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Meet the giant mining corporation that wants to fight climate change

By Mark A. Bonta / March 13, 2020 / Comments Off on Meet the giant mining corporation that wants to fight climate change

Rio Tinto, one of the world’s largest, oldest, and most powerful mining companies, is fully on board the climate-change bandwagon. The corporation announced that it plans to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, largely thanks to pressure from the investor group Climate Action 100+.  Baby steps A conglomerate based in the United Kingdom […]

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This giant Arizona mining dump will be able to legally pollute under new federal rules

By Mark A. Bonta / February 19, 2020 / Comments Off on This giant Arizona mining dump will be able to legally pollute under new federal rules

The world’s largest public copper company, with a record of fines for environmental pollution, has just acquired almost 17,000 acres of Arizona desert to use as a dump for toxic mine tailings.  The land is important to 11 Native American tribes, and the Arizona agency that sold the land has never assessed it for endangered […]

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Those ‘healing’ New Age crystals are stained red

By Mark A. Bonta / October 3, 2019 / Comments Off on Those ‘healing’ New Age crystals are stained red

Crystals, always the rage in New Age circles for their purported healing powers, have over the past five years become a multi-billion-dollar global industry. But just a tiny fraction of those billions is seen by the impoverished crystal miners of Madagascar, who work in atrocious conditions, in hand-dug mines, to feed the frenzy for amethyst, […]

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Brazil’s plans for the Amazon have united these longtime tribal enemies

By Mark A. Bonta / September 19, 2019 / Comments Off on Brazil’s plans for the Amazon have united these longtime tribal enemies

Generations of enmity are now in the past as indigenous groups in the Xingu river basin of Brazil’s southern Para state are patching things up to fight a common enemy. Tribal historians tell of bloody vendettas between the Panara and Kayapo peoples that in some cases date back almost 100 years and that saw the […]

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Can this little bird shut down four open-pit mines?

By Mark A. Bonta / September 10, 2019 / Comments Off on Can this little bird shut down four open-pit mines?

Residents of Homonhon, an island in the central Philippines, are hoping that an endangered species can help them send four nickel-mining companies packing. To battle the huge ecological impacts of these open-pit mines, Homonhon locals are turning to Philippine environmental law to help them protect rainforests and other landscapes not yet damaged by mining. Where […]

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Where the rivers run dry, a coal mine thrives

By Mark A. Bonta / November 21, 2018 / Comments Off on Where the rivers run dry, a coal mine thrives

In the Colombian desert, survival is defined by access to water. The Wayuu of arid La Guajira (part of the Guajira Peninsula shared with Venezuela) know this and have been able to thrive in this parched land for centuries. They are Colombia’s most populous Indigenous group, and 300,000 or more of them live on the […]

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