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Sunday, 31 January


Severe Weather Events Plague Australian Continent Fire Earth

Australia battered by strong winds, heavy precipitation, deadly flooding, a cyclone, mini-tornado, wildfires… and  country-wide rainfall Severe weather systems are pummeling multiple regions of Australia, with deadly  flash-flooding in Queensland, a destructive “mini-tornado” in New South Wales, ex-cyclone STAN in Western Australia, damaging heavy rain and flooding in eastern Tasmania, while up to 100 wildfires […]


Mine executives escape responsibility for deaths in Hungary Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

A man walks next to his destroyed house in the flooded village of Kolontar, Hungary October 6, 2010. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

A man walks next to his destroyed house in the flooded village of Kolontar, Hungary October 6, 2010. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

Hungary court acquits leaders of firm behind toxic spill

Marton Duna | Reuters

Fifteen people tried in connection with a toxic spill from an alumina reservoir in western Hungary that killed 10 people in 2010 were acquitted on Thursday, an outcome a local mayor said would only serve to further traumatize and anger residents.

The spill was one of Hungary’s worst environmental disasters. Toxic red mud flowing from the reservoir destroyed hundreds of homes across three towns, covered the countryside and seeped into rivers as far downstream as the Danube.

It took years to clean up at a cost of about 40 billion forints ($140 million).

MAL Corp, the aluminum smelting company that owned the faulty alumina reservoir was subsequently taken over by the government, which declared it responsible for the incident and began to close it down. It is still under liquidation.

But in a first instance ruling, the court in the western town of Veszprem said executives and top employees of MAL had not been criminally negligent, nor had they committed other crimes they were charged with during the 40-month legal procedure.

“The defendants had no realistic and objective opportun...


A nuclear ‘Make in India’ will be a disaster: former AERB Chief


A vivid example on how not to ‘Make-in-India’ even a well-established foreign reactors is seen in the continuing problems the Kudankulam VVER reactor Unit-1 is experiencing.

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Biological Health Hazard – Hepatitis B (HBV) Outbreak: USA (KY, WV, TN) Head Space

HEPATITIS B – USA: (KENTUCKY, WEST VIRGINIA, TENNESSEE) INTRAVENOUS DRUG USE **************************************** Published Date: 2016-01-30 19:20:18 Subject: PRO/EDR> Hepatitis B – USA: (KY, WV, TN) injection drug use Archive Number: 20160130.3980173 Date: Thu 28 Jan 2016 Source: Courier-Journal [edited] Kentucky and 2 other Appalachian states have seen a huge surge in the potentially serious liver […]


Biological Hazard – Poliomyelitis (vaccine-derived polio virus (cVDPV): Pakistan, Laos (cVDPV1), global (Update) Head Space

POLIOMYELITIS UPDATE (03): PAKISTAN, LAOS (CIRCULATING VACCINE DERIVED POLIOVIRUS TYPE 1), GLOBAL, WHO, REQUEST FOR INFORMATION *********************************************** Published Date: 2016-01-29 23:36:36 Subject: PRO/EDR> Poliomyelitis update (03): Pakistan, Laos (cVDPV1), global, WHO, RFI Archive Number: 20160129.3976923 In this update: [1] Pakistan [2] Laos, cVDPV1 – WHO, RFI [3] Global update – Polio eradication initiative, RFI ****** […]


Biological Health Threat – Guillain-Barre syndrome/(EV-D68) Disease Outbreak: UK, (Wales) Head Space

GUILLAIN-BARRE SYNDROME – UK: (WALES) ASSOCIATION WITH ENTEROVIRUS-D68 ********************************************************************** Published Date: 2016-01-29 23:43:51 Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> Guillain-Barre syndrome – UK: (Wales) association with EV-D68 Archive Number: 20160129.3978127 Date: Thu 28 Jan 2016 Source: Eurosurveillance [edited] Citation: Williams C, Thomas R, Pickersgill T, et al. Cluster of atypical adult Guillain-Barre syndrome temporally associated with neurological illness due […]


Massive snowstorm hits Nova Scotia, Canada The Watchers » Latest articles

A strong winter storm brought heavy snowfall to Nova Scotia, Canada on January 29, 2016. 30 000 residents were left without power by the afternoon hours of January 30 (local time), and it could take another day to restore the power in all the homes, according to...... Read more »



Magnitude 7.2 – 91km N of Yelizovo, Russia – January 30, 2016 BC-ESP Seismograms

Russsian7.2 Jan2016Kamchatka_0113 Kamchatka_013016USGS Tectonic Summary

Time:  2016-01-30 03:25:10 UTC
Magnitude 7.2
91km (57mi) N of Yelizovo, Russia
Location:  54.007°N  158.506°E
Depth:  161.0 km


Violent storms wreak havoc across parts of western Europe The Watchers » Latest articles

Intense storms wreaked havoc across parts of Europe over the last couple of days. A cargo vessel got stranded in the Bay of Biscay and rescue teams have only been able to reach it on January 29. 22 crew members were successfully evacuated a few days earlier. Video...... Read more »


Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, January 30, 2016 Geoengineering Watch

44Dane Wigington The anthropogenic assault on planet earth continues to accelerate on countless fronts, with climate engineering at the top of the list. The rapidly unfolding biosphere implosion is increasingly hindering industrialized civilization's futile attempt to perpetually expand on a finite planet with finite resources. The current paradigm is completely decimating the biosphere. The climate engineering interference


Tropical Cyclone STAN: Red Alert Issued in WA Fire Earth

Destructive winds, storm surges, flooding threaten towns as cyclone approaches Western Australia Tropical Cyclone STAN threatens northwest Pilbara region in Western Australia (WA) with potentially destructive wind gusts and heavy rain when the system makes landfall early on Sunday morning. The storm, currently a category 2 system, is forecast to intensify to category three cyclone […]


13 Herbs and Spices That Will Reduce Inflammation in Your Body EcoWatch


There are many different herbs that can help you reduce or prevent...


Elon Musk vs. Warren Buffett: The Billionaire Battle Over the Future of Solar Power EcoWatch


It's a battle that has pitted Elon Musk's SolarCity against...


Political Prisoner Birthday Poster For February 2016 Is Now Available Earth First! Newswire

from Prison Books Collective

prison solidarity

Hello Friends and Comrades,

  1. Here is the political prisoner birthday poster for February.(11″x17″ PDF, 838KB) Print it out and plaster your community, both in commemoration of these freedom fighters and to advertise locally for a political prisoner letter writing night. Get together with some friends in your town to send birthday cards to these fighters in our struggle. It’s an easy way to help remind them that they aren’t forgotten. If you make one, remember—don’t use anything like white-out, stickers, tape or glitter on it. We also recommend that you put a return name and address and their name and prisoner number on the card, lest the authorities “lose” the envelope and forget where it is going. If you would like to add a birthday or sign up for our poster mailing list (not a listserv, one email per month), or if you would like to contribute in another way to increasing the profile of US political prisoners, email us at
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Walter Bond: Becoming Muslim in the CMU Earth First! Newswire



In the summer of 2010 I was arrested for a series of arsons I had committed under the moniker of the Animal Liberation Front. A clandestine disorganization that breaks the law to save the lives of Animals and publicize the suffering they endure in the slaughterhouse industry, medical science and research, as well as entertainment and fashion. By the Summer of 2010 the ATF, FBI and Department of Homeland security as well as other local authorities across Colorado and Utah were closing in on me. I had spent the previous decade working peacefully and legally for Animal Rights but had lost patience with a system that will never care about Life in the same way it cares about production, economy and consumption. I took the law into my own hands and was about to reap the consequences.

It was in county jail in Golden, Colorado That I made an earnest prayer in my cell. I guess I should preface this by saying that it was not out of desperation that I made that prayer. My situation was definitely dire as my court cases became a circus of activity. On one side the activist communities were divided about their feelings over me, my crimes of arson and my personal views. And on the other side was the news media, United States government and victims of burnt out...


Will Denmark Become the World’s First 100% Organic Country? EcoWatch


The Danish government is working on drastically increasing the nation's supply of...


4 Reasons Why You Should Eat More Mushrooms EcoWatch


Edible mushrooms are potent medicines and a delicious addition to a healthy...


Michael Moore: 10 Things They Won’t Tell You About the Flint Water Tragedy, But I Will EcoWatch


Here are 10 things that you probably don’t know about this crisis because the media, having come to the story so late...

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Saturday, 30 January


M7.2 Seismic Event: Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia Head Space

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 […]


Very strong M7.2 earthquake hit Kamchatka, Russia The Watchers » Latest articles

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 »


The Invisible Epidemic: How Diesel Pollution is Suffocating American Families We All Live Downstream

zeroemissionsnowBy 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...


Rooftop Solar Wars Continue EcoWatch


The fierce counterattack by utilities against the disruptive surge of rooftop solar...

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Friday, 29 January


Nuclear renaissance? Failing industry is running flat out to stand still The Ecologist

Despite the endless rhetoric about a 'nuclear renaissance', there are fewer power reactors today than there were a decade ago, writes Jim Green. The one country with a really big nuclear build program is China, but no one expects it to meet its targets. And with over 200 reactor shut-downs due by 2040, the industry will have to run very hard indeed just to stay put.


Failing on Stormwater Protection We All Live Downstream


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...


Protecting Our Air from Fracking Operations We All Live Downstream


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...

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Thursday, 28 January


Brazilian court overturns suspension of mega-dam’s operating licence CHANGING TIMES

credito_divulgacion_programa_de_aceleracion_del_crecimiento_pacA 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...

Tuesday, 26 January


Politicians take note: Iowa is the US's most wind-powered state - and everyone loves it! The Ecologist

As presidential contenders gather in Iowa for the beginning of the party selection season, they may have noticed a lot of wind turbines, writes Zachary Davies Boren. And if they have any sense, they will find only nice things to say about them. Wind supplies 30% of the state's power, more than any other US state, and Iowans are all for it. Ted Cruz, mind your words!

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