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In Baltimore, of all places and plenty of “space to destroy,” Obama said the country is “doing a lot better” than when he took office, citing progress against Islamic State forces and curbing Iran’s nuclear program – as well as lower gas prices, 18 million people gaining health insurance and 5 percent unemployment. Of course […]
By Dave Gerraughty, Rhode Island Program Coordinator
Sometimes when you’re trying to get folks up at the statehouse to embrace big ideas for progressive change, you have to look for indirect signs of movement in your direction. It’s kind of like the way astronomers deduced there might be a ninth planet in our solar system because of the behavior of other objects in the vicinity.
Clean Water Action is a member of the Energize Rhode Island coalition, which is promoting legislation to place a fee on fossil fuel companies based on the amount of CO2 released when their products are burned. The money would be used for rebates to homeowners and businesses to cover any increase in power rates and to support weatherization and energy efficiency programs.
Anticipating heavy resistance from business interests, we scheduled a series of briefings with key lawmakers before going public to promote the economic benefits of carbon pricing (1,000 new jobs in the first two years, incentivizing local renewable energy firms, keeping some of the $3 billion that goes to out-of-state energy providers in the Rhode Island economy).
We wanted a chance to frame the debate a bit before our public announcement of the bill’s introduction at a press conference on Jan. 26. That morning, I opened the largest newspaper in the state to find an interview with the president of the Senate touting her own package of recommendations to “Grow Green Jobs.” And a round-table discussion was scheduled with stakeholders at the statehouse to take place an hour befor...
New activity/unrest was observed at 3 volcanoes from January 20 - 26, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 15 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Masaya, Nicaragua | Planchon-Peteroa, Zhupanovsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia). Ongoing activity:...... Read more »
In this video, Henk Hobbelink of GRAIN contrasts the approaches to seed conservation that have emerged since the so-called ‘green revolution’. He advocates for on-farm, farmer-led conservation which secures the control of seed in the hands of small farmers.
More than 20 years after neonicotinoid pesticides hit the market, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its first assessment of the impacts on honey bees. Looking at one neonic in isolation — Bayer's imidacloprid — the agency acknowledges some harm to bees. But it's still missing the big picture.
EPA's assessment concludes that "imidacloprid potentially poses risk to hives when the pesticide comes in contact with certain crops that attract pollinators." The agency points specifically to citrus and cotton, where pesticide residues above EPA's acceptable level were detected in pollen and nectar.
The Problem of Treason and Loyalty As soon as “treason” is mentioned, something in the human soul is stirred. Anger and scorn, suspicion and anxiety are aroused, and people want to avoid the subject. The social reaction toward a traitor, even before we are certain that the accusation is deserved is very spectacular. Former friends […]
Another piece of PNG is up for sale on the international market with no say for the landowners or even the PNG government…
Bridget Carter and Gretchen Friemann | Business Spectator
Some of the world’s major gold miners could be eyeing one of Newcrest’s troubled Papua New Guinea assets, with suggestions China’s Xijin and South Africa’s Gold Fields may be among a list of bidders for its Hidden Valley project should it come up for sale.
However, Australian groups Northern Star and Evolution Mining aren’t expected to be in the mix.
Newcrest yesterday indicated it was mulling options for Hidden Valley, a gold and silver operation about 300km northwest of the PNG capital Port Moresby, that it jointly owns with Harmony Gold Mining.
The mine, one of three owned by Newcrest in PNG, has struggled to turn a profit since it started producing in 2010, and some question whether the asset, which produces more silver than gold, should be shut down rather than sold due to its troubled history.
For the December quarter, 17,000 ounces of gold and silver were produced.
It is understood the mine has operational issues and a cost structure that makes generating a profit challenging.
Still, every asset has a price, and offered at the right price it could prove attractive for an offshore bidder.
Xijin and Gold Fields were both understood to be among the suitors for Newcrest’s Telfer gold and copper mine in Western Austral...
This Friday’s (Endangered Species Post) E.S.P, I touch up again on the Hispaniolan Solenodon, scientifically identified as Solenondon paradoxus. Image credit: Mr Jose Nunez-Mino. My reasons for re-documenting on this species is primarily due to my belief that extinction is now most certainly imminent. Therefore for that reason I think its critical that we all make as much noise as possible for this little one due to is importance within the theater of conservation, and because its one of very few mammals that do actually host a venomous side to them.
Written by Dr Jose C. Depre; Botanical and Conservation Scientist.
Solenondon paradoxus was identified back in 1883 by Dr Johann Friedrich von Brandt (25 May 1802 – 15 July 1879) was a German naturalist. Brandt was born in Jüterbog and educated at a gymnasium in Wittenberg and the University of Berlin. In 1831 he was appointed director of the Zoological Department at the St Petersburg Academy of Sciences, where he published in Russian. Brandt encouraged the collection of native animals, many of which were not represented in the museum. Many specimens began to arrive from the expeditions of Severtzov, Przhevalsky, Middendorff, Schrenck and Gustav Radde.
Listed as (endangered) the species is endemic to the Dominican Republic; Haiti. Back in 1965 the species was re-located and reassessed of which scientists agreed the species ‘required watching due to concerns relating to low po...
by Zoe Loftus-Farren / Earth Island Journal
In 2008, climate activist Tim DeChristopher arrived at a BLM oil and gas lease auction in Utah with the intention of disrupting it. He was thinking along the lines of making an impassioned speech, but when he was offered the chance to register as a bidder in the auction, he saw an opportunity he couldn’t pass up, and made a choice he knew would likely land him in prison.
As bidder number 70, DeChristopher won nearly $1.8 million in bids for some 22,000 acres of public land — bids that he had no intention of paying for — before he was pulled aside by a BLM agent.That’s when his long journey into the public spotlight, through the US justice system, and ultimately to prison, began.
Following repeated delays in his prosecution, in March of 2011, DeChristopher was convicted of two federal felonies for his disruption of the auction. In July 2011, he was sentenced to two years in federal prison. (Read his July 2011 interview with Earth Island Journal, which took place just a week before his sentencing) When he was released from prison in April 2013, he emerged with an even deeper commitment to social justice. That fall he began a Masters program at the Divinity School at Harvard. Last week, DeChristopher sat down with me before his Climate One p...
Is Newcrest about to sell or close down its Hidden Valley mine?
Rhiannon Hoyle | Wall Street Journal
Newcrest Mining is mulling its options for a troubled gold operation in Papua New Guinea that it owns with one of South Africa’s largest gold producers, which could include selling or closing the mine.
The Australian gold company runs the Hidden Valley operation, about 300km northwest of the nation’s capital, Port Moresby, jointly with Harmony Gold Mining, but has struggled to turn a profit from the business, which started producing gold for sale in 2010.
The mine–which, at five times higher than its flagship Cadia operation in Australia, is by far its costliest to run–has been hampered by poor ore grades and safety issues.
The mine sits in the mountains near the towns of Wau and Bulolo, at an altitude of roughly 2000 metres, where the terrain is steep, rainfall high and earthquakes not uncommon.
Macquarie in late November valued Newcrest’s Hidden Valley asset at $70 million. Since starting production, Newcrest has written down the value of Hidden Valley by hundreds of millions of dollars.
Hidden Valley has been one of a raft of strains for the gold producer, one of the world’s biggest, which has in recent years faced setbacks of almost every sort: from engineering faults at its mines and rain disrupting...
Fiji’s Prime Minister Bainimarama claims large-scale mining is the way forward for his country – but maybe the people will not be so easily fooled. A quick glance across the water to PNG should provide a chilling glimpse of what the future could hold if large-scale mining takes off. PNG has been wedded to large-scale mining for decades with devastating social, environmental and financial consequences. Billions of dollars have been made by the big foreign mining companies but local people have only the costs to comfort them…
PM: Mining will take Fiji forward
Aninesh Gopal | Fiji Times
PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says mining is one of the areas that will take Fiji forward.
Mr Bainimarama made the comment while handing over the lease to Tuvatu Gold Mine in Sabeto, Nadi this week.
“We will be revising our policy and institutional framework for mining and quarrying to update antiquated legislation so that responsible mining and mineral exploration and mining companies will work with us,” he said.
“I hope Tuvatu can be a model of what we can achieve economically, socially and environmentally.”
There is plenty of finger-pointing going around, but one thing many people agree on is...
by Captain Paul Watson / Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Greenpeace has now crossed the line with their endorsement of seal fur as “sustainable.”
I initiated and led the first Greenpeace campaigns against sealing from 1975 until 1977. I really never thought I would see the day when Greenpeace would sell out to the sealing industry.
Jon Burgwald speaking for Greenpeace has announced that Greenpeace supports “sustainable” sealing.
There is no such thing. Seals are threatened by rapidly diminishing fish populations and pollution. Our Ocean is dying and Greenpeace seems to be in abject denial of this reality. We need seals to help maintain a healthy marine eco-system.
Greenpeace is now playing into the hands of the fur industry and the Canadian interest in marketing seal fur to China. The organization is now giving comfort to the seal butchers in supporting one of the most brutal and bloody mass massacres of wildlife on the planet.
As a co-founder of Greenpeace I feel sick and betrayed by this new policy flip-f...
Dane Wigington geoengineeringwatch.org The current condition of the the climate and Earth's life support systems is not as bad as we have been told, it is unimaginably worse. Global climate engineering is the epitome of anthropogenic damage to our planet. Geoengineering programs are further fueling the biosphere implosion in what is already a runaway scenario. If
By Representative Lauren Carson, House District 75 (Newport)
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has been called out by the federal government for years of failure to comply with the Clean Water Act, neglecting its drainage systems and allowing runoff from highways to pollute more than 200 bodies of water in our state for years on end.
According to a complaint filed by the U.S Department of Justice, RIDOT failed to evaluate the impact of its systems on water bodies or detect illicit connections and discharges of pollutants, didn’t inspect, clean or repair its drainage systems or catch basins; and neglected to adequately sweep streets to reduce contaminants. The result was 235 polluted water bodies that, in turn, also dumped pollutants into Narragansett and Mount Hope Bays.
Now, under a consent agreement currently before U.S. District Court, the state will have to immediately inventory its drainage systems and submit comprehensive plans for cleaning, repairs and regular maintenance; identify and eliminate illicit connections and pollution sources, and pay a civil penalty of $315,000.
There was a significant failure of management, lack of planning and inadequate funding that went unchecked for a decade and a half leading Rhode Island to this point. This is extremely disappointing to me as a Rhode Islander who appreciates the environment, a taxpayer...
Submitted by a reader Genocide is being committed against people of Syria by all those who destabilized the country In 2010, there were no Syrian refugees drowning in the Mediterranean while escaping the Wahhabi block terrorists. Even polio had long been eradicated across the country… When President Barack Obama secretly authorized the Central Intelligence Agency […]
The Malaysian parliament has voted yes to signing and ratifying the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Both houses of parliament are dominated by the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition so the vote is no surprise. There is, however, significant public opposition to the agreement – also referred to as the TPPA – and all the opposition MPs voted against.
The motion to sign and ratify the agreement was passed on Wednesday in a bloc vote in the Dewan Rakyat (lower house) after a two-day sitting. A total of 127 MPs voted in favour of the motion while the 84 members of the opposition voted against. The Senate gave the accord its green light yesterday via a voice vote.
“Done, just like that,” the Democratic Action Party (DAP) MP for Klang, Charles Santiago, tweeted. “Despite alarm bells being raised, all brushed aside.”
Membership of the TPP will require Malaysia to make 26 amendments in 17 of its national laws. This process is expected to take two years.
The country’s International Trade and Industry Minister, Seri Mustapa Mohamad, says these amendments will not affect the nation’s key policies, such as those involving Bumiputera status (special privileges afforded to Malays).
“Instead, the amendments will adopt best practices in labour, environment, and intellectual property rights,” he said in his speech while tabling the TPP motion.
The government says the TPP will strengthen Malaysia’s regional and global competitiveness, but critics of the agreement say it will be a disaster for the environment and will make governments more vulnerable to lawsuits by corporations that allege a loss of profits because of a particular law or policy.
The agreement has been condemned worldwide. Opponents say it is a geopolitical tool being used by the US in its trade battle with China.
By Steve Hvozdovich, Pennsylvania Campaigns Director
Did you know that methane pollution is already currently responsible for a quarter of human-caused climate change, with the oil and gas industry accounting for the majority of human-made emissions? According Pennsylvania’s Climate Action Plan, the Commonwealth is the second largest producer of natural gas in the nation which makes it responsible for a roughly 1% of global man-made greenhouse gas emissions. That means we have an incredible opportunity to make a significant difference in reducing greenhouse gas pollution…if we act.
Methane is over 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide when it comes to climate. It’s why we are fighting to reduce methane emissions from fracking operations. To date Pennsylvania has relied on the natural gas industry to police itself by voluntarily looking for and fixing leaks. This approach has been a failure.
Just seven companies, which collectively operate around about a quarter of the active wells in Pennsylvania, participate in the Natural Gas STAR Program, a voluntary partnership that encourages oil and gas companies to reduce methane emissions. Such a low participation rate means that not nearly enough is being done to stop methane pollution from the majority of wells in the Commonwealth.
But there is hope. Recently, Governor Tom Wolf proposed a four part plan that replaces our current voluntary system with required actions that will force industry to reduce methane emissions. Department of Enviro...
In the wake of tumbling oil prices, an onslaught on coal and a year of geopolitical tumult...
If your toothpaste contains dangerous ingredients like...
Pope Francis met today during a private audience in Vatican City with...
The following post on Paris, from our friends at the Rosa Luxembourg Foundation, is very thoughtful and interesting, especially for anyone confused about how the outcomes of the UN Climate Conference in Paris can be described as both... Read More
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It was an unseasonably warm November day when I sat down in my political ecology class at Northeastern University. My professor, Danny Faber, an environmental justice champion in the Boston area, was showing us a film called “Toxic Hot Seat.” The topic seemed mundane: flame-retardants. But after sitting through the compelling and borderline shocking documentary, I was outraged. I had just watched a step-by-step breakdown about how flame-retardants, chemicals that are supposed to protect us from essentially bursting into flames, were nothing more than a tool in an industry ploy buried in a maze of misinformation. I am living in buildings and on furniture that are covered in toxic chemicals, and I didn’t even know about it. In addition, flame-retardants are being found all over the earth and are even accumulating in breast milk. I learned that firefighters are dying at incredibly high rates due to cancer and other diseases. Yet, similar to most situations like this, big industry was winning. They were denying the science, and putting profits over people’s health. The difference in this case was there was an actual tangible opportunity to make a difference.
Professor Faber told us that there was a public hearing and an opportunity to testify on a flame-retardants bill that would update The City of Boston’s fire code for public spaces. Under the current fire code, theaters, universities, office buildings and hospitals, for example can only meet the requirements by using flame retardant chemicals in furniture. At first I had no idea what I would say, or how I could possibly sound coherent in front of city councilors, firefighters, and potentially even industry executives....
If WHO believes ZIKV outbreak is that serious, WHY wait until WHEN? The WHO announced today it will convene Emergency Committee on Zika virus (ZIKV) and observed increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformations on February 1, 2016. Statement by WHO: WHO Director-General, Margaret Chan, will convene an International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Zika […]
"When he was a state legislator, Sen. Rubio recognized that cutting carbon emissions would create economic...
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 »
"Millions of viewers have been moved to tears by the compelling portrayal of Earth’s extinction crisis in...
Kenya will host a major global summit on illegal poaching and...
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...
As if the Great Lakes didn’t have enough nuclear nightmares to deal with, now the Wisconsin state legislature is poised to...
by Brenda Norrell / Censored News
The 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.
The reason you can't help is that you cannot reverse the irreversible brain damage that has...
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.
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...
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.
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, […]
Environmental injustice is deeply embedded in American attitudes, says Robert D. Bullard, and the lead pollution of Flint's water is but the latest example of an unconscious yet pervasive discrimination against poor and minority communities across the US. Only with strong, deliberate and effective leadership can the EPA and other regulators overcome their prejudices.
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 […]
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 […]
A federal court in Brazil has revoked a lower court’s suspension of the operating licence for the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam.
The Federal Regional Court of the First Region, seated in Brasilia, overturned the decision made by the Federal Justice of Altamira, Judge Maria Carolina Valente do Carmo, earlier this month.
Judge do Carmo ruled that the licence should be suspended until the federal government and Norte Energia, the consortium in charge of the dam’s construction, complied with their obligation to restructure the National Indian Foundation (FUNAI) of Altamira.
However, a judge at the first region court ruled yesterday (Wednesday) that Judge do Carmo’s decision disproportionately affected the public interest, “causing grave repercussions for the economy and public order”.
Another argument presented was that the suspension would prevent the implementation of various plans designed to benefit indigenous peoples.
Lawyer for the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA), María José Veramendi Villa, said that, to the contrary, the new court decision was yet another attack on the rights of the affected indigenous communities.
“The decision manipulates the arguments of public interest, order, security and the economy, and then uses the plans – which should have been implemented when the original environmental licence was granted in 2010 – to justify why it is not possible to suspend the operating licence.
“The bottom line is that the operating licence never should have been granted in the first place without the fulfilment of those plans.”
FUNAI is the government body that establishes and...
Long after we go extinct the human presence on Earth will be marked by a geological stratum rich in plastic garbage, according to a new study. Long-lived plastics are already widespread over the ocean floor, and there's a lot more on its way. Forget the 'Anthropocene' - the human era should rightly be called the Plasticene.
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.
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...
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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