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Inside the struggle for water sovereignty in Brazil

Brazil’s Movimento dos Atingidos por Barragens has been fighting for decades against the privatization of water and for popular control over natural resources. This article originally appeared in Roarmag. Featured image: Vale open pit iron ore mine, Carajas, Para, 2009 By Caitlin Schroering Todos somos atingidos (“We are all affected”) — Common MAB saying A … Continue reading Inside the struggle for water sovereignty in Brazil

Reject the extractive EU Green Deal

Editor’s note: This article, which originally appeared in The Ecologist, clearly shows the strong contradiction between the bright green hope of a transition to “green energy” and the material reality. The dirty secret of “Green energy” is that it requires a lot of rare resources which have to be extracted by heavy mining. By Hannibal Rhoades Communities, … Continue reading Reject the extractive EU Green Deal

Tribal Members Aim to Stop Lithium Nevada Corporation From Digging Up Cultural Sites in Thacker Pass [Dispatches from Thacker Pass]

Fort McDermitt, Nevada – As soon as July 29, 2021, Lithium Nevada Corporation (LNC) plans to begin removing cultural sites, artifacts, and possibly human remains belonging to the ancestors of the Paiute and Western Shoshone peoples for the proposed Thacker Pass open pit lithium mine. According to a motion for preliminary injunction filed by four environmental … Continue reading Tribal Members Aim to Stop Lithium Nevada Corporation From Digging Up Cultural Sites in Thacker Pass [Dispatches from Thacker Pass]

The Rush For White Gold [Dispatches from Thacker Pass]

by Austin Price, for Earth Island Journal SIXTEEN MILLION YEARS AGO, a volcano erupted over the Yellowstone hotspot near the present-day border of Oregon and Nevada. The blast expelled 1,000 cubic kilometers of rhyolite lava as the land collapsed into a 30-mile-long, keyhole-shaped caldera. Magma, ash, and other sediments entered the keyhole, and for the … Continue reading The Rush For White Gold [Dispatches from Thacker Pass]

Despite Risks, Climate Activists Lead Fight Against Oil Giant’s Drilling Projects in Uganda

Editor’s note: The company has already sold a handful of its onshore oil blocks over the past 10 years, citing the need to cut risk due to community unrest and continued sabotage attacks on its oil installations. These blocks had been snapped up by Nigerian indigenous operators including Seplat Petroleum, Aiteo E&P, First Hydrocarbons and … Continue reading Despite Risks, Climate Activists Lead Fight Against Oil Giant’s Drilling Projects in Uganda

Biden Administration Proposes to Allow Oil Companies to Disturb Polar Bears, Walruses in Alaska’s Arctic

For Immediate Release, May 28, 2021 Featured image: Arctic polar bear with cubs. (Credit: USFWS) Contact: Kristen Monsell, (510) 844-7137, kmonsell@biologicaldiversity.org ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The Biden administration issued a proposed rule today allowing oil companies operating in the Beaufort Sea and Western Arctic to harass polar bears and Pacific walruses when drilling or searching for oil for the next … Continue reading Biden Administration Proposes to Allow Oil Companies to Disturb Polar Bears, Walruses in Alaska’s Arctic

Armed miners launch violent attacks on Yanomami in Brazil

Originally published in Survival International Featured image: Gold miners work illegally on the Yanomami’s land, Brazil, 2003. © Colin Jones/Survival Heavily armed goldminers have launched a series of attacks on the Yanomami community of Palimiú in the northern Amazon. Hutukara Yanomami Association reports that on May 16, 15 boats full of miners opened fire on … Continue reading Armed miners launch violent attacks on Yanomami in Brazil

Revealed: Bolsonaro’s plan to wipe out “the world’s most vulnerable uncontacted tribes”

The Brazilian government is planning to open up the land of uncontacted tribes to deadly exploitation, by scrapping the emergency orders that currently protect their territories. This article originally appeared on Survival International’s website. Featured image: Tamandua and Baita, two Piripkura men who are among the last survivors of their people. Their territory is shielded … Continue reading Revealed: Bolsonaro’s plan to wipe out “the world’s most vulnerable uncontacted tribes”

The Green Flame: Four Months at Protect Thacker Pass

The protection camp at Thacker Pass, Peehee mu’huh, has been in place for more than four months. This episode is an update starting with a new recording from May 18th, as well as audio from recent video updates recorded on-site by Max Wilbert over the past month or so. Poem “Newspeak” by Trinity La Fey. … Continue reading The Green Flame: Four Months at Protect Thacker Pass

On an island scarred by tin mining, mangrove planting preserves shrimp tradition

Mining, aquaculture, plantations and other commercial activities have taken a toll on mangroves in Indonesia, home to the world’s largest extent of these important ecosystems. On the Bangka-Belitung islands off Sumatra, residents of one village are doing their part to maintain the mangroves through replanting. For the Batu Betumpang villagers, the mangroves are the source … Continue reading On an island scarred by tin mining, mangrove planting preserves shrimp tradition