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Tokelau leader to BHP Billiton: Your coal won’t solve poverty. Come and see for yourself.

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.

Behind Barrick’s Pascua-Lama meltdown in the Atacama desert

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.

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