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Thursday, 03 March

00:40

Powerful M8.1 earthquake hits far off the southwest coast of Sumatra, Indonesia The Watchers » Latest articles

A powerful and shallow earthquake registered by Geoscience Australia as M8.1 hit far off the southwest coast of Sumatra, Indonesia at 12:49 UTC on March 2, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 0 km. Both USGS and EMSC are reporting M7.9 at a depth of 10 km (6.2...... Read more »

Evidence suggests Zika virus might cause severe neurological disorder The Watchers » Latest articles

According to research published on March 1, 2016, Zika virus might cause Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), a severe neurological disorder. Zika virus infection is associated with symptoms such as fever, rash, joint and muscle pain and conjunctivitis. The...... Read more »

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Wednesday, 02 March

23:54

Site C Protesters End Blockade Earth First! Newswire

from Warrior Publications

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Site C protesters who’ve been stalling dam construction in northern B.C. say they’re packing up and ending their two-month land occupation so they won’t be arrested.

Reached this afternoon at their remote Rocky Mountain Fort protest camp, Site C opponents told CBC News they are obeying Monday’s B.C. Supreme Court order requiring them to leave the area and allow site-clearing work by BC Hydro contractors to proceed, southwest of Fort St John.

“At this time, none of us are going to be arrested, because we are law abiding citizens,” said local farmer Ar...

23:38

Florida Drops Bill to Open fracking in the Everglades After Public Outcry Earth First! Newswire

by Richard Luscombe / The Guardian

Photograph: Getty Images

Photograph: Getty Images

Environmentalists in Florida are celebrating the failure of an oil industry-backed bill they say would have opened a pathway to fracking in the ecologically sensitive Everglades wetlands.

State lawmakers unexpectedly dropped the measure in a hearing in Tallahassee on Tuesday, just as they were about to begin debate on the controversial, high-pressure drilling practice, bowing instead to a groundswell of public opinion.

More than 40 local authorities around Florida had already passed ordinances or resolutions banning fracking for oil and natural gas on their lands, a power they would have been forced to cede to a single state agency had the bill become law.

“It’s a ver...

22:32

Global Disasters/ Significant Events – March 2, 2016 Fire Earth

UPDATED Mongolian herders risk losing their livestock and livelihoods as Dzud looms Extreme winter conditions known as ‘Dzud,’ a cyclical slow-onset disaster unique to Mongolia, are being exacerbated by a summer drought and extreme overgrazing, leading to insufficient hay for winter grazing, said a report. “This, coupled with heavy snows and freezing temperatures is causing […]

16:26

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HERE’S WHY HILLARY CLINTON FORBIDS PRESS From Taking Photos Of Private Jet Travel THAT COSTS MILLIONS The press has been told by Queen Hillary to refrain from watching her get on her private jet but the bigger story is the expense of $2 million dollars by her campaign on private jets! THE LAST THING WE […]

10:38

Farmers and traders in India oppose foreign investment in local food grain.org - english

The India FDI Watch Campaign, along with the Bhartiya Udyog Vyapar Mandal (Federation of All India Traders and Industries), Federation of Associations of Maharastra, The Hawkers Federation, Janpahal and various other groups, oppose the proposal to allow 100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in food produced and manufactured in India.

09:58

The Legal Case Against HB 1140 Dakota Rural Action

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We’ve talked about why HB 1140 is bad for farmers and agriculture. But what about the bill itself, and what if it makes it into law? Kelsea Sutton, an attorney in South Dakota, breaks it down for us.

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09:58

The Legal Case Against HB 1140 Dakota Rural Action

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We’ve talked about why HB 1140 is bad for farmers and agriculture. But what about the bill itself, and what if it makes it into law? Kelsea Sutton, an attorney in South Dakota, breaks it down for us.

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09:58

The Legal Case Against HB 1140 Dakota Rural Action

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We’ve talked about why HB 1140 is bad for farmers and agriculture. But what about the bill itself, and what if it makes it into law? Kelsea Sutton, an attorney in South Dakota, breaks it down for us.

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08:58

Offshore nuclear power plants next step for seabed mining? Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

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China’s Daya Bay nuclear power plant is land-based, but future plants may be offshore

Platforms at sea to house nuclear power plants to provide electricity for seabed mining…

CHINA MULLS OCEAN-BASED NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS

Breakbulk | 29 Feb 2016

Heavy lift professionals could face dramatically different and unique challenges if China’s nuclear power industry follows through with a top official’s proposal to build the world’s first nuclear power plant at sea.

Xu Dazhe, director of the China Atomic Energy Authority, who also serves as head of the nation’s space agency, proposed the ocean-based power plant idea Jan. 27, according to state media.

The plan calls for building platforms at sea that can support relatively small nuclear power plants to provide electricity for seabed mining operations in deep waters and desalination plants near the nation’s shoreline.

Shipbuilding industry officials say they support the plan, which is already the subject of major research initiatives by science institutes linked to China National Offshore Oil Corp. and the state-run nuclear industry.

Under the plan, according to media reports, the project would include building floating as well as submersible power plant platforms. The latter would be deployed in areas where stormy seas are prevale...

08:56

Sheveluch exhibiting heightened unrest - lava domes growing, hot avalanches and fumarole activity The Watchers » Latest articles

The extrusive activity of the Sheveluch volcano in Kamchatka, Russia, shows signs of increasing, and some avalanches create several kilometers long pyroclastic flows and up to 5.1 km (17 000 feet) high ash plumes. The SW sector of the lava dome continues to produce...... Read more »

07:39

Dr. Mark Hyman: Eat a Diet Rich in Omega 3s for Optimal Health and Weight Loss EcoWatch

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For optimal health, replace these damaging omega 6 fats with healthy ones, including...

07:21

What Climate Deniers Had to Say About Leo’s Oscars Speech EcoWatch

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Millions heard the call for climate action on Sunday night, when Leonardo DiCaprio ...

06:53

ResistAIM Defenders Halt Hudson River Drilling for AIM Pipeline Earth First! Newswire

from Resist AIM Pipeline

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Buchanan, NY 02-29-16 – Today at 6 AM, 26 people took action and 11 were arrested to stop the AIM pipeline from being built in Westchester and Rockland by blocking access for over an hour to Spectra Energy’s staging area for horizontal drilling under the Hudson River. Spectra Energy’s Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) project would involve drilling underneath the Hudson River in Verplanck, immediately south of Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant. The new high-pressure, 42-inch diameter pipeline would run within 105 feet of critical infrastructure for Indian Point and would expose local communities to toxic emissions from compressor stations along the pipeline path.

The group of activists and residents chose the site because it highlights the danger of the proposed pipeline, running underneath the Hudson River and adjacent to the troubled Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant. In May of 2015 , Spectra Energy had a pipeline rupture underneath the Arkansas River and w as unaware of it until the Coast Guard informed them. “If Spectra cannot adequately maintain and monitor their existing pipelines, why should we believe that they can do so for this new...

05:59

Award-winning Colombian film, “The Embrace of the Serpent”, is not sitting well with a local indigenous community Mongabay Environmental News

The Colombian production has won most of the biggest international film awards, among them the Art Cinema Award at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and recently, it was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars. It marks the first time that a Colombian movie receives such an honor, and its among the few films that have made indigenous peoples and the Amazon its central focus on the big screen. For seven weeks, the film crew worked in the jungle, in the provinces of Vaupés and Guainía, deep in Colombia's Amazon region. The story is based on a historical event: the script was inspired by the expedition notes taken in the early 20th century voyage led by Theodor Koch-Grünberg, a German explorer who made one of the greatest contributions to the study of indigenous peoples in South America, particularly in Brazil and Venezuela. In the movie, the protagonist is a shaman called Karamakate, --played by the actor Miguel Dionisio Ramos, of ticuna ethnic background-- the last of his tribe still alive. Alongside Theodor Koch-Grünberg and the American scientist, Richard Evans Schultes, Karamakate goes out on an expedition in search of a sacred plant known as delyakruna. The three men's adventures, and the dynamic that plays out between Karamakate and the two foreigners interested in his culture, are at the core of this story. Jessica Kiang, writing for the Indieware blog, described Karamakate's character as "an immaculate portrait of the unfathomable loneliness and crushing survivor's guilt that comes with being the last of one's kind." It may be that critics and audiences around the world are in love with The Embrace of the Serpent,…

03:25

Monarch butterfly decline can only be stopped by a ban on glyphosate The Ecologist

Monarch butterfly numbers are dwindling despite protection of their wintering forests in Mexico, and voluntary schemes to restore their food plant, milkweed, in US field margins, writes Eva Sirinathsinghji. These measures alone are insufficient: no less than an end to the mass spraying of glyphosate on crops, predicated by 'Roundup-ready' GM corn and soy, will do.

02:13

Democrats Slam GOP Candidates on Climate Change: ‘Do Your Job’ EcoWatch

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The Democratic Party released a video on Sunday slamming the ...

02:00

Fighting for the Fishing Cat Latest News

Conservationists working to save endangered feline in Nepal struggle to compete for attention with iconic tiger

01:58

FIRE-EARTH Science Team: Announcement 301 Fire Earth

CJ Members Announcement 301 FIRE-EARTH Science Team’s Announcement 301 will be broadcast on Ch-11 starting Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 18:15UTC. Filed under: News Alert Tagged: Announcement 301, Ch-11, CJ Members, FIRE-EARTH Science Team

01:56

16 School Lunch Programs Making a Difference EcoWatch

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More than 31 million children in the U.S. consume most of their daily caloric intake at ...

01:45

Vast Gap Seen in Climate Adaption Spending Across 10 of the World’s Biggest Cities EcoWatch

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The amount of money going towards adapting to climate change in 10 of the world’s biggest cities has...

01:31

Presidential Candidates and Renewable Energy: Where Do They Stand? EcoWatch

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Renewable energy is a particularly hot issue in this year’s presidential ...

01:08

World’s Largest Floating Solar Farm to Provide 10 Million People With Clean Drinking Water EcoWatch

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The Thames Water floating solar farm will be the largest floating solar farm in...

00:42

5 Years Later Fukushima Still Spilling Toxic Nuclear Waste Into Sea, Top Execs Face Criminal Charges EcoWatch

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Five years after the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, three former executives of ...

00:17

Tall stories: BBC's anti-science support for badger culling The Ecologist

A programme to be broadcast on BBC2 promoting badger culling as the answer to bovine TB is praised in the corporation's flagship Radio Times, writes Lesley Docksey. But both are criticised by experts for their inaccuracy and bias. The main reservoir for bTB is, and always has been, the cattle themselves - and that's where the real solutions begin.

00:06

Protests Continue as Whitehaven Coal Destroys Habitat Earth First! Newswire

from Front Line Action

zoomed-150x150Protests continued in North West NSW yesterday 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 Whiteh...

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Tuesday, 01 March

23:58

Fifty Pheasants Liberated from Game Farm in OR Earth First! Newswire

from It’s Going Down

clement-mericOn the night of February 28th, in an act of love, 50 ringnecked pheasants were liberated from the Estacada Game Farm in Beavercreek, Oregon. These birds would have otherwise been sold to sport hunting outfitters and killed for entertainment. The pheasants thrashed through the air in all directions as they made their way to freedom in the surrounding fields and meadows.

This action is dedicated to the memory of Clément Méric, an anti-fascist vegan who was murdered by neo-nazi skinheads in Paris, France in 2013. We will never forget, we will never forgive.

23:25

Powerful blizzard hits northern Japan The Watchers » Latest articles

Northern Japan has been hit by one of the worst winter storms of the season on Monday, February 29, 2015. JMA warned another blizzard, the worst in years, was expected to hit Hokkaido early Tuesday, March 1. Hokkaido Shimbun reported on Monday one person was found...... Read more »

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Another rapid beach erosion event at Inskip Point, Australia The Watchers » Latest articles

Months after a major 'sinkhole' swallowed a campsite near popular Rainbow Beach in Queensland, Australia, another rapid beach erosion event occurred in the same area on March 1, 2016. According to Queensland Parks and Wildlife, the activity started at the...... Read more »

20:41

Dazzling meteor lights up skies over Scotland The Watchers » Latest articles

A dazzling meteor lit up skies over Scotland at 18:49 UTC on February 29, 2016, turning night into day for several seconds. The white light, seen across Perthshire, Aberdeenshire and the Highlands, was followed by a rumbling sound that lasted about 10 seconds,...... Read more »

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Sudden stratospheric warming to bring a snap of cold weather over UK The Watchers » Latest articles

Meteorologists from the UK Met Office have predicted a sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) will occur in early March 2016. The phenomena could affect the surface weather, increasing the risk of prolonged wintry conditions over parts of northern Europe and the UK. The...... Read more »

02:22

Climate change is killing off India’s bees The Ecologist

A warming climate and the loss of natural areas are driving Indian bee colonies to the brink, writes Premila Krishnan. Losing this cousin of our European honeybee could be disastrous, as rural communities depend on their honey for food and income, and the bees perform vital pollination services.

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Monday, 29 February

06:04

Viral Imagery: Bread and Circuses Head Space

“You sent a message (to) America.  When we stand together, there is no (Constitutional) barrier too big to break.”   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 kept hidden from the American  public at all costs. Of […]

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Saturday, 27 February

01:39

HS2 or HSUK - the quicker, cheaper, emissions-cutting, low impact high speed rail network? The Ecologist

High Speed UK is the greener, well-connected alternative to HS2, write Colin Elliff, Andrew Coulson & Stephen Stretton - and it would save taxpayers billions. Financed by taxing property owners in connected cities on their windfall gains, HSUK would create a low fare, high capacity, interconnected railway network which would generate huge long-term profits for the nation.

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Friday, 26 February

12:59

Open letter to the people of China, President Xi Jin-ping and Premier Li Ke-qiang concerning ChemChina's acquisition of Syngenta grain.org - english

The undersigned representatives of civil society organisations convey our concerns and express our opposition to what would be the biggest acquisition by a Chinese company to date—ChemChina's bid to acquire Syngenta Corporation, the inventor and primary manufacturer of highly hazardous agrochemicals, including atrazine and paraquat.

11:47

Monsanto's dream bill is back Pesticide Action Network

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You heard right, the "DARK Act" is back. Next week, Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) is planning to introduce a bill that would block state rights to label genetically engineered (GE) food, even if labeling laws are already on the books. The bill would also prohibit states from regulating GE crops at all.

GE labels  — coming to a store near you?

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Thursday, 25 February

00:33

Five ways to slash London's lethal air pollution The Ecologist

Today's threats of legal action by ClientEarth against the UK Government highlight the problem of London's poisonous air, which is killing some 10,000 people a year, writes John Weeks. Fortunately there are simple, low cost, effective measures that could be taken to bring about big improvements to the city's air quality, fast.

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