Two floods could have ravaged the Amazon rainforest millions of years ago.
Reports have shown that the Amazon Rainforest is being destroyed at a very speedy rate, and people might not be able to do anything to save it. It has been approximated that the rainforest suffers from deforestation and clearing for up to roughly 8,000 square kilometers every year. It is more worrying since there are very limited legislations and regulations that go after its protection and conservation.
A new study revealed that about 9,000 square kilometer of forestland, roughly about the size of Puerto Rico, in Brazil was cleared from 2008 to 2012.
A lush Amazon forest, filled with all types of plants, will adjust to climate change better than if it faces biodiversity loss.
High biodiversity and plant trait diversity could help the Amazon Rainforest to adjust to moderate impacts of climate change.
Brazil's environmental protection agency has denied permission to build a giant hydroelectric dam in the Amazon rainforest because of how it could affect indigenous communities.
Scientists have managed to study and record approximately 11,676 tree species in the Amazon Rainforest in over the past 300 years. However, there’s still a lot more species left to discover and document. This is reportedly the first ever attempt to record tree species, as most studies have been focused on mammals and birds.
Threats to the Amazon rainforest are more wide-ranging than people realize, and small-scale human activities are making the forest much more flammable, leading to wildfires and the loss of biodiversity.
Eight new whip spiders have been found in Brazil's Amazon rainforest. The arachnids resemble a cross between a spider and a tailless scorpion. This discovery nearly doubles the number known to inhabit Brazil, which now totals 25.
Brazilian authorities regularly publish "blacklists," where they name and shame communities responsible for illegal deforestation. This strategy has increased law enforcement and decreased tree loss experienced in Amazon forests.
"That's not flying! That's falling... with style." The memorable words of Tom Hanks as Toy Story's Sheriff Woody Pride would certainly apply here. Like Buzz Lightyear himself, the tree-hopping spiders of South American canopies have been revealed to fall with more grace than ever expected, stylishly gliding from one trunk to another to avoid predators.
The trees are moving, the trees are moving! And that's bad news for the trees that already have nowhere to go. New research has revealed that while low-land tropical forests are reaching new heights, high-altitude trees are seeing an all-time low in the face of climate change.
With a little bit of luck, China has helped to reverse global forest loss despite ongoing large-scale deforestation in the tropics, according to recent research.
Researchers warn that without better local management, some of the world's most iconic ecosystems may collapse under climate change.