Amazon frog highlights appropriation of Indigenous knowledge for commercial gain

Amazon frog highlights appropriation of Indigenous knowledge for commercial gain

The Amazonian giant leaf frog, or kambô (Phyllomedusa bicolor) has bulging eyes and bright green skin, and despite its name, is actually quite small. It’s perhaps best known for its skin secretion, a mucous substance with medicinal properties that several Amazonian Indigenous groups have used for centuries — and which is also attracting the attention […]

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New monkey species found in Amazon forest area that’s fast disappearing

New monkey species found in Amazon forest area that’s fast disappearing

From an area of southern Amazonia, where forests are rapidly being cut for gold mining, agriculture, cattle pastures, and construction of dams, researchers have described a species of marmoset that’s new to science. “The spread of deforestation is pretty visible,” said Rodrigo Costa Araújo of the National Institute of Amazonian Research, Brazil. Araújo and his […]

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Former Brazilian enviro ministers blast Bolsonaro environmental assaults

Former Brazilian enviro ministers blast Bolsonaro environmental assaults

Eight former Brazilian environment ministers launched a manifesto in São Paulo on 8 May in which they fiercely criticized President Jair Bolsonaro’s environmental policies. In an unusual move, they condemned the administration for “a series of unprecedented actions that are destroying the capacity of the environment ministry to formulate and carry out public policies” and […]

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