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One look at Martha and rescuers knew she was special.
From the white tuft of fur on her head to her enormous brown eyes and permanent grin, the Chihuahua-maltese mix was one in a million.
But the little dog nearly didn't make it to safety.
Credit: Bianca StockleyMartha was picked up as a stray and brought to an overcrowded rural shelter in Australia, where staffers thought the kindest thing to do was put 12-year-old Martha out of her misery. Luckily, rescuers with Pets Haven Animal Shelter disagreed.
Credit: Bianca StockleyPets Haven rescuers pulled the little dog out of the shelter at the very last minute saving her from an untimely death. Finally safe, veterinarians discovered that Marthas missing patches of fur and itchy skin were the least of her issues.
Credit: Bianca StockleyDespite her dark prognosis, Marthas luck...
Claude Alff had just stepped out for a lunch break on Monday in
Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg, when he spotted a rat running up the
Though Alff rarely sees rats out in broad daylight, he brushed it off as nothing special and continued on his way. But this was no ordinary rodent.
As Alff crossed the street, he turned around and noticed he had company in the form of a small striped cat. Sensing an encounter was about to happen between the two animals, Alff whipped out his phone and started filming.
Credit: Claude AlffAs Alff expected, the cat ran to confront his would-be prey but then things got strange. Suddenly, the rat changed the game; fiercely facing off against a fluffy predator more than five times his size, the rodent refused to back down.
Credit: Claude AlffNot only did the rat lunge and spook the cat, he chased the feline all the way down the street.
Luna the bull terrier is happiest when shes close to her family
like, really close.
And they are more than happy to lavish Luna with affection because they know the one thing she hates more than anything is being left alone.
But her dad, Justin Grosjean, wasnt aware of just how much Luna depended on her familys company until he came back from a trip to Home Depot last weekend.
Credit: IG/lunatheminibullyLuna, thinking she had been abandoned, collected not one, not two, but four of her parents shoes and brought them to her bed for comfort. When Grosjean walked in, he snapped a photo of the hilarious sight.
Credit: IG/lunatheminibullyGrosjean and his wife adopted Luna in 2015 shortly after their wedding, and it didnt take long for the little dog to establish herself as the baby of the house. She was just a pup and truly our fur baby from day one, Grosjean said.
Deep in the rainforests of Ecuador, there lives a creature that
looks like it jumped out of a book on mythical animals and its only
the size of a thumbnail.
With eight spindly yellow legs holding up what appears to be a big black dogs head, the bunny harvestman is both terrifying and oddly cute.
The rabbit-like ears and yellow markings, which resemble glowing eyes, all add to the creatures wolflike appearance, and people cant quite believe he's real.
In fact, theyre kind of freaked out.
Though the little creature looks like a spider, he technically belongs to the same order of arachnid as daddy longlegs (who are also harvestmen). This makes him a cousin of the spider which may explain his tendency to scuttle around in very spiderlike fashion.
Nearly 60 years after the bunny harvestmans discovery by Carl Friedrich Roewer, scientists are still not entirely sure how the rare little creature got his unique look.
One prevailing theory is that the animals adorable ears and large head are meant to make it look more threatening to predators, notes Andreas Kay, a scientist and photographer who caught the creature on film in July 2017. Maybe the eye spots and ear-like protuberances are meant to fool predators into thinking the creature is larger than it really is, Kay explains in a blog post.
If you do ever come across one of these little guys dont worry. As their sweet doglike head suggests, bunny harvestmen are not venomous, and pose no thre...
Evicting a tenant can be stressful for landlords but one vacant
apartment in Kansas City, Missouri, had a surprise inside that not
even the most seasoned owner could have expected.
The apartment wasnt exactly vacant, it turned out: There was a 6-foot-long, 150-pound alligator relaxing inside the hot tub.
A Missouri landlord stumbled...
Tropical forests Large consumer corporations say certification isnt the solution to stopping deforestation (Ethical Corporation). The shorter stature of some rainforest peoples helps improve their efficiency moving through dense vegetation (Newsweek). Tire companies are stepping up to address the deforestation that often precedes the establishment of rubber plantations (Reuters). Scientists say controls on deforestation in Brazil have made farmers more productive (The Conversation). Orangutan orphans are learning to climb from their human caretakers (Express). Cambodias agriculture ministry says there have been fewer forestry-related crimes this year (Khmer Times). Hunters killed a female tiger blamed for the deaths of at least 13 people in India (The New York Times). A new project aims to tackle the problem of deforestation for fuelwood in Africa (CIFOR Forests News). Leaders from Central Africa are learning how to minimize forest and peatland fires from Indonesia (CIFOR Forests News). A recent documentary looking at forest certification levels the charge that the schemes arent working and the Forest Stewardship Council responds (FSC Watch). Other news Deforestation is pushing koalas closer to extinction (Accuweather). Helping large, plant-eating mammals come back could stave off the effects of climate change (Anthropocene Magazine). A Canadian mining company has the go-ahead from the Romanian government to clear 56 hectares (138 acres) of forest in the Eastern European country (Business Review). Illegal logging remains an issue for Romanias leaders (Romania Insider). The bidding starts at $10,000 to name newly identified species through the Rainforest Trust (Green Matters). Time may have been the
According to research released yesterday, small-scale gold mining has led to the destruction of more than 170,000 acres of primary rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon over the past five years. Scientists based in Perus Madre de Dios region at Wake Forest Universitys Center for Amazonian Scientific Innovation (CINCIA) say theyve developed a new method for detecting artisanal-scale mining that is 20-25 percent more accurate than the tools used in the past. The researchers combined the CLASlite forest monitoring technology with Global Forest Change datasets on forest loss, both of which use lightwaves to identify changes in the landscape, to arrive at their estimate of rainforest destruction driven by small gold mining operations in Peru, which they say is 30 percent higher than previous estimates. An artisinal miner at work. Photo Credit: CINCIA. The scale of the deforestation is really shocking, Luis Fernandez, executive director of CINCIA, said in a statement. In 2013, the first comprehensive look at Peruvian rainforest lost from mining showed 30,000 hectares. Five years later, we have found nearly 100,000 hectares of deforested landscape. Artisanal miners dont exploit large veins of gold, instead collecting gold flakes from throughout the rainforest by stripping the land of trees or scooping up river sediment, then using toxic mercury to extract the precious metal. Though the environmental damage done by artisanal miners is extensive, it is also hard to detect remotely the miners leave behind a barren landscape of mercury-polluted ponds and sand dunes, which can resemble a natural wetlands
JAKARTA Its name in Indonesian means hope, but there seems to be little of that remaining for the Harapan rainforest, a tropical woodland oasis in an ever-expanding desert of oil palm plantations in Sumatra. The Harapan rainforest is one of the last remaining expanses of lowland forest left on the island and could disappear in five years, swallowed up by encroaching palm plantations, after losing the main source of funding still keeping it on the map. Its demise would mean the loss of one of just 36 IUCN-recognized global biodiversity hotspots, and the end of a key habitat for nine globally threatened species, including Sumatran tigers, with a population of around 400, and Storms storks, the rarest of all storks, with fewer than 500 left in the wild. Since 2011, the Danish government has been the main funder keeping the Harapan rainforest alive, providing technical assistance and financial support to the tune of $12.7 million. The money is channeled through the NGO Burung Indonesia, the local affiliate of BirdLife International, to REKI, a private company established to manage the forest. Much of the funding is spent on patrolling the forest to prevent illegal encroachment by palm farmers. But the Danish government will cease its support at the end of this year, and theres no other source of funding in sight to fill the gap. Rasmus Abildgaard Kristensen, the Danish ambassador to Indonesia, says the decision to end the funding has nothing to do with the project itself. This has
Lambayaque, PERU Authorities in Peru late last month arrested a dozen alleged members of the notorious El Gran Chaparral criminal syndicate. The members were arrested on the charges of murder, land grabbing, and arson from setting forest fires in the Chaparr Ecological Reserve. Chaparr is the first recognized private nature reserve in Peru. The arrests took place on Oct. 26 as part of a pre-dawn raid by more than 300 police and organized crime officers in Perus northwestern Lambayeque region. Among those taken into custody were the alleged gang leader, Hiplito Cruzado Rafael, 62, and his sons, authorities said. Officers also raided 18 properties in connection with the case, the culmination on a nearly year-long investigation. The suspects are believed to be responsible for the torture and murder of Jos Napolen Tarrillo Astonitas, lieutenant-governor of the community of Muchik Santa Catalina de Chongoyape, in December 2017. Chongoyape was a prominent environmental defender. Theyre also implicated in the murders of three other community members Yrineo Martnez, Felicie Cherres Garrido and Jess Guerrero in October 2016. The gangs reign of terror over the past two years is tied to plans to build a reservoir that would fall inside the Chaparr reserves borders. Drawn by the promise of arable farmland conjured out of the arid landscape, hundreds of people have flocked to the area, invading the reserve, deforesting and burning the land, building illegal settlements, and growing crops. The Chaparr reserve was established by the Muchik Santa Catalina de Chongoyape community in
She was exhausted, cold and running out of time until the
kindest person saved her life.
Earlier this week, a man working on a house in South Carolina heard a splashing noise coming from a trash can that had been left open. He decided to peek inside, and he saw the most heartbreaking thing: An opossum had jumped into the can searching for food, and ended up getting trapped in a sea of rainwater that had filled the can halfway. She had no way of getting back out on her own.
Credit: The Opossum Pouch RescueThe man contacted Beth Sparks, founder and codirector of The Opossum Pouch Rescue, who talked him through what to do until she could get there. He scooped up the stressed animal and put her into an empty bin as Sparks rushed to the scene. The little opossum was terrified but her day-long struggle was finally over. Sparks brought the animal back to the rescue center, where the team checked her over and gave her some food.
Credit: The Opossum Pouch RescueUnfortunately, the little opossum, whom Sparks named Puddin, will likely be unable to return to the wild. She is showing signs of head trauma, possibly from being hit by a car or hurt by a predator, which is why she was so underweight.
Bemidji, MN On Thursday, November 8, 2018, United States District Judge Brian Morris, issued a landmark ruling in favor of the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) and the North Coast Rivers Alliance (NCRA), and other groups in the litigation to stop... Read More
IN PROGRESS TIA [September 24, Confidential 10] TNWG [October 22, Confidential 10] Nominated Groups: All Groups FIRE-EARTH PRESENTATION: From Caligula to Trump: Two Thousand Years of Tyranny Against the Slaves Background: Insanity. Caligula made his horse horse, Incitatus, a priest and promised to make him a consul, according to legend. Caligula was accused of incest 
This proposal is for an energy-based 2C carbon budget to guide all UoM operations and strategic planning
This submission is to the UoM Big Ideas call; Nov. 2018
Corresponding author: Kevin Anderson
(there are 28 UoM signatories to the proposal, including post-docs, PhDs, PS staff and academics)
The recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) makes clear the unprecedented scale and timeframe of the mitigation challenge facing the global community if it is to deliver on the commitments enshrined in the Paris Agreement.
Academia has been central to quantifying and qualifying the global and science-based carbon budgets accompanying the Paris 1.5 and 2C thresholds. Moreover, University of Manchester academics have led on developing a carbon budget framework for the UK (now embedded in the 2008 Climate Change Act), the devolved administrations and, within the last two years, Greater Manchester Combined Authorities (GMCA) and Manchester City Council (MCC).
The Big Idea outlined here, is for the University of Manchester to demonstrate its confidence in the veracity of its academics research and to fulfil its role as a Manchester, UK and global leader on climate change. Specifically, we propose that the University establish and adopt a comprehensive carbon budget framework to underpin all its future activities and development. To ensure a relatively robust and manageable accounting regime, the budget would relate specifically to energy use, including operational emissions arising from its research, teaching and knowledge exchange activities, along with the running of estates and university-related travel. The most obvious approach would be to borrow the scientific method and analysis developed by Tyndall Manchester academics and used to derive equity-based 2C mitigation rates for...
This weeks Earth Watch guest on the Sojourner Truth Radio Show was Dr. Rachel Smolker with Biofuelwatch, who discussed this weeks Bioeconomy Day of Action. Smolker is a co-director of Biofuelwatch, and an organizer with Energy Justice Network. She has... Read More
From an Article by Leola Abraham, Greenpeace (EcoWatch.com), November 7, 2018
More than 400,000 people demanded Credit Suisse stop investing in environmentally harmful projects like pipelines and tar sands.
Growing Resistance to Large & Long Distance Pipelines
The banking industry should stop funding extreme fossil fuel pipeline projects that impact the climate and violate human rights. These projects are risky for banks as they face mounting pressure from a growing resistance movement and increased reputational risk in a world that is recognizing the urgent need to rapidly tackle climate change to avoid climate catastrophe.
Recently, more than 400,000 people, from 138 countries, signed a global petition demanding banks and financial institutions immediately end financial relationships with tar sands pipelines projects and other controversial pipeline companies such as Energy Transfer, the company that built the Dakota Access pipeline.
The Indigenous-led movement at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access pipeline further galvanized and helped grow a global movement against dirty oil pipeline companies. How...
Anne Petermann, Executive Director of Global Justice Ecology Project, was featured in her regular Earth Minute segment on the Sojourner Truth Radio Show. The show airs on KPFK-FM in Los Angeles and around the world through syndication and... Read More
Bemidji, MN On Thursday, November 8, 2018, United States District Judge Brian Morris, issued a landmark ruling in favor of the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) and the North Coast Rivers Alliance (NCRA), and other groups in the litigation to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline. Judge Morriss 54-page Order overturns the Trump Administrations approval of the KXL Pipeline and issues an injunction stopping all construction of the tar sands project. Judge Morris ruled that President Trump violated federal environmental laws when his Administration claimed that the KXL Pipeline was consistent with the public interest. Judge Morris ruled that approval of the KXL Pipeline violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and the Administrative Procedure Act because: (1) President Trump disregarded prior factual findings by former Secretary of State John Kerry that the KXL Pipeline would unjustifiably worsen climate change, (2) failed to conduct an adequate survey of Native American cultural resources that would be harmed by the pipeline, (3) failed to provide adequate modeling of potential oil spills and their impacts on water resources, (4) failed to analyze the cumulative effects of this project on greenhouse gas emissions, and (5) failed to address the effects of current oil prices on the viability of the project. The injunction against all construction work will stand until the Trump administration can complete a supplemental review on the 5 points mentioned above.
A destructive wildfire is rapidly growing in California's Butte County since it started early November 8, forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate their homes. The fire grew to 8 000 ha (20 000 acres) before the end of the day day and is still 0%...... Read more
This fire moved so fast and grew so fast a lot of people got caught by it. Cal Fire A fast-moving wildfire dubbed the Camp Fire has destroyed the town of Paradise in Northern California and has reached the outskirts of the city of Chico, forcing tens of thousands to flee. More than a dozen 
The recent top stories from our Spanish-language service, Mongabay Latam, concerned hungry manatees in Venezuelan zoos; giant tortoises stolen from the Galpagos Islands; and a ban on free, prior and informed consent in Colombian extractive projects. Venezuelan zoos struggle to feed their animals Venezuelas ongoing economic crisis is affecting the ability of researchers and zoo staff to conserve vulnerable species, such as the American manatee (Trichechus manatus), the Arrau turtle (Podocnemis expansa) and the Orinoco crocodile (Crocodylus intermedius). Efforts continue despite the lack of food and resources, and growing insecurity. A manatee at Bararida Zoo in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. Image by Carlos Silva. Colombian court blocks FPIC Colombias environmental sector is reeling from a court ruling against free, prior and informed consent and a political proposal to drop the precautionary principle in consideration of large extractive and infrastructure projects. The Constitutional Court ruled against community consultation on extractive projects on their lands. The surprise decision directly affects consultations in two communities on mining on their land in the central department of Cundimarca. Coal mining is one of the activities for which operators will no longer be required to seek free, prior and informed consent from affected communities. Image by Daniel Reina Romero/Semana Sostenible. Chinese oil companies invade Bolivias Amazon parks Chinese energy companies are operating with impunity in national parks in the Bolivian Amazon, according to indigenous leaders and NGO investigators. The most ambitious project covers 1008 square kilometers (389 square miles) between Madidi National Park, Piln Lajas Biosphere Reserve, and
MANOKWARI, Indonesia High in the northwestern mountains of Indonesias West Papua province, the newly established Pegunungan Arfak district has a bold idea: Its leaders hope to achieve economic prosperity through conservation and ecotourism rather than selling off their land to mining and plantation companies. With peaks reaching 2,955 meters (9,695 feet), Pegunungan Arfak is the highest district in West Papua. And while a pair of lakes make for a compelling tourist destination, local officials believe the biodiversity and unique culture of the area can bring visitors in droves. Other regions in Indonesia have pinned their hopes on ecotourism as a driver of economic growth, but Pegunungan Arfak has a secret weapon: a mandate from provincial leaders to prioritize sustainability and conservation in economic development. Last month, the provinces of West Papua and Papua, which together compose Indonesias half of the island of New Guinea, reaffirmed their unified goal to essentially become the next Costa Rica an ecotourism success story that generates almost $3 billion in annual revenue for that country. In 2015, West Papua declared itself the worlds first conservation province, with a mandate to prioritize conservation in all decisions of economic development. The move came on the heels of a 2014 national law that reversed some aspects of decentralization by partly transferring governance of Indonesias natural resources from the local level back up to provincial level. While some saw this as a huge step forward allowing for more consistent and enforceable laws others worried that
KMPH 110902 Powerful earthquake occurs NW of Olonkinbyen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen Earthquake details: Magnitude: 6.8 mww Location: 71.623N 11.240W [119km NW of Olonkinbyen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen] Depth: 10.0 km Time: 2018-11-09 01:49:40 (UTC) Australia: Earthquake Strikes 64km ESE of Manjimup, Australia Earthquake details: Magnitude: 5.2 mww Location: 34.351S 116.839E Depth: 10.0 km 
To paraphrase Thucydides, words like borders and occupation have had their ordinary meanings changed, and been forced to take meanings that serve tyranny and aggression. And we who accept those new meanings are complicit in the resulting injustice that follows. Bruce Thornton, The Language of Despotism The case for Humanitarian aid Every year affluent 
When a 5-year-old bear named Luna decides to do something,
she does it with her whole heart and mind.
Credit: Four PawsIn the hot summer months, for example, at Bear Sanctuary Muritz, her home in Germany which is run by Four Paws International, Luna fully immerses herself literally and figuratively in the cooling activity of swimming.
Credit: Four PawsIt's no wonder Luna is so apt to enjoy herself. Luna spent her cub years, until age 3, with very few pleasures.
Credit: Four Paws"Luna lived a horrible life at the amusement park in southern Albania for about three years, before we could rescue her in 2016," Jeta Lepaja, spokesperson for Four Paws' sanctuaries...
Just over a year ago, a
wild horse was rounded up with her herd in Wyoming and put in a
federal holding facility.
The wild mare was pregnant. After just a few days in the facility, she gave birth to a baby boy foal.
Credit: Carol J. WalkerThe first time Clare Staples saw the beautiful cremello mare was just a few days after she had had her baby.
Credit: Skydog Sanctuary"One photograph seemed to get all the attention," Staples said.
Last weekend, Femke Den Haas got a distressing phone call about
who needed help. Someone had chained the young
macaque to the top of a metal fence, which was next to a busy
highway in Jakarta, Indonesia, and abandoned her there.
The owner chained her because she was said to be aggressive, Den Haas, founder of Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN), told The Dodo. Some people passing by would feed her."
Credit: JAANDen Haas hurried to see the monkey, who turned out not to be aggressive at all.
Credit: JAANShe knew I was helping she was nice and not aggressive at all, Den Haas added. People dont understand monkeys, and that monkeys react aggressively when theyre scared.
Credit: JAANThe monkey, now named Slipi, is about 1 and a half years old. Den Haas believes she was stolen from the forest as a baby and sold into the pet trade.
elephant family was being chased across a stretch of land in
the Maasai Mara Nature Reserve in Kenya. Their assailants, a group
of villagers, were using spears and arrows to attack the
The terrified animals ran as fast as they could, but a 5-year-old female fell behind and she was hit with 20 sharp arrows.
Credit: MEPBut help wasnt far behind. A ranger from the Mara Elephant Project (MEP) witnessed the attack and alerted the rest of the team. More rangers quickly arrived by helicopter, along with a vet team from the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT).
Credit: MEPThe vet team, led by Dr. Campaign Limo, was able to safely capture and treat the young female elephant, as well as two older elephants whod been hit by arrows. Thankfully, none of them needed to be taken to a rehabilitation center for additional care instead, they all walked away.
Credit: MEPFor this young female, while she had been targeted with a substantial and shocking number of arrows, none of these were poison arrows, Rob Brandford, executive director of the DSWT in the UK, told The Dodo. Elephants skin is very thick and so, while the wounds were serious in places and would have caused immense pain, none of them was life-threatening. Of co...
Wildlife officials have ordered the killing of rare
gray wolves because they hunted cows who were allowed to graze
on the national forest where the wolves live.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will allow the killing of one or two wolves from the Smackout family, the third wolf pack the department has targeted this fall.
"Likely options in this case include shooting from a helicopter, trapping and shooting from the ground," the WDFW wrote in a release on Wednesday.
Credit: ShutterstockThis decision comes after the department ordered the deaths of the last two remaining members of the Old Profanity Territory (OPT) family and the last three wolves of the Togo Pack. There are just four or five adult members of the Smackout family left.
It started out as a mission to save some dogs who were
locked up in a pen without food or water. But when rescuers
went to get them at a property in Midland County, Texas, they were
shocked at what they discovered.
Crystal Carson, cofounder of Rescuers Without Borders, a U.S.-based organization that helps dogs in Texas as well as Turkey, was one of the people who went to the property in mid-October.
Credit: Rescuers Without BordersThe family happened to be there, Carson told The Dodo. We spoke with them, and the father said, They all have to go. All of these dogs have to go. And then they said, Oh, theres more in the house. We were kind of like, What? And he said, Yeah. Little ones.
Credit: Rescuers Without BordersThey proceeded to bring out 12 tiny puppies, Carson said. Three of them fit in my hand and Im only 110 pounds my hands arent big. They were extremely bloated, so we already knew that they were infected with parasites. There were fleas crawling all over them.
Credit: Rescuers Without BordersThe rescuers decided to immediately take the puppies, as well as the two mother dogs, whod been locked up in the pen outside. S...
The open ocean was only a few yards away, but the wild belugas
couldnt reach it. Instead, they were trapped in tiny sea pens,
where all they could do was only swim in circles.
Russian traders recently captured 90 belugas and 11 orcas from the ocean with the intention of selling them to marine parks, dolphinariums and swim-with-the-dolphin programs in China. While they work to secure buyers, the belugas and orcas are being kept in a network of tiny sea cages in Srednyaya Bay, near Nakhodka, Russia and new drone footage has revealed the poor living conditions in these enclosures.
The footage speaks for itself, Oxana Fedorova, founder of Save Dolphins, a Russian organization that helps marine animals, told The Dodo. It is the whale prison, but these belugas and orcas didnt commit any crime.
It was absolutely heartbreaking to see these poor babies confined in such small enclosures, swimming in circles, Fedorova added. I cant stop thinking about what they are going through.
While the video clearly shows the distinctive white bodies of the belugas, the orcas arent visible its believed theyre being kept in one of the covered sea pens.
Credit: Facebook/VestiThey dont want anyone to see them, Fedorova said. People who work at this facility are very aggressive. The...
Show me the man and I will show you the crime! Could Papadopoulos Blow the Russia Hoax Wide Open? Dan Bongino recently conducted a fascinating interview with George Papadopoulos. The most convenient way to digest the interview is at Jeff Carlsons blog, which has a link to the interview on Bonginos radio show as well as 
China, with its trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative, is poised to invest heavily in the construction and operation of Brazilian railroads. Belt and Road would put China at the heart of a globally unprecedented transportation network. Image by PughPugh on Flickr CC BY 2.0 license. The environmental cost of agribusiness expansion into the Amazon basin and the Cerrado savanna isnt limited to the felling of forests and destruction of native vegetation to make way for crops. Agribusiness growth there also requires major new transportation infrastructure corridors railways, roads, industrial waterways, river ports, and other logistic support to efficiently move soy and other crops from the Amazon and Cerrado interior to market in China, the European Union and elsewhere. If precautions arent taken, this infrastructure could do great damage to the environment, and indigenous and traditional communities, particularly due to the population influx they inevitably trigger. Over the last 20 years, grain production has exploded in northern Mato Grosso state, and today the process is being repeated in Matopiba, the agribusiness acronym for the parts of the Cerrado savanna biome located in the states of Maranho, Tocantins, Piaui and Bahia. The Cerrado is the scene of Brazils most recent agribusiness expansion, as cattle, soy, corn, cotton and eucalyptus rapidly replace native vegetation. Traffic jam of commodities-loaded trucks on the BR-163 highway in the Brazilian Amazon. Analysts see the construction of Grainrail as the solution to the traffic problem, though the railroad also poses serious environmental problems. Image courtesy of
Read the other stories in Mongabays three-part profile of the Mauberes revival of tara bandu: Timor-Leste: Maubere tribes revive customary law to protect the ocean Timor-Leste: Q&A with a Maubere fisherman on reviving depleted fisheries On the morning of Aug. 20, 2012, about 150 men, women and children gathered in the village of Biacou, in northern Timor-Leste. They assembled at a sacred spot called Oho-no-rai to take part in a ceremony inaugurating the villages tara bandu, a customary law of the island nations indigenous tribes, collectively called Maubere, that governs how people interact with their local environment. A dozen men clad in traditional sarongs and feathered headdresses stood around a wooden pole to which a goat was tied, while the rest sat in small circles nearby, watching. Francisco Talimeta, the villages chief ritual authority, sprinkled water on the goat and uttered some prayers. He then killed the animal by piercing its heart with a sharp iron spear. The sacrifice triggered muted applause and cheers among the crowd: the spilling of blood made the place lulik,or sacred, and enabled communication with the ancestral spirits. Talimeta scrutinized the goats viscera for signs that Rai nain and Tasi nain, the Maubere spirit of the land and the spirit of the sea, respectively, approved of the villages intent to renew the tara bandu law. Finding favorable evidence, he communicated directly with the spirits and then offered them food, areca leaves, betel nut and palm wine in thanks. Immediately afterward, Talimeta sacrificed a pig in
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by Jim Malewitz / Michigan Environmental Watch
LEVERING Amos Cloud used to operate heavy construction equipment for a living working on crews that laid utility pipes underground.
Now his focus is getting rid of a pipeline: Line 5, Enbridge Energys 645-mile oil and gas pipeline that crosses beneath the Straits of Mackinac and has created an environmental firestorm.
If I get on another piece of equipment like that, its to take that pipeline out, the 39-year-old father of six said inside a heated tent on a chilly October morning.
For now, peaceful protest is his tool of choice. Its why Cloud, a member of the Gun Lake Potawatomi Tribe, has camped here since August about 150 miles north of his hometown of Mount Pleasant and 15 miles south of the Mackinac Bridge.
Joining him is a small group of other water protectors representing Native Americans across Michigan and beyond. They say a Line 5 rupture, however unlikely some experts describe it, would threaten their way of life.
Our livelihood depends on the currents of that water that bring the...
Pavlovian Propagandists strike again. It is simply a question of organizing and manipulating collective feelings in the proper way. If one can isolate the mass, allow no free thinking, no free exchange, no outside correction and can hypnotize the group daily with noises, with press and radio and television, with fear and pseudo-enthusiasms, any delusion 
Degawenodas (right) gives serious stare to one of the board members. photo: Langelle/GJEP-photolangelle.org Excerpted from PhotoLangelle.org. More on the Sacred Seneca Burial Grounds. This is from Buffalo Rising. It includes a conversation with Degawenodas Ni Ah Agatayonih, born into... Read More
According to the earliest Taoist texts, when human nature is aligned with the rest of nature, order and harmony are the result. From this perspective, the purpose of self-cultivation is to return to a mode of existence that is natural, but has been obscured by social conditioning. How A Fourth-Century Taoist Concept is Treating Anxiety 
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