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Amazon Day 2016: from above and below






It’s that time of year again – when the kids go back to school after the long summer break. September 5 also happens to be Amazon Day in Brazil. Perhaps many of us first learned something about the Amazon from enthusiastic teachers at primary school. Perhaps we learned about it being the world’s largest rainforest […]

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Female rubber tapper hanging rubber strips out to dry © Adrian Steirn Sky Rainforest Rescue

Amazon rubber tappers tell their story






Deep within the Amazon, rubber trees grow wild in their native rainforest home. They provide the livelihood for rubber tappers, who have developed an intimate and caring relationship with the rubber trees and their rainforest surroundings. They tell their story here, through two short videos. In this video rubber tapper Sebastiao speaks of the importance […]

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Richard Hammond and his camera, Amazon © Richard Hammond

Q&A with Richard Hammond in the Amazon






TV star Richard Hammond ventured deep into the Amazon for his new Sky 1 programme ‘Richard Hammond’s Jungle Quest’, which airs on 16 and 23 September. The show sees Richard attempting to realise his childhood dream of being a wildlife photographer. We caught up with Richard to ask him about his jungle adventure… What made […]

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Mobile phone being used for citizen science © Antonio Oveido WWF-Brazil From the field

Sky Rainforest Rescue supports extreme citizen science






Local fisherman Damião was navigating along a remote stretch of the Envira river in state of Acre, Brazil during the rainy season. He stopped at Sacado lake, set down his backpack, and pulled out his smartphone with global positioning system (GPS) receiver. First checking the GPS to make sure he was at the right spot, […]

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Our blog awards ticket © Duncan Mizen

And the winners are…?






When we first entered the UK Blog Awards last year, we had no idea how people would receive us in terms of how they’d vote. Would we make it through the public vote to reach the finals? How much competition would there be? Would we win anything at all? All perfectly normal questions for any […]

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Rainforest and wetland © Michel Roggo / WWF-Canon

Payments for ecosystem services in Brazil






Around the world, initiatives are being developed and implemented at different scales to reward those that are protecting water catchments, conserving forests and caring for natural habitats. Where payments are involved, this approach is known as Payments for Environmental Services or PES. WWF-Brazil together with a number of partners has just published a series of […]

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Comedian Alistair McGowan © Sky Blink and it's gone

Standing up for the Amazon






It’s a shocking fact that 20% of the Amazon has already been lost. Deforestation remains a major concern and threatens the future of the Amazon. Even though it is the largest rainforest in the world, 60% of it is unprotected, leaving it vulnerable. It’s estimated that by 2030, a quarter of the Amazon could be […]

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