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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!
Chemicals industry has already replaced these compounds with new ones that have received little scientific scrutiny
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.
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...
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
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  Cholera – Germany ex Philippines Africa  Cholera – Malawi (Northern Region)  Cholera – Malawi (Southern Region)  Cholera, Somali refugee […]
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:  Cases in various countries Caribbean — Dominican Republic Barbados South America — Brazil microcephaly (Rio Grande do Norte state) Colombia (Risaralda department)  Brazil microcephaly report  Brazil microcephaly comment  […]
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:  Colorado (Prowers County)  California (Yolo County)  Ohio (Franklin County)  Minnesota (Olmsted County)  Wyoming (Teton County) *****  Colorado (Prowers County) Date: […]
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 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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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...
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.
Here’s a look on what he’s likely to say on these issues, as well as some things he...
As Arch Coal begins the bankruptcy process, regulators and elected officials must do more to...
Coffee is the biggest dietary source of caffeine. You can expect to get around ...
by Sean Swain / SeanSwain.org
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...
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.
These 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
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, 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!
Between 2013 and 2015, "Oklahoma experienced a yearly average of 733 earthquakes, which is...
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 […]
In a new commercial, children get to ask the questions that they...
from The Guardian
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...
400 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
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...
It is the first time ever that a U.S. court has allowed defendants to use the...
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 ...
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 »
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...
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…
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?
“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 […]
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...
Correct the Record set up the webpage Hillary Clinton: Fueling America's Energy Future as one of ...
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...
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.
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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