‘Social dumping,’ toxic spray and other hazards of the banana plantation

November 12, 2018

Ecuador’s banana workers are little more than slaves, exploited in numerous ways and poisoned to death by the very air they breathe, says activist Jorge Acosta. He ought to know — he was once one of the poisoners. Acosta, at one time a spray-plane pilot, stepped out the cockpit and into the role of passionate […]

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Mysteries persist after journalists murdered

November 9, 2018

Months after the abduction and murder of an Ecuadorean journalist team, questions remain unanswered.  Javier Ortega, Paúl Rivas and Efraín Segarra of the Comercio daily newspaper went missing on March 26, 2018, while on assignment along the Mataje River that divides Ecuador and Colombia. The team had gone there to cover a Colombian narco-guerrilla group […]

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We’re going to know so much more about Ecuador’s amphibians

September 25, 2018

Home to 598 known species of amphibians, Ecuador has far greater biodiversity than most countries of similar size And like amphibians all around the world, Ecuador’s face increasing threats from climate change, the degradation of natural habitats and poaching for the pet trade. Now, for the first time in almost two decades, Ecuadorean scientists will […]

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Ecuador embraces the electric car

September 20, 2018

Ecuador appears to be making rapid strides in the introduction of electric vehicle infrastructure. Coinciding with an international forum on electric vehicles, the mayor of the city of Cuenca announced that South Korea will donate money for 36 charging stations, and the city will purchase 16 electric buses by 2020. Other electric-friendly projects in the […]

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‘Informal’ risks of recycling

September 4, 2018

Across Latin America, an estimated 4 million people, 90 percent of them “informal” (unlicensed), make a very dangerous living picking over garbage dumps and city streets to find materials they can recycle for cash. They are exposed to every health and safety risk imaginable — and in Ecuador, where more than half of recyclers are […]

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