A ten-day trip to the Mato Grosso do Sul to take pictures of anacondas worked out quite well
for nature photographer Franco Banfi.
(Videos from a similar expedition in 2010.
Ahead of the global climate talks, nine photographers from the photo agency NOOR photographed climate stories
from around the world. Their goal: to document some of the causes and consequences, from deforestation to changing sea levels, as well as the people whose lives and jobs are part of that carbon culture. Warming threatens lifestyle of Russian herders
| Refugees flee drought, war in East Africa
| Greenland’s shrinking ice hurts natives [more inside]
Inspired by its 10th anniversary
, the Earth Observatory has pulled together a special series of NASA satellite images documenting how the world has changed
. From these images, Wired Science has made 5 videos
, presenting convenient time-lapse views of the world changing (mainly) because of human actions. Watch the urbanization of Dubai
, specifically the growth of Palm Jumeirah
. See the Aral Sea dry up
- once the fourth largest lake
, down to 10 percent of its original size
(marked by the thin black line in the video) by 2007. View the clearing the Amazon
, as observed from above the state of Rondônia
in western Brazil. Behold the return of Mesopotamia's Wetlands
, now in the process of being restored from near total destruction under the regime of Saddam Hussein
. Witness the impact of drought on Southern Utah's Lake Powell
, where water level dropped from 20 million to 8 million acre-feet from 2000 to 2005.
"Percy Harrison Fawcett ... convinced himself, based on a mix of archival research, deduction and clairvoyance, that a large undiscovered city lay hidden somewhere in the Amazon"
Greg Grandin of The Nation talks about the allure of the Amazon in history and the repeated attempts made to domesticate, colonize, control, or explore it. previous discussion of failed Amazon ventures here ( via )
] have been suspected of causing fish-killing red tide
in the Caribbean, but also of mitigating the effect of hurricanes
. Now analysis of images from NASA's MODIS satellite have revealed the Bodélé, a region of the Sahara not far from Lake Chad, as the source of more than half the material that fertilises the Amazon rainforest
"When they emerged after 50 yards, the landscape no longer looked anything like the southern edge of the Amazon forest.
It looked like Iowa.
In Mato Grosso, Brazil the rainforest is vanishing. And all because of soybeans and beef.
"If we were an aggressive tribe, we would have killed the land owners already," said Tupxi, one of the canoeists, who estimated his age at 77. "
good Washpost story...