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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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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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Tropical deforestation could cause 0.7C temperature rise - RTCC

Tropical deforestation could cause 0.7C temperature rise - RTCC | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
NEWS: Rainforests are the "sweat glands" of the world and losses could wreak havoc with farming, researchers warn
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Five steps to save the Amazon

Five steps to save the Amazon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
As Brazil's climate gets drier, caused by deforestation in the Amazon and elsewhere, writes Jan Rocha, a Brazilian climate expert proposes five-point 'battle plan' to save the world's greatest tropical forest, before it's too late.
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Brainscoop brings you the mighty Fer-de-Lance in a tube!

We found so many snakes with Pablo that we decided to have a few episodes devoted to these beautiful and often misunderstood creatures. First: the common Fer...
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Yet another great video from The Brainscoop's recent visit to the Peruvian Amazon! 

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Amazon tribes' forests are a vital carbon sink

Amazon tribes' forests are a vital carbon sink | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
As land rights of indigenous peoples are increasingly being violated, writes Tim Radford, new research shows that the planned destruction of the Amazon rainforest is a major threat not only to cultural identity but also to the global climate.
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'It's war!' Peru-Brazil indigenous people pledge to fight Amazon oil exploration

'It's war!' Peru-Brazil indigenous people pledge to fight Amazon oil exploration | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Peru - host of the COP20 UN climate conference now under way in Lima - is facing rebellion by a 3,500 strong indigenous people deep in the Amazon committed to fighting oil exploration in their forest territory, writes David Hill, following the government's failure to consult Matsés communities or respect their rights.
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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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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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Tropical Deforestation Could Affect Climate Changes on Both Regional and Global Scale

Tropical Deforestation Could Affect Climate Changes on Both Regional and Global Scale | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Experts believe that tropical deforestation could have a massive impact on global warming and the patterns of rainfall in tropical regions.
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If you've ever stood atop platform 6 of the ACTS Peru canopy walkway and watched the mist roll up from the tree tops, you've seen how a tropical forest "breathes" moisture into the atmosphere. It is staggering just how much these forests regulate regional humidity and rainfall.  

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Little Frog in Brazil Helps Conservation of Rainforest - The Epoch Times

Little Frog in Brazil Helps Conservation of Rainforest - The Epoch Times | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The brilliant thighed frog is common across the Amazon River Basin, but conservation efforts will be studying this small frog as river habitats change.
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Six Pictures of Paradise - Issue 101: In Our Nature - Nautilus

Six Pictures of Paradise - Issue 101: In Our Nature - Nautilus | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

"Just knowing that these scenes aren’t the most beautiful places along the trail system provokes a rush of tenderness for that forest. It still looks like paradise to me—even if it’s paradise on a hot afternoon when the cicadas are buzzing. These are not the kind of pictures you look at and think: Look how beautiful that forest is. Two thousand kilometers away and half a dozen years later, I sit up late with those pictures and think: I loved that forest, and this is what it looked like.

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Murder in the Rainforest

Murder in the Rainforest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
At the U.N.'s latest climate talks, indigenous tribes showed again that they're frontline allies in the climate fight. So why aren't we protecting the
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This just in from Rolling Stone - a special segment on the front lines of the climate change fight in the Amazon...unfortunately, not happy news...

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Mapping Rain Forests to Fight Climate Change

Mapping Rain Forests to Fight Climate Change | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
At the 2014 U.N. Climate Summit, high tech comes to save the rain forest.
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