User: irge304 Topic: Environmental Justice Issues
Category: Indigenous People
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Brazil’s new government may be less likely to protect the Amazon, critics say 22.5.2016 Washington Post: World
Authorities want to loosen regulations to reverse the country’s worst economic slump in decades.
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Indigenous reality remains grim as UN forum ends 21.5.2016 Washington Post: World
Indigenous languages are rapidly disappearing, leaders continue to be assassinated, youth suicides are on the rise and human rights are routinely disrespected, participants of a major United Nations forum said Friday.
Northern Minn.'s St. Louis River comes back to life, but it's still not in the clear 19.5.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The lake sturgeon are returning. Pollution levels are lower than they've been in years. And the Lake Superior waterway is in a tenuous period of revival after years of languishing under industrial decay.
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Gold King Mine spill issues dissected at conference 18.5.2016 Durango Herald
FARMINGTON – About 130 people gathered for the first day of a mining conference aimed at better understanding the environmental conditions facing the Animas and San Juan rivers.Hosted by the New Mexico Water Resource Research Institute, various local and municipal agencies throughout three...
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NOAA: Dungeness crab in peril from acidification 18.5.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

As levels of carbon dioxide rise in the atmosphere due to fossil fuel burning and other human-caused pollution, it changes water chemistry, hurting survival of crab larvae.
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Coal terminals: Now reject Longview’s 15.5.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

The coal-export terminal in Longview would be a losing proposition on every level, from the congestion, air pollution and derailment risks it would impose on residents all along the Columbia River coal-train route to the carbon emissions it would generate from China [“Coal terminal rejection affirms tribal rights,” Opinion, May 12]. All this for a […]
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Op-ed: Tribes' involvement would make Bears Ears monument historic and unique 15.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
By the time Congress passed the Antiquities Act in 1906, the indigenous population of America had been reduced by 97 percent. Yet the purpose of the 1906 law was to protect the prehistoric ruins and artifacts of indigenous peoples rather than the survivors of this campaign of genocide. In the entire 110-year history of the Antiquities Act, there has never been a Native American campaign for a national monument until now. Today, the Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, Ute Mountain Ute, and Uintah and Ouray Ute ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Historic scenes may fill windows of vacant spaces in downtown Durango 14.5.2016 Durango Herald
Vacant businesses on Main Avenue could transition from eyesores to story-telling tools under a plan to cover windows with vinyl decals of historic photos this summer. The Design Review Board approved the idea presented by city staff this week and asked that the window decals...
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Sioux tribes push to protect sacred Black Hills site Pe' Sla 12.5.2016 AP National
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) -- Rosebud Sioux member Russell Eagle Bear remembers feeling relief as night was falling at a sacred site in the Black Hills of South Dakota called Pe&apos; Sla. People had gathered to pray on a cold, windy evening in December 2012 just after a group of tribes completed the purchase of the roughly 3-square-miles of land....
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Agriculture cannot be sacrificed for clean water 11.5.2016 Seattle Times: Opinion

An “anti-farmer” ad campaign is little help in addressing pollution issues.
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The moral urgency of breaking free from fossil fuels 11.5.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

“Break free” actions around the world aim to break the stranglehold of the fossil-fuel industry.
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Indian government bars another activist from leaving the country 10.5.2016 Washington Post
Indian government bars another activist from leaving the country
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U.S. rejects proposed coal export facility, siding with one Indian tribe over another 10.5.2016 LA Times: Nation

The federal government dealt a fatal blow on Monday to a proposed coal export facility in Washington state that pitted two Indian tribes against each other — one that wanted to export coal to Asia, another that argued the facility would damage its historic fishing grounds.

In the end, the Lummi...

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There’s more to Fort McMurray than oil sands – it’s a real community | Aritha van Herk 6.5.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest
Raging wildfires have brought an ill-informed focus on this quintessentially Canadian place, which had a character long before the extraction plants Fort McMurray is a real place, not a Dante-esque metaphor for hell, despite the wildfires currently raging, which has forced its entire evacuation. An urban service area at the heart of the municipality of Wood Buffalo in north-eastern Alberta, one of Canada’s western provinces and currently in a state of emergency, it is not some frontier gold rush town huddled under a blanket of perpetual snow. It is not a work camp, although different work and service camps located at the mining sites, from 20 to 100 miles away, circle it. And it is not actually very far north in Canadian terms: the boreal forest just nudges the edge of the near north, and the far and the extreme north (yes, Canada has a near, far, and extreme north) are much farther beyond. It lies roughly between the longitudes of Edinburgh and Aberdeen, and no one would dare to call either Edinburgh or ...
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How safe does protected status keep the world's national parks? 5.5.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest
Protected areas and habitats are being downgraded and delisted so often, to accommodate mining, logging or population growth, the problem even has its own acronym. Environment 360 reports It’s the saddest truism in wildlife conservation: When politicians announce that they are setting aside precious habitat “in perpetuity”, what they really mean is until somebody else wants the land. Protected areas now get reopened so often under the pressure of population and economic growth that the trend has spawned an acronym, PADDD, for “protected area downgrading, downsizing, and degazettement.” There’s also a web site, PADDDtracker.org , jointly maintained by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Conservation ...
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EPA under fire for money to ‘anti-farmer’ campaign 2.5.2016 Seattle Times: Politics

Recent advertisements, splashed across billboards, buses and radio waves, have taken a pointed approach to discussing the link between farms and water pollution. Now, the Environmental Protection Agency is under fire for its indirect funding of the campaign.
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Gold-mining in Peru: forests razed, millions lost, virgins auctioned 2.5.2016 Guardian: Environment

Reports of operations in the River Santiago basin raise concerns about potentially devastating social and environmental impacts

Three people in a motorised canoe on the mighty River Santiago in Peru’s northern Amazon some weeks ago saw something deeply alarming. It was one dredge and between 15 and 20 men mining for gold up one left-bank tributary.

Two of the people in the canoe were consultants for Lima-based NGO DAR, which has dubbed the River Santiago Peru’s “last frontier” for illegal mining. “In the Amazon gold extraction is only known about in the Madre de Dios and Puno regions in the south of the country,” Esteban Valle Riestra, one of DAR’s consultants, told the Guardian. “The shift to the north, where in the Santiago basin it started within the last three years, is something new.”

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Southern Ute shale drilling goals draw scrutiny 30.4.2016 Durango Herald
Citizen and environmental groups are calling for transparency and a new environmental impact statement for prospective shale oil and gas development on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation. Last month, the tribe announced plans to conduct a supplemental environmental impact statement for an existing EIS on natural resource extraction on...
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672,000 cars: Pollution from Longview coal terminal could equal that, study says 30.4.2016 Seattle Times: Local

A $12.5 million study takes a wide-ranging look at the impact of a proposed coal-export terminal in Longview.
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EPA: La Plata County won’t get full reimbursement for Gold King 28.4.2016 Durango Herald
Environmental Protection Agency officials told dismayed La Plata County commissioners on Wednesday not to expect compensation for some Gold King Mine spill costs.For seven months, county staff has sunk several hundred hours into drafting a cooperative agreement asking the EPA to fund up to $2.4 million over 10 years for spill-related...
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