Following oil spill, Venezuelans protest lack of clean water

By the Associated Press Hundreds of protesters blocked streets and burned tires in eastern Venezuela on Wednesday to demand clean water after a recent oil spill polluted rivers and streams that supply local storage tanks. “We have not had water for a week,” said Maria Rodriguez, an angry 26-year-old housewife who joined the protest in … Continue reading Following oil spill, Venezuelans protest lack of clean water

Forcible removal of indigenous Ethiopians taking place for sake of sugar industry

By Dominic Brown The Lower Omo Valley in south-western Ethiopia is a vast and rugged region of mountains and valleys, inhabited largely by nomadic agro-pastoralist tribes numbering some 200,000 people. Many live a simple existence, living in straw thatched huts and have little contact with the outside world. But the Ethiopian government’s new found appetite … Continue reading Forcible removal of indigenous Ethiopians taking place for sake of sugar industry

Wisconsin Wetlands Association: “No” to SB 368

from http://www.thewheelerreport.com/ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: February 15, 2012 Wisconsin Wetlands Association Statement on Passage of SB 368 Today is a sad day for wetlands in Wisconsin. Our strong tradition of allowing economic development while also maintaining a strong commitment to protecting wetlands has just been overturned by the Senate. Once revered nationwide for our high standards, … Continue reading Wisconsin Wetlands Association: “No” to SB 368

Extreme summer temperatures becoming increasingly frequent

By Anne M. Stark Extreme summer temperatures are already occurring more frequently in the United States, and will become normal by mid-century if the world continues on a business as usual schedule of emitting greenhouse gases. By analyzing observations and results obtained from climate models, a study led by Phil Duffy of the Lawrence Livermore … Continue reading Extreme summer temperatures becoming increasingly frequent

Corporate think tank threatens journalists after leak reveals corrupt advocacy of climate denial

By Jeremy Hance / Mongabay The Heartland Institute, a conservative advocacy group, is threatening to sue journalists, bloggers, and activists who reported on internal documents that detail the group’s fundraising efforts and lay out a new program to replace climate change education in schools with curriculum meant to instill doubt on climate science. The threat … Continue reading Corporate think tank threatens journalists after leak reveals corrupt advocacy of climate denial

Abusers, Colorado SB 12-088, and the Imperative of Production

ALL HANDS ON DECK! A new law proposed by conservative State senators in the Colorado State Congress seeks to preempt local regulation of oil & gas drilling and prevent local cities and communities from having ANY control over oil and gas activities within their boundaries. The bill–SB 12-088–comes on the heels of drilling moratorium in … Continue reading Abusers, Colorado SB 12-088, and the Imperative of Production

500 deaths attributed to tasers in the United States since 2001

By Amnesty International The deaths of 500 people following police use of Tasers underscores the need for tighter rules limiting the use of such weapons in law enforcement, Amnesty International said. According to data collected by Amnesty International, at least 500 people in the USA have died since 2001 after being shocked with Tasers either … Continue reading 500 deaths attributed to tasers in the United States since 2001

Residents say new Canadian mine in Guatemala will benefit mayor, devastate community

By Danilo Valladares, Inter-Press Service “No one will pay for the damages when work at the mine has finished,” says María del Rosario Velásquez, who lives in a town near the Oasis mine 100 km southeast of the Guatemalan capital. The Canada-based Tahoe Resources company plans to extract gold, silver, zinc and lead from the … Continue reading Residents say new Canadian mine in Guatemala will benefit mayor, devastate community

Greenpeace protesters symbolically occupy North Carolina coal plant

By Huffington Post Protesters from Greenpeace demonstrated against “the destruction and pollution caused by coal” at a North Carolina power plant on Monday, according to a press release. Activists entered the grounds of the Progress Asheville Power Station in the morning and secured themselves to a coal conveyor belt, according to Greenpeace. They also scaled … Continue reading Greenpeace protesters symbolically occupy North Carolina coal plant

Canadian mining company using police to attack Zapotec community

By Dawn Paley / Vancouver Media Co-op It’s been almost three years since hundreds of Zapotec community members took direct action to temporarily shut down Vancouver-based Fortuna Silver’s gold and silver mine just south of Oaxaca City, Mexico. The blockade ended with a massive police raid, during which demonstrators were beaten and 23 people were … Continue reading Canadian mining company using police to attack Zapotec community

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