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Thursday, 10 March

00:11

Cloud seeding practice returns to Los Angeles, California The Watchers » Latest articles

The Los Angeles Department of Public Works said they seeded clouds over the county with silver iodide to increase the amount of rainfall during storms that battered California this week. DPW says this is their first cloud seeding since 2002. LA County has used cloud...... Read more »

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Wednesday, 09 March

23:45

South Florida’s Turkey Point Nuclear Plant is Pumping Polluted Water Into Biscayne Bay Earth First! Newswire

by Tim Elfrink / New Times

Turkey Point's cooling canals are leaking radiation into Biscayne Bay, a new study confirms.

Turkey Point’s cooling canals are leaking radiation into Biscayne Bay, a new study confirms.

As Florida Power & Light finalized plans to expand its nuclear reactors at Turkey Point three years ago, critics were aghast. The nuclear plant already stands on environmentally fragile land, and upping the power production would seriously threaten the ecosystem, they argued.

Turns out they may have been right. This morning, the county released the results of a study into whether Turkey Point has been leaking dangerous wastewater into Biscayne Bay. County water monitors found more than 200 times the normal levels of tritium, a radioactive isotope linked to nuclear power production, in the bay water, a finding environmentalists say justifies their concerns.

“This is one of several things we were very worried about,” sa...

23:22

ZIKV Transmission Documented in 55 Countries and Territories Fire Earth

Geographical distribution of Zika virus steadily widening A total of 55 countries and territories have documented Zika virus transmission between 1 January 2007 and 3 March 2016. Colombia reported 42,706 suspected cases of ZIKV btween  1 October 2015 and 20 February 2016, with 1,612 cases confirmed. Starting 2007, locally acquired Zika cases have been reported in […]

20:06

Extreme weather events expected to increase during 21st century on the island of Ireland The Watchers » Latest articles

New research conducted by a team of scientists from the University of Maynooth, Ireland, suggests the extreme weather conditions in Ireland will be on the rise throughout the 21st century. The study encompassed over 150 years of data and highly advanced modelling to...... Read more »

16:29

What Nationalized Police Force does this remind you of? Head Space

Time doesn’t necessarily change things, except may be  the methods with which they are done. Reality – Intended Unintended Consequences: No lives matter! “We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force (Stasi) that’s just as […]

15:59

Keep It In the Ground Portland Rising Tide

BREAK FREE May 4-16, 2016: A global wave of mass actions will target the world’s most dangerous fossil fuel projects, in order to keep coal, oil and gas in the ground and accelerate the just transition to 100% renewable energy. Across

The post Keep It In the Ground appeared first on Portland Rising Tide.

15:25

Nuclear/Environmental Hazard: Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station, Biscayne Bay, Florida Head Space

Technological Hazard – Nuclear Environmental Hazard North America – USA | State of Florida,  Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station Location: 25°26’03.0″N 80°19’50.0″W Present Operational Age: ~44 years Event: RADIATION LEAK: INCREASED TRITIUM LEVELS IN SEAWATER AND GROUNDWATER MONITORING WELLS Miami’s oceanfront nuclear power plant is leaking What is arguably America’s least-well-placed nuclear power plant is […]

14:57

Dictatorship – Comparing Penis sizes… Head Space

North Korea’s Kim says country has miniaturized nuclear warhead SEOUL | (Reuters ) North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the country has miniaturized nuclear warheads to be mounted on ballistic missiles and ordered improvements in the power and precision of its arsenal, its state media reported… —- North Korea has been “effective in evading […]

14:18

Nuclear Event – Unanalyzed Condition/Plant Safety Hazard: Byron Nuclear Generating Station, Unit 1 & 2, Illinois Head Space

Nuclear Event – Plant Safety Hazard North America – USA | State of Illinois, Ogle County, Rockvale Township, Byron Station, Unit 1 & Unit 2 Location: 42°04’27.0″N 89°16’55.0″W Present Operational Age: ~31 years Event: UNANALYZED CONDITION Nuclear Event in USA on Monday, 07 March, 2016 at 04:00 [CST]. UNANALYZED CONDITION INVOLVING DIESEL DRIVEN AUXILIARY FEEDWATER PUMP AIR […]

13:04

Forcible mind rape – So what if it is the student that must suffer? Head Space

“One of the most essential tasks of education for mental freedom is to prepare the child for mature adulthood by teaching it to see the essentials and by teaching it to think for itself.” What happens when incompetency is promoted and indoctrination is the rule? What happens when teacher inefficiency and ineptitude causes some schools […]

09:56

Our Hemisphere’s Temperature Just Reached a Terrifying Milestone Geoengineering Watch

slate-feb2016-shocking-warming-recordSource: Slate.com, article by Eric Holthaus   A daily analysis of global temperatures shows that the Northern Hemisphere likely exceeded 2 degrees Celsius above "normal" around March 1, 2016, when measuring from pre-industrial levels.* Ryan Maue/Weatherbell Analytics Update, March 3, 2016: Since this post was originally published, the heat wave has continued. As of Thursday

09:54

The Broken Maps of Fukushima DiaNuke.org

The Broken Maps of Fukushima by Robert Jacobs, March 9, 2016 When we look at maps of Fukushima what we see is disinformation. The maps of the radioactive contamination of Fukushima contain contradictions that embody our inability to understand the true nature of the dangers to people living there. This […]

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09:11

Nautilus still needs another $125 million to fund experimental Solwara seabed mine Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

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Nautilus needs to raise another $125 million to $175 million, which is bigger than its current market capitalization

Conversation starting to change on Nautilus and seafloor mining

Peter Koven | Financial Post | March 8, 2016

Seafloor mining is one of those things that a lot of investors won’t believe in until it is actually proven to work. But there is a growing acknowledgement that it could well happen soon.

As Nautilus Minerals Inc., the pioneer of this business, inches closer and closer to a planned start of operations in 2018, chief executive Mike Johnston said the conversation around Nautilus is changing. In general, people no longer doubt this company will ever put its mining plan into action. Instead, they simply question whether it will work the way Nautilus hopes.

“This project is pretty binary to people — you either like it or you don’t,” he said in an interview.

He said investor confidence is building each time Nautilus reaches another milestone. Last month, the company took delivery of seafloor production tools. Johnston said the preparation of the 230-metre-long vessel is also going well and it should leave the dock in the middle of next year.

Nautilus still needs more capital to initiate production at its Solwara 1...

08:35

Fossil Fuel Industry Set to Argue for Dismissal of Landmark Climate Change Lawsuit Brought by 21 Youth EcoWatch

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"We, as youth, demand that our constitutional rights to life, liberty and...

08:26

Dominion coal ash plan fails to protect Virginia waterways and citizens Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Dominion coal ash plans show failure of DEQ to enforce health-protective standards; Virginians deserve better

In response to reports of a closed-door media briefing held by Dominion Power today, Mike Tidwell, director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, released the following statement:

“From everything we know, Dominion Power’s plan to go forward with the dumping of toxic coal ash wastewater into the James and Potomac Rivers still fails to adequately protect the health of our rivers and local citizens. Instead of holding Dominion to the highest standards, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, led by David Paylor, issued lax permits that fail to require the use of ‘best available technology’ and allow Dominion to discharge toxins like arsenic at levels that exceed limits set by neighboring North Carolina. Dominion is now clearly trying to save face in response to deep public concern and calls for a federal investigation of its secretive dumping of coal ash wastewater into Quantico Creek in May of 2015.

“Instead of assurances from Dominion, Virginians need regulators setting and enforcing strict standards that safeguard human health. Neither Dominion nor Director Paylor have addressed the real root problem. Dominion wants to simply ‘de-water’ the state’s coal ash ponds and then cap the ponds in place. This allows not only for toxic liquids to be poured into the James, Potomac and other rivers, but leaves the capped pond bottoms with no protective lining, thus allowing toxic leaching to continue into surrounding groundwater for decades. This falls short of the standard being enforced in North Carolina and South Carolina.

“We believe Governor McAuliffe and Attorney General Herring must step in to halt these permits, and to hold Dominion to the highest standards under the law. The real solution is to require Dominion to use the best available technology to treat the hazardous liquid, an...

08:24

Urgent Action Needed to Save Life of Otros Mundos/ FoE Mexico Activist Gustavo Castro

From Otros Mundos, Chiapas

To the Secretary of Human Rights, Justice, Interior, and Decentralization of Honduras

  • To the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Honduras
  • To the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico
  • For national and international attention
  • To all organizations defending human rights

At present, the Mexican environmentalist Gustavo Castro Soto, Coordinator of Other Worlds AC/Friends of the Earth Mexico, is adding to his statement in La Esperanza, Intibucá, southeastern Honduras, where he was the victim of an assassination attempt in which indigenous rights defender Berta Cáceres was murdered on March 3.

We are on HIGH ALERT because his departure from the Embassy of Mexico and transfer back to La Esperanza represent a high risk for his physical security and psychological well being.

On Sunday March 6, upon trying to leave Honduras, legally and under the protection of the Mexican Embassy in Honduras, he was arbitrarily intercepted by Honduran authorities before passing through immigration at the Tegucigalpa International Airport. They detained him under the justification that he needed to expand upon his declaration, but without notifying him of this previously.

We want to point out that Gustavo Castro in no way resisted making the full declaration that was asked of him, and he has accepted this request to expand his statement in the interest of clarifying the facts surrounding the assassination of Berta Cáceres, and to avoid the criminalization of members of COPINH.

Despite all of the requests made to ensure that this new declaration be made under proper conditions, to guarantee his physical safet...

07:51

7 Reasons Why the U.S. Government Must Label GMOs EcoWatch

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Whether you believe GMOs are safe or not, everyone has a right to decide for...

06:49

Make Sure the Products You’re Putting on Your Body Are Not Toxic EcoWatch

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Studies show that everyday exposure to personal care and household products are linked to serious...

06:44

Powerful eruption of Tungurahua sends ash up to 11 km a.s.l., Ecuador The Watchers » Latest articles

A powerful eruption of Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano at 12:51 UTC on March 8, 2016 produced an eruption column that rose approximately 11 km (36 000 feet) above the sea level. Pyroclastic flows descended 2.2 km (1.3 miles) towards the communities of Mandur and...... Read more »

New snake species highlights how little we know about biodiversity in under-explored regions of India Mongabay Environmental News

A new snake belonging to the Colubridae family has been found in Gujarat, India and researchers say it not only represents a new species but also a new genus. The new species was named Wallaceophis gujaratenesis after Alfred Russel Wallace, a British naturalist, explorer, and biologist known for independently discovering the theory of natural selection at the same time as Charles Darwin, and Gujarat, the state where the snake was discovered. The first live specimen of the snake was found in 2014 at a construction site in a shallow pool of water by Jaydeep Maheta, a “snake rescuer” with the Shree Cultural Foundation in Gujarat. Zeeshan Mirza of the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore, India, the lead author of a PLOS One article describing the new species and genus, said that he and his co-authors, which include Maheta, had been on the lookout for the snake since at least 2007. The researchers had seen photographs of Wallaceophis gujaratensesis, and though it resembled the Indian smooth snake (Coronella brachyura), it had two lateral stripes that caught their attention. After seven years, Mirza and team finally had the live individual they needed to determine the snake’s identity by examining its scales and dental morphology. Mirza found a scale usually present in racer snakes, as well as a unique pattern of scales on the specimen’s back that clearly separated it from most non-venomous snakes in the Colubridae family. [caption id="attachment_182504" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Wallaceophis gujaratensesis. Photo by Zeeshan Mirza.[/caption] Mirza shared his…

06:21

The Worldwide Network of US Military Bases: The Global Deployment of US Military Personnel Geoengineering Watch

us-military-bases-2001-2003Source: Global Research Global Research Editor’s Note This important analysis and review of US military might by distinguished Canadian geographer Professor Jules Dufour and CRG Research Associate was first published by Global Research in 2007. US military presence around the World has expanded dramatically in the course of the last five years.  This study is

06:21

Dear President Obama, The Clean Energy Revolution Is Now EcoWatch

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Oceans 8 Films is excited to announce the film’s premiere in Washington DC on...

05:08

Circling the toilet bowl, that is, for those that know what one is. Head Space

The World Is Getting Worse, But This Time America Won’t Save It Can you say “collateral damage?” I cannot imagine any thinking person who does not believe the world is getting worse. The number of slaughtered and the number of refugees from slaughter is immense and growing. Islamic State now controls territories from Afghanistan to […]

04:50

Virginia Students Stage Sit-in at DEQ Offices over Dominion Permit Earth First! Newswire

At 10 a.m. the activists entered the Department of Environmental Quality headquarters, located at 629 E Main St, and presented their intentions and demands. (photos BY Alex Bryan and Rob Desir / WTVR.com)

At 10 a.m. the activists entered the Department of Environmental Quality headquarters, located at 629 E Main St, and presented their intentions and demands. (photos BY Alex Bryan and Rob Desir / WTVR.com)

by Ray Daudani and Mike Valerio / NBC12

Dozens of students upset over permits issued to Dominion Virginia Power rallied at the Department of Environmental Quality headquarters in Richmond on Monday.

Around 35 students entered the building on Main Street in downtown around 10 a.m. demanding answers over permits issued to the corporation allowing the release of treated wastewater from ponds of coal ash into the James River.

The website EcoWa...

04:40

Protesters Disrupt Energy East Pipeline Environmental Hearings in Quebec Earth First! Newswire

Environmentalist protester Jean Leger waves a banner and sings at the opening of environment hearings on the Energie Est pipeline, Monday, March 7, 2016 in Levis, Que. The hearings were stopped for 16 minutes because of the protest. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

Environmentalist protester Jean Leger waves a banner and sings at the opening of environment hearings on the Energie Est pipeline, Monday, March 7, 2016 in Levis, Que. The hearings were stopped for 16 minutes because of the protest. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

by Giuseppe Valiante / The Canadian Press

Quebec’s environmental hearings into the Energy East Pipeline project got off to a difficult start Monday evening, as protesters chanted and disrupted proceedings seconds after the company’s vice-president began speaking.

Joseph Zayed, with Quebec’s environmental regulation agency, was forced to temporarily suspend the hearings as protesters snuck into the audience room, unfurled a banner denouncing the pipeline and sang songs to try and silence the presenter.

The room was brought under control after roughly 15 minutes and Louis Bergeron, Energy East’s vice-president for New Brunswick and Quebec, was able to start again....

03:59

Russian Mayak satellite to become the brightest star in our night sky The Watchers » Latest articles

A team of experts from Moscow's University of Mechanical Engineering (MAMI) is getting ready to launch the Mayak satellite into space and have gathered enough funding for the final test stage of the spacecraft, they announced on March 3, 2016. Once launched,...... Read more »

03:28

Teen Girls See Big Drop in Chemical Exposure With Switch in Cosmetics EcoWatch

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“Seeing the drop in chemical levels after just three days shows that...

03:11

Hottest and Driest Place in North America Is Experiencing a Rare and Spectacular ‘Super Bloom’ EcoWatch

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Death Valley is in the midst of a "super bloom," a rare explosion of ...

02:38

10 Plant-Based Foods Packed With Protein EcoWatch

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When most people think of protein, images of eggs and a juicy burger might be what pops to mind, but...

02:21

8.2 Million Children Affected by Syrian War across the Region Fire Earth

Only on Planet Earth! The Cost of Five Years of War for Syrians  The following information is base on a new report ‘The Cost of Conflict for Children – Five years of the Syria crisis, March 2016‘ released by the World Vision. The cost of five years of war to Syria to date is an […]

02:16

MST Women in Brazil Take Action Against Tree Plantations on International Women’s Day

mstlogoOn International Women’s Day (March 8), 5,000 women from the MST (Landless Movement) entered a nursery of Araupel, in Paraná Brasil, and destroyed seedlings of pinus and eucalyptus trees. It was a protest against the expansion of plantations in their region, the green deserts, the impacts on biodiversity, water and food sovereignty. It was also a protest against land grabbing. Last year the court has already cancelled 9 land titles claimed by Araupel, and the women demand that the land is used for agrarian reform purposes.
Early on Tuesday (8), about five thousand landless workers staged an action, on the premises of Araupel company in Iguaçu Falls, Paraná.
From all over the state, women destroyed the seedlings of eucalyptus and pine to denounce the destructive model of agribusiness and its impacts on the environment, such as: the expansion of pine and eucalyptus monoculture, which turns the land into an unproductive “green desert.”
The MST criticizes these ‘green deserts’ of pine and eucalyptus monoculture, which destroy the biodiversity of the territory, deteriorating soil, drying rivers, occupying large tracts of land that could be used to produce variety of...

02:04

Berta Caceres Lives! Rally Today in Manhattan Global Justice Ecology Project

Today, March 8th is International Women’s Day. We celebrate the memory of Berta Caceres, a woman who dedicated her life to the people and land of Honduras. Caceres was murdered last week, with TreeHugger reporting the following: Unfortunately,... Read More

The post Berta Caceres Lives! Rally Today in Manhattan appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.

01:40

Democratic Debate Brings Anti-Fracking Movement to Center Stage EcoWatch

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The fact that CNN allowed a University of Michigan student to ask the candidates if they...

01:16

Women Lock to Trees in NSW’s Leard State Forest on International Women’s Day to Save Aboriginal Sacred Site Earth First! Newswire

by Front Line Action on Coal

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Maules Creek, 8th March 2016: United with Gomeroi Women on International Women’s Day, three women, Tash Jones, Clarity “Jen Hunt” Greenwood and Chelsea Lazar have locked themselves to habitat trees within the critically endangered Leard State Forest in North West NSW. While Gomeroi women gather on Leard forest road to show support and solidarity for today’s action. Gomeroi elders are requesting Greg Hunt grant protection under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Protection Act (ATISHP Act) for Lawlers Well, the last remaining sacred site scheduled for destruction by Whitehaven Coal.

“As Greg Hunt’s first cousin I am deeply ashamed by his neglect of the Gomeroi, the elders and this sacred site and I am calling for him to permanently protect Lawlers Well, now.” said Clarity Greenwood, (aka. Jen Hunt), social worker.

Two years ago Gomeroi traditional custodians made an urgent application for Environment Minister Greg Hunt to use his powers u...

01:15

JPMorgan Becomes Latest Big Bank to Ditch Coal EcoWatch

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JPMorgan joins a growing list of other large financial institutions that have stopped...

01:05

Heeding Leo’s Call EcoWatch

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Climate change received top billing at an unlikely venue last month when...

00:50

Federal Disaster Declared for Virginia Fire Earth

Severe winter storm and snowstorm: Major Disaster Declaration proclaimed for the Commonwealth of Virginia Virginia Severe Winter Storm and Snowstorm (DR-4262) Incident period: January 22, 2016 to January 23, 2016 Major Disaster Declaration declared on March 07, 2016 The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the areas […]

00:49

Peruvian Tribe Takes Government Officials Hostage Over Oil Spill Earth First! Newswire

from The Guardian

 Photograph: Rodrigo Abd/AP

Photograph: Rodrigo Abd/AP

An indigenous community in the Peruvian Amazon has taken at least eight public officials hostage to demand help from the central government after an oil spill polluted its lands, according to authorities.

The Wampis community of Mayuriaga seized a grounded military helicopter late on Sunday, holding crew members and several officials to press for inclusion in the emergency response plan, said Germán Velásquez, the president of state-owned energy company Petroperu.

A rupture in Petroperu’s 40-year-old pipeline spilled 1,000 barrels of oil in Mayuriaga on 3 February, nine days after a leak in the same duct poured 2,000 barrels near eight other indigenous communities in the same Amazonian region.

Environmental regulator OEFA ordered Petroperu to replace parts of the pipeline after repeated leaks in recent ye...

00:20

Why can't we have an honest conversation about GMO labeling? The Ecologist

Some of the world's most powerful figures tout the benefits of GMOs, writes Stacy Malkan, but what's the real story? Facts on the ground expose the PR spin, half truths and outright propaganda that has come to dominate a public conversation that is not so much about engineering genes, but engineering truth for the benefit of multinational corporations.

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Tuesday, 08 March

23:11

MH370 interim statement sheds no new light on plane’s disappearance CHANGING TIMES

boeing_777-200er_malaysia_al_mas_9m-mro_-_msn_28420_404_9272090094-in-2011The international team investigating the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 two years ago today has released a second interim statement. It is very brief, and reveals no new conclusions.

The three-page statement, which was made accessible to close relatives of those on board the missing flight prior to its public release, was produced to comply with International Civil Aviation Organisation requirements¹.

Flight MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014. It was en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 227 passengers and 12 crew on board.

The flight’s disappearance is the greatest mystery in aviation history and the air and sea search for the aircraft is the biggest ever carried out. A huge area of the ocean floor has been examined in detail.

The new statement makes only two main points: the wreckage of the aircraft has not been found, and only one piece of debris – a flaperon discovered on the French island of Reunion on July 29 last year – has been determined to have been a part of the missing plane.

The statement also lists the current areas of investigation.

The investigators say they are continuing to work towards finalising their analysis, conclusions, and safety recommendations and are focusing on eight areas:

  • air traffic services operations;
  • flight crew profile;
  • airworthiness, maintenance, and aircraft systems;
  • satellite communications;...

23:02

EU postpones glyphosate decision: a good day for public health! The Ecologist

It has been an epic battle, writes Aisha Dodwell. Monsanto and other corporations are desperate to get the world's number one herbicide, glyphosate, relicenced in the EU. But their network of power has been challenged by doctors, scientists and a global movement of people. With today's postponement of the EU's decision, we have just scored a major victory.

21:57

Feinstein, Brown Promote Misinformed and Destructive Logging Programs Latest News

Current research shows that we have a deficit of critical snag forests in California

21:45

Berta Cáceres: her fight for human rights in Honduras continues The Ecologist

Last week the environmental and human rights activist Berta Cáceres was murdered by gunmen in an early morning attack on her home which may have been carried out by or in collusion with state agents. Now her friend and colleague Gustavo Castro, himself wounded in the attack and the only witness to Berta's murder, has been detained for questioning.

21:34

Almost all Germans contaminated with glyphosate The Ecologist

A new study shows that 99.6% of Germans are contaminated with the herbicide glyphosate, writes Nicole Sagener. The news comes as the EU puts off a crucial decision on whether to re-authorise the chemical, described by IARC as 'probably carcinogenic', until 2031.

20:13

Rare huge sinkhole found in Donglan County, China The Watchers » Latest articles

Scientists have discovered a rare huge sinkhole in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The discovery was made during an eight-day expedition by scientists from France and China that began on February 26. Although such sinkholes, also known as...... Read more »

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11:46

Women Stand in Unity on International Women’s Day to Save Aboriginal Sacred Site Front Line Action on Coal

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Maules Creek, 8th March 2016: United with Gomeroi Women on International Women’s Day, three women, Tash Jones, Clarity “Jen Hunt” Greenwood and Chelsea Lazar have locked themselves to habitat trees within the critically endangered Leard State Forest in North West NSW. While Gomeroi women gather on Leard forest road to show support and solidarity for today’s action. Gomeroi elders are requesting Greg Hunt grant protection under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Protection Act (ATISHP Act) for Lawlers Well, the last remaining sacred site scheduled for destruction by Whitehaven Coal.

“As Greg Hunt’s first cousin I am deeply ashamed by his neglect of the Gomeroi, the elders and this sacred site and I am calling for him to permanently protect Lawlers Well, now.” said Clarity Greenwood, (aka. Jen Hunt), social worker.

Two years ago Gomeroi traditional custodians made an urgent application for Environment Minister Greg Hunt to use his powers under Section 9 and 10 of the ATSIHP Act to stop work in the area, following the destruction and desecration of 37 culturally significant sites. Minister Greg Hunt has refused to grant the urgent applications stating that “Whitehaven is not scheduled to clear Lawlers Well until 2017” and therefore he doesn’t need to make an immediate decision.

“It is so hard seeing the destruction of our country. The elders have been waiting too long for answers. It is completely unacceptable that Hunt has dragged his feet on the protection of Lawlers Well. We are asking Greg Hunt to commence an independent report including oral evidence to make an informed decision. We are asking him to do his job right and protect our Lawler...

11:00

EU Timber Regulation Latest News: March 2015 - March 2016 Illegal Logging Portal

The EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) has been in full effect since 3 March 2013. On its third anniversary, this issue of the EUTR News provides an update on the operation of the EU’s law to address illegal logging, from March 2015 to March 2016. As with all of the previous editions, this issue will include information on what both EU Member States and the European Commission are doing to ensure the proper application of the EUTR.

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05:48

International outcry grows over murder of Honduran indigenous activist CHANGING TIMES

12799437_1261028187247360_997364399903689824_nThere has been an international outcry over the assassination of Honduran indigenous activist Berta Cáceres Flores. Tributes continue to flood in, and there have been calls to action from diverse organisations around the world.

Assailants broke into Cáceres’ home in La Esperanza in the western province of Intibucá at around midnight on March 2, and gunned her down.

Cáceres’ murder has sparked immense grief. Environmental activists, politicians, and public figures have raised their voices in shock and outrage at the murder of a woman who touched hearts and minds far beyond her home country.

The activist’s assassination has brought into sharp relief the dangers faced by environmental campaigners, not only in Honduras. It has also turned a spotlight onto the causes Cáceres lived and died for – the fight for the rights of indigenous people, and the battle to defend their lands.

US senator Patrick Leahy said in a statement read at Cáceres’ funeral: “Berta was a champion of the rights of indigenous people and of the natural environment. She risked her life for those causes, braving the threats and the fear, knowing that any day could be her last.

“For her courage and commitment she was admired around the world, including in the Congress of the United States, and she will be forever remembered for it.”

Leahy said Cáceres’ represented a larger struggle for justice for all the people of Honduras, and her death could, and should, be a turning point in that struggle.

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02:18

Beavers and the coming revolution in Scotland's countryside The Ecologist

After beavers' reintroduction to Scotland, landowners have accused the native rodents of damaging the environment, causing floods, and worse, writes Louise Ramsay. But the public have rallied to the cause of these charming, beneficial creatures, leaving conservative landowners isolated. Could the shift in sentiment trigger long overdue change in the Scottish countryside?

02:11

Host “Synthetic Forests” Film This March! Global Justice Ecology Project

Download PDF copy of 8×10 Promotional Poster Here.  2015 was a busy year in our fight against the commercial release of genetically engineered (GE) Trees. From coordinating resistance on six continents against the commercial release of GE Trees in Brazil,... Read More

The post Host “Synthetic Forests” Film This March! appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.

01:05

Scandal! Exxon knew about climate change, boosted denialism, misled shareholders, went carbon heavy The Ecologist

One of the world's biggest energy companies has been caught out in what may be the biggest ever climate scandal, writes Bill McKibben. Way back in the 1980s ExxonMobil knew of the 'potentially catastrophic' and 'irreversible' effects of increasing fossil fuel consumption, but chose to cover up the findings, spread misinformation on climate change, and go for high carbon energy sources.

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Monday, 07 March

22:00

Dumping toxic oil and gas wastewater into unlined pits—How is this still a thing? We All Live Downstream

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By Andrew Grinberg—National Campaigns Special Projects Manager

For some reason, California STILL allows oil and gas companies to dump their toxic wastewater in open and unlined pits. This industry isn’t exactly known for being environmentally enlightened, but a disposal method that has the INTENT of putting harmful chemicals into groundwater, soil, and air, is shocking, even by oil industry standards. Dumping toxic wastewater in unlined pits seems like the ultimate in corner cutting for an industry always looking to make an extra few bucks. But it really shouldn’t still be a thing.

This week, Clean Water Action released a new report, Still in the Pits, that documents what we’ve learned about oil and gas wastewater pits and why they shouldn’t be a thing anymore. Here are our top 10 reasons why wastewater disposal into pits shouldn’t still be a thing:

Number 10: Oil and gas wastewater contains harmful chemicals, ranging from high concentrations of salt, to heavy metals, to known carcinogens such as benzene. Contaminants are naturally occurring underground and come from a host of chemicals added throughout the lifespan of an oil well.

Number 9: Dumping wastewater into unlined pits INTENTIONALLY puts those chemicals into the environment – our air, nearby groundwater and soil.

Number 8: State sanctioned science recommends ending unlined pit disposal. The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST), in their July 2015 s...

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Saturday, 05 March

09:33

America: The World’s Best Place to Mine EARTHblog

The hardrock mining (think gold, copper, uranium, rare earths) trade lobby has made a career trying to convince Congress that the the federal mine permitting process is so burdensome that it chases away domestic investment in mineral development. When asked for proof, they point to the permitting process for new mines: claiming it can take the better part of a decade to permit a mine.

Under the guise of promoting investment, the mining lobby has pushed Congress to weaken environmental regulations and reduce the public’s ability to provide input during mine permitting.

Fortunately, two new reports definitively refute the mining lobby’s claims:

To cut to the chase:

  • it takes approximately two years to permit a mine; and
  • The United States is one of the mining industry’s favorite places to dig.

Political Context

In the House, Rep. Amodei (R-NV) has introduced the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Act while the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) sponsored the American Mineral Security Act.

Mr. Amodei’s proposal places a 30-month l...

00:46

Iraq's greatest danger yet: collapse of 'world's most dangerous dam' The Ecologist

As if Iraq has not suffered enough under Saddam Hussein, the vicious UN sanctions regime, the US-UK occupation and the depradations of Daesh, a new threat looms that could kill a million people or more, and destroy Baghdad and a string of other cities along the Tigris river. The porous rocks beneath the Mosul dam are dissolving away and the entire edifice could collapse at any moment, releasing 11 cubic kilometres of water.

Friday, 04 March

03:35

Honduran indigenous activist assassinated CHANGING TIMES

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

Cáceres 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.

According to local reports, assailants broke into Cáceres’ home in La Esperanza in the western province of Intibucá at around midnight on March 2, and gunned her down.

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 Twitter: “Devastating news. Berta was a critical leader and fierce land defender. Part of a glo...

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