Eye on the Amazon
  • Calling Chevron's Bluff

    Calling Chevron's Bluff

    September 19, 2016 – One of the worst oil-related disasters in history occurred when Texaco, later purchased by oil giant Chevron, deliberately dumped 18 billion gallons of toxic waste into the Ecuadorian Amazon over the course of decades. Amazon Watch spent four days last week in a courthouse in Toronto to witness the latest, and hopefully last, chapter in this epic quest for justice.

  • Chevron’s "Hell Freezes Over" Tour

    Chevron’s "Hell Freezes Over" Tour

    September 12, 2016 – This chapter in the ongoing saga of Chevron's toxic contamination in Ecuador highlights one of the most grievous threats to the notion of justice in the face of crimes committed by corporations anywhere in the world.

  • Defend the Sacred: Making Indigenous Sacred Sites "No Go" Zones for Extractive Industries

    Defend the Sacred: Making Indigenous Sacred Sites "No Go" Zones for Extractive Industries

    September 8, 2016 – "Whatever fine print comes out of the World Conservation Congress, Amazonian indigenous women will continue to protect our Living Forest." Paty Gualinga, the powerful spokeswoman from Ecuador's Kichwa indigenous community of Sarayaku, inspired the attendees at one of the world's largest gatherings of environmental organizations and governments.

  • Ecuador Announces First Commercial Barrel of Oil from Yasuní's ITT Fields

    Ecuador Announces First Commercial Barrel of Oil from Yasuní's ITT Fields

    September 7, 2016 – From deep inside the most biodiverse part of Earth's largest rainforest, there is terrible news: Oil extraction has begun in quite possibly the worst place imaginable.

  • Conservation Efforts Are Still Violating Indigenous Rights

    Conservation Efforts Are Still Violating Indigenous Rights

    August 30, 2016 – With the recent centennial of the National Park Service, we've seen much publicity in favor of national parks within the United States. The idea of natural protected areas is viewed as a general good among popular opinion. Who could be opposed to the conservation of nature?

  • Victory on Brazil's Tapajós River and the Battle that Lies Ahead

    Victory on Brazil's Tapajós River and the Battle that Lies Ahead

    August 9, 2016 – Last week, in a stunning turn of events, Brazil's environmental agency IBAMA definitively shelved plans to carve the São Luiz do Tapajós mega-dam into the heart of the Amazon. Deeming the project a socio-environmental liability for its devastating impacts upon the lands and way of life of the Munduruku people, IBAMA's bold move could reflect a major shift away from disastrous mega-projects like the Belo Monte dam.

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