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Saturday, 24 September

19:41

Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, September 24, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

65tDane Wigington geoengineeringwatch.org The United States government and the military it controls is in the business of destabilizing and toppling any nation that gets in the way of its hegemonic agenda. Syria was thrust into chaos because its democratically elected leader refused to allow a US backed pipeline to be constructed across his country. There are

18:50

United Nation Experts Validate Standing Rock Sioux Opposition To Dakota Access Pipeline "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

nodapl2“The UN Expert got it right,” said Tom Goldtooth, the Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network. “What the US calls consultation is not consultation but a statement telling people what they’re doing after millions of dollars have been invested, painting Indigenous Peoples as spoilers. The right of free, prior and informed consent begins prior to the planning process, not when their bulldozers are at your doorstep.”

15:15

FIRE-EARTH Report: RRTC – Part III "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CJ Members FIRE-EARTH Report: RRTC – Part III [Prepared by FIRE-EARTH Science Team] Details of this report [Parts I – III] are available from FIRE-EARTH AQUAMARINE BEACONS.  Filed under: News Alert Tagged: 000924, 24 September 2016, AQUAMARINE BEACONS, CJ Members, FIRE-EARTH Report, FIRE-EARTH Science Team, RRTC

15:10

Fire-Earth Alert: SCPH [RUBY BEACONS] "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CORRECTION CJ Members FIRE-EARTH Alert: SCPH Details of the Alert are available from FIRE-EARTH RUBY BEACONS. Filed under: News Alert Tagged: 000924, 24 September 2016, Alert SCPH, CJ Members, Fire-Earth Alert, FIRE-EARTH BEACONS, RUBY BEACONS, SCPH

14:50

“Black Snake Corporation” Destroying Native Burials at Big Bend After Obama’s Permit "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Brenda Norrell / The Narcosphere

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The same corporation that bulldozed Native American burial places in North Dakota — and attacked Native American women and children with vicious dogs and pepper spray — is now bulldozing an ancient Indian site in Big Bend, Texas.

President Obama approved two pipelines to cross the border into Mexico, owned by the same company in Dallas that owns the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The corporation known as the “black snake pipeline,” Energy Transfer Partners, stole both the name of ‘Dakota’ for its northern pipeline, and stole the name ‘Comanche,’ for one of the pipelines now being constructed to flood Mexico with fracked gas.

In Dallas on Saturday, the American Indian Movement of Central Texas, and their allies, will protest Energy Transfer Partners, and its CEO Kelcy Warren.

In other censored News, Lakota Grandmother Olowan Sara Martinez, was extradited and released on bond for protecting the water of the Missouri River, where thousands of Native Americans are camped at the Standing Rock Sioux Nation.

The State of North Dakota is now charging the water protectors with felonies, and targeted the media and medics for arrest last week by riot police.

While the State of North Dakota charges water protectors and the media with crimes, North Dakota refuses to charge those who attacked women and children with vicious dogs and pepper spray. The online community found it easy to identify the dog handlers from the license plates at the scene, Frost Kennels in Ohio, and four former Bismarck police officers acting as security guards for Dakota Access Pipeline, during the attack on Sept. 3.

Amy Goodman, producer of Democracy Now, and Cody Hall, media spokesman for Red Warrior Camp, were charged with criminal trespass. Hall spent four days in jail.

In the north, the Onondaga 15 are in court and have filed suit against the New York State Troopers who attacked and beat them in 1997. The judge has forbidden them to speak to the media. Earlier, Ronald Jones said, “They broke my back that day.”

12:53

Strong M6.3 earthquake hits near the coast of Mindanao, Philippines "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit near the coast of Mindanao, Philippines at 22:53 UTC on September 23, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 65 km (40.4 miles). EMSC registered M6.4 at a depth of 52 km (32.3 miles). PHIVOLCS is reporting...... Read more »

11:06

Some 182 Organizations from 35 States Call for Congressional Review of FERC "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Pipeline Construction Causes Impacts

Hundreds of Nonprofit Organizations Join to Demand Reform of Rogue Agency

PRESS RELEASE From Vivian Stockman, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, September 22, 2015

Washington, DC – More than 180 organizations representing communities across America, including West Virginia, called on leaders in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and House Energy and Commerce Committee to hold congressional hearings into the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) extensive history of bias and abuse. The groups are also requesting reform of the Natural Gas Act, which the groups say, gives too much power to FERC and too little to state and local officials.
 
“The time has now come for Congress to investigate how FERC is using its authority and to recognize that major changes are in fact necessary in order to protect people, including future generations, from the ramifications of FERC’s misuse of its power and implementation of the Natural Gas Act,” says Maya van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper, leader of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network and a primary organizer of the effort.

“The Greenbrier River Watershed has two pipelines proposed: Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley, yet FERC refused to do a Programmatic EIS to look at the need for two pipelines,” says Leslee McCarty, coordinator of the Greenbrier River Watershed Association.  “We hope Congress, instead of speeding up approvals for these projects, will force FERC to look closely at need, especially in light of global climate change.”
 
“The FERC represents the epitome of what the world has come to recognize as a rogue regime: unbridled power over citizens and unquestionable allegiance to and cooperation with unethical, socially unjust and environmentally dismissive corporations,” says Monroe County, WV resident Laurie Ardison,  co-chair of POWHR (Protect Our Water, Heritage, Rights).” For the citizens of this country to be victims of the FERC is unconscionable. Congress must reign in this agency which left unchecked, will continue to foster incalculable harms as the fossil fuel industry develops beyond need.”
 
McCarty adds, “Fracked gas may prove to be even more of a dirty fuel than coal. Yet in the US, and especially in West Virginia, we are asked to embrace this dirty business as our savior. It is a testimony to slick public relations and strategic campaign contributions from fossil fuel companies, and keeps us on a dangerous path to certain disastrous climate change and boom and bust economic development. This is the time for West Virginia to look to revitalize our energy portfolio and keep sustainable jobs, not continue to be led down the painful road we have traveled in the past.”
 
The letter to Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Chairwoman Lisa Murkoski (R-AK), Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-WA), signed by 182 community organizations representing communities in 35 states of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia as well as the District of Columbia, argues that FERC’s review and appr...

09:18

How’s my target species recovering? A new tool to help you evaluate "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Much of field biology and resource conservation work includes monitoring biodiversity, whether it is plant growth, animal movement, population dynamics, or response to human activity. The international development sector is also increasingly interested in monitoring the ecosystem goods and services upon which human communities depend. [caption id="attachment_189645" align="alignright" width="350"] Measuring tree and canopy data in a forest study plot in Peru. Photo credit: Sue Palminteri[/caption] Understanding what level of extraction, input, or change to an animal or system is “sustainable” requires understanding how the organism or community changes over time. Many field staff working in parks, forestry concessions, and agriculture lack biological backgrounds yet are tasked with observing, recording, and assessing change to plants, animals, and ecological communities and processes. Various governments, universities, and international conventions have developed guidelines for monitoring; these and a variety of related materials are available online at disparate locations. The GIZ Asia sector network has just produced a short manual on biodiversity monitoring that is freely available for download that brings together much of this previous experience.  Entitled “Biodiversity Monitoring for Natural Resource Management ― An Introductory Manual,” the new resource aims to provide field research and management teams with succinct practical guidance for planning and conducting biodiversity monitoring. Basics, partners, and planning One of the three substantive chapters identifies basic questions and pit-falls in biodiversity monitoring, such as identifying and selecting useful indicators to measure pressures (threats), state of the target organism or system, and its responses to those pressures. [caption id="attachment_189643" align="alignleft" width="350"] Map…

04:00

Making us defenseless makes us safer (or something) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

“Guns can only be “banned” when they are confiscated from their lawful owners.” Hillary tells retirees she will fight terror with gun control Ahead of November’s presidential election, the AARP has provided on its website a voter guide featuring responses by both major candidates to a range of issue-based questions. One inquiry that resulted in […]

03:44

‘We are revolutionaries’: Villagers fight to protect Myanmar’s forests "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

U Ye Aung spent most of his adult life in a war zone. For over 60 years his village of Kalaikyi served as the frontline in one of Myanmar’s longest running civil wars. During the conflict, villagers from the Kamoethway river valley were subjected to forced labor, arbitrary killing, looting and extortion at the hands of the Myanmar military and Karen separatists. The fighting was finally brought to an end in 2012 after a preliminary ceasefire was signed between the Myanmar government and Karen National Union. “It brought me great relief as I was finally able to live out the rest of my years in peace,” said U Ye Aung, now aged 55. That was until the bulldozers arrived in Kalaikyi to clear land for a new highway that would stretch 138 kilometers (86 miles) from the Special Economic Zone in Myanmar’s southernmost city of Dawei to the Thai border at Phu Nam Ron. “We were so angry because we had no control over the situation” U Ye Aung said. He told Mongabay he lost almost all of his betel forests and "was really scared because I am old and those betel nut farms were supposed to be my pension.” The road was designed by private company Italian-Thai Development PCL and supported by Myanmar’s old military regime. Construction stopped in 2013 after Italian-Thai Development fell into financial difficulty. All that remains of the two-lane highway is a muddy scar, severing Kalaikyi and the Kamoethway river valley. However, the new government…

01:37

Calls for CITES to address the corruption fueling the illegal wildlife trade "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Late last year, Yury Fedotov, executive director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, joined with John Scanlon, secretary-general of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), to call for increased anti-corruption efforts in the fight against the illegal wildlife trade. In a joint statement, Fedotov and Scanlon said that “corruption feeds and sustains wildlife and forest crime, as well as many other crimes including terrorism and extremism.” The two did not mince words when it came to diagnosing the problem and prescribing a solution: “For the criminals to succeed, customs officials must be bribed to look away; logging and hunting licenses forged; and poachers set free due to obstructed prosecutions. Thanks to corruption's deadly touch, the natural wealth of countries is being stolen, efforts to eradicate poverty paralysed and development efforts greatly hindered. We are united in the belief that, by addressing corruption and bribery, we can deal a significant blow to all those involved in this transnational organized crime.” CITES’ seventeenth major Conference of the Parties (CoP17) begins in Johannesburg, South Africa tomorrow, and it represents a key opportunity to address the corruption fueling the illegal wildlife trade, experts say. In an attempt to seize this opportunity, the European Union and Senegal have put forward a resolution proposing measures to tackle corruption in wildlife trafficking. “[I]t is an important development that for the first time, the issue of corruption will be formally debated at the world’s most important wildlife trade…

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Friday, 23 September

23:05

Injured Baby Pig Could Only Blink To Let Rescuers Know He Was Alive "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

He wasn't quite dead, but the tiny pig slumped in the corner of a Pennsylvania barn had fooled a lot of people into thinking so.

At just 10 days old, he had been dumped there there like trash. Unable to stand on his own feet. Likely wracked by meningitis. Riddled with parasites.

This pig seemed well on his way to better place when a rescuer from New Jersey sanctuary called Rancho Relaxo found him.

Ahimsa Acres Sanctuary

The pig, who was named Rocky, would indeed go to a better place. Just not the place everyone expected.

Rancho Relaxo didn't have room for Rocky. So the group got in touch with another New Jersey rescue, Ahimsa Acres Sanctuary .

Staff from there rushed to pick up Rocky and take him to the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center Hospital .

"He was so bad, that I didn't think he'd survive the hour and a half car ride to New Bolton," Jena Mazzio, founder of Ahimsa Acres Sanctuary, tells The Dodo. "He didn't move. He didn't make a sound. The only way I could tell he was still alive was by the blinking of his eyes."

Ahimsa Acres Sanctuary

Once Rocky reached the hospital, doctors were even less optimistic. Staff had a hard time finding blood to extract and test — pigs are notoriously difficult to get blood from.

They could only speculate he suffered from meningitis and pneumonia. Vets said he had around a 5 percent chance of living.

"We were faced with the hardest decision," Mazzio recalls. "Continue treating an undiagnosed illness or humanely euthanize Rocky.

"We asked Rocky's doctors to try everything they could. We weren't ready to give up yet."

Neither it seemed was Rocky, who got his name from famous fictional boxer Rocky Balboa "for his fighting spirit."

Ahimsa Acres Sanctuary

In the days that followed, Rocky's condition would get so grim even his rescuers were beginning to lose hope. But round after round, the tiny pig kept battling.

On the 17th day, Mazzio got a call from the hospital. Rocky was on his feet. He was ready to come home — his first real home, at Ahimsa Acres.

It turned out, for a pig like Rocky, there's a lot of wriggle room in a 5 percent chance to live.

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22:42

Dakota Access Pipeline Opponents Interrupt Oil Industry Meeting to Make Case "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Warrior Publications

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A handful of Dakota Access Pipeline opponents took over the stage Wednesday as North Dakota’s top oil regulator spoke to an oil industry group’s annual meeting.

The elders of the Oglala Lakota Nation referred to the pipeline as the “black snake” as they took the podium and microphone while Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms was speaking to the North Dakota Petroleum Council.

“We want you guys to hear our voice and see us,” one woman said. “We’re not just some hashtag out there just making a scene. We want to be heard. We want you guys to understand that we are fighting for our lives, for our children, for our people, the way we have, our culture, our identity.”

Police approached the stage and warned the protesters they would be arrested if they didn’t leave. The group left through a side door chanting “Water is Life.”

Minot Police Capt. John Klug said the individuals left in their vehicles and no arrests were made. Although the group was “disruptive,” they were peaceful, Klug said.

Shortly before the group got on stage, a different group of five or six protesters was in front of the Holiday Inn Riverside in Minot and police had asked them to leave, Klug said.

Helms, who stepped off the stage while the group spoke from the podium, resumed his speech within minutes.

Event organizers had taken extra security precautions as thousands continue to camp north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline.

About 450 oil industry leaders attended the meeting in Minot, which concluded Wednesday.

Officers stayed on scene so attendees could safely leave the meeting.

22:05

First Nations and Tribes Sign New Treaty Joining Forces to Stop All Tar Sands Pipelines "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Treaty Alliance

September 22, 2016, Montreal/Vancouver—First Nation and Tribal Chiefs gathered today in Musqueam Territory (Vancouver) and Mohawk Territory (Montreal), to sign a new continent-wide Indigenous Treaty — the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion— that commits already some 50 First Nations and Tribes from all over Canada and the Northern US to working together to stop all proposed tar sands pipeline, tanker and rail projects in their respective territorial lands and waters. The First Nations and Tribes are committed to stopping all five current tar sands pipeline and tanker project proposals (Kinder Morgan, Energy East, Line 3, Northern Gateway and Keystone XL) as well as tar sands rail projects such as the Chaleur Terminals Inc. export project at the Port of Belledune in New Brunswick. “What this Treaty means is that from Quebec, we will work with our First Nation allies in BC to make sure that the Kinder Morgan pipeline does not pass and we will also work with our Tribal allies in Minnesota as they take on Enbridge’s Line 3 expansion, and we know they’ll help us do the same against Energy East.” said Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Simon. The Treaty states: “Our Nations hereby join together under the present treaty to officially prohibit and to agree to collectively challenge and resist the use of our respective territories and coasts in connection with the expansion of the production of the Alberta Tar Sands, including for the transport of such expanded production, whether by pipeline, rail or tanker.”

“We are in a time of unprecedented unity amongst Indigenous people working together for a better future for everyone,” said Rueben George of the Tsleil-Waututh Sacred Trust Initiative. “The Kinder Morgan pipeline proposal in our territory represents an unacceptable risk to the water, land and people: we are proud to stand together with all of our relatives calling for sensible alternatives to these dangerous projects.”

pipeline-resistance“The Yinka Dene have already shown in the case of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway that a pipeline cannot hope to pass through a unified wall of Indigenous opposition,” said Carrier Sekani Tribal Chief Terry Teegee. “You will now see the same thing play out with all other tar sands pipelines, including another failed BC pipeline – Kinder Morgan.”

Tar sands development has already poisoned the water of First Nations in Alberta and beyond and these new tar sands pipelines, trains and tankers would threaten the water of many more Nations. Indigenous Peoples are also suff...

20:39

Woman Moves To Island Crowded With Stray Animals And Changes Everything "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Sometimes, it's hard to see the sunsets for all the suffering.

When Junie Kovacs arrived in Koh Lanta about 15 years ago, she didn't see the island in southern Thailand the way most tourists do.

Sure, there were sand swept beaches. A sun-dappled sea.

Lanta Animal Welfare

But she also saw animals suffering. Koh Lanta was teeming with dogs and cats, many of them starving and injured.

The nearest veterinarian was a three-hour odyssey to the mainland. Needless to say, the stray dogs and cats of Koh Lanta didn't leave their island home very often. And, because there was no sterilization effort from authorities, Koh Lanta was crushingly crowded.

Lanta Animal Welfare

What's more, locals saw the dogs as a nuisance. Many of the strays were simply killed.

Lanta Animal Welfare

Kovacs, who was born in the U.S., was working as a graphic designer in Norway. In the past, she had visited the island as a tourist.

"When I turned 40, I decided I wanted to do something else," she tells The Dodo.

Lanta Animal Welfare

Kovacs made the fateful decision to move to the island and start a cooking school.

But she couldn't ignore the state of the island's strays.

"I thought, 'OK I can't live on this island without doing anything,'" she recalls. "It was really bad. It was stray dogs everywhere. At that time, most of the businesses were shut down so there wasn't even trash that the animals could get to that they could feed on."

Lanta Animal Welfare

And so, as Kovacs expanded her business, turning a cooking school into a restaurant called Time for Lime, she also expanded the scope of her rescue.

Lanta Animal Welfare

In 2005, using proceeds from the business, she saved enough money to open...

18:46

Fire-Earth Volcano Alert: MDR5 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CJ Members FIRE-EARTH Volcano Alert: MDR5 Details of the Alert are available from FIRE-EARTH AQUAMARINE BEACONS.    Filed under: News Alert Tagged: AQUAMARINE BEACONS, CJ Members, Fire-Earth Alert, Fire-Earth Volcano Alert, volcano alert, Volcano Alert MDR5

18:14

Fire-Earth Alert: TDFV "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CJ Members FIRE-EARTH Alert: TDFV Details of the Alert are available from FIRE-EARTH SAPPHIRE BEACONS.  Filed under: News Alert Tagged: 000923, CJ Members, Fire-Earth Alert, SAPPHIRE BEACONS, TDFV, TDFV Alert

17:42

Wixarika Take A Stand: An Indigenous Community Gears Up To Take Back Their Land From Mexican Ranchers "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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Originally published at Intercontinental Cry: 

BY TRACY BARNETT

A contingent of at least 1,000 indigenous Wixárika (Huichol) people in the Western Sierra Madre are gearing up to take back their lands after a legal decision in a decade-long land dispute with neighboring ranchers who have held the land for more than a century.

Ranchers who have been in possession of the 10,000 hectares in question for generations say the seizure is unlawful and that they will not hand over the land — setting the scene for a showdown that observers fear may end in violence.

Leaders of the Wixárika community of San Sebastian Teponahuaxtlán have announced their plans to accompany the authorities of the federal agricultural tribunal to carry out an enforcement action on the first parcel, a 184-hectare ranch in the state of Nayarit, on Sept. 22, and called on state and federal law enforcement officials to send police forces to prevent a conflict. Until the time of publication, neither the Nayarit nor the federal authorities had agreed to send police to maintain order, so both parties are hoping for the best but preparing for the worst.

“We’re hoping they’ll accept the decision which is now law: that they lost the trial. They had the opportunity to legally prove that they really had the documentation and they didn’t have it,” said Miguel Vázquez Torres, president of the communal lands commission of San Sebastian. He is aware of the potential for violence, he said, “but the community is not going to sit with its hands crossed. We are prepared.”

Ranchers have titles to the land that go back to the early 1900s — but San Sebastian has the original grant from the Spanish crown that dates to 1717, and is backed by a 1953 presidential resolution. In all, 10,000 hectares is at stake, for a total of 47 different claims. The agrarian court has ruled in favor of San Sebastian in 13 of those cases; the remainder are still in process.

“It’s a social injustice,” she said. “These are very simple people; they are fathers, they are mothers who work the land themselves, and that’s how they support their families. It would be really sad if through the government’s disregard, something unpleasant were to happen.”

Vázquez said that two families who have no land have already been granted permission by the community assembly to establish homesteads on the parcel and that the assembly plans to send a rotating contingent of community residents to stand guard for several months — “as long as it’s necessary so that the families can feel safe and comfortable.” The long-term plan, he said, is to establish another settlement in the area, as San Sebastian’s existing towns are becoming overcrowded.

Dominguez argued that the local inhabitants have worked the land for generations and turned it into a highly productive area. Local residents suspect the Huicholes have another ul...

17:28

Major New Pipelines Proposed in 24 States — More Climate Change Denial? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

LAND DISTURBANCES -- Pipeline Right of Way plus Access Roads

Some 14 Pipeline Projects in 24 States … Which Will Be the Next Battleground

From an Article by Dan Zukowski, EcoWatch.com, September 22, 2016

Encouraged by the Obama administration’s shelving of the Keystone XL pipeline and its revoked authorization for construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline on federal lands, activists are now eyeing new battles.

At least 14 new pipeline projects are in the works, carrying both oil and natural gas. These projects involve at least 24 states, adding to the existing 2.5 million miles of energy pipelines in the U.S.—the largest network in the world. Driven by low natural gas prices and the fracking boom, these new pipelines will cross major urban areas as well as important watersheds.

Supporters say that they supply energy needs for many communities, provide jobs and are safer for oil transport than truck or rail. Take the case of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline expansion. Running from Louisiana through the Southeast all the way to Long Island, New York, the project is an expansion of an existing Transco pipeline operated by Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Williams Companies.

Counting branch pipelines, Transco is a 10,200-mile system that can move 10.9 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day. The company transports 10 percent of the natural gas consumed in the U.S., but it was built to move gas mainly from the Gulf of Mexico to the Northeast.

Now, the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania provides lower-cost gas and the Atlantic Sunrise will be reconfigured to move product south. In 2014, 1,370 wells were being drilled in the Marcellus, with high-yield wells using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The Marcellus provides more than 36 percent of the shale gas produced in the U.S.

Williams Companies said that construction of the pipeline expansion in Pennsylvania will create 2,300 jobs for one year, with 15 permanent full-time jobs after that for operation and maint...

16:51

Bayer and Monsanto: A Merger of Two Evils "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

By KATHERINE PAUL Originally published by the Organic Consumers Association It’s been about a week since Monsanto and Bayer confirmed their intention to say “I do”—ample time for media, lawmakers, consumer and farmer advocacy groups, and of course the happy... Read More

The post Bayer and Monsanto: A Merger of Two Evils appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.

16:47

Sea Shepherd Reveals a New Weapon in the War Against Japan’s Whaling "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Daniel Flitton / The Age

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It is a custom-made warship without guns, pimped out with bigger engines and a long-distance fuel tank.

Anti-whaling activists Sea Shepherd have a brand new, $12 million custom-built ship they boast will for the first time match the speed and endurance of Japan’s whaling fleet.

And with Japan’s defiance of an international court ruling about to be in the spotlight at a global summit next month, the activists plan to sail the new vessel to Australia, before launching south in a bid to disrupt the summer whale hunt near Antarctica.

“Our biggest challenge in our campaigns in the past has been that the Japanese whaling vessels have rammed us with their superior size, and they have outrun us with their superior speed,” Sea Shepherd’s Peter Hammarstedt told Fairfax Media.

“So this is a vessel that they cannot catch.”

Christened Ocean Warrior, it is the first brand new ship Sea Shepherd has built, allowing the activist group to specify engine size and other features for its controversial high-seas protests.

All its other ships have been refitted older vessels, the Bob Barker once a Norwegian whaling ship, built in 1950, the Steve Urwin a former fisheries vessel operating from Scotland, built in 1975.

Ironically, for an environmental group that only serves vegan meals aboard, the design of Ocean Warrior is based on a popular supply ship for off-shore oil rigs.

Cargo space has been converted to fuel tanks to give the ship longer range.

Japan killed 333 minke whales last summer – the first hunt after a 2014 ruling in the International Court of Justice that declared the so-called “scientific whaling” to be illegal.

But Japan has since exempted itself from the court’s jurisdiction and drawn up new guidelines for whaling, effectively doubling the size of the hunting grounds in the Southern Ocean and the activist group was not able to track the whalers last summer.

The Japanese institute for whale research has also run a website to promote whale recipes.

Australia joined with 95 countries earlier this month to condemn Japan’s resumption of whaling, and the issue is expected to dominate a meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Slovenia in October.

Sea Shepherd won’t yet disclose the top speed of Ocean Warrior but said it comfortably topped 30 knots in recent...

16:28

Fire-Earth Alert: NLQG "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CJ Members FIRE-EARTH Alert: NLQG Details of the Alert are available from FIRE-EARTH RUBY BEACONS. Filed under: News Alert Tagged: 000923, 23 September 2016, CJ Members, Fire-Earth Alert, NLQG, NLQG Alert, RUBY BEACONS

16:01

7 Popular Foods That Might Disappear Because of Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Search is on for ancient or near-extinct crops that might be better suited for this new reality

15:02

Lao PDR failing to curb pangolin and hornbill trafficking: new reports "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) has failed to address illicit wildlife trade in the country, three new reports have found. Strategically located close to China, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, Lao PDR has emerged as a notorious transit hub for trafficking of wildlife and wildlife products. But gaps in the country’s laws, as well as a lack of law enforcement, are impeding efforts to tackle wildlife trafficking, according to recent investigations by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, as well as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Secretariat. “Lao PDR clearly needs to address these issues as a matter of urgency or risk becoming dubbed the wildlife smuggling capital of Asia,” Kanitha Krishnasamy, TRAFFIC’s Senior Programme Officer in Southeast Asia, said in a statement. [caption id="attachment_189625" align="aligncenter" width="1017"] Pangolin scales observed at the Muang Sing market. Photo by E.John/TRAFFIC.[/caption] A TRAFFIC team opportunistically surveyed markets within seven Lao PDR cities for 10 days in April 2016 and three days in July 2016, and found nearly 2,800 pangolin scales for sale. These scales seemed to be targeted at Chinese clientele for use in traditional medicine or jewellery, the TRAFFIC team found. Lao PDR was also involved in a total of 43 reported pangolin trafficking incidents between 2010 and 2015, the team found, over three-fourths of which involved pangolins poached from Asian countries. More than half of the pangolin shipments were smuggled into Lao PDR from Thailand. Conservationists believe that the pangolin is the world’s most…

13:01

Maharashtra gets 529 mm (20.8 inches) of rain, shatters 58-year record "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The city of Dahanu in Maharashtra, a state spanning west-central India, received a record-breaking rain on September 21, 2016, shattering city's 58-year record by a long way. In a 24-hour period ending 08:00 local time on Wednesday, September 21, Dahanu received...... Read more »

Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hit off the east coast of Honshu, Japan "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the JMA as M6.5 hit off the east coast of Honshu, Japan at 00:14 UTC on September 23, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). USGS is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 10 km. EMSC is reporting M6.3 at a...... Read more »

08:30

New USGS study shows heat retaining concrete and asphalt have encroached upon US Climate Stations — Watts Up With That? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A new study from USGS by Keven Gallo and George Xian verifies what we’ve already learned and published on via the Surface Stations project; that concrete and asphalt (aka impervious surfaces) have increased near weather stations that are used to monitor climate. In this case, it is the much studied USHCN, that climate network I […]

08:02

The economics of subterfuge, social divisionism, and community organizing "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Who Is Behind The Riots? Charlotte Police Says 70% Of Arrested Protesters Had Out Of State IDs [What happens when the enemy walks in? There is in the first place the complete disorganization of life, the personal tragedies in most families, the ruins that were once homes or familiar landmarks, the remembrance of the horrors […]

05:44

How Nuke Power Causes Global Warming "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Supporters of nuclear power like to argue that nukes are the key to combatting climate change. Here's why they are dead wrong.

Every nuclear generating station spews about two-thirds of the energy it burns inside its reactor core into the environment. Only one-third is converted into electricity. Another tenth of that is lost in transmission. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists:

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03:51

Whalesong, interrupted "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

[dropcap]C[/dropcap]rossbow in hand, Jo Marie Acebes strides the deck of the outrigger fishing boat she has refitted for tracking whales off the Philippines’ Babuyan Islands. She’s scanning for a target in the very same waters that Herman Melville extolled as the gateway to the Yankee whalers’ Pacific hunting grounds in Moby Dick. On the deck, the sounds are as placid as the vista of flat, steely ocean stretching to the horizon. Nothing to be heard but the whistling wind and the slap of gentle waves against the hull. But 20 meters down, where Acebes has suspended an underwater microphone, there’s an entirely different soundscape: a brisk a cappella fugue performed by two voices, a pair of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) that may be located dozens of miles from the boat and each other. One humpback takes up the theme and the other follows a few seconds later with the exact same series of sounds: three ascending whoops, then two low moans. This series repeats for a quarter of an hour before the leviathans switch to a sequence of whines, purrs, and pips. https://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/16/Babuyan-1_Amp.mp3 Humpback whale calls. Audio courtesy of Balyena Humpbacks and other whales forage, breed, and migrate in small, far-flung pods in an underwater milieu where sound waves travel four times faster than in air and reach much farther than light rays. In the course of their 48-million-year evolution, whales have developed a sophisticated array of vocal signals and exquisitely attuned mechanisms to produce and receive sounds. For instance,…

Land grabbing and environmental destruction could now be prosecuted under international law "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The International Criminal Court (ICC), housed at The Hague in the Netherlands, has mostly focused on human rights abuses and war crimes committed during armed conflicts throughout its 14-year history. But the court has now signaled that it will begin investigating crimes such as land grabbing, environmental destruction, and forced evictions that are often committed during peacetime in the pursuit of profit. In a detailed policy paper on case selection and prioritization released last week, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda wrote that “crimes that are committed by means of, or that result in, inter alia, the destruction of the environment, the illegal exploitation of natural resources or the illegal dispossession of land” will be given “particular consideration” for prosecution. The significant change to ICC’s strategy comes as Bensouda is poised to deliver a decision on whether or not to investigate a case filed in 2014 by international human rights lawyer Richard Rogers of the law firm Global Diligence LLP, which alleges a number of human rights violations were committed during a series of land seizures in Cambodia that forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes. “The systemic crimes committed under the guise of ‘development’ are no less damaging to victims than many wartime atrocities,” Rogers said in a statement. “Forced population displacement destroys entire communities and leads to instability or even war. The ICC Prosecutor has sent a clear message that such offences may amount to crimes against humanity and can no longer be tolerated.” The Cambodia case will…

Amazonian bat identification takes flight with new interactive guide "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

[caption id="attachment_189597" align="alignnone" width="768"] A Black Mastiff bat (Molossus rufus), a species known to roost in colonies of more than 500 individuals. The new Field Guide to Amazonian Bats is worth a look, if only to enjoy the spectacular images. Photo © Oriol Massana & Adrià López-Baucells[/caption] [dropcap type="3"]M[/dropcap]ore than 160 bat species can be found flying through the Amazonian night — and their variety is astonishing. From the largest (the carnivorous Spectral, or False Vampire bat; Vampyrum spectrum, with a wingspan of over two feet), to small insectivores (weighing just a fraction of an ounce), bats fill a myriad of ecological niches in the rainforest. But their nocturnal lives make them hard to study, and, with as many as 100 species inhabiting some locales, identifying them in the field poses a huge challenge. Now, an international team of bat researchers hopes to make distinguishing these many species easier with the publication of a new, open-access Field Guide to Amazonian Bats. The free guide, published by the National Institute of Amazonian Research, is available to download in an interactive, digital format. Designed to be used on tablets or smartphones, clickable links connect content between different sections of the guide, and to IUCN Red List online resources for each species. [caption id="attachment_189600" align="alignnone" width="768"] A bat from the Cynomops, or Dog-faced bat, genus. The team plans to keep the digital guide updated as new information becomes available. “We consider this might be the future for field guides for the most unexplored…

Thursday, 22 September

23:28

Baby Bobcat Who Lost Her Mom Is Looking For A New Family "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

It's only been a few days since the sanctuary asked for help with naming their newest resident, a tiny baby bobcat. And already, there are more than 300 submissions.

Daisy, Grace, Angel, Lily, you know, the usual suspects.

They're all very pretty and sweet and human . And none of them capture the essence of this cat.

For one thing, as anyone who's ever tried to get close to her knows, she really can't stand humans.

Wildwoods Wildlife Rehabilitation

That's understandable, considering a healthy fear of humans keeps many animals alive in the wild. And especially considering it was humans who took this cat's entire family from her in the blink of an eye.

Last month, a baby bobcat was hit by a car on a highway near Duluth, Minnesota. When the dying baby's mother leapt out to try to save the kitten, she too was hit and killed.

A third kitten — the lone survivor from this family — was found on the side of the road and taken to Wildwoods Wildlife Rehabilitation in Duluth.

Wildwoods Wildlife Rehabilitation

The idea was to care for this 4-pound kitten until she was big and strong enough to be returned to the wild — always the preferred option for injured and orphaned wildlife.

But after researching with other wildlife centers across the country, Wildwoods determined she wouldn't be able to return to the wild. For one thing, she could only be released in spring — a long wait that could risk the animal getting too tame at a refuge.

For another, there were legal issues involved with releasing a wild animal in a different state, even if this bobcat would have had much better odds of surviving there.

Wildwoods Wildlife Rehabilitation

So the rehab facility got in touch with the Wildcat Sanctuary , where the kitten could make the best of a life in captivity.

"We are happy to announce that she is not timid," sanctuary director Tammy Thies tells The Dodo. "She's definitely not happy about humans because that's what her natural instinct is. But she is a brave little girl."

Which is why finding just the right name for her is so important. This bobcat has both heroism and tragedy running through her veins. Not to mention a healthy hate for humans.

She's definitely no Daisy.

"We think a good name would be more of a brave name as opposed to more sad and dainty," Thies says. "She is a beautifu...

22:31

Baby Cow Saved From Slaughter Is So In Love With His New Dad "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When Samuel celebrated his third birthday last month, friends threw him the kind of party most cows could only dream about.

Santuario Gaia

Mounds of melons studded with edible candles. Well-wishers throwing glitter dust into the air. And scores of people lined up to pat him on the head.

Santuario Gaia

But then again, Samuel deserves to live this dream. Because before he arrived at Santuario Gaia , an animal sanctuary in Spain, his life was the stuff of nightmares.

Santuario Gaia

Back in 2013, Samuel just a newborn — and already a dairy farm reject.

Santuario Gaia

The farmer who separated him from his mother when he was 6 days old wouldn't be able to get any milk from Samuel or his twin brother, since they were both males. Sadly, Samuel's brother was killed.

Santuario Gaia

But Santuario Gaia stepped in to offer a home to Samuel; they took the sick calf back to their refuge in Girona.

Santuario Gaia

The day sanctuary co-founder Ismael López lifted Samuel from his kennel, a lifelong bond was forged.

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22:00

Monday & Tuesday: Josh Fox Climate Film Explores Community Values "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change

#ClimateRevolution Film Explores Community Values

On September 26 and 27, three regional, climate change-concerned groups are hosting public screenings and discussions of How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change.  In his deeply personal style, the Oscar-nominated director of Gasland, Josh Fox, continues to investigate climate change – one of the greatest threats our planet has experienced.  Humanity is facing a difficult period of change; this film explores the values needed to wisely navigate this transition.

Traveling to twelve countries on six continents to witness communities on the frontlines of climate change and to glean insights from dozens of climate heroes featured in this movie, the filmmakers acknowledge that it may be too late to stop some of the worst climate consequences.  Throughout its two hours, the documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2016 asks, “What is it that climate change can’t destroy?  What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away?”

Co-hosts 350Sandpoint, Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition (PESC), and Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) welcome everyone at these events offering free admission and accepting donations at the door and at group information tables in the lobby.  Screenings start at 7 pm on Monday, September 26, at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, 508 South Main Street in Moscow, and at 7 pm on Tuesday, September 27, at the Little Panida Theater, 300 North First Avenue in Sandpoint.  Conversation after the film will explore audience member reactions, renewable energy transition and climate change challenges in Idaho communities, and local and Northwest participatory movements seeking climate justice and solutions.

Background

People have already significantly warmed the Earth and oceans by one degree Celsius, melting and diminishing frozen glaciers, polar ice caps, and continental ice sheets, and making the atmosphere four percent wetter.  In addition to these huge changes, another half degree of warming will likely occur, from carbon dioxide and methane already in the atmosphere.  Scientists warn that two degrees Celsius of warming could provoke unstoppable processes that raise sea levels by five to nine meters.

Environmental analyst Lester Brown advises that we must reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2020, to stop Greenland ice sheet melting.  But fossil fuel use is actually expanding, and emissions are increasing.  In desperate attempts to prolong its reign, the fossil fuel industry is rushing to switch current energy sources from coal to natural gas, via extraction methods like fracking and acidizing, while pushing through thousands of miles of pipelines and oil and gas transfer, storage, and port facilities.  The entire natural gas production process, from extraction to delivery, leaks large amounts of its greatest component, methane, a greenhouse gas 86 to 104 times more potent than carbon dioxide in the short-term.

Besides fossil fuel combustion, animal agriculture also contributes to climate change, releasing nearly 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.  Unsustainable factory farms use vast quantities of water, and cause much of worldwide deforestation.

For decades, individuals have taken small steps to stop climate change, by consum...

21:58

Afghanistan: Kabul River and Standing Rock Sioux Solidarity "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Afghan Peace Volunteers

Our 27-meter-deep well dried up recently

Our 27-meter-deep well dried up recently

Government officials and business people today routinely negotiate,

“We’d like to extract the oil.” Or gas, or such and such a mineral.

Water? “Oh don’t worry, we’ll see to that too….”

But they’re not angels, and their bottom line is profit,

so, Nature and human beings have a problem

having enough to drink, and to survive,

not just along Kabul River,

but also along the Missouri and Mississippi of the Standing Rock Sioux.

They craft the ‘legal’ rules of the industry,

and embellish their plans with ‘democracy, or development, or rights’.

They enjoy impunity,

unless, together, we speak up,

and ‘vandalize’ the ‘norms’,

beginning with the habits of our minds.

With the groundwater level across the world dropping,

we had expected the well of our rented house in Kabul to dry up.

Yet, or despite this, or worse, because of this,

government-corporations are ever ready to wage well-funded wars,

and to extract from the earth’s bosoms

to feed their

machines.

Their bank accounts and cars are more important

than babies, and rivers.

through-our-kitchen-window

Driving the huge piling rods into Mother Earth

The elite invest our tax money

in reaching new depths

of weapons and technologies,

rather than in addressing root causes.

The scandal is that they probably understand:

installing CCTVs, blimps and nuclear power apparat...

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