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Yes, We Have Sloths, But No Pink Dolphins: Animal Planet on the Looney Front, Part 8

Mike Arkus | Posted 01.26.2016 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Now endemic only to Central and South America, sloths once roamed much further afield throughout the Americas, and some extinct species reached the size of an elephant.

Starting Fresh

Yara Zgheib | Posted 01.04.2016 | Impact
Yara Zgheib

A quiet afternoon, a darkening sky. A comfortable seat by a window. In the background, Das Liede von der Erde, by Gustav Mahler.

An "Uber Ambitious" New Vision for Saving the Amazon

Regina Varolli | Posted 12.16.2015 | Impact
Regina Varolli

The vision came from the tribal healers themselves, as RUNA CEO Tyler Gage explained, "They came to us and said 'We're disappearing, and our knowledge...

Rainforest: Up To Half The Global Warming Solution

Brett Byers | Posted 01.14.2016 | Green
Brett Byers

Governments and citizens of all countries must make the protection of the world's rainforest a top priority. It could get the world as far as halfway to a global warming solution over the crucial coming decades.

Pushing Back Against an Amazon Gold Rush: Maps Lead the Way

Mark J. Plotkin, Ph.D. | Posted 12.08.2015 | Green
Mark J. Plotkin, Ph.D.

Each year, of course, brings new issues and priorities, but I have noticed that a particular problem is increasingly weighing on the minds of the Trio Indians of Kwamalasamutu village: some men are being seduced by the opportunity for pay in distant gold mining ventures, leaving the village for long periods of time and occasionally not returning at all.

This Is What It's Like to Make a Discovery in the Amazon Rainforest

Aaron Pomerantz | Posted 12.04.2015 | World
Aaron Pomerantz

"Huh, that's weird," I muttered as I trudged through a muddy trail in the Amazon rainforest. Even though the sun was setting, the heat was still sweltering and sweat dripped into my eyes as I stared at something I had never before seen -- a tree covered with bizarre yellow outgrowths.

Why Sustainable Palm Oil Is Possible

Mark Tercek | Posted 10.14.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

Palm oil is everywhere -- it's in our food, cosmetics and even our soaps and detergents. But growing demand for this common ingredient is putting tropical rainforests -- and our global climate -- at risk.

Why We Should All Care About The Amazon's Disappearing Tribes

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.14.2015 | Science

Before Mark Plotkin became a successful Amazonian ethnobotanist and rainforest conservationist, he was a 19-year-old college dropout working the nigh...

Top Ten Adventures You Must Do in the Peruvian Amazon

Laura Grier | Posted 09.21.2015 | Travel
Laura Grier

To get the most out of your rainforest experience, you have to either do a night walk, or a night boat ride with a guide and a spotlight to try to see the many nocturnal species of the Amazon.

Life on the Water or Life in the Trees? The Best Two Ways to Explore the Amazon River

Laura Grier | Posted 09.17.2015 | Travel
Laura Grier

The Amazon to me has always been sort of a mythical, exotic place I had heard about first as a young child. I had always been told stories about the...

We Were Born of the Land Lent to Us By Our Future Generations

Amazon Watch | Posted 08.19.2015 | Green
Amazon Watch

As human beings we have a right to freedom of choice. Under this government, we have lost even the right to express our opinions without running the risk of being put in jail. We are living under a regime that terrorizes the population so it can maintain power.

Welcome to the Jungle: Teens Meet in Peru to Learn About Gender and Conservation

The Advice Project | Posted 07.28.2015 | Impact
The Advice Project

Waking up at the crack of dawn with a group of twelve teens and women isn't an easy task, but we had a flight to catch from Lima to Puerto Maldonado, so it couldn't be helped.

WATCH: Meet a Rare Monkey-Eating Eagle

Aaron Pomerantz | Posted 07.08.2015 | World
Aaron Pomerantz

Timing is everything in the Amazon rainforest. So when wildlife photographer Jeff and I heard that there was a harpy eagle nest near the Refugio Amazonas jungle lodge, we knew that we had a narrow window of opportunity to see these rare birds caring for their young.

Seedlings and Children: Taking Care of Our Common Future

Forest Trends | Posted 07.07.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

A group of Surui men tromp through the forests, carrying heavy loads. Yet they are not loggers with a mission to clear-cut the trees and ship them to be made into expensive furniture. Rather, these indigenous people carry machetes and seedlings.

Mist of the Earth: A Stunning Exhibition of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest Region

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 07.10.2015 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

It was during a visit to São Paulo that a budding acquaintance with Denise Milan was spawned. I was drawn to her work and a world of discovery that she presented to me through her stone constructs and the multilayered tableaus that resonated throughout her installations.

How Indigenous People Are Exploring Many Shades Of REDD

Forest Trends | Posted 06.05.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

REDD could, in theory, help them address their needs and keep illegal logging at bay, but to earn REDD offsets, they'll have to prove two things.

The Director Telling One Amazonian Tribe's Story of Survival

Jacada Travel | Posted 05.19.2015 | Travel
Jacada Travel

Being with the Bameno people made Cedric realize how fast the modern world enters these communities as soon as electricity arrives, as electricity is soon followed by the arrival of TV.

Chevron's "Ghostwriting" Charge Unraveling in Ecuador Pollution Case

Karen Hinton | Posted 05.05.2015 | Business
Karen Hinton

Chevron's "ghostwriting" charge against Ecuadorian villagers and their attorneys, who together have held the oil giant accountable for toxic dumping in the Amazon rainforest, is unraveling.

WATCH: Crazy Caterpillar With Erupting Tentacles

Aaron Pomerantz | Posted 06.29.2015 | World
Aaron Pomerantz

On my recent travels through the Peruvian Amazon, I came upon the craziest caterpillar that I have ever seen, and subsequently yelled at it for hours.

These Glow-In-The-Dark Critters Will Blow Your Mind

Aaron Pomerantz | Posted 06.20.2015 | World
Aaron Pomerantz

If you're familiar with the 2009 science fiction film, "Avatar," you may have enjoyed the beautifully lush extraterrestrial glowing rainforest. But the other worldly glowing rainforest that I experienced was far closer to home, in the Peruvian Amazon of Tambopata this past March.

This Man Helped Save 55% of the Colombian Amazon Rainforest and He's Not Stopping -- Here's Why

Summer Rayne Oakes | Posted 06.12.2015 | Green
Summer Rayne Oakes

As the sun started to wane on the horizon, he and his son, Francisco (Pacho) von Hildebrand, the new Executive Director of Gaia rolled out a giant map of South America on a table.

Food Power in the Unpromised Land of Brazil

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 05.09.2015 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Land is the very heart of the agrarian culture of Brazil and the rest of the world. Agrarian reform, giving land to the landless, is by far the most vital ecological and social priority of the Earth's people.

World Wildlife Day: Why We Need Wild Animals

Paul Rosolie | Posted 05.01.2015 | Green
Paul Rosolie

In celebration of World Wildlife Day, let us remember that wild animals have made us who we are. They are essential to our foundation, to our very existence. Wild animals keep our world alive. Without them, there is no us.

How The World's Largest Hot Desert Fertilizes The Amazon

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 02.26.2015 | Green

The world's largest hot desert fertilizes the world's largest rainforest. That's according to a study published Tuesday in "Geophysical Research Le...

'EARTH: A New Wild' (PBS) With Dr. M. Sanjayan Is the Most Spectacular Nature Series Ever Produced By National Geographic Television

LuxEco Living | Posted 03.31.2015 | Entertainment
LuxEco Living

Hosted by Dr. M. Sanjayan, a brilliant conservation scientist, National Geographic Television (in association with Passion Planet) has produced its most important cinematic legacy. EARTH: A New Wild is to be savored and watched countless times.