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Bolivia Approves Highway Through Amazon Biodiversity Hotspot – August 15, 2017

National park that is home to thousands of Indigenous people loses protected status to allow for construction of 190-mile road

Bolivia has given the go ahead to a controversial highway that would cut through an Amazon biodiversity hotspot almost the size of Jamaica and home to 14,000 mostly Indigenous people.

photo of Indigenous march for TIPNISPhoto by Marielle Claudia Indigenous peoples march in defense of the Isiboro Sécure Indigenous Territory and National Park, known as Tipnis, in 2011. The Bolivian government has approved construction of a highway through the protected area.

President Evo Morales enacted the new law opening the way for the 190-mile (300km) road through the Isiboro Sécure Indigenous Territory and National Park, known as Tipnis, its Spanish… more

by: The Guardian

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Monsanto Sold PCBs for Years Despite Knowing Health Risks, Archives Reveal – August 9, 2017

Company says it has no liability for pollution caused by discharge of the chemicals into the environment

Monsanto continued to produce and sell toxic industrial chemicals known as PCBs for eight years after learning that they posed hazards to public health and the environment, according to legal analysis of documents put online in a vast searchable archive.

More than 20,000 internal memos, minuted meetings, letters, and other documents have been published in the new archive, many for the first time.

photo of PCB contaminated areaPhoto by Paul SablemanLegal anaylsis of newly available documents suggests that Monsanto continued to produce and sell toxic industrial chemicals known as PCBs for years after learning they posed risks to public health and… more

by: The Guardian

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Endangered Right Whales Keep Dying Off the Coast of Canada – August 3, 2017

Researchers are racing for answers following 10th confirmed death this summer

Researchers are scrambling to figure out why one of the world’s most endangered whale species is dying in “unprecedented” numbers, after at least 10 north Atlantic right whales have been found floating lifelessly off the coast of Canada.

The first whale carcass was reported in early June. Within a month, another six reports came in, leaving researchers reeling. This week, after several carcasses washed up on the shores of western Newfoundland, Canadian officials confirmed that the number of whale deaths had risen to at least 10, making 2017 the deadliest year for the whales since researchers began tracking them in the 1980s.

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Dozens of Laotian Elephants ‘Illegally Sold to Chinese Zoos,’ Says Wildlife Investigator – July 25, 2017

Laos accused of breaking CITES treaty to protect endangered species, China of encouraging live animal trade

Dozens of elephants from Laos are being illegally bought by China to be displayed in zoos and safari parks across the country, according to wildlife investigator and film-maker Karl Ammann.

photo of elephants in Laos Photo by Garrett ZieglerElephants at the Elephant Conservation Center in Sayaboury, Laos. Wildlife investigator and filmmaker Karl Ammann says he stumbled upon an illicit trade in elephants between Laos and China earlier this year.

According to Ammann, so-called captive elephants in Laos sell for about £23,000 before being walked across the border into China by handlers or “mahouts” near the… more

by: The Guardian

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Pennsylvania Nuns Build Chapel in Middle of Cornfield in Effort to Block Pipeline – July 20, 2017

Catholic order files religious freedom lawsuit to keep Atlantic Sunrise pipeline off their land

Catholic nuns in Pennsylvania are resisting plans to build a $3 billion pipeline for gas obtained by fracking through its land by creating a rudimentary chapel along the proposed route and launching a legal challenge, citing religious freedom.

photo of climate march Photo by Mark Dixon Catholic nuns in Pennsylvania have built a chapel and filed a legal challenge to stop the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline, which passes through their land. A local activist group, Lancaster Against Pipelines, has pledged to mount a vigil at the chapel if the nuns lose their case.

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