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Belo Sun Mining seeks to criminalise Amazon defenders

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The Canadian gold mining company’s criminal lawsuit attempts to silence and intimidate defenders of the Volta Grande do Xingú, including community leaders, Amazon Watch, and other environmental and human rights activists.

Yasuní National Park under threat once again

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Ecuadorian President Daniel Noboa now plans to continue oil extraction in Yasuní National Park – in defiance of the August national referendum result. Leonidas Iza, President of CONAIE, denounced the proposal as illegal and authoritarian.

Colombia: courageous fight against oil polluters

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Interviewed by Mongabay, Yuly Velásquez, a local fisher and president of an environmental organization, has spent years documenting water contamination and corruption linked to the Ecopetrol refinery in Colombia and she faces consistent threats and attacks.

Suriname has 93 percent forest cover; we want to keep it...

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Suriname is the most forested country on earth, with 93 percent forest cover. At COP-23 in Bonn, the Suriname government pledged to work towards keeping 93 percent forest cover, forever. The Forest93 campaign is leading the way.

Petro’s call at COP28 to defend the Amazon

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Colombian President Gustavo Petro is interviewed at the COP28 climate summit in Dubai by Sumaúma. He takes a radical stand against oil exploration and drilling, in contrast to Brazil's Lula, who has signed his country up to OPEC+

Mexico: the indomitable women of the lagoon

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The community of San Juan Bautista struggles against a gas pipeline and in defence of their lagoon, their land, and their existence as an Indigenous people. This is the story of the women embodying their resistance.

Leydy Pech: the Mayan Beekeeper who took on a corporate giant

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Ledy Pech Martín is a Mexican Indigenous beekeeper who led the fight against the multinational giant, Monsanto, and won. She is an environmental defender who has worked tirelessly to raise awareness over pesticide use and its effects on the natural habitat of bees, as well as the honey supply that is crucial to the livelihoods of indigenous Mayans in the Yucatán peninsula. 

‘Our water will become poison’

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Seven months ago, the residents of Santa María Chi, a precinct of the Yucatán city of Mérida in southern Mexico with a small population...

Colombia: open-pit mine threatens municipalities near Bogotá

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In August this year, the owners of two fincas in the Gualivá province of Cundinamarca, just outside of Bogota, were sent expropriation orders by...

Hope for Amazon river dolphin?

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A moratorium on fishing the piracatinga catfish in the Brazilian Amazon was extended for the third time since its introduction in 2014. There’s now no expiry date for the ban, although the ministries of environment and fishing have a period of three years to reevaluate it. The moratorium was instituted to protect the pink river dolphin (Inia geoffrensis), known locally as the boto.

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