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Rosewood traffic and criminalization of journalists in Madagascar

The logging of rosewood is a very sensitive issue in Madagascar. According to Global Witness and the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), a dozen private operators and three main companies are …

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Meet the UN Convention that protects environmental whistle-blowers

By Nick Meynen. Environment Ministers and high level officials from all over Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia came to Maastricht in early July to make a renewed commitment to access …

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From safeguards to safeguarding: Engaging indigenous peoples and local communities on REDD+

In May a group of international academics, activists and experts met at the University of East Anglia in Norwich for a think tank on global environmental justice. The key message …

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The Jeannette Kawas National Park in Honduras

By Grettel Navas and Joan Martinez Alier. As the violence in Honduras against environmentalists increases day by day, it is time to remember an old story. In 1995, the Punta Sal …

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Scandal Rocks the TAV High Speed Rail Project in Italy

By CDCA (Centro Documentazione Conflitti Ambientali). In recent months, allegations of corruption and criminal infiltration in major infrastructure projects have been making headlines in Italy. The string of scandals started in …

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How Switzerland helps commodity companies dodge billions in taxes

By Jakob Villioth. Thanks to low taxes and weak government regulation, Switzerland has developed into a commodity hub where commodity trading and extractive companies earn billions. At least 20 percent of …

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Welcome to the worst tourism project in the world

“Dear visitor, you are now entering an environmental disaster zone, formerly known as Kazakhstan’s most wonderful Ile-Alatau National Park.” Will that soon be the message NGOs have to paint on …

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Decoupling 2: A new report by the International Resource Panel

By Jakob Villioth. Last week the Decoupling Working Group of the International Resource Panel (IRP) has presented its second report on “Decoupling technologies, opportunities and policy options (2014)”. The IRP is …

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The journey to a new global climate agreement begins now, but which road will the EU take?

By Maruska Mileta and Jamie Gorman. Today at the UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany, civil society and social movements are calling on the developed countries including the EU to commit …

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Will Brazil turn the country into a factory of genetically modified trees?

By the World Rainforest Movement. Will the Brazilian government give a permit to plant genetically modified eucalyptus trees on a commercial scale? That’s the breakthrough expected by Suzano, one of the …

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