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Monday, 20 August


Deadly floods hit the Indian state of Karnataka, tourists' bookings canceled "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

At least 12 people have been killed and over 4 300 rescued in Karnataka's district of Kodagu, on the border with Kerala, since August 15, 2018. Heavy rains started affecting the region on August 14 and intensified on August 15, forcing authorities to issue heavy...... Read more

Lull in activity at Kilauea volcano continues, sulfur dioxide emissions drastically reduced "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The lull in activity at Klauea Volcano continues. HVO lowered the Alert Level for ground-based hazards from WARNING to WATCH, on August 17, but the Aviation Color Code remains at Orange. The summit has been quiet since the last collapse event on August 2. This...... Read more

Laos dam collapse highlights global hydropower amnesia (commentary) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When the dam broke, it brought with it a torrent of water and mud, killing at least 31 people and displacing upwards of 6,000 people across Laos and Cambodia. Reported numbers of those still missing range from many to hundreds. The flood, by even the secretive Lao governments conservative estimates, would have been enough to drown Manhattan in 28 feet of water. This is what the hydropower boom has come to in Laos. And yet, the deaths and destruction so evident following the July 22 collapse are only the most visible consequences of the countrys dam-building efforts and the hydropower boom globally. Across the developing world, dams continue to forcibly displace and thereby impoverish millions of people, drain national budgets, emit greenhouse gases, and destroy the ecological balance of entire river basins balances on which millions of people intimately depend. At the same time, climate change and the droughts and superstorms it exacerbates is rendering hydroelectricity the most vulnerable source of power on offer. Backed by recent research, here are five key things that governments, development financiers, and other proponents of development-by-dams seem to consistently forget. 1. Large dams have displaced tens of millions of people, impoverishing many in the process. And the trend is not abating. In 2015, in a rare but welcome move, the World Bank owned up to its complicity in a concerning trend that frequently falls under the radar: infrastructure projects, often advertised with the primary aim of poverty alleviation, forcibly displace millions


Summer rainfall declines primary driver of surge in US wildfires "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Sharp declines in summer rainfall could be a primary driver of the record-breaking wildfires ripping across the western US, research shows.

Using satellite data, the study finds that there have been previously unnoted declines in summer rainfall across close to a third of forests in the western US over the past four decades. These declines are strongly correlated with wildfire increases, the study finds.

It is likely that climate change has played a role in the diminishing rains, the lead author tells Carbon Brief. However, it is still not clear to what extent global warming over natural climate variability is to blame.

The findings suggest that the role of declining rainfall in worsening wildfires has been previously overlooked in comparison to other major drivers such as rising temperatures, the author adds.

Sea of flames

California is currently facing its largest wildfires on record. Across the state, more than 332,000 hectares (820,000 acres) of forest have already been scorched more than twice the area burnt during the same time last year.

Out of the 15 largest wildfires ever recorded in California, 10 have occured since 2000. Across the western US, forest fires have become fives times more frequent and six times larger, on average, since the 1970s, research shows.

As Carbon Brief recently explained in a detailed factcheck, the chances of a wildfire spreading and becoming large are affected by myriad factors. However, research shows that there is a correlation between rising spring and summer temperatures and the amount of land burned by forest fires in the western US in recent decades.

When temperatures are warmer, rates of evaporation increase  meaning more moisture is drawn out from the land, leaving it dry. A parched land surface creates tinderbox conditions allowing wildfires to spread more quickly.

The new research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, pinpoints a second important driver of wildfires recent declines in summer rainfall....


FIRE-EARTH Presentation: Living in Interesting Times! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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Manatee Deaths in 2018 Already Top Last Years High Total "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Nearly 100 Red Tide-Related Deaths So Far; Second-Highest Total This Decade Washington, DC Driven by toxic red tides, Florida manatee mortality this year has already surpassed losses during all of 2017, according to figures posted today by... Read More


Magnitude 2.4 83km ESE of Nantucket, Massachusetts August 18, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

USGS Event Page
M 2.4 83km ESE of Nantucket, Massachusetts
2018-08-18 21:21:27 UTC
Location: 41.130N, -69.126W

5 km depth

Earthquakes in the Stable Continental Region



Germany: 130 Cops Occupy Hambach for Three Hours to Intercept One Treehouse "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Hambach Forest

This years Klima Camp for the 9th year has addressed deepening Climate Crisis with one of its actions being building a solidarity treehouse for Hambacher Forest, which this year is facing cutting season about to erase one of the last portions of this millenarian ecosystem.  Protected by 14 forest occupations and over 36 treehouses as German State forgoes of its Kyoto, Paris Accord and COP23 already bullshit non-binding agreements to phase out of coal and reduce its emmissions by 2020.  Instead Coal Commission dominated by Fossil Fools and a trickle of NGOs and NIMBY representatives is getting ready to call for billions of subsidies to keep the climate murdering RWE lignite(largest emitter of CO2 in Europe) subsidized till as late as 2040-50 as the German state is getting ready for the largest militarized evictions in its history to evict Hambacher Forest occupation blocking this largest open cast lignite mine in Europe.  Oppossing this madness for over 10 years has been a mass growing movement of Climate Justice activists engaging in front-line struggles in Hambi and around other coal  mines and power-plants.  A movement industry and climate chaos protecting state actors are attempting to repress and stigmatize to detract from their responsibility and liability in destroying the life carrying capacity of this planet by continuing their emissions past the point of 2 degree climate warming guaranteed by present continuing emission without the promised by the present coalition quick 2020-30 coal exit.

This is why Hambi has become so symbolic of the Climate Justice struggle and why so many activists engaged at this year Klimate Camp in Rhineland in building decorating and transporting the gazebo/treehouse heading into the Hambacher Forest to continue and assist with the hard year ahead. With climate criminals being backed by the police heading into the forest to destroy the largest community...


Louisiana: Bayou Bridge Pipeline Caught Destroying Private Land in Atchafalaya Basin Without Permission from Landowners "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

submitted to Earth First! Newswire

Three water protectors and an independent journalist were arrested Saturday on private land and the controversial Bayou Bridge Pipeline now faces more legal trouble for beginning construction on a section of its pipeline route across the Atchafalaya Basin without permission.

The four arrested had written permission from Theda Wright and her sisters allowing them to be on their private property, which they showed to deputies from the Martin Parish Sheriffs Department. Deputies disregarded the landowners wishes and arrested the four anyway, charging all with with trespassing on critical infrastructure, a felony under Act 692.

Theda Wright and her sisters are outraged. They own a 38-acre parcel of cypress forest near Bayou Chene, on the west side of the Atchafalaya Basin and have not given Energy Transfer Partners permission to be there or to destroy their land.

Since the arrests, Wright and her sisters have attempted to reach the St. Martin Parish Sheriffs Department numerous times only to be told to leave a message. At the time of this report, the sheriffs department has not returned their calls.

Despite pressure from the company, Wright and her sisters have refused to sign a contract granting the pipeline company permission to the roughly 1500-foot easement it has planned for her land.

Bayou Bridge LLC offered the Wright family a mere $150 dollars in compensation for use of their land, which would include clearing over 3.5 acres of cypress forest. That is a rate of about one penny per foot of pipeline the company hopes to operate across the...


Fall Armyworms Arrival in India Sparks Fear of its Spread Through Asia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Finding confirms theory that the invasive pest, thats been decimating crops in Africa, might soon go global


Empty pocket season: Dayak women farmers grapple with the impacts of oil palm plantations "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When oil palm was given out by the district head I didnt accept it. I am still angry at the oil palm companies, says Monica Mensea. At 83, Mensea is the oldest woman in her village of Long Bentuk, a Dayak Medang indigenous community in East Kalimantan, a province in Indonesian Borneo. Though her body is weakening and her brown eyes are cloudy with cataracts, Menseas mind is as sharp as ever. For nearly 20 years she led her community as the kepala adat (customary head) of Long Bentuk, in the administrative district of East Kutai. Despite her firm stance against converting land to industrial oil palm, today a corporate-run estate abuts her villages land, where her communitys ancestral forest once stood. New pest infestations, oil palm plantations and climate change are all affecting local livelihoods and food availability. Women are suffering the most, through increased workloads and food shortages. Oil palm explodes Oil palm plantations have expanded voraciously in Indonesia, increasing by 4,500 square kilometers (1,740 square miles) per year from 1995 to 2015. Kahar Al Bahri, an activist with the Mining Advocacy Network, an NGO with a strong presence in East Kalimantan, is concerned that determination of land-use allocations pays little attention to natural features, such as rivers, or the land claims of local communities. Almost all permits issued in East Kalimantan are in blocks or grids, Kahar said. Companies just request the blocks they want to become their plantations. Converting landscapes to oil palm has extensive implications


In the NY Finger Lakes, Local Activists Put a Cork in Dangerous Gas Storage Proposal "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Seneca Lake near Watkins Glen is naturally beautiful

After a wave of public opposition, New York State regulators have denied a proposal for a LPG gas storage facility in the Finger Lakes region

From an Article by Jessica A. Knoblauch,, July 27, 2018

Do you still have that bottle of champagne? Well, get ready to put it on ice!

After almost a decade of fighting a dangerous proposal to fill two underground salt caverns with explosive liquid petroleum gas (propane and butane) in upstate New York, Joseph Campbell and Yvonne Taylor knew it was time to celebrate when they first heard those words from Earthjustice attorney Deborah Goldberg earlier this month.

Goldberg went on to explain that the state Department of Environmental Conservation had denied a permit for the gas storage project. The agency cited concerns about cavern stability and risks to community character and the agriculture-based, tourism economy of the Finger Lakes region.

Campbell and Taylor were overjoyed and stunned. After all, when they first took on this battle against a multi-billion dollar company in 2010, they were told they couldnt stop plans to build a dirty energy behemoth in their backyard. But Campbell and Taylor went for it anyway, spending almost every day, including most holidays, weekends and birthdays, organizing their neighbors against the proposal.

The surprise victory is just the latest bright spot in a series of efforts led by activists in the region to keep dirty fossil fuel projects out of New York State. Finger Lakes advocates were at the core of the campaign for local fracking bans, which set the stage for the states historic decision to ban fracking in 2014. The permit denial is also a huge win for the coalition of residents, local elected officials, and business owners who have long fought to protect the iconic Finger Lakes region.

Each year, millions of tourists flock to the Finger Lakes to enjoy the regions bounty of vineyards, wineries and bed and breakfasts, among other things.

Its a world-class tourist destination. But its also home for people like Campbell and Taylor partners in life and in protest. They both gre...


Tourism and the torture of our sublime elephants "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Tourism and the torture of our sublime elephants

brendan 20th August 2018
Teaser Media


Shale test drilling given green light in Derbyshire "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Shale test drilling given green light in Derbyshire

Catherine Early 20th August 2018
Teaser Media


How free market Thatcher first called for climate action "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

How free market Thatcher first called for climate action

Louise Gill 20th August 2018
Teaser Media


The Watchers News Brief: August 18 and 19, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Brutal cold snap, Mt. Buller received 30 cm (11.8 inches) of snow overnight, the most in 14 years, Australia Parts of the Australian state of Victoria have woken up to snow on August 19 after shivering through a brutal cold snap. Mt. Buller received 30 cm (11.8...... Read more


Nine killed, 3.5 million affected as Typhoon "Rumbia" wreaks havoc across central and eastern China "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

At least 9 people have been killed and 18 injured after Typhoon "Rumbia" wreaked havoc across central and eastern China over the past couple of days. About 3 512 000 people have been affected as well as 420 000 hectares (1.37 million acres) of crops. The...... Read more

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Sunday, 19 August


Huge ELVE captured high above a thunderstorm over Russia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A 300 km (186 miles) wide ELVE was photographed hight above a thunderstorm in central Russia on August 16, 2018. This transient luminous event was recorded using a low-light video camera in the Russian town of Irbit, Sverdlovsk Oblast, by amateur astronomer Ilya...... Read more


Another powerful M6.9 earthquake hits Lombok, Indonesia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Just two weeks after devastating M7.0 earthquake which killed more than 460 people, another powerful earthquake hit the same region at 14:56 UTC (22:56 local time) on August 19, 2018. BMKG is reporting it as M6.9 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). USGS is reporting...... Read more

Very bright fireball over the Adriatic Sea, send your photos and reports "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A very bright fireball was seen streaking through the night sky over the Adriatic Sea at 18:56 UTC (21:56 CET) on August 18, 2018. The event lasted more than 3 seconds before the object disintegrated near San Marino in northeastern Italy. The International Meteor...... Read more


FIRE-EARTH Report: MTLINT 081902 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CJ IGE OCT TML FIRE-EARTH Report: MTLINT 081902 Report 081902 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. . . . .


Strong Quake Strikes Belanting, Indonesia, Fatalities Expected "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

ER: SHS In DHRSWBTY KMPH 081902 3 M6.9 Strikes near Belanting, Indonesia Magnitude: 6.9 mww Location: 8.324S, 116.626E [2km S of Belanting, Indonesia] Depth: 25.6 km Time: 2018-08-19 14:56:28 (UTC) Fatalities expected. Tectonic Summary The August 19, 2018, 14:56 UTC, M 6.9 earthquake near Belanting, Indonesia, occurred as the result of []


Magnitude 8.2 Fiji August 19, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

USGS Event Page
M 8.2 280km NNE of Ndoi Island, Fiji
2018-08-19 00:19:37 UTC
Location: -18.178S, -178.111W

563.4 km depth
  USGS Event Page
M 5.6 35km N of Acandi, Colombia
2018-08-18 19:39:07 UTC
Location: 8.831N, -77.294W
10.0 km depth

USGS Event Page
M 6.3 6km NE of Sembalunlawang, Indonesia
2018-08-19 04:10:21 UTC
Location: -8.325S, 116.577E
7.9 km depth  USGS Event Page
M 6.8 282km ESE of Lambasa, Fiji

2018-08-19 04:28:59 UTC
Location: -16.951S, -178.022W
422.8 km depth  USGS Event Page
M 6.9 4km S of Belanting, Indonesia
2018-08-19 14:56:27 UTC
Location: -8.346S   116.626E
20.3 km depth


UK: Two Grouse Hunts Sabbed "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Unoffensive Animal

Yesterday some of us joined sab groups that travelled from across the country to sabotage the start of the grouse shooting season. Two shoots were successfully shut down during the day, the first on the Yorkshire Dales and the second on the North Yorkshire Moors.

The first shoot abandoned when the high number of sabs approaching became visible. They retreated to the safety of their pub, where a group of saboteurs ensured they didnt attempt to leave for another shoot that day. Another shoot was soon spotted on Bransdale Moor. Saboteurs approached and as the shoot became aware they would be stopped, they were packing everyone away for the day! Despite a few soggy boots and unintentional dips into some bogs, it was a good days sab. We can confirm that the shooters had their day well and truly ruined!

As usual, a high number of police were harassing saboteurs, with unmarked vehicles and police vans stalking saboteur vehicles for most of the day. One police officer even tried to blag he had the right to search the vehicles due to some graffiti left on a gate. Naughty graffiti pixies! Of course though they were reluctant to intervene when the shoot staff attempted to intimidate and assault saboteurs once groups has started to disperse.

We are currently struggling with funds at the moment with the badger cull being imminent. If you are able to support our work please consider dropping some coins to our paypal for the badger cull and for travel costs to give workshops. We also have a patreon that m...


Ecuador: Court Rules Chevron Must Pay for Environmental Damage "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Truthout

The Constitutional Court of Ecuador has issued a long-awaited ruling in favor of those affected by the transnational oil company Chevron, which operated through its subsidiary Texaco in Ecuador between 1964 and 1990. The court rejected the protection action that the company filed in 2013.

In the 151-page ruling, the court denied Chevrons claim of violation of constitutional rights. Chevron will now have to pay $9.5 billion for the repair and remediation of social and environmental damage that according to audits and expert reports were a result of oil company operations in the Amazonian provinces of Sucumbos and Orellana.

The benchmark decision on the pollution case came after the court found that Chevron deliberately dumped billions of gallons of toxic oil waste. The waste was dumped in the Amazon rainforest on indigenous lands.

The news was announced by members of the Union of Affected by Petroleum Chevron (UDAPT) on July 11. UDAPT represents a group of indigenous people of the Cofan, Secoya and Kichwa nationalities, and settlers. UDAPT coordinator William Lucitanda said in an interview that it was a historic day of the resistance of indigenous peoples in defense of collective rights. According to Lucitanda, at least 30,000 people have been impacted.

Pablo Fajardo, who was affected by Chevron and became a lawyer on the case said in a telephone interview that the ruling means a lot to them. Fajardo said they can now focus on how to validate or approve it in...


Semantic ignorance and conscientious stupidity Well, that explains a lot "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.  Martin Luther King, Jr.  The mechanism of addiction requires two things from the pusher. That he never sample his product and that he always find new customers. The left has had trouble with the former, because their own resource redistributions corrupts them []


Shallow M6.3 aftershock hits Lombok, 2 weeks after devastating M7.0 killed more than 460, Indonesia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the BMKG as M6.3 hit the Indonesian island of Lombok at 04:10 UTC (12:10 local time) on August 19, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 14 km (8.7 miles). USGS is also reporting M6.3 and a depth of 7.9 km (4.9...... Read more

Very deep M8.2 earthquake hits Fiji region, two M6+ aftershocks "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A very strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M8.2 hit Fiji region at 00:19 UTC (12:19 local time) on August 19, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 563.4 km (350 miles). EMSC is reporting M8.2 at a depth of 558 km (346 miles). This earthquake can have a...... Read more


Jakarta: Worlds Fastest-Sinking City "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Submitted by a reader North Jakarta has sunk 2.5m in 10 years, and over 4m in three decades Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, which is home to more than 10 million people, is also of the worlds fastest-sinking cities. It sits on swampy land, the Java Sea lapping against it, and 13 rivers running through it. []


Significant Seismicity in Indonesia and Fiji Regions "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

KMPH 081902 2 Sembalunlawang, Indonesia Magnitude: 6.3 mww Location: 8.325S, 116.577E [6km NE of Sembalunlawang, Indonesia] Depth: 7.9 km Time: 2018-08-19 at 04:10:21.570 (UTC) Lambasa, Fiji Magnitude: 6.8 mb Location: 16.951S, 178.022W [282km ESE of Lambasa, Fiji] Depth: 422.8 km Time: 2018-08-19 at 04:28:59 (UTC) [USGS] Related Links M8.2 Deep Focus Quake Strikes []


New study raises red flags on tax haven role in environmental destruction "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Tax havens and the financial secrecy they provide may bolster industries tied to Amazon deforestation and the unsustainable management of natural resources, a new study has found.



Water Usage for Horizontal Drilling & Fracking and Wastewater Volumes are Increasing "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Fracking consumes incredible amounts of water, toxic chemicals and speciality sand

Fracking industry water use rises as drill lengths increase Marcellus region shows smallest increase in water use but quadruples frack waste from 2011-16

From an Article by Jon Hurdle, State-Impact Penna., August 15, 2018

Water use for fracking by oil and gas operators in the Marcellus Shale region rose 20 percent between 2011 and 2016 as longer laterals were drilled to fracture more gas-bearing rock, even though the pace of well development slowed in response to low natural gas prices, a Duke University study said on Wednesday.

The rise was the smallest of any of the six U.S. regions studied, including the Permian Basin area of Texas, where water use surged by 770 percent over the period.

The study also said the volume of fracking waste water produced in the Marcellus which includes Pennsylvania, West Virginia, eastern Ohio and southern New York, where fracking is banned rose four-fold to 600,000 gallons in 2016, forcing energy companies to rely increasingly on holding the waste in underground injection wells.

But the Marcellus waste water increase was also significantly smaller than other regions, where it rose as high as 1,440 percent during the period, the report said.

Although fewer new wells were drilled during the period than in the early stages of the fracking boom, more water was needed because longer wells required the fracturing of more rock, said Andrew Kondash, the papers lead author. The median water use per Marcellus well rose to 7.4 million gallons in 2016 from 6.1 million gallons in 2011, Kondash said.

The peer-reviewed study, published in the journal Science Advances, shows the fracking industry is having an increasing impact on water resources after more than a decade of operation, said Avner Vengosh, professor of geochemistry and water quality at Dukes Nicholas School of the Environment.

We clearly see a steady annual increase in hydraulic fracturings water footprint, with 2014 and 2015 marking a turning point where water use and the generation of flowback and produced water began to increase at signi...


M8.2 Deep Focus Quake Strikes Fiji Region "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

KMPH 081902 Powerful Earthquake Strikes Fiji Region Magnitude: 8.2 mww Location: 18.178S, 178.111W [280km NNE of Ndoi Island, Fiji] Uncertainty: 8.1 km Depth: 563.4 km Uncertainty: 3.6 km Time: 2018-08-19 00:19:37 UTC Strongest Aftershock so far: M5.8;  265km N of Ndoi Island, Fiji; depth of 622.2 km; occurred at T + 2hrs Diagnostics available []

Saturday, 18 August


Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, August 18, 2018, #158 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Dane Wigington The global burning continues in many regions, while other parts of the planet are pummeled with record flooding. How rapidly will the climate unraveling accelerate? What will the impacts be? How close are they? Is it already too late to alter our current trajectory? How can we know unless we (all of us) wake


FIRE-EARTH Report: Thailand, PNG, NZ, Indonesia, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CJ IGE OCT TML FIRE-EARTH Report 081802 Countries in Focus: Thailand, PNG, NZ, Indonesia, Australia Report 081802 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. . . . . . .

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