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TOXIC: Amazon | Toxic | VICE

TOXIC: Amazon | Toxic | VICE | Geopolitics | Scoop.it
We went to investigate an environmental activist's murder in Marabé, Brazil, the front lines of the fight to preserve or plow under the Amazon Rainforest, and a town so lawless and violent the locals…...
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BankTrack.org - news - Bankrolling Climate Change

BankTrack.org - news - Bankrolling Climate Change | Geopolitics | Scoop.it

Today, the German environment organisation urgewald, the South African social and environmental justice organisations groundWork and Earthlife Africa Johannesburg and the international network BankTrack will present new research on the portfolios of the world's leading banks. The study "Bankrolling Climate Change" examines commercial banks' lending for the coal industry and provides the first comprehensive climate ranking for financial institutions.

"We chose to look into coal financing as coal-fired power plants are the biggest source of man-made CO2 emissions and the major culprit in the drama of climate change," explains Heffa Schuecking of urgewald. "In spite of the fact that climate change is already having severe impacts on the most vulnerable societies, there is an abundance of plans to build new coal-fired power plants. If banks provide money for these projects, they will wreck all attempts to limit global warming to 2° Celsius," says Schuecking.

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U.S., China clash over S. China Sea at E. Asia Summit | Kyodo News

U.S., China clash over S. China Sea at E. Asia Summit | Kyodo News | Geopolitics | Scoop.it

The United States and China clashed over the handling of territorial rows in the South China Sea at a regional summit Saturday, with Beijing rejecting talks on an issue it wants to settle bilaterally with other claimant states, without involvement from outside parties including Washington.

At the East Asia Summit in Bali, Indonesia, U.S. President Barack Obama called for ''peaceful resolution'' of the South China Sea issue in accordance with international law, specifically the application of the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, according to Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario.

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Gobi mega-mine puts Mongolia on brink of world's greatest resource boom

Gobi mega-mine puts Mongolia on brink of world's greatest resource boom | Geopolitics | Scoop.it
Coal extraction in 'the last frontier' expected to triple economy by 2020 but will compete with nomads for scarce resources...
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Bedouin's plight: 'We want to maintain our traditions. But it's a dream here'

Bedouin's plight: 'We want to maintain our traditions. But it's a dream here' | Geopolitics | Scoop.it
Way of life under threat as bill proposing resettlement of villagers to designated townships goes before Israeli parliament...
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Massive land grab threatening Papua New Guinea rainforest and indigenous peoples | Salva le Foreste

Massive land grab threatening Papua New Guinea rainforest and indigenous peoples | Salva le Foreste | Geopolitics | Scoop.it

Papua New Guinea (PNG) is one of the few places on earth where indigenous people still control their ancestor's land, with just three percent of the country controlled by the government or private enterprise. Customary ownership is partly responsible for the fact that PNG is home to one of the world’s largest areas of intact tropical forests. PNG’s indigenous people have close spiritual connections to their land and must be given free, prior and informed consent before any commercial activities can be carried out. The recent assignment of almost 20 per cent of PNG’s remaining forests to agriculture leases (SABLs) is therefore profoundly disturbing to all Papua New Guineans.

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Occupy Wall Street-style protest in Indonesia leads to closure of world's largest gold mine

Occupy Wall Street-style protest in Indonesia leads to closure of world's largest gold mine | Geopolitics | Scoop.it
Clashes between protesting Indonesians and security forces at US-owned mine have also left four dead.
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PERU: Campesinas Protect Traditional Diversity of Food Crops - IPS ipsnews.net

PERU: Campesinas Protect Traditional Diversity of Food Crops - IPS ipsnews.net | Geopolitics | Scoop.it
Dina Apomayta is heir to the 3,500-year legacy of the Andean cultures of Tiwanaku and Lupaca, which venerated the land.
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New Left Project | Articles | The Dynamics of Occupation

Greg Muttitt worked for many years with the arts and social justice charity Platform, exposing the global impact of the oil industry. His first book, based on almost a decade of research, is Fuel on the Fire: Oil and Politics in Occupied Iraq. It provides a forensic, behind-the-scenes account of the struggles over Iraq’s oil prior to the 2003 invasion and during the ensuing occupation.

This is the second of a three-part interview with NLP’s Ed Lewis. In the first part, Muttitt argues that the Iraq war was driven by a concern to expand oil production in Iraq in order to bring down the price of oil. Here, he builds on that analysis, discussing the dynamics of the occupation in relation to oil and its ideological underpinnings.

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Air pollution is stunting India's monsoon - environment - 30 September 2011 - New Scientist

Air pollution is stunting India's monsoon - environment - 30 September 2011 - New Scientist | Geopolitics | Scoop.it
India has been drying out for half a century, and widespread air pollution thousands of kilometres away is partly to blame...
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Wikileaks reveals Arctic could be the new cold war | Greenpeace UK

Wikileaks reveals Arctic could be the new cold war | Greenpeace UK | Geopolitics | Scoop.it
UPDATE: Watch BBC Newsnight's feature on the Wikileaks Arctic files Submarine explorers planting Russian flags under the North Pole.
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Inuit hunter takes climate change message to Durban conference

Inuit hunter takes climate change message to Durban conference | Geopolitics | Scoop.it
Jordan Konek says snow is arriving later and melting sooner at his home in Arviat on Hudson Bay...
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First detailed study of large land acquisitions in Africa warns of impacts on poor rural people | Natural Resources | International Institute for Environment and Development

First detailed study of large land acquisitions in Africa warns of impacts on poor rural people | Natural Resources | International Institute for Environment and Development | Geopolitics | Scoop.it

Land acquisitions are on the increase in Africa and other continents, raising the risk, if not made properly, that poor people will be evicted or lose access to land, water, and other resources, according to the first detailed study of the trend.
The study has been realized by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) at the request of UN Food and Agriculture Organization and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
It warns that such deals can bring many opportunities (guaranteed outlets, employment, investment in infrastructures, increases in agricultural productivity) but can also cause great harm if local people are excluded from decisions about allocating land and if their land rights are not protected.
The report highlights a number of misconceptions about what have been termed land grabs. It found that land-based investment has been rising over the past five years. But while foreign investment dominates, domestic investors are also playing a big role in land acquisitions.

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Bulgaria: Plans for Gold Mine Divide Bulgarians - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Bulgaria: Plans for Gold Mine Divide Bulgarians - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency | Geopolitics | Scoop.it

from The New York Times

by Dimiter Kenarov

At the edge of Europe in southeastern Bulgaria, the fields of tobacco have been harvested. Flocks of sheep roam the grassy hills, herded by shepherds and their shaggy dogs. Far off, the muezzin calls the faithful to prayer.

Forty-five years of Communist dictatorship and 20 more of a rush to recreate a market economy have had little effect here, where ethnic Turks and Pomaks form a majority in a community of quiet dignity, a remnant of the Ottoman Empire. The workdays begin at sunrise and end at sundown; poverty is a daily companion, wrapped in the smoke of hand-rolled cigarettes and chatter in Turkish.

But change is coming, and many here think it will not be for the better. Spurred by the rising worldwide demand for gold, a Canadian mining company, Dundee Precious Metals, and its Bulgarian subsidiary, Balkan Mineral & Mining, have made plans to open a big open-pit gold mine near this town, which is close to the Greek border and a four-hour drive southeast of the capital, Sofia.

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Activists Fight to Hold Exxon Mobil Accountable in Valdez Oil Spill (Part One) | Truthout

Activists Fight to Hold Exxon Mobil Accountable in Valdez Oil Spill (Part One) | Truthout | Geopolitics | Scoop.it

Activists are attempting to compel Exxon Mobil to pay a remaining $100 million in cleanup costs for damages from the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

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Help for German Industry: Merkel Joins the Global Hunt for Natural Resources - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International

Help for German Industry: Merkel Joins the Global Hunt for Natural Resources - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International | Geopolitics | Scoop.it
With rare earths in short supply the world over, Chancellor Angela Merkel has jumped in to help German industry search for more. The hope is to secure supplies well into the future -- and to break the Chinese monopoly.
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Another step towards Grand Canyon protection | EARTHblog

Another step towards Grand Canyon protection
Submitted by Lauren Pagel on Wed, 10/26/2011 - 15:45
Today, the Obama administration took another important step towards protecting the Grand Canyon from uranium mining. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the Northern Arizona Proposed Withdrawal Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for public review, and the Obama administration once again reiterated its support for a withdrawal of the full 1 million acres. This action initiates a 30-day review period after which the Secretary of Interior can make and issue a final decision.

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Europe’s oil, gas and mining transparency plan could help millions | Global Witness

Europe’s oil, gas and mining transparency plan could help millions | Global Witness | Geopolitics | Scoop.it

The European Commission took a vital step on Tuesday towards helping millions of people in poor countries to benefit from their natural resources by proposing legislation requiring EU-based oil, gas, mining and timber companies to publicly disclose their payments to governments for each project that they invest in around the world.

The Commission proposal, which takes the form of amendments to existing EU directives on market transparency and corporate accounting, would enable the public to scrutinise the flow of payments to governments as a deterrent to abuses. It would also give investors in extractive companies a much clearer view of companies’ operations and finances.

“We welcome the leadership of the EC’s President Barroso and Commissioner Barnier and the strong support of Britain and France for a proposal which could make a profound difference to many resource-rich-but-poor countries,” said Simon Taylor, Founding Director of Global Witness. ”When adopted into EU law, this would be a major step towards global standards in transparency.

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Revealed – the capitalist network that runs the world - physics-math - 19 October 2011 - New Scientist

Revealed – the capitalist network that runs the world - physics-math - 19 October 2011 - New Scientist | Geopolitics | Scoop.it
As anti-capitalist protesters take to the streets, mathematics has teased apart the global economic network to show who's really pulling the strings...
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New Left Project | Articles | Oil and the Iraq War: A New Interpretation

Oil and the Iraq War: A New Interpretation

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Underpaid Genius - Record Floods Led To Drop In The Ocean Level Of 6mm |

Underpaid Genius - Record Floods Led To Drop In The Ocean Level Of 6mm | | Geopolitics | Scoop.it
Record Floods Led To Drop In The Ocean Level Of 6mm “ Barry Saxifrage, NASA: It Rained So Hard the Oceans Fell In the map below, produced from NASA’s GRACE satellite data, blue indicates areas that...
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