Illegal Gold Mining in Peru- In Photos

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A nationwide ban on illegal mining has been in effect in Peru since April 19. The effects of this ban … Read More

$35 Million Pledged to Combat Illegal Gold Mining in Peru

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Earlier this week, the Humala administration of Peru pledged $35 million (US) to the Madre de Dios region, an investment that will work to enforce the rule of law in areas of development.

Ecuador’s Jaguars Threatened by Oil Drilling

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To get a sense of what is at stake in Yasuni National Park if plans to drill continue, Diego Mosquera of the Tiputini Biodiverity Station observed jaguar populations over a seven year period between 2005 and 2012, concluding that the area is extremely rare in terms of jaguar densities.

Crackdown on Illegal Gold Exports in Peru

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Peru is the world’s sixth largest gold exporter. A quarter of the gold shipped from the country last year was likely exported by companies acquiring ore from illegal sources.

Bird Populations Recover in the Amazon

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Over 1,300 bird species can be found in the Amazon. From hyperactive hummingbirds whizzing through the air, to colorful toucans eating fruit from the trees, the Amazon is characterized by a number of fantastic species found nowhere else in the world.

Animal Symphony at Yasuni National Park

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Over the past two years, the video camera trap program at Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorean Amazon has managed to capture amazing footage of animals rarely seen by humans.

Oil Industry has ‘Devastating Consequences’ for Indigenous Peoples

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The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, has recently stated that indigenous communities in Peru have suffered “devastating consequences” as a result of the oil industry in the Amazon

Amazon trees “live fast, die young”

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The Amazon rainforest contains 16,000 different tree species, and around 390 billion individual trees. This amazing region sustains the world’s highest tree diversity, but the origin of this diversity remains unclear.

Global Impact of Amazon Deforestation

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Princeton University-led researchers recently reported in the Journal of Climate that widespread destruction of the Amazon rainforest could result in 20% less rain in the northwest U.S, and 50% less snowpack in the Sierra Nevada.

Gold Mining is Modern Slavery for Many Children in Peru

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For many children in Peru, gold mining is a last resort option with no way out. Take the story of … Read More

True Source of Amazon River Discovered

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It’s been debated for centuries where the Amazon River officially starts and scientists now believe they’ve found the river’s true … Read More

Controversial Mine May Reopen in Peru

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This past December government officials announced Minas Conga will most likely reopen for operations in the first quarter of 2014. … Read More

Amazon Rainforest Mystery – Solved!

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After half a year of research, scientists have finally identified the small spider responsible for building intricate, circular nests in the Amazon Rainforest, structures which have baffled the internet for months.

Peruvian National Park Breaks Biodiversity Records

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A recent study reveals Peru’s Manú National Park has scored a new biodiversity record. Surveys of the park catalogue 155 … Read More

New Species of River Dolphin Discovered

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Researchers in Brazil have identified a new species of river dolphin living in the Amazon’s Araguaia River Basin.

Are Rainforests Drying Out?

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According to a new study, the Amazon rainforest’s dry season is lasting three weeks longer than it did 30 years … Read More

U.N. Passes Mercury Agreement

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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 certain products and industrial processes.

Forced Labor in Peru’s Gold Mines

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The impact of gold mining in the Madre de Dios region of Peru is devastating.  Deforestation scars the landscape and … Read More

New Mammal Species Discovered in Andean Cloud Forests

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In August 2013, Kristofer Helgen–curator of mammals at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History–announced the discovery of a distinct species known as the olinguito. Despite the fact that multiple museums have had evidence of these mammals hidden away for decades, the scientific community was unable to differentiate this unique species from other olingos until now.

The Ecology of Disease

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Experts say that increasing human impact on the environment and human encroachment into formally untouched habitat is increasing the instances of these infectious diseases in human populations.

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