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A Journey to the Heart of Ecuador’s Yasuni




Few places on earth harbor as much biodiversity as the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve, a 6,500-square-mile territory in eastern Ecuador where the Amazon basin ascends into the Andes Mountains. But Yasuni also sits atop vast reserves of oil, and this rainforest wilderness, home to the indigenous Waorani people, faces intense development pressure.

In this Yale Environment 360 video, filmmaker Ryan Killackey travels into the heart of Yasuni with seven scientists and chronicles their work as they inventory the reserve’s remarkable birds, fish, animals, and plants. Through their work, the researchers hope to bolster international initiatives to preserve a large swath of this threatened land.

14 March 2013


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This Yale Environment 360 video was produced and directed by Ryan Killackey, a Washington, D.C.-based filmmaker. A graduate of the University of Montana’s Wildlife Biology program, he has worked on several film projects for PBS Nature, National Geographic, Passion Planet and Digital 3D. He has received four film awards from the International Wildlife Film Festival.

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filmmakersABOUT THE VIDEO
This Yale Environment 360 video was produced and directed by Ryan Killackey, a Washington, D.C.-based filmmaker. A graduate of the University of Montana’s Wildlife Biology program, he has worked on several film projects for PBS Nature, National Geographic, Passion Planet and Digital 3D. He has received four film awards from the International Wildlife Film Festival.

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As temperatures rise and water supplies dry up, tribes in East Africa increasingly are coming into conflict. A Yale Environment 360 video reports on a phenomenon that could become more common: how worsening drought will pit groups — and nations — against one another.
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of Mountaintop Removal Mining

During the last two decades, mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia has destroyed or severely damaged more than a million acres of forest and buried nearly 2,000 miles of streams. This video, produced by Yale Environment 360 and MediaStorm, offers a first-hand look at mountaintop removal and what is at stake for Appalachia’s environment and its people.
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