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Mountains of Faith? The Church Takes on Large-Scale Mining

By¬†Luis Manuel Claps¬† Faith and large-scale mining have something in common: they both move mountains. On many occasions, the Church has been an obstacle to industry‚Äôs efforts to expand into Latin …

Electrify -and Scorch- Africa

By Amanda Blank Africa is a significant exporter of cheap energy, namely dirty fuels like gas, oil, coal, and uranium for nuclear energy. While energy is cheaply exported, the local consequences …

Patrick Bond on Climate Justice and the Ecological Debt, after the Warsaw Fiasco

By¬†Jaisal Noor from The real news. Interview (audio) with Patrick Bond, director of the Center for Civil Society and a professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. He’s …

Innovation vs. Precaution: Competing principles?

By Amanda Blank Twelve of the largest corporations in Europe submitted a letter to the European Commission (EC), urging them to adopt an ‚ÄúInnovation Principle‚ÄĚ to be taken into full consideration …

Full Belly Environmentalism…of lead

By Joan Mart√≠nez AlierThe following statements are from a range of Latin American presidents, ranging from Daniel Ortega (Nicaragua) on the far left up to Juan Manuel Santos …

Academics and authors write to President Rafael Correa from Ecuador

Dear Mr. President: As concerned academics and authors from many countries, we are writing in support of Ecuador’s‚Ä®initiative to refrain from exploitation of the heavy crude oil of Yasun√≠-ITT. Along with thousands …

Historic call from Ecuador and numerous Nation States for the United Nations to implement binding regulations on Transnational Corporations

On Monday, the government of Ecuador – with the support of 8 nations and over 100 social and environmental organisations – made an historic call to the UN to implement …

September 21st: International Day of Struggle against Monoculture Tree Plantations

By Winnie Overbeek. In 2004, people from rural communities in Brazil declared September 21st a Day of Struggle against Tree Plantations. During this year‚Äôs Day of Struggle, communities and social movements …

Oil is getting Malawi in troubled waters

By Lusayo Banda – Citizens for Justice. When oil is found, democracy or environment become burdensome afterthoughts. This rule of thumb looks set to go up for Malawi. The recent shift …

Protect the Planet, Keep oil companies out of Yasuni-ITT

Oilwatch International issued an open letter to the President of Ecuador. This follows on the dramatic turn of events on August 15. Dear Mr. President Rafael Correa We are shocked by the …


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