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Comet Siding Spring plunged the magnetic field around Mars into chaos The Watchers » Latest articles

When comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) made its historic encounter with planet Mars in October 2014, passing roughly 140 000 km (87 00 miles) from its surface, it wreaked havoc on the magnetic environment around Mars. The effect, temporary but profound, was measured...... Read more »

Heavy rain and strong wind impact the Pacific Northwest and northern California The Watchers » Latest articles

A cold front and a plume of Pacific moisture streamed into the Pacific Northwest and drought-stricken northern California today, bringing rain and high elevation snow. According to NWS, the heaviest and most widespread rain is expected to fall across northern...... Read more »


To clean up air pollution we must dump diesel - and here's how The Ecologist

Low Emissions Zones have their place in cleaning up the UK's worst air pollution hotspots, writes Richard Howard. But we also need to adopt fiscal measures to encourage a shift away from diesel vehicles, at once delivering cleaner air, increased tax revenues, and lower carbon emissions.


The flight from Fukushima - and the grim return The Ecologist

Five years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster began to unfold, the searing psychological effects are still being felt among the 160,000 refugees who fled the fallout, writes Linda Pentz Gunter. But now there's growing pressure to return to contaminated areas declared 'safe' in efforts to whitewash the disaster's impacts. Why the rush? To clear the way for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, complete with events in Fukushima City.


Rock fall at Papua New Guinea mine claims life of Ok Tedi worker Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

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Eric Tlozek | ABC News

A man has died at Papua New Guinea’s Ok Tedi mine, forcing operations to be suspended less than two weeks after they were restarted.

The gold and copper mine — the largest in the country — resumed operations on March 1 after slashing its workforce and halting production in July due to weak copper prices and dry weather connected to Papua New Guinea’s El Nino-related drought.

Ok Tedi Mining Limited said the worker was caught in debris from a rock fall on the mine’s western wall.

“A section of rock and dirt fell out of the wall of the mine and landed in the sump, which is located at the bottom of the mine,” managing director Peter Graham said.

“Unfortunately one of our employees, who was attending to pit drainage … was unable to get clear of the debris that flowed as a result of that fall.”

The mine’s management was unable to retrieve the man’s body before dark. Recovery efforts resumed this morning.

Mr Graham said the mine had been shut down to allow employees to deal with the worker’s death.

“We shut down operations last night for the oncoming night shift crew and just told everyone to stand down today,” he said.



Takashi Hirose: veteran Japanese anti-nuclear activist on the Fukushima disaster

Today marks the 5th anniversary of the March 11th earthquake-tsunami-meltdown catastrophe in Japan. There are countless ways we could commemorate the event, and media outlets throughout the world are doing it in hundreds of ways this week. It is impossible to write one message that covers it all, and difficult […]

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Scientific integrity? Yes, please. Pesticide Action Network

Bee science

Late last year, a respected scientist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) filed a whistleblower compaint, claiming scientific suppression of his research on pesticides and pollinators. Today, PAN and our supporters helped deliver comments to USDA from more than 140,000 concerned individuals, calling on the agency to respect and support scientific integrity.

As a recent article from the The Washington Post Magazine highlights, Dr. Jonathan Lundgren's allegations are not the first to surface at USDA. Other flagged incidents also involve research lookin...


Ok Tedi shut down after landslide traps three workers Papua New Guinea Mine Watch


Ok Tedi closed after landslide traps three men

Jeffrey Elapa | Post Courier | March 11 2016

THREE Papua New Guineans are said to be trapped in a landslide at the Ok Tedi mine that forced all operation to be suspended.

Sources from the mine told the Post Courier late last night that heavy rain in the area for two days has caused huge landslide burying three employees together with the ONK the machine that is used to shovel rocks and minerals.

Although no reports have been received from the mine management, sources said all operations closed as of 5pm after the incident that took place an hour before the landslide in the centre of the mine where A grade reserves are usually mine.

The sources said the rescue team were attempts to recover the bodies of the three employees believed to be strapped among the collapsed ground and rocks but it is not known if they are alive or dead as rescue work was continuing.

The closure has also forced the operation at Kiunga where the ores are stored before shipment.

The Ok Tedi mine is an open mine and the condition of the three employees are confirmed but the management would make an official report on the incident as rescue team continues to find the bodies.

The source said o...


US and Canada promise to Lead World to Low-Carbon Economy Latest News

Countries previously seen as climate change villains present shared vision on cutting emissions


Active volcanoes in the world: March 2 - 8, 2016 The Watchers » Latest articles

New activity was reported for 9 volcanoes between March 2 and 8, 2016. Ongoing activity was observed at 18 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Alaid, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Asosan, Kyushu (Japan) | Lokon-Empung, Sulawesi (Indonesia) |...... Read more »


Powerful storm causes extreme flash flooding across the South US The Watchers » Latest articles

A large and anomalous upper-level low is affecting South US as it continues slowly drifting eastward over northern Mexico today. Very heavy rain caused severe flash flooding that claimed lives of three people so far. "Many locations have experienced extreme...... Read more »


Biological Health Hazard – Disease Outbreak (Salmonellosis Montevideo Strain): USA, multiple states Head Space

SALMONELLOSIS, SEROTYPE MONTEVIDEO – USA: PISTACHIOS, ALERT, RECALL ************************ Published Date: 2016-03-10 13:04:38 Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> Salmonellosis, st Montevideo – USA: pistachios, alert, recall Archive Number: 20160310.4083152 Date: Wed 9 Mar 2016 Source: CDC, _Salmonella_ Homepage, 2016 Outbreaks [edited] CDC is collaborating with public health officials in multiple states and the FDA to investigate a multistate […]


People power in the San Joaquin Valley Pesticide Action Network

There’s a lot of power in the San Joaquin Valley. It's a hub for industrial agriculture interests, no doubt, as they've grown in size and scale. But there’s also power in the communities that are organizing to reclaim and protect shared water, soil and farmland.

That was the focus this week, as a group of academics, farmers, students, food and environmental justice advocates, and community organizers gathered at the University of California Merced for a “Rural Summit.” The entire day was grounded, as is the San Joaquin Valley, in the history of water and land laws. And, at the summit, the people who lived that history were able to share their stories.

Stacking the system

Under the 1902 Reclamation Act, farmers were encouraged to develop lands in the west, including California. In exchange, the federal gove...


Grizzly Bears at Risk of Being Hunted for the First Time in Decades EcoWatch


For the first time in decades, grizzly bears that wander outside Yellowstone ...


Biological Health Hazard – Infectious Disease Exposure, Mycobacterium bovis (Tuberculosis): Nebraska Head Space

Immigration Health Hazard – Infectious Disease Outbreak MYCOBACTERIUM BOVIS – USA: (NEBRASKA) ex MEXICO, AIRBORNE PERSON-TO-PERSON TRANSMISSION ***************************** Published Date: 2016-03-10 13:21:01 Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> Mycobacterium bovis – USA: (NE) ex Mexico, airborne person-to-person transm Archive Number: 20160310.4083566 Date: Fri 4 Mar 2016 Source: Healio, Infectious Disease News [edited] Contact investigations of 2 pulmonary tuberculosis cases […]


One of the Lucky Ones: Seal Pup Released Back Into the Ocean After Severe Injuries From Marine Debris EcoWatch


A seal pup named Maëlle was released back into the ocean, three months after...


Nuclear Event – Unusual Event/Fire: Watts Bar Nuclear Plant Unit 2 Head Space

North America – USA | State of Tennessee, Rhea County, Spring City, Watts Bar Nuclear Plant Location: 35°36’10.0″N 84°47’22.0″W Present Operational Age: ~30 years Event: UNUSUAL EVENT – EMERGENCY DECLARED Nuclear Event in USA on Wednesday, 09 March, 2016 at 03:42 [EST]. UNUSUAL EVENT DECLARED DUE TO A FIRE GREATER THAN 15 MINUTES Watts Bar Unit 2 declared […]


Bolivia’s Second-Largest Lake Dries Up: Is Utah’s Great Salt Lake Next? EcoWatch


Scientists warn that the Great Salt Lake may follow in the footsteps of some of the world's...


9 Diet and Lifestyle Changes That Can Keep Your Hormones in Balance and Help You Lose Weight EcoWatch


Research shows that hormones influence your appetite and how much ...


Take a Tour of Facebook’s Massive 9-Acre Rooftop Park EcoWatch


It was Mark Zuckerberg's idea to cover the entire roof with a garden, that has gravel paths that wander among...


Fossil Fuel Fights That Could Rock U.S.-Canada Relations EcoWatch


As Trudeau and Obama meet in Washington to discuss a joint approach on climate change, new fossil fuel fights could...


23 Million Salmon Dead Due to Toxic Algal Bloom in Chile EcoWatch


Chile's salmon industry is once again in a tailspin as the ongoing toxic algal bloom has...


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No more keeping consumers in the dark over animal welfare! The Ecologist

Labels on meat, egg and dairy products are often the only clue we have into the lives of the animals they came from, writes Philip Lymbery. But they are often confusing or even misleading about the truth of cruel farming practices. Labelling needs to be clearer to allow ethical consumers to make the right choices.


Fukushima Should Have Served as Wake-Up Call for U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission EcoWatch


"The post-Fukushima, lessons-learned process provided the NRC a golden opportunity to...


Members Notice – March 10, 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 10, 2016 at 18:05 UTC Filed under: News Alert Tagged: 10 March 2016, CJ Members, Fire-Earth Alert, FIRE-EARTH Program, Members Notice, News Alert, Q & A


LISTEN: Earth Minute – Remembering Indigenous Movement Leader Berta Cáceres Global Justice Ecology Project

Global Justice Ecology Project’s Anne Petermann discusses the assassination of Berta Cáceres on this week’s Earth Minute. Listen to Earth Minute on the Sojourner Truth Show on KPFK Radio. In the early morning of March 3rd, Berta Cáceres, a leader of... Read More

The post LISTEN: Earth Minute – Remembering Indigenous Movement Leader Berta Cáceres appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.


Obama, Trudeau Agree to Safeguarding Arctic, Reducing Methane Emissions EcoWatch


The leaders committed to cutting methane emissions 40 to 45 percent below...


Greening the Fashion Industry EcoWatch


No area of sustainability has drawn as much interest from students in Columbia University’s Sustainability Management graduate program than...


Democratic Debate Puts Fossil Fuel Industry on Notice EcoWatch


The debate was testament to how far climate activists have helped move both candidates on...


21 Kids Take on the Feds and Big Oil in Historic Climate Lawsuit EcoWatch


The judge asked the flustered DOJ attorney, “Are you robbing Peter to pay Paul?” ...


In Death Valley, A Carpet of Colorful Life Latest News

A last minute trip to see rare wildflower super bloom was well worth the long haul


Canadian Mining Kills: Videos by SubMedia Earth First! Newswire

by Stimulator / Sub Media

Activists disrupted the world’s largest mining convention to hold a vigil for the people killed for opposing Canadian mining projects around the world, including Bertha Cáceras – an Indigenous leader from Honduras who was assassinated in her home four days ago.

Update Otros Mundos Coordinator and Other Worlds’ board member Gustavo Castro Soto was the sole witness to the assassination of Berta Cáceres on Wednesday March 3, 2016. He was injured during the attack. After the attack, Gustavo voluntarily went to the local authorities to give his testimony. He was then taken into custody and is now in his third day of being detained. He has been denied food and sleep. Please click here to help put pressure on the Honduran government to set him free.


Watch this video to learn more about Berta Cáceres and Gustavo Castro

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Thursday, 10 March


Celilo Falls Commemoration, March 10th Portland Rising Tide

An open invitation to anyone who would like to share memories, stories, reflections on what Celilo means– an invitation anyone who knows what happened in just a few hours on that day.  White people descended from the colonial immigrants. First

The post Celilo Falls Commemoration, March 10th appeared first on Portland Rising Tide.


China's electric vehicle boost drives global transport revolution The Ecologist

Improved technology and falling costs are moving electric car sales into the fast lane as manufacturers seek achieve significant economies of scale, writes Kieran Cooke. And now China is leading the EV charge with its plans for 5 million plug-in vehicles by 2020.


Is Government Targeting Other Honduran Activists?

Gustavo Castro Soto

Via The Institute For Public Accuracy

NOTE: Gustavo Castro Soto is a long time ally of founders of Global Justice Ecology Project for work in common in solidarity with the Indigenous people of Chiapas, Mexico.


Bell and Adler are with the group Other Worlds, which has collaborated closely with the group Berta Cáceres founded, the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras. Bell repeatedly warned of threats to Cáceres prior to her death. For background, see “Cáceres Murdered — Honduran Activist who Stood up to Clinton-Backed Coup Regime.”
Bell appeared on the program “Democracy Now!” this morning. She emphasized the situation with Gustavo Castro Soto, coordinator of Otros Mundos Chiapas / Friends of the Earth Mexico: “Gustavo is not only the sole wi...


Dispelling the nuclear 'baseload' myth: nothing renewables can't do better! The Ecologist

The main claim used to justify nuclear is that it's the only low carbon power source that can supply 'reliable, baseload electricity', writes Mark Diesendorf - unlike wind and solar. But not only can renewables supply baseload power, they can do something far more valuable: supply power flexibly according to demand. Now nuclear power really is redundant.

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Wednesday, 09 March


Keep It In the Ground Portland Rising Tide May 4-16, 2016: Beak Free will commence a global wave of mass actions targeting the world’s most dangerous fossil fuel projects. We aim to keep coal, oil and gas in the ground and accelerate the just transition to 100% renewable

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Tuesday, 08 March


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.


Monday, 07 March


On Forgetting Fukushima


On Forgetting Fukushima by Robert Jacobs, March 2016 This article appeared originally in The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 14, Issue 5, No. 1, March 1, 2016 This month the media and social networks are busy remembering Fukushima on the fifth anniversary of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown, but what we […]

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