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Human Rights Court Rules in Favor of Community Over Ecuadorian Government

In a case that could have broad implications, the Kichwa community of Sarayaku, Ecuador, won a major battle on July 25, when the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled that the Ecuadorian government had violated its rights to communal property and cultural identity.
“Sarayaku expresses its satisfaction with this victory … and we will be alert to ensure that the sentence is enforced and that Indigenous Peoples’ lands are respected in the face of harmful extractive activities such as oil exploration,
- community president José Gualinga

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Human Rights Court Rules in Favor of Community Over Ecuadorian Government

Source: Indian Country Today, Wed August 01, 2012
In a case that could have broad implications, the Kichwa community of Sarayaku, Ecuador, won a major battle on July 25, when the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled that the Ecuadorian government had violated its rights to communal property and cultural identity.

Volcano and cloud forests conserved in Ecuador

Source: MongaBay, Tue December 06, 2011
Conservation organizations and the Ecuadorian government have succeeded in securing over 250,000 acres (106,000 hectares) of cloud forest and grasslands surrounding the Antisana Volcano for protection.

Severely short Ecuadorians resistant to diabetes, cancer, study says

Source: CNN, Thu February 17, 2011
For years, Dr. Jaime Guevara-Aguirre of Quito, Ecuador, noticed that his shortest patients never seemed to get the common ailments that befell others.

Amazon residents win $8.6 billion ruling against Chevron

Source: CNN, Tue February 15, 2011
A judge in Ecuador this week awarded $8.64 billion to Ecuadorian residents of the Amazon who had sued Chevron for years of crude oil pollution, but both sides said Tuesday they will appeal the verdict.

Ecuador pledges no oil drilling in Amazon reserve

Source: BBC, Tue August 03, 2010
Ecuador has agreed to refrain from drilling for oil in a pristine Amazon rainforest reserve in return for up to $3.6bn in payments from rich countries.

Rare Pink Iguana Evaded Darwin

Source: Discovery News, Sun January 18, 2009
Galapagos National Park, Ecuador - When English naturalist Charles Darwin explored the Galapagos Islands in the early 1800s, he, and countless scientists since, overlooked a hefty pink iguana.

Extinct tortoise ‘can live again’ this article opens in a new window

Source: BBC, Mon September 22, 2008
Careful cross-breeding could bring an extinct species of Galapagos tortoise back into existence, scientists suggest.

Skies to be swept for alien life

Source: BBC News, Sat October 13, 2007
Hat Creek, California - The switch has been thrown on a telescope specifically designed to seek out alien life.

Al Gore & IPCC Share Nobel Peace Prize For 2007

Source: Scoop, Sat October 13, 2007
Oslo, Norway - The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 is to be shared, in two equal parts, between the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr. for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.

Gutsy Ecuador proposes to put a lid on oil.

Source: ENN, Sun September 30, 2007
Little countries can find the strength to do big things that big countries fear to do. For the good of itself, for the good of the planet, the South American country of Ecuador has proposed to keep the lid on nearly one billion barrels of oil under its Yasuni National Park.

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