Categories Archives: The Problem: Civilization

Court rules that ski resort can violate sacred mountains with wastewater snow

By Indian Country Today staff The Navajo call them Doko’oo’sliid, or “Shining On Top.” To the Hopi, the peaks are Nuvatukaovi, or “The Place of Snow on the Very Top.” Whatever name they bear, the San Francisco Peaks are sacred to no less than 13 tribes. So Thursday’s decision by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court … Continue reading Court rules that ski resort can violate sacred mountains with wastewater snow

Israel planning to forcibly remove Bedouin communities to garbage dump

By Ma’an News Agency BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Amnesty International on Wednesday urged Israel to cancel plans to forcibly displace around 2,300 Bedouin residents from a Jerusalem district. “Thousands of Bedouin living in some of the most vulnerable communities in the West Bank are facing the destruction of their homes and livelihoods under this Israeli military … Continue reading Israel planning to forcibly remove Bedouin communities to garbage dump

Canadian government organizing against radical environmentalists

By Shawn McCarthy After vowing to take on radical environmentalists determined to stop the Northern Gateway pipeline, the Harper government has released a new anti-terrorism strategy that targets eco-extremists as threats. With his announcement this week, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews has increased the concern among environmentalists that Ottawa regards them as implacable adversaries to … Continue reading Canadian government organizing against radical environmentalists

Enbridge proposes eastward pipeline for tar sands oil

By Matthew Arco / The Portland Daily Sun Environmental groups fearing that talks to pump “incredibly destructive” crude oil from Canada to Greater Portland are once again resurfacing, are opposing the project even before one is officially put in writing. The Natural Resources Council of Maine is planning to join three other environmental groups in … Continue reading Enbridge proposes eastward pipeline for tar sands oil

First Nations people suffer extreme poverty as corporations plunder traditional land

By Chris Arsenault Despite living just 90km from a massive diamond mine, Jackie Hookimaw Witt has watched poverty tear at the fabric of Attawapiskat, an indigenous community in northern Canada. The northern Ontario community made international headlines recently, when the chief declared a state of emergency, as many houses lacked heating during frozen winters, and … Continue reading First Nations people suffer extreme poverty as corporations plunder traditional land

Cargo ship spills carbolic acid in Yangtze River

By AFP It is the nation’s second water pollution scare in a month, after factories in the southern region of Guangxi contaminated water supplies for millions with toxic cadmium and other waste in January. The ship, reportedly South Korean, was docked in Zhenjiang city on the Yangtze river last Thursday when it leaked phenol — … Continue reading Cargo ship spills carbolic acid in Yangtze River

Farmers speak out against GMOs

By Julia Moskin / The New York Times News Service Silent in flannel shirts and ponytails, farmers from Saskatchewan and South Dakota, Mississippi and Massachusetts lined the walls of a packed federal courtroom in Manhattan last week, as their lawyers told a judge that they were no longer able to keep genetically modified crops from their … Continue reading Farmers speak out against GMOs

Canadian government decides poisoning wolves will save caribou from tar sands

By Jeremy Symons / National Wildlife Federation The toll of tar sands development has been largely hidden hundreds of miles to the North. Canadian forests once provided the last undisturbed refuge in North America for migrating songbirds, ducks and geese, and the vast stretches of wilderness in northern Alberta have been ideal for wild wolves … Continue reading Canadian government decides poisoning wolves will save caribou from tar sands

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