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Saturday, 20 February


Catastrophic mudslides in Peru The Watchers » Latest articles

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 »



Tesla Model S for Kids Gets Next Generation Pumped About EVs EcoWatch


Toy company Radio Flyer partnered with Tesla Motors to create the first and only...


Bill McKibben: It’s Not Just What Exxon Did, It’s What It’s Doing EcoWatch


As bad as Exxon has been in the past, what it’s doing now is...

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Friday, 19 February


Supreme Court can't hold back the renewable energy revolution! The Ecologist

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.


South Africa's conservation success story: the 'Black Mambas' mean business! The Ecologist

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.


One of the worst droughts on record plagues Guatemala The Watchers » Latest articles

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 »


Drought Affecting 2.7 Million Households in South Africa Fire Earth

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 […]


Algal toxins found in 39% of assessed streams in southeastern US The Watchers » Latest articles

USGS scientists have found algal toxins known as microcystins in 39% of streams assessed in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The results will become part of a larger, systematic national survey of algal toxins in small streams of the...... Read more »


South African government sidelines all critics and steams ahead with nuclear

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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Major Disaster Declared for Oregon Fire Earth

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


Brazlilian Vegetable Curry With Spicy Tomato and Coconut Sauce

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 dice
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...


2015/16 strong El Niño declines, but continues to influence the global climate The Watchers » Latest articles

The 2015/16 El Niño has passed its peak and continues to decline gradually, according to the latest updates from the World Meteorological Organization (WHO) and Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM). Despite the weakening trend, it will continue to influence...... Read more »


Endangered Species Friday: Dendrolagus dorianus | Cuddly Teddy Bear Facing Extinction. Speak Up For The Voiceless – International Animal Rescue Foundation – Environmental News and Media



Endangered Species Friday: Dendrolagus dorianus

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...


Social Media, Revolt, and Civilization Earth First! Newswire

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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...


Charlie Johnson and the Future of Farming Dakota Rural Action

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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.

Check out this episode!


Black Mesa February Updates Earth First! Newswire

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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...


Three New National Monuments Declared in California Earth First! Newswire

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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

  • the Amboy Cr...


Report: Multiple pesticides, magnified harms Pesticide Action Network


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:

  1. Some California residents are exposed to all three pesticides, either all at once or over a period of time;
  2. These pesticides can interact in ways that increase risks to human health; and
  3. Ca...


Red Wolf Population Plunges as Feds Gut Recovery Program Earth First! Newswire

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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...


Active volcanoes in the world: February 10 - 16, 2016 The Watchers » Latest articles

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 »


A tale of corporate capture in Minnesota Pesticide Action Network

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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.

An agency, a corporation... 

I’ve written before about...


Major Awareness Event To Cover Climate Engineering And Other Critical Issues Geoengineering Watch

66California 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


Deforestation is increasing in the Mai Ndombe REDD project area. And the project still sells carbon credits Global Justice Ecology Project

 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

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Strong ozone depletion expected over Arctic in the coming weeks The Watchers » Latest articles

POLSTRAC campaign initiated by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) was actively engaged in measurements in Arctic since the end of 2015. The research team has observed vertically extended polar stratospheric clouds, in unusually low regions of the...... Read more »


CA Public Utilities Commission Occupied: “Shut Down All Gas Storage Facilities” Earth First! Newswire

from Diablo Rising Tide

occupationTwo 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...


Cancer Survivor Climbs World’s Tallest Peaks, Helps Others Do the Same EcoWatch


This 41-year-old, who only has one lung, was the first cancer survivor to ...


1,000 Coloradans: ‘Rejecting the TPP Is Most important Thing Congress Can Do’ EcoWatch


If passed, the TPP will trump commonsense protections for workers, the environment and...


Spain: “Against Civilization, Its Pipelines, Dams, Roads, and Destruction” Earth First! Newswire

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translated by Earth First! Journal

biogen-anti-civThe message from flyers:

“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...


Fat Is Not the Enemy EcoWatch


There’s a lot to say about fat, but for now, let’s look at ...


Joining the Toxics Team We All Live Downstream

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...


Severe flooding in UAE - hailstorms, heavy rains and thick fog sweep the region The Watchers » Latest articles

A hailstorm and heavy rainfall accompanied with thick fog swept parts of the United Arabian Emirates (UAE) on February 17, 2016. Severe flooding and low visibility conditions prompted warnings for drivers across the affected areas. 4 people died in a flood-related...... Read more »


Money revolution: making banks public and locally accountable The Ecologist

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!


Greenpeace Asks Hillary Clinton to Say No to Fossil Fuel Money EcoWatch


People are using any means necessary to ask Hillary Clinton to stop taking...


Harvard Study: U.S. ‘Likely Culprit’ of Global Spike in Methane Emissions EcoWatch


Using satellite data, the researchers found that methane emissions in the country rose ...


Baby Dolphin Dies After Being Passed Around by Tourists Taking Selfies EcoWatch


A young dolphin was killed after beachgoers in Argentina reportedly...


Uranium Mine and Mill Workers Are Dying, and Nobody Will Take Responsibility Latest News

In the US Southwest, poisoned workers are still seeking justice


6 Reasons Al Gore Believes ‘We Will Prevail’ in Climate Fight EcoWatch


Al Gore is truly optimistic about the future of humanity and our ability to...


Ford Motors Dumps Right Wing Climate Denial Group ALEC EcoWatch


The departure makes Ford the 108th identified company to cut ties with...


FDA to Start Testing Monsanto’s Glyphosate in Food EcoWatch


This marks the first time that a U.S. agency will routinely test for glyphosate residue in ...


LISTEN: UNSR on the impact of the TPP on Indigenous Peoples

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India’s Food Supply at Risk of GMO Contamination After Lifting 16-Year Corn Import Ban EcoWatch


India is preparing to lift its import ban on corn for the first time in 16 years which could...


Timber! Poland's bid to increase logging 8-fold in primeval Bialowieza Forest The Ecologist

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.


Women Farmers and Land Grabs in Haiti:  An interview with Iderle Brénus

PAPDA, a coalition of nine Haitian organizations, supports rice cooperatives like this one in Northern Haiti as part of its commitment to women's leadership in local agricultural production against the backdrop of increasing land and resource grabs throughout the Caribbean nation. Image courtesy of Salena Tramel, for Grassroots International.

PAPDA, a coalition of nine Haitian organizations, supports rice cooperatives like this one in Northern Haiti as part of its commitment to women’s leadership in local agricultural production against the backdrop of increasing land and resource grabs throughout the Caribbean nation. Image courtesy of Salena Tramel, for Grassroots International.

Originally published in Other Worlds.

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...


EU Timber Regulation: effectiveness of the EUTR during its first two years of implementation Illegal Logging Portal

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.



Romanian Civil Society Wins Victory Against Proposed Gold Mine Earth First! Newswire

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...


Young Dolphin Dies When After Being Carried Out of Water for People to Stroke Earth First! Newswire

by Jessica Haworth / Mirror

 Scene: The crowd with the dolphin

Scene: The crowd with the dolphin

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.



Torrential downpours trigger extensive flooding in Nelson city and Tasman district, New Zealand The Watchers » Latest articles

Heavy rainfall over the last two days triggered extensive surface flooding in parts of Nelson city and Tasman district in New Zealand on February 18, 2016, local civil defence and emergency authorities reported. Reported flooding resulted from a period of severe...... Read more »

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Thursday, 18 February


Flint water crisis - will anyone be prosecuted? The Ecologist

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 Breaks Global Temperature Records Fire Earth

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 […]


77 inspiring rainforest pictures Mongabay Environmental News

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...


Temperatures over 35 degrees will halt felling of Leard State Forest Front Line Action on Coal

Media Release from the Leard Forest Research Node

Little lorikeetTemperatures 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...


26th Illegal Logging Update and Stakeholder Consultation Meeting Illegal Logging Portal

16 Jun 2016
The Crystal, Royal Victoria Docks, London, E16 1GB

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.


Ankara Blast a False Flag by Turkish President, Allies? Fire Earth

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 […]


Indonesian palm oil giant joins no-deforestation pledge amid criticism from politicians Illegal Logging Portal

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...

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War crime? Israel destroys Gaza crops with aerial herbicide spraying The Ecologist

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.

Tuesday, 16 February


Maules Creek farmers suffer coal impacts, while Leard Forest falls Front Line Action on Coal

Media Release from the Leard Forest Research Node

BlastMaules Creek is in security lockdown on the eve of extermination of possibly a further 500 hectares of Leard State Forest, to expand the Maules Creek and Boggabri coal mines.

“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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