store more CO2 than US emits in a year, research shows

Peru's forests store more CO2 than US emits in a year, research shows | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Carbon mapping by the Carnegie Institute for Science reveals nearly seven billion tonnes of carbon stored in Peru’s rainforests, in a technique that could help preserve such stores to reduce carbon emissions
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Peru to host the UN climate change negotiations in Dec 1-12, 2014.

Peru to host the UN climate change negotiations in Dec 1-12, 2014. | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

All eyes are on Peru now as the country prepares to host the UN climate change negotiations from Dec.1-12, 2014. The 20th Conference of Parties (COP20) is seen as a watershed event as it will lay down the groundwork for a legally-binding climate change agreement in 2015. 

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Stay tuned...this is going to be an important meeting to watch! 

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To Fight Climate Change We Have to Save the Rainforest

To Fight Climate Change We Have to Save the Rainforest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Most of us are concerned about how climate change will affect our corners of the world, but we need to be thinking about our most vital natural resources: tropical forests. Tropical and subtropical forests are the most biodiverse areas on the planet, and they even give us most of the oxygen we breathe.
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Murder in the Rainforest

Murder in the Rainforest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
At the U.N.'s latest climate talks, indigenous tribes showed again that they're frontline allies in the climate fight. So why aren't we protecting the
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This just in from Rolling Stone - a special segment on the front lines of the climate change fight in the Amazon...unfortunately, not happy news...

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Mapping Rain Forests to Fight Climate Change

Mapping Rain Forests to Fight Climate Change | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
At the 2014 U.N. Climate Summit, high tech comes to save the rain forest.
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Why Visiting a Rainforest Might Just Save the World

Why Visiting a Rainforest Might Just Save the World | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
While hordes of tourists with cameras swarming through rainforests is also obviously not what we want, the more people understand these incredible ecosystems, whether through actually visiting themselves or learning proactively, the better. Only increased awareness of the power and possibility that rainforests create for us can inspire the conviction needed to actually do something - before it's too late.
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Severe El Niño stunted Peruvian children's height - environment - 25 November 2014 - New Scientist

Severe El Niño stunted Peruvian children's height - environment - 25 November 2014 - New Scientist | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Children born during or shortly after the 1997 El Niño, which saw 16 times more rain in northern Peru than usual, are shorter than they should be

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What the people of the Amazon know that you don’t

What the people of the Amazon know that you don’t | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
"The greatest and most endangered species in the Amazon rainforest is not the jaguar or the harpy eagle," says Mark Plotkin, "It's the isolated and uncontacted tribes." In an energetic and sobering talk, the ethnobotanist brings us into the world of the forest's indigenous tribes and the incredible medicinal plants that their shamans use to heal. He outlines the challenges and perils that are endangering them — and their wisdom — and urges us to protect this irreplaceable repository of knowledge
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Downtime over Thanksgiving?  Here's a nugget to fill the void - a great TED talk by ethnobotanist and explorer, Dr. Mark Plotkin (Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice).  Enjoy! 

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Cutting Down Rainforests Also Cuts Down on Rainfall

Cutting Down Rainforests Also Cuts Down on Rainfall | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
As the Amazon rainforest disappears, rainfall falters over a much wider area
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Mess with the Amazon - you mess with weather patterns and rainfall.  

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If a Tree Falls in the Forest...

If a Tree Falls in the Forest... | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
It’s World Philosophy Day! Here at the Rainforest Alliance, we tend to spend this day pondering the age-old conundrum: “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a ...
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Attack of the killer fungus

Attack of the killer fungus | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The weird fungus that invades its victims, eating them from the inside out
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Well if this doesn't captivate your students, we're not sure what will!  Lots of examples of this in the Amazon, but you might be surprised to know how common it is world wide.  

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Have you heard about your gut microbiome? Rainforest trees have them, too - on their leaves.

Have you heard about your gut microbiome? Rainforest trees have them, too - on their leaves. | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Leaves are vital trees organs that support many important functions. A recent study published in PNAS found that each tree species in tropical rainforests possesses distinctive bacterial communities – called microbiomes – on their leaves. Understanding how leaf microbiomes vary among species may in the future be applied for maintaining healthy forests and predicting how forests will react to climate change.
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Local people are not the enemy: real conservation from the frontlines

Local people are not the enemy: real conservation from the frontlines | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

"If there is one important message that I would like to transmit, it is that for poor, local populations, despite conventional wisdom, conservation is not a 'dirty word,'" Shanee said. "Rural people in Northeastern Peru find nature and biodiversity conservation attractive for their intrinsic, social, aesthetic, and moral values, as well as a measure to ensure their own future..."

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Kids, Rainforests, & Climate Change: Classroom Resource List!

Kids, Rainforests, & Climate Change:  Classroom Resource List! | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Educators! Here's a BIG list of classroom friendly climate change resources from Amazon Rainforest Workshops that you can use to host a Climate Change Summit in YOUR CLASSROOM!
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Peru is the world's 3rd-most vulerable country when it comes to climate change.

Peru is the world's 3rd-most vulerable country when it comes to climate change. | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
With 27 out of 32 climatic zones and 5 percent of the world’s freshwater, Peru is the world’s third-most vulnerable country when it comes to climate change.
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Peru is in the spotlight with the upcoming COP 20 climate change conference to be held in Lima in early December.  Stay tuned! 

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