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Tuesday, 26 September

13:06

Impressive Leadership Coming from Climate Alliance States "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Climate Alliance States and many cities working together

Climate Alliance States Show Us What Real Leadership Looks Like

From an Article by Luis Martinez and Kit Kennedy, NRDC (EcoWatch.com), September 21, 2017

In a forceful show of climate leadership, Governors Andrew Cuomo (NY), Jerry Brown (CA), and Jay Inslee (WA) and former Secretary of State John Kerry came together in New York City Wednesday as part of Climate Week to celebrate the progress and growth of the U.S. Climate Alliance, the bipartisan coalition that has grown to 14 states dedicated to meeting the Paris agreement climate goal. The coalition was founded by Cuomo, Brown and Inslee after President Trump announced the U.S. intent to withdraw from Paris.

President Trump may prefer to pretend that climate change isnt realGov. Cuomo quipped that the Trump administration is in the State of Denialbut these leaders detailed the extraordinary strides theyre making, in the absence of White House leadership, to slash greenhouse gas emissions and grow their economies at the same time. For New Yorkers, its exciting to see Cuomos leadership on clean energy and climate continue to accelerate, from setting strong renewable energy goals, to a successful push with other Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative states to further slash carbon emissions, to banning fracking.

It was a privilege to attend Wednesdays event, where the governors announced that North Carolina has joined the alliance. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said in a statement that [i]n the absence of leadership from Washington, North Carolina is proud to join the U.S. Climate Alliance, and we remain committed to reducing pollution and protecting our environment. North Carolina has risen to No. 2 nationally for installed solar capacity and is home to more than 34,000 clean energy jobs. And Gov. Cooper recently signed legislation that is expected to roughly double North Carolinas solar generation over the next four years. Kudos to Cooper for joining the alliance and ensuring that North Carolina remains at the forefront of the clean energy economy.

Other members of the coalition are Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and the Commonwealth of Puerto R...

12:28

North Dakotas Bill for Oil Pipeline Protest Costs Now at $39 Million "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from MPR News

North Dakotas bill for policing protests of the Dakota Access pipeline continues to rise.

The North Dakota Emergency Commission is set to borrow an additional $5 million Monday to cover law enforcement costs. That will bring the total line of credit from the state-owned bank of North Dakota to $39 million.

State Emergency Services spokeswoman Cecily Fong says 11 states provided law enforcement help to North Dakota, and some bills are only now arriving.

The $3.8 billion pipeline built by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners began moving oil from North Dakota to a distribution point in Illinois in June, after months of protests.

The Emergency Commission also is set to approve a $10 million federal grant to help pay state law enforcement bills related to the protests.

12:11

Earth Resistance Camp Set to Confront Livestock Summit, October 4-6, France "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Renverse

translated by Earth First! Journal

From October 4 to 6, 2017, the 26th edition of the Livestock Summit will be held in Clermont-Ferrand, a key event for industry professionals and decision-makers. Far from ethical, ecological, or social concerns, the Livestock Summit seeks to perpetuate and develop a violent agricultural model in its most industrialized form. It is for this reason that Eart Resistance, an antispecist and ecologist association fighting for the end of animal exploitation and against all forms of domination, is setting up a Counter-Summit from October 1 to 7 in order to promote natural, ecological, and local agriculture.

This Camp of the Transition is a laboratory of reflections to build a new project of society; the programming will be paced by conferences, debates, and workshops of reflection, but also militant training in order to give tools to take action and create an inclusive and strong movement. At the same time, it calls for actions of civil disobedience to block the Summit in order to obtain our demands and to show that we have the power to deal with industries and their destructive projects.

[] The event, although perfectly legal, seems to be particularly displeasing to some in the local political sphere. Indeed, an elected official of the City council of Clermont-Ferrand did not hesitate to put pressure on some tenants chosen by the city to welcome the Summit, so as to make the place unavailable to us. To date, we have had no follow-up to our request for an appointment in order to obtain a clear answer from the City Council on this subject.

This attempt to censor the unacceptable highlights the interference of private interests in po...

11:57

Moderate eruption detected at Cleveland volcano, Alaska "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A moderate, 2-minute-long eruption occurred at Cleveland volcano, Alaska beginning at 01:47 UTC on September 26, 2017. The explosion was detected by seismic and infrasound (air pressure) sensors, the Alaska Volcano Observatory said 02:15 UTC today, adding that...... Read more

Strong M6.4 earthquake hits Fiji / Tonga region at intermediate depth "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit Fiji / Tonga region at 04:20 UTC on September 26, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 98.1 km (60.9 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.4 at a depth of 100 km (62 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was...... Read more

11:45

Mexico: Political Statement from the Autonomous Brigades After the Earthquakes "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Its Going Down

We also warn of the attempted eviction and forced displacement of victims (earthquakes come in very handy for this). Just as in rural communities as in the cities affected, disasters serve as a pretext to clean out the people from areas that interest big capital

To the people of Mexico

To the Indigenous Governing Council

To the National Indigenous Congress

To the Zapatista Army of National Liberation

To the National and International Sixth

We are individual and collective adherents to the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandn Jungle, EZLN and CNI sympathizers and people from below and to the left in solidarity with the suffering of our brothers and sisters, victims of the recent earthquakes and the predatory system that is only death.

As in 1985, those who claim to govern remain totally surpassed by reality. Today their wonderland cant be seen, not even by them. Meanwhile, we are the ones from below who suffered the consequences of these natural and socio-environmental disasters. Like 32 years ago, today the Mexican people are the ones going into the streets and towns to help, to give what little they have to help the other, the one who suffers, the stranger, the brother. Some who have much contribute much. Among those who have little, they contribute what they can, sometimes everything that is in their hands. Those who have nothing give their heart and offer to serve were needed. They a...

09:47

Bali Volcano the Latest Excuse for the Lack of Warming "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The grumbling Bali Volcano Mount Agung has not erupted yet, but experts are already talking up the dramatic short term global cooling it will cause when it blows. Bali volcano: Heres why the Earth will get a little cooler after Mount Agung erupts By Alle McMahon Something very interesting will

03:08

The plight of predators: Q&A with the director of The Hunt "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Predators are often depicted as the villains in films and other media. Even in wildlife documentaries, hunt scenes are often shot from the preys point of view and accompanied by sinister music as a leopard stalks her prey, making it easy to side with the seemingly hapless impala killed before your eyes. But predators perform very important roles in the natural world. They serve as population controls for prey species, weeding out old and sick individuals and making room for the next generation. In this, they reduce the chances an entire herd succumbs to disease, or that less-fit individuals pass along their genes and beget less-fit offspring. One series decided to take a concerted look at predators, their relationships to their prey, and the challenges they face in a changing world. The Hunt, produced for BBC Television and debuted on BBC One in November 2015, explores the lives of predators around the world from African wild dogs in Zambia to blue whales in California. In this series, the leopard v. impala scene is portrayed more from the perspective of the leopard. It takes the viewer along on the oh-so-careful and meticulous process that is hunting in the natural world and inspires sympathetic disappointment when (spoiler alert) the impala somehow escapes after being subdued and dragged off by the hungry big cat. The last episode of the series, Living with Predators, explores their relationship with the most dangerous predator of them all humans. And we learn about the efforts

02:00

Enough is Enough! Stop hyping Harvey and Irma! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

  Dr. Neil Frank, former Director National Hurricane Center Over the past several weeks numerous articles suggest Harvey and Irma were the result of global warming. The concept is a warmer earth will generate stronger and wetter hurricanes. A number of people have said Irma was the most intense hurricane in the history of the

00:17

Guy Feeds Stray Cats One Night And Ends Up Saving Over 1,000 Of Them "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Paul Santell was walking home from the train one night in New York City when he saw a stray cat sitting on the sidewalk. He happened to have a can of cat food on him, so he fed it to the cat, and the next night when he came across the same cat, he did the same thing. A few other cats appeared as well, so Santell fed them too and had no idea back then how much this simple gesture would change his life.

Credit: Paul the Cat Guy

Santell has always had a soft spot for cats, and after he started feeding a few of them on the streets, he started trying to think of other ways he could help them, too. He heard about trap-neuter-return programs (TNR), which helps control feral cat populations, and decided it might be worth looking into. 

I took a free class at the ASPCA's offices in Manhattan, and then got some traps and started fixing these guys, and things just took off from there, Santell told The Dodo. 

Now, Paul spends 30 hours a week feeding, trapping and rescuing feral and stray cats around the city, on top of working full-time at his regular job. Hes been at it for three years now, and has helped somewhere around 1,100 cats so far, and has no plans to stop any time soon. 

Credit: Paul the Cat Guy

My nightly rounds of feedings are usually after midnight, and I trap any newcomers to my colonies during these late hours, Santell said. On weekends I try to check out new colonies at the request of other people in the community and see if I can help them. I rescue kittens as often as I can to get them off the street and adopted into forever homes. I work full-time and basically rescue full-time as well. 

Credit: Paul the C...

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Monday, 25 September

23:32

Baby Monkey and Buffalo Become Best Friends After Losing Their Moms "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Its a sweet scene right out of a storybook: A fuzzy white monkey playfully climbs over the backs and heads of two patient buffalo calves, snuggling into their necks and even grooming behind their ears with his tiny hands. 

Orphaned after his mother died, Zumzum, a baby vervet monkey, didnt take long to befriend the calves and being orphans themselves, the young buffalos, who were saved from drought and bushmeat poachers, have welcomed the small primate as one of their own. The unlikely trio are being hand-raised and rehabilitated at the Lamu Conservation Trust (LCT), a conservation initiative in Kenya supported by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT). 

Despite being different species, whether they have hooves or hands, the animals have suffered the same trauma and heartbreak, Amie Alden, communications officer at DSWT, told The Dodo. Providing a secure environment for them to overcome trauma is vital and, naturally, friendships help overcome hardships.

Credit: Lamu Conservation Trust

Zumzum was rescued in May from an illegal exotic pet breeder in the town of Lamu, Kenya, not far from the sanctuary. While he is now enjoying life at LCT, the small monkey is just one example of countless animals forced into the multibillion-dollar exotic pet industry each year. According to the Humane Society of the United States, the trade generates $15 billion in revenue in the U.S. alone and is second only to drug and weapon trade worldwide in profits. 

Most animals are sold over the internet, at auction or in trade magazines with little regard to their end destination. Some end up in the care of private citizens who keep them at home as pets, while others are kept in subpar zoos or roadside exhibits for human entertainment. The captured animals often endure grueling transport conditions in trucks, boxes or even luggage to exporters or breeding facilities; many die before they ever reach their destination. 

The breeding, selling and transporting o...

23:29

Baby Squirrels Thrown From Tree During Storm Find Perfect Guy To Help Them "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Strong winds and torrential rain can cause serious problems for humans and animals alike separating families and destroying homes and habitats. This was the case when a typhoon left three helpless baby squirrels in need of a hero, and fast.

Credit: Michael Keida

Michael Keida was surveying damages to his organic farm just outside of Tokyo, Japan, when he noticed something odd amidst the overturned chairs, scattered branches and leaves.

I spotted what looked like a large bird nest on top of a rain collection tank. I figured that it may have belonged to a kite (a large bird of prey found commonly in this area), but when I searched through the leaves and palm husk, I spotted an animal that took me by surprise, Keida told The Dodo. Quickly I realized that it was a squirrel baby and that there were three in total.

Credit: Michael Keida

Keida had never seen squirrels so small before. They appeared to be just born in recent days. Their eyes were not yet open and their fur was very short, Keida said.

As an animal lover, Keida understood that the adorable infants could suffer grave consequences if he didnt act fast. Squirrels are born blind and defenseless they depend on their mother completely for two to three months after birth. Separated by the storm, the kits chance of survival was slim, especially at such a young age.

Credit: Michael Keida

Unsure of how to best help the baby squirrels, he turned to the i...

22:26

Bunny's Mom Spends Hundreds On Toys But He Just Wants To Play With Rocks "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Thumper has been living with his mom since he was a baby, and over the past five years shes bought him every toy and piece of furniture under the sun. Shes spent hundreds of dollars, trying to make sure he has the best of everything but for some reason, Thumper has always preferred the simpler things in life. 

Credit: Ranelle King

Anything and everything you could find on eBay or at your local pet supply store for small animals has likely been a part of his life at one point or another, Ranelle King, Thumpers mom, told The Dodo. Hes had igloos, cave-style pet beds, donut-style pet beds, mini childrens couches, pet hammocks, wooden doll beds with blankets, tunnels, woven balls, hay rollers, hanging hay holders and chew toys, chew boards, and various puzzle treat toys filled with his favorite treats. 

Very, very occasionally, Thumper will play with one of the luxuries his mom presents him with, but nine times out of 10, hed rather play with everyday items that you can find anywhere. 

Especially boxes and rocks. 

Credit: Ranelle King

Rabbits love having places to hide, and since Thumper has rejected most of the tunnels and nooks his mom has bought for him, she started giving him cardboard boxes instead, which of course, he absolutely loves.  

I used them with the intent of them being good alternatives for in the meantime, and they also had the added bonus of being safely rabbit chewable," King said. "But lo and behold, five years later and he still turns his nose up at nearly all igloos, tunnels and cave-like hideaways I bring home for him but cardboard boxes received as packaging for online purchases, or taken from local stores who ordinarily toss them in the bin, are welcomed like breakfast in bed on a Sunday morning.

...

22:00

One Relatively Unknown Federal Agency Will Play A Big Role In Trumps Energy Dominance Agenda "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Energy From The Daily Caller Michael Bastasch 1:00 PM 09/23/2017 Most people probably havent heard of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), but this agency will be a major driver of energy infrastructure projects. Those projects will aid President Donald Trumps goal of boosting U.S. infrastructure and gaining energy dominance. FERC will play a significant

21:38

Montreal Against Junex: When All Else Fails, Block The Rails "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Montreal Counter-Information

Anonymous submission to MTL Counter-info

On Sunday September 10, we mobilized in solidarity with the ongoing resistance against the extractive oil industry in Gaspsie, in particular, Junex and its investors. Corporations like Junex (and their investors) collude with provincial and federal governments. These collaborations exemplify how neoliberal capitalism (as the current economic and political context) functions to sustain the settler-colonial state of Canada. Recently announced legislation allowing for drilling and fracking in rivers and lakes within so-called Quebec demonstrates such complicity to the point of absurdity the state no longer seems to even care about making it appear that its role is neutral in paving the way for the poisoning of water and land for capitalist profit.

The demonstration met at Cabot Square, whose name was denounced, and a Migmak flag was hung from the colonial statue, as well as a banner that read Colonisateur explorateur [coloniser explorer]. The first part of this demo wound through downtown before reaching St. Henri. Chants rang out of Les ptrolires nous font la guerre, guerre aux ptrolires [The oil industry makes war on us, war on the oil industry]. Some individuals within the demonstration had the goal of reaching the rail crossing at rue Courcelle just north of St. Jacques in order to set-up a temporary blockade. Several times in this south-west neighbourhood the police tried to control our movements, and force us to move in the direction of traffic. However, we evaded their attempts in creative and celebratory ways. There are fews things that can compare to the rush of exhilaration and playfulness some of us felt while out-manoeuvring cops on bikes, in vans, and on foot.

At a critical moment, and to the surprise of the bike cops, the demo veered off...

21:25

Indigenous-Led Coalition Calls on Banks to Divest from Line 3! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 21, 2017

Contact:
Tara Houska, Honor the Earth (612) 226-9404
Ruth Breech, Rainforest Action Network (415) 238-1766

Indigenous Groups Lead Movement to Call on Banks to Drop
Enbridges Controversial Line 3 Pipeline
Tribal Nations based in Minnesota oppose the project and the Minnesota Department of Commerce has condemned it

Minneapolis, MN -- Today, a coalition of Indigenous, national and international groups join a growing movement placing pressure on financial institutions to drop financially and socially risky projects, delivering a group letter to the 36 banks providing corporate finance to fossil fuel infrastructure giant Enbridge. The groups are calling on the banks to cut business ties with Enbridge Inc. until it stops expanding tar sands operations, one of the most destructive fossil fuels on the planet. Enbridge is the company behind the Line 3 Replacement Pipeline project, a controversial project that would cause Indigenous rights abuses and continued contributions towards climate change.

21:10

Eight Mapuche Movement Leaders Arrested Amidst Mapuche Hunger Strike "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Womens Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu

September 23rd, 2017

WALLMAPU This past Saturday, a series of violent raids and arrests against Mapuche movement leaders dubbed Operation Hurricane by Chilean authorities were carried out by Special Police Forces (PDI) throughout the regions of Bio-Bio, Arauco and Los Rios in southern Chile.

Among the arrested was the spokesman for the Arauco Malleco Coordinator for Communities in Conflict (CAM), Hector Llaitul, as well as his son Ernesto Llaitul, Jaime and Rodrigo Huenchullan, Martin Curiche, Claudio Leiva, Fidel Tranamil, and David Cid Aedo ex-militant of the Leftist Revolutionary Movement (MIR).

Hectors residence in the city of Concepcion was raided in the early morning hours, as reported by several local news sources. Javiera Llaitul, Hectors elder daughter, told reporters that she and other members of the household were pushed to the ground during the raid, where police entered the premises without a warrant and refused to disclose where Llaitul would be taken to.

All eight arrestees were charged with Illicit Terrorist Association under the Pinochet era Anti-Terrorist Law, for their alleged involvement in incendiary attacks against trucks and churches throughout the region according to official reports.  The Temuco Bail Court ruled on Sunday that the accused will remain in pre-trial custody for the duration of the four-month investigation, as solicited by the Head Prosecutor of the Araucania Region, Cristian Paredes.

Defense Attorney, Patricia Cuevas, stated at the bail hearing that evidence presen...

20:41

Nearly 50 000 evacuated around Agung amid fears of eruption, Bali "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Nearly 50 000 people living near Agung volcano in Bali, Indonesia have been evacuated following an increasing unrest detected since August 10, 2017. Evacuations have taken place in an area of up to 12 km (7.4 miles) around the volcano. According to the ARISTOTLE...... Read more

At 2017 minimum, scientists ask: Is Arctic entering the Thin Ice Age? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The sun reflects over thin sea ice and a few floating icebergs near the Denmark Strait off of eastern Greenland, as seen from NASAs P-3B aircraft on April 14, 2012 the record year for Arctic ice melt, so far. Photo by Jefferson Beck / NASA After 16 months of consecutive record and near-record lows in late 2016 and early 2017, sea ice extent in the Arctic held fast over the summer thanks to more moderate weather and cooler temperatures. As of September 13, sea ice covered some 4.64 million square kilometers (1.79 million square miles) at its minimum, roughly 1.25 million square kilometers (482,000 square miles) more than record-setting year 2012. Still, while 2017s summer melt season didnt break the record, it falls far below the 1981 to 2010 median extent by over 1.58 million square kilometers (610,000 square miles). Moreover, surface cover isnt everything when it comes to the state of the Arctic what experts say matters most is the total volume of ice a combination of thickness and extent, and 2017 saw summer volumes among the lowest ever recorded. Some scientists are now saying colloquially that the Arctic Ocean has in recent decades entered the Thin Ice Age. Since 1980, the average ice thickness come July has decreased by an estimated 120 centimeters (47 inches). Notably this July, the average sea ice thickness in the Arctic was equivalent to the lowest on record. Global sea ice area (Arctic and Antarctic) 1978 to 2017. Graphic by

Colombian president honored in Washington, D.C. for efforts to protect biodiversity "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

WASHINGTON, D.C. He prowled the stage like a puma moving through Colombias rainforest. With a deep knowledge of ecosystems ranging from marine to savanna to high mountains, he spoke clearly about why these wild places are important to his country and the world. He never mentioned jobs, new roads or dams, or leveraging his countrys vast trove of fossil fuels and precious metals for economic development. He was, for an hour on the morning of Sept. 21, a strange international figure in a city whose national leadership on the environment is the polar opposite of his. We are a powerhouse of biodiversity, said Juan Santos, the president of Colombia and the sole recipient of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for ending his countrys 50-year civil war. With this power comes responsibility. We have a tremendous responsibility to play a role in the world to preserve the environment and protect the rich assets of our house. Santos is said to be more popular abroad than he is at home because of the controversial Peace Agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Yet he came to Washington to be honored by the National Geographic Society for his prodigious efforts since taking office in 2010 to expand the protection of Colombias biodiversity on both land and sea. Gary E. Knell, president and CEO of the National Geographic Society, praised Santos as one of the foremost champions of the natural world in an hour-long ceremony in Grosvenor Auditorium at the

20:24

Portuguese Children Want to Sue 47 European Countries Over Their Contributions to Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Sandra Laville / The Guardian

Portuguese schoolchildren from the area struck by the countrys worst forest fires are seeking crowdfunding to sue 47 European countries, alleging that the states failure to tackle climate change threatens their right to life.

The children, from the Leiria region of central Portugal, where fires this summer killed more than 60 people and left hundreds injured, are being represented by British barristers who are experts in environmental and climate change law.

Supported by the NGO Global Legal Action Network (Glan), they are seeking an initial 35,000 to mount the case in the European court of human rights.

The crowdfunding bid was published on Monday on the platform CrowdJustice, which has raised millions to help bring citizen-led cases to court.

Lawyers will seek a ruling from the court that the countries being sued must significantly strengthen their emissions reduction policies and commit to keeping the majority of their existing fossil fuel reserves in the ground.

The lead counsel, Marc Willers QC of Garden Court Chambers, said: This case intends to build on the successes which have been achieved through climate change litigation across the world so far.

It will be unique because it will be the first case in which multiple governments are brought before a court at the one time in relation to their failure to properly tackle climate change.

Climate change poses a major and increasingly worsening threat to a number of human rights and governments in...

20:00

Dog Left Behind In Hurricane Was So Happy When Help Arrived "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

They had gone looking for a dog named Ivory, who needed to be rescued after a hurricane hit his home. The dog they found, however, needed rescuing just as badly.

A couple weeks ago, Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean island of Barbuda, destroying 95 percent of its buildings and displacing its residents, leaving the island vacant for the first time in 300 years. Most people moved to the neighboring island of Antigua, where they were living in temporary shelters.

It was an emergency, Scott Cantin, global head of disaster communications for World Animal Protection (WAP), told The Dodo. They were told, Get a bag and go.

Credit: World Animal Protection

Unfortunately, Barbudans were not permitted to bring their animals with them, even if their animals were cherished pets. So when an animal rescue team from WAP arrived on Barbuda last week, it had instructions from anxious pet owners to rescue their animals.

One pet owner was particularly concerned about the welfare of his dog, Ivory.

He reached out to the humane society and said, This is my dog, this is what he looks like. Hes a very friendly, sweet dog, and my house did look like this, Cantin said.

Credit: World Animal Protection

But for many animals, help had sadly come too late.

One of the days we were out there, driving around and going from one house to another, Cantin said. We had the list and we were calling out the animals names. And in most cases, there was no answer. And in a few sad cases, we found the animal, but it was already dead.

Then they reached a house that looked like Ivorys owners home so they stopped the car and got out, hoping to find the dog there.

When we walked towards the house, we were calling, Ivory, Ivory! Cantin said. And out of nowhere, this super excited, small, blond pit bull came out of the bushes, wagging his tail, rolling over and wanting to be scratch...

19:56

Trapped Donkeys Had No Idea They Were About To See The Sun Again "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Two rescued donkeys are now living their best lives, rolling around in the fields of a sanctuary for animals just like them, but they almost didn't make it here at all. 

Credit: The Donkey Sanctuary

No one realized Timmy and Tommy, a pair of best friends, were in desperate need of help until one of them decided to cry out. 

Rescuers from The Donkey Sanctuary responded to reports that a donkey was crying, and when they arrived at a dilapidated old shed in Yorkshire, England, they couldn't believe what they found. 

Credit: The Donkey Sanctuary

Credit: The Donkey Sanctuary

The two donkeys had obviously been trapped in the stable for a long time they were living in mounds of feces, which had built up so high, Timmy's ears were nearly touching the ceiling and neither of them could get out of their small adjoining enclosures.

Tommy looked like he had given up on life, according to The Donkey Sanctuary. He was dangerously thin and had overgrown hooves. And Timmy's hooves were also in bad shape they had been hacked away instead of being given professional trimming. 

Credit: The Donkey Sanctuary

Credit: The Donkey Sanctuary

Rescuers knew they had to free Timmy and Tommy immediately so they set to work...

19:35

FIRE-EARTH Report: State of the Planet 4Q01 Rev I "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

All Groups State of the Planet on FIRE-EARTH Infinity Scale Rev  I [Issued by FIRE-EARTH Science Team.] Report available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.   Advertisements Filed under: News Alert Tagged: 4Q01, FIRE-EARTH Infinity Scale, FIRE-EARTH PULSARS, FIRE-EARTH Science, Rev I, State of the Earth, State of the Planet

19:34

Petition: Stop all forms of abuse against women in large monoculture tree plantations "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

On occasion of September 21st, International day of Struggle against Tree Plantations, women from several countries from West and Central Africa have taken the initiative to release simultaneously the petition we enclose below.

 

19:12

The Fight From Below Seen From Above: New Map Details Local Fossil Fuel Resistance "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In an attempt to highlight and bolster the groundswell of resistance against fracking wells, pipelines, and other fossil fuel projects throughout the United States, a coalition of environmental groups on Thursday launched the Fossil Fuel Resistance Mapping Project, which... Read More

The post The Fight From Below Seen From Above: New Map Details Local Fossil Fuel Resistance appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.

18:59

Sweetest Horse Loves Giving Baths To His New Goat Friend "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A couple of months ago, when Cupcake the horse was still new to Betsy Saul's North Carolina farm, he leaned up against her for the first time.

"And I just started bawling," Saul tells The Dodo. "I said to myself, 'I needed a friend like you.'"

The horse needed Saul, too. 

Over the summer, Saul got a call from a friend about a horse. He was a teenaged Haflinger up for sale at a local auction. 

It was looking likely that the horse would end up being sold for slaughter one of the estimated 100,000 or so horses trucked out of the United States and into Mexico and Canada to be killed and sold for meat.

Credit: Betsy Saul

Saul, a cofounder of the sites Petfinder and 911 Foster Pets, was going to be in meetings all day but told her friend to buy the horse on her behalf. 

Soon after, Saul got a text: "Congratulations," it read. "You're the proud owner of a new Haflinger. And a donkey." 

Credit: Betsy Saul

Saul's farm is home to a whole crowd of mostly elderly rescue animals, around 40 in all, including goats, cows, horses, dogs, cats, chickens and even a turtle. 

Many come in with serious health problems. Adding two more animals wasnt a problem.

Credit:...

18:49

The anomaly in the Earths magnetic field which has geophysicists abuzz "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In this interview, EGU's Laura Roberts Artal speaks with Jay Shah, a Ph.D. student at Imperial College London, who is investigating the South Atlantic Anomaly, a patch over the South Atlantic where the Earths magnetic field is weaker than elsewhere on the...... Read more

18:34

From Puerto Rico to un infierno "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CJ OCT TML Puerto Rico turned into a living hell [Special report prepared by FIRE-EARTH Affiliates.] [Details available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.  Filed under: News Alert Tagged: autntico infierno, FIRE-EARTH PULSARS, flooding, HURRICANE MARIA, Living Hell, living nightmare, Puerto Rico

18:11

FIRE-EARTH ALERTS: FGDB, KSNR, WJFD "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

All Groups FIRE-EARTH ALERTS: FGDB, KSNR, WJFD [Issued by FIRE-EARTH Science Team.] Details via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.  Filed under: News Alert Tagged: 092501, FGDB, Fire-Earth Alert, FIRE-EARTH Alerts, FIRE-EARTH PULSARS, FIRE-EARTH Science, KSNR, WJFD

17:39

The Snake Lover "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A Virginia herpetologist fosters respect for reptiles

17:37

Surprise! Millennials want Someone Else to Fix Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall According to a new study, most Millennials dont make a personal effort to address climate change, but they are keen for someone else to sort it out. Breaking: Millennials Think About Climate Change Differently Than Anyone Else by Emma Loewe, MBG Editorial September 25, 2017 3:00 AM When it comes

16:54

Trade in wild birds going unchecked in Vietnam: new report "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Thousands of birds, suspected to have been caught from the wild, are being sold openly in Vietnam, according to a new report by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network. Many of the species on sale are threatened with extinction, warns the report. In April 2016, researchers from TRAFFIC surveyed bird vendors both shops and mobile sellers on motorcycles in Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City, two of Vietnams largest cities. Over just a period of three days, they recorded more than 8,000 birds of 115 species for sale. Mobile sellers on motorcycles peddling birds. Photo by James Eaton / TRAFFIC. Of these, the scaly-breasted munia (Lonchura punctulata) and red-whiskered bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus) were the most common birds on display. The researchers also recorded nearly 500 birds of nine species that are currently listed as threatened or near threatened on the IUCN Red List. The red-breasted parakeet (Psittacula alexandri), for example, was the fourth most common species on display during the survey. Until 2012, this bird was considered to be under no immediate risk of extinction (listed as Least Concern), but its populations have suffered moderately rapid decline due to trapping for the bird trade, according to the IUCN, raising its threat levels to near threatened on the Red List. Other threatened birds that were on sale included the endangered sun parakeet (Aratinga solstitialis), the chattering lory (Lorius garrulus avopalliatus) and the Java sparrow (Lonchura oryzivora). The report also found that the number of species and volume of

16:39

Feronia in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Harassment, violence and oppression "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Oil palm plantations managed by the Canadian-based agribusiness company FERONIA Inc have been opposed by local residents ever since they were established by the previous owner of the plantations, multinational food company Unilever. Incidents of violent abuse and conflict arising from the companys oil palm plantations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been a regular occurrence. In 2015, seven children were left orphaned after police killed both indigenous pygmy parents for taking some oil palm fruits from the plantations to feed their children.

15:47

Is Climate Lukewarmism Legitimate? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guest post by David Middleton A very thoughtful column by Ross Pomeroy at Real Clear Science Is Climate Lukewarmism Legitimate? By Ross Pomeroy September 25, 2017 To many, prominent writers Matt Ridley, Ross Douthat, and Oren Cass are a baffling bunch. They are the visible proponents of the position that climate change is real, manmade, and occurring

14:20

Hurricane "Maria" forces tropical storm and storm surge watches for North Carolina "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the coast of North Carolina from Surf City northward to the North Carolina/Virginia border, including the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds at 21:00 UTC (17:00 EDT) on Sunday, September 24, 2017. At the same time, a Storm Surge...... Read more

Tropical Storm "Pilar" near the west coast of Mexico "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A newly formed tropical cyclone - Tropical Storm "Pilar" - is producing heavy rain along portions of the western coast of Mexico for the past 2 days. The storm was named 03:00 UTC on September 23, thus becoming the 16th named storm of the 2017 Pacific...... Read more

Two Indonesian soldiers found to be smuggling dozens of porcupines "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

PADANG, Indonesia Two soldiers were caught trying to smuggle dozens of Malayan porcupines (Hystrix brachyura) across provincial borders, the latest arrest of a military officer for wildlife trafficking. The porcupines are prized for the bezoar stones that form in their stomachs, a component in traditional Chinese medicine thought to cure a range of ailments, from dengue fever to cancer. The state conservation agency had received a tip about the soldiers contraband as the pair drove from West to North Sumatra. When confronted, the suspects tried to flee, but agency officials and police blocked their way. Cages full of Malayan porcupines are seen in the trunk of the soldiers car. Photo courtesy of the Pasaman conservation agency. The soldiers were turned over to the military police in Pasaman district, West Sumatra, for questioning. They were eventually sent back to North Sumatra, where they are stationed at an air base. Our mission was only to thwart the porcupine smuggling, said Edi Candra, head of the conservation agencys office in Pasaman. We leave the legal matters to their unit. The two suspects have already made a statement never to do it again. The Wildlife Conservation Society, an international NGO, slammed their release as another example of impunity when it comes to influential figures who sell animals illegally. The Indonesian military has its own process for investigating soldiers charged with a crime. This consistently falls short of delivering justice to traffickers, said Irma Hermawati, coordinator of the NGOs Wildlife Crime Unit. If all

14:00

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #285 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Week That Was: 2017-09-23 (September 23, 2017) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project ################################################### Quote of the Week. Long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run, we are all dead. John Maynard Keynes, the British Economist who earlier predicted that the extreme punitive

13:04

Kidney Disease Associated with Particulate Air Pollution "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

PM-2.5 and smaller are extremely dangerous

New study shows air pollution may be causing kidney disease in the US

From an Article by Robert Ferris, CNBC, September 21, 2017

Add kidney disease to the list of health problems associated with air pollution.

A team of scientists from Washington University in St. Louis and the Veterans Affairs St. Louis Health Care System found an association between tiny particulate matter and kidney disease in two different data sets.

The scientists compared Veteran Affairs data on kidney disease with data on air pollution from two separate sets: satellite data from NASA and information from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Their study consistently found that risk of kidney disease rose along with air pollution levels across the continental United States.

As might be expected, many of the areas of the U.S. at greatest risk tend to be more heavily populated. The part of the country with the lowest risk overall is a section that runs roughly from Montana through West Texas. There are pockets of lower-risk areas in other places, but much of California and the Eastern half of the United States are more vulnerable.

The scientists published their results in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

It is important to note that this only found an association with air pollution the study did not conclusively determine pollution to be the cause of kidney disease.

But the fact that the study found the association in both the EPA data set and the NASA data set is compelling, said Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly, a senior author on the study and an assistant professor of medicine at Washington University, in a statement.

The beauty of using both EPA and NASA data is that the agencies used two distinct techniques for collecting data, yet the results were similar, he said. This constellation of findings suggests that chronic exposure to air pollution is a significant risk factor for the development and progression of kidney disease.

The study focused on a type of pollution called PM 2.5, which is particulate matter up to 2.5 microns in size. This particular form of pollution can come from myriad sources, including vehicle emissions, fossil fuel power plants,...

12:23

In the Trenches: Pipeline Sabotage against Enbridge in Canada "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Montral Counter-Information

Pipelines are war; one built from the insatiable greed of corporations which have normalized violence against the land and its living. Our resolve within this struggle intensifies with each audacious assault Enbridge launches; each time they dismiss the concerns and requests of Indigenous Nations. Every court proceeding. Every act of intimidation. Every lie or false claim of safety or necessity. Weve had enough.

So back when Enbridge started shipping in pipeline segments for their line 10 expansion, we started sabotaging them.

There are vast networks of pipeline infrastructure throughout Turtle Island. They are indefensible; perfect opportunities for effective direct action that harms nothing but an oil companys bottom line. Its in this spirit that we found ourselves going for long moonlit strolls through the trenches of the freshly dug line10 right-of-way. Wherever we felt the urge, we drilled various sized holes into pipeline segments while spilling corrosives inside others.

We do this in solidarity with the Indigenous peoples of this area. A people who have been displaced, threatened and murdered since early colonial arrivals who still continue to face this violence. Who suffer the consequences of this colonial capitalist society and the industries which drive it.

So to Enbridge: Youre gonna want to replace every last section of line 10 thats been laid out so far. We say this because we care for the environment, and dont care about you so take it seriously. And for every dollar you pursue from Indigenous Nations or individuals for defending their territories, we aim to cost you ten. #sorrynotsorry

To the public: Its up to you to hold Enbridge accountable in everything they do. Dont let them risk your lives by installing pipelines they now know to be compromised. Dont let them risk lives by installing pipelines, period.

And lastly, but not least, to our comrades and co-conspirators:

A How-To from the heart

Youll need 1 a decent cor...

05:00

Reasons For Optimism About Climate Hysteria "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

From Manhattan Contrarian September 22, 2017/ Francis Menton Large numbers of my friends and acquaintances are climate skeptics, and many of them spend a good deal of their time feeling down in the dumps about the subject.  Their reasoning goes something like this:  Here we have something that should immediately be identified as baloney by

02:21

Aussies kill Monster Crocodile "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The largest crocodile seen in decades in Queensland was found dead over the weekend with a bullet in its head. We claim we want to save our wildlife, yet Governments and Citizens alike still show zero tolerance for animals that pose risk to humans, even when in the territory theyve occupied for millennia. The problem is exacerbated as we increasingly live, play and work in what have historically been wilderness areas.

Sad ending for a magnificent animal

Sad ending for a magnificent animal

Going back to the crocodile just shot, local Police and state environmental officers are investigating after the 5.2m male reptile was found floating in the Fitzroy River on Thursday. John Leaver said a 5m-long crocodile had not been caught in Queensland for 30 years. Leaver, who ran a crocodile removal service across the state for 20 years, said the largest one he ever caught was 4.95m in the late 1980s. The farmer said Rockhampton locals used to shoot crocodiles equal to that size in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. But nothing that big until the weekend.

Technically of course, crocodiles are now protected in Australia, however this hasnt stopped them being killed by locals who see them as a threat, or sport. This problem is exacerbated as Australian cities sprawl further into estuarine areas, as houses move further into the bush, and as tourism encroaches more into remote areas. Crocodiles should be celebrated, but we as humans believe we have divine rights over wildlife.

This all raises an interesting question that is not limited to Australia of course People increasingly want to live and play away from the cities, as long as there are no dangerous animals. The problem with this of course is the dangerous animals (such as crocodiles, alligators, snakes, spiders, tigers, lions, bears) are just part of a healthy ecosystem, and by removing them, we skew the ecosystem, as well as reduce its biodiversity.

Australia raised conservationists hackles with their absurd shark cull program in Western Australia, that needlessly killed hundreds of sharks. I have no problem conceding it is a horrific experience when someone is badly injured or killed by a shark, but the numbers are so low, compared with other risks locals face. Between 2000 and 2015, just 15 people were killed by shark attacks in WA. For the same period, over 900 people drowned in WA waters, over 1,000 people were murdered, and over 1,500 people died on their roads. Each one a tragedy of course, but just one death by shark per year in no way justifies the killing of critically endangered animals. Nor...

01:00

Thousands flee imminent Bali volcano eruption "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

[Update 9/25 12:05 am.  I have change the title from 240,000 to thousands to reflect the change in the underlying story and am modifying the first sentence of the post ~ ctm] Last updated 15:19, September 23 2017 From Stuff About 240,000 Thousands of people are fleeing Balis Mount Agung precinct in eastern Indonesia, with

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22:55

OSIRIS-REx slingshots past Earth toward Asteroid Bennu "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

OSIRIS-REx, NASAs asteroid sample return spacecraft successfully used Earths gravity on Friday, September 22, 2017 to slingshot itself on a path toward the Asteroid Bennu, for a rendezvous next August. The spacecraft came within 17 237 km (10 711...... Read more

21:00

Now its a war on pipelines "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Efforts to block and sabotage pipelines hurt jobs, economic growth, middle class, human safety Paul Driessen The radical environmentalist war on fossil fuels has opened a new front: a war on pipelines. For years, activist zealots claimed the world was rapidly depleting its oil and natural gas supplies. The fracking revolution (horizontal drilling and hydraulic

17:56

Middle East, N. Africa: Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The FIRE-EARTH Tribunal in Absentia for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Committed in Middle East and North Africa [VI] CJ Reached a Unanimous Verdict on the Persons Responsible for War Crimes in Middle East and N. Africa The C-Jury has convicted 415 persons from 14 countries of []

17:00

NPR: Most People Cant Imagine Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall NPR author and psychologist Lisa Feldman Barrett thinks the reason people dont care about climate change is most people cant imagine what 120F feels like. But the reality is that Lisa is demonstrating her personal lack of insight. Simulating The Bodily Pain Of Future Climate Change September 23, 20179:03 AM

16:29

FIRE-EARTH ALERTS: IBGF, DSTH "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

All Groups FIRE-EARTH ALERTS: IBGF, DSTH [Issued by FIRE-EARTH Science Team.] Details via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.  Filed under: News Alert Tagged: 092401, DSTH, Fire-Earth Alert, FIRE-EARTH Alerts, FIRE-EARTH PULSARS, FIRE-EARTH Science, IBGF

16:06

Mass Evacuation Ordered in Puerto Rico Due To Significant Rupture in Dam "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guajataca Dam: Stay away, or be swept away More than 70,000 people living downstream from Guajataca Dam northwest of Puerto Rico are under order to evacuate, as the retaining wall threatens to collapse. A fissure caused by heavy rains from Hurricane MARIA has become a significant rupture, the islands governor told reporters. Life-threatening flooding would []

13:46

Geohazards Ambae Volcanic Eruptive Phase (Alert Level 4): Vanuatu Islands Region "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

VANUATU VOLCANO ALERT BULLETIN N11 AMBAE ACTIVITY Saturday September 23rd 2017 AMBAE VOLCANO 15240S 167500E Summit 4908ft (1496m) Current Vanuatu Volcano Alert Level: Level 4 Volcanic activity at Ambae is continuing to increase. The Alert Level for Ambae volcano is raised from Level 3 to Level 4 . This means that the Ambae volcano is []

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09:54

Borneo foundation to create a forest island for albino orangutan "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) is appealing for funds to create a forest island for an albino orangutan rescued in April.

The primate, who has been named Alba, is believed to be the only albino orangutan alive in the world.

It would be too risky to release Alba into the wild for health reasons, and because she could easily fall prey to poachers.

BOSF CEO Jamartin Sihite says five-year-old Alba has poor sight and hearing and her albinism could lead to her developing skin cancer later in life.

To ensure that Alba can live a free and fulfilling life we are making her a forest island home, where she can live freely in natural habitat, but protected from threats posed by humans.

The forest island will be enclosed by a moat and cover a minimum of five hectares, Sihite says, and Alba will share her new home with three other orangutans with whom she has bonded.

Once on the island, the group of orangutans will be protected, monitored, and observed by a full-time team, who will assess how they are adapting to forest island life.

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02:39

Canadian court to hear case about alleged money laundering by relatives of Malaysian politician "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A judge at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Canada has ruled that a financial disclosure case related to alleged money-laundering by relatives of the former chief minister and current governor of the Malaysian state of Sarawak, Abdul Taib Mahmud, will be held in public.

The case, brought by the Swiss-based Bruno Manser Fund (BMF), targets the multinational real estate corporation  Sakto, which was incorporated in 1983 by Taibs daughter, Jamilah, and his brother, Onn Mahmud, and soon became one of the largest players in the Ottawa real estate sector.

A first hearing took place in Toronto on August 21 this year under a sealing order that has now been lifted.

The case will establish a precedent on financial disclosure for private prosecutions.

The BMF alleges that Taibs relatives have millions of dollars of illegally acquired money invested in Canada.

It is suing three Canadian banks and the professional services firm Deloitte in a bid to gain access to financial and beneficial ownership information about Sakto and its affiliated companies for a potential...

Tuesday, 19 September

18:26

Dow Jones Sustainability Index is Unsustainable for Communities "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) recently announced its list evaluating the sustainability performance of the largest 2,500 companies listed on the Dow Jones Stock Market Index. US-based Newmont Mining scored high marks, earning it a spot as one of the world's most sustainable metal mining companies. Given Newmonts abysmal environmental and human rights track record, this distinction raises the question, How does DJSI define sustainability?

If you took this question to communities living near Newmonts Yanacocha mine in Cajamarca, Peru, or those opposing its recently stalled Conga mine in the same region, you would likely get a very different answer. The Yanacocha mine, the largest open-pit gold mine in Latin America, polluted critical and culturally significant water sources that threatens the health of communities and the environment now, and for generations to come.  In June 2000, one of Minera Yanacocha's contractors spilled 150 kilograms (335 pounds) of mercury from the mine along a 43-kilometer stretch of road through the towns of Choropampa, Magdalena and San Juan. More than 1,000 people maintain they were affected by the spill and many continue to report adverse health effects.

And Newmonts more recent attempts to develop the proposed Conga gold mine in an important hydrographic basin has resulted in years of tension, violent repression and thousands of spurious legal attacks against local people. This uptick in the criminalization around Newmonts mines in Peru follows a concerning trend found throughout Latin America in which social movement demanding rights are targeted with legal action. According to a report from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the tactic aims to paralyze or delegitimize their causes negatively affecting democratic values and the rule of law.  

Newmont first sued local subsistence farmer, Mxima Acua de Chaupe, in 2011, claiming ownership of her land near the proposed Conga project. In 2017, the Supreme Court of Peru upheld a lower court decision acquitting Mxima of criminal charges for aggravated assault which...

15:23

Coal mining devastates villages and cultural heritage in Australias Hunter Valley "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In Australias Hunter Valley the coal mining industry is devastating local villages and precious Aboriginal heritage, and three people who have been campaigning against mine expansion in the area face possible seven-year jail sentences under New South Wales new anti-protest legislation.

The valley is a stunningly beautiful area that is one of Australias main wine-producing regions, with a viticultural history dating back to the early 1800s, but the local town of Mudgee now has three coal mines on its doorstep Wilpinjong, Moolarben, and Ulan and one more mine is planned at nearby Bylong.

The local landscape is now dominated by mine pits and mining infrastructure. The ecosystem has been irreparably damaged, local wildlife have lost vital habitat, and the owners of Wilpinjong have run roughshod over local peoples lives and livelihoods.

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