Amazonian drought conditions add carbon dioxide to the atmosphere
(Phys.org) —International study combines aircraft and ground data to measure the "breath" of the Amazon forest
Reconstructing the New World monkey family tree
When monkeys landed in South America 37 or more million years ago, the long-isolated continent already teemed with a menagerie of 30-foot snakes, giant armadillos and strange, hoofed mammals. Over time, the ...
Chevron tries to reverse Ecuador pollution fine
Chevron filed a motion with a court in Ecuador Monday seeking to reverse a ruling requiring it to pay $9.5 billion for pollution in the country's Amazon basin region.
Image: Boca do Acre, Brazil from orbit
This Envisat radar image was acquired over the city of Boca do Acre in western Brazil.
The collared treerunner is more than a single species
The lowland tropics were once though filled with widespread species, while moderate and higher elevations were thought to contain species with more restricted distributions. That idea is turning out to be ...
Researchers find 16,000 tree species in the Amazon
After decades of research, scientists from around the world have quantified the number of individual trees and species scattered throughout the Amazon Basin.
Chevron ordered to pay Ecuador $9.51 bn on appeal
An Ecuadoran court upheld a ruling that US oil giant Chevron was liable for environmental damage in its Amazon basin region by sister company Texaco, but ordered it to pay a reduced $9.51 billion.
Researchers estimate 16,000 tree species in the Amazon with half of all trees belonging to just 227 species
Researchers, taxonomists, and students from The Field Museum and 88 other institutions around the world have provided new answers to two simple but long-standing questions about Amazonian diversity: How many ...
Extinctions of large animals sever the Earth's 'nutrient arteries' (Update)
(Phys.org) —A new study has demonstrated that large animals have acted as carriers of key nutrients to plants and animals over thousands of years and on continental scales.
UN says 2001-2010 decade shows faster warming trend
Global warming accelerated since the 1970s and broke more countries' temperature records than ever before in the first decade of the new millennium, U.N. climate experts said Wednesday.
Detour ahead: Cities, farms reroute animals seeking cooler climes
In spite of considerable human development, the southeastern United States region could provide some of the Western Hemisphere's more heavily used thoroughfares for mammals, birds and amphibians on their ...
Oil spill sullies river in Ecuador
A Petroecuador pipeline ruptured in Ecuador's Amazon basin region, spilling 10,000 barrels of crude into a river and alarming locals left without fresh well water, authorities said Monday.
No early birds getting the worms: York U study finds songbirds risk missing peak food supply
A mismatch between the departure schedules of songbirds and higher spring temperatures at their breeding sites is putting them at risk, according to a new study out of York University.
Unraveling the Napo's mystery
In the United States, rivers and their floodplains are well-documented and monitored. Ecuador's largest river, however, remains largely mysterious. Research led by Michigan State University is helping the ...