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Team uses satellite maps to give Amazon trees a carbon price tag - Futurity

Team uses satellite maps to give Amazon trees a carbon price tag - Futurity | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A detailed assessment of Amazon trees based on satellite maps could help quantify the amount of carbon available to trade through offset schemes.
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Poisonous Frogs Inspire De-icing Tech for Planes : DNews

Poisonous Frogs Inspire De-icing Tech for Planes : DNews | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Plane wings could de-ice themselves by secreting anti-freeze.
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Deforestation Threatens Peru’s Food System, Environment – The Plate

Deforestation Threatens Peru’s Food System, Environment – The Plate | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Biting the head off a four-inch grub comes with a unique set of challenges. These wrinkly white insects—offspring of the Rhynchophorus palmarum beetle—have viscous guts the consistency of melted bu...

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This article is about how deforestation in Peru is threatening an important local food source.

 

Deforestation is not a very new concept; demands for lumber, wood fuel, and construction material are often much louder than those for environmental caution. But by cutting down these vital palm trees (estimated about 17,000 last year) a white grub that is a staple in local diets and often exported to neighboring areas is threatened, and therefore threatening many livelihoods and families who rely on this grub for food. Deforestation around the world is like this. Rain forests have an important role in many economies, and are not just tourist destinations.

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Amazon Trees Removed Almost a Third Less Carbon - Climate Central

Amazon Trees Removed Almost a Third Less Carbon - Climate Central | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Carbon absorbed by rainforest is falling, which means even greater cuts to manmade emissions are needed, warn scientists.
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Amazon rainforest and Great Barrier Reef need better care, say scientists

Amazon rainforest and Great Barrier Reef need better care, say scientists | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Research published in journal Science shows local protection of three world heritage sites is too weak and leaves them at risk of ‘unfolding diaster’
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Indigenous Peruvians win Amazon pollution payout from US oil giant

Indigenous Peruvians win Amazon pollution payout from US oil giant | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Out-of-court settlement ends long legal battle for compensation for deaths, birth defects and environmental damage allegedly caused by Occidental’s pollution Members of the indigenous Achuar tribe from the Peruvian Amazon have won an undisclosed...
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'They come, they photograph us, but they don’t help': why ecotourism in the Amazon shortchanges the locals

'They come, they photograph us, but they don’t help': why ecotourism in the Amazon shortchanges the locals | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The Huaorani Ecolodge promises a unique and immersive cultural experience – but at the expense of the people who struggle to maintain a life in the rainforest At an internet cafe in Coca, a city near the Ecuadorian Amazon, Felipe Googles Huaorani,...
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Drought Causes Amazon Rainforest Trees to 'Inhale' Less Carbon from the Atmosphere

Drought Causes Amazon Rainforest Trees to 'Inhale' Less Carbon from the Atmosphere | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
For the first time ever, scientists have discovered direct evidence of the rate at which individual trees in the Amazon rainforest "inhale" carbon from the atmosphere during a severe drought.
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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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Global Warming Turns Rainforest Leaves into Junk Food - Discover Magazine (blog)

Global Warming Turns Rainforest Leaves into Junk Food - Discover Magazine (blog) | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Like those breakfast cereals that look healthy on the box but have even more sugar inside than Cocoa Puffs, some rainforest trees engage in false advertising. It’s not their fault—it’s ours.
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Sustainable Development Goals and forestry: Lessons from Peru

Sustainable Development Goals and forestry: Lessons from Peru | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A giant Brazil nut tree in the Unamat forest, Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios, Peru.
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It’s a forest, not a ‘museum’: What sustainable development means in the tropics

It’s a forest, not a ‘museum’: What sustainable development means in the tropics | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
View of the Juruena River, Mato Grosso, Brazil. Icaro Cooke Vieira/CIFOR photo
 
BOGOR, Indonesia—A tropical forest: A habitat for wildlife, untouched by humans? Or trees ripe to be cleared for profit?
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The Great Amazonian Pantry: How Eating the Products of the Rainforest Could ... - Huffington Post

The Great Amazonian Pantry: How Eating the Products of the Rainforest Could ... - Huffington Post | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Peru is uniquely positioned to provide a model for the world of how a country can use its own resources -- like the exotic fruits of the forest -- and culture to sustain itself....
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How a Changing Climate and Disappearing Habitat Impacts a Tropical Bird - Science World Report

How a Changing Climate and Disappearing Habitat Impacts a Tropical Bird - Science World Report | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Climate change is impacting birds across the world as seasons shift. Now, though, scientists have taken a closer look at the white-collared manakin and have found that habitat degradation and climate shifts may impact this species survival.
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Art, Science, and Butterfly Metamorphosis: How a 17th-Century Woman Laid the Foundations of Modern Entomology

Art, Science, and Butterfly Metamorphosis: How a 17th-Century Woman Laid the Foundations of Modern Entomology | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Remarkable drawings that shaped the course of science and radically defied gender norms.

At a time when women in science were a rarity, G
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This is an amazing story - and a perfect tribute to women scientists and explorers who through the ages have broken boundaries and move our knowledge of the world to new heights.  

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Crocs rocked pre-Amazonian Peru: New research uncovers 7 crocodile species in single 13-million-year-old bone bed

Crocs rocked pre-Amazonian Peru: New research uncovers 7 crocodile species in single 13-million-year-old bone bed | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Thirteen million years ago, as many as seven different species of crocodiles hunted in the swampy waters of what is now northeastern Peru, new research shows.

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Weekend Wildlife:  Ancient Crocks of the Amazon.  Sounds like an Animal Planet series!  

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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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