Earth’s Land Area Degrading Faster Than Expected

Earth’s Land Area Degrading Faster Than Expected

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A new study reveals that nearly one quarter of the Earth’s land area is being degraded by “human activities.”

“Land degradation – the decline in the quality of soil, water and vegetation – is of profound importance but until now there have been no consistent global data by which to assess its extent and severity,” notes ScienceDaily.

It was previously assumed that degradation was holding at about 15 percent, “but this was a map of perceptions, rather than [an actual] measurement.”

Based on satellite imaging, the Proxy global assessment of land degradation provides just that: a full picture of the extent and severity of land degradation.

“Overall, a quarter of the world’s population depends directly on these degrading areas. The worst-hit areas are Africa south of the Equator, SE Asia and S China. The worst-affected countries, with more than 50 per cent of territory degrading are, in Africa, the Congo, Zaire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Sierra Leone, Zambia and the most affected (95 per cent degrading) Swaziland; in Asia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Korea and Indonesia. In terms of the rural population affected, the greatest numbers are in China, with nearly half a billion, India, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Brazil. The usual suspects, such as the African Sahel and around the Mediterranean are much less affected,” explains Dr David Dent, one of the authors.

The cause of this degradation, as the report notes, is primarily the result of “land management” — or, as says Rainforest says, wide-spread forest removal, biofuel plantation schemes, “water diversion and countless other methodical diminishments of intact natural ecosystems [including water contamination and industrial pollution]. As goes the land (and sky and water and oceans and animals) will go humanity.”

Photo: Deborah Icamiaba

realtipof5424http://intercontinentalcry.org/earths-land-area-degrading-faster-than-expected/

Global action network proposed for indigenous rights

Global action network proposed for indigenous rights

Global action network proposed for indigenous rights p12avenezuelaindigenouschildv01Indigenous representatives attending the International Conference on Indigenous Peoples & Extractive Industries, currently being held in Manila, are putting together a global action network for indigenous peoples to respond to the violation of their rights, particularly by the extractive industry.

The conference, organized by Tebtebba, is being attended by some 85 indigenous representatives and experts from Asia, Africa, the Pacific, Europe and Russia, the Arctic, Latin and North America.

Coupled with unrestrained environmental destruction, and thousands of reported cases of torture, assassinations, kidnappings, physical destruction of communities, an many other violent acts, the representatives point out that their cultures and territories are continuously disappearing as a result of the mining companies.

The only way it’ll change, say the representatives, is if governments and international bodies join hands.

To this end, and to strengthen the voice of the world’s indigenous population, the representatives are proposing the global network.

Details on the network are limited at this point, but Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, chairperson of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, suggests as a starting point, that it could help bring cases before national and international courts, engage in dialogue with investors, and raise awareness about the practices and impacts of the extractive industry.

Hopefully the network will be much more than this. After all, the problems we’re talking about here are not simply about a lack of accountability, policies that infringe on our most basic rights, and a bunch of heartless thugs and sycophants who act like indigenous people are nothing more than potholes on a care-free road to their own wealth and happiness.

It’s more about an underlying cultural imperative — Or rather, the lack of culture that brings reason and purpose to the industry and the governments who back them.

In any event, the formation of global network is a most welcomed event.

Though it may not become the Mountain we so desperately need, may at least provide us with enough strength and cohesion to put the industry in its place. Once and for all!

realtipof5423http://intercontinentalcry.org/global-action-network-proposed-for-indigenous-rights/


Motor Travel Banned in Sacred Blackfeet Area

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GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has banned motorized travel on 186 miles of trails in the Badger-Two Medicine area along the Rocky Mountain Front.

The decision, announced Monday, is part of a travel plan for that section of the Lewis and Clark National Forest.

Forest Supervisor Spike Thompson said few places in the country rival the solitude, wildlife viewing and hunting and fishing opportunities in the 130,000-acre Badger-Two Medicine area, which is sacred to the Blackfeet Tribe.

http://www.reznetnews.org/article/motor-travel-banned-sacred-blackfeet-area-31480


Attorneys debate role of handgun in Aquash case

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The defense attorney for a man charged in the 1975 murder of an American Indian Movement activist says jurors should not hear about his client’s previous shooting death conviction.

Richard “Dickie” Marshall, 57, and John Graham, 52, are scheduled to go on trial May 12 in U.S. District Court in connection with the fatal shooting of Annie Mae Aquash, whose body was found on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in February 1976.

Federal prosecutors have said they plan to introduce trial evidence regarding Marshall’s killing of Martin Montileaux on March 1, 1975, in a Scenic bar. Prosecutors said the Montileaux and Aquash cases are related because Marshall had the opportunity to provide the .32-caliber revolver that was confiscated after the Montileaux killing for the shooting of Aquash in December 1975.

http://www.rapidcityjournal.com/articles/2009/03/24/news/top/doc49c82fafd2a57121676365.txt


Black out during white out / Crow Creek residents treated unjustly by utility company during blizzard, CAN-DO helps

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MITCHELL, S.D. – South Dakota-based Central Electric Cooperative has a policy in effect to provide electricity to its customers in the winter months regardless of their ability to pay. However, Crow Creek Reservation tribal members are getting their power turned off by the company in the midst of extreme blizzard conditions.

In numerous instances, Crow Creek residents have medical conditions that require the use of electricity, and many other residents have small children and/or elderly in the home.

In a place where tribal members remember promises from Central Electric to provide electrical power free of charge, tribal residents’ pay electricity rates one-third higher than the national average

http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/national/41370897.html


Navajos elated with passage of settlement bill

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Congress has passed a massive public lands bill that includes landmark legislation settling a decades-long dispute over Navajo tribal water claims.

The legislation settles the Navajos’ water rights claims in the San Juan River Basin and authorizes a pipeline to serve Gallup and Navajo communities in New Mexico and eastern Arizona.

The measure was included in the public lands bill passed by the House on a 285-140 vote.

http://www.kold.com/Global/story.asp?S=10072639

Navajos elated with passage of settlement bill

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Congress has passed a massive public lands bill that includes landmark legislation settling a decades-long dispute over Navajo tribal water claims.

The legislation settles the Navajos’ water rights claims in the San Juan River Basin and authorizes a pipeline to serve Gallup and Navajo communities in New Mexico and eastern Arizona.

The measure was included in the public lands bill passed by the House on a 285-140 vote.

http://www.kold.com/Global/story.asp?S=10072639


Obscene Racist Event: Burning Man’s ‘Go Native’

This was originally posted by Brenda Norrell at http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/

Obscene Racist Event: Burning Man’s ‘Go Native’

From Mark Anquoe, AIM West
Brothers and Sisters,

Yesterday I was informed about an obscene racist event that will be hosted by a Burning Man crew. On Saturday, March 28th, an organization calling itself “Visionary Village” will put on a dance party called “Go Native” where participants are being asked to come in “native costume”. They advertise that the event will raise funds for “neurofeedback research” in Native American Church members. THIS IS A LIE. Real NAC members would never consent to being “studied” during our most sacred ceremonies! Furthermore, their “theme rooms”, as scheduled, will make a mockery of Native cultures, including the Anasazi and “Pueblo” cultures (as if there was a single, generic “Pueblo” culture).

In addition, they proudly advertise that their dance party will be held “in a bordello complex” built on top of an ancient Ohlone site! Adding desecration to this insult is outrageous!

The event organizers have been contacted by *many* people in the community, and in addition to being completely insensitive to the Native people who have contacted them, they have also been unable to establish any connection between their “fundraising event” and *any* Native American Church group or individual.

The text from their advertising appears below. Read all of these details for yourself. Part of the flyer is also attached as an image.

The American Indian Movement WILL BE ORGANIZING AN ACTION AGAINST THIS EVENT. More details to follow.

For the moment, please write to the organizers and tell them how you feel about their event. Please write to the DJs and performers and tell them that real life Indians are insulted and furious about this event. Also, please forward this information on to any Burning Man people you know. Its important that these people know that their own community does not support this kind of racism! Tell all the Burning Man people you know to NOT ATTEND THIS EVENT! It is especially important that NAC members, Pueblo people, and Ohlone people make their voices heard on this issue.

Organizers:
visionaryvillage@gmail.com
Performers (partial list, more to come):
peachy@janakaselekta.net
www.myspace.com/janakaselekta
http://www.myspace.com/mozaicmusic
http://people.tribe.net/chlorophil
http://www.myspace.com/venusinvelvet
apache.cleo@gmail.com

realtipof5422http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2009/03/obscene-racist-event-burning-mans-go.html

France to pay nuclear testing victims

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France has established a $13.5 million (10 million euro) fund to compensate people who claimed they became sick as a result of its four decades of nuclear testing in Algeria and French Polynesia, government officials announced yesterday.

Some 150,000 people were “theoretically” exposed to radiation from the more than 200 tests conducted between 1960 and 1996, French Defense Minister Herve Morin told the French newspaper Le Figaro, according to the New York Times. Until now, France has denied the radiation released had caused a host of ills, including cancer, in residents in neighboring communities and workers who conducted the tests.

“Thirteen years after the end of tests in the Pacific … it’s time for our country to be at peace with itself, thanks to a system of compensation and mending the damage that was suffered,” Morin said at a news conference in Paris yesterday, Reuters reports. “The burden of proof will be reversed: victims will no longer have to prove that their illness is due to the nuclear tests, but it will be up the state to contest that.”

http://www.sciam.com/blog/60-second-science/post.cfm?id=france-to-pay-nuclear-testing-victi-2009-03-25

N. Korea may conduct second nuclear test after missile launch: U.S. expert

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SEOUL, March 26 (Yonhap) — North Korea is likely to push for its second nuclear test if it does not get a satisfactory response from the U.S. on its upcoming rocket launch, a visiting U.S. expert said Thursday, following reports that the reclusive nation has already mounted a rocket on a launch pad in its northeast coastal base.

Art Brown, head of the Washington-based consulting firm Midsight, also said the North’s rocket launch due in early April will provide South Korea with a chance to take the driver’s seat in dealing with the communist neighbor.

“If they don’t like the response, they may do a second nuclear test just to shake up the United States,” the former CIA official said in an interview. He served as chief of the CIA’s local branch from 1996-1999.

http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/northkorea/2009/03/26/62/0401000000AEN20090326007400315F.HTML

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