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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

FRANCE 24 
Located in eastern Ecuador, the Yasuni Park is a unique ecosystem. Thousands of species of plants and wildlife are concentrated in this part of the Amazon rainforest. But the park and its treasures are directly threatened by drilling for oil. Ecuador's ... See more..
Live Science 
A yellow-green frog with eye-catching stripes that was discovered recently in Ecuador's cloud forests has now been deemed a new species of rain frog, according to a new study. Across the U.S. and Canada, there are about 110 described frog species. See more..
KTRK-TV 
A Bay City family is heading to Ecuador, hoping to learn more about how their loved one died. See more..
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Miami Herald 
The presidential candidate from Ecuador's ruling party has pulled ahead in key polls ahead of the April 2 runoff that will determine the fate of the country's decade-long “Citizens' Revolution” and President Rafael Correa's socialist legacy. A series ... See more..
The Herald 
National sovereignty is an undervalued asset in today's world, especially in the international media, where the views of Washington and its allies largely prevail. See more..
Yahoo Finance 
35-year-old Leslie had traveled to Ecuador many times in the past, touring the country and learning about its people. On January 12, 2016, she arrived in the jungle to participate in a lengthy natemamu (ayahuasca) group ceremony led by Miguel Chiriap, ... See more..
teleSUR English 
As part of his anti-corruption campaign, Lenin Moreno wants authorities to prosecute all those involved in the scheme. See more..
The Northern Miner (subscription) 
The remarkable story of Aurelian Resources and its discovery of Fruta del Norte — a blind gold deposit the company's geologists found in the Cordillera del Condor in southeastern Ecuador — is one for the history books. The narrative begins with Keith ... See more..
Live Science 
Two adult male Cerberus groundsnakes (Atractus Cerberus), newly discovered near the gates of the Refinería del Pacífico, a massive petrochemical complex ... See more..
MyPalmBeachPost 
Jim Wyss/TNS Luzmila Mita holds Sacagawea dollar coins in Quito, Ecuador. Sacagawea, an 18th Century Shoshone tribeswoman, is seen as something of a ... 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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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