User: irge304 Topic: Environmental Justice Issues
Category: Indigenous People
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Illegal logging 'plagues' the Peruvian Amazon, says new research 17.4.2014 Guardian: Environment

GPS-referenced trees that do not exist is "one of the most commonly cited problems"

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900 environmental activists killed in decade, only 10 perpetrators convicted, report says 15.4.2014 Star Tribune: World
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Guest: The failure of the EPA to protect the public from pollution 12.4.2014 Seattle Times: Opinion
Can we trust the EPA to do what is in the public’s best interest? Not if history is any guide, writes guest columnist E.G. Vallianatos.
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Maules Creek coal mine divides local families and communities 9.4.2014 Guardian: Environment
The project has ripped apart the landscape and ruined relationships in Indigenous groups and farming communities The tiny chopper quivered in the wind. It hovered at 300 metres and 75-year-old Uncle Neville Sampson, a Gomeroi elder, surveyed the Leard state forest below. Lush box gum woodland, the land that Sampsons ancestors have walked for thousands of years, stood proud. But eventually, as the chopper zipped along, the terrain gave way to the mine construction. For Uncle Neville it was both breathtaking and heartbreaking in equal measure. The Maules Creek mine, Australias largest coal mine under construction, has ripped apart both the landscape and the Gomeroi community. Many are now prevented from entering the mine site, which holds numerous Indigenous artefacts and significant sites, after accusing the leaseholders, Whitehaven Coal, of not respecting their wishes for ...
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So Japan can't hunt whales any more? That doesn't mean they're safe 31.3.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
Flying high over the Derwent, our tiny aircraft, bound for the Tasmanian south-west wilderness, almost tipped its wings in salute. Far below us, heading for its honorary home port in Hobart after another season spent in the Southern Ocean combating the Japanese whalers, was the Bob Barker, Sea Shepherd's flagship, "back from saving our whales", said Fin, our young pilot. For Australians, today's victory in the International Court of Justice that Japan "has not acted in conformity with several clauses of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling" is an almost personal one. But for the rest of us, the judgment is equally important in the ongoing battle between economic and environmental forces. ...
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Native Canadians demand stake in energy superpower play 30.3.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Aboriginal Canadians from Quebec to British Columbia are asserting their rights that require governments to “consult and accommodate” aboriginal groups before miners and oil and gas drillers encroach on their lands.
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Opinion: The Fight for Wisconsin’s Soul 30.3.2014 NY Times: Editorials
Opinion: The Fight for Wisconsin’s Soul
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Great Barrier Reef and Indigenous heritage laws face 'one-stop shop' threat 28.3.2014 Guardian: Environment

Decision over dumping of material in the Reef could be handed to Queensland under Coalitions plan to cut green tape

The government may delegate oversight for the dumping of material in the Great Barrier Reef marine park and potentially bypass Indigenous heritage laws in order to speed up environmental approvals.

In a submission to a parliamentary inquiry into green tape, the Department of the Environment said it was looking at current legislation that may complicate plans to create one-stop shops for approvals.

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Godfrey Reggio: 'My Che Guevara was Pope John XXIII' 27.3.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
The monk-turned-film-maker, best known for Koyaanisqatsi, talks about his newest work, Visitors, his Catholic calling at the age of 14 and the film that changed his life

Right in the middle of Koyaanisqatsi, Godfrey Reggio's apocalyptic documentary tone poem after he has bathed us in torrents of retina-searing imagery, some sped up, some in time-lapse of Earth cannibalising and strip-mining itself a single, lonely, lost-looking man in a huge crowd stares deeply and directly into the camera lens. It's a shocking moment; a breach of some conventional compact between viewer and subject. But it's also an island of calm amid the chaos.

Faces dotted the other two parts of Reggio's Qatsi trilogy, Powaqqatsi and Nagoyqatsi (the names come from the Hopi language and the trilogy works around the Native American notion of the world as a once-perfect hoop, now irreparably broken), faces always anchoring a human perspective on the cosmic events.

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Cape York Indigenous groups fear mining threat to rock art 26.3.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

Traditional owners say the Queensland government is failing to consult on zoning changes to important cultural sites



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Knights, dames, bigots and budget pain – question time and politics live 26.3.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

A controversial overhaul of race laws and Tony Abbott's revival of British honours dominates debate as MPs gather for the parliamentary sitting.



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Navajo family fights to stay on monument land in northern Arizona 22.3.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
When 89-year-old Stella Peshlakai Smith dies, the Navajo presence at Wupatki National Monument will end forever ...
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Navajo woman family's last link to monument land 21.3.2014 AP National
WUPATKI NATIONAL MONUMENT, Ariz. (AP) -- Before an expanse of grassland and pueblo ruins in northern Arizona was declared a national monument, it was home to hundreds of Navajos whose ancestors returned to settle the area after a forced march to an eastern New Mexico internment camp....
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In the Chevron court case, ordinary Ecuadorians' voices don't seem to count | Ellie Mae O'Hagan 18.3.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
Chevron is reluctant to give ground to the people affected by the dumping of toxic waste. But they're not going to stop fighting for compensation "Their lives smell of oil." These are the words that Ecuadorian lawyer Juan Pablo Saenz used to describe the living conditions of his clients: 30,000 residents of the Oriente in the Ecuadorian Amazon who say that oil giant Texaco – since bought out by Chevron – dumped 18bn gallons of toxic waste in their region. Friends of the Earth reported: "Death, miscarriages and birth defects cut a swathe through communities, threatening some indigenous groups with extinction. The destruction of the rainforest environment, noted for its biodiversity, was similarly devastating." I met Saenz when he was in London last week talking about Texaco's activities in Ecuador. Since 1993, lawyers have been representing Ecuadorians in a bid to obtain compensation from Chevron for the damage to their homes and health. In 2011, an Ecuadorian court ruled in their favour and ...
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India's rice warrior battles to build living seed bank as climate chaos looms | John Vidal 18.3.2014 Guardian: Environment
Rice conservationist Debal Deb grapples with 'mindless Indian elite' to reintroduce genetically diverse, drought-tolerant varieties • In pictures: Indian seed saviour goes against corporate grain Fifty years ago, every Indian village would probably have grown a dozen or more rice varieties that grew nowhere else. Passed down from generation to generation and family to family, there would have been a local variety for every soil and taste – rice that would grow well in droughts or deep floods, which had the aroma of mangoes or peanuts, tolerance for saltwater or medicinal value. Back then, says the rice conservationist Debal Deb, India may have had more than 100,000 landraces, or local varieties. "Today there could be just 6,000, with fewer being grown every year. Every community had its own varieties. The rest are no longer cultivated and the knowledge of how to grow them will have been lost." Deb, a plant scientist turned farmer, is on a mission not just to reintroduce the lost ...
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Will Ferrell And Robert Redford Create Incredible PSA To Help Save The Colorado River (VIDEO) 16.3.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Will Ferrell And Robert Redford Create Incredible PSA To Help Save The Colorado River (VIDEO)
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Letter: Too many Utahns not represented in Legislature 15.3.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Four thousand Utahns gathered at the Capitol in January to plea for a meaningful and effective response from our Legislature to the toxic air pollution issue. The response from legislators has been anemic and mostly symbolic at best. Four thousand Utahns did not clamber for electronic widgets for our students nor to move the state prison. Utah is No. 1 in the country for air pollution, autism, anti-depressant consumption and right-wing hyperbole. For 150 years the Utah Legislature has been cont...
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What About Those Who Were Hurt? 15.3.2014 Wall St. Journal: Policy
What About Those Who Were Hurt?
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What About Those Who Were Hurt? 15.3.2014 Wall St. Journal: Policy
What About Those Who Were Hurt?
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Australian arts community responds to George Brandis’s Biennale threat 14.3.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
Minister’s letter to the Australia Council suggesting that artists who reject corporate sponsorship on political grounds should be denied government funding draws a strong industry reaction Alex ...
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