I learned about the continuing existence of the Hawaiian Kingdom in a roundabout way through an interest in nuclear disarmament and the protests against U.S. military bases in Okinawa. Hawai’i’s history and its unresolved status as an occupied nation reveal a deeply ironic contradiction in America’s imperial project. The numerous American bases located around the […]
Kate Lanier collects news of oil and gas, fracking and mining, the environment and sustainable energy from around the world including:
Worldwide: Interpol is now taking on “environmental fugitives,” including suspected crime bosses and elephant ivory smugglers. Nine wanted altogether, with two already captured. Just imagine the possibilities.
Colorado: It’s getting very ugly out there. Longmont residents voted against fracking in their community inn 2012. Now, “state officials, energy companies and industry groups are taking Longmont and other municipalities to court, forcing local governments into what critics say are expensive, long-shot efforts to defend the measures.” Citizens are even being accused of ripping off industry.
Chile: Barrick Gold (Toronto) ran afoul of the Superintendence for the Environment concerning the Pascua Lama gold-silver mine. Fines were imposed. A lower court seemed to revoke the $16 million fine, due to regulatory misfiguring, and ordered Barrick to halt its activity at the mine. Barrick sued but the Supreme Court refused he case, putting everything back in the lap of the Superintendence for the Environment which has some re-figuring to do.
This article aims to highlight stories which show the clash between small farmers and big, usually corporate or state-backed, agriculture. This clash is part of a fight that is occurring across the world, with some governments wanting control of land in order to feed their populations and others, usually in the business world, wanting to turn land into a commodity so they can gain increased profits.
Well over a majority of the world’s contributions to global warming comes from the actions of four industrialized states (United States, Japan, Canada and Australia) and one region (Europe), and those living in those states. The advent of a global climate catastrophe is key to buying land, since 40% of the world’s population may face a “serious drinking water shortage” within the next half-century, unless there is bold and quick action.
However, there are other factors to the fight over land across the world. One of the main battlegrounds is the African continent, where not only are many states dependent on only one resource or cash crop to gain money from exports, but numerous states were forced by the European colonizers to change from subsistence to cash crops, which caused parts of Africa to suffer from drought.