Places Archives: South America » Peru » Page 4

While media focuses on Keystone XL, Canadian energy companies make a killing in Latin America

By Dawn Paley / The Dominion The hard fought battle against the Keystone XL pipeline, which was slated to carry tar sands crude across Canada and the United States to port in Texas, kicked struggles against Canadian-owned oil and gas companies up to a new level. Resistance dominated headlines in Canada, while rural folk, Indigenous … Continue reading While media focuses on Keystone XL, Canadian energy companies make a killing in Latin America

Protestors in Peru vow to demonstrate until proposed mining project is rejected

By Environment News Service Thousands of Peruvians protesting in the streets of Cajamarca against a proposed gold and copper mine say they will continue their demonstrations every day until the government rejects the development. They fear the surface open pit mine would pollute their water supplies and destroy the region’s environment. The object of their … Continue reading Protestors in Peru vow to demonstrate until proposed mining project is rejected

151 new dam projects in Amazon basin pose dire threat to rainforest ecology

By Rhett A. Butler / Mongabay More than 150 new dams planned across the Amazon basin could significantly disrupt the ecological connectivity of the Amazon River to the Andes with substantial impacts for fish populations, nutrient cycling, and the health of Earth’s largest rainforest, warns a comprehensive study published in the journal PLoS ONE. Scouring … Continue reading 151 new dam projects in Amazon basin pose dire threat to rainforest ecology

Oil exploration technique probable cause for 3,000+ dolphin deaths off coast of Peru

By New Zealand Herald The death of about 3000 dolphins on a stretch of Peruvian coast in recent months is being blamed on a controversial oil exploration technique. However other experts are not convinced, and believe a virus or pathogen may be responsible for one of the largest dolphin die-offs recorded. So far this year, … Continue reading Oil exploration technique probable cause for 3,000+ dolphin deaths off coast of Peru

Peru considers building road through protected area, threatening thousands of indigenous people

By Survival International Peru’s largest protected area is on the verge of being invaded by a road, which threatens to destroy the lives of thousands of indigenous people. The proposed project would cut through two indigenous reserves and a national park, exposing thousands of Indians to the risks of drug trafficking, illegal logging and unwanted … Continue reading Peru considers building road through protected area, threatening thousands of indigenous people

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

Video: Trailer for “Open Pit”

Open Pit, a ninety minute documentary, explores the impacts of gold mining, one of the most lucrative industries in the world. In the remote highlands of Cajamarca in Peru operates the Yanacocha mine, the most profitable goldmine in the world. Constantly taking over more land and impacting the environment, the mine is conflicting with the … Continue reading Video: Trailer for “Open Pit”

700 march to Peruvian capital to protest mining project threatening watersheds

By Barbara Fraser / Indian Country Today A caravan of about 700 people from Peru’s northern Cajamarca region arrived in Lima, the capital, on February 9, at the end of a nine-day journey to protest a mine they said would destroy key watersheds. “We want the president to say that there won’t be mining at … Continue reading 700 march to Peruvian capital to protest mining project threatening watersheds