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Activists organizing coalition against fracking in the UK

By Fiona Harvey / The Guardian The biggest meeting on the issue of fracking for shale gas to be held in the UK will take place in Manchester on Saturday in an attempt to set up a broad nationwide coalition to stop the controversial practice. Protest groups have been set up in areas currently affected … Continue reading Activists organizing coalition against fracking in the UK

Katy Ashe: What gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon looks like on the ground

By Katy Ashe / Mongabay On the back of a partially functioning motorcycle I fly down miles of winding footpath at high-speed through the dense Amazon rainforest, the driver never able to see more than several feet ahead. Myriads of bizarre creatures lie camouflaged amongst the dense vines and lush foliage; flocks of parrots fly … Continue reading Katy Ashe: What gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon looks like on the ground

BC First Nations standing firm against Enbridge pipeline threat

By Shawn McCarthy / The Globe and Mail Ottawa is headed for a legal showdown with British Columbia first nations if it insists on proceeding with the Northern Gateway pipeline, the leader of the Yinka Dene Alliance warns. Chief Jackie Thomas, of the Saik’uz First Nation, was part of a delegation in Ottawa Tuesday meeting … Continue reading BC First Nations standing firm against Enbridge pipeline threat

Tar sands project could emit up to 47.3 million tons of carbon by devastating peatlands

By Jeremy Hance / Mongabay Environmentalists have targeted the oil-producing tar sands in Canada in part because its crude comes with heftier carbon emissions than conventional sources. Now, a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) has found an additional source of carbon that has been unaccounted for: peatlands. Mining … Continue reading Tar sands project could emit up to 47.3 million tons of carbon by devastating peatlands

Indigenous in Ecuador march against copper mining in Amazon

By Environment News Service Several hundred members of the largest Ecuadorian indigenous organization today began marching to the capital, Quito, to protest new mining in their territory. They expect to arrive in Quito on March 22. The indigenous march started from Yantzaza in Zamora Chinchipe province southern Ecuador, where a Canadian company has been authorized … Continue reading Indigenous in Ecuador march against copper mining in Amazon

Yanomami under threat from illegal gold mining

By Survival International Yanomami shaman and spokesman Davi Kopenawa warned the UN in Geneva this week of the dangers illegal gold mining is bringing to his people. Davi stated that thousands of illegal miners are currently working in the Yanomami territory, destroying the rainforest, polluting rivers and putting the Indians’ lives at risk. The uncontacted … Continue reading Yanomami under threat from illegal gold mining

In close vote, Senate rejects authorization for Keystone XL pipeline

By Richard Simon and Christi Parsons / Los Angeles Times With gas prices becoming a high-octane campaign issue, the Democratic-led Senate beat back a Republican effort to advance the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline project. Thursday’s vote to attach the project to a must-pass transportation bill failed 56 to 42, with 11 Democrats joining Republicans … Continue reading In close vote, Senate rejects authorization for Keystone XL pipeline

How coal mining has turned Jharia from woodland to desolate wasteland

In Jharia, in the federal state of Jharkhand, around 600,000 people live in the middle of one of India’s biggest coal mining areas. There’s nothing in it for most of them. Quite the opposite: the soil, the water and the air are now contaminated, of all things in an area that was previously rich in woodland. ... Continue reading →

Ontario orders mining companies to leave KI First Nation land

By Ahni / Intercontinental Cry In a surprise move this week, the province of Ontario has declared that 23,000 square kilometres of traditional Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) land is now off limits to mining companies. It’s the single largest withdrawal in the history of Ontario. However, it’s not without controversy. While the welcomed decision was based … Continue reading Ontario orders mining companies to leave KI First Nation land