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Wednesday, 17 February


Dairy farmers' uprisings lead the way to a democratic world food system The Ecologist

The increasingly militant protests by dairy farmers against low prices forced on them by the corporate 'free market' represent serious and effective resistance against the 'free trade' agenda being forced on the world by neoliberal governments, writes David Miller. They are the first steps to building a new global food system that respects food, people, culture and environment.


Air pollution causing over 5.5 million deaths every year The Watchers » Latest articles

New research shows that more than 5.5 million people die prematurely every year due to household and outdoor air pollution. More than half of deaths occur in two of the world’s fastest growing economies, China, and India. Power plants, industrial...... Read more »



Axiomatizing the Atom: Implications for US-Japan Relations

Axiomatizing the Atom: Implications for US-Japan Relations by Yuki Natsui February 17, 2016 on, published previously by the author at: 日本語版 (A Japanese summary of this article is available at this link):「原子の公理化: 日米関係の裏の意味」 This article can be republished with proper credit and citation of the author and Do […]

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Significant Earthquakes Strike California Fire Earth

M4.8 quake strikes near Big Pine, California Centered at 37.202°N, 118.400°W the event occurred at a depth of 15.8 km (9.8 mi), reported USGS/EHP. EQ Details Magnitude: 4.8Mw Location: 37.202°N 118.400°W; depth=15.8 km Time: 2016-02-16 23:04:26 (UTC) Nearby Cities: 10km (6mi) WNW of Big Pine, California 114km (71mi) NE of Dinuba, California 115km (71mi) NE […]


Eruptions of Telica and Momotombo prompt emergency preparations in Nicaragua The Watchers » Latest articles

Both Momotombo and Telica volcanoes in Nicaragua reported explosions on February 13, 2016. In response, the local authorities activated emergency plans to provide a rapid response if the communities become threatened. No injuries have been reported, but several...... Read more »


10,000 Sharks Swarm Florida Coast Beaches EcoWatch


More than 10,000 blacktip sharks are swimming off the coast of some popular beach towns in...


Second Review of EPA’s Fracking Study Urges Revisions to Major Statements in Executive Summary EcoWatch


This second draft report is still very critical of the EPA’s top line claim of...


Ev Cochrane: Planetary catastrophe, ancient myths & modern science The Watchers » Latest articles

The preponderance of evidence from the earliest written texts testifies to a radically different solar system in relatively recent times. In fact, it is possible to document that globally attested traditions of previous World Ages, lost “suns,” and...... Read more »

Coronal hole causes G1 - Minor geomagnetic storm The Watchers » Latest articles

A geomagnetic storm reaching G1 - Minor levels is currently in progress due to the arrival of the co-rotating interaction region (CIR) associated with coronal hole 55. The proton flux might reach S1 - Minor levels in the period between February 16 and 18 due to the...... Read more »


French Ecology Minister Calls for Ban on Glyphosate Formulations EcoWatch

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France’s minister of ecology has called for a ban on glyphosate mixed with...


Interactive Map Shows Where Monsanto’s Roundup Is Sprayed in New York City EcoWatch


New York City residents can now find out if Roundup is sprayed on...


Chile: CAM Continues Acts of Sabotage Against Forestry Companies Earth First! Newswire

from Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu


The Arauco Malleco Coordinator of Communities in Conflict (CAM) communicate the following to the Mapuche Nation and public opnion:

Kiñe: We, as the Williche Kalfulikan Organization of Territorial Resistance ORT– CAM, claim the action against forestry equipment belonging to Arauco Forestry Inc., which was carried out on the mourning of February 9th at the Lo Suarez estate in the township of Lanco.

Epu: At the same time, we claim another action of sabotage by the Nagche Pelentaro ORT-Cam against the forestry companies of the area of Capitan Pastene, Lumaco, which extracted lumber from the Choque estate exiting in the area of Relum.

Kula: These actions are under the firm conviction of our political and strategic project in the form of action and resistance, respectin...


A Louisiana Tribe is Now Officially a Community of Climate Refugees Earth First! Newswire

by Chris D’Angelo / Huffington Post

Karen Apricot New Orleans/Flickr A photo from Isle De Jean Charles in southern Louisiana. A federal grant will allow the Native American community there to resettle on higher ground.

Deep in the bayous of Louisiana, about 80 miles southwest of New Orleans, lies the Isle de Jean Charles, a tiny swath of land that’s all but vanished into the Gulf of Mexico.

Over the last half-century or so, the island has fallen victim to irresponsible oil and gas extraction practices and the effects of climate change. Many of its residents — members of the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Native Americans — have been forced to flee.

“What you see of the island now is just a skeleton of what it used to be,” Chris Brunet, a tribal council member and lifelong island resident, told The New York Times in a mini-documentary called Vanishing Island in 2014....


Carbonballs: How Carbon Neutral Investments made Newcastle United “carbon positive” Global Justice Ecology Project

By Chris Lang Last week, REDD-Monitor wrote about the closure of 19 companies in the High Court in London. The companies sold more than 5 million carbon credits to retail investors, for more than £36 million. Hundreds of... Read More

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Unpredictable Tropical Cyclone "Winston" to intensify and become quasi-stationary in South Pacific The Watchers » Latest articles

Tropical Cyclone "Winston" formed over the warm waters of South Pacific Ocean between Vanuatu and Fiji on February 11, 2016, and passed east of Tafea Province (Vanuatu) on February 12, as an Intense Tropical Cyclone. The system will intensify into a...... Read more »


BREAKING: Climate activists launch daring occupation of the California PUC, calling for agency to shut down all gas storage facilities Rising Tide North America

SAN FRANCISCO – Two Bay Area residents have occupied the ledge above the entrance to the headquarters of the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) today to protest the PUC’s failure to protect the Golden State from the climate and health impacts of methane from underground natural gas storage facilities.
A well blew out at SoCalGas’ Aliso Canyon facility near Porter Ranch on October 23, 2015. Since then, 96,000 metric tons of methane have escaped into the atmosphere, the equivalent of an additional 505,000 cars on the road for a year. Methane is a greenhouse gas that is 86 times more climate-intensive than carbon dioxide. While SoCalGas reported last week that the leak had been plugged, the Aliso Canyon leak has been responsible for 25% of the state’s daily greenhouse gas emissions.
Aliso Canyon is one of 12 underground natural gas storage facilities in California, and one of 326 nationwide that use depleted oil and gas wells for storage for urban customers.
“While plugging the leak at Aliso Canyon has been a good step, today we are demanding that the PUC shut down all gas storage facilities; until they do, we are occupying the PUC,” said Christy Tennery-Spalding from Diablo Rising Tide, the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of Rising Tide North America.
The PUC is one of two agencies responsible for oversight of underground natural gas storage facilities. The leaking well had not been inspected since 1976. The CEO of SoCalGas reported to the LA Weekly that a safety valve on the well had been removed in 1979.
“It is unconscionable that these regulators are putting people at risk while giving companies a pass. The last time Aliso Canyon was inspected by the PUC was the last time Jerry Brown was governor,” said Kelsey Baker, from Occupy San Francisco Environmental Justice, currently occupying the ledge over the PUC’s headquarters entrance.
SoCalGas is a division of Sempra Energy and uses the Aliso Canyon facility to store nat...


Farmers Key to Bringing Monarch Butterflies Back From the Brink of Extinction EcoWatch


With an unlikely ally on board, new solutions are emerging with the potential to...


No coal, no fracking: end fossil fuel production on UK soil by 2020! The Ecologist

The government makes bold claims about tackling climate change and phasing out coal power stations, writes Guy Shrubsole. Yet it's 'relaxed' about two huge new coal mines that would produce ten million tonnes of coal, blighting landscapes and afflicting the health of vulnerable communities. It's time to say no to all onshore fossil fuel production.


Fiji Becomes World’s First Country to Ratify Paris Agreement EcoWatch


Fiji is the first country in the world to formally approve the...


Fossil fuels a bad bet due to market changes, investors warned The Ecologist

The ever-falling cost of renewable energy could leave investors in coal, gas and oil seriously out of pocket as demand for fossil fuels falls away, writes Paul Brown. In the wake of the Paris Agreement and shrinking markets in major importing countries, the smart money is moving into renewables.


Roofs of Big Box Stores Key to Shifting America to a 100% Renewable Energy Future EcoWatch


The rooftops of America’s big box stores and shopping centers could host...


Notice to Members Fire Earth

CJ Members Program in progress on FIRE-EARTH Channels… For details of program and the Q & A session, tune in to your local channels. Starting Feb. 16, 2016 at 15:00 – 21:00, and 22:00 – 04:00 UTC  Filed under: News Alert Tagged: CJ Members, Fire-Earth Alert, FIRE-EARTH Program, Notice to Members, Q & A


Earth Institute Students Help an Urban Farm Rethink Its Future EcoWatch


A team of students in the Earth Institute’s Master of Science in Sustainability Management program traveled to...


3 Reasons Flint’s Water Is Poisoned EcoWatch


The catastrophic lead poisoning of the water supply in Flint is an appalling condemnation of...


What Is Nutrient Timing and Why Does It Matter? EcoWatch


Nutrient timing involves eating foods at strategic times in order to...


World’s First Vegan Supermarket Chain to Open in Portland EcoWatch


Veganz, the world's largest vegan grocery store chain, will open in...


Message from Mumia Abu-Jamal on Flint Water Crisis Earth First! Newswire

Mumia Abu Jamal / Counter Punch

flint-water-crisis“The state’s emergency manager created an emergency.”

If ever one wondered about the efficacy of a state government agency imposing officials on local governments, Flint has answered that question forever.

In April, 2014, the state-appointed emergency manager, in order to save money, ordered that the city’s water source be changed from Lake Huron to the notoriously polluted Flint River.

The switch unleashed a citywide disaster of disease, destruction, and death. Flint was a toxic river, rich in lead, a major pollutant that has devastating effects on brain development, speech and I.Q. levels in children. As soon as it was pumped into municipal water systems, the corrosive waters leached lead from the old pipes, and sped it to some 90,000 homes into the city.

Flint is now a poisoned city, because of its toxic water.

It also illustrates how officials from afar can cause a catastrophe at home. Now, tens of thousands of children who drank the water, and were bathed in the water, may suffer...


Obama’s Shortlist to Replace Antonin Scalia EcoWatch


Nearly 30 years ago, Antonin Scalia was approved by the Senate in a ...

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Tuesday, 16 February


HATE CRIMES: ANIMAL RIGHTS GONE BONKERS. Speak Up For The Voiceless – International Animal Rescue Foundation – Environmental News and Media




Hi, my name is Dr Jose C. Depre. I run the International Animal Rescue Foundation, which is a self funded organisation founded by myself, and other [unnamed] environmentalists from around the globe. International Animal Rescue Foundation doesn’t ask for donations, however there are links upon our Facebook pages, and websites of which the public can send a donation. All donations go to good causes. Meanwhile, when or if we do urgently require donations, they are banked for anyone of the projects that we require urgent financial assistant for. Donations are then used for that particular [emergency animal or environmental project that we are trying our hardest to resolve], within some of the most hospitable regions on the planet.

Unfortunately even when we show evidence of expenditure, or projects that we have worked on to improve animal welfare past and present, we occasionally fall under some pretty nasty, and at times derogatory criticism from so called animal rights activists. The Vietnamese project of which we are still [self funding], and relying on public funding to establish this rescue has attracted some p...


Earth First! Winter Moot next weekend: nourishment, inspiration and solidarity for eco-activists The Ecologist

Whether you're fighting fracking, coal mines, new roads or a third Heathrow runway, next weekend's Earth First! Winter Moot is for you, writes Louise Somerville Williams. Campaigners and activists from across the UK and beyond will gather in Stroud to build common strength in our struggle against ecological destruction, and to work for a world of social and environmental justice.

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Sunday, 14 February


Zika spreads like wildfire, and there are more questions than answers CHANGING TIMES

_88082024_zika_virus_past_present_624_01022016The Zika virus is spreading like wildfire in Brazil and other countries of South America, and is causing international alarm. The symptoms of the virus itself are usually relatively mild and it is suspicions that Zika may be causing complications after infection that are causing the most concern.

However, some specialists have cast doubt on the suspected link between Zika (ZIKV) and the birth defect microcephaly, saying there could be other reasons for the increase in microcephaly cases in northern Brazil.

It is the suspicion that Zika is causing microcephaly that prompted the World Health Organisation (WHO) to declare a global health emergency.

It is also believed that Zika may be to blame for an increase in Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), in which the body’s immune system attacks peripheral nerves. The syndrome can cause devastating paralysis, and can be fatal.

Colombian health officials say that three people who died after contracting GBS were infected with the Zika virus.

WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier urges caution, however, and says the connection between Zika and GBS has not yet been proven.

The Venezuelan authorities report that three people have died from complications related to the Zika virus and officials in Brazil are investigating three deaths that they also think may be Zika-related.

There is now active local transmission of the Zika virus in 33 countries and territories, mostly in the Americas, and there are millions of reported cases.


Saturday, 13 February


In the footsteps of Gandhi: an interview with Vandana Shiva The Ecologist

Vandana Shiva is more than just a leading scientist, author and campaigner on green issues and anti-globalisation, writes Scott London. She is also among the most prominent of Mahatma Ghandi's intellectual heirs. In this interview, she discusses how this led her to be an outspoken voice on such crucial environmental issues as seed legacy, biopiracy and economic injustice.

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