Venezuelan Amazon deforestation expands due to lawlessness, mining, fires: Reports

Venezuelan Amazon deforestation expands due to lawlessness, mining, fires: Reports

More than 140,000 hectares (346,000 acres) of primary forest in the Venezuelan Amazon were lost between 2016 and 2020, deforestation that was driven by illegal mining, agricultural expansion, and fires. This is according to a report generated using extremely high-resolution satellite images and published by the Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP). This significant […]

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3 Oil Companies Pull Out of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

3 Oil Companies Pull Out of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Three oil companies have canceled their leases in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Drilling in the refuge has long been a controversial issue, as the 19.5-million-acre wilderness area is home to 45 species of mammals including polar bears, bowhead whales and caribou and considered sacred by the Indigenous Gwich’in people, according to the Gwich’in Steering […]

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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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Reintroducing sea otters can be beneficial to marine ecosystems

Reintroducing sea otters can be beneficial to marine ecosystems

According to a recent analysis, returning sea otters to the Oregon coast is viable and beneficial to the state’s marine ecosystem if optimum reintroduction policies are followed. However, the voracious appetites of sea otters for particular crustaceans may have “insignificant” effects on local fisheries. Sea otters have a disproportionate impact on the ecosystems in which […]

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