Deforestation in the Amazon increased by nearly a third over the past year, according to Brazilian government figures released on Thursday. This huge rise is blamed on relaxation of environment laws.
The Amazon rainforest is considered one of the world’s most important natural defences against global warming because of its capacity to absorb huge amounts of carbon dioxide.
At a news conference on in the capital Brasilia, Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira called the increased rate of deforestation “unacceptable” if it’s tied to illegal activity.
What does the fox say? NO ILLEGAL COAL MINING.
Our investigation has revealed the presence of a giant coal mine that has been illegally encroaching on a nature reserve at the source of China’s second longest river.
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Trans Canada is requesting a permit be issued by the USA to build a pipeline to carry crude oil from the Tar Sands in Alberta into the US and beyond.
The State Department invites members of the public to comment on any factor they deem relevant to the national interest determination that will be made for this permit application. These comments will be considered in the final national interest determination. The public comment period will end on March 7th
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RUSSIA. Altai Territory. 2000. Villagers collecting scrap from a crashed spacecraft, surrounded by thousands of white butterflies. Environmentalists fear for the region’s future due to the toxic rocket fuel.