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No Discussion On Some Of Rio Tinto’s Most Notorious Operations At Shareholder Meeting

Mining giant should address pollution and human rights abuses at its mines in West Papua and Papua New Guinea, say critics

Mining watchdog groups and human rights activists from around the world confronted Rio Tinto officials at the mining giant’s annual general shareholder meeting in London Thursday, questioning the company about proposed and in-the-works projects that they said could cause serious environmental and…
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by: Kari Lydersen – April 19, 2013

European Activists Form Cross-border Alliances to Track the Impacts of International Coal Trade

Greens and labor groups demand more transparency about where imported coal comes from and the conditions under which it was extracted

The Ferrybridge coal-fired power plant looms over the rolling hills of Yorkshire, England, an imposing industrial relic with towering brick smoke stacks and a squadron of hourglass-shaped cooling towers pouring steam into the sky. This is a region built on coal, and…
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by: Kari Lydersen – December 5, 2012

Fueling the Tiger

The US Coal Industry Wants to Boost Exports to Asia – Native American Tribes Stand in the Way

The gray waters of the Puget Sound are rough and scattered with white caps on this cold and wet October morning. The air is pungent with the low-tide smells of seaweed and salt. Schools of chum salmon are migrating from the Pacific into the Nooksack River to spawn. A handful of Lummi fishermen in small weather-beaten boats brave the driving rain and frigid gusts to reel in their nets, harvesting the fish…
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by: Kari Lydersen – Winter 2013

Germany Continues to Expand Brown Coal Mines Despite Its Commitment Clean Energy

Country’s decision to phase out nuclear power means it continues to rely on coal to close the energy gap

Florian "Floh" Hurtig wades through waist-high, thorny weeds and pungent wildflowers with sure-footed agility, dashing up a steep levy in Hembach Forest to take in the shocking view on the other side. That would be the sprawling open pit Tagebau Hambach mine…
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by: Kari Lydersen – October 8, 2012


A Mining Resurgence in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Threatens the Environment and the Region’s Tourism Industry.

Chauncey Moran climbed as swiftly and sure-footedly as a deer up a steep hillside near the Huron Mountains in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The pine and fir forest was blanketed in more than four feet of powdery snow, unblemished except for the tracks of Moran’s snowshoes. A faint trickling was the only sound as twilight crept over the woods. Moran knocked away a frozen bridge of ice and snow to reveal clear, cold…
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by: Kari Lydersen – Summer 2010

Heart of Dryness

by James Workman
323 pages, Walker Publishing, 2009

James Workman has seen the future, and it is bone dry. As an international consultant on water scarcity, Workman witnessed the devastation wreaked by lack of fresh clean water in Africa and Asia. As global climate change contributes to droughts, extreme water shortages will become the norm throughout the world. To see how humanity could survive the coming epoch, Workman’s Heart of Dryness: How the Last Bushmen Can Help Us Endure the…
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by: Kari Lydersen – Spring 2010

Border War

Immigration Is a Political Minefield. Can Environmentalists Have a Reasoned Debate on the Issue?

istockphoto.com Suburban sprawl eating up wetlands and woodlands. National parks crammed with enough visitors to block out the scenery. Highways jammed with greenhouse gas-spewing vehicles. Wildlife driven into cities or becoming endangered as their habitats disappear. The environmental impacts of a growing US population are increasingly alarming to conservationists who have dedicated their lives to preserving and protecting the natural world. In October 2006, the US officially passed the 300 million mark.…
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by: Kari Lydersen – Summer 2009

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