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Tuesday, 29 August


Rhino horn confiscated, three alleged traffickers arrested in Sumatra "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Environmental law enforcement authorities in Indonesias Sumatra Island arrested three people on Aug. 13 in connection with the attempted sale of a rhino horn. A man identified by authorities as Suharto, a retired captain in the Indonesian Armys special forces, was allegedly in possession of the horn at the time of his arrest in Medan, North Sumatra provinces capital city. Suhartos wife was arrested with him, as was the alleged broker, identified as Herman. The confiscated horn was sent for forensic analysis to confirm its origin, but authorities suspect it came from a Critically Endangered Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis), Halasan Tulus, head of the environment ministrys law enforcement agency in Sumatra, told Mongabay. A female rhino at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Way Kambas National Park. Seven rhinos live at the sanctuary, and an additional three live at a similar facility in Malaysian Borneo. The rest of the species lives in the wild in Indonesia. Photo by Rhett Butler/Mongabay. Conservationists estimate that only 50-100 Sumatran rhinos still survive, mostly in small, isolated populations on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo. The smallest and furriest rhinoceros and the sole surviving representatives of the genus Dicerorhinus Sumatran rhinos are among the worlds most endangered mammals. They were driven to the brink of extinction last century by hunting and habitat loss, and conservationists now fear the remaining populations may be unable to breed quickly enough to allow the species to survive, even without additional pressure from poaching. Anti-poaching patrols in known

Indigenous farmers fight eucalyptus damage to water source in Ecuador "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

SALCEDO, Ecuador The southeastern wedge of Ecuadors Cotopaxi province is filled with rich agricultural land. It sprawls in small divided plots of greens and ambers across the regions hills, ravines, and mountainsides. But the indigenous farmers that call this area home are facing perennial water shortages that are crippling crop diversity. The shortages spurred an investigation due to start this year by the countrys Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Aquaculture and Fisheries and the Secretariat of Water into possible causes. A clear culprit is nearby tree plantations that cover hundreds of acres throughout the Nagsiche River water basin. Because theyre made up of exotic species like eucalyptus and pine, they wreak havoc on the soil, with each tree sucking about 5-10 gallons (20 to 40 liters) of water out of the ground every day. This can thwart crop rotations for local farmers like Maria Beatriz Padilla. All this land used to give a great harvest, Padilla said, listing her former crops. Beans, peas, Andean lupin, lentils, garbanzos, quinoa. Shes spent her 50 years on this same small plot in the Cusubamba district of the Salcedo region, where she makes about $300 a month selling her produce. But now, across the plains surrounding her house are patches of eucalyptus trees reaching dozens of feet into the sky. A wild patch of eucalyptus trees sprouts up in the middle of agricultural land. Photo by Johnny Magdaleno/Mongabay And now? Potatoes, some corn, she said, noting that there are additional costs to the farmers

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Monday, 28 August


SSCS Abandons Japanese Whaling "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

I was surprised to hear Sea Shepherd announce their withdrawal from the battle to stop Japanese whaling. It takes deep pockets and driven volunteers to venture to Antarctica, and frankly, there are few organizations capable of making the commitment. To put it in perspective, the MY Bob Barker alone burns around half a million dollars worth of fuel in a single campaign. On top of that you have multiple vessels, food, logistics, salaries, internet So many expenses. A full campaign costs millions.

Japanese vessel Nisshin Maru processing whales in Antarctica

Japanese vessel Nisshin Maru processing whales in Antarctica

Never-the-less, whaling was the flagship issue for Sea Shepherd It gave them profile and notoriety with their successful TV show Whale Wars, and has raised them tens of millions of dollars. Every year the call was made for more vessels to complete the job, pushing their fleet into double figures. Sadly now, it seems the Japanese will have free rein to hunt whales.

A few years ago the Ninth circuit court in the US ruled against Sea Shepherd, forcing them to hand over US$2.5m to the Japanese whalers. Judges were clear in their ruling If Sea Shepherd disrupted the Japanese again, they would face substantially larger fines, potentially crippling the organization. Concurrently with this, Sea Shepherd lost its charity status in Australia, hindering fundraising efforts.

I remember thinking at the time what options did Sea Shepherd have?
1) They could abandon the campaign and focus on other issues.
2) They could continue the campaign and try to defend their action again in the courts, although having already lost once in the Ninth Circuit on appeal, this would be high-risk.
3) They could run pretend campaigns
4) They could focus on media and diplomacy

Since that ruling, Sea Shepherd has ventured to Antarctica several times but failed to engage the fleet, aside from a few fleeting images from their helicopter. In each case, Japan has come away with their self-imposed quota of 333 whales, and have probably been happy with the results.

I spoke to a Japanese Journalist last night about this and he said while confrontations continued in Antarctica, it is hard to see the Japanese ever stopping whaling without losing face. For some Japanese, it has become an issue of pride. With this recent announcement, he felt that it might be possible for the Japanese to withdraw gracefully. Im not convinced, but I hope hes correct.

Many years ago Greenpeace had co...


"She lays on her side and asks for belly scratches. Shes just amazing. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The 4-month-old piglet had come from a laboratory, and it looked like shed suffered through a huge amount of pain. The light pink skin of her back had been scorched, leaving 18 burn marks in three neat rows.

But now, thanks to a few passionate animal lovers, the piglet, named Alba, is getting to roll around in the green grass of an animal sanctuary, make friends with other rescued animals and enjoy everything life has to offer.

Credit: Rancho Relaxo

She spent eight weeks being tested on, from 1 week old to 8 weeks old, Caitlin Cimini, founder of Rancho Relaxo, the sanctuary where Alba currently lives, told The Dodo. She was burn-tested on.

However, Cimini isnt able to reveal any further details about where Alba came from.

When you agree to take an animal from these laboratories, youre basically agreeing to nondisclosure, Cimini said. Im not allowed to say what kind of product [was tested], whether it was a cleaning product or medical-based. Im not even allowed to say what state she came from.

Credit: Rancho Relaxo

Its lucky that Alba was released at all, Cimini explained. Most animals are euthanized after being used as test subjects. In fact, its Ciminis understanding that there were two other pigs whod been tested alongside Alba but they were put down when the tests were finished.

But someone had taken a fancy to Alba, and they arranged for her to be released.

Alba had a shining personality, Cimini said. She was extra loving, extra wanting of peoples affection, and the lab kind of agreed to releasing her to live her life to the fullest. But normally thats not the practice. Its very, very rare....


Strategies and Initiatives to Improve the Quality of Drilling Waste Management "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

By Anonymous, Rapid technological developments improving the drilling and production capability aid exploration and production activities in the deep-water and ultra-deep-water areas across the globe. These factors boost the drilling waste management market. The drilling waste management contains three types of processes, namely, solids control, containment & handling, and treatment & disposal. The growth of


Texas has never seen an event like this, could be the worst flooding disaster in US history "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Category 4 Hurricane "Harvey" made landfall around 03:00 UTC on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Rockport, Texas with winds of 215 km/h (130 mph). It then stalled over the coast of central Texas, dumping extreme amounts of rain. Harvey is the first major...... Read more


Follow these steps to help him get home safely. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A missing pet can be one of the most panic-inducing situations imaginable. Whether he slips his lead or breaks out of the backyard bolting after a squirrel, when your beloved dog disappears, you are going to lose sleep.

While the situation may naturally make pet owners feel distraught and helpless, if you are wondering what to do when your dog runs away, there are a few important steps you can take to help recover your pet and bring him home safely.

A multitude of reasons can prompt an otherwise happy dog to turn into Houdini, so try not to take his escape personally. If you have recently moved, your dog may be attempting to look for more familiar surroundings. Other motivations can include boredom and loneliness, curiosity, fear or looking for a mate, according to WebMD (one of the many reasons to always spay and neuter when adopting a pet).

Your dog will face dangers on his own, so the first 24 hours after you notice that your dog is missing will be key, explains Kenny Lamberti, vice president of companion animals at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

Traffic is the most obvious danger. A lost dog is likely to be scared and that can make him or her less trusting of people and harder to catch, Lamberti tells The Dodo. There are also potential wildlife risks depending on region and risk of getting in fights with other dogs.

Even winding up in a shelter can be an issue if the dogs owner is not committed to finding him, suggests Lamberti. A dog can...


Otis is a smart dog. He knows where to go pick up a treat. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

There has been no shortage of photos depicting the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas over the weekend, but it's those images of hope and perseverance in the wake of that natural disaster which have resonated the loudest.

Tiele Dockens was driving near her home in the town of Sinton on Saturday morning when she happened upon a curious scene. There, traveling alone on a rain-drenched street, was a dog carrying a large bag of pet food in his mouth supplies, it seems, the determined animal had acquired to ride out the storm.

Dockens shared a photo of the dog on Facebook where it quickly went viral, receiving thousands of likes and shares.

Dockens worried that the dog might be lost or in need of help, so she decided to follow him but, it turns out, he actually knew just what he was doing. Eventually, he led her back to the home of Salvador Segovia, whose grandson had entrusted him with his dog while he and his parents left town to avoid the storm.

Segovia said the dog, named Otis, had escaped from home the evening prior, though it is clear now why. Apparently, this isn't the first time Otis has made a food run.

Otis is a smart dog. He knows where to go pick up a treat, Segovia told the Washington Post, adding the dog sometimes visits a local store where the owner gives him food. Only this time, Otis must have found the store unmanned due to the storm, somehow got inside and simply helped himself at least, that's Segovia's theory:

"Im thinking he picked up that dog food and he knew where it was. Nobody was there to feed him, and he picks up the dog food.

Whatever the case may be, it's clear that Otis wasn't about to let the foul weather slow him down. And that perseverance has endeared him to a community faced with many ongoing challenges caused by Hurricane Harv...


Dismantling Power: The Zapatista Vision to Transform Mexico from Below "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Graffiti in support of Zapatistas, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, 1996. GJEP co-Founder Orin Langelle has been working in support of the Zapatista struggle for liberation since learning of the uprising on New Years Day... Read More

The post Dismantling Power: The Zapatista Vision to Transform Mexico from Below appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.


Former NYT climate author Revkin gets Pwned by fake photo from another climate alarmist "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

From the confirmation bias breeds delicious irony department comes this hilarious moment when one climate alarmist gets pwned by the fake predictions of another. Back in 2012, Andrew Freedman was working for climate Central and published a ridiculous story about sea level rise and New York LaGuardia airport. I pointed out immediately how ridiculous and


She stole it from her baby sister then fell in love with it "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

After her parents adopted her, Ginger was the only pet in the family for five years. She really, really liked being an only child, but accepted it when her parents added another dog to the family. Two years later, though, they had a baby, and thats when Ginger began to get a little jealous. 

Back when she was an only child, anything Gingers parents brought into the house immediately became hers. Now, shes had to learn to share

Credit: Reddit/MoriarTyrannosaurus

much to her dismay. 

Credit: Reddit/MoriarTyrannosaurus

Ginger is very jealous of anything that the baby owns or plays with and steals her toys all the time, Amy, Gingers mom, told The Dodo. 

Recently, Amys sister bought an adorable cat balloon for the baby, and as soon as the balloon entered the house, Ginger made it her mission to try and steal it. After a week of trying, she was finally successful  

Credit: Reddit/MoriarTyrannosaurus

and immediately decided to take the cat balloon for a stroll a...


"I caught him in my jumper and swept him to safety." "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A very weak wombat was dragging himself along the side of a road in Australia, when he was spotted by the exact right person.

Credit: 7 News Adelaide/Facebook

Brigitte Stevens, founder of the Wombat Awareness Organization, was out looking for wombats she could save after something terrible happened to wombats in the area.

"He was struggling to move and going directly towards where his home [had been]," Stevens wrote on Facebook. "I caught him in my jumper and swept him to safety."

Credit: Wombat Awareness Organization

Wombats dig elaborate homes underground to protect themselves from heat and predators. They live and mate in these underground homes so when a Good Samaritan noticed a large piece of land where someone had plugged up many burrow entrance holes with dirt, they alerted wildlife officials.  

Credit: Wombat Awareness Organization

Wildlife officials are investigating the incident, which is being called one of the...


"My eyes filled with tears and I choked out the words, 'I could never separate them.'" "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Mary and Steve Fultz already have a 10-year-old orange tabby cat they adore.

"Many of my wonderful Facebook friends love cats, and tolerate my almost daily pictures of our boy Morty," Mary told The Dodo.

Credit: Mary Fultz

Then, earlier this month, one of Mary's friends sent her a photo back it was of two orange tabby cats at the Fredericksburg SPCA in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Mary hadn't necessarily been looking to adopt another cat, but: "These boys had me at 'hello,'" Mary said.

Credit: Fredericksburg SPCA

Credit: Fredericksburg SPCA

Fez and Kelso are 12-year-old brothers who have lived together their entire lives. When their owners had to move away, they were left behind at the shelter and their future together became uncertain.

Credit: Fredericksburg SPCA

Credit: Fredericksbur...


I didnt really think I just figured someone needed to help them. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When a young man named Connor woke up last Thursday morning, he had no idea he was about to be a lifeline for two lab mixes, Thelma and Hercules, stuck in the oncoming path of Hurricane Harvey.

Credit: Connor

The 22-year-old college student just finished his summer job and was about to head back to grad school but that morning he found his mother, who is a volunteer for Lucky Lab Rescue and Adoption, frantically reading the rescues social media posts.

Thelma and Hercules were in a Corpus Christi foster home that needed to be evacuated. The rescue was begging for a driver to bring the dogs north, and new fosters to keep them safe.

Thats when Connor decided he was going to be making a road trip. I said why not? And jumped in my truck, Connor, who asked that his last name remain anonymous, told The Dodo.

Credit: Paige Camarillo

He departed Austin and headed to Corpus Christi. As thousands of cars headed away from the oncoming storm, he headed toward it. I didnt really think I just figured someone needed to help them, Connor said.

Credit: Connor

The young man had never done a dog transport before, but Lucky Labs Texas transportation manager, Stephanie Broughton, tal...


Hurricane Harvey: Pollution Disaster in the Wake of the Storm "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene in 2011 in Vermont. The worst of the weather may be over, but the real environmental tragedy could just be beginning. As journalist, Emily Atkins reports, Hurricane Harvery had the potential... Read More

The post Hurricane Harvey: Pollution Disaster in the Wake of the Storm appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.


Why Houston Flooding Isnt a Sign of Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Water levels were 16 feet higher in the flood of 1935 by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. In the context of climate change, is what we are seeing in Houston a new level of disaster which is becoming more common? The flood disaster unfolding in Houston is certainly very unusual. But so are other natural


Intact forests crucial to Amazon ecosystem resilience, stable climate "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Caatinga after the rain. The Caatinga is a dry forest habitat found in Brazils northeast. Adapted to periodic droughts, the vegetation responds to the return of rain. A new study shows that the resilience of Caatinga forest to drought is strongly influenced by its condition and protected status. Photo by A. Duarte on flickr used under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license Three new South American studies have shown how important intact, healthy forests are for both the resilience of local ecosystems, and for local climate stability, and even for the healthy growth of forests hundreds of miles away. The new research helps illuminate the myriad interwoven connections between trees and their environment: forests help create local microclimates, generate rainfall, and even influence global carbon and oxygen levels. Deforestation can alter and degrade the surrounding environment. Enhancing dry forest drought resilience The first study, published in Biotropica, focused on a unique habitat found in northeast Brazil. The Caatinga dry forest is a semi-arid habitat characterized by thorny trees and shrubs, and succulents such as cacti, which are adapted to periodic droughts. Historically, when rains return after drought, the vegetation bounces back. But scientists are concerned that the Caatinga forest is becoming vulnerable to the increasingly intense droughts in the region, and reaching the limits of recovery. Extreme droughts are forecast to become more common due to climate change, so the long-term survival of the Caatinga will depend on the ecosystems response to changing conditions. To investigate Caatinga drought resilience  that is, how


FIRE-EARTH E-E ALERT 082801 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

All Groups FIRE-EARTH E-E ALERT 082801 [Issued by FIRE-EARTH Science Team.] Details via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.  Filed under: News Alert Tagged: 082801, Fire-Earth Alert, FIRE-EARTH E-E ALERT, FIRE-EARTH PULSARS, FIRE-EARTH Science


Texas Joins the Moribund Canaries in the Mine "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

All Groups FIRE-EARTH Presentation: Americas Fourth Largest Concrete Jungle Cant Drain its Swamp America has reached an inflection point where lifestyle is rapidly destroying life! [Prepared by FIRE-EARTH Science Team.] Presentation available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.  Filed under: News Alert Tagged: Canary in the Mine, Concrete Jungle, FIRE-EARTH Presentation, FIRE-EARTH PULSARS, flooding in Houston, Harvey, inflection []


Callous CALAS activists against the poor "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Anti-mining groups protect local tribe against phony risks by trampling on Guatemalan workers Paul Driessen Not long ago, supposed environmental justice concerns at least involved risks to mine workers and their families. The risks may have been inflated, or ignored for decades, but they were a major focus. In one case, a state-run mine and


Extensive illegal cattle ranching destroys core area of Nicaraguas Indio Maz Biological Reserve "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

(This article is a collaboration between Mongabay-Latam and Onda Local in Nicaragua) Indio Maz Biological Reserve, Nicaragua The howl of a spider monkey that swayed from branch to branch alerted a group of green macaws to our presence and eventually took flight and disappeared into the forest. From one moment to another, the gentle wind that refreshed us turned into an intimidating gale rocking millennial trees back and forth some trees are taller than one hundred meters and forced us to walk hastily until we arrived at the Chontaleo River. There we noticed fresh jaguar footprints which put us on alert. All this is part of the daily life and charm of the Indio Maz Biological Reserve. Seventy percent of the Indio Maz Biological Reserve is the indigenous territory of Rama and Afro-descendant Kriol people. The reserve is located between the municipalities of Bluefields, New Guinea, San Juan de Nicaragua and El Castillo, in the southeastern region of Nicaragua. Forest in the core area of the Indio Maz Biological Reserve. Photo courtesy of Onda Local The Indio Maz Biological Reserve comprises about 2,639 km, slightly larger than Luxembourg. It is one of the most important tropical rainforests in Central America because it is home to a variety of endangered and threatened species. There are tapirs, jaguars, peccaries, manatees, and a great variety of birds, such as macaws, toucans, quetzals, bare-throated tiger heron, among others. The humid tropical climate of the reserve generates diverse ecosystems and it filters the water


Climate Denier Congressman Lamar Smith Contends with New Foe: Declining Voter Support "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

House science committee chairman has made it his mission to combat environmental regulation


Logically We Would Stop LNG Exports "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Some say these are floating LNG bombs

Manufacturers urge Perry to slow LNG exports

From an Article by James Osborne, Houston Chronicle, August 16, 2017 

A lobbying group representing U.S. manufactures says the Department of Energys continued approval of new LNG export terminals could significantly deplete American natural gas supplies within a little more than three decades.

In a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry, the Industrial Energy Consumers Alliance asked he stop approving new LNG export terminals that will send American natural gas to countries without which the United States has a free trade agreement as it does with Mexico and Canada.

It is time for the U.S. Department of Energy to put American residential and industrial consumers first by establishing a moratorium on further LNG export approvals to non-free trade agreement countries, and put consumer safeguards in place, ICEA President Paul N. Cicio said.

The Trump administration has described the burgeoning U.S. LNG industry as critical to its plans to grow the domestic energy industry, building on initiaitives taken by former President Barack Obama.

But as gas exports rise, many economists suspect that so too will domestic gas prices raising energy costs for the nations industrial and manufacturing industries.

The ICEA is arguing the Obama administration failed to consider the cumulative impact of approving terminals to exports to both countries with and without free trade agreements with the United States. And using federal data, the ICEA claims that at current federal projections for gas exports, the United States will use almost 60 percent of its technically recoverable gas reserves by 2050 and likely even more if Trump approves more terminals.

But estimates on domestic reserves are notoriously conservative, and executives in the natural gas industry believe that as they continue to hone hydraulic fracturing techniques and explore more shale deposits they will tap way more gas than the current federal estimate of 2,214 trillion cubic feet of gas reserves.

In fact, if the 1966 estimate of 600 Tcf had remained static, the U.S. would have run out of natural gas 10 years ago, reads a report on the topic by the Potential Gas Com...


Growing Resistance to Montagne dOr Mine in Guiana "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


translated by Earth First! Journal

The excavation would lead to the artificial and permanent creation of two 100-meter-high rock piles and a 70-m-high dammed mountain containing 54 million tonnes of sludge from the process of detaching gold from the rock with cyanide.

Opposition to the largest primary gold mining project ever offered on French territory is growing. The project is being sought out by a Russian-Canadian consortium in the rainforest of Guiana but has not been authorized by the government.
165,800 signatures have already been collected by an online petition against the Montagne dor project near Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni in western Guyana, 55% owned by Russian Nordgold and 45% by the Canadian Columbus Gold. The petition was launched last March by the Guianese collective Or de question, and supported by 110 national and international organizations. Its been 150 years since Guiana had a love affair with gold, but it has to stop. Its not the best economic direction for Guiana, says Nora Stephenson, spokesperson for collective.

Thirteen customary chiefs of Guiana declared themselves against this unprecedented industrial project evoked for 2022. In the name of economy, you are ready to crush a new generation, said Bndicte Fdjk, president of the customary chiefs. Make holes everywhere in the soil that feeds us; its a bad thing, also found Christophe Pierre, leader of the group Aboriginal Youth, at a public meeting end of July.

Montagne dor is out of the ordinary by its economic aspects, [the] space and ecological footprints are of unknown dimensions in France, according to an interministerial information note from February 2016, obtained by AFP. According to this note, the taxes associated with mining production would represent 80.6 million euros and those on imports at 325.5 million euros...


Study: Katharine Hayhoe Can Convert Climate Skeptics "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall A study conducted by Katharine Hayhoes dad suggests even recorded lectures by Katharine Hayhoe can convert climate skeptics. Study: Katharine Hayhoe is successfully convincing doubtful evangelicals about climate change A new study finds that a lecture from evangelical climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe successfully educates evangelical college students, validating the trusted


Arrested wildlife trafficker was set to sell Sumatran tiger carcass "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A wildlife trafficker who was in possession of a tiger carcass has been arrested in North Sumatra in Indonesia.

An anti-trafficking team made up of officials from the Gunung Leuser National Park (GNLP) and the Orangutan Information Centres Forest Wildlife Protection Unit (ForWPU) caught the trafficker yesterday (Sunday) in the Cinta Raja area of the park, in the Langkat district.

He was in possession of the carcass of a female Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae), said by the GNLP officials to have been about three years old. The trafficker said the animal was 13 years old.

The director of the Orangutan Information Centre (OIC), Panut Hadisiswoyo, said he was extremely shocked that a poacher had been caught in possession of a tiger carcass.

Hadisiswoyo said traffickers had been caught in North Sumatra in the past with tiger skins, but this was the first time one was arrested in possession of a tiger carcass.

This is bitter-sweet, he added. On the one hand, the loss of this tiger is a serious threat for the animals survival, especially if we fail to protect the remaining population. This female tiger is important for the genetic tiger pool in the Leuser Ecosystem.



Land Registry Created to Protect Mayan Lands from Belizean Government "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Latinamerica Press

On Aug. 9, in the context of the International Day of the Worlds Indigenous Peoples and the 10th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Sarstoon-Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM) launched the Maya Land Registry to protect their ancestral territories due to the [fact that the] Belizean government has not complied with a Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruling of 2015 that ordered it to create an effective mechanism to identify and protect Mayan lands in accordance to their traditional governance.

Given the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the implementation of the Court order, [the Mayan community of] Crique Sarco took the matter into their own hands, said Froyla Tzalam, SATIIM executive director. They identified traditional territorial boundaries and resolved boundary conflicts, creating a local model that can be applied nationally.

This is an historic moment, but it is just the beginning. We celebrate that the Maya have taken the initiative to implement the CCJ order, Tzalam added.

Crique Sarco is a Maya Qqchi community of 250 residents, located in the south of the country, about 40 miles from Punta Gorda. Is the first Maya community to ask for SATIIMs assistance to prepare for the legal mechanism specified in the CCJ ruling.

Territorial conflicts erupted in 1994 when the Mayan and Garfuna communities of southern Belize discovered that the government had stripped them of their ancestral lands to create the Sarstoon-Temash National Park.

Not much later they awoke to the sound of the dynamite blasting seismic paths in preparation of oil drilling in this protected area. The paths, wide enough for jeeps, us...


Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #282 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Week That Was: 2017-08-26 (August 26, 2017) Brought to You by SEPP ( The Science and Environmental Policy Project ################################################### Quote of the Week. The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear


National Energy Board Warns of Unmet Trans Mountain Requirements "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Warrior Publications

Before Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. can begin construction of its controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in September as planned, the National Energy Board says the company still has some hoops to jump through.

In an update sent to Federal Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr this week, the national energy regulator said the backers of the $7.4-billion Trans Mountain project have satisfied 27 of the 49 regulatory conditions necessary to begin construction at Burnabys Westridge Marine Terminal where oil is exported to foreign markets. Kinder Morgan wants to upgrade and expand the terminal to handle increased volumes of crude as the pipeline systems capacity is nearly tripled to the tune of 890,000 barrels a day.

Additional compliance requirements must be met for the company to begin construction on any portion of the project, the NEBs letter to Ottawa notes.

Kinder Morgan has said construction on the project will begin in September, but this years work will not involve actual pipeline construction. The work this fall will likely include terminal construction, clearing and site preparation.

The company said on a Friday in a statement it is confident it will meet the NEBs demands and begin construction next month.

The Trans Mountain expansion project is in an ongoing process to meet the conditions required by the NEB to begin construction, said the statement attributed to Kinder Morgan spokesperson Ali Hounsell. This process will continue in-step with our activities...


Wind PowerSome Basic Facts "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

From Paul Homewoods Blog August 12, 2017 tags: wind power By Paul Homewood We see many glowing articles about wind power, and renewable lobbyists, such as Renewable UK, are often given undue space in the media to peddle mistruths. This article is designed to lay out some of the basic facts. It will naturally concentrate


Toxic Mist from the Sea Sickens Dozens in the UK "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Cloud of toxic gas forces mass evacuation at busy UK beach At least 150 people have been decontaminated in hospital after a suspected chemical leak along the East Sussex coast in the UK, a report said. Birling Gap beach was evacuated on Sunday after people reported breathing difficulties, stinging eyes and vomiting when a mist []


Fatehabad nuclear project: a Fukushima in the making? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Amita Bhaduri | Nuclear plants are usually located near oceans or rivers in order to have access to ample water for cooling but not the plant at Fatehabad. When completed, it will be Indias largest and could be its most dangerous too.

The post Fatehabad nuclear project: a Fukushima in the making? appeared first on


Is the European Commission Waking up to Electricity Consumer Pain? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

From The GWPF Date: 25/08/17 Dr John Constable: GWPF Energy Editor Specialists have long known that the system management cost of even medium and certainly higher levels of non-despatchable renewable electricity, such as wind and solar, was no less important in magnitude than the income support subsidies required to motivate capital investment in the generating


Stefan Rahmsdorf, Climate Ex-Communicator "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach [see update at the end of the post] Stefan Rahmstorf recently got the AGU Climate Communications Prize, despite acting like a vicious jerkwagon when his claims get questioned by mere mortals, viz: Journalist Markus Lehmkuhland works for the German Science Journalists Association. He wrote an article about Stefan Rahmstorf called Ideology

Sunday, 27 August


EPA ends sponsorship of climate leadership program "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

From Reuters. August 25, 2017 / 3:17 PM / a day ago Valerie Volcovici   WASHINGTON (Reuters) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will no longer sponsor an awards program honoring voluntary corporate actions to combat global warming, it announced on Friday, the agencys latest move to undo Obama-era climate change programs. Since 2012, the


WV-DEP May Have Messed Over 401 Certification for MVP "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Support: Appalachian Mountain Advocates

WV DEP ignored water quality in MVP permit, court filing argues

From an Article by Ken Ward, Jr., Charleston Gazette, August 16, 2017

WV Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Austin Caperton and his staff ignored serious threats to water quality when they approved a West Virginia permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, lawyers for environmental groups and citizen organizations say in a new legal brief filed this week.

WV-DEP officials approved a water quality certification for the MVP project despite not having fully reviewed its potential to degrade streams, failing to consider the water pollution effects from construction in areas upland from streams and not responding to an avalanche of public comments questioning the pipeline, the groups say.

Notwithstanding the clear and present threat to water quality from construction of the pipeline in the steep mountains of West Virginia, [the] WVDEP failed to adequately consider that threat, wrote Derek Teaney, one of the Appalachian Mountain Advocates lawyers representing the Sierra Club, the West Virginia Rivers Coalition and other groups.

Tuesday evening, citizen group lawyers filed an 82-page brief arguing to outline their legal challenge of a Clean Water Act certification that Caperton issued to approve the MVP, a natural gas pipeline proposed to run more than 300 miles from the Marcellus Shale fields of Wetzel County, West Virginia, to Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

In West Virginia, the pipeline corridor is nearly 200 miles long and would require nearly 150 miles of access roads. Construction would require 631 stream crossings and 424 wetlands crossings. Construction involves a 125-foot-wide right of way. Operation requires a permanent 50-foot right of way. The pipeline would disturb about 4,189 acres of soils that are classified as having the potential for severe water erosion, the lawyers note. More than 150 miles of the pipelines route through West Virginia is considered to have a high incidence of and high susceptibility to landslides.

Caperton, a former coal executive and energy consultant, approved the pipeline permit, issuing a news release that pointed reporters to the developers website for information about the potential economic be...


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by The Independent / posted on Attaque

translated by Earth First! Journal

Carcassonne subsidizes animal torture

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RTE, Europes Largest Electricity Operator, Sabotaged, Again "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Indymedia Grenoble

from Earth First! Journal

With nearly 105,000 km of lines, RTEs grid is the biggest in Europe including 60 cross-border connections with the neighbouring countries composed of 1,231 transformers, 2,710 RTE substations and 3,504 delivery points

The construction site for very high voltage lines in the Haute Durance valley did not proceed unhindered. RTE [Rseau de Transport dlectricit = Electricity Transmission Network] counts around fifty machines put out of harms way. It appears that after the sugar in the tanks, the cut cables, and the punctured tires, a new method has appeared:

On February 9, a prefabricated RTE near Embrun was starting to smoke.

During the night of Wednesday to Thursday, August, 24th, a car belonging to RTE went up in flames in Chorges

Not to mention the numerous attempts made on machines or bases of pylons

Despite the progress of the work, certain e.s [??] do not resign and continue to put matches in the RTE wheels. These fires warm our hearts and give us courage. Even if we do not all have the same methods, we say we are in solidarity and we will fight with them if there is any prosecution. In any case, everything was attempted to stop this project: the remedies did not give anything, the manifestations and the blockages ignored. So we were really left with no choice! (There would be much to criticize on the usefulness of the democratic approaches and on the fact that it is the power that leaves no choices for its enemies ) NdAtt.


The inhabitants of the valley



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Fooling the public for the bottom line

ExxonMobil contributed quietly to the science and loudly to raising doubts about it, researchers conclude

From an Article by Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams, August 23, 2017

Researchers from Harvard studied nearly 200 ExxonMobil communications and concluded that the company actively misled the public about climate change, contradicting findings by even their own scientists.

A peer-reviewed study has confirmed  a discrepancy between what ExxonMobils scientists and executives discussed about climate change privately and in academic circles, and what it presented to the general public.

Even while ExxonMobil scientists were contributing to climate science and writing reports that explained it to their bosses, the company was paying for advertisements that told a very different tale says Geoffrey Supran and Naomi Oreskes, Harvard researchers

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The study confirmed findings from 2015 reports by InsideClimate News and The Los Angeles Times, which claimed the company had long known about the risks of climate change but publicly denied them, and triggered probes by the New York and Massachusetts attorneys general as well as the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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>>> The company responded that the allegations...


Natural Gas Pipelining Under the Potomac River is Very Risky "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Kayakers join protest near Paw Paw, WV

Pipelines and protests: Why environmentalists oppose funneling natural gas under the Potomac River

From an Article by Patricia Sullivan, Washington Post, August 6, 2017

HANCOCK, MD Activists with the Potomac Riverkeeper Network set up at Paw Paw Tunnel Campground near Oldtown, Md., for a weekend paddle and protest over TransCanadas planned natural gas pipeline.

The pipeline that TransCanada wants to build is short, 3.5 miles, cutting through the narrowest part of Maryland. It would duck briefly under the Potomac River at this 1,500-resident town, bringing what business leaders say is much-needed natural gas to the eastern panhandle of West Virginia.

But environmentalists say that brief stretch could jeopardize the water supply for about 6 million people, including most of the Washington-metropolitan area.

Thats why dozens of protesters have gathered each weekend this summer at various points along the upper Potomac, part of a growing national movement that opposes both oil and natural gas pipelines and wants businesses and governments to embrace green energy instead.

Inspired by the Dakota Access oil pipeline protest at Standing Rock, N.D., and the broad wave of demonstrations that has energized the left since President Trumps inauguration, the protesters hope to persuade Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and his environment secretary to stop the pipeline, which got an enthusiastic green light from West Virginia.

Its got me worried, said Andy Billotti, 53, who wore a T-shirt from Aprils Peoples Climate March in Washington as he erected his tent at the Paw Paw Tunnel Campground near Oldtown, Md., for one recent protest. If something were to happen, that fracked poison would come down the river ... right into our wells.

Opponents gathered at the McCoys Ferry campsite in Clear Spring, Md., over the weekend and will be at Taylors Landing next weekend. The protest at Taylors Landing, near Sharpsburg, Md., is slated to include state Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. (D-Montgomery), a gubernatorial candidate and the latest of a handful of politicians to take part.

The activists...

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