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Abby Rubinson is an Associate Attorney in Earthjustice's International office. Her passion for international, environmental and human rights law crystallized when she studied abroad in South Africa, where the fallout from apartheid and resource extraction made a lasting impression. Abby's work on black carbon, tar sands and the impacts of climate change on human rights transcends U.S. borders and satisfies her unending need for a challenge. Originally from South Florida, Abby loves the ocean and misses swimming without a wetsuit. She enjoys traveling to Brazil, being a food-, coffee- and beer- snob, and listening to (if not dj-ing) anything from Tropicalia to Britpop to electronica.

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04 April 2014, 3:45 PM
Indigenous people had no voice in losing their land to dam
Ngöbe indigenous people are protesting a dam that will displace their homes. (Earthjustice Photo)

“It’s been two months,” Ngöbe indigenous leader Weni Bagama told me this week, describing the Ngöbe indigenous community members who are camping alongside the banks of the Tabasará River. They are there in protest of the Barro Blanco dam, which will flood indigenous Ngöbe families—including Ms. Bagama’s—from their land. Aside from homes, a school, and cultural sites, this land of lush, leafy vegetation provides their primary source of food.

These families are concerned about their future if the dam is built. Yet they never had a chance to raise these concerns to their government, even though international law prohibits forced relocation of indigenous peoples without their consent. The Panamanian government approved the Barro Blanco project without consulting these Ngöbe communities.

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25 February 2011, 10:29 AM
Drlling plans proceed despite inability to clean up oil spills
Oil platforms along Gompertz Channel and Cook Inlet. © Florian Schulz / visionsofthewild.com

Russia is moving ahead with plans to drill in the Arctic (with BP at its side, no less). This is a clear wake-up call: Arctic basin countries need to create an agreement on international environmental standards for the Arctic.

Because oil exploration exposes the Arctic to spills that cross artificial boundaries on a map, international circumpolar environmental standards are critical to help prevent oil spills and respond effectively when they happen (lest we have another Valdez or Deepwater Horizon oil spill on our hands).

Russia is honest about a vital detail that the United States isn’t willing to admit: They don’t have the ability to clean up a spill in the Arctic.

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18 February 2011, 11:02 AM
Earthjustice took part in 18-year battle for justice
Cofan Indian leader Emergildo Criollo whose Amazonian homeland was impacted by Chevron (Image courtesy of Greg Palast)

On Monday, a court in Ecuador told Chevron it owes $8 billion for environmental contamination in the Amazon.

This is Ecuador, where oil companies wield economic power and political influence. Yet, this didn’t cloud the court’s independent eye when faced with the facts of uncovered toxic waste pits in the pristine Amazon.

This is Chevron, a private, American corporation. Yet this didn’t stop the Ecuadorian court from making Chevron, a foreign company, pay for 26 years of environmental damage in Ecuador.

This is $8 billion dollars. And the court made it clear that Chevron was at fault, so Chevron must pay.

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