south-america

7 Wild Rivers Under Attack by Hydropower Dams

7 Wild Rivers Under Attack by Hydropower Dams

By Gary Wockner and Lydia Bleifuss Hydropower, falsely sold to the public as a source of “green” or “clean” energy, is expanding at an alarming rate in many of South America’s beautiful and ecologically pristine rivers. In line with a global trend, many South American governments—backed by multi-national hydropower corporations, international financiers and profit-motivated corruption—continue […]

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    Landmark Study Exposes the Impact of Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals on You, Your Family and the Environment

    Landmark Study Exposes the Impact of Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals on You, Your Family and the Environment

    United Nations Environment Programme World Health Organization Many synthetic chemicals, untested for their disrupting effects on the hormone system, could have significant health implications according to the State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and World Health Organization (WHO). The joint study calls for […]

    How Organic Farming Contributes to a Sustainable Food System

    How Organic Farming Contributes to a Sustainable Food System

    Worldwatch Institute Despite a slight decline between 2009 and 2010, since 1999 the global land area farmed organically has expanded more than threefold to 37 million hectares, according to new research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute for its Vital Signs Online service. Regions with the largest certified organic agricultural land in 2010 were Oceania, including […]

    Will the Mercury Treaty Negotiations Reduce Mercury Poisoning Around the World?

    Will the Mercury Treaty Negotiations Reduce Mercury Poisoning Around the World?

    Waterkeeper Alliance By Sharon Khan [Editor’s note: Waterkeeper Alliance‘s International Director Sharon Khan is attending the mercury treaty negotiations in Geneva, Switzerland, and is providing live updates from the conference. For information regarding the mercury treaty negotiations, read Mercury Rising, Political Will Falling by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Marc Yaggi, and the report Global […]

    The Toxic Legacy of Depleted Uranium Weapons

    The Toxic Legacy of Depleted Uranium Weapons

    EcoWatch By Paul E McGinniss We all should be aware of the dangers posed by the world’s stockpile of nuclear weapons. The eight countries known to possess nuclear weapons have 10,000 plus nuclear warheads. And, especially post-Fukushima, we now understand firsthand the potential danger of nuclear power plants, many which are aging and highly vulnerable […]

    Vote for Vale as 2011’s Worst Corporation

    Vote for Vale as 2011’s Worst Corporation

    International Rivers Vale—the world’s largest iron-ore mining company and part owner of the Belo Monte Dam—is up to win the Public Eye Award, given annually to the corporation with the most dismal record in the world in terms of social and environmental responsibility. Vale owns a 9 percent stake in the consortium that is building […]