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Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa Delgado has offered to refrain from drilling for oil in the country’s Yasuní rain forest if compensated by the world for a portion of the value of the resource left in the ground. Yasuní, in Ecuador’s Amazonian region, may have the highest level of biological diversity of anywhere on Earth. The plan would be administered by the United Nations. It has garnered support and offers of cash from a number of European nations.

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