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Oil company breaks agreement, builds big roads in Yasuni rainforest - Mongabay.com

Oil company breaks agreement, builds big roads in Yasuni rainforest - Mongabay.com | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Oil company breaks agreement, builds big roads in Yasuni rainforest
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... Block, which covers about 100,000 hectares or 10 percent of the park.
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Brazil To Ban Catfish Fishing To Save Lives Of Amazon Pink River Dolphin

Brazil To Ban Catfish Fishing To Save Lives Of Amazon Pink River Dolphin | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Brazil has banned catfish fishing in an effort to save endangered Amazon pink dolphin.
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Of jaguars and loggers: new film to showcase one of the least-known regions in the deep Amazon

Of jaguars and loggers: new film to showcase one of the least-known regions in the deep Amazon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
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.
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4 Reasons We Need to Apologize to the Amazon Rainforest - Care2.com

4 Reasons We Need to Apologize to the Amazon Rainforest - Care2.com | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
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.
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Human Impact On Amazon Via Deforestation, Logging, & Fires, Is Greatly ... - PlanetSave.com

Human Impact On Amazon Via Deforestation, Logging, & Fires, Is Greatly ... - PlanetSave.com | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
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Carbon loss from tropical forests 'underestimated'

Carbon loss from tropical forests 'underestimated' | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The amount of carbon lost from tropical forests through degradation is being significantly underestimated according to a new study.

Via S.J.Pillans
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Can tourism ever be sustainable? The Rainforest Alliance says, "Yes!" - Treehugger

Can tourism ever be sustainable? The Rainforest Alliance says, "Yes!" - Treehugger | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
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Protecting the Amazon for Life | Stories | WWF

Protecting the Amazon for Life | Stories | WWF | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A model for conservation, the Amazon Region Protected Areas ensures 150 acres—three times the size of all US parks combined—of the Amazon are protected for life.
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How Brazil Could Save the Rainforest | Foreign Affairs

How Brazil Could Save the Rainforest | Foreign Affairs | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
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.
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What happens to the Amazon rainforest when CO2 levels rise 30 percent ... - GlobalPost

What happens to the Amazon rainforest when CO2 levels rise 30 percent ... - GlobalPost | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
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Amazon Gold: The Movie - YouTube

Amazon Gold:  The Movie - YouTube | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Narrated by Academy Award winners, Sissy Spacek and Herbie Hancock, Amazon Gold is the disturbing account of a clandestine journey that bears witness to the ...
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So important to be aware of this situation in the Peruvian Amazon.  Look for this movie in a theater near you...or better yet, organize a screening with your local indpendent movie house! 

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ScienceShot: 'Chameleon' Vine Discovered in Chile

ScienceShot: 'Chameleon' Vine Discovered in Chile | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Plant ecologists find the first shape-shifting plant that can mimic multiple hosts
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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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The Amazon rainforest Cutting down on cutting down - The Economist

The Amazon rainforest Cutting down on cutting down - The Economist | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
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...
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Logging, fires take a hidden toll on Amazon rainforest

Logging, fires take a hidden toll on Amazon rainforest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
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.
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Intact Amazon forests show possible signs of global warming impact

Intact Amazon forests show possible signs of global warming impact | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
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.
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Q&A: In the Amazon, important tree species remain ‘under the radar’

Q&A: In the Amazon, important tree species remain ‘under the radar’ | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
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.
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Good News for the Amazon! 22 Organizations Join Together to Protect Massive ... - One Green Planet

Good News for the Amazon! 22 Organizations Join Together to Protect Massive ...
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Scientists to study Amazon rainforest fate if CO2 levels rise

Scientists to study Amazon rainforest fate if CO2 levels rise | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
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.
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Ecuador signs permits for oil drilling in Amazon's Yasuni national park

Ecuador signs permits for oil drilling in Amazon's Yasuni national park | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
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...
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Amazonian Butterflies Drinking Turtle Tears | Oddity Central - Collecting Oddities

Amazonian Butterflies Drinking Turtle Tears | Oddity Central - Collecting Oddities | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Deep in the Amazon rainforest, minerals like sodium are really scarce, so to get their fill, colorful butterflies drink turtle tears directly from their eyes
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In Peru's Amazon, cash to indigenous communities aims to protect forests

In Peru's Amazon, cash to indigenous communities aims to protect forests | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
As new roads bring farmers to Peru's central Amazon, boosting indigenous incomes may help them stem deforestation
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Studies in the Amazon have found that indigenous territories tend to serve as a buffer against deforestation - let's keep it that way!

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Exploring the Amazon, While We Still Can

Exploring the Amazon, While We Still Can | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

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?  

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How orchid bees find their personal scent, attract mates

How orchid bees find their personal scent, attract mates | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
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! 

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A Marmoset Never Forgets | Science Blogs | WIRED

A Marmoset Never Forgets | Science Blogs | WIRED | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
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.
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