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· September, 2012

Stories about Environment from September, 2012

Peru: Activists Begin “Civic Crusade” in Defense of the Nanay River

In our first post in this tree-part series we briefly introduced some water-related issues in Iquitos, and later presented the controversy generated by the transnational Conoco Phillips and their exploration...

Guinea-Bissau: Impact of Tourism in the Bijagós Islands

Tourism doesn't always mean wealth and development for the Southern countries. The statement comes from a report [pt] on “Dynamics and impacts of the expansion of tourism in the Bijagós...

Africa: Mountain Gorilla Conservation Data

Over 5,000 days of Mountain Gorilla conservation data in Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo: Fifteen years ago, ranger-based monitoring (or RBM for short) was initiated as a...

Peru: Hydrocarbons Exploration Threatens Iquitos’ Water

The amazonian city of Iquitos, strategically located on the banks of three rivers and blessed with a tropical weather with copious rainfall, shouldn't have problems with the drinking water supply....

Japan: Citizens Respond to New Nuclear Power Policies

Individuals with vested interests in nuclear power have been named to lead a regulatory commission of the Japanese government that will play crucial role in determining whether to phase out...

Malaysia: New Lacewing Species Discovered with Online Help

Malaysian photographer Guek Hock Ping blogged and posted photos of a lacewing species he found in Selangor, Malaysia. Readers saw it in his blog and Flickr page and eventually scientists...

Environment: World Rhino Day

22 September 2012 is World Rhino Day. Currently there are an estimated 4,800 black rhinos and 22,000 white rhinos in Africa.Current poaching levels could see both species extinct in the...

Iran: Bear's Torture Commemorated with Day Against Animal Cruelty

A video of a brown bear and her cubs being clubbed to death made a big impact on the Iranian public in 2011. Now animal rights activists commemorate the day...

Mozambique: Photos of Bike-Taxis in Quelimane

A photo album by António Silva on Sapo illustrates the widespread use of bicycles as taxis in the flat city of Quelimane, in Mozambique, a place where there the lack...

Madagascar: How a Tiny Island Can Explain the Root of the Crisis

Lalatiana Pitchboule published a two-part detailed investigative report [fr] on what is at stakes when it comes to the appropriation of the tiny island of Juan de Nova (4.4 km2) off the west...

Japan: Fukushima Nuclear Cleanup Worker Dangers Revealed

A citizen media news video has revealed the dangerous conditions that cleanup workers in Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant are finding themselves in. The plant was damaged by last year's...

India: Hurrah For Hornbills – Defence Project Stalled in Narcondam

A proposal from the Indian Coast Guards to install coastal surveillance equipments in the Narcondamm Island in the Andaman Sea, has been stalled by the Indian government. This news, coming...

France: Study Shows GM Corn Fed Rats Display Higher Tumors Levels

Guillaume Malaurie reports that [fr] a team of French researchers led by Pr. Gilles-Eric Séralini found that laboratory rats fed with a steady diet of Monsanto genetically modified corn displayed...

China: Cancer Villages

Shelley Jiang from Tea Leaf Nation blogs about the painful cost of development in China – the increasing number of cancer villages all over the country: Officially and unofficially, the...

Burkina Faso, Niger: Cholera Kills 80 after Floods

Bark Biiga writes on Fasozine [fr] that  following the floods that plagued Niger and Burkina Faso, 80 people have succumbed to Cholera in the Western Region of Niger. The disease also threatens to...

Chile: Reforesting Patagonia through Social Media

Reforest Patagonia has managed to plant 100,000 native-species trees thanks to its creative social media donation campaign, ”Create Your Own Forest.” […] Reforest Patagonia’s main campaigning tool is its online platform, i.e....

China: The Million Tree Project

Jonah Kessel introduces a NGO called Shanghai Roots & Shoots which carried out the Million Tree Project in Kulun Qi of inner Mongolia by working with the national and regional...

Ecuador on Alert over Forest Fires

Ecuador is in a state of emergency due to forest fires that have been burning since June. As soon as the warning signal was given by citizens and authorities, the...

India: Koodankulam Nuclear Plant Starts Amidst Protests

The Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) in the Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu, India started operations recently despite protests to stall it. Police cracked down on some 8,000 people from...

Zambia: Mining Proposal Threatens Lower Zambezi Ecosystem

Potential mining activity in Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park, part of a greater World Heritage Area, is threatening its ecosystem and that of the adjacent Mana Pools National Park in...

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