“The environmental impact that may cause the” opencast mining “in our territory can alter the already precarious conditions of our climate. This activity can cause damage to our water and hydroelectric system. A system of fundamental forests for rainy periods is what is at stake. But alterations in biodiversity, ecosystem generate losses that affect endemic species and migratory habitat loss could severely threaten the survival of our indigenous people”, said Gustavo Carrasquel.
Around 94% of Uruguay’s rivers suffer from contamination, according to a report conducted by local NGO Vida Silvestre. A figure that has not changed to date.
Indigenous leaders from across Argentina’s 17 provinces met in Buenos Aires and presented dramatic testimonies of human rights violations and dispossession from their ancestral lands.
National parks in the Western United States and Alaska are some of the most pristine landscapes and waters on the planet, yet results of a four year study indicate that mercury contamination affects fish even in these protected areas.
Population growth and the expansion of unregulated mining activity have increasingly contaminated the 8,300-square-kilometer (3,200-square-mile) lake. But as the population around the lake has expanded over the last 30 years, so has the amount of human and industrial waste – and there are growing calls for the tide of pollution to be stemmed.
SCMP reporetd that Chinalco Mining has shut down operations at its Toromocho copper mine in Peru after the country’s environmental regulator found that it was contaminating two lakes.
When the World Wildlife Fund’s Global Toxic Program visited in 2005, they found only four swans in the sanctuary from what was estimated to have been 4,000 previously. What had caused it? Autopsies on the birds revealed high levels of iron and heavy metals.
The Ontario Court of Appeal has overturned a lower court decision and is allowing a lawsuit by a group of Ecuadorian villagers against Chevron to go ahead in Canada.
Something is happening in Maracaibo: recent environmental indicators warn that air quality has deteriorated almost 250%. These are official data of the Ministry for the Environment which, crouched on their website, have warned that within 10 years the air of Zulia state capital became the most polluted in the country.
Around 94% of Uruguay’s rivers suffer from contamination, according to a report conducted by local NGO Vida Silvestre. The paper analyzed and compiled the results from studies and monitoring reports of 49 rivers carried out by government organizations from 2009-11.
The invasion of saltwater and sewage is contaminating the Patiño aquifer, one of Paraguay’s main sources of water. According to studies, the aquifer’s water level falls an average of one meter per year.
Contamination of traditional maize crops planted near genetically modified (GM) maize fields may be common in Uruguay, where the cultivation of GM maize has been permitted since 2003, scientists have said.
A set of Colombia’s mining regulations from 2001 that are set to expire are causing concern about what a return to the old standards could mean for informal and illegal mining activity, and the environment.
Peru’s President Ollanta Humala has declared an environmental emergency in part of the country’s Amazon jungle region, after years of oil pollution there.
This river (it’s actually more of an estuary), which meanders for 40 miles through Buenos Aires, has been heavily polluted for years by industrial waste, sewage, and everyday garbage.