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Wednesday, 17 January

04:57

People Give Sweetest Goodbye To Elephant Who Spent 60 Years Working "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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: BEES

In October, they brought her to live at their sanctuary with other rescued elephants in Chiang Mai, Thailand. 

It appears Fluffy may never have been allowed to roam freely and forage on her own, Emily McWilliam, cofounder of BEES, wrote in a blog post shortly after Fluffys rescue. In the camps Fluffys owners were only able to feed her grass and bananas. When she stepped out of her enclosure to explore for the first time she seemed confused. She could smell the grass but hesitated to grab it and break it off to eat.

Credit: BEES

Fluffy 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.

The team at BEES hoped that Fluffy would enjoy many more years of peace and happiness at the sanctuary but sadl...

04:54

Dog Who Found Lasagna In This Bush One Time Still Checks For More Years Later "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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/@wilcofour

This 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.

He knows its there somewhere. He knows he is right and Im wrong when I drag him away. Thats why he will be back there again next time. To eventually prove himself right, WilcoFour told The Dodo. I think his optimism is a beautiful thing!

But Devo isn't the only hopeful pup. While dogs often conveniently forget certain commands, or how to go about those less pleasant daily routines, they can be persistent to a fault when they think they might gain something tasty. (Apparently, the word "dogged" came about for a reason).

And now Twitter users are sharing their own stories of pups who refuse to give up believing that a random good thing can happen twice in the same spot.

04:30

Man Walking Through Park Hears Crying And Finds This Box "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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 soft whimpering.

Credit: Battersea

Tracing 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: Battersea

A local shelter, the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, took the litter in and immediately had a vet check them over.

Credit: Battersea

Credit: Battersea

The 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.

Thankfully, the three girls and one boy must not have been outside for too long they all had a clean bill of health. 

Credit:...

04:25

Senior Dog Was So Chubby She Couldn't Even Go On Walks "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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 Rescue

As 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 Rescue

Allison 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. 

I thought she was so cute and she had the sweetest fac...

01:56

Study reveals forests have yet another climate-protection superpower "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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

00:25

Study: Weather anomalies accelerate the melting of sea ice "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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

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Tuesday, 16 January

23:36

Claim: People with Big Families Should be Ashamed, We Need More Migrants "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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

23:25

Mud volcano erupts in Azerbaijan's Shamakhi district "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A mud volcano in the village of Gushchu, Azerbaijan's Shamakhi district started erupting at about 21:00 UTC on January 14, 2018 (01:00 local time, January 15). According to APA's local bureau, the volcano ejected mud lava to a height of about 10 m (32.8...... Read more

Ancient human sites may have distorted our understanding of the Amazons natural ecology "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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

23:21

A city goes 'organic' "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Portland, Maine unanimously passed a tough ban on synthetic pesticide use in the city, leading many residents to applaud their citys new organic status. Learn more

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23:20

M 5.9 62km SW of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua January 16, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

USGS Event Page
Magnitude 5.9 62km SW of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
2018-01-16 15:03:54 UTC
10.938N   -86.347W

30.6 km depth

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22:58

Meet the 23-Year-Old Whos Helping Lead the Indigenous Resistance Against Pipelines "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Brit + Co / Natalie Zisa

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.

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22:49

Maine Town Wins Round in Tar Sands Oil Battle With Industry "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Inside Climate News / Sabrina Shankman

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...

22:33

UK: Earth First! Winter Moot 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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

Regather Co-op, 57-59 Club Garden Road, Sheffield, S118BU
Train Sheffield Station is a 20 minute walk away

For all other info or offers e-mail

22:27

We All Need It To Survive: Fighting the Bayou Bridge Pipeline "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Its Going Down

 

https://ia601509.us.archive.org/13/items/bridgepipe/bridgepipe.mp3

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.

 Cherri Foytlin

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...

20:01

Fubar Science from @UCDavis Coping with climate stress in Antarctica "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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

19:53

Meet The Law Givers: Q & A (R3) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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 []

19:45

Wednesday, January 17, Monthly Sandpoint WIRT Meeting "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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 [1].  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...

19:37

4 months' worth of rain in just 24 hours hit Perth, Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Remnants of Tropical Cyclone "Joyce" brought record-breaking rain to parts of SW Western Australia on Monday, January 15 and Tuesday, January 16, 2018. The storm produced wind gusts up to 90 km/h (56 mph) and dumped more than 4 months' worth of rain in...... Read more

19:33

PREVIEW: Photographer Orin Langelles Portraits of Struggle to Debut Jan. 26 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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

The post PREVIEW: Photographer Orin Langelles Portraits of Struggle to Debut Jan. 26 appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.

17:09

Orangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probe "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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

16:53

Warnings from the Arctic "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Record-breaking temperatures in Alaska, the US's canary in the climate coal mine, provide glimpse of a warmer future

16:28

Drilling Fluid Contamination Out-of-Control on Rover Pipeline "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Five or six workers clean up after Rover pipeline

New spills from Rover Pipeline construction are problem in Ohio

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...

16:00

Claim: Aboriginals Torched the Australian Landscape Because of Sea Level Rise "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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

14:03

How business can make smallholder supply chains resilient "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Date: 
13 Mar 2018
Location: 
London

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:

  • The business case: An in-depth Q&A with Unilever about the relevance of the SDGs when developing smallholder policy
  • Aligning strategy with the SDGs: Practical insights from Diageo, Mars and Sustai...

13:43

Mauritius and La Reunion in direct path of Tropical Cyclone "Berguitta" "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Tropical Cyclone "Berguitta," the third named storm of the 2017-18 South-West Indian Ocean cyclone season, is on its way toward Mauritius and La Reunion. Although this system is now slowly weakening, it's expected to maintain its tropical cyclone winds...... Read more

12:56

NASA Claim: Definitive Evidence of the Montreal Protocols Success on Ozone Hole but may be premature "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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

12:12

17th Responsible Business Summit Europe 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Date: 
13 Jun 2018
Location: 
London

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:

  • Transformational Change Keynote: Hear how innovative companies are transforming their business so that its fit for a more sustainable and responsible future. With the CEO, Barclays Germany and the President, VF Corporation EMEA
  • The Digital Revolution: Discover how forward-looking businesses are driving a digital-first mind-set throughout their culture and operations to deliver social customer care and impact. With Comcast, UCB Biopharma and AXA Retail...

11:57

Habitat fragmentation 'bigger threat to Chiles gia wildcat than persecution by humans' "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Habitat fragmentation 'bigger threat to Chiles gia wildcat than persecution by humans'

Channel
News
brendan 16th January 2018
Teaser Media

11:20

Housebuilding can benefit birds and bees as well as people, charity says "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Housebuilding can benefit birds and bees as well as people, charity says

Channel
News
brendan 16th January 2018
Teaser Media

11:19

BVRio Responsible Timber Trade Fair "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Date: 
28 Feb 2018
Location: 
Accra, Ghana

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?

  • Come and promote your legal and certified timber products in the international market
  • Come and source timber products from legal suppliers in the West African region
  • Network, make new connections and have exclusive B2B meetings with potential partners
  • Learn about the latest trends in West African timber trade from leading experts
  • Learn the latest status of the VPA process in West African countries
  • Join us for a field trip to a timber factory

For more information and to register for the event visit the bvriotradefairs.org website.

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09:00

Timeline: The history of climate modelling "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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

  • Guy Callendars seminal paper published in 1938.
  • The first computerised, regional weather forecast in 1950.
  • Norman Phillips first general circulation model in 1956.
  • The establishment of a modelling group at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, in 1964.
  • Syukuro Manabe and Richard Wetheralds seminal climate modelling study in 1967.
  • The Met Offices first general circulation model in 1972.
  • The Charney Report in 1979.
  • James Hansens three scenarios published in 1988.
  • The first Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report published in 1990.
  • The Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP) launched in 1995.
  • The IPCCs fifth assessment report published in 2013.

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04:45

Nearly 15 000 evacuated away from Mayon volcano, lava flows toward Miisi and Bonga "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Authorities have evacuated nearly 15 000 people living in the vicinity of Mayon volcano, Albay Province, Philippines following its first eruption since 2014 on Saturday, January 13, 2018. Lava is flowing from the summit towards Miisi and Bonga gullies. Mayon is...... Read more

03:44

Climate Lawsuits Piling Up "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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

00:50

AAAS Apologizes Rightfully So "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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

00:33

Thinking outside the box on climate mitigation "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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

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Monday, 15 January

21:53

More settled science Unexpected environmental source of methane discovered "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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

11:00

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #299 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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

Wednesday, 10 January

01:00

Practical Guide to Conducting Due Diligence of Tropical Timber Products: Liberia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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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