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The struggle for the world’s remaining natural resources is becoming more murderous, according to a new report that reveals that environmental activists were killed at the rate of more than two a week in 2011.
The death toll of campaigners, community leaders and journalists involved in the protection of forests, rivers and land has risen dramatically in the past three years, said Global Witness.
Brazil – the host of the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development – has the worst record for danger in a decade that has seen the deaths of more than 737 defenders, said the briefing, which was released on the eve of the high-level segment of the Earth Summit.
Originally posted by AwakeinNM
Out of 70,000 people who die each and every day on the planet it is totally implausible that 2 of them might be environmental activists? There really aren't very many environmental activists to begin with, right?
Originally posted by Shadow Herder
reply to post by xuenchen
People kill people over 50 bux in some places. If you want to stand in front of a billion dollar agenda, you have just signed your death warrant.
Nisio Gomes, 59, was part of a Guarani Kaiowa group that returned to their ancestral land at the start of this month after being evicted by ranchers.
He was killed by a group of around 40 masked gunmen who burst into the camp
Originally posted by Bobaganoosh
Activism is dangerous, I don't see a conspiracy here. My hat is off to them nonetheless. Unless they work for the EPA, then I would say that two isn't enough.
Originally posted by xuenchen
Now just who would be involved in this murder spree ?
Just past a port where workers are building a two-mile-long pier to accommodate huge vessels known as Chinamaxes that will transport iron ore for China's ravenous steel industry, past berths for tankers to lug oil to Beijing, a city of factories is sprouting on an island almost twice the size of Manhattan. Many of the structures will be built with Chinese investment: a steel mill, a shipyard, an automobile plant, a factory to manufacture oil and gas equipment.
China is expected to overtake Japan as the world's second largest economy this year and may already be the world's greatest energy consumer. Now it is set to become Brazil's top foreign investor, with its companies plowing $20bn into the country in the first six months of 2010, compared with $83m in 2009. A recent study by Deloitte predicted that Chinese investments in Brazil could hit an average of about $40bn a year between now and 2014, with companies throwing money at sectors ranging from telecommunications, infrastructure and farming, to oil, biofuels, natural gas, mining and steel manufacturing.