Consisting of smartphones tethered to solar panels, the devices — nicknamed “Guardians” — listen in on animal calls, wind, rain, and other ambient sounds and continuously transmit the audio to the cloud, where they’re analyzed by machine-learning algorithms similar to those police use to detect gunshots in urban areas.
Deforestation in the Amazon has been a growing problem over the past five decades, with ranchers leading the way in clearing rainforest for cattle and cultivation. But while Brazil, the largest country in South America, seems on track to reduce deforestation, other major Amazonian countries like Peru are increasingly struggling to protect their share of the world’s largest rainforest.
- antihistamine tablets (drowsy and non-drowsy)
- antihistamine (bite/sting) cream
- paracetamol/ aspirin
- re hydration salt (8-10 sachets)
- Antiseptic wipes
- plasters (assorted sizes) , blister plasters
- Hand sanitiser
- sanitary towels/ tampons
- any other prescriptions you need
The Sierra del Divisor region in the Peruvian Amazon was identified as a biodiversity conservation priority back in the early 1990s. More than 20 years later and Peruvians are still waiting. If established, the Sierra del Divisor National Park would stretch across two of Peru’s biggest regions, Loreto and Ucayali, and run adjacent to the international border where, right the other side, Brazil created its own Sierra do Divisor National Park years ago. Will Peru follow suit?
Manu national park in the Amazon under threat from extension of national ‘jungle highway’
The Manu national park and its buffer zone in Peru was international news early last year after scientists found it is “top of the [world’s] list of natural protected areas in terms of amphibian and reptile diversity”, beating off stiff competition from the Yasuni national park in neighbouring Ecuador. What these news reports didn’t acknowledge, not surprisingly, are the immense threats facing Manu – a Unesco biosphere reserve in the south-east Peruvian Amazon where Unesco states the biodiversity “exceeds that of any other place on earth”.
The first such threat, to the park itself, is from oil and gas exploration and exploitation. For years Manu has been believed to hold significant hydrocarbon deposits, and numerous oil and gas industry maps depict “undrilled prospects”, “seeps” and a “spring” lying under the park. According to Peru’s Ministry of Energy and Mines, five distinct “geological structures” in Manu could hold more than 14 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.
Not all publicity is good publicity.
The path to a climate deal in Paris next year is littered with obstacles, foremost being how to differentiate between what rich nations must do to cut pollution and what commitments will be accepted by developing countries, such as India and Brazil.
Last week, envoys from some 190 countries gathered in Lima took a first step toward the goal of binding all nations to greenhouse-gas limits. But while they sketched out what information countries must provide to back up their pledges, commitments will be voluntary and the rich-poor divide remains an issue.
The global community of climate negotiators, leaders, and activists has gathered for the next 12 days in Lima, Peru to lay the final groundwork for what is hoped to be a new and powerful agreement at the climate summit next December in Paris. More than just a stepping stone, this conference — which brings together representatives from over 190 countries — will be critical in reaching benchmarks and important agreements that will make the Paris treaty possible.
Peru, the host for December’s UN climate change summit, stores nearly seven billion metric tons of carbon stocks, mostly in its Amazon rainforest. That’s more than US annual carbon emissions for 2013 which were calculated at 5.38 billion tons, the new research by the Carnegie Institute for Science (CIS) shows.
I’ll be there in seven months’ time.