Experts Say Move Could Set Precedent for Future Disputes Between Environmentalists, Government and IndustryApril 14, 2014Wall Street Journal
A coalition opposed to a new oil development in a national park in Ecuador's Amazon rain forest say they have collected enough signatures to force a referendum on the activity, which experts say could set a precedent for future disputes between environmentalists, the government and industry.
Documentary starring ex-footballer is an excellent opportunity to portray the reality of life in the rainforestApril 11, 2014The Guardian
Beckham's expedition was, or is, "top-secret." However, photos of him meeting a Yanomami leader, Davi Yanomami make it clear he paid a visit to their territory in northern Brazil and suggest some Yanomami will feature in the film.
"With these signatures we are certain that the popular consultation vote will go ahead," said Carla Espin of Yasunidos.April 11, 2014BBC News
Environmentalists in Ecuador say they have collected enough signatures to have a referendum on whether the Yasuni National Park in the Amazon should be opened to further oil exploration. They said 727,947 people had signed their petition to have a vote - more than required by Ecuadorian law.
Washington, DC – Indigenous leaders are warning of increased violence in the fight to save their dwindling forests and ecosystems from extractive companies.
Brazil's agro powers are excited to be edging closer to soy giant the United States. But environmentalists say there's another reason to be very afraid for the rain forest.April 7, 2014Global Post
"What causes deforestation? In Brazil, the major cause is still agribusiness," said Leila Salazar-Lopez, program director at Amazon Watch. "With the news of deforestation increasing in Brazil, with the Forest Code being revamped, with the 'ruralistas' and agribusiness really having control of Congress and creating an assault on the environment and indigenous rights," she said, "people should be very concerned."
A six-week expedition starting in July will try to find Paititi in the Megantoni National Sanctuary in south-east PeruApril 7, 2014The Guardian
A French writer and adventurer plans to explore one of the most remote parts of the Peruvian Amazon in search of a "lost" or "secret city" that may have been built by the Incas, but there are fears that the expedition could endanger the health of isolated tribes that have never been exposed to common human diseases.
"Each day more police arrive in our villages, more armed forces. They think they will intimidate us but they never will. We are fighting for our people, our children, our nature. We have to save all this."
The Brazil trip was a political statement of unity that would link the South American villagers with there own efforts to remove four dams from the Klamath River.
In recent months, Bolivia's Amazonian region has experienced the most disastrous flooding of the past 100 years. In the past weeks, attention has focused on the role played by two recently-inaugurated Brazilian mega-dams – the Jirau and the San Antonio – in Bolivia's floods.
'We think that there is pressure from the private sector and the authorities within the energy sector to facilitate investment, weakening the environmental legal framework and undermining social and environmental standards,' says Cesar Gamboa, a lawyer from NGO DAR.