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Wednesday, 22 November


Extremely high concentrations of radioactive Ru-106 in Urals confirmed and denied "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Russias meteorological service Roshydromet confirmed Monday, November 20, 2017 that 'extremely high' concentrations of the radioactive isotope Ruthenium 106 (Ru-106) were detected in the southern Urals in late September. Roshydromet reported Monday...... Read more

Indonesian mosques to take up the mantle of fighting climate change "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Indonesia will establish 1,000 eco-mosques, the countrys vice president announced at this months UN climate summit in Bonn. The Southeast Asian nation is home to some 260 million people, fourth after China, India and the U.S. Nearly 90 percent of them identify as Muslim, according to 2010 census data. Indonesia also has some of the greatest expanses of rainforests, peatlands and mangroves carbon-rich environments that are rapidly disappearing as industry expands. The environmentally friendly mosque or eco-mosque program is expected to instill mosques with a concern about the mutual relationship between living things and the environment for the sustainable livelihoods of us all, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said in a statement. Practically, the initiative will help the mosques to source renewable energy, manage their water and food needs sustainably, reduce and recycle waste and provide environmental education, Thomson Reuters Foundation reported. More broadly, it aims to cultivate among worshippers a sense of stewardship toward the natural world, in part through education programs that frame the environmental movement as a moral challenge. Indonesias Muslim institutions have addressed the environment before, issuing religious edicts forbidding the trafficking of wildlife or the setting of illegal forest fires. Hening Parlan, coordinator for environment and disaster management at Aisyiyah, the womens wing of Indonesias second-largest Islamic organization Muhammadiyah, said an eco-mosque movement could unite Indonesian Muslims to fight climate change. Because merely adapting to climate change isnt enough, she told Mongabay. This movement is aimed to make all Muslims aware that climate change is threatening

Chocolate makers agree to stop cutting down forests in West Africa for cocoa "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

At COP23, the UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany that wrapped up last week, top cocoa-producing countries in West Africa announced new commitments to end the massive deforestation for cocoa that is occurring within their borders. Ivory Coast and Ghana are the number one and number two cocoa-producing nations on Earth, respectively. Together, they produce about two-thirds of the worlds cocoa, but that production has been tied to high rates of deforestation as well as child labor and other human rights abuses. The so-called Frameworks for Action that were announced by the two countries last Thursday not only aim to halt the clearing of forests for cocoa production, especially in national parks and other protected areas, but to restore forest areas that have already been cleared or degraded. They also include commitments to developing alternative livelihoods and crop diversification strategies for cocoa farmers who will be impacted by the conservation plans. (Ivory Coasts action plan can be seen here; Ghanas here.) While halting deforestation is key to meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, recent research has shown that rehabilitating degraded forests is just as important if we are to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius. A number of major players in the chocolate and cocoa industry have already signed on to the Frameworks, including Barry Callebaut, Cargill, Godiva, Hershey, Mars, Mondelez International, Nestl, Olam, Sainsburys, and more. According to an investigation by the Washington, D.C.-based NGO Might Earth, much of the cocoa purchased from producers in Ivory

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Tuesday, 21 November


Woman Falls In Love With Cat From Viral Story And Hops On Plane To Save Her "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Perhaps you already know the story of Freya, a stray cat who needed help and so decided to hop into a woman's car in Salt Lake City, Utah, and sit on her lap. But you likely don't know the ending yet. 

Before she even had a name, the stray was hanging out in the parking lot of a school when she spotted Susannah Nevison, a doctoral student at the University of Utah, walking toward her car. "When I got to my car, I opened the door and climbed in," Nevison told The Dodo. "While I was putting my purse in the passenger seat, the little cat jumped right up in my lap!"

Credit: Susannah Nevison

Nevison noticed not only the stray's extremely sweet demeanor but also her eye, which seemed to be bothering her. 

Nevison, who considered adopting Freya herself but realized that her allergies were just too problematic, took the cat to Salt Lake County Animal Services (SLCAS) to get her help for her left eye. Shelter workers named her Freya. She didn't have a microchip, was about 1 year old and needed to have surgery to have her eye removed. 

Credit: SLCAS

Meanwhile, The Dodo told her story. It was shared far and wide but Freya was still waiting at the shelter. There was even an adoption event. But Freya the one-eyed cat was passed over, despite her claim to virtual fame. So The Dodo told her story again.

This time, Caren Kolb's daughter shared the story with her mom. And something clicked into place. 

"My daughter tagged me in Freya's story," Kolb told The Dodo. "Something just struck my heart as I read her story and I just blurted out to my husband, 'I want to adopt this baby!' He took one look and said, 'OK.'"...


Dog Is So Grateful That Rescuers Took Off All His Matted Fur "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When Rags was surrendered to a shelter, he was essentially just a ball of fur. The 4-year-old shih tzu mix had apparently wandered into a mans yard a few days before, and could barely move because he was so severely matted. He had so much fur so tightly wrapped around him it was practically suffocating him, and staffers at Clarksdale Animal Rescue Effort and Shelter (CARES) knew they needed to get all that fur off him as quickly as possible. 

Credit: CARES

He was covered in thick, hard mats (the worst we've ever seen) from head to paw, Paige Daugherty of CARES told The Dodo. His mats had been there for so long that they had grown together between his feet and his ears. Beneath the mats, hundreds of fleas were running rampant. 

Between the fleas and the weight of all his fur, poor Rags was incredibly uncomfortable, but the little dog barely showed it. From the moment he arrived at the shelter, Rags was calm and sweet, and just seemed so grateful for all the attention, despite the awful state he was in. 

Credit: CARES

Desperate to help him, two staff members and one volunteer began the daunting task of shaving and cutting all of the excess fur off of Rags. The little dog was patient and sweet throughout the entire process, licking the hands of his new friends as they cut off years of fur and pain. 

Credit: CARES

The mats were so hard that we had to use scissors to separate them into sections and then shave small chunks of...


Woman Driving Home From Work Realizes She's Not Alone "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Its been said that, at any given moment, youre probably no more than a few feet away from a spider the implication being that most are too small, well-hidden and harmless to ever actually be noticed.

But such was not the case for Australia native Bianca Merrick. Recently, the spider nearest her was pretty much unmissable.

Credit: YouTube/Storyful

Turns out, at some point a very large arachnid (reportedly a huntsman spider, who are actually pretty friendly and harmless) had managed to get inside Merrick's car where he then proceeded to make his presence be known as she drove down the freeway.

"I was on my way home from work when I looked up and saw it staring at me," Merrick told 7News. "I considered stopping but I didnt know how Id get it out of the car so I thought the best option for me was to keep driving and pretend it wasnt there for the longest 20 minutes of my life."

In other words, to her credit, Merrick took a live-and-let-live approach to the situation. It's clear from her video of the encounter, however, that she'd still prefer to have been elsewhere.

Once at home, Merrick said, she got out, locked the car and went to sleep, preferring to "pretend that it never happened." And sure enough, that cool-headed approach paid off.

By the next morning, the creature in her car had evidently moved on. Upon checking the vehicle, Merrick said, "there was no spide...


Very Good Boy Risks His Life To Protect His Human During Battle "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

There is no question that Mali is a very good boy. In fact, he is now officially one of the best.

On Friday, the 8-year-old Belgian Malinois received the PDSA Dickin Medal the highest honor for a dog in the British military (and the canine equivalent of the Victoria Cross, the highest award in the United Kingdom honors system).

Malis special skills, such as sniffing out explosives and detecting insurgents, have helped protect his handlers in difficult situations and even saved lives. The remarkable dog also has nerves of steel.

Credit: PDSA

His talents came in especially handy in 2012, when Mali was deployed to Afghanistan as part of a sensitive military operation. Mali was sent through direct fire on two separate occasions to conduct searches for explosives, a press release from The People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) stated. He also indicated the presence of insurgents numerous times, giving the assault force vital milliseconds to engage the enemy in close quarter combat.

Credit: PDSA

Whether it was being hoisted up and down buildings or sustaining three grenade blasts at close range, nothing could distract Mali from his mission and his people. His courage helped inspire confidence in his fellow soldiers, and by dawn they had successfully completed the operation.

But Mali wasnt doing so well ...

Credit: PDSA



18-Year-Old Cat Best Friends Need New Home Together "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Benny and Mo have lived together for most of their lives, and have always been best friends. The 17- and 18-year-old cats had a wonderful life together until, sadly, their owner passed away and left them in the care of the RSPCA. Now Benny and Mo are looking for a new home together because after all these years, they couldnt bear to be apart now. 

Credit: RSPCA

When the sweet senior cats first arrived in the care of the RSPCA, they were incredibly nervous and sad. Their owner had just died and theyd been taken away from their home, and all of the change was a bit too much for them to handle. Luckily they had each other to lean on, and after a little while, they began to warm up to life in the shelter. 

Benny is very loving and loves a fuss, though not as much as Mo, who can try and steal the limelight a bit, Sue James, cattery supervisor at the RSPCA Blackberry Farm Animal Center, said in a press release. Mo absolutely loves being brushed and fussed. Benny has found all the changes since his owner passed away quite scary and is looking forward to a cozy house to relax in. 

Credit: RSPCA

Unfortunately, Benny and Mo have been at the shelter since August, and have had no potential adopters show any interest in them. 

Benny and Mo may be on the older side, but theyre still playful and active, and as sweet as can be. Theyve lost a lot this year, and need a family to love them and show them that its all going to be OK. They would make the best additions to any family, and just need a chance to prove it. 



People Jump Into Rushing Flood To Save Tiny Elephant's Life "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guests and staff at a vacation spot in Kenya acted fast when they spotted a baby elephant being swept away in a flooding river and it meant the difference between life and death for the little animal.

"Our staff and guests were involved in the dramatic rescue of a baby elephant from the flooded Ewaso Nyiro river," Elephant Bedroom Camp (EBC), on the Samburu National Reservewrote earlier this month.

Credit: Elephant Bedroom Camp

Credit: Elephant Bedroom Camp

A bystander managed to catch the moment on camera. A group of staffers can be seen swimming in a group in the middle of the river. As they approach the bank, they tiny elephant they're holding becomes visible. Men on shore rush to help them. 

"The elephant calf whose mother could not be found was taken to the Reteti Elephant Orphanage in Namunyak Conservancy Samburu with help of Save the Elephants organization and Samburu National Reserve rangers," EBC wrote.

Credit: Reteti Elephant Sanctuary

The baby turned out to be a little girl. Rescuers named her Ewaso, after the river where she was found.

Even though people were worried for Ewaso's health after all the water she swallowed while fighting to stay afloat,...


People Find Truck Filled With Stolen Animals And One Very Tiny Surprise "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

It was one of the largest busts wildlife rescuers in Vietnam had ever seen but that wasn't even the most surprising part about it. 

People from Save Vietnam's Wildlife (SVW) arrived at the scene of a confiscation of 113 critically endangered pangolins. The animals had been tied up tightly in bags and stuffed in the back of a truck wildlife traffickers were planning to drive to China, where pangolin scales are considered a cure-all and pangolin meat is considered a delicacy.

Credit: Save Vietnam's Wildlife

Rescuers set to work cutting the terrified pangolins out of the bags. And one of the bags held a very tiny surprise.

Credit: Save Vietnam's Wildlife

"When we were freeing the animals out of the bags, we discovered one female had just given birth to a tiny baby pangolin," SVW said. "The baby was so young, the umbilical cord was still attached to his mother." 

Credit: Save Vietnam's Wildlife

Credit: Save Vietnam's Wildlife

Rescuers realized the new mom must have just given birt...


Man Invents Special Bookcase For His Introvert Cat "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Jeff Faye and his family live in Chicago with their 4-year-old rescue cat, Stanley, whom they adopted from the ASPCA

Life with a family in a big city can be noisy and hectic. Everyone, including Stanley, needs a place to get some me-time, sometimes. But city life can also be cramped there just isn't much physical room for me-time.

"With four kids, visiting pets and a busy house, he really needed some space of his own," Faye told The Dodo. That's why Faye came up with an idea that would satisfy humans and felines: a special bookcase made just for Stanley. He calls it the Cat Case.

Credit: Jeff Faye

"Stanley is very curious, athletic and enjoys heights. He'll regularly jump from the floor to the top of the cabinets, and come into a room with a face covered in dust or spiderwebs from who knows where," Faye said. "Though he answers to his name, my favorite way of getting his attention is to set an empty box on the floor. Give it five minutes and he'll be sitting in it."

Credit: Jeff Faye

Stanley was a key collaborator in Faye's invention of the Cat Case, telling his human, in so many words, exactly what he thought. 

"If Stanley were a human, he'd have some serious product development cred," Faye said. "I've not only had him test out every prototype of the Cat Case and other units, but he's weighed in on every form of carpeting and material. There were several carpeting samples that he clearly wasn't happy with, those did not make the cut. The samples that he fell asleep on were the ones we incorporated in the final product."



Wild Coyote Was So Scared Of People He Tried To Hide Behind A Chain-Link Fence "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Coyotes tend to have a bad reputation in some places, there are even contests to see how many coyotes people can kill but they're fascinating animals who are actually quite shy and scared of people, and hardly ever aggressive. 

But it was still a shock for people at an elementary school in Toronto to spot a wild coyote in the schoolyard. People chased him and he ran, terrified, to nudge himself between a building and a chain-link fence.

Students were ushered inside, away from the coyote, while authorities arrived. And even though one officer carried a rifle, the coyote didn't even need to be tranquilized to be removed from the area. Officers came with nets ready to catch him, but instead he just sat there while people extended a pole with a collar and put it around his neck.

Just as people were scared by the sight of him, he seemed exhausted and scared after being so close to people.

Credit: TWC

The authorities brought the coyote to Toronto Wildlife Center (TWC), where he was treated for some wounds on his legs. He also was discovered to have a mild case of mange and the wildlife rehabilitators were happy to help him. A photo posted by TWC garnered many comments about just how gorgeous he was, despite his fear and sickness.

"He is handsome," Nathalie Karvonen, director of TWC, told The Dodo. "The injuries are not terrible with this coyote, compared to some weve seen before, so were optimistic," she said soon after his transfer in October.

Credit: TWC

The coyote soon calmed down enough to b...


Man Finds Dogs Trapped In Underground 'Hell Pit' And Knows He Has To Save Them "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When Michael Chour gazed down through the bars of the pit, he felt sick. At the bottom of the pit were eight dogs filthy, skinny and completely terrified.

Chour, founder of The Sound of Animals, a dog rescue group in Southeast Asia, was visiting a dog meat slaughterhouse in Siem Reap, Cambodia, to shoot footage for a film that would help spread awareness about the dog meat trade in Southeast Asia.

But when Chour and a few colleagues had a look around the property, they saw the pit, which Chour estimated to be about 10 feet deep, with a barred grate on top. Inside the pit were eight dogs. Sadly, two of the dogs had already died.

Credit: The Sound of Animals

Warning: disturbing images below.

We had to look down at them from above, Chour told The Dodo. We have described it is a hell pit. The conditions were deplorable, and the dogs were just waiting to die.

Credit: The Sound of Animals

Besides the dogs inside the pit, six other dogs were locked up inside a small filthy cage. They looked just as scared.

Credit: The Sound of Animals

Being locked up would have been terrifying enough. But what awaited the dogs was far more horrifying people would have eventually pulled the dogs out, hung them up by their necks and killed them in a very traumatic way. After that, the dog meat would have been cooked and served at the restaurant.


Heavy rain wreaks havoc across Jeddah, Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Heavy rain is wreaking havoc across Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, stranding drivers on flooded roads and delaying school classes at least until Thursday. The Centre for Crises and Disasters in Makkah Region closed a number of roads in Jeddah...... Read more

Guyana seeks offshore oil wealth in a green economy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

GEORGETOWN, Guyana Venezuela may have the worlds largest oil reserves according to OPEC, but oil experts are looking to its bordering neighbor Guyana as the next big thing. Widely known as an eco-tourists heaven, Guyana lays claim to indigenous jaguars (Panthera onca), giant otters (Pteronura brasiliensis), giant anteaters (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) and huge swaths of forest that cover some three-quarters of this South American country. Promises of oil may seem at odds with a conservationist image, but Guyana is no stranger to extracting natural resources. Gold, timber and bauxite have long been principal exports. It is not the first time investors have come in search of oil, either. In the interior of the country close to the border with Brazil, wells were drilled in the Takatu Basin back in the 1980s. However, the new off-shore oil discoveries are on a different level. According to ExxonMobil, which is at the forefront of the new discoveries, it expects to produce some 2-2.5 billion oil-equivalent barrels. In real money, using figures published in Forbes, that could add up to more than $100 billion. For many in Guyana, news of the oil discovery is a hot topic, with people pinning hopes on the find for everything from increased government spending, to more jobs and personal wealth. Talk of billions of dollars (US dollars, not Guyanese) is causing excitement in a country where the Gross National Income per capita rests at $4,250 compared to $56,180 in the US according to 2016 World Bank figures.

Experience or evidence: How do big conservation NGOs make decisions? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When a female Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis), and then her daughter, died in Indias Burachapori Wildlife Sanctuary last year, conservationists were worried. The rhinos horns were intact, so they had not fallen prey to poachers. Their deaths were instead attributed to some natural cause that no one could pinpoint. The pair had been introduced to Burachapori, in the northeastern state of Assam, as part of an ambitious and expensive scheme called Indian Rhino Vision 2020 (IRV 2020). The plan aimed to increase rhino numbers in Assam and rewild protected areas like Burachapori and Manas National Park that once held their own rhino populations. For the first few years, it looked like IRV 2020 was working: introduced rhinos adapted well in their new homes, and some even mothered calves. But then, poachers killed 10 of the rhinos in Manas between 2011 and 2016. And about 260 kilometers away, in Burachapori, the newly introduced mother and calf succumbed to that mysterious, fatal natural cause. IRV 2020 is a collaboration between the Assam Forest Department and various conservation groups, such as WWF-India, the International Rhino Foundation, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It took several years of planning and preparation. But with armed poachers and puzzling ailments looming in the background, the team decided to reassess the situation and put further translocations on hold. Poaching is a known threat. But fundamental knowledge about what factors affect the health of Indian rhinos in the wild is still lacking, Amit Sharma, WWF-Indias senior coordinator


Bonn Climate talks: Too little, too late "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Photo and post courtesy photolangelle, November 21, 2017 Tetet Nera-Lauron from IBON INTERNATIONAL (with offices in the Philippines, Africa, Latin America and Caribbean, and Europe) wrote the featured article below after the UN Climate Summit in Bonn, Germany ended on Saturday.... Read More

The post Bonn Climate talks: Too little, too late appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.


Oddball cigar-shaped interstellar asteroid visits our solar system "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Artist's interpretation of 'Oumuamua as it approaches our Solar System. Exact shape and surface features are extrapolations from research and based on bodies in our Solar System, except the extreme elongated shape is unique to this object. CREDIT Credit: Gemini Observatory/AURA/NSF video by Joy Pollard


Breaking: Monopod Blocks Tree Clearing and Construction of Mariner East 2 Pipeline in Pennsylvania "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Earth First! Newswire

An activist sits high up in a monopod made from a tree that ETP cut last year.

A monopod has been erected to block the heavy machinery that is currently clearing and chipping trees in South Central Pennsylvania to make way for Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) Mariner East 2 pipeline. The monopodwhich is made out of a tree that ETP cut down last yearis currently about 200 feet from the encroaching heavy equipment.

This action is being carried out by Camp White Pine in South Central Pennsylvania. Camp White Pine has been physically blocking pipeline construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline since February, and the Gerhart family, whose property the camp is on, has been resisting the pipeline project since 2015.

The treesits that activists have been occupying for months are located on the west end of the property, while this new monopod blockade is on the east end. This latest phase of cutting and clearing off the east end of the property began in late October and has been moving closer to the camp each day.

Help support this campaign by sharing this information and contributing to the camps legal and bail fund at


Life In The City of Dirty Water: New Video Project from Clayton Thomas Muller "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Clayton Thomas Muller is a member of the Board of Directors of Global Justice Ecology Project.  This holiday weekend, watch this powerful trailer for a video on the realities faced by Indigenous Peoples on this continent.  It is... Read More

The post Life In The City of Dirty Water: New Video Project from Clayton Thomas Muller appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.


Shelter Dog Flashes Sweetest Smile To Make His New Mom Fall In Love With Him "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Milo the dog has the kind of smile that stops people on the street.

So many people just say that he smiles like a human, Ivy Rylander, Milos mom, told The Dodo. A lot of dogs smile, but theres something so big and happy about his grin.

Credit: Ivy Rylander

Milo came into Rylanders life five and a half years ago. She and her partner had just moved to a new apartment in San Jose, California, and they felt it was time to adopt a dog. When they looked at the adoptable dogs on the website of Perfect Dog Rescue, Rylander fell in love with Milos photo.

Credit: Ivy Rylander

Milo was 8 months old when he was picked up as a stray in California, but no one knows much else about him besides the fact that hes very skittish.

Hes more nervous than a lot of other dogs, so they actually brought him to our house, Rylander said. He was really shy, and they had to help him up to the stairs to our apartment.

Credit: Ivy Rylander

But Rylander wasnt fazed by Milos nervous nature she fell head over heels in love with Milo, especially when Milo flashed his signature smile.



Earth Watch: IBON Internationals Tetet Lauron on COP23 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Last weeks Earth Watch guest on the Sojourner Truth Radio show was Tetet Lauron, climate justice program manager for IBON International. Lauron was in Bonn, Germany for the COP23 Climate Talks. IBONs goal is to contribute to building global mass movements... Read More

The post Earth Watch: IBON Internationals Tetet Lauron on COP23 appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.


Arctic sea ice expanding faster than normal "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Ice grew at 5,100 square kilometers (2,000 square miles) per day faster than the average rate of ice growth for the month during October From the National Snow and Ice Data Center: Rapid expansion of the Arctic sea ice cover is the norm for October as solar input dwindles and the remaining heat in the


Asteroid 2017 WW1 to flyby Earth at a distance of 0.37 LD "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A small asteroid designated 2017 WW1 will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.37 LD / 0.00094 AU (~140 621 km / 87 378 miles) at 19:18 UTC on November 21, 2017. This is 50th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year. 2017 WW1 was...... Read more

Pyrrhic victory for Keystone XL as Nebraska nixes preferred pipeline route "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A Washington DC protest against the Keystone XL pipeline. Photo by Overpass Light Brigade on VisualHunt / CC BY-NC On Monday, when the Nebraska Public Service Commission (NPSC) released a decision allowing TransCanadas Keystone XL pipeline to go forward but disallowing the company its preferred route, and approving an alternate route across the state pipeline opponents were ready with fiery rhetoric: The Treaty Alliance of Tribes up and down the Keystone XL pipeline route will be standing strong along with all our other allies to beat back this threat to our water, our people, and our future, said Larry Wright, Chairman of the Southern Ponca. Wright was referring to the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands, an agreement signed by 180 native nations in Canada and the United States unifying them in total opposition to the construction of all pipelines including Keystone XL intended to move bitumen out of Canadas Alberta tar sands, a project which the alliance views as an existential threat to its way of life, and life on the planet. As tensions mounted leading up to the NPSCs 11am Monday announcement, widely seen as the go-or-no-go for the $8 billion, 1,179-mile-long pipeline, opposition groups ranging from white ranchers to indigenous nations braced for defeat and a long campaign of civil disobedience likely surpassing the resistance at Standing Rock. At first glance, Mondays decision seemed about to set that gigantic wave of civil disobedience in motion. Except that, on careful consideration, the anti-Keystone XL


COP23 video: Three need-to-knows from the UN climate talks in Bonn "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The latest round of international climate negotiations concluded last week in Bonn, Germany.

Hosted by Fiji, COP23 gathered diplomats from around the world to further refine the details of how the Paris Agreement on climate change, struck in 2015, will work in practise when it formally starts in 2020.

Carbon Briefs video brings you three key details you need to know about the UN talks this year.

The video explains why anti-Trump protests erupted at a US side-event on clean fossil fuels. Meanwhile, Naoyuki Yamagishi, head of climate and energy at WWF Japan, sheds light on the Talanoa dialogue, a new process designed to help countries increase ambition on emissions cuts.

Carbon Briefs other coverage of the November 2017 climate talks in Bonn includes:

The post COP23 video: Three need-to-knows from the UN climate talks in Bonn appeared first on Carbon Brief.


Claim: 19th century U.S. immigrants were actually climate refugees "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

his is a video summary of the EGU press release, 'Climate changes triggered immigration to America in the 19th century'. It highlights the main points of the Climate of the Past study entitled 'Climate of migration? How climate triggered migration from Southwest Germany into North America during the 19th century'.


Study: The rise of climate activism is web-enabled "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

From the UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT SAN ANTONIO (a reader poll follows) UTSA researcher studies evolution of climate change activism Researcher explores climate change advocacy in the digital space Climate change is a topic that is debated, doubted and covered by news outlets across the world. Luis Hestres, in the Department of Communication at The University


FIRE-EARTH Tribunal in Absentia: RPP of Planet Earth Expert Witnesses IX "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CJ OCT TML FIRE-EARTH Tribunal: Rape, Pillage and Plunder of Planet Earth (Session 7) FIRE-EARTH Tribunal in Absentia for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Crimes Against Nature, RPP of Planet Earth Details including Record of Proceedings available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. All Groups Latest FIRE-EARTH ALERTS, BULLETINS and MESSAGES available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.   Advertisements Filed []


Audio Report: Behind the Anti-Fracking Blockade in Olympia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Its Going Down

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Over the past several days, a blockade has sprung up in Olympia, Washington against the transport of fracking proppants. A similar blockade erupted around the exact same time last year, however this year has returned with more people and a stronger encampment. Already, several reports and communiques from the blockade have been published on IGD as well as Puget Sound Anarchistsa counter-information website in the Pacific Northwest. In this audio report, we talked with several people down at the blockade in Downtown Olympia about what they were seeing on the front lines.

One recent outreach flyer detailed the situation as such:

The Port of Olympia is full of fracking proppants, materials used for oil extraction across the country. Those proppants are shipped across the country to places like the Bakken oil field in North Dakota, the source of oil for the Dakota Access Pipeline. Last year, a train bound for North Dakota, loaded with proppants, was blockaded in solidarity with Standing Rock, and against fossil fuel infras...


Poland Faces 100,000-a-day Fines Over Illegal Logging in Biaowiea Forest "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Arthur Nelson / The Guardian

Poland has been given two weeks to stop illegal deforestation in the Unesco-protected Biaowiea forest or face fines of at least 100,000 a day.

In a precedent-setting ruling that will echo across the EU, the European court of justice ordered Poland to show it was acting lawfully in the ancient woodland, or face a 36.5m (32m) annual penalty.

Agata Szafraniuk, a lawyer for the green law firm ClientEarth, said that the court was acting after Polands environment minister, Jan Szyszko, showed complete contempt for an earlier emergency ban on logging in the ancient woodland.

Financial penalties are, unfortunately, an essential tool to ensure that the best-preserved primeval forest in Europe is protected from further harm, she said. Trees are still being cut down every day, so the court prescribed this measure to guarantee the full protection of this unique forest, and to avoid irreparable damage.

The court move will ratchet up pressure on Poland, which is already facing a suspension of its EU Council voting rights over a clampdown on the countrys independent press and judiciary.

Womens groups have also been targeted for police raids, and rights to protest have been curtailed, adding to concerns about the rule of law in the east European country.

Donald Tusk, the EU Council president, condemned Polands nationalist-right Law and Justice party government on Sunday, suggesting it was following the Kremlins plan.

The Polish government maintains that it always behaves lawfully and that logging in Biaowiea is necessary to staunch a spruce bark beetle outbreak.

In the western media, everything is based on disinformation, a Polish government spokesman told the Guardian. We are doing everything right by law. We are using EU law. We are using Polish law, and we are doing nothing against decisions made by the European co...


Eruption at Agung volcano, Bali, Aviation Color Code raised to Orange "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A small-scale phreatic eruption started at Agung volcano, Bali at 09:05 UTC (17:05 WITA) on November 21, 2017, forcing authorities to raise the Aviation Color Code from Yellow to Orange. The best estimate of the ash-cloud top is around 3 842 m (12 294 feet) above...... Read more

As Indonesia pushes flagship land reform program, farmers remain wary "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

JAKARTA Marsudi has mixed feelings about the visit earlier this month by Indonesian President Joko Jokowi Widodo to his small village of Nganduk in East Java province. On the one hand, it was cause for celebration as Jokowi handed out permits to the 58 members of Marsudis farmers association that would allow them to manage and protect a swath of nearby forest part of the presidents flagship land reform program. But on the other hand, the permits were only the first in a series of hurdles to overcome before the plan can become reality. Truthfully, I felt pessimistic right after the presidents visit, Marsudi says. Because usually when theres a festive ceremony [like the visit], the impact only lasts for two or three months. Marsudi was among dozens of farmers from across Java who spoke at an event at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry in early November in honor of the permits they received as part of Jokowis social forestry program. Under the program, indigenous and other rural communities will gain greater control over 127,000 square kilometers (49,034 square miles) of land, nearly 15 percent of Indonesias total land area. Marsudi and his fellow farmers received 35-year leases to manage idle or degraded forest land owned by state plantation company Perhutani, which controls 24,000 square kilometers (9,266 square miles) of plantations throughout Java. During the first week of November, Jokowi handed out permits to 5,915 farmers from 22 farmers associations in Java to manage a combined 95.5 square


Clowning Around for Climate Action "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Can an army of pranksters spur interest in the climate fight?


Calendar and Call-Out for a Burning Winter in Paris: Decembers Climate Summit "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from VMC Camp

translated by Earth First! Journal

Lets prepare them for a burning winter! Joint declaration of territories in fight against the climate summit of December 12 in Paris

At a time when a new search, intended to asphyxiate and criminalize any attempt at resistance, strikes Bure, we publish here a common forum signed by many associations, collectives and territories in struggle. In the face of attempts at intimidation, our determination will be shared and our calendar will be common throughout the month of December! Decentralized call for action around December 6th!

Urgency in the territories as in the street!

Living in threatened or defending areas, we have met several times to declare an emergency month of struggles together. Indeed, the coming month of December is likely to cover a particular meaning for us, at least two titles.

First, it will be an opportunity for the Macron government December 12 to celebrate the two years of the tragic farce that was COP21. There is no doubt that our National Banker will be delighted to claim heir to the climate agreement, and to pose as the undisputed champion of green growth, barely a month after publicly supporting a destructive mining project in Guyana, and took the position, through the voice of his minister, in favor of the burial of radioactive waste.

From the COP 21, we remember the bitterness of having seen the main perpetrators of the climate rampage come together with impunity at the end of 2015 and claim to have the solutions to their own madness, and the anger of having seen our demonstrations banned under cover state of emergency. But we also remember the arrival at Versailles and the overflowing joy of a bike-trailer from Notre-Dame-des-Landes and making superfluous commune after comm...


Australia: People Blockade Work on Adani Rail Line "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from FLAC

UPDATE: 5 of the protestors were arrested for contravening police orders and blocking a road. They have been released on summons.

November 21st: A multi-faith group of six peaceful protestors are blocking work on the rail line from Abbot Point to the Galilee Basin to protest Adanis proposed mega-coal mine.  The protestors are all members of the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC), a multi-faith organization that works with diverse faith communities to tackle global warming.

Among the protestors are a Uniting Church Minister, the Reverend Alex Sangster, and a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, Tejopala Rawls. Other participants are from the Catholic and Quaker traditions.

ARRCC President, Thea Ormerod said Stopping Adanis mega-coal mine from being built is a moral issue. People around the world are already losing their lives and livelihoods, and species are going extinct because of the damage we are doing to the earths climate. Today we call on people of all faiths to join us in taking a stand for those already being impacted by climate change, for future generations and for the Great Barrier Reef.

Ms Ormerod said her organisation had decided to engage in civil resistance because other avenues were not working. For ten years, ARRCC has drawn this issue to the attention of elected representatives and business leaders. We have done everything we could within the law to prompt our leaders to take action to move Australia away from dependency on coal, oil and gas.

Non-violence is at the heart of all the major faiths. We will continue to use all legal options open to us to convince our leaders to act for climate justice. However, where necessary, people of faith must not shy away...


Personal reflections on the 23rd COP in Bonn-Fiji Nov. 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Kevin Anderson (@KevinClimate)
CEMUS. Uppsala University
Tyndall Centre, MACE. University of Manchester

Settling wearily into my Deutsche Bahn seat at the start of a two-day journey back to Uppsala, Sweden, Ive endeavoured below to capture my early thoughts on the latest attempt to forestall our headlong rush towards oblivion.

I said my goodbyes to the geographically divisive COP[1] venue yesterday afternoon. The roadies were already dismantling the paraphernalia that accompanies such events and heavily laden trucks had begun trundling towards the next jamboree. This was my third COP, and despite a challenging schedule of events, I leave Bonn-Fiji[2] more jaded than when I returned from its Parisian predecessor. I was certainly uneasy with the euphoria surrounding the Paris Agreement[3], but I could also see its potential for catalysing a transformation in global responses to climate change. Two years on and Bonn-Fiji signals just how entrenched, powerful and resilient our status quo is and how compliant the established climate change community has become.

Ive divided my thoughts into three short sections. First, a response to the depressing 2017 emissions data released during the COP. Second, a reflection on the them and us segregation structurally embedded in the COP venue. Finally, a tentative interpretation of how hope may yet reside in the emergent dynamics of contemporary societies.

Rising emissions and pitiful excuses
Last Monday (November 13th) the Global Carbon Project announced the results of its annual assessment of emissions data. In 2017 carbon dioxide from fossil fuels and cement is anticipated to be 2% higher than in 2016. Is this really such a surprise?

Witness the US and the EUs fervour for locking-in high-carbon gas[4] behind a veil of closing down old coal. Academic enthusiasm for evermore quixotic negative emission technologies'(NETs)[5] and geo-engineering to support big oil and infinite growth. A growing cadre of climate glitterati ratcheting up its rhetoric to align with its rocketing emissions. The UNFCCCs promotion of expedient offsetting to neutralise emissions from air-travel to Bonn and its other global meetings. Meanwhile journalists remain unwilling or ill equipped to call time on this catalogue of subterfuge. Its twenty-seven years since the IPCCs first report and a quarter of a century since the Rio Earth Summit, but still our carbon emissions are rising....


CIR ahead of CH HSS sparks G1 - Minor geomagnetic storming "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A Co-Rotating Interaction Region (CIR) ahead of isolated positive polarity Coronal Hole High Speed Stream (CH HSS) is affecting our planet today, causing geomagnetic storming. G1 - Minor geomagnetic storm threshold was reached 05:30 UTC. Over the past 24 hours,...... Read more


Dr. James Hansen: Biggest Polluters Must Pay for Climate Damages "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Fight Climate Change by Suing Polluters, Says Scientist

From an Article by Stephen Leahy, National Geographic, November 7, 2017

Countries should sue the worlds biggest oil, coal and gas, and cement companies for damages resulting from climate changesays well-known climate scientist James Hansen.

Hansen, a former NASA scientist who warned Congress about the dangers of climate change in 1988, says global warming of 2C, or even 1.5C, is dangerous, risking sea level rise of at least 10 feet in as little as 50 years. That would put major parts of coastal cities like New York underwater. He believes major impacts of climate change are happening faster than what is reported in even the latest science reports, including the U.S. governments Climate Science Special Report released last Friday.

An enormous amount of money is urgently needed to dramatically slash emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), take existing CO2 out of the atmosphere, and for countries to cope with the impacts of climate change, Hansen argues. And that money should come from the companies that profited most from burning fossil fuels, Hansen will tell world leaders Tuesday in Bonn, Germany, at the annual United Nations climate negotiations.

Known as COP 23, negotiators from 197 countries are meeting this week to finalize details around the Paris Climate Change Agreement, including a process to increase emission reductions. The current reductions promised by countries under the Paris Agreement are only a third of what is needed to stay below 2C, according to the United Nations Environment Program.

I tried to get an opportunity to address the negotiators but did not succeed. I will give my talk at a press conference, Hansen told National Geographic in advance of the meeting.

Targeting Carbon Majors?

The companies that could be sued are known as the carbon majors, Hansen says. These are the 100 companies who have been the source of more than 70 percent of the worlds greenhouse gas emissions since 1988. ExxonMobil, Shell, BP, and Chevron are listed as among the highest carbon-emitting, investor-owned companies.

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The judicial system is the only way to get the funds needed to deal with climate change, Hansen says. Legislation wont work because thats where lobbyists rule.



Kiribati Climate Plan: More Resorts, More Tourists "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The President of Kiribati doesnt want his people to be seen as climate charity cases instead he wants investment, new tourist resorts to give his people jobs and economic opportunities, to help pay for reclaiming land from the sea like Singapore. As climate change threatens islands, Kiribatis president plans


'Dramatic' flash floods kill 2, directly affect 2 280 in West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Two people have been killed and 2 280 directly affected after flash floods hit West Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia on Sunday, November 19, 2017. According to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of the national disaster agency, dramatic flash floods in East Lombok...... Read more

5.7 million pounds of air pollution released in Texas after Harvey landfall "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

According to reports filed by companies to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), 2.6 million kg (5.7 million pounds) of hazardous chemicals were released into the air by chemical plants, oil refineries, and industrial facilities from August 23 to...... Read more


Pruitt's (polluter) priorities "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

We saw this coming with Scott Pruitt. Long before he became Administrator of the EPA, his allegiances to industry were clear. Learn more

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From risk to revenue: The investment opportunity in addressing corporate deforestation "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CDPs 2017 Global Forests Report draws on the disclosures from 201 companies that responded to the investor request for information on the risks and opportunities linked to four commodities responsible for the majority of deforestation and forest degradation: cattle products, palm oil, timber products and soy. It makes a clear business case for investor action, highlighting both the material risks that come with deforestation, and the opportunities emerging for those financial institutions that are acting against it.


Key findings

1. The lack of engagement and accountability surrounding deforestation masks corporate risk, which cascades directly to investors - Less than a quarter (23%) of the companies approached by CDP on behalf of investors this year responded to the information request, showing that disclosure on forests is still not the norm.

2. Companies recognize that the environmental and social impacts of deforestation threaten to reduce profits and increase risks - 87% of companies recognize at least one risk and 32% have already experienced impacts associated with the production or consumption of forest-risk commodities.

3. Developing sustainable sources of forest-risk commodities creates opportunities for companies and therefore investors to generate attractive, stable long-term returns - 87% of companies identify opportunities related to the sustainable production, marketing or sourcing of at least one of the commodities.

4. Leading companies are taking meaningful steps to remove deforestation from supply chains, but corporate action has not yet reached a tipping point - Of the companies disclosing in 2017, only six achieved an A grade.

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Scientists predict tree death from drought in Californias Sierra Nevadas "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

As the world heads toward more frequent and severe droughts, forests will increasingly suffer from water scarcity. In this scenario, finding ways to predict how trees will respond to water stress is becoming increasingly important. It is now possible to look at large swaths of forests in incredible detail using aerial and satellite images. The technology goes well beyond simply monitoring deforestation. Remote sensing tools can be used to tell different tree species apart that live in the same area or to measure specifics such as the chemical composition of their leaves. Many of these features are useful to describe how droughts are impacting forests. However, we still lack models that can predict future tree mortality based on past events. In a recently published study, scientists Phil Brodrick and Greg Asner show that changes in the amount of water in the canopy of conifers in Sierra Nevada over the course of five years correlate well with tree mortality rates during the 2016 drought. This work is unique in that we show how canopy water content can be used to anticipate tree mortality a year before it occurs, Brodrick wrote by email. As you might imagine, this advance warning could be of significant use to forest managers, conservation groups and policy makers that may be interested in reacting to drought effects. Brodrick and Asner work in the Department of Global Ecology of the Carnegie Institution for Science, in Stanford. In their study they used images taken with the Carnegie Airborne Observatory,

From friends to strangers: The decline of the Irrawaddy dolphin (commentary) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Sitting on the banks of the Mekong River repairing his fishing net, 60-year-old Saron recalls a story from the time of his grandfather: One cool November morning, Uncle Somnang was casting his net off the shore of his island home when a wave knocked him off balance and into the river. He struggled to right his overturned boat, but was quickly exhausted by the swift current. Suddenly, he felt a surge from below. A grey river dolphin appeared, helped him to right his boat, and gently nudged him back aboard. Sarons wife Pin chimes in. In the past, there were so many river dolphins, she says, they would startle us by suddenly jumping up along both sides of our fishing boats. In fact, they were just coming up to greet us and smile at us. Dolphins are like human beings who live under water, Pin explains. Like us, they feed their babies with milk. Thats why our elders taught us to never eat them. Sambor district sits astride the Mekong River in Central Cambodia. The river is the life force of the district most of Sambors 50,000 inhabitants fish and farm along its fertile banks, or on the large islands that characterize this stretch of the Mekong. Now critically endangered, the last of the Irrawaddy dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris) are concentrated in nine deep-water pools over a 190-kilometer stretch of the Mekong between Sambor district and Khone Falls on the Lao border. Fisherfolk on the Mekong at dawn. Photo Credit:


Climate Change Adds Risk to Atomic Power: A Must-Read Latest Report "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In its initial report released this week, the Working Group on Climate, Nuclear, and Security Affairs, chaired by the Center for Climate and Security, has articulated a first-of-its kind framework for understanding and addressing the complex connections between climate change, security, and nuclear issues.

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Stray Cat Follows Person Home And Decides She's Never Leaving "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Connor Manning was heading home one night, feeling down after going through a breakup, when a little cat appeared. Manning could see that the cat had probably been living on the streets for some time, as she was incredibly skinny, dirty and flea-ridden. Manning bent down to say hi, and surprisingly, the sweet stray cat hopped into Manning's lap and refused to leave

Credit: Connor Manning

After about five minutes, I started getting up to head home and she was SUPER scared, Manning told The Dodo. So I crouched down and she ran right over to me again. And we repeated this process for about four blocks until we were on my porch. 

Credit: Connor Manning

The cat followed Manning all the way home, and came inside to explore the house for a bit

Credit: Connor Manning

before deciding she was a little too nervous to hang out inside, and took up residence on Mannings porch instead. Manning documented these first few hours with the cat on Twitter, much to the delight of everyone who saw the adorable tweets. 

Credit: Connor Manning

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Woman Saves 1 Abandoned 'Teacup' Pig And Soon Ends Up With 30 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Last May, Alesja Daehnrich got a phone call from Harnett County Animal Control in North Carolina. Officers had picked up 15 pigs from a hoarders property, and they wanted to know if Daehnrich, who runs The Blind Spot Animal Sanctuary with her husband, Alex, would take the pigs.

If not, the pigs would be sold to the highest bidder at a county auction, and the buyer would be able to do whatever they liked with them including kill them for food.

Credit: Alesja and Alex Daehnrich

The problem was, Daehnrich and her husband already had 21 pigs at their sanctuary, three of whom  Larry, Curly and Moe, also called the Stooges  had come from the same hoarders property (and were most likely related to the 15 pigs captured in May). The couple had no room on their property for more pigs, and providing veterinary care for 15 more rescues was a stressful thought.

Credit: Alesja and Alex Daehnrich

But Daehnrich knew she had to do something. I just cant look away, Daehnrich told The Dodo. If these pigs are anything like our Stooges, these are really nice animals. They just need vet care and time to trust people again.

Credit: Alesja and Alex Daehnrich

Daehnrich and her husband didnt waste a minute. They quickly built extra enclosures and fences on their property, and also reached out to numerous rescue partners and organizations  including Pig Pals of North Carolina, Triangle Chicken Advocates...


Indias High Moralism on Nuclear Disarmament Hides Its Hypocrisy: Here Is How "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

India periodically supports calls for nuclear disarmament, but these assertions are contradicted by its continued possession of nuclear weapons and efforts to upgrade nuclear capabilities.

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Lynx Family From Viral Photos Returns To Guy's Porch For Another Visit "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

One fateful morning last September, photographer Tim Newton was stirred from sleep by a strange scampering sound coming from outside his home in Alaska. Curious, Newton peeked through a window and thats when he discovered an entire family of lynx galavanting around on his porch.

Lucky for the rest of us, Newton grabbed his camera.

Credit: Tim Newton Photography

"They were so cute. It was cute-tastic," Newton told The Dodo in an earlier post. "It was amazing."

It might have felt like a once-in-a-lifetime sort of encounter, but turns out it was not. Months later, the lynx family decided it was time for an encore.

Credit: Tim Newton Photography

On Saturday, Newton shared a video captured by his wife, Cathy, showing what is believed to be the same lynx family dropping by for another visit to their porch. Fortunately, Newton says the mother cat and all seven of her offspring were spotted that day, alive and well and still rambunctious.

Though the youngsters are quite a bit larger this time around, they're as playful as ever.

Afterward, the lynx family returned yet again to the forest surrounding the Newtons' home leaving just a scattering of happy paw prints in their wake.



Turkey Loves To Snuggle With Her Rescuers "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Three days before Thanksgiving 2016, a lucky turkey named Antoinette was among hundreds of birds and rabbits awaiting their fate at a live-kill market in New York City. Found wandering just outside, rescuers knew the baby turkey wouldnt survive for long if they didnt take matters into their own hands.

Credit: Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

Antoinette was rushed to Woodstock Farm Sanctuarys medical building, just a few hours outside the city, where staff could give her around-the-clock care. When she was first found, she was a bit dehydrated and needed to be placed on a special diet since turkeys are bred and raised to grow so large in a short period of time, Ashley Nester, communications manager at Woodstock Animal Sanctuary, told The Dodo.

Safe for the first time in her young life, caregivers were impressed with the rescued birds friendly and outgoing personality. As she recuperated, Antoinette quickly won over the hearts of humans and animals alike.

Antoinette has definitely become more friendly and affectionate since she was rescued and she loves attention! Nester said. When she first arrived as a baby, our caregivers kept a close watch on her, but so did Sergio the rooster, who showed her the ropes around the sanctuary.

Credit: Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

One year later, Antoinette has a full social calendar. She divides her time between all her favorite activities: spending days outside with her best friend and fellow rescue turkey Tony pecking at the grass, and chatting up visitors and staff....


Water is Life Rally and Concert in Richmond Dec. 2 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Its time for the biggest public rally ever organized against the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines. Heres our goal: To bring so many moms and dads and farmers and students to Richmond on Saturday December 2nd that we can literally form a human ring around the Capitol building and the Governors mansion.

This encirclement will be the first public action against the pipelines of its kind in Virginias history. After the rally, well stick around for a concert at The National theater just two blocks away.

We have to be creative and loud on December 2nd because, frankly, time is running out. The States Water Control Board will hold final hearings in Richmond on the MVP (Dec 6-7) and the ACP (Dec 11-12). Well be putting pressure on the Water Control Board with our massive rally and well be telling our new governor and House of Delegates that water is life and we intend to preserve it for all our children!

RSVP today!


The Sierra Club Virginia Chapter is providing buses from three locations: Hampton Roads, Staunton, and Northern Virginia. Here are the details:

Hampton Roads

Northern Virginia

Pickup #1: Leesburg, VA

Pickup #2: Vienna, VA


Global climate models may be misjudging methane releases into the atmosphere "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

From the Ohio State University and the settled science department. Results suggest more methane may be released into atmosphere than thought COLUMBUS, OhioA study of a Lake Erie wetland suggests that scientists have vastly underestimated the number of places methane-producing microbes can survive and, as a result, todays global climate models may be misjudging


Nuclear Safety in India in Jeopardy, Govt Must Halt Further Expansion: Former Regulator "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Dr. A Gopalakrishnan | An overall evaluation of the status of the Indian civilian nuclear power sector, and the governments uncertain future plans, do cause a great deal of concern for the welfare of the country and the safety of our people. Therefore, it is best to freeze all plans for the further expansion of this sector until Parliament and the public are provided full details of the governments intentions and rationale and a national consensus is reached.

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Update from Camp White Pine "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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Recently weve been watching ETPs heavy machinery prepare the sites for this destructive pipeline project on both sides of Camp White Pine. To the east along the ME2 easement, the work is closer than ever before and still closing in. In the days leading up to Halloween workers began clearing and chipping logs (along the easement where the trees had already been cut last year) to the east of camp, less than a mile away. Soon they were working on the ridge nearest to camp, and now they are in the small valley even closer to us, the machines clearly visible from the wetlands near the east edge of the Gerhart property. The first photo shows this area, with bulldozers perched on the top of the hill and two excavators partially visible moving logs in the valley. Clearly visible from the treesits, on and near the site for proposed HDD across the road, workers are active as the site changes from day to day.

Its been a long time since camp first formed in February. ETP, sometimes working through their infamous contractor Tigerswan, has come after us with a writ of possession, an injunction, smear campaigns and surveillance and harassment and threats. Still were here, continuing to build and survive in the face of oncoming winter and advancing machines. We can never be sure of when ETP will finally come and try to evict the treesits; weve thought they would come before, especially when the company made legal moves against camp. ETP could wait even longer as theyve pushed back their timeline for pipeline completion into later 2018 amid repeated drilling fluid spills and other unsafe practices. However the equipment they need to conduct the next phase of work on the land were defending clearing away and chipping the remaining logs as well as cutting the treesit trees to prepare to turn the hillside into an HDD pad and work site is close enough that it could reach us any...


Thinking About Fostering? Heres Everything You Need To Know "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Want to make the world a better place? Fostering a dog or cat is a great way to start.

Not only does becoming a foster parent get an animal out of a shelter and into a home, it frees up valuable space and resources, allowing the shelter to welcome even more animals in need.

While some may think they cant foster unless they are ready to adopt, thats not always the case, explains Brittany Feldman, president and cofounder of Shelter Chic, a nonprofit foster-based dog and cat rescue group in New York City.

Even if its just for a short time, fostering plays an important role in successfully re-homing dogs and cats. A lot of organizations, including us, really can only take in as many animals as we have fosters for, so opening your home is actually saving a life, Feldman tells The Dodo. Through fostering, homeless dogs and cats learn what its like to be a member of a family a vital step on the way to finding their forever home.

Its great for people to experience the benefits of having an animal in the home, without a long-term commitment, Feldman says. And, for the animal, not only is it saving their life, but it makes them more adoptable. Having the dog in a home gives you experience with them, so you know things about their personality that you wouldnt know in a shelter.

Something as simple as learning whether a dog likes to sleep late or is obsessed with squeaky toys allows for better matches with potential adopters and makes the adoptions a lot more successful, Feldman adds. Its a win-win for the human and animal!

So what do you need to know before fostering a pet? Check out these answers to some of the most frequently asked questions:

What are my responsibilities when fostering a pet?

Every animal is different, and depending on which shelter you work with, responsibilities may vary each time you foster a dog or cat. With dogs, its the foster mom or dads job to provide their pup with exercise, food, shelter and basic obedience training. Did we mention snuggles? Youll want to give him plenty of thos...


Nebraska Public Service Commission Approves Keystone XL Oil Pipeline "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Levi Rickert / Native News Online

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA On Monday, the Nebraska Public Service Commission voted 3-2 to approve the Keystone XL oil pipelines route through its state.

The Keystone XL pipeline will move an estimated 830,000 barrels per day of crude oil from Canada through various states to the Gulf of Mexico.

American Indian tribes and allies have been opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline since its inception.

Last week the original Keystone pipeline leaked over 210,000 gallons of oil onto farmland in South Dakota. According to Nebraska officials, Nebraska law barred regulators from considering spills or pipeline safety in its decision-making process.

This is an evolving story and this article will be updated as more information becomes available.



Everything You Need To Know About Adopting A Pet Is Just A Text Away "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Thinking about adding a new member to your family? Adopting a companion animal is a wonderful way to save a life.

Shelters will help match you with a dog or cat who fits your lifestyle, but before signing the paperwork, you want to be sure that you and your house are pet-ready. Bringing home an animal can be a big change. Its more responsibility, more time (and did we mention more fur?) but the companionship is so worth it.  

If youre ready to take the plunge and find your new BFF, Dodo Adoptbot is here to help. The interactive guide is simply a text away, and will connect you with shelters and available pets in your area to make finding the perfect furry friend easier than ever.  

Check out these frequently asked questions about adoption, so youll be ready for whats to come:

What do I need to have in my house to adopt an animal?

Credit: Kayla Filoon

When adopting a dog or cat, its important to get everything ready before you bring your new pal home if not for your pet, for your own peace of mind, explains Brittany Feldman, president and cofounder of Shelter Chic, a nonprofit foster-based dog and cat rescue group in New York City.

Most shelters and adoption organizations do not supply new pet owners with pet accessories, other than a basic collar and name tag, so its up to the adopters to stock up on the must-haves. For dogs, Feldman suggests new owners make sure they have dog food, treats, toys, a leash, a harness and a collar waiting for their pup, as well as some things to keep him occupied. Its always good when a new animal is coming into the home to help them adjust and make sure they are busy, Feldman tells The Dodo. So making sure they have bones, bully sticks or Kongs is a great idea. You can even fill the Kongs with peanut butter or cream cheese and throw them in the freezer.

If you dont know how well-behaved your dog will be in the home, crate training isnt a bad idea either. It really depends on the age and temperament of the dog youre adopting, Feldman says. ...


Roger Pielke Jr. describes the distorting of climate science "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

By Larry Kummer. From the Fabius Maximus website Summary: Scientists and journalists play a vital role in the public policy debate about climate change, explaining the reports of the major climate agencies. Here Roger Pielke Jr. describes an example of how they too often misrepresent those findings, distorting the debate and feeding the publics loss


Strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake hits near Wallis and Futuna, Pacific Ocean "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit near Wallis and Futuna, Pacific Ocean at 18:51 UTC on November 20, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M5.7 at a depth of 2 km (1.2 miles). According to the...... Read more

Trump puts controversial decision allowing elephant trophy imports on hold "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Last Tuesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lifted a ban on importing elephant trophies from Zimbabwe imposed under President Barack Obama in 2014. At a meeting of government officials and professional hunting associations in Tanzania, the U.S. federal agency announced that elephants that were legally hunted in Zimbabwe and Zambia between January 21, 2016, and December 31, 2018, could now be imported into the United States. The agency later issued a notice saying it had made a finding that the hunting of trophy African elephants in Zimbabwe during this period will enhance the survival of the threatened animals. The notice does not mention Zambia. On Friday, however, U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted that he was putting the big game trophy decision on hold until he had reviewed all conservation facts. He also said that his decision on the trophy imports will be announced next week. Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts. Under study for years. Will update soon with Secretary Zinke. Thank you! Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2017 Big-game trophy decision will be announced next week but will be very hard pressed to change my mind that this horror show in any way helps conservation of Elephants or any other animal. Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2017 Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke tweeted a statement, saying President Trump and I have talked and both believe that conservation and healthy herds are critical. As a result, in


Chef Cooks Gourmet 3-Course Thanksgiving Meals For Shelter Dogs And Cats "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Two years ago, chef Malik Von Saint adopted a small white dog named Cannoli right around the holidays.

Then Von Saint got thinking about all the animals in the shelter who are still waiting to find their people. He decided that the thing to do would be to cook them up a truly magnificent Thanksgiving feast.

"Them alone while we celebrate with friends and family did not sit well with me," Von Saint told The Dodo.

Credit: Malik Von Saint

On Wednesday, Von Saint will be serving three-course meals to around 60 dogs and 60 cats at the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter, in Buffalo, New York. It's his second year making Thanksgiving meals for the shelter's animals. 

Credit: Facebook/Malik Von Saint

The menu is beautifully plated while also consisting of small plates of pet-safe ingredients that won't upset their tummies.  

Dogs will begin with beef tartare, followed by chicken sous-vide with roasted sweet potato and basmati rice garnished with broccoli florets. Homemade dog ice cream will be dessert.

"Crme glace de woof," Von Saint is calling it.



3 Ways My Rescue Dog Makes Me A Better Dad "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

My rescue dog, Vector, joined our family four years ago courtesy of the Sato Project, a Puerto Rico-based organization that, currently, has its hands even fuller than usual in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
Vector is everything we hoped hed be: faithful companion, boisterous playmate, persuasive beggar of all things edible. Wounds from his hardscrabble history bitten-off tail, missing toe, scarred snout make him even more endearing, serving as outward signs of his inner resilience.

Credit: Christopher Dale

What I didnt anticipate was the lessons Vector would teach me. Ive been humbled by his uncanny empathy and amazing adaptability, and soon hell start bestowing doggie doctrines upon my toddler, Nicholas.
In fact, Vector is already a blessing my sons life. Here are three ways my rescue dog is making me a better father.

The importance of discipline ...

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Dog owners with children know that our canines and our kids are locked in an unbreakable tie for Cutest Living Thing Ever. Vector and Nicholas have been waging this age-old war since the latter's birth. Saying no to either is heart-achingly hard.
In disciplining our dogs, rescue owners face an additional emotional layer a conscientious compassion telling us these salvaged souls have suffered enough. Vector survived three years in a place literally...


Claim: Hydrogen powered cars for the masses one step closer to reality "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

From the UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES and the flux capacitor department. Hydrogen cars for the masses one step closer to reality, thanks to UCLA invention 2-in-1 device also uses supercapacitor to store energy that could power computers and smartphones UCLA researchers have designed a device that can use solar energy to inexpensively and


The Mattole Forest Defenders Need Your Help "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

submitted by Mattole Ancient Forest Campaign / Earth First! Newswire

If youve read the Earth First! Journal, the Earth First! Newswire, or the Earth First! Newsletter over the past decade or so, youve surely heard about the fight to protect the Mattole Forest. If reading about the trees, wild animals, and forest defenders risking their lives to protect them makes you itch to head westnows your chance!

A few weeks ago, allies in the Mattole Valley obtained written assurances that Humboldt Redwood company will not try to log, build roads, or spray herbicides in the Long Ridge area until next year. Consequently the forest defenders have removed the blockade and shifted attention to shoring up the defenses in other ways; like community outreach, organizing trainings, gathering data in the field to fight the companies misinformation campaign, and much more.

This summer the forest defenders mistakenly believed that the logging permits would begin expiring this year, five years after they had been approved. However, it turns out the permits can last for seven years now, which means the forest could remain under imminent threat until 2021, unless there is some kind of resolution. All the more reason to quit your job, abandon your lease, and head to the woods!

Preparations for next year will begin with a training camp for early January. Its still in the preliminary planning stages so we will announce the date and location once weve decided, but you can play a part in helping to make it happen.

The Save the Mattole Ancient Forest Campaign are...


Magnitude 7.0 86km ENE of Tadine, New Caledonia November 19, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

USGS Event Page
2017-11-19 22:43:29 UTC
Magnitude 7.0
86km ENE of Tadine, New Caledonia
-21.334S   168.683E

10.0 km depth

Seismotectonics of the Eastern Margin of the Australia Plate
USGS The eastern margin of the Australia plate is one of the most sesimically active areas of the world due to high rates of convergence between the Australia and Pacific plates.



Blockade the Catastrophe: Anti-Fracking Barricade of Port Continues in Olympia, WA "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


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The Olympia Commune 2.0 is now in its third full day, and the blockade is holding strong. A reportback from the first day can be read on Puget Sound Anarchists, as well as texts from two fliers that have been handed out at camp.

Last years blockade of a fracking train in solidarity with Standing Rock lasted for seven days before it was evicted in an explosive street battle with the police. 12 people were arrested and are still dealing with the legal fallout.

This morning the local Olympian newspaper published a front page article about the blockade, claiming that there are in fact no fracking materials scheduled to be shipped out. The fact is that the fracking sands are still in the port, and have been getting shipped out continuously since last year, and whether or not a train loaded with fracking sands is imminently waiting to leave, any action that clogs the arteries of capitalism is an action in defense of the earth.

A white man in his 60s, fired up from reading the Olympian article, showed up at camp this morning and tried to dismantle some of the barricade. A true garbage centrist, he claimed to be against pollution and understood that fracking poisons water, but just didnt like that those darn kids were uglying up his town by throwing pallets on the train tracks. A group that included people in black and a middle-aged native woman in ceremonial dress confronted and de-escalated the man. He eventually left after shaking hands. A few hours later other angrier white men with work gloves tried to tear down the barricades and threatened to bring ten trucks with plows on the front to drive through the barricade and destroy the camp. Red-faced with rage, they shouted You have ten minutes! and Youre out of contro...


Nebraska Approves Keystone XL Pipeline, Despite Opposition "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Pipeline opponents have 30 days to appeal the decision


'Serious temperature anomaly' in parts of Siberia, Russia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A Siberian High, also known as Siberian Anticyclone, caused serious temperature anomaly Central Siberia on November 18, 2017, causing average daily temperatures to drop 10 - 12 C (18 - 21.6 F) below the climatic norm. Over the past couple of days,...... Read more

Severe hailstorm hits Mersin, Turkey, producing huge hail accumulations "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

An isolated severe supercell passed over parts of southern Turkey on Sunday, November 19, 2017, dumping heavy rain and large hailstones, and producing enormous hail accumulations in the port city of Mersin, on the Mediterranean coast. The rain started falling in the...... Read more


Another Wolf Was Just Mysteriously Killed In Oregon "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Another endangered gray wolf was just found dead in Oregon. This is the latest in a string of mysterious wolf killings in the region and state officials are trying to find out who's responsible. 

The wolf, known as OR-23, was found on November 14 in Wallowa County, Oregon, apparently dead of a gunshot wound.  

"We are upset and frustrated by the unlawful wolf killings in Oregon," Doug Cottam, wildlife division administrator for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), said. "Poaching of any wildlife is wrong and harmful to their conservation."

The body of OR-23 was found just a week after another wolf, a 4-year-old male known as OR-25, was found dead. Mere days earlier, an elk hunter shot dead a female wolf, reportedly believing her to be a coyote. And earlier this year OR-33 was found dead. Last fall, the body of a mother wolf, OR-28, was also discovered. Barring the elk hunter, who was excused because he claimed self-defense, no one knows who is responsible for all these deaths. 

The situation becomes complicated because state officials in Oregon sometimes allow the killing of wolves in certain parts of the state when wolves prey on grazing cattle.

A study has found that when the state orders these killings it can actually increase illegal killings of wolves. "State-sanctioned killing is more likely to increase poaching than reduce it," Maggie Howell, executive director of the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC), told The Dodo recently.

According to Center for Biological Diversity, at least nine wolves have been poached or died under mysterious circumstances in Oregon since 2015. These deaths can reverberate through the packs and...


Petition for Release of Spains Political Prisoners and Fair Elections in Catalonia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Catalonia is an autonomous community of Spain that held an independence referendum on the 1st of October, despite being ruled illegal by the Spanish courts. Four weeks later, Catalonia unilaterally declared independence from Spain. The following petition demands... Read More

The post Petition for Release of Spains Political Prisoners and Fair Elections in Catalonia appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.


Science suggests the universe has a computational power "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

What is the computational power of the universe? What if we consider the cosmos to be the output of a 13.7-billion-year computation? Can a close look at the universe give us solutions to problems too difficult even for a planet-sized computer to solve? NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY (NIST) Can a close look at the


Trade agreements that impact seed laws in Africa "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The autonomy of African states on seed policy is limited by trade deals, such as free trade agreements or investment treaties, signed by States. Certainly, in principle, each country has sovereignty to sign or not sign these agreements. But they are very often forced to conclude them for financial, geopolitical, security or other reasons. GRAIN published a baseline study of these agreements, either signed or in the process of being negotiated, in June 2016 (see Trade agreements that privatise biodiversity outside the WTO, Annex 1). Today, what is the situation?


Gene Drives Are Too Risky For Field Trials, Scientists Say "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


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In 2013, scientists discovered a new way to precisely edit genes technology called Crispr that raised all sorts of enticing possibilities. Scientists wondered if it might be used to fix hereditary diseases, for example, or to develop new crops.

One of the more intriguing ideas came from Kevin M. Esvelt and his colleagues at Harvard University: Crispr, they suggested, could be used to save endangered wildlife from extinction by implanting a fertility-reducing gene in invasive animals a so-called gene drive.

When the genetically altered animals were released back into the wild, the fertility-reducing gene would spread through the population, eradicating the pests.

The idea appealed to conservation biologists who had spent decades fighting a losing battle against exotic species. Some labs began running preliminary experiments. But now, three years later, Dr. Esvelt wishes he hadnt broached the idea.

I feel like Ive blown it, Dr. Esvelt, now an assistant professor at M.I.T., said in an interview. Championing the notion was an embarrassing mistake.

His regret arises from a study that he and his colleagues published on Thursday on the preprint bioRxiv server.

They created a detailed mathematical model describing what happens following the release of Crispr-altered organisms. And they discovered an unacceptable risk: Altered genes might spread to places where the speci...


FIRE-EARTH Tribunal in Absentia: RPP of Planet Earth Expert Witnesses VIII "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CJ OCT TML FIRE-EARTH Tribunal: Rape, Pillage and Plunder of Planet Earth (Session 6) FIRE-EARTH Tribunal in Absentia for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Crimes Against Nature, RPP of Planet Earth Details including Record of Proceedings available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. All Groups Latest FIRE-EARTH ALERTS, BULLETINS and MESSAGES available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.  Filed under: News []


An indicator of rock bottom for the solar minimum "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Solar minimum surprisingly constant More than half a century of observation yields new discovery NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF NATURAL SCIENCES Using more than half a century of observations, Japanese astronomers have discovered that the microwaves coming from the Sun at the minimums of the past five solar cycles have been the same each time, despite large


Powerful tornado hits Kelapa Dua island, near Jakarta, damaging 34 houses "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A powerful tornado swept through parts of Kelapa Dua island, north of Jakarta, Indonesia on Sunday, November 19, 2017. This is the second damaging tornado to hit the islands within a week and it comes after three waterspouts were spotted in waters off the Thousand...... Read more


Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #292 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Brought to You by SEPP ( The Science and Environmental Policy Project Quote of the Week. Its easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. Mark Twain [H/t Joe DAleo] Number of the Week: 82% THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, President COP-23: After two weeks of the participants declaring


Territories of solidarity: letter from Quebec (Canada) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

On this November 20, when Brazil celebrates the Day of Black Consciousness, the institutions and organizations that sign this letter come to express their solidarity with the social movements of Brazil, especially the peoples and communities of the country, waters and forests.


Planned Pipeline near D.C. Putting Potomac River at Risk "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Protesters gather Saturday to pressure Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to block TransCanadas proposed Potomac pipeline

Protesters Target Proposed Potomac River Pipeline

From an Article by Emily Wells, Truthdig, November 8, 2017

More than 100 people gathered Saturday on the banks of the Potomac River to protest a proposed 3.5-mile underground natural gas pipeline that would cross far below the river in the DMV areaa local abbreviation that stands for Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. The pipeline project, which has gone largely uncovered by mainstream media, would be built by TransCanada, a company behind the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

This fracked gas pipeline would go through very porous bedrock under the Potomac River. Whennot ifthe pipeline leaks, it would be dangerously easy for any pollutants to get into our drinking water, putting 6 million peoples health at risk. DMV residents came together today to stand up for our water and against reckless, unnecessary fossil fuel projects, said Ntebo Mokuena, a member of 350 DC, one of the groups that sponsored Saturdays protest, in a press release.

Sebastian Medina-Tayac, an event organizer and a member of the Piscataway Indian Nation and a group called Rising Hearts, added, As the original people of this region, we depend on the river for our spiritual and material sustenance. Any threat to the river is a threat to our way of life and the future of our nation. Our elders tell us we come from the river and that it flows through our veins, the same way it flows through this great land now known as Maryland and Washington DC.

The press release continues:

DMV-area groups and concerned residents have been building pressure on [Maryland Gov. Larry] Hogan to follow the lead of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has rejected Clean Water Act water quality certificates for several proposed pipelines, blocking their construction. A similar water quality certificate rejection from Hogan would stop the Eastern Panhandle Extension from being built.

This pipeline and fracked gas pipelines in general are becoming the new threat to this country. Its not going to benefit Marylanders whatsoever, Denise Robbins, spokeswoman for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, told the Sun.

H. Wood Thrasher, West Virginia...


Latest Daft Green Marketing Idea: Pictures of Natural Disasters on the Sides of New Cars "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Professor Simon Dalby thinks the way to discourage buying petrol cars is to decorate new cars with mandatory images of climate disasters. Thank you for not driving: Climate change requires anti-smoking tactics November 20, 2017 9.21am AEDT ust before the delegates for the annual Conference of the Parties on climate


NASA detects solar flare pulses at Sun and Earth "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When our Sun erupts with giant explosionssuch as bursts of radiation called solar flareswe know they can affect space throughout the solar system as well as near Earth. But monitoring their effects requires having observatories in many places with many...... Read more

Three decades of measurements show ozone's ups and downs "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Climate scientists studying three decades of ozone measurements from seven satellites see a positive trend in global recovery after international efforts to curb ozone-depleting substances. The part of Earths atmosphere with high concentrations of ozone gas...... Read more


Very strong M7.0 earthquake hits New Caledonia, small tsunami produced "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.0 hit the Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia at 22:43 UTC (09:43 local time) on November 19, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M7.0 at a depth of 12 km (7.4...... Read more


Poland ordered to pay 100,000 euro/day if it continues to destroy Bialowieza forest "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Brussels/Luxembourg - The EU Court of Justice decided to impose a daily penalty of EUR 100,000 on Poland if the government continues to defy a ban against logging activities in the EU protected Bialowieza Forest.

The Court also reiterated its order to immediately halt most logging activities in the forest except close to roads for safety reasons and until a final decision is taken. As one of the last remaining primeval forests in Europe, WWF fully supports the courts decision to take a strong stand for forest protection to ensure the well-being and health of local wildlife and communities.
WWF has evidence that logging activities banned by the Court have taken place, like the extraction of over-100-years dead spruces and logging in the Bialowieza Forest District.
Dariusz Gatkowski, Biodiversity Specialist at WWF-Poland said: Polish citizens, most of them against logging in Bialowieza Forest, risk paying penalties if Polish authorities continue to ignore the official order by the European Court and all previous warnings by the European Commission and the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. The Court decision is a signal to the Polish Ministry of the Environment that disrespect for the law and our countrys valuable natural treasures cannot be tolerated.

WWF also highlights that the case of Bialowieza is not isolated and that many other natural areas in Europe are similarly threatened due to illegal industrial activities and governments failure to properly apply and enforce national and European law.
Sabien Leemans, Senior Biodiversity Policy Officer at the WWF European Policy Office, added: Todays court decision is an important signal for many other natural places and species threatened by national governments failing to comply with the EU Nature directives. It's time for the Commission to get much tougher toward these member states showing that any breach will have serious consequences to ensure governments focus on the long-term protection of these sites so that people and nature can both thrive.

The EU Court of Justices decision to adopt so-called interim actions and to order the immediate stop of most logging activities is a measure the court uses in very rare cases when there is a serious risk that ongoing activities could cause serious and irreparable damage. This decision further co...

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Sunday, 19 November


Irony can be so Ironic Trumps solution to AGW: Drill, Baby, Drill! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guest commentary by David Middleton Daily Comment In Bonn, Trumps Answer to Global Warming? Drill, Baby, Drill! By Elizabeth Kolbert November 15, 2017 Every year around this time, negotiators from across the globe meet in one city or anotherMontreal, Marrakech, Copenhagen, Paristo resolve that the world really ought come up with a plan to do something about

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Friday, 17 November


The Paris Agreement Does Not Recognize Indigenous Rights "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

November 17, 2017, The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 23rd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) has come to an end. And while progress has been made on the UNFCCC traditional knowledge Platform for engagement of local communities and Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Peoples rights are not fully recognized in the final platform document of COP 23. The burden of implementation falls on local communities and indigenous peoples.


Global platform for New York Declaration on Forests launched "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announces the launch of a Global Platform for the New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF Platform), at the UN Climate Change Conference, COP23 in Bonn, Germany. The NYDF Platform aims to accelerate achievement of the goals expressed in the New York Declaration on Forests, a landmark commitment to forest protection and restoration launched at the 2014 UN Secretary-Generals Climate Summit.

The launch of the Global Platform provides a central coordination mechanism to increase political ambition, accelerate action, forge new partnerships, and monitor progress towards the ten ambitious goals of the NYDF. The NYDF Platform will be convened by UNDP, which will serve as its secretariat, in partnership with Meridian Institute and Climate Advisers. The NYDF Platform will also collaborate closely with the NYDF Assessment Partners (, a network of civil society groups and research institutions that annually publishes the NYDF Progress Assessment, an independent evaluation of progress toward meeting the NYDF goals.

Without a doubt, protecting, restoring and sustainably managing the worlds tropical forests is one of the most important climate solutions available to us today. We cannot achieve the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to 2 degrees without focused collaborative efforts on forests, said State Secretary Flasbarth of the German Ministry for the Environment, Germany intends to support the launch of the NYDF Platform as a signal of real intention by NYDF endorsers to accelerate action to protect and restore the worlds forests.

The New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) is an innovative partnership of multinational companies, governments, civil society and indigenous peoples pledging to cut natural forest loss in half by 2020 and to end it by 2030. The NYDF commitment, if realized, will eliminate the emission of between 4.5 and 8.8 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide each year, equivalent to removing the carbon emissions produced by one billion cars.

The NYDF has been endorsed by over 190 entities, including 40 countries in the developed and developing world including the United States, the European Union, and key tropical forest countries including Colombia, Peru and Indonesia as well as by major multinationals from food, paper, finance and other industries; civil society organizations; and indigenous peoples from around the world.

Meeting the worlds climate and forest goals will only be possible through the collaborative...

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Wednesday, 15 November


Indonesia shipped verified legal timber worth more than 1 billion euros to EU in first year of FLEGT licensing "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Indonesia has shipped verified legal timber and timber products worth more than 1 billion euros to the EU since it began issuing such products with FLEGT licences one year ago.

The licences confirm that the products comply with relevant laws and automatically meet the requirements of the EU Timber Regulation, which prohibits the placement of illegal timber products on the EU market. 

The FLEGT licensing scheme is an outcome of the Indonesia-EU Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) on forest governance, law enforcement and trade.

Indonesia and the EU are in close and regular communication to further strengthen the licensing system, working together to address some practical implementation issues that were identified as Indonesias FLEGT timber enters the EU market. 

Meanwhile, the FLEGT Independent Market Monitor has surveyed operators in the EU and found that the large majority of respondents welcomed the start of FLEGT-licensing in Indonesia.

Under the VPA, Indonesia has implemented a nationwide timber legality assurance system and other reforms that have increased transparency, accountability and stakeholder participation in the forest sector.

Indonesia: First shipments of FLEGT licensed timber by MFP3

Monday, 13 November


New Pirelli policy progressive step forward in the fight against land grabs and deforestation "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Global Witness welcomes a new sourcing policy on rubber launched by Italian tyre giant Pirelli. The policy, which commits Pirelli to no land-grabs, no-deforestation, could help prevent the kinds of human rights abuses and environmental destruction that Global Witness investigations into rubber expansion have helped expose. The company has also adopted a no burn policy, as well as no development on peatland a major source of greenhouse gases.

Pirellis policy has been developed in association with Global Witness and other organisations

Ali Hines of the Global Witness land team said: Global Witnesss investigations have revealed the violent land grabs and devastation of forests caused by the rapidly expanding operations of unscrupulous rubber companies in the Mekong region. Left unchecked, this rubber risks being bought by tyre companies that have become household names globally. Global Witness commends Pirelli for developing a progressive sourcing policy for natural rubber which will help ensure its supply chains are free from tainted rubber.

Pirelli is not the only company to have adopted a sourcing policy for natural rubber. Michelin, the French tyre manufacturer, introduced its own sourcing policy on natural rubber in 2016, marking a major shift in the largely unregulated industry. In addition, last month saw Chinese industry launch guidelines for Chinese rubber companies operating overseas as well as international rubber companies.

Bridgestone, Continental and Goodyear are yet to introduce rigorous standards to prevent tainted rubber from entering their supply chains.

Hines said: Whilst we welcome Pirellis new policy, the real importance lies in its implementation. Companies must prove their supply chains are clean, through robust sourcing policies as well as through regular reporting. Only then can they be sure that they are on track to eliminating deforestation and land grabs from their supply chains. And with two of the biggest tyre companies having taken the lead on this...

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