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Monday, 22 January


Strong windstorm leaves 73 000 homes without power in B.C., Canada "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A powerful windstorm hit Canada's British Columbia on Sunday, January 21, 2018, downing trees and power lines, and knocking out power to more than 73 000 BC Hydro customers. At least two people were injured. The worst-hit area appears to be Sunshine Coast, parts...... Read more

13 killed as landslide hits a bus in Colombia's Narino "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

At least 13 people were killed after a landslide swept away a small bus into a ravine in an area called Devil's Nose in Narino department, southeast Colombia on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Search and rescue operations didn't start until Sunday as locals...... Read more

Crowdsourcing the fight against poaching, with the help of remote cameras "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

For the last two years, a U.S. non-profit and local partners in South Africa have quietly been catching wildlife poachers using remote cameras connected to a unique cross-continent volunteer monitoring system. The programs cutting-edge technology allows volunteers at their home or office to monitor images from remote cameras concealed in reserves across the globe. Volunteers can detect illegal intrusions into the reserves through a mobile phone app, send relevant images to a tech team, and have the information communicated to rangers on the ground within minutes. The NGO, Wildlife Protection Solutions (WPS), and local colleagues have installed over 100 surveillance cameras at 15 sites across more than 1,210 square kilometers (467 square miles) of wildlife reserves and national parks. The groups centralized monitoring system, wpsWatch, transmits images of wildlife and potential human threats from these remote field cameras in real time. The innovative camera-volunteer combination has so far detected roughly 180 human intrusions into the various reserves. Black rhinos such as these in Kenya are endangered across their range in Africa, due to loss of natural habitat and intense poaching for their horn. Photo credit: Harald Zimmer, CC 3.0 WPS initially partnered with game lodges within the 185-square-kilometer (71-square-mile) fenced Dinokeng Game Reserve in South Africa to test and deploy its technologies on their respective properties. The teams interest in protecting various rhinoceros species has led to it providing support to additional reserves protecting rhinos in South Africa and Indonesia, as well as forest reserves in Hawaii. Mongabay-Wildtech spoke with


FIRE-EARTH Conference Criterion A: Limits to Wealth and Use of Natural Resources (IV) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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


Geoengineering carries large risks for the natural world, studies show "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Reducing the impacts of human-caused climate change through the use of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage  better known as BECCS could have major consequences for wildlife, forests and water resources, a new study shows.

And the introduction of solar geoengineering could also threaten wildlife, a second study shows. The new research finds that implementing and then not sustaining such a technology could cause global temperatures to rebound rapidly, leaving many species unable to cope with the sharp change in conditions.

The two studies reiterate the need to fully consider the possible consequences of implementing geoengineering technologies if they are used to lessen the effects of global warming, the authors of both studies tell Carbon Brief.

The findings also highlight the solution to global warming is mitigation, one author concludes. In order to achieve climate goals, it is now essential to immediately reduce CO2 emissions, instead of using harmful technologies to compensate for a more leisurely pace, another author says.

Bargaining with BECCS

The first study, published in Nature Climate Change, assesses how using BECCS could affect different aspects of the natural world, including forest cover, biodiversity and freshwater resources.

BECCS has been labelled by many as a promising negative emissions technology, meaning it could be used to reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. Put simply, BECCS involves burning biomass such as trees and crops to generate energy and then capturing the resulting CO2 emissions before they are released into the air.

Though yet to be demonstrated on a commercial basis, large-scale BECCS is already included by scientists in many of the modelled pathways showing how global warming can be limited to 2C above pre-industrial levels.

Some scientists hope that BECCS could be used to soak up some of the CO2 that is released by human...


Claim: Legendary WW2 Leader Winston Churchill Would have been a Climate Leader "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Nicholas Soames, grandson of legendary British WW2 leader Winston Churchill, has attacked President Trumps climate policies with a claim that Churchill would have opposed President Trumps climate policies. Soames also claims that cutting carbon emissions helps your economy grow faster. Dear President Trump: Churchill would have been a climate leader


Powerful eruption at Mayon volcano, heavy ashfall and zero visibility, Alert Level 4 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A powerful eruption took place at Mayon volcano, Philippines around 04:45 UTC on Monday, January 22, 2018 (12:45 local time), producing a column of ash that rose up to 7.6 km (25 000 feet) above sea level. At 05:10 UTC, the Tokyo VAAC reported ash cloud up to 12.5...... Read more

Mesoamerican Reef gets improving bill of health "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A recent report tracking the health of the Mesoamerican Reef indicates that conservation efforts might be helping to turn the tide for the reef itself and the people who depend on it. Reefs face ever increasing stress which is outpacing that of our management actions, Melanie McField, an ecologist at the Smithsonian Institution, said in a statement. [The] measured improvement in reef health demonstrates our capacity to stem the trajectory of decline. McField directs a consortium of scientific, government, fishing and conservation organizations called the Healthy Reefs for Healthy People Initiative, or HRI, that produces regular report cards on the health of the reef. The most recent one was released in early January and pulls together data from more than 300 sites on the reef that measure the reefs live coral, algae cover and fish populations. Parrotfish are herbivorous and can help keep fleshy green algae on reefs in check. Photo by Francesca Diaco, courtesy of Healthy Reefs Initiative. The Mesoamerican Reef, second in size only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, stretches through 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) of the territorial waters of four countries: Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras. Despite some differences in how sections of the reef are doing, the general health of the reef as a whole has risen from poor in 2006 to fair today. HRI shared the report just after Belize passed a moratorium on oil and gas exploration to protect its part of the Mesoamerican Reef in late December 2017. Although HRI says

Thai police bust leading wildlife trafficker "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Police in Thailand last week detained a key figure in one of the worlds most notorious wildlife trafficking syndicates, accused of smuggling large numbers of rhino horns and elephant tusks from Africa to Asia. Boonchai Bach, who also goes by the name Bach Van Minh, was arrested Friday at his operational base in Nakhon Pathom province, for allegedly trafficking 14 rhino horns from Africa to Thailand last month. The case also implicated a Thai official, a Chinese national and a Vietnamese courier. This arrest is a significant for many reasons, police colonel Chutrakul Yodmadee said in a statement. The confiscated items are high in value. And we are able to arrest the whole network involved, starting from the courier, the facilitator, the exporter who [planned] to export goods through Thai-Laos border. We even got the moneyman [investor] behind the gang. That means we are able to arrest the whole network. Boonchai Bach, 40, was arrested last week by Thai authorities over alleged attempts to smuggle more than a dozen rhino horns. Photo courtesy of Matthew Pritchett/Freeland. Boonchai, a 40-year-old Vietnamese who also holds Thai citizenship, has been accused of operating an international trafficking network on the Thai-Laos border that expanded into Vietnam. The anti-trafficking group Freeland Foundation has described Boonchai and his family as the main suppliers to Southeast Asias major dealers in Laos, Vietnam and China, including the notorious Vixay Keosavang. Freeland had tracked the family since 2003, collecting evidence on their operations, which included transporting tiger bones across borders.

M6.3 earthquake hits Chile at intermediate depth, very strong shaking in Arica "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A strong earthquake registered by the CSN Chile as M6.3 hit northern Chile at 01:06 UTC on January 21, 2018 (22:06 local time, January 20). The agency is reporting a depth of 105.3 km (65.4 miles). USGS is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 110.8 km (68.8 miles); EMSC...... Read more


CNN: Government shutdown increases risk of undetected asteroid impacts! Scientists brace for impact!!! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guest ridicule by David Middleton Update: Scientists in the United States are bracing for impact!!! This is what happens when Trump Derangement Syndrome is combined with hallucinogenic drugs CNN: Undetected Asteroids Could Threaten Earth During Government Shutdown Breitbart by KATHERINE RODRIGUEZ 21 Jan 2018 Two CNN correspondents claimed during an episode of The


On the Precautionary Principle "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guest essay by Neil Lock Today, Im going to look at a mantra much trumpeted by environmentalists; the precautionary principle. Ill seek to make a case that, since the early 1980s, this idea has been perverted. To such an extent, that the principle now has an effect all but opposite to its true intention. Ill


Delaware River Basin Seeks to Protect Water Quality from Fracking "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

NY, PA, NJ, DE, & US Army Engineers

Another chance to comment on gas drilling issue

Article from The News Eagle, Trenton, NJ, January 14, 2018

WEST TRENTON, N.J. The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) on January 8 announced that the period for written comment on proposed regulations regarding hydraulic fracturing activities in the basin has been extended from Feb. 28 to March 30, 2018. Two additional public hearings also have been scheduled in February and March. One of them is by telephone.

The commissioners believe the extended comment period and two additional hearings announced today in response to numerous requests will provide adequate opportunities for the public and government officials to study the proposed regulations and offer input to inform the commissioners decision-making process, said DRBC Executive Director Steve Tambini. Those interested in commenting are encouraged to review the full text of the draft rules, related materials, and information on the public input procedures on the commissions web site at;

To supplement the four previously announced public hearings two on Jan. 23 in Waymart, Pa. and two on Jan. 25 in Philadelphia the commission is adding the following two hearings:

1. February 22, 2018, 3 p.m. to as late as 7 p.m. at the Lisa Scheller-Wayne Woodman Community Services Center, Lehigh Carbon Community College, 4525 Education Park Dr., in Schnecksville, Pa. Register in advance to attend at or register onsite. Persons who have registered to attend by 5 p.m. January 26, 2018 will be contacted by DRBC prior to the hearing date and provided with an early opportunity to request speaking time. Registrants may also sign up to speak at the hearing and will be heard if time allows. Elected government officials and their staff will have the opportunity to identify themselves when registering.

2. March 6, 2018, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The commission will host a moderated public hearing by telephone. Members of the public are encouraged to listen by calling 1-866-831-8713 and asking the operator to connect them to the DRBC call. Those wishing to address...


Campaigners in Estonia warn of new threats to its unique forests "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Campaigners in Estonia warn of new threats to its unique forests

brendan 22nd January 2018
Teaser Media


Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #300 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Brought to You by SEPP ( The Science and Environmental Policy Project   THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) Fears of Global Warming: Last weeks TWTW brought up the well tested fact that all gases absorb radiant energy in certain bands of the electromagnet spectrum, including nitrogen, N2, which


Objectified Inegalitarian Objectivism "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

There is something essentially unpleasant in the need to express and judge all opinions and evaluations in accepted clichs and labels. It implies devaluation of the work or of the idea involved, and it denies the subtle human differences between people and the phenomena their words describe. Under totalitarian control, man is so anxiety-ridden, so []

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Sunday, 21 January


Forecaster, father, and friend of WUWT, John Coleman, founder of the Weather Channel, passes away "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

It is with great sadness that I announce this. John Coleman was a true hero of mine, and a great friend. He made gigantic contributions to television, to weather forecasting, and even to the National Weather Service who changed and upgraded many of their methods to accommodate the visionary ideas he had in founding the


Fake News and 2017 Near-Record Temperatures "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guest essay by Dale Leuck Fake news is the process of misleading the public through an inaccurate or incomplete depiction of reality, either deliberately or unintentionally. Often the fake news involves the use of statistics, particularly graphic illustrations of complex processes, as discussed in a February 2017 Forbes article. Such has long been the case


Indigenous Forest Defender Sair Kaapor Killed in Brazil "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Jonathan Watts / The Guardian

Kaapor forest guardians patrol the borders of their territory, in Maranho state, Brazil. Photograph: Lunae Parracho for the Observer

Sair Kaapor patrolled one of the most murderous frontiers in the world, a remote and largely lawless region of the Brazilian Amazon where his indigenous community has fought for generations to protect their forest land.

Armed with clubs, bows and arrows, GPS trackers and crude guns, he and fellow members of Kaapor Forest Guard drove off and sometimes attacked loggers who intruded into their territory, the 530,000-hectare Alto Turiau Indigenous Land, which is roughly three times the area of Greater London and contains about half of the Amazon forest left in Brazils northern Maranho state. That vigilante role came to an end last April when Sair was stabbed to death in Betel, a logging town close to Kaapor territory.

This was a murder that took place in a fragile, dangerous world, balanced precariously between values of conservation and consumption, tradition and modernity. The death has gone uninvestigated by police and unreported by the Brazilian media, but it highlights the violent pressures driving forest clearance.

For decades, loggers have cut dirt tracks into the forest that allow them to selectively fell valuable timber such as ip (Brazilian walnut), which can fetch almost 1,000 per cubic metre after processing and export. This is followed by fires often set deliberately that destroy the remaining trees so land can be used for cattle ranching or soy farming....


January 22nd: International Day of Solidarity with Trans Prisoners "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Its Going Down

Since 2016, people have gathered across so-called North America and the world to hold events to support trans prisoners. The international day of solidarity was originally called for by long-term anarchist prisoner, Marius Mason. Here is a statement from organizers last year:

Jan 22, 2017 marks the second annual international Trans Prisoner Day of Action and Solidarity. If you are on the front lines, doing this work every day, then Jan 22 is a day to celebrate and honor your actions. For everyone else, this is a day to collaborate, be an accomplice not an ally, to prioritize, act, protest, resist, raise awareness, and reach out to trans prisoners, forging new relationships and dismantling the isolation of prison. We encourage you to host a letter writing night reaching out to trans prisoners, hold vigils for those in our communities who have been taken by State violence, to plan an event, organize speakers, screen films, invite presentations, and give workshops to spread the word on the experience of trans prisoners, share knowledge, and build strategies of resistance. Have dance parties and raise funds for people and groups already doing amazing work. Take action. Lets join together and show our conviction in supporting each other and ending prisons once and for all.

Download the Jan 22nd Zine featuring writing and art from trans prisoners. (Print layout & online viewing layout).

Download our Introduction to Prison Abolition Zine (...


FIRE-EARTH Conference: Criterion A 012102 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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


Lancaster County Nuns Continue Opposition to Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline circumvents religious shelter

Nuns come to Philly to fight gas pipeline, assert religious freedom

From an Article by Frank Kummer, Philadelphia Inquirer, January 19, 2018

A group of Roman Catholic nuns had a tough time in court Friday morning fighting a gas pipeline buried under their Lancaster County cornfield, so afterward they took their case to a more sympathetic public at the National Constitution Center.

Sisters from the Adorers of the Blood of Christ showed a video recounting their situation before about 75 people, then took the stage at an auditorium inside, an hour after another court appearance.

If theres anybody who thinks sisters live quiet, uneventful lives, they have not met the sisters of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, Sister Janet McCann said, referring to the legal battle the order has waged against the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co., known as Transco.

McCann and four other speakers described the pipeline as a violation of their religious beliefs, which are infused with environmental concerns, including treating land as sacred and reducing fossil fuel use.

One speaker was their attorney, J. Dwight Yoder, who quipped about his appearance Friday morning in court: This looks like a friendlier crowd. Indeed, the federal appeals panel hearing on Friday featured three judges aggressively questioning his arguments.

The panel must decide if U.S. District Court has jurisdiction to consider the merits of a religious freedom case the nuns have filed. The court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said it could not.

The main issue is whether the nuns should have made religiously based objections during the government process of awarding Transco the right to build the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline. The pipeline runs from the Marcellus Shale across Pennsylvania, and eventually into Maryland. On the way, it crosses little more than an acre of the Adorers West Hempfield property.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the pipeline, saying it provides a public benefit. That gave Transco the right to build the pipeline and use eminent domain to take private property after compensation.

The nuns made no religious obje...


Pentagon erases climate change from the National Defense threat list "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Pentagon released a National Defense Strategy that for the first time in more than a decade does not mention manmade global warming as a security threat. An 11-page summary of the new National Defense Strategy makes no mention of global warming or climate change. The document makes no mention of climate, warming, planet, sea


Rooppur Nuclear Project in Bangladesh: Challenging Rosatoms Claims "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

On December 25, 2017, an opinion piece was published in The Daily Star by Andrey Shevlyakov titled Changing perceptions on nuclear energy. Given the author's institutional position as the acting CEO of Rosatom South Asia and their business interest, it is not surprising that he is engaged in an effort to change the public perception of nuclear power. After the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and global trend to backtrack from nuclear power projects, any company with huge investment in this industry is bound to engage in such a campaign. We appreciate the author's effort to publicly engage in discussion on the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant; however, we write this response to his article to record our dissent to Rosatom's misinformation campaign. What Shevlyakov has written does not reflect the real scenario of the nuclear industry today, rather it was a clever attempt to justify a dangerously destructive project.

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The Guardian: AI and Climate Change in Davos "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall As I predicted in 2017, the growing AI scare is looking increasingly likely to be the globalist replacement for the faltering climate scare. Climate change, AI and harassment the hottest topics at this years Davos Richard Partington Sun 21 Jan 2018 02.59 AEDT The World Economic Forum focuses on


NASA: Massive Asteroid will zoom near Earth on February 4th at 76,000 mph "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Asteroid 2002 AJ129 will make a close approach to Earth on Feb. 4, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. PST (4:30 p.m. EST / 21:30 UTC). It is expected to be the largest and speediest space object to whiz past the Earth in 2018. The 0.7-mile long body is larger than the tallest building on Earth, Dubais half-mile

Sunday, 07 January

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