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Thursday, 24 March


Using supercomputers to predict severe tornadoes and large hail storms The Watchers » Latest articles

A team of scientists based at the University of Oklahoma (OU) is using supercomputers to learn and predict how the biggest, most severe tornadoes and large hail form. When a hail storm moved through Fort Worth, Texas on May 5, 1995, it battered the highly populated...... Read more »


Big Earth, One Issue Blog - Reverend Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir

12885702_10153326134170974_8055595850210932866_o.jpgAfter our weekend in western Massachusetts with the resisters to the Kinder Morgan pipeline, we feel that the our “issue” fighting Monsanto and honeybee-killing Bayer and the “issue” of the spreading natural gas infrastructure – are not separate. One issue is called “food” and the other “energy”. But how the two overlap is more important for our politics. 

Both industries feature toxic corporations that morph and market, evade regulation and constantly sue. Their tactics are the same with the press and the police. Neo-nicotinoids and glyphosates, Agent Orange and PCB’s and bovine growth hormones leave Big Chem with a trail of evil labels. The fracking tradition is newer and the cocktails of hundreds of toxins they pump into the water table - are still unknown. They even cover up their earthquakes. But at the end of the day both are at war with the natural world in remarkably similar ways.

And by fighting them as separate issues, on two fronts, with two groups of activists - we automatically place ourselves in the defensive posture of demanding the old solution of more big government. Big government instead of big god. But this is the weakest position politically. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren shouldn’t always end up there. Big government hasn’t been a good sell since the New Deal. 

The Right always proceeds from one point, the belief in a single God and His morals of purity and decency, anger and war. They don't really have have a single unifying issue hey but they act like they do because they have th...


Activists Launch ‘Golf Cart Shuttle’ Between DEQ and Dominion Headquarters to Highlight Cloud Over Coal Ash Decisions Chesapeake Climate Action Network

–A putting green, golf cart shuttle ‘courtesy of Dominion,’ and Master’s-inspired banner are greeting DEQ employees right now

–Activists question cozy culture of influence after revelation that Virginia’s top environmental regulator, David Paylor, took a golf vacation on Dominion’s dime

Richmond, Va. — Two dozen concerned citizens are currently staging a “golf tournament” in front of the headquarters of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to highlight the questionable relationship between the agency’s director, David Paylor, and Dominion Virginia Power, the state’s largest climate polluter.

Recent reporting by Washington’s WAMU radio station revealed that Paylor, the top state official responsible for overseeing Dominion’s controversial coal ash disposal plans, let Dominion pay his way to the 2013 Master’s golf tournament, a trip valued at $2,300. Activists are concerned that this gift is emblematic of a longstanding, cozy relationship between Dominion and top state officials, one they worry is negatively impacting the quality of Virginians’ air and water.

As of 9:30 a.m. this morning, Department of Environmental Quality employees and passersby will have a chance to play mini golf on a large putting green, or hop on-board one of two golf cart shuttles offering courtesy trips to Dominion’s downtown offices. A large green banner, themed after the Master’s logo and slogan reads, “Dominion & DEQ: A tradition unlike any other.”

“Virginia’s top environmental regulator should never have considered accepting gifts, let alone a golf vacation, from Virginia’s top polluter,” said Drew Gallagher, field organize...


Is Bill Gates Right About GMOs? EcoWatch


The world’s wealthiest man really wants Africa to embrace...


White House: 17 Western States Face New Threats to Water Supplies From Climate Change EcoWatch


Higher temperatures and changes in precipitation will exacerbate water supply woes in...

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Wednesday, 23 March


Badger Cull: Animal Rights Group Publishes Names of Farmers Earth First! Newswire

by Steven Morris / The Guardian

3500An animal rights group that champions direct action is publishing details of farmers believed to have signed up for the next phase of the badger cull.

Police are investigating how the list of landowners in Devon, one of the counties where culling may take place this year, came to be leaked.

The Stop the Cull group said it believed the list was accurate and would publish the details of one farmer or landowner on it every day. It has already identified two. It said: “We are happy the list is accurate. We will expose one farmer every day who has signed up.”

The group suggested its decision to publish would lead to protesters phoning the farmers named or even visiting them. Identifying the first farmer, it said: “Let’s hope they are OK with people wandering around their [land] late at night.”

Explaining the tactic, Stop the Cull added: “Some people don’t like our methods. We don’t care if you like them or not, we’ve been doing them since 2012. They might be a bit controversial, but...


As Coal’s Future Grows Murkier, Banks Pull Financing Earth First! Newswire

by Michael Corkery / New York Times

peabody-coal-bankrupt[Earth First! Journal editor’s received an email recommending this mainstream press story, pointing out that this is the current strategy for Ende Gelaende, as the parent company Vattenfal is trying to sell the mine. The slogan this year is “We are the investment risk!” ]

Tens of thousands of miners were on strike and coal prices were skyrocketing in October 1902. Afraid of unrest, President Theodore Roosevelt sought the help of John Pierpont Morgan.

The powerful banker, who held great sway over the coal industry, brokered a deal with the miners that ended the strike. “My dear sir,” the president wrote to Mr. Morgan. “Let me thank you for the service you have rende...


Anti-dam activists call for government announcement to seal their victory CHANGING TIMES

P1040210 (640x480)Indigenous villagers in Sarawak, Malaysia, who have retrieved land that was expropriated to make way for a mega-dam, remain jubilant about their victory, but they say their blockades will remain until the state government officially announces that the Baram dam project has been scrapped.

The villagers heard on Monday that the Sarawak authorities had revoked the gazettes that extinguished the native rights of ownership of land earmarked for the mega-dam and its reservoir.

In a letter to the lawyer for the Baram villagers, Harrison Ngau, the Sarawak state attorney-general’s chambers said the expropriation of native customary rights to land acquired for the dam site and the reservoir had been officially revoked. The letter was dated March 15 and refers to a repealing of the gazettes on February 18.

“There is an atmosphere of triumph and jubilation among the villagers of Baram after the land reserved for the Baram dam and the reservoir was returned to them,” the chairman of the grassroots network SAVE Rivers, Peter Kallang, said today (Wednesday). “But there is also sense of caution.”

There are fears that the revoking of the gazettes could be a vote-catching ploy ahead of the upcoming state election.

The gazette for securing the land for the Baram dam site was published on September 5, 2013. The one for acquiring the land that would have been flooded by the dam reservoir was published on January 26, 2015.

Under the gazettes, the land belonging to 20,000 people from about 30 villages was taken from them. This land includes the villagers’ farms, cemeteries, and reserve land known as pulau galau.

Villagers from Long Keseh, Na’ah, and Long Tap sued the Sarawak government for extinguishing their land rights. Now they wi...


Previously unknown, massive source of methanol identified The Watchers » Latest articles

A team of scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have identified the massive, previously unknown source of methanol in the ocean. According to the study, the phytoplankton, microscopic plant-like organisms, possess a surprising and unique...... Read more »

Meteor mission launched to ISS The Watchers » Latest articles

After two failed attempts, Meteor mission was successfully launched at 03:05 UTC on March 23, 2016. Instruments needed for the mission, along with more than 3 ½ tons of supplies were packed inside an Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft and launched via the United...... Read more »



Nuclear Event – Nuclear staff evacuated in Belgium, after terrorist attacks: Doel and Tihange Nuclear Power Stations Head Space

Nuclear Event – Terrorist Threat/Safety Precaution Europe – Belgium | Walloon Region, Tihange Nuclear Power Station Location: 50°32’04.7″N 5°16’21.1″E Present Operational Age: ~42 years Europe – Belgium | Province of East-Flanders, Doel Nuclear Power Station  Location: 51°19’29.0″N 4°15’31.0″E Present Operational Age: ~42 years Belgium evacuates nuclear plant staff after attacks (Excerpt) ( 22 Mar 16 […]


Experimental seabed mining machines arrive in Oman for testing Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

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SPTs safely delivered in Oman

Post Courier 23 March 2016

THE three seafloor production tools to be used to mine Solwara One in New Ireland have arrived safely at Duqm Port in Oman for further extensive testing.

Canadian miner Nautilus, on behalf of the Solwara 1 joint venture (comprising Nautilus 85% and Eda Kopa (Solwara) Limited 15%, a subsidiary of Petromin Holdings PNG) announced that the three SPTs are scheduled to undergo extensive wettesting there.

The testing is one of the next major steps in the progression towards seafloor production, and will involve submerged testing of:

  • Control systems operations and feedback;
  • Hydraulic functions;
  • Collection system functions; and
  • Survey and visualization systems.

The wet testing program is being undertaken by the Solwara 1 JV production team and representatives of Soil Machine Dynamics, with further logistics and engineering support from United Engineering Services Ltd.

The preparatory works for the program will commence in April with initial testing operations scheduled to occur shortly thereafter.

The SPTs...


Another catastrophe: Ship carrying 1,235 metric tons of coal sinks in Sundarbans Mongabay Environmental News

Yet another coal-laden ship has capsized in the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest. On Saturday, “MV Sea Horse-1”, a cargo vessel carrying 1,235 metric tons of coal, sank in the Shela River in Sundarbans. The sunken vessel is currently lying at 30 to 40 feet below the surface of the water, and hasn’t been salvaged yet, media reports say. The incident occurred near Tambulbunia, which is a critical habitat for the threatened Irrawaddy dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris) and the endangered Gangetic dolphin (Platanista gangetica), according to Abdullah Harun Chowdhury, a Professor at Khulna University in Bangaladesh. Sundarbans, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is also home to the endangered Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris), and several other threatened and rare species of fish, crabs, otter, crocodiles, birds and other wildlife. Capsizing ships severely threaten Sundarban’s unique ecology and wildlife, experts say. [caption id="attachment_184695" align="aligncenter" width="888"] Around 6,000 Irrawaddy dolphins (pictured) live in the Sundarbans. Ganges river dolphins are much more rare, with around 140 estimated to live in the Bangladesh portion of the mangroves. Photo by Stefan Brending via Wikimedia Commons (CC 3.0).[/caption] In December 2014, for example, an oil tanker collided with a cargo vessel, spilling over 350,000 liters of Heavy Fuel Oil into the Shela River. Then, in May last year, a ship carrying 500 metric tons of fertilizer sank in Bhola River in the Sundarbans. A few months later in October, a coal-laden cargo vessel carrying 510 metric tons of coal sunk into the Passur River in the Sundarbans. Following…


Biological Health Hazard – Diphtheria (fatal): Antwerp, Belgium Head Space

DIPHTHERIA – BELGIUM: (ANTWERP) FATAL, UNIMMUNIZED CHILD **************************** Published Date: 2016-03-21 17:29:34 Subject: PRO/EDR> Diphtheria – Belgium: (AN) fatal, unimmunized child Archive Number: 20160321.4109267 Date: Sun 20 Mar 2016 Source: Outbreak News Today [edited] An unvaccinated young child in Antwerp, Belgium died from diphtheria last week, according to Belgian health officials on Thu 17 Mar […]


Chemical Health Hazard – Synthetic/Designer Drug Abuse: Florida, USA Head Space

DRUG ABUSE, SYNTHETIC DRUGS – USA: (FLORIDA) ****************** Published Date: 2016-03-22 07:35:00 Subject: PRO/EDR> Drug abuse, synthetic drugs – USA: (FL) Archive Number: 20160322.4110089 Date: Sun 20 Mar 2016 Source: Modern Readers [edited] The country’s war on dangerous legal highs continues, as a fresh wave of synthetic cannabis overdoses causes concern among the healthcare community. […]


Biological/Public Health Threat (Human) – IV Medical Supply Contamination: Chile, Colombia, South America Head Space

SAROCLADIUM KILIENSE FUNGEMIA – COLOMBIA, CHILE: CONTAMINATED INTRAVENOUS MEDICATION, 2013-2014 **************************** Published Date: 2016-03-22 12:54:33 Subject: PRO/EDR> Sarocladium kiliense fungemia – Colombia, Chile: contam iv med, 2013-14 Archive Number: 20160322.4109374 Date: Sun 20 Mar 2016 Source: AZ Business Magazine [edited] The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), working with international investigators, discovered the source of a […]


Biological Health Hazard – Community acquired, Elizabethkingia anophelis (fatal): Wisconsin, Michigan, USA Head Space

ELIZABETHKINGIA ANOPHELIS – USA (06): (WISCONSIN, MICHIGAN) FATAL, COMMUNITY ACQUIRED ******************************** Published Date: 2016-03-22 13:28:29 Subject: PRO/EDR> Elizabethkingia anophelis – USA (06): (WI,MI) fatal, community acq Archive Number: 20160322.4110826 Date: Tue 22 Mar 2016 Source: Vox [edited] Since last November [2015], more than 50 people in Wisconsin have been sickened by mysterious bacteria called _Elizabethkingia […]


Malaysian Baram Mega-Dam Project Scrapped, Indigenous People Take Back Land Earth First! Newswire

An abandoned mega-dam site along the Baram river. Pic: Supplied.

An abandoned mega-dam site along the Baram river. Pic: Supplied.

from Asian Correspondent

SARAWAK’S controversial mega-dams project is officially dead – ending a three-year battle to stop developmental aggression.

The Sarawak state government has finally bowed to pressure from local communities who have been protesting against the construction of 12 mega-dams along the Baram river in the Malaysian province of Borneo.

The Sarawak State Attorney-General’s chambers wrote Harrison Ngau, legal counsel of the affected communities, informing him that the expropriation of the native customary rights land for the dam site and the reservoir had been officially revoked. This officially ends the plans that would have flooded 412 square kilometers of rainforests and d...


Axiom Mining’s nickel license revoked by Solomon Islands’ court Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

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The development of a large nickel deposit in the Solomon Islands is back to square one this week, as the nation’s highest court ruled that neither of the two firms in Japan and Australia fighting over the discovery were entitled to the license.

The Solomon Islands Court of Appeal on Monday rejected a portion of Sumitomo Metal Mining’s appeal that the country’s government should not have cancelled in 2011 Sumitomo’s license to develop the Isabel nickel laterite discovery.

In the same ruling, the Court of Appeal accepted another portion of the appeal by revoking Axiom Mining’s current license for the Isabel site.

The ruling also returns the site of the Isabel discovery to government ownership without restoring Sumitomo’s earlier license.

Japanese mining giant Sumitomo and tiny Australian explorer Axiom Mining have been fighting over the Isabel discovery since 2011.

Sumitomo won an international tender for prospecting licences in 2010. The licences were cancelled in 2011 and similar rights were later that year awarded to Axiom.

Sumitomo in 2013 sued the Solomon Islands Government and Axiom, claiming that the government wrongly cancelled Sumitomo’s rights and wrongly granted similar rights to Axiom, even though Axiom did...


Penumbral lunar eclipse on March 23, 2016 The Watchers » Latest articles

Observers located in the extreme eastern Asia, eastern Australia, the Pacific Ocean and the west coast of North America including Alaska will get to see a penumbral lunar eclipse on March 23, 2016, the first of three lunar eclipses in 2016. The eclipse will reach...... Read more »



Parenting & Hunting | Exposing Children to Violence II Speak Up For The Voiceless – International Animal Rescue Foundation – Environmental News and Media



I have tried in vain to not post images about trophy hunting or any hunting, simply because it provokes so much rage, anger, and hatred. However I have yet again violated my own self discipline, because I am angered to the core of witnessing selfish and arrogant parents displaying poor parenting, not forgetting the obvious, teaching their young children during the developmental brain stage, that killing animals is pretty much okay, because mummy and daddy does it.

Violence is violence, and abuse is abuse at the end of the day, killing an animal and allowing your child to watch such horror and gore, or act out is no different to that of placing your child in-front of a (16, 17 18 or 21) age restricted movie, adult film or violent video game. While films and video games are though mostly faked, hunting isn’t. Furthermore while the human brain develops from the ages of 1-21, any such displays of violence, abuse, neglect or harm can heavily imprint onto the child within this developing process. Which in turn can change a child’s thought process and in many cases – corrupt a child’s brain, for how long though depends on the severity of violence exposed.


Violence is ubiquitous and often glorified, and within today’s hunting theater violence is glorified as an acceptable beh...


Gustavo Castro Soto and the rigged investigation into Berta Cáceres’s assassination The Ecologist

The Government of Honduras is intent on framing the only witness to the murder of Berta Cáceres as the one guilty of the crime, writes Beverly Bell. Gustavo Castro Soto, an eco-defender from Mexico, is now in effective detention in his country's embassy in Tegucigalpa in fear of his life, having himself been injured in the attack and seen the real assassin. The US Government must break its resounding silence.


3 Days of Mourning Declared in Belgium after Terrorist Carnage Fire Earth

Belgian authorities fail citizens against deadly terrorist attacks Belgian officials have declared three days of mourning, having pathetically failed to prevent deadly terrorist attacks on Brussels Airport and a metro station. The attacks in the Belgian capital left at least 34 people dead and more than 230 others injured, according to reports. Twin blasts at […]


Big Business Steps Up to Help Solve California’s Drought EcoWatch


Driscoll’s is one of a growing number of companies with large water footprints that are striving to...


The Many Incredible Health Benefits of Eating Garlic: Boosting Your Immune System EcoWatch


Garlic has been used for centuries as both a food ingredient and a ...


Soon a flood? Mars, General Mills begin US-wide GMO labels The Ecologist

The small state of Vermont is changing the face of US food as companies hasten to comply with its GMO labeling rule which comes into effect in July 2016. Mars and General Mills - and now Kelloggs and ConAgra - are the latest companies to announce their labels will comply with Vermont law US-wide - and many more are sure to follow.


Footage from the Yellowstone Trap: A Buffalo’s Hell (Video) Earth First! Newswire

from Buffalo Field Campaign

On March 8th and 9th, Yellowstone National Park organized a media tour of their Stephens Creek bison trap, where 150 wild buffalo were being held captive for slaughter and potentially quarantine. All of what you see taking place here is paid for with your federal tax dollars. Some of the footage was shot by BFC’s Mike Mease and some was captured by the Park Service’s GoPro cameras. One hundred fifty of America’s last wild buffalo were run through the gauntlet of Yellowstone’s Stephens Creek capture facility; 93 buffalo were shipped to slaughter by the InterTribal Buffalo Council and the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, both of which are signatories to the Interagency Bison Management Plan. Another 57 buffalo — all orphaned calves and yearlings — are still being held in the trap.

Every person working at the trap is employed by Yellowstone National Park. The Montana Department of Livestock has Yellowstone trained so well, that the Department isn’t even present except when escorting buffalo to the slaughterhouses. These acts by Yellowstone National Park are horrific and criminal. There should not even be such a facility inside the world’s first national park, much less anywhere else. There is no justification for the Park Service to commit these atrocities. Yellowstone justifies its actions under the banner of the Interagency Bison Management Plan, which it could pull out of anytime. They m...


Analysis of St. Patrick's day fireball over the UK The Watchers » Latest articles

A very large fireball illuminated the sky over London, UK for 4 seconds at 03:16 UTC on March 17, 2016. The event was observed from the UK, the Netherlands, France and Belgium and recorded by 5 stations and 7 cameras operated by the United Kingdom Meteor Observation...... Read more »


There's only one real climate change debate, BBC: what should we do about it? The Ecologist

After a succession of the hottest years and months ever recorded, climate is a hot topic, writes Liz Hutchins. But BBC1's 'Big Questions' climate change debate last Sunday completely missed the point. Instead of debating the only real question - how should we respond? - the BBC ran yet another repeat of the so-over 'believers versus deniers' ding-dong. Why do they still not get it?


Photo Ark: One Man’s Journey to Save the World’s Most Endangered Species EcoWatch


Each time we lose a species, we don’t just lose a curious sight, we lose opportunities for...


Gustavo Castro Soto and the Rigged Investigation into Berta Cáceres’ Assassination

The sole eyewitness to Honduran social movement leader Berta Cáceres’ assassination on March 3, 2016 has gone from being wounded victim to, effectively, political prisoner.

Now Gustavo Castro Soto may also be framed as the murderer of his long-time friend.

Both the Mexican Ambassador, Dolores Jiménez, and Castro himself are worried that he will be charged by the government for the killing, they told the National Commission of Human Rights of Honduras on March 16.

A writer and organizer for environmental and economic justice, Castro has been forbidden by local authorities from leaving the country to return to his native Mexico until April 6, at least.  Since being released from several days in Honduran government custody, he has been forced to take refuge in the Mexican Embassy in Tegucigalpa. The protection of the Mexican Embassy “does not mean that my life is no longer in danger,” Castro wrote to some friends and colleagues on March 4. As long as he is on Honduran soil, he remains in peril. Ambassador Jiménez called the risk he is...


Another Islamic Terrorist Attack: Belgium – داعش strikes again… Head Space

(Be informed) Watch social media ‘chatter’ from terrorists and sympathizers Who will be next on the داعش dead pool list? News feed: Brussels TERROR: 28 dead, 136 injured as داعش claims it’s behind blasts at airport & Metro ( Brussels explosions: multiple casualties after airport and metro attacks – live ( At least 30 people […]


Eating Less Meat Could Save 5 Million Lives, Cut Carbon Emissions by 33% EcoWatch


Cutting down meat consumption can result in better health and a lower carbon...


UK: Sabotage of Coal Rail Transport Line in Avon Gorge Earth First! Newswire

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Attacking UK’s coal transport system – Severing the lines that feed the machine

Severing the lines that feed the machine is not impossible. When people take up civil uprising in the UK, if people are able to shove their obligations to one side to open up an avenue, they mainly have the ability and possibility to be able to grasp their will for something new. The war is not over when those moments stop, it sparks up in little raptures here and there, showing that we are not crushed, things can be brought to a grinding halt again, even for a split second.

It just takes a few bright spirits and we see it clear, when the smug confidence of authorities is knocked, a few pins get hit out and things can be seen in a different light. Out of synch and off balance, everything no longer appears structurally sound, life feels more up for grabs.

The new h...


It’s Beyond Time Coal Mining Outlaws Are Held Accountable EcoWatch


As Peabody Energy teeters on the brink of bankruptcy, a flurry of poetic musings and...


‘New Conservationists’ Push for Logging to Prevent Wildfires Latest News

Critics speculate there’s another reason for firing up the chainsaws: biomass energy

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Tuesday, 22 March


Nuclear Event – Plant Shutdown, Degraded Condition: Limerick Nuclear Power Plant, Pennsylvania Head Space

North America – USA | State of Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, Limerick Nuclear Plant Location: 40°13’36.0″N 75°35’14.0″W Present Operational Age: ~30 years Event: PLANT S/D REQD BY TS – DEGRADED CONDITION TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION (TS) REQUIRED SHUTDOWN DUE TO PRESSURE BOUNDARY LEAKAGE “During a planned Unit 1 shutdown for a refueling outage, a 0.5 gpm ‘pressure boundary leak’ […]


Indigenous communities celebrate victory in battle against Sarawak mega-dam project CHANGING TIMES

P1030632 (640x480)Indigenous communities in the Malaysian state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo are celebrating a massive victory. The gazettes extinguishing the native rights of ownership of land earmarked for the proposed Baram mega-dam and its reservoir have been revoked.

“This means the plan for Baram dam has been scrapped,” said the chairman of the grassroots movement SAVE Rivers, Peter Kallang, who has been spearheading the five-year battle against the dam. “I feel relieved and elated. Now we can move on.”

In a letter to the lawyer for the Baram villagers, Harrison Ngau, the Sarawak state attorney-general’s chambers said the expropriation of native customary rights to land acquired for the dam site and the reservoir had been officially revoked. The letter was dated March 15 and refers to a repealing of the gazettes on February 18.

Construction of the 1,200-megawatt dam, which would have covered 38,000 hectares, would have caused the flooding of 412 square kilometres of rainforest and displaced more than 20,000 indigenous people.

The Baram activists will be meeting after Easter to decide whether they can now lift the two blockades that have been in place for two and a half years.

p1040283-640x480 kallangKallang (pictured left) said: “I congratulate the people of Baram for this great success and I pray that they will continue to fight for their rights and protection of the environment.

“I would also like to thank the chief minister, who has heard the people’s voice. I hope that the chapter on Baram dam is now permane...


What fundamental change has done to America Head Space

America: from strength to weakness in record time.  Any clue as to why that might be? “That which is clear to itself is, therefore, the result of, and the solution of, the problem in question.” Filed under: Education, Political View Points, Randomness Tagged: America, brainwashing, Communist infiltration, disastrous consequences, History, mind-control, psycho-politics, social engineering, Tyranny

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Monday, 21 March


Are you now missing something here? Head Space

That would probably be all the past posts and opinions relating to the 1st, 2nd and other U.S. Constitutional Amendments and/or commentaries for or against them or perhaps some other subject-matter that may reveal uncomfortable facts and/or truisms to opposing mental constructs. Now why might this be?  Consider the vast amount of dogmatic, agenda-driven propaganda […]


Effects of conservation policy on China’s forest recovery Illegal Logging Portal

Forest loss is one of the most pervasive land surface transformations on Earth, with drastic effects on global climate, ecosystems, and human well-being. As part of biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation efforts, many countries, including China, have been implementing large-scale policies to conserve and restore forests. However, little is known about the effectiveness of these policies, and information on China’s forest dynamics at the national level has mainly relied on official statistics.

In response to international calls for improved reliability and transparency of information on biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation efforts, it is crucial to independently verify government statistics. Furthermore, if forest recovery is verified, it is essential to assess the degree to which this recovery is attributable to policy, within the context of other relevant factors.

We assess the dynamics of forest cover in China between 2000 and 2010 and evaluate the effectiveness of one of the largest forest conservation programs in the world—the Natural Forest Conservation Program (NFCP).

Results indicate that forest cover has significantly increased in around 1.6% of China’s territory and that the areas exhibiting forest gain experienced a combined increase in net primary productivity (ca. 0.9 Tg of carbon). Among the variables evaluated at county level, the NFCP exhibited a significantly positive relation with forest gain, whereas reduction in rural labor showed a negative relationship with both forest loss and gain. Findings such as these have global implications for forest conservation and climate change mitigation efforts.


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Saturday, 19 March


The unfinished work of Berta Cáceres: now it's up to us! The Ecologist

Since the Obama-Clinton coup in Honduras the murder of eco-defenders and other activists has become a routine instrument of government, writes Dan Beeton. We must demand an end to the killings, the restoration of political freedom, and a halt to the tide of corporate megaprojects - beginning with the Agua Zarca dam.


Cambodia: indigenous eco-defender released after five months jail on false charges The Ecologist

After five months of wrongful imprisonment, an environmental activist has finally been set free and reunited with his family, writes Rod Harbinson. His case highlights the way Cambodia's Government subjects eco-defenders to harsh, unjust and arbitrary detention, while illegal logging barons and large-scale timber smugglers lead charmed lives, always above the law.

Thursday, 17 March


In Court, Timber Trader Denies Wrongdoing Illegal Logging Portal

A wealthy businessman suspected of dealing in illegal timber denied any connection to two piles of undocumented logs while being questioned at the Kratie Provincial Court on Wednesday—the first time a court has questioned a top trader since the start of a government dragnet two months ago.

Vun Bun Thai, a well-known timber trader in the region, was summoned over piles of undocumented logs authorities have found on two plantations in the province, one belonging to China Dynamic and another belonging to C&V.

Neither of the companies, nor Mr. Bun Thai, could be reached for comment.

But provincial court deputy prosecutor Hak Hoan said the timber trader denied any wrongdoing.

“Oknha Vun Bun Thai came to the court today for questioning, but he denied that the wood discovered on the property of C&V and China Dynamic belongs to him,” he said. Oknha is an honorific approved by the king and secured with a minimum $100,000 donation to the state.

The deputy prosecutor said Mr. Bun Thai acknowledged owning a sawmill in the province and admitted to having regularly purchased wood from the plantations, just not the logs under investigation.

“The oknha showed us a document to prove that his timber is legal and that he was not responsible for the logs that were found,” he said.

Representatives of the two plantations were also summoned for questioning on Wednesday but did not show up. Mr. Hoan said he would issue a second summons to question them and hand the case over to an investigating judge if they missed a second court date.

Mr. Bun Thai is the first businessman to be questioned by the courts since Prime Minister Hun Sen announced the creation of an ad hoc task force charged with rooting out illegal wood stocks in eastern Cambodia in mid-January.

Villagers and rights grou...

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