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Pipeline rupture contaminates river in Venezuela

By the Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela — Crude oil that spilled from a ruptured pipeline has blackened a river in eastern Venezuela, and the state oil company said workers are containing the spill. Workers have removed a “good percentage of the crude” from the Guarapiche River in Monagas state, said Ramiro Ramirez, environmental director of … Continue reading Pipeline rupture contaminates river in Venezuela

Wahgoshig First Nation wins injunction against corporate gold drillers

By Tanya Talaga / Toronto Star When members of Wahgoshig First Nation spotted a drilling crew on what they say is a sacred burial site, they demanded to know who the strangers were and what they were doing. The Wahgoshig, whose Algonquin reserve of 19,239 acres is 113 km east of Timmins, running south from … Continue reading Wahgoshig First Nation wins injunction against corporate gold drillers

NOAA study: Natural gas could be as bad for climate as coal

By Jeff Tollefson / Nature When US government scientists began sampling the air from a tower north of Denver, Colorado, they expected urban smog — but not strong whiffs of what looked like natural gas. They eventually linked the mysterious pollution to a nearby natural-gas field, and their investigation has now produced the first hard … Continue reading NOAA study: Natural gas could be as bad for climate as coal

Majority of protected tropical forests “empty” due to hunting

By Jeremy Hance, mongabay.com Protected areas in the world’s tropical rainforests are absolutely essential, but one cannot simply set up a new refuge and believe the work is done, according to a new paper in Bioscience. Unsustainable hunting and poaching is decimating tropical forest species in the Amazon, the Congo, Southeast Asia, and Oceana, leaving … Continue reading Majority of protected tropical forests “empty” due to hunting

Judges allow Indians to remain on ancestral land

By Survival International Judges in Brazil have allowed a Guarani community to stay on its ancestral land, which it reoccupied having been forced to live in a makeshift camp for over a year and a half. The judges have suspended an eviction order which threatened to force the Indians to leave their land and face … Continue reading Judges allow Indians to remain on ancestral land

Two dead and 40 injured in Panama police attack

By Survival International A week-long protest ended violently on Sunday after police moved in on a group of Ngobe-Buglé Indians in the Chiriquí province of western Panama. Protestors had blockaded part of the Pan-American Highway, the main transport link connecting the Americas. But on Sunday the police moved in with tear-gas, forcing the crowds to … Continue reading Two dead and 40 injured in Panama police attack

Obama’s Unprecedented War on Whistleblowers

By Peter Van Buren On January 23rd, the Obama administration charged former CIA officer John Kiriakou under the Espionage Act for disclosing classified information to journalists about the waterboarding of al-Qaeda suspects. His is just the latest prosecution in an unprecedented assault on government whistleblowers and leakers of every sort. Kiriakou’s plight will clearly be … Continue reading Obama’s Unprecedented War on Whistleblowers

U.S. approves first nuclear plant in decades

By Agence France-Presse   The US approved its first new nuclear power reactors in decades on Thursday, despite objections from the country’s top regulator that safety issues raised by last year’s Fukushima meltdown were not fully addressed. Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted 4-1 to approve the construction of two 1,100 megawatt Westinghouse-Toshiba AP1000 … Continue reading U.S. approves first nuclear plant in decades

Chinook Salmon Population Study Shows Many Salmon In Wild Aren’t Really Wild Salmon

By Joe Satran Four years ago, the once-mighty Chinook salmon runs in California and Oregon were so small that the states agreed to an unprecedented moratorium on fishing. The conservation measures, along with some strategic modification of the dams that had hurt salmon in the past, seemed to work. Salmon watchers seemed optimistic that stocks … Continue reading Chinook Salmon Population Study Shows Many Salmon In Wild Aren’t Really Wild Salmon

Billions of tons of water lost from world’s glaciers, satellite reveals

By Steve Connor The total volume of water that has melted from all of the world’s polar ice sheets, ice caps and mountain glaciers over the past decade would repeatedly fill Britain’s largest lake, Windemere, more than 13,000 times, according to one of the most comprehensive studies of the Earth’s frozen “cryosphere”. Using a unique … Continue reading Billions of tons of water lost from world’s glaciers, satellite reveals