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Saturday, 24 March


NYU Law School to Assist PA, VA, MD in Environmental Protection, WV Not! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Pace Law School also has a strong Environmental Law program

NYU Law sending free help to 10 Dem AGs for environmental causes; Marcellus Shale group alarmed at message

From an Article by Nicholas Malfitano, Pennsylvania Record, March 6, 2018

NEW YORK Democratic state attorneys general, like Pennsylvanias Josh Shapiro, are getting free help from New York University School of Law to bolster their environmental causes, though a Commonwealth business advocacy group worries this results in important work being outsourced to an out-of-state entity.

It was announced in August that a nearly-$6 million funding grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies, administered through the NYU School of Laws recently formed State Energy and Environmental Impact Center, will dispatch special prosecutors to the offices of several state attorneys general to advance policies aimed at the development of renewable energy, protecting the environment and addressing climate change.

David J. Hayes, the State Energy and Environmental Impact Centers Executive Director, said, Each of the attorney general offices chosen to participate has demonstrated a commitment to advancing progressive policies on clean energy, the environment and climate change.



EPR: A Financial and Technical Disaster That Drowned Europes Nuclear Industry, Says EWGs Latest Report "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The European Pressurized Reactor (EPR), proclaimed in the 1990s as a new impetus for the renaissance the European nuclear industry, proved to be a financial disaster, fulfilling none of the industry promises, a new brief by the Energy Watch Group shows.

The post EPR: A Financial and Technical Disaster That Drowned Europes Nuclear Industry, Says EWGs Latest Report appeared first on


This Is The Smallest Bird In The World "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Hummingbirds are familiar visitors to gardens during spring and summer, hovering in midair, dipping their long, tapered bills deep into the hearts of flowers.

While these birds are known for their small stature, theyre fairly easy to spot with their mile-a-minute wings and iridescent feathers. But one type of hummingbird is rather mysterious even if you are a resident of its native Cuba. In fact, its the smallest bird in the world: the bee hummingbird.

Credit: Flickr/Ekaterina Chernetsova

This petite hummingbird, with its beautiful bright plumage, is a bird-watchers dream (if you can set your binoculars to the right setting). The teeny tiny bird is about the size of you guessed it a large bee, weighing one-fifteenth of an ounce, or less than a dime. The little bird shares the island with its larger cousin, the Cuban emerald, which is over two and a half times the bee hummingbirds size.


What Happens To Your Dog If He Eats A Chocolate Bunny? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

For dogs, springtime means long trips to the park, soft grass on the paws (no more booties!) and plenty of basking in the (now significantly longer) hours of sunshine.

But the season of growth can also come with serious dangers that pet owners should not overlook. For those who celebrate Easter, baskets full of toys and candy can be deadly to dogs, and festive holiday flowers can wreak havoc on cats.

The pastel-colored, sugary marshmallow Peeps, jelly beans and SweeTarts that you find in your Easter basket are generally not toxic, but they can lead to gastrointestinal upsets when eaten by dogs, according to Dr. John Gicking of BluePearl Veterinary Partners.

If your pup has a tendency to raid the countertop and garbage can for food scraps, theres one thing you definitely dont want him getting his paws on this April a solid chocolate bunny.

Long considered an Easter staple, these adorable cacao creatures can cause your dog some serious discomfort or worse.

The toxic part of chocolate for dogs is something called theobromine, which is a caffeine-like substance, Gicking tells The Dodo. Dogs are more sensitive to the caffeine-like effects of theobromine than humans. Chocolate toxicity will cause a higher heart rate [and irregular heartbeat]; it will cause them to be sick to their stomach and they can have seizures.

Dogs are not able to metabolize theobromine as quickly as humans, so even a tiny piece of chocolate can have lasting effects. In small quantities, your pup may experience stomach upset, vomiting, hyperactivity and jitters, as if theyve had a bit too...


Woman Driving Along Finds Someone Unusual Stuck In The Snow "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Raelene Prieb was on her way home from work this week when she spotted something rather unusual.

There, on the snowy roadway in Saskatchewan, Canada, was a portly porcupine who was clearly having some problems.

Credit: Raelene Prieb

Somehow, the spiky fella had gotten himself all topsy-turvy and now his little feet were kicking as he struggled to right himself. Prieb was concerned.

I stopped to watch and see if he could get up, she told The Dodo. Once I realized he couldnt, I got out to help him.

Armed with a snow-brush/ice scraper, Prieb gently assisted the porcupine in flipping back over, offering some reassuring words in the process. Moments later, it became obvious how he'd gotten himself into that predicament in the first place, though Prieb helped him over that problem, too.

Here's video she took of the charming rescue. 

Disaster averted, the porcupine then continued on his way like it was really no big deal.

Still, Prieb stopped by the spot the next day just to be sure all was well, finding just footprints and a few trees he'd nibbled the bark off of. One can work up quite an appetite being stuck in the snow.

"Im assuming he moved on across the field to the larger forested area," Prieb said.

Credit: Raelene Prieb

All in all, Prieb was just glad she was able to lend a hand.



Cat's Absolute Favorite Toy In The World Is Carrots "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Ben was found as a stray in Big Sur, California, when he was just a tiny kitten. A young girl saw him wandering alone, and since she knew he was too young to be on his own, she put him in her pocket, took him home and begged her dad to let her keep him. Her dad said they couldnt have a kitten at that time, unfortunately, but quickly found another family who was more than happy to adopt the little guy.

Credit: Tara McCabe

Going along with his very quirky start to life, Ben grew into a sweet, goofy cat with a lot of very quirky habits. Probably the strangest thing about Ben is that he has one toy that he loves more than anything in the world, that hell always play with over anything else  

Credit: Tara McCabe

and that toy is carrots. 

Credit: Tara McCabe

Every time Bens mom goes shopping, he cant wait until she gets home so he can raid the shopping bags to see if she happened to buy any of his favorite toy. Rather than let his family eat the carrots, Ben immediately takes them for himself, and plays with them for as long as his mom will let him. He doesnt eat them himself either, but rather regards them as beloved toys, and sometimes, he even cuddles up with them and falls asleep. 

His mom has no idea why Ben is so obsessed with carrots, but his love for them is pretty adorable, so she always lets him play w...


Scared Dog Gets Dragged Into Shelter By Owner Who's Abandoning Him "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Ann Flores couldnt believe what she was seeing  a woman was dragging a very scared and unhappy dog into the Harris County Animal Shelter in Houston, Texas. The 3-year-old dog had flopped onto the hard cement in the parking lot, doing everything he could to resist.

He laid on his back and just rolled over, Flores told The Dodo. It was like he was saying, Please dont take me in here.

Credit: Ann Flores

Another woman, perhaps a friend or family member of the first woman, was dragging a second dog into the shelter.

They were both pulling, but the dogs wouldnt budge, Flores said. They had to pick them up because they just would not move. They would not walk in there.

Credit: Ann Flores

Last Thursday, Flores and her friend were visiting the shelter because Flores friend was interested in adopting a dog. But Flores quickly became distracted by the two women dragging the dogs inside.

What infuriated Flores the most was that they were laughing.

They didnt care, Flores said. They were just laughing and giggling because the dogs wouldnt move. To them, it was just like throwing trash away. There was no remorse, nothing.

Credit: Ann Flores

I was really, really angry, and I could feel my blood pressure rise, Flores added. Why get an animal if yo...


Nightmare Zoo Makes Orangutans 'Fight' In Boxing Ring "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The crowd roars and a bell rings to mark the start of the match.

The boxers run around the ring in circles, pummeling one another with their oversized gloves until one opponent eventually flops to the ground in defeat. Dancers in skimpy bikinis twirl and jump around on the sidelines as loud music plays to celebrate the winner.

It might sound like a typical weekend boxing match but at Bangkok Safari World in Thailand, the performers are all orangutans.

Credit: Youtube/See The World

Over the past few years, multiple tourist videos have surfaced featuring the cruel shows, with the most recent being posted just a few days ago.

Before the 30-minute show begins, the apes are typically made to fly down to the stage from the rafters on a zipline and play in a band with instruments.

Credit: Youtube/See The World

As two orangutans box one another, another group of apes above the ring appears to throw trash down onto them. All are dressed in human clothing.

Lis Key, communications manager for International Animal Rescue, has one word for the show: sickening.

Credit: Youtube/See The World

Given the appalling conditions at many zoos in Thailand, its unlikely that the trainers adopt humane training methods, Key told The Dodo. These are not behaviors that come easily to orangutans and its frightening to imagine how they have been made to perform these sickening stunts.



Dog Who Was Given Cocaine By Kids Gets The Best New Life "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Lying motionless on the sidewalk in front of a known drug house, Suzi was barely conscious.

Onlookers told animal control officers that they believed that neighborhood kids had injected the dog with drugs, and a drug test confirmed their suspicion.

Both cocaine and THC were found in her system.

Credit: Faithful Friends Animal Society

Suzi was rushed to Faithful Friends Animal Society, where the veterinary team immediately hooked her up to IV fluids in an effort to flush the drugs out of her system. They determined she was most likely only a year old.

When she first arrived, she was unable to walk, stand, eat or drink, Kevin Rentz, marketing manager for Faithful Friends Animal Society, told The Dodo. Our vets had never seen a mistreatment dealing with narcotics like this. It was heartbreaking.

Credit: Faithful Friends Animal Society

For the next two days, Suzi continued on a steady stream of fluids to help flush the drugs out, while vets kept her comfortable inside her crate.

She could barely hold her head up and was barely responsive, Rentz said. You could tell she did not know what was going on.

Credit: Faithful Friends Animal Society

Luckily, after just over two days of around-the-clock care, Suzi rounded the corner of her recovery and captivated the vet team with her sweet personality in the process.

She stole the hearts of all the vets and tec...

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Friday, 23 March


Save the Krill urges Greenpeace report "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In Antarctica, its usually the whales, seals and penguins that take the spotlight, but a new report focuses on an animal further down the food chain: the Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba). In a report issued last week, Greenpeace International outlines the vital role that this minute crustacean plays in Antarcticas marine ecology and documents incursions of krill-fishing vessels into coastal waters around the Antarctic Peninsula. The report claims that increased demand for krill oil coupled with easier access to the Southern Ocean due to warmer temperatures could result in disruption of vulnerable ecosystems. The group is calling for krill-fishing companies to cease fishing in proposed marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Weddell Sea and other Antarctic waters. Krill form the backbone of Antarcticas food chains, Louisa Casson, a Greenpeace campaigner based in the groups United Kingdom office, told Mongabay. The tiny shrimp-like creatures feed on photosynthetic plankton and in turn become a vital food source for the Southern Oceans iconic wildlife, including five species of baleen whales, numerous seal species, seabirds like penguins and albatrosses, fish and squid. Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba). Photo by Uwe Kils via Wikimedia Commons. To observe the krill and fishing industry firsthand, Greenpeace sent its icebreaker ship, the Arctic Sunrise, on an expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula and the Weddell Sea in January of this year. The crew, Casson told Mongabay, saw krill vessels in the immediate vicinity of whales and penguins so that you can see that they are directly competing for the same


Cat Wakes Up Family After Her Favorite Person Has A Heart Attack "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Brandy Miller never would have expected her familys cat, Shotzie, to do anything heroic. In fact, Miller always thought of the 11-year-old cat as kind of a loner.

Shes not really a people cat, Miller told The Dodo. She doesnt like being around anyone except for my mom and my stepdad, Kirk. If anyone comes over, she usually hides. And if Im around her, shell usually start hissing. She just doesnt like me or my sisters.

Credit: Brandy Miller

But three weeks ago, Shotzie did something that proved her love for the people in her life.  

On March 2, Millers stepdad, Kirk Mathis, had a heart attack in the house he shares with Millers mom, Tammy.

My stepdad was getting ready to leave for work  he leaves for work at 4 oclock in the morning, Miller said. I think he had just fed [Shotzie], and he was going to the door and he had this massive heart attack. He fell back and hit the ground.

Credit: Brandy Miller

Shotzie sprang to action. She ran back in the bedroom, jumped up on the bed, slid across her comforter, pounced on [my moms] head and let out the biggest roar to wake her up, Miller said. She said, Shotzie roared like a mountain lion. She said it was an extremely loud and deep growl to get her up and get moving.

Shotzie had never made a sound like this before, and Tammy immediately realized something was wrong. When Tammy went into the living room, she found Kirk lyin...


Colombia scraps Amazon highway plans due to deforestation concerns "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Colombias President Juan Manuel Santos declared earlier this month that a controversial highway project that would cut through the Amazon will not be completed. Santos pointed at rampant deforestation and potentially irreversible environmental impacts to a sensitive ecological corridor near three national parks if the highway project were followed through to completion. The Marginal de la Selva highway is part of $1 billion infrastructure project that would have opened a trade route for heavy land cargo to pass from Venezuela to Ecuador through Colombia without having to enter the treacherous Andes mountains. Santos told local newspaper El Tiempo that the highway project is not going to be done because it would be completely counterproductive from the environmental point of view. The announcement was made as environmentalists decried a massive increase in deforestation in the region around the proposed highway project, which directly borders three national parks. An aerial photo shows deforestation associated with a roadway in Colombias Amazon. Photo courtesy of CDA Following a historic 2016 peace agreement with Colombias former largest guerrilla group the FARC, the power vacuum left by the demobilized rebels exacerbated deforestation as land speculators flooded into the area to clear tracts of forest for speculative cattle ranching and palm oil projects. According to environmental government agency Corporation for Sustainable Development of the North-East Amazon (CDA), many of these speculators are connected to illegal armed groups. Wilfredo Pachn, local CDA Director in San Jose de Guaviare, said property values can increase up to three times over

The wind of change blowing through Ghanas villages (commentary) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Sefwi Wiawso doesnt feature in Ghanas tourist guides. Its main town, Wiawso, is little more than a single road albeit one bursting with vitality and color, with hawkers selling their wares and people milling about in animated conversations. But being off the beaten track or, more specifically, an eight-hour drive west of Ghanas capital city, Accra is no measure of the districts significance. So many of our natural resources come from this area: timber, cocoa, gold, food crops, says Raymond Ennin, an enthusiastic 30 year-old community activist with local environmental and resources NGO Civic Response. The region supports the rest of Ghana, but the people arent seeing enough of the benefits. Until now, most of the proceeds from sales of the natural resources harvested in Sefwi Wiawso have gone into a few pockets, Ennin explains as we drive out of Wiawso along undulating red dirt roads. We pass tropical forests where the vegetation is so dense it seems to be in a state of rapture. Heavy trucks laden with timber rumble by, deepening the crevices in the already rutted road. The trucks represent a tiny cog in the wheel of an industry that is crucial to Ghanas economic health, accounting for about 11 percent of export earnings. For decades, though, the timber sector has been rife with illegality and corruption. In 2004 alone it is estimated that Ghana lost more revenue from illegal logging $100 million (83,271,000) than it received in development aid. Endemic illegality

Brazil ignored U.N. letters warning of land defender threats, record killings "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Shocked members of the Akro-Gamellas indigenous group just after a brutal assault by Brazilian farmers in April 2017. Photo by Ruy Sposati / Cimi It has come to light only this month that the administration of Brazilian president Michel Temer failed to respond to two letters sent by United Nations rapporteurs in 2017 warning of pending threats to, and condemning the murders of, human rights activists in Minas Gerais and Par states. Thats according to the U.N. Human Rights office in Geneva. Last November, the U.N. warned about the threats six peasants and their families received in Conceio do Mato Dentro, Minas Gerais, after they opened a lawsuit against the operations of Anglo American Iron Ore Brazil S.A. in that state. The company is a subsidiary of Anglo American, a global mining firm based in London. The State Public Ministry (MPE), the independent public prosecutors office in Minas Gerais, had previously requested the inclusion of the laborers in the Protection Program of Human Rights Defenders, of the Secretariat of Rights of the Presidency in May, 2017. One of them, Lcio da Silva Pimenta, was reportedly threatened and expelled from his land several times without receiving compensation by representatives of Anglo American. The company did not respond to Mongabays request for comment. Anglo American of Brazil is currently waiting for licensing approval in order to begin the expansion of the Sapo iron mine, which is part of the Minas-Rio Project/System that connects the mine (located near the town of Conceio Mato Dentro), to the export terminal Port


Canadian Government Profiting from Genetically Modified Salmon Sales "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Groups Raise Concerns Over Investor-Regulator Roles   The Canadian government is receiving 10% royalties from sales of the worlds first genetically modified (GM or genetically engineered) animal, a GM Atlantic salmon. Were concerned that the government is responsible for... Read More

The post Canadian Government Profiting from Genetically Modified Salmon Sales appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.


Microplastic pollution in worlds oceans poses major threat to filter-feeding megafauna "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Even as the world is waking up to the problems created by the massive amounts of plastic pollution in Earths oceans and taking steps to address the issue new research is shedding light on how detrimental that pollution is to marine wildlife. A study published in the journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution last month, for instance, looks at how filter-feeding marine animals like baleen whales, manta rays, and whale sharks are impacted by microplastics. Filter feeders face exceptionally high risks of exposure to plastic pollution in the oceans because many of them are found in some of the most polluted waters in the world, such as the Bay of Bengal, the Gulf of Mexico, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Coral Triangle, a geographical region that lies in the waters between Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines. A 2016 report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation found that more than 8 million metric tons of plastic waste makes its way into the oceans every year, which works out to be roughly a garbage truck-full of plastic being dumped into the oceans every minute. Whats more, the report also determined that if we allow business-as-usual to continue, plastic pollution could find its way into our oceans at four times the current rate by 2050 at which point the plastic in our oceans would weigh more than all of the fish combined. In response to this issue, more than 40 countries have joined the UN Environment Programmes CleanSeas

In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, March 23, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Tropical forests A new study finds that deforestation rates of 20 to 25 percent in the Amazon could cause a collapse of the hydrological cycle (Fundao de Amparo Pesquisa do Estado de So Paulo/EurekAlert). Logging concessions, if properly managed, could support wildlife such as jaguars (Wildlife Conservation Society/EurekAlert). Activist groups are suing over the Trump administrations decision to allow hunters to bring back trophies (Pacific Standard). The costs of payment-for-ecosystem services strategies may be higher than anticipated, creating conservation martyrs, a new study finds (Michigan State University/Phys.Org). Infectious disease researchers examine climate change data to understand the future of disease (Phys.Org). Jaguars hemmed in by deforestation and livestock rearing in Paraguays Pantanal and Gran Chaco ecosystems (De Gruyter/EurekAlert). Nonprofit leverages solar panels and machine learning to monitor forests (Gizmodo). The director general of the Center for International Forestry Research discusses the state of the worlds forests (CIFOR Forest News). India is still losing forest cover, despite assertions to the contrary (The Quint). Other news Research chimps allowed to retire (Science Magazine). Symbiotic organisms like coral reefs recover slowly after damage (University of Bath/EurekAlert). The 20 percent of Americans who eat the most meat contribute nearly half of the countrys diet-related emissions (University of Michigan/Phys.Org, Pacific Standard). U.S. National Parks likely to see an increase in the numbers of bird species they house in response to climate change (Mother Jones). Chevron wont disagree with consensus that humans are causing climate change in lawsuit (Reuters). Small-scale fishing methods are damaging the


Genetic Legacy of Interbreeding with Neanderthals: Tell-Tale Signs "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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Communities Rally Against GMOs, GE Trees in New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Communities Rally Against GMOs, GE Trees in New Zealand

GE Free Northland is encouraging the Northland Regional Council to place precautionary and prohibitive GE/GMO provisions in the new Regional Plan for Northland, to support local District Councils and Auckland Council in preventing any genetically engineered (genetically modified) organisms being trialled out of doors or used commercially.

The Proposed new Regional Plan for Northland currently fails to regulate or ban the outdoor use of GMOs, only mentioning concerns about outdoor use of GMOs in the Tangata whenua Policy section (D.1.1) and s32 analysis. There were 86 original submissions urging the NRC to control or ban outdoor use of GE/GMOs. The Proposed Regional Plan is now open for further submissions, and GE Free Northland is calling on Northland ratepayers and residents to make supportive submissions on the GMO issue by Monday 26 March at 3pm.

We need to ensure that Northland Regional Council adequately protects the region from the adverse impacts outdoor use of GMOs, including transgenic pollution, damage to existing GM free primary producers valuable enterprises, loss of income, and creation of invasive new super weeds. The NRC must include strong precautionary and prohibitive GMO provisions, policies, and objectives in the new Regional Plan for Northland, says Martin Robinson, spokesman, GE Free Northland.

We call on the Northland Regional Council to follow the lead of the other councils around New Zealand that have already adopted precautionary provisions and banned the outdoor release of GMOs via their local policy statements and plans. Auckland Council, Far North Distric...


Freedom for research chimps: Hercules and Leo are released to a sanctuary "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Hercules at Project Chimps. Photo credit: Crystal Alba/Project Chimps.

Two chimpanzees, Hercules and Leo, who have been the focus of ground-breaking litigation in the United States, have been freed from the University of Louisianas New Iberia Research Center (NIRC) and have been sent to the Project Chimps sanctuary in Morgantown, north Georgia.

They were transferred from the NIRC to the 236-acre sanctuary in the Blue Ridge Mountains along with seven younger male chimps.

Lawyers at the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), who have been fighting to secure freedom for Hercules and Leo for nearly five years, welcomed the decision, but said the delight they felt about Hercules and Leos transfer to a sanctuary was tempered by their knowledge of the suffering the chimp...


FIRE-EARTH Alert: FESC 032302 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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Methane Showing Up in Atmosphere from Oil & Gas Operations "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Marcellus drilling operation at Morgantown Industrial Park in Monongahela River valley

New NASA Study Solves Climate Mystery, Confirms Methane Spike Tied to Oil and Gas

From an Article by Sharon Kelly, DeSmogBlog, January 16, 2018

Over the past few years, natural gas has become the primary fuel that America uses to generate electricity, displacing the long-time king of fossil fuels, coal. In 2019, more than a third of Americas electrical supply will come from natural gas, with coal falling to a second-ranked 28 percent, the Energy Information Administration predicted this month, marking the growing ascendency of gas in the American power market.

But new peer-reviewed research adds to the growing evidence that the shift from coal to gas isnt necessarily good news for the climate.

A team led by scientists at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory confirmed that the oil and gas industry is responsible for the largest share of the worlds rising methane emissionswhich are a major factor in climate changeand in the process the researchers resolved one of the mysteries that has plagued climate scientists over the past several years.

Missing Methane

That mystery? Since 2006, methane emissions have been rising by about 25 teragrams (a unit of weight so large t...


The Pentagons Scary Plan to Militarize Ocean Life "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The US military plans to use ocean critters, including transgenic ones, as underwater spies


Mass whale stranding at Hamelin Bay in Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Some 150 whales were found stranded on a beach at Hamelin Bay in Western Australia on Friday morning, March 23, 2018. The event prompted major rescue effort, but only 15 of them remain alive. Only about 15 of the 150 short-finned pilot whales that stranded at...... Read more


Coal mine planning permission refused due to climate concerns "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Coal mine planning permission refused due to climate concerns

Catherine Harte 23rd March 2018
Teaser Media


Yellowstone Captures More Buffalo, Far Exceeds Kill Quota "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Levi Rickert / Native News Online

Last Friday, two more people were arrested after attempting to halt Yellowstone from shipping wild buffalo to slaughter. The two men, Coyote and Wolf, with the direct action collective Wild Buffalo Defense, locked down to three concrete-filled barrels in front of the gate to the access road that leads to the trap. They were released from jail on Monday. Their brave act stalled operations for four hours.

Despite these courageous actions along with overwhelming public opposition to the slaughter, Yellowstone continues to kill buffalo. That morning, Yellowstone officials were so determined to send buffalo to slaughter the very gentle giants the country has entrusted with their care that they destroyed sensitive habitat to create a road around the blockade so that the trucks could get through.

This begs the question: whom does Yellowstone serve? Certainly not the global public, including Montanans, who are largely opposed to the slaughter of the last wild buffalo. Yellowstone presses on with ur...


More Than 130 Whales Die in Mass Stranding in Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from The Guardian

One hundred and thirty-five whales have died after being washed ashore in Western Australia.

A rescue operation began on Friday morning in Hamelin Bay, on the states south-western tip, to save the remaining 15, with volunteers and vets trying to keep the surviving short-finned pilot whales alive before deciding when to herd them out to sea.

One witness described trying to steer one of the animals out to sea, only to watch it beach itself again.

Jeremy Chick, who is controlling the rescue attempt near the town of Augusta, said the main priorities were to ensure the welfare of the remaining live whales and the safety of everyone involved in the operation before any rescue attempt was made to herd the whales back out to sea.

The strength of the animals and the windy and possibly wet weather conditions will affect when and where we attempt to move them out to sea, he said.

People were asked to avoid the area because rescuers had enough staff there.

Authorities warned the public to take care near the water because the dead and dying animals could bring sharks closer to shore. A three-metre shark...


Severe dust storm hits Crete, Greece "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A cutoff low in the central Mediterranean pushed huge amounts of Saharan dust from Libya toward the eastern Mediterranean on March 22, 2018, heavily impacting the region, especially the island of Crete. A thick layer of Saharan sand reached Crete around 16:00 local...... Read more

How to build a Guardian: students learn about making technology work in the field "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Hundreds of students from science and technology programs around the city of Los Angeles, California have begun participating in a hands-on effort to apply ingenuity and technology to protect the worlds rainforests. The NGO Rainforest Connection (RFCx) has developed a Planet Guardians program to directly involve tech-minded students in nature conservation while building their skills and creativity. The science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) students will build devices RFCx calls Guardiansportable acoustic monitoring devices that the group installs high up in a rainforest tree, usually around a reserves perimeter or along roads, where they listen to and record the sounds of the forest around them. A Guardian at work high in the rainforest canopy. The petals of this techno-flower are solar panels protected from the rain and humidity, which also shade the smartphone inside. Photo credit: Google The students will construct the Guardian devices from recycled smartphones newly armed with Googles open-source machine-learning framework, TensorFlow. Even phones several years old have substantial computing power that can run sophisticated software (RFCx accepts phone donations). Guardians as works in progress. Photo credit: Google Each device collects and scans the continuous stream of sound in the roughly 300 hectares (740 acres) around it. If the software identifies various noises associated with human intrusionsuch as chain saws, trucks, and gunshotsit alerts local rangers in real-time who can then respond on the ground. The solar panels used to power the devices enable them to run 24 hours a day for months in the rainforest. Workshops


'Species other than ours are far more like ours than most of us believe' "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

'Species other than ours are far more like ours than most of us believe'

brendan 23rd March 2018
Teaser Media


How businesses can stimulate positive environmental change "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

How businesses can stimulate positive environmental change

brendan 23rd March 2018
Teaser Media


ExxonMobil, Shell and BP summoned to world-first climate change hearing "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

ExxonMobil, Shell and BP summoned to world-first climate change hearing

brendan 23rd March 2018
Teaser Media


Under the Cover of Philanthropy: A Monopoly Machine at Work "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A good summary of the concerns about the role of Philantropy pushing corporate agendas into health and agriculture programmes in the Global South.


How to navigate the disorientation of a seismic world "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

How to navigate the disorientation of a seismic world

aaron vansintjan 23rd March 2018
Teaser Media


West Texas oil patch heaving and sinking at alarming rates "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Geophysicists from the Southern Methodist University in Dallas found that decades of oil production activity in Texas have destabilized localities of an area about 10 000 km2 (4 000 mi2) populated by small towns, roadways and a vast network of oil and gas pipelines...... Read more

Asteroid 2018 FQ3 flew past Earth at 0.73 LD, one day before discovery "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Asteroid 2018 FQ3, first observed at Catalina Sky Survey on March 20, flew past Earth at a distance of 0.73 LD / 0.00187 AU (~279 748 km / 173 827 miles) on March 19, 2018. This is Apollo class asteroid with an estimated diameter of 5.1 and 11 m (16.7 - 36 feet). ...... Read more

Major flooding cyclical rather than random, new research says "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

University of Newcastle's (UON) fresh research found further evidence to support the notion that severe flooding events occur cyclically, challenging the widely approved assumption that floods occur randomly. The study is now raising questions about the...... Read more

Asteroid 2018 FE3 flew past Earth at 0.38 LD, 3 days before discovery "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A newly discovered asteroid 2018 FE3 flew past our planet at a very close distance of 0.38 LD / 0.00098 AU (~146 605 km / 91 096 miles) at 07:06 UTC on March 18, 2018. This object belongs to the Aten group of asteroids. It was first observed at Catalina Sky Survey...... Read more


This Guy's Doormat Kept Disappearing, So He Set Up A Hidden Camera "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Last year, something really perplexing and annoying started happening to Senthil Nathan of Chennai, India.

The doormat on his front porch kept disappearing.

Credit: Stephen Messenger

A thief (with an odd taste for loot) was clearly afoot but Senthil and his wife were at a loss as to whom it might be.

"We stay in an apartment on the ground floor, so a lot of people keep entering the apartment every day. We thought it might be one of them," Senthil told The Dodo. "We also suspected our neighbor's cat because it sometimes sleeps on our porch when it's raining outside, but didn't think it was capable of dragging it away."

The culprit behind those unusual thefts remained a mystery that is, until recently. Here's Senthil explaining to a friend how he ultimately cracked the case.

Credit: Twitter/St_Hill

Credit: Twitter/St_Hill

Credit: Twitter/St_Hill

So, who was it behind that robbery, and presumably all those before it?


It was this dog. He'd been caught red-pawed.

Credit: Twitter/St_Hill

Uncovering the adorable true identity of the brazen porch thief, after months of being torm...


Tiger Saved From Backyard Surprises Rescuers With Tiniest New Arrival "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Trapped in a barren enclosure on a private property in Texas, the future looked grim for a pair of white tigers, sister and brother, named Zahra and Assad.

Credit: In-Sync Exotics

Two months pregnant, Zahra should have been preparing for her new cub by building a secluded den where she could give birth comfortably, protected from bad weather. But she had nowhere to hide inside the cage where she and Assad, the cubs father, lived.

Isolated and without proper care or medical attention, her cub would most likely not make it. But the expectant tiger parents luck was about to change.

Credit: In-Sync Exotics/Emily Wilson

On January 18, rescuers with Texas Parks and Wildlife and a local county sheriff's office saved Zahra and Assad when officials discovered that the tigers' owner did not have the proper paperwork to house them legally. (The exact location where the tigers were held was not officially released to the public.) The two tigers were rushed to In-Sync Exotics, an animal sanctuary that cares for neglected, abused and unwanted exotic felines in Wylie, Texas, where, against all odds, they were given a clean bill of health.

They were in better physical condition than we were afraid of, but their enclosure was just fence and grass, Angela Culver, a spokesperson for In-Sync Exotics, told The Dodo. No platforms, logs, enrichment, poo...


Woman Hears Squeaking Coming From Bushes Then Sees The Tiniest Face "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Late one afternoon, a woman heard a tiny, squeaky noise coming from some bushes in her backyard. She poked around the bushes for a bit, and before long, the tiniest kitten ever emerged, incredibly sick and in need of help.

Credit: Sandra Lee

Knowing she wouldnt be able to help the very sick kitten on her own, the woman contacted Sandra Lee, a known kitten fosterer in Los Angeles. Even though Lee had just taken in another special care kitten, when she saw the tiny kittens picture, she immediately knew she couldnt turn her away. 

Credit: Sandra Lee

She was found when she was approximately 6 to 8 weeks old, but it was a little difficult to accurately age her because she was so dehydrated and malnourished for her age, Lee told The Dodo. She had the characteristics of a 6- to 8-week kitten, yet weighed barely a pound, which is about the average weight for a 4-week-old kitten. Upon first sight, she was so dehydrated, every backbone in her spine was visible. She was covered in fleas, and we would shortly discover she was suffering from medical ailments. 

Credit: Sandra Lee

As soon as Lee brought the kitten, later named Livvie, home with her, it became clear that her journey to recovery would not be an easy one. The poor thing could barely walk, and it almost looked as if she was suffering from some type of neurological disorder. She was also unable to poop o...


Tropical Cyclone "Nora" forms near Northern Territory, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Tropical Cyclone "Nora" formed in the Arafura Sea, Australian Northern Territory, on March 22, 2018 and is expected to intensify into a severe system over the weekend. This is the 9th cyclone of the 2017/18 Australian region tropical cyclone season....... Read more

Asteroid 2018 FZ3 to flyby Earth at 0.5 LD on March 23 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 FZ3 will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.5 LD / 0.00129 AU (~192 981 km / 119 912 miles) on March 23, 2018. This the 23rd known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and the 3rd since...... Read more


Dog Dumped At Worst 'Farm' Is So Pampered Now "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When rescuers first met Willow the poodle in August 2016, it was hard to believe that he had been someones pet.

With dirty hair filled with mats and all his teeth rotting out, it was clear no one had cared about him for a long time.

After years of neglect, Willows owners no longer wanted him because he was getting too old so they dropped him off at a dog meat farm in South Korea. He was about 11 years old.

Credit: Heather Heath

Like factory farms, dog farms often house large numbers of animals in cramped, barren quarters with very little access to food or water causing the dogs a lifetime of abuse and suffering before they are slaughtered. Although public support for the industry has been decreasing, the Animal Welfare Institute estimates nearly 2 million dogs are still killed for food in South Korea each year.

Credit: Save Korean Dogs

Heather Heath, a longtime animal advocate from Las Vegas, Nevada, knew as soon as she saw Willows photo that he was special and most importantly, that he mattered.

My friend Nami [of Save Korean Dogs] was in the process of shutting down this particular farm with 300 dogs, Heath told The Dodo. She called me and said, I have this little, old dog. Hes probably going to have a tough time being adopted. Can I please send him to you? Im such a sucker for senior dogs, and Willow was no different.

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Scared Koala Who Lost Her Forest Clung To Power Pole For 2 Days "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A wild koala is finally safe after spending two days clinging to a power pole in sweltering heat. 

The poor girl had climbed up the pole in the city of Toowoomba, in Queensland, Australia, probably thinking it was the trunk of a eucalyptus tree then couldn't get down.

She was stuck hovering above rushing traffic and barking dogs, probably terrified.

Credit: Clare Gover/Return to the Wild

Once the koala was spotted, Clare Gover, a wildlife rehabilitator and founder of Return to the Wild, and a crew of electricians with a cherry picker came to her rescue.

Credit: Clare Gover/Return to the Wild

The crew managed to coax the scared animal off the pole and safely into a net.

Gover found that the koala was dangerously dehydrated as well as very stressed. 

"We gave her fluids, a fresh leaf, and held her overnight for a rest," Gover told The Chronicle. "She started eating straight away."


Goat Cuddles Up To Dog Who Just Lost His Best Friend "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Even though his life lasted only two weeks, a little lamb named Jerry touched so many lives. 

Jerry was rescued by Black Goat Farm and Sanctuary in Ontario, Canada, after he was born a runt on a local farm and rejected by his mom. The farmer didn't want to take the trouble to bottle-raise him, so Megan Mostacci, cofounder of the sanctuary, gave him the loving home he needed.

That's where Jerry met a very special friend, Drake the dog. 

Credit: Black Goat Farm and Sanctuary

"Most lambs sleep on top of their mamas," Mostacci told The Dodo earlier this week. "And Jerry does this with Drake." 

And Drake quite obviously loved Jerry back. Even on Jerry's first night at the sanctuary, Drake was attached. "He was cleaning him, cuddling with him ... just being there with him," Mostacci said. 

But even though so many individuals were there for Jerry, he turned out to be very sick beyond anyone's help.

Credit: Black Goat Farm and Sanctuary

After he flopped over onto his side suddenly on Wednesday, Mostacci rushed him to the vet. Sadly, it turned out he had a sudden case of bloat and as he was being prepped for emergency surgery his heart stopped. Little Jerry, who already formed so many friendships, was gone.

"I cannot believe it," Mostacci, shocked and heartbroken, said. As incomprehensible as the turn of events was to the people who loved little Jerry, Jerry's absence was presumably even more puzzling for Drake, his best friend.



Man Risks His Life To Care For Cats Trapped In Middle Of War "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Its been nearly a year since Mohammad Alaa Jaleel, known as Alaa, rebuilt Il Gattaro D'Aleppo, a famous cat sanctuary in war-torn Syria, after the original sanctuary got bombed. Since then, Alaa and his team have worked tirelessly to create a new refuge for the surviving cats in his care but sadly, the fighting is getting close again.

Last May, Il Gattaro D'Aleppo was rebuilt on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria, in a neighborhood relatively sheltered from the fighting. The original sanctuary, which was called the House of Cats Ernesto in honor of Alaas cat Ernesto, had been destroyed by bombs. Two of the cats and a resident dog named Hope died.

Credit: Il Gattaro D'Aleppo

Now, the new sanctuary is home to more than 60 cats, four rescued monkeys, a few rabbits, doves and dogs. Alaa also takes care of around 30 neighborhood cats. But in the past few weeks, there have been gunshots and explosions on the streets, putting everyones safety at risk.

Credit: Il Gattaro D'Aleppo

The streets are littered with shell cases and our wall was hit, Alaa, who is often called Aleppos Cat Man, told The Dodo. There are heavy artillery and snipers. Our gattaro [cat rescue] team were unable to get into work some days and stayed barricaded in their houses. Dr. Youssef, our vet, made a very dangerous journey to get from his home and into [the sanctuary] one day, dodging behind trees and buildings to...

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Canada: Kinder Morgan Pipeline Protest Grows: Arrests Include a Greenpeace Founder, Juno-Nominated Grandfather "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Andy Rowell / EcoWatch

Just because you get older, it doesnt mean you cannot stop taking action for what you believe in. And Monday was a case in point. Two seventy-year-olds, still putting their bodies on the line for environmental justice and indigenous rights.

Early Monday morning, the first seventy-year-old, a grandfather of two, and former nominee for Canadas Juno musical award, slipped into Kinder Morgans compound at one of its sites for the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline and scaled a tree and then erected a mid-air platform with a hammock up in the air.

Terry Christenson had taken food and water with him and said he had no intention of coming down. His non-violent direct action was in protest of Kinder Morgans tree clearing through Burnaby Mountain for the companys highly contentious pipeline to the BC coast.

It was part of a week of direct action designed to slow construction and clearing that has to be undertaken by the company before March 26, when migratory birds start flying north for the summer.

Terry Christenson outlined why he was taking action: This pipeline does not have consent of the Indigenous Nations it would pass through. It would endanger the livelihoods and economies of all those that depend...


Italy: Locks Glued at Benetton Shops "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Claim of responsibility for sabotage of two Benetton shops

We are enemies of power and domination. We want the end of every form of exploitation. We aim for the absolute destruction of authority and of the capitalist system. The symbols and the consequences of capitalism and exploitation are everywhere. So we just had to take a clear decision, choosing to take the side of those who are oppressed and attacking the system and its accomplices: direct action for self-determination and total liberation! It doesnt matter how small is the action compared with the giant monsters we are fighting: its action and not just promises at election time, it is the proof of the fact that the fight isnt over.

On Monday, January 29th, from an anarchist, antispeciesist, antiauthoritarian and anti-capitalist position, we sabotaged two Benetton shops located in Ferrara (Italy) by gluing the locks of the shops.

In solidarity with the Mapuches who, in Patagonia, for decades have been resisting the oppression of the corporation that, since 1991, had taken away (creating many ecological and social problems) almost one million hectares of land from the Mapuches who had lived there for centuries, in harmony with Pachamama (Mother Earth).

For the animals who are enslaved and exploited for the production of wool (to make clothes), and meat (the business of Benetton Group is not limited to the fashion industry).



Indigenous Protesters Again Block Entrance to Pinery Provincial Park "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Warrior Publications

Maynard T. George is leader of the Indigenous family group claiming ownership of Pinery Provincial Park. (Submitted by Colin Graf)
Protester Maynard George says the action is connected to a First Nations claim to the land

CBC News, March 19, 2018

Indigenous protesters are again blocking the entrance to the Pinery Provincial Park, an action they say stems from a longstanding dispute over First Nations claims to the park on the shores of Lake Huron.

Maynard George of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation told CBC news that he and about four other protesters have pulled into the parks front entrance in a trailer, preventing visitors from entering the park.

He said Pinery staff told people using the park to leave. As of Monday evening, about 10 trailers have already left, said George.

Weve moved in, weve taken up our residency here, said George. And weve shut down the park permanently. Were in a position where we have to do something to resolve the claim.

George was involved in a similar action that ended in November with the park re-opening....


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Genetic Legacy of Interbreeding with Neanderthals (Part 3) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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Cerrado: Traditional communities accuse agribusiness of green land grabbing "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Agronegcio Estrondo agribusiness company uses signs like this one to announce its claim to property. The company arrived in rural Formosa do Rio Preto in 1975 and has been steadily expanding into areas claimed by the geraizeiros traditional communities. Locals say that the farm acquired property through land grabbing. Photo by Flvia Milhorance This is the fourth of six stories in a series by journalists Alicia Prager and Flvia Milhorance who travelled to the Cerrado in February for Mongabay to assess the impacts of agribusiness on the regions environment and people. Barbed wire fencing going up, and also torn down are a sign of escalating tensions currently gripping rural areas of Formosa do Rio Preto, Western Bahia, Brazil. The municipality lies within the Cerrado, the vast Brazilian biome and savannah which is seeing rapid agribusiness expansion. But the area is also home to the geraizeiros, who settled here almost two centuries ago. Like Brazils indigenous groups, these traditional communities are recognized by the Brazilian government as having sustainable livelihoods rooted in their territories, and so are worthy of protection. Still, the geraizeiros are on the verge of being displaced by soy, corn, and cotton. Several other traditional groups live within the Cerrados 2 million square kilometers (772,204 square miles), including the ribeirinhos, vazanteiros and veredeiros. But in somewhat the same way in which this vast biome has been politically neglected, even as it is rapidly deforested, its traditional people also remain invisible to most Brazilians, the state and

Indigenous Amazonian women demand end to extraction "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

QUITO, Ecuador Nearly 100 indigenous women of the Ecuadorian Amazon spent five days protesting outside the countrys Presidential Palace last week. They were demanding a meeting with President Lenin Moreno and to personally deliver their political mandate. Authorities eventually agreed to a meeting between the protesters and the president, currently set for March 22. The Mandate of Amazonian Women Defenders of the Jungle of the Bases against Extractivism includes 22 points that the women say should be addressed immediately, most of which involve putting a stop to all oil and mining activities in the Amazon, an industry that has particularly dire consequences for women, they say. Point 2 of the document notes land-use issues: We demand the annulment of the contracts and/or agreements and concessions granted by the Ecuadorian government to the oil and mining companies in the center-south of the Amazon, and we demand that the indigenous territories and peoples be declared free of activities of extractive products such as oil, mining, hydroelectrics and logging. Zoila Castillo, vice president of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of the Ecuadorian Amazon (CONFENIAE), gives an interview to the media at the National Womens Tribunal, where a mandate was drawn up against oil exploitation, extractive mining activities, and violence within their communities in Union Base, Ecuador, on March 9, 2018. Photo by Jonatan Rosas. Zoila Castillo, vice president of the Amazonian Indigenous Parliament of Ecuador, says these industries have caused major social problems. Its been more than 30 years that we have

In Bali fish die-offs, researchers spot a human hand "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

DENPASAR, Indonesia Tilapia is a mainstay of Balinese cuisine, but hundreds of thousands of the freshwater fish choke to death regularly in the resort islands largest lake, for reasons that researchers say are entirely preventable. Mass fish die-offs are not uncommon in the lakes that dot the string of seismically active islands making up Indonesia, but tend to be the result of natural phenomena. In Lake Batur, a couple of hours drive east from Denpasar, Balis capital and biggest city, the sudden release of sulfur from the bottom of the crater lake last year led to the deaths of 15 tons of tilapia and cost local aquaculture farmers some 400 million rupiah ($29,000). The first reported mass die-off at Batur, which sits in the caldera of an active volcano of the same name, was in June 2011, and left officials scooping up more than 3 tons of dead fish in just a couple of days. An investigation at the time concluded that the incident was caused by a steep temperature gradient between the air and the water, which generated waves that churned up the mud from the lakebed, killing the fish. Now, however, researchers at Balis Udayana University have identified a human factor behind a string of regular die-offs at Batur. The modus operandi: A depletion of oxygen in the water near the surface of the lake. The culprit: Fish feed. Lots of fish feed. Lake Batur has seen a boon in aquaculture and agriculture since the 1990s. Photo

New report highlights top 50 tortoises and turtles on brink of extinction "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When Lonesome George died in June 2012, it was the end of an entire species. He was the last surviving Pinta giant tortoise (Chelonoidis abingdonii), a Galapagos conservation icon who had lived for more than 100 years. But Lonesome George was not alone in his fate. More than 50 percent of the worlds 356 known species of tortoises and turtles are currently threatened with extinction, or are nearly extinct, a new report warns. Loss and degradation of habitat; hunting for meat and eggs, or for traditional medicines; and the pet trade, both legal and illegal, are largely driving the decline of these reptiles. This report is a wake-up call a call to action if you will for everyone who cares about the future of this iconic group of animals, Rick Hudson, president of the Turtle Survival Alliance, said in a statement. We must double down on our commitment to protect them, and though weve made impressive strides in the recovery of several species, others are still at risk of slipping through the cracks. Turtles and tortoises face many serious threats today but none more insidious than the illegal wildlife trade. Painted terrapin. Photo by Gerald Kuchling. Every four years since 2003, turtle conservationists have been publishing a list of the top 25 most threatened turtle species in the world. The 2018 report presents an updated list of 50 species that are at immediate risk of extinction, selected on the basis of their survival prospects and extinction risks. Some 58

Company outed for fires in Indonesian palm lease still clearing forests in timber concession, NGO finds "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

JAKARTA An environmental watchdog has accused a palm oil company in Indonesia of failing to extend a sustainable forestry pledge to a timber concession that it also operates. In a recent report, the NGO Mighty Earth alleged that Korindo, a South Korean-Indonesian joint venture, had degraded an area of more than 30 square kilometers (12 square miles) of rainforest in the easternmost province of Papua. The area is part of a logging concession spanning 1,000 square kilometers (386 square miles) operated by a subsidiary of Korindo, PT Inocin Abadi. Korindo is continuing to destroy pristine rainforest in Papua on its logging concession, PT Inocin Abadi, with clear expansion into intact forest landscape underway, even as it is proclaiming it is committed to forest conservation and sustainability, Mighty Earth campaign director Deborah Lapidus told Mongabay. The NGO says Korindo degraded the area to make way for logging roads, based on satellite imagery from November 2017 to January 2018, and that it continues to extend the road network into new areas of rainforest. In total, Korindo has built logging roads through more than 150 square kilometers (58 square miles) of rainforest since it started developing the concession in 2014, Mighty Earth says. This makes it clear that Korindo is continuing to open up new logging areas on its 100,000 hectare concession, Lapidus said. Maps show the logging concession in question sits adjacent to an oil palm concession also operated by a Korindo subsidiary, PT Papua Agro Lestari, where it stopped clearing forest


Shy Little Animal Gets So Excited When She Sees Where People Are Taking Her "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

It took over a year for a very shy and very special little animal to get strong enough to be wild again and it's thanks to the many people who cared about her that she's finally free again today.

Earlier this month, she was carried into the forest by the people who helped her, and she kept a close watch on the scenery, through the slats, as if she knew she was going back home. 

Credit: LCRP

She'd come a long way since authorities caught hunters with the endangered pangolin  and it's the first time a pangolin has been confiscated in Liberia still alive, according to Jenny Desmond, who helped with the rescue and is the cofounder of Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue and Protection (LCRP).

"They're sold here live on the streets of Monrovia," Desmond told The Dodo, adding that pangolin meat is served at restaurants and then their scales are often shipped to the Far East, where they're considered medicinal. "Our law enforcement task force is currently putting systems in place to combat this ASAP." 

The little pangolin was brought to Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary (LiWiSa), where Julie Vanassche, then-manager of the sanctuary, was tasked with rehabilitating her. She named her Lies (pronounced Lease), after a friend from Belgium.

Credit: LiWiSa

But Vanassche hadn't ever rescued or rehabilitated a pangolin before and Lies was visibly scared and stressed after what she'd b...


People Hear Crying Coming From Pond And Know Someone Needs Help "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Driving through the plains of Amboseli National Park in Kenya last month, park rangers began hearing a loud, trumpet-like cry echoing throughout the area: a sure sign that someone was in trouble.

As they followed the cries, they soon came across the source. A baby elephant had gotten trapped inside a watering hole and his mom couldnt get him out on her own.

With only minutes until nightfall, the rangers began trying to remove the calf on their own while waiting for rescuers from David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) to arrive.

Credit: DSWT

They went to extract the calf by hand [and] his worried mother emerged from a nearby bush and charged the team, DSWT said. She chased them away before returning to keep watch.

Luckily, by the time DSWT rescuers got to the scene, the mother was nowhere to be seen which would give them a brief window to safely rescue the baby.

Credit: DSWT

The rescue team jumped into action to hoist him up out of the water. Five men were needed in total to pull the baby out while two others kept watch in case the worried mom tried chasing them off again.

No one knows how long the calf was stranded there, but he wasnt exactly exhausted from the whole ordeal. He got right to his feet and rescuers put him into the rescue van to try to locate his mom.

Credit: DSW...


GE Trees and Global Warming: The Myth of Carbon Offset Forestry "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

GE Trees and Global Warming: The Myth of Carbon Offset Forestry

Originally posted by STOP GE Trees Campaign Page. lso posted by in early 2000s


by Anne Petermann, Global Justice Ecology Project


The late-March, 2001 announcement by the Bush Administration that it was abandoning the Kyoto Protocol sent waves of frustration through the international community.

With only 6% of the worlds population, the US is the single greatest source of greenhouse gases, responsible for nearly 25% of the total emissions.1

Even the usually conservative USA Today criticized Bushs decision stating, what passes for an environmental policy in the Bush Administration is actually a plan to expand the profits of domestic energy companies at the risk of a worldwide climate catastrophe.2

Though Bush argues that reductions in emissions could hurt the US economy,3 The United Nations Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change found that, costs of adjusting power plants and other sources of greenhouse gas emissions would be small enough that no substantial economic harm would result.4

Charlie Kronick charges in The Ecologist that Bush Administration-type thinking is based on voodoo economics. that it does not matter if climate change is real, it is just too expensive to reduce emissions.5

But all of the uproar belies the fact that the Kyoto Protocol actually offers very little. The Kyoto Pro...


MVP Injunction Denied as Tree Sitting Continues in Monroe County, WV "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Are the tree sitters in VA or WV, in the pipeline right of way, on the Appalachian Trail?

West Virginia judge denies injunction against pipeline protesters in trees

From an Article by Joe Dashiell, WHSV News 3, Harrisonburg, VA, March 20, 2018

MONROE COUNTY, W.Va. (WDBJ) A judge in West Virginia has denied Mountain Valley Pipelines request for an injunction against the group sitting in trees to delay the construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline on Peters Mountain.

The major issue at Tuesdays hearing was whether the Mountain Valley Pipeline is authorized to cut trees in the area where the group is located.

Judge Robert Irons said the information provided by the Mountain Valley Pipeline was not conclusive and he denied the request for a preliminary injunction.



With a sharp eye, or better yet a long lens, you can see the tree sitters from the road below Peters Mountain, but to get up close and within earshot is a bit more complicated.

Monroe County resident Maury Johnson drove us as far as a private logging road would take us,

Roanoke Times Reporter Jeff Sturgeon, Ph...


Record-breaking rain hits California, worst yet to come "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A powerful Pacific storm dropped record-breaking rain on parts of California on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. This was a direct hit by an atmospheric river system and forecasters warn the heaviest rain is expected on Thursday, urging residents to stay vigilant....... Read more

Toxic gases released from Kawah Ijen injure 24 people, evacuations ordered "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Kawah Ijen volcano located in the Ijen volcano complex at the eastern end of Java, Indonesia, released toxic gases on March 21, 2018, injuring 24 people. The incident started around 19:00 local time and peaked around 21:00. Authorities said 30 people were exposed to...... Read more

Over $720 million in profit from tourism in Perus protected natural areas "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When evaluating a business proposition, we often consider two economic variables: revenue versus investment. If you earn 40 times what you put in, thats quite clearly a profitable venture. This happens to be the exact result of a new study by the Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF) on the local economic impact of tourism in Perus protected areas. CSF works in economically-based conservation solutions with support from the Andes Amazon Fund (AAF). Economists and biologists worked together for the CSF study, setting out to analyze if tourism is profitable or not for the country. One of the most significant findings was that in 2017, tourism in Perus protected natural areas generated $720 million. Additionally, 36,000 jobs were created in and around natural protected areas, which meant that $165 million of that money was direct income to households and wages. The study also found that the economic revenue produced in 2017 from tourism in protected natural areas was 40 times greater than the amount invested by the state in the management and handling of these ecosystems. Huascarn National Park. Photo by Alexa Vlez. Now what business activities kick-started by the state with a core investment generates a return of 40:1? said Gabriel Quijandra, former assistant minister for Strategic Development of Natural Resources for the Ministry of Environment and current director of CSFs North Andes Amazon division. You would only need one hand to count them, if there even are any. Furthermore, I doubt that many business activities that were historically and enthusiastically

More than 40 percent of Madagascars freshwater life sliding toward extinction, IUCN finds "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Madagascar is known as an ark for biodiversity thats found nowhere else on the planet. Unfortunately, its also known for the bevy of threats that those distinctive species that live in its rainforests, woodlands and wetlands face. Now, the International Union for Conservation of Nature reports that many of the plants and animals living in the islands freshwater habitats, as well as those of other southern Indian Ocean islands, are also being pushed closer to extinction. A team of biologists compared known data on 653 freshwater species, ranging from fish and crabs to dragonflies and aquatic plants, and they found that 43 percent were either threatened with extinction or else scientists didnt have enough information to assess how well they were doing. Thats more than double the proportion of threatened freshwater species on the African continent, according to a 2011 IUCN biodiversity survey. A rice paddy in Madagascar. The authors of the report pointed to unsustainable agricultural practices as a primary driver of species declines. Photo by Mike Averill, courtesy of IUCN. More than 150 dragonfly species that the scientists looked at are endemic to Madagascar, meaning theyre found nowhere else in the world. Other endemics include a genus of freshwater snails that bear live young. Two of the species, Madagasikara madagascariensis and Madagasikara johnsoni, are classified as endangered. The authors identified unsustainable farming which they write includes the traditional slash-and-burn technique used by subsistence farmers around the world as the most serious threat, particularly when it involves


Sanctuary at Lady Liberty "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Stop Shopping Choir at the feet of Lady Liberty on March 18. 



Monsanto merger . . . or bust? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Monsanto Bayer mega merger

The Bayer-Monsanto merger has hit a roadblock in the U.S.

The agribusiness giants have been waiting for the Department of Justice (DoJ) to approve the business coupling, but last week the departments antitrust division revealed worries that the merger could hurt competition, and they dont think Bayers proposed plan to sell off some businesses before the deal is finalized goes far enough.



Kenya is Violently Evicting an Indigenous Tribe in the Name of Water Conservation "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The forest-dwelling Sengwers have been repeatedly targeted by the government


M4.1 earthquake hits Bardarbunga volcano, Iceland "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Magnitude 4.1 earthquake was registered in the southern part of the Bardarabunga volcano caldera, Iceland on March 21, 2018. The quake hit at 22:56 UTC at a depth of 4.5 km (2.8 miles). It was followed M2.6 at 23:02 and 2.5 at 00:38 UTC, March 22 and half a dozen of...... Read more

Severe flooding in So Paulo kills 3, leaves 1 000 displaced "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Heave rains struck So Paulo, Brazil on March 20, 2018, destroying homes and property, leaving 3 people dead and over 1 000 displaced. The storm approached So Paulo on Tuesday afternoon, bringing lightning, rain and high winds to the area. Emergency...... Read more


Washingtons Gray Wolf Population Increases For Ninth Consecutive Year "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Rich Landers / The Spokesman Review

Washingtons gray wolf population increased for the ninth consecutive year, according to an annual statewide survey, but the increases continue to be primarily in the wolf-rich northeastern quarter of the state.

At the end of 2017, the state held at least 122 wolves, 22 packs and 14 successful breeding pairs, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a report released Friday. That compares with a minimum of 115 wolves, 20 packs and 10 breeding pairs reported at the end of 2016.

The state documented 14 wolves killed in 2017 by official actions, poaching, vehicle collisions or other causes, officials reported. Three of those wolves were killed by Colville Tribe members in a limited hunting season allowed on the reservation. Wolves are protected elsewhere in the state.

The surveys are conducted during winters by state, federal and tribal wildlife managers. The numbers include surveys on the Colville Indian reservation.

The totals are the highest recorded since the state documented an established wolf pack in the state and annual surveys were begun in 2008, said Ben Maletzke, WDFW statewide wolf specialist.

The surveys represent minimum counts of wolves in Washington, Maletzke emphasiz...


Theresa May's coal phase out plan has three dangerous loopholes "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Theresa May's coal phase out plan has three dangerous loopholes

brendan 22nd March 2018
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Another Fracked Gas Power Plant (485 MW) Coming to [Eastern] Pennsylvania "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Invenergy natural gas power plant in Jessup PA spewing yellow plumes of NOx

Proposed natural gas power plant in Birdsboro gets set of permits from PA-DEP

From an Article by Scott Blanchard, NPR StateImpact PA, March 2, 2018

The PA Department of Environmental Protection has OKd several permits for a proposed natural gas power plant in Berks County.

The PA DEP said in a news release that it approved permits for construction of the main plant, as well as for a power line and water and natural gas pipelines to the plant. The permits include Safe Drinking Water Permits, required because the Reading Area Water Authority will need to make upgrades to a pumping station and build the water pipeline.

The Birdsboro Power plant is expected to produce up to 485 megawatts of electricity, according to information from EmberClear Corp., which is developing the project. Lehigh Valley Business reported that the project capitalizes on the abundance of gas extracted from fracking Marcellus shale in the region. The company says the work has created 300 construction jobs and 25 permanent jobs.

The project has drawn criticism, including from the environmental group Delaware Riverkeeper Network. The plant is being built in the Schuylkill River floodplain,...


VIDEO: The end of neoliberalism - and the beginning of a green economy? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

VIDEO: The end of neoliberalism - and the beginning of a green economy?

Catherine Harte 22nd March 2018
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Old king coal loses crown as worldwide phase-out campaign gains momentum "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Old king coal loses crown as worldwide phase-out campaign gains momentum

Catherine Early 22nd March 2018
Teaser Media


How the son of a tailor rose to power in Indonesias palm oil heartland "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In the leadup to the release of the second installment of Indonesia for Sale, our series examining the corruption behind Indonesias deforestation and land-rights crisis, we are republishing the first article in the series, The Palm Oil Fiefdom. This is the second part of that article. The first part described a secret deal between the son of Darwan Ali, head of Indonesias Seruyan district, and Arif Rachmat, CEO of one of Indonesias largest palm oil companies. The article can be read in full here. Indonesia for Sale is co-produced with The Gecko Project, an initiative of the UK-based investigations house Earthsight. Cover image for The Palm Oil Fiefdom. Darwan Alis son Ahmad Ruswandi was a 21-year-old university student when thousands of protesters occupied the Indonesian parliament in 1998, demanding the resignation of the aging president Suharto. A regional financial crisis had sent the rupiah into freefall, depriving the dictator of his ability to paper over deep inequalities. Economic growth, as well as a willingness to use the army to impose violent control, had served as the bedrock of his regime. But as the economy collapsed, food supplies dissipated and rioters filled the streets nationwide, he was abandoned by his allies, and finally stood down. For three decades Suharto had placed whole sectors of the economy in the hands of his relatives and cronies. He was formally charged with embezzling hundreds of millions of dollars in state funds via a network of charities, although he successfully claimed to be too ill to stand trial.


Man Moving Into New House Finds A Dog Chained Up In The Basement "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Earlier this month, staff at Stray Rescue of St. Louis received a call that broke their hearts. It was from a new homeowner who was getting ready to move into his new place.

"I just bought a house and there is a pit bull chained up in the basement," he said. "I'm not sure how long it's been down there."

Credit: Stray Rescue of St. Louis

Rescuers rushed to the home, where, they were told, a squatter had been staying some time earlier leaving behind garbage, debris ... and a precious life all alone in the dark and cold. Fortunately, the poor pup had been found in time to be saved.

And she couldn't have been happier about it.

"When we opened the door to the basement and shined our flashlight down, we saw a wagging tail," Natalie Thomson, the group's communications director, told The Dodo. "She was nearly choking herself as she was so excited to see us. When we freed her, she couldnt stop jumping up and down and giving hugs."

Credit: Stray Rescue of St. Louis

No one knows who left the dog behind or why, but it was clear she wouldn't have lasted much longer.

"There was no food or water bowls that we could see," Thomson said. "She was not spayed and had no microchip."

But at least now she was safe, and she knew it: "Due to her excitement, we named her Jumping Bean!"

Here's video of the moment Jumping Bean was rescued, and a peek at the happier life that now awaits her.

What make...


Woman Forms Incredible Bond With Bee Who Needed A Friend "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Last year, Fiona Presly formed an unlikely friendship she won't soon forget.

While gardening outside her home in Scotland at the beginning of spring, Presly noticed a queen bumblebee at her feet, seeming quite cold and disoriented. Afraid the little insect might get stepped on, she stooped down to place the bee on a flower not knowing at the time that this queen wasn't like the rest.

"I picked her up and noticed there was something peculiar," Presly told The Dodo. "She had no wings."

Credit: Fiona Presly

Unsure of how else to help, Presly offered the bee some sugar water and set her on some flowering heather, hoping she would be able to manage on her own. Upon checking the spot a few hours later, however, she discovered that the bee hadn't moved.

To make matters worse, a heavy storm was about to start so Presly went one step further.

"I took her inside that night, kept her warm and fed her more," she said. "I thought I would put her out the next day, but the weather was bad then too. So I kept her inside."

Credit: Fiona Presly

Presly contacted the Bumblebee Conservation Trust for help and came to learn that the bee likely had a virus known to cause problems in wing development. The queen's chances of survival in the wild were slim without the ability to fly.

But seeing that the bee was otherwise healthy, Presly decided to give her a chance to live. And that meant getting creative.

"I made a garden for her," Presly said.

Credit: Fi...


Abandoned Dog Wouldn't Look At Anyone Until She Made Her First Friend "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Just before the holidays last year, Roxie the pit bull was dropped off at a shelter in Illinois.

Emaciated and riddled with skin infections on her stomach, it was clear no one had cared for her in a very long time.

But when rescuers finally learned why she was dumped there, it made the situation that much more heartbreaking.

Credit: TAF

The owners told the shelter manager that they had no further use for her, Brigid Nolan, medical and shelter director for Trio Animal Foundation, told The Dodo. She had obviously had several litters of puppies at that point. She was their dog for breeding and that was it.

While no one knows where Roxie had been living, its likely she was kept outside or locked in a basement given the condition of her skin.

Credit: TAF

The vet thought the infection came from lying on a wet material for too long, Nolan said. It couldve been soaked newspaper or towels.

The health troubles werent the only thing Roxie was struggling with: She was so terrified she would barely lift her head.

She always had her ears pinned down and hunched up on the floor most of the time, Nolan said. If you crouched down next to her, shed hurry over and hide behind you without making eye contact. It was so sad.

Credit: TAF

After being in the vet hospital for six w...


Mother Elephant Jumps Into Raging River To Save Her Newborn Baby "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Last week, an elephant named Soutine was crossing a river in Kenya with her 3-week-old calf when the worst thing happened the newborn calf lost his balance and was swept downstream by raging waters.

But the protective mother wasnt going to let anything happen to her little son. In a video recorded by Matt Brierley, a photographer working with Save the Elephants, Soutine leaps into the river after her baby.

Credit: Matt Brierley/Save The Elephants

She takes several big leaps through the water before she can catch her calf with her outstretched trunk. But her baby continues to struggle  the current keeps pulling him away from his mom, and he seems to have trouble keeping his trunk above water to breathe.

Eventually, Soutine manages to push her baby between her legs, which protects him from getting dragged away. Then she trudges across the riverbed, carefully guiding her baby to shore.

Credit: Matt Brierley/Save The Elephants

While the video is heartwarming, the clip isnt just about a mother elephant saving her baby it also shows the sad effects of elephant poaching. Soutines own mother, Chagall, was likely killed by poachers for her...


Tiny Chihuahua Who No One Wanted Has No Idea Hes Any Different "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Bruno was born to a breeder in a litter of puppies who all had cleft lips. Unfortunately, the other two puppies died not long after birth because they were having trouble eating, but somehow, little Bruno survived. The tiny puppy had to be bottle-fed and monitored carefully for his first six weeks, and still no one was sure if hed pull through, and yet he did. 

Credit: Instagram/little.boy.bruno

Once he was out of the woods, Bruno was adopted by a woman who stepped in and helped the breeder care for him properly. Unfortunately, after six months of looking after him, the woman decided she could no longer care for Bruno and began looking to rehome him. Luckily, before he could be taken to a shelter or end up in the wrong hands, the perfect person found out about him: a woman named Frankie Doughty. She immediately knew she was meant to be his mom. 

I couldn't bear the idea of him going to someone who might not be able to look after him as well as I knew I would, Doughty told The Dodo.

Credit: Instagram/little.boy.bruno

When Bruno first arrived in his new home, he was naturally a little nervous, as hed been through a lot in the first few months of his life. Doughty was determined, though, and knew that with a little effort and a lot of love, Bruno would be able to lead a completely normal life despite his differences. 

He is a very feisty little boy and a little bit frightened of people, as he wasn't well socialized in his first few months, but we are workin...


Poachers Just Tried To Kill This Rhino But Rescuers Refused To Let Her Die "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Micaela is a wild southern white rhino living in South Africa  and she just barely got her life back. 

Credit: Saving the Survivors

Micaela had been shot in an apparent poaching attempt last week. The bullet hit her in the upper part of her back.

Rescuers from Saving the Survivors, a group that saves injured wild animals, sprung into action to help her. 

Warning: Graphic images below

Credit: Saving the Survivors

Poaching remains a rampant problem for rhinos everywhere. And South Africa alone, where domestic trade of rhino horn recently became legal again, saw 1,028 rhinos killed just last year for their horns a product in high demand for use in traditional medicine in Asia. It's estimated that there are just about 30,000 rhinos left in the whole world.

So every single rhino life counts for the future of the species. 

Credit: Saving the Survivors

Micaela was given anesthesia so that the vet team could examine her with a portable X-ray machine that showed exactly where the bullet was lodged. Then she was given surgery to remove the bullet and her wounds were treated with ant...


Baby Orangutan Spent Entire Year In Cage The Size Of A Cupboard "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The wooden cage was the size of a cupboard, and a baby orangutan had lived inside it for more than a year.

Last month, a team from International Animal Rescue (IAR) went to a village in the Sungai Raya District of Borneo, Indonesia, with local authorities and found a 15-month-old male orangutan named Muaro locked inside a wooden cage on a mans property. The cage was only a few feet wide and a few feet tall, and the rescue team wasnt sure if the man even let the baby orangutan out.

Credit: IAR

The team have encountered so many instances of orangutans being kept in unsuitable conditions that Muaros situation will have come as no surprise to them, Lis Key, PR and communications manager for IAR, told The Dodo. Nevertheless, it is always heartbreaking to encounter a young orangutan, that should be living high in the trees with his mother, shut up in a cage, bewildered and alone.

Credit: IAR

The man claimed to have found Muaro in an area of land being cleared for a new palm oil plantation. He said he felt sorry for Muaro and decided to bring him home. He told the rescuers that he fed Muaro a diet of condensed milk and human food.



Dog Was Locked In Cage And Thrown Into River For Upcoming Film "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A German shepherd starring in a new movie has the world talking for the worst possible reason.

On the set of Crazy Alien, a Chinese-produced film starring Glee actor Matthew Morrison, an anonymous crew member captured a shocking behind-the-scenes video that shows the dog being violently spun around in the air while inside a metal crate, then hurled into an icy river for nearly 10 seconds.

The footage, which was captured in November 2017 but just released last week, has outraged animal advocates and some are even calling for a boycott of the film.

The director took many takes and this was just awful to witness as the torment went on, the anonymous crew member wrote in a report to PETA.

The scene was allegedly shot multiple times over the course of two hours, the tipster said, noting the dog was never let out of the crate or given a break. It was allegedly supposed to depict an alien abduction.

In other scenes, the dogs trainer reportedly tormented the dog into a frenzy to get the dog to bark.

Morrison, who was not on set while the dog was being used for the scene, expressed his outrage on Twitter after the videos release.

My heart is broken to see any animal treated this way, M...


Sick Puppy Finds The Best Possible Place To Spend His Final Months "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Trigger was rescued from an overcrowded shelter in North Carolina when he was about a year and a half old. He was transferred to a shelter in Pennsylvania to improve his chances of getting adopted, and was adopted into a new family one day later. It seemed that Trigger had found his happily ever after until the puppys health took a turn for the worse. 

Credit: Kristen Peralta

When Trigger was returned to the shelter after only a few weeks because he couldnt stop peeing everywhere, the shelter ran some tests, and discovered that Trigger had chronic kidney failure. The poor pup likely only had around six months to live, and the shelter knew it was going to be so hard to find him a family with a diagnosis like that. Trigger deserved to know what it was like to be a part of a loving family, though, and to spend his last few months in a home rather than a shelter. Luckily, the best people found out about his situation, and knew they had to help. 

Credit: Kristen Peralta

Kristen Peralta is the founder of Vintage Pet Rescue, a sanctuary that takes in senior dogs who would otherwise not be able to find homes because of their age and medical conditions. She and her husband heard about Triggers situation, and even though he wasnt a senior, his plight was the same as that of so many dogs they'd helped in the past, and they realized they couldnt turn him away. 

After speaking to the shelter and learning about Trigger's personality, my husband asked me what I thought about taking in a young pup, Peralta told The Dodo. We knew that it would be very difficult for Trigger to find a home with his frequent urination and his shortened lifespan, so we d...

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Sunday's hailstorm in Bastrop County, TX was historic "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Photographic evidence of hailstones 10 - 12.7 cm (4-5 inches) or more in diameter indicate March 18 hailstorm in Texas' Bastrop County was historic, according to the National Weather Service. Large hail was reported with severe thunderstorms over Caldwell,...... Read more

Brazilian lawmakers funded by donors guilty of environmental crimes: report "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Plenary of the Chamber of Deputies during a joint session of the National Congress. Photo by Waldemir Barreto / Agncia Senado Roughly half of the high-ranking politicians serving in Brazils lower house of congress received campaign donations in the last general election from companies and individuals that committed environmental crimes, an investigation by Reprter Brasil has found. Of Brazils 513 elected members of the Chamber of Deputies, 249 received a total of 58.9 million reais (US$18.3 million) in official donations during the 2014 election from companies and people who illegally cleared and/or burned forests, or committed other environmental crimes. These donations were both direct and indirect (i.e. funneled through committees), and came from 92 companies and 40 individuals registered on a list of environmental crime perpetrators complied by IBAMA, the nations environmental agency. Though receiving these donations is not a crime, nor forbidden by Brazils Electoral Court, it does provide insight into how environmental offenders are connected to, and potentially influencing, lawmakers and their decisions. Some analysts feel strongly that the raft of anti-environmental legislation launched by the National Congress, which comprises the Chamber of Deputies and the Federal Senate, since 2014, especially under the Temer administration, may be closely linked to these recent campaign contributions. Of the 249 deputies who received tainted donations, 134 are members of the Bancada Ruralista, the pro-agribusiness rural caucus that dominates the chamber. There are parties, congressmen and rulers who use their offices and draft laws in favor of those who finance them, or


Climate Justice Forum: Sandpoint Rail Line & Bridge Expansion Comments & Hearings, Tar Sands Export Trains through Idaho, Portland Train Derailment, Trans Mountain Pipeline Blockade, Montana Valve Turner Non-Jail Sentence, March WIRT Events 3-21-18 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features news and reflections on public comments and hearings on rail line and bridge expansion around Lake Pend Oreille, Canadian tar sands exports to Asia via north Idaho trains to Portland, an empty train derailment in Portland, a B.C. tree-sit blockade of the Trans Mountain pipeline, Montana tar sands pipeline valve turner Leonard Higgins sentence without jail time, and WIRT meetings, screenings, and benefit concerts.  Broadcast for six years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, community opposition to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


Lonely Dog Goes Viral After Stealing Book About 'Abandonment' "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

No one can say for certain where this downtrodden-looking pup came from, or why he chose to take refuge on the campus of a college in Brazil.

But there is no doubt that he found the perfect way to get the attention he needed.

Credit: Infinity Livraria

The dog recently turned up at Feevale University, in the city of Novo Hamburgo, settling in front of the college's bookstore. What exactly the pup was doing there was anyone's guess, though the stray seemingly discovered a way to make it clear that he wasn't all alone by any choice of his own.

Last Friday, the dog decided to walk into the bookstore and steal a book. But not just any book. The novel he chose was "The Days of Abandonment a title quite likely describing his present predicament.

Surveillance video shows the brazen theft taking place. Moments later, a student enters and returns the recovered book, though the dog's story doesn't end there.

After the footage above was posted online, it quickly went viral, racking up more than 750,000 views in a matter of days. But more than just being an unusual occurrence caught on tape, all that attention had a life-changing effect.

This week, a group of local animal rescuers came to the college and changed the dog's life forever.



Transparency Anyone? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Rural school

In January, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) announced rules to protect children from exposure to some of the worst agricultural pesticides used in the state. The resulting half-mile buffer zones put into place around schools are a solid step forward; however, a huge loophole exists in the execution of the buffers.

As part of the new rules, growers are asked to provide information to schools and county agricultural commissioners on their annual planned pesticide applications for fields near schools. One would think that this information would also be easily accessible to anyone who wanted to see it  parents and community members included  right?

The ri...


The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: March 14 - 20, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes between March 14 and 20, 2018. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 13 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Ambae, Vanuatu | Kick 'em Jenny, North of Grenada | Kikai, Japan | Kirishimayama, Kyushu...... Read more


Guest blog: What's up with the biochar movement "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Jeff Schahczenski is an Agricultural and Natural Resource Economist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT).  

After lurking in the world of biochar for many years, I feel confident in my conclusion that biochar is an emerging movement a set of diverse scientific, social, economic, technological and political topics and activities surrounding a common theme or issue. But what is this movement-inspiring miraculous substance called biochar? Why might it be important to sustainable agriculture?

Biochar is

Biochar can technically...


Genetic Legacy of Interbreeding with Neanderthals (Part 2) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

FESC, FSCT 032102 CJ IGE OCT TML TWM Disease Genes, Predisposition for Addiction, Brainwashing and Submissiveness Presented by FIRE-EARTH Science. Details are available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. All Groups Latest FIRE-EARTH ALERTS, FORECASTS, BULLETINS and MESSAGES available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. 032102, FIRE-EARTH Conference, Brainwashing, Disease Genes, Interbreeding with Neanderthals, Predisposition for Addiction, Submission . . []


Owners Leave Dog With Pet Sitter And Never Come Back For Him "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In late 2016, Pablo the Chihuahuas family dropped him off with their pet sitter and then decided to never come back for him.

Terrified and nervous in the unfamiliar place, Pablo wouldnt do anything but bark. It had been weeks since he had last seen his family, and he didnt know what had happened to them.

After five months, the pet sitter didnt want to listen to the noise anymore so he posted online that he would either be bringing the dog to a kill shelter or selling him on Craigslist.

Credit: AMA Animal Rescue

We learned that Pablo was being forced to live in a closet there because he was barking too much,' Michele Walsh, adoption coordinator for AMA Animal Rescue, told The Dodo. We jumped in and took him immediately.

Although he was finally safe, Pablos fears were far from over. He was so afraid of everything that the barking continued and he barely let people come near him.

He was especially afraid of men, Walsh said. We dont know everything that happened in his life to traumatize him so badly, but we have to assume that he had a really bad experience involving a man.

After being health-checked at the vet, Pablo was cleared to move on to a foster home that could help him tackle his fears and cut down on the barking. When looking for a foster home, Walsh was concerned that Pablo wouldnt open up to anyone but when Pablo met a potential foster, Alexia Perimone, he connected with her instantly.

Credit: AMA Animal Rescue

It was amazing to see, Walsh said. With...


Plantations Are Not Forests! Deceit and Destruction Behind FAOs Forest Definition "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Plantations Are Not Forests! Deceit and Destruction Behind FAOs Forest Definition

For decades, the WRM has demanded that the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) urgently reviews its forest definition, which mainly benefits the interests of industrial monoculture tree plantations companies. FAOs definition reduces a forest to any area covered by trees. In doing so, the FAO definition discards other life-forms as well as the biological, cyclical and cultural diversity that define a forest in its continuous interconnection with forest-dependent communities. FAOs reductionist definition also allows the companies behind tens of millions of industrial fast-growing plantations to claim their monocultures are planted forests. Countries forest statistics thus count these industrial monocultures as forests, in spite of the well-documented social and environmental impactssuch plantations have caused around the world. The United Nations (UN) declared March 21st as the International Day of Forests in 2013.  At the WRM, we are taking this day as another opportunity to expose FAOs misleading forest definition.

Already in 2009, the WRM denounced in its Bulletin 141 that: the definition of forests is not an academic or linguistic discussion: it is a political issue having serious social and environmental consequences at the ground level. Defining plant...


Evidence of one of the largest floods in Earths history in the central Mediterranean "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

An international team of scientists has uncovered evidence of one of the largest floods in Earth's history in the central Mediterranean seafloor. The flood, known as the Zanclean flood, is thought to have ended the Messinian Salinity Crisis (MSC), a period...... Read more

White Island's Crater Lake reforming after recent cyclones, New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Activity at New Zealand's White Island remains quiet after a small earthquake swarm nearby. While there are no apparent changes in activity after the swarm, scientists noted the reappearance of a Crater Lake on the floor of the Active Crater area. GeoNet...... Read more

Intense storms hit Spain, leaving at least 2 people dead "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Intense storms hit Spain over the past few days, especially its north, northwestern and southern areas, bringing heavy rain, snow and strong winds to the area. According to media reports, as of March 20, one person has been killed in Jaen province and one in Seville...... Read more

Cities need forests too: A call for forests amid our concrete jungles (commentary) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Human beings evolved among trees. Even today, hundreds of millions of people live in and around forests, and depend upon them directly for their food, fuel, and livelihoods. Many of us, however, now live in concrete jungles instead. More than half the worlds population lives in cities, and thats set to rise to two-thirds more than 6 billion people by 2050. Yet we still depend on forests more than we think. Take Hong Kong, where I live, for example. Its the very picture of a modern metropolis, and one of the most densely populated regions on Earth. Step back from the skyscrapers and the bustling streets, though, and nearly a quarter of Hong Kong is forested. Hong Kongs forests were once home to a vast range of species, including elephants and tigers. But over the centuries, large areas were cleared, and most of the remaining trees were felled for fuel during the Second World War. Over the last half-century, however, forests have been making a comeback through active replanting and natural regeneration. Protected parks cover around 40 per cent of Hong Kongs territory today, and, while there are no plans to reintroduce tigers, these parks harbor incredible biodiversity: more than 2,100 native plants, 50 species of mammals, over 500 species of birds, and 230 different butterflies. For a city of more than 7 million inhabitants, having these wild places around is critical, not just for nature but also for people. A wealth of research has shown that cities


How Cambridge Analytica ties together Brexit, Trump, and climate science denial "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

How Cambridge Analytica ties together Brexit, Trump, and climate science denial

Mat Hope 21st March 2018
Teaser Media


FIRE-EARTH Alert: FESC 032102 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

ALERT UPDATES AVAILABLE VIA FIRE-EARTH PULSARS! CJ OCT TML FIRE-EARTH Alert: FESC 032102 Alert FESC 032102 issued by FIRE-EARTH Science. Details available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. 032102, Alert FESC 032102, FESC 032102, Fire-Earth Alert, FIRE-EARTH PULSARS, FIRE-EARTH Science . . . . . .


The Rocky Road to Wolf Recovery "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

These apex predators returned to the North Cascades 10 years ago. Are we giving them a fair chance?


The World Banks land program in the State of Piau, Brazil, is a license for land grabbing "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The World Bank is financing a land titling, or regularization program in the Brazilian State of Piau, where large areas of land have been grabbed from local communities and illegally occupied by agribusiness. Local communities, including communities of descendants of runaway slaves (quilombolas) as well as indigenous peoples, are being violently displaced from their traditional lands and face contamination of water and soils, increasing violence against community leaders, deforestation and loss of biodiversity. 


Earthquake swarm under Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

An episode of volcanic earthquakes is occurring beneath Mount Ruapehu since March 15, 2018. This is a common observation during a heating phase of the crater lake (Te Wai -moe), GeoNet scientist Brad Scott reports. Crater lake's current temperature of 39...... Read more

4th nor'easter in 3 weeks to bring heavy snow, gusty winds and coastal flooding "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The 4th nor'easter in 3 weeks will bring another round of heavy snow, gusty winds, and coastal flooding to the east coast US today and tomorrow. The last time 4 nor'easters marched through the region within 3 to 4 weeks weeks was in 2015 and before that in...... Read more

Leopards could reduce rabies by controlling stray dog numbers in India, study finds "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Leopards are among the most widespread of all big cats, with a historical range covering large parts of Africa and Asia. Though humans have whittled away about 80 percent of that area, the big cats still overlap with some of the worlds largest concentrations of people. That convergence can be a recipe for conflict, but a recent study finds that leopards in India could be helping to keep people in India safe from rabies-laden dog bites. While leopards often conflict with people over livestock like cattle and sheep and are frequently persecuted throughout their range, we show that these unique predators can also be beneficial to human societies, Christopher OBryan, an ecologist at the University of Queensland in Australia and co-lead author of the paper, said in a statement. Stray dogs in Mumbai. Photo  Steve Winter/National Geographic. Dog bites exact a heavy toll on people in India, leading to perhaps 20,000 deaths each year from rabies, according to the World Health Organization. OBryan and his colleagues were curious about whether Indian leopards (Panthera pardus fusca) had any influence on stray dog numbers in Sanjay Gandhi National Park, which sits in the midst of Mumbai. With more than 20 million people, Mumbai is the fourth-largest city by population in the world. The team mined past studies for clues about what leopards living in the city park ate, and discovered that stray dogs made up about 40 percent of their diets. Only about 41 leopards are thought to live in the parks vicinity. But according


Colourfest - can Yoga and green tea really replace booze and drugs at a summer festival? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Colourfest - can Yoga and green tea really replace booze and drugs at a summer festival?

Ethical Living
Catherine Harte 21st March 2018
Teaser Media


How to build houses - and save the countryside "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

How to build houses - and save the countryside

Catherine Harte 21st March 2018
Teaser Media


Are online retailers stopping you from running an energy efficient home? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Are online retailers stopping you from running an energy efficient home?

Ethical Living
Tim Hunt 21st March 2018
Teaser Media


March 22 is World Water Day Seeking Natural Solutions "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Fracking uses tons of water and produces tons of toxic waste

What is World Water Day?

World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about focusing attention on the importance of water. The theme for World Water Day 2018 is Nature for Water exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century.

Damaged ecosystems affect the quantity and quality of water available for human consumption. Today, 2.1 billion people live without safe drinking water at home; affecting their health, education and livelihoods.

Sustainable Development Goal 6 commits the world to ensuring that everyone has access to safe water by 2030, and includes targets on protecting the natural environment and reducing pollution.

Take action for World Water Day in 2018 Wherever you are and whatever you do on March 22, make it about nature and water.

Volunteer Pipeline Visual Assessment Program

The Volunteer Pipeline Visual Assessment Program was developed by Trout Unlimited and West Virginia Rivers Coalition to support and train volunteer citizen observers to identify, document and report pollution incidents associated with large-scale pipeline development.

During the programs free webinar, youll learn how to detect and report wate...


Little Snake Is So Obsessed With Her New Birdhouse "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Its a natural instinct for many snakes to hide under rocks or logs in the wild. But one snake named Sammie has a rather unusual place that makes her feel safe and secure a place where snakes are not usually allowed.

Credit: Vivien Leanne

Vivien Leanne, a pianist and music teacher in Suffolk, England, had no plans to adopt a snake when she met Sammie. With a bearded dragon named Kit and two ancient tortoises already at home, another reptile was the last thing on her mind.

Out on a lunch break one day, Leanne was taking a walk down some unfamiliar streets when she came across a pet shop in trouble. With most of the tanks empty, one tiny albino corn snake, with red eyes and pink scales, caught Leannes eye.

Credit: Vivien Leanne

A local pet shop went bankrupt and all these tiny snakes desperately needed homes, Leanne told The Dodo. She was really too young to be sold and the first few weeks she got used to being pampered nonstop.

Though the first weeks were difficult, Sammie began to grow strong, and proved to be the perfect late-night companion for her busy mom. I got Sammie when I started my masters degree, as I needed something to cuddle while I studied, Leanne added. Shes nocturnal and it was so comforting when I was studying all night to have someone to talk to.

Credit: Vivien Leanne

Sammie has always liked to find secure, comfortable hiding places, though some are more convenient for Leanne than others.

She likes curling...

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Health Canada approves GM Golden Rice not intended for sale in Canada "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

March 20, 2018. Ottawa Health Canada has announced its approval of the genetically modified (GM or genetically engineered) Vitamin A enhanced Golden Rice even though it is not intended for sale in Canada and has not yet been approved by regulators in the intended markets.



Mexico: The dangers of industrial corn and its processed edible products "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In August 2017, a Mexican research team composed of members from the Universidad Nacional Autnoma de Mxico (UNAM) and the Universidad Autnoma Metropolitana (UAM) published a study showing the presence of transgenes and the herbicide glyphosate in processed foods and tortillas made from industrial maize (corn) throughout Mexico.

Monday, 19 March


More than 370 Virginians Attend DEQ Hearings to Cut Carbon Now "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Participants call on DEQ to implement strong protections against polluting, harmful power plants.

Richmond, VIRGINIA The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality held the final public hearing on Virginias Carbon Reduction Plan today. At the hearing, participants called for the strongest possible standard to cut Virginias carbon pollution from fossil fuel burning power plants. The public hearing was preceded by a press conference held by community members and activists, which was attended by about 50 people.

The Virginia Carbon Reduction Plan is designed to reduce carbon emissions from fossil fuel-burning power plants by 30 percent by the year 2030. More than 370 Virginians attended all six hearings that took place across the state, with about 150 people testifying in favor of strong safeguards to support clean energy careers, protect the health of families against fossil fuel burning power plants and reduce the negative impacts of climate change.

Virginia is taking a step forward, while on the federal level the Trump administration is doing a dangerous dance reducing lifesaving safeguards, Kate Addleson, Director of the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter, said. All Virginians can take pride in our Commonwealth for developing a standard that will require corporate polluters to take responsibility for their harmful pollution, including greenhouse gas emissions, that are damaging the health and environment of our communities,

The Governors administration understands that action on climate change cant wait, Angela Navarro, Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources said. One important component of the rule is participation in the regional carbon market which would allow Virginia to reduce emissions. The regional market is bipartisan and proven, and will be a cost-effe...


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