User: irge304 Topic: Environmental Justice Issues
Category: Indigenous People
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In EPA’s expected ‘veto’ of Pebble Mine in Alaska, foes see a vein of overreach 16.2.2015 Washington Post
Just north of Iliamna Lake in southwestern Alaska is an empty expanse of marsh and shrub that conceals one of the world’s great buried fortunes: A mile-thick layer of virgin ore said to contain at least 6.7 million pounds — or $120 billion worth — of gold.Read full article >>
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'It taunts us spiritually': the fight for Indigenous relics spirited off to the UK 14.2.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Three precious examples of bark art taken from the Dja Dja Wurrung people in central Victoria in the 1850s were sold to the British Museum. Now these and other treasures could return to Australia – on loan only – as part of an exhibition When Gary Murray contemplates the thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander objects held in the vaults of the British Museum in London, he strikes a simple analogy. “All of these things that belong to our people in Australia – they don’t tell a story about the Queen of England, do they?” he asks. Related: Row erupts over Aboriginal artefacts It’s a positive thing that a few of my people might get to see them again for a very short period. But it taunts us spiritually. We just get to see them for a fleeting moment and they are taken back again to the British Museum where they’ll be held in the archives downstairs for another decade. It’s not right.” My people had no idea where these items would be taken to just in the same way that skeletal remains were dug up or ...
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Peru planning highway through most biodiverse place on earth 12.2.2015 Guardian: Environment
Manu national park in the Amazon under threat from extension of national ‘jungle highway’ The Manu national park and its buffer zone in Peru was international news early last year after scientists found it is “top of the [world’s] list of natural protected areas in terms of amphibian and reptile diversity”, beating off stiff competition from the Yasuni national park in neighbouring Ecuador. What these news reports didn’t acknowledge, not surprisingly, are the immense threats facing Manu - a Unesco biosphere reserve in the south-east Peruvian Amazon where Unesco states the biodiversity “exceeds that of any other place on earth”. The first such threat, to the park itself, is from oil and gas exploration and exploitation. For years Manu has been believed to hold significant hydrocarbon deposits, and numerous oil and gas industry maps depict “undrilled prospects”, “seeps” and a “spring” lying under the park. According to Peru’s Ministry of Energy and Mines, five distinct “geological structures” in Manu could ...
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We can start leaving the oil in the ground right now – here's how 9.2.2015 Guardian: Environment

The mechanism developed to forgo exploiting oil in Yasuni national park in Ecuador can be applied worldwide

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Transfer of Arizona national forest to mining firm divides blighted town 3.2.2015 LA Times: Nation
Leslie Martin's boutique is among the few businesses on Superior's Main Street not boarded up, making it one of the last places where locals can still gather to talk.
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India: Former minister delayed projects at party's behest 3.2.2015 Guardian: Environment
As India’s environment minister, Jayanthi Natarajan says she delayed specific infrastructure projects on the instructions of the Congress party’s vice president, Rahul Gandhi. Five projects cleared by the ministry are being investigated Jayanthi Natarajan, a former minister of environment and forests, resigned from the primary membership of the Congress party on Friday. Since the party was defeated at the polls in May 2014, Natarajan is the latest to quit the Congress . More than her resignation, it’s the letter she sent to the party president, Sonia Gandhi , in November 2014 that is significant. Released to the press only now, it reveals how the ministry of environment and forests functioned under her two-and-half-year term, between July 2011 and December 2013. She claims she received instructions from the office of the party’s vice-president Rahul Gandhi on particular infrastructure projects. She also liaised with Sonia Gandhi on specific ones in which the latter had expressed ...
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The men of steel with a softer side 3.2.2015 BBC News: AsiaPacific
The men of steel with a soft centre
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Peru's indigenous people protest against relicensing of oil concession 2.2.2015 Guardian: Environment
Kichwa communities bar River Tigre, an Amazon tributary, with cables to stop oil company boats from passing and accuse government of turning a blind eye to contamination from oil operations in the forest Hundreds of indigenous people deep in the Peruvian Amazon are blocking a major Amazon tributary following what they say is the government’s failure to address a social and environmental crisis stemming from oil operations. Kichwa men, women and children from numerous communities have been protesting along the River Tigre for almost a month, barring the river with cables and stopping oil company boats from passing. Oil companies have operated in the region for over 40 years, and have been linked by local people to pollution that has led the government to declare “environmental emergencies” in the Tigre and other river basins . “The Tigre is the most contaminated, but the government has done nothing serious,” says Jose Fachin, a Kichwa leader. “This is a protest by the whole Kichwa people. They’re ready to ...
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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
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