tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:/xml/brazil1 brazil news from mongabay.com 2015-07-01T05:55:12Z tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/15062 2015-06-30T23:37:00Z 2015-07-01T05:55:12Z Dilma disappoints with weak rainforest target Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff disappointed environmentalists with what they call weak commitments on reducing deforestation and supporting renewable energy announced today during her visit to the White House. Rhett Butler -2.954589 -58.489989 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/15059 2015-06-30T19:49:00Z 2015-06-30T19:54:10Z Palm oil plantations used to 'reforest' parts of Brazil despite being wildlife deserts <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0630-thumb-Alexander%20C%20Lees_Red-breasted%20Blackbird_Sturnella%20militaris_typical%20of%20young%20plantations%20copy.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A recent study systematically documented bird biodiversity within oil palm plantations, finding they contain fewer species than secondary forest and even cattle pasture. As oil palm grows as a commodity in Brazil – and can legally even be used to "reforest" land – how can a country that has made big gains in reducing deforestation in recent years balance this powerhouse industry with environmental welfare? Morgan Erickson-Davis -3.021837 -53.239355 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/15049 2015-06-29T17:37:00Z 2015-06-29T17:52:59Z Corporations rush to make zero-deforestation commitments, but is it working? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/jlh/sabah/150/sabah_362.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Every year, more companies pledge to stop using ingredients whose production cause tropical deforestation. Retailers and brands making voluntary commitments – mostly involving palm oil – include Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, Colgate and Wilmar, the world's largest palm oil trader. Among 2014 joiners were Cargill, Krispy Kreme, Dunkin's Donuts and Baskin' Robbins, with 2015 bringing the addition of McDonald's, Archer Daniels Midland and Yum! Brands (owner of Pizza Hut, KFC, and Taco Bell). Tiffany Roufs tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14998 2015-06-18T23:09:00Z 2015-07-01T05:36:17Z 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/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/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/14868 2015-05-27T23:04:00Z 2015-06-16T21:59:18Z China unveils plans for huge railway in South America <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/brazil/150/brazil_0298.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>China is looking to add another rung to its investment presence in Latin America, with an announcement of plans to build an expansive railway bisecting the continent from Brazil to Peru. The bid has raised the hackles of conservation groups, which are concerned the railway will run through sensitive ecosystems, harm threatened wildlife, and affect indigenous communities. Morgan Erickson-Davis -12.710885 -58.225280 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/14827 2015-05-19T20:36:00Z 2015-05-20T05:09:33Z 62M ha of Latin American forests cleared for agriculture since 2001 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/colombia/150/colombia_0061.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Over 62 million hectares (240,000 square miles) of forest across Latin America &#8212; an area roughly the size of Texas or the United Kingdom &#8212; were cleared for new croplands and pastureland between 2001 and 2013, find a study published in <i>Environmental Research Letters</i>. Rhett Butler -12.066663 -65.109455 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/14791 2015-05-12T19:38:00Z 2015-05-12T19:39:12Z Satellite data shows how deforestation is impacting our weather and our food <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://www.mongabay.com/images/uganda/150/ug3-4463.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The conversion of forests to cropland can drive local temperatures up or down by as much as a few degrees, according to a new report. Ironically, the authors write that these temperature fluctuations can lead to less productivity from the very same agricultural operations the forests were cleared to make way for. Morgan Erickson-Davis -11.427806 -54.511761 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14783 2015-05-11T17:03:00Z 2015-05-11T20:42:06Z Brazilian firm's mega-dam plans in Peru spark major social conflict <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0504_dh_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>'I don't want to sell my land because I've lived here since I was 17,' declared 82 year old María Araujo Silva. 'This was where my children were born. I want to die here. That's why I'm not in agreement. I'm not in agreement with the dam.' Araujo Silva is outraged at plans by Peru's government and Brazilian company Odebrecht to build a hydroelectric dam just downriver from her village, Huarac, on the Marañón River. Tiffany Roufs -4.283083 -69.951595 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/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/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/14630 2015-04-13T19:43:00Z 2015-04-13T19:54:13Z Conservation and carbon storage goals collide in Brazil's Cerrado <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0413_bb_IMG_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Scientists are raising the alarm about the disparity between biodiversity goals and carbon goals in Brazil's Cerrado. New research is beginning to challenge the idea that the Cerrado is irrelevant to the battle to reduce atmospheric carbon. Tiffany Roufs -24.086285 -49.948627 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14605 2015-04-07T20:08:00Z 2015-04-07T20:08:56Z Tiny Brazilian opossum could be farmers’ friend <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0324_possum_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>André Mendonça pops open the spring-loaded door on the shoebox-sized trap and peeks inside. Two bulging, black eyes glare back at him. He pulls the trap off the tree limb and shakes the stunned, sopping wet creature into a clear plastic bag. “One more!” he says excitedly. Morgan Erickson-Davis -15.890689 -47.843013 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14604 2015-04-07T17:33:00Z 2015-04-07T17:37:12Z Brazilian farmers urge return of big cats to Cerrado to protect crops from rampaging peccaries <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0407-co06-1366.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Margie Peixoto was driving her pickup across her farm in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul one February afternoon when she spotted some broken corn stalks and a trio of white-lipped peccaries ambling along the red-clay road as if they owned it. The moment these wild pig relatives spotted the truck, they snorted, snarled and disappeared into the head-high crop, where dozens more likely hid. Morgan Erickson-Davis -17.888114 -54.308152 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/14573 2015-04-01T23:24:00Z 2015-04-07T01:33:54Z Illegal deforestation driven by EU appetite for beef, palm oil, soy, say new reports <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0401-thumb-amazon-sunset-2.gif" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A new report finds that the European Union is driving international trade in commodities grown on land cleared outside of the law. In 2012 alone, the report says, the EU imported $6.5 billion worth of illegally sourced beef, leather, palm oil and soy, which amounts to nearly one-fourth of all global trade and some 2.4 million hectares (59.3 million acres) of forest illegally cleared. Morgan Erickson-Davis -12.212795 -53.643841 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14570 2015-04-01T15:40:00Z 2015-06-23T04:02:47Z Indonesia, Brazil subsidizing forest loss far more than REDD+ slows it <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0401-thumb-riau_5576.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>International aid to protect forests in Indonesia and Brazil pales in comparison to domestic subsidies for commodities driving deforestation there. A study finds that while the countries received an annual average of $1 billion via REDD+, their agricultural and biofuel subsidies for palm oil, timber, soy and beef amounted to $41 billion per year. Philip Jacobson -5.633962 -52.828939 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/14548 2015-03-27T20:03:00Z 2015-03-30T21:01:54Z Low crop prices means time is ripe for new forest protection programs <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/china/150/china_02-8474.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Today, conservation compliance is a U.S. policy between governments and farmers that reward farmers with federal subsidies for good conservation practices on designated vulnerable lands. But economist Clayton Ogg believes it could now be used to save forests in countries like Brazil, China, India, and Indonesia. "The main drivers for deforestation in recent years are high crop prices. However, as crop prices fall to more normal levels, farmers depend very heavily on government subsidies, and the subsidies become the major driver for deforestation," Ogg told mongabay.com. Brittany Stewart tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14518 2015-03-20T19:12:00Z 2015-03-27T19:07:29Z Seeing the trees but not the forest (commentary) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/sabah/150/sabah_1148.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Understanding forest dynamics is necessary for the sound management of forests, for both production and conservation. This includes an understanding of the extent of forest area, information about what the forest contains and how the forest resource is managed. Forest monitoring provides this information. Rhett Butler 8.783012 -2.582475 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/14489 2015-03-12T23:56:00Z 2015-03-13T00:03:17Z Newly discovered Brazilian bird may number fewer than 10 individuals <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0312-thumb-4-Cichlocolaptes%20mazarbarnetti%20photoart%20by%20Rolf%20Grantsau.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In October 2002, a team of ornithologists at Murici in northeastern Brazil observed and recorded the call of a bird. At that time, the team believed they had chanced upon a rare bird previously described by other researchers as the Alagaos foliage-gleaner (Philydor novasei). Morgan Erickson-Davis -9.191697 -35.932137 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/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/14449 2015-03-03T17:23:00Z 2015-05-16T19:55:47Z Colombia proposes protected corridor across South America <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/animals/150/herps_cnh_0307.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has announced plans to create the world’s largest protected area, stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Andes Mountains. Santos plans to propose the protected environmental corridor during the UN climate talks in Paris later this year as a means to combat global warming. Morgan Erickson-Davis 0.069027 -71.417806 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14441 2015-02-27T18:06:00Z 2015-02-27T19:31:38Z Biofuels are bad news for forests, climate, food security, says report <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/malaysia/150/borneo_4665.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A new report from the World Resources Institute finds that dedicating land to the production of biofuels, a form of renewable energy made from plants, may undermine efforts to achieve a sustainable food future, combat climate change, and protect forests. Morgan Erickson-Davis -8.497720 -63.127501 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/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/14393 2015-02-18T14:15:00Z 2015-02-18T14:48:17Z Brazilian indigenous populations grow quickly after first contact devastation Indigenous communities in South America have long experienced devastating impacts from contact with Western society. In the Sixteenth Century, European colonists brought slavery, war, and violence, but disease proved the most devastating. In all, European contact destroyed over 95 percent of the native population. Jeremy Hance -9.891064 -70.165365 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/14365 2015-02-10T17:02:00Z 2015-02-10T17:07:13Z Recently discovered, critically endangered bird gets its first reserve <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0210-thumb-Araripe_Manakin.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In an 11-square mile strip of forest on the slopes of a plateau in northeastern Brazil lives an entire species, considered by scientists to be one of the most endangered birds in the world. Now, 18 years after it was first discovered by scientists, conservation groups have acquired 140 acres of land to establish the first-ever reserve for the Araripe manakin. Morgan Erickson-Davis -6.789060, -40.416852 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/14308 2015-01-27T03:00:00Z 2015-01-27T03:45:02Z Financial pledges for REDD+ slow to be disbursed, finds report <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/15/0126REDDX-COUNTRIES150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Only a small fraction of the $7.3 billion pledged under the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) program has actually been disbursed, find a new report that tracked REDD+ finance in seven countries. The report, published by Forest Trends, analyzed REDD+ financial flows between 2009 and 2012 in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Ghana, Liberia, Tanzania and Vietnam Rhett Butler -3.528182 -60.026652 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14305 2015-01-26T19:01:00Z 2015-01-26T20:55:17Z Accounting for natural capital on financial exchanges <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/sabah/150/sabah_aerial_1308.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Last month, Norway's stock exchange, the Oslo Børs, introduced a way for investors to use their money to promote sustainability. A new list by the stock exchange highlights green bonds, financial products issued by companies to raise capital for environmentally friendly projects. Notably, the list requires that issuing companies obtain and publicize outside opinions on the projects' environmental features. Jeremy Hance 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/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/14229 2015-01-07T15:49:00Z 2015-01-07T15:55:11Z Time for a checkup: researchers examine the health of lowland tapirs <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1229_taiper_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Brazilian tapir may get a bad rap in Brazil, where referring to someone as a 'tapir' essentially equates to calling them an 'ass,' but history has shown that this species is deserving of a lot more respect. These hardy 'living fossils' have survived multiple extinction events since the Eocene, yet their ability to survive the ongoing Anthopocene extinction remains uncertain. Tiffany Roufs -12.193784 -57.985572 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/14206 2014-12-30T17:23:00Z 2014-12-31T16:23:26Z Meet Biofaces: the Facebook for wildlife enthusiasts <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/1229.leonardo.thumb.98504.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Love wildlife? Wish you had a place online to share your photos, videos, and stories with other wild enthusiasts&#8212;kind of like a Facebook for wildlife lovers? Well, look no further than Biofaces, a new website meant to "make wildlife loving people happy," according to its creator, Leonardo Avelino Duarte. Jeremy Hance 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/14190 2014-12-23T17:22:00Z 2014-12-23T17:34:53Z How a frog with a strange name is helping improve conservation in Brazil <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1223_frog_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Protecting the biodiversity of the Amazon basin is an immense undertaking, and to its credit the Brazilian government has a set procedure for doing so. However, there are gaps in the process that may prevent the authorities from fully protecting the species that call this place home. To investigate this, a recent study uses as an example the brilliant-thighed frog, a species that is found across the Amazon Basin—including the area surrounding the soon-to-be dammed Xingu River. Tiffany Roufs -2.764184 -55.485174 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/14174 2014-12-18T20:19:00Z 2014-12-18T20:31:44Z Impacts of deforestation on Amazonian river ecosystems could be far-reaching <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/brazil/150/brazil_1247.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A study by researchers in Brazil published this week has found that deforestation in the Southern Amazon may impair significantly the structure and function of rivers, and make them less able to support life. Morgan Erickson-Davis -9.947342 -56.057837 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14166 2014-12-18T19:17:00Z 2014-12-22T19:07:51Z Plant wars: some tree species compete better against grasses for reforestation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/2018_stewart_tcs_grasses_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>What happens to degraded pastureland once the cows are kicked out? After years of letting the area rest, does it eventually become what it once was? Not likely. When disruptions such as invasive species and human interference are introduced to an area, ecological succession doesn’t occur the way it should naturally. Brittany Stewart -8.512761 -55.993002 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14163 2014-12-17T15:28:00Z 2015-02-20T15:15:15Z Scientists reintroduce agoutis in rainforest in city of 12 million <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/1216.agouti.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>When one thinks of Rio de Janeiro, one usually doesn't think: rainforest. However, in the heart of the city sits a massive rainforest sprung over long-gone sugar and coffee plantations. The forest&#8212;protected today as the Tijuca National Park&#8212;is home to hundreds of threatened species, but no agoutis, a common ground mammal in Latin America. Jeremy Hance -22.953406 -43.286334 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/14146 2014-12-11T22:20:00Z 2014-12-12T17:55:53Z An app to save 400 million animals <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1211cougar150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Brazilian biologist Alex Bager has been leading a crusade to raise awareness of a major but neglected threat to biodiversity in his country. Every year over 475 million animals die in Brazil as victims of roadkill, according to an estimate by Centro Brasileiro de Ecologia de Estradas, an initiative funded and coordinated by Bager. This means 15 animals are run down every second on Brazilian roads and highways. Rhett Butler 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/14113 2014-12-04T17:53:00Z 2015-02-06T15:11:40Z New endangered bird species discovered in Brazil <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1204-thumb-S.gonzagai-Albano.png" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Bahian mouse-colored tapaculo (Scytalopus gonzagai) has only just been discovered by scientists in the heavily logged Atlantic Forest of southeast Brazil -- and it’s already believed to be endangered. Morgan Erickson-Davis -14.480660 -40.475594 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/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/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/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/13983 2014-11-06T02:51:00Z 2014-11-12T03:23:37Z Brazilian tribes demarcate territory in bid to block dams <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1105brazil150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Indigenous communities in Brazil have taken the unusual step of demarcating their own land &#8212; without the approval of the Brazilian government &#8212; in a bid to block two dams they say threaten their territory and traditional livelihoods, report International Rivers and Amazon Watch, advocacy groups that are fighting the projects. Last week the Munduruku people annexed the 178,000-hectare Sawré Muybu territory after authorities failed to recognize their claims. Rhett Butler -5.216776 -56.9245 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/13972 2014-11-03T04:27:00Z 2014-11-05T17:50:10Z Facing severe drought, 'war effort' needed to save the Amazon, says scientist <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/brazil/150/brazil_1823.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Severe droughts in southern Brazil may be linked to deforestation and degradation of Earth's largest rainforest, argues a new report published by a Brazilian scientist. Reviewing data from roughly 200 studies, Antonio Donato Nobre of Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE) warns that reducing deforestation will not be enough to restore the ecological function of the Amazon rainforest, which acts as a giant water pump that delivers precipitation across much of South America. Rhett Butler -11.178401 -52.434086 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13969 2014-10-31T19:42:00Z 2015-04-20T15:39:08Z De-protection of Protected Areas ramps up in Brazil, 'compromises the capacity' of ecosystems <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1031-thumb-paddd1.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Brazil has reserved about 17.6 percent of its land (1.5 million square kilometers) to receive protection from unauthorized exploitation of resources. However, despite significant expansions in protected areas since the mid-2000s, the formation of Protected Areas has stagnated in the country since 2009, and many have had their protections completely revoked. Morgan Erickson-Davis -5.585173 -54.480810 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13941 2014-10-23T20:23:00Z 2014-10-23T21:35:02Z Beef, palm oil, soy, and wood products from 8 countries responsible for 1/3 of forest destruction Four commodities produced in just eight countries are responsible for a third of the world's forest loss, according to a new report. Those familiar with the long-standing effort to stop deforestation won't be surprised by the commodities named: beef, palm oil, soy, and wood products (including timber and paper). Nor will they be very surprised by most of the countries: Brazil, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Jeremy Hance 5.505705 101.755097 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13940 2014-10-23T18:27:00Z 2014-11-06T17:56:14Z Brazil declares new protected area larger than Delaware <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1023-Chiropotes-albinasus-thumb.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Earlier this week, the Brazilian government announced the declaration of a new federal reserve deep in the Amazon rainforest. The protections conferred by the move will illegalize deforestation, reduce carbon emissions, and help safeguard the future of the area’s renowned wildlife. Morgan Erickson-Davis -5.741395 -58.248986 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13936 2014-10-22T19:45:00Z 2014-11-06T17:56:00Z Gold mining expanding rapidly along Guiana Shield, threatening forests, water, wildlife <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/1022-thumb-ppithecia-hans-hillewaert.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Gold mining is on the rise in the Guiana Shield, a geographic region of South America that holds one of the world’s largest undisturbed tract of rainforest. A new mapping technology using a radar and optical imaging combination has detected a significant increase in mining since 2000, threatening the region's forests and water quality. Morgan Erickson-Davis 1.175769 -55.766076 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/13893 2014-10-09T13:13:00Z 2014-12-30T22:31:05Z Forest fragmentation's carbon bomb: 736 million tonnes C02 annually Scientists have long known that forest fragments are not the same ecologically as intact forest landscapes. When forests are slashed into fragments, winds dry out the edges leading to dying trees and rising temperatures. Biodiversity often drops, while local extinctions rise and big animals vanish. Now, a new study finds another worrisome impact of forest fragmentation: carbon emissions. Jeremy Hance -2.918691 -44.748354 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/13842 2014-09-26T18:39:00Z 2014-09-26T18:55:43Z Dogs may be responsible for declining mammals in Brazil’s agroforests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0923collage.dogs.tcs.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>With an estimated population of 700 million individuals, domestic dogs are the most abundant carnivore in the world and are present everywhere that man has settled. Domestic dogs are not usually viewed as a huge threat to wildlife and native habitats, but according to a recent study dogs fit all three categories to be considered an invasive species and may be decimating mammals in agroforests in Brazil. Tiffany Roufs -14.063986 -42.180505 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13823 2014-09-24T14:21:00Z 2014-09-29T21:16:51Z Drivers in Brazil will intentionally run-down small animals, but only if it is safe <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0923-tcs.fakesnake.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Although not always very wide, roads can be huge barriers to wildlife. Not only do roads break up habitats, making animal movement more difficult, but they also allow people into long-inaccessible natural areas. A new study in mongabay.com’s open-access journal Tropical Conservation Science looks at how drivers on Brazil’s MG-010 road act when faced with small animals, such as snakes, on the path. Tiffany Roufs -19.349065 -43.619487 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13802 2014-09-19T05:16:00Z 2014-09-19T05:42:12Z Brazil cancels Tapajos dam auction due to indigenous concerns Brazilian authorities have suspended the auction of the centerpiece of the massive Tapajos hydroelectric complex, reports Agencia Brasil. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13781 2014-09-14T23:08:00Z 2014-09-15T00:31:41Z Brazil's planned Tapajós dams would increase Amazon deforestation by 1M ha A plan to build a dozen dams in the Tapajós river basin would drive the loss of an additional 950,000 hectares of rainforest by 2032 by spurring land speculation and mass migration to the region, suggests a new study published by Imazon, a Brazilian NGO. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13774 2014-09-12T00:57:00Z 2014-09-12T01:03:10Z Brazil confirms last year's rise in Amazon deforestation Brazil's National Space Agency INPE has officially confirmed last year's rise in Amazon deforestation. Rhett Butler -1.933227 -66.283264 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13746 2014-09-05T19:01:00Z 2014-11-06T17:49:15Z Canada, Russia, Brazil lead world in old-growth forest loss <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0905-log-road-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Every day, the world loses about 50,000 hectares of forest to agricultural clearing, road development, and other human activities, constricting true wilderness into smaller and smaller areas – along with the species that inhabit them. New analysis and maps released this week show these last vestiges are disappearing at a quick pace, with more than 104 million hectares degraded from 2000 to 2013. Morgan Erickson-Davis -1.952080 -52.828939 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13734 2014-09-02T17:08:00Z 2014-12-30T22:34:17Z Scientists uncover five new species of 'toupee' monkeys in the Amazon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0831.saki.ci_39968595.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>While saki monkeys may be characterized by floppy mops of hair that resemble the worst of human toupees, these acrobatic, tree-dwelling primates are essential for dispersing seeds. After long being neglected by both scientists and conservationists, a massive research effort by one intrepid researcher has revealed the full-scale of saki monkey diversity, uncovering five new species. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13727 2014-08-28T19:31:00Z 2014-11-06T17:48:38Z Authorities stop 'greatest destroyers of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest' <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0828-brazil-lone-thumb.png" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A criminal organization involved in the illicit deforestation of large portions of Brazil's forests has been stopped, with at least six members of the organization arrested as of Aug. 28 and warrants issued for others. The gang has been accused of committing crimes worth over $220 million. Morgan Erickson-Davis -5.670855 -55.858498 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13726 2014-08-28T19:19:00Z 2014-12-30T22:34:26Z Saving the Atlantic Forest would cost less than 'Titanic' <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0828.atlantic.S._flavius_SP_Zoo.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Want to save the world's most imperiled biodiversity hotspot? You just need a down payment of $198 million. While that may sound like a lot, it's actually less than it cost to make the film, Titanic. A new study published today in Science finds that paying private landowners to protect the Atlantic Forest would cost Brazil just 6.5 percent of what it currently spends ever year on agricultural subsidies. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13720 2014-08-27T18:57:00Z 2014-12-18T19:11:47Z 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 2014-12-30T22:34:37Z 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/13685 2014-08-19T05:18:00Z 2014-08-19T05:34:50Z Norway puts $1.6B into rainforest conservation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/i/australia/150/australia_mossman_gorge_071.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Since 2008 Norway has been the single largest foreign donor to tropical forest conservation, putting more than 10 billion Norwegian Krone, or $1.6 billion, toward programs in several countries under its International Climate and Forest Initiative. But how effective have those funds been in actually protecting forests? Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13668 2014-08-14T19:36:00Z 2014-08-14T19:46:06Z China and Europe's outsourcing of soy production impacts the Amazon Soy consumption in China and Europe is having significant ecological impacts in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, finds a study published in <i>Environmental Research Letters</i>. Rhett Butler -11.544616 -54.803238 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13633 2014-08-05T22:10:00Z 2014-08-05T22:15:17Z 95% of Amazon deforestation happens near roads or major rivers 94.9 percent of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon occurs on land less than 5 kilometers from a road or navigable river, finds a new study published in the journal <i>Biological Conservation</i>. Rhett Butler -10.281393 -63.27886 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13620 2014-08-01T16:47:00Z 2014-08-01T18:04:46Z 2 prize-winning journalists will report on Amazon, 2 new prizes announced <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/laos/150/laos_1376.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Mongabay.org's Special Reporting Initiative (SRI) program has recently awarded two different reporting prizes to journalists to tackle these vital and complicated issues in-depth. The non-profit has also launched a call for applications to two new SRIs: The social and environmental impacts of foreign development finance in the Amazon and Food spoilage and waste in Sub-Saharan Africa. Tiffany Roufs tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13618 2014-07-31T19:44:00Z 2014-07-31T19:46:19Z Brazil releases video showing first contact with rainforest tribe The Brazilian government has released footage showing 'first contact' with an isolated group of indigenous people in the Amazon rainforest. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13587 2014-07-24T23:40:00Z 2014-07-25T04:12:22Z True stewards: new report says local communities key to saving forests, curbing global warming <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0724-commforest-thumb.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Deforestation is compromising forests around the world, destroying vital habitat and causing greenhouse gases emissions that are contributing to global warming. A new report released today finds a possible solution: protecting forests by empowering the local communities that live within them. Morgan Erickson-Davis -8.512761 -55.993002 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13582 2014-07-24T11:00:00Z 2014-07-24T11:02:51Z Targeted enforcement saved a Massachusetts-worth of Amazon rainforest in 3 years Targeted law enforcement efforts via Brazil's green municipalities programs were responsible for reducing deforestation by 10,653 square kilometers &#8212; an area the size of Massachusetts &#8212; between 2009 and 2011, argues a paper published in the journal <i>Land Use Policy</i>. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13581 2014-07-24T10:40:00Z 2014-07-24T11:15:52Z Brazil could meet all its food demand by 2040 without cutting down another tree <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/brazil/150/brazil_0609.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Better utilization of its vast areas of pasturelands could enable Brazil to dramatically boost agricultural production without the need to clear another hectare of Amazon rainforest, cerrado, or Atlantic forest, argues a new study published in the journal <i>Global Environmental Change</i>. Rhett Butler