Extinct Lizard Rediscovered in Ecuador

Extinct Lizard Rediscovered in Ecuador

A lizard with a nose that rivals Pinocchio? One of the many fascinating species found recently in the in Amazonian cloud forests is a curious reptile once thought to be extinct. Horned anoles, now commonly known as Pinocchio lizards, are easily identifiable by the...
Amazon Gold in the Guianas

Amazon Gold in the Guianas

Last week, Amazon Aid Foundation board members Sarah DuPont and Luis Fernandez traveled to Guyana, French Guyana, and Suriname, in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund, to screen “Amazon Gold” and discuss the issues portrayed in the film. While each country has...
Deforestation in Brazil Up 28 Percent

Deforestation in Brazil Up 28 Percent

A new interactive online map of global forest loss and gain has been launched by the University of Maryland with the help of Google Earth, allowing viewers to zoom in on forests to a high level of local detail.  Using satellite imagery collected from 2000 to 2012,...
Luis Fernandez Meets With Peruvian Government

Luis Fernandez Meets With Peruvian Government

AAF Board member and leading mercury researcher Luis Fernandez met with the Prime Minister of Peru last week to present his findings on the effects of mercury from illegal gold mining in the Madre de Dios region. He warned of elevated levels of mercury in rural and...
Lessons from California’s Gold Rush

Lessons from California’s Gold Rush

Artisanal and small-scale gold mining is now responsible for the largest intentional releases of mercury into the environment.  Mercury is a highly toxic metal used to extract gold from sediment, and the emissions can be devastating to human health, causing severe...