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Here are 10 things that you probably don’t know about this crisis because the media, having come to the story so late...
The earthquake occurred in the Russian Federation , Region of Kamchatskaya oblast. The nearest places are Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Sharomy, Krasnoye Znamya, Upper-Kamchalka, D’yakonova, Pushino, Pushchino, and Ganaly. The maximum altitude nearby is 3266m . Natural Hazard – Seismic Event Asia – Russian Federation | Kamchatka Peninsula, Region of Kamchatskaya oblast near Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy Location: 91km N of […]
A very strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.2 hit Kamchatka, Russia at 03:25 UTC on January 30, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 161 km (100 miles). EMSC is reporting M7.2 at a depth of 158 km. CENC is reporting M7.0 at the same depth. According to...... Read more »
AMEBIC MENINGOENCEPHALITIS, PRIMARY – INDIA: (WEST BENGAL) ********************************************************** Published Date: 2016-01-29 17:43:46 Subject: PRO/EDR> Amebic meningoencephalitis, primary – India: (WB) Archive Number: 20160129.3976801 Date: Thu 28 Jan 2016 Source: The Times of India, Times News Network (TNN) [edited] A fatal microbe that invades the body through the nose and travels through nerve fibres into brain […]
This visualisation, courtesy of EUMETSAT's data visualisation team, shows an entire year of weather across the globe during 2015, with audio commentary from Mark Higgins, Training Manager at EUMETSAT. It is comprised of imagery from the geostationary satellites...... Read more »
As many as 920,000 pygmies live in the forests of the Congo Basin, and deforestation of Central Africa’s rainforests is not only intensifying the threats to their lives but the survival of their very culture, a new study suggests. Pygmy communities occupy a large amount of territory in central Africa, from the Congo Basin to Lake Victoria. It has been virtually impossible to determine their population numbers and geographic distribution until now due to a number of factors, primarily the fact that they live in remote forest areas and, as hunter-gatherers, tend to move around a lot. To arrive at the first scientific estimate of Africa’s pygmy population, researchers gathered data on 654 known camps in five of the nine countries where pygmies are known to live. The researchers then turned to spatial distribution models developed for estimating population size and distribution of plants and wildlife to map out the terrain that was favorable to the pygmy lifestyle, allowing them to predict where other encampments were likely to have developed. Because pygmies largely live by fishing, hunting, and gathering other forest foodstuff, they’re more likely to live deep in the rainforest, near rivers and far from urban centers. [caption id="attachment_176711" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Batwa (a pygmy people) women with traditional pots. Taken in Burundi, in the village of Kiganda in the province of Muramvya in July 2007. Women are watching a community event, but not involved. Photo Credit: Doublearc / Wikimedia Commons[/caption] According to the report published in PLOS One summarizing…
The Yukon River Inter-‐Tribal Watershed Council is an Indigenous grassroots organization, consisting of 70 First Nations and Tribes, dedicated to the protection and preservation of the Yukon River Watershed. This is accomplished by providing Yukon First Nations and Alaska Tribes in the Yukon Watershed with technical assistance in: facilitating the development and exchange of information; coordinating efforts between First Nations and Tribes; undertaking research; and providing training, education and awareness programs to promote the health of the Watershed and its Indigenous peoples.
To Nizhoni Ani (TNA) was founded in 2001 in response to Peabody Coal Company’s excessive use and waste of the only potable water source the Navajo people have on Black Mesa. TNA is working to educate young people about coal, and is developing solar projects at a number of sites on Black Mesa that would produce energy needed for the Navajo Nation and decrease dependence on fossil fuel and importation of electricity made elsewhere.
By Ashley Flach, Clean Water Action, Follow on Twitter
Clean Water Action co-leads the Coalition for Healthy Ports NY/NJ and has joined the national Moving Forward Network urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to address global climate change caused by diesel emissions at our ports, warehouses, and highways across the country. Together, our goal is to gather hundreds of thousands of signatures to demand #ZeroEmissionsNow – sign the petition here.
Deadly Diesel Impacts Us All
Infant mortality, asthma, heart disease, lung and bladder cancer, and neurological disorders are just a few symptoms associated with exposure to diesel emissions. Nationally, more people are killed every year by diesel emissions than gun homicides or drunken driving accidents.
In New Jersey, 68,000 people are treated for asthma attacks and 1,000 premature deaths occur every year due to this lethal pollutant. Families that...
The Southern Appalachian Labor School (SALS) was founded in 1981. Its board makeup represents the individuals and communities it serves: those facing health and economic crises, the disabled, and those affected by toxic wastes. Members include also civil rights activists, union members, and veterans. SALS is involved in community development, housing, and youth transformation.
Purpose Focused Alternative Learning Corporation was founded in 2008 in the State of Arizona and is also a registered Charitable Corporation on the Navajo Nation. The organization was developed around the concept of creating synergies between committed and engaged people to implement sustainable change in their communities. To accomplish their goal, Purpose Focus engages in incorporating Alternative Education in the Environmental Sciences, Advanced Remediation Technologies and Renewable Energies that will promote environmental, social and economic justice.
Fate of remaining 142 big cats still uncertain
A founding member of Mining Watch Canada, Northwatch was founded in 1988 to provide a regional voice on environmental concerns in northeastern Ontario. Work over the last two decades has focused on mining, forestry, and energy issues, both at the policy and project level, as well as, successfully campaigning against a series of proposals to bring foreign wastes – solid waste, medical waste, toxic waste, and nuclear waste – for dumping in northeastern Ontario. Northwatch holds a seat on the Ontario Minister’s Mining Act Advisory Committee, and works with local groups and concerned residents, including trade unions and First Nations, in responding to mining-related projects.
Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness (NMW) was founded in 1996 by local citizens from wilderness-edge communities to protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Today, NMW is the lead organization in a national coalition known as the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters, which seeks to protect Boundary Waters, its watersheds, and Voyageurs National Park from proposed large-scale sulfide-ore copper mining projects in the Superior National Forest.
The Danish capital will join a movement worth more than...
The New Mexico Environmental Law Center (Law Center) is a nonprofit, public interest law firm founded in 1987 that provides low-cost and free legal services to primarily low-income and minority clients on environmental matters throughout the state of New Mexico. The Law Center’s mission is to protect New Mexico’s natural environment and to achieve environmental justice for the state’s communities through legal representation, policy advocacy, and public education.
KAIROS, founded in 2001, is a grassroots organization based in Toronto and made up of eleven national churches and church organization, twenty-three international partner organization, and Indigenous partner organizations in Canada. KAIROS works for Indigenous rights, ecological and social justice, and human rights in Canada and globally, relying on our strong international partnerships.
It was good news all around today for the millions of families that live near polluted industrial sites, and the American taxpayers who have footed the cleanup bill all too often. Today, the Court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stop letting polluters off the hook for the contamination they cause.
For 30 years, the EPA has failed to issue rules under CERCLA, the “Superfund” law, to hold industries accountable, up front, for cleanup costs. As a result, company after company has found a way to pass the cost of environmental disasters on to taxpayers.
Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals issued a decision that will help to fix that.
In response to litigation filed by Earth Justice on behalf of Earthworks and our coalition partners, the court ordered the EPA to complete new regulations that require the polluting companies to post financial assurance up front for the cost of cleaning up the hazardous materials they generate – a critical step in protecting public health and clean water.
The court acknowledged the problem: "It is a common practice for operators [of sites that produce hazardous substances] to avoid paying environmental liabilities by declaring bankruptcy or otherwise sheltering assets," and that financial assurance rules would prevent these polluters from skipping town on their toxic messes.
The nation’s biggest polluters weighed in against the new regulations - the National Mining Association, American Petroleum Institute, and American Chemical Council. Fortunately, public health and corporate accountability prevailed.
As the nation’s...
The Grassy Narrows Youth Organization was formed in 2013 to empower a new generation of youth leaders in the community with the skills and support needed to protect land in Anishinabe traditional territory, while promoting and empowering traditional land use activities. AOK was also created to address some of the specific environmental threats including a planned rare earth mine at Separation Rapids, and the expansion of Goldcorp’s (and other) gold mining operations around Red Lake and elsewhere on the territory.
The Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness was established in 1976 to bring full wilderness protection to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). Currently the primary focus of their organization is preventing pollution from proposed sulfide mining projects and mining exploration that would impact area water, cultural resources, human use and enjoyment of the region, and wilderness character.
"China has actually an enormous land area much of which is...
The last 30 years of European summers have been the hottest in thousands of years, writes Alex Kirby, and we had better start getting used to it - most of all in the Mediterranean and the Arctic, where a 1.5C global temperature rise could be amplified to 3.4C and 6C respectively.
Do you love the outdoors, but hate being cold? Well, this company might have a...
We are pleased to announce our Winter European Speaking Tour across France, the Basque Country & Spain.
Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) was the most powerful and effective international grassroots animal liberation campaign the world has ever seen. After more than a decade of using innovative and groundbreaking activism against Europe`s largest animal testing laboratory HLS, the campaign finally ended in 2014, following years of state repression and the imprisonment of dozens of activists.
This presentation will analyse and critically reflect on the history, tactics and repression of the SHAC campaign. It will look at the importance of SHAC and what can be learned from the successes and failures of the campaign. There will be discussion of the use and effects of repression on the animal liberation movement and how this is affecting our activism today. We will learn about the importance of solidarity and understanding the role of the state when fighting dom...
By Chris Lang
“It’s very attractive. The earnings are very high and we’ve got hybrid material now. You harvest in the 24th month, and the repayment period is about seven years at the most… For the next 20 years it’ll be laughing yourself all the way to the bank.”
That’s Suriya Moorthy, a consultant for agricultural investments in Malaysia, talking about oil palm investments. The quotation is from a documentary film, “Land Grabbing“.
It’s well worth a watch – if you’re in London, it’s showing at Bertha DocHouse from 29 January to 4 February 2016 (details here).
Director Kurt Langbein visits the scenes of land grabs and talks to farmers, local communities and to the investors behind the schemes.
Here’s a trailer for the film:
Margaret Prescod interviewed activist Chris Zinda on this week’s Earth Watch segment, which airs weekly as part of the Sojourner Truth Radio Show on KPFK Radio in Los Angeles. Zinda takes issue with the Oregon-based Red Rocks Biofuels... Read More
The post Earth Watch: Chris Zinda on Red Rocks Biofuels in Oregon appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.
As the food fight over the labeling of GMOs stalls in Congress, states are...
Did you know that taking a 10-minute shower and blow-drying your hair uses the...
Microcephaly: Zika virus or Guillain-Barré syndrome? ZIKV is transmitted primarily by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes (1,7). Aedes albopictus mosquitoes also might transmit the virus. Aedes aegypti and Ae. albopictus mosquitoes are found throughout much of the Americas, including parts of the United States, and also transmit dengue and chikungunya viruses. In addition to mosquito-to-human transmission, Zika […]
As you know, 2015 was a busy year in our fight against the commercial release of genetically engineered (GE) Trees. From coordinating resistance on six continents against the commercial release of GE Trees in Brasil, speaking across the Pacific... Read More
The post Host ‘Synthetic Forests’ Documentary in Your Hometown in March appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.
More than 70 North American groups, including Honor the Earth, are urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canada’s premiers to turn away from new pipeline and fossil fuel projects in order to meet the country’s international climate change commitments.
Monsanto Co. plans to slash another 1,000 jobs worldwide, bringing total planned cuts to...
Try incorporating these 10 superfoods to keep you...
For long periods animals in ancient oceans could live only in shallow surface waters, above vast 'dead zones' inhabited only by anoxic bacteria, writes Richard Pancost. Human activity is now creating immense new dead zones, and global warming could be helping as it reduces vertical mixing of waters. Could this be the beginning of something big?
Denmark's capital will withdraw investment fund out of all holdings in coal, oil, and gas if proposal is approved
by Jessica Lynn / The Daily Californian
Two protesters from the agricultural advocacy group Occupy the Farm were arrested and cited for trespassing on a plot of land on the Gill Tract — a site of university-owned land in Albany — during a Thursday protest of the university’s plans to develop the land.
The piece of land has been shrouded in controversy since the university first introduced plans to develop it in 2007 and has been the focus of several protests by Occupy the Farm, whose members say they want the land used to support agricultural research and urban-based sustainable farming.
The latest occupation was sparked by the placement of five pieces of heavy machinery on the property for construction Tuesday, according to Jackie Hermes-Fletcher, a member of...
We’re so excited that after the historic blizzard “Jonas,” you’re ready to make our 11th annual Polar Bear Plunge historic as well. Are you ready to run into the Potomac with a beautiful, snowy backdrop? Please read this entire post for important updates!
First, it is ABSOLUTELY possible to hit our $90,000 goal if everyone does the following 2 things before Saturday:
We have big plans to use those gifts to bring more clean energy to Maryland, fight back against dirty fossil fuel pipelines proposed in Virginia, and put a price on carbon in the District. Thanks in advance for helping ensure we have the funds to do this great work!
Second, don’t forget that everyone who raises at least $100 qualifies for an “I took the plunge” t-shirt and everyone who raises $350 or more will be entered into our free drawing for a slew of awesome prizes from around the region (restaurant gift certificates, Patagonia and The North Face gear, and more). The drawing will be at the after-party in McLoone’s directly following the plunge.
Here’s all the important information for the big day:
1. Waivers: The plunge is a fun, family friendly event, but it’s not completely risk-free. If you completed your registration on CrowdRise, you signed a waiver form. But any plungers under 18 years of age need to have the waiver form signed by a parent or guardian. If you’re bringing a plunger who is under 18, click here to print a waiver for their parent or guardian to sign an...
Lucky, an endangered Asian elephant, was captured from the wilds of...
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HB 1073, brought by Republican Representative Mike Verchio from Hill City, South Dakota, proposed legislation this year that would have required cyclists dismount and get off the road if someone in a car wanted to pass. The bill understandably brought out the cycling community in force. Listen today as two bike activists, Michael Christensen and Jessica Andrews, as they talk about how they organized against this bill and what is next for cy...
Erin Brockovich appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to talk about...
MongaBay.com recently published an article by John C. Cannon analyzing a study showing that emerging countries of plantation expansion are losing more trees to deforestation than harvesting.
GE tree company ArborGen’s motto is “more wood less land”. They insist that their faster growing GE and other trees will take the pressure off of forests by increasing the harvest per acre of land. This study puts... Read More
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.
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 […]
Protesters have now blocked a Monsanto seed factory in Córdoba, Argentina for over two years, writes Ciara Low. Another eviction attempt is now imminent, and campaigners are calling for a big mobilization this Sunday to fortify the blockade and send out a strong message to Monsanto and its acolytes: 'No Pasaran!' - 'They shall not pass!'
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