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Chevron, plaintiffs seek gains as verdict nears

As a verdict nears in the long-running environmental lawsuit against Chevron Corp. in Ecuador, both sides are ratcheting up the pressure.

This morning, a man who says oil field contamination in Ecuador's rain forest killed two of his children will try to meet with Chevron's new chief executive officer, John Watson. Together with some of his American supporters, Emergildo Criollo will go first to Watson's home in Lafayette, then to the company's headquarters in San Ramon, carrying with him petitions signed by 325,000 people asking Chevron to settle the suit.

San Francisco Chronicle
Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Green Groups to Cameron: Be Our King of the Environment

James Cameron: nature filmmaker? It's a title even the director himself — a self-described tree hugger — might not have expected. After all, in his budget-busting moviemaking career, Cameron has engineered a planet-killing nuclear holocaust (The Terminator), created acid-blooded extraterrestrials (Aliens) and made a villain out of an iceberg (Titanic). His latest film, Avatar, the record-setting sci-fi epic filmed mostly with motion-capture cameras and computer graphics, is about as unnatural as a movie can get.

Time Magazine
Sunday, March 7, 2010

La Corte Federal de Nueva York falló contra Ecuador en el caso Chevron

Olga Imbaquingo. Corresponsal en Nueva York y Red. Sociedad

Leonard Sand, juez principal de la Corte Federal del Distrital de Nueva York, desestimó el pedido del Gobierno ecuatoriano y de los afectados de la Amazonia. Estos solicitaron que se suspendiera temporalmente el arbitraje que se sigue en la Corte Permanente de La Haya.

Un proceso de 14 años
El juicio contra la petrolera empezó el 3 de noviembre de 1995. Un grupo de colonos e indígenas afectados presentó una demanda en la Corte del Distrito Sur de Nueva York.

El Comercio
Friday, March 12, 2010

The deflowering of the EU's green logo

The EU's Ecolabel is used to certify a product partly made from Indonesian rainforest timber. What a shame

The Guardian
Thursday, April 15, 2010

Indonesian Paper Giant APRIL’s Certification Status Suspended

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Pekanbaru, Sumatra, Indonesia - Allegations of rampant environmental damage and human rights violations were confirmed today as SmartWood, an independent forest management certifier, suspended the interim certification of Asia Paper Resources International Limited (APRIL) pulp products. The paper giant failed to meet the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)’s minimum standard for controlled wood certification.

Ecuadorean Indigenous Leader Asks CA Lawmakers for Support in Campaign to Demand Chevron Clean Up its Pollution in Amazon

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Sacramento, CA – Today, an Indigenous leader from Ecuador is meeting with California legislators and asking for their support in a 16+ year campaign to demand Chevron remediate massive oil contamination affecting over 30,000 people. Emergildo Criollo has traveled from his home in Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest region to deliver a direct message to Chevron’s new CEO John Watson, along with more than 325,000 petitions signed by people in over 150 countries, supporting his appeal.

Missing the forest for the trees

Every cloud has a silver lining, right? Well, not in Copenhagen.

As COP15 talks got underway last week, many people thought that a deal on curbing deforestation in developing countries might offer one positive outcome to what looked likely to be an otherwise disappointing climate conference. Now, though, at a time when negotiations for a comprehensive climate treaty have hit a brick wall, talks concerning deforestation appear to be grinding to a halt as well. Can anything be resolved at COP15?

The Nation
Monday, December 14, 2009

Peat and Repeat: Can Major Carbon Sinks Be Restored by Rewetting the World's Drained Bogs?

The logging of palm trees grown atop the decaying peatlands of Borneo and Sumatra helps drive the economy of Indonesia, and this fact alone is starting to make the nation a top global priority for efforts to mitigate the warming climate. The problem is three-pronged: First, cheap pulp and paper produced in Indonesia winds up in the glossy coated products we know as junk mail, luxury shopping bags or children's books. Then, once the original trees are gone, palm oil plantations are often planted in their place.

Scientific American
Tuesday, December 8, 2009

NH Company Pledges Greener Luxury Paper Bags

Here is something you probably didn’t know: Some of those luxury shopping bags your purchases are placed in at stores like Versace, Prada and J. Crew may have contributed to tropical rainforest deforestation.


Boston Globe
Thursday, December 3, 2009

Tree Harvester Offers to Save Indonesian Forest

TELUK MERANTI, Indonesia — From the air, the Kampar Peninsula in Indonesia stretches for mile after mile in dense scrub and trees. One of the world’s largest peat swamp forests, it is also one of its biggest vaults of carbon dioxide, a source of potentially lucrative currency as world governments struggle to hammer out a global climate treaty. The vault, though, is leaking.

New York Times
Monday, November 30, 2009