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Wednesday, 13 January


NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office to detect and monitor potentially hazardous NEOs The Watchers » Latest articles

NASA's program for detecting and tracking near-Earth objects (NEOs) has now been formally established and named the Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO). Its responsibility will be supervising projects oriented towards finding and characterizing...... Read more »

Very strong and shallow M6.8 earthquake hits Talaud Islands, Indonesia The Watchers » Latest articles

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by Geoscience Australia as M6.8 hit off the coast of Talaud Islands, Indonesia at 16:38 UTC on January 11, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 29 km (18 miles). USGS is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 20.8 km (12.9...... Read more »

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Tuesday, 12 January


To tackle flooding, the Environment Agency must publish the evidence - all of it! The Ecologist

Changes to natural drainage processes in headwaters, rivers, floodplains and river channels has increased the UK's vulnerability to heavy rainfall, write Neil Entwistle & George Heritage. And if to put things right, we must first gather the detailed evidence of what took place in recent floods. The Environment Agency must publish all its data, maps and images - now!


Upton Day 648 (Tues 12th Jan) Frack Off

Eviction attempt underway this morning! Get down to the camp if you can. Both ends of Duttons Lane have been closed by the police (potential access across fields). Large numbers of police and baliffs, but people are still occupying the […]


FDA’s Ban of 3 Toxic Chemicals in Food Packaging Comes Too Late, Say Critics Latest News

Chemicals industry has already replaced these compounds with new ones that have received little scientific scrutiny


Forest Innovation Workshop 2016 Illegal Logging Portal

2016-01-29 09:00
Brussels, Belgium

This workshop 'Inform-Prioritize-Collaborate: Cooperation of Regions on innovation in forest management, use of wood and forest-related services' takes place on 29 January 2016. The initiative is hosted by the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union, Rue Wiertz 77, 1000 Brussels. Register to the event here.


TransCanada Suing the US under NAFTA for Scrapping Keystone XL Earth First! Newswire

A depot used to store pipes for Transcanada Corp’s planned Keystone XL oil pipeline is seen in Gascoyne, North Dakota in this November 14, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen)

A depot used to store pipes for Transcanada Corp’s planned Keystone XL oil pipeline is seen in Gascoyne, North Dakota in this November 14, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen)

by Todd Tucker / Washington Post

On Jan. 6, TransCanada went to court to claim that the Obama administration’s failure to approve the Keystone XL pipeline violates U.S. obligations under the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. The company is asking for $15 billion in compensation from U.S. taxpayers.

This mixes two challenges confronting President Obama and Democratic politicians in recent years. Environmentalists have turned the ecologically questionable tar sands pipeline into a no-fly-zone in domestic politics. Meanwhile, labo...


Significant Earthquakes – January 11-12, 2016 Fire Earth

Latest significant global seismicity M6.5 centered at 3.864°N 126.867°E depth=20.8 km (12.9mi) about 230km SE of Sarangani, Philippines [2016-01-11 16:38:07 UTC] M6.2 centered at 44.465°N 141.076°E depth=239.9 km (149.0 mi) about 74km NW of Rumoi, Japan [2016-01-11 17:08:03 (UTC)] continued…Filed under: News Alert Tagged: Global Seismicity, Hokkaido, Japan, Philippines, Sapporo, Sarangani, Significant Earthquake


Biological Health Hazard – Cholera Outbreak/Fatal Rotavirus diarrhea (Update): Europe, Africa, and Oceania Head Space

CHOLERA, DIARRHEA AND DYSENTERY UPDATE (02): EUROPE, AFRICA, OCEANIA ****************************************** Published Date: 2016-01-10 23:11:49 Subject: PRO/EDR> Cholera, diarrhea & dysentery update (02): Europe, Africa, Oceania Archive Number: 20160110.3924966 In this update: Europe [1] Cholera – Germany ex Philippines Africa [2] Cholera – Malawi (Northern Region) [3] Cholera – Malawi (Southern Region) [4] Cholera, Somali refugee […]


Biological Health Hazard – Zika Virus Outbreak (update): Caribbean and South America Head Space

ZIKA VIRUS – AMERICAS (02) ************************** Published Date: 2016-01-11 12:23:24 Subject: PRO/EDR> Zika virus – Americas (02) Archive Number: 20160111.3925377 In this update: [1] Cases in various countries Caribbean — Dominican Republic Barbados South America — Brazil microcephaly (Rio Grande do Norte state) Colombia (Risaralda department) [2] Brazil microcephaly report [3] Brazil microcephaly comment [4] […]


Biological Health Hazard – Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Outbreak: USA Head Space

Biological Hazard – Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Disease Outbreak  PERTUSSIS – USA (01) ******************** Published Date: 2016-01-11 14:53:19 Subject: PRO/EDR> Pertussis – USA (01) Archive Number: 20160111.3927199 In this update: [1] Colorado (Prowers County) [2] California (Yolo County) [3] Ohio (Franklin County) [4] Minnesota (Olmsted County) [5] Wyoming (Teton County) ***** [1] Colorado (Prowers County) Date: […]


Nuclear Event – Automatic Reactor Shutdown: River Bend Station, Unit 1, St. Francisville, Louisiana Head Space

Technological Hazard – Nuclear Reactor Shutdown North America – USA | State of Louisiana, St. Francisville, River Bend Nuclear Power Station Location: 30°45’24.0″N 91°20’00.0″W Present Operational Age: ~30 years Damage Level: RPS ACTUATION – CRITICAL (Weather Related) Nuclear Event in USA on Saturday, 09 January, 2016 at 02:37 [CDT]. AUTOMATIC REACTOR SCRAM ON MAIN STEAM ISOLATION DUE […]


EUTR Latest News: Overview of developments from September – December 2015 Illegal Logging Portal

EUTR News provides updates about the application of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR). This includes information on what EU Member States are doing to implement and enforce the law, as well as what the European Commission is doing to oversee Member States' progress and to ensure proper application of the EUTR. It also includes other relevant updates, for example, enforcement cases and updates on illegal logging laws internationally. This 4th issue of EUTR News gives an overview of developments from September – December 2015. The newsletters are also available in French and Spanish.



Strong and deep M6.0 earthquake hit off the coast of Hokkaido, Japan The Watchers » Latest articles

A strong earthquake registered by JMA as M6.0 at a depth of 260 km (161 miles) hit off the coast of Hokkaido, Japan at 17:08 UTC on January 11, 2016. USGS is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 236.1 km (146.7 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was located 75 km...... Read more »


2016 VA General Assembly Preview: It Was Not A Coastal Event Chesapeake Climate Action Network

We built a movement. Two years ago, CCAN unveiled a new campaign with a singular focus: highlight the urgent need for solutions to flooding and climate change in at-risk areas of Virginia. Over the past two years, CCAN supporters and partnering organizations have advanced our Safe Coast Virginia campaign and turned our top priority legislation, the Virginia Coastal Protection Act (VCPA), into one of the most talked-about climate bills in the state.

We’re not done yet. On Wednesday, the General Assembly convenes for the 2016 legislative session and passage of the VCPA is our main goal. Republican delegate Ron Villanueva and democratic senator Donald McEachin have reintroduced a bill that is badly needed in order to help solve the crisis of flooding in Virginia that is fueled by climate change.

The bill has seen an evolution of late – for the better. In September of last year, Gov. McAuliffe declared a state of emergency for an impending weather event that wreaked havoc in many communities along the east coast – and could’ve been much worse. A McAuliffe administration official said that the severe rain event that caused millions of dollars in damages throughout the commonwealth “was not a coastal event.” Homes in every part of the state were affected by this storm and more homes will be at risk in the future due to climate change.

When this campaign first began, CCAN helped shed light on the significant costs associated with sea level rise along the coast. By now, we all know that the cost to help Hampton Roads adapt to sea level rise is in the billions of dollars. These figures are far too great for localities to bear themselves. What has become increasingly clear is that climate change is fueling severe flooding events throughout the state with more frequency, making communities incredibly vulnerable in every part of the state.


The Indigenous Environmental Network thanks Leonardo DiCaprio for his Golden Globes Acceptance Speech Indigenous Environmental Network

leonardo-nycleonardo-nycThe Indigenous Environmental Network and on behalf of all frontline Indigenous Peoples across Turtle Island, we send sincere thanks, appreciation and a heartfelt handshake to Leonard DiCaprio. A lot of people from my homelands, today known as Fort Berthold, in North Dakota, were pretty excited about the making of “The Revenant”, from the onset of filming. It’s really the first time a part of our history is being represented like this on the big screen; I mean, to go to the movie theater and hear Arikara is not exactly an everyday occurrence!


Trade, Commerce and Industry threatens legal actions against Ramu Nickel Mine Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

MaruPNG Today

PNG Minister Trade, Commerce and Industry Ministry has threatened to take legal action against Ramu Nickel Mine, if it doesn’t meet the repatriation cost of the body of one its workers, who died during duties in Madang.

Richard Maru is demanding the mine to meet the costs of repatriation of the late Kennet Karis to Yangoru, in East Sepik.

Late Karis was murdered whilst working in a pit in the mine.

Mr Maru is questioning the safety and operating standards of the mine, as there is no proper lighting, fencing and security to secure and demarcate the mine operations in pits from public access.

He says he will be calling for full scale investigation into the operations of the mine to ascertain whether the mine is operating within world standards,

And whether the Mining Inspector has been diligent in enforcing compliance with safety standard at that mine.


Sign the "Plate of the Union" petition, today! Pesticide Action Network

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O’Neill: Govt has no interest in Panguna Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Peter O'Neill

Gorethy Kenneth | Post Courier

PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill has reiterated that the Government has no interest to own the Panguna Copper Mine on Bougainville.

Related story:  Panguna mine: PNG attempt to buy Rio Tinto’s shares in Australian mining company ‘completely unacceptable’

He also reiterated that the decision to re-open Panguna mine will be up to the landowners and the people of Bougainville.

There have been suggestions that the Government is keen to buy 53.38 per cent Rio Tinto’s shares in the Australia firm Bougainville Copper Limted.

“The National Government is committed to improving the delivery of basic services to the people of Bougainville as a top most priority of our Government

“Recent decisions, including rebuilding the main roads including Kokopau to Arawa, and to Buin and the awarding of contracts, are clear examples of this commitment.

“The restoration of the Aropa Airport, ceiling of the Buka town road and Arawa roads are important ongoing investments.

“As I stated in Arawa and in Panguna, the National Government is not interested in talking about anything else including the opening of the Panguna mine.

“In all of our meetings with the ABG these issues have been openly discussed between the leaders and my position has...


France: 20,000 protest Loire Valley airport The Ecologist

A huge march of over 20,000 people including local farmers last weekend marked the biggest protest yet against a new international airport in France's Loire Valley. The peaceful occupation of a bridge was later attacked by riot police with tear gas and water cannon.


Climate Justice Forum: Climate Trials, Oil Terminal Hearings, & Dropped Fossil Fuel Plans 1-11-16 Wild Idaho Rising Tide

The Monday, January 11, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) discusses the Delta 5 oil-by-rail blockader trial, Tesoro-Savage oil train terminal hearings, a TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline lawsuit against the U.S. government, and dropped plans for a Payette River-side gas well, a Grays Harbor oil terminal, and Northwest coal and oil train traffic.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Monday between 7:30 and 9:00 pm PST, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community resistance to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Filed under: Climate Justice Forum


What to Expect and What to Hope for in Obama’s Final State of the Union EcoWatch


Here’s a look on what he’s likely to say on these issues, as well as some things he...


Arch Coal Files for Bankruptcy: Will Taxpayers Be Left Holding the Bag for Millions in Cleanup Costs? EcoWatch


As Arch Coal begins the bankruptcy process, regulators and elected officials must do more to...


4 Things You Should Know About Caffeine in Your Coffee EcoWatch


Coffee is the biggest dietary source of caffeine. You can expect to get around ...


Sean Swain on Med-Strike: To Rebels, Insurrectionists, and Hacktivists Everywhere Earth First! Newswire

by Sean Swain /


I’m ten thousand miles in the mouth of a graveyard, but I’m still swinging with all that I’ve got. I gave the state an ultimatum: reinstate my communications or I’ll refuse blood pressure meds – which will lead to heart attack, stroke, or aneurysm. The state hasn’t budged and neither have I. I’m now out of meds and facing a spike in blood pressure. If I die I hope everyone reading this holds the same people responsible for my death as I do.

Odds aren’t so good that I’m going to live through this no matter how it stacks up. My website is in a state of transition, my access to the radio show is essentially cut off, and it feels like I’ve been obliterated beyond prison fences.

I dropped the federal...


Asia's low-cost path to 100% renewable power in 15 years The Ecologist

Renewable energy could supply Russia and Central Asian countries with 100% of their electricity needs by 2030, writes Paul Brown - and cut costs significantly compared to nuclear power and CO2-abated fossil fuels.


The Geoengineering Disaster Capitalists, Who are They? Geoengineering Watch

3aThese are indeed strange days on planet Earth. For all of the technological genius of the human race, we have not even considered how to save ourselves from ourselves. The absolute epitome of human insanity is the ongoing decades long attempt to completely engineer Earth's climate system (with countless variations of weather and biological warfare along


ArborGen investor’s stock tumbles after GE tree firm fined $81M Global Justice Ecology Project

It’s more bad news for Arborgen now that investors in the genetically engineered tree company are facing plummeting stocks along with $81 M in fines after a court found the biotech firm had used trickery and deceit to defraud workers out of lucrative... Read More

The post ArborGen investor’s stock tumbles after GE tree firm fined $81M appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.


Lille and Toulouse, France: Spontaneous March and Flaming barricades in Solidarity with the ZAD Earth First! Newswire

from Squat!net

Lille, France: Support action to the blocking of Nantes’ ring-road


At this very moment in Lille [Saturday 9th January] a day/evening is being held of support to the ZAD of Notre Dame des Landes and the inhabitants that face trial this Wednesday 13th January. More than 100 people gathered in the General Assembly decided to show their support to Nantes protesters that are currently blocking Cheviré bridge.

We therefore left in procession upto the motorway where we unfurled a banner. This symbolic and spontaneous action also testifies our determination in organising ourselves, to prevent by all means the evictions on the ZAD.

Vinci clear off, resistance and sabotage!

Banner tr...


14 Edible Plants You Can Grow Indoors EcoWatch


Many of us dream of having our own vegetable patch, but it can be challenging to find...


70 More Earthquakes Hit Oklahoma, Averaging Nearly Three a Day in 2015 EcoWatch


Between 2013 and 2015, "Oklahoma experienced a yearly average of 733 earthquakes, which is...


Large sea creatures washed ashore on the south coast, UK The Watchers » Latest articles

Stormy weather battering the UK over the last couple of days caused tens of thousands of dead starfish and jellyfish to wash ashore along the coastlines in West Sussex and Hampshire. One of the stranded species, a barrel jellyfish, was about 50 cm (19.7 inches) in...... Read more »

The strongest tornado in the last 60 years strikes Cape Coral, Florida The Watchers » Latest articles

A violent tornado swept the grounds of Cape Coral in southwest Florida on January 9, 2016. An unprecedented tornado devastated the area leaving hundreds homeless. Luckily, no deaths or severe injuries were reported. The tornado touched the ground at 6:45 pm (local...... Read more »


3 Ways to Restore Power to the People EcoWatch


The country will hear from President Obama tomorrow night during his...


IAEA ineffective, or corrupt to the core? Fire Earth

Sent by a reader… edited by FEWW-JMC “Atoms for Peace” The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was set up in 1957 supposedly to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy, and to prevent its use for military purpose, including nuclear weapons. It’s based in Vienna, and has “Regional Safeguards Offices,” one in Toronto and the […]


Kids Demand Presidential Candidates Address Climate Change EcoWatch


In a new commercial, children get to ask the questions that they...


“Hunt a Lion” Raffle Scrapped After Protests Earth First! Newswire

from The Guardian

 Cecil the lion, who was killed in Zimbabwe last year by an American dentist. The population of wild lions in Africa has been dwindling for many years. Photograph: Paula French/Rex

Cecil the lion, who was killed in Zimbabwe last year by an American dentist. The population of wild lions in Africa has been dwindling for many years. Photograph: Paula French/Rex

A professional hunter in Zimbabwe has cancelled a plan to raffle a lion hunt in the US after protests from activists.

Martin Nel said he was scrapping the raffle at a hunters’ convention, in which he had hoped to sell 100 raffle tickets for $1,500 (£1,000) each in Las Vegas next month.

LionAid, a group based in Britain, had expressed shock at the proposal, which focused attention on the heated debate about whether hunting hurts vulnerable s...


France: 20,000 People Protest Notre-Dame-Des-Landes Airport Construction Earth First! Newswire

from Squat

nantesnddl-400x225400 tractors, 1,000 cyclists and 20,000 marchers turned up on the ring road on the periphery of Nantes to protest the Notre-Dame-Des-Landes (NDDL) proposed airport, and support the ZAD ongoing occupation.

Protesters argue that building a new international airport is a climate crime, adding to and encouraging flight carbon emissions.

But also it turns productive agricultural land into non-productive fields, tarmac and terminals, while also endangering biodiversity and the habitat of 130 protected species. Surveys of the site have identified at least five legally protected species that have not been taken into account by the project records made ​​available to the investigation and related prefectural orders.

There has been opposition to the airports for many years. A day of action was called for January 9th after the ‘adjourned’ trial of December 10th aimed at evicting the historic...


History Will Be Made Today as the Delta 5 Head to Court EcoWatch


It is the first time ever that a U.S. court has allowed defendants to use the...

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Monday, 11 January


From Copenhagen to Delhi, 'smart cities' call for smart solutions - like cycling The Ecologist

The world's big cities are choking with pollution and endless traffic jams, writes Colin Todhunter - except one. Copenhagen, faced with these problems half a century ago, decided to act. Now it is showing the world that cycling is not just the basis of a sustainable transport strategy, but is key to making our cities clean, green, human and livable. May the global revolution unfold ...


Recent advancements in mapping the world's oceans The Watchers » Latest articles

The scientists at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, New York, have gathered data from hundreds of research cruises and made a significant contribution to providing easily accessible ocean floor maps to interested people across the globe. The mapping site is capable...... Read more »


A Report from Porter Ranch Latest News

What the catastrophic Aliso Canyon methane leak teaches us about our reliance on fossil fuels


Calls for transparency on resource extraction Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Post Courier

CALLS have been made to the Government and the extractive industry for greater transparency through the disclosure of information related to the value chain of the country’s natural resource extraction.

The calls are from the PNG Resource Governance Coalition.

PNGRGC coordinator Martyn Namorong said the people of Papua New Guinea had the right to know about the exploitation of their resources.

And he said there must be a greater transparency about information on contracts, licences, production values, environmental and social impact data and data regarding payments made by government and industry to various parties.

“Informing communities about the importance of knowing their rights to resource projects and benefit sharing is especially important for all citizens, including women, children and the marginalised, but that is only possible if state agencies and the industry provide quality data and contextual information through the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)” Mr Namorang said.

The EITI is a voluntary, global effort designed to increase transparency, strengthen the accountability of natural resource revenue reporting, and build public trust for the governance of these vital activities.

It forms part of the Government’s efforts to achieve progress towards the National Government’s vision put forward in 2015.

PNGRGC is leading the charge representing the Civil Society and helping to secure concrete commitments from governments, resource owners, companies and the civil society in PNG to improve natural resource governance so that Papua New Guineans see their natural resource wealth being translated into sustainable human development.

The Secretariat hosted and attended a series of activities locally and abroa...


Marine protected areas are helping the Mesoamerican Reef recover Mongabay Environmental News

An assessment of ecosystem health in the Mesoamerican Reef found that marine protected areas (MPAs) are aiding greatly in its recovery as coral cover slowly expanding. Coral cover in the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR), which extends across 1,000 kilometers (over 620 miles) of the coasts of Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras and supports the local economies relied on by nearly two million people, is up 10 to 16 percent since 2006, a new report by the Healthy Reef Initiative says. Coral reefs are some of Earth’s most diverse ecosystems, and the Mesoamerican Reef is the largest in the Western hemisphere — but overfishing, both for commercial and subsistence purposes, as well as increased tourism and economic development have put such great pressures on the reef that experts once predicted it might disappear within the next couple decades. Roatan Marine Park (RMP) is a community-based NGO on the island of Roatán — the largest of Honduras’ Bay Islands, some 50 kilometers (about 31 miles) off the mainland coast — founded in 2005 by local dive operators and businesses who were concerned about the impacts of increased tourism and development on the island’s fragile coral reefs. Key species that rely on the reef include parrotfish and other herbivorous species that feed on fleshy microalgae, a type of seaweed that competes with coral for space, meaning the reef is almost as dependent on the fish as the fish are on the reef. As a means of protecting these species, Honduras banned spear and trap…


How GMO lobbyists taught me we're winning The Ecologist

GMO promoters enthuse about how GM crops will be able to help the poor and hungry, far in the future, writes Claire Robinson. But they are silent about the currently-planted GM crops - 99% of them herbicide-tolerant or insecticidal. Could it be because opponents of the technology are being proved right at every turn?


Fact Checks: Exposing typical waste of tears and oxygen … Head Space

“There is no debate on guns. That was held when there was discussion in congress when the Bill of Rights was being debated. After the first ten amendments were ratified as a unitary document (it has its own preamble, unlike other amendments), the debate was finished.” Even so,  Obama has once again tried to appeal to […]


Indonesia seeks re-do on court decision absolving company for haze-causing fire Illegal Logging Portal

One legal letdown was enough for Siti Nurbaya. The Indonesian environment minister plans to be directly involved in appealing the court decision in favor PT Bumi Mekar Hijau, a plantation firm accused of clearing land with fire in South Sumatra.

On December 30, the Palembang District Court threw out the government’s lawsuit against the Asia Pulp & Paper supplier, a major setback in its campaign to prosecute companies for causing peat fires which raged across the archipelago last year.

Siti said she would consult 23 legal experts in preparation for the appeal. “I invite our comrades to give their input, especially in regard to data that can be used to convince the [Palembang High Court] judges that the disaster has been detrimental to the people,” she told reporters in Jakarta on Friday.

“I’ve read everything myself and will direct all potential data appropriately,” she added.

The district court’s ruling was a bad omen for those who hoped the decision would be the second in a raft of guilty verdicts against companies like BMH. The Supreme Court had previously ordered oil palm grower PT Kallista Alam to pay a record $26 million for cut-and-burning forest in Aceh province. BMH has been asked to pay a staggering 7.8 trillion rupiah ($564 million) in fines and reparations as a result of the fires that occurred in its concession in 2014 and 2015.

Indonesian law holds companies responsible for fires that burn in their concessions, regardless of whether they started them. But large companies as well as smaller operators frequently employ fire to clear land, which is far chea...


Super PAC Credits Hillary Clinton for Selling Fracking to the World EcoWatch


Correct the Record set up the webpage Hillary Clinton: Fueling America's Energy Future as one of ...

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Saturday, 09 January


New Transparency Report Reveals How Much Extractive Industries Pay the Government EARTHblog

The “resource curse” refers to those nations blessed with substantial mineral wealth where most citizens live in abject poverty. Often these countries have leaders whose malfeasance of their nation’s mineral resources has led to widespread corruption, tremendous inequality, and political instability.

Enter the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). Since 2003, EITI has helped people follow the money. EITI countries ask their companies to publish payments to governments and match those numbers to government receipts.

Last month, the United States Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (USEITI) published its first report. The good news is that the numbers match up well.

A multi-stakeholder group (MSG) of industry, government, and civil society representatives decides which revenue streams the report will include. The Department of Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) unilaterally disclosed all 2013 payments received from companies on public lands and waters. Unfortunately, only a disappointing 12% of eligible companies agreed to have their Internal Revenue Service (IRS) corporate income tax payments reconciled.

But Where is the Gold?

Perhaps most revealing though is not what the report contains, but what is left out: revenue from gold, silver, copper- the hardrock mineral commodities. The United States has plenty of hardrock minerals. But, unlike coal, oil, or gas, hardrock mining companies pay no royalties for the precious metals they extract from our lands. No revenues mean no payments to report or reconcile.

The Remaining Bygone Era of Gold Giveaways

An 1872 law, designed during an era of Westward expansion, still governs domestic hardrock mining. A relic of our Nation’s Manifest Destiny, the...

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Friday, 08 January


The Hongmu Challenge: A briefing for the 66th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee Illegal Logging Portal

Representatives from EIA’s Forest Campaign have released this briefing at the 66th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee, outlining how booming demand for reproduction antique furniture – primarily in China but also in Vietnam – is driving rare and endangered rosewood species to extinction throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America.

The style of furniture is known as Hongmu and principally targets 33 tree species within the Pterocarpus, Diospyros, Dalbergia, Millettia and Cassia genera (only seven of which are currently protected under CITES) and soaring demand saw sales in China’s Hongmu sector exceeded $25 billion in 2014.

The briefing calls on the CITES Secretariat, Member States and Parties to support moves to protect Hongmu through additional listings of threatened species and enforcement against illegal trade in rosewood species already included in the CITES appendices.


Tuesday, 05 January


Planting food justice from Hawai'i to Mexico Pesticide Action Network

Mexican corn farmer

Sin maíz, no hay pais. Without corn, there is no country. That’s what Adelita San Vicente Tello and small farmers from across Mexico chanted as they stood up to Monsanto’s risky efforts to grow and test genetically engineered (GE) corn seeds. These crops in the field could contaminate and jeopardize traditional varieties, and the source of farmer livelihoods.

Next week, as part of a global Food Justice Summit in Hawai'i, San Vicente Tello — an agronomist and leader of Semillas de Vida (Seeds of Life) — is joining three women from across the globe to share their stories and their life's work for a better food system. And I am lucky enough to join them.

Hawai’i has become a flashpoi...

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