Flood frequency of the Amazon River has increased fivefold

September 21, 2018 by  
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New data suggest that flooding in the Amazon River has dramatically increased by as much as five times in both intensity and frequency in the last 100 years. Scientists analyzed data points from the past century and believe the increase in flooding is linked to global warming. Scientists have measured the river’s water levels for 113 years at the Port of Manaus in Brazil . Over time, they found that large flooding events and extreme droughts have gone up over the past 20 to 30 years. In the early part of the century, massive floods only happened about once in every 20-year period. That number has increased to one major flood every four years. Related: High tide coastal flooding in US has doubled in the past 30 years The researchers believe the uptick is related to an oceanic system called Walker circulation, which describes air currents created by temperature fluctuations and pressure changes in the ocean , specifically in tropical locations. The Pacific Ocean has been cooling while the Atlantic Ocean has been getting warmer, which creates these circulating air currents. These changes are affecting the surrounding environment, including precipitation in the Amazon basin. Scientists are not sure why the Atlantic Ocean has been warming up. They do, however, believe that global warming is contributing to the temperature changes, but in a more indirect way. They theorize that global warming has shifted wind belts farther south, which pushes warm water from the Indian Ocean to the Atlantic. This creates an opposite effect of El Niño and results in more rainfall in the Amazon. Flooding along the Amazon River lasts weeks on end. Not only does it spread disease and contaminate water supplies, but it also destroys farms and homes. Right now, there is no indication that the flooding will decrease. This past year, water levels rose above the flood range, and scientists believe the water levels will only get higher as the years progress. Via EurekAlert! Images via Dave Lonsdale and NASA

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Peru is releasing half a million baby turtles to save species from extinction

November 3, 2016 by  
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When it comes to things in this world that make us smile, baby turtles rank quite high on the list, so the news that Peru is releasing 500,000 yellow-spotted Amazon River turtle tots into the wild is really something to celebrate. The National Service of Protected Natural Areas by the State (SERNANP), a government-run conservation group, has been setting the babies free in batches, with the first waddling into the wild in October and more to be freed in mid-November. The Amazon River turtle is a threatened species, and wildlife conservationists hope this massive baby turtle reintroduction project will give the turtles a stronger chance at survival in the long run. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gM-SgOjtzks When full-grown, the yellow-spotted Amazon River turtle (P. unifilis) is one of the largest turtles in South America, and locals call them Taricaya turtles. They can measure up to 18 inches long and weigh as much as 17 lbs and, in ideal conditions, live up to 70 years. Protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) appendix as well as the US Endangered Species Act, populations of the yellow-spotted Amazon River turtle have been in decline for years. Conservationists hope this massive release will change all that. Related: 3,800 critically endangered turtles found stacked in a shipping crate headed for China The baby turtles were conceived in the wild and, in order to give them a better chance at survival, volunteers and employees from SERNANP collected the eggs in August. They were then incubated in man-made habitats for 70 days, the same amount of time they would remain in their underground nests in the wild. Turtle eggs are a target for hungry predators desperate for an easy meal, so nests are often raided leaving few, if any, eggs to reach maturity. So far, around 17,000 turtles have been released. Two more phases will bring the grand total to around 500,000 baby turtles, who will live out the rest of their natural lives in the wild and hopefully reproduce successfully, securing a stronger future for the at-risk species. Via Treehugger Images via Harvey Barrison/Flickr and Wikipedia

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High-tech Louis Vuitton building lights up like a giant lantern at night

November 3, 2016 by  
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Although the façade of the maison’s flagship store in Ginza appears as a deep multi-layered structure, in reality it is made of two layers of 5mm-thick modular aluminum panels. Characteristic star- and funnel-shaped elements are produced in five different sizes and clad the entire building. The LED lamps hidden behind the star panels are integrated in the funnel plates and further accentuate the three-dimensional impact of the building’s skin. The innovative bumpy LV façade is a great low-tech device that is also capable of capturing and reflecting the ever-changing ambient light. Thanks to the relief shape and the pearl paint finish, the iconic new Ginza store is equally appealing during the day. This breakthrough design developed by Jun Aoki for his regular client is the result of restrictions the architect had to follow during the renovation of an earlier project. During reconstruction, the steel structure that supported the previous building envelope had to be maintained such that the new skin could be no thinner than 24 cm and its weight had to stay below 40 kg/2. Related: Jun Aoki Hides Omiyamae Gymnasium Underground to Create a Green Oasis for Suginami, Tokyo This beautiful building illustrates why this is the eighth project Aoki has completed for the Louis Vuitton company, including one in Hong-Kong and New York City . Each provides a new and fresh interpretation of the classic chessboard pattern applied to the scale of architecture. + Jun Aoki Images via Maria Novozhilova for Inhabitat

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Ecuadorian Pipeline Leak Sends 420,000 Gallons of Oil Towards Brazilian Amazon River

June 10, 2013 by  
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Living along a major river means you are at the mercy of the actions of those living upstream. On May 31, a landslide ruptured the Trans-Ecuador pipeline operated by Petroecuador , sending 420,000 gallons of crude oil into the River Coca, a tributary of the Amazon . Since the disaster, the oil has already reached the Peruvian Amazon region of Loreto, and Brazil has been put “on alert” to watch for the pollution as it makes its way into the country. Read the rest of Ecuadorian Pipeline Leak Sends 420,000 Gallons of Oil Towards Brazilian Amazon River Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Amazon , amazon river , Brazil , clean carribean & americas , ecuador , loreto , manuel pulgar vidal , oil spill , peru , petroecuador , rafael correa , river coca , trans-ecuador pipeline        

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Brazil Annouces 84% Reduction in Amazon Deforestation

June 7, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Brazil has presented encouraging figures that suggest the government is finding some measure of success in efforts to drastically reduce rates of deforestation in the Amazon by 2020. According to reports, deforestation has been reduced by 84 percent over the past eight years, putting the nation on track to meet goals set at the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. However, concerns are being raised that this positive trend is already reversing, with an uptick in destruction of the Amazon’s canopy in recent months. Read the rest of Brazil Annouces 84% Reduction in Amazon Deforestation Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: amazon rainforest , amazon river , amazon trees , brazil amazon , brazil environment , deforestation , farming environment , Izabella Teixeira        

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Google Launches Incredible ‘Street View’ Map of the Amazon

March 22, 2012 by  
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We were pretty excited when we found out last year than Google was working in the Amazon to create a Street View map of the ecologically vital rainforest. To coincide with World Forest Day , they’ve just released the finished product – and it’s pretty extraordinary! Allowing anyone to “experience the beauty and diversity of the Amazon,” the photographic maps were assembled from over 50,000 still images. The images were collected with Google’s distinctive 360 degree camera-orb placed atop canoes and their and eco-friendly Google Street View Trike, as demonstrated in this fabulous video . Read the rest of Google Launches Incredible ‘Street View’ Map of the Amazon Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Amazon Photography , Amazon Street View , Google Street View , Nature Photography , Rio Negro Reserve , Street View Trike , World Forest Day

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World’s Most Powerful Wind Turbine To Be Installed Off Belgian Coast

March 22, 2012 by  
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Wind turbine efficiency is increasing year on year, and now  German energy company RWE Innogy is set to break an industry record by installing a wind turbine capable of generating 6 MW off the Belgian coast. According to the company, the new turbine will be the most powerful in the world ! Read the rest of World’s Most Powerful Wind Turbine To Be Installed Off Belgian Coast Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , belgian wind farm , Offshore Wind Farm , rwe innogy thorton bank , thornton bank wind farm , thorton bank largest wind turbine , wind energy , world’s largest wind farm , world’s most powerful wind turbine , worlds biggest wind turbine

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Woodcut Maps Will Turn Your Favorite Places Into Pieces of Art

March 22, 2012 by  
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Woodcut Maps has launched its new web application, which allows you to design your own wood-inlay maps of anywhere in the world. Using the intuitive online interface, you can define borders for your map and choose from a selection of hardwoods to identify the roads, water and landscapes. With their high-tech know-how and delicate wood craftsmanship, the maps are then laser cut, hand-assembled, and shipped from their San Francisco Mission District workshop. + Woodcut Maps The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: customized artwork , customized maps , map art , map artwork , wood art , wood artwork , wood maps , woodcut maps

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Amazon River Dolphin Populations in Rapid Decline

October 17, 2011 by  
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Photo: JorgeBRAZIL / cc Of all the remarkable species that inhabit the Amazon river basin, few are as iconic or as threatened as Amazon river dolphins. For decades, the pinkish hued dolphins have been targeted by fishermen who view the skilled aquatic hunters as competitors for food — leading to thousands of the animals to be poached every year by villagers , who often then use their meat as bait. But despite a campaign to save the river dolphins, researchers say that they’re continuing to be killed at a… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Perhaps the Loveliest Animation of a Whale Decomposing You Will Ever See

October 17, 2011 by  
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The world’s oceans are among the most vibrant, biologically-diverse ecosystems on the planet, teeming with life from the shallowest tide-pools to the shadowy depths, and this is true even in death. Sure, few people would ever stop to consider just what happens when a whale dies, but the answer is actually quite fascinating — particularly when told through the stunning use of paper-cutout animation. The short film above i… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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