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Friday, 17 November

00:27

Very bright fireball explodes over northern Finland, sonic boom reported "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A very bright fireball exploded over Lapland, northern Finland at 16:40 UTC (18:40 EET) on November 16, 2017. The event lasted between 5 and 10 seconds and was seen across northern Finland, especially Nellim, Solojrvi and Ivalo, and from northern Norway. This...... Read more

The uncertain future of Bogots shantytowns "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

BOGOTA, Colombia Up here amidst the clouds and along the ridgeline of the mountain range chain of the Andean Cordillera, its hard to believe that San German is on the edge of Colombias booming metropolis of Bogot. The shantytown is nestled between three marshlands, a messy constellation of homes improvised from plywood, tarpaulin sheets, and brick. There is an almost permanent dampness in San German, caused by the high altitude, and a cold wind whistles through its homes. Speaking recently above the din of a noisy rain smacking down on his homes tin roof, San Germans twenty-six year-old community leader, Arley Estupin, argues that the settlement is a result of politics. Estupin sasuxys places like San German owe their existence to an unwillingness by Colombias politicians to house vulnerable and destitute citizens who migrate to the capital. That is why we end up living here in these conditions, and yet [the government] still wants to kick us out, he said. Estupin is the spokesperson for the growing population of San German, and his goal is to get it recognized as a legitimate neighborhood. There are no official estimates, but Arley puts the number at 300 or so families living there. At the moment the shantytown is in limbo, deemed an illegal squat by the Bogot mayors office because it lies within the boundaries of a national park, called Entrenubes (literally, between the clouds). In the meantime, the community is working with a nonprofit legal group seeking to help San German obtain

Alliance of the Bear: Native groups stymie Trump, tar sands pipelines "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Grand Chief Serge Otsi Simon of the Kanesatake Mohawk addresses a crowd in Montreal. Photo courtesy of the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands On July 4, 2017, while the rest of America celebrated Independence Day with cookouts and fireworks, Grand Chief Serge Otsi Simon of the Kanesatake Mohawk stood before a gathering of North American tribal leaders, vibrating with anger. Simon, a powerfully built man with long, thick, graying hair cascading down his back, has spent years fighting for a pan-Indian alliance to challenge the expansion of pipelines across the continent. Now he quivered with controlled rage. Relatives, he said, Lets be realistic. If France did to Great Britain what the U.S. and Canada do to us, it would be an act of war. Well, why isnt it war now? I keep peace in one hand, but dammit. Im getting frustrated. Simon was speaking out from an unlikely venue: inside a Rapid City, South Dakota, Holiday Inn conference room, addressing tribal leaders from the Western U.S. and all across Canada, who had gathered to sign their names to the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion (TAATSE), a still-growing mutual-defense pact between tribal nations he has built over the last two years. It was a poignant place and time for the meeting; Rapid City is known as the City of Presidents, where, wandering downtown, one may bump into bronze casts of Lincoln or Reagan, amid shops built atop ground that the Lakota firmly consider to be their sovereign, unceded territory

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Thursday, 16 November

23:00

NBC: having a child is one of the worst things you can do for the environment "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall h/t Breitbart Climate Philosopher and parent Travis Rieder is back, demanding that other people refrain from having children for the sake of the planet. Science proves kids are bad for Earth. Morality suggests we stop having them. We need to stop pretending kids dont have environmental and ethical consequences.

22:48

Does Your Cat Miss You When Youre Gone? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The feline temperament has bewitched humans for the last 9,000 years. Yet with all that relationship history behind us, decoding cat behavior is still as challenging as trying to read hieroglyphics.

Of course, that doesnt stop cat lovers from trying especially when it comes to guessing how our cats really feel about us.

For many pet owners, spending extended time away from their beloved animal produces feelings of guilt and sadness. But is your kitty thinking about you as much as you think about him? Or is it possible cats are content as long as theres food in the bowl?

Credit: Sarah Schweig

According to Dr. Elizabeth Stelow, chief of animal behavior services at the University of California, Davis, there are some clear signs to suggest that our cats do miss us they just dont reveal their feelings the way wed expect. However, camps are split as to whether these antisocial behaviors are really signs of attachment or just catitude.

There is great debate about how much cats mind their owners leaving, Stelow told The Dodo. One study showed that some cats show signs of separation anxiety when left; these cats were most likely to urinate outside their litter boxes or be destructive. Another study showed that cats dont attach to their owners in these ways, and respond to strangers in the home the same way they respond to owners.

Is it possible that our felines' passive-aggressive behavior is their way of getting back at us for leaving them alone? Measuring a cats attachment to his primary caregiver can be tricky, as most are not eager to beg for our affection the way dogs do.

In dogs, we have used affection (choosing physical proximity and interest in being petted), willingness to do things we ask of them and distress when we leave, among other things, as...

21:49

Sick Puppies Found All Alone Knew They Could Never Be Apart "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The man hardly had enough money to take care of himself. But when he found two very sick puppies a few months ago, he did everything he could to help them.

The man, who goes by the name Gamaliel, had found Snow and Shylah while he was out feeding stray cats in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico.

Credit: Souls of Satos

He is a big cat feeder in Puerto Rico, Chelsey Williams, founder of Souls of Satos, a dog rescue group based in Dorado, Puerto Rico, told The Dodo. On his feeding route, he saw these two puppies. They were little at the time maybe 7 or 8 weeks old. They were by themselves and in horrible condition.

Gamaliel scooped up Snow and Shylah and took them home with him.

Credit: Souls of Satos

He actually tried to treat them himself for the first couple of weeks, Williams said. Hes really poor and he had no means to get them to the vet. He was doing the best he could.

But when Snow and Shylah went from bad to worse, Gamaliel reached out to Williams, who had helped him with rescue animals before. Williams agreed to take the puppies and get them to a vet, and Gamaliel found a way to drive them to her, even though she lived about two hours away.

Credit: Souls of Satos

The puppies had a severe case of demodex mange, a skin condition caused by parasites that burrow into the skin.

It was one of the worst cases of skin conditions that Ive ever seen, Williams said. They were broken, scared and not feeling well....

21:48

Asteroid 2017 VF14 flew past Earth on November 13 at 0.80 LD "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 VF14 flew past Earth at 0.80 LD / 0.00205 AU (~ 306 675 km / 190 559 miles) on November 13, 2017, two days after it was discovered. This is the 48th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of...... Read more

COP23: U.S., wealthy nations curtail climate aid for developing world "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A platform of climate protest signs on the grounds of the U.N. campus at COP23 in Bonn, Germany. Photo by Justin Catanoso BONN, Germany An anxious uncertainty hung in the air at the start of the 23rd annual United Nations climate summit two weeks ago: what role would the small U.S. negotiating team play in the era of Donald Trump, a climate denier who has forced the United States to become the only country on earth to reject the Paris Agreement? As the gavel falls ending COP23 on Friday, 17 November, the answer to that question will be apparent for all to see: obstruction. Obstruction by the worlds richest nation and the planets second-worst greenhouse gas emitter. For two weeks, the U.S. delegation has, by all accounts, worked to deny developing nations vulnerable to, and victims of, global warming the financial pathway they need to adapt to climate change or recover from climate-related losses and damages. Other wealthy nations, so-called developed countries, struggling with their own economic worries, immigration crises, or controversial energy dilemmas, have apparently followed the U.S. lead and fallen in line. At stake is the wide gap between the billions raised by developing nations and the billions more needed for developing countries to endure and adapt to global warmings dire impacts roughly $10.3B billion in cash has been raised so far toward a pledge of $100 billion a year starting in 2020, along with a pledge for access to financing from global banks.

It is time to recognize the limits of certification in agriculture (commentary) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In early 2017, the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) decided that it was going to stop working with certification in agriculture. It was actually a fairly easy and straightforward decision: After working with this tool for over 20 years, we could look back and conclude that certification was not the best approach to improve the sustainability of most farmers in the world, especially when considering the huge challenges we face from climate change, poverty, deforestation, soil and water contamination, and human rights violations. That is not to say that credible certification does not have a role anymore. In our history, we have seen many positive impacts from certification for workers, producers and the environment. But we have also increasingly come to recognize the limitations of certification as a tool to drive change in agricultural production systems at scale. In our opinion, there are four main interrelated limitations of certification in agriculture: Complexity Certification standards have a high degree of complexity, covering a wide range of issues. In practice, this means that more often than not the gap between producers reality and what is required by certification is simply too wide. Most farmers in the world lack the technical and financial resources to be able to bridge this gap. Over the years we have seen this happen especially for small farmers, in crops such as tea, coffee, and sugar. A certified farm in Costa Rica. Photo Credit: SAN. Cost relative to value From label fees to auditing and compliance costs, agriculture certification

20:41

Claim: groundwater depletion releases significant carbon dioxide "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

From the AMERICAN GEOPHYSICAL UNION and the giant sucking sound department: Groundwater depletion could be significant source of atmospheric carbon dioxide WASHINGTON D.C. Humans may be adding large amounts of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere by using groundwater faster than it is replenished, according to new research. This process, known as groundwater depletion, releases

20:12

Weather Terrorists Control The Climate "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

hhrt1Dane Wigington GeoengineeringWatch.org Climate engineering is nothing short of weather and biological warfare. Not only are our skies being constantly saturated with highly toxic climate engineering elements, extremely powerful and harmful radio frequency / microwave transmissions are being utilized to manipulate these materials (and thus, the weather / climate). How can we know for certain that

19:00

Catalonia: A Cry for Understanding and Recognition "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Photo from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9k0yb4dtoQ   By JLIA MONTA Via OpenDemocracy.net   On the 2nd of November, a Spanish judge sent the Catalan vice-president Oriol Junqueras and seven cabinet ministers to prison without bail, using an outdated penal code from Spains Francoist regime. Extradition warrants... Read More

The post Catalonia: A Cry for Understanding and Recognition appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.

18:25

New Video Highlights the Advocates Fighting Bomb Trains in Baltimore "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Local residents and advocates have been fighting explosive crude oil trains in Baltimore since 2014. From stopping a new crude oil terminal in 2015 to introducing a landmark piece of legislation zoning out all new and expanded crude oil terminals just last month, activists have made great strides in the fight to protect the city from bomb trains.

Watch the short documentary below to learn more about our campaign to stop bomb trains in Baltimore! The video was made by Travis Edwards in conjunction with our partners at Clean Water Action and features South Baltimore community leaders Rodette Jones, Ann Robinson, and Keisha Allen. Check it out! And after you watch, contact your Baltimore City Councilmember and urge them to support the Crude Oil Terminal Prohibition!

18:18

COP23: Trumps Delegation Calling for More Fossil Fuels Decried as Absurd "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

And we proudly stand up and tell you to Keep it in the ground, protesters sang out during a U.S.-sponsored event pushing fossil fuels at the UN climate summit in Bonn, Germany on Monday.(Photo: Twitter/@SustainUS)   Protesters interrupted... Read More

The post COP23: Trumps Delegation Calling for More Fossil Fuels Decried as Absurd appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.

18:11

COP23 video: What needs to happen by COP24 to keep the Paris Agreement on track? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Carbon Brief has been talking to a range of people attending COP23, the latest annual round of international climate negotiations being held this year in Bonn, Germany.

A large proportion of the talks has been focused on making progress across a range of issues before the next COP, which is due to be held in Katowice, Poland.

These include finalising the format of the Talanoa dialogue, the new Fijian name for the collective stocktake (or facilitative dialogue) scheduled for 2018 to allow countries to assess their progress towards meeting the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Carbon Brief asked delegates what they thought needs to happen by COP24 to maintain the momentum of the Paris Agreement.

The video above contains the thoughts of

Lidy Nacpil, coordinator of the Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development: The rich countries must deliver on climate financereduce their use of fossil fuels. (0:00-1:17)

Joanna Read, UK Youth Climate Coalition: Everyone needs to step up and actually do the work on the ground. (1:18-2:12)

Rachel Cleetus, lead economist at the Union of Concerned Scientists climate and energy programme: Were still not seeing the ambition and neither are we seeing the level of finance required. (2:13-3:11)

Carlos Rittl, executive secretary of the Climate Observatory in Brazil: We need a good draft of the rulebook for the Paris Agreement and, also, with significant additional climate finance. It is critical to provide assurances to the most vulnerable countries. (3:12-4:19)

Li Shuo, senior climate and energy officer at Greenpeace China: Hopefully, some of the technical issue [on the Paris rulebook] can be concluded by this time next year in PolandAnd we need a robust arrangement for the [Talanoa dialogue]. (4:20- 5:44]

Jacqueline Amongin, representative for Uganda at the Pan African Parliament: It is important that climate change is a key priority at parliaments we should be addressing agriculture, water, migration, all issues. (5:45-6:53)

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, leader of the climate and energy practice at WWF International and the COP20 pre...

17:31

Trump Administration Reverses Ban on Elephant Trophy Imports "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Campaigners condemn reversal, fear it will set back global efforts to stem the ivory trade

17:02

WV-DEP Side-Steps 401 Certification for Major Natural Gas Pipelines "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Secretary Capertons Letter to WVDEP Staff Regarding the Mountain Valley Pipeline (11/13/2017)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) Cabinet Secretary Austin Caperton sent the following letter to all staff this morning explaining the agencys decision on the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

Good morning:

Theres been a lot of news coverage recently of the WVDEPs decision regarding the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Many of you have been asked questions by friends or family about exactly what this agency did, what we didnt do, and how we arrived at our decision.

Id like to explain how this agency is protecting water quality with its permits.

First, it is important to understand Section 401 Certifications and Section 404 permits. Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act allows states an opportunity to ensure federal permitting actions will comply with a states water quality standards. The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) issues Clean Water Act Section 404 stream crossing and wetland permits, allowing fill to be placed in streams and wetlands. This permit is not for upland activities. The USACE can issue either an individual 404 permit for a particular activity or a general permit known as a Nationwide Permit. Nationwide Permits are used for common activities like highway construction or utility line construction. The USACE reissues Nationwide Permits every 5 years and likewise states are given an opportunity to issue 401 Certifications for these permits every 5 years.

The timeline is important to understand WVDEPs actions. WVDEP issued a 401 individual water quality certification for the Mountain Valley Pipeline project on March 23, 2017.

That 401 Certification had several conditions to ensure that temporary impacts to West Virginias waters would be minimized, and mitigation would be provided for permanent impacts. Importantly, during the same period of time that the WVDEP was working on this MVP individual certification, it was also developing special conditions for the reissuance of the USACE nationwide permit. This permit is called the Nationwide 12 permit. It is typically used by the USACE for utility line construction (including pipeline stream crossings). The special conditions West Virginia included in it is certification on the newly reissued Nationwide 12 permit (in April 2017) largely mirrored the conditions that West Virginia had previously placed (in March 2017) on the MVPs 401 Individual Certification.

An appeal was filed on Aug. 15, 2017 against WVDEP in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, raising the issues of antidegradation, karst, and the response to public comments. The WVDEP vacated and remanded the 401 Certification to re-evaluate the complete application. During this re-...

17:00

The U.S. Just Reversed A Major Ban On Elephant Tusks And Other 'Trophies' "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The U.S. government plans to reverse a 2014 ban that was passed to help save elephants from extinction, according to Safari Club International (SCI), a hunters' rights organization, which announced the news this week. ABC News then confirmed it with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Elephants are listed as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), which makes importing trophies impossible. But there is a loophole: Importing trophies is legal if there is reason to believe that hunting and killing endangered animals can help boost conservation. Zimbabwe which is currently in the grips of a political crisis and is where Walter Palmer shot and killed Cecil the lion in an illegal hunt and Zambia both claim that wealthy trophy hunters from the U.S. could aid local conservation efforts. Lifting the ban would encourage hunters to come and kill the animals so many people around the world are rallying to save.

Credit: Shutterstock

"Lets be clear: Elephants are on the list of threatened species; the global community has rallied to stem the ivory trade; and now, the U.S. government is giving American trophy hunters the green light to kill them," Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), said. "What kind of message does it send to say to the world that poor Africans who are struggling to survive cannot kill elephants in order to use or sell their parts to make a living, but that its just fine for rich Americans to slay the beasts for their tusks to keep as trophies?"
...

16:09

FIRE-EARTH Tribunal in Absentia: Testimonies by Expert Witnesses IV "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CJ OCT TML FIRE-EARTH Tribunal: Rape, Pillage and Plunder of Planet Earth (Session 2) FIRE-EARTH Tribunal in Absentia for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Crimes Against Nature, RPP of Planet Earth Details including Record of Proceedings available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. All Groups Latest FIRE-EARTH ALERTS, BULLETINS and MESSAGES available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.   Advertisements Filed []

15:53

NASAs black marble project shows the growth of energy at night on Earth "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Youve heard of the Blue Marble. The Blue Marble is an image of the Earth made on December 7, 1972, by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft at a distance of about 29,000 kilometers (18,000 miles) from the surface. It is one of the most reproduced images in human history, and a favorite of environmentalists because they claim it

15:28

Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits Izu Islands region, Japan "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the JMA as M6.2 hit Izu Islands region, Japan at 09:43 UTC (18:43 JST) on November 16, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles). USGS is reporting M5.8 at a depth of 71 km (44 miles), EMSC M5.8 at a...... Read more

A tranquilizer shortage is holding back rhino management plans in India "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Watching a rhino get tranquilized is indeed an experience to cherish. It is hard to imagine that such a powerful animal can become so vulnerable too, says Dharanidhar Boro, an officer on special duty at Manas National park, who has been working with greater one-horned rhinos in Indias Assam state since 1987. He describes the frenzy as more than 30 trained elephants circle a grazing rhino to try and contain it, and an official with a dart gun, riding atop one of the pachyderms, shoots a drug-laden syringe at the rhinos rump or neck. It takes eight to 10 minutes after the needle pierces the rhinos thick skin for the animal to go completely under; it takes off running at first, then staggers, before finally collapsing onto its chest or side. While the experience is no fun for the animal, tranquilization makes it possible to give rhinos veterinary care, affix radio collars to track them, or safely transfer them into crates for relocation. The most important element of the tranquilizing cocktail that allows conservationists to safely knock out a 2,000-plus-kilogram (4,400-pound) rhino is a semi-synthetic opioid known as Etorphine HCl. Etorphine HCl is by far the best available choice for rhino immobilization today, says Amit Sharma, coordinator of rhino conservation at WWF-India. Other large herbivores, [such] as elephants can still be tranquilized safely with other options, but nothing better works for rhinos. Indias stock of the drug, however, is alarmingly low. The states of Assam, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh,

15:00

The Guardian: It is un-American to Avoid Watching Al Gores New Climate Flop "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Climate Scientist Mechanical Engineer John Abraham, writing for The Guardian, seems to think it is un-American to disagree with his views on climate change. An Inconvenient Sequel the science, history, and politics of climate change Al Gores new film is worth watching John Abraham Wednesday 15 November 2017 22.00 AEDT

12:41

Dakota Access Pipeline Company Paid Mercenaries to Build Conspiracy Lawsuit Against Environmentalists "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from The Intercept

The private security firm TigerSwan, hired by Energy Transfer Partners to protect the controversial Dakota Access pipeline, was paid to gather information for what would become a sprawling conspiracy lawsuit accusing environmentalist groups of inciting the anti-pipeline protests in an effort to increase donations, three former TigerSwan contractors told The Intercept.

For months, a conference room wall at TigerSwans Apex, North Carolina, headquarters was covered with a web-like map of funding nodes the firm believed it had uncovered linking billionaire backers to nonprofit organizations to pipeline opponents protesting at Standing Rock. It was a showpiece for board members and ETP executives, according to a former TigerSwan contractor part of a project that had little to do with the pipelines physical security.

In August, the law firm founded by Marc Kasowitz, Donald Trumps personal attorney for more than a decade, filed a 187-page racketeering complaint against Greenpeace, Earth First, and the divestment group BankTrack in the U.S. District Court of North Dakota, seeking $300 million in damages on behalf of Energy Transfer Partners. The NoDAPL movement, the suit claims, was driven by a network of putative not-for-profits and rogue eco-terrorist groups who employ patterns of criminal activity and campaigns of misinformation to target legitimate companies and industries with fabricated environmental claims.

It was as if the entire campaign came in a box. And of course it did, the suit alleges. Its objective was not to protect the environment or...

12:32

I Released 2,000 Minks From a Fur Farm. Now Im a Convicted Terrorist "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Kevin Johnson / The Guardian

People usually laugh when I tell them I am a convicted terrorist.

I try not to open with that it seems a little bit forward. First, I explain how my friend Tyler and I entered a fur farm in the dead of night. I describe the unspeakable suffering we found there. I tell people how Tyler and I opened every single cage and released 2,000 mink to save their lives. And once they have the context, I segue into the terrorism thing.

Now that I have been out of prison for more than a year, I can be a bit more lighthearted about it. But the seventh circuit court of appeals doesnt see the humor.

Last Wednesday, the court upheld the constitutionality of the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, the federal statute that put me away for three years and that my lawyers at the Center for Constitutional Rights have been trying to challenge for nearly a decade.

The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act is a piece of designer legislation written and paid for by the agriculture and pharmaceutical industries. It federalizes non-violent property crime and punishes it as terrorism but only when the perpetrators are motivated by the belief that animals deserve to live free from violence.

The court explicitly stated that the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act did not apply to four Fresno, California, teenagers who sneaked into a Foster Farms facility and bludgeoned 900 chickens to death with a golf club because they killed the chickens for no reason.

Put succinctly, I am a terrorist not because of what I did, but because the government dislikes why I did it.

I remember organizing my first protest, outside of the circus, in 2005. I was 19 years old. My friend and I argued with the police about whether our group could stand on a courtyard by the Staples Center and whether we could use megaphones. We asserted our rights, and we were successful.

That same year,...

12:01

Video: Thousands of illegally caught African gray parrots being rehabilitated "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Thousands of African gray parrots (Psittacus erithacus), seized from traffickers in Republic of the Congo by rangers, are being treated at a rescue centre built specially for the rehabilitation of these birds, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced Tuesday. The group released a video showing footage of some of the rescued birds at the facility built by WCS. The confiscated parrots were most likely being moved to Democratic Republic of the Congo, WCS said, from where the birds would be smuggled to markets in Europe and the Middle East. African gray parrots are extremely talented mimics. They are also one of the worlds most trafficked birds. Trapped illegally from the wild for the international pet trade, the bird has suffered catastrophic decline across its range. Close to 99 percent of African gray parrots have been wiped out from Ghanas forests since 1992, for instance, a 2015 study found. These birds are also being stolen from forests across the Republic of the Congo, conservationists say. Traffickers are vacuuming up African gray parrots from Africas forests, Emma Stokes, WCS Regional Director for Central Africa, said in a statement. This heartbreaking footage should serve as a wake-up call to any prospective buyers of parrots to avoid them unless they come from a highly reputable dealer and you are absolutely certain they were bred in captivity and not taken from the wild. African gray parrot. Photo by Julie Larsen Maher / WCS. Trapping the hyper-social African gray parrots in the wild is not hard. Collectors

Government revokes 406 mining permits in Indonesias East Kalimantan "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

SAMARINDA, Indonesia  Officials in Indonesias coal-rich province of East Kalimantan have announced the revocation of more than 400 mining permits, as part of ongoing efforts to clean up the industry. A total of 406 mining business licenses, or IUPs, out of the 1,404 issued in East Kalimantan, in the Indonesian portion of Borneo, have been withdrawn by the provincial mining board. All but 12 of those revoked were deemed not clean and clear, meaning the companies failed to meet all legal requirements, including registration to pay taxes, land rent and other royalties. Another 403 permits will be revoked in the future, bringing the total to 809, said Rusmadi, the East Kalimantan government official leading a team tasked with review mining permits in the province. The move is a part of a nationwide effort to stamp out irregularities in the countrys mining industry, which has long been plagued by corruption, legal violations, and environmental and social damage. At the national level, these efforts are led by Indonesias anti-graft agency, the KPK, which in 2014 launched an investigation into the mining industry by examining the legality of permits issued in 12 provinces. The investigation revealed that 40 percent of the nearly 11,000 licenses issued in these provinces were not clean and clear. East Kalimantan, Indonesias coal-mining heartland, with an estimated 28 percent of the countrys reserves of the fossil fuel, is one of the provinces under scrutiny investigation. More than half of the provinces total land area has been allocated for mining

09:01

Study urges global-change researchers to embrace variability "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Findings portend benefits in restoration and aquaculture VIRGINIA INSTITUTE OF MARINE SCIENCE Scientists typically make every effort to keep all factors but one constant when doing an experiment. Global-change scientists might move a coral from a reef to an aquarium whose water is held 1C higher to test the effects of the ocean warming predicted

07:31

Artificially cooling planet 'risky strategy,' new research shows "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Proposals to reduce the effects of global warming by imitating volcanic eruptions could have a devastating effect on global regions prone to either tumultuous storms or prolonged drought, new research has shown. Geoengineering - the intentional manipulation of the...... Read more

05:55

Yeah Breakout the dusty music "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Let it sneak out of my headphones as it groves across the room. Shhh listen. Standard YouTube License, Rare Earth affiliated with Motowns Rare Earth record label. All Rights Reserved Advertisements Filed under: Education, Entertainment, Randomness, Technology Tagged: 60s and 70s Music, American Rhythm and Blues, Funk, History, Music, Rare Earth

05:32

Bright fireball over Ohio, 43 reports received "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A bright fireball was seen streaking through the sky over Ohio, United States at 01:49 UTC on November 15, 2017 (20:49 EST, November 14). This is the third of four major fireball events within 10 hours, according to the International Meteor Organization (IMO). The...... Read more

Scientists give humanity second notice to shape up or suffer the consequences "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Scientists have issued a second warning of impending doom for the natural world if humanity does not make significant changes in how we treat the planet. The warning is presented in a paper published this week in Bioscience, and serves as a follow-up on a similar declaration by scientists in 1992. The first World Scientists Warning to Humanity was authored in 1992 by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and signed by 1,700 scientists, including most living Nobel laureates in the sciences. It called out the collision course between humans and the natural world, pointing to evidence of critical stress to the planets various systems, from the ocean and atmosphere to forests and soil. It describes how this stress manifested in depletion of ozone, water, fish stocks, soil productivity and biodiversity. They urged fundamental changes to be taken in order avoid catastrophe. Among them: moving away from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy, halting deforestation and the loss of species, more efficiently managing resources, stabilizing the human population, eliminating poverty and ensuring gender equity. A great change in our stewardship of the earth and the way of life on it is required, if vast human misery is to be avoided and our global home on this planet is not to be irretrievably mutilated, the 1992 declaration stated. The Kihansi spray toad (Nectophrynoides asperginis) is considered extinct in the wild. In World Scientists Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice, Bill Ripple, director of the Trophic Cascades Program at Oregon State

02:52

The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: November 8 - 14, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

New activity/unrest was reported for 3 volcanoes between November 8 and 14, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 13 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Aoba, Vanuatu | Dempo, Indonesia | Sarychev Peak, Matua Island (Russia). Ongoing activity:...... Read more

Bright fireball over western France, 70 reports received "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A bright fireball entered Earth's atmosphere over the city of Bordeaux, western France at 21:32 UTC (22:32 CET) on November 14, 2017, as the second major fireball event within 5 hours. It lasted up to 3 seconds. The International Meteor Organization (IMO)...... Read more

Lemur on the menu: most-endangered primates still served in Madagascar "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Editors note: This story contains a graphic image toward the bottom. SAVA REGION, Madagascar Two of Madagascars senior wildlife officials have separately confirmed that lemur meat is served in hotels in their region, despite ongoing efforts to end the illegal bushmeat trade and protect the worlds most endangered group of vertebrates. Another conservationist said local Malagasy people use a code to order lemur meat in restaurants without saying the animals name. Lemurs are found in the wild only in Madagascar and the neighboring Comoros islands, and more than 90 percent of the 111 remaining species are threatened, according to the Red List of Threatened Species from the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). The list identifies 24 species as Critically Endangered, 49 as Endangered, and another 20 as Vulnerable. In 2012, conservationists in a workshop for the IUCNs Species Survival Commission concluded that lemurs are probably more endangered than any other group of vertebrates. The animals have historically been hunted and eaten by local people living around Madagascars rainforests, many of whom live in poverty. In some parts of the country, certain species of lemurs are protected by fady, or cultural taboo, but elsewhere, lemur meat has traditionally been a source of protein for people who may otherwise go hungry. Reports of lemur consumption in urban restaurants sprang up after the countrys 2009 coup dtat, but have since died down. A gray bamboo lemur (Hapalemur griseus) rests in its namesake plant in Marojejy National park.

$2 billion investment in forest restoration announced at COP23 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Last Thursday, at the UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany (known as COP23), the World Resources Institute (WRI) announced that $2.1 billion in private investment funds have been committed to efforts to restore degraded lands in the Caribbean and Latin America. The investments will be made through WRIs Initiative 2020, which has already put 10 million hectares (about 25 million acres) of land under restoration thanks to 19 private investors who are supporting more than 40 restoration projects. Agriculture, forestry, and other land uses are responsible for about a quarter of global greenhouse emissions, but in Latin America and the Caribbean, they account for roughly half of all emissions. Thats why these sources of climate pollution are featured in the action plans, known as Nationally Determined Contributions (or NDCs), submitted by many countries as part of the Paris Climate Agreement (thats also why the UNs program for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, REDD+, was included in the Paris Agreement as a standalone article). Theres a plethora of recent research showing that, while halting deforestation is of course critical, the restoration of degraded forests and other landscapes are a vital component to meeting the Paris Agreements target of keeping global warming below two degrees Celsius. Forests currently remove an estimated 30 percent of manmade carbon emissions from the atmosphere, but a suite of studies released on the eve of COP23 found that they could be sequestering far more an additional 100 billion metric tons of carbon by the

02:07

New map of Antarctic geothermal heat suggests Steig & Mann 2009 werent measuring global warming "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

This is quite interesting. Remember the claim in on the front cover of Nature in 2009 by Steig and Mann that Antarctica was warming, thanks to that special Mannian PCA math sauce that was applied to air temperature data to smear surface temperature trends over the entire continent? It was dashed by climate skeptics who

01:10

Climate Talk Crisis: Wheres the Money? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall h/t GWPF UCS Strategy Director Alden Meyer has accused developed countries of hiding behind the United States, refusing to provide firm commitments to use taxpayers funds to pay large climate damages to poor countries. Breakthrough eludes climate talks, scientists concerned over US role Developing country negotiators lamented the fact that the

01:00

Fern Forest Watch Special: FLEGT VPA Update November 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

LoggingOff and Fern publish occasional Forest Watch updates detailing events in countries negotiating a Voluntary Partnership Agreement from a civil society perspective. In the November 2017 edition, the main article focuses on the European Union Timber Regulation and progress in the year since the first FLEGT licences.

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23:36

School Holds 'Graduation Ceremony' To Say Farewell To Its Favorite Dog "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

For the last seven years, a sweet bulldog named Thurber had been easily the most recognizable character on campus at the University of Redlands in California serving as an official mascot at sports games and school functions.

But a recent event on campus was all about him.

Credit: University of Redlands

Thurbers long tenure as mascot had been set to come to an end next April. Earlier this month, however, the dogs caretaker, Beth Doolittle, made the sad announcement that Thurber had been diagnosed with an aggressive cancer, meaning he would likely not make it until then.

So, with that in mind, the school pushed things ahead to much sooner holding a graduation ceremony of sorts this week to celebrate and honor their beloved Thurber.

Credit: University of Redlands

The pup even dressed the part.

Credit: University of Redlands

All Redlands students were encouraged to attend the sweet ceremony, held in the Greek theater on campus and from the looks of it, many at the small college turned out.

Credit: University of Redlands

The ailing Thurber arrived in style, seated in a decorated wa...

23:23

PHIVOLCS raises Kanlaon volcano alert level to 2 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has raised the alert status for Kanlaon volcano from Alert Level 1 (Low Level of Unrest) to Alert Level 2 (Moderate Level of Unrest) on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. The last eruption of this volcano...... Read more

Can the Solomon Islands Gold Ridge Mine serve as a new model for resource extraction in the South Pacific? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

HONIARA, Solomon Islands In April 2016, thousands of villagers living in the vicinity of the Gold Ridge Mine in the southwest Pacific nation of the Solomon Islands braced themselves for a major disaster as torrential rainfall triggered a spillover of thousands of cubic meters of untreated water from the mines tailings dam. The Ministry of Health issued instructions to people to cease using water from the nearby Kwara, Tinahula and Matepono rivers for drinking, washing or fishing, due to possible risk of chemical contamination. The gold mine is situated on the countrys main island of Guadalcanal, 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the capital, Honiara. Stanley Holmes Vutiande, who lives in Navola village, located along the Gold Ridge Road leading to the mine and 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) from the dam, remembered when it happened. We fled because there was water overflowing from the dam and we thought it might burst, so people just panicked and took off, he recounted. There was general information to look for safety, for higher ground, but no specific instructions as to what to do. Joe Horokou, the environment and conservation director at the Ministry of Environment, said the incident was bad because it took us by surprise, even though the company had been given approval to discharge tailings from the dam. The approval was given with conditions like before it is discharged the water has to be treated to acceptable standards. Despite the dire warning, the expected disaster didnt materialize. The dam held, and

Should I stay, or should I go: is U.S. facing a climate scientist brain drain? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Fire races through Klamath National Forest in 2014. This years Northern California wildfires burned through thousands of acres, leaving death and destruction in their wake. The fierceness of the flames is being tied to climate change, and the study of that link by U.S. climate scientists is vital to understanding destructive wildfires in the American West. Photo by Kari Greer / U.S. Forest Service via Flickr CC BY 2.0 via Flickr U.S. climate researchers, facing an uncertain future under a presidential administration known for its hostility to science, had a potential way out: answer a few questions on a website run by the French government, draw up a project proposal, and then maybe get offered a position at a French university, supported by enough cash for the duration of a stay there. The scientists spouse, could come too, and work if they pleased. A lucrative and attractive deal that has yielded a strong response. After President Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement in June, Frances Emmanuel Macron responded with a clarion call to Make Our Planet Great Again. He aimed part of that message directly at U.S. climate scientists with a sales pitch inviting them to avoid draconian U.S. budget cuts and hostile Trumpian rhetoric by seeking haven in France. This wasnt hype: the French government was serious and has since set aside 30 million euros to facilitate the immigrants. The program closed several months ago having netted a couple of hundred applications, with hundreds more researchers requesting additional

Audio: Dr. Jane Goodall on being proven right about animals having personalities, plus updates direct from COP23 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

On todays episode, we speak with the legendary Jane Goodall, who truly needs no introduction, and will have a direct report from the United Nations climate talks happening now in Bonn, Germany. Our first guest is the one and only Jane Goodall, whose work as a primatologist studying animal behavior for the past six decades has made her a household name. Shes written over two dozen books for both adults and children, and has been the subject of more than 40 films including one now touring the US and Canada, called Jane. Mongabay is incredibly lucky to have Jane Goodall on our Advisory Board. Just before Mongabay founder and CEO Rhett Butler was scheduled to speak with Goodall recently, research came out that vindicated her contention, which shes held for nearly 60 years, that chimps have personalities just like people. So we decided to record her thoughts about that for the Mongabay Newscast. Quite honestly I think almost everybody recognized that animals have personalities, whether they were in the wild or whether they werent, Goodall tells Butler. And it was just science saying, Well we cant prove it therefore its better we dont accept it. Goodall discusses what its like to be proven correct all these years later, as well as why she thinks the argument that trophy hunting is a valuable way to fund conservation is rubbish, the changes shes seen in the conservation world over her career, and whether shes hopeful that we can reverse some of the

23:10

Seal Spent 6 Months With A Frisbee Trapped Around Her Neck "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

After a curious seal managed to get a frisbee stuck around her neck, rescuers from different groups tried for months to catch her in order to remove it but nobody could get close enough. As the months passed, the seal grew, and the frisbee became more and more embedded in her neck, until finally she could barely eat or drink because of it. 

Credit: Friends of Horsey Seals

The poor seal had the frisbee stuck around her neck for nearly six months, before she finally stopped to rest away from other seals on Horsey Beach in Norfolk, England. Some beachgoers spotted her and contacted rescuers at Friends of Horsey Seals, who immediately came out to the beach. They were able to sneak up and grab her using a net. At that point, the seal was so weak that she barely put up a fight, and she was taken in by the RSPCAs East Winch Wildlife Center. 

Once she was in the care of the RSPCA, rescuers were able to remove the plastic frisbee from the seals neck and quickly set about treating the deep wound it had created. They decided to name her Frisbee, of course, and crossed their fingers that the sweet seal would be able to recover from her ordeal. 

Credit: RSPCA

Poor Frisbee was extremely emaciated when she first came to us as she just wouldnt have been able to feed due to the restriction around her neck caused by the yellow frisbee, Alison Charles, manager at the RSPCAs East Winch Wildlife Center, said in a press release. Wed never actually seen such an extensive wound, and to be honest, we just didnt think she would be able to recover from it.

Miraculously, though, Frisbee has been recovering nicely, and while she still has a long way to go, it seems as though shes going to make a full recovery. Her appetite has completely returned, and shes becoming livelier by the day. 
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23:00

Paddleboarder Gets Special Visit From Giant, Curious Whale "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In his 40 years spent swimming and paddleboarding, Brian Shea has seen his fair share of ocean animals.

His encounter this weekend, however, is going to be quite hard to top.

Shea was paddleboarding off the coast of Long Branch Beach, New Jersey, on Saturday when he spotted a humpback whale skim the surface of the water about 20 feet away.

Credit: Facebook/Brian Shea

Seconds later, the whale emerged from the water again this time just a paddle-lengths away from the New Jersey resident. As the whale crested back down into the water and bid farewell with a final flick of his large tail, Shea started paddling away.

I was more in awe than afraid as I've gotten used to being so close to them, Shea told NBC New York, noting that he and his daughter regularly spot dolphins and whales while out paddleboarding but have never had an experience like this. [I] view the entire experience as something I'm so fortunate to see in nature."

Credit: Facebook/Brian Shea

Shea had seen a few whales feeding offshore that day before getting into the water, but he wasnt prepared for anything like this he regularly shares his encounters on a Facebook page dedicated to whale and dolphin watching on the Jersey Shore.

Ive been everywhere from Tahiti to Hawaii to California to the Caribbean, Shea wrote later that day on Facebook. This experience was right up there with the best of them! Im so thankful we get to experience this...

22:00

Climate Justice Forum: George Monbiot on Climate Change Causes, Fourth Coal Terminal Permit Denial, Spokane Ballot Initiative on Fossil Fuel Trains, Montana Valve Turner Trials, Sandpoint Energy & Jobs Panel 11-15-17 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features a recording of British, progressive, political thinker and Guardian columnist George Monbiot, talking about why climate change goes deeper than capitalism.  We also share news and reflections on a fourth permit denial for the Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export-by-rail facility, the Safer Spokane, Proposition 2, ballot initiative regulating fossil fuel trains, a climate necessity defense mock trial for a Montana tar sands pipeline valve turner, and a Republican-led, panel discussion about climate change, energy, and jobs in Sandpoint.  Broadcast for five and a half 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, community resistance to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


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21:43

Avalanches of global warming alarmism at #COP23 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Foreword by Paul Driessen: As the COP23 climate conference wraps up in Bonn, amid even more alarms than usual about Earths climate and weather, it is vital that we take a deep breath and ponder the far less dramatic REALITY that what has been said in Bonn bears virtually no resemblance to what is

20:51

Heres What It Really Means To Adopt A Senior Dog "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Sweet, loving, grateful, playful these are just a few adjectives dog owners use to describe their senior pets. People can get pretty passionate about their older dogs and cats, and some even dedicate their lives to adopting senior dogs.

But despite a steadily growing fan club, there are quite a few misconceptions about senior dogs still out there, and as a result, adult pets in the shelter system can have a difficult time finding families, explains Jorge Ortega, senior director of the ASPCA Adoption Center.

It is a sad fact that senior pets are often the last to be adopted from shelters, putting them at an increased risk for euthanasia, Ortega tells The Dodo. When you adopt a senior pet, youre not only welcoming a lifetime of love into your home, youre also saving a precious life.

If you are considering adding a new member to your family and giving a loving companion animal the home she deserves, heres what it really means to adopt a senior pet:

Senior can mean many different things



When talking animal ages, the term senior can be confused with geriatric but these are two very different things.

The senior categorization isnt tied to a specific age, and can vary greatly depending on the animal and breed, Ortega explains. Smaller dogs tend to have longer life spans than larger-breed dogs, and its the same for most cats, too, Ortega notes. A large-breed dog as young as 5 years old may be considered a senior.

Senior dogs are typically healthy or just beginning to show signs of aging, and have plenty of love left to give. A 17-year-old Pomeranian or a 7-year-old golden retriever are just as deserving of a loving home as any puppy.

Senior dogs are great for first-time pet owners

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20:34

Indigenous Environmental Network and Climate Justice Alliance to Launch Carbon Pricing Report at UN Climate Talks "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

While city, state, and national leaders gather at the UN Climate Talks to launch and implement platforms and agendas that promote carbon trading, carbon offsets, and REDD+, the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Climate Justice Alliance take a bold stance to reject and challenge these so-called innovative solutions by releasing the Carbon Pricing Report: A Critical Perspective for Community Resistance.

20:27

COP23: Activists from Puerto Rico to Island Nations Demand Climate Reparations, End to Fossil Fuels "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Democracy Now Story: November 13, 2017   Watch Full Show   At the U.N. climate summit in Bonn, Germany, Democracy Now! was there when thousands of people took to the streets Saturday for a march to demand an end to fossil fuel extraction, and some also called for climate reparations. Transcript This is a []

20:21

Joye Braun on the Wakpa Waste Camp and the Fight to Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The water protectors camp, called the Wakpa Waste Camp, continues to stand in protection of water that threatens the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe including continuing to stand against the Dakota Access pipeline, and against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. If built, the Keystone XL pipeline would would carry Tar Sands crude from Alberta and come within less than 1-mile of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribes boundaries. Last Real Indians editor Matt Remle recently spoke with veteran water protector Joye Braun about the Wakpa Waste camp and fight against the Keystone XL pipeline. For those who are unaware of the water protectors camp at Cheyenne River tell us more about the camp.

20:05

Elephant Calves Give The Sweetest Goodbye To Their Sick Mother "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Nalakite was everything to her three calves. Not only had the elephant matriarch given birth to them, but shed raised them and guided them through life. So when Nalakite became terminally ill, her children were understandably distressed.

This past September, rangers spotted Nalakite and her three calves a 12-year-old male, an 8-year-old male and a 2-year-old female known as Nalakite Mdogo or Little Nalakite roaming around the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.

Credit: Elephant Aware Masai Mara

But something was wrong with Nalakite shed lost an alarming amount of weight, and she had a circular wound on her left side.

The rangers, who work for Elephant Aware Masai Mara, an organization that monitors and protects elephants in the region, alerted the rest of the team about Nalakites condition. A rescue crew, including several veterinarians, hurried to help.

Someone had probably hit Nalakite with a spear perhaps a villager trying to chase her away from their crops. But no one will ever know the full story.

Credit: Elephant Aware Masai Mara

We dont know who speared her, Joyce Poole, an elephant behavior expert and co-director of ElephantVoices, told The Dodo. Unfortunately there is a lot of human-elephant conflict in the Mara. Spear wounds and arrow wounds are rather common.

Nalakite had gotten a nasty infection from the spear wound, according to Poole. If the vet team didnt treat her, Nalakite would die. At the same time, treating her was also risky. They worried about Nalakite not being able to get back up after being sedated.

Once down, it is difficult to get an elephant up if it does n...

19:52

GMOs Are Not The Answer To Citrus Greening Disease "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

What are five things you think of when you imagine Florida? More than likely, beyond alligators and sun, you probably think of citrus. Whether you live in or visit Florida, theres often a place where you can get locally grown citrus in season: grapefruits, tangerines, tangelos, honeybells and so many more varieties. But, the citrus industry has been in a rapid decline over the last 15 years, vastly in part due to diseases such as Huanglongbing (HLB) or citrus greening as well as Citrus Canker and Citrus Tristeza virus. Each of these reduce crop production sizes.

The article below claims that genetically engineering citrus is faster than conventional methods in fending off HLB, but as Center For Food Safety has pointed out, testing of disease prevention through GE techniques have been attempted since the 90s with minimal success, in large part due to the complexities of the diseases:

engineering plants with toxins that provide resistance to one pathogen sometimes results promotion of a different disease as a result of poorly understood interactions between plant defenses and the specific pathogens In the long run, even if some of the GE experiments do eventually result in commercial plantings, solutions to the current diseases of citrus that involve adding one or a few genes to a trees genome are unlikely to provide more than fleeting relief to an industry plagued by one new epidemic after another.

Non-GE solutions are actively being sought out from groups such as Florida Organic growers and UF as well. Matts Organics has been producing delicious organic juices since the...

19:42

Claim: climate change forcing storms further North "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

From the WEIZMANN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE and the Where were the storms during the medieval warm period? department. Off track: How storms will veer in a warmer world Weizmann Institute of Science research uncovers the internal mechanisms driving storms toward the poles Under global climate change, the Earths climatic zones will shift toward the poles. This

19:42

Sweetest Shelter Dog Has Spent 400 Days Waiting For A Home "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Stanley was found all alone at a playground skinny, hungry and scared. Soon, he was taken in by the RSPCA. It usually only takes a month or two for the RSPCA to rehome a dog, but for some reason poor Stanley kept getting overlooked. Staffers even transferred him to a different RSPCA shelter to see if hed have more luck there, but still, no one came for him. 

Now, the Shar-Pei mix has been with the RSPCA for over 400 days and since hes only 2 years old, that means hes been with them for over half his life.

Credit: RSPCA

Normally when people celebrate a milestone its a happy occasion, Vicky Cooper, a dog handler at the RSPCA who works closely with Stanley, said in a press release. But for us, this milestone is heartbreaking as it means that another day has passed without poor Stanley finding a new home. 

Credit: RSPCA

Theres absolutely no reason why Stanley should still be waiting for a home, and everyone who knows him is baffled as to why no one seems to want him. He can take a little time to warm up to new people, but once he loves you, he REALLY loves you, and wants nothing more than to cuddle and spend all of his time with you. 

Credit: RSPCA

Stanley just loves to go on nice long walks and spend time having lots of fuss from our volunteers, Cooper said. Everyone here is completely stumped as to why Stanley is being ignored, because to us he is completely adorable. Whats even more upsetting is that hes not had one enquiry since hes been with us....

18:55

Very bright fireball explodes over Arizona, 4th major fireball within 10 hours "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A very bright fireball streaked through the night sky over Arizona at around 03:29 UTC on November 15, 2017 (20:29 MST, November 14). The event lasted up to 7 seconds and does not appear as a good candidate for the Taurid Meteor Shower. This is the 4th major...... Read more

"Biblical disaster:" Destructive flash floods rage through Athens outskirts, 15 killed "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A severe overnight storm turned roads of towns on the outskirts of Greek capital Athens into raging rivers of mud and debris on November 15, 2017. At least 14 people have been killed and many injured. "Everything is lost, the disaster is biblical,"...... Read more

18:25

In-depth: IEA predicts rise of cheap renewables and Chinas move away from coal "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The global energy system is in a state of flux. Renewables are experiencing rapid deployment and steep pricefalls. A growing portion of global energy is provided by electricity. Theres a slow, but apparently inexorable move away from coal in China. And theres a surge in natural gas and oil production in the US.

These are just some of the insights in the latest annual World Energy Outlook (WEO), which was published by the International Energy Agency (IEA) this week. Specifically, some of the WEOs key points include:

  • Solar power will be cheaper than coal, on average, in China, India and the US between 2025 and 2030.
  • Renewables will make up two-thirds of total global investment in new power plants and will be the single largest source of additional energy added up to 2040.
  • By 2040, China will add electricity generation equivalent to the entire US power system. India will add electricity generation the size of the EU.
  • Chinese coal use will peak in the next few years and fall 15% by 2040.
  • One out of four cars on the road in China will be electric by 2040.
  • However, current and planned new policies are still far from enough to avoid severe impacts of climate change.

The hefty 763-page report provides three different scenarios of what the world might look like in 2040: one where current policies are followed; one where new policies are introduced in-line with Paris Agreement commitments; and one where nations quickly take steps to limit warming to no more than 2C.

The report examines the different ways in which the worlds use of energy might change over the next two decades in each of these scenarios.

Scenarios of future energy use

The IEA, an international intergovernmental organisation established in 1974 in the wake of the oil crisis, releases an annual World Energy Outlook report projecting future energy trends over the next few decades.

The figure below shows the three future energy scenarios in this years report, along with the relative mix of energy sources used and resulting CO2 emissions

  • The current policies scenario (left-hand chart) envisions no new government programmes to support clean energy or efficiency.
  • The new policies scenario (middle) shows where new policies are adopted in-line with Paris Agreement commitments and other policies that have been announced, but not yet implemented.
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17:47

Unicorn Riot to Premier Black Snake Killaz: A #NoDAPL Story "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

for Earth First! Newswire

Minneapolis, MN Unicorn Riot premieres its first full-length documentary Black Snake Killaz: a #NoDAPL story on November 17th, 2017.

November 14th, 2017: Unicorn Riot will hold a theatrical premiere of the non-commercial creative commons documentary film Black Snake Killaz: a #NoDAPL story on November 17th, 2017 at The Parkway Theater 4814 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55417. Doors will open 6:30 PM and the film will start at 7:30 PM. The premiere will be followed by a question and answer session with members of Unicorn Riot.

An after-party at The Red Sea, 320 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis, MN begins at 11:00 PM and lasts until bar close. Performances by various artists, include Minneapolis Punk Folk Ungrateful Little String Band, followed by Indigenous hip-hop artist Alas, and DJ MTHERRSA.

On November 18, 2017, Black Snake Killaz: a #NoDAPL Story will be made available online, for free, at https://www.unicornriot.ninja/black-snake-killaz-2017/

Black Snake Killaz: a #NoDAPL story (120 mins) chronicles the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline from April 2016 through March 2017. The film highlights actions taken by water protectors to stop the construction of the oil pipeline and investigates actions taken by law enforcement, military, and corporate mercenaries to quell the months-long protest. Black Snake Killaz timelines the historical events
that unfolded in Standing Rock and brings you a raw front line experience of direct actions. Although the Dakota Access Pipeline was completed, the impact of the resistance movement will be long-lasting.
The importance of the water protectors story grows as fossil fuel extraction projects continue to impact some of the most vulnerable communities throughout the world.

Black Snake Killaz: a #NoDAPL story is one of the many stories that has emerged from the #NoDAPL movement. Unicorn Riot offers Black Snake Killaz: a #NoDAPL story as a public resource to provide a concise...

17:05

From the War in Iraq to the War against Poaching "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Damien Manders fight to protect African wildlife

16:54

FIRE-EARTH Tribunal in Absentia: Rape, Pillage and Plunder of Planet Earth "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CJ OCT TML FIRE-EARTH Tribunal: Testimonies by Expert Witnesses III FIRE-EARTH Tribunal in Absentia for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Crimes Against Nature, RPP of Planet Earth Details including Record of Proceedings available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. All Groups Latest FIRE-EARTH ALERTS, BULLETINS and MESSAGES available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.  Filed under: News Alert Tagged: 111501, []

16:32

WV-DEP Waives 401 Certification for MVP Pipeline (Stream Crossing Damages) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection adjusts Mountain Valley Pipeline permits

From an Article by Charles Young, Clarksburg Telegram, November 1, 2017

CHARLESTON The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has lifted the suspension of the state stormwater permit for EQTs Mountain Valley Pipeline project, according to Cabinet Secretary Austin Caperton.

The stormwater permit was suspended in September to allow the state agency to properly respond to all public comments received.

The agency has also chosen to waive the individual 401 certification of the federal permits for the pipeline project. The Army Corps of Engineers recently reissued, with provisions that are specific to West Virginia, the nationwide 12 permit which is used for stream crossings.

These new conditions, when combined with specific requirements that are included in the state stormwater permit, will allow for better enforcement capabilities and enhanced protection of the states waters, Caperton said.

This is a case where the public review and comment system worked especially well, Caperton said. This summer, after months of diligent work, WVDEP put forth for public review and comment a draft certification and permit for the MVP pipeline. As a result of some of the issues that were included in those public comments, our agency developed a revised strategy that will better utilize the state stormwater permit to provide significantly stronger safeguards for the waters of West Virginia.

The Mountain Valley Pipeline, a project of EQT and several other partners, will span more than 300 miles from northwestern West Virginia to southern Virginia. The pipeline will be used to supply natural gas from Marcellus and Utica Shale production to markets in the Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic regions.

According to information on the projects website, the pipeline will pass through 11 West Virginia counties.

Natalie Cox, communications director for EQT, said the DEP decision reinforces West Virginias commitment to protecting its waterbodies.

Reinstatement of the stormwater permit requires enhanced management best practices and increases the degree of assurance that MVP construction activities will be conducted in a manner that will preserve and protect waterbodies along the route, she said.

The issuance of the permit will not impact the pipelines estimated completion date, Cox said.

The MVP project team is committed to complying with the permit, and this decision by the WVDEP will not impact MVPs currently filed timeline, which targets an in-service for late 2018, she said.

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16:25

Very Friendly Turkey Decides She Has To Sit Up Front With Rescuer "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Life has not been easy so far for a turkey now named Betty but just the other day she basically hit the jackpot.

Credit: Happy Tails Farm Sanctuary

Betty was living on a small farm in Canada with two other turkeys when the family who owned the farm underwent a sudden change. "Due to a domestic situation the woman and child found themselves homeless," Carla Reilly Moore, cofounder of Happy Tails Farm Sanctuary, told The Dodo.

The family gave away all of the other farm animals, but they were especially attached to their turkeys. "They could not part with the three turkeys," Moore said. "They couldnt, however, keep the turkeys either." The woman found a temporary place for them in a stall at a shuttered dairy farm. 

But this was far from ideal. "The turkeys sat for seven months in the stall," Moore said. "They were not allowed to come out and walk around, but it was the safest place that she could find for them. And she refused to give them away to someone she didnt trust."

That's when Moore stepped in. "When I reached out to her I explained that we are a sanctuary, and that we have other turkeys and are huge animal lovers," Moore said. "She was very grateful, and told me many times that she just couldnt give up her babies but that she felt comfortable with us."

Credit: Happy Tails Farm Sanctuary

So Moore went to pick up the turkeys Betty, as well as her friends Penny and Tom to bring them to the sanctuary where they will get to live their lives happily.

But Betty is one strong-willed bird, as Moore soon found out. She wants what she wants and she did not want to go into the traveling crate.

"We decided to allow her to just sit in the back of the car," Moore said. But the backseat wasn't quite cutting it for Betty, either. She's a curious and social bird.
...

15:56

The Fall 2017 Earth First! Newsletter is Out! Free to Read Online or Download "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Earth First! News is our quarterly newsletter that comes out between magazines to update you on environmental actions you might have missed. Shorter than our magazine and easier to copy, print, hand out, and table with, this 12-page edition of Earth First! News includes updates and actions from late June through September, 2017, a feature on Camp Makwa resisting the Line 3 pipeline project in Minnesota, updated political prisoner pages, and a directory of eco-action groups throughout the United Snakes.

As always, Earth First! News is free: Help us spread the eco-resistance in your areadistribute widely! And send copies to prisoners who dont have internet access to keep them in the loop.

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15:04

New York Times Article Conclusively Proves That Climate Change Crisis is 100% Politics! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guest satire by David Middleton Protesters Jeer as Trump Team Promotes Coal at U.N. Climate Talks By Lisa Friedman and Brad Plumer Nov. 13, 2017 BONN, Germany The Trump administration made its debut at a United Nations conference on climate change on Monday by giving a full-throated defense of fossil fuels and nuclear energy

14:23

COP23 video: Does Donald Trump make limiting global warming to 1.5C impossible? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Carbon Brief has been talking to a range of people attending COP23, the latest annual round of United Nations climate negotiations being held this year in Bonn, Germany.

The presidency of Donald Trump in the US has been a major talking point at COP23, given that he said in July that he intends to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement on climate change if he cannot negotiate better terms for his country.

One of the key aims of the Paris Agreement is to limit global warming to well below 2C. The deal added that, ideally, warming since the pre-industrial era should not breach 1.5C.

Given that the US is one of the worlds leading emitters of greenhouse gases, Carbon Brief asked delegates at COP23 whether they think Trumps presidency means the 1.5C goal is now impossible.

The video above contains the thoughts of

Dr James Hansen, the former director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and now an adjunct professor at Columbia Universitys Earth Institute: NoIm hoping its a relatively short-term effect that he hasHes not going to be able to restore the coal industry. (0:04-1:27)

Snia Guajajara, the national coordinator of Brazils Association of Indigenous Peoples (APIB): It makes things really difficultWe see this as an obstruction [to 1.5C] and as a setback. (1:28-2:02)

Dr Bill Hare, climate scientist and CEO of Climate Analytics: No, definitely notThe question is how long does US inaction go on forBut if Trump manages to get a diplomatic profile going on carbon-intensive development that could become a problem globally. (2:05-2:58)

Rachel Cleetus, lead economist at the Union of Concerned Scientists climate and energy programme: The Trump term is only four years and theres so much they cannot do. They cannot buck market trends in the US which are favouring renewable energy deployment and they cant change the fact that many states, businesses and cities are fully committed to [Paris]. (3:00-4:03)

Catherine McKenna, Canadas minister of environment and climate change: I really think the world has come together and the markets have moved, financing is flowingso I think [1.5C] is well within our reach, but were going to ha...

13:05

Public Comments Requested for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (General Water Pollution Permit) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017 @ 9:10 AM
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FROM: State of West Virginia, Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Water and Waste Management

######### PUBLIC NOTICE ##########

WEST VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS, PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE, 601 57TH STREET SE, CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA 25304-2345 TELEPHONE: (304) 926-0440.

APPLICATION FOR COVERAGE UNDER THE GENERAL WEST VIRGINIA WATER POLLUTION CONTROL PERMIT NO. WV0115924

Public Notice No.: SM-53-2017 Public Notice Date: November 17, 2017

Paper: County Newspapers: Harrison, Lewis, Upshur, Randolph, and Pocahontas.

The following has applied for coverage under the General WV/Water Pollution Control Permit No. WV0115924 for this facility or activity:

Appl. No.: WVR310820

Applicant: DOMINION ENERGY TRANSMISSION, INC., 707 E. MAIN ST., RICHMOND, VA 23219

Location: JANE LEW, LEWIS COUNTY

Latitude: 39:10:15 Longitude: 80:33:36

Receiving Stream: Tanner Fork/Kincheloe Creek/West Fork River

Activity: Dominion Transmission, Inc. is proposing to construct approximately 98.7 miles (2,497 acres) of pipeline, new metering stations, and a compressor station (CS) within the state of West Virginia for transmission of natural gas to markets in Virginia and North Carolina. The AP-1 mainline will originate at a new interconnect with ACP facilities in Harrison County, West Virginia. From the Harrison County interconnect point, the pipeline will extend southeast through West Virginia, crossing Harrison, Lewis, Upshur, Randolph, and Pocahontas Counties to the Virginia state line, where the pipeline will continue through Virginia and into North Carolina. An access road associated with this project will cross a Tier 3 waterbody near its headwaters.

Business conducted: Atlantic Coast Pipeline

On the basis of review of the application the Water Pollution Control Act (Chapter 22, Article 11-8(a)), and the West Virginia Legislative Rules, the State of West Virginia will act on the above application.

Any interested person may submit written comments on the site registration permit application and may request a public hearing by addressing such to the Director of the Division of Water and Waste Management within 30 days of the date of the public notice. Such comments or requests should be addressed to:

Director, Division of Water and Management, DEP
ATTN: Sharon Mullins, Permitting Section
601 57th Street SE
Charleston, WV 25304-2345...

12:45

Finland: Trucks Torched at Dairy Company "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from 325

We wanted to dedicate this action to all our kidnapped friends, or those who have been kidnapped once, by setting fire to 4 trucks from one of the biggest milk companys in finland named valio. The action took place in a city named tampere in the early morning hours of this tuesday. Many of our cell have wanted to target this company for a long time. We think that it is not necessary to explain too much the reason of our selection: the milk industry has a long history of destruction, cruelty and torture on this planet, its ecosystem and their habitants. Like our friends the cows and the forests. Who are cruelly abused and murdered or destroyed by the production of milk.

12:31

Canada: Protesters Ordered off Midsummer Island Fish Farm "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Warrior Publications

First Nations protesters have been ordered to vacate their camp on a fish farm near Midsummer Island for 30 days while they prepare for a court date on Marine Harvests application for an injunction that would see them permanently removed from the site.

Protesters from the Musgamagw and Namgis First Nations have been occupying a shelter attached to the fish farm, southeast of Port McNeill, since early September, demanding that Marine Harvest shut down operations in their traditional territories.

At the direction of the Supreme Court of B.C., the protesters now have three days to remove their structures from the farm.

This (adjournment) gives our hereditary and elected leadership more time to get legal action and negotiations organized to remove these farms from our waters legally and permanently, said Musgamagw protester Molina Dawson.

The local First Nations have asked the B.C. government not to renew leases on farm sites in the Broughton Archipelago when they expire next June.

We would have preferred to stay on Midsummer, she said. Our concern now is that Marine Harvest will use this time to restock the farms.

Marine Harvest has harvested salmon from the farm in recent weeks, but has delayed restocking because of safety concerns for the protesters.

We will review the biological schedule of our fish as we raise a living, growing animal, said Marine Harvest Canadas managing director Vincent Erenst. Until meaningful discussions are taking place to find long-term solutions, we will concentrate on continuing to take care of our fish and our employees.

Erenst urged senior levels of government to find a solution to First Nations concerns about their rights and title.

...

11:26

What a Real Church Massacre looks like "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Collective phenomena are less sensitive to correction than individual phenomena. Because it is widely shared by identification, collective delusion is less amendable to correction than individual self-deceit. Never Forget: The US Govt Carried Out the Largest Church Massacre24 Years Ago, In Texas Think about it. Bill Clinton & Janet Reno Murdered 82 At Waco, Texas: Bill []

11:02

Rewarding Bad Behavior Its what they do "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Bergdahl Progressives FARMINGTON, ME Im minding my own business in a bookstore near the University of Maines campus here when I hear two women talking. One of them is trashing Donald Trump as the other sagely nods. Then they start gushing about Barack Obamas greatness and what a fine president he was. Tempted []

10:59

More big mammals found in high-carbon forests, says new study "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Carbon-rich tropical forests, which are often among the least-disturbed habitats, seem to be ideal bastions for sensitive and threatened animals, particularly compared to lower-carbon areas like timber and oil palm plantations. But until recently, data-driven conclusions connecting high levels of both carbon and biodiversity have been elusive. Scientists have been trying to link carbon with biodiversity for a number of years, but with variable success, said Nicolas Deere, an ecologist at the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology at the University of Kent in the United Kingdom, in an interview. Recent research by Deere and his colleagues revealed that high-carbon tropical forests do support more biodiversity than those with less carbon, bolstering the case for the use of carbon assessments to identify forests important for conservation on a number of fronts. The team published their findings Nov. 6 in the Journal of Applied Ecology. A Borneo pygmy elephant (Elephas maximus borneensis) in Malaysia. Photo by John C. Cannon/Mongabay. The team chose the patchwork of forests and plantations that make up the Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems, or SAFE, project area in southern Sabah, in Malaysian Borneo. Critical to demonstrating the relationship between carbon and biodiversity levels was the researchers use of high-resolution satellite data to pinpoint areas with the most carbon. They also used camera traps to record the number of species present in different habitats. Previous studies have often looked at coarser data sets, in which the carbon values for larger areas might represent a range of different forest qualities. In

09:57

Biological Health Hazard (Zoonotic Disease Outbreak) Anaplasmosis, Lyme disease, Babesiosis: Maine, USA "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

ANAPLASMOSIS, LYME DISEASE, BABESIOSIS USA: (MAINE) INCREASED CASES **************** Published Date: 2017-11-14 13:50:35 Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> Anaplasmosis, Lyme disease, babesiosis USA: (ME) increased cases Archive Number: 20171114.5443131 Date: Mon 13 Nov 2017 4:00 AM EST Source: Portland Press Herald [edited] Reported cases of a tick-borne disease are swelling in Maine this year [2017], but []

06:23

Currents in the atmosphere and 2017 Atlantic hurricanes "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Tracking the aerosols carried on the winds let scientists see the currents in our atmosphere. This visualization follows sea salt, dust, and smoke from July 31 to November 1, 2017, to reveal how these particles are transported across the map. The first thing that is...... Read more

04:53

Follow the Nanotechnology Digital Medicines: Hacking Privacy, and Tuning-up the Reality Distortion Field "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

FDA approves first-of-its-kind antipsychotic that tracks whether patients are taking it Digital Medicines The Food and Drug Administration has approved an antipsychotic drug that carries a digital sensor to track whether patients are taking it, according to an agency announcement published Monday. The new drug, Abilify MyCite, is used to treat schizophrenia and manic episodes []

04:17

The changing colors of our living planet "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Life. It's the one thing that, so far, makes Earth unique among the thousands of other planets we've discovered. Since the fall of 1997, NASA satellites have continuously and globally observed all plant life at the surface of the land and ocean. During the...... Read more

Drought in Somalia kills up to 75% of livestock, pre-famine alert issued "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Severe drought is having a devastating impact on people in the Horn of Africa. 750 000 people have been newly displaced just in Somalia. For agropastoralists in Somalia losing their animals is a telltale sign of trouble ahead. In many parts of the country, rains...... Read more

Sonic boom heard and felt across North Alabama "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A sonic boom was heard and felt across North Alabama shortly after 13:40 CST (19:40 UTC) on November 14, 2017. At this time, there is still no official explanation. Numerous Alabamians, primarily from Blount, Jefferson, Walker, Cullman, Talladega, Calhoun, Clay,...... Read more

01:52

Study: Artificially cooling the planet is a risky strategy may create worse storms "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

From the UNIVERSITY OF EXETER Proposals to reduce the effects of global warming by imitating volcanic eruptions could have a devastating effect on global regions prone to either tumultuous storms or prolonged drought, new research has shown. Geoengineering the intentional manipulation of the climate to counter the effect of global warming by injecting aerosols artificially

01:44

White House Event at UN Climate Talks Overshadowed by Indigenous, Black and, Latinx Water and Land Ceremony "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Indigenous Peoples from across the world who represent both low income communities and communities impacted first and hardest by climate change, led a demonstration of song and prayer at the White House event to send a clear message: Keeping coal and nuclear in our energy mix is in complete contradiction to any meaningful climate action plan. The promotion of coal and nuclear power by the United States has serious global impacts and is not an acceptable solution to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

01:35

Huge fireball over western Germany, 1 794 reports "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A huge fireball has been observed streaking across the sky over western Germany at 16:48 UTC (17:48 CET) on November 14, 2017. The event lasted between 7 and 20 seconds, according to eyewitness reports. The International Meteor Organization (IMO) received 1 794...... Read more

Strong winds in the vicinity of Katmai pick up loose volcanic ash, Alaska "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Strong northwest winds in the vicinity of Katmai and the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes have picked up loose volcanic ash erupted during the 1912 Novarupta-Katmai eruption and carried it to the southeast over the past couple of days and especially on November 13....... Read more

Videos detail corruption in massive illegal Peruvian timber case "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

New information from undercover video sheds some light on one of the biggest global timber scandals in recent history, the Yacu Kallpa. The 15 video clips, released by NGO Global Witness, show Peruvian timber executives describing how theyve been willfully complicit in buying and selling illegally-sourced timber, particularly in the Yacu Kallpa case. Much of the timber they describe was obtained in the Peruvian Amazon. The Yacu Kallpa was a massive container ship that moved the largest load of captured illegal timber in the history of Peru. It was over 1,312 cubic meters of illegal wood, according to Perus customs and tax enforcer, Sunat. Much of the stolen wood came from indigenous communities, from families of farmers and even from the lands of the Peruvian state itself, and was transported in three trips during 2015. It was enough to the freight capacity of 60 semi-trailers, according to one assessment by Peruvian investigative media outlet OjoPblico. The timber was sent out in three shipments bound for the US, and was detained and then released in late 2016 despite proof it was illegal, reported OjoPblico. According to the report, Mexican authorities caved to pressure from the Mexican and Peruvian timber sectors on the third shipment. All of the timber ultimately ended up in Mexico, the United States and the Dominican Republic. Video released by Global Witness shows that some executives involved with the timber on the Yacu Kallpa were aware of the questionable origin of the wood. The NGO notes that it demonstrates that despite public

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23:30

How To Protect Your Dog In The Winter "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Winter means scenic snowy landscapes and holiday cheer, but along with the eggnog there are less pleasant wintry associations, like chapped, dry skin, flu season and slippery sidewalks. These cold weather concerns can affect all members of your family including the furry ones.

While your pup might be dying to jump in that fresh snow bank, a little extra vigilance on the part of the owner can go a long way in ensuring that your dog stays safe and healthy during the winter months, explains Dr. Rachel Barrack, a New York City-based veterinarian.

Here are a few safety precautions every pet owner should know about when the weather gets chilly:

Before a winter walk



When the temperature drops outside, companion animals have different needs depending on their breed, age and size. Some dogs with long, thick coats enjoy the colder temperatures while smaller, thin-coated dogs do not tolerate the cold as well, Barrack tells The Dodo.

Dog coats and sweaters can be useful for protecting pups who have trouble retaining body heat. Even if your dog does not require an additional coat for warmth, its recommended that you strap on some booties, which are more of a necessity than an accessory, before your dog heads outside, to prevent freezing pavement, salt and other chemicals from irritating their paw pads.

The salt used to de-ice roads can cause the outer layer of the paw pad to slough off, leaving a sensitive layer of fresh skin that can take days to weeks to properly heal, Barrack explains. In addition, if ingested the salt can result in oral and gastrointestinal irritation.

If your dog will not walk in booties, the ASPCA recommends rubbing petroleum jelly or a paw...

23:24

Starving Dog Found 2 Years After Her Owner Thought She Died "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When Edna was found, she was living all alone in the mountains, starving and struggling to survive on her own. She was eventually spotted by some people living in a gated community, who called animal control with the hope that it could help the poor dog. Unfortunately, animal control was unable to catch her, even after several attempts but no one was ready to give up on her. 

The people who had spotted Edna decided to contact Hope for Paws in hopes that its rescuers would have better luck saving her. When they arrived at the gated community, they found Edna huddled up in someones doorway, hungry and scared. They had brought along some food and quickly offered it to Edna, who eagerly accepted it despite her fear. 

Credit: Hope for Paws

Rescuers talked gently to Edna as she ate, but after a little petting she got scared again and started to back away  

Credit: Hope for Paws

until more food was offered, and then she slowly made her way back over to the rescuers. 

Credit: Hope for Paws

Ednas rescuers realized it was going to be tricky to put a leash on her because she was so incredibly nervous and scared, so while one continued to feed her, another snuck up behind her slowly  

Credit: Hope for Paws

and was...

23:15

Dog Is So Obsessed With Her New Rescue Turkey "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Minnow the dogs first feathery love was Chickpea, a tiny rescue chicken whom Abbie Hubbard brought home earlier this year.

He would sleep in Minnows tail, Abbie Hubbard, deputy director at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, told The Dodo. They were really cute together.

Credit: Abbie Hubbard

Hubbard initially believed that Chickpea was a female. But as Chickpea started to crow, Hubbard discovered that she was a he.

Hubbard lives in a townhouse in suburban Virginia, and the local county doesnt allow residents to keep roosters. So Hubbard made the difficult decision to rehome Chickpea at Burgundy Farm Country Day School, which has a small sanctuary for rescued farm animals.

Credit: Abbie Hubbard

Giving Chickpea up was such a hard thing it felt like ripping my heart out, Hubbard said. On the other hand, hes so happy there. I visit him every week, and I get pictures from the caretakers on a daily basis. Hes living the best life ever, but I was totally missing him.

Hubbard wasnt the only one to miss Chickpea Minnow did as well. So when Hubbard got a call from a fellow rescuer, asking if shed be interested in fostering a turkey named Blossom, Hubbard answered with an enthusiastic yes.

Credit: Abbie Hubbard

Blossom had been rescued from a factory farm in West Virginia. When she was about 5 weeks old, farm workers went to move Blossom and other turkeys to a grow house, a facility that holds the turkeys while they fatten up in preparation fo...

22:59

Rescued Street Cat Refuses To Leave Her Brand-New Hammock "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Gina was found as a stray living on the streets with her three kittens back in August. As soon as she arrived at the RSPCA, she was put into her new enclosure, where staff had placed a hanging bed, sort of like a hammock, for her to enjoy. Gina immediately climbed into the hanging bed and has barely come out of it since. 

Credit: RSPCA

The sweet 2-year-old cat is now absolutely obsessed with her hanging bed, and spends 90 percent of her time in it. She only ever comes out occasionally to eat, go to the bathroom or get a few cuddles from the shelter staffers. 

The hanging bed is something of a luxury to her, as she wouldnt have had anything like this when she was living rough as a stray, Lee Stewart, manager of the RSPCAs Stapeley Grange Cattery, said in a press release. Now that she has found her hanging bed, she doesnt want to be apart from it.

Credit: RSPCA

Ginas obsession with her hanging bed is absolutely adorable but unfortunately, it has also kept her from getting adopted over the past three months. While all of her kittens have since been adopted, Gina is still at the shelter, patiently waiting in her bed for someone to notice her. 

Because she is in her hanging bed all the time, whenever people come to the cattery to look at adopting one of our cats, they never get to see Gina as she wont come out of her favorite spot to greet people, Stewart said. It is a shame as she is such a lovely cat. 

Credit: RSPCA

Its hard to know exactly what poor Gina went through while she was living on the streets, and now that shes finally safe and comfortable, all she wants to do is lounge around in her fa...

22:46

People Just Realized There May Be Only 30 Of These Animals Left On Earth "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

No one knows exactly how many rare Sumatran rhinos are left in the wild, but new estimates suggest the population is as low as 30. The best-case scenario? Just under 100. And there are just nine Sumatran rhinos in captivity.

These are bleak estimates, especially since if the Sumatran rhino dies off, that will be the end of the entire genus. 

"The Sumatran rhino doesn't just represent a single species it is the last survivor in its genus, which has been separated from other living rhinos for around 25 million years," Jeremy Hance, a wildlife journalist, told The Dodo. Hance has just published a four-part series on the critically endangered animal, Is Anyone Going to Save the Sumatran Rhino? at Mongabay. "It's a living relic to a lost past. It's also a direct relative of the extinct woolly rhino how cool is that?"

Credit: Jeremy Hance/Mongabay

Hance is passionate about this animal. He did extensive research and interviewed the top experts on the Sumatran rhino and he even went to meet some of the last Sumatran rhinos in person.

"They are fascinating," Hance said. "They are always vocalizing, whistling like dolphins and snorting like bulls; they are covered in hair; and given their giant size they are surprisingly gentle. They will rub up against you like a cat. They each have distinct personalities."

Credit: Jeremy Hance/Mongabay

Major threats to the Sumatran rhino include poaching for their horns, like other species of rhino, but also severe habitat fragmentation. Because the remaining...

22:00

CO2 Emissions Surge: Greens Disappointed by Economic Growth "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The Financial Times is disappointed that hitting the Paris targets is looking even less likely, thanks to economic growth driving a rise in CO2 emissions. China recovery pushes greenhouse emissions to global record NOVEMBER 13, 2017 Tobias Buck in Berlin and Lucy Hornby in Beijing Paris targets under threat as

20:19

Dog Was So Skinny Because He Refused To Leave Best Friend's Side "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Spyder started life neglected and ignored before being dumped on the streets of North Carolina. He was abandoned along with his friend and unfortunately his friend didnt make it but even after his friend had passed, Spyder stayed by his side, refusing to leave his best friend all alone. 

Credit: Rescue Dogs Rock NYC

Poor Spyder was starving and dehydrated, but still stayed with his friend instead of going off to try and find help. His sense of loyalty was too strong, and he couldnt bear to leave his friend behind. Finally, someone noticed him clinging to his friend, and immediately called for help. Animal control was able to come out and rescue him, and take him to a local shelter to finally get the care he needed. 

He was very wary of people when he was picked up but I think also relieved to see help because he was so weak and emaciated himself and covered in open wounds, Jacquelyn OSullivan of Rescue Dogs Rock NYC told The Dodo. He wouldn't have made it much longer on his own, especially out there alone. 

Credit: Rescue Dogs Rock NYC

Since the scared little dog was found on Halloween, and was also all black, rescuers decided to name him Spyder. 

Credit: Rescue Dogs Rock NYC

After being examined at the shelter, staff found that Spyder had parasites, overgrown nails, patches of missing fur and infected wounds all over his body. He had a body score of one out of nine, meaning he was severely emaciated, and was also dehydrated and anemic. The shelter was worried the 11-month-old dog was a bit too medically challenged for...

19:55

First-ever statewide school buffer zone for pesticide drift "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

California pesticide drift schools

California announces new rule to reduce schoolkids' exposure to hazardous agricultural pesticides. Learn more

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19:40

Water Protectors Blockade St. Louis Wells Fargo in Solidarity with Camp Makwa "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

submitted by Earth Defense Coalition / Earth First! Newswire

Earlier this morningNovember 14, 2017five water protectors took action in solidarity with frontline Indigenous resistance efforts at Camp Makwa in Northern Minnesota to stop the construction of the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands pipeline in. The activists locked down to each other with lockboxes and used their bodies to disrupt business as usual at Wells Fargo, one of the major financial players behind this genocidal, extractive fossil fuel project. Wells Fargo has $743 million invested in Enbridge, which funds many tar sands projects including their Line 3 tar sands pipeline.

This action is one of hundreds that have taken place across the globe to call for divestment from financial institutions invested in the destructive fossil fuel industry.

Wells Fargo is just another institution that continues to make blood money off of fossil fuels at a time when scientists are telling us that we must make a just transition to renewables. Another institution that continues to make blood money off of Indigenous genocide, said a spokesperson for Earth Defense Coalition.

The water protector...

19:10

FIRE-EARTH Tribunal in Absentia: Crimes Against Nature Expert Witnesses II "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CJ OCT TML FIRE-EARTH Tribunal: Testimonies by Expert Witnesses II FIRE-EARTH Tribunal in Absentia for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Crimes Against Nature, RPP of Planet Earth Details including Record of Proceedings available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. All Groups Latest FIRE-EARTH ALERTS, BULLETINS and MESSAGES available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.  Filed under: News Alert Tagged: CJ, []

19:06

State Department stonewalling on Paris Accord FOIA docs, gets sued, again "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Competitive Enterprise Institute Sues State Department Again Over Paris Climate Agreement Records Monday, Nov. 13th, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) filed its second lawsuit against the State Department to obtain illegally withheld documents related to the 2015 Paris climate agreement. In October 2017, CEI submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for emails of

17:32

Miniature Robots Could Cut Pesticide Use on Farms in the Future "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Robots could also reduce food waste and help harvest crops, but they may not be commercially available for some years to come, say experts

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23:07

Rights of Nature Emerges as Strong Alternative to Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Framework "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In a new report released in Bonn, Rights of Nature: Rights-Based Law for Systemic Change, the authors point to a fast-growing body of international law that seeks to change how decisions about the climate and ecosystem protection are made. Climate disruption is the direct result of human activities pushing beyond the limits of Natural Law, the editors note, Recognizing the Earth as a living system of which humans are a part, rather than as human property to be owned and destroyed is a fundamental shift from the climate capitalism embedded in the DNA of trade deals, environmental policies and treaties around the worldincluding the Paris Agreement.

20:39

Rights of Nature Emerges as Strong Alternative to Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Framework "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In a new report released in Bonn, Rights of Nature: Rights-Based Law for Systemic Change, the authors point to a fast-growing body of international law that seeks to change how decisions about the climate and ecosystem protection are made. Climate disruption is the direct result of human activities pushing beyond the limits of Natural Law, the editors note, Recognizing the Earth as a living system of which humans are a part, rather than as human property to be owned and destroyed is a fundamental shift from the climate capitalism embedded in the DNA of trade deals, environmental policies and treaties around the worldincluding the Paris Agreement.

Saturday, 11 November

20:57

In Response to Americas Pledge, Californians Ask Governor Brown: Still In for What? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

As California Governor Jerry Brown arrives to UN Climate Talks to Promote His Climate Agenda, Californians and Frontline Groups Put Pressure on the Governor to Take Bolder Climate Action to Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground Bonn, Germany Today, Californians and those on the frontlines of climate change disrupted Governor Jerry Brown at the []

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