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Friday, 12 February


Deadly rockslide in southern China under investigation The Watchers » Latest articles

A large rockslide at Fude village in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, in southern China, occurred on the morning of February 8, 2016 (local time). 6 people died when a two-storey building collapsed, Xinhua reported. All the deaths occurred in a building which was...... Read more »

Tropical Cyclones "11P" and "12P" (Winston and Tatiana) lurking in the waters of southern Pacific The Watchers » Latest articles

Two tropical cyclones are currently lurking over the warm waters of southern Pacific Ocean. Tropical Cyclone "11P" (Winston) is expected to affect Fiji islands with heavy rainfalls and strong winds while 12P, also known as Tatiana, will most likely remain...... Read more »


Why Midwest Floods Are Critical to the Restoration of the Louisiana Coast EcoWatch


Every hour, Louisiana continues, on average, to lose a football field of ...


Leonardo DiCaprio Joins Carbon Capture Technology Company to ‘Bring About a More Sustainable Future for Our Planet’ EcoWatch


Blue Planet uses patented technology to capture industrial carbon dioxide emissions from...


Cities Unleash Secret Underground Weapon to Become Clean Energy Powerhouses EcoWatch


Companies are tapping into cities' underground networks of steam pipes as a source of...


Forests for the Future – New Forests for Africa Working Conference Illegal Logging Portal

2016-03-16 09:00
Accra, Ghana

Reforestation and landscape restoration as means of combating climate change are now high on the agenda of many governments and organizations, especially in the wake of COP21 in Paris. Close cooperation between businesses and investors is needed to meet this challenge and to develop plantation forestry into a stable and sustainable business that will be beneficial to all involved. The opportunities for all stakeholders are huge.

A number of projects are already in place, and initiatives such as AFR100 are demonstrating a strong commitment, but the pace and scale of operations is still far too low to reverse forest loss.

The successful creation of new forests requires close, long-term commitment and cooperation between all parties. It is for this reason that we have set up a working conference on March 16 and 17, 2016 in Accra, Ghana.

The challenge of reforestation goes far beyond simply planting trees. Its impact on the planet and its inhabitants is far greater. The far-reaching implications of the topic under discussion will be reflected in the conference program and a number of best practices in reforestation will be shown and discussed. We are proud to announce that one of our keynote speakers will be the Honorable Mr. Kofi Annan, Chairman of the Kofi Annan Found...


Genocide in Syria: 11.5% of the Population Killed or Injured, 45% Displaced Fire Earth

More than one in 9 Syrians killed or injured, nearly one in two displaced: Report “The fragmentation in Syria has become a black hole that turns local and international human and material resources to sabotage and chaos engines,” says a new report published by the Syrian Center for Policy Research (SCPR). “Fragmentation, as the process […]


Are You Ready to Power Your Car With the Sun? EcoWatch


Are you ready to power your car by the sun? If so, you need to...


Responses of Officials and Popular Academics to Disaster Victims after TEPCO’s Fukushima Nuclear Accident

On Fukushima Prefecture and Hiroshi Kainuma: How Officials and Popular Academics Have Responded to Disaster Victims in the Wake of the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima Nuclear Accident Originally published by Japan: Fissures in the Planetary Apparatus, February 4, 2016. Published here with permission. By Toshinori Shishido About the author […]

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Imports of Genetically Engineered Salmon Blocked Until Labeling Requirements Are Established EcoWatch


“This GE salmon should not have been approved in the first place. But thanks to the efforts of...

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Thursday, 11 February


Crop Disasters Declared in the U.S. States of North Carolina and Virginia Fire Earth

USDA Designates Multiple Counties in Two States as Crop Disaster Areas Crop Disaster Designation #1 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated eight counties in North Carolina as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain and flooding that occurred from Sept. 24, 2015, and continues. Those counties are Granville, […]


Beware the GMO Trojan horse! Indian food and farming are under attack The Ecologist

Global oilseed, agribusiness and biotech corporations are engaged in a long term attack on India's local cooking oil producers, writes Colin Todhunter. In just 20 years they have reduced India from self-sufficiency in cooking oil to importing half its needs. Now the government's unlawful attempts to impose GM mustard seed threaten to wipe out a crop at the root of Indian food and farming traditions.


Fiji: Report on Bua bauxite mining presented in Parliament Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Semi Turaga | Fiji village 10/02/2016

Chairman of the Standing Committee on Natural Resources, Joeli Cawaki.

Chairman of the Standing Committee on Natural Resources, Joeli Cawaki.

A parliamentary report of the Standing Committee on Natural Resources has concluded that landowners of Nawailevu in Bua have received the full payment and fair share of royalties for the mining of the bauxite in their area.

These landowners had claimed in a petition presented to parliament last year that they were not receiving full payments.

The bauxite mining license in Nawailevu, Bua was awarded to Aurum Exploration Fiji Limited.

Chairman of the Standing Committee on Natural Resources, Joeli Cawaki told parliament that a future generation fund of $600,000 has been paid to the landowners.

Cawaki says it is the fair share of royalties formula that is yet to be finalised by the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources.

The report has been tabled in parliament and will be debated at a later date.


‘Evidence of Zika Virus Infection in Brain and Placental Tissues’ Fire Earth

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Evidence of Zika Virus Infection in Brain and Placental Tissues from Two Congenitally Infected Newborns and Two Fetal Losses — Brazil, 2015 The following are field notes from Brazil on ZIKV infection posted in the latest issue of CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Zika virus is a mosquito-borne […]


Why is Noel battling the Acland coal mine expansion? Edo QLD » News

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Read Noel’s story and why he is battling the expansion of the New Acland mine

Noel Wieck has spent his life working on national-award winning dairy farm ‘Chelmonte’, which has been in his family for almost a century.

The 70-year-old now lives on an adjoining property with his wife, Fay, while one of his two sons, Grant, wife Kylie and their five children have taken on the family home at Chelmonte.

Noel is deeply concerned the New Acland Coal (NAC) mine expansion might destroy both his farming business and his home, which he had hoped to pass on to future generations of his family.

“I see this project as being short term greed for long term pain for future generations,” Noel says.

Noel is one of more than 30 community objectors opposing the state approvals of NAC’s expansion in Queensland’s Land Court.

Farmers are proud people, they don’t like asking for help. But this is one battle Noel can’t fight alone. Please, will you help by making a donation to the court case.


Koodankulam is NOT working. Has tripped 20 times, and has been off-grid mostly since commissioning.

Koodankulam South India Map

The first reactor at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP-1), built jointly by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) and Russia’s Atomstroyexport (ASE) is the only operating Generation-III pressurized water reactor (VVER-1000) in the world. During the 840 days of its grid connection since 22 October 2013, the reactor worked for 372 days, tripped (forced outage) for 20 times and was off-grid for 468 days and its capacity factor has been less than 25%.

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Nuclear Event – Potential Uncontrolled Radiation Release: Dresden Nuclear Power Station, Illinois Head Space

Technological Hazard –  Potential Uncontrolled Radiation Release North America – USA | State of Illinois – Dresden Nuclear Power Station, Unit 3 Location: 41°23’23.0″N 88°16’05.0″W Present Operational Age: ~55 years Event: POT UNCNTRL RAD REL Nuclear Event in USA on Tuesday, 09 February, 2016 at 21:42 [CST] SECONDARY CONTAINMENT INOPERABLE “At 2142 [CST] on February 9, 2016, […]


Totalitarian ideology is able to blackmail the people through their inner cowardice. Head Space

Amor fati – Arbeit macht frei The New Courage Philosophy and psychology have made us aware of new challenges and new courage. Socrates, over two thousand years ago, considered bravery a spiritual courage, which goes far beyond the courage of physical battle. A soldier can be aggressive and have contempt for death without being brave. […]


Frequent ash emissions in progress at Karymsky volcano, Russia The Watchers » Latest articles

The moderate eruptive activity of Karymsky volcano, Kamchatka continues, KVERT reported. Ash plume was observed rising about 1 km (3 280 feet) above the sea level and drifting 111 km (69 miles) NE from the volcano on February 6, 2016. Tokyo's Volcanic Ash...... Read more »


Perth in a firm grip of an intense heat wave after 83 years, Western Australia The Watchers » Latest articles

A strong heat wave has been holding a firm grip on Perth in Western Australia over the last couple of days. Temperatures above 40 °C (104 °F) were measured for the fourth day in a row on February 10, 2016. Such weather conditions were only recorded 83 years...... Read more »


Jail term for villagers opposing Bolloré/Socfin’s palm oil plantations in Sierra Leone as trial of French journalists starts in Paris - english

A day before the start of yet another trial brought by the Bolloré Group against French journalists, organisations denounce the imprisonment of six local community leaders affected by the investments of Socfin Agricultural Company Sierra Leone Ltd (SAC), a subsidiary of Socfin, linked to Bolloré.


Climate Justice Forum: Delta 5 Oil Train Blockader Abby Brockway 2-10-16 Wild Idaho Rising Tide

The Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) gratefully welcomes Delta 5 oil-by-rail blockader and climate activist Abby Brockway, who locked down to the top of a tripod in an Everett, Washington rail yard all day on September 2, 2014.  Abby will talk about her background and motivations for her heroic direct action, the roles of citizens and jurors in our democracy and in her precedent-setting, week-long, jury trial, and how grassroots, frontline residents can protest climate-wrecking, life-threatening, Northwest fossil fuel corridors.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PST, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community resistance to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

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Climate Engineers Continue To Disrupt Global Weather As US Military Conducts Climate Change War Games Geoengineering Watch

4Dane Wigington The vast majority of global populations are unfortunately not yet willing to face the fact that Earth's climate and life support systems are being totally disrupted and derailed by a global power structure that is inarguably insane and completely out of control. "US military planners have been ordered to war game climate change


Methane in the Membrane: The Oil and Gas Industry’s Invisible Threat We All Live Downstream

Burning oil gas flaresBy John Noël, National Oil and Gas Coordinator – On Twitter: @Noel_Johnny

What we can’t see is hurting us.

The oil and gas boom is playing out in dozens of states across the country. Yet years later we are still struggling to fully understand the devastating impacts it’s having on our environment and public health. The industry’s impacts are local, often severe and likely to unfold over decades. First, we see changes in our groundwater. Then local surface water is impacted. Then we realize the entire lifecycle of water used in oil and gas operations is vulnerable to contamination. Worse yet it’s the smog-forming pollutants and other air toxics that threaten our health, especially for children. Finally, some are forced to conclude that oil and gas development is an “assault” on their way of life. Now it’s methane pollution that promises to kick climate change into overdrive....


Nation’s First Regenerative Farm Certification Bill Introduced in Vermont EcoWatch


This is the first piece of legislation specific to regenerative agriculture in the U.S. and...


How Money in Politics Is Killing Rooftop Solar in Nevada EcoWatch


You may have noticed that the influence of corporate money in politics has ...


Extreme Inequality = Economic Collapse EcoWatch


Why should we care about such gross economic inequality? After all...


Argentine and Brazilian doctors suspect mosquito insecticide as cause of microcephaly The Ecologist

With the proposed connection between the Zika virus and Brazil's outbreak of microcephaly in new born babies looking increasingly tenuous, Latin American doctors are proposing another possible cause: Pyriproxyfen, a pesticide used in Brazil since 2014 to arrest the development of mosquito larvae in drinking water tanks. Might the 'cure' in fact be the poison?


Fighting Fracking in Brazil: Images From an Ongoing Struggle EcoWatch


The anti-fracking movement celebrated an important victory in Brazil when a...


Third paroxysm of the year in progress at Fuego volcano, Guatemala The Watchers » Latest articles

A third paroxysm of the year is in progress at the Fuego volcano in Guatemala on February 10, 2016. Pulsating lava fountains and well-alimented lava flows followed the strombolian and effusive activity unfolding over the last couple of days. The lava flows are...... Read more »


Michael Pollan: Return to the Kitchen to Forge a Deeper Connection to the Ingredients We Use to Nourish Ourselves EcoWatch


For his latest project, Pollan is looking past his edict of what to eat and...


“Humans yield primarily because at some point they are overwhelmed by their unconscious conflicts.” Head Space

From old to new courage who resists longer and why What can give a person the strength to resist a menticidal assault? What makes it possible for so many thousands to survive mentally and physically the horrors of totalitarian environments like the concentration, prison, or interment camp? The answer is essentially simple. Humans yield primarily […]


Noam Chomsky: The Biggest Problem We Face, Destruction of the Environment EcoWatch


Watch Noam Chomsky's interview with Mehdi Hasan of Al Jazeera as they talk about...


Convergence In Support of Eco-Prisoners & Against Toxic Prisons Rising Tide North America

June 11 – 13, 2016 in Washington D.C.
International Days of Action Everywhere
FTP imageFOR 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 the Earth First! Journal.
As of December 2015, the BOP got over $400 million approved for the prison’s construction. The newly-formed Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons (FTP) is organizing to stop it, and looking to grow a coalition of opposition.
STOPPING ONE PRISON IS NOT A MAGIC BULLET to ending the U.S. police state, the one that gave way to world’s largest prison nation and in turn serves as the apparatus of repression that...


Argentina: Social Movements Strike Back Against Monsanto Earth First! Newswire

by Darío Aranda, Translated by Nancy Piñeiro /Tele Sur TV

argentina-against-monsantoThe biotechnology giant continues attempts to build its GMO seeds plant in Argentina, despite three years of unflinching popular opposition.

The world’s largest GMO corporation never imagined that it would suffer one of its major setbacks in a small, rural town in central Argentina.

Popular opposition, irregularities in the company’s environmental impact assessment, a protest blockade at the entry gate, and a court ruling stalled the construction of its seeds plant three years ago.

The most recent blow to the corporation occurred when it made a new attempt to enter the site in the municipality of Malvinas Argentinas, in the province of Cordoba. Protesters received an eviction notice, but local socio-...


California Farmers Irrigate Crops With Chevron’s Oil Wastewater in Drought-Stricken Central Valley EcoWatch


"There are farmers so desperate for water in one particular irrigation district that they're...


Mexico: Indigenous Otomí-Ñätho Communities Exercise Their Autonomy to Defend Their Lands Earth First! Newswire

by Mas de 131 / Global Voices

autonomous-land-defendersHuitzizilapan, whose old name is N’dete, which means “big town” currently encompasses 12 indigenous Otomí-Ñätho communities living in the area between the two large cities of Mexico City and Toluca.

A year ago, its people organized themselves to defend their forests, a movement that ultimately led them to elect their own representatives free from the influence of any political party on 7 December 2015.

That day, the indigenous people waited for the arrival of the Agrarian Ombudsmen, the authority which can give power to assemblies formed on communally owned lands in Mexico.

However, the ombudsmen never arrived, citing an accident as the reason.

Meanwhile, members of the...


Oregon farmers suffering financial losses because of GE crop contamination Global Justice Ecology Project

According to an article by Tracy Loew in the Statesman Journal, Oregon farmers reported to a Legislative committee that they are suffering real financial losses because of contamination from nearby genetically engineered crops. “We lose money when we have... Read More

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US Clean Power Plan Setback ‘Will Not Affect Paris Climate Change Deal’ Latest News

Politicians, campaigners from other countries rally to support President Obama after Supreme Court puts landmark climate plan on hold


Supreme Court Pauses Clean Power Plan Momentarily We All Live Downstream


By John Noël, National Oil and Gas Coordinator – On Twitter: @Noel_Johnny

Yesterday the Supreme Court put a temporary stay on the Clean Power Plan. Importantly, this decision was not based on the legal merits of the case nor does it overturn the Clean Power Plan, which enjoys overwhelming public support. EPA’s authority to reduce carbon pollution has already been widely debated and upheld by the Supreme Court.

Most states are already moving forward with plans to implement the Clean Power Plan and embrace the public health benefits of a transition to clean energy. The unstoppable shift to a renewable powered future has already begun while fossil fuel interests are being left behind.

The back-slapping in polluter circles as a result of this decision should be enough to show the American people that these companies are firmly stuck in the past without vision and scared of the future. Stabilizing our climate for children being born right now, while ushering in a new era of clean energy is lost on companies bent on polluting at all costs.

Clean Water Action will continue to support the work of a diverse coalition of groups defending the Clean Power Plan. We look forward to inevitably seeing the first ever federal limits on carbon pollution implemented across the country.


Cove Point Spring Break – March 6-14th Rising Tide North America

The Dominion Cove Point liquefied natural gas export terminal is the centerpiece of the fracked-gas infrastructure build-out currently underway in the mid-Atlantic US. The gas industry is tying much of its financial future to exports, and Cove Point, Maryland, is the place it has selected to liquefy the gas, put it on tankers, and bring it around the world.

However, a broad movement has been fighting the gas industry every step of the way — to stop this export terminal at Cove Point, the tangled web of pipelines and compressor stations, export terminals in other places, and where the gas is pulled from the ground. And of course, how the gas industry is doing impacts coal and other fossil fuels, as well. This is all the same fight!

Built on the Mountain Justice Spring Break and Shalefield Justice Spring Break models, Cove Point Spring Break will be an alternative spring break for activists, college students, community members and anyone else wanting to learn more about the epic battle that’s being waged against the fracked gas industry in the mid-Atlantic region. The Atlantic Coast and the Atlantic Sunrise pipelines, specifically, are scheduled to come on-line around the same time as the Cove Point export terminal, enabling the industry to ship vast quantities of gas from the Marcellus Shale very quickly to Japan and India — unless we stop these projects first! This camp is intended to bolster our collective skills to take effective action and win!

Plan on workshops and panels to cover subjects that will include kayaktivism (taught by the people behind the incredible kayaktivism you saw in the northwest last year, the Backbone Campaign!), direct action tips and tricks, blockades, action cl...


Supreme Court Deals Blow to EPA’s Clean Power Plan, Obama Vows to Fight EcoWatch


“The administration will continue to take aggressive steps to make forward progress to...


165 Million Plastic Particles Are Floating in Waters Surrounding New York City EcoWatch


Eighteen samples were collected from New York City and New Jersey waters including the...


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 are making things worse, writes Lawrence Woodward. Backed by 'development' aid, big business is forcing modern farming practices on unwilling rural communities. Only the rich benefit, while the poor carry the burden of landlessness and debt.


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 ...

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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 […]


Why the Paris Agreement will fail: the living Earth cannot be reduced to tonnes of carbon The Ecologist

Mainstream solutions to climate change are all based on reducing the world down to a single metric - tonnes of carbon. But as Camila Moreno, Daniel Speich Chassé & Lili Fuhr explain, this uni-dimensional world view is doomed to failure as it neglects all the difficult things that matter most: people, communities, ecosystems, love, beauty, politics, money, corruption, and corporate power.


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.


President Obama’s Final Budget Builds Toward His Legacy EARTHblog

In his first budget since last year’s devastating Gold King Mine spill, President Obama proposes to help prevent future toxic mine spills by requiring the hardrock mining (e.g. copper, gold) industry to fund the cleanup of its old mines, just like the coal mining industry has for nearly two generations.

A Fair Return for Tax Payers

The President’s proposal requires the hardrock mining industry to pay a royalty for public minerals like the oil and gas industry, and to pay an abandoned mine reclamation fee like the coal industry. These provisions alone would raise almost $2 billion over the next decade for mine cleanup.

Charging at least a 5% gross royalty on our nation’s gold, silver, and copper will help clean up the estimated 500,000 abandoned mines across the West. Existing mines will still pay no royalties. Also under this proposal, the coal industry will no longer need to subsidize the clean up of abandoned hard rock mines. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) also proposes a reclamation fee and an increase on maintenance fees for mining claims.

Royalties and reclamation fees are about fairness. They follow the simple principle that polluters should pay to clean up their mess rather than tax payers. Right now, the hardrock mining industry has delivered to Americans an estimated $50 billion tab to reclaim abandoned mines. This budget provides tax payer relief from this tremendous unfunded liability.

Moving Beyond Oil and Gas

Perhaps most notably, the President’s budget supports a $10/barrel oil tax. The budget also continues the polluters pay theme by charging the oil and gas industry $48 million...


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 Cl...


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

Biological Health Hazard  –  Infectious Disease Outbreak TICK-BORNE ENCEPHALITIS – CZECH REPUBLIC (02): COMMENT *************************************** Published Date: 2016-02-10 16:08:26 Subject: PRO/AH> Tick-borne encephalitis – Czech Republic (02): background Archive Number: 20160210.4009410 Date: Wed 10 Feb 2016 Source: GIDEON (Global Infectious Disease & Epidemiology Network) [edited] Following the institution of mass vaccination by Austria in 1981, […]

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Tuesday, 09 February


What's more corrosive than Flint's water? The cynicism of the powerful The Ecologist

The Flint water crisis exposes like nothing else the toxic cynicism of America's ruling class, writes Jesse Jackson. In their privileged view, the victims of the lead poisoning are disposable 'unpersons' that matter less than General Motors' auto parts. But now they, and their peers in other poisoned communities, are fighting back.


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.


Large-scale bioenergy must be excluded from the EU's renewable energy definition The Ecologist

We, the signatories of this declaration, are calling on the European Union (EU) to exclude bioenergy from its next Renewable Energy Directive (RED), and thereby stop direct and indirect subsidies for renewable energy from biofuels and wood-burning.


REDD is dead. So now, how are we going to save the world's forests? The Ecologist

For years the 'market mantra' has been to save forests by selling the carbon they embody, writes Chris Lang, harnessing the profit motive for the benefit of trees and climate. But it never worked, and now even former fans are admitting that REDD is just another failed conservation fad. So what next? How about asking local communities to manage their forests as commons?

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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.

Anti-dam protestors had succeeded in obtaining historic restoration accords under which the four dams on the Klamath, which flows through Oregon and California, were due to be demolished in the biggest dam removal in world history.

However, one of the agreements, the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA), which did need Congressional approval, was blocked at committee stage and expired on December 31, 2015.

There were two other documents in the restoration plan: the...

Friday, 05 February


Shedding Light on the Shady Industry of Crude Oil Trains in Baltimore Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Over the last year and a half, our campaign to stop dangerous and explosive oil trains in Baltimore has built some serious momentum. This is a blog post about what we’ve accomplished, and what we have planned next.

In the winter of 2014, CCAN and partners submitted hundreds of public comments in opposition to Targa Terminals’ proposed crude oil and tar sands shipping terminal in Curtis Bay. In addition to submitting comments, technical comments filed by the Environmental Integrity Project got state regulators attention. The Maryland Department of the Environment halted the company’s permit, stopping construction of the terminal and potentially keeping over a million gallons of oil from running through our city every day. During that process, the Baltimore Sun reported that another terminal was already shipping crude oil out of the city, and that explosive crude oil trains were likely running through the center of the City, but rail companies CSX and Norfolk Southern were suing the state of Maryland to keep route information secret.

A DOT-111 Train running through Baltimore along 26th street near Charles Village.

A DOT-111 Train running through Baltimore along 26th street near Charles Village.

So, in July of 2015, nearly a hundred of us rallied outside of City Hall as part of a National Week of Action to stop oil trains, calling for public disclosure of train routes. That same day, the City Council held an informational public hearing about crude oil trains, and, slowly, us and the City Cou...

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