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Friday, 26 February


Fiji Forecast Fire Earth

FIRE-EARTH Alert  Fiji Forecast broadcast on CH11 today at 14:32 UTC Filed under: News Alert Tagged: Fiji Forecast, Fire-Earth Alert, FIRE-EARTH FORECAST

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Thursday, 25 February


Crop Disasters Declared in Montana Fire Earth

Frost, hail and high winds destroy crops in Montana counties The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated four counties in Montana as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by frost, hail and high winds that occurred on July 4, 2015, through July 5, 2015. Those counties are Blaine, Chouteau, Hill and […]


M4.0 Shock Shakes Oqulahoma Fire Earth

M4.0 quakes strikes 7km SW of Langston, Oklahoma Earthquake Details Magnitude: 4.0Mw Location: 35.898°N, 97.319°W; depth=5.0 km (3.1 mi) Nearby Cities 7km (4mi) SW of Langston, Oklahoma 9km (6mi) ENE of Guthrie, Oklahoma 30km (19mi) NNE of Edmond, Oklahoma 33km (21mi) SW of Stillwater, Oklahoma 50km (31mi) NNE of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Filed under: News […]


#Heathrow13: the systemic violence of climate change The Ecologist

Plane Stupid's Heathrow 13 escaped immediate incarceration yesterday for occupying Heathrow's northern runway last summer. But the threat of imprisonment remains firmly in place, writes Ali Tamlit, from a state determined to defend the corporations that are inflicting the systemic violence of climate change on us all. The peaceful fight for a better world must go on.


Fiji Declares a State of Disaster Fire Earth

TC WINSTON kills 48, leaves 45,245 displaced Category 5, Severe Tropical Cyclone WINSTON struck the island nation of Fiji on 20 and 21 February  cutting a path of destruction across the country. Summary from NDMO SITREP NO. 26 • The cyclone is estimated to be the most severe ever to hit Fiji, and probably the […]


Greenland 'Warm Blob' surface water responsible for abrupt climate swings in the last ice age The Watchers » Latest articles

New research shows a "warm blob" of surface water in the Atlantic played a significant role on the wild climate swings in Greenland during the last ice age. Researchers used the foraminifera fossils to compare the changes in the ocean temperature with the...... Read more »


Has the Treasurer signed off on PNG’s EITI report? Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

PNG’s first Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Report has been published but the signature of Patrick Pruaitch, the Treasury Minister and Chairman of PNG EITI, is noticeably missing.

History of the World Bank’s EITI project in PNG

Why has the Minister not signed?

In the interests of TRANSPARENCY can someone give us an honest explanation?

EITI report

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Uncertain future for Simberi mine Papua New Guinea Mine Watch


St Barbara weighs its options at Simberi

Esmarie Swanepoel | Mining Weekly

Gold miner St Barbara has launched a strategic review of its Simberi operations, in Papua New Guinea, which would evaluate “various options” for the assets, including continued ownership, exploration and development, possible joint ventures and divestment of some or all of its assets in the country.

St Barbara this week pointed out that the Simberi operation produced 107 553 oz of gold during the 2015 calendar year, with production for 2016 forecast at between 100 000 oz and 110 000 oz.

The ASX-listed company was currently conducting a prefeasibility study into a sulphide project at Simberi, which could extend the existing oxide mine life by about three years by producing an additional one-million ounces of gold-in-concentrate over a further seven-year period.

The proposed sulphide project would use the existing infrastructure at Simberi, but would require a capital investment of about $100-million, with funds partly going towards a new mining fleet.

The prefeasibility study was due for completion in April.

To avoid any interruption in production, St Barbara was expected to make a decision on the sulphide project later this year.

The company, meanwhile, reported a statutory profit after tax of A$77-million for the half-year ended December, which was significantly up from the statutory loss of A$19.8-million reported in the previous corresponding period.

Revenue for the interim perio...


The formation of Zanzibar, East Africa The Watchers » Latest articles

An interdisciplinary team of scientists from the University of York have conducted the first comprehensive study concerning the formation of Zanzibar Island in East Africa. Researchers charted the history of sea level change, and the extinction of various animals,...... Read more »



Climate Justice Forum: Idaho Senate Oil & Gas Bill Hearing & Protest 2-24-16 Wild Idaho Rising Tide

The Wednesday, February 24, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) discusses southwest Idaho oil and gas legislation and a subsequent protest and rejected fossil fuel infrastructure on the Columbia River, and airs excerpts of oral testimony during a recent committee hearing on Idaho Senate Bill 1339 that would limit the public participation processes of oil and gas development proposals.  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 opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Filed under: Climate Justice Forum


180+ Infrared Videos Show Methane Pollution All Across America EcoWatch


The 180+ infrared videos expose otherwise invisible air pollution from oil and gas development that...


Climate Engineering Denial And Deception, Holding Mainstream Media Accountable Geoengineering Watch

37Dane Wigington Should we consider it acceptable for mainstream media news anchors and their "chief meteorologists" to completely ignore and marginalize the legitimate and verifiable concerns of the public that they claim to represent? Should we just stand silently by while media and meteorological "professionals" (that the community depends on) willfully blackout critical issues (that


Climate Protesters Avoid Jail EcoWatch


They had packed suitcases and set up their "out of office" email messages anticipating...


Grantee Forced to Flee Home by Climate Change, Wins $40m to Relocate News

Honor the Earth is proud to be supporting the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw in our most recent grant release.  This Louisiana tribe is now America's first official climate refugees.  

The plight of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians, who have called this land home since the mid-19th century, was documented in the 2010 documentary, Can't Stop the Water, and relocating the tribe has been the subject of a 13-year-long advocacy campaign by Chief Albert White Buffalo Naquin.

"This award will allow our Tribe to design and develop a new, culturally appropriate and resilient site for our community, safely located further inland," Chief Naquin said, according to the Institute for Southern Studies.


Making a killing from 'austerity': the EU's great privatisation fire sale The Ecologist

Europe's economic crisis has offered vast business opportunities to an all-powerful nexus of financial interests that have snapped up valuable state assets at bargain basement prices, defrauding the poorest countries of countless billions of euros, write Sol Trumbo & Nick Buxton. The EU's highest institutions are in the grip of a deep, systemic corruption that knows no boundaries.


Wal-Mart, Kraft Sued Over Selling Parmesan Cheese With Wood Pulp Filler EcoWatch


Wal-Mart is facing a lawsuit for selling "100 percent" parmesan cheese that contains...


7 NASA Selfies Show Just How Much Our Climate Is Changing EcoWatch


To bring home what’s happening to our planet, we rounded up a series of pictures ...


Supporting Local Solutions to Stormwater Pollution We All Live Downstream

Photo credit: Abramov Timur / Shutterstock

Photo credit: Abramov Timur / Shutterstock

By Michael Bochynski, Virginia Program Organizer

Northern Virginia is facing increasingly stressed drinking water supplies. Rampant growth and development in watersheds that supply the region’s drinking water has led to increased sedimentation and bacteria from stormwater runoff above water intakes and around wellheads. The resulting downstream impacts include financial costs for treatment plus costs to human health from chemical treatment of raw water, including disinfectant byproducts from chlorine, or lead leaching from pipes.

Land conservation programs reduce polluted runoff by preserving open space, farmland, forests and historic resources. Both the Senate and House will be considering amendments to the budget that would provide $100 million for the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund (SLAF). SLAF grants provide 50% matching funds to localities for construction of facilities or structures or implementation of best management practices that reduce or prevent pollution of state waters caused by stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces.

Tell your senator and delegate this investment is essential to the continued health and economic vitality of our communities.

To learn more, contact me. To take action, click here or conta...


Massive Starfish Die-Off Linked to Warming Oceans EcoWatch


Starfish have been suffering the effects of a mysterious disease that has...


When Sharing Is Scaring We All Live Downstream

By Neil Bhaerman, Communications Associate – Follow Neil on Twitter – @neilanalien.

water_blog_lead_screenshot_NBA couple of weeks ago, the online news outlet Vox published an article headlined: “18 cities in Pennsylvania reported higher levels of lead exposure than Flint.” Below the headline is a preview image of a video, showing a woman holding up two bottles of brown tap water.

That’s a scary headline, and a scary image. People around Pennsylvania began sharing the Vox article and the numerous local news stories that reported on Vox’s findings. In many instances, when shared on social media, the article would be accompanied by an image showing either brown tainted drinking water, a water faucet, or a child drinking from a glass of water. I even started to see facebook posts from my friends wondering if our water in Pittsburgh was safe to drink.

People who actually read the article will see a couple important items. First, the article says that the data is from 2014 to 2015, while the water source for Flint was switched to the Flint River in April 2014. Without more specificity about when the tests were done, it’s hard to tell if the full scope of the lead contamination in Flint is reflected here.

More importantly, when you get to the fifth paragraph, you read the buried lede: “it is important to note that the lead exposure rates in Pennsylvania are largely linked to aging, deteriorating lead-based paint.” That’s right, despite all the drinking water imagery that went along with d...


Erin Brockovich on Oklahoma Earthquakes: ‘It’s Fracking, Let’s Just be Honest’ EcoWatch


Erin Brockovich is speaking out on Oklahoma’s alarming earthquakes and she's not afraid to...


Ash plume and incandescent bombs ejected from Etna's NE crater, Sicily The Watchers » Latest articles

An unusual eruption was observed from Etna volcano's NE crater on the morning of February 23, 2016. INGV reports several hundred meters high ash plume and incandescent bombs ejected above the rim of the crater. The video and thermal cameras of the...... Read more »

Hazardous tornadoes wreak havoc across Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi and Alabama, US The Watchers » Latest articles

An outbreak of dangerous tornadoes was reported across Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi during February 23, 2016. 22 tornadoes were reported, and 5 were confirmed by the National Weather Service (NWS) so far. Extreme weather conditions claimed, at least,...... Read more »


Epic Drought and Food Crisis Prompts South Africa to Ease Restrictions on GMOs EcoWatch


In the face of a food crisis and a devastating drought, South Africa is...


Humpback Whale Entangled in Illegal Gillnet Saved by Sea Shepherd Crew EcoWatch


This is not the first humpback whale entangled in an illegal gillnet found by...


Fracking Cases in Pennsylvania Expose the Human Cost of Drilling EcoWatch


As jury selection kicks off in the notorious fracking water contamination case in Dimock...


Activists Block Secret TTIP Talks Earth First! Newswire

by Jennifer Baker / Revolution News

Greenpeace activists have blocked EU and US negotiators from holding secret talks in Brussels for a trade deal that would give multinational corporations unprecedented power. The protesters warned that TTIP – the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement – is a threat for democracy, environmental protection, health standards and working conditions

Greenpeace activists have blocked EU and US negotiators from holding secret talks in Brussels for a trade deal that would give multinational corporations unprecedented power.

 The protesters warned that TTIP – the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement – is a threat for democracy, environmental protection, health standards and working conditions. Greenpeace calls for an immediate end to TTIP negotiations.

Thirty activists from seven countries [1] chained themselves at the entrances of a conference centre where the meeting...

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Wednesday, 24 February


Yellowstone: A Wild Place of Perpetual Discovery Latest News

Wolves draw visitors to national park in cold winter months


M4.9 Quake Strikes SoCal Fire Earth

Earthquake jolts Bakersfield, CA Centered at 35.542°N, 119.373°W (37km NW of Bakersfield) the event occurred at a depth of 22.1 km (13.8 mi), reported USGS/EHP. The quake was followed by at least two aftershocks. EQ Details Magnitude: 4.9Mw Location: 35.542°N, 119.373°W; depth=22.1 km (13.8 mi) Time: 2016-02-24 00:02:23 (UTC) Nearby Cities: 6km (4mi) SSW of […]


Deadly Storm System Slams Southern US Fire Earth

Tornadoes kill or injure up to 50 people A powerful storm system pummeled southern U.S. spawning deadly tornadoes that left at least eight people dead and dozens more injured. At least 27 tornadoes have raked across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida  and Georgia, destroying homes, businesses and just about anything else standing in their paths. The […]


The noble cause of the Heathrow 13 The Ecologist

With the 'Heathrow 13' protestors expecting custodial sentences today for their occupation of a Heathrow runway last July, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell MP writes that their direct action followed years of official lies and broken promises, and forms part of a long tradition of direct action protests in defence of democracy.


Mapping sea level from space using GPS reflections The Watchers » Latest articles

New research conducted in collaboration between the scientists from the National Oceanography Center (NOC) in the UK and the University of Michigan and Jet Propulsion Laboratory, US, has utilized the GPS signal, commonly used for 'sat-navs' to map the sea...... Read more »


From Portland, Oregon to Washington DC: Clean Air and Ports that’s the Ticket We All Live Downstream

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By Amy Goldsmith, State Director, Clean Water Action. Follow on Twitter.

Solid as a rock
Rooted like a tree
I am here
Standing strong
In my rightful place

This is the song that was sung by community organizers from across the country to kick off the Moving Forward Network’s (MFN) annual meeting in Portland in early February. The two-day convening brought together over 50 port activists representing 10+ U.S. inland and coastal ports, as well as large distribution centers.

I attended the meeting, alongside Kim Gaddy, Clean Water Action Environmental Justice Organizer, and Jenny Vickers, our Communications Manager, representing the Coalition for Healthy Ports of NY & NJ, a proud member of the MFN.

The MFN is a unique partnership of environmental and public health advocacy groups, both local and national, working together on the Zero Campaign, which seeks to reduce dirty diesel emissions through various provisions of the Clean Air Act, as well as direct ports toward zero emissions technologies and goods movement innovations.

During the meeting, we participated in multiple workshops and strategy sessions focused on our goal of #ZeroEmissionsNow. One of the most memorable workshops for me was a storytelling session, where we learned why each person is fighting for clean air in their community and what...


¡Buen Vivir! Gallery Opening 4 March – Climate Change, System Change, Personal Change Global Justice Ecology Project

The new show at the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art–Climate Change, System Change, Personal Change–opens with a reception (wine and hors d’oeuvres) on First Friday, March 4th, 6 to 9 p.m. at the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary... Read More

The post ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery Opening 4 March – Climate Change, System Change, Personal Change appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.

Tuesday, 23 February


Coal companies trying to revive 'zombie' open cast mines in Wales The Ecologist

A tangle of undercapitalised companies are coming forward to cash in on old deep coal mines in Wales, writes Guy Shrubsole - by digging them all out from above from huge open cast pits. But local communities, alarmed at the noise, pollution and destruction of landscape, increasingly see coal as an industry that's best consigned to the scrapheap.


The Rights of Nature must be recognised in law The Ecologist

Existing models of protecting nature are failing, write Atus Mariqueo-Russell & Rupert Read. They serve to regulate, rather than prevent the destruction of nature, and are now adopting the very 'market' approaches that are largely responsible for the problem. The answer is to give formal effect to the Rights of Nature.


The Democratic Affect: Chicago Crime Statistics – Homicide for the Masses Head Space

Homicides in Chicago this year double same period last year February To Date Shot & Killed: 29 Shot & Wounded: 113 Total Shot: 142 Total Homicides: 39 Year to Date Shot & Killed: 82 Shot & Wounded: 359 Total Shot: 441 Total Homicides: 96 Source: 2016 Stats The Weekend’s Stupidity See: 2014 Chicago Crime & […]


Attempts to Soften Scientists’ Critiques of EPA’s Fracking and Drinking Water Study Come Up Short We All Live Downstream

Photo Credit: Leonid Ikan / Shutterstock

Photo credit: Leonid Ikan / Shutterstock

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

The oil and gas industry inside game is alive and well in 2016.

The Science Advisory Board (SAB) Panel is out again with another draft of its report on EPA’s fracking and drinking water Assessment. The Panel is tasked with reviewing and offering recommendations on how EPA should improve its Assessment of threats to water resources from fracking activities.

The Panel retained most of its strongly worded critique of the Assessment. Critiques like these are largely in line with what communities on the front-lines of oil and gas development and environmental groups have been saying for months:


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