User: irge304 Topic: Environmental Justice Issues
Category: Indigenous People
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Living in a minefield: the refugee camp where Pakistanis are a step from death 29.1.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Gulan refugee camp, home to Pakistanis fleeing North Waziristan, is on the site of an Afghan battlefield When Niazullah left his home in the tribal areas of Pakistan in June, he figured he would be gone for five days, a week at most. The army had given a three-day warning before an offensive against Islamist militants in North Waziristan and had banned vehicle travel, so many families left in a hurry with just the clothes they were wearing. Niazullah, 23, and his wife carried their two daughters and son through the mountain passes into Afghanistan, where they settled in a refugee camp in a flat and dry desert than 10 miles from the border. It wasn’t arable, but the land was vast and empty. A stream and craggy hills provided a natural ...
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Matthew McConaughey born to run in upcoming Native American drama 29.1.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

The Oscar-winner lines up an adaptation of bestselling book about a tribe of barefoot runners, as well as Gold, a drama about fraud in the mining industry

Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey looks set to star in a true life tale of native American “super-athletes” who helped spark a sea-change in attitudes towards barefoot running.

The as-yet-untitled project is based on a screenplay by World War Z’s Matthew Michael Carnahan. The story is adapted from journalist Christopher McDougall’s book Born To Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, which has sold more than three million copies around the world.

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Conflict over Legacy money in House Environment 29.1.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
House Environment and Natural Resources Committee Republicans overrode the recommendation of Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council and moved conservation money requested by White Earth Nation to Ducks Unlimited.
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Why Latin America should not squander the China boom 28.1.2015 BBC News: AsiaPacific
China's investment in Latin America under the spotlight
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Land of opportunity – and fear – along route of Nicaragua’s giant new canal 20.1.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

In an era of breathtaking engineering feats, there is unease about what this mega project will mean for people and their homes, wildlife and ecosystems. Will it bring wealth and growth or confusion and destruction?

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Nine things you probably didn’t know about the Queensland election 14.1.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

From the ‘I’m with stupid’ arrest to the fake Tahitian prince, this Queensland election already has more than its share of colourful characters

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South American commodity boom drives deforestation and land conflicts 1.1.2015 Washington Post: World
BOGOTA, Colombia — A commodity boom has helped pull millions out of poverty across South America over the past decade. It has also unleashed a new scramble for oil, minerals and cropland that is accelerating deforestation and fueling a new wave of land conflicts from Colombia to Chile.Read full article ...
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In Navajo country, coal gives life — and takes it, some say 27.12.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Four Corners is home to tens of thousands of Navajos and also to coal mines and power plants. Residents blame emissions for stunting crops, killing animals and sickening people. Tribal members are divided over the complaints, and the good-paying jobs.
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In Navajo country, coal gives life — and takes it, some say 25.12.2014 Seattle Times: Nation & World
Four Corners is home to tens of thousands of Navajos and also to coal mines and power plants. Residents blame emissions for stunting crops, killing animals and sickening people. Tribal members are divided over the complaints, and the good-paying jobs.
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As US gas consumption plateaus to help climate, fuel exports pollute elsewhere 23.12.2014 Star Tribune: World
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Abandoned asbestos mines still a hazard in India 22.12.2014 AP Top News
RORO VILLAGE, India (AP) -- Asbestos waste spills in a gray gash down the flank of a lush green hill above tribal villages in eastern India. Three decades after the mines were abandoned, nothing has been done to remove the enormous, hazardous piles of broken rocks and powdery dust left behind....
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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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