Latest Amazonas Stories

2013-03-22 23:02:37

Project is looking for medical and non-medical professionals to go on a two-week expedition to the rainforest. Ft. Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) March 22, 2013 Project Amazonas will be holding a medical service expedition in the Peruvian Amazon from April 20th through May 2nd, and are calling for medical and non-medical volunteers to fill the limited spaces available. The expedition is boat based on the Nenita riverboat, and will be traveling to the Ampiyacu River, home to a number of Bora,...

2011-03-22 17:25:00

SAO PAULO, March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Former US President Bill Clinton, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson and filmmaker James Cameron will all speak at the 2nd INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON SUSTAINABILITY, which is scheduled to take place March 24 through 26 in Manaus, Brazil. The event is being produced by SEMINARS, a Brazilian company that plans business seminars, and promoted by LIDE (Brazil's Business Leaders' Group), which includes 750...

2009-10-27 06:00:00

GERMANTOWN, Md., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), the global leader in broadband satellite networks and services, today announced that its Brazilian operating unit, Hughes do Brasil, will receive the WISE (World Innovation Summit for Education) Award for the distance learning project developed for the Education Department of the State of Amazonas (SEDUC-AM). The WISE Award, granted by the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community...

2008-10-17 14:44:04

Conservationists are set to receive money from a Brazilian bank and a global hotel chain in an effort to protect trees and combat global warming in the Juma forest reserve deep in Brazil's Amazon. For other potential donors, mostly in rich countries, who want to help preserve tropical forests as a way to reduce their carbon footprints, this test case will hopefully shed any doubts about accountability and measuring success. The Foundation for a Sustainable Amazon, which runs the project, will...

2008-10-04 00:00:11

FAMILY TRAVEL Q My husband and I are planning a family holiday to Brazil over the Christmas holidays and are keen to visit the Amazon at some point during the trip. We have wildlife-obsessed twin sons (aged 14) and would like to stay at a lodge that is suitably family-friendly but which will also give us a reasonably "authentic" experience. Any ideas? M Harper, via email A You're right to be choosy. In some instances, tourism to the Amazon region has helped to protect the environment...

2008-07-17 09:00:00

By Gregory Dicum This is not how one thinks of Peru. I opened my eyes without moving on the soft desert floor. A perfect orange sun was rising over a distant ridge, its undulations mirroring the mound where I had rolled out my sleeping bag the night before. My ears hummed in the silence. All around me, in dawn-lighted tans, whites and stripes of purple and orange, wind-sculptured forms extended in the limpid desert air. I saw no people; no signs of life at all. All of Peru's coast is arid,...

2005-10-31 10:23:33

SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - Italian screen legend Claudia Cardinale, French director Roman Polanski and Spanish star Victoria Abril are due to be special guests at a film festival in the Amazon jungle city of Manaus, Brazil, next weekend, organizers said. It will the second year the World Adventure Film Festival -- "dedicated to the human spirit of adventure" -- has been staged. It features a competition of eight international films based on adventure, another eight ethnic and...

2005-10-13 08:33:26

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Authorities on Wednesday began a massive relief effort to help thousands of families along the Amazon River hurt by a serious drought that has made river travel to many jungle areas nearly impossible, officials said. The water level of the Amazon - the world's biggest river by volume - has dropped by several feet because of a monthslong drought, officials said. Most of the water course is navigable but some key tributaries have nearly dried up, halting travel and harming...

2005-10-10 11:04:22

By Terry Wade MANAQUIRI, Brazil (Reuters) - The worst drought in more than 40 years is damaging the world's biggest rainforest, plaguing the Amazon basin with wildfires, sickening river dwellers with tainted drinking water, and killing fish by the millions as streams dry up. "What's awful for us is that all these fish have died and when the water returns there will be barely any more," Donisvaldo Mendonca da Silva, a 33-year-old fisherman, said. Nearby, scores of piranhas shook in...

2005-08-14 22:28:49

BRASILIA (Reuters) - A U.S. anthropology professor on a research trip to Brazil was shot and killed on Saturday in an Amazon rainforest town, a U.S. Embassy spokesman said on Sunday. James Petersen, 51, of the University of Vermont, was shot while he was being robbed in a restaurant in the town of Iranduba, about 14 miles west of Amazonas state capital Manaus, the spokesman, John Wilcock, said. Three suspects were taken into custody on Sunday morning in connection with Petersen's...

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