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UN urged to end mercury poisoning crisis in South America

Featured Image: Gold miners have been invading Yanomami land for decades. © Fiona Watson/Survival International By Survival International Mercury poisoning is devastating tribal peoples across Amazonia, Survival International warned the U.N today. In a letter to the U.N Special Rapporteur for Health, Survival International highlighted the failure of South American governments to address the contamination. The unmonitored … Continue reading UN urged to end mercury poisoning crisis in South America

Massive Electrical Sabotage Reported in Venezuela

By Telesur Venezuelan Energy Minister Luis Motta Domínguez reported that more than a dozen attacks had taken place in less than a week. Venezuelan Electrical Energy Minister Luis Motta Dominguez reported that 13 attacks on Venezuela’s electrical grid took place over the last week, in an attempt to destabilize the Dec. 6 National Assembly elections. … Continue reading Massive Electrical Sabotage Reported in Venezuela

Nearly 1000 environmental activists murdered since 2002

By Jeremy Hance / Mongabay At least 908 people were murdered for taking a stand to defend the environment between 2002 and 2013, according to a new report today from Global Witness, which shows a dramatic uptick in the murder rate during the past four years. Notably, the report appears on the same day that … Continue reading Nearly 1000 environmental activists murdered since 2002

Warao people of Venezuela eking out an existence on rubbish of civilization

By Rhodri Davies / Al Jazeera Emiliano Veria searches through knee-high piles of garbage, in a dump that stretches to the horizon. It’s a daily fight between him, scores of other scavengers and carrion birds. Amid smouldering waste, the pickers look for metals and clothes to sell. Alongside the vultures, they hunt for food to … Continue reading Warao people of Venezuela eking out an existence on rubbish of civilization

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

Pipeline rupture contaminates river in Venezuela

By the Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela — Crude oil that spilled from a ruptured pipeline has blackened a river in eastern Venezuela, and the state oil company said workers are containing the spill. Workers have removed a “good percentage of the crude” from the Guarapiche River in Monagas state, said Ramiro Ramirez, environmental director of … Continue reading Pipeline rupture contaminates river in Venezuela