"Environmental Activists 'Being Killed at Rate of Two a Week'"

"Death toll of campaigners involved in protection of forests, rivers and land has almost doubled in three years"

"The struggle for the world's remaining natural resources is becoming more murderous, according to a new report that reveals that environmental activists were killed at the rate of more than two a week in 2011.

The death toll of campaigners, community leaders and journalists involved in the protection of forests, rivers and land has risen dramatically in the past three years, said Global Witness.

Brazil – the host of the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development – has the worst record for danger in a decade that has seen the deaths of more than 737 defenders, said the briefing, which was released on the eve of the high-level segment of the Earth Summit."

Jonathan Watts reports for the Guardian June 18, 2012.

Source: Guardian, 06/19/2012