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Awá people of Brazil under threat of annihilation by illegal logging and massacres

By Gethin Chamberlain / The Observer Logging companies keen to exploit Brazil’s rainforest have been accused by human rights organisations of using gunmen to wipe out the Awá, a tribe of just 355. Survival International, with backing from Colin Firth, is campaigning to stop what a judge referred to as ‘genocide’. Trundling along the dirt … Continue reading Awá people of Brazil under threat of annihilation by illegal logging and massacres

151 new dam projects in Amazon basin pose dire threat to rainforest ecology

By Rhett A. Butler / Mongabay More than 150 new dams planned across the Amazon basin could significantly disrupt the ecological connectivity of the Amazon River to the Andes with substantial impacts for fish populations, nutrient cycling, and the health of Earth’s largest rainforest, warns a comprehensive study published in the journal PLoS ONE. Scouring … Continue reading 151 new dam projects in Amazon basin pose dire threat to rainforest ecology

Lawyer representing Chevron dismisses indigenous victims of oil contamination as “irrelevant”

By Amazon Defense Coalition A lead Chevron lawyer has made the preposterous claim that the 30,000 Ecuadorian victims of the oil giant’s contamination are “irrelevant” to the court case that led to an $18 billion judgment against the company. Doak Bishop, a Chevron lawyer from the American firm King & Spalding, said the following before a … Continue reading Lawyer representing Chevron dismisses indigenous victims of oil contamination as “irrelevant”

Brazil planning to build 30 massive dams in Amazon by 2020

By Philip Fearnside / National Institute for Research in the Amazon Brazil’s Belo Monte Dam on the Xingu River is now under construction despite its many controversies. The Brazilian government has launched an unprecedented drive to dam the Amazon’s tributaries, and Belo Monte is the spearhead for its efforts. Brazil’s 2011-2020 energy-expansion plan calls for … Continue reading Brazil planning to build 30 massive dams in Amazon by 2020

Katy Ashe: What gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon looks like on the ground

By Katy Ashe / Mongabay On the back of a partially functioning motorcycle I fly down miles of winding footpath at high-speed through the dense Amazon rainforest, the driver never able to see more than several feet ahead. Myriads of bizarre creatures lie camouflaged amongst the dense vines and lush foliage; flocks of parrots fly … Continue reading Katy Ashe: What gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon looks like on the ground

Organized crime killing activists reporting illegal Amazon loggers

By Tom Phillips / The Guardian A single shot to the temple was Mouth Organ John’s reward for spilling the beans. His friend, Junior José Guerra, fared only marginally better. Guerra’s prize for speaking out against the illegal loggers laying waste to the greatest tropical rainforest on Earth? A broken home, two petrified children and … Continue reading Organized crime killing activists reporting illegal Amazon loggers

Video: The True Story of Chevron’s Ecuador Disaster

Over three decades of oil drilling in the Ecuadorian Amazon, Chevron dumped more than 18 billion gallons of toxic wastewater into the rainforest, leaving local people suffering a wave of cancers, miscarriages and birth defects. Now, with the support of an international campaign for justice, the communities affected by Chevron’s negligence are holding one of … Continue reading Video: The True Story of Chevron’s Ecuador Disaster