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The End of the Amazon – Ecuador Approves Oil Drilling in One of the Most Biodiverse Regions on the Planet

Dylan Charles, Editor Waking Times In 2007, Ecuador, a country already heavily invested in oil development, surprised the world by announcing the Yasuní ITT (Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini) Initiative which aimed to indefinitely refrain from exploiting the oil reserves contained within one of the most biologically diverse regions of the Yasuní National Park, situated in the upper Ecuadorian

The Hummingbird Pyramid is Discovered in La Maná, Ecuador Among 17 Ancient Temples

Alex Putney, Guest Waking Times A monumental discovery was recently made south of La Maná, Ecuador on November 17, 2013 while exploring low mountains along the Calope River. The megalithic ruins of an ancient temple have been partially exposed by the dynamite blasts of roadworkers and the erosive action of water, uncovering large sections of

Economic Hitman John Perkins Outraged After Ecuador Government Shuts Down Pachamama Alliance

Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer Waking Times Respected author, public speaker and spokesperson for indigenous rights John Perkins expressed outrage today that the government of Ecuador has violently closed down the rainforest protection activist group, Pachama Alliance, which Perkins helped to create in 1995. Strongly condemning the government’s actions as illegal “This is an outrage! The

Photos Reveal Ecuador Building Secret Oil Roads Deeper Into Richest Rainforest on Earth, the Yasuní National Park

Massimo De Marchi, Mongabay Waking Times In August 2012, professional photographers Ivan Kashinsky and Karla Gachet were on assignment for National Geographic in Yasuní National Park, home to arguably the most biodiverse rainforest in the world. While there, they happened to take an aerial shoot above an area known as Block 31 (see Map), a controversial oil concession located

Deforestation Surges as Ecuador Kills Amazon Protection Plan

Rhett Butler, Mongabay Waking Times Data released this week by Terra-i, a collaborative mapping initiative, shows that deforestation in Ecuador for the first three months of 2013 was pacing more than 300 percent ahead of last year’s rate. The report comes shortly after Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa killed off a proposed plan to prohibit oil drilling

Ecuadorian Court Orders Chevron to Pay $19 Billion for Environmental Damages

Lisa Garber Waking Times An Ecuadorian court recently demanded Chevron to pay $19 billion in environmental damages. This includes $900 million for the Amazon Defense Front—a coalition of plaintiffs in this decade-long legal battle—and an additional $8.6 billion because Chevron refused to apologize. Ouch! The Amazon’s Chernobyl Instead of paying up, Chevron is putting up

Giant Tortoise Lonesome George Passes Away in Ecuador

Waking Times A sad day at Galapagos National Park in Ecuador as the giant tortoise Lonesome George, the last remaining giant tortoise of his subspecies, died this weekend.  Scientists estimate that Lonesome George was over 100 years old, and many attempts to get him to reproduce over the last several decades have all failed.  Lonesome

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