User: irge304 Topic: Environmental Justice Issues
Category: Indigenous People
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Peru stalling new national park for unique Amazon mountain range 29.7.2015 Guardian: Environment
Over one million hectares, flora, fauna and people at risk from government failure to act The Sierra del Divisor region in the Peruvian Amazon was identified as a biodiversity conservation priority back in the early 1990s. More than 20 years later and Peruvians are still waiting - some more desperately than others given all the narco-traffickers, illegal loggers and gold-miners in or near the region. What’s so special about the Sierra del Divisor? It’s the “only mountainous region” anywhere in the lowland rainforest, according to Peruvian NGO Instituto del Bien Comun (IBC), while The Field Museum, in the US, describes it as “a mountain range” rising up “dramatically from the lowlands of central Amazonian Peru” and boasting “rare and diverse geological formations that occur nowhere else in Amazonia.” Its most iconic topographical feature is “El Cono”, an extraordinary peak visible from the Andes on a clear ...
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In dispute over coal mine project, two ways of life hang in the balance 21.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Neither tribe created the modern energy economy. They did not build the railroads or the power plants or the giant freighters that cross the ocean.
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The Liverpool plains were a place of loss long before Shenhua's coal mine | Tim Low 21.7.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
The natural world of the Liverpool Plains vanished soon after it was observed by white settlers. What happened offers us lessons for Australia’s new frontiers The giant coal mine set to destroy rich croplands on the Liverpool Plains has convinced agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce that “the world has world gone mad”. But these plains had gained a name as a place of loss long before the Shenua mine was ...
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Apache tribe brings battle for Oak Flat to New York's Times Square 18.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Activists from the tribe are travelling across the United States to protest a bill that will hand over land they hold sacred to a foreign mining corporation

Members of the Apache tribe stood chanting in a circle with drums and posters in the center of New York’s Times Square on Friday, to protest against a bill that will hand over land they hold sacred to a foreign mining corporation.

Times Square was the latest stop for activists from the Apache tribe who are travelling across the United States to battle for Oak Flat and to draw attention to a bill introduced by Arizona representative Raúl M Grijalva to repeal the decision to hand the land over to Resolution Copper.

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Indigenous leaders complain of being left off pope’s agenda 8.7.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador’s largest indigenous association is complaining that it was left off of Pope Francis’s agenda during his visit to Ecuador, where the group has been at odds with President Rafael Correa. The head of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities, Jorge Herrera, said Roman Catholic Church officials never responded clearly to the […]
Papal visit puts Andes presidents' eco-record under scrutiny 4.7.2015 AP Top News
AGUARAGUE NATIONAL PARK, Bolivia (AP) -- In the vine-entangled forests of the Aguarague National Park, crude that seeped for decades out of abandoned wellheads saturates the soil and has stained the bedrock of creeks that provide water to the indigenous Guarani who live nearby....
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Minority and indigenous communities turned off own land in growing numbers 2.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
Violence, persecution and quest for natural resources driving record numbers out of rural areas and into cities, claims Minority Rights Group study From the stateless Rohingya escaping oppression at the hands of Burma’s government to the Yazidis fleeing advancing Islamic State fighters in Iraq, more indigenous peoples and minority groups are being displaced from their land and pushed into cities, where they face discrimination, a study has warned. The displacement of minority and native groups has risen over the past year, Minority Rights Group International (MRG) said in its latest report. The growing threat of violence and persecution is most vividly illustrated by the terrors the Islamic State has inflicted upon the Yazidi religious group in northern Iraq ...
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Mine expansion threatens NSW town and Aboriginal heritage, says community elder – video 29.6.2015 Guardian: Environment
As part of its campaign against an open-cut coalmine expansion, a Hunter Valley community has funded and produced this video profiling 65-year-old Kevin Taggart, an elder of the local Wonnarua traditional custodians. Bulga residents, alongside the custodians, have been fighting for more than five years to stop the expansion by Rio Tinto. They say it will create severe noise and dust pollution, destroy a critically endangered woodland and threaten 110 registered Aboriginal cultural sites. A final decision is expected within weeks.

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Adani halts engineering work on controversial Carmichael mine – sources 24.6.2015 Guardian: Environment

Exclusive: Speculation over future of what would be Australia’s largest coal project amid claims four contractors told to halt work

Indian coal giant Adani has halted engineering work related to Australia’s largest proposed mine, say industry sources, raising speculation that the company is set to abandon the contentious project.

Adani last week advised four major engineering contractors to stop work on projects around the Carmichael mine in Queensland including a joint venture rail line and the expansion of Abbot Point port, Guardian Australia has been told.

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Canada's tar sands aren't just oil fields. They're sacred lands for my people | Eriel Tchekwie Deranger 23.6.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
After centuries of abuse of Mother Earth, we must draw on First Nations people’s perspective of earth’s sacredness for our collective survival For years, concerned members of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) in Canada, like myself, have voiced concerns about the impacts caused by oil sand exploitation. The vast majority of our community resides downstream from large scale oil sands surface mining and has seen first hand the complex impacts this industry has. Now, over 100 renowned scientists and academics have echoed our concerns about oil sands in a call for a moratorium on expansion, which is being taken seriously by the public and the ...
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'We’ve got to tell them all our secrets' – how the Barkandji won a landmark battle for Indigenous Australians 23.6.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

One word brought to an end a tenacious 18-year struggle which may herald a rush of successful native title claims across the continent

“Congratulations!”

No sweeter word could be spoken by federal judge Jayne Jagot. With that 400 Barkandji people erupted into cheering.

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Funding for Interior, EPA clears Senate 19.6.2015 Durango Herald
WASHINGTON – The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday passed a $30.01 billion bill to fund the Interior Department, Environmental Protection Agency and related agencies. The measure, which passed 16-14, also blocks implementation of the EPA’s plan to address climate change.It’s the first appropriations bill to...
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Antony Hegarty, the Martu and the mine: land custodians fight corporate might 19.6.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

The New York avant garde transgender singer joins the Martu people of Parnngurr in Western Australia to oppose a uranium mine 80km away

When an international mining company surveys the Australian land for minerals it sees few physical impediments.

If necessary rivers can be rerouted, hillocks flattened and giant boulders shifted in order to access the wealth beneath.

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Chevron hits out at British documentary on oil pollution in Ecuador 17.6.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Company upset over short film that uses Pablo Neruda’s famous poem on how US corporations treated Latin American countries as empty ‘banana republics’ The US oil giant Chevron has attacked the British makers of a short art-house documentary film about oil pollution in the Ecuadorean Amazon featuring the actor Julie Christie reading a Pablo Neruda poem for ignoring the environmental record of the country’s own state oil producer. The 13-minute film, follows the unresolved, 22-year-long series of legal fights in the US, European and Latin American courts over the dumping by US oil company Texaco of 18bn gallons of toxic wastewater and crude oil in the forest near the town of Lago Agrio between 1964 and ...
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Gold miners invade Amazonian indigenous reserve 17.6.2015 Guardian: Environment

Analysis of satellite images reveal penetration in protected area and large-scale clearing of buffer zone, reports Mongabay

Illegal miners have invaded an indigenous reserve in the Peruvian Amazon, reveals new analysis of satellite imagery.

The research, published by the Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP), shows that small-scale miners have penetrated the Amarakaeri communal reserve, a protected area co-managed by Peru’s parks authority (Sernanp) and the Harakmbut, Yine and Machiguenga indigenous peoples. While only 26 acres of the reserve have been stripped of trees, large-scale clearing of the reserve’s buffer zone suggests there is reason for concern.

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Labor must honour vow on Stradbroke Island mining law, Indigenous group says 15.6.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Indigenous representatives have held talks with Labor about its pre-election commitment to repeal Campbell Newman’s laws on sand mining

The clock is ticking for the Palaszczuk government to make good on a commitment to repeal laws extending sand mining on North Stradbroke Island, native title holders say.

The Quandamooka people were granted native title over large sections of North Stradbroke Island and nearby areas by the federal court in July 2011.

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Indigenous Australians call on Standard Chartered not to fund coal mine project 12.6.2015 Guardian: Environment

Representatives from Wangan and Jagalingou people meet executives in London in push to persuade financiers to snub project on group’s ancestral land

A group of Indigenous Australians has urged Standard Chartered to rule out funding a massive coal mine on their ancestral lands in a meeting with executives in London.

Representatives of the Wangan and Jagalingou people travelled to the bank’s headquarters on Friday, as part of a 24,000-mile (39,000 km) round-the-world trip aimed at persuading some of the world’s most powerful financial institutions to steer clear of the controversial mining project.

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Protesters march against oil pipeline expansion 7.6.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The protest comes a day after state regulators approved a pipeline designed by Enbridge that would move 225,000 barrels of North Dakota crude oil across Minnesota per day.
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‘Ancient Places’: people and landscapes of the Pacific NW 5.6.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
Jack Nisbet’s new essay collection, “Ancient Places,” showcases the breadth and depth of his knowledge of the Pacific Northwest. Nisbet will read June 9 at the Seattle Public Library and June 13 at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park.
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Was this indigenous leader killed because he fought to save Ecuador's land? 2.6.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

José Isidro Tendetza Antún’s battered body was found in an unmarked grave and loved ones blame his death on his opposition to $1.4bn Chinese-backed mine

Dark clouds loom over the Tundayme bus station where José Isidro Tendetza Antún said goodbye to his family for the last time.

The moody skies above the Cordillera del Condor would have been a familiar sight to the indigenous leader as he set out on 28 November to join a protest meeting against a huge Chinese-backed mine being carved out of his ancestral homeland.

Related: Ecuador indigenous leader found dead days before planned Lima protest

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