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Tuesday, 01 March

00:56

Floods, landslides and abundant snow across Italy claim 5 lives The Watchers » Latest articles

Torrential downpours and snowstorms lashed Italy since February 27, 2016. Strong storms caused floods and a landslide, widespread power outages, and infrastructural damage. Five people were reported dead so far. The low pressure Atlantic front "Golia"...... Read more »

Close view of the world's largest lava lake at Nyiragongo volcano, Congo The Watchers » Latest articles

Award winning photographer and self-proclaimed adventure seeker Bradley Ambrose from Auckland, New Zealand recently ventured into treacherous Nyiragongo volcano in the Democratic Republic of Congo to help assist a team of Japanese scientists. Nyiragongo volcano has...... Read more »

Pollinator species worldwide driven toward extinction, UN body warns The Watchers » Latest articles

According to the first global assessment of pollinators, a growing number of pollinator species worldwide are declining and are being driven toward extinction by diverse pressures. The decline is primarily due to changes in land use, intensive agricultural practices...... Read more »

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Monday, 29 February

23:05

PA: Eddie Africa of MOVE 9 Denied Parole Earth First! Newswire

from Move 9 Parole

[EF! Journal Editor’s note: See Political Prisoners of Allied Struggles for more information on MOVE]

move-9When the Move 9 became eligible for parole in 2008 the Pennsylvania Parole Board took on the responsibility of officials of this system in keeping innocent Move members in prison for the rest of their lives. From 2008 up until as recent as this past week all of the Move 9 have been denied parole. We received a call last night from our brother Eddie Africa who was calling to let us know he was denied yet again by the Pa Parole Board and was given a two year hit where he would not go before the board again until 2018.

The Parole Board has cited the issue of Eddie being a risk to the safety of the community. At Eddie’s parole hearing the parole board was presented with a petition of 300 signatures of members of the community who would welcome him on parole into the community and who in fact felt no threat to their safety with Eddie in the community. It’s obvious that this community that the parole board is talking about is none other than the law enfo...

22:49

Mexico: Terrorism Charges Against Zapatistas Expire After 20-Plus Years of Autonomy Earth First! Newswire

from TeleSurTV

subcomandante-marcosSubcomandante Marcos has faced charges for terrorism and illegal firearms possession since 1995, one year after the Zapatistas declared war on Mexico.

The iconic leader of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, subcomandante Marcos, is no longer wanted for any crimes after a Mexican federal judge announced Tuesday that the 1995 order for his arrest had expired.

Subcomandante Marcos, now known as Subcomandante Galeano, has faced charges for terrorism, sedition, and possession of firearms used by the Mexican military, among other crimes, but prosecution period for those charges have expired.

Arrest warrants for 10 other EZLN members have also expired, authorities announced Tuesday.

IN DEPTH: Zapatista Road to Resistance

The EZLN declared war against the Mexican state on January 1, 1994, launching the Indigenous...

22:19

Harnessing the power of evolution in participatory seed breeding The Ecologist

Conventional agriculture has made an enemy of evolution as pests and diseases develop resistance to biocides and over-bred hybrids succumb to them, writes Salvatore Ceccarelli. But there is another way - for farmers to participate in breeding seed lines that are continuously adapting to their environment, with ever improving yields, flavour, pest-resistance, and other sought-after qualities.

21:48

GeoNet response to February 14, 2016 M5.7 Christchurch quake The Watchers » Latest articles

In this video, scientists from New Zealand's GeoNet report the results of their monitoring of cliff collapses, liquefaction and tectonic deformation around Christchurch following the M5.7 earthquake of February 14, 2016, also known as the Valentines Day 2016...... Read more »

21:18

Claimed micro-encephaly 'conspiracy theories' are rooted in science The Ecologist

Article awaiting publication on or before 31st February

19:55

Fukushima: Nuclear Terraforming – Another Inevitable Anthropocene Cataclysm Head Space

The effects of a prolonged station blackout (SBO) caused by a 9.0 earthquake and 46 foot tall tsunami are catastrophic. The trick is to convince the American public, and indeed the world, that the worst-of-the-worst has not already happened at Fukushima. Even if that means a media campaign of fear-mongering based around a fantasy doomsday […]

18:54

Catastrophic Failure – Who is paying the price for BHP’s mine disaster in Brazil? Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

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Bento Rodrigues, Brazil by Greg Nelson

ABC Four Corners | 29 February 2016

“I ended up with nothing but the clothes I had on. I lost everything I had at home, documents, photos of my children.” Survivor

“Of course it will affect our bottom line.” Andrew Mackenzie, BHP CEO

The Melbourne headquarters of Australian mining giant BHP is a world away from the small Brazilian village of Bento Rodrigues, but what happened in this faraway place will cost BHP billions.

“The mud would come and drag me down, I would come up, it would take me down again…I screamed, calling my children, calling them, but nobody answered.” Survivor

Three months ago a horror mudslide swept through the towns and villages in the Gualaxo River Valley in Brazil, destroying homes, businesses and taking the lives of 19 people.

A tailings dam, holding back more than 50 million cubic metres of mining waste collapsed, unleashing a wave of mud several metres high. The waste in the dam came from the huge open cut Samarco iron ore mine, half owned by Australia’s BHP Billiton. Brazil’s chief environment officer calls it the biggest environmental disaster in the country’s mining history.

“This mud wave has killed anything that was alive in these water systems.” Marilene Ramos, Brazilian Environment Authority

Brazili...

18:03

FIRE-EARTH Summation: Blocks 2, 4 and 6 Fire Earth

CJ Members FIRE-EARTH Summation: Blocks 2, 4 and 6 This session will be broadcast on Ch-10 starting Monday, February 29, 2016 at 08:45UTC. Filed under: News Alert Tagged: 28 Feb 2016, 29 Feb 2016, CJ Members, FIRE-EARTH Summation

17:00

Multiple Crop Disasters Hit Eight U.S. States Fire Earth

Multiple disasters destroy or damage crops in 130 counties across eight states USDA has designated 29 counties across four states—Nevada, California, Idaho and Oregon—as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by drought that occurred from Jan. 1, 2015, through Dec. 31, 2015. Those counties are: Nevada. Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Esmeralda, […]

16:53

“You can fool some of the people all the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on.” Head Space

It’s the propaganda stupid When it comes time for authorities to speak with the public, there are three main tactics used to control the flow of information: Talking Points: We are all way too familiar with talking points by now. Talking points are meant to control the subject of a conversation, perhaps steering us towards […]

14:36

VEGAN MONDAY: TONI DEVINE’S PEPPERY MUSHROOM SOUP (BELFAST) Speak Up For The Voiceless – International Animal Rescue Foundation – Environmental News and Media

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VEGAN PEPPERY MUSHROOM SOUP (UK)

As we are now nearing the end of our South American vegan and vegetarian journey, we’ve decided to take a wee detour back to Northern Ireland (aka Belfast) for a little warmer, and wow this was one amazingly nice, warm, and actually rather filling dish. This recipe is from Mme Toni Devine whom supervised my first prepping and cooking of a dish that frankly I haven’t even made before. So what the hell, I was at the mercy of a rather calm (yet stern chef) ;O)

I’ve always purchased vegan or veggie soups from the supermarket, but today I tried a little something different, and to be honest this was the very best soup I have tried, and made, and yes I ate the lot, from the very pan I cooked it in, why not?

INGREDIENTS

One half of a red onion

1/3 of a lemon

1 punnet of button mushrooms

1 punnet of chestnut mushrooms

1 clove of garlic (I used 2)

Cup of roughly chopped parsley

Coconut cream

1 tablespoon of olive oil (optional)

1-2 small tea spoons of pepper

1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper (optional)

1 vegetable stock cube (you can make your own veggie stock)

1 large knob of vegan butter

1 1/2 large cups of boiled water

INSTRUCTIONS

Chop the half of a red onion and your parsley. Take the nob of vegan butter and add that to a hot pot. Gently cook the onions and the parsle...

13:08

Denmark Faces “Environmental Catastrophe” on a Scale Never Seen Before Earth First! Newswire

photo from @Berlingske / Twitter

photo from @Berlingske / Twitter

by Lizzie Deardon / The Independent

Danish authorities have been accused of staying quiet over an environmental disaster of historic proportions.

Several thousand tonnes of liquid fertiliser burst out of a silo in Frederica Harbour on 3 March, causing palm oil to leak from a neighbouring vat and catch on fire, starting a huge blaze.

But a Danish newspaper has accused local authorities of failing to announce the impact of the accident for several weeks, amid fears that huge amounts of toxic substances flowed into the sea and could kill countless fish.

Peter Balsgaard, a spokesperson for South Jutland Police, toldMetroxpress:  “Several thousand tonnes of liquid fertiliser were released, some of which...

12:53

Endangered Species Monday: Bombus occidentalis |Extinction is Imminent. Speak Up For The Voiceless – International Animal Rescue Foundation – Environmental News and Media

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Endangered Species Monday: Bombus occidentalis

“1/3 bites of food we eat comes from a plant that was pollinated by a bee”

What are we humans doing to Planet Earth?, We are destroying so many pollinating animals, that soon they’ll be none left. When or if that day occurs, when there are no more pollinators, we ourselves will be fighting to stay alive, can you imagine that? Human extinction is slowly in the making… …No matter how many vegans or vegetarians there are, we all require plants. No plants = No life!

That’s a Scientific Fact of Life!

Dr Jose Depre

This Monday’s Endangered Species Post (E.S.P) I document on the Western Bumble Bee. Scientifically identified as Bombus occidentalis this particular species of bee is listed as (vulnerable), and is now nearing complete extinction within the wild, despite conservation efforts aimed at reducing dangers, things certainly are not looking good for the bee, or crops the species pollinates either. Image credits: Rich Hatfield

The species was identified back in 1858 by Dr Edward Lee Greene, Ph.D, (August 10, 1843 – November 10, 1915) was an American botanist known for his numerous publications including the two-part Landmarks of Botanical History and the naming or redescribing of over 4,400 species of plants in the American West.

Endemic to: Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan, Yukon); United States (Alaska, Arizona, California,...

12:50

Mauna Loa, Earth’s largest active volcano, is still stirring The Extinction Protocol

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February 2016HAWAIIDespite not being in the headlines, Mauna Loa continues to be in a state of unrest based on seismic and deformation monitoring data. The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory’s improved seismic network began to detect increasingly frequent, small earthquakes on Mauna Loa as early as 2013. Renewed inflation of the volcano was detected by HVO’s GPS network and also with Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) in 2014. Based on the elevated rates of earthquakes and persistent inflation, the Volcano Alert Level for Mauna Loa was elevated from Normal to Advisory on September 15, 2015. According to the USGS Alert-Notification System for Volcanic Activity, an Advisory level indicates that the volcano is showing signs of unrest above known background levels, but does not mean that an eruption certain. Another period of Mauna Loa unrest in 2004–2005 included inflation and anomalous seismicity, but did not result in an eruption.
Mauna Loa, the largest active volcano in the world, has erupted 33 times since 1843. These eruptions occurred within the volcano’s summit caldera (Mokuʻāweoweo), along one of its two rift zones (Northeast and Southwest), or from radial vents located on the north and west flanks of the volcano. All historical eruptions started at the summit of Mauna Loa and then either remained in the summit area or migrated down one of the rift zones. Of the 33 eruptions, about half remained within the summit area and about half moved down a rift zone. Mauna Loa’s two most recent eruptions occurred in 1975 (summit) and 1984 (summit and Northeast Rift Zone). Both eruptions were preceded by at l...

12:50

Volcano warning issued for Mt. Io in southwestern Japan The Extinction Protocol

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February 2016JAPANThe Japan Meteorological Agency warned Sunday of a possible small eruption at Mt. Io, which straddles the southwestern prefectures of Miyazaki and Kagoshima, after observing an increase in volcanic earthquakes. The local government in Ebino city declared a 1-kilometer no-entry zone around the crater of Mt. Io, part of the Kirishima mountains.
 Volcanic activity has intensified at the 1,317-meter volcano since last year. The agency said no visible signs of eruption or crustal movement have been observed, but there have been 37 volcanic temblors by midday Sunday. –Asian Review

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12:49

Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano rocked by large explosions The Extinction Protocol

Tungurahua Volcano
February 2016ECUADORTwo moderately large explosions occurred at the volcano yesterday noon from 12:12 local time. The first and larger explosion produced an ash plume that rose approx. 5000 meters above the summit. The ash plume dispersed mainly to the west and northwest where ash fall occurred in areas including Choglontús, Pillate, Cahuaji and El Manzano.
According to IGEPN, the eruption – which came after a 3 months interval of quiet since last November – was most likely NOT the result of new magma, but instead of accumulated gas pressure in the upper conduit. Magmatic gasses (H2O, CO2 etc) still contained in older magma inside the conduit was being released quietly as the magma continued to cool and crystallize, but most of these gasses were being trapped beneath a solid plug. With time, the gas pressure increased to the critical point: the plug gave way in yesterday’s explosions.
The explosion itself, a typical so-called “vulcanian”-type eruption, was preceded only by a short (lasting little more than an hour), but intense seismic swarm of shallow earthquakes caused by internal fluid movements and rock fracturing as pressurized gasses started to disintegrate the overlying plug. –Volcano Discovery

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09:46

China Passes Seafloor Mining Law Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Unlike PNG, China has put a law in place to regulate Experimental Seabed Mining BEFORE licensing any operations – common sense really!

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The Maritime Executive | 27.02.2016

On Friday, China passed the country’s first law on deep seafloor mining. The law is designed to protect the maritime environment and ensure sustainable exploitation of its mineral resources.

Xinhua reports that the law stipulates that exploration and development should be peaceful and cooperative, in addition to protecting the maritime environment and safeguarding the common interests of mankind.

Prospectors must submit their plans to a Chinese maritime watchdog and must include environmental impact assessments in those plans. Only after the regulator approves the plans can application be made to the International Seabed Authority.

Deep sea project operators must have an emergency response mechanism and report immediately to authorities if an emergency occurs. If their activities result in pollution, they can be fined up to one million yuan ($153,000).

Operators are also required to take measures to preserve maritime ecosystems and biodiversity.

The new legislation will come into force on May 1, and it also mandates the government to formulate plans and promote research and surveys of resources.


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07:44

Irradiated Mutant Vectors: Nuclear-genetically-modified organisms, etc. Head Space

IAEA Plans Nuclear Mosquitoes to Fight Zika Virus Moscow, February 24 (QNA) – The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) plans to release via drones a large number of male mosquitoes, sterilized by radioactive material, to combat the spread of Zika virus in Brazil. The sterilized male mosquitoes will mate with females in the wild who […]

07:31

Protests continues as Whitehaven Coal destroys habitat Front Line Action on Coal

MAULES CREEK and WILLOW TREE, 29 February 2016: Protests continue in North West NSW this morning, with one man stopping stopping coal trains near Willow Tree. Three more are locked to bulldozers in the Whitehaven Coal Maules Creek mine, delaying clearing of the Leard State Forest, on Gomeroi/Gamilaraay Country.

This follows similar protests on Saturday, where three people were arrested halting Whitehaven’s operations (Media Release 27 Feb 2016). These actions follow allegations that Whitehaven have illegally cleared forest during extreme heat, in breach of their Biodiversity Management Plan (BMP) (Media Release 26 Feb 2016).

23 year old jazz saxophonist Reuben Legge, is one of the people locked to a bulldozer. “Whitehaven is brutally destroying a forest which has supported life on this planet for thousands of years, and unless we act together all our natural places will be lost” he says.

On Friday the Environmental Defenders Office, on behalf of their client South East Forest Rescue (SEFR), wrote to Whitehaven Coal and the Department of Planning, calling for an immediate investigation of the alleged non-compliance and stricter measures to prevent Whitehaven coal ignoring the rules.

Whitehaven were found to be clearing both Thursday and Friday. Both days had temperatures well above 35C, and it is alleged that clearing seems to have occurred at times when temperatures exceeded that limit.

“The 35 degree C limit was set because when it is too hot the animals hide in their hollows to conserve energy. Clearing during this heat results in higher mortality” said local ecologist Phil Spark, Front Line Action on Coal spokesperson.

“We are calling for Whitehaven to disclose their on-site readings, and for...

06:55

Uncontrolled spread of Nuclear waste material: Hanford Nuclear Reservation, USA Head Space

Gov’t: “Alarming” release of radioactivity from US nuclear site — AP: “Uncontrolled spread of contamination” — Official: Contains “high levels of radioactive isotopes” (VIDEO) Published: February 24th, 2016 at 8:31 am ET By ENENews Tri-City Herald, Feb 21, 2016 (emphasis added): The Environmental Protection Agency has called the uncontrolled spread of small amounts of radioactive […]

06:04

Viral Imagery: Bread and Circuses Head Space

“You sent a message (to) America.  When we stand together, there is no barrier too big to break.” Hillary Emails: State Discussed ‘Cooperating,’ ‘Increased Investment’ With Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Government Cover-ups are all about control of information. In the case of Benghazi, the reality of the event, the evidence of the conspiracy itself must be […]

04:28

Bio-political Health Hazard: Diabolical Conspiracies Head Space

Doctors Who Discovered Cancer Enzymes in Vaccines all Found Murdered Nagalase prevents vitamin D being produced In the body Not long ago, Neon Nettle reported on the epidemic of doctors being murdered, most of which were in Florida, U.S. The scientists all shared a common trait, they had all discovered that nagalase enzyme protein was […]

02:45

JMA warns eruption of Mount Io possible, Japan The Watchers » Latest articles

After an increase in shallow volcanic earthquakes detected on February 28, 2016, the Japan Meteorological Agency has warned a small eruption is possible at Io volcano, Mount Kirishima mountain ranges, southern Kyushu, Japan. In the event of an eruption, large stones...... Read more »

02:39

Fukushima’s “Plume-Gate” Summary Head Space

Nuclear Radiation/Environmental Hazard Something Wicked This Way Comes the Story of Plume-Gate the World’s Largest Provable Cover Up (updated on 5/23/14) This free ebook is the story of the multi-agency cover-up of the plumes and fallout from the Fukushima disaster. It is the largest collection of evidence from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission ‘s Freedom of Information […]

02:21

100% Renewable Energy Is Possible, Here’s How EcoWatch

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The most important thing to understand about the energy transition is that it’s not optional. Delay would be...

02:05

13 Foods That Help Fight Inflammation EcoWatch

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Some foods can actually help fight inflammation. These 13 foods will...

01:52

World’s First and Only Sunglasses Made From 100% Reclaimed Fishing Nets EcoWatch

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Los Angeles-based startup, Bureo, is taking a big step in fighting ocean trash with its...

00:07

Give beavers permanent British residence! The Ecologist

Beavers are Britain's native aquatic engineers and their return to sites in Scotland and England is doing wonders for the local environment, write Nigel Willby & Alan Law: restoring wetlands, recreating natural river dynamics and ecology, filtering farm pollutants from water, and improving habitat for trout and other fish.

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Sunday, 28 February

19:30

FIRE-EARTH Summation: Blocks 1, 3 and 5 Fire Earth

CJ Members FIRE-EARTH Summation: Blocks 1, 3 and 5 This session will be broadcast on Ch-10 starting Sunday,  February 28, 2016 at 12:15UTC. Filed under: News Alert Tagged: 28 Feb 2016, 29 Feb 2016, CJ Members, FIRE-EARTH Summation

19:04

Eavesdropping, Insect Biobots (Bugs), and Surveillance Head Space

Cockroach Cyborgs Use Microphones to Detect, Trace Sounds (are cameras next?) North Carolina State University researchers have developed technology that allows cyborg cockroaches, or biobots, to pick up sounds with small microphones and seek out the source of the sound. The technology is designed to help emergency personnel find and rescue survivors in the aftermath […]

18:17

Space Environment: Asteroid 2013 TX68 Fly-by Head Space

Small Asteroid to Pass Close to Earth March 8 UPDATED ON FEB. 25 AT 2:40 P.M. PT: Additional observations of asteroid 2013 TX68 have been obtained, refining its orbital path and moving the date of the asteroid’s Earth flyby from March 5 to March 8. The observations, from archived images provided by the NASA-funded Pan-STARRS […]

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Saturday, 27 February

00:50

World Trade Organisation smashes India's solar panels industry The Ecologist

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has found India's huge solar initiative 'guilty' of breaking trade rules, write Dipti Bhatnagar & Sam Cossar-Gilbert, because it gives domestic manufacturers a small 10% quota for the supply of panels, leaving up to 90% for foreign competitors. It's a warning for perils of the entire WTO system, and of even harsher trade rules like those in TPP, TTIP and CETA.

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Friday, 26 February

22:54

From pit mines to power plants, Wales must lead the UK out of coal The Ecologist

Wales should lead the UK in bringing an end to the entire coal industry from opencast mining to highly polluting power stations, writes Gareth Clubb. A new report by Friends of the Earth Cymru shows the Aberthaw plant alone imposes social and environmental costs of nearly £1 billion per year on the country and global climate.

02:55

Caucus for Clean Water in Minnesota! We All Live Downstream

By Deanna White, Minnesota Director. Follow our Minnesota staff on twitter – @CleanWaterMN

image: Stockernumber2, istock

The Minnesota caucuses take place on Tuesday, March 1. Caucus resolutions are the grassroots way of promoting your ideas and values in the political process.

Read and print out our issue resolutions, and read further down how to participate in the caucus resolution process!

Clean Water Action’s issue resolutions:

How to advance and support caucus resoluti...

Thursday, 25 February

04:45

Siberia's Heavenly Lake and 'small peoples' of the High North at risk from oil drilling The Ecologist

A vital nature preserve in western Siberia, and the indigenous peoples that inhabit it, are at risk from oil development, write Elena Sakirko & Konstantin Fomin. Oil giant Surgutneftegas is already active in the Numto Park, but now they want to extend operations into its fragile wetlands, putting at risk snow cranes, the Heavenly Lake, and the survival of the Nenet and Khanty peoples.

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