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Paying for the rainforest

By Will Irwin  

A Texaco oil pipe runs through the rainforest. Ecuador's government has stated: "if you don't want us to tap the oil, pay us."

Only 31 delegates were present at what could prove to be one of the more significant presentations of the Durban climate conference. That was the number in attendance when Ecuador convened a meeting on a project it is running to save an area of its rainforest, the Yasuní-ITT initiative. While it may seem relatively unimportant, it is in fact a trailblazing project in ecosystem preservation.

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