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    A record number of environmental activists were killed in 2019 according to a new report from the environmental NGO, Global Witness. Since the creation of the Paris Climate Agreement in December 2015, four activists have been killed every week on average. 2019 was the deadliest year on record with 212 people murdered for defending land and water resources. The number of killings is likely much higher as cases often go unreported or are silenced by violent attacks, arrests, death threats, or lawsuits. Over half of all reported killings, last year occurred in Colombia and the Philippines. At least two-thirds of reported cases occurred in Latin America which has consistently been the worst affected region since 2012. “Agribusiness and oil,...
    (CNN)A record 212 land and environmental defenders were killed last year, equivalent to an average of more than four per week, according to a new report from NGO Global Witness.The figure makes 2019 the deadliest year on record for activists defending land and water resources from mining, agribusiness and fossil fuel interests, said Global Witness in a report published Wednesday. This represents a significant spike from 164 killings in 2018, and the true number is likely far higher, said the NGO, adding that cases often go undocumented.Defenders are those who take a stand against environmental and human rights abuses driven by the exploitation of natural resources, according to Global Witness.Mining was the deadliest sector for defenders.Colombia was the deadliest country...
    Twenty environmental activists from Extinction Rebellion (XR) entered Friday on a runway at Orly airport which has just reopened after almost three months of closure due to the coronavirus epidemic, interrupting “briefly” l activity according to ADP. “They broke into a runway” through a “fence” located in the town of Wissous (Essonne), said an airport source. Fifteen people were placed in police custody for “entering the reserved area” and “degradations” in particular, added another airport source. According to images posted on XR’s Twitter account, activists who are calling for an end to air traffic which contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, have installed banners in front of an airplane on the runway: “Save the living not the planes “or” 15 billion...
    As efforts to reform law enforcement gain momentum in Colorado, some groups are renewing their efforts to fight environmental racism. Along with 34 other nonprofits, 350 Colorado has been pushing a petition that calls for a complete halt of the release of harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other forms of air pollution for thirty days, or at least until the coronavirus pandemic is contained. The effort, which began in April, has gotten a recent boost, with over 2,600 signatures now submitted to Governor Jared Polis. VOCs are often released right next to residential areas or neighborhoods, at sites like the Suncor Oil Refinery in Commerce City; they're also released at the more than 50,000 active fracking wells in Colorado. Despite...