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Friday, 09 November


Rescued Bear Gets A Little Too Excited When It's Time To Hibernate "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When a 5-year-old bear named Luna decides to do something, she does it with her whole heart and mind. 

Credit: Four Paws

In the hot summer months, for example, at Bear Sanctuary Muritz, her home in Germany which is run by Four Paws International, Luna fully immerses herself literally and figuratively in the cooling activity of swimming.

Credit: Four Paws

It's no wonder Luna is so apt to enjoy herself. Luna spent her cub years, until age 3, with very few pleasures.

Credit: Four Paws

"Luna lived a horrible life at the amusement park in southern Albania for about three years, before we could rescue her in 2016," Jeta Lepaja, spokesperson for Four Paws' sanctuaries, told The Dodo. ...


Heartbroken Wild Horse Transforms When She Meets Orphaned Foals "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Just over a year ago, a wild horse was rounded up with her herd in Wyoming and put in a federal holding facility.

The wild mare was pregnant. After just a few days in the facility, she gave birth to a baby boy foal. 

Credit: Carol J. Walker

The first time Clare Staples saw the beautiful cremello mare was just a few days after she had had her baby.

Staples, founder of Skydog Sanctuary, was visiting the private Bureau of Land Management (BLM) facility to help rescue wild horses who had been rounded up by the government to clear the land. If horses like this aren't adopted out, they can end up spending their whole lives in holding facilities or, worse, they can be sold and end up in slaughterhouses in Canada or Mexico. 

"I posted some photographs of horses," Staples told The Dodo. "Nobody could see them and I wanted to try and get them adopted out of there."

Credit: Skydog Sanctuary

"One photograph seemed to get all the attention," Staples said. 

People fell in love with the cream-colored mother horse and her newborn. "Everybody seemed to be asking for someone to save them and a couple of people even said they would take them," Staples remembered.

It seemed like the horse, who became known as Magnolia, was about to have an incredible stroke of luck so few others have. Unlike the many wild horses who end up separated from their families during roundups, Magnolia would be able to raise her baby at a new home.

But things didn't go according to plan. 



Woman Saves Monkey Who Was Chained To A Fence For Being Aggressive "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Last weekend, Femke Den Haas got a distressing phone call about a monkey who needed help. Someone had chained the young macaque to the top of a metal fence, which was next to a busy highway in Jakarta, Indonesia, and abandoned her there.

The owner chained her because she was said to be aggressive, Den Haas, founder of Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN), told The Dodo. Some people passing by would feed her."

Credit: JAAN

Den Haas hurried to see the monkey, who turned out not to be aggressive at all.

Credit: JAAN

When I called the monkey she came down a little, Den Haas said. Then I could take her off the chain and take her into my hands.

Credit: JAAN

She knew I was helping she was nice and not aggressive at all, Den Haas added. People dont understand monkeys, and that monkeys react aggressively when theyre scared.

Credit: JAAN

The monkey, now named Slipi, is about 1 and a half years old. Den Haas believes she was stolen from the forest as a baby and sold into the pet trade.

Its so sad that people dont understand primates and still keep them as pets he...


Little Elephant Was Shot With 20 Arrows For No Good Reason "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The elephant family was being chased across a stretch of land in the Maasai Mara Nature Reserve in Kenya. Their assailants, a group of villagers, were using spears and arrows to attack the elephants.

The terrified animals ran as fast as they could, but a 5-year-old female fell behind and she was hit with 20 sharp arrows.

Credit: MEP

But help wasnt far behind. A ranger from the Mara Elephant Project (MEP) witnessed the attack and alerted the rest of the team. More rangers quickly arrived by helicopter, along with a vet team from the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT).

Credit: MEP

The vet team, led by Dr. Campaign Limo, was able to safely capture and treat the young female elephant, as well as two older elephants whod been hit by arrows. Thankfully, none of them needed to be taken to a rehabilitation center for additional care instead, they all walked away.

Credit: MEP

For this young female, while she had been targeted with a substantial and shocking number of arrows, none of these were poison arrows, Rob Brandford, executive director of the DSWT in the UK, told The Dodo. Elephants skin is very thick and so, while the wounds were serious in places and would have caused immense pain, none of them was life-threatening. Of course, combined, they were a greater risk, however with strong antibiotics administered, infection should be mitigated and she should make a f...


Washington Just Decided To Kill Three Rare Wolf Families "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Wildlife officials have ordered the killing of rare gray wolves because they hunted cows who were allowed to graze on the national forest where the wolves live. 

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will allow the killing of one or two wolves from the Smackout family, the third wolf pack the department has targeted this fall. 

"Likely options in this case include shooting from a helicopter, trapping and shooting from the ground," the WDFW wrote in a release on Wednesday. 

Credit: Shutterstock

This decision comes after the department ordered the deaths of the last two remaining members of the Old Profanity Territory (OPT) family and the last three wolves of the Togo Pack. There are just four or five adult members of the Smackout family left. 

"The goal of lethal removal ... is to manage wolf-livestock conflicts to minimize livestock losses without undermining the recovery of a sustainable wolf population," according to the WDFW. 

But lethal removal of endangered wolves is very controversial. And for the first time in Washington, three families would be almost totally destroyed at once. 

"WDFW has been killing wolves to deter conflict since 2012 when the agency wiped out the entire Wedge Pack, yet depredations on livestock continue," Maggie Howell, executive director of the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC), told The Dodo. "Peer-reviewed research demonstrates that killing predators is not only an ineffective solution to deter depredation on cows, but it can even result in increased attacks."...


No One Could Believe What They Found Inside Of This House "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

It started out as a mission to save some dogs who were locked up in a pen without food or water. But when rescuers went to get them at a property in Midland County, Texas, they were shocked at what they discovered.

Crystal Carson, cofounder of Rescuers Without Borders, a U.S.-based organization that helps dogs in Texas as well as Turkey, was one of the people who went to the property in mid-October.

Credit: Rescuers Without Borders

The family happened to be there, Carson told The Dodo. We spoke with them, and the father said, They all have to go. All of these dogs have to go. And then they said, Oh, theres more in the house. We were kind of like, What? And he said, Yeah. Little ones.

Fearing the worst, Carson and the other rescuers, who included Ayse Hellig and Joyce Trower, asked the owners to bring out the puppies so they could assess their conditions.

Credit: Rescuers Without Borders

They proceeded to bring out 12 tiny puppies, Carson said. Three of them fit in my hand and Im only 110 pounds my hands arent big. They were extremely bloated, so we already knew that they were infected with parasites. There were fleas crawling all over them.

Credit: Rescuers Without Borders

The rescuers decided to immediately take the puppies, as well as the two mother dogs, whod been locked up in the pen outside. Some were very sick and needed to go directly to the vet, but others were immediately placed in foster homes....


This Is The Frightening Place Where 100 Wild Whales Are Locked Up "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The open ocean was only a few yards away, but the wild belugas couldnt reach it. Instead, they were trapped in tiny sea pens, where all they could do was only swim in circles.

Russian traders recently captured 90 belugas and 11 orcas from the ocean with the intention of selling them to marine parks, dolphinariums and swim-with-the-dolphin programs in China. While they work to secure buyers, the belugas and orcas are being kept in a network of tiny sea cages in Srednyaya Bay, near Nakhodka, Russia and new drone footage has revealed the poor living conditions in these enclosures.

The footage speaks for itself, Oxana Fedorova, founder of Save Dolphins, a Russian organization that helps marine animals, told The Dodo. It is the whale prison, but these belugas and orcas didnt commit any crime.

It was absolutely heartbreaking to see these poor babies confined in such small enclosures, swimming in circles, Fedorova added. I cant stop thinking about what they are going through.

While the video clearly shows the distinctive white bodies of the belugas, the orcas arent visible  its believed theyre being kept in one of the covered sea pens.

Credit: Facebook/Vesti

They dont want anyone to see them, Fedorova said. People who work at this facility are very aggressive. They even attacked a local animal activist last week and stole a memory card with pictures from her camera.

Its also possible that some belugas are being kept in transportation tanks, rather than the open sea pens, Fedorova explained.

To Fedorova, one of the most disturbing things about this issue is that the animals are quite young.


Cold air invading southern United States, 'killing frost' expected "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Accumulating snow will continue to impact the Central Plains, from Kansas and Nebraska toward the Midwest today into tonight with several inches expected, NWS said today. Anomalously cold air, way below average for this time of year, will advance south into New...... Read more

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Thursday, 08 November


The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: October 31 - November 6, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

New activity/unrest was reported for 2 volcanoes between October 31 and November 6, 2018. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 17 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Kuchinoerabujima, Ryukyu Islands (Japan) | Sarychev Peak, Matua Island (Russia)....... Read more

China increasingly involved in Brazils ambitious Amazon rail network "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

China, with its trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative, is poised to invest heavily in the construction and operation of Brazilian railroads. Belt and Road would put China at the heart of a globally unprecedented transportation network. Image by PughPugh on Flickr CC BY 2.0 license. The environmental cost of agribusiness expansion into the Amazon basin and the Cerrado savanna isnt limited to the felling of forests and destruction of native vegetation to make way for crops. Agribusiness growth there also requires major new transportation infrastructure corridors railways, roads, industrial waterways, river ports, and other logistic support to efficiently move soy and other crops from the Amazon and Cerrado interior to market in China, the European Union and elsewhere. If precautions arent taken, this infrastructure could do great damage to the environment, and indigenous and traditional communities, particularly due to the population influx they inevitably trigger. Over the last 20 years, grain production has exploded in northern Mato Grosso state, and today the process is being repeated in Matopiba, the agribusiness acronym for the parts of the Cerrado savanna biome located in the states of Maranho, Tocantins, Piaui and Bahia. The Cerrado is the scene of Brazils most recent agribusiness expansion, as cattle, soy, corn, cotton and eucalyptus rapidly replace native vegetation. Traffic jam of commodities-loaded trucks on the BR-163 highway in the Brazilian Amazon. Analysts see the construction of Grainrail as the solution to the traffic problem, though the railroad also poses serious environmental problems. Image courtesy of

Timor-Leste: With sacrifice and ceremony, tribe sets eco rules "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Read the other stories in Mongabays three-part profile of the Mauberes revival of tara bandu: Timor-Leste: Maubere tribes revive customary law to protect the ocean Timor-Leste: Q&A with a Maubere fisherman on reviving depleted fisheries   On the morning of Aug. 20, 2012, about 150 men, women and children gathered in the village of Biacou, in northern Timor-Leste. They assembled at a sacred spot called Oho-no-rai to take part in a ceremony inaugurating the villages tara bandu, a customary law of the island nations indigenous tribes, collectively called Maubere, that governs how people interact with their local environment. A dozen men clad in traditional sarongs and feathered headdresses stood around a wooden pole to which a goat was tied, while the rest sat in small circles nearby, watching. Francisco Talimeta, the villages chief ritual authority, sprinkled water on the goat and uttered some prayers. He then killed the animal by piercing its heart with a sharp iron spear. The sacrifice triggered muted applause and cheers among the crowd: the spilling of blood made the place lulik,or sacred, and enabled communication with the ancestral spirits. Talimeta scrutinized the goats viscera for signs that Rai nain and Tasi nain, the Maubere spirit of the land and the spirit of the sea, respectively, approved of the villages intent to renew the tara bandu law. Finding favorable evidence, he communicated directly with the spirits and then offered them food, areca leaves, betel nut and palm wine in thanks. Immediately afterward, Talimeta sacrificed a pig in


Thermonuclear War Games (Scenario No. 3) Postmortem "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

IN PROGRESS TIA [September 24, Confidential 10] TNWG [October 22, Confidential 10] Nominated Groups: CJ UUT IGE OCT TML TWM FIRE-EARTH PRESENTATION: Thermonuclear War Games (Scenario No. 3) Postmortem The War Games designed and supervised by FEWW-UUT. Details available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. Related Links: Thermonuclear War Games: Scenario No. 1 Thermonuclear War Games: If You []


In Northern Michigan, Tribes Protesting Line 5 Hunker down for Winter "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Jim Malewitz / Michigan Environmental Watch

A sign protesting Enbridge Energys Line 5 oil pipeline is hung along a dirt road that leads to Camp Anishinaabek, 17 miles southwest of the Mackinac Bridge. (Bridge photo by Jim Malewitz)

LEVERING Amos Cloud used to operate heavy construction equipment for a living working on crews that laid utility pipes underground.

Now his focus is getting rid of a pipeline: Line 5, Enbridge Energys 645-mile oil and gas pipeline that crosses beneath the Straits of Mackinac and has created an environmental firestorm.

If I get on another piece of equipment like that, its to take that pipeline out, the 39-year-old father of six said inside a heated tent on a chilly October morning.

For now, peaceful protest is his tool of choice. Its why Cloud, a member of the Gun Lake Potawatomi Tribe, has camped here since August about 150 miles north of his hometown of Mount Pleasant and 15 miles south of the Mackinac Bridge.

Joining him is a small group of other water protectors representing Native Americans across Michigan and beyond. They say a Line 5 rupture, however unlikely some experts describe it, would threaten their way of life.

Our livelihood depends on the currents of that water that bring the fish, said James OJ Pitawanakwat, who grew up on Lake Hurons Manitoulin Island and is a member of the Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory First Nation in Ontario. Its our way of life, not only for the Native Americans in Michigan, but also all across the Great Lakes.

Pitawanakwat and his wife, Christina Keshick of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, own the wooded properties in Levering and nearby Cross Village that now host a collection of tents and other makeshift structures.

When Bridge Magazine visited last month, a chainsaws growl occasionally reverberated across the camp as two of the men worked to build a wooden shelter that would better protect them from the bitter cold of a looming Northern Michigan winter.

They call the camp Anishinaabek (Anishinaabe is an umbrella term for a Odawa, Ojibwe, Potawatomi and...


Mental hijacking: Control the language and you can control the people. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Pavlovian Propagandists strike again. It is simply a question of organizing and manipulating collective feelings in the proper way. If one can isolate the mass, allow no free thinking, no free exchange, no outside correction and can hypnotize the group daily with noises, with press and radio and television, with fear and pseudo-enthusiasms, any delusion []


Whats the Answer? A Charter School Expansion or the Further Destruction of Sacred Seneca Burial Grounds "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Degawenodas (right) gives serious stare to one of the board members.        photo: Langelle/ Excerpted from More on the Sacred Seneca Burial Grounds. This is from Buffalo Rising. It includes a conversation with Degawenodas Ni Ah Agatayonih, born into... Read More


Early-season Tropical Cyclone "Alcide" forms near Madagascar "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Tropical Cyclone "Alcide" formed November 6, 2018 as the first named storm of the 2018/19 South-West Indian Ocean cyclone season. Over the next 48 hours, this system strengthened into a Category 3 hurricane equivalent. Its formation comes 9 days before the...... Read more

Four of six black rhinos translocated to Chad are now dead "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Two black rhinos have been found dead in Chads Zakouma National Park, adding to the two individuals that died last month after being brought in from South Africa. The most recent deaths were reported by the governments of South Africa and Chad, as well as African Parks, an NGO that helps run protected areas in nine African countries. The dead rhinos were from a group of six individuals reintroduced to Zakouma in May from South Africas Addo National Park, marking the return of black rhinos (Diceros bicornis) to Chad after nearly 50 years of absence. None of the four dead rhinos were poached, African Parks said in a press release. Post-mortem reports and analysis of blood, tissue and fecal samples from the rhinos did not find anything to indicate that infectious disease or plant toxicity may have led to their deaths, either. There was some evidence of exposure to trypanosomes, a parasite thats transmitted to animals and humans by tsetse flies, but this is unlikely to have caused mortality, the statement said. All four dead rhinos had low fat reserves, though. Low fat reserves suggest that maladaptation by the rhinos to their new environment is the likely underlying cause, although tests to be undertaken on brain and spinal fluid may shed additional light on the exact cause of deaths, the statement said. Park officials and veterinarians are keeping a close eye on the two remaining rhinos. They have captured one and placed it in an enclosure, and are in the process

Roads divide opinions along with forests, study finds "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Politicians and planners often sell roads as wholly beneficial to communities. New arteries open up opportunities for employment, connections to markets and access to services such as health care, so the thinking goes. Despite these potential benefits, however, support for new roads isnt universal. Thats a key finding of a recent study of indigenous communities in Malaysia, published Oct. 10 in the journal Human Ecology. Members of the Jahai ethnic group in northern Malaysia. Image by Muhammad Adzha via Wikimedia Commons (CC 2.0). I did not expect such divided opinions, Gopalasamy Reuben Clements, lead author of the study and a conservation scientist who co-founded the research organization Rimba, said in an email. For example, indigenous people living further from the road had much stronger negative opinions of roads, Clements, also an associate professor in biological sciences at Malaysias Sunway University, said. I assumed that most of them would have wanted similar lifestyles of those living nearer to roads! Prior research has documented the environmental dangers that accompany road construction, from fractured wildlife habitats to altered water dynamics. Often, too, the promised social and economic benefits dont materialize the way theyre presented by project proponents. Malayan tiger (Panthera tigris jacksoni) cubs playing. Image by Malcolm via Wikimedia Commons (CC 2.0). Studies in Latin America have shown that roads can dramatically alter the livelihoods of indigenous people once a road is built near them, said Clements, who led the research as a doctoral student at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia. I wanted to


The Tao does nothing, and yet nothing is left undone. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

According to the earliest Taoist texts, when human nature is aligned with the rest of nature, order and harmony are the result. From this perspective, the purpose of self-cultivation is to return to a mode of existence that is natural, but has been obscured by social conditioning. How A Fourth-Century Taoist Concept is Treating Anxiety []


Proposition 112 was Defeated, but Colorados New Governor is Aware of Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Colorados new Governor Jared Polis supported Proposition 112

Colorados New Governor Has Most Ambitious Renewables Goal in U.S.

From an Article by Lorraine Chow,, November 7, 2018

Democratic Colorado Governor-elect Jared Polis arrives onstage with running mate Dianne Primavera on November 6th in Denver. Jared Polis, who won Colorados gubernatorial race to become the nations first openly gay governor-elect, is charting the states bold path towards clean energy.

The Democrat, who has served in the House of Representatives since 2009, ran on a platform of transitioning Colorado to 100 percent renewable energy by 2040 the most ambitious renewable goal in the entire country, Climate Home News reported. Thats even faster than California and Hawaii, which both aim to phase out of fossil fuel generation by 2045.

On his campaign website, Polis said the green energy transition would create tens of thousands of jobs and save consumers 10 percent on energy costs. Pointing to a government study, he said that utility-scale wind is now cheaper than natural gas and that new energy storage technology would further improve these cost benefits. Thats not to mention the public health benefits of cleaner air and water.

Aside from a strong environmental platform, Polis campaigned on other progressive issues such as Medicare-for-all, paid family medical leave and stronger gun laws.

At the end of the day we all believe in our childrens future, we all believe in protecting our amazing parks and open space, we all believe in saving people money in health care, Polis said in his victory speech Tuesday night. And together we are going to get back to work because we have work to do to turn a bold vision into reality here in our amazing state of Colorado.

The fossil fuel industry has a major presence in the Centennial State the sixth largest and one of the fastest-growing U.S. oil producing states. Oil and gas companies and their supporters poured about $40 million into a campaign to help successfully defeat Proposition 112, according to the Colorado Sun. The ballot initiative, which Polis supported, would have banned oil and gas drilling on 85 percent of the states land, but was voted down 57 percent to 43 p...


Troika of trouble for Bolivias Cordillera de Sama Reserve "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

This year there was a hailstorm which ruined our garlic crops, says Hilda. A resident of the community of Pasajes in the southern Bolivian department of Tarija, Hilda says the hail destroyed the plants, and what little could be saved was unfit to sell. Juvenal Galan, from the Vicuayo community nearby, says the recent cold weather is the worst the area has seen. Pasajes and Vicuayo are part of a wider ecosystem served by the Cordillera de Sama Biological Reserve, home to two permanent and 18 seasonal lakes. The 1,085-square-kilometer (419-square-mile) reserve also hosts the Tajzara basin, declared a Ramsar site 18 years ago in recognition of its importance as a wetland. Cordillera de Sama was designated a reserve in 1991 primarily to protect these water sources, which feed the department of Tarija and the Tarija central valley. The reserve ranges between elevations of 2,000 and 4,700 meters (6,600 15,400 feet) above sea level. This variation in altitude makes the reserve a unique natural space, endowing it with different climates, landscapes and ecosystems. The Tajzara basin. Image courtesy of SERNAP, Bolivias government agency for protected areas. Sama provides water to the residents of Tarija, a community located in the south of Bolivia. Image courtesy of SERNAP. But the reserve faces a medley of threats, from loss of land to grazing and highway construction, to climate change, which is bringing about more frequent instances of extreme weather events, ranging from hailstorms to increasingly severe droughts. In 2017, lakes in the Tajzara

For Javan rhinos, the last holdout may also be a deadly disease hotspot "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Indonesias Ujung Kulon National Park sits at the westernmost tip of Java Island. Its remote peninsular location offers access only from the east, along a rough road used mostly by local villagers. As dawn breaks, great sweeping pastures can be seen along the roadside, dotted with lazy water buffalo and small wooden shacks between thickets of shadowy forest. Its a beautiful scene. It also represents a deadly threat to one of the rarest animals on the planet: the critically endangered Javan rhino (Rhinoceros sondaicus). The pathway to Ujung Kulons banteng viewpoint. Much of Ujung Kulon has been invaded by the arenga palm plant, which out-competes the vegetation rhinos depend on for food. Image by Katy Waters. Life on a knifes edge The entire known population of the species, 68 individuals at last count, resides within the park. As goes Ujung Kulon, so goes the Javan rhino. Sitting on the Sunda continental shelf and within the confinements of the Krakatau nature reserve, the park is at the mercy of earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions that could strike at any time, without warning. The ongoing eruption of Anak Krakatau, successor to the infamous volcano that killed more than 36,000 people when it erupted in 1883, is a stark reminder of just how fragile life in Ujung Kulon can be. The plight of the Javan rhino doesnt stop there. It shares a habitat with two potential disease carriers: wild cattle known as banteng (Bos javanicus) and domestic water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis). Buffer villages

Evicted for a showpiece project, this PNG community fights for justice "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

I lost everything, says Joe Moses, recalling the day homes in his community of Paga Hill were demolished. Moses is one of thousands of Papua New Guineans who have lost their homes to make way for new developments as the country prepares to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, which begins Nov. 17. Plans for the gathering in the capital, Port Moresby, were underway as early as 2011, when the summit was held in Honolulu, Hawaii. The government has since embarked on a building spree to accommodate the world leaders and business executives expected to attend. Throughout Port Moresby, roads have been resurfaced, cathedral-like conference centers have gone up, and endless billboards and flags proclaim the start of the summit. Ordinary citizens, meanwhile, complain about the poor state everywhere else of infrastructure and basic services, including roads, hospitals and schools. The events climax, the APEC Leaders Summit, will take place in a glass conference hall built on reclaimed land right next to Paga Hill. The APEC Haus, photographed in June 2018, which will host world leaders during the APEC summit in November. Construction is said to have cost 120 million kina, around $37 million. Image by Lucy Woods for Mongabay. Given Paga Hills central, seaside and APEC-integral location, development plans for the area, which had previously been proposed and dismissed, accelerated into one of the nations biggest development projects. Moses had just graduated from studying sociology and anthropology at the University of Papua New Guinea at the time, and


Supermarkets out of Africa! Food systems across the continent are doing just fine without them "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Africa's food systems are a final frontier for multinational food companies and retailers. Most Africans still consume a healthy diet of traditional foods, supplied by millions of small vendors and small farmers across the continent. But this is slowly changing as global food companies and retailers adopt new strategies to expand their presence on the continent, led by the aggressive actions of some multinational supermarket chains. The livelihoods of millions of small vendors and local farmers are at risk, as are people's health and the continent's diverse traditional food cultures. While African governments do little but facilitate this expansion of foreign supermarkets, small vendors, farmers and urban consumers are coming together to defend their local food systems.


Do fracking mini-quakes matter? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Do fracking mini-quakes matter?

Mandy Kessell 8th November 2018
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Weak regulation jeopardises marine life "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Weak regulation jeopardises marine life

brendan 8th November 2018
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Could you train environmental trainers? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Could you train environmental trainers?

brendan 8th November 2018
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A stitch in time "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A stitch in time

brendan 8th November 2018
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Lawson's climate denial political comeback "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Lawson's climate denial political comeback

Jeanette Gill 8th November 2018
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Heartbroken Cat Rediscovers A Scent He Thought He'd Never Smell Again "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

It's now been months since Zeus the cat said a final farewell to his friend, a dog named Sam who passed away. But the saddened cat's love for his old canine companion still burns strong in his heart.

And recently, that couldn't have been made more clear.

Credit: Emma Catanzarite

On the surface, Zeus and Sam's relationship may not have seemed too atypical for a cat and dog living under the same roof.

But despite the contrasts in their species and temperaments, a bond formed between them though they did express it in different ways.

Credit: Emma Catanzarite

"Zeus always tried to cuddle with Sam and play with him, but Sam was always uninterested," Emma Catanzarite, the pair's owner, told The Dodo. "Zeus loved to tease him all the time."

Mostly, though, he just wanted to be close.

Credit: Emma Catanzarite

But while cats are usually the ones who have a funny way of showing affection, in this case it was Sam the dog who expressed his love through tolerance.

Credit: Emma Catanzarite

Sadly, though, their time together couldn't last forever; two months ago, Sam died and it cast a long shadow on the cat's heart.

"Zeus seemed really lonely after Sam passed away," Catanzarite said. "He followed my mom around a lot more during the day and he meowed a lot after...


Congo Basin rainforest may be gone by 2100, study finds "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Africas Congo Basin is home to the second-largest rainforest on the planet. But according to a new study, this may soon not be the case. It finds that at current rates of deforestation, all primary forest will be gone by the end of the century. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Maryland (UMD) in the U.S. who analyzed satellite data collected between 2000 and 2014. Their results were published today in Science Advances. It reveals that the Congo Basin lost around 165,000 square kilometers of forest during their study period. In other words, one of the worlds largest rainforests lost an area of forest bigger than Bangladesh in the span of 15 years. The Congo Basin rainforest is home to many species, such as this okapi (Okapia johnstoni), which is listed as Endangered by the IUCN and is found only in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. But why? Is it due to industrial pressure like in South America and Southeast Asia where the majority of deforestation has been done for soy, palm oil, and other commodity crops? Or commercial logging, which is razing forests on the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea? Not so much, according to this newest study. It reveals that the dominant force behind rising Congo deforestation, driving more than 80 percent of the regions total forest loss, is actually small-scale clearing for subsistence agriculture. The researchers write that most of it is done by hand with simple axes. According to the


Six Horses Have Died At This Famous Race In Just 5 Years "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When the race began, horses barrelled down the track. Their jockeys who were riding on their backs urged them forward with whips. But one horse fell behind  5-year-old Cliffsofmoher broke his shoulder, and his jockey had no choice but to pull him off the track.

Shortly after that, race organizers shielded Cliffsofmoher from the spectators with a green tarp, and he was euthanized right on the field.

Cliffsofmoher is the sixth horse to die in the last five years at the Melbourne Cup, a famous race that takes place each November in Melbourne, Australia. In 2013, a horse named Verema was also euthanized due to a race-related injury, and two horses, Admire Rakti and Araldo, died in 2014. In 2015, a horse named Red Cadeaux was killed after shattering his leg, and Regal Monarch died at last years race after breaking down on the track.

All of these deaths, including Cliffsofmohers, could have been prevented, according to the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses, a horse advocate organization based in Australia.

Credit: Instagram/Animal Liberation

Horses are pushed too hard and too young, a spokesperson for the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses told The Dodo. As a 5-year-old, he would only just be becoming skeletally mature, yet he was being forced to race since he was 2 years old. Additionally, if whips, possibly spurs and even tongue ties were not being used, [he] would be less likely to be pushed beyond his physical limits and therefore less likely to sustain injuries like so many others also do.

Georgie Dolphin, program manager for animal welfare at Humane Society International (HSI) in Australia, holds a similar view.

The tragic death of Cliffsofmoher in this years Melbourne Cup horse race was both sickening...


Woman Sees Cage Sitting On Side Of Highway And Finds Tiniest Abandoned Pet Inside "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

It was a regular commute home last week for Tennessee resident Melissa Morton until she spotted a blue cage sitting on the side of Interstate 65 near Nashville.

As Morton drove closer to the cage while stuck in traffic, she realized there was actually a little animal inside. She pulled over and jumped out of the car and, to her surprise, a little hamster looked up at her, desperately chewing on the cage bars, trying to find a way out.

I'm always on the lookout for boxes and bags on the side of the highway since I grew up hearing horror stories of people abandoning their pets on the side of the road, Morton told The Dodo. But I never thought I'd find her ... She had no food or water, and the cage was tied together with shoestrings and bread ties.

Morton scooped up the tiny cage and ran back to her car. Traffic whizzed by as she comforted the little critter with a reassuring voice and soft music. Morton decided to name the hamster Boo Bear, since she was a teddy bear hamster.

Credit: Melissa Morton

With Boo Bear in tow, Morton stopped by a pet store on the way home to buy her food, a much larger cage, an exercise wheel and more.

I talked to her the whole drive to PetSmart and she seemed curious and receptive, Morton said. When the employees took her out to check her over, she was gentle. Then I called my husband and let him know I was coming home with a hamster.

Credit: Melissa Morton

Boo Bear is now settled comfortably into her new home, and is becoming more friendly and curious as the days go on.



A Possible Cause of Earthquakes in the Continental Interior by USGS "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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A Possible Cause of Earthquakes in the Continental Interior
Sketch of plate boundary stress applied to the North American plate. The U.S. hazard map showing the highest hazard areas in black and the lowest hazard areas in gray.

The new U.S. stress map. The colors show the style of faulting red is normal faulting, white is strike-slip, and blue is thrust. The black lines show the direction of the stress. The 3 locations in the central U.S. that are different than the areas around them are the regions of highest hazard on the U.S. hazard map (below).Click here to read:
Why Does the Earth Quake in New England?by Dr. Alan Kafka
Director of Weston Observatory
Dept. of Earth & Environmental Sciences
Boston College


People Notice A Tiny Face Peering Up Out Of Old Mineshaft "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

An old abandoned mineshaft in Victoria, Australia, ended up swallowing a very scared wild animal who probably would have died without the determined help of some kind people.

"The shaft was in poor condition with much evidence of erosion and cave-ins," Manfred Zabinskas, cofounder of Five Freedoms Animal Rescue (FFAR), wrote on Facebook earlier this week. "Timber supports were rotted and a ladder laying on the ground had lost most of its rungs through years of deterioration."

Credit: FFAR

Despite the dangers, Zabinskas knew he would have to go down there.

Someone had alerted him to a trapped animal who had taken a wrong step or, rather, hop. And Zabinskas has devoted his life to helping in such cases. 

Credit: FFAR

When Zabinskas arrived at the scene, over an hour away, he peered down the shaft and caught a glimpse of the animal one of Australia's iconic species

"There was a poor little kangaroo peering up at us with an expression of desperation and fear. Heavy rain was minutes away and this was not a shaft I wanted to be down once the heavens opened up," Zabinskas wrote. "This was an urgent rescue."



Woman Walks Into Her Kitchen And Notices Something Strange In The Corner "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Even on stressful days, some individuals know how to break the tension perfectly.

That's what Kail Marie, of Lecompton, Kansas, was reminded of this week on Election Day. Aside from going out to vote, Kail Marie, stayed mostly around her house on Tuesday. She was largely preoccupied, as results of elections across the country were being counted.

But all thoughts of the national agenda dropped away when she went into her kitchen and saw something that for anyone else, at least would be incredibly strange. 

Credit: Kail Marie

On her kitchen counter, beside a decorative pumpkin, inside a transparent glass jar, was an African grey parrot.

And she was standing very still.

Credit: Kail Marie

The parrot was no stranger, however. The bird was 17-year-old CocoBaby and she's been living with Marie for almost a year, ever since her owner got too sick to take care of a parrot and had to give her away.

Marie actually cares for dozens of rescued parrots she founded Tallgrass Parrot Sanctuary exactly for that purpose. 

"What are you doing?" Marie asked CocoBaby. "I left the lid off of the cockatiel food, didn't I?"

CocoBaby remained frozen, as if realizing she had been caught.

"I see you. I do see you," Marie informed CocoBaby. "Not moving doesn't make me not see you."

Then CocoBaby, realizing she wasn't really in that much trouble, continued to fish around in the jar for her favorite morsels.



New eruption at Planchn-Peteroa volcano, first since 2011, Chile "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A small explosive eruption took place at Planchn-Peteroa volcano in Chile at 13:23 UTC (10:24 local time) on November 7, 2018. This is the first eruption of this volcano since 2011. The eruption sent volcanic ash up to 4.2 km (14 000 feet) above sea level,...... Read more

Researchers say orangutans are declining, despite Indonesian governments claims "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Researchers say a recent Indonesian government report inaccurately claims that the orangutan population in the country is increasing, which could have significant implications for future conservation plans. The report, issued by Indonesias Ministry of Environment and Forestry with support from the UNs Food and Agricultural Organization and Norways International Climate and Forest Initiative, states that the populations of 19 priority species, including orangutans, increased by more than 10 percent between 2015 and 2017. But, in a letter published in the journal Current Biology on Monday, researchers say that that assertion is in strong contrast to many recently published and peer-reviewed scientific studies on the status of the three orangutan species: the Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus), the Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii), and the Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis), which was just confirmed as a separate species last year. All three species are listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. According to Erik Meijaard, who coordinates the Borneo Futures initiative and is the lead author of the letter, orangutan numbers are in decline, not increasing as the Indonesian government report contends. The government monitoring data do indeed support such an increase, so that would justify the governments claim. But, as we point out, the monitoring methods are flawed for a variety of reasons, Meijaard told Mongabay. Also, I find it strange that the government authorities and the NGO groups working with the government simply ignore a number of peer reviewed papers that document high rates of population decline,

Cerrado farm community fights for life against dam and eucalyptus growers "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Aerial view of the Estreito dam on the Tocantins river. Formosa residents are still waiting to be given compensation promised them by the dam-building consortium and the government. Image by Cleber Magri licensed under a CC 4.0 license. This is the seventh in a series by journalist Anna Sophie Gross who traveled to the Brazilian states of Tocantins and Maranho in Legal Amazonia for Mongabay to assess the impacts of agribusiness on the regions environment and people. FORMOSA, Tocantins, Brazil The tiny settlement, or rather, what remains of it, sits on the border between Maranho and Tocantins state, and it is steeped in a history of conflict. Its sixty families, now diminished to 29, have fought the government, a consortium of mining and energy companies, and local eucalyptus plantations for more than a decade to keep the rights to a parcel of land that they can till and live upon. Founded in 2002 with a valid land deed, Formosa had roughly four good years in which to cultivate crops, rear livestock, put down roots and weave together a strong community fabric based upon friendship and mutual dependency. In 2007, the Formosa families were suddenly confronted with an existential threat to their homes and livelihoods. Despite great protest from people in the region and environmental activists, the Estreito hydroelectric dam was built on the Tocantins River, just 40 kilometers (25 miles) downstream from Formosa. Some speculate that the dam was built primarily to provide electricity to mining operations, though officially


Fast, furious, and freaked out "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

This is the Red Line Eric Holder Panics After Rosenstein Loses Control Over Mueller Probe Eric Holder is panicking now that Rosenstein no longer has control over the corrupt Mueller probe. The Deep State and Democrats went from celebrating flipping the House to panicking after the President forced out AG Sessions on Wednesday. Motivation to []


! El socialismo trabaja y hace felices a todos, or something. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Redistributing the happiness Venezuelas consumer prices rose 833,997 percent in the twelve months through October, according to a report by the opposition-controlled Congress published on Wednesday, the latest sign that policy changes in August failed to halt rampant hyperinflation The IMF expects hyperinflation to reach 10 million percent in 2019. El presidente seal que []

Wednesday, 07 November


The Best Thing Just Happened For Dogs In Florida "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Dog lovers are celebrating today after Florida voters just took a big stand for greyhounds used in racing.

In a move that's being called "historic," a proposed ban on greyhound racing that was on Tuesday's ballot as Amendment 13 passed, with 69 percent in favor of ending the sport. Racing has killed 460 dogs in the state's 11 racetracks in the last five years alone.

Credit: Sonia Healy Stratemann/GREY2K USA

Florida voters have delivered a knock-out blow to a cruel industry that has been hurting and killing dogs for nearly a century," Protect Dogs - Yes on 13, a grassroots coalition to end greyhound racing in Florida, wrote in a statement late on Tuesday night. "Thanks to the passage of Amendment 13, thousands of innocent hounds will finally get the second chance they deserve."

Greyhound racing will be phased out by the end of 2020 in Florida. The state has been considered the last stronghold of the sport. Forty other states have already banned dog racing because of concerns about animal cruelty; investigations have found greyhounds confined for over 20 hours per day, prone to debilitating injuries on the tracks and drugged to boost performance. 

Credit: Jeff Sonksen

Because of the decisions of millions of Florida voters, thousands of dogs will be spared the pain and suffering that is inherent in the greyhound racing industry, said Kitty Block, acting president and CEO of the...


Protestors Disrupt Medford Chamber of Commerce Meeting to Demand the Chamber Condemn the Jordan Cove LNG Pipeline Project "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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Protestors Disrupt Medford Chamber of Commerce Meeting to Demand the Chamber Condemn the Jordan Cove LNG pipeline project

Medford, OR- A group of climate activists from Southern Oregon Rising Tide, concerned community members, and business leaders members interrupted a meeting at the Medford Chamber of Commerce to demand the organization stop taking money from the Canadian fossil fuel corporation proposing the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline. At this meeting, they also asked the Medford Chamber to officially oppose the controversial project.

The Medford Chamber PAC has taken $70,000 from Jordan Cove to distribute throughout local elections in Jackson County. According to the October 21 Mail Tribune front-page article, the $70,000 from Jordan Cove represents 63% of the contributions received by the Medford Chamber of Commerce PAC this year.  Additionally, just days before Jordan Coves first contribution, the Medford Chamber of Commerce blindly sent a letter of support for Jordan Cove to the Energy Facility Siting Council.

The group interrupted the Chambers new business member orientation meeting to read a statement from local business leaders.  The group questioned why the Medford Chamber of Commerce would issue support for a project that directly threatens the community that its supposed to represent and the businesses that depend on clean water and tourism.

Weve seen pipelines built through rural communities across this country. The pipeline companies always come in promising jobs and instead hire workers from out of state.  This project doesnt mean more jobs, it really just threatens jobs already existing in the Rogue Valley, Margaret Frazee, a resident of Jackson County, Really industries like tourism, fishing, and farming all depend on a healthy environment, all of which is threatened by this pipeline.

After waiting for a break in the meeting, business leaders began to read a statement about why they were there (text included below).  However, the group was not allowed to finish as members of the meeting aggressively harassed and pushed the activist and business leader reading his statement.

The Medford Chamber of Commerce is part of our community, its supposed to be looking out for the interests of our community.  Supporting Jordan Cove is not in our interests.  Harassing and assaulting peaceful protesters unprovoked is not in our intere...


Climate Justice Forum: Idaho Governor Candidates & Debate, Midterm Election Results, Valve Turner, Climate Youth, & Paradise Ridge Defense Hearings 11-8-18 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Wednesday, November 7, 2018 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news and reflections on an Idaho gubernatorial debate and Paulette Jordans candidacy, Idaho, Washington, and nationwide, midterm election results, and lawsuit hearings of the tar sands pipeline valve turners, youth climate activists, and Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition.  We also air recorded, oral arguments about U.S. Highway 95 expansion south of Moscow, heard by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Portland.  Broadcast for six years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


Can FERC Leadership Be Trusted With The Public Interest? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Neil Chatterjee is promising to follow the facts and the law?

New FERC head pledges to avoid political influence

From an Article by Timothy Cama, The Hill, October 31, 2018

The newly minted chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) says he is committing to keeping the agency neutral and avoiding political influence.

Neil Chatterjee, a Republican, was tapped last week by President Trump to succeed Kevin McIntyre, another Republican, atop FERC. McIntyre will remain as a commissioner on the body, which has five spots but only four commissioners.

FERC and the companies and organizations that deal with it say they value the agencys independence and neutrality something which Chatterjee echoed Wednesday.

No one was more committed to ensure the depoliticization of the agency and not allowing political interference than Kevin McIntyre, Chatterjee told reporters Wednesday at FERCs Washington, D.C., headquarters, adding that he wants to maintain the example McIntyre set.

Theres no evidence that theres been political influence or interference at the agency, Chatterjee said.

Chatterjee pointed to one of FERCs most contentious issues: whether to require higher electricity payments to coal and nuclear power plants, as Energy Secretary Rick Perry proposed last year. FERC unanimously rejected the proposal in January, but also kept the door open to future action, including inviting comments from stakeholders.

Whatever we do is going to be fact-based, and thats something that I and my colleagues take very seriously. This will not be a politically influenced decision, he said.

While the Senate must confirm all FERC commissioners, Trump has the authority to unilaterally appoint the chairman from among the confirmed commissioners, without Senate approval.

Before coming to FERC last year, Chatterjee was a top energy adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). He was chairman briefly last year before McIntyre was confirmed by the Senate.

Like his old boss, Chatterjee is from Kentuck...


OPEN THE BORDER "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Dia de los Muertos at Ground Zero, photo by Teodros T

32 seconds and the police were pushing us out. 



Fuego volcano enters new eruptive phase, Guatemala "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guatemalan Fuego volcano has entered its 4th eruptive phase of the year on November 6, 2018. The volcano experienced weak to moderate explosions, with ash plumes rising up to 4 800 m (15 700 feet) above sea level and traveling 12 - 15 km (7 - 9 miles) to the west...... Read more

In funding palm oil giants, banks may share in sins of the companies "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

On Sept. 19, Indonesian President Joko Widodo slapped a three-year moratorium on the issuance of new licenses for oil palm plantations. The moratorium was introduced to improve governance of sustainable palm plantations, provide legal certainty, maintain environmental sustainability and contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases, a senior official told AFP. President Jokowi, as he is popularly known, has also ordered a review of existing oil palm licenses, to assess compliance with prevailing laws. The announcement has been welcomed as a move in the right direction by watchdog groups in Indonesia, though with some reserve. Arie Rompas, forest campaigner at Greenpeace, says that while its a positive step, its marred by inconsistencies and loopholes. Most concerning, he says, is that it exempts large tracts of forest controlled by district governments in land zoned as other-use areas, or APL, outside of the state-controlled forest zone. According to the State of the Forest 2018 report published by the Indonesias forestry ministry, there are 70,000 square kilometers (27,000 square miles) of natural forest (defined as primary and secondary forests) in APL where oil palm can continue to expand. For communities like Long Bentuk, a village inhabited by indigenous Dayak people in eastern Borneo, who are locked in a struggle to protect their ancestral forests, the moratorium offers little protection. Despite its once-extensive forests, Long Bentuks land is zoned as APL in government maps. This allowed the district government to hand out concessions for much of the land belonging to Long Bentuk and surrounding

Invisible plant-enemy interactions drive diversity in forest fragments "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Very few tropical forests around the world enjoy uninterrupted contiguity. Most are divided into uneven, small fragments, cut off from each other, their boundaries marked by roads or farms. But as forests get fragmented, the diversity of plants within them shifts, changing with distance from their ragged edges. What drives these changes? Light, for one. Then theres humidity, soil moisture, or human disturbance. But theres another important, yet cryptic, interaction that influences diversity in fragmented forest patches: plant-enemy interactions. The constant tussle between plants and their natural enemies things like fungi and insects play an important role in determining which seeds actually grow into seedlings, and which ones dont, a new study published in Nature Communications has found. I wanted to see if some of these cryptic interactions are changing due to fragmentation, and if that is what might be affecting diversity [of plants], lead author Meghna Krishnadas, who recently completed her Ph.D. from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, told Mongabay. To see how natural enemies of plants regulate their diversity, especially when seeds transition to seedlings in fragmented forests, Krishnadas set up sampling stations across a 35-square-kilometer (13.5-square-mile) fragmented forest in the Western Ghats in Karnataka, India. In the stations placed within relatively undisturbed forest fragments, right from the edge of the forest patches to about 100 meters (330 feet) inside, she monitored both the seeds that fell into her seed traps and the seedlings that actually grew from those seeds. Then she sprayed insecticide and fungicide on some

Are deep sea reefs really a lifeboat for our vanishing corals? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When Luiz Rocha, a fish biologist at the California Academy of Sciences, goes scuba diving, he tacks on one and a half times his body weight in specialized diving gear. Once he submerges, he cant spare a moment to take in the vibrant corals just beneath the surface he has greater depths to plumb. Rocha is headed toward what Smithsonian Institution fish biologist Carole Baldwin calls a very diverse and productive portion of the tropical ocean that science has largely missed: mesophotic reefs. Mesophotic is Greek for middle light, referring to the intermediate amount of sunlight that can penetrate to depths of 30 to 150 meters (100 to 500 feet) below the oceans surface. The dives required to reach mesophotic reefs are as technical as they are deep. Strapped to a larger-than-average gas tank, Rocha uses the rebreather method, recycling the air he breathes as he goes. A diver fitted out with rebreather equipment explores a reef. Image courtesy of Luiz Rocha. The coral species from shallower reef communities begin to taper off around 30 meters into Rochas dive. At 100 meters (330 feet), the water chills significantly. This is the thermocline, defined by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as the transition layer between the sunlight-warmed water at the surface, and the colder water below. From this depth on, Rocha has just 15 minutes before decompression sickness becomes a risk. In the liminal space of the mesophotic zone, with all the time it takes to unload a


Thermonuclear War Games (Scenario No. 3) Unlearning Sun Tzu "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

IN PROGRESS TIA [September 24, Confidential 10] TNWG [October 22, Confidential 10] Nominated Groups: CJ UUT IGE OCT TML TWM FIRE-EARTH PRESENTATION 110702 Thermonuclear War Games: Unlearning Sun Tzu  The Games were designed and will be supervised by FEWW-UUT. Details available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. Related Links: Thermonuclear War Games (Scenario No. 2)  Postmortem All Groups []


The Dark Side of the Bioeconomy: Climate Catastrophe, Forest Destruction, and Human Rights Abuses "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Dark Side of the Bioeconomy: Climate Catastrophe, Forest Destruction, and Human Rights Abuses Over 115 Organisations from 40 countries hold day of action to reject the BioFuture Platform   (November 7, 2018) An international coalition of more than 120 organisations from 40 countries today warns that the rapid global growth of the so-called []

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Guest post: Combining renewables with direct air capture for net negative emissions "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Jan Wohland is a PhD student at Forschungszentrum Jlich, Dr Dirk Witthaut is a junior professor at Forschungszentrum Jlich, and Dr Carl-Friedrich Schleussner is head of climate science and impacts at Climate Analytics.

The recent special report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has shown that limiting global warming to 1.5C is still within reach, but that it requires rapid and stringent cuts to global CO2 emissions.

Modelling pathways that achieve the Paris Agreement goals rely on swift decarbonisation of the power sector and scaling up of negative emissions an array of techniques to remove CO2 from the atmosphere and store it on land or underground.

However, both tasks have challenges to overcome. Shifting away from fossil fuels and towards renewable electricity requires accommodating the variable nature of, for example, wind and solar power. Negative emissions techniques, meanwhile, face challenges of cost, scale and acceptability before being ramped up.

For example,...


Spoofed Elections Oh No Here we go again "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

He who is unfit to serve his fellow citizens wants to rule them.  ~Ludwig von Mises Understanding the Socialist Delusion On one occasion, so it was narrated, Stalin called for a live chicken and proceeded to use it to make an unforgettable point before some of his henchmen. Forcefully clutching the chicken in one hand, []


Protection flip-flop leaves rare Indonesian shrikethrush in harms way "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

MANADO, Indonesia  Wildlife photographer Henri Hebimisa remembers the excitement of his first encounter with an elusive songbird inhabiting the montane forest of his hometown in the Sangihe islands of Indonesias North Sulawesi province. The voice was so loud. I got very excited, he recalls of the Sangihe shrikethrush (Coracornis sanghirensis), a species also known as the Sangihe whistler. Henri says he was lucky to see the bird, a species found only in the primary forests of Mount Sahendaruman and Mount Sahengbalira on Sangihe, an island of just 461 square kilometers smaller than the city of Los Angeles near the southern Philippines. He says it took more than 10 treks into the shrikethrushs habitat before he first encountered the bird. Camping for one night is not enough, he says. The Sangihe shrikethrush is an elusive songbird found only in the montane forest of Sangihe Island, North Sulawesi province, Indonesia. Image by Henri Hebimisa. While little is known about the species, its clear that the wild population is small and declining. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) estimates the current population at fewer than 255, and has since 2000 classified the Sangihe shrikethrush as critically endangered, or a step away from being extinct in the wild. Its a species that doesnt migrate. And as its habitat is lost to logging and plantations, its population has taken a hit. In light of these conditions, the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) recommended the bird be named a protected species, which would


Parrotfish, critical to reef health, now protected under Mexican law "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Mexico protected 10 species of parrotfish in October, a move that conservationists say will help the countrys coral reefs recover, in addition to safeguarding the species numbers. Its really good news for Mexico, Mara Jos Gonzlez-Bernat, a marine biologist and scientific adviser to the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense, said in an interview. A midnight parrotfish (Scarus coelestinus), one of the species now protected by the Mexican government. Image by Adona9 via Wikimedia Commons (CC 3.0). Known by the acronym for its name in Spanish, AIDA backed a proposal to the Mexican government from the Healthy Reefs Initiative to codify the legal protection of these 10 species, which argued that they are critical to robust and resilient coral reefs. The group has also launched a three-year project to shore up populations of parrotfish and other plant-eating fish that live in the waters off Mexico and five other Latin American countries. The health of many of the coral reefs in these places has declined, Gonzlez-Bernat said, and AIDA believes that safeguarding herbivorous fish is crucial to allowing coral-anchored ecosystems to come back. They graze on the algae that, left unchecked, can blanket reefs and choke off corals supply of oxygen and light. These algae inhibit corals growth and their ability to withstand the damaging effects of climate change, such as bleaching. Mexicos registry of protected species now includes the princess parrotfish (Scarus taeniopterus). Image by Adona9 via Wikimedia Commons (CC 3.0). Until recently, parrotfish and other herbivores werent traditionally high on

Face-to-face with what may be the last of the worlds smallest rhino, the Bornean rhinoceros (insider) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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Threat Assessments for Cross-border Invasion and Homeland Defense The Making of a Low Intensity Conflict or Worse. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The key to understanding what is going on, is to get educated about the truth of who is behind these groups, who they really are, and what their ultimate goal and purpose is, then decide what can be done about it. It is doubtful there will be a second warning. Be prepared, because this is []


'Barbaric' rituals of recent stag hunt "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

'Barbaric' rituals of recent stag hunt

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Sailing for change "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Sailing for change

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'Nature' prescriptions improve wellbeing "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

'Nature' prescriptions improve wellbeing

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Becoming a conscious company "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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Remember Obama's 2008 climate promises? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Remember Obama's 2008 climate promises?

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Why top predators matter (insider) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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Wildlifes greatest spectacle is critically endangered (insider) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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DRC communities file complaint with German development bank to resolve century-old land conflict with palm oil company "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Nine communities from the DR Congo took a historic step this week by filing a complaint with the complaints mechanism of the German development bank (Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft DEG). The communities of the DR Congo want a resolution to a land conflict that dates back to the Belgian colonial period with a palm oil company that is currently being financed by a consortium of European development banks led by DEG.



Passengers See Dog Riding Bus Alone Then Discover The Sweet Reason Why "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Last week, Tet Tapuyao and her friend were on a jeepney bus heading home from work in the Philippines when, much to their surprise, an unlikely passenger hopped aboard at one of the stops a big black dog.

"I asked a recent passenger if he was the owner," Tapuyao told The Dodo. "To my amazement, he said no, he wasn't."

What the solo-riding pup was up to, however, soon became crystal clear.

Credit: Clarissa Carillo

Neither Tapuyao nor her friend had ever seen a dog traveling by bus alone before. They were smitten by his initiative, and speculated about where the pup might be headed. "We kept laughing," Tapuyao said, "amazed and charmed by the dog and by the situation's peculiarity. We were really fascinated at the sight."

Tapuyao decided to take out her phone and record a video, hoping to see how the whole thing resolved. Not long after, the bus pulled up to a stoplight next to another public transport vehicle, called a multicab, filled with people. And that's where things got really interesting.

"One of the kids in the multicab shouted, 'Oh my! It's Vince!'" Tapuyao said. "Then another, 'Mom! It's Vince,' pointing at the dog."

Sure enough, the dog had found his family. Here's footage of that big surprise:

Turns out, Vince the dog's family had left him at home while they headed on an outing that day. But, evidently not thrilled at the thought of being left out, Vince decided to trail them on their journey and by bus must have seemed a good way to do it.

In the end, he got to join them after all.

"They didn't have any choice but to bring Vince together with them," Clarissa Carillo, a niece of the dog's owner, told The Dodo.

Vince's plan had worked.

Credit: Clarissa Carillo

The dog's family does sometimes take him on errands with them by bus, so he already had a basic understanding of how the system works. But...


Exhausted Carriage Horse Collapses On The Side Of The Road "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Charlot the carriage horse was desperate for help.
Standing on the cobblestone street after giving a ride to passengers, the exhausted horse coughed and gasped for air as concerned passersby looked on. After a few minutes of wheezing, he collapsed onto the ground.
People called for SPCA officers, but it was too late. He was gone and animal advocates are certain he wont be the last of Old Montreals carriage horses to die right on the streets.

Credit: Facebook/Julie Ducharme

This summer, the Canadian city announced plans to ban the carriages, also known as calches, by December 2019 due to a long-running history of animal welfare violations. After this incident, proponents say the ban cant come soon enough.
Nobody is overseeing the situation, Mirella Colalillo, coordinator for the Anti-calche Defense Coalition, told The Dodo. Its good that there is going to be a ban in a year, but in the meantime, nobody is protecting the horses and the laws are not being enforced.

Warning: Graphic footage of the incident below

This incident especially hit home for Chris Romanyk, who lives in the apartment building that Charlot collapsed and died in front of. "Even in our apartment, you heard the horse crying," Romanyk told CBC News. "It was gut-wrenching. It was screaming in pain. It is really hard to actually describe. It was really an upsetting sound."

According to Colalillo, its currently harder than ever to keep track of and document welfare concerns throughout this industry, as the city has not kept advocacy groups up-to-date on the records of individual animals whom the companies own. She also said the company owners regularly change the horses names to make it harder for groups like hers to monitor them....


Woman Checks Security Camera To Find Huge Animal Visiting Her Porch "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A little snow on the sidewalk was no match for this giant houseguest.

Last week in Wasilla, Alaska, homeowner Summer Hooke woke to find some footprints on her snow-covered front porch. When she checked her security camera recordings from the night before to see who had been there, she recovered some surprising and hilarious footage.

Standing on her doorstep at 3 a.m. was a female moose, happily munching away on some plants sitting on a table. She stood there eating for a few seconds, and then tossed the flowerpot onto the floor before making a run for it.

But she wasnt alone.

A few minutes later, the hungry assailant returned with a partner to help ambush some other potted plants on the porch. The sneaky pair crept up to some flowers and nibbled on them for a bit before walking away.

It was the perfect crime except they werent very good at covering their tracks.

Watching the footage, Hooke and her husband couldnt believe how nonchalantly the hooved visitor helped herself to the free snacks on their porch.

She was basically looking in our front door windows, Hooke told The Dodo. We get them in our yard regularly, but they dont usually come that close to the front door.

Apparently, this isnt the first time the moose has visited the neighborhood.

My neighbors said they named her Twiggy, Hooke said. Shes a smaller female and has been hanging out in the area for about three years now.

Credit: Facebook/Summer Hooke

If theres still any question as to why Twiggy likes this neighborhood so much, well, Hooke might have the answer: The moose is a big fan of potted plants.

We were laughing, Hooke said. Its always a surprise living in Alaska! You never know what youll run into next....

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