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Friday, 22 January


NASA’s Van Allen Probes broaden view on the shape of Van Allen Belts The Watchers » Latest articles

NASA's Van Allen Probes enabled the scientists to gather a more precise picture of the structure of Van Allen Belts that shield our planet from the solar radiation. New research shows their shape varies depending on the energy of charged particles constituting...... Read more »

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Thursday, 21 January


Turkish Offensive on Kurdish Areas Threatens 200,000 Lives Fire Earth

Democracy cannot exist without freedom of expression Onslaught on Kurdish areas in Turkey putting tens of thousands of lives at risk —Amnesty “The Turkish government’s onslaught on Kurdish towns and neighborhoods, which includes round-the-clock curfews and cuts to services, is putting the lives of up to 200,000 people at risk and amounts to collective punishment,” […]


Gates Foundation is spearheading the neoliberal plunder of African agriculture The Ecologist

The Gates Foundation - widely assumed to be 'doing good', is imposing a neoliberal model of development and corporate domination that's opening up Africa's agriculture to land and seed-grabbing global agribusiness, writes Colin Todhunter. In the process it is foreclosing on the real solutions - enhancing food security, food sovereignty and the move to agroecological farming.


Metgasco returns to Dobies Bight Coal Seam Gas Australia

Just weeks after selling its northern rivers CSG licences to the state government, Metgasco’s trucks have been spotted at its former Corella site at Dobies Bight,

CSG Free Northern Rivers spokesperson Dean Draper returned to the scene of one of the group’s earliest confrontations with the gas explorer yesterday to witness the company capping off its test wells there.

‘Metgasco is here closing off wells. Apparently they have two drill rigs onsite although only one is apparent,’ Mr Draper told Echonetdaily yesterday afternoon.

‘They seem to be pumping cement down the wells to close them off,’ he added.

But Mr Draper said he was not convinced of the longevity of the method the company was using to close the wells.

‘My concern is that there are 50 wells across the northern rivers that Metgasco have drilled and supposedly filled with cement but I’m worried that they will break down over time. Then who’s going to be left to clean up the mess?’

Mr Draper said he was not convinced the government buybacks in the northern rivers were sufficient to ensure the region remained gasfield free in perpetuity.

‘They bought back those licences but I’d like to see legislation brought in that would permanently ban in the northern rivers. Until that time we’re not permanently protected.’



EPA Mulls Ban on Nation’s Most Heavily Used Insecticide Latest News

Numerous studies have shown that Chlorpyrifos causes serious harm to children and farmworkers


Pennsylvania Citizens Shut Down Infrastructure Task Force Meeting on Fracking Earth First! Newswire


from Beyond Extreme Energy #BXE

Residents impacted by fracked gas infrastructure from across Pennsylvania came together today to shut down the final meeting of Governor Wolf’s Infrastructure Task Force. Exactly one year after members of frontline communities from across the state disrupted Governor Wolf’s inauguration to demand an end to fracking, Pennsylvanians again convened in Harrisburg to demand a stop to the buildout of fracked gas infrastructure.

“My friends and neighbors in Butler County have already been harmed by the reckless practices of the gas industry and the enablers in Pennsylvania’s government. This rubber stamping farce has done nothing but increase the likelihood that the destruction will continue,” said Michael Bagdes-Canning.

In total, over twenty people from across the state participated in the disruption while more protested outside. As they took the center of the m...


Biological Health Hazard – Malaria Outbreak: Rwanda Head Space

MALARIA – RWANDA **************** Published Date: 2016-01-19 18:10:17 Subject: PRO/EDR> Malaria – Rwanda Archive Number: 20160119.3949246 Date: Tue 19 Jan 2016 Source: All Africa [edited] The sharp rise in malaria cases is exerting pressure on Rwanda’s blood bank, raising fears that, should the infections continue at the current rate, hospitals across the country will be […]


Biological Health Hazard – Fatal Pneumococcal Meningitis Outbreak: Ghana Head Space

MENINGITIS, PNEUMOCOCCAL – GHANA (02): (BRONG-AHAFO) FATAL, REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ******************************* Published Date: 2016-01-20 04:57:44 Subject: PRO/EDR> Meningitis, pneumococcal – Ghana (02): (BA) fatal, RFI Archive Number: 20160120.3950154 Date: Tue 19 Jan 2016 Source: Citi FM Online [edited] The pneumococcal meningitis outbreak has so far killed 15 people in the Tain, Wenchi, Techiman and Bruohan […]


Biological Health Hazard – Extensively drug resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB): India Head Space

Biological Hazard – Health Threat: Tuberculosis (XDR-TB) TUBERCULOSIS – INDIA: (MAHARASHTRA) XDR, MORE CASES, MORE LABORATORIES ************************** Published Date: 2016-01-20 12:47:24 Subject: PRO/EDR> Tuberculosis – India: (MH) XDR, more cases, more labs Archive Number: 20160120.3952031 Date: Tue 19 Jan 2019 Source: The Times of India, Times News Network (TNN) [edited] Maharashtra recorded 779 cases of […]


Psychological Warfare, Aggression, and Nuclear Trepidation Head Space

Mass Suicide and Atomic Fear Is there any imminent danger of mankind exterminating itself? Is there such a thing as a hidden desire for the doom of the world? In the insect world, among ants, mass reactions of this type do exist. When they are forced by great danger, ants surrender to their fate. The […]


Winter Storm "Jonas" to hit the US East Coast with heavy snowfall and strong winds, coastal flooding possible The Watchers » Latest articles

Winter Storm "Jonas" is expected to hit parts of the US East Coast on January 22, 2016. The storm will continue throughout the coming weekend, bringing heavy snowfall and major ice accumulations accompanied with strong winds. Coastal flooding along some...... Read more »

Rediscovered tree frogs get their own genus, eat their own eggs Mongabay Environmental News

An accidental discovery late one night in the forests of northeastern India has led to an entirely new genus of tree frogs, one that does some really strange things. The genus is described in a study published today in PLOS ONE. The story starts in 1870, when a British naturalist collected two little frogs from the forests around Darjeeling, and took them back to the Natural History Museum of London. The scientific community named the species Polypedates jerdonii and never saw it again. That is, until 2007. A team of herpetologists led by renowned biologist Sathyabhama Das Biju of the University of Delhi was surveying a forest in the northeastern state of Nagaland one night. They were looking for ground-dwelling amphibians, but then they heard something that shifted their focus upward. As Biju told the Associated Press, "we heard a full musical orchestra coming from the tree tops. It was magical. Of course we had to investigate." The "orchestra" turned out to be tree frogs the scientists hadn't seen before. They were eerily similar to P. jerdonii (which has been placed in several genera over the years): big, with bulging eyes, broad snouts, and lots of webbing between their toes. [caption id="attachment_175457" align="aligncenter" width="971"] Frankixalus jerdonii: a rediscovered species, a new genus. Photo by SD Biju.[/caption] Biju and his team spent the next few years collecting and examining these frogs from several northern Indian states and across the border in China, comparing their physical characteristics and their genes to known tree frog species.…


WIRT Newsletter: WIRT Meetings & Radio Show Time Change Wild Idaho Rising Tide

As listed on the Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) Events Calendar, we have changed our first and third Thursday monthly meeting times, respectively in Moscow and Sandpoint, to Wednesdays, with the Sandpoint gathering place switched to Eichardt’s Pub [1]. During January through August 2016, we are converging for the WIRT First Wednesday Moscow Monthly Meeting at 7 pm on Wednesday evening (February 3) at The Attic, up the back stairs of 314 East Second Street in Moscow.  The WIRT Third Wednesday Sandpoint Monthly Meeting also happens on Wednesday at 7 pm (this January 20) in the Eichardt’s Pub upstairs game room, 212 Cedar Street in Sandpoint.  WIRT and allied activists eagerly anticipate and heartily appreciate scheming and coordinating with you to organize public events, educational workshops, direct actions, and anti-fossil fuel campaigns!

We need your input at the table and on the ground! Please bring your friends, family, ideas, and energies to emerging plans for upcoming, frontline demonstrations of dirty energy resistance.  The meetings will talk about:

* January 14 Spokane Valley public hearing testimony and comments due on January 22, about the Tesoro-Savage oil terminal proposed for the Port of Vancouver, Washington [2-5]

* Screenings of This Changes Everything co-hosted with climate and conservation groups in Sandpoint in February and in Moscow in March [6, 7]

* Direct action training camps, presentations, discussions, and peaceful protests by northern and southwest Idaho area residents in spring and summer 2016, against coal, oil, gas, and tar sands extraction and transportation

Please also note that WIRT’s weekly Climate Justice Forum radio program, broadcast online and at 90.3 FM from KRFP Radio Free Moscow, has moved from Monday evenings to every Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 to 3 pm, starting this week on January 20.  Catch the show that covers continent-wide climate activis...


High Definition Earth Viewing - Earth from the ISS The Watchers » Latest articles

The Earth, our greatest treasure the blue pearl of the universe seen from heavens. These beautiful time lapse videos are taken from the International Space Station. The High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment aboard the ISS was activated April 30, 2014. It...... Read more »


Government acts too late over Sinivit mine pollution Papua New Guinea Mine Watch


MRA allowed New Guinea Gold to abandon the Sinivit mine in 2014

MRA tells firm to clean up mine
Elizabeth Vuvu | The National aka The Loggers Times
THE Mineral Resources Authority has told a Canadian company to come and clean up the Sinivit mine in East New Britain it had abandoned.
New Guinea Gold Limited abandoned the East New Britain gold project in September 2014 after blaming the Government and the authority “for not quickly renewing our mining lease”.
MRA managing director Philip Samar told The National that they had notified the company to return and rectify safety and environment issues related to the Sinivit project.
Samar said they had told New Guinea Gold Ltd that it was their responsibility to clean up their mess at the mine site.
“Under the Mining Act, the company still has a mining lease that has not been cancelled,” he said. 
“Therefore, New Guinea Gold remains responsible to ensure all mining and environment regulations are complied with and safety measures are followed.
“As the mining lease holder, it needs to be responsible and cannot shift the blame here and there.”
 He said the company responded by blaming the State and the Mineral Resources Autho...


Planet Nine: Caltech researchers announce evidence of a giant new Solar System planet on a highly elongated orbit The Watchers » Latest articles

Two Caltech researchers have announced today, January 20, 2016, they have found evidence of a giant planet tracing a bizarre, highly elongated orbit in the outer solar system. The object, which the researchers have nicknamed Planet Nine, has a mass about 10 times...... Read more »


Remembering Senator Dale Bumpers EARTHblog

Senator Dale Bumpers (D-Arkansas) passed away on January 1, 2016. He served as Governor of Arkansas from 1971-1975 and as Arkansas Senator from 1975-1998. We at Earthworks will miss him greatly because of his tireless work to protect Americans from the excesses of the hardrock mining industry encouraged by the antiquated 1872 Mining Law.

In 1989, Senator Bumpers introduced the first Senate bill to reform the Mining Law. He was a mining reform champion from then until he retired from the Senate in 1999.

We needed his championship because, as ridiculous as it sounds,the 1872 Mining Law forces Americans to give away, for free, publicly owned hardrock minerals like gold, copper, and uranium. As we reported in Golden Patents, Empty Pockets, as of 1994 we had given away $235 billion in publicly owned minerals to the mining industry.  Today that total exceeds $300 billion.

When President Ulysses Grant signed the 1872 Mining Law it required no environmental protections. Because it still contains none, and the federal government didn’t enact any protections through other laws until 1980, more than 500,000 abandoned and inactive mines now litter the United States. In large part because of those mines the Environmental Protection Agency says 40% of the headwaters of western watershed are polluted by mining.

If any of Senator Bumpers’ many...


The Presidential leak, PNG’s bid for Bougainville Copper and the policy challenge ahead Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

no go zone

Dr Kristian Lasslett, International State Crime Initiative

Over the holiday period, reports emerged suggesting that the Papua New Guinea government intended to purchase Rio Tinto’s 53.83% equity stake in Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL).

This proposal earned strong condemnation from the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG). With good reason, the Papua New Guinea state deployed brutal violence during the 1990s in an effort to keep Bougainville’s Panguna copper mine open (operated then by BCL), which at the time was a key revenue source for the Namaliu government.

This violence triggered a prolonged armed conflict, which was settled in 2001 through the Bougainville Peace Agreement. The agreement has devolved a range of powers to the Bougainville government including over mining. As a result, the ABG now has ultimate say over mining related issues.

Unfortunately when reporting on Papua New Guinea’s proposed BCL buy out, the ABC’s South-East Asia correspondent, Liam Cochrane, omitted key details . Having been the recipient of a high level leak, Cochrane focuses on a letter from President John Momis to his Papua New Guinea counterpar...


2015 - the warmest year in recorded history, NASA/NOAA The Watchers » Latest articles

Two independent analysis conducted by NASA and NOAA showed that 2015 is the warmest year since 1880 when modern temperature recording began. A previous record was held by 2014, and globally-averaged Earth's surface temperatures in 2015 are estimated higher by...... Read more »

Prolonged CME effects spark G1 Minor geomagnetic storm The Watchers » Latest articles

Prolonged effects of a partial-halo CME impact, produced by the filament eruption just of center disk late on January 14, 2016, is causing a G1 Minor geomagnetic storm on January 20, 2016. The CME reached our planet just before 21:00 UTC on January 18. Geomagnetic...... Read more »


Putting Drinking Water First – Back to Basics We All Live Downstream

Not so much

Pure Michigan? In Flint, not so much

By Lynn Thorp, Campaigns Director – On Twitter (@LTCWA)

Our approach to drinking water protection – “Putting Drinking Water First” – feels light years away from the crisis in Flint, with seemingly nothing to offer based on what we have learned about the causes of this situation. Over 100,000 people are unable to use their tap water. Flint already had high levels of lead-poisoned children. Now those numbers have doubled. A Legionnaire’s disease outbreak may well be related. All because officials put the bottom-line first.

“Putting Drinking Water First”, exactly what officials didn’t do in Flint, is animated by our belief that we can make smarter choices that will benefit us while keeping contamination out of our drinking water. It’s focused on the need for 21st century thinking about how we handle pollution issues in a more integrated fashion. Ultimately, it’s optimistic thinking about making smart choices.

Unfortunately, we don’t always do that.

In Flint, incredibly bad decisions were made on the basis of shortsighted “austerity” policies. Then it was made worse by state regulators who were inexplicably uninformed on law and regulation and mystifyingly unaware of the most basic aspects of water treatment and distribution. Almost immediate and ongoing public concern and warnings from experts went unheeded. Having spent over 15...


Greenwashing REDD: The Reality Behind Cap and Clear-Cut Earth First! Newswire


by  / East Bay Express

Jerry Brown basked in adulation during his whirlwind trip to Paris, and the evening of December 8 figured to offer more of the same. Standing alongside governors of states and provinces from Brazil, Mexico, and Peru, California’s governor planned to tout his state’s leadership role on global climate policy. The event was one of 21 presentations that Brown delivered during a five-day swing through France during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21). His busy schedule included a stately private meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and presentations at events organized by the French, German, Chinese, and US governments.

The December 8 event was held at a mid-19th-century-mansion-turned-hotel and was hosted by the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force, which is a collaboration of 29 states and provinces in forest-rich countries that are preparing to join a program called Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD). Crucially, tho...


Move Over Hackers, Squirrels Are the Power Grid’s Greatest Foe Earth First! Newswire

A red squirrel from the Rocky Mountains, contemplating its next attack on the power grid, probably. (Sumio Harada/Minden Pictures/Corbis) Read more: Give the gift of Smithsonian magazine for only $12! Follow us: @SmithsonianMag on Twitter

A red squirrel from the Rocky Mountains, contemplating its next attack on the power grid, probably. (Sumio Harada/Minden Pictures/Corbis)

The U.S. has an aging power grid that is vulnerable to attack, according to a recent Associated Press investigation. Our e...


No More Mine Waste Spills in 2016 EARTHblog

Last year was a disastrous one for mining companies.

Some of the world’s largest mining companies failed to control the massive dams in which they store the toxic waste that’s left over when minerals such as gold are extracted from ore. The result was spills that polluted rivers in Canada, Mexico and Brazil. In the case of Brazil’s Samarco mine spill, a reported 17 people died and hundreds more were displaced.

Communities in all three countries are still struggling in the aftermath of these disasters. In the case of Samarco, the most recent and devastating disaster, mine waste engulfed a village in the state of Minas Gerais with massive quantities of mine waste filling houses and ripping off roofs. The sludge polluted 300 miles of the Rio Doce before reaching the Atlantic Ocean. Experts predict the spill could destroy entire ecosystems, including species that have yet to be discovered. The spill also sent shockwaves through the markets, as the Brazilian government cancelled the mine license for Samarco, the company operating the mine, and a federal court ordered BHP Billiton and Vale -- Samarco’s co-owners and two of the world’s 5 largest mining companies -- to pay $5 billion in fines. US investors have also sued Vale for financial losses they would incur as a result of the catastrophe.

But while the Brazilian government has taken strong action, global response to these failures — in terms of both company management and government regulation — has been dangerously tepid.

The International Council on Mining and Metals, the trade organization of the mining industry, announced in December that it is conducting a review of tailings dam management standards of its 23...


Nautilus to test seabed mining robots in Oman Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

nautilus machine

Nautilus signs deal on seafloor production

The National aka The Loggers Times 

NAUTILUS Minerals has signed an agreement with United Engineering Services LLC to provide support services in wet testing the company’s seafloor production equipment and storing the equipment.
Nautilus said in a statement the work would begin as soon as it was delivered from suppliers prior to integration onto the company’s production support vessel.
The first equipment to be tested will be the three seafloor production tools which are to delivered from the soil machine dynamics facility in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the United Kingdom.
Each machine is undergoing rigorous commissioning and factory acceptance testing conducted in dry conditions on land. 
Once delivered, the seafloor production tools will undergo extensive wet testing at Duqm Port in Oman which is designed to provide a submerged demonstration of the fully assembled tools. 
It will involve submerged testing of: 

  • Control systems operations and feedback;
  • Hydraulic functions;
  • Collection system functions; 
  • ...


Earth Minute: State of the Union and the ‘Reinvention of Our Energy Sector’ Global Justice Ecology Project

Global Justice Ecology Project’s Anne Petermann discusses President Obama’s State of the Union Speech in this week’s Earth Minute. Listen to Earth Minute on the Sojourner Truth Show on KPFK Radio. In his recent State of the Union... Read More

The post Earth Minute: State of the Union and the ‘Reinvention of Our Energy Sector’ appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.


From shelf to skip: food waste and the culture of rush The Ecologist

A third of all food that's produced in the world is thrown away. What's going on? Diana Moreno finds some answers in her own experience working in a German supermarket. Leading the list is the mind-numbing 'culture of rush' that permeates high-volume, low margin retailing, and which subjects workers and customers alike to the soul-less logic of the production line.


Two Anti-Logging Advocates First to be Charged Under Tasmania’s Anti-Protest Laws Latest News

Protesters arrested at planned clearcut site in northwest Tasmania


Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits Qinghai, China The Watchers » Latest articles

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC) as M6.4 hit Qinghai, China at 17:13 UTC on January 20, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). USGS is reporting M5.9, EMSC M6.2 at the same depth. According to...... Read more »


The Kochs and the Nazis: Book Reveals Billionaires’ Father Connection to the Third Reich EcoWatch


Jane Mayer explores how the Koch brothers and fellow right-wing billionaires have funded a political machine aimed at...


Carl Pope: Global Leaders on Pace to Rescue the Climate EcoWatch


Many of the world’s biggest emitters have taken aggressive and substantial steps to...


Long Overdue Update About Political Prisoner Jay Chase Earth First! Newswire

from Free The NATO 3

[Earth First! Newswire Editor’s Note: Though Jay Chase is not in prison for defending the environment, he is on our Political Prisoners of Allied Struggles list, as his struggle against capitalism overlaps and intersects with the struggle for a livable planet and protection of the wild. The Earth First! Journal Collective and the Earth First! Prisoner Support Project believe it is important and beneficial to show solidarity with all those who resist oppression and who fight for a more natural way of living on the Earth.]


Apologies for the long overdue update from us about Jay Chase and his on-going legal ordeal as well as the silence on our end.

Jared (Jay) Chase of the NATO 3 is serving an 8-year sentence for helping undercover cops with their own idea to make molotov cocktails, that were never used, to protest the 2012 NATO summit in Chicago. Originally charged with multiple counts of terrorism under IL state law, he and h...


Bipartisan Climate Bill Would Invest Record $75 Million Per Year Into Energy-Saving Solutions for Virginia Families Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Consumer advocates join Sen. McEachin (D) and Del. Villanueva (R) in push to help low-income families and flood-prone communities

RICHMOND—Democratic Senator Donald McEachin and Republican Delegate Ron Villanueva joined consumer advocates at the Capitol in Richmond today to outline how their landmark bipartisan bill will help lower utility bills for Virginia families while reducing the carbon pollution causing climate change.

The bill—called the Virginia Alternative Energy and Coastal Protection Act (SB 571/HB 351)—would invest upwards of $75 million per year into energy efficiency programs targeting low- and moderate-income Virginians. This would create the state’s the largest dedicated source of funds to help consumers reduce electricity demand. The funds would come from adding Virginia to a regional, market-based system that caps and reduces carbon emissions, such as the nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

“Virginians pay the 10th-highest average home electric bills in the nation, largely due to lagging state policies to encourage efficiency,” said Senator Donald McEachin (D-Henrico), chief patron of SB 571. “This bill does the most to help our families save money while helping to protect our climate.”

Experts estimate that Virginia would receive more than $250 million per year in new state revenue as power plants pay a fee for their emissions. The McEachin-Villanueva bill would direct half of those funds toward flood-protection measures—creating the state’s first dedicated revenue stream for adaptation p...


2015 Earth’s Warmest Year by Widest Margin on Record Fire Earth

Warmest December makes 2015 warmest year on record: NOAA The 2015 globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces was the highest on record since 1880. The December combined global land and ocean average surface temperature was the highest on record for any month in the 136-year record, reported NOAA. Global highlights: Calendar Year 2015 […]



A new blog post by Marcia Ishii-Eiteman of Pesticide Action Network takes a critical stance on President Barack Obama’s lack of focus on reining in the power  of corporate agribusinesses like Monsanto. Last year, the White House released a... Read More

The post PESTICIDE ACTION NETWORK: OUR GMO RULES NEED FIXING, MR. PRESIDENT appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.


New class of atmospheric waves, producing strong temperature ripples, discovered over Antarctica The Watchers » Latest articles

Researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder discovered a new class of mesospheric waves by observing the high parts of the atmosphere over Antarctica. These waves seem to send constant ripples through the Earth's atmosphere and probably affect high-level...... Read more »

Carbon emissions from Earth's interior quantified The Watchers » Latest articles

A team of scientists, led by the researchers at the University of New Mexico (UNM), has studied carbon emissions through fault systems in the East African Rift (EAR). The goal of the research was to gain a better understanding of carbon emissions from the interior...... Read more »


Solutions Wanted: Do You Have a Solution That Will Create a Cleaner, Greener World? EcoWatch


By identifying the top 100 from thousands of submissions, Sustainia will pinpoint...


Pope Francis Part of Amicus Brief Filed in Support of Teen’s Landmark Climate Change Lawsuit EcoWatch


The Catholic brief details how youth’s constitutional litigation “seeks to...


Leonardo DiCaprio: ‘Enough Is Enough’ Corporate Greed Must Stop EcoWatch


Leonardo DiCaprio blasted the "corporate greed" of the fossil fuel industry at the ...


There Will Be More Plastic Than Fish in the Ocean by 2050 EcoWatch


Every year “at least 8 million tons of plastics leak into the ocean—which is equivalent to...


A Beginner’s Guide to Mindful Eating EcoWatch


Eating has become a mindless act, often done quickly. This can be problematic, since it...


Hillary Clinton’s Complicated Ties to Big Oil EcoWatch


Does money from fossil fuel lobbyists count as donations from the industry? According to...

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Wednesday, 20 January


Mother Nature's 'invisible hand' strikes back against the carbon economy The Ecologist

According to classical economics Adam Smith's 'invisible' hand' of free markets produces the greatest good for us all, writes JP Sottile. But what happens when rip-roaring 'external costs' are left out of the equations? Wars, repression, pollution, resource destruction and climate change. And because that invisible hand is connected to Mother Nature, it's coming back to strike us.


Climate Justice Forum: Tesoro-Savage Oil Terminal Hearing Testimony 1-20-16 Wild Idaho Rising Tide

The Wednesday, January 20, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) discusses oil and gas development and resistance in Idaho, the bankruptcy of a Powder River Basin coal mining and export facility proponent, the Delta 5 oil-by-rail blockader trial and verdict, and the recent Tesoro-Savage oil train terminal hearing in Spokane Valley, including recorded testimony.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 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.

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Tuesday, 19 January


India, China and Indonesia score lowest when it comes to tropical forest protection Illegal Logging Portal

Over the last few decades, protected areas in tropical forests have expanded rapidly, both in number and extent. But do protected areas actually reduce deforestation?

According to a recent study published in PLoS ONE, protected areas in the tropics do help slow down loss of forest cover, but their performance varies widely.

Countries like Australia, South Africa, Mexico, Panama and Thailand have the best performing reserves, researchers from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom have found. In contrast, countries such as Indonesia, China, Honduras, India, Papua New Guinea, Venezuela and the Philippines have the worst performing protected areas.

'There have been a number of previous studies looking at the effectiveness of protected areas,' lead author Benedict Spracklen of the University of Leeds, told Mongabay. 'Our study is the first to use high resolution data on forest loss across the whole tropics, and to specifically compare the effectiveness of protected areas across different continents and countries.'

Legally designated national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and nature reserves are thought to be critical to the conservation of tropical forests. But their effectiveness has often been debated.

To find out whether protected areas do slow deforestation in the tropics, Spracklen and his team used high-resolution satellite data to analyze the extent of forest loss within 3,376 tropical and subtropical forest protected areas in 56 countries spread across four continents, over the period 2000 to 2012.

The team found that overall, tropical and subtropical forest reserves with steeper slopes and higher elevations protect forests better. This is most likely due to the diffic...

Monday, 18 January


Enough 'Anthropocene' nonsense! The Ecologist

The just as policemen keep on getting younger, epochs keep on getting shorter, writes James Scourse. The Cretaceous endured for 80 million years, but our latest invention, the 'Anthropocene', will be lucky to last out the century. And humanity's vain preoccupation with the idea may, ironically, only bring forward its termination.

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