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The Ecocidal Side of Florida Gulf Coast University, March Madness Sweetheart

29 Mar

The university trampled over Florida panther habitat at the behest of a Big Ag benefactor. Cinderella who?

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by Tim Murphy /Mother Jones

The Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles, the first 15-seed ever to reach the NCAA basketball tournament’s second weekend, are the toast of March Madness on the basis of their high-flying style (nickname: “Dunk City“) and up-from-nowhere story. Less than two decades ago, FGCU was little more than a collection of trailers looking out over a swamp. Today its hoops team is hanging with the heavyweights.

The less inspiring story, however, is how FGCU rose up out of the swamp. To put it bluntly: The school paved over it, using government connections to pressure the US Fish and Wildlife Service into green-lighting the development and in the process wiping out one of the last vital habitat areas of the severely endangered Florida panther. FGCU’s is a particularly extreme version of a familiar story. For a century, South Florida developers have stared down all comers—and methodically reshaped the environment in the process. Continue reading

UN Environmental Summit opens in Rio de Janeiro

21 Jun

Indigenous people protest, as they carry a tree trunk to demonstrate their traditional sport, during a march at the People’s Summit at Rio+20 for Social and Environmental Justice in Rio de Janeiro June 20, 2012. The People’s Summit at Rio+20 for Social and Environmental Justice is a parallel event of the Rio+20 United Nations sustainable development summit. Photo from REUTERS/Ana Carolina Fernades found here

UN Meets with protests and People’s Summit for Social and Environmental Justice

Leaders from around the globe gathered Wednesday to open three days of talks at the United Nations conference on sustainable development, where a sober, unambitious mood prevailed as negotiators produced what critics called a watered-down document that makes few advances on protecting the environment.

Negotiators worked for months to hammer out a document that many hoped would lay out clear goals on how nations could promote sustainable development—making economic advances without eating up the globe’s resources.

But with time running out Continue reading