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    Are the Amazon Fires a Crime Against Humanity?

    Are the Amazon Fires a Crime Against Humanity?

    By Tara Smith Fires in the Brazilian Amazon have jumped 84 percent during President Jair Bolsonaro’s first year in office and in July 2019 alone, an area of rainforest the size of Manhattan was lost every day. The Amazon fires may seem beyond human control, but they’re not beyond human culpability. Bolsonaro ran for president […]

    First Major U.S. Insurer Begins Divestment from Fossil Fuels

    First Major U.S. Insurer Begins Divestment from Fossil Fuels

    By Elana Sulakshana It seems like every day there is a new story of a pipeline spilling crude oil or an oil refinery exploding. How do fossil fuel companies continue to operate such hazardous infrastructure in communities despite the immediate and long-term harm they cause? One piece of the answer is the coverage and financial […]

    7 Amazon Rainforest Countries Sign Pact to Come Together in Response to Wildfires

    7 Amazon Rainforest Countries Sign Pact to Come Together in Response to Wildfires

    Seven Amazon countries signed a pact Friday to protect the world’s largest tropical rainforest in response to the record-breaking number of wildfires that have blazed through the Amazon rainforest this summer, Reuters reported. Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru and Suriname agreed to create a network to coordinate their responses to disasters like this summer’s […]

    Trump Moves to Open 16.7 Million Acre Alaskan Rainforest to Corporate Exploitation

    Trump Moves to Open 16.7 Million Acre Alaskan Rainforest to Corporate Exploitation

    By Jake Johnson President Donald Trump has reportedly ordered the U.S. Department of Agriculture to open Alaska’s 16.7 million-acre Tongass National Forest — the planet’s largest intact temperate rainforest — to logging and other corporate development projects, a move that comes as thousands of fires are ripping through the Amazon rainforest and putting the “lungs […]

    ‘Work Together’ or ‘Destroy it’: Goldman Prize Winner Francia Márquez on World’s Second Deadliest Country For Environmental Activists

    ‘Work Together’ or ‘Destroy it’: Goldman Prize Winner Francia Márquez on World’s Second Deadliest Country For Environmental Activists

    By Robert Valencia In April 2018, Afro-Colombian activist Francia Márquez won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize, thanks to her work to retake her community’s ancestral territories from illegal gold mining. However, her international recognition comes at a very risky price. Francia was born in Yolombó, a town nestled in the southwestern department of Cauca, where […]

    Gold Miners Murder Indigenous Leader, Force Villagers in Brazil’s Amazon to Flee

    Gold Miners Murder Indigenous Leader, Force Villagers in Brazil’s Amazon to Flee

    Gold miners invaded indigenous territory in Brazil‘s Amazon, killing one leader and prompting villagers to flee for safety, The New York Times reported Saturday. The violence confirms fears that right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro‘s promises to open protected lands to mining and other extractive industries will have devastating consequences for indigenous communities. “The president is responsible […]

    Supreme Court Upholds Virginia’s Ban on Uranium Mining

    Supreme Court Upholds Virginia’s Ban on Uranium Mining

    In a blow to the Trump administration, the Supreme Court ruled Monday to uphold a Virginia ban on mining uranium, Reuters reported. The Trump administration had backed a lawsuit brought by Virginia Uranium Inc. and other companies who own the nation’s largest-known uranium deposit, valued at $6 billion. But that deposit is on private land […]