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2010-07-20 14:00:00

WASHINGTON, July 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scientists have produced a first-of-its kind map of the height of the world's forests by combining data from three NASA satellites. The map will help scientists build an inventory of how much carbon the world's forests store and how fast that carbon cycles through ecosystems and back into the atmosphere. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Maps of local...

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2010-07-07 11:50:00

During his unprecedented expedition into the heart of the Amazon, Michigan State University geographer Bob Walker discovered surprising evidence that many of the Brazilian government's efforts to protect the environment are working. As expected, Walker and two fellow scientists "“ the first research team to travel a 700-mile stretch of the so-called Transamazon Highway in the western Amazon basin "“ confirmed the existence of illegal logging and gold-mining operations that...

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2010-06-14 12:53:07

Australian firm QBiotics Ltd said Monday that it has developed a potential cancer drug from a rainforest plant that has successfully helped fight off inoperable tumors in pets. The firm said its EBC-46 drug is derived from seeds of a tropical rainforest shrub and is ready to be tested on humans after treating solid tumors in over 100 dogs, cats and horses. "We've treated over 150 animals ... with a variety of tumors and we're prepared to move into human studies," chief executive Victoria...

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2010-06-04 07:20:51

The incidence of fire in Amazonian forests with implications for REDD Fire occurrence rates in the Amazon have increased in 59% of areas with reduced deforestation and risks cancelling part of the carbon savings achieved by UN measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and degradation. New research led by the University of Exeter, published on Friday 4 June, in Science, analyzed satellite deforestation and fire data from the Brazilian Amazon to understand the influence of...

2010-05-26 13:45:00

Study Shows Rainforest Protections Would Net $200 Billion for US Soy, Beef, Timber and Oilseed Producers WASHINGTON, May 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Leading U.S. farm and forest products groups today called on Congress and the administration to help end tropical deforestation. The groups cited a new report showing that overseas agriculture and logging operations are expanding production by cutting down the world's rainforests, allowing them to flood the world market with cheap...

2010-04-22 07:54:00

CHICAGO, April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- What began as an idea has turned into a symbolic green movement to preserve rainforest acreage equal in size to downtown Chicago. "By bringing together the importance of rainforest preservation and the environmentally conscious Chicago community, it is our hope that we create an energizing example for other cities to follow," said Erik Lukas, the creator of Rainforest Chicago. "The goal is to make rainforest preservation a symbolic source of pride for...

2010-03-16 11:26:00

SAN FRANCISCO, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- J. Sabatelli Brazil Cosmetics is honored to be selected as a charitable partner of the Rainforest Foundation US based in New York, NY. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100316/LA68323) Juliana Sabatelli founder of J. Sabatelli Brazil Cosmetics grew up in Brazil and has personally seen the impact of deforestation. As a result, she feels a strong obligation towards the land and people of the Amazonian rainforests. Sharing this...

2010-02-08 03:00:00

OXFORD, England, February 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Helveta Ltd., the leading provider of asset management and supply chain monitoring technology for the forest sector, has announced an exclusive 5 year supply agreement with Societe Generale de Surveillance S.A. (SGS), to supply the Ministry of Environment, Conservation of Nature and Tourism (MECNT) for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with the software technology platform and support services to manage the entire supply chain of wood and...

2010-02-04 08:58:35

British satellite imaging company DMCii welcomes International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander's announcement that the UK has joined forces with the Indonesian government to tackle deforestation and prepare Indonesians for the impacts of climate change. Managing Director Dave Hodgson commented, "We are in the unique position of having tried and tested systems in place to measure deforestation in Indonesia, and have seen first-hand the wide scale damage that forest clearing and peat...

2010-01-12 10:00:00

PUNTA GORDA, Belize, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The management at Machaca Hill Lodge, located in southern Belize, now offers guests another way to preserve the sensitive environment surrounding the rainforest canopy lodge. The "PURE H2O" station allows eco-conscious travelers to refill their aluminum water bottles, provided upon check-in, whether they're heading out on an adventure or spending time by the pool. "Now our guests can truly utilize their welcome gifts, and hopefully we're...


Latest Rainforest Reference Libraries

Stenocarpus salignus
2014-10-14 11:13:28

Stenocarpus salignus is a shrub species, occasionally the plant may grow to heights that may classify it as a small tree species. The species may also be commonly referred to as the Scrub beefwood. The rainforest tree belongs to the Proteaceae family and is found growing naturally only in Australia. S. salignus plants typically grow between 30 and 65 feet tall. Occasionally the plant has been reported measuring up to 100 feet tall with a dark brown trunk measuring 24 inches in diameter....

Buckinghamia
2014-10-06 11:12:28

Buckinghamia is a genus of tree species. The plants are members of the Proteaceae family. There are only two species that make up the genus: B. celsissima and B. ferruginiflora. B. celsissima is better known and may also be commonly referred to as the Ivory curl flower. The tree typically grows to 35 feet tall when grown in cultivation, however naturally growing the tree will grow to almost 100 feet tall. In the summer months the trees bloom ivory-white flowers that have an appealing odor....

Rainforests
2013-04-19 19:33:20

Rainforests are forests that are characterized by high levels of rainfall, with definitions based on a minimum usual annual rainfall of about 68 to 78 inches. The monsoon trough, or otherwise known as the intertropical convergence zone, holds an important role in producing the climatic conditions that are essential for the Earth’s tropical rainforests. About 40 to 75 percent of all biotic species are native to the rainforests. It’s been estimated that there might be many millions of...

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2009-07-02 22:38:33

The Amazon Rainforest (known as Floresta Amazônica or Amazônia in Portuguese, and Selva Amazónica or Amazonia in Spanish), also known as Amazonia, or the Amazon Jungle, is a moist broadleaf forest that covers almost all of the Amazon Basin in South America. The basin consists of 1.7 billion acres, of which 1.4 billion acres is rainforest. This rainforest covers nine nations (Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana). Brazil contains...

Deforestation
2009-05-27 18:12:50

Deforestation is the act or process of removing trees from forested lands by cutting or burning. There are many reasons for deforestation. Logs are sold as a commodity and cleared lands can be used for pastures and human settlements. The damage caused by deforestation, however, can be great. If land is not somewhat reforested it can cause damage to habitats for wildlife and other plant life, affect the aridity of the region, and possibly encourage degradation into wasteland. Due to negligent...

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