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Friday, 29 January


An intense tornado touch down in central Florida, US The Watchers » Latest articles

The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed a tornado touch down event in Coconut Creek, Florida. The twister swept the area on January 27, 2016, according to media reports. Two people sustained injuries. Video credit: CBSN An intense storm brought heavy rainfalls...... Read more »

El Misti volcano officially confirmed awake, Peru The Watchers » Latest articles

New studies conducted by the Southern Volcano Observatory (OVS) show the El Misti volcano in Arequipa, Peru, is awake and emitting gases, not asleep as previously thought. Its activity is not a cause for alarm, though, as there are no signs of hazardous eruption at...... Read more »


Palm Oil Industry Is Destroying Habitat of Critically Endangered Animals: Find Out How You Can Help EcoWatch


"Millions of viewers have been moved to tears by the compelling portrayal of Earth’s extinction crisis in...


Chile: Sabotage Against Hydroelectric Dams, Forestry Companies, and All Capitalist Investment in Mapuche Territory Earth First! Newswire

from The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto]


The Arauco Malleco Coordinator of Communities in Conflict (CAM) communicates the following to our Mapuche Nation and public opinion the following:

Kiñe: We, the Pehuenche Lientur Organs of Territorial Resistance (ORT-CAM), claim the action against the worker’s kitchen installations of the Angostura Central Hydroelectric Dam, on the mourning of Sunday, January 24th. This action will be carried out once more on other installations of the same characteristics in the region.

Epu: At the same time, we claim all the actions carried out in Upper Bio-Bio, ancient Pehuenche territory. These actions have been carried out mainly against the Angostura and Piltrilon Hydroelectric Dams, property of the Colbun group under the Matte tycoon family estate.

Kula: We also claim the actions of sabotage, under the Nagche Pelentaro ORT-CAM, against the logging machinery in the Santa Elvira estate, in the township of Capitan Pastene, Lumaco. The actions were coordinated with the previous ones, carried out simultaneously.

Meli: With th...


The Great Lakes and a High-Level Radioactive Nuke Waste Dump Don’t Mix EcoWatch


As if the Great Lakes didn’t have enough nuclear nightmares to deal with, now the Wisconsin state legislature is poised to...


Navajo Nation’s Non-Indian Attorney Gives Away Utah Navajo Water Rights Earth First! Newswire

by Brenda Norrell / Censored News

3950630933_9e4825377e_zThe Navajo Nation’s non-Indian water rights attorney is once again giving away Navajo water rights. Navajos are urging the Navajo President to veto a water rights settlement for Utah Navajo water rights, ramrodded through the Navajo Nation Council on Tuesday.

Ed Becenti, Navajo, is urging Navajo President Russell Begaye to veto the Utah Navajo water rights giveaway.
“Another bad water deal for the Navajo Nation is being pushed through by ‘our’ own water lawyer and 13 Navajo Nation council delegates. They rushed this legislation through in less than a month’s time without informing all the community members that it really impacts,” Becenti said.

“The deal was rushed through in less than a month with no community education. If this is a good deal for the Navajo Nation, why are they rushing it through?”
The Navajo Nation has employed the same non-Indian water rights attorney, Stanley Pollack, since the 1980s. Pollack has spearheaded the loss of Navajo water rights in the three st...


A Food Renaissance The Ecologist

Colin Tudge reports on a project to set up The College of Real Farming and Food Culture, and calls for a complete overhaul of mainstream agriculture.


Michael Moore: ‘Do Not Send Us Bottles of Water. Instead, Join Us in a Revolt’ EcoWatch


The reason you can't help is that you cannot reverse the irreversible brain damage that has...

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Thursday, 28 January


Government's nuclear fixation could ruin us all The Ecologist

EDF's unfolding fiasco over the Hinkley C nuclear power station proves that nuclear power can come only at enormous financial cost to consumers and taxpayers, writes Caroline Lucas - and even then, investors are scared off by the risks. The government must get over its nuclear obsession and seize our renewable future.


Appetite for change: global supply chains of palm oil, beef and soy and their role in tackling deforestation and climate change Illegal Logging Portal

What have instant noodles got to do with climate change? You may not have considered the link between the speedy, savoury snack and rising global temperatures, but noodles are just one of many products made with palm oil, the production of which - along with that of beef and soy - is a huge contributor to deforestation and thus a major source of greenhouse emissions.

A new paper titled ‘Agricultural Commodity Supply Chains: Trade, Consumption and Deforestation’ from the Energy, Environment and Resources department at Chatham House investigates the global production, trade and consumption of palm oil, soy and beef and assesses their links to deforestation. It also examines how governments, corporations and civil society are addressing the issue as demand for these commodities continues to grow.

As the paper points out, recent studies estimate that agriculture is responsible for between 53 per cent and 80 per cent of total worldwide deforestation and the three most significant contributors – palm oil, beef and soy – accounted for an estimated three-quarters of deforestation associated with agriculture between 1990 and 2008.

Palm oil production more than doubled over the period 2000–13 as global demand for products that contain this versatile ingredient – processed foods, cosmetics, detergents, paints and biofuels – increased. It is estimated that half of all packaged products sold in supermarkets contain palm oil. The EU has long been the world’s largest importer of palm oil, but demand is rapidly growing in India and China as growing populations and incomes in those countries lead to a shift in diet towards processed foods.

Instant noodles – made up of about 20...

Agricultural Commodity Supply Chains: Trade, Consumption and Deforestation Illegal Logging Portal

Clearance of forests for agriculture is a major cause of deforestation worldwide; the three most significant commodities in this regard are palm oil, soy and beef, which between them accounted for an estimated 76 per cent of the deforestation associated with agriculture in 1990–2008. International markets are an important driver of demand, particularly for palm oil and soy.

This new paper investigates the increasing global production, trade and consumption of palm oil, soy and beef and assesses their links to deforestation. The paper examines how governments, corporations and civil society are addressing the issue as demand for these commodities continues to grow.


You either have to be part of the solution, or you’re going to be part of the problem.’ Head Space

Hundreds of DHS badges, guns, cell phones lost or stolen since 2012 Hundreds of badges, credentials, cell phones and guns belonging to Department of Homeland Security employees have been lost or stolen in recent years — raising serious security concerns about the potential damage these missing items could do in the wrong hands. Inventory reports, […]


Biological Health Hazard: Bureaucratic Intervention | “Never let a serious crisis go to waste.” Head Space

Zika on executive-level agendas at White House, WHO Zika virus outbreaks spreading rapidly through the Americas are getting some high-level attention, with federal officials briefing Barack Obama on the developments yesterday and the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) executive board to discuss the situation tomorrow. Brazil today reported more than 200 more suspected cases microcephaly, a […]


Biological Hazard – Zika Virus Outbreak: Depopulation Conspiracy Theory and Designer Diseases Head Space

Encephalomyelitis –  inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, typically due to acute viral infection. Microcephaly – a rare neurological condition in which an infant’s head is significantly smaller than the heads of other children of the same age and sex. Usually is the result of the brain developing abnormally in the womb or not […]


Native Hawaiian Severely Beaten by ‘Chinese’ Cop for Trying to Heal Monk Seal Fire Earth

Submitted by a reader ‘Chinese’ policeman attacks native Hawaiian after he uses his mana to ‘heal’ a seal “Jamie Kalani Rice, a native Hawaiian, has filed a federal complaint against Honolulu police for an unprovoked beating he received from Officer Ming Wang, which was captured on videotape,” according to a report. Rice, satisfied with his […]


Very bright fireball blasts across the day skies of South Florida and Georgia, US The Watchers » Latest articles

An extremely bright daylight fireball blazed across the skies of South Georgia and Florida, US, on January 24, 2016. The American Meteorite Society (AMS) stated the event was a meteorite fall. The fireball appeared approximately at 15:25 UTC (10:25 ET) and more than...... Read more »

Heavy rainfall, severe flooding and landslides hit Nariño, Colombia The Watchers » Latest articles

Heavy rainfalls that have been battering western Colombia since January 25, 2016, have caused severe floods and landslides in the Nariño region, on the border with Ecuador, Colombia Civil Defense reported. At least 8 provinces in the area reported flooding. ...... Read more »


Ramu mine workers want executive out and better safety standards Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

There is a long history of safety concerns

There is a long history of safety concerns at the Ramu mine

The National aka The Loggers Times

 More than 600 workers at Ramu nickel’s Kurumbukari mine in Madang went on a  strike over the weekend to have the mine management address issues.
Workers at Kurumbukari in Bundi supported by their colleagues at the mines refinery at Basamuk in Rai Coast gave a petition to the company management two weeks ago.
Ramu Nickel Workers’ Union vice–chairman Peter Aragaina said the response they got did not go down well so they decided to go on a sit-in strike last Thursday.
Aragaina said the workers pointed out 11 major issues affecting their work in a form of a petition.
One of the 11 points was to have the company vice–president removed from office over claims that local engineers and geologists were having problems communicating with him since he does not speak English or TokPisin.
“Communication is one of the problems we have, that’s why we keep misunderstanding ourselves and continue to have problems at work,” Aragaina said.
He said they also demanded the safety standards of the company should be up to Australian and New Zealand standards.



This Tesla-Loving Superstar Is Helping Power Africa With Solar EcoWatch


Akon is probably best known for being a multi-platinum singer and rapper, but he's also a...


The Role of Direct Action in the Battle to Slow Climate Change EcoWatch


Two activists featured in Josh Fox’s new documentary join Democracy Now! to discuss the role of ...


Enbridge vs. Botsford Appeal 2016 - Big Oil Private Land Grab News

James and Krista Botsford has filed Notice of Appeal with the North Dakota Supreme Court on January 15th, 2016.


Exclusive Video: How Obama Won the Iowa Caucus and What Hillary and Bernie Can Learn From Him EcoWatch


It was a little more than 8 years ago that Barack Obama walked on stage in a...


New MERS-CoV Cases Reported in Arabia and UAE Fire Earth

Saudi respiratory syndrome crown virus (MERS-CoV) infect more people Disease Outbreak News: Jan. 26, 2016 The National IHR Focal Point for Saudi Arabia has notified WHO of 138 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection including about 30 deaths [Sept 2015 – Jan 2016]. The cases were reported in various cities including […]


5 Sustainable Market Trends That Unleash a World of Opportunities EcoWatch


Only action will change the course of the planet towards a safe and sustainable...


Victory: Troutdale Energy Center Project Abandoned Earth First! Newswire

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by Katy Sword / Portland Tribune

The Troutdale Energy Center project has been abandoned. The project would have built a 652-megawatt power plant at the former Reynolds aluminum factory site in Troutdale, but the center’s application with the Oregon Department of Energy was formally withdrawn Jan. 26.

The controversial project —which drew continuous complaint — had come under fire again in April 2015 as the Oregon Pilots Association alleged emission plumes would threaten air traffic flying over Troutdale.

“The aviation risk modeling results exceeded our worst fears. If the TEC power plant were constructed, we would have had to advise all pilots to avoid the northern flight pattern at Troutdale or risk a fatal accident,” said Mary Rosenblum, president of the Oregon Pilots Association in a press release. “Such severe risks are obviously unacceptable. We do not understand why the Port of Portland and OD...


Baltimore City Council President Introduces Bill to Study the Health and Safety Risks of Oil Trains Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Baltimore, Md.—Last night, the Baltimore City Council took its first step toward addressing the dangers of potentially explosive crude oil trains running through the city. Council President Jack Young introduced a bill that would require the first-ever city study of the health and safety risks posed by transporting crude oil by rail through Baltimore. Every member of the city council is a cosponsor of the ordinance (Bill 16-0621).

The bill would require the City Health Department to study the public health and safety risks oil trains pose to communities along rail lines. It also requires public outreach to inform residents of the study findings and directs city agencies to incorporate those findings into their incident response plans.

“Having a plan in place is instrumental to effectively tackling any situation that may unfold in the transportation of crude oil by rail,” said City Council President Jack Young. “The City of Baltimore is pleased to partner with the Chesapeake Climate Action Network to ensure the safety and health of our residents.”

Over 165,000 Baltimore residents live within a mile radius of train tracks known to transport highly volatile and explosive crude oil, putting them in the potential impact zone of a derailment and disaster. Recently, a Maryland judge ruled against rail companies CSX and Norfolk Southern, which were trying to block the state from releasing oil train routes to the public.

Released documents show that crude oil trains run along 26th street in Charles Village, through the Howard Street Tunnel, next to Camden Yards and Ravens Stadium, and over Gwynn’s Falls. Tra...


Seattle Sues Monsanto Over PCB Contamination, Becomes 6th City to Do So EcoWatch


Seattle joins the growing list of cities that has slapped Monsanto with a...


UK: Judge Warns Plane Stupid Activists to Prepare for Prison Earth First! Newswire

from Plane Stupid


[Earth First! Journal editor’s note: read “Climate Change Activists Lock Down on Runway to Protest Airport Expansionfor information about the July 13th action]

Verdict? Innocent. Legal verdict? Guilty.

As we prepare ourselves for the likelihood of an unusually harsh sentence on February 24th  – the Judge told us to prepare for prison, and implied it could be the maximum of 3 months – we sit reeling from the institutional failure of the legal system to address the biggest and deadliest problem of our time.

A guilty verdict may have been a forgone conclusion in the eyes of the law, but today has been an extraordinary day for climate change activists the world over.

The issue of climate change, its connection to the aviation industry, and its resultant massive loss of life have not once been disputed in the proceedings of the trial. In her closing remarks, Judge Wright said: “There can be no doubt that the defendants are very committed to tacklin...


Doomsday Clock Stays at Three Minutes to Midnight: At the ‘Brink’ of Man-Made Apocalypse EcoWatch


With "utter dismay," the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced that...


Another Lead Water Poisoning Scandal Has Erupted, This Time in Ohio EcoWatch


Residents are demanding to know why they have been left in the dark for...


Monsanto Slammed for Violating European Patent Law for GMO Melon EcoWatch


“Monsanto’s melon Patent is biopiracy at its most devious. First of all, the patented resistance was...


Yellowstone Park Plans to Slaughter Hundreds of Bison, Lawsuit Filed Earth First! Newswire

from Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF)


Casper, WY – The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), Jamie M. Woolsey of the private Wyoming law firm Fuller, Sandefer & Associates, L.L.C., and two constitutional law professors filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of journalist Christopher Ketcham and wild bison advocate Stephany Seay, who are seeking access to Yellowstone Park’s controversial bison trapping operations that lead to the slaughter of hundreds of bison. The lawsuit argues that the First Amendment guarantees citizens and journalists reasonable, non-disruptive access to the publicly funded national park.

The National Park Service is scheduled to capture and facilitate the killing of up to 900 bison inside Yellowstone Park starting on February 15, 201...


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

The post WATCH: Profits Over People? Oppose ‘Right–to-Spray’ Bill in Hawaii appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.

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Wednesday, 27 January


Bald Eagles Soar to New Heights Latest News

Reintroduction project in Channel Islands National Park has been a success for the iconic raptors


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


Hunting in the Amazon threatens rainforest carbon The Ecologist

The over-hunting of wildlife in the Amazon has an unexpected knock-on effect: the reduced seed dispersal reduces the forest's capacity to store carbon in its biomass, increasing emissions from apparently 'intact' rainforest areas.


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.

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Tuesday, 26 January


Not Alone in the Struggle: Supporting Mental Health in the Movement Earth First! Newswire

by Nettle with Contributing Writer & Editor Elan / EF! Newswire

10_stencilDiscovering the Earth First! movement and the Earth First! Journal can be a very liberating but also intense part of someone’s personal path in unplugging and unpacking from a destructive society that we are forced-fed from a young age to be complacent to and a part of. For new-comers and seasoned activists (including those returning after a hiatus) EF! action camps and regional meetings can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t know many people, or what the term Security Culture means,… or own any camo gear.

It’s true, not all Earth First!ers are exactly alike. Not everyone identifies the same way. Folks are drawn to the movement from different geographical places, may they be urban or rural, as well as different subcultures. This is a good thing, and to foster the presence of all the individuals that are drawn to the no compromise, biocentric and direct action approach to protect the wild — and disrupt the business of planet killing operations — our movement has been expanding on safe(r) spaces at Earth First! action camps. Safe(r) spaces is a term that is used to express the intention and commitment a community or gathering of people have to create space absent of oppressive language and behaviors.  ...

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Monday, 25 January


WIRT Comments on Tesoro Savage Vancouver Energy Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement Wild Idaho Rising Tide

January 22, 2016

Sonia Bumpus, EFS Specialist, & EFSEC Members

Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC)

State of Washington

1300 S. Evergreen Park Drive SW

P.O. Box 43172

Olympia, Washington 98504-3172

Sent via email and attachment

WIRT Comments on Tesoro Savage Vancouver Energy Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Members of the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council,

On behalf of over 3200 members, friends, and allies of Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), including potentially impacted, concerned north Idaho residents near the proposed and existing rail routes affected by this proposal, I respectfully offer and request inclusion in the public record of these comments regarding the Tesoro Savage Vancouver Energy Project draft environmental impact statement (DEIS), during the public agency and citizen review period from November 24, 2015, until January 22, 2016 [1]. WIRT and associates collectively object to state permitting of the Tesoro Savage oil train terminal planned for the Port of Vancouver, Washington, which would impart myriad, significant risks and only marginal rewards for communities along the rail tracks and bridges, rivers, and lakes of Tesoro’s and Savage’s profitable thoroughfare to crude oil export.  In support of this official letter of resistance to Washington state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) approval of this application and resulting, destructive, implementation activities, we thoroughly concur with, contribute toward, and incorporate the concerns, oral testimony, and comments of all project opponents.

The Tesoro and Savage corporations intend to build the biggest crude-oil-by-rail terminal in the U.S. at the Port of Vancouver, potentially transferring an estimated 360,000 barrels per day of explosive Bakken shale oil and volatile Alberta diluted bitumen (tar sands) to tan...

Thursday, 21 January


Ditch coal now! The global destruction caused by the UK's coal power generation The Ecologist

The UK's coal burn is not just having a huge impact on climate, writes Anne Harris. It's also devastating communities in the UK, Russia, Colombia and other nations that supply our coal power stations. Those impacted are doing their best to resist the mining companies that are destroying their land, stealing their homes and polluting their air and water. But they need our help!

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