tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:/xml/venezuela1 Venezuela news from mongabay.com 2014-08-27T20:07:50Z tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13720 2014-08-27T18:57:00Z 2014-08-27T20:07:50Z Invasion of the lionfish: new research finds the situation may be worse than we thought <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0827-lionfish-wittenrich-thumb.png" align="left"/></td></tr></table>You may have recently read the controversial story on invasive lionfish research involving Dr. Zack Jud of Florida International University and a young girl named Lauren Arrington. While the issue of attribution in scientific research is crucial to the discipline, much of the media focus so far has sidestepped the real issue: what lionfish tolerance for brackish water really means for the environment. Morgan Erickson-Davis 32.240509 -80.489845 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13717 2014-08-26T20:18:00Z 2014-08-27T16:58:24Z How do we save the world's vanishing old-growth forests? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/sabah_1454.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>There's nothing in the world like a primary forest, which has never been industrially logged or cleared by humans. They are often described as cathedral-like, due to pillar-like trees and carpet-like undergrowth. Yet, the world's primary forests&#8212;also known as old-growth forests&#8212;are falling every year, and policy-makers are not doing enough to stop it. Jeremy Hance 5.159093 116.924597 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13227 2014-05-14T17:49:00Z 2014-06-25T02:00:13Z New report reveals human rights abuses by corporations, governments in the Amazon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0514-child-thumb.gif" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Regnskogfondet (the Rainforest Foundation of Norway) recently released a 52-page report that gives an in-depth account of the conflicts activists and indigenous peoples (IPs) are having with corporations and governmental agencies. It relays a situation that does not look good. Morgan Erickson-Davis -2.762623 -54.709464 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12435 2013-11-22T17:27:00Z 2013-11-25T15:20:50Z Satellites reveal browning mountain forests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/peru/150/manu_1078.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In a dramatic response to global warming, tropical forests in the high elevation areas of five continents have been "browning" since the 1990s. They have been steadily losing foliage, and showing less photosynthetic activity. Scientists analyzed the forest cover by using satellites to measure sunlight bouncing off the surface of the earth, then determining the different surface types via reflection patterns. Tiffany Roufs tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12381 2013-11-14T19:04:00Z 2013-11-14T19:19:19Z Scientists identify 137 protected areas most important for preserving biodiversity <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/1114.Varecia-rubra_R.A.Mittermeier.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Want to save the world's biodiversity from mass extinction? Then make certain to safeguard the 74 sites identified today in a new study in <i>Science</i>. Evaluating 173,000 terrestrial protected areas, scientists pulled out the most important ones for global biodiversity based on the number of threatened mammals, birds, and amphibians found in the parks. In all they identified 137 protected areas (spread over 74 sites as many protected areas were in the same region) in 34 countries as 'irreplaceable.' Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12374 2013-11-13T18:14:00Z 2013-11-13T18:50:16Z Richest countries spent $74 billion on fossil fuel subsidies in 2011, eclipsing climate finance by seven times In 2011, the top 11 richest carbon emitters spent an estimated $74 billion on fossil fuel subsidies, or seven times the amount spent on fast-track climate financing to developing nations, according to a recent report by the Overseas Development Institute. Worldwide, nations spent over half a trillion dollars on fossil fuel subsidies in 2011 according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11654 2013-06-26T21:41:00Z 2014-02-12T22:15:31Z Deforestation rates for Amazon countries outside Brazil <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/0626-amazon-deforestation-accumulated-by-country-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Deforestation has sharply increased in Amazon countries outside of Brazil, finds a new analysis based on satellite data. Using data from Terra-i, O-Eco's InfoAmazonia team has developed updated forest cover maps for Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, French Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela. The results reveal an increasing trend in forest clearing since 2004. Rhett Butler -10.833306 -71.7334 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10898 2013-02-20T18:09:00Z 2013-02-23T23:10:27Z First strike: nearly 200 illegal loggers arrested in massive sting across 12 countries One-hundred-and-ninety-seven illegal loggers across a dozen Central and South American countries have been arrested during INTERPOL's first strike against widespread forestry crime. INTERPOL, or The International Criminal Police Organization, worked with local police forces to take a first crack at illegal logging. In all the effort, known as Operation Lead, resulted in the seizure of 50,000 cubic meters of wood worth around $8 million. Jeremy Hance 45.782669 4.848661 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10527 2012-12-06T01:54:00Z 2013-02-24T03:30:47Z Deforestation rate falls across Amazon rainforest countries <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/peru/150/peru_aerial_1821.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The average annual rate of deforestation across Amazon rainforest countries dropped sharply in the second half of the 2000s, reports a comprehensive new assessment of the region's forest cover and drivers of deforestation. While the drop in deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has been widely reported, several other Amazon countries saw their rates of forest loss drop as well, according to the report, which was published by a coalition of 11 Latin American civil society groups and research institutions that form the Amazonian Network of Georeferenced Socio-Environmental Information (RAISG). Rhett Butler -6.293459 -52.426758 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10181 2012-09-21T13:50:00Z 2014-02-20T21:52:36Z New forest map shows 6% of Amazon deforested between 2000 and 2010 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/0921raisg150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>An update to one of the most comprehensive maps of the Amazon basin shows that forest cover across the world's largest rainforest declined by about six percent between 2000 and 2010. But the map also reveals hopeful signs that recognition of protected areas and native lands across the eight countries and one department that make up the Amazon is improving, with conservation and indigenous territories now covering nearly half of its land mass. Rhett Butler -8.624472 -66.062508 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10078 2012-08-30T16:37:00Z 2012-09-11T01:24:01Z Survivors say gold miners in helicopter massacred village of 80 in Venezuelan Amazon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/peru/150/peru_aerial_1470.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Up to 80 people have been massacred by gold miners in the remote Venezuelan Amazon, according to reports received by the indigenous-rights group, Survival International. According to Reuters, the reports have prompted the Venezuelan government to investigate the alleged murders of the Yanomami isolated community. According to three indigenous survivors, sometime in July a helicopter and what-are-believed to be illegal goldminers massacred the Yanomami community of Irotatheri. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10075 2012-08-29T16:36:00Z 2012-08-29T21:00:03Z Unidentified poodle moth takes Internet by storm <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/12/4207478815_46f9041046_o.poodlemoth.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A white moth from Venezuela that bears a striking resemblance to a poodle has become an Internet sensation, after cryptozoologist Karl Shuker posted about the bizarre-looking species on his blog. Photographed in 2009 in Venezulea's Canaima National Park in the Gran Sabana region by zoologist Arthur Anker from Kyrgyzstan, the white, cuddly-looking moth with massive black eyes has yet to be identified and could be a species still unknown to science. Jeremy Hance 5.50664 -62.029724 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10042 2012-08-21T13:26:00Z 2012-08-22T03:14:29Z Dry forests disappearing faster than rainforests in Latin America Countries across Latin America lost 78,000 square kilometers of subtropical and tropical dry broadleaf forests between 2001 and 2010, according to a new satellite-based assessment published in the journal <i>Biotropica</i>. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9963 2012-08-06T13:50:00Z 2012-08-06T13:58:02Z 'The lion of the cave:' new predatory, swimming cricket discovered in Venezuela Scientists have discovered what is likely a new species of cricket that is the top predator of its lightless world: a cave in a Venezuelan tepui. The fauna of cave was documented by BBC filmmakers as researchers uncovered not only a large, flesh-eating cricket but a new species of catfish. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9708 2012-06-20T14:40:00Z 2012-06-20T15:10:25Z Cowards at Rio?: organizations decry 'pathetic' agreement <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/brazil/150/brazil_1915.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>As world leaders head to Rio de Janeiro for the UN Summit on Sustainable Development, environmental and poverty groups are denouncing the last-minute text agreed on by dignitaries as "pathetic," (Greenpeace), a "damp squib" (Friends of the Earth), "a dead end" (Oxfam), and, if nothing changes, "a colossal waste of time" (WWF). "We were promised the 'future we want' but are now being presented with a 'common vision' of a polluter’s charter that will cook the planet, empty the oceans and wreck the rain forests,“ the head of Greenpeace, Kumi Naidoo, said. "This is not a foundation on which to grow economies or pull people out of poverty, it’s the last will and testament of a destructive twentieth century development model." Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9017 2012-01-26T18:08:00Z 2012-01-26T18:09:08Z Photo of the Day: Critically Endangered brown spider monkey discovered in park <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/brown-spider-monkey-1.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Researchers with The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Colombia’s National Parks Unit have located at least two individuals of brown-spider monkey (Ateles hybridus) in Colombia's Selva de Florencia National Park. The discovery is important because its the only known population of this particular subspecies (Ateles hybridus brunneus) in a protected area. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/8739 2011-11-27T15:49:00Z 2011-11-27T16:09:16Z 8 Amazon countries pledge more coordination in rainforest conservation Eight Amazon countries pledged greater cooperation in efforts to protect the world's largest rainforest from deforestation and illegal mining and logging, reports <i>AFP</i>. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/8689 2011-11-14T22:52:00Z 2011-11-17T04:15:59Z Cultural erosion among indigenous groups in Venezuela brings new risks for Caura rainforest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/11/1107_I_16_Kike-Arnal150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>One of the planet's most beautiful landscapes is in danger. Deep in southern Venezuela, among ancient forested tabletop mountains known as tepuis, crystalline rivers, and breathtaking waterfalls, outside influences &#8212; malaria, the high price of gold, commercial hunting, and cultural erosion &#8212; are threatening one of world's largest remaining blocks of wilderness, one that is home to indigenous people and strikingly high levels of biological diversity. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/7653 2011-03-28T21:12:00Z 2011-03-28T21:33:50Z Amazon still neglected by researchers <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/venezuela.amazon.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Although the Amazon is the world's largest tropical forest, it is not the most well known. Given the difficulty of access along with the fear of disease, dangerous species, indigenous groups, among other perceived perils, this great treasure chest of biology and ecology was practically ignored by scientists for centuries. Over the past few decades that trend has changed, however even today the Amazon remains lesser known than the much smaller, and more secure, tropical forests of Central America. A new study in mongabay.com's open access journal <i>Tropical Conservation Science</i>, which surveyed two prominent international tropical ecology journals (<i>Biotropica</i> and <i>Journal of Tropical Ecology</i>) between 1995 and 2008, finds that Central America was the subject of twice as many studies as the Amazon. In fact, according to the authors, much of the Amazon remains terra incognito to researchers, even as every year more of the rainforest is lost to human impacts. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/7300 2011-01-15T20:18:00Z 2011-01-15T20:18:36Z Italy and Panama continue illegal fishing, says new report On Wednesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued its biennial report identifying six countries whose fisheries have been engaged in illegal, unreported, or unregulated (IUU) fishing during the past two years. The report comes at a time when one-fifth of reported fish catches worldwide are caught illegally and commercial fishing has led to a global fish stock overexploitation of an estimated 80 percent. Morgan Erickson-Davis tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6975 2010-10-31T20:12:00Z 2010-10-31T20:22:53Z Epidemic hits Amazonian indigenous group An epidemic, suspected to be malaria, has struck down dozens of people of the Yanomami tribe in the Venezuelan Amazon, reports the Associated Press. Leaders of the three impacted village told health workers that approximately 50 people have died so far, many of them children. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6593 2010-08-09T18:52:00Z 2010-08-09T19:01:22Z Photos: world's top ten 'lost frogs' <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/golden_toad.thumb.jpg " align="left"/></td></tr></table>The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Conservation International (CI) have sent teams of researchers to 14 countries on five continents to search for the world's lost frogs. These are amphibian species that have not been seen for years—in some cases even up to a century—but may still survive in the wild. Amphibians worldwide are currently undergoing an extinction crisis. While amphibians struggle to survive against habitat loss, climate change, pollution, and overexploitation, they are also being wiped out by a fungal disease known as chytridiomycosis. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6125 2010-05-26T18:47:00Z 2010-05-26T19:28:11Z Left Must Fine Tune Its Position on Cuba Embargo in Light of Oil Spill With no end in sight to the environmental catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, some may wonder whether BP’s spill could become truly international in scope. That, at least, is the fear in Cuba where people are worried that strong currents could carry the slick to pristine white beaches along the island’s northern coast. In a rare moment of cooperation underscoring the grave seriousness posed by the BP spill, the U.S. and Cuban governments have been holding talks on the matter. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6110 2010-05-23T18:17:00Z 2010-05-23T18:46:21Z BP and the Perilous Voyage of Bama the Manatee <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/manatee.usgeologicalsurvey.thumb.jpg " align="left"/></td></tr></table>To the degree that Americans are paying attention to the environmental plight of marine wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico, they may focus most upon dolphins and whales. However, the U.S. public is much less familiar with another marine mammal, the manatee, which could also be placed in jeopardy as a result of the BP oil spill. One of the most outlandish creatures on the planet, the shy and retiring manatee, which gets its name from an American Indian word meaning "Lady of the Water", is one of my favorite animals. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6086 2010-05-17T00:42:00Z 2010-05-17T14:23:31Z Colombia’s Next President: A Renovation for the South American Left? Mired in populist demagoguery and environmentally-unfriendly resource extraction, the South American left is in dire need of ideological renovation. But, where is the likely inspiration to come from? You could not pick a more unlikely candidate than Colombia, a key U.S. ally in the region. And yet, if recent polls are correct, the Green Party could be cruising toward electoral victory in the troubled Andean nation and is currently poised to capture the presidency. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6026 2010-05-01T19:06:00Z 2010-05-02T03:06:13Z The Oily History of Offshore Operations: From Venezuela to the Gulf Though undoubtedly shocking and disconcerting, the recent BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is hardly the first incident of its kind in the region. Indeed, as I watched the footage of the ominous oil spill approaching the ecologically sensitive coast of Louisiana, I was struck with a profound sense of déjà vu. Long ago, while researching my dissertation on the environmental history of the petroleum industry in Venezuela, I combed through archives and libraries in the U.S., Britain and South America to uncover the oil companies’ sordid past. Starting in the 1920s, American and British subsidiaries of Standard Oil of New Jersey, Gulf and Royal Dutch Shell turned environmentally pristine Lake Maracaibo, which empties out into the Gulf of Venezuela and the Caribbean, into toxic sludge Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/5993 2010-04-22T17:09:00Z 2010-04-22T17:27:13Z Half a trillion spent on fossil fuel subsidies mostly "a complete waste of money" Despite a warming planet linked to the burning of fossil fuels, governments around the world still spend 500 billion US dollars a year subsidizing fossil fuel industries. A new study from the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) of the International Institute for Sustainable Development looks at the difficult political situation behind ending fossil fuel subsidies. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/5859 2010-03-22T21:42:00Z 2010-03-22T22:24:32Z El Niño in Venezuela: Hugo Chávez’s "Katrina" Moment? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://www.mongabay.com/images/venezuela/150/v_angel_falls_02-600.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table> Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has been in power for more than ten years, during which time he has deflected numerous electoral challenges, a recall effort, a coup d’etat and even an oil lock out. A politically adroit statesman, he has demonstrated enormous staying power throughout all these political crises. Yet, Chávez’s luck may have finally run out: a devastating El Niño-linked drought has recently ravaged Venezuela and the government has been forced to undertake conservation measures for water and electricity. Hardly amused, some are holding Chávez responsible for the energy crunch and the drought could exact a heavy toll on the Venezuelan president in September’s legislative elections. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/5724 2010-02-25T21:41:00Z 2010-02-26T01:06:08Z Savior of endangered crocodiles dies of malaria Crocodile-expert and conservationist, Dr. John Thorbjarnarson, died of falciparum malaria in India on February 14th at the age of fifty-two. While many conservationists work with publicly popular animals like tigers and whales, Thorbjarnarson’s passion was for crocodiles. A Senior Conservation Scientist with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Thorbjarnarson proved instrumental in saving both the Orinoco crocodile and the Chinese crocodile from extinction. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/5633 2010-02-08T17:04:00Z 2010-02-08T17:09:56Z New spiny pocket mouse discovered in the mountainous rainforests of Venezuela Researchers have discovered a new species of spiny mouse that lives on four mountainous forests in the Cordillera de la Costa mountain range of Venezuela. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/5320 2009-12-17T04:23:00Z 2009-12-17T04:30:40Z Copenhagen Climate Summit: Hugo Chávez is an Inappropriate Environmental Messenger Like him or not, one thing is for sure: the flamboyant Hugo Chávez has never shied away from the limelight. I was therefore somewhat surprised to read some initial press accounts suggesting that the Venezuelan leader might stay away from the United Nations climate summit being held in Copenhagen, Denmark. "If it's to go and waste time, it’s better I don't go," he said. "If everything is already cooked up by the big [nations], then forget it." Chávez however hinted that he might change his mind if ALBA nations could reach some type of common position towards the Copenhagen summit. ALBA, an initiative designed to facilitate trade and reciprocity amongst like minded progressive regimes in Latin America, has taken up the issue of climate justice as of late. Two months ago Bolivian President and ALBA ally Evo Morales called for the creation of an actual climate justice tribunal. The Global North, Morales said, should indemnify poor nations for the ravages of climate change. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/5166 2009-11-25T02:46:00Z 2009-11-25T06:56:37Z High gold prices, army collaboration, play role in mining invasion in southern Venezuela Illegal gold mining involving wildcat miners, the Venezuelan army, and indigenous groups is threatening one of the country's most biodiverse river basins, according to local sources. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/4385 2009-03-19T16:10:00Z 2009-03-19T16:11:06Z Protecting watersheds secures freshwater and saves billions of dollars The World Water Forum brings together 25,000 experts this week in Istanbul, Turkey to discuss the water challenges facing a growing world. According to a compilation of case studies by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which is sponsoring the event, one of the simplest and least expensive ways to have ample water for a growing human population is to protect watersheds. Not only do protected watersheds provide clean and easy-access water for many of the world's largest cities, their protection also saves billions of dollars. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/4289 2009-02-12T13:02:00Z 2009-02-12T14:04:35Z Payments for eco services could save the Amazon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/09/0212wwf150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Paying for the ecological services provided by the Amazon rainforest could be the key to saving it, reports a new analysis from WWF. The study, Keeping the Amazon forests standing: a matter of values, tallied the economic value of various ecosystem services afforded by Earth's largest rainforest. It found that standing forest is worth, at minimum, $426 per hectare per year. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/2965 2008-05-21T14:30:39Z 2008-12-16T10:14:06Z Venezuela bans gold-mining in forest reserve, will not issue new open-pit permits Venezuela banned gold mining in its Imataca Forest Reserve and said it will not issue new permits for open-pit mines anywhere in the country, according to Reuters. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/1397 2006-12-19T16:30:39Z 2008-12-29T06:43:55Z Time is running out for French Guiana's rainforests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/06/1218pmf.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Understanding relationships between plants and animals is key to understanding rainforest ecology. Dr. Pierre-Michel Forget of the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle in France is a renowned expert on the interdependency between rainforest trees and seed disperses. Author of dozens of papers on tropical forest ecology, Dr Forget is increasingly concerned about deforestation and biodiversity loss in forests of the Guiana Shield region of Northern South America. In particular he sees the invasion of informal gold miners, known as garimpeiros, as a significant threat to forests in French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana and Venezuela. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/1328 2006-11-09T20:50:00Z 2011-11-08T01:45:49Z Mining in Venezuelan Amazon threatens biodiversity, indigenous people <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/06/1110atbc05a.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Troubles are mounting in one of Earth's most beautiful landscapes. Deep in the Venezuelan Amazon, among ancient forested tabletop mountains known as tepuis, crystalline rivers, and breathtaking waterfalls, illegal gold miners are threatening one of world's largest remaining blocks of wilderness, one that is home to indigenous people and strikingly high levels of biological diversity. As the situation worsens -- a series of attacks have counted both miners and indigenous people as victims -- a leading scientific organization has called for the Venezuelan government to take action. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/892 2006-05-01T15:19:39Z 2008-12-29T06:42:48Z Forest restoration important in Guyana Located on the northern edge of South America, bordered by Suriname, Brazil, Venezuela, and the Atlantic Ocean, lays a small but vibrant country with a wealth of culture, biodiversity and opportunity. During the week of 13-17 March 2006, representatives from Guyanese government departments, civil society and indigenous peoples' organizations met in the capital city, Georgetown, with the World conservation Union (IUCN) and the International Tropical Timber Organization at a national workshop on Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR). The workshop introduced the concept of FLR with the intention of better understanding how it may be applied in the Guyana context. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/835 2006-03-30T15:19:39Z 2008-12-29T06:42:42Z Does tropical biodiversity increase during global warming? Forest fragmentation may cause biodiversity loss lasting millions of years according to a new study published in the March 31, 2006 issue of the journal Science. Using cores drilled through 5 kilometers of rock in eastern Colombia and western Venezuela, Carlos Jaramillo of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama and a team of researchers derived a fossil pollen record for a 72 million-year period with samples ranging from 10 to 82 million years ago. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/753 2006-01-25T15:19:39Z 2008-12-29T06:42:34Z Venezuela plans 5000-mile pipeline across Amazon rain forest Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's president, announced a plan to build a massive gas pipeline that would carry natural gas from the oil rich state 5,000 miles south. Environmentalists fear that the project could damage the Amazon rain forest by polluting waterways and creating roads that would attract developers and poor farmers, while analysts question the wisdom and viability of the plan which may cost $20-50 billion depending on who makes the estimate. Rhett Butler