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Ecuador has the highest deforestation rate and the worst environmental rating in all of South America.1 Deforestation and oil exploration in recent years have devastated the environment as the country expanded economically. It is estimated that if deforestation rates continue, the Amazon rainforest will be completely gone in 40 years.2 Despite the fact that Ecuador is only responsible for 0.1% of the worldâ's total greenhouse gas emissions, the country remains very vulnerable to the negative effects that result from climate change.3 Glacier coverage in the country has been reduced by 30%, which could spell disaster for the surrounding cities which have relied heavily on the glacier as a water source.4

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1 http://rainforests.mongabay.com/20ecuador.htm
2 http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/Americas/Ecuador-ENVIRONMENT.html#b
3 http://latinamericanscience.org/2013/11/ecuador-steps-up-its-fight-against-climate-change/
4 Ibid
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Ecuador News

The National Interest Online 
Just a few years ago left-wing populism was on the rise, embraced in one form or another by Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guyana, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Venezuela and even Chile. Today, even the People's World, the “news” organ of the ... See more..
Episcopal News Service 
The Diocese of Ecuador Litoral has been a spiritual companion to the congregations of the four churches most affected by the earthquake and it has also worked with community members who lost everything and are still one year later trying to return to ... See more..
The Guardian 
More than two-thirds of people living in Mexico, Chile and Ecuador are overweight or obese, costing their economies tens of billions of dollars every year, driving rates of disease and straining health services, according to a new UN report. While the ... See more..
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BBC News 
Ecuador has fined seven media companies for not publishing a story that it deemed of public interest. The state's media watchdog said the press had a duty to ... See more..
IDN InDepthNews | Analysis That Matters 
GUATEMALA CITY (IDN) – The triumph of left-wing candidate Lenin Moreno in the presidential elections at the beginning of April is a breath of fresh air and a sign of hope for the people of Ecuador, who can expect to see a continuation of the social ... See more..
Fox Business 
Ecuador has given oil services company Schlumberger NV $150 million in central bank notes that can be used to pay taxes, President Rafael Correa said late ... See more..
The Wire 
According to a United Nations University (UNU)-Merit study of Ecuador's Human Development Bonus (Bono de Desarrollo Humano, or BDH), direct cash transfers have definitively improved social mobility, that's the ability of individuals or households to ... See more..
The Rebel 
Ecuador's media watchdog fined several news outlets $3,750 each for not publishing a story about alleged offshore bank accounts owned by recent presidential contender Guillermo Lasso. According to UPI, the Superintendent of Information and ... See more..
Aitkin Independent Age 
Seeing missionaries in action at one of the world's largest missionary radio stations was the highlight of recent two-week tour to Ecuador for three retirees from Onamia. Arnold and Opal Sjodin and Arnold's sister Edna Leander were part of a 31-member ... See more..
teleSUR English 
Yes, giving money to very poor people will make their lives better — just ask Ecuador. See more..
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Geography

Western South America, bordering the Pacific Ocean at the Equator, between Colombia and Peru
Area

Total 283,561 sq km
Land 276,841 sq km
Water 6,720 sq km

***NOTE*** includes Galapagos Islands
Climate

tropical along coast, becoming cooler inland at higher elevations; tropical in Amazonian jungle lowlands
Natural Resources

petroleum, fish, timber, hydropower ;
Natural Hazards

frequent earthquakes; landslides; volcanic activity; floods; periodic droughts

volcanism: volcanic activity concentrated along the Andes Mountains; Sangay (elev. 5,230 m), which erupted in 2010, is mainland Ecuador's most active volcano; other historically active volcanoes in the Andes include Antisana, Cayambe, Chacana, Cotopaxi, Guagua Pichincha, Reventador, Sumaco, and Tungurahua; Fernandina (elev. 1,476 m), a shield volcano that last erupted in 2009, is the most active of the many Galapagos volcanoes; other historically active Galapagos volcanoes include Wolf, Sierra Negra, Cerro Azul, Pinta, Marchena, and Santiago volcanic activity concentrated along the Andes Mountains; Sangay (elev. 5,230 m), which erupted in 2010, is mainland Ecuador's most active volcano; other historically active volcanoes in the Andes include Antisana, Cayambe, Chacana, Cotopaxi, Guagua Pichincha, Reventador, Sumaco, and Tungurahua; Fernandina (elev. 1,476 m), a shield volcano that last erupted in 2009, is the most active of the many Galapagos volcanoes; other historically active Galapagos volcanoes include Wolf, Sierra Negra, Cerro Azul, Pinta, Marchena, and Santiago
Current Environmental Issues

deforestation; soil erosion; desertification; water pollution; pollution from oil production wastes in ecologically sensitive areas of the Amazon Basin and Galapagos Islands

Demographics

Nationality
Ecuadorian
Population
15,439,429 (July 2013 est.)
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Finances

Ecuador is substantially dependent on its petroleum resources, which have accounted for more than half of the country's export earnings and approximately two-fifths of public sector revenues in recent years. In 1999/2000, Ecuador's economy suffered from a banking crisis, with GDP contracting by 5.3% and poverty increasing significantly. In March 2000, the Congress approved a series of structural reforms that also provided for the adoption of the US dollar as legal tender. Dollarization stabilized the economy, and positive growth returned in the years that followed, helped by high oil prices, remittances, and increased non-traditional exports. From 2002-06 the economy grew ...See More an average of 4.3% per year, the highest five-year average in 25 years. After moderate growth in 2007, the economy reached a growth rate of 6.4% in 2008, buoyed by high global petroleum prices and increased public sector investment. President Rafael CORREA, who took office in January 2007, defaulted in December 2008 on Ecuador's sovereign debt, which, with a total face value of approximately US$3.2 billion, represented about 30% of Ecuador's public external debt. In May 2009, Ecuador bought back 91% of its "defaulted" bonds via an international reverse auction. Economic policies under the CORREA administration - for example, an announcement in late 2009 of its intention to terminate 13 bilateral investment treaties, including one with the United States - have generated economic uncertainty and discouraged private investment. The Ecuadorian economy slowed to 1% growth in 2009 due to the global financial crisis and to the sharp decline in world oil prices and remittance flows. Growth picked up to a 3.3% rate in 2010 and nearly 8% in 2011, before falling to 5% in 2012. China has become Ecuador's largest foreign lender since Quito defaulted in 2008, allowing the government to maintain a high rate of social spending; Ecuador contracted with the Chinese government for more than $9 billion in oil for cash and project loans as of December 2012. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$155.8 billion (2012 est.); $148.4 billion (2011 est.); $137.4 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

26.8% of GDP (2012 est.); 27.5% of GDP (2011 est.); 24.6% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

bananas, coffee, cocoa, rice, potatoes, manioc (tapioca), plantains, sugarcane; cattle, sheep, pigs, beef, pork, dairy products; fish, shrimp; balsa wood
Industries

petroleum, food processing, textiles, wood products, chemicals