amazon

First Ever Tagging of Amazon Dolphins to Boost Conservation Efforts

First Ever Tagging of Amazon Dolphins to Boost Conservation Efforts

For the first time ever, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and research partners are now tracking river dolphins in the Amazon using satellite technology after scientists successfully tagged dolphins in Brazil, Colombia and Bolivia, attaching small transmitters that will provide new insights into the animals’ movements and behavior and the growing threats they face. As […]

Join our newsletter

The best of EcoWatch, right in your inbox. Sign up for our email newsletter!

    381 New Species Discovered in the Amazon

    381 New Species Discovered in the Amazon

    A new WWF and Mamirauá Institute for Sustainable Development report, released Aug. 30, reveals that a new animal or plant species is discovered in the Amazon every two days, the fastest rate to be observed this century. The findings come as huge parts of the forest are increasingly under threat, sparking further concern over the […]

    Total’s Application to Drill Near Amazon Reef Rejected

    Total’s Application to Drill Near Amazon Reef Rejected

    Brazil’s environmental agency (Ibama) rejected Tuesday the application for a license to drill in the mouth of the Amazon Basin by the French company Total (operating in a joint venture with BP). This is an important step towards defending the Amazon Reef; a unique and largely unexplored ecosystem—Total’s closest block is only 8km away from […]

    Study Links Most Amazon Deforestation to 128 Slaughterhouses

    Study Links Most Amazon Deforestation to 128 Slaughterhouses

    By Eduardo Pegurier, Translated by Bruno Moraes Satellites are mechanical reporters of the Amazon deforestation process. By documenting the degradation and gaps created by the clear-cutting process over the years, they deliver the verdict: Two-thirds of the Amazon’s deforested area has been turned into pastures. From the ground, the cattle count reveals that the Amazon […]

    How New Dams in Amazon Put Entire World at Risk

    How New Dams in Amazon Put Entire World at Risk

    By Tim Radford What’s considered by some to be clean energy could devastate the Amazon, according to new research. A massive increase in hydropower from a series of planned Amazon dams could harm the world’s most important rainforest all the way from the slopes of the Andes to the Atlantic Ocean. Altogether, 428 dams are […]

    Big Oil Faces Big Trouble in the Amazon

    Big Oil Faces Big Trouble in the Amazon

    By Andy Rowell We have known for years that the days of finding easy oil outside the Middle East are over. It means that the oil industry has to go into fragile ecological areas like the Arctic or exploit dirty unconventionals like the tar sands or shale gas. Or the industry can go deep offshore, […]

    Amazing Underwater Photos Reveal Newly Discovered Brazilian Coral Reef

    Amazing Underwater Photos Reveal Newly Discovered Brazilian Coral Reef

    Greenpeace Brazil has captured the first underwater images of the Amazon Reef, a 9,500 km2 system of corals, sponges and rhodoliths located where the Amazon River meets the Atlantic Ocean—an area that the Brazilian government has opened for oil exploration. A team of experts, including several oceanographers who announced the discovery of the reef last […]