Published: Mining giant bills itself as eco-friendly?

My reporting from Madagascar last fall has finally been published. picked up the story of the Rio Tinto mine that claims to be environmentally friendly.

The company has laid out an ambitious — some say impossible — environmental agenda in exchange for the rights to mine strips of coastal land for titanium

The Web site ran one of my photos as well. You can also see my entire gallery here.

Critics of the mine say its attempts at conservation and community development are little more than window dressing to procure mining rights. Indeed, the mine does have a lot of work yet to do, but it does have some NGOs on its side; time will tell, I suppose.

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Tea, glorious tea!

On a day off from school, I visited Namchi, a small city in Sikkim where I had some business. The trip gave me an afternoon out in the beautiful hills of fine Sikkimese tea.

Of course, I didn’t actually get to drink any of the tea as it was being freshly picked. But it’s still a wonderful place to while a few hours.

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