Peru

The Poisoning of the Amazon

By: Jacqueline Gerson, Kelsey Lansdale and Melissa Marchese The pitter-patter of rain echoes through our metal boat as we chug down the Madre de Dios River in the Peruvian rainforest. Trees line the riverbanks, just visible through the dense fog ...

Don’t let good news vanish in a poof

It can be hard to find the good news sometimes, especially when it comes to the environment. Just look at the US Environmental Protection Agency, now led by a former coal lobbyist. But it is possible to find a source ...

Some Ancient Sloths Ventured Into the Ocean, Study Says

Modern-day sloths are tree dwellers, only occasionally venturing down to the ground. But about five to eight million years ago, five sloth species ventured into the sea. Now, new research suggests that these ancient animals went much further into the ...

Can Green Replace Gold When it Comes to REDD?

Warsaw climate talks give surprise boost to a struggling UN plan to provide incentives to reduce deforestation Chris Meyer sounded cautiously optimistic on the phone a few days ago. He’s had plenty of time to reflect on the two-week ...

High Moon Over the Amazon: The Quest for the Monkeys of the Night

In total darkness in the dripping rain forest of Madagascar’s Ranomafana National Park, the accomplished primatologist Patricia Chapple Wright skipped along a rough trail she’d prepared for us jungle neophytes to explore the nocturnal world of lemurs, frogs, ...

Dolphin Slaughter Fueled by Illegal Shark Trade

Dolphins in Peru are having their lives cut short as fishermen take to the seas, illegally harpooning and killing the animals in order to harvest their skin for shark bait. Sharks are a profitable commodity to fishermen, as their meat ...

Dolphin Slaughter Fueled by Illegal Shark Trade

Dolphins in Peru are having their lives cut short as fishermen take to the seas, illegally harpooning and killing the animals in order to harvest their skin for shark bait. Sharks are a profitable commodity to fishermen, as their meat ...

We’re Living in the Tropics

When it comes to climate change, we live on a tropical planet, we just don’t realize it Finally, it seems, the world’s warmer climates – so often overlooked when it comes to the impact of climate change – shared the ...

Surprising Photo: Toad Eats Bat

It may look like the Lady Gaga of amphibians, but this enterprising cane toad is actually in the midst of eating a bat. Yufani Olaya, a ranger at Peru’s Cerros de Amotape National Park, sent the picture to Peru-based ...

Surprising Photo: Toad Eats Bat

It may look like the Lady Gaga of amphibians, but this enterprising cane toad is actually in the midst of eating a bat. Yufani Olaya, a ranger at Peru’s Cerros de Amotape National Park, sent the picture to Peru-based ...

What Created This Mysterious “Picket Fence” in the Amazon?

It’s probably the only picket fence in the Amazon, but scientists have no idea what made it or what its purpose might be. Georgia Tech doctoral student Troy Alexander stumbled upon these two-centimeter-long white structures growing on trees in ...

What Created This Mysterious “Picket Fence” in the Amazon?

It’s probably the only picket fence in the Amazon, but scientists have no idea what made it or what its purpose might be. Georgia Tech doctoral student Troy Alexander stumbled upon these two-centimeter-long white structures growing on trees in ...