Tag: Amazon

Yasuni at Risk: Why the World’s Most Biodiverse Rainforest Could Be Drilled

Yasuni at Risk: Why the World’s Most Biodiverse Rainforest Could Be Drilled

In this thoughtful and passionate blogpost at National Geographic online, Dr. Pimm’s colleague, Dr. Matt Finer “warns against drilling the most biodiverse rainforest on Earth”: Ecuador’s spectacular Yasuni National Park.

By October 3, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Mitigating the environmental impact of oil and gas extraction in the Peruvian Amazon

Mitigating the environmental impact of oil and gas extraction in the Peruvian Amazon

The Western Amazon is a vast stretch of tropical rainforest, teeming with life found nowhere else in the world. At the confluence of four countries, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, and Brazil, it has some of the highest concentrations of biodiversity on the planet. Unfortunately, the area is also rich in oil and gas. And where conservationists [...]

By May 2, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Amazon rainforest turning from a carbon sink to a source of carbon

Amazon rainforest turning from a carbon sink to a source of carbon

Often cited as the lungs of the planet, it’s well-known that the Amazon rainforest is under attrition. Agriculture, mining, urban development, hydroelectric dams and global warming each pose separate threats. It seems that the lungs are suffering from the equivalent of lung cancer or emphysema. But just how bad is it, and how bad is [...]

By January 20, 2012 3 Comments Read More →
Community-based Ecology Education and Resource Monitoring

Community-based Ecology Education and Resource Monitoring

At the Pimm Group, our stated purpose is “A Future for Species Preservation and Conservation.” And we understand that people are the key to long-term success. So we are very proud when one of our own is directly on the front lines — in this case, Ciara Wirth. She is working with the Waorani, an [...]

By April 12, 2010 1 Comments Read More →
Researchers hail innovative plan to save rainforest, reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Researchers hail innovative plan to save rainforest, reduce greenhouse gas emissions

An innovative proposal by the Ecuadorian government to protect an untouched, oil rich region of Amazon rainforest is a precedent-setting and potentially economically viable approach, says a team of environmental researchers from the University of Maryland, the World Resources Institute and Save America’s Forests. More >

By November 5, 2009 0 Comments Read More →
Will Ecuador’s plan to raise money for not drilling oil in the Amazon succeed?

Will Ecuador’s plan to raise money for not drilling oil in the Amazon succeed?

Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park is full of wealth: it is one of the richest places on earth in terms of biodiversity; it is home to the indigenous Waorani people, as well as several uncontacted tribes; and the park’s forest and soil provides a massive carbon sink. More >

By November 5, 2009 0 Comments Read More →