Categories Archives: Biodiversity & Habitat Destruction

Tropical rainforest destruction driven by demand for vegetable oil

By Mongabay Surging demand for vegetable oil has emerged as an important driver of tropical deforestation over the past two decades and is threatening biodiversity, carbon stocks, and other ecosystem functions in some of the world’s most critical forest areas, warns a report published last week by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). But the … Continue reading Tropical rainforest destruction driven by demand for vegetable oil

Scientists warn that oceans will die if “business as usual” continues

By Bari Bates Our oceans face a grim outlook in the coming decades. Ocean acidification, loss of marine biodiversity, climate change, pollution and over-exploitation of resources all point to the urgent need for a new paradigm on caring for the earth’s oceans—”business as usual” is simply not an option anymore, experts say. The extreme rate … Continue reading Scientists warn that oceans will die if “business as usual” continues

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

Bright green colonialism: massive solar project threatens sacred Indian sites and wildlife

By Edward Helmore / The Guardian Of the many projects commissioned by the Obama administration to showcase its commitment to renewable energy, few are as grandly futuristic as the multibillion-dollar solar power projects under construction across broad swaths of desert on the California-Arizona border. But at least two developments, including the $1bn, 250-megawatt Genesis Solar … Continue reading Bright green colonialism: massive solar project threatens sacred Indian sites and wildlife

Indigenous peoples of Sarawak fighting Malaysian plan to build 12 mega-dams

By Ahni, Intercontinental Cry It’s no mere coincidence that Sarawak is one of the most impoverished states in Malaysia. For more than 30 years the governments of Malaysia and Sarawak have been far too busy ransacking the region’s precious rainforest to secure and strengthen what has been there for thousands of years. That’s because development … Continue reading Indigenous peoples of Sarawak fighting Malaysian plan to build 12 mega-dams

Monsanto’s Roundup responsible for monarch butterfly decline

By Mike Barrett / Natural Society Monsanto’s Roundup, containing the active ingredient glyphosate, has been tied to more health and environmental problems than you could imagine. Similar to how pesticides have been contributing to the bee decline, Monsanto’s Roundup has been tied to the decrease in the population of monarch butterflies by killing the very plants that the … Continue reading Monsanto’s Roundup responsible for monarch butterfly decline

Derrick Jensen: Loaded Words

By Derrick Jensen RECENTLY, I’VE BEEN THINKING about something I wrote fourteen years ago, which has become one of my most quoted passages: “Every morning when I wake up I ask myself whether I should write, or blow up a dam.” Despite having faith in my work as a writer, I knew that it wasn’t … Continue reading Derrick Jensen: Loaded Words

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 →

Georgian activists mobilizing against new dam projects

By Natia Kuprashvili / Environment News Service The Georgian authorities are promising that 15 new hydroelectric power stations will create thousands of jobs and improve energy provision, but environmentalists and residents of the villages to be flooded have voiced strong objections. At least 20 villages are expected to be submerged by the reservoirs created by … Continue reading Georgian activists mobilizing against new dam projects