· June, 2010

Stories about Environment from June, 2010

Mexico: 300,000 Tons of Electronic Waste

  23 June 2010

Mexico produces about 300,000 tons of electronic waste each year. According to Pepe Flores [es], Mexico is behind in legislating on this issue and warns that the electronic residue presents a sanitary risk.

Peru: Oil Spill in Rio Marañon

  22 June 2010

Globalizado [es] reports on an oil spill in Rio Marañon in the Loreto region of Peru; the river is the only source of water for 28 native communities. The post also includes a video [es] showing the river after the spill. .

Haiti: Farmers fighting against Monsanto's seeds

  22 June 2010

Espas Ayisyen Toulouse republishes [Fr] Haitian Peasant Movement of Papaye‘s (PMP) official declaration after their long demonstration against the deal between the Haitian Government and the American firm Monsanto, to provide hybrid seeds to Haitian farmers.

East Timor: Expansion of the Energy Sector under Discussion

  21 June 2010

The past months have revealed serious tensions between Timorese leaders, Australia, and Woodside Petroleum, a multinational company hoping to profit from new petroleum resources in Timorese and Australian territory. At issue is where to pipe valuable Liquefied Natural Gas.

Colombia: Beauty Queen falls from Molested Mare

  21 June 2010

Diarionocturno brings us citizen video from a regional Colombian parade: Keeping calm was impossible for this beauty queen in Andalucia, Colombia as the mare she was riding during a festival turned out to be in heat and was courted by a stallion who tried to mount both beauty queen and...

Singapore: Government steps up anti-littering drive

  21 June 2010

Despite the strict laws against littering in Singapore, the number of offenders still went up in recent years prompting the government to intensify its anti-litter campaign. A more aggressive shame campaign will be implemented and “litter-free Ambassadors” will be recruited. Bloggers react

Brazil: Fire in Rio de Janeiro Mobilizes Online Campaign

  20 June 2010

One of the city’s postcards, the Lagoa neighborhood, was victim of a huge fire at Morro dos Cabritos, an area of Atlantic Rainforest. Soon a campaign against the release of hot air balloons - which are a possible cause of the fire - began to run through social media.

Peru: Southern Peru on Strike Reclaiming Gas

  19 June 2010

A 24-hour strike in protest of the Camisea gas export took place in various departments of southern Peru. The villagers complained about the gas moving abroad, while they have a great need of it in their regions. Rejection of other oil and irrigation projects was also part of the strike. Here we present a brief report and a collection of tweets from cities that participated in the protest.

Bangladesh: Save Dhaka Now

  17 June 2010

Anwarul Kabir at Mukto Mona blog analyzes Dhaka's unplanned growth which is causing many dire consequences like water-logging, pollution, changes in hydro-geological system, and building collapse.

Jamaica, Barbados, U.S.A.: Unstoppable Spill?

  17 June 2010

Jamaican diaspora blogger Labrish doubts that President Obama “is getting good advice when so much information is out there about grave concerns from scientists about whether this oil leak can be stopped”, while from Barbados, B.C. Pires observes: “If the calamity had occurred at the other end of the Caribbean...

Cuba, U.S.V.I.: Oil Spill Effects

  16 June 2010

As Cuba readies itself to face the effects of the BP oil spill, News of St. John wonders whether the Virgin Islands will be next and Pancier's Photo Blog declares: “Enough talk folks. Fix it and clean it up. 58 days is much too long…”

Uzbekistan: Aral Gas

Michael Hancock writes that the international consortium consisting of state-run Uzbekneftegaz, LUKoil Overseas, Petronas, Korea National Oil Corporation, and China National Petroleum Corporation found gas in the Uzbek part of the Aral Sea!

India: EcoFestival 2010

  14 June 2010

Alexandra at India Climate Solutions writes about the EcoFestival 2010 which took place in New Delhi recently. The festival is aimed at “creating greater awareness, interest and actions to mitigate climate change”, informs Kriti, the organizer team.

South Korea: Understanding the Oil Spill From Painful Experience

  14 June 2010

As the BP oil spill disaster in the United States is reported in South Korea, numerous Korean bloggers, for whom painful memories of the deadliest oil spill in Korean history in 2007 remains fresh, are expressing their worries and sympathy to the oil spill victims. In December 2007, 2.7 million...