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The Carajas mine in the Brazilian Amazon. NASA image created by Jesse Allen, using EO-1 ALI data provided courtesy of the NASA EO-1 Team. Caption by Holli Riebeek. Wikimedia Commons.

Industrializing Amazon at risk of 'ecosystem collapse'

David Hill

15th May 2014

The Amazon basin faces 'ecosystem collapse' according to a new report about hundreds of major dams and other mega-projects planned for the region - home to the world's greatest rainforest. David Hill reports. more...
A fragile paradise: the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia. Photo: Sam Harris /  University of Denver via Fotopedia.

Great Barrier Reef coal port challenged

Maxine Newlands

6th May 2014

Australian environmentalists have launched a lawsuit against plans to expand a coal port that threatens the Great Barrier Reef, writes Maxine Newlands. The approval came in spite of warnings from UNESCO and marine scientists that the Reef is already 'in danger'. 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...
The Mirador mine in the Ecuadorian Amazon would be comparable in scale to the Kennecott open pit copper mine in Utah.

Ecuador - upholding the Rights of Nature

David Dene

29th April 2014

Deep in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest, a gigantic open pit copper and gold mine is planned in the heart of the Shuar peoples' territory. David Dene tells the story of a growing international campaign to uphold and defend the 'Rights of Nature', in Ecuador and beyond. more...
Celestine Akpobari, from World on Want's Nigerian partner Social Action. Photo: WoW.

The new frontlines of war

Paul Collins

20th March 2014

This Saturday War on Want holds its Frontlines conference in London on the global conflict between communities and corporations, writes Paul Collins. Featuring a host of inspiring speakers, it will forge new alliances and new strategies of resistance. more...
Aleqa Hammond. Photo: Government of Greenland.

Sailing full steam into treacherous waters

The Ecologist

17th March 2014

Greenland's first female prime minister is on a modernising drive to prosperity and independence, But will the combination of melting glaciers, oil, mining projects and mass immigration bring wealth or destruction? more...
Water permit hearing poster for uranium mining in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Photo: via White Plume.

Protect our sacred water!

Ben Whitford

3rd March 2014

The curse of Uranium has fallen once again on the Black Hills of South Dakota, ancestral home to the Lakota Indians - now fighting a massive mining project that threatens land, rivers and groundwater. But this time, writes Ben Whitford, the Lakota are not alone ... more...
Dongria Kondh girls. Photo: © Survival International.

India saves 'Avatar tribe' from mine

Oliver Tickell

13th January 2014

A vast bauxite mine in India that would destroy the 'sacred mountain' of the Dongria Kindh people has been quashed following a local referendum that decisively rejected the $8.1 billion project. more...
Participants of a protest against nickel production were brutally beaten by security guards of the LLC Mednogorsky Copper and Sulphur Plant in 2013.

Mining Russia - thousands join the protests

Konstantin Rubakhin

2nd January 2014

Protests at the proposed mining of nickel and copper in the heart of Russia's Black Earth belt have been escalating - as has the smear campaign against the protesters. Konstantin Rubakhin sees this as a positive sign ... more...
Clare Short MP is chair of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

Shining light into the darkness

Alex Stevenson

20th December 2013

Mining and oil drilling are essential to the industrial world - but they are also linked with severe environmental and social damage, not to mention corruption. Clare Short, chair of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, spoke to Alex Stevenson. more...

Romania rejects Rosia Montana gold mine

The Ecologist

12th December 2013

Romania's parliament has voted down changes to mining laws that would have allowed Europe's biggest open cast pit gold mine to go ahead at Rosia Montana in the Carpathian mountains. more...

Dongria Kondh tribe of India resist powerful mining company

Joanna Eede

20th November 2013

India’s Dongria Kondh tribe have rejected plans by mining giant Vedanta Resources for an open-pit bauxite mine in their sacred Niyamgiri Hills. Although the decision is not yet final, the case has been hailed as an unprecedented triumph for tribal rights ... more...

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Massacre by Burmese army

Aung San Suu Kyi: complicity with tyranny

Guy Horton

31st October 2013

Aung San Suu Kyi is the international face of Burma and a global icon of courage, endurance and moral authority. But as Guy Horton reports from Burma, she is now actively colluding with the Burmese military's violent campaigns against minority ethnic and religious groups. more...

UK-financed coal mining is devastating Indonesian Borneo

October 1st, 2013

By Miriam Ross

New rules come into force today that require big UK companies to make their carbon emissions public but - explains Miriam Ross - this won't put an end to the environmental degradation and breach of human rights caused by the UK-financed coal mining boom in Kalimantan, Borneo....... more...

Open Letter to Prince Charles about Cyanide mining in Romania

September 12th, 2013

From Rupert Wolfe Murray

Rupert Wolfe Murray writes to Prince Charles about his grave concerns for the Rosia Montana region of Transylvania, under threat from Cyanide mining....... more...

The Occupy movement is dead – long live participatory democracy!

Lorna Howarth

11th September 2013

As governments in economic difficulties increasingly turn to environmentally damaging extraction industries for quick cash, citizens of those countries are responding with increasingly louder cries of protest. Lorna Howarth reports........... more...

The heavy price of Greek gold

Jim Wickens

25th July 2013

The birthplace of Aristotle is being laid waste by a vast mining project, opening a rift in a cash-strapped society more...
ethical jewellery

Ethical jewellery: what to ask and what to buy

Amy Hall

24th April, 2012

From blood diamonds to mining with cyanide, bling is a big problem for the planet. But as Amy Hall explains, clued-up consumers mean greener gems more...
Martín von Hildebrand, founding Director of the Fundación Gaia Amazonzas

CAMPAIGN HERO: Martín von Hildebrand on indigenous rights in the Colombian Amazon

Mark Briggs

13th April. 2012

The veteran campaigner talks to the Ecologist about the ongoing struggle to secure indigenous land rights and how he successfully took the Colombian government to court more...
Kiwa hairy crab found near a deep sea vent

Revealed: the new species threatened by deep-sea mining

Bethany Hubbard

20th February, 2012

The lure of deep sea mining in the Pacific and Indian oceans could mean the destruction of species only just discovered on the ocean floor more...
blood diamonds africa

Glencore faces questions over controversial DRC mine sales

Brett Scott

9th February, 2012

Moves by unknown shell companies to control lucrative natural resources may have cost Democratic Republic of Congo $1 billion in lost revenue, as UK-listed mining company Glencore under pressure to explain deals more...

Tainted gold: thousands join protest against Peru's largest ever mining project

Gervase Poulden

17th January, 2012

A US-backed billion-dollar gold mine has attracted thousands of protestors in recent weeks. Many have the poor economic legacy of existing mines fresh in their minds, reports Gervase Pouldon in Cajamarca, Peru more...
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The hidden costs of gold: mercury poisoning blights mining communities

Jody Clarke

14th November, 2011

The high price of gold has sent thousands into the informal mining sector and exposed workers and the environment to the devastating effects of mercury poisoning more...
Amazon

Belo Monte dam marks a troubling new era in Brazil's attitude to its rainforest

Karen Hoffmann

15th August, 2011

Belo Monte is just one of a dozen giant dam projects Brazil plans to build in the Amazon region in the coming decades and opens up the world's largest tropical rainforest to oil and mining exploration more...
blood diamonds africa

Export of Zimbabwean diamonds threatens ethical jewellery trade

Rosie Spinks

08 August, 2011

With the Kimberley Process in a state of paralysis over Zimbabwean diamonds, consumers can no longer be sure they’re buying ethical jewels. Ahead of a BBC Panorama investigation into the issue, Rosie Spinks reports more...

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