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Fires have burned 3 percent of Amazon rainforest in 12 years: NASA

The Brazilian Amazon harbours 40% of all remaining tropical rainforest, playing a vital role in global biodiversity conservation and climate regulation. (Alexander Lees/REUTERS) The size of the Amazon rainforest has been shrinking – and not just because of traditional…  …

Leave isolated Amazon natives alone, Peru says

Peruvian officials on Tuesday urged outsiders to stay away from isolated Amazon basin rainforest natives after pictures of “uncontacted” tribe members were published online. Mariela Huacchillo with the Peru’s office for Natural Protected Areas (SERNANP) told AFP that even indirect contact with the indigenous people could spread deadly viruses that…

Amazon, Halong Bay, Iguazu Falls among new 7 natural wonders

The Amazon rainforest, Vietnam’s Halong Bay and Argentina’s Iguazu Falls were named among the world’s new seven wonders of nature, according to organisers of a global poll. The other four crowned the world’s natural wonders are South Korea’s Jeju Island, Indonesia’s Komodo, the Philippines’ Puerto Princesa Underground River and South…

Powerful quake rattles remote area of Peru

LIMA — A powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake shook eastern Peru on Wednesday and was felt more than 300 miles (480 kilometers) away in the capital Lima as well as in neighboring Ecuador and Brazil. Seismologists from the US Geological Survey said the epicenter of the quake, which occurred at 1746 GMT,…

Save the world from climate change – by computer

Computer gamers who like a challenge can now take on one of the toughest around: saving the entire planet, this time from climate change. Billed as a strategy game with a social conscience, “Fate of the World” sees players try to protect the world’s climate and resources while managing a…

Video game tasks players with saving humanity from climate change

Computer gamers who like a challenge can now take on one of the toughest around: saving the entire planet, this time from climate change. Billed as a strategy game with a social conscience, “Fate of the World” sees players try to protect the world’s climate and resources while managing a…

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