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Collaborating for Sustainable Coffee in Colombia

Collaborating for Sustainable Coffee in Colombia | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
We are high in the hills of Santander, a heavily forested coffee growing state in Colombia, where the leadership of Nespresso, Rainforest Alliance, Fundación Natura, and the Colombian Coffee Federation (comprised of more than 300,000 smallholder...
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Curated from the web, new and noteworthy updates from the Amazon
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Peru’s New Environmental Policies: What Are They and Will They Work?

Peru’s New Environmental Policies: What Are They and Will They Work? | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Conservationists are cautiously optimistic about new moves by Peru to invest in ecosystem services, protect forests, mitigate climate change and offset biodiversity losses.
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Ants, not evil spirits, create poisonous devil’s gardens in the Amazon rainforest

Ants, not evil spirits, create poisonous devil’s gardens in the Amazon rainforest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
"Devil's gardens are large stands of trees in the Amazonian rainforest that consist almost entirely of a single species, Duroia hirsuta, and, according to local legend, are cultivated by an evil forest spirit," write Frederickson and her colleagues in Nature. "Here we show that the ant, Myrmelachista schumanni, which nests in D. hirsuta stems, creates devil's gardens by poisoning all plants except its hosts with formic acid. By killing other plants, M. schumanni provides its colonies with abundant nest sites—a long-lasting benefit, as colonies can live for 800 years."
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Yet another amazing natural history story from the Amazon

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Cargo drones deliver Antivenom in the Amazon rainforest | InternetMedicine.com

Cargo drones deliver Antivenom in the Amazon rainforest | InternetMedicine.com | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
SOURCE The Amazon is home to thousands of local indigenous communities spread across very remote areas. As a result, these sparsely populated communities rarely have... Read More →
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They had a webinar on this project - trying to track it down! 

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A New Age of Discovery Is Happening Right Now in the Amazon! 

A New Age of Discovery Is Happening Right Now in the Amazon!  | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

Today’s explorers and scientists are identifying new species at a rate that would’ve amazed Charles Darwin
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Peru in fight to save its endangered languages

Peru in fight to save its endangered languages | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Taushiro and Resigaro, two indigenous languages, are among 17 that are critically endangered in Peru, where modern life's advance into the isolated Amazon basin region has wiped out many native peoples' way of life, and their languages along with it.
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Ecuador has begun drilling for oil in the world’s richest rainforest

Ecuador has begun drilling for oil in the world’s richest rainforest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The country is poised to cash in on one of its most valuable assets. But at what cost?
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10 years ago, the Amazon was being bulldozed for soy. Then everything changed.

10 years ago, the Amazon was being bulldozed for soy. Then everything changed. | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
This week – after months of negotiation and uncertainty – the Brazilian government, the soy industry and civil society organizations, including Greenpeace, indefinitely renewed an agreement keeping huge swathes of Amazon rainforest from being destroyed for soybean farming. This is big news for the Amazon, for Indigenous Pe
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Scientists launch expedition to find missing monkeys

Scientists launch expedition to find missing monkeys | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Over the course of the next four months, the Houseboat Amazon expedition will endeavor to locate the mysterious Vanzolini’s bald-faced saki in a remote corner of the Brazilian rainforest.
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Rainforest Trees Are Like Islands

Rainforest Trees Are Like Islands | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The bigger the tree, the greater the diversity of ant species that call it home
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Peru’s New Environmental Policies: What Are They and Will They Work?

Peru’s New Environmental Policies: What Are They and Will They Work? | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Conservationists are cautiously optimistic about new moves by Peru to invest in ecosystem services, protect forests, mitigate climate change and offset biodiversity losses.
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Climate Change News: High-Tech Maps of Tropical Forest Diversity Identify New Conservation Targets

Climate Change News: High-Tech Maps of Tropical Forest Diversity Identify New Conservation Targets | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
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Tropical forests need birds in order to recover from defores... - Care2 News Network

Tropical forests need birds in order to recover from defores... - Care2 News Network | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Research in the Amazon suggests that loss of birds through deforestation prevents the recovery of rainforests, due to birds' roles in the ecosystem.
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Hermit crab caterpillar uses leaves to build a shell around itself 

Hermit crab caterpillar uses leaves to build a shell around itself  | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Researchers have discovered a 'hermit crab caterpillar' in the Amazon rainforest in Peru that wraps itself in a leafy tube to protect itself from predators.
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Mark Plotkin: Maps, Magic and Medicine in the Rainforest | Bioneers 2016

Mark Plotkin, groundbreaking ethnobotanist and author of seminal books including "Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice", works closely with Indigenous peoples an
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Precipitation in the Amazon rainforest in past millenia - Scivit News

Precipitation in the Amazon rainforest in past millenia - Scivit News | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Precipitation in the Amazon rainforest in past millenia - Scivit News: The Amazon rainforest is a critical hotspot for biodiversity and as a carbo
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Small farmers play big role in felling Peru rainforest - satellite maps

Small farmers play big role in felling Peru rainforest - satellite maps | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Small producers clearing forests have caused Peru to lose 1,800,000 hectares of Amazon rainforest since 2001
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Lessons from the Catwoman: Extinction and resliience of Amazonian fauna [exerpt from SAPIENS]

Lessons from the Catwoman: Extinction and resliience of Amazonian fauna [exerpt from SAPIENS] | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Francisco Evangelista, a Paumari Indian who grew up along the Piranha River within the Purus River basin in the Brazilian Amazon, tells
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Inside the Food Forests of the Amazon Rainforest

Inside the Food Forests of the Amazon Rainforest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Nearly all Kichwa families have their own chacra, a garden that serves as a source of food and medicine.
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These colorful new maps reveal the hidden diversity of life in Peru's Andean and Amazonian forests

These colorful new maps reveal the hidden diversity of life in Peru's Andean and Amazonian forests | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The massive green swaths of Peru’s Andean and Amazonian forests host a more diverse array of life than previously thought — much of which has been hidden beyond the visible spectrum of light.
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WATCH: Caterpillar Discovered In Peru Builds And Crawls In Strange Leafy 'Armor'

WATCH: Caterpillar Discovered In Peru Builds And Crawls In Strange Leafy 'Armor' | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
YouTube star and real-life biologist, Joe Hanson, discovered a unique caterpillar while filming his documentary show in the Peruvian Amazon. The crawling insect builds its own moving shelter out of leaves.
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Rainforest berry to help win battle against deadly superbugs

Rainforest berry to help win battle against deadly superbugs | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A red berry from the Amazon rainforest has emerged as a key weapon in the battle against deadly superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics.
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New reserve in Peru will protect nearly a million acres of pristine forest

New reserve in Peru will protect nearly a million acres of pristine forest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A tract of Peruvian rainforest bigger than California’s Yosemite National Park is officially more protected, with formal declaration of the Maijuna-Kichwa Regional Conservation Area (RCA) made last week in Lima. Those involved with the reserve’s formation hope it will safeguard the area’s biodiversity as well as the ancestral homeland and way of life of local indigenous communities.
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Heading to D.C. today to put together a plan for supporting and partnering with the Maijuna to promote conservation, sustainability, and educationalecotourism!
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Tuning in to Amazon biodiversity - CSIRO blog

Tuning in to Amazon biodiversity - CSIRO blog | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
It's believed Amazon fauna diversity is on the decline, so we're creating a wireless network of sensors to give us better information about biodiversity.
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Rates of Hothouse Gas Accumulation Continue to Spike as the Amazon Rainforest Bleeds Carbon

Rates of Hothouse Gas Accumulation Continue to Spike as the Amazon Rainforest Bleeds Carbon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Back in June, atmospheric carbon monitors indicated that the Amazon Rainforest was leeching out more carbon dioxide than it was taking in. This is kind of a big deal -- because the vast expanse of trees and vegetation in the Amazon represents a gift nature has given to us. For all that lush vegetation draws…
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These 7 maps shed light on most crucial areas of Amazon rainforest...

These 7 maps shed light on most crucial areas of Amazon rainforest... | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Thirty million people call the Amazonia region home — and they all depend on its forests every day.
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