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Ruth Buendía, 2014 Goldman Environmental Prize, Peru - Standing up for what's right.

Ruth Buendía, 2014 Goldman Environmental Prize, Peru -  Standing up for what's right. | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Overcoming a history of traumatic violence, Ruth Buendía united the Asháninka people in a powerful campaign against large-scale dams that would have once aga...
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Curated from the web, new and noteworthy updates from the Amazon
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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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'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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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 To Dodge A Bullet Ant 12 Stories Up — In The Rainforest Canopy

How To Dodge A Bullet Ant 12 Stories Up — In The Rainforest Canopy | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
I don't want to write about leaving — I miss the Amazon so much it's almost crippling. I find myself smelling the laundry I brought back, being weirdly comforted by heady smells of river and decay still in them. It makes me happy that there are still traces of mud on my boots. When I can't sleep, I try to imagine a floor of green stars.

I'm never, ever going to shake this place — that's just the way it is. And as fragile as the Amazon is today, it needs more people who can't forget it — more people who won't ever let go.
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Wow - such a great blog post from Laurel Allen at the California Academy of Sciences - reflecting on her time in the Amazon with Dr. Meg Lowman.  So glad that Amazon Rainforest Workshops get to help make programs like this happen! 

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Questions about butterfly wing color lead to interdisciplinary BIOMIMICRY project

Questions about butterfly wing color lead to interdisciplinary BIOMIMICRY project | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
“What we see in the natural world is far more complex than what we can create in the lab,” says Yang. “Dan is helping us to understand the ecological benefits of the many structures found in nature. Then we ask how we can re-engineer that structure efficiently with enhanced functions.”
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Rainforest Canopy Species in Technicolor!

Rainforest Canopy Species in Technicolor! | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
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“ The top image is a photograph of a lush rainforest canopy. The bottom image colors each tree based on its species.
How? It’s all thanks to a special lab built by ecologist Greg...
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Oil Spills in the Peruvian Amazon by Jessica Yurasek on Maptia

Oil Spills in the Peruvian Amazon  by Jessica Yurasek on Maptia | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Within the last six months, five oil spills from a single pipeline have contaminated indigenous Kukama communities of the Northern Peruvian Amazon. This is a story about the true cost of oil.
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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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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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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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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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Watch an Amazon Baby Bird Put On Its Caterpillar Costume

Watch an Amazon Baby Bird Put On Its Caterpillar Costume | 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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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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Two Bats and a Spider - YouTube

Pregnant bats and the world's largest spider; your average evening in the Amazon. Studying bats allows biologists to make valuable connections between the an...
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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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A model forest? A Regional Peruvian Park Balances Local Needs and Conservation

A model forest? A Regional Peruvian Park Balances Local Needs and Conservation | 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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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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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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The Maptia Travel Manifesto - are you in?

The Maptia Travel Manifesto - are you in? | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Do you want to see the world? Follow a map to its edges? Let the journey unfold before you? Create your own version of the Maptia Manifesto and join Maptia's globe-scattered pioneers in declaring your love for adventure!
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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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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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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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