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The Belo Monte dam construction site. Photo: Programa de Aceleração do Crescimento via Flickr.

Brazilians have far more to protest about than the World Cup

Steffen Böhm & Rafael Kruter Flores

20th June 2014

It may all be over for England, but for Brazil, the battle is only just beginning. Anger over the vast cost of the World Cup - well over $10 billion - and its huge social impacts, is spilling over into a wider fury at massive mega-projects than enrich elites, trash the environment, and leave the poor poorer. more...
View of the Peel Watershed. Photo: Jill Pangman.

Wild heart of the Yukon in gravest peril

Jill Pangman

3rd July 2014

Next week the indigenous peoples of the Yukon challenge their Government in the Territory's Supreme Court, writes Jill Pangman. At issue, its plans to open the Peel watershed, a vast unspoilt ecosystem rich in wildlife and cultural meaning, for industrial development. more...
Davi Koponawa at home in the forest. Photo: Survival International.

Ours is a path of survival for the whole planet

Liam J Shaughnessy

17th June 2014

As the World Cup gets under way in Brazil, Yanomami shaman Davi Kopenawa told Liam J Shaughnessy about the very different world he inhabits, deep in the Amazon rainforest - a world of bright spirits, ancient knowledge, union with nature. And a world under threat. more...
Just outside the Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales (pictured), on common land high above Ebbw Vale, developers want to build a 3.5 mile motor racing complex. Photo: Ross Merritt via Flickr.

The upland commons of South Wales are no place for a motor sports complex

Kate Ashbrook

14th June 2014

Developers are determined to build a massive motor sports complex on common land above the South Wales valleys, on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, writes Kate Ashbrook. But although they have planning permission, they can still be defeated ... more...
Somalis displaced by drought in 2011 queue at a refugee camp in Ethiopia. Image: Cate Turton/DFID via Wikimedia Commons.

Urgent: help needed now for climate refugees

Paul Brown

13th June 2014

Governments worldwide have been warned: draw up plans to help populations who are being forced to move because of climate change, or face a future of growing conflict and insecurity, writes Paul Brown. more...
The colours of the Sami flag painted on a board at the site of the mine. Photo: Alec Forss.

The resistance is growing! Sami reindeer herders fight giant iron mine

Alec Forss

12th June 2014

A remote corner of Sweden's Arctic forest has become a battleground, writes Alex Forss, over proposals for a huge iron mine that would occupy a key reindeer migration route. And with their cultural and economic survival under threat, it's a battle the Sami cannot afford to lose. more...
Police confront a peaceful demonstration against the Exmingua mine, owned by Canadian Radius Gold Corporation, in San José del Golfo, Guatemala. Photo: Briss Milián via Flickr.

To defend the environment, we must defend human rights

Friends of the Earth International

10th June 2014

The neoliberal model of 'development' is ravaging nature and pitting communities and eco-defenders against powerful corporations and colluding police and military forces. The violence must stop! more...
Sunset over the Sacramenta River - but how much longer will it be there? Photo: Eric Leslie via Flickr.

Stealing the Sacramento River - California agro‑barons' last huge water grab

Will Parrish

17th June 2014

In California, water no longer runs to the sea - it runs towards money, writes Will Parrish. Most of the state's water is already controlled by agribusiness elites. Now, backed by politicians, they are planning to grab the little that's left, leaving nature and indigenous communities high and dry. more...
The road is up to 60 metres wide. Photo: Finer M, Pappalardo SE, Ferrarese F, De Marchi M (2014) / geoyasuni.org.

Ecuador: oil company has built 'secret' road deep into Yasuni National Park

David Hill

6th June 2014

Ecuador's state oil company PetroAmazonas has, in secret, built a road deep into the heart of the world-famous Yasuni National Park in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest, writes David Hill - violating promises and threatening uncontacted indigenous tribes. more...
Indigenous people of Tipnis arrive in La Paz after marching from the Amazon to protest at threats to their homeland. Photo: Szymon Kochański via Flickr.

Indigenous Bolivians are seething over mining 'reforms'

Isabella Radhuber & Diego Andreucci

5th June 2014

The government of president Evo Morales has approved a new mining law for Bolivia giving precedence to mining over other interests. It's proving highly divisive within the country - and indigenous communities are on the march to protect their rights to land, water and dignity. more...
A hippopotamus on lake Edward, where oil company SOCO is now concluding seismic testing and wildlife surveys. Photo:  weesam2010 via Flickr.

Oil company promises 'no drilling' in Virunga

The Ecologist

11th June 2014

Oil company Soco International is suspending all operations in Virunga World Heritage Site - Africa's oldest national park. It has also committed to keep out of all other UNESCO World Heritage Sites. more...
The blockade of the Amazon Highway near the Belo Monte construction site. Photo: Xingu Vivo.

Brazil: Amazon Indians shot at Belo Monte dam site

Xingu Vivo / The Ecologist

30th May 2014

This week 20 Amazon Indians walked to the Belo Monte dam site to demand the company keep its promises to compensate indigenous communities. Police shot them with 'rubber bullets' and stun grenades, wounding four. Tensions are rising ... more...

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Oil pipeline across Lago Agrio, in Ecuador's Amazon. Photo: Julien Gomba via Flickr.

Your investment in Chevron will never be safe!

Humberto Piaguaje, UDAPT

29th May 2014

Humberto Piaguaje traveled from Ecuador's rainforest to Texas to deliver this Open Letter from Texaco's victims to Chevron-Texaco shareholders. Chevron is refusing to pay multi-billion dollar damages awarded to those suffering from its pollution. more...
Texaco's signature, written in oil, at Lago Agrio in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Photo: Julien Gomba via Flickr.

Texas Petroleum Museum rejects 'gifts from Ecuador'

The Ecologist

29th May 2014

The Permian Basin Petroleum Museum in Texas has ejected two indigenous men from Ecuador and rejected their 'gift' of posters showing rainforest oil pollution. Chevron was holding its annual general meeting at the museum. more...
Cabo Pulmo, in its current, concrete-free incarnation. Alan Harper, CC BY-NC.

Mexico: 22,000 room mega-hotel threatens 'biodiversity hotspot'

Sula Vanderplank & Benjamin Wilder

28th May 2014

The Baja California peninsula is rich in history and natural beauty, with thousands of unique plants and animals making up its globally unique ecosystems, write Sula Vanderplank & Benjamin Wilder. Just the place for a new giant hotel resort? more...
Yasuni National Park. Source: http://www.ecohustler.co.uk/.

Ecuador's tribes declare 'national mobilization' against oil and mining

David Dene

24th May 2014

Ecuador is facing an unprecedented confrontation between a 'progressive' left-leaning government and a national coalition of indigenous peoples determined to stop vast oil and mining projects taking place on their community land and villages. more...
Mohan Munasinghe, from  www.mohanmunasinghe.com/.

Confronting consumption: an interview with Mohan Munasinghe

Noah M. Sachs

23rd May 2014

You can actually be better off, healthier and happier with less consumption, says Munasinghe. And it's not just rich countries that need to change, he told Noah Sachs - poor countries too must develop sustainably, or the Earth's resources will simply run out. more...
It looks like the future - but which way does the wealth travel? High speed trains in Taiwan. Photo: Ben via Flickr.

HS2 - the wealth will 'suck out' to London, not 'trickle-down' to the North

Tony Payne

23rd May 2014

Supporters of HS2 assert that it will cause prosperity to trickle down from London to the entire North of England, writes Tony Payne. But economic theory and hard experience tell us that the reverse is more probable - that it will help London to 'suck out' northern wealth. more...
A Cargill-owned oil palm plantation in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Photo: Rainforest Action Network via Flickr.

Don't be fooled by 'zero deforestation' promises

Peter Gerhardt

19th May 2014

Multinational paper and palm oil companies are rushing to declare 'zero deforestation' policies. It looks like a huge victory for the rainforests and forest peoples, but Peter Gerhardt asks - what is a no-deforestation promise really worth?" more...
Prey Long Network discover a cache of illegally cut resin trees in Prey Long forest. Photo: Vanessa de Smet 2012

Forest communities fight Cambodia's rosewood bandits

Fran Lambrick

15th May 2014

Cambodia's rainforests are facing destruction from clearance for plantations, and an illegal trade in precious timber, reports Fran Lambrick. Local people who depend on the forest have proved to be its most effective guardians - but they need external support. more...
Tiger in Ranthambore National Park, India. Photo: Björn Ognibeni via Flickr.com.

India: tribes face eviction for 'tiger conservation'

The Ecologist

13th May 2014

India's conservation agencies are intent on the illegal eviction of indigenous communities from protected areas - even though they are often the best protectors of endangered wildlife. The Similipal Tiger Reserve is the latest battleground. more...
Common nightingale (luscinia megarhynchos). Photo: gynti_46 via Flickr.com.

Celebrate 'National Nightingale Night' on May 18th

Chris Rose

13th May 2014

Britain's nightingales are in decline - not least because of intensive farming, and our insistence on building over their last refuges. But their song is as unforgettable as ever, writes Chris Rose, and that will surely be the key to valuing them more ... more...
Israeli and international volunteers rebuilding Al Araqib. Photo: Silvia Boarini / silviaboarini.com.

Israel's Bedouin citizens - unrecognized in the Negev

Silvia Boarini

12th May 2014

Since July 2010 the Bedouin village of Al Araqib in the Negev desert has been demolished 68 times, writes Silvia Boarini. Many have fled but those that remain are determined to stand their ground: 'They can demolish us 100 times, but we're not going anywhere.' more...
Celebrating. Photo: Jason Taylor for Friends of the Earth 2014.

When our land is free, we're all free

Silas Kpanan'Ayoung Siakor & Jacinta Fay

7th May 2014

Across Africa, corporations are grabbing community land and water - and nowhere more than in Liberia, where half the country has already been lost. But one community has shown it's possible to overcome intimidation, organize and resist. more...
Indigenous demonstrators in Peru's Cajamarca province protesting at drinking water contamination from the US-Peruvian Conga gold mine, whose operations have been stalled. Photo: Diego Cupolo.

Despite 'progressive' politics, Latin America's indigenous veins are bleeding

Benjamin Dangl

1st May 2014

Left-wing, progressive politicians hold sway across Latin America, writes Benjamin Dangl. But defying their own 'green' rhetoric, they are committed to mining and other environmentally damaging development. Now they face growing resistance from small farmers and indigenous peoples. more...

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