Ecuador’s plan to save rainforest — at least for a while

Ecuador has said that it will not destroy its rainforest (by extracting the oil that lies beneath) if the world pays it half what it would have earned by doing so.

In just one hectare of Yasuni park scientists found 655 species of trees and shrubs – more than the total number in the USA and Canada combined.

So far no-one has stepped forward to offer the $3.6bn being asked for over 13 years. But last May Norway did agree to give Indonesia $1bn in return for a two-year moratorium on deforestation permits.

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