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Thursday, 23 November

00:29

RSPO tops among certification schemes, though all must improve: report "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil has the strongest set of requirements among certification schemes for edible oils and biofuels, even if its members often get away with flouting its standards. Thats the main conclusion of a new report from the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), an international NGO. The RSPO is the worlds largest association for ethical production of palm oil, found in everything from ice cream to laundry detergent. It was formed in 2004 in response to a growing recognition that oil palm expansion was fueling rainforest destruction and land grabbing in countries like Indonesia, where legal protections for the environment and indigenous communities were seen as weak, enforcement of the law even weaker. Companies that join the RSPO pledge to adhere to a stronger set of standards, improving their image in the eyes of consumers. The RSPO prohibits clearance of ancient rainforests and carbon-rich peatlands, and it bans planting community lands without that communitys consent. The RSPOs membership also includes firms that refine and use palm oil, as well as banks and NGOs like the FPP. The FPPs report ranks the certification schemes as follows: Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) ISPO is the Indonesian governments official certification scheme. It is essentially a stamp of approval that a company is following Indonesian law. The FPP noted that ISPO provides very little protection of human

Biofuel project near Indias rhino heartland sparks protests "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

On July 15 this year, activist Soneswar Narah stepped up to express his views in a public hearing on an upcoming bioethanol refinery. The project, a joint venture between Indias state-owned Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) and Finlands Chempolis Oy, is slated to be built near Kaziranga National Park in Indias northeastern Assam state. Many locals like Narah oppose the project, saying it will have harmful impacts on Kazirangas fragile ecosystem and is likely to intensify human-wildlife conflicts in the Numaligarh area, given its proximity to an elephant corridor. During the public hearing, Narah said, the microphone was cut off before he could say anything provocative, and police barged in, dragging him away. Narah was arrested by the Assam state police and charged with multiple crimes, including attempt to murder, assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty, and criminal act done by several persons in furtherance of common intention. There are two starkly different versions of what exactly sparked Narahs arrest. According to the official minutes of the public hearing, approved by the local government and pollution control board, Narah, an adviser to the Kaziranga-based farmers and tribal rights advocacy group Jeepal Krishak Shramik Sangha, comes to stage and started speaking against the project. After that he took out the container containing combustible material which he tried to lit [sic] up in the stage which was protested by the public present and during the commotion police whisked him out of the venue as the situation

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Wednesday, 22 November

22:26

Thank You to our Donors! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The support of our donors has enabled GJEP to participate in important victories like this one: Thank you!

The post Thank You to our Donors! appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.

22:00

Climate Justice Forum: Tesoro Savage Oil Terminal Final Review & Meeting, Newport Silicon Smelter Hearings, Olympia Frack Sand Train Blockade, Montana Valve Turner Trials, Keystone 1 Pipeline Leak, Nebraska Keystone XL Approval, George Monbiot on Climate Change & Capitalism 11-22-17 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Wednesday, November 22, 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 about the final environmental review release and upcoming, Olympia meeting on the Tesoro Savage oil train terminal, public hearings about a proposed Newport, Washington, silicon smelter, a second Olympia blockade of frack sand train tracks, the mock and real, Montana, climate trials of tar sands pipeline valve turner Leonard Higgins, a Keystone 1 pipeline leak in South Dakota, and Nebraska approval of an alternative, Keystone XL pipeline route.  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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21:13

Discovery: Lightning creates anti-matter in our atmosphere "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

From the this is likely to push out chemtrails as the next big conspiracy theory department. I posited back in 2009, when I first covered this story, that the huge verical electric charge differentials in Earths atmosphere acted like a particle accelerator. It seems the researchers here agree with me. Lightning, with a chance of

20:03

Record temps up to 100F expected in SoCal at start of Thanksgiving holiday "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

From the cook your turkey on the asphalt while waiting in a traffic jam department Dr Ryan Maue of Weather.us has this informative forecast: Already in the 80s in Southern California this morning before Thanksgiving. Record highs expected in mid to upper-90s. Possibly a reading of 100F And he has the forecast map to go with

20:02

A reflection on COP23: Incremental progress but no industrialized countrys top priority (commentary) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

I remember well the vibrancy that December evening in 2015 when word spread on the last day of the 21st UN climate summit that there would be an agreement the Paris Agreement. After two decades of staring at a known and worsening global crisis of epic proportions, leaders of 196 nations, pushed mercilessly by UN, French, and US negotiators, finally decided to not allow the earth to burn up by 2100. The Eiffel Tower glowed with triumphant messages against a starry Paris sky. For the first time, nations voluntarily agreed to reduce their carbon emissions and slow the rate of deforestation. That moment in Paris felt historic, hopeful, perhaps the most significant agreement among world leaders for the greater good of this earth since World War II. Just two years later, as I stayed late on the last night of the 23rd UN climate summit in Bonn, Germany, I felt no such vibrancy and certainly no such history-making optimism. There was little. COP23 wasnt designed for major breakthroughs. Everyone conceded that. But why not? COP23, while held in Bonn, Germany, was hosted for the first time by a Pacific island nation, Fiji. Developing and vulnerable nations wanted the logo to be true. The response they received? Maybe next year. Photo by Justin Catanoso. Bad and getting worse Once again, 2017 promises to be another of the hottest years in the historical record. After three years of stable global greenhouse gas emissions, 2017 will see a spike in emissions to

Another blow to troubled Madagascar rare earth mine "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A rare earth mining project in Madagascar that has been in turmoil for the last two years took another blow in September, when its concession, previously valued at over $1 billion, was reappraised at just $48 million. Tantalum Rare Earth Malagasy (TREM), a company owned by firms in Germany and Singapore, holds the rights to the 92-square mile (238-square kilometer) concession, located on the Ampasindava peninsula in northwest Madagascar, just across the water from Nosy Be, the countrys main tourist destination. Demand for rare earth elements, sometimes called technology metals, has risen in recent decades because they are used in the production of smartphones and other modern devices. China dominates the market for rare earths, having produced more than 85 percent of world supply for the last few decades. But the environmental and health impacts of rare earth mining have caused Chinese authorities to restructure the industry and close, or attempt to close, many of the mines. Now investors are looking elsewhere. TREMs project would be the first rare earth mine in Madagascar. For now, the project has stalled due to a lack of permits and unstable ownership. According to some scientists, going forward with the project would pose grave long-term threats to local people, who oppose the project, and to the surrounding rainforest, including a protected area home to endangered lemurs and other unique wildlife. It will be a nightmare for anything living there humans, animals, or plants, a geologist familiar with ionic clay rare earth mining told

More than 130 quakes after M4.6 NE of Gonzales, California "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Following a M4.6 earthquake that hit just NE of Gonzales, California on November 13, 2017, the USGS has registered more than 130 aftershocks within the 5 km (3.1 miles) of the epicenter. Although most of those aftershocks weren't felt by the Central Coast, the...... Read more

Bright fireball streaks through the night sky over Japan "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A bright fireball streaked through the night sky over Japan around 12:30 UTC (21:30 JST) on November 21, 2017. The object was visible for a few seconds before it disintegrated in a bright flash. The event was witnessed by people from both east and west coast of...... Read more

Unquestioning defence of militarized conservation is nave (commentary) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In a recent article, Niall McCann attacks critiques of the militarization of conservation by academics such as Professor Rosaleen Duffy of the University of Sheffield in the UK. McCanns position and argument not only fundamentally misunderstands and misrepresents the position of many committed conservationists but also uses an array of flawed and incomplete arguments to defend increasingly militant enforcement of wildlife crime. His arguments, if widely accepted, not only threaten the long-term survival of the species he wishes to save but risk setting conservation practice back decades by promoting colonial era views towards relationships between wildlife, local communities, and the international conservation movement. The main thrust of McCanns argument is that wildlife crime should be treated in a manner similar to other crimes; with robust and professional policing methods. He equates wildlife crime, and the killing of any wildlife in a national park, to theft of gold from a bank, where nobody would question the use of lethal force against armed bank robbers. There are two main problems with this view: First, it ignores the historical, political and social environments that have created the wildlife laws that now define what is and is not criminal behavior. Second, it fails to differentiate types of wildlife crime, which should be dealt with differently. To address the first point, if we want to understand the causes and potential solutions to wildlife crime, we must start with: How, when, where, and by whom is wildlife crime defined? In the African context that McCann is

19:33

People Make 'Security Systems' For Special Wild Parrots To Keep Them Safe "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Swift parrots may be small, but the risks theyre facing in the wild right now are anything but.

Native to southeastern Australia, these tiny, endangered birds migrate to Tasmania each year to breed and settle into nests with their babies. But this year, theyve moved to a different side of the island that is packed with sugar gliders who love to break into nests for a quick snack.

Credit: Dejan Stojanovic

On average, about half of the adult female parrots that nest in Tasmania are killed by sugar gliders each year, Dr. Dejan Stojanovic, a conservation scientist from Australian National University, told The Dodo. This threat is the reason the parrots were listed as critically endangered [two years ago].

Credit: Shutterstock

In addition to being at risk from sugar gliders during their breeding season, swift parrots have also faced habitat loss in recent years due to the logging industry. Only an estimated 2,000 remain in the wild.

Luckily, some humans are on their side and have raised over $87,000 to save them.

Credit: Dejan Stojanovic

The money, collected through a crowdsourcing campaign that started in October, is being used to build specially-designed, predator-proof nesting boxes for the birds.

By covering the small entry hole in nesting boxes with a solar-powered door, the birds inside are protected once the door shuts at nightfall (when sugar gliders are out prowling for food). With the light of the morning sun, the tiny door automatically opens again and the birds can carry on with their day....

19:17

Rescued Bait Dog Cant Stop Kissing The People Who Saved Her "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When Colette came into a shelter earlier this month, her body was covered with infected bite wounds and she was weak from years of being kept in a cage so small she couldnt stand upright.

Her lower jaw was broken, and it had been like that for at least a few years an old injury from her life as a bait dog. She trembled in fear in the presence of people and other dogs, because the only life she knew was a dogfighting ring.

Warning: Mildly graphic photos below. 

Credit: Jennifer Brooks

But still, Colette couldnt stop showing how thankful she was to finally be safe.

The 4-year-old pit bull was brought into a South Carolina animal shelter earlier this month after someone driving saw her wandering along the side of the road. She was in a completely rural area with no other homes around so rescuers believe she was driven out there and dumped.

Credit: Jennifer Brooks

Luckily, Colette made it into the hands of a shelter who didnt want to stop at just taking her in. Seeing all the signs of having been in a dogfighting ring, the rescuers went to police to file a report and try to find the person responsible for Colettes horrible injuries. An investigation into the dogfighting ring is currently ongoing, so the shelter and exact location cant be named.

Credit: Jennifer Brooks

Seeing pictures of Colette online and knowing the unique challenges that ex-bait dogs can face in shelters Second Chance Rescue in New York...

19:12

Sad Dog Filmed 'Crying' At Shelter Can't Believe How Great New Life Is "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The pit bull was crying. At least thats what it looked like to Sarah Sleime, a volunteer for the Greater Charlotte SPCA.

Sleime was visiting a shelter run by Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control (CMACC) in North Carolina when she came across the crying dog.

Credit: Meghan Shelton

I was waiting for them [the shelter workers] to health check a couple of the dogs we were considering pulling, and I was walking up and down the kennels, and I just saw this pit bull sitting there, and she was very humanlike slumped over and very solemn, Sleime told The Dodo. So I bent over and started talking to her.

Credit: Sarah Sleime

Sleime could see that the 7-year-old pit bull had very recently had a litter of puppies, although the puppies werent with her now. And when Sleime spoke to her, the dogs eyes watered with what looked like tears.

Credit: Sarah Sleime

It was the craziest phenomenon, Sleime said.

While its not entirely understood if dogs cry the same way as people, Sleime could see that the pit bull, whod recently been surrendered, was clearly upset. She was also very obese.

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19:03

Woman Hears Noise Coming From Chicken Coop And Can't Believe What She Finds "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When Allison Hull and her roommates heard noises coming from the chicken coop outside, they didnt think anything of it at first until they realized those noises were actually tiny meows. They quickly realized there must be kittens living in the coop. They were unable to find the kittens at first, but after a few days they spotted them, and immediately set about trying to rescue them

The kittens, however, were a little nervous about being rescued, and evaded being caught for a while  

Credit: Allison Hull

but eventually ran out of places to hide, and the roommates were able to catch the two smaller ones and take them inside to safety

We pulled one out about three weeks ago, a little brown kitten, who my roommate kept and named Cent, Hull told The Dodo. The next was an orange tabby who my other roommate found a home for, but is still living with us and goes by Marmalade.

Credit: Allison Hull

Hull and her roommates knew there was a third kitten out there somewhere, but couldnt seem to catch her  

Credit: Allison Hull

until finally, about a week ago, they were able to grab her, and realized she was a little larger, and chubbier, than her tiny siblings. 

Were assuming theyre all from the same litter, about 10 weeks old now, Hull said. Kiki is just slightly larger than the rest of them. Longer and has bigger paws too....

18:59

Remember when the calving of the Petermann Glacier was a sure sign of global warming? Never mind. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

WUWT readers may recall some articles we did years back debunking the alarm over the Petermann glacier calving off a large iceberg. In case you are unfamiliar, its what glaciers do. But, this particular event was seen as a bad omen of the planet, as this 2012 article in The Independent illustrates: The whole Petermann

18:57

Puppy Is Reunited With Sister And Has The Best Reaction "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Venti Mocha and her siblings were born after their family ended up with an accidental litter. Unfortunately, for some reason, the mom rejected her puppies and wouldnt care for them, and so the family had to scramble to get all of the puppies adopted so they could get the care they needed. 

Two of the puppies were adopted by the same family, while Venti Mocha and her sister, Penny, went to two separate families and started their new, wonderful lives. 

Credit: Nicholas Beccari

Venti is full of energy and loves to play, Nicholas Beccari, Ventis new dad, told The Dodo. She chews on everything and is the most curious animal Ive ever seen. But when shes tired, she is basically a cuddly teddy bear and loves to follow us around. 

Credit: Nicholas Beccari

As Ventis new family got to know her, they noticed she wasnt a huge fan of hanging out with other dogs. But her parents happened to have a mutual friend with the family who adopted Penny and decided to get the sisters together for a playdate, hoping it might help. 

Venti loves to play with people but is a little apprehensive around other dogs, so I figured playing with a dog she was related to might be better for her, Beccari said. 

Credit: Nicholas Beccari

The moment they were reunited, Penny was SO excited to see Venti, and could barely contain her joy. Venti was a little nervous at first, confused as...

18:50

Rescue Kitten Is Obsessed With His New Mom's Roomba "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Vicki Mayo knew Bailey was the feisty one in the group of kittens she rescued from a shelter in Texas this year.

Credit: Vicki Mayo

Bailey has always been very curious, Mayo told The Dodo. He was the one in the litter that would always find a way to get out of the bed when all of the others were sleeping. He has absolutely no fear. He will get right in the middle of all of my big dogs, like he is one of them.

Credit: Vicki Mayo

When it came time to put the kittens up for adoption, Mayos family decided they could not part with Bailey. They were about to become what rescue groups so fondly call a foster fail.

Credit: Vicki Mayo

It was actually my husband who became attached. Bailey would follow him around like he was his buddy. Mayo said. Then, slowly but surely, he moved into our room and started sleeping with us. The rest is history.

Credit: Vicki Mayo

As Bailey got more used to the Mayo household and various Halloween costumes he started exploring, and that is exactly how he met: the robotic vacuum.
...

18:46

Shy Dog Who Spent 7 Years In Shelter Finally Finds The Perfect Home "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In 2010, a frightened and very pregnant puppy wandered into a womans yard just outside Wicklow, Ireland. The Jack Russell terrier-beagle mix was rushed to Ashs Animal Rescue, but help had come hours too late.

As soon as the traumatized stray arrived at the rescue, she started giving birth. None of her puppies survived, but the young dog had finally found safety she just didnt know it yet.

Credit: Ash's Animal Rescue

She was in a state of total terror [when she arrived], Helena le Mahieu, of Ashs Animal Rescue, told The Dodo. When my husband wrote the rehoming information sheet for her, he wrote 'Angst' where her name should have been.

The Le Mahieus began the slow process of socializing the trembling dog, starting with giving her a more hopeful name.

We changed her name 'Angst' into Angel, only two letters in the difference, Le Mahieu said. For days she wouldn't leave her small area. We spent a lot of time just talking to her, sitting outside her kennel.

It took time, patience and plenty of food, but Angel began to trust her caretakers, even allowing them to put a collar and leash on her.

Credit: Ash's Animal Rescue

As the years passed and Angel became more comfortable around people and other animals, rehoming the most difficult dog the rescue had ever seen became a viable option.

But finding the right fit would prove challenging.

She was so deeply traumatized by what happened to her, Le Mahieu explained. We had often advertised her on our website and on our Facebook page, but whenever people came to meet her, they just couldn't understand that Angel needs time to make new friends.

After seven years in the shelter nearly her entire life Angels rehabilitat...

18:40

Dog Who Loves To Go On Adventures Now Has The Sweetest Traveling Companion "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Henry wasnt the first dog Cynthia Bennett thought to adopt. When she and her boyfriend went to meet some puppies at an adoption event in 2014, Bennett originally had her eye on a golden retriever mix. But then she noticed Henry.

We looked around and Henry was just sitting there, Bennett told The Dodo. They said he was only 3 and a half months, but he was like five times bigger than the other 3 and a half-month old puppies. And he had these long legs, and the body type of a wolf or husky.

Credit: Cynthia Bennett

When Bennett went into the pen to meet him, Henry made a beeline for her. He just curled up into my lap and went belly up and flipped his head over my arm, Bennett said. And from then, I decided that he was coming home with us."

Credit: Cynthia Bennett

Bennett and her boyfriend are avid hikers, and theyd specifically moved to Colorado so they could go on outdoor adventures on the weekends. So they were delighted to discover that Henry loved going with them.

Credit: Cynthia Bennett

I think we only had him for three days when we took him on our first hike, which was to Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Bennett said. He found the steepest, tallest rock around, and he ran up to the top of it to look over the edge.

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18:13

Dog Saved From 'Blood Farm' Can't Believe How Great Life Is Now "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Laid-back, quiet and sweet are just a few words Dorothys foster mom uses to describe her.

Watching the 1-year-old Jindo mix play with other dogs and take her New York City walks like a pro, one would hardly guess that just a few months ago Dorothy was living an unimaginable life: stuffed inside a cage with 12 others at a dog blood and meat farm.

Credit: Korean K9 Rescue

In June, Dorothy and her cage mates were rescued by Korean K9 Rescue, an all-volunteer group dedicated to saving and rehabilitating dogs raised for meat in Korea. These dogs were being raised for dog blood sausage as advertised on a banner outside the farm, which read: Dogs blood for sale: 600 grams for 6,000 [2.5 cups for less than $6].
 

Credit: Korean K9 Rescue

We have rescued dogs from meat farms before, but this kind of use for dog meat was something we had never heard of before and it shocked us it even existed, Gina Boehler, founder of Korean K9 Rescue, told The Dodo. And the pictures that we saw were hard to comprehend how cruel and chilling the conditions they lived in. That part was very challenging emotionally and we felt compelled to save each and every single dog from that blood sausage farm we could.

Credit: Korean K9 Rescue

Like factory farms, dog farms often house large numbers of canines in cramped, barren quarters with very little access to food or water causing the animals a lifetime of abuse and suffering before they are slaughtered. In some countries dog farms dont exist, and...

17:59

Study: When the sun pulses X-rays, Earths ionosphere pulses in sync "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A team of scientists led by solar physicist Laura Hayes investigated a connection between solar flares and Earths atmosphere. They discovered pulses in the electrified layer of the atmosphere called the ionosphere mirrored X-ray oscillations during a July 24, 2016 flare.   NASA Detects Solar Flare Pulses at Sun and Earth When our

17:53

Autumn Budget 2017: Key climate and energy announcements "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Philip Hammond, the UKs chancellor, has delivered his second budget this year in a speech to parliament high on post-Brexit optimism and green rhetoric.

Hammond said the UK led the world on climate change agreements and promised new money to support a shift to electric vehicles. He also said: We cannot keep our promise to the next generation to build an economy fit for the future, unless we ensure our planet has a future.

He touted the promise of a Global Britain and the legacy it would leave to its children though this section did not mention climate change.

For energy and climate, however, the substance within the budget documents is more ambiguous. It quietly announces an effective moratorium on new support for low-carbon electricity. It promises to maintain a UK carbon price at current levels, until coal is phased out, but without explaining the details.

It freezes fuel duty yet again, adding to a cumulative cost to the exchequer of 46bn since 2010. And it offers further beneficial tax changes to the North Sea oil and gas sector.

The budget does not flesh out several crucial aspects of the UKs Clean Growth Strategy on how to meet legally binding carbon budgets, including efforts to decarbonise heat and improve energy efficiency even though the main home efficiency scheme was recently extended.

It also does not mention plans to develop a UK shale gas industry, long a favourite subject for previous chancellor George Osborne.

Low-carbon subsidy moratorium

Todays budget leaves many questions hanging over the future of low-carbon subsidies, raising doubts over the UKs ability to meet its legally binding carbon targets up to the early 2030s. The government has already admitted it is falling short of these goals and the Committee on Climate Change has said more subsidies will be needed to meet them.

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17:19

FIRE-EARTH Tribunal in Absentia: RPP of Planet Earth Expert Witnesses X "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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17:17

Short Video Shows Why The Best Thing You Can Do For The Holidays Is Adopt A Dog "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The holidays can be a time of intense joy and also a lot of frenzy, travel and distraction.

But it just takes a few seconds of video to remind us that some things don't change during the holidays  for the roughly 3.3 million dogs and 3.2 million cats who enter shelters all over the U.S. each year, their lives are the same, day in and day out. 

So when a very busy shelter, Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC), posted a clip of the dogs waiting right this moment for a home, it became impossible to overlook. 

Credit: CACC

"There are 270 dogs waiting for their second chances at CACC today, CACC wrote on Monday.

The clip shows just one of seven areas at the shelter. Dogs of all kinds can be seen in enclosure after enclosure as the shelter worker walks down an aisle. 

"Some dogs beg for your attention; others wait quietly in the corner," CACC wrote. "Each is an individual waiting to shower someone with unconditional love.

The message is an important reminder about the real meaning of the holiday season. Its not about frenzy or buying things (or buying pets when so many adoptable pets need homes), but opening up your heart and home to individuals who need help

Credit: CACC

"Please visit your city shelter this week and bring home...

17:10

Gosh. Study highlights species that are deceptively resilient to climate change "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

From the UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA DAVIS and the sneaky Nature will get you with climate change someday department. Species may appear deceptively resilient to climate change Ecological air conditioning offers short-term protection from a warming climate Nature itself can be the best defense against climate change for many species at least in the short

16:37

Massive sinkhole opens near Coromandel in Minas Gerais, Brazil "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A massive sinkhole opened up on a farm near Alegre district in the municipality of Coromandel, Minas Gerais, Brazil this month. The region is known for its susceptible limestone. The hole was discovered early November 6 by employees of a farm in which it opened....... Read more

Peru: The river that will not flow "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

After finishing his plate of yuca, rice and fried plantain, Csar Chvez received a call that he could not answer because his mouth was full. When he swallowed the last bite with some effort, the ringing used up what was left of the battery. Chvez is about to turn 40 years old and is the president of the Tupn Grande peasant patrol (rural self-defense groups), a small village in the Amazon, located next to the Maran River in the north of Peru. Like everyone here, he must charge his cell phone with a generator which uses oil to work. The population of this old village situated five hours on foot from the closest road is home to part of more than two million Peruvians who are still without electricity, according to data from the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MINEM). Their only permanent energy source here is a solar panel the size of a table for four people that charges the laptop of the only teacher at the school. In Tupn Grande, the sun seems to have dried everything, but you only have to walk closer to the river to see fields of oranges, yuca, sweet potato, coca, banana, mango, plums, avocado, mandarins and even cacao. The fertile land of the Maran is how the Peruvian writer Ciro Alegria describes it in his work The Golden Serpent. Meanwhile, in the shade standing in the doorway of his house, Chvez tries in vain to turn on his phone once more, resigning

eBay is outselling the darknet in the illegal wildlife trade, fret researchers "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Beneath the readily available surface web lurks the darknet (or dark web) a secretive hub for anonymous exchanges that often involve illicit goods like narcotics and child pornography. In a 2016 study published in Conservation Biology, scientists searched these dark corners of the internet for illegally traded wildlife products, such as rhino horn and elephant ivory. But they found almost nothing. A year later the researchers repeated their search. Again, they reported little sign of the illegal wildlife trade on the darknet. For conservationists, the news was troubling. Criminals can trade on the surface web without facing charges for the most part, said Julio Hernandez-Castro, a co-author of the paper and a cybersecurity expert at Kent University, U.K. Thats why they dont feel compelled to move to the darknet as other criminals, selling drugs or firearms, are forced to. The dark web Most internet users only see the tip of the digital iceberg sites that are indexed and readily accessible through search engines like Google or Bing. This tier of the World Wide Web, otherwise known as the surface, accounts for only five percent of the internets total depth. Beneath that hides the dark web. It uses undocumented domain addresses to hide the identity and location of users and conceal communication between them. And it can only be accessed using servers like The Onion Router, or TOR, named for its method of granting anonymity by burying user information in layers of encrypted code. As the 2016 study notes,

16:30

Woman Rescues Terrified Dog From A Testing Lab And Now Theyre Inseparable "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Violet was less than a year old when Julie Germany met her, and to the best of Germany's knowledge, the dog had never set foot outside. 

The coonhound was born and bred to be a test subject in a government-funded lab, according to Germany. In early 2014, when Germany met Violet, the dog was living in a cage in this lab, located in the basement of a building in Washington, D.C. There, doctors practiced surgical techniques on her young body, according to Germany. 

At the time, Germany was a volunteer at the lab, visiting once a week during her lunch break to spend time with the dogs and show them some love. (Germany said she cannot disclose the exact location of the lab out of fear that providing more details will deter those in charge from allowing volunteers to visit or adoptions to take place.)

Violet, of all of them, stood out to Germany the most. "She had the biggest, saddest eyes I had ever seen," she told The Dodo.

Credit: Julie Germany

On the day they met, Violet didn't want to return to her cage after playing, so Germany had to carry her back. 

"I picked her up in my arms, smelled her fur and I just had the strongest feeling," Germany said. "I whispered in her ear, 'I promise Ill get you out.'"

A fellow volunteer told Germany there were two expected outcomes for the dogs in that basement once they were through being experimented on: euthanasia or adoption.

Five months after meeting Violet, a fellow volunteer called Germany, asking if she wanted to adopt Violet. Germany had since gotten a new job, with an office too far away to swing by during lunch, so she no longer visited the dog. She was not sure why the lab was done with Violet what she knew was that Violet was to be hers.

"I was able to save Violet, but most of her friends aren't so lucky," Germany said. So she dedicated herself to saving more dogs....

14:12

Of Climate Change, Greenland, and the Kalaallit People "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In Conversation with Yatri Niehaus, director of new documentary Stella Polaris Ulloriarsuaq

13:33

Protest Disrupts Snowbowl as Arizona Ski Area Opens with 100% Treated Sewage "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Indigenous Action

Continuing its years-long desecration and assault on Indigenous Peoples ways of life, ecological destruction, and threats to public health, Arizona Snowbowl ski area opened with snow made from millions of gallons of 100% treated sewage today.

After being forced to delay its opening day twice due to lack of natural snowfall, the ski area opened one lift and one run to sparse attendance.

More than a dozen sacred sites protectors confronted Snowbowl employees and recreationists with a quarantine action in hazmat suits, with banners, caution tape, and chanting No Desecration for Recreation.

This is a clear example of continued colonialism. Whats happening is Dookooosiid a sacred mountain to many Indigenous Peoples in this area, is being desecrated by this Snowbowl company, stated Maile Hampton. These capitalists continue to come in and tear down all the trees and build this snow resort. Not only build that, but they fill it with 100% reclaimed sewage water. Would you want someone to dump literal sewer water onto your church lawn? This mountain is a church for Indigenous people. This mountain is sacred. This cannot continue to happen. This company is literally desecrating this sacred mountain for pure profit and recreation. We will continue to stand up and do anything we can to draw attention to this issue and wipeout Snowball as a whole. BOYCOTT SNOWBOWL!

The amount of disrespect for the land, and all people who inhabit it, is disgusting. Speaking to employees and patrons of Snowbowl who showed that they only cared...

11:07

New Zealand Conservationist Knifed in Brazil "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Pete Jungle 2

For immediate release.  22 Nov 2017

Captain Pete Bethune of Earthrace Conservation was this morning attacked by 2 men, one if them with a knife, in the port city of Santander in Brazil.

Bethune says one of the men lunged at him with a knife, while a second man came from behind.  A fight ensued for several minutes, during which Bethune received a knife wound to his chest.

The second attacker eventually ran off with Bethunes cellphone, and a short time later the knife wielding attacker also fled the scene.

Larisa Kellett of Earthrace who has just spoken with Bethune, says after the attack he got a motorbike ride back to his hotel in Macapa where he patched himself up with dressings.  He then went to the Macapa Hospital where his knife wound was stitched up.

A report has been filed with Macapa Police who will be following up with enquiries.  Bethune says he is extremely grateful for the professional help of both the Macapa Hospital staff as well as the local Police.

Interestingly, just prior to being attacked in Macapa, Bethune had visited Macapa Prison where the 6 men convicted of Sir Peter Blakes murder are currently being held.

Santander where Bethune was attacked is just 30 minutes drive from Macapa where Sir Peter Blake was murdered.

Bethune says he is just happy to be alive after a frightening ordeal.  I honestly thought I was a going to die today.

Bethune and the team from Earthrace have been in the Amazon for several months working on various conservation issues, including illegal logging and the illegal pet trade.  It is believed the attack is unrelated to the work of Earthrace Conservation.

 

The post New Zealand Conservationist Knifed in Brazil appeared first on Earthrace Conservation.

10:06

Wyrd: Its a White thing, you probably wouldnt understand. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Destiny Wyrd/Urd One of the key concepts of the worldview of the pre-Christian Norse and other Germanic peoples was their intriguing and extraordinarily unique view of destiny (Old Norse Urr or rlg, Old English Wyrd, Old Saxon Wurd, Old High German Wurt, Proto-Germanic *Wuriz[1]). It shares the same Indo-European origin as the Greek concept []

10:05

The Raleigh News & Observer Speaks Out: The ACP Pipeline is Wrong for North Carolina "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The proposed ACP route through North Carolina

From an EDITORIAL of The Editorial Board, Raleigh News & Observer, November 18, 2017

More renewable energy, not a new Atlantic Coast Pipeline, is the best path for energy development.

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is being touted as a vital supply line for economic development in eastern North Carolina, but it also would contribute to a major threat to the flood-prone region by exacerbating climate change.

The 600-mile natural gas pipeline is planned to run from West Virginias natural gas fields through Virginia and North Carolina. The $6 billion project backed by Charlotte-based Duke Energy and Richmond-based Dominion Resources is moving steadily through a thicket of federal and state requirements and its developers expect to complete the permitting process by mid-December. But disputes over access to local property and legal objections from environmental groups could still stall the massive tree cutting, tunneling and trenching needed for the pipeline.

Such obstacles may be temporary given the resources and political clout of the developers, but they are necessary and welcome. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission failed to allow for a full public assessment of the pipeline before it granted approval. Appeals of that decision by various environmental and consumer advocacy groups will buy time for a fuller assessment of the need for the pipeline, its impact on the land and waterways and the risks it poses to residents who would live near it.

These practical and immediate concerns need to be addressed, but the overarching reason to oppose a new pipeline that would carry 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day is that it takes North Carolinas and the nations energy development in exactly the wrong direction. Money should be poured into the development of renewable energy and the generation of power on site rather than into the pumping in of fossil fuel from hundreds of miles away.

Methane hazards

Representatives of Duke Energy and Dominion Resources acknowledge the need to reduce carbon emissions and say their companies are doing so. They note that coal-fired power plants have been converted to facilities fueled by cleaner burning natural ga...

09:37

LA Times: Truck and Train Oil Tanker Accidents Preferable to Pipe Spills "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The LA Times doesnt mind if cancelling Keystone leads to more rail and road freighting of oil, they think truck and tanker train oil spills are preferable to pipeline spills because they cause less environmental damage. Editorial Keystone XL is still the wrong project for a world facing global warming.

06:00

Roger Pielke Jr. describes the politics of unlikely climate scenarios "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

By Larry Kummer. From the Fabius Maximus website. Summary: The public policy choices we make about climate policy depend on the future that we expect. Here Roger Pielke Jr. describes an example of how climate scenarios too often misrepresent what we know about our world and its likely futures. Pielke on Climate part 3

04:00

New study tries to link climate models and climate data together in a Semi Empirical Climate Model "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guest essay by Antero Ollila The error of the IPCC climate model is about 50% in the present time. There are two things that explain this error: 1) There is no positive water feedback in the climate, and 2) The radiative forcing of carbon dioxide is too strong. I have developed an alternative theory for

01:45

Extremely high concentrations of radioactive Ru-106 in Urals confirmed and denied "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Russias meteorological service Roshydromet confirmed Monday, November 20, 2017 that 'extremely high' concentrations of the radioactive isotope Ruthenium 106 (Ru-106) were detected in the southern Urals in late September. Roshydromet reported Monday...... Read more

Indonesian mosques to take up the mantle of fighting climate change "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Indonesia will establish 1,000 eco-mosques, the countrys vice president announced at this months UN climate summit in Bonn. The Southeast Asian nation is home to some 260 million people, fourth after China, India and the U.S. Nearly 90 percent of them identify as Muslim, according to 2010 census data. Indonesia also has some of the greatest expanses of rainforests, peatlands and mangroves carbon-rich environments that are rapidly disappearing as industry expands. The environmentally friendly mosque or eco-mosque program is expected to instill mosques with a concern about the mutual relationship between living things and the environment for the sustainable livelihoods of us all, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said in a statement. Practically, the initiative will help the mosques to source renewable energy, manage their water and food needs sustainably, reduce and recycle waste and provide environmental education, Thomson Reuters Foundation reported. More broadly, it aims to cultivate among worshippers a sense of stewardship toward the natural world, in part through education programs that frame the environmental movement as a moral challenge. Indonesias Muslim institutions have addressed the environment before, issuing religious edicts forbidding the trafficking of wildlife or the setting of illegal forest fires. Hening Parlan, coordinator for environment and disaster management at Aisyiyah, the womens wing of Indonesias second-largest Islamic organization Muhammadiyah, said an eco-mosque movement could unite Indonesian Muslims to fight climate change. Because merely adapting to climate change isnt enough, she told Mongabay. This movement is aimed to make all Muslims aware that climate change is threatening

Chocolate makers agree to stop cutting down forests in West Africa for cocoa "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

At COP23, the UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany that wrapped up last week, top cocoa-producing countries in West Africa announced new commitments to end the massive deforestation for cocoa that is occurring within their borders. Ivory Coast and Ghana are the number one and number two cocoa-producing nations on Earth, respectively. Together, they produce about two-thirds of the worlds cocoa, but that production has been tied to high rates of deforestation as well as child labor and other human rights abuses. The so-called Frameworks for Action that were announced by the two countries last Thursday not only aim to halt the clearing of forests for cocoa production, especially in national parks and other protected areas, but to restore forest areas that have already been cleared or degraded. They also include commitments to developing alternative livelihoods and crop diversification strategies for cocoa farmers who will be impacted by the conservation plans. (Ivory Coasts action plan can be seen here; Ghanas here.) While halting deforestation is key to meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, recent research has shown that rehabilitating degraded forests is just as important if we are to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius. A number of major players in the chocolate and cocoa industry have already signed on to the Frameworks, including Barry Callebaut, Cargill, Godiva, Hershey, Mars, Mondelez International, Nestl, Olam, Sainsburys, and more. According to an investigation by the Washington, D.C.-based NGO Might Earth, much of the cocoa purchased from producers in Ivory

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23:58

Woman Falls In Love With Cat From Viral Story And Hops On Plane To Save Her "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Perhaps you already know the story of Freya, a stray cat who needed help and so decided to hop into a woman's car in Salt Lake City, Utah, and sit on her lap. But you likely don't know the ending yet. 

Before she even had a name, the stray was hanging out in the parking lot of a school when she spotted Susannah Nevison, a doctoral student at the University of Utah, walking toward her car. "When I got to my car, I opened the door and climbed in," Nevison told The Dodo. "While I was putting my purse in the passenger seat, the little cat jumped right up in my lap!"
 

Credit: Susannah Nevison

Nevison noticed not only the stray's extremely sweet demeanor but also her eye, which seemed to be bothering her. 

Nevison, who considered adopting Freya herself but realized that her allergies were just too problematic, took the cat to Salt Lake County Animal Services (SLCAS) to get her help for her left eye. Shelter workers named her Freya. She didn't have a microchip, was about 1 year old and needed to have surgery to have her eye removed. 

Credit: SLCAS

Meanwhile, The Dodo told her story. It was shared far and wide but Freya was still waiting at the shelter. There was even an adoption event. But Freya the one-eyed cat was passed over, despite her claim to virtual fame. So The Dodo told her story again.

This time, Caren Kolb's daughter shared the story with her mom. And something clicked into place. 

"My daughter tagged me in Freya's story," Kolb told The Dodo. "Something just struck my heart as I read her story and I just blurted out to my husband, 'I want to adopt this baby!' He took one look and said, 'OK.'"...

23:53

Dog Is So Grateful That Rescuers Took Off All His Matted Fur "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When Rags was surrendered to a shelter, he was essentially just a ball of fur. The 4-year-old shih tzu mix had apparently wandered into a mans yard a few days before, and could barely move because he was so severely matted. He had so much fur so tightly wrapped around him it was practically suffocating him, and staffers at Clarksdale Animal Rescue Effort and Shelter (CARES) knew they needed to get all that fur off him as quickly as possible. 

Credit: CARES

He was covered in thick, hard mats (the worst we've ever seen) from head to paw, Paige Daugherty of CARES told The Dodo. His mats had been there for so long that they had grown together between his feet and his ears. Beneath the mats, hundreds of fleas were running rampant. 

Between the fleas and the weight of all his fur, poor Rags was incredibly uncomfortable, but the little dog barely showed it. From the moment he arrived at the shelter, Rags was calm and sweet, and just seemed so grateful for all the attention, despite the awful state he was in. 

Credit: CARES

Desperate to help him, two staff members and one volunteer began the daunting task of shaving and cutting all of the excess fur off of Rags. The little dog was patient and sweet throughout the entire process, licking the hands of his new friends as they cut off years of fur and pain. 

Credit: CARES

The mats were so hard that we had to use scissors to separate them into sections and then shave small chunks of...

23:49

Woman Driving Home From Work Realizes She's Not Alone "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Its been said that, at any given moment, youre probably no more than a few feet away from a spider the implication being that most are too small, well-hidden and harmless to ever actually be noticed.

But such was not the case for Australia native Bianca Merrick. Recently, the spider nearest her was pretty much unmissable.

Credit: YouTube/Storyful

Turns out, at some point a very large arachnid (reportedly a huntsman spider, who are actually pretty friendly and harmless) had managed to get inside Merrick's car where he then proceeded to make his presence be known as she drove down the freeway.

"I was on my way home from work when I looked up and saw it staring at me," Merrick told 7News. "I considered stopping but I didnt know how Id get it out of the car so I thought the best option for me was to keep driving and pretend it wasnt there for the longest 20 minutes of my life."

In other words, to her credit, Merrick took a live-and-let-live approach to the situation. It's clear from her video of the encounter, however, that she'd still prefer to have been elsewhere.

Once at home, Merrick said, she got out, locked the car and went to sleep, preferring to "pretend that it never happened." And sure enough, that cool-headed approach paid off.

By the next morning, the creature in her car had evidently moved on. Upon checking the vehicle, Merrick said, "there was no spide...

23:48

Very Good Boy Risks His Life To Protect His Human During Battle "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

There is no question that Mali is a very good boy. In fact, he is now officially one of the best.

On Friday, the 8-year-old Belgian Malinois received the PDSA Dickin Medal the highest honor for a dog in the British military (and the canine equivalent of the Victoria Cross, the highest award in the United Kingdom honors system).

Malis special skills, such as sniffing out explosives and detecting insurgents, have helped protect his handlers in difficult situations and even saved lives. The remarkable dog also has nerves of steel.

Credit: PDSA

His talents came in especially handy in 2012, when Mali was deployed to Afghanistan as part of a sensitive military operation. Mali was sent through direct fire on two separate occasions to conduct searches for explosives, a press release from The People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) stated. He also indicated the presence of insurgents numerous times, giving the assault force vital milliseconds to engage the enemy in close quarter combat.

Credit: PDSA

Whether it was being hoisted up and down buildings or sustaining three grenade blasts at close range, nothing could distract Mali from his mission and his people. His courage helped inspire confidence in his fellow soldiers, and by dawn they had successfully completed the operation.

But Mali wasnt doing so well ...

Credit: PDSA

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23:12

18-Year-Old Cat Best Friends Need New Home Together "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Benny and Mo have lived together for most of their lives, and have always been best friends. The 17- and 18-year-old cats had a wonderful life together until, sadly, their owner passed away and left them in the care of the RSPCA. Now Benny and Mo are looking for a new home together because after all these years, they couldnt bear to be apart now. 

Credit: RSPCA

When the sweet senior cats first arrived in the care of the RSPCA, they were incredibly nervous and sad. Their owner had just died and theyd been taken away from their home, and all of the change was a bit too much for them to handle. Luckily they had each other to lean on, and after a little while, they began to warm up to life in the shelter. 

Benny is very loving and loves a fuss, though not as much as Mo, who can try and steal the limelight a bit, Sue James, cattery supervisor at the RSPCA Blackberry Farm Animal Center, said in a press release. Mo absolutely loves being brushed and fussed. Benny has found all the changes since his owner passed away quite scary and is looking forward to a cozy house to relax in. 

Credit: RSPCA

Unfortunately, Benny and Mo have been at the shelter since August, and have had no potential adopters show any interest in them. 

Benny and Mo may be on the older side, but theyre still playful and active, and as sweet as can be. Theyve lost a lot this year, and need a family to love them and show them that its all going to be OK. They would make the best additions to any family, and just need a chance to prove it. 

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22:53

People Jump Into Rushing Flood To Save Tiny Elephant's Life "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guests and staff at a vacation spot in Kenya acted fast when they spotted a baby elephant being swept away in a flooding river and it meant the difference between life and death for the little animal.

"Our staff and guests were involved in the dramatic rescue of a baby elephant from the flooded Ewaso Nyiro river," Elephant Bedroom Camp (EBC), on the Samburu National Reservewrote earlier this month.

Credit: Elephant Bedroom Camp

Credit: Elephant Bedroom Camp

A bystander managed to catch the moment on camera. A group of staffers can be seen swimming in a group in the middle of the river. As they approach the bank, they tiny elephant they're holding becomes visible. Men on shore rush to help them. 

"The elephant calf whose mother could not be found was taken to the Reteti Elephant Orphanage in Namunyak Conservancy Samburu with help of Save the Elephants organization and Samburu National Reserve rangers," EBC wrote.

Credit: Reteti Elephant Sanctuary

The baby turned out to be a little girl. Rescuers named her Ewaso, after the river where she was found.

Even though people were worried for Ewaso's health after all the water she swallowed while fighting to stay afloat,...

22:44

People Find Truck Filled With Stolen Animals And One Very Tiny Surprise "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

It was one of the largest busts wildlife rescuers in Vietnam had ever seen but that wasn't even the most surprising part about it. 

People from Save Vietnam's Wildlife (SVW) arrived at the scene of a confiscation of 113 critically endangered pangolins. The animals had been tied up tightly in bags and stuffed in the back of a truck wildlife traffickers were planning to drive to China, where pangolin scales are considered a cure-all and pangolin meat is considered a delicacy.

Credit: Save Vietnam's Wildlife

Rescuers set to work cutting the terrified pangolins out of the bags. And one of the bags held a very tiny surprise.

Credit: Save Vietnam's Wildlife

"When we were freeing the animals out of the bags, we discovered one female had just given birth to a tiny baby pangolin," SVW said. "The baby was so young, the umbilical cord was still attached to his mother." 

Credit: Save Vietnam's Wildlife

Credit: Save Vietnam's Wildlife

Rescuers realized the new mom must have just given birt...

22:40

Man Invents Special Bookcase For His Introvert Cat "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Jeff Faye and his family live in Chicago with their 4-year-old rescue cat, Stanley, whom they adopted from the ASPCA

Life with a family in a big city can be noisy and hectic. Everyone, including Stanley, needs a place to get some me-time, sometimes. But city life can also be cramped there just isn't much physical room for me-time.

"With four kids, visiting pets and a busy house, he really needed some space of his own," Faye told The Dodo. That's why Faye came up with an idea that would satisfy humans and felines: a special bookcase made just for Stanley. He calls it the Cat Case.

Credit: Jeff Faye

"Stanley is very curious, athletic and enjoys heights. He'll regularly jump from the floor to the top of the cabinets, and come into a room with a face covered in dust or spiderwebs from who knows where," Faye said. "Though he answers to his name, my favorite way of getting his attention is to set an empty box on the floor. Give it five minutes and he'll be sitting in it."

Credit: Jeff Faye

Stanley was a key collaborator in Faye's invention of the Cat Case, telling his human, in so many words, exactly what he thought. 

"If Stanley were a human, he'd have some serious product development cred," Faye said. "I've not only had him test out every prototype of the Cat Case and other units, but he's weighed in on every form of carpeting and material. There were several carpeting samples that he clearly wasn't happy with, those did not make the cut. The samples that he fell asleep on were the ones we incorporated in the final product."
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22:32

Wild Coyote Was So Scared Of People He Tried To Hide Behind A Chain-Link Fence "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Coyotes tend to have a bad reputation in some places, there are even contests to see how many coyotes people can kill but they're fascinating animals who are actually quite shy and scared of people, and hardly ever aggressive. 

But it was still a shock for people at an elementary school in Toronto to spot a wild coyote in the schoolyard. People chased him and he ran, terrified, to nudge himself between a building and a chain-link fence.

Students were ushered inside, away from the coyote, while authorities arrived. And even though one officer carried a rifle, the coyote didn't even need to be tranquilized to be removed from the area. Officers came with nets ready to catch him, but instead he just sat there while people extended a pole with a collar and put it around his neck.

Just as people were scared by the sight of him, he seemed exhausted and scared after being so close to people.

Credit: TWC

The authorities brought the coyote to Toronto Wildlife Center (TWC), where he was treated for some wounds on his legs. He also was discovered to have a mild case of mange and the wildlife rehabilitators were happy to help him. A photo posted by TWC garnered many comments about just how gorgeous he was, despite his fear and sickness.

"He is handsome," Nathalie Karvonen, director of TWC, told The Dodo. "The injuries are not terrible with this coyote, compared to some weve seen before, so were optimistic," she said soon after his transfer in October.

Credit: TWC

The coyote soon calmed down enough to b...

22:27

Man Finds Dogs Trapped In Underground 'Hell Pit' And Knows He Has To Save Them "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When Michael Chour gazed down through the bars of the pit, he felt sick. At the bottom of the pit were eight dogs filthy, skinny and completely terrified.

Chour, founder of The Sound of Animals, a dog rescue group in Southeast Asia, was visiting a dog meat slaughterhouse in Siem Reap, Cambodia, to shoot footage for a film that would help spread awareness about the dog meat trade in Southeast Asia.

But when Chour and a few colleagues had a look around the property, they saw the pit, which Chour estimated to be about 10 feet deep, with a barred grate on top. Inside the pit were eight dogs. Sadly, two of the dogs had already died.

Credit: The Sound of Animals

Warning: disturbing images below.

We had to look down at them from above, Chour told The Dodo. We have described it is a hell pit. The conditions were deplorable, and the dogs were just waiting to die.

Credit: The Sound of Animals

Besides the dogs inside the pit, six other dogs were locked up inside a small filthy cage. They looked just as scared.

Credit: The Sound of Animals

Being locked up would have been terrifying enough. But what awaited the dogs was far more horrifying people would have eventually pulled the dogs out, hung them up by their necks and killed them in a very traumatic way. After that, the dog meat would have been cooked and served at the restaurant.
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21:50

Heavy rain wreaks havoc across Jeddah, Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Heavy rain is wreaking havoc across Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, stranding drivers on flooded roads and delaying school classes at least until Thursday. The Centre for Crises and Disasters in Makkah Region closed a number of roads in Jeddah...... Read more

Guyana seeks offshore oil wealth in a green economy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

GEORGETOWN, Guyana Venezuela may have the worlds largest oil reserves according to OPEC, but oil experts are looking to its bordering neighbor Guyana as the next big thing. Widely known as an eco-tourists heaven, Guyana lays claim to indigenous jaguars (Panthera onca), giant otters (Pteronura brasiliensis), giant anteaters (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) and huge swaths of forest that cover some three-quarters of this South American country. Promises of oil may seem at odds with a conservationist image, but Guyana is no stranger to extracting natural resources. Gold, timber and bauxite have long been principal exports. It is not the first time investors have come in search of oil, either. In the interior of the country close to the border with Brazil, wells were drilled in the Takatu Basin back in the 1980s. However, the new off-shore oil discoveries are on a different level. According to ExxonMobil, which is at the forefront of the new discoveries, it expects to produce some 2-2.5 billion oil-equivalent barrels. In real money, using figures published in Forbes, that could add up to more than $100 billion. For many in Guyana, news of the oil discovery is a hot topic, with people pinning hopes on the find for everything from increased government spending, to more jobs and personal wealth. Talk of billions of dollars (US dollars, not Guyanese) is causing excitement in a country where the Gross National Income per capita rests at $4,250 compared to $56,180 in the US according to 2016 World Bank figures.

Experience or evidence: How do big conservation NGOs make decisions? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When a female Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis), and then her daughter, died in Indias Burachapori Wildlife Sanctuary last year, conservationists were worried. The rhinos horns were intact, so they had not fallen prey to poachers. Their deaths were instead attributed to some natural cause that no one could pinpoint. The pair had been introduced to Burachapori, in the northeastern state of Assam, as part of an ambitious and expensive scheme called Indian Rhino Vision 2020 (IRV 2020). The plan aimed to increase rhino numbers in Assam and rewild protected areas like Burachapori and Manas National Park that once held their own rhino populations. For the first few years, it looked like IRV 2020 was working: introduced rhinos adapted well in their new homes, and some even mothered calves. But then, poachers killed 10 of the rhinos in Manas between 2011 and 2016. And about 260 kilometers away, in Burachapori, the newly introduced mother and calf succumbed to that mysterious, fatal natural cause. IRV 2020 is a collaboration between the Assam Forest Department and various conservation groups, such as WWF-India, the International Rhino Foundation, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It took several years of planning and preparation. But with armed poachers and puzzling ailments looming in the background, the team decided to reassess the situation and put further translocations on hold. Poaching is a known threat. But fundamental knowledge about what factors affect the health of Indian rhinos in the wild is still lacking, Amit Sharma, WWF-Indias senior coordinator

21:18

Bonn Climate talks: Too little, too late "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Photo and post courtesy photolangelle, November 21, 2017 Tetet Nera-Lauron from IBON INTERNATIONAL (with offices in the Philippines, Africa, Latin America and Caribbean, and Europe) wrote the featured article below after the UN Climate Summit in Bonn, Germany ended on Saturday.... Read More

The post Bonn Climate talks: Too little, too late appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.

21:00

Oddball cigar-shaped interstellar asteroid visits our solar system "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Artist's interpretation of 'Oumuamua as it approaches our Solar System. Exact shape and surface features are extrapolations from research and based on bodies in our Solar System, except the extreme elongated shape is unique to this object. CREDIT Credit: Gemini Observatory/AURA/NSF video by Joy Pollard

20:12

Breaking: Monopod Blocks Tree Clearing and Construction of Mariner East 2 Pipeline in Pennsylvania "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Earth First! Newswire

An activist sits high up in a monopod made from a tree that ETP cut last year.

A monopod has been erected to block the heavy machinery that is currently clearing and chipping trees in South Central Pennsylvania to make way for Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) Mariner East 2 pipeline. The monopodwhich is made out of a tree that ETP cut down last yearis currently about 200 feet from the encroaching heavy equipment.

This action is being carried out by Camp White Pine in South Central Pennsylvania. Camp White Pine has been physically blocking pipeline construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline since February, and the Gerhart family, whose property the camp is on, has been resisting the pipeline project since 2015.

The treesits that activists have been occupying for months are located on the west end of the property, while this new monopod blockade is on the east end. This latest phase of cutting and clearing off the east end of the property began in late October and has been moving closer to the camp each day.

Help support this campaign by sharing this information and contributing to the camps legal and bail fund at fundrazr.com/CampWhitePine.

20:04

Take an Unselfie to tell people why you support GJEP! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Celebrate GivingTuesday (11/28) with an unselfie  Tell the world why you support the work of GJEP!  Copy the blank image below, print it and write your message.  Post on your instagram and tag us @GlobalJusticeEcology, or post on... Read More

The post Take an Unselfie to tell people why you support GJEP! appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.

19:38

Life In The City of Dirty Water: New Video Project from Clayton Thomas Muller "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Clayton Thomas Muller is a member of the Board of Directors of Global Justice Ecology Project.  This holiday weekend, watch this powerful trailer for a video on the realities faced by Indigenous Peoples on this continent.  It is... Read More

The post Life In The City of Dirty Water: New Video Project from Clayton Thomas Muller appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.

19:38

Shelter Dog Flashes Sweetest Smile To Make His New Mom Fall In Love With Him "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Milo the dog has the kind of smile that stops people on the street.

So many people just say that he smiles like a human, Ivy Rylander, Milos mom, told The Dodo. A lot of dogs smile, but theres something so big and happy about his grin.

Credit: Ivy Rylander

Milo came into Rylanders life five and a half years ago. She and her partner had just moved to a new apartment in San Jose, California, and they felt it was time to adopt a dog. When they looked at the adoptable dogs on the website of Perfect Dog Rescue, Rylander fell in love with Milos photo.

Credit: Ivy Rylander

Milo was 8 months old when he was picked up as a stray in California, but no one knows much else about him besides the fact that hes very skittish.

Hes more nervous than a lot of other dogs, so they actually brought him to our house, Rylander said. He was really shy, and they had to help him up to the stairs to our apartment.

Credit: Ivy Rylander

But Rylander wasnt fazed by Milos nervous nature she fell head over heels in love with Milo, especially when Milo flashed his signature smile.

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19:30

Earth Watch: IBON Internationals Tetet Lauron on COP23 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Last weeks Earth Watch guest on the Sojourner Truth Radio show was Tetet Lauron, climate justice program manager for IBON International. Lauron was in Bonn, Germany for the COP23 Climate Talks. IBONs goal is to contribute to building global mass movements... Read More

The post Earth Watch: IBON Internationals Tetet Lauron on COP23 appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.

19:20

Arctic sea ice expanding faster than normal "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Ice grew at 5,100 square kilometers (2,000 square miles) per day faster than the average rate of ice growth for the month during October From the National Snow and Ice Data Center: Rapid expansion of the Arctic sea ice cover is the norm for October as solar input dwindles and the remaining heat in the

19:14

Asteroid 2017 WW1 to flyby Earth at a distance of 0.37 LD "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A small asteroid designated 2017 WW1 will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.37 LD / 0.00094 AU (~140 621 km / 87 378 miles) at 19:18 UTC on November 21, 2017. This is 50th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year. 2017 WW1 was...... Read more

Pyrrhic victory for Keystone XL as Nebraska nixes preferred pipeline route "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A Washington DC protest against the Keystone XL pipeline. Photo by Overpass Light Brigade on VisualHunt / CC BY-NC On Monday, when the Nebraska Public Service Commission (NPSC) released a decision allowing TransCanadas Keystone XL pipeline to go forward but disallowing the company its preferred route, and approving an alternate route across the state pipeline opponents were ready with fiery rhetoric: The Treaty Alliance of Tribes up and down the Keystone XL pipeline route will be standing strong along with all our other allies to beat back this threat to our water, our people, and our future, said Larry Wright, Chairman of the Southern Ponca. Wright was referring to the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands, an agreement signed by 180 native nations in Canada and the United States unifying them in total opposition to the construction of all pipelines including Keystone XL intended to move bitumen out of Canadas Alberta tar sands, a project which the alliance views as an existential threat to its way of life, and life on the planet. As tensions mounted leading up to the NPSCs 11am Monday announcement, widely seen as the go-or-no-go for the $8 billion, 1,179-mile-long pipeline, opposition groups ranging from white ranchers to indigenous nations braced for defeat and a long campaign of civil disobedience likely surpassing the resistance at Standing Rock. At first glance, Mondays decision seemed about to set that gigantic wave of civil disobedience in motion. Except that, on careful consideration, the anti-Keystone XL

18:54

COP23 video: Three need-to-knows from the UN climate talks in Bonn "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The latest round of international climate negotiations concluded last week in Bonn, Germany.

Hosted by Fiji, COP23 gathered diplomats from around the world to further refine the details of how the Paris Agreement on climate change, struck in 2015, will work in practise when it formally starts in 2020.

Carbon Briefs video brings you three key details you need to know about the UN talks this year.

The video explains why anti-Trump protests erupted at a US side-event on clean fossil fuels. Meanwhile, Naoyuki Yamagishi, head of climate and energy at WWF Japan, sheds light on the Talanoa dialogue, a new process designed to help countries increase ambition on emissions cuts.

Carbon Briefs other coverage of the November 2017 climate talks in Bonn includes:

The post COP23 video: Three need-to-knows from the UN climate talks in Bonn appeared first on Carbon Brief.

18:21

Claim: 19th century U.S. immigrants were actually climate refugees "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

his is a video summary of the EGU press release, 'Climate changes triggered immigration to America in the 19th century'. It highlights the main points of the Climate of the Past study entitled 'Climate of migration? How climate triggered migration from Southwest Germany into North America during the 19th century'.

17:44

Study: The rise of climate activism is web-enabled "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

From the UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT SAN ANTONIO (a reader poll follows) UTSA researcher studies evolution of climate change activism Researcher explores climate change advocacy in the digital space Climate change is a topic that is debated, doubted and covered by news outlets across the world. Luis Hestres, in the Department of Communication at The University

17:21

FIRE-EARTH Tribunal in Absentia: RPP of Planet Earth Expert Witnesses IX "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CJ OCT TML FIRE-EARTH Tribunal: Rape, Pillage and Plunder of Planet Earth (Session 7) 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 []

17:03

Audio Report: Behind the Anti-Fracking Blockade in Olympia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Its Going Down

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Over the past several days, a blockade has sprung up in Olympia, Washington against the transport of fracking proppants. A similar blockade erupted around the exact same time last year, however this year has returned with more people and a stronger encampment. Already, several reports and communiques from the blockade have been published on IGD as well as Puget Sound Anarchistsa counter-information website in the Pacific Northwest. In this audio report, we talked with several people down at the blockade in Downtown Olympia about what they were seeing on the front lines.

One recent outreach flyer detailed the situation as such:

The Port of Olympia is full of fracking proppants, materials used for oil extraction across the country. Those proppants are shipped across the country to places like the Bakken oil field in North Dakota, the source of oil for the Dakota Access Pipeline. Last year, a train bound for North Dakota, loaded with proppants, was blockaded in solidarity with Standing Rock, and against fossil fuel infras...

16:27

Poland Faces 100,000-a-day Fines Over Illegal Logging in Biaowiea Forest "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Arthur Nelson / The Guardian

Poland has been given two weeks to stop illegal deforestation in the Unesco-protected Biaowiea forest or face fines of at least 100,000 a day.

In a precedent-setting ruling that will echo across the EU, the European court of justice ordered Poland to show it was acting lawfully in the ancient woodland, or face a 36.5m (32m) annual penalty.

Agata Szafraniuk, a lawyer for the green law firm ClientEarth, said that the court was acting after Polands environment minister, Jan Szyszko, showed complete contempt for an earlier emergency ban on logging in the ancient woodland.

Financial penalties are, unfortunately, an essential tool to ensure that the best-preserved primeval forest in Europe is protected from further harm, she said. Trees are still being cut down every day, so the court prescribed this measure to guarantee the full protection of this unique forest, and to avoid irreparable damage.

The court move will ratchet up pressure on Poland, which is already facing a suspension of its EU Council voting rights over a clampdown on the countrys independent press and judiciary.

Womens groups have also been targeted for police raids, and rights to protest have been curtailed, adding to concerns about the rule of law in the east European country.

Donald Tusk, the EU Council president, condemned Polands nationalist-right Law and Justice party government on Sunday, suggesting it was following the Kremlins plan.

The Polish government maintains that it always behaves lawfully and that logging in Biaowiea is necessary to staunch a spruce bark beetle outbreak.

In the western media, everything is based on disinformation, a Polish government spokesman told the Guardian. We are doing everything right by law. We are using EU law. We are using Polish law, and we are doing nothing against decisions made by the European co...

15:47

Eruption at Agung volcano, Bali, Aviation Color Code raised to Orange "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A small-scale phreatic eruption started at Agung volcano, Bali at 09:05 UTC (17:05 WITA) on November 21, 2017, forcing authorities to raise the Aviation Color Code from Yellow to Orange. The best estimate of the ash-cloud top is around 3 842 m (12 294 feet) above...... Read more

As Indonesia pushes flagship land reform program, farmers remain wary "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

JAKARTA Marsudi has mixed feelings about the visit earlier this month by Indonesian President Joko Jokowi Widodo to his small village of Nganduk in East Java province. On the one hand, it was cause for celebration as Jokowi handed out permits to the 58 members of Marsudis farmers association that would allow them to manage and protect a swath of nearby forest part of the presidents flagship land reform program. But on the other hand, the permits were only the first in a series of hurdles to overcome before the plan can become reality. Truthfully, I felt pessimistic right after the presidents visit, Marsudi says. Because usually when theres a festive ceremony [like the visit], the impact only lasts for two or three months. Marsudi was among dozens of farmers from across Java who spoke at an event at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry in early November in honor of the permits they received as part of Jokowis social forestry program. Under the program, indigenous and other rural communities will gain greater control over 127,000 square kilometers (49,034 square miles) of land, nearly 15 percent of Indonesias total land area. Marsudi and his fellow farmers received 35-year leases to manage idle or degraded forest land owned by state plantation company Perhutani, which controls 24,000 square kilometers (9,266 square miles) of plantations throughout Java. During the first week of November, Jokowi handed out permits to 5,915 farmers from 22 farmers associations in Java to manage a combined 95.5 square

15:02

Clowning Around for Climate Action "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Can an army of pranksters spur interest in the climate fight?

13:44

Calendar and Call-Out for a Burning Winter in Paris: Decembers Climate Summit "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from VMC Camp

translated by Earth First! Journal

Lets prepare them for a burning winter! Joint declaration of territories in fight against the climate summit of December 12 in Paris

At a time when a new search, intended to asphyxiate and criminalize any attempt at resistance, strikes Bure, we publish here a common forum signed by many associations, collectives and territories in struggle. In the face of attempts at intimidation, our determination will be shared and our calendar will be common throughout the month of December! Decentralized call for action around December 6th!

Urgency in the territories as in the street!

Living in threatened or defending areas, we have met several times to declare an emergency month of struggles together. Indeed, the coming month of December is likely to cover a particular meaning for us, at least two titles.

First, it will be an opportunity for the Macron government December 12 to celebrate the two years of the tragic farce that was COP21. There is no doubt that our National Banker will be delighted to claim heir to the climate agreement, and to pose as the undisputed champion of green growth, barely a month after publicly supporting a destructive mining project in Guyana, and took the position, through the voice of his minister, in favor of the burial of radioactive waste.

From the COP 21, we remember the bitterness of having seen the main perpetrators of the climate rampage come together with impunity at the end of 2015 and claim to have the solutions to their own madness, and the anger of having seen our demonstrations banned under cover state of emergency. But we also remember the arrival at Versailles and the overflowing joy of a bike-trailer from Notre-Dame-des-Landes and making superfluous commune after comm...

12:36

Australia: People Blockade Work on Adani Rail Line "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from FLAC

UPDATE: 5 of the protestors were arrested for contravening police orders and blocking a road. They have been released on summons.

November 21st: A multi-faith group of six peaceful protestors are blocking work on the rail line from Abbot Point to the Galilee Basin to protest Adanis proposed mega-coal mine.  The protestors are all members of the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC), a multi-faith organization that works with diverse faith communities to tackle global warming.

Among the protestors are a Uniting Church Minister, the Reverend Alex Sangster, and a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, Tejopala Rawls. Other participants are from the Catholic and Quaker traditions.

ARRCC President, Thea Ormerod said Stopping Adanis mega-coal mine from being built is a moral issue. People around the world are already losing their lives and livelihoods, and species are going extinct because of the damage we are doing to the earths climate. Today we call on people of all faiths to join us in taking a stand for those already being impacted by climate change, for future generations and for the Great Barrier Reef.

Ms Ormerod said her organisation had decided to engage in civil resistance because other avenues were not working. For ten years, ARRCC has drawn this issue to the attention of elected representatives and business leaders. We have done everything we could within the law to prompt our leaders to take action to move Australia away from dependency on coal, oil and gas.

Non-violence is at the heart of all the major faiths. We will continue to use all legal options open to us to convince our leaders to act for climate justice. However, where necessary, people of faith must not shy away...

12:27

Personal reflections on the 23rd COP in Bonn-Fiji Nov. 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Kevin Anderson (@KevinClimate)
CEMUS. Uppsala University
Tyndall Centre, MACE. University of Manchester

Settling wearily into my Deutsche Bahn seat at the start of a two-day journey back to Uppsala, Sweden, Ive endeavoured below to capture my early thoughts on the latest attempt to forestall our headlong rush towards oblivion.

I said my goodbyes to the geographically divisive COP[1] venue yesterday afternoon. The roadies were already dismantling the paraphernalia that accompanies such events and heavily laden trucks had begun trundling towards the next jamboree. This was my third COP, and despite a challenging schedule of events, I leave Bonn-Fiji[2] more jaded than when I returned from its Parisian predecessor. I was certainly uneasy with the euphoria surrounding the Paris Agreement[3], but I could also see its potential for catalysing a transformation in global responses to climate change. Two years on and Bonn-Fiji signals just how entrenched, powerful and resilient our status quo is and how compliant the established climate change community has become.

Ive divided my thoughts into three short sections. First, a response to the depressing 2017 emissions data released during the COP. Second, a reflection on the them and us segregation structurally embedded in the COP venue. Finally, a tentative interpretation of how hope may yet reside in the emergent dynamics of contemporary societies.

Rising emissions and pitiful excuses
Last Monday (November 13th) the Global Carbon Project announced the results of its annual assessment of emissions data. In 2017 carbon dioxide from fossil fuels and cement is anticipated to be 2% higher than in 2016. Is this really such a surprise?

Witness the US and the EUs fervour for locking-in high-carbon gas[4] behind a veil of closing down old coal. Academic enthusiasm for evermore quixotic negative emission technologies'(NETs)[5] and geo-engineering to support big oil and infinite growth. A growing cadre of climate glitterati ratcheting up its rhetoric to align with its rocketing emissions. The UNFCCCs promotion of expedient offsetting to neutralise emissions from air-travel to Bonn and its other global meetings. Meanwhile journalists remain unwilling or ill equipped to call time on this catalogue of subterfuge. Its twenty-seven years since the IPCCs first report and a quarter of a century since the Rio Earth Summit, but still our carbon emissions are rising....

11:17

CIR ahead of CH HSS sparks G1 - Minor geomagnetic storming "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A Co-Rotating Interaction Region (CIR) ahead of isolated positive polarity Coronal Hole High Speed Stream (CH HSS) is affecting our planet today, causing geomagnetic storming. G1 - Minor geomagnetic storm threshold was reached 05:30 UTC. Over the past 24 hours,...... Read more

10:05

Dr. James Hansen: Biggest Polluters Must Pay for Climate Damages "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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Fight Climate Change by Suing Polluters, Says Scientist

From an Article by Stephen Leahy, National Geographic, November 7, 2017

Countries should sue the worlds biggest oil, coal and gas, and cement companies for damages resulting from climate changesays well-known climate scientist James Hansen.

Hansen, a former NASA scientist who warned Congress about the dangers of climate change in 1988, says global warming of 2C, or even 1.5C, is dangerous, risking sea level rise of at least 10 feet in as little as 50 years. That would put major parts of coastal cities like New York underwater. He believes major impacts of climate change are happening faster than what is reported in even the latest science reports, including the U.S. governments Climate Science Special Report released last Friday.

An enormous amount of money is urgently needed to dramatically slash emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), take existing CO2 out of the atmosphere, and for countries to cope with the impacts of climate change, Hansen argues. And that money should come from the companies that profited most from burning fossil fuels, Hansen will tell world leaders Tuesday in Bonn, Germany, at the annual United Nations climate negotiations.

Known as COP 23, negotiators from 197 countries are meeting this week to finalize details around the Paris Climate Change Agreement, including a process to increase emission reductions. The current reductions promised by countries under the Paris Agreement are only a third of what is needed to stay below 2C, according to the United Nations Environment Program.

I tried to get an opportunity to address the negotiators but did not succeed. I will give my talk at a press conference, Hansen told National Geographic in advance of the meeting.

Targeting Carbon Majors?

The companies that could be sued are known as the carbon majors, Hansen says. These are the 100 companies who have been the source of more than 70 percent of the worlds greenhouse gas emissions since 1988. ExxonMobil, Shell, BP, and Chevron are listed as among the highest carbon-emitting, investor-owned companies.

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The judicial system is the only way to get the funds needed to deal with climate change, Hansen says. Legislation wont work because thats where lobbyists rule.

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09:18

Kiribati Climate Plan: More Resorts, More Tourists "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The President of Kiribati doesnt want his people to be seen as climate charity cases instead he wants investment, new tourist resorts to give his people jobs and economic opportunities, to help pay for reclaiming land from the sea like Singapore. As climate change threatens islands, Kiribatis president plans

06:50

'Dramatic' flash floods kill 2, directly affect 2 280 in West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Two people have been killed and 2 280 directly affected after flash floods hit West Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia on Sunday, November 19, 2017. According to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of the national disaster agency, dramatic flash floods in East Lombok...... Read more

5.7 million pounds of air pollution released in Texas after Harvey landfall "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

According to reports filed by companies to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), 2.6 million kg (5.7 million pounds) of hazardous chemicals were released into the air by chemical plants, oil refineries, and industrial facilities from August 23 to...... Read more

01:32

Pruitt's (polluter) priorities "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

We saw this coming with Scott Pruitt. Long before he became Administrator of the EPA, his allegiances to industry were clear. Learn more

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01:00

From risk to revenue: The investment opportunity in addressing corporate deforestation "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CDPs 2017 Global Forests Report draws on the disclosures from 201 companies that responded to the investor request for information on the risks and opportunities linked to four commodities responsible for the majority of deforestation and forest degradation: cattle products, palm oil, timber products and soy. It makes a clear business case for investor action, highlighting both the material risks that come with deforestation, and the opportunities emerging for those financial institutions that are acting against it.

 

Key findings

1. The lack of engagement and accountability surrounding deforestation masks corporate risk, which cascades directly to investors - Less than a quarter (23%) of the companies approached by CDP on behalf of investors this year responded to the information request, showing that disclosure on forests is still not the norm.

2. Companies recognize that the environmental and social impacts of deforestation threaten to reduce profits and increase risks - 87% of companies recognize at least one risk and 32% have already experienced impacts associated with the production or consumption of forest-risk commodities.

3. Developing sustainable sources of forest-risk commodities creates opportunities for companies and therefore investors to generate attractive, stable long-term returns - 87% of companies identify opportunities related to the sustainable production, marketing or sourcing of at least one of the commodities.

4. Leading companies are taking meaningful steps to remove deforestation from supply chains, but corporate action has not yet reached a tipping point - Of the companies disclosing in 2017, only six achieved an A grade.

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00:51

Scientists predict tree death from drought in Californias Sierra Nevadas "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

As the world heads toward more frequent and severe droughts, forests will increasingly suffer from water scarcity. In this scenario, finding ways to predict how trees will respond to water stress is becoming increasingly important. It is now possible to look at large swaths of forests in incredible detail using aerial and satellite images. The technology goes well beyond simply monitoring deforestation. Remote sensing tools can be used to tell different tree species apart that live in the same area or to measure specifics such as the chemical composition of their leaves. Many of these features are useful to describe how droughts are impacting forests. However, we still lack models that can predict future tree mortality based on past events. In a recently published study, scientists Phil Brodrick and Greg Asner show that changes in the amount of water in the canopy of conifers in Sierra Nevada over the course of five years correlate well with tree mortality rates during the 2016 drought. This work is unique in that we show how canopy water content can be used to anticipate tree mortality a year before it occurs, Brodrick wrote by email. As you might imagine, this advance warning could be of significant use to forest managers, conservation groups and policy makers that may be interested in reacting to drought effects. Brodrick and Asner work in the Department of Global Ecology of the Carnegie Institution for Science, in Stanford. In their study they used images taken with the Carnegie Airborne Observatory,

From friends to strangers: The decline of the Irrawaddy dolphin (commentary) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Sitting on the banks of the Mekong River repairing his fishing net, 60-year-old Saron recalls a story from the time of his grandfather: One cool November morning, Uncle Somnang was casting his net off the shore of his island home when a wave knocked him off balance and into the river. He struggled to right his overturned boat, but was quickly exhausted by the swift current. Suddenly, he felt a surge from below. A grey river dolphin appeared, helped him to right his boat, and gently nudged him back aboard. Sarons wife Pin chimes in. In the past, there were so many river dolphins, she says, they would startle us by suddenly jumping up along both sides of our fishing boats. In fact, they were just coming up to greet us and smile at us. Dolphins are like human beings who live under water, Pin explains. Like us, they feed their babies with milk. Thats why our elders taught us to never eat them. Sambor district sits astride the Mekong River in Central Cambodia. The river is the life force of the district most of Sambors 50,000 inhabitants fish and farm along its fertile banks, or on the large islands that characterize this stretch of the Mekong. Now critically endangered, the last of the Irrawaddy dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris) are concentrated in nine deep-water pools over a 190-kilometer stretch of the Mekong between Sambor district and Khone Falls on the Lao border. Fisherfolk on the Mekong at dawn. Photo Credit:

00:17

Climate Change Adds Risk to Atomic Power: A Must-Read Latest Report "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In its initial report released this week, the Working Group on Climate, Nuclear, and Security Affairs, chaired by the Center for Climate and Security, has articulated a first-of-its kind framework for understanding and addressing the complex connections between climate change, security, and nuclear issues.

The post Climate Change Adds Risk to Atomic Power: A Must-Read Latest Report appeared first on DiaNuke.org.

00:10

Stray Cat Follows Person Home And Decides She's Never Leaving "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Connor Manning was heading home one night, feeling down after going through a breakup, when a little cat appeared. Manning could see that the cat had probably been living on the streets for some time, as she was incredibly skinny, dirty and flea-ridden. Manning bent down to say hi, and surprisingly, the sweet stray cat hopped into Manning's lap and refused to leave

Credit: Connor Manning

After about five minutes, I started getting up to head home and she was SUPER scared, Manning told The Dodo. So I crouched down and she ran right over to me again. And we repeated this process for about four blocks until we were on my porch. 

Credit: Connor Manning

The cat followed Manning all the way home, and came inside to explore the house for a bit

Credit: Connor Manning

before deciding she was a little too nervous to hang out inside, and took up residence on Mannings porch instead. Manning documented these first few hours with the cat on Twitter, much to the delight of everyone who saw the adorable tweets. 

Credit: Connor Manning

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23:55

Woman Saves 1 Abandoned 'Teacup' Pig And Soon Ends Up With 30 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Last May, Alesja Daehnrich got a phone call from Harnett County Animal Control in North Carolina. Officers had picked up 15 pigs from a hoarders property, and they wanted to know if Daehnrich, who runs The Blind Spot Animal Sanctuary with her husband, Alex, would take the pigs.

If not, the pigs would be sold to the highest bidder at a county auction, and the buyer would be able to do whatever they liked with them including kill them for food.

Credit: Alesja and Alex Daehnrich

The problem was, Daehnrich and her husband already had 21 pigs at their sanctuary, three of whom  Larry, Curly and Moe, also called the Stooges  had come from the same hoarders property (and were most likely related to the 15 pigs captured in May). The couple didn't have enough enclosures on their property for more pigs, and providing veterinary care for 15 more rescues was a stressful thought.

Credit: Alesja and Alex Daehnrich

But Daehnrich knew she had to do something. I just cant look away, Daehnrich told The Dodo. If these pigs are anything like our Stooges, these are really nice animals. They just need vet care and time to trust people again.

Credit: Alesja and Alex Daehnrich

Daehnrich and her husband didnt waste a minute. They quickly built extra enclosures and fences on their property, and also reached out to numerous rescue partners and organizations  including Pig Pals of North Carolina, Triangle...

23:54

Indias High Moralism on Nuclear Disarmament Hides Its Hypocrisy: Here Is How "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

India periodically supports calls for nuclear disarmament, but these assertions are contradicted by its continued possession of nuclear weapons and efforts to upgrade nuclear capabilities.

The post Indias High Moralism on Nuclear Disarmament Hides Its Hypocrisy: Here Is How appeared first on DiaNuke.org.

23:47

Lynx Family From Viral Photos Returns To Guy's Porch For Another Visit "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

One fateful morning last September, photographer Tim Newton was stirred from sleep by a strange scampering sound coming from outside his home in Alaska. Curious, Newton peeked through a window and thats when he discovered an entire family of lynx galavanting around on his porch.

Lucky for the rest of us, Newton grabbed his camera.

Credit: Tim Newton Photography

"They were so cute. It was cute-tastic," Newton told The Dodo in an earlier post. "It was amazing."

It might have felt like a once-in-a-lifetime sort of encounter, but turns out it was not. Months later, the lynx family decided it was time for an encore.

Credit: Tim Newton Photography

On Saturday, Newton shared a video captured by his wife, Cathy, showing what is believed to be the same lynx family dropping by for another visit to their porch. Fortunately, Newton says the mother cat and all seven of her offspring were spotted that day, alive and well and still rambunctious.

Though the youngsters are quite a bit larger this time around, they're as playful as ever.

Afterward, the lynx family returned yet again to the forest surrounding the Newtons' home leaving just a scattering of happy paw prints in their wake.

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23:40

Turkey Loves To Snuggle With Her Rescuers "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Three days before Thanksgiving 2016, a lucky turkey named Antoinette was among hundreds of birds and rabbits awaiting their fate at a live-kill market in New York City. Found wandering just outside, rescuers knew the baby turkey wouldnt survive for long if they didnt take matters into their own hands.

Credit: Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

Antoinette was rushed to Woodstock Farm Sanctuarys medical building, just a few hours outside the city, where staff could give her around-the-clock care. When she was first found, she was a bit dehydrated and needed to be placed on a special diet since turkeys are bred and raised to grow so large in a short period of time, Ashley Nester, communications manager at Woodstock Animal Sanctuary, told The Dodo.

Safe for the first time in her young life, caregivers were impressed with the rescued birds friendly and outgoing personality. As she recuperated, Antoinette quickly won over the hearts of humans and animals alike.

Antoinette has definitely become more friendly and affectionate since she was rescued and she loves attention! Nester said. When she first arrived as a baby, our caregivers kept a close watch on her, but so did Sergio the rooster, who showed her the ropes around the sanctuary.

Credit: Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

One year later, Antoinette has a full social calendar. She divides her time between all her favorite activities: spending days outside with her best friend and fellow rescue turkey Tony pecking at the grass, and chatting up visitors and staff....

23:36

Water is Life Rally and Concert in Richmond Dec. 2 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Its time for the biggest public rally ever organized against the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines. Heres our goal: To bring so many moms and dads and farmers and students to Richmond on Saturday December 2nd that we can literally form a human ring around the Capitol building and the Governors mansion.

This encirclement will be the first public action against the pipelines of its kind in Virginias history. After the rally, well stick around for a concert at The National theater just two blocks away.

We have to be creative and loud on December 2nd because, frankly, time is running out. The States Water Control Board will hold final hearings in Richmond on the MVP (Dec 6-7) and the ACP (Dec 11-12). Well be putting pressure on the Water Control Board with our massive rally and well be telling our new governor and House of Delegates that water is life and we intend to preserve it for all our children!

RSVP today! 

http://bit.ly/stop-va-pipelines


TAKE A BUS 

The Sierra Club Virginia Chapter is providing buses from three locations: Hampton Roads, Staunton, and Northern Virginia. Here are the details:

Hampton Roads

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Pickup #1: Leesburg, VA

Pickup #2: Vienna, VA

23:30

Global climate models may be misjudging methane releases into the atmosphere "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

From the Ohio State University and the settled science department. Results suggest more methane may be released into atmosphere than thought COLUMBUS, OhioA study of a Lake Erie wetland suggests that scientists have vastly underestimated the number of places methane-producing microbes can survive and, as a result, todays global climate models may be misjudging

23:30

Nuclear Safety in India in Jeopardy, Govt Must Halt Further Expansion: Former Regulator "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Dr. A Gopalakrishnan | An overall evaluation of the status of the Indian civilian nuclear power sector, and the governments uncertain future plans, do cause a great deal of concern for the welfare of the country and the safety of our people. Therefore, it is best to freeze all plans for the further expansion of this sector until Parliament and the public are provided full details of the governments intentions and rationale and a national consensus is reached.

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22:43

Update from Camp White Pine "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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Recently weve been watching ETPs heavy machinery prepare the sites for this destructive pipeline project on both sides of Camp White Pine. To the east along the ME2 easement, the work is closer than ever before and still closing in. In the days leading up to Halloween workers began clearing and chipping logs (along the easement where the trees had already been cut last year) to the east of camp, less than a mile away. Soon they were working on the ridge nearest to camp, and now they are in the small valley even closer to us, the machines clearly visible from the wetlands near the east edge of the Gerhart property. The first photo shows this area, with bulldozers perched on the top of the hill and two excavators partially visible moving logs in the valley. Clearly visible from the treesits, on and near the site for proposed HDD across the road, workers are active as the site changes from day to day.

Its been a long time since camp first formed in February. ETP, sometimes working through their infamous contractor Tigerswan, has come after us with a writ of possession, an injunction, smear campaigns and surveillance and harassment and threats. Still were here, continuing to build and survive in the face of oncoming winter and advancing machines. We can never be sure of when ETP will finally come and try to evict the treesits; weve thought they would come before, especially when the company made legal moves against camp. ETP could wait even longer as theyve pushed back their timeline for pipeline completion into later 2018 amid repeated drilling fluid spills and other unsafe practices. However the equipment they need to conduct the next phase of work on the land were defending clearing away and chipping the remaining logs as well as cutting the treesit trees to prepare to turn the hillside into an HDD pad and work site is close enough that it could reach us any...

22:25

Thinking About Fostering? Heres Everything You Need To Know "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Want to make the world a better place? Fostering a dog or cat is a great way to start.

Not only does becoming a foster parent get an animal out of a shelter and into a home, it frees up valuable space and resources, allowing the shelter to welcome even more animals in need.

While some may think they cant foster unless they are ready to adopt, thats not always the case, explains Brittany Feldman, president and cofounder of Shelter Chic, a nonprofit foster-based dog and cat rescue group in New York City.

Even if its just for a short time, fostering plays an important role in successfully re-homing dogs and cats. A lot of organizations, including us, really can only take in as many animals as we have fosters for, so opening your home is actually saving a life, Feldman tells The Dodo. Through fostering, homeless dogs and cats learn what its like to be a member of a family a vital step on the way to finding their forever home.

Its great for people to experience the benefits of having an animal in the home, without a long-term commitment, Feldman says. And, for the animal, not only is it saving their life, but it makes them more adoptable. Having the dog in a home gives you experience with them, so you know things about their personality that you wouldnt know in a shelter.

Something as simple as learning whether a dog likes to sleep late or is obsessed with squeaky toys allows for better matches with potential adopters and makes the adoptions a lot more successful, Feldman adds. Its a win-win for the human and animal!

So what do you need to know before fostering a pet? Check out these answers to some of the most frequently asked questions:

What are my responsibilities when fostering a pet?



Every animal is different, and depending on which shelter you work with, responsibilities may vary each time you foster a dog or cat. With dogs, its the foster mom or dads job to provide their pup with exercise, food, shelter and basic obedience training. Did we mention snuggles? Youll want to give him plenty of thos...

22:22

Nebraska Public Service Commission Approves Keystone XL Oil Pipeline "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Levi Rickert / Native News Online

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA On Monday, the Nebraska Public Service Commission voted 3-2 to approve the Keystone XL oil pipelines route through its state.

The Keystone XL pipeline will move an estimated 830,000 barrels per day of crude oil from Canada through various states to the Gulf of Mexico.

American Indian tribes and allies have been opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline since its inception.

Last week the original Keystone pipeline leaked over 210,000 gallons of oil onto farmland in South Dakota. According to Nebraska officials, Nebraska law barred regulators from considering spills or pipeline safety in its decision-making process.

This is an evolving story and this article will be updated as more information becomes available.

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22:16

Everything You Need To Know About Adopting A Pet Is Just A Text Away "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Thinking about adding a new member to your family? Adopting a companion animal is a wonderful way to save a life.

Shelters will help match you with a dog or cat who fits your lifestyle, but before signing the paperwork, you want to be sure that you and your house are pet-ready. Bringing home an animal can be a big change. Its more responsibility, more time (and did we mention more fur?) but the companionship is so worth it.  

If youre ready to take the plunge and find your new BFF, Dodo Adoptbot is here to help. The interactive guide is simply a text away, and will connect you with shelters and available pets in your area to make finding the perfect furry friend easier than ever.  

Check out these frequently asked questions about adoption, so youll be ready for whats to come:

What do I need to have in my house to adopt an animal?



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When adopting a dog or cat, its important to get everything ready before you bring your new pal home if not for your pet, for your own peace of mind, explains Brittany Feldman, president and cofounder of Shelter Chic, a nonprofit foster-based dog and cat rescue group in New York City.

Most shelters and adoption organizations do not supply new pet owners with pet accessories, other than a basic collar and name tag, so its up to the adopters to stock up on the must-haves. For dogs, Feldman suggests new owners make sure they have dog food, treats, toys, a leash, a harness and a collar waiting for their pup, as well as some things to keep him occupied. Its always good when a new animal is coming into the home to help them adjust and make sure they are busy, Feldman tells The Dodo. So making sure they have bones, bully sticks or Kongs is a great idea. You can even fill the Kongs with peanut butter or cream cheese and throw them in the freezer.

If you dont know how well-behaved your dog will be in the home, crate training isnt a bad idea either. It really depends on the age and temperament of the dog youre adopting, Feldman says. ...

21:00

Roger Pielke Jr. describes the distorting of climate science "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

By Larry Kummer. From the Fabius Maximus website Summary: Scientists and journalists play a vital role in the public policy debate about climate change, explaining the reports of the major climate agencies. Here Roger Pielke Jr. describes an example of how they too often misrepresent those findings, distorting the debate and feeding the publics loss

20:26

Chef Cooks Gourmet 3-Course Thanksgiving Meals For Shelter Dogs And Cats "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Two years ago, chef Malik Von Saint adopted a small white dog named Cannoli right around the holidays.

Then Von Saint got thinking about all the animals in the shelter who are still waiting to find their people. He decided that the thing to do would be to cook them up a truly magnificent Thanksgiving feast.

"Them alone while we celebrate with friends and family did not sit well with me," Von Saint told The Dodo.

Credit: Malik Von Saint

On Wednesday, Von Saint will be serving three-course meals to around 60 dogs and 60 cats at the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter, in Buffalo, New York. It's his second year making Thanksgiving meals for the shelter's animals. 

Credit: Facebook/Malik Von Saint

The menu is beautifully plated while also consisting of small plates of pet-safe ingredients that won't upset their tummies.  

Dogs will begin with beef tartare, followed by chicken sous-vide with roasted sweet potato and basmati rice garnished with broccoli florets. Homemade dog ice cream will be dessert.

"Crme glace de woof," Von Saint is calling it.

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20:21

3 Ways My Rescue Dog Makes Me A Better Dad "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

My rescue dog, Vector, joined our family four years ago courtesy of the Sato Project, a Puerto Rico-based organization that, currently, has its hands even fuller than usual in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
 
Vector is everything we hoped hed be: faithful companion, boisterous playmate, persuasive beggar of all things edible. Wounds from his hardscrabble history bitten-off tail, missing toe, scarred snout make him even more endearing, serving as outward signs of his inner resilience.

Credit: Christopher Dale

What I didnt anticipate was the lessons Vector would teach me. Ive been humbled by his uncanny empathy and amazing adaptability, and soon hell start bestowing doggie doctrines upon my toddler, Nicholas.
 
In fact, Vector is already a blessing my sons life. Here are three ways my rescue dog is making me a better father.

The importance of discipline ...



Credit: Christopher Dale

Dog owners with children know that our canines and our kids are locked in an unbreakable tie for Cutest Living Thing Ever. Vector and Nicholas have been waging this age-old war since the latter's birth. Saying no to either is heart-achingly hard.
 
In disciplining our dogs, rescue owners face an additional emotional layer a conscientious compassion telling us these salvaged souls have suffered enough. Vector survived three years in a place literally...

01:00

Poland ordered to pay 100,000 euro/day if it continues to destroy Bialowieza forest "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Brussels/Luxembourg - The EU Court of Justice decided to impose a daily penalty of EUR 100,000 on Poland if the government continues to defy a ban against logging activities in the EU protected Bialowieza Forest.

The Court also reiterated its order to immediately halt most logging activities in the forest except close to roads for safety reasons and until a final decision is taken. As one of the last remaining primeval forests in Europe, WWF fully supports the courts decision to take a strong stand for forest protection to ensure the well-being and health of local wildlife and communities.
 
WWF has evidence that logging activities banned by the Court have taken place, like the extraction of over-100-years dead spruces and logging in the Bialowieza Forest District.
 
Dariusz Gatkowski, Biodiversity Specialist at WWF-Poland said: Polish citizens, most of them against logging in Bialowieza Forest, risk paying penalties if Polish authorities continue to ignore the official order by the European Court and all previous warnings by the European Commission and the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. The Court decision is a signal to the Polish Ministry of the Environment that disrespect for the law and our countrys valuable natural treasures cannot be tolerated.

WWF also highlights that the case of Bialowieza is not isolated and that many other natural areas in Europe are similarly threatened due to illegal industrial activities and governments failure to properly apply and enforce national and European law.
 
Sabien Leemans, Senior Biodiversity Policy Officer at the WWF European Policy Office, added: Todays court decision is an important signal for many other natural places and species threatened by national governments failing to comply with the EU Nature directives. It's time for the Commission to get much tougher toward these member states showing that any breach will have serious consequences to ensure governments focus on the long-term protection of these sites so that people and nature can both thrive.

The EU Court of Justices decision to adopt so-called interim actions and to order the immediate stop of most logging activities is a measure the court uses in very rare cases when there is a serious risk that ongoing activities could cause serious and irreparable damage. This decision further co...

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Friday, 17 November

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Global platform for New York Declaration on Forests launched "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announces the launch of a Global Platform for the New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF Platform), at the UN Climate Change Conference, COP23 in Bonn, Germany. The NYDF Platform aims to accelerate achievement of the goals expressed in the New York Declaration on Forests, a landmark commitment to forest protection and restoration launched at the 2014 UN Secretary-Generals Climate Summit.

The launch of the Global Platform provides a central coordination mechanism to increase political ambition, accelerate action, forge new partnerships, and monitor progress towards the ten ambitious goals of the NYDF. The NYDF Platform will be convened by UNDP, which will serve as its secretariat, in partnership with Meridian Institute and Climate Advisers. The NYDF Platform will also collaborate closely with the NYDF Assessment Partners (www.forestdeclaration.org), a network of civil society groups and research institutions that annually publishes the NYDF Progress Assessment, an independent evaluation of progress toward meeting the NYDF goals.

Without a doubt, protecting, restoring and sustainably managing the worlds tropical forests is one of the most important climate solutions available to us today. We cannot achieve the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to 2 degrees without focused collaborative efforts on forests, said State Secretary Flasbarth of the German Ministry for the Environment, Germany intends to support the launch of the NYDF Platform as a signal of real intention by NYDF endorsers to accelerate action to protect and restore the worlds forests.

The New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) is an innovative partnership of multinational companies, governments, civil society and indigenous peoples pledging to cut natural forest loss in half by 2020 and to end it by 2030. The NYDF commitment, if realized, will eliminate the emission of between 4.5 and 8.8 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide each year, equivalent to removing the carbon emissions produced by one billion cars.

The NYDF has been endorsed by over 190 entities, including 40 countries in the developed and developing world including the United States, the European Union, and key tropical forest countries including Colombia, Peru and Indonesia as well as by major multinationals from food, paper, finance and other industries; civil society organizations; and indigenous peoples from around the world.

Meeting the worlds climate and forest goals will only be possible through the collaborative...

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Wednesday, 15 November

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Indonesia shipped verified legal timber worth more than 1 billion euros to EU in first year of FLEGT licensing "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Indonesia has shipped verified legal timber and timber products worth more than 1 billion euros to the EU since it began issuing such products with FLEGT licences one year ago.

The licences confirm that the products comply with relevant laws and automatically meet the requirements of the EU Timber Regulation, which prohibits the placement of illegal timber products on the EU market. 

The FLEGT licensing scheme is an outcome of the Indonesia-EU Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) on forest governance, law enforcement and trade.

Indonesia and the EU are in close and regular communication to further strengthen the licensing system, working together to address some practical implementation issues that were identified as Indonesias FLEGT timber enters the EU market. 

Meanwhile, the FLEGT Independent Market Monitor has surveyed operators in the EU and found that the large majority of respondents welcomed the start of FLEGT-licensing in Indonesia.

Under the VPA, Indonesia has implemented a nationwide timber legality assurance system and other reforms that have increased transparency, accountability and stakeholder participation in the forest sector.

Indonesia: First shipments of FLEGT licensed timber by MFP3
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Monday, 13 November

01:00

New Pirelli policy progressive step forward in the fight against land grabs and deforestation "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Global Witness welcomes a new sourcing policy on rubber launched by Italian tyre giant Pirelli. The policy, which commits Pirelli to no land-grabs, no-deforestation, could help prevent the kinds of human rights abuses and environmental destruction that Global Witness investigations into rubber expansion have helped expose. The company has also adopted a no burn policy, as well as no development on peatland a major source of greenhouse gases.

Pirellis policy has been developed in association with Global Witness and other organisations

Ali Hines of the Global Witness land team said: Global Witnesss investigations have revealed the violent land grabs and devastation of forests caused by the rapidly expanding operations of unscrupulous rubber companies in the Mekong region. Left unchecked, this rubber risks being bought by tyre companies that have become household names globally. Global Witness commends Pirelli for developing a progressive sourcing policy for natural rubber which will help ensure its supply chains are free from tainted rubber.

Pirelli is not the only company to have adopted a sourcing policy for natural rubber. Michelin, the French tyre manufacturer, introduced its own sourcing policy on natural rubber in 2016, marking a major shift in the largely unregulated industry. In addition, last month saw Chinese industry launch guidelines for Chinese rubber companies operating overseas as well as international rubber companies.

Bridgestone, Continental and Goodyear are yet to introduce rigorous standards to prevent tainted rubber from entering their supply chains.

Hines said: Whilst we welcome Pirellis new policy, the real importance lies in its implementation. Companies must prove their supply chains are clean, through robust sourcing policies as well as through regular reporting. Only then can they be sure that they are on track to eliminating deforestation and land grabs from their supply chains. And with two of the biggest tyre companies having taken the lead on this...

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