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Friday, 04 March

01:06

At least 24 people dead and 30 missing after flash-floods hit Lubango, Angola The Watchers » Latest articles

At least 24 people have been killed, and 30 are missing after flash-flood swept through a market in the city of Lubango, southern Angola, the Angop news agency reported on March 3, 2016. According to Angop, the Capitao River, swollen by nearly 24 hours of torrential...... Read more »

Powerful M7.8 earthquake hits far off the southwest coast of Sumatra, Indonesia The Watchers » Latest articles

A powerful and shallow earthquake registered by Geoscience Australia as M7.8 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. USGS is reporting M7.8 at a depth of 24 km (14.9 miles). EMSC...... Read more »

01:06

Climate Change Could Kill Half a Million Annually by 2050 EcoWatch

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Droughts, floods and other climate-related impacts will hurt crop yields and reduce the amounts of...

00:40

Trees Cut as Maple Syrup Farmers Lose Eminent Domain Battle Over Constitution Pipeline EcoWatch

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“I have no words for how heartbroken I am. We've been preparing for this for years, but watching the...

00:29

Methane Leaks Across US Pose a Much Greater Threat than Aliso Canyon Earth First! Newswire

by Leah Messinger / The Guardian

 A protester at a public hearing before the South Coast Air Quality Management District in southern California. The Aliso Canyon leak has spewed 80,000 metric tons of methane since October, displacing thousands. Now experts say smaller leaks across the US pose a greater threat. Photograph: David McNew/Getty Images

A protester at a public hearing before the South Coast Air Quality Management District in southern California. The Aliso Canyon leak has spewed 80,000 metric tons of methane since October, displacing thousands. Now experts say smaller leaks across the US pose a greater threat. Photograph: David McNew/Getty Images

When Stephen Conley, an atmospheric scientist and pilot, saw an emissions indicator skyrocket in his Mooney TLS prop plane, he knew he had found a significant methane leak. His gas-detecting Picarro analyzer indicated he was flying through a plume of gas escaping at 900kg per hour. The colorless, odorles...

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Thursday, 03 March

19:23

Donation enable us to continue to work

Ellen White - founder of BSCFL and inventor of the Bitou Bush Crowning method - working with volunteer Terry Hamil

Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare volunteers are passionate about implementing sustainable land management. We are currently working on 5 hectares of dunes at Brunswick Heads removing Bitou Bush and Glory Lily using very effective chemical free techniques. The results have been even more effective that we could have hoped for.

We are supported by Mullum S.E.E.D. inc. which also runs the award winning Mullumbimby Community Garden, but it is donations from local businesses and individuals that enable us to continue our work.

We would like to thank The Sunglass Fix for their recent donation. Did you know that you can replace a broken sunglasses lens? Sunglass Fix is a Byron Shire company manufacturing up to 42,000 Australian made lenses per day. They export any model of lens that you can think of, all around the world, for around 10% of the total cost of the original sunglasses. So check their web site https://www.thesunglassfix.com.au/ and feel happy that you don’t need to buy new sunglasses, you can fix them. Very cool.

Your donation over $2 to BSCFL through Mullum S.E.E.D. is tax deductible, so if you can’t get to the dunes at Brunswick Heads to help us remove Bitou Bush, but you are like us and want to care for our country, you can donate to us online at Mullum Seed and choose our project from the list.

All donations given to BSCFL are used for the payments of tools, administration expenses and chemical-free bush regenerators.

If you have any questions please email byronshirechemicalfreelandcare@gmail.com.
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17:04

Samarco could pay up to US$7.7 billion in damages Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

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Mike King | The Motley Fool

The mining company Samarco and its joint owners BHP Billiton Limited and Vale have agreed to pay the Brazilian government an estimated 10 billion reals (US$2.6 billion) in damages for the tailings dam collapse in November 2015. But the costs could spiral much higher.

Brazilian Attorney General Luís Inácio Adams speaking at a press conference with the country’s environment minister Izabella Teixeira said, “It could be as much as R$30 billion. We don’t know and no one knows how much is needed in repairs and compensation.”

The settlement was reached overnight, following the collapse of two tailings dams that killed 19 people, left hundreds of people homeless and polluted a major river. It is considered to be Brazil’s worst environmental disaster. Six Samarco executives and one contractor were arrest last week by Brazilian police and accused of murder in connection with the dam spill.

Tailings dams are designed to store much of the by-product produced by mining operations, but much of it can be toxic and include arsenic, lead and mercury. The dams are usually meant to store the mine runoff indefinitely, with the height of the dam walls gradually being increased over time as storage builds up. In some cases, severe rainfall or earthquakes can damage the tailings dam walls. The cause of the two tailings dams failing in Brazil has not yet been identified.

Samarco will pay 4.4 billion reals to a Foundation over the next three years to fund the clean up and pay for compensation, and then b...

16:34

Indian Point – We Are Flirting With Catastrophe DiaNuke.org

Indian Point – We Are Flirting With Catastrophe a transcript of the February 16th installment of The Big Picture, hosted by Thom Hartmann, broadcast on Russia Today, February 16, 2016 (Posted on Dianuke for non-commercial use.) Alexey Yaroshevsky, RT America joins Thom Hartmann. For years people have been claiming that […]

The post Indian Point – We Are Flirting With Catastrophe appeared first on DiaNuke.org.

14:46

Biological Health Hazard – Listeria (Listeriosis) Outbreak: Green leafy vegatable contamination (Fatal) – USA/Canada Head Space

LISTERIOSIS – USA, CANADA (04): FATAL, PRE-PACKED SALADS, SAME GENOTYPE *********************************************************************** Published Date: 2016-03-02 11:14:25 Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> Listeriosis – USA, Canada (04): fatal, pre-packed salads, same genotype Archive Number: 20160302.4062396 Date: Mon 29 Feb 2016 Source: Food Poisoning Bulletin [edited] The state of New York has been hard hit in the _Listeria monocytogenes_ outbreak linked […]

13:44

Nuclear Event – Automatic Reactor trip: Seabrook Nuclear Generating Station, Unit 1, NH Head Space

Nuclear Event – Reactor Trip North America – USA | State of New Hampshire,  Seabrook Nuclear Generating Station, Unit 1 Location: 42°53′56″N 70°51′03″W Present Operational Age: ~26 years Event: RPS ACTUATION – CRITICAL Nuclear Event in USA on Wednesday, 02 March, 2016 at 02:53 [EST] TURBINE TRIP CAUSING A REACTOR TRIP “The turbine tripped for an […]

13:16

Strong M7.8 Seismic Event: Coscos Basin, West Sumatra, Indonesia Head Space

The earthquake occurred offshore, in the Coscos Basin, Region of West Sumatra, approximately 600 km to the southwest of the major subduction zone offshore Sumatra at which the India and Australia plates subduct to the north-northeast beneath the Sunda plate. Nearest place is 659km (409mi) SW of Muara Siberut, Indonesia.   Natural Hazard – Seismic […]

08:36

PNG’s Ok Tedi copper mine restarts following operations suspension due to El Nino Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

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Xinhua News Agency | 2016-03-02

Papua New Guinea (PNG)’s Ok Tedi copper mine has restarted following an operations restructure after it was put in care and maintenance mode when transport links were cut due to the El Nino induced drought, local media reported Wednesday.

The current El Nino cycle has disrupted production across a wide range of commodity producers last year after water levels for milling operations across the Pacific Rim.

However, the restart on Tuesday following statutory safety approvals from Papua New Guinea’s Mineral Resource Authority (MRA) will likely further depress copper prices already reeling from a prolonged downturn and a surge in supply, forcing high cost producers out of the market.

“The temporary closure has given management an excellent opportunity to restructure the whole operation, as well as do some major maintenance programs,” the PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum said in a statement to local newspaper The Post Courier on Wednesday.

“With a much leaner and meaner structure, the Chamber believes that he mine can be profitable by the end of the year, even at current copper/gold prices.”

Ok Tedi, which declared force majeure on its sales contracts on Aug. 17 due to the drought said it expected to loose 65,000 tonnes of copper in concentrate when it announced the suspension.

The restart of Ok Tedi is a bright spot for the local economy as depressed commodity prices from global oversupply and mining shut downs from the El Nino induced drought have seen government revenue...

07:52

Climate Justice Forum: Idaho Oil & Gas Bill & Protest, Shell Arctic Drilling Blockader Hearings 3-2-16 Wild Idaho Rising Tide

The Wednesday, March 2, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) discusses upcoming, regional, climate activism opportunities, Idaho oil and gas Senate Bill 1339 and resistance to its restricted public participation processes, and Coast Guard hearings employing the climate change necessity defense of Shell Arctic drilling ship blockaders.  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.


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07:30

EPA and Congress Step Up Activity on Lead in Water and Drinking Water Investment and Innovation We All Live Downstream

By Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Director. Follow Lynn on twitter – @LTCWA

Water_Drinking_WateR_National_Three_Glasses_2_600x400On February 29, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials sent two important letters to Governors and state agency heads addressing lead in drinking water.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy wrote to Governors asking them to join her in taking action to strengthen drinking water protection. She asked Governors to give high priority to upcoming meetings that EPA staff will be having with each state agency to ensure that the Safe Drinking Water Act Lead and Copper Rule is being properly implemented. She also asked for their leadership in improving transparency and communication with the public about lead in drinking water. She noted that EPA will be working with states and other stakeholders on strategies and actions to improve the safety and sustainability of drinking water systems.

EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator Joel Beauvais in the Office of Water wrote to the heads of state agencies responsible for implementation of the Safe Drinking Water Act. EPA announced that the agency is increasing oversight of state programs to ensure that the Lead and Copper Rule is being implemented correctly. EPA asked for their leadership to make sure that state activities are consistent with federal regulation and guidance, to ensure that states are using the relevant federal gui...

07:15

Moscow WIRT Gathering at 7 pm Wednesday, March 2 Wild Idaho Rising Tide

Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) welcomes you at the monthly, first Wednesday, Moscow area climate activist gathering at 7 pm this Wednesday, March 2, at The Attic, up the back stairs of 314 East Second Street, Moscow, Idaho.  Please call 208-301-8039 for agendas, carpools, and directions for this meeting and other events across the region.  At this convergence, we will plan and delegate work on:

* Resistance to Idaho Legislature passage of Senate Bill 1339 that severely limits public knowledge and participation in oil and gas development permits, appeals, and mineral owner forced pooling

* Break Free planning meetings in Eugene and Portland for a mid-May direct action coordinated by regional Rising Tide, 350, and allied groups

* An open-house event for northern Idaho activists at the new WIRT Sandpoint office

* Screenings and panel discussions of This Changes Everything on Tuesday, March 29, in Moscow and on Wednesday, March 30, in Sandpoint

* The Fifth Annual Celebration of Wild Idaho Rising Tide benefit concert, with Henry C and the Willards, potluck food, and beer and wine, on Saturday, April 2, in Moscow

* Direct action training camps, educational workshops, presentations, peaceful protests, and anti-fossil fuel campaigns in spring and summer 2016

We need your input at the table and on the ground!  Please bring your friends, family, ideas, and energies to emerging plans for upcoming, frontline demonstrations of dirty energy resistance.  Thanks!


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06:56

Miserable Little Monsanto Protest Blog - Reverend Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir

12779152_10153276626900974_5810900937746362581_o.jpgIt was raining too hard that afternoon for the police to come out and threaten us, as they did last time we offered our anti-RoundUp caroling at the NY Parks headquarters. We had a great Youtube in mind, but the photogenic young students hadn’t worn rain gear, and the teacher in charge turned the bus around and returned downtown, and no-one blamed them. In the era of climate chaos, bad weather isn’t just bad weather anymore. You have micro-bursts that come out of broad daylight and throw century-old trees across the lawn. 

We have staged “Miserable Little Protests” before. And at least “Food and Water Watch” was there, and brought the only sign. The NoSpray Coalition was there, and the New York Environmental Law and Justice Project. We didn’t bring a bullhorn, anticipating cops and their blatantly illegal amplified sound rules. So if I tell the truth at 10% the decibels of some screeching garbage truck braking for a red light, then I need a 2 month-long permit process. Can we say “1st Amendment” ?

Anyway where was I? Oh, soaking wet in a storm you couldn’t even call Super. Just a downpour on the radicals, as our delegation mounted the steps of the of the Parks building, to meet with the deputy commissioner - head of the glyphosate sprayers who claim they aren’t hurting anybody. We say “Your records say you spray on playgrounds, picnic areas, and hiking paths.” They say, “Well, it is minimal.” There are glyphosates in our shivering bodies.

06:38

A Behind the Scenes Look at How Solar Energy Beat the Odds EcoWatch

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Our industry has come a long way in shaping solar into a serious source for ...

06:33

Call for Solidarity for Activists in Norway Global Justice Ecology Project

Via SaveTheFjords.com For three weeks local and environmental activists shut down the exploration mining on top of Engebø mountain in the west of Norway. The Norwegian government has given Nordic Mining permission for a open-pit mine, that will... Read More

The post Call for Solidarity for Activists in Norway appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.

06:31

12 Breathtaking Photos of Yellowstone National Park EcoWatch

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Yellowstone is home to bison, bear, elk, wolves and many other species, including 67 species of...

06:18

Top 25 American Cities With the Best Public Transit EcoWatch

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Think you live in one of the top U.S. cities for public transit? Now you can find out...

06:00

David Suzuki: Putting a Price on Carbon EcoWatch

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The principle that polluters should pay for the waste they create has led many experts to ...

05:46

Scientists Find Answer to Why Thousands of Sea Lion Pups Are Starving EcoWatch

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Scientists finally have an explanation for why so many starving sea lions have...

05:45

Thai Officials Reject Controversial Tiger Temple’s Application for a Zoo Permit Latest News

Big cats held at the temple will be rescued at the rate of five individuals a month

05:25

6 Ways to Boost Your Immune System EcoWatch

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The link between strong immunity and nutritional intake is...

05:23

Asteroid 2013 TX68 to pass close to Earth on March 8 The Watchers » Latest articles

Asteroid 2013 TX68, with an estimated size of 30 meters (100 feet), is expected to make a close flyby of Earth around 00:06 UTC on March 8, 2016. Discovered on October 6, 2013, by the Catalina Sky Survey, asteroid 2013 TX68's orbit is still quite uncertain, and...... Read more »

Newly discovered asteroid 2016 DV1 to make a very close flyby of Earth on March 3, 2016 The Watchers » Latest articles

A newly discovered asteroid named 2016 DV1 is expected to make a very close flyby of Earth on March 3, 2016. 2016 DV1 is an Apollo class asteroid discovered on February 28, 2016. Its estimated size is between 28 and 62 meters (92 to 203 feet), which is about twice...... Read more »

05:11

Earth Institute Student Transforms Passion Into Action EcoWatch

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Turning passion for the environment into action that transforms how organizations do business requires...

03:19

European Union - stop glyphosate reauthorisation! The Ecologist

Next week, EU governments will vote on whether to re-authorise the weedkiller glyphosate, judged by IARC to be a probable human carcinogen, writes Molly Scott Cato. The disgraceful shenanigans of the Commission and the European Food Safety Agency to date provide a clear example of the EU and member states conspiring with corporations, against citizens.

02:47

Drought in Syria Likely the Worst in 900 Years EcoWatch

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The unrelenting drought gripping Syria and the rest of the eastern Mediterranean is...

02:27

Presidential Candidates Talk Climate, Energy on Super Tuesday EcoWatch

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As millions of Americans cast their votes on Super Tuesday, many of the candidates used the...

02:16

53,000 Nigerian oil spill victims press new Shell lawsuits The Ecologist

A year after Shell was forced into a £55 million settlement with an indigenous community in Nigeria devastated by oil spills, a UK High Court judge has allowed two new such cases to proceed on behalf of some 43,000 subsistence farmers and fishers whose livelihoods have been wiped out by the same cause.

01:58

Magnitude 7.8 – Southwest of Sumatra, Indonesia – March 2, 2016 BC-ESP Seismograms

USGS Tectonic Summary
“This event occurred as a result of strike-slip faulting within the oceanic lithosphere of the Indo-Australia plate. This event is located 600 km to the southwest of the major subduction zone that defines the plate boundary between the India/Australia and Sunda plates offshore Sumatra. At this location, the India/Australia plates move north-northeast relative to the Sunda plate at a velocity of about 55 mm/yr.”

Magnitude 7.8
Time:  2016-03-02 12:49:48 UTC
659km (409mi) SW of Muara Siberut, Indonesia
Location:  -4.908°S   94.275°E
Depth:  24km

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01:50

February Shatters Global Temperature Records, Satellite Data Show EcoWatch

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February ​shattered the global ​satellite temperature records to become the...

01:31

Total Climate Control Captured On Satellite Images Geoengineering Watch

43Dane Wigington geoengineeringwatch.org The radar loop film footage in the 6 minute video below is an exceptional documentation of the total climate control that is being inflicted on our once thriving planet. The ongoing global geoengineering assault is becoming unimaginably blatant and extreme. The greater the damage to the climate system becomes, the more the climate engineers ramp up their

00:40

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

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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 […]

12:43

Test the air, get answers for frontline communities EARTHblog

Every day, an average adult takes about 20,000 breaths to get the oxygen needed for survival. Unfortunately, for the growing number of people living near oil and gas development, that many breaths also provides ample opportunities to take in health-harming pollution. 

The shale boom of the last several years has intensified drilling in many places and introduced it in others, adding onto previous drilling and bringing the number of active oil and gas wells nationwide to 1.1 million in 2014. 

No wonder oil and gas field residents keep asking basic questions: “What’s in my air?” and "Why is it making me sick?” Yet both the regulators who oversee the oil and gas industry and the policymakers who determine its course respond only with partial, ambiguous answers. They don’t regularly monitor the air directly around well sites and facilities, accurately track the emissions generated, or use the right health standards to judge risks to residents.

Earthworks believes that communities need better answers, and that much more must be done to improve understanding of oil and gas air pollution. That's why I wrote a new paper from Earthworks on community-based air monitoring projects, which are designed to put information in the hands of impacted residents and force regulators and decisionmakers to take action. The paper describes air monitoring methods currently available for these projects, as well as a range of factors that should be considered by anyone doing community-based air monitoring.

The dual goals behind such projects—community support and regulatory response—were the impetus for Earthworks’...

05:45

The Shaman's cure: a Gaian awakening The Ecologist

An encounter with a Colombian shaman led Peter Bunyard on a spiritual journey into and beyond the living, breathing, transpiring Amazon rainforest, providing key insights into the essential role of the great tropical forests in the workings of Gaia. He emerged re-energised from his visions - and inspired to redouble his efforts to save our wondrous planet.

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.

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.

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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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Sunday, 28 February

18:37

Donation enable us to continue to work

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Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare volunteers are passionate about implementing sustainable land management. We are currently working on 5 hectares of dunes at Brunswick Heads removing Bitou Bush and Glory Lily using very effective chemical free techniques. The results have been even more effective that we could have hoped for.

We are supported by Mullum S.E.E.D. inc. which also runs the award winning Mullumbimby Community Garden, but it is donations from local businesses and individuals that enable us to continue our work.

We would like to thank The Sunglass Fix for their recent donation. Did you know that you can replace a broken sunglasses lens? Sunglass Fix is a Byron Shire company manufacturing up to 42,000 Australian made lenses per day. They export any model of lens that you can think of, all around the world, for around 10% of the total cost of the original sunglasses. So check their web site https://www.thesunglassfix.com.au/ and feel happy that you don’t need to buy new sunglasses, you can fix them. Very cool.

Your donation over $2 to BSCFL through Mullum S.E.E.D. is tax deductible, so if you can’t get to the dunes at Brunswick Heads to help us remove Bitou Bush, but you are like us and want to care for our country, you can donate to us online at http://www.mullumseed.org.au/donate and choose our project from the list.

All donations given to BSCFL are used for the payments of tools, administration expenses and chemical-free bush regenerators.

If you have any questions please email byronshirechemicalfreelandcare@gmail.com.

Nadia de Souza Pietramale
Project coordinator

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Saturday, 27 February

06:58

The Blue Moon That Lights The Way Blog - Reverend Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir

The hidden world of Monsanto is beyond the powers of the naked eye. My assignment, which I chose to accept, is to assume the guise of a a super-pest and journey into the hidden world of the chemical giants. I am as tall as a strand of DNA – a single cell animal.

From my experience of the Incredible Shrinking Man movies I was not prepared for the phantasmagora of the small world. A pollen grain of the Himalayan Blue Poppy was hovering over me like a jagged moon. I was dazzled.

I almost didn’t notice a gang of glyphosates drop in the blood-void before me. I thought my number was up. I’ll be killed by this band of plastic samurai, I’m thinking. They were like Christian missionaries with fangs.

Suddenly Monsanto thugs in lab-coats started throw knives at the blue poppy. Then Monsanto executives crashed their corporate jets in the moon's ghostly mountains. A deadly chaos overwhelmed the organic world. I was having trouble keeping my balance. Volunteer photosynthecizers flooded the corporate SWAT teams. This was a pitched battle, a nano-Syria.

Now writing to you from my six foot tall body again - I have to say first of all - there is fascism beyond the veil of reality that we consumers are permitted to see. It is laughable to say that the chemical companies are unregulated there. Around the bend is a massacre. 

They have gotten in there somehow. They have found a profit center in the invisible world that we breathe. The corporations are inside us.

I got out of there but I will go back. Will you come with me? We must make a report and get back out to our larger selves, like a trip to jail to get an education. 

This chemical warfare from the dictator strongmen of Monsanto and Syngenta and Bayer. They are counting on hiding their war on life from the resistance. 

But the blue poppy moon is rising.

03:10

Dirty business: Africa's unregulated lead battery smelting The Ecologist

Africa's car battery recycling industry is anything but green, write Desirée García & Javier Marín on African Environment Day. Toxic emissions from the re-smelting of lead from old batteries is poisoning workers and nearby communities. And among the buyers of the lead are EU car companies, apparently indifferent to the death, disease and contamination they are financing.

Friday, 26 February

11:00

Long-term outlook for wood construction in Europe Illegal Logging Portal

The commonly held expectation, particularly in the forest sector, is that the long-term outlook for wood construction is very positive. The typical arguments for the view are related to the potential environmental, economic and quality-related benefits of substituting, for example, steel reinforced concrete structures for industrially prefabricated wood-based elements. However, Elias Hurmekoski from EFI suggests that the expectations for the diffusion of wood construction in Europe are to some extent unjustified.

In his doctoral dissertation, entitled  Long-term outlook for wood construction in Europe, Hurmekoski analysed the factors affecting the long-term market potential of wood construction in Europe. The results suggest that the market potential of wood construction does not necessarily correspond to the technical potential, due to the risk-averse nature of the industries and cultural and structural constraints. Without major changes in the structure and characteristics of the industries, or in the incentives for green building, the diffusion of wood construction in Europe is likely to be a gradual process, subject to significant inertia. By 2030, wood construction would seem to remain restricted to regions that have large forest resources and therefore significant economic and societal interest for utilizing the resources in a large scale and in high added value products.

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