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Friday, 17 August

12:20

Paraguay: Ceferina Guerrero, guardian of native and indigenous seeds "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Words of Ceferina Guerrero, one of the founders of Conamuri, a native of Repatriacin in the department of Coaguaz, Paraguay, speaking on a panel called "Our Seeds Make Us Free" during the Hei Jey Paraguay fair, 3 and 4 August 2018 in Asuncin, Paraguay.

 

11:05

The Oil & Gas Industry Should Provide More Support for Education & Environment "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Frack well pads & pipelines disturb hundreds of people and thousands of acres

Lets Fund PEIA with production tax on natural gas extraction

Letter to Editor, Charleston Gazette (Opinion Section), August 4, 2018

Last month, our elected officials were hard at work to fund the Public Employee Insurance Agency (PEIA).

West Virginia Senate President Mitch Carmichael led 22 senators to vote down a proposal from Sen. Richard Ojeda that would have funded teachers health care through an increased severance tax on natural gas extraction. Their justification? The natural gas market is too volatile to provide adequate, secure funding into the future. What foresight!

Acknowledging this legitimate concern (which may or may not be connected to the fact that these 22 state senators have collectively received over $140,000 from oil and gas companies in the form of campaign contributions, according to the secretary of state), Delegate Mick Bates is proposing a production fee for natural gas extraction, which would not be at the mercy of the market, in contrast to gas prices and a subsequent severance tax.

Revenue from this fee could then be deposited in a West Virginia Trust Fund, such as Ted Boettner of the West Virginia Center for Budget & Policy advocates, where it could compound over time, securing this funding stream in perpetuity.

For years, West Virginians neglected to reap the full financial benefit of the black gold extracted so painstakingly from our hills. Lets not make this mistake again

Just as the people of West Virginia should be fairly compensated for these resources, our teachers must be compensated for the time, energy and talent they invest in our children, who are our future.

What are they worth?

>>>> Moira Reilly, Morgantown

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Marcellus Shale companies say proposed permit fee hike is too high

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08:00

Glyphosate: let's get off the pesticide treadmill "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Glyphosate: let's get off the pesticide treadmill

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Clement Teagle 17th August 2018
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Development and duplicity in the case of the Chepete and El Bala dams "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Development and duplicity in the case of the Chepete and El Bala dams

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Anonymous (not verified) 17th August 2018
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Dr James Hansen: 'I thought there would be a rational response' "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Dr James Hansen: 'I thought there would be a rational response'

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Louise Gill 17th August 2018
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07:13

The Watchers News Brief: August 16, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Earthquake swarm in southern Italy A seismic swarm is taking place in southern Italy on August 16. EMSC registered 15 earthquakes between 05:11 and 20:22 UTC, with 5.0 at 18:19 UTC the strongest one. A noticeable uptick is being registered since 18:19 UTC. Colorado...... Read more

05:20

Matted Senior Pup Dumped At Shelter Is Like A Whole New Dog Now "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Shelter workers at Animal Haven, an animal rescue in New York City, had dealt with cases of neglect before but when Astrid entered the shelter earlier this month, they were shocked by what they saw.

The 10-year-old Maltese mixs once-white fur was matted and filthy. Her little paws were so caked in waste that her overgrown, curling nails could barely push through, making it painful for her to walk.

Credit: Animal Haven

How long Astrid had been kept in such a horrific state was unclear, and the person surrendering her didnt have any answers.

She was brought in by someone who seemed to be a homeless person claiming that a family member had died and left him the dog, Tiffany Lacey, executive director of Animal Haven, told The Dodo. The human was in terrible shape as well as the dog, so we took Astrid in on the spot.

Credit: Animal Haven

At the shelter, Astrid seemed confused and unsure what to do.

She was covered in mats and spinning in circles, Lacey said. We are afraid she was left in a small confined area for long periods of time.

Credit: Animal Haven

After a trip to the vet, Astrid was given a bath and freed from her matted fur. Once Astrid was clean and swaddled in a warm jacket, rescuers began to see another side to the timid dog.

Shelter volunteer Mindy Liu had spotted Astrid the day she was dumped, and instantly felt that, if she could get the shy dog out of the shelter and into a home, even for a little bit, Astrid would lear...

05:01

Woman Spots Frightened Street Cat Then Realizes He's Deaf And Blind "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Ceren Kiran Tatli and her husband are huge animal lovers, and are constantly feeding and caring for all the stray cats in their neighborhood in Turkey. They do their best to find new homes for as many cats as they can, and are always on the lookout for new cats who may need help. In early 2015, the couple was walking around their neighborhood on one of their regular rounds when they spotted a cat theyd never seen before and quickly realized the poor street cat was both deaf and blind

We saw him walking in the snow, looking for food and running away awkwardly from other cats and cars, Tatli told The Dodo. We called out to him, [tried] to get near him but, as he is a super talented escape artist, we couldnt. 

Credit: Ceren Kiran Tatli

After that initial sighting, Tatli kept searching for the cat, desperately wanting to help him. She found him again a few times and even managed to get close to him, but he always escaped, too scared to realize that she was trying to help him. Eventually, he stopped coming around, and Tatli always wondered what happened to him. A few months later, he reappeared, and unfortunately, his condition had gotten so much worse. 

In April 2015, we saw him again; this time his health got worse and [he] had a broken leg and did not have energy to struggle anymore, Tatli said. I still have no idea how he survived, found food and water [and] avoided cars on that busy neighborhood. 

Credit: Ceren Kiran Tatli

Once they finally had him safely in their care, the couple gave the cat a nice meal and then rushed him to the vet. They decided to name him Yoda, and hoped with all their might that the vet would be able to help him. Several vet visits later, after having one eye removed, Yoda was finally on the road to recovery physically but emotionally, his journey took a little longer. ...

04:00

People Refuse To Give Up On Giant Elephant Trapped In Mud Pit "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The 40-year-old elephant had gotten stuck in some mud  and no matter how hard he tried, he couldnt get himself out.

Earlier this week, team members from Big Life Foundation, a wildlife conservation group, saw the elephant near an outpost they use to monitor wildlife and look out for illegal poaching activities in Kiboko, Kenya. They werent sure how the elephant had gotten stuck in the mud, but they suspected hed been trying to have a bath.

Credit: The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust/Big Life Foundation

Elephants of all ages will bathe in mud to coat their skin to protect it against the sun and as a form of insect repellent, Rob Brandford, executive director of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT), an organization that saves elephants in need, told The Dodo.

Credit: The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust/Big Life Foundation

The team at Big Life Foundation knew they couldnt help the elephant on their own so they joined forces with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and DSWT, as well as the local community. Working together, they tried pulling the elephant out with the force of heavy vehicles  but it was extremely difficult. The mud formed a kind of glue around the elephants body, keeping him fixed in the mud.

Credit: The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust/Big Life Foundation

And the longer the elephant stayed in the mud, the greater danger he was in.

The biggest issue is not being able to eat or drin...

03:58

Wild Mother Horse Desperately Tries To Protect Her Baby From Government Workers "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A herd of wild horses galloped hard as helicopters relentlessly chased them. But one little horse had trouble keeping up a baby foal.

There was a small black foal who was falling behind his band, and the band was being stampeded by helicopters, Grace Kuhn, communications director for the American Wild Horse Campaign, told The Dodo. The foal was anything from a quarter of a mile or a half a mile behind sometimes, struggling to keep running with this big herd.

Credit: American Wild Horse Campaign

This past weekend, an observer with the American Wild Horse Campaign watched this scene unfold in Wyomings Red Desert, an area of around 700,000 acres of public land thats specifically designated as a wild horse habitat.

Yet the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is removing thousands of wild horses from the western territories like this each year. The wild herds are chased to exhaustion by helicopters before being rounded up and some of the horses die due to injuries or the sheer stress of the roundup.

Credit: Angelique Rea/Wyld Rose Images

Foals are definitely the most vulnerable out on the range when the helicopters come because they [have to] run extremely long distances, and its often too much for their bodies to handle, Kuhn said.

In this latest case, it was just too much for the baby horse.

At some point, his mother noticed that he wasnt with her, so she bravely turned back away from her band and waited for the baby to catch up with her, Kuhn added. The helicopters moved on and pushed the herd into the traps. The mare had stayed with the foal, who had just stopped. He was completely exhausted and hes tiny.

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03:44

People Are Rushing To Save Nearly 200 Potbellied Pigs Before It's Too Late "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Wendy Lake, an animal rescuer from Ohio, cannot stop thinking about the potbellied pigs in Falmouth, Kentucky there are nearly 200 of them on a property there and they desperately need help. 

The images are haunting. Lake, founder of Red Oak Animal Rescue (ROAR) in New Richmond, Ohio, has never seen so many pregnant potbellied pigs in one pen before. "As soon as theyre of age theyre pregnant," Lake told The Dodo. "The piglets are everywhere. They nurse off whichever pig they can. Feed is thrown in and whoever is dominant gets it. Its a dire, heartbreaking scene."

Credit: ROAR

The owner of the pigs started out with good intentions. She was trying to rescue homeless pigs.

No one knows exactly how it got so out of control. When the pigs started wandering onto neighboring properties, the authorities got involved. 

"The Fish and Wildlife officer was called out because theyre not properly contained and some wandered onto neighboring property. She [the owner of the pigs] got cited," Lake said. "They agreed to let her keep 30." 

Credit: ROAR

Lake, who is currently out of the country, has been in touch with people from Atti's Acres, an animal rescue organization in Kentucky, who are on the scene trying to sort things out with the pigs and time is of the essence. 

"Jodi [Vigar] from Attis Acres ... knows the officer personally and pleaded to him to give us time to try to get them out," Lake said. 

Credit: ROAR

Vigar and her team of volunteers have been...

03:42

Clever Dog Always Asks People For Coins To Buy Himself Treats At The Store "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Serch Vazquez works as a supervisor for a bottled water distributor in Mexico City. He recently decided to join one of the company's drivers on their delivery route, during which they stopped by a small market that also sells food out of a front window.

That's where Vazquez met a very special dog named Cabron, who had a very unique request.

"As soon as I arrived, he scratched my leg with his little paw," Vazquez told The Dodo.

What did Cabron want? He wanted money.

Credit: Serch Vazquez

Having visited the store many times before, Vazquez's colleague was evidently well-acquainted with Cabron's routine.

"The driver told me to give him a peso to see what he does with it," Vazquez said. "So I gave it to him."

Much to his surprise, Vazquez then watched as the dog took the coin and headed straight to the storefront window, where he deposited it for the cashier. Cabron knew exactly what he was doing he was buying a snack.

Here's video of Cabron in action:

Vazquez was stunned.

"I celebrate all dogs, but this one is something very special," he said. "It warmed my heart to see what he does. He does this to everyone who comes to the store."

It's unclear exactly why Cabron started asking for money like this, but some added info gives rise to an interesting possibility. Turns out, the dog was adopted by the woman who runs the shop. She, the controller of the snacks, has presumably learned not to be swayed by Cabron's frequent requests for free handouts from her.

So, seeing that customers are always given food in exchange for money, Cabron, perhaps, realized he could do the same if he could convince people to give him some coins. His shopkeeping owner certainly wouldn't turn away a paying customer, right? Apparently, it's worked well so far.

Whatever the case may be, one thing is for certain Cabron is a very clever pup.
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01:52

Record-high supply and demand on voluntary carbon markets in 2017: report "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

As governments, companies, and individuals the world over are increasingly seeking to address their contributions to global warming, the use of voluntary carbon markets is starting to accelerate after several years of slow growth. Thats the finding of a new report released yesterday by Ecosystem Marketplace, an initiative of the NGO Forest Trends. According to the report, the supply of carbon credits on voluntary markets hit an all-time-high in 2017 of 62.7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e), while 42.8-MtCO2e-worth of offsets were purchased and retired also a record. Offsets are produced through a number of activities, such as installing new renewable energy production capacity, managing forests and other ecosystems to improve carbon sequestration, and implementing low-emissions agricultural practices. Developers of projects that lead to reduced emissions in 83 countries currently sell offsets on voluntary markets. The vast majority of projects on the voluntary market follow rules and procedures set out by a voluntary carbon standard, the report explains. If a project meets these criteria, the standard will issue carbon offsets equivalent to the emissions reductions. More than 2,000 projects have issued offsets based on voluntary carbon standards since 2005. Buyers of those offsets can then claim the emissions reductions for themselves by retiring the offsets theyve purchased, meaning theyve removed them from circulation. Chart via Ecosystem Marketplace report Voluntary Carbon Market Insights: 2018 Outlook and First-Quarter Trends. The number of offsets that have been generated is generally considered to be the best way to estimate the

New Caledonia votes to protect coral reefs "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The government of New Caledonia voted on Tuesday to establish marine protected areas across 28,000 square kilometers (10,800 square miles) of waters around the French overseas territory, safeguarding coral reefs, marine habitats, and critical bird nesting areas. The move comes after years of work by conservation groups like WWF, which quickly welcomed the agreement, which applies to five previously unprotected reefs. We welcome New Caledonias announcement of the classification of its near-pristine coral reefs, said Hubert Graux, Manager of WWF-Frances New Caledonia Office, in a statement. These ecosystems are full of life the oceans equivalent of tropical forests and France, through its overseas territories, carries an international responsibility for their protection.  Green sea turtle. Photo by Rhett A. Butler. This is the kind of leadership we need to see in coral reef conservation and we applaud it, added John Tanzer, leader of WWF Internationals oceans program. With good management, these marine protected areas will help maintain fish populations and ecosystem health that will build the reefs resilience to the impacts of climate change in future. This leadership must inspire similar action by other governments. The new protected areas are part of the 1.3 million square kilometer Natural Park of the Coral Sea of New Caledonia that was created in 2014. Fishing and other extractive activities are banned from the five newly protected reefs: Chesterfield, Bellona, Entrecasteaux, Ptrie and Astrolabe. Entrecasteaux is a UNESCO World Heritage site. New Caledonia is known for its rich marine life, including nesting grounds for turtles and sea birds, which attracts large

01:43

Geoengineering: An Interview With A US Air Force General "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Dane Wigington GeoengineeringWatch.org Is climate engineering real? What does a former US Air Force 2 star major general have to say about this most critical issue? This interview was conducted exclusively for GeoengineeringWatch.org, any re-uploading of any part of this interview is expressly forbidden at the request of the interviewee. Waking US citizens and US military members

01:36

Something Strange Was Found Hanging From This Tree "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

It was a crisp October day when a man in Warwick, Rhode Island, spotted something odd hanging 20 feet in the air above him. 

Something feathered was suspended under the tree canopy, almost motionless. 
 

Credit: WRARI

Closer inspection revealed that the cluster of feathers was a barred owl he was alive, presumably very scared and tangled up in discarded fishing line.

The bird could have died if the man hadn't seen him. He contacted the wildlife clinic of the Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Rhode Island (WRARI), and a whole team of people, including firemen, went to help save this frightened owl's life. 

All of this could have been prevented if a fisherman hadn't left his fishing line behind. 

Credit: WRARI

"Fishing line is a major environmental problem," Arianna Mouradjian, board member and volunteer at WRARI, told The Dodo. "And we unfortunately see a significant number of patients as a result of injuries sustained from fishing line."

Since these photos were taken, dozens more animals of all different kinds have become entangled in the region and countless more across the country. Each year, WRARI sees dozens of birds and other animals impacted by this kind of litter.

Credit: WRARI

"Robins, crows, blue jays, eiders, geese, ducks, cormorants, gulls, mergansers, painted turtles, snapping turtles, spotted turtles and snakes, just to name a few," Mouradjian said. "And we only get the lucky ones that make it to us. Many die of starvation and exposure as a result of fishi...

01:27

MEDIA ALERT: FED CT BRIS FRI 4.15PM Trad Owners v Adani and others judgment "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

MEDIA ALERT: FED CT BRIS FRI 4.15PM Trad Owners v Adani and others judgment

17 August 2018

Critical judgment in W&J Traditional Owners fight for their land rights against Adani

WHAT: Justice Reeves of the Federal Court delivers his decision in the case in which Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners have challenged the legitimacy of a meeting funded by Adani to authorise an ILUA (Indigenous Land Use Agreement), the certification of that purported ILUA by Queensland South Native Title Services, and the subsequent registration of the Adani ILUA by the National Native Title Tribunal. Further background to the case below.

WHEN: 4.15pm, Friday 17 August 2018.   

WHERE: Federal Court, Court No. 2, Level 7, Cth Law Courts 119 North Quay (Tank St entry), Brisbane.

Adrian Burragubba, spokesperson for the five W&J applicants, and the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council, is available for comment before and after the decision.

Mr Adrian Burragubba says: No matter what happens today, we are calling on the Queensland Government to rule out extinguishing our native title in any part of our land. No matter who wins, we expect an appeal.

It would be a travesty for the Government to wipe out our title for Adani. If Queensland can stop them dredging the Reef before Adani has money, or pull the pin on $1 billion NAIF funding, they can surely protect our rights to our land. They must not hand a private corporation land title at our expense, based on discriminatory laws.

We know its the Queensland Governments choice. Enough is enough. We have called on the UN for international scrutiny of whats happening here. The Government must bring itself into the modern era on our human rights and leave us to protect our country and chart a better future than coal mining.

Media enquiries: Anthony Esposito, W&J Traditional Owner Council advisor 0418 152 743

W&J website: http://wanganjagalingou.com.au/

W&J facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WanganandJagalingou/fBackground to the case

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01:13

People Spend Hours Trying To Save Dog From The Worst Spot "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A couple was visiting Paterson Great Falls National Park in New Jersey on Sunday, and admiring the incredible views, when they noticed an animal who appeared to be trapped on a ledge down by the water and quickly realized it was a dog. Concerned for his safety, the couple contacted the police, who began putting in calls to all the right people to set a rescue plan in motion. 

Credit: Frannie D'Annunzio

Knowing this rescue would require specialized equipment and skills, the police contacted the Paterson Fire Department for help. Captain Scott Parkin received the call, and was confident that he and his team could handle it his father, Joseph Parkin Sr., is a retired firefighter who performed a few very similar dog rescues at the Great Falls. Knowing he could follow in his fathers footsteps, Parkin requested the rescue be assigned to his unit, Rescue Co. 2. 

The police also contacted Paterson Animal Control, which then called Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge to see if it could take the dog in once he was rescued. Without knowing what the dog was like or even seeing a picture of him, the rescue agreed, and Frannie D'Annunzio, a staff member at the rescue, immediately rushed to the scene.

Credit: Frannie D'Annunzio

With practically the entire town rallied together help the trapped dog, the rescuers quickly began to assess the situation and formulate a plan. They considered launching a boat over to the ledge to retrieve the dog, but heavy rainfall from the day before had made the water too treacherous  for that plan and so the rescuers decided that Parkin would rappel down 75 feet from a bridge above the falls to the ledge below. 

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00:49

Shelter Dog Finally Gets A Home But Is Forced To Live In Tiniest Backyard "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In April, Regina Vlasek saw a photo on Facebook she couldnt look away from. It showed a starving bulldog mix trapped in a tiny backyard that was filled with trash and feces.

The picture is shot from up above, and its looking down, Vlasek, president and founder of Saving Sage Animal Rescue Foundation in Florida, told The Dodo. I dont know how he ended up in that backyard, but he was there. And there was no food, no water and no shelter.

Credit: Saving Sage Animal Rescue Foundation

Vlasek got the address and hurried to the property to see if she could help the poor dog. When she spoke to neighbors, she learned the dog had been constantly crying for help, and had even tried digging his way out of the yard.

The dog was weak, starving, totally emaciated, could hardly hold his head up, Vlasek said. It was very pathetic.

Credit: Saving Sage Animal Rescue Foundation

The dog also had a rabies tag attached to his collar, which Vlasek used to track down information on him. It turned out that the dog, who was named Brock, had come into Miami-Dade Animal Shelter last year, and hed been adopted by his current owner. But instead of giving Brock a loving and secure home, the owner had grossly neglected him, keeping him in the backyard for about nine months.

Credit: Saving Sage Animal Rescue Foundation

The police eventually arrived, as well as officers from Miami-Dade Animal Services, who removed Br...

00:37

Dog Tied To Log In Canal Tried So Hard To Stay Above The Water "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Abandoned in a remote part of the Erie Canal in Rome, New York, a young dog held on for dear life to the log she was tethered to.

Luckily, a passerby spotted the shepherd-husky mix, now named River, and reported her to Rome Animal Control.

When an officer arrived at the scene, she found River intentionally tied to the piece of wood by her own leash. The officer unknotted the dog and brought her to the Central New York SPCA (CNY SPCA), which handles the animal cruelty and neglect cases in the district.

Credit: CNYSPCA

The log was partially submerged in the water and she was hanging on to the log with her front feet, and her head propped up, Dee Schaefer, humane educator at the CNY SPCA, told The Dodo. That whole area is under a flash flood watch. Its a low-lying area, but had she not been taken out before this past weekend, she probably would have drowned.

It was clear to shelter workers that River was hungry for affection.

She was nervous when she arrived, but shes really come out of her shell in the last two days that shes been here. Shes an absolutely wonderful dog. Very, very sweet, Schaefer said. I dont think theres anybody shes met here that she hasnt liked.

Credit: WKTV

At 1 year old, River is a ball of energy, and ready to play at any moment. Despite what shes been through, she remains a trusting and happy dog.

When you pet her, she immediately just leans right into it, Schaefer added. Shes also very interested in her surroundings when she goes outside, she loves to sniff.

Still, shelter workers wanted justice for River.
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00:36

Firefighters Drop Everything To Help A Desperate Young Deer Fleeing From Wildfire "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

More than 22,000 acres have been set alight by the massive Holy Fire in southern California since it began earlier this month. But while much has been lost, those bravely battling the blaze haven't forgotten the lesser-seen lives affected by the growing inferno.

Credit: U.S. Forest Service - Cleveland National Forest

On Monday, the U.S. Forest Service shared a touching account of one such life being saved.

Recently, a group of forest service firefighters were at work in the hard-hit Los Padres National Forest when they encountered a desperate young deer who'd managed to escape the approaching flames.

Rather than leave her to fend for herself, the crew dropped what they were doing to help her make it through.

Credit: U.S. Forest Service - Cleveland National Forest

The deer was dehydrated and suffering from heat exhaustion, but the firefighters knew just what to do.

"They provided her with water and helped her get back on her feet," the forest service wrote.

She seemed to understand the firefighters were there to help.

Credit: U.S. Forest Service - Cleveland National Forest

Not surprisingly, news of the firefighters' kind gesture went viral. And fortunately, while the fate of the young deer isn't known for certain, the forest service reports that hope isn't lost for her or other animals affected by the fi...

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23:05

How climate change harmed Ellicott City and me "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Its been raining heavily lately where I live in Hyattsville, Maryland. In the week of June 23rd, it rained almost all week. Couple weeks ago, while on the metro, I received a warning on my phone that there would be a flash flood in my area. So I called my mom and told her to stay alert.

While I knew it would rain a lot, I hoped it would not be as much as in Ellicott City. Just a couple months ago, this city faced life-changing floods in a devastating climate change event. It started raining in the old historic city on May 27 around at 3:15 pm. It continued on raining and raining for days, until the streets of Ellicott City were flooded with strong rushing waters. Cars were pulled away by the waters. The floods destroyed and damaged countless stores, homes, restaurants, and even one persons life.

During the floods, a woman named Kate Bowman was in need of safety from her flooded store along with her cat. She was on a window, screaming and ready to jump out. At that moment, National Guardsman, Eddison Hermond, noticed her and without thinking twice he started to try and help. He told Kate to calm down, just as he said that, according to Kate, he slipped and the rushing waters took him. His body was found two days later.

This isnt Ellicott Citys first time experiencing a devastating flood. Just two years ago, the city was deluged with 6.6 inches of rain, again damaging stores, restaurants, and homes. The 2016 flood killed two individuals. They were found in their cars on the Baltimore Side of the river.

Both the floods in 2016 and in 2018 were one-in-a-thousand year rain events meaning the...

22:29

Very shallow M6.6 earthquake hits Ogasawara region, Japan "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A very shallow earthquake registered by the JMA as M6.6 hit Japanese Ogasawara Archipelago at 18:22 UTC (03:22 JST) on August 16, 2018. The USGS is reporting M6.4 at a depth of 11.5 km (7.1 miles) at 18:21 and M6.0 at 18:22 UTC. EMSC is reporting M6.4 and M5.9 at a...... Read more

Unexpected surge of water vapor in the mesosphere, prolonged noctilucent clouds season "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

During the first half of August 2018, reports of noctilucent clouds to Spaceweather.com have tripled compared to the same period in 2017 and researchers at the University of Colorado may have figured out why. "There has been an unexpected surge of water vapor...... Read more

Kerala death toll jumps to 106, 150 000 people homeless in worst floods in nearly 100 years, India "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The death toll from Kerala's worst floods in nearly 100 years has jumped to 106 on August 16, 2018. There are now 1 331 camps opened across the state, providing temporary shelter for 147 000 people. Kerala's Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said August 15 the...... Read more

Amid corruption scandal, Malaysia switches track on future of rail network "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

KUALA LUMPUR Before the May 9 election that swept Najib Razak and his Barisan Nasional coalition from power, the then prime minister of Malaysia presided over one of the largest and most expensive national rail construction projects ever undertaken in Asia. The $62 billion undertaking would build four new lines and extend two existing ones in Kuala Lumpurs rail transit network, and add a combined 1,256 kilometers (780 miles) of new track throughout the country. It would tie peninsular Malaysias west coast to its east coast with a fast line for passengers and cargo, and link to Singapore with a high-speed train from Kuala Lumpur and a second, shorter cross-border train. Elections have consequences, though. In the weeks after the victory that returned him to the prime ministers office he occupied from 1981 to 2003, the new prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, systematically drove his predecessor and one-time protgs transit program off the rails. Citing escalating costs, and concern about Chinas role in financing and building some of the new rail network, Mahathir cancelled a 40-kilometer (25-mile), $11.25 billion driverless subway line in Kuala Lumpur. He suspended work on the $17 billion, 350-kilometer (217-mile) Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed line. In early July, his administration announced the suspension of the projected $14 billion East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), a 688-kilometer (428-mile) fast electric rail line from Kuala Lumpurs port on the Strait of Malacca, across the Malaysian peninsula to northeastern port cities along the South China Sea. Malaysia also is pursuing a

Colombia: Agencies rush to save national park from rampant deforestation "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Territories are like books: they can be in front of you, but if you do not read them you will never understand them, said Juan Carlos Clavijo about Tinigua National Natural Park, one of Colombias protected areas located between the municipalities of La Uribe and La Macarena in the Meta region. This year, Tinigua took center stage when the Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies (also known by its acronym in Spanish, Ideam) revealed that the park lost more than 5,600 hectares of its tree cover to deforestation activities in the first three months of 2018. Clavijo, who worked in that national park for 10 years, and served as chief for three of them, believes that Tinigua has never been granted the importance it deserves. And he said maybe that is why only now, when the damage seems irreparable, that all eyes are on this territory. Tinigua is part of La Macarena Special Management Area (also known by its acronym in Spanish, AMEM), a reserve created in 1989 that also includes three other national natural parks: Cordillera de Los Picachos, Sierra de La Macarena and Sumapaz. In addition to housing many species, Tinigua also serves as a refuge for wildlife from ecosystems surrounding the park. There, one can find animals such as the jaguar (Panthera onca), long-tailed otter (Lontra longicaudis), mountain lion (Puma concolor), brown woolly monkey (Lagothrix lagotricha), spider monkey (Ateles belzebuth), three-toed sloth (Bradypus variegatus), tapir (Tapirus terrestris), collared peccary (Tayassu tajacu), curassows (Crax alector, Mitu salvini,

22:08

Press Release: Stay Called for on Atlantic Coast & Mountain Valley Pipelines "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

For Immediate Release August 16, 2018                                                                  CONTACT:... Read More

20:00

The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: August 8 - 14, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes between August 8 and 14, 2018. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 15 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Etna, Sicily (Italy) | Great Sitkin, Andreanof Islands (USA) | Nevados de Chillan, Chile |...... Read more

19:36

Green Scare Defendant Apprehended in Cuba After 12 Years "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

From Lauren Regan, Director and Senior Staff Attorney Civil Liberties Defense Center Josh Dibby is accused of destroying the Cavel West Horse slaughterhouse in Redmond, Oregon. On August 10, 2018, the US Department of Justice announced that it... Read More

19:16

Federal Judge Orders Environmental Review of Keystone XL Pipeline "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Nancy Gaarder / Omaha World-Herald

original photo John Duffy

A federal court in Montana has ruled that TransCanada must conduct an additional environmental review before it moves forward with the alternative route that has been approved for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

The decision is being hailed by those opposing the pipeline as a victory.

However, its not clear whether the decision will slow the project. U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris declined to nullify President Donald Trumps decision that allowed the pipeline to go forward. And he told TransCanada, the pipeline developer, to prepare a timeline for the environmental review that would allow TransCanada to move forward with planned construction in the second quarter of next year.

In November 2017, the Nebraska Public Service Commission denied TransCanadas application for its preferred route and instead approved an alternative route that skirted a bit more of the Nebraska Sand Hills. The alternative route goes through five different counties and crosses several different water bodies than the original, preferred route. In late July, the U.S. State Department concluded that the pipelines amended route would have mostly negligible to minor effects on farmland, water resources and the environment.

Bold Alliance, an opponent that was among the plaintiffs in the case, welcomed the decision.

The court saw through the sham fast-track environmental review that TransCanada and the State Department were trying to shove past Nebraska landowners and Tribal Nations, Mark Hefflinger of Bold Alliance said in a statement.

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18:13

Federal Court Rules State Dept. Must Conduct Full Environmental Review of Keystone XL in Nebraska "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

GREAT FALLS, Mont. On Wednesday, a federal judge sided with environmental, landowner and Tribal plaintiffs in their challenge to the Trump administrations approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The State Department had attempted to fast-track its environmental review... Read More

17:44

FIRE-EARTH Report: Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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17:26

Whats Causing Floridas Algae Crisis? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Five questions answered about the blooms that are killing fish and threatening public health

16:22

Tracking tools identify regional hubs of whale shark activity "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Where do the biggest fish in the sea go to find enough food? Turns out, not too far, if they live in a region with lots of food. Whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) swim about 25 kilometers (15 miles) per day and can make some tremendous long-distance oceanic movements. Scientists recently tracked a female whale shark from the eastern Pacific to the western Indo-Pacific for 20,142 kilometers (more than 12,000 miles) over 841 days, the longest whale shark migration route ever recorded. Juvenile sharks in a series of four studies, one in the Philippines and three in the western Indian Ocean, apparently prefer to swim laps around their favorite feeding grounds. A juvenile whale shark in the Philippines seen from above, with its tracking tag tethered to its dorsal fin. Image by Gonzalo Araujo/LAMAVE. Whale sharks are the worlds largest fish, growing up to 12 meters (40 feet) long and weighing up to 25 tons; even juveniles are 7 to 9 meters (23 to 30 feet) long. Scientists are keen to understand where these huge fish spend their time to better conserve them. Fishing activity threatens whale sharks through direct killing, capture as bycatch, and boat strikes. Half of the worlds whale shark population has been killed since the 1980s, primarily by fisheries in China, India, the Philippines and Taiwan, and Chinese fisheries still target whale sharks for their fins and meat. The rapid decline in whale sharks global population prompted the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to

11:05

Grandma Puts Car on Blocks Before MVP Pipeline in Monroe County WV "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Monroe County WV Residents Unhappy With Land Disturbances

Grandmother arrested after blocking pipeline construction in Ford Pinto

From an Article by Aris Folley, The Hill News, August 3, 2018

A 64-year-old woman was arrested earlier this week after she reportedly blockaded herself into a 1971 Ford Pinto and prevented Mountain Valley Pipeline construction in West Virginia.

Becky Crabtree, charged with obstruction earlier this week, was later released on her own recognizance, according to a local NBC affiliate.

Crabtree, who is a grandmother and retired schoolteacher, reportedly blockaded herself in the Pinto at the worksite of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which spans approximately 303 miles from northwestern West Virginia to southern Virginia.

It just hit me, Crabtree told Vice News on Friday. I cant just teach my students about climate change and have them fill out a sentence about fossil fuel energy and its negative impact. I know what the impacts are. I have to live this.

Crabtree said shes trying to slow up the process for the construction of the pipeline, because once the pipeline is in the ground, the judge can say, It is too late now. Sometimes the courts need time to catch up.

Crabtree said she had written letters, organized debates, and attended town halls and protests to fight the construction of the pipeline prior to the demonstration.

Ive pretty much exhausted all my other options, Crabtree said. It wasnt on bucket list to get arrested, but now can tell my grandkids that your grandmother was arrested trying to save this land. Crabtree is currently awaiting her sentencing.

According to Vice News, Crabtree is the latest person to join the fight against the pipeline, with protests from local residents and environmental groups igniting across the region.

Once constructed, the pipeline would span more than 1,000 bodies of water and roughly 245 miles of forest, which protesters say could pose a threat to the areas municipal water supplies and habitat, according to the publication.

Last week, a federal court rescinded permits for the project to cross the Jefferson...

10:33

Acquitted coal mine protester speaks out against UK legal system "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Acquitted coal mine protester speaks out against UK legal system

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Alexandra Heal 16th August 2018
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10:24

French farmers feel Dewayne Johnsons pain "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

French farmers feel Dewayne Johnsons pain

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brendan 16th August 2018
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10:20

New generation of pesticides can reduce bumblebee reproduction "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

New generation of pesticides can reduce bumblebee reproduction

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brendan 16th August 2018
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08:00

Oil and tobacco explain funding of neoliberalism "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Oil and tobacco explain funding of neoliberalism

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Louise Gill 16th August 2018
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05:47

Court Rules Trump Administration Must Conduct Further Review for Keystone XL Pipeline "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

On Wednesday, August 15, 2018, the Honorable Brian Morris, United States District Judge for the District of Montana in Great Falls, issued a preliminary ruling in favor of the lead Plaintiffs in the litigation to stop the Keystone XL (KXL) Pipeline, the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) and the North Coast Rivers Alliance (NCRA). Judge Morriss 13-page Order finds that the Trump Administration has a duty under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) on the KXL Pipelines revised route, the Mainline Alternative through Nebraska. Judge Morris granted the Plaintiffs request for the further environmental review and rejected every argument raised by the Trump Administration and the pipelines promoter, TransCanada, to excuse the Department of States failure to conduct this additional review previously. Importantly, the Court stated that it will rule on the Plaintiffs other arguments challenging the State Departments approval of the KXL Pipeline before TransCanadas proposed construction in the spring of 2019.

05:37

Guy Approaches Hungry Wild Bears Just To Take A Selfie "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Folks tuning in to watch this livestream of bears feeding at Brooks Falls in Alaska last week were witness to something rather bizarre and unexpected. And quite illegal.

There, wading in the water among the massive carnivores, was a guy clearly outside his native habitat.

Credit: Christoph Strssler

The man captured on video was one of three people who entered a restricted area adjacent to a viewing platform near the falls. Apparently, that vantage point just wasn't close enough. He just had to get a closer look, endangering his life, and the lives of the feasting bears in the process.

Wearing cargo shorts and a t-shirt, the man is seen entering the water before snapping selfies and photos of the bears a stone's throw away. Not the smartest move.

Here he is now:

While it's always unwise to get too close to wild animals, in Katmai National Park, where the falls are located, it's also against the law. There, approaching within 50 yards of a bear using a concentrated food source is prohibited.

And wouldn't you know it. Now the man, along with the two others, are facing charges for that crime.

Unfortunately, incidents of people taking idiotic selfies with wild animals seem to be on the rise. But this may be among the most egregious and the National Parks Service (NPS) hopes others take note. 

People need to recognize that these are wild brown bears. These visitors are lucky that they escaped the situation without injury," Mark Sturm, NPS superintendent, said in a...

04:26

The Watchers News Brief: August 15, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Tropical Storm "Leepi" makes landfall over Kyushu, Japan Tropical Storm "Leepi" made landfall on the Japanese island of Kyushu on August 14, bringing heavy rain and strong winds. Although the small size of Leepi limited the radius of its impacts,...... Read more

Several violent tornadoes reported in China, injuries reported "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Several violent and damaging tornadoes were reported across China on August 13 and 14, 2018. Numerous homes were damaged and many residents injured, local media report. A violent tornado touched down in Jinghai district of northern China's Tianjin Municipality...... Read more

Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hits Andreanof Islands, Alaska "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.6 hit the Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska at 21:57 UTC on August 15, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 31.6 km (19.6 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.6 at a depth of 40 km (24.8 miles)....... Read more

Earth has more trees now than 35 years ago "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Despite ongoing deforestation, fires, drought-induced die-offs, and insect outbreaks, the worlds tree cover actually increased by 2.24 million square kilometers an area the size of Texas and Alaska combined over the past 35 years, finds a paper published in the journal Nature. But the research also confirms large-scale loss of the planets most biodiverse ecosystems, especially tropical forests. The study, led by Xiao-Peng Song and Matthew Hansen of the University of Maryland, is based on analysis of satellite data from 1982 to 2016. The researchers broke land cover into three categories: tall vegetation consisting of trees of at least five meters (16 feet) in height; short vegetation under five meters in height including shrubs, grass, and agricultural crops; and bare ground, including urban areas, sand, tundra, and rock. While the classification may seem simplistic, powerful conclusions can be drawn from the data, including assessing agricultural expansion, climate-driven expansion and contraction of ecosystems, and forest clearing and recovery. The results of this study reflect a human-dominated Earth system, the researchers write. Direct human action on landscapes is found over large areas on every continent, from intensification and extensification of agriculture to increases in forestry and urban land uses, with implications for the maintenance of ecosystem services. Google Earth image showing deforestation around Igarap Lage, in Rondnia, Brazil. Data from this study will be integrated Global Forest Watch, a platform for tracking trends in forests. Overall, the study found that tree cover loss in the tropics was outweighed by tree

03:23

Magnitude 6.6 50km S of Tanaga Volcano, Alaska August 15, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

USGS Event Page
Magnitude 6.6
50km S of Tanaga Volcano, Alaska
2018-08-15 21:56:54 UTC
location: 51.435N, -178.054W

20 km depth
Seismotectonics of Alaska

02:30

People Find Unusual Sea Creature Living Inside This Fountain "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

It only took a few minutes and a little courage to tremendously change a life. 

A call came in to the wildlife hotline at Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV) earlier this month. A local citizen had been visiting the Linh Ung Pagoda in Da Nang, Vietnam, when he spotted something that just seemed wrong.

A green sea turtle was being kept in a small stone water fountain on the grounds, almost as a decoration.

Credit: ENV

Sea turtles all over the world are threatened or endangered because of environmental impacts of fishing and pollution, but also because of the illegal wildlife trade, which can profit from selling the animals as pets or making jewelry from their shells

So at the chance to save one individual, the people at ENV sprung into action. The organization actually has thousands of volunteers across Vietnam who can help when something like this is reported.

Credit: ENV

"An ENV volunteer based in Da Nang later monitored the site and confirmed the sea turtle was still present," Tom Edgar, international communications editor for ENV, told The Dodo. "We then contacted the Inspection Department of Da Nang Fisheries to report the crime."

It's impossible to know whether the sea turtle ever believed he'd see the ocean again whether or not he did, his moment of freedom had finally arrived. 

Credit: ENV

Officials from the fisheries department quick...

02:30

Dog Was Literally Reaching Out For Someone To Save His Life "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

JJ was desperate for attention any kind of attention. When people walked past his kennel at a small rural shelter outside Dallas, Texas, he reached out his paw, trying to touch them.

The 9-month-old pit bull had recently been picked up as stray on Dowdy Ferry Road, frequent dumping ground for dogs in Dallas. Traffic is heavy on this road, and many dogs end up getting hit by cars. But JJ somehow managed to survive.

Credit: Marina Tarashevska

Animal control found him out there living on his own, Patti Dawson, president of Dallas DogRRR, a local rescue group, told The Dodo. He was pretty emaciated you could see his rib lines. I dont know how long he lived out there on the streets, but he pretty much fended for himself out there until he was rescued.

Getting off the streets was a good thing, but the shelter environment didnt offer JJ much comfort  and it wasnt going to be easy for him to find a home.

Its not really a shelter  its really a shack, and there are only six kennels, Dawson said. Nobody visits it, and you cant even go and reclaim your dog there. If youre missing a dog in town, you have to go to the city, and the city will go check and see if the dog is there.

After two weeks, JJs time was up the shelter needed to free up space, so JJ was put on the euthanasia list. But then, to JJs good fortune, he caught the eye of a woman named Marina Tarashevska, who regularly visits the shelter to help network the dogs.

The ACO [animal control officer] said he was not eating, and that he was blind and deaf, Tarashevska told The Dodo. When he pulled him out of the kennel, he looked lost and was running under our feet, and just laying really, really low like he was expecting to be hit.

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01:56

B.C. declares state of emergency as nearly 600 wildfires burn across the province, Canada "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

British Columbia has declared a province-wide state of emergency on August 15, 2018, due to raging wildfires. Although 2018 is already the 4th worst season on record, it's still far behind record-breaking 2017. Previous declarations were in 1996, 2003 and 2017,...... Read more

Tropical Storm "Rumbia" forms, about to make landfall near Shanghai, China "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Tropical Storm "Rumbia" formed August 15, 2018, in the East China Sea as the 18th named storm of the 2018 Pacific typhoon season. The system is expected to continue intensifying, reaching maximum sustained winds of 85 km/h (53 mph) before making landfall...... Read more

01:24

Woman Sees 2 Puppies Being Sold At Worst Market And Knows She Has To Save Them "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Last month, Suzi Lee, Sian Davies and Helen Kim visited Moran Market in South Korea, on a grim mission they wanted to see if dog meat was being sold there.

Vendors at Moran Market typically slaughter and sell about 80,000 dogs each year, but the women had recently heard reports that the dog meat market had ended there. Unfortunately, the reports turned out to be false, and Lee, Davies and Kim encountered many vendors selling dog meat, as well as live dogs in cages awaiting to be slaughtered. While the dogs werent being butchered in open view, the women heard dogs crying out in pain and fear as they were killed in nearby locations.

Credit: PFC

Much to the womens dismay, they were unable to help most of the caged dogs they saw.

They belonged to the butchers, and they wouldn't let us have them, Lee, cofounder of Passion for Compassion (PFC), an organization that rescues dogs from the South Korean meat trade, told The Dodo. They were cursing at us to leave and not to take any pictures.

Credit: PFC

As they were about to leave the market, Lee spotted two 3-month-old Korean Jindo puppies poking their heads out of a cantaloupe box. The puppies belonged to an elderly man, and he was about to sell them to one of the meat vendors. Lee alerted Davies and Kim.

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01:21

Teacher Sees Animal Clinging To Power Cables At School And Decides To Help "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Last week, a teacher arrived for work at a local primary school in Thailand when she encountered an unexpected visitor. Clinging to some power cables outside a classroom was a very scared-looking Bengal slow loris.

The teacher initially worried that the slow loris might harm the kids, so she got in touch with Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT), an animal rescue organization, and asked for help. The WFFT team had different worries  they feared the students might accidentally hurt the slow loris, or that the slow loris might electrocute himself on the cables so they hurried to the school as quickly as possible.

Credit: WFFT

Thankfully, the WFFT team arrived to find the slow loris unharmed, and still grasping onto the power cables.

This shy nocturnal primate was highly exposed with nowhere to hide, Tom Taylor, assistant director for WFFT, wrote in a Facebook post. He was scared with all the noise and commotion.

Credit: WFFT

At that point, the WFFT team wasnt sure if the slow loris was a wild animal whod wandered onto the school grounds or if he was someones former illegal pet. When they pulled the slow loris from the power cables and had a good look at him, they sadly quickly figured out that hed been kept as a pet before.

Credit: WFFT

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23:45

Climate Justice Forum: Railroad Bridge Permit Appeal, Court Repeal of Forced Oil & Gas Leases, Sandpoint Corn Train Spill, Lochsa River Crane Accident, Waste Well Regulation Transfer, Boise Fracking Jobs 8-15-18 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Wednesday, August 15, 2018 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news and reflections on an appeal of an Idaho permit for Lake Pend Oreille railroad expansion, a Sandpoint corn train spill, a Highway 12 crane accident along the Lochsa River, transfer of oil and gas waste injection well regulation from Idaho to federal agencies, an employment ad for Boise frackers, a federal court decision blocking forced oil and gas leases of Idaho home owners, and other topics.  Broadcast for six years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

23:41

Pipeline Companies Unsympathetic to Concerned Local Residents "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Concerned & disturbed residents are ignored or worse

North Carolina Law Enforcement Wrong to Target Pipeline Opponents

From the Blog of Michael M. Barrick, Appalachian Chronicle, August 14, 2018

It is Duke, Dominion and EQT that are terrorizing people

Photo: Myra Bonhage-Hale, then of Alum Bridge, W.Va. holds signs with questions she had for Consol about pipelines. This activist eventually moved out of state.

RALEIGH, N.C. The North Carolinas surveillance and counter-terrorism unit has conducted a threat assessment of opponents to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP), which is scheduled to be built in eastern North Carolina, according to North Carolina Policy Watch: State Bureau of Investigation unit prepared threat assessment of Atlantic Coast Pipeline protestors.

According to the article, The states surveillance and counter-terrorism unit, the Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAAC), warned law enforcement officials that the Atlantic Coast Pipeline could attract violent extremists who are opposed to the natural gas project in North Carolina . If approved, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline will run more than 170 miles through North Carolina roughly parallel with I-95 east of Raleigh.

The law enforcement analysis could not be more misguided.

Photo: Joao Barroso makes a point with neighbors in Randolph County, W.Va. He became an activist to protect hundreds of acres of his pristine land.

There are terrorists involved in fracking and related pipeline development if thats the word the law enforcement wishes to use but they are not the opponents to the pipeline; rather the ones terrorizing people and the environment are the corporations building the pipelines. These include Duke Energy of Charlotte, Dominion Resources of Richmond, and EQT of Pittsburgh. The latter company is the primary developer of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), another controversial pipeline being built through West Virginia and Virginia.

The ISAAC would be well served to listen to this excellent interview of Ellen M. Gilmer, a legal reporter with E&E News by West Virginia Public Radio. Gilmer offers an analysis of the court...

22:33

Tropical Storm "Bebinca" over China's Leizhou Peninsula, landfall in Vietnam expected on August 17 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Tropical Storm "Bebinca" continues dropping heavy rain on the Chinese island of Hainan and neighboring region. Its first landfall is expected over the Leizhou Peninsula in the South China Sea, Guangdong Province on August 15 and the second in northern...... Read more

Threat of powerful eruption at Kuchinoerabu volcano prompts evacuations, Japan "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Japan Meteorological Agency raised the alert level for the Kuchinoerabu volcano in Kagoshima Prefecture from 2 to second highest level of 4 at 01:30 UTC (10:30 JST) on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. This volcano is located on the Kuchinoerabu Island in southwestern...... Read more

Scientists say endangered whale sharks can live up to 130 years "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

We know very little about the growth and reproductive biology of whale sharks, the worlds largest fish species. Because theyre listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List, scientists are looking for ways to fill this gap in our knowledge without overly disturbing or distressing individual whale sharks. Scientists at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in the United States led a team of researchers who used minimally invasive methods for examining the growth patterns of whale sharks in the South Ari Atoll of the Maldives. The team repeatedly took measurements of free-swimming sharks over a 10-year period using three different approaches: visual, laser, and tape measures. They report in a paper published in the journal Marine & Freshwater Research last month summarizing their results that, while visual estimates tended to underestimate the sizes of large sharks, laser and tape measurements yielded consistent results. The team was able to take repeated measurements of the same individual sharks, identified by their unique spot patterns, over the course of the study period because many of the sharks return to the South Ari Atoll every one to two years. The study was led by Cameron Perry, a graduate student at NSU when the research was carried out. What makes this a novel approach is that we took repeated noninvasive underwater measurements of live sharks over the course of a decade, Perry said in a statement. Up to now, such aging and growth research has required obtaining vertebrae from dead whale sharks and counting growth rings,

South American soy fed to EU livestock drives Gran Chaco deforestation "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A view of the Gran Chaco as it naturally appears in Paraguay. Photo by Ilosuna licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 1.0 Generic license. The Gran Chaco ecosystem is in trouble, though the threats to this biodiverse region have been little publicized. This vast semi-arid subtropical plain covers 1.28 million square kilometers (494,210 square miles) and encompasses parts of Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia and a tiny portion of Brazil. It is home to an estimated 3,400 plant species, 500 birds, 150 mammals and 220 reptiles and amphibians, as well as threatened wildlife including jaguars, giant anteaters, the Southern Three-banded Armadillo (Tolypeutes matacus), and the Endangered Chaco Side-necked turtle (Acanthochelys pallidipectoris). Bounded to the west by the Andes Mountains, and to the east by the Brazilian Plateau, this immense plain was once covered in grasslands, wet palm savannahs, upland and dry thorn forest. But soy producers and global commodities traders recently moved in, bringing massive deforestation, and destroying the rich biodiversity and ways of life of local indigenous peoples. Gran Chaco ecosystem devastated to make way for soy fields. Image by Jim Wickens, Ecostorm via Mighty Earth. South American deforestation provides EU with meat Much of the soy grown in the Gran Chaco  a word that means vast hunting territory in the Quechua indigenous language is destined for the European market, the second biggest global consumer of the oily bean after China. The European Union (EU) imports 97 percent of the soy it consumes. In 2016, it bought 46.8 million tons in total, with

Not doing anything is no longer acceptable: Q&A with Alice Thomas, climate refugee expert "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In many ways, 2018 is the year of the refugee. At U.S. borders, Mediterranean shores and Asian cities, millions are fleeing war, hunger and persecution in search of safety and shelter. And scientists believe things will only get worse due to climate change. The Office of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that rising seas, intensifying droughts and other extreme weather events will uproot 250 million people by 2050. Like most other refugees, climate refugees are expected to come largely from developing nations in Africa, Asia and South America. But unlike those escaping war and persecution, climate refugees have few legal protections. The 1951 Refugee Conventions definition of refugee does not include people who are fleeing environmental stress, says Alice Thomas, the climate displacement program manager at the nonprofit group Refugees International (RI). To date, no individual has been able to successfully claim asylum on the grounds that they are fleeing climate change, Thomas says, though some have tried. And there is another climate reality, according to Thomas, that is rarely recognized: the fact that most climate-affected migrants will not be leaving their countries. International migration is really complex. Most people, the poorest people, cant afford to migrate internationally, she says. There needs to be focus on these what we call trapped populations; people who are too poor to even move and escape climate effect. A 2018 World Bank report suggests that these trapped populations might number over 140 million people by 2050. Thats why Thomas says

20:00

Indigenous Environmental Defender killed as logging mafia targets tribe "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Warning: some people may find the details and image below disturbing A leader of an Amazon tribe acclaimed for its environmental defenders has been killed, the latest in a series of deaths among the tribe. The body of... Read More

19:00

Restricting global warming to 1.5C would halve risk of marine heatwaves "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Marine heatwaves could become 41 times more likely across the globe by 2100 than in pre-industrial times if little is done to stop greenhouse gas emissions, a new study finds.

Such a surge in heatwaves could push marine organisms and ecosystems to the limits of their resilience and even beyond, which could cause irreversible changes, the researchers write in the journal Nature.

However, limiting global temperature rise to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels the aspirational target of the Paris Agreement could more than halve the rise in frequency and intensity of marine heatwaves, the lead author tells Carbon Brief.

Scorching seas

As with a heatwave on land, a marine heatwave is an extended period of unusually high temperatures.

Surges in sea temperatures can have large impacts on underwater ecosystems. The Great Barrier Reef, for example, has experienced four mass coral bleaching events caused by prolonged exposure to high sea surface temperatures (SSTs) in the past two decades.

In 2010-11, a marine heatwave caused the loss of 36% of the seagrass meadows in Shark Bay in Western Australia an important refuge for dugongs, green turtles and manta rays.

The new research uses a combination of satellite data and modelling to investigate how climate change has influenced the frequency and severity of marine heatwaves to date. It then uses this information to, for the first time, make projections about how marine heatwaves are likely to change in the coming decades.

The results show that marine heatwaves have already become longer-lasting and more frequent, extensive and intense in the past few decades, says lead author Prof Thomas Frlicher, a researcher at the ocean modelling group at the University of Bern. He tells Carbon Brief:

If temperatures were to rise by 3.5C relative to pre-industrial levels as is...

18:56

One Mans Suffering Exposed Monsantos Secrets to the World "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Carey Gillam / The Guardian

It was a verdict heard around the world. In a stunning blow to one of the worlds largest seed and chemical companies, jurors in San Francisco have told Monsanto it must pay $289m in damages to a man dying of cancer which he claims was caused by exposure to its herbicides.

Monsanto, which became a unit of Bayer AG in June, has spent decades convincing consumers, farmers, politicians and regulators to ignore mounting evidence linking its glyphosate-based herbicides to cancer and other health problems. The company has employed a range of tactics some drawn from the same playbook used by the tobacco industry in defending the safety of cigarettes to suppress and manipulate scientific literature, harass journalists and scientists who did not parrot the companys propaganda, and arm-twist and collude with regulators. Indeed, one of Monsantos lead defense attorneys in the San Francisco case was George Lombardi, whose resum boasts of his work defending big tobacco.

Now, in this one case, through the suffering of one man, Monsantos secretive strategies have been laid bare for the world to see. Monsanto was undone by the words of its own scientists, the damning truth illuminated through the companys emails, internal strategy reports and other communications.

The jurys verdict found not only that Monsantos Roundup and related glyphosate-based brands presented a substantial danger to people using them, but that there was clear and convincing evidence that Monsantos officials acted with malice or oppression in failing to adequately warn of the risks.

Testimony and evidence presented at trial showed that the warning signs seen in scientific research dated back...

18:48

Considering Fish and BearsNew Painting by Marius Mason "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Support Marius Mason

Marius writes:
This summer has been freaking hot. Ive been thinking a lot about how animals are adjusting. Bears eat fish often, and fish cant breed as well in warm water (at least the salmon and trout dont), so what happens to bears when there are less fish to eat? Do fish have a Plan B?

17:45

Forests, Climate and Communities Need System Change Not Offsets "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A Response from Global Justice Ecology Project to the Stand4Forests Platform & a Call for Further Debate   The Dogwood Alliance is currently circulating a sign-on letter called Stand4Forests. [1] It is a platform which emphasizes U.S. forest protection as... Read More

17:33

FIRE-EARTH Report: USA, India, Japan, Germany, Guatemala, China, Canada "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CJ IGE OCT TML FIRE-EARTH Report 081502 Countries in Focus: USA, India, Japan, Germany, Guatemala, China, Canada Report 081502 prepared by FIRE-EARTH Science and affiliated scientists. Details available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. All Groups Latest FIRE-EARTH DIRECTIVES, ALERTS, FORECASTS, BULLETINS and MESSAGES available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. . . . . . .

17:16

Time to Step Up Pressure Against the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Work on both pipelines have been temporarily halted due to vacated federal permits and multiple environmental violations.

16:30

Biological passports show whale sharks travel less than we thought "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Whale sharks are capable long-distance swimmers, but it turns out that a lot of them are also homebodies. A new study published Aug. 9 in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series that used chemical signatures found in whale shark tissue, combined with photographic identification, revealed that most members of the species, Rhincodon typus, dont swim more than a few hundred kilometers from a specific feeding site, at least when theyre young. Whale sharks are fully capable of swimming across oceans, but it seems like the juveniles, at least, are choosing not to, Simon Pierce, a marine conservation biologist with the Marine Megafauna Foundation in California and one of the studys authors, said in a statement. They like coming back to the same sites each year to take advantage of predictable feeding opportunities. A whale shark swimming off the coast of Mafia Island in Tanzania. Image Clare Prebble/Marine Megafauna Foundation/University of Southampton. Lead author Clare Prebble, a marine biologist at the University of Southhampton in the U.K., said whale sharks could swim 10,000 kilometers (6,200 miles) or more each year. And studies on the genetic makeup of whale shark populations hint that some sharks, at least at some point in their lives, peel off from the known gatherings of hundreds of sharks around favorite feeding sites to mix with other populations. Thus far, though, scientists have struggled to use tags to track individuals over long distances or time periods. One team had a breakthrough earlier this year when it traced the movements of

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Request for Amended Notice of Appeal Filing Extension in Response to Proposed Case Dismissal "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

On Tuesday, August 7, Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) filed pro se (without attorney representation again) a request for an extension of at least 14 days to file an amended notice of appeal of the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) June 21 final order approving an encroachment permit for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railways (BNSF) Sandpoint Junction Connector application to build two temporary work spans and two permanent railroad bridges in Lake Pend Oreille and Sand Creek.  The extension request also covers filing a petition for judicial review by the Idaho First District Court in Bonner County, of the entire, almost 1000-page, public record culminating in the state permit decision, based on the preliminary and final orders of Idaho Board of Land Commissioners hearing officer Chris Bromley and IDL di...

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