tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:/xml/brazil1 brazil news from mongabay.com 2014-09-15T00:31:41Z 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 2014-09-05T19:04:14Z 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 2014-09-02T17:34:32Z 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 2014-08-28T19:57:02Z 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 2014-09-02T01:27:19Z 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 2014-08-27T20:07:50Z Invasion of the lionfish: new research finds the situation may be worse than we thought <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0827-lionfish-wittenrich-thumb.png" align="left"/></td></tr></table>You may have recently read the controversial story on invasive lionfish research involving Dr. Zack Jud of Florida International University and a young girl named Lauren Arrington. While the issue of attribution in scientific research is crucial to the discipline, much of the media focus so far has sidestepped the real issue: what lionfish tolerance for brackish water really means for the environment. Morgan Erickson-Davis 32.240509 -80.489845 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13717 2014-08-26T20:18:00Z 2014-08-27T16:58:24Z How do we save the world's vanishing old-growth forests? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/sabah_1454.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>There's nothing in the world like a primary forest, which has never been industrially logged or cleared by humans. They are often described as cathedral-like, due to pillar-like trees and carpet-like undergrowth. Yet, the world's primary forests&#8212;also known as old-growth forests&#8212;are falling every year, and policy-makers are not doing enough to stop it. Jeremy Hance 5.159093 116.924597 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/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 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13575 2014-07-23T07:01:00Z 2014-07-23T09:05:12Z Phone-based logging alert system eyes expanding to the Amazon After exceeding an ambitious fundraising target to launch a near-real time forest monitoring system in the Congo Basin, a San-Francisco based start-up is now eyeing expansion in the Amazon where it hopes to help an indigenous rainforest tribe fight illegal logging. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13565 2014-07-21T22:01:00Z 2014-07-21T22:14:10Z Roads through the rainforest: an overview of South America's 'arc of deforestation' <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0721-roads1thumb.png" align="left"/></td></tr></table>When a new road centipedes its way across a landscape, the best of intentions may be laid with the pavement. But roads, by their very nature, are indiscriminate pathways, granting access for travel and trade along with deforestation and other forms of environmental degradation. And as the impacts of roads on forest ecosystems become clear, governments and planning agencies reach a moral crossroads. Morgan Erickson-Davis -2.706189 -53.977819 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13533 2014-07-14T16:07:00Z 2014-07-17T16:00:14Z Only 15 percent of world's biodiversity hotspots left intact <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0714.Atlantic-Rainforest-Intervales.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The world's 35 biodiversity hotspots&#8212;which harbor 75 percent of the planet's endangered land vertebrates&#8212;are in more trouble than expected, according to a sobering new analysis of remaining primary vegetation. In all less than 15 percent of natural intact vegetation is left in the these hotspots, which include well-known jewels such as Madagascar, the tropical Andes, and Sundaland. Jeremy Hance -24.263585 -48.415697 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13524 2014-07-10T16:28:00Z 2014-07-10T17:15:07Z Good intentions, collateral damage: forest conservation may be hurting grasslands <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0710-cerrado-frog-thumb.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Trees absorb CO2 and trap carbon molecules, and countless are lost as forests are felled around the world. So why not plant as many as we can? A recent paper suggests otherwise; the planting of more trees through international reforestation schemes may actually be harming tropical grasslands, which harbor endemic species and offer unique ecosystem services. Morgan Erickson-Davis -16.064819 -50.059863 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13521 2014-07-09T21:23:00Z 2014-07-15T16:35:27Z A garden or a wilderness? One-fifth of the Amazon may have been savannah before the arrival of Europeans <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay/jlh/ecuador/Yasuni.150/Yasuni_128.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Amazon is the largest tropical forest on the planet, covering about 6.5 million square kilometers, although much has been lost in recent decades.Yet new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) finds that quite recently&#8212;just 500 years ago&#8212;a significant portion of the southern Amazon was not the tall-canopied forest it is today, but savannah. Jeremy Hance -12.770027 -64.469834 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13491 2014-07-03T19:54:00Z 2014-07-09T13:53:21Z A fine line: new program predicts when human impact becomes too much <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0703-indi-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Scientists at Stanford University recently unveiled a new modeling program that can predict the response of the environment to the land-use changes of human communities. Using their model, they found that natural resources can support humanity – up to a certain point. Morgan Erickson-Davis 4.348802 102.839584 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13488 2014-07-03T16:12:00Z 2014-07-03T16:23:59Z A children's book inspired by murder: the 25th anniversary of 'The Great Kapok Tree' <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0703-kapok4-thumb.png" align="left"/></td></tr></table>“The Great Kapok Tree” was written by Lynne Cherry in response to the murder of Brazilian environmental activist Chico Mendes, who was assassinated by a rancher in 1988 in Brazil. Mendes’ murder was a significant international incident galvanizing support for environmental activists working to protect the Amazon forest. Morgan Erickson-Davis -4.759474, -55.773275 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13476 2014-07-01T16:13:00Z 2014-07-24T17:04:46Z On babies and motherhood: how giant armadillos are surprising scientists (photos) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0701.giantarmadillo.thumb.1-(24).150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Until ten years ago scientist's knowledge of the reproductive habits of the giant armadillo&#8212; the world's biggest&#8212; were basically regulated to speculation. But a long-term research project in the Brazilian Pantanal is changing that: last year researchers announced the first ever photos of a baby giant armadillo and have since recorded a second birth from another female. Jeremy Hance -15.849044 -56.212636 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13470 2014-06-30T19:28:00Z 2014-07-01T02:40:19Z New report: illegal logging keeps militias and terrorist groups in business <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0630-peacekeepers-thumb.png" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Released last week by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) during the first United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya, a new report found that together with other other illicit activities such as poaching, illegal deforestation is one of the top money-makers for criminal groups like Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab. Morgan Erickson-Davis -2.432117 21.156799 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13453 2014-06-25T21:13:00Z 2014-06-26T04:31:26Z Brazil should convert pasture, not cerrado for biofuel crops If Brazil wants to respect its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions it should target low productivity cattle pasture rather than native cerrado for biofuel crops like sugar cane, argues a new paper published in <i>Nature Climate Change</i>. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13412 2014-06-19T13:10:00Z 2014-06-19T13:25:25Z Using Google Earth to protect uncontacted tribes in the Amazon rainforest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0619.uncontactedribe.govbrasil.closeup.72099.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In 2008, images of an uncontacted tribe in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil created ripples. With bodies painted in bright colors, members of the tribe aimed their arrows at a Brazilian government plane flying overhead, occupants of which were attempting to photograph the tribe to prove their existence. Now, a new study has found another way to survey such tribes safely and remotely&#8212;using satellite images. Jeremy Hance -5.525416 -72.670248 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13401 2014-06-17T20:02:00Z 2014-06-18T21:22:23Z Feather forensics: scientist uses genes to track macaws, aid bird conservation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0617-macaw-360thumb.png" align="left"/></td></tr></table>When a massive road project connected the ports of Brazil to the shipping docks of Peru in 2011, conservationists predicted widespread impacts on wildlife. Roads are a well-documented source of habitat fragmentation, interfering with access to available habitat for many terrestrial and tree-dwelling species. However, it wasn’t clear whether or not birds are able to fly over these barriers. Morgan Erickson-Davis -11.854049 -70.857122 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13373 2014-06-12T16:51:00Z 2014-06-13T22:06:16Z Next big idea in forest conservation? Learning from innovations to make REDD+ work <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/062.duchelle.innovations.boy.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Brazil, Dr. Amy Duchelle coordinates research on the effectiveness, efficiency, equity, and co-benefits of REDD+ initiatives at the sub-national level in Latin America as part of CIFOR's Gloal Comparative Study on REDD+. Jeremy Hance -5.481673 -59.772298 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13364 2014-06-10T02:43:00Z 2014-06-10T02:55:34Z Tropical nations make progress in slowing deforestation Efforts to slow destruction of tropical forests seem to be paying off in a number of countries, argues a new report published by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13346 2014-06-05T18:36:00Z 2014-06-05T19:23:03Z In cutting deforestation, Brazil leads world in reducing emissions <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0605-nepstad-brazilian-amazon-deforestation150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Brazil's success in reducing deforestation in the world's largest rainforest has been much heralded, but progress may stall unless farmers, ranchers and other land users in the region are provided incentives to further improve the environmental sustainability of their operations, argues a study published this week in the journal <i>Science</i>. Rhett Butler -9.990491 -52.496109 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13336 2014-06-04T02:15:00Z 2014-06-04T17:39:57Z Intact Amazon forests show possible signs of global warming impact <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0604-amazon-fragmentation150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Climate change may be taking a hidden toll on intact rainforests in the heart of the Amazon, finds a new study based on 35 years of observations. The research, published in the journal <i>Ecology</i>, focused on the ecological impacts of fragmentation but unexpectedly found changes in the control forests. Rhett Butler -2.500055 -60.000128 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13303 2014-05-28T20:16:00Z 2014-05-29T03:50:24Z Logging, fires take a hidden toll on Amazon rainforest <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0528Logging-Luke-Parry150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Selective logging and small sub-canopy fires are degrading vast areas of rainforest across the Brazilian Amazon, contributing to largely hidden carbon emissions, argues a study published today in <i>Global Change Biology</i>. The research found stark differences in carbon storage between primary forests, selectively logged forests, logged and burned forests, and regrowing or secondary forests. Rhett Butler -2.565823 -54.802605 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13263 2014-05-21T18:00:00Z 2014-05-25T14:22:02Z Happy Amazon: $215 million raised for world's largest protected area network <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0521.Aerial_1026_3240.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>By all standards the Amazon Region Protected Areas (ARPA) program is gargantuan: the network includes over 90 parks, covers 51 million hectares, and comprises 15 percent of Brazil's Amazon. But protecting an area bigger than Spain isn't cheap or easy. Today, a broad coalition of government donors and private funders have announced $215 million to secure ARPA over the next 25 years. Jeremy Hance 1.291254 -53.169408 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13247 2014-05-18T08:13:00Z 2014-05-18T08:14:48Z Greenpeace: Timber laundering rampant in the Brazilian Amazon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0518GP0STOD37_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A two-year investigation by Greenpeace has revealed the extent of timber laundering in two major Brazilian Amazon states: Par&aacute; and Mato Grosso. The report, published last week, suggests that fraud is widespread in the Brazilian timber industry. Loggers are using loopholes and outright deception to game regulations that aim to reduce the environmental impact of timber extraction. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13227 2014-05-14T17:49:00Z 2014-06-25T02:00:13Z New report reveals human rights abuses by corporations, governments in the Amazon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0514-child-thumb.gif" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Regnskogfondet (the Rainforest Foundation of Norway) recently released a 52-page report that gives an in-depth account of the conflicts activists and indigenous peoples (IPs) are having with corporations and governmental agencies. It relays a situation that does not look good. Morgan Erickson-Davis -2.762623 -54.709464 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13216 2014-05-13T14:54:00Z 2014-05-13T15:27:59Z Uncovering the impact of big banks on the Amazon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0513-tapajos-infoamazonia150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Mongabay.org announces up to $30,000 environmental reporting grant: The Brazilian Development Bank & The Amazon. In recent years the Brazilian Development Bank BNDES as emerged as a goliath financier of large-scale energy and infrastructure development in the Amazon and elsewhere in South America. But as projects have mushroomed across the continent, so have the social and environmental impacts. Tiffany Roufs -2.698341 -55.111639 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13191 2014-05-07T17:09:00Z 2014-05-07T17:35:21Z Not unique to humans: marmoset shows compassion for dying mate (VIDEO) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0507-marmoset-thumb.jpeg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>For the first time, researchers have observed an adult marmoset comforting a dying adult family member, behavior that was previously thought to be unique only to humans and chimpanzees. Researchers observed this behavior between a mated pair of common marmosets (<i>Callithrix jacchus</i>) in Brazil, and describe the event in a paper and video published in the journal <i>Primates</i>. Morgan Erickson-Davis -1.337102 -47.643393 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13190 2014-05-06T22:13:00Z 2014-05-07T17:06:27Z It's in the genes: researchers use DNA to learn about tapir behavior <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0506-tapir-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Tapirs are notoriously hard to find and directly observe in the wild. Because of this, little is known about how species behave in their natural habitats. But in a study published in</i> PLOS ONE</i>, researchers found a way around this complication by using tapir DNA to shed light on their behavior. Morgan Erickson-Davis -1.982416 -59.483224 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13157 2014-04-30T23:39:00Z 2014-05-01T00:41:29Z Clothing brand Stella McCartney pledges to use deforestation-free fabrics Luxury fashion brand Stella McCartney has pledged to eliminate fabrics sourced via destruction of old-growth and endangered forests from its supply chain by April 2017. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13147 2014-04-29T12:52:00Z 2014-05-06T16:37:46Z 3M linked to deforestation in Brazil, Canada, Europe, and U.S., says NGO <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0429.3m-scandal-report-final4.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A new report from activist group, ForestEthics, alleges that U.S. company, 3M, supplies many of its products from endangered forests around the world. The NGO links 3M's masking tape and sandpaper to caribou habitat in the boreal forests of Canada, Scotch-Brite sponges to a controversial paper mill in Brazil, and those ubiquitous Post-it Notes to allegedly poor logging practices in the U.S. Jeremy Hance 44.950737 -92.996032 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13140 2014-04-28T19:14:00Z 2014-04-28T19:14:39Z Intensifying cattle production in Brazil could cut global deforestation emissions 25%, says study <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/brazil/150/brazil_0545.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Brazil could reduce more than a quarter of emissions linked to deforestation worldwide by intensifying cattle production in the Amazon, argues a new study published in the journal <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i>. Rhett Butler -9.0804 -57.396241 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13132 2014-04-25T13:45:00Z 2014-04-25T19:42:46Z Next big idea in forest conservation? Crowdsourced forest monitoring <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0423.brazil_0395.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In the Brazilian Amazon, deforestation alerts are being submitted via smartphones. On the ground technicians send alerts to a database stored in 'the cloud.' This information is added to maps, which, along with satellite imagery, are used to inform law enforcement. And the speed of this process is getting real results. Jeremy Hance -11.091665 -57.459438 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13129 2014-04-25T00:00:00Z 2014-07-23T12:49:31Z The beef with beef: how 12 strategies could drastically cut agricultural emissions <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/colombia/150/colombia_6299.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Eating less beef, cutting food waste, and utilizing farm landscapes to sequester carbon are three ways a new report suggests the world could rapidly tackle agricultural emissions. Currently, global agriculture accounts for nearly a fifth of the world's greenhouse gas emissions when agriculturally-linked deforestation is included. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13130 2014-04-24T22:03:00Z 2014-04-24T22:18:30Z Brazil's new Forest Code a mixed bag for native ecosystems The revised Forest Code passed into law by Brazil in 2012 could authorize conversion of 400,000 square miles of native grassland for industrial agriculture, while granting amnesty for deforesters in the Amazon rainforest, argues a policy piece published this week in the journal <i>Science</i>. Rhett Butler -9.449062 -62.592775 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13128 2014-04-24T17:24:00Z 2014-04-24T17:31:21Z Brazil to test drones in monitoring the Amazon rainforest Brazilian municipalities are planning to use drones to map properties and monitor forest cover as they move to step up enforcement of the country's Forest Code, reports <i>The Financial Times</i>. Rhett Butler -3.145144 -52.085178 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13102 2014-04-21T05:27:00Z 2014-04-21T05:31:00Z Brazil strips protected status from 5.2M ha While Brazil led the world in establishing new protected areas in recent years, it has also stripped legal protected status from some 5.2 million hectares (12.8 million acres) of land, finds a new study published in the journal <i>Conservation Biology</i>. Rhett Butler -3.995781 -59.097033 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13083 2014-04-15T17:34:00Z 2014-04-15T17:52:51Z Nearly a thousand environmental activists murdered since 2002 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0415.murders.activists.gwreport.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>At least 908 people were murdered for taking a stand to defend the environment between 2002 and 2013, according to a new report today from Global Witness, which shows a dramatic uptick in the murder rate during the past four years. Notably, the report appears on the same day that another NGO, Survival International, released a video of a gunman terrorizing a Guarani indigenous community in Brazil. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13061 2014-04-08T22:47:00Z 2014-04-08T23:06:28Z Emissions from rainforest logging average 16% of those from deforestation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://www.mongabay.com/images/gabon/150/gabon_2655.JPG" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Carbon emissions from selective logging operations in tropical rainforests are roughly a sixth of those from outright forest clearing, finds a new study that evaluated 13 forestry concessions in six countries. The study analyzed carbon losses from elements of logging operations, including timber extraction, collateral damage to surrounding vegetation, and logging infrastructure like roads and skid trails. Rhett Butler 2.742787 -57.467165 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13040 2014-04-04T19:55:00Z 2014-04-07T14:35:03Z Will yellow fever drive brown howler monkeys to extinction in Argentina? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0404-howler-close-thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The brown howler monkey is listed as Critically Endangered in Argentina, where a small number persist in the northeastern portion of the country. Although habitat loss and other human impacts have contributed to the populations’ decline, a new report indicates that yellow fever outbreaks in the region are primarily to blame. Morgan Erickson-Davis -26.611405 -54.417818 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/13009 2014-03-28T22:21:00Z 2014-03-28T22:29:40Z Revealed for the first time: the surprising biodiversity of algae 'reefs' <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0328-rhodolith-thumb.png" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Most people are familiar with coral reefs, but very few have ever heard of their algal equivalent – rhodolith beds. Yet, these structures provide crucial habitat for many marine species. In the first study of its kind, published in mongabay.com’s Tropical Conservation Science, researchers unveil just how important these beds are for bottom-dwelling organisms, and the species that depend on them. Morgan Erickson-Davis -18.122016 -38.766440 -38.766440 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12995 2014-03-27T21:41:00Z 2014-03-27T22:04:32Z Next big idea in forest conservation? Quantifying the cost of forest degradation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0327.Phil-w-stump-clipped.thumb.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>How much is a forest really worth? And what is the cost of forest degradation? These values are difficult to estimate, but according to Dr. Phillip Fearnside, we need to do a better job. For nearly forty years, Fearnside has lived in Amazonia doing ecological research, looking at the value of forests in terms of environmental or ecosystem services such as carbon storage, water cycling, and biodiversity preservation. Fearnside then works to convert these services into a basis for sustainable development for rural populations. Jeremy Hance -3.094940 -59.989343 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12938 2014-03-16T21:14:00Z 2014-03-19T03:09:26Z Controversial Amazon dams may have exacerbated biblical flooding <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0319bolivia-flood150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Environmentalists and scientists raised howls of protest when the Santo Antônio and Jirau Dams were proposed for the Western Amazon in Brazil, claiming among other issues that the dams would raise water levels on the Madeira River, potentially leading to catastrophic flooding. It turns out they may have been right: last week a federal Brazilian court ordered a new environmental impact study on the dams given suspicion that they have worsened recent flooding in Brazil and across the border in Bolivia. Jeremy Hance 9.1600 64.3857 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12858 2014-03-01T16:15:00Z 2014-03-06T00:11:12Z Sharp jump in deforestation when Amazon parks lose protected status Areas that have had their protected status removed or reduced have experienced a sharp increase in forest loss thereafter, finds a new study published by Imazon, a Brazilian NGO. Rhett Butler -9.102097 -61.952333 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12825 2014-02-25T20:12:00Z 2014-02-26T19:18:29Z Is Brazil's epic drought a taste of the future? With more than 140 cities implementing water rationing, analysts warning of collapsing soy and coffee exports, and reservoirs and rivers running precipitously low, talk about the World Cup in some parts of Brazil has been sidelined by concerns about an epic drought affecting the country's agricultural heartland. Rhett Butler -14.711135 -50.496597 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12817 2014-02-24T16:53:00Z 2014-02-24T17:03:13Z Two new wasp species found hidden in museum collections <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0212wasp150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Scientists have identified two new wasp species, years after the specimens were first collected from the wild. The two new species, <i>Abernessia prima</i> and <i>Abernessia capixaba</i>, belong to the rare pompilid genus <i>Abernessia</i>, and are believed to be endemic to Brazil. They made the discovery while examining spider wasp collections from museums in Brazil and Denmark, and published their findings in the journal <i>ZooKeys</i>. Tiffany Roufs 55.603178 9.666137 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12762 2014-02-11T20:33:00Z 2014-02-20T19:01:55Z Helping the Amazon's 'Jaguar People' protect their culture and traditional wisdom <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/matses150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Tribes in the Amazon are increasingly exposed to the outside world by choice or circumstance. The fallout of outside contact has rarely been anything less than catastrophic, resulting in untold extinction of hundreds of tribes over the centuries. For ones that survived the devastation of introduced disease and conquest, the process of acculturation transformed once proud cultures into fragmented remnants, their self-sufficiency and social cohesion stripped away, left to struggle in a new world marked by poverty and external dependence Rhett Butler -9.524914 -73.478279 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12759 2014-02-11T14:07:00Z 2014-02-11T14:13:26Z Photos: mass turtle hatching produces over 200,000 babies <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/14/0211.3.-IMG_5036-(small).150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Biologists recently documented one of nature's least-known, big events. On the banks of the Purus River in the Brazilian Amazon, researchers witnessed the mass-hatching of an estimated 210,000 giant South American river turtles (Podocnemis expansa). The giant South American river turtle, or Arrau, is the world's largest side-necked turtle and can grow up to 80 centimeters long (nearly three feet). Jeremy Hance -7.575563 -66.205015 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12714 2014-02-01T13:26:00Z 2014-02-01T13:41:17Z Brazilian soy industry extends deforestation moratorium Soy traders and producers in the Brazilian Amazon agreed to extend a moratorium on soybeans produced in recently deforested areas for another year, reports Greenpeace. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12709 2014-01-31T14:59:00Z 2014-01-31T15:17:00Z Next big idea in forest conservation? Connecting forest fragments <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/cr/150/costa-rica-d_0183.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Dr. Stuart Pimm is an expert in extinctions: why they happen, how fast they happen, and how they can be prevented. Reconnecting forest fragments and avoiding fragmentation, according to Pimm, are among the most crucial things we can do to conserve global biodiversity. His organization SavingSpecies identifies areas at-risk for extinctions and helps local organizations fundraise so they can protect and restore habitats and safeguard biodiversity. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12681 2014-01-23T19:28:00Z 2014-01-24T01:25:40Z New dolphin discovered in the Amazon surprises scientists <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/14/0123-Inia_araguaiaensis150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Researchers have discovered a new species of river dolphin from the Amazon. Writing in the journal <i>Plos One</i>, scientists led by Tomas Hrbek of Brazil's Federal University of Amazonas formally describe <i>Inia araguaiaensis</i>, a freshwater dolphin that inhabits the Araguaia River Basin. It is the first true river dolphin discovered since 1918. Rhett Butler -5.244811 -49.269669 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12579 2013-12-26T23:48:00Z 2014-01-08T22:33:36Z Rainforest news review for 2013 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/sabah/150/sabah_aerial_1827.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>2013 was full of major developments in efforts to understand and protect the world's tropical rainforests. The following is a review of some of the major tropical forest-related news stories for the year. As a review, this post will not cover everything that transpired during 2013 in the world of tropical forests. Please feel free to highlight anything this post missed via the comments section at the bottom. Also please note that this review focuses only on tropical forests. Rhett Butler -3.118576 -60.076675 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12564 2013-12-22T23:24:00Z 2014-02-20T19:14:04Z Assassination 25 years ago catalyzed movement to protect the Amazon Twenty-five years ago today, Chico Mendes, an Amazon rubber tapper, was shot and killed in front of his family at his home in Acre, Brazil at the age of 44. Rhett Butler -10.651667 -68.497365 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12541 2013-12-18T23:46:00Z 2013-12-19T19:02:41Z Brazilian cattle producers standardize audits to exclude deforestation from supply chain <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay.s3.amazonaws.com/colombia/150/colombia_6300.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Brazil's largest cattle producers have agreed to standardize and make public their audits as part of an effort to exclude from their supply chains livestock produced via deforestation, reports Greenpeace, which has led a campaign to improve the environmental performance of the sector. The agreement on a standard auditing protocol means that the companies' progress toward eliminating deforestation will now be directly comparable. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12528 2013-12-16T22:30:00Z 2014-01-19T03:05:14Z Scientists make one of the biggest animal discoveries of the century - a new tapir <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/1216.newtapir.SUNP0052.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In what will likely be considered one of the biggest (literally) zoological discoveries of the Twenty-First Century, scientists today announced they have discovered a new species of tapir in Brazil and Colombia. The new mammal, hidden from science but known to local indigenous tribes, is actually one of the biggest animals on the continent, although it's still the smallest living tapir. Described in the Journal of Mammology, the scientists have named the new tapir Tapirus kabomani after the name for 'tapir' in the local Paumari language: Arabo kabomani. Jeremy Hance -4.609278 -69.810333 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12521 2013-12-16T19:55:00Z 2013-12-16T20:31:07Z Scientists: well-managed forest restoration benefits both biodiversity and people In November this year, the world was greeted by the dismaying news that deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon jumped 28% in the past year. The year 2013 also holds the dubious distinction of being the first time since humans appeared on the planet, that carbon concentrations in the atmosphere rose to 400 parts per million. A map by Google revealed that Russia, Brazil, the United States, Canada and Indonesia all displayed over 10 million hectares of gross forest loss from 2000-2012, with the highest deforestation rate occurring in Malaysia. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12519 2013-12-16T16:27:00Z 2013-12-16T17:56:56Z Odd porcupine hugely imperiled by hunting, deforestation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/1215.porcupine.brazil.tcs.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The thin-spined porcupine, also known as the bristle-spined rat, is a truly distinct animal: a sort of cross between New World porcupines and spiny rats with genetic research showing it is slightly closer to the former rather than the latter. But the thin-spined porcupine (Chaetomys subspinosus), found only in Brazil's Atlantic Forest, is imperiled by human activities. In fact, a new study in mongabay.com's open access journal Tropical Conservation Science found that the species remains a target for hunters, despite a reputation for tasting terrible. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12496 2013-12-10T14:09:00Z 2013-12-27T03:35:31Z Top 10 Environmental Stories of 2013 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/south-africa/150/south_africa_kruger_1126.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>1. Carbon concentrations hit 400ppm while the IPCC sets global carbon budget: For the first time since our appearance on Earth, carbon concentrations in the atmosphere hit 400 parts per million. The last time concentrations were this high for a sustained period was 4-5 million years ago when temperatures were 10 degrees Celsius higher. Meanwhile, in the slow-moving effort to curb carbon emissions, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) crafted a global carbon budget showing that most of the world's fossil fuel reserves must be left untouched if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12494 2013-12-09T18:39:00Z 2013-12-09T18:54:27Z New mountain porcupine discovered in Brazil (photos) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/1209.Coendou-baturitensis---Foto-Hugo-Fernandes-Ferreira.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In Brazil's Baturite Mountains, scientists have uncovered a new species of prehensile-tailed porcupine, according to a new paper in Revista Nordestina de Biologia. Dubbed, the Baturite porcupine (Coendou baturitensis), the new species was discovered when scientists noticed significant differences between it and its closest relative, the Brazilian porcupine (Coendou prehensilis). The name prehensile-tailed refers to these porcupines long, mobile tail which they use as a fifth limb to adroitly climb trees. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12484 2013-12-05T13:19:00Z 2013-12-05T13:40:41Z Humans are not apex predators, but meat-eating on the rise worldwide <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/1205.maps.meateating.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A new paper in <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i> has measured the "trophic level" of human beings for the first time. Falling between 1 and 5.5, trophic levels refer to where species fit on the food chain. Apex predators like tigers and sharks are given a 5.5 on trophic scale since they survive almost entirely on consuming meat, while plants and phytoplankton, which make their own food, are at the bottom of the scale. Humans, according to the new paper, currently fall in the middle: 2.21. However, rising meat-eating in countries like China, India, and Brazil is pushing our trophic level higher with massive environmental impacts. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12475 2013-12-03T01:55:00Z 2013-12-20T05:33:52Z Brazil could boost agriculture without destroying forests <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/1203-brazil-deforestation150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Brazil could substantially boost its agricultural output while increasing protection of its native ecosystems, finds a new analysis published by the Climate Policy Initiative (CPI), an international think tank. Rhett Butler -11.501557 -53.48465 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12461 2013-11-27T16:58:00Z 2013-11-27T17:24:45Z Scientists discover new cat species roaming Brazil <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/1126.L-guttulus-08-TGO_med_res2.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>As a family, cats are some of the most well-studied animals on Earth, but that doesn't mean these adept carnivores don't continue to surprise us. Scientists have announced today the stunning discovery of a new species of cat, long-confused with another. Looking at the molecular data of small cats in Brazil, researchers found that the tigrina&#8212;also known as the oncilla in Central America&#8212;is actually two separate species. The new species has been dubbed Leopardus guttulus and is found in the Atlantic Forest of southern Brazil, while the other Leopardus tigrinus is found in the cerrado and Caatinga ecosystems in northeastern Brazil. Jeremy Hance -25.697226 -48.620796 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12437 2013-11-22T19:20:00Z 2013-11-22T19:23:10Z Gold mine near controversial Belo Monte dam suspended A gold mining project proposed near the Belo Monte dam site in the Amazon rainforest has been suspended by a Brazilian court, reports Reuters. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12392 2013-11-17T01:21:00Z 2014-01-22T20:16:28Z Why is Amazon deforestation climbing? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/1116amazon150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The 28 percent increase in deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon over last year that was reported this week is bad news, but it is not surprising. It is bad news because the decline in deforestation since 2005 has given us the single largest contribution to climate change mitigation on the planet, far surpassing the reductions in emissions achieved by any Annex 1 country under the Kyoto Protocol. Brazil’s achievement is particularly noteworthy because it did not come at the expense of agricultural production; beef and soybean production continued to grow. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12387 2013-11-15T16:20:00Z 2013-11-18T15:12:43Z New bat species discovered in Brazil leaves another at risk <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/1114bats150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A team of researchers has discovered a new species of bat in Brazil, which has put a previously known species, Bokermann's nectar bat (<i>Lonchophylla bokermanni</i>), at risk of extinction. Long thought to comprise one species, the bat populations of the Atlantic Forest and the Cerrado – the tropical savannah of Brazil's interior - are in fact distinct from one another, according to a new study in <i>Zootaxa</i>. Scientists now say the Atlantic Forest's population represents a newly described species, which they have dubbed Peracchi's nectar bat (<i>Lonchophylla peracchii</i>). Tiffany Roufs -18.16673 -43.685303 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12385 2013-11-14T23:42:00Z 2013-12-24T15:53:10Z Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon jumps 28% in 2013 <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/06/braz_defor_88-05-150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon jumped 28% in 2013 sparking concerns that recent progress in reducing forest loss in the world's largest rainforest may be in danger of reversing. The preliminary data, released Thursday by the Brazilian government, shows that 5,843 square kilometers (2,256 sq miles) of rainforest was cleared across the 'Legal Amazon' between August 1, 2012 and July 31, 2013. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12378 2013-11-14T19:12:00Z 2014-01-20T20:15:57Z Powered by Google, high resolution forest map reveals massive deforestation worldwide <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/1114-umd150.gif" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Researchers today released a long-awaited tool that reveals the extent of forest cover loss and gain on a global scale. Powered by Google's massive computing cloud, the interactive forest map establishes a new baseline for measuring deforestation and forest recovery across all of the world's countries, biomes, and forest types. The map has far-reaching implications for efforts to slow deforestation, which accounts for roughly ten percent of greenhouse gas emissions produced by human activities, according to the authors of the paper that describes the tool and details its first findings. Rhett Butler 37.422032 -122.084039 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12381 2013-11-14T19:04:00Z 2013-11-14T19:19:19Z Scientists identify 137 protected areas most important for preserving biodiversity <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/1114.Varecia-rubra_R.A.Mittermeier.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Want to save the world's biodiversity from mass extinction? Then make certain to safeguard the 74 sites identified today in a new study in <i>Science</i>. Evaluating 173,000 terrestrial protected areas, scientists pulled out the most important ones for global biodiversity based on the number of threatened mammals, birds, and amphibians found in the parks. In all they identified 137 protected areas (spread over 74 sites as many protected areas were in the same region) in 34 countries as 'irreplaceable.' Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12368 2013-11-13T06:19:00Z 2013-11-15T15:23:33Z Locally extinct birds in the Amazon slowly flock back to forests when trees regrow <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/1113bird-in-hand150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Some good news out of the Amazon rainforest: given enough time, deforested land can rebound enough to host bird species that had previously deserted the area, according to a recent study in <i>The Auk</i>. When people abandon deforested land, the rainforest slowly reclaims it. Eventually, birds begin to use the clumps of secondary forest as corridors between thickets of old growth. Rhett Butler -1.572907 -60.234972 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12320 2013-11-06T16:32:00Z 2013-11-06T16:42:03Z Like humans, marmosets are polite communicators <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/animals/images/150/animals_00144.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Common marmoset monkeys have been described as having human-like conversations according to a team of researchers from the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. Native to Brazil, marmosets are highly social animals, using simple vocalizations in a multitude of situations: during courtship, keeping groups together and defending themselves. They also, according to the study published in Current Biology, exchange cooperative conversations with anyone and everyone - not just with their mates. Tiffany Roufs tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12280 2013-10-29T23:58:00Z 2013-11-19T22:15:39Z Belo Monte dam suspended Construction on Belo Monte, Brazil's largest dam, was again halted by a federal court due to concerns over its license, reports Amazon Watch, an NGO that is mobilizing opposition to the project. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12275 2013-10-29T17:41:00Z 2013-10-29T17:44:11Z 50,000 km of roads built across Brazilian Amazon in 3 years Roads are rapidly expanding across the Brazilian Amazon opening up once remote rainforests to loggers, miners, ranchers, farmers, and land speculators, finds a new study published in the journal <i>Regional Environmental Change</i>. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12239 2013-10-23T18:35:00Z 2014-02-20T19:23:32Z Illegal logging remains rampant in Brazil Illegal logging remains pervasive in the Brazilian state of Par&aacute;, finds an assessment released Monday by Imazon. Rhett Butler -1.984009 -50.754116 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12227 2013-10-23T12:53:00Z 2013-10-23T13:12:10Z Scientist splits Amazonian giants into separate species It's hard to mistake an arapaima for anything else: these massive, heavily-armored, air-breathing fish (they have to surface every few minutes) are the megafauna of the Amazon's rivers. But despite their unmistakability, and the fact that they have been hunted by indigenous people for millennia, scientists still know relatively little about arapaima, including just how many species there are. Since the mid-Nineteenth Century, scientists have lumped all arapaima into one species: <i>Arapaima gigas</i>. However, two recent studies in <i>Copeia</i> split the arapaimas into at least five total species&#8212;and more may be coming. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12210 2013-10-16T22:10:00Z 2013-10-16T22:12:45Z 40% of Brazil's rural area owned by 1.4% of landholders Forty percent of the 509 million hectares of land classified as 'rural property' in Brazil is owned by 1.4 percent of rural households, finds a new analysis conducted by a group of Brazilian NGO's. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12208 2013-10-16T18:24:00Z 2013-10-16T19:47:05Z Mammal-watching: one man's obsession to see the world's mammals <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/1016mammals150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>There are more than 5,000 different mammal species across the globe, but with this number being dwarfed by the 10,000 bird species, it is little wonder that bird-watching has become the most common wildlife watching hobby in the world. While there are thousands of websites dedicated to ornithology enthusiasts, with information detailing the best places to see particular species and how to find them, similar resources about mammals remain scarce. Tiffany Roufs tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12145 2013-09-30T17:12:00Z 2014-02-22T02:07:18Z Has Brazil turned against its progressive environmental policies? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://travel.mongabay.com/brazil/150/brazil_0507.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Last year, Brazil rolled back crucial parts of its landmark Forestry Code, potentially opening vast tracts of forest for destruction; it is also moving ahead on a number of Amazon dams, including the infamous Belo Monte, despite international condemnation and conflict with indigenous people. Meanwhile, a new law under consideration proposes allowing large-scale mining in protected areas. Given this a new paper in mongabay.com's open access journal Tropical Conservation Science argues that Brazil has thrown off its once admired mantle of environmental legislation, imperiling hundreds of thousands of species in the most biodiverse country on Earth. Jeremy Hance -15.80001 -47.864525 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12143 2013-09-30T15:03:00Z 2014-04-03T16:51:50Z New prioritization for Brazil's threatened mammals pushes little known primates and rodents to the top <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/0927brazil150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Scientists have applied a species prioritization scheme to Brazil's diverse mammals to deduce which species should become the focus of conservation efforts over the next few years in a new paper published in mongabay.com's open-access journal Tropical Conservation Science. Jeremy Hance -9.968851 -53.100588 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12102 2013-09-19T17:00:00Z 2013-09-19T17:31:07Z Judge halts construction of Amazon dam on Brazil's Teles Pires river A federal judge in Brazil has ordered the suspension of construction activities on the Teles Pires due to shortcomings in the environmental licensing process, including the project's impacts on three local tribes, reports International Rivers. Rhett Butler -9.340587 -56.776842 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12101 2013-09-19T05:58:00Z 2013-09-19T06:06:58Z Indigenous peoples resume occupation of Brazil's Belo Monte dam site 150 indigenous protesters have once again occupied the Belo Monte dam site in an effort to block the controversial project, reports Amazon Watch, an NGO that is helping lead the fight against the dam. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12072 2013-09-12T21:03:00Z 2013-09-12T21:46:55Z Brazil's satellite data suggests rise in Amazon deforestation over past year <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/bprodes-deter-inpe-brazil150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon appears to have risen significantly over the past year, according to data released by the country's space agency, INPE. Data aggregated from INPE's monthly deforestation alert system shows a 34 percent rise for the 12 months ended July 31, 2013 relative to the year-earlier period. Rhett Butler -3.417466 -59.342866 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12055 2013-09-11T16:56:00Z 2014-02-22T02:05:18Z Scientists discover that threatened bird migrates entirely within Amazon Basin <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0911.689px-Orinoco_Goose.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>When one thinks of bird migrations, it's usually a north-south route that follows seasonal climates. But researchers in the Amazon have tracked, for the first time, a largely-unknown long-distance migration that sticks entirely to the Amazon Basin. Using satellite telemetry, scientists tracked a pair of Orinoco geese (Neochen jubata) from Peru and a male from Western Brazil, who both migrated to the Llanos de Moxos, a vast savanna and Amazonian watershed in Bolivia. The research has shown that the Orinoco geese&#8212;which breeds in both Peru and Brazil&#8212;depends on wetlands in the Llanos de Moxos for much of the year. Jeremy Hance -12.803767 -65.433426 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12049 2013-09-10T22:59:00Z 2014-02-20T19:26:02Z Brazil establishes 2 Amazon parks covering 2.4m acres The Brazilian government has designated 952,000 hectares of remote public land in the Amazon as two new protected areas. Rhett Butler -5.430085 -58.174324 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12048 2013-09-10T22:17:00Z 2013-09-10T23:13:24Z Amazon rainforest tribe sells REDD+ credits to Brazilian cosmetics giant The Paiter-Suruí, a rainforest tribe that in June became the first indigenous group to generate REDD+ credits under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), has now closed their first deal. As reported by Ecosystem Marketplace, Brazilian cosmetics giant Natura Cosméticos has purchased 120,000 tons of carbon offsets from the the Surui Forest Carbon Project in Rondônia, Brazil. Rhett Butler -3.381824 -57.619171 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/12001 2013-09-02T14:00:00Z 2013-09-02T14:09:29Z Scientists catch boa constrictor eating a howler monkey (photos) <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0902.boahowler.Imagem-338.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In a world first, scientists have captured images and video of a boa constrictor attacking and devouring whole a femle howler monkey, one of the largest new world primates weighing in at around 4 kilograms (8.8 pounds). The rare predation event was recorded in a tiny forest fragment (2.5 hectares) in the Brazilian state of Rondonia by Erika Patricia Quintino, a PhD student at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11952 2013-08-22T20:23:00Z 2013-08-31T02:02:34Z 85% of Brazilian leather goes to markets sensitive to environmental concerns Around 40% of beef and 85% of leather production serve markets that are potentially sensitive to environmental concerns, providing a partial explantation as to why Brazilian producers have made recent commitments to reducing deforestation for cattle production, finds a new study published in <i>Tropical Conservation Science</i>. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11949 2013-08-21T14:55:00Z 2014-02-22T01:59:05Z Pesticide problems in the Amazon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src=" http://travel.mongabay.com/brazil/150/brazil_0609.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>As the world’s population increases and agricultural frontiers expand into native tropical habitats, researchers are working furiously to understand the impacts on tropical forests and global biodiversity. But one obvious impact has been little studied in these agricultural frontiers: pesticides. However a new study in the journal Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society B seeks to shine a light on the problem. Tiffany Roufs -5.747174 -64.299317 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11941 2013-08-19T22:54:00Z 2013-08-19T23:02:59Z With deforestation rising, Brazil sends more police to the Amazon With deforestation pacing more than 90 percent ahead of last year's rate according to an estimate released today, Brazil said it has increased the number of environmental inspectors in the Amazon rainforest. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11788 2013-07-18T19:37:00Z 2013-07-20T00:32:32Z Brazil's military takes on illegal loggers to protect nearly-extinct tribe Brazil has launched a military campaign to evict illegal loggers working from the fringes of an indigenous reserve home to the Awá people, reports Survival International. Inhabiting the Amazon rainforest in northeastern Brazil, only around 450 Awá, also known as Guajá, survive today, and around a quarter of these have chosen voluntary isolation. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11758 2013-07-10T17:17:00Z 2013-07-12T03:16:29Z Tiny suckermouth catfish discovered in Brazil Scientists have discovered a new suckermouth catfish in the Rio Paraíba do Sul basin in southeastern Brazil. Rhett Butler -22.764152 -44.598511