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Hydroclimate changes across the Amazon lowlands over the past 45,000 years

5 days agoAcademics : Nature

Reconstructing the history of tropical hydroclimates has been difficult, particularly for the Amazon basin—one of Earth’s major centres of deep atmospheric convection. For example, whether the Amazon basin was substantially drier orShow More Summary

Ancient human disturbances may skewer our understanding of Amazon Basin

Pre-European human populations of the Amazon Basin may have affected our contemporary understanding of the forest's structure and composition, and thus our calculations of its impact on carbon dioxide remediation, according to new findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Riot by Drug Gangs in Brazil Prison Leaves 60 Dead

2 weeks agoNews : NYTimes: News

The authorities said the riot at the Compaj prison in Manaus was part of a power struggle over the drug trade in the Amazon basin.

How a hunting boom left the Amazon Basin with 'empty rivers'

The fashion for wild animal skins and furs drove a hunting boom in the Amazon basin through the 20th century. A mass industry sprung up almost overnight and the hides of otters, jaguars or alligator-like caimans were soon being shipped round the world to be turned into coats, hats or accessories. Show More Summary

Staggering loss of wildlife following Amazon 'rubber boom'

For the first time, experts have documented the killing of millions of animals in Brazil's Amazon Basin for their hides following the collapse of the Rubber Boom in the 20th century, causing the collapse of some aquatic species. Yet despite the harvest of many terrestrial animals, most land-based species appear to have survived the carnage.

Winston Selects Rio Marié as a Winston Preferred Lodge

3 months agoHobbies / Fishing : MidCurrent

The R.L. Winston Rod Company has announced the selection of Rio Marié Lodge, located in Brazil’s Amazon basin, as the newest fly fishing lodge to be chosen as a Winston Preferred Lodge. Read more in the press release below. Winston … more ?

Study documents staggering loss of wildlife following Amazon 'Rubber Boom'

(Oregon State University) Researchers for the first time have documented the killing of millions of animals in Brazil's Amazon Basin for their hides following the collapse of the Rubber Boom in the 20th century, causing the collapse of some aquatic species. Show More Summary

Photos: Freshwater Stingray Takes Bite Out of Insects

This freshwater stingray from the Amazon Basin chews up its insect meals like mammals do.

How Two Plants Combine To Form The Powerful Drug Ayahuasca 

5 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Ayahuasca has been used in shaman and healing rituals for centuries, specifically in areas near the Amazon river basin, but it’s seeing a surge in popularity among “tourists” that travel to South America to seek its hallucinatory effects. Read more...

Droughts Dry Up Amazon’s ‘Green Lungs’

6 months agoNews : Truthdig

By Tim Radford / Climate News Network Serious tree loss and stunted growth caused by repeated droughts in the Amazon Basin have damaged the rainforest’s vital ability to store atmospheric carbon.

Drought stalls tree growth and shuts down Amazon carbon sink, researchers find

A recent drought completely shut down the Amazon Basin's carbon sink, by killing trees and slowing their growth, a ground-breaking study led by researchers at the Universities of Exeter and Leeds has found. Previous research has suggested...Show More Summary

Drought stalls tree growth and shuts down Amazon carbon sink, researchers find

A recent drought completely shut down the Amazon Basin's carbon sink, by killing trees and slowing their growth, a ground-breaking study has found.

Brazil suspends Amazon dam project over fears for indigenous people

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Land rights campaigners have welcomed the suspension of a mega-dam project in Brazil's Amazon basin which would have flooded an area the size of New York City and displaced indigenous communities.

Articles: 1) '2015 Snapshot of Water Security in the Nile, Mekong & Amazon River Basins'; 2) 'Cultural Costs of Tropical Dams'

9 months agoUtilities / Water : WaterWired

WaterWonk, human being extraordinaire, and friend Jennifer C Veilleux and Elizabeth P. Anderson just published this paper in the February 2016 issue of Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin (ASLO) '2015 Snapshot of Water Security in the Nile, Mekong, and Amazon River Basins'. Download Veilleux_Anderson_L_O_2016 Summary Challenges for policy makers and water...

What Happens in the Amazon, Doesn't Stay in the Amazon: One Mother's Inspiring Quest for Justice

Olivio Salas was 11 years old when he died. His mother, Adolfina García Sandí, an indigenous Achuar leader from the Corrientes River Basin in the Amazon Rainforest, believes that he died after drinking water that California oil giant Occidental Petroleum had been poisoning for decades. Show More Summary

Conservation Pioneers, Celebrity Naturalists Headline International Expeditions’ Master Leader Series Departures in Amazon, Galapagos and Africa

Helena, Ala., January 13, 2015 – Nature enthusiasts can explore the diverse Amazon Basin, wildlife-rich Galapagos Islands, storied Serengeti or jungles of The post Conservation Pioneers, Celebrity Naturalists Headline International Expeditions’ Master Leader Series Departures in Amazon, Galapagos and Africa appeared first on Hunting and Conservation News.

From Nieman Reports: Startups are revitalizing journalism in Brazil’s challenging environment

It is almost impossible to overestimate the importance of the Amazon basin to Brazil. At approximately five million square kilometers, the region represents 59 percent of the country’s territory, an area just over 10 times larger than California. The most diverse rainforest in the world borders seven countries, three of which supply a majority of...

Magnitude 7.5 quake hits Peru-Brazil border, no damage reported

LIMA (Reuters) - A major quake of magnitude 7.5 struck the Peruvian-Brazilian border in the Amazon basin on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

Peru-Brazil border quake upgraded to magnitude 7.5: USGS

(Reuters) - A major quake of magnitude 7.5 struck the Peruvian-Brazilian border in the Amazon basin on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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