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Saturday, 26 March

00:13

Observations of comet P/2016 BA14 while making one of the closest-ever comet flybys of Earth The Watchers » Latest articles

Astronomers were watching comet Pan-STARRS (P/2016 BA14) on March 22 as it made the third closest-ever comet flyby of Earth in recorded history. At the time of its closest approach, the comet was about 3.6 million km (2.2 million miles) away from the surface of our...... Read more »

Super-eruptions in Yellowstone Hotspot track ‘significantly larger’ than expected The Watchers » Latest articles

An international team of researchers led by the University of Leicester have identified a number of giant super-eruptions around the Snake River Plain in the United States between 8 and 12 million years ago. The 12 recorded giant eruptions were likely...... Read more »

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Friday, 25 March

23:45

Challenging Oil and Gas Industry Practice of Legally Polluting Sources of Drinking Water We All Live Downstream

By John Noël, National Oil and Gas Coordinator – On Twitter: @Noel_Johnny

On Wednesday, we sent a legal petition to EPA requesting the Agency revoke or amend its rules governing Aquifer Exemptions. The year and a half long effort, spearheaded by NRDC, is an escalation in the fight to protect all underground sources of drinking water from oil and gas industry pollution.

Map of Aquifer ExemptionsWhat is an Aquifer Exemption again?

Last year we released a first ever report exposing the practice of lifting federal protections on potential sources of drinking water. These underground sources of drinking water are protected at the federal level by the Safe Drinking Water Act’s Underground Injection Control program. However, there is a little known provision that allows certain oil, gas and mining activity to occur in groundwater that would otherwise be protected as a drinking water source. This is an Aquifer Exemption.

Oil and gas companies use Aquifer Exemptions for two primary purposes: to inject wastewater underground for disposal, or to inject water, steam and other fluids for enhanced oil recovery (ER).

We believe the fundamental premise of the...

23:43

Biological Health Hazard – Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (EVD): Guinea flareup, Liberia border [Update] Head Space

EBOLA UPDATE (26): GUINEA FLARE-UP, LIBERIA ********************* Published Date: 2016-03-24 05:33:51 Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> Ebola update (26): Guinea flare-up, Liberia Archive Number: 20160324.4114807 In this update: [1] Guinea flareup, Liberia border ****** 21 Mar 2016 Guinea: Guinea government adopts drastic measures to stop spread of Ebola The national coordinator against Ebola, Dr Sakoba Keita, recommended the […]

23:23

Mark Ruffalo and Annie Leonard: We Must Rebuild Our Democracy EcoWatch

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From the Flint water crisis to inaction on climate change, we see the will of the people distorted by a government that...

23:20

Biological Health Hazard – Lassa Hemorrhagic Fever (LHF) Fatal Migratory Disease Exposure: West Africa/Germany Head Space

LASSA FEVER – WEST AFRICA (20): GERMANY (NORTH RHINE-WESTPHALIA) LOCAL TRANSMISSION, TOGO, WHO ******************* Published Date: 2016-03-24 13:53:31 Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> Lassa fever – West Africa (20): Germany (NW) local transmission, Togo, WHO Archive Number: 20160324.4115285 In this update: [1] Germany ex Togo and local transmission – WHO [2] Togo – WHO ****** [1] Germany ex […]

22:54

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

ELIZABETHKINGIA ANOPHELIS – USA (07): (WISCONSIN, MICHIGAN) FATAL, COMMUNITY ACQUIRED ******************************** Published Date: 2016-03-24 13:56:54 Subject: PRO/EDR> Elizabethkingia anophelis – USA (07): (WI,MI) fatal, community acq Archive Number: 20160324.4116626 In this posting: [1] News report [2] Wisconsin Department of Health Sciences report ****** [1] News report Date: Wed 23 Mar 2016 Source: Fox 6 Now […]

22:19

Growing Connections to our Food Latest News

How gardening brings us closer to our food, homes, and communities

17:54

Nuclear Accident in Gujarat Enters Third Week, Lethal Gamble Continues DiaNuke.org

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Dr. Surendra Gadekar | What one needs at such a time is a tough regulator who can ask the nuclear establishment to halt operations so that answers to such questions can be explored. When the fire in the turbine building at Narora in 1994 had almost brought Chernobyl on to the Ganga ghats luckily we had Dr A Gopalakrishnan to ask tough questions.

The post Nuclear Accident in Gujarat Enters Third Week, Lethal Gamble Continues appeared first on DiaNuke.org.

11:55

Lessons from Ok Tedi and how corporations exploit science Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

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Children playing in tailings downstream from the Ok Tedi Mine in Papua New Guinea, 2009. (Brent Stirton/Getty Images)

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Cultural Anthropologist Stuart Kirsch spent decades working with native peoples living along the ok Tedi River, in Papua New Guinea, trying to oppose the social and environmental threats posed by an enormous open-pit copper mine situated near the river’s source. He tells Paul Kennedy about what they learned in the process of taking on a multi-national mining giant; and what the people of PNG taught him.

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“How is it possible that despite spending tens of millions of dollars on environmental research and monitoring, the consultants and other scientists employed by the Ok Tedi mine failed to predict the impending environmental catastrophe, or even to accurately report on it while it was occurring? Their failure calls into question the way science is deployed by mining companies, and by extension, how corporations strategically exploit science.”

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07:41

7 Arrested at ‘Pancakes Not Pipelines’ Protest at FERC EcoWatch

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Gasland filmmaker Josh Fox, Megan Holleran and five others were arrested in the driveway of...

07:23

Take Action! Anti-Mining Leader Assassinated in South Africa Global Justice Ecology Project

Anti-mining leader opposing Australian-owned mine assassinated in South Africa A prominent environmentalist and Defender of Commons who campaigned vigorously against an Australian-owned mineral sands mine in South Africa has been shot dead in his home on March 22.... Read More

The post Take Action! Anti-Mining Leader Assassinated in South Africa appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.

05:08

Active volcanoes in the world: March 16 - 22, 2016 The Watchers » Latest articles

New activity was reported for 5 volcanoes between March 16 and 22, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 13 volcenoes. New activity/unrest: Alaid, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Asosan, Kyushu (Japan) | Rincon de la Vieja, Costa Rica | Sangay,...... Read more »

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04:35

State of Disaster Declared in Kansas amid Wildfires Fire Earth

Wildfires burn across 75,000 acres from Oklahoma to Kansas Gov Brownback has declared a state of disaster emergency for parts of south-central Kansas as wildfires continue to threaten about 1,000 homes and businesses. The so called Anderson Creek Fire has consumed about 75,00 acres since Tuesday night near the Kansas border in Woods County, Oklahoma. […]

03:46

Japan Kills Hundreds of Minke Whales Fire Earth

Japan fleet returns from Antarctic whale hunt with hundreds of slaughtered whales Japanese whaling fleet returned home Thursday after harpooning 333 minke whales in its annual Antarctic massacre, despite worldwide opposition. Some 230 of the catch were females, with 90 percent of the mature females pregnant, according to reports. “The number of pregnant females is […]

03:44

Is Whale Shark Ecotourism Really Eco-Friendly? Latest News

Swimming with whale sharks, a popular tourist activity, is raising concerns about impacts on the world’s largest fish

03:36

China Puts the Brakes on New Coal Plants EcoWatch

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Chinese media reported that the country’s National Energy Administration has ordered 13...

03:21

Ethiopia's vulnerable tropical forests are key to securing the future of coffee The Ecologist

Coffee may be grown all around the tropics, writes Fiona Hesselden, but it originates in just one place: the 'coffee rainforests' of the Ethiopian highlands. We depend on the wild plants for new genes and varieties, yet the forests are falling fast to the advance of farmers. To preserve the forests and all their biodiversity, the original people of the forest must receive their just rewards.

02:47

Federal Disaster Declared for Pennsylvania Fire Earth

UPDATED Kansas Anderson Creek Fire (FM-5120) Incident period: March 22, 2016 Fire Management Assistance Declaration declared on March 23, 2016   Destructive Weather Events: Major Disaster Declared for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Severe Winter Storm and Snowstorm (DR-4267) Incident period: January 22, 2016 to January 23, 2016 Major Disaster Declaration declared on March 23, […]

01:51

Should Tofu Be Part of a Healthy Diet? EcoWatch

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Tofu is one of those foods that sparks debate. Some can’t rave enough about its...

01:23

Japan Kills 333 Minke Whales Including 200 Pregnant Females EcoWatch

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As part of its intention to kill nearly 4,000 whales in the Antarctic over the...

01:23

Climate hypocrisy: JP Morgan's empty promises on coal The Ecologist

JP Morgan's announcement that it's pulling out of coal is purest doublespeak, writes Assaad Razzouk. But it's not the only financier to engage in climate hypocrisy, as banks prepare to lend $5 trillion to build 2,440 new coal power stations. To deliver the Paris Agreement they - and the loans that would finance them - must be cancelled.

01:05

Remembering Exxon Valdez: Obama Should Cancel Leases in Gulf and Arctic EcoWatch

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Today marks the 27th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez catastrophe—the 11-million-gallon oil spill in...

00:26

Hambach Forest: Solidarity to imprisoned Sarah and Huba (Germany) Earth First! Newswire

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After the courtcase of LAUtonomia activist Sarah on the 22 of March at the court district of Cottbus our compa Huba got arrested. Sarah was released and got arrested straight away again for something else but we do not have the info on why and for what. Sarah was in jail for a month for not giving ID after getting caught shoplifting. When leaving the courtroom civil cops and the screws hold Huba at the door and confronted him with a warrant for his arrest. The same day he saw a judge in Cottbuss. He came as a spectator for the court case and left in hand-cuffs.

Right now he is in the JVA Wriezen and will be transported to Aachen this week. He is charged with violent assault that allegedly happened the 11 of November in the cutting area of the Hambach forest.

We do not know how long...

00:23

Rockefeller Fund Divests From Fossil Fuels, Slams Exxon EcoWatch

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The Rockefeller Family Fund will divest from fossil fuels and ditch its holdings of...

00:01

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

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

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Thursday, 24 March

23:51

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

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Robots from the future know we have to work “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” to advance clean energy. Photo licensed Creative Commons by attribution and found here

By Joel Wool, Massachusetts Advocate for Energy and Environment (@joelwool)

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...

22:57

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!

21:43

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 […]

21:43

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

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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.

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

20:18

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, […]

20:02

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, […]

19:43

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 […]

09:09

Coal Vessel Sinks off Coast of Bangladesh Earth First! Newswire

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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 liters of furnace oil...

08:52

Wild Bison Reintroduced to Netherlands Earth First! Newswire

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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—...

02:19

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.

Monday, 21 March

11:00

Tackling illegal logging, deforestation and forest degradation: an agenda for EU action Illegal Logging Portal

A group of NGOs, including Fern, has issued a briefing paper calling on the EU to strengthen the measures contained in the FLEGT Action Plan as a way of tackling illegal logging. The briefing is the NGOs’ contribution to the policy debate related to the evaluation of the FLEGT Action Plan, the review of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), and the EU’s commitment to halt deforestation and restore degraded forests by 2020.

The recommendations of the NGOs are:

1. Demonstrate strong political commitment to the effective implementation of the VPAs and strengthen their impact, including through addressing governance, integrity and sustainability challenges.

2. Ensure the EUTR is strictly and effectively enforced, its product scope extended to all wood-based products, and green timber procurement policies are increasingly taken up.

3. Strengthen and encourage the development of rules governing the international timber trade and improve overall policy coherence.

5. Adopt additional measures to support the protection and restoration of forest ecosystems around the world and eliminate deforestation from the EU’s supply chains, as part of a new EU Action Plan on deforestation and forest degradation.

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