User: irge304 Topic: Environmental Justice Issues
Category: Indigenous People
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The battle to protect Alaska’s great wildlife sanctuary | Rebecca Solnit 27.8.2015 Guardian: Environment
As Barack Obama opens up the Arctic Ocean to oil drilling, how can this pristine wilderness withstand the human hunger for fossil fuels? At midnight on 29 June, the sun was directly north and well above the hills. It had not gone down since I arrived in the Arctic, three days earlier, and would not set for weeks. It rolled around the sky like a marble in a bowl, sometimes behind clouds or mountains or the smoke of the three or four hundred wildfires somewhere south of us, but never below the horizon. The midnight sun made the green hilltops glow gold, and lit our walk through the wildflowers and the clouds of mosquitoes to the mountaintop. Down below, I could see our tents, our camp kitchen, tiny from the heights, and our two rafts, all along the sandy beach and flowery grass bench alongside the shallow Kongakut River. A few days earlier, a couple of bush planes had dropped off our group of nine for a week’s journey 65 miles down the river that threads its way from the Brooks Range of mountains to the ...
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Hurricane Katrina proved that if black lives matter, so must climate justice | Elizabeth C Yeampierre 24.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

The environmental justice and Black Lives Matter movements are complementary. We can’t afford to choose between the two

Those of us from low-income communities of color are on the frontlines of the climate crisis. US cities and towns that are predominantly made up of people of color are also home to a disproportionate share of the environmental burdens that are fueling the climate crisis and shortening our lives. One has only to recall the gut-wrenching images of Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath to confirm this.

At a time when police abuse is more visible than ever thanks to technology, and our communities continue to get hit time and time again by climate catastrophe, we can’t afford to choose between a Black Lives Matter protest and a climate justice forum, because our survival depends on both of them.

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Native Americans’ totem pole travels to oppose coal-export terminals 22.8.2015 Seattle Times: Local
A tribe is transporting a totem pole through the Northwest to protest coal- export terminals.
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Native Americans' totem pole journeys to oppose coal exports 22.8.2015 AP Washington
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A Native American tribe is taking a 22-foot totem pole from Canada through the Pacific Northwest to Montana in opposition of proposed coal export terminals....
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Protests by 1000s of Ecuadorians meet with brutal repression 19.8.2015 Guardian: Environment
Police and military beat and tear-gas citizens demonstrating against government policies and reforms Would you believe me if I told you that while president Rafael Correa was singing “Hasta siempre, comandante” with a band in the main square in central Quito last Thursday night just one block away riot police were tear-gassing and clubbing Ecuadorian citizens? Or that elsewhere in Ecuador the police have been reported to be specifically targeting female protestors’ “intimate parts”? Ecuador is currently in turmoil. 1000s of people are protesting proposed constitutional amendments, the expansion of the oil frontier, mining projects, changes to water and education policy, labour laws and pensions, a proposed “Free Trade Agreement” (FTA) with the European Union (EU), and increasing repression of freedom of speech, among other things. The government’s response? To send the police and military with batons and tear-gas to beat citizens, make arbitrary arrests, raid homes and even - some people believe - to ...
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Alaskans concerned with Canadian mining plans 17.8.2015 Durango Herald
JUNEAU, Alaska – A provincial map showing the planned or potential mining activity in British Columbia is so pocked that Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott says it looks like it has the measles. It’s the cluster of dots in northwest British Columbia – including a prospect billed as one of the largest undeveloped gold projects in...
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How developing countries are paying a high price for the global mineral boom 15.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
Soaring worldwide demand for the minerals used in electronic devices such as smartphones and laptops has left a legacy of social conflict and human rights violations across Asia, Latin America and Africa • Global atlas of communities at risk from mining and oil companies A 200ft deep pit gapes where three years ago stood a mountain. Fields where small farmers planted rice and grew fruit are now an industrial site, and wooden houses in the old village of Didipio have been abandoned – the community moved to make way for a large-scale gold mine owned by a New Zealand company. The Filipino mine, guarded by high fences and bitterly contested by the indigenous Bugkalot people who fear pollution, spills and ill-health, is just one of scores of major new gold and copper mines opened in the last few years to meet soaring world demand for minerals used in electronic devices such as smartphones and ...
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The Latest: Truckloads of water headed to Navajo Nation 14.8.2015 Durango Herald
DURANGO – EPA and contract workers accidentally unleashed 3 million gallons of contaminated wastewater on Aug. 5 as they inspected the idled Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado. The toxic plume affected communities in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.Here’s the latest in the Colorado mine spill (all times are Mountain...
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EPA reaches deal to clean up sites in NE Washington 14.8.2015 AP Washington
NORTHPORT, Wash. (AP) -- Teck Metals Limited and Teck American Incorporated have reached a deal with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to begin removing lead and other pollution in the Northport area of northeast Washington....
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Government vows to pay for Colorado mining spill but costs remain unknown 14.8.2015 Guardian: Environment

Effects already proving devastating for Navajo Nation as attorneys general from affected states Colorado, New Mexico and Utah promise ‘to be vigilant’

The spill of toxic wastewater from an abandoned gold mine high in Colorado’s San Juan mountains caused untold millions in economic disruptions and damages in three states – to rafting companies, Native American farmers unable to irrigate, municipal water systems, and possibly water well owners. And largely because the federal government inadvertently triggered the release, it has vowed to pay the bill.

That bill could be years in the making.

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Damages in Colorado toxic wastewater mine spill will take years to tabulate 13.8.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
The spill of toxic wastewater from an abandoned gold mine high in Colorado's San Juan Mountains caused untold millions in economic disruptions and damages in three states - to rafting companies, Native American farmers unable to irrigate, municipal water systems and possibly water well ...
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EPA stops field work at all nation’s mines 13.8.2015 Durango Herald
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy on Wednesday ordered all the agency’s regions to stop field work in mines across the country in the wake of the Gold King Mine blowout last week, which sent 3 million gallons of heavy-metal contaminated sludge cascading down the Animas River, into Durango, across state lines and...
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Navajo Nation says it feels brunt of Colorado mine leak 13.8.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Russell Begaye stared at the yellow water that keeps pouring out of a hole in the side of a Colorado mountain, racing down a slope and dumping heavy metals into rivers critical to survival on the nation's largest Native American reservation and across the ...
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UK lobbying for even weaker EU air pollution laws, leaked papers show 12.8.2015 Guardian: Environment

Conservative government argues that already watered-down laws to limit toxic pollution that causes tens of thousands of deaths each year will cause job losses in the coal mining sector

Leaked documents show the UK is pushing for watered-down EU air pollution laws to be weakened further, arguing they would cause pit closures leading to substantial job losses and the need to import coal.

The EU rules could help curb toxic nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions, although campaigners criticised them following revelations that they were partly drafted by the same companies they were meant to regulate.

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Confusion plagues EPA response to Colorado mining spill 11.8.2015 Guardian: Environment

Communities in Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona struggle to make sense of mixed messages and a lack of communication from the federal agency

Six days after a burst plug shot 3m gallons of toxic mining waste from Gold King Mine into Colorado’s Animas River, communities in three states are increasingly frustrated that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hasn’t explained the environmental and health impacts of the spill.

“For whatever reason, their communications continue to be insufficient,” said Durango-based San Juan Citizens Alliance executive director Dan Olson. “They’re sowing more confusion in the community than they are resolving it.”

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Closed for business 11.8.2015 Durango Herald
The Environmental Protection Agency said Monday it doesn’t anticipate any decisions on whether to reopen the Animas River in Durango until at least Aug. 17.Local, state and tribal governments will likely make independent decisions based on different segments of the river and the impacts, said Shaun McGrath, administrator for...
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Navajo president plans lawsuit over mine blowout 11.8.2015 Durango Herald
Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye shared his outrage about the Gold King Mine blowout with Durangoans, and a day later, the tribe’s officials declared a state of emergency on Navajo lands.“The river is life for all of us,” he told Durangoans on Sunday night.He added that he intended to sue the...
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EPA: No health risks to wildlife after Colorado mine spill 10.8.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
An Environmental Protection Agency official said Sunday she doesn't believe wildlife will suffer significant health impacts from the large volume of wastewater that spilled from an abandoned mine in southwestern ...
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A surprise for you on the beach 8.8.2015 CNN: Top Stories
Millions of Americans are flocking to the shore this summer, seeking stunning seascapes and beaches to refresh their hearts and minds. For most, the sea will be a beautiful backdrop.
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Indigenous women are raising their voices and can no longer be ignored | Victoria Tauli-Corpuz 7.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Indigenous women have a vital role to play in the struggle over land, and are increasingly overcoming a double discrimination to assert their rights

As a teenager, I joined fellow indigenous activists on Luzon, the Philippines’ largest island, to protest against the Chico dam project. The scheme would have displaced roughly 300,000 indigenous people from their ancestral lands. The leaders of the movement were all men, but women were also on the frontline, risking their lives.

These were our lands too, and we women fought to defend them even when our activities were criminalised by the Filipino government. We didn’t give up until the government and the World Bank cancelled the project.

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