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The choc of the new

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After centuries of exporting its finest cacao beans, Ecuador has produced a new generation of chocolatiers that is turning them into first-rate chocolate. Paul Richardson tastes the world’s best bars
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Brazil’s Bolsonaro plans to axe environmental panel that protects Amazon rainforest

Brazil’s Bolsonaro plans to axe environmental panel that protects Amazon rainforest | Galapagos | Scoop.it
Jair Bolsonaro’s administration is considering axing an independent panel for Brazil’s environmental policy in a move that activists warn could lead to increased deforestation, documents have revealed.
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The choc of the new

The choc of the new | Galapagos | Scoop.it
After centuries of exporting its finest cacao beans, Ecuador has produced a new generation of chocolatiers that is turning them into first-rate chocolate. Paul Richardson tastes the world’s best bars
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Illegal Clinics and Addicts Fuel 'H' Boom in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Illegal Clinics and Addicts Fuel 'H' Boom in Guayaquil, Ecuador | Galapagos | Scoop.it
Microtrafficking Coverage
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Fishing imperils 40 shark species in the Galapagos - The

Fishing imperils 40 shark species in the Galapagos - The | Galapagos | Scoop.it
Fearsome marine predators are preyed upon by thousands of large and small fishing boats in the famed reserve.
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Street View Treks: Galápagos Islands – About – Google Maps

Street View Treks: Galápagos Islands – About – Google Maps | Galapagos | Scoop.it
Sea lions, giant tortoises, marine iguanas and more - the first Street View collection of the Galápagos Islands.
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Fordlandia

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In the late 1920s, the Ford Motor Company bought up millions of acres of land in Brazil. They loaded boats with machinery and supplies, and shipped them deep into the Amazon rainforest. Workers cut down trees and cleared the land and then they built a rubber plantation in the middle of one of the wildest
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More than 1,400 Land Iguanas Reintroduced to Santiago Island

More than 1,400 Land Iguanas Reintroduced to Santiago Island | Galapagos | Scoop.it
January 8, 2019   The Galapagos National Park Directorate (GNPD) recently transferred 1,436 land iguanas (Conolophus subcristatus) from North Seymour Island to Santiago, in part to facilitate ongoing ecological restoration of that island. The release marks the first time land … Continue reading →
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Tackling Plastic Pollution in the Galapagos | Stories | WWF

Tackling Plastic Pollution in the Galapagos | Stories | WWF | Galapagos | Scoop.it
Around the world, humans produce an estimated 1.3 billion tons of plastic waste per year, a number that is set to increase to 2.2 billion by 2025. In countries such as Ecuador that have limited garbage collection services, some of this plastic waste inevitably ends up back in the oceans or on beaches, where it has the potential to harm and human health.
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Galapagos Sea Lion

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Sea lions are generally playful and inquisitive coastal animals that spend the majority of their time close to shore.
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Galapagos Tortoise Project

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GCT has been supporting the Galapagos Tortoise Movement Ecology Programme since its inception in 2009. Find out more about the project here.
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The foods of the Americas: The potato changes culinary history forever – CuencaHighLife

The foods of the Americas: The potato changes culinary history forever – CuencaHighLife | Galapagos | Scoop.it
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Calendar Winners

Calendar Winners | Galapagos | Scoop.it
Below are the winners of this year’s Galapagos calendar contest. You can view and pre-order the 2019 calendar here.  
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An explosive trip to Isabela: New potential nesting sites for Galapagos penguins

An explosive trip to Isabela: New potential nesting sites for Galapagos penguins | Galapagos | Scoop.it
By guest authors Caroline Cappello, Godfrey Merlen, Dee Boersma Our research team visited Elizabeth Bay on Isabela Island in July 2018 to see if the Galapagos penguins were breeding and to look for individuals we had web-tagged on previous visits. … Continue reading →
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Hammerhead shark refuge found in Galapagos

QUITO: A new breeding ground for endangered hammerhead sharks has been found in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador’s government said. This natural refug
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Manchester United's Antonio Valencia trains alone in Ecuador | Football News

Manchester United's Antonio Valencia trains alone in Ecuador | Football News | Galapagos | Scoop.it
Manchester United full-back Antonio Valencia has shared a video of himself training alone in Ecuador as he recovers from a calf injury.
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In hot soup: sharks captured in Ecuador's waters: Environmental Sciences: Vol 5, No 4

In hot soup: sharks captured in Ecuador's waters: Environmental Sciences: Vol 5, No 4 | Galapagos | Scoop.it
(2008). In hot soup: sharks captured in Ecuador's waters. Environmental Sciences: Vol. 5, No. 4, pp. 269-283.
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Prof’s new book discusses impact of North American retirees living in Ecuador –

Prof’s new book discusses impact of North American retirees living in Ecuador – | Galapagos | Scoop.it
Matthew Hayes, a St. Thomas University sociology professor, believes that North Americans who have moved to Cuenca, Ecuador for retirement, project ideas of white supremacy because the city reminds them of society in the 1950s.

In his new book titled Gringolandia, Hayes explains that North American people who moved to Cuenca after the 2008 financial crisis were seeking better retirement conditions than what they could afford in the United States and Canada.

His research discusses the North American retirees’ lifestyle and the impact they have on the local context of existing inequalities of Cuenca in the 1960s.

The thought first came to Hayes while he was visiting friends in Ecuador. On his trip, he heard that North American retirees were coming to live in the city, which intrigued him.

“I was interested at first because it didn’t strike me as a place my parents, who were retiring at that time, would go to,” he said. “It doesn’t have a beach, it’s not terribly warm and it rains frequently.”

Hayes interviewed low-income North Americans in their 60s. Most of them discovered the possibility of retiring in Cuenca through advertisements, and many were motivated to move because of the the low-cost of living.

Hayes spent 35 weeks doing research in Ecuador.

However, those weeks were spread over the course of six to seven years, as he had to come back to Canada regularly to teach classes at STU.

While in Ecuador, Hayes interviewed and attended events with North Americans who lived there.

[caption id=attachment_31265 align=aligncenter width=640] Matthew Hayes, a sociology professor said North American retirees in Cuenca, Ecuador are privileged because of their race. (Submitted by Matthew Hayes)[/caption]

He also interviewed mestizos, Ecuadorians who are descended from Indigenous peoples.

Hayes said many of the North American retirees described themselves as economic refugees, which he believes is a bit exaggerated.

“They wanted to retire but the only way to do so would be if they moved to a lower cost location,” he said. “Some of them said they could’ve gone to a trailer park in the south of the U.S. but that is not what appealed them.”

According to his research, El Centro, the part of the city tourists visit most, reminds the retirees of North America in the 1950s, which makes them nostalgic for that era.

“When we think of North America in the 1950s, what was it like? It was before civil rights, a society of white supremacy. Families looked different from what they do now,” he said.

“There’s a nostalgia for urbanism that looks like the 1950s. I think it also says something about the nostalgia for the social relations.”

Hayes said his book is critical of how these people are positioning themselves in Cuenca, as they have privilege because of their race.

“They are not the wealthiest North Americans but their whiteness means something different in Ecuador than it did back home, and they are not always aware of that.”

Gringolandia will launch at the Brian Mulroney Hall Rotunda on Jan. 25 at 2:30 p.m.
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Population census of the Eastern Santa Cruz Giant Tortoise: Part 1

Population census of the Eastern Santa Cruz Giant Tortoise: Part 1 | Galapagos | Scoop.it
By Wacho Tapia, Director of the Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative. Leer en español. In the five years since I began leading the Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative (GTRI) in Galapagos, I have organized and led many field expeditions — to Pinzón, … Continue reading →
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Rural Ecuador Has A Secret, These Women Are Trying To Expose It

Rural Ecuador Has A Secret, These Women Are Trying To Expose It | Galapagos | Scoop.it
'For years I felt so ashamed, no more'
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Troubled waters in the Galápagos - The

Troubled waters in the Galápagos - The | Galapagos | Scoop.it
Climate change may forever alter the islands’ delicate ecosystem.
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Tortoise Champions

Tortoise Champions | Galapagos | Scoop.it
Is your classroom full of budding young scientists? Sign up to Tortoise Champions and become conservation ambassadors for Galapagos giant tortoises!
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67 Tortoises Hatched from the New Floreana Breeding Program This Year

67 Tortoises Hatched from the New Floreana Breeding Program This Year | Galapagos | Scoop.it
A total of 67 tortoises hatched this year from the first nesting season of the new Floreana tortoise breeding program, which was started in March by the Galapagos National Park to “bring back” the extinct Floreana tortoise (Chelonoidis niger) using … Continue reading →
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