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Saturday, 27 January


Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, January 27, 2018, #129 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

99ioDane Wigington The Doomsday Clock has yet again been moved closer to midnight by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. Though this signal should be a dire red flag warning for us all, the bleak assessment from this scientific organization does not even take into account the immediate threat from our imploding biosphere and climate engineering


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2017 Favorite Creative Wildlife Photos "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Pelican Pouch (St. Louis River, Fond du Lac, Duluth, Minnesota) Most every spring now, a flock of 40 to 120 American White Pelicans stop over at the Fond du Lac, Duluth portion of the St. Louis River on their way to breeding colonies farther north. They spend most of their time loafing on the barely-above-water []


Shallow M6.3 earthquake hits near the north coast of New Guinea, Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit near the north coast of New Guinea, Papua New Guinea at 22:47 UTC on January 26, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 40 km (24.8 miles)....... Read more


Summer Camp & Outdoor Recreation Areas Not Acceptable for Fracking? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Fracking chemicals by the diesel truck load

Hydrofracking and Jewish Summer Camp

From an Essay by Rabbi Wallace Greene, Jewish Link of New Jersey, January 25, 2018

Now it is freezing and snowy, but summer camp enrollment is taking place. Parlor meetings often feature a video tour of the camps facilities. Here are the bunks, the dining hall, the waterfront, the baseball field and the natural gas drilling operation?

There are about 30 Jewish camps located in the Marcellus Shale area covering New York and Pennsylvania four of those camps signed leases that would open up fracking operations at the camps. Hess, the company leasing the property to begin drilling at the summer camps, claims the lease terms make sure drilling cant unreasonably interfere with operations. But Hess will be allowed to drill while camp sessions are under way and fracking operations could come to within 500 to 1,000 feet of camp structures. Meanwhile, environmental concerns over natural gas fracking grow stronger.

After continuing reports from communities about groundwater contamination, researchers at Duke University tested 68 private groundwater wells around the country sited close to fracking operations and found that 85 percent had levels of methane 17 times higher than wells located more than a kilometer away from drilling sites. A New York Times investigation also found that 130 wells around the country were discharging waste water with levels of radiation 100 to 1,000 times the accepted legal limit.

The Marcellus Shale is rich in shale and natural gas. It sits beneath both New Yorks Catskill Mountains and Pennsylvanias Poconos, the dual epicenters of Jewish (and non-Jewish) summer camps. Four Jewish summer camps (Bnai Briths Perlman Camp in Lake Como, Pennsylvania.; Camp Nesher in Lakewood, Pennsylvania, and Camp Shoshanim in Lake Como, both New Jersey Y camps; and Camp Morasha in Lake Como) are reported to have signed leases with the Hess Corporation that could allow the deep-bore drilling techniquecriticized by many experts as damaging to the environmentat their campgrounds. Environmentalists worry that this toxic water could escape from the wells and taint nearby water supplies. The dairy farmers are very conce...


Sweetest Dog Was Tied To Dumpster And Left To Die "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Tied up to a dumpster with trash strewn all around him, Charlie the dog had no choice but to sit there until someone noticed him.

His face was swollen from being beaten, he was hungry and he was completely alone until two kind Samaritans saw him and jumped into action.

Credit: Philadelphia Animal Hospital

The pair rushed the 2-year-old pit bull mix to Philadelphia Animal Hospital to get him checked in immediately. What vets saw when they examined him for the first time was unlike anything they had ever seen.

We lifted up his jowls, and the inside of his cheeks and lip were entirely infested with maggots, Adria Rebbecchi, director of communications for the animal hospital, told The Dodo. He was in so much pain that he didnt even want to move.

Credit: Philadelphia Animal Hospital

Seeing how urgent Charlies situation was, the animal hospital took him in for treatment immediately.

One of the people who brought him to us has been a client for a long time and when we saw Charlie, we felt so passionate toward getting him the help he needed, Rebbecchi said. My father, who owns the practice, decided to cover all of his medical costs right then and there.

Credit: Philadelphia Animal Hospital

Vets put Charlie on pain medicine right away and planned surgery to help his lip and mouth. Because the infestation was so advanced, the tissue was too damaged to be saved and had to be removed. They had to make the grueling decision to attempt one surgery per week in an effort to help him grow back some o...


Heartbroken Dog Visits The Grave Of The Rat Who Was His Soulmate "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Barlow the dog knows better than most the importance of having a friend and of being one, too.

Credit: Liza McKenzie

A few years back, Barlow had been on death row at an animal shelter, just another homeless dog without a friend in the world. But that all changed when he was adopted by Liza McKenzie and her family and there he found his place.

"He fit into our family so well," Liza told The Dodo.

Credit: Liza McKenzie

Just a few months after bringing Barlow home, the McKenzies were called upon to grow their family yet again. A teacher at the kids' school had adopted a rat who turned out to be pregnant, and the newborn rodents needed a safe place to live.

"We decided to take the three boys Chippy, Dewey and Mud Truck," Liza said.

Of the three rats, Chippy was most unique. He was born hairless.

Credit: Liza McKenzie

Liza wasn't sure at first how Barlow would take to having the rats around, or if they'd be scared of him. So she made sure they were introduced early and often. In this process, the hairless sibling proved unique once more.

"Right from the start I noticed that while Dewey and Mud Truck seemed to veer away from Barlow," Liza said, "Chippy would always make a beeline for him."

Credit: Liza McKenzie

Barlow seemed to understand that the rats we...


'Lifeless' Pony Had No Idea How Her Life Was About To Change "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

They were almost certain she wasnt going to survive.

Extremely skinny and lying in the dirt, the young pony was so weak she could barely lift her own head to get a glance at the people who had come to save her. No one knew how long she and four other horses had been living at the run-down boarding facility or how long it had been since their last meal.

Credit: South Florida SPCA Horse Rescue

The place was in no condition to keep horses, Grace Delanoy, communications coordinator for the South Florida SPCA Horse Rescue, told The Dodo. You could tell that it was a very long, awful road to starvation for these horses. Something like this didnt just happen overnight.

Since she couldnt stand up on her own, first responders jumped into action to safely get the pony into a trailer. They got her to their ranch as soon as they could, but they knew it was likely her organs were failing.

Credit: South Florida SPCA Horse Rescue

Still, rescuers had hope, so they decided on the perfect name for her: Amazing Grace.

When a horse is starved like that, everything starts to shut down, Delanoy explained. Once theyre down and cant get back up, its a very hard thing to recover from.

But she was determined to survive. Grace soon went on to Palm Beach Equine Clinic, where she stayed for a week for around-the-clock care from a medical team.

Credit: South Florida SPCA Horse Rescue

We showed up with this tiny little pony pulled out of the dirt and the clinic just rallied around her, Delanoy said. It was so heartwarming to see.

And when Grace r...


Puppy Was Being Sold In Exchange For An iPhone But People Saved Her Just In Time "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The puppys owners didnt want her anymore. What they really wanted, they decided, was an iPhone.

Earlier this month, a friend of Emma Haswell, founder and director of Brightside Farm Sanctuary in Australia, was scrolling through Facebook when she came across an ad.

A friend found [the puppy] advertised on Facebook to swap for a phone, Haswell told The Dodo. She let me know, and I said if she collected her we would take her in.

Credit: Brightside Farm Sanctuary

Haswell, who regularly rescues dogs and farm animals, wasnt too surprised by the ad. She often sees dogs and puppies being advertised for sale online although this was the first time she saw an ad trying to swap a puppy for a phone.

To make the situation worse, the puppy was only 14 weeks old.

It saddened me that she was in this position of having no value as a loved, living being, Haswell said. Commonly these puppies are bought and then re-advertised for sale weeks later.

Haswells friend didnt waste a minute  she got in touch with the seller and asked for the puppy, who is now named Possum. While she had to front some cash to get Possum, she refused to pay the full price of an iPhone.

Credit: Brightside Farm Sanctuary

Once Possum was safe, Haswell settled her into a foster home through the Brightside Farm Sanctuary network. She spayed and vaccinated Possum so she'd be ready to find a new family the kind of family that wouldnt trade her for anything.

Possum didnt have to wait for long. The very first family she met fell in love with her, and quickly decided to adopt.

She is now so adored, Haswell said. She adores the little boy in the family. As soon as he set eyes on her he called her my puppy. The family also adopted a beagle cross puppy [at the same time], but...


Sheep Are Packed Into These Crates For The Worst Reason "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The sheep were packed into crates like lifeless cargo. They had no food. No water. And they had a terrifying plane journey ahead of them.

Earlier this month, photographers in Australia got access to an undisclosed airport runway, and took photos of crated sheep as they were being loaded onto cargo planes. While its unclear exactly where they were headed, Kelly Dinham, spokesperson for Suffering Souls, the animal welfare group that published the photos online, doesnt think theyre going anything pleasant as they're some of Australia's many victims of live export.

Credit: Suffering Souls

This particular MASkargo [part of Malaysia Airlines] flight did not provide their destination location on the flight tracker app as planes normally would, Dinham told The Dodo. However, it is likely that they went straight to Malaysia as we [Australia] are sending more sheep there recently.

Once the sheep reached their destination, theyd be slaughtered, probably in a very horrific and inhumane way.

Credit: Suffering Souls

But this is nothing unusual. Each year, Australia exports millions of sheep, cows and goats to Asia and the Middle East. Once the animals reach their destination, often in countries that dont have the same welfare standards for slaughter as Australia, theyre either painfully killed in slaughterhouses or sometimes sacrificed in ritualistic ceremonies.

Most animals leave Australia on live export ships, large vessels in which thousands upon thousands of animals are packed into tight quarters. Many of those animals die due to stress, sickness or heat exposure, w...


China upgrades snowstorm warning to 2nd highest, cold wave alert on highest level "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

China's National Meteorological Center (NMC) has upgraded its snowstorm warning to Orange - the second highest level on Thursday, January 25, 2018, as heavy snow continues affecting China's central and eastern regions. A Blue alert for cold wave remains in...... Read more

Freak hailstorm hits Sutherland, creates a river or hail, South Africa "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Residents of the city of Sutherland located in southern Northern Cape, South Africa experienced a rare phenomenon for their region when a freak hailstorm dumped huge amounts of rain and hail in just two days on January 21, 2018. Residents said they've never...... Read more

Worst drought in over a century, severe water crisis continues in South Africa "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Southern provinces of South Africa are still under their worst drought in over a century. While the crisis in Western Cape Province and Cape Town's 'Day Zero' - the day when they run out of tap water - are making headlines in both national and...... Read more

81 618 people evacuated around erupting Mount Mayon, Philippines "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

On January 26, 2018, the total number of people evacuated around erupting Mayon volcano reached 81 618, according to data provided by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Alert Level 4 remains in effect. Authorities are strongly advising the...... Read more

Fang trafficking to China is putting Bolivias jaguars in jeopardy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

BOLIVIA A skull rests in the hands of a hunter. It is a jaguars skull that has all of its teeth in place, except the four fangs that the jaguar used to sink into the necks of its prey until Jess shot him with an old shotgun in the Bolivian Amazon. For the tiger, you have to aim at the heart to leave it dry, says the hunter, boasting of his aim. Jess, like many other hunters in the Bolivian jungle, usually uses the word tiger to refer to the jaguar (Panthera onca). He killed this particular jaguar in the thicket of a forest that he is very familiar with. Jess said he was unaware of the existence of laws that prohibit the hunting of wildlife. Photo by Clovis de la Jaille Jess claims that he killed the jaguar three months ago because it was about to attack him, and that he shot it dead from about 30 meters away. He also says he would do the same thing again, because two Chinese citizens visited him in his home in Sena, in the Pando Department, to open his eyes and offer him $215 per fang. He also says that he sold them to them generously because he had never seen so much money in the same place. It surprised him that someone would pay so much money for a few jaguar fangs that were worth nothing to him. In order to be sent to China, jaguar fangs are

Baby photos of 10 of the worlds rarest turtles from the zoo trying to save them "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Everyone loves turtles. Turtles and tortoises are often depicted as tranquil creatures possessing wisdom and longevity. These reptiles are indeed ancient survivors with a fossil record dating back over 200 million years. But today, many species are in danger, with more than half of the worlds freshwater turtles and tortoises on the brink of extinction. While some of these species can still be found in small numbers in the wild, they are already functionally extinct. Pollution, hunting, habitat destruction, and over-collection for the burgeoning international pet trade all contribute to the turtle and tortoise population declines were witnessing around the world. Much of the trade in chelonians is driven by demand from China, specifically for human consumption and use in traditional medicines. Building assurance colonies of endangered turtles and tortoises in zoos and other conservation organizations, together with fieldwork, can help to mitigate the causes and outcomes of this crisis. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has committed to help these animals in their time of need. Currently, WCSs Bronx Zoo Department of Herpetology houses 12 of the 40 most endangered turtles and tortoises in the world. All of them are on IUCNs Red List of Threatened Species. The turtle and tortoise hatchlings pictured here, some about the size of quarter, are part of assurance colonies at the Bronx Zoos World of Reptiles. Nearly all of these species are reproduced according to recommendations from Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) programs. SSPs manage populations of species in AZA

Indonesian ruling rings alarms over criminalization of environmental defenders "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

JAKARTA Environmental and human rights activists are up in arms over the jailing of a prominent anti-mine protester by an Indonesian court the latest victim of local authorities increased willingness to invoke draconian or obscure laws to silence such protests. A court in Banyuwangi district, East Java, on Tuesday sentenced environmental activist Heri Budiawan to 10 months in jail for allegedly displaying a banner with a hammer-and-sickle logo the universal standard of communism during a protest last April against a gold mine in a once-protected forest. The unusual charge is based on law from the pre-1998 regime of the late dictator Suharto, under which any public expression of support for communism is punishable with a prison sentence of up to 12 years. (Suharto himself rose to power on the back of a coup in which an estimated 500,000 to 1 million accused communist sympathizers were killed.) Heri is the first person in Indonesias post-Suharto democratic era to be convicted under this draconian law and perhaps not the last, rights activists warn. Budiawans prosecution is an ominous signal that environmental activists are now vulnerable to prosecution as communists if they dare challenge corporations implicated in pollution, Andreas Harsono, Indonesia researcher at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement. It will scare people off from criticizing any injustice in society, Amnesty International Indonesia director Usman Hamid said in a separate statement. Prominent Indonesian environmental activist Hari Budiawan (middle) poses with his lawyers. Photo by Forbanyuwangi/Mongabay Indonesia. Lack

In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, January 26, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Tropical forests EU blamed for tardy response to death of forest activist in Kenya (The Guardian). Baby okapi to greet visitors at Los Angeles Zoo (The Seattle Times). Gabon arrests 10 in ivory trafficking probe (AP/ABC News). Higher carbon dioxide boosts flowering in tropical forests ( Florida State University). The business of forest restoration and reforestation (Digital Journal). Massacre stimulates overhaul of logging laws in Senegal (AFP/News24). Willfully ignorant consumers avoid or forget information about where the products they buy come from (Woodworking Network). Mexican activist who took on loggers murdered (Los Angeles Times). Hundreds of containers of logs seized by Brazilian authorities (Reuters). Scientists use genetic information to tease apart frog species in Gabon (Smithsonian Insider). Study tracks the biggest threats in protected areas (Thomson Reuters Foundation News). Finland under pressure to cut funding to Kenyas forest service after alleged human rights abuses (REDD-Monitor). Other news Trump administration could still seek to drill for oil off Florida (The New York Times). New emissions monitoring program takes off in France (The Conversation). Australia floats $60 million to save Great Barrier Reef (The Guardian). Tea and elephants collide in Indias Assam state (BBC news). Public and private funding necessary to meet sustainability goals: Davos report (The Guardian). Global list of invasive species will help in the battle against extinction, scientists say (The Guardian). Japan to upgrade whaling mothership in sign that the country will continue whaling (The Guardian). Early signs of bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef (The Guardian). Record-warm year

Do catch and release-induced abortions harm shark and ray populations? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Scientists have long raised concerns over the future of sharks and rays, of which some 100 million are caught and killed on fishing boats every year. They have paid somewhat less attention, however, to the animals that survive being hauled from the water and tossed back and which are more susceptible to aborting their young after being captured than previously thought, according to a paper published this month in the journal Biological Conservation. Capture-induced parturition (CIP) was the term the researchers settled on to describe the phenomenon, which they believe may be throttling already-declining populations. They sifted through academic papers detailing encounters with elasmobranchs, a group that includes sharks, rays, skates and sawfish, which have cartilage skeletons instead of bone, and large, buoyant livers in place of swim bladders. They were surprised by the frequency of casual references to sharks and rays aborting while caught, with the first account dating to 1810, and by the absence of any research looking directly at the phenomenon. In all, they found 139 reports of CIP in 88 species that bear live young. Twenty-six of those reports contained enough data for the team to estimate the prevalence of CIP in 24 species. For those species, they found that between 2 and 85 percent of pregnant females lose their offspring through the stress of entanglement in nets or ensnarement on lines, for a cross-species average of 24 percent. Kye Adams, lead author of the paper and a doctoral student at the University of Wollongong

Rhino poaching in South Africa dipped slightly last year, but crisis continues unabated, conservationists say "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

South African Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa announced in a press briefing today that 1,028 rhinos were illegally killed in the country in 2017. That figure represents a small decrease over 2016s total of 1,054 illicit rhino killings. Booming demand for rhino horn in newly-affluent Asian countries like Vietnam and China, where rhino horn is used in traditional medicine, is driving a poaching crisis that threatens to overturn the Southern white rhino populations recovery from as low as 50 individuals in the early 20th century to about 20,000 today. The Southern white rhino is now the most abundant of all rhino subspecies, and South Africa is considered its last stronghold. In Kruger National Park, which has typically been the epicenter of rhino poaching in South Africa, 504 illegal killings were recorded last year, Molewa reported. Thats a 24 percent reduction over 2016 but these gains were offset by poaching in other regions, particularly KwaZulu Natal province. Official rhino poaching statisitcs reported by South Africa in recent years. TRAFFIC. Meanwhile, arrests of suspected rhino poachers and traffickers in South Africa dropped by almost a quarter, with just 518 last year compared to 680 in 2016. Molewa also reported a rise in the number of elephants poached in Kruger National Park, as 67 elephants were killed there in 2017. According to Reuters, South Africas Department of Environmental Affairs said in a statement that The increases in other provinces, coupled with the sharp rise in elephant poaching, tell

The ups and downs of marine protected areas: Examining the evidence "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In 1962, at the First World Conference of National Parks in Seattle, U.S., Carleton Ray, a marine biologist at the University of Virginia, pleaded the cause of setting aside unmolested areas in the sea. Man is using the sea at a great rate, polluting it, developing its borders, he said in one of the conference sessions. If we conservationists and biologists do not think of the planet as one earth and water then I ask, who will? If we do not press for marine as well as terrestrial sanctuaries and for regulations over our marine activities, then I ask again, who will? This plea to begin establishing marine protected areas gained momentum over decades. At the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, for instance, countries agreed to maintain marine biodiversity by establishing networks of marine protected areas. Many scientists also began presenting evidence that fishing was causing the worlds fish stocks to collapse: Overfishing was pushing many marine species toward extinction and destroying or altering marine habitats. Creating marine protecting areas, they stressed, was the best approach to addressing this degradation of the marine environment. In 2004, the worlds governments adopted their first tangible international target under the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD): They committed to conserving at least 10 percent of coastal and marine areas by 2012. But when the coverage remained below 2 percent in 2010, the CBD extended the deadline to 2020. Where there were only about 430 marine protected areas as of 1985, today there are more than

Shallow M5.8 earthquake hits off the coast of Northern California "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M5.8 hit off the coast of Northern California at 16:39 UTC (08:39 PST) on January 25, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 5 km (3.1 miles). EMSC is reporting M5.8 at a depth of 2 km (1.2 miles). The...... Read more

The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: January 17 - 23, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

New activity unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes between January 17 and 23, 2018. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 13 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Kadovar, Papua New Guinea | Kusatsu-Shiranesan, Honshu (Japan) | Mayon, Luzon (Philippines)...... Read more

Tokyo records lowest temperature in 48 years, Japan "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Japan Meteorological Agency has issued a very rare low temperature advisory for capital Tokyo as cold air started affecting the country on Wednesday, January 24, 2018. This is the first such warning for Tokyo in 33 years, officials said, adding the cold weather...... Read more

Storm Georgina hits Scotland with heavy rain, gusts up to 225 km/h (140 mph) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A rapidly developing low pressure system, named Storm Georgina by the UK Met Office, swept eastwards over northern Scotland on January 24, 2018, before moving out into the North Sea and Norway. Early analysis shows that a sting jet could have formed over the sea...... Read more

Data fusion opens new horizons for remote imaging of landscapes "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Imagine you needed to map the spread of an invasive plant species in a tropical forest. Hyperspectral imaging and LiDAR are great at identifying vegetation, but have their limitations and tend to be costly. Other, more accessible remote-sensing technologies now exist that, combined, can do the trick. Radar, which emits radio waves and measures the signal created as these bounce off an object, can trace out the forest canopy structure, while multispectral imaging can be used to analyze the reflected sunlight off the leaves to determine vegetation type. Solutions to this and other kinds of remote imaging and surveying applications dont have to be new or expensive technology, a recent review paper suggests, but can instead be an innovative blending of available remote-sensing technologies known as data fusion. In the paper, the authors introduce techniques for combining satellite data, along with their respective benefits and drawbacks for ecological studies. Satellite image showing agricultural plots in Brazil and forest remaining in between them. Image courtesy of NASA. Transmitting and detecting energy Radar and multispectral sensors are perhaps the best-known examples, respectively, of active and passive remote sensors typically found on board Earth-observation satellites. Active sensors emit their own radiation and then measure the backscatter, or radiation that reflected back from the target object. The radiation is in the microwave portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, which is small enough to penetrate clouds and most weather conditions. The information from the backscatter permits calculation of distances, size, volume, and orientation of objects on the

Maduro seeks sell off of Venezuelas natural resources to escape debt analysis "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Venezuelan President Nicols Maduro hefts a bar of gold purportedly dug and processed in the Arco Minero, though experts have their doubts. Photo found at twitter Prensa Presidencial @PresidencialVen This story is one in a series of Mongabay articles about Venezuelas Arco Minero, produced in partnership with InfoAmazonia which has launched an in-depth multimedia platform called Digging Deeper into the Mining Arc exclusively highlighting Venezuelas mining boom. President Nicols Maduro, an enigmatic smile blossoming beneath his tradmark mustache, proudly displays a gold ingot to the Venezuelan press. The metal is reportedly part of a batch dug and processed inside the Arco Minero, a vast area covering 112,000 square kilometers (43,243 square miles), south of the Orinoco River and in the Venezuelan Amazon. Meanwhile, in the middle of the Arco Minero, a minerals expert who asks not to be named out of concern for his safety, flashes an even bigger smile as he casts doubt on the authenticity of that ingot and of the first batch of Arco Minero gold. Maduro made up some propaganda with almost 1,000 kilos [2,200 pounds] of gold. Somebody who does not know [better] will think Whooo! 1,000 kilos of gold! the unnamed source laughs, noting that the ingots from that purported first shipment are of different sizes and purity, and more importantly, are completely without certification, meaning that there is no way to guarantee where or when the gold was mined. From whom are they buying? he asks. Illegal mining and the mafias of illegal mining! Here [in the

Biofuel boost threatens even greater deforestation in Indonesia, Malaysia: Study "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

JAKARTA Global demand for biofuels containing palm oil looks set to grow sixfold by 2030, potentially driving the destruction of Southeast Asian rainforests the size of the Netherlands, a new report warns. Biofuel policies in place or proposed by Indonesia and China, as well as the aviation industry, could push their consumption alone to 45.6 million tons by 2030, according to the report commissioned by Rainforest Foundation Norway. As we approach 2020, many biofuel policies are being reassessed and renegotiated, report author Chris Malins, a biofuels policy expert, said in an email. So this seemed the right time to look at what the best and worst scenarios were for the impact of biofuel policy on deforestation in Southeast Asia for the next decade. A filling station selling biodiesel. Photo by Robert Couse-Baker/flickr. Biofuel policies Indonesia, the worlds biggest producer of palm oil, is currently pushing for increased domestic consumption of biodiesel that contains the vegetable oil. The policy calls for a minimum bio, or palm oil, content of 30 percent in all diesel sold in the country by 2020, up from the current requirement of 20 percent. This target is one of the most ambitious biodiesel-blending targets in the world. If achieved, Indonesias annual biodiesel consumption would rise to 18.6 million tons. China, meanwhile, has begun discussions with Indonesia and Malaysia, the worlds second-biggest palm oil producer, to boost its own blending target to a minimum of 5 percent palm oil in biodiesel. That would increase Chinas palm-based biodiesel

State of emergency in Paraguay's capital Asuncin after floods leave 20 000 homeless "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A state of emergency was declared in Paraguay's capital Asuncin on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, after Paraguay River burst its banks, leaving at least 20 000 people homeless. The river levels grew 2 cm (0.8 inches) on Wednesday and reached 5.72 m (18.7...... Read more

Floods in Mozambique leave 11 dead, up to 15 000 homes destroyed "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Heavy rain affecting Mozambique since January 7, 2018 left a trail of destruction, at least 11 people dead and more than 75 000 affected. Up to 15 000 homes have been destroyed in the worst-hit province of Nampula. The first reports of trouble started coming in on...... Read more

Indonesia buckles to protests against seine fishing ban "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

JAKARTA Indonesia has eased off from the full enforcement of a ban on fishing using a controversial type of dragnet known as a seine, following protests by fishermen. Under a 2015 regulation from the countrys fisheries ministry, the use of a particular type of seine known locally as cantrang was deemed destructive, and fishermen nationwide were given until the start of 2018 to switch to alternative methods of fishing with reduced bycatch and less risk of damaging seabed ecosystems. The government also promised financial aid to help the fishermen swap out their equipment. But despite the promised subsidy and the transition period of nearly three years, seine fishing remains widespread. Less than a third of owners of the more than 7,200 seine-fishing vessels smaller than 10 gross tonnage (GT) most of which operate off the northern coast of Java, a region known as Pantura received financial aid to transition to new equipment, according to the fisheries ministry data from last September. This year alone, meanwhile, there are already 3,900 applications for financial aid from owners of fishing boats this size. On Jan. 17, fisheries minister Susi Pudjiastuti announced that the transition period would be extended indefinitely, but only for fishermen operating in the Pantura area effectively putting the cantrang ban there on hold. [The seiners] can take as much time as they need to adopt new fishing equipment, she said. But they must truly work on replacing their fishing tools. Indonesian President Joko Widodo, center, and fisheries

Shallow M6.2 earthquake hits Komandorskiye Ostrova, Russia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit just north of Komandorskiye Ostrova, Russia at 02:10 UTC on January 25, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). GS RAS is reporting the same magnitude and depth. This is the 6th...... Read more

Exceptionally high rainfall, Paris on flood alert in second-wettest winter on record "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

France has seen exceptionally high rainfall this month with several places already above all-time record and others 4 - 5 times above average for the month. With 7 days still left, the December - January period in Paris is already the second-wettest on record since...... Read more

Stranger than fiction? New spiders found in Brazil named after creatures from popular fantasy stories "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The worlds created by fantasy authors like J. R. R. Tolkien and J. K. Rowling are perhaps best known for their magicians and mythical beasts like dragons, but it would appear one real-life creature, the spider, is just as mysterious to some people, because spiders have often been featured prominently as characters in fantastic literature, as well. Many of these true-to-life fantasy creatures are now getting some of the recognition they deserve as Brazilian researchers have named seven newly discovered spider species in honor of characters from works like The Lord of the Rings and the Harry Potter series. The seven new spiders all belong to the genus Ochyrocera and were found in the iron caves of Floresta Nacional de Carajs in the northern Brazilian state of Par. But while they were discovered primarily in caves, the 2,000 specimens gathered by researchers with the Sao Paulo, Brazil-based Instituto Butantan do not exhibit what are called troglomorphic characteristics physical attributes like a lack of pigmentation and diminished or missing eyes that are typical adaptations for species that live exclusively underground or in caves. Instead, the spiders are whats known as edaphic troglophile species, meaning theyre capable of completing [their] life cycle in soil, shallow subterranean habitats, or caves, the researchers write in a study published in the journal ZooKeys in which they described the seven new species to science. Two of the seven new species were actually collected outside of caves. This is the new species Ochyrocera atlachnacha on its

More than half of Europes forests lost over 6,000 years "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In just six thousand years, more than half of Europes central and northern forests have disappeared, according to the results of new research. In a recent study published in Scientific Reports, scientists showed how most of the land there more than two-thirds was once covered by forests. Not surprisingly, an increased demand for agricultural land and the use of wood fuel have been the leading causes of forest loss in the region over thousands of years. The findings were published in Scientific Reports on January 15 in an article entitled: Europes lost forests: a pollen-based synthesis for the last 11,000 years. Most countries go through a forest transition and the UK and Ireland reached their forest minimum around 200 years ago, said lead author Neil Roberts, Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Plymouth, in a press release. Other countries in Europe have yet to reach that point, and some parts of Scandinavia where there is not such a reliance on agriculture are still predominantly forest. The teams work was led by the University of Plymouth and used pollen analysis from more than 1,000 sites. They also employed the European Pollen Database.  Researchers cited Ellis, E.C. et al to point out the valuable lessons in history that can be used today in future forestry initiatives aimed at impacting habitat change.  Along with an intrinsic interest in Europes natural and cultural heritage, there is a need by climatologists, archaeologists, geomorphologists, conservation ecologists and others for the reconstruction of

Shallow M6.2 earthquake hits near the coast of Hokkaido, Japan "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) as M6.2 hit near the coast of Hokkaido, Japan at 10:51 UTC on January 24, 2018 (19:51 local time). The agency is reporting a depth of 30 km (18.6 miles). USGS is reporting M6.2 at a...... Read more

Earthquake swarm in progress along the coast of NSW, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A seismic swarm is in progress along the coast of northern New South Wales, Australia since Friday, January 19, 2018, raising fears that a bigger earthquake might hit the region. Authorities say that while they can't rule out a bigger one, they don't see it...... Read more

At least 56 217 evacuated around Mayon volcano, Philippines "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

More than 56 000 people living around erupting Mayon volcano in the Philippines have left their homes since January 13, 2018. Following a powerful eruption on January 22, PHIVOLCS raised the Alert Level to 4 and extended the danger zone. With the Alert Level now on...... Read more

Audio: David Suzuki on why indigenous knowledge is critical for human survival "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

On todays episode we feature a conversation with iconic Canadian scientist, author, television presenter, and activist David Suzuki. Listen here:   Suzuki is a biologist by training and a former professor of genetics whos just as well known for his outspoken views on the need to protect nature. Suzuki is the author or co-author of more than 50 books and the host of the long-running science program The Nature of Things. Hes also the founder of the David Suzuki Foundation and the Blue Dot Movement, the latter of which aims to enshrine the right to a healthy environment in the Canadian Constitution. Mongabay interviewed Suzuki last year about the Blue Dot Movement, and we thought now, at the start of 2018, would be a great time to check in with him about what progress has been made, what environmental issues he thinks are most pressing as we forge ahead into the new year, and his plans to convene a gathering of First Nations keepers of traditional ecological knowledge with Western scientists. Heres this episodes top news: Peru declares a huge new national park in the Amazon Study: Amazon dams are disrupting ecologically vital flood pulses Global warming, pollution supersize the oceans oxygen-depleted dead zones Belize imposes offshore oil moratorium to protect reefs Theres a new member of the lemur family You can subscribe to the Mongabay Newscast on Android, Google Play, iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn, or RSS. David Suzuki. Photo courtesy of the David Suzuki Foundation, licensed under CC BY 3.0.

Indonesia to strengthen environmental impact assessments through process review "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

JAKARTA The Indonesian government says it will revamp the process of carrying out environmental impact assessments, amid increased scrutiny over the legitimacy of many of these analyses in environmental and land disputes across the country. Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar said the review would be in line with the governments target of making it easier for investors to obtain permits in Southeast Asias biggest economy. We want to review everything about the impact assessment, from its regulation, its weak points, and its monitoring and law enforcement procedures. We want to improve the process thoroughly, she told reporters in Jakarta last week. Obtaining an environmental impact assessment, known as an AMDAL, is part of the lengthy permitting process for development projects in Indonesia, and gives the general public a chance to weigh in. The assessments are mandatory for any project with the potential to cause disruption, from environmental degradation to posing a national security risk. Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar says she wants to reform the process of carrying out an environmental impact assessment, a crucial analysis before approving any major development project in the country. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry. The minister did not elaborate on how the rules for obtaining an AMDAL would be changed, but said her office planned to discuss the review with experts and activists. She acknowledged that the current process had some loopholes that were often exploited by companies to cut through Indonesias notoriously lengthy

No more elephants? Poaching crisis takes its toll in the Central African Republic "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Years of civil war and poaching have virtually wiped out elephants from one of their historical strongholds in Central Africa, an aerial survey conducted last year by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) indicates. The survey, in northern Central African Republic, found surviving but small populations of giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis), giant eland (Taurotragus derbianus), buffalo (Syncerus caffer) and roan antelope (Hippotragus equinus) but not a single bush elephant (Loxodonta africana). We werent anticipating to find many elephants, but we were hoping to find some, said Paul Elkan, the WCSs Sudano-Sahel regional director, who led the investigation. It doesnt mean that there are none; it means that, if there are, there are very small numbers. The destruction of the CARs once abundant wildlife is due to poaching and illegal trafficking rooted both inside the country and in neighboring nations. This is part of a historical phenomenon that has been exacerbated by the countrys civil war, ongoing since 2013. But experts in wildlife protection say there is still hope for the nations wildlife. If the CAR can preserve its rich habitats by scaling up and strengthening conservation efforts that are currently undermined by conflict, it could not only potentially bring back wildlife, but also greater security for its citizens. Two teams from the WCS, ECOFAUNE+ (a European Union-supported conservation project) and staff from the CARs Ministry of Environment performed the survey in March and April 2017. Their planes covered 63,657 square kilometers (24,578 square miles) across several national parks and their outskirts:

Indonesia hints rhino sperm transfer to Malaysia may finally happen this year "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

JAKARTA Indonesia has signaled it may finally send a sample of Sumatran rhino semen to a breeding program in Malaysia, amid a growing urgency to keep the species alive. Conservationists in Sabah, in Malaysian Borneo, where only two Sumatran rhinos (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) remain, have since 2015 sought a frozen sample of sperm taken from a rhino in Indonesias own captive-breeding program in Sumatra to kick-start an artificial insemination attempt but to no avail, as the Indonesian government repeatedly ignored its requests. Now, though, a senior official says the sperm being stored at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (SRS) may be sent to Malaysia sometime this year. We have discussed all of the aspects of the request, and submitted our analysis to the [environment] minister, Wiratno, the head of conservation at Indonesias Ministry of Environment and Forestry, told reporters in Jakarta last week. It will be a valuable lesson for both countries, as we are also dealing with rhinos which are losing their habitats, he added. Andalas, right, and Bina meet at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary. Photo by Dedi Candra. If approved, the plan would be to combine the sperm from Andalas, a captive-bred rhino at the SRS, with viable eggs from Iman, the last remaining female Sumatran rhino in Malaysia, to produce an embryo that could then be implanted into one of the females back at the Indonesian sanctuary. The fertilization would preferably happen in Malaysia because frozen semen travels better than eggs. Malaysia has agreed to let Indonesia

Luxury British yacht makers vow to examine supply chains "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

LONDON Illegal teak from Myanmar is still likely entering the supply chains of some major luxury yacht makers and ending up as decking, says one environmental defense organization. In a statement released before the London Boat Show earlier this month, Britains Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) warned that two of the shows main exhibitors could be selling boats that contain illegal teak from Myanmar. Sunseeker and Princess have since said that they will work with government officials in Britain to evaluate the integrity of their supply chains. According to the EIA, the Burmese teak entering the supply chains of the UKs two largest yacht builders, Sunseeker International and Princess Yachts International, was traded in breach of the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR). The EU Timber Regulation, which came into force in 2013, requires companies bringing teak into the EU to perform the due diligence necessary to ensure their risk of importing illegally logged timber is negligible. Burmese teak (Tectona grandis) is native to southern Asia and is sought-after for its superior resistance to rot, decay, and termites. Though it is grown on plantations all over the world, Burmese teak is native to Myanmar where it is often illegally-logged and illegally-exported. Exact numbers are difficult to determine, but at a bare minimum, hundreds of thousands of tons of illegal timber are exported from Myanmar illegally every year through various land and water routes. According to the EIAs research, the highly sought-after teak enters the supply chains of two luxury yacht companies through

Muskox and other Arctic mammals are feeling the heat of climate change "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Muskoxen take up a defense position. These large mammals are well suited to protecting themselves against Arctic extremes, but they may not be so well equipped to handle the rigors of climate change. Photo by Joel Berger courtesy of the Wildlife Conservation Society In Greenlands Arctic, the Inuit have a word to describe a bizarre, natural phenomenon that occurs within the frozen landscape: Sassat, which translates as concentrated animals offered as food. This word has historically encompassed a range of scenarios, including the spectacular sea ice entrapment of 150 narwhals, 170 belugas and uncounted sea otters in southern Berinigia across the historical record. Increasingly, though, sassats arent limited to marine mammals. A Chukchi Sea winter tsunami in 2011, for example, entombed 52 wooly muskox and killed them. The effects of a changing ocean/climate are coming ashore in the Arctic. Once rare extreme weather events like rain-on-snow, ice tidal surges, and severely fluctuating winter precipitation have become characteristic of the new Arctic, and scientists want to know exactly how these weather and climate patterns are impacting the regions animal populations. Mother and newborn muskox, Cape Krusenstern National Monument, Alaska. Scientists have found that increasingly common extreme weather events, such as rain-on-snow and extremely dry winter conditions occurring in Russia and Alaska during muskox gestation, result in smaller head size among muskoxen young, with smaller animals having poor survivorship rates. Photo by Joel Berger courtesy of the Wildlife Conservation Society A yearling on the run, Igichuk Hills, Alaska. The muskox is the

After exporting baby elephants, Zimbabwe pledges to turn over new leaf on conservation "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Less than a month after exporting thirty-five wild elephants to China, the new government of Zimbabwe has signaled it is moving in a new direction on conservation issues. On December 23, Zimbabwe officials quietly loaded thirty-five elephants between the ages of three and five onto planes that would fly them thousands of miles to safari parks in China. The elephants had been taken from the wild and their families in Hwange National Park. Although not illegal, the repeated capture of wild elephants in Zimbabwe (this is the third time since 2012) has sparked international backlash, given what we know about elephant intelligence and social needs. The order is for two hundred baby elephants and so far ninety-nine elephants have been exported to China to Chongqing Safari Park and to Daqingshan Safari Park, Johnny Rodrigues, the head of the NGO the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, told Mongabay. We tried everything: we did petitions, we wrote letters, we had people phone in but we failed. Zimbabwe airlifted the elephants to their new homes just a month after a stunning bloodless coup in the country. The coup led to the ouster of Robert Mugabe, who oppressively ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years, and the installation of Emmerson Mnangagwa, a former First Vice President and ally of Mugabes. Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority were clear in a statement about why the elephants were exported: money. Zimbabwe believes that wildlife conversation should pay for itself, read the statement by Zimparks, who noted they followed CITES



Dog Decides To Hitchhike Across Australia All By Himself "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Australia is an awfully big continent, but one little dog is doing his best to explore it all on his own.

Credit: Laura Scudamore

Earlier this month, an Australian terrier named Rusty took the road trip of a lifetime, hitching a ride with a truck driver from his home in Goondiwindi, Queensland to South Australia a journey of over 1,500 kilometers (more than 930 miles).

Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The 3-and-a-half-year-old pup usually spends his days on his familys property, romping around with his two Border collie buddies. His thrill-seeking spirit often inspires Rusty to explore outside those boundaries.

Rusty and the work dogs will sometimes disappear around the property looking for adventure, Laura Scudamore, Rustys owner, told The Dodo. They will also sometimes find themselves on the nearby highway having a stickybeak [being nosy].

Credit: Laura Scudamore

When Rustys family is away, however, and hes under the care of his in-laws, who own the property, his curiosity can get Rusty into hot water.

A year and a half ago, Rusty first evaded his caretakers and ran to the highway where he caught a lift to Chinchilla, two and a half hours north of Goondiwindi. His cuddly nature endeared him to a local family, who took him...


Couple Driving By Sees Something Move In Trash Pile "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A couple from St. Louis was warming up from the frigid temperatures by touring Kentucky's bourbon distilleries when they first spotted something moving in a trash pile on the side of an otherwise empty road near the Maker's Mark factory.

Credit: Katharine Kulka

We thought he may belong to a family on one of the nearby farms and has just escaped his fence," Katharine Kulka told Kentucky Humane Society (KHS), which is why, when they spotted him the first time, they were reticent to intervene. 

But the temperatures were in the teens, and during their stop at the distillery, they couldn't stop thinking about him so they went back because they knew they had to help. 

Credit: Katharine Kulka

Credit: Katharine Kulka

"He looked so lonely and cold curled up on the bag of trash," Katharine said. The dog was obviously trying to get warm by lying on the black bag in the sun.

As the couple approached him, it was clear this dog was desperate for contact. As soon as we reached out our hands for him to sniff, he got up off his trash bag bed and approached us," Katharine said. "Despite looking timid, as soon as we petted his head, his tail started to wag! He was super sweet, and wanted to cuddle right on our laps."



Dogs Abandoned At Shelter Together Only Had Each Other "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

After their dog of nine years passed away, adopting another dog let alone two was the last thing on the Birster familys mind. But that quickly changed once they saw a photo of Bonnie and Clyde, two bonded pit bulls being housed at ACCT Philly and learned that the bonded pair could soon be separated.

[They] were a bonded pair of dogs surrendered by their owner in March 2014. The day after they were surrendered to the shelter, our own dog of nine years passed away. It was the worst time of my life and my husband and I were destroyed, Kathryn Birster told The Dodo. He was not just our dog, he was our child. We were absolutely not looking to adopt again any time soon.

A week later, Birster saw the photo of Bonnie (mostly white with spots) and Clyde (brown and white) for the first time on Facebook.

Credit: Kathryn Birster

The Facebook post noted that the dogs were in paired housing and waiting to be adopted. There was a lot of interest in fostering or adopting Clyde but not a lot of interest in Bonnie. 

I was watching all of this play out on Facebook and my heart was breaking all over again that these two who clearly needed to be together might be separated, Birster said. I sent the photo to my husband, and we talked about it for a few days. Something stirred in Birster when she began thinking about how these two dogs, who clearly loved each other, might lose one another.

Credit: Kathryn Birster

Bonded pairs are often difficult to adopt out, according to the Kentucky Humane Society (KHS). Most people come into the adoption process planning to adopt one pet, Angie Durgasingh, customer care manager at KHS, said. Its rare that someone comes into the shelter planning on multiple adoptions. That makes a bonded pair more challenging to place. 

After much deliberation, Birster and her husband decided to start taking the first steps. Many more tears and a call to our vet who assured us...


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Doomsday Clock is Closest-Ever to the Midnight: Rising Nuclear Tensions in South Asia Figure again in its Statement "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Kumar Sundaram | Besides the irresponsible and belligerent nuclear weapons posture of the Trump administration, especially the "hyperbolic rhetoric and provocative actions" of the US and North Korea, the famed Doomsday Clock statement this year also mentions nuclear escalation in South Asia as a reason behind shifting the clock closest-ever to the midnight

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As India Celebrates Republic Day, People in Narmada Valley Boycott Polls Against Chutka Nuclear Plant That Will Displace Them Again "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Communities in central Indias Mandla district, especially Gond adivasi tribes, have been vociferously agitating against the Chutka nuclear reactor project proposed in their region. Villagers in Chutka and Tatighat, who will be immediately affected due to the project by losing their land and livelihoods, boycotted the local elections of gram-sabha.

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Tiniest Horse With Dwarfism Doesn't Care That He's A Little Different "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Munchie is different than most of the horses at Habitat for Horses, a sanctuary in Hitchcock, Texas. The average horse there is about 5 or 6 feet tall. Munchie, on the other hand, rises 21 inches off the ground, which is less than 2 feet.

But Munchies size has never affected his confidence.

Credit: Habitat For Horses

Its like he doesnt notice how big they [the other horses] are or care how big they are, Amber Barnes, adoption and media specialist for Habitat for Horses, told The Dodo. Hes just kind of like, So what youre big? Whatever.

Before Munchie came to live at Habitat for Horses 11 years ago, he was living in a state of neglect on a property in San Antonio.

Credit: Habitat For Horses

He was about 2 months old when we rescued him, Barnes said. He came in with a family of smaller miniature horses and also larger horses. It was a very large cruelty seizure case in San Antonio. There were actually several horses who had died that were on the property when we got there. So its a sad case.

After police officers seized the animals, most of them went to live at Habitat for Horses, including Munchie and his mini horse mom, Melanie.

Credit: Habitat For Horses

Because he was so small, he was driven from the rescue [site] on somebodys lap in the front seat of a truck, Barnes said. He was itty bitty. Like a tiny dog in your lap....


Germany: Hambach Forest Defenders Call for Day of Action on February 3 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Hambach Forest

On January 22, the police tried in vain to clear the occupied barricades in the forest with an expensive action. Even the attempt to present the violent ecoterrorists to the present regional deputies of the SPD and AfD failed. For our resistance is colorful, courageous and broader than ever. Nevertheless, now 9 climate activists are in custody. They are accused of resistance to law enforcement officers. For opposing their bodies to the evacuation machines. For having decided to peacefully but firmly demonstrate against lignite mining and for a climate-friendly world. Never before in the history of this forest occupation, so many activists were imprisoned at the same time.

The violence against them is violence against all of us. The repression that hits them is addressed to us all. It is a clear attempt to intimidate us and thus an attack on the entire climate justice movement. They try to set an example against the refusal of personal data, that, for example, at the last Ende Gelnde action again proved to be an effective means. They try to take any form of resistance from us: in case of militant resistance we are isolated, criminalized and isolated. By their massive repression against our civil disobedience, we not only experience direct police brutality through brutal evictions and painful ED treatments, but we are also locked away indefinitely.

But as long as there is this injustice there will be resistance! If more and more of us are imprisoned, we have to be all the more determined against lignite power generation and the enforcement of corporate interests by the state.

It has not been just oaks for a long time. Its about testing and organizing resistance. And in order to keep it up despite intimidation, we will stay in action. Thats why we call for an action Saturday. In solidarity with all the prisoners of the anti-lignite movement, but also with all others who are held in inhumane conditions all over the world.

On February 3th, thousands of people will make it clear throughout G...


Mexico: Yaqui Community Continues to Resist Agua Prieta Pipeline "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Gabriella Rutherford / Intercontinental Cry

The Agua Prieta pipeline crosses the Yaqui River.

In 2013, Enrique Pea Nietos government deregulated Mexicos energy sector, opening it up to foreign investors for the first time 75 years. In what he called an historic opportunity, the Mexican President proclaimed This profound reform can lift the standards of living for all Mexicans.

But not everyone stands to see their quality of life materially improve from the deregulated sector. Such is the case for the Yaqu Peoples in Sonora state, Mexico, whose territory is currently home to an 84-kilometre stretch of natural gas pipeline.

The Aguaprieta (Agua Prieta) pipeline starts out in Arizona and stretches down 833km  to Agua Prieta, in the northeastern corner of the Mexican state of Sonoracutting through Yaqui territory along the way.

Once completed, the pipeline would also cross Yaqui River (Ro Yaqui), the Yaquis main source of water.



Canada: Kwakwakawakw Leaders Hand Eviction Notice to B.C. Fish Farm "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from CTV News

Members of B.C. First Nations deliver an eviction notice to a fish farm operated by Marine Harvest on Jan. 22, 2018. (CTV Vancouver)

Setting out from Port Hardy on Vancouver Island, members of at least six B.C. First Nations took to the sea Monday to deliver an eviction notice to a fish farm operated by Marine Harvest: one of Canadas largest producers of farmed Atlantic salmon.

This is our right and this is our territory and we need to protect it, organizer and Kwakiutl First Nation elder James Wadhams told CTV News.

Like many environmental groups, the hereditary chiefs and elders aboard the boat believe that fish farms such as Marine Harvests spread disease and hurt wild salmon.

Their symbolic protest is the latest to rock B.C.s fish farm industry.

Last year, there were demonstrations across the province and several First Nations groups occupied a handful of aquaculture sites.

There was also the release of a shocking video showing blood spewing out of an underwater pipe into the ocean from a farmed Atlantic salmon processing plant near Campbell River, B.C. That waste tested positive for piscine reovirus, or PRV, a virus commonly found in farmed salmon that scientists say can easily be spread to wild species.

After seeing that video, both the provincial and federal governments launched reviews.

Obviously if theres an appropriate enforcement action that will take place, it will take place, federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc told reporters in November.



Hambach Forest, Germany: Barricade Eviction and the Hambi 9 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

submitted to Earth First! Newswire

photos from Contra Info

9 activists are in pre-trial detention, after being arrested during a barricade-eviction in the occupied Hambach Forest, Germany. The activists are accused of obstructing the work of police officers, during the barricade eviction on Monday the 22 of January.

Arriving early in the morning, the cops were met with activists occupying blockading-infrastructure, including 2 tripods, 3 monopods, a skypod, and a 3 meter deep tunnel.

The cutting of the Hambacher Forest was officially stopped early this season, on a court-decision, postponing cutting until October 1st 2018, however the risk of eviction of the occupation is as great as ever.

The Hambi 9 would love to get mail! Exact information, including addresses and languages, can be found on the blog of ABC Rhineland.




WATCH: New Short Documentary Spotlights Michigans Water Wars "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

This week, The Story of Stuff Project, producer of the award-winning Story of Stuff, released its latest short documentary on fights to secure safe, affordable, public water in communities across the country. A Tale of Two Cities shows how citizens of... Read More

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FIRE-EARTH Conference: Criterion A Q&A "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CJ IGE OCT TML TWM   FIRE-EARTH Conference Criterion A: Limits to Wealth and Use of Natural Resources Q&A 012602 [FIRE-EARTH Tribunal in Absentia for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Crimes Against Nature, Rape, Pillage and Plunder (RPP) of Planet Earth.] Details available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. All Groups Latest FIRE-EARTH ALERTS, []


Africatown, Site of Last US Slave Shipment, Sues Over Pollution "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Hundreds of the largely Black residents are suing now-shuttered paper plant claiming it released toxic chemicals linked to cancer


LISTEN: Climate Change Expert Dr. Juliette Rooney-Varga Discusses Problems With Wood Bioenergy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

This weeks Earth Watch guest on the Sojourner Truth Show was Dr. Juliette Rooney-Varga. Dr. Rooney-Varga is an expert on climate change and sustainability. She is the Director of the UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative, Associate Professor of environmental science... Read More

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South Dakota: Oglala Lakota People Denounce States Approval of Gold Mining "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Talli Nauman / Native Sun News Today

At a hearing on Jan. 18, Oglala Lakota tribal members and others took issue with state officials for approving a permit transfer that moves Canadian prospectors one step closer to their goal of large-scale Black Hills gold mining.

After taking public comments at the hearing in the state capital, the members of the South Dakota Board of Minerals and Environment granted an exploration permit transfer from Mineral Mountain Resources Ltd., of Vancouver, British Columbia, to the companys wholly-owned South Dakota subsidiary, Mineral Mountain Resources (SD) Inc., releasing the foreign parent company from liability in the operation.

The panel of nine members, appointed by the state governor, voted unanimously in favor of the transfer, effective with the subsidiarys posting of a $20,000 reclamation bond.

The permit gives a green light for planned diamond drilling exploration of 120 holes up to 5,000 feet deep at 12 sites on some 7,500 acres of private land and an unspecified number of additional holes at 21 more sites on public land.

The activity is set to launch at the so-called Rochford Gold Project, located in the vicinity of the historic Standby Mine claim and the Lakota spiritual center of Pe Sla, all in Pennington County in the central Black Hills.

Operations were anticipated to begin upon approval of the permit transfer, according to a notice posted by South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Steven M. Pirner.

Mineral Mountain Resources Ltd. also obtained a temporary state water rights permit renewal for its drill rigs on Jan. 2, enabling it to withdraw 1.8 million gallons from Rapid Creek, at a maximum pump rate of 200 gallons per minute, through the end of April.

Prospectors anticipate Rapid and Castle Creek water usage of 5,000 to 10,000 gallons daily and up to 20,000 gallons on occasion for what the company dubs North Americas Largest Gold Discovery and promises could produce the equivalent in paydirt of the record-setting, now defunct nearby Homestake Gold Mine.

At the hearing, Tonia Stands, who identified herself as an Oglala woman of the Lakota, Dakota and...


Cambodia: Environmental Activists Jailed For Photographing Boat "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from AEC News Today

Cambodias human rights record and justice system suffered another blow today, January 26, when two environmental activists were jailed for taking a photograph of a boat on the ocean.

Koh Kong Provincial Court sentenced Mother Nature activists Dem Kundy and Hun Vannak to one year in prison and fined the pair Rl1 million (about US$250) each, after finding the pair guilty of violating privacy and incitement to commit a felony. Seven months of the jail term was suspended.

Dem and Hun were arrested on September 12, 2017 while at sea after filming boats suspected of being involved in the transportation of illegally dredged silica sand. The two environmental activists have been held in pre-trial detention since their arrest.

During a half-day hearing yesterday the two environmental activists defence lawyer, Sam Chamroeun, called for the charges to be dismissed, claiming there was no evidence they had incited anyone to do anything, nor that any persons privacy had been violated.

Koh Kong Provincial Court Judge Keo Sokha today dismissed the submission and proceeded with the complaint filed with police by the LYP Group, owned by ruling Cambodian Peoples Party (CPP) Senator Ly Yong Phat.

The boats being photographed by the two environmental activists were reportedly anchored some 4 kilometres (about 2.2 nautical miles) from LYP Groups special economic zone in Kiri Sakor District, Koh Kong Province in south-western Cambodia.

In 2017 Mother Nature released a video highlighting huge discrepancies in silica sand trade figures between Cambodia and Taiwan, following earlier reports of the same inv...


State of the climate: how the world warmed in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The climate data for 2017 is now in. In this article, Carbon Brief explains why last year proved to be so remarkable across the oceans, atmosphere, cryosphere and surface temperature of the planet.

A number of records for the Earths climate were set in 2017:

  • It was the warmest year on record for ocean heat content, which increased markedly between 2016 and 2017.
  • It was the second or third warmest year on record for surface temperature depending on the dataset used and the warmest year without the influence of an El Nio event.
  • It saw record lows in sea ice extent and volume in the Arctic both at the beginning and end of the year, though the minimum extent reached in September was only the eighth lowest on record.
  • It also saw record-low Antarctic sea ice for much of the year, though scientists are still working to determine the role of human activity in the regions sea ice changes.

Warmest year on record in the oceans

More than 90% of the heat trapped by increasing greenhouse gas concentrations ends up going into the Earths oceans. While surface temperatures fluctuate a bit from year to year due to natural variability, ocean heat content increases much more smoothly and is, in many ways, a more reliable indicator of the warming of the Earth, albeit one with a shorter historical record.

2017 set a clear record for the highest ocean heat content since records began in 1958, according to the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (IAP-CAS), which maintains an up-to-date ocean heat content database.

The figures below shows ocean heat content for each year in the region of the ocean between the surface and 2,000 meters in depth (comprising the bulk of the worlds oceans), as well as a map of 2017 anomalies.

The upper figure shows changes in ocean heat content since 1958, while the lower map shows ocean heat content in 2017 relative to the average ocean heat content between 1981 and 2010, with red areas showing warmer ocean heat content than over the past few decades and blue areas showing cooler.


Risk Assessment Necessary for Sunoco Mariner East 2 Pipeline Project "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Sunoco Mariner East 2 Pipeline appears high risk for residents

Editorial: Bring on the pipeline risk assessment study

Editorial of the Delaware County Daily Times, Swarthmore (Pa), January 25, 2018

A community group has asked Delaware County Council to do a risk assessment on the Mariner East 2 pipeline project, seen in the photo during construction. Council has agreed to the request.

Dont look now, but those who for months have opposed Sunocos massive $2.5 billion Mariner East 2 pipeline project have just scored a couple of significant victories.

First, the PA state Department of Environmental Protection halted all construction on the pipeline project across the state. The PA-DEP cited egregious problems that have plagued work on the pipeline now for months, including several discharges and spills. In at least one instance, private water wells in Chester County were disturbed.

The state also noted that Sunoco Pipeline LP, the offshoot of Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, which is planning to move hundreds of thousands of barrels of volatile gases across the state, from the Marcellus Shale region to Marcus Hook, had done some work for which it was not permitted. Mostly, it involved a controversial drilling technique called Horizontal Directional Drilling, which the company utilizes in tricky areas and which they say is actually less destructive to the environment.

But they got caught doing it out near Harrisburg in an area where they were not permitted to do so. So the PA-DEP finally shut down all work until Sunoco can come in with a report telling them how they plan to avoid any more mishaps and adhere to all PA-DEP regulations. Sunoco says it plans to do just that.

Then this week a group of citizens opposed to the pipeline appeared before Delaware County Council asking them to support their push for a full risk assessment study of the project and its effects on the county.

Council, which was one of the early supporters of the pipeline plan and the economic boost it held for the county, agreed.

Council Chairman John McBlain and new Democratic Councilman Brian Zidek will set up the parameters for the study, then council wi...


Neonics, Brexit and beyond "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Neonics, Brexit and beyond

brendan 26th January 2018
Teaser Media


Dog With 'Human' Teeth Helps Her Mom Make Friends Everywhere She Goes "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

As a member of the fastest dog breed on the planet, the quick pace of city life agrees with Salty the greyhound.

The white dappled dog is a fixture in coffee shops and pubs around Melbourne, Australia, and her mom, Lucy Percival, is happy to encourage her social spirit.

Credit: Lucy Percival

We live in Melbourne, which is famous for its bars and cafs, and Salty is a true Melbourite as she loves them, too, Percival told The Dodo. Saltys favorite things are catching the train to go to a bar, or walking to our local cafs for a puppuccino. If she chooses her walk route, she always chooses to walk to the train station!

Most dogs would prefer to head to the dog park rather than a bar but Salty isnt like most dogs, for a number of reasons.

Credit: Lucy Percival

Whenever Salty is contentedly sitting at her favorite spot, something odd happens: She reveals her pronounced front teeth and her jaw starts to chatter. This behavior can draw curious, even concerned, stares from her fellow caf patrons.

Some people think the shaking is because shes sick, scared or cold, Percival said, but she is definitely healthy, happy and warm in the Melbourne summer!

Chattering (chittering or knitting) is one trait that makes greyhounds special. Unlike humans, where teeth chattering is an involuntary form of shivering, greyhound teeth chattering is usually a sign of happiness or contentment, similar to a cats purr.

Though Saltys chattering is not especially uncommon for greyhounds, it still draws attention and can get quite noisy.
Salty chatters a lot! She chatters when its breakfast or dinner time, she chatte...


Puppy Was So Lonely After Losing His Siblings Until His Mom Got Him A Baby Sling "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Rhett the puppy gets carried around in a soft purple baby sling, with a fleece blanket tucked inside to make him extra cozy. 

It's not because the pup has trouble walking. It's because Rhett hates to be alone

Credit: Mariann Wright-Feliciano

Rhett used to have two brothers, Owen and Junior, to keep him company. But shortly after they arrived at their foster home, Owen died; Junior then got so sick he had to go stay at the animal hospital. 

Rhett, who is about 2 months old, was desperately unhappy without the others around. To make him feel better, Rhett's foster mom, Mariann Wright-Feliciano, decided to try carrying the little guy around in a sling made for human babies. 

Credit: Mariann Wright-Feliciano

"He was perfectly happy and quiet hanging out in it," Wright-Feliciano told The Dodo. "He howls and cries when hes alone." 

Credit: Mariann Wright-Feliciano

Rhett, Owen and Junior were part of a litter of six who ended up in an Arkansas animal shelter with their mom. They were transferred to another rescue group called NovaStar, before eventually coming north to New Jerseys Dont Bully Us Rescue.

Since the pups were old enough and already weaned, their mom went into one foster home, and her six puppies were divided between two fosters. Rhett, Owen and Junior came to live with Wright-Feliciano, her husband and their two young sons about a week and a half ago....


Starving Dog Found Alone On Street Looks Completely Different Now "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

If help hadnt come, the dog would have died. She likely would have only lasted another two days, according to the people who helped rescue her.

She could barely stand, Mollie Shealy, the dogs foster mom, told The Dodo. Her back hind legs were almost in a squatting position. Every time we touched her, we felt a bone because of how skinny she was. But she just cowered around with her head down.

Credit: Canine Compassion Fund

Last November, a road worker found the emaciated dog, now named Gracie, near a patch of woods in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She apparently came running out of the woods and went up to him, Shealy said.

While no one really knows how Gracie ended up alone in the woods, Shealy has a theory.

More than likely, Gracie was bred to be a hunting dog, but she didnt do the caliber of hunting that they wanted, Shealy said. So they either cut her off the leash or left her in the middle of the woods, and probably planned for her not to survive.

Credit: Mollie Shealy

But somehow, Gracie did survive.

The road worker got in touch with Canine Compassion Fund, a local animal welfare organization, and someone from the group picked up Gracie and rushed her to the vet. Then the rescue group arranged for Shealy and her mother Marlene to foster Gracie.

At first, Gracie was terrified of everything and everyone, including Shealy and her mom.

Credit: Mol...


Child's Favorite 'Toy' Was Actually Alive "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When a family in Thailand discovered a tiny baby monkey on a rubber plantation near their house, they thought they were doing the right thing by taking the vulnerable little animal in.

The family's toddler quickly gravitated toward the monkey, a dusky langur, also known as a dusky leaf monkey.

Credit: WFFT

Sadly, the dusky langur's cuteness often is a detriment to his well-being; in addition to threats to the species like habitat loss and hunting, the dusky langur is also trafficked in the exotic pet trade (an illegal network that seems to have increasingly moved online in recent years) because of his cute, petite features. 

Credit: WFFT

Unfortunately, the toddler treated the animal like a living toy and the family quickly realized that it had no idea how to care for a wild animal, however small and toy-like he seemed. 

Credit: WFFT

Wildlife rescue organizations exist for precisely this reason to help animals who have somehow lost their ability to live in the wild.

"On Monday afternoon we received a call about a baby dusky langur that had been found on a rubber plantation in the south of Thailand," Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFF...


Stray Dog Was So Scared That People Thought She Was 'Untrainable' "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When Peaches arrived as a stray at Yonkers Animal Shelter in March 2014, the only thing workers and volunteers knew for certain was that she was petrified, shaking and shut down.

Credit: Mari Luna

She refused food and treats, and would only stare at the wall, turning her back on the world. Every sound and new smell terrified her, Margie Yoslowitz, a volunteer at Yonkers Animal Shelter, told The Dodo. 

"The staff was worried she had given up until she finally crawled into the lap of a volunteer for comfort [and] they realized she just needed to be loved."

Credit: Margie Yoslowitz

But it would take a lot of effort to help the frightened dog heal. They tried moving her to quieter, more remote areas of the shelter to help Peaches adjust, but nothing worked. It became obvious that she could not survive there, Yoslowitz said. She was stressed and totally broken. It was clear she could never be adopted from a shelter in her state.

Credit: Matt Fike

After six months at the shelter with little improvement, Yoslowitz decided she had to try something new. In Peaches, I saw something special, Yoslowitz said. There was a light in her eyes that grabbed at me that told me she deserved every chance she could get to shine.



Little Dog Almost Dies After Her Owner Decides To Dye Her Purple "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Not only is this little dog naturally cute as a button, her sweet personality can hardly be contained by her 5-pound frame. But, sadly, in the eyes of her former owner, the Maltese mix's white fur was apparently not quite perfect enough.

And, in a misguided attempt to change it, the pup nearly lost her life.

Credit: Pinellas County Animal Services

This week, rescuers from Florida's Pinellas County Animal Services shared a heart-wrenching story about the dog, named Violet, and the botched makeover that almost killed her.

When she first arrived under the shelter's care last year after being picked up as a stray, Violet was in terrible shape. She'd been dyed purple using a chemical coloring intended for people, and, as a result, was left with severe burns across much of her body. One of her eyes was also swollen shut.

It wasn't clear at first if Violet would even survive.

Credit: Pinellas County Animal Services

"We gave fluids, pain meds and we gently washed as much of the chemical dye off as we could. We bandaged her up," the shelter wrote in a post online. "Then we waited. Violet went home with our veterinarian and we waited."

Credit: Pinellas County Animal Services

Thankfully, Violet had survived the night and was in brighter spirits by the morning, but her body was still reeling from the harsh dye. Soon her rescuers realized the full extent of the injuries that had...


Are these the leadership qualities you have been looking for? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Federal Election Commission received Jan. 11 aka Chelsea Bradley E. Mannings filing for candidacy in the Maryland senate race. Manning, who is now a resident of Bethesda, is one of four Democrats running for the seat held by Democrat Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, who is not seeking re-election. [] Manning, a biological male who transitioned []


Woman Finds Scared Dog In Road With The Saddest Message On Her Tag "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

One cold January night two years ago, Payden Trujillo was driving down a snow-covered highway in Utah when a dark figure ran right in front of her car.

Payden braked just in time and managed to dodge the object and when she got out of the car to investigate, she realized it was a young dog. The dog was skinny, cold and clearly terrified.

Credit: Mercedes Trujillo

Payden grabbed a snack out of her car and, luckily, was able to lure the dog into her car. She brought the dog to her dads house, hoping the owners could be found, and finally got a good look at the dogs tags.

But instead of finding a name or phone number, a message was printed across the front and back of the tags: My name is Lilly, if you found me please keep me. My family cant and I need love.

Credit: Mercedes Trujillo

As soon as we saw it, we knew nobody was out there looking for her, Mercedes Trujillo, Paydens sister, told The Dodo. There are quite a few no-kill shelters around that the owners could have dropped her off to, but instead they just left her. We couldnt believe someone would throw out a dog like that.

Credit: Mercedes Trujillo

As soon as she realized what had happened, Mercedes knew she needed to take Lilly in. Although the dog was fearful, it was clear all she needed was a bit of love and healthy food to get her on the right track.

She was really skinny and had frostbite on her paws, so she had to have been out there for some while, Mercedes said. I wasnt sure if she was even potty-trained because whenever she would eat or drink it went right through her....

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Dicamba forecast 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Farmer on field

With the 2018 growing season approaching, agricultural states across the country are stepping up to ensure farmers dont experience the same pesticide drift epidemic that wreaked havoc on farmland last summer.

Application of the drift-prone herbicide in question, dicamba, led to an estimated 3.6 million acres of crop damage last year after a rushed approval of Monsantos new dicamba-resistant seed line.

State restrictions taking hold

Arkansas is leading the charge of states standing up against dicamba. Last week, state lawmakers approved a plan to ban the herbicide from April 16 through October 31, after receiving nearly 1,000 farmer complaints about the weed killer drifting onto fields and damaging non-dicamba resistant crops.

Minnesota has imposed restrictions on how dicamba can be used in 2018, setting a June 20 cutoff date for applying the herbicide and prohibiting application when the expected temper...


Pesticides threaten salmon & whales, too "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


A new, national report shows that organophosphate pesticides (OPs) threaten the health of aquatic wildlife, notably orca and salmon. Researchers at the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) evaluated malathion, diazinon and the controversial pesticide chlorpyrifos.

Chlorpyrifos was slated for a national ban at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last spring, due to known health harms to children and farmworkers. Administrator Scott Pruitt reversed course on the decision after a meeting with Dow Chemical, leaving the dangerous insecticide on the market.

Not just bad for children's brains

The NMFS study found that dozens of threatened or endangered species and their critical habitats were in jeopardy. The report focused on species listed under the Endangered Species Act that the Environmental Protection Agency had previously flagged as potentially at risk from pesticide exposure.

Both chlorpyrifos and malathian were found to be especially damaging. The study found both chemicals "likely to jeopardize the continued existence of 38 of the 77 listed species" and negatively impacting "37 of the 50 designated critical habitats" where those species live.

Salmon species and killer whales, or orcas, were found to be threatened by all three OPs.

Broad impacts of salmon loss

Salmon are threatened by a number of environmental factors, such...


Doomsday Clock Moved Closest-ever to Midnight: Read Statement by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In 2017, world leaders failed to respond effectively to the looming threats of nuclear war and climate change, making the world security situation more dangerous than it was a year agoand as dangerous as it has been since World War II.

The post Doomsday Clock Moved Closest-ever to Midnight: Read Statement by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists appeared first on


Climate change and deforestation threaten worlds largest tropical peatland "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Just over a year ago, scientists announced the discovery of the worlds largest intact tropical peatland in a remote part of the Congos vast swampy basin.

The Cuvette Centrale peatlands stretch across an area of central Africa that is larger than the size of England and stores as much as 30bn tonnes of carbon.

Now, the same research team has published a new study finding that future climate change, along with deforestation, could threaten the peatlands ability to soak up and store large amounts of carbon.

If left unaddressed, these threats could cause the Congo peatlands to turn from a carbon sink to a carbon source, the study says. This means that the peatlands could contribute to climate change by releasing more carbon than they are able to absorb.

Protecting the peatlands from climate change will require an international effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the lead author tells Carbon Brief.

Peat power

The Cuvette Centrale, which spans both the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) (see map below), is the second-largest tropical wetland in the world.

Location of the Cuvette Centrale wetlands in Africa

Location of the Cuvette Centrale wetlands in Africa (in green) Source: Dargie et al. (2017)

The peatlands within the Cuvette Centrale covers 145,500 sq km and contains 30% of the worlds tropical peatland carbon, according to the 2017 Nature paper. This is equivalent to about 20 years worth of US CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels.

Across the world, peat covers just 3% of the lands surface, but stores...


From the Land of Dragnet and The Naked City? Just the crumbs maam "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Totally controlling a society through the effective use of limited resources, by social engineering (the analysis and automation of a society) requires the correlation of great amounts of constantly changing economic information (data); Controlling the media, subverting education, and keeping the public distracted with matters of less than significant importance.  We have experienced the system []


FIRE-EARTH Conference: Criterion A (VI) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CJ IGE OCT TML TWM FIRE-EARTH Conference Criterion A: Limits to Wealth and Use of Natural Resources 012502 [FIRE-EARTH Tribunal in Absentia for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Crimes Against Nature, Rape, Pillage and Plunder (RPP) of Planet Earth.] Details available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. All Groups Latest FIRE-EARTH ALERTS, FORECASTS, BULLETINS and MESSAGES []


Colombian Soldiers Lead Ecological Mission in High-Altitude Wetlands "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Innovative army program aims to restore country's war-torn landscapes, safeguard drinking water supply


We will not be silenced by Bollor's SLAPP lawsuits! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

This Thursday 25 January, a lawsuit was opened against three newspapers (Mediapart, LObs and Le Point) and two NGOs (Sherpa and ReAct), who are accused of defamation by the Luxembourgian holding Socfin and its Cameroonian subsidiary Socapalm, for articles reporting on the mobilisation of villagers and farmers in West Africa who live near farms managed by these two companies. These companies have strong links to the Bollor group, and Vincent Bollor himself serves on their board of directors.


Super-Size Well Pads Imagine 40 Fracked Wells on One Pad? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Super-size Gas Well Pad for 22 wells in S.W. PA

These days, oil and gas companies are super-sizing their well pads

From an Article by ANYA LITVAK, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 15, 2018

Dave Elkin remembers in the earlier days of the Marcellus when EQT drilled three wells from a single well pad and it was considered a technological marvel. The greatest thing since sliced bread, Mr. Elkin, a senior vice president of asset optimization at EQT Corp., thought at the time.

It was a quaint memory that contrasts sharply with the companys and industrys new normal: superpads concrete platforms that can house 30 wells, maybe even 40, with long horizontal tentacles stretching underground for up to 4 miles in each direction.

A superpad means a quarter of a billion dollars pumped into a single hillside in a place like rural Washington County. It means fewer well pads in total but much more activity on those that exist. It means that from a 10-acre spot, a company like EQT can theoretically slurp natural gas from underneath an area nearly the size of the City of Pittsburgh.

I call them mini-industrial complexes, said David Schlosser, president of exploration and production at EQT. Downtown-based EQT now the largest producer of natural gas in the U.S. is leading the Marcellus pack in supersizing its well pads, with about a dozen sites permitted to hold 20 or more wells.

Theres the Big Sky pad in Nottingham, Washington County, with 26 permitted wells. The Strope pad in Franklin Township, Greene County, with 28. The Prentice pad in Forward Township has 37 wells permitted on it.

They may not all materialize, Mr. Schlosser cautioned; the company often gets permits for more wells than it will eventually drill to keep its options open.

The Cogar pad in Amwell Township is a case in point. It was permitted to hold 30 wells, but to date only 22 have been drilled, and EQT says it is stopping there. The pad itself is on a hill and its difficult to see all the machinery on the concrete slab from the winding country roads that encircle it.

Yet everything around it hints at the operation. Pipeline ditches, truc...


Is the Fire and Fury between factions in Donald Trump's White House costing us the earth? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Is the Fire and Fury between factions in Donald Trump's White House costing us the earth?

brendan 25th January 2018
Teaser Media


Cleaning up air pollution is Theresa May's moral duty as prime minister says UK public "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Cleaning up air pollution is Theresa May's moral duty as prime minister says UK public

brendan 25th January 2018
Teaser Media


Davos is waking up to environmental risks - and 2018 is the year to act "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Davos is waking up to environmental risks - and 2018 is the year to act

brendan 25th January 2018
Teaser Media


Idaho to Inslee: No Vancouver Oil Terminal! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The summer and fall of 2017 brought the devastating storms, floods, wildfires, and smoke that fossil-fueled climate change is increasingly inflicting on communities throughout the world.  On any day before February 17, the four-state, Northwest resistance to the Tesoro Savage Vancouver Energy Distribution Terminal expects a decision by Washington Governor Jay Inslee on this proposed, environmental and public health disaster.  The facility at the Port of Vancouver, Washington, would transfer up to 360,000 barrels of crude oil per day from five additional, daily, oil trains to storage tanks and marine ships, handling...


Reporter Sees Dog Running In Traffic And Drops Everything To Save Him "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Dave McMenamin is best known for his work as a sports reporter, covering the NBA for ESPN. But now he is gaining a new kind of notoriety for the lifesaving actions he himself performed off the court.

And the story couldn't be sweeter. 

Credit: Twitter/Dave McMenamin

McMenamin was in Texas this week to report on Tuesday's basketball game between the San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers. While driving near the arena before the tipoff, however, he spotted something far more important.

A scruffy stray dog was running loose in the road and McMenamin dropped everything to help.

After getting the pup into his car, he wrote a Tweet asking for advice on where to take him.

The response to McMenamin's tweet was overwhelming but he didn't stop there. 

Several people responded with directions to local shelters where he could take his rescued passenger; others suggested McMenamin adopt the dog himself. Unfortunately, that last notion wasn't in the cards:


Cow Runs Away From Farm To Join Herd Of Wild Bison "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

No one knows what was going through a cow's mind in Poland when she decided to escape from a farm last November but one can presume she had an impulse to do something a little bit different.

She was spotted late last fall with a herd of wild bison, grazing at the edge of a forest. "It's not unusual to see bison near the Bialowieza Forest, but one animal caught my eye," Adam Zbyryt, a scientist who studies birds and the first person to see her with her new crew, said. "It was a completely different light-brown shade from the rest of the herd. Bison are chestnut or dark brown."

People believed that this cow would return to her farm once the harsh winter started but she seems to like her new way of life. At least, that's what people are inferring after a biologist, Rafal Kowalczyk, spotted her with her bison herd this week. He suspects that her choice to stay with the wild bison has actually helped her fend off possible predators, like wolves, in the region.

While the cow is still too young to breed, some are concerned that, by fraternizing with the region's wild bison population, she could eventua...


Truth Behind Viral Video Of Chimp Hugging Dog Isn't Cute "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A video of a baby chimpanzee hugging a dog has gone viral for all the wrong reasons.

Dressed in a bright pink onesie, Limbani the chimp is seen in the recent video hugging and climbing on a dog lying on a leather couch.

While the dog doesnt seem to be bothered, the video shows an underlying problem behind the interaction: Its clear the young chimp is being raised as if he were a pet despite being in the care of the Zoological Wildlife Foundation (ZWF) in Miami, a zoo that claims to be focused on wildlife conservation.  

Credit: Instagram/limbanizwf

Anytime a picture or video of a chimp interacting with a domesticated animal goes viral, its generally not coming from a place that is reputable, Andrew Halloran, care director for Florida-based sanctuary Save the Chimps, told The Dodo. Its a real shame that news outlets like ABC have spread the video around in a positive light.

At the zoo, guests can pay to pet and take photos with exotic animal residents, including tigers and monkeys a practice commonly associated with abuse and exploitation. Despite the zoos supposed mission to educate people and conserve chimps, experts say its doing the exact opposite.

Credit: Instagram/limbanizwf

Chimps, like humans, are born helpless and learn most of their social behaviors from their mothers, Halloran said. This chimp has bee...


8-Year-Old Boy Films Wild Pigs Doing Something Incredible "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Just before his 9th birthday, a fourth grader living in Arizona discovered a wild pig behavior that scientists had never seen before and its changing the way people think about the emotional lives of animals.

Dante de Kort decided to study a wild type of pig, the collared peccary, also known as a javelina, for his science fair project after his grandparents gave him a special type of motion-sensor camera as an early birthday present. 

"Where we live, in the middle of a forest, we see coyotes and deer and javelina a lot," Dante told The Dodo. "I remember one particular moment. My grandpa had come down to visit us and me and him were just sitting on the couch, and I looked outside the window and about seven javelina were just walking right by our house."

Dante started filming the animals, and his interest made his whole family curious about the javelina. They realized that Dante might be onto something particularly interesting when his mom read an article that mentioned how the collared peccary just goes off into the forest alone to die. This wasn't what Dante had observed.

The javelina around Dante's house seemed to be doing something quite touching when a member of their species died. Rather than showing disinterest in a friend's lifeless body, they gathered around it, sat with it and even revisited it.

Credit: Dante de Kort

This is significant: Generally, scientists see species who mourn their dead as portraying exceptional behavior. It has been traditionally thought that, aside from human beings, only elephants, chimpanzees and marine mammals show these kinds of complex social bonds and emotional behaviors.

But even Dante couldn't have expected what would come of his project. Not only did he win second place for his school and go on to the tri-city science fair competition, he also met someone who would recognize just how important his work on the collared peccary was. 


Are beliefs only educated guesses derived from a bias consensus? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The best propaganda is that which, as it were, works invisibly, penetrates the whole of life without the public having any knowledge of the propagandistic initiative.~ Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of Propaganda of Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945. Pong paddles and perception: Our actions influence what we see A new study faces head-on the []


Biological Health Hazard Listeria (Listeriosis) Outbreak (Fatal) increasing incidence, ST6: South Africa "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In just a matter of a few days, the Listeriosis outbreak, described as the  largest documented listeriosis outbreak South Africa has ever experienced, has grown by 19 cases, with a new outbreak total of 767 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases as of Jan. 16. The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) now puts the death toll at 81. South []


Dog Wearing Cone Of Shame Gets A Special Friend Who's Just Like Him "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Zep has been with his family since he was just a puppy and is one of the happiest, goofiest dogs around, despite the many issues hes faced throughout his life. The now 10-year-old dog was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 3, and has been dealing with different treatments ever since. The cancer has also weakened his immune system, causing him to get sick a lot which means he spends a lot of time wearing the cone of shame

Credit: Amber Gerick

He has had to deal with a lot in his life, the poor boy, Amber Gerick, Zeps mom, told The Dodo. He gets sick quite easily. The most common thing he gets is dog dermatitis. He will be fine one minute, and covered the next. He doesn't really get super bummed about wearing the cone, as he is kind of used to it.

With all of the sicknesses and procedures Zep has had to endure, hes pretty much a pro at wearing the cone of shame by now. He never fights it, and while he doesnt exactly love it, at this point, he knows how to cope with it. 

Credit: Amber Gerick

Zep absolutely LOVES toys, and his favorite one is a duck toy named Quackity. Zep adores Quackity and snuggles and plays with him all the time  

Credit: Amber Gerick

sometimes a little too much  



Sad Street Dog Was So Grateful Someone Stopped To Help Him "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Last week, Laura Forma gazed into her rearview mirror and saw a pit bull crossing the street behind her.

There were a couple of things that could have stopped her from pulling over: For one, she driving was in the opposite direction. Second, Forma already had eight other rescue dogs in her care six of her own, and two foster dogs. Bringing another dog into the mix would be tricky.

Credit: Laura Forma

But Forma hardly hesitated.

I did a U-turn and went into a strip plaza, Forma, an independent dog rescuer in Houston, Texas, told The Dodo. I couldnt find him at first, so I was waiting around. And then he came out in front of some cars and I called him over to me.

It was raining and chilly, and the dog, now named Thor, bounded over to her.

Credit: Laura Forma

He just ran right up to my car in the front seat, so he was ready to be rescued, Forma said. He came right up to me and he smelled me and just jumped into the car. I never really believed that a dog would do that, but I guess its something you dont believe until you see it.

Thor had a rope tied around his neck like a collar, but he had no tags or anything that identified him. But Thors big, sad eyes made Forma think that hed been through a lot.

Credit: Laura Forma

Hes very broken you can tell, Forma said. And he has some scars on his face.

Forma didnt want to take Thor to a shelter. In Houston, its estimated that there are thousand...


Blind Dog Rescued From Warehouse Has Waited 4 Years For A Real Home "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Billy was rescued four years ago along with a bunch of other dogs who were all being kept in horrible conditions. He lived in a tiny cage stacked on top of many other cages in a warehouse, living an incredibly lonely life. He and all the other dogs were rescued and taken in by the RSPCA, and while the rest of the dogs have since found loving homes, poor Billy is still waiting. 

Credit: RSPCA

Billy is 7 years old, and due to a degenerative condition, hes almost completely blind. Shelter life is therefore incredibly stressful and confusing for him, and so the RSPCA found a foster family for Billy to stay with while he waits for his forever family to finally find him. 

Two years after being rescued, Billy was actually adopted, and staff were overjoyed that it seemed he had found his happy ending but unfortunately, his family had to return him due to some health complications in the family. No one at the shelter can understand why poor Billy keeps getting overlooked, as to them, he is the absolute sweetest, best dog around. 

Credit: RSPCA

Billy is a favorite with all the staff and volunteers here, Tony Shaw, manager of the RSPCA South Godstone shelter, said in a press release. He loves treats and attention and loves to play with toys. Billy loves long walks and playing and loves human company. He really would love someone to be around all of the time but can also be left for short periods. 

Credit: RSPCA

Little Billy is currently doing wonderfully in his foster home, and is pro...


In 2018, Fukushima Workers and US Sailors in the Pacific are still Suffering from Radiation, Stigma and Stress "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Around 30 per cent of workers at the plant subsequently displayed high post traumatic stress responses (PTSR), including flashbacks and avoidance of reminders of the terrifying events they experienced, according to lead researcher Jun Shigemura, an associate professor at Japans National Defense Medical Universitys department of psychiatry.

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Norway moratorium on mine waste dumping is welcome news - but leaves fjords at risk "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Life in the fjord must be more important than profit,  said Leftist Norwegian politician, Ola Elvestuen, during a February 2014 visit to Frdefjord. Elvestuen was visiting the site of a controversial mining project that would dump 250 million tonnes of hazardous waste into the pristine fjord each year. Fast forward to last week when Elvestuen, the newly appointed Minister of Climate and the Environment, unveiled a four-year moratorium on new permits to dump mine waste into the sea. The government decision calls for a special assessment to be carried out of whether or not existing legislation on waste disposal is sufficient protection against environmental and economic harms.

On the surface its great news -- a long overdue change to safeguard what Norway is perhaps best known for: the otherworldly beauty of their fjords.

But hold on. Theres a devilish detail.

Unique, but not in a good way

Norway is the only country in Europe and one of the last in the world, to allow solid mine waste dumping into the ocean. According to Ms. Silji Muotka, member of the Saami Parliament Governing Council, this unique distinction is not one that Norway should be proud of. We must prevent the mining industry from destroying several fjords and displacing other nature-based and culture-based business activities.

Elvestuen was quick to clarify that existing permits for two mines, including the one on the Frdefjord, would not be reconsidered or revoked. And when you consider that these were the only two places actively proposing to dump their waste into the sea, the moratorium starts to look like a paper promise that wont stop any actual pollution.

Environmental and indigenous groups were quick to react. Friends of the Earth Norway, denounced Elvestuens Left party as having abandoned their principles. The Saami Parliament stated that it is unthinkable for Norwegian authorities to grant final operating permits for projects that would dump into the sea under existing mining law.

Neither Nussir nor Nordic Mining, the companies behind the mines, have final authorization to begin operations. For many, including Svein Lund, leader of the local Friends of the Earth chapter in Kautokeino near the planned site of Nussirs mine, they never should.  "The government has accepted in principle that mine waste dumping in fjords is not a good thing. So why allow Nordic and Nussir to go forward?"

For now, community members and activists on the front lines will continu...


What Will Accelerate US Solar Adoption? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Written by Kyle Pennell from PowerScout (a marketplace that lets you compare multiple quotes for home solar installations)

While the United States solar industry continues to grow, creating sustainable power and job opportunities nationwide, it has a long way to go before it is on par with European countries like Germany, where solar is cheaper and more widespread.

The United States can close the solar gap by examining the solar learning curve, increasing state-based government incentives, embracing community solar, and passing laws which will see an increased solar carve out applied to the Renewable Portfolio Standard of each state.

The Solar Learning Curve

Solar hardware has been falling in cost consistently since 1977. Back then, at the beginning of the Jimmy Carter presidential administration, solar panels sold at a rate of $76.67 per Watt. Fast forward to today, and you see panels selling for less than $1 per Watt. The price of panels has fallen more than 50% since 2008, and over 100% since 1977 (more on these costs at PowerScout)

By accurately predicting this ongoing decrease, the solar industry can focus advertising efforts and plan for increased production brought about by demand. But how does one predict such things? In the solar world, its actually quite easy.

The solar learning curve, or experience curve, is a trackable industry pattern in which for ever...


Criterion A: Limits to Wealth and Use of Natural Resources (V) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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Gas Field Earthquakes Put Netherlands Biggest Firms on Extraction Notice "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Daniel Boffey / The Guardian

An estimated 10,000 people marched during a rally against gas extraction in Groningen, Netherlands, earlier this month. Photograph: Pierre Crom/Getty Images

Two hundred of the Netherlands biggest companies have been told by their government to stop sourcing fuel from a major Dutch gas field within four years following a series of increasingly significant earthquakes.

Extraction from the Groningen field, one of Europes richest sources of gas, is operated in a joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil, but has been capped in recent years by ministers due to seismic activity in the area.

Following a quake two weeks ago which registered at 3.4 on the Richter scale the second-strongest recorded above the gas fields and the biggest in five years the countrys minister for economic affairs, Eric Wiebes, put major corporations on notice this week.

Wiebes told the firms that the phasing out of Groningen gas was unavoidable and that they needed to make a transition to alternative energy sources by 2022. My ministry will be in touch with you shortly to talk about the issue and reach a joint decision, the minister wrote to the firms. In the coming period, the government wants to phase out this consumption more quickly, so that by 2022 no industrial large-scale users using Groningen gas will in principle be measured.

Ben Samuel, of the energy data firm, ICIS, said the impact on the UK would be limited, as the country did not use the low calorific gas produced in Groningen. However, he said that a shortening of supply on the continent had the potential to increase pric...


Around the World in 1,000 Days "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Three-year voyage of the Hklea, a giant Polynesian sailing canoe, spread Indigenous knowledge and concern for Earths future


Why I gave up work, shopping and using money - and now rely on love instead "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Why I gave up work, shopping and using money - and now rely on love instead

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Swiss protestors denounce Trump visit to Davos "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Swiss protestors denounce Trump visit to Davos

brendan 24th January 2018
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A sign-on statement to stop the poisoning of the people and the planet "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Thirty-three years ago today, the horrendous Bhopal gas tragedy at the Union Carbide pesticide plant in India immediately killed 3,000 people and 15,000 more subsequently.  Survivors, exposed to the deadly gas and their children, continue to suffer from the worlds worst industrial disaster. Thousands of tons of hazardous wastes remain buried underground and the area remains contaminated. Meanwhile, Union Carbide, which became a subsidiary of Dow-Chemical Co. in 2001, has yet to fully account for the tragedy.


Red Mountain Energy Explosion at Gas Well in Oklahoma Kills Five (5) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

KTUL in Tulsa reports plugging & cleanup underway

Sheriff: Bodies of all 5 missing workers located after Oklahoma gas well explosion

From an Article by Clayton Youngman & Jessica Remer, KTUL News, January 23, 2018

QUINTON, Okla. (KTUL) Pittsburg County officials say the bodies of all five workers missing after a gas well explosion Monday morning have been located.

Sheriff Chris Morris says the medical examiners office began recovery efforts around noon Tuesday and by 2 p.m. located all the missing workers in the area where they were last working, which is where Morris says the fire began. Their remains are now being transported to the MEs office for identification.

Earlier Tuesday, Morris released the names of the victims: Josh Ray of Fort Worth, Texas; Matt Smith of McAlester, Oklahoma; Cody Risk of Wellington, Colorado; Parker Waldridge of Crescent, Oklahoma; and Roger Cunningham of Seminole, Oklahoma.

In addition to the five victims, 17 other people working at the well at the time of the explosion. One person was taken to the hospital for burns but treated and released.

The explosion happened around 8:45 a.m. Monday. Dozens of fire departments, first responders and other organizations responded to the scene or offered help in the aftermath: Quinton Fire Department, Russellville Fire Department, #9 Fire Department, Krebs Fire Department, Alderson Fire Department, Haileyville Fire Department, Haywood-Arpelar Fire Department, Tannehill Fire Department, Crowder Fire Department, Brooken Fire Department, McAlester Fire Department and McAlester Fire Technical Rescue Team, Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, Pittsburg County Emergency Management, Pittsburg County Sheriff Department, Quinton Police Department, Oklahoma Highway Patrol including fixed wing aircraft and IMT personnel, three medical helicopters, four ground ambulances, American Red Cross, Carl Albert Mental Health Crisis Unit, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Crisis Team, Haskell County Emergency Management, Haskell County Sheriff Department, the Town of Quinton, Quinton School, Oklahoma Corporation Commission, Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

Morris said survivor...


Big Pharma fails to disclose antibiotic waste leaked from factories "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Big Pharma fails to disclose antibiotic waste leaked from factories

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Analysis: The climate papers most featured in the media in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Every day, dozens of scientific journals publish new climate change research that is shared across the world via the internet.

These journal papers make headlines in news articles and on blog pages, they pop up in Twitter timelines and on Facebook. But which ones make the biggest impression? Which have been shared and reported most widely?

Carbon Brief has compiled its annual list of the 25 most talked-about climate change-related papers of the previous year. The infographic above shows which ones made it into the Top 10 in 2017.

Our analysis is based on the data collected by Altmetric, which tracks and scores journal papers by the number of times theyre mentioned in online news articles and on social media platforms. (You can read more about how the Altmetric scoring system works in an earlier article.)

First place

The most widely reported and shared article related to climate change last year was actually a Policy Forum commentary in the journal Science. Published in mid-January, The irreversible momentum of clean energy was covered by 232 news articles and tweeted more than 9,000 times. Its overall Altmetric score of 7,872 means it is the highest ranked of any article published last year.

This is no surprise, perhaps, considering the author was Barack Obama, who, at the time, was still the US president. But as the article is a commentary, it does not make it into Carbon Briefs leaderboard of research papers.

Instead, first place goes to, Global warming and recurrent mass bleaching of corals, a Nature paper published in March, with a score of 3,166.

The study, led by Prof Terry Hughes of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies in Australia, assessed the impact of coral bleaching events in 1998, 2002 and 2016 on the Great Barrier Reef. As Carbon Brief reported, the study concluded that immediate global action to curb future warming is essential if coral reefs are to survive.


What To Do If Your Dog And House Get Infested With Fleas "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Youre giving your dog a relaxing belly rub when suddenly you spot a tiny black-brown dot and then another. It could be a speck of dirt or dust in your dogs coat, except dirt doesnt jump.

Most dog and cat owners will face fleas at some point during their pets lifetime, and while treating these pesky parasites on your pet is fairly simple, it can be tricky to completely eradicate them from your home.

Whether you live in the country or the city, things like dog parks, doggy day care or even a walk in the woods can provide these parasites the opportunity to hitch a ride on your dog and enter your home. And, yes, that means the humans in the household can get bitten, too.

Noticed one of these bugs on your dog? Heres everything you need to know about the most common external parasite in the world and, most importantly, how to get rid of it:    

What is a flea?

These wingless bloodsuckers love to set up shop in an animals warm coat or between a birds feathers meaning all companion animals are susceptible. A little bit bigger than a poppy seed, fleas can be seen with the naked eye, but that doesnt make them easy to catch. Adult fleas bodies are thin and flat, with six little legs that can propel them great distances, should they need to jump from one host to another. Their bodies are covered in teeny tiny hairs that help them grip on to their chosen animals.

There are four developmental stages of the flea: egg, larvae, pupae and
adult, explains Dr. Judy Seltzer, a veterinary dermatologist at BluePearl Specialty Hospital in New York City. To successfully rid your home of fleas, you need to attack them at all life stages, which is why theyre so hard to get rid of (and a big pain in the butt).

Once an adult flea attaches to your dog or cat and takes a bite, they then will lay up to 50 eggs per day, according to Seltzer. Most eggs fall to the ground, where they hatch, producing larvae. The larvae can grow in carpeting, bedding and dark c...


Dad Builds His Dog A Perfect Tiny Room Just For Her "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Up until a few months ago, Molly the dog had been the baby of the family enjoying the undivided attention of her parents, Michael and Emma McGowan. But recently, that all changed.

Thankfully, Molly's dad thought of a perfect way to let Molly know she still means the world to them.

Credit: Emma McGowan

As an only child, Molly had the run of the house. But with a new arrival on the way, who'd soon be getting a room of her own, Michael wanted to make sure his dog didn't feel snubbed. 

My wife and I love her to bits, and she's pretty spoiled, Michael told The Dodo. "We found out this time last year we were going to have a baby so I thought I would try to give her her own little space to make the transition easier."

Exactly where Molly's room would go wasn't totally obvious at first.

Credit: Michael McGowan

A set of stairs runs behind one of the walls in the McGowans' kitchen. For Michael, it was the spot with the most dog-room potential.

"I hoped there would be some wasted space behind the staircase but wasn't sure how big," he said.

Fingers crossed, Michael got to cutting.

Credit: Michael McGowan

"Turns out it was 4 meters square, so plenty big enough," Michael said.

Molly seemed a tad skeptical at first, but soon she'd see what her dad had in store.



Anti-Nuclear Nuns Speak to College Students [Watch Video] "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Join Heidi Hutner in this interview with the Anti-Nuclear Nuns Speak to College Students.

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Mother Dog Was So Sad After Losing Her Babies Until She Met This Puppy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Pregnant with nine puppies, Daya the dog ended up in a South Carolina public shelter after she was found wandering the streets alone.

But the shelter was overcrowded, and Daya was at risk of being euthanized. So Halfway There Rescue stepped in to arrange for a foster home where she could comfortably deliver her puppies.

Her rescuers brought the 3-year-old dog to the vet for a checkup where they were hit with heartbreaking news.

Credit: Halfway There Rescue

X-rays showed no evidence of living babies, Jennifer Werner, a volunteer for the rescue, told The Dodo. Her nine puppies were in the process of being absorbed by her body. This had caused a severe infection in her uterus that required emergency surgery within an hour of her arrival at the vet hospital.

The surgery saved Dayas life, but it soon became clear that she wasnt handling the loss of her unborn puppies well.

Credit: Halfway There Rescue

As she settled into her foster home, Dayas motherly instincts were still in full swing. She began picking up toys or socks and lying with them or cleaning them as if they were babies. She brought them everywhere she went, desperate for the comfort of having something to take care of.

She had a wonderful home to recover in, but her instinct had taken over with nowhere to direct her energy without her puppies, Werner explained. While everyone at [the rescue] was so happy that Daya had made it through surgery, we were heartbroken that she was missing her babies. She didn't understand what had happened to them.



Dog Flu Is Spreading Here's What You Need To Know To Keep Your Pup Safe "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

With a brutal flu season upon us, 2018 has started out not with a bang, but a sneeze and a cough for both pets and their human counterparts.

Outbreaks of canine influenza (CI), also known as dog flu, have been reported on both coasts, with confirmed cases in states such as Florida, Arkansas, Missouri, Colorado, Washington and California. Dog flu is a highly contagious viral infection that, despite its name, can affect both dogs and cats, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) which is why its so important for pet owners to know what to look out for this winter.

The virus is passed from animal to animal through respiratory secretions, Dr. John Gicking of BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Tampa, Florida, told The Dodo. Dogs can spread the virus through simply barking, coughing and sneezing, Gicking said. Contaminated objects, such as water bowls, toys, food, clothing, shoes and leashes can also harbor the virus and cause transmission.

This makes areas where pets congregate, such as doggy day cares, kennels and dog parks, hot spots for disease transmission.

But just because your pet has been exposed to a strain of the virus doesn't mean he will show symptoms, Gicking noted. Eighty percent of dogs exposed to the virus will develop signs of the disease within one to five days, while the remaining 20 percent will show no symptoms whatsoever. If your dog went to the park a week ago and seems as spry as ever, youre probably in the clear.

However, like with the human flu, a dog who is not symptomatic can still pass the virus to other animals. Humans who have been in contact with an infected animal can also unknowingly spread the virus, as it can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours, on clothing for 24 hours, and 12 hours on hands, the AVMA explains. If your dog gets the sniffles, take precautions to wash your clothes with warm water and disinfect your hands and any surfaces, Gicking advised, to keep the outbreak in check.

Before youre tempted to cancel all puppy playdates for the for...


Dog Finds 'Pile Of Dirty Snow' And Realizes It Needs Help "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

No one knows exactly how many people looked right past this little life until a dog finally found him and realized he needed saving. 

The dog was out for a walk with his owner in Ontario when he came across what looked like a pile of dirty snow. It turned out to be much more than that; a little opossum was just lying there on the ground  and the little animal desperately needed help. 

Credit: Wildlife Haven Waterloo

He was immobile and seemed to be in pain. He was also dangerously thin and covered in fleas. Indeed, it was remarkable he was still alive. 

When the opossum arrived at a rescue center, Wildlife Haven Waterloo (WHW), Joy Huggins, the founder, was shocked at how determined to survive this little opossum was, given his condition. Underweight, weak, dehydrated and already missing his right paw (it looked as if he'd sustained a previous injury and had to have his leg amputated), there was something very wrong with his left paw. 

Rescuers named him Saber, to lend him the strength of a saber-toothed tiger (and because of his prominent teeth). 

At the vet, X-rays revealed that, while there were no fractures, something had caused the bones of his paw and leg to separate and that's why Saber was having such a hard time moving around.

Credit: Wildlife Haven Waterloo

"Put immediately on several antibiotics, pain medications and topical treatments for parasites, Sabers legs were bandaged and a very specific treatment plan implemented," WHW wrote on Facebook on Sunday. "Over the course of the next week, Saber would be given intensive 'round-the-clock care [and] a temperature-regulated environment, alongside the daily injection of subcutaneous fluids and eventual tube-feeding of specialized formulas. This would allow his body to slowly regain strength and familiarity to hydration, food and medication."


People Find The Saddest Thing Inside Tiny, Windowless Barn "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When Susie Coston first opened up the barn, the stench was so foul that it made her eyes burn.

Visible thanks only to the small patch of light coming through the open door, countless pairs of fearful eyes peered back at her. She turned on her flashlight and walked inside.

Credit: Farm Sanctuary

Ribs and spines showing through their mange-ridden skin, a herd of pigs was crowded into the small structure, standing on years worth of their own feces. Some were crammed into small wire cages with no room to move, while tiny piglets were scattered among the adults, getting stepped on and injured. Most of them couldnt stop coughing.

Credit: Farm Sanctuary

I couldnt stand to be inside for even a few minutes, Coston, national shelter director of Farm Sanctuary, told The Dodo. I cannot imagine what it was like to live in there. They had spent their whole lives in total darkness.

Many weighed just half of what they normally should, and some had deformed limbs or injured hooves. And this was only one barn.

Credit: Farm Sanctuary

Coston and the Farm Sanctuary rescue team kept opening up barns and sheds on the New York property during the rescue this weekend and each discovery was just as harrowing as the last. In total, 85 pigs were living in similar conditions across the multiple enclosures.

One herd, which was living outside, had a small trailer as their only shelter. Many of the females were pregnant, and it was unclear how many piglets had succumbed to the cold before rescuers arrived.


Dog Who Nearly Froze To Death Finds The Best Forever Home "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The first thing Officer Barbara Jones of Richmond Animal Care and Control (RACC) saw when she responded to a call about an injured dog lying in some bushes was a blanket, which was covering the dogs body. The state had been experiencing unseasonably cold temperatures and it was near freezing the morning of December 12, 2017.

When I pulled that blanket off and saw how swollen the dogs face was, I was shocked and surprised, Jones told The Dodo. Jones knew she had to get the injured and nearly frozen dog to Virginia Veterinary Center (VVC) right away.

WARNING: Disturbing Images Below

Credit: RACC

The dog, estimated to be a 3- or 4-year-old pit bull mix, was suffering from hypothermia and had multiple bite wounds all over her face. Some were fresh and some were old and infected. The dogs eyes were also infected and so swollen that the veterinarians werent sure if shed ever be able to see again, let alone survive the infections that were ravaging her nearly emaciated body. 

While no one can say exactly what happened to the dog, who was named Penelope, her wounds were consistent with the type of wounds that can result from dogfighting

Rescuers quickly sedated her so her wounds could be treated. Surgery revealed a fractures and holes in her sinus. Her surgeon, Dr. Eduardo Mercurio, was able to treat the wounds around Penelopes eyes and once the swelling subsided, she had vision in both of them.

Credit: RACC

Penelope was then evaluated by Dr. Sam Babbitt, who specializes in dentistry and oral surgery at VVC. He found numerous crushed teeth, saw her lower...


Huge Giraffe Was Stuck Up To His Neck In Mud "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

It was lucky anyone at all spotted a giraffe in trouble in a remote region of Kenya if he hadn't been found, he might have lost his life. 

Credit: Lamu Conservation Trust

The huge giraffe had become stuck in mud near Amu Ranch, run by the Lamu Conservation Trust, on the northern coast of Kenya. And even though the enormous animal towered over the rescuers from the Amu Patrol Team and the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) who came to help him, they never gave up.

Credit: Lamu Conservation Trust

Luckily, a tractor donated by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) was a big help in helping this big guy out of the mud. 

Saving the giraffe wasn't just an act of kindness it was also a little step toward helping giraffes as a species. Over the past three decades, giraffe populations have plummeted by nearly 40 percent, from about 163,000 in 1985 to just over 97,000 in 2015. 

Credit: Lamu Conservation Trust

"The main threats facing giraffes are habitat destruction, bushmeat poaching and human-wildlife conflict," Amie Alden, spokesperson for DSWT, told The Dodo. "Few people know that these iconic species are under threat and that, in localized areas, giraffes could soon be driven to extinction. Many are caught in poachers' traps and snares and face a slow and agonizing death i...


Do the crime, pay the fine "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

California lawmakers take steps to add stricter penalties for pesticide drift violations, signaling support for the health and safety of the state's farmworkers and farming communities. Learn more

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Estonia: Logging Threatens Endangered Species, Sacred Sites "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Arthur Neslen / Climate Home News

Felled trees next to Unipiha ancient burial site (Pic: Arthur Neslen)

Estonias sustainable timber could lose its certification over a failure to protect sacred heritage sites, a forestry watchdog has warned.

Thousands of ancient sites are at risk of logging because the government will not pay to have them mapped, according to Tiit Kaasik, board member of the countrys Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

Estonias FSC is prepared to recommend to international headquarters that auditor Nepcon be stripped of its certification rights, he told Climate Home News, if pagan traditions are not respected.

If the Estonian state forest management does not follow its obligations, it should not be allowed to have these FSC certificates, Kaasik explained. The FSC has given [the authorities] a deadline of March 30, and if an agreement that considers all interest groups has not been made by then we will take the next step.

Until the 1200s, Estonia was a pagan country. Animist spiritual beliefs still guide large sections of the population, who visit and revere ancient burial and sacrificial places for healing, prayer and communion with nature. Polls suggest that belief in a spirit or life force is three times more popular than in God.

We are pagan, the former Estonian prime minister, Anders Tarand, told Climate Home News: We know a lot about managing forests. Nature protection traditions run deep here.

But commercial demand for timber was overwhelming those customs, he added: The impact of money streams is so strong that what can we do?

At one ancient burial site in Unipiha, 20 km sout...


Menominee Tribe Files Lawsuit Over Back Forty Mine Clean Water Act Wetlands Permit "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Native News Online

KESHENA, WISCONSIN Today the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin filed a lawsuit in federal court against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Tribe asserts that the agencies have failed to take primary responsibility for a wetland permit that is key to the future of the controversial Back Forty Mine proposal.

This permit, if approved, would allow mine developer Aquila Resources, Inc., to fill and excavate Menominee River wetlands, as part of its plans to construct a large, open-pit mine and industrial minerals-processing facility on a site that borders the Menominee River.

The site is located within an expansive Menominee cultural landscape that includes tribal burial grounds, ancient agricultural sites and ceremonial sites of significance to the Menominee Tribe, some of which have already been deemed eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

For months, the Tribe has opposed the federal agencies decision to allow the State of Michigan to oversee the Clean Water Act federal permitting process, pointing out that permitting fill and excavation on the Menominee River and its wetlands cannot be delegated to a state under the Act.

The Menominee River and its wetlands are interstate federal waters, used in interstate commerce under the law, explained Janette Brimmer, the Earthjustice attorney representing the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin. So, under the law, this permit cannot be controlled by one state. The Clean Water Act is clear that the federal agencies must have the primary role and jurisdiction in this permitting process, and that they are legally obligated to comply with additional protections for the Menominee River under federal law.

The lawsuit, filed in...


Why nuclear alarms are elusive: with nuclear weapons, evacuation is not an option "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

I would hate to see the catastrophe experienced by our community played out on a global nuclear battlefield, but that is the direction in which the world is heading. The time ending the nuclear weapons threat to humanity is now, before it is too late. The draft Nuclear Posture Review should be scrapped and replaced with the commitment to take nuclear weapons off high alert status; to implement pledges of No First Use; and to commit to negotiate to achieve the only number that makes sense in a nuclear context: Zero.

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Cancel the Astravets Nuclear Power Station Project: NGOs Demand After Stress Test in Belarus "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

NGO Statement on the National Report of the Republic of Belarus on the Belarusian NPP Objective Safety Reassessment (Stress tests) 22 January 2018 In November 2017, the National Report of the Republic of Belarus on the Belarusian NPP Objective Safety Reassessment was published on the web-site of the Belarusian nuclear []

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Swedish Environmental Court Says NO to Nuclear Waste Repository, A Precedent Which Others Must Follow "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Swedish Environmental Court says no to the power industrys Nuclear Waste Company SKBs license application for a final repository for spent nuclear fuel in Forsmark, Sweden. This is a huge triumph for safety and environment and for the Swedish NGO Office for Nuclear Waste Review (MKG), the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC), and critical scientists who have been presenting risks of the malfunction of the selected method. Now it is up to the Swedish government to make the final decision.

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CNNs Beme News Comes To California To Cover Climate Engineering Issue "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

88aDane Wigington Mainstream medias near total failure to tell the truth on any subject is a primary reason populations are still so completely disconnected from reality on countless issues with climate engineering at the top of the list. The short on-air morning news interview below covering the climate engineering / geoengineering issue was recently recorded



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Asia for Animals: conservation in Nepal, positive action in the Philippines, and changing behaviour in Indonesia and India "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Nepal was the host country for the 10th Asia for Animals (AfA) conference. Its a nation known for its achievements in nature conservation, but animal welfare activists are facing serious challenges in protecting endangered species and combatting wildlife trafficking.

Twenty-three percent of Nepals land mass is given over to national parks or reserves. Tiger and rhino populations have rebounded in the country, and Nepal is a refuge for other endangered species, including the Ganges river dolphin and the red panda.

Nepals human population has tripled over the past fifty years, however, and this has placed a considerable strain on natural re...


Menominee Tribe Files Lawsuit over Mine Permitting on Sacred Land "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Wisconsin tribe alleges that feds have neglected to oversee wetland permitting for controversial Michigan open pit mine


Four reasons why Davos is far from being our global economic saviour "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Four reasons why Davos is far from being our global economic saviour

brendan 23rd January 2018
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