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Giant curtain erected in Peru in bid to reveal secrets of the cloud forest

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The forests of Wayqecha, Peru rely on moisture from clouds to sustain themselves but climate change is moving that cloud layer higher every year. Photograph: Dan Metcalfe

Global warming is predicted to push clouds higher in the sky. One scientist hopes to understand the future of our forests by suspending a vast fog-catching mesh in the Peruvian jungle

January 5, 2018 — What will happen if climate change pushes clouds higher into the sky, as models predict? One ecosystem that will be seriously affected will be cloud forests – tropical jungles persistently bathed in fog. Continue reading Giant curtain erected in Peru in bid to reveal secrets of the cloud forest

Peru urged to ban oil firms from isolated indigenous peoples’ land

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Indigenous federation ORPIO delivered a letter this week to Peru’s Energy and Mines Minister Lucía Cayetana Aljovín Gazzani, requesting that two oil concessions in the Amazon are annulled. Photograph: Peru’s Energy and Mines Ministry

Indigenous leaders say operations in the remote Amazon violate rights and risk fatal epidemics

October 6, 2017 — There are more indigenous peoples living in “isolation” in Peru than any country in the world except Brazil. All live in the Amazon – the majority in poorly-protected reserves, or areas where reserves have been proposed but never established, or “protected natural areas” such as national parks. Continue reading Peru urged to ban oil firms from isolated indigenous peoples’ land

How can Peru prepare to withstand more devastating floods and landslides

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El Niño-fuelled flash floods and landslides hit parts of Lima last month. Photograph: Ernesto Benavides/AFP/Getty

After record rains caused $3bn worth of damage, Peru must build infrastructure to prepare for any more extreme climate events in the future

April 13, 2017 — For most Peruvians, this year’s floods have been the worst in living memory. Ten times the usual amount of rain has fallen on Peru’s coast, swelling rivers which caused widespread flooding, and triggering huge landslides which tore through shanty towns. Continue reading How can Peru prepare to withstand more devastating floods and landslides

Strong 6.1 quake shakes northern Peru

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There are no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The USGS measures the earthquake at magnitude 6.0.

LIMA, Peru (Sept. 10, 2016) — A strong earthquake measuring 6.1 magnitude struck the jungle region of northern Peru on Saturday, authorities said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.  Continue reading Strong 6.1 quake shakes northern Peru

Quake-hit Ecuador announces drastic economic measures

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Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa looks on as he attends a press conference in Quito, Ecuador, April 20, 2016. Fredy Constante/EPA

The quake comes as a big economic blow to oil-producing Ecuador, which has already taken a huge hit from the drop in global crude prices

PEDERNALES, Ecuador (Apr. 21, 2016) — Ecuador announced drastic economic measures late Wednesday, April 20, including a hike in some taxes and mandatory wage contributions, to deal with the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that killed more than 500 people and injured over 5,000.

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Rescuers pull out survivors of deadly Ecuador quake

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DANGER. General view of the damages after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Quito, Ecuador, April 17, 2016. Fredy Constante/EPA
The death toll climbs to 350, while the number of people injured also rose

PORTOVIEJO, Ecuador (Apr. 19, 2016) — Rescuers and desperate families clawed through the rubble Monday, April 18, to pull out survivors of an earthquake that killed 350 people and destroyed towns in a tourist area of Ecuador.

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Ecuador quake toll rises to 233 dead

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FRANTIC SEARCH. Residents and army forces look for survivors after a powerful earthquake, in the town of Pedernales, Ecuador, April 17, 2016. Photo by Jose Jacome/EPA
Vice President Jorge Glas says the earthquake is the ‘worst seismic movement we have faced in decades’

PORTOVIEJO, Ecuador (Apr. 17, 2016) – Rescuers in Ecuador raced to dig out people trapped under the rubble of homes and businesses on Sunday, April 17, following a powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake that killed at least 233.

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