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http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/sep/03/ecuador-yasuni-conservation?INTCMP=SRCH). The Equadorian Government have offered not to extract the oil (and risk the enormous range of plant and animal species or to add to greenhouse gas generation) if the developed nations give them 50% of the value of the resource (it's a bit like paying not to destroy the rainforest). The timing, given the world economic climate, is not great for this offer and relatively little money has been offered. Some of the Governments expected to donate have expressed concerns that the money might be accepted and then the oil extracted anyway (the Equadorians reserve the right to exploit the resource in a 'national emergency'). Meanwhile oil companies are building roads on the margins of the park. People have commented that the losses of yet largely undocumented species, with all sorts of potential utilities, could be enormous. Cynically speaking, even if this oil is left in the ground, commercial agencies are likely to seek fuels in other locations and ways, so getting real reductions in greenhouse gas release seems unlikely.
There are some impressively bright lichens on the wooden bridge in Bynea.
A combination of night rain and day-time sun has resulted in more Bynea blooms. The Southern marsh orchid ( Dactylorhiza praetermissa...
A study ( https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/feb/01/special-spit-is-the-secret-of-uniquely-sticky-frog-tongues-study-reveals ) has...
It is always sad to hear of problems occurring at places you have used for teaching and the outbreak of h5n8 avian influenza at Abbot...