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Peru urged to ban oil firms from isolated indigenous peoples’ land

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Indigenous federation ORPIO delivered a letter this week to Peru’s Energy and Mines Minister Lucía Cayetana Aljovín Gazzani, requesting that two oil concessions in the Amazon are annulled. Photograph: Peru’s Energy and Mines Ministry

Indigenous leaders say operations in the remote Amazon violate rights and risk fatal epidemics

October 6, 2017 — There are more indigenous peoples living in “isolation” in Peru than any country in the world except Brazil. All live in the Amazon – the majority in poorly-protected reserves, or areas where reserves have been proposed but never established, or “protected natural areas” such as national parks. Continue reading Peru urged to ban oil firms from isolated indigenous peoples’ land

Protect indigenous people to help fight climate change, says UN rapporteur

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Native Americans march to a sacred burial ground disturbed by bulldozers building the Dakota Access Pipeline. Protesters were attacked by dogs and sprayed with a respiratory irritant when they arrived at the site. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

World leaders must do more to defend custodians of natural world whose lives are at risk from big business, says UN rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

October 6, 2017 — Global leaders must do more to protect indigenous people fighting to protect their land and way of life if the world is to limit climate change, according to the UN special rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz. Continue reading Protect indigenous people to help fight climate change, says UN rapporteur

Residents urge Zambales gov’t to stop provincial mining operations

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STOPPING MINING OPERATIONS. Residents of Santa Cruz town in Zambales stop hauling trucks from getting out of a mining site. File photo by Randy Datu/ Rappler

The appeal is submitted by Concerned Citizens of Sta. Cruz, Zambales (CCOS) and other Peoples’ Organizations in the area who are protesting the mining companies for allegedly causing harm to the environment and their livelihood

IBA, ZAMBALES (Oct. 4, 2017) — The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Zambales heard the appeal of the residents of the Candelaria and Santa Cruz municipalities to finally cancel the permits of the 4 mining companies operating there. Continue reading Residents urge Zambales gov’t to stop provincial mining operations

How diamonds and a bitter feud led to the destruction of an Amazon reserve

the seventh of september reserve in rondônia, brazil where a huge diamond reserve was discovered in 2016
The Seventh of September reserve in Rondônia, Brazil where a huge diamond reserve was discovered in 2016. Photograph: Craig Stennett/Alamy Stock Photo

Family rivalry and Brazil’s Catholic church helped miners devastate an indigenous territory that was once a leader in the fight against deforestation

September 27, 2017 — The Paiter-Suruí are a tribe of roughly 1,400 people, uncontacted until 1969, who live in the Amazon forest on the border between the Brazilian states of Rondônia and Mato Grosso. Continue reading How diamonds and a bitter feud led to the destruction of an Amazon reserve

Brazil backtracks on plan to open up Amazon forest to mining

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Brazil’s Renca reserve is roughly the size of Switzerland and home to some of the world’s richest biodiversity. Photograph: Fabio Nascimento/Greenpeace

Campaigners welcome U-turn on Renca reserve but threat still exists as Brazil president has close ties to mining industry

September 26, 2017 — Amazon conservation groups have hailed a victory as the Brazilian government announced a U-turn on plans to open up swaths of the the world’s biggest forest to mining corporations. Continue reading Brazil backtracks on plan to open up Amazon forest to mining

Mismanagement alleged against only company interested in Liddell power station

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The Liddell coal-fired power station, on the right, near Muswellbrook in NSW. Photograph: Ian Waldie/Getty Images

Environmental law group has accused Delta Electricity of underreporting emissions at its Vales Point power station and breaching licence conditions

September 7, 2017 — The only Australian company with a stated potential interest in buying and keeping AGL’s ageing Liddell coal-fired power station open beyond 2022 is facing a number of allegations of environmental mismanagement. Continue reading Mismanagement alleged against only company interested in Liddell power station

Coal in decline: Adani in question and Australia out of step

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‘Investment in new coal power across the globe has peaked and is on the verge of a steep decline.’ Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images

India and China are shifting away from coal imports and coal-fired power while a mega-mine is planned for Queensland. Where does this leave coal in Australia?

August 24, 2017 — The Paris-based International Energy Agency was born in a crisis. In the wake of the 1973 oil shock, as Arab petroleum producers withheld supply from countries that Continue reading Coal in decline: Adani in question and Australia out of step

Brazil abolishes huge Amazon reserve in ‘biggest attack’ in 50 years

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Critics fear the Renca reserve could suffer a similar fate as this land near the Parque Nacional Motanhas do Tumucumaque, Brazil, now home to a gold and iron mine. Photograph: Daniel Beltra for Greenpeace

Brazilian president has dissolved Renca to attract investment in region thought to contain gold, with critics warning of irreversible damage

August 24, 2017 — The Brazilian president Michel Temer has abolished an Amazonian reserve the size of Denmark, prompting concerns of an influx of mineral companies, road-builders and workers into the species-rich forest. Continue reading Brazil abolishes huge Amazon reserve in ‘biggest attack’ in 50 years

Environmentalists, rights activists across PH slam Duterte’s SONA 2017

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PEOPLE’S SONA. Members of the Lumad from Mindanao join a protest march during President Rodrigo Duterte’s 2nd SONA on July 24, 2017. Photo by Anjie de Silva/Rappler

‘Change did not happen,’ an indigenous peoples’ group says

MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 26, 2017) — Protests from all over the country and from different sectors of society greeted the second State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte. Continue reading Environmentalists, rights activists across PH slam Duterte’s SONA 2017

Five park rangers killed in DRC in tragic weekend for wildlife defenders

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A Mbuti pygmy hunting camp in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve outside the town of Epulu, Congo. Photograph: Rebecca Blackwell/AP

An ambush by local rebel forces led to five deaths in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve, while another ranger died in Virunga

July 17, 2017 — Four Congolese park rangers and one porter have been killed in an ambush in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Continue reading Five park rangers killed in DRC in tragic weekend for wildlife defenders