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Brazil plans to stop the killing of pink dolphins

Brazil plans to stop the killing of pink dolphins

SAO PAULO — Brazil will temporarily ban the catch of a type of catfish in an effort to halt the killing of the Amazon pink dolphin, whose flesh is used as bait, the Fishing and Aquaculture Ministry said Tuesday. Ministry spokesman Ultimo Valadares said the government...
New Tapir Species Discovered

New Tapir Species Discovered

Just last week, scientists in the Brazilian Amazon announced what is already being called one of the biggest discoveries of the century: a new species of tapir, known as Tapirus kabomani. Tapirs are a large pig-like mammal with a short snout, in the same family as...
Hundreds of New Species Discovered

Hundreds of New Species Discovered

The World Wildlife Fund reports that at least 441 new species of plants and animals have been discovered in the Amazon rainforest in just three years. The species include  258 species of plants, 84 fish, 22 reptiles, 18 birds and one new mammal, plus countless insects...
The Ecology of Disease

The Ecology of Disease

This fascinating article – The Ecology of Disease – from The New York Times examines the relationship between the environment and infectious disease.  Disease is largely an environmental issue.  Many emerging infectious disease that affect humans originate...