Some of the news from today…
*Scientists have found three new vertebrate species isolated for millions of years in a rainforest in far north Queensland –A leaf-tail gecko, a golden-coloured skink and a boulder-dwelling frog are three new species discovered in a “lost world” in northern Queensland
Meanwhile, while new species are being discovered – and their magic unearthed – massive destruction is underway, for the pursuit of greed and profit.
The destruction of a global biodiversity hotspot deep in the Peruvian Amazon by illegal gold mining is twice as bad as previously thought, an authoritative new study using ground-breaking technology has revealed.
According to the report by the US-based Carnegie Institution for Science, 15,810 acres of rainforest in Peru’s Madre de Dios region, home to various nature and indigenous reserves as well as a booming eco-tourism industry, have vanished per year since the start of the 2008 global economic crisis.
Although the Carnegie research detailed only the amount of deforestation directly caused by the mining, the impact on the Amazon, and its people, is thought to be far greater. That is due largely to the tons of mercury used to extract the gold; it now permeates the water table and accumulates in the bodies of fish, which are a staple of jungle populations. Local people, including children, have now been found to have unhealthy levels of the element in their blood.