Amazon tribes in Peru's rainforest are at risk of "massive deaths" from new diseases to which they lack immunity, gas company Pluspetrol admits – as it tries to expand its Camisea gas project into a Reserve for isolated indigenous people.
Part of ITT block located within country's largest nature reserveJanuary 17, 2014Wall Street Journal
Quito, Ecuador – Environmental activists called on Ecuador's President Rafael Correa to abandon plans to develop the Ishpingo-Tambocoha-Tiputini oil block. A portion of the ITT oil block, as it is known, is located within Yasuni National Park, the country's largest nature reserve and considered one of the most biodiverse regions in the world.
Culture ministry backtracks after pressure from Perupetro, putting indigenous peoples' lives at riskJanuary 16, 2014The Guardian
Two key Peruvian state institutions are blocking plans to establish a reserve for indigenous people living in "voluntary isolation" between the Napo and Tigre rivers in the Amazon rainforest.
Women activists and leaders have been at the core of the environmental movement since its inceptionJanuary 14, 2014Earth Island Journal
Women in leadership positions who are working for environmental and social justice are not only reshaping our world by addressing the issues, they're also fundamentally changing the terrain of our institutions by introducing more effective leadership qualities, and by shifting and transforming our systems from the inside out.
Government moves one step closer to expand Camisea project despite concerns about impact on indigenous peoplesJanuary 13, 2014The Guardian
The Peruvian government is pushing ahead with plans to expand gas operations in a supposedly protected reserve in the Amazon despite calls by the United Nations to suspend them.
With outside help, tribes like the Kayapo defend their land against ranchers, loggers, and minersDecember 22, 2013National Geographic
Brazil's deforestation rate has stopped; not everywhere, but at the borders of what appears from space to be a green island the size of a small country. The brown spreads around this protected zone in the southern Xingu river basin of Brazil, but doesn't penetrate. These are the borders of the lands of indigenous tribes.
All about the third largest dam in the worldDecember 21, 2013Folha de S.Paulo
São Paulo, Brazil – Today, the Folha website published the English version of "The Battle of Belo Monte", the first multimedia article from the "All About" series that launched other digital dossiers over 2014.
James Anaya says oil companies have affected health and food sources of indigineous people in the Peruvian rainforestDecember 20, 2013The Guardian
Indigenous people in Peru have suffered "devastating consequences" as a result of extractive industries in the Amazon rainforest, according to the United Nations' Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Rights.
Referring to comments from a Chevron spokesman that the company would "fight this until hell freezes over" and then "fight it out on the ice," Justice James MacPherson of the Court of Appeal writes: "Chevron's wish is granted. After all these years, the Ecuadorian plaintiffs deserve to have the recognition and enforcement of the Ecuadorian judgment heard on the merits in the appropriate jurisdiction. At this juncture, Ontario is that jurisdiction."
Economists and opposition leaders say this focus on Brazil's "national champions" neglects smaller, nimbler firms that are developing new technologies and products to diversify a commodity-dependent economy. They also say that BNDES's huge loans are fueling inflation that the Central Bank of Brazil must scramble to control.