Turning point for Peru’s forests? Norway and Germany put muscle and money behind ambitious agreement
September 24, 2014
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Norway pledges $300 million if Peru tackles deforestation crisis by 2021
From the Andes to the Amazon, Peru houses some of the world’s most spectacular forests. Proud and culturally-diverse indigenous tribes inhabit the interiors of the Peruvian Amazon, including some that have chosen little contact with the outside world. And even as scientists have identified tens-of-thousands of species that make their homes from the leaf litter to the canopy, many thousands more remain undiscovered and nameless.
Yet Peru’s forests are facing a barrage of threats: unscrupulous oil and gas companies, illegal logging, conversion for agriculture, massive road…
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This video is called Bryde’s whale (Balaenoptera brydei).
From Wildlife Extra:
Possible new whale species could be the world’s most endangered
A new species of whale may have been discovered off the coast of Florida. Scientists previously thought that the group of around 50 whales living in DeSoto Canyon in the Gulf of Mexico were a [sub]species of Bryde’s Whale (pronounced ‘brooda’).
However, new genetic testing indicates that they might in fact be different species, and if so that would make them the most endangered whale on Earth.
The new testing has identified that the whales could be a distinct subspecies of Bryde’s Whale, or they could potentially be a new species altogether.
The DNA sampled in the tests also suggests that there were previously many more of the whales. “It’s unclear based on the genetics exactly when [the decline] occurred,” says Michael Jasny, Director of the Marine Mammal…
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