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Scientists using archived NASA data have discovered a strange new kind of galactic beast in the cosmic wilderness. Dubbed "super spirals," these unprecedented galaxies dwarf our own spiral galaxy, the Milky Way, and compete in size and brightness with the...... Read more »
A great swath of primeval forest runs 250 miles up the coast of British Columbia, from the northern tip of ...
For generations, the Ekuri people have relied completely on their ancestral forest for all of their needs. It provides not only fruits, vegetables and other forest products but also their medicines and shapes their unique culture, language and identity. The Ekuri Initiative NGO was established to protect their forests and has successfully brought development benefits to their villages at the same time. But now this forest, and with it the entire Ekuri way of life, is threatened with destruction.
The governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade, has announced the construction of a 260 km superhighway to go from the coastal city of Calabar to a small town called Katsina-ala in Benue State to the north. The highway has no obvious economic benefit and is, in effect, a road to nowhere.
The superhighway will rip through the heart of the Ekuri rainforest, opening it up to farming, logging and hunting on a massive scale. Worse still – in a massive, unprecedented land grab, the Governor has seized a 20 km wide swathe of ancestral land of thousands of other forest-dependent villagers along the entire 260 km length of the 6-lane superhighway!
The Ekuri know that their forest, homes and way of life are at stake. They intend to protect their forest through peaceful protest and are calling on us for international support.
The Ekuri blocked the arriving bulldozers from entering the forest and refused to accommodate the construction workers. The workers have since begun destroying the forest in a neighboring commun...
From the Say No to Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Release in the Florida Keys Change.org Petition: Right now, British company Oxitec is planning to release genetically modified mosquitoes into the fragile environment of the Florida Keys. The company wants to... Read More
The post BREAKING: FDA Plans to Release GE Mosquitoes in the Florida Keys appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.
For pro surfer Cyrus Sutton, creating his own sustainable sunblock not only came from...
ANNAPOLIS—The Maryland House of Delegates voted by a resounding, bipartisan margin — 92-43 — this morning to advance the Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2016 (HB 1106), legislation that will accelerate the state’s reliance on solar and wind power. The bill raises Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard requirement to 25 percent by 2020, up from the current goal of 20 percent by 2022.
By creating incentives for roughly 1,300 megawatts of new clean energy, the bill is expected to create more than 1,000 new Maryland solar jobs and to reduce climate pollution by the equivalent of taking 563,000 passenger vehicles off the road every year. The bill now moves to the Senate for approval.
Provisions in the original bill coupled this renewable energy expansion with a record-large investment into job training and minority- and women-owned business development in the clean energy industry. Leaders in the General Assembly now plan to combine those provisions into a separate, comprehensive workforce development bill. Advocates remain committed to passing both.
James McGarry, Maryland policy director at the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, had the following statement in response:
“We applaud the House of Delegates for another resounding vote for climate solutions. By ensuring that more of our homes are powered by wind and solar, the Clean Energy Jobs Act will create thousands of good-paying jobs, prevent hundreds of asthma attacks, and reduce the carbon pollution causing record weather extremes. This is a win-win for our economy and for the health of all Marylanders.
“As Maryland leads in tackling climate change, we must also lead in building a clean energy economy that benefits everyone. Our lawmakers can do both this year by passing the Clean Energy Jobs Act alongside a comprehensive plan to invest in job training.”
Kelly Trout, 240-396-2022, kelly@chesapea...
Dramatic new video and still shots of coral bleaching on the...
RCM M4.3 strikes 23km ESE of Hawthorne, Nevada Magnitude: 4.3Mw Time: 2016-03-21 07:37:10 (UTC) Distances: 22km (14mi) ESE of Hawthorne, Nevada 127km (79mi) ESE of Gardnerville Ranchos, Nevada 143km (89mi) ESE of Carson City, Nevada Aftershocks: 3.3 23km ESE of Hawthorne, Nevada 2016-03-21 13:18:10 UTC depth=6.3km 3.3 23km ESE of Hawthorne, Nevada 2016-03-21 10:46:49 UTC […]
When you go shopping, how do you know what products won’t make you sick or...
from Appalachia Resist!
Black Life Action Coalition (BLAC) and Appalachia Resist! have formed a coalition to address the ongoing human rights abuses linked to ongoing water contamination to drinking water supplies. We demand water justice for all and will be hosting a water drive for Flint, Michigan residents and a Demand Water Justice Rally: Fight for Flint, Fight for Appalachia at the Athens County Courthouse Steps on Monday March 21st from 11-1.
We will be collecting monetary donations to help Flint churches, American Red Cross and United Way to buy much needed lead testing kits and water filters, but also full cases of commercially packaged water or commercially sealed gallon containers of water. Testing for lead costs around $55/per test and filters run from $40-$200.
We encourage members of the public to drop off donations at the Monday rally, or at donation stations set up around town, including at The Village Bakery, Catalyst Café, and Fluff Bakery.
The Flint, Michigan water crisis has been ongoing since January 2015. Residents cannot...
Sarawak village rejects Baram dam proposal, begins installing renewable energy projects
TVE M6.4 quake strikes S of Ust’-Kamchatsk Staryy, Russia EQ Details Magnitude: 6.4Mw Location: 54.333°N, 162.799°E Depth: 31.3 km Time: 2016-03-20 22:50:20 (UTC) Distances: 211km (131mi) S of Ust’-Kamchatsk Staryy, Russia 309km (192mi) ENE of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia 317km (197mi) ENE of Yelizovo, Russia 329km (204mi) ENE of Vilyuchinsk, Russia 2,733km (1698mi) NNE of Tokyo, Japan […]
Calling it a potential Alaskan climate bellwether, scientists have...
“Ninety kilometers away from a modern industrial city with an atomic substation, people still wove their own clothes, lived on their own natural means, and even confessed to their own pre-Christian gods… During Easter, instead of carrying the specially baked bread to church, they offered it to the setting sun, […]
In a global call for climate action, 350 landmarks in 178 nations across the...
from CTV Atlantic
Houston-based subsidiary of Southwestern Energy, SWN Resources Canada has pulled its presence from the province of New Brunswick.
The oil and gas company issued a statement saying its Moncton office closed Wednesday, laying off two people, including manager of the N.B. project, Chad Peters.
“Uncertainty over the timetable for developing this project has reduced the need for an office in the province at this time,” said Christina Fowler, communications advisor for the company. “While this uncertainty continues, we will oversee this project from our headquarters in Houston.”
The two employees will receive outplacement services, employee assistance, severance and other benefits to support them and their families through the transition, she said.
It comes over a year after the New Brunswick government announced a moratorium on fracking in the province.
SWN began their exploration program in 2010, purchasing 32 licences to search, exploring a million hectares in the province.
At that time, they committed to investing about $47 million in the province.
With files from CTV...
Peabody Energy may soon file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The news comes as...
from Contra Info
Toulouse Saturday 27th February
We set fire to several trucks on a Vinci construction site.
We wanted to kick start a fire.
To have fun together,
to not go where we were expected.
It was great.
A fire in winter is warming.
Support to all the crusty kids, zadists or not
[Note: Vinci is the construction company planning to construct the controversial Notre Dame des Landes airport, which as met fierce resistance in the form of the ZAD (zone à défendre)]
On Sunday peaceful protest, at Willow Tree NSW, halted Whitehaven Coal’s trains from reaching Newcastle Port. Trains were stopped for 5 hours after 33 year old Jamie Dunnit scaled, and occupied, the locomotives pulling the wagons laden with coal from Whitehaven’s coal mine. This community action occurs in the midst of a government crackdown on people who try to defend themselves from the impact of fossil fuel industries through peaceful protest.
“New legislation in New South Wales means that a person protecting their communities from mining will face a similar fine to a company that is in breach of environmental regulations,” said former mining worker and Front Line Action On Coal spokesperson Jason Mclean. “The corruption that has been investigated by ICAC has clearly not been weeded out, as Mike Baird continues to protect the interests of the very same companies involved...
In support of Gulf Coast communities, thousands are gathering in New Orleans to stop the...
Two Jupiter-family comets - 252P/LINEAR and P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) - will safely fly past Earth on March 21 and 22, 2016 at a distance of 5.2 million km (3.3 million miles) and 3.5 million km (2.2 million miles), respectively. The two comets have intriguingly...... Read more »
Backed up the Information Commissioner, DECC refuses to release the documents it sent to the European Commission to support its massive subsidy package for the Hinkley C nuclear plant, writes Terry McAlister. But now the case will go before a tribunal which could order their release.
Psycho-sociological warfare Recent literature providing various speculations have been entered into concerning the possibility of conditioning various types of social and emotional response, but direct experimental and anecdotal evidence in support of such a view has been lacking, except perhaps where extreme socialistic and communistic methods and models of community organizing and group agitation is […]
Some of you will have attended a meeting on Saturday 19 March 2016 about the proposed heritage declaration for the Kulaluk Lease Area. Below is the published ‘Statement of Heritage Value’ for the area, as drafted by the Northern Territory Heritage Council. It is open for comment until 28 March 2016Statement of Heritage Value – Kulaluk [...] Continue Reading →
That would probably be all the past posts and opinions relating to the 1st and 2nd Amendments and/or commentaries for or against them. Now why might that be? Consider all the agenda-driven propaganda and remember, just because something is no longer there, doesn’t necessarily mean it doesn’t exist.Filed under: Education, Political View Points Tagged: America, […]
Tanhuato Michoacán: Weapons at massacre reportedly linked to fast and furious How many of these high profile killings will Fast & Furious weapons be discovered? How is it that these weapons are only discovered at Big Stories? Whatever the case, that is the story. [Excerpt] Borderland Beat (edited) Thursday, March 17, 2016 Insight Crime and […]
INFLUENZA, CANINE – USA (02): (INDIANA) H3N2 *********************** Published Date: 2016-03-19 21:08:51 Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> Influenza, canine – USA (02): (IN) H3N2 Archive Number: 20160319.4106438 Date: Fri 18 Mar 2016 Source: Chicago Tribune [edited] It’s all hands on deck at the Humane Society Calumet Area [HSCA; located in Indiana near the border of Illinois] where all […]
EBOLA UPDATE (25): GUINEA FLARE-UP, LIBERIA, SIERRA LEONE, RESEARCH ****************************** Published Date: 2016-03-20 20:08:45 Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola update (25): Guinea flare-up, Liberia, Sierra Leone, research Archive Number: 20160320.4107350 In this update:  Guinea: Ebola 4th death  Guinea 4th death, Liberia, Sierra Leone, research ******  Guinea: Ebola 4th death Date: Sun 20 Mar 2016 […]
SALMONELLOSIS, SEROTYPE POONA – USA (02): MEXICAN CUCUMBERS, FATAL ********************* Published Date: 2016-03-20 18:03:01 Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> Salmonellosis, st Poona – USA (02): Mexican cucumbers, fatal Archive Number: 20160320.4107406 Date: Sat 19 Mar 2016 Source: Food Poisoning Bulletin [edited] The CDC has posted, stating that the _Salmonella [enterica_ serotype] Poona outbreak linked to cucumbers imported from […]
‘Three strikes you’re out’ – Traditional
Owners reject Adani Carmichael mine for a third time
QLD Mines Minister Anthony Lynham must now step up and rule out issuing of mining leases
In a landmark moment of self-determination and a major blow to the Adani Carmichael coal mine, the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) people, traditional owners of the proposed mine site in QLD’s Galilee Basin, on the weekend voted for the third time to reject a land deal with Indian giant Adani for its proposed mega-mine.
W&J traditional owners came from all over Queensland to a meeting of the claim group and made it clear they will not be dictated to by a mining giant and manipulated by a complicit Government.
W&J traditional owner and spokesperson, Adrian Burragubba said, “Our people voted unanimously at an authorisation meeting to reject Adani’s repackaged deal, and to condemn them for falsely representing the position of the W&J people. We confirmed that no further negotiations with Adani will take place”.
The vote on Saturday follows two previous decisions of the majority to reject the Carmichael Mine, in 2012 and 2014, and heads off a third attempt by Adani to force a land use deal onto the W&J people.
If ever built, Adani’s massive mine, the biggest in Australian history and in the southern hemisphere, would lea...
Monika Singh | Fiji Times | March 19, 2016
THE oversights in the SPC-EU funded Regional Legislative and Regulatory Framework for Deep Sea Minerals (DSM) Exploration and Exploitation could expose individual countries to liability including compensation claims under established international law for harms resulting from DSM that take place from activities under their control, both within and beyond domestic waters.
Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG)co-ordinator Maureen Penjueli said while they appreciated the attempt to provide a model legal framework for the Pacific region, they urged SPC to supplement the framework with comprehensive provisions that properly enshrine both free, prior and informed consent.
Ms Penjueli says the assessment of the framework should act as signposts for Fiji and other Pacific Islands in terms of safeguarding the human rights and environmental protection of their land. She says Fiji is reviewing its legislation on the issue which was a positive move.
“The Pacific Network on Globalisation and our collective partners — Pacific Conference of Churches, DAWN (Development Alternatives for Women in a New Era), BRG (Bismark Ramu Group), Act Now! PNG — have been closely following the issue of seabed mining in the region since 2010, which coincided with the SPC-EU funded project looking at seabed mining in the region.
from País Mapuche
translated by Earth First! Journal
April 12th is the date set for the trial hearing preparation against the brothers Fernando and Rodrigo Meliman, accused of robbery with intimidation and arson against the San Guillermo farm on June 28, 2015. [Allegedly] on that date, around 30 people went onto the Galilea’s farm property, where they proceeded to burn three sheds, one Backhoe, two tractors, and animal forage; they also spraypainting “Galilea get out” on the property.
The prosecutor Juan Yáñez was appointed full-time by the regional prosecutor Julio Contardo to investigate crimes associated with rural violence (euphemism for Mapuche resistance) in the province of Arauco, and asked the court to punish the accused with five years in prison for the fire. He also requested 12 additional years for robbery with intimidation.
I’m finally getting around to posting my favorite non-bird wildlife photos of 2015. This is as much an exercise in editing (and learning) for me, as it is sharing photos with you all. It’s always great fun to review the year’s adventures and try to whittle down the images. I give a far higher priority […]
Links sent by a reader Silicon Valley increasingly enabling terrorists “Saudi firms are using IP addresses purchased from the British government to spread ISIS propaganda on Twitter. Meanwhile, activists who try to get these accounts removed are themselves banned.” The British government allegedly sold a larger amount of IP addresses to “two Saudi firms,” which […]
interpreted by Earth First! Journal
On March 17, 2016, members of the Riojan Capital Assembly [ARC] remember and continue to perform their two-year blockade and occupation of land licensed for uranium mega-mining. Along with neighbors from Las Higuerillas, Las Cañas, Agua Blanca, El Duraznillo, and El Cantadero, they resist the provincial governor’s attempts to exploit land in Quebrada de Alipán, 12 miles from the capital of Rioja–the National Committee for Atomic Energy already had plans to begin their highly toxic and contaminating plans there.
Today, as for the past two years, we continue to fight in defense of our mountains, our water, f...
Federal Disaster Declared for Texas due to Continuing Destructive Weather Events Texas Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding (DR-4266) Incident period: March 07, 2016 Major Disaster Declaration declared on March 19, 2016 The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the state of Texas in the areas affected by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding […]
Contemplate this: Premeditated murders will occur, regardless of the instruments or restrictions. Flashback: If You Look at This Chart of Top 10 Nations in the World for Mass Shootings – One Thing Jumps Out After the tragic Charleston shooting that left 9 Americans dead, President Obama said the following: But let’s be clear: At some […]
by Lorelai Goff / Appalachian Voices
A phantom haunts Appalachia. Blurry trail camera pictures and occasional eerie screams in the forest keep the debate about the Eastern cougar’s existence alive among scientists and lay people, even after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared the elusive ghost cat extinct in 2011.
The Eastern cougar, Puma concolor cougar — also known as ghost cat, catamount, puma, painter, panther and mountain lion — once roamed Eastern North America from Canada to Florida. All but the Florida Panthers were wiped out by the early 1900s. Hunting by European settlers, loss of habitat and a decline in the white-tailed deer population — the cougar’s favorite meal — all played a part in its demise.
Myths surround these tawny predatory cats, which can grow up to 8 feet long and weigh in at 200 pounds. One is the notion that they are man killers. The truth is, a fatal accident with a white-tailed deer is many times more likely than a fatal cougar attack, according to The Journal of Wildlife Managemen...
from Global Post
Walter Mendez of the Association of Forest Communities of Peten (ACOFOP) — who campaigned against deforestation and hydroelectric projects in Guatemala’s northern Peten region — was found dead at his home on Wednesday, his body riddled with several gunshot wounds, the organization said in a statement.
“He had received death threats from illegal invaders of the land who publicly denounced him because of the causes he championed,” the group said.
Mendez was also a member of the Peten Front against Dams, which opposes hydroelectric projects on the Usumacinta River, the organization added.
ACOFOP joins more than 20 peasant and indigenous groups to help manage forests in Guatemala’s government-run Maya Biosphere Reserve near the border with Mexico and Belize.
Mendez’s death is the latest act of repression against Central American activists following the murder of Berta Caceres, an indigenous leader killed in Honduras earlier this month, and her colleague Nelson Garcia two weeks later, ACOFOP said.
Caceres won international recognition...
Consistent failure to attain goals throughout life results in defeatism, low self-esteem or depression. Thus, in order to avoid serious psychological problems, human beings need goals whose attainment requires effort, and they must have a reasonable rate of success in attaining those goals. —Theodore John Kaczynski, a.k.a.”Unabomber” Excerpt from the Unabomber’s Manifesto. ******************** Refugees face […]
Given the long list of technical and financial problems afflicting the Hinkley C power plant, writes David Thorpe, the Labour Party's continuing support for the over-priced, highly subsidised project is increasingly paradoxical. Labour must take a fresh look at HPC and the renewable alternatives that can do better at far lower cost.
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