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Thursday, 13 December


Birds on Broadway: A Q&A with the Audubon Mural Projects Avi Gitler "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Naturalist and painter John James Audubon published Birds of America in the 19th century. Audubon had set out to paint every bird in North America, and the book contained 435 life-size water colors made from dead specimens, though he tried to make the illustrations look as alive as possible. Now, a public art project is bringing new bird life to uptown Manhattan in John James Audubons old neighborhood in New York City. The Audubon Mural Project is an ongoing collaboration between the National Audobon Society and Gitler &____ Gallery. So far, 80 murals of 101 bird species have been painted, spanning 133rd to 165th street on Broadway. The project will eventually end at 193rd street, at the end of Audubon Avenue. Theres also an Audubon Sculpture Project in the works, which will be completed next year. Avi Gitler is the co-producer of the Audubon Mural Project and the Audubon Sculpture Project, both of which are focused on birds of North America threatened by climate change. Gitler is the owner of Gitler &____ Gallery, which is located between 149th and 150th streets on Broadway, in the Hamilton Heights area of New York City. Gitler was raised in Hamilton Heights, a place that he has great affection for. These public art projects did not start with a grand plan, Gitler says. In 2014, an artist painted a flamingo to bring attention to Gitlers newly opened gallery. The gallery owner and an artist-friend made a connection to the life of John James Audubon,

Guatemala: An indigenous community rejects, then accepts, a protected area "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

RO SARSTN, Guatemala Riding in a small motorboat along the Atlantic coast of Guatemala, Francisco Cuz Acal looked over his left shoulder at the lush forest cover whizzing by. To his right lay nothing but open water. Straight ahead, far off in the distance, he could just barely make out the Belizean coastline behind a misty haze. Cuz Acal was cruising along the eastern edge of the Ro Sarstn Multiple Use Area, 350 square kilometers (135 square miles)of land home to more than 300 species of tropical birds and other animalsthat the Guatemalan government declared a protected area in 2005. The 41-year-old has always lived off the land in La Guaira Cocol, a community along the Ro Sarstn, providing for his family through fishing, agriculture and selling wood when necessary. The local indigenous Qeqchi community, 78 percent of the population in the 21 communities along the Ro Sarstn, has always felt an affinity and respect for its land. But as the population has grown, the community has not always considered how its practices could impact the environment. There could arrive a time when none of this exists, and our kids who are growing up wont see any of it if it all is destroyed,said Cuz Acal, a Qeqchi and vice president of La Guaira Cocols local government. Thats why its important to take care of it and maintain it, so that when they are older, theyll know what nature is like, what the forest is like, and what the

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Wednesday, 12 December


Frances Yellow Vest Protesters Want to Fight Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Emily Atkin / New Republic

Nearly 2,000 people were arrested during anti-government protests in France over the weekend, the fourth in a row that the Yellow Vest demonstrations have turned violent. French President Emmanuel Macron has not yet addressed his countrys growing crisis. (He is expected to do so on Monday.) But Americas president did so on Saturday, arguing that the violence is proof that no one wants to fight climate change.

Trump isnt the first to characterize Frances protests as a populist uprising against environmentalism. Last week, T...


Connecticut: 300 People Protest Yales Investments in Fossil Fuels and Puerto Rican Debt "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Lorenzo Arvanitis and Selena Cho / Yale Daily News

photo by Marisa Peryer

The Yale Police Department arrested 48 people the vast majority of whom were Yale undergraduates on Friday, ending a five-hour sit-in at the lobby of the Yale Investments Office. A coalition of student groups, including Fossil Free Yale and Despierta Boricua, organized the event to protest Yales holdings in the fossil fuel industry and Puerto Rican debt.

Forty-three students, two graduate students, two New Haven residents and one faculty member history professor Jennifer Klein were cited for trespassing after refusing to leave the lobby of the Yale Investments Office after 5 p.m. the time the Investments Office closes. In an interview with the News, University spokesperson Tom Conroy said police officers informed the students that the building was closing at 5 p.m., and that they would be given a ticket if they chose to remain in the lobby.

The Friday rally was another chapter in a six-year student campaign to urge the University to instruct its fund managers to cancel their holdings in Puerto Ricos debt and divest from the fossil fuel industry. Yale holds an undisclosed number of shares in Exxon Mobil Corp., the largest oil company in the world, and directly invests $78 million in natural gas producer Antero Resources, according to Yales most recent 13F filings to the Securities and Exchange Committee. The Universitys Form 990 for tax year 2015 also indicates that, as of June 2016, the University had about 3 percent of its endowment invested in a fund operated by the Baupost Group, a hedge fund which owns nearly $1 billion of Puerto Ricos $70 billion debt.

Yale profits off of climate destruction and the continued exploitation of Puerto Rico, members of Fossil Free Yale said in a statement. We envision and demand a Unive...


Secret Camera Catches Who Was Really 'Vandalizing' Family's Christmas Lights "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

It was almost the perfect crime until someone caught it all on camera.

Last week, police in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana, got a call from an upset family whose Christmas lights kept getting destroyed by vandals overnight. A crook had struck the property five times within the past month, cutting the strand of lights in half near the sidewalk.

The frustrated family decided to set up a camera to catch the brazen vandal once and for all. Sure enough, he returned that night, but it was the last suspect they couldve imagined: a wild rabbit.

On the night vision security footage, the rabbit is seen standing at the edge of the sidewalk in the familys yard. Realizing the coast is clear, he sneakily hops over to the ground-level lights and nibbles at the wire for a few seconds. Once hes satisfied, he quickly takes off into the night.

The footage surely got a laugh from Sheriff Greg Champagne, who later shared the video on his Facebook page jokingly asking for citizens to come forward to help police identify the rabbit. The post has since gone viral, with over 13,000 views in one week.

Credit: Facebook/Greg Champagne

We have been diligently investigating, Champagne joked. Finally, after cameras were put in place, the perpetrator was filmed in the act. Anyone that can assist us in identifying this brazen criminal is asked to contact us.

The video comes as no surprise to pet rabbit owners, who know just how much the critters love to nibble on stray electrical cords if theyre not kept out of reach. Wires likely attract rabbits because they resemble hanging tree branches or roots, which both domestic and wild rabbits enjoy chewing on.



FIRE-EARTH Conference: Giga Trends The Gaza Strip Scenario "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

IN PROGRESS TIA [September 24, Confidential 10] RNR [December 3, Confidential 10] GTEG [December 11, Confidential 10] Nominated Groups: Executive Based on earth dwellers inability to change direction, economy and lifestyle, together with assessment of the elite Zeitgeist, the available data and trends, as well as History of civilization (past experience) Current socioeconomic developments (present []


B.S. Alert: The Katowice Declaration on Forests for Climate "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CHRIS LANGREDD-MONITOR.ORG Before the UN climate meeting started in Katowice last week, the Polish government put out a statement about its presidency of COP24. Predictably, the Polish governments statement makes no mention of the necessity of keeping fossil... Read More


Feed a fishery, starve a seabird "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Competition for fish stocks with fisheries to feed humans could be forcing seabirds to go hungry, according to new research. The study, published Dec. 6 in the journal Current Biology, reveals that seabirds share of fish has dropped by nearly 20 percent over a span of 40 years. Expanding large-scale fisheries, meanwhile, have increased their haul by 10 percent in the same period. What makes those facts doubly concerning is that seabird communities have dwindled, said David Grmillet, the studys lead author. Research published in 2015 found a 69 percent slide in their numbers since 1950. African penguins (Spheniscus demersus), such as the one pictured here, are facing extinction. Research has found that penguin numbers dropped by a quarter since 1950. Image by David Grmillet/CNRS. In a statement from the University of British Columbia, Grmillet, a biological oceanographer at CNRS, the French National Center for Scientific Research, likened fisheries impact on seabirds to a boa tightening its grip on prey. The research overlaid maps of the feeding areas of 276 species of seabirds with the take zones of human fisheries and compared them over two periods, the 1970s and 1980s, and the 1990s and the 2000s. The team tallied up the amount eaten by seabirds around the world, as well as how much fish humans are thought to have pulled from the oceans, during those stretches. Seabirds had an average of around 70 million metric tons (77 million tons) available to them each year between 1970 and 1989. That figure


In the Depths of the Colombian Jungle: An Encounter With the ELN "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Brasil de Fatos Vivian Fernandes recently travelled through the province of Choco, one of the bases of the guerrilla group, ELN. In the first of a series of articles, she narrates the experience of first meeting the guerilla... Read More


Zoo Elephant Loses Her Entire Family And Now Her Best Friend Too "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Lammie the elephant has lost everyone she knows her parents, her brothers and now her longtime partner, Kinkel. Not surprisingly, she is devastated.

Johannesburg Zoo, where Lammie has lived for the entire 39 years of her life, believes it can help Lammie by getting another captive elephant to be her friend. Yet animal welfare advocates believe this could do more harm than good for both Lammie and the newcomer.

Credit: HSI

While Lammie has only known life at Johannesburg Zoo, her parents, Jumbo and Dolly, lived in the wild until they were captured and brought to the zoo in the 1970s. They had four babies together, including Lammie and her two younger brothers, Umfaan and Johnti, as well as a stillborn calf.

In 1990, Umfaan was sold to a facility in Johannesburg when he was 6 years old its not clear if hes still alive. Johnti was sold that same year to Peaugres Zoo in France. He was only 18 months old at the time, and he died six months after his arrival at the zoo from an unknown cause.

Credit: HSI

A decade later, Jumbo and Dolly died, too. In 1999, Jumbo passed away from an infection and enteritis, and Dolly was euthanized the following year after Lammie accidentally fell on her during a medical procedure, causing Dolly to dislocate her knee, Humane Society International (HSI).

Audrey Delsink, executive director of HSI/Africa believes that Lammie would have deeply mourned the loss of each family member.

Elephants are social and sentient beings, and studies have demonstrated that wild elephants demonstrate behaviors associated with grief, self-awareness and compassion, Delsink told The Dodo. Thus, it is not unreasonable to state that Lammie has likely suffered significant grief.



Are you getting cheap petrol so Saudi can sabotage climate talks? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Are you getting cheap petrol so Saudi can sabotage climate talks?

brendan 12th December 2018
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Climate justice and migration in the media "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Climate justice and migration in the media

brendan 12th December 2018
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Homeless Man Is Admitted To Hospital But People Realize He's Not Alone "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

This week, healthcare worker Cris Mamprim and her colleagues at Hospital Regional Alto Vale in Brazil bore witness to a touching scene that none will soon forget.

It was a glimpse at love in its purest form.

Credit: Cris Mamprim/Hospital Regional Alto Vale

At around 3 a.m. on Sunday, a homeless man named Csar entered the hospital to receive treatment and medication for a health problem he's been battling. Normally, the man is attended to at another facility in town, so Mamprim and the other staffers asked about his condition and his story.

And they soon realized that their new patient wasn't alone.

Despite his lack of material possessions, Csar's life was rich with friendship. Looking just outside the hospital's front door, the staff saw a group of faithful canine companions were eagerly awaiting his safe return.

Credit: Cris Mamprim

Mamprim came to learn that the man had taken it upon himself to care for the dogs, who otherwise would be without a friend in the world.

In fact, Csar admitted that he often forgoes food for himself to ensure the pups in company stay well fed.

"They are all well taken care of and chubby," Mamprim told The Dodo. "Seeing them like that, waiting at the door, only shows how much they are cared for and loved."

Credit: Cris Mamprim

The pups were eager, but also patient settling at the doorway to wait for their friend. But they wouldn't have to wait for long.

While the staff got Csar squared away with the medication he needed, they decided to invite his dogs inside as to not keep them apart. In the meantime, they offered some food to Csar (and by extension, his canine crew)....


Heavy police presence at Katowice climate march "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Heavy police presence at Katowice climate march

Louise Gill 12th December 2018
Teaser Media


The Carbon Brief Interview: Saudi Arabias Ayman Shasly "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Ayman Shasly is a senior negotiator for Saudi Arabia at both the UNFCCC and IPCC. In his role as an international policies consultant with the ministry of petroleum and mineral resources in Saudi Arabia, he is a board member of the Green Climate Fund. He has also worked in China for Saudi Aramco, one of the worlds largest oil companies.

  • Shasly on why Saudi Arabia does not want to formally welcome the IPCC special report on 1.5C: You would not say things like, you welcome itbecause that [means] we are giving legitimacy to some scientific reportthat had its own issues of scientific gaps, knowledge gaps.
  • On his countrys issue with the 1.5C report: It didnt say that how much space we need to make for developing countries to continue their development, without hitting 1.5C. That was not mentioned in the report.
  • On his countrys problem with the 1.5C reports storyline: We all know it will cost the world a great deal of cost and all elements to achieve 1.5CThe storyline of the entire report shows that it is achievable, its doable, lets all do it together, which is not fair. What is the equity in this? Where is history in this?
  • On using up the remaining 1.5C carbon budget: Were all competing for this limited space. [The 1.5C report] did not really send a signal that someone needs to take more serious, more ambitious actions, for them to reverse their emissions, so that they make room for developing countries to develop.
  • On Saudi Arabias vulnerability to climate change: As a matter of fact, we are impacted by climate change, perhaps more than anybody else. We are a desert country that heavily relies on this single source of income. We have such a vulnerable economy, fragile economy, and with oil, we eat, we feed, we travel, we educated our people, we have medical care and everything.
  • On when the world should end the use of fossil fuels: Well, we hope we get rid of fossil fuel before anybody else. We dont want to be dependentWe are undergoing for Saudi Arabia, in particular were undergoing a...


The Arctic Region Ice Appears to be Rapidly Melting "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Sea ice along Greenlands coast this year!

Warming in Arctic Raises Fears of a Rapid Unraveling of the Region

From an Article by John Schwartz and Henry Fountain, New York Times, December 11, 2018

Persistent warming in the Arctic is pushing the region into uncharted territory and increasingly affecting the continental United States, scientists said Tuesday.

Were seeing this continued increase of warmth pervading across the entire Arctic system, said Emily Osborne, an official with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, who presented the agencys annual assessment of the state of the region, the Arctic Report Card.

The Arctic has been warmer over the last five years than at any time since records began in 1900, the report found, and the region is warming at twice the rate as the rest of the planet.

Dr. Osborne, the lead editor of the report and manager of NOAAs Arctic Research Program, said the Arctic was undergoing its most unprecedented transition in human history.

In 2018, warming air and ocean temperatures continued to drive broad long-term change across the polar region, pushing the Arctic into uncharted territory, she said at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union in Washington.

The rising air temperatures are having profound effects on sea ice, and on life on land and in the ocean, scientists said. The impacts can be felt far beyond the region, especially since the changing Arctic climate may be influencing extreme weather events around the world.

The new edition of the report does not present a radical break with past installments, but it shows that troublesome trends wrought by climate change are intensifying. Air temperatures in the Arctic in 2018 will be the second-warmest ever recorded, the report said, behind only 2016.

Susan M. Natali, an Arctic scientist at Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts who was not involved in the research, said the report was another warning going unheeded. Every time you see a report, things get worse, and were still not taking any action, she said. It adds support that these changes are happening, that they are observable.



We see its value: Ugandan communities benefiting from agroforestry "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

BUTANDA, Uganda On a forested hill in the highlands of Butanda, in western Uganda, James Rwebishengye and Florence Atwine have created a diverse forest canopy of more than 200 trees and smaller plants. These include trees like dragons blood (Dracaena cinnabari), wild banana (Musa balbisiana) and tamarillo, or tree tomato (Solanum betaceum), along with the smaller Terlingua Creek cats-eye (Cryptantha crassipes) and local papaya and bamboo species. Beneath the trees grow various types of crops: vegetables like cabbages and carrots, legumes like beans and peas, and medicinal plants including chayote (Sechium edule), white horehound (Marrubium vulgare), elephant grass (Pennisetum purpureum), and winter cherries (Solanum pseudocapsicum). But this piece of land holds far more significance to Rwebishengye and Atwine than merely being a supply of food for home consumption and sale. The pair inherited this forest-mimicking garden based on the tradition of agroforestry where taller trees and palms are grown in combination with mid-level shrubs, all of which yield useful products from fruit to timber or medicine, with vegetables and medicinals on the forest floor below from Rwebishengyes late father, and the garden dates back several generations. Agroforestry plot in Masaka, Uganda. Image via The Future Society I am now 60 years old, Rwebishengye says. Our forefathers used to practice this type of farming before and we have lived on it and maintained it up to now because we see [its] value, and most importantly, we benefit from the medicinal trees more than you can imagine. A 2005 study


Legendary Kangaroo Who Just Passed Away Is Getting So Much Internet Love "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The world is currently mourning the passing of Roger the kangaroo, a resident of The Kangaroo Sanctuary and a beloved public figure for many years. He passed away over the weekend at the age of 12, which is a good, long life for a kangaroo. 

Pictures of Roger and his incredible physique he was 6 feet, 7 inches tall and extremely muscular have been impressing and delighting the internet for years, and this strong, handsome kangaroo is going to be missed by so many people. 

Credit: The Kangaroo Sanctuary

Chris Brolga Barns, the founder of The Kangaroo Sanctuary, announced the news of Rogers passing in a sweet tribute, and ever since then, everyone who loved Roger has been posting their own tributes to him on social media. 

The tributes ranged from sweet

to nostalgic  



Hiker Spots Something Crazy On Forest Floor "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A woman in Australia was taking a hike on Mount Majura recently when she spotted something that some people could find very alarming.

But Erin-Claire Barrow writes and illustrates fairy tales about brave female protagonists facing their fears and so when she saw a huge, almost mythical spider on the ground, she was curious rather than terrified.

Credit: Erin-Claire Barrow

Barrow even got closer so that she could take some photos.

"My friend was saying, 'Be careful, what if it jumps!?'" Barrow told The Dodo. "I got really close to take the picture ... I thought it was kind of cute with its little face!"

Credit: Erin-Claire Barrow

Closer inspection revealed the large wolf spider was a mother and dozens of tiny baby spiders were catching a piggyback ride on her back. 

Barrow reflected that even though she was willing to get close to the mother spider, she wouldn't trade places with her: "I wouldn't like for those babies to be crawling on me!"

Credit: Erin-Claire Barrow

Some people who have seen Barrow's photos didn't think the little family was quite as cute as she did.

"I've seen so many awful comments on Facebook about killing spiders in response to the pic," Barrow said. "I love the comments about her being cute and maternal she's not hurting anyone!"


Boy Breaks Down After Santa Surprises Him With New Best Friend "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

This year, Christmas came early for 12-year-old Austin Brooks but not for him alone.

In that same instant, a sweet cat named Gizzard received the very best gift as well.

Credit: Mari Brooks

Austin's mom, Mari Brooks, works at the Humane Society of Genesee County, Michigan. For the last two years, Austin has spent much of his free time there, too, volunteering to take the shelter's dogs on walks and socialize with the kitties.

Earlier last month, however, something sad happened at home.

"Our cat passed away," Brooks told The Dodo.

Despite being understandably heartbroken over the loss, Austin still continued to help other pets in need.

Credit: Facebook/Pat and AJ

Not long after, Austin helped the shelter put on a yoga session featuring adoptable kitties. It was there that he met Gizzard and fell immediately in love.

Brooks quickly noticed her son's connection with Gizzard, realizing the two could truly be lifelong friends. So, unbeknownst to Austin, she made arrangements to adopt the cat into their family.

Then Brooks got to thinking about how she might inform her son of the good news and the perfect opportunity arose.

Credit: Mari Brooks

A few days later, the shelter hosted a holiday event featuring Santa Claus. Austin was there too, of course, and he happily joined in on what he thought was just going to be a photo shoot with Santa and Gizzard.

Turns out, it was so much more.

Video of the touching moment shows Austin's sweet reaction to learning that he and his new best friend would be together fo...


Pigs Who Lived In Stall With Poop And Mud Can't Believe Their New Lives "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The narrow stall was filled with murky rainwater and waste and four terrified pigs were trapped inside.

The owner claimed that he was paying someone to go and check in on the animals, but based on the conditions that they were found in and by the conditions of their bodies, that was not true, Todd Friedman, founder of Arthurs Acres Animal Sanctuary, a new refuge in New Yorks Hudson Valley, told The Dodo.

Credit: Arthurs Acres Animal Sanctuary

Not only was their stall filled with filthy liquid, but the pigs had no food or fresh water, and no way out of the horrid stall.

They had their heads on each others backs in order not to drown when they went to sleep, Friedman said. It was a really, really bad situation.

Credit: Arthurs Acres Animal Sanctuary

Ive been in rescue for over four years, and Ive never seen anything even close to this, Friedman added. They were completely emaciated. Their spines were just popping out. From the pictures, everyone thought they were dead.

Credit: Arthurs Acres Animal Sanctuary

The pigs could have certainly died if theyd been left in the stall any longer. But in early October, a caring neighbor discovered them and immediately contacted the SPCA, which seized the animals from the property. After that, Southern NY Pig Rescue briefly took the animals into its care before the three female pigs now named Katniss, Rue and Prim were transf...


These Seals Keep Getting Eels Stuck Up Their Noses "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When field biologists walked the beaches of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands looking for Hawaiian monk seals earlier this year, they did a double take. They were stunned to see a seal in a bit of a predicament an eel was hanging out of her nose.

Credit: NOAA/Brittany Dolan, NOAA Permit #16632-02

They were definitely surprised, Jessica Bohlander, a research marine biologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program, told The Dodo about her colleagues discovery. 

NOAA field biologist Brittany Dolan snapped the photo of the eel in a seal, and the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program posted her picture of the unanticipated encounter on its Facebook page last Monday and its got the internet talking

Bohlander said after Dolan took the picture, she put down the camera so she and fellow NOAA field biologist Allie Northey could figure out how to get the eel out of the seals nose. 

The biologists live for months at a time in the French Frigate Shoals, the largest atoll of Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Their goal is to help increase the population of endangered Hawaiian monk seals. Only about 1,400 remain in the wild.

Credit: NOAA, Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program, NOAA Permit #16632-02

Though theyre highly trained on how to safely handle seals in distress, Dolan and Northey consulted their staff veterinarian before attempting an eel extraction. 

The eel was dead, Bohlander said. They have to live in the water so once the seal surfaced, it died. The tricky part is, you want to make sure you r...


How Humans After 100,000 Years Will Recognize Nuclear Waste? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

You are now in a place where we have buried something from you to protect you. You should stay away from this place. Then you will be safe.

The post How Humans After 100,000 Years Will Recognize Nuclear Waste? appeared first on


TC Phethai - Powerful tropical cyclone forecast to make landfall in southeastern India "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A new tropical system (Phethai) is forecast to develop in the Bay of Bengal on December 12 or 13, 2018, and strengthen on its way toward southeastern India and Sri Lanka into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm. Powerful winds and heavy rain are expected along the coast of...... Read more

Bright fireball over San Antonio and Austin, Texas "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A bright fireball was seen and recorded streaking through the night sky over southern Texas around 19:59 CST on December 10, 2018 (01:59 UTC, December 11). The event lasted 7 seconds before the object disappeared in a bright flash. The American Meteor Society...... Read more

Yellowstone's Steamboat Geyser experienced 30th eruption of the year, breaking the record set in 1964 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Steamboat geyser in Yellowstone experienced its 30th water eruption of the year, breaking the record of 29 set in 1964, the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory reports. Steamboat Geyser, in the Norris Geyser Basin, appears to have entered a phase of more frequent...... Read more

Scientists team up with indigenous, faithful to fight for forests "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

MEDELLIN, Colombia An alliance of scientists, development experts, indigenous peoples and religious leaders met late last month in Colombia to determine how church leaders can help drive environmental public policy in the largely Catholic country. The meeting was under the umbrella of the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative (IRI), a global coalition launched in mid-2017 to fight escalating threats to forests in Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America. We see this as a way to reconcile not only the victims and perpetrators of violence, but also humanity with their environment, said Francisco Duque-Gmez, an Episcopal bishop and president of the Interreligious Council in Colombia, in an interview with Mongabay. Duque-Gmez said although there were communities of faith in every corner of Colombia, it was important to not only lobby for change on a national level, but to get congregation members  the environmental information they needed to take action. IRI hopes to augment its national policy work with benefits from grassroots efforts by faith leaders to educate communities about topics like deforestation. The hope is that the interfaith, interdisciplinary IRI will not only unite communities fractured by 50 years of civil conflict in Colombia, but will also serve as a model for similar campaigns in Peru, Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Those countries also have large indigenous communities and are grappling with deforestation and post-conflict issues. The initiative comes at time when forests all across Colombia, from the Amazon in the east, to the Choc bioregion in the Pacific west,

Audio: The true story of how 96 critically endangered sea turtle hatchlings survived New York City "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

On this episode, the true story of how 96 critically endangered sea turtles survived a New York City beach with a little help from some dedicated conservationists and scientists. Listen here:   This past summer, beachgoers in New York City spotted a nesting Kemps Ridley sea turtle on West Beach, which is on National Park Service land. Luckily, two of those beachgoers had the presence of mind to call the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservations 24-hour hotline to report the nesting turtle which very likely saved the lives of 96 Kemps Ridley sea turtle hatchlings. Though the critically endangered species is known to forage in the waters off New York, this was the farthest north a Kemps Ridley has ever been known to nest usually they nest in northern Mexico, with some additional nesting sites in Texas. In consultation with the US Fish & Wildlife Service, National Park Service staff put an exclosure around the nest to protect it from humans and predators, then started making plans to monitor the nest and protect the hatchlings once they arrived and began their trek out to the ocean. But it soon became apparent that unusually high tides were swamping the nest, which could have meant disaster for the developing sea turtle embryos so the difficult decision was made to excavate the nest and incubate the eggs in a secure facility, which ended up being a National Park Service office closet. We speak with the conservationists and

Brazilian regulators deny French oil giant Total license to drill near Amazon Reef "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Brazils environmental regulatory agency, Ibama, announced last Friday that it was denying French oil company Total license to drill for oil near the Amazon Reef. The reef system, discovered off the coast of Amap state in northern Brazil in 2016, is known as the Amazon Reef because it lies in the turgid waters of the Atlantic Ocean close to the mouth of the Amazon River. The system of corals, sponges, and a colorful marine algae that resembles coral called rhodoliths extends from French Guiana to Brazils Maranho State and encompasses 9,500 square kilometers (nearly 3,700 square miles). Fabiano Thompson of Brazils Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, who was part of the team of scientists that made the discovery, told Mongabay at the time that the oceanographic conditions of the Amazon Reef are not found anywhere else on the planet, making it an entirely unique ecosystem. Total sought to drill for oil in the Foz do Amazonas Basin, which has been estimated to contain as much as 14 billion barrels of oil. The French oil giant was leading a group of companies, including the UKs BP and Brazils state-owned oil company Petrobras, that acquired the rights to five exploration blocks in the basin in a 2013 auction. BP is reportedly still trying to secure a license to drill in the Foz do Amazonas Basin on its own. One of the first images of the Amazon Reef taken from a submarine launched from the Greenpeace ship MY Esperanza. Photo: Greenpeace. Greenpeace announced


Cat Feared Lost During Wildfire Comes Running When She Sees Her Family Again "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A month to the day after the deadly Camp Fire was sparked in Northern California, which later swept through and destroyed Courtney Werblow's family home in Paradise, California, she and her loved ones found hope.

To be more specific, they found their beloved cat, Timber. She had disappeared shortly before flames forced them to flee, and the family spent the past month fearing she'd never be seen again.

Credit: GoFundMe

On Saturday, Werblow and her parents were escorted to the place where her parents' house once stood to examine what, if anything, could be recovered from the ashes. It was there that they saw a familiar face in the distance, a miraculous survivor.

It was Timber.

At first, the cat seemed as though she could not believe she'd finally been found but then she came running. "You made it!" Werblow said.

Here's video of that tearful reunion:

Incredibly, Timber was still in good health despite her unspeakable ordeal. And now she is back where she belongs, with her family who had missed her dearly.

"After so much loss, this is a testimony of endurance, strength, and love," Werblow wrote online. "She is an amazing family cat and we are so happy to have her back into our arms."

The Werblows are one of hundreds of families affected by the devastating Camp Fire, and though the road to recovery likely stretches far into the horizon, it's moments like this one that prove all is not lost.

"Never lose hope!" Werblow said.

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Deaf Shelter Dog Won't Let Go Of Blankets While He Waits For A Home "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The first thing people notice about Valcor when passing his shelter kennel is just how many blankets the young dog has stacked inside. Get closer to the 3-year-old pit bull mix and youll see his bright blue eyes and his eagerness to give kisses.

Born deaf, Valcor has found comfort in all things soft and fuzzy. And his blankets have become even more important since he was surrendered to the Animal Friends of the Valleys (AFV) shelter in Wildomar, California, over Thanksgiving weekend last month.

Credit: Animal Friends of the Valleys

When Valcor was dropped at the shelter, his previous owner let the staffers know that the dog needs blankets near him at all times so he can suck on them. And, sure enough, as soon as Valcor was given a blanket, he didnt need much assistance in getting cozy.

Since he doesnt have his hearing, it seems that being swaddled in his blankets (which he does himself) is comforting to him, Katie Menges, media manager of AFV, told The Dodo. He curls himself up in his blankets and sleeps like a baby until someone touches him or he decides he wants some play time.

Credit: Animal Friends of the Valleys

Valcor was surrendered to the shelter after his family had a baby. His previous owners claimed they had to leave him behind because he had become protective of his littlest sibling, Menges noted, and was having territory issues with their other dog. Staffers were wary of these protective tendencies at first, but quickly realized that the deaf dog got along with kids and dogs alike.

When we brought in different dogs for him to interact with for a dog test he did really well, Menges said. He does make some funny noises that the other dogs dont really understand, but that is also very common fo...


M7.1 earthquake hits South Sandwich Islands at intermediate depth "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.1 hit the South Sandwich Islands at 02:26 UTC on December 11, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 164 km (102 miles). EMSC is reporting M7.1 at a depth of 150 km (93 miles). The epicenter was located 14 km (8.7...... Read more

World's second-largest Ebola outbreak spreads to major city, DR Congo "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

World's second-largest Ebola outbreak has spread to the city of Butembo (population 1 million), the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). New cases are increasing quickly in Butembo's eastern suburbs and outlying, isolated districts, sparking fears of its...... Read more

Ex-Tropical Cyclone "Owen" forecast to reform in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Ex-Tropical Cyclone "Owen" crossed the coast near Port Douglas at 03:00 local time Monday, December 10, 2018. The storm brought heavy rain and damaging wind gusts to the north tropical coast of Queensland. Meteorologists say it's looking like it the...... Read more

Long-lasting green fireball lights up night sky over Mexico City "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

An impressive meteor fireball lit up the night sky over Mexico's capital Mexico City at 05:15 CST (11:15 UTC) on December 8, 2018. The event lasted for more than 10 seconds. According to Rodolfo Cobos Arriaga, president of Acapulco Astronomical Association, the...... Read more

Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano showing signs it may erupt, Tanzania "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Ol Doinyo Lengai, called the Mountain of God by the Maasai people is showing signs it may erupt. This is the only volcano in the world that sometimes erupts natrocarbonatite lava, a highly fluid lava that contains almost no silicon. According to Al Jazeera's...... Read more

Major winter storm hits US, leaving 700 000+ without power, 1 700+ flights canceled "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The major winter storm that has been hammering the interior southeast United States and parts of the Mid-Atlantic over the past weekend is now moving offshore. The storm produced 30 to 60 cm (1 to 2 feet) of snow across northwest North Carolina and south-central...... Read more

Shungite: The Electropollution Solution Special Report "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Public concern about our increasing exposure to electromagnetic radiation is on the rise. Despite claims by government and industry about "no health risks," proactive consumers are looking for solutions. One that has recently appeared on the scene is a...... Read more

Earthquakes of the 20th Century "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

This animation shows every recorded earthquake in sequence as they occurred from January 1, 1901, through December 31, 2000, at a rate of 1 year per second. The earthquake hypocenters first appear as flashes then remain as colored circles before shrinking with time...... Read more

Strong explosions at Popocatepetl volcano, Mexico "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Two strong explosions took place at Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano over the past 24 hours. Authorities urge residents and tourists not to approach the volcano, especially the crater. The explosions were registered at 22:44 LT, December 7 (04:44 UTC, December 8)...... Read more

Extreme cold grips Asia, Beijing experiences one of the coldest December days on record "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Cold Arctic air continues affecting parts of eastern Asia since Monday, December 3, 2018. While Beijing experienced one of the coldest December days on record, residents of the city of Mohe lived through the city's first-ever Red warning for cold weather. High...... Read more

High-impact eruption at Manam volcano, heavy ashfall blocking sunlight, P.N.G. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A powerful eruption started at Manam volcano, Papua New Guinea around 03:00 UTC on December 8, 2018. Heavy ashfall is falling on the island, blocking out sunlight. Volcanic ash rose up to 13.7 km (45 000 feet) above sea level, according to the Darwin VAAC, forcing...... Read more

NSIDC: Arctic freeze-up well underway, November snow cover over North America most extensive since 1966 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Arctic freeze-up season is well underway, with ice extent increasing faster than average for most regions in November. Exceptions were in the Chukchi and Barents Seas, where the ice has been slow to form. Meanwhile, November snow cover over North America was the...... Read more

Record rainfall causes severe flooding in Maldives "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Heavy rainfall hit Maldives, a tropical nation in the Indian Ocean composed of 26 ring-shaped atolls, flooding streets and homes of capital Mal. According to the Maldives Meteorological Services, the capital island received 223.5 mm (8.79 inches) of rain...... Read more

Severe flash floods sweep away cars, rain described as heaviest in memory, Cyprus "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Heavy rain that started December 3, 2018, caused severe flash floods across Cyprus, claiming lives of at least 4 people. Locals described the rain as the heaviest in memory. The storm, named Gaia by local meteorologists, has the potential to drop more than 50% of...... Read more

Strong winter storm brings snow, floods and mudslides to California "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A potent winter storm brought heavy rain, floods, mudslides and mountain snow to southern California on December 6 and 7, 2018. The storm will track across the Southern Plains to the Southeast Coast from Friday through Sunday, December 9. Ice and snow will...... Read more

Tornado hits the city of Bogor, leaving a trail of destruction and at least one person dead, Indonesia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

At least one person was killed after a tornado struck the Indonesian city of Bogor, West Java on December 6, 2018. The tornado formed at about 15:00 LT, leaving a trail of destruction and killing a 45-year-old man. According to local media reports, the man died...... Read more

Potent winter storm to bring ice and snow from Southern Plains to Appalachians, US "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A developing storm will track across the Southern Plains Friday, December 7 to the Southeast states and possibly the Mid-Atlantic Coast through Sunday, December 9. On the warmer side of the storm, heavy rainfall could cause flooding of low lying areas, particularly...... Read more

Tsunami travels 200 m (650 feet) inland, damages a school and wipes out 2 homes, Vanuatu "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A tsunami caused by M7.5 earthquake near the coast of New Caledonia on December 5, 2018, hit Vanuatu, damaging a school and wiping out two homes. According to the owner of a tour company on nearby Mystery Island, Benie Masauvakalo, a surge of water moved inland but...... Read more

A monitoring network in the Amazon captures a flood of data "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Monitoring technology deployed in a remote rainforest over time subjects it to high heat, humidity, and rainfall, as well as potential damage by insects and other wildlife. When you add an annual 10-meter (33-foot) flood to the mix, youre taking on nature in a big way. Despite these challenges, an interdisciplinary research effort aims to connect a wireless network of 1,000 automated multi-sensor biodiversity monitoring modules in the western Amazon basin over the next five years. An international team of researchers believes these units will provide an unprecedented understanding of the basins natural diversity, through collection and sharing of information from deep in the forest. The Amazons apex predator, a jaguar, patrols a rivers beach in Brazil. Image by Charles J. Sharp via Wikimedia Commons, CC 4.0. Remote sensing satellites and science aircraft provide a wealth of data about broad changes in forest cover, deforestation and land use, but these methods reveal almost nothing about the true story of biodiversity beneath the forest canopy, Emiliano Esterci Ramalho, from the Mamirau Institute in northern Brazil, said in a statement. Initial testing Ramalho coordinates the Providence Project, which installed its first 11 prototype units in April 2018 in the Mamirau Sustainable Development Reserve. Researchers set out 10 units each containing a camera trap, a thermal sensor, and a microphone to capture images and sounds of animals in tall trees. To capture underwater audio, they placed another unit, with underwater microphones, along the Aman River that cuts through this 11,000-square-kilometer (4,250-square-mile)

COP24: Europe looks to fill the leadership void left by the U.S. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

KATOWICE, Poland Three years ago, then-U.S. President Barack Obama was instrumental in rallying the international community behind a landmark climate deal in Paris. He managed to push through grueling negotiation process by brokering a bilateral deal between the United States, the worlds second-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, and China, the biggest, to pave the way for the historic global agreement. Fast-forward to today, and the U.S. position on human-driven climate change has shifted radically under the administration of President Donald Trump, a staunch climate denier who believes global warming is a Chinese hoax and who continues to undermine the climate policies of his predecessor. In 2017, Trump announced he was withdrawing the U.S. from the 195-nation agreement on climate change reached in Paris in 2015. And this year, the U.S. State Department is using the United Nations climate summit in Katowice, Poland, to promote fossil fuels and nuclear energy. The U.S. hosted a side event at the summit on Dec. 10 to showcase ways to use fossil fuels as cleanly and efficiently as possible. The event was largely seen as a joke, with Dan Lashof, the director of the World Resources Institute (WRI) U.S., saying this sideshow in Poland would be laughable if the consequences of climate change werent so deadly serious. Two days earlier, the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Russia and Kuwait blocked the conference from adopting a key report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which warned that the world has just 12 years left in which to cut global carbon

COP24: Trumpers tout clean coal; protesters call it climate suicide "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Climate activists lined up early outside the Trump Administrations only event at COP24. which mostly promoted the use of coal as a climate change solution. Image courtesy of Climate Nexus. KATOWICE, Poland Trump Administration representatives, impossible to embarrass and weirdly courageous, braved mocking laughter, blatant disrespect and even a walk-out on Monday as they reprised their surreal public performance of a year ago by promoting coal burning for energy at a climate conference that seeks in part to drastically reduce coal usage to fight climate change. The unvarnished disgust with which the administration was met began before the event, as reporters were flooded with prepared remarks at the start of the final week of the United Nations climate summit, or COP24, here in Poland. Advance responses came easy, as the Trump team repeated the same cynical panel discussion talking points put on in 2017 at COP23 in Bonn, Germany. Its ludicrous for Trump officials to claim that they want to clean up fossil fuels, while dismantling standards that would do just that, said Dan Lashof, director, World Resources Institute US. Since taking office, this administration has proposed to roll back measures to cut methane leaks from oil and gas operations, made it easier for companies to dump coal ash into drinking water, and just days ago proposed easing carbon pollution rules for new coal-fired power plants This sideshow in Poland would be laughable if the consequences of climate change werent so deadly serious, Lashof said. Jean Su, energy director

New species of giant salamander described after decades of mystery "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Researchers have described a new species of giant salamander that has remained shrouded in mystery for several decades. Known from swamps in Alabama and Florida in the southern United States, the new salamander grows up to 60 centimeters (2 feet) long and is a type of siren, a group of eel-like salamanders that have only front limbs and large, frilled gills poking out of their bodies, behind their heads. Informally, people have long called the newly described salamander leopard eels. But since the species isnt an eel (nor a leopard), herpetologists have now named it the reticulated siren (Siren reticulata) in a new study. The name comes from the dark spots that run in a reticulated pattern on the animals body, extending from the gills to the tail. Sirens, today restricted to the southern United States and northeastern Mexico, are some of the largest amphibians in North America. The reticulated siren is among the largest species described from the United States over the last 100 years, researchers write in the paper. The formal description of this species comes after decades of surveys and exploration. David A. Steen, a research ecologist at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and co-author of the new paper, was first introduced to the animal in 2007 when Craig Guyer, a biologist at Alabamas Auburn University and Steens Ph.D. adviser, showed him a large jar full of eel-like animals at the universitys Museum of Natural History. Guyer rapped it with his knuckle and told Steen that it was

In eastern Indonesia, a bird-trafficking hotspot flies under the radar "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

MARAFENFEN/LORANG, Indonesia Benedictus has to go out just after dark to check his traps. If he goes any earlier, the palm cockatoos will still be awake and hear him coming. The 42-year-old farmer and hunter is inspecting his traps in Marafenfen village, southern Aru, a flat archipelago the size of Puerto Rico at Indonesias easternmost point before the island of New Guinea. He knows national law protects his quarry, a large black cockatoo with a red face and tall crest. Getting caught trading, keeping or killing one can result in up to five years jail time and a 100 million rupiah ($6,900) fine. His traps are empty tonight. He walks by one that he forgot to check, and sees it swaying back and forth. Damn it! It was just there but flew away! Benedictus says he only hunts when he receives an order for a bird, but Stefan, a hunter in central Aru, says he kills and sells birds whenever he needs the money. (Some of the names in this story have been changed.) His village, Lorang, is known for its abundance of famously flashy greater birds-of-paradise (Paradisaea apoda), also a protected species. They dance in the branches above us, then find a bride and mate with them. Thats when we shoot them with an air gun, says Stefan, 31. He adds he rarely hunts, and uses the money to pay for his childrens ever-increasing school fees. Benedictus demonstrates his trap in the forests of Aru. Image by Ian

Seeing Suriname: A visit to the rainforest goes awry (insider) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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Belo Monte dam Xingu River Management Plan violates human rights: finding "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Belo Monte dam under construction. Belo Monte displaced indigenous and traditional settlements and did serious harm to the Xingu River fishery. Its construction was also cloaked in charges of government and construction company corruption. Photo courtesy of Lalo de Almeida/Folhapress. In 2011, the Belo Monte mega-dam broke ground amid fervent protests from local traditional riverine communities, multiple indigenous groups and environmental organizations. The dam, located in Brazilss Par state on the Xingu River and now partially operational, when reaching full generating capacity, will become the third largest hydroelectric producer in the world. Estimates of the number of people displaced by its construction range from 20,000 to 50,000, with charges placed against the Brazilian government and the Norte Energia construction consortium of ethnocide against indigenous people. Xingu River fisheries were also seriously damaged, while parties harmed by the dams construction continue to litigate against Norte Energias failure to provide promised reparations. Companies in the Norte Energia consortium include: Eletronorte, Neoergia, Cemig, Light, J Malucelli Energia, Vale, and Sinobras. Dissent regarding the projects ongoing development continues today. Local communities, together with legal assistance from international civil society organizations, including the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA), the Brazilian Socio-Environmental Institute (ISA), and Justicia Global, filed final proceedings to a motion originally submitted in 2011 to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) asking for the Belo Monte project to be officially labeled as a Violation of Human Rights. In November, the Commissions preliminary conclusions found repeated violations. Indigenous communities suffer from

Light for everyone: Indigenous youth mount a solar-powered resistance "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CUETZALAN, Mexico Rain clouds thicken overhead as a small crew finishes the installation of a pair of rooftop solar panels. The house stands along a dirt road in a small indigenous community in the Mexican state of Puebla. The suns going down, and woodsmoke from a cookstove mingles with the fog. Raindrops begin to fall as the team applies the final touches of silicone caulk and routes wires to a pair of deep-cycle batteries inside the house. The crew on the roof consists of Cuahutemoc Lima, age 25, Manuel Garrido, 30, and Miguel Angel, 26, all members of Tosepan Titataniske, an indigenous cooperative based in Pueblas Sierra Norte mountains. Theyre still in a sort of apprenticeship; working alongside them are four members of ONergia, a solar social enterprise from Puebla city. The installation underway is their fourth project together: a set of solar panels for Doa Mari, a cooperative member who lives outside the town of Cuetzalan. Solar might seem like an odd investment in the rainy cloud forests of northern Puebla. But photovoltaic panels dont need direct sun to produce power, and the panels are part of a plan hatched by these mountain communities to unhook from Mexicos federal power company, provide their youth with meaningful employment, and reclaim control of their land and resources. Miguel Angel, one of the Tosepan cooperatives team of young solar panel installers, hooks up deep-cycle batteries and a fuse box at Doa Maris house. Image by Ethan Bien for Mongabay. Sofia Garcia, a

Ground-feeding birds in Southeast Asia may be going extinct outside protected areas "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Nature reserves in large parts of Southeast Asia may be the last strongholds for charismatic ground-feeding birds such as quails, partridges and pheasants, together called galliforms, according to a recent study in Conservation Letters. Researchers estimate that five species of galliforms no longer survive outside protected areas in Sundaland, a region comprising the Malay Peninsula and the islands of Sumatra, Borneo, Java and Bali. Extirpations are highest in Sumatras unprotected lands, where 50 percent of galliform species appear lost. We looked at Sundaland because its a region extremely rich in biodiversity, yet undergoing high levels of environmental degradation, said Elizabeth Boakes, a conservation scientist at University College London and co-author of the study. Sumatran partridge (Arborophila sumatrana), endemic to the island of Sumatra, no longer survives outside protected areas, according to researchers. Photo by Roland Wirth Deforestation rates in Southeast Asia are among the highest in tropics, making protected areas increasingly isolated. But the amount of protected land itself is very small, Boakes said. Nature reserves account for about 12 percent of Sundalands total land mass. Some of these reserves arent permanent. In the last few years, 8,360 square kilometres (3,230 square miles) of Sundalands protected area has been lost to downsizing and downgrading. Boakes and her team recognized that protected areas might only be part of a successful conservation strategy for galliforms. So they wanted to know the extent to which the birds survived outside of those zones. Her team scoured through 150 years of museum collection records, scientific

COP24: US, Russia, Saudis downplay IPCC report in display of disunity "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

An estimated 3,000 protesters watched closely by Polish police clogged the streets around the COP24 on Saturday calling for greater climate change action urgency. Image by Hans Nicholas Jong/Mongabay. KATOWICE, Poland Three years ago in Paris, the U.S. delegation was instrumental in drafting thousands of words that ultimately became one of the most significant agreements ever to be approved by all nations on earth: the Paris Agreement on climate change. Saturday, at the end of the first week of negotiations at the 24th United Nations climate summit, or COP24, a very different U.S. delegation played a leading role involving just one word, emphasizing  the Trump Administrations hostility toward climate action in all forms. The U.S., along with oil producing allies Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, have succeeded, so far, in blocking broad consensus that would fully acknowledge the gravity of the landmark October report by the UNs International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). That document, agreed to by the worlds top scientists, warns that climate conditions are far worse than previously realized, with time running out for nations to act to curb carbon emissions and prevent disastrous global warming. Saturday, in a heated meeting of delegates representing large and small nations, negotiators argued over one word regarding the required acceptance of the IPCCs so called 1.5 degree report, which warns that nations have just 12 years to act to prevent some of the worst impacts of climate change. The Maldives, a South Asian island country threatened by sea level

Pesticides could be painting black howler monkeys yellow in Costa Rica "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Pesticide use on agricultural plantations may be shifting the color palette of howler monkey fur in Costa Rica, a team of scientists has found. Mantled howler monkeys (Alouatta palliata) are typically pretty understated in terms of color, often carrying a dark coat of fur with a few flecks of orange on their sides. But in just the past five years, more monkeys have been appearing with larger splashes of yellow fur. A male mantled howler monkey (Alouatta palliata) at the Caa Blanca wildlife sanctuary on the Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica. Image by Steven G. Johnson via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0). Since the early 2000s, scientists have been probing the genetics of primates in Costa Rica, including mantled howler monkeys. An early study revealed that these animals genes dont vary very much, and all 205 monkeys in that study had the same genetic sequence, called a genotype, that codes for a fully dark coat. About five years ago, however, researchers began finding the peculiar yellow coloring. All told, the authors know of at least 21 individuals with it. At first, those splashes often just covered a small part of a monkeys body, perhaps a hand or a section of the tail. But over time, researchers have noticed that more of the affected monkeys bodies are yellow. Some now have little black fur at all. A mantled howler monkey calling, in Tortuguero, Costa Rica. Image by Arturo de Frias Marques via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0). The teams hypothesis, reported online Oct.

Tropical forest conservation in the Bolsonaro era (commentary) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Jair Bolsonaro, Brazils President-elect, represents a globally significant threat to the worlds biggest tropical forest conservation legacy and the biggest tropical forest. If he does what he says he will do, our chances of avoiding extremely dangerous climate change will be considerably smaller. But even under this radically different government, Brazils historical gains in forest conservation can be secured and new wins achieved. The key is to demonstrate to farmers and Brazilian society more broadly that Brazils achievements in slowing deforestation benefit them and that they will be worse off if environmental policies and protected areas are weakened. NASA satellite image of the Brazilian Amazon. Forest conservation in Brazil has reached the limits of a strategy that has been very successful, but that has depended on command-and-control measures that are supported and implemented by a sympathetic national government. It is a strategy that is strong on sticks and weak on carrots. And when the political will to wield sticks vanishesas it just didthey are relatively easy to shelve, a point that advocates of an even greater focus on command-and-control approaches miss. Fortunately, there are some good opportunities to expand support for forest conservation, as I explain below. Jair Bolsonaro won 54% of the popular vote nationwide in the run-off election against Fernando Haddad, the candidate of the Workers Party (PT) that has controlled the presidency for 14 of the last 16 years. He was elected on a wave of frustration, anger and fear that grew out of the rise in

Secondary forests in Costa Rica are re-cleared within decades "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Secondary forests those that regrow naturally after being cleared or degraded constitute more than half of existing tropical forests. When they are old enough, they support a wide range of species and store carbon at a higher rate than old-growth forest because the trees grow more rapidly. But in southern Costa Rica, a country with strong environmental commitments, young forests are ephemeral, a new study claims. When Leighton Reid, a restoration ecologist at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, and his colleagues studied the history of secondary forests in a region of Coto Brus canton, Costa Rica, they found that half of them were re-cleared within 20 years. And within 54 years, 85 percent of these young forests were gone, the team reported recently in Conservation Letters. I wasnt expecting this at all, said Reid, who has worked in Costa Rica for more than a decade studying tropical forest restoration. I was shocked. A trail through secondary forest at the Las Cruces Biological Station in southern Costa Rica. Photo by J. Leighton Reid. Previous estimates have suggested that 20 years is not enough time for a secondary forest to regain old-growth levels of biomass and biodiversity. To study the persistence of these young forests, researchers used aerial photographs taken from 1947 through 2014 across a 320 square kilometer (123.5 square miles) area in Coto Brus. The photos have a spatial resolution of 10 meters, sharper than the 30-meter resolution of Landsat satellite data other scientists have used

COP24: Human rights concerns cast a shadow over U.N. climate summit "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

KATOWICE, Poland Concerns about the apparent sidelining of human rights have been aired as the United Nations climate summit in Poland enters its second week. According to the Climate Action Network (CAN), a worldwide coalition of more than 1,300 NGOs, the inclusion of a human rights reference in a set of guidelines for action was challenged by the United States, which argued that any such inclusion was an attempt to operationalize something that by definition wasnt operational. The U.S. legal gymnastics to exclude the preamble suggests a hidden intention: further sidelining human rights from climate action, the CAN said. The coalition denounced the move as especially ironic, given that it came on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which falls on Dec. 10. In case the U.S. delegation here has forgotten, it was the United States and Eleanor Roosevelt who fought for the Declaration in 1948, the CAN said. The Paris Climate Agreement, struck in 2015, acknowledges the role of human rights in a climate change treaty, a result of years of advocacy by civil society organizations. Its preamble says climate change is a common concern of humankind and that Parties should, when taking action to address climate change, respect, promote and consider their respective obligations on human rights. However, the latest draft of the Paris Agreement rulebook, a set of guidelines on how to put the climate accord into action, makes no references to human rights, according to Sbastien Duyck, a

There are no laws: Cattle, drugs, corruption destroying Honduras UNESCO site "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

While many people from Atlantida, Honduras, are attempting to escape desperate poverty and deepening political violence by traveling some 3,000 miles to reach the border of the U.S., a few years back, Julia* left Atlantida heading just around 100 miles east until she and her family reached the thick forested mountains of the Ro Pltano Biosphere Reserve. We arrived because of necessity, said Julia, who sits on her front porch that looks out on a river valley littered with cut, burnt logs representing the remnants of a rich forest that once stood here. Julia, who lives with her husband and two daughters, said the trees were cut down to create pasture for the familys dairy cows. Before we left [Atlantida], we were hungry and sick, Julia said. My father worked at a plant nursery and his health was deteriorating from the chemicals he used on the job. A lot of the time we only had enough to eat one meal per day. Now we milk the cows, produce our own cheese to eat; were not hungry anymore. Before Julias family settled the land, the forest provided supplemental income to local communities located five hours away by horseback in the Sico Paulaya valley below. The communities operated a forestry cooperative called MIRAVESA that was supposed to protect a section of the forest to allow for the harvesting of mahogany wood as well as provide water for drinking and a community-driven micro-hydroelectric project. Initial funding was provided by international groups such as

The second time couldnt be worse than the first (insider) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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Graphic video reveals brutality of pangolin poaching in northeast India "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Hunters in India are helping supply the illegal pangolin trade, and new research that probes their motivations might point to measures that can reduce the poaching and sale of the species known as the worlds most trafficked mammal. An undercover video shot during the course of the research could prove to be a deterrent in and of itself, as it shows just how vicious and inhumane the pangolin trade can be. Demand for pangolin scales is driven by practitioners of traditional medicine in rural areas throughout Africa and South and Southeast Asia, but most predominantly in China and Vietnam, though the scales have no scientifically proven health benefits. Pangolin meat is also considered a delicacy in some countries. There are eight pangolin species, and they are all listed as either Vulnerable, Endangered, or Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Illegal trade is considered the biggest threat to their survival. As of 2016, all eight species of pangolin have been listed under Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the highest level of protection available under international law, which effectively bans commercial trade in the animals. Researchers with London-based NGO World Animal Protection and the University of Oxford spent two years studying traditional hunting practices in the state of Assam in northeast India. [T]he drivers of trade at a global scale are relatively well known, they write in a study published in the journal Nature Communications this week detailing their findings. In

Amazon indigenous groups and truckers ally to oppose Brazils Grainrail "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Dot and the Kayap use modern telecommunication technologies to effectively monitor illegal deforestation on their lands. Image courtesy of Folha do Progresso. Dototacakire, known as Dot, spoke passionately to Mongabay about his opposition to Grainrail (Ferrogro). He is a leader of the Kayap people from the Ba Indigenous Territory on the banks of the Iriri River in southern Par state, Brazil deep in the Amazon. Authorities hope this new railway will make it quicker and cheaper to transport millions of tons of crops, mainly soy, from the north of Mato Grosso to the Tapajs and Amazon rivers. But indigenous communities fear Grainrail will bring a sudden gush of land grabbers, illegal loggers and ranchers that would transform their ancestral lands and forests beyond recognition. Even though Dot had withdrawn from political life for a year as part of a Kayap cultural grieving ritual to honor a son who had died, his determination to defend the peoples land was evident in every word he spoke: The government has to consult us before they build this railroad, because its written in law, in [the International Labour Organizations] Convention 169, he said firmly. Brazil is a signatory of Convention 169. If the rail line eventually goes ahead, his community wants binding agreements: We cant let [the authorities] do to us what they did to our relatives at Belo Monte [the mega-dam on the Xingu River]. There they made many promises but then they destroyed families, they destroyed the environment, they destroyed everything.

In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, December 7, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Tropical forests Authorities in Cambodia are weighing stricter penalties for illegal logging (Asian Correspondent, Phnom Penh Post). The executive director of Conservation International Guyana has been asked to step down (Stabroek News). Furniture maker Ikea has planted 3 million trees in the rainforests of Borneo (The Star). Indias farmers are looking to invest more in agroforestry (Hindustan Times). Norway clamps down on palm oil from companies connected to deforestation (The Independent). Proponents of REDD+ funding, intended to boost development and cut carbon emissions, say its still a viable strategy for change (Global Landscapes Forum). U.S. Democrats work to bring climate change to the forefront of policy exchanges (The Atlantic). Wood from Malaysian and Indonesian forests habitat for endangered orangutans is ending up at construction sites for the Tokyo Olympics (The Guardian). A recent report outlines a global strategy for bushmeat consumption (CIFOR Forests News). Other news Global carbon emissions have never been higher (The Washington Post, The New York Times). A fuel tax bump touches off violent reactions in France (The New York Times). Brick factories worsen Bangladeshs air pollution (Undark). An invasive, disease-carrying tick is making its way through the eastern United States (New York Post). Lifted restrictions on oil drilling in the Arctic could threaten polar bears (The New York Times). Pollution is a continual problem in India (The Economist). Authorities are questioning the business practices of the mining company Glencore (The Economist). Greenland is shedding its icepack at its fastest pace in three and a

Latam Eco Review: Whale attacks, palm oil woes, and hope for vaquitas "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Peruvian palm oil, orca attacks on humpback whales, and mining in an Amazon national park are among the recent top stories from Mongabay Latam, our Spanish-language service. Orcas attack young humpbacks migrating north  For 30 years, Juan Capella and five other researchers analyzed thousands of photos of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) off Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile and Antarctica. They looked for things like rake marks on the whales tails signs that they had been attacked by orcas (Orcinus orca). Since young humpback whales are less skilled at swimming in the deep, they are easy orca prey; but human activity is still the main cause of humpback whale deaths. The scarred tail of a humpback whale. Image by Juan Capella. Peruvian palm oil company said to have illegally cleared forest Farmers and a local NGO in Perus Amazon say a palm oil company illegally cut 27 percent of a rainforest tract before the project was approved. Palmas del Huallaga recently acquired almost 1,900 hectares (4,700 acres) in San Martn province. Without integrated conservation planning in the Amazon, plantations are creating islands of ecosystems no longer capable of providing environmental services. Deforestation on Palmas del Huallagas land. Image by Karen de la Torre. Palm plantations in Colombia killing native plants and pollinators The boom in oil palm cultivation in western Colombia has introduced diseases and infestations to the area that are harming native plants. Researchers found that chemicals deemed necessary for the cultivation of oil palms are also affecting pollinators of banana


Tiny House Warriors Arrested at Natural Resources Hearing in Kamloops "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Kathleen Martens / APTN National News

Some members of the anti-pipeline group Tiny House Warriors were arrested Monday in B.C. (APTN file photo)

Dramatic video shows the arrest of three members of the Tiny House Warriors at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, B.C. Monday morning.

RCMP say they were called to campus for a meeting that was interrupted by protesters.

We recognize that demonstrators have a right to lawful and peaceful and safe protests, said Cpl. Jodi Shelkie.

However, we had to take action.

Shelkie said in an interview charges of assault and mischief are pending against the trio she declined to identify as statements were still being taken.

She said the arrests occurred outside a meeting room at 9:30 a.m. PT.

A video posted to the Warriors Facebook page shows some of what happened.

It shows a woman speaking into a bullhorn aimed at a closed door guarded by two men.

The woman lists reasons why the warriors oppose a pipeline.

Genocide of our people: genocide, genocide, genocide, genocide, the woman cries into the loudspeaker.

This is a peaceful protest.

APTN News confirmed the closed-door meeting was hosted by Natural Resources Canada, which did not supply a statement before this story was published.

A spokeswoman for the university said it simply provided space.

TRUs relationship to this matter is limited to building space being used for a third-party private event, Darshan Lindsay said in an email.

APTN has confirmed Mayuk Manuel, Snutetkwe Manuel and Isha Jules were taken into custody.

The three were part of a group that waved banners and drummed songs outside the meeting they say was chaired by a retired judge.



FIRE-EARTH Conference: End Game Scenarios Giga Trends "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

IN PROGRESS TIA [September 24, Confidential 10] RNR [December 3, Confidential 10] GTEG [[December 11, Confidential 10] Nominated Groups: Executive Based on earth dwellers inability to change direction, economy and lifestyle, together with assessment of the elite Zeitgeist, the available data and trends, as well as History of civilization (past experience) Current socioeconomic developments (present []


Magnitude 7.1 48km N of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands December 11, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

USGS Event Page
Magnitude 7.1
48km N of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

2018-12-11 02:26:32 (UTC)
-58.598S  -26.466W
164.7 km depth



Enbridges Insurance Agreement puts Minnesota at Huge Risk "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will likely approve Enbridges insurance plan to pay for a worst-case spill scenario for the proposed Line 3 Project. This plan would be available to help pay for the damages to the State of Minnesota, tribes, and individuals. The proposed plan includes $940 million in insurance, with any additional cleanup costs paid by Enbridge. These additional costs above the $940 million would be passed on to consumers through a rate increase for shippers using their pipeline system.

Although Honor the Earth filed a motion in August that would allow the public access to the parts of Enbridges insurance policies related to oil spills, the public has not yet been allowed to see these policies.

Honor the Earth has identified a number of concerns with this insurance...


And it makes me wonder "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Why is there now a quasi-proven psychological explanation for everything? It seems as though everyone and everything has been sacrificed upon the alter of some pseudo-scientific belief system. Does that then make it some kind of a religion in its own right, with its own set of clergy and a fully abusive set of inquisitional []


Guest post: Ten charts show how the world is progressing on clean energy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Dr Iain Staffell is a senior lecturer in sustainable energy at Imperial College Londons Centre for Environmental Policy. He leads the Electric Insights project reporting interactive real-time and quarterly summary information on the UKs electricity mix.

Rapid progress towards clean energy is needed to meet the global ambition to limit warming to no more than 1.5C above pre-industrial temperatures.

But how are countries doing so far? In our Energy Revolution Global Outlook report, written with colleagues at Imperial College London and E4tech and published by Drax we rank progress in 25 major world economies.

Our report provides a league table of their efforts to clean up electricity generation, switch from oil to electric vehicles, deploy carbon capture and storage, eliminate fossil fuel subsidies and tackle energy efficiency.

The ten charts below compare these 25 countries today and their progress over the last decade.

Progress on clean electricity

Electricity has been the fastest sector of the economy to decarbonise as countries move away from coal and embrace low-cost renewables. Yet the average carbon intensity of electricity worldwide has fallen only 7% in the last decade to 450 grams of CO2 per kilowatt hour (gCO2/kWh).

The chart below maps the carbon intensity of electricity generation around the world and ranks the 25 major economies covered by our report. These countries include the G7 group of rich nations along with Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (the BRICS) and others. These countries account for 80% of global population, 77% of global GDP and 73% of the worlds CO2 emissions.

Individual countries range from having virtually zero-carbon electricity (in the Nordics, France and New Zealand, left-hand columns in the lower chart) up to near-total reliance on coal (in South Africa and Poland, on the far right).



Damaged peatlands contribute to carbon emissions "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Damaged peatlands contribute to carbon emissions

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Solidarity rejects climate science consensus "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Solidarity rejects climate science consensus

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Interview: climate litigation looms "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Interview: climate litigation looms

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We need early plant-based learning "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

We need early plant-based learning

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ACP Pipeline Work Stoppage is Over Entire 600 Miles "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

This 42 inch high pressue Pipe for natural gas is the largest in the industry

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Developer Stops Construction

From an Article by Brittany Patterson, WV Public Broadcasting, December 10, 2018

Atlantic Coast Pipeline developer Dominion Energy stopped construction Friday along the multi-billion dollar natural gas pipelines entire 600-mile route.

In a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Dominion said it was halting construction following a Friday decision from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The court stayed the pipelines revised Biological Opinion and Incidental Take Statement, a key permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The permit authorizes construction through habitat identified as critical for certain threatened or endangered species across West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina.

Dominion has filed a motion with the court to clarify the ruling, arguing it is overly broad.

The issues in this case involve a much narrower scope of the project only four species and roughly 100 miles in West Virginia and Virginia, said ACP spokesman Aaron Ruby, in an emailed statement. We believe the Fish & Wildlife Service thoroughly addressed the issues raised by the court and the petitioners in this case when it re-authorized the projects Biological Opinion and Incidental Take Statement in September.

This permit has long been under litigation. In early August, the 4th Circuit ruled the USFWS needed to revisit the pipelines permit. Then in September, it accepted the revision and allowed construction to begin again.

The new stay is expected to be in effect pending review of environmentalists challenge to the documents. Oral argument in the case is scheduled for March.

Environmental groups praised the courts decision.

When we said we wont stop fighting this dirty, dangerous, unnecessary pipeline, we meant it. Every day that this pipeline isnt operating is a day that its not hurting our health, water, climate and communities, said Kelly Martin, the Sierra Clubs Beyond Dirty Fuels campaign director, in a statement.


M7.1 Quake Strikes N of Bristol Isl, S Sandwich Isls "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

DBR 121102 Intermediate-depth earthquake strikes N of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands TSUNAMI EVALUATION: Based on the depth of the earthquake, a tsunami is not expected. [USGS] Earthquake Details: Magnitude: 7.1mww 48km N of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands Location: 58.598S, 26.466W; 164.7 km depth Time: 02:26:32(UTC) 2018-12-11 [USGS] Plate-Tectonics Diagnostics FIRE-EARTH Science []


Skinny, Bald Dog Who Spent Weeks Wandering The Streets Looks So Different Now "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Ana was like a ghost.

In early November, the little dog suddenly appeared in a South Texas neighborhood, skittering across roads and zigzagging around houses then she just as quickly disappeared.

A woman and her husband had spotted Ana when she first materialized in their neighborhood, and they could see that she needed help. The dog, whos estimated to be a year old, was skin and bones, and hardly had a hair on her body.

Credit: Rescue Dogs Rock NYC

But no matter how hard they tried, the couple couldnt catch her at least, not at first.

Every time they would come out of their house to look for her and to see if she was there, they could never find her, Leslie Ysuhuaylas, a Texas-based volunteer for Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, an organization that rescues neglected and suffering animals, told The Dodo.

Credit: Rescue Dogs Rock NYC

A week later, their luck changed they finally managed to catch Ana, who was in really bad shape at that point.

She had severe mange and her skin was raw, Ysuhuaylas said. You couldnt tell her breed, and you could barely tell anything about her except that she lived through a lot of neglect.

Credit: Rescue Dogs Rock NYC

The couple contacted Ysuhuaylas, who picked up Ana and whisked her to the vet.

Ana was very reluctant, Ysuhuaylas said. She kept herself in the back of the crate with her head down....


Rescued Lion Sees His New Cardboard Box Toy And Completely Loses It "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A stack of boxes, painted to look like a giraffe, suddenly topples over as the big cat pounces and rolls all over his new toy.
Joy spreads across his face as he lies down and swats the boxes with his giant paws. He playfully bites the cardboard and steals a piece before running off.
Saeed may be a full-grown lion but he loves cardboard boxes as much as any housecat.

This is just the adorable scene Saeeds rescuers saw earlier this fall at the Lionsrock sanctuary in South Africa, where the big cat now lives peacefully after a harrowing start to life. Saeed arrived there in February after being rescued from a barren, war-torn amusement park zoo near Aleppo, Syria and now, hes experiencing toys for the first time in his life.
Three-year-old Saeed was born at the amusement park during the war, which left many captive animals stranded in the war zone without proper care when their caretakers fled to safety. In Syria and neighboring Iraq, some trapped zoo animals survived traumatizing bomb explosions, while others simply starved to death inside their cages.

Credit: Four Paws

Very malnourished and weak, Saeed was a mere shell of himself when he was first rescued by Four Paws in July 2017.
When I think back to when he was first brought under our care, his mane was disheveled, he was skinny and very sickly, Robert Ware, executive director of Four Paws USA, told The Dodo. Now, seeing his mane full and ebb and flow as he runs absolutely exudes power and its breathtaking.

Credit: Four Paws

At his sanctuary home, Saeed can freely roam the South African plains as if he were in the wild. Hes also well on his way to finding a pride of his o...


Sheep Who Joined Wild Kangaroo Family Was So Fluffy He Could Barely Walk "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When this stray sheep lay down for a nap earlier this month, it was almost for the last time.

No one knows exactly how long the rogue sheep was wandering the forests of Australia without human care, but it was long enough for him to grow a coat of wool so massive that he could barely move.

Credit: Edgar's Mission

The sheep had also befriended a group of wild kangaroos in the woods, who apparently accepted him as one of their own but when he lay down and got stuck on his side due to his huge hair, his buddies couldnt help him. Luckily, a concerned citizen saw the sheep struggling to stand, and called Edgars Mission farm sanctuary for help.

This was urgent, and we needed to act fast, Pam Ahern, founder of Edgars Mission, told The Dodo. He was stuck on his side and couldnt right himself if we hadnt come along when we did, he would have most certainly died not long thereafter.

Credit: Edgar's Mission

When rescuers arrived, they couldnt believe their eyes. The homeless sheeps fleece was enormous and it was causing him a lot of stress.

When overgrown fleece becomes wet, it becomes a breeding ground for flies, which can be life-threatening to the animal as they can lay eggs that cause infection. His fleece was heavily soiled with urine as well, again posing another health risk to him, Ahern added.

Credit: Edgar's Mission

Rescuers helped the wayward sheep back to his feet and over to their sanctuary, where the team began to work thr...


UPS Driver Shares A Magical Moment With A Random Friendly Squirrel "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

With gift-shopping season now in full swing, UPS driver Oscar Luciano is busier than ever with deliveries to make.

But recently, while dropping off a package at a home on his route in Illinois, Luciano was given a present of sorts just for him by a fluffy-tailed admirer, no less. And it was all caught on video.

Credit: Oscar Luciano

Luciano tells The Dodo that the delivery started just like any other. He frequently drops packages to this customer, so he thought he knew what to expect after ringing her doorbell. He was wrong.

"I'm always jamming to music, so I'm bobbing my head," Luciano told The Dodo. "[Then] this squirrel just jumped out of nowhere."

The random squirrel jumped onto Luciano's back and, despite the surprise, he played it remarkably cool. Here's that moment taken by the customer's security camera:

Where the friendly squirrel had come from, or why she chose to get acquainted with Luciano that day, is anyone's guess. The UPS driver, however, was delighted, whatever the case. 

"I think squirrels are cool. I love animals, so I guess that's why I didn't get scared," he said. "That was actually pretty cool. I felt like Snow White and her furry friends."

And surely, that sweet Disney-princess feeling is something Luciano won't soon forget.


Rally Planned Friday Morning to Support Unistoten Camp "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Frank Peebles / Prince George Citizen

A rally is being held in Prince George this morning on behalf of a rural Aboriginal group about a four-hour drive to the west.

The residents of the Unistoten Camp a sprawling wilderness region headquartered at the intersection of Wedzin Kwah and Talbits Kwah (the Morice River and Gosnell Creek, respectively) southwest of Houston and northeast of Morice Lake have for years mounted a blockade of industrial activities that do not conform to their interests.

A recent court injunction by one of those industrial proponents, Coastal Gaslink (a pipeline that would move natural gas from extraction sources near Dawson Creek to the proposed LNG Canada shipping plant at Kitimat), would allow their work to take its next steps.

A court hearing on the matter is scheduled for Monday.

A response rally is set for Prince George in support of the Unistoten Camp.

These legal challenges ignore the jurisdiction and authority of hereditary chiefs and a feast system of governance, which was recognized in the 1997 Deglamuukw-Gisdaywa court case, said a written statement issued by Prince George rally organizers.

All Wetsuweten Clans have rejected the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

The statement explained that Coastal GasLink Pipeline Ltd. has applied for an injunction and served notice for a civil lawsuit, seeking an interim, interlocutory or permanent injunction and financial damages for occupying, obstructing, blocking, physically impeding or delaying access to unceded territory.

The company has succeeded in gaining the support of the elected Wetsuweten First Nation leaders, on wh...


Scientists Identify Vast Underground Ecosystem Containing Billions of Micro-Organisms "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Jonathan Watts / The Guardian

Results of the 10-year study suggest 70% of bacteria and archaea exist in the subsurface of the Earth.
Photograph: Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Global team of scientists find ecosystem below earth that is twice the size of worlds oceans.

The Earth is far more alive than previously thought, according to deep life studies that reveal a rich ecosystem beneath our feet that is almost twice the size of that found in all the worlds oceans.

Despite extreme heat, no light, minuscule nutrition and intense pressure, scientists estimate this subterranean biosphere is teeming with between 15bn and 23bn tonnes of micro-organisms, hundreds of times the combined weight of every human on the planet.

Researchers at the Deep Carbon Observatory say the diversity of underworld species bears comparison to the Amazon or the Galpagos Islands, but unlike those places the environment is still largely pristine because people have yet to probe most of the subsurface.

Its like finding a whole new reservoir of life on Earth, said Karen Lloyd, an associate professor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. We are discovering new types of life all the time. So much of life is within the Earth rather than on top of it.

The team combines 1,200 scientists from 52 countries in disciplines ranging from geology and microbiology to chemistry and physics. A year before the conclusion of their 10-year study, they will present an amalgamation of findings to date before the American Geophysical Unions annual meeting opens this week.

Samples were taken from boreholes more than 5km deep and undersea drilling sites to construct models of the ecosystem...

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Protesters Disrupt US Panels Fossil Fuels Pitch at Climate Talks "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

From The Guardian 

Protesters disrupt US panel with chants of Keep it in the ground and Shame on you. Photograph: Lukasz Kalinowski/REX/Shutterstock

A Trump administration presentation extolling the virtues of fossil fuels at the UN climate talks in Poland has been met with guffaws of laughter and chants of Shame on you.

Mondays protest came during a panel discussion by the official US delegation, which used its only public appearance to promote the unapologetic utilisation of coal, oil and gas. Although these industries are the main source of the carbon emissions that are causing global warming, the speakers boasted the US would expand production for the sake of global energy security and planned a new fleet of coal plants with technology it hoped to export to other countries.

The event featured prominent cheerleaders for fossil fuels and nuclear power, including Wells Griffith, Donald Trumps adviser on global energy and climate, Steve Winberg, the assistant secretary for fo...


SubMedia Releases New Edition of Trouble Series Mad Worlds "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"



Mental Health in all its complexities is a topic that impacts just about everyone and yet is rarely talked about. Ableism, rooted in an assumed mental wellness, is prevalent even among communities that fight against other oppressive social norms such as hetero-patriarchy and institutionalized racism. For those of us experiencing depression, psychosis or any other form of madness, our struggles usually remain invisible and unacknowledged until they boil over into full blown crisis. When this happens the massive coercive potential of the state is used to force us back into line. If we are lucky enough to escape the prisons and psych wards that form the double-edged sword of carceral psychology, we are often left traumatized, heavily medicated and likely to face further institutionalization down the road.

In this months episode of Trouble, subMedia talks to people who are pushing back against this reality. Refusing to accept the notion that mental unwellness is the result of one persons brain chemistry they instead recognize the fundamentally social and interconnected nature of people and our problems. Rather than allowing interventions to remain the territory of psychiatrists and police, our guests are reclaiming traditions, experimenting with self-therapy collectives and building relationships rooted in care and trust that form the resilient foundations so necessary for communities engaged in struggle.



Farmer spotlight: Christina of Social Justice Learning Institute "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Urban Farmer Christina Perez

This post is part of an ongoing project by PAN Farmer Justice Fellows who are working to uplift the many different voices of farmers in California. The mission of this work is to broaden the narrative of what it means to be a farmer participating in the state's agricultural system by sharing the wide spectrum of relationships that growers have with land.

Christina Perez is a Latinx woman urban farmer working with the Social Justice Learning Institute (SJLI) in Inglewood, Los Angeles. In addition to digging, planting and harvesting across seven different community and school garden project sites, Christina also puts together community supported agriculture (CSA) boxes for weekly and biweekly subscribers. The contents of each box are influenced by community member input, in an effort to ensure cultural relevance of the food. Christina uses a survey system to see what [participants] need and try to match what we have to their needs.

Lessons from the land

As a person with Latinx roots, Christina remembers experiencing racial shame, feeling different in her community with an overarching pressure to assimilate. Connecting to this work has helped heal my relationship with my self-identity. Urban farming and related food programs provide an opportunity for young people from diverse backgrounds to connect with their roots, and not have to grow up with a sense of a...


WATCH: Direct Action is the Antidote to Despair "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Global Justice Ecology Project Executive Director Ann Petermann spoke at the Global Climate Convergence in New York City on Sept. 19, 2014. Petermann presented at the opening plenary session and hosted a joint workshop with Dr. Rachel Smolker,... Read More


COP24 video: How can the Paris Agreement stay on track in a world with Bolsonaro and Trump? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Carbon Brief has been talking to a range of people attending COP24, the latest annual round of international climate negotiations being held this year in Katowice, Poland.

The technical side of the talks have been dominated by negotiations aimed at finalising the Paris rulebook, the detailed guidelines needed to bring the Paris Agreement to life.

But a fight led by the US and Saudi Arabia over how to acknowledge the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on 1.5C, a US side-event promoting coal and Brazils decision to pull out of hosting the COP25 talks next year have provided a unsettled backdrop.

Carbon Brief asked a range of delegates at COP24 how they think the Paris Agreement can stay on track in a world with the likes of Brazils Jair Bolsonaro and the USs Donald Trump in office.

The video above contains the thoughts of

Bahareh Seyedi, energy policy specialist at the United Nations Development Programme:

Political leadership is absolutely critical to the process[But] if you look at the role that cities, local and regional governments, and businesses are playing, thats huge on its own.

Tessa Khan, co-director, climate litigation network at Urgenda:

Regardless of whats happening at the international level, what were seeing within countries is people turning to their courts to hold their governments accountable for their commitments to act on climate change.

Dr Kat Kramer, global lead on climate change at Christian Aid:

Hopefully by the time that the US and Brazil have leaders who are willing to lead on this issue, the rest of the world will have started the transformation it needs to have made.

Tom Steyer, founder and president,...


Time is Now to Act and Prevent Environmental Catastrophe "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

100 academics, authors, politicians and campaigners from across the world call for action to address climate change In our complex, interdependent global ecosystem, life is dying, with species extinction accelerating. The climate crisis is worsening much faster than... Read More


Yellow Vests: Macrons Fuel Tax Was No Solution to Climate Chaos "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

By Maxime CombesVia The French government has now decided to suspend a planned eco-tax on fuel in response to mass protests. While the movement of the yellow vests (gilets jaunes) has turned into a broader revolt against inequality... Read More


Justice for Atty Ben, Farmers Rights Advocate "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

They tried to bury us. They did not know we were seeds. Mexican proverb The Magsasaka at Siyentipiko para sa Pag-unlad ng Agrikultura (MASIPAG) strongly condemns the murder of Atty Benjamin Ramos, peoples lawyer and advocate for... Read More


Martians Greatest Regrets: Their Best Vanished into Thin Air "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

IN PROGRESS TIA [September 24, Confidential 10] RNR [December 3, Confidential 10] Nominated Groups: CJ UUT IGE EAC OCT TML FIRE-EARTH Presentation:  Mars The Great Mystery of Vanishing Intellectuals, Rocket Scientists, Teachers. . . Martians Greatest Regrets: Their Best Vanished into Thin Air Prepared by FIRE-EARTH Science Teams and affiliated scientists.] Presentation available via []


An eco-warrior at London Fashion Week Festival "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

An eco-warrior at London Fashion Week Festival

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Withdrawal Agreement 'fails on environment' "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Withdrawal Agreement 'fails on environment'

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Brexit and climate denial at COP24 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Brexit and climate denial at COP24

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Das Geheimnis zum Datenraum | Datenraum erstellen "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Irgendwann wrden Jene einen Datenraum wnschen, wenn du Unternehmen rberkommen soll. Fr den fall Sie sich fragen, was ein Hedge-Fonds ist , alternativ wie Diese einen Hedge-Fonds einrichten, befinden sich Sie an der richtigen Stelle. Ebendiese mssen ebenfalls wissen, wie auch ein Datenraum verwendet sieht man. Der Internet-Datenraum ermglicht es dem verkaufenden Unternehmen, wertvolle Informationen herauf kontrollierte Verfahrensweise bereitzustellen, um eine Vertraulichkeit abgeschlossen wahren.


Datenraum: Kein Kontext mehr & Datenraum software

Ebendiese werden beeindruckender sein, falls Sie darber hinaus das Zeigen an einem Datenraum geben knnen. Virtuelle Datenrume wird auch wie Deal Rooms bezeichnet. Das Online-Datenraum oder auch ein virtueller Datenraum ist ein Online-Warehouse mit wichtigen Dokumenten zu einem Unternehmen.

Die einfachste, effektivste weiterhin sicherste Betrachtungsweise ist es dasjenige ffnen eines digitalen Datenraums. Jenes digitaler Datenraum ist allein die welcher grten Fehler, die Sie ttigen knnen, um sicherzustellen, wenn Sie schnellstens reagieren und rechtzeitig reagieren. Es hat der jenes breites Anwendungsspektrum und ist es uerst elastisch. Es ist echt geraume Online-Plattform, die welchen Transition fuer Dokumenten darber hinaus die Gruppenarbeit um Kufern ferner Verkufern im rahmen (von) deiner lieblings Vielzahl von seiten Transaktionen, einschlielich Fusionen und bernahmen, erleichtert. Im Rahmen der Konsolidierung fuer Dokumenten, ebenfalls Due Diligence genannt, ist natrlich das ideal fr die Zubereitung und Bereitstellung seitens Dokumenten fuer unterschiedlichen Standorten. Das bietet viele Vorzuege. Virtuelle Datenrume bescheren gewiss viele Ntzlich sein, befinden sich dennoch in keiner weise zu jede Gewerbe ideal.

Sobald Jene Ihre Standpunkt zunichte machen, zaehlen Sie nicht die Grundeinstellung unter einsatz von die Klasse und Klasse, sowie jene vollzogen wird. Akkumulieren Diese jedermann Dateien, die Sie zur Grundeinstellung Ihres Unternehmens in dieser sicheren Umgebung bentigen. Wenn ein Betrieb mit deinem anderen Betrieb ausgeliefert oder aber zusammengefhrt werden soll, mssen jedermann gen zahlreichen jeweiligen Standorten verteilten Dokumente bedeutend, sortiert des weiteren aufbereitet sein. Vierundzwanzig stunden 2 Was das seitens seinem Datenraum-Team bentigt, warum des weiteren wann dieses bentigt vermag. Falls Jene das Betrieb via den Webseiten verwalten, ist echt jener bequeme Zugriff in dem Internet besonders angebracht. Vereint qua dem potenziellen Kufer, der gegenseitig Sorgen bringt, ein paar Menge Geld zur Beseitigung bestimmter Probleme aufbringen zu mssen, knnte ein Unterneh...


Extinction Rebellion beyond London "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Extinction Rebellion beyond London

brendan 10th December 2018
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Catastrophe and knowledge "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Catastrophe and knowledge

brendan 10th December 2018
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tis the Season "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Material Mania and then some. Manic Episode Symptoms The symptoms of mania include: elevated mood, inflated self-esteem, decreased need for sleep, racing thoughts, difficulty maintaining attention, increase in goal-directed activity, and excessive involvement in pleasurable activities. These manic symptoms significantly impact a persons daily living. What is a manic episode? A manic episode is not []


On the nature of change: Part II "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

On the nature of change: Part II

brendan 10th December 2018
Teaser Media


US 4th Circuit Grants Stay in ACP Endangered Species Act Case "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Return of the Raptors

News on the Case against the Fish and Wildlife Service for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Submitted by Kirk Bowers, P.E., Pipelines Program Coordinator, Virginia Chapter of Sierra Club, 106 George Rogers Road, Charlottesville, VA 22911 (12/7/18)

The Fourth Circuit just issued a stay in the renewed lawsuit against the Fish and Wildlife Service over the Biological Opinion and Incidental Take Statement for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. We sued FWS over the incidental take statement earlier this year, and the Court issued a similar order in May, which had the effect of halting all construction in habitat for endangered species. The court issued an order explaining the deficiencies in FWSs initial decision in August, and the FWS promptly issued a new decision in September, which we immediately filed suit over. Now the Court has stayed this second authorization as well.

No. 18-2090 (CP15-554-000) (CP15-554-001) (CP15-555-000)


v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR; UNITED STATES FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior; JIM KURTH, in his official capacity as Acting Director; PAUL PHIFER, in his official capacity as Assistant Regional Director, Ecological Services, Responsible Official


USCA4 Appeal: 18-2090 Doc: 42 Filed: 12/07/2018 Pg: 1 of 2


Upon consideration of the submissions relative to petitioners motion to stay, the court grants the motion and stays implementation of the Fish and Wildlife Services 2018 Biological Opinion and Incidental Take Statement pending review by the court.

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Announcing the 2019 Earth First! Organizers Conference February 13-18th "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

From EF! Journal Collective

(photo from

The 2019 EF! Organizers Conference will be hosted in Santa Barbara, CA (occupied Chumash territory) from February 13th to 18th. This years Organizers Conference will not include a Winter Rendezvous.

Check back here or email for directions and more information.


Winter Storm DIEGO Paralyzes Large Swath of the U.S. with Snow, Ice "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

FIRE-EARTH STORM Alert: DIEGO impacting large swathes of the South and Southeast States of emergency have been issued in North Carolina and Virginia. Oklahoma declared a state of emergency on Thursday ahead of the storm. The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories for northern Tennessee, southern Kentucky, northeastern Georgia, []


The Race to the Abyss Fuel of Choice "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

IN PROGRESS TIA [September 24, Confidential 10] RNR [December 3, Confidential 10] Nominated Groups: All Groups FIRE-EARTH PRESENTATION 120902 The Race to the Abyss: California vs. Australia [part two] More fuel for faster race! [Presented by FIRE-EARTH Science.] Presentation available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. FIRE-EARTH Top Ten Alerts All Groups Latest FIRE-EARTH DIRECTIVES, ALERTS, FORECASTS, BULLETINS []


Fringe Technology, Neuromodulation and Mental Manipulation "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

EM mind control technologies are often considered as the weaponized use of electromagnetic frequencies required to hack and/or hijack an individuals brain and nervous system and subvert an individuals sense of control over their own thinking, behavior, emotions or decision making. Over the course of time, and considering the evolution of ancient psychological manipulation methods, []


PRESS RELEASE: Virginia Attorney General Brings Suit Against the MVP Pipeline "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"



~ Complaint cites numerous instances in which MVP failed to adequately control erosion, sediment, and stormwater runoff in violation of state environmental laws and regulations and the projects Clean Water Act Section 401 Certification ~

RICHMOND (December 7, 2018)Attorney General Mark R. Herring and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality today announced the filing of a lawsuit against Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC for repeated environmental violations in Craig, Franklin, Giles, Montgomery, and Roanoke Counties, particularly violations that occurred during significant rain events over the last year. The suit alleges that MVP violated the Commonwealths environmental laws and regulations as well as MVPs Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certification by failing to control sediment and stormwater runoff resulting in impacts to waterways and roads. The suit seeks the maximum allowable civil penalties and a court order to force MVP to comply with environmental laws and regulations. The matter was referred to the Office of Attorney General by the Director of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) after numerous inspections identified violations at multiple construction sites.

This suit alleges serious and numerous violations of environmental laws that caused unpermitted impacts to waterways and roads in multiple counties in Southwest Virginia, said Attorney General Herring. Were asking the court for an enforceable order that will help us ensure compliance going forward, and for penalties for MVPs violations.

The Northam administration has empowered DEQ to pursue the full course of action necessary to enforce Virginias environmental standards and to protect our natural resources, said DEQ Director David Paylor. In this case, we determined referral to the Office of the Attorney General was prudent in order to seek faster resolution to these violations. We appreciate the Attorney Generals coordination to ensure necessary compliance.

The complaint against MVP alleges that DEQ inspectors identified violations of environmental laws, regulations, and permits in May, June, July, August, September, and October 2018 while investigating complaints it had received. In addition, an inspection company contracted by DEQ to monitor MVPs compliance identified more than 300 violations between June and mid-November 2018, mostly related to improper erosion control and stormwater management.

Among the laws that MVP is alleged to have violated are:
1. the State Water Control Law, 2. the Virginia Stormwater Management Act, 3. the Erosion...


Trump the climates secret champion? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Cutting the social cost of carbon to $1/ton reveals the charade thats supported a quarter of a century of inaction on climate change.

Kevin Anderson[1]
Dec. 2018


To an economist, Judas simply underestimated Christs marginal value he got the price wrong. Rather than settling for thirty pieces of silver, he should have held out for sixty, or perhaps even ninety pieces. But to a philosopher, and probably most non-economists, putting a price on your best friend, your child, husband or mother is a category mistake. The rich, contextual and heterogeneous world in which we live can never be adequately reduced to a single homogeneous index, a Dollar, Euro or Yuan. But that is exactly what the social cost of carbon claims to do!

Cut away the economic niceties and the social cost of carbon is little more than an attempt by a particular hue of economists to put a price on the global scale impacts of climate change, from now, throughout this century, and on across centuries to come. Such hubris is the preserve of a select group of typically wealthy, white and high-emitting men[2] in the Northern hemisphere. Sat behind computers in highly industrialised countries, they price the impact of their and our carbon-profligacy on poor, low-emitting, climate-vulnerable, and geographically distant communities. A dollar value is put on the devastation a strengthened tornado wreaks on small coastal towns, financially valuing the people killed, the destroyed homes and destitute neighbourhoods.

Add to this, a guess of the cost to our children of their climate changing too rapidly for them to adapt their physical, social and institutional infrastructures; exacerbated floods, droughts, extreme weather and human migration. Then price in still further warming later in the century, loss of pollinating insects, destruction of virtually all coral reefs, major die back of tropical forests, sea level rises and acidifying oceans.

It doesnt end there. An emergent property of the social cost of carbon is that it can never be too high to raise fundamental questions of todays dominant economic model. This massaging of costs is achieved by two principal ruses. First, the impact on the poor arising from the emissions of the wealthy is underplayed by valuing such impa...



On Friday, December 7, 2018, the Honorable Brian Morris, United States District Judge for the District of Montana in Great Falls, issued a Supplemental Ruling in favor of the lead Plaintiffs in the litigation to stop the Keystone XL (KXL) Pipeline--the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) and North Coast Rivers Alliance (NCRA), and other groups. Judge Morriss 16-page Supplemental Order denies TransCanadas motion to relax the Courts November 8 Judgment that overturned the Trump Administrations approval of the KXL Pipeline and issued a permanent injunction against its construction. Judge Morris specifically rejected TransCanadas request to engage in the following construction activities: (1) preparation of pipe storage and contractor yards, (2) transportation, receipt and off-loading of pipe at storage yards, (3) preparation of sites for worker camps, and (4) mowing and patrolling areas of the pipeline right-of-way to discourage migratory bird nesting. Judge Morris only allowed TransCanada to conduct limited cultural, biological, civil and other surveys that do not harm the environment, and to maintain security at existing TransCanada sites. These rulings prevent TransCanada from continuing with construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, and protect irreplaceable cultural and environmental resources from harm. The IEN and NCRA Plaintiffs hailed these rulings as a complete victory for the environment and for the rule of law.

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Kleinunternehmen Homepage Design dasjenige Beste aus dieser sache machen! | Website Erstellen Kostenlos Mit Eigener Domain "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Wenn Menschen online getreu Informationen forschen, verwenden jene normalerweise Mittel, um welchen gewnschten Dings is besondersten zu finden. Wenn sie pro Ende dieses Tages herausfinden knnen, angesichts eine Website die Informationen enthlt, nach denen jene suchen, befinden sich sie vernuenftiger in der Bauplatz, zu suchen, ber entschlsseln ferner sogar die Informationen auszuwhlen, auf die jene zu einem bestimmten Zeitpunkt zugreifen mchten, insbesondere jedoch ber Suchmaschinen. Sie knnen die Benutzererfahrung darber hinaus einer inhaltsreichen Website verbessern, indem Jene den Artikelberschriften mehr Prsent schenken. Die berschriften zocken in zweierlei Hinsicht die entscheidende Trommel: Zum 1, wenn dieser Benutzer vorher auf dieser Website surft, und angenehm anderen sieht man die Zweck der Internetseite in Anzeigen, Suchergebnissen usw. hervorgehoben. Das hilft, Besucher auf die Website zu lenken.

Etwas Webseite Erstellen Kostenlos Tipps, die Sie sachverstand mssen

website kostenlos erstellen ohne werbung

Vom Hypertext-Protokoll (HTML) sind berschriften Textstcke via reichhaltigem Dings. berschriften haben normalerweise primre Schlsselwrter, die das allgemeine Thema jener Website ausquetschen. Im Allgemeinen handelt sichs bei ihrer berschrift mit der absicht eine Linie oder das hierarchisches Etikett, das deinem Benutzer ausser auf anderen relevanten Informationen zu der Art dieses Inhalts einfache Informationen ber den Inhalt jener Website existieren. Wenn Sie nach bestimmten Websites suchen, spielt die berschrift eine wichtige Rolle dabei, angesichts die Seite in allen Suchergebnissen ihrer Suchmaschine gar angezeigt wird oder nicht. Wenn Suchmaschinen nach Infos pro Mieter und / oder verwandten Websites im Internet suchen, einplanen sie meist die berschrift. berschriften sind immer wieder daher besonders wichtig. Das bedeutet, dass fr Ihre Suchmaschinenoptimierung Ihrer Website die wichtigsten Keywords in die berschrift eingefgt werden mssen, die den Inhalt der Seite wirklich widerspiegeln. Darber hinaus mssen Jene nicht lediglich ber allesamt grundlegenden erklrenden HTML-Codeberschriften anordnen, sondern ebenso diejenigen berschriften, die gegenseitig auf die sichersten Textblcke dieser Website themenbezogen. Diese allgemeine Kennzeichnung vorhanden ist den Besuchern eine Geistiges eintauchen davon, woraus die Artikel bestehen. Darber hinaus den Ergebnissen, die von einer Suma zurckgegeben sein, sind InText-berschriften sehr elementar, da die Suchmaschinen sie normalerweise verwenden, um die einzelnen Links zu kennzeichnen, die von der Suche folgerichtig werden. Hierbei kann jener Sucher registrieren, ob die berschrift fr ihre Ermittlung ausreichend signifikant ist oder aber nic...


FIRE-EARTH Pulsars: Broadcast 120802 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

IN PROGRESS TIA [September 24, Confidential 10] RNR [December 3, Confidential 10] Nominated Groups: CJ UUT IGE OCT TML FIRE-EARTH Pulsars: Broadcast 120802 WPTMRGQB Latest FIRE-EARTH DIRECTIVES, ALERTS, FORECASTS, BULLETINS and MESSAGES available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. . . . . . . .


Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, December 8, 2018, #174 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Dane Wigington The human race continues to hit the accelerator as we head over the edge of the abyss. The weather-makers are fully utilizing their resources to engineer yet another winter weather event over North America, Winter Storm Diego. Are environmental protection provisions being augmented? Or are they being completely gutted? The list of recent actions


Nuclear Expansion in Kaiga: Is India Ready for the Risk? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

On 15th of December 2018, the State Pollution Control Board in Karnataka will organise a public hearing on the EIA report for the proposed expansion of the Kaiga Atomic Power Station by adding 2 more units of 700 megawatt each. Kaiga is situated in ecologically fragile region of southern India, and the nuclear power plant has impacted people's safety, environment and livelihoods negatively since its operation.

The post Nuclear Expansion in Kaiga: Is India Ready for the Risk? appeared first on


Democracy Now!: Discussion on "Green New Deal" and the fight against pipline expansion w/ with Winona LaDuke "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The December 7 episode of Democracy Now features Winona LaDuke being interviewed by Amy Goodman. Winona talks about all the "Green New Deal" and the fight against oil pipelines that have been planned to get Tar Sands out of Alberta and how most have fallen by the wayside leaving just Line 3 as the most likely one to get built.


MVP Pipeline Damage Mitigation Fund$ Being Applied in Virginia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

MVP seen on Poor Mountain in Virginia overlooking Spring Hollow Reservoir

First grants awarded from Mountain Valley Pipeline mitigation fund

From an Article by Laurence Hammack, Roanoke Times, December 6, 2018

The first grants from a $27.5 million mitigation fund established to offset the environmental damage caused by building the Mountain Valley Pipeline have been awarded to seven forest conservation projects in Southwest Virginia.

Before starting work on the natural gas pipeline in February, Mountain Valley struck an agreement with several state agencies to compensate for the forest fragmentation and water pollution expected from clearing land and digging trenches for the massive buried pipe.

The state then passed the companys payments on to four conservation groups. The largest share, $15 million, went to the Virginia Outdoors Foundation, which announced this week that it has awarded $3.6 million of that sum to projects in the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Giles, Montgomery, Pittsylvania, Roanoke and Rockbridge.

Included in the grants was $1.2 million for a 553-acre nature park on Brush Mountain in Montgomery County and $165,450 for the purchase of several properties adjacent to Explore Park in Roanoke County.

For some of the organizations that received funding, it was the first perk to come from an unwanted project. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, for example, will use $376,500 to acquire 243 acres of land adjacent to the trail in Botetourt County, providing a buffer to Carvins Cove and protecting the viewshed of McAfee Knob.

But a different part of the scenic footpath already bears the mark of pipeline construction. Mountain Valley crews have cut trees on either side of the Appalachian Trail as it follows the ridgeline of Peters Mountain in Giles County, and have plans to bore a tunnel under the trail for the 42-inch diameter steel pipe.

In the context of Mountain Valley Pipeline, there is no question that MVP will have a lasting impact to the A.T. that could have been avoided, said Andrew Downs, the conservancys regional director for Cen...


Rescued Dog Wont Stop Staring At Her New Dad "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Life has never been easy for a deaf pit bull mix named Blu. As a puppy she spent her time locked in a small room by a family who didn't know how to care for her, until she was surrendered to an overcrowded shelter in Modesto, California.

Blu was saved from death row just in time by Family Dog Rescue, but after a year searching for a forever home, her odds of ever getting adopted seemed slim.

That is, until she met Sean Stevens.

Credit: Instagram/bluthedeafpibble

[The rescue volunteers] let us know that she didnt get very many visitors because of her deafness and some behavioral issues which can make walking her slightly difficult, Stevens told The Dodo. She doesnt really know how to interact with other dogs. She gets very excited, and because she is deaf she cant hear when they start growling or barking at her to stop.

Despite the warnings, Stevens and his partner Marc knew as soon as they saw Blu that shed be a perfect fit for their family. It was pretty immediately after meeting her that we fell for her, Stevens said. Blu is such a sweet girl and we both recognized that once she went to a good home her personality would blossom.

Credit: Sean Stevens

But when they brought Blu home, the nervous dog refused to relax. She played and went on long walks, but once inside Blu wouldnt let her new dads out of her sight.

She would refuse to look away from us even though she was obviously exhausted, Stevens said. We knew she was tired because she wasnt trying to get us to play with her tennis ball or with the stack of toys that we got for her, but was instead sitting and staring at us.



Dog Refuses To Take Bath Anywhere But This Sink "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Franklin the golden retriever loves getting dirty, but when it comes to cleaning up, thats another story. Splashing around in the water is just not Franklin's thing, and that means his mom Anam Rahman is constantly chasing the pup around when its time for a wash.

Being a retriever, baths are not an easy situation, Rahman told The Dodo. He loves to play at the park and the one close to my house has a mulchy bottom so anytime he goes there, especially if theres been a little rain, he needs a bath afterwards.

Credit: Anam Rahman

An attorney with a busy schedule, Rahman doesnt always have time to herd an unwilling Franklin into the bathroom. Thats when she stumbled on a solution, one both she and Franklin loved: the kitchen sink.

It started when I was in a rush for work, and I couldnt go through the entire ordeal of getting him in the tub because hes not too keen on going in to the bathroom, Rahman said. The sink just happened as a necessity because I didnt have time to give him a full bath.

It was so much easier because I could do his paws and his underbelly and I didnt have to wash his entire back, she added.

Credit: Anam Rahman

Over time, Franklin grew and the sink didnt, but that hasnt dampened the now 66-pound dogs adoration for his snug little tub.

He loves it, hes generally super chill and happy in the kitchen, its a much more open space and its just better for everyone involved, Rahman said. Occasionally Ill give him a full bath, but otherwise the sink has been a great alternative.



More Than 9,000 Stolen Songbirds Have Been Saved In Just 10 Days "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The songbirds should have been flying freely in the forest, foraging for food and calling to each other with their melodic trills. But instead, they were being transported to markets in tiny, filthy cages all for the sake of people wanting them to sing inside their homes.

In the course of 10 days, Indonesian police and quarantine officials intercepted three shipments of wild birds, whod been captured in Sumatra and transported to Java, Indonesia.

Credit: FLIGHT

On November 17, they confiscated over 6,000 birds, including songbirds, sunbirds, tailorbirds, prinias, leafbirds, bulbuls and nuthatches, who were being carried in a truck. Six days later, 1,536 caged birds were seized from the back of a bus, and four days after that, an additional 2,140 birds were rescued from a private car.

This adds up to more than 9,600 birds.

Credit: FLIGHT

I think this is the biggest bird seizure that has ever happened in a period of 10 days, Marison Guciano, executive director of FLIGHT: Protecting Indonesia's Birds, told The Dodo. This shows great pressure for Sumatran birds to supply markets in Java.

Wild birds used to be plentiful in Java. In fact, Guciano, who grew up in Java, remembers hearing their sweet calls throughout his childhood.

Credit: FLIGHT

When I was little, I often heard birds singing in the yard of our houses, Guciano said. Not anymore. Now even our forests are silent....


Pig Who Spent Month In A Shelter Cant Believe Her Brand-New Life "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Okja was not an easy pig to catch.

The pig a Meishan, a breed with long, droopy ears and wrinkly skin had been wandering around rural North Carolina for weeks before animal control officers managed to track her down and coax her into their vehicle.

Credit: BSAS

We think she was used for breeding, Alesja Daehnrich, cofounder of Blind Spot Animal Sanctuary (BSAS), told The Dodo. She was also covered in scars and scratches. Her tail was docked, too. Not knowing her age, its hard to tell if she was no longer producing litters successfully and was thrown away or what happened.

Animal control transported Okja to a local shelter but unfortunately, the shelter wasnt equipped to house farm animals, and the staff didnt know how to take care of her. So Okja was forced to spend a month in a small, unheated dog run without proper bedding.

Credit: BSAS

The shelter staff eventually reached out to BSAS to see if theyd take Okja.

Blind Spot was quite full on pigs, but the situation seemed dire as the pig had been there for so long already and so we agreed to admitting her, Daehnrich said.

Credit: BSAS

On Monday, Daehnrichs husband, Alex, drove to the shelter with a horse trailer to pick up Okja so she could begin her new life at the sanctuary.

As she came off the horse trailer, Alex and volunteers wanted to give her a chance to walk around and exercise, Daehnrich said. Okja walked around the sanctuary, checked everythi...


Someone Dyed These Baby Monkeys Blonde To Make Them More 'Attractive' "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In a tiny village in East Java, Indonesia, a cage stood at the edge of a road. Inside were three 6-month-old baby monkeys who were very sick and very scared.

They were captured from the forest, and in the process their mothers were killed, Femke Den Haas, founder of Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN), an animal rescue group in Indonesia, told The Dodo. Then the person who shot the mothers sold them to the person selling them on the side of the road.

Credit: JAAN

The babies were long-tailed macaques, who are commonly found in the local area. But the seller had done something to make the monkeys seem more unique and desirable as pets hed bleached their brown fur with peroxide to turn it blonde.

Sadly, this isnt the first time this has happened, Den Haas explained.

Credit: JAAN

They [the traffickers] always bleach the monkeys to make them look more interesting and like another species such as the Javan leaf monkey, which is a protected species, Den Haas said. Its to make them more attractive and expensive.

But the bleach did more than dye their fur  it also burned the babies skin, causing painful wounds.

Credit: JAAN

The traffickers also used pliers to clip the baby monkeys teeth to make them easier to handle, Den Haas explained. But this had put the tiny animals through an enormous amount of pain.

Their teeth have huge problems, Den Haas said. They...


What Can Really Happen To 'Wedding Doves' After They Fly Away "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A white homing pigeon recently needed a lot of help to arrive home safely.

Now named Lucky Lue, the pigeon was found lying in a park near Ann Arbor, Michigan. There were clearly a lot of things wrong with him.

Credit: Tallgrass Parrot Sanctuary

He was covered in lice and had worms, and seemed to have few instincts for survival.

Its believed that Lucky Lue is a dove release survivor.

Credit: Tallgrass Parrot Sanctuary

The Fantasy

"Dove release" services exist all across the country. These services are hired out to bring homing pigeons to celebrations or memorials. After being released as a symbol of peace or unity, after the perfectly timed photographs are snapped, the birds are supposed to return to a predetermined spot where the service can collect them. But things dont always turn out as planned.

Credit: Tallgrass Parrot Sanctuary

Homing pigeons not actual doves are the kind of birds that the American Dove Association (ADA) says are OK for dove release services to use, unlike actual doves.

The white dove is not the same bird as the white homing pigeon ... Ringneck doves do not have the homing instinct and should not be released in any situation, the ADA wrote. Any ringneck doves that are released will not be able to fly far and become easy prey for predators, nor will they be able to forage on their own....


Ferocious Dog Saved From Dog Meat Festival Learns To Trust People Again "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In May 2017, Huanghuang was on a truck taking her and 600 other dogs somewhere dreadful. They were on their way to the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China, where theyd be cruelly and brutally slaughtered so their meat could be served to festival-goers.

The dogs were packed tighter than sardines into tiny wire cages that were shoved haphazardly onto the truck and they were suffering.

Credit: No Dogs Left Behind

These dogs go through days of transport with no water, and [there was] extreme heat at that time, Jeffrey Beri, founder of No Dogs Left Behind, a rescue group that saves dogs in China, told The Dodo. Theyre packed in cages on top of each other and by the time theyre out, their immune systems are so beat up.

Some dogs had been plucked off the streets as strays; others were former pets whod been stolen from their owners. But Huanghuang had a slightly different story.

Credit: No Dogs Left Behind

The team at No Dogs Left Behind believes Huanghuang had once been used as a guard dog, but was eventually sold to a local slaughterhouse, where she was probably beaten and traumatized while she waited to be killed.

She was raised and fed to sell [at] a good price, No Dogs Left Behind...


Sweetest Mother Dog Has Waited 2 Years For A Family "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Two summers ago, Juju the stray pit bull delivered her nine puppies on the floor of a busy Texas shelter.

Mysti Boehler, founder of StreetsToSheets Animal Rescue, pulled the homeless little family and brought them to her rescue, where Juju could nurse and raise her pups in a much more comfortable place.

Credit: STS

When Jujus adorable pups were old enough, families scrambled to adopt them but two years later, their sweet mom is still at the rescue waiting for her forever home.

She is so deserving, Boehler told The Dodo. Shes the most perfect girl. I cant understand why she gets overlooked.

Credit: STS

Incredibly outgoing and playful, 4-year-old Juju loves children and is great with dogs of all sizes, Boehler said.

Playing with toys is one of her favorite things but nothing beats spending time in the water. Her eyes light up when she sees a water hose, and she darts around in the water with the biggest smile on her face.

Credit: STS

She absolutely loves playing with the hose and going in the swimming pool, Boehler said. If she sees water, shes there!

When Juju isnt looking to play, she loves snuggling and spending time with people.



Police Get A Call To Investigate 'Alligator-Like Creature' "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

It was a normal day at the Neptune Township Police Department in New Jersey on Monday when an incredibly strange call came in. A person was calling to report an alligator-like animal roaming the streets of a residential neighborhood, and had no idea exactly what kind of animal it was. The department dispatched a few officers to the scene, and no one was sure exactly what or who they were going to find when they arrived. 

Credit: Kyle Bascom

When the officers got to the neighborhood, they spotted the creature sunbathing on a neighbors porch and were surprised to discover that he was an iguana, who had somehow escaped from his home about a half a block away from where he was found. 

Hes kept on the second floor of a home and made his way out of the second floor, onto the roof, then onto the ground and was found sitting on a porch chair a few houses away, Kyle Bascom, an officer with the Neptune Township Police Department, told The Dodo. 

Credit: Kyle Bascom

Once the iguana had been identified as such, they were able to go around the neighborhood, knocking on doors and asking if anyone was missing a not-so-furry friend. In the meantime, some of the officers stayed to keep an eye on the iguana, who eventually got bored of hanging out on his neighbors porch, and decided to take to exploring the streets instead. 

Credit: Kyle Bascom

Not wanting him to get hurt, the officers thought the iguana might enjoy hanging out in the back of a police car  ...


Woman Driving Down Mountain Sees A Dog Huddled Up In The Leaves "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

After a group of dogs was abandoned on the side of a mountain in West Virginia, a rescue group went out to collect them and take them in, and was able to get all of them to safety except for one. One of the dogs was so scared that she ran from her rescuers, and after so many failed attempts, they eventually had to call it a day. 

Jace Rowe is in the military and was driving home from the armory on top of the mountain when she spotted the dog, huddled up all alone in a pile of leaves and dirt. The mountain is, unfortunately, a common place for people to dump abandoned dogs. The dog was clearly in need of help, and even though she looked defeated and scared, Rowe knew she had to try and rescue her. 

Credit: Jace Rowe

She melted my heart the moment I laid eyes on her and I just knew that I wasnt leaving her on that mountain to die, Rowe told The Dodo. 

She pulled over and got out of her car, and slowly began to approach the abandoned dog. At first she expected the dog to be scared of her but for some reason, something about Rowe made the little dog feel instantly safe. 

Credit: Jace Rowe

She was not scared of me at all; she got up slowly and walked towards me, Rowe said. Slow but very trusting, almost as if she was thinking, Finally youre here, Im safe now. She put her head right in my hands and let me pet her, eager for attention. 

Credit: Jace Rowe

After gaining her trust and giving her some love and attention, Rowe loaded the dog into her car and checked her over, and could...


There's Nothing Cuter Than This Dog In Her Coyote-Proof Vest "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Beanie was adopted by her mom when she was around 2 years old after being rescued from a hoarding situation. When she was first rescued she was timid, defeated and desperate for someone to finally give her some love and attention, and her new mom couldnt wait to bring her home and watch her slowly start to come out of her shell. 

She was so tiny and sad when I first got her, Amina Akhtar, Beanies mom, told The Dodo. I saw her little face and knew I had to have her in my life.

Credit: Amina Akhtar

Beanie is now 8 years old, and has really come into her own over the past six years. Her tiny Chihuahua body is full of personality, and everyone who knows her is constantly entertained by her antics and her adorable facial expressions. 

Shes hilarious, Akhtar said. Shes a very quiet dog unless the UPS guy is outside. Shes a lover, one of the sweetest dogs ever. She just wants to lick you and get belly rubs and snacks. She can never get enough food! She tries to sneak snacks all the time. 

Credit: Amina Akhtar

Beanie and her mom originally lived in New York City, but a few years ago, the pair moved to Arizona to be closer to Akhtars dad. Life in the mountains near Sedona is much different than life in the big city, and the pair have had to get used to a lot of new things since moving there including coyotes

Its wildlife central, Akhtar said. This is their land, too. We have coyotes, javelinas, bobcats and mountain lions. I have to be careful that nothing is outside before we go out, but sometimes they sneak up on you. One day a coyote was like 12 feet from Bean and I was a little farther away and my heart stopped. 

Beanie is an incredibly tiny dog, and even though her mom watches her like a hawk wh...


Woman Taking Out Trash Sees Box Marked 'Fragile' Then Realizes It's Moving "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A woman was taking out her trash near her home in Bedfordshire, England, on Thursday when she noticed a large box marked fragile sitting in front of the dumpster. She went to push the box out of the way and suddenly realized the box was moving. Concerned, she opened up the box, and found a tied-up plastic garbage bag. She quickly ripped open the bag and was shocked to find a cat inside, terrified and confused. 

Credit: RSPCA

Its a miracle this cat had not suffocated so she immediately removed her and put her in her car which was parked nearby before getting a pet carrier to secure her, Kate Wright, an animal collection officer with the RSPCA, said in a press release. 

The woman couldnt believe her eyes. Clearly someone had gone to great lengths to make sure the cat was unable to escape from the box, and the woman was heartbroken to think that anyone could be so cruel. Knowing the cat was in desperate need of help, she quickly contacted the RSPCA in hopes that they could take her in. 

Amazingly the cat who Ive named Holly is OK, but is unsurprisingly completely terrified, Wright said. 

Credit: RSPCA

Wright quickly rushed Holly to the vet to get checked over after her awful ordeal. Her skin was sore and scabby from a flea allergy, but other than that, she appeared to be in good health. Shes currently staying at the vet to get treatment for her flea allergy and to make sure that shes completely OK before being released After what she went through, its nothing short of a miracle that she escaped any serious harm

Its unthinkable to imagine what may have happened to Holly had this wonderful woman not have saved her, Wright said. She could have suffocated inside the bin liner or she could have been thrown inside the refuse lorry and crushed to death. Someone has obviously intentionally disposed of...


Guy Totally Loses It When He Sees His Birthday Surprise "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

After being out of town on a business trip, Matt Gorski was more than ready to get back home to Brooklyn, New York.

Little did he know that once he walked through the front door, hed be bombarded with the wiggliest and most adorable surprise: A newly-adopted rescue puppy.

Gorskis reaction all caught on camera was just as cute as the dog.

It was a moment of pure happiness, no doubt about it, Gorski told The Dodo. It was the happiest day of my life.

It was love at first sight for George Michael the pup, too. He couldnt stop jumping on and kissing his new dad.

Credit: Jenna Sacks

This was just the heartwarming moment that Gorskis girlfriend, Jenna Sacks, had hoped for. The couple had been talking about getting a second dog for months so when Sacks saw George Michael on Bideawee animal rescues website, she knew he would be the perfect pup to surprise Gorski with for his birthday.

Seeing the now inseparable pair meet for the first time was enough to bring Sacks to tears.

Credit: Jenna Sacks

I was crying because it was so cute, Sacks told The Dodo. If I watch the video now, it still makes me tear up. They were both so happy.

The couples new addition has also been wonderful for their other dog, a 7-year-old mix named Ponyo.

Credit: Jenna Sacks

Shes been a little lonely since we lost her pit bull brother...


Biggest Cuddlebug Has Been Waiting Over 2 Years For A Home "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

To BabyJane, theres only one thing in the world that would make cuddling even more amazing: Finding the perfect family to do it with.

For the past two years, this incredibly snuggly, 6-year-old pit bull has been patiently waiting for her forever home at StreetsToSheets Animal Rescue in Waxahachie, Texas.

Credit: STS

BabyJane gets plenty of love there but with such a sweet personality, her rescuers are completely stumped as to why no one has adopted her yet.

The moment she meets any human, she runs to them and rolls over on her back for belly rubs, Mysti Boehler, founder of StreetsToSheets, told The Dodo. Her tail is always wagging. Shes an amazing girl.

Credit: STS

In addition to her obsession with snuggling and being pet, BabyJane is also quite well-trained, Boehler said.

She loves getting attention and is so friendly with kids and other dogs, Boehler said. Shes healthy, house-trained and crate trained I just dont understand why she gets overlooked.

Credit: STS

Thinking about how long BabyJane has waited for her happy ending is especially bittersweet for Boehler, who rescued the dog herself from a cruel breeding situation two years ago.

BabyJanes previous owner had bred her over and over again for her puppies and then, when the woman decided to stop breeding pit bulls, she chained up the mother dog in a barn. For months, BabyJanes only bed was a hole she dug in the d...


Rescuers Show Up To Help Injured Kangaroo And Realize He's HUGE "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Someone extraordinarily muscular just showed up outside a professional athlete's home in Australia. 

Credit: FFAR

A huge kangaroo was observed from the home of Brent Harvey, who used to play in the North Melbourne Football Club, also known as The Kangaroos. And this actual kangaroo needed some real help.

Credit: FFAR

"A large open wound could be seen on his arm," Manfred Zabinskas, cofounder of Five Freedoms Animal Rescue (FFAR), wrote. "Brents partner, Shayne, was concerned about her other Roo and called her family friend, Krysti (an experienced wildlife rescuer) for help."

Credit: FFAR

Zabinskas came to the scene after Krysti contacted him for help tranquilizing the enormous fellow no one would be able to get close to him otherwise. 

"There was no other way to safely capture such a big animal in such an open location," Zabinskas wrote. 

Tranquilizing the big guy who has come to be called Hugh Hefner after the testosterone-driven Playboy magnate proved to be quite a process.


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FIRE-EARTH Report: Saudi Arabia Terrorists R Us! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

IN PROGRESS TIA [September 24, Confidential 10] RNR [December 3, Confidential 10] Nominated Groups: CJ UUT IGE OCT TML FIRE-EARTH Report: Saudi Arabia Worlds Biggest Sponsor of Terrorism (120702) Background: The Wahhabi Saudi tribe sponsor about 60 of worlds 70 terrorist organizations. [Report 120702 prepared by affiliated political scientists.] Details available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. []


Navigating the Maze of Monsanto-Friendly Science Blogs "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Hank Campbell was until this week president of the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH), a group that claims to be a pro-science consumer advocacy organization, but according to leaked internal documents and emails released via litigation, ACSH offers its advocacy... Read More


Watch: Press Conference at COP24 No Nuclear Road to Paris "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Watch: Press Conference at COP24 - 'No Nuclear Road to Paris' by the Don't Nuke the Climate campaign..

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Brutal New Research Offers Global Reality Check As World Leaders Discuss Paris Accord Goals at COP24 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

By Jessica As world leaders are meeting at the COP24 in Poland to discuss how to achieve goals outlined in the 2015 Paris climate agreement, scientists and activists are raising alarm about brutal new research published by the Global... Read More


Climate change is an argument against nuclear power, not for it: new report contests the nuclear lobbies sales pitch "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

New NIRS report concludes nuclear power will play no meaningful role in averting catastrophic warming
Renewable energy pathways are achievable, cost-effective

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Beyond Fukushima: capturing untold stories of nuclear disasters "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In August 2011, Japanese photographer Kazuma Obara entered the damaged nuclear power plant in Fukushima as a worker and captured unseen, unauthorised images from inside the plant. His photos of the plant rapidly spread across international media. For the following three years, Kazuma continued to cover the story in Fukushima.

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MVP Forced to Stop Work at Cove Hollow in Virginia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Cove Hollow has become a Pond after MVP s mucking around

MVP Forced to Stop Work at Cove Hollow Rubber Duckies Declare Victory

From an Article of Mountain Valley Watch, December 6, 2018

Elliston, VA On December 4, 2018, a flock of rubber ducks declared victory as Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) closed up shop at Cove Hollow Road in Elliston, Virginia. MVP began work at this site four weeks ago but was unable to proceed when they exposed several underground springs while trying to bore under US Route 460 and the railroad tracks. MVP dewatered the site multiple times but the new Cove Hollow Pond, as residents dubbed it, quickly refilled each time. Angry rubber ducks had repeatedly flocked to the site, emblazoned with their messages of: MVP is all wet, Save our Water, and Duck you, MVP.

Crystal Mello, one of a team of citizen observers that has been monitoring construction in eastern Montgomery County, made repeated calls to John McCutcheon of the VIRGINIA Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). McCutcheon told Mello that the equilibrium within the groundwater and geology would return to normal after dewatering. Mello responded at the State Water Control Board (SWCB) on November 28 by saying: Im a cleaning lady. Im not a scientist, Im not a lawyer, Im not a professor, but I know that does not make sense. And for three weeks and five days water has continued to flow into this pond. On December 3, Mello spoke by phone with McCutcheon who acknowledged that MVP is abandoning plans at this site and would return to it in the Spring when it is less wet.

Attorney Tammy Belinsky scoffed at the DEQs response. MVP and the permitting agencies were told time and time again that the unique geology of the Appalachian region is a safety threat. They were told that the route is saturated with groundwater. Yet they ignored the experts and refused to perform risk assessments. The so-called mitigation plans that purportedly would get them out of this predicament are worth less than the paper they were printed on. Less wet in the springtime? Not a chance. On top of our ordinarily wet springs, the El Nino is with us this winter. MVP would have been better off consulting an astrologist.

Chris DiGiulio, a chemist and biologist from Chester County, Penn., who has documented and reported multiple violations by Sunoco/Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) as...


Guy Spots Rare Bird In Middle Of Ocean Then Sees What He's Eating "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

It was another day on the water in August for long-distance swimmer Ben Lecomte until he noticed someone magnificent landing in the ocean right next to him.

It was a black-footed albatross, a rare and incredibly large seabird who spend nearly their entire lives without setting foot on land. The wild bird bumped Ben with his beak as he swam by, likely curious to know what he and his boat crew were doing there, 620 miles off the coast of Japan.

Credit: Instagram/Ben Lecomte

To the crews excitement, it wasnt long before more of the huge birds landed and began skimming the waters surface for food. But the magical moment quickly turned south when the group realized what the birds were trying to eat: a large piece of plastic floating in the water.

A crew member rushed in to retrieve it from the birds, but minutes later, several more pieces had floated in.

We had to shout at [the bird we nicknamed] Albi, because he was going for a piece of plastic instead of prey, Paul Lecomte, Ben's nephew and the expedition manager, told The Dodo. Albi is not good at telling the difference between life and plastic, and we found out that he is very attracted by colorful debris. Every time we saw him going for a plastic meal, we reacted with a big No!

Albatross are said to be a very good omen for sailors, but that day, it was the birds who had luck on their sides. Since this species hunts at the waters surface, they are especially vulnerable to accidentally eating plastic debris. Over time, impacted trash in their stomachs will kill them.

Credit: Instagram/Ben Lecomte

We can't help but think about how many plastic meals Albi and all the other Albis have when we are not around, Paul said. The first thing t...


Guy Looks Closer At The Snow And Spots Someone Magical "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Not even Rudolph can top this magical reindeer.

On a recent visit to northern Norway, travel photographer Mads Nordsveen was hiking through the snow when an absolutely stunning animal caught his eye up ahead.

Credit: Caters/Mads Nordsveen

Looking right at him was a reindeer calf with entirely white fur and icy blue eyes. The animal almost blended in perfectly against the snow-covered ground and mountains.

"He came to me very close and we looked into each other's eyes, Nordsveen told BBC. He was very calm when he saw that I did not have bad intentions.

Credit: Caters/Mads Nordsveen

The little calf simply stood right by Nordsveen as he snapped a few photos. In some of the pictures, he is looking straight into the camera likely curious to know what the contraption was.

Credit: Caters/Mads Nordsveen

He behaved as if he was posing for my photos, Nordsveen said. He was very curious and funny, like a little explorer.

The little white-haired calf was so unique that Nordsveen said he looked like a fairy-tale character.

Credit: Caters/Mads Nordsveen

Rather than being albino...


Guy Decides To Surprise His Family With A New Pet For Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Perhaps the most memorable Christmas gift one North Carolina woman has ever received was presented to her in the most casual possible way her husband simply turned to her and showed her a picture on his phone.

Credit: Instagram/finns.finnstagram

The picture was of a baby cow and Amanda Smith was over the moon. 

"I've wanted one since I was very little," Smith explained. "He found one in Maryland at a dairy farm."

Credit: Instagram/finns.finnstagram

Like with so many baby cows (especially males) born on dairy farms, the calf in the photo would have had an uncertain if not fatal future. 

But the Smiths were determined to give the baby cow, whom they named Finn, a happy home where he could grow up and be a pet, just like one of their rescue dogs

Credit: Instagram/finns.finnstagram

It was another couple of weeks before they could drive up and bring Finn back to North Carolina, where they live. And when they did, the reality of the gift truly dawned on Amanda.

"[Finn's owner] met us halfway at a parking lot and [Finn] was so freaked out," she remembered. "We opened the door and I was like, 'Oh my God.'"


Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations: The Myth of the Middle "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Ray Acheson | Amidst all this tension [at this year's UN First Committee], its no surprise that appeals for a middle ground are also on repeat. It sounds rational: so many cracks and fissures have begun to split wide open, and a number of delegations are keen to build bridges. But this impulse for the middle is misguided and dangerous.

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TransCanada Litigation Threatens Unistoten Territory "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Unistoten Camp / IntercontinentalCry

An injunction application and civil litigation filed by TransCanada Coastal GasLink aims to criminalize Unistoten Camp and forcibly facilitate pipeline construction across unceded Unistoten territory.

TransCanada is seeking an interim, interlocutory or permanent injunction, police enforcement, and financial damages for those occupying, obstructing, blocking, physically impeding or delaying access to our own unceded homelands.

Instead of naming the Unistoten house group and hereditary chiefs (Din ze and Tsak ze), who collectively hold title and govern Unistoten territory according to Anuk Nuaten (Wetsuweten law), these legal actions criminalize individuals who have laboured to protect our territories in an expression of our collective will. TransCanada continues to ignore the jurisdiction and authority of our hereditary chiefs and our feast system of governance, which was recognized by the Supreme Court of Canada in the 1997 Deglamuukw-Gisdaywa court case.

This is our house groups work. Its a shared vision and purpose, stated Dr. Karla Tait, Unistoten house group member. The fact that this company can make a civil suit thinking that Freda Huson and Warner Naziel are the only ones standing in the way of their project is utterly ignorant and out of touch with all that we stand for as Unistoten and as Indigenous people. It shows that they have no understanding and appreciation for the relationship that we have with our territories, and the relationships we have with one another as members of a house group, of a clan, of a nation.

The Unistoten Camp is not a blockade, a protest, or a demonstration it is a permanent, non-violent occupation of Unistoten territory, established to protect our homelands from illegal industrial encroachments and to preserve a space for our community to heal from the violence of colonization....


Captured On Radar, Geoengineered Winter Weather Over Atlantic City "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Dane Wigington Geoengineering Watch has again captured radar animations that prove geoengineering operations are manufacturing winter weather over specific regions. The increasingly desperate and destructive operations being carried out by the weather-makers is far beyond alarming. Engineering winter weather" events are one of the primary missions of the climate engineers as the abrupt climate collapse scenario continues to


CA chlorpyrifos guidelines: Just for show "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CA Farm

In 2016, California used almost a million pounds of the highly toxic, brain-harming pesticide chlorpyrifos. In November 2018, under pressure from communities around the state who have suffered health consequences of exposure to this pesticide, the states Department of Pesticide Regulations (DPR) announced guidelines to protect communities from it.

Disappointingly, DPRs measures left much to be desired. The recommended restrictions include a minimal 150-foot no-application setback zone around homes, schools and other "sensitive sites" and limited restrictions on the crops and pests the chemical can be used on. Chlorpyrifos will still be sprayed on many common crops across the state.

The science is clear

The new mitigation measures fall far short of the currently challenged national ban on chlorpyrifos ordered by the Federal Appeals Court in August 2018 and counter what DPR's own Toxic Air Contaminant study says about vulnerable populations like children. DPRs scientific conclusions about chlorpyrifos were announced at a hearing...

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Cheers to the Power of Advocacy and Climate Progress in DC "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Jessica Beal, CCAN Intern

A week ago we received the news that the DC Council would move to pass the Clean Energy DC Act (the first of two votes). This is the news that CCAN has been waiting for, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to be apart of a coalition that worked diligently to pass this monumental bill.

After having some time to reflect on all of the people that I witnessed fight for this victory,  it was the volunteers that I met through this process that left the largest impression on me. I was inspired by the Howard University students, the local residents, and CCAN Action Fund volunteers that showed up to every event, that spoke out about the importance passing this bill, and took action in their own communities.

Before my arrival at CCAN, I had been wallowing in a feeling of discouragement due to the federal governments inaction in regards to climate change. Yet these activists summoned a spirit of revival within me, and renewed my hope in the power of advocacy. Our work at CCAN could not be done without the help of volunteers who choose to not let others stand in the way of a sustainable future. In fact, the fight may not always lead to a victory, but that should never terminate your will to persist.

So I write this post both as a thank you to the volunteers who took the time to fight for the Clean Energy DC Act and inspired me, but also as a notice to others. Your voice matters, and any action that you choose to take to fight for your cause is important. I carried one of thirteen  boxes full of 10,000 petitions through the halls of the D.C. Council. Each petition signed was someone who took the opportunity to state their opinion. I felt the weight of each individuals voice as I marched it to a Councilmembers office. It matters that we do what we can: sign a petition, speak at a local hearing, engage with people in your community. You never know who it will inspire, and what your actions will accomplish.

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Anti-colonial Land Defense and Allies Stop Work at Enbridge Pipeline Site "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Submitted by Anti-colonial Land Defense

Anti-colonial Land Defense & members of Anonymous Twin Ports successfully shut down an ACTIVE Enbridge worksite today near Wawina MN, resulting with ALL Enbridge employees leaving the site, a total stoppage of ALL work, & NO arrests incurred! Pre-construction IS construction, so STOP ALL CONSTRUCTION on Line 3! Today we also adorned fluorescent yellow & orange work vests in solidarity with the rad folk in so-called France throwin down super hard as well!


We mess with Enbridge and their workers on a daily basis; it costs them money EVERY time we disrupt & EVERY time Enbridge or the police have to respond to us- even on integrity digs and old Line 3 work (this one near Wawina)we say, No business as usual, & we wont stop until Enbridge stops, we support a diversity of tactics, & today we are shutting down work & not with the intent of getting arrested, as it is NOT always necessary to be effective, but we recognize there are many levels & layers to tactic escalation. the racist colonial prison industrial complex does not need to be fed with more POC (people of color), nor do we need to repetitively employ tactics that expend a lot of the struggles resources and only minimally stop construction or not at all. We believe we can be as effective in many ways, including resisting creatively, & staying free to roam & kick ass as long as possible we positively weigh risk-ability over arrestability, but simultaneously stand in constant SOLIDARITY with all our comrades-regardless of tactics chosen- in our resistance against the destructive white supremacist colonial capitalist status quo! Everyone is needed as well as all the tools in the toolbox!

No Line 3!
No Pipelines, mines or other racist resource colonialism EVER!...


First Ever Sun-Dimming Experiment Will Mimic Volcanic Eruption in Attempt to Reverse Global Warming "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

From The Independent

Sun blocked from reaching the earths surface in The Matrix

Scientists plan to mimic the effects of a massive volcanic eruption in a bid to tackle global warming.

Plans to geoengineer the atmosphere by blocking out sunlight have been floated before, but an experiment launched next year by Harvard researchers will be the first to test the theory in the stratosphere.

The team will use a balloon suspended 12 miles above Earth to spray tiny chalk particles across a kilometre-long area, with the intention of reflecting the Suns rays away from the planet.

In doing so, they will attempt to replicate on a small scale the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines in 1991.

During this event, the volcano spewed 20 million tonnes of sulphur dioxide into the stratosphere, creating a haze that cooled the planet by 0.5C for around 18 months returning the Earth to its pre-industrial temperature.

The scientists argue that replicating this effect on a large scale could provide the planet with respite from global warming, stopping sea ice from melting and protecting coral from bleaching.

As efforts to tackle climate change appear ever more desperate, geoengineering has emerged as an increasingly appealing prospect albeit a controversial one that has drawn criticism from scientists and environmentalists.

Some have suggested that solar geoengineering could have profound complications, for example wiping out crops, while others argue it distracts attention from cutting fossil fuel emissions.



Shell isnt serious about climate commitments until "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Our response to a statement by Royal Dutch Shell at COP24

The attention of the world is on Poland this week and next as global leaders gather for the 24th U.N. Conference of the Parties (COP24) to determine how the Paris Agreement will be enacted.

Seizing a chance at the global spotlight on these latest rounds of U.N. climate negotiations, Royal Dutch Shell issued a statement on Sunday making ever-more commitments to help combat global warming.  

On its face, Shells words sound great.  But the record shows that Shells actions fall dramatically short of walking the talk.

Not the First Time Shell has made Climate Promises

This isnt the first time that Shell made big pronouncements on climate.  Shell is one of eight companies who signed the Guiding Principles to Reduce Methane Emissions document this time last year.  They are one of 13 companies who make up the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) who have committed to reducing methane pollution to near zero throughout the entire gas supply chainincluding the operations they did not control.

Yet Shell, and the rest of these companies who have made promises to cut methane emissions, have refused to oppose the Trump administrations moves to eviscerate the Environmental Protection Agencys national methane safeguardsthe very standards that would require them to fulfill their promises to cut oil and gas methane pollution.  

Worse than refusing to oppose these dangerous rollbacks of methane rules, Shell was caught red handed actually lobbying the Trump White House to weaken EPAs oil and gas methane safeguardswhich is precisely what the Trump administration subsequently did.  



Spills, Explosions, and Deceptions: just another week for Energy Transfer "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

It seems as if Energy Transfers executives are living in a completely different world than the rest of us. In one world, bigwigs like CEO Kelcy Warren are celebrating the companys successful merger from two entities Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) and Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) into one, simplified Energy Transfer (ET). The ET merger benefits top execs like Warren, while ripping off investors with slashed distribution cuts.

In the other world, Energy Transfer continues to leave behind a wake of destruction and deceit while doing its dirty business. Here are the grim highlights:

An explosion in Texas and a cover up?

Lets begin our roundup in Coyanosa, Texas, where Energy Transfer operates a gas plant, numerous compressors, and a network of intersecting pipelines called the Waha Hub. The gas plant has been prone to problems before; in November of 2017, Earthworks documented disturbing black flaring at the site, and it did not look pretty:

Fast forward just over a year to November 23, 2018: this time a pipeline connected to that plant exploded, hospitalizing two contractors. Heres a snapshot of what that looked like:


Air Pollution in India Killed 1.24 Million People in 2017 Report "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

IN PROGRESS TIA [September 24, Confidential 10] RNR [December 3, Confidential 10] Nominated Groups: All Groups FEWW-R: Indias toxic air killed 1.24m people in 2017 Background: Indias air pollution killed 1.24 million people in 2017, or 12.5 percent of all recorded deaths for the year, according to a study published in the Lancet Planetary Health. []


Seven Convicted of Killing Honduran Indigenous Activist Berta Cceres "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


A Honduran court has convicted seven men in the murder of indigenous rights activist Berta Cceres in 2016.

Until her death on March 2, 2016, Cceres had been leading a fierce campaign against the Agua Zarca dam in western Honduras, a joint project between the Honduran company Desarrollos Energticos SA (DESA) and Chinese-owned Sinohydro. The dam was being built on the Gualcarque River without consultation with the Lenca indigenous community that depends on the river for their food and water.

Cceres, who won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in 2015, had received numerous threats for her activism against the dam before she was killed by gunmen at her home in the city of La Esperanza. Mexican environmentalist Gustavo Castro was also shot, but he survived the attack.

Those found guilty of her murder are Sergio Ramn Rodrguez Orellana, manager of DESA; Douglas Geovanny Bustillo, a former soldier and ex-security chief of DESA; Mariano Daz Chvez, an army major; Henry Javier Hernndez; Edwin Rapalo; Edilson Duarte Meza; and Oscar Torres. An eighth defendant, Emerson Duarte, accused of covering up the crime, was acquitted.

To date, nine people have been arrested in connection with Cceress murder. David Castillo Meja, executive president of DESA, was charged with being the mastermind of the murder in March this year. He will face a separate trial.

Cceress family, along with Gustavo Castro; COPINH, the organization that Cceres led; and their legal teams have released a...


Unistoten Healing Centre "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


The safety and wellbeing of Unistoten territory is under threat from TransCanadas injunction application, which asks police to force a fracked gas pipeline through our home. We have hosted youth and womens gatherings, and the centre is currently home to several of our Wetsuweten people who are receiving treatment for addiction.

We see TransCanadas legal threat, which requests that the RCMP enter our territory by force, as a direct challenge to the safety of our residents and an extension of the colonial violence from which we are trying to heal.


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Request for Supplies: Unistoten Wishlist/Needslist Updated "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


TransCanada has applied for an injunction against the Unistoten and help is needed sending food up to camp. Do you have things you could donate? Do you have money to contribute to folks buying supplies? Are you going to camp and wondering what to bring?

The Wishlist/Needslist always stays up-to-date here



Menu at UN Climate Conference Could Contribute 4,000 Metric Tons of Greenhouse Gases "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

KATOWICE, Poland New analysis from the Center for Biological Diversity, Farm Forward and Brighter Green today finds that the meat-heavy menu at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change conference COP24 could contribute more than 4,000 metric tons of greenhouse... Read More


Interactive: How climate finance flows around the world "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Climate finance is one of the bedrocks of negotiations at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), including the COP24 talks taking place this month in Katowice, Poland.

Climate finance refers to money both from public and private sources which is used to help reduce emissions and increase resilience against the negative impacts of climate change.

Rich countries have promised they will provide $100bn a year in climate finance to poorer nations by 2020. The UNFCCCs recent biennial assessment found this sum had reached $75bn in 2016, a step forward compared to the $65bn given in 2015.

But what does this climate finance actually look like? How does it flow from country to country? Here, Carbon Brief takes a deep dive into a climate finance database collated by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The project-level data gives key insights not only into country-to-country flows of finance, but also the type of finance different donor countries tend to offer. For example, it shows which countries offer the biggest proportion to adaptation rather than mitigation projects, and whether grants or loans tend to dominate the money given.

Carbon Brief has produced a series of interactive flow diagrams using the data, available together here as a graphical story and further explained below.

Key takeaways

  • Donor governments gave climate finance totalling $34bn in 2015 and $37bn in 2016, according to OECD estimates (note that this is not a full estimate of money counting towards the $100bn pledge see below for more).
  • Japan was the largest donor, giving $10.3bn per year (bn/yr) on average over the two years. It was followed, in order, by Germany, France, the UK and the US.
  • India was the largest recipient on average, receiving $2.6bn/yr. It was followed, in order, by Bangladesh, Vietnam, th...


The weirdness of the Oracle board. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Reality forces them to continually choose between recognizing the emptiness and historical absurdity of their core beliefs or holding themselves hostage to those beliefs by escalating their commitment, no matter what foul means may be required to make reality conform to their fantasy.  Paul Murphy Tool of the devil, harmless family gameor fascinating glimpse into []


More & More: Drilling Here, Fracking There, Crushing the Roads Overthere "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

There are a number of phases to the process, fracking, stimulation & completion

Natural Gas Drilling & Fracking Activity Highlights Abound

From an Update of Larry Prado, Hart Energy, E & P Magazine, December 3, 2018

MARCELLUS-UTICA REGION (0hio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia)

Antero Resources Corp. has been issued permits for three Shiloh-Wick Field-Marcellus Shale ventures in Tyler County, W.Va. The permitted wells will be drilled from a drillpad on a 317-acre lease in Centerville District, Middlebourne 7.5 Quad. The Heintzman Unit 1H well has a planned depth of 17,800 ft and will be drilled to the south. The Heintzman Unit 2H well has a planned depth of 17,500 ft and will be drilled to the southeast. The Heintzman Unit 3H well has a planned depth of 17,400 ft and will be drilled to the east-southeast. Nearby production in the Shiloh-Wick Field is at an Antero Utica producer, Rymer Unit 4HD. It was completed in 2016 flowing 20 MMcf/d of gas.

Ascent Resources LLC has received permits for four Utica Shale-Colerain Field wells in Jefferson County, Ohio. The wells will be drilled from a drillpad in Section 34, Mount Pleasant Township. The Ruth E MTP 2H well has a planned depth of 22,000 ft, and the Ruth E MTP 4H well has a planned depth of 22,000 ft. The Ruth E MTP 6H well has a planned depth of 22,500 ft, and the Ruth E MTP 8H well has a planned depth of 23,000 ft.

Ascent Resources LLC is underway at two Jewett Consolidated Field wells in Jefferson County, Ohio. The Utica Shell wells are on a 378-acre lease in Section 18-8n 3w. The Geno E SMF JF 5H well has a planned depth of 24,300 ft and will be drilled to the northwest. The offsetting Geno W SMF JF 1H well has a planned depth of 26,000 ft, and it will be drilled to the north. Nearby production is at an American Energy Partners completion in Section 27 in the Dillonvale 7.5 Quad at the Smithfi eld A 1H-27 well. The Smithfield pad discovery was drilled to 18,525 ft (9,631 ft true vertical depth), and it was tested flowing 18.1 MMcf/d of gas.

Southwestern Energy Co. has received permits to drill two Marcellus Shale tests from a drillpad in Ohio County, W.Va. The Roy Riggle OHI 6H well has a projected depth of 12,429 ft and a projected...


Pigeon Stalks The Woman Who Saved Her All Over The House "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When Kail Marie saved a baby pigeon years ago, she had no idea she'd end up with a new family member.  

"Currently, she is on my pillow waiting for me to get out of bed," Marie told The Dodo on Tuesday morning. 

Credit: Kail Marie

The pigeon, now named Solomah, was first brought to Marie five years ago.

She was just a baby pigeon and had been found on the ground all alone when she should have still been in her nest. Marie who runs Tallgrass Parrot Sanctuary in Kansas was happy to help save the little pigeon's life.

Once she grew stronger and older, Solomah joined others like her in Marie's barn. 

"She has been with an outside flock of feral pigeons that live in our barn all this time," Marie said.

But that changed recently. 

Credit: Kail Marie

Last week a hawk started circling the barn, and perhaps that specter is why Solomah decided she had had enough of outside life. 

"Next thing I know she flew in the front door when I came home and has refused to leave," Marie said.

Credit: Kail Marie

As with many family members, Solomah has little respect for Marie's privacy, as evidenced Tuesday morning when Marie got out of bed at Solomah's urging only to be followed. 

"Earlier she followed me into the bathroom while I took a shower," Marie said.



Dog Saved From 'Nightmare' Breeder Is Unrecognizable Now "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

He was nameless, filthy and terrified.

Trapped inside a barn stall at a New Jersey puppy mill, the matted little poodle mix couldnt do anything but sit with the other dogs for comfort.

The floors were piled high with waste and mud, and each one of the dogs was covered in it from head to toe. They had likely been suffering there their whole lives.

Credit: ACC

This was the scene rescuers walked into earlier this fall when authorities called for the seizure of over 130 dogs living on the property in Shamong. Numerous rescues, including Atlantic County Canines (ACC), stepped in to take the dogs. Unfortunately, over 40 dogs had already passed away and were being stored in a freezer.

Credit: Pet Watch NJ

The smell in the house was so bad people werent permitted inside without face masks, Abi Conway, volunteer for the rescue, told The Dodo. Think of a filthy, creepy horror movie set that was this place.

Credit: ACC

Kept in squalor and bred to support the owners puppy selling business, the majority of dogs had never been vaccinated, groomed or neutered. The breeder kept everything from small breeds, like Westies, to large breeds like Dobermans.

Credit: ACC



Met Office: Climate change made 2018 UK summer heatwave 30 times more likely "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

This years summer heatwave, which saw temperature records broken across the UK, was made up to 30 times more likely by climate change, a new assessment says.

A preliminary study by scientists at the Met Office Hadley Centre finds that the extreme heat experienced by the UK this year had around a 12% chance of occuring. In a world without climate change, it would have had a 0.5% chance, according to the results.

The influence of climate change on the odds of the 2018 summer heatwave is the highest recorded for a study of this kind looking at extreme events in the UK, the study scientist tells Carbon Brief at the UNs 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) in Katowice, Poland.

And, by 2050, the chances of such a heatwave occuring could reach 50%, the scientist adds. With continued emissions, well eventually make it impossible to adapt.

Feeling the heat

This years summer heatwave dominated front pages in the UK  with all-time temperature records broken in, among other places, Belfast (29.5C), Glasgow (31.9C) and Porthmadog, Wales (33C).

The new analysis suggests that such extreme heat was made around 30 times more likely by human-caused climate change.

The results are surprising, says study author Prof Peter Stott, who leads on climate monitoring and attribution at the Met Office Hadley Centre. Speaking to Carbon Brief at COP24, he says:

This is a piece of scientific evidence showing that this is not just chance; were not just unlucky. Were reaping the results of our emissions.

If you look right back at global temperatures, its effectively impossible to have the temperatures that were having now without human-induced climate change. Zooming in to a region like the UK, this is probably the highest Ive seen in that context.

Climate change chiefly heightens the risk of heatwaves by raising global temperatures, but the 2018 heat could have also been influenced by unusual patterns of weather in the atmosphere, he adds:

This is largely dominated by rising temperatures. It real...


Will Polands COP24 Presidency and its addiction to coal undermine ambitious global climate goals? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

By Kevin Anderson[1] and Magdalena Kuchler[2]
Dec. 2018

[1]Prof. Energy and Climate Change, CEMUS, Uppsala University
and Deputy Director of the Tyndall Centre, University of Manchester

[2]Senior Lecturer, Natural Resources and Sustainable Development,
Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University

This years round of climate change negotiations (COP24, the twenty-fourth meeting of the conference of the parties) is being hosted by the Polish city of Katowice the proud centre of the countries thriving coal industry and the powerhouse of the Governments proposed energy policy.

Katowice was built on black gold, the colloquial name for coal, with around 50 collieries operating within the city limits through until the 1930s. Today, as Katowice endeavours to rebrand itself as a city of economic and industrial transformation, twenty-two of Polands remaining twenty-three hard coal mines are sited within fifty kilometres of the city, producing more hard coal than any other EU region.

If COP24 coincided with Poland ushering in a clean energy revolution, then inviting the worlds policy makers, diplomats, scientists and NGOs to lend support to such a transformation would be understandable. But in stark contrast, Polands draft energy policy is set to lock the country into a high carbon fossil fuel future for many decades to come, in essence, to reject the Paris Agreement and embrace a latent form of climate denial. So why is the Polish government hosting its third COP in eleven years?

The Paris Agreement established a global commitment to reduce emissions in line with holding the rise in temperature to well below 2C and to pursue the even more ambitious target of 1.5C. Negotiators will be gathering in Katowice to compose the rule book for aligning national mitigation with Paris and for increasing financial support to poorer nations. Once established, this rule book will likely remain the principal framework of international guidance for many years to come. By hosting COP, the Polish Government can apply the subtle influence of the COP presidency to constrain the level of international, and particularly EU, ambition. Early signs from Michal Kurtyka, the COP24 president and Polands former Deputy Minister of Energy, suggests he will resist aligning the EUs mitigation policies with the Paris 2C commitment, let alone consider the rapid and deep reductions called for in the recent IPCC 1.5 C and UN Emissions Gap Reports.

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PUC Casts Final Pro Pipeline Vote: Line 3 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

As expected, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) today rejected requests to reconsider its approval of the Enbridge Line 3 crude oil pipeline through northern Minnesota. As predictable as it was, the decision remains heart breaking.


Climate Justice Forum: Railroad Bridge Lawsuit, Kalispel Rez Air Quality, Columbia River Methanol Refinery & Oil Terminal, Alberta Tar Sands Trains, Idaho Oil & Gas Penalties, Northwest Climate Change 12-5-18 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Wednesday, December 5, 2018, Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news and reflections on north Idaho railroad bridge litigation, Kalispel reservation air quality re-designation, a proposed Columbia River methanol refinery and tar sands train terminal, Canadian oil-by-rail increases, Idaho fines and possible eviction of oil and gas driller Alta Mesa, and Northwest climate change and Pacific El Nio predictions.  Broadcast for seven years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


Atomic Africa: Nuclear Energys Dirty Secrets "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Power. Africa's new middle class wants power. Electric power, nuclear power. All over Africa, uranium mines fuel the continent's dangerous dream of cheap atomic energy.

The post Atomic Africa: Nuclear Energys Dirty Secrets appeared first on


Ticking Time Bomb: Giant Stockpile of Nuclear Waste Endangers US "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The largest privately owned nuclear waste dump in the United States is vulnerable to Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Terrorism & More. RT Americas Natasha Sweatte has the story.

The post Ticking Time Bomb: Giant Stockpile of Nuclear Waste Endangers US appeared first on


Subsidizing Nuclear power for Climate Change is a Bad Idea "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

M V Ramana | Let us return to the most basic assumption needed for the argument for subsidies to stick, namely that utilities would replace shut down nuclear plants with fossil fueled plants.

The post Subsidizing Nuclear power for Climate Change is a Bad Idea appeared first on


Former Presidential Candidate Gives Exclusive Interview To Geoengineering Watch "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Dane Wigington Dr. Chuck Baldwin has a very long and impressive resume (also covered in Wikipedia), including being the 2008 presidential candidate for the Constitutional Party. In a world where preconception, ideology and bias increasingly rule the day, Dr. Baldwin has long since been a courageous outspoken voice of reason and fact based conclusions. Dr. Baldwin's unyielding


Press Release: Pledges to support Unistoten Camp in advance of LNG pipeline injunction hearing on International Human Rights Day "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Pledges to support Unistoten Camp in advance of LNG pipeline injunction hearing on International Human Rights Day


12/05/18, Coast Salish Territories / Vancouver BC:

Sixty five organizations and 1527 individuals are pledging support to the Unistoten Camp, demanding that Coastal GasLink, RCMP, and Federal and Provincial governments take no actions in violation of Wetsuweten collective Title and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The pledge was issued in advance of an injunction hearing in Prince George on December 10, International Human Rights Day. Rallies in support of Unistoten Camp will also take place in Prince George, Toronto, and Vancouver.

On November 27, Coastal GasLink Pipeline Ltd. served notice for a civil lawsuit, claiming financial damages for occupying, obstructing, blocking, physically impeding or delaying access and applied for an injunction against the Unistoten Camp.

According to Smogelgem, Hereditary Chief of the Laksamshu Clan, The legal notice personally names me and Freda Huson. This as an attempt to individualize, demobilize and criminalize us in order to bulldoze through our home. Our house groups and hereditary chiefs collectively hold title according to our Anuk Nuaten (Wetsuweten law). What we are doing to live on and protect our lands, as our ancestors did, is an expression of collective will.

The use of legal injunctions and litigation against the Unistoten is part of a long colonial history of criminalization against Indigenous...


Analysis: Fossil-fuel emissions in 2018 increasing at fastest rate for seven years "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Hopes that global CO2 emissions might be nearing a peak have been dashed by preliminary data showing that output from fossil fuels and industry will grow by around 2.7% in 2018, the largest increase in seven years.

The new data, from researchers at the Global Carbon Project (GCP), is being published in Earth System Science Data Discussions and Environmental Research Letters to coincide with the UNs COP24 climate summit in Poland. The rapid increase in 2018 CO2 output from fossil fuel use and industry follows a smaller 1.6% rise in 2017. Before that, three years of flat emissions output to 2016 had raised hopes that emissions had peaked.

This year, the largest increases have occurred in China, driven by government stimulus of the construction industry. US emissions have also increased markedly in 2018, after an unusually cold winter and hot summer helped to drive up energy demand.

Continued emissions growth in 2019 appear[s] likely, the researchers say, driven by rising oil and gas use and rapid economic growth. While some progress has been made, they add that the world has not yet reached the point where the energy system is being decarbonised fast enough to offset economic growth.

The increase in overall human-caused CO2 emissions may be smaller than the increase from fossil fuels and industry, the GCP says, up an estimated 0.7% in 2018. This is due to a reduction in land-use emissions offsetting some of the increase from fossil fuels.

Nevertheless, the 2018 increase in emissions puts the world even further away from meeting its climate change goals under the Paris Agreement.

Largest increase in seven years

The GCP is a group of international researchers who assess both sources and sinks of carbon. It has published an annual global carbon budget report since 2006.

Its newly released global carbon budget for 2018 provides estimates of CO2 from fossil fuel and industry  in each country, as well as global emissions from changes in land u...


FIRE-EARTH Alerts 120502 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Nominated Groups: CJ UUT IGE OCT TML FIRE-EARTH Alerts:  MWNJ, LBVX, OVDW, MFHP, RONK, CWCO, BVRQ, BPDR, MSQC, HDOT 120502 ALERTS issued by FIRE-EARTH Science and affiliated scientists. Details available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. . . . . .


Justice for Indigenous leader Berta Cceres "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Honduran Indigenous environmental activist Berta Isabel Cceres Flores (Lenca) received some measure of justice on Nov. 29, when seven men were finally convicted of her murder. Cceres was killed on March 2, 2016, by agents associated with Desa,... Read More


Magnitude 7.5 and Magnitude 6.6 168km ESE of Tadine, New Caledonia December 5, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

M 7.5 168km ESE of Tadine, New Caledonia

  • 2018-12-05 04:18:08 (UTC)
  • 21.969S 169.446E
  • 10.0 km depth
M 6.6 192km ESE of Tadine, New Caledonia
  • 2018-12-05 06:43:04 (UTC)
  • 22.050S 169.668E
  • 10.0 km depth

Seismotectonics of the Eastern Margin of the Australia Plate


Strong Aftershocks Follow New Caledonia M7.5 Event "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

AMB  120502 About two dozen strong aftershocks follow New Caledonia M7.5 earthquake The largest aftershock/earthquake measured M6.6, USGS reported. Earthquake  Details Magnitude: 6.6 mww 192km ESE of Tadine, New Caledonia 2018-12-05 06:43:04 (UTC) 10.0 km M5.7 141km E of Tadine, New Caledonia 2018-12-05 04:41:56 (UTC) 10.0 km M5.9 130km ESE of Tadine, New Caledonia []


Concerns over the Falcon Pipeline of the Shell Cracker Chemical Plant "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Shell Cracker under construction in Ohio River Valley in Beaver County, PA

Opposition Growing Against Natural Gas Pipeline To Supply Beaver Co. Cracker Plant

From KDKA-TV, CBS News 2, Pittsburgh, December 3, 2018

BEAVER, Pa. Some pipelines in the region have ruptured, causing massive explosions. Others under construction, like the Mariner East pipeline, have been slapped with hundreds of violations for spills.

Now, opposition is growing for another pipeline to supply the cracker plant in Beaver County.

With the sprawling $6 billion plant under construction on the banks of the Ohio River, Shell Oil promises to bring thousands of jobs and economic vitality back to the county.

The mammoth plant also, however, brings safety and environmental concerns, including the proposed pipeline that will bring it natural gas.

Theres never been a pipeline that never leaked. Thats a fact. Every pipeline leaks sooner or later, and some of them, as we just saw in Center Township, they explode, Bob Schmetzer, of Aliquppa, said.

New natural gas pipelines are criss-crossing the state, and the Energy Transfer Company gas line exploded less than a week into its operation. The fact that the explosion was caused by shifting ground doesnt inspire confidence in homeowners like Rachel Meyer.

We certainly know that this past year with the rains, weve seen a lot of landslides, and it looks like that was the reason that that happened. So, you know, its scary that there wasnt more preparation and understanding that that could have been something that would happen, Meyer said.

The cracker plant will need a continual supply of ethane gas to crack or transform into plastics. Shell is proposing the two-legged, 97-mile Falcon Pipeline to bring the gas from Washington County, Ohio and West Virginia.

But it will need to cross streams and wetlands like the Beaver County Conservation District and the headwaters and water line of the Ambridge reservoir that supplies more than 6 million gallons of water per day to people in Allegheny and Beaver counties.

Residents like Bob Schmetzer worry about pollution and spills contaminating the water su...


Noscapine A new designer drug species from the botanical Island of Dr. Moreau "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Back in March of 2015, a group of leading biologists called for a worldwide moratorium on use of a new genome-editing technique that would alter human DNA in a way that can be inherited. See: Scientists Seek Ban on Method of Editing the Human Genome. Meanwhile, several months later, a new biosynthetic variant of the []


Tsunami Threat: Large Earthquake Strikes SE of LOYALTY ISLANDS "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"



Man Finds Something Strange Tangled Up In His Fence "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A farmer was going out to tend to his crops in Thailand when he noticed something strange hanging on his fence.

Credit: WFFT

The intention of the wire fence was to keep wild birds from ruining the farmer's harvest that is exactly what it did, but it also could have killed two wild baby owls who ended up entangled in the wires. 

Fortunately, the farmer took pity on the owlets.

Credit: WFFT

The farmer took them inside and tried nursing them back to strength on his own. 

But when the owlets stopped eating for three days, the farmer realized he needed to get the baby birds expert help. 

Credit: WFFT

"He tried taking care of them but ended up bringing them to Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT) after they didnt eat for three days," WFFT wrote on Facebook.

Veterinarians at the rescue center, trying to figure out what was wrong with the little owls, took radiographs so they could detect whether there were any internal injuries. ...


Happy-Go-Lucky Dog Has Been Adopted And Returned Four Times "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

After being found as a stray and taken to Gwinnett County Animal Shelter in Georgia, Bandit was pulled from the shelter and taken in by the Gwinnett Jail Dogs Program. He was checked over by a vet and found to be heartworm positive, so his rescuers quickly started him on the treatment. The heartworm treatment is something that many rescue dogs go through and is normally very routine but unfortunately, Bandit suffered some rare and very severe side effects. He lost the use of his back legs. 

At first we all assumed this was something acute or temporary, Lori Cronin, a volunteer with the Gwinnett Jail Dogs Program, told The Dodo. We were wrong. His condition not only persisted, it got worse.

Credit: Gwinnett Jail Dogs Program

Unfortunately, the rare side effects from the heartworm treatment left Bandit completely paralyzed in the lower half of his body. For the first few months after he was paralyzed, his handlers had to help him do everything, until the Society of Humane Friends of Georgia, the organization that helps run the jail program, gathered up enough money to buy Bandit his very own wheelchair.

Bandit has now been with the Gwinnett Jail Dogs Program for four years, and during that time hes been adopted out four times by four different families and every single time hes been adopted, hes been returned again, because his adopters were unable to deal with his disability and everything it comes with. 

Credit: Gwinnett Jail Dogs Program

The Gwinnett Jail Dogs Program, founded in 2010, pulls at-risk dogs from local shelters and houses them in the jail with the inmates. Each dog is assigned a primary handler, and not only does the dog sle...


Dog Was Being Bullied, So Owner Asks Shelter To Put Him Down "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Sherman, a 6-year-old pit bull mix, was having a rough time at home. He lived with another dog who was bullying him.

They were both unneutered males, Sarah Lauch, a lead volunteer at Chicagoland Rescue Intervention & Support Program (CRISP), a group that helps owners keep their dogs, told The Dodo. They were getting into fights pretty bad, and he [Sherman] had some scarring on his face. He was kind of the one getting beat up a lot.

Credit: CRISP

Instead of neutering the dogs, which would have curbed their bad behavior and helped them get along, the owner took Sherman to a busy city shelter in Chicago and surrendered him.

But that wasnt the only thing the owner did she also signed a form, authorizing the shelter to euthanize him that very same day.

Credit: CRISP

Lauch, who was working at the shelter at the time, tried intervening on Shermans behalf.

He at least deserved a chance, Lauch said. Unfortunately, because that form was signed, we had to get permission from the head of animal control to basically ... give us time to network him. At first, they told us he had to go directly into the back [of the shelter] and that we couldnt even touch him and then we talked them into giving us some time to get him into a rescue.

Credit: CRISP

Margaret Fraser, a volunteer for CRISP, burst into tears when she learned about Shermans situation.

It was surprising because he was such a great dog, Fraser told The Dodo. He was comforting me, even tho...


Sick Lion Spent Years Trapped In Tiny Cage At Worst Zoo "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Martin Bauer will never forget the smell when he and a team of rescuers entered Safari Park Zoo, a run-down facility in Fier, Albania, that has been called Europes worst zoo.

There were feces and trash everywhere, and it was super smelly, Bauer, head of PR at Four Paws International, told The Dodo. I didnt expect that. It smelled like feces and rotten things.

Credit: Four Paws International

The stench was only the start of it. When Bauer and the team ventured further into the zoo, they found dozens of frightened animals living in derelict enclosures.

Credit: Four Paws International

It was like a concrete prison, Bauer said. Ive never seen something like this before. Every animal has the littlest space possible. They can move around a little bit, but not well. Everything was dirty as well.

One of the most upsetting things for Bauer was coming across a lion with a bad eye infection.

Credit: Four Paws International

He was just in this really tiny, dark room, Bauer said. It wasnt even an open air kind of thing. It was literally a dark room with a heavy metal door, and he was just lying there on concrete. He looked like he gave up. He was like breathing and everything, but he was just numb. Lions are beautiful creatures and Ive seen them in the wild so its really disgusting to see them in these tiny enclosures....

Tuesday, 04 December


Abiinooji Aki Annual Christmas Basket Fund Drive project "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Boozhoo Friends!!

I hope you are all doing well and looking forward to Thanksgiving with family and friends. Here, we will be having time with family and in ceremony.  Our lodge has our fall ceremonies over the Thanksgiving weekend and we are grateful and blessed to be able to come together.

I am coming to you and your Friends with a request for donations to help the needy families of LCO.  We need help



Adivasi Organisations Demand Equality, Gender & Environmental Justice at Sabarimala "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

We the following Adivasi organisations hereby express our deep concern on the recent developments and controversies about the Sabarimala temple in Kerala. The social, political and economic interests of the upper caste communities on Sabarimala Temple are well... Read More


Bhopal: 34 years later "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Each year on December 3, PAN International marks the anniversary of the Bhopal tragedy, both to lift up the ongoing struggle of the affected families, and to remind the world that there is another way. Learn more

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FIRE-EARTH Announcement: Naming the Next Mega Disaster "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

IN PROGRESS TIA [September 24, Confidential 10] RNR [December 3, Confidential 10] Nominated Groups: Executive FIRE-EARTH Announcement: Naming the Next US Mega Disaster after Corrupt Ohio Attorney Background: Following a request made by a member, FIRE-EARTH groups have voted almost unanimously to name the next US mega disaster after one of Americas most corrupt attorneys, []


Finding Cosmological Essence. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The notion of the Death of God has been around as long as the humanistic advent of nihilism. It is not meant here to argue in detail any theologically skewed doctrinal points of Gods existence or non-existence, but to look at a much larger scale of its contents to see what could make the form []


Analysis: Which countries have sent the most delegates to COP24? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

On Sunday, the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) got underway in Katowice in Poland, bringing thousands of negotiators together for two weeks of intensive climate talks.

COP24 is widely considered to be the most important UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) international climate negotiations since the Paris COP in 2015. The latest talks come before an end-of-year deadline to produce a rule book to flesh out the detail of the Paris Agreement, such as how the ratchet mechanism will work for ramping up ambition on emissions reductions.

At Paris, there was a provisional list of around 15,000 participants present on behalf of a particular country, or party plus another 8,000 unofficial delegates while at last years COP in Bonn, there were around 11,300 participants.

So, how many are present in Katowice? Carbon Brief dives into the data to find out.

Party delegates

According to the provisional list (pdf) published by the UNFCCC, there is a grand total of 22,771 registered participants at COP24. This includes 13,898 people representing specific parties, 7,331 from observer organisations such as scientists, business groups and various non-governmental organisations and 1,541 journalists.

At just under 14,000, the total number of party delegates is smaller than in Paris, but larger than in Bonn last year.

As in recent years, the largest delegations tend to be sent by African countries, with the Top 3 largest delegations from COP23 in Bonn also featuring in the Top 5 this year.

Leading the table at COP24 is Guinea with 406 delegates. This is 86 fewer than they sent last year, but still puts it in first place with 169 more people than the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in second. In third are the hosts of this years COP Poland with 211 delegates.

Making up the rest of the Top 5 is Cte dIvoire whose delegation of 208 people rather than 492 last year sees it drop from first place to fourth and Indonesia with 191.

After Poland, the next largest European delegation is France, in sixth place with 188...


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The Last Four Years Were Likely the Hottest on Record

From an Article by Lorraine Chow,, November 29, 2018

This year 2018 will likely be the fourth hottest year on record, according to the United Nations authoritative voice for weather and climate. The three years that were warmer? 2016, 2015 and 2017.

Furthermore, the 20 warmest years on record have been in the past 22 years, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said Thursday in its 2018 State of the Climate report.

The new report, based on five independently maintained global temperature data sets, adds ever more proof that global warming is unequivocaland wed better act now to reverse this alarming trend.

Unfortunately, the current pace of international government action is insufficient to limit warming, the UN Environment Programme warned yesterday in its 2018 Emissions Gap Report. In fact, the annual assessment found that after a three-year decline, heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions actually increased to historic levels of 53.5 billion tonnes in 2017, with no signs of peaking.

We are not on track to meet climate change targets and rein in temperature increases, WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said today in a press release. Greenhouse gas concentrations are once again at record levels and if the current trend continues we may see temperature increases 3-5C by the end of the century.

Taalas stressed that exploitation of fossil fuels will push temperature rise considerably higher.

It is worth repeating once again that we are the first generation to fully understand climate change and the last generation to be able to do something about it, he said.

Scientists have already warned that 2019 could be an unusually warm year due to a forecasted El Nio, which could cause extreme weather and temperature spikes.

The new State of the Climate report shows that temperatures for the first ten months of 2018 were nearly 1C above the pre-industrial baseline from 1850-1900.

Last months widely disseminated climate report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change showed that average global temper...

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