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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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 StojanovicOn 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: ShutterstockIn 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.
Credit: Dejan StojanovicThe money, collected through a crowdsourcing campaign that started in October, is being used to build specially-designed, predator-proof nesting boxes for the birds.
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 BrooksBut still, Colette couldnt stop showing how thankful she was to finally be safe.
Credit: Jennifer BrooksLuckily, 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 BrooksSeeing pictures of Colette online and knowing the unique challenges that ex-bait dogs can face in shelters Second Chance Rescue in New York...
The pit bull was crying. At least thats what it looked like to
Sarah Sleime, a volunteer for the Greater Charlotte
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 SheltonI 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 SleimeSleime 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 SleimeIt was the craziest phenomenon, Sleime said.
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 Hullbut eventually ran out of places to hide, and the roommates were able to catch the two smaller ones and take them inside to safety.
Credit: Allison HullHull and her roommates knew there was a third kitten out there somewhere, but couldnt seem to catch her
Credit: Allison Hulluntil finally, about a week ago, they were able to grab her, and realized she was a little larger, and chubbier, than her tiny siblings.
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
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 BeccariVenti 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 BeccariAs 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.
Credit: Nicholas BeccariThe 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...
Vicki Mayo knew Bailey was the feisty one in the group of
kittens she rescued from a shelter in Texas this year.
Credit: Vicki MayoBailey 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 MayoWhen 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 MayoIt 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 MayoAs 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.
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
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 RescueShe 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.
Credit: Ash's Animal RescueAs 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.
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 BennettWhen 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 BennettBennett 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 BennettI 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.
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 RescueIn 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 RescueWe 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 RescueLike 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...
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
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.
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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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.
Credit: CACC"Please visit your city shelter this week and bring home...
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
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
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
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,
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
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 GermanyOn the day they met, Violet didn't want to return to her cage after playing, so Germany had to carry her back.
In Conversation with Yatri Niehaus, director of new documentary Stella Polaris Ulloriarsuaq
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...
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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.
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). It shares the same Indo-European origin as the Greek concept 
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.
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...
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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 NevisonNevison noticed not only the stray's extremely sweet demeanor but also her eye, which seemed to be bothering her.
Credit: SLCASMeanwhile, 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.
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: CARESHe 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.
Credit: CARESDesperate 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: CARESThe mats were so hard that we had to use scissors to separate them into sections and then shave small chunks of...
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/StoryfulTurns 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.
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: PDSAHis 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: PDSAWhether 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.
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: RSPCAWhen 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.
Credit: RSPCAUnfortunately, Benny and Mo have been at the shelter since August, and have had no potential adopters show any interest in them.
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
"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 Reserve, wrote earlier this month.
Credit: Elephant Bedroom Camp
Credit: Elephant Bedroom CampA 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.
Credit: Reteti Elephant SanctuaryThe baby turned out to be a little girl. Rescuers named her Ewaso, after the river where she was found.
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 WildlifeRescuers 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 WildlifeRescuers realized the new mom must have just given birt...
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 FayeStanley was a key collaborator in Faye's invention of the Cat Case, telling his human, in so many words, exactly what he thought.
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: TWCThe 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.
Credit: TWCThe coyote soon calmed down enough to b...
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 AnimalsWarning: disturbing images below.
Credit: The Sound of AnimalsBesides 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 AnimalsBeing 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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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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
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Milo the dog has the kind of smile that stops people on the
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 RylanderMilo 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 RylanderMilo 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.
Credit: Ivy RylanderBut Rylander wasnt fazed by Milos nervous nature she fell head over heels in love with Milo, especially when Milo flashed his signature smile.
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
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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
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
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
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:
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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'.
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
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 
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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 Anarchists, a 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...
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...
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
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
from VMC Camp
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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...
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...
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 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 more jaded than when I returned from its Parisian predecessor. I was certainly uneasy with the euphoria surrounding the Paris Agreement, 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 behind a veil of closing down old coal. Academic enthusiasm for evermore quixotic negative emission technologies'(NETs) 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....
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
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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