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Gold Mining Increased In Peru
2013-10-28 15:55:37

Carnegie Institution For the first time, researchers have been able to map the true extent of gold mining in the biologically diverse region of Madre De Dios in the Peruvian Amazon. The team combined field surveys with airborne mapping and high-resolution satellite monitoring to show that the geographic extent of mining has increased 400% from 1999 to 2012 and that the average annual rate of forest loss has tripled since the Great Recession of 2008. Until this study, thousands of small,...

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,...

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2012-01-27 13:52:03

In yet another triumph of modern technology, scientists say they´ve been able to use an advanced system of lasers to study the biodiversity and structure of Amazonian rainforests in unprecedented detail. Over three miles above the Peruvian rainforest, a team of scientists crammed themselves into a small research aircraft along with a laser-emitting device known as a Lidar (Light Detection and Ranging). The Lidar was used to bounce laser beams off the lush green canopy below at a rate...

2012-01-27 10:53:35

Hundreds of rare, endemic species in the Central Andes remain unprotected and are increasingly under threat from development and climate change, according to a Duke University-led international study. "These species require unique ecological conditions and are particularly vulnerable to changes in the environment or climate. Yet our analysis shows that region-wide, about 80 percent of the areas with high numbers of these species lack any protection," said Jennifer Swenson, assistant...

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2010-12-28 12:15:00

Every year new species are discovered in the Peruvian Amazon, known for its biodiversity where conservation and danger often go hand in hand. The Amazon covers 60 percent of Peru and it is a hotbed of bio-activity and home to 25,000 species of plants, which is 10 percent of the world's stock. Peru holds the world's second-largest bird population and is among the top five countries for mammals and reptiles. Scientists found a previously unknown leech and a new type of mosquito this year...

2010-12-06 17:01:00

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 6, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Indigenous plaintiffs from the Peruvian Amazon won their appeal today in the landmark human rights and environmental contamination lawsuit against Occidental Petroleum (Oxy), as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the case should be heard in Los Angeles, Oxy's hometown. A district court judge had previously ruled that the case should be litigated in Peru, but the Ninth Circuit disagreed, allowing the plaintiffs to...

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2010-09-03 06:40:00

Peruvian authorities recently reported that the Amazon river is at its lowest level in over 40 years, causing trouble for regions that depend on its waters for transportation. Officials in Loreto province said on Tuesday the river in the northeast city of Iquitos fell to 347.67 feet above sea level, which is 1.6 feet lower than it was in 2005.  The draining river has brought economic havoc in some areas of Peru that depend on the world's biggest river for shipping. Regions civil...

2010-03-03 14:08:00

LOS ANGELES, March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- A key hearing was held this morning in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the landmark environmental and public health case brought by indigenous Peruvian Achuar and the U.S. NGO Amazon Watch against Los Angeles-based oil giant Occidental Petroleum (OXY). The appeals court's decision will likely determine whether OXY will have to defend its 30 year-old legacy of massive pollution in the northeastern Peruvian Amazon inside a Los Angeles courtroom,...

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2010-02-18 12:36:34

The amount of area leased to oil and gas companies is on track to reach around 70 percent of the region A rapid and unprecedented proliferation of oil and gas concessions threatens the megadiverse Peruvian Amazon. The amount of area leased is on track to reach around 70% of the region, threatening biodiversity and indigenous people. This is one of the central conclusions from a pair of researchers from the Institut de Cincia i Tecnologia Ambientals (ICTA) of Universitat...

2009-11-17 05:00:00

As deadline approaches, tensions rise again in the Peruvian Amazon SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a recent letter to Hunt Oil Company President Ray Hunt, the Native Federation of the Rio Madre de Dios (FENAMAD) gave Hunt until this week to leave the Amarakaeri Communal Reserve in the southern Peruvian Amazon as a condition to continuing any further talks. "Having peacefully exhausted all protest, without receiving any answer, we hereby communicate that we have...


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