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Ecuador Investigates Alleged Poaching of Four Galápagos Tortoises

Ecuador Investigates Alleged Poaching of Four Galápagos Tortoises

There were once so many giant tortoises living on Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands that Spanish explorers named the archipelago after the Spanish world for tortoise — galápago — when they first explored it in 1535, according to National Geographic. Yet hunting caused their numbers to plummet from at least 250,000 hundreds of years ago to only […]

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    10 Most Intriguing Forest Stories of 2018

    10 Most Intriguing Forest Stories of 2018

    By Genevieve Belmaker and Joseph Charpentier Throughout 2018, forests continued to be threatened and destroyed. From the Amazon, to the Congo Basin, to the Mekong Delta and scores of places in between—journalists reporting for Mongabay filed hundreds of stories about the world’s forests. Although the significance of any one story is difficult to gauge in […]

    Ecuador Announces New National Park in the Andes

    Ecuador Announces New National Park in the Andes

    By Valeria Sorgato On Jan. 23, a new national park joined Ecuador’s 54 protected areas. Río Negro-Sopladora National Park lies in southern Ecuador’s Morona Santiago and Azuay provinces within the Cordillera Real Oriental mountain range and next to Sangay National Park. The area is dominated by almost-intact Andean páramos—treeless alpine plateaus—and forests that are home […]

    U.S. Judge Sides With Chevron in Case Against Ecuadorians, Allows Oil Giant to Evade Justice

    U.S. Judge Sides With Chevron in Case Against Ecuadorians, Allows Oil Giant to Evade Justice

    Amazon Watch stands with Ecuadorian communities in rejecting a misguided judgment delaying justice for some 30,000 indigenous people and farmers who continue to suffer from the company’s toxic legacy in the Amazon rainforest. The decision—handed down yesterday by New York District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan—also underscores the threat that well-financed corporations pose ​to​ justice and the rule […]

    Ecuadorians 40+ Year Fight Against Chevron Continues Into 2014

    Ecuadorians 40+ Year Fight Against Chevron Continues Into 2014

    By Adam Chimienti “This is the Court of Chancery … which gives to monied might the means abundantly of wearying out the right, which so exhausts finances, patience, courage, hope, so overthrows the brain and breaks the heart …” — Charles Dickens, Bleak House The court proceedings in the case of the 21st century, between […]

    Why Ecuador Abandoned Plans to Leave Fossil Fuels in the Ground and Save the Amazon

    Why Ecuador Abandoned Plans to Leave Fossil Fuels in the Ground and Save the Amazon

    Adam Chimienti On Aug. 15, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa announced his government’s abandonment of the Yasuni-ITT Initiative, the innovative attempt to reverse the economic arrangement of oil extraction in the Amazon by keeping the oil in the soil in exchange for international assistance. His words that evening were disheartening to many. They encroached on the […]

    208 Arrested Protesting Climate Chaos and Big Oil at Chevron Refinery

    208 Arrested Protesting Climate Chaos and Big Oil at Chevron Refinery

    350 Bay Area  Summer Heat Richmond Coalition Two thousand eight hundred high-spirited and sunflower-carrying demonstrators—numbers estimated by the Richmond Police Department (RPD)—converged in front of the main gate to Chevron’s refinery in Richmond Saturday to demand that the oil giant address ongoing health and safety concerns, stop processing extreme crude like tar sands, and cease […]