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Sunday, 06 March

01:56

Iowa Grannies Plant Seed for Solar Tree EcoWatch

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As a game-changing "solar tree" public art initiative, the 100 Grannies for a Livable Future are...

00:58

France: Demo Against State of Emergency in Solidarity with ZAD Earth First! Newswire

from Squat!net

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No injuries, nor arrests; instead, numerous facades revisited!

Nearly 400 people marched in Nantes in the context of the week of resistance. The lead banner, decorated with the cartoon bird “the king and the mocking bird”, called for resistance against the states of emergency, whilst referencing Kobane to Kurdistan, Ferguson to the United States, and Notre-Dame-des-Landes in France.

300 police offices were supposed to prevent access to certain areas but they couldn’t prevent the redesigning of facades of some public buildings, banks, estate agencies and the Socialist Party office located on the path of the demonstration.

Demonstrators dressed in black, masked, and some with gas masks – with fire-extinguishers, paint, and egg bombs – were able to indulge in paint and political graffiti on the walls of the city.

The police used several tear gas grenades following throws of projectiles, but the procession continued its course despi...

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Saturday, 05 March

20:15

In Perspective: Politicized Propaganda induced criminality… Head Space

The Mass Murders That Dare Not Speak Their Name Pity the late Cedric Ford. If he had understood the way the media worked, he might not have gone on the horrific shooting spree in central Kansas on Thursday that cost three people their lives and fourteen people their health. But alas, once the major media […]

19:36

Biological Health Hazard – Highly Contagious Pertussis Outbreak (vaccine shortage): New South Wales, Australia Head Space

PERTUSSIS – AUSTRALIA (02): (NEW SOUTH WALES) VACCINE SHORTAGE ********************************* Published Date: 2016-03-04 11:32:13 Subject: PRO/EDR> Pertussis – Australia (02): (NS) vaccine shortage Archive Number: 20160304.4068067 Date: Thu 3 Mar 2016 Source: Newcastle Herald [edited] As reported cases of whooping cough [pertussis] continue to rise in the Hunter [region, New South Wales], the region is […]

19:21

Biological Health Hazard – Highly Infectious Streptococcus A, Outbreak: Surrey county, England Head Space

STREPTOCOCCUS, GROUP A, SCARLET FEVER – UK (03): (ENGLAND) ***************************** Published Date: 2016-03-04 16:17:44 Subject: PRO/EDR> Streptococcus, group A, scarlet fever – UK (03): (England) Archive Number: 20160304.4069734 Date: Wed 2 Mar 2016 Source: Surrey Mirror [edited] A total of 15 people in the borough [in Surrey county, England] have contracted the highly infectious scarlet […]

18:58

Biological Health Hazard – Anthrax (Human, Bovine): Masvingo Province, Zimbabwe Head Space

ANTHRAX – ZIMBABWE (02): (MASVINGO) HUMAN, BOVINE ******************************** Published Date: 2016-03-04 13:37:43 Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> Anthrax – Zimbabwe (02): (MV) human, bovine Archive Number: 20160304.4069315 Date: Thu 3 Mar 2016 Source: AllAfrica, New Zimbabwe report [edited] At least 22 villagers in Mukore area [Bikita District of Masvingo Province] were hospitalised after consuming anthrax-infected meat last week […]

11:27

DRC announces intent to reopen its rainforests to logging companies Mongabay Environmental News

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has one of the world's biggest remaining tracts of rainforest (second only to the Amazon in size), home to unique and threatened species like okapis and bonobos. In effort to protect its forests, the DRC implemented a moratorium in 2002 that prohibited the granting of industrial logging licenses. But earlier this week, the DRC government announced that it is considering ending the moratorium and reopening its rainforest to new logging companies. The news has drawn the ire of environmental groups at home and abroad, who say that ending the ban on new logging licenses would fly in the face of internationally financed forest protection reforms in the Central African country. Currently, multiple EU countries are considering whether not to support a billion-dollar, DRC-proposed plan to conserve 1.55 million square kilometers of Congo Basin rainforest – an area the size of Mongolia. “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 [at December's Paris climate summit],” said Lars Løvold of Rainforest Foundation Norway. Congo Basin rainforest covers the northern half of the DRC, much of it still existing as Intact Forest Landscapes (IFLs) – an official term for tracts of primary forest that are big and undisturbed enough to retain their original levels of biodiversity. In their depths live species found nowhere else, like the endangered…

09:37

Are indigenous Filipinos being murdered for anti-mine activism? Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

How paramilitaries rule by fear in Mindanao

A camp in Davao for indigenous people displaced by violence in Mindanao, Philippines, in January 2016

A camp in Davao for indigenous people displaced by violence in Mindanao, Philippines, in January 2016

Lennart Hofman | IRIN | 26 February 2016

Kailo Bontulan sat in front of a cluster of thatched bamboo huts next to a humble Protestant church in Davao, a city on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. About 700 members of his indigenous community fled there almost a year ago following deadly attacks by paramilitary groups.

“In the camp I feel safe. The army can’t abduct me that easy, like back home where I can disappear without a trace,” said the community leader. “Here we are together and strong, and able to tell the world what is done to us by the army.”

Bontulan spoke too soon. Weeks later, on 24 February, unidentified men set the makeshift camp on fire, burning two buildings to the ground and injuring five people.

The United Church of Christ in the Philippines said in a statement that Lumads, a collective term for the numerous indigenous peoples of Mindanao, continued to be harassed even after fleeing their villages. In December, the displaced community camping around the church received threats that their temporary dwellings would be burned down.

“The threats have been executed, and, once again, the Lu...

09:05

Nevados de Chillán erupts sending ash plume up to 6.2 km a.s.l., Chile The Watchers » Latest articles

An explosion that took place at Nevado de Chillán volcano on March 3, 2016, sent an ash plume up to 6.2 km (20 340 feet) above the sea level. The eruption was accompanied by ash falls which were later expected in several nearby towns to the northwest...... Read more »

08:40

Virginia Climate Organizing Internship: Summer 2016 Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Spend Your Summer Fighting Climate Change

Do you want to spend your summer fighting climate change?

If so, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) has the perfect internship for you! We’re looking for smart, talented, hard-working, passionate young people to join our climate organizing team this summer.

We can’t afford to wait:

If we want to protect the world’s most vulnerable communities from the worst impacts of climate change, we need to make a dramatic shift to clean energy, and fast. That means keeping at least 80% of the world’s known fossil fuel reserves in the ground, and putting ourselves on a path to 100% renewables by 2050.

The momentum is on our side:

Now that world governments, and our own, have begun to make commitments that match the scale of the problem we face, we need to make sure we do our part right here in Virginia.

Join us:

For twelve years, we’ve been dedicated exclusively to achieving bold climate solutions in the Chesapeake region of Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. We’re make the case to our region’s leaders that we can, and must, act now to build a clean energy future that benefits everyone. We’re building a diverse movement powerful enough to take on our region’s fossil fuel industry. And we’re helping communities already experiencing the terrifying impacts of climate change adapt to this warmer future.

Apply today! (Follow the link, or copy and paste this link into your browser: http://bit.ly/1ObLorE.)

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through April 15th.

Virginia is on the front lines of climate change impacts:

Residents of c...

08:29

The mental health impacts of the Bougainville Crisis Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

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Health Medicine Network – Edited extracts | PNG Attitude | 4 March 2016

ESTIMATES of the number of war deaths attributable to the Bougainville civil war vary considerably, but a figure of between 15,000 and 20,000 appears to be most widely accepted in Bougainville. Most deaths involved civilians.

Other events relevant to mental health were the displacement of more than half of Bougainville’s population; the perpetration of wide-scale human rights abuses; undermining of the traditional authority of elders and women, cultural values and relationships; property damage; and major disruptions to education and the economy.

Absence of epidemiological data, with the exception of information regarding domestic violence and sexual assault limits the extent to which the prevalence of the problems identified can be specified.

Nevertheless, Mr Beleh (a local politician) and Sr Garasu (a Catholic Nun) reported that they had identified 232 ex-combatants as manifesting one or more mental health problems arising from the conflict in one of Bougainville’s 33 political constituencies.

Those who were children or adolescents during the war (‘the lost generation’) were reported as having limited education, a lack of engagement in traditional values and activities and displaying aberrant behaviours all of which contribute to their marginalisation in the community.

Many of this group experienced events during the war likely to have been traumatic and, while the numbers who continue to be impacted by these experiences is yet to be d...

07:24

Yellowstone Begins Bison Capture Earth First! Newswire

by Buffalo Field Campaign / Native News Online

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — Park rangers have begun capturing wild bison in the Stephens Creek trap within Yellowstone National Park. Since February 20, approximately 150 of America’s last wild buffalo have been trapped. According to park officials, all are destined for slaughter.

“Yellowstone’s slaughter of wild bison is as lacking in scientific reason as it is in public support,” said Buffalo Field Campaign’s Stephany Seay.

The Park Service claims that they are reducing the wild bison population due to the threat of brucellosis, a livestock disease originally brought to North America by Eurasian cattle. There has never been a documented case of wild bison transmitting brucellosis to livestock. Elk, who also carry brucellosis and have transmitted the disease to livestock numerous times in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, are free to migrate from Yellowstone and are managed by hunting based on sustainable populations in available habitat in Montana.

BFC habitat coordinator Darrell Geist says the state of Montana and Yellowstone National Park refuse to manage wild buffalo like wild elk,...

06:14

People Power: Virginians Say No to Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling EcoWatch

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From Virginia to the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic, the power of our voices can turn the tide and...

05:54

What Impact Will the Next President Have on America’s Energy Future? EcoWatch

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In terms of influencing energy technology deployment, the next president will ...

05:41

Why Is Mine Waste Being Dumped Directly Into the Ocean? EcoWatch

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Picture a 4-foot diameter pipe running into the ocean filling the offshore canyons at a rate of...

05:38

Maryland Climate Organizing Internship: Summer 2016 Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Spend Your Summer Fighting Climate Change

Do you want to spend your summer fighting climate change?

If so, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) has the perfect internship for you! We’re looking for smart, talented, hard-working, passionate young people to join our climate organizing team this summer.

We can’t afford to wait:

If we want to protect the world’s most vulnerable communities from the worst impacts of climate change, we need to make a dramatic shift to clean energy, and fast. That means keeping at least 80% of the world’s known fossil fuel reserves in the ground, and putting ourselves on a path to 100% renewables by 2050.

The momentum is on our side:

Now that world governments, and our own, have begun to make commitments that match the scale of the problem we face, we need to make sure we do our part right here in Maryland.

Join us:

For twelve years, we’ve been dedicated exclusively to achieving bold climate solutions in the Chesapeake region of Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. We’re making the case to our region’s leaders that we can, and must, act now to build a clean energy future that benefits everyone. We’re building a diverse movement powerful enough to take on our region’s fossil fuel industry. And we’re helping communities already experiencing the terrifying impacts of climate change adapt to this warmer future.

Apply today! (Follow the link, or copy and paste this link into your browser: http://bit.ly/1ObLorE.)

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through April 15th.

Maryland is poised to be a leader in solutions to climate change:

We...

04:39

150 of America’s Last Wild Buffalo Now Trapped in Yellowstone, All Destined for Slaughter EcoWatch

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Park rangers have begun capturing wild bison in the Stephens Creek trap within ...

04:30

Are You Deficient in Magnesium? EcoWatch

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Magnesium is nature’s relaxation and anti-stress mineral, since it plays an ...

04:11

Water Contamination Investigation Expanded After Tests Showed PFOA in Several Wells of Vermont Town EcoWatch

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“We are facing a water contamination crisis across our country. North Bennington is the latest in...

03:55

Pittsburgh – The Next Kansas City? We All Live Downstream

By Steve Hvozdovich, Pennsylvania Campaigns Director. Follow our Pennsylvania staff on twitter – @CleanH2OPA

photo: keantian / ShutterstockHere in Southwestern Pennsylvania, our region is finally taking a new approach to address our sewage overflow problem.

The new direction is a faster, smarter, and cheaper solution. It echoes the calls that our members have been making all along – invest first in green infrastructure.

This however isn’t some radical new approach. It has already been done successfully in Kansas City.

Pittsburgh today is where Kansas City was five years ago. Kansas City chose to move away from large scale gray infrastructure and pursue a regional plan that combined a green first approach with adaptive management to maximizing the benefits for the region.

The result has been not only improved water quality but also revitalized neighborhoods and family sustaining jobs. Our region is now poised to be on the same path.

Anyone who would like to learn more is invited to join us and our Clean Rivers Campaign allies for our latest Beyond Tunnel Vision – a Good Jobs and Green Communities Speaker Series!

When: Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Phipps Conservatory, Sarris Event Suite, 1 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
RSVP: shvozdovich@cleanwater.org

You’ll hear from stormwater management and urban design experts Tim Duggan and Jason Parson about Kansas City’s success in using a green first approach to address their sewage...

03:35

Young Humpback Whale Found Dead, Exposes Devastating Impacts of Ocean Trash EcoWatch

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"Entanglement is the most commonly recorded cause of death for Minke whales in...

03:30

Berta Cáceres, Honduran eco-defender, murdered The Ecologist

Berta Cáceres, Honduran indigenous and environmental rights campaigner, has been murdered, days after she was threatened for opposing a hydroelectric project, writes Jonathan Watts. Her death has prompted international outrage, and a flood of tributes to a courageous defender of the natural world.

02:56

Gamilaraay, Githabul Men Lock on to Protect Country

Originally published in IntercontinentalCry.org.

MAULES CREEK, NSW, AUSTRALIA – 2 MARCH 2016 – Today two Gamilaraay men, Paul Spearim and Allen Talbot and a Githabul man, Laurence Miles, have locked on to concrete barrels at the entrance to Whitehaven’s controversial Maules Creek project stopping work. Whitehaven coal are currently clearing the culturally and environmentally significant Leard State Forest on Gomeroi/Gamilaraay Country.

Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt has not fulfilled his duty under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage and Protection Act (ATSIHP Act), to protect significant sites in the forest. The last higher order sacred site Lawlers Well is still under threat from mine expansion.

“For me personally this about the protection of our sacred lands, water, animals, song, dance, knowledge and culture of the Gamilaraay nation” said Paul Spearim, Gamilaraay Nation.

Whitehaven have already destroyed or irrevocably damaged 38 sacred sites, including 10 sites of high significance. Lawlers Well is the last site of high significance in the Maules Creek Mine boundary.

Two years ago Gomeroi traditional custodians made an application for Environment Minister Greg Hunt to use his powers under Section 9 and 10 of the ATSIHP Act to stop the work in the area and protect this last sacred site. Minister Greg Hunt has stated that Whitehaven will not clear the area until 2017 therefore he doesn’t need to make a decision under the Act.

“We are asking Greg Hunt to commence an independent report including oral eviden...

02:45

The Shocking Consequences of the World’s Meat Addiction EcoWatch

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Watch as Isobel Yeung travels to feedlots, farms and slaughterhouses to learn where...

02:32

Resisting the corporate stranglehold on food and farming - is agroecology enough? The Ecologist

Agroecology is key to retaking control over food, farming and land from the 'monstrous machine' of agribusiness, biotech, big finance and 'free trade', writes Colin Todhunter, as it represents a truly viable alternative to agriculture for corporate profit. But such are the powers ranged against the world's small farmers that it must be supported by a broad-based, global people's movement.

02:20

IKEA Plans to Ditch Toxic Polystyrene for Biodegradable Mushroom Packaging EcoWatch

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"We are looking for innovative alternatives to materials, such as replacing our polystyrene packaging with...

02:18

As the Exelon-Pepco Saga Drags On, New Questions Surface About Shady Politics Chesapeake Climate Action Network

District residents can’t be blamed for feeling a bit of déjà vu. As of this morning, Exelon and Pepco have affirmed that they continue to hold negotiations behind closed doors with D.C. officials to revive their now thrice-dead merger deal.

As this divisive, expensive, and scandal-marred chapter for the District drags on, District residents deserve clear answers about whose interests are truly being served. In fact, documents recently released to the Chesapeake Climate Action Network under the Freedom of Information Act — after lots of foot-dragging by D.C. officials — leave us asking these key questions:

  • Why did the Mayor apparently mislead the public about who negotiated her settlement deal last fall?
  • Why was key settlement information sent by Exelon to the Mayor’s office the day after Pepco inked its $25 million “Soccergate” deal?
  • What is happening behind closed doors right now, and will shady politics win the day again?

Documents finally released by the Office of the City Administrator — albeit with lots of suspect redactions — indicate that Mayor Muriel Bowser misled the public about who negotiated her settlement deal last fall and give more indication of a quid pro quo.

FOIA documents suggest that Exelon and Pepco’s main points of contact were actually Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office of Legal Counsel, Ronald Ross, and his boss, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Legal Counsel, Mark Tuohey — not City Administrator Rashad Young or Tommy Wells, head of the Department of Ene...

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 […]

09:23

Groundwater storage…let’s get the California Water Commission to acknowledge the elephant in the room We All Live Downstream

—By Jennifer Clary, Water Program Manager, California

You know that feeling when there’s something that really needs discussing, but nobody wants to talk about it? People call it the “elephant in the room.”

Well, on March 16, the California Water Commission will hear public testimony before it makes the first of a few big decisions regarding drought-proofing our water supply:

—Option one is expensive, harms the environment and doesn’t really work.

—Option two is much cheaper, helps the environment and definitely works.

Right now, the state is in the midst of the worst drought in more than a millennium, and there are nearly three billion taxpayer dollars at stake, so the pressure is on to make the right choice. But it’s simple, right? If you were on the Commission, you’d choose the option that definitely works, and that makes the best use of taxpayer dollars. Now, put yourself in the shoes of the commission. Imagine you’re one of these folks:

—Images from California Water Commission website

—Images from California Water Commission website

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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.

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.

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 environmental campaigner Naomi Klein said on Twit...

03:21

Breaking: Indigenous Activist Berta Cacares Has Been Killed

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Berta Caceres. Photo Courtesy of RightsAndResources.org

Berta Caceres 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


Berta Caceres, the coordinator and co-founder of the Council of Indigenous Peoples of Honduras, or COPIHN, was killed by unknown assailants early Thursday morning. teleSUR correspondent in Honduras, Gilda Silvestruci, confirmed that Caceres was killed at 1:00 a.m. local time inside her home in La Esperanza in the western province of Intibuca. Caceres was leader of the Lenca Indigenous community and was a staunch human rights defender. She won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in 2015.
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Thursday, 03 March

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...

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 very good day for democracy, and a good day for the Florida Everglades,” said K...

00:58

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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