Make Art, Take Action!

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  Taking care of the environment takes care of all living things. However, our culture does not always support this … Read More

Amazon Night Sky

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A streetlight flickers on and off by my window at varying intervals, dimming out slowly with an orange glow. Having … Read More

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

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.

A Song of Our Warming Planet

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In this amazing video from Ensia, University of Minnesota undergrad Daniel Crawford has created a way to communicate climate data through music. Using his cello and climate data collected by NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies, Crawford created a composition where each note corresponds to a year, and the pitch represents temperature.

Habitat and Species Diversity Recorded by Bernie Krause

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The Guardian has published a fascinating article documenting the sounds of natural areas before and after they were disturbed. Bernie Krause-a musician and naturalist-has spent over 40 years recording the sounds of some of the most pristine environments in the world.

Illegal Miners Loot 18 Tons of Gold Every Year

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Illegal gold mining threatens the environment and the industry itself, subsequently threatening Peru’s economy.

Beautiful Amazon Time-Lapse

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Over the month of June 2012, Dano Grayson was sponsored by the Amazon Aid Foundation as an Artist for the Amazon to travel alone through the South American wilderness in efforts of capturing nature at its finest.

Dr. Nigel Pitman’s Amazon Field Journal

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Dr. Nigel Pitman is the former research director of the Los Amigos conservation concession is southeastern Peru, and currently a research associate with at the Center for Tropical Conservation with the Nichols School of the Environment. He is the author of over 70 scientific publications.

Interview with Neotropical Scientist Dr. Nigel Pitman

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Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Nigel Pitman, former research director of the Los Amigos conservation concession in Southeastern Peru and currently a research associate at the Center for Tropical at the Center for Tropical school of the Environment.

High Mercury Levels in Amazon Residents

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Mercury is a highly dangerous neurotoxin, and due to illegal gold mining in the Madre de Dios region of Peru, residents of the area are being exposed to this harmful substance.

Understanding Gold Mining

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The rising price of gold in the global market has led to a boom in small-scale/artisanal mining. Although the mining is called ‘small-scale,’ the huge number of miners operating in Peru is creating an ecological catastrophe in the Amazon River basin.

Gold Sourcing Standards – Jewelry Buyers Guide

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Many of the leading jewelry retailers in the United States have adopted voluntary sourcing standards to alleviate the negative environmental and social effects of gold mining.

Amazon Conservation Association on Illegal Gold Mining

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We at the Amazon Aid Foundation believe that by protecting the Amazon rainforest, we are protecting our future.

Mercury in Madre de Dios

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Mercury is an increasing environmental and public health problem in the gold mining region of Madre de Dios in Peru. High mercury concentrations were found in many of the people and wild caught fish sold in markets in the capital city, Puerto Maldonado.

The Jungle Highway

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Here’s a great video explaining the environmental situation in the Madre de Dios region. The building of large roads through the Amazon exposes the area to resource exploitation and the destruction of the rainforest itself.

An Average Day in the Amazon

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Dano Grayson takes us through an “average day” in the Amazon, complete with rainforest hikes and a ferruginous pygmy owl!

Carbon Visuals

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In 2010, New York City added 54,349,650 metric tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere; this is 148,903 tons of carbon dioxide emitted per day, 6,204 tons an hour, and 1.72 tons a second. Carbon emission rates have increased to the point where the natural carbon cycle is unable to deal with the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which impacts climate.

“A Rumble in the Jungle”

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In “A Rumble in the Jungle” New York Times Op-Ed Contributors Nathan K. Lujan, Devin D. Bloom and Cynthia Watson articulate “the awful truths of gold mining” that are glossed over in reality T.V. shows like Bamazon. Highlighting the intricate ecosystem within the Amazon, this article points to what we as humans identify most with: “the increasing levels of mercury (used to sift for and collect gold flecks) that naturally collect in fish…which over time could cause cancer and lead to birth defects.” The cycle goes something like this: gold miners in the Amazon use mercury to find gold. Mercury naturally binds to gold and is much easier to sift for once solidified.

Dragonflies of Wayqecha

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Watch researcher Edward Hurme’s video of dragonflies laying their eggs in a small pond in the Peruvian cloud forest.

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