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More Than Half Of All Primates Are Nearing Extinction, New Study Says

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 01.18.2017 | Home

The future looks extremely ominous for gorillas, monkeys and other primates, unless humans make huge shifts in their current behavior, a new study war...

Protecting forests: It's the right thing to do, and we can do it

David MacLennan | Posted 01.17.2017 | Home
David MacLennan

On a recent trip to Brazil, we flew over the Amazon. Looking out the plane window, I saw an ocean of trees blanketing the ground below. But I also saw...

What Faith Built in a Place Called 'Shell'

Dorian de Wind | Posted 12.19.2016 | Home
Dorian de Wind

"I can't believe that there is anything closer to looking into the eyes of Jesus than looking into the eyes of one of these babies"- Patti Sue Arnold ...

Five reasons why companies can't afford to keep driving deforestation

Katie McCoy | Posted 12.15.2016 | Home
Katie McCoy

For any company active in the global trade in timber products, soy, palm oil, or cattle products, deforestation is a critical business issue - whether...

Can Radical Transparency Fix Global Supply Chains And Slow Climate Change?

Steve Zwick | Posted 12.05.2016 | Home
Steve Zwick

This story is cross-posted on Ecosystem Marketplace. Kevin Rabinovitch stands straight and speaks in clear, clipped tones - more like a naval offic...

Why Brazil Needs to Rethink its Restrictions on Carbon Trading

Virgilio Viana | Posted 12.01.2016 | Home
Virgilio Viana

At the United Nations climate talks last week, we heard a loud and clear message from science: global warming is moving at an alarming rate, faster th...

The Hidden Consequences of Food Waste

Annie Leonard | Posted 07.13.2016 | Home
Annie Leonard

Solving our waste problem requires we look at the whole system, not just our own contribution to it. Sometimes that feels big and daunting, but it also offers many more opportunities to bring about positive changes.

These Photos of Reptiles and Amphibians Will Transport You to Another World

Aaron Pomerantz | Posted 07.07.2016 | Home
Aaron Pomerantz

During our travels through Ecuador, we encountered an incredible diversity of frogs, snakes, lizards and salamanders.

Chevron's Garbage Fire Sale

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 06.29.2016 | Home
Paul Paz y Miño

Chevron sending up massive flares in Richmond is not the only sign things are getting hot for the oil giant on the run from a $11 billion verdict.

WATCH: This Is How Butterflies Create Their Brilliant Color

Aaron Pomerantz | Posted 06.23.2016 | Home
Aaron Pomerantz

Here's the science behind their beauty.

Amazon Cuisine Can Spark a New "Rainforest to Table" Movement

Forest Trends | Posted 06.02.2016 | Home
Forest Trends

Chefs and other creative thinkers are planting the seeds of a "Rainforest to Table" movement that combines food production and forest protection - saving the Amazon's forests and nourishing its people.

The Most Beautiful Forests in the World

Thrillist | Posted 04.01.2016 | Home
Thrillist

By: Elspeth Velten Credit: Sam Strickler/Shutterstock Even if you're one of those people with an "Earth First (We'll log the other planets later)" ...

Brown Agenda Cuts Lead from Poor Kids

Ben Barber | Posted 03.03.2016 | Home
Ben Barber

When I heard about lead poisoning of kids in Flint, Michigan a few weeks ago, I immediately recalled the expedition I joined a year earlier to childre...

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

Mike Arkus | Posted 01.26.2016 | Home
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 01.03.2017 | Home
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 12.15.2016 | Home
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 12.10.2016 | Home
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 12.07.2016 | Home
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 12.04.2016 | Home
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 10.14.2016 | Home
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 | Home

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

Top Ten Adventures You Must Do in the Peruvian Amazon

Laura Grier | Posted 09.20.2016 | Home
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 | Home
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 08.19.2016 | Home
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 07.26.2016 | Home
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.