PL | EN

Panamanians, Kofani and Tohono O’odham Nation defending the environment

Living between the foothills of the Andes and the Amazon rainforest, the indigenous Kofani (A’i Cofán) people fight to protect their lands from gold miners. Kofani seek help in the courts and justice armed with spears, drones and GPS navigation. The gold-fever invaders destroy their sacred Aguarico river, ravage forests and poison ecosystems with mercury, which combines with gold to form an amalgam. The gold is then extracted by evaporating the mercury. According to a report by the Organization of American States, illegal gold mining and exports have increased significantly in Ecuador in recent years.

The indigenous people of Panama are protesting against the mining industry, blocking the country’s main roads. Demonstrators are demanding that the Panamanian government invalidate the agreement that allows Canadian mining company First Quantum Minerals Ltd. to continue operating an open-pit copper mine in a biodiversity-rich jungle for up to another 40 years. Canadian mining companies are often criticised in the region for environmental damage and lack of responsibility for their actions.

Due to protests by the indigenous Tohono O’odham Nation in Arizona, work on the SunZia Wind and Transmission project – transmitting green energy to the Western United States – was suspended. Representatives of the tribe and other indigenous peoples in the area say the development violates areas of significant cultural and historical significance. Ultimately, the SunZia project will be approximately 885 km long and transmit electricity from New Mexico wind farms towards California.

Read also
Worms, nematodes and microorganisms in forensics, agriculture and nature conservation
Worms, nematodes and microorganisms in forensics, agriculture and nature conservation
Scientists from Chaminade University of Honolulu have identified a group of microorganisms that can be found on corpses at specific moments of their decomposition. It will make it easier to calculate the deceased’s time of death, which will be especially useful in criminal cases. In the study, a network of 20 different microorganisms appeared on […]
European Union countries supporting migration
European Union countries supporting migration
The European Union will allocate approximately EUR 210 million to help Mauritania reduce the number of migrants passing through the country on their way to Spain’s Canary Islands. Even though Mauritania does not border the EU, many asylum seekers pass through its territory. According to official data, 83% of migrants arriving in the Canary Islands […]
Orgasm optimization and holding hands
Orgasm optimization and holding hands
Can you optimize your orgasm? Technology first revolutionised how we meet partners and changed dating habits, and now it’s moving further – into the bedroom. Manufacturers of electronic gadgets are increasingly equipping them with new vibration settings and phone controls, “learning” our needs and analysing the collected data. All this is to provide us with […]
Cattle breeding vs climate and the problems of US meat producers
Cattle breeding vs climate and the problems of US meat producers
According to the results of research by specialists from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, the carbon footprint of beef cattle in Spain per kilogram of meat produced is 66% lower than the world average, as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) claims. According to scientists, it is influenced by the efficiency […]
Bird flu virus in Great Britain and endangered migratory species
Bird flu virus in Great Britain and endangered migratory species
According to a report by the British Trust for Ornithology and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, since the attack of the bird flu virus in 2021, Great Britain has lost, among others, over 75% of the great skua population. The virus has also caused a 21% decline in the population of roseate […]
Previous issues