Water Wars: Land snatched from Syria supplies third of Israel’s H2O
Published on 7 Jan 2014
Water is life, so they say, but rivalry over supplies can lead to bitter conflicts. You can see here that, since the mid-20th century, the planet’s seen nearly 180 conflicts connected to water resources. These include both small and large-scale clashes – a lot of them in the Middle East and Africa. So, it might surprise you to hear that it’s water – rather than oil – that could be what’s fought over in the coming years in the region.
Published on 12 Oct 2013
France’s constitutional court has upheld a ban on fracking.The controversial method to exploit oil and gas deposits is hailed by some as the future of energy. But environmentalists say it can trigger earthquakes and pollute water sources. Al Jazeera’s Emma Hayward reports from Paris
Published on 9 Sep 2013
Thousands of Romanians demonstrated on Sunday both for and against a planned Canadian gold mine that would use cyanide in the extraction process. The project would create the biggest gold mine in Europe, razing four mountains to make way for an open pit mine.
Supporters say the mine would bring vital jobs and investment to the deprived area in northwest Romania. But opponents say it will present an environmental risk.
In the Romanian capital, thousands of people protesting against the mine shouted “Save Rosia Montana,” referring to the town where it would be located and where gold has been mined for more than 2,000 years.
The anti-mine protesters in Bucharest’s University Square urged lawmakers not to pass legislation that would approve the mine as a “special national interest” creating foreign investment and jobs in the deprived area. They later blocked a main road in the city.
Some 6,000 people rallied in the city of Cluj, which is near the mine, also urging parliament to block the legislation, Mediafax news agency reported.
In the town of Rosia Montana, thousands of miners used their annual rally on miner’s day to urge Parliament to allow the mine to open, saying it would create jobs and investment, local authorities said. Rosia Montana Town Hall put the turnout at 10,000 people.
For the past week, there have been protests in Bucharest and other Romanian cities against the draft bill the government has put forward that would allow Canadian company Gabriel Resources to mine gold and silver there.
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An estimated 350 protesters marched to the entrance of Brayton Point power plant in Somerset Sunday, to demonstrate against its effect on the health of the surrounding community. Police arrested 44 of the protesters.
The second Radical Mycology Convergence was held in Port Townsend, Washington. This volunteer-run four day event attracts mycologists and fungal enthusiasts to share skills about the benefits of fungi in terms of bioremediation and human uses. Port Townsend, WA, USA, 22/10/2012.
Locals, Brazilians, South Americans, the people of Earth, all protests on Rio+20 cross national earth summit at Rio de Janeiro.
On the 20th of June the Global Action Day of the People’s Summit gathered in downtown Rio de Janeiro more than 50,000 people around the world. The people denounced the economic exploitation of nature hidden in the ‘green economy’ sold by the Rio +20 summit has joined the UN with governments and transnational.
“The Earth is not for sale, the Earth must be defended”
On June 21, 2012, leaders from around the world gathered in Rio de Janeiro to discuss sustainable development and related issues. Nobody hoped for much but the results were even worse than expected. Some members of civil society who were present decided to take bold action to show their anger at a failed process and that the time has come to unite to demand a future for all. Over a hundred people walked out the conference center, symbolically returning their UN badges on the way out. Here is the story of that day.