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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Interactive Amazon map could help protect rainforest

13 January, 2010 by (comments)

A new online tool for studying land-use in the Amazon could help decision makers and researchers design incentive-based approaches for managing the region’s ecosystem services. Developed by CIAT and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), the Amazon Initiative Interactive Map Server, is the first freely-available web-based application of its kind. By using satellite imagery and digital geographic information, it allowsRead More …

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Hi-tech tool reveals extent of deforestation

23 November, 2009 by (comments)

Shocking new statistics on natural habitat loss released by CIAT’s Decision and Policy Analysis (DAPA) program have been picked up by the Colombian newspaper Semana. DAPA has been working on a system of near real-time monitoring of land cover across Latin America, using a new PARASID tool, jointly developed by CIAT and The Nature Conservancy, which combines satellite imageryRead More …

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