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IMPORTANT NEWS: Amazon deforestation rises dramatically: up 6 per cent in 2004. Read the MAY 19 stories below.

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AUGUST 2005

YASUN BLUES: THE IMF, ECUADOR AND COERCED OIL EXPLOITATION (AUG 5)
http://www.rednova.com/news/science/198387/yasun_blues_the_imf_ecuador_and_coerced_oil_exploitation/
The rainforests of the Ecuadorian Amazon are rich in biodiversity, home to numerous indigenous groups and replete with oil.

SO WHAT CAN WE DO? (AUG 4)
http://www.journalstandard.com/articles/2005/07/30/daily_features/homefront/home01.txt
When we go about satisfying our needs and wants, it is not our intention to hurt other living beings with our activities, or to use up earth's resources...

LANDOWNER CAUGHT BURNING 2 MILLION TREES IN THE AMAZON (AUG 3)
http://news.mongabay.com/2005/0803-amazonia.html
A large plantation owner was caught burning almost 2 million trees in the Amazon to make way for a cattle pastures...

I HELPED TO SAVE RARE MONKEYS (AUG 2)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_4730000/newsid_4739000/4739053.stm
A team from CBBC's Serious Amazon series travelled to the rainforest of Peru to build an enclosure for the rare red uakari monkey.

BRAZIL'S GRASSLANDS COULD REPLACE FOOD PRODUCTION OF AMERICAN HEARTLAND (AUG 1)
http://news.mongabay.com/2005/0801-tina_butler.html
Today when Brazil is mentioned in the same sentence with "agriculture," people often first envision the Amazon rainforest giving way to soybean plantations and cattle farms.

JULY 2005

A STAKE THROUGH THE HEART OF THE WORLD (JULY 29)
http://www.rednova.com/news/science/190647/a_stake_through_the_heart_of_the_world/
Scientists mapping the effects of deforestation in the Amazon are increasingly concerned that we are reaching a tipping point...

AMAZON RIVER CYCLES CARBON FASTER THAN THOUGHT (JULY 27)
http://www.physorg.com/news5471.html
The rivers of South America's Amazon basin are "breathing" far harder - and cycling the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide far faster - than anyone realized. (Related articles: Amazon source of 5-year-old river breath )

BIODIVERSITY AND CLIMATE FORM FOCUS OF FOREST CANOPY PLAN (JULY 25)
http://www.nature.com/news/2005/050725/full/436452a.html
Available to subscribers only.

REMEMBERING SISTER DOROTHY STANG (JUNE 6)
http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/news/remembering-sister-dorothy-sta
Brasilia — June 7 would have marked the 74th birthday of Sister Dorothy Stang...

AMAZON DEFORESTATION WAS REDUCED 90% IN JUNE (JULY 25)
http://internacional.radiobras.gov.br/ingles/materia_i_2004.php?materia=233299&q=1&editoria=
Brasilia — Deforestation activities in the Amazon rainforest dropped 90% in the month of June, compared with the June 2004.

UP THE AMAZON, WITHOUT A GREETING (JULY 25)
http://www.theage.com.au/news/education-news/up-the-amazon-without-a-greeting/2005/07/22/1121539155793.html
The first curious thing Dr Knut Olawsky noticed about the Urarina people was that they appeared not to have any words of greeting.

LAND OF GHOSTS: THE BRAIDED LIVES OF PEOPLE AND THE FOREST IN FAR WESTERN AMAZONIA (JULY 23)
http://www.rednova.com/news/science/183889/land_of_ghosts_the_braided_lives_of_people_and_the/
A Brazilian woman named Dona Ausira, the last known speaker of Nokini, remembers her native tongue's words for star, moon, bird, and fish...

ILLEGAL MINERS THREATEN BRAZIL INDIANS (JULY 22)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5158485,00.html
Rio de Janeiro — Wildcat miners who have entered the Yanomami Indians' Amazon reservation have brought guns and diseases...

SUSTAINABLEBUSINESS.COM ANNOUNCES THE 2005 SB20: THE WORLD'S TOP SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS STOCKS (JULY 20)
http://www.world-wire.com/news/0720050001.html
SustainableBusiness.com announces the 2005 SB20 list - The World's Top Sustainable Business Stocks.

AMAZON BASIN PAPERS PRESENTED AT CONSERVATION BIOLOGY CONFERENCE IN BRAZIL (JULY 21)
http://news.mongabay.com/2005/0721-cbc_amazon.html
Earlier this week nearly 2,000 of the world's leading environmental scientists of various disciplines met in Brasilia to present papers... (Related articles: Conservation papers presented at conference in Brasilia, Conservation of Brazil's Atlantic forest a key priority at conference in Brasilia, Conservation biologists meet in Brazil to discuss ecological future, Bird conservation papers presented at conference in Brazil, Role of indigenous groups in conservation discussed at Brazilia conference, Forest dynamics papers presented at conservation conference in Brazil, Amazon not holding expected carbon, carbon-credit trading scheme at risk?)

ACCUSED KILLERS OF AMERICAN NUN IN BRAZIL FACE OCTOBER TRIAL (JULY 20)
http://news.corporate.findlaw.com/ap/o/51/07-20-2005/aa60000616e4c400.html
Rio de Janeiro — Brazil-Three men accused of killing American nun Dorothy Stang in an Amazon land dispute will go to trial in October...

WOODS HOLE RESEARCH CENTER PLANS CONTROLLED BURN IN AMAZON RAINFOREST (JULY 19)
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2005-07/whrc-whr071905.php
Fire is an important agent of transformation in the Amazon landscape. Every year, low intensity fires burn thousands of square miles of Amazon forest.

IN ALBANY, BABY AQUARIUM AWAITS (JULY 20)
http://www.ajc.com/news/content/travel/southeast/ga_stories/0705/20albanygetaway.html
While Atlanta prepares for the November opening of one of the world's largest aquariums, Albany, in southwest Georgia, will soon celebrate the first anniversary of its Flint RiverQuarium.

OUT THERE: RIVER RUMBA (JULY 20)
http://espn.go.com/outdoors/tv/columns/sutton_keith/1354728.html
When the spring breeding season nears, the river rumba begins.

THE NEW FORD FOCUS (JULY 19)
http://www.alternet.org/envirohealth/23582/
With so many environmental groups actively campaigning for causes that are at the forefront of the political scene...

STUDENT SHOCK AT POND JELLYFISH FIND (JULY 20)
http://www.ghostlytalk.com/displayarticle673.html
A Shrewsbury student was all of a quiver when she discovered a colony of rare Amazonian jellyfish in a town pond.

PRESIDENT OF ELETRONUCLEAR SAYS NUCLEAR ENERGY IS BEST ALTERNATIVE (JULY 20)
http://internacional.radiobras.gov.br/ingles/materia_i_2004.php?materia=232743&q=1&editoria=
Although Brazil has an enormous hydroelectric potential (estimated at almost 260,000 MW), only 68,000 MW of the electricity the country uses comes from hydroelectric power plants.

BRAZIL CONSIDERS MORATORIUM ON AMAZON LOGGING (JULY 18)
http://www.enn.com/today.html?id=8262
Brasilia — The government could ban logging in Brazilian forests for up to a year to slow destruction of the Amazon rainforest...

RAINFOREST RARITIES (JULY 10)
http://www.sundaytribune.co.za/index.php?fArticleId=2616597&fSectionId=238&fSetId=
Perhaps I'd seen too much James Bond or watched too many National Geographic specials, but I expected the piranhas circling our fishing boat to thrash at the bait...

GREENPEACE TELLS CONSUMERS WHERE TO SNEEZE (JULY 6)
http://www.canadafreepress.com/2005/cover070605.htm
Toronto — Don't reach for a Kleenex next time you feel a sneeze coming on or try to stifle your sniffles with a Kleenex tissue...

STEALING THE RAINFOREST (JULY 4)
http://www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_1731533,00.html
Rio de Janeiro — Ecologists sounded the alarm: the Amazon rain forest is disappearing at the fastest rate in nearly a decade. (Related articles: Shrinking Amazon fuels paranoia of invasion)

JUNE 2005

RAINFOREST TREE MAY HOLD CURE FOR PSORIASIS (JUNE 28)
http://health.dailynewscentral.com/content/view/1156/31/
Scientists have made an important breakthrough in the treatment of the distressing skin condition psoriasis. The genetic condition causes an over-production of skin cells...

READING BETWEEN THE PIPELINES (JUNE 27)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/analysis/story/0,3604,1515679,00.html
Oliver Balch asks if policies adopted by energy firms exploiting Latin American resources are sufficient to protect the continent's indigenous peoples...

DEFORESTATION COULD LEAD TO CATASTROPHE (JUNE 28)
http://news.ft.com/cms/s/3291dc30-e771-11d9-a721-00000e2511c8.html
Sir, As a long-standing lover of Brazil, I was delighted to read of that country's great agricultural achievements ("Top of the crops", June 23).

EXHIBIT: IMAGES OF THE AMAZON (JUNE 25)
http://www.nh.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050625/EVENTS01/50623004/-1/EVENTS
"Images of the Amazon" will be on exhibit at the Mariposa Museum of World Cultures in Peterborough during the month of July.

BRAZILIAN OFFICIALS ACCEPT FOREST DWELLERS AS CONSERVATION ALLIES (JUNE 24)
http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/jun2005/2005-06-24-02.asp
Santarem — Traditional populations - Indians, descendants of runaway slaves, traditional fishermen, peasants, and communities engaged in extractive activities - are gaining greater official recognition...

ASSESSING THE AMAZON RIVER'S SENSITIVITY TO DEFORESTATION (JUNE 21)
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/06/050621074414.htm
Understanding how the Amazon River varies in time, what causes those variations, and how sensitive it will be to ongoing, and accelerating, deforestation is a focus of study...

COLOMBIA: WASHINGTON'S OTHER OIL WAR (JULY 22)
http://www.greenleft.org.au/back/2005/630/630p15.htm
After almost five years, and countless thousands of people dead and disappeared, the US$7.5 billion initiative known as "Plan Colombia" has failed...

VENEZUELA CRACKING DOWN ON ILLEGAL DIAMOND, GOLD MINING (JUNE 20)
http://www.vheadline.com/readnews.asp?id=38313
International Diamond Exchange (IDEX) online reports that Venezuelan government forces are launching a crackdown on illegal diamond and gold mining...

NYC HAIR SHAMAN IS CURING AND TREATING HAIR WITH CUSTOMIZED NATURAL RAINFOREST TREATMENTS (JUNE 17)
http://www.emediawire.com/releases/2005/6/emw251683.htm
Fabian Lliguin, notable New York City hair stylist and color expert, proudly introduces a revolution in the care and treatment of hair...

THE AMAZON CAN'T BE A SOY FARM (JUNE 13)
http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0613/p08s02-comv.html
The world's largest rain forest, one that affects global weather patterns, last year saw its biggest one-year loss of trees since 1995.

FORD'S AMAZON RUBBER TOWN DREAMS BRIGHTER FUTURE (JUNE 10)
http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=domesticNews&storyID=8756010
Deep in the Amazon rainforest lies what looks a small U.S. Midwestern town, with neat white clapboard bungalows, trim gardens and spacious streets.
(Related article: Ford's dream lost in jungle)

ACAI BERRY FROM THE AMAZON IS TAKING THE WORLD BY STORM (JUNE 4)
http://archives.moneyplans.net/frontend210-verify-7708.html
A previously little-known fruit harvested from the Brazilian rainforest is now gaining recognition for its high levels of the cholesterol-fighting fatty acids...

ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICIALS ARRESTED IN BRAZILIAN LOGGING CRACKDOWN (JUNE 3)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/brazil/story/0,12462,1498710,00.html
Federal police in Brazil have arrested 48 environmental officials—the people who should be protecting the rainforest—in a crackdown...

BRAZIL SUSPENDS LOGGING PERMITS (JUNE 3)
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Science/2005/06/03/1070560-ap.html
Sao Paulo — New logging permits were suspended Friday in a huge Amazon state...

SAVING THE AMAZON RAINFOREST THROUGH AGRICULTURAL CERTIFICATION (JUNE 3)
http://news.mongabay.com/2005/0604-tina_butler.html
John Cain Carter is a Texan rancher who owns 20,000 acres (8100 hectares) in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso...

MAY 2005

GOD HAS SENSE OF HUMOR, ECONOMISTS SAY (MAY 31)
http://nick-danger.redstate.org/story/2005/5/31/165436/552
Potential proof that there is a God has emerged from an unlikely source, according to Reuters.

PAVING ROAD MAY MEAN RICHES, RUIN IN AMAZON FOREST (MAY 27)
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N25422985.htm
Santarem — Brazilian soybean farmers expect a rutted, muddy road through the Amazon will turn into a highway of gold for them thanks to plans to pave it over...
(Related articles: Some Fear Catastrophe From Amazon Highway)

GREENPEACE 'AWARDS' FOR AMAZON WOE (MAY 26)
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/americas/05/24/brazil.environment.reut/
Sao Paulo — Environmental group Greenpeace has nominated President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and five others for its first "Golden Chainsaw" priz
(Related article: Prize recognizes largest contributor to Amazon rainforest destruction)

THE AMAZON'S TEXAN SAVIOUR (MAY 26)
http://www.economist.com/people/displayStory.cfm?story_id=4009069
At the helm of a second-hand Cessna aircraft, John Cain Carter is as preoccupied with the Earth below as he is with the clouds ahead.

BRAZIL SOY KING DENIES HE'S 'RAPIST OF FOREST' (MAY 26)
http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=reutersEdge&storyID=2005-05-26T062704Z_01_N25118863_RTRIDST_0_PICKS-FOOD-BRAZIL-MAGGI-DC.XML
Rio de Janeiro — Brazil's Governor Blairo Maggi, whose Amaggi Group is the world's largest soybean producer, denied on Wednesday that he was responsible for a big rise in destruction of virgin Amazon rainforest...

ENDANGERED PLANTS AND ANIMALS GET A SECOND CHANCE FROM YOUR SUPPORT OF THE FIRST RAINFOREST RUN MARATHON FUNDRAISER (MAY 25)
http://www.emediawire.com/releases/2005/5/emw244061.htm
On May 29th 2005 Joel Heyn—co-founder of Natural Lattitudes Tea and Imports and activist for Nature preservation will be running his first marathon to promote rainforest sustainability and protection.

ECUADOR: OIL RICH, DIRT POOR (MAY 22)
http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/ny-wotexa0522,0,365884.story?coll=ny-world-big-pix
San Carlos — Texaco&39;s legacy in the Amazon oozes from an oil pit near Ruperto Narvaez&39;s shack like pus from a sore.

AMAZON RAINFOREST CLEARED FASTER THAN BRAZIL CAN PROTECT IT (MAY 20)
http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/may2005/2005-05-20-05.asp
Brasilia — Today, Brazilian President Luiz Incio Lula da Silva signed decrees creating five extractive reserves and a biological reserve in the state of Para...

SOYA SPURS RAPE OF AMAZON RAINFOREST (MAY 20)
http://www.peopleandplanet.net/doc.php?id=2479
With over 26,000 square kilometres lost last year—nearly the size of Belgium—the annual deforestation rate in the Amazon has again increased...
(Related article: Challenge of the rainforest)

GREEN PARTY ABANDONS LULA'S COALITION (MAY 20)
http://www.falkland-malvinas.com/Detalle.asp?NUM=5685
The Green Party which has a cabinet minister and seven seats in the Lower House announced Thursday it was abandoning the ruling coalition of President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva...
(Related article: Brazilian Greens Quit Government Over Rainforest)

AMAZON DESTRUCTION ACCELERATING (MAY 19)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4561189.stm
The Amazon rainforest is being destroyed at near record levels, according to new figures...
(Related articles: Amazon Deforestation Up 6 Percent in 2004, Amazon 'is disappearing faster', Trashing of the Amazon continues, Amazon deforestation in 2004 was the second-worst ever, Brazil's rainforest still being destroyed, The disappearing Amazon rainforest, Outcry Over Gov't Deforestation Figures, Rainforest loss shocks Brazil, Amazon destruction at its highest in ten years)

FARMERS URGE CONSUMERS TO BOYCOTT CHEAP BRAZILIAN BEEF (MAY 19)
http://www.examiner.ie/breaking/story.asp?j=49597880&p=49598yz4&n=49598178&x=
Irish farmers have called on consumers to boycott Brazilian beef in order to slow down the destruction...

AMAZON TRIBE FACES 'ANNIHILATION' (MAY 17)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4554221.stm
A remote tribe living amid the depths of the Amazon rainforest is facing extinction at the hands of loggers... (Related article: Brazil: loggers threaten Indian tribe)

PROTOLANGUAGE AMAZON INHABITANTS RECONSTRUCTED (MAY 17)
http://www.innovations-report.de/html/berichte/gesellschaftswissenschaften/bericht-44366.html
Maku is a family of languages spoken by Indians in the Amazon rainforest.

INDIGENOUS HUAORANI SEEK OIL MORATORIUM ON THEIR AMAZON LANDS (MAY 17)
http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/may2005/2005-05-17-01.asp
Washington DC — Members of the South American indigenous group, the Huaorani, are calling for a moratorium on all oil activities in their ancestral Amazonian lands...

RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE (MAY 14)
http://books.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,12084,1483279,00.html
Paul Theroux planned to follow in Burroughs's footsteps and experience the ultimate high in the rainforest, but instead he found oil prospectors, exploitation, and tourists...

HOW DID RAINFOREST SHAMANS GAIN THEIR BOUNDLESS KNOWLEDGE ON MEDICINAL PLANTS? (MAY 14)
http://news.mongabay.com/2005/0515-rhett_butler.html
Ethnobotanists, people who study the relationship between plants and people, have long been aware that rainforest dwellers have an astounding knowledge of medicinal plants.

GREEN LIGHT FOR WORLD'S LARGEST AQUARIUM (MAY 12)
http://education.guardian.co.uk/higher/research/story/0,9865,1481937,00.html
A scheme to build the biggest aquarium in the world in a former clay pit in Bedfordshire to act as both a tourist attraction and a research centre...

STORYTELLER RETURNS TO WELLINGTON (MAY 12)
http://www2.townonline.com/belmont/artsLifestyle/view.bg?articleid=244460http://www2.townonline.com/belmont/artsLifestyle/view.bg?articleid=244460
Kindergartners and first-graders were delighted by a return visit of storyteller Diane Edgecomb on Thursday, April 28...

EVENING AT THE HOOK FEATURES PROGRAM ON RAINFORESTS (MAY 11)
http://www.capegazette.com/storiescurrent/0505/eveninghook050605.html
The continuing lecture series, An Evening at the Hook, features How to Build a Rainforest: Seed Dispersal & Reforestation in the Amazon at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 12.

MONSTERS INCORPORATED (MAY 7)
http://film.guardian.co.uk/adaptation/story/0,12830,1478299,00.html
orn in Edinburgh, Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) qualified as a doctor in 1885...

BRAZIL RIGHTS GROUPS CHARGE POLICE INTERFERENCE (MAY 5)
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/americas/05/05/brazil.missionary.ap/
Rio de Janeiro — Human rights groups charged Thursday the arrest of a poor settler linked to slain American nun Dorothy Stang was an attempt by police to hinder investigations...

FAITH BAPTIST 5K SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 4 (MAY 5)
http://www.bartlettexpress.com/articles/2005/05/05/sports/06faithfivek.txt
Faith Baptist Church of Bartlett will be holding a 5K race on Saturday, June 4 at 8 a.m. to raise money for their mission trip to Manaus

FRUTA VIDA (FRUIT OF LIFE) (MAY 5)
http://www.emediawire.com/releases/2005/5/emw237033.htm
Fruta Vida is proud to introduce the taste of the Amazon Rainforest. Our unique blend of Aai, Cupuau and Yerba Mate will delight your taste buds.

ECUADOR INDIANS EMBRACE ECO-TOURISM (MAY 4)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4347565.stm>
It is early morning in the jungle and a motorised wooden canoe glides slowly along the Capahuari river.

IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE FOR MEDICS ON RIVER MISSION (MAY 4)
http://news.scotsman.com/features.cfm?id=479082005
When an elderly female patient visited Dr Alison MacRae and told the 39-year-old Tranent GP that she had advanced cancer, the doctor told her there was nothing she could do...

INDIGENOUS OPPOSITION PREVENTS OIL EXPLORATION IN ECUADORIAN AMAZON (MAY 2)
http://www.ethicalcorp.com/content.asp?ContentID=3658
Uncertainty over dialogue with indigenous groups continues to stall Burlington Resources' exploration of oil deposits in the Ecuadorian rainforest...

APRIL 2005

BRAZIL'S FLEDGLING BIODIESEL INDUSTRY TAKES OFF (APR 29)
http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/apr2005/2005-04-29-02.asp
Brasilia — Brazil is better prepared than most countries to confront one of today's biggest challenges—producing low-pollution fuels from renewable sources,

SHAREHOLDERS CHALLENGE CHEVRONTEXACO: DAMAGE TO AMAZON IS BAD FOR BUSINESS (APR 26)
http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=46411
San Francisco — On the eve of ChevronTexaco's annual shareholder meeting in San Ramon, California state pension funds, social investment firms, and environmental and human rights organizations jointly voiced strong concerns regarding ChevronTexaco's activities in sensitive areas
(Related article: The rainforest Chernobyl, Amazon Pollution: Victims of 'Toxico', Correction—Amazon Watch, 'Tis the Season for Shareholder Activism)

COULD PLANT IVORY SAVE ELEPHANTS? (APR 26)
http://edition.cnn.com/2005/TECH/science/04/26/vegivory/
London — Every few months, a special courier service delivers several large brown boxes to a small, discreet redbrick flat...

THE PHOTO EXHIBIT CRUDE REFLECTIONS: CHEVRONTEXACO'S RAINFOREST LEGACY (APR 25)
http://www.mysan.de/article87503.html
...documenting the human and environmental impact of what experts believe is the worst oil-related environmental disaster...

SHAMANS AND ROBOTS: BRIDGING THE PAST AND FUTURE OF ETHNOBOTANY AND BIOPROSPECTING (APR 25)
http://news.mongabay.com/2005/0425-tina_butler.html
Since very early on in human history, people have relied on medicinal plants to cure them of their various ills.

DROUGHT, FIRE CALLED BIGGEST THREATS TO AMAZON RAINFOREST ECOSYSTEM (APR 23)
http://news.mongabay.com/2005/0423-rhett_butler.html
A prolonged drought in the Amazon could lead to a massive die-off in the world's largest rainforest according to a study...

INDIGENOUS FILMMAKERS GIVE GLIMPSE INTO THEIR WORLD (APR 23)
http://www.ipsnews.net/new_nota.asp?idnews=28356
Caracas — A painter—s search in the Peruvian jungle for plants that would reproduce the colour blue served as the inspiration for the grand-prize winner at the latest Anaconda Awards, a regional competition for videos...

'TRANSITORY' RESERVES FOR MASHCO-PIRO INDIANS (APR 22)
http://www.ipsnews.net/new_nota.asp?idnews=28412
Lima — In Alto Purus province, in the far west of the Peruvian Amazon jungle, plans are in the works to create the first reserve for an indigenous group...

INTO THE AMAZON (APR 22)
http://www.businesstravellerindia.com/200504/exoticretreat01.shtml
After a foray into the largest forest system in the world through the Brazilian gateway city of Manaus all that Achal Dhruva can say is that the Amazon is simply amazing...

ARE RAINFORESTS STILL WORTH SAVING? (APR 20)
http://news.mongabay.com/2005/0420-rhett_butler.html
Rainforests around the world still continue to fall. Does it really make a difference?

DIVERSIFYING THE RAINFOREST (APR 19)
http://www.michigandaily.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2005/04/19/4264e476d134a
University study shows insects play a key role in developing the biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest...

ASPHALT AND SOYA DREAMS: TWO OCEANS, TWO COUNTRIES AND THE TRANSOCEANICA (APR 17)
http://news.mongabay.com/2005/0417a-tina_butler.html
The state of Madre de Dios in southeastern Peru is home to mountainous cloud forests and low-lying rainforests containing the richest biodiversity on Earth.

AMAZON HEADED TOWARD PERMANENT CHANGES? (APR 14)
http://news.mongabay.com/2005/0414-rhett_butler.html
Recent studies by NASA scientists have found that heavy smoke from Amazon forest fires inhibits cloud formation and reduces rainfall.

TOP U.S. FURNITURE MAKERS WARNED: ILLEGAL MAHOGANY FROM PERU THREATENS NATIVE PEOPLE, AMAZON FOREST (APR 14)
http://www.nrdc.org/media/pressreleases/050414.asp
Washington — On the eve of the world's largest furniture show, in High Point, North Carolina, two national conservation groups called on leading U.S. furniture manufacturers to stop using imported Peruvian mahogany...

CRISIS IN THE RAIN FOREST (APR 13)
http://www.motherearthnews.com/top_articles/1987_July_August/Crisis_in_the_Rain_Forest
Time is running out for the most valuable bioregion on the planet. (Reprint from 1987 article.)

DAVIS SHARES STORIES FROM TRAVELS (APR 13)
http://www.smudailycampus.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2005/04/13/425cac6245423
Detailing his adventures studying the indigenous peoples of the Amazon, Haiti, Central Borneo, Tibet and the Arctic, renowned anthropologist Wade Davis was the speaker at last night's Tate Lecture.

REMEMBERING CHICO MENDES (APR 12)
http://www.emagazine.com/view/?2320
The 1988 murder of Francisco Alves Mendes Filho, better known as Chico Mendes, in Brazil's Amazon River basin was a major international story.

BRAZIL MARSHALLS DEFENSES TO FIGHT AMAZON INTERNATIONALIZATION (APR 11)
http://boston.indymedia.org/otherpress/display/959/index.php
Brasilia — The Brazilian military is readying itself to defend the country's sovereignty over the Amazon rainforest should there be a threat of foreign military occupation, a top admiral told the Brazilian Senate on Friday.

FIBERZON COMBINES CLEANSING FIBER WITH MEDICINAL RAINFOREST HERBS TO OFFER POTENT DIGESTIVE HEALTH FORMULA (APR 9)
http://www.newstarget.com/006638.html
I've been using psyllium husk as a fiber supplement for many years.

COALITION OF CHEVRON TEXACO SHAREHOLDERS GATHER SUPPORT FOR RESOLUTION ON ECUADORIAN CONTAMINATION CONTROVERSY (APR 7)
http://www.commondreams.org/news2005/0407-05.htm
Washington — People's suffering is bad for business; that is the opinion of a group of ChevronTexaco shareholders who for the second year in a row, have submitted a resolution asking the company to report on how it is addressing health and environmental concerns...
(Related articles: Ecuadorian Attorney General Tells ChevronTexaco Shareholders Remediation Agreement May Be Invalid )

IF YOU CAN'T STOP THE FIRE, MAKE IT SAFER (APR 7)
http://www.ipsnews.net/africa/interna.asp?idnews=28199
Rio de Janeiro — If a problem cannot be avoided, the second-best solution is to reduce its ill effects: this is the philosophy behind the fire management project developed in Brazil

AMAZONIANS PRAY FOR PONTIFF'S SOUL (APR 4)
http://www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/EdmontonSun/News/2005/04/04/981837-sun.html
Braganca, Brazil — In a tiny wooden church shadowed by towering jungle trees, two dozen Amazonian Indians gathered yesterday to pray for Pope John Paul II's soul

IRELAND BUYS 2M EUROS WORTH OF 'ILLEGAL' TIMBER (APR 3)
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2091-1552413,00.html
Ireland imported 2m Euros worth of timber last year from a company that has been accused of buying illegally harvested trees from the Amazon rainforest...

AMAZON GIVES UP DEEPEST SECRETS (APR 3)
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1451217,00.html
New species are being found in record numbers in the river. Now TV viewers have a chance to name one of them...

ENVIROMENTALIST JO CUTHILL FINISHES HER EPIC CHARITY WALK (APR 2)
http://www.emediawire.com/releases/2005/4/emw224021.htm
Committed conservationist Ms Cuthill (26) embarked on her epic journey last Saturday from the Cuzco region of Peru with the intention of navigating her way through a large section of the cloud and rain forest...

PERU ANNOUNCES AMAZON PROTECTION ZONE (APR 1)
http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200504/s1336659.htm
The authorities in Peru have announced the creation of one of the world's largest conservation areas, which will include a territorial reserve for isolated indigenous communities.

MARCH 2005

BRAZIL PANEL FINDS PLOT BEHIND NUN'S DEATH (MAR 31)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4903461,00.html
Rio de Janeiro — Members of a Senate commission said Wednesday they had found evidence of a broad conspiracy behind the killing of American nun... (Related article: 'Broad conspiracy' behind nun's killing in Brazil )

BRAZIL: BATTLE FOR THE HEART OF THE RAINFOREST (MAR 29)
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=624459
Sister Dorothy Stang's murder is a reminder that the financial benefits of Brazil's jungle outweigh the political will to preserve it...

OIL DEVELOPER PERMITTED TO LOG IN ECUADORIAN NATIONAL PARK (MAR 28)
http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/mar2005/2005-03-28-01.asp
Coca, Ecuador — An undisturbed rainforest area of Ecuador's Yasuni National Park is about to be logged to make way for oil development.

SUSPECT IN AMERICAN NUN'S DEATH SURRENDERS (MAR 27)
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=618386
Sao Paulo —The rancher accused of ordering the killing of American nun Dorothy Stang in the Amazon rainforest six weeks ago surrendered...
(Related articles: Accused of Ordering Nun's Murder, Brazilian Landowner Surrenders)

CASTING A SPELL (MAR 25)
http://www.theage.com.au/news/Travel/Casting-a-spell/2005/03/23/1111525218010.html?oneclick=true
In the steamy Amazon, Sarah Kanowski discovers how to cast a love spell.

BLOODTHIRSTY AND HAUNTING TALES FROM DEEP IN THE BRAZILIAN RAINFOREST (MAR 24)
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,20911-1538836,00.html
Last year I was in the Amazon, scooting upriver in a dugout with a group of Parisians.

GREENPEACE ACTIVISTS PROTEST AMAZON TIMBER IMPORTS IN PORTUGAL (MAR 22)
http://science.news.designerz.com/greenpeace-activists-protest-amazon-timber-imports-in-portugal.html
Six Greenpeace activists were detained and later released in Portugal after they entered a restricted area...

LULA'S STRATEGY: GOOD FOR BUSINESS BAD FOR ENVIRONMENT (MAR 16)
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0503/S00257.htm
9,000 square miles of Amazonian rainforest were destroyed in 2004, an urgent call to the Brazilian government to implement firm policies...

School trips show 'rich-poor divide' (MAR 14)
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3215971a7694,00.html
Johnsonville man John Hoppener was outraged when his grandson came home from Newlands College with a notice offering a two-week trip to Brazil.

AMAZON EXHIBIT OPENS TODAY AT STATE AQUARIUM (MAR 11)
http://www.thevictoriaadvocate.com/local/local/story/2631860p-3050973c.html
Leaping frogs, slithering snakes and feathered fliers are a few of the stars at the Texas State Aquarium's Amazon exhibit

GREENPEACE SLATES LAND SALE (MAR 10)
http://www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_1674156,00.html
Brasilia — The environmental group Greenpeace on Wednesday denounced the internet-posted sale of millions of hectares of public land in the Amazon rainforest.

BRAZIL: AUSTRALIAN SCIENTISTS PROVE LESS TREES, LESS RAIN (MAR 10)
http://www.waterconserve.info/articles/reader.asp?linkid=39915
Sydney — Australian scientists have found that deforestation along the Amazon River in South America was reducing rainfall and causing climate change in the region.

PAVING THE AMAZON (MAR 6)
http://www.disinfo.com/site/displayarticle9763.html
Buenos Aires — Brazil is scrambling to appear in control of the eco-conflict raging in the Amazon rainforest. After the assassination of 73-year-old environmentalist Dorothy Stang (an American and a nun), Brazil's president has sought to make up

AMAZON STORM CURED EVERETT'S RIFT WITH FATHER (MAR 6)
http://www.contactmusic.com/new/xmlfeed.nsf/mndwebpages/amazon%20storm%20cured%20everetts%20rift%20with%20father
Actor RUPERT EVERETT healed his long-standing rift with his father after they found themselves trapped on the Amazon river...

BRAZIL: NEW RAINFOREST SLAYING (MAR 5)
http://www.pww.org/article/articleview/6570/1/256
Just days after U.S. nun and rainforest activist Dorothy Stang was killed in the Amazon jungle, Dionisio Ribeiro Filho, 59, was shot and killed...

ECUADOR TRIBES VOW TO FIGHT OIL THREAT (MAR 3)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4308537.stm
One of South America's poorest countries, Ecuador, is believed to be sitting on huge untapped reserves of oil and gas.

FEBRUARY 2005

THE MAGIC THAT IS DARREN MCKNIGHT (FEB 28)
http://msuspartans.collegesports.com/sports/m-wrestl/spec-rel/022805aab.html
The story of Darren McKnight starts in the Brazilian rainforest on the coast of the Amazon, called Manaus, where his parents grew up and met each other.

INTERNATIONAL FLAVOUR TO B.A.G. FILM FESTIVAL (FEB 25)
http://www.squamishchief.com/madison%5CWQuestion.nsf/0/6478FEA7C9E0D90088256FB200829C92?OpenDocument
The first ever Brackendale Art Gallery film festival is already showing promise with the choice of unique filmmaker, Josh Sage.

CLIMATE CHANGE: COLOMBIA GEARING UP TO DO ITS BIT(FEB 24)
http://www.ipsnews.net/new_nota.asp?idnews=27606
Bogota — Colombia is set to begin systematically measuring the impact of climate change on its remarkably diverse territory...

BRAZIL'S DRIVE TO BECOME WORLD'S BREAD BASKET BLAMED FOR AMAZON LAND VIOLENCE (FEB 19)
http://www.detnews.com/2005/business/0502/21/business-94529.htm
Anapu, Brazil — Three decades after settling in the remote rainforest to clear brush and grow cocoa under the shadows of towering jungle trees...

NUN'S KILLING PROMPTS BRAZIL TO ESTABLISH RAINFOREST RESERVES (FEB 19)
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=612498
Brazil's president has ordered the creation of a huge Amazon rainforest protection area less than a week after an American nun who was trying to protect the area and its inhabitants was gunned down.
(Related article: 'Major step' for Amazon rainforest, Brazil Awards Disputed Area to Slain Nun's Project, Amazon victory)

TROOPS TRY TO QUELL VIOLENCE AFTER KILLING IN BRAZIL (FEB 17)
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002182453_wdig17.html
Brazil sent 2,000 troops into the region of the Amazon rainforest yesterday where an American nun was killed...

AMERICAN NUN KILLED AS SHE READ BIBLE TO KILLERS IN BRAZIL (FEB 15)
http://www.christiantoday.com/news/missions/archbishop.expresses.regret.for.the.warring.church/254.htm
An American nun has been brutally killed in the Amazon rainforest region of Brazil. Dorothy Stang, 73, read Bible passages to her killers moments before she was shot dead...
(Related articles: Nun Assassinated Defending Amazon, The life and brutal death of Sister Dorothy, a rainforest martyr, Nun's death brings attention to Brazilian land-use issues, Lawless in the Amazon, Remembering Sister Dorothy Stang, Memorial Held For Slain Missionary, Brazil mourns the death of Sister Dorothy Stang, Murder in the Amazon: A U.S.-Born Nun and Environmentalist is Gunned Down, Brazil Hunts Man Suspected Of Ordering Nun's Death)

SCIENTIST DISCOVERS RAINFOREST ANTS THAT GLIDE (FEB 9)
http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/509743/
A number of tree-dwelling animals either glide through the forest air or parachute downward in what scientists call controlled descent, from so-called flying squirrels to lizards, frogs and snakes.

GLOBAL GOINGS-ON: MURDER IN THE AMAZON (FEB 8)
http://www.sternopportunity.com/media/paper697/news/2005/02/08/Voices/Global.GoingsOn.Murder.In.The.Amazon-889090.shtml
In three weeks, the Emerging Markets Association will be visiting Ariau Jungle Towers in the Amazon as part of its spring break trip to Brazil.

THE FINAL FRONTIER (FEB 8)
http://teenink.com/Past/2005/February/18652.html
It is dark, but not so dark that you can't see the vibrant greens, pinks and browns. Some sounds are unfamiliar.

PEAK RANGER GOES WALKABOUT (FEB 2)
http://www.manchesteronline.co.uk/news/s/144/144761_peak_ranger_goes_walkabout.html
A PEAK District National Park Ranger is swapping the Goyt Valley and Macclesfield Forest for the Australian outback...

JANUARY 2005

WORKERS FEAR PRESIDENT IS ENJOYING TOO MUCH OF THE HIGH LIFE (JAN 28)
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-1459589,00.html
Two years ago, the metalworker who became Brazil's first working-class President was the star of the show.

AAI BERRIES HIT THE BIG TIME (JAN 26)
http://www.business2.com/b2/web/articles/0,17863,1019030,00.html
Aai may be the world's healthiest food. A berry grown in the Amazon rainforest, it has as much calcium as milk...
(Related articles: The Energy Void, Student markets new fruit drink)

INTERNATIONAL TASKFORCE: GLOBAL WARMING CLOSE TO TIPPING POINT (JAN 25)
http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/jan2005/2005-01-25-10.asp
Washington D.C., — Time is running out for the world to halt global warming, the International Climate Change Taskforce warned Monday.

BEAUTY PRODUCTS THAT HELP TO PRESERVE THE AMAZONIAN RAINFOREST (JAN 19)
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2005/1/prweb198809.htm
Can simply buying a shampoo or body lotion help preserve the Amazon rain forest?

DARK SECRET OF THE SOIL HINTS AT AMAZON KINGDOMS (JAN 8)
http://www.smh.com.au/news/Environment/Dark-secret-of-the-soil-hints-at-Amazon-kingdoms/2005/01/07/1104832306493.html?oneclick=true
High along bluffs overlooking the confluence of the mighty Negro and Solomues rivers, super-sized eggplants, papayas and cassava are flourishing.

PERUNING TREES FOR BOTANICS (JAN 6)
http://news.scotsman.com/scotland.cfm?id=14992005
Rare specimens of trees from a remote region of the Amazon rainforest are putting down roots at the city's Royal Botanic Garden.


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