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Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes
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Locally extinct birds in the Amazon slowly flock back to forests when trees regrow

Locally extinct birds in the Amazon slowly flock back to forests when trees regrow | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Some good news out of the Amazon rainforest: given enough time, deforested land can rebound enough to host bird species that had previously deserted the area, according to a recent study in The Auk.
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Glad to share some good news from the Amazon! 

 

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Want More Malaria? Keep Chopping Down Tropical Rainforests

Want More Malaria? Keep Chopping Down Tropical Rainforests | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Turns out, biodiversity may help control the spread of a deadly disease.
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There are countless reasons to stop the deforestation of tropical rainforests and preserve biodiversity. And now it looks like we may be able to add disease control to that already long list.

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Report: Amazon deforestation could mean droughts for western U.S.

Report: Amazon deforestation could mean droughts for western U.S. | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
In research meant to highlight how the destruction of the Amazon rainforest could affect climate elsewhere, Princeton University-led researchers report that the total deforestation of the Amazon may ...
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Can Fair Trade Chocolate Curb the Looming Cocoa Shortage?

Can Fair Trade Chocolate Curb the Looming Cocoa Shortage? | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Experts are sounding the alarms: it may be all over for the American chocolate bar in just a few years. But is it true?
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All joking aside - we actually have a serious problem with chocolate - cocoa yields are down world wide and projected to keep declining.  A chocolate bar may soon be unaffordable for the average person. 

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Like humans, marmosets are polite communicators

Like humans, marmosets are polite communicators | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Common marmoset monkeys have been described as having human-like conversations according to a team of researchers from the Princeton Neuroscience Institute.
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Hero of the Amazon: The legacy of Chico Mendes - Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)

Hero of the Amazon: The legacy of Chico Mendes - Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog) | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Martyr of the Amazon: The legacy of Chico Mendes Forests News, Center for International Forestry Research (blog) And although he never received any formal education, he eventually learnt to read, listened to foreign radio stations, and became...
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Amazon Conservation Hero!

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Corruption in Peru Aids Cutting of Rain Forest - New York Times

Corruption in Peru Aids Cutting of Rain Forest - New York Times | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Corruption in Peru Aids Cutting of Rain Forest New York Times PUCALLPA, Peru — Afraid the police would tip off suspects, Francisco Berrospi kept local officers in the dark when he headed into the rain forest as a prosecutor to investigate illegal...
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Giant Armadillos Create Homes for Other Animals

Giant Armadillos Create Homes for Other Animals | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Giant armadillos live up to their name, growing up to five feet long and digging holes up to 16 feet deep. These burrows serve as homes for a wide variety of animals in the Amazon.
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Vines use climate change to catch a ride on the trees

Vines use climate change to catch a ride on the trees | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
As carbon dioxide levels rise, tropical plants will benefit. Woody vines, in particular, will get a growth boost, but it comes at the expense of the very trees they grow on.
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Climate change complexities...not just a matter of warmer temps and rising sea levels.  Rainforest ecosystem dynamics will be upturned...including the Amazon

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Five Rare South American Bird Species Given US Endangered Status - Center for Biological Diversity (press release)

Five Rare South American Bird Species Given US Endangered Status Center for Biological Diversity (press release) The brown-banded antpitta (Grallaria milleri), like other antpittas, is a secretive bird with a low population density and high habitat...
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Good news - finally - for a few of our feathered friends in South America...

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The faster, fiercer, and always surprising sloth, an interview with Bryson Voirin

The faster, fiercer, and always surprising sloth, an interview with Bryson Voirin | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Sloths sleep all day; they are always slow; and they are gentle animals. These are just some of the popular misconceptions that sloth-scientist and expert tree-climber, Bryson Voirin, is overturning.
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Never can know too much about sloths!  Here's a great interview of a young scientists studying them for the Smithsonian Institute.

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We’re Living in the Tropics

We’re Living in the Tropics | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
When it comes to climate change, we live on a tropical planet, we just don’t realize it Finally, it seems, the world’s warmer climates – so often overlooked when it comes to the impact of climate change – shared the spotlight in a high-profile...
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Most climate change news focuses on the poles...but what is happening in the Tropics is equally important

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Hearing aids for tropical bats?? Horn-shaped leaves help to amplify sounds for bats!

Hearing aids for tropical bats?? Horn-shaped leaves help to amplify sounds for bats! | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Bats roosting in the curled up leaves of tropical plants are able to better hear their companions, a new study suggests.
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Having witnessed this behavior in the neotropics, this new news makes that amazing field encounter even more amazing!!  

 

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Protecting the Wild Heart of the Amazon, Peru - Rainforest Trust

Protecting the Wild Heart of the Amazon, Peru - Rainforest Trust | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Climbing from an immense plain of unbroken rainforest, the Sierra del Divisor Mountain Range stretches more than 600 miles along the Peru-Brazil Border in the heart of the Amazon Basin.
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Climate Simulation Shows Amazon Deforestation Leads to Water and Food Shortages in the US

Climate Simulation Shows Amazon Deforestation Leads to Water and Food Shortages in the US | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
If the Amazon rainforest were completely deforested it would significantly reduce rain and snowfall in the western United States, leading to water and food shortages and a greater risk of forest fires, according to climate simulation research lead...
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Hot and bothered in the tropics: meet the early casualties of climate change

Hot and bothered in the tropics: meet the early casualties of climate change | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A lone polar bear picking its way through nubs of sea-ice. Or an island carpeted with thousands of walruses that can no longer find permafrost patches to rest on. They're the images most people...
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Harvesting both timber and Brazil nuts in Peru’s Amazon forests: Can they coexist?

Harvesting both timber and Brazil nuts in Peru’s Amazon forests: Can they coexist? | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
In the Brazil nut forests of the Peruvian Amazon, scientists from the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) are trying to resolve a controversial question: can selective timber harvesting coexist with Brazil nut production?

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Rediscovery raises hope for other survivors

Rediscovery raises hope for other survivors | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Scientists hopeful of finding other amphibian species presumed to have been wiped out by chytrid fungus infection Sightings of a toad thought to be extinct in Costa Rica have lead researchers to believe other isolated fragments of Central America's...
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Wahoooo!  Good news from our other favorite rainforest country - Costa Rica!

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Lessons from the Amazon

Lessons from the Amazon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
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Indigenous Leaders Say Stronger
Land Rights Helped Slow Deforestation

Indigenous Leaders Say Stronger <br/>Land Rights Helped Slow Deforestation | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

"Deforestation is a key driver of climate change," said David Kaimowitz, director of Sustainable Development for the Ford Foundation. “The indigenous and traditional communities, with support from civil society, have created a groundbreaking solution to the problem of deforestation and global warming as well as a new model for sustainable development.”

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Rebranded as the Rainforest Trust, green group launches push to protect 6M acres of Amazon rainforest

Rebranded as the Rainforest Trust, green group launches push to protect 6M acres of Amazon rainforest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The Rainforest Trust, which from 1988 until last month was known as the World Land Trust-US, has kicked off an effort to preserve some 2.4 million hectares (5.9 million acres) of rainforest in a remote part of the Peruvian Amazon..
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This is great news for the Peruvian Amazon and rainforest awareness in general.  The name change is significant - putting the spotlight back on rainforests...YAY! 

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Who's to Blame for Peru's Gold-Mining Troubles?

Who's to Blame for Peru's Gold-Mining Troubles? | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
New Yorker (blog)
Who's to Blame for Peru's Gold-Mining Troubles?
New Yorker (blog)
... surrounding buffer zone, created to preserve one of the Amazon's most biodiverse zones from gold mining and other destructive practices.
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GREAT QUESTION:  "Do North Americans and Europeans have the right to tell Peruvians that they can’t mine there? Are some areas so crucial for our planet’s survival that we need to band together and preserve them? On a personal level, what responsibility do we have as consumers? Do we cash in our gold stocks? Buy only fairmined gold? What about laptops and cell phones?" 

 

All excellent questions posed by the author of the article.  GREAT conversation starters at your social gathering or classroom debate!

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What if we lost the Amazon rainforest? — Hint: It would be bad

What if we lost the Amazon rainforest? — Hint: It would be bad | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
ABOVE THE AMAZON JUNGLE, Peru — The Amazon rainforest is best known for its vibrant wildlife and endless canopy. But it also plays a key role in the world’s climate.
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Great 3 min video on how climate change is being monitored in the Amazon. 

 

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Purring monkey and vegetarian piranha among 400 new Amazon species

Purring monkey and vegetarian piranha among 400 new Amazon species | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Four years of scientific expeditions have found previously unknown animals and plants in world's largest tropical rainforest
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Also on the list of new species is an extremely rare and endangered fish (Apistogramma cinilabra) in the Peruvian Amazon. Found in a small forest lake in the wider catchment of the Rio Itaya, about 80km south of Iquitos, Loreto...not all that far from our expedition study sites! 

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Welcome to the jungle: the botanist trying to alter perceptions of rainforests

Welcome to the jungle: the botanist trying to alter perceptions of rainforests | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
During his lifetime Francis Hallé has seen too many primary forests obliterated. Now he has joined director Luc Jacquet to make a film, Il Etait une Forêt, celebrating the ones that are left
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