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Monday, 28 March


How to Fight Chronic Inflammation EcoWatch


There are many things you can do to reduce inflammation and ...


Monsanto’s Glyphosate Found in California Wines, Even Wines Made With Organic Grapes EcoWatch


The contamination of conventional wine was 28 times higher than...


Controversial Texas Rattlesnake Roundup Nets Largest Catch to Date Earth First! Newswire

by Danny Lewis / Smithsonian


As towns go, Sweetwater, Texas is fairly small, with roughly 11,000 residents. But there’s one thing the area has a lot of: diamondback rattlesnakes. Every March for the last 58 years, tens of thousands of visitors have descended on the small town for the annual Rattlesnake Roundup. This year, the event outdid itself, bagging a record 24,262 pounds of wriggling rattlers.

Organized by the Sweetwater Junior Chamber of commerce, or “Jaycees,” the rattlesnake roundup began in as a way to curb rattlesnake populations during the late 1950s. At the time, local doctors were treating 50 people a year for snakebites and local cattle were constantly in danger of dying of suffo...


Poland Approves Large-Scale Logging in Europe’s Last Primeval Forest Earth First! Newswire

from The Guardian


Poland has approved large-scale logging in Europe’s last primeval woodland in a bid to combat a beetle infestation despite protests from scientists, ecologists and the European Union.

The action in the Białowieża forest is intended to fight the spread of the spruce bark beetle.

“We’re acting to curb the degradation of important habitats, to curb the disappearance and migration of important species from this site,” the environment minister, Jan Szyszko, said.

Szyszko vowed that the logging plans would not apply to strictly protected areas of the primeval forest that was designated a Unesco World Heritage site in 1979.

But under the new plan, loggers will harvest more than 180,000 cubic metres (6.4m cubic feet) of wood from other areas of the forest over a decade, dwarfing previous plans to harvest 40,000 cubic metres over the same period.



5 Common Houseplants That Clean the Air for a Healthier Home EcoWatch


Did you know that one potted plant per 100 square feet will...

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Sunday, 27 March


Three Mile Island: How it looked to the locals

Much has been written about the famous Three Mile Island nuclear core meltdown that occurred 37 years ago on March 28, 1979. The scientific reports, and discussion of the effects on the environment, people and the nuclear industry are widely available. In this article, Dianuke posts one of the more […]

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Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, March 26, 2016 Geoengineering Watch

6yThe maneuvering of the power structure is becoming rapidly more desperate and destructive. From the positioning of military assets around the globe, to the strategically timed terror attacks that are utilized for maximum impact on the mindset of the population, the wheels of many agendas are turning. FOX news and the NRA are pushing propaganda


Japanese Govt Increasingly Intimidating the Journalists Fire Earth

“In Japan today, rather than the media watching the authorities, the government watches the media”—senior journalist “Five of Japan’s most respected journalists have accused Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government of pressuring broadcasters to reduce criticism of its policies,” said a report. In a press conference, held at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan earlier this […]


Crop Disasters Declared in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Puerto Rico Fire Earth

Extreme weather and climatic disasters destroy crops in multiple areas across two states and Puerto Rico The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 13 counties in the states of Oklahoma as Arkansas as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by heavy rains, flash flooding and flooding that occurred from Dec. 26, […]


1.4 billion people face severe risks in South Asia The Watchers » Latest articles

According to research released this week by risk analysis and research company Verisk Maplecroft, 1.4 billion people in South Asia, 81% of the region’s population, are acutely exposed to at least one type of natural hazard and live in areas considered to have...... Read more »


Major Disaster Declared for Mississippi Fire Earth

Destructive Weather Events: Federal Disaster Declared for The Hospitality State Mississippi Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-4268) Incident period: Beginning March 09, 2016 and continuing Major Disaster Declaration declared on March 25, 2016 The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the state of Mississippi in the areas affected by severe storms and flooding […]

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Saturday, 26 March


Big Food Says They Will Label GMOs … But Is There More to the Story? EcoWatch


Have consumers won the GMO labeling battle? Have these food companies that so fiercely fought to...


Are You Eating Toxic Chocolate? Lead Found in Trader Joe’s, Hershey’s and Other Chocolates EcoWatch


Legal notices have been filed against chocolate manufacturers, including Trader Joe’s, Hershey’s, Whole Foods, Godiva, Mars and...


Citizens Petition EPA to End Throwback Rules Allowing Water Pollution EARTHblog

This week, our friends with Clean Water Action, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Powder River Basin Resource Council, and New Mexico Environmental Law Center petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to perform a wholesale rewrite of their rules protecting underground sources of drinking water (USDW).

Our story beings back in 1974, when Congress passed the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) to protect our water sources for drinking, agriculture, and other purposes. One of the principal tools EPA uses to protect our water is their program designed to control underground injections- not so creatively named the Underground Injection Control (UIC) program.

SDWA has six classes of UIC wells. Oil and gas companies use Class II wells to both recover hydrocarbons and dispose of their waste. Class III wells are used for a fracking-like technique for uranium mining called in-situ leaching (ISL).

In ISL, operators inject a solution, called a lixiviant, down a well toward an ore body. The lixiviant turns the ore in to a slush that is then pumped up to the surface for processing. Whether injecting chemicals under enormous pressures to fracture shale or a lixiviant strong enough to dissolve uranium, these extreme practices inevitably contaminate our aquifers. Conceding that these methods for fracking and uranium mining pollute our USDWs, the industry needed a way out.

The Exemption

In 1982, EPA crafted special rules allowing the industry to pollute our aquifers that are not currently used or will not in the future serve as a drinking water source. Aquifers at a depth, quality, or location that make its water technologically or economically impractical for drinking can qualify for the exempt...


Review of Earth First! The Musical: A Shit-Show in All its Thermophilic Glory Earth First! Newswire

by Panagioti / Earth First! Newswire


Even a cursory look back over Earth First! history offers a feeling that the production of this musical has been in the making since the movement’s inception.

One of Earth First!’s most notable elements has always been an absurd theatrical tendency. Its epic tree sits and occupations, often accompanied by costumes, puppets and troubadours have impeded the flow of progress in countless environmental battles over the past 36 years. But the stories, songs and striking visual representations of the broader resistance to industrialism that grew alongside these actions often outlived the hard facts of local campaigns that motivated the bold direct actions in the first place. Earth First! The Musical may have only just been born, but its inception could be estimated at several decades back.

While the Ea...

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Thursday, 24 March


How deforestation is tangled up in the law Illegal Logging Portal

When it comes to deforestation – either stopping it or encouraging it – a country’s laws and policies can make a great difference. But no country has just one policy that shapes all outcomes, nor one single authority that controls all sectors. Rather, the laws influencing how land and forests are used (or abused), and the lines of authority that govern them, form a complex, tortuous web where the threads themselves are often unclear, let alone how they all interact.

This certainly describes the legal context in tropical forest countries around the world, where people are trying to make a living from the land, or trying to conserve natural ecosystems, or trying to implement REDD+ or another low-emissions development strategy. Countries like Peru, Indonesia or Tanzania, for example, have literally hundreds of regulations and norms governing land use, which are issued and enforced (or not) by multiple offices within government – including forestry, environment, agriculture, finance or mining departments, for example – and by multiple levels, from national presidents to village chiefs.

Some of the most critical powers and responsibilities that different government offices have, and that affect how land is used, include classifying lands, titling lands, authorizing concessions and use permits, creating protected areas, offering incentives for conservation (like payments for environmental services), and delivering incentives for agriculture and ranching like subsidies, credit, and technical assistance.

How land is classified can determine what uses are permitted on it, and even who can hold what types of rights to it. Land classification is often presented...

Monday, 21 March


Making best use of Asia’s tree diversity Illegal Logging Portal

Forests’ role in mitigating climate change, productivity of indigenous timber and non-timber species, and success rates in forest restoration all depend on one thing – the genetic diversity of tree species. However, forest genetic resources are often overlooked in natural resource management and related policies and strategies which limit their contribution to environmental and socio-economic goals.

A network of forestry organizations in Asia-Pacific countries took up the challenge and decided to initiate a Regional Training Centre on Forest Genetic Resources, to strengthen the capacities of forestry practitioners, educators and policy-makers in addressing genetic diversity in their work.

The group now calls for contributions to an online survey (take the survey in six languages, links at the end of this blog post), to assess actual training needs and fine-tune a training programme that can effectively meets these needs.

When Asian countries developed their country reports for the first-ever State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN in 2014, they agreed on a number of general gaps that hamper the effective management of forest genetic resources:

  • Conservation policies emphasize ecosystem conservation, overlooking the viability of the populations that make up the system
  • There are no species management programmes that would look at management and conservation across the species’ range
  • Socio-economical, cultural and ecological values of forest genetic resources are poorly understood and hence underappreciated
  • There is no leg...

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