Katy Ashe: What gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon looks like on the ground

By Katy Ashe / Mongabay On the back of a partially functioning motorcycle I fly down miles of winding footpath at high-speed through the dense Amazon rainforest, the driver never able to see more than several feet ahead. Myriads of bizarre creatures lie camouflaged amongst the dense vines and lush foliage; flocks of parrots fly … Continue reading Katy Ashe: What gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon looks like on the ground

Cultural appropriation of Navajo culture currently “in” with the fashion industry

By Guy Trebal / New York Times LESBIAN chic, Goth chic, rocker chic, Masai chic, androgynous chic, biker chic, punk chic, minimalist chic: fashion is culture’s Godzilla, devouring everything in its path. Half the time, the monster doesn’t know what it ate. Most recently it gobbled up the complex Navajo tribal culture, which then, semidigested, … Continue reading Cultural appropriation of Navajo culture currently “in” with the fashion industry

BC First Nations standing firm against Enbridge pipeline threat

By Shawn McCarthy / The Globe and Mail Ottawa is headed for a legal showdown with British Columbia first nations if it insists on proceeding with the Northern Gateway pipeline, the leader of the Yinka Dene Alliance warns. Chief Jackie Thomas, of the Saik’uz First Nation, was part of a delegation in Ottawa Tuesday meeting … Continue reading BC First Nations standing firm against Enbridge pipeline threat

Ethiopia planning to remove resistant indigenous peoples to resettlement camps

By Survival International Ethiopian authorities have inadvertently revealed the existence of highly ambitious plans to resettle Lower Omo Valley tribes who stand in the way of a massive plantations scheme. The map was included in an internal report by the country’s Wildlife Conservation Authority (EWCA), into the environmental impact of planned sugarcane plantations in the … Continue reading Ethiopia planning to remove resistant indigenous peoples to resettlement camps

Video: Gail Dines discusses her book Pornland

“Pornland: How Porn has Hijacked our Sexuality takes an unflinching look at today’s porn industry: the stories woven into the images, the impact on our culture, the effects on us as men and women, the business machine that creates and markets porn, and the growing legitimacy of porn in mainstream media. Above all, Pornland examines … Continue reading Video: Gail Dines discusses her book Pornland

Tropical rainforest destruction driven by demand for vegetable oil

By Mongabay Surging demand for vegetable oil has emerged as an important driver of tropical deforestation over the past two decades and is threatening biodiversity, carbon stocks, and other ecosystem functions in some of the world’s most critical forest areas, warns a report published last week by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). But the … Continue reading Tropical rainforest destruction driven by demand for vegetable oil

Australian government votes to unload nuclear waste on remote Aboriginal community

By Oliver Milman / The Guardian The Australian government has passed legislation that will create the country’s first nuclear waste dump, despite fierce opposition from environmental and Aboriginal groups. The passage of the National Radioactive Waste Management Bill 2010 through the Senate paves the way for a highly controversial plan to store nuclear waste in … Continue reading Australian government votes to unload nuclear waste on remote Aboriginal community

Global water scarcity threatens nearly one billion people

By Environment News Service “If we fail today to make water an instrument of peace, it might become tomorrow a major source of conflict,” warns UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova in her foreword to the UN World Water Development Report released today at the opening of the World Water Forum in Marseilles. “Freshwater is a core … Continue reading Global water scarcity threatens nearly one billion people

Scientists warn that oceans will die if “business as usual” continues

By Bari Bates Our oceans face a grim outlook in the coming decades. Ocean acidification, loss of marine biodiversity, climate change, pollution and over-exploitation of resources all point to the urgent need for a new paradigm on caring for the earth’s oceans—”business as usual” is simply not an option anymore, experts say. The extreme rate … Continue reading Scientists warn that oceans will die if “business as usual” continues

Tar sands project could emit up to 47.3 million tons of carbon by devastating peatlands

By Jeremy Hance / Mongabay Environmentalists have targeted the oil-producing tar sands in Canada in part because its crude comes with heftier carbon emissions than conventional sources. Now, a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) has found an additional source of carbon that has been unaccounted for: peatlands. Mining … Continue reading Tar sands project could emit up to 47.3 million tons of carbon by devastating peatlands

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