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On Sunday, rescuers had to say a difficult goodbye to an
elephant whod lived a very hard life but they did the sweetest
thing for her.
Fluffy, a 60-year-old Asian elephant, had spent the majority of her life hauling logs and carrying tourists on her back. She may have continued doing this for many more years, but rescuers from Burm and Emilys Elephant Sanctuary (BEES) raised funds to purchase her freedom so she could live out her senior years in peace.
Credit: BEESIn October, they brought her to live at their sanctuary with other rescued elephants in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Credit: BEESFluffy slowly gained confidence over the next few months as she got used to her new home and new life. She bonded deeply with two other rescued elephants, Mae Kam and Thong Dee.
Devo the dog has good reason to like this one bush in
particular. Sure, it might look like any other bush, but sometimes
this one provides free pasta to pups passing by.
Well actually, it happened just once. But Devo is still checking for more, years later, just in case.
Credit: Twitter/@wilcofourThis tweet from Devo's owner, WilcoFour, does raise some obvious questions: Namely, how did lasagna end up in a cemetery bush in the first place? But despite having never found more, Devo keeps looking.
A month ago Dusty found half a pie in this bush, so every day until the end of time we must closely inspect the Magic Pie Bush. pic.twitter.com/XonAojEU12Chris Bramwell (@ChrisBramwell)...
Four puppies probably wouldn't be alive today if it hadn't been
for a man walking through London's Victoria Park who heard some
Credit: BatterseaTracing the little cries to their source, the Good Samaritan discovered the four 7-week-old Staffordshire bull terriers shivering in a cardboard box last week and rushed them to someplace safe and warm.
Credit: BatterseaA local shelter, the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, took the litter in and immediately had a vet check them over.
Credit: BatterseaThe whole experience must have been very frightening for them," Steve Craddock, intake manager at Battersea, said in a release. "It was a cold day and they could have easily gotten hypothermia, suffocated or died of dehydration.
Bertha was surrendered to a local animal shelter after her owner
passed away. The 9-year-old Chihuahua suffered from a pretty severe
seizure disorder, and also weighed 12 pounds nearly two and a half
times what she should have weighed. The shelter staff knew they
couldnt give Bertha the care she needed, so she was taken in by
Muttville Senior Dog Rescue,
which vowed to help the tiny, chubby dog get healthy again.
Credit: Muttville Senior Dog RescueAs soon as Bertha was settled into the rescue, staffers set about trying to help her lose weight, but they knew it wasnt going to be easy at first. Poor Bertha was so round that going on walks was very difficult, and she needed to take constant breaks. The rescue posted about Bertha on its Instagram account multiple times, hoping to find her a family who would be willing to help her on her weight loss journey and before long, the perfect person noticed her.
Credit: Muttville Senior Dog RescueAllison Hackett saw Muttvilles posts about Bertha and quickly fell in love with her. She empathized with Bertha and her weight loss journey, as Hackett had fostered overweight dogs before and helped them reach their goal weights. After following Berthas journey for a little while, she eventually realized that Bertha was meant to be a member of her family.
As big carbon storehouses, forests have the power to influence the climate. So much so that the protection and expansion of forests is a key part of the Paris Agreement, which seeks to lower greenhouse gas emissions and stave off the worst effects of global warming. A new study, published last week in Nature Communications, finds forests may have an even bigger cooling effect on climate than we thought. And that without them, the world may be heating up more quickly than expected. Living vegetation emits gases that can react and combine with other gases in the atmosphere. Some of these, called biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs), affect the formation of other compounds like aerosol, ozone and methane, the presence of which can influence atmospheric temperature. For their study, an international team of researchers led by the University of Leeds in the UK looked at these reactive compounds to see what kind of a temperature changes they induce. To do this, they simulated boreal, temperate and tropical forest conditions and calculated different warming and cooling effects through computer modeling. They discovered that while trees emit gases that can warm the atmosphere (e.g., ozone and methane), gases that had a cooling effect had a greater overall impact. We found that the cooling impacts of these gases outweigh the warming impacts, meaning that reactive gases given out by forests have an overall cooling effect on our climate, said study coauthor Dominick Spracklen, a professor at the University of Leeds. A kapok tree
From ETH ZURICH comes this study with a never before been seen on this scale claim. The problem is, weve really got only a few decades of observations to compare with, plus 2015/16 was the year of the monster El Nio, and there were all sorts of resultant weather anomalies. We dont have enough weather data
Guest essay by Eric Worrall h/t Breitbart CBC News author Kristen Pyszczyk thinks its outrageous that some parents choose to burden the planets climate by having lots of children, when there are lots of migrants who need a new home. It shouldnt be taboo to criticize parents for having too many kids Celebrities Chip
Pristine areas of Amazon rainforest are usually considered to be ancient, untamed jungles overflowing with old trees and biodiversity that have grown for centuries untouched by human hands. But that perception is starting to change. Archaeological and agricultural evidence indicates this romantic idea may be a myth. An estimated eight to 20 million people once lived in the Amazon before their populations collapsed around A.D. 1500, when European settlers arrived. Now, a recent study suggests that human habitation left an imprint on the Amazon that modern ecologists have not fully taken into account when estimating the rainforests ability to recycle carbon or evaluating its biodiversity. Many areas of Amazon rainforest are not as old or as undisturbed as was thought, the study shows. When todays scientists examine the forests ecology, they are primarily looking within environments where ancient native peoples lived, cleared land, and cultivated crops. These relatively young areas of rainforest are still recovering from human occupation, so they are not representative of the entire Amazon forest. Faster-growing trees in these areas may have led scientists to overestimate the amount of carbon the Amazon as a whole can store, the researchers state. Everything we know about Amazonian ecology and biodiversity comes from less than 0.0005% of the forest, said Dr. Crystal McMichael, a paleoecologist at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and the studys lead author. The sites that scientists use to gain that knowledge are more likely to have been inhabited and altered by ancient people, she
Jackie Fielder quit her full-time job in June 2017. But it wasnt to travel the world or go back to school, like some other 23-year-olds. Instead, she made a bold decision to join Mazaska Talks, an organization that aims to encourage organizations and individuals to divest from the banks that fund fossil fuel projects, which often adversely affect indigenous communities.
As an indigenous woman herself, Fielder was moved by the #NoDAPL protests at Standing Rock, North Dakota that spanned much of the winter of 2016-2017. But it wasnt until she left her job that Fielder opted to put her feelings into action. When she watched the Seattle City Council approve an ordinance to end business relationships with Wells Fargo, she realized she wanted to try to replicate that action in San Francisco. Her journey as an activist started in February when she founded the San Francisco Defund DAPL Chapter....
SOUTH PORTLAND, MaineA federal judge has handed a win to South Portland, Maine over a pipeline company that wants to send tar sands oil through the city, a proposal seen as opening a path for Canadas crude to reach the East Coast for export.
But the fight is not over. A federal district court judge dismissed on Dec. 29 all but one of the companys claims against the city. The ruling still leaves open a key question: whether the city is violating the U.S. Constitution by blocking the project.
At the heart of the lawsuit is the question of local control and whatif anythinga community can do to block an unwanted energy project.
The outcome could influence similar lawsuits elsewhere. When the Portland Pipe Line Corporation (PPLC) sued this small coastal city in 2015, it had some powerful allies, including the American Petroleum Institute, whose members include most major oil and gas companies.
The industry argued that a local ordinance prohibiting the export of heavy crude from South Portlands harbor is unconstitutional. That ordinance essentially stopped in its tracks PPLCs plans to reverse an existing pipeline and start piping tar sands oil from Canada to Maine, where it could be s...
from Earth First! UK
A weekend of campaign updates, networking, planning, solidarity and socialising in Sheffield in solidarity with Sheffield Tree Action Group. Involved or want to get involved in ecological resistance in Britain & Ireland? Whether you are fighting fracking, opencast coal, fracking, GM, nuclear power, new road building or quarries. The Winter Moot is for you.
The programme for the weekend will be available here in due course.
Cost scale: 25/30. This includes full vegan meals and accommodation. But no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Arrive Friday evening (from 6pm) for evening meal, leave Sunday (ends by 4pm). It will be an indoor floor sleeping space so bring a warm sleeping bag and mat too
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from Its Going Down
This is the first time in Louisiana that we have seen environmental justice, African-American communities, we have seen indigenous communities, we have seen crawfishers, we have seen faith leaders stand together, united to say: This is just a company we dont want to give access to our waters and our future.
In this episode, we speak to two members of the Leau Est La Vie (Water is Life) Camp, which is fighting Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) southern end of the Dakota Access Pipeline in Louisiana, known as the Bayou Bridge pipeline. The construction threatens homes, drinking water, ecosystems, and food sources for plants, animals, and upwards of 1 million human beings in the Atchafalaya Basin located in Southern Louisiana. In response, the Leau Est La Vie camp in the spirit of Standing Rock, is building a broad and grassroots m...
Coping with climate stress in Antarctica Some polar fish can cope with warming or ocean acidification, but not both together Some Antarctic fish living in the planets coldest waters are able to cope with the stress of rising carbon dioxide levels the ocean. They can even tolerate slightly warmer waters. But they cant deal with
CJ IGE OCT TML TWM FIRE-EARTH Conference: Meet The Law Givers Q & A 011602 [FIRE-EARTH Tribunal in Absentia for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Crimes Against Nature, Rape, Pillage and Plunder (RPP) of Planet Earth.] Details available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. All Groups Latest FIRE-EARTH ALERTS, FORECASTS, BULLETINS and MESSAGES available via 
Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) and allies invite everyone to the first, 2018, Sandpoint, WIRT meeting, one of two gatherings held every month at 7 pm on the first Wednesday at The Attic, up the back stairs of 314 E. Second Street in Moscow, Idaho, and on the third Wednesday in Sandpoint, Idaho. This Wednesday, January 17, we are converging at 7 pm in Eichardts Pub upstairs game room, 212 Cedar Street in Sandpoint . Join regional, climate activists for an evening of food, beer and wine, and conversations creating campaign strategies and tactics for actions and events supporting the movement against extreme fossil fuels and for clean energy, livable communities, and especially climate justice. Topics of discussion may include updates, suggestions, and plans for:
* Resistance to new and expanded, Northwest coal, oil, gas, and tar sands leases, wells, processing plants, pipelines, megaloads, trains, rail bridges, terminals, and refineries, such as on-the-ground opposition to likely soon unbanned, Class II, oil and gas waste injection wells in Idaho, and to megaloads upgrading the Andeavor (Tesoro) Anacortes refinery
* Mobilization of Idaho residents for coordinated, peaceful protests, agency hearings, and public expression advancing anti-fossil fuels campaigns, such as a late-January, Sandpoint rally, like events in Spokane and Seattle on January 18, encouraging Washington Governor Inslee to reject the Vancouver Energy oil train terminal [2, 3]
* Enhancement of observing, monitoring, documenting, and reporting north Idaho, frontline, fossil fuel train traffic and the proposed, second, Lake Pend Oreille rail bridge site, via photos, videos, social media, and further, skill sharing sessions
* Organization of monthly, speaker and film presentations, community forums, educational workshops, and direct action trainings, all sharing activist knowledge, like the successf...
CEPA Gallery is pleased to present, Portraits of Struggle, a selection of photographs spanning four decades by award winning photographer and activist Orin Langelle. An opening reception with the artist will take place on Friday, January 26, 2018 from... Read More
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JAKARTA Conservation authorities in Indonesia are investigating the death of an orangutan whose headless and apparently tortured body was found earlier this week in a river in central Borneo. A villager in South Barito district, in the province of Central Kalimantan, discovered the bloated body of the male Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) on Monday, according to Adib Gunawan, the head of the provincial wildlife conservation agency. He said it appeared the body had been in the water for two days before being found. The body was decapitated and hairless, and covered in lacerations. Its arms were also nearly severed, indicating it had suffered extensive abuse before it was killed. We are coordinating with the police to investigate this case, Adib said. The headless body of a male Bornean orangutan was found floating in a river in Central Kalimantan. Photo courtesy of Central Kalimantan Conservation Agency. Authorities carried out preliminary tests on the body before burying it, citing the fear of the spread of disease. The hasty burial, however, done before a proper necropsy could be conducted, was slammed by wildlife conservation activists. Ramadhani, a director at the Center for Orangutan Protection, said a necropsy would have been key to finding out how the orangutan died, and thereby aiding in the investigation. We could have checked its lungs to see whether the orangutan died from drowning or was killed before it was thrown into the river, Ramadhani said. Wildlife deaths must not be taken lightly. We must follow procedures first
From an Article by Scott DiSavino, Reuters News Service, January 12, 2018
(Reuters) Ohio environmental regulators on Friday told federal energy regulators the state has significant concerns about the potential for a spill from Energy Transfer Partners LPs drilling under a river as the company works on the Rover natural gas pipeline.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said in a filing with the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that it learned this week that 148,000 gallons of drilling fluid were lost down the hole that ETP is drilling under the Tuscarawas River in Stark County, Ohio.
That is the same site as a spill last April of 2 million gallons of mostly clay and water used to lubricate drilling blades, which led FERC to temporarily ban ETP from new horizontal drilling.
The state has significant concerns for the potential of similar releases as occurred at this location in April, it said in the filing. We are deeply concerned this second drill under the Tuscarawas River is heading towards a similar outcome which resulted in the previous release to the environment.
The state EPA said in its filing the company has not discovered any new spills in the area. Ohio, whi...
Guest essay by Eric Worrall Ship of Fools expedition leader Chris Turney shares more of his climate wisdom. Australias coastal living is at risk from sea level rise, but its happened before January 16, 2018 6.06am AEDT With global sea levels expected to rise by up to a metre by 2100 we can learn much
This two-day Innovation Forum conference will assess how business can connect the all-encompassing SDGs to their smallholder supply chains and the business case for doing so. By drilling down to specific targets, discussion will maintain a focus on clear, tangible outcomes to ensure business delegates receive as much practical insight as possible.
All the latest on speakers, themes and agenda items can be found in the conference brochure here: http://bit.ly/2CJT1n2
Some highlights of the agenda include:
From the Montreal Protocol success is not weather, unless it is department and NASA Goddard: Using measurements from NASAs Aura satellite, scientists studied chlorine within the Antarctic ozone hole over the last several years, watching as the amount slowly decreased. This is the first definitive evidence of the success of the Montreal Protocol on Substances
To meet societal expectations, the UN Global Goals, increasing regulations and the 2 Degree target a wholesale shift in thinking and operations across both business and industry is required. Ethical Corporation's 17th Responsible Business Summit Europe 2018 will tackle the critical issues within responsible business. Through focussed best-practice-lead debates over 600 business leaders and senior sustainability & communications executives will focus on transforming business so it is fit for a digital, responsible world. Some of the sessions taking place at #RBSEU include:
Habitat fragmentation 'bigger threat to Chiles gia wildcat than persecution by humans'
Housebuilding can benefit birds and bees as well as people, charity says
The Responsible Timber Trade Fair will connect buyers and sellers of legal and certified timber products, focusing on West African timber. The event will be held in Accra, Ghana, 28 February 2 March 2018.
Why should you join BVRio in Accra, Ghana in February 2018?
For more information and to register for the event visit the bvriotradefairs.org website....
The climate models used by scientists today rely on some of the worlds most advanced supercomputers. It can take dozens of highly skilled people to build and then operate a modern-day climate model.
However, less than a century ago, climate models were little more than an idea; basic equations roughly sketched out on paper. After the second world war, though, the pace of development quickened dramatically, particularly in the US.
By the late 1960s, policymakers were being presented with the models findings, which strongly reinforced the theory that the continued rise in human-caused greenhouse gas emissions would alter the global climate in profound ways.
In the interactive timeline above, Carbon Brief charts more than 50 key moments in the history of climate modelling.
Such moments include
Guest essay by Eric Worrall For years many fossil fuel companies seemed content to stay quiet in the face of public vilification, but with big lawsuits looming, this strategy of avoiding public climate controversy is looking increasingly precarious. Four climate change lawsuits to watch in 2018 Did you know its possible to take legal action
Brief by Kip Hansen American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has apologized for emailing out a fund-raising promotion that was misleading and apparently politically motivated that is, they have apologized to me, personally, when I contacted them with an email questioning the content of the email. In case you have forgotten, the
From the INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR APPLIED SYSTEMS ANALYSIS and the Schrodingers Climate Department In a new commentary in the journal Nature Climate Change, IIASA researchers argue that a broader range of scenarios is needed to support international policymakers in the target of limiting climate change to under 2C above pre-industrial levels, and to avoid potential negative environmental
Some nitrogen-fixing microorganisms contain an enzyme for the simultaneous production of ammonia and methane UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON HEALTH SCIENCES/UW MEDICINE An unexpected source of methane in the environment has been inadvertently discovered. Nitrogen-fixing bacteria are the chief means by which nitrogen gas in the air is changed into a form that plants and animals can
Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project Quote of the Week. All things are poison and nothing is without poison; only the dose makes a thing not a poison. Paracelsus, Swiss physician and chemist. Number of the Week: More than 77% THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, President, Science and
BVRio have published a practical guide to facilitate conducting Due Diligence of tropical timber products. The guide, which profiles Liberia, follows the publication of a first guide, published in October 201, profiling Brazil and Ghana.
The objective of these guides is to summarise the main documents that need to be collected, and how to interpret them, in order to conduct due diligence of timber consignments to be imported from different countries into the US and European markets. It also provides a summary of the main risks associated with timber legality that the due diligence must address, for each individual country.
These series of guides complement BVRio Due Diligence and Risk Assessment system, an online system to assist timber traders in conducting the due diligence of individual timber consignments.
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