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A strong eruption took place from Sakurajima's Minamidake crater volcano at 22:20 UTC on June 15, 2018 (07:20 JST, June 16). The eruption sent ash up to 4.7 km (15 400 feet) above the crater (5.8 km (19 000 feet) above sea level) and produced several pyroclastic...... Read more
Dane Wigington GeoengineeringWatch.org So many breaking dire headlines about the rapidly deteriorating state of the environment are pouring in that it is impossible to cover and comprehend all the incoming reports, but we must try just the same. The June 16th installment of Global Alert News is below. Denial wont save us, apathy wont save us, inaction
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From an Article by Christopher M. Matthews, Wall Street Journal, June 15, 2018
As companies step up oil production, the natural gas byproduct is weighing on already low gas prices and on gas producers. Higher oil prices are helping many American shale drillers. But they are hurting companies that frack for natural gas.
As companies respond to rising oil prices by drilling more for it, they often unearth gas as a byproduct. That has further weighed on already low gas prices, pressuring shale frackers in regions that primarily produce gas.
The average share price for the five top companies focused on the oil-rich Permian Basin in Texas and New Mexico are up more than 16% over the past year. Share prices for the top five producers focused on the Marcellus Shale in Appalachia, the countrys largest deposit of natural gas, are down more than 9%.
Its going to be tough for the Marcellus for a while, said Brian Lidsky, managing director at oil-and-gas research firm PLS Inc. There is just a tidal wave of gas coming out of the Permian.
Like most shale drillers, those focused on natural gas in the Marcellus a group that includes Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., EQT Corp., Range Resources Corp., Antero Resources Corp. , and Southwestern Energy Co. have been under investor pressure to live within their means, curtail excessive spending and improve returns. And they have come closer to doing that.
As a group, those companies spent about $106 million more than they made in the first quarter of 2018, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of S&P Global Market Intelligence data. That is down from outspending cash flow by more than $274 million in the previous quarter and more than $735 million in first quarter of 2017.
The shares of the top five shale drillers in the Marcellus region have lagged behind their peers that drill mostly for oil in the Permian Basin.
Still, investors have been reluctant to put more money into gas drillers, and the reason is simple: Gas has been cheap for years and doesnt look primed to go up soo...
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Even if this sweet dog named Sam were suddenly granted the power
of speech, he'd probably prefer to stay silent on this one.
Well just call it the "lake incident.
Credit: Twitter/Holly_MonsonLike most golden retrievers, 2-year-old Sam enjoys spending time in the water. So when his family decided to take a trip to the lake for a day of swimming, it only made sense to invite Sam along. They brought a life jacket him, just to be safe.
Credit: Twitter/Holly_Monson"My dad threw his ball into the water for him to get, which he did until he spotted my sister and decided to swim over to her instead," Holly Monson, Sam's owner, told The Dodo. "I don't know if he was trying to save her or save himself."
Credit: Twitter/Holly_Monson"He put my sister under for a good five seconds before my dad came to the rescue!" Monson said.
Staffers at this animal shelter in California certainly have
their hands full.
This week, a Good Samaritan lumbered through the doors of the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA carrying a rather heavy load. The person had just found a cat wandering down a busy road, and was now bringing him to the safety of the shelter.
But this wasnt your average stray kitty. This cat was massive tipping the scales at a whopping 29 pounds.
"He is 29 pounds of love," shelter president Julie Bank told KTLA.
Credit: Pasadena Humane Society & SPCAWhere the cat came from is anyone's guess. Unfortunately, he wasn't microchipped or wearing an ID, so it's unclear if he has an owner. One thing is certain, however this kitty hasn't been underfed. Staff at the shelter have since dubbed him "Chubbs."
On a cold November day last year, lobsterman Robinson Russell
was shocked to see what came up in his trap.
I live on a tiny island off the coast of New Brunswick, Canada, called Grand Manan, Russell told The Dodo. I have been fishing for over 20 years and its the first one Ive ever seen of that color.
With his bright, almost translucent shell glowing with hints of pale blue and purple, Lucky the lobster couldnt help but stand out from the crowd.
Credit: Instagram/Robinson RussellThough at times he appears white, Lucky does not have albinism. His unique rainbow pigmentation has even earned him the nickname the cotton candy lobster.
Credit: Facebook/Huntsman Marine Science CenterRussell knew lucky was special and he couldn't bring himself to let the unusual animal end up on someone's plate.
When staff from Humane Society of
North Texas arrived at work last Thursday morning, they were
met with a heartbreaking surprise sitting on their doorstep.
A young dog had been tied up with a rope at the entrance of the building. She looked tired and worried.
She had no note, no collar or anything, Cassie Lackey, community relations manager for the rescue, told The Dodo. The rope was wrapped around her neck about six times.
Credit: Humane Society of North TexasThe staff members got out of their cars and the dogs tail and body instantly started wiggling as if all she was waiting for was to no longer be alone. When they approached her, she started smiling at them.
Credit: Humane Society of North TexasThe team named the sweet mystery dog Betsy, and brought her right into the shelter to get checked out by their veterinarian. They learned she was around 2 years old and had recently weaned a litter of puppies. She was also suffering from a bacterial skin infection.
Around every turn at the farm was a new, heartbreaking
In a barn, ponies were locked away in stalls with no food and water, forced to stand in a swamp of mud and feces that was 4 feet deep. Others lived outside in a pasture full of overgrown weeds and their only source of water was a small puddle in the ground. More ponies were trapped in a dusty, fenced-in lot with no food.
Credit: ARLThey were starving and so desperate to eat that some were eating hair that had shed from the backs of their pen-mates. Some had hooves so overgrown that they curled up into the front of their legs, painfully scraping them every time they took a step. The bodies of two others who didnt survive were found nearby.
Credit: ARLThey had been suffering for so long but last month, help came. The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) searched the property with local police and was allowed to take in the nine most severely neglected animals to their farm animal sanctuary, Second Chance Ranch.
Credit: ARLWhen the nine most...
A resident of Cardiff, Wales, was out taking a walk near their
home when they saw a zipped-up purse lying on the ground. They
didnt think anything of it at first and just assumed someone had
lost the purse until they realized the purse was moving. They
quickly opened it up, and were shocked to find a
kitten stuffed inside the closed bag.
Credit: RSPCASeeing as the bag had been zipped up, someone had clearly not wanted the poor kitten to escape her terrible predicament. The Good Samaritan who found her, whose name has not been released, knew she needed help as soon as possible, and contacted the RSPCA to come out and collect her.
Credit: RSPCAThe kitten, who was around 20 weeks old, was rushed to the vet, and thankfully seemed to be doing OK despite her ordeal. Once she felt safe in the care of her rescuers, her personality began to emerge. She has turned into the sweetest, friendliest little kitten, and is doing extremely well in the care of the RSPCA.
Credit: RSPCAWere desperate for anyone with information related to this awful ab...
A tip-off about
a suspicious truck in Vietnam ended up saving 74 lives at the
very last minute.
A team of forest rangers stopped the truck on Wednesday in the Hoang Hoa district to examine what was inside. They found dozens of blue bags, tied tightly and slightly moving.
Credit: SVWThe bags contained live animals and not just any live animals. They were pangolins, the most trafficked kind of animal on the planet.
Credit: SVWEven though it's illegal to sell pangolins, which are critically endangered, there's a continuing high demand for their scales, which are considered medicinal in traditional Eastern medicine, and their meat, which is considered a delicacy. It's estimated that at least one million pangolins have been killed in the last decade.
Credit: SVWSometimes traffickers are stopped too late to save the animals shipments of pangolin scales are often uncovered as they make their way east. Thankfully, in this case, these 74 Javan pangolins were intercepted before their lives were lost.
When the RSPCA began
getting reports from several families across London and Berkshire
reputable breeders who sold puppies who later fell extremely
ill, they quickly launched an investigation and ended up uncovering
an elaborate puppy farming operation that was so much bigger than
During our enquiries, we estimated this network of dealers sold at least 5,097 puppies during five years making a whopping 2,548,500 [about $3.3 million dollars], Kirsty Withnall, an inspector with the RSPCA who led the investigation, said in a press release. The gang imported puppies from abroad, keeping them in plastic sheds in their gardens before advertising them online as much-loved, family-bred pets to unsuspecting members of the public. Unfortunately, many of the puppies who were sold fell ill very quickly and, tragically, some even died.
Credit: RSPCAAfter a thorough investigation, the RSPCA and local police worked together to raid four different addresses, and were absolutely shocked by the conditions and the state of the 46 dogs and puppies they found throughout the different properties.
Credit: RSPCAbut the reality was very, very different.
Credit: RSPCASome of the dogs and their puppies were being kept in dirty, dimly lit sheds ...
When deputies with the Pasco County Sheriffs Office opened the
car door, they werent quite sure what theyd find. But when they
looked inside, they were met with a troubling sight.
Clinging to the driver's pink polo shirt was a young monkey, wearing a diaper and attached to a leash.
He should have been with his family, but instead he had just survived an auto crash in a stolen car.
Credit: Facebook/Pasco Sheriff's OfficeThe tiny capuchin monkey became an unwilling passenger early last Friday when his 23-year-old owner, Cody Blake Hession, allegedly stole an unlocked car and crashed it into a ditch near Holiday, Florida.
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Each year, Norwegian hunters kill
hundreds of minke whales with harpoons, allowing them to die
slow, painful deaths. The reason for hunting them is to sell the
whales meat, yet very few people in Norway choose to eat whale meat
anymore. But instead of killing fewer whales, the Norwegian
government is doing something controversial its trying to
make eating whale meat trendy.
Its actually illegal to kill whales for commercial purposes, and it has been since 1986 when the International Whaling Commission (IWC) placed a global moratorium on commercial whaling. Yet Norway as well as other countries like Iceland and Japan have ignored the ban and continued killing whales, despite international outcry.
Last year, Norway aimed to hunt 999 minke whales, and ended up killing 432. This years quota was raised to 1,278, but only about 163 whales have been killed so far, according to Fabienne McLellan, codirector of international relations at OceanCare.
Even if the Norwegian hunters dont meet their quota this year, its unlikely that theyll be able to sell all of the whale meat. Right now, fewer than 5 percent of Norwegians regularly consume whale meat, according to a recent study. The lack of demand has brought in very little money to the Norwegian whaling industry, and the whaling programs are heavily subsidized by the Norwegian government, according to McLellan. As as result, the Norwegian government is doing everything it can to encourage people to eat more whale meat.
For several years now, Norway has been attempting to re-brand whale meat away from something associated with the older generation, and more commonly associated with coastal fishing communities, to something which has an increased appeal to younger people and can be sold in trendy restaurants in towns and cities, McLellan told The Dodo. The Norwegian government has directed public funds into research and promotional initiatives aiming to increase the market for whale products.
Whale meat is now being marketed as something cool to eat, according to McLellan....
Last December, Alix Mattingly and her boyfriend at the time
traveled to Chelem, Mexico, to stay at her parents house. Shortly
after they arrived, their trip took an unexpected turn.
One morning, Mattingly went out to feed some stray dogs, since she always volunteers for No Mas Perritos, a local rescue group, when she visits her parents. When she and her boyfriend were driving back to the house, they saw something strange on the road.
I saw this pile in the middle of the road, Mattingly told The Dodo. It really just looked like garbage. But the closer I got to it, I realized it was a dog.
Credit: Alix MattinglyMattingly only had less than a handful of dog food left, but she got out of the car and tried to offer it to the dog, who looked sickly and skinny. The dog was also skittish and he snarled at Mattingly when she came close but he didnt have enough strength to flee.
Credit: Alix MattinglyHe just looked awful, so we gave him a little bit of water, Mattingly said. But we didnt have a bowl or anything, so we gave him some water in a trash bag.
On Saturday, July 28th, 2018, a critical public awareness event has been scheduled at the Shasta County Fairgrounds in Anderson, California (1890 Briggs St). The event will be in the Fusaro Hall which has seating for approximately 800. Verifiable evidence will be presented to the public on the ongoing global climate engineering / geoengineering programs that are wreaking havoc on the atmosphere, environment, and
Among the top articles from our Spanish language service, Mongabay Latam, for the week of June 4 10 was one about a golden spectacled bear named after Paddington Bear that was caught by a camera trap for the first time in Peru. In other news, the debate on hydroelectric plants intensifies in Colombia, and the Siona community of Ecuador seeks justice for the damage in their territory from oil exploration. The image above by Michael Tweddle shows the golden spectacled bear caught on camera in Peru. The most popular image of the week on Latams social network was this one from the vast Mongabay archive of a Diaethria clymena butterfly, known as Cramers eighty-eight for the curious design on its wings. It is found from Mexico to Argentina. Paddington Bear Captured on Camera in Peru The rural community baptized the golden Andean bear captured by a camera trap for the first time in a mountain zone of the Amazonas region, Paddy. The name is due to its similarity to the famous fictional character from the story A Bear Called Paddington, who arrived in London from the dark forests of Peru. Also called Golden Bear, the animal belongs to the species Tremarctos ornatus, known as the Andean or spectacled bear, but is different from the rest of the population by its color: Andean bears are black, but this one is brown. Paddy could be the only example of a golden bear that inhabits the Amazonas region. Image by Michael Tweddle/TweddleFoto.com Hydroelectric
New footage of one of one of the most elusive birds in the world the critically endangered Negros bleeding heart dove has been released. A team with the Bristol Zoological Society, a UK-based conservation and education NGO, spent five days searching for the bird in the forests of the Philippines Panay Island in order to capture a video of the rarely seen species in the wild. You can see the footage here: The Negros bleeding-heart (Gallicolumba keayi) is a medium-sized, ground-dwelling species of pigeon endemic to the Philippine islands of Negros and Panay. There are perhaps as few as 70 and no more than 400 individuals of the species left on the two islands it calls home, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The bird gets its colorful name from the blood-red patch of plumage adorning its white chest. This species has an extremely small, severely fragmented population that is likely to be undergoing a continuing decline owing to forest loss on the two islands where it occurs. For these reasons, it is listed as Critically Endangered, the IUCN notes in its assessment of the species conservation status. Habitat degradation is the primary threat to the species, as agriculture, timber, and charcoal-burning continue to imperil the remaining forest fragments on both islands. The primary forests of Negros Island have been almost completely destroyed, with just 4 percent of any type of forest cover remaining as of the late 1980s, the IUCN
Able to retreat into their hard shells, snails seem to have a pretty good defense against would-be predators. But theres a type of snake that has evolved unique adaptations and behaviors to get around this problem: the aptly named snail-eating snake, which uses its long, delicate teeth and unique jaw structure to suck snails right out of their shells. Snail-eating snakes can be found in tropical forests in many places around the world, including South America. Now, a team of scientists has announced the discovery of several more in Ecuador. Their description of the new snakes was published this week in the journal ZooKeys. The scientists, from institutions in Ecuador and the U.S., found the new snakes in rainforest and dry tropical forest habitat during a four-year expedition that took place between 2013 and 2017. They compared the scales and DNA of snakes they collected during their expedition to more than 200 museum specimens of known species; their results indicate that five of the snakes they found were distinct enough to be considered new species. But of the five species, four are threatened with extinction. Of these, three qualify as Vulnerable according to IUCN criteria, according to the researchers, and the fourth is likely to be listed as Endangered. The species Dipsas klebbai is the only one of the newly described not currently threatened with extinction. Photo by Alejandro Arteaga Habitat loss appears to be the main threat for these newly discovered snakes. In response, the researchers that found them
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Tropical Cyclone "Gaemi" made landfall in Kaohsiung, a massive port city in southern Taiwan, between 07:00 and 08:00 local time (midnight UTC) on June 15, 2018, disrupting traffic and closing schools and offices. While Weather Forecasters in Taiwan and...... Read more
A new tropical depression formed June 14, 2018, on the same day Tropical Storm "Bud," the second named storm of the 2018 East Pacific hurricane season, was making landfall along the southern tip of Baja California Sur. This new storm is currently a...... Read more
The new 5G network promises to revolutionize mobile telecommunications. But it could also push telecommunications companies onto the frequencies used by the Bureau of Meteorologys weather radars, indirectly putting the accuracy of weather information at risk....... Read more
People love camera traps. Placed in the middle of a forest or savanna, their motion sensors trigger a photo when an animal or person passes by. They allow us to verify the presence of cool, cryptic animals at a given place and time, and grids of camera traps help us better understand site-level distributions and potential interactions among species. As image datasets grow to include millions of photos, project teams spend increasingly greater amounts of time manually extracting the desired information such as the presence and number of poachers or of rare and nocturnal wildlife from the images. In a study published last week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a multinational team of scientists assessed the capacity of an advanced type of machine learning, called deep neural networks, to automatically recognize the number, species, and behavior of animals in the savanna ecosystem of Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The studys artificial intelligence system says that in this camera trap photo there is a zebra, moving. He is really moving! Image by Snapshot Serengeti project/Norouzzadeh et al. 2018. PNAS . From image collection to analysis Analysis, rather than collection, of camera trap data has become a bottleneck to obtaining the desired wildlife information. Manually obtaining information from hundreds of thousands of camera trap photos has become an expensive, time-consuming process. Moving vegetation can trigger a motion-sensor camera to take a photo, resulting in many camera trap images with no animals. When animals that are
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Canada's easternmost province of Newfoundland and Labrador is experiencing 'anomalously' high June snow this year and frozen lakes, making both locals and meteorologists nickname the month Junuary. Because it looks more like January than June. ...... Read more
Severe thunderstorms accompanied by hail the size of baseballs hit parts of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Canada on June 14, 2018, causing extensive damage. The Estevan area in southeast Saskatchewan was pounded with heavy rain and large hail on Thursday, June 14, as...... Read more
Here are a few stories published this week by other news outlets. Tropical forests NASA now has three-dimensional views of the Amazon, and theyre helping scientists puzzle out the effects of El Nio (NASA/Phys.Org). Forest researchers are working to restore ecosystems in Mexico (CIFOR Forests News). Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo is now 80 years old (African Parks). Scientists have found a fungus, previously seen only in South America, in threatened amphibians in India (University of Plymouth/Phys.Org). Conservationists in Costa Rica are concerned that more isnt being done to keep wildlife safe from being electrocuted by power lines (Undark). Overfishing in South America could be damaging the continents forests (National Geographic News). Other news Scientists and conservationists are working with fishers in Greece to create new marine protected areas (News Deeply). Greener neighborhoods have healthier kids, new research has found (USDA/EurekAlert). The rules governing fishing arent keeping up with the shift of stocks in response to climate change (Rutgers University/EurekAlert). The Pope spoke with oil executives and enjoined them to move toward cleaner forms of energy (BBC News, Reuters). North Atlantic right whales need stronger protections if theyre going to survive the next 30 years (University of California, Santa Barbara/EurekAlert). Animals are ducking the light of day and becoming nocturnal to avoid humans (The Atlantic). If coral reefs disappear, flooding will get a lot worse, a new study finds (AFP/The Hindu). Climate change is threatening key archaeological sites (Pacific Standard). The most recent storm season in
Our primate cousins have managed to colonize a broad swath of the planet, taking up residence in 90 countries. Still, the majority of monkey, ape, lemur, tarsier and lorisid species live in Brazil, Indonesia, Madagascar and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and a new study finds that 62 percent of those species face the specter of extinction due to hunting and the splintering and outright loss of their habitats. It came as little surprise to University of Illinois primatologist Paul Garber that these four countries, forested bulwarks of biodiversity that they are, have been fertile grounds for the rise of unique species. The sheer proportion of the worlds primates they contain, however, was telling, Garber said. The realization that these four countries harbor 65 percent of the worlds primate species made writing our current paper a priority, he said in an email to Mongabay. He and his colleagues report their findings today in the journal PeerJ. The four countries in the study are home to 65 percent of the worlds primate species, including this red leaf monkey (Presbytis rubicunda), found in Indonesian and Malaysian Borneo. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay. In 2017, Garber and 30 other primate researchers from around the world concluded that 60 percent of all primate species could be wiped out soon by human activity. It was during the research and writing of that manuscript that I first realized how critically important Brazil, Indonesia, Madagascar and DRC were to avoiding a mass primate extinction crisis, he
from Anarchist News
June 11, is the international solidarity day with anarchist prisoners. Thats why, last week, we put posters up in The Hague, the Netherlands and hung a banner today with the text: Freedom for all anarchist prisoners.
The solidarity day with anarchist prisoners arose to draw attention to comrades held in the dungeons of the state, to show that they are not forgotten and to make fight against the prison society.
Solidarity with Lisa, who is serving a prison sentence of seven and a half years on suspicion of a bank robbery in Germany. Solidarity with Peike, who is serving a prison sentence of two years and seven months because of resisting against the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. Freedom for all anarchist prisoners!
Against a world of banks, the state, prisons and the world that needs them!
by Leslie Knibbs / Anishinabek News
A Quebec judge has ruled that Freddy Stoneypoints presence alone at the site of the blockade on August 15, 2017 was not enough to prove criminal intent. According to her ruling there was no direct evidence linking Stoneypoint to any of the charges. As a result, Stoneypoint was given an absolute and unconditional discharge.
Last August, 11 days after a group had set up a blockade to protest Junex Oil Explorations activities in the Gasp, Quebec, Freddy Stoneypoint from Sagamok Anishnawbek was the only person left at the blockade.
Others had left earlier after being served with an injunction by the Sret du Qubec (SQ) to leave the site or face criminal charges. According to Stoneypoint, most of those were zhaganaash.
They seemed determined and fearless at first, until the injunction was served by police. They quickly folded at the thought of criminal charges and eventually the camp broke down. I knew I would eventually be the only one at the site, said Stoneypoint. Sure enough, the zhaganaash started to leave their posts and walk away from the site into the forest, never to be seen again leaving me to stand my ground alone.
For four days, Stoneypoint single-handedly manned a sacred fire while all the while helicopters were flying overhead day and night. Countless police cars with armed officers were parked in front of the blockade.
I felt confident that I was doing the right thing in standing my ground and honouring my commitment to the local traditional Mikmaq people to protect the site. Stoneypoint never imagined he would be abandoned and left to defend alone. He was arrested and held until released on bail days later.
The arrest was extremely violent and over-the-top considering I was just one water protector tending to a fire, said Stoneypoint. There was a helicopter, around 50 militarized SQ officers storming in from the sides of the mountain, and I hear...
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Prof Andreas Oschlies is head of the marine biogeochemical modelling group and speaker of the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 754 at the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR) and Kiel University, Prof Peter Brandt is professor of physical oceanography at GEOMAR and Kiel University, and Dr Lothar Stramma and Dr Sunke Schmidtko are senior scientists in the physical oceanography group at GEOMAR.
Direct measurements show the amount of oxygen in the global oceans has decreased by around 2% over the past 50 years.
Climate change is thought to be a principal cause of this deoxygenation, affecting how much oxygen seawater can hold and the circulation patterns that carry oxygen-rich water to the deeper ocean.
In a new review paper, published in Nature Geoscience, we assess the scientific literature on the direct and indirect impacts of rising global temperatures on ocean oxygen levels, and the threat this poses to marine life.
Our findings show that climate models underestimate deoxygenation to date, but project that it will continue and accelerate. Improving understanding on the processes involved and expanding data collection will help reduce the uncertainties in models and, hence, produce more robust projections.
At the ocean surface, oxygen is supplied through air-sea gas exchange and from photosynthesising marine plants. For the rest of the oceans, the distribution of oxygen is, therefore, governed by a delicate balance of supply from the surface via circulation and mixing and consumption by marine life through respiration.
Across the global oceans today, there are various pockets with low or no oxygen including parts of the tropical oceans off California, Peru and Namibia and the subsurface waters of the Arabian Sea.
Oxygen minimum zones are a natural phenomenon, c...
A severe thunderstorm moved across Pennsylvania's Luzerne County between 21:30 and 22:30 local time Wednesday, June 13, 2018, producing two damaging tornadoes. At least 6 people were injured and numerous homes and cars damaged. The first tornado touched down in...... Read more
Dramatic footage released last week by an animal welfare group shows a wild orangutan trying in vain to fight off destruction of its rainforest habitat in Borneo. The video, filmed in 2013 but posted on Facebook on June 5th for World Environment Day by International Animal Rescue (IAR), was shot in Sungai Putri, a tract of forest in Indonesias West Kalimantan province that is being destroyed for timber. Most of the remaining forest in the Sungai Putri landscape lies within a concession held by PT Mohairson Pawan Khatulistiwa, a logging company. The video shows an orangutan running along the trunk of a tree that an excavator has just knocked down. The orangutan reaches up to grab the excavator bucket, but loses its balance and falls to the ground. IAR says the orangutan was subsequently captured and brought back to the groups wildlife rehabilitation center in Ketapang. This desperate orangutan is frantically seeking refuge from the destructive power of the bulldozer; a machine that has already decimated everything else around him, IAR wrote in the Facebook post. Despite all the obstacles thrown at them, our team were able to rescue this orangutan and bring him to safety. Sungai Putri is one of the most important refuges for orangutans left in Indonesian Borneo. According to orangutan expert Erik Meijaard, Sungai Putri may be home to over 1,000 orangutans. At about 57,000 hectares (141,000 acres), [Sungai Putri] is a sizable piece of forest enough to provide a home to between 750 and
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From an Article by Jeremiah Shelor, NGI Shale Daily, June 13, 2018
Rover Pipeline LLC has agreed to pay a $430,030 civil penalty for numerous sediment and erosion control violations during construction in West Virginia, according to a consent order released by the states Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP).
The order, dated May 15 and signed by a Rover official on June 1, details a series of water pollution violations found during inspections dating back to April 2017 and as recently as April of this year. The alleged violations generally relate to improper controls to prevent runoff during construction in Doddridge, Tyler and Wetzel counties, where the projects Sherwood and CGT laterals are routed.
The Rover projects water pollution violations prompted WVDEP to issue cease and desist orders last July and in March that temporarily halted construction in the state, adding to a list of regulatory run-ins for the massive greenfield Appalachian expansion.
Rover, a 713-mile, 3.25 Bcf/d natural gas pipeline designed to transport supply gathered from West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania to markets in the Midwest, Gulf Coast and Canada, increased its daily throughput this month after receiving FERC authorization to place into service several remaining sections of its second and final phase of construction.
But FERC has yet to approve four supply laterals, including the completed Burgettstown and Majorsville lines, potentially limiting supply into the now fully operational mainline.
Construction on the Rover Pipeline is essentially complete, and the line has received approval from FERC to transport the full 3.25 Bcf/d, Rover spokeswoman Alexis Daniel told Shale Daily via email. We anticipate bringing on the four remaining lateral pipelines shortly, and we remain focused on restoring the entire right-of-way, which has always been our commitment to the landowners. We continue to work with the WVDEP on the terms of the consent order.
Genscape Inc. analyst Colette Breshears said in a note to clients last month that construction o...
Renewable energy grew by the largest amount ever last year, while coal-fired electricity also reached a record high, according to new global data from oil giant BP.
However, set against continued rapid rises in energy demand fuelled by oil and gas, renewables were not enough to prevent global CO2 emissions rising significantly for the first time in four years, the figures show.
This was partly because cyclical economic changes had flattered progress in previous years and, last year, cancelled out some of the slow, continuing shift towards a lower-carbon energy, BP says.
Still, the goals of the Paris Agreement look as far away as ever in the wake of these latest figures, given emissions must, ultimately, reach net-zero by mid-century to avoid dangerous warming.
Carbon Brief runs through the 2018 BP Statistical Review of World Energy, which, for the first time, covers all sources of electricity and the key materials needed for electric vehicles.
Wind, solar and other non-hydro renewable energy sources grew by 69m tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe) in 2017. This was their largest-ever increase, breaking last years record of 53Mtoe. Renewables were also the fastest-growing source of energy last year, up 17%.
Nevertheless, all low-carbon sources together met just a third of the 253Mtoe (2.2%) increase in global energy demand in 2017. Fossil fuels met the remaining two thirds, with gas (+83Mtoe, 3.0%) the single-largest source of new energy supply last year.
Changes in the sources of global energy supply between 2016 and
2017, millions of tonnes of oil equivalent. Source: BP Statistical Review of World
Energy 2018 and Carbon Brief analysis. Chart by Carbon Brief
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The field was nothing but mud and barbed wire.
As rescuers stepped through the foul sludge of mud and horse feces, they sunk deeper and deeper. Seven horses were trapped on the barren Hood River, Oregon, lot with barely any food or water.
The horses were starving, and their hooves were decaying from standing in the swamp-like conditions day in and day out. A neighbor had reported the neglect, and members of Silent Wave Horse Rescue and 3 Sisters Equine Refuge rushed to the scene to work out a plan to save them.
And then they heard a noise coming from a locked trailer nearby.
Credit: Silent Wave Horse RescueI heard the clambering of hooves as I walked past, Lisa Neuburger, executive director of Silent Wave Horse Rescue, told The Dodo. I looked in and saw this little guy ... I have had nightmares ever since.
Credit: Silent Wave Horse RescueNo one could tell for sure how long he had been shut in there but it was clear the little horse had been suffering for a long time. It took four people to eventually lift him out of the trailer because he was too scared to walk out on his own.
Chances of survival are sadly slim for little ducklings forced
to fend for themselves, facing a big, wide world full of dangers
without a parent to guide them.
But fortunately for a group of baby ducks who recently lost their mother, they weren't alone for long.
Credit: WikimediaOn Tuesday, animal control officer Diane Desrosiers came to the rescue of 10 ducklings who had wandered onto a busy roadway in Southgate, Michigan. Unfortunately, the feathered youngsters' mom was nowhere to be seen, so Desrosiers had no choice but to load them into a pet carrier for safekeeping.
Maxim Tiseyko was walking near his home in Ukraine a few weeks
back when he spotted something that, at first glance, didn't seem
all that unusual. There, taped to the side of a garage, was a
poster of a missing cat.
But there was actually something quite remarkable about this "lost pet" sign.
Credit: Maxim TiseykoTiseyko had been deep in thought about other things at the time, and may very well have failed to give the poster a second look but the kitty printed on it refused to be ignored.
A tiny kitten was playing around his house in Virginia one day
when he slipped outside and noticed a car parked in the driveway.
He climbed up into the cars engine to explore, and accidentally
a little stuck. The car belonged to a friend of the kittens
family, and when the driver came back outside, he had no idea the
kitten was in the engine compartment of his car and drove 12
miles back home, with the tiny kitten stuck inside the car the
The next morning, 10 hours later, the man heard tiny meows coming from inside his car, peeked inside the engine compartment to investigate, and discovered the kitten, very scared and very, very stuck.
Credit: Caroline County Sheriff's OfficeThe man tried to get the kitten out on his own, but soon realized he was going to need some help and contacted the Caroline County Sheriff's Office. Deputy J.B. Sletten got the unusual call and quickly rushed out to the mans house in hopes that he could help rescue the mischievous kitten.
Credit: Caroline County Sheriff's OfficeThe kitten was incredibly scared and didnt understand what was happening, but after about 20 minutes, Deputy Sletten was finally able to maneuver him out of the car. As soon as he was free, the kitten immediately latched onto his rescuer, so happy to finally be out of the cramped engine compartment. Luckily, the kitten was OK and wasnt hurt at all during his ordeal, and was soon reunited with his worried family.
Tropical Storm "Bud" is producing strong winds across southern Baja California Sur on June 14, 2018, with landfall expected by the end of the day still as a tropical storm. Bud should decay into a tropical depression by Friday and become a remnant low...... Read more
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In the midst of ongoing violence against rangers and a kidnapping of two British tourists, Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo announced it is closing to visitors for the rest of 2018. It is abundantly clear that the Virunga is deeply affected by insecurity and that this will be the case for some time, park director Emmanuel de Merode said in a statement. For Virunga to be safely visited, much more robust measures are necessary than in the past. Mountain gorilla in neighboring Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Photo for Mongabay.com by Rhett A. Butler. Mountain gorilla in neighboring Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Photo for Mongabay.com by Rhett A. Butler. Virunga Africas oldest national park is best known for its population of endangered mountain gorillas, which are a major tourist draw and an important source of revenue for conservation efforts in the embattled protected area, which has been hard hit by incursions by militias, poachers, and charcoal producers. Some 180 rangers have been killed in Virunga over the past twenty years. Merode said the park would be closed until a thorough security review has been conducted and ranger forces have been reinforced.
The launch of an online crowdsourcing database for seagrass hopes to breathe new life into efforts to conserve the underwater flowering plants, which act as both important habitats for marine species and a major store of carbon dioxide. Patchy mapping of seagrass meadows has hampered efforts to protect the plants (which are distinct from seaweed) from threats such as coastal development, sedimentation, coral farming and sand mining, according to Richard Unsworth, a marine biologist at Swansea University in the U.K. and co-founder of environmental charity Project Seagrass. The group on June 4 launched SeagrassSpotter, a collaborative initiative that allows anyone with a camera to upload images of seagrass sightings and tagged locations from anywhere in the world. The online tool also provides species information to help ordinary users identify the seagrass they find. The platform is accessible via website or mobile app for Android and iOS. Were asking people visiting the coast or going out to sea for diving, fishing, kayaking to keep their eyes out for seagrass so that they can take a picture [to] upload to our website, Unsworth told Mongabay. The more people that get involved the more likely we are to develop a better understanding of the worlds seagrass. Seagrass meadows are often ignored in marine conservation efforts, but they are important ecosystems for marine animals. Image by P. Lindgren/Wikimedia Commons. Seagrasses grow in shallow coastal regions, providing a crucial nursery habitat for young fish of many species. Previous reports suggest that more than 600
Researchers in the US and the UK are sounding the alarm over what they say are misleading conclusions reached by current models for estimating the future economic damages of global climate change. In a paper published earlier this month in the journal Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, co-authors Thomas Stoerk of the Environmental Defense Fund, Gernot Wagner of Harvard Universitys Center for the Environment, and Bob Ward of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science write that there is mounting evidence that current economic models of the aggregate global impacts of climate change are inadequate in their treatment of uncertainty and grossly underestimate potential future risks. These models are relied on by policymakers who are charting a course for how the world can mitigate and adapt to the impacts of rising global temperatures, including the authors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changes (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), due out sometime between 2021 and 2022. At issue is what Stoerk, Wagner, and Ward describe as inconsistencies between scientific estimates of the physical impacts of climate change and the economic impacts. They say that the IPCCs Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), released in 2014, relied on a survey that appeared to show the economic impacts would constitute a small fraction of global GDP up to at least 2.5 degrees Celsius of warming. At the same time, the authors of the relevant section of AR5 also noted that published estimates of
JAKARTA The European Parliament and European Union member states have agreed to phase out palm oil from motor fuels by 2030, easing back from an initial deadline of 2021. The original call to ban palm oil, as part of the EUs renewable energy policy, stemmed from concerns over environmental and human rights violations in the production of the commodity. By pushing back the deadline, the EU is effectively allowing these violations to continue for several more years, environmental activists say. The EU has given itself 12 years to phase out this destructive fuel, which is totally unacceptable, Nils Hermann Ranum, head of the policy and campaign department at the Rainforest Foundation Norway, said in a press statement. A lot of rainforest will be destroyed by the palm oil industry in the intervening 12 years. The Rainforest Foundation Norway estimates that 45,000 square kilometers (17,400 square miles) of rainforests and peatland, an area larger than the Netherlands, might be destroyed to make way for oil palm plantations to feed biofuel demand through 2030. This, it warns, would result in the release of 7 billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions over the next 20 years. It is hard to believe that the EU will continue using palm oil based fuels and contribute to this destruction until 2030, Ranum said. The expansion of palm oil estates, especially in Indonesia, the worlds biggest producer of the commodity, has long been criticized for driving deforestation across much of the islands of Sumatra and Borneo, as
wild kangaroo hopping along the coast of Queensland, Australia,
got a surprise.
The kangaroo had been exploring just behind a seawall in the town of Sandgate on Thursday morning when suddenly there was less ground to hop on and less, and still less.
The tide was rising and soon the little kangaroo was knee-deep in water. And then she was neck-deep.
Credit: Queensland Fire & EmergencyThankfully, people spotted her. She was peeking over the wall, looking totally at a loss.
Credit: Queensland Fire & EmergencyRescuers were sure to snap a few photos of their wild citizen in need as she hung out beside them, drying off on dry land.
Credit: Queensland Fire & EmergencyThis isn't the first time Australians have jumped at the chance to save their unique wildlife from trouble. In April, another kangaroo stuck in mud got a nice helping hand from a couple of teenagers who happened to be bicycling by.
Chalky and Spot, two 60-year-old
tortoises who have been with their family for over 50 years,
were playing around in their garden one day when Chalky decided he
was feeling adventurous, and snuck out of the garden and out into
the world before his family had a chance to notice. Spot tried to
escape as well, but wasnt as quick. Soon Chalky was
nowhere to be found, and the two lifelong friends were
The recent hot weather seems to have given Chalky and Spot a new lease of life and theyve been very active; in fact, Spot also escaped at the same time but he wasnt as quick as Chalky we found him heading up our garden path, Kate Harris, Chalky and Spots mom, said in a press release.
Credit: RSPCAThe family searched everywhere they could think of to try and find their beloved Chalky, but they couldnt find him anywhere. They were extremely worried about him, as he was an important member of their family, and no one was more upset than Chalkys 9-year-old sister Ella.
Credit: RSPCAElla couldnt stop looking for and thinking about poor missing Chalky, and then she had a fantastic idea she decided to make missing posters.
The Harry Potter novels have made a lot of lives a bit more
magical and that includes one special cat from Virginia named
Stevie, who is blind, arrived at the Richmond SPCA from a busy city shelter in March. He was originally found wandering the streets all alone so the new environment was really overwhelming for him. He hid almost all day and would rarely eat.
Credit: Candace Morgan PhotographyThings got a bit better when the shelter decided to transfer 5-year-old Stevie to a group living area to live alongside other cats. He was still easily startled when it came to people but in May, he met someone who would go the extra mile to help him: Price McIntyre, a 19-year-old shelter volunteer.
Credit: Richmond SPCAThe SPCA has little Hogwarts decorations everywhere and I thought, "OK, if I were to pick a series to read him, it'd be Harry Potter, McIntyre told The Dodo.
The sail was already in tatters and it seemed the entire boat
would soon be consumed by flames when police officers arrived at
Rafael Yacht Harbor in the predawn hours last Thursday.
Though firefighters were doing their best to extinguish the powerful blaze in the California marina, there was one thing they couldnt do reach the terrified dog trapped aboard the boat.
Officer Travis Ruggles couldnt see the animal at first, but when he spotted the brindle pit bull mix cowering underneath some wooden planks, he knew that he couldnt stand idly by.
Credit: San Rafael Police DepartmentWhen we got there the boat was pretty much engulfed, and there were people standing on the dock yelling that there was a dog on board, Ruggles told The Dodo. At first I couldnt see it, but then I caught a glimpse of this dog kind of hunkered in the corner up on the deck basically trying to get away from the flames that were coming up on him.
Many people already realize that dolphins are extremely
intelligent animals with
close and complex social relationships but scientists just
discovered another fascinating behavior that shows how similar to
human beings these creatures are.
Scientists from the Dolphin Alliance Project were listening to the particular whistles made by bottlenose dolphins in Shark Bay, Australia, when they started to notice a pattern.
Credit: ShutterstockResearchers have been studying these dolphins for decades. They already knew that young male dolphins have a distinct whistle they use to introduce themselves to groups and they believed that once the dolphins got older and bonded with a few other guy friends, this distinctive whistle that was the individual's name fell away.
Credit: ShutterstockEven though the male bottlenose dolphins were adults, scientists could still hear the signature whistles of 17 individuals. So the male dolphins who incidentally have also been seen giving each other friendly slaps with their flippers, almost like high fives were still using their individual names, even after they'd become part of a closely bonded social group.
There is a right way to do just transition. The statement echoes through the humid halls of the historic Stringer Grand Lodge Masonic Temple in Jackson, Mississippi, on an unseasonably scorching day in late February, 2018. Mingling with the ghosts of Medgar Evers, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 150 labor leaders, environmental justice activists, philanthropists, and national environmental organization staffers move from one side of the room to the other far right for strongly agree, and far left for strongly disagree. The group has come together to find alignment around the concept of just transition, so laughter erupts at the almost 50-50 split. But the mood soon settles. With the backdrop of a president who has filled his cabinet with oil executives, brutishly dismissed climate change, and denounced the Paris Accord, its hard to shake off whats happening outside for too long: Puerto Ricans are fleeing the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria with no end in sight, #MeToo is a household term, and activists are railing against the assault on unions in the historic Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME. Those in the temple are steeped in these threats and more. But they also understand that while climate change, racism, patriarchy, and plutocracy are terrifying, they are not impenetrable, and dismantling one may lead to the unraveling of others.
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By Irene Parousis Were going to build a mirror factory first and put out nothing but mirrors for the next year and take a long look in them." Fahrenheit 451 (1953) The revelation of the climate engineering nightmare couldnt come to me at a worse time in my life as I was physically and emotionally depleted. At the age
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsantos RoundUp, has been labeled by the World Health Organizations International Agency for Research on Cancer as a probable human carcinogen.
Given the probable impacts of glyphosate on humans it isnt a stretch to think that it would also be toxic to soil biology, right? I recently conducted a review of the scientific literature on the effects of pesticides on soil biological communities, and found that despite Monsantos attempts to frame glyphosate as environmentally friendly, the herbicides use at recommended rates can be detrimental and even fatal to some of the most important soil organisms.
Soil, often dismissed as just dirt, actually contains multitudes of life forms. The Earths soil provides a home to a wide range of organisms, ranging from earthworms and ants to microscopic fungi and bacteria. These organisms are vital for maintaining healthy terrestrial ecosystems because of their role in providing a wide range of ecosystem services, or the benefits humans receive from biological processes and interactions. Examples of ecosystem services include microorganisms role in the cycling of nutrients (e.g. nitrogen) and water both of which are necessary for plant growth and agricultural production.
Throughout this project, a few key findings stood out as instances where glyphosate application was detrimental to soil biology:
Last year, the dicamba drift crisis defined the growing season across the U.S. damaging an estimated 3.6 million acres of crops. In the months following, PAN, farmers and partner organizations have been taking action and tracking options for how best to avoid another catastrophic dicamba experience in 2018.
The growing season has commenced, and here are a few updates on EPAs stance on the herbicide, state restrictions in place and precautions farmers are taking against drift.
In March, representatives from several farmer organizations traveled to Washington DC to directly lobby EPA on dicamba. Members of the Iowa Organics Association, National Family Farm Coalition, Organic Farmers Association, and the Northern Plains Sustainable Ag Society traveled to the nations capital in person, carrying letters of support from PAN and many other groups.
The group asked EPA not to renew the conditional registration of Monsantos dicamba product, Xtendimax, for use on dicamba-resistant soybeans; the registration is set to expire at the end of 2018. The agency responded that it is open to not re-registering Xtendimax, and will be monitoring drift incidents closely this summer. However, we also heard, as we have before, that cases of dicamba drift are being severely underreported.
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