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Tuesday, 24 January


~ Transition ~ "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The cowards whisper to the warrior: You cannot withstand the storm The warrior whispers back: I am the stormFiled under: Education, Political View Points, Randomness Tagged: America, government transition, History


New age of weather satellites: GOES-16 sends first images "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

GOES-16, previously known as GOES-R, NOAA's newest weather satellite, has finally sent its first images. The release of the first images today is the latest step in a new age of weather satellites. It will be like high-definition from the heavens, NOAA says....... Read more

Study finds that carbon finance is not a one-size-fits-all solution to deforestation "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Halting the pace at which were destroying the worlds forests for agriculture, forestry, mines, and other economic development projects is crucial to combating climate change. Carbon finance, which involves creating monetary incentives for companies and countries to invest in programs to reduce carbon emissions, is one potential solution being employed today. Though large-scale financial flows have yet to materialize, and its still unclear just how effective the strategy will prove to be for funding efforts to keep forests standing, many REDD+ projects and other conservation initiatives have been designed to take advantage of current or future revenues from carbon markets. But a study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters earlier this month found that, while carbon finance can be effective in the right circumstances, it is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Ashwin Ravikumar, an environmental social scientist at The Field Museum in Chicago and the studys lead author, led a team that included researchers with the Department of Forest Services in Finland and the Center for International Forestry Research in Peru that looked at the potential of eight landscapes in four countries around the world to generate carbon revenues. Ravikumar and team held workshops in Indonesia, Mexico, Peru, and Tanzania, where they talked with local farmers, politicians, NGOs, and businesses about how they saw economic activities affecting land use in their region in the coming decades. The team then analyzed the responses theyd collected through these future scenario building exercises using a tool called CarboScen that calculates the landscape carbon

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Monday, 23 January


Why Do Dogs Go To A Private Place To Puke? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Every dog needs a little privacy sometimes. Especially if they're feeling a little woozy.

In fact, most dogs will make a beeline to an isolated patch of the house when they're feeling the telltale rumble of an unhappy belly.

No one knows for certain why a dog would rather be alone when he needs to vomit, instead of having you rub his back and tell him everything's going to be alright.

"Many dogs do like to retreat to a private place when they vomit, and some even try to bury the vomit under dirt when outside or with household items that are laying around when inside," Jodi Thompson, a veterinarian at DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital , tells The Dodo.

"It could be an instinct to not show weakness, especially in front of predators," Thompson says. "It could be that the dog feels bad for making a mess and doesn't want to get into trouble. For some dogs, it could be a way to stay clean or cover up the smell."

Some experts suggest dogs may still be wired for a pack mentality , a social order establis...


Top Ten 2016 Mammal Portraits "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

This is the last of my Top Tens from 2016I guess I didnt do much landscape photography last year so there wont be a Top Ten Landscape 2016. Without further ado, here are my favorite mammal photos from 2016(Most are from my April trip to Yellowstone and Teddy Roosevelt National Parks.   Bighorn ram in []


World Bank Put On Notice: Do Not Jeopardizes Farmers Right to Seeds, Food Security "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Ahead of World Banks release of the 2017 Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) report this month, 157 organizations and academics from around the world denounce the Banks scheme to hijack farmers right to seeds, attack on food... Read More

The post World Bank Put On Notice: Do Not Jeopardizes Farmers Right to Seeds, Food Security appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.


Record-breaking rainfall hits Southern California "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The third in a series of powerful winter storms hit Southern California on Sunday, January 22, 2017, with record-breaking rainfall. The storm downed trees, flooded numerous roads and freeways, caused new mudslides and rockslides, and stranded people in rising...... Read more

Green groups want paper giant to stop using drained peat in Indonesia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

International and Indonesian NGOs are calling on the countrys largest paper company to stop using drained peat swamps for industrial agriculture. The practice, which relies on drying out the waterlogged soil so that acacia trees can be planted, has enabled vast new swaths of land to be opened for pulpwood production. But it also renders the soil vulnerable to haze-causing fires which each year sweep through the archipelago country, affecting the health of millions and sending greenhouse gas emissions skyrocketing. The environmental groups want Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) not only to stop draining peatlands but also to phase out existing estates on peat, and then to rewett and restore those areas so that no more fires occur. Such a move by APP would amount to a drastic restructuring of its entire business. The paper giant has planted more than 600,000 hectares (2,300 square miles) of peat, an area seven times the size of Singapore, according to a report by Wetlands International. Thats roughly a quarter of its entire land bank. Further entrenching APPs dependence on peat is its enormous new mill in South Sumatra province, on which the company quietly commenced operations in December. The mill is one of the worlds largest. The NGOs say it could increase APPs fiber demand by 73 percent, [creating] added pressure to maintain and expand the system of industrial agriculture on drained peatlands that caused Indonesias devastating fires in 2015, Lafcadio Cortesi, Asia director of the Rainforest Action Network (RAN), told Mongabay last


Is My Dog Tired Or Just Really Bored? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Sometimes, you have to wonder: Is my dog actually sleeping? Or is he just really, really bored? Like vegetatively bored?

"A lot of dogs will sleep as a default, if they don't have something to do," Jill Sackman, a clinician in behavioral medicine for BluePearl Veterinary Partners , tells The Dodo. But, of course, they also sleep when they're actually tired.

How do you tell the difference?

Sackman offers this example. When she takes her French bulldog, George, on trips with her, the next day, "He flops in his bed and he's dead to the world, sleeping."



The White House Website has been Purged of Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Climate Change Purged From White House Website

From an Article by Andy Rowell, Oil Change International, January 22, 2017

Women & Families are speaking out!

As the Trump Administration Sunday descended into a farce of alternative facts to try and argue that there had been historic numbers at the new Presidents inauguration, it is quite clear alternative and blatantly bogus facts, will be used on energy and climate too.

Within minutes of the president being inaugurated on Friday, the White Houses webpage got a make-over, reflecting Trumps post-truth, pro-oil agenda.

The White House removed pretty...


Gaps in Lead Screening Policies Across States Put Our Children at Risk "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Elevated lead exposure in a significant number of US children is going undetected, says report


Video Internship "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Spring Interns at CCAN work side-by-side with our experienced communications experts to create compelling content and run impactful media campaigns across our region. They gain valuable experience for careers in the communications and media industries.


To apply, send your resume, cover letter and video sample to The deadline to apply is January 31st, 2017, but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


Were the largest and oldest grassroots group fighting for bold and just solutions to climate change in the Chesapeake region of Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland.

Weve put a stop to new coal plants in Virginia, expanded clean energy in Washington DC, and pressed the pause button on fracking in Maryland.


In 2017, were going to keep fighting: to stop massive fracked-gas pipelines across the farms and forests of Virginia, to put a nation-leading and equitable price on carbon in DC, and to place a permanent, statewide, ban on fracking in Maryland.

We and our 40,000 supporters surrounding the nations capital are going to keep building the powerfully diverse grassroots climate movement our region needs building local resistance, raising our voices, acting.

And under a Trump presidency, well be fighting for more than just energy justice. Trump is a threat to all of our progressive values and we will work with our progressive allies a...


UK Govt covered up botched Trident missile test weeks before crucial vote "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Sent by B.E. Secrecy over failed Trident test launch bizarre and stupid Former Navy Chief A serious malfunction in Britains Trident nuclear weapons deterrent was covered up by Downing Street just weeks before the crucial House of Commons vote on the future of the missile system, according to a report. The Sunday Times has revealed []


NASA and NOAA: 2016 hottest recorded year ever "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Once again, the planet set a record in 2016 for the warmest year yet since we started keeping track of global temperatures in 1880. NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) each released their 2016 data on Jan. 18, further bolstering the argument that the global climate is getting hotter. We dont expect record years every year, but the ongoing long-term warming trend is clear, said Gavin Schmidt, director of NASAs Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, in a statement. Yet 2016 was the third in a string of years with record-high global temperatures. To arrive at a global average temperature, NASA's technique is based on a process worked out in the 1970s by NASA scientist James Hansen. Basically, researchers divide the earth up into a grid, including the oceans, and then they compare the anomalies how much recorded temperatures differ from the averages for each month. In some places, there might be cooler temperatures than what the records point to as typical, and in others, warmer ones. Once they have these monthly average temperatures, they can then pull them together to look at the average global temperature for the year. NOAAs methods are different than NASAs, but both agencies have corroborating evidence that our climate is heating up and weve got something to do with it. In the 70s, Hansen and other scientists began noticing the warming, and through their analyses, they were able to tie that change in the climate to the release of carbon


Micro-LNG Unit to Capture Stranded Marcellus Gas in Tioga County, Penn. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Siemens Modular Micro-LNG Unit in Penna.

Siemens (German) Rolls Out Micro-LNG Unit in Marcellus Region

From an Article by Mark Smedley, Natural Gas World, January 18, 2017

PHOTO: The LNGo low pressure liquefaction solution from Dresser-Rand consists of four different modules

Siemens subsidiary Dresser-Rand said January 18 it has commissioned its first micro-LNG system.

The Ten Man facility in Pennsylvania began LNG production in mid-September last year, just four months from contract signing, and has produced 500,000 litres of LNG since start-up. The facility enables operator Frontier Natural Resources to monetise stranded natural gas at Tenaska Resourcess Mainesburg field in the Marcellus shale play of northeastern Pennsylvania.

The modular, portable LNGo system can be installed in a short period of time. Consisting of four different modules, it can be transported on eight trucks, deployed at the gas field and has a footprint of some 508 cubic meters, roughly the size of a basketball court.

Dresser-Rands LNGo system is a modularized, re-deployable natural gas liquefaction plant capable of producing up to 30,000 gallons of LNG per day. This point-of-use production plant is a standardized product made up of packaged modules that work together to o...


Deadly Weather Pounding U.S. South "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

State of Emergency Declared in Georgia Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes have killed dozens of people in the US south. Georgia has declared states of emergency across seven counties in the south-central section of the state. A major tornado in Mississippi on Saturday killed several people and injured dozens more, destroying or damaging hundreds of homes. []


FIRE-EARTH Global Weather Alerts 000123 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CJ Members EAC OC Teams Severe Weather Alerts Details of the alerts are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. Filed under: News Alert Tagged: 000123, CJ Members, EAC, Extreme events, Fire-Earth Alert, FIRE-EARTH PULSARS, Severe Weather, TML, Weather Alert


The Carbon Brief Interview: Barry Gardiner "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Barry Gardiner has been the Labour MP for Brent North since 1997. He is currently Labours shadow secretary of state for international trade and shadow minister for international climate change. He has been in these roles since October 2016. Previously, he was Ed Milibands special envoy for climate change and the environment, as well as serving on select committees and having various roles in the last Labour government. He is also the current European vice-president of GLOBE International.


What is happening to our forests? Conference report and presentations "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

From 21-25 November 2016, about 50 people, involved in struggles to defend the territories, forests and livelihoods of forest-dependent communities, came together in Thailand for a field visit to the Northeast of the country, followed by a 3-days meeting in Bangkok. Besides a delegation from Thailand, other participants came from Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and India. The aims of the gathering, which focused on the central question of Whats happening to our forests?, included promoting exchange and dialogue on old and new threats and challenges faced by communities in the different countries. 

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Sunday, 22 January


Fleshing out the designer drugs that cannibalize human flesh "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In October of 2013, the Flesh-Eating Drug Krokidil Hits Chicago Yet DEA, Liberals Remain Unaware. A designer street drug made in Russia hit the Chicago area according to a drug rehab doctor in Joliet, Illinois. The doctor has said that hes seen as many as three patients who are suffering extreme effects of the drug. []


What The World Would Look Like If All The Ice Melted "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

ice-melt-globeSource: National Geographic If we keep burning fossil fuels indefinitely, global warming will eventually melt all the ice at the poles and on mountaintops, raising sea level by 216 feet. Explore what the worlds new coastlines would look like. This story appears in the September 2013 issue of National Geographic magazine. The maps here show

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Thursday, 19 January


On the move: People and forests in a globalized world "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Inclusive development was on the agenda at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, in Davos, Switzerland. We sat down with Christine Padoch, Director of CIFORs Forests and Human Wellbeing Team, to discuss how inequality relates to global migration patterns, and what it all means for forests.



I think that when we talk about disparity, what most people are talking about is income disparity. But the disparities between rural areas and urban areas in services, like education, healthcare and so on, are enormous in many of the countries that we work in. The difference in the education that Dayak farmers kids in Kalimantan villages get, versus what the middle class kids in Jakarta get is like night and day. So its not just income disparities we need to understand, but also disparities in services. And that, obviously, pushes migration.

What Ive done in my own research on migration in the Peruvian Amazon, is to interview people on why they went to the city in the first place. Its very often not because they expected to get a better job, but because they needed to go for education, for healthcare just to really feel that theyre integrated into regional or national society. Communications networks still dont reach many of these remote Amazonian areas.

I think its very often those kinds of disparities that are really pushing migration within countries. And international migration...

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Tuesday, 17 January


Significant Stories: Empowering communities through participatory MRV in Guyana "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

This Forest and Climate Significant Story describes how WWF-Guyana led a process to engage with the Kanashen leadership and community members; the relevant government agencies, GFC and PAC; and community-based organizational partner, the NRDDB, to establish a participatory MRV capacity with the Wai Wai community of Kanashen, whose titled territory covers 1.5 million forested acres in far southern Guyana on the Brazil border. 

Building upon an earlier project, initiated by the GCP and funded by Norad, that developed participatory MRV in 16 indigenous communities, the goal was to create a participatory MRV that is replicable, sustainable, and manageable by communities and provides them the data and the analytical capacity to inform their own communal decision-making. 

In collaboration with the indigenous community, government, and CBO partners, WWF developed an indigenous community-to-community training model that they believe can serve as the means to deliver participatory MRV capacity development to all of Guyanas 116 titled indigenous communities.

This project successfully contributed to strengthening Guyanas national MRV system through the inclusion of community participation, and helped clarify what it would take to prepare a community for opt-in the mechanism that will provide titled indigenous communities the opportunity to participate in, and benefit from REDD+ and the Guyana-Norway Agreement (GNA).


Friday, 13 January


Sizewell C consultation: EDF 'forgets' to mention 600,000 m3 a year of mains water "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In its second consultation for the EDF's planned Sizewell C nuclear power station there's a strange omission, writes Peter Lux: that the plant would use 1,600 m3 of mains water a day, adding to stresses on important local wetlands like RSPB's Minsmere reserve. The omission is not just strange - it's also illegal and could make the entire exercise invalid.

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