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Saturday, 05 March

02:09

Atoyac River disappears overnight after large sinkhole opens up, Mexico The Watchers » Latest articles

The Atoyac River, located in the central mountainous area of the Mexican state of Veracruz, has disappeared after a large sinkhole opened up on Sunday, February 28, 2016. In less than 48 hours, the river completely dried out. The hole, which now crosses the Atoyac...... Read more »

01:57

Supreme Court Backs EPA, Refuses to Block Mercury Emissions Rule EcoWatch

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A month after issuing a stay on the Clean Power Plan, the Supreme Court rejected...

01:45

Fossil Fuel Donations Fuel Presidential Super PACs EcoWatch

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Fossil fuel heavy hitters pumped more than $100 million into...

01:25

Feds Refer Exxon Climate Investigation to FBI EcoWatch

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The DOJ's referral to the FBI comes as a response to growing evidence that...

01:09

ZAD: Difficult to Advance for Vinci Earth First! Newswire

 

Posted on February 12, 2016 by Attaque

Translated by Act for freedom now!

zad taggedSud Ouest / February 12, 2016

Technopôle Agen-Garonne : works stopped by the zadistes again. They are still there this Friday morning at Sainte-Colombe-en-Bruilhois. The site is already a week behind. On the construction site of the remediation of the future Technopole Agen-Garonne, on the D 296 and begun there a little over three weeks ago, the days follow one after the other in the same way.

Thursday at noon, about a dozen zadistes came to peacefully occupy the area in order to stop the construction machinery. Successful operation, as the workers cut off the current to the machines before leaving the site. Same scenario this Friday morning: entrepreneurs were forced to leave as soon as they arrived. The work already is a week behind.

Already last Friday, the zadistes had expressed their opposition to this work and on Monday morning, a dozen of them had taken possession of the premises, blocking any movement of the workers. After they left, around 14 hours, two mechanical shovels were found vandalized. [see below;...

01:05

Aubrey McClendon’s Legacy Serves as Another Warning That the Age of Oil Barons Must End EcoWatch

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Just moments after posting a scathing comment to Facebook regarding...

00:57

Trees Cut as Maple Syrup Farmers Lose Eminent Domain Battle Over Constitution Pipeline Earth First! Newswire

from Energy Justice Network via EcoWatch

This article re-posted with permission from EcoWatch

Guarded by heavily armed U.S. marshals, a Constitution Pipeline tree crew began felling trees in the Holleran family’s maple sugaring stand Tuesday while upset landowners and protesters looked on.

Megan Holleran stands in front of the trees that were cut on her property Tuesday. The Hollerans lost their court battle to save their maple trees from eminent domain to make way for the Constitution Pipeline.

Megan Holleran stands in front of the trees that were cut on her property Tuesday. The Hollerans lost their court battle to save their maple trees from eminent domain to make way for the Constitution Pipeline.

The cutting began 11 days after Federal Judge Malachy Mannion dismissed charges of contempt against the landowners for...

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Friday, 04 March

23:00

Biological Health Hazard – Elizabethkingia anophelis (fatal): Wisconsin Head Space

ELIZABETHKINGIA ANOPHELIS – USA: (WISCONSIN) FATALITIES, COMMUNITY ACQUIRED, REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ************************ Published Date: 2016-03-03 19:57:24 Subject: PRO/EDR> Elizabethkingia anophelis – USA: (WI) fatalities, community acquired, RFI Archive Number: 20160303.4067424 Date: Thu 3 Mar 2016 Source: Wisconsin State Journal [edited] Health officials are testing water, skin care products and over-the-counter medications, and interviewing patients and […]

22:40

Indonesia's tsunami warning buoys not working when M7.8 quake struck on March 2 The Watchers » Latest articles

Indonesia's officials said a series of country's early-warning tsunami buoys were not working when a major M7.8 earthquake hit southwest of Sumatra on Wednesday, March 2, 2016. The buoys, deployed after a huge 2004 tsunami, are a part of sophisticated,...... Read more »

22:26

The Cradle of Conservation Latest News

Envisioning a new type of conservation in North Dakota’s broken badlands

21:59

Gather around comrades… Head Space

It’s time for an Orwellian recess We have always been at war with America!Filed under: Education, Political View Points, Randomness Tagged: a.k.a. Barack Hussein Obama, brainwashing, Communist infiltration, disastrous consequences, Government disgust, History, Manchurian Candidate, mind-control, Obama Administration, psycho-politics, Tyranny, Valerie Jarrett, White House

21:28

The ghosts of spaces destroyed and violent extremism Head Space

Obama, FBI director spar over the ‘Ferguson Effect’ on police UNCLASSIFIED The FBI: Protecting the Homeland in the 21st Century “Don’t Be a Puppet” (Video) Filed under: Education, News and politics, Political View Points Tagged: America, Animal Grievance Industry, Asian Grievance Industry, Black Grievance Industry, brainwashing, Caucasian Grievance Industry, disastrous consequences, Ferguson Effect, Homosexual Grievance Industry, […]

20:58

Synchronicity – The Illusion of Choice: “There is no such thing as coincidence…” Head Space

“Only when we stop being afraid, can we even begin to imagine what it means to truly be free.” or so it’s been said.  Fact is, the control and slavery system is about limitation of Free Will through the destruction of possibility.  See: How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations […]

20:24

“The most common characteristic of all police states is intimidation by surveillance. Citizens know they are being watched and overheard. Their mail is being examined. Their homes can be invaded.” Head Space

— A quote by Vance Packard from The People Shapers (1977). Thomas Nelson (Australia), West Melbourne, VicFiled under: Computers and Internet, Education, Political View Points, Science, Technology Tagged: bioethics, Censorship, Cultural Marxism, justifiable paranoia, mass psychology, Police State, Surveillance

19:45

Friday: Tell Idaho Representatives to Vote No on Senate Bill 1339! Wild Idaho Rising Tide

On Friday, March 4, at an unknown time, the full Idaho House of Representatives will hold the final vote on Senate Bill 1339 (S1339) [1, 2]. The Senate Resources and Environment Committee passed S1339 to the Senate floor on Friday, February 19, after an Alta Mesa oil and gas company attorney pushed for bill hearing closure, before all of the subsequently angry citizens present could testify.  Only Democrat committee member Michelle Stennett voted against this bill that, if passed by the Idaho Legislature and codified as an emergency law by Governor Otter’s signature, would expedite Idaho oil and gas development permitting procedures and further severely limit due process, associated public input and appeals, and information available to citizens, some forced to develop their mineral interests and most concerned about fossil fuel project impacts to private and public lands, water, air, and property rights [3-5].

According to Betsy Russell’s Eye on Boise, “after a two-hour debate, the Idaho Senate voted 31-4 in favor of SB 1339, a controversial proposal to streamline the process for issuing permits for oil and gas wells. The bill drew close to 100 people to an earlier hearing, most of them opposed…The bill now moves to the House side.  The Senate vote came just after 6:30 p.m. Boise time, half an hour after the Senate had been scheduled to conclude its late-afternoon session, which started at 4:30.  It was the only bill taken up.” [6]  On Tuesday, March 1, the Idaho House Resources and Conservation Committee held a hearing on this industry-promoted bill and passed S1339 on a two-to-one ratio [7].  Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) emailed letters of opposition to both Senate and House committees.

Meanwhile, on Monday, February 22, over 150 citizens participated in a rally on the Capitol steps in Boise, protesting the bill and oil and gas industry and infrastructure abuses of Idaho citizen health, private property rights, and essential air, water, an...

19:39

Radioactive/Environmental Hazard – Radiation Hazard: Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station Head Space

Vermont Yankee has as much as 10 times the amount of spent fuel rods than any of the individual Fukushima reactors North America – USA | State of Vermont, Vernon, Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station Location: 42°45’43.3″N 72°30’48.3″W Present Operational Age: >40 years Decommissioned: 2014 Estimated Date For Closure: 2073 (60 yrs) Output: 510 MWe; Type: General […]

18:01

Underground Coal Gasification Collapse Shows Fragility Of Fracking Frack Off

  • Newcastle based UCG company collapses
  • Despite £1 billion in loan guarantees
  • Could not find backers after 8 years
  • Big victory for communities UK-wide
  • Made UCG brand as toxic as its reality
  • Rebrand as “deep gas winning” failed
  • Licences will be picked up by others
  • But sets precedent, industry can be beaten
  • Shows fragility of fracking industry
  • Shale industry in US also in chaos
  • Fracking can be starved of investment
  • Community resistance key to success

17:52

There is a formula for proof – Freedom of Speech for thee, but not for me? Head Space

There’s no such thing as a coincidence… “Mass delusion is an important tool of oppressors because they can’t survive free expression. “ “Only when we stop being afraid, can we even begin to imagine what it means to truly be free.” “The most common characteristic of all police states is intimidation by surveillance. Citizens know […]

17:36

Multiple Crop Disasters Declared in Nine U.S. States Fire Earth

Extreme weather and climatic disasters destroy at least 30% of crops in 73 counties across nine states Drought Disasters The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of 15 counties in California and Arizona as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Those counties are: California.  Glenn, […]

17:26

Previously Censored by thin-skinned trolls … Head Space

There’s no such thing as a coincidence… “Mass delusion is an important tool of oppressors because they can’t survive free expression. “ There is a formula for proof – “Mass delusion is an important tool of oppressors because they can’t survive free expression. “ “Only when we stop being afraid, can we even begin to […]

16:37

Nuclear Event – Potential Uncontrolled Radiation Release: Susquehanna Nuclear Power Plant, Pennsylvania Head Space

North America – USA | State of Pennsylvania, Berwick – Susquehanna Nuclear Power Plant Location: 41°05’20.0″N 76°08’56.0″W Present Operational Age: ~34 years Emergency Level: POT UNCNTRL RAD REL Current Event Notification Report: Nuclear Event in USA on Wednesday, 02 March, 2016 at 13:30 [EST]. SECONDARY CONTAINMENT INOPERABLE “On March 2, 2016 at 1330 hrs. [EST], […]

15:59

Extreme Global Climate Change: Catastrophic Flood Basalts – from hell. Head Space

Not your typical Biblical Flood – No Humans to blame… The origins of these cataclysmic and hellacious magma floods are unclear. However, they are the result of the largest volcanic events in Earth’s history. All share the geochemical signatures of a primitive reservoir near the boundary of the mantle and core located about 1,800 miles (2,900 […]

14:06

Total solar eclipse of March 9, 2016 The Watchers » Latest articles

A total solar eclipse will take place on March 9, 2016, with the greatest eclipse at 01:58 UTC. On the same day, the Moon will reach lunar perigee - its closest point to the Earth, supermoon - and will thus create a stronger effect on Earth's oceans. The eclipse...... Read more »

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Average number of tornadoes during extreme weather outbreaks rising since 1954 The Watchers » Latest articles

New research shows the average number of tornadoes occurring during severe weather outbreaks is rising since 1954. The cause for this upward trend is still unknown. Tornadoes occur during the outbreak of extreme weather conditions caused by the large-scale weather...... Read more »

11:32

Have your say on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”) Edo QLD » News

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Submissions on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”) are open until 11 March 2016. We strongly encourage anyone concerned about the many impacts of the TPP to make a submission.

The Resolution of Appointment for the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT) provide the Terms of Reference for this inquiry.

You can view a list of the submissions already made here.

For information on how to make a submission, check out the Parlimetary Inquiry page here.

Submissions for this inquiry can be lodged online here.

09:58

Massive lava flow released 3.5 billion years ago tilted Mars The Watchers » Latest articles

A group of scientists discovered Mars' north and south pole were displaced after a huge volcano spewed massive amount of lava 3.5 billion years ago. The weight of the lava had caused the planet's outer layers to become displaced. The study explained the...... Read more »

07:55

The assassination of our sister in in struggle: Bertha Cáceres grain.org - english

The assassination of Bertha Cáceres took place in her home, while she was resting, which drastically increases the risk to women and men defenders, to the indigenous peoples who resist in communities, and to members of popular and social movement organizations who have taken up our legitimate struggle. A statement and call to action from La Via Campesina
In response to the assassination of our sister in in struggle: Bertha Cáceres

07:10

Berta Cáceres, Honduran Indigenous Rights Leader, Murdered at Home Latest News

Cáceres was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2015 for her courageous opposition to mining and other mega-development projects

06:50

Vets - rethink your support for English badger culls! The Ecologist

The British Veterinary Association has just launched its long-anticipated Animal Welfare Strategy, writes Mark Jones - and very welcome it is too. But it's also completely incompatible with the BVA's support for England's cruel and utterly unscientific badger culls. It's time for an urgent rethink.

06:26

Indigenous Activist Berta Caceres Killed in Honduras Earth First! Newswire

Berta Caceres. Photo Courtesy of RightsAndResources.org

Berta Caceres. Photo Courtesy of RightsAndResources.org

from GJEP

Berta Caceras of the Indigenous organization COPINH in Honduras was a long-time ally from before GJEP when we were working as ACERCA.  She was a powerful force and a tremendously effective organizer.  This is a horrible loss, and another example of the danger of being an Indigenous organizer taking on big companies and governments over destruction of Indigenous lands.

¡Berta Presente!

Orin Langelle and Anne Petermann

Global Justice Ecology Project


Ber...

06:13

TED Talk: ‘It’s Not Too Late for Our Oceans’ EcoWatch

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"For a long time, I thought I had to shock my audience out of their indifference with...

05:37

It is time to start talking about our hidden infrastructure (and unhiding some if it, too) We All Live Downstream

Photo Courtesy: Weather.gov

Johnathan Berard, Rhode Island State Director

For the last few months, all anyone has been able to talk about here in Rhode Island is infrastructure. It has been the unlikely topic du jour throughout the entire current legislative session, mainly because everyone from state leaders to nonpartisan think tanks has identified the state’s historic lack of investment in infrastructure as a barrier to economic growth.

Much of the brouhaha has stemmed from stark disagreements about how to pay for these desperately-needed infrastructure repairs and upgrades. The debate reached a fever pitch just a few weeks ago when the General Assembly quickly debated, passed, and sent to the governor’s desk a bill that would generate revenue for repairs to Rhode Island’s crumbling bridges and roads by levying tolls on large trucks that passed through the state.

Decisionmakers have touted the program as a win for Rhode Island’s economy—once we are able to address our infrastructure woes, the thinking is, we will be able to start growing again.

But roads and bridges are only half the story.

There is more to infrastructure than just the stuff we can see, and those hidden systems are just as critical to our way of life...

05:36

Climate Engineering Mayhem Continues To Take Its Toll Geoengineering Watch

33wDane Wigington geoengineeringwatch.org The unraveling of Earth's life support systems continues to accelerate all over the globe. Devastating droughts, highly destructive deluges, record forest fires, and completely engineered snowstorms, all are taking a horrific toll on the planet. Though academia and mainstream media still refuse to acknowledge the geoengineering atrocities, the damage related to these programs is mounting at

05:35

Bankruptcy Filing Shows Arch Coal Funded Climate Denial Group EcoWatch

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"It's very telling to confirm that E&E Legal has received Arch Coal funding since their attacks on...

05:25

Are You Drinking Teflon Contaminated Water? EcoWatch

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The bad news about a toxic chemical used to make Teflon keeps getting ...

04:56

Prize-Winning Activist Berta Cáceres Murdered in Honduras EcoWatch

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Berta Cáceres was murdered last night in her home. Reportedly, her assassins waited until...

04:38

Active volcanoes in the world: February 24 - March 1, 2016 The Watchers » Latest articles

New activity was reported for 5 volcanoes between February 24 and March 1, 2016. Ongoing activity was observed at 14 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Alaid, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Telica, Nicaragua | Tungurahua, Ecuador. Ongoing activity:...... Read more »

04:02

Do Artificial Sweeteners Affect Blood Sugar and Insulin? EcoWatch

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Artificial sweeteners are synthetic chemicals that stimulate the sweet taste receptors on the tongue. They are often ...

03:54

Victory: Alaska’s Polar Bears Win Their Day in Court EcoWatch

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Polar bears, the Obama administration and conservationists scored a major victory on ...

03:44

As Rivers Run Black in Peru, Indigenous Tribes Left Cleaning Big Oil’s Disaster

PeruRiverICOriginally published by IntercontinentalCry.org

A disastrous spate of oil spills in the Peruvian Amazon have gone from bad to worse in recent days, leaving Indigenous tribes frantically trying to clean up the mess left by the nation’s state-owned oil company.

The catastrophic ruptures in Petroperu’s Northern Peruvian Pipeline occurred on January 25 and February 3 and have threatened the water supply of nearly 10,000 indigenous people, says Amazon Watch.

On February 22, Petroperu officials confirmed to Reuters that the oil has poured into two critical Amazon River tributaries that eight Achuar tribes depend on for water. According to the news agency, these two tributaries of the Amazon River, the Chiriaco and Morona rivers, are now filled with 3,000 barrels of oil.

Critics charge that the spills continued to spread and caused far worse damage after the responsible company, Petroperu, failed to act to contain the oil released by the pipeline breakages.

A third pipeline rupture was rumored on February 19, reports Amazon Watch, but the state-owned petroleum company took to Twitter to deny those reports.

The devastating spills occurred mere months after Indigenous activists staged massive...

03:35

Honduran indigenous activist assassinated CHANGING TIMES

12805968_958420670878518_813473681682584008_nHonduran indigenous activist Berta Cáceres Flores has been murdered in her home.

Cáceres, who was the coordinator and co-founder of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations of Honduras (COPINH), and won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize (South and Central America) last year, was killed early yesterday (Thursday).

According to local reports, several assailants broke into Cáceres’ home in La Esperanza in the western province of Intibucá. The reports stated that Cáceres was shot dead at 1 a.m. local time inside her home. Her brother was reported to be wounded.

Tributes flooded in from around the world and there was a wave of shock, outrage, and deep sadness at Cáceres’ murder. The chairman of the SAVE Rivers community organisation in Sarawak, Malaysia, which Cáceres visited last October, was one of many who condemned what he described as a “heinous act”.

Amnesty International said: “The brutal killing of a vocal indigenous leader in Honduras paints a terrifying picture of the dangers faced by human rights defenders and social activists in the country.”

Cáceres was a woman of great courage and strength, and deep spirituality. She knew that her life was in danger and had received numerous death threats, but she continued to fight for the rights of indigenous people and battled against massive odds to protect Lenca land.

The president of the Goldman Environmental Foundation, John Goldman, said: “She was a fearless environmental hero. She understood the risks that came with her work, but continued to lead her community with amazing strength and conviction.”

The Canadian author and environme...

03:27

Elephants Being Slaughtered for Ivory Faster Than They Can Reproduce EcoWatch

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Despite a decrease in poaching, the overall African elephant population has fallen for the...

03:03

BREAKING: Indigenous Activist Berta Caceres Has Been Killed Global Justice Ecology Project

Berta Caceras of the Indigenous organization COPINH in Honduras was a long-time ally from before GJEP when we were working as ACERCA.  She was a powerful force and a tremendously effective organizer.  This is a horrible loss, and... Read More

The post BREAKING: Indigenous Activist Berta Caceres Has Been Killed appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.

03:00

Agriculture’s Wild Ways Latest News

Five year study explores use of wildflowers to attract native bees to farms

02:44

It’s So Warm in Alaska Snow Has to Be Brought in by Train for Iditarod EcoWatch

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For the second year in a row, snow had to be brought into Anchorage for the...

02:20

Solar Energy Will Lead the Way for New Power in 2016 EcoWatch

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For the first time ever, solar is projected to add more new capacity than...

02:07

Trudeau, Obama Set to Announce Joint Climate Strategy EcoWatch

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The exact details of the plan have not yet been revealed, but sources say ...

01:58

Bill Nye’s Solar Sail Could Revolutionize Space Travel EcoWatch

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The LightSail-2 could revolutionize and significantly lower the costs of...

01:34

Arctic on Thin Ice as Extreme Heat Takes a Toll EcoWatch

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For the second month in a row, the Arctic has set a record for lowest ever ...

01:22

Oregon Passes Historic Bill to Phase Out Coal and Double Down on Renewables EcoWatch

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Oregon just became the first state to pass legislation to get off of coal and double down on...

01:12

Natural resources, green technology and sustainable development - Green/2 Illegal Logging Portal

Date: 
5 Oct 2016
Location: 
Hotel Panorama - Zagreb, Croatia

The second international scientific and expert conference 'Natural resources, green technology and sustainable development - Green/2' will be held in Zagreb from 5th-7th October 2016. The first conference in 2014 was very sucessful with over 200 participants from 16 countries, showcasing 130 oral and poster presentations. The aim of bringing together scientists and experts from different research backgrounds was more than fulfilled and the enthiasm and support expressed by participants has prompted a second conference.

Key areas to cover include:

  • Sustainable management of ecosystems
  • Food as natural source of functional ingredients
  • Green technology for sustainable production
  • Biomass for bio-based economy
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem services

Contributions through plenary sessions, presentations, poster section are welcomed from scientists, experts and businessmen. The multidisciplinary approach will highlight the latest achievements in science, illustrate new policies, demonstrate innovative techniques and outline sustainability of natural resources. For more information visit www.green2016.sumins.hr

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01:08

Members Notice – March 3, 2016 Fire Earth

CJ Members Program in progress on FIRE-EARTH Channels… For details of program and the Q & A session, tune in to your local channels. Starting March 3, 2016 at 17:32 UTC  Filed under: News Alert Tagged: CJ Members, Fire-Earth Alert, FIRE-EARTH Program, Members Notice, News Alert, Q & A

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...

01:05

LIGHT Act? Democrat senators' new GMO label law The Ecologist

The 'Biotechnology Food Labeling Uniformity' bill has been introduced to the US Senate to require clear, simple labelling of GMOs nationwide - informing consumers while saving manufacturers from a confusing patchwork of state regulations. Could it defeat the dreaded DARK Act?

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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11:00

Central American Megaflyover to Measure Impacts of Humans & Cows in Largest Remaining Rainforests Illegal Logging Portal

With support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have embarked on an ambitious plane-based survey to gauge the influence of humans and their livestock on the largest remaining forests in Central America.

Dubbed the 'Central American Megaflyover,' the project is gathering detailed images of the largest five remaining forest blocks in Mesoamerica in flights across six countries (Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama). The findings will inform, guide, and inspire conservation action on the ground to protect these natural treasures.

The 5,000-kilometer (3,100 miles) flight started on February 26th and will continue into the middle of March. An additional 3,000 kilometers (1900 miles) will be traveled overland.

'What was once an unbroken corridor of biological wonders has become threatened by rapid deforestation and fragmentation– especially due to uncontrolled cattle ranching,' said Dr. Jeremy Radachowsky, Director for WCS’s Mesoamerica and Western Caribbean Program and a participant in the flyover. 'However, each of Mesoamerica’s five largest forests are still larger than several U.S. states. We hope to gather vital data on the region’s last wild places and gain insights on how to conserve these remaining landscapes, the irreplaceable wildlife they contain, and the services they provide to local people and all of humanity.'

Specifically, the Central American Megaflyover participants are taking high-resolution pictures for comparison with satellite imagery used to produce 'The Human Footprint,' an analysis conducted by WCS in 2002 that measured the extent of human influence across the earth’s land surface. The flyover team will both verify the original conclusions of that analysis while documenting and analyzing how huma...

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.

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Wednesday, 02 March

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...

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Civil Society briefing on the threat of lifting the logging moratorium in Democratic Republic of Congo Illegal Logging Portal

On 30th January DRC’s Minister of Environment, Nature Conservation and Sustainable Development, Robert Bopolo Mbongeza, stated that “measures are underway” to lift the moratorium on the allocation of new industrial logging concessions imposed in 2002.1 National and international non-governmental organisations believe that lifting the moratorium would likely unleash a tidal wave of environmental destruction, social abuses and corruption in the world’s second largest tropical rainforest and could seriously undermine the efforts to conserve DRC’s forests as a contribution to preventing climate change.

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Congo threatens to open world's second largest rainforest to new industrial loggers Illegal Logging Portal

A tropical rainforest more than twice the size of France is at risk of being cut down, following news from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that the government is considering re-opening its forest to new logging companies.

This comes at a time when the governments of Norway, France, Germany, the UK, and the European Union, are assessing whether to support  a billion-dollar plan proposed by the DRC government to protect the country's 1.55 million square kilometers of forests.

A coalition of environmental and anti-corruption organizations is calling on the DRC government to maintain its moratorium on the allocation of new logging licenses, which has been in place since 2002.

Irène Wabiwa Betoko of Greenpeace Africa, said: “The large-scale logging of DRC’s rainforest was and is a disaster. It not only harms the country’s environment, but also fuels corruption and creates social and economic havoc.”

Lars Løvold of Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN) said: “At a time when the global community is working together to protect the world’s last rainforests, a vital defense against climate change, the DRC government seems to be undermining the commitment to reducing emissions that it presented in Paris.

The DRC Environment Minister Robert Bopolo Bogeza recently stated that measures are being undertaken to lift moratorium on the allocation of new logging licenses, while outlining his priorities for 2016, citing the financial benefits this could bring.

Joesph Bobia of Réseau Ressources Naturelles (RRN) said: “The argument that logging can significantly contribute to government revenues is completely unfounded. Around a tenth of the DRC’s rainforest is already being logged. And yet, in 2014 the country obtained a pitiful ...

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Organic food is well worth paying for - for your health as well as nature The Ecologist

The way food is produced has a profound impact on its nutritional profile, according to research published in the British Journal of Nutrition. Not only is organic farming better for animal welfare, the environment and wildlife, writes Peter Melchett, but organic meat, dairy, fruit and vegetables all have tangible health benefits for the people who eat them.

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Tuesday, 01 March

06:07

Preventing another disastrous gas leak at Aliso Canyon We All Live Downstream

By Keith Nakatani — Oil & Gas Program Manager, California.

Invisible methane gas leaking into the atmosphere from a huge leak in the well at Aliso Canyon, photo courtesy of Earthworks. During the 16 weeks the leak was uncontrolled, it emitted greenhouse gases equivalent to the annual emissions of 450,000 cars. 

It’s not often that I’m pleased to see our lawmakers speed-up the legislative process, because it can mean special interests, such as oil and gas companies, are able to unduly wield influence behind closed doors.

With Senate Bill 380, however, Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), a staunch supporter of environmental protections, has acted quickly to try and prevent another disastrous natural gas leak at Aliso Canyon, thereby protecting the health of nearby residents and the environment. SB 380 will also buy time to fix the larger problem of weak and non-existent regulations that allowed this disaster to happen in the first place. On Monday, February 22, I testified in support of the bill at a hearing of the Assembly’s Utilities and Commerce Committee. You can watch my testimony (which begins at 36:50) or just take in the whole hearing, here.

During my testimony, I highlighted great reporting by Associated Press (AP...

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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

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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