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Heavy rainfall has induced disastrous mudslides in the Pampa Hermosa district, Peru. According to media reports, about 12 km (7.4 miles) of the district have been affected, 25 people suffered injuries and over 100 homes have been devastated. Drone footage in the...... Read more »
Toy company Radio Flyer partnered with Tesla Motors to create the first and only...
As bad as Exxon has been in the past, what it’s doing now is...
The attempt by the US Supreme Court to stall the White House Clean Power Plan is being thwarted on the ground, writes Linda Pentz Gunter. The numbers show that new renewable energy installation around the US is outpacing even natural gas - leaving coal in the dust, and new nuclear at a big round zero.
A unique, all female anti-poaching unit has transformed the conservation picture in South Africa's Kruger National Park, writes Anneka Svenska. In just three years the Black Mambas have cut poaching by more than 75%, removed over 1,000 snares, and become role models for local youth. And this weekend they arrive in the UK to collect Helping Rhinos' 'Innovation in Conservation' Award.
Guatemala is experiencing one of the worst droughts in its recent history. 1.3 million people have been affected, and approximately 720 000 are encountering severe food insecurity. The inhabitants of the Central American 'dry corridor' – an area...... Read more »
Five SA provinces have already been declared drought disaster areas Authorities have declared drought disaster in five South African provinces—Limpopo, North West, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga—as worst drought on record continues to plague much of the country. Drought has decimated the nation’s agricultural output, killing livestock, pushing up food prices and increasing unemployment. Speaking […]
A recent report in the South African online journal Rand Daily Mail serves as another stark illustration of the way national plans for the development of nuclear energy lead to opaque, undemocratic and wasteful schemes that leave a legacy of corruption and environmental degradation. For citizens of other nations who […]
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Federal Disaster Declared in the State of Oregon Oregon Severe Winter Storms, Straight-line Winds, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides (DR-4258) Incident period: December 06, 2015 to December 23, 2015 Major Disaster Declaration declared on February 17, 2016 The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Oregon in the areas affected by […]
VEGAN FRIDAY: Central America | Brazil | Brazlilian Vegetable Curry With Spicy Tomato and Coconut Sauce Speak Up For The Voiceless – International Animal Rescue Foundation – Environmental News and Media
Brazilian Vegetable Curry with Spicy Tomato and Coconut Sauce can be served with rice, and/or large flat breads for guests or the family to tear-and-share. Furthermore you can also once cooked (freeze the leftovers or the entire cooked meal), for another day. We [strictly advise], that if you reheat rice please do so properly, and always ensure that your rice is reheated only once, and is [piping hot]. If unsure we [highly recommend that you DO NOT reheat rice, but reopen and start a fresh bag of rice]. Rice can be [very dangerous to ones health] if not reheated properly, or if the rice is spoiled then reheated. Those of you that hate tomatoes as I do, can swap the tomatoes and replace them with black beans as seen within the image (above).
1 butternut squash, peeled and 2 cm
2 red onions, roughly chopped
1 aubergine, chopped
2 red peppers, diced
1 (400 g) can chickpeas
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 inch ginger-root, chopped
1 red chili, de-seeded and chopped
400 g chopped tomatoes...
This Friday’s (Endangered Species Post) [E.S.P] I touch up on this rather unusual species of tree kangaroo that’s rarely mentioned within the world of conservationism. Furthermore I also wish to set the record straight about these wonderful and utterly adorable species of mammals which many people seem to believe are endemic ‘just to Australia’. This particular species is actually native to Papua New Guinea, generically identified as Dendrolagus dorianus. (Image credits: Daniel Heuclin).
Listed as (vulnerable), the species was primarily identified by Dr Edward Pierson Ramsay (3 December 1842 – 16 December 1916). Dr Ramsay was an Australian zoologist who specialized in ornithology. Among organisms Dr Ramsay named are the pig-nosed turtle, giant bandicoot, grey-headed robin and Papuan king parrot.
D. dorianus lives within a country of immense cultural and biological diversity. A country known for its beaches, coral reefs and scuba diving. Not forgetting the countries inland active volcanoes. Locals commonly identify the animal as the; Doria’s tree kangaroo or the unicolored tree kangaroo. Doria’s tree kangaroo is within the order of Diprotodontia, and the family identified as Macropodidae.
Since 1982 to 1994 the species has remained at [vulnerable level] of which back in 1996 a further assessment of the species noted a possible population decline. The decline prompted environmentalists to...
from It’s Going Down
Across North America, cities are hit by wave after wave of crisis. From drought, to poisoned water, to rampant police brutality and violence, to crumbling infrastructure and deepening austerity. At the same time, even mainstream scientists have been heralding the end times; claiming that the ‘point of no return’ in relation to global warming is fast approaching, if not already here. Plankton levels drop, temperatures continue to rise, massive amounts of species die off, and the effects of climate change become much harder to ignore. In the midst of this unfolding, there is growing interest in “re-wilding” and getting back to the land and to a simpler life as the mainstream culture laments the increase in addiction to technology and the internet as smart phones proliferate in daily life. Kevin Tucker, a long time participant in green anarchist initiatives since the 1990s, sat down to talk with us about this deepening reality, as well as drawing from les...
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Join us this week as we talk with Charlie Johnson, a large-scale organic farmer here in South Dakota. The future of farming is diverse, bright – and put at risk by legislation like HB 1140.
We hope that this finds you well and enjoying the winter months. We are writing with updates about Black Mesa, a new group Indigenous Youth for Cultural Survival, and BMIS.
From the Land:
On Monday January 4th Hopi Rangers and BIA Impounded 21 cattle on the so-called “Hopi Partition Land”. The cattle were of Betty, Billy, and Emerson Begay and Trudy Johnson’s herd.
From Trudy Johnson Begay:
“While we (my brother and I) were out looking for our cattle we found them on ‘HPL’ I proceeded to push them back over the fence on foot, to NPL. I had to walk about 200 yards when a Hopi Ranger (BIA) drive up and call me over to his vehicle. When I approached him, he asked ‘what are you doing?’ I answered I’m getting my cattle. He told me to leave the area because they were in the middle of impoundment in the area. He stated, ‘If you don’t leave you could be arr...
Special landscapes have been earmarked for decades for additional protection because of the unique features they harbor. The Center has advocated vigorously for decades for the designation of these areas as three new national monuments. .
In February 2016 we saw victory when President Barack Obama announced those very designations, protecting 1.8 million acres of public lands in perpetuity as national monuments. National monument status helps to assure that these irreplaceable landscapes will remain in their current wild and untamed state for future generations to experience and enjoy.
Mojave Trails National Monument preserves 1.6 million acres of diverse and striking desert lands that link Joshua Tree National Park and Mojave National Preserve. Named for the most pristine stretch of historic Route 66, with wide-open desert vistas, the lands in the national monument are habitat for threatened desert tortoises and iconic desert bighorn sheep. The monument includes numerous important destination spots, like
A new report by scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) reminds us that we have a lot to learn about the risks of exposure to multiple pesticides at a time. Hmmmm. "Exposure to multiple pesticides at a time" — isn't that what we face in the real world? Yes, it is. Read on.
The researchers, who work with UCLA's Sustainable Technology & Policy Program, looked specifically at exposures to three fumigant pesticides: Telone (or 1,3-dichloropropene), chloropicrin, and metam sodium. Here's what they found:
The nation’s only population of red wolves is in an alarming free-fall, declining by 27 percent from 2014 to 2015 to as few as 50 individuals, according to new population counts released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The total estimated population has declined by about 50 percent since 2012, from 100 to 120 individuals to just 50 to 75 in 2015. The declines have occurred since the Service bowed to political pressure from the state of North Carolina, eliminating the program’s recovery coordinator in 2014 and stopping the introduction of new red wolves into the wild in July 2015. The agency also ended a coyote-sterilization program to prevent hybrid animals from harming the gene pool, drastically reduced law-enforcement investigations of wolf deaths, and stopped publicizing cases where poaching was determined to be the cause of deaths.
“Director Ashe and the U.S. Fish...
New activity/unrest was observed at 4 volcanoes from February 10 - 16, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 18 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Semeru, Eastern Java (Indonesia) | Soputan, Sulawesi (Indonesia) |...... Read more »
What do you call it when the nation’s largest potato company, with strong ties to the pesticide industry, digs in its deep pockets to dodge accountability for its impacts on local communities? Here at PAN we call it “corporate capture” — the outsize influence that pesticide companies and other corporate powerholders in our food system have over the agencies that are meant to regulate them.
Recently in Minnesota I’ve been watching potato giant RD Offutt (RDO) resort to a number of the most common moves from the corporate capture playbook. But I'm happy to report that I've also seen a determined coalition of community members stand up to RDO and our state agencies, calling for stronger protections from chemical-intensive agriculture.
I’ve written before about...
California Jam will be a major gathering of 25 experts covering multiple critical environmental and human health issues that will be assembled in Southern California on March 18th through the 20th. The quote below is from the organizer of Cal Jam. "Geoengineering is the most diabolical form of genocide currently being utilized by those at the top. We have a choice
By Chris Lang The Mai N’dombe REDD project in the Democratic Republic of Congo covers about 300,000 hectares of forest. Project documents claim that without the project, the forest would be logged, and that communities in the area... Read More
from Diablo Rising Tide
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 Risin...
This 41-year-old, who only has one lung, was the first cancer survivor to ...
If passed, the TPP will trump commonsense protections for workers, the environment and...
translated by Earth First! Journal
“Against Civilization, Its Pipelines, Dams, Roads, and Destruction:
Let there be no surprise at the violent counter-strike against those who have destroyed space and time for over five centuries. A burned police, a dead military, an assassinated politician…this is alarming data for the informants and prison-system-collaborating media. For us, it is the consequence of their affiliation with the State, civilization, attacks on the Earth and communities that continue to fight against civilization.
The attack dance asks for nothing, much less from slaves who go by the name of workers. The inevitable death of the system will be accompanied by the death of and damage to the defenders. Just like the death of indigenous peoples has accompanied for centuries the death of mountains, rivers, chacos [multiple definitions: horticulture garden, area...
By Kadineyse Ramize Peña, Environmental Health and Justice Organizer
I love learning new things every day because it allows me to make better choices and better informs my future decisions. Derek Bok, the former president of Harvard University, once said “if you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” Living with a lack of knowledge is an expensive way to live, and unfortunately not all of us have the resources to educate ourselves in all matters, even those that affect us personally.
For example, illness comes with a hefty price; healthcare costs alone can be an incredibly difficult responsibility, and when in combination with other stressors like a lack of resources or a limited amount of sick days, it can be too much to handle. Unfortunately we’re often not given the knowledge and tools we need to prevent exposure to toxic chemicals. Not knowing which harmful chemicals we are exposed to everyday affects our health, our ability to stop their negative impacts, and our ability to help others do the same. Some chemicals in every day products are hormone disruptors, cause cancer, asthma or learning disabilities, or affect our reproductive system.
One of the first things I learned when I started working for Clean Water Action last December was that the personal care products I use every day are putting me in harm’s way with their toxic chemicals! My first thought was, “how could I not have known this?” I was surprised...
The private banking system that dominates North America and Europe works very well indeed, writes Ellen Brown - for the bankers. As for us, it's a disaster, as the banks use their monopoly over the creation of money itself, at interest, as a tool to extract ever more value from us and the entire economy. But there is another way!
People are using any means necessary to ask Hillary Clinton to stop taking...
Using satellite data, the researchers found that methane emissions in the country rose ...
A young dolphin was killed after beachgoers in Argentina reportedly...
In the US Southwest, poisoned workers are still seeking justice
Al Gore is truly optimistic about the future of humanity and our ability to...
The departure makes Ford the 108th identified company to cut ties with...
This marks the first time that a U.S. agency will routinely test for glyphosate residue in ...
In this report from Indigenous Rights Radio, UN Special Rapporteur Vicky Tauli Corpuz discusses the international trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership which is being negotiated by Canada,The United States, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Singapore, Brunei, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Australia, Japan, and New Zealand. She discusses why governments are pushing for it, and its implications for Indigenous Peoples.
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India is preparing to lift its import ban on corn for the first time in 16 years which could...
Poland's environment ministry has a plan for a huge increase in logging in Europe's last great primeval forest, writes Zachary Davies Boren. Officials claim it's to control bark beetles. But ecologists say the insects are regulated naturally within the forest ecosystem, while logging threatens huge damage to irreplaceable biodiversity.
From an interview by Beverly Bell
In Haiti, the majority of the people working the land are women. Not only are they there during planting, weeding and harvesting, but they also play a role in transforming and marketing food products. They’re involved in the entire agricultural production process. This is why we call women the poto mitan, central pillar, of the country.
When a family is dispossessed of its land, women are victims. Rural women are the first to feel the pain. Ways that land theft and expulsions are affecting them need to be put on the table so the impacted women can be made a priority. There needs to be social, educational, technical, and economic support...
The European Commission has released a report on the effectiveness of the EU Timber Regulation during its first two years of implementation. The report finds that the EU is on track to achieve its objectives to combat illegal logging and associated trade in illegal timber, but challenges remain.
Some positive trends are visible, namely that EU operators are gradually taking steps to ensure the legality of their suppliers and that there is more awareness of the problem of illegal logging amongst EU consumers. The Regulation has also encouraged producer countries to develop systems assessing compliance with the requirements of the legislation.
However, more effort is needed from both the Member States and the private sector to ensure its effective and efficient application. Since 2014 there has been significant progress in the implementation of timber regulation across the EU. While in July 2014 there were 18 non-compliant Member States, in June 2015 the number was reduced to 4 (Greece, Hungary, Romania and Spain). The Commission launched infringement procedures against these Member States in 2015.
It was also widely recognised that the Regulation adds significant value to the international efforts to halt deforestation and forest degradation, conserve biodiversity and address climate change. The results of evaluation will be used to further improve the implementation and application of the Timber Regulation.
by Irene Banos Ruiz / DW
Streets were full of people protesting. There were no “typical” protesters: They were students, retirees, leftist intellectuals, liberals, nationalists. That was Romania in 2013, opposing the Rosia Montana mining project. Protests were billed as the largest since the revolution in 1989, when Romania gained independence from the Soviet Union.
Recently, the movement has taken an important step forward. The village of Rosia Montana and the region surrounding it in Transylvania have been included as candidates for the UNESCO World Heritage List, fulfilling one of protesters’ key demands. The Ministry of Culture declared the village site one of historical interest, and has prohibited all mining activity there.
However, the status of the mining project remains unclear. The Canadian mining company Gabriel Resources – which owns almost 81 percent of...
by Jessica Haworth / Mirror
These are the sickening images that show a young dolphin’s last moments before it died of dehydration when it was picked up out of the sea by a crowd.
The mammal was found on an Argentine beach as sunbathers lifted it to take photographs with the animal.
They crowded around it as it squirmed and wriggled but the oblivious selfie-takers carried on playing with it.
The rare La Plata dolphin, which can live for 20 years, was eventually killed after it became dehydrated out of the water.
Amid the growing call for those guilty of causing Flint, Michigan's water crisis to be prosecuted, Jane F. Barrett finds little prospect of criminal charges under the Safe Drinking Water Act. But federal, state and common laws offer prosecutors a range of potential charges, from malfeasance, misfeasance and nonfeasance to involuntary manslaughter.
January 2016 temperature breaks 2007 record —NOAA The January 2016 globally-averaged temperature across land and ocean surfaces (SST) was 1.04°C (1.87°F) above the 20th century average of 12.0°C (53.6°F), the highest for January in the 137-year period of record, breaking the previous record of 2007 by 0.16°C (0.29°F). This departure from average is the second […]
Mongabay was born out of my love for rainforests so for this Valentine's day, I'm doing something a little different: posting a bunch of my favorite rainforest photos from the past twenty years. There are no wildlife photos in this set -- the focus is solely on rainforests. If you'd like to follow our reporting on rainforests, check out our rainforests feed or our country and region-specific feeds for places like the Amazon and the Congo. There are many more rainforest photos in our image section. For more general information on rainforests, see our main rainforest site and our rainforest site for kids. Happy Valentine's Day from Mongabay! [caption align="aligncenter" width="768"] Lowland rainforest in West Kalimantan[/caption] [caption align="aligncenter" width="768"] Rainforest tree in Bukit Tigapuluh National Park, Sumatra[/caption] [caption align="aligncenter" width="768"] Epiphytes in a rainforest canopy tree in Costa Rica[/caption] [caption align="aligncenter" width="768"] Channel between Sapi and Pulau Gaya, Malaysia[/caption] [caption align="aligncenter" width="768"] Rainforest sunset in Sarawak[/caption] [caption align="aligncenter" width="768"] Rainforest creek[/caption] [caption align="aligncenter" width="768"] Primeval rain forest in Imbak Canyon, Malaysia[/caption] [caption align="aligncenter" width="768"] Primary rainforest in Malaysian Borneo[/caption] [caption align="aligncenter" width="768"] Rainforest creek in Xishuangbanna prefecture, China[/caption] [caption align="aligncenter" width="768"] Osa rainforest tree[/caption] [caption align="aligncenter" width="768"] Rainforest in Sumatra[/caption] [caption align="aligncenter" width="768"] Where rainforest meets the sea west of Rio de Janiero[/caption] [caption align="aligncenter" width="768"] Red passion vine flower in Amacayacu National Park, Colombia[/caption] [caption align="aligncenter" width="768"] Sarawak's Lambir Hills National Park[/caption] [caption align="aligncenter" width="768"] Peat fores...
Media Release from the Leard Forest Research Node
Temperatures over 35 degrees will halt the felling of Leard State Forest, under conditions imposed on the Boggabri and Maules Creek Coal mines, but community observers have extreme doubts that the condition will be observed, say members of the Leard Forest Research Node.
“The condition is there because over 35 degrees many animals are simply too stressed to flee from the destruction of their nests and habitat,” said Anna Christie of the Leard Forest Research Node, a community group established to conduct observations and scientific analysis of mine impacts at Leard Forest.
“Each mine has its own weather station and they told the Department of Planning they would not even accept eachother’s weather station readings. We fear if the temperature limit is invoked, Idemitsu Resources and Whitehaven Coal companies will start disputing the temperature and lead to a collapse in regulation of this condition.”
The community is reliant on two University of NSW weather stations, at North Avoca (Elfin Crossing) adjacent to Maules Creek, and Middle Creek, both easily accessible via the OzForecast Narrabri web page.
“We have heard that 28 ecologists are on hand to observe the felling of Leard Forest and ensure it takes place according to the conditions,” said Ms Christie. “But the community has no confidence in these consultants nor indeed any scientific information issued by Idemitsu or Whitehaven Coal.”
“Also Idemitsu has applied for planning approval to dig a new bore field...
This meeting will take place 16th-17th June, 2016 and will address a range of emerging issues central to discussions on the trade in illegal timber, including the interactions between Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT), sustainable development and climate change.
This event is part of a series of illegal logging update meetings, and will bring together more than 250 participants from civil society, industry and governments around the world.
More details and registration for the event will be available soon.
For more information about this event please contact Alison Hoare.
Sent by a reader Powerful explosion in Ankara leaves more than 100 dead or injured Erdogan and his allies are inciting the Turkish military to cross the border into Syria to protect their assets, the terrorist groups that are losing the war to Syrian government forces. And what better way to realize their evil plot […]
The company, Astra Agro Lestari, joins industry titans Wilmar, Golden Agri-Resources, Musim Mas, Asian Agri and Cargill, who together control most of the refining capacity for Indonesian palm oil.
The other signatory is the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which is important because IPOP also includes a commitment to lobby the government to bring the standards of the law in line with those of the pledge. Indonesian law only protects certain types of forest.
Astra’s about-face is a “huge breakthrough” because its director, Joko Supriono, chairs the Indonesian Palm Oil Producers Association, a powerful lobby that has derided efforts to impose stricter environmental standards on the industry, according to Azmi Sirajuddin of Yayasan Merah Putih, a community organization in Sulawesi that has been working with other Indonesian groups to improve Astra’s practices.
“Even the Indonesian palm oil industry leaders who were previously most skeptical of conservation are calling on the government to launch a major push for forests and community rights,” Sirajuddin said in a statement on Wednesday.
Supriyono was called the “single biggest obstacle to progress by the Indonesian government” on the palm oil issue by the She’s Not a Fan campaign, which launched last year to shine light on Astra’s destructive practices. Not long after that, Astra announced its own zero-deforestation commitment, and promised to join IPOP.
“Astra…has a lot of power over the fate of Indonesia’s forests,” said Deborah Lapi...
Gaza farmers have lost 187 hectares of crops to aerial spraying of herbicides by Israel hundreds of meters within the territory's borders. The action, carried out in the name of 'security', further undermines Gaza's ability to feed itself and may permanently deprive farmers of their livelihoods. It may also represent a war crime under the 1977 Protocol to the Geneva Conventions.
Media Release from the Leard Forest Research Node
“Mine security monitors all traffic at checkpoints within a 25km radius of the mines”, said Libby Laird, of the Maules Creek Country Womens Association. “Vehicles and their passengers, including children, are routinely photographed by security personnel who also employ aggressive driving tactics to cause drivers to slow down to be identified.”
Meanwhile, affected farmers bear the economic and health brunt of living next to the mines.
Twice since 15th January, neighbouring residents have been exposed directly to blasting fumes, with one local seeking medical attention.
Sydney University postgraduate ecology student, Amelie Mareva, and biology student Naomi Jones accompanied a group of experts and community members who toured coal mine impacted farms last week.
Although their primary focus is a study of dust impacts on pollination, and ambient dust measurement, they also were on site to observe a double blast at Maules Creek mine.
Having heard about the two toxic encounters with blast fumes during the weeks prior, Ms Mareva’s team of observers were careful to note the wind speed to ensure they could make a quick getaway from any coming fumes.
“Whitehaven should desist from blasting when the wind is gusting...
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