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Thursday, 28 January


Intense storms cause sinkholes to form in Santa Cruz, California The Watchers » Latest articles

The stormy weather brought huge tides to Santa Cruz County in California over the last three months, causing two sections of the coast to crush. Some of the swells that hit the coastline last week were between 2.7 and 4.6 m (9 and 15 foot) high, according to media...... Read more »


WATCH: Profits Over People? Oppose ‘Right–to-Spray’ Bill in Hawaii Global Justice Ecology Project

Via Center For Food Safety 90 different pesticide formulations. Sprayed 2 to 3 times a week. Up to 16 times a day. No mandatory disclosure or notifications. No regular monitoring. LAWSUITS against three counties to protect their right... Read More

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Wednesday, 27 January


Merry Christmas and join us for an exciting New Year Environmental Defenders Office (NT) Inc

Thank you to all our supporters for  being with us for what has been a stormy and yet marvellous year. At the beginning of 2015 it seemed unlikely EDO NT would survive the year. Not only have we survived, but we have thrived! If you would like to read more about what we achieved during the 2014-2015 [...] Continue Reading →


ZIKV: CDC Adds Two More Countries to Travel Warning List Fire Earth

ZIKV outbreaks spreading in Dominican Republic and US Virgin Islands The Dominican Republic and the US Virgin Islands have been added to the list of countries that pregnant women should avoid traveling to as the ZIKV outbreaks spread. The current travel warning list now includes 24 countries throughout the Americas, Oceania/ Pacific Islands and Africa. Countries and […]


A win for Watarrka National Park Environmental Defenders Office (NT) Inc

A win for Watarrka National Park For the past few months this office has dedicated an enormous amount of resources helping the traditional owners of Watarrka National Park to prepare applications under the Commonwealth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act. You can read more about the applicants here: It has been time [...] Continue Reading →


Annual Trivia and AGM Environmental Defenders Office (NT) Inc

Notice of Annual General Meeting Members and supporters, please note that the E DONT’s AGM will be held Monday 30 November 2015 5.30PM EDO Northern Territory HQ 7 Searcy Street, Darwin Refreshments and nibbles will be provided. EDONT Trivia Night. Dear friends and supporters of the EDONT, The EDONT’s annual trivia night (okay, so our second ever [...] Continue Reading →


Fiji: Bauxite exports halted Papua New Guinea Mine Watch


Joanne Vaetiti | Fiji Times

THE global recession has continued to affect bauxite export with no shipments departing from our shores since last year.

XINFA Aurum Exploration (Fiji) Ltd yesterday confirmed the drop in global demand had continued to affect export.

Company executive Derek Qiu said they hoped to begin exporting this year though he could not confirm a date.

The company only exported two shipments last year.

Mr Qiu said China was the biggest buyer of bauxite.

“Because of the global economy recession, the bauxite mining demand went down,” he said.

Mr Qiu added mining works was still in progress despite the low demand from the market.

Despite the global effect, Mr Qiu added the company focused on its rehabilitation work in Nawailevu, Bua.

He added they had planted 50,000 pine trees so far in the area, and were nursing 150,000 seedlings.

Fiji has exported $48million worth of bauxite so far from the shores of Bua.


Ramu mine workers stage sit-in protest since Friday Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

MCC's Ramu mine headquarters in Madang

MCC’s Ramu mine headquarters in Madang

Miner urges staff to resume work

Post Courier

ALL RamuNiCo employees have been advised to resume work immediately by senior inspector with the Department of Labour and Industrial Relations, Paul Wartovo.

Mr Wartovo’s instruction follows a sit-in protest by the workers since last Friday, January 22.

This is after the company management responded to a letter by the unions on January 21, raising 11 points covering the daily management and operational issues of the project.

However, Mr Wartovo said appropriate industrial relations processes and procedures had not been followed before the protest.

“It is advised that all members of the union are to resume work immediately and allow the union executives and the management of RamuNiCo to seek DLIR’s intervention on the matter,” he said in a letter to the president of the union Justin Mende on January 22.

On this basis, RamuNiCo Management Ltd said the industrial action taken is in non-compliance with Ramu nickel project operations industrial award 2014 and directly betrays the trust established between the union and the company.

RamuNiCo has asked its employees to return to work with the commitment to seriously address the concerns raised.

“The company expresses its sincere desire to improve its performances within the context of operating in PNG...


Remnants of Winter Storm "Jonas" bring coastal flooding and strong winds to parts of Ireland The Watchers » Latest articles

The remnants of Winter Storm "Jonas" which wreaked havoc across the US East Coast have crossed the Atlantic Ocean and slammed into Ireland on January 26, 2016. The strong Atlantic low brought rainstorms accompanied with strong gales and caused coastal...... Read more »

Akhtarma-Pashali mud-volcano, one of the largest in Azerbaijan, erupts The Watchers » Latest articles

Akhtarma-Pashali mud volcano in Hajigabul district, one of the largest in Azerbaijan erupted on January 25, 2016. The eruption started at 23:00 UTC (03:00 local time on January 26) and lasted until the morning. The heights of the volcano were between 30 and 35 m...... Read more »


Climate Justice Forum: Oil-by-Rail Decline, Coal Lease Moratorium, Climate-Changed Blizzard 1-27-16 Wild Idaho Rising Tide

The Wednesday, January 27, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) discusses the decline of oil-by-rail and oil and gas development funding, the East Coast blizzard worsened by climate change, a federal moratorium on coal leasing of public lands, a blockade of the Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline terminal test drilling, and other breaking fossil fuel resistance news.  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 opposition 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


Forest Governance Forum 2016 Illegal Logging Portal

2016-03-16 09:00
Yaoundé, Cameroon

Inspired by Illegal Logging Conferences hosted biannually by Chatham House in London, Forest Governance Forum brings together regional and global speakers and participants from Government, Civil Society, Trade & Industry, the NGO Community and the Academic World. The event will explore the following questions:

  • How can forest resources be managed in the interests of all stakeholders?
  • How can Forest Governance be strengthened to deliver results that make economic, social and ecological sense?

For more information and to register for this event please click here


MGU keen to sell more than Panguna Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Bougainville Special Correspondent

Self-proclaimed Me’ekamui Tribal Government of Unity (MGU) and Transpacific Ventures (TPV) entered an agreement in 2013 selling not just Panguna, but the entire island’s mineral rights to the company. Transpacific Ventures, with its Executive Director Renzie Duncan, designed a confidential Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the tribal government which virtually holds no authority on Bougainville, let alone Panguna.

Phillip Miriori

Phillip Miriori

The deal was drafted in the hope of utilizing the now Bougainville Transitional Mining Act. Which despite stiff opposition, was passed in ABG’s House of Representatives on 26th of March 2015.

The MGU’s self-declared president Philip Miriori; who has ambitiously pawned the entire island’s mineral rights for economic investment to the illegal government, emits a long trail of smoke that is getting thicker as the PNG Prime Minister is becoming more involved.

Caption from a copy of the MOU signed in 2013

Caption from a copy of the MOU signed in 2013

Now it would be assumed that ABG is aware of this agreement whether by formal means or hearsay, nevertheless both governments have an on and off relationship. But if there c...


A Connecticut Fact-Finding Mission to “Sustainable Jersey” We All Live Downstream

By Patrice Gillespie, Connecticut Consultant

Visitors to Atlantic City Sheraton see many lavishly framed photographs of Miss America beauty pageants and the comely winners of yesteryear.

But last fall in the Grand Ballroom, a much different —more impressive — kind of achievement was being recognized.

Recipients of the 7th annual “Sustainable Jersey” leadership awards are the most successful of the 430 New Jersey cities and townships participating in this game-changing statewide program.  They are making significant strides in reducing carbon emissions, protecting water resources, reducing waste, building economic and social resiliency while earning incentive points for grants and technical assistance.

To date, these municipalities have already received more than $1 million in grants, funded primarily by one utility partner (PSEG).  Other New Jersey utility companies, along with underwriters such as banks, insurance companies and philanthropic foundations, are also funding exemplary “Sustainable Jersey” projects.

Municipalities join Sustainable Jersey, then earn points by taking specified actions in locally sensible ways.  They may be creating composting programs to reduce the emissions of hauling solid waste, cutting toxic emissions by tackling vehicle idling, or entertaining (while educating) school children with musical comedy performances about the struggle to put Captain Carbon in his place.  A data-driven point system ensures that communities are measuring their progress consistently.  And the culture of peer support and friendly competition encourages municipalities to become re-certified in the Sustainable Jersey campaign each year.

The program has been skyrocketing in popularity.  That is helped by a dynamic partnership with the 100-year-old New Jersey League of Municipalities, which now devotes part of its annual three-day convention to various sustainability workshops and to...


Unable to raise Hinkley C nuclear cash, EDF turns to French government The Ecologist

Just as EDF was due to make its 'final investment decision' on Hinkley C, writes Oliver Tickell, another delay. In spite of incredibly generous subsidies, the company is unable to finance it. Its last hope is to persuade the French state to take a 10% stake in the doomed project.


Paris Agreement Unleashes $16 Trillion of Investment in Renewables and Cleantech EcoWatch


If you ever needed proof that we are truly embarking on a...


Josh Fox: ‘We Are Not drowning, We Are Fighting’ EcoWatch


We look at the new documentary by Josh Fox, How to Let Go of the...


Robert Redford Speaks on Climate Change and #OscarsSoWhite From Sundance EcoWatch


Actor and director Robert Redford joined Democracy Now! to discuss...


Monsanto defeated? That's what the Syngenta merger shows us The Ecologist

Monsanto has acquired a commanding role in the biotech, seed and agro-chemical industries, writes Carmelo Ruiz. So why is the company desperate to merge with its rival Syngenta? The truth is the company is in deep trouble, as its top-selling Roundup herbicide runs out of steam, and its rivals combine to challenge its dominance.


7 Foods That Keep You From Overeating EcoWatch


The Chinese have a saying: Eat only until you are...


Opposition Grows to Fracking and Fracking Infrastructure Projects EcoWatch


The movement against FERC and the expansion of fracked gas pipelines...


Sanders vs. Clinton: Hard Hitting Final Pitches to Iowa Voters EcoWatch


Clinton ended her remarks by telling the audience that her favorite president was not her husband, Bill Clinton, but...


Huge Victory: U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Demand Response EcoWatch


In a long-awaited decision sure to benefit our wallets and the planet, the U.S. Supreme Court Monday upheld the...


‘I Consider Myself to Be a Fossil Fuel Abolitionist’ Latest News

A conversation with climate activist Tim DeChristopher


Michael Bloomberg Considers a Run for President EcoWatch


Billionaire and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg told his advisers to draw up plans for a...


Don't build Jew-only towns on the rubble of Bedouin villages The Ecologist

Israel's government is now free to expel 1,200 of its Bedouin citizens from their 'unrecognised' villages in the Negev desert, following a Supreme Court decision not to hear their appeal. Now only one thing can save the Bedouin, their communities and their way of life: an international outcry.


Virginia Leaders Urge Gov. McAuliffe: Reject Dominion Efforts to Increase Climate Change Pollution Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Dominion’s Approach to Federal Clean Power Plan Would Harm Virginia’s Future

RICHMOND – A wide array of Virginia civic, health, faith, and environmental leaders today released a letter asking Governor Terry McAuliffe to reject all efforts by Dominion Virginia Power to push for implementation of historic federal clean power rules in a way that would increase carbon pollution in the Commonwealth.

Leaders representing 50 organizations reminded McAuliffe that only he, as governor, is authorized to make the final decision on how to implement the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Clean Power Plan” in Virginia. It is therefore his explicit responsibility to reduce carbon emissions while strengthening Virginia’s economy and helping improve public health. Anything less will support more pollution, which is “fundamentally contrary” to existing U.S. policy and the interests of Virginia residents, the groups write.

“I cannot remember such a diverse range of groups weighing in on a pollution issue in Virginia before,” said Tram Nguyen, co-executive director of the group New Virginia Majority. “This letter calls for action on what we hope will be the governor’s greatest legacy. The governor can adopt a plan that will strengthen our economy while protecting people’s health now and for generations to come.”

The letter states that Virginia should reduce its total carbon pollution from power plants at least 30% by the year 2030, by applying the same standards to both existing and new power plants, and increasing our use of energy efficiency and renewable energy.



Another landslide hits the jade mining region in the Kachin State, Myanmar The Watchers » Latest articles

Another landslide hit the Hpakant jade mining region in the Kachin State, Myanmar on January 25, 2016. The number of missing people is not known yet, and local authorities are currently engaged in a search and rescue operation in the area. The latest landslide is...... Read more »

Live stream: Popocatépetl volcano erupts in a series of explosions, further ashfall expected The Watchers » Latest articles

The Popocatépetl volcano, Mexico, erupted in a series of explosions on January 25, 2016, following a couple of days of heightened activity, Mexico's Center for Natural Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED) reported. Ashfall has been reported in Puebla city,...... Read more »


NYC’s Biggest Pension Fund Lost $135 Million From Oil and Gas Holdings EcoWatch


“The money lost from oil and gas investments just in the last year is...


WATCH: VICE Goes Inside the Controversial Worldwide Super-Crop Industry Global Justice Ecology Project

VICE has released the entire third season of its HBO show for free online, including this episode from May 2015 focused on genetically modified crops. In this episode from season three of the VICE HBO show, which originally... Read More

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Sri Lanka Is First Country in the World to Apologize for Its Role in Illegal Ivory Trade EcoWatch


Sri Lanka became the fifteenth country today to crush and burn its ivory stockpile and the first to...


Indigenous groups opposing pipeline-expansion project in Canada

Via Wikipedia

The Associated Press reports that state Indigenous groups are stating their opposition to a proposed pipeline-expansion project in Canada that will put the fishing rights and cultural heritage of U.S. indigenous people at risk.

Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain project would nearly triple pipeline capacity from 300,000 to 890,000 barrels of crude oil a day. It would carry oil from Alberta’s oil sands to the Vancouver area to be loaded on to barges and tankers for Asian and U.S. markets. The project would dramatically increase the number of oil tankers that ply Washington state waters.

“This project will harm the cultures of the U.S. tribes,” said Kristen Boyles, an Earthjustice attorney who spoke against the project Friday on behalf of the Swinomish, Tulalip, Suquamish and Lummi people. She made final arguments to Canada’s National Energy Board at a hearing in Burnaby, B.C., which was broadcast online.

Read the full article here.

The post Indigenous groups opposing pipeline-expansion project in Canada appeared first on .


Neil deGrasse Tyson Schools Rapper B.o.B. Who Believes the Earth Is Flat EcoWatch


When rapper B.o.B. tweeted that the Earth was flat, Neil deGrasse Tyson responded with...

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Tuesday, 26 January


Climate policy after COP21: Implications for the European forest-based sector Illegal Logging Portal

2016-03-15 13:00

The next ThinkForest event, will discuss climate policy after the landmark Paris Agreement in December 2015 and will raise the following questions:

  • What do the Paris COP21 decisions mean for the European forest-based sector?
  • What happens next in EU climate policy?
  • What role will forest sinks, carbon mitigation and carbon storage play in the 2030 climate and energy framework?
  • From Science to Policy: what new issues should be considered?

The event is hosted by Elisabeth Köstinger, MEP and chaired by Göran Persson, ThinkForest president. Keynote speakers include Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of Agriculture and the Environment, Finland.

For more information visit the EFI website


EDF's Hinkley C decision 'on a knife edge' as problems crowd in The Ecologist

The EDF board is meeting tomorrow to reach its 'final investment decision' on Hinkley C. It was meant to be a rubber stamp but now it's anything but, as EDF's share price sinks to a new low, unions and employee directors harden their opposition to the project, and projects in France, Finland and China run way over time and cost with severe technical problems and safety concerns.


Large and growing earth crack causes severe damage to Aponte, Colombia The Watchers » Latest articles

A giant earth crack in the Aponte village in Nariño, Colombia has caused huge damage to local roads and houses and affected at least 210 families so far. The crack in the earth is an unexplained geological phenomenon which first occurred in the area in early...... Read more »

A drone firefighter scout to fight fires in extreme indoor conditions The Watchers » Latest articles

A group of scientists, from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), have developed a scout firefighter drone, capable of fighting fires in difficult to reach, high places. The drone can also locate the fire source and people trapped inside,...... Read more »


ZIKV Found in Australian Travelers Returning from S. America Fire Earth

Submitted by a reader – Edited by FEWW Australians authorities echo warning to travelers planing to visit 22 countries affected by ZIKV Australian health experts report mosquito-borne Zika virus (ZIKV), linked to brain damage in thousands of babies in Brazil, has already been discovered in Australia in travelers returning from South America, said a report. […]


All is well that ends, Well (or not)? Head Space

History in the Making or the Usual Suspects — Fringe Conspiracy Theories — “Everything the State says is a lie, and everything it has it has stolen.”—Friedrich Nietzsche … Ask yourself this crucial question. If terrorism is a strategy and tactic of radical extremists, why is the fraternity of elitist sociopaths still living? No one […]

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Monday, 25 January


Honor the Earth releases Enbridge's 2015 Year in Review News

Honor the Earth has prepared a “2015 Year-In-Review” for Enbridge Energy, delivered personally by Executive Director Winona LaDuke to CEO Al Monaco.   The report highlights some of the most exciting, frustrating, and at times dangerous adventures that Enbridge had in 2015, along with acknowledging risks to investors in the Canadian pipeline company.  Read more here...

Thursday, 21 January


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...

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