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Venezuelan Social Movements Rally Against State Coal Mining Decree

Banner reads: The Wayuu of Socuy Oppose Coal Mining (Photo: Lucas Koerner)

Activists from diverse social movements gathered outside Venezuela's Ministry of Energy and Mining in Caracas this morning to demand the repeal of a controversial presidential decree authorizing coal mining in the country's northwestern Perija mountain range located in Zulia state.

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Venezuela Declares State of Emergency due to Heavy Rains

The floods are the worst to have hit the region in years (AVN)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro declared Friday a state of emergency in a town in Apure state, where heavy rains have spurred flooding.

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Venezuelan Government Creates Ministry of Eco-socialism

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced the creation of the new Ministry of Eco-socialism and Water during his weekly tele

On Tuesday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced the creation of the Ministry of Eco-socialism and Water, which will be tasked with protecting the environment and confronting the threat of climate change.The governments of the Bolivarian Revolution have taken concrete steps to confront the threat of climate change.

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Venezuelan Foreign Minister Demands Action from Developed Countries at UN Climate Talks

While the general agreed upon “danger point” would be a global temperature rise of more than 2 degrees Celsius, many members

VA.com’s Cory Fischer Hoffman writes a special report from the United Nations climate talks in Lima, Peru, describing the reactions of the Venezuelan government and social movements to the attempt to reach a consensus over how to address global warming.

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28 New Laws to Stimulate Production and Disarm Monopolies in Venezuela

Maduro signed the laws yesterday evening.  (Minci)

Yesterday evening, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro passed 28 laws by means of the enabling law, which permits executive action without Parliament approval. The bills, 16 of which were revealed in Tuesday’s promulgation ceremony, make up a comprehensive economic reform directed at industry, agriculture, tourism and tax revenue.

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Venezuela Hosts International Gathering Ahead of UN Climate Change Summit

Representatives of civil society meet with government ministers to discuss climate change policy at the second social PreCOP mee

Over 80 social movement organizations from around the world have converged on Margarita Island, Venezuela to discuss and debate climate change policy.

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Venezuela’s Third Satellite Earmarked for Regional Development

President Nicolas Maduro and China Great Wall Industry Corporation executives (Photo: AVN)

On Sunday, Venezuelan education and technology minister Manuel Fernandez signed a contract with China Great Wall Industry Corporation to build and launch the South American nation’s third satellite into space.

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Venezuela’s Maduro Responds to Scathing US Editorials and Blames Capitalism for ‘Environment Collapse’

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro addressing the United Nations 69th General Assembly summit on September 23rd, 2014. (TeleSUR

Ever since Venezuela’s bid for an alternate seat on the United Nations Security Council was anticipated as having unanimous regional support early this month, many wondered when the United States would launch a campaign to tip the country’s odds. Over the weekend, the Washington Post ridiculed president Nicolas Maduro and warned readers that, if elected to council, Venezuela would only “advocate for allies such as Syria, Iran and Cuba.”

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Venezuela, Brazil and the Dominican Republic Offer Emergency Aid to Guatemala

Guatemalan Drought

Venezuela, Brazil and the Dominican Republic have all responded to a plea from Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina, who said last week the country could be on the verge of a major food crisisdue to one of the worst droughts in Guatemala's history.

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Venezuela to Host Pre-Cop Environmentalist Gathering Ahead of Lima

Claudia Salemo, Venezuela’s climate change negotiator at the United Nations (Democracy Now screen capture)

Claudia Salemo, the Venezuelan government’s climate change negotiator, has briefed delegates at a climate change conference in Bonn, Germany, on preparations for the “Social Climate Change Pre- COP’ scheduled to be held in her country ahead of COP 20 taking place in December 2014 in Lima, Peru.

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Venezuelan Government Implements Special Measures in Face of Drought

The reduced level of rainfall and the subsequent prolonging of the November – April dry season is taking its toll on the north

Venezuelan authorities are taking special measures to reduce the impact of the drought affecting the country, which is estimated to be the seventh worst in the last sixty years.

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Venezuelan Leftists Meet to Discuss Future Directions in Political Ideology and Eco-Socialism

eco-socialist

Venezuelan leftists met in two conferences over the weekend as part of efforts to design the direction and strategy of the country’s Bolivarian revolution in the coming period.

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Venezuela's Maduro Calls For A “Powerful and Unified Environmental Movement”; Slams Opposition for “Eco-cide”

Maduro has called for more Venezuelans to participate in environmental initiatives. (Prensa Ambiente)

The Venezuelan government has accused opposition protesters of destroying thousands of trees, and pledged to increase funding for conservation groups and other environmental initiatives.

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Venezuelan University Developing Experimental Bamboo for Green Homes

Venezuelan grown bamboo is being experimented on to improve its strength and durability at the USB (Prensa Fonacit)

Venezuelan researchers are studying ways to use bamboo to provide cheap, environmentally friendly housing.

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Venezuela’s Catatumbo Lightning Enters Guinness Book of World Records

The Catatumbo lightening (Prensa Mintur)

Venezuela’s Catatumbo lightening phenomenon yesterday entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for the highest number of average lightning bolts per square kilometre per year, at 250.

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