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Coicocha Crater Lake, Parque Condor, and the Otavalo Market - 7 Countries, 7 Months, 3 Kids

Michael DeSa | Posted 03.25.2015 | Travel
Michael DeSa

We had a busy week here in Cotacachi! First up, last Tuesday, we taxied the fifteen miles up to the Coicocha Crater Lake in the Cotacachi Cayapas Ecological reserve and national park.

In Galápagos New Snags in Salvage of Grounded Freighter Floreana in San Cristóbal

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 03.14.2015 | Green
Cecilia Alvear

New problems were reported Wednesday as salvage crews try to deal with the freighter Floreana six weeks after it ran aground in Shipwreck Bay on San Cristóbal Island.

Why We Have to #Get2Equal

Sri Mulyani Indrawati | Posted 03.05.2015 | World
Sri Mulyani Indrawati

Countries that have invested in girls' education and removed legal barriers that prevent women from achieving their potential are now seeing the benefits. But for countries to leave poverty behind, both men and women need to get to equal and push the frontiers of equal opportunities even further. To get there, we need to tackle three issues.

How to Avoid Ending up in a Tree in the Amazon

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 02.26.2015 | Travel
Janice S. Lintz

"Climb or potentially die," my guide told me. The wild boars just let out a charging call. They thought we were going to attack their babies. Terrifie...

Chevron Chutzpah Knows No Bounds In Statements About Ecuadorians' Contamination Case

Karen Hinton | Posted 02.27.2015 | Business
Karen Hinton

"You are exploiting poor people who are suffering! That's outrageous!" - Reed Brodsky, Chevron/Gibson Dunn lawyer to a supporter of the Ecuadorians ...

8 Extraordinary Places to go Whale Watching in Latin America

Jacada Travel | Posted 02.23.2015 | Travel
Jacada Travel

Get up close to the whales and their calves as they migrate to the warm waters of Latin America.

Measuring Misery in Latin America 2014: More Dollarization, Please

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 02.10.2015 | World
Steve H. Hanke

In my misery index, I calculate a ranking for all countries where suitable data exist. My misery index -- a simple sum of inflation, lending rates, and unemployment rates, minus year-on-year per capita GDP growth -- is used to construct a ranking for 108 countries.

John Oliver To Ecuadoran President: 'If Your Skin Was Any Thinner, You'd Be A Taint'

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 02.09.2015 | Latino Voices

John Oliver roasted one of Latin America’s most sensitive presidents on Sunday for attempting to confront his critics on Twitter. The segment po...

Our Expat Life: It's Different. It's the Same.

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 02.06.2015 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

Life is different here and life is the same. But most of all, life is good. And that's what we're really after, right?

8 Places With Always-Perfect Weather

Orbitz.com | Posted 02.04.2015 | Travel
Orbitz.com

Let's get this one out of the way. San Diego is the textbook example of beautiful year-round climate. It's never too hot and never too cold, with a very minimal amount of that pesky California fog to get in the way--when it does roll in, it burns off pretty quickly in the morning.

In Galápagos Another Freighter Runs Aground

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 02.03.2015 | Green
Cecilia Alvear

Park rangers and Ecuadorian Navy personnel constantly monitored the area and reported the presence of contaminating material, a mixture of diesel and hydraulic oil, among other substances, due to the flooding of the engine room of the vessel.

Chevron Crowned World's Worst!

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 02.02.2015 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Amazon Watch is honored to take the Public Eye Lifetime Award to Chevron's HQ in San Ramon, CA, where we will remind the corporation and the world that it has been globally recognized as the worst corporate actor on the planet. Twice.

Learning to Let Go of Baggage... Literally

Rachel Chang | Posted 03.25.2015 | Travel
Rachel Chang

The carousel stopped again. It wasn't there. And neither were the bags for the majority of my fellow passengers. Suddenly I heard screaming, yelling, and even riot-like chanting erupt. But it was all in Spanish.

In Galápagos, a Case of Suicide or Murder?

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 03.24.2015 | Crime
Cecilia Alvear

Was it suicide or murder? The Ecuadorian government, hoping to answer that question, says it is reopening the case of the death of underwater filmmaker Valerie de la Valdene, whose body was found July 5, 2014 in her home on Santa Cruz island in the Galápagos.

Courts Deep-Six Details of Chevron's Relationship to Shady Characters in Cover-up of Ecuador Environmental Disaster

Karen Hinton | Posted 01.21.2015 | Business
Karen Hinton

After more than two decades of litigation, Chevron continues to protect a series of shady characters who haye been instrumental in trying to sabotage a legal case brought by indigenous groups over environmental damage in Ecuador's rainforest.

Will Chevron Ever Do the Right Thing

Stephen Wallace, M.D., J.D. | Posted 03.05.2015 | World
Stephen Wallace, M.D., J.D.

The Pastaza and Kawapi Rivers in Ecuador come together near the border of Peru. At their confluence fresh water pink dolphins rise to the surface and nod their heads. Nearby toucans and parrots land. These animals and many more are a part of the ecosystem that is as pure and unadulterated as any in the world.

We Can Make a Difference for Our Planet After All: 10 Wildlife Conservation Success Stories from 2014

Dr. Cristián Samper | Posted 03.02.2015 | Green
Dr. Cristián Samper

We cannot ignore the realities of habitat loss for wildlife, the extinction crisis, and the impact climate change has on nature; but equally as important, we should not forget the good news and the victories through conservation action.

7 Questions About the Recent Oil Price Slump

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 02.21.2015 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

Oil prices have plunged recently, affecting everyone: producers, exporters, governments, and consumers.  Overall, we see this as a shot in the arm for the global economy. There is, however, much more to this complex and evolving story.

Of Naturalists and Nature Amid the Richness of the Andes

Steve Zack | Posted 02.22.2015 | Green
Steve Zack

Our natural world, so wondrous and so valuable to the quality of our lives and to the integrity of our breathing planet, needs a renewed commitment to its conservation.

Pay To Play: Ecuador Family Wins Favors After Donations to Democrats

The New York Times | FRANCES ROBLES | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics

MIAMI — The Obama administration overturned a ban preventing a wealthy, politically connected Ecuadorean woman from entering the United States after...

Climate Change This Week: New Solar Record, Murder, a Flying Donut, And More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 02.14.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. * * Vier Pfoten/Four Paws/RHOI/Rex/AP Palm Oil is Lethal for Mother and Child: Thi...

International Development Is Selfish Work

Joan Hanawi | Posted 02.02.2015 | Impact
Joan Hanawi

I think the challenge regarding development work lies in the fact that people with good intentions must cross not only borders, but they must also cross cultural backgrounds, histories, and realities in order to "help."

A Climate Cure For Social Injustice

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 02.02.2015 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

Why not invest in a new society that's safer and fairer, that reduces the threats posed by hunger, poverty, desperation and chaos?

Health Care Overseas: Is It Really A Viable Option?

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 01.25.2015 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

In many countries you'll find excellent health care, with doctors and other practitioners who have studied at the world's best medical schools and hospitals.

10 Sublime Escapes to the Winter Sun of Latin America

Jacada Travel | Posted 01.24.2015 | Travel
Jacada Travel

Make the most of Latin America's summer months - from January to March - by retreating to its sun-soaked beaches, mountains and vibrant cities.