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How Two Plants Combine To Form The Powerful Drug Ayahuasca 

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’

last monthNews : 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'

5 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

7 months agoHobbies / Hunting : Hunting Life

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.

A 60 Million Year Record of the Amazon Basin's Ecosystems

A 60-million-year Cenozoic history of western Amazonian ecosystems in Contamana, eastern PeruAuthors:Antoine et alAbstract:We provide a synopsis of ~ 60 million years of life history in Neotropical lowlands, based on a comprehensive survey of the Cenozoic deposits along the Quebrada Cachiyacu near Contamana in Peruvian Amazonia. Show More Summary

Increased deforestation could substantially reduce Amazon basin rainfall

WASHINGTON, DC -- Continued deforestation of the Amazon rainforest could diminish the amount of rain that falls in the Amazon River basin, finds a new study. These declines in rainfall could potentially alter the region's climate, disrupting rainforest ecosystems and impacting local economies, according to the study's authors. read more

High-speed search methods to better estimate climate threats to biodiversity

Climate change is perhaps felt most acutely in the Arctic right now, but by the start of the next century, animal species in the Amazon basin region will be harder hit as the Earth warms. read more

African nations and donors agree plan to protect Congo forests

OSLO (Reuters) - Six African nations have agreed with donors on a plan to protect the tropical forests of the Congo basin, the second biggest in the world after the Amazon's, to help ease poverty and combat climate change.

Norway to complete $1 billion payment to Brazil for protecting Amazon

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway will make a final $100-million payment to Brazil this year to complete a $1-billion project that rewards a slowdown in forest loss in the Amazon basin, Norway's Environment Ministry said on Tuesday.

Amazon fire risk linked to devastating hurricanes

Researchers have uncovered a remarkably strong link between high wildfire risk in the Amazon basin and the devastating hurricanes that ravage North Atlantic shorelines. The climate scientists' findings appear near the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's calamitous August 2005 landfall at New Orleans.

Amazon fire risk differs across east-west divide in 2015

Scientists project fire risk for South America's Amazon Basin in 2015 to fall along an east-west divide. According to their model, based on multiple satellite datasets, the forests of the western Amazon will experience average or below-average fire risk, while those in the eastern Amazon will see above-average risk.

Isolated Mashco-Piro tribe reaches out in Peru’s Amazon

last yearNews : The Raw Story

Members of an isolated indigenous group made contact over the weekend with villagers in Peru’s Amazon basin seeking food and supplies, a Lima newspaper reported Monday. A video taken by the villagers captured the encounter with the Mashco-Piro people on the banks of the Madre de Dios river....

Finding Bigfoot: Amazon Squatchin’

The team travels to the Amazon River basin in search of the mythical Mapinguari. With one eye and a gaping mouth on its stomach, the team does not give into the myth, convinced it's yet another undiscovered primate, and set out to find it in the vast jungle.

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