Peru, Colombia and Ecuador coordinate efforts to halt illegal mining

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Last month the Humala administration’s firm deadline for all miners to formalize their operations took effect on April 19. Government … Read More

Government led major joint operation against illegal mining in Madre de Dios

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El Comercio and Peru.21 reported that 1500 police and troops dynamited $23 million worth of heavy machinery used in illegal … Read More

Canopy Holds Secret to Amazon Evolution

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The Western Amazon is arguably the most world’s biodiverse region and now scientists have found that not only is the … Read More

Earthquakes Turn Water Into Gold

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Earthquakes may have a slow Midas touch according to a new study. Pressure changes in the Earth’s crust cause precious … Read More

Amazon Inhales More Carbon Than It Emits

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A new NASA-led study seven years in the making has confirmed that the natural processes of the Amazon remove more … Read More

Illegal Mining Controls 20 Percent of Peru’s Gold

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More illegally mined gold comes from Peru than any other country in the world, amounting to billions of dollars worth … Read More

Climate Change Threatens Andean Cloud Forests

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Can one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world survive the looming threat of climate change?

High Mercury Levels Affect Indigenous Populations

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Living in the Amazon’s Madre de Dios region of Peru has its perks when it comes to natural resources, but the introduction of mercury into this fragile ecosystem has transformed these natural resources into a major threat to indigenous people’s health.

A New Kind of Playground

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A little girl plays in the desolate landscape that is the aftermath of gold mining in Peru.

Families on the Rivers

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Amazonian rivers are highways through the rainforest; they provide a way for people to navigate the dense and challenging terrain.

Population Decline of Indigenous People

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Indigenous peoples inhabit a large portion of the Amazon rainforest and their traditional and cultural beliefs have existed for centuries, … Read More

Caterpillars of Wayqecha

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See researcher Edward Hurme’s videos of caterpillars at the Wayqecha cloud forest research station in Peru.

Butterflies of Wayqecha

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Researcher Edward Hurme has taken a beautiful video of butterflies at the Wayqechas cloud forest research station in Peru. This region has one of the highest concentrations of butterfly diversity in the world.

Butterflies, Ants, and Bees

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Manu National Park is the location of a plot where the largest number of species of butterflies has been identified in any one particular place on the planet, with 1307, more than twice the number found in the entire United States.

Arachnids

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Arachnids of the Amazon are numerous. Orb-weaver spiders make up a majority of spiders found in the rainforest and can weave beautiful webs

Helmeted Iguana

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The Helmeted Iguana in this video is very rarely seen, as it has adapted to remain motionless as a predator comes near.

Muddy River Water

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When local vegetation is removed, turbidity, the haziness of water which depends on the amount of suspended solids, generally increases as well.

Amazon lowlands

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The Amazon rainforests contain an enormous amount of plant diversity, yet much of this diversity is located within very small ranges.

Will we lose a cure?

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Among the diverse array of plants that exist in the Amazon, many are used for traditional medicinal purposes.

Amazon Plants: cures and curiosities

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Malaria, one of the most lethal diseases in the tropics, can be addressed by no less than 41 different species of plants in the Brazilian Amazon in some capacity.

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