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Monday, 18 September


Maria rapidly intensifying, about to slam into Leeward Islands as a major hurricane "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Hurricane "Maria" is expected to rapidly intensify over the next 48 hours and slam into the Leeward Islands as a major, Category 3 or 4 hurricane late Monday, September 18 / early Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (local time). Maria is then expected to move...... Read more

Indigenous victory: Brazils Temer decrees 1.2 million Amazon reserve "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Tapeba Indians during a retomada (reoccupation) of their ancestral land in the Indigenous Territory of Tapeba. Photo by Renato Santana / Cimi The Temer government, widely criticized for its attacks on indigenous rights, has approved its first significant measure in favor of the countrys indigenous communities. Last week, Brazils official gazette published a decree, signed by Justice Minister Torquato Jardim, establishing the Indigenous Territory of Turubaxi-Ta along the middle reaches of the Negro River in the state of Amazonas. More than 900 Indians from ten different groups, distributed in eight villages, inhabit the reserve, which covers 1.2 million hectares (2.9 million acres). It is an important victory for the Indians, who have been struggling for over two decades to have their lands recognized. The long delay has harmed the communities, as the un-demarcated land has been repeatedly invaded by loggers and farmers. The indigenous groups are confident that the situation will now improve. We are still suffering threats and other acts of disrespect, said Carlos Nery Pira-Tapuya, president of the Association of Indigenous Communities on the Middle Negro River (ACIMRN). But we believe that, once our territory is demarcated, there will be fewer invasions and in this way our communities will be able to make great advances in administering the territory. Marivelton Barroso Bar, president of the Federation of the Indigenous Organization of the Negro River (FOIRN), said the government has finally done what it should have done years ago: It is the duty of the Brazilian state to recognise


Increase in World Hunger Fueled by Conflict, Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Originally published at   Armed conflicts and climate change are key factors being blamed for a rise in worldwide hungerthe first in over a decade, according to a new United Nations report. Malnutrition and food insecurity affected 815 million... Read More

The post Increase in World Hunger Fueled by Conflict, Climate Change appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.


The Difference Between Therapy Dogs, Service Dogs And Emotional Support Animals "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A dog does not need a special title to make a difference in his owners life he or she will happily offer companionship and comfort without asking anything in return. But sometimes making it official can help.

Service dogs, therapy dogs and emotional support animals are all types of hardworking canines with very different responsibilities. Some of these dogs are faithful pets, while others have spent years training to perform tasks. While the names of these helpful pups can get confusing, their roles arent exactly interchangeable.

So what is the difference between therapy dogs, service dogs and emotional support animals?

Service and assistance dogs

Meet Finnegan McNeil, a toy schnauzer and hearing alert service dog. He helps his dad navigate the world safely by alerting him to important sounds such as sirens, alarms, doorbells and cell phone rings with physical cues, such as pushing his nose to his dads hand.

Finnegans owner has hearing loss associated with Meniere's disease, and he relies on his service dog to keep him safe both in public and private spaces.

Finnegan spent two years training to perform his special task, and when he is on the job, he must stay focused. Service dogs like Finnegan can aid with a wide range of disabilities, from the physical to sensory, psychiatric, intellectual and mental. They help their owners in many critical ways by retrieving objects, pulling wheelchairs, turning on light switches, pushing elevator buttons, opening and closing doors or finding help.

One of the most important distinctions between service dogs and other types of working animals is that dogs like Finnegan are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Under the ADA, service dogs are not required to wear a special vest or sign (though they often do), nor do their owners have to provide proof of training.

Finnegan can go anywhere his dad goes, even if dogs typically arent allowed. According to the ADA, service dogs can enter libraries, supermar...


Whats Driving Tree Plantation Expansion in Latin America, Africa and Asia? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Originally published by World Rainforest Movement


Years before governments adopted the Paris Agreement, international initiatives promising millions of hectares of reforestation and forest restoration were launched, supposedly to benefit the environment and local communities. Yet, not one example of reforestation at scale exists that has achieved the promised benefits for communities and the environment. The one experience that has worked is the planting of hundreds of millions of hectares of eucalyptus, pine, rubber and oil palm plantations which the UN, governments and companies misleadingly call planted forests. Analyzing international plans more carefully, is it clear that communities in countries where the reforestation and forest restoration plans now announced in connection with the Paris Agreement should be on high alert.

The Bonn Challenge (1) was launched in 2011 in an event sponsored by the German Ministry of Environment and the conservation organization IUCNthe International Union for the Conservation of Nature (2). According to its website, the Bonn Challenge is a global effort to restore 150 million hectares of the worlds deforested and degraded land by 2020(..). The initiative emphasizes the importance of a landscape approach instead of a limited approach. Promoters say that 124.32 million hectares have already been pledged for this purpose, and that the 2014 New York Declaration on Forests has endorsed the Bonn Challenge thereby increasing its goal to no fewer than 350 million hectares and moving its deadline to 2030.

However, we cannot find a clear explanation on the Bonn Challenges website of the kind of restoration that will take place. It is unclear whether this might be with monoculture tree plantations, remembering that there are no examples in the world of native restoration programs on the scale of millions of hectares. The only reforestation on this scale that worked, has been the planting of tens of millions of hectares of monoculture eucalyptus, pine, acacia, rubber and oil palm. This expansion has occurred almost without exce...


Under construction Nam Ao dam bursts, causing severe flash flooding, Laos "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

An under construction Nam Ao Hydropower Project in Phaxay district, Xieng Khuang Province of Laos burst on September 11, 2017, causing severe flash flooding. According to KPL, Lao News Agency, many farmlands of people in Thathom district, Xaysomboun Province have...... Read more


Beyond Harvey and Irma "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The militarization of homeland security and disaster relief in the climate change era


Follow The Money "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

By Dr. Duane Thresher. From Real Climatologists. September 18, 2017 Abstract: The wasted and misspent money at NASA GISS and all climate research institutions is staggering. So, as they said in Watergate, follow the money. Like all global warming skeptic climate scientists we are accused of taking money from oil companies and conservative organizations. We


Magnitude 5.6 115km S of San Francisco del Mar, Mexico September 18, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

USGS Event Page
2017-09-18 14:19:12 UTC
Magnitude 5.6
115km S of San Francisco del Mar, Mexico
Location: 15.192N   -94.618W
11.7 km depth


Guardian: Climate Scientists are Not Just In it for the Money "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The Guardian has posted an article defending climate scientists against accusations theyre just grant money grubbing liars. The idea that climate scientists are in it for the cash has deep ideological roots Graham Readfearn Author and academic Nancy MacLean says cynicism about the motives of public servants, including government-backed climate


Severe storm kills 8, injures at least 140 in western Romania "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A severe storm that swept over parts of Croatia and Serbia on Saturday and Sunday, September 17, 2017, killed 8 people and injured at least 140 as it reached western Romania late Sunday. Most of those who died were hit by falling trees or flying objects. According...... Read more



MARIA Expected to Become a Major Hurricane Late Monday National Hurricane Center Current Status as of 8:00 AM AST Mon Sep 18 Max sustained: 110 mph [~ 177 km/h, Cat. 2B on FEWW New Hurricane Scale] Location: 14.6N, 59.7W Moving: WNW at 12 mph Min pressure: 967 mb Related Links:   Advertisements Filed []


FIRE-EARTH E-E ALERTS 091801 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

All Groups FIRE-EARTH E-E ALERTS 091801 [Issued by FIRE-EARTH Science Team.] Details via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.  Filed under: News Alert Tagged: 091801, E-E ALERTS, FIRE-EARTH Alerts, FIRE-EARTH E-E ALERT, FIRE-EARTH PULSARS, FIRE-EARTH Science


Oil palm firms advance into Leuser rainforest, defying Aceh governors orders "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Oil palm plantation companies are still eating away at the Leuser Ecosystem, one of Indonesias last best rainforests, despite a provincial ban on forest clearance to make way for the lucrative estates. In some cases, fruit from these plantations has entered the refineries of Wilmar International, Golden Agri-Resources, Musim Mas other palm oil giants that have promised to purge their supply chains of deforestation and other ills. Leuser straddles the border of Aceh and North Sumatra provinces, in the archipelago countrys westernmost reaches. It is home to an array of rare animals, including the unique Sumatran varieties of rhino, elephant, tiger and orangutan, In June 2016, the Acehnese government declared a moratorium on forest clearance for oil palm development, in a bid to prevent the loss of critical lowland forests in the Leuser Ecosystem. The moratorium was stipulated in a circular letter that ordered all oil palm firms to stop clearing forests, even within areas they have already been licensed to develop, while the government reviews their permits. That policy came on the heels of an announcement by President Joko Widodo that there should be no new oil palm plantation permits, with the country covered in the licenses already. But more than a year since Aceh issued its moratorium, plantations have continued to expand into Leuser. During the first seven months of 2017, Leuser lost 3,941 hectares of forest cover, an area almost three times as large as Los Angeles International Airport, according to local watchdog Forest, Nature and Environment


Pipeline Builders Win Big Whether the Gas is Needed "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

ACP has severe economic & environmental impacts

Pipeline Payday: How Builders Win Big, Whether More Gas Is Needed or Not

Close corporate relationships between pipeline builders and gas buyers are allowing companies to reap higher profits while locking in emissions for years to come.

From an Article by Phil McKenna, Inside Climate News, August 3, 2017

The real fight over Americas energy future isnt in coal, despite the Trump administrations public focus on a mining revival. Rather, dozens of pipeline projects, making up one of the largest expansions of natural gas infrastructure in U.S. history, are where the fossil fuel action is.

At a cost of billions of dollars, these pipelines will tap the rich reservoir of fracked natural gas flowing out of the Marcellus-Utica shale basin that lies under much of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

The Trump administration and its allies, energy-dominance manifestoes in hand, are eager to see these projects approved as soon as the presidents nominees to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) are confirmed by the Senate.

But are all these new gas pipelines really needed?

Critics say that the financial interests of gas and electric companiesnot market demandare driving most of the new pipelines proposed for the region. Those profits are approved by FERC, an agency that is charged with ensuring public interests, but that nurtures an exceptionally cozy relationship with industry, as described in a comprehensive investigation published last month by the Center for Public Integrity and StateImpact Pennsylvania, with National Public Radio.

At every turn, the agencys process favors pipeline companies, the review found after the groups interviewed more than 100 people, reviewed FERC records, and analyzed nearly 500 pipeline cases.

It also noted another cozy relationship: the tight corporate links between the companies building the pipelines and those buying the natural gas, either to deliver it to homes and businesses or to use it to make electricity.

These close relationships, explored in greater depth here by InsideClimate News, not only set up surefire profits at the expense of consumers, critics say; they also lock in long-term...


Near Earth and Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (2012 TC4) to fly-by on 2017/10/12 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Will asteroid 2012 TC4 hit Earth in October 2017? 2012 TC4 is an Apollo near-Earth asteroid roughly 20 meters in diameter. On October 12, 2017 at 5:42 UT, the asteroid will pass 0.00033 AU from Earth. NEODyS shows there is no chance of an Earth impact before October 12, 2050. The asteroid rates -3.66 on []


Does social forestry always decrease deforestation and poverty? (commentary) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Despite decades of hard environmental battle against deforestation, tropical forest losses continue unabated. Forests are cut down to make way for cattle-grazing land, oil palm plantations or other non-forests uses. Often, governments justify this deforestation by pointing to the prospective economic and social benefits that are generated when a natural forest is turned into a plantation or other agricultural use. While deforestation continues in many parts of the world, there is, at the same time, a growing realization that forests are actually quite important for many rural communities. For example, 66 percent of Indonesias poor live in or around forest, and these forests provide vital goods and services to those communities, including flood prevention, clean water, fish, medicinal plants, bushmeat and many others. The tricky question for governments is where the balance lies. How much forest needs to be kept to maintain traditional forest livelihoods and other services derived from natural systems, and how much forest could be cut down to provide land for agriculture-based development? Which of these two options provides the best overall outcome in terms of economic development, increasing social welfare and protecting the environment? Unfortunately, with the true costs and benefits of deforestation unknown, such crucial questions remain largely ignored, and governments generally remain supportive of the well-worn path of deforestation. Figure 1. Degraded peat swamp area in West Kalimantan where currently very little agricultural production is possible because of high fire risk, low soil fertility, frequent flooding, and remoteness of the area. When do the


Another climate scam money intended for climate goes to union boost "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

SACRAMENTO, CALIF.  (AP) Sept 16, 2017 Plan to spend $1.5B in climate money includes union boost BY JONATHAN J. COOPERAssociated Press California lawmakers gave a boost to a union looking to organize Tesla workers Friday as they approved a plan to spend $1.5 billion on environmental initiatives using money from the states recently renewed program


Winton Capital Sets Up Climate Change Prediction Market "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

From The GWPF Date: 12/09/17 |Lindsay Fortado, Financial Times One of Europes largest hedge funds is looking to move into the gambling industry in the UK, as it sets up a new venue where players can bet on the effects of climate change. The project is hoping to tempt climate scientists to put their money


Are Doomsday Scenarios Best Seen As Failed Predictions Or Political Detonators? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Date: 16/09/17  | Tor H Aase, The Geographical Journal of Nepal The so-called Theory of Himalayan Environmental Degradation predicted an environmental collapse by the end of last millennium, threatening the life of millions of people. Fortunately, the all-encompassing crisis did not materialize. The article shows that the Theory failed to take into account the vast

Sunday, 17 September


EPA evaluating red teams to challenge climate science despite hurricanes "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

From The Washington Examiner by John Siciliano | Sep 15, 2017, 11:00 AM The Trump administration is looking to create a red team to challenge the accepted science on climate change and the impact of carbon dioxide emissions on the Earths temperature, but there is no timeline on when that exercise will occur even though


Equifax, Ineptitude and In-situ corruption at our expense Well that at least explains part of it "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

There are those that oppress and take advantage of people, and loot society and demand that you agree with them, support them, and thank them for destroying your life. Yes, they do want the loot, but more than anything else, they insist that you admit that they are right to do the looting and demand []


Crop Disasters Declared in 259 Counties across 23 States USDA "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CG 1709R USDA designates hundreds of counties across the US as crop disaster areas Major losses and damages caused by multiple disasters including drought and deluge, frost and freeze, hail and high winds, snow and excessive rainfall, as well as other extreme climate and weather events have prompted USDA to designate at least 259 counties []


Resistance to Bayou Bridge Pipeline Continues with Floating Protest Camp "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Aviva Shen / Think Progress

DONALDSONVILLE, LOUISIANA Tour guides like to call Bayou Lafourche the longest Main Street in the world. The sleepy 65-mile stretch of water once lined with slave plantations now passes through dozens of small communities. More than 300,000 people rely on the bayou for drinking water.

Bayou LaFourche also happens to lie along a route of great interest to Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.

The company wants to lay pipe a few feet under the mud as part of the proposed Bayou Bridge Pipeline. Activists call the Bayou Bridge Pipeline the tail end of the black snake the Dakota Access Pipeline is the head. Bayou Bridge would funnel 480,000 barrels of oil per day over the final 162 miles to refineries in St. James. On the way, it would pass through eight watersheds and many fragile wetlands.

Activists gathered on Saturday to float down Bayou LaFourche and tell households along the way whats about to happen in their backyards.

Often, people in the communities were in dont know about these projects until theyre already a done deal. They may even already be in the ground or they dont find out until they start digging a hole to lay the pipe, said Meg Logue, an organizer with the environmental group 350 Louisiana.

Southern Louisiana is already laced with pipelines, many of which are broken, abandoned, or leaking. Massive piles of sediment known as spoil banks mark the graves of defunct projects companies havent bothered to clean up. These spoil banks dam up waterways, which in turn worsens floods and builds up pollution.

The anger over yet another pipeline bubbled over in a recent...


FIRE-EARTH E-E ALERTS 091701 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

All Groups FIRE-EARTH E-E ALERTS 091701 [Issued by FIRE-EARTH Science Team.] Details via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. Filed under: News Alert Tagged: 091701, E-E ALERTS, FIRE-EARTH Alerts, FIRE-EARTH E-E ALERT, FIRE-EARTH PULSARS, FIRE-EARTH Science


Finally, some commonsense western fire policies "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

New DOI and DOA policy to cut overgrown, diseased, dead and burned trees is long overdue Paul Driessen President Trump promised to bring fresh ideas and policies to Washington. Now Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue are doing exactly that in a critically important area: forest management and conflagration prevention. Their actions


Strong explosion at Zhupanovsky, ash cloud to 7 km (23 000 feet) a.s.l. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A strong ash explosion was observed at Zhupanovsky volcano, Kamchatka, Russia at 23:30 UTC on September 16, 2017. According to data provided by the Tokyo VAAC, ash cloud reached a height of 7 km (23 000 feet) above sea level and drifted southwest. This is the first...... Read more


Arrested Protestors say FERC is a Corrupt Agency "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Arrest of Andrew Hinz, 25 year FERC veteran

Disruption of U.S. Senate hearing includes a 25-year veteran of FERC

From an Article by Fossil Free Rhode Island, September 9, 2017

Three activists with Beyond Extreme Energy disrupted Thursdays Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the nominations of the final two members to join Trumps FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Committee). One of the arrestees was a 25-year veteran of the agency.

FERC is the agency that approved the expansion of the fracked gas pipeline and the compressor station, the site of the proposed gigawatt Invenergy power plant in Burrillville. Approval by FERC is also required for the National Grid liquefaction facility planned at Fields Point in the Port of Providence.

At Thursdays committee hearing, when Chairwoman Senator Murkowski asked the nominees, Richard Glick and Kevin McIntyre, to stand, Andrew Hinz also stood and shouted:
Have a conscience! FERC is destroying the atmosphere!

In a prepared statement, Hinz wrote:

Because I spent 25 years working at FERC, I am compelled to speak out. It is abundantly clear now that natural gas is not a safe bridge fuel. We must divert any proposed investment in fossil fuel infrastructure not required for safety to a rapid transition to sustainable energy. FERC is broken and in dire need of a reset. It must take into account solid, overwhelming evidence of climate impacts and, instead of permitting fossil fuel expansion projects, it must support and aggressively promote incorporation of sustainable energy into our grid. Until FERC is reset, we are witnessing an undemocratic, non-representative process that is merely an extension of the fossil fuel industry and is destroying our atmosphere and poisoning our water. My message to our legislators: find your conscience before it is too latewhile there is still time to keep our planet habitable.

Ted Glick, a New Jersey-based activist who was arrested at a similar hearing for Trumps first two nominees to FERC, stood and repeatedly asked Congress to investigate FERC. The agencys abuses of law and power have been exhaustively documented by the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, which hosted a speak-out at the National Press Club last year.

Ted Glick met earlier this year wi...


Massive dust storm sweeps across northern Algeria "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A massive dust storm swept through northern Algeria's provinces of Djelfa, Laghouat, and Tiaret on Friday, September 15, 2017. The storm was caused by strong thunderstorms and powerful south-west winds. A weather station in Tiaret Province, near the city of...... Read more


The Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons goes International! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Were Hitting the Road with the U.K. End Toxic Prisons Tour. Check out dates and details below.

This Autumn, the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons will be touring the UK with Community Action on Prison Expansion.

All over the world prisons are toxic environments causing social and ecological harm. Folks from the US have been organizing resistance at the intersection of mass incarceration and the environment, successfully delaying the only current Federal prison construction for over 2 years!


The Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons takes to the streets of Washington D.C. in June 2016.

Through grassroots organizing, advocacy and direct action they have been challenging the prison system which is putting prisoners at risk of dangerou...


Claim: Chocolate CAUSES Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The Chocolate Climate Worriers have switched tactics, from claiming that climate is going to kill all the cocoa plants, to claiming we should feel guilty about wanting chocolate in the first place. New Research Suggests Cocoa Trade Fueling Climate Change Is your chocolate bar damaging the environment? 17/09/2017 8:07 AM


Hurricane "Maria" expected to strike Leeward Islands early next week "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Tropical Storm "Maria" formed in the Atlantic Ocean at 21:00 UTC on September 16, 2017 as the 13th named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. Maria is expected to be a Category 1 or 2 hurricane when it approaches the Leeward Islands early next...... Read more

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