In Seattle, an Ongoing Effort to Save the Region’s Green Spaces – September 1, 2014
The Mountain to Sound Greenway Trust aims to find a happy balance between development and wildlands protection
Whenever I go back to Seattle after a long time away, I’m struck by how green it is. The streets are lined with trees; there are parks everywhere; and I can see snow-covered peaks to the west, the east, and the south.
Those green spaces – the urban, suburban, and nearby wilds – are important both for people and for wildlife, says Lyanda Lynn Haupt, a Seattle-based author, naturalist, and eco-philosopher. “A tree outside a hospital window – just one tree can speed healing from surgery. One tree outside of a Chicago housing project can increase the attention span and the study habits for a student that lives in that project,”… more
by: Eilís O'Neill
Chile Finally Gets Tough on Mining Industry – March 26, 2014
New Environment Superintendent cracking down on domestic and foreign operations
Chile’s new office of the Environment Superintendent was only five months old when, last May, it took the country by surprise: It slammed the largest gold-mining company in the world, the Canada-based Barrick Gold Corporation, with a $16 million fine for water pollution and other environmental violations at its open-pit gold mine Pascua Lama. In response, Barrick Gold indefinitely suspended operations at the mine, which had cost $5 billion to construct. “Companies didn’t realize that the Superintendent was going to be so rigorous in its inspections,” says Ana Lya Uriarte, who was Chile’s environment minister when the law creating the Environment Superintendent was passed.
by: Eilís O'Neill
Environmentalists in Uruguay Fight New Open-Pit Mining Law – November 12, 2013
Recent vote opens up South American country to large-scale mining
A new mining law in Uruguay has unleashed a debate in the South American country between those who say Uruguay could benefit economically from big mining projects and those who say the environmental and social costs are too high.
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