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Barriere Lake Algonquin vow to stop corporation trying to clearcut their land

By David Koch, Neal Rockwell, Pei Ju-Wang, and Tim McSorley / Montreal Media Co-op For two weeks now, members of the Algonquin community of Barriere Lake have been standing fast in their opposition to clearcut logging on their territory. On July 2, 2012, residents of Barriere Lake, located four hours north of Montreal, noticed loggers … Continue reading Barriere Lake Algonquin vow to stop corporation trying to clearcut their land

Study finds that industrial rainforest logging cannot be sustained at any level

By Jeremy Hance / Mongabay The very ecology of tropical rainforests—their rich biodiversity, unparalleled variety, and hugely complex interconnections between species—makes them particularly susceptible to disturbance. Targeting only a few key tree species in the forest, loggers quickly plunder these species while leaving the rest standing, rapidly changing the overall structure of the ecosystem. In … Continue reading Study finds that industrial rainforest logging cannot be sustained at any level

New assessment finds 91% of lemur species threatened with extinction

By Mongabay 94 of the world’s 103 lemur species are at risk of extinction according to a new assessment by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released by the group’s Species Survival Commission during a workshop this week. Lemurs, a group of primates that is endemic to the island of Madagascar, are threatened … Continue reading New assessment finds 91% of lemur species threatened with extinction

Police threaten to arrest Barriere Lake Algonquins for protecting sacred sites from logging

By Barriere Lake Solidarity Around 20-30 members of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake were read their rights by Sûreté du Québec officers late last night, warning of arrests today if people did not allow logging to proceed. Yesterday, families from the Barriere Lake Algonquin First Nation who are impacted by the Resolute logging operation issued … Continue reading Police threaten to arrest Barriere Lake Algonquins for protecting sacred sites from logging

Ocean acidification poses dire threat to coral reefs

By the Associated Press Oceans’ rising acid levels have emerged as one of the biggest threats to coral reefs, acting as the “osteoporosis of the sea” and threatening everything from food security to tourism to livelihoods, the head of a US scientific agency said Monday. The speed by which the oceans’ acid levels has risen … Continue reading Ocean acidification poses dire threat to coral reefs

Derrick Jensen: Self-Evident Truths

By Derrick Jensen, for Orion Magazine There isn’t a chance in hell that something like the original Wilderness Act could be passed today. Environmentalists today are too much on the defensive. Sure, there have been green platforms and policy papers, but nothing I’ve read matches the urgency of this moment. So I decided to draft … Continue reading Derrick Jensen: Self-Evident Truths

Cambodian villagers demonstrate against Mekong River dam project

By Prak Chan Thul / Reuters Cambodian villagers demonstrated on Friday against a controversial Lao hydropower dam that activists say is being built in defiance of an agreement to assess its potentially damaging impact on millions of people first. About 200 villagers whose livelihoods depend on the Mekong River urged a halt to the Thai-led … Continue reading Cambodian villagers demonstrate against Mekong River dam project

Palm oil industry burning Indonesian orangutans into extinction to build plantations

By Oliver Milman / The Guardian The world’s densest population of orangutans is set to be “extinguished” by a massive new wave of fires that is clearing large tracts of a peat swamp forest in the Indonesian island of Sumatra, conservationists have warned. Environmentalists claim that satellite images show a huge surge in forest blazes … Continue reading Palm oil industry burning Indonesian orangutans into extinction to build plantations

Indigenous people take control of Belo Monte coffer dam site

By Amazon Watch Indigenous peoples affected by the controversial Belo Monte dam complex now under construction along the Xingu River in the Brazilian Amazon have occupied a coffer dam that cuts across channels of the river since last Thursday June 21. Warriors from the Xikrin and Juruna indigenous groups arrived from the Bacajá River and … Continue reading Indigenous people take control of Belo Monte coffer dam site

Study finds wetlands being destroyed at twice previous rate due to BP oil spill

By Claudia Adrien / University of Florida The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill temporarily worsened existing manmade problems in Louisiana’s salt marshes such as erosion, but there may be cause for optimism, according to a new study. A study appearing online Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found the 2010 spill … Continue reading Study finds wetlands being destroyed at twice previous rate due to BP oil spill