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Tasso Azevedo: Hopeful lessons from the battle to save rainforests

“Save the rainforest” is an environmental slogan as old as time — but Tasso Azevedo catches us up on how the fight is actually going these days. Spurred by the jaw-dropping losses of the 1990s, new laws (and transparent data) are helping slow the rate of deforestation in Brazil. Is it enough? Not yet. He …

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Clark Erickson: Great Wonders | The Monumental Geoglyphs of Amazonia

Traditionally, the archaeologists have the vast Amazon region of South America to be a cultural backwater compared to the better-known civilizations that developed in the Americas. Scholars stress the limitations of tropical environments and lack of critical technological innovations to sustain civilizations. In recent years, the documentation of intensive agriculture, black earth, managed forests, hydraulic …

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Mark Plotkin: What the people of the Amazon know that you don’t

“The greatest and most endangered species in the Amazon rainforest is not the jaguar or the harpy eagle,” says Mark Plotkin, “It’s the isolated and uncontacted tribes.” In an energetic and sobering talk, the ethnobotanist brings us into the world of the forest’s indigenous tribes and the incredible medicinal plants that their shamans use to …

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Antonio Donato Nobre: The magic of the Amazon: A river that flows invisibly all around us

The Amazon River is like a heart, pumping water from the seas through it, and up into the atmosphere through 600 billion trees, which act like lungs. Clouds form, rain falls and the forest thrives. In a lyrical talk, Antonio Donato Nobre talks us through the interconnected systems of this region, and how they provide …

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Greg Asner: Ecology from the air

FILMED JUN 2013 • POSTED NOV 2013 • TEDGlobal 2013 What are our forests really made of? From the air, ecologist Greg Asner uses a spectrometer and high-powered lasers to map nature in meticulous kaleidoscopic 3D detail — what he calls “a very high-tech accounting system” of carbon. In this fascinating talk, Asner gives a …

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Earth from Space: Amazon

Earth from Space is presented by Kelsea Brennan-Wessels from the ESA Web-TV virtual studios. The Amazon River in the heart of northern Brazil’s rain-forest is featured this edition. The image was acquired on 6 July 2012 by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute’s Kompsat-2 satellite and it is featured on the Earth from Space video program. …

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Earth from Space: Nhamundá

Earth from Space is presented by Kelsea Brennan-Wessels from the ESA Web-TV virtual studios. The Nhamundá River in northern Brazil is featured in this edition.

Earth from Space: Adeus, Amazon

Earth from Space is presented by Kelsea Brennan-Wessels from the ESA Web-TV virtual studios. In this edition, 24 years of Amazon Rainforest deforestation in the Brazilian state of Rondônia are shown in a simulated animation.