A new report which focused on the Amazon states of Mato Grosso and Pará, where the researchers interviewed ranchers and meat processors − finds the cost of raising beef cattle is prompting many ranchers to consider switching to crops such as palm oil.
Brazil unlikely to keep reducing deforestation without new incentives
Cattle ranchers that drive the vast majority of forest clearing in the Brazilian Amazon are unlikely to be held at bay indefinitely unless they are afforded new incentives for keeping trees standing, argues new analysis published by an economic research group.
Scientists uncover five new species of ‘toupee’ monkeys in the Amazon
The director and co-founder of the Global Conservation Institute, spent ten years studying the saki monkey family. This monkeys, like all South American primates, suffer from the effects of region-wide habitat disturbances.
Scientific American: Fires can pose threat to Amazon rainforest
In the Brazilian Amazon deforestation is a serious problem. But a new study suggests that there is another threat to the rainforest that has been largely ignored: fire.
Phys.org: Amazon rainforest survey could improve carbon offset schemes
Researchers from the Universities of Leeds and Edinburgh studying the Amazon Basin have revealed unprecedented detail of the size, age and species of trees across the region by comparing satellite maps with hundreds of field plots.
Phys: Extreme events helps scientists to study Amazon climate change
Extreme weather events are giving scientists an opportunity to make observations that will allow them to predict the impacts of climate change and deforestation on Amazon River wetlands.
Brief tree lives are linked to the Amazon biodiversity
According to a new study headed by Tim Baker and published in the journal Ecology Letters, short durations between tree generations strongly correlate to highly biodiverse clades.
Amazon trees super-diverse in chemicals substances
Climbing into the canopy of thousands of trees across 19 different forests in the region, researchers sampled chemical signatures from canopy leaves and were surprised by the levels of diversity uncovered.
Drought and fire are reducing ability of Amazon Rainforest to store carbon
New research published in Nature adds further evidence to the argument that drought and fire are reducing the Amazon’s ability to store carbon, raising concerns that Earth’s largest rainforest could tip from a carbon sink to a carbon source.
For 2050, deforestation could reduce rains by up to 21% in the Amazon
According to the report “Security Agenda for the Amazon”, large-scale deforestation could reduce rainfall, which would also affect the production of electricity.