Forests

Are These Drones the Fix for Our Depleted Forests?

A system of drones has been developed to help quell the loss of Earth's trees. The system can help plant almost 100,000 trees per day.<p>The Earth is rapidly losing its forests at a rate much faster than humans can replant. Exact figures vary, but according to Scientific American, “most analysts …

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Monkey-Mapping Satellites Could Identify At-Risk Populations

In the Amazon rainforests that are home to hundreds of known species of monkeys — and likely more that have yet to be discovered — it can be …

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Scientists discover transparent frog

Scientists discovered this new species of "glass frog" in Ecuador's Amazon lowlands. <i>Hyalinobatrachium yaku</i>'s belly is so transparent that you can …

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Buzz of success in Zimbabwe's forests

As organic beekeeping spreads like wildfire across eastern Zimbabwe, the industrious little insects are helping to preserve forests and prevent …

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Amazon Rain Forest May Have Once Been a Giant Marine Lake

For decades scientists have grappled with one of our planet's greatest biogeographical mysteries: how the geologic history of the Amazon River basin …

Norway warns Brazil that funds to safeguard rainforests at risk

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway has warned Brazil that funds to help protect the Amazon rainforest under a billion-dollar program are in jeopardy because more forests are being destroyed, a Norwegian government letter showed on Wednesday.<p>Brazil's President Michel Temer will meet Norway's Prime Minister …

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In surprise move, Brazil's president vetoes bills scaling back Amazon protections

The embattled president of Brazil has made himself an unlikely—if temporary—ally of environmentalists after blocking two measures that would have …

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Religious, indigenous leaders demand rainforests be saved

HELSINKI – Religious and indigenous leaders on Monday called for an end to deforestation in the first international multi-faith, multi-cultural plea to reduce the emissions that fuel climate change.<p>Participants from 21 countries gathered at a conference in the Norwegian capital of Oslo, hoping that …

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Deep Dive: The Ultimate Swimming Hole Bucket List

When warm weather’s on the horizon, hitting up a beach is almost inevitable. But a new travel trend is emerging that’s making standard sunny …

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Brazil on Verge of Legitimizing Amazon Land Theft on a Grand Scale

Sue Branford, Mauricio TorresThe Amazon is the sort of wild place where you often go looking for one thing, but find another. So it was when Mongabay …

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Scientists fear new EU rules may 'hide' forest carbon loss

<b>Leading researchers have condemned attempts to change the way carbon from trees will be counted in Europe.</b><p>The scientists fear that millions of tonnes of CO2 from forests will disappear from the books if the changes go ahead.<p>Trees are important carbon sinks as they soak up about 10% of Europe's …

Climate

The Amazon Is Rapidly Being Dammed To Death

Nobody said solving this climate problem was going to be easy. It should be as simple as switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, but then there are the trade-offs. Going nuclear could do the trick, but… Fukushima.<p>Building hydroelectric dams presents similar problems, especially …

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Dams on the Amazon River could have widespread, devastating impacts—and we keep building more of them

Dam crazy.<p>During the waning days of August 2014, workers in northwestern Washington State finished dismantling the Glines Canyon Dam on the Elwha River; the largest dam removal project in U.S. history. Over the past 20 years, more than 865 dams have been dismantled—72 came down in 2014 alone. A …

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Dams 'could permanently damage Amazon'

<b>The Amazon basin could suffer significant and irreversible damage if an extensive dam building programme goes ahead, scientists say.</b><p>Currently, 428 hydroelectric dams are planned, with 140 already built or under construction.<p>Researchers warn that this could affect the dynamics of the complex river …

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4 Indigenous Leaders Share Why the World Must Care About Forests

“My message to all those who don’t live close to a forest is that we exist.”<p>Here are some powerful stories from indigenous youth explaining what …

Ecology

Advantage Travel, Latin Trails Webinar

Learn how to sell Ecuador, Galapagos and the Amazon.

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Add These 10 Exotic Adventure Destinations To Your Bucket List

Staff Writer<p>10:30 AM<p><b>Sometimes, adventurers focus their attention only on the famous destinations, or the destinations that involve easy travel. If</b> …

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S.C. Johnson Completes Campaign to Help Save 10,000 Acres of Amazon Rainforest

RACINE, WI — Back in 1935, H.F. Johnson Jr. led an expedition to South America to study the Carnaúba palm, whose wax was the principle ingredient in the company's products at that time. It would be a critical moment for the Racine company.<p>Several decades later, fourth-generation leader Sam Johnson …

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'Probably the closest you'll ever get to the Amazon rainforest': VR tour of the lungs of the planet

Immersing yourself in the Amazon with an indigenous guide is an experience. But will it help save the rainforest?<p>Slowly descend a 200-foot Ceiba, …

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Dreaming: Bucket List Worthy Experiences

Dreaming: Bucket List Worthy ExperiencesAnyone who has an interest in travel, or indeed just enjoying life, will have some sort of bucket list. It …

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Peru: Indigenous women can protect the Amazon forest - if only their rights are respected

In the depths of the lush, dense tropical forest that covers vast swathes of Peru, indigenous women are fighting for their rights and for the fate of …

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Bird Fact Friday – Why does the Toucan have such a large, colorful bill?

From page 273 in <i>The New Neotropical Companion</i>:Photo by James AdamsPerhaps more than any other kind of bird, toucans symbolize the American tropics. …

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10 Weird Foods We Dare You to Try

There are some really strange foods out there — peculiar to a palate unfamiliar with the ingredients (worms, anyone?), or odd because the novelty …

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Watch Animal Collective record their latest EP in the Amazon Rainforest

The band were documented in Brazil as a part of Vice's new Earthworks show.<p>The new Viceland documentary series called ‘Earthworks’ have released a …

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Deforestation causes

The most common pressures causing deforestation and severe forest degradation are agriculture, unsustainable forest management, mining, …

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To Conserve Forests, We Need To Think Beyond Current Ideas Of Integration Or Segregation

<i>James Douglas Langston, James Cook University</i><p>Deforestation has historically been the price of development, but the world is now going through a forest transition; since 2015, there has been net global <i>reforestation</i>.<p>The pace and quality of this transition is mixed. In the world’s remaining high …

Conservation

Aware By Jillian Freyer

Born and raised in Southeastern Connecticut, photographer Jillian Freyer stays in and around New England working across genres focusing on …

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To conserve forests, we need to think beyond current ideas of integration or segregation

Deforestation has historically been the price of development, but the world is now going through a forest transition; since 2015, there has been net …

Conservation

The Surprising Link Between Egg Shape and Bird Flight

For the first time, scientists have taken a closer look at how bird eggs are shaped—and made some unexpected discoveries.<p>The unusually long, oval egg of the Indonesian maleo may look a lot like a potato, but this bird is no slouch.<p>When the chicks of these anvil-headed animals hatch, they're almost …

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Demystifying the Ancient Tangle of London’s Streets

For 81 years, A-Z maps have helped everyone from cabbies to clueless tourists navigate one of the world’s most confusing cities.<p>To earn the right to operate one of London’s iconic black cabs, aspiring drivers must pass one of the hardest tests in the world, known as “The Knowledge.” It requires …

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