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Bill McKibben: Fracking Has Turned Out to Be a Costly Detour EcoWatch


"Far from being a bridge to the future, natural gas turns out to have been a...

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Thursday, 24 March


On Solar, Massachusetts Legislators Should Listen to Daft Punk We All Live Downstream

Robots from the future know we have to work "Harder Better Faster Strong" to fight climate change

Robots from the future know we have to work “Harder, Better, Faster, Strong” to advance clean energy

Harder, better, faster, stronger. That’s what one hundred and two state representatives and a few dozen mayors told the legislature recently in twin letters on solar energy policy. One can hardly blame them: municipalities are beginning to fear long-stalled projects may soon falter, solar businesses are laying off workers, service providers are seeking ways to save on utilities at a time when the dominant government policy seems to be austerity, and legislators’ phones are ringing off the hook with angry constituents.

That anger is warranted.

For legislators on the 6-member conference committee examining solar policy to feel some frustration at this process is also warranted. No agent of government wants government to remain in gridlock, particularly not here in Massachusetts where leaders have sought a bipartisanship less ugly than the national scene.

Some conferees are true leaders on clean energy and climate change, and we hope they will keep fighting. Ultimately it falls up...


Ice melt, sea level rise and superstorms: the threat of irreparable harm The Ecologist

The term 'global warming' has a reassuring, comfortable sound, writes Jim Hansen. But paleoclimate data shows the reality could be anything but, with rapid climate oscillations, large, abrupt rises in sea level, major disruptions to ocean circulation, and massive superstorms. It may already be too late to forestall this dystopian future - but then it may not be. So let's act while we still can!


Nuclear Event – Automatic Reactor Trip: Watts Bar Nuclear Plant Unit 1 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: AUTOMATIC REACTOR TRIP Nuclear Event in USA on Tuesday, 22 March, 2016 at 11:31 [EDT]. WATTS BAR AUTOMATIC REACTOR TRIP “On March 22, 2016, at 1131 EDT, the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant Unit […]


Transport ministers say Mozambique debris ‘almost certainly from MH370’ CHANGING TIMES


The transport ministers of Malaysia and Australia say two pieces of debris found in Mozambique are almost certainly from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

This follows a statement from the authorities in France last September that an aircraft flaperon found on the island of Reunion last July was from MH370.

The missing Boeing 777 disappeared on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board. It was en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

The Malaysian Transport Minister, Liow Tiong Lai, said today that the dimensions, materials, and construction of both pieces of debris “conform to the specifications of a Boeing 777 aircraft “.

The paint and stencilling on both aircraft parts matched those used by Malaysia Airlines (MAS), he said.

“As such, both parts are consistent with panels from a MAS Boeing 777 aircraft, and almost certainly are from MH370.”

Liow Tiong Lai said the location where both pieces of debris were discovered was consistent with the drift modelling performed by the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

One of the pieces of debris discovered in Mozambique was found by American amateur investigator Blaine Alan Gibson, who has been searching for wreckage over the past year. He spotted it on a sandbank in February.


The triangular-shaped piece of metal is 94 centimetres long at the base and 60 centimetres high. The words “No Step” are printed along...


The Atomic Church of the Last Gasp Head Space

Originally posted on nuclear-news Plutonium Pie in the Sky: the Dangerous Delusion of New Nukes via CounterPunch by James Heddle March 22, 2016 “….. The Atomic Church of the Last Gasp New Nuclearists avoid coming to terms with the risk…” Source: The Atomic Church of the Last GaspFiled under: Education, Political View Points, Science, Technology Tagged: Delusional Focus, History, NeoNuclearists, […]


Islamic Terrorism – It’s not an existential threat to us unless we say it is. Head Space

Elsewhere, The Islamic State has become an existential threat to the West In a nutshell, An existential threat is a threat to a people’s existence, freedom or survival. Go figure…  Filed under: Education, News and politics, Political View Points Tagged: ACT OF WAR, Belgium terrorist attack, current-events, Da'aesh, existential threat, fatal liberalism, History, Islamic Terrorism, […]


Courageous Restraint, The Human Terrain System a.k.a. The Global Cultural Knowledge Network and Foreign Policy Head Space

The Human Terrain System (HTS) is an embedded United States Army, Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) support program employing personnel from the social science disciplines – such as anthropology, sociology, political science, regional studies and linguistics – to provide military commanders and staff with an understanding of political correctness and social justice.  Coincidentally. it began […]


Climate Activists Disrupt Gulf Oil and Gas Auction in New Orleans Earth First! Newswire

Activists attempted to interrupt a federal auction of offshore oil and gas leases on Wednesday in New Orleans. Credit: Paul Corbett Brown

Activists attempted to interrupt a federal auction of offshore oil and gas leases on Wednesday in New Orleans. Credit: Paul Corbett Brown

by Zahra Hirji / InsideClimate News

More than 300 climate activists swarmed the Louisiana Superdome Wednesday morning to protest a federal auction of oil and gas drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico. The action was part of the larger “Keep It in the Ground” movement aimed at stopping new fossil fuel production on publicly owned lands and waterways.

The protesters—environmental justice and climate leaders, college students, community organizers, tribal members and pastors—massed in the morning outside the Superdome in New Orleans, waving signs and banners and erecting climate...


Opponent of Xolobeni Titanium Mine Sikhosiphi Rhadebe Assassinated Earth First! Newswire



Opponents of the plan to mine titanium in the Xolobeni area in the Eastern Cape fear for their lives after the chairman of the Amadiba Crisis Committee, Sikhosiphi Bazooka Rhadebe, was assassinated last night.

Rhadebe was shot eight times, including in the head, outside his house in Lurholweni township at Mbizana.

Crisis Committee member Nonhle Mbuthuma told GroundUp that just before his death Rhadebe had phoned her to check on her safety and that of another committee member, Mzamo Dlamini. He had spoken of a hit list on which his was the first name and hers and Dlamini’s the second and third. An hour and a half later, he was dead.

Mbuthuma said the hitmen had come in a white Polo with a rotating blue lamp on the roof. Two men had knocked at the door saying they were police officers. Rhadebe had died defending his young son, who...


This Changes Everything Screenings & Panel Discussions in Moscow & Sandpoint Wild Idaho Rising Tide

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Several grassroots, northern Idaho groups are co-hosting screenings and panel discussions of This Changes Everything at 7 pm on Tuesday evening, March 29, at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, 508 South Main Street in Moscow, and at 7 pm on the following evening, Wednesday, March 30, in the Little Panida Theater, 300 North First Avenue in Sandpoint [1, 2].  Inspired by Naomi Klein’s fourth, September 2014, internationally bestselling, non-fiction book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism Versus the Climate, this independent, environmental documentary directed by Avi Lewis asks, “What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world?”

The provocative, compelling, 2015 film aims to empower, not scare, moviegoers into answering its call to action. Accessible to even the most climate change-fatigued viewers, This Changes Everything refreshes and inspires, as it reflects on the kinds of relationships and lives we have and envision, and why the climate crisis is at the center of it all.

Filmed over 211 days in nine countries and five continents during four years, This Changes Everything explores and re-imagines the epic, vast challenge of climate change.  It presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the frontlines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta tar sands, from the coast of south India to Beijing and beyond.  Naomi Klein’s narration interweaves these stories of struggle: “I’ve spent six years wandering through the wreckage caused by the carbon in the...


In the name of economic development, facilities in preparation for an envisaged second civil war in Bougainville Papua New Guinea Mine Watch


Vilia Ngele

Foreign investors. The people of Bougainville must not slumber nor go to sleep! Do not be blindfolded by the so call, ‘economic growth’ as promoted by the president of the autonomous region of Bougainville, Mr. John Momis by bringing in his relatives from China.

New Dawn Bougainville website published the article ‘Chinese Potential Investors arrive in Bougainville’ on the 16th of March 2016, written by Joe Elijah.  

A High-powered Chinese Potential Investors are in the Region. The Chinese delegation are here following an invitation from the Chinese Government, who invited the ABG President, Hon Chief Dr. John Moms to address a Business Conference in China last year… … …

I thought Bougainvilleans fought to enjoy their privileges of running their own businesses! Not Chinese! Did the more than 20,000 people die in vain? Momis is setting up a dangerous road to a possible second civil war in the region.  Once Chinese are in, they are in for good. They now have their own security guards, protecting their shops in Buka and most of them are from Buin, south of Bougainville, where Mr. John Momis comes from. The only way to get rid of the Chinese is to chase them out completely from the region.

I urge the people of Bougainville to closely observe and scrutinize the sorts of activities and facilities that are being built in parts of Bougainville and Buka in the name of economic development.

Communication towers. Digital towers have been built in many parts of the region (Bougainville and Buka Islands).  Communicat...


Earth's moon wandered off axis billions of years ago The Watchers » Latest articles

Planetary scientist Matt Siegler at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, and colleagues discovered that Earth's moon slowly moved from its original axis roughly 3 billion years ago. The move would be as if Earth's axis relocated from Antarctica to...... Read more »



A public health victory in Boston We All Live Downstream

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Photo Credit: Matthias Rosenkranz

By Elizabeth Saunders, Massachusetts Director

Today we are celebrating a victory in Boston!

When you sit in class, get admitted into the hospital, attend a meeting at work or go to the movies, probably the last thing that you are thinking about is the flame retardant chemicals in the furniture that you’re sitting on. It would probably never occur to you that those chemicals are linked to cancer, lowered sperm count and other health problems. I’m also guessing that it never crossed your mind that the furniture in one US city might have more flame retardants than in another US city–but in Boston all that is true.

Boston prides itself on having one of the strictest fire codes in the country. Until today, that included a requirement that the furniture in all “assembly spaces” in the city (places like schools, hospitals and office buildings where 50 or more people gather) comply with a decades-old flammability standard known as TB 133. This standard is very difficult for manufacturers to meet without adding significant amounts of toxic flame retardants to the furniture.

Over the past few years, every other major city in the country, the entire rest of Massachusetts, and many other places across the country have jettisoned that old standard and replaced it with a new one, known as TB 117-2013, for any building that has sprinkler systems. Furniture...


Coal Vessel Sinks off Coast of Bangladesh Earth First! Newswire

by Waterkeeper Alliance / EcoWatchwaterkeepermap750

The Sea Horse, a large bulk cargo vessel carrying 1,245 metric tons of coal, sank in the Shela River Saturday inside the Sundarbans in southern Bangladesh. In addition to the large amount of coal, hundreds of gallons of fuel oil, batteries and other toxic contaminants may now be polluting the Shela River.

Waterkeepers Bangladesh in Mongla, Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA) and Pashur River Waterkeeper have been on site working with communities to demand immediate measures to protect the Pashur and Shela Rivers and the Sundarbans.

The sinking coal barge marks the fourth incident over the course of two years where there have been devastating impacts to the waters of Bangladesh. Last October, a fully loaded coal barge sank in Passur near the Sundarbans and in May 2015, a vessel filled with 500 tons of toxic fertilizer sank in the Bhola River. And in December 2014, an oil tanker carrying 350,000...


Wild Bison Reintroduced to Netherlands Earth First! Newswire

by Brian Clark Howard / National Geographic01rewildingbison.adapt.1190.1

European bison went extinct in the wild in 1919, but now a few thousand are back, grazing in forests and on plains in a handful of countries. The first four of a group of 11 animals—Europe’s largest living land animal—were reintroduced into state forest land in the Netherlands earlier this month.

The Dutch government hopes the carefully bred and selected animals...


Oil Lease Auction Crashed Earth First! Newswire

by Katie Valentine / ClimateProgressScreen-Shot-2016-03-23-at-08.07.58

Residents across the Atlantic coast got a win last week when the Obama administration chose not to include the Atlantic in its five-year plan for oil and gas development. But in the Gulf of Mexico, where oil companies have been drilling offshore for decades, residents opposed to oil drilling weren’t so lucky.

Hundreds of those residents — along with local and national environmental organizations — rallied at New Orleans’ Superdome Wednesday, where Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) officials were auctioning off oil and gas drilling rights on 43 million acres in the Gulf. The protesters, armed with signs and banners and...


Major winter storm underway from Central Rockies to High Plains, US The Watchers » Latest articles

A major winter storm is well underway from the Central Rockies to the High Plains on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Blizzard warnings are in effect from across northeastern Colorado to southeastern Wyoming, southwestern Nebraska, and northwestern Kansas. The storm is...... Read more »


Climate Justice Forum: Idaho Oil & Gas Industry Meltdown, Sanders Rallies & Wins, Northwest Break Free Events 3-23-16 Wild Idaho Rising Tide

The Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) discusses Idaho oil and gas legislation, resistance, and industry melt-down, Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign rallies and victories in Idaho, Utah, and Spokane, the fifth annual WIRT celebration, and upcoming documentaries, workshops, and demonstrations supporting a massive Northwest Break Free direct action in Anacortes, Washington, this May.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Filed under: Climate Justice Forum


Interview with Berta Cáceres: ‘To Fight Against Repression in Honduras is to Fight for Our Whole Continent’

Photo by Roger Harris

Below is a never-before-published interview with international social movement leader and Honduran indigenous organizer Berta Cáceres, who was assassinated on March 3, 2016. The interview was taken in Havana on September 4, 2009, two months after Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was overthrown in a US-backed coup d’état, while the unelected regime was still on a rampage to destroy resistance and the activists behind it. Cáceres’ murder has brought the overthrow of the last legitimately elected government to rule that country back into the global spotlight, because that overthrow laid the groundwork for the repression that now engulfs grassroots justice movements.

Cáceres’ message in the interview was clear: Pay attention. Stand up with and for us. Our fates are connected, and what happens to us can happen to you.

“What’s past is prologue,” Shakespeare said. Today, an unelected regime is again attempting to destroy resistance and the activists behind it. Berta’s message is as relevant to the Americas and the US now as then.

Beverly Bell: We’re in Havana at the Forum on Emancipatory Paradigms, spe...


DC Decision to Approve Exelon-Pepco Merger Will Harm the Environment and Ratepayers For Years to Come Chesapeake Climate Action Network

WASHINGTON, D.C — In a stunning decision, the D.C. Public Service Commission voted 2-1 today to rubber-stamp a widely opposed merger deal that allows Chicago-based utility giant Exelon to take over Pepco.

Commissioners Joanne Doddy Fort and Willie Phillips approved the deal, while Chairman Betty Ann Kane remained steadfast in her opposition, based on the fundamental conflict between Exelon’s failing business model and D.C.’s commitment to clean, affordable energy.

Mike Tidwell, director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, released the following statement in response:

“This decision will go down in history as one of the worst ever by the D.C. PSC, and as a big setback for ratepayers and the environment across the District and Maryland. Commissioners Fort and Phillips have turned D.C. ratepayers over to a Chicago-based corporation interested only in propping up its own bottom line.

“The Commissioners’ approval of the Exelon-Pepco deal, after it had lost the support of every other major party from the mayor to the People’s Counsel, defies logic and shows a stunning lack of judgment. It also defies the overwhelming will of D.C. citizens, neighborhood, faith, small business, social justice, and environmental leaders. While Exelon lobbyists are cheering, DC residents must now brace for big rate hikes and new roadblocks to clean energy.

“Today’s ruling sharpens the need for a regionwide grassroots push for structural change in our energy policy and our politics. Exelon has a vested interest in protecting its aging nuclear fleet at all costs, including suppressing the growth of community-based clean energy and micro-grids. This merger will make it harder for DC — and Maryland — to fulfill official commitments to address climate change. But we are determined to fight harder tha...


Healthy Communities Campaign Coordinator (Baltimore) Chesapeake Climate Action Network

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Healthy Communities Campaign Coordinator (Baltimore)

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network is hiring a Healthy Communities Campaign Coordinator to fight ongoing fossil fuel pollution in Baltimore City and promote access to clean energy, especially for low-income Baltimoreans.

About Us

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

About the Campaign

Through CCAN’s Healthy Communities Campaign, we focus on some of the Maryland communities most disproportionately affected by our continued dependence on fossil fuels—the urban neighborhoods of Baltimore City. These communities, especially South Baltimore, have been plagued by dangerous urban pollution ranging from coal dust to power plant pollution to diesel truck traffic. Recently, South Baltimore residents have had to face yet another threat: a dramatic increase in dangerous crude oil trains rolling through their backyards. At the same time, Baltimore residents have limited access to clean energy solutions, including solar energy. There’s simply too much pollution in Baltimore, and too few clean energy options.

Over the next two years, CCAN’s goals for our Healthy Communities Campaign are to fight ongoing fossil fuel pollution in Baltimore City, including efforts to stop the increase in volatile crude oil trains that travel through downt...


BREAKING: Tyler Lang Sentenced to Time Served for Freeing 2,000 Mink! Earth First! Newswire

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This morning in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, animal rights activist Tyler Lang was sentenced to three months time served, six months home imprisonment, six months community confinement, and one year of supervised release along with $200,000 restitution. This sentence is for freeing 2,000 mink from a fur farm and spray-painting “Liberation is Love” on the side of a barn with his codefendant Kevin Johnson. The fur farm closed down as a result of their action.

In 2014, Lang and Johnson were indicted under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act for the mink liberation in Morris, IL. During the summer of 2015, Lang and Johnson entered into non-cooperating plea agreements through which they plead guilty to violating the AETA. On February 29, 2016, Johnson was sentenced to three years.

The public has grown increasingly skeptical of charging people with “terrorism” for saving animals from living in barren wire cages on fur farms and being killed by methods that may include anal electrocution or having their necks snapped; during Johnson’s sentencing, even Assistant U.S. Attorney Bethany K. Biesenthal described his intentions as “noble,” an...


Pushing Back Against Climate Engineering, Canadian Lawsuit Is Filed Geoengineering Watch

90fDane Wigington Legal action has been filed and is now underway in Canada that will greatly assist with the global effort to expose and halt the ongoing climate engineering assault against the planet and the entire web of life. For over a year has been communicating with and forwarding data to Canadian attorneys (in addition


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Armani Pledges to Go 100% Fur Free EcoWatch


“I am pleased to announce that the Armani Group has made a firm commitment to abolish the use of...


7 Types of Plastic Wreaking Havoc on Our Health EcoWatch


Aside from the devastating impact on the planet’s health, plastic’s impact on human health has been...


EDF promises MPs: 'we will build Hinkley C!' But still no 'final investment decision' The Ecologist

MPs today grilled EDF Energy supremo Vincent de Rivaz over the troubled Hinkley C nuclear plant in Somerset. He insisted that the project was definitely going ahead - but refused to say when the 'final investment decision' was due. Confused? Bewildered? Frustrated? So were the MPs.


The cost of water Fire Earth

How much water do you need? Worldwide, some 650 million people are without clean water and more than 2.3 billion people have no access to basic sanitation, says a new report. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends 50 liters of water per person per day as the ‘intermediate’ quantity needed to maintain health, hygiene and for […]


WATCH: World Rainforest Movement Asks, “Where Is The Water?”

From World Rainforest Movement: 

On the occasion of March 21st, International Day of Forests, the FAO launched a spot that addresses the importance of forests for water.  The video maintains that “forests are vital for our water supply”and it urges us to take care of them, “because every drop counts.”  However, the very FAO continues to call industrial tree monoculture—that is large-scale plantations—“forests.”  Rather than conserve water, these kinds of plantations consume huge amounts of it, and whatever their end purpose, the trees will be cut down and taken from the land after each growth cycle.  Industrial tree plantations are, among other things, a way to appropriate communities’ water.

At WRM we have produced a video that tries to show what the FAO spot would be like if it were consistent with the organization’s own definition of forests.

We urge the FAO once again to change its definition of forests, which currently allows real forests to be replaced with industrial tree plantations, and does not consider this deforestation.

Plantations are not forests!

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What Is Spelt and Is it Healthier for Me Than Wheat? EcoWatch


Spelt is an ancient whole grain grown in many parts of the world. It declined in popularity during...


Another Fully Loaded Coal Vessel Sinks of Coast of Bangladesh EcoWatch


The sinking coal barge marks the fourth incident where there have been devastating impacts to the...


Brussels: the savage vision driving a terror-ridden world The Ecologist

The random, murderous violence we just saw inflicted on the people of Brussels is absolutely, categorically unacceptable, writes Chris Floyd. So too is the far greater violence routinely inflicted by rich, powerful countries against their innocent victims around the world, and especially in the oil-rich Middle East. To move away from a world of terror, we must make our outrage, and our compassion, inclusive.


James Hansen: Dangerous Sea Level Rise Will Occur in Decades, Not Centuries EcoWatch


Dr. James Hansen is a co-author of a new report predicting that the world will...


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...


A World War has begun. Break the silence The Ecologist

The world is in the grip of a massive wave of militarism of which most of us are blissfully ignorant, writes John Pilger. When did mainstream media last tell you about the US's $1 trillion nuclear weapon renewal? NATO's massive build up of military power on Russia's eastern frontier? The encirclement of China by nuclear-armed US bases? The world is at war. Pass it on!


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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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...


The Ongoing Travesty of the Secretly Abducted Swaziland Elephants Latest News

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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...


Growing organic produce in China's emerging e-commerce supply chain - english

Hundreds of greenhouses stretch as far as you can see in Shunyi district, on the outskirts of Beijing. It is winter time and snow is falling heavily but inside the greenhouses you can see rows of tomatoes, eggplants and other types of summer vegetables. These new greenhouses are part of China's strategy for feeding its growing urban population.


Tree Sit Launched to Stop Fracked Gas Pipeline in Vermont Earth First! Newswire

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Monkton, Vt. – Vowing to stay aloft until construction is halted, climate justice advocates have launched an aerial blockade directly in the path of the fracked gas pipeline on Rotax Road. An activist with Rising Tide Vermont is currently suspended on a tree platform 30 feet above the ground, preventing the tree from being cut down, and blocking the right of way for pipeline construction.

“Monkton residents and Vermonters from across the state have used every available legal channel to speak out against this pipeline for the last three years” said Monkton resident Jane Palmer, “Our voices have not been heard, the public good has not been respected, and at this point it is no surprise that people are putting their bodies on the line to halt this fracked gas nightmare” Palmer said.

The aerial blockade was launched at 6:30 am this morning in advance of crews slated to clear this portion of the pipeline route later today. “As pipeline construction ramps up this spring, we will continue to take direct action” sai...


Another legal blow for Adani; Land Court refuses to award costs Edo QLD » News

Adani Mining has failed in a bid to shift the company’s legal expenses for last year’s landmark Land Court proceedings to community group Coast and Country, Queensland’s Land Court announced this morning.


“Environmental Defenders Office Queensland, legal representation for Coast and Country, welcomes the decision by the Land Court not to award costs to Adani due to lack of jurisdiction,” Principal Solicitor of EDO Qld Sean Ryan said.

“Community objections to mining are a normal part of the administrative assessment process; important to both the public interest and the protection of the environment,” Mr Ryan said.

“Everybody has a right to protect their family, their home and their environment. We all should be able to exercise this right without the fear of paying for the other side’s legal costs from the big end of town,” he said.

“Community objections lead to changes in conditions to better protect our environment and Coast and Country’s Land Court case is a prime example of the benefits of such objections.”

Mr Ryan said without the Land Court case brought forward by Coast and Country last year, the public would not have known that:

  • Adani overstated job benefits of the mine, with net job figures closer to 1400 than the 10,000 the company stated;
  • There would be serious damage to the continued survival of the largest remaining colonies of the endangered Black-throated Finch located in the mining lease area; and
  • ...


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.


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.

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Tuesday, 22 March


Indigenous communities win victory in anti-dam battle in Sarawak CHANGING TIMES

P1040210 (640x480)Indigenous communities in the Malaysian state of Sarawak are celebrating a massive victory. The gazettes extinguishing the native rights of ownership of the land earmarked for the proposed Baram mega-dam and its reservoir have been revoked.

“It seems 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.

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.

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Stop Watching the Clock We All Live Downstream

By Michelle Beaudin, Providence Canvass Director

Stop Watching the Clock

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Clean Water Canvass Team!

I’ve worked for Clean Water Action for 7 years. It’s safe to say I like my job, the people that I work with, and this organization.  A few weeks ago I had a moment where all of those thoughts popped into my head.

Every night I lead a group of dedicated people into communities around Rhode Island and Massachusetts to gather members, ask people to get involved by sending letters to Representatives, and to get donations to support Clean Water.  That night was a cold, rainy, winter February night. We had all piled back into our well-loved vehicle to head back to the office.  It was a long drive back and there were a few new people in the car – and plenty of paperwork to finish.

On nights like that I find myself paying close attention to the conversations around me to make sure that even though it is cold and wet, we don’t dwell on it, and even though we all meet some people who don’t join us, we don’t spend time talking about them.  I was sitting in the middle row of the car and could easily hear the conversation in the front and back.

My ears perked up when I heard from the front row “Man, this was just one of those nights. Time just flew by.  I looked at my watch and I was totally bummed that I had to come back to the car. People were so cool out there I could have kept going for another hour.”  The response: “Seriously! I felt the same way. I guess this is...


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New Film Showcases Logical Energy Alternatives to Destructive Mega Dams in Borneo (Updated) Latest News

Sarawak village rejects Baram dam proposal, begins installing renewable energy projects

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Monday, 21 March


Not So Niche: Co-benefits at the Intersection of Forest Carbon and Sustainable Development Illegal Logging Portal

Carbon offsets are increasingly seen as a tool to support Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as mitigate climate change, according to a new report from Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace, Not So Niche: Co-benefits at the Intersection of Forest Carbon and Sustainable Development.

The report was based on responses to EM’s 2015 survey of forest carbon project developers from across the globe, 81 of whom reported on these multiple benefits. Collectively, these initiatives delivered the following impacts in 2014:

  • Clarifying land tenure for communities across 2.2 million (M) hectares of land;
  • Preserving biodiversity by protecting the habitats of 141 vulnerable or endangered species; and,
  • Creating nearly 8,000 jobs and training over 46,000 people in skills such as agroforestry and carbon accounting and monitoring.

Saturday, 19 March


Yes! The DARK Act is done Pesticide Action Network

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Great news! Two days ago, the Senate voted to block a bill that would keep states from labeling genetically engineered (GE) food — or regulate GE crops at all.

If passed, this bill — dubbed the “Denying America’s Right to Know” Act , or DARK Act —  would  have nullified existing labeling laws, like the one set to go into effect in Vermont this July. It would also prohibit existing state and local rules to restrict genetically engineered crops in any way, even if those laws are already on the books.

As an additional nod to corporate interests, the bill included a program to use taxpayer dollars to promote biotech-driven “educational” programs about GE products, or GMOs. As indicat...

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