Killings of Environmentalists Appear to be on the Rise

Data tracking the killing of environmentalists around the world is trending upward. “Killings have occurred in at least 34 countries, from Brazil to Egypt, and in both developing and developed nations,” reports the AP.

Sources believe “even more killings have gone unreported, especially in relatively closed societies in countries such as Myanmar, Laos and China.”

Environmentalists and human rights groups want to create a database cataloging the killings and trends to explore solutions and commonalities. According to the story “London-based Global Witness said more than 700 people — more than one a week — died in the decade ending 2011 ‘defending their human rights or the rights of others related to the environment, specifically land and forests.’” via YahooNews and AP