In August, three young filmmakers will go on the expedition of a lifetime. They plan to spend six months filming in one of the most remote, most spectacular, and most endangered ecosystems on the planet: the Las Piedras River system. This unprotected swathe of Amazon jungle contains massive anacondas, prowling jaguars, and even uncontacted indigenous people.
4 Reasons We Need to Apologize to the Amazon Rainforest Care2.com We humans always talk about how much we love and respect your beauty and biodiversity, but when it comes to doing anything to protect you, we're suddenly suspiciously silent.
Brazil-watchers preoccupied with the rocky run-up to the World Cup may have missed a recent move as smart and graceful as any you’ll see on a soccer pitch -- one that sealed a huge win not just for Brazilians but for everyone on Earth.
The Economist The Amazon rainforest Cutting down on cutting down The Economist IN THE 1990s, when an area of Brazilian rainforest the size of Belgium was felled every year, Brazil was the world's environmental villain and the Amazonian jungle the...
Selective logging and small sub-canopy fires are degrading vast areas of rainforest across the Brazilian Amazon, contributing to largely hidden carbon emissions, argues a study published today in Global Change Biology. The research found stark differences in carbon storage between primary forests, selectively logged forests, logged and burned forests, and regrowing or secondary forests.
Climate change may be taking a hidden toll on intact rainforests in the heart of the Amazon, finds a new study based on 35 years of observations. The research, published in the journal Ecology, focused on the ecological impacts of fragmentation but unexpectedly found changes in the control forests.
Loading up bolaina wood in Pucallpa, Peru. Ernesto Benavides/CIFOR Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of four articles about CIFOR’s research on smallholder bolaina logging in the Amazon. Part 1 can be read here.
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - A group of scientists from more than 20 institutions around the world will gauge the impact on the world's largest rainforest if a time comes when the planet has 30 percent more carbon dioxide (CO2) than today, according to a project launched on Wednesday.
Companies could start extracting oil underneath key biodiversity reserve on Earth by 2016 Drilling for oil in a part of the Amazon rainforest considered one of the most biodiverse hotspots on the planet is to go ahead less than a year after...
A century apart, Paul Rosolie and Henry Walter Bates describe their abiding enchantment with the Amazon....Both provide yet one more reason to be concerned about the shrinking Amazon: It’s a place where the human imagination flourishes."
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Adding " Mother of God: An Extraordinary Journey into the Uncharted Tributaries of the Western Amazon" to the summer reading list. Amazon book club anyone?
A fragrant perfume has brought many a man and many a woman together. Orchid bees, too, appear to rely on scent when it comes to choosing a partner. In the course of their lives, the males compile a species-specific bouquet that they store in the pockets on their hind legs. One day, they release it in order to attract the female, assumes a biologist who studies the flying perfume aficionados' collecting behavior.
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One of the most fascinating creatures of the rainforest...and great subject for on the fly inquiry activities in the field!
Scientists studying social learning in animals have shown how easy it can be to introduce a new behavior into a group and watch it spread from individual to individual. However, not nearly as many studies are devoted to following up on the establishment of new behaviors to see if those behavioral traditions persist. An experiment showed that wild marmosets can remember their preferences for completing a test up to two years after first learning it.