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Sunday, 24 December


Thomas Fire grows to largest in California history "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

At 273 400 acres (110 641 ha) on Saturday, December 23, 2017, the Thomas Fire has become the largest wildfire in the history of California. So far, it destroyed 1 063, damaged 280 and still threatens 18 000 structures. It is now 65% contained and the estimated...... Read more


My Grandfather Flew Planes to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the other Grandfather was a Victim "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In a time of political uncertainty, what can we learn from the last eye witnesses of the first and hopefully only nuclear war, or Japan's nuclear meltdown? My grandfather, Jacob Beser , was the only man in the world to have flown on both planes hat dropped the atomic bombs, and as a child I met the friend of my OTHER grandfather,a survivor from Hiroshima. I followed this strange coincidence to Japan and have been working with the survivors ever since.

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Saturday, 23 December


More than 200 killed, 100 missing as Tropical Cyclone "Tembin" (Vinta) hits the Philippines "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The death toll caused by Tropical Cyclone "Tembin," locally known as Vinta, rose to over 200 late Saturday (local time), December 23, 2017. There are still more than 100 people missing, authorities said. The storm hit the Philippines on Friday, December 22...... Read more


Why Nobel to ICAN is a Milestone for Nuclear Disarmament: Alice Slater "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In Oslo on December 10, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and was accepted on behalf of the Campaign by its executive director, Beatrice Fihn, and by Setsuko Thurlow, an ICAN campaigner and survivor of the 1945 Hiroshima bombing. Both spoke for the thousands of campaigners in over 400 organizations and more than 100 countries around the world who succeeded this fall in working with friendly governments to move a majority of states at the United Nations to adopt a treaty to prohibit to ban nuclear weapons, making their possession, use, or threat of use unlawful.

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Vogtle Decision: This Christmas, Public Funds Are Nuked in the US for Saving the Doomed Nuclear Power Lobbies "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Today, the Georgia Public Service Commission, which regulates electric and gas utilities in the state, voted to approve continued construction of two nuclear reactors at Georgia Powers Plant Vogtle. This decision is unsurprising because of the Commissions utter failure to question the project throughout its ten-year history, but the decision is all the more ridiculous and unfortunate for it. The vote flies in the face of the evidence about the projects likelihood for continued failure, the states energy needs, and the PSC staffs own recommendation to cancel the Vogtle reactors if Georgia Power did not agree to swallow $4 billion of the cost.

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Anti-Nuclear Activists Face Crackdown in Russia for Exposing Cover-Up "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When Russias FSB security service raided Fyodor Maryasovs apartment in Siberia last year, the authorities seized his computer and a scathing report he had compiled about Rosatom, the Kremlin-owned nuclear corporation. Among other things, the authorities accused him of inciting hatred against nuclear industry employees, an unusual charge that carries a maximum sentence of five years behind bars. They accused me of revealing state secrets in my report, the 49-year-old environmental activist says. But every single thing in it was taken from open sources.

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The Profound and Dominant Impact of Atmospheric Water Vapor upon Ozone Destruction "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guest essay by Michael Wallace, Hydrologist The prevailing model of seasonal and long term global ozone depletion is grounded in a principal assertion that emissions of industrial refrigerants and propellants (also known as Ozone Destroying Substances, ODSs) are the primary causal agents. I review that assertion from a perspective relating to my ongoing research of


Resurgence of Nuclear Power In The Middle East: Is It For Nuclear Weapons? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Let us give the last word to highly respected Middle East energy and security analyst, Anthony Cordesman, currently of Washingtons Center for Strategic and International Studies: Theres no question. Why do you have a nuclear reactor in the Persian Gulf? Because you want to have some kind of nuclear (weapons) contingency capability. He sounds skeptical that its all about atoms for peace.

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Small Nuclear Reactors, Failed Fantasies of 1950s that the Nuclear Industry is Peddling Again "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

There is nothing new about SMRs! They have been powering submarines and aircraft carriers ever since the since USS Nautilus was launched in 1955, over 60 years ago. And the worlds first purely civilian nuclear plant, at Shippingport in the USA, a 60MW SMR, went live in 1957. While civilian reactors got bigger, many hundreds of SMRs have been built and deployed for naval use.

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Climate scientists take on the its not the heat, its the humidity meme "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

From the THE EARTH INSTITUTE AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY and the edge of wetness department. Humidity may prove breaking point for some areas as temperatures rise, says study From US south to China, heat stress could exceed human endurance Climate scientists say that killer heat waves will become increasingly prevalent in many regions as climate warms. However,


FIRE-EARTH Conference in Progress Res. 1006 (Cont.) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CJ OCT TML FIRE-EARTH Conference in Progress 122301 Details available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. All Groups Latest FIRE-EARTH ALERTS, FORECASTS, ANALYSIS, BULLETINS and MESSAGES available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.   Advertisements Filed under: News Alert Tagged: 122301, CJ, FIRE-EARTH Alerts, FIRE-EARTH Conference, FIRE-EARTH PULSARS, OCT, Resolution 1006, TM


France: One Less THT Pylon to Offload Nuclear Power Plants Electricity "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Indymedia Nantes / Attaque

translated by Earth First! Journal

This line exposes populations while it only serves to offload the electricity produced at the Flamanville nuclear power plant.

Long live the wind, the strong wind the wind of Ana bolts and gusts of wind and the pylon fell. -Sunday, December 10 in the morning stupor on Mount Robin!

The landscape is not the same anymore. Where is the pylon number 220?

There, where 5 years ago the Montabot camp was held in June, he finally fell.

Rebelote, a breath of fresh air, we put the cover back, as a return in 2012, the line is again disconnected, 135 km of line THT without electricity and without the return of construction equipment.

However, RTE and their policy are back, too. It will not surprise neither local residents who have experienced the imposition of line, nor those who still struggle today against RTE, the method is always the same. Obviously, no information is given to the population.

Imagine coming back from the weekend to find the road blocked without access to your garden. At the end of it, you discover this capsized pylon. N...


Grenoble, France: Our Ecology, Your Sabotage "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Sans_Attendre / Attaque

translated by Earth First! Journal

On the night of December 21st, we surveyed from Seyssins up to the Pr Nouvel eco-district, a construction site which started several years ago, supposedly to become the last urbanized area of this bourgeois enclave. There we struck three places, tagging our sabotage actions.

We punctually introduce the motives of our adventure before unfolding the story of our fierce skirmish. The eco-district is the archetype of the [] richly propagandist sustainable development. Thanks to the magic wand of eco-marketing, every element of the project becomes virtuous: concrete of high-environmental quality, wood cladding, bioclimatic orientations of buildings, winding alleys between phyto-purification basins, lagoons intelligently thought for the reproduction of (domesticated) animals

And we thank BNP Paribas Real Estate, Vinci Real Estate, Grenoble Habitat and other titans of the proliferation of cities. The League For Birds dubs them Knights of Capitalist Construction because they disseminate birdhouses for birds who will soon be frustrated with their [lack of] freedom while the Rhne Alpes Federation for the Protection of Nature, environmental surety, affixes its logo at the bottom of page .

Greenwashed ecologists are the...


Sciences 2017 Breakthrough of the Year: The observation of two neutron stars merging "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

From the AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE Science has chosen as its 2017 Breakthrough of the Year the first observations of a neutron-star merger, a violent celestial event that transfixed physicists and astronomers. As the two neutron stars spiraled together 130 million light years away, they generated tiny ripples in the fabric of spacetime called


Increased seismicity and rapid caldera inflation at Sierra Negra volcano, Galapagos "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Increased seismicity and rapid caldera inflation are being observed at the Sierra Negra volcano on Isabela Island, Galapagos, IGEPN reports in a special bulletin released December 22, 2017. The last eruption of this volcano took place in 2005. The current inflation...... Read more


Pipeline Update: What Did the VA State Water Control Board Do? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Blue Ridge Mountains & Shenandoah Valley

Pipeline Update: What Did the Virginia State Water Control Board Do?

From Rick Webb, Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition, December 20, 2017

In the last two weeks, the Virginia State Water Control Board made important decisions about both the Mountain Valley Pipeline and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. There has been confusion about exactly what the Boards decisions said and what they mean for future actions on both projects.

Although the Board acted illegally by issuing certifications without all of the information needed to ensure water quality protections, the Board did not simply accept the VA-DEQs misleading recommendations in favor of the proposed projects. Of most importance, the Board recognized what citizens have said for months that it did not have all of the information needed to support final approvals and felt it necessary to reserve authority for future actions.

In the case of the MVP, the water quality certification allows the Board to revisit the issue of water body crossings instead of simply relying on a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blanket approval.

In the case of the ACP, the water quality certification delays construction until essential plans and studies, including erosion and sediment control, stormwater management, and karst analysis, are completed and submitted to the Board for approval.

A positive outcome will depend on proper reviews by the VA-DEQ, meaningful o...


Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, December 23, 2017, #124 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

ii8uDane Wigington The majority of populations have been successfully programmed to believe that extreme climate and environmental changes can only occur over vast spans of time. Due to completely out of control anthropogenic activity (which includes climate engineering), such a conclusion could not be further from the truth. Countless existential threats are currently unfolding on


Natural disasters loss in 2017 at US$ 306 billion, almost double 2016 loss "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The total economic losses resulting from natural and man-made disasters in 2017 soared to US$ 306 billion from US$ 188 billion in 2016, according to a preliminary estimate by insurance company Swiss Re. Preliminary sigma estimates for insured global losses resulting...... Read more

Is Dry Skin Making Your Dog Scratch Too Much? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

At this time of year, when the air turns chilly, we often find ourselves battling dry skin with lotions, potions and humidifiers on full blast. Our pups are just as prone to itchy skin, which can be caused by a number of factors ranging from environment to diet to something even more serious.

If you find that your dog is scratching more than normal, taking care of the irritation isnt as simple as reaching for the lotion.

How do you know that your dog is scratching due to dry skin? Dry skin is usually associated with white flaking, which we commonly see on the pets dorsum or back, Dr. Robert Proietto, a New York City-based veterinarian, told The Dodo.

If you see white dandruff dotting your dogs fur, dont ignore it. Dry, scaly skin can be a symptom of a bacterial or fungal infection or even a systemic disorder.

Once you have identified the cause, you can determine the best treatment plan for your itchy pup. Heres what you need to know about your dogss flaky skin:

What causes dry skin?

There are many reasons for dry skin on dogs, Proietto noted.

Dry skin is often caused by allergies to a dogs food or environment, though it can also be caused by a reaction to medications or a bacterial or fungal infection (such as ringworm). In addition, it can result from more serious causes such as hypothyroidism or Cushings disease, which tends to affect older dogs. Scaly, inflamed skin and hair loss may even suggest the presence of parasites, such as mites or scabies, or other serious medical condition...

Woman Surprises Dog With His Very Own Mini Christmas Tree "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

College student Betsy Redfern has had the same best friend since she was in the third grade: her beloved little Chihuahua named Cupid. For the last 12 years, the two have been inseparable.

So, when she moved away from home to go to school, Redfern naturally decided to bring Cupid along, too and soon set about making his experience as cozy as could be.

Credit: Betsy Redfern

When Redfern moved into her apartment, she realized there was an extra closet attached to her bedroom. Rather than use it as a boring old storage space, Redfern chose instead to make it a little abode just for Cupid to sleep and hang out in. There's a rack for all his dog clothes, too.

"He loves his room!" Redfern told The Dodo. "The bed was designed by my mom and she sewed everything herself."

The room is pretty darn adorable as it is but Redfern recently made it even more so. She decided to surprise Cupid with his own tiny Christmas tree.

Credit: Kaysey Redfern

"I was just decorating my apartment for Christmas, so I figured a tree would be a nice addition," Redfern said. "I like to spoil him, and he 'needed' it."

Credit: Kaysey Redfern

Being at college, it can sometimes be difficult to recreate the festiveness and warmth of the season that students are used to having back at home. But Redfern has found a way starting a new holiday tradition with her dear pup.

And we're sure Cupid's Christmas th...

People Open Garbage Bag And Find Saddest Little Puppy Inside "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Thor the Chihuahua is everything youd expect from an 8-week-old puppy: hes curious, loves to eat, and especially enjoys cuddle time and playing with his new foster sister.

But just last week, his life was completely different.

Credit: Kristin Smith

Last Tuesday night, animal control officers in Dickinson, Texas, responded to a call about a garbage bag lying on the side of the road and it looked like something was moving inside.

When they opened it up, tiny, 3-pound Thor looked up at them. He was completely covered in fleas and blood. His right eye was dislocated from its socket and he was shivering from the cold. Even though he was wearing a collar and seemed to have had an owner at one point, it was obvious someone had dumped him there.

The officers rushed the puppy to Animal Kingdom Pet Hospital and stabilized him right away but his right eye was so badly infected that vets knew it needed to be removed. While no one knows how his eye got so injured, puncture wounds on his tiny body mean its likely he was attacked by another dog.

Credit: Kristin Smith

We had no idea if he would survive the surgery to remove his eye, Kristin Smith, a vet tech from the clinic, told The Dodo. Luckily, he pulled through and everything went better than expected.

Thor, who is only 8 weeks old, was rescued just in time. At his age, its likely he wouldnt have survived another night alone inside the bag, Smith said.

In recovery, Smith got to spend some time with Thor and he instantly captured her heart. Smith decided to bring him home with...

Gentle Calf Has The Wobbliest Legs After Rough Start In Life "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Jen Sale hated going to the auction house it was smelly, dirty and all the animals there were terrified.

Almost everyone is there to purchase animals for slaughter, Sale, CEO and founder of Sale Ranch Animal Sanctuary, told The Dodo. Its a scary, awful place.

A few weeks ago, Sale and a few animal lovers had gone to the California auction house to rescue a newborn calf. Sale was going to keep the newborn at her sanctuary, and her friends planned to feature the calf in a film about the dairy industry.

Credit: Sale Ranch Animal Sanctuary

After bidding and winning the release of a 2-day-old baby calf, whom they named Pistol Annie, Sale and her friends went to leave. But then Sale caught sight of another calf being pushed into the bidding pen.

This calf was a little older  maybe about 3 or 4 months old. She had big eyes, a freckled nose and very wobbly legs.

Credit: Sale Ranch Animal Sanctuary

My heart exploded with sadness and pain, Sale said. She was shaking so hard, barely able to hold herself up, and foaming at the mouth. I knew in that moment I had to save her. There was no way I was leaving her there.

When Sale put in a bid for the calf, others bid against her. The price kept going up, but Sale refused to stop bidding. I was determined to bring her home to the ranch, Sale said.


Worker Heard Cries Coming From Trash Bag And Couldn't Believe Who He Found "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A sanitation worker had just thrown a garbage bag onto his truck when he heard a loud, pitiful cry. Startled, he grabbed the bag and opened it, and found another garbage bag that was completely sealed. When he opened the second bag, he discovered a tiny, 4-week-old puppy.

Whoever left her there obviously meant for her to die because she was going to suffocate being inside the other bag that was completely sealed, Jessie Pena, vice president of Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dogs Project in Miami, told The Dodo. I dont think it was that long because she was still alive, and she was crying and making noises.

Credit: Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dogs Project

After pulling the puppy out of the bag, the sanitation worker started calling different rescue organizations to get help for the puppy. Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dogs Project was the group that responded and Pena herself went to get the puppy as quickly as she could.

Amazingly, the puppy didnt display any symptoms of oxygen deprivation from being tied up in the bag, although she did have swelling around the head.

Credit: Redland Rock Pit Abandoned Dogs Project

We took her to the emergency vet, and she confirmed that she does have a complete fracture, Pena said. She wasnt able to eat, she wasnt able to walk, she wasnt able to do anything when we first brought her in.

The puppy was also really y...


National emergency due to serious human rights abuse and corruption around the world, U.S. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

On December 20, 2017, the president of the United States signed an Executive Order declaring a national emergency with respect to serious human rights abuse and corruption around the world and providing for the imposition of sanctions on actors engaged in these...... Read more

People Give Former Puppy Mill Dog The Life She Always Dreamed Of "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Leading her very own parade down the streets of her town, Victoria the German shepherd couldnt help but smile.

As the newest honorary member of the Norristown, Pennsylvania, fire department, the 10-year-old rescue dog welcomed pats from firefighters who stopped to say hello and she made sure to show how much fun she was having.

Credit: Finding Shelter Animal Rescue

Although she couldnt walk the route due to a disease thats weakening her legs, Victoria happily rode on an ATV with a special banner hung across the front.

Crowds of adoring fans stood at the sidelines cheering her on, and kids even held up posters to show their support as she rode by. Go Victoria! and We Love U were some of the slogans they had hand-drawn across the signs.

Credit: Finding Shelter Animal Rescue

The kids heard that Victoria was sick, so, naturally, they wanted to brighten her spirits. But it quickly became apparent that it doesnt take much to make the dog smile.

This special parade was just one of the many bucket-list activities Victoria has done over the past few weeks, thanks to her foster mom Grace Kelly Herbert and one community that wants to give the sick dog all of the happy experiences she never got to have.

Credit: Finding Shelter Animal Rescue

She sat there riding along so proudly with her paws across my lap, Herbert told The Dodo. All of the kids were cheering and saying her name. She was truly joyful. She felt every ounce of love and respect that people were pointing her way. It was amazing.

Victoria grew up on a...

Kid Makes Her Family Adopt The Oldest Dog In The Shelter "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Just before a 9-year-old named Raven arrived at BARCS Animal Shelter in Baltimore, Maryland, back in June, she told her mom, Melissa Davis, that she wanted to adopt the oldest dog there.

Melissa thought it best to warn Raven that this could be setting the family up for a lot of heartache, and soon: "Thats very kind of you," she said. "But when you adopt an old dog, you dont know how long youll have them. They could live for years or months or only weeks.

Raven countered this argument with another: "I dont want them to die in the shelter," Raven said. "They dont deserve to die alone."

That's how the Davis family decided to adopt the oldest dog in the shelter, who happened to be an 11-year old pit bull they named Kaylee. 

Credit: Melissa Davis

Kaylee had been surrendered to BARCS three weeks earlier by her owners who couldn't afford to take care of her anymore. She had a torn ligament in her knee and early stage kidney disease, which required ongoing special care. 

But when Kaylee met the Melissa and Raven, it was clear they belonged together. "When they brought her out to meet us, she leaned into my chest and I knew she was ours," Melissa said.

Credit: Melissa Davis

But shortly after the Davis family brought Kaylee home, it became clear that Melissa's initial worries had not been unfounded. At a visit to the veterinarian, Kaylee was diagnosed with metastatic thyroid carcinoma cancer. "By the time we adop...


Google Chairman Stepping Down to Fight Climate Skepticism? Or Run for President? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

h/t Breitbart Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, a hardcore climate advocate who has been heavily involved in Googles Truth Algorithm, an effort to filter fake material from Google search results, has stepped down as chairman to focus more time on his personal interests. Eric Schmidt to become technical advisor to Alphabet MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (December


Is the 97% climate consensus Fake News? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guest essay by Jim Steele A recent survey conducted by Weather Central and George Mason University makes this claim: TV Weathercasters Views of Climate Change Appear to Be Rapidly Evolving Meteorologists examine causes of weather change every day. They are the scientists most likely to understand when unusual weather extremes are weather or climate change.

Friday, 22 December


US Nuclear Tests Killed more Civilians than Hiroshima and Nagasaki Combined "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When the US entered the nuclear age, it did so recklessly. New research suggests that the hidden cost of developing nuclear weapons were far larger than previous estimates, with radioactive fallout responsible for 340,000 to 690,000 American deaths from 1951 to 1973.

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8 dead, 9 missing as Tropical Cyclone "Tembin" hits Philippines, next in line Vietnam and Thailand "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

At least eight people have been killed and nine are missing since Tropical Cyclone "Tembin," known locally as Vinta, started affecting the Philippines this week. Tembin made landfall along the east coast of Mindanao early Friday, December 22, 2017, with...... Read more

Floods and landslides as record rain hits Hawaii "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Several days of heavy rain caused widespread flooding on Maui and the Big Island, Hawaii this week. Heavy rains started Tuesday night but the worst hit Wednesday, December 20. According to NWS, Kahului Airport recorded nearly 67 mm (2.65 inches) of rainfall in 1...... Read more

Scientists determine there are seven species of silky anteater, not one "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A study published earlier this month in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society describes six distinct new species of silky anteater, meaning there are now officially seven species of the elusive mammal, not just one. Silky anteaters are small, nocturnal animals that live in the canopies of trees in the tropical forests of South and Central America. They are known as very discreet and thus difficult to find, which helps explain why Cyclopes didactylus, the common anteater, was one of the least studied anteaters in the world and had been considered to be a single species up until now. Flvia Miranda, a researcher at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil and the studys lead author, told National Geographic that she first suspected there might be more than one silky anteater species after noticing that populations in the Brazilian Amazon had different fur colorations than those in the Atlantic forest. Miranda and a team of researchers set out to study the silky anteater more closely, but due to the animals secretive nature, it took them two years to finally capture a specimen from which they could take DNA samples. We spent many months during 19 expeditions in the Amazon and other rain forests searching for the little anteater, Miranda said in a statement. Her team eventually collected 33 samples of DNA from wild anteaters and examined more than 280 museum specimens from around the world in order to determine that silky anteaters are actually far more genetically and

Selective logging reduces biodiversity, disrupts Amazon ecosystems: study "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Coprophanaeus lancifer, the largest crepuscular tunnelling dung beetle species found in the Amazon study region. Photographed in the Brazilian Amazon, 2016. Photo by Filipe Frana Reduced-impact-logging techniques are now used globally. This forestry approach, also called selective logging, aims to preserve biodiversity and maintain forest ecosystem functions while extracting commercially valuable timber. However, new research shows that even low-levels of timber extraction can have a detrimental effect on biodiversity that includes impacts on important ecosystem engineers such as dung beetles. Reduced-impact logging (RIL) became popular in the 1990s because it promised to provide timber without the ecologically devastating effects of clear-cutting. There are no published estimates of the global scale of RIL schemes, but a Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) report in 2015 found that more than 2.1 billion hectares (8.1 million square miles) of forest is under a forest management plan, and 438 million hectares (1.7 million square miles) are internationally certified. Meanwhile, evidence has been mounting over the last decade that selective logging may not be the win-win scenario it was once thought to be. Tree being logged by a worker within the Brazilian timber concession where the study was conducted. Photo by Filipe Frana Low level logging impacts dung beetles In a study published online in Biological Conservation in October, an international research team compared the species richness of dung beetles and their effectiveness at removing dung, both before and after selective logging, at thirty-four sites in the Amazonian Jari Florestal logging concession

Why Does My Dogs Tongue Hang Out Of His Mouth? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

We associate a panting, pink tongue with a happy, relaxed dog but what if your pup cant seem to hold his tongue inside his mouth for more than a few minutes at a time? Could a dogs tongue perpetually waving in the wind like a flag be a sign that somethings wrong?
A dogs tongue has many jobs: Its an air conditioner, a hydration system, an instrument for giving all those loving smooches and licks. The hardworking organ responds to taste, touch, heat, cold and pain, expanding and contracting depending on the dogs needs in the moment.
Its only natural that pet parents would be concerned if their dogs tongue sticks out say all the time. But, for some dogs, a flappy tongue is natural; here's how to tell the difference: 

Is it all genetics?

Luckily, the condition, sometimes referred to as hanging tongue syndrome, is often simply be a matter of being born that way, explains Dr. Holly Ahlgrim, of DoveLewis Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital in Portland, Oregon.
A dogs tongue that constantly hangs out is a genetic condition mostly found in smaller pups and flat-faced pups likes pugs and Pekingese dogs, Ahlgrim tells The Dodo. Many times their tongue may be too large for the mouth or jawbone.
Centuries of breeding have produced petite dogs such as the Chihuahua, Cavalier King Charles spaniels and brachycephal...

Man Goes To Take A Shower And Finds Someone's Already In There "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A man in Thailand got quite a surprise when he went into his bathroom shower and tried to turn on the faucet. 

Credit: WFFT

A wide-eyed little animal was clinging to the showerhead, staring right back at him. 

The animal was a Sunda slow loris, a vulnerable wild animal who is often stolen from the wild to be sold on the black market as a pet. 

Luckily, this particular slow loris had just lost his way. 

Credit: WFFT

"He was found clinging to a showerhead," Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT) wrote. "He may have lost his way or been searching for food."

Rescuers from WFFT arrived to help the little guy out of the shower and into an examination room at the center, where veterinarians could evaluate whether he was fit to return to the wild.

Credit: WFFT

Credit: WFFT

Even though this slow loris wasn't so unfortunate as to be trafficked as a pet, his rescue story indicates another threat facing animals like him:...

Disabled Pup Gets Perfect Pink Wheelchair Just For Him "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A mysterious injury left a yellow Lab mix named Kanuk without the use of his back legs. But devoted dog lovers in Texas are hoping to find a forever home for the 11-month-old pup just in time for the holidays.

Credit: Catherine Prystup

He likes to play; he likes to run around and chase things. Hes just a little slower doing it, Catherine Prystup, who is fostering Kanuk for Lucky Lab Rescue and Adoption, told The Dodo.

Vets who examined Kanuk think he suffered some sort of spinal injury when he was young and at this point experts dont think surgery will help. His condition is not expected to worsen; how he is now, is how he will stay, Prystup said. He doesnt require any additional care, he doesnt have extensive issues, he could live to be 15 years just fine.  

To protect his feet when he walked, rescue volunteers first got Kanuk booties.  

Then volunteers had an idea: his front legs worked just fine, so what if they found him some wheels to help him get around? Volunteers with the nonprofit rescue put out a plea on Facebook asking if anyone had a device they could try.

Within a couple of hours, an email popped up in the rescues inbox from a woman named Amy Countryman with the Animal Emergency Hospital of Mansfield, Texas. Countryman could help Kanuk.

I read the post from Lucky Lab and reached out immediately to offer the cart to them, Countryman told The Dodo. One of our clients donated a large pink...

Wild Baby Elephant Helps People Wake His Mom Up After Rescue "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The villagers heard the elephant before they knew what was going on she was crying out, sounding very distressed. When they went to investigate, they found a baby elephant, who was probably about 3 weeks old, trapped inside of a pit on the southern end of South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. But the baby wasnt the one making most of the noise the cries came from his mother, who was desperately trying to free her baby.

The pit wasnt actually that deep people had probably been digging up soil there to use for brick molding, which had left a shallow hole in the ground. But the baby elephant was too small to get out on his own. And as hard as she tried, the mother elephant couldnt get him out either.

Credit: Conservation South Luangwa

The mum was inside the pit with him, and frantically running around trying to help him out, but she also couldnt quite manage, Rachel McRobb, CEO and cofounder of Conservation South Luangwa (CSL), told The Dodo.

A team from CSL, a wildlife vet and park rangers came to the rescue. The first thing they did was tranquilize the mother so shed stay safe and calm. Then they helped the baby.

Credit: Conservation South Luangwa

I jumped in the pit with the baby and got three scouts to help lift him out, McRobb said. They then carried him over to his mum before we woke her up.

Credit: Conservation South Luangwa


Puppies Go Looking For Trouble And End Up With Hot Pink Tongues "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Meet Apolo and Angel a pair of adorable Rottweiler puppies who just so happen to be the prime suspects behind one recent case of domestic vandalism. 

They weren't caught red-handed, exactly, but came pretty darn close to it.

Credit: Amanda Sena

Apolo and Angel live at home in Brazil with owner Amanda Sena and her family. Though just 4 months old, the pups have already built quite a reputation as troublemakers. In fact, they recently learned to work together to open doors, entering rooms where they're not allowed.

"They help each other be naughty," Sena told The Dodo. "When I think I've seen it all, they still manage to surprise me."

The other day, Apolo and Angel pulled off their most memorable act of mischief to date.

Credit: Amanda Sena

This paper flower belongs (or rather, belonged) to Amanda's sister. It was a decoration from an Hawaii-themed birthday she'd had, which she'd decided to hang onto as a keepsake. But Apolo and Angel clearly weren't deterred by such sentimentalities.

Amanda was at home with a friend this week when she heard a strange sound coming from outside. Upon investigating, she discovered the shredded remnants of that paper flower strewn about in the yard. The puppies tried to make a break for it.

"It was the biggest mess," Amanda said. "I asked my friend to go after them to see if there was anything in their mouths."

And sure enough ...



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