Oil company sued $8.6bn for Amazon pollution

15 February, 2011 by (comments)

An Ecuadorian court has found Chevron guilty of massive contamination in the Amazon, fining them US$8.6 billion for damages to agriculture and human health, the BBC reports today. Thirty thousand Ecuadorians filed the lawsuit against the oil giant, claiming that the dumping of billions of gallons of toxic waste into unlined pits and rivers between 1972 and 1992 damagedRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

CIAT sends fourth shipment to Arctic seed vault

15 February, 2011 by (comments)

The CIAT genebank has sent a new shipment of duplicate seeds of beans and tropical forages to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway, a fortress built on the remote Arctic archipelago to protect the world’s most important food crops in case of catastrophe. This is the fourth shipment made by CIAT’s Genetic Resources Program, which houses the largestRead More …

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Filed Under: Crop diversity, Inside CIAT