Birds don’t fly across wide Amazonian rivers like the Rio Negro.
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Rivers are natural boundaries for evolving populations. But scientists don't agree whether they create new species or just help maintain them. Research using birds' molecular clocks provides some answers.
Aerial view of the Auyán Tepuy and the Caroni River in Venezuela.
In 2016, Venezuela opened up a large swath of the country to mining in an effort to prop up its economy. Now it is paying the environmental price.
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Indigenous communities lived in the Amazon for thousands of years without chopping down their forests.
Peruvian ceviche doesn’t just taste good — it can be a force for social change.
Pioneering chefs from Bolivia to Brazil are stepping out of the kitchen and into public service. The 'social gastronomy' movement uses food to create jobs, prevent violence and boost economies.
A mythical Amazonia of lost tribes or lost cities is easy to challenge on a factual basis, but such objections appear rather feeble in the face of the power of cliché.
Ocelot of trouble.
Three researchers studied the "crop raiders" of the Brazilian rainforest in the hope of aiding both local farmers and wildlife conservation.
Forest fires emit twice as much carbon in the Brazilian Amazon as deforestation, according to new research.
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Promises to consult with indigenous groups are routinely ignored as Peru eyes up the natural resources found in its rainforests.
A Hoatzin keeps a wary eye on ecotourists in the Madre de Dios.
A neoliberal development plan threatens the biological and cultural integrity of Peru's Amazon rainforests.
Brazil has been throwing money at Amazonian cattle farmers, hoping they'll adopt 'greener' crops like fruit or corn. A new study shows why loans won't fix the environmental issue presented by ranches.
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Brazil claims mining and logging will boost the economy and help it protect the environment. But there is little evidence this works.
The Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world.
Last week Brazil opened thousands of kilometres of previously protected Amazon rainforest to mining, in a bid to combat ongoing political and economic disasters.
A coolabah forest in Western Australia – one of the world’s previously unrecognised dryland forests.
A new survey has identified millions of hectares of forest in dryland areas, a finding that boosts the total global forest cover by 9% and has significant consequences for carbon budgets.
Bill Nye the Science Guy leads a crowd of scientists in the April 22 2017 March on Science in Washington, DC.
Scientists from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe take on the White House with facts from the ground they stand on.
A Yanomami woman cultivates a medicinal tree.
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New research shows how ancient rainforest cultures have left their mark on today's plantlife.
A yellow-shouldered grosbeak tucks into a katydid (bush cricket) lunch high in the rainforest canopy.
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Bird diversity may be the secret to forest resilience.
Giant otters were prized for their dense fur.
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Land animals were able to find refuge in the depths of the forest. But aquatic species weren't so lucky.
When Two Worlds Collide
A new documentary examines indigenous activism in Peru – calling attention to the dark side of the country's economic boom.
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With the economy in its worst slump for decades, environmental protection may be on the chopping block.
QUT researcher Kerrie Mengersen with hardware used to capture Amazon footage.
Virtual reality is enabling researchers to get first hand experience of remote environments, helping them make better decisions about their conservation.