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China Allows Media to Report Alarming Air Pollution Crisis

China Allows Media to Report Alarming Air Pollution Crisis | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
The wide coverage of Beijing’s air, which has been rated “hazardous” or even worse by foreign and local monitors since last week, was the most open display of coverage on the issue in recent memory.
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Peru's indigenous people take battle over gas exploration to court

Peru's indigenous people take battle over gas exploration to court | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Indigenous rights groups say further expansion into Amazon territory could lead to 'extermination' of isolated tribes
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REDD+: What is needed to make it work for the poor?

REDD+: What is needed  to make it work for the poor? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

While REDD+ is aimed at reducing emissions from forests, its effectiveness will depend on how much the benefits trickle down to those living closest to the forest. These same rural households are also best placed to provide local evidence of what works and what doesn’t, to influence decisions on REDD+ architecture at the national and international level.

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BRICS urbanisation provides key lessons for economic growth and social equity

Towns and cities across Africa, Asia and Latin America have a wealth of lessons to learn from the BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – according to research published today.

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From dyes to rubbish dumps: top 10 toxic pollution problems – in pictures

From dyes to rubbish dumps: top 10 toxic pollution problems – in pictures | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Toxic pollution from industrial and mining processes puts the health of the world's population, particularly people living in low- and middle-income countries, at risk. The Blacksmith Institute and Green Cross Switzerland have investigated 2,600 sites, and claim 80 million people are at risk from a variety of diseases

 

Pollution as big a health problem as malaria or TB, finds report. Industrial pollutants harm the health of 125 million people, many of whom live in the developing world and work in mining. Article here http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2012/oct/24/pollution-health-problem-malaria-tb and report here http://www.worstpolluted.org/files/FileUpload/files/2012%20WorstPolluted.pdf ;

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Food scarcity: the timebomb setting nation against nation

Food scarcity: the timebomb setting nation against nation | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

As the UN and Oxfam warn of the dangers ahead, expert analyst Lester Brown says time to solve the problem is running out...

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India's peasant farmers gather for protest march on Delhi

India's peasant farmers gather for protest march on Delhi | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Tens of thousands of peasant farmers from across India will set out on Wednesday on a 200-mile march on Delhi in one of the biggest such protests seen in the country for years.

 

Organisers of the demonstration aim to highlight problems for India's landless, for hundreds of millions of poor farmers and for so-called tribal communities who often live in resource-rich areas where lucrative mining operations are causing massive environmental damage.

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Water Equity in Tourism: A Human Right – A Global Responsibility (TourismConcern)

Visitors to Bali, the Gambia and Goa use 16 times as much water as local residents. Such disproportionate use of fresh water by tourists in developing world destinations is causing local conflict, exacerbating poverty and helping to spread disease, says NGO Tourism Concern in a new report...

 

(source: http://washinternational.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/ngo-says-international-tourism-compromises-water-rights-of-poor-communities/)

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In a Gujarat Fishing Village, India-Pakistan Tensions Take Huge Toll

In a Gujarat Fishing Village, India-Pakistan Tensions Take Huge Toll | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Fishermen from Dandi who cross into Pakistan waters are imprisoned, and their families given just 50 rupees a day by the state.

 

Activists want foreign ministers of both countries, who are expected to meet in July, to finally end the hostile policy and commit to protecting the fishing community. Mr. Zahid describes it as a “story of small people” whose troubles can either be swept under the carpet or easily fixed. “I have seen officers talk about fishermen like numbers, not people who are fathers, husbands and sons,” he said.

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China: Talks begin in landmark NGO environment case

Pretrial discussions began on Wednesday in a rare public interest lawsuit whose plaintiffs include non-governmental environmental organizations.


The three plaintiffs — Friend of Nature, Chongqing Green Volunteers Union and the Qujing environmental protection bureau — exchanged evidence with Luliang Chemical Industry, the defendant, on Wednesday, said Chang Cheng, a program officer of Friend of Nature.


The process is regarded as the prelude to the trial of the case, a "landmark and probably the first" public interest environmental litigation filed by NGOs.


Luliang Chemical Industry is accused of discharging more than 5,000 metric tons of highly toxic heavy metal in three townships of Qujing, in Southwest China's Yunnan province, in 2011....

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West Papua's indigenous people hurt by Indonesia's resource extraction – video

ndigenous people in West Papua are suffering as their land and forests are exploited by timber and palm oil companies. West Papua has immense natural resources, which has encouraged logging and deforestation. Indonesia took control of the west part of Papua New Guinea in 1969....

 

More info here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2012/may/17/beleaguered-west-papuans-palm-oil-boom

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L'exploitation minière en Amérique latine, le fléau de l'Eldorado

L'exploitation minière en Amérique latine, le fléau de l'Eldorado | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

L’exploitation des matières premières connait dans toute l’Amérique latine une explosion sans précédent. Leur prix ayant augmenté en raison de la crise économique mondiale et la demande depuis la Chine, qui les utilise pour construire ses appareils électroniques, se faisant de plus en plus pressante, l’Amérique latine semble aujourd’hui devenue la nouvel Eldorado des entreprises d’exploitation.

 

Et si les pays bénéficient ainsi de formidables retombées économiques, les défenseurs de l’environnement haussent la voix pour tenter de faire prendre conscience du désastre écologique qu’elles représentent. Bien souvent sans succès.

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Air pollution could become China's biggest health threat, expert warns

Air pollution could become China's biggest health threat, expert warns | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Leading respiratory disease specialist warns of consequences if government fails to monitor and publicise the dangers of smog...
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China Allows Media to Report Alarming Air Pollution Crisis

China Allows Media to Report Alarming Air Pollution Crisis | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
The wide coverage of Beijing’s air, which has been rated “hazardous” or even worse by foreign and local monitors since last week, was the most open display of coverage on the issue in recent memory.
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Braving attack to defend the forest

Braving attack to defend the forest | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Vietnam's remote forests have finally come to the attention of ecologists, but efforts to protect wildlife and people risk being stymied by the habits – and hardship – of poachers and loggers
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La Mongolie entre croissance économique et défense de l'environnement

La Mongolie entre croissance économique et défense de l'environnement | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Nation discrète sur le plan médiatique international, la Mongolie n’en est pas moins l’un des plus grands pays au monde. Située entre les deux puissances que sont la Chine et la Russie, la Mongolie compte bien sortir de son isolement, malgré des problèmes environnementaux croissants.

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Brésil: Des forêts sous surveillance citoyenne via le Web

Brésil: Des forêts sous surveillance citoyenne via le Web | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Le Citizen Cyberscience Center, partenariat entre le l’Université de Genève, le CERN, et l'Institut des Nations Unies pour la Formation et la Recherche, vient de lancer le programme «ForestWatcher», en collaboration avec l’Institut de recherche spatiale du Brésil et l’Université fédérale de Sao Paulo. Ce projet constitue un premier pas en vue de mettre en place une surveillance citoyenne sur Internet de la déforestation.

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India: Which Open Spaces Should Mumbai Protect?

India: Which Open Spaces Should Mumbai Protect? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

In Mumbai, a metropolis teeming with more than 13 million people, activists and ordinary citizens alike lament the dearth of places to get a simple breath of fresh air. A new study demonstrates just how scarce open space is: a mere 6 percent of the city is reserved for it, and of that area, approximately 60 percent is neither developed nor accessible to the public...

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GM food: we can no longer afford to ignore its advantages

GM food: we can no longer afford to ignore its advantages | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The use of genetically modified crops has a particularly rich potential, Beddington added. "Just look at the problems that the world faces: water shortages and salination of existing water supplies, for example. GM crops should be able to deal with that."..

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Senegal begins planting the Great Green Wall against climate change

Senegal begins planting the Great Green Wall against climate change | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Africa's proposed 4,000-mile wall of trees stretching from Senegal to Djibouti is designed to stop encroaching desertification..

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Cleaning up India's waste: but what is the future for army of tip pickers?

Cleaning up India's waste: but what is the future for army of tip pickers? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
New plant may generate power and carbon credits but end hundreds of livelihoods...
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Global resources grab kills one person a week

Global resources grab kills one person a week | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

At least one person is being killed in an environmental dispute around the world each week as the battle for land, natural resources and forests becomes increasingly violent, a report said on Tuesday.

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If President Rousseff passes the forest code, it won't be only Brazil that suffers

If President Rousseff passes the forest code, it won't be only Brazil that suffers | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Brazil has a proud record of protecting the environment, but a bill allowing deforestation would undermine the Rio+20 summit...

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A better future is percolating for Vietnam's coffee

A better future is percolating for Vietnam's coffee | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The spectacular growth of coffee in Vietnam came at a terrible environmental cost. Now conservation groups are working with food multinationals to ensure quality and sustainable production.

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Une catastrophe écologique provoquée par « l'appât du gain »

Une catastrophe écologique provoquée par « l'appât du gain » | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Les faits sont de la plus haute importance et les accusés risquent jusqu’à 5 ans de prison ferme pour « crimes environnementaux » a tenu à rappeler Eduardo Dos Santos de Oliveira, procureur brésilien en charge de l’affaire. Suite à la mise en examen de 17 de ses cadres, la multinationale pétrolière Chevron a décidé de suspendre officiellement ses activités de forage au Brésil. Elle est accusée d’être responsable de la marée noire qui avait touché le Golfe de Rio en novembre 2011, alors qu’une nouvelle fuite se déclare.

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