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Exclusive: Journey to Ecuador's Secret Oil Road - reported.ly - YouTube

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'It's war!' Peru-Brazil indigenous people pledge to fight Amazon oil exploration

'It's war!' Peru-Brazil indigenous people pledge to fight Amazon oil exploration | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Peru - host of the COP20 UN climate conference now under way in Lima - is facing rebellion by a 3,500 strong indigenous people deep in the Amazon committed to fighting oil exploration in their forest territory, writes David Hill, following the government's failure to consult Matsés communities or respect their rights.
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Ecuador signs permits for oil drilling in Amazon's Yasuni national park

Ecuador signs permits for oil drilling in Amazon's Yasuni national park | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Companies could start extracting oil underneath key biodiversity reserve on Earth by 2016 Drilling for oil in a part of the Amazon rainforest considered one of the most biodiverse hotspots on the planet is to go ahead less than a year after...
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Amazon Watch - Severe Oil Contamination Found in the Largest National Reserve in Peru

Amazon Watch - Severe Oil Contamination Found in the Largest National Reserve in Peru | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Last week Peruvian governmental authorities released test results that prove alarming levels of contamination in Peru's largest national reserve, Pacaya Samiria, part of Kukama Kukamilla indigenous territory.
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From Richmond. VA to the Ecuadorian Amazon - standing up to Big Oil

From Richmond. VA to the Ecuadorian Amazon - standing up to Big Oil | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The elaborate press event was an amazing logistical feat considering it took place deep in the Amazon Rainforest.
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A race for what's left of the planet (Part one) - Truthloader

In this new series we look at what happens when our unquenchable thirst for oil leads us to drill in the world's most endangered places -- with terrifying co...
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Great 3min video that explains how our unquenchable thirst for oil is impacting the Amazon
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Episode 433: Holding A Rainforest Hostage? - NPR

Episode 433: Holding A Rainforest Hostage? - NPR | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
NPR Episode 433: Holding A Rainforest Hostage? NPR Ecuador's Yasuni National Park, a pristine corner of the Amazon rainforest, is home to jaguars, giant otters, and the golden-mantled tamarin.
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Peru: oil spill threatens rainforest reserve - World War 4 Report

Peru: oil spill threatens rainforest reserve - World War 4 Report | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Peru: oil spill threatens rainforest reserve World War 4 Report Peru's Vice-Ministry of Inter-Culturality (VMI) has reportedly thrown its support behind proposals to establish five new reserves for indigenous peoples living in "voluntary isolation"...
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The Amazon's oil boom: concessions cover a Chile-sized bloc of rainforest - Mongabay.com

The Amazon's oil boom: concessions cover a Chile-sized bloc of rainforest - Mongabay.com | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Hungry for oil revenue, governments and fossil fuel companies are moving even further into one of the world's last great wildernesses, according to a new study in the journal Environmental Research Letters.
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Oil Drilling Contaminated Western Amazon Rainforest, Study Confirms

Oil Drilling Contaminated Western Amazon Rainforest, Study Confirms | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Peru's Amazon rainforest is extensively contaminated from decades of oil and gas drilling, researchers reported yesterday (June 12) here at the annual Goldschmidt geochemistry conference. In the past decade, volatile demonstrations by indigenous groups and tangled lawsuits against oil companies have exposed the toxic legacy of decades of oil drilling in the Western Amazon. But lax government regulations during the early years of oil exploration, combined with a lack of environmental monitoring, mean there's little data on the true extent of contamination in the richly diverse rainforest. "I was surprised by how little has been published," said study co-author Antoni Rosell-Melé, an environmental chemist at the Autonomous University of Barcelona in Spain.
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Indigenous protesters occupy Peru's biggest Amazon oilfield

Indigenous protesters occupy Peru's biggest Amazon oilfield | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Carlos Sandi of the Shuar tribe calls on Peruvian government to clean up site contaminated by crude Indigenous protesters have occupied Peru's biggest oilfield in the Amazon rainforest near Ecuador to demand the cleanup of decades of contamination...
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Norway divided over Repsol's activities in Peruvian Amazon

Norway divided over Repsol's activities in Peruvian Amazon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Repsol wants to mine in the same area an indigenous group live in voluntary isolation.
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Repsol wants to mine in the same area an indigenous group live in voluntary isolation - not all that far from our Amazon study sites! 

What do you think? Should Norway withdraw its investments from Repsol?

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Massive Amazon Oil Drilling Project Approved

Massive Amazon Oil Drilling Project Approved | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
By Alexandra Valencia QUITO, Oct 3 (Reuters) - Ecuador's parliament on Thursday authorized drilling of the nation's largest oil fields in part of the Amazon rainforest after the failure of President Rafael Correa's plan to have...
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If Ecuador must drill for Yasuní oil, let's encourage the least damaging methods

If Ecuador must drill for Yasuní oil, let's encourage the least damaging methods | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Kelly Swing: President Correa has promised that the most environmentally sound strategies will be employed - but will he follow through?
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Is there a "least damaging" method for oil extraction in the Amazon? 

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Ecuador halts pioneering plan to conserve rainforest - The National

Ecuador halts pioneering plan to conserve rainforest - The National | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Ecuador halts pioneering plan to conserve rainforest
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QUITO // Ecuador will abandon its ambitious project that encourages rich nations to pay it to conserve its part of the Amazon rainforest, the Ecaudorian president said.
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Ecuador Sparks Outcry Over Plan to Drill in Rainforest - Wall Street Journal

Ecuador Sparks Outcry Over Plan to Drill in Rainforest - Wall Street Journal | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
AFP Ecuador Sparks Outcry Over Plan to Drill in Rainforest Wall Street Journal QUITO, Ecuador—Environmental groups here and indigenous lawmakers threatened over the weekend to take Ecuador's government to international court over a plan to drill...
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