In June 2010, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was passed in the United States (see also “Conflict Resources Reach Wall Street”, ECC-Platform edition August 2010).
Beginning in late 2012, a rehabilitated coalition of ex-rebel militia fighters, known as Séléka, reignited conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) over what it believed was the central government’s failure to abide by the 2007 and 2011 peace agreements.
At the Third Meeting of the School for Environmental Leaders in Potosí, leaders and representatives of the communities affected by environmental pollution met to discuss environmental problems in Bolivia. The conclusions from this meeting contrast the discourse of Evo Morales’ government regarding the rights of Mother Earth with the reality that the Bolivian economy hinges on the “commodity export” model.
While traditional livelihoods or herding maintain a deep-rooted socio-cultural and philosophical significance for Mongolia and its nearly 3 million people, increasing aridity and rampant desertification (also see here) pose serious threats to the continuity of a nomadic pastoral lifestyle. At the same time, a booming mining industry is creating an atmosphere of scepticism amongst Mongolia’s large herder population with regard to growing competition over access to land and water. Impacts from both large scale and artisanal mining on the country’s socio-ecological landscape are evident in varying forms.
This report by the Gaia Foundation looks at the impacts of expanding mining activities on the earth’s ecosystems and communities. It focuses on the adverse implications for agricultural systems through the impacts on land, water, air, climate and livelihoods. Case studies from different countries support the report’s key message that mining, fuelled by false growth visions, threatens the most basic natural resources, endangering food security in multiple ways.
Jade mining operations in northern Burma’s Kachin State will not be officially halted due to ongoing conflict in the area, according to a Ministry of Mines official.
As the United States assumes the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, it is more important than ever that we have a coordinated national effort that takes advantage of our combined expertise and efforts in the Arctic region to promote our shared values and priorities.