Eye on the Amazon
  • Belo Monte and How NOT to Produce Energy in the 21st Century

    Belo Monte and How NOT to Produce Energy in the 21st Century

    May 5, 2016 – The most important project of President Dilma Rousseff's energy program is also a monumental example of how energy should not be produced in the 21st century. In addition to its high price tag, the dam is associated with corruption and massive human rights violations due to its social and environmental impacts.

  • Bold Moves Block Tapajós Mega-dam and Uphold Indigenous Rights, for Now

    Bold Moves Block Tapajós Mega-dam and Uphold Indigenous Rights, for Now

    April 26, 2016 – In the shadow of last week's contentious vote to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, Brazil's indigenous agency FUNAI and environmental agency IBAMA made unexpected, decisive rulings in defense of indigenous rights and ecological protection in the Amazon.

  • Peruvian Government’s Response to Amazon Oil Spills: Promise High, Deliver Low

    Peruvian Government’s Response to Amazon Oil Spills: Promise High, Deliver Low

    April 20, 2016 – Across Peru, headlines have been dominated by the presidential elections. Deep in the Amazon, however, the ongoing trauma caused by oil pipeline spills seeps on. Almost three months following a 2,000-barrel spill in Chiriaco followed by another just days later near Mayuriaga, indigenous communities continue to confront the daily reality of poisoned water, fish and crops.

  • Drilling Towards Disaster: Ecuador's Aggressive Amazonian Oil Push

    Drilling Towards Disaster: Ecuador's Aggressive Amazonian Oil Push

    April 6, 2016 – Last week, the Ecuadorian government announced that it had begun constructing the first of a planned 276 wells, ten drilling platforms, and multiple related pipelines and production facilities in the ITT oil field, known as Block 43, which overlaps Yasuní National Park in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest.

  • Belo Monte and the Face of Development We Refuse To See

    Belo Monte and the Face of Development We Refuse To See

    March 4, 2016 – It does not come as a surprise to those who have followed the Belo Monte saga over the last six years that the mega-dam has been allowed to begin operating this year without first complying with most of its legally mandated socio-environmental conditions.

  • A Journey to the Front Lines of Ecuador’s Next Oil Battle

    A Journey to the Front Lines of Ecuador’s Next Oil Battle

    March 30, 2016 – "In the rainforest, everything is possible. Here are our pharmacies. Here are our libraries. Here is our treasure, our life. Not only for us, for the entire world. So our future generations, your children, your children's children, can live and breathe clean air."

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