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Peru's Amazon oil deals denounced

Environmental News: Peru
Feb 03, 2007
At a time when scientists have emphasised the importance of the Amazon as the vanguard against catastrophic climate change, the government of Peru is selling off its tropical forest to oil companies at an exponential rate. The amount of Peruvian Amazon territory open to exploration has risen from 13% to 70% in two years. This is putting at risk the biodiversity of the Amazon and the lives of indigenous people. In total, an area the size of California is already signed over or up for auction to oil companies.

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