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Thursday, 11 February


Sanders and Trump Steamroll the Establishment in New Hampshire EcoWatch


New Hampshire resoundingly rejected the two major party’s mainstream candidates in its...


Intensive, corporate agriculture is increasing poverty in Africa The Ecologist

New research indicates that agricultural policies aimed at alleviating poverty in Africa is making things worse, writes Lawrence Woodward. Big businesses are forcing modern farming practices through under the guise of aid, but only the rich will benefit.


Linking Investors to Renewable Energy Opportunities in Emerging Markets Is Key to COP21 Success EcoWatch


Some of the ingredients for catalyzing clean energy investments in Asia, Africa and other emerging markets have...

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Wednesday, 10 February


Controversial Auction to Permit Killing of 600 Wild Animals Earth First! Newswire

by Brian Clark Howard / National Geographic

 Photograph by Robert Clark, National Geographic Creative

Photograph by Robert Clark, National Geographic Creative

[EF!J Editor’s note: killing animals is not ok, even if you think it’s helping other animals]

The world’s largest trophy hunting organization is again selling hundreds of permits to kill lions, bears, foxes, deer, sheep, and many other animals.

Billed as the “Ultimate Hunters’ Market,”...


Deep Arctic Ozone Hole may Appear over Arctic this Spring —Report Fire Earth

“Cold weather and a strong stratospheric vortex have allowed a deep Arctic ozone hole to open up” —Environment Canada Persistent atmospheric pollutants and a strong stratospheric vortex have punched an unusually deep hole in Earth’s protective ozone layer over the Arctic, and it threatens to get larger, says a report. Record cold temperatures in the […]


Strong Earthquake Strikes Chile Fire Earth

M6.3 earthquake occurs 40km W of Ovalle, Chile Centered at 30.634°S, 71.620 °W the quake occurred at a depth of 31.5 km (19.6 mi), reported USGS/EHP. The 1960 M9.5 event in southern Chile is so far the largest instrumentally recorded earthquake in the world. Distances 40km (25mi) W of Ovalle, Chile 64km (40mi) W of Monte […]


Major Disaster Declared for Texas Fire Earth

Federal Disaster Declared in the State of Texas Texas Severe Winter Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding (DR-4255) Incident period: December 26, 2015 to January 21, 2016 Major Disaster Declaration declared on February 09, 2016 The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of  Texas in the areas affected by severe […]


Hotter planet helping spread of Zika virus mosquitos The Ecologist

The Aedes mosquitos that carry the Zika virus and dengue fever are not just perfectly adapted to life in cities, writes Nadia Pontes. They are also being helped along by warming climates which increase their range. It's time to get serious about the health implications of a hotter planet.


Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hit Chile The Watchers » Latest articles

A strong and shallow earthquake registerd by CSN Chile as M6.3 hit Coquimbo, Chile at 00:33 UTC on February 10, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 36.5 km (22.7 miles). USGS is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 31.5 km (19.6 miles). According to the USGS, the...... Read more »



Broadcast your message into cosmos in a celestial time capsule The Watchers » Latest articles

A group of collaborators from the UK have envisioned a cultural project aimed at creating a celestial time capsule and send messages from citizens across the globe into space at the speed of light. Interstellar message bottle is expected to reach the Polaris star...... Read more »


M6.3 Seismic Event near Ovalle, Coquimbo, Chile Head Space

The earthquake occurred in Chile, Region of Coquimbo (population 520,420), on 2016-02-10 at 00:33:05 UTC. The nearest places are Consa, Ovalle and Los Hornitos. The maximum altitude nearby is 3952m . Natural Hazard – Seismic Event  South America –  Chile | Región de Coquimbo near Ovalle Location: 40km W of Ovalle, Chile Magnitude: 6.3 Time:  2016-02-10 […]


Cosmic ray intensification trend continues The Watchers » Latest articles

An intensification trend of cosmic rays activity reported last month by continues. The latest balloon flight over California on February 5 observed the highest value yet. The gathered data shows that cosmic rays in the mid-latitude stratosphere are...... Read more »



Nuclear Event/Environmental Hazard: – Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant , NY Head Space

Nuclear Event/Environmental Hazard:– Radioactive Pollution North America – USA | State of New York,  Buchanan, Indian Point Nuclear Generating Station Location: 41°16’11.0″N 73°57’08.0″W   Present Operational Age: ~41 years Event: Radioactive tritium-contaminated water leak 65,000% Spike In Reported Radioactivity After Tritium Leaks At Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant Excerpt: Two years after being fined for falsifying […]


Formal Public Apology addressed to: World Protection for Dogs and Cats in the Meat Trade Charity. Speak Up For The Voiceless – International Animal Rescue Foundation – Environmental News and Media


International Animal Rescue Foundation
Formal Public Apology addressed to: World Protection for Dogs and Cats in the Meat Trade Charity Registration No: 1154524.
Addressed to: (WPDCMT UK)
Addressed to: (WPDCMT USA)

Dear Mme Julia de Cadenet (CEO).

March (2013) our organisations investigations department the [E.A.D] and (CEO) Dr Depre was alerted to ‘allegations of possible fraud, deception, and misconduct relating to the misuse of public donations’. Once alerted we then conducted a tedious, and at times, quite frustrating investigation, within the public domain, and behind the scenes. From (2013-2016) we (the organisation) was provided with countless reams of data, emails dating back from 2013-2014, and alleged misconduct, (relating to deception and fraud).

From 2013-2016 the organisation then set about to investigate these alleged claims. At no point from 2013-2016 did we or third parties locate a single scrap of evidence that backed these claims up. The reasons for our own independent investigation was due to the gargantuan public backlash of which was bringing other (unrelated organisations into disrepute direct...


Isolated hills on Pluto floating in the sea of frozen nitrogen The Watchers » Latest articles

NASA's New Horizons missions collected images and data indicating the isolated hills on Pluto may be fragments of water ice from the planet's surrounding uplands. The hills are thought to float in a sea of frozen nitrogen and move just like the icebergs in...... Read more »


Nuclear Event – Fire/Explosion: Brunswick Steam Electric Plant, Unit 1, North Carolina – Emergency Alert Declared Head Space

Nuclear Event – Fire/Explosion- Emergency Alert Declared North America – USA | State of North Carolina, Soutport, Brunswick Steam Electric Plant, Unit 1 Location: 33°57’30.0″N 78°00’37.0″W Present Operational Age: ~41 years Event: RPS ACTUATION – CRITICAL – EMERGENCY DECLARED Nuclear Event in USA on Sunday, 07 February, 2016 at 13:26 [EST] MANUAL SCRAM AND ALERT DECLARATION […]


The Bastardization of the Frieda Project by Pan Aust Ltd Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

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US$50million  Settlement Over Due Since Nov-2015

Gabriel Ramoi LLB | PNG Blogs

On the 30th of August  2013 a deed of settlement was entered into between Pan Aust Ltd and Xstrata-Glencore Mining  for the sale of EL 56 covering the Nena -Frieda Deposit. On the signing of the Deed, US$25m exchanged hands between the two with US$50m now Due and outstanding since November 2015.

The payment of the additional US$50m rides on the back of Pan Aust obtaining approval from  the PNG Government to proceed with its Bastardized Version of the original Mine Development Concept first proposed by Xstrata Mining to the  PNG Government in 2012.

In 2012 Xstrata Mining Ltd proposed to develop the world class Frieda Mine with a Capital Expenditure Budget of US$5.4 Billion which consist of the plan to develop a fully integrated open cut copper  mine with a potential life  of 40 years with a 68 MW Hydro Power Plant costing US$800m . It also Proposed a Tailings Dam to mitigate against the contamination of the Fragile Sepik River Eco System and was considering the option of building a 300km Road link from the mine to the coast at Aitape jointly with the State for the export of Copper as opposed to the strongly contested option of barging copper down the Sepik River System.


Guest blog: La via campesina, building an international movement for food & seed sovereignty Pesticide Action Network

From an Interview with Elizabeth Mpofu by Simone Adler

Who we are fighting for is every single peasant farmer – more than 200 million – on the planet. People are eager to join hands in building a global voice.                    

Transnational corporations are pushing policies in African countries for industrial farming and the use of GMO [genetically modified] seeds, while grabbing our land and [stealing] our natural resources.  No one should come and tell us how to produce food. 

In Via Campesina, we believe in controlling our land and seeds and producing the healthy food that we want, the way we want. Our response is to fight for food sovereignty against t...


Recurring Socially-induced Biological Health Hazard – STD Outbreak: Minnesota Head Space

SYPHILIS, GONOCOCCAL DISEASE, CHLAMYDIA – USA: (MINNESOTA) RISING INCIDENCE, YOUNG, MEN WHO HAVE SEX WITH MEN, WOMEN ***************************************** Published Date: 2016-02-09 11:28:31 Subject: PRO/EDR> Syphilis, gonococcal disease, chlamydia – USA: (MN) rising incidence, young, MSM, women Archive Number: 20160209.4005647 Date: Mon 8 Feb 2016 Source: LifeZette, HealthZette [edited] It’s of great concern that cases of […]


Standing up for the Health of Mon Valley Residents We All Live Downstream

By Cassi Steenblok, Program Organizer

The U.S. Steel owned Clairton Coke Works is the largest producer of coke in the nation, and 37,000 people live in the plant’s shadow. We know that coke emissions can be very dangerous – the Environmental Protection Agency has classified them as carcinogens. This means that the emissions from Clairton Coke Works that waft out over the Mon Valley can cause leukemia and other types of cancer, problems with the nervous system and even premature death. A 2013 study from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health found that residents around Clairton have a cancer risk 20 times higher than the average American from exposure to air pollution. These high stakes have created a long standing desire by residents for change.

I know this because I‘ve been organizing in the area for the past three years and Clean Water Action has been standing alongside Mon Valley residents for an additional 17 years. We’ve partnered with the community to host meetings with the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) and the Environmental Protection Agency as well as educational events about how the air is impacting our health and what fellow activists in other communities did to combat pollution. Our more recent efforts have focused on getting the ACHD to conduct a community health study as well as getting additional monitoring in the area, including cameras and tests for toxic chemicals in citizen’s homes.

Recently, our efforts took on greater significance. New information came to light that the Clairton Coke Works received 6,700 violations in the past four years, an average of 5 a day. What is really disappointing is that this could’ve been prevented had the facility followed through on the steps it pledged to take to reduce emissions, including making improvements to the facility like a more up-to-date D-Battery and shutting down some of the olde...


Biological Health Hazard – Tick-borne Encephalitis: Czech Republic Head Space

Biological Health Hazard  –  Infectious Disease Outbreak TICK-BORNE ENCEPHALITIS – CZECH REPUBLIC **************************************** Published Date: 2016-02-09 11:24:02 Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> Tick-borne encephalitis – Czech Republic Archive Number: 20160209.4005602 Date: Tue 2 Feb 2016 Source: Prague Daily Monitor, Czech News Agency (CTK) report [edited] The Czech Republic continues to lead the EU [European Union] in the number […]


Biological Health Hazard, Invasive Mosquito – Aedes aegypti (New Infestation): California Head Space

INVASIVE MOSQUITO – USA (02): (CALIFORNIA) ****************************************** Published Date: 2016-02-09 11:15:45 Subject: PRO/EDR> Invasive mosquito – USA (02): (CA) Archive Number: 20160209.4005549 Date: Mon 1 Feb 2016 Source: Orange County Register [edited] Orange County (OC) Mosquito and Vector Control District has found an infestation of tropical mosquitoes at a Garden Grove home, where residents reported […]


Bougainville could build small gold refinery Papua New Guinea Mine Watch


Radio New Zealand | 9.02.2016

The financially struggling Papua New Guinea autonomous region of Bougainville is considering building a gold refinery.

The president John Momis said they wanted to tap into the informal but lucrative alluvial gold mining industry that thousands of Bougainvilleans rely on for income.

Mostly done in the tailings of the long shut Panguna mine, alluvial mining is dangerous, not least the miners’ use of mercury to extract the gold.

Mr Momis said the ABG wanted to control and profit from the sector.

“Including perhaps setting up a small refinery so we can entice the alluvial gold miners to sell to us rather than selling to outsiders through Solomon Islands or even PNG, different ports, and paying nothing, no tax all to the ABG.”


Nuclear Event – Manual Reactor SCRAM/Hot Shutdown : Perry Nuclear Generating Station, Ohio Head Space

Nuclear Event – Reactor Shutdown North-America – USA | State of Ohio, Laka County, Perry Nuclear Generating Station Location: 41°48’03.0″N 81°08’36.0″W Present Operational Age: ~30 years Event: RPS ACTUATION – CRITICAL – HOT SHUTDOWN Nuclear Event in USA on Monday, 08 February, 2016 at 15:03 [EST] MANUAL REACTOR SCRAM FOLLOWING SPURIOUS OPENING OF TWO SAFETY RELIEF VALVES […]


Coffee Farmers Sue Monsanto for Hiding Cancer-Causing Impact of Glyphosate EcoWatch


Christine and Kenneth Sheppard are suing Monsanto for falsely masking the...


Convergence In Support of Eco-Prisoners & Against Toxic Prisons Earth First! Newswire

June 11 – 13, 2016 in Washington D.C. 

International Days of Action Everywhere

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FOR OVER A DECADE, June 11th has been a day of action in solidarity with environmentalists and anarchists imprisoned for their actions in defense of the Earth. The day has its origins in an international outcry over the extreme and unprecedented sentencing of Jeffrey Luers to 22 years in prison for damaging several SUV’s at a car dealership. Since its inception in 2004, the June 11th day of action and other acts of solidarity have been instrumental in winning shorter sentences or early release for eco-prisoners, including Luers himself as well as Eric McDavid, who was entrapped by an informant. Yet committed earth defenders such as Marius Mason, targeted in the FBI’s “Green Scare,” are still serving harsh sentences in maximum security prisons for taking direct action against earth destroying industries.

MEANWHILE IN APPALACHIA, the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) plans to build a massive maximum security prison, on top of a former mountaintop removal coal mine in Letcher County, Eastern Kentucky, surrounded by sludge ponds and coal processing and transport operations. This amounts to an environmental justice nightmare, where prisoners who are disproportionately low-income and people of color face toxic conditions behind bars.

It also happens that this prison site is about a mile as the crow flies from a rare and very biodiverse pocket of Eastern old-growth called the Lilley Cornett Woods. Learn more in the December 2105 issue of...


New trigger for sudden volcanic eruptions identified The Watchers » Latest articles

A team of scientists have suggested that a rapid formation of bubbles in magma could trigger sudden volcano eruptions with no prior warning. The explanation holds the potential to change the approach to monitoring active and dormant volcanoes across the globe. The...... Read more »

What’s that forest worth? Disaster assistance (finally!) takes nature into account Mongabay Environmental News

If a tree falls in the forest, what does it cost? From the perspective of federal disaster assistance, the answer traditionally has been “not much.” But now — thanks to improved number-crunching — the federal government is taking nature into account when it tallies the cost of disasters. And, even more importantly, it is recognizing the value of nature — forests, wetlands, parks — in preventing or mitigating disasters. Remember the Rim Fire, which incinerated a 400-square mile swath of California near Yosemite in 2013? When the state of California first asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a “major disaster” declaration, it was turned down. Why? Because most of the damage was inflicted on forests, rather than man-made structures — and there was no way to put a price-tag on that loss. Just think: a backyard shed gets destroyed by fire, that’s a $2,000 loss. But when 77,000 acres of Yosemite National Park are reduced to smoking embers? Nada. Enter Earth Economics, an independent non-profit that helps decision makers assess the financial value of natural systems. The group’s economists looked at the services the forest provided — filtering drinking water for the City of San Francisco, preventing floods, sequestering carbon, providing recreational opportunities — and calculated the dollar value of what was destroyed by the fire. Armed with those numbers, Governor Brown appealed FEMA’s decision — and won. Fast forward to 2016. The once-radical notion of valuing nature’s services is now more widely accepted by the federal government.…


Burkina Faso's decision to drop GM cotton and the law of unintended consequences The Ecologist

Over 100,000 Burkina Faso farmers were pleased with Monsanto's yield-boosting Bt cotton, write Brian Dowd-Uribe & Matthew Schnurr. But not the companies that had to buy the crop at a fixed government-set price. The shorter fibres produced by Bt varieties led to less lint being extracted, and of lower quality, making it a lose-lose proposition for the country's most important industry.


Poisoned Kids in Flint Are Just the Tip of the Toxic Iceberg EcoWatch


From coast to coast, from the Sun Belt to the Rust Belt, children are...


‘World’s Largest Skating Rink’ Provides Carbon-Free Commute EcoWatch


Love winter? Like to skate? Then you need to know about...


World’s First Cactus Biogas Plant Opens in Mexico EcoWatch


"The fruit or prickly pears are pureed, mixed with manure, then left to ...


Is the Chemical Acrylamide in Coffee Harmful to Your Health? EcoWatch


The health benefits of drinking coffee are pretty impressive, but coffee does contain...


Preserving the Night Latest News

Across the world, Dark Sky reserves help ensure a bright future for astronomical research


Tyson Foods Dumps More Pollution Into Waterways Each Year Than Exxon EcoWatch


Analysis shows Tyson and its subsidiaries dumped 104 million pounds of pollution into...


As flooding in Gaza worsens, the most basic of human rights are under threat The Ecologist

The humanitarian crisis in Gaza has worsened after floods and purposeful destruction has taken its toll in recent months, writes Vanessa Amaral-Rogers. The eight year blockade by Israel and conflict with Egypt has already hit Palestinian families hard but now Gaza is at even greater risk as Egypt diverts seawater into life-line tunnels.


Colombian Court Bans Mining, Oil Projects in Fragile Moorlands Earth First! Newswire

from Reuters

An aerial view shows ecological damage caused by illegal gold mining in a rural area of Santander de Quilichao, in the department of Cauca, Feb. 13, 2015. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga

An aerial view shows ecological damage caused by illegal gold mining in a rural area of Santander de Quilichao, in the department of Cauca, Feb. 13, 2015. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga

Colombia’s constitutional court has banned mining and oil projects in the country’s ecologically delicate moorlands, sources told Reuters on Tuesday.

The decision, which came late on Monday, overturns a previous ruling that said mining companies with older titles to moorland areas could continue operating until their leases expired.

This week’s decision could void up to 350 mining permits.

The court said mining and oil production in moorlands could do irreversible damage to fragile ecosystems.

Moorlands in the country, usually home to low vegetation, are typically found between 3,000 and 5,000 meters (9,843 to 16,404 feet) above sea level.

Last year the cour...


Gov. Brown’s Cozy Ties to Oil & Gas Is a Threat to California’s Coast and Democracy EcoWatch


Gov. Brown’s campaign to unseat Dr. Lester is an unsheathed assault on...


Brazil: Mining Officials Could be Charged with Murder for Mariana Disaster Earth First! Newswire

from No a La Mina

translated by Earth First! Journal

anti-mining-brazilThe 17 people who died and the two who are still missing as a result of the rupture of two mining containment dams last November in the southeast of Brazil must be considered murder victims with the responsibility falling on the property owner, announced Commissioner Rodrigo Bustamante, in charge of the investigation. [Editor’s note: Read “We Are All in the Mud” for more information about the disaster.] He underlined that the companies Vale (of Brazil) and BHP Billiton (an Anglo-Australian firm) could be considered the responsible parties of environmental damage and their directors and officials charged with murder (voluntary or involuntary).

So far, 80...


Kelly Slater: World’s ‘Best Man-Made Wave’ Is Powered 100% by the Sun EcoWatch


Kelly Slater's man-made wave is powered entirely by...


State of Emergency Declared in Hawaii over Dengue Fever Fire Earth

Dengue Fever and ZIKV share the same vector: mosquitoes of Aedes species Hawaii County has declared a state of emergency amid the growing dengue fever outbreak in the state. “A state of emergency for Hawaii County is authorized in order to prevent the continued spread of this outbreak and to eliminate the dengue fever virus […]


Radioactive spill at the nuclear plant site in New York, US The Watchers » Latest articles

The Indian Point nuclear plant in New York reported a radioactive spill that began on February 5, 2016. Since then, groundwater tests conducted directly at the plant site showed a 65 000% increase in radioactivity, media reported. The water leak happened when a...... Read more »

Thousands displaced by severe floods in Malaysia The Watchers » Latest articles

Severe floods, resulting from torrential downpours over the last 4 days, have hit the states of Johor, Melaka, Negri Sembilan and Sarawak in Malaysia. Two deaths have been reported so far, and at least 1 600 people have been displaced. Disaster management...... Read more »



Trans-Pacific Partnership signed in New Zealand; protesters include indigenous Maori Global Justice Ecology Project

Chants, cheers, and the sound of honking cars echoed through the streets of Auckland on Thursday, as demonstrators took over the central city, protesting the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. Buchanan Cullen was there with his three children. “The... Read More

The post Trans-Pacific Partnership signed in New Zealand; protesters include indigenous Maori appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.


Gruesome Tumors on Sea Turtles Linked to Climate Change and Pollution EcoWatch


A turtle hospital in Marathon, Florida is treating an increasing number of green sea turtles affected by...


Threat of Sea Level Rise Intensifies as Antarctica’s Melting Ice Sheet at ‘Point of No Return’ EcoWatch


British researchers have reinforced recent evidence that melting in the Antarctic caused by...


Heatwave Melts 50-Year Record in Perth, Australia Fire Earth

CGFP Perth records 40 plus degree temperatures three consecutive days Western Australia’s capital city, Perth [pop:~ 2.1 million,] has recorded 40 plus degree (C) temperatures for three consecutive days, breaking a 50-year record for February, said a report. The latest record-breaking heatwave was reportedly the seventh ever occurring in the region. If the temperature reaches […]


They don't like it up'em: Greenpeace 'frack' Parliament Square The Ecologist

As Cuadrilla's application to frack in Lancashire goes to public inquiry today, protestors from Greenpeace have installed a full-size 'fracking rig' in Parliament Square, London, complete with flare and deafening sound effects, to let MP's know just how great it is to have a fracking well on your doorstep.


We have ways of making you feel shame and guilt… Head Space

Shame and guilt are age old methods of social control. Look around you and see exactly who is using this method at the present. Now, ask yourself, why might that be? It is a vicious circle, one that has never ever ended well, nor will it this time around.Filed under: Education, News and politics, Political […]


Bill McKibben: Not Me. Us. EcoWatch


In the mounting, panicky attempts of elites to derail the Bernie Sanders candidacy, one...


Wellington rocked by earthquake measuring 5.7 magnitude The Extinction Protocol

NZ Quake
February 2016NEW ZEALANDNew Zealand’s capital city Wellington was rocked by 5.7 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, according to the country’s earthquake monitoring service. The quake’s epicenter was 35 km southeast of St Arnaud, a small town in the north of the country’s South Island, at a depth of 62 km, according to Geonet’s website. Reuters witnesses felt shaking in Wellington, which has a population of about 450,000. There were no initial reports of damage or injury.
Earthquakes are common in New Zealand, whose two islands lie along the Australia-Pacific tectonic plate boundary. A shallow 6.3 magnitude earthquake devastated the South Island’s Canterbury region in February 22, 2011, resulting in nearly 200 deaths and leveling Christchurch, the country’s second-largest city. –AFR

Crisis of the Ages



Witch Hunt Continues Against Climate Scientists at NOAA EcoWatch


Congressman Lamar Smith continued his witch hunt against climate scientists at NOAA by convening yet another...

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Tuesday, 09 February


Pharma Phleecing: It’s Déjà vu All Over Again! Fire Earth

Sent by a reader The White House to ask Congress for $1.8 billion in Zika emergency funding Obama’s fiscal 2017 budget, to be submitted to the Congress Tuesday, will include more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight Zika. The White House announced the request to cover research and planning globally shortly after CBS […]


If you think it's bad inside the EU, think again The Ecologist

A British exit from the EU wouldn't liberate us from the extreme neoliberalism epitomised by TTIP, writes Caroline Lucas. On the contrary, UK governments have been the strongest drivers of the EU's 'free trade', pro-corporate agenda. Despite all the EU's faults - and they are many - it is protecting us from much, much worse.


National Park service finally stands up for Grizzlies - and for people! The Ecologist

As the movement to 'delist' Grizzly bears from protection under the Endangered Species Act gathers pace in US states and the Fish & Wildlife Service, two National Park superintendents have spoken out for the bears', writes Louisa Willcox. The hunters and the FWS may be furious, but the change of approach enjoys strong support from a public who have come to love their local bears.


USDA, follow the bee science Pesticide Action Network

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A top USDA scientist filed a whistleblower complaint, alleging the agency suppressed his findings on bees. Speak up for scientific integrity. Act now

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Bill Maher: GOP Mocks Punxsutawney Phil as ‘Just Another Climate Alarmist Like Al Gore’ EcoWatch


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Exxon Not Alone, American Petroleum Institute Knew Too EcoWatch


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5 Non-Stick Pans That Won’t Give You Cancer EcoWatch


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The Truth About Gluten: Is it Healthy for Me? EcoWatch


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The Super Bowl Doritos Commercial You Didn’t Get to See EcoWatch


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A Brief Introduction to Earth First! and the Global Ecological Crisis Earth First! Newswire

by Panagioti Tsolkas / Earth First! Newswire

Cover of the book from Greece which this text originally appeared in.

Cover of the book from Greece which this text originally appeared in.

For those new to Earth First!, it can be described in a single sentence as a movement of people committed to stopping the destructive...


Beyonce Joins Diddy, Mark Wahlberg and Big Sean to Aid Relief Efforts for Flint Water Crisis EcoWatch


On the heels of her spectacular and politically charged performance, Beyoncé announced...


Mark Ruffalo to David Cameron: Fracking Push Is ‘Enormous Mistake’ EcoWatch


Actor and environmental activist Mark Ruffalo warned in a video message to UK Prime Minister David Cameron that...


Mark Ruffalo: We’re Heading Toward a National Water Crisis EcoWatch


Flint’s man-made water disaster is an outrageous tragedy and a ...


Arctic Sea Ice Levels Hit Record Low After Unusually Warm January EcoWatch


January Arctic sea ice extent was the lowest in the satellite record, attended by unusually high air temperatures over...


Neil Young Takes His Anti-Monsanto Message on the Road EcoWatch


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'Recycling is for drunks, addicts and babushkas' - inside Russia's shadowy waste industry The Ecologist

Official recycling rates in Russia stand at close to zero, writes Minna Halme. But my study of the potential to develop the sector uncovered widespread informal recycling networks, lurking in basements, stigmatised for supposed links to organised crime, barely tolerated by the authorities. And any ideas of legitimising the shadowy recycling operations are met with frosty official silence.

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Monday, 08 February


Earth changes intensifying: Volcanoes across the globe go ballistic as 2016 arrives The Extinction Protocol

Colima Volcano
February 2016MEXICOA volcano eruption in western Mexico has sent a spectacular plume of smoke and ash high into the air. Colima volcano is one of three that make up the Colima Volcanic Complex, near the west coast of Mexico. It is one of the most active volcanoes in the country and has erupted more than 40 times, including several times in the past few years. The volcano is permanently monitored by the University of Colima. –ABC
Kilauea VolcanoHawaii: (Jan 10, 2016) Nature’s fury was on full display as a rock fall in Hawaii cause an impressive explosion at Kilauea volcano. Volcano watchers recorded the massive explosion on Friday morning, when rocks splashed into the lake of lava at Halemaumau crater. These types of explosions are likely to occur when the lava lake level is relatively high, as it was on Friday, scientists say.
In fact, the lake was about 100 feet below the vent’s rim right before the blast. When the lava lake is high, scientists say rocks in the vent wall heat up, expand and then become unstable causing a big section of the rocks to collapse. Fortunately, the explosion does not pose a threat to any neighboring communities. Kileaua’s ongoing eruption began way back in January of 1983. –...


Scientists Explore Toxic Ice Caves to Learn About Potential Alien Life on Other Planets EcoWatch


A team of researchers from National Geographic carried out an expedition into the...


Climate Change Poses Threat to Key Ingredient in Beer, NOAA Warns EcoWatch


As any beer lover knows, hops are a key ingredient in beer. But now, climate change poses a...


Watch Larry David and Bernie Sanders ‘Bern It Up’ on Saturday Night Live EcoWatch


Last night Sen. Bernie Sanders made his much anticipated, first appearance on...

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Sunday, 07 February


Find Out How These Two Sisters Convinced Bali to Ban Plastic Bags by 2018 EcoWatch


Through petitions, beach cleanups and even a hunger strike, they convinced...


America’s Lead Poisoning Problem Is Everywhere EcoWatch


An "untold" number of U.S. cities have higher rates of lead poisoning than...


Health Scare Led This Woman to Launch an Organic Tampon Company EcoWatch


For Ana Ames-Durey, an unfortunate health scare led her to launch...

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Saturday, 06 February


Demolition of Klamath mega-dams comes one step closer CHANGING TIMES


The removal of four mega-dams on the Klamath river in the United States has come a step closer with the announcement of an agreement in principal that won’t need Congressional approval.

The dams have caused serious pollution, and, in 2002, 65,000 adult salmon died in the Klamath in the biggest fish kill in history.

After the dams were constructed, the Klamath was polluted by a cesspool of algae and there was a dangerous level of toxins in the water.


The new agreement in principle has been signed by representatives from the state governments of California and Oregon, the federal government – via the departments of the interior and commerce – and the dams’ owner, PacifiCorp.

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