Villagers in China clash with police over land theft measures by government

By Tania Branigan / The Guardian Rural residents protesting against land grabs have clashed with police in north and south-west China, according to accounts posted online, in the latest cases to be sparked by one of the country’s most potent sources of unrest. Villagers in south-western Yunnan province were arrested and injured when police broke … Continue reading Villagers in China clash with police over land theft measures by government

Lakota people take part in hunger strike against tar sands pipelines

In the Dakotas, members of the proud Lakota Nation rose in protest this week to join a 48-hour hunger strike in opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline—and all tar sands pipelines—they say will destroy precious water resources and ancestral lands in the U.S and in Canada.

On Sunday, dozens of hunger strikers and supporters marched at a rally against tar sands oil mining operations and pipelines in Eagle Butte, S.D., an impoverished community on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, close to TransCanada’s 1,700 mile proposed Keystone XL pipeline route to refineries in the Gulf. ... Continue reading →

Scientific records show that oceans have been heating up for more than a century

By Jeremy Hance / Mongabay In 1872 the HMS Challenger pulled out from Portsmouth, England to begin an unprecedented scientific expedition of the world’s oceans. During its over three year journey the HMS Challenger not only collected thousands of new species and sounded unknown ocean depths, but also took hundreds of temperature readings—data which is … Continue reading Scientific records show that oceans have been heating up for more than a century

Video: US domestic agencies place order for 450 million rounds of hollow-point ammunition

By Russia Today The US Department of Homeland Security and the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Office have placed a massive order for ammunition. The two departments are asking for 450 million rounds of bullets to be delivered in a time-frame of five years. The contractor, Alliant Techsystems, was awarded the contract and will produce .40 … Continue reading Video: US domestic agencies place order for 450 million rounds of hollow-point ammunition

Displaced Q’eqchi Maya in Guatemala demand return of land, moratorium on mining

By Danilo Valladares “We want land where we can live and grow food to feed ourselves,” said Pedro Ichich, one of several thousand indigenous farmers who marched to the Guatemalan capital to demand solutions to the ageold conflict over land. The government of right-wing President Otto Pérez Molina met with representatives of the demonstrators this … Continue reading Displaced Q’eqchi Maya in Guatemala demand return of land, moratorium on mining

Brazil’s Supreme Court accepts “sex work” defense for man who raped three 12-year-old girls

By Amnesty International The acquittal by Brazil’s Supreme Court of a man accused of raping three 12-year-old girls on the basis that they were allegedly “sex-workers” is an outrageous affront to the most basic human rights and it has no place in Brazil today, said Amnesty International. The decision confirmed earlier rulings by state-level courts … Continue reading Brazil’s Supreme Court accepts “sex work” defense for man who raped three 12-year-old girls

Federal judge in Brazil suspends construction of dam that would flood indigenous sacred site

By Jeremy Hance / Mongabay A federal judge has suspended the construction of a 1,820 megawatt dam on the Teles Pires River in the Amazon. The judge found that indigenous communities were not properly consulted about the dam, which would flood a sacred site, known as the Seven Waterfalls, as well as imperil the livelihoods … Continue reading Federal judge in Brazil suspends construction of dam that would flood indigenous sacred site

New legislation will allow UK government to monitor every call, email, text, and website visit

By BBC News The government will be able to monitor the calls, emails, texts and website visits of everyone in the UK under new legislation set to be announced soon. Internet firms will be required to give intelligence agency GCHQ access to communications on demand, in real time. The Home Office says the move is … Continue reading New legislation will allow UK government to monitor every call, email, text, and website visit

Proposed natural gas refinery site in Western Australia is a nesting ground for sea turtles

By Sea Turtle Restoration Project The first ever recorded hybrid hawksbill sea turtle found in Australia nested this season at James Price Point, site of the proposed natural gas refinery in the Kimberley of Western Australia. The rare sea turtle was discovered during an independent survey of marine turtles at James Price Point conducted to … Continue reading Proposed natural gas refinery site in Western Australia is a nesting ground for sea turtles

Diseased dolphins, contaminated zooplankton, and dead coral: the legacies of the BP oil spill

By Peter Beaumont / The Guardian A new study of dolphins living close to the site of North America’s worst ever oil spill – the BP Deepwater Horizon catastrophe two years ago – has established serious health problems afflicting the marine mammals. The report, commissioned by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA], found that … Continue reading Diseased dolphins, contaminated zooplankton, and dead coral: the legacies of the BP oil spill

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