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User: flenvcenter Topic: Land-National
Category: Land Management :: Mining
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Progress Must Speed Up to Protect and Restore Forests by 2030 19.11.2020 WRI Stories
Print A pile of freshly cut trees sit near a local road in Napo Province, Ecuador. Photo by Cifor In 2014, the future of forests looked bright. Governments, companies, non-governmental organizations and Indigenous groups committed to ten ambitious goals under the New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF). This major international declaration aims to protect forests, driven by the understanding that halting deforestation is essential to mitigating climate change and maintaining other benefits of forests. These goals include halving deforestation by 2020 and stopping it by 2030, while restoring an area of degraded land larger than the size of India. This year’s assessment of progress on the NYDF firmly concludes that deforestation is not slowing enough to achieve this goal. In fact, by some measures, we are further from stopping deforestation now than we were six years ago. On top of that, limited data is making it difficult to fully assess progress on forest restoration. Although this reality presents a ...
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Government complicity and neglect fuels lethal coronavirus among Yanomami and Ye’kwana 19.11.2020 Survival International
Gold miners work illegally on Yanomami land, Brazil, 2003. © Colin Jones/Survival An explosive new report released this week exposes a humanitarian crisis rapidly unfolding in Brazil’s largest indigenous territory, home to the Yanomami and Ye’kwana tribes. “Xawara– tracing the deadly path of Covid-19 and government negligence in the Yanomami territory” was compiled by Yanomami and Ye’kwana organizations and a group of researchers from the Pro-Yanomami and Ye’kwana Network The report says that “The Yanomami and Ye’kwana people, facing a dangerous combination of mining, malaria and COVID-19, are on their own.” Yanomami man studying slides of blood for malaria, 2008. The invasion of miners and colonists on Yanomami land has brought an influx of disease. © Fiona Watson/Survival It reveals that government neglect and complicity in the ongoing invasion and destruction of significant parts of Yanomami land by illegal goldminers means coronavirus is spreading rapidly in the territory. This is having devastating ...
Colorado can expect a warm, dry winter ahead, NOAA report says 17.10.2020 Headlines: All Headlines
Coloradans can expect a warmer, drier, and less snowy winter than average according to a new report out on Thursday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, released their annual winter outlook in collaboration with the agency's Climate Prediction Center.
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Mongolia Shows How to Fight for Environmental Justice 15.10.2020 WRI Stories
Print The people of Erdenetsagaan fought against a mining company that polluted their community. Photo by Munkhgerel Baterdene In Eastern Mongolia near the Chinese border, the people of Erdenetsagaan are furious with the mining companies that have wreaked havoc on their community of 7,000. “Five mountains have disappeared. They are breaking them down and throwing them at us – literally,” says Baatarsukh, a semi-nomadic herder, as he surveys the region’s grasslands. Pastures that once sustained his family’s way of life for generations are now caked in thick dust and pockmarked by open-pit mines that poison the local environment. “But no one cares about our health,” adds Baatarsukh, who also leads the local organization Erdenetsagaan Without Mining. “No one from the government will do anything.” Mongolia’s herders aren’t alone in their fight against pollution, the world’s leading cause of disease, disability and premature death. How Local Action Can Push for Enforcement of Anti-Pollution Laws More than 150 ...
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Undermining Rights: Indigenous Lands and Mining in the Amazon 7.10.2020 WRI Stories
Undermining Rights: Indigenous Lands and Mining in the Amazon
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Mining Threatens 20% of Indigenous Lands in the Amazon 7.10.2020 WRI Stories
Print Farmer in Tambopata, Madre de Dios, Peru. Photo by Yoly Gutierrez/CIFOR For decades, the Yaigojé Apaporis Indigenous People in Colombia’s lower Apaporis River Basin worked to get their traditional lands formally recognized by the government and secured from outside threats. Initially protected as the Yaigojé Apaporis Reserve, it was also declared an Indigenous territory in 1988. But in 2007, Cosigo Resources, a Canadian mining company, requested from the government a gold mining concession within the Yaigojé Apaporis Reserve. The Yaigojé Apaporis were alarmed, but unlike other Indigenous groups around the world, they had some legal options. Laws in Colombia recognize Indigenous Peoples’ right of consultation, although not consent. They also provide Indigenous communities with the right of first refusal, meaning they are first offered the mineral rights before the government can grant a mining concession to a third party. And while national laws allow mining on Indigenous lands, it is not permitted ...
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RELEASE: New Study Reveals Mining in the Amazon Threatens 20% of Indigenous Lands 7.10.2020 WRI Stories
RELEASE: New Study Reveals Mining in the Amazon Threatens 20% of Indigenous Lands HTML Editor - Full Version Legal and illegal mining on more than 1,100 Indigenous lands in the Amazon linked to higher levels of deforestation WASHINGTON (October 7, 2020) — A new report reveals that mining operations in the Amazon basin now cover more than 20% of Indigenous lands, threatening hundreds of Indigenous communities and endangering critical ecosystems across 450,000 square kilometers. This new paper from World Resources Institute and the Amazon Geo-Referenced Socio-Environmental Information Network (RAISG) details for the first time the full extent of large-scale mining concessions and illegal mining on Indigenous territories across the Amazonian rainforest, and offers solutions.  With gold prices skyrocketing and demand for other minerals on the rise, mining is a growing threat to ecosystems and communities around the world. In the new report, Undermining Rights: Indigenous Lands and Mining in the Amazon , WRI ...
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The Spin: President Trump heading to hospital, receives experimental drug after testing positive for COVID-19 | Inside Michael Madigan’s patronage playbook | Pritzker touts green energy even as his administration opens door to new coal mine 3.10.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Welcome to The Spin, the Chicago Tribune's daily politics newsletter.
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ADVISORY: Embargoed WRI Press Call: Mining Threatens Indigenous Communities Across the Amazon 30.9.2020 WRI Stories
ADVISORY: Embargoed WRI Press Call: Mining Threatens Indigenous Communities Across the Amazon HTML Editor - Full Version A new report from World Resources Institute that assesses how mining threatens the lands and livelihoods of Indigenous communities in the Amazon will be released on October 7. The report measures the extent of illegal and legal mining on Indigenous lands across the Amazon and finds significantly higher rates of deforestation when mining is present than on Indigenous land not affected by mining.  Mining is growing across the Amazon basin as gold prices and demand for other minerals skyrocket. National laws commonly favor mining companies over communities, and most countries do not recognize Indigenous Peoples’ right to free, prior and informed consent. Even though there are social and environmental safeguards in place to protect Indigenous communities and their lands, enforcement remains weak and uneven. And despite growing evidence that Indigenous communities can help safeguard the ...
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Bill Gates' Global Agenda and How We Can Resist His War on Life 23.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

In March 2015, Bill Gates showed an image of the coronavirus during a TED Talk and told the audience that it was what the greatest catastrophe of our time would look like. The real threat to life, he said, is ‘not missiles, but microbes.’ When the coronavirus pandemic swept over the earth like a tsunami five years later, he revived the war language, describing the pandemic as ‘a world war’.

‘The coronavirus pandemic pits all of humanity against the virus,’ he said.

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Logger-turned-conservationist George Atiyeh disappears in Oregon wildfires 16.9.2020 LA Times: Environment

George Atiyeh fought to preserve Opal Creek forest, where he vanished during deadly Oregon wildfires

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In a small California town, a fight over desalination is now about environmental justice 15.9.2020 LA Times: Environment

A proposed desalination plant along Monterey Bay is one of the most complicated and fraught issues to come before the California Coastal Commission.

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COVID-19, weakened environmental protections, and rights infringements threaten the Amazon’s Indigenous territories and protected areas 14.9.2020 Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
This post was coauthored by Bärbel Henneberger. Indigenous communities living in the Amazon rainforest are known as the ‘guardians of the forest’ because of their effectiveness in keeping forests intact. Indigenous territories and protected areas, which cover 52 percent of the Amazon and store 58 percent of the carbon, outperform surrounding lands in terms of […]
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COVID-19, Rising Gold Prices and Illegal Mining Threaten Indigenous Lands in the Amazon 9.9.2020 WRI Stories
COVID-19, Rising Gold Prices and Illegal Mining Threaten Indigenous Lands in the Amazon Comments|Add Comment|PrintMining for gold in South America. Photo by John Rushing/Flickr The Amazon contains world-class deposits of gold, copper, tin, nickel, iron ore and other industrial minerals. For decades, Amazonian governments have promoted and supported mining. But in recent years, they have committed to mining as a key component of their national development strategies and have provided new... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Pueblo’s rail-rolling facility to be most modern in North America, solidifies city’s “Steel City” moniker 8.9.2020 Denver Post: Local
PUEBLO -- Like the city itself, steel-making in Pueblo has seen its highs and lows, booms and busts, and periods of “steady as she goes.”
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Trump Is Trying to Greenwash His Appalling Environmental Record Before the Election 5.9.2020 Mother Jones
This article was originally published in HuffPost and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. During a May 2018 roundtable with more than two dozen outdoor sporting and conservation organizations, after more than a year of leading the Trump administration’s fossil fuel-centric “energy dominance” push, then-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke promised to make a “grand […]
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This fashion game-changer says we'll all be watching 3-D runway shows in the future 4.9.2020 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Anifa Mvuemba, founder of the women's luxury line Hanifa, chats about her spring runway show, where the fashion industry is headed and how brands should address diversity concerns.

Policy News: August 31, 2020 31.8.2020 EcoTone
In This Issue: Register to Vote & Request an Absentee Ballot The general election is less than 70 days away. Visit Vote.org for information about requesting an absentee ballot. Upcoming ESA Webinars ESA will host two webinars with the Federation of American Scientists and Engineers and Scientists Acting Locally. Congress House Science Committee proposes a ...
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Illegal campfires spark fear of wildfire in California forests 30.8.2020 LA Times: Environment

As Southern Californians increasingly flock to the mountains for relief from a recent heat wave and months-long coronavirus restrictions, hundreds of illegal campfires have sprung up in dispersed campsites.

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In Colorado town, the post office delivers much more than the mail 30.8.2020 L.A. Times - World News

Leadville, Colo., has no car dealership, no Walmart, no department store and no dependable internet service. The post office fills important gaps.

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