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Tuesday, 26 January


Zika virus spreads to Americas, 3 cases reported in the UK The Watchers » Latest articles

Zika, a mosquito-borne virus first isolated from a monkey in Zika Forest, Uganda in 1947, spread to 21 countries and territories of the Americas, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on January 23, 2016. The virus will continue to spread and probably reach...... Read more »


Canada’s Trudeau to DiCaprio: Tone Down ‘Inflammatory Rhetoric’ on Climate Change EcoWatch


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Leonardo DiCaprio to tone down his...


5 Reasons Ted Cruz Is More Dangerous Than Donald Trump EcoWatch


Donald Trump is a bully and bigot but doesn’t hew to any sharp ideological line like...


Record-Breaking Snowfall Dumps on East Coast EcoWatch


Millions of people in the nation’s most densely populated urban corridor saw snowfall amounts that ...


World’s Top Carbon Reserves That Must Be Kept in the Ground to Prevent Climate Chaos EcoWatch


“Climate change is already bringing flood waters and wildfires right to our...


M6.3 Earthquake Strikes Strait of Gibraltar Fire Earth

Alboran Sea rippled by strong earthquake, significant aftershocks Centered at 35.70ºN, 3.71°W (56 km NE of Tirhanimîne, Morocco) the strong quake occurred at a depth of 10km, reported Euro-Med earthquakes. Magnitude:  6.3Mw Location: 35.70ºN, 3.71°W Depth: 10km Region: STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR Date/time: 2016-01-25 04:22:02.6 UTC Distances: 156 km E of Gibraltar, Gibraltar [pop: 26,544] 83 […]


4 Must-See Films at Sundance EcoWatch


Sundance is well known for its outstanding films, and this year...

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Monday, 25 January


Extremely cold air mass brings heavy snowfall to Japan, China and Taiwan The Watchers » Latest articles

An extremely cold weather system brought chilly temperatures and record amounts of snowfall across parts of China, Taiwan and Japan over the weekend of January 23, 2016. 2 people died and Japan and 85 in Taiwan due to severe weather conditions. Record-breaking...... Read more »

Very shallow M6.2 earthquake hits near the coast of Morocco The Watchers » Latest articles

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the EMSC as M6.2 hit near the coast of Morocco at 04:22 UTC on January 25, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (62 miles). USGS is reporting M6.1 at the same depth. According to the USGS, the epicenter was...... Read more »


Finland: Direct Action Against Fennovoima-Rosatom’s Nuclear Plant Construction Earth First! Newswire

from Fennovoima No


UPDATE 1PM: The police arrived to the site from 10 AM on. Approximately 10.15 AM a selection of more high-ranking Fennovoima-Rosatom boss [representatives] arrived: white helmets and sparkling clean high-vis clothes that haven’t seen a day of work gathered [] with the police. At 10.30 AM a humly saying expensive looking SUV arrived, spitting out a grumpy and confusing fella with civi clothes and a big “ROSATOM” -text at the back of his jacket: maybe he was just confused that protestors are not simply being shot or taken out by proper OMON troops?

10.30 AM police had detained both of our photographers from the scene. One was following the unrolling event from the forest side of things and another about 50 metres away from the event site, standing at a side of a public bicyckling road. Conclusion: they do like cencorship in here, and they do not like to end up in social media.

11.30 AM more police cars and another cherry picker were brought in. Soon after the protestor sitting on top of a truck was taken down and detained.

At 12.30 PM one protestor is still at it. He has lingered into the structures of the crane vehicle and refuses to come out. Around 11 AM police gave an ultimatum: “come out voluntarely or we will have to hurt you”. They started driving the vehicle on walking speed to a parking spot at the roadside and killed the engine. Police has gr...


Canada: Once Again, Enbridge Line 9 Shut Off, Line 7 Valve Tampered With Earth First! Newswire

from Toronto Media Coop


our hearts were bursting with love and cheer after hearing of the many times our friends have courageously shut down pipelines in recent months.

so in the early hours of january 25,2016 we found our own courage and took action against enbridge and their line 9. slipping in to a valve station located on traditional Haudenosaunee Territory (in hamilton, ontario) we successfully operated an electronic valve to shut off the flow of tarsands crude. a line 7 valve, also an enbridge tarsands pipeline, was also tampered with and closed part way. we then disappeared back into the night.

we took this action to stand in unity with all those who have defended the land before us, and for those who decide to take action after us. we take it to fight against an industry that puts us at risk every day and subjects frontline communities to violence upon their bodies, communities and cultures – for profit.

we believe that’s worth fighting against; that those people and communities are worth fighting for.

so call us what you will, but we only do what is both nece...


Aceh citizens launch class-action lawsuit to protect Sumatran rainforest CHANGING TIMES

An aerial view of the Leuser Ecosystem, 19th November 2013. Photo: Paul HiltonConcerned citizens have launched a civil lawsuit against Indonesia’s ministry of home affairs in a bid to protect the Leuser Ecosystem – the last place on Earth where orangutans, rhinos, tigers, and elephants can be found living together in the wild.

The Ecosystem covers 2.6 million hectares and straddles the border of Aceh and the neighbouring province of North Sumatra. It has been listed as one of the world’s most irreplaceable areas.

It includes the Gunung Leuser National Park, which is listed as a World Heritage Site.

The class action plaintiffs are demanding a cancellation of the current spatial plan for Aceh and “a thorough and comprehensive revision” of its proposals, which they say must include the recognition of the Ecosytem’s special status.

The new spatial plan for Aceh would open up swathes of the Ecosystem for roads, mining, and palm oil and timber concessions. It threatens to destroy the area’s biodiversity and increase the risk of flooding and landslides.

There has already been extensive illegal burning of land in the area and there is large-scale encroachment for illegal logging and plantations. Environmentalists say the new spatial plan would effectively dissolve protection of much of Aceh’s remaining tropical rainforest.


The class-action lawsuit is the latest development in a two-year fight by an alliance of concerned citizens – Gerakan Rakyat Aceh Menggugat (GeRAM) – against the spatial plan.

One of the plaintiffs, Farwiza Farhan, says...


Biological Health Hazard – Influenza A (H1N1) Virus [Swine Flu]: Egypt Head Space

Pandemic Hazard –  H1N1 Virus (Swine Flu) Disease Outbreak INFLUENZA (07): EGYPT (BEHEIRA) H1N1 ************************************ Published Date: 2016-01-24 17:15:59 Subject: PRO/EDR> Influenza (07): Egypt (BH) H1N1 Archive Number: 20160124.3962173 Date: 24 Jan 2016 Source: Egypt Independent [edited] 2 more people died of swine flu 3 days ago in Beheira, raising the total number of deaths […]


M6.1 Seismic Event: Strait of Gibraltar near Al Hoceima, Morocco Head Space

The earthquake occurred in the Mediterranean, Alboran Sea Region of Eastern Morocco, (population 2,037,871) . The nearest places are Al Hoceïma and Melilla. The maximum altitude nearby is 2004m . USGS Interactive map Natural Hazard – Seismic Event  Europe –  Morocco | Mediterranean, Alboran Sea Region, Strait of Gibraltar near Al Hoceima, Morocco Location: 62km NNE […]


Philippines: Highway Blockade in Protest of Nickel Mine Earth First! Newswire

by Patrick Roxas / Manila Times


SANTA CRUZ, Zambales: Residents continue to defy efforts by authorities to break their barricade long the national highway here stopping hauling trucks of a mining firm from transporting nickel.

According to Concerned Citizens of Santa Cruz (CCOS) Chairman Dr. Benito Molino, residents of Barangay Bayto and people from other barangays are on their third day blockade preventing haulers of Zambales Diversified Metals Corporation/ DM Consunji Inc. (ZDMC/DMCI) from leaving the quarry site.

CCOS is a non-governmental organization group opposed to mining operations in the province.

Molino said policemen were deployed in the area since Tuesday to maintain order about 200 residents refused to disperse.

A dialogue between the residents and the mining firm with the local officials scheduled on Wednesday night did not push through after the manager of ZDMC/DMCI failed to attend.

He added that former tow...


Endangered Species Monday: Leptobrachium leucops | Yin and Yang Speak Up For The Voiceless – International Animal Rescue Foundation – Environmental News and Media


Endangered Species Monday: Leptobrachium leucops

This Monday’s (E.S.P) Endangered Species watch Post I document on this utterly stunning species of Asiatic toad, which some people believe is possibly a frog. Before reading any further, please check out this toads amazing eyes, stunning don’t you think? The species was “allegedly identified back in 2011” by an environmentalist identified only as Dr Stuart Rowley. Welcome to the Yin and Yang Frog.

Evidence tracking shows that a “Dr John Stuart Rowley, 1907-1968 whom I believe was an ornithologist from the United States, may have been the primary ‘herpetologist that located and documented on the species above’, however I believe that I am still slightly wrong on this and that Dr Jodi Rowley can shed more information on this amazing reptilian. Image credit: Mme Dr Jodi Rowley.

Listed as vulnerable due to the species living within a small habitat estimated to be 7,617 km2, the L. leucops is endemic to Viet Nam, South East Asia, furthermore there are no records that prove the species is used within the Asiatic medicine trade known as (TCM), Traditional Chinese Medicine. Populations are now kn...


Recent discoveries provided more decisive evidence for the magnetic structure of matter The Watchers » Latest articles

Since the beginning of the space age, many observations sharply contradict the theories of a gravity-dominated Cosmos, yet recent observations have created even larger holes in those theories. Now it is impossible to cover these holes with any theoretical solution,...... Read more »


First Nations Protest TransMountain Pipeline in Burnaby Earth First! Newswire


from Castanet

First Nations representatives, environmental groups and others opposed to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline project, protested outside National Energy Board (NEB) hearings in Burnaby Saturday.

The demonstrators demanded Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to keep his promise and scrap the flawed federal review process.

“Prime Minister Trudeau needs to hear the voices of the British Columbians whose health and safety are threatened by this project – the same people who he promised new hearings,” said Peter McCartney, Wilderness Committee spokesperson. “Railroading this project through the process over the united opposition of this region will not be forgotten.”

“The project would bring over 400 tar sands tankers each year to BC’s south coast, putting marine life and coastal communities at grave risk of a disastrous spill,” said Sven Biggs, a spokesperson for ForestEthics. “These ships would carry enough oil to release 100 megatonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year – a larger climate impact than many countries.”

Indigenous voices from Co...


It’s Not Just Flint: Environmental Racism is Slowly Killing Blacks Across America Earth First! Newswire


by Jaimee A. Swift / The Grio

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan is more than just a natural disaster or a series of unfortunate, environmental events — it is an inexcusable, egregious human and health rights violation against a majority black city, where 56 percent of the population is African-American. With full cognizance of the hazardously, toxic water supply since 2014, Governor Snyder’s lack of political action on this issue fits perfectly into the narrative that not only was this intentional, but as Flint native Michael Moore has declared, it is a racial killing and genocide.

Unfortunately, Flint is not the only city where African-Americans and people of color are suffering from the onslaught of environmental racism and discrimination. Detroit schools are so heav...


Climate Justice activists to EPA: make Clean Power Plan work for fossil fuel afflicted communities! The Ecologist

While the fossil fuel industry and Republican states and senators step up legal and political challenges to Obama's Clean Power Plan, protests have also been flooding in to the EPA's ten regional offices from climate activists - demanding that it cut out dirty biofuels and 'carbon trading' loopholes, and protect vulnerable communities from fossil fuel pollution.


Malaysian Rally Denounces TPP Earth First! Newswire

A protester wearing a face mask bearing an anti-TPP message joins the rally in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday. (EPA Photo)

A protester wearing a face mask bearing an anti-TPP message joins the rally in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday. (EPA Photo)

from Bangkok Post

Thousands of protesters gathered in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday to denounce the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade alliance, demanding the government reject the accord in a parliamentary debate next week.

The peaceful protest, involving various activist groups and opposition parties, featured scores of people wearing anti-TPP T-shirts and holding placards warning against the mammoth trade deal.

While a few hundred gathered near Independence Square, around 3,000 others, mainly supporters of the opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, marched to a nearby field to listen to speeches given by critics of the agreement.

Prominent Malaysian opposition figure Chua Tian Chang, better known as Tian Chua, told the crowd that the TPP will affec...


Strong M7.1 Seismic Event: Cook Inlet Region, Alaska Head Space

Seismic Hazard – Strong Earthquake Event Magnitude 7.1 – 17 miles N of Augustine Volcano A damaging magnitude 7.1 earthquake occurred at 1:30am Sunday, 60 miles west of Homer. So far there are no reports of injuries. According to KTUU, gas leaks on Lilac Lane in Kenai resulted in one house fire and the evacuation of […]


Extreme Weather Events Destroy Crops in Georgia & the Carolinas Fire Earth

Crop disasters declared in 37 counties across three U.S. states Lingering excessive heat, excessive rain and moisture have destroyed or damaged crops in at least 37 counties across three states: Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 20 counties in Georgia as crop disaster area due to damages and […]


4 Foods That Age You Faster EcoWatch


Here are 4 foods to avoid that speed up aging on a cellular level...


Outside the EU, the UK could again be the ‘dirty man of Europe' The Ecologist

When the UK joined the EU in 1973, it was dubbed the 'dirty man of Europe' thanks to its out of control pollution, writes Craig Bennett. Since then EU laws have forced us to clean up our act. But if we leave, all that may go into the reverse, with terrible impacts on our air, water, health, and wildlife.


Magnitude 7.1 – 83km E of Old Iliamna, Alaska – January 24, 2016 BC-ESP Seismograms




USGS Tectonic Summary

83km (52mi) E of Old Iliamna, Alaska
Magnitude 7.1
Time:  2016-01-24 10:30:30 UTC
Location:  59.658°N   -153.452°W
Depth:  127.8 km  (79.4 mi)


From, “Watching the Weather Using a Seismograph” by
Dr. John E. Ebel, Boston College, Weston Observatory:

“Seismologists have a name for natural background vibrations. We call them microseisms. Microseisms are observed at all frequencies on seismograms, although there are some frequencies at which they are especially strong. Microseisms at frequencies above about 1 Hz are generally associated with local weather conditions, while below 1 Hz they reflect regional weather and ocean conditions. For seismic stations near the ocean, a particularly strong microseismic signal at a frequency of about .17 Hz (6-second period) apparently is caused by movements of water offshore and against the shoreline.
Since microseisms are caused primarily by meteorological conditions, an analysis of microseismic patterns...


Too much of a bad thing? World awash with waste plutonium The Ecologist

As worldwide stocks of plutonium increase, lightly-armed British ships are about to carry an initial 330kg of the nuclear bomb metal for 'safekeeping' in the US, writes Paul Brown. But it's only the tip of a global 'plutonium mountain' of hundreds of tonnes nuclear power's most hazardous waste product.


Very strong M7.1 earthquake hits near Anchor Point, Alaska, US The Watchers » Latest articles

A very strong earthquake, registered by the USGS as M7.1, hit near Anchor Point, Alaska, US at 10:27 UTC on January 24, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 127.8 km (79.4 miles). EMSC is reporting M7.1 at a depth of 100 km (62 miles). According to the USGS,...... Read more »

The case of the missing electrons The Watchers » Latest articles

A new scientific study has proposed a new hypothesis for a long-standing mystery in atmospheric science. For many years, scientists have wondered why the concentration of electrons in Earth’s atmosphere suddenly drops in a region dozens of miles above the...... Read more »


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Sunday, 24 January


White matter matters, get over it… Head Space

The subway of the brain – Why white matter matters. When we think of the brain, our first thought is of grey matter: the squishy yellowy-grey folded tissue that makes up the cortex. But what about the seemingly useless white matter lurking underneath, with its tougher exterior and long pale branches? There’s more to it […]


“The spirit enters the human being through the ear” Head Space

Self-destruction We have spoken of the masses passively surrendering to their fate, of their hidden urge for destruction. What are the manifold psychological equivalents of this death instinct? Self-destruction is the final expression of power. It is the last way of maintaining a feeling of being valuable and potent. Think in this connection of all […]


Cameron's 'sink estate' strategy - social cleansing by another name? The Ecologist

Demolishing 'sink' council estates is no way to solve social problems, writes Loretta Lees. All it does is force low income communities out of affordable housing, and open valuable urban sites up for profitable redevelopment. But then, maybe that's the point?


Malaysians rally against ‘back-door colonisation’ via the TPP CHANGING TIMES

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Thousands of Malaysians turned out yesterday (Saturday) to protest against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which is to be debated in the Malaysian parliament next week, and is scheduled to be signed off by all member countries in New Zealand on February 4.

In October last year, 12 Pacific Rim nations – the United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam – reached an agreement to create the world’s largest free-trade zone. Negotations were conducted behind closed doors.

The TPP has been condemned worldwide, however. Critics say it is a geopolitical tool being used by the US in its trade battle with China.

Speakers at yesterday’s rally in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, were ardent in their condemnation of the agreement, which is also known as the TPPA. They pointed to the need to protect Malaysian sovereignty and the country’s economic future and demanded that the government reject the accord.

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The demonstrators were denied entry to the famous Merdeka Square in the city centre, which was cordoned off and guarded by police, so marched on to hold their rally on the nearby Padang Merbok sports field.

Amir Abdul Hadi from the human rights NGO Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Voice of the People, or SUARAM) was arrested under Section 105 of the  Criminal Procedure Code when leaving the rally, allegedly “to prevent a seizable offence”. Police alleged that he spoke during the protest, but he was not one of...

Tuesday, 19 January


Polish government backs small farmers' and food sovereignty The Ecologist

Since Poland's new government was elected last October it has moved to protect the country's 1.3 million small farmers, writes Julian Rose. First it freed those arrested for protesting corporate land grabs, now it is seeking to lighten oppressive hygiene regulations, and next it may support a new Food Act that would ban GMOs, and legislate for national food security and food sovereignty.

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