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PERU: Leaching Out the Water with the Gold
by Milagros SalazarInter Press Service (IPS)
September 20th, 2006
The conflict that brought operations at Yanacocha, Latin America's largest gold mine, to a halt just a month after President Alan García took office in Peru was merely the latest illustration of the tensions between mining companies and local communities in the northern province of Cajamarca.

US: Nevada panel OKs rules for mercury emissions
by Brendan RileyAssociated Press
September 18th, 2006
New rules for mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants were approved Monday by a legislative panel after Nevada's environmental agency chief warned that the alternative would be direct federal oversight.

IVORY COAST: Ivory Coast Nabs 2 Execs in Dump Scandal
Associated Press
September 18th, 2006
Authorities arrested and charged two executives of a Dutch commodities company whose dumped toxic waste has caused seven deaths and widespread sickness in the Ivory Coast's largest city, a government official said Monday.

US: Farmers Fear Coal Mining Will Sink Land
by Bob SecterChicago Tribune
September 17th, 2006
Two mining companies want to dig for coal under nearly half of Montgomery County. They plan to use a nontraditional but highly efficient process called "longwall" mining that will cause flat-as-a-dime land to sag like a burst souffle.

COLOMBIA: 'No' to Storm Sewer Runoff, Says Fishing Village
by Constanza VieiraInter Press News Service
September 14th, 2006
The residents of a picturesque fishing village in northern Colombia are up in arms against a storm drain system being built by a majority Spanish-owned water and sewage company that will serve shantytowns in the nearby port city of Santa Marta, discharging the runoff into the cove where their village is nestled.

Ivory Coast: More die from Ivory Coast waste
BBC News
September 12th, 2006
Six people have now died from the toxic waste dumped in the biggest Ivory Coast city, Abidjan, while 9,000 have sought treatment, the government says.

AFRICA: Toll jumps to 5,000 poisoned in Ivory Coast toxic waste scandal
Agence France Presse
September 10th, 2006
The human toll in Ivory Coast's toxic waste scandal rose sharply from 1,500 to more than 5,000 people contaminated by open-air dumping sites in Abidjan, the health ministry said.

US: BP's U.S. chief faces more grilling in Congress
by Shawn McCarthyThe Globe and Mail
September 9th, 2006
It's Round 2 Tuesday for Robert Malone, BP PLC's recently installed chief of U.S. operations, as he struggles to restore the company's battered reputation in its biggest market.

TRINIDAD: Prime Minister sounds Alcoa warning
by Clint Chan TackNewsday (Trinidad and Tobago)
September 6th, 2006
Prime Minister Patrick Manning yesterday said Alcoa would not be allowed to construct its controversial aluminium smelter in Chatham if it does not commit to developing downstream aluminium industries in Trinidad and Tobago.

WORLD: Nokia, Dell Get 'Light Green' Rating from Greenpeace; Apple in the Red
by Aaron
September 6th, 2006
Consumers interested in buying toxin-free electronics should consider purchasing products made by Nokia and Dell, says the environmental group Greenpeace in its new "Guide to Greener Electronics," which ranks companies on their use of harmful chemicals and electronic waste recycling.

US: Walking with purpose
by Edward MarshallThe Journal
September 5th, 2006
After 32 days and 380 miles of walking, Ed Wiley, a concerned grandfather of a Marsh Fork Elementary School student and grass roots activist, stopped in Shepherdstown Monday to speak with residents on his way to Washington where he hopes to meet with federal lawmakers. Wiley is on a mission to ensure the safety of the children in Sundial, W.Va., where their elementary school sits next to a coal preparation plant and just 400 yards downstream from a dam holding back over two billion gallons of toxic sludge.

INDIA: Union Carbide Must Clean Bhopal Mess - Residents
by Nityanand JayaramanInter Press Service (IPS)
September 1st, 2006
After an appellate court in the United States rejected claims by Bhopal city residents, seeking compensation from Union Carbide for environmental contamination around the site of the world's worst industrial disaster, plans are afoot to have the case transferred to India.

CHILE: Despite Protests, CELCO Opens Fourth Pulp Mill
by Daniela EstradaInter Press News Service (IPS)
September 1st, 2006
Despite years of opposition mounted by a determined network of environmentalists and citizen groups, a new paper pulp plant began to operate Thursday in Chile.

TRINIDAD: Residents, police clash in Chatham
by Susan MohammedNewsday (Trinidad and Tobago)
August 30th, 2006
A CONFRONTATION involving Chatham residents protesting the construction of ALCOA’s multi-million dollar smelter plant and Alcoa officials and police threatened to become violent yesterday, when a policeman held one of the protesters at gunpoint.

UK: Shareholder raps Shell's 'corroded' gas pipes
by Julia Kollewe The Independent (UK)
August 29th, 2006
Royal Dutch Shell has come under fire over corroded gas pipes, just days after BP was forced to shut down production at an oilfield in Alaska due to severe pipeline corrosion.

US: Pollution in the Water, Lawsuits in the Air
by Juliet EilperinThe Washington Post
August 28th, 2006
Every time the rain comes down, muddy water laden with phosphorus, arsenic and other contaminants flows into the Illinois River from chicken farms nearby and just across the border in Arkansas.

US: Seattle Firm Warned BP About Pipeline
Associated Press
August 27th, 2006
An engineering firm raised a red flag more than four years ago about BP's monitoring of its Alaska oil pipelines, documents show.

US: It's Not Easy Being Green: Are weed-killers turning frogs into hermaphrodites?
by William SouderHarpers
August 25th, 2006
In the summer of 1997, Tyrone Hayes, a biologist at the University of California, Berkeley, accepted what seemed a harmless offer to join a panel of eight other scientists investigating the safety of the common weed-killer atrazine. The panel had been commissioned by atrazine's inventor and primary manufacturer, the Swiss-based chemical giant then called Novartis and since renamed Syngenta. The company wanted to know if its product threatened “non-target” organisms, including fish, reptiles, and amphibians—creatures whose fate had remained largely unexplored through the half century in which atrazine had become the most heavily used herbicide in the United States as well as one of its most widespread environmental contaminants.

PERU: Yanacocha Mine Ceases Carachugo Project Operations
by Robert KozakDow Jones Newswire
August 25th, 2006
Minera Yanacocha SRL, which runs Latin America's largest gold mine, on Friday ceased activities at its Carachugo project in northern Peru because of protests.

INDONESIA: Newmont Exec to Defend Himself in Court
by Robin McDowellAssociated Press
August 25th, 2006
An American gold-mining executive was preparing Friday to defend himself in court for the first time against charges his company dumped millions of tons of mercury and arsenic-laced waste into an Indonesian bay, sickening villagers.

US: Proposal to Build a Wal-Mart in Southern S.I. Is Scrapped
by Steven GreenhouseThe New York Times
August 25th, 2006
Wal-Mart’s plans to open its first New York City store at the southern tip of Staten Island have fallen through, company officials confirmed yesterday.

PHILIPPINES: Lafayette test run cause of water contamination
by Mark Ivan RoblasThe Manilla Times
August 25th, 2006
GOVERNMENT officials and Greenpeace activists have discovered contamination of the waters on Rapu-Rapu Island as the test run for the resumption of the operations of Lafayette Philippines Inc. continues.

US: Industry starts to back rules on greenhouse gas
by Zachary CoileSan Francisco Chronicle
August 24th, 2006
For years, most industry groups have fought any effort to limit carbon dioxide and other gases linked to global warming, warning of dire consequences for the U.S. economy. But with growing public anxiety about climate change, major corporations are increasingly preparing for -- and, in some cases, lobbying for -- Congress to regulate emissions of heat-trapping gases.

PERU: Fresh Evidence of Construction Problems in Camisea Pipeline
by Ángel PáezInter Press Service (IPS)
August 24th, 2006
Techint, the Argentine company that built the Camisea pipeline which carries natural gas from Peru's Amazon jungle region to a port on the country's Pacific coast, used unqualified welders, in a clear violation of international norms, according to a new report by E-Tech, a California-based non-profit engineering and environmental consultancy firm.

PHILIPPINES: Deportation of 3 Greenpeace activists sought by Lafayette
Inquirer (PHIL)
August 24th, 2006
LAFAYETTE Philippines on Thursday said it was preparing legal action against the environmentalist group Greenpeace for trespassing and is seeking the deportation of three Caucasians who climbed up the company’s conveyor belt to unfurl their anti-mining banners for picture taking.

US: Alaska's Air Sullied by Oil Production
by David R. BakerSan Francisco Chronicle
August 24th, 2006
North Slope operations -- like oil production facilities everywhere -- release into the air a steady stream of pollutants and greenhouse gases, spewed by vehicles, power generators and the drilling process itself. Estimates vary, but the North Slope oil fields probably produce more smog-forming nitrogen oxides than Washington, D.C., and more carbon dioxide than San Francisco.

KAZAKSTAN: Environmental Charges Unlikely to Derail Kazakstan's Chevron Contract
Environment News Service
August 23rd, 2006
Kazakstan’s largest oil concessionaire, Tengiz Chevroil, has been threatened with having its license withdrawn because of accusations it breached environmental legislation. Analysts say that in reality, the Kazak government will never take such a step, since this would provoke a major crisis in relations with the United States. The largest shareholder in Tengiz Chevroil is American oil giant Chevron.

PERU: Beggar on a Throne of Gold
by Milagros SalazarInter Press Service (IPS)
August 23rd, 2006
Mining companies operating in Peru are seeing increasing millions in profits as a result of the surge in international prices for metals, but few are contributing what is needed to alleviate the poverty of the people living in mining areas.

CHINA: Polluting paper mills must clean up or close
by Wu YongChina Daily
August 22nd, 2006
Paper mills in Shenyang have been told they face suspension and even closure if they do not meet strict wastewater control standards, a leading official in the city's municipal government announced.

INDIA: Pesticide Charge in India Hurts Pepsi and Coke
by Amelia GentlemanInternational Herald Tribune
August 22nd, 2006
When claims were first published on the front pages of Indian newspapers this month that Coca-Cola and PepsiCo beverages were contaminated with pesticides, executives at the two companies were breezily confident that they could handle the issue. Three weeks later, though, they are still struggling to win back Indian consumers. One-quarter of India’s component states have imposed partial bans on their products, and a complex legal battle to overturn those bans is only just beginning.

US: USDA Found Guilty in Hawaii Biopharming Case
Environment New Service
August 21st, 2006
Citing possible harm to Hawaii's 329 endangered and threatened species, a federal district judge has ruled that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) violated the Endangered Species Act in permitting the cultivation of drug-producing, genetically engineered crops throughout Hawaii.

US: Unapproved Transgenic Rice Found in U.S. Rice Supply
Environment News Service
August 21st, 2006
U.S. supplies of long grain rice have been contaminated with a genetically modified variety not approved for human consumption, Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said late Friday. The secretary said he learned about the contamination from the company that engineered the rice, Bayer CropScience, and could say nothing about how the contamination arose.

CANADA: Our side of defence
by Jorge BarreraThe Ottawa Times
August 20th, 2006
Ottawa may have the reputation of a government town, but it's also home to Canada's military-industrial complex.

WORLD: Has Coke become the new McDonald's?
by David TeatherThe Guardian (UK)
August 18th, 2006
Welcome to the Coke side of life. Africa's planned legal action is just the latest in a litany of alleged human rights and environmental abuses in developing markets that has made Coca-Cola a cause celebre.

US: Company testing mine to determine extent of uranium contamination
by Jim TiffinThe Gallup Independent
August 18th, 2006
A state geologist said Thursday afternoon Rio Cinto Mining Co., also known as Sohio Western Mining, is planning to drill two water wells and sample 11 vent shafts at a former uranium mining site north of the Pueblo of Laguna.

PERU: Indigenous Community to Take Oil Company to Court
by Milagros SalazarInter Press Service
August 17th, 2006
Arankartuktaram! This Achuar cry sums up what indigenous communities in the heart of Peru's Amazon jungle region are demanding from the State and multinational oil companies -- a little respect.

CANADA: Information Cleansing, Canadian Style
by Bill BerkowitzInter Press Service
August 16th, 2006
If you're a teacher, student, journalist or just a plain concerned citizen interested in finding well-researched documentation about climate change, you can no longer depend on the Canadian government to supply that information.

INDONESIA: Java sinks deeper into toxic crisis
by Mark ForbesThe Age (AUS)
August 12th, 2006
TOXIC mud still spurting from a gas drilling well part-owned by Australian mining giant Santos is threatening to mire East Java in a full-scale disaster.

ECUADOR: Amazon Indians Want Court to Speed Up Chevron Case
by Alonso SotoReuters
July 25th, 2006
Lawyers for Amazon Indians embroiled in a $6.1 billion pollution case against Chevron Corp. in Ecuador asked a local court Monday to move faster, a month after the country's government filed its latest accusation against the oil giant in the United States.

CANADA: Oil Production Strains Parched Landscape
by Stephen LeahyInter Press News Service
July 21st, 2006
Money, energy and water are the three key ingredients that have made it possible to ship a million barrels of oil a day from northern Alberta's oil sands to the United States and other markets. Incredible quantities of those three ingredients have been used so far, and much more will be needed for production to triple in the next 15 years.

BRAZIL: Amazon port in stormy waters
by Michael AstorThe Associated Press
July 19th, 2006
When U.S. grain giant Cargill opened a $20 million port in this Amazon River city three years ago, it expected to cash in on the rising global demand for soybeans that had become Brazil's richest agricultural export.

US: BP shuts leaking Alaskan wells
by Mark TranGuardian Unlimited
July 19th, 2006
BP's image today suffered another blow as the British oil giant closed the last 12 of 57 oil wells in Alaska that had been leaking.

CANADA: Transforming the Northern Landscape
by Stephen LeahyInter Press News Service
July 19th, 2006
Over much of northern Canada, there is little more than trees, rocks, lakes and wetlands. But in northeastern Alberta, the landscape is changing dramatically as strip mining peels off the forest and soil to reach a molasses-like viscous oil mixed with sand and clay 40 to 60 metres below the surface.

BRAZIL: Eating the Amazon: The fight to curb corporate destruction
by Daniel HowdenThe Independent (London)
July 17th, 2006
Three years ago, the agrobusiness giant Cargill, the largest privately owned company in the world, opened a soya port in Santarem. And Father Edilberto has set himself on a collision course with the Minnesota multinational that he says represents the worst of rapacious capitalism.

US: Activists protest DuPont releases
by Julie GoodmanThe Clarion Ledger
July 17th, 2006
The $10.25 million DuPont paid to resolve recent federal environmental complaints is fueling at least one resident's suspicions that the chemical company's discharge of a Teflon-related by-product into Pascagoula's wastewater treatment system is not as benign as it maintains.

PERU: Leaky Gas Pipeline Finds Foes in Washington
by Ángel PáezInter Press News Service
July 17th, 2006
Phase II of Peru's controversial Camisea gas project has once again run up against opposition from the U.S. government and Senate, which may vote against approving additional Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) funding.

MOZAMBIQUE: Cement Company Tries to Explain Pollution
Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique (Maputo)
July 17th, 2006
One of the worst polluters in the Maputo region, the Portuguese-owned cement company, Cimentos de Mocambique, has tried to blame the electricity company, EDM, for the clouds of cement dust that frequently belch out of its factory in the southern city of Matola.

ARGENTINA: Court allows Uruguay pulp mills
BBC News
July 13th, 2006
The International Court of Justice has ruled that Uruguay can continue building two pulp mills which Argentina argues will pose a pollution threat.

INDONESIA: Mud from oil well mucks up Indonesian towns
July 13th, 2006
Thousands of Indonesians driven from their homes by rivers of noxious mud linked to exploratory oil drilling may now be forced to abandon their only means of livelihood: shrimp farming.

US: Asarco closure plan cheers Globeville
by Steve RaabeThe Denver Post
July 13th, 2006
Asarco LLC said Wednesday it will close its controversial metals-processing plant in Globeville by the end of August, eliciting cries of joy from neighborhood residents.

UK: Anger at plan to dump tons of waste ash in lake
by Michael McCarthyThe Independent (UK)
July 10th, 2006
The German utility giant RWE, already under fire for the failure of its subsidiary company Thames Water to stem its unprecedented leak rate, is at the centre of another row over its environmental performance.

AUSTRALIA: Santos gets caught in toxic Indonesian mudflow
July 8th, 2006
A TOXIC mudflow in Indonesia, emanating from a gas project minority-owned by Australian-based Santos, is threatening to become an environmental, public health and public relations disaster.

SINGAPORE: Shell says biofuels from food crops "morally inappropriate"
July 6th, 2006
Royal Dutch Shell, the world's top marketer of biofuels, considers using food crops to make biofuels "morally inappropriate" as long as there are people in the world who are starving, an executive said on Thursday.

UK: Documents reveal hidden fears over Britain's nuclear plants
by John Vidal and Ian SampleGuardian Unlimited
July 5th, 2006
Government nuclear inspectors have raised serious questions over the safety of Britain's ageing atomic power stations, some of which have developed major cracks in their reactor cores, documents reveal today.

WORLD: Firms Are in Talks to Turn Gold Mining `Green'
by Kevin MorrisonFinancial Times
July 3rd, 2006
The world's gold mining companies have started talks with social and environmental activists on a "green" code for an industry that has for decades been one of their prime targets.

US: The 100 Worst Corporate Citizens
by Phil MatteraThe Corporate Research Project
July 1st, 2006
For the past 52 years, Fortune magazine has been publishing a list of the largest U.S. corporations, an annual chance for chief executives to brag that "my revenue is bigger than yours." For the past seven years, Business Ethics magazine has issued another kind of ranking -- a list of what it calls the "100 Best Corporate Citizens" -- that promotes virtue over size in the perennial game of corporate comparisons.

BRAZIL: Giant Cracks Appear in New Brazilian Dam
Environment News Service
June 29th, 2006
The recently completed Campos Novos Dam in southern Brazil failed last week to contain the water in its reservoir, releasing all the water impounded behind the 626-foot (202-meter) tall structure.

KATRINA: Mississippi developers' murky past includes fraud
by Mike StuckeyMSNBC
June 29th, 2006
Two brothers involved in the biggest post-Katrina development on the Mississippi Gulf Coast were key figures in an Internet stock scam that federal authorities say bilked investors out of more than $12 million, has learned.

AUSTRALIA: Toxic cocktail released in fire
Jason Gregory, Michael Corkill and Margaret Slocombe
The Courier Mail
June 29th, 2006
A HIGH-LEVEL government report into toxic hazards at a notorious industrial estate north of Brisbane is expected to find several violations of chemical storage rules by businesses located on the site.

CHILE: Hydropower Plans Paddle On Against the Current
by Daniela Estrada Inter Press News Service
June 27th, 2006
The Chilean government has granted Endesa, a Spanish corporation, permission to carry out exploratory studies in the south of the country for the purpose of building four hydroelectric plants, in a move opposed by environmentalists, who are planning several demonstrations.

INDIA: Patented Seeds Edge out Local Varieties
by Keya Acharya Inter Press News Service
June 26th, 2006
India has tabled a controversial Seeds Bill (2004) in Parliament that would allow foreign companies to be directly involved with small farmers. Large multinational corporations (MNCs) are now attracting Indian farmers through an aggressive extension network that promises seeds with bigger yields and better profits.

US: Costs soar as acidic waters gush freely from 12 of Oregon's abandoned mines
by Diane DietzThe Register-Guard
June 25th, 2006
This is a dirty secret from the Oregon backcountry, where hills are pocked with at least 140 abandoned mines. A dozen of them gush fish-killing acidic waters.

by Kim PetersenThe Dominion Paper
June 22nd, 2006
The Ontario-based mineral company Platinex has slapped the Ojibwa of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (Big Trout Lake) First Nation (KIFN) with a $10-billion damage suit for refusing the company permission to drill on territory the KIFN says is its own.

US: Environmental Groups Sue EPA Over Refinery Emission Standards
by Janet WilsonThe Los Angeles Times
June 21st, 2006
A coalition of national and community environmental groups has sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to overturn a new rule that allegedly allows refineries and other industrial plants to emit higher levels of noxious chemicals when starting up, shutting down and experiencing equipment malfunctions, without informing area residents.

AUSTRALIA: Mt Isa Lead Risk For Children
by Michelle Wiese BockmannThe Australian
June 21st, 2006
Children in the Queensland mining capital of Mount Isa have been put at risk by fallout from the city's copper and lead smelters because the state Government has failed to routinely test for lead poisoning.

UK: Thames Water Fails to Plug Leaks But Profits Rise 31%
by Mark MilnerThe Guardian (UK)
June 21st, 2006
The water industry regulator Ofwat sharply criticised Thames Water after the company again failed to meet its target for cutting the amount of water lost through leaks. The news came as the company reported profits had increased by almost a third.

INDIA: Private Hydel Project on Naramda River Halted
by Bharat Dogra Inter Press News Service
June 20th, 2006
Once again, the government has been compelled to suspend work on the Maheshwar dam over the Narmada River in central India.

BRAZIL: Soy Exporters in Greenpeace's Sights
by Stephen LeahyInter Press News Service
June 16th, 2006
Financed by huge U.S. agribusiness corporations like Cargill, soybean farming is now one of the primary drivers of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, charge activists from the environmental watchdog group Greenpeace, which is leading an international campaign against unregulated, unsustainable soybean cultivation.

US: US politician seeks answers on BP delay
by Sheila McNultyFinancial Times
June 14th, 2006
A US congressman on Tuesday demanded that US officials explain their decision to waive a deadline for BP to perform high-tech maintenance and corrosion checks on Alaska pipelines, following a 270,000-gallon spill of crude oil from a corroded pipeline.

CANADA: Miners, retailers to certify ethical production of metal
by Kelly PattersonThe Ottawa Citizen
June 14th, 2006
Some of the biggest mining companies in the world, including Newmont Mining Corp., BHP Billiton and Canada's Falconbridge Inc., as well as retail giants ranging from Wal-Mart to Tiffany & Co., met in Vancouver recently to consider creating a seal of approval for sustainably produced metals.

CANADA: Province Should Share More Details About Polluters
The Vancouver Sun
June 13th, 2006
Looking for details about British Columbia's biggest polluters? You won't find them in the newly re-introduced compliance and enforcement summary produced by the B.C. Environment Ministry.

BANGLADESH: Gas explosion: Compensation from Niko, Unocal demanded
The New Nation
June 13th, 2006
The National Committee to Protect Oil-Gas-Mineral Resources and Port yesterday demanded of the government to realise compensations from Niko and Unocal, recently merged with Chevron, for the disasters at Magurchhara and Tengratila gas fields.

BARBADOS: Farmers want their money
Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
June 12th, 2006
Over two dozen farmers at Gibbons Boggs and Chancery Lane Christ Church, staged protest action, this morning demanding a settlement in their case against multi-national giant, Shell.

US: Bottlers, States and the Public Slug It Out in Water War
by David FahrentholdWashingtom Post
June 12th, 2006
In a series of lawsuits and statehouse debates that reached critical mass in the past year, activists and lawmakers have questioned whether bottling companies have become too greedy about the water they take from the ground, and -- in some cases -- what gives them the right to take it at all.

CHINA: Pollution From Chinese Coal Casts a Global Shadow
by Keith Bradsher and David BarbozaThe New York Times
June 11th, 2006

CANADA: Sudden Wealth's High Price
by Doug StruckThe Washington Post
June 9th, 2006
Huge mines here turning tarry sand into cash for Canada and oil for the United States are taking an unexpectedly high environmental toll, sucking water from rivers and natural gas from wells and producing large amounts of gases linked to global warming.

US: BP under criminal investigation for Alaska spill
by Mark TranThe Guardian
June 8th, 2006
The oil giant BP is under criminal investigation in the US for a big oil spill in Alaska in March that has raised fresh questions about the company's safety record.

US: Biggest pension fund boycotts Wal-Mart
by Terry MacalisterThe Guardian
June 7th, 2006
Wal-Mart, the world's biggest retailer and owner of the Asda supermarket chain, is being boycotted by the world's largest pension fund for alleged "serious and systematic" abuses of human and employment rights.

CHILE: Pascua Lama Gold Mine, a Threat to Sustainability
by Gustavo GonzálezInter Press News Service
June 5th, 2006
The Pascua Lama gold-mining project in northern Chile threatens one of the richest farming valleys in the region of Coquimbo, which is also the area in the country most heavily affected by desertification.

CANADA: CN Rail Charged Over 2005 Lake Wabamun Spill
CBC News
June 5th, 2006
Canadian National Railway faces one charge under Alberta's environmental protection act in connection with a train derailment at Lake Wabamun last summer.

CANADA: Air Pollution Goes Global
by Stephen Leahy Inter Press News Service (IPS)
June 2nd, 2006
Last month, the province of Ontario joined the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, along with two environmental groups, in a legal action against seven coal-fired electricity plants run by Duke Energy Corp.

US: Cargill Fined by State Over Toxic Spill into Bay
by Paul RogersSan Jose Mercury News
June 1st, 2006
State water officials have fined Cargill Salt $71,000 after the Newark company spilled thousands of gallons of toxic brine last year along the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay.

AUSTRALIA: Centennial Coal’s community consultation has a price
by Ross Kendall and Michael WalshEthical Investor
June 1st, 2006
Centennial Coal is attempting buy ‘people’s opinions and right to free speech’ with its property purchase contracts for a new mine, according Greenpeace and a local residents group.

US: U.S. to Seek Extra $92 Million From Exxon for Valdez Spill
by John HolushaThe New York Times
June 1st, 2006
The federal government and Alaska said today that they would seek to get the Exxon Mobil Corporation to pay an additional $92 million to clean up the lingering effects of the 1989 oil spill caused by the crash of the tanker Exxon Valdez.

US: Exxon Mobil meeting in Dallas draws protesters
Associated Press
May 31st, 2006
Shareholders of Exxon Mobil Corp. gathered today for the oil giant's annual meeting while oil drum-wearing demonstrators protested that the company is helping retard action against global warming.

SPAIN: Spanish Copper Project Arouses Environmental Anger
by Julia HayleyRueters
May 30th, 2006
A plan to start the biggest open pit copper mine in Europe in southern Spain has run into opposition from environmentalists who fear it will pollute a river with poisonous heavy metals.

CANADA: Platinum Mine Sparks Lawsuits
Canadian Press
May 29th, 2006
The development of a potentially rare and lucrative platinum mine near a reserve in Northern Ontario has prompted a First Nation to sue the provincial government while it faces a $10 billion lawsuit from a Canadian exploration company.

WORLD: The Scariest Predators in the Corporate Jungle
by Thalif DeenInter-Press Service
May 23rd, 2006
The world's oil, gas and mining industries account for nearly two-thirds of all violations of human rights, environmental laws and international labour standards, according to a soon-to-be-released United Nations study.

PHILIPPINES: Philippine communist rebels vow attacks on mines
by Manny MogatoReuters
May 22nd, 2006
Philippine communist rebels vowed on Monday to step up attacks on mining firms and troops guarding them in the northern Kalinga mountains, raising a new threat to a sector that has been beset with environmental woes.

PERU: Built to Spill
by Chip MitchellThe Texas Observer
May 19th, 2006
If Hunt Oil Co. has proven anything in Peru, it’s that the morality of trying to pump 8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas through pristine rain forests is entirely a matter of perspective.

US: Exxon Valdez Oil Persists in Prince William Sound
Envidonmental News Service
May 18th, 2006
Seventeen years after the Exxon Valdez ran aground in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, new evidence suggests that remnants of the worst oil spill in U.S. history farther into tidal waters than previously thought, increasing the probability that the oil is causing unanticipated long-term harm to wildlife.

COSTA RICA: Court Rules Dupont's Fungicide Damaged Costa Rican Farmers' Crops
Environment News Service
May 18th, 2006
Lead counsel Don Russo of Don Russo, P.A., and lawyers with Holland & Hart Wednesday obtained an award of $113.48 million on behalf of 27 Costa Rican leatherleaf fern farmers in a lawsuit against E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co.

NETHERLANDS: Dutch Bank Urged to Pass on Russian Oil Project
by Emad MekayInter Press News Service
May 12th, 2006
The giant Dutch bank ABN Amro, one of the world's largest financial institutions, is facing charges of "environmental hypocrisy" from green groups concerned over the bank's possible financing for a controversial Russian oil extraction project.

WORLD: Investors Risk Losing Billions on Environmentally Destructive Pulp Mills
Environment New Service
May 12th, 2006
Incorrect assumptions about the origins and the cost of wood used in emerging market pulp mills has led international investors to channel tens of billions of dollars worldwide into financially risky and environmentally destructive ventures, finds an analysis of 67 pulp mill projects released Thursday by the Indonesia-based Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

US: Indigenous join global protest of Newmont gold mining practices
by Brenda NorrellIndian County Today
May 12th, 2006
Western Shoshone and Colville tribal members protested in early May at Newmont Mining Corp.'s annual shareholders meeting, uniting with indigenous from Peru, Indonesia and Ghana to create a protest over the pollution and scarred land resulting from gold mining.

CANADA: Turning sludge into black gold
by Russell GoldThe Wall Street Journal
May 8th, 2006
Canada's oil sands may quench the world's thirst for energy, but for a steep price.

ARGENTINA: Argentine Leader Joins Mill Rally
May 5th, 2006
Argentine President Nestor Kirchner has rallied crowds at a demonstration against two paper pulp mills under construction in neighbouring Uruguay.

PHILIPPINES: 3 Central Mindanao bishops unite against open-pit operations
by Joseph JubelagManilla Standard Today
May 1st, 2006
Catholic bishops in Central Mindanao are gearing to fight the mining operation of an Australian-owned firm in Tampakan, South Cotabato.

NIGERIA: New Pipeline a "Recipe for Disaster", Locals Say
by Emad Mekay Inter Press News Service (IPS)
April 27th, 2006
Local communities in Nigeria are taking the World Bank before an internal auditor over claims that the lender neglected its duties and anti-poverty mission when it funded a controversial gas pipeline in the region, whose construction they say will harm the environment and area residents.

US: Recycling: Not Apple's Core Value
by Pete MortensenWired
April 26th, 2006
Despite its image as a progressive corporate citizen, Apple Computer had one of the worst recycling records in the American PC industry -- until last week. But even after Apple unveiled its first free computer recycling program Friday, it still falls short of competitors like Hewlett-Packard and Dell, observers say.

RUSSIA: Shell Urged to Abandon $20bn Siberian Pipeline That Could Drive Whale Species to Extinction
by Jonathan BrownIndependent/UK
April 25th, 2006
With the melting of the ice after eight months, Shell is set to enter a crucial offshore construction phase in the development of its $20bn [£11.2bn] oil and gas programme. Wildlife campaigners say the price of the pipeline could be the extinction of a species of whale.

UK: UK Scientists Attack Oil Firms' Role in Huge Arctic Project
by David AdamThe Guardian (UK)
April 18th, 2006
British scientists are at loggerheads with US colleagues over a controversial plan to work alongside oil companies to hunt for fossil fuel reserves in the Arctic.

MADAGASCAR: Rio's dirty washing is on show
by Jonathan KaplanThe Age (Australia)
April 18th, 2006
Environmental campaigner Andrew Lees battled Rio's mining interests in Madagascar, but now the bulldozers have arrived, writes Jonathan Kaplan.

UK: Eight arrests after goldmine raid
by Paul CarterThe Daily Telegraph
April 16th, 2006
FIFTY environmental activists have stormed and occupied an open cut goldmine in Western New South Wales, halting mining operations, and causing the arrest of eight protesters, police and the activists said today.

US: The Case Against Coke
by Michaeil BlandingThe Nation
April 14th, 2006
The Coca-Cola Company will hold its stockholders' meeting, an annual exercise designed to boost the confidence of investors. If the meeting is anything like last year's, however, it may do the opposite.

URUGUAY: New Report May Show Way Ahead in Paper Mill Dispute
by Diana CariboniInter Press News Service
April 13th, 2006
A report from an unexpected quarter, the World Bank, has set forth a number of recommendations to mitigate the environmental impact of two paper pulp factories being built in Uruguay on a river that separates the country from Argentina.

US: Next Stage of Fox River, Green Bay PCB Cleanup Funded
Envinroment News Service
April 12th, 2006
Two corporations have agreed to spend $30 million on the expedited dredging and disposal of the most toxic sediments in Wisconsin's Fox River as part of a legal settlement announced today by the U.S. Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

US: E-waste dump of the world
by Tim JohnsonThe Seattle Times
April 9th, 2006
When discarded computers vanish from desktops around the world, they often end up in Guiyu, which may be the electronic-waste capital of the globe.

US: McDonald's Is Super-Sizing Destruction of Amazonia: Greenpeace
Agence France Presse
April 7th, 2006
The environment group Greenpeace launched a campaign against McDonald's, accusing the US restaurant chain of abetting the destruction of the Brazilian rainforest by buying meat raised from Amazonian soya.

PHILIPPINES: Missing, despising Marcopper
by Gerald Gene R. QuerubinPhilippine Daily Inquirer
April 6th, 2006
WHEN Marinduque Copper Mining Corp. (Marcopper) stopped its operation in 1997, the municipality of Santa Cruz in Marinduque came to a standstill. Almost 2,500 employees were left jobless, businesses suffered from low sales; some even had to close shop.

US: Growing Worry for Businesses: Old Computers
by Laurie J. FlynnThe New York Times
April 4th, 2006
It could contain traces of mercury, cadmium, fire retardant and up to five pounds of lead, making it one of the biggest sources of hazardous waste in the country. And it is sitting right on your desk.

NIGERIA: Government Investigation Indicts Shell over Toxic Waste
by Yemie AdeoyeVanguard (Lagos)
April 4th, 2006
THE Ministerial investigation committee into alleged dumping of toxic waste by the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) at Igbeku and Ejekimoni communities of Sapele local government area of Delta State has come up with recommendations for the company to remove and treat in situ the "alleged buried waste" to acceptable statutory levels.

US: Toxic sites' cleanup at risk
by Les BlumenthalThe Sacramento Bee
March 27th, 2006
Grupo Mexico S.A. de C.V. could find itself at the center of the bankruptcy reorganization of Asarco, a century-old American mining and smelting company whose liabilities include the environmental cleanup of 94 Superfund sites in 21 states. Depending on what happens in the bankruptcy reorganization, U.S. taxpayers ultimately could be responsible for the tab.

US: Did a Group Financed by Exxon Prompt IRS to Audit Greenpeace?
by Steve StecklowThe Wall Street Journal
March 21st, 2006
Two and a half years ago, Public Interest Watch, a self-described watchdog of nonprofit groups, wrote to the Internal Revenue Service urging the agency to audit Greenpeace and accusing the environmental group of money laundering and other crimes. What is clear is where PIW has gotten a lot of its funding: Exxon Mobil Corp., the giant oil company that has long been a target of Greenpeace protests.

US: Dirtier Side Betrays Promise of ‘Clean Coal’
Kari Lydersen
The New Standard
March 15th, 2006
Between the coal-rich Appalachian Mountains and coal-hungry energy consumers like the state of Ohio, critics say the concept of an eco-friendly use for the fossil fuel is far more misnomer than reality.

EU: Toxic Metal Found in Bottled Water
The Food Navigator
March 14th, 2006
Trace amounts of a little-researched toxic metal have been found in bottled water brands in PET bottles across Europe and Canada, says new research from Germany.

US: Burst oil pipeline causes 'catastrophe' in Alaska
by Andrew GumbelThe Independent (UK)
March 14th, 2006

US: Exxon still owes for Valdez spill
by Mike LewisSeattle Post-Intelligencer
March 13th, 2006
Now, with Exxon reaping even more -- $36 billion last year, a world record for a single company -- and another spill anniversary looming without a payment, the 32,000 fishermen, food processors and Alaska natives who remain plaintiffs in the case are seething.

EU: How can we make sure we stay GM free?
by Lucy SiegleThe Observer
March 12th, 2006
If you think the GM battle is over, think again, says Lucy Siegle. Beware, transgenic crops and Terminator Technology are back.

URUGUAY: Mixed Reactions to Truce in Pulp Mill War
by Gustavo GonzálezInter Press Service News Agency
March 11th, 2006
Activists who have been blocking international bridges between Argentina and Uruguay for the past month to protest the construction of two paper pulp factories on the Uruguayan side of a river separating the two countries expressed mixed reactions to news that the two governments had reached an agreement for a temporary freeze in construction on Saturday.

US: Mercury control program approved despite objections
by Jeff DeLongReno-Gazette-Journal
March 9th, 2006
A mandatory program to control mercury emissions from Nevada gold mines was approved by state officials Wednesday over the objections of environmentalists and residents from the neighboring states of Utah and Idaho.

WORLD: Cleaning Up Its Reputation
by Rebecca BreamFinancial Times
March 6th, 2006
The mining industry has a worldwide image problem. In developing and developed countries alike, the public tends to regard mines as dirty, dangerous and disruptive — and those who stand to profit from them as greedy despoilers.

EU: Ministers back 'terminator' GM crops
by Geoffrey LeanThe Independent
March 5th, 2006
Ministers are trying to scrap an international agreement banning the world's most controversial genetic modification of crops, grimly nicknamed "terminator technology", a move which threatens to increase hunger in the Third World.

US: Deal Reached to Clean Toxic Bronx Site
by Timothy WilliamsThe New York Times
March 4th, 2006
For more than 40 years, Hexagon Laboratories made pharmaceuticals on a quiet stretch of Peartree Avenue not far from Co-op City in the Bronx. When the company abandoned the site in 1989, it left behind thousands of gallons of toxic waste.

PERU: Substandard Peruvian Gas Pipeline Blamed for Spills
Environmental News Service
March 2nd, 2006
A pipeline crossing the Peruvian Amazon has spilled natural gas liquids four times since it opened 15 months ago because it was shoddily built by unqualified welders using corroded pipes left from other jobs, according to a new technical report by the nonprofit environmental consultancy E-Tech International based in San Diego.

AUSTRALIA: Rally asks pulp fact or pulp fiction
by Tim MartainThe Mercury
March 2nd, 2006
Describing the proposed Gunns Ltd pulp mill as "cutting edge" was farcical, a toxic chemicals expert said yesterday.

US: Crude spill shuts down Slope plant
by Wesley LoyThe Anchorage Daily News
March 1st, 2006
Crude oil leaking from a major North Slope pipeline might have oozed over 3 to 5 acres of frozen, snow-clad tundra, prompting a major cleanup effort Thursday, an oil company spokesman said.

PERU: Bank Rejects Rapid Review of Controversial Pipeline
by Emad MekayInter Press Service News Agency
March 1st, 2006
The main public investor in a controversial gas pipeline in Peru's Amazon rainforest that has ruptured four times already appears adamant not to bow to pressure from green groups demanding a full investigation after a study asserted that the pipeline is shoddily built and likely to break again.

NIGERIA: Nigerian Militants Free Six of Nine Foreign Hostages
March 1st, 2006
U.S. hostage Macon Hawkins and five other foreign oil workers kidnapped last month by Nigerian militants were freed today.

INDIA: Battle over Indian steel mills
by Mark DummettBBC News
February 26th, 2006
A South Korean firm, Posco, last year promised to build a steel plant costing $12bn - the biggest ever single foreign investment in India. The only problem is that many of the people living in Kalinga Nagar, near the town of Jajpur, do not want to make way for the new factories.

US: Cotton farmers sue Monsanto, Bayer, and Delta&Pine for crop loss
by Carey GillamReuters
February 24th, 2006
More than 90 Texas cotton farmers have sued Monsanto Co. and two affiliated companies, claiming they suffered widespread crop losses because Monsanto failed to warn them of a defect in its genetically altered cotton product.

US: Chromium Evidence Buried, Report Says
by Rick WeissThe Washington Post
February 24th, 2006
Scientists working for the chromium industry withheld data about the metal's health risks while the industry campaigned to block strict new limits on the cancer-causing chemical, according to a scientific journal report published yesterday.

NIGERIA: Shell told to pay $1.5 bln damages
February 24th, 2006
A Nigerian court said on Friday Royal Dutch Shell should pay $1.5 billion (861 billion pounds) in damages for pollution in oil-producing Bayelsa state, the latest instalment in a long-running case.

INDONESIA: Rachmat says $30 million Newmont deal no slap in the face
by ID NugrohoThe Jakarta Post
February 19th, 2006
State Minister of the Environment Rachmat Witoelar has defended the government's out-of-court settlement with PT Newmont Minahasa Raya, saying US$30 million was better than no compensation at all.

US: Farmers, Others Sue USDA over Monsanto GMO Alfalfa
by Carey GillamReuters
February 17th, 2006
A coalition of farmers, consumers and environmental activists Thursday sued the U.S. government over its approval of a biotech alfalfa that critics say will spell havoc for farmers and the environment."

US: HazChem Criminal Who Sent Waste to Rotterdam Fined $2 Million
Environmental News Service
February 17th, 2006
Joel Udell and two affiliated businesses, Pyramid Chemical Sales Co. and Nittany Warehouse LP, were sentenced on Tuesday to pay more than $2 million in restitution and fines for mishandling hazardous wastes in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, and in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

NIGERIA: Nigeria oil 'total war' warning
BBC News
February 17th, 2006
A Nigerian militant commander in the oil-rich southern Niger Delta has told the BBC his group is declaring "total war" on all foreign oil interests.

US: EPA cites Northshore Mining for clean-air violations
by John MeyersDuluth News Tribune
February 16th, 2006
The EPA alleged Wednesday that Northshore, a subsidiary of Cleveland-Cliffs and its former owner, Cyprus Minerals, modified three taconite furnaces at its Silver Bay processing plant without installing the best available pollution control technology.

INDONESIA: U.S. mine to pay Jakarta $30 million to settle suit
by Jane PerlezThe New York Times
February 16th, 2006
Newmont Mining agreed Thursday to pay $30 million to Indonesia in a settlement of a civil lawsuit in which the government argued that the company had polluted a bay with arsenic and mercury.

CHILE: ‘Yes' to Gold Mine, but Don't Touch the Glaciers
by Daniela EstradaInter Press Service
February 15th, 2006
Environmental authorities in Chile gave the go-ahead Wednesday to the Pascua Lama gold mining project on the Argentine border, but told Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold that it would not be allowed to carry out its plans to "relocate" three glaciers.

US: Maryland Power Plants Linked to 700 Premature Deaths Per Year
Environmental News Service
February 15th, 2006
Nationwide, 700 premature deaths, 30,000 asthma attacks and 400 pediatric emergency room visits each year are linked to current pollution from six Maryland power plants, according to a new study released today by the Maryland Nurses Association (MNA).

US: Teflon Chemical a Likely Carcinogen
by Randall ChaseAssociated Press
February 15th, 2006
A group of scientific advisers to the Environmental Protection Agency voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a recommendation that a chemical used in the manufacture of Teflon and other nonstick and stain-resistant products should be considered a likely carcinogen.

PHILIPPINES: More woes for Lafayette surface in House hearing
by Michael Lim UbacPhilippine Daily Inquirer
February 9th, 2006
MORE WOES for Lafayette Philippines Inc. (LPI) whose mine on Rapu-Rapu Island in Albay province figured in two toxic spills last year.

EU: Europe's Biotech-Seed Rules Ruled Illegal by WTO, U.S. Says
by Warren Giles and Mark DrajemBloomberg
February 8th, 2006
The World Trade Organization ruled that the European Union unfairly blocked imports of genetically engineered crops, U.S. trade officials said, setting a precedent that may force other nations to drop their restrictions.

PHILIPPINES: Petition against mining firm to be filed in House
by Ronnie E. CalumpitaThe Manila Times
February 8th, 2006
A militant group on Tuesday said that 90 percent of some 5,000 residents of an island in Albay had signed the petition calling for the permanent closure of the operations of an Australian-financed mining firm in the area.

SOUTH AFRICA: GM debate fought on cotton fields of KZN
February 7th, 2006
Taking a break from spraying his neat, one-hectare plot of young cotton plants with herbicide, Moses Mabika surveys the land that has been supporting his family for 45 years. He may not realise it, but he is standing at the epicenter of a heated debate about growing genetically modified (GM) crops in Africa.

US: EPA probing why arsenic found at toxic cleanup site
by Jan BarryNorth Jersey Media Group
February 7th, 2006
The federal Environmental Protection Agency is investigating the source of arsenic found at a cleanup site in Upper Ringwood where a Ford Motor Co. contractor recently removed tons of paint sludge.

AFRICA: Mauritania and firm row over oil
BBC News
February 6th, 2006
Mauritanian leaders and Australia's Woodside Petroleum have still to reach agreement over contracts, a fortnight before an oil production deal starts.

BULGARIA: Bulgarians Protest Use of Cyanide Leaching
by Michael WerbowskiWorld Press
February 5th, 2006
The cyanide "leakage" that killed tons of fish in the Czech river Labe (Elbe) recently has re-focused public attention throughout central and Eastern Europe to the environmental and human dangers associated with this toxic chemical, especially when it spills into a nearby river or tributary.

PHILIPPINES: No new mining permits
by Gil C. Cabacungan Jr. , Blanche S. RiveraPhilippine Daily Inquirer
February 4th, 2006
PRESIDENT Macapagal-Arroyo has offered to suspend the issuance of new mining permits to try to appease Roman Catholic bishops strongly opposed to the country's new Mining Act, a top Malacanang official said yesterday.

US: U.S. Mining Giant Called Lax in Waste Disposal in Indonesia
by Jane PerlezThe New York Times
February 3rd, 2006
A star government witness in a criminal trial against the American mining giant, Newmont, told a court today that waste from the company's mine was deposited in the sea at too shallow a depth, causing the contamination of fish.

UK: Chancellor changes tune on environmental reporting
by Sam Bond Edie News Centre
February 2nd, 2006
The Operating and Financial Review (OFR) is back on the agenda just weeks after Gordon Brown scrapped it as unnecessary 'gold plating' on already-planned corporate legislation.

US: Mountaintop Removal Mining Permits Challenged in West Virginia
Environment News Service
February 2nd, 2006
To stop the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from permitting streams, valleys, historic places, and communities across West Virginia to be destroyed by mountaintop removal coal mining and valley fills, West Virginia citizen groups went back to court Wednesday.

US: PCB Damage to South Carolina Waters Costs Texas Company $20 Million
Environment News Service
February 2nd, 2006
Schlumberger Technology Corporation, headquartered in Texas, has agreed to pay $11.8 million to federal and state agencies for damge to natural resources caused by the presence of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB’s) in the Twelvemile Creek, Lake Hartwell and surrounding areas, the Justice Department has announced.

GHANA: World Bank unit OKs Newmont Ghana mine investment
by Lesley WroughtonReuters
February 1st, 2006
The International Finance Corporation, the World Bank's private-sector lending arm, on Tuesday approved $125 million in loans for gold major Newmont Mining Corp.'s Ahafo project in Ghana, but not all countries on the IFC's 24-member board agreed it was a good move.

US: $8.5 million from ex-smelter owner will aid cleanup
by Lisa StiffleSeattle Post Intelligencer
February 1st, 2006
A former smelter owner has agreed to pay the federal government $8.5 million to help pay for the massive cleanup of lead and toxic chemicals on Harbor Island.

PHILIPPINES: Rare Marine Mammal Dies in Waters Contaminated by Mine Tailings
by Gerry Albert CorpuzBulatlat
January 24th, 2006
The recent fish kill and death of the dugong, a rare marine mammal, in Rapu-Rapu Island validate the toxic effects of cyanide and other heavy metals found in mine tailings that spilled from the mines of Lafayette Mining.

BOLIVIA: Bolivia’s Morales rejects US domination
by Hal WeitzmanThe Financial Times
January 22nd, 2006
Evo Morales was sworn in on Sunday as Bolivia’s first indigenous president in a historic and emotional ceremony that set the tone for his new government, promising to move much the profits of Bolivia's natural resources to the people of Bolivia.

MALAYSIA: Dirty Dam Draws Dirty Smelters
by Anil NettoInter Press Service
January 19th, 2006
Transnational aluminium smelters, some teaming up with Malaysian partners, are beating a path to eastern Sarawak state with an eye to surplus power from the problem-ridden Bakun Dam.

US: AT&T to pay $25 million to settle Calif. lawsuit
January 17th, 2006
AT&T Inc. will pay $25 million to end a lawsuit by California officials alleging the company failed to test properly and repair its underground storage tanks, the state attorney general said on Tuesday.

ECUADOR: Selling the Amazon for a Handful of Beads
by Kelly HearnAlterNet
January 17th, 2006
In the midst of an Amazonian oil boom, classified documents reveal deep links between oil companies and Ecuador's military.

US: Class-action case sought over Katrina oil spill
by Ellen WulfhorstReuters
January 13th, 2006
Attorneys argued in federal court on Thursday over whether homeowners whose property fell victim to an oil spill from Hurricane Katrina can band together and sue Murphy Oil Corp in a class-action lawsuit.

US: Boeing Settles Cancer Suit
Associated Press
January 12th, 2006
Boeing Co. has agreed to pay $30 million to settle a lawsuit by residents who alleged that pollutants from a company lab caused them to get cancer.

US: Moving Mountains
by Erik ReeceOrion Magazine
January 9th, 2006
It is the people of Appalachia who pay the highest price for the rest of the country's cheap energy—through contaminated water, flooding, cracked foundations and wells, bronchial problems related to breathing coal dust, and roads that have been torn up and turned deadly by speeding coal trucks.

US: Katrina Oil Spill Clouds Future Of Battered Suburb
by Betsy McKayWall Street Journal
January 3rd, 2006
When the levees that protected Chalmette gave way to Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 29, about 1,800 homes were inundated with floodwaters carrying nearly 1.1 million gallons of oil from a nearby refinery.

NIGERIA: Blood Flows With Oil in Poor Villages
by Lydia PolgreenThe New York Times
January 1st, 2006
For months a pitched battle has been fought between communities that claim authority over this village and the right to control what lies beneath its watery ground: a potentially vast field of crude oil that has caught the attention of a major energy company.

AZERBAIJAN: Azerbaijan oil: a mixed blessing
Christian Science Monitor
December 30th, 2005
The corruption-prone country expects oil revenues to total $160 billion by 2025.

RUSSIA: In Russia, Pollution Is Good for Business
by Andrew E. KramerThe New York Times
December 28th, 2005
One of the paradoxes of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change is that companies in Russia and other Eastern European countries, which are among the world's largest producers of greenhouse gases, are poised to earn hundreds of millions of dollars through trading their rights to release carbon dioxide into the air.

NEW GUINEA: Below a Mountain of Wealth, a River of Waste
by Jane Perlez and Raymond Bonner, with Evelyn RusliThe New York Times
December 27th, 2005
It is hard to discern the intricate web of political and military ties that have helped shield Freeport-McMoRan from the rising pressures that other gold miners have faced to clean up their practices. Only lightly touched by a scant regulatory regime, and cloaked in the protection of the military, Freeport has managed to maintain a nearly impenetrable redoubt on the easternmost Indonesian province as it taps one of the country's richest assets.

INDONESIA: The Cost of Gold: The Hidden Payroll
by Jane Perlez and Raymond BonnerThe New York Times
December 27th, 2005
Months of investigation by The New York Times revealed a level of contacts and financial support to the military not fully disclosed by Freeport, despite years of requests by shareholders concerned about potential violations of American laws and the company's relations with a military whose human rights record is so blighted that the United States severed ties for a dozen years until November.

US: Study Tied Pollutant to Cancer; Then Consultants Got Hold of It
by Peter Waldman Wall Street Journal
December 23rd, 2005
Amid contemporary debates about safe levels of chromium-6, a PG & E funded PR scandal involving medical report is remembered.

US: Wal-Mart Under Investigation for Hazardous Waste
Associated Press
December 20th, 2005

ARGENTINA: The War for Gold in Catamarca
by Darío ArandaPágina 12 Newspaper
December 18th, 2005
Water that is undrinkable. Air that is better left unbreathed. A community impoverished, living above mountains of gold. These are some of the contradictions of Andalgalá, a town of 17,000 inhabitants in Catamarca, Argentina, 240 kilometres from the provincial capital, home for ten years now to the largest gold and copper mine in the country, and one of the largest in the world.

US: In selling Maine's Fresh Waters, Does Maine Get a Cut?
by Sara Miller LlanaChristian Science Monitor
December 14th, 2005
These days, instead of evoking Maine's tranquil forestland and waterways, the Poland Springs brand symbolizes a battle over who owns and controls the water that seeps into the state's permeable rock.

US: DuPont fined more than $10M over Teflon
by Randall ChaseAssociated Press
December 14th, 2005
DuPont Co. has agreed to pay $10.25 million in fines and $6.25 million for environmental projects to settle allegations by the Environmental Protection Agency that the company hid information about the dangers of a toxic chemical used to make the non-stick coating Teflon, officials said Wednesday.

NIGERIA: Oil and Misery
by Lydia PolgreenThe New York Times
December 10th, 2005

US: EPA, DuPont in Settlement Over Chemical
The Associated Press
November 29th, 2005
Federal regulators have reached an agreement with DuPont to settle allegations the company hid information about the dangers of a toxic chemical known as C8 used in the manufacture of Teflon.

CAMEROON: Frustrations Grow in Cameroon over Oil Pipeline
November 18th, 2005
Oil was meant to bring hope and money to this sleepy fishing town in Cameroon, but Kribi's residents say they can barely make ends meet.

US: Jewellers throw weight behind mining bill protest
by Ben BainThe Financial Times
November 17th, 2005
Jewellers throw weight behind mining bill protest US gold retailers fear proposed reform of an 1872 law could prompt an environmentalist backlash against them.

NIGERIA: In key ruling, court deems gas-flaring illegal
November 15th, 2005
Issuing a landmark ruling that opens the way for compensation claims against oil conglomerates, a court in Nigeria has declared the flaring of natural gas illegal.

INDIA: Jharkhand tribal groups up in arms against projects
Press Trust of India (PTI)
November 15th, 2005
Tribal outfits and political parties in mineral-rich Kolhan region of Jharkhand are up in arms against development projects, including industries, fearing they would result in large scale displacement of inhabitants and loss of their sources of livelihood.

US: Neighbors of toxic mine want ARCO to pay for fence; EPA agrees
by Scott SonnerAssociated Press
November 13th, 2005
Neighbors of a toxic mine site in Nevada want to know why an oil company responsible for its cleanup won't fence off nearly 6 square miles of mill tailings and ponds.

SOUTH AFRICA: Mining Giants Seek Their Fortune Abroad
by Linus AtarahInter Press Service
November 11th, 2005
A number of South African mining companies, long a pillar of the country's economy, are now primed for take-off to countries with lower mining standards and labour regulations.

US: Bottler to Pay $1 Million for Pollution of 2 Rivers
by Wendy ThermosLos Angeles Times
November 11th, 2005
Runoff was harmful to humans and marine life, EPA says. Fines came in civil and criminal cases.

NIGERIA: Ogoni Minority Mark Saro-Wiwa's Death
Agence-France Presse
November 10th, 2005
Hundreds of members of Nigeria's Ogoni minority have marched in the oil city of Port Harcourt to mark the tenth anniversary of the execution of rights activist Ken Saro-Wiwa after he protested against the energy giant Shell.

PERU: Tangled Strands in Fight Over Peru Gold Mine
by Jane Perlez and Lowell BergmanThe New York Times
October 25th, 2005
Yanacocha is Newmont's prize possession, the most productive gold mine in the world. But if history holds one lesson, it is that where there is gold, there is conflict, and the more gold, the more conflict.

INDIA: Health Minister: 'Coke Plant Will Not Be Allowed to Function'
The Hindu
October 25th, 2005
Health Minister K.K. Ramachandran on Monday said the Government "would not allow the bottling plant of Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd. at Plachimada to reopen against the will of the people." (Mr. Ramachandran is the first Minister to have visited Plachimada where the local people have been waging an agitation for the last three years demanding the closure of the company for allegedly exploiting the groundwater, leading to shortage of water for drinking and irrigation purposes.)

WORLD: The Cost of Gold
October 24th, 2005
The price of gold is higher than it has been in 17 years - pushing $500 an ounce. But much of the gold left to be mined is microscopic and is being wrung from the earth at enormous environmental cost, often in some of the poorest corners of the world.

CANADA: MPs Call for Tougher Rules on Overseas Mines
by Paul Weinberg Inter Press Service
October 22nd, 2005
A call by members of Canada's parliament for legally binding measures to govern the behaviour of Canadian mining companies around the world, and specifically to investigate the activities of a Calgary-based operation in the Philippines, has been turned down flat by the Canadian government's foreign affairs minister Pierre Pettigrew.

ECUADOR: Amazon Indians say Texaco left damage
by Gonzalo SolanoAssociated Press
October 20th, 2005
About 50 Cofan Indians, some holding handkerchiefs over their faces to fend off an acrid chemical stench, gathered around two contaminated open pits they say were left behind and never adequately cleaned up by the former Texaco Corp.

US: EPA probes alleged mud dumping in Alaska
by Mark ThiessenThe Associated Press
October 18th, 2005
Federal regulators are investigating the alleged dumping of thousands of gallons of tainted mud by a Texas drilling company into the Beaufort Sea on Alaska's northern coast, a spokeswoman for Alaska's environmental protection agency said Tuesday.

PHILIPPINES: Placer Dome Suit May Not Damp Philippine Mining, Secretary Says
by Ian C. Sayson and Chia-Peck Wong Bloomberg
October 11th, 2005
An environmental lawsuit filed by a Philippine province against Placer Dome Inc., Canada's second- largest gold producer, may not damp overseas investments in Philippines mining industry, a government official said.

EUROPE: Europe's 'dirty 30' named
News 24
October 4th, 2005
Coal-fired power stations in Greece, Germany and Spain top a new table of Europe's dirtiest electricity plants, the environmental group WWF International said on Tuesday.

US: A Quest for Oil Collides With Nature in Alaska
by Felicity BarringerThe New York Times
October 2nd, 2005
The 217,000 acres of windblown water and mottled tundra here on the North Slope of Alaska, separating Teshekpuk Lake from the Beaufort Sea, are home in summer to 50,000 to 90,000 migratory birds. This corner of Alaska's National Petroleum Reserve is also thought to be brimming with oil.

US: US Companies Lag in Responsibility, Accountability
by Abid
September 25th, 2005
U.S. companies remain less accountable than European and Asian ones despite recent years' damaging revelations of management chicanery involving finances, labor relations, environmental performance, and consumer protection, a global survey said Friday.

US: Energy Group Plans to Build Nuclear Plants in Gulf States
by Matthew L. WaldThe New York Times
September 23rd, 2005
A consortium of eight companies said on Thursday that it would spend about $100 million to prepare applications to build two nuclear reactors, in Mississippi and Alabama, a step that seems to move the industry closer to its first new reactor order since the 1970's.

US: Cover-up: toxic waters 'will make New Orleans unsafe for a decade'
by Geoffrey LeanThe Observer (UK)
September 11th, 2005
Toxic chemicals in the New Orleans flood waters will make the city unsafe for full human habitation for a decade, a US government official has told The Independent on Sunday. And, he added, the Bush administration is covering up the danger.

INDONESIA: American Mining Company Denies Polluting Indonesian Bay
by Jane PerlezThe New York Times
August 5th, 2005
In a muggy auditorium secured by several hundred police officers, the government on Friday brought criminal charges of polluting against the American mining giant Newmont and its head of operations here.

US: Newmont on Trial in Indonesia for Pollution
by Jane PerlezNew York Times
August 5th, 2005
The Indonesian government today brought criminal charges of polluting the environment against the American mining company Newmont, and its head of operations here.

CANADA: Indigenous Youth Challenge Corporate Mining
by Angela SterrittWeekly Indigenous News
July 15th, 2005

US: Is Nevada a Toxic Neighbor?
by Jeff DeLongReno Gazette-Journal
July 10th, 2005
With concern mounting that Nevada gold mines are belching clouds of toxic mercury downwind to neighboring states, officials are being urged to tighten regulations regarding the dangerous pollutant.

EU: EU votes to continue ban on GM crops
by Paul BrownThe Guardian
June 25th, 2005

US: The True Price of Oil
by Ashley ShelbyAlterNet
June 24th, 2005
Sixteen years after the Exxon Valdez spill, the Alaskans most affected by the spill haven't seen one cent of a $5 billion settlement.

US: Clean Energy Has Investors Seeing Green
by Gregory Zuckerman The Wall Street Journal
June 24th, 2005
With oil prices near $60 a barrel, some savvy investors are betting that there must be a few attractive alternatives out there.

US: Green Tinge Is Attracting Seed Money to Ventures
by Gary RivlinNew York Times
June 22nd, 2005
In recent months Mr. Ehrenpreis, a venture capitalist at Technology Partners in Palo Alto, Calif., has been asked any number of times to speak to audiences about "clean tech," a term that encompasses such things as solar energy, water purification systems and alternative automotive fuels.

UK: Aviation Industry Plans to Reduce Emissions
BBC news
June 20th, 2005
New targets to reduce the environmental impact of air travel - set to triple over the next 30 years - are being launched by the UK's aviation industry.

US: Electricity from Cow Waste
June 17th, 2005
Environmental Power Corporation , in collaboration with Dairyland Power Cooperative, is formally commissioning the first of its electricity generating anaerobic digester systems.

CHINA: 'Green Olympics' eyed for 2008 Beijing Games
by Liu Weifeng China Daily
June 15th, 2005
More than 30 enterprises, half from abroad, met to discuss clean technology, renewable and recyclable materials and the huge market sparked by the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Companies present included BASF, NatureWorks, Unitika, Mitsubishi Chemical and Mitsui Chemical.

BRAZIL: Homegrown Fuel Supply Helps Drivers Breathe Easy
by Marla Dickerson L.A. Times
June 15th, 2005
Today about 40% of all the fuel that Brazilians pump into their vehicles is ethanol, known here as alcohol, compared with about 3% in the United States. No other nation is using ethanol on such a vast scale. The change wasn't easy or cheap. But 30 years later, Brazil is reaping the return on its investment in energy security while the U.S. writes checks for $50-a-barrel foreign oil.

CANADA: Where Oil Is Mined, Not Pumped
by  Justin BlumWashington Post
June 15th, 2005
High Demand for Petroleum Makes a Boomtown in Northern Alberta

US: A Shift to Green
by Miguel Bustillo Los Angeles Times
June 12th, 2005
Bucking the Bush administration's position that tougher rules would harm the U.S. economy, Fortune 500 companies including General Electric Co., Duke Energy Corp. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. in recent months have championed stronger government measures to reduce industrial releases of carbon dioxide, the main heat-trapping gas that scientists have linked to rising temperatures and sea levels.

BORNEO: Lowland Forests Face Extinction
June 8th, 2005
The lowland tropical rain forests in Indonesian Borneo could disappear in five years due to rampant logging and forest fires, endangering the survival of many exotic species, an international conservation group said on Tuesday.

BRAZIL: New Logging Permits Banned in Amazon State
by By Alan Clendenning Associated Press
June 6th, 2005
New logging permits were suspended Friday in a huge Amazon state where the rain forest is being cleared at an ever increasing rate, a day after police launched a crackdown on official corruption.

PERU: Mining Groups Struggle to Operate
by Hal WeitzmanFinancial Times
June 4th, 2005

US: SUV Drivers Reconsider
by Oliver PrichardThe Philadelphia Inquirer
June 1st, 2005
Some vehicles aren't worth their weight.

WORLD: A Responsible Balancing Act
Financial Times
June 1st, 2005
Public expectations of companies are rising everywhere - but consumers' top concerns vary substantially between countries and regions, according to a new study by GlobeScan, an international opinion research company.

NIGERIA: Shell Extends Gas Flaring Deadline
by Sopuruchi OnwukaDaily Champion
May 31st, 2005
A major hiccup on government's effort to terminate gas flaring by 2008 has occured as oil multinational, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) said the official deadline will no longer be realistic to the firm.

US: Conference Explores Benefits of 'Green' Construction Methods
by Melissa FollowellEnvironmental News Network
May 27th, 2005
Preserving resources for energy and environmental reasons took the forefront at Wednesday's Green Trends conference at the Chelsea Center in Sarasota. As more people move to Manatee and Sarasota counties, and demand for resources grows, conservation techniques are very important to the area's future.

COLOMBIA: Fighting Energy Companies Over River Pollution
by Suzanne TimmonsCatholic News Service
May 26th, 2005
Is Spanish electricity giant Endesa responsible for making the Bogota River "the world's largest open sewer?"

CENTRAL ASIA: The Pipeline that Will Change the World
by Daniel Howden and Philip ThorntonIndependent
May 25th, 2005
It is 42 inches wide, 1,090 miles long and is intended to save the West from relying on Middle Eastern oil. Nothing has been allowed to stand in its way - and it finally opens.

UK: Climate-Change Prompts Rebellion at Exxon
by Terry MacalisterThe Guardian
May 24th, 2005
A major British institutional investor will tomorrow oppose the re-election ExxonMobil's chief executive on the grounds that the world's biggest stock-listed oil company talks down links between man-made CO2 emissions and climate change.

US: Coal Plants Could Be Much Cleaner
by Kenneth J. StierNew York Times
May 23rd, 2005
Even with gas prices following oil prices into the stratosphere and power companies turning back to coal, most new plants - about nine out of 10 on the drawing board - will not use integrated gasification combined-cycle technology.

US: Ben and Jerry's Plans to Lick Global Warming
by Lottie Moggach Financial Times
May 21st, 2005
Ben & Jerry's "Lick Global Warming" campaign. Last month, in protest against the US government's proposed drilling for oil in Jerry Greenfield -- co-founder of Ben and jerry's is serious about preventing climate change. To protest the Arctic National Wildlife Park, the company made a 1,000lb Baked Alaska and left it to melt outside the Capitol. They've also has set up a Climate Change College, which, each year for three years, will train six spokespeople for the cause.

US: Clean-Energy Mega-Mall
by Amanda Griscom LittleGrist
May 20th, 2005
The developer of a new mall planned for Upstate New York vows that it will be the closest thing to an "Apollo Project" for renewable energy that America has ever seen -- one that grows the economy, strengthens national security by encouraging energy independence, and protects the environment.

US: Cleaning Up The Laundry Industry
by Mary Beth
May 17th, 2005
Earlier this month, hundreds of hospitals and the patients they serve came close to working without clean linens. A strike was threatened and postponed but still looms because of ongoing contract negotiations and labor disputes between the nation’s largest hospital laundry supplier, Angelica Textile Services, and its employees

US: Used Cooking Oil Might Be Fuel for Higher Profits at American Biofuels
by Erin WaldnerThe Bakersfield Californian
May 9th, 2005
American Biofuels LLC is using oils collected from 40 restaurants and other businesses to make biodiesel fuel at its Stockdale Highway plant.

US: GE to Unveil Green Initiative
Financial Times
May 9th, 2005
GE plans to invent "green technology" that will be safer for the environment than current products and will double its current spending on research to develop new products.

US: Green Building Council Helps Builders and Companies Go Green
by Paul GearyEnvironmental News Network
May 5th, 2005
More companies are beginning to see the benefits of having energy-efficient buildings and physical plants. Cleaner, more efficient office buildings and work spaces not only help the environment but can save a company money, improving that company's -- as well as all of society's -- bottom line.

AMAZON: Victims of 'Toxico'
by Andrew GumbelIndependent
April 27th, 2005
Environmentalists estimate around 2.5 million acres of rainforest were compromised or destroyed in Texaco's search for oil in Ecuador. It is a disaster that has left the jungle ravaged and its people dying of cancer.

US: Bicoastal Blues For G.M. and Ford
by Danny HakimThe New York Times
April 23rd, 2005
Setting aside its home base in the Upper Midwest, Detroit has a blue state problem -- and it is about to get worse. Washington and Oregon plan to become the 9th and 10th states to adopt California's tough car emissions rules, forming an increasingly potent market for more fuel-efficient vehicles on the West Coast and in the Northeast.

PERU: Town Polluted by Metals Producer
by  Rick Vecchio Associated Press
April 18th, 2005
Environmentalists declared victory Friday after winning a preliminary civil court ruling ordering health officials to alleviate toxic emissions in La Oroya, a bleak, smoke-choked town where U.S.-based Doe Run Co. operates a metallurgical plant.

AUSTRALIA: Kyoto Sceptics Try to Debunk Global Warming Facts
by Bob BurtonIPS
April 6th, 2005
ExxonMobil has sponsored a seminar featuring leading Australian and global sceptics disputing the science behind the Kyoto Treaty, ahead of two important international conferences this week backing the need for substantial reductions in greenhouse emissions.

CHINA: "The Chinese Miracle Will End Soon"
by Der Spiegel,1518,345694,00.html
March 7th, 2005
The world has been dazzled in recent years by the economic strides being made by China. But it has come at a huge cost to the country's environment. Pollution is a serious and costly problem. Pan Yue of the ministry of the environment says these problems will soon overwhelm the country and will create millions of "environmental refugees."

UK: Does it Pay to Get into Bed with Business?
by Tobias WebbThe Guardian
February 25th, 2005
An increasing number of NGOs are entering corporate alliances to achieve their campaigning aims. Tobias Webb considers the example of Greenpeace.

SOUTH AFRICA: Durban's Poor Fight For Clean Air
by Grant ClarkBBC News
December 14th, 2004
If a poor community believes it is being poisoned, how can it find out if its fears are justified? Grant Clark visits South Durban, where outdated government legislation has left locals fighting their own battle for the truth.

BRAZIL: Anti-Logging Activist Missing in Amazon Delta
by Cahal MilmoIndependent (London)
December 15th, 2003
Greenpeace has admitted it is "deeply, deeply worried" about a British activist who has gone missing from one of its ships in the Amazon delta. Yesterday the Brazilian authorities launched an investigation into whether her disappearance is linked to the group's campaign against illegal logging.

Iceland: Power Driven
by Susan De MuthThe Guardian
November 29th, 2003
In Iceland, work has already begun on a colossal $1bn dam which, when it opens in 2007, will cover a highland wilderness - and all to drive one US smelter. Environmentalists are furious, but the government appears determined to push through the project, whatever the cost

WORLD: Factory Farms Growing in Developing Nations
Environmental News Service
April 22nd, 2003
Factory farms are expanding into developing countries, bringing these nations a wealth of environmental and public health concerns, finds a new paper by the Worldwatch Institute.

Ghana: Gold Discovered Beneath Forest Reserves
by Mike AnaneEnvironment News Service
March 4th, 2003
Dozens of bulldozers and excavators belonging to five multinational mining companies operating in Ghana are poised to tear apart thousands of hectares of forest reserves in the Ashanti, Western and Eastern Regions of the country, if the government gives them approval to haul out what they describe as rich deposits of gold beneath the forests

INDIA: Activists Protest Stance at UN Climate Talks
by KalyaniOneWorld South Asia
October 29th, 2002
Lambasting a United Nations-sponsored meeting on climate for failing to provide a platform for those communities already affected by pollution-related climate change, environmental groups said Tuesday that they would mobilize a global network to amplify these voices.

US: New Eco-Menace, Discarded Cellphones
by Anahad O'ConnorNew York Times
October 8th, 2002
As the nation's fondness for cellphones grows, the environmental effects do, too. According to industry figures, cellphone use in the United States has surged, to more than 128 million subscribers last year from 340,000 in 1985. Typically, each phone is used for 18 months before being dropped for a newer model.

US: Protestors Call for Environmenal and Economic Justice at World Bank Meeting
by Roxanne KhamsiEnvironment News Service
September 29th, 2002
Dupont Circle was full to capacity this afternoon with several thousand people for a permitted rally protesting economic and environmental injustice, and the possibility of war in Iraq. The protest was part of a weekend of demonstrations timed to coincide with the annual meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

US: Nuclear Reactor Guards Feel Vulnerable to Attack
by Cat lazaroffEnvironment News Service
September 12th, 2002
Security guards protecting 24 of the nation's nuclear reactors, located at 13 power plants across the U.S., have little confidence that they could defeat a determined terrorist attack, finds a new report by a nonprofit nuclear watchdog group. The guards told interviewers that their morale is very low, and that they are under equipped, understaffed, and underpaid.

WORLD: International Criminal Court Unlikely to Prosecute Environmental Crime
Environment News Service
September 9th, 2002
The International Criminal Court is not likely to prosecute environmental crimes due to military actions, a new report prepared for the U.S. Army Environmental Policy Institute concludes. It examines the possibilities of environmental damage during military action becoming a criminal liability for military personnel and/or their contractors before the newly formed International Criminal Court (ICC).

SOUTH AFRICA: Earth Summit Delegates Jeer US Policy
Mail and Guardian
September 4th, 2002
US Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Walter Kansteiner on Wednesday said he was not surprised at the hostile reception Secretary of State Colin Powell got from World Summit on Sustainable Development delegates.

SOUTH AFRICA: Police Arrest 52 in Landless March Ahead of Earth Summit
Agence France Presse
August 22nd, 2002
Fifty-two protesters were arrested after about 2,000 landless South Africans marched on provincial offices in Johannesburg to demand an end to forced removals from squatter camps, a police spokeswoman said.

US: For Cruise Ships, A History of Pollution
by Edwin McDowellThe New York Times
June 16th, 2002
On April 19 the Carnival Corporation pleaded guilty in United States District Court in Miami to criminal charges related to falsifying records of the oil-contaminated bilge water that six of its ships dumped into the sea from 1996 through 2001.

WORLD: The Blight of Eco-Tourism
by David Nicholson-LordResurgence
June 13th, 2002
Tourism is by some estimates the world's biggest industry; it's certainly among the fastest-growing, and few believe the events of Sept. 11 will cause anything more than a downward blip on a steep upward curve. In 1950 there were around 25 million international tourist visits. Currently there are around 700 million. By 2020 there will be around 1.6 billion.

US: Against All Odds, Goldman Prize Winners Protect the Earth
Environment News Service
April 23rd, 2002
Three North American tribal leaders who have defended the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling, share the North American Goldman Environmental Prize this year.

US: Mine Workers Chief Arrested at Massey Energy Protest
Environment News Service
March 15th, 2002
United Mine Workers president Cecil Roberts was one of 11 people arrested Thursday at the site of a huge coal sludge spill as they demonstrated against the environmental performance of Massey Energy.

ECUADOR: Amazon Indians Appeal Texaco Case Ruling
by Gail ApplesonReuters
March 11th, 2002
Rainforest Indians of Ecuador and Peru urged a U.S. appeals court on Monday to reinstate nine-year-old litigation against Texaco, alleging that toxic dumping devastated their environment and exposed residents to cancer-causing pollutants.

COSTA RICA: Eco-Tourism Slump Endangers Wildlife
by Jamie K. MccallumPacific News Service
January 30th, 2002
A decline in worldwide travel since Sept. 11 is putting in jeopardy Costa Rica's careful balance of preserving biodiversity through ecotourism. Poachers-turned-nature-guides may be forced to return to illegal hunting and harvesting in the country's last remaining wild places.

INDONESIA: Man Shot at Australian Gold Mine
Environment News Service
January 23rd, 2002
An Indonesian man was shot by security police at an Australian gold mine in Indonesian Borneo. The gold mine is located in a remote area of Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, inhabited mainly by indigenous Dayak people.

Ghana: Cyanide Spill Worst Disaster Ever in West African Nation
by Mike AnaneEnvironment News Service
October 24th, 2001
Villages in the Wassa West District of Ghana's western region have been hit by the spillage of thousands of cubic metres of mine wastewater contaminated with cyanide and heavy metals. The cyanide-laced waste contaminated the River Asuman on October 16 when a tailings dam ruptured at a mine operation owned by the South African company, Goldfields Ltd.

Peru: Mining Companies Invade Andean Cloud Forests
Environment News Service
August 17th, 2001
The recent discovery of gold deposits in northwestern Peru has split the population between those who support proposed mineral extraction and those who fear it will cause irreparable ecological damage to human health, agriculture and endangered species.

FIJI: Japanese Mine Wants to Dump 100,000 Tons of Waste Daily
Drillbits and Tailings (Project Underground)
June 30th, 2001
Japanese mining magnate Nittetsu-Nippon has set its sights on the copper-rich hills of Fiji, endangering the ecologically fragile Waisoi Valley and the Coral Coast. Because the ore contains such low-grade (only .5%) copper, the proposed Namosi mine would be among the biggest producers of crushed rock among copper mines worldwide.

KENYA: Japan Suspends Funding for Sondu Miriu Dam
by Jennifer WanjiruEnvironment News Service
June 4th, 2001
Citing "environmental disruption and corruption" in a letter to the government of Kenya, Japan's Foreign Minister Makiko Tanaka indicated that suspension of funding for the Sondu Miriu hydropower dam project was ''a response to criticism from environmental campaigners and differences between Kenya and Japan over further funding.''

Indonesia: International Ban on Dumping Mine Waste Urged
Environment News Service
May 2nd, 2001
An international conference here on the dumping of mine waste at sea, known as submarine tailings disposal, concluded Monday with a declaration which calls for an international ban on the practice.

US: 2001 Goldman Prize Winners Fight Greed
Environment News Service
April 23rd, 2001
The Goldman Environmental Prize for North America goes this year to Akre and Wilson. Winners in five other geographic areas are honored too with the world's largest prize for environmental activists.

SWITZERLAND: UN Chief Warns Business
by Orla RyanBBC News Online
January 28th, 2001
United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has called on business to work harder on environmental and social issues.

TURKEY: Court Bans Cyanide Gold Process Near Ancient Town
by Jon GorvettEnvironment News Service
January 16th, 2001
Despite an order from the country's Supreme Court backing up environmentalists, the pressure is mounting this week for the reopening of a controversial mine in one of Turkey's most visited tourist areas.

US: It's Not Easy Being Green
by Katharine
December 7th, 2000
The truth is, even policymakers, social scientists, environmentalists and engineers don't really know for sure. Researchers are only now beginning to study what e-commerce means for the Earth.

World: Enviromentalists Call for Mining Standards
by Danielle KnightInter Press Service
October 25th, 2000
Following January's cyanide spill in Romania and new reports on mining disasters from China, environmentalists are calling for governments worldwide to adopt international mining standards.

US: Sony Corporation Tracks Environmental Organizations
by Danielle KnightInter Press Service
September 15th, 2000
A leaked document written by Sony Corporation, obtained by IPS, outlines a presentation made in July to fellow electronics companies at a conference in Brussels illustrating the various activities of environmental groups. It names specific US activists who seek to regulate waste caused by the electronics industry.

TURKEY: Dam Will Destroy Kurdish Culture, Say Critics
August 16th, 2000
A Kurdish human rights lawyer is spearheading an international campaign to block the Turkish government's efforts to build a dam he says will dislodge thousands of Kurds and destroy archeological artifacts.

PERU: Mercury from Gold Mine Dumped in Transit
Environment News Service
June 16th, 2000
Eight people have been hospitalized including a woman in critical condition following a mercury spill near the Minera Yanacocha mine, 600 kilometers (375 miles) north of Lima, Peru.

MEXICO: Environmental Prize Awarded Early to Jailed Farmer-Ecologist
Environment News Service
April 5th, 2000
Because Montiel has been in prison since May 2, 1999, the Goldman Prize jury decided to announce this year's Prize for North America 12 days early in the hope that an early announcement will have a positive impact on his trial.

SRI LANKA: Massive Protest Against US Mining Project
Inter Press Service
March 30th, 2000
Scientists, trade unionists and priests joined farmers from a northeast Sri Lanka village on Thursday in a massive protest in the capital against government plans to hand over phosphate mines to a US-based transnational company (TNC).

ZAMBIA: Environmentalists Caution New Mine Investors
The Times of Zambia (Lusaka)
March 6th, 2000
A non-governmental organisation has cautioned the new mine investors not to willfully pollute the environment despite a bill which indemnifies them from litigation against environmental degradation. Citizens for a better environment, a Kitwe based NGO, warned that should the new mines violate the rights of the people to a clean environment, they would face the wrath of the public.

JAPAN: People Power Overcomes Nuclear Power
by Jonathan WattsThe Guardian (UK)
February 23rd, 2000
Japan's nuclear power industry suffered a historic defeat yesterday when one of the country's biggest utilities was forced to scrap plans for a power plant that it has been trying to build for 37 years.

JAPAN: Officials Blamed for Promoting Toxic Incinerators in Thailand
Environment News Service
February 9th, 2000
Japan is using official lending agencies which provide development aid to promote the export of Japanese incinerators to Thailand, Greenpeace alleges.

Shintech Environmental Racism
Lousiana Environmental Action Network and Greenpeace USA
September 1st, 1999
In September 1998, the environmental justice movement in the US had a very important victory against a major corporation, Shintech, a subsidiary of Shin-etsu Chemical of Japan.

Bordering Injustice
by Traci Griggs and Martha ValdsLa Jornada
December 9th, 1998
Non-profit environmental justice groups such as the San Diego-based Environmental Health Coalition (EHC), are trying to remove the rose colored glasses and expose the harsh reality of the U.S/Mexico border in an attempt to protect public and environmental health. EHC's battle against an abandoned maquiladora turned toxic dump, serves as a microcosm of what's wrong with border health and how NAFTA, for the most part, has exacerbated the problem.

A Movement Blossoms: Cross-Border Activism Picks Up Speed
by Kent PatersonBorderlines
October 20th, 1998
In October 1998, after years of protest by an unprecedented bi-national coalition, the proposed Sierra Blanca nuclear waste dump was defeated. The proposed site for the commercial nuclear waste dump was just 16 miles from the Texas-Mexico border.

The Mexican Version of Pulpwood Plantations
by Alejandro VillamarWorld Rainforest Movement Bulletin
August 1st, 1998
In response to pressure from the maquiladora industry, the Mexican government is now paving the way for the large-scale pulpwood plantations in order to provide industry with raw material to produce cheap pulp and paper.

ARGENTINA: High Court Provides a Roadmap Against Pollution
by Marcela ValenteInter Press News Service
The Matanza-Riachuelo river basin, the most polluted in Argentina for more than a century, could begin to see some cleaner waters as the result of an innovative ruling by the National Supreme Court of Justice -- considered a landmark in the history of Latin American environmental law.

US: Merck Research Plant Chemicals Kill Fish in Pennsylvania Federal Authorities Say
by Deborah YaoThe Associated Press
Drugmaker Merck & Co.'s research facility in West Point dumped a chemical compound that included cyanide into the sewer system, killing more than 1,000 fish in Wissahickon Creek, federal authorities said Thursday.

US: Deal Lets Big Farms Skirt Pollution Fines
by John HeilprinAssociated Press
The Bush administration will let thousands of factory-style farms escape severe penalties for fouling the air and water with animal excrement in exchange for data to help curb future pollution.

US: AT&T to pay $25 million to settle Calif. lawsuit
AT&T Inc. will pay $25 million to end a lawsuit by California officials alleging the company failed to test properly and repair its underground storage tanks, the state attorney general said on Tuesday.

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