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Tag: Rainforest

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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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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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: Rainforest River

Earth from Space is presented by Kelsea Brennan-Wessels from the ESA Web-TV virtual studios. We look at an image of the Juruá River snaking through the Amazon rainforest in western Brazil.