Lithium: draining the desert

Peine, Chile and Susques, Argentina – Within minutes of driving out of tourist hotspot San Pedro de Atacama in northern Chile you are deep in the Earth’s driest desert. Vast stretches of reddish-orange sand fly past on both sides. Every now and then you pass the odd dwelling, but this sparse setting changes when you reach the Salar de Atacama:...
Brazil is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world and contains 20% of the Earth´s water springs – but all this is threatened by the development model implemented in the countryside. In the west region of Bahia, in the Northeast of the country, communities are feeling the effects of land and power concentration in their...
Written for LAB by William Costa 'We were very happy when we lived on the banks of the Paraná River. We had our houses, we had our animals and our mint crops, which we sold on the Brazilian side of the river', says Carmen Martínez. With notable melancholy, the 84-year-old says that she does...
A new manifesto by eight of Brazil’s past environment ministers has accused the rightist Bolsonaro administration of “a series of unprecedented actions that are destroying the capacity of the environment ministry to formulate and carry out public policies.”The ministers warn that Bolsonaro’s draconian environmental policies, including the weakening of environmental licensing,...
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Members of the collective Ocupe e Abrace are opposing a new 22 storey block of flats, to be built next to Praça Homero Silva in Pompeia. This threatens to dry out the nine springs of the Agua Preta (Black Water) stream, one of them inside the the plot where the block will be built, threatening vegetation and...
26 April 2019 Dear LAB Supporter and Friend, Patricia Gualinga, a Sarayaku Kichwa activist from Ecuador, in New York for the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. She is holding a copy of Voices at an Amazonwatch event The shocking suicide of former President...

Water for Life

On 22 March, World Water Day, CONIC, Christian Aid and CREAS launched an online training course for faith communities in Brazil: 'Water for Life. The idea for this came from the Alternative World Water Forum 2018. Water is part of the Creation, and as such, it needs to be protected and cared for, like...
Among the most sensitive indicators of global climate change, these glaciers have shrunk by at least 30% over the last 30 years. Paul Brown, from Climate News Network, reports.

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