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Children of the Amazon

Children of the Amazon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Children of the Amazon follows Brazilian filmmaker Denise Zmekhol as she travels a modern highway deep into the Amazon in search of the Indigenous Surui and Negarote children she photographed fifteen years ago.
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5 consumer products linked to illegal rainforest destruction

5 consumer products linked to illegal rainforest destruction | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Tropical deforestation is often illegal, but it’s driven by the market for these in-demand agricultural products.
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A Way to Save the Amazon? - Lab Manager Magazine

A Way to Save the Amazon? - Lab Manager Magazine | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A Way to Save the Amazon? Lab Manager Magazine Andrew Wilcox, a Master of Arts in Sustainability graduate student, and a team of Wake Forest and Peruvian researchers from the Amazon Conservation Association are working on a solution to reverse this...
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Amazon tribes fight for their trees in pictures

Amazon tribes fight for their trees  in pictures | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Photographer Lunae Parracho followed Kaapor Indian warriors during a jungle expedition to search and expel illegal loggers from the Alto Turiacu Indian territory, Maranhao state, Amazon basin.
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High-living frogs hurt by remote oil roads in the Amazon

High-living frogs hurt by remote oil roads in the Amazon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Often touted as low-impact, remote oil roads in the Amazon are, in fact, having a large impact on frogs living in flowers in the upper canopy, according to a ne
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Upcycling the Rainforest Alliance

Upcycling the Rainforest Alliance | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
One of our favorite earth-positive trends is upcycling, the practice of using discarded materials to create something new and fabulous. Good for the environment, good for style—a win-win in our book.
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A paradise being lost: Peru's most important forests felled for timber, crops, roads, mining

A paradise being lost: Peru's most important forests felled for timber, crops, roads, mining | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
In 1988, when British environmentalist Norman Myers first described the concept of a “biodiversity hotspot,
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must pause for a heavy sigh...and then setting our sights even higher for building Amazon Awareness.  Join us in spreading the word that the Amazon - all of it - needs to be protected.  

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Peru’s first-ever high-resolution carbon map could help the world breathe easier

Peru’s first-ever high-resolution carbon map could help the world breathe easier | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
To put an accurate price on carbon, you need to know how much you have and where it's located, researchers say Stanford University scientists have produced the first-ever high-resolution carbon geo...
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Stunning high-resolution map reveals secrets of Peru's forests

Stunning high-resolution map reveals secrets of Peru's forests | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Peru’s landmass has just been mapped like never before, revealing important insights about the country's forests that could help it unlock the value healthy and productive ecosystems afford humanity.
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Why conservationists need a little hope: saving themselves from becoming the most depressing scientists on the planet

Why conservationists need a little hope: saving themselves from becoming the most depressing scientists on the planet | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Here's a challenge: take a conservationist out for a drink and ask them about their work. Nine times out of ten—or possibly more—you'll walk away feeling frustrated, despondent, and utterly hopeless. Yet a few conservation scientist are not just trying to save species from extinction, but also working to save their field—their life's work—from slipping into total despair.
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An excellent read..and it applies to how we share environmental messages with students as well...

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Peru's fanciest hummingbird is too sexy for his own good

Peru's fanciest hummingbird is too sexy for his own good | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The male Marvellous Spatuletail is so flashy that everyone wants a piece of him— literally, in some cases.
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More weekend wildlife:  Meet the "I'm too sexy" Spatuletail hummingbird from Peru! 

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7 Everyday Foods from the Rainforest

7 Everyday Foods from the Rainforest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
What role do rainforests play in our daily lives? More than you might realize. Consider how different, and poorer, life would be without these seven everyday items. Continue reading →
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What would life be like without these foods?
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How IBM helps monitor biodiversity in the Amazon

How IBM helps monitor biodiversity in the Amazon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Citizen scientists in Brazil will use a new IBM data portal and mobile app to track biodiversity in the Amazon.
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Conservationist, indigenous leader killed in plane crash in Colombia - Mongabay.com

Conservationist, indigenous leader killed in plane crash in Colombia - Mongabay.com | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Conservationist, indigenous leader killed in plane crash in Colombia Mongabay.com Roberto Franco, a political scientist who worked with the Amazon Conservation Team-Colombia, died when the Piper PA-31 Navajo crashed after takeoff from Araracuara in...
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Activists Urge Brazil to Stop Killing of Amazon Dolphins

Activists Urge Brazil to Stop Killing of Amazon Dolphins | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Activists campaign against killing of Amazon dolphins - Activists from the Friends of the Manatee Association (Ampa) have placed a 12-meter-tall inflatable dolphin dummy outside the National Congress. The act was staged as part of a campaign entitled Red Alert, which aims to urge the Ministry of Environment to take action and bring into effect earlier the ban on the fishing of piracatinga (Calophysus macropterus) in the Amazon Rainforest - an activity that entails the use of the dolphin as bait.

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Fight Deforestation, Fight Climate Change

Fight Deforestation, Fight Climate Change | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Rainforests are our best defense against climate change—but they're being destroyed at a stunning rate. This video uses satellite imagery to reveal the scale of devastation of the Amazon.
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Scientists uncover five new species of 'toupee' monkeys in the Amazon

Scientists uncover five new species of 'toupee' monkeys in the Amazon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
While saki monkeys may be characterized by floppy mops of hair that resemble the worst of human toupees, these acrobatic, tree-dwelling primates are essential for dispersing seeds. After long being neglected by both scientists and conservationists, a massive research effort by one intrepid researcher has revealed the full-scale of saki monkey diversity, uncovering five new species.
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Just goes to show...the Amazon never ceases to yield new information and inspire more investigation! 

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Early Amazon explorers had it right!

Early Amazon explorers had it right! | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

"Many of our ideas about the natural world and environmentalism can be traced back to two trailblazing 19th century explorers who continue to inspire scientists heading to the Amazon rainforest to identify new species.."

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Want to inspire your students to be explorers? Take a trip back in time and introduce them to Alexander von Humboldt - a remarkable man, intrepid explorer, and Amazon adventurer! 

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Life Among the Trees - A Google Science Fair 2014 Hangout On Air with Dr. Meg Lowman - YouTube

The Wall Street Journal calls her "Einstein of the Treetops." National Geographic calls her "the real-life Lorax." She's known as "Canopymeg" for all the tim...
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How recycled solar powered phones could save rainforests and change how the ... - TechRepublic

How recycled solar powered phones could save rainforests and change how the ... - TechRepublic | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
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At the current rate, 5% to 10% of rainforests are lost each decade. As rainforests are destroyed, we sink further into a biodiversity crisis.
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See-Through Frogs With Green Bones Discovered in Peru

See-Through Frogs With Green Bones Discovered in Peru | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Researchers discover four new species of frog in the Peruvian Andes, three of which are see-through.
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Sweet news from the Amazon/Andes of Peru! 

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Peru fights gold fever with fire and military force

Peru fights gold fever with fire and military force | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The rush for jungle gold in Peru's Amazon is turning forests to desert. Can a government crackdown keep the miners out?
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Rainforests may be responsible How Pygmy People Got Their Short Stature

Rainforests may be responsible How Pygmy People Got Their Short Stature | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Pygmy traits independently evolved many times among different peoples around the world, because shorter heights may have helped them live in rainforests, researchers say.
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