Wednesday

A controversial liquefied natural gas (LNG) project planned for Canada's west coast has been cancelled. Pacific NorthWest LNG announced the project would not proceed "amidchangesin market conditions".

Canada authorised the project last September despite concerns over its potential contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. The major energy project would have seen LNG exported to emerging Asian markets.

The cancelled initiative was one of the largest resource development initiatives in the country. Tuesday's decision was made by Petronas, the Malaysian oil and gas company leading the project, as well as its partners.

"We are disappointed that the extremely challenging environment brought about by the prolonged depressed prices and shifts in the energy industry have led us to this decision, said Anuar Taib, chairman of the Pacific NorthWest LNG board said in a statement.

Mr Taib also said Petronas and its partners will continue to develop natural gas assets in Canada.

The C$36 bn ($28bn/£22bn) project would have seen a natural gas liquefaction and export terminal constructed on British Columbia's northern coast, as well as a new pipeline.


The terminal would have been built on Lelu Island, which sits at the mouth of the Skeena river near Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

There were worries over the potential threat to an important salmon habitat alongside concerns over greenhouse gases.


The controversial project sparked protests by some of the First Nations in the region. Other communities supported the LNG terminal because it would have injected millions of dollars into the local economy and created jobs.
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Monday

Dozens of people, both Native Americans and supporters are riding on horseback from Colorado to South Dakota.

It's being done to bring support to the Lakota Sioux Indians, some of the proudest and poorest Native Americans in the nation.

They first gathered Saturday at Buffalo Bill's grave site five miles west of Golden to reconcile what they say is a history of "broken treaties and lost lands" of the Native American people.

"We've asked riders to come in with pledges," said David Ventimiglia, Executive Director of Tipi Raisers, a Colorado non-profit that aids native peoples.

They're going to ride 400 miles over 22 days to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, home of Oglala Sioux.

"Pine Ridge is the poorest place in the United States and we're building homes on Pine Ridge. Some of the riders here are living in really difficult conditions," Ventimiglia said as he prepared riders to mount up.


"Right now we're just staying in a camper, it's a little 20-foot camper," said rider Waylon Belt who lives on Pine Ridge.

"My cousin helped me attach a tin shed."

"Get the word out to everybody that we're all human beings and if we can help each other out it would be a better world for a lot of people," said rider Steven Driver himself a Native American.


"Since my great, great grandpa was the Chief Red Cloud it just makes me feel like I'm more a part of my culture," said his daughter and rider Maria Driver.

Her mother said she is a direct descendant of the famed Lakota warrior Red Cloud who led the Oglala people for 40 years. But the ride will be anything but easy.


"You got to deal with the weather the hot weather it can drain a person but you still ... but you just gotta' put that out of mind and be strong and look towards other things," said Steven Driver who says he prays for most of the ride.

"In this day even with experienced riders 400 miles and three weeks on a horse is enormously challenging," Ventimiglia said.


They’ll be riding like some of their ancestors whose only support was the nature around them instead of the vans full of supplies following this group.


“I believe that indigenous wisdom can help us figure out how to live in a way that's more sustainable.”

The riders will reach Cheyenne, Wyoming July 29 to take part in the Cheyenne Frontier Days Parade. They arrive in Pine Ridge, South Dakota on August 12.
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Sunday

"We will not allow any damage to our forest, rivers, mountains, or biodiversity, which help regulate the global climate and are a source of life for our culture and spirituality."

Indigenous leaders Manari and Gloria Ushigua from the Sápara nation of the Ecuadorian Amazon delivered a letter this morning addressed to the Permanent Mission of the People's Republic of China before the United Nations in New York, in which they call on its state-run oil companies to abandon drilling plans on their rainforest territory.

Their action occurs on the same day that Ecuador faces scrutiny from the U.N. Human Rights Council during the body's Universal Periodic Review of the country. The letter is available here (Spanish version here).

The Sápara are adamantly opposed to oil extraction in their territory, and they have long been a key voice for preventing previous drilling projects in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Andes Petroleum, a wholly owned subsidiary of Chinese National Petroleum Company (CNPC) and SINOPEC (China Petrochemical Corporation), holds two oil concessions to blocks that overlap entirely with Sápara titled territory and at the headwaters of their extensive lands, which extend to the Peruvian border.

The blocks are located along the southern border of Yasuni National Park, widely considered to be the most biodiverse place on the planet, and also overlap the nomadic territory of two indigenous groups living in voluntary isolation.

To date, Andes Petroleum and the Chinese government have failed to respond to several letters denouncing oil extraction plans in Sápara territory and deeper into Ecuador's remote eastern rainforest.


"We were never consulted nor gave our consent for the drilling project slated for our territory by the Ecuadorian government. We have a right to say no, and we reject oil drilling in our territory. We will not allow any damage to our forest, rivers, mountains, or biodiversity, which help regulate the global climate and are a source of life for our culture and spirituality." said Manari Ushigua, President of the Sápara Nation.
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Dozens of veterans processed into the main tent while musicians played traditional music on drums and chanted.

Most of the veterans were dressed in a combination of military and tribal attire, and many carried eagle staffs -- large sticks decorated with beads and feathers that carried special significance to the holder.

Linda Woods of the Traverse City, Michigan, area, said she carries her staff for all of the women who've served in the military. She said one of the 45 feathers on her staff, which is topped with a real eagle's head, is dedicated to Lori Piestewa, a Hopi woman and a U.S. Army soldier who was killed in action in 2003 during the Iraq War. Woods served in the Air Force as a switchboard operator during the Vietnam War and was the only native female veteran there on Saturday.

One by one, all the veterans took a turn at the microphone introducing themselves and placing their eagle staffs in flagpole bases lined up on the side of the stage.

Andy Jackson, a volunteer on the tribal council, said attendees keep the eagle staffs together to represent that the veterans who've died are also gathering with them.

Woods was emotional when it was her turn to speak.


"It is such a beautiful honor to be here," Woods said.

The gathering took place near Cantigny's entrance on ground that had been softened by overnight rains. In addition to the veterans and their families, others honored the occasion as well. Wheaton mayor Mike Gresk read a proclamation recognizing the gathering.


Around the grounds, there were signs posted with facts about American Indians and the U.S. military.

One said 400 Navajo servicemen were recruited to be code talkers during World War II and were part of every Marine Corps assault in the Pacific theater of the war from 1942 to 1945. Alfred Newman of Kirkland, New Mexico, was one of the code talkers who attended.


Another sign said an estimated 12,000 American Indians served in World War I -- even though they weren't granted citizenship until 1924.

Also on Saturday, retired Maj. Gen. James T. Jackson, the director of Vietnam War Commemoration, presented pins to all Vietnam veterans at the gathering. The gathering will conclude Sunday afternoon with the retiring of flags and colors.
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Saturday

A wildlife park is celebrating the birth of a litter of Eurasian wolf pups - the first to be born at the park in 47 years.

The curators at Cotswold Wildlife Park in Oxfordshire recently welcomed the surprise arrival of five mischievous pups and have released a heart-warming video of the adorable fluffballs frolicking in the woods.

The park's mammal keepers weren't expecting a breeding success quite so soon as wolves can take a long time to bond and females only come into season once a year.

Wolves generally pair for life. After a gestation period of approximately sixty-two days, the alpha female gives birth to a litter (usually between four and six cubs).

At birth, the pups are born blind and deaf and are reliant on their parents for survival. After eleven to fifteen days, their eyes open. Cubs develop rapidly under the watchful eye of their mother.

At five weeks, the pups are beginning to wean off their mother's milk but cannot immediately fend for themselves and require considerable parental care and nourishment.


The pups are the first to be born at the park in 47 years, prompting excitement in the area and among wildlife lovers







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