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Storm "Imogen" hit southern Britain with heavy rainfall and strong winds on February 8, 2016. Thousands of households reported power loss across the affected areas, and major traffic disruptions and delays are in place. The Met Office has issued an amber...... Read more »
by Panagioti Tsolkas / Earth First!
For those new to Earth First!, it can be described in a single sentence as a movement of people committed to stopping the destructive...
from National Geographic
Just days after a poacher’s snare had killed one of their own, two young mountain gorillas worked together Tuesday to find and destroy traps in their Rwandan forest home, according to conservationists on the scene.
“We are the largest database and observer of wild gorillas … so I would be very surprised if somebody else has seen that,” Vecellio added.
On the heels of her spectacular and politically charged performance, Beyoncé announced...
from the Earth First! Newswire
The Earth First! Prisoner Support Project received the following message from imprisoned member of the Move 9, Chuck Africa. The Move organization’s early protests centered around the use of animals in zoos and circuses, which have become a stronger force in the last few decades. Chuck’s message comes on the heels of the announcement on January 11th that all eleven elephants now touring with the three Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus units will be “retired” to the company’s 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation by May 2016. Apparently, the decision hinged on the fact that several cities and counties have passed ‘anti-circus’ and ‘anti-elephant’ ordinances, and President Kenneth Feld said it is expensive to fight legislation in each jurisdiction and difficult to plan tours amid constantly changing regulations. While seemingly a call for celebration at first glance, the back story is that instead of performing, the elephants will merely become part of an ongoing cancer research project. That’s not exactly ‘retirement.’ Altogether Ringling has 42 elephants, two of which are on loan to zoos, and the circuses will still torture tigers, lions, horses, dogs and camels. Rodeos are yet another...
Actor and environmental activist Mark Ruffalo warned in a video message to UK Prime Minister David Cameron that...
If humans had more time left, they would probably wipe out the population of Africa in 10 – 20 years Southern Africa: 14 Million people face hunger due to the prolonged drought A “state of disaster” has been declared in much of Zimbabwe’s rural areas plagued by a severe drought, with more than a quarter […]
Flint’s man-made water disaster is an outrageous tragedy and a ...
January Arctic sea ice extent was the lowest in the satellite record, attended by unusually high air temperatures over...
Neil Young has become a vocal advocate for social justice, working specifically to...
Heavy rainfalls, continuously lashing parts of Indonesia since February 5, 2016 has now triggered flooding and landslides across the affected areas. 9 people have been reported dead so far, and 4 missing while 4 000 people have been evacuated from their homes....... Read more »
The Kawahiva, an uncontacted tribe in the Amazon rainforest, face extinction unless Brazil's government acts to secure their legal rights to land, security and to remain undisturbed by outsiders, writes Lewis Evans. The decree that would achieve this vital goal has been sitting on the Minister of Justice's desk since 2013. Let's make sure he signs it soon, before it's too late.
Highly radioactive tritium has leaked into groundwater at the Indian Point nuclear site 40 miles north of Manhattan, New York, write Sam Thielman & Alan Yuhas. Governor Cuomo has ordered a review of safety at the site, where two reactors are operating with no NRC license.
The Breaking Point and Our Capacity for Frustration What is the straw that breaks the camel’s back? This is a key question in the problem of personal morale. No one can really tell how they will behave in times of great danger until it comes to actually facing the test. The true test of reality […]
There are so many teas and coffees on the market today its hard to choose which one is good for you. Some tea plantations are grown within habitats that have pushed various species of animal to the brink of extinction. While there are some coffee plantations that state they’re all for the environment, just to later find out they are not. Meanwhile lets be honest, tea is pretty much tea. Some may like it while others hate it, so why not jazz that cuppa up a little with some rather tasty African Sudanese Cinnamon Tea? Its nice, trust me!
My travels all over Africa have always been accompanied with cinnamon sticks and some real Sudan tea leaves, however in this recipe the leaves are English (the best of course – so they say), don’t forget you’ll need tea leaves and NOT tea bags!. I’ve received quite a number of requests on where to locate such herbs, spices, and foods themselves.
Most of the tropical vegan and veggie ingredients can actually be located in your local hypermarket, European, Asian or African wholefood markets. Just Google. These small stalls or markets host a massive range of peculiar ingredients, delicacies and flavors – all of which are mostly meat free. Don’t forget you can also follow us on our main vegan and vegetarian healthy eating Facebook page hereto: VEGAN & VEGETARIAN HEALTHY LIVING.
This Mondays (ESP) Endangered Species watch Post I touch up on the T. taygetica identified by Dr Rebel back in 1902. Image credited: Zeynel Cebeci I am also dedicating this article to the early Mme Taylor Nicole who sadly passed away last week to Mother Christina Ann. Mme Ann is an unselfish animal rights activist dedicating her time, love and care to African, American and international wildlife. Mme Ann regularly undertakes animal rights projects for the Start for Animals Project, Missouri, United States.
The ‘odd spot blue butterfly’ as the species is commonly known was primarily identified by Dr Hans Rebel whom was an Austrian entomologist who specialized in Lepidoptera. Rebel, who had an early interest in natural history and butterflies, first became a lawyer. He devoted his spare time to studying Lepidoptera and established the entomological section of the Botanical and Zoological Society of Vienna.
He succeeded Alois Friedrich Rogenhofer (1831–1897) as keeper of the Lepidoptera collection of the Naturhistorisches Museum in Vienna, a post he held from 1897 to 1932. Dr Rebel enriched the collections and as a grand voyageur, made many collecting trips in Austro-Hungary and five trips in the Balkans. He directed the Department of Zoology in 1923 and was the museum’s director general in 1925.
T. taygetica is listed as [near threatened], although...
EDO NT spent the last week in Borroloola assisting with a human rights and environment advocacy seminar. Heads off to the Environment Centre NT, SEED & Action Aid for their efforts in what were an inspiring few days. Heads off also to our incredible indigenous friends in Borroloola and the strength and passion they bring when [...] Continue Reading →
Bougainville Freedom Movement
On 12 January 2016, Papua New Guinea’s prime minister, Peter O’Neill, took on the portfolio of Bougainville Affairs in his latest cabinet reshuffle. Mr O’Neill says this is because the autonomous region is a top priority for the government as it heads towards a referendum on possible independence.
The Leader of the Opposition Don Polye queried the motive behind the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill giving himself the Bougainville Affairs Ministry in light of the looming vote on a referendum. Don Poyle then described the minor reshuffle as ‘self-serving and not in the best interest of the country.’
Then on 21 January 2016, Papua New Guinea opposition MP Sam Basil warned about the prime minister Peter O’Neill’s interest in the Panguna mine in Bougainville.
“Mr O’Neill last month (December 2015) met with the president of the autonomous Bougainville region, John Momis, over a reported government proposal to purchase 53% of Rio T...
A team of researchers from National Geographic carried out an expedition into the...
As any beer lover knows, hops are a key ingredient in beer. But now, climate change poses a...
Varroa-vectored virus pandemic threatens world’s pollinators —study World’s honeybees are undergoing population collapses that are caused by multiple threats, especially the deformed wing virus (DWV), according to a new study. Deformed wing virus (DWV) and its vector, the mite Varroa destructor, posed a major threat to the world’s honeybee populations. And researchers have found that […]
Last night Sen. Bernie Sanders made his much anticipated, first appearance on...
The central United States is experiencing an unprecedented surge in earthquakes that began in 2009, rising from an average of 21 magnitude 3 and larger quakes to over 650 in 2014 alone. This increased earthquake activity is found in just a few concentrated regions...... Read more »
Recent Earthquakes Near Yujing, Taiwan The earthquake occurred in China , Province of Taiwan (population 22,456,987) on 2016-02-05 at 19:57:27 (UTC). The nearest places are Pingtung, 28km (17mi) NE and Yujing, Taiwan, 35km (22mi) SE, of epicenter. The maximum altitude nearby is 3686m . Natural Hazard – Seismic Event Asia – China | Taiwan Location: 28km […]
Federal Disaster Declared in the State of Arkansas Arkansas Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding (DR-4254) Incident period: December 26, 2015 to January 22, 2016 Major Disaster Declaration declared on February 05, 2016 The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Arkansas in the areas affected by severe storms, […]
Emergency Declaration for Louisiana Issued by White House (EM-3376) Flooding during the period of December 28, 2015 to February 1, 2016 has prompted the White House to declare a federal emergency in the State of Louisiana. Areas that were most affected by “threat of a catastrophe” include in the parishes of Concordia, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, […]
M6.4 EQ strikes S. Taiwan causing fatalities, destroying buildings Centered at 22.871°N, 120.668°E the quake occurred at a depth of 23.0km (14.3 mi), reported USGS/EHP. There are reports of multiple fatalities, and scores of injuries, with about a dozen apartment blocks and other buildings destroyed or damaged. Aftershocks Most of the reported damage occurred in […]
Bananas are at the sharp end of industrial agriculture's chemical war on pests and pathogens, writes Angelina Sanderson Bellamy. But even 60 pesticide sprays a year isn't enough to keep the diseases at bay. It's time to seek new solutions with little or no use of chemicals, working with nature, growing diverse crops on the same land - and breaking the dominance of the banana multinationals.
Five cases of the ZIKV infection confirmed, hundreds of suspected cases being investigated The South Pacific island-nation of Tonga has declared an outbreak of the Zika virus after five cases of the infection were confirmed. The outbreak comes shortly after Brazilian government’s health authorities announced that active Zika virus had been detected in the saliva […]
Excessive rain and flooding destroy crops across 18 counties in Georgia, North Carolina Continued excessive rain and flooding destroy crops across 18 counties in North Carolina and Virginia . The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of 18 counties in North Carolina and Virginia as crop disaster areas due to damages and […]
Sakurajimsa erupts at Showa crater The explosive eruption occurred at 09:56UTC producing a large plume of smoke and ash followed by lava flow. Authorities upgraded the volcanic warning to a “Level 3 (Do not approach the volcano).” One of the most active volcanoes in the world, Sakurajima is located in Kagoshima Bay, southern Kyushu, Japan […]
Zika virus (ATCC® VR-84™) patented in 1947 by the Rockefeller Foundation History & Description Agent: Zika virus Strain: MR 766 (Original) Effect on Host: Paralysis and death Name of Depositor: J. Casals, Rockefeller Foundation Source: Blood from experimental forest sentinel rhesus monkey, Uganda, 1947 Year of Origin: 1947 Classification: Flaviviridae, Flavivirus Product Format: freeze-dried Storage […]
Florida Governor Declares Health Emergency in Four Counties Gov. Scott has signed Executive Order 16-29 directing Florida State Surgeon General Dr. John Armstrong to declare a public health emergency in the four counties which have the Zika virus, according to the governor’s website. The Executive Order follows the discovery of a total of nine travel-associated […]
Federal Disaster Declared in Washington Severe Winter Storm, Straight-Line Winds, Flooding, Landslides, Mudslides, and a Tornado (DR-4253) Incident period: December 01, 2015 to December 14, 2015 Major Disaster Declaration declared on February 02, 2016 The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Washington in the areas affected by a severe […]
Southern California Gas Company & Belgian energy company Electrabel sued for criminal negligence California Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against SoCal Gas Co, the company responsible for a massive gas leak near Los Angeles. There are now 11 local, state and federal agencies that are either suing or investigating the company, owned by Sempra […]
Zika virus acquired through sexual transmission —Texas Officials Health officials have confirmed that a person in Dallas County, Texas, contracted the Zika virus through sexual contact, the first such case reported in the continental United States. The patient in Texas was infected after having sex with their partner who had returned from Venezuela, according to reports. […]
America's crumbling nuclear power plants, dozens of them built to the design that spectacularly failed at Fukushima, must be closed down to prevent catastrophe, writes Harvey Wasserman. So let's hear Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton speak out on the topic and make it a core issue in the Presidential race!
Federal Disaster Declared in Idaho due to Severe Winter Storms (DR-4252) Incident period: December 16-27, 2015 Major Disaster Declaration declared on February 01, 2016 The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Idaho in the areas affected by Severe Winter Storms during the period of December 16-27, 2015. The areas […]
ZIKV outbreak possibly resulted from biological warfare: Russian expert Russia’s former Surgeon General has said that the Zika virus (ZIKV) outbreak could be due to the use of biological warfare, said a report. One of the possible causes for the spread of the deadly Zika virus outbreak could be the use of biological warfare, Russia’s former Chief State Sanitary […]
Experts ‘strongly suspect’ causal relationship between Zika infection during pregnancy and microcephaly WHO convened an Emergency Committee, under the International Health Regulations, to gather advice on the severity of the health threat associated with the continuing spread of Zika virus disease in Latin America and the Caribbean. Some 18 experts and advisers assessed “the strong […]
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