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2002 Amazon rainforest news reports:
• PROTECTING THE AMAZON RAINFORESTS IN BRAZIL (DEC 26, 2002)
What started as an effort to contain damage within one area of the Brazilian Amazon is now emerging as a blueprint for the protection of the Amazon itself.
• AMAZON FERRY TOLL REACHES 33 (DEC 20, 2002)
The death toll in a ferry accident on an Amazon tributary rose to 33 today, with 25 people still missing, the Brazilian navy said.
• RAINFOREST EXPERT SAVES HIS AMAZON RAINFOREST "NEIGHBORHOOD" (DEC 17, 2002)
In the Mamirauá Reserve, in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon, a spectacular and virtually pristine rain forest realm is thriving.
• FORMER MAID COULD BE NEW SAVIOR FOR AMAZON (DEC 16, 2002)
Brasilia, Brazil Knowing the riches of the Amazon jungle from childhood, diminutive Sen. Marina Silva may be uniquely suited to save Brazil's rain forest as the country's next environment minister.
• EIGHT OIL WORKERS FREED IN ECUADOR'S AMAZON (DEC 16, 2002)
Quito Eight workers for Argentine oil company CGC have been freed after being held for nine days by Ecuadorean Indians protesting the firm's exploration in the Amazon jungle, authorities said on Monday.
• RAINING ON THE PARADE (DEC 12, 2002)
November/December issue of Harvard Magazine features a cover article entitled "The Great Global Experiment." The article claims that climate models predicting increased concentrations of greenhouse gases (CO2) suggest there will be a warming and drying of the equatorial tropics and that "Brazil's rainforest could dry out and disappear" as early as the 2050s.
• CYCLIST'S AMAZON CHALLENGE (DEC 8, 2002)
A cyclist from Park Street is doing her bit towards raising £100,000 for asthma research by riding through the Amazon rainforest.
• HAVE TUNING FORK, WILL TRAVEL: TO THE AMAZON (DEC 7, 2002)
Ordinarily, the job of a piano tuner might be dismissed as quaint and unexciting. But that is hardly the case when the piano in question is 8000 kilometres away in the Amazon jungle.
• ECOLOGICALLY-SOUND TOURISM PROJECT PROMOTES CONSERVATION IN THE AMAZON RAINFOREST (NOV 13, 2002)
An innovative ecological project is under way in a remote part of Ecuador's rain forest.
• LUST FOR 'GREEN GOLD' DRIVES AMAZON DESTRUCTION (OCT 17, 2002)
International mahogany trade reeks of power, corruption and blood.
Netherlands/AmsterdamThe wood oozes glamour and prestige in the gleaming showrooms of the north. But its plunder drives the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, corruption and even murder.
• RAINFOREST MAY HOLD KEY TO NEW DRUGS (OCT 8, 2002)
Caracas: Scientists in Venezuela have started work on a major project collecting information on the traditional medicines of the Amazon rainforest.
• RAINFOREST NOT ISSUE IN BRAZIL RACE (OCT 5, 20002)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: It is the world's largest tropical wilderness, as big as western Europe, covering 60 percent of Brazil's national territory. But the Amazon rainforest remains insignificant as a campaign issue in Brazil's presidential race.
• BRAZIL ELECTIONS EXPECTED TO HAVE LITTLE IMPACT ON THE AMAZON (OCT 5, 2002)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (AP)It's the world's largest tropical wilderness, as big as Western Europe, and covers 60 percent of Brazil's national territory. But the Amazon rainforest is insignificant as a campaign issue in the country's presidential race.
• LAND USE RIVALS GREENHOUSE GASES IN CHANGING CLIMATE (OCT 02, 2002)
Washington, DC, (ENS)Changes in land use may rival greenhouse gases in their contributions to global warming, suggests a new international study
• CAL POLY OPENS RAINFOREST LEARNING CENTER (OCT 1, 2002)
Po Mona, CaliforniaLucious tropical plants thrive here. Exotic birds and reptiles make homes among tiny waterfalls and palm trees. A cool mist lingers in the atmosphere.
• AMAZONIAN FOODS GO GOURMET (SEP 28, 2002)
Caracas, Venezuela, (UPI) Giant rodent, cheese with ants and duck with rainforest fruits were all on the menu Friday at a meal designed to showcase the delights of foods from Venezuela's Amazon region.
• BRAZIL'S LULA SLAMS U.S. AND FTAA (SEP 25, 2002)
Sao Paulo, Brazil, (UPI) Brazil's leading presidential candidate criticized the Bush administration for placing too much emphasis on the war on terrorism...
• THE SEARCH FOR THE MISSING METEOR (SEP 24, 2002)
Scientists brave Amazon to investigate a mysterious crater: One of the most efficient modes of transport in the remote Bolivian jungle. The NASA team members will be aided by the indigenous Araona people. The Araona people wanted $1 million before they would let the NASA scientists pass through their territory in the remote Bolivian Amazon.
• ILLEGAL LOGS SEIZED AFTER ATTACK ON PEACEFUL PROTEST IN THE AMAZON (SEP 22, 2002)
Porto de Moz, Brazil -- After only three days, the river blockade mounted by local communities in the Amazon has stopped two illegal logging barges carrying over 200 mahogany logs. The barges have been impounded and the owner fined almost 200,000 Brazilian Reals.
• ECUADOR PIPELINE THREATENS AMAZON SAYS WORLD BANK STUDY (SEP 19, 2002)
Washington DC -- Environmental groups in Germany and the US released a new report today that provides conclusive evidence that the German Bank Westdeutsche Landesbank (WestLB) violated its own policies in loaning $900 million to the OCP Consortium building Ecuador's new heavy crude pipeline.
• COMMUNITIES STAND UP TO LOGGERS, STAND UP FOR FOREST (SEP 19, 2002)
Brazilian rainforest blockade makes plea for new extractive reserve
Porto de Moz -- With the name of Chico Mendes on their lips, people representing almost 600 Amazon forest dwellers joined by Greenpeace and other organisations blocked the bright green waters of Brazil's Jaraucu river in the first such community protest in nearly 20 years.
• AMAZON DIARY (SEP 19, 2002)
Greenpeace activists report from the Brazilian rainforest community action
Porto de Moz, Brazil -- From a wooden, shallow-hulled river boat strung with colourful hammocks, Greenpeace campaigner Tommy Schweiger from Germany describes days and nights travelling through the Amazon.
• SWISS FIGHT DEFORESTATION IN THE AMAZON (SEP 18, 2002)
The Brazilian government welcomed the project, which aims to regenerate the Amazonian rainforest (www.ac-dijon.fr). The project is seeking to regenerate part of the Amazonian rainforest and reverse some of the damage caused by deforestation.
The ambitious scheme costing SFr454.5 million ($300 million) includes the construction of a factory to produce cellulose for export.
The idea is the brainchild of Walter Vogel, who came to Brazil from the Swiss capital, Bern, 30 years ago.
• JUNGLE TOWN'S ELECTION HOPES (SEP 18, 2002)
As Brazil gears up for presidential elections in October, BBC Brasil's Paulo Cabral travels through remote mountains, arid countryside and deep jungle to find out what 21st Century politics mean in the Brazil that normally goes unreported.
• HERBAL REMEDY MAY BE EFFECTIVE AGAINST CANCER (SEP 18, 2002)
New York (Reuters Health)The roots and leaves of the Petiveria alliacea L. plant--long used as an herbal remedy for various medical conditions--may also have some anticancer properties, recent study findings suggest.
• BRAZIL ARRESTS AMERICANS FOR SELLING AMAZON LAND (SEP 16, 2002)
Belem, BrazilA Brazilian court ordered three U.S. citizens to be held in custody on suspicion of selling land in the Amazon over the Internet under the name of an environmental fund founded by the British rock star Sting.
• WILDFIRES BURN IN AMAZON FOREST (AUG 31, 2002)
Guaranta do Norte, Brazil (AP)Cristian Gomes struggles for air, his 8-month-old body wracked by shuddering coughs. But there's no relief in the smoky haze rising from the countless wildfires burning in the Amazon forest.
• BEE FARMS HONEY AND WAX (AUG 28, 2002)
Amazonian bee tends insects for food and board. A newfound Amazonian bee farms aphid-like insects for the food and building materials they produce. This is the first time that such ranching has been discovered in bees.
• JULIA BUTTERFLY IN ECUADOR JAIL AFTER OIL PROTEST (JULY 18, 2002)
Pipeline would cut through reserve
Julia Butterfly Hill, California's well-known tree sitter and environmental activist, has been jailed in Ecuador for protesting a proposed oil pipeline that would penetrate a virgin Andean "cloud forest" that teems with rare birds.
• WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE, BUT (JUN 17, 2002) http://news.independent.co.uk/world/environment/story.jsp?story=306067
The shortage of fresh water in the developing world is reaching critical levels. And a new dam in Brazil only serves to highlight the environmental problem.
• PURPLE DIAMOND 'WORLD'S RAREST' (JUN 14, 2002)
LondonA purple diamond believed to be the only one of its kind and to have originated in the Amazon basin has come to light in London, according to British press reports.
• BRAZIL'S AMAZON DESTRUCTION DOWN BUT STILL ALARMING (JUN 12, 2002)
Brasilia, BrazilThe rate of forest destruction of Brazil's treasured Amazon jungle fell 13.4 percent last year from a five-year peak in 2000, figures showed Tuesday, but it is still a pace that deeply troubles environmentalists.
• NEW SPECIES OF PARROT FOUND IN BRAZIL (MAY 31, 2002)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (AP)Brazilian scientists have discovered a new parrot species in the southern Amazon -- a green plumed bird with a vulture's hooked neck and a bald orange head.
• ECUADOR BORDER TAINTED BY U.S.-MADE COCA KILLER (MAY 18, 2002)
San Francisco, EcuadorWalking along a dirt trail in the heart of the Amazon rain forest, subsistence farmer Santiago Tanguila says life in this village on the Colombian border has always been difficult
• US TRAVELER TO AMAZON DIES OF YELLOW FEVER: CDC (APR 18, 2002)
New York (Reuters Health)Officials with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that a previously healthy 47-year-old man from Texas died of yellow fever after returning from a 6-day fishing trip to Amazonas, Brazil. He had not been vaccinated against yellow fever
• GREENPEACE STRIKES IN MIAMI AGAINST MAHOGANY TRADE (APR 13, 2002)
Miami (Reuters)Greenpeace activists boarded a ship carrying Brazilian mahogany at the Port of Miami on Friday as part of a campaign to pressure the U.S. government to halt illegal shipments of the valuable hardwood
• RAINFOREST BREATHES OUT (APR 11, 2002)
The Amazon takes in the CO2 it gives out.: Rivers and swamps may balance carbon books. The rivers and wetlands of South America's Amazon rainforest breathe out as much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year as the dry regions of the forest absorb, new research shows.
• EU QUERIES LEGALITY OF AMAZONIAN MAHOGANY IMPORTS (APR 2, 2002)
LondonThe European Commission has told EU states not to allow shipments of Amazonian mahogany into Europe without ensuring that the timber was felled legally.
• BRAZIL'S PRIZED EXPORTS RELY ON SLAVES AND SCORCHED LAND (MAR 25, 2002)
Xinguara, BrazilThe recruiters gather at the bus station here in this grimy Amazon frontier town, waiting for the weary and the desperate to disembark. (Requires log-in)
• BRAZIL LAUNCHES OPERATION TO REMOVE DIAMOND PROSPECTORS FROM AMAZON INDIAN RESERVATION (MARCH 22, 2002)
Federal authorities launched a massive operation aimed at removing thousands of diamond prospectors from an Indian reservation deep in the Amazon rainforest, officials said Friday.
• PRINCE CHARLES MEETS BRAZIL'S INDIANS IN AMAZON (MAR 7,2002)
Fazenda PoderosaCooing and hooting like Amazon birds, painted Brazilian Indians in feather headdresses danced before Prince Charles this week, welcoming him to the world's biggest river island, where tropical jungle, savanna and wetlands meet.
• EMERGENCY WEEK OF ACTION CALLS FOR PROTECTION OF THE PERUVIAN AMAZON (FEB 20, 2002)
San FranciscoResponding to a call for an emergency week of action, student activists in 50 different cities across the country demonstrated at Citibank (C) branches to protest the financial giant's involvement in the controversial Camisea gas project in the Peruvian Amazon..
• SMOKE CLOUDS WEATHER (FEB 18, 2002)
Particles mess up climate forecast. Fumes and soot are withering forests and drying up tropical rains. Air pollution's impact on local weather could outstrip that of greenhouse gases, atmospheric scientists have warned.
• BRAZIL COPS ARREST EX-SENATE LEADER (FEB 16, 2002)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (AP)Brazilian police arrested the country's former Senate president Saturday on charges of corruption and fraud.
• 54 BRAZIL OFFICERS HURT IN AMAZON (FEB 14, 2002)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (AP)Squatters throwing stones and firing guns clashed with police trying to evict them Thursday from a large Amazon farm, leaving 54 police injured...
• BRAZILIAN WAR ON MAHOGANY LOGGERS (FEB 2, 2002)
Brazil has launched a big operation to save the country's mahogany trees, which are among those most threatened by deforestation in the Amazon.
• ECUADORIAN POLICE RESPOND TO OCP CONSORTIUM CALLS FOR EVICTION OF PROTESTORS (JAN 30, 2002)
After OCP Consortium head Hernan Lara today publicly called on the Ecuadorian government to take action to end protests against the OCP pipeline, police are moving in to evict local community members and accompanying environmentalists who are blockading the construction of the OCP pipeline... SEND A FAX OR EMAIL TO ECUADOR to prevent this eviction!
• BLAKE MURDER TRIAL OPENS (JAN 29, 2002)
Sir Peter's boat was attacked by river pirates. The trial of six men accused of killing world famous New Zealand yachtsman Sir Peter Blake has begun in Brazil.
• SEARCH CONTINUES AFTER AMAZON SINKING (JAN 27, 2002)
Boats are the main mode of transport in the Amazon. Rescue efforts have been continuing in northern Brazil after a boat carrying more than 100 people hit a moored ferry on Friday night.
• WHERE IS THE WORLD'S GREATEST BIODIVERSITY? SMITHSONIAN SCIENTISTS FIND THE ANSWER IS A QUESTION OF SCALE (JAN 25, 2002)
Amazonia represents the quintessence of biodiversity the richest ecosystem on earth.
UNKNOWN AMAZON EXHIBIT DEBUTS IN LONDON (JAN 18, 2002)
The indigenous peoples of the Amazon have a friend in the British Museum. The museum has mounted a major exhibition on the art and traditions of the peoples of the Amazonian rain forest and their deep spiritual connection with the land.