Posts Tagged ‘Brazil’

Stars in the Amazon

Written by Rane Cortez on . Posted in Learn

Sunset where the Xingu and Fresco Rivers meet.

In her 7th post from the front lines of Amazon deforestation, Rane Cortez witnesses a landmark moment for São Felix when indigenous groups join together with government agencies to achieve zero illegal deforestation.

Scientists Search for Healthy Forest on Amazon Frontier: Xingu Field Notes: PART ONE

Written by Bronson Griscom on . Posted in Learn

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In the first of a four-part series, Bronson Griscom, a Conservancy forest carbon scientist, brings us along on a trek through northern Brazil’s Amazon frontier, where patches of remaining rainforest – interspersed with cattle ranches – may hold the seeds for the future. Check out the video clips to join in the adventure.

Chocolate: A Sweet Solution to Tropical Deforestation?

Written by Rane Cortez on . Posted in Learn

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When I think about chocolate, in addition to thinking about brownies, I think about saving rainforests and fighting carbon pollution. This week I sat down to talk with leaders of a local agricultural cooperative in São Felix do Xingu, here in the Brazilian Amazon, that helps its members plant cacao – the fruit that eventually becomes the delicious treat we all crave.

Can Safe Sex Help Protect Forests?

Written by Rane Cortez on . Posted in Learn

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At Natex, apparently, they’re not just churning out “rubbers” and providing decent livings for local people, they’re helping to save the forests too.

“Welcome to the only factory in the world that makes condoms using natural latex,” proudly states the hair-netted young woman as she begins our tour. “We currently make 100 million condoms a year, but we plan to double that beginning next year.” Clearly, business is booming for Natex, a condom factory in the small town of Xapuri (sha-pu-ree) in the state of Acre, Brazil.

Searching for Forest Gold Among Angry, Rare Amazon Monkeys

Written by Peter Ellis on . Posted in Learn

Brazil Monkey

We spent three full days travelling to this place deep in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon, and three more searching: slashing though thick tangles of vines, braving legions of biting ants, and wading waist-deep through murky waters. The gold we’re searching for are the numbers that will help us determine the amount of carbon stored in the world’s rainforests.

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