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Georgia River Reindeer Population Plummeting

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The population of the Canadian Georgia River reindeer has dropped almost 92% over the last few decades.

There were once over 900,000 reindeer and now there are only about 74,000.

Iron-ore mining, hydro-power flooding and road building are apparently the cause of the dwindling numbers.

Chief of the local natives, the Innu people said:

"All the massive industrial 'development' projects that have been imposed on our land in the last forty years have undoubtedly had a cumulative impact on the size of the caribou herd.

That is why we need real control over our territories and resources, and why we must be involved as equals in decisions that affect our lands and the animals that live there."

So sad that people just living their lives don't even realize the effect they have on the local ecosystem, and how its devastation affects us.

Poor reindeers!

Also, poor Santa! Where will he go to hire more help??

[Image courtesy Subhankar Banerjee/Survival.]

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Mining Is Destroying The Great Wall of China!

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Absolutely tragic that something with this much history would be destroyed so carelessly.

The Great Wall of China is apparently in big trouble, due to legal and illegal mining around the structure in a push to develop the country's resources, has lead parts of it - some as long as 100 miles - to literally crumble!

According to engingeer Guo Jianyong:

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Spike TV Picks Up Mining Reality Show

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Yikes! Is this a little too soon?!

The producers of Deadliest Catch comes Coal, a docuseries about the dangers of coal mining in West Virginia, which will air on Spike TV.

Although the series has been in development for over a year, the rescue of the 33 Chilean miners has demonstrated how treacherous the job can be.

Spike's executive vp of original programming, Sharon Levy, said:

“It didn’t take a tragedy, and then a miracle, to get us excited about this. Obviously, we’re humongous fans of the kind of shows Thom [Beers] does that celebrate the everyday man. He said, ‘We’re working on this project called Coal, and we said we’d take it.'

We’ve tapped into something that people are passionate about; this is a topic the world is interested in. Everybody is afraid of being buried alive. These people risk their lives every day to make the world move, yet most of us never really think about how we get [our energy] … this series is going to shine a light on the brave men and women and their families who endure the rigors of this arduous profession.

It’s incredibly difficult to shoot. What happened in Chile makes safety precautions even more important.”

The series will center on co-owners of Westchester's Cobalt Mine, Mike Crowder and Tom Roberts. Not only will it cover every aspect of the job, but their families and the community of miners.

Spike will premiere 10 episodes of the one-hour show in April.

Inneresting.

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