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NASA’s ECOSTRESS Detects Amazon Fires from Space

August 30, 2019

NASA’s Ecosystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) captured imagery of fires in the Amazon regions…
More farmers, more problems: How smallholder agriculture is threatening the Western Amazon

July 16, 2019

A verdant, nearly roadless place, the Western Amazon in South America may be the most biologically diverse place…
Past climate change: a warning for the future?

June 18, 2019

A new study of climate changes and their effects on past societies offers a sobering glimpse of social…
One-third of the world’s longest rivers remain free-flowing, new analysis finds

May 10, 2019

Just over one-third of the world’s 246 longest rivers remain free-flowing, according to a new study published in Nature.…
Carbon emissions from Amazonian forest fires up to four times worse than feared

October 9, 2018

Carbon losses caused by El Niño forest fires of 2015 and 2016 could be up to four times…
Amazon mangrove forest stores twice as much carbon per acre as region’s famous rainforest

September 26, 2018

Scientists have determined for the first time that Amazon’s waterlogged coastal mangrove forests, which are being clear cut…
NASA Finds Amazon Drought Leaves Long Legacy of Damage

August 11, 2018

A single season of drought in the Amazon rainforest can reduce the forest’s carbon dioxide absorption for years…
A Pound of Cure

March 1, 2018

For indigenous people around the world, high rates of illness and mortality are a way of life. Most…
Tropical Trees use Unique Method to Resist Drought

February 22, 2018

Tropical trees in the Amazon Rainforest may be more drought resistant than previously thought, according to a new…
Human Impact on Forest Still Evident After 500 Years

January 19, 2018

Tropical forests span a huge area, harbor a wide diversity of species, and are important to water and…
Amazonian streams found teeming with fish species are lacking protection

November 16, 2017

Scientists have found that small streams, in areas of the eastern Brazilian Amazon that are a mixture of…
Rainforest metropolis casts 1,000 km shadow on wildlife

July 27, 2017

Urban food demand in the Amazon could be hitting wildlife up to 1,000 km away from the city,…
New Study Shows the Amazon Makes Its Own Rainy Season

July 18, 2017

A new study gives the first observational evidence that the southern Amazon rainforest triggers its own rainy season…
Amazon Study Reveals that Rainstorms Transport Atmospheric Particles Essential for Cloud Formation

October 25, 2016

Tracking atmospheric particles in a pristine environment will help scientists understand the impact of industrial aerosols on climate…
Amazon forest fires burning out of control

February 19, 2016

Record breaking fires in the Brazilian Amazon have destroyed thousands of kilometres of protected forests, stripping them of…
How much did indigenous peoples alter the Amazon forest?

October 28, 2015

Before Europeans arrived, indigenous peoples altered the Amazon forest–but primarily along major rivers. Their effects were almost imperceptible…
Evidence of species loss in Amazon

August 26, 2015

Researchers studying plants, ants, birds, dung beetles and orchid bees in the Brazilian Amazon have found clear evidence…
Researchers find link between Amazon fire risk, devastating hurricanes

August 24, 2015

Researchers from the University of California, Irvine and NASA have uncovered a remarkably strong link between high wildfire…
Amazon Fire Risk Differs Across East-West Divide in 2015

August 5, 2015

Scientists at NASA and the University of California, Irvine, project fire risk for South America’s Amazon Basin in…
American History 201

July 27, 2015

Native Americans living in the Amazon bear an unexpected genetic connection to indigenous people in Australasia, suggesting a…
Surveying the Amazon of the Indo-Pacific

July 2, 2015

One of the study’s authors, CSIRO’s Matt Bradford, with a Gossia shepherdii (Lignum) estimated at close to 1000…
Location matters in the lowland Amazon

May 26, 2015

You know the old saying: Location, location, location? It turns out that it applies to the Amazon rainforest,…
The Brazilian deforestation puzzle

April 13, 2015

Brazil’s rate of deforestation went down dramatically over the last ten years. It’s not completely clear why that’s…
Glad to Be Home

March 19, 2015

Anthropologists study the hormonal basis of affiliation and competition among hunters in the Bolivian Amazon Absence, it seems,…
Amazon’s carbon uptake declines as trees die faster

March 19, 2015

The most extensive land-based study of the Amazon to date reveals it is losing its capacity to absorb…
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