Disasters

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  • Peru is considered one of the countries in South America most vulnerable to climate change, due to water scarcity concerns that are already taking a toll on a “wide spectrum of Peruvian society,” according to a new report from Washington DC-based think tank the Center for American Progress.
  • Oil giant Chevron this week told New York federal judge Lewis A. Kaplan that it was dropping its claim that the $19 billion USD judgment handed down by Ecuadorian courts over the company’s Amazon contamination record was “objectively baseless” and a “sham.”
  • The US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans last week denied oil giant Chevron’s appeal to shield an expert from discovery obligations in the ongoing legal battle between the company and Ecuador’s indigenous Amazonian people.
  • Brazil is already receiving 67 percent of its total energy production from hydropower, and this is expected to steadily increase as the country completes several more mega dams, primarily within the Amazon basin, to meet its growing energy needs.
  • 4 Feb 2013- 07:27 by Local Press Report FALMOUTH MA Phys.org A study published in Conservation Letters this week found that freshwater ecosystems in the Amazon are highly vulnerable to environmental degradation. River, lake and wetland ecosystems—encompassing approximately one-fifth of the Amazon