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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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Curated from the web, new and noteworthy updates from the Amazon
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The Amazon - Birthplace of the world's most diverse tropical region

The Amazon - Birthplace of the world's most diverse tropical region | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
This study highlights the far-reaching importance of tropical regions -- comprising rainforests, savannas and mountain ecosystems, among others -- in sustaining the world's biodiversity. Most tropical ecosystems are now threatened due to human activities, and many species are on the edge of extinction, further highlighting the need for immediate and widespread protection.
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Not a huge surprise, but very interesting in the context of lanscape evolution and global biodiversity distribution!  You go mother Amazon, you go! 

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Bigotry against indigenous people means we're missing a trick on climate change | Working in development | The Guardian

Bigotry against indigenous people means we're missing a trick on climate change | Working in development | The Guardian | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Traditional farming strategies could protect humanity against global warming and prevent deadly wildfires. Yet scientists seem determined to ignore them
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A gold mine swallowed their village. This Amazon tribe is here to take it back | Environment | The Guardian

A gold mine swallowed their village. This Amazon tribe is here to take it back | Environment | The Guardian | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Climate Home News: In 1996, Osvaldo Wuaru and his family arrived on the outskirts of the vast Munduruku Amazon Territory with a crucial mission: set up a village to hold back the invasion of pariwat (non-indigenous) gold miners. Twenty-one years later, it has all but failed
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A giant insect ecosystem is collapsing due to humans. It's a catastrophe | Environment | The Guardian

A giant insect ecosystem is collapsing due to humans. It's a catastrophe | Environment | The Guardian | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Insects have triumphed for hundreds of millions of years in every habitat but the ocean. Their success is unparalleled, which makes their disappearance all the more alarming
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Rainforest Connection enlists machine learning to listen for loggers and jaguars in the Amazon –

Rainforest Connection enlists machine learning to listen for loggers and jaguars in the Amazon – | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The vastness that makes the Amazon rainforest so diverse and fertile also makes it extremely difficult to protect. Rainforest Connection is a project started back in 2014 that used solar powered second-hand phones as listening stations that could alert authorities to sounds of illegal logging. And …
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Why Chop the Amazon Rainforest in Half? —

Why Chop the Amazon Rainforest in Half? — | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
ALERT researchers released today a one-minute video that shows how a massive development scheme in Brazil could effectively chop the Amazon — the world's greatest rainforest — in half. Brazil is currently working to complete a dramatic upgrade to the BR-319 Highway, an 870 kilometer-long road segmen
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Peru's Newest Park Protects More Than 2 Million Acres of Amazon Rainforest

Peru's Newest Park Protects More Than 2 Million Acres of Amazon Rainforest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The Yaguas National Park is home to a staggering diversity of wildlife, including neotropical migrants from North America in the winter.
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Amazon rainforests that were once fire-proof have become flammable

Amazon rainforests that were once fire-proof have become flammable | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Forest fires emit twice as much carbon in the Brazilian Amazon as deforestation, according to new research.
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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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Bigotry against indigenous people means we're missing a trick on climate change | Working in development | The Guardian

Bigotry against indigenous people means we're missing a trick on climate change | Working in development | The Guardian | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Traditional farming strategies could protect humanity against global warming and prevent deadly wildfires. Yet scientists seem determined to ignore them
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Could biodiversity destruction lead to a global tipping point? | Environment | The Guardian

Could biodiversity destruction lead to a global tipping point? | Environment | The Guardian | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
We are destroying the world’s biodiversity. Yet debate has erupted over just what this means for the planet – and us.
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Turbulent Times in the Amazon

Turbulent Times in the Amazon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Sometimes conservation controversies explode so fast in one place that it becomes almost white-hot. That’s what’s happening right now in the Amazon—with a cyclonic mix of good and bad news. We summarize here some of the key highlights. GOOD NEWS BIG NEW PARK First, Peru has just declared an expansi
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New study discovers 81 lost human settlements in the Amazon rainforest

New study discovers 81 lost human settlements in the Amazon rainforest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Environmental science and conservation news
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Brazil Begins Effort to Plant 73 Million Trees in the Amazon

Brazil Begins Effort to Plant 73 Million Trees in the Amazon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

The experiment in reforestation involves spreading native seeds instead of planting saplings
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Tips for Photographing Amazon Rainforest Animals

Tips for Photographing Amazon Rainforest Animals | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
How to handle the challenges you'll come across when photographing Amazon rainforest animals.
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Researchers shed new light on how hunting impacts the Amazon rainforest's ecosystem

Researchers shed new light on how hunting impacts the Amazon rainforest's ecosystem | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The effect of hunting on the Amazon rainforest's ecosystem may not be as devastating as previously thought, according to a new study by the University of Connecticut and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation and Research. BRENDAN MONTAGUE reports
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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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