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Venezuela Suspends Electricity Rationing as Historic Drought Comes to Close

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced Monday his decision to suspend the South American country’s electricity rationing plan amid the arrival of the rainy season. 

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Venezuelan Supreme Court Admits Lawsuit against Mega-Mining Project

Venezuela’s Supreme Court agreed to hear a lawsuit filed against the Orinoco Mining Arc on Tuesday. (Archive)

Venezuela’s Supreme Court announced that it would hear a lawsuit filed by former high ranking cabinet members against a government plan to open 12 percent of the South American nation’s territory to open-pit mining.

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Venezuelan Social Movements Converge on Supreme Court, Demand Injunction Against Mining Arc

Banners read left to right: "Impunity will not happen! Sabino Lives!", "No to the Mining Arc! Water is more valua

Grassroots activists and ex-government officials submitted a lawsuit demanding that the high court halt a contentious mega-mining project on constitutional grounds. 

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Latest Energy Saving Measures Shortens Work Week to Two Days

Vice-President Aristóbulo Istúriz and other government officials visit the Guri Dam. (Vice-President's office)

Venezuela will reduce the public sector work week part of a national effort to address severe drought and energy conditions.

 

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Venezuela Combats Severe Drought with New Electricity Rationing Plan

El Guri hydroelectric dam, source of 70% of Venezuela’s power. (El Nacional)

Venezuela implemented new electricity saving measures on Monday in response to a severe drought that has sharply limited the generating capacity of the country’s hydroelectric dams.

 

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Venezuela Poised to Reenter Kimberley Process with Eye Towards New Diamond Mining

Venezuela seeks to reenter the Kimberley Process (archive).

Venezuela concluded a week of meetings with representatives of the Kimberley Process on Friday in what has been hailed as the final steps towards the South American country’s recertification as an international producer of non-conflict diamonds.

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Venezuela Implements New Energy Saving Measures

Venezuela's electricity grid is currently affected by the worst drought to hit the country in 47 years (ElUniversal)

The Bolivarian government furthers its actions in response to the national drought and energy crisis. 

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Venezuelan Social Movements Rally Against Open-Pit Mining in the Orinoco Arc

"Nobody asked indigenous communities if they wanted excavators in their houses". A sign from Thursday's demonstra

Several dozen activists from Venezuelan social movements demonstrated outside the offices of state oil company PDVSA on Thursday in protest at the Maduro government’s decision to open up the 117,000 km “Orinoco Arc” to transnational mining firms.

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Faced with El Niño, Venezuelan Government Adopts Energy Saving Measures

Venezuela's reservoirs are currently at dangerously low levels (Noticias24)

The steps include reducing the working day in public institutions and high energy consumption shopping malls.

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Venezuela Faces its Worst Drought in 47 Years

Ecosocialism and Water Minister Ernesto Paiva explains the effects of climactic phenomenon El Niño in Venezuela. (Photo: Hector

For the first time since 1969 Venezuela has seen three consecutive years of drought, bringing nearly all primary reservoirs across the country to critically low levels.

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Venezuela Pledges to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 20% at Paris COP21

Venezuela’s chief envoy to the COP21, Claudia Salerno, address the COP (entornointeligente).

Venezuela also called on countries in the global North to take historic responsibility for their role in climate change. The country’s chief envoy, Claudia Salerno, was also invited to write the preamble to the COP21 climate change treaty.

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Caracas Farmers’ Market Showcases Grassroots Responses to Economic War

A woman sells fresh produce at the Caracas farmers' market. (Lucas Koerner)

Hundreds gathered in Los Caobos park in downtown Caracas on Saturday morning for an ecological farmers’ market organized by grassroots organizations and cooperatives.

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Presidents of Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia Talk Climate Change at Second Cochabamba Summit

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa (L), Bolivian President Evo Morales (C), and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R) greet th

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro arrived in Cochabamba, Bolivia on Monday to take part in the Second World People's Conference on Climate Change and Defense of Life, which began over the weekend.

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Social Movement Victory: Venezuela’s Maduro Derails Plan for New Carbon Mines

Ecologist Jorge Guerrero was one of the many activists to draw attention to the environmental disaster that would be caused by a

After months of grassroots organizing, a “correction” of the presidential Decree 1,606 was published in last week’s Official Gazette revoking plans for new coal mines and a carbon-electric plant in Venezuela’s western region, in acknowledgement of the damage it would cause for the ecosystem and indigenous communities in the region.

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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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