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Global Justice Groups Say Wealthy Countries Must Pay Reparations for Climate Chaos

Oxfam Hong KongThis farmer’s vegetables are dying due to chronic drought in the Gansuprovince of China. It was around 3 p.m. on a chilly March afternoon when residents of the highland village of Villa Lipe, Bolivia heard the noise. First, a sound like rock cracking, then water gushing – so they started to run. Within a few hours, the reservoir above the town had ruptured: Thousands of gallons of water had flooded…
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by: Jean Friedman-Rudovsky – Summer 2010

Bolivia’s Shimmering Gamble

Will a Barren Desert Be the Cradle for the Green Economy?

Cristian Viarisio On a recent sunny day, high up on Bolivia’s Uyuni Salt Flat, six men in beige overalls huddle in a circle. Almost a year into the Andean country’s highly valuable lithium extraction pilot project, workers for the state mining company COMIBOL have finally been given a drill to replace the pickaxes they had been using to cut brine sampling holes. But the new machinery (picture a circular saw on a…
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by: Jean Friedman-Rudovsky – Autumn 2009

Return to Cochabamba

Eight Years Later, the Bolivian Water War Continues

Reuters The 2000 protests in Bolivia against Bechtel put the issue of water privatization in the international spotlight. On first sight, you might think nothing much happens in the Cochabamba Valley, and not much ever will. The temperate fertile valley, nestled in the Andean foothills, feels unrelentingly tranquil with its flowered plazas, colonial terraces, and chatty street vendors. Evidence that this Bolivian city of less than one million inhabitants is a global…
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by: Jean Friedman-Rudovsky – Autumn 2008

Money for Nothing

In South America, business has always overshadowed biodiversity.

On July 7, some 18 million people tuned into eight simultaneous Live Earth concerts staged worldwide featuring Sting, Al Gore, Kanye West, and a range of other celebrities preaching about our planet’s dire environmental crisis. The concerts were seen as a milestone in public awareness about climate change. For 60 seconds during the three-hour broadcast, viewers were shown images of pristine jungle next to toxic smudge-filled rivers as actor Martin Sheen explained…
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by: Jean Friedman-Rudovsky – Autumn 2007


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