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Wildfire forces exit from Observer Tree in Tasmania, campaign continues

11 Mar

On Thursday March 7, Miranda Gibson reluctantly left her perch high up in the Observer Tree in Southern Tasmania, after 449 days, as a wildfire burned to within a kilometre and it became clear that predicted hot weather early next week could precipitate an emergency situation in the remote forest.

Smoke was filling the Tyenna Valley and the sounds of crashing trees could be heard nearby as the wildfire grew from 3 hectares on Wednesday to 40 hectares by the time Miranda descended on Thursday, with the fire currently unable to be contained.  Continue reading

Tibetan Villagers Halt Mining Project on Sacred Mountain

30 Jan

cross posted from Intercontinental Cry

Kawagebo mountain

Tibetan Villagers have successfully halted a controversial mining operation that threatened Kawagebo, one of the most sacred peaks in the Tibetan world.

In Tibetan culture, where people live in intimate relationship with the natural world around them, reality and mythology have a way of blending together. So it was perhaps no surprise to local villagers when, after a Chinese mining company and local authorities repeatedly repelled efforts stop a gold mining project on the slopes of holy Mount Kawagebo, the mountain appeared to strike back.

Mount Kawagebo, so sacred that climbing is banned, sits on the border between Tibet and China’s Yunnan Province; its eastern side is part of the Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Area UNESCO World Heritage site. In February 2011, a small gold-mining operation started near the village of Abin, which is on the western side of Kawagebo, along the path of an 800-year-old pilgrimage route that circles the mountain, attracting tens of thousands of Tibetans annually.

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