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· June, 2010

Stories about Environment from June, 2010

Belize: Mayans Win Right to Land

Repeating Islands reports on a landmark court ruling “in favor of 38 Mayan Communities in the Toledo District”, which confirms their rights to the land surrounding their communities.

Chile: Organizations and Citizens Against Mining Project in Magallanes

Manuel Luis Rodriguez writes in the blog Coyuntura Política [es] about a mining project in Isla Riesco (Riesco Island) in the Magallanes region. He says that about 50 NGOs and...

Chile: From California to Chile on Biodiesel

Maria Jose Calderon and Carlos Herrera embarked on a 6-month road trip from California, USA to Chile in a biodiesel truck. The couple traveled Latin America in search of grassroots...

Egypt: Heat Blamed for Hurghada Oil Spill

There is an oil spill off the coast of Hurghada and Egyptian officials are blaming it on “oil seeping from the ground due to heat.” Egyptian Chronicles has more here.

Egypt: Unrest in North Sinai

It may be off the radar – but Zeinobia reports on unrest in North Sinai. Click here for more.

Africa: The Great Green Wall of Africa

Gold discussing the Great Green Wall of Africa: “The Great Green Wall of Africa was first suggested by the ex-Nigerian Prez Olusegun Obasanjo, in 2005…”

Ukraine: Gorbachev and Chernobyl

Window on Eurasia writes about Mikhail Gorbachev's order to hold the May Day demonstration in Kyiv shorly after the Chernobyl catastrophe.

Ukraine: Kyiv Farmers’ Markets

Photos of berries, fruit and vegetables sold at Kyiv farmers’ markets this summer – at The Pickle Project, here and here.

Seychelles: Visiting Vallée de Mai

I Love Seychelles writes about Vallée de Mai in Seychelles. Vallée de Mai is a nature reserve, which is on the UNESCO world heritage list.

Myanmar: Decrease in opium production

Words of Life quotes from a report that opium production in the Shan State of Myanmar went down this year because of the El Nino phenomenon

Bolivia: Evo Morales and His Indigenous and Environmental Challenges

In the blog Pronto, Miguel Centellas writes that despite the logical assumption that indigenous groups would never go against Evo Morales, “the government is losing its grip on the indigenous...

Brazil: Standing Against Mining in Gandarela

Local communities and netcitizens who care for the biodiverse Serra da Gandarela in Minas Gerais, Brazil, are taking a stand against Vale S.A. - a major mining multinational whose record...

Worldwide: The oil spills that don't make the news

The tragic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has the world's attention on the devastation that badly managed oil extraction can bring. However, in some places around the world,...

Illegal bird trades in Indonesia and the Philippines

EngageMedia uploads an investigative video report on the illegal bird trades in Indonesia and the Philippines

Indonesia: Video on protest against mangrove forest conversion

EngageMedia uploads a video of a protest action demanding the Aceh Governor in Indonesia to stop the conversion of mangrove forest to palm oil plantation.

Russia: Charges Against Alexanyan Dropped

Robert Amsterdam reports that “Russian prosecutors have finally dropped their case against Yukos lawyer Vasily Aleksanyan”: “But I don't really see this as a sign of clemency or change, or...

Russia, Belarus, Moldova: Gas Wars

Updates on the gas dispute between Russia and Belarus – at Leopolis, Jamestown Foundation Blog, and BelarusDigest. A May 28 post on Moldova's relationship with Gazprom – at RFE/RL's Transmission.

Brazil: “Tsunami” hits some of the poorest riverside cities

At least 46 people have been killed and an estimated hundreds are missing after torrential floods swept through states in the north-east Brazil, in the worst environmental tragedy in the...

Bangladesh: Outstanding Bangladeshi Researcher Completes Jute Genome Sequencing

Monir Uddin Ahmed at Science and Technology blog congratulates Bangladeshi scientist Dr. Maqsudul Alam for successfully completing Jute Genome Sequencing.

Costa Rica: Week-long March Against Mining

Habla Costa Rica [es] reports on a march against mining which will start July 12 and end July 18.  The march was organized by a group of citizens under the...

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