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Team uses satellite maps to give Amazon trees a carbon price tag - Futurity

Team uses satellite maps to give Amazon trees a carbon price tag - Futurity | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A detailed assessment of Amazon trees based on satellite maps could help quantify the amount of carbon available to trade through offset schemes.
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Curated from the web, new and noteworthy updates from the Amazon
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‘A different dimension of loss’: inside the great insect die-off

‘A different dimension of loss’: inside the great insect die-off | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The long read: Scientists have identified 2 million species of living things. No one knows how many more are out there, and tens of thousands may be vanishing before we have even had a chance to encounter them
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New Peruvian bird species discovered by its song

New Peruvian bird species discovered by its song | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
“Peru still has many treasures hidden in unexplored nooks and crannies, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy the opportunity to uncover them. To this day, it may be some of the most virgin terrain I’ve ever visited.”
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Exploring the Relationship between Human Activity and Habitat Loss in the Amazon

Exploring the Relationship between Human Activity and Habitat Loss in the Amazon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Students analyze a map to identify and describe the relationship between habitat loss, land cover, and indigenous territories. After analyzing the effects of human activity on the current map, students make a prediction about how railroad development may impact the rain forest ecosystem and distribution of indigenous populations. 
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One Simple Signal Sets Off a Complicated Frog Journey

One Simple Signal Sets Off a Complicated Frog Journey | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Poison frogs in a South American rain forest carry tadpoles to water. But the males aren’t choosy about whose tadpoles they transport.
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Meet our newest partners - the Maijuna of Peru! 

Meet our newest partners - the Maijuna of Peru!  | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

The Maijuna-Kichwa Regional Conservation Area (MKRCA) is located adjacent to one of our study sites.  This tract of Peruvian rainforest bigger than California’s Yosemite National Park is officially protected and we are working with the Maijuna to incorporate their conservation story and sustainable development initiatives into our field programs.  Read more about the MKRCA and its formation...  

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We are thrilled to amp up our "conservation through education" mission and support the indigenous Maijuna and their quest to protect nearly a million acres of their ancestral territory in the Amazon

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WATCH! New Amazon Threat? Mining Deforestation

"Sprawling mining operations in Brazil are destroying much more of the iconic Amazon forest than previously thought, says the first comprehensive study of mining deforestation in the world’s largest tropical rainforest.  Surprisingly, roughly 90 percent of deforestation related to mining occurred outside the mining leases granted by Brazil’s government. Mining-induced deforestation was 12 times greater outside the mine lease areas than within them, extending as far 43.5 miles (70 km) beyond mine borders.

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This is a must watch if you want to stay up to speed with current Amazon threats.  Great work and article from the University of Vermont.  More info here:  http://bit.ly/2i4SVNx

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Students Conduct Environmental Research in the Amazon Rainforest

Students Conduct Environmental Research in the Amazon Rainforest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Go forth and change the world.
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We LOVE working with university groups like St. Peter's!  Check out their reflections on their 2018 Amazon Expedition with us! 

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Could fungi provide an alternative to palm oil?

Could fungi provide an alternative to palm oil? | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The Amazon in particular has been a major concern for environmentalists. Currently, around 85 percent of the world´s supply of palm oil is produced in Malaysia and Indonesia alone. But as demand rises and plantation land becomes less available in these areas, producers are increasingly looking elsewhere to expand cultivation. The Amazon and other tropical areas around the equator are hot spots for future plantations since oil palm trees need temperatures between 25 and 28 degrees Celsius, regular rainfall and strong sunlight to thrive.
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Peru’s New Environmental Policies: What Are They and Will They Work?

Peru’s New Environmental Policies: What Are They and Will They Work? | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Conservationists are cautiously optimistic about new moves by Peru to invest in ecosystem services, protect forests, mitigate climate change and offset biodiversity losses.
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Ghosts of Megafauna Past

Ghosts of Megafauna Past | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
I distinctly remember the first time I accidentally stabbed my hand on the spine of an Astrocaryum palm, and thinking to myself, “Why on Earth does this plant possess such horrendously vicious spines?!” 
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Amazon turtles imperilled by dams, mercury pollution and illegal trade

Amazon turtles imperilled by dams, mercury pollution and illegal trade | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
For as long as people have lived in the Amazon, turtles have likely been on the menu. But what was once low-impact subsistence hunting escalated dramatically after the arrival of Europeans. From the 1700s onward, demand for turtle eggs and meat skyrocketed. And the eggs weren’t just for eating: estimates suggest that more than 200 million…
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Beyond Biodiversity: A New Way of Looking at How Species Interconnect

Beyond Biodiversity: A New Way of Looking at How Species Interconnect | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
In a development that has important implications for conservation, scientists are increasingly focusing not just on what species are present in an ecosystem, but on the roles that certain key species play in shaping their environment. 
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First ‘intrusions’ into unbroken forests drive pulses of biodiversity loss

First ‘intrusions’ into unbroken forests drive pulses of biodiversity loss | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The first bursts of deforestation in tropical areas can push a lot of species – more so than previously though – closer to extinction due to the loss of habitat, as…
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Mining is the new deforestation threat in the Amazon

Mining is the new deforestation threat in the Amazon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Sprawling mining operations in Brazil are destroying much more of the Amazon than previously thought, says the first comprehensive study of mining deforestation in the iconic rainforest.
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A new species is discovered in the Amazon every 3 days, and they could solve the world’s biggest challenges

A new species is discovered in the Amazon every 3 days, and they could solve the world’s biggest challenges | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The Amazon could help solve many of the problems facing mankind but we need to unlock the area's potential in a way that carefully preserves it.
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2018 Educator Academy in the Amazon - July 1-11 - Scholarships & Grants Available 

2018 Educator Academy in the Amazon - July 1-11 - Scholarships & Grants Available  | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
TRANSFORMATIONAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR K-16 EDUCATORS
inquiry • citizen science • place-based learning • indigenous cultures • global perspectives • conservation • sustainability • rainforest ecology • & more!
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Nurture YOUR inner explorer and join us in the Amazon next summer!  Registration open! 

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Bookshelf: The Amazon and Climate Change - Two new books to put on your reading list

Bookshelf: The Amazon and Climate Change - Two new books to put on your reading list | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A look at 12 books on climate change and biodiversity ... and humanity's current scrambling of the biosphere.
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Ants that live in the Amazon rainforest canopy have orders of magnitude more bacteria in their guts than those that live on the ground

Ants that live in the Amazon rainforest canopy have orders of magnitude more bacteria in their guts than those that live on the ground | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Ants that live in the Amazon rainforest canopy have orders of magnitude more bacteria in their guts than those that live on the ground
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With all the new research on human gut bacteria...Amazon ants may add an interesting new perspective! 

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Amazonian manatees at risk from proposed dams

Amazonian manatees at risk from proposed dams | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The Amazonian manatee is classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN, a consequence of centuries of hunting after the European discovery of the Amazon, along with modern day local hunting, trade, and entanglement with fishing gear. (Six out of the ten radio-tagged manatees studied were hunted by local communities over the course of the research.) Dams can exacerbate these threats, as the human population — and therefore the demand for meat — increases during and after dam construction.
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Yes - the Amazon has manatees! 

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Up to 381 new species discovered in the Amazon – in pictures

Up to 381 new species discovered in the Amazon –  in pictures | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A strong-beaked bird named after Barack Obama, a fire-tailed titi monkey and a new pink river dolphin are among species recorded by the Living Amazon Initiative of the WWF Network
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Experiments in Nature, Art, Climate Change, and the Vanishing Amazon

Experiments in Nature, Art, Climate Change, and the Vanishing Amazon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
What is the good of science and art if we cannot relate to one another as human beings? This was my personal jungle to battle with: these networks of wicked problems that give me as an artist much to work with, but also makes me as a person very concerned about the future of mankind in general.
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This.  Fascinating perspective on the interface of art, science, climate change, and the Amazon.  Inspired. 

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Strangler figs: Silent assassins, diversity engines, rainforest timekeepers

Strangler figs: Silent assassins, diversity engines, rainforest timekeepers | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
  (Borrowing from a J&B whisky commercial from the 1990s…) Tradition says: “A tree must begin its life from the forest floor”. Tradition says:  “A tree shall fo…
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Reduced impact logging still harms biodiversity in tropical rainforests: Study looked at the impact of logging by examining its effect on forest dung beetles

Reduced impact logging still harms biodiversity in tropical rainforests: Study looked at the impact of logging by examining its effect on forest dung beetles | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Even low levels of logging in the Amazon rainforest may lead to great losses in biodiversity, new research has found. The research looked at 34 different plots in the state of Pará -- a focal point for Amazon protection efforts in the last decades. They found that even low levels of logging leaded to negative effects on dung beetle diversity and rates of dung beetle-mediated
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New Peruvian bird species discovered by its song

New Peruvian bird species discovered by its song | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
“Peru still has many treasures hidden in unexplored nooks and crannies, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy the opportunity to uncover them. To this day, it may be some of the most virgin terrain I’ve ever visited.”
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Just one of the many reasons we love Peru! 

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What Will Climate Change Do to Tropical Cloud Forests?

What Will Climate Change Do to Tropical Cloud Forests? | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The forests of Wayqecha, Peru rely on moisture from clouds to sustain themselves but climate change is moving that cloud layer higher every year. Plant ecologist Dan Metcalfe is in the midst of a bold experiment: by eliminating the cloud layer from a portion of the forest, he is attempting to see what exactly will happen as the cloud forest dries out.
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