3 March 2022 - NPWJ News Digest


Colombian palm oil company under investigation for polluting rivers
Mongabay, 02 Mar 2022

Following an inspection in June 2016, Corporación Autónoma de Santander (CAS), one of the environmental authorities in the northeastern Colombian department of Santander, found that toxic waste was flowing from Oro Rojo’s palm oil mill into the Caño 41, a tributary that flows into the Magdalena River. Authorities had previously investigated similar complaints, concluding that the operations of Oro Rojo and similar companies “should be suspended,” but the suspension was never enacted.

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Women’s Month speaker to examine feminist climate justice perspective
Virginia Tech, 02 Mar 2022

An internationally recognized interdisciplinary scholar whose work spans the topics of political ecology, water governance, post‐colonial development, social and environmental justice, climate change, and feminism, will be the featured speaker in the next Women and Gender in International Development Virtual Discussion Series.

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Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability
IPCC, 28 Feb 2022

The Working Group II contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report assesses the impacts of climate change, looking at ecosystems, biodiversity, and human communities at global and regional levels. It also reviews vulnerabilities and the capacities and limits of the natural world and human societies to adapt to climate change. 

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Africa’s Long Walk to Environmental Justice
Modern Diplomacy, 26 Feb 2022

As a result of centuries of colonial oppression and exploitation, the fight for environmental justice in Africa has been stymied. The colonial exploitation of land in Africa has not only had a long-lasting impact on the African environment, but it has also had an impact on the environmental protection policies and practices in Africa. In light of this, international environmental law has failed to address and recognize the peculiar nature of environmental vulnerability in Africa, as indicated by its historical and normative development. 

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How Environmental Justice Can Unlock Black Health and Wellness
Greenpeace, 25 Feb 2022

During Black History Month, we pause to reflect on our collective journey and how we came to be where we are today. We celebrate our heroes, highlight Black excellence, and uplift those in our communities carrying on the good fight against systemic racism for persons of color. And this year’s Black History Month is taking a special look at “Black Health and Wellness.” The theme lifts up the legacy of Black scholars and “other ways of knowing” (e.g., birthworkers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora. It also calls for examining how healthcare has often underserved the Black community. At Greenpeace USA, we want to particularly lift up the movement for environmental justice as a key to Black health and wellness. 

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Court revokes mining concessions for failing to consult indigenous community
Mexico News Daily, 17 Feb 2022

In an unprecedented ruling, the Supreme Court (SCJN) on Wednesday revoked two mining concessions in Puebla because the federal government failed to consult with the local indigenous community before granting them. The Economy Ministry (SE) granted concessions in 2003 and 2009 to a Mexican subsidiary of the Canadian company Almaden Minerals. The concessions allowed the company to mine for gold and silver in Tecoltemi, a community in the Sierra Norte municipality of Ixtacamaxtitlán, although actual mining has not started.

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