Category Archives: Environment

Guatemala’s Presidential Election: Hope for Indigenous?


  A Golden Opportunity To End Mining Conflict Keith Slack, Thursday, 01 September 2011 17:31 When Guatemalans elect a new president in September, he or she will face a truly daunting set of problems. The country is, by any objective measure, … Continue reading

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Brazil Federal Judge Stops State Road Construction on Indigenous Reserves


UPDATE: 11/9/11 Brazil court OK’s construction of dam (http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9QTDE1O1.htm). Another example of the (sometimes slow) Brazilian legal system limiting  the ability of local states to despoil and ravage indigenous communities.  Of course we will have to see how the appeals … Continue reading

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Belo Monte Dam (update) Faces “Stop Work” Order (not). Indigenous People and Environment Protected by Constitution


Artist’s depiction of the Belo Monte Dam In a gargantuan battle between those want the Belo Monte dam as a source of power for Brazil’s growing economy and the constitutional rights of the native (indigenous) tribes and environmental destruction that … Continue reading

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Peru Opening Indigenous Land to Gas Production


“Aborigines, n.: Persons of little worth found cumbering the soil of a newly discovered country. They soon cease to cumber; they fertilize.” A Bierce, “The Devil’s Dictionary”  http://www.uncontactedtribes.org/brazilphotos Peru: Peru’s ‘Final Attempt’ To Stamp Out Uncontacted Tribes Peru’s Indian Affairs … Continue reading

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Mining at 17,000 ft: It’s All Downhill From There


Heather Willliams, a professor of Political Science at Pomona College has written a thoughtful article about open-pit mining at 17,000 ft in Peru.  Somehow I never thought about mining with an oxygen mask, but then Peru has coca for the soroche (altitude … Continue reading

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Whaling Prehistory and Culture


Prehistoric Cultures Were Hunting Whales At Least 3,000 Years Ago    ScienceDaily (Apr. 8, 2008) — Recent findings by a Russian-American research team suggest that prehistoric cultures were hunting whales at least 3,000 years ago, 1,000 years earlier than was previously … Continue reading

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Malthus, End Times, and Finite Resources


A: The important stuff is in the last 1/10″ Dr Alexander A Bartlett is one of those fortunate people who can communicate simply and effectively.  What he discusses in the following series of videos are  exponential functions and their relationship … Continue reading

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