Can the Amazon rainforest survive?

Inhabitant

Humans are barreling toward a catastrophic tipping point for the Amazon rainforest, according to a recent study by more than 200 scientists. If we don’t change our habits immediately, the damage will be irreversible

Spider fossil sheds light on Australia’s ancient rainforest ecosystem

New Scientist

A suite of plant and animal fossils from a site in New South Wales date back about 16 million years to a time when the region was blanketed in lush rainforests

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Gold Coast leads way in beachfront rainforest restoration

A Greener Life

The City of Gold Coast is undertaking one of Australia’s largest ever beachfront rainforest restoration projects. The project involves the restoration of 37 hectares of littoral rainforest within the Federation Walk Coastal Reserve at The Spit, Main Beach. By News Leads.

The Amazon rainforest now emits more carbon than it absorbs

Inhabitant

A recent study in Nature shows that the Amazon rainforest is now emitting more CO2 than it absorbs. For the first time, scientists have confirmed that despite once being the largest carbon sink in the world, the rainforest has turned into a pollutant due to high rates of deforestation

COP26: Scotland to restore and extend Celtic rainforest as global leaders pledge to end deforestation

Environmental News Bits

Rare and internationally important Celtic rainforests in Scotland are to be restored and expanded as part of a £500 million national investment in the country’s natural economy. Read the full story at The Scotsman. Read more → Natural resources United Kingdom

Planes Sampling Air Above the Amazon Find the Rainforest is Releasing More Carbon Than it Stores

Inside Climate News

The study, which found greater depletion of carbon storage in the heavily deforested eastern Amazon, confirmed previous research that used satellites or hands-on measuring techniques.

The fertilisation of the Amazon rainforest by Saharan dust

Our Environment

The Amazon rainforest. The Amazon rainforest covers an area of 6 million square kilometres in northern South America [1]. Unfortunately for the species that inhabit the rainforest, 75% of Amazonian soils are acidic, infertile, and nutrient-deficient [3]. Photo credit.

In the Amazon, the World’s Largest Reservoir of Biodiversity, Two-Thirds of Species Have Lost Habitat to Fire and Deforestation

Inside Climate News

Science Amazon Rainforest Biodiversity Brazil Climate Change DeforestationA new report finds that up to 85 percent of threatened animal and plant species have had their habitat damaged by mining, agriculture or logging.

A new climate litigation claim in Brazil raises the pressure for increased climate action and protection of the Amazon rainforest

Law Columbia

It contributes to increasing pressure against President Bolsonaro for widespread environmental damage across the country, resulting from a significant lack of climate action and the pervasive destruction of the Amazon rainforest. While Brazil achieved its emission reduction goal from the NPCC, the reduction targets of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest were not fulfilled. By Maria Antonia Tigre.

COP26: Deal reached to aim to end deforestation by 2030?

A Greener Life

billion fund to protect the Congo Basin, the home to the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world which is threatened by industrial logging, mining and agriculture. COP26 forests UK Amazon rainforest Brazil declaration deforestation Jair Bolsonaro

Strange new fairy lantern plant is already critically endangered

New Scientist

This bizarre-shaped plant from a Malaysian rainforest appears to be so vanishingly rare it should already be considered critically endangered

Amazon fires have affected almost all the region's endangered species

New Scientist

Fires set in the Amazon to clear land for farming have affected almost all the endangered species in the Amazon rainforest, cutting down on animal habitats and threatening plant species

A forgotten mangrove forest around remote inland lagoons in Mexico’s Yucatan tells a story of rising seas

Environmental News Bits

by Sula E Vanderplank, San Diego State University The San Pedro River winds from rainforests in Guatemala through the Yucatan Peninsula in eastern Mexico.

The Amazon is turning into savannah – we have 5 years to save it

New Scientist

We have been hearing warnings about the destruction of the Amazon rainforest for decades, but experts say a catastrophic tipping point is now just over the horizon.

A forgotten mangrove forest around remote inland lagoons in Mexico’s Yucatan tells a story of rising seas

Environmental News Bits

by Sula E Vanderplank, San Diego State University The San Pedro River winds from rainforests in Guatemala through the Yucatan Peninsula in eastern Mexico.

Some people can tell if you have an infection just by looking at you

New Scientist

People in different cultures – including hunter-gatherers in equatorial rainforests and city dwellers in Europe – can tell when someone else is in the early stages of infection by looking at them

A Series of Droughts Has Weakened the Amazon’s Resilience, Study Finds

Yale E360

Three droughts over the past two decades have affected the Amazon’s ability to bounce back after severe dry spells, reducing the vast rainforest’s capacity to absorb carbon dioxide, according to a new study by Brazilian and Portuguese researchers.

‘Go be happy’: Thousands of baby river turtles released in Peruvian jungle

Environmental News Bits

Some 3,000 baby river turtles native to the Amazon rainforest were released into a Peruvian river on Thursday after hatching from eggs kept on artificial beaches as part of a conservation effort. Read the full story from Reuters. The river turtles are considered “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and have for… Read more → Endangered species

Big Reefs in Big Trouble: New Research Tracks a 50 Percent Decline in Living Coral Since the 1950s

Inside Climate News

Scattered about the globe like species-rich ocean rainforests, they help nurture about half the world’s marine life, a bounty that sustains millions of reef fishers and their communities in the Global South, in a fishery worth about $6 billion.

Amazon deforestation still high despite Brazil's COP26 pledge

Inhabitant

However, recent figures for October show that Brazil is nowhere near protecting the Amazon rainforest. Last week at COP26 in Glasgow, 100 countries, including Brazil, pledged to reverse deforestation by 2030. In fact, the latest numbers are the second most appalling since scientists began measuring deforestation

Why a Big Mining Project Could Wipe Out Rural Villages in Indonesia

Yale E360

A mine tailings dam planned for a seismically unstable area of Sumatra’s rainforest would be at high risk of failure, experts warn. The dam’s collapse would be a disaster, they say, releasing a wall of slurry that would engulf and bury Indigenous villages and their inhabitants.

Indigenous communities are crucial in protecting the Amazon

Inhabitant

It is impossible to protect the Amazon rainforest without involving Indigenous communities, according to environmental activists fighting for the forests. To this end, many activists say that to maintain a healthy ecosystem, the Brazilian government must protect the country's Indigenous people

Fact-checking Bolsonaro's environmental claims at the UN

Inhabitant

Haven’t we been hearing about how the Amazon rainforest is collapsing on his watch? When Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro addressed the U.N. General Assembly last week, he confused onlookers by boasting about his environmental record. Science news service Newswise did some fact-checking to get to the bottom of Bolsonaro’s claims

Degraded Parts of the Amazon Cycle One-Third Less Water, Study Finds

Yale E360

Parts of the Amazon rainforest degraded by human activities such as farming, timber extraction, and burning are markedly hotter, drier, and more flammable, and store less carbon than areas of intact forest, according to a new survey of more than 33,000 acres.

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HotSpots H2O: Years-Long Drought Pushes Brazil to the Brink

Circle of Blue

Scientists attribute the drought’s severity to climate change, deforestation of the Amazon rainforest, and the La Niña weather pattern. The country’s worst drought in nearly a century is choking commerce, threatening ecosystems, and diminishing hydroelectric power generation.

HotSpots H2O: Indigenous Communities, Biodiversity Along Brazil-Peru Border Threatened by Highway Construction

Circle of Blue

Eastward, across gnarled rivers and historic indigenous homelands, the great Amazon Rainforest paints this basin shades of green, refreshing much of the world’s oxygen. . Rio Acre © Arison Jardim/Secom. Christian Thorsberg, Circle of Blue.

The Stream, December 7, 2021: Failed Manure Storage May Have Caused Water Contamination in British Columbia

Circle of Blue

An Ecuadorian court rules against a mining operation in a protected rainforest. Ecuador’s Constitutional Court ruled last week that mining in a protected region of the Los Cedros rainforest violates the rights of nature. YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN.

Three River Communities, Worlds Apart, Tell Stories of Indigeneity in the Age of the Anthropocene

Circle of Blue

It travels north along the Mahakam River, and two days later arrives in the central highlands of Borneo’s ancient rainforests. More than 30 percent of Borneo’s rainforests have been destroyed in the past half-century. . Kalimantan, Borneo © Marc Veraat.

The Stream, December 1, 2021: New Testing Rule In U.S. Could Impact 90 Percent of Water Systems Relying on Lead Service Lines

Circle of Blue

An Indigenous patrol force protects Guyana’s Amazon Rainforest. The SRDC plays a large role in protecting the Amazon River and the rainforest that surrounds it in Guyana. YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN. Uganda is cracking down on illegal filling of wetlands.

Major developments for global climate litigation: the Human Rights Council recognizes the right to a healthy environment and the Committee on the Rights of the Child publishes its decision in an international youth climate case

Law Columbia

Ministry of the Environment and Others , the Colombian Supreme Court found that the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest and its contribution to climate change infringed the constitutional right to a healthy environment of present and future generations, and that the environmental rights of future generations demand environmental commitments from the state in order to take care of and promote stewardship of natural resources for the future. By Maria Antonia Tigre.

HotSpots H2O: In Madagascar, Droughts Caused by Climate Change Contribute to Famine

Circle of Blue

Though its northern and central regions are lush with tropical weather and rainforests, the south is historically dry, comprising vast desert stretches. Madagascar © Etienne / Flickr Creative Commons. Christian Thorsberg, Circle of Blue –– August 16, 2021.

Taking Climate Change to the International Court of Justice: Legal and Procedural Issues

Law Columbia

Most recently, in a 2018 decision the Court ordered Nicaragua to pay damages to Costa Rica for injury to wetlands and rainforests in the territory of Costa Rica. By Michael B. Gerrard. Note: On September 26, 2019, the Vanuatu Permanent Mission to the United Nations hosted a workshop on seeking an advisory opinion on climate change from the International Court of Justice. Professor Michael Gerrard gave a presentation about the legal and procedural issues that would be involved.

The Stream, July 1, 2021: Brazil Bans Outdoor Fires To Curb Deforestation In Amazon

Circle of Blue

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro bans outdoor fires ahead of the burning season in the Amazon rainforest. Reuters reports that the move comes ahead of the annual burning season in the Amazon rainforest in an attempt to cut down on deforestation. YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN.

Environmental activism in Latin America

Our Environment

South America is home to the largest biodiverse rainforests on Earth. This is equivalent to a rainforest the size of the United Kingdom [3]. Photo credit. Written by: Danielle McGuire. Justice for the Environment and Justice for the people: Environmental activism in Latin America. As a result, greedy businesses, financers and governments all across the globe have been exploiting the valuable resources these million-year-old forests hold.

HotSpots H2O: Argentina’s Paraná River Drops to 77-Year Low, Resulting in Economic Loss and Wildfires

Circle of Blue

The continent’s second-longest river behind the Amazon, the Paraná is a workhorse, supporting rainforest diversity, Indigenous ancestral homes, and Argentina’s economy: over 80 percent of the country’s farm exports, primarily wheat and soy, are transported via the waterway. .

The Great Christmas Island Red Crab Migration

Ocean Conservancy

While Christmas Island contains wetland, rainforest and marine ecosystems that host many remarkable creatures, there’s one species that steals the spotlight each year: Gecarcoidea natalis , appropriately nicknamed the Christmas Island red crab.

Secret to speediness of ancient bipedal reptile has been revealed

Frontier Sin

Remnants of carboniferous rainforests disappeared, replaced by open desert. By Clarissa Wright, Frontiers science writer. Close-up of a reptile eye, but not the ancient Eudibamus cursoris. Image Aedka Studio/Shutterstock.com.

Guest Commentary: Brazilian’s first tort climate case for illegal deforestation in Amazonia

Law Columbia

The Amazon rainforest, the country’s not-so-secret weapon to mitigate climate change, features prominently in the litigation. By Maria Antonia Tigre *. Brazilian Amazon.

The Stream, August 11, 2021: Piazza San Marco Underwater In Rare Summer Flood

Circle of Blue

HotSpots H2O: Argentina’s Paraná River Drops to 77-Year Low, Resulting in Economic Loss and Wildfires – Stretching over 3,000 miles, the Paraná River supports rainforest diversity, Indigenous ancestral homes, and Argentina’s economy. YOUR GLOBAL RUNDOWN.

Earth Overshoot Day: we have just exceeded what Earth can regenerate in a year

A Greener Life

In addition, due to the accelerating deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, which has sped up under president Jair Bolsonaro , one can’t ignore the huge responsibility and the impact of Brazil’s forestry and environment policies. Image credit: Earth Overshoot Day. By Anders Lorenzen.

Climate Change Is Intensifying the Water Cycle, New IPCC Report Finds

Circle of Blue

Other tipping points include the sudden transition of the Sahara Desert into a wet climate zone and the Amazon Rainforest losing its ability to retain water due to deforestation. The climate crisis will jeopardize key sources of fresh water and make extreme weather events more severe.

Climate and Colonialism: Some Columbus Day Thoughts

Legal Planet

For instance, destruction of rainforest in South America is partly driven by global demand for soybeans, a good deal of which comes from China. “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” That’s what we learned in my grade school.

Scientists in Action: Kavya Prahdan

Washington Nature

In response to declining habitat and resilience, forest restoration efforts in the Pacific Northwest temperate rainforests so far have focused on promoting the development of old-growth forest characteristics in secondary forests.