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Volume 47, Issue 15

ROAD WIDENING THREATENS INDIGENOUS POPULATION IN COLOMBIA

Country: Cambodia

Encouraged by the Colombian peace process promising infrastructure advancement across the country, local citizens and municipal governments have started construction to expand the road to Miraflores, Colombia. The 138-kilometer road was carved illegally through rainforest and used by the FARC rebel group to transport coca, from which cocaine is produced. Conservationists argue that the road widening threatens the Nukak community, who have lost their sacred territories used to hunt and fish.

EU TO PROVIDE 800 MILLION EUROS FOR DEVELOPING NATIONS TO ADDRESS CLIMATE

The EU will provide 800 million euros to help 79 African, Pacific, and Caribbean nations implement a global climate deal. The package is a response to U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to quit the Paris Agreement. The EU will also provide 3 million euros to support Fiji, which will oversee United Nations negotiations in 2018. The European Commission did not detail how the rest of the money would be spent. For the full story, see http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-climatechange-eu-idUKKCN18E0J2.

CANADA TO IMPOSE FUEL TAX ON PROVINCES

Country: Canada

Canada announced that it planned to impose a cap on pollution in provinces that refuse to adopt a national price on carbon. Last December, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reached a deal with 8 of the 10 provinces to introduce a carbon price to curb emissions of greenhouse gases, and threatened to impose it on holdout provinces. Thursday, the government proposed a tax on fossil fuels that would increase annually. Under Trudeau's plan, carbon pollution would cost $10 a ton in 2018, rising by $10 a year until it reaches $50 in 2022.