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Indigenous protesters occupy Peru's biggest Amazon oilfield

Indigenous protesters occupy Peru's biggest Amazon oilfield | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Carlos Sandi of the Shuar tribe calls on Peruvian government to clean up site contaminated by crude Indigenous protesters have occupied Peru's biggest oilfield in the Amazon rainforest near Ecuador to demand the cleanup of decades of contamination...
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‘Wiring the Amazon’

‘Wiring the Amazon’ | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
This Op-Doc video chronicles the four-year struggle to get a remote Peruvian village connected with the outside world.
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This Op-Doc video chronicles the four-year struggle to get a remote Peruvian village connected with the outside world.

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'Rainforests are the planet's sweat glands' - Deutsche Welle

'Rainforests are the planet's sweat glands' - Deutsche Welle | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A new study predicts that the effects of deforestation on the global climate will be much stronger than expected. Study author Deborah Lawrence tells DW more.
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Conservation Impact in Peru

Conservation Impact in Peru | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A Rapid Inventory Leads to the Creation of the Ampiyacu-Apayacu Regional Conservation Area
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Chainsaws Drive the Most Vulnerable Tribe on Earth From the Amazon - RYOT News

Chainsaws Drive the Most Vulnerable Tribe on Earth From the Amazon - RYOT News | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Three members of an isolated Amazonian tribe recently emerged from the jungle.
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Averting Chocageddon

Averting Chocageddon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
If there's one person standing between the world and a potential, devastating lack of chocolate, it's this man.
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A Hundred Ways to Be a Frog

A Hundred Ways to Be a Frog | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A plant ecologist follows herpetologists through the species-rich forests of Amazonian Peru.
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Drought in the Amazon, Up Close and Personal

Drought in the Amazon, Up Close and Personal | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Returning from the field to Iquitos, Peru, researchers’ worst fears about the health of the Amazon River were confirmed.
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Wildlife trade creating 'empty forest syndrome' across the globe

Wildlife trade creating 'empty forest syndrome' across the globe | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
For many endangered species it is not the lack of suitable habitat that has imperiled them, but hunting. In a talk at a Smithsonian Symposium on tropical forests, Elizabeth Bennett of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) outlined the perils for many species of the booming and illegal wildlife trade. She described pristine forests, which although providing perfect habitat for species, stood empty and quiet, drained by hunting for bushmeat, traditional medicine, the pet trade, and trophies.
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The Tree of Life: How Ecosystems are Held Together by Trees

The Tree of Life: How Ecosystems are Held Together by Trees | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A new study from NASA and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) asserts that the world’s tropical rainforests might just be the best defense we have against the climate change causing greenhouse gas emissions. According to NASA and NCAR, the world’s tropical rainforests can absorb a massive 1.4 billion tons out of the 2.5 billion tons of carbon dioxide that are naturally absorbed by the earth’s natural systems.
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High gold prices causing increased deforestation in South America, study finds

High gold prices causing increased deforestation in South America, study finds | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Rising gold prices have made it profitable to extract lowgrade deposits lying beneath protected Amazon and other South American forests, says study of mining impacts A surge in the price of gold has led to increased deforestation of the Amazon and...
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The complexity of the causes and consequences of this latest threat to the Amazon are sobering...

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Endangered monkeys in the Amazon are more diverse than previously thought, study finds

Endangered monkeys in the Amazon are more diverse than previously thought, study finds | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
New research by University of California Los Angeles life scientists and 50 colleagues from the US and six other countries illuminates hidden biodiversity among more than 150 species of monkeys in South America -- many of which are endangered.
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Deforestation climbing - along with fears - in the Amazon

Deforestation climbing - along with fears - in the Amazon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Deforestation in the Brazil Amazon continues to pace well ahead of last year's rate, shows data released today by Imazon.

According to the Brazilian NGO's analysis of satellite data, 1,373 square kilometers of rainforest was chopped down between August 2014 and December 2014, a 224 percent increase relative to the prior corresponding period a year before. Forest degradation from selective logging and fires is pacing 664 percent ahead of last year. Forest degradation typically precedes outright clearing.
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Time for a checkup: researchers examine the health of lowland tapirs

Time for a checkup: researchers examine the health of lowland tapirs | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The Brazilian tapir (Tapirus terrestris) may get a bad rap in Brazil, where referring to someone as a "tapir" essentially equates to calling them an "ass," but history has shown that this species is deserving of a lot more respect.
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Watch a Baby Bird Put On Its Caterpillar Costume - RYOT News

Watch a Baby Bird Put On Its Caterpillar Costume - RYOT News | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Unlike their parents, when cinereous mourner chicks hatch they usually grow bright orange feathers making themselves look like toxic hairy caterpillars — and it’s not because they were adopted.

In a dog-eat-dog world like the Amazon rainforest, these tiny little creatures are basically easy picking for predators. They can’t run, they can’t hide, and they can’t fly.
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Get the scientific scoop here: http://phys.org/news/2014-12-amazonian-bird-chicks-mimic-poisonous.html ; Photo credit: Credit: Santiago David-Rivera

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Stanford scientists team with indigenous people to produce detailed carbon calculations of Amazon rainforest

Stanford scientists team with indigenous people to produce detailed carbon calculations of Amazon rainforest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
By teaching basic ecology field work techniques to indigenous groups in the Amazon, Stanford researchers find that satellite measurements of rainforests underestimate the region's carbon storage potential.
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A model forest? Regional park balances local needs and conservation - Mongabay.com

A model forest? Regional park balances local needs and conservation - Mongabay.com | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Regional conservation area safeguards subsistence and spirituality in the Peruvian Amazon. For Alfredo Rojas, the history of the remote villages along the Ampiyacu River is one of enslavement.
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Company chops down rainforest to produce 'sustainable' chocolate

Company chops down rainforest to produce 'sustainable' chocolate | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Aiming to be the world’s largest purveyor of sustainable cacao, a company is developing a plantation in the Amazon that scientists say comes at the expense of primary forest.
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Nigel Pitman - Scientist at Work Blog - Peruvian Amazon

Nigel Pitman - Scientist at Work Blog - Peruvian Amazon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
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A great series of blog posts on how scientists from Chicago's Field Museum conduct field research in remote and inaccessible regions of the Amazon.  

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A great collection of posts from The Field Museum's Nigel Pitman on the work of field biologists in the remote Peruvian Amazon!  

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In Iquitos, Turning Science Into Words

In Iquitos, Turning Science Into Words | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
With the rapid biological inventory in Peru complete, scientists turn to their next task: writing it all down.
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Great blog post on the importance of scientific communication! 

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How many trees are there in the Amazon?

How many trees are there in the Amazon? | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A couple of weeks ago some colleagues and I wrote a paper in Science reporting some new findings on Amazonian forests. Some of the findings are actually just numbers, and one of those numbers is really big. It's the number of trees we think probably grow in the Amazon, and it's 390 billion.
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Peat is Amazon's carbon superstore

Peat is Amazon's carbon superstore | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Satellite data reveals that the most dense stores of carbon in Amazonia is not above ground in trees but below ground in peatlands.

Via Paulo Gervasio
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Tropical forests may be giving climate extra help - Climate News Network

Tropical forests may be giving climate extra help - Climate News Network | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Scientists in the US say the world’s tropical forests may be making a much larger contribution to slowing climate change than many of their colleagues have previously recognised.

Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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You go tropical forests...you go!  

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Incredible Images Of The Giant Tower Being Built In The Middle Of The Amazon

Incredible Images Of The Giant Tower Being Built In The Middle Of The Amazon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
the Amazon Tall Tower Observatory, which is nearing completion in the middle of the Amazon rain forest, will gather data on gases like carbon dioxide, methane, and other components of pollution to help scientists better understand what is happening to our climate.
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Road building spree hurts Amazon birds

Road building spree hurts Amazon birds | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

Birds in the Amazon aren’t well suited to use human-developed surroundings to their advantage. Their dependence on intact forests makes them particularly vulnerable to environmental impacts.

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Citizen Science In The Peruvian Amazon Presentation On January 14 At 6:30 pm In The BioScience Health Center On The Iowa Central Community College Campus In Fort Dodge, IA

Citizen Science In The Peruvian Amazon Presentation On January 14 At 6:30 pm In The BioScience Health Center On The Iowa Central Community College Campus In Fort Dodge, IA | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Fort Dodge, IA (PRWEB) January 08, 2015 -- Lawrence "DC" Randle will be presenting on the experiential field programs in the Peruvian Amazon that offers educators, students and naturalists an exciting immersion into the world of tropical ecology, indigenous culture, sustainable development, and rainforest research. The presentation will be at the BioScience Health Center located on the Iowa Central Community College campus in Fort Dodge, IA.
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