Indigenous people converge on Ecuador’s capital to protest government mining projects

By Irene Caselli / Christian Science Monitor Six years after working to elect Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa, the country’s indigenous population is now taking to the streets against the very government they helped bring to office. Hundreds of people from Ecuador’s Andean and Amazonian indigenous groups marched into Quito today, after a 14-day trek across … Continue reading Indigenous people converge on Ecuador’s capital to protest government mining projects

Study estimates that 3 billion people lack access to clean water

  By University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Recent widespread news coverage heralded the success of a United Nations’ goal of greatly improving access to safe drinking water around the world. But while major progress has been made, a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill indicates that far greater challenges … Continue reading Study estimates that 3 billion people lack access to clean water

Video: India’s Coal Rush

By Al Jazeera India is hungry for energy. Over 173 power plants, all of them coal-fired, will be built to power the nation’s high-tech industries and booming cities. This is accelerating an ongoing “coal rush” which has put our dirtiest fossil fuel at the heart of India’s breakneck growth, and could soon make a single … Continue reading Video: India’s Coal Rush

Brazil planning to build 30 massive dams in Amazon by 2020

By Philip Fearnside / National Institute for Research in the Amazon Brazil’s Belo Monte Dam on the Xingu River is now under construction despite its many controversies. The Brazilian government has launched an unprecedented drive to dam the Amazon’s tributaries, and Belo Monte is the spearhead for its efforts. Brazil’s 2011-2020 energy-expansion plan calls for … Continue reading Brazil planning to build 30 massive dams in Amazon by 2020

130 anti-nuclear protestors arrested near Vermont Yankee corporate headquarters

By the Associated Press A 93-year-old anti-nuclear activist was among more than 130 protesters arrested at the corporate headquarters of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant on the first day of the plant’s operation after the expiration of its 40-year license. Frances Crowe, of Northampton, Mass., said she wants Vermont Yankee to cease operations because … Continue reading 130 anti-nuclear protestors arrested near Vermont Yankee corporate headquarters

Stephanie McMillan: Land Defense and Class Struggle: Building Alliances to Defeat Capitalism

By Stephanie McMillan Environmental destruction is the most urgent and immediate problem we face. If we don’t solve it, nothing else will matter. I would argue that it’s the principle contradiction of the current period. Through it, the common ruin of contending classes is becoming increasingly likely, but as the economic and ecological crises converge, … Continue reading Stephanie McMillan: Land Defense and Class Struggle: Building Alliances to Defeat Capitalism

Study finds water in Pennsylvania town contaminated with methane and fracking toxins

By Christine Shearer / TruthOut Although the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3 issued a statement last week that its preliminary tests of water samples near drilling and fracking sites in the Pennsylvania town of Dimock showed no health concerns, the group Water Defense and “Gasland” director Josh Fox went to Dimock to look at … Continue reading Study finds water in Pennsylvania town contaminated with methane and fracking toxins

Communities in Colombia organizing defense against foreign oil corporation

By Elias Cabrera / Inter Press Service & Corpwatch A thick fog flows over the eastern range of the Colombian Andes. Here and there, the constant wind lifts the clouds to reveal lagoons, cloud forests, and páramo, an Andean alpine ecosystem known as a “mountaintop sponge” for its massive water-holding capacity. Descending lower into the … Continue reading Communities in Colombia organizing defense against foreign oil corporation

American Indians in Oklahoma will be forced to protest Keystone XL pipeline from a cage

By Indigenous Environmental Network Native Americans gathering in Cushing, OK today to protest President Obama’s words of praise for the Keystone XL pipeline were forced by local authorities to hold their event in a cage erected in Memorial Park. The protestors were stunned that their community, so long mistreated, would be insulted in such an … Continue reading American Indians in Oklahoma will be forced to protest Keystone XL pipeline from a cage

New NSA surveillance center will track everything from private emails to parking receipts

By James Bamford, Wired The spring air in the small, sand-dusted town has a soft haze to it, and clumps of green-gray sagebrush rustle in the breeze. Bluffdale sits in a bowl-shaped valley in the shadow of Utah’s Wasatch Range to the east and the Oquirrh Mountains to the west. It’s the heart of Mormon … Continue reading New NSA surveillance center will track everything from private emails to parking receipts

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