he activists had been protesting mining by the Essar and Hindalco corporations in an effort to protect over five million trees and the local people at risk of displacement.
In a further take-down of the claims of BHP Billiton and other coal companies that continued investment in coal is required to lift billions out of poverty, the Ulu (leader) of the Pacific Island nation of Tokelau, Aliki Faipule Kuresa Nasau, has written to the worlds biggest miner to challenge their claims. In the letter, the Ulu invited BHP Billiton’s President of Coal, Dean Dalla Valle to come to Tokelau to see the effects of climate change first hand.
The Australian Green Party has obtainedinformation from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade revealing that the Australian government is now being advised by Rio Tinto – which to this day dodges war crime allegations over its former role on Bougainville.
A new report says that not only is mining "the world's second-biggest user of water, after agriculture" but that the world's largest users of water within the industry are Vale, Rio Tinto and Glencore. But, whereas Vale recycles most of its water, Rio Tinto and Glencore" use much more water directly from the environment."
It has been 20 years since the start of Barrick’s quest to build a mine here, up at glacier level on the border with Argentina. The company has yet to dig an ounce of gold, but Pascua-Lama has nevertheless had a huge impact on the valley, an oasis in the Atacama Desert: It has brought new resources, and new threats. Barrick is a Canadian company in which there is major British investment.