NEWS FOCUS: Plastic in the ocean

Earth’s oceans are full of plastic. Vast plastic ‘islands’ hundreds of nautical miles long and ten metres deep bob in the Pacific ocean, affecting fish, birds and mammals.

Read Daisy Dumas’s article here


ARTICLE: Green Valentine

It’s easy to be both romantic and green. Whether you want a card and some roses for a loved one or something more individual the Ecologist guide to a green Valentine’s can help.

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IN DEPTH: Detergents

Detergents play a large and often ignored part of our lives. We use them daily to clean our houses, dishes and ourselves. Yet many of the components found in many of them are damaging to the environment and detrimental to our health.

Read Pat Thomas’s expose her


Ecuador’s government investigates report of attack on Indians in
International Herald Tribune – France
Yasuni, like much of Ecuador’s Amazon basin, is rich in mahogany, cedar and other trees that yield valuable lumber. The jungle area also holds an estimated

Ecuador hunts for ‘massacre’ bodies
MWC News – Vancouver,Canada
an army commander in the Amazon province of Orellana. Enrique Eguime, an indigenous leader, had said the massacre took place in eastern Orellana when

RIGHTS-BRAZIL: Recovering Guaraní Traditions
IPS – Italy
as is more than evident in the Amazon, and have also pushed the Guaraní into a corner in Mato Grosso do Sul. The Dourados Indigenous Territory is the

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  • Rights group: Indians attacked by gunmen in Ecuador’s Amazon jungle
    International Herald Tribune – France
    a group of tribesmen living in an Amazon nature reserve were attacked by gunmen, leaving several casualties, an indigenous rights group said Wednesday.

    Ecuador investigates Indian massacre reports
    Reuters – USA
    QUITO, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Ecuadorean authorities combed swaths of the Amazon jungle on Thursday looking for victims of a reported massacre of Indians by

    Indigenous Economics: Ancient Knowledge Inspires Economic Reform
    Canadian National Newspaper – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
    I mentioned that in the United States Native Americans control 5% land, in Canada it is 22%, and in the Amazon, 33%. Globally, Indigenous Peoples are 5% of

    Intel Brief: Peru civil unrest
    ISN – Zurich,Switzerland
    as well as food shortages, over half of the nation lives in poverty, specifically in the rural, indigenous sectors such as the Amazon jungle region.

    MONDAY, 11 FEBRUARY 2008
    Earth Negotiations Bulletin – New York,NY,USA
    THE INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS FORUM ON BIODIVERSITY said the establishment of PAs on indigenous communities’ lands and territories violates indigenous

    Flooding in Bolivia: Oxfam will provide humanitarian aid to 20.000
    ReliefWeb (press release) – Geneva,Switzerland
    urban and rural areas, mainly indigenous communities, threatened by the flooding that is affecting the Department of Beni, in the North-eastern Bolivia.

    The great green land grab
    Guardian Unlimited – UK
    John Eliasch, the Swedish-born businessman chosen by Gordon Brown to be his forest advisor, bought himself 400000 acres of the Amazon rainforest for £8m in

    To save a forest
    Grand Forks Herald (subscription) – Grand Forks,ND,USA
    The challenge in the Amazon became clear again in late January, when Brazil’s government met in emergency session to deal with a sudden burst of

    Hunting up cures: UMass ‘explorer in residence’ roams globe in
    Daily Hampshire Gazette (subscription) – Northhampton,MA,USA
    secrets of indigenous medicines. Over the past 20 years, Kilham, 55, has brought herbal medicines from places such as China, the Amazon, Africa, India,

    The green gold of the Amazon
    ANBA – Sao Paulo,Brazil
    São Paulo – With the certainty that green may generate profit without being destroyed, Ouro Verde Amazônia (Green Gold Amazon) makes organic products

    Anti-Valentine’s gifts
    Cincinnati Enquirer – Cincinnati,OH,USA
    Found at Indigenous in O’Bryonville: her 11½-inch square clay tile – HeartAche – a shiny red heart wrapped in thorny vines. A little more pointed is a heart

    Creating a Regional Alternative to Neo-liberalism?
    Monthly Review – Herndon,VA,USA
    The problem was that the pipeline would have been constructed through parts of the Amazon forest and would have involved the destruction indigenous people’s

    Eight Hot Spots For Volunteer Travel
    Forbes – NY,USA
    uVolunteer sends travelers to Ecuador to assist people indigenous to the Amazon rainforest with community development, while media and graphic design

    RIGHTS-BRAZIL: Pantanal Indians Threatened by Deforestation
    IPS – Italy
    By Mario Osava* CAMPO GRANDE, Brazil, Feb 9 (Tierramérica) – The indigenous peoples of the central-western Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul do not look

    New York Times – United States
    As with many indigenous peoples — I’ve encountered the same belief among Indians in the Amazon — the Xhosa people of Lusikisiki see sickness as a kind of