tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:/xml/amazon1 amazon news from mongabay.com 2015-06-26T20:45:07Z tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/15029 2015-06-24T17:50:00Z 2015-06-26T20:45:07Z Amazon tribe creates 500-page traditional medicine encyclopedia <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0624.acate.Cesar-pic.THUMB.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In one of the great tragedies of our age, indigenous traditions, stories, cultures and knowledge are winking out across the world. Whole languages and mythologies are vanishing, and in some cases even entire indigenous groups are falling into extinction. This is what makes the news that a tribe in the Amazon have created a 500-page encyclopedia of their traditional medicine all the more remarkable. Jeremy Hance -7.785371 -73.891784 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14998 2015-06-18T23:09:00Z 2015-06-19T23:20:40Z Has Amazon deforestation reached a 7-year high in Brazil? Analysis of satellite data suggests deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon may have reached a seven-year high. Rhett Butler -2.123224 -48.577349 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14996 2015-06-18T19:15:00Z 2015-06-18T19:19:03Z It can be done! – Building better dams in the Andean Amazon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0618_lk_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>More than 150 dams are currently planned for five of the six major Andean tributaries of the Amazon River. Damming those large, free-flowing streams would provide hydropower to half a dozen South American countries – meeting their energy needs for decades to come, but with unknown, potentially calamitous environmental and social impacts. Tiffany Roufs -1.392745 -78.423564 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14980 2015-06-16T23:58:00Z 2015-06-17T00:14:30Z Gold miners invade Amazonian indigenous reserve Illegal miners have invaded an indigenous reserve in the Peruvian Amazon, reveals new analysis of satellite imagery. Rhett Butler -12.892302 -70.631447 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14968 2015-06-16T01:18:00Z 2015-06-16T01:22:11Z Bolivia opens protected areas to oil companies A new law has opened millions of hectares of protected areas in Bolivia to oil and gas extraction. Rhett Butler -12.996889 -68.809580 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14967 2015-06-16T00:19:00Z 2015-06-16T00:31:06Z Rainforest parks cut malaria transmission Strictly protected areas in the Brazilian Amazon are associated with lower rates of malaria transmission than extractive reserves, mining zones, and areas with roads, reports a paper published this week in <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i>. The findings add to a growing body of data suggesting that conservation efforts contribute to human welfare. Rhett Butler -10.461996 -64.512468 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14955 2015-06-13T03:05:00Z 2015-06-13T03:07:51Z 90% of Amazon deforestation occurs outside protected areas Ten percent of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon between August 2012 and July 2014 occurred in protected areas, reports new research from Imazon. Rhett Butler -5.721587 -52.901145 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14952 2015-06-12T15:59:00Z 2015-06-12T20:19:23Z Inside The Toxic Tour: Not for prime-time Ecuador (PHOTOS) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0612_bh_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Ecuador spent $4 million to promote itself during the 2015 Super Bowl as an ecotourism destination. The ad was backed by the Beatles' booming anthem 'All You Need is Love.' The Toxic Tour offers a different perspective: taking visitors into the belly of the beast, the epicenter of Ecuador's petroleum exploitation grid, a trip best accompanied by REM's anti-anthem, 'It's the end of the World.' Tiffany Roufs -3.055813 -79.667354 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14946 2015-06-11T17:53:00Z 2015-06-11T18:50:42Z Tapajós and other Amazon dams not sustainable development say reports <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0611_mg_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Plans to build hydroelectric dams globally -- especially in the Amazon and other tropical locales -- are often touted as 'sustainable development.' However, according to a trio of new reports, these large infrastructure projects will do enormous harm to rainforest ecosystems and indigenous peoples, while also emitting far more greenhouse gases than the U.N. and other organizations officially estimate, with potentially disastrous results. Tiffany Roufs -3.304500 -55.265448 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14940 2015-06-10T17:03:00Z 2015-06-10T17:05:51Z 151 dams could be catastrophic to Amazon ecological connectivity <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0610_lk_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>As South American countries begin to move beyond fossil fuels, many are looking to hydropower. The rivers flowing from the Andes Mountains down into the Amazon basin could provide a wealth of liquid potential to meet the energy demands of expanding populations, economies, and development. Tiffany Roufs -1.392745 -78.423564 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14938 2015-06-10T16:01:00Z 2015-06-10T16:13:05Z Satellite images provide new view of uncontacted Amazonian communities <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-imgs.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0610-freedberg-remote-sensing-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A laundry list of dangers threaten Amazonia’s few remaining uncontacted indigenous communities. Colonists and industry workers often grab tribal land for mining, logging, drug trafficking, or hydrocarbon extraction, which damage the groups’ environment and bring them into conflict with armed settlers. Careless encroachment by outsiders can also bring diseases to which uncontacted groups have no immunity. Brittany Stewart tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14926 2015-06-08T20:43:00Z 2015-06-08T20:49:42Z Bolivia's aggressive agricultural development plans threaten forests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0608_ae_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Bolivia's government, supported by some small and most large producers, pushes to expand agricultural lands at the expense of the nation's environment. In April 2015, small-scale Bolivian farmers gathered for a summit with stakeholders from a very different part of the agricultural sector: commercial farmers who oversee vast farms and watch international exchange markets just as closely as the weather. Tiffany Roufs -17.826292 -63.029487 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14909 2015-06-04T16:43:00Z 2015-06-12T13:43:46Z Proposed Andean headwater dams an ecological calamity for Amazon Basin <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0604_lk_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>High in the Andes Mountains, countless minor streams begin their pilgrimage downward, joining forces with the rain to form the tributaries of the Amazon River. The sediments and organic matter they carry with them on their journey seaward are the nutrient-rich lifeblood that nurtures and sustains the vast aquatic and terrestrial web of life in the Amazon Basin. Tiffany Roufs -1.392745 -78.423564 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14866 2015-05-27T18:24:00Z 2015-05-27T19:20:09Z China defends trans-Amazon railway, says it will protect the environment Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has defended a plan to build a railway across the South American continent as a way to protect the environment and grow the region's economy, reports <i>AFP</i>. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14865 2015-05-27T16:52:00Z 2015-06-01T19:42:51Z Amazon deforestation speeding global warming <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://www.mongabay.com/thumbnails/peru/aerial-rainforest/Flight_1022_1554.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Human activity has destroyed huge swaths of the Amazon rainforest's biomass as trees are cleared to make way for pasture, soy fields, and other developments. Now, a new study has determined how much that destruction has contributed to climate change. Morgan Erickson-Davis -11.723046 -70.090514 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14819 2015-05-18T22:06:00Z 2015-05-19T17:47:31Z Peru eyes the Amazon for one of world’s most powerful dams <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-imgs.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0518-hill-manseriche-dam-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Peru is proposing a huge hydroelectric dam in the Amazon that, if built, will be one of the most powerful on Earth, do significant harm to the environment, and flood the homes of thousands of people. The proposed mega-dam would be constructed at the Pongo de Manseriche, a spectacular gorge on the free flowing Marañón River, the main source of the Amazon River. Brittany Stewart tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14818 2015-05-18T21:04:00Z 2015-06-16T22:02:38Z China’s investment in Latin America taking toll on the environment, setting the stage for conflict <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/brazil/150/brasil_055.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>China has been investing heavily in Latin America’s natural resources and crude oil. Recently, the country even pledged to invest $250 billion over the next decade to strengthen its presence in the region, and compete with the U.S. But this increasing Chinese trade and investment in Latin America is also increasing environmental and social conflict, finds a new report published by Boston University. Morgan Erickson-Davis -11.330873 -53.852581 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14813 2015-05-15T23:44:00Z 2015-06-19T00:07:01Z What's the current deforestation rate in the Amazon rainforest? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/06/braz_defor_88-05-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Nearly two-thirds of the Amazon rainforest is located in Brazil, making it the biggest component in the region's deforestation rate. Helpfully, Brazil also has the best systems for tracking deforestation, with the government and Imazon, a national civil society organization, releasing updates on a quarterly and monthly basis using MODIS satellite data, respectively. Both the Brazilian government and Imazon release more accurate data on an annual basis using higher resolution Landsat satellite imagery. Rhett Butler -2.245333 -61.518783 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14799 2015-05-13T19:29:00Z 2015-05-14T16:05:10Z Zero deforestation commitments bearing fruit in the Amazon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0513gibbs150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A high profile pledge by the world's largest meat company to limit deforestation for cattle production in the Amazon appears to be working, resulting in a dramatic increase in compliance with environmental registries and reduced forest clearing among supplier ranches, finds a comprehensive study published in the journal <i>Conservation Letters</i>. Rhett Butler -1.254878 -47.981976 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14784 2015-05-11T20:50:00Z 2015-05-16T18:58:09Z Videos reveal rare birds, wild monkeys, and jaguar family in oil-exploited park <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0511.THUMB.cameratrapvids.sloth.salt.Screen-Shot-2015-05-11-at-3.26.58-PM.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A compilation of new camera trap videos from Yasuni National Park shows off rarely seen species like the rufuos-vented ground cuckoo and the short-eared dog as well as odd behavior, like sloths licking salt from the ground. The compilation is produced by Diego Mosquera, manager and head of the camera trap program at Tiputini Biodiversity Station. Jeremy Hance -0.575146 -76.077377 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14777 2015-05-08T22:55:00Z 2015-05-08T23:19:54Z Peru considers fate of Amazon wildlife paradise <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0509la-sierra-del-divisor150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The fate of La Sierra del Divisor, a 1.5 million hectare reserve lauded for its megadiversity of wildlife, will soon to be decided. According to <i>El Comercio</i>, next week the Peruvian government is expected to rule whether Divisor will be declared a national park. The designation, which was requested by local groups nearly a decade ago, would strengthen legal protection of the area, which faces logging, mining, coca cultivation, and agricultural encroachment. It would also establish rules for the buffer zone around the potential protected area. Rhett Butler -7.411416 -74.323620 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14726 2015-05-01T23:22:00Z 2015-06-16T22:26:20Z Brazilian Amazon nears deforestation threshold past which wildlife may crash, says study <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/colombia/150/co06-1376.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A study on the impact of forest loss on biodiversity, recently published in the journal Conservation Biology, shows that one-third of the Brazilian Amazon is headed toward or has just passed a threshold of forest cover beyond which species loss accelerates and is more damaging. Morgan Erickson-Davis -8.997211 -63.061583 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14723 2015-05-01T15:12:00Z 2015-05-01T15:16:46Z Giant Amazonian catfish threatened by dams <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-imgs.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0501_SSekar_SantoAntonio_Greenpeace-Thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Giant catfish are among the most important commercial fishes in the Amazon Basin. A new study suggests that their sensitive life cycle may be interrupted by dams in their last remaining refuge on the Madeira River. Rebecca Kessler -8.631655 -63.893359 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14712 2015-04-29T16:48:00Z 2015-05-22T16:20:25Z Featured video: the Uncharted Amazon trailer <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0430.Silky.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The up-coming documentary, Uncharted Amazon, promises to highlight both the little-seen wildlife and the people of the Las Piedras River system in the Peruvian Amazon, one of the most remote wildernesses on the planet. Jeremy Hance -11.902431 -70.133875 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14694 2015-04-27T23:57:00Z 2015-04-28T04:35:23Z 'Deforestation fronts' revealed <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0427wwf_deforestation_pressure150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Environmental group WWF has released a new report projecting where the organization believes the bulk of global deforestation is likely to occur over the next 15 years. The analysis, published today, highlights eleven regions where 'the bulk of global deforestation is projected to take place' by 2030. Rhett Butler 1.386919 110.181317 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14687 2015-04-27T00:53:00Z 2015-04-27T01:00:26Z Deforestation in Brazilian Amazon continues to accelerate <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/sad150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon &#8212; the planet's largest rainforest &#8212; continues to pace well ahead of last year's rate, reveals data released by Imazon, a Manaus-based nonprofit. Rhett Butler -3.090972 -60.730691 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14666 2015-04-21T15:04:00Z 2015-04-21T15:04:34Z Camera traps catch rare Amazon bird following peccaries Although a large, attractive bird found across Latin America, scientists know almost nothing about the rufous-vented ground cuckoo (<i>Neomorphus geoffroyi</i>). Renzo Piana, the director of science and research with the Amazon Conservation Association, described the bird as "rare," "cryptic," "mainly solitary," and "mostly silent"&#8212;much of which explains why so little is known about it. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14648 2015-04-16T18:06:00Z 2015-06-16T21:53:36Z Court rules deforestation of Peruvian rainforest for chocolate was legal <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0416-thumb-iquitos-2.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A regional court in Loreto, Peru recently ruled that the clearing of more than 2,000 hectares of forest by Cacao del Peru Norte for a plantation to grow cacao, the raw material behind chocolate, was legal, reported the investigative news site OjoPúblico on April 9. The ruling rejects contentions brought by Forestry Department that the company should have sought approval to clear the trees. Morgan Erickson-Davis -3.981594 -73.054271 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14641 2015-04-15T14:50:00Z 2015-04-17T13:26:11Z Featured video: 'A river in dispute' documentary explores how a planned dam in the Amazon is affecting traditional communities <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0415_Mdk_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Under the threat of losing their lands to a hydroelectric power plant project strategic to the Brazilian government, communities along the Tapajós River, one of the most pristine in Brazil, prepare to defend what is theirs. A video documentary tells their story. Rebecca Kessler -4.180831 -55.934658 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14631 2015-04-13T20:25:00Z 2015-04-14T14:05:14Z A tale of two maps: Brazilian state won’t use new atlas to close Cerrado deforestation loophole <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0413_bb2_IMG_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Farmers in north-central Brazil, where the savanna meets the Amazon rainforest, are clearing land at an unprecedented rate. The government hasn’t stopped the cutting, partly because it is using inaccurate, outdated maps that hugely underestimate the extent of its endangered dry forests. Tiffany Roufs -6.390783 -48.131177 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14616 2015-04-09T23:59:00Z 2015-04-10T00:23:16Z Platform provides near-real time analysis of deforestation in non-Brazilian Amazon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/graphics/0409uc150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A new platform will provide critical near-real time information and analysis on emerging threats to forests in the non-Brazilian Amazon. Officially announced today, the Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP) in an initiative launched by the Amazon Conservation Association and Conservación Amazónica-ACCA. Rhett Butler -3.991457 -73.032384 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14575 2015-04-02T06:22:00Z 2015-06-16T20:58:55Z Russia and Canada lead the world in forest loss in 2013 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0402loss150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Russia and Canada led the world in forest loss, accounting for nearly forty percent of the 18 million hectares of forest lost globally in 2013, reveals a new analysis based on high resolution satellite imagery. The research &#8212; released today on Global Forest Watch, a forest monitoring and research platform &#8212; was led by Matt Hansen of the University of Maryland and involved Google, World Resources Institute (WRI), and other institutions Rhett Butler 54.492706 126.115233 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14564 2015-03-31T23:28:00Z 2015-04-01T00:36:20Z Archer Daniels Midland to demand suppliers stop chopping down forests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/brazil/150/brazil_0345.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland (NYSE:ADM) will establish a zero deforestation policy for its global commodity supply chains, potentially forcing its soy, palm oil, and cattle suppliers to also eliminate deforestation from their operations or face losing business with the firm. The move, announced today and expected to be formally approved in May, came after a campaign by institutional investors and environmentalist groups. Rhett Butler -16.636361 -54.883979 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14563 2015-03-31T17:09:00Z 2015-04-26T18:43:49Z Here comes progress: what will planned megaprojects mean for an Amazon city? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0331-thumb_Publica_MVI_3574-1.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The city of Itaituba, in western Pará state, is home to several construction projects of strategic interest for the Brazilian government. However, with local infrastructure fragile, residents are worried they will not share in the spoils. Rebecca Kessler -4.043855 -55.995083 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14559 2015-03-30T21:44:00Z 2015-05-29T15:27:05Z Nobody listened to them: fishing communities to be displaced by dams want a say in their future <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0326_Publica_MG_3833_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Hydroelectric dams planned along the Brazil’s Tapajós River will evict over 2,500 people from small fishing communities and kill the fish they depend upon for survival, but the government is refusing to consult them about its plans. Rebecca Kessler -4.551988 -56.253970 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14558 2015-03-30T18:16:00Z 2015-03-30T18:30:40Z 9 months after Amazonian oil pipeline spill, effects and fears linger <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0330cuninco150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>When Peru's state-run oil company pulled out of this small Kukama Indian village in mid-December after cleaning up an oil pipeline spill, residents thought life could slowly return to normal. But more than three months later, wisps of oil floating down the Cuninico River—along with a larger spill in the neighboring community of San Pedro—are a reminder that the problems are not over. Rhett Butler -4.801399 -75.216092 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14530 2015-03-24T21:11:00Z 2015-03-25T01:04:20Z Photos: expedition to Amazon’s white sands may have found new primate <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0324.thumbnail.photo-8A.by-giussepe-gagliardi-urrutia.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Most people think of the Amazon rainforest as one massive, homogenous ecosystem&#8212;a giant castle of green. However, within the Amazon rainforest lie a myriad of distinct ecosystems, sporting unique characteristics and harboring endemic species. One of the rarer ecosystems in the Amazon is the white sands forest. Jeremy Hance -6.343298 -74.026909 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14523 2015-03-23T18:22:00Z 2015-03-23T18:34:52Z Halloween in the Amazon: baby bird dresses up like killer caterpillar <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0323.nestling.caterpillar.thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>'Mama, I wanna be a toxic caterpillar,' says the little bird. 'Okay,' mamma answers, 'but first you gotta study your Batesian mimicry.' Meet the cinereous mourner, an ash-colored, Amazonian bird that looks rather hum-drum compared to many other birds found in the region. Yet, scientists have discovered something special about the birds: its newborn babies look and move like a neon orange, toxic caterpillar. Jeremy Hance -12.113761 -71.926865 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14496 2015-03-14T03:09:00Z 2015-03-15T14:24:16Z Brazil confirms rising deforestation in the Amazon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/brazil/150/brazil_0515.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Brazilian government has officially confirmed that deforestation in the Amazon is pacing sharply higher than a year ago. Figures released last week by the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) shows that forest clearing detected by DETER &#8212; a short term deforestation monitoring system based on coarse satellite imagery &#8212; is 63 percent higher for the twelve months ended January 31, 2015 relative to the year earlier period. Rhett Butler -12.038421 -56.151204 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14473 2015-03-10T20:06:00Z 2015-04-20T15:38:01Z Endangered forests shrink as demand for soy rises <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/brazil/150/brasil_107.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>As battles over labeling genetically modified foods or displaying calorific breakdowns per serving rage on, it appears that a possibly more significant battle is in its infancy - where do all the ingredients on the package actually come from? Morgan Erickson-Davis -12.095052 -41.642175 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14468 2015-03-09T19:46:00Z 2015-03-09T19:52:52Z Photo essay: filming in the remote Amazon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0309.A-silky-anteater.thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>You wake up at 4:30 AM, a little before the first rays of tropical sun begin to dance behind the treetops. You put on your wet clothes from the previous day, pack your bag, and pick up your tripod. The jungle is shrouded in a thick mist from the previous nights rain. As you walk, you recognize many of the strange calls that echo between the trees. Jeremy Hance -12.318441 -69.260806 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14466 2015-03-06T20:30:00Z 2015-03-06T20:38:04Z Newly described monkey species found in threatened Amazon forest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0306-thumb-C-miltoni-pair-Gambarini.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In 2011, Julio César Dalponte noticed a peculiar looking titi monkey on the bank of the Roosevelt River in Mato Grasso, Brazil. Titi monkeys, genus Callicebus, are common throughout South America, but this one had a flaming orange tail, light gray forehead stripe and ochre sideburns, which didn’t match any known titi species. Morgan Erickson-Davis -9.106440 -60.054363 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14446 2015-03-02T20:05:00Z 2015-03-05T14:53:23Z How the Sahara keeps the Amazon rainforest going <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0302.amazonsahara.87255_web.thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Scientists have just uncovered an incredible link between the world's largest desert (the Sahara) and its largest rainforest (the Amazon). New research published in Geophysical Research Letters theorizes that the Sahara Desert replenishes phosphorus in the Amazon rainforest via vast plumes of desert dust blowing over the Atlantic Ocean. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14438 2015-02-26T22:56:00Z 2015-02-26T22:58:16Z Researchers propose improvements for Peru's protected areas <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0226-thumb-phasmid-peru-morgan.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In a study published recently in PLOS ONE, researchers examined Peru's network of protected areas. They found that many of these don't exist in the areas most important for preserving the country's biodiversity and addressing its threats, and suggest alternatives to make the system more effective. Morgan Erickson-Davis -3.616898 -73.076121 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14435 2015-02-26T19:05:00Z 2015-04-20T15:38:18Z One of Brazil’s rarest primates still holds out in single patch of rainforest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0226-Image1-thumb.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>For many years, particularly after renowned naturalist Philip Hershkovitz of the Field Museum in Chicago published his valuable taxonomy of Neotropical Primates, Saimiri vanzolinii was considered to be a mere subspecies of the larger Bolivian squirrel monkey (Saimiri boliviensis). Today, it has the distinction of being one of the most range-restricted primates in all of the Neotropics. Morgan Erickson-Davis -2.212502 -65.907542 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14431 2015-02-25T21:34:00Z 2015-02-25T21:37:19Z Brazil arrests 'Amazon's biggest destroyer' Authorities in Brazil have arrested a man they claim to be the single biggest deforester in the Amazon, according to a statement issued by IBAMA, Brazil's environmental protection agency. Rhett Butler -6.395543 -55.385044 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14427 2015-02-25T19:30:00Z 2015-02-26T19:21:38Z Rainforest loss increased in the 2000s, concludes new analysis <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0225fao-vs-kim-pan_tropical150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Loss of tropical forests accelerated roughly 60 percent during the 2000s, argues a paper published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. The findings contradict previous research suggesting that deforestation slowed since the 1990s. The study is based on a map of 1990 forest cover developed last year by Do-Hyung Kim and colleagues from the University of Maryland. The map, which includes 34 countries that contain 80 percent of the world's tropical forests, enabled the researchers to establish a consistent baseline for tracking forest cover change across regions and countries over time. Rhett Butler -0.504437 27.230473 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14424 2015-02-25T16:41:00Z 2015-03-02T16:37:30Z Partnering for conservation benefits Tacana people, Bolivian park <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1218_Tacana-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Kneeling in a small clearing amid tropical trees, Baldemar Mazaro skillfully arranges a circle of sticks and a noose of cord in the community of San Miguel de Bala. He hands a branch to a tourist and asks her to prod the sticks as if the branch were the nose of an animal snuffling around, looking for food. Tiffany Roufs -14.189266 -68.334025 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14414 2015-02-23T20:05:00Z 2015-03-12T15:33:05Z Outgoing government wipes hard drives, slowing environmental progress in Peru <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/peru/150/peru_aerial_0167.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Non-profit organizations are working with the regional government of Loreto, in northeastern Peru, to replace documents and data reportedly lost or destroyed before newly-elected officials took office. Some hard disks had been removed from computers. Others had been deleted, password protected, or infected with viruses, according to regional government officials who took office at the beginning of the year. Rhett Butler -12.998026 -69.601111 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14402 2015-02-20T12:35:00Z 2015-02-20T18:13:42Z Dams or indigenous land: the battle over the Munduruku frontier <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1217_exclusive_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Munduruku indigenous tribe have begun to mark out the limits of their land, in an action that could halt the giant São Luiz do Tapajós hydroelectric dam, the apple of the Brazilian government's eye. Although sacred, this land will be flooded if the dam goes ahead. 'We are not leaving,' says the village chief. Tiffany Roufs -2.378412 -54.927569 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14397 2015-02-19T15:03:00Z 2015-02-20T18:13:54Z Exclusive: Funai confirms that land threatened by dam projects belongs to indigenous tribe <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1217_tribe_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Brazilian government opposes granting traditional land to the Munduruku people since it would jeopardize seven proposed hydroelectric dams on the Tapajós River. For this reason, a year-old report by Funai that supports the Munduruku claim has not been officially published, but a copy of this report was obtained by the Brazilian publication Publica. Tiffany Roufs -2.378412 -54.927569 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14391 2015-02-18T01:35:00Z 2015-02-18T01:49:10Z Drones to scan the Amazon rainforest for hidden civilizations Researchers are planning to use drones equipped with vegetation-penetrating lasers to scan the Amazon rainforest for signs of past civilizations, reports the University of Exeter. Rhett Butler -2.980036 -59.701752 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14377 2015-02-13T17:54:00Z 2015-02-13T17:59:31Z How do parks affect the poor? Jury’s still out, some experts say <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0210_parkspoor_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In Peru’s vast northeastern region, where roads are scarce and forests abundant, crackdowns on the illegal plundering of timber, fish, and wildlife are sporadic and expensive. To fill the gap, the Peruvian National Park Service and non-profit conservation organizations encourage community groups to patrol their lakes and forests and control fishing and hunting. Tiffany Roufs -12.998029 -69.601103 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14370 2015-02-11T17:11:00Z 2015-06-10T15:45:16Z Innovating Brazil nuts: a business with roots in the rainforest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1222_Castana-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Scientist and entrepreneur turn to Brazil nuts to protect Peru's threatened forests. Sofía Rubio was eight years old when she decided she wanted to be a biologist. 'I would skip school to go to the woods with my father or mother,' who did research in what is now the Tambopata National Reserve in the southeastern Peruvian Amazon, she says. Tiffany Roufs -12.998029 -69.601103 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14361 2015-02-06T18:41:00Z 2015-02-06T18:58:01Z Scientists warn investors on cacao company's forest destruction in Peru A prominent group of scientists have sounded the alarm over forest clearing by a cacao company in the Peruvian Amazon. Rhett Butler -3.985407 -73.020396 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14351 2015-02-05T17:00:00Z 2015-02-05T17:09:28Z Video: innovative tourism helps protect forests in Amazonian Peru <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://www.mongabay.com/thumbnails/peru/tambopata/Tambopata_1028_4256.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A new short documentary highlights the innovative, locally-grown tourist ventures sprouting up in the buffer zone around Peru's Tambopata National Reserve. Not only do these tourist adventures--some specializing in rehabilitating wildlife, others in finding out how locals live, and some even in jungle yoga--help provide jobs and income in a region dominated by extractive industries, but they are also help to keep forests standing. Tiffany Roufs -12.998029 -69.601103 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14341 2015-02-04T17:50:00Z 2015-02-06T15:10:31Z The Amazon's oil boom: concessions cover a Chile-sized bloc of rainforest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/jlh/ecuador/Yasuni.150/Yasuni_303.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Hungry for oil revenue, governments and fossil fuel companies are moving even further into one of the world's last great wildernesses, according to a new study in the journal Environmental Research Letters. The total area set aside for oil and gas in the Western Amazon has grown by 150,000 square kilometers since 2008, now totaling more than 730,000 square kilometers&#8212;an area the size of Chile. Jeremy Hance -14.057138 -68.658039 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14330 2015-02-02T20:13:00Z 2015-02-02T20:22:26Z Mercury fish: gold mining puts downstream communities at risk in Peru <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/peru/150/peru_aerial_1413.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Artisanal, often illegal gold-mining, has swept across portions of the Peruvian Amazon over last decade, driven in part by a rising price in gold. The unregulated industry has resulted in widespread deforestation leading to an environmental disaster. Now a new study finds that mercury pollution has moved rapidly downstream and could be impacting communities at least 560 kilometers away. Jeremy Hance -13.095034 -70.395907 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14321 2015-01-29T17:53:00Z 2015-02-11T18:22:54Z Community tourism fills niche around Tambopata National Reserve <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1222_Tourism-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>When Víctor Zambrano retired from the military and returned to his family’s old homestead outside the fast-growing jungle town of Puerto Maldonado in Peru, he got an unpleasant surprise. Strangers had moved in and cleared the trees to raise cattle. As Zambrano tells it, he ran up the Peruvian flag, chased the invaders off, and set to work planting 19,000 native tree seedlings. Tiffany Roufs -12.998029 -69.601103 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14304 2015-01-26T15:17:00Z 2015-01-30T16:17:07Z Video: camera trap catches jaguar hunting peccaries Catching a jaguar on a remote camera trap in the Amazon is a rare, happy sight. But catching a jaguar attempting to ambush a herd of peccaries is quite simply astonishing. Jeremy Hance -3.228753 -73.187293 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14303 2015-01-23T18:09:00Z 2015-01-24T03:21:23Z Brazil's soy moratorium dramatically reduced Amazon deforestation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0123-DEFORESTATION-for-soy-in-the-amazon150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The moratorium on forest conversion established by Brazilian soy giants in 2006 dramatically reduce deforestation for soy expansion in the Amazon, and have been more effective in cutting forest destruction than the government's land use policy in the region, finds a study published today in the journal Science. Rhett Butler -10.125296 -55.708507 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14297 2015-01-22T16:57:00Z 2015-01-22T17:37:59Z Indigenous territories play dual role as homelands and protected areas <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://www.mongabay.com/thumbnails/peru/manu/Manu_1023_2369a.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Indigenous communities claim—and scientific evidence increasingly shows—that indigenous forested territories are as well protected as, or better protected than, government-designated parks. In areas under pressure from roads or development projects, deforestation rates are sometimes even lower in indigenous territories than in official protected areas. Tiffany Roufs -12.647074 -69.417415 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14289 2015-01-21T17:58:00Z 2015-01-21T19:39:33Z Environmental wisdom: keeping indigenous stories alive <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/graphics/0116_lakes_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Enchanted lakes and magic hills: how traditional stories support conservation and abundance. 'Long ago, when animals were <i>gente</i>...' Those words, uttered countless times by indigenous Amazonian storytellers, blur the boundary between humans and other creatures in the forests and rivers, revealing a different view of the way human and non-human worlds intertwine. Tiffany Roufs -4.495995 -73.588057 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14286 2015-01-21T16:45:00Z 2015-01-22T20:52:27Z A model forest? Regional park balances local needs and conservation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1218_Ampiyacu-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Regional conservation area safeguards subsistence and spirituality in the Peruvian Amazon. For Alfredo Rojas, the history of the remote villages along the Ampiyacu River is one of enslavement. Growing up here, Rojas listened to his parents tell stories of the rubber barons who beat and killed the Indians who failed to meet their latex quota. Tiffany Roufs -2.954219 -72.431055 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14268 2015-01-15T23:07:00Z 2015-01-16T03:17:18Z Amazon tribe attacks oilfield in Ecuador Indigenous leaders are calling for the release of six tribesmen implicated in a raid on an oilfield in Eastern Ecuador that left six soldiers injured, reports <i>Andina</i> and <i>El Comercio</i>. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14259 2015-01-14T15:34:00Z 2015-01-14T16:09:09Z Road building spree hurts Amazon birds <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/1214_stewart_roads_biodiversity3_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A city-dwelling crow in Japan strategically drops a nut near a crosswalk into moving traffic. The bird then waits patiently for the light to turn before dropping down to the road and collecting the cracked nut in safety. While this type of animal behavior is fascinating, such adaptation to the human world is not possible for most bird species. Brittany Stewart -5.530500 -52.613134 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14258 2015-01-13T23:25:00Z 2015-01-14T18:12:37Z Deforestation climbing - along with fears - in the Amazon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/inpe-deter-oct14150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Deforestation in the Brazil Amazon continues to pace well ahead of last year's rate, shows data released today by Imazon. According to the Brazilian NGO's analysis of satellite data, 1,373 square kilometers of rainforest was chopped down between August 2014 and December 2014, a 224 percent increase relative to the prior corresponding period a year before. Rhett Butler -11.599403 -55.322253 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14213 2015-01-02T17:28:00Z 2015-02-26T19:44:17Z Rainforests: 10 things to watch in 2015 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/sabah/150/sabah_aerial_2477.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>2014 was a landmark year for tropical rainforests</a>, with dozens of major companies committing to eliminating deforestation from their supply chains, the launch of new platforms for monitoring forests, and sharp drop in clearing in the Brazilian Amazon, among other big developments. Here's a quick look ahead at what might be in store for tropical forests in 2015. Rhett Butler -1.414087 -76.659226 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14208 2014-12-30T19:40:00Z 2015-01-10T02:17:03Z 2014: the year in rainforests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/YIR-sabah_sepilok_0390_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>2014 could be classified as 'The Year of the Zero Deforestation Commitment'. During 2014, nearly two dozen major companies, ranging from palm oil producers to fast food chains to toothpaste makers, established policies to exclude palm oil sourced at the expense of rainforests and peatlands. Rhett Butler 2.864823 17.489353 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14202 2014-12-29T14:32:00Z 2014-12-29T14:35:08Z Top 10 HAPPY environmental stories of 2014 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/jlh/okavango/150/okavango_452.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In what was widely seen as a possible breakthrough in the battle to coordinate some kind of response to global warming, China and the U.S. announced joint actions this year. On November 12th, the world's two most powerful countries surprised pretty much everyone by announcing that they would work together to tackle the crisis. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14193 2014-12-23T22:52:00Z 2014-12-23T22:52:35Z Ecuador sends aid money back to Germany over planned rainforest visit A visit to a rainforest slated for oil drilling has blown up into a diplomatic row between Ecuador and Germany. Ecuador has said it will no longer partner with Germany on environmental issues and will return aid money, after the South American government discovered that German legislators were attempting to visit the much-embattled Yasuni National Park. Jeremy Hance -1.198430 -75.591814 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14188 2014-12-23T16:23:00Z 2015-01-21T20:13:49Z Top 10 Environmental Stories of 2014 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/sabah/150/sabah_2297.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In 2014, the unimaginable happened: companies representing the majority of palm oil production and trade agreed to stop cutting down rainforests and draining peatlands for new oil palm plantations. After years of intense campaigning by environmentalists and dire warnings from scientists, nearly two dozen major producers, traders, and buyers established zero deforestation policies. Jeremy Hance -2.391216 -64.166830 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14180 2014-12-22T14:35:00Z 2014-12-23T15:38:52Z Edited Reality: What I Learned from Filming Eaten Alive <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/2332.pr.eatenalive.4.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>On November 3, 2014, I woke up to check my flight status from Bangalore to New York. What I found when I opened my laptop was a mindboggling amount of emails, hate mail, death threats, and interview requests. The numbers were staggering. The night before, the Discovery Channel had aired the first trailers for the show they decided to call Eaten Alive. Jeremy Hance -12.546168 -69.339244 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14172 2014-12-18T17:36:00Z 2014-12-18T17:53:18Z Tropical deforestation could disrupt rainfall globally <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/sabah/150/sabah_aerial_1802.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Large-scale deforestation in the tropics could drive significant and widespread shifts in rainfall distribution and temperatures, potentially affecting agriculture both locally and far from where forest loss is occurring, concludes a study published today in <i>Nature Climate Change</i>. Rhett Butler -9.015302 -62.634773 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14169 2014-12-17T23:26:00Z 2014-12-18T17:36:13Z Amazonian peatlands store mega carbon Peatlands in the Peruvian Amazon store ten times the amount of carbon as undisturbed rainforest in adjacent areas, making them critical in the battle to fight climate change, finds a new study published in <i>Environmental Research Letters</i>. Rhett Butler -4.750255 -74.68802 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14147 2014-12-12T17:57:00Z 2014-12-12T18:25:19Z Indigenous communities 'among the very few best protectors' of Peruvian Amazon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1212-thumb-herps_cnh_0269.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A new report examines the effects of timber harvesting, gold mining, agriculture, and oil and natural gas drilling that have been on the rise recently in the Peruvian Amazon, and states that ensuring indigenous land rights is a key tool in the fight to protect it. Morgan Erickson-Davis -4.191016 -73.965620 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14134 2014-12-09T23:22:00Z 2014-12-10T03:14:27Z False victories for sustainability – Amazonian Hydropower <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1209_dams2_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Dams are hugely controversial, especially in the Amazon Rainforest. Their proponents, flashing green credentials, have dammed the tributaries of the Amazon for decades. However, there is a rising backlash against the huge economical, environmental, and sociological costs dams bring. A paper led by Dr. James Randall Kahn from Washington and Lee University is the latest in this volley. Brittany Stewart -8.686566 -55.509603 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14128 2014-12-08T17:06:00Z 2015-06-18T02:12:51Z Indigenous leader murdered before he could attend Climate Summit <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/1207.Hombre_Shuar.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Days before José Isidro Tendetza Antún was supposed to travel to the UN Climate Summit in Lima to publicly file a complaint against a massive mining operation, he went missing. Now, the Guardian reports that the body of the Shuar indigenous leader has been found, bound and buried in an unmarked grave on the banks of the Zamora River. Jeremy Hance -3.576019 -78.485306 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14122 2014-12-05T17:51:00Z 2015-02-06T15:11:26Z How an indigenous community in Ecuador stood up to big oil - and won <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1205-thumb-Gualinga.png" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Sarayaku, a Kichwa indigenous people numbering 1,200 from the Ecuadorian Amazon, won a historic court case in 2012. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled that the government of Ecuador must publicly apologize, consult with, and recompense the Sarayaku for allowing oil exploration by Argentine Compañia General de Combustibles on their territory without prior consultation Morgan Erickson-Davis -1.867031 -78.073814 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14115 2014-12-04T21:26:00Z 2014-12-30T22:26:03Z Giant stone face unveiled in the Amazon rainforest (video) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/1204.stoneface.1.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A new short film documents the journey of an indigenous tribe hiking deep into their territory in the Peruvian Amazon to encounter a mysterious stone countenance that was allegedly carved by ancient peoples. According to Handcrafted Films, which produced the documentary entitled The Reunion, this was the first time the Rostro Harakbut has been filmed. Jeremy Hance -12.820287 -71.013726 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14108 2014-12-03T23:13:00Z 2014-12-04T00:24:26Z Deforestation jumps in Peru Deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon increased significantly last year, says a top official. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14099 2014-12-02T20:41:00Z 2014-12-03T18:16:14Z Threatened indigenous forests store more than half the Amazon's carbon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1202-beetle-thumb.png" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A new study released today finds the total carbon load locked up in parts of the Amazon rainforest held by indigenous groups to be much higher than previously estimated – an amount that, if released, would be capable of destabilizing the earth’s atmosphere. But because of flimsy land rights, these areas stand at risk of deforestation. Morgan Erickson-Davis -2.344611 -55.744104 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14078 2014-11-26T23:59:00Z 2014-11-27T01:55:39Z Amazon deforestation in Brazil drops 18% in 2013/2014 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/06/braz_defor_88-05-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Figures published Wednesday by Brazil's National Space Research Institute (INPE) show that 4,848 square kilometers (1,871 square miles) of forest &#8212; an area about the size of the state of Rhode Island or the country of Brunei &#8212; were cleared between August 2013 and July 2014. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14077 2014-11-26T23:06:00Z 2014-12-01T17:36:27Z What we can learn from uncontacted rainforest tribes <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1126-mark-plotkin-ted150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>If you have ever wondered about the connection between hallucinogenic frogs, uncontacted peoples, conservation, and climate change &#8212; and who hasn't? &#8212; check out this TED talk from ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin. An ethnobotanist by training, Plotkin serves as President of the Amazon Conservation Team. Plotkin took a few minutes from his busy schedule to answer a few questions from Mongabay. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14068 2014-11-25T18:36:00Z 2014-11-25T18:51:31Z Amazon deforestation moratorium extended 18 months <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1125brazil_0322_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Brazilian soy industry has extended its deforestation moratorium for another 18 months. The moratorium, which was established in 2006 after a high-profile Greenpeace campaign, bars conversion of forests in Brazilian Amazon for soy production. Independent analysis has shown it to be highly effective &#8212; just prior to the moratorium, soy accounted for roughly a fifth of recent deforestation, while today its share is less than one percent. Rhett Butler -12.185677 -54.904389 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14061 2014-11-24T02:17:00Z 2014-11-24T03:28:17Z Rising deforestation, fossil fuels use drive Brazil's emissions 8% higher Brazil's carbon emissions jumped 7.8 percent in 2013 due to rising deforestation and fossil fuels use, according to data released by Observatório do Clima (Climate Observatory), an alliance of mostly Brazilian non-profits. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14036 2014-11-17T22:22:00Z 2014-11-17T23:37:40Z Field plots offer biased view of the Amazon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/peru/150/peru_aerial_0854.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Field plots in the Amazon are often not representative of the habitats surrounding them, potentially biasing extrapolations made across the region, argues a new paper published in the <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i> (PNAS). The research is based on advanced three-dimensional mapping of forest structure within field plots and in surrounding areas using sensors aboard the Carnegie Airborne Observatory, an airplane-based system. Rhett Butler -12.997878 -69.601191 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14031 2014-11-17T18:36:00Z 2014-11-17T18:44:30Z Brazilian government silent as deforestation rises in the Amazon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://www.mongabay.com/images/external/2006/satellite/sat_braz_201x.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon continues to outpace last year's rate by a significant margin, reveals data released today by Imazon, a Brazilian non-profit. Imazon's analysis of satellite data shows that for the 3-month period ended October 31, 2014, deforestation is running 226 percent of last year's rate. Forest degradation, which often precedes outright clearing, is pacing 691 percent ahead of last year. Rhett Butler -3.102121 -56.975956 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14027 2014-11-16T23:45:00Z 2014-11-17T20:10:55Z Greenpeace investigation prompts Belgian authorities to seize timber shipment Authorities in Belgium seized two containers of Brazilian timber in Antwerp following a demonstration by Greenpeace, which alleged that the <i>Ipe</i> timber had been cut illegally and therefore violated the EU's trade laws. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14019 2014-11-13T21:15:00Z 2014-11-18T23:50:43Z New tapir? Scientists dispute biological discovery of the century <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/1216.newtapir.SUNP0052.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Nearly a year ago, scientists announced an incredible discovery: a new tapir species from the western Amazon in Brazil and Colombia. The announcement was remarkable for a number of reasons: this was the biggest new land mammal discovered in more than 20 years and was only the fifth tapir known to the world. But within months other researchers expressed doubt over the veracity of the new species. Jeremy Hance -8.602194 -66.198026 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14004 2014-11-11T19:17:00Z 2014-11-13T17:42:49Z New birds arise due to emigration not separation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0916_birds150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A bird's eye view of speciation in the Neotropics. How long does it take for a new species to develop? Not long, it turns out. In fact, only a few thousand years — an evolutionary blink of an eye. A recent article published in Nature tracked neotropical bird speciation, or the process by which new species emerge. Tiffany Roufs tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13992 2014-11-07T22:06:00Z 2014-11-25T23:29:44Z New laws may turn Brazil's forests into mines <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1107-jaguar-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>With the world’s largest system of protected areas and a 70 percent drop in the deforestation rate of the Amazon over the past decade, Brazil has made huge strides in safeguarding what’s left of its wilderness. However, this progress now hangs in the balance, with new laws threatening to turn many of the country’s protected areas into mines and dams. Morgan Erickson-Davis -6.437387 -52.206640 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13974 2014-11-04T05:09:00Z 2014-11-04T05:11:30Z Reducing tax evasion could help save the Amazon Taxing underutilized land in the Amazon could conserve forests, boost productivity, and alleviate poverty, argues study. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13961 2014-10-30T04:02:00Z 2014-10-31T01:04:58Z Amazon rainforest is getting drier, confirms another study Parts of the Amazon rainforest are getting considerably less rain, leading trees to absorb less carbon, finds a study published this week in the journal <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i>. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13913 2014-10-15T19:34:00Z 2014-10-16T16:07:39Z Daring activists use high-tech to track illegal logging trucks in the Brazilian Amazon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/1015.GP0STONDM.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Every night empty trucks disappear into the Brazilian Amazon, they return laden with timber. This timber &#8212;illegally cut &#8212;makes its way to a sawmills that sell it abroad using fraudulent paperwork to export the ill-gotten gains as legit. These findings are the result of a daring and dangerous investigation by Greenpeace-Brazil. Jeremy Hance -2.445331 -54.707183 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13910 2014-10-14T23:11:00Z 2014-10-16T16:59:04Z As Amazon deforestation falls, small farmers play bigger role in forest clearing <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1014Recent-deforestation-in-the-Brazilian-Amazon150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Smallholder properties account for a rising proportion of overall deforestation in Brazilian Amazon, suggesting that Brazil’s progress in cutting forest loss through stricter law enforcement may be nearing the limits of its effectiveness, finds a new study published in the <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i>. Rhett Butler -2.605951 -54.844834 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13906 2014-10-14T15:06:00Z 2014-10-15T00:54:51Z 'River wolves' recover in Peruvian park, but still remain threatened inside and out (photos) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/1014.L183_Capitulo2.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Lobo de río, or river wolf, is the very evocative Spanish name for one of the Amazon's most spectacular mammals: the giant river otter. This highly intelligent, deeply social, and simply charming freshwater predator almost vanished entirely due to a relentless fur trade in the 20th Century. But decades after the trade in giant river otter pelts was outlawed, the species is making a comeback. Jeremy Hance -11.890522 -71.402772 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13892 2014-10-09T02:17:00Z 2014-10-14T04:57:34Z Brazil unlikely to sustain gains in reducing deforestation without new incentives for ranchers, says study <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/brazil/150/brazil_0588.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Cattle ranchers that drive the vast majority of forest clearing in the Brazilian Amazon are unlikely to be held at bay indefinitely unless they are afforded new incentives for keeping trees standing, argues new analysis published by an economic research group. The findings suggest that Brazil's recent progress in reducing deforestation &#8212; annual forest loss in the region has dropped by roughly 80 percent since 2004 &#8212; could easily be reversed. Rhett Butler -6.358975 -52.505379 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13884 2014-10-07T17:14:00Z 2015-01-20T03:29:21Z An impossible balancing act? Forests benefit from isolation, but at cost to local communities <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0923_anna_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The indigenous people of the Amazon live in areas that house many of the Amazon’s diverse species. The Rupununi region of Guyana is one such area, with approximately 20,000 Makushi and Wapishana people living in isolation. According to a recent study published in Environmental Modelling & Software, a simulation model revealed a link between growing indigenous populations and gradual local resource depletion. Tiffany Roufs 3.930703 -59.092860 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13832 2014-09-24T20:56:00Z 2014-11-06T17:52:52Z Turning point for Peru's forests? Norway and Germany put muscle and money behind ambitious agreement <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/peru/150/manu_0728.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>From the Andes to the Amazon, Peru houses some of the world's most spectacular forests. Proud and culturally-diverse indigenous tribes inhabit the interiors of the Peruvian Amazon, including some that have chosen little contact with the outside world. And even as scientists have identified tens-of-thousands of species that make their homes from the leaf litter to the canopy. Jeremy Hance -13.256860 -68.993973