Categories Archives: The Problem: Civilization

Global warming likely to double or triple incidence of forest fires

By Stephen Leahy / Inter Press Service Rising temperatures are drying out northern forests and peatlands, producing bigger and more intense fires. And this will only get much worse as the planet heats up from the use of ever larger amounts of fossil fuels, scientists warned last week at the end of a major science … Continue reading Global warming likely to double or triple incidence of forest fires

450 wolves killed in Montana and Idaho since removal from endangered species list

By Jeremy Hance, Mongabay Less than a year after being pulled off the Endangered Species Act (ESA), gray wolves (Canis lupus) in the western U.S. are facing an onslaught of hunting. The hunting season for wolves has just closed in Montana with 160 individuals killed, around 75 percent of 220-wolf kill quota for the state. … Continue reading 450 wolves killed in Montana and Idaho since removal from endangered species list

As many as 220,000 people could be displaced by open pit coal mine in Bangladesh

By Gáldu The Phulbari open-pit coal mine in Bangladesh could displace hundreds of thousands of people and lead to the violation of fundamental human rights of entire villages of Santal, Munda, Mahili and Pahan indigenous peoples, a group of United Nations independent experts warned today. “The Government of Bangladesh must ensure that any policy concerning … Continue reading As many as 220,000 people could be displaced by open pit coal mine in Bangladesh

Rivers, lakes, and oceans poisoned with 180 million tons of mine waste every year

By Ecowatch Each year, mining companies dump more than 180 million tonnes of hazardous mine waste into rivers, lakes, and oceans worldwide, threatening vital bodies of water with toxic heavy metals and other chemicals poisonous to humans and wildlife, according to report released on Feb. 28 by two leading mining reform groups. An investigation by … Continue reading Rivers, lakes, and oceans poisoned with 180 million tons of mine waste every year

Obama administration applauds TransCanada decision to start constructing section of Keystone XL

By Lesley Clark and Renee Schoof / McClatchy With President Barack Obama facing fire from Republicans over the rising cost of gasoline, the White House moved quickly Monday to trumpet a Canadian company’s decision to build a section of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline from Cushing, Okla., to Houston after Obama blocked a longer path … Continue reading Obama administration applauds TransCanada decision to start constructing section of Keystone XL

Algonquins of Barriere Lake continue protest against imposed council

By Gale Courey Toensing / Indian Country Today While Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was holding his first Crown-First Nations summit with indigenous leaders at the Old Ottawa City Hall last month, the Algonquins of Barriere Lake gathered outside to rally against what members say is an unwanted and illegitimate council imposed on their community … Continue reading Algonquins of Barriere Lake continue protest against imposed council

TransCanada to begin construction on section of Keystone XL pipeline

By Agence France-Presse TransCanada Corp announced Monday it would go ahead with construction of part of its Keystone XL oil pipeline that does not require US presidential approval, a stretch from the state of Oklahoma to the US Gulf Coast. The company also said it will resubmit its proposal for the entirety of the pipeline … Continue reading TransCanada to begin construction on section of Keystone XL pipeline

WikiLeaks publishing emails from Stratfor, “a private intelligence Enron”

By The Associated Press WikiLeaks said Monday it was publishing a massive trove of leaked emails from the U.S. intelligence analysis firm Stratfor, shedding light on the inner workings of the Texas-based think tank. The online anti-secrecy group said it had more than 5 million Stratfor emails and it was putting them out in collaboration … Continue reading WikiLeaks publishing emails from Stratfor, “a private intelligence Enron”

Mexican court suspends mining in sacred territory of the Wixarika

By Wirikuta Defense Front The federal courts have definitively granted the suspension of the violations claimed by the Wixarika (Huichol) People in order that no exploitation permit be granted for the La Luz mining project, in the Municipality of Catorce in San Luis Potosí, so long as the core issue remains unresolved. Given the failure … Continue reading Mexican court suspends mining in sacred territory of the Wixarika

Police agencies in the United States to begin using drones in 90 days

By Watertown Daily Times Coming soon to the skies above you — drones, drones and more drones. And all giving police and who knows who else the chance to peek into your backyard. Legislation just signed by President Obama directs the Federal Aviation Administration to open the skies to remotely controlled drones within the next … Continue reading Police agencies in the United States to begin using drones in 90 days