User: irge304 Topic: Environmental Justice Issues
Category: Indigenous People
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Brazilian Indians clash with police outside Congress during protest of land demarcation bill 17.12.2014 Star Tribune: World
If We Can't Stop This Tiny Alaskan Town From Falling Into the Sea, What Hope Is There for the Rest of Us? 16.12.2014 Mother Jones
This story originally appeared in the Huffington Post and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. It's a Wednesday morning in late August, the first day of classes at the Shishmaref School. The doors of the pale blue building haven't opened yet, and the new principal is hurriedly buttering toast in the kitchen for the students' breakfasts. Teachers are scrambling to make last-minute adjustments to their classrooms, while anxious kids, ranging from pre-K students through high schoolers, wait on the porch, their jackets zipped against the chill of the early-morning air. It's all so incredibly normal, you might not know that, just a few years ago, no one thought Shishmaref would be here anymore. The remote village of 563 people is located 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle, flanked by the Chukchi Sea to the north and an inlet to the south, and it sits atop rapidly melting permafrost. In the last decades, the island's shores have been eroding into the sea, falling off in giant chunks ...
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Thousands march for climate justice in Lima 11.12.2014 Hindu: International
“Water yes, Oil No”, said a banner at the march for climate in Lima on Wednesday, indicative of the life and death battles over natural resources for the indigenous people in the Pe...
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Massive bill would protect some wilderness, open other public land 11.12.2014 LA Times: Nation
A massive military policy bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives last week, now awaiting approval by the Senate, contains something you might not expect: dozens of public-land measures that would redefine the use of hundreds of thousands of acres of wildland across America.
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Congressman's Native American remark causes outcry 11.12.2014 AP Politics
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar's reference to American Indians as "wards of the federal government" has struck a harsh chord with tribal members and legal experts in the days following a discussion about a controversial Arizona land deal that would make way for the country's largest copper mine....
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Thousands of marchers demand just solution at UN climate talks in Lima 11.12.2014 Guardian: Environment

Indigenous peoples from the Andes to the Amazon joined trade unionists, students and women’s groups in demonstration in the Peruvian capital

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Fracking, REDD, Lima climate talks. . . all slammed at Nature Rights Tribunal 10.12.2014 Guardian: Environment

13 judges meet in Peru to hear accusations that the rights of “Mother Earth” are being violated

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Black Mesa mines: Native Americans demand return of their ancestors' bones 10.12.2014 Guardian: Environment
Navajo and Hopi Nations are fighting for the protection of Arizona burial grounds as one of the world’s largest coal companies seeks extension of its mining permit In 1967 the Peabody coal company came to the Navajo and Hopi reservations in northern Arizona and Utah to excavate a strip mine – but the land it leased from the tribes was on an ancient tribal burial ground. So, as required by law, it hired archeologists and for the next 17 years a dig known as the Black Mesa archeological project – the largest in North American history – unearthed more than one million artefacts, including the remains of 200 Native Americans. Now the bones and artefacts are at the centre of a debate between tribes people who say ancestral remains and archeological ruins have been desecrated, and a coal company and government officials who are planning a new ...
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Congress strikes $1.1tn budget deal 10.12.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

Government shutdown avoided as leaders agree omnibus spending bill with watered-down Republican conditions

With barely 48 hours left to avert another government shutdown, US congressional leaders have struck a $1.1tn federal budget deal that avoids most of the threatened Republican attacks on the Obama administration but leaves open a potential future challenge on immigration.

The 1,603 page omnibus spending bill keeps overall expenditure at roughly the same level agreed by Congressman Paul Ryan and Senator Patty Murray in a two-year deal that ended a similar showdown last year.

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The Amazon oil spills overlooked by environmental leaders in Lima 9.12.2014 Guardian: Environment

As global environmental delegates gather in Peru for the UN climate talks, five oil spills in the country’s Amazon jungle are causing a hidden environmental disaster

It is a disaster hidden from the environmental leaders gathered inside the walls of a military compound in Lima on a mission to fight climate change.

Over the last few months – as Peru helped guide the United Nations climate negotiations – five separate oil spills along a main oil pipeline through the Amazon have spewed thick black clots of crude across jungle and swamp and carpeted local fishing lagoons with dead fish.

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Regional indigenous leader says local activist who opposed mining killed in remote Ecuador 9.12.2014 Star Tribune: World
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Forest groups want climate schemes that violate rights to be suspended 8.12.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

Indigenous people warn during Lima climate talks that they are being ignored over exploitation of lands and are critical of pledges to stop deforestation

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Anglo American coal firm undermining crucial climate policies, say NGOs 8.12.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

Coalmining firm damned in report on lobbying that denounces private-sector’s role in climate negotiations, published in Lima to coincide with Cop20

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Fuel to the fire? Fuel exports soar under Obama 8.12.2014 AP Politics
GARDI SUGDUP, Panama (AP) -- Solar panels glisten from every thatched hut on this crowded island, one of the largest in this remote chain off the Panamanian coast. But the tiny emblems of green energy offer no hope against climate change....
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Ecuador indigenous leader found dead days before planned Lima protest 7.12.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
  • Shuar leader José Isidro Tendetza Antún missing since 28 November
  • Activists believe death linked to opposition to state-Chinese mine project
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COP20: Peru must give indigenous people means to combat climate change 5.12.2014 Guardian: Environment

Climate talks in Lima can save the Amazon rainforest by recognising rights of its best protectors

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Queensland Indigenous group appeals to UN over mining on traditional land 4.12.2014 Guardian: Environment

Mithaka people of south-west Queensland say the government has violated international law by failing to consult them over fracking

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'Never Alone' game smartly explores Alaska native tribal lore 29.11.2014 LA Times: Top News
What to know about debate 19.11.2014 CNN: Top Stories
The Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the Keystone XL pipeline, less than a week after the House passed a bill to authorize the project.
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On Eve of Climate Talks in Lima, Assassinations of Indigenous Leaders Loom Large 19.11.2014 Star Tribune: World
Edwin Chota at a meeting discussing the practices of sustainable timber harvesting. Photo: Emory Richey Diana Rios Rengifo looked determined as she stood in New York City in front of more than 100 environmental and human rights activists, her face painted red in the custom of her people, the Asháninka of the Amazon. "They may have killed my father and his friends, but I am still here," she said. "I will continue to fight for the rights to our territories and for the rights of the other indigenous peoples of Peru." It's a fight that cost the life of her father, indigenous leader Edwin Chota, who was murdered by loggers in early September, along with his colleagues, Leoncio Quincima Melendez, Jorge Rios Perez, and Francisco Pineda. They were murdered because they defended the forest, and they're not alone. Advocacy group Global Witness says at least 53 other people like Chota, making a total of 57 "defenders of the environment," have been killed in Peru since 2002 in disputes over mining, logging, and land ...
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