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The Last of Eden

December 2013 | Vanity Fair

On one of the last islands of intact rain forest in Brazil’s eastern Amazon, the Awá Indians face the seemingly inexorable eradication of their home. Even the legal victory that deeded them the land hasn’t stopped the ruthless felling of trees by forces they can’t even comprehend.More »

Stunning Aerial Photos Reveal Ecuador Building Roads Deeper into Richest Rainforest on Earth

Stunning Aerial Photos Reveal Ecuador Building Roads Deeper into Richest Rainforest on Earth

Petroamazonas appears to be building destructive access roads deeper into Yasuní National Park

November 12, 2013 |

Photographers Ivan Kashinsky and Karla Gachet were on assignment in Yasuní National Park, home to arguably the most biodiverse rainforest in the world. While there, they happened to take an aerial shoot above a controversial oil concession located in the heart of the park at the precise moment that the national oil company was secretly building a new oil access road.More »

Chevron Ordered to Pay Ecuador $9.51 Billion on Appeal

November 12, 2013 | AFP

Quito, Ecuador – An Ecuadoran court upheld a ruling that US oil giant Chevron was liable for environmental damage in its Amazon basin region by sister company Texaco, but ordered it to pay a reduced $9.51 billion.More »

Death in the Amazon

November 8, 2013 | The Economist

The massacre is blamed on pressure mounting on hidden peoples, who appear to have formed four distinct groups in the greater area of the Yasuní National Park, the northern half and western flanks of which have been open to oil production. The populist administration of president Rafael Correa, short of cash, wants to open the whole of the remaining Amazon forest to oil exploration.More »

Calamity Calling: What If We Lost the Amazon?

October 28, 2013 | GlobalPost

The Amazon rainforest is best known for its vibrant wildlife and endless canopy. But it also plays a key role in the world's climate. But the world's largest rainforest is now in trouble.More »

Brazilian Court Blocks Controversial Dam

October 28, 2013 | Latin American Herald Tribune

Sao Paulo, Brazil – Brazil's first regional federal court suspended the environmental permit for the massive Belo Monte dam project in Amazonia and ordered an immediate halt to construction.More »

Brazil's Indigenous Tribes Are Being Hunted by Murderous Cattle Ranchers

October 24, 2013 | Vice

As wife to the Chief of her Apy Ka'y community – one of the tribes of the Guarani people – Damiana's family was a prime target for gunmen hired by ranch owners who have taken over her ancestral land in Mato Grosso do Sul, western Brazil. She recently lost her husband and her three sons to "roadside collisions" that, for a short while, left the Apy Ka'y leaderless in their fight against the ranchers.More »

Corruption in Peru Aids Cutting of Rain Forest

October 19, 2013 | The New York Times

In recent years, Peru has passed laws to crack down on illegal logging, as required by a 2007 free trade agreement with the United States. But large quantities of timber, including increasingly rare types like mahogany, continue to flow out, much of it ultimately heading to the United States for products like hardwood flooring and decking sold by American retailers.More »

U.S. Trial Opens in Chevron’s Lawsuit Against Ecuadorian Pollution Victims

October 16, 2013 | Democracy Now!

"Nearly every single person who has been named as a defendant in Chevrons retaliatory lawsuit has loved ones, has family members, who have died, who have contracted cancer, who have suffered from birth defects and other oil related illness due to Chevron’s contamination. This lawsuit essentially rubs salt in their wounds."More »

Why Ecuador's President Is Misleading the World on Yasuni-ITT

Rafael Correa has moved to abolish an historic Amazon oil plan, but don't be fooled by what he claims

October 15, 2013 | The Guardian

The decision by Ecuador's president Rafael Correa to abandon a plan to permanently forgo exploiting hundreds of millions of barrels of oil has sparked severe non-state media criticism in Ecuador, calls for a referendum, protests in numerous cities and embassies around the world, and an international outcry.More »


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