New research reveals that millions of tons of Saharan dust, which is actually rich in vital nutrients such as phosphorus, helps to fertilize the lush Amazon rainforest each year.
What is believed to be a new monkey species in the Amazon rainforest may in fact already be endangered, according to researchers, due to deforestation in the region.
Deforestation is destroying the Amazon rainforest that thousands of plant and animal species call their home. But while most people focus on its impact on wildlife, few consider the devastation it causes for indigenous peoples.
A new NASA-funded study has found that a dried out Amazon, which has experienced a decline in rainfall over the last decade, could speed up global climate change due to the subsequent drop in vegetation.
The Amazon rainforest is full of some amazing things, but you've never seen this before. A wildlife photographer and a team of entomologists recently confirmed the existence of a beautiful and deadly (for prey, anyways) glowing worm.
If you're ever traveling late at night through the Amazon rainforest, you might find yourself hearing something akin to a pair of tiny horses galloping across the forest floor. But those aren't miniature ponies you're hearing. It's the sound of a kitten-sized spider stalking prey unfortunate enough to get close to its home.
Brazil is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, but not with cars and power plants. A study recent details how the effect of rainforest degradation has been underestimated in fragmented rainforest regions, with lonely trees not doing their expected share of carbon cleanup.
Amazon's current drought, brought on by the lack of its "flying rivers," is causing concern among scientists, who have thus decided to build a giant tower in the middle of the rainforest to monitor the effects of climate change.
The Amazon, which has already suffered years of deforestation, saw a 29 percent increase in destruction last year, according to final figures released Wednesday by the Brazilian government.
Selective logging, partial destruction by burning, and fragmentation resulting from the development of pastures and plantations in the Amazon rainforest has resulted in an annual loss of 54 million tons of carbon, demonstrating how significant such practices are in terms of global warming.
According to the most recent study, Brazilian Amazon deforestation has slowed, and scientists believe that using positive incentives may be the key to this progress.
The Western Amazon, an area of unparalleled biological and cultural diversity, may have been contaminated by widespread oil pollution over the last 30 years, according to a new study.
In a major new conservation effort, the Brazilian government, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and other partners announced last week the creation of a $215 million fund to ensure long-term protection of the world's largest network of protected areas - 150 million acres of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest.
Human impact on the Amazon rainforest has been grossly underestimated, according to an international team of researchers.