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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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Curated from the web, new and noteworthy updates from the Amazon
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Amazon deforestation picking up pace, satellite data reveals

Amazon deforestation picking up pace, satellite data reveals | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Despite the worsening situation in the Amazon – and São Paulo’s most severe drought since records began – the environment has played little part in the debates between the two presidential candidates.
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Satellite data indicates a 190% surge in land clearance in the Amazon in August and September of 2014 compared to the same time last year...not a trend we are a fan of. :-(   

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These Advocates Are Raising Awareness For Ridiculously Adorable Sloths

These Advocates Are Raising Awareness For Ridiculously Adorable Sloths | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
As if we need an excuse to celebrate sloths.

Sunday is International Sloth Day, which aims to draw the public's attention not only the creature's cuteness factor, but also promote the respect of its natural environment and protection. And The Slot...
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10 Things to Do in the AMAZON!

What's on your Amazon #bucketlist? I created my own own top 10 list after our recent trip to the Peruvian Amazon! Special thanks to Meg Lowman and the Explorama Lodges for the amazing time....
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Great video from Untamed Science - who just happened to travel to the Amazon with our friend Dr. Meg Lowman on her Citizen Science expedition!  

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9 Rainforest Facts Everyone Should Know

9 Rainforest Facts Everyone Should Know | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Although rainforests cover only 2 percent of the earth’s surface, these ecological powerhouses are critical to pretty much every aspect of the planet’s health you can imagine—including our very existence.
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Show you care. Share. Share. Share.
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Where Peccaries Wallow, Other Animals Follow

Where Peccaries Wallow, Other Animals Follow | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Peccaries are like pigs: They wallow. In the Peruvian rain forest, those mud puddles are wildlife magnets.
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Amazonia: Life Support for the Planet

Amazonia:  Life Support for the Planet | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Amazonia's forests absorb destructive greenhouse gases, provide essential water, foods and medicines, and supports important livelihoods. It’s up to all of us to protect this remarkable global treasure before we lose much of it … forever.
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Excellent intro/overview of why the Amazon is important to ALL of us! 

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A great overview of the Amazon and its global importance.  Reliable content from a reliable source:  Conservation International 

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Are your favorite everyday products rainforest-friendly?

Are your favorite everyday products rainforest-friendly? | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Find out more about the products you use in the Shop the Frog database
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More helpful hints from the folks at @rainforestalliance! 

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How Our Weekly Grocery Shopping Trips Could Be Killing the Amazon - Care2.com

How Our Weekly Grocery Shopping Trips Could Be Killing the Amazon - Care2.com | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
How Our Weekly Grocery Shopping Trips Could Be Killing the Amazon Care2.com Obviously, the wildlife that are killed or displaced during ground clearing suffer, but in addition to that the report estimates that the illegal conversion of tropical...
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Amazonian birds under threat from road expansion - Imperial College London

Amazonian birds under threat from road expansion - Imperial College London | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Amazonian birds under threat from road expansion Imperial College London Reporting in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, scientists examined the links between density of road networks in Pará, which is a Brazilian state found in the...
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Earth has lost half of its wildlife in the past 40 years, says WWF

Earth has lost half of its wildlife in the past 40 years, says WWF | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Species across land, rivers and seas decimated as humans kill for food in unsustainable numbers and destroy habitats
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This kind of puts things in perspective...according to report "...today’s average global rate of consumption would need 1.5 planet Earths to sustain it. But four planets would be required to sustain US levels of consumption, or 2.5 Earths to match UK consumption levels".  


At what point do we say enough and start thinking about the future of our children and grandchildren?

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The magic of the Amazon: A river that flows invisibly all around us

The magic of the Amazon: A river that flows invisibly all around us | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The Amazon River is like a heart, pumping water from the seas through it, and up into the atmosphere through 600 billion trees, which act like lungs. Clouds form, rain falls and the forest thrives. In a lyrical talk, Antonio Donato Nobre talks us through the interconnected systems of this region, and how they provide environmental services to the entire world. A parable for the extraordinary symphony that is nature. 
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Amazon Turtles 'Talk' to Their Tots - Yahoo News

Amazon Turtles 'Talk' to Their Tots - Yahoo News | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Amazon Turtles 'Talk' to Their Tots
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Brian Horne is coordinator of turtle conservation for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).
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Turtles for your Tuesday!  

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In Search of Lost Frogs | Add this to your reading list!

In Search of Lost Frogs | Add this to your reading list! | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
In Search of Lost Frogs: The Quest to Find the World’s Rarest Amphibians. A new book by Robin Moore. About the Author SYNOPSIS On August 9, 2010, 33 teams from 21 countries were deployed to search for frogs, salamanders and caecilians not seen in decades. Species on the wish list included the...
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Amazon Book Club?  Here's a title to add to the list! 

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Bananas: The Crop that Changed the World

Bananas: The Crop that Changed the World | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
In the 1990s, the rapid expansion of the banana industry in Central America was causing monumental environmental destruction and worker abuse. That’s when the Rainforest Alliance stepped in.
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Here's why Field Biologists are so important and so cool!

Coming Summer 2014. Learn more: www.fieldbiologistmovie.com
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Find a way to screen this movie at your school or library and introduce your students and community to the important role of field biologists in understanding how our world works and it's NEVER been more important! Jared Flesher is a great role model for the next generation of explorers! 

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Do Amazon birdeater spiders really eat birds?

Do Amazon birdeater spiders really eat birds? | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
When I go out at night into the rainforest to search for katydids I don’t like to have any company. Not that I am particularly antisocial, but tracking skittish and cryptic animals is an activity t...
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Meet the South American Goliath birdeater spider(Therphosa blondi) from the Amazon!  The largest spider in the world with a leg span of nearly a foot (30 cm).  But do they really eat birds?  Read on! 

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Nature Is Speaking – Kevin Spacey is The Rainforest | Conservation International (CI) - YouTube

Julia Roberts, Harrison Ford, Kevin Spacey, Edward Norton, Penélope Cruz, and Robert Redford all join forces to give nature a voice. Watch the films and take...
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How To Shoot An Amazonian Blowgun - Gizmodo

How To Shoot An Amazonian Blowgun - Gizmodo | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
How To Shoot An Amazonian Blowgun
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Ever wanted to hunt a monkey using poison from a tree frog? You're gonna need a blowgun. Here's how to use one.
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This post just in from one of our 2014 Amazon Workshop participants, Laurel Allen from the California Academy of Sciences! 

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Beneath the Canopy: A Camera Trap Survey in the Peruvian Amazon - YouTube

Our research team returned to the Peruvian Amazon in 2013 to monitor felid movement and activity for a project on primate predator-prey interactions led by D...
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It's called a PARADISE TANAGER for good reason - One of the prettiest birds in the Amazon

It's called a PARADISE TANAGER for good reason - One of the prettiest birds in the Amazon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
One of the prettiest birds in the Amazon - the Paradise Tanager pic.twitter.com/PAcKxOX0i9
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Weekend Wildlife:  Almost time, but this was too good to save!  Check out this beauty! 

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We Are What We Eat: Foraging in the Amazon Rainforest

We Are What We Eat: Foraging in the Amazon Rainforest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
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On eve of Brazil presidential election, is the Amazon at stake? (+video) - Christian Science Monitor

On eve of Brazil presidential election, is the Amazon at stake? (+video) - Christian Science Monitor | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

 

Most Brazilian voters are focused on what incumbent President Rousseff and top competitor Silva have to say about the sluggish economy. Their prescriptions will have a major impact on environmental protection in the Amazon rainforest.

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Q&A: Peruvian Ecologist Vows "You Fight Until You Fall Dead"

Q&A: Peruvian Ecologist Vows "You Fight Until You Fall Dead" | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
As Peru relaxes environmental safeguards, a prominent ecologist explains why he resigned from his government post.
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Meet Mark Plotkin - a 21st Century Explorer!

Meet Mark Plotkin - a 21st Century Explorer! | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

From the bayou to the Amazon: New Orleans native Mark Plotkin has dedicated his life to rainforest conservation...

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Think all the great explorers only live in the pages of musty books? Thank Again! 

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Trees offer a way to delay the consequences of climate change

Trees offer a way to delay the consequences of climate change | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Trees offer a way to soak up carbon until we get serious about finding long-term solutions.
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