Wednesday, December 23, 2015
MEXICO CITY, Dec 23 (IPS) - Mexico's hydrocarbons law stipulates that oil contracts must include a social impact assessment. But this has not been done in the case of the oilfields granted to the country's former oil monopoly, Pemex, or to private companies since the industry was opened up to private investment.
Monday, December 21, 2015
SAWRÃ‰ MUYBU, Brazil, Dec 21 (IPS) - At dusk on the Tapajós River, one of the main tributaries of the Amazon River in northern Brazil, the Mundurukú indigenous people gather to bathe and wash clothes in these waters rich in fish, the staple of their diet. But the "evil spirit", as they refer in their language to the Sao Luiz Tapajós dam, threatens to leave most of their territory – and their way of life – under water.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
YOUNDE, Cameroon, Dec 15 (IPS) - Farmers and activists in Cameroon say a jail sentence handed down on an environmentalist who exposed land-grabbing by a multinational agro-industrial company, sends a dangerous signal to communities trying to protect their land and resources.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
MEXICO CITY, Oct 28 (IPS) - "This plant heals 150 ailments, like diabetes, high blood pressure and gastritis. It's prepared as an infusion or blended with water, and you take it every day," says Clemente Calixto, a traditional indigenous healer in Mexico, holding up a green leafy branch.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
CASPANA, Chile, Oct 21 (IPS) - Terrace farming as practiced from time immemorial by native peoples in the Andes mountains contributes to food security as a strategy of adaptation in an environment where the geography and other conditions make the production of nutritional foods a complex undertaking.
Saturday, October 17, 2015
SUCRE, Bolivia, Oct 17 (IPS) - The hands of women who have migrated from rural areas carefully tend to their ecological vegetable gardens in the yards of their humble homes on the outskirts of Sucre, the official capital of Bolivia, in an effort to improve their families' diets and incomes.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA, Chile, Sep 22 (IPS) - Chile's altiplano or high plateau region, pounded by the sun of the Atacama desert, the driest place in the world, is home to dozens of indigenous communities struggling for subsistence by means of sustainable tourism initiatives that are not always that far removed from out-of-control capitalism.
Wednesday, September 02, 2015
CASPANA, Chile, Sep 02 (IPS) - Liliana and Luisa Terán, two indigenous women from northern Chile who travelled to India for training in installing solar panels, have not only changed their own future but that of Caspana, their remote village nestled in a stunning valley in the Atacama desert.
Wednesday, September 02, 2015
SYDNEY, Sep 02 (IPS) - Rowan Foley has spent many years as a ranger and park manager, caring for Uluru–Kata Tjuta National Park Aboriginal lands in the spiritual heart of Australia's Red Centre in the Northern Territory. He has been observing the effects of soaring temperatures and extreme weather events on his people, residing in some of the hottest regions of the country.
Tuesday, September 01, 2015
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Sep 01 (IPS) - After a one-day summit in the U.S. Arctic's biggest city, leaders from the world's northern countries acknowledged that climate change is seriously disrupting the Arctic ecosystem, yet left without committing themselves to serious action to fight the negative impacts of global warming.
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