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Chocolate frog? New burrowing frog species unearthed in Amazon’s rare peatlands

Chocolate frog? New burrowing frog species unearthed in Amazon’s rare peatlands | Rainforest EXPLORER | Scoop.it
A photo of an odd-looking amphibian drew attention on Twitter last week, where it was described as a “smooth lil fella”, compared to a melted tootsie roll candy, and likened to the chocolate frogs from Harry Potter. “I’m quite surprised at how fast the popularity of this frog is rising up,” Germán Chávez, a researcher […]
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On Earth Day, these sites in nature give scientists hope - The

On Earth Day, these sites in nature give scientists hope - The | Rainforest EXPLORER | Scoop.it
For Earth Day, scientists and conservationists reflect on how nature's beauty and resilience offer them hope.
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Eating bushmeat could reduce childhood anemia in Amazon forest communities

Eating bushmeat could reduce childhood anemia in Amazon forest communities | Rainforest EXPLORER | Scoop.it
Eating wild animals, known collectively as bushmeat or wildmeat, is associated with reduced anemia cases among children living in the Amazon rainforest, a new study reveals.
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The amazing — and unknown — diversity of insects living in the Amazon canopy

The amazing — and unknown — diversity of insects living in the Amazon canopy | Rainforest EXPLORER | Scoop.it
Small and often imperceptible to the human eye, insects play a vital role in the environment. “They appeared more than 400 million years before humans,” says Dalton de Souza Amorim, a researcher from the University of São Paulo. “They took part in the evolution of natural environments and are vital in the processes of recycling […]
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Indigenous Partners in Conservation

Indigenous Partners in Conservation | Rainforest EXPLORER | Scoop.it
Isidoro Hazbun is a conservationist whose career focuses on preserving biodiversity, and empowering communities of the Amazon rainforest that have protected some of the wildest places on earth for centuries.
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An Amazon-based drug industry? Still a mirage

An Amazon-based drug industry? Still a mirage | Rainforest EXPLORER | Scoop.it
For more than 30 years, Shaman Pharmaceutical and its successors have been trying to convert traditional Amazonian knowledge into profitable medicines. So far they have not succeeded.
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Amazon deforestation starts 2022 on the fastest pace in 14 years

Amazon deforestation starts 2022 on the fastest pace in 14 years | Rainforest EXPLORER | Scoop.it
Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon is off to its fastest pace to start a year since at least 2008 reveals data published on Friday by Brazil’s national space research institute, INPE. According to INPE’s deforestation alert system, forest clearing in the Amazon through the first two months of 2022 has amounted to 430 square kilometers […]
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Toxic Oil Spill in Ecuador Impacts Protected Areas in the Amazon Rainforest

Toxic Oil Spill in Ecuador Impacts Protected Areas in the Amazon Rainforest | Rainforest EXPLORER | Scoop.it
The crack resulted in a toxic oil spill that authorities have claimed is impacting protected areas that are rich with biodiversity. ...
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Tall trees in the Amazon can suffer from warmer temperatures

Tall trees in the Amazon can suffer from warmer temperatures | Rainforest EXPLORER | Scoop.it
Central Amazonia’s tall trees are impacted by periods of high maximum temperatures and then shed their leaves and branches. With the increase in deforestation, the smaller, fragmented remaining forests have higher temperatures, which in turn exacerbate the negative warming effects on the tall trees.
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Newly discovered plant in Brazilian Amazon threatened with extinction - CGTN

Newly discovered plant in Brazilian Amazon threatened with extinction - CGTN | Rainforest EXPLORER | Scoop.it
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In Peru, a project to bring internet to remote communities progresses

In Peru, a project to bring internet to remote communities progresses | Rainforest EXPLORER | Scoop.it
A project to build a fibre-optic network will provide internet to 1 million residents in Peru, but must remain aware of environmental impacts
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A great discussion starter to explore the complex interface of conservation, social justice, and even geopolitics.
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Ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin: Indigenous knowledge serves as a ‘connective tissue’ between nature and human well-being

Ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin: Indigenous knowledge serves as a ‘connective tissue’ between nature and human well-being | Rainforest EXPLORER | Scoop.it
As a best-selling author, the co-founder of the award-winning Amazon Conservation Team, and an acclaimed public speaker, Mark Plotkin is one of the world’s most prominent rainforest ethnobotanists and conservationists. Plotkin has worked closely with Indigenous communities–including traditional healers or shamans–since the 1980s, first as an academic, then as a member of a large conservation […]
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Above‐ and below‐ground biodiversity responses to the prolonged flood pulse in central‐western Amazonia, Brazil - Bredin - - Environmental DNA

Above‐ and below‐ground biodiversity responses to the prolonged flood pulse in central‐western Amazonia, Brazil - Bredin -  - Environmental DNA | Rainforest EXPLORER | Scoop.it
Abstract Amazonia encompasses extensive forests in areas that are periodically inundated by overflowing rivers. The inundation depth and duration vary according to the slope of the terrain and dist...
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The Brazilian Amazon has been a net carbon emitter since 2016

The Brazilian Amazon has been a net carbon emitter since 2016 | Rainforest EXPLORER | Scoop.it
Rapid deforestation outweighs carbon capture by remaining trees
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Beyond CO2, tropical forests a ‘cool’ solution to climate crisis, study finds

Beyond CO2, tropical forests a ‘cool’ solution to climate crisis, study finds | Rainforest EXPLORER | Scoop.it
As hot and muggy as most tropical rainforests are, you only need to leave their florid confines and step onto a recently razed plot of land to feel an immediate difference. In the bright sun, a wall of drier heat greets you, jolting your body with the impulse to return to the shade and humidity […]
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Spider monkeys actively choose to eat fruit infested with insects

Spider monkeys actively choose to eat fruit infested with insects | Rainforest EXPLORER | Scoop.it
Some spider monkeys living in the Amazon rainforest mostly live on fruit, but choose to eat ones containing larval insects as a way of boosting their protein intake
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Makes sense if you think about it!
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Tropical forests have big climate benefits beyond carbon storage

Tropical forests have big climate benefits beyond carbon storage | Rainforest EXPLORER | Scoop.it
Study finds that trees cool the planet by one-third of a degree through biophysical mechanisms such as humidifying the air.
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Study shows that without tropical forests, global temperatures would be 1 C warmer

Study shows that without tropical forests, global temperatures would be 1 C warmer | Rainforest EXPLORER | Scoop.it
New research released today offers the most comprehensive and detailed evidence to date that forests are more important to the climate (globally and locally) than we think due to the way in which they physically transform the atmosphere.
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Amazon rainforest nearing dangerous tipping point, "mega-fires" are possible

Amazon rainforest nearing dangerous tipping point, "mega-fires" are possible | Rainforest EXPLORER | Scoop.it
Changes in precipitation and the potential for more “mega-fires” are major concerns for the Amazon rainforest as the climate continues to change.
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Amazon rainforest is hurtling toward a ’tipping point,’ satellites show - The

Amazon rainforest is hurtling toward a ’tipping point,’ satellites show - The | Rainforest EXPLORER | Scoop.it
Satellite observations show the Amazon rainforest is nearing a tipping point where it could shift into a grassland, which could fuel climate change and imperil biodiversity, according to a study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change.
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January deforestation in the Amazon highest in 14 years

January deforestation in the Amazon highest in 14 years | Rainforest EXPLORER | Scoop.it
Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon last month was the highest of any January dating back to 2008, reports Brazil’s national space research agency INPE.

According to data released today, 430 square miles of rainforest was chopped down in January, a 400% rise over January 2021 when 86 square kilometers was lost. The average extent of deforestation in January for the past 15 years has been 171 square kilometers.
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Large mammalian herbivores modulate plant growth form diversity in a tropical rainforest - Souza - - Journal of Ecology - Wiley Online Library

Large mammalian herbivores modulate plant growth form diversity in a tropical rainforest - Souza - - Journal of Ecology - Wiley Online Library | Rainforest EXPLORER | Scoop.it
Abstract The world’s terrestrial biomes are broadly classified according to the dominant plant growth forms that define ecosystem structure and processes. Although the abundance and distribution of...
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Brazil's Bolsonaro presses Peru's Castillo on road through rainforest to access Pacific

Brazil's Bolsonaro presses Peru's Castillo on road through rainforest to access Pacific | Rainforest EXPLORER | Scoop.it
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro met with Peru's President Pedro Castillo on Thursday and pressed him on a project to build a cross-border road that would allow Brazil access to the Pacific.
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Climate change: There are 9,200 tree species yet to be discovered, study finds

Climate change: There are 9,200 tree species yet to be discovered, study finds | Rainforest EXPLORER | Scoop.it
Almost one-third of the 9,200 undiscovered tree species are likely to be rare, making them especially vulnerable to climate change.
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Could the Blockchain help save the Amazon? (commentary)

Could the Blockchain help save the Amazon? (commentary) | Rainforest EXPLORER | Scoop.it
Environmental science and conservation news...
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