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Scientists Say Amazon Rainforest Is Drying Out With Catastrophic Results

A few weeks ago, Unknown Country reported that NASA were investing millions of dollars into a new laser-based instrument, located on the International Space Station,  which is intended to provide a unique 3-D view of Earth’s forests...
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First, Novel Viruses are Discovered, Now a High-Strangeness Web

A month ago, the discovery of an extremely strange virus was found in Chile. Now a strange and magnificent web has been discovered in the Amazon basin, possibly the most intricate and beautifully engineered web ever found. Norman Platnick, an arachnologist and Peter J. Solomon Family Curator of the invertebrate zoology department of the American...
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Murder in the Amazon

Clear cutting the rainforest is having MURDEROUS consequences. On May 24, the dead bodies of rainforest activist Jose Caludio Riberio da Sliva (who had predicted his death six months earlier at an environmental conference) and his wife, Maria do Espírito Santo were found next in a rural town in Brazil. Da Silva's ear had been cut off,...
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Dangerous Destruction

Brazil, home of the amazon rain forest, is a major source of soy beans. A major US corporation is exporting soy from Brazil to the United States and Europe, causing land prices there to increase almost 20%. Millions of acres of rain forest have been turned into soy fields. Since we don't eat that much Chinese food in Europe and the US, who is...

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Death of the Amazon?Why it Matters to US

A severe drought has been affecting the amazon?the world's largest rainforest?for two years, but this has gone unreported here in the U.S. But the rest of the world is paying attention. In the New Zealand Herald, reporter Geoffrey Lean writes that "one further dry year?could tip the whole vast forest into a cycle of destruction" causing the...

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Amazon Forest May Have Only 15 Years Left

Scientists have been warning us about the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, but now U.S. scientists James Alcock, of Pennsylvania State University, says that the forest could reach a ?point of no return? in as little as 10 or 15 years, if deforestation continues at the rate of about one percent a year, and disappear within half a century....

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