Why Straw Bans Don’t Suck

July 27, 2018 • Priscilla Villa
For the past couple months, the debate on plastic straw bans has been in the limelight, for reasons good and bad. Straws are one of the many single-use plastics — use once, then throw away — and according to the… More »

Stop financing ocean polluting

July 23, 2018 • Mads Løkeland and Jorunn Vallestad
Originally published and translated from Bergens Tiedende Garbage, pollution, climate change, destruction of habitats and the spreading of alien species: we learn more each day about the extent to which human activity is impacting the ocean. Dumping mining waste in… More »

Mining rider would gut bedrock environmental law

July 19, 2018 • Mark Squillace
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is the granddaddy of federal environmental law. It requires federal agencies to look before they leap into a decision that could harm our environment. This simple but essential process is threatened by a rider… More »

New threats against Peruvian land defender Máxima Acuña de Chaupe

July 10, 2018 • Ellen Moore
We have been informed by the Chaupe family that on the morning of July 9th, unknown people illegally entered the Chaupe family’s property in Tragadero Grande, Cajamarca, Peru. The individuals took notes and left, refusing to identify themselves to the… More »

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Can Mining Certification Benefit Communities, Workers and the Environment?

July 6, 2018 • Payal Sampat
Last week, the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) released its new Standard for Responsible Mining — an effort by civil society and industry to collectively define best practices for mining operations. If well-implemented, the IRMA standard can provide us… More »