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Indonesian fishers seize dredging boat in protest against offshore tin mining

Hundreds of Indonesian fishers have seized a dredging vessel from state-owned PT Timah in protest against offshore tin mining in what they say is their fishing zone. The incident on July 12 is the latest development in a standoff that has been simmering since 2015, when fishers began opposing the mining in the Bangka-Belitung Islands … Continue reading Indonesian fishers seize dredging boat in protest against offshore tin mining

Life and Lithium at Thacker Pass [Dispatches from Thacker Pass]

This episode of Muse Ecology is a terrific podcast with interviews with members of the People of Red Mountain, local community members, campers at Thacker Pass, and other supporters of Protect Thacker Pass. In this episode in the Water, Life, Climate, and Civilization series, we hear diverse voices from the resistance to the proposed lithium … Continue reading Life and Lithium at Thacker Pass [Dispatches from Thacker Pass]

‘Triumph for Environmental Justice’: Oil Companies Scrap Pipeline Plans Amid Grassroots Pressure

“We’ve shown them that we aren’t the path of least resistance,” said a local organizer. “We are the path of resilience.” This article originally appeared in Common Dreams. By Julia Conley Community activists in Memphis, Tennessee and northwest Mississippi celebrated a grassroots victory on Saturday after two oil companies canceled plans to build a pipeline that would have … Continue reading ‘Triumph for Environmental Justice’: Oil Companies Scrap Pipeline Plans Amid Grassroots Pressure

Book Review of “Bright Green Lies”

Editor’s note: We are very thankful to George Price for his wonderful review of the book Bright Green Lies. Book Review: Bright Green Lies: How the Environmental Movement Lost Its Way and What We Can Do About It By Derrick Jensen, Lierre Keith, and Max Wilbert By George Price, originally published on his blog learningearthways. This … Continue reading Book Review of “Bright Green Lies”

Crisis in Yanomami territory as goldminers launch series of attacks

This article originally appeared on Survival International’s website. Featured image: Yanomami people in the community of Palimiú flee as illegal miners open fire at them from a passing boat. © Survival A major humanitarian crisis is engulfing the Yanomami. In the last few months several communities have been subjected to repeated, violent attacks by heavily armed goldminers … Continue reading Crisis in Yanomami territory as goldminers launch series of attacks

Unearthing the buried truth about green mining

This article originally appeared in The Ecologist. Republished under Creative Commons 4.0. Editor’s note: It’s very important to be clear about the destructiveness of mining and organize resistance against governments and cooperations. While this article is only very cautiously mentioning degrowth, scaling back, and recycling as “solutions”, we believe that societies have to reject and … Continue reading Unearthing the buried truth about green mining

Lithium harms and false hopes in recycling [Dispatches from Thacker Pass]

We often hear from people who say that “lithium is better than oil & gas” and that “we’ll be able to recycle all the lithium we’ll need”. These are common misconceptions about both the realities of lithium mining and what it does to the Earth, and about recycling. As Max describes in these two videos, … Continue reading Lithium harms and false hopes in recycling [Dispatches from Thacker Pass]

COVID-19 made deep-sea mining more tempting for some Pacific islands – this could be a problem

This article originally appeared in The Conversation. Featured image: Sea turtle Editor’s note: The statement in the article’s headline –that the temptation of allowing deep sea mining “could be a problem”– seems ironic. There is no doubt that deep sea mining is extremely dangerous and destructive to oceanic ecosystems which are already serverly stressed  by … Continue reading COVID-19 made deep-sea mining more tempting for some Pacific islands – this could be a problem

Tribe, Ranchers Say Proposed Lithium Mine in Wikieup Will ‘Ruin’ Their Water [Dispatches from Thacker Pass]

This article originally appeared on the Protect Thacker Pass Blog. Featured image: Photo of Damon Clarke, chairman of the Hualapai Tribe by Josh Kelety   Thacker Pass gets a mention in this article in the Phoenix New Times about another proposed lithium mine in Arizona, one that would use the same sulfuric acid leaching process that the … Continue reading Tribe, Ranchers Say Proposed Lithium Mine in Wikieup Will ‘Ruin’ Their Water [Dispatches from Thacker Pass]

After two collapses, a third Vale dam at ‘imminent risk of rupture’

Vale, the Brazilian mining company responsible for two deadly dam collapses since 2015, has another dam that’s at “imminent risk of rupture,” a government audit warns. The Xingu dam at Vale’s Alegria mine in Mariana municipality, Minas Gerais state, has been retired since 1998, but excess water in the mining waste that it’s holding back … Continue reading After two collapses, a third Vale dam at ‘imminent risk of rupture’