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Saturday, 25 August

04:15

Homeowners Surprised To Discover Their New House Comes With A Cat "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Early last month, Miranda E and her family began an exciting new chapter in life by moving into a new home. But, as they soon came to learn, the new place came with an long-time tenant who was expecting things to keep running as they had been.

Upon walking into the house for the first time after getting the keys, Miranda and her family found a curious note left for them by the previous owners asking a "favor" of them: to care for a feral cat who's been living in the backyard.

Credit: Instagram/WOTTRNS

It didn't take long for Miranda and her family to first lay eyes on the old orange kitty. In fact, it was almost as if the cat had been expecting their arrival.

"We immediately looked out the back sliding glass door and he was looking at us through the door," Miranda said.

Credit: Instagram/WOTTRNS

Fortunately, the feral kitty had lucked out. These new people living in the house are cat lovers. It was almost as if fate had brought them in to be his new caretakers.

"We started laughing because we currently have five cats, all but one have been rescued," Miranda said. "The house we lived in previously, people used to drop off their cats there and we took them in."

Miranda and her family were more than happy to fulfill the previous owner's request and take on another needy feline. But actually winning him over would be easier said than done.

Credit: Instagram/WOTTRNS

Miranda na...

02:52

Cat With Terribly Matted Fur Dumped At Shelter Overnight "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

No one can say for certain where this cat came from, but it was clear from his condition that he'd been suffering from months, if not years, of severe neglect.

And now authorities are looking for answers.

Credit: Douglas County Sheriffs Office

Nevada's Douglas County Sheriffs Office this week posted an appeal for the public's help in identifying a man who, early one morning last week, abandoned the cat in a pet carrier on the front porch of a local animal shelter.

The shelter was closed at the time, but the moment was captured on surveillance camera.

Credit: Douglas County Sheriffs Office

Sadly, this sort of covert discarding of animals is nothing new for staffers at Douglas County Animal Care & Services. Upon arriving to work that morning, a few hours after the man had left, they knew right away what had happened.

"We saw a carrier outside our door. Being an animal shelter, that usually means one thing: somebody has dumped their animal on the front porch," Liz Begovich, the shelter's supervisor, told The Dodo. "So we brought the carrier in and looked inside."

No one could believe their eyes.

"All...

02:47

Trash Collectors Hear Tiny Cries Coming From Garbage And Start To Dig "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Somewhere trapped beneath this heaping pile of garbage and waste was a life that needed saving.

And thanks to those who heard his cries, he was rescued just in time.

Credit: Twitter/ELSHOSHI82

On Thursday, Fernando Marie, a sanitation worker in Uruguay, was nearing the end of his shift when his colleague suddenly asked him to be quiet. In the moments of silence that followed, Marie heard what had alerted his partner.

Faintly emanating from the rear of their trash-filled truck was the sound of an animal in distress.  

"We decided to open to check it," Marie told The Dodo "The truck was full of garbage, and we kept hearing that crying. It kept getting quieter and quieter, like it was drowning in the garbage. So, we grabbed some shovels and began to dig."

Working carefully, the pair scoured through the trash until the creature trapped inside a tiny puppy managed to break through. Here's video of that dramatic moment:

The puppy was disoriented, but in otherwise good health considering the circumstance.

Afterward, Marie's colleague searched through the rest of the trash in case other dogs were trapped within, but fortunately found none.
 

02:35

Tiny Seal Tangled In Fishing Net Gets Help Just In Time "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

She went to the beach to clean up litter and ended up saving a life.

On a beach in Victoria, Australia, earlier this week, Erin Sonego was out collecting litter from the shores when she stumbled upon what appeared to be a bundle of blue rope sitting in the sand.

As she got closer, she realized it wasnt just garbage. A tiny fur seal was trapped in the net and he was barely able to move.

Credit: Maddy Bagg

He had part of the rope threaded through his mouth, Sonego said. And the rest was bundled around his back, so he obviously hadnt been able to feed.

Sonego jumped into action, calling local wildlife rescuer Maddy Bagg for help. Bagg rushed to the scene to disentangle the animal, along with officer Mandy Watson of the Victoria Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

Credit: Maddy Bagg

To keep the seal calm, the team wrapped him in a blanket and carefully cut through the net with a small blade. It was bound tightly around his body, but it luckily hadnt started to dig into his skin and cause wounds.

After a few minutes of work, the seal was free from the tangled clump of netting and he was so happy.

Credit: Maddy Bagg

Once the women released...

01:58

This Dog Has The Longest, Craziest Beard And It's Perfect "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Nuts is around 2 years old and has lived with his family since he was just a puppy. Even though he is still very young, people often mistake him for a much older dog and its all because of his beard. 

Credit: Tatiana Kovalenok

At first, Nuts mom didnt really think anything of his beard. Nuts is a Griffon, and they naturally have a little more fur on their faces than on the rest of their body. To his mom, thats just who he is, and she didnt realize his beard was exceptional until people started commenting on it. 

It became noticeable at his 8 months, Tatiana Kovalenok, Nuts mom, told The Dodo. I never actually paid attention to his beard until I started receiving comments from my followers on Instagram. 

Credit: Tatiana Kovalenok

Now, everywhere Nuts goes, people stop him and his mom to comment on his beard, and sometimes they even want to take pictures of it. Luckily, Nuts never minds. Hes incredibly friendly and adores meeting new people, and always sniffs and greets his admirers as they marvel at his adorable beard. 

Almost every day when we walk, we get reactions from random people regarding his appearance and his beard, Kovalenok said. Kids usually say that he's a funny dog or looks like a grandpa. Older people always mention him as a stylish dog, saying something like, Look at the [mustache] and beard he has! Some people call him hipster or even Chewbacca. 

Credit: Tatiana Kovalenok

But whether hes being compared to the beloved Star...

01:15

Seeing REDD: a database of forest carbon emissions reduction projects "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A searchable database of initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) is now available through the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). Fog inside a montane forest near Chirripo, Costa Rica. Cloud forests in tropical mountains are sensitive to small variations in temperature or precipitation. Image by Bruno Locatelli, copyright CIRAD. Launched in 2015 by the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), the International Database on REDD+ projects and programs Linking Economic, Carbon and Communities data (ID-RECCO) contains 467 initiatives in 57 countries aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). Some also promote sustainable forest management and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+). Of these, 359 are considered currently active, 67 were completed before 2018, and 41 have not yet started or have been discontinued. The free online ID-RECCO tool aims to help researchers, governments, and potential project leaders better understand REDD+ projects by centralizing data on as many projects as it can find data for, standardizing how the data for all these projects are organized, and presenting the information in a format that is easily adapted to research and analysis. Using the database The database is organized first by country, which you choose either in a list or on a map. Hovering your computer cursor over a country on the map displays the number of REDD+ projects the database contains for it. Clicking on the country produces a list of its projects with each projects name, type,

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Friday, 24 August

23:36

Giraffes Could Go Extinct Because People Want Rugs And Pillows "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Giraffes are one of the most loved animals in the world. These long-necked, black-tongued animals commonly feature in childrens books, and people flock to Africa to see them in the wild. But these iconic animals are being pushed toward extinction, thanks to a thriving market for giraffe body parts in the U.S. and other parts of the world.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the Humane Society International (HSI) recently investigated 21 stores in California, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas, as well as the Dallas Safari Club expo, where giraffe skins, rugs and other trinkets are being sold to consumers.

Credit: HSUS

Unfortunately, giraffes arent protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) nor the Endangered Species Act (ESA) so giraffe body parts can be legally imported into the U.S. and sold to buyers without many regulations.

Credit: HSUS

Elephant ivory, on the other hand, is subject to tighter regulations in the U.S. in most circumstances, ivory cannot be brought into the U.S. or traded, although some...

23:33

Raven Looking For A Quick Bite Gets Stuck In Someone's Plastic "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The raven had gotten himself into a very uncomfortable and dangerous situation. A plastic lid from a frozen drink had become lodged around his neck and mouth, and he couldnt seem to get it off himself.

Ravens are scavengers, so I imagine he was rummaging for a bite to eat, and whatever it was was near the hole of the lid, Gemma Hickey, an environmentalist based in Western Australia, told The Dodo. It trapped his tongue and lower beak. He tried to eat by flicking food into his mouth but couldnt get it to stay there long enough to get it down. The same with water.

Credit: Gemma Hickey

Luckily for the raven, a local woman, Dee Tsalis, spotted him in her neighborhood, flitting from roof to roof and tree to tree, and even hopping along the electricity and telephone wires along her street.

Credit: Gemma Hickey

Tsalis snapped a couple photos of the raven and posted them on a community Facebook page. When Hickey and volunteers from Western Australia Seabird Rescue (WASR) saw the post, they rushed to Tsalis address to see if they could help.

When they spotted the raven, he was still hopping around the area, trying to get the plastic lid off.

Credit: Gemma Hickey

He repeatedly tried to get it off on the limbs of the big tree in front of Dees house, Hickey said. He was trying to use the short branches to get it off but unfortunately, it made his situation worse and made him more stressed.

Ravens can die from...

23:22

New eruptive activity at Etna's New Southeast Crater, Italy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

New eruptive activity started at Etna's New Southeast Crater on August 23, 2018 and continued into August 24. The eruption began after seismic network detected a sharp increase in seismicity under the volcano at around 18:30 UTC (20:30 local time). The tremor...... Read more

As the DMZ turns 65, a call for Korean peace through conservation (commentary) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

As the world continues to watch the high-stakes diplomacy that is unfolding between North Korea, South Korea, and their key allies, theres been wide speculation about the many outcomes that could result from talks of peace. One that has not yet been widely mentioned is the opportunity for the permanent ecological protection of the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) the de facto border between the two nations that just turned 65 years old. This expanse of mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, and coastlines is just two-and-a-half miles wide by 160 miles long roughly the size of Rocky Mountain National Park, or one-third the size of the U.S. state of Rhode Island and because its been off-limits for nearly 70 years, it is surely the most pristine, intact parcel of natural habitat left on the Korean Peninsula. Long viewed as an untouchable border between two hostile nations, the DMZ has become an accidental paradise for plants and animals. Its 400 square miles have been largely unmarred by human activities since the 1950s, providing refuge for some 90 threatened or endangered species, including some that are found nowhere else on the planet. Its likely that this area also contains many species new to science, as well as important migratory animals that transit the area. The whooping crane is one of the crane species found in the Koreas. Cranes are an internationally recognized symbol of peace and are iconic in the cultures of both Koreas. Photo by Ted Thousand. As relations in

Drone used to confirm existence of uncontacted Amazon tribe (video) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Brazilian government used a drone to help confirm the presence of an uncontacted indigenous group deep in the Amazon rainforest. FUNAI, Brazils indigenous affairs agency, undertook an expedition to an area near the Brazilian border with Peru to confirm the presence of voluntarily isolated peoples along the Juruazinho River, which separates the Mawetek and Vale do Javari indigenous territories. The area is extremely remote FUNAI says its team traveled more than 180 kilometers by boat, car, and motorcycle, followed by 120 kilometers on foot through the rainforest. On two earlier expeditions, FUNAI collected evidence of the isolated group, including an axe with a stone blade, an instrument made of bark, and canoes made of hollowed-out palm tree trunks. To confirm the presence of the group without encroaching on their territory, FUNAI flew a drone over the forest and photographed huts and crops amid a section of felled trees. The drone also filmed two individuals walking, one of whom was carrying a spear or pole. The two indigenous territories are home to a range of tribes, according to FUANI. The Vale do Javari Indigenous Territory, which at 85,000 square kilometers (33,000 square miles) is larger than Austria, has several contacted groups Matss, Matis, Marubo, Kanamari, Kulina-Pano, Korubo (recently contacted) and Tsohom Djapa (recently contacted) and up to 16 isolated groups, of which 11 have been confirmed. The Mawetek Indigenous Territory, which covers 1,150 square kilometers, is occupied by the Kanamari people. Canoes excavated from the paxiba palm.

A river runs through it and keeps the Amazons bird species diverse "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Amazonian rivers dont often drive the creation of new species, but do help maintain distinct populations, according to a study published in the journal Science Advances last month. Amazonian rivers create stark barriers through the landscape and form the edges of many species range. But a large-scale genetic analysis in the Rio Negro basin suggests that while rivers have not played a direct role in giving rise to most new bird species, they may be crucial to maintaining them. The Guiana Shield is a region of the South American tectonic plate that includes Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Venezuela and parts of Colombia and Brazil, which together harbor high levels of biodiversity, including over 250 endemic bird species. Of these, 86 pairs have range boundaries that meet but never overlap, many of them coinciding with one of two rivers: the Rio Negro and the Rio Branco. Using the most comprehensive genetic and geographical database compiled for any Amazonian river basin to date, Luciano Naka and Robb Brumfield, both from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, determined that the majority of pairs were unlikely to have speciated as a direct result of the formation of the two rivers. Most species evolved before the rivers formed, and did not show the pattern of evolutionary relationships expected of species separated suddenly by a physical barrier. But once formed, rivers act as significant barriers that isolate species, a finding that may also apply to man-made barriers such as roads. The caica parrot (Pyrilia caica),

21:26

Our Children Deserve Better "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Kim Williams

On July 16, with a group of friends I took an early morning stroll into a wetlands area in the city of Chesapeake, Virginia. We arrived before sunrise, but though the area was beautiful, we were not there for the views. The wetlands were overrun by heavy equipment and stacks of 24-inch diameter pipeline.

My friends and I were on a mission: to occupy the construction equipment.

Why would we want to do such a thing? We were there to protect children.

The construction equipment was being used to build the Southside Connector, a 9-mile-long Virginia Natural Gas utility pipeline. And there the giant diggers and pounders and pipe sat, perilously close to a cheerful building named for the late civil rights attorney and first African-American Supreme Court Justice, the Thurgood Marshall Elementary School. Shockingly close. A stones throw.

My friends and I made public the external costs of this pipeline, which is slated to end along the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake right, next to the planned end of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Hampton Roads. We hung banners reading Methane Gas Pipeline = Blast Zone Danger + Climate Disaster and Our Children Deserve Better.

We occupied the tops of two large construction vehicles, and settled in to watch the sunrise. I had time to calm myself, meditate. The sunrise was so beautiful, birdsong joyful. What a wonderful learning lab this strip of wetlands could be for this school! If only we didnt have to contemplate apocalypse!

...

20:53

FIRE-EARTH Alerts: KTRV, LMBV, FMBJ, CMCG, PLBN, RWVB, LLTS 082402 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CJ IGE OCT TML FIRE-EARTH Alerts: KTRV, LMBV, FMBJ, CMCG, PLBN, RWVB, LLTS 082402 ALERTS issued by FIRE-EARTH Science. Details available to authorized groups via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. Alerts 082402 . . . . . . . . Advertisements

20:51

Very strong and deep M7.1 earthquake hits Peru-Brazil border region "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A very strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS ad M7.1 hit Peru-Brazil border region at 09:04 UTC (04:04 local time) on August 24, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 609.5 km (378.7 miles). EMSC is reporting Mw7.0 at a depth of 651 km (404.5 miles)....... Read more

In Moroccos markets, conditions for wildlife are universally poor "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In Moroccos live animal markets, a wide variety of wildlife is available for sale. Theres the threatened spur-thighed tortoise (Testudo graeca), going for around $1, and the endangered Barbary macaque (Macaca sylvanus), on offer for about $500 or as a photo prop. There are North African hedgehogs (Atelerix algirus), Mediterranean chameleons (Chamaeleo chamaeleon), and Egyptian cobras (Naja haje) too. But a common thread runs through this North African countrys bustling wildlife markets: animals are often kept in poor conditions without water, food and shade, a new study has found. The market of Marrakesh has some of the highest numbers of wild-caught live animals in Morocco. Image by Daniel Bergin. Daniel Bergin, a researcher from Oxford Brookes University, U.K., who focuses on the wildlife trade in North Africa, visited wildlife markets in Marrakesh, Fez, Casablanca, Meknes, Tangier and Rabat in Morocco a total of 40 times between 2013 and 2017. Over these visits, Bergins team recorded the conditions in which animals were being kept: whether they had access to appropriate food and water; whether they were able to control for exposure from heat or sun; whether the material of the floor of the enclosure was comfortable; whether there was sufficient space for them to move around in; and whether they were able to hide from stress. The team scored the welfare of more than 2,100 animals, and found that the conditions of wild animals that were on sale or being used for entertainment in Morocco were almost universally poor. Baby monkeys were picked up

In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, August 24, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Tropical forests Central African countries embark on an effort for more sustainable architecture (CIFOR Forests News). Community land rights get a boost in Ethiopia with a new forestry law (CIFOR Forests News). Authorities in Malaysia have confiscated a haul of rhino horns worth $12 million (Reuters). A new sanctuary in Malaysia will protect tigers and other wildlife, according to the Rainforest Trust (The Rainforest Trust). A planned dam in Tanzania could impinge on a vital wildlife sanctuary (BirdLife International). Other news Trees in temperate forests are taller but less dense than they were 100 years ago due to climate change (Science Magazine). New research tracks changes in global fishing trends going back 150 years (Hakai Magazine). Monsantos use of the potentially carcinogenic compound glyphosate, a weed killer, leads to some 8,000 lawsuits (Reuters). A recent study looks at how beehive fences can protect crops in Tanzania (Earth Touch News). Namibias desert lion faces threats to its survival as a species (The Guardian). Environmental terrorist groups responsible for wildfires in California, says Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (The New York Times). The Trump administration says that conserving the use of oil isnt required for economic reasons anymore (The Guardian). Wildlife managers in Ethiopia are using goat meat bait balls to deliver rabies vaccine to the countrys endangered wolves (The Guardian). More than 100 sea turtles died recently in a Mexican sanctuary, and government officials are trying to figure out why (Reuters). Scientists sound the alarm for pangolins, arguing that the heavily traded

17:54

Carbon Markets Represent the Commodification of Earth "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Women Traditional Healers (2011) Amador Hernadez, Lacandon Jungle, Chiapas, Mexico: Women prepare their traditional medicines, which they harvest from the jungle. The Mexican government wanted the community to leave the jungle so they could sell the forests... Read More

17:36

Community Groups Across Pennsylvania to Protest Mariner East Pipelines, Jailing of Huntington County Resident Ellen Sue Gerhart "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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On Saturday, August 25th, community groups across Pennsylvania will participate in a coordinated day of resistance to Sunoco/Energy Transfer Partners Mariner East pipeline projects. The events will highlight the safety and environmental concerns associated with the Mariner East pipelines, as well as the unjust jailing of grandmother and retired teacher Ellen Sue Gerhart for opposing pipeline construction on her familys property.

Since construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline began, there have been an astounding 224 documented spills, including a 4,000 gallon hazardous drilling fluid spill on the Gerhart property. Over a dozen families across the Commonwealth have lost access to their well water due to spills, while over 40 schools are situated in the blast zone of the pipeline.

In a variety of coordinated actions across the state, residents and community groups will demand that Governor Wolf halt construction on the Mariner pipelines, which pose a grave risk to residents, schools, communities, and waterways of the Commonwealth.

Ellen Gerhart, known by many as mama bear, has been unjustly incarcerated for nearly one month.  Organizers of the events chose the #WeAreMamaBear hashtag to demonstrate that residents across the state stand in solidarity with the Gerharts, and that Sunocos attempt to intimidate residents into silence is only causing mor...

17:33

Research Determines Reasons for Massive Fires in South-Central Chile "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Research determines reasons for massive fires in south-central Chile The Campaign to STOP GE Trees and Global Justice Ecology Project has worked to expose the dangers of monoculture tree plantations in Chile. See our Chile Blog here.   PHYS.ORG: A Montana State University-led team has discovered several reasons why massive fires continue to burn through []

The post Research Determines Reasons for Massive Fires in South-Central Chile appeared first on STOPGETREES.ORG.

17:30

Activists Have A New Strategy To Block Gas Pipelines: States Rights "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Jeff Brady / NPR

Environmental activists are using a new strategy to block construction of oil and gas pipelines. It already has worked in New York where construction on the Constitution Pipeline has stalled. Now activists are trying the strategy in Oregon.

The proposed Jordan Cove project includes a pipeline that would transport natural gas across the Cascades mountain range to the Oregon coast. There it would be turned into liquefied natural gas (LNG) for export.

At a recent protest rally supporters of the No LNG Exports campaign submitted more than 25,000 comments to encourage Gov. Kate Brown and her Department of Environmental Quality to reject the project.

The state of Oregon has the ability to deny the Clean Water Act permit and stop this project once and for all if this project would have negative impacts on Oregons water ways, which we know it will, says Hannah Sohl, director of the group Rogue Climate.

Activists like Sohl want to...

17:25

Basque Country: Bullfighting Pub Attacked "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Unoffensive Animal

The Bullfighting Club in Pamplona was attacked by the ALF leaving broken windows and graffiti on the walls.

In their communique they say their action aims to cause economic damage to a symbol of bullfighting as well as to reinforce the idea that there is no safe space for animal exploitation.

They have insisted that they are antibullfighting but that they are antispeciesists and that they do not defend animals over people as they want total liberation of humans and nonhuman animals.

They have warned that the ALF is getting stronger and that it is acting in Euskal Herria as well as in the Spanish state more and more every day until they accomplish their objectives.

Against all oppression and against all authority.

16:47

Nearly 40,000 Giraffe Parts Have Been Imported to the US in Last 10 Years "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Researchers from the Humane Society found 52 US locations in which giraffe products continue to be sold

16:01

M 7.1 Earthquake Strikes Near Iberia, Peru "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

ER: RQD kp JSCDPRNB FMR 082402 Deep-focus earthquake strikes near Peru-Brazil border Magnitude: 7.1 mww Location: 11.042S, 70.817W; 609.5 km depth Time: 2018-08-24 09:04:06 UTC Secondary Effects Recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as landslides that might have contributed to losses. Tectonic Summary Over the past century, 95 earthquakes of []

15:01

A Malaysian port city grapples with the fallout from Chinese funding "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

KUANTAN, Malaysia Beijing is more than 4,200 kilometers (2,600 miles) north of the sandy beaches, oil palm plantations and tropical forests that distinguish peninsula Malaysias less prosperous South China Sea east coast from the rollicking economic growth on its western shore along the Strait of Malacca. In November 2016, then-Prime Minister Najib Razak traveled to Chinas capital to drum up investment in an audacious infrastructure development plan to balance the economic disparity between his countrys east and west coasts. He wanted China to finance and build a $14 billion trans-peninsular rail line, construct mammoth manufacturing plants, expand the port in the city of Kuantan, and encourage real-estate investment. Conservation groups eyed the plan warily. They worried that one of the densest concentrations of new mega infrastructure projects in the world would produce runaway deforestation, erosion and pollution. Following several days of ceremonies and negotiations, Najib left Beijing with an astonishing haul: China had agreed to spend $34.4 billion in Malaysia to finance and construct the big east coast infrastructure projects and 11 others across the country. But what initially appeared to be a triumph of bilateral economic cooperation, albeit one with considerable environmental risk, was viewed by Najibs opponents as a massive and threatening diplomatic overreach. Less than two years later, the consequences of Najibs visit are visible in both countries. Kuantans port and the South China Sea seen from the summit of a nearby quarry. Image by Keith Schneider for Mongabay. A sweep of enormous construction projects is

Another mass fish kill hits Indonesias largest lake "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Millions of fish in floating cages died suddenly this week in Lake Toba, the biggest lake in Indonesia. E. Naibaho, a local aquafarmer, noticed the fish in his floating pens moving in an odd manner in the days leading up to the incident. The water had become cloudy as well. When he and his workers went to feed the fish on the morning of Aug. 24, none of them could be seen rising to the surface. They tried adding oxygen to the water, but it didnt work. Before the long the fish began floating to the surface, dead. My capital is gone, Naibaho said. Hundreds of millions of rupiah. Another farmer, M. Nadeak, estimated the total losses for all the farmers at 5 billion rupiah ($342,000). Our economy is disturbed, he said. Thats going to create social problems. It was the second mass fish kill in as many years in the lake, which is located in North Sumatra. In 2016, millions of fish also turned up dead. Researchers attributed that incident to a sudden depletion of oxygen in the water, the result of a buildup of pollutants in the lake, unfavorable weather conditions and unsustainable practices by local aquafarmers. Where the 2016 incident was concentrated in Haranggaol Bay of Lake Toba, this one happened in Pintusona, just off the giant island of Samosir in the center of the lake. Other Indonesian lakes have experienced mass fish kills, too. In 2016, 3,000 tons of fish died suddenly in Lake Maninjau, West Sumatra

08:00

North Yorkshire mayor starts legal action to challenge government fracking policy statement "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

North Yorkshire mayor starts legal action to challenge government fracking policy statement

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Decolonising our minds and public spaces "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Decolonising our minds and public spaces 

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Catherine Harte 24th August 2018
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Journey through a changing land "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Journey through a changing land

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Catherine Harte 24th August 2018
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07:59

Thatcher told UN - markets must face limits to prevent climate change "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Thatcher told UN - markets must face limits to prevent climate change

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Louise Gill 24th August 2018
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05:28

From sink to source: Droughts are changing the Amazon rainforest "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Because they take vast amounts of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, rainforests are an important part of the planets carbon cycle and their conservation is playing front and center in major international efforts to combat global warming. But new research finds just one season of drought can reduce the carbon dioxide absorption ability of the worlds biggest rainforest the Amazon for years to come. And as droughts seem to be occurring more frequently in rainforests, scientists worry that these important carbon sinks may instead become carbon sources. In a study published recently in Nature, scientists at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the U.S. used lidar data captured by satellites to map changes in forest canopy in the Amazon following a particularly severe drought in 2005. Lidar, which stands for Light Detection and Ranging uses lasers to measure distances and create three-dimensional representations of surface features like canyons, craters and, in this case, trees. This image, based on measurements taken by the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), shows the areas of the Amazon basin that were affected by the severe 2005 drought. Areas in yellow, orange, and red experienced light, moderate, and severe drought, respectively. Green areas did not experience drought. Image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech /Google By mapping the Amazons tree cover using lidar, the NASA researchers were able to find and quantify gaps in tree cover caused by drought-induced leaf loss and tree death. They discovered that, on average, the most affected parts of the rainforest lost

04:26

Woman Can't Stop Squealing When She Finds Out She Can Adopt This Cat "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When Bruno first arrived at Wright-Way Rescue in April, he weighed 25 pounds, and immediately won over everyone on the staff by standing on his hind legs and being adorable. He was placed in a foster home, where he demanded to be pet while he ate and required multiple water bowls in every room of the house except for the kitchen. The staffers at the rescue called him extra and couldnt understand why no one had stepped up to adopt such a fun, quirky cat. 

Credit: Wright-Way Rescue

After the Illinois rescue shared a long Facebook post about Bruno and his many incredible qualities, people started to take notice and suddenly, Bruno had multiple families yearning to adopt him. So many people wanted to welcome Bruno into their homes but one woman knew that Bruno was definitely meant to be her cat. 

The only way to put it is that I freaked out at my desk, Lauren Paris, Brunos new mom, told The Dodo. My boyfriend and I were already in the market for rescuing a cat, and when I saw Brunos pictures, I just knew. I felt SO driven to adopt him! The post mentioned that Bruno was extra. I was in luck, because so am I. 

Credit: Wright-Way Rescue

Paris immediately started work on the application process, gathering together a letter of intent, recommendations and videos of her and her boyfriend around their home. She wanted to show the rescue how serious she was about adopting Bruno, and knew sh...

04:05

Unwanted Ponies Were Too Sad To Lift Their Heads Until They Met Each Other "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When a brown pony was discovered tethered to a tree in Spain last October, it was obvious from the bad shape he was in that it had been a long time since anyone had cared about him. 

"He was tied to a tree with no food or water, with his head shoved in a bush to try and keep the flies out of his eyes," Easy Horse Care Rescue Center (EHCRC) wrote at the time.

Credit: EHCRC

The pony wouldn't lift his head, even when people from EHCRC arrived to save him. His rescuers discovered that the abandoned pony was old about 20 years old and probably in pain. He walked with a limp because two of his vertebrae were fractured from being beaten by his owners. One of his eyes was also very damaged, and so he was partially blind. And some neurological problems made him a little extra wobbly when he walked.

Rescuers led the pony out of the bush and back to the rescue center. They named him Fudge, after the deep, chocolatey color of his coat. Little did Fudge know just how much his life would change after that day. 

Credit: EHCRC

Since that day, Fudge has started to learn the pleasures of life not only does he have shelter and plenty of food, he also has felt what it's like to be around people who care about him. And so it's safe to assume that the last few months have been among the best in the old pony's whole life.

But Fudge's life was about to get even better. 

Earlier this year, in...

03:01

People Are Killing Whole Families Of Whales On These Islands "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The pilot whales desperately tried to escape the hunters but no matter how hard they tried, they couldnt get away.

On Tuesday, hunters living in the town of Sandavgur in the Faroe Islands, a remote archipelago north of Denmark, drove 35 boats into the sea to where a pod of 75 pilot whales were swimming. Then the hunters revved their engines to create a wall of sound that would trap the pilot whales, and used their boats to physically block them but the whales still put up a good fight.

Credit: Sea Shepherd UK

They were chasing and driving that pod for over seven hours, Rob Read, director for Sea Shepherd UK, a group thats been documenting the hunts for several years, told The Dodo. So thats seven hours for that pod being harassed and stressed.

Sadly, the hunters eventually won  they drove the pilot whale family into shallow water, and killed every single one of them using knives and spinal lances (long metal rods with sharp points), which they pushed into the whales flesh behind their blowholes. The sea turned red with the whales blood.

Warning: graphic photos below

Credit: Sea Shepherd UK

These animals really suffer, Read said. These animals arent being killed instantaneously like t...

00:24

Toward farmer justice in California "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Moretta Browne farming

Members of the California Farmer Justice Collaborative (CFJC) have been hard at work putting issues of farmer justice in front of local policymakers in California. In fact, earlier this month, CFJC members had a powerhouse meeting with California Assemblymember Robert Bonta and members of State Senator Nancy Skinners staff to discuss next steps for farmer justice in California.

Justice for farmers

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23:57

Federal Court Dismisses Pipeline Corporations Lawsuit Against Earth First! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Center for Constitutional Rights

Yesterday, a federal court dismissed the environmental movement Earth First! from a lawsuit by Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the corporation behind the Dakota Access Pipeline.

One year ago, ETP, represented by Kasowitz, Benson, Torres, the firm that represents President Trump, filed a sprawling lawsuit, claiming Earth First! funded a violent terrorist presence and criminal enterprise at the Standing Rock protests, with half a million dollars and proceeds from drug sales in a conspiracy with mainstream environmental groups.

Earth First! should have never been named in this far-fetched suit in the first place, said Pamela Spees, senior staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights. The court gave ETP ample opportunity to figure out how to sue Earth First! but they couldnt do it...

23:33

Video Shows Manta Ray Swimming Through A Sea Of Trash "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Gliding through the water, a manta ray dodges left and right to avoid the mounds of garbage floating all around him.

Plastic wrappers and cups bob around with the waves as the animal swims just below the waters surface.

The ray opens his large mouth in hopes of catching a plankton or small fish as he swims but all he gets is a crumpled plastic bottle.

This was the heartbreaking scene recently filmed off the coast of Nusa Penida, an island in Bali, Indonesia.

Credit: Facebook/National Geographic Asia

These waters are a hotspot for divers hoping to spot some stunning marine life but what theyre coming home with instead are stories about just how trash-filled the ocean has become there.

Diver Richard Horner encountered a similar scene in March: a sea of garbage, with very few animals to be seen. His footage quickly went viral.

Roughly 8 million tons of plastic enter the worlds oceans each year, and endanger the lives of both land and sea animals.

Plastic waste is especially bad news for filter feeders like rays, who have been found to ingest around 40 to 90 plastic pieces in just one hour of feeding at the waters surface in Southern Bali.

Credit: Facebook/National Geographic Asia

This can eventually cause sickness and even death all because someone c...

23:13

Lane's center to pass dangerously close or hit Hawaii. Officials: not enough shelters for everyone "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The latest forecast track from the Central Pacific Hurricane Center brings the center of Lane dangerously close to the Hawaiian Islands during the Thursday through Saturday time frame, August 23 to 25. Regardless of the exact track of the storm, life-threatening...... Read more

New orchid species discovered in Peruvian Amazon "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Scientists have discovered a new species of orchid in the Amazonian rainforests of Peru. SERNANP, Perus national parks service, announced that the new species was discovered on Bella Durmiente mountain, a prominent natural feature of Tingo Maria National Park in the Hunuco region of central Peru. About 240 orchid species are known to occur in Tingo Maria National Park. The new species, which was described to science in a paper published in the journal Phytotaxa last month, was given the scientific name Andinia tingomariana in honor of the park where it was discovered. This kind of discovery highlights the natural heritage of the country and demonstrates the good standard of conservation of the park, Lorenzo Flores, director of the Tingo Maria National Park, said in a statement. The orchid was given the name Andinia tingomariana by the US Department of Biologicial and Ecological Organisms in honor of the protected natural area where it was discovered. Photo via Hernndez et al. (2018). doi:10.11646/phytotaxa.361.2.7. There are 72 other species in the genus Andinia. According to the researchers who described the new orchid, Species of this genus are confined to the Andes and distributed from northern Colombia to northern Bolivia. A. tingomariana was found growing epiphytically meaning it was growing on another plant, but not parasitically among the mosses and vines on tree trunks in a humid forest at an elevation of 1,285 meters (about 4,216 feet). The researchers, a team of Peruvian and American botanists, write that the new species

Community-run trading posts help Amazon forest people reverse rural exodus "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

We used to go into the forest to tap copaiba oil but we had no good way of selling it. The regato [traveling river trader] paid us whatever he liked and took ages to give us the money. How could we survive like that? asks Pedro Pereira de Castro, who lives in the Riozinho do Anfrsio Extractive Reserve, located within the Xingu River basin in the Brazilian Amazon. Today this has changed for the better. Pedro Pereira now manages the Paulo Afonso cantina, a trading post inside the reserve. Cantinas were previously controlled by the river traders, but today it is the community that runs them. Local families deliver their production of Brazil nuts, rubber and oils to the cantinas, in exchange for cash or essential household goods, such as soap, salt, coffee and boots. By running the cantinas themselves, these traditional Amazonian communities have eliminated the middlemen and greatly increased their incomes. Its now possible for them and their children to stay in the forest, maintaining their traditional way of life, while receiving a decent income. No longer are they fleeing to Brazils urban areas to try and find work. Pedro Pereira de Castro runs the Paulo Afonso cantina, a trading post, in the Riozinho do Anfrsio Extractive Reserve. Image by Lilo Clareto. Derisvaldo Moreira lives in a land settlement project near Uruar, a town on the Transamazon highway. His community also collects forest products, but sells them to middlemen. He told Mongabay he was amazed at the higher

20:43

The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: August 15 - 21, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

New activity-unrest was reported for 4 volcanoes between August 15 and 21, 2018. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 14 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Alaid, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Kuchinoerabujima, Ryukyu Islands (Japan) | Merapi, Central...... Read more

Brazil hits emissions target early, but rising deforestation risks reversal "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The government of Brazil has announced that it has cut its climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions to the point that it has met a long-established goal three years ahead of time. Climate scientists say that while the milestone reflects the strides Brazil has made in slashing the rates of forest loss, declaring victory at this stage may be premature, given the continuing struggle to control deforestation. Its very risky to say that Brazil will reach the 2020 targets, Carlos Nobre, a climate scientist and senior fellow at the World Resources Institute Brazil, told Mongabay. He noted that while current figures are far below the gigantic, ridiculously high deforestation rates of the late 1990s and early 2000s, a recent uptick in the loss of the countrys forests may make it difficult to maintain course. Its not impossible, but its becoming more and more challenging, Nobre added. A lone Brazil nut tree left standing in a deforested area. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay. At an inauguration of new members of the Brazilian Forum on Climate Change at the presidential palace in Braslia on Aug. 9, President Michel Temer reported that the decline in deforestation between 2016 and 2017 saved emissions of the equivalent of 610 million metric tons (672 million tons) of carbon dioxide from the Amazon and 170 million metric tons (187 million tons) from the Cerrado, a wooded savanna that covers more than one-fifth of Brazil. Both of those figures eclipse the targets of the equivalent of 564 million metric tons

20:37

Puppies Saved From Dogfighting Ring Are So Happy To See Rescuers "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Some dogs were tethered to heavy, metal chains; others were locked up in filthy kennels. They had no food, water or protection from the heat or cold. But the saddest thing was that the dogs would eventually be pushed into a fighting ring, where theyd be forced to fight other dogs to the death.

Last week, officers from the ASPCA, working alongside the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI), went to a property in Bendena, Kansas, to collect evidence of an illegal dogfighting ring and to rescue 45 dogs on the property.

Credit: ASPCA

It was a typical property associated with dogfighting, Joel Lopez, operations director for ASPCA field investigations and response, told The Dodo. We found dogs with injuries that were consistent with dogfighting.

The ASPCA officers also found dogfighting paraphernalia on the property.

Credit: ASPCA

This is an ongoing case, so I cant be too specific, Lopez said. But paraphernalia associated with dogfighting are treadmills used to condition dogs. And some of the chains are also designed to build endurance and strength.

The dogs were kept in what Lopez described as deplorable conditions, and it didnt look like any of the dogs had received medical care.

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20:25

More Ways to Donate "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Looking for Additional Ways to Support GJEP?  Here are a few ideas: Below you will find information on donating stock, including GJEP in your will, employer matching gifts, facebook fundraisers and mailing a check to GJEP. Donate Stock!... Read More

19:23

The Neutered Nations Who Cooked Mars "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CJ EAC OCT TML FIRE-EARTH Presentation: History doesnt repeat itself, but it rhymes! Martians Greatest Regrets (Part 6) Less than 0.000,01 percent of Martians owned or controlled all of their planetary resources! The famous water lilies grow, doubling in number everyday. It takes 30 days for the lilies to cover the pond completely and suffocate []

18:01

UK: Activists Publish List of Badger Cull Farmers to Sabotage Their Time "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Steven Morris / The Guardian

Animal rights activists have published what they claim is a comprehensive list of farmers leading the badger cull complete with addresses, phone numbers and a map.

The Stop the Cull group has suggested its supporters get in touch with the scores of cull organisers it says it has identified to express their opposition, sabotage their time by making misleading phone calls or arrange demonstrations outside their farms.

Stop the Cull insists it is not encouraging anyone to harass or threaten organisers but said its move will disrupt those carrying out what it says is a cruel and immoral government policy.

The National Farmers Union (NFU) condemned the tactic, claiming it was designed to frighten and intimidate ordinary farming families.

Another group that campaigns against the cull, the Badger Trust, said it understood the anger but expressed concern that the tactic could lead to people being threatened.

Stop the Cull claims its list exposes more than 100 directors of companies set up to carry out the cull, which is due to begin again in the next few weeks.

It says on its webs...

17:56

Meet the 19th Annual Brower Youth Award Winners "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

From speaking up against oil pipelines to supporting key pollinators, this year's recipients are galvanizing the environmental movement

17:55

Recent Arrests Under New Anti-Protest Law Spotlight Risks That Off-Duty Cops Pose to Pipeline Opponents "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Alleen Brown and Will Parrish / The Intercept_

OVER THE WEEKEND, four opponents of the Bayou Bridge pipeline and an independent journalist covering their activities were arrested and charged under Louisiana House Bill 727, which makes trespassing on critical infrastructure facilities a category that explicitly includes oil pipelines a felony punishable by up to five years in prison, a fine of $1,000, or both. A total of eight people have now been charged under the law since it took effect on August 1.

HB 727 is one of numerous anti-protest laws that states have considered or enacted in the wake of the mass mobilization against the Dakota Access pipeline, which drew tens of thousands of people to gather near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in 2016 and 2017. The arrests also expose the blurred line between private security and public law enforcement that has become typical in the policing of anti-pipeline struggles.

On August 9, the first three arrests under the law were carried out by probation and parole officers with Louisianas Department of Public Safety and Correc...

16:24

Delaware River Basin Involves NY, PA, NJ, DE Now at Risk "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Multiple states and millions of people depend upon the Delaware River

New Jersey agency seeks review of FERC orders on PennEast pipeline

From an Update by Miguel Cordon, S&P Global Market Intelligence, August 22, 2018

A New Jersey agency in charge of protecting state ratepayers asked a federal appeals court to review the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval of PennEast Pipelines 1.1-Bcf/d natural gas pipeline project.

The New Jersey Division of Rate Counsel in a Monday letter asked the US Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit to review a FERC order that issued a Natural Gas Act certificate to the project and another order that turned down a request that the commission reconsider that approval. The state agency said it was aggrieved by the FERC rulings.

The New Jersey agency has disagreed with the federal commissions conclusion that the project was needed. During the pipelines federal review, the state agency submitted evidence that it said demonstrated a lack of gas demand from New Jersey gas utilities (US Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit docket 18-2853).

FERC recently issued a number of orders that shut down challenges to its approvals of major interstate gas pipeline projects. One of these orde...

16:02

Nuclear Event (Emergency Declared) Unusual Event due to fire all Units SCRAM: Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant, Alabama "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

North America USA | State of Alabama, Athens, Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant Location: 344214.0N 870707.0W Present Operational Age: ~45 years Event: UNUSUAL EVENT EMERGENCY DECLARED Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT 10 CFR Section: 50.72(a) (1) (i) EMERGENCY DECLARED Nuclear Event in USA on Wednesday, 22 August, 2018 at 00:00 [CDT]. NOTIFICATION OF UNUSUAL EVENT []

15:47

Nuclear Event Automatic Reactor Trip investigation is in progress: Watts Bar Nuclear Plant (Unit 2), Tennessee "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

North America USA | State of Tennessee, Rhea County, Spring City, Watts Bar Nuclear Plant Location: 353610.0N 844722.0W Site Operational Age: ~33 years Event: AUTOMATIC REACTOR TRIP Emergency Class: NON EMERGENCY 10 CFR Section: 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) RPS ACTUATION CRITICAL 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION Nuclear Event in USA on Wednesday, 22 August, 2018 at 00:00 []

14:34

Murder of activist in India highlights growing risk to environmental defenders "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Ajit Maneshwar Naik, a 57-year-old environmental activist, was killed last month in Dandeli, a city on the banks of the Kali River, in the Indian state of Karnataka. He is survived by his wife and two sons. The Kali, at just 184 kilometers (114 miles) long, may not have the aura of the mighty Narmada or the political significance of the Kaveri. But with six dams, and a seventh one proposed, the Kali could soon cease to exist. Naik, who was also a Right to Information activist (similar to the Freedom of Information Act in the U.S.), fought against both the dam, and a corrupt, opaque system. Emerging successful after stopping the seventh dam to be built, he continued to fight for environmental justice. But he paid the price for it with his life. On July 27 this year, after finishing work, Naik was heading to his car when a masked assailant attacked him with a sword. Passersby took him to a nearby hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival. The Dandeli police have arrested three men in connection with the attack, which they suspect was motivated by a property dispute. Asked whether environmental activists were under threat, police official Ullas Pariwar said: I cannot comment on these issues and tell that the place is unsafe because I am a police officer. A dam on the Kali River in Dandeli. With six dams along the rivers 184-kilometer stretch and a seventh one proposed, the Kali could soon cease to exist. Image

12:44

Strong M6.3 earthquake hits near Tanaga Volcano, Alaska "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit near Tanaga Volcano, Andreanof Islands, Alaska at 03:56 UTC on August 23, 2018 (18:35 local time, August 22). The agency is reporting a depth of 43.9 km (27.3 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 60 km...... Read more

Indonesia seeks to get palm oil used as jet fuel in U.S., France "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Indonesia, the worlds top producer of palm oil, wants the U.S. and France to use it to fuel their airplanes and may be willing to play hardball in order to achieve its aim. The Indonesian trade minister told reporters in Jakarta this week that he had asked the U.S. and French governments to allow the construction of palm oil jet fuel plants in the Western countries, as a condition for continued Indonesian purchases of Boeing and Airbus planes, Reuters reported. Boeing is a U.S. company and Airbus is a French company. We have asked that Indonesian companies be allowed to produce jet biofuel in the U.S., said the trade minister, Enggartiasto Lukita. He added that palm oil for the plants would ideally come from Indonesia. The Indonesian government has lately stepped up its efforts to prop up demand for palm oil through biofuel schemes, including by increasing the biofuel blending requirement for vehicles in the Southeast Asian country. Meanwhile, policymakers in Europe are seeking to cut the use of palm oil in biofuels, citing environmental concerns. The rapid expansion of oil palm plantations, mainly by large companies, has driven the destruction of rainforests in Indonesia and other tropical countries. Last year, a proposal by the International Civil Aviation Organization, a UN agency, to achieve carbon-neutral growth by using biofuel in airplanes, likely from palm oil, prompted an outcry from observers who said it would only serve to fuel environmental destruction. A petition against the plan was signed by more

09:40

Brazil court bans commercialisation and release of new pesticides based on glyphosate, abamectin and tiram in the whole country "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

On 3 August, a Federal judge in Brasilia, ruled the immediate prohibition of new licenses for products based on three chemicals: Abamectin, Glyphosate and Tiram. The judge also gave a period of up to 30 days for the withdrawal of those already released in the market. The decision still gave another term to the Agncia Nacional de vigilncia sanitaria (the national sanitary surveillance agency ANVISA, by its acronym in Portuguese) who has until the end of 2018 to complete the toxicological reassessment of the three chemicals. The decision is valid for the whole country.

 

08:21

M 6.3 Earthquake Strikes near Tanaga Volcano, Alaska "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

ER: DGR pt CRTBPNWD KMPH 082302 Significant earthquake shakes Andreanof Islands, Alaska The quake follows a 6.6 magnitude event that struck on August 15 (51.435N,178.054W, Depth of 20.0 km), USGS reported. EQ Details: Magnitude: 6.3 mww   [USGS] Location: 51.511N, 177.881W; 43.9 km depth Distances: + 45km SSE of Tanaga Volcano, Alaska Time: 2018-08-23 03:35:15 []

08:00

Extinction Rebellion Diary #1: So it has come to this? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Extinction Rebellion Diary #1: So it has come to this?

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How to encourage your kids to garden "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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Variety of whale and dolphin species recorded around the UK 'unprecedented' "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Variety of whale and dolphin species recorded around the UK 'unprecedented'

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How industry first went to war with climate science "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

How industry first went to war with climate science

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05:37

Woman Is Shocked Post Office Won't Hand Over Package Addressed To Her Dog "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

This is Chaya a very sweet pup whose owner recently got caught up in a rather bewildering sort of bureaucratic predicament on her behalf.

And it all started with a gift package.

Credit: Marie Palmgren

Chaya, a boxerweiler, lives in Sweden with Marie Palmgren and her family.

Earlier this month, Palmgren received a note from her mail carrier that a large parcel had arrived and needed to be picked up at the post office. Turns out, however, it was addressed to Chaya the contents being a dog toy sent to her by a family friend living abroad.

Little could Palmgren, or anyone else for that matter, have guessed what a headache that would create.

Credit: Marie Palmgren

Naturally, Palmgren then headed to the post office to pick up the package.

"I asked them how I should fill out the form, because it said on the notice that the addressee needed to sign and show an ID," Palmgren told The Dodo. "I told them that the person who sent the package wrote Chaya Palmgren, instead of Marie Palmgren, just for fun. And that Chaya was a dog."

Postal employees were oddly unswayed by this added info.

"They still demanded an ID and a signature from Chaya, plus ID and signature from me as the 'helper' to fetch the package," Palmgren said.

Her dog's signature and ID? Palmgren was perplexed and soon Chaya would be, too.

Palmgren returned home. After digging through some old records, she managed to find a registra...

03:39

Airline Makes Best Decision To Help Lions Being Kept On 'Farms' "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A demand for a bizarre kind of wine is incentivizing the deaths of so many big cats, but people in positions of power are starting to realize that they can help fight this trade, which spans thousands of miles, from Africa to Asia. 

This week, in a major win for animals, Singapore Airlines announced that it would no longer transport shipments of lion bones.

Lion bones are just one of the byproducts of a thriving "canned hunting" industry in South Africa. Canned hunting is the practice of actually breeding lions on farms so that tourists can shoot and kill them for trophies in fenced-in areas. The lions are sometimes even drugged to make them easy targets. 

The trade in lion bones (which is actually legal) has helped feed this industry, shipping the bones to the Far East, where they are made into "bone wine," a tonic from traditional Chinese medicine falsely believed to help cure fatigue. Often lion bone wine is sold as tiger bone wine, which is considered of a higher status. South Africa currently allows the export of 1,500 lion skeletons per year. 

Singapore Airlines was the only airline transporting the bones from South Africa to Asia in 2017, according to...

03:09

Airport Officials Bust More Rhino Horns Than They've Ever Seen Before "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

What started out as a simple cargo inspection last week led to the most heartbreaking find.

On August 13 at Kuala Lumpur Airport in Malaysia, customs officials searched a group of cardboard boxes destined for Vietnam.

Stashed inside were 50 rhino horns, worth an estimated $12 million making it the largest wildlife seizure in Malaysian history.

Credit: Vimeo/TRAFFIC

In Vietnam, just 2 pounds' worth of rhino horn can be sold for tens of thousands of dollars on the black market although the horns are just made of keratin, the same protein found in human fingernails. The ingredient is in high demand in countries like Vietnam and China, where people believe it can fight cancer.

This means that an alarming number of rhinos are killed each year to keep up with the demand, pushing them further to the brink of extinction. In 2016, an estimated 1,100 rhinos were killed for their horns in South Africa alone.

Credit: Shutterstock

Poachers will even kill a mother rhino in front of her calves in order to take her horns. In many cases, the orphans are found still trying to nurse from their moms limp body.

Even rhinos in captivity are at risk. Last year, a group of poachers broke into a zoo in France to saw off a captive rhinos horn with a chains...

02:46

Cat Was So Scared She Wouldn't Let Anyone Touch Her For A Year "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A 2-year-old cat named Angie didnt like anyone touching her. If a person reached out a hand to pet her, shed hiss and growl, or run away and hide in a dark corner.

She lashed out at any human who tried to get near her, Fiona Loh, an independent cat rescuer based in Singapore, told The Dodo. She would also urinate out of fear if anyone touched her. She was a wreck emotionally.

Credit: Fiona Loh

Angies fear of people was understandable based on her history. Last year, rescuers and authorities gained access to a two-bedroom apartment in Singapore and found 94 sick and starving cats living in filth. Angie was one of the them.

Angie was malnourished and extremely timid, Loh said. It took us quite some time to be able to get her secured in a carrier during the rescue operation.

Credit: Fiona Loh

The owner was keeping the cats to sell them, but in reality, most of the cats were too sick to be sold. Many of the cats were also very skittish, having had very little interaction with people in the past.

The rescue team successfully removed all of the cats from the derelict apartment and placed them in a clean and secure boarding facility. Then, over the next 12 months, most of the cats were adopted by forever families or placed in long-term foster homes eve...

02:41

Magnitude 6.2 265km WNW of Bandon, Oregon August 22, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

USGS Event Page
Magnitude 6.2
265km WNW of Bandon, Oregon
2018-08-22 09:31:47 UTC
Location: 43.645N   -127.603W

10.0 km depth
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02:39

German Shepherd Was So Neglected It Took A Year For Her Hair To Grow Back "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When someone first noticed Sheena and Belinda hanging out around their home last September, they immediately knew something wasnt right. Both dogs had a ton of fur loss, and Sheenas was so severe she was essentially completely bald except for a little bit of fur on her face. The person who spotted them had a strong feeling the dogs needed help. 

A member of the public grew concerned about Sheena and a second dog Staffordshire bull terrier Belinda at a property in Sheffield and contacted us, Sara Jordan, an inspector with the RSPCA, said in a press release. 

Credit: RSPCA

Jordan responded to the call and was shocked when she first laid eyes on the two dogs. Sheena is a German Shepherd, and therefore should have had a thick, gorgeous coat. Instead, she barely looked like a dog at all because she had so much fur loss, and it was hard to tell what kind of dog she was supposed to be. As soon as the police were able to release the dogs into the care of the RSPCA, Jordan rushed Sheena and her friend Belinda to the vet to receive medical attention as quickly as possible. 

Credit: RSPCA

After examining both dogs, the vet determined that they both had severe flea infestations, which were causing their extensive hair loss. Both dogs were also underweight and in generally poor condition. RSPCA staffers were shocked that someone could allow them to deteriorate to such a state.

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02:30

Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits off the coast of Oregon, U.S. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit off the coast of Bandon, Oregon at 09:31 UTC (00:31 UTC) on August 22, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The epicenter was located 265.2 km (164.8 miles) WNW of Lakeport...... Read more

Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hits Vanuatu "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.5 hit Vanuatu at 22:32 UTC on August 21, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 13.4 km (8.3 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.6 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was...... Read more

The Arctics oldest, thickest ice is breaking up "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

At the start of August, for the second time this year, a corridor of open water developed along the north shore of Greenland, this one more than 100 kilometers (over 62 miles) wide. The ice very nearly melted out enough to make the island country circum-navigable, as some sea ice pundits put it, for the first time in human history. Now, scientists say, the oldest and thickest ice in the Arctic is beginning to break up. Were unlikely to see a new record sea ice extent minimum in the Arctic Ocean come September 2018, despite entering the summer melt season with ice coverage lower than that at the same time during the record-low year of 2012. Sea ice extent in the Arctic is currently clocking in at 5.396 million square kilometers (about 2.1 million square miles). Thats the good news. (The 2012 record was set at 3.387 million square kilometers on September 17.) But the melt-out above Greenland has alarming implications for the future. If even the thickest, oldest ice is now susceptible to increased warming and changes in weather, what hope is there for the rest of the Arctic? The waters around Cape Morris Jesup on Greenlands north coast are typically so frozen solid that theyre known as the last ice area. It was assumed this region would be the final refuge for sea ice under global warming. Yet the open water area extended all the way from Fram Strait to the Lincoln Sea this summer. Though this years

Online citizen science data platforms help scientists predict species ranges "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Changing climate has already affected where some species live. To determine how changes in temperature and rainfall patterns may affect a given plant or animal, researchers need to know where the species used to live and where it lives now. Such geographic distribution data help scientists understand a species habitat requirements and vulnerability to environmental changes, but they are lacking for many species, especially smaller or less-well-studied ones. Now, though, a new study has demonstrated how the recent availability of online citizen science data may be able to help scientists fill these data gaps to better understand and map species distributions. A colorful but venomous northern black widow spider from Missouri, USA, one of the two focal species in this study. Image by Leslie Durham via BugGuide, CC-BY-ND-NC 1.0. Researchers have traditionally approximated the ranges of plants and animals from collection locations of specimens in museums, private collections and historical literature. But with millions of species and relatively few field scientists, museum data are incomplete: they include only a handful of records for a species, they lack the geographic location of some collection sites, or they pertain to specimens collected decades ago. This is especially true for invertebrates such as insects and other arthropods. Scientists may, therefore, know that a certain species has been found in a few discrete locations, but not how it is distributed across the landscape or where it has been detected since climate shifts have been measured. Help may be on the way, in the form

Saving rare orchids that are confusingly difficult to grow in labs: Q&A with orchid expert Marc Freestone "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Few plants capture the imagination quite like orchids. When orchid fever gripped England in the early 1800s, wealthy aristocrats sent out orchid hunters to forests around the world in search of these exotic flowering plants. Many died in the process. Even today, collectors seek out the rarest and the prettiest of orchids from the wild, and orchids are among the most widely traded plant groups in the world. But many species of orchids are now under severe threat of extinction. Several are threatened by illegal collections from the wild because many orchid species occur in just a few locations, and removing them leads to the extinction of the species. Other orchids, especially the ones that grow in grasslands, are losing out to agriculture, grazing and development. Leek orchids are a case in point. Theyre a group of small, native wildflowers found in bushlands across southern Australia. Of the 140-odd leek orchids known today, one-third are at risk of extinction, primarily from habitat loss. Several species, such as the lilac leek orchid (Prasophyllum colemaniae), whose only known population was destroyed by the development of a railway line, are already extinct. Others, such as the Shelford leek orchid (P. fosteri), are down to a handful of plants. Leek orchids occur in bushlands across southern Australia, and are threatened by habitat loss. Image by Marc Freestone. Time is running out for the endangered leek orchids. In fact, for some of the more threatened species with just a few populations, captive breeding and reintroduction to

Is Indonesias celebrated antigraft agency missing the corruption for the trees? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In 2005, an Indonesian election commissioner named Mulyana Kusumah visited a hotel room in Jakarta to hand over 150 million rupiah, then worth more than $15,000, in cash to an official from the state audit board. Mulyana hoped to smooth over a discrepancy auditors had found in the tender process for ballot boxes. But the auditor was wearing a wire, while investigators from the nations antigraft agency, the KPK, lay in wait. After arresting Mulyana, a KPK team swept the election commissions offices and found a treasure trove of documents and computer files that would allow them to piece together billions of rupiah in kickbacks, resulting in a spate of high-level convictions. The case served notice that an agency founded just two years prior had arrived with a splash. Almost every day, the newspaper and television [journalists] wrote about the KPK, Ary Nugroho, an early KPK adviser, said some years later. The expectations of the people became bigger and bigger after that case. The KPK was established in 2003, half a decade after the fall of the dictator Suharto. Its first leaders built the agency from scratch, and after a few short years, wrote Gabriel Kuris, deputy director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity at Columbia Law School in New York, they had built one of the worlds most effective anti-corruption agencies. Since then, the number of cases brought by the KPK has grown rapidly, with dozens of politicians, bureaucrats and businesspeople jailed for graft every year.

Environmental issues to be a focus of Indonesian presidential debates: official "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

JAKARTA Presidential candidates in Indonesia, home to the worlds third-largest span of tropical rainforest, will have to address the issues of environmental protection and management in upcoming debates, according to a top election official. Some 195 million people are eligible to vote in next years election that pits President Joko Jokowi Widodo against his challenger from the 2014 ballot, Prabowo Subianto. While the economy, religion and social welfare typically dominate campaign platforms and talking points in Indonesia, the countrys General Elections Commission, or KPU, says it will also make room for environmental issues. One of the main topics for the presidential debates is environmental issues, KPU commissioner Wahyu Setiawan said recently. We want to let the people know how exactly a candidate is paying attention to environmental issues. Campaigning for the April 17 election kicks off on Oct. 13 this year, with a series of debates scheduled through April 13 next year. An election booth in Indonesia. Image by Ikhlasul Amal/Flickr. Jokowi, who is seeking a second term in office, last week named the countrys top Islamic cleric, Maruf Amin, as his running mate. Prabowo, who pushed Jokowi to the tightest presidential election result in Indonesias democratic history four years ago, is running alongside businessman and Jakarta deputy governor Sandiaga Uno. Jokowi has a degree in forestry management and ran a furniture export business before entering politics. As president, he has rolled out measures to address environmental issues, including forest fires, fisheries, clean energy, indigenous peoples rights, and peatland

02:11

Huge Crack In Sea Ice Is Terrible News For Polar Bears "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

For the first time on record, Arctic ice considered the oldest and strongest is starting to break apart and this could make life much harder for the polar bears who live in the region. 

Credit: Shutterstock

They dig holes in the snow and come out in the spring and go hunting," Peter Wadhams, an expert in sea ice who leads Cambridge University's Polar Ocean Physics Group, told The Independent. "But if the pack ice has moved offshore they come out [of] hibernation and are left without an area to hunt."

People are shocked that the ice in northern Greenland is breaking apart it was long considered the thickest area of sea ice, stayin...

01:15

New Jersey: Bear Hunting Banned on Public Lands "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from One Green Planet

In 2003, New Jersey state officials decided to bring back managed bear hunting after it had been banned in the state for three decades. Proponents of resuming bear hunting portrayed this disturbing practice as a necessary step in controlling the states bear population and limiting human-bear encounters.

Under this same faulty reasoning, then-Governor Chris Christie established an annual organized bear hunt in New Jersey in 2010. Since then, hundreds of bears have been legally culled each year in the state. In 2017 alone, 409 bears died at the hands of hunters, all under the guise of a pest control method which, in reality, hasnt been proven to solve the...

00:36

Very strong M7.3 earthquake hits Venezuela at intermediate depth "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A very strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.3 hit near the coast of Sucre, Venezuela at 21:31 UTC (17:31 local time) on August 21, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 123.2 km (76.5 km). EMSC is reporting M7.3 at a depth of 112 km (69.6 miles)....... Read more

Audio: The superb mimicry skills of an Australian songbird "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Today we take a listen to field recordings of the superb lyrebird, an Australian songbird known for its elaborate vocal displays and mimicry of other species songs. Listen here:   Sir David Attenborough once said that the superb lyrebird has one of the most elaborate, the most complex, the most beautiful song[s] in the world. The superb lyrebird is one of the largest songbirds in the world, noted for its elaborate tail and excellent mimicry of not just other birds but also sounds it hears in its environment including the chainsaws of loggers and the shutter clicks of cameras. Our guest is Anastasia Dalziell, an ornithologist who has studied the superb lyrebird extensively. Males of the species clear a patch of forest floor for their stage, and sing their complex songs for which they often borrow the songs of other species to attract a mate. Dalziell has actually documented that the mimicry is so precise that even members of the species being imitated are fooled by superb lyrebirds calls. But female superb lyrebirds are also known to sing songs, and to produce calls that capably mimic other species as well as sounds from their environment, such as the creaking of trees blowing in the wind. We know very little about the vocal displays of female songbirds, however, which Dalziell chalks up to geographical bias in past research. While male superb lyrebirds sing and dance to attract a mate, females have their own reasons for singing and imitating

In Brazil, a forest community helps seed new trees far and wide "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

ELDORADO  The first time that somebody mentioned collecting seeds to Seu Joo Motta, he thought it was the stupidest idea hed ever heard. Living in the middle of Atlantic Forest, he had always seen seeds as something so abundant that they had to be worthless. Last year he started to think differently. Seu Joo is a quilombola from Nhunguara, one of hundreds of colonies of former slaves known as quilombos that are spread throughout Brazils Atlantic Forest. Started as resistance communities by fleeing slaves, some quilombos are today more than 300 years old. Now, the quilombos of Nhunguara, Maria Rosa and And Lopes are establishing a network to collect and sell native seeds from the Vale do Ribeira region, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) from the city of So Paulo. The Vale do Ribeira Seed Network aims to create a new source of income for the communities while providing an alternative way of reforesting degraded lands elsewhere. Most of the people that buy the seeds are landowners that have been fined for having degraded areas in their properties, says Juliano Nascimento, from the Instituto Socioambiental (ISA), an NGO working with the quilombolas to provide technical assistance and help find seed buyers. And restoring the land using seeds rather than seedlings is an interesting option for landowners, as they can cut the costs up to two-thirds. Bags of seeds. Photo courtesy Guilherme Rodrigues. The negotiations with the buyers are concluded before the seeds are collected, Juliano says, to ensure the quilombolas

00:02

Super Smart Crows Pick Up Trash At This Amusement Park "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Six crows named Boubou, Bamboo, Bill, Black, Bricole and Baco are doing what so many people could, but don't: picking up litter. 

In a brilliant scheme, designed perhaps to make people feel guilty for littering, a French theme park has enlisted these super intelligent birds to clean things up.

Credit: AFP News Agency/YouTube

But the crows wouldn't be so intelligent if they gave away work for free, would they? The birds working at the Puy du Fou Grand Parc and Cinscnie get paid for their labor in treats. 

"Once they understand that bringing back a bit of paper gives them a nugget in return, that's it," Christophe Gaborit, the falconer at the park, said. "They get it. Then they just want to do that all day." 

This isn't even the most complex thing crows have been observed doing a study that came out in June shows that some kinds of crows even make their own tools and learn how to use them so they can solve new types of problems. 

Boubou, Bamboo, Bill, Black, Bricole and Baco don't have to do too much in their new job. Mostly, they pick up cigarette butts, since park vi...

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21:18

Police: I Dont Care About Hurting Anti-ICE Protester "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Via FANG Collective Facebook Two tripods and a concrete blockade were deployed yesterday to shutdown the Bristol County Prison and an adjacent ICE facility. The first tripod was torn down by police, sending the climber falling to the... Read More

20:51

Curious Dog Sneaks Out Third Story Window Then Instantly Regrets It "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When Max the terrier climbed out a window at his familys London apartment last week, he set out to see the world. But he ended up in a much less pleasant situation.

The curious pup saw the open window as a chance to do some exploring, so he crept across a ledge on the side of the building until a pesky gutter blocked his path to the open road.

Soon some more problematic twists arose in his journey: He realized he was up on the buildings third level, and the ledge was far too narrow for him to turn himself around.

Credit: Twitter/London Fire Brigade

"We dont know exactly how long hed been up there, but it was at least half an hour, Sean Sloan, crew manager of the London Fire Brigade, which came out to rescue Max, said.

Max seemed to regret the situation somewhat, seeing how hopeless he looked up there.

Credit: Twitter/London Fire Brigade

But after being rescued, he quickly found a way to make light of the scary situation as any fun-loving dog would.

The owner was very distressed but we got him down and Max was fine, Sloan said. In fact, he seemed to be quite pleased with all the attention he was getting.

While Max was certainly very brave, we hope his future adventures will be a little less scary and indoors.  
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20:31

International Day of Struggle Against Monoculture Tree Plantations is Sept. 21 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

International Day of Struggle Against Monoculture Tree Plantations is Sept. 21 September 21, the International Day Against Monoculture Tree Plantations, is a day for organizations, networks and movements to celebrate resistance and raise their voices to demand, Stop the Expansion of Monoculture Tree Plantations! These plantations threaten the sovereignty of communities and peoples. The Day []

The post International Day of Struggle Against Monoculture Tree Plantations is Sept. 21 appeared first on STOPGETREES.ORG.

20:15

HIoN Hits 558 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

HIoN in terminally high territory The FIRE-EARTH Index of Human Impact on Nature (HIoN), an index for calculating the human impact on the planetary life support systems, has exploded to a terminally high level of 558 this month. In other words, the anthropogenic impact on the living environment is now 5.58 times the planets rapidly []

19:25

M6.2 Earthquake Strikes Offshore Oregon "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

ER: TJJ nm KTDGTNSY CBW 082202 2 Strong earthquake occurs 265km WNW of Bandon, Oregon EQ Details Magnitude: 6.2 mww [USGS] Location: 43.645N, 127.603W Depth: 10.0 km depth Time: 2018-08-22 09:31:47 UTC Distances: 265km WNW of Bandon, Oregon 392.0 km WSW of Salem, Oregon [Pop: 164,549] Felt Reports: 66 AoR Tsunami Evaluation: []

19:06

Dog Abandoned By His Owners Is Finally Learning To Trust Again "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Earlier this year, Dennys life was turned upside down. His former owner dumped him on the streets in Phuket, an island in Thailand, leaving the little dog to fend for himself.

Since Denny was used to living inside a home, he didnt manage well on his own. He struggled to find food and water, and he was even brutally attacked by another dog, which left his face maimed and his eye permanently damaged.

Credit: Soi Dog Foundation

Thankfully, someone witnessed the attack and managed to get the other dog off Denny. Then the person phoned Soi Dog Foundation, group that rescues and rehabilitates local dogs. But by the time an animal rescue officer came to pick Denny up, the little dog had disappeared.

Credit: Soi Dog Foundation

Three days later, Denny re-emerged, and the officer was able to capture him and rush him to the Soi Dog vet hospital. At this point, Denny was in critical condition. His eye had become badly infected, and he needed to spend several months in the hospital.

Credit: Soi Dog Foundation

As Denny healed, he learned to trust people again.

It took about three months for him to heal physically, but a bit quicker for him to heal emotionally once he realized the vets were there to help him, Maeve Henry, a spokesperson for Soi Dog Foundation, told The...

17:43

Canada: Protesters Arrested at Doctor-Organized Pipeline Demonstration "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from CTV News

Mounties arrested five protesters at a demonstration in Burnaby, B.C. Monday where a group of doctors gathered to voice their opposition to the Trans Mountain expansion project.

The doctors addressed a crowd of pipeline protesters outside Kinder Morgans Marine Westridge Terminal, sharing their concerns about the potential for a devastating oil spill, as well as the consequences of continued reliance on fossil fuels.

Dr. Tim Takaro pointed to the forest fires raging across B.C. as an ongoing symptom of climate change that will only get worse as times goes on.

I have children and Im a public health physician, its my job to stand in the way of projects like this that run contrary to public health, Takaro said.

We know these increased warming trends are giving us much higher risks of fire in our forests, and even in our temperate rainforests that (previously) were really too wet to burn.

Takaro was joined by other doctors, including Dr. Peter Pare, an expert on respiratory medicine at UBC and St. Pauls Hospital who warned about the health impacts of the wildfire smoke.

Im here because I think this project represents an enormous public health risk, to the air and to the water, both locally and globally, Pare said in a statement distributed by protest group Protec...

17:36

North Dakota: Prosecutors Drop Serious Charges Against Chase Iron Eyes "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Native News Online

In what defense attorneys are calling a major victory for their client and for the water protectors of Standing Rock, North Dakota prosecutors have dropped all serious charges against former North Dakota congressional candidate Chase Iron Eyes in his case resulting from protests of the Dakota Access pipeline.

Iron Eyes, an attorney who works for the Lakota Peoples Law Project, was facing a maximum of six years in state prison after his arrest for alleged criminal trespass and incitement of a riot near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation on February 1, 2017. In exchange for his agreement not to violate any criminal law for 360 days, the state reduced all charges to a minor, Class B misdemeanor of disorderly conduct. Under this agreement, Iron Eyes will walk away without jail time or any risk to his law license.

The world should know that its legally impossible for me and other Native people to trespass on treaty land, and I never started a riot. I and the water protectors are not terrorists. We and the US veterans who stood with us to protect Mother Earth are the true patriots, said Iron Eyes. Now I can be with my family and continue defending the sovereignty of my people. This will allow me to keep working nonstop to protect First Amendment, human and Native rights....

17:30

Sweden: Five Thousand Mink Freed from Cages "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Unoffensive Animal

reported anonymously:

On the 19th of August activists entered a fur farm during a protest in Hjo, Sweden. 5000 mink were freed from their cages and so far no one has been charged for the action. Activists covered the farmers home in stickers to remind him that someone will always be watching until every last cage is empty. Not only does the farmer Knut Indebetou torture mink he also raises thousands of chickens for slaughter, this is not the first time he has been targeted and it will not be the last!

(No horses were released by activists but the farmer has made this up to discredit the action)

Additional report:

The farmer has earlier been targeted by animal rights activists such as animal rights militia because of the minkfarm.

Knut Indebetou who runs the farm has also a large chicken farm with 250.000 chickens for meat production.

If you want to adress you concerns,
Contact:
Knut Indebetou (64y/o)
Lilla solberga 1, 54492 HJO
+46708453288

15:00

Botswanas Unique Wilderness Area, Okavango Delta, Faces an Uncertain Future "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Conservationists are racing to protect the UNESCO world heritage site's two main source rivers in Angola

13:16

Guest post: Indias emissions will double at most by 2030 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Navroz K Dubash is a professor and Ankit Bhardwaj is a senior research associate at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR)s Initiative on Climate, Energy and Environment in New Delhi.

In a global climate regime built around national climate pledges known as nationally determined contributions (NDCs) it becomes essential to understand the likelihood of meeting these pledges.

However, understanding how national conditions will affect these pledges can be difficult, especially in rapidly changing developing countries, such as India.

India is undertaking multiple transitions driven by demography, urbanisation and energy access, amid rapidly changing policies and technologies. All these factors will shape its emissions future, which has considerable importance to the future of global emissions.

This means assessing how its emissions will be affected by national development goals, such as access to energy, becomes important for projecting future emissions.

Understanding Indias trajectory

Our paper, recently published in Environmental Research Letters, explores these challenges.

We i...

11:05

Wildfire Smoke from West Coast Now Reaching Across Country to East Coast "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Smoke From California Wildfires Is Reaching the East Coast

From an Article by Jennifer Calfas, Time Magazine, August 10, 2018

Smoke billowing from the destructive fires burning through California this summer has spread far beyond the Golden State reaching the East Coast.

The National Weather Service says smoke from the raging fires out West has impacted cities thousands of miles away and the atmosphere above them. Residents in states like Missouri, Ohio, Mississippi, Virginia and even New York and Massachusetts can see the smoke manifest itself through grey skies and vibrant sunsets, the National Weather Service says. And those in fewer states throughout the Midwest, South and East Coast are breathing in air that has been impacted by the smoke as well.

But how exactly does smoke travel this far? Andy Edman, chief of the science technology infusion division at the National Weather Service, says small particles of smoke that come from the fires can stay in the air and move through the Earths atmosphere all the way to the East Coast. The smoke sits more than a mile above the Earths surface, but can move down through strong winds called jet streams and have an impact on air quality.

Where the smoke is in the atmosphere will make a difference on the impact a human being will receive, Edman says. For example, with the smoke far from the Earths surface, Edman says, if youre in D.C. or New York, if you walk outside, it will all seem sunny but if you look up at the sky, it will be grey.

The National Weather Service has two relevant maps that explores the issue. One below shows the path of vertically integrated smoke that is, the smoke that sits far above Earths surface in the atmosphere and impacts the sky you see above...

10:32

Severe decline of mountain hares on Scottish grouse moors "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Severe decline of mountain hares on Scottish grouse moors

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08:02

FIRE-EARTH Alerts: LYTB, PJLT, RKYN, DLWG, NSGR, KFWT 082202 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CJ IGE OCT TML FIRE-EARTH Alerts: LYTB, PJLT, RKYN, DLWG, NSGR, KFWT 082202 ALERTS issued by FIRE-EARTH Science. Details available to authorized groups via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. Alerts 082202 . . . . . . . .

08:00

Effects of a fence "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Effects of a fence

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Cheap exotic pets that grow large are often released by owners "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Cheap exotic pets that grow large are often released by owners

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07:59

How traditionalist Hayek feared science would lead to Socialism "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

How traditionalist Hayek feared science would lead to Socialism

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07:20

Newborn Rescue Kittens Get The Most Adorable Photo Shoot "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A few weeks ago, Brandy Suppi started noticing a stray tabby cat appearing in the woods near her home in McAlester, Oklahoma. As an animal lover, she knew she had to help the homeless cat.

Suppi began leaving out food in hopes of earning the cat's trust, and before long, she did.

It was then that Suppi discovered the stray cat was not alone.

Credit: Brandy Suppi

"Two days after I started feeding her, she brought me her kittens and wrapped them in a blanket on the porch," Suppi told The Dodo. "I think Mama knew we would help her."

The stray cat and her four kittens were now safe and fed but their rescuer wanted to do more.

Credit: Brandy Suppi

Suppi took the kitties to get a checkup at the vet and learned that they're all healthy. Unfortunately, since she and her family are already the proud owners of four rescue dogs, Suppi decided to try to find the cats forever homes elsewhere and that meant getting creative.

Suppi got in touch with her friend Heather Scott, whose work with LaMon Photography often features animals.

"She sent me a picture of these kittens that the mama cat brought to her porch," Scott told The Dodo. "I immediately said we need a newborn shoot!"
...

07:09

Magnitude 7.3 20km NNW of Yaguaraparo, Venezuela August 21, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

USGS Event Page
Magnitude 7.3
20km NNW of Yaguaraparo, Venezuela
2018-08-21 21:31:42 UTC
Location:
10.739N, -62.911W
123.2 km depth
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07:07

Powerful Earthquake Rocks Northern Venezuela "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

ER: MBT lg PALKSRNS CBW 082202 M7.3 Earthquake Strikes near Yaguaraparo, Venezuela   Magnitude: 7.3 mww    [USGS] Location: 10.739N 62.911W Depth: 123.2 km Time: 2018-08-21 @ 1:31:42 UTC Distances: 20km NNW of Yaguaraparo, Venezuela 38.4 km (23.9 mi) ENE of Carpano, Venezuela [Pop: 112,082] Notes: NO Tsunami threat from this earthquake PTWC Fatalities []

03:26

Goats Found Wandering On Subway Tracks Get Rescued By Jon Stewart "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Delays on the subway can make any Monday morning take a turn for the worse.

But yesterday, commuters in New York City had the cutest reason for being a few minutes behind: goats.

Credit: Twitter/NYCT Subway

The wayward pair was spotted roaming a track in Brooklyn, near a station thats closed for the summer for renovations. But as the goats munched on grass, they got dangerously close to active tracks prompting police to launch a rescue mission.

Officers set out to the scene to locate the goats, as workers with the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) shut down service to the active train running through that area.

The officers quickly spotted the goats, but it was clear the animals were spooked. Its not often these pasture dwellers end up wandering a city and the noisy trains werent making things better.

Credit: Twitter/NYCT Subway

"We've seen cats and dogs but never goats," Captain Jonathan Bobin, the commanding officer of this transit area, told ABC. "They were nervous and kept running from our personnel, but we were able to get them and take them off the tracks safely."

While its unclear where the goats came from, its very likely they had escaped a live market, where...

01:58

Famous Crackers Won't Show Circus Animals In Cages Anymore "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

So many of us grew up eating animal crackers and remember them as a fun, delicious snack but for more than 100 years, the packaging of these treats depicted animals being carted around in cages. While a drawing on a box of cookies may not seem like a big deal to some, it painted a picture of what many circus animals are forced to deal with on a daily basis. 

However, Mondelez International and Nabisco, the companies that manufacture Barnums Animal Crackers, have finally seen the light, and have officially debuted their new, cruelty-free packaging today. 

The organization PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has been pleading with Mondelez International for years to change its packaging that very openly promoted circuses, and the company finally agreed to a redesign. The classic old packaging showed lions, polar bears, gorillas and elephants sitting behind bars. Now, instead of animals in cages, the new packaging shows a zebra, an elephant, a lion, a giraffe and a gorilla roaming free together in the wild. 

While it may seem like a small gesture, the redesign helps promote a new reality in which circuses are a thing of the past. In May 2017, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus officially shut its doors for good, after receiving years of backlash for the way it treated its animals. 

"When PETA reached out about Barnum's, we saw this as another great opportunity to continue to keep this brand modern and contemporary," Jason Levine, chief marketing officer for Mondelez North America, said in a statement,...

01:44

This Naked Creature Could Hold The Secret To Living Forever "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A creature who lives underground in almost total darkness holds the secret to aging incredibly well even if he doesn't look like it.

The pink and wrinkly naked mole rat who is neither a rat nor a mole is being studied by people who are increasingly interested in unlocking the secret to living much longer. 

Credit: Wikimedia

The naked mole rat lives in underground colonies in Africa and is being studied by "longevity entrepreneurs," people in the tech industry who are trying to figure out how to use technology to extend human life as long as possible.

Credit: Shutterstock

The naked mole rat appears to have several superpowers: The animal can survive for as long as 18 minutes without oxygen; the animal also hardly ever gets cancer. Scientists expected that naked mole rats wouldn't live past 6 years in captivity instead, even in unnatural conditions, they can live past age 30.

Earlier this year, a biologist who works at Calico, a biotech company launched by Google in San Francisco, California, discovered data that suggests that as naked mole rats age, their chance of dying actually slightly decreases. (For every other mammal, the opposite is true.)

This is the most exciting data Ive ever gotten, Rochelle Buffenstein, the biologist at Calico, told Science. It goes against everything we know in terms of mammalian biology....

01:11

Interview: EPA Scientist Sounds The Alarm On Geoengineering Contamination "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Dane Wigington GeoengineeringWatch.org Among the legions of immoral, bought and paid for order followers that now fill the halls of government agencies, there are still some with the courage to tell the truth no matter what the cost. In the attached interview with former EPA scientist Michael Davis, the true criminality of organizations like the EPA

01:03

People Thought This Animal Was Extinct Until A Tourist Took This Photo "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

What a British tourist caught on camera in the Indonesian jungle could be the rediscovery of a critically endangered species that's been considered lost perhaps even extinct for a long time. 

"We started to see these claw marks at the base of tree," Michael Smith, who was on the last day of a week-long guided trek through the Wondiwoi Mountains in Indonesia, told The Sun

Smith had been looking for a rare kind of orchid but then he turned his sights toward the tree canopy and saw something furry up there. That's when he pulled out his camera and started taking photos.

The last recorded sighting of the rare tree kangaroo was in 1928. If any of these critically endangered creatures remained after pressures from hunting, people believed that the population couldn't be more than 50 individuals.

"I was...

01:01

Planting a mix of tree species could double forest carbon storage "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Forests containing several tree species could store twice as much carbon as the average monoculture plantation, research finds.

A study looking at the carbon storage of forests in southern China finds that each additional tree species introduced to a plantation could add 6% to its total carbon stocks.

The findings suggest that afforestation programmes  which aim to plant trees to suck CO2 out of the atmosphere  should switch from using just one plant species to a more diverse mix, a study author tells Carbon Brief.

Planting a diverse range of trees could also bring many co-benefits, the author adds, including providing habitats for a larger range of animals.

However, the relatively small scale of the experiment may have led researchers to overestimate the relationship between tree species diversity and carbon storage, other scientists tell Carbon Brief.

Planting power

Limiting global warming to 1.5-2C above pre-industrial levels which is the goal of the Paris Agreement  is likely to require the use of negative emissions technologies methods that aim to reduce the impacts of climate change by removing CO2 from the air.

Increasingly, some scientists are arguing that natural climate solutions, such as afforestation, should take precedence in efforts to achieve negative emissions...

00:55

CCAN Statement: Swayed by Virginia DEQ, State Water Control Board Wrongly Allows Controversial Fracked-Gas Pipelines to Proceed, Despite Evidence of Harm to Water Quality "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The SWCB Failed to Require Individual Reviews of Pipelines Impact, Putting Virginias Waters at Risk for Pipelines that Have Already Caused Numerous Violations

RICHMOND, VA Today, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality provided misleading and incomplete information to the Virginia State Water Control Board during its review of whether the US Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide Permit 12 (NWP 12) for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipeline is sufficient to protect Virginias water quality. The Board failed to take its opportunity to revoke this permit, instead calling on the DEQ to aggressively enforce the erosion and stormwater controls for the pipelines and respond to complaints promptly.

The Department of Environmental Quality, headed by the controversial David Paylor, continued to strongly recommend that the Board allow pipeline construction to proceed, despite mounting evidence that MVP and ACP have already harmed water quality.

Anne Havemann, General Counsel for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, issued the following statement in response:

The pipeline companies have cut corners and aggressively pushed for approval before complete information about the impacts were understood. Reviewing federal courts have thrown out key permits for both pipelines, finding that agencies failed to adequately protect endangered species, national forests, and treasured places such as the Blue Ridge Parkway. These invalidated permits were so critical that FERC has halted construction on both pipelines.

David Paylors DEQ likewise pushed for approval from the State Water Control B...

00:27

Woman Rescues Hairless Puppy Covered In Mysterious Dye "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The 3-month-old puppy was hairless and covered in a strange purple dye and Neda Saghafi immediately knew she wanted to foster him.

In April, Saghafi, who runs a small rescue group called Simba's Paw Dog Rescue, had gotten tagged in a Facebook post about the puppy, whod been picked up as a stray and taken to a busy shelter in Fresno, California.

Credit: Neda Saghafi

Its a very high-kill shelter, and when dogs like that come in, they have a very hard time getting out unless a rescue steps in, Saghafi told The Dodo. So when I saw the picture posted on Facebook my heart struck, and I thought, I have to rescue this dog.

While it was clear that the puppy had a bad case of mange, Saghafi wasnt sure what to make of the purple paint.

Credit: Neda Saghafi

At first, I thought it was spray paint, and kids spray-painted him or something like that, Saghafi said. Also, when people get puppies for bait dogs, they spray them different colors so they can make bets on them so thats another thing that popped into my head.

But when Saghafi got the puppy, whom she named Prince, and took him to the vet for a checkup, the vet had another theory.

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Major dam in central Thailand's Phetchaburi province expected to overflow August 22 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Authorities in Thailand are warning the Kaeng Krachan dam is expected to overflow at Wednesday noon, August 22, 2018, triggering another flood. This is a major dam located in Phetchaburi province, currently holding 777 million m3 of water or 109% of its full...... Read more

10 people killed after flash flood hits Raganello gorge in southern Italy's Calabria "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The number of people killed after heavy rain flooded the Raganello gorge on August 20, 2018, rose to 10 on August 21. 23 people were rescued and brought to safety, three were found alive today and another three still remain missing. There were up to 40 hikers in the...... Read more

Poachers caught on video killing mother bear and cubs at den in Alaska "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Authorities in Alaska say they have identified two poachers who reportedly killed a female black bear and her cubs from footage taken at the animals den in April. Unbeknownst to the hunters, 41-year-old Andrew Renner and his son, 18-year-old Owen Renner, a motion-activated video camera was trained on the den. The female bear was part of a study run by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and she wore a tracking collar. Black bear cubs. Image by Mark Betram/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Public Domain), via Wikimedia Commons. The scene that unfolded on the video, as described in a dispatch from the Alaska Department of Public Safety, has led to several charges stemming from the incident, including illegally killing a mother bear and killing bear cubs. Andrew Renner also faces a felony charge of tampering with physical evidence. After skiing to the den on Esker Island in Prince William Sound on April 14, Owen Renner shot the mother bear twice, and then Andrew Renner killed the shrieking newborn cubs. The two men returned to the den on April 16 to clean up their shell casings and get rid of the cubs bodies. About two weeks later, Andrew Renner took the collar and the female bears skin into an Alaska Department of Fish and Game office, claiming he had killed the bear in a different location and that he hadnt seen any cubs with her. Kitty Block, who heads the U.S. Humane Society,

21:38

People Find 105 Unwanted 'Pets' Stuffed In Filthy Cages "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In a cage full of garbage, a monkey clutched the wire fence.

Bottles and papers littered the entire floor, and there was no food or water in sight.

Credit: WFFT

In another filthy enclosure, geese sat huddled on a concrete slab next to a green, sludge-filled pool. Just a few feet away, a lone boar paced around a barren concrete enclosure, with no view of the outside world. His skin was bright pink and completely bald.

The animals were unwanted and discarded but help was on the way.

Credit: WFFT

Last week, rescuers with Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT) discovered over 100 wild and domestic animals living in squalor at a temple in Rayong Province, Thailand. Over the years, residents had dumped their unwanted pets and farm animals there, and the monks couldnt keep up with caring for all of them.

Some animals had already died from the horrible conditions. But there were still so many left to save.

Credit: WFFT

Every corner of the property brought a new and heartbreaking sight for the rescuers. Feces-filled cages lined the property, and none of the animals had access to clean water. It would turn out to be the teams largest rescue mission yet.

The rescue team is well experienced in handling all the various species, but have never done them all together on such a scale, WFFT said. It took arou...

20:20

FIRE-EARTH Conference in Progress 082102 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CJ OCT TML FIRE-EARTH Conference 082102 Details available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. All Groups Latest FIRE-EARTH DIRECTIVES, ALERTS, FORECASTS, BULLETINS and MESSAGES available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. FIRE-EARTH Conference . . . . .

19:52

Major Hurricane "Lane" expected to turn toward Hawaii "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Category 4 Hurricane "Lane" is heading west at 19 km/h (12 mph) and is expected to turn toward Hawaii on August 22 and 23 and pass dangerously close to the main Hawaiian Islands. Current forecast track doesn't call for a direct impact and Lane will be...... Read more

19:00

A landmark victory: Monsanto, Roundup & cancer "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

roundup on shelf

In a historic ruling in the San Francisco Superior Court earlier this month, a jury found the Monsanto corporation (recently merged with Bayer) fully liable for health damages caused by its herbicide, Roundup. The plaintiff, DeWayne Johnson, was awarded $289 million in damages.

This victory is a landmark moment. It signals the beginning of real change a loosening of the grip that corporations have held over food and farming for far too long.

...

18:56

Tiny Tortoise Reunites With Family A Month After Getting Lost "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A little tortoise named Herman is now safe and sound back at his home in Cambridge, England after over a month on the run.

On July 6, Herman was outside in the garden playing with his family. They turned around for one minute, and the little tortoise had vanished.

His mom, Lyndsay Ward, searched the neighborhood far and wide. She put up posters, put out pleas on Facebook and called friends to spread the word about her lost shelled friend but no one had seen Herman anywhere.

Credit: RSPCA

Days turned into weeks, and weeks turned into a month until one day, Ward heard something peculiar out in the garden. She was heartbroken after many weeks without him, but didnt want to give up hope.

I heard this scratching noise, and knowing the sound tortoises make, I just knew it was Herman, she told Cambridgeshire Live.

Ward and her partner Matt were instantly drawn to a pipe that sticks out above the ground in the garden. Theyd searched it previously, but figured it was far too small for Herman to have climbed into.

Credit: RSPCA

Thats just where he was and had been for the past 28 days.

The pair started to rip up the patio and start digging, desperate to rescue Herman as soon as possible. They soon called the local RSPCA for backup, and an officer rushed over right away to hel...

17:52

Kerala Hit with Worst Flooding in a Century "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Intense monsoon rains have led to 350 deaths and displaced 800,000 people in Indian state

17:42

Anti-Pollution Activists Stage Protest at Volkswagens UK Headquarters "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Matthew Taylor / The Guardian

Doctors and anti-pollution activists have blockaded the UK headquarters of Volkswagen as the campaign to highlight the countrys air pollution crisis gathers pace.

Hundreds of staff were prevented from getting into VWs head office in Milton Keynes by doctors and other medics who, with Greenpeace activists, set up sick bays at entrances to highlight the damage VW diesel vehicles are doing to peoples health.

Aarash Saleh, a doctor in respiratory medicine who is at the protest, said: Diesel pollution is causing horrendous suffering across the UK and storing up a lifetime of troubled health for our kids. If you could see it, diesel would be banned tomorrow.

Mel Evans, a clean air campaigner for the environmental group, said: As the UKs biggest seller of diesel cars, Volkswagen is complicit in an air pollution crisis thats filling up emergency departments and GP surgeries.

Volkswagen sold us a lie about diesel being clean. Its diesel addiction is seriously harming peoples health.

He added: Volkswagen must face up to its responsibility for deadly air pollution and commit to end diesel production now.

A Greenpeace spokeswoman said the activists had ended their protest in the afternoon after Volkswagen agreed to a...

17:37

Pipeline Company Responds to Federal Stop-Work Order with More Work "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Pipeline News

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ordered a halt to construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) on the entire projects route. MVP is responding by installing an additional 70 miles of pipe.

On August 3, the FERC ordered MVP to stop construction along all portions of the project and to stabilize the 300-mile long easement. Five days later, MVP proposed burying 70 miles of the pipe underground, effectively completing nearly all construction in West Virginia.

The FERC approved this construction on August 10, one week after saying Allowing continued construction poses the risk of expending substantial resources and substantially disturbing the environment, in the stop-work order.

Affected landowners and people in the communities affected by the pipeline are not having any of it. Many see the modification of the stop-work order as a scheme to continue construction. Mara Robbins, community organizer of Preserve Floyd, sees the stabilization plan as a tactic by the pipeline company to advance their embattled project.

So far as I can tell, a lot of their stabilization plan is really more of a continue-to-construct plan, Robbins said. They seem to have it in their head that in order to stabilize the pipe they need to dig a trench, put the pipe thats laying on the ground in the trench and bury it, which to me seems like...

17:28

Louisiana: Water Protector Tased After Life-Line to Skypod Cut by Bayou Bridge Workers "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

submitted to Earth First! Newswire

Energy Transfer Partners is building the Bayou Bridge Pipeline through the Atchafalaya Basin without consent of landowners and the St. Martinsville Parish Sheriffs Department is violently attacking protesters to make it possible.

In the pre-dawn hours of Monday morning, deputies with the St. Martin Parish Sheriffs Department tased and arrested a water protector after trapping her for hours in a tree by allowing workers for Energy Transfer Partners to cut the lifeline on an aerial blockade she was sitting in.

Deputies later claimed to be working security for Energy Transfer Partners Bayou Bridge pipeline.

Determined to prevent further destruction of their land, Theda Wright and her six sisters have given water protectors permission to camp on their land and to stop the pipeline.

Water protectors on Friday constructed a skypod a type of aerial blockade intended to stop further illegal construction of the controversial Bayou Bridge pipeline, which is the tail end of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Skypods consist of a platform located off the easement, with a lifeline tied into the easement. If the lifeline is cut, the platform falls, endangering the life of the individual in the tree, as well as those below. Thats exactly what Energy Transfer Partners did....

16:23

WV Supreme Court Justice Gave Natural Gas a Big Victory and Shortchanged Residents "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Beth Walker and other Justices now in impeachment process due to excess spending

Justice Beth Walker helped reopen the case when her husband owned stock in related energy companies

From an Article by Ken Ward Jr., The Charleston Gazette-Mail & ProPublica, August 20, 2018

The Republican-led West Virginia House of Delegates received national attention last week for impeaching all four of the states sitting Supreme Court justices. Lawmakers cited a swirling scandal over court spending that ranged from using state cars for personal business to extravagant office renovations that included a $32,000 couch.

Among the targets was Beth Walker, who was impeached over allegations of irresponsible spending and poorly managing the courts administrative affairs.

But left unmentioned in the impeachment and the debate around it has been a peculiar vote by Walker that benefited the natural gas industry. In one of her earliest votes, Walker made a highly unusual decision to reopen a case and then reverse a Supreme Court ruling that would have forced drillers to pay more in profits to residents. Walker voted to reopen the case around the time her husband owned stock in a variety of energy companies, including those participating in West Virginias growin...

16:10

The Watchers News Brief: August 20, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

New major explosion at Stromboli volcano, Italy A new major explosion took place at Stromboli volcano on August 18. An intense explosion at 19:08 UTC involved the mouths of the south-central zone located on the crater terrace, producing a small cloud of ash and the...... Read more

Fight to protect the worlds most threatened great ape goes to court "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

JAKARTA A battle to save the worlds most endangered great ape has intensified as conservationists lodge a lawsuit and collect over a million signatures against a planned hydroelectric plant in Sumatra, Indonesia. At the heart of the issue is the future of the Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis), a species that was only described last year but is already teetering on the brink of extinction. Its habitat in the Batang Toru ecosystem continues to be fragmented by infrastructure projects, including a planned $1.6 billion dam and hydroelectric power plant underwritten by Chinese state loans. In the latest salvo in the battle, the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) has filed suit against the North Sumatra provincial government for approving the project. The lawsuit seeks to revoke the government-issued environmental permit for the projects developer, PT North Sumatra Hydro Energy (NSHE). The lawsuits underlying arguments are that the project carries a high environmental risk, and that NHSE made a series of administrative errors when acquiring the permit, according to Ronald Siahaan, Walhis litigation manager. On the first point, Ronald said, the site of the proposed dam is along a tectonic fault, which raises the risk of catastrophic damage from earthquakes something that Walhi says was overlooked in the projects environmental impact assessment document. Ronald cited the case of a village, Aek Batang Paya, next to the project site, where he said we can see that the asphalt road there keeps cracking. Theyve paved the road with asphalt over and over again, but

Report finds APP and APRIL violating zero-deforestation policies with wood purchases from Djarum Group concessions in East Kalimantan "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

JAKARTA Paper giants Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) and Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Limited (APRIL) are under fire for allegedly purchasing wood cut down from natural forest in Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo Island, which if true constitutes a violation of their landmark no-deforestation policies. A new report by a coalition of NGOs has found that both companies purchased wood from timber producer PT Fajar Surya Swadaya, which has cleared nearly 200 square kilometers (77 square miles) of natural forest in its 615 square kilometers (237 square miles) of concession in East Kalimantan province since 2013. The report also found that APP purchased wood from another forestry company, PT Silva Rimba Lestari, which has cleared more than 120 square kilometers (46 square miles) of natural forest in its 880 square kilometers (340 square miles) of concession in East Kalimantan during the same period. Both PT Fajar Surya Swadaya and PT Silva Rimba Lestari are majority-owned through holding companies by members of the Hartono family, founders of tobacco giant the Djarum Group, according to official company profiles provided by the government. The NGOs reached their conclusion after combing through the Indonesian governments wood utilization reports, which contained details of the source of the wood that companies purchase. When we looked at the reports, we found companies that were not listed by APP as independent suppliers nor first-party mills, Syahrul Fitra from the NGO Auriga, a member of the coalition, told Mongabay. And then we traced the activities of

16:00

Executive Assistant and Special Projects Coordinator "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Job Announcement: Executive Assistant & Special Projects Coordinator

 

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) has an excellent opportunity for someone who is multi-talented, a proven problem solver and passionate about tackling the critical problems and solutions associated with climate change. Whether youre looking for a foot in the door in the non-profit and progressive community or looking to fill your day with multifaceted work that benefits our planet, this could be the perfect position for you!

About Us:

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is the first grassroots, nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to fighting global warming in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

We are working on bold campaigns in this unique region that surrounds our nations capital that will result in energy policies matching the scale of the climate crisis. Never has our work been more important as we are facing climate change denial, stalls, and rollbacks at the national level. For fifteen years, we have been dedicated to taking on big fights in our region and pushing the envelope of whats politically possible, using every tool inside and outside of the box from organizing to lobbying to the law. Weve succeeded in stopping the powerful natural gas lobby from fracking, weve passed legislation to incentivize solar and wind power, and stopped the expansion of dirty fossil fuel combustion.

About You:

CCAN is looking for a self-motivated problem solver to add to our energetic team. The successful candidate will be someone who is just as motivated to keep our Executive D...

15:31

Social Shock Testing: Human Biocontrol Programs and Mass Poisoning of Target Groups "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Carfentanil : A dose of just 20 micro-grams, smaller than a poppy seed, is fatal to humans. With 1 billion micro-grams per kilogram translates into 50 million fatal doses per kilogram. Carfentanil or carfentanyl (Wildnil) Carfentanil or carfentanyl (Wildnil) is an analogue of the popular synthetic opioid analgesic fentanyl, and is one of the most []

13:43

Scientists call on California governor to OK carbon credits from forest conservation "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A group of prominent scientists is calling on California governor Jerry Brown to incorporate tropical forest conservation into the states cap-and-trade regulation ahead of next months Global Climate Action Summit, which is being held in San Francisco. The letter, signed by 20 scientists from a range of institutions, highlights the climate change mitigation potential of tropical forests, which lock up vast amounts of carbon in their vegetation and soils. The best science points to an important part of the climate change solution that you are uniquely positioned to unlock: tropical forests, the scientists write. These carbon- and species-rich ecosystems could deliver up to a fourth of the carbon emissions reductions needed by 2030 to avoid dangerous climate change. Slowing the deforestation and degradation of tropical forests, the source of as much as one fifth of global emissions, while allowing damaged forests to recover is one of the most cost-effective, near-term steps towards a zero net carbon budget globally. Deforestation and forest degradation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions from human activities after power generation. California has been mulling the inclusion of tropical forests in its cap-and-trade regulation, which was authorized by the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB32), for a decade. During that time, the state has been developing a tropical forest standard in consultation with experts and using feedback from a set of forest conservation pilot projects run under Governors Climate and Forests Task Force, an initiative involving leaders from states and provinces in Brazil, Colombia,

Komodo protesters say no to development in the dragons den "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

JAKARTA Locals and activists have denounced plans to build tourism infrastructure in Indonesias Komodo National Park, a string of sun-kissed islands best known for their resident giant lizards. Developers PT Segara Komodo Lestari (SKL) and PT Komodo Wildlife Ecotourism (KWE) have already pocketed building permits for the parks three larger islands, Padar, Rinca and Komodo. The latter two are home to the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), the worlds largest living lizard and a threatened species on the IUCN Red List. PT SKL, which obtained its permit in December 2015, plans to build a restaurant and a dragon sightseeing facility on Rinca. PT KWEs permit, dating back to September 2014, is for accommodation on Padar and Komodo islands. But residents of West Manggarai district, the administrative region that covers the park, have called for the plans to be scrapped and the permits revoked. The local government, together with the national government and tourism businesses, must maintain Komodo National Park as a conservation zone to ensure tourism thats environmentally friendly and free from exploitation and commercialization, Rafael Todowela, who heads the West Manggarai Community Forum to Save Tourism (Formapp Mabar), said at a protest earlier this month. Conservation is to protect the Komodo dragons, not investors, he added. A view of Padar Island from one of its highest points. Image by Basten Gokkon. Komodo National Park comprises the three larger islands and 26 smaller ones. Its a UNESCO World Heritage Site and part of the Pacific Coral Triangle, and, as a

10:48

Anti-diesel campaigners and medics block hundreds of Volkswagen staff from head office "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Anti-diesel campaigners and medics block hundreds of Volkswagen staff from head office

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10:29

Increase the peace vegans and farmers can be allies "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Increase the peace vegans and farmers can be allies

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10:10

Meet the litter-picking pilgrim "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Meet the litter-picking pilgrim

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10:02

British public supports urgent action and litigation on climate change "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

British public supports urgent action and litigation on climate change

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07:59

How Margaret Thatcher came to sound the climate alarm "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

How Margaret Thatcher came to sound the climate alarm

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07:33

Cyclist Finds Lost Baby Raccoon And Carries Him To Safety In Backpack "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Retired police sergeant Dave Ferrell was riding along a bike trail in Florida last week when his ears were struck by the cries of a baby animal in distress.

And he knew he had to help.

Credit: Wikipedia

There, huddled all alone in the middle of the path in front of Ferrell, was a young raccoon screaming out for his mother.

"He was in bad shape laying in the bike trail, flies all over him," Ferrell later wrote on Facebook. "He wasn't long for this world."

Ferrell searched the area in hopes of finding the baby's mom, but she was nowhere to be seen. So, fearing that the little guy would soon perish without intervention, he then loaded up the little raccoon into his backpack and pedaled him to safety.

"I couldn't leave him out there," Ferrell wrote.

Credit: Dave Ferrell/City of Tallahassee Police Department

After making his way back to the trailhead, Ferrell was met by an officer from the Tallahassee Police Department to complete the journey to get the raccoon the help he needed. Throughout the rescue, the frightened baby seemed to sense his rescuer's good intentions.

"He really relaxed and enjoyed the ride in that CamelBak," Ferrell wrote. "He just kind of chilled out back there!"

Before long, the raccoon was placed under the care of Emily Shaw at...

05:58

Rare snowfall reported in Uruguay "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Brazilian and North American meteorologists both agreed it was snow that was seen falling in parts of Uruguay on Sunday, August 19, 2018. Since Uruguay is located within the temperate zone of the tropic of Capricorn, the country has warm summers and crisp winters...... Read more

One of Omaha's wettest days on record, widespread flash flooding, Nebraska "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

As of 15:00 CDT on August 20, the Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Nebraska received 156.2 mm (6.15 inches) of rain, making it the fourth-wettest day in the city since record-keeping began in 1887. The city's wettest day on record was August 7, 1999, with 164 mm (6.46...... Read more

Typhoon "Soulik" approaching southern Japan, landfall expected in South Korea "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A Very Strong Typhoon "Soulik" is approaching southern Japan and is expected to cause strong winds and drop heavy rain in southern and western parts of the country. According to the JMA, it will pass very close to Kyushu and the Amami islands on the...... Read more

Major damage after two tornadoes rip through North Island, New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A large waterspout formed in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand on August 20, 2018, and hit the Ohope Beach just after 17:30 NZST, damaging at least six properties. Ohope is 6 km (3.7 miles) east of Whakatane, North Island. At the same time, on the other side of North...... Read more

Wild-caught timber elephants in Myanmar die earlier than captive-born ones "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In Myanmar, more than 5,000 elephants have been put to work in the logging industry over the past century, accounting for one of the worlds largest captive elephant populations. They include elephants caught from the wild and tamed, as well as elephants born in captivity. Both the wild-caught and captive-born elephants live, eat and work together, hauling logs by day and foraging in the forest by night. They are also subject to the same rules, including those governing workload, rest periods, retirement age and data recording. But theres a key difference: Myanmars wild-caught timber elephants have higher rates of mortality and shorter life spans than those born in captivity, according to a new study published in Nature Communications. A Myanmar timber elephant hauling a log. Image by Virpi Lummaa. For more than a century, the government of Myanmar (formerly Burma) has maintained detailed records of Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) employed in the timber industry, such as when an elephant was born, whether in the wild or in captivity; its age when it was tamed; and who its parents and offspring are. If the elephant was captured, then the records detailed how it was caught: whether it was part of a herd that had been driven into a stockade, whether it was immobilized by sedation or captured by lasso. By combing through this dataset of 5,150 timber elephants of which 2,072 were captured from the wild between 1951 and 2000, and 3,078 were born in captivity between 1925 and 1999

04:27

Kitten 'Too Weak' To Survive Looks So Happy And Healthy Now "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Pippin, along with so many other kittens, was born in an abandoned farmhouse in a terrible hoarding situation in fall 2015. The woman who owned all the cats had been charged with animal hoarding and neglect previously, and had somehow managed to repeat her crimes. Humane Society International (HSI) Canada came in and rescued all of the kittens and cats, many of whom were pregnant. By the time everyone was rescued and all the pregnant cats had given birth, the humane society had 91 cats in its care. 

Unfortunately, many of the kittens were incredibly sick and barely clinging to life when they were rescued and little Pippin was one of them. 

Credit: Liam McConnell

Pippin was among those considered too weak to pull through, Liam McConnell, Pippins new dad, told The Dodo. His condition was terrible. He was severely underweight, weak, filthy and his fur was matted. HSI Canada had to be very gentle with him because of his fragility. 

Credit: Liam McConnell

Despite how sick he was, Pippins rescuers still had hope that he would pull through, and he was placed with one of the rescues foster moms, Sayara Thurston. She cared for Pippin around the clock, and as time passed, little Pippin somehow pulled through. He grew stronger and stronger until he was finally out of the woods and ready to go and find his...

02:54

Rescued Circus Lion Can't Stop Cradling His Brand-New Swing "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Sashas former life could be described in one word miserable. She and two other lions, Nena and Kimba, had spent 10 years locked up in tiny wire cages, only being let out to perform for Circo Navarro, the Guatemalan circus company that owned them. But after each performance, the lions were shoved back into their barren cages.

Sasha, Nena and Kimba, who may all be siblings, had their claws removed to make it easier for trainers to handle them. This is an extremely painful procedure that basically amputates their toes at the first knuckle and causes permanent damage. Not only were they declawed, but the lions had to endure endless, brutal training sessions to perform circus tricks.

Credit: ADI

But things were about to change for Sasha, Nena and Kimba. Last year, Guatemala officially banned the practice of using live animals in circuses, which meant that Circo Navarro was now operating illegally. And in June, the team at Animal Defenders International (ADI) negotiated the release of Sasha, Nena and Kimba, as well as two other lions, Tarzan and Tanya, who were owned by a different circus company in Guatemala.

Credit: ADI

With the lions safely in their care, the ADI team got busy building them sp...

Monday, 20 August

22:15

Deadly floods hit the Indian state of Karnataka, tourists' bookings canceled "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

At least 12 people have been killed and over 4 300 rescued in Karnataka's district of Kodagu, on the border with Kerala, since August 15, 2018. Heavy rains started affecting the region on August 14 and intensified on August 15, forcing authorities to issue heavy...... Read more

Lull in activity at Kilauea volcano continues, sulfur dioxide emissions drastically reduced "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The lull in activity at Klauea Volcano continues. HVO lowered the Alert Level for ground-based hazards from WARNING to WATCH, on August 17, but the Aviation Color Code remains at Orange. The summit has been quiet since the last collapse event on August 2. This...... Read more

Laos dam collapse highlights global hydropower amnesia (commentary) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When the dam broke, it brought with it a torrent of water and mud, killing at least 31 people and displacing upwards of 6,000 people across Laos and Cambodia. Reported numbers of those still missing range from many to hundreds. The flood, by even the secretive Lao governments conservative estimates, would have been enough to drown Manhattan in 28 feet of water. This is what the hydropower boom has come to in Laos. And yet, the deaths and destruction so evident following the July 22 collapse are only the most visible consequences of the countrys dam-building efforts and the hydropower boom globally. Across the developing world, dams continue to forcibly displace and thereby impoverish millions of people, drain national budgets, emit greenhouse gases, and destroy the ecological balance of entire river basins balances on which millions of people intimately depend. At the same time, climate change and the droughts and superstorms it exacerbates is rendering hydroelectricity the most vulnerable source of power on offer. Backed by recent research, here are five key things that governments, development financiers, and other proponents of development-by-dams seem to consistently forget. 1. Large dams have displaced tens of millions of people, impoverishing many in the process. And the trend is not abating. In 2015, in a rare but welcome move, the World Bank owned up to its complicity in a concerning trend that frequently falls under the radar: infrastructure projects, often advertised with the primary aim of poverty alleviation, forcibly displace millions

21:00

Summer rainfall declines primary driver of surge in US wildfires "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Sharp declines in summer rainfall could be a primary driver of the record-breaking wildfires ripping across the western US, research shows.

Using satellite data, the study finds that there have been previously unnoted declines in summer rainfall across close to a third of forests in the western US over the past four decades. These declines are strongly correlated with wildfire increases, the study finds.

It is likely that climate change has played a role in the diminishing rains, the lead author tells Carbon Brief. However, it is still not clear to what extent global warming over natural climate variability is to blame.

The findings suggest that the role of declining rainfall in worsening wildfires has been previously overlooked in comparison to other major drivers such as rising temperatures, the author adds.

Sea of flames

California is currently facing its largest wildfires on record. Across the state, more than 332,000 hectares (820,000 acres) of forest have already been scorched more than twice the area burnt during the same time last year.

Out of the 15 largest wildfires ever recorded in California, 10 have occured since 2000. Across the western US, forest fires have become fives times more frequent and six times larger, on average, since the 1970s, research shows.

As Carbon Brief recently explained in a detailed factcheck, the chances of a wil...

19:16

FIRE-EARTH Presentation: Living in Interesting Times! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CJ OCT TML FIRE-EARTH Presentation:  Living in Interesting Times! Prepared by FIRE-EARTH teams and affiliated scientists. Presentation available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. [Latest FIRE-EARTH DIRECTIVES, ALERTS, FORECASTS, BULLETINS and MESSAGES available to authorized groups via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.] . . . . .

19:04

Manatee Deaths in 2018 Already Top Last Years High Total "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Nearly 100 Red Tide-Related Deaths So Far; Second-Highest Total This Decade Washington, DC Driven by toxic red tides, Florida manatee mortality this year has already surpassed losses during all of 2017, according to figures posted today by... Read More

18:30

Magnitude 2.4 83km ESE of Nantucket, Massachusetts August 18, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

USGS Event Page
M 2.4 83km ESE of Nantucket, Massachusetts
2018-08-18 21:21:27 UTC
Location: 41.130N, -69.126W

5 km depth

Earthquakes in the Stable Continental Region

 

17:47

Germany: 130 Cops Occupy Hambach for Three Hours to Intercept One Treehouse "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Hambach Forest

This years Klima Camp for the 9th year has addressed deepening Climate Crisis with one of its actions being building a solidarity treehouse for Hambacher Forest, which this year is facing cutting season about to erase one of the last portions of this millenarian ecosystem.  Protected by 14 forest occupations and over 36 treehouses as German State forgoes of its Kyoto, Paris Accord and COP23 already bullshit non-binding agreements to phase out of coal and reduce its emmissions by 2020.  Instead Coal Commission dominated by Fossil Fools and a trickle of NGOs and NIMBY representatives is getting ready to call for billions of subsidies to keep the climate murdering RWE lignite(largest emitter of CO2 in Europe) subsidized till as late as 2040-50 as the German state is getting ready for the largest militarized evictions in its history to evict Hambacher Forest occupation blocking this largest open cast lignite mine in Europe.  Oppossing this madness for over 10 years has been a mass growing movement of Climate Justice activists engaging in front-line struggles in Hambi and around other coal  mines and power-plants.  A movement industry and climate chaos protecting state actors are attempting to repress and stigmatize to detract from their responsibility and liability in destroying the life carrying capacity of this planet by continuing their emissions past the point of 2 degree climate warmi...

17:30

Louisiana: Bayou Bridge Pipeline Caught Destroying Private Land in Atchafalaya Basin Without Permission from Landowners "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

submitted to Earth First! Newswire

Three water protectors and an independent journalist were arrested Saturday on private land and the controversial Bayou Bridge Pipeline now faces more legal trouble for beginning construction on a section of its pipeline route across the Atchafalaya Basin without permission.

The four arrested had written permission from Theda Wright and her sisters allowing them to be on their private property, which they showed to deputies from the Martin Parish Sheriffs Department. Deputies disregarded the landowners wishes and arrested the four anyway, charging all with with trespassing on critical infrastructure, a felony under Act 692.

Theda Wright and her sisters are outraged. They own a 38-acre parcel of cypress forest near Bayou Chene, on the west side of the Atchafalaya Basin and have not given Energy Transfer Partners permission to be there or to destroy their land.

Since the arrests, Wright and her sisters have attempted to reach the St. Martin Parish Sheriffs Department numerous times only to be told to leave a message. At the time of this report, the sheriffs department has not returned their calls.

Despite pressure from the company, Wright and her sister...

15:30

Fall Armyworms Arrival in India Sparks Fear of its Spread Through Asia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Finding confirms theory that the invasive pest, thats been decimating crops in Africa, might soon go global

13:37

Empty pocket season: Dayak women farmers grapple with the impacts of oil palm plantations "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When oil palm was given out by the district head I didnt accept it. I am still angry at the oil palm companies, says Monica Mensea. At 83, Mensea is the oldest woman in her village of Long Bentuk, a Dayak Medang indigenous community in East Kalimantan, a province in Indonesian Borneo. Though her body is weakening and her brown eyes are cloudy with cataracts, Menseas mind is as sharp as ever. For nearly 20 years she led her community as the kepala adat (customary head) of Long Bentuk, in the administrative district of East Kutai. Despite her firm stance against converting land to industrial oil palm, today a corporate-run estate abuts her villages land, where her communitys ancestral forest once stood. New pest infestations, oil palm plantations and climate change are all affecting local livelihoods and food availability. Women are suffering the most, through increased workloads and food shortages. Oil palm explodes Oil palm plantations have expanded voraciously in Indonesia, increasing by 4,500 square kilometers (1,740 square miles) per year from 1995 to 2015. Kahar Al Bahri, an activist with the Mining Advocacy Network, an NGO with a strong presence in East Kalimantan, is concerned that determination of land-use allocations pays little attention to natural features, such as rivers, or the land claims of local communities. Almost all permits issued in East Kalimantan are in blocks or grids, Kahar said. Companies just request the blocks they want to become their plantations. Converting landscapes to oil palm has extensive implications

11:05

In the NY Finger Lakes, Local Activists Put a Cork in Dangerous Gas Storage Proposal "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Seneca Lake near Watkins Glen is naturally beautiful

After a wave of public opposition, New York State regulators have denied a proposal for a LPG gas storage facility in the Finger Lakes region

From an Article by Jessica A. Knoblauch, Earthjustice.org, July 27, 2018

Do you still have that bottle of champagne? Well, get ready to put it on ice!

After almost a decade of fighting a dangerous proposal to fill two underground salt caverns with explosive liquid petroleum gas (propane and butane) in upstate New York, Joseph Campbell and Yvonne Taylor knew it was time to celebrate when they first heard those words from Earthjustice attorney Deborah Goldberg earlier this month.

Goldberg went on to explain that the state Department of Environmental Conservation had denied a permit for the gas storage project. The agency cited concerns about cavern stability and risks to community character and the agriculture-based, tourism economy of the Finger Lakes region.

Campbell and Taylor were overjoyed and stunned. After all, when they first took on this battle against a multi-billion dollar company in 2010, they were told they couldnt stop plans to build a dirty energy behemoth in their backyard. But Campbell and Taylor went for it a...

10:05

Tourism and the torture of our sublime elephants "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Tourism and the torture of our sublime elephants

Channel
Comment
brendan 20th August 2018
Teaser Media

09:35

Shale test drilling given green light in Derbyshire "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Shale test drilling given green light in Derbyshire

Channel
News
Catherine Early 20th August 2018
Teaser Media

08:00

How free market Thatcher first called for climate action "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

How free market Thatcher first called for climate action

Channel
Comment
Louise Gill 20th August 2018
Teaser Media

04:07

The Watchers News Brief: August 18 and 19, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Brutal cold snap, Mt. Buller received 30 cm (11.8 inches) of snow overnight, the most in 14 years, Australia Parts of the Australian state of Victoria have woken up to snow on August 19 after shivering through a brutal cold snap. Mt. Buller received 30 cm (11.8...... Read more

01:36

Nine killed, 3.5 million affected as Typhoon "Rumbia" wreaks havoc across central and eastern China "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

At least 9 people have been killed and 18 injured after Typhoon "Rumbia" wreaked havoc across central and eastern China over the past couple of days. About 3 512 000 people have been affected as well as 420 000 hectares (1.37 million acres) of crops. The...... Read more

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