Are Rainforests Drying Out?

Are Rainforests Drying Out?

According to a new study, the Amazon rainforest’s dry season is lasting three weeks longer than it did 30 years ago and it’s likely the climate change crisis is to blame. While rain falls year-round in this beautiful rainforest ecosystem, the Amazon depends on...
Why Arts for the Amazon?

Why Arts for the Amazon?

“The greatest scientists are always artists as well,” said Albert Einstein, a man whose passion for physics was matched only by his intense love of music.  He emphasized throughout his life that scientific discovery was not a result of technical skill, but a product...
Gold Mining Devastates Rainforest

Gold Mining Devastates Rainforest

http://youtu.be/D8amzv_kwMs A new study published this week by the Carnegie Institution for Science revealed the true cost of the gold mining epidemic in the Madre de Dios region. Said lead author and friend of AAF Greg Asner, “Our results reveal far more rainforest...
Corruption and Illegal Logging

Corruption and Illegal Logging

The World Bank estimates that every two seconds, an area of forest the size of a football field is clear-cut by illegal loggers around the globe.  Illegal logging is an epidemic, particularly in Peruvian regions of the Amazon where as much as 80% of the areas logging...

U.N. Passes Mercury Agreement

Last Thursday, the United Nations launched a groundbreaking treaty—the Minamata Convention—designed to limit mercury pollution internationally.  The treaty was signed by delegates of 140 nations after four years of negotiations, and will regulate the use of mercury in...