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Occupy the Dam: Brazil’s Indigenous Uprising by John Perkins | YES! Magazine

Last month, hundreds of indigenous demonstrators began dismantling a dam in the heart of Brazil’s rainforest to protest the destruction it will bring to lands they have loved and honored for centuries. The Brazilian government is determined to promote construction of the massive, $14 billion Belo Monte Dam, which will be the world’s third largest when it is completed in ...

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Nearly 100 bird species face increased risk of extinction in the Amazon | guardian.co.uk

Deforestation causing loss of habitat across the region, as vulture numbers decline in Africa and long-tailed ducks disappear from Europe Fiona Harvey, environment correspondent Birds in the Amazon are under increasing threat from deforestation, while large populations of duck have disappeared from northern Europe, and vultures are under intensifying attack in Africa, according to the latest survey of the world’s ...

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Bolivian president Evo Morales suspends Amazon road project | The Guardian

Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales, has suspended the construction of a controversial Amazon highway a day after violent clashes between police and protesters. On Sunday, police used teargas and batons to disperse an estimated 1,000 protesters who were marching to the capital, La Paz, to oppose the construction of a 185-mile (300km) road through Bolivia’s Isiboro Sécure National Park and Indigenous ...

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Ecuador: Four months to save one of the world’s last great wildernesses | The Observer

Where the foothills of the Andes meet the vast Amazonian rainforest in eastern Ecuador there is a small town called Shell. It’s a pockmarked, termite-eaten, one-street place which doubles as a missionary centre and a regional airstrip, but it was here in 1937 that the mighty Shell oil company based its crack Latin American oil-prospecting team. The prize was the ...

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Brazil to protect Amazon activists threatened with murder | The Guardian

The Brazilian authorities are to provide government protection to activists threatened with murder following a series of killings in the Amazon. The measures, announced on Tuesday, should see at least 131 people receive some form of protection, among them environmental activists, rural leaders and human rights defenders. “The most important thing is to guarantee that those behind the threats are ...

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Rising forest density offsets climate change-study | AlertNet

Rising forest density in many countries is helping to offset climate change caused by deforestation from the Amazon basin to Indonesia, a study showed on Sunday. The report indicated that the size of trees in a forest — rather than just the area covered — needed to be taken into account more in U.N.-led efforts to put a price on ...

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Brazil forms ‘crisis cabinet’ following unexpected deforestation surge | guardian.co.uk

Hundreds of environmental protection officers are being deployed in the Brazilian Amazon after government satellites detected a sudden, unexpected surge in deforestation. On Wednesday, Brazil’s environment minister Izabella Teixeira announced the creation of a “crisis cabinet” to crackdown on illegal logging in the world’s largest tropical rainforest, after satellites registered a 27% hike in Amazon deforestation between August 2010 and ...

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Chevron to pay Billions in Damages, Ecuadorian Court Rules | ICTSD

An Ecuadorean court has ruled that US oil giant Chevron should pay at least US$8.6 billion to Amazonian communities to help combat environmental damages caused by oil drilling. Both sides say they plan to appeal the court’s decision in coming week. According to the 14 February provincial court ruling, the massive fine will pay for compensatory damages related to polluting ...

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Julian Assange’s Swiss bank account closed; PayPal, Amazon, Everydns sever relations

The international pressure on Julian Assange increased today after the banking arm of the Swiss post office announced that it had closed the WikiLeaks founder’s account because he had given “false information”. “PostFinance has ended its business relationship with … Julian Paul Assange,” the bank said in a statement. PostFinance is the latest institution to sever its ties with Assange ...

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