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China: Cancer Villages Do Exist

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Louisiana: BP Will Fight Compensation Payments for Gulf Oil Spill

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Sea Shepherd vs Japan High Seas Conflict

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Texas vs New Mexico Water Dispute, World Crisis Looming

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Nanaimo BC: Idle No More Demonstration

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B. McPherson
Sign says, "Sorry for the inconvenience, we're trying to save the planet!

BC First Nations and supporters staged an information demonstration at Departure Bay in Nanaimo on Monday. The peaceful and orderly demonstration of about 200 caught the attention of the BC Ferry passengers going to and unloading from the government ferry. Many were supportive of the Idle No More people, tooting horns and waving.
The action took place to try to educate the general population about the omnibus bills currently being considered in Ottawa. While the handouts dealt mainly with the effect these bills would have on the indigenous people, they also have profound effects for the general population as well. This little girl is learning about her rich culture.
Bill C-38: a 450 page bill would remove many environmental protections now in effect. First Nation people have not been consulted regarding these changes.
Bill C-45: 450+ pages that would also remove much fish habitat protection a…

Indonesia: APP Pledges to Stop Clearing Rainforest

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B. McPherson

Orangutans are losing their homes to forestry and palm oil plantations. Asia Pulp and Paper(APP) has announced that they will declare a moratorium on further forest clearing in the Indonesian rainforest. APP is a major world supplier of paper and packaging materials. Greenpeace has conducted a lengthy campaign to educate customers about the harm being done to tropical rainforests to supply fibre for packaging and toilet paper. As part of their campaign they have urged the boycott of products made by APP.
The campaign has paid off with the announcement on February 5th.
“From February 1st 2013, suspension of natural forest clearance which applies to all suppliers while HCVF and HCS assessment are completed, ending all cutting of natural forest Protection of all forests, including those on peatland High Carbon Stock assessments to be implemented Adoption of international best practice for rights of indigenous peoples and local communities Independent monitoring by NGOs”Asia Pu…

Mangrove Forests: Unsung Heroes of the Tropics

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B. McPherson
Mangroves provide a good living if they are preserved.

Mangrove forests line the edge of the shores in many tropical and semi-tropical places around the world. Increasingly they are being bulldozed to make way for commercial shrimp farming and resort building. The removal of the mangroves gives the tropical resort an unimpeded view of the ocean and a fabulous sandy beach for the well heeled tourist to walk on.
As part of the sun-starved vacation many tourists hire boats to take them snorkeling or diving on the offshore coral reefs which are a wonderland of vibrant, teeming life. Most tourists would be shocked and dismayed to think that they are, in fact, party to killing off these reefs.
It wasn’t until I witnessed an intact mangrove forest that I started to understand the importance of these trees that walk out into the ocean.
The mangroves slow run off from the land, trapping the silt that would be lost to the ocean, gradually building and protecting the edges of the is…