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Shale gas exploration in the Parana basin, Brazil

Introduction Shale gas is methane (natural gas) that is trapped underground in impermeable shale rock. For this reason, shale gas does not flow through the rock like conventional natural gas, so …

The Eucalyptus monoculture in S√£o Luiz do Paraitinga, S√£o Paulo, Brazil

Introduction S√£o Luiz do Paraitinga (Figure 1) is a city located in the Valley of Para√≠ba in the S√£o Paulo area. The municipality covers an area of 617 km¬≤ (Oliveira, 2011) …

The Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project in British Columbia, Canada

Introduction & Background The Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion is a project that would establish a new pipeline, twinning an existing pipeline from Edmonton, Alberta to Burnaby, British Columbia. This …

Pigneto Lake, Rome

Introduction Pigneto lake (Figure 1) is the only natural lake in Rome, Italy. It lies in the district of Pigneto and is formed from mineral water sources (acqua bullicante). Pigneto is …

Land overexploitation in the quarries of the Baix Camp region in Catalonia

Introduction   The extraction of aggregates and other subsurface minerals as an economic activity generates significant environmental impacts ‚Äď on the local environment and biodiversity, on the landscape, on traditional economic activities …

Areva’s Uranium Mines, Niger

Introduction When uranium was discovered in impoverished Niger in the 1960s, many thought the discovery would contribute to the economic and social development of the country. Unfortunately, it turned out to …

Land and resource use conflicts on the Island of Karimunjawa, Indonesia

Introduction and Location The Karimunjawa National Park (KNP), situated 80 km off central Java‚Äôs northern coast, is made up of 27 islands. It was the first marine park established in Indonesia …

Corn cultivation for biogas in Brandenburg, Germany

Introduction The Chorin Schorfheide biosphere reserve lies in the federal state of Brandenburg, in the Barnim district, around 45 minutes from the German capital Berlin (Figure 1). This reserve, founded in …

The Xolobeni Heavy Minerals Sands Project on the Wild Coast, South Africa

Introduction The proposed mining of sand dunes on the Wild Coast of South Africa, located within the Mgungundlovu and Amadiba tribal administrative area, was due to take place in the late …

The Exxaro Leeuwpan Mining Project near Delmas, South Africa

Introduction Leeuwpan Colliery is located on the Mpumalanga Highveld, less than five kilometres from the town of Delmas, South Africa, approximately 65 kilometres East of Johannesburg (Figure 1). The Highveld is …

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