Carbon credits in the “Valley of Death”

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December 4, 2011
In These Times
by Jeremy Kryt  
Posted in Commentary, PND Commentary

"At 3,000 square miles, the Aguan River Valley in northeastern Honduras is about the same size as California’s Death Valley. But despite being green and fertile, the Aguan basin is becoming famous as a 'valley of death.' Since January 2010, at least 45 displaced peasants have been killed in clashes over land rights in Aguan, and 'the actual number of killings is probably much higher,' according to Annie Bird, co-director of the human rights advocacy group Rights Action (RA), who visited Honduras in September. Bird and other critics say that the violence in Aguan is driven by competition over resources between local farmers and large-scale, biofuel production facilities." (11/30/11)  

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