Mining 'threat to swamps and rock art'

Mining A VAST new coalmine planned for Sydney's south-western outskirts will damage the city's natural desalination plant - the ''hanging swamps'' that filter pure water down into the Georges River.

More than 50 swamps in the little-known Dharawal State Conservation Area, south-east of Campbelltown, will be undercut by longwall coalmines, which the mine owner, BHP Billiton, admits are likely to crack the bedrock and drain swamps. Aboriginal rock art above the mine site is also at risk.>>>

Mexico: Maya tomb find could help explain collapse

Mexico: Maya tomb find could help explain collapseMexican archaeologists have found an 1,100-year-old tomb from the twilight of the Maya civilization that they hope may shed light on what happened to the once-glorious culture.
Archaeologist Juan Yadeun said the tomb, and ceramics from another culture found in it, may reveal who occupied the Maya site of Tonina in southern Chiapas state after the culture's Classic period began fading.
Many experts have pointed to internal warfare between Mayan city states, or environmental degradation, as possible causes of the Maya's downfall starting around A.D. 820.>>>

Social forum leftists decry climate talks failure

Social forum leftists decry climate talks failureActivists at the World Social forum say world leaders' failure to forge a new climate change treaty in Copenhagen shows the planet's most powerful nations are incapable of setting important global policy.

Patrick Bond of South Africa's Centre for Civil Society says the outcome of December's climate change talks means that people "cannot trust the elites to generate a new world order for the climate.">>>

Haiti quake raises fears of child-eating spirits

Haiti quake raises fears of child-eating spiritsThe earthquake that shattered Haiti has unleashed fears that child-eating spirits, mythological figures entrenched in Haitian culture, are prowling homeless camps in search of young prey. The 'loup-garou,' which means 'wolf man,' is similar to werewolf legends in other parts of the world, but in Haitian folklore it is a person who is possessed by a spirit and can turn into a beast or even a dog, cat, chicken, snake or another animal to suck the blood of babies and young children.>>>

Canoe welcomes 2010 guests at Aboriginal art showcase in Pan Pacific lobby

Canoe welcomes 2010 guests at Aboriginal art showcase in Pan Pacific lobbyDozens of First Nations drummed the blessing of the Raven's Song into the territory around Canada Place on Tuesday to welcome a 12-metre canoe into the Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel.
Ten men were needed to help unload the 800-pound canoe from a gillnetter and carry it to Canada Place for the welcoming ceremony.
The canoe, carved out of 600-year-old cedar, is the centrepiece of an Aboriginal village called "Kla-how-ya," meaning "welcome," which will transform the hotel's atrium lobby from Feb. 12-28.>>>