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Tuesday, 19 June

05:36

Mom Tells Son She Needs A Million People To Convince Her To Let Him Adopt Puppy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

From the moment 19-year-old Ryan Sesselman first laid eyes on this fluffy rescue puppy at a local adoption event, he knew right away that she was destined to join his family.

But Sesselman's mother required more than a little convincing.

Credit: Ryan Sesselman

Since his family already has two dogs at home, Sesselman knew his mom would be a bit reluctant to expand their pack even more. So he pitched the idea of letting people on Twitter make the decision for them.

After all, if it was truly meant to be, the momentum of public opinion would certainly make it happen, right?

"I asked my mom how many retweets it would take to convince her. I suggested 10,000 thinking thats a lot and she will agree," Sesselman told The Dodo. "She then replies, 'One million.'"

Credit: Ryan Sesselman

Now, it's important to point out that Sesselman is no online celebrity. With just 200 followers on Twitter, it seemed pretty ludicrous that his humble plea for a pup would gain any traction at all, let alone reach a million people.

But Sesselman's not one to cower at the odds, especially with such an adorable dog on the line.

"I decided to give it a shot," he said.

And then something totally crazy and completely implausible happened: It worked.

"I posted it that afternoon, and when I woke up the next day I had 222 retweets and was impressed. The entire day my friends and I who went and saw her yesterday were just watching the retweets go up and up and up," Sesselman said. "I woke up the next day and it had 149,000 retweets, which I couldnt believe. It was unreal to me that 149,000 people retweeted it, and then it just spread so much faster after that. In four days I got one million retweets, making it the 10th most-retweeted tweet of all time."

Here's that tweet:...

05:04

Driver Spots Strangest Thing On Side Of Road "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Feral cats are a common sight around Hunterdon County, a rural farming community in New Jersey, especially when the weather gets warm.

But driving past a run-down farm, one motorist spotted something out of the ordinary. By the side of the road was a little black and white kitten with a clear plastic mayonnaise jar where his head should have been.

The search for a tasty snack had landed the cat in an unfortunate situation and it was clear he needed help.

Credit: Tabby's Place

Pulling over, the driver got out for a better look, but despite being weighed down and practically blinded by the plastic jug, the little cat took off running with surprising speed. Unsure how long the cat had been stuck that way, the driver hurriedly dialed several local animal rescue organizations, including Tabbys Place.

I got a phone call from someone who sounded a bit frantic and said she was driving by an old abandoned farm, saw some cats and one had a jar stuck on his head, Jonathan Rosenberg, founder of Tabbys Place, told The Dodo. She didnt know what to do ... and didnt know where to turn.

Danielle Rice, the cat sanctuarys operations manager, and a few staff members dropped what they were doing and went to the barn to begin their search for the stuck little cat.

Danielle found the owner [of the farm], and there were a bunch of cats living there, Rosenberg said. The woman said she fed them, but was unaware that there was one with a jar on its head. She was very upset and asked us for help.

Credit: Tabby's Place

For an entire day, the staff attempted to trap the cat a task more difficult than anticipated.

Amazingly, even with a jar on his head, he was very hard to catch, Rosenberg said. Finally, Danielle happened to see a cat butt sticking out between two boards of the barn. It looked like his butt, so she just grabbed him and turned out it was him.
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04:18

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03:22

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03:12

Man Slips Through Airport Security With Craziest Secret In His Luggage "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A 21-year-old man just arrived at Hong Kong International Airport with luggage containing about $80,000 USD worth of goods that could send him to jail for 10 years.

Inside a black plastic bag in his checked-in suitcase which had traveled through Beira, Mozambique, Johannesburg, South Africa, and Doha, Qatar customs officials discovered nearly 7 pounds' worth of odd little shapes made out of a very common substance: keratin, the same substance as human fingernails.

But this keratin came from rhino horn.

Credit: Hong Kong Customs

Last year, in South Africa alone, 1,028 rhinos were killed by poachers  that's an average of about three rhinos killed every single day. 

Driving this killing is the demand for trinkets like those just seized in Hong Kong. In traditional Eastern medicine, rhino horn is valued because of the unfounded superstition that it cures various problems like gout and hangovers. 

Credit: Shutterstock

After poachers kill rhinos to cut off their horns, the horns are processed in hidden backyard facilities where traffickers figure out how to conceal the product for transport. Horns are sometimes disguised as toys, carved into bracelets or even lodged into electronics to get the material to China, where there's the biggest market, according to TRAFFIC, an organization that tracks the illegal wildlife trade.

Tracking the illegal trade and advocating for increased protections and regulations is one of the ways conservationists are trying to help...

03:09

Family Drives 80 Miles Before Realizing There's A Cat Stuck Under Their Car "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Steven Kane and his family were in the middle of a road trip when, during a moment of relaxation, he glanced back at his car and noticed a pair of eyes peeking out at him from the grille of the car. He soon realized it was a cat, who had somehow gotten himself stuck underneath Kanes car. The family had been traveling for two days and had driven nearly 80 miles, and had no idea how long the cat had been trapped there for. 

Wed pulled up at the seafront near the green and I was playing on the green with my brothers little girl when I looked up and spotted him, Kane said in a press release. He is lucky that I saw him. I have no idea where we picked up our little hitchhiker, it could have been anywhere. 

Credit: RSPCA

Kane quickly contacted the RSPCA, and inspector Lucy Brennan got the call and quickly came out to help. After assessing the situation, she determined that they were going to need a little extra help for this one and contacted the Automobile Association (AA) to come out and carefully dismantle the car in order to free the furry traveler. They removed the headlights and the bumper, and were finally able to reach the cat, who was named Ford after the model of the car. 

Credit: RSPCA

He was very smelly and very hungry, Brennan said in a press release. The AA explained that even if the cat had been trapped when the motorist was driving the car, luckily the area he was in has no moving parts and doesnt get hot when the engine is on. Having said that, it must have been quite an ordeal for poor Ford.

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02:42

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02:40

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02:02

Oil palm plantations in Amazonia inhospitable to tropical forest biodiversity: Study "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

According to a study published in the journal PloS One late last year, the Brazilian Amazon has about 2.3 million square kilometers (nearly 900,000 square miles) of land suitable for oil palm cultivation, making it one of the largest areas in the world for potential expansion of the palm oil industry. That, coupled with the fact that the Brazilian government is encouraging oil palm expansion as a major new opportunity for socioeconomic development, has led to speculation that the Amazon could become one of the largest oil palm-producing regions in the world within just a few decades. Ana Cristina Mendes-Oliveira of Brazils Federal University of Par and Carlos Peres of the UKs University of East Anglia led the research team behind the PloS One study. They investigated the responses of tropical forest mammals to living in a landscape made up of a mosaic of 39,000 hectares (more than 96,000 acres) of mature oil palm plantations and 64,000 hectares (a little over 158,000 acres) of primary Eastern Amazon forest patches in the Brazilian state of Par. In the study, Mendes-Oliveira, Peres, and co-authors write that their results in the Amazon clearly reinforce the notion that oil palm plantations can be extremely hostile to native tropical forest biodiversity, as has been shown in more traditional oil palm countries in South-East Asia, such as Malaysia and Indonesia. The authors note that there has been little attempt to understand the impacts on Amazonian mammals of converting primary and secondary forests into oil palm plantations

01:53

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Monday, 18 June

23:44

11 Awesome Chapter 7 Means Test Worksheet Images "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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23:20

Not all doom and gloom: Q&A with conservation job market researchers "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

You grew up watching David Attenborough documentaries and reading Gerald Durrell memoirs. You volunteered banding marmosets in Brazil. You have a bachelors in biology and a masters in conservation biology. You spent a year interning at an international NGO. Youve got the passion, the education, the experience but now you just cant find a job. And youre not the only one: young conservationists are reporting a tough, rough time out there, with intense competition, a flood of unpaid internships, a prevalence of short-term work, and high student-loan debt. A recent study in Conservation Biology attempts to uncover some concrete data on the hard-to-quantify conservation job market in an effort to help students prepare themselves for the competitive, challenging hunt for paid employment. Headed by Jane Lucas, a recent recipient of a Ph.D. in rainforest ecology from the University of Oklahoma, the study looks at postings for 200 conservation-related jobs, half in the U.S. and half in other countries. She and her co-authors used the postings, as well as interviews with 20 conservation professionals, to find out where the bulk of the jobs are and to compile a comprehensive list of the most desirable skills for young conservationists seeking careers. Looking at four sectors nonprofit, academia, government and private industry Lucas and her colleagues found that the nonprofit sector had the biggest piece of the pie, comprising half of the job listings. Meanwhile, government jobs made up 21 percent, private industry nearly 16 percent, and academia just 13 percent.

22:09

Keeping an eye on dicamba "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Dicamba spray

Last year, the dicamba drift crisis defined the growing season across the U.S. damaging an estimated 3.6 million acres of crops. Learn more

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21:52

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21:42

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21:34

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21:33

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21:28

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21:17

A Grand Solar Minimum Would Barely Make A Dent In Human-Caused Global Warming "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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21:15

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20:27

Farm Bill: How could it work for farmers? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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An interview with Iowa farmer Patti Naylor focuses on key issues of concern for farmers in the proposed Farm Bill. Learn more

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19:59

Silencing human rights and environmental defenders: the overuse of Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation (SLAPP) by corporations "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Over the last few years, more and more corporations have used litigation as a tool to attack the credibility of human rights and environmental defenders. This phenomenon is part of what has been labelled, Strategic Litigation against Public Participation; more commonly referred to as SLAPP.  SLAPP is increasingly used by corporations against individuals, or civil society organisations, which have criticised or made public allegations against the corporations actions, notably regarding allegations of environmental degradation or human rights abuses. It is not an entirely new strategy as the concept of SLAPP was conceptualised in the United-States during the 1970s, but we have recently experienced an exponential increase of SLAPPs used as a retaliatory mechanism against human rights and environmental defenders. The Business and Human Rights Resources, which is one of the leading international civil society organisations working on issues of corporate responsibilities for human rights violations, recently published a briefing on corporate legal accountability highlighting the amplitude of the phenomenon.

 

19:48

Spreading Oil & Gas Brine Waste On PA Roads Halted For Now "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

For someone who doesnt have an email account, Siri Lawson gets a lot done. In fact, she accomplishes more than most people who do use email.

After observing the use of oil and gas brine on her local roads and speaking with neighbors, Lawson realized that a decades-old common practice of spreading the drilling wastewater in her township was not only affecting the health of her community, it also seemed to be a violation of Pennsylvania law despite being approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP).

Siri enlisted the help of attorneys at Fair Shake, an environmental law firm based in Pittsburgh, to appeal the states approval of oil and gas wastewater (called brine because of its extremely high salt and chemical content) to de-ice and suppress dust on dirt and gravel roads.

Though the appeal was determined moot by the PA Environmental Hearing Board, as approvals expired in December 2017, the PA DEP admitted that it should not have allowed the spreading of oil and gas brine waste on roads. Though DEP requires municipalities and companies to obtain a certificate of analysis that shows waste has been tested for toxins, the testing is very minimal and does not include dangerous oil and gas pollutants such as radium a known carcinogen.

As a result of Siris appeal, the PA DEP has halted further approvals for road spreading of oil and gas wastewater.

However, a bill currently making its way through the Pennsylvania legislature would reinstate this dangerous practice of spreading oil and gas waste on roads.

Health Risks of Spreading Drilling Waste

As Siris appeal to stop wastewater spreading on local roads was playing out, her own state representatives, Senator Scott Hutchinson and Representative Martin Causer, both long-time promoters of the oil and gas industry, introduced Senate Bill 1088 and House Bill 2154 to remove oil and gas regulations for the conventional drilling industry.

Both of these bills revert laws governing the industry back to 1984 and aim to relieve conventional oil and gas operators from stricter regulations enacted in 2012 to include...

19:42

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19:37

FIRE-EARTH Alerts: WFNR, KBPC 061802 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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19:35

Community evicted by accused murderer seeks justice for Gabriel Filho "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A temporary cross marks the spot where Gabriel Filho was murdered in 2010. The case has yet to come to trial against the alleged murderer, large landowner, and claimant of the property on which the Gabriel Filho community was built. Image Thomas Bauer. Gabriel Filho, community member and murder victim. Image courtesy of @Rafael Oliveira/ CPT Araguaia-Tocantins This is the first in a series by journalist Ann Sophie Gross who travelled to the Brazilian states of Tocantins and Maranho in Legal Amazonia in May for Mongabay to assess the impacts of agribusiness on the regions environment and people. GABRIEL FILHO: Tocantins, Brazil: In April of this year, 19 families were ordered to vacate the homes theyd lived in for more than a decade, and also forced to leave behind their croplands and livestock. Compounding the sense of injustice residents felt, the man driving their eviction is accused of murdering a community member in 2010. Shortly after that murder, the families decided to name their community Gabriel Filho, after the deceased, to emblazon the tragedy on their collective identity, and to remember. Today, Gabriel Filhos hundred exiled residents are in legal limbo, living in improvised shacks  tarps hung on wooden poles. Theyre banned by a court ruling from returning to their community to tend their fields and care for their animals. We cant even go back to our home to get our things, to collect our crops. If we go back well be sent to prison, said Eulina de Silva

In Peru, coca puts one of the worlds best coffee crops at risk "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

PUNO REGION, Peru Life isnt tranquil here anymore. Not long ago, my neighbor came running, frightened. [She said] a group of drug traffickers came to her house, put a gun to her mouth, and told her: If you keep complaining in the assemblies, youre going to be as cold as he is. The he is Jos Ccamapaza , a social and economic justice campesino leader from Colorado, a Peruvian village located next to Bahuaja-Sonene National Park. In December, he was found dead in his truck, a gunshot wound to his head. His death was seen by some as score-settling for his challenges to regional powers. Angelina*, who agreed to speak with Mongabay Latam without her name being revealed, remembers that Ccamapaza always spoke out about problems in the area. Sometimes you just have to speak very softly if you want to keep living, Angelina said, her whispers blending in with the sound of intense rain falling on her coffee plants in Putina Punco, in the mountainous rainforests of the Puno Region. From the two hectares where Angelina manages her coffee crops with her husband Moiss*, one can see the Bolivian rainforest, some of which is contained by Madidi National Park. The border between Peru and Bolivia is marked by the Tambopata River. Slightly closer, and within Peruvian territory, is Bahuaja-Sonene National Park. Its a natural protected area of 1.1 million hectares (over 2.7 million acres) that covers the rainforests of the Puno Region and some of the forests of the

18:06

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17:49

How can environmental activists use social media? Part 1 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

How can environmental activists use social media? Part 1

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17:10

Clean energy investment must be 50% higher to limit warming to 1.5C "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

An extra $460bn per year needs to be invested on the low-carbon economy globally over the next 12 years to limit global warming to 1.5C, a new paper says.

This is 50% higher than the additional investment needed to meet a 2C limit, the paper says. It is the first to assess the difference in investments and monetary flows between the two temperature goals of the Paris Agreement, the lead author tells Carbon Brief.

The paper also finds a far faster increase in low-carbon energy and energy efficiency investment would be needed to limit warming to 1.5C. Meanwhile, coal investment would not change substantially between a 1.5C and 2C scenario, the lead author says, since a dramatic downscaling of coal investments is already required to meet the 2C goal.

Financial flows

The Paris Agreement says countries should scale up finance to the low-carbon economy. Article 2.1(c) of the deal commits signatories to:

Making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development.

The new paper, published today in Nature Energy, aims to quantify the scale of financial flows that may be required to meet the overarching temperature goals of the Paris deal. It assesses how much would be needed for four scenarios.

In the first, countries meet the targets laid out in their current individual climate pledges (nationally determined contributions, or NDCs). The second looks at meeting the Paris goal of limiting global warming to well below 2C. The third scenario considers a world where the aspirational Paris target of limiting warming to 1.5C is met. These are compared to a business-as-usual scenario with no further tightening of current climate and energy policies.

The study combines the results from six different integrated assessment models (IAMs) to make its findings more robust. Each mo...

17:03

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17:02

2.5 Million Homes, Businesses Totaling $1 Trillion Threatened by High Tide Flooding "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Via Union of Concerned Citizens   Study Finds Coastal Municipalities May Lose Huge Sums in Property Tax Revenue WASHINGTON (June 18, 2018)Accelerating sea level rise in the lower 48 states, primarily driven by climate change, is projected to... Read More

17:01

Heavy rain, destructive floods hit Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Heavy storms that moved over the Upper Midwest over the weekend dropped record-breaking rain on parts of the region and caused destructive flash flooding. Up to 178 mm (7 inches) of rain fell across northern Houghton County in Michigan's Upper Peninsula on...... Read more

Bright fireball streaks over Belgium, nearly 170 reports received "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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16:12

Unseen Plastics in Our Water "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

How citizen science informed a new study that revealed the extent of microplastic and microfiber pollution in marine ecosystems

15:55

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15:41

Fall VA Policy Internship "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

FALL INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY: WORK WITH CCAN TO FIGHT FOR A CAP ON CARBON IN VIRGINIA

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This fall, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN), is working on a campaign to have Virginia formally join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

Take part in this visionary campaign to pass legislation that dramatically reduces climate change pollution in Virginia, while cleaning up our air, improving the health of our communities, and generating funds to usher Virginia into a just transition from fossil fuels.

Were hiring smart, motivated students for fall internships to stand up and take climate action. Apply today!

ABOUT CCAN

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is the only group in the Chesapeake region of Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. dedicated exclusively to building a powerful grassroots movement to fight climate change. Our mission is to build the kind of movement it will take to put our region on the path to climate stability, while using our proximity to the nations capital to inspire action in neighboring states, around the country and around the world.

ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN

We are leaders in the national clean energy revolution. In Virginia, we are on the frontlines of the fight for 21st century clean energy solutions. We are doing this by pushing the envelope on progressive climate legislation in the Commonwealth: CCAN is leading the charge for Virginia to formally join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), which would cut carbon emissions from power plants and create up to $200 million per year that will be directed to funding a just transition away from fossil fuels.

The campaign is called the One Virginia Campaign and the primary components are below:

  • Passing legislation to cut carbon emissions by 30% in Virginia and raise $200 million for climate adaptation and resilience
  • Work with legislators to find solutions that will protect Virginians from the dangerous water contaminants in coal ash ponds across the state.
  • Working with frontline communities to pass legislation that protects environmental justice neighborhoods

As we face Trumps rollbacks on climate change p...

15:27

Tom Cridland of The Tomicks bangs the drum for #FckFastFashion "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Tom Cridland of The Tomicks bangs the drum for #FckFastFashion

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15:06

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14:01

The Resource Curse in Amity & Prosperity and Beyond "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Amity & Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America

Amity & Prosperity The Resource Curse of Appalachia

Essay by Eliza Griswold, New York Times, June 9, 2018

(Ms. Griswold spent the past seven years reporting in southwestern Pennsylvania.)

Jason Clark has lived near Amity, Pa., in the southwestern part of the state, since he was born. He likes to call urban Americans hypocrites. At 38, hes the president of the Pork Association in Washington County, which sits at the edge of Appalachia. City dwellers are consumers, as he sees it; they gobble up resources like meat and coal and natural gas without knowing where they come from or thinking much about the toll that rural Americans pay to supply them.

Theres a term for that toll. Economists call it the resource curse, or the paradox of plenty. Since the 1990s, political scientists and development experts have used the resource curse to explain why countries richest in fossil fuels tend to remain poor. The problem, they contend, lies in the toxic impact of large influxes of cash: Easy money displaces more productive economic activity and fosters weak governments.

Typically, scholars apply the term to poorer continents, yet it affects America also, and nowhere more so than Appalachia. Oil was discovered in western Pennsylvania in the 1850s. And for more than a century, coal companies have clear-cut hollows to burrow into the earth below.

Corporations influenced local politicians and owned local businesses. They set the price of bread and the number of hours in a workday. For a time, these companies also supplied jobs and, by extension, built communities as churches and schools grew up around mines. Yet education wasnt really a focus. For laborers, the best-paid positions were underground. They required high levels of specialized skill best learned on the job.

Over the past several decades, as market forces and dwindling supplies have pushed coal companies into bankruptcy, theyve abandoned towns, leaving behind the ravages of slag heaps and thousands of miles of streams and rivers polluted by acid mine drainage. Drive along the border between Pennsylvania and West Virginia and youll see waterways that are the bright orange of hunters ve...

13:03

Canada: Cement Building Burns "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Anonymous / MtL Counter-info

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11:13

Positive polarity CH HSS sparks G1 - Minor geomagnetic storm "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A weak positive polarity Coronal Hole High Speed Stream (CH HSS) affecting our planet since late June 17, 2018, sparked a G1 - Minor geomagnetic storm at 02:56 UTC on June 18. Solar wind parameters, as measured by the DSCOVR spacecraft located at the L1 point, were...... Read more

Shallow M5.9 earthquake hits Japan, killing at least 3 and injuring more than 350 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A strong earthquake registered by the JMA as M5.9 hit Osaka, Japan at 22:58 UTC on June 17, 2018 (07:58 JST, June 18), killing at least 3 people and injuring more than 350. The quake hit at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The USGS registered it as M5.3 at a depth of...... Read more

10:25

Hawaii bans use of harmful pesticide "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Hawaii bans use of harmful pesticide

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Catherine Harte 18th June 2018
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10:10

Who cleans up the mess when an Australian uranium mining company leaves Africa? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Who cleans up the mess when an Australian uranium mining company leaves Africa?

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Jim Green 18th June 2018
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09:22

In a land hit by the resource curse, a new gold mine spooks officials "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

JAKARTA Environmental officials have warned of the potentially catastrophic impact of a planned gold mine in a conservation zone in eastern Indonesia, amid mixed signals from the district chief responsible for approving the project. The proposed mine would cover 233 square kilometers (90 square miles), an area four times the size of Manhattan, in Wondama Bay district in West Papua province. Eighty five percent of the district, though, sits within Cenderawasih Bay National Park, while parts of it also overlap onto or border the Wondiwoi Mountains Nature Reserve both protected areas. The planned site also straddles the ancestral lands of three indigenous groups: the Kuri Wamesa, the Rasiei and the Naikere The company applying for the mining permit, PT Abisha Bumi Persada (ABP), is based some 3,000 kilometers (1,860 miles) west, in the city of Bandung on the island of Java. It reportedly plans to operate for 15 years, and expects to mine 800,000 tons of ore per year, yielding 200 kilograms (440 pounds) of gold annually. A company in Indonesia plans to mine for gold in Wondama Bay district in West Papua province, with the proposed site marked by the red pin. Much of the district falls within Cenderawasih Bay National Park, a protected area. Image by Google Maps. Ben Saroy, head of the agency that manages Cenderawasih Bay National Park, warned that establishing a large-scale gold mine like ABP has proposed could damage the wider conservation area. Among his top concerns, he said, was the waste

09:08

In Search of Space "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In the introduction to In Search of Space, Journeys in Wild Places, Ross Brownscombe points out that nature writing which explores the poetry and magic of wild places has not developed into a strong tradition in Australia. Compared to North America and the UK this is certainly correct, and true writers in this genre are few and far between.

This book is a great addition to the library of nature writing that Australia has produced.

In the introduction to In Search of Space, Journeys in Wild Places, Ross Brownscombe points out that nature writing which explores the poetry and magic of wild places has not developed into a strong tradition in Australia. Compared to North America and the UK this is certainly correct, and true writers in this genre are few and far between. Some of the finest in the tradition here are probably authors of fiction rather than more conventional non-fiction nature writers, people like Richard Flannigan and Tim Winton, who develop landscape as characters in the way they develop the humans in their stories.

There are, of course, a growing number of authors from indigenous traditions who speak about and for Country. I love the quote from David Mowaljarlai, repeated by Tim Winton in Island Home, who sees the world as everything standing up alive. When Im high on a mountain looking out over country, my life force (Unggurr) flows out from inside my body and I fall open with happiness. Despite our shared love for land, their perspective is going to be different to an Anglo author. Whereas Country is peopled and storied for many Aboriginal and Islander people, us Australians of European linage often seek refuge in the blank space that wild spaces represent. We go into them to find adventure and challenge, solitude, recreation, perspective, spiritual guidance and, sometimes all these things. Our relationship is profoundly different because we must create something from what is essentially a blank canvas when it comes to culture. Trying to compare a book on nature writing by an Anglo man with an indigenous author in any meaningful way is beyond me in a short review so I wont try, beyond noting that all Australia is indigenous land, even those places that we have declared wild or wilderness, with the few exceptions of orphan country, land with no people left with connection to or responsibility for that place.

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04:11

Deadly Earthquake Rocks Osaka, Japan "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Applyn 061802 Osaka Rattled by M5.9 Earthquake Magnitude: 5.9 [JMA] Location: 4.8N, 135.6E [Osaka-fu Hokubu] Depth: 10km Time: 07:58 JST (UTC + 9:00 hrs) 18 Jun 2018 The quake measured six-minus on Japans seismic intensity scale of zero to seven. The event was felt throughout S. Honshu affecting Hyogo, Kyoto, Nara and Shiga prefectures. []

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18:57

FIRE-EARTH Alert: TJFD 061702 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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14:30

Spain: Animal Liberation Front Targets the Running of the Bulls "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Bite Back

The Animal Liberation Front has claimed responsibility for an arson and sabotage targeting facilities in Irua/Pamplona that will be used during the festival of San Fermin. During the night of June 6-7, a forklift was set on fire, anti-bullfighting messages painted and other damage caused inside the Corrales del Gas, enclosures for bulls who will run in the encierro (running of the bulls) and be killed in the bullring during the festival. Earlier in the week, 13 holes used for the placement of fence posts along the route of the bull run were filled with cement.

Anonymous communique (translation):

Every year in the city of Pamplona, under the rusty umbrellas of tradition and festivities, more than 40 bulls are killed. More than 40 animals will face a painful and agonizing end in the streets and bullring of this city. For these animals, the Corralillo del Gas becomes their corridor of death, and the fence becomes their cage: some waiting days for their turn to arrive, they pass from the bad drink of the morning confinement and the painful death of the bullfight in the afternoon, and although the fact of killing these animals seems neither more cruel nor more unnecessary than the exploitation, use and systematized murder of millions of animals around the world for consumption, experimentation, clothing or leisure, we believe it is necessary to take measures to end this cruel act that takes place in the city of Pamplona

For reasons that we consider more than obvious and sufficient, and that we will not go into explaining now, we consider legitimate:

All kinds of protest and struggle against the suffering we cause to animals.

Liberating animals from their confinement and providing them a decent home.

Recording or obtaining images to expose conditions in which animals are kept.

The boycott of companies and institutions that contribute to the abuse of animals.

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13:25

Conflict of Interest Discovered in $80 Billion Deal with China "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

FOIA request for MOU rejected by State of WV

Possible conflict of interest clouds West Virginias natural gas deal with China

From an Article by Ken Ward, Jr., Charleston Gazette-Mail, June 15, 2018

PHOTO: Then-West Virginia Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher (seated at left of table) meets last November in Beijing with China Energy President Ling Wen (seated at right of table) in front of President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. From: W.Va. Department of Commerce

A member of West Virginias negotiating team on the $80 billion natural gas investment deal with China was asked to repay $23,000 in travel expenses after the Justice administration raised questions about a potential conflict of interest, the governor revealed Friday.

Last November, President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping looked on in Beijing as officials from the Mountain State and a Chinese energy company signed what was hailed as a landmark deal for West Virginia.

Under the deal, China Energy Investment Corp. would invest more than $80 billion over the next 20 years in West Virginias natural gas industry.

Gov. Jim Justice and other state leaders have been banking on the China deal, predicting it will create tens of thousands of additional jobs in the state. It also was described as a victory for Trump, the largest in a series of Chinese investments in the United States that totaled $250 billion.

But on Friday, Justice revealed an ethical cloud over the China deal: At least one member of the states trade delegation an industry executive was also working to help his private company.

Brian Abraham, the governors general counsel, said the state was using someone who probably shouldnt have been involved in the negotiations as part of its trade delegation.

People that were there in China maybe representing their own special interests, we didnt think was right, the governor added.

West Virginia officials are eager to see the fruits of the China Energy investment, as a cornerstone to the natural gas industrys continued growth in the state. But along the...

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