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Saturday, 24 February


Guy Drove For Miles Without Realizing Someone Was Stuck In His Car "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In his many years of rescuing wildlife, Mark Hess had never seen an animal quite so lucky.

Last weekend, Hess, a rescuer with the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha, Wisconsin, responded to a frantic call from a driver who had unknowingly hit a red-tailed hawk with his truck while driving on the interstate.

But there was a twist: The hawk was lodged, tail-end first, in the grille of the mans truck and had been hitchhiking there for miles.

Credit: Wildlife In Need Center

The driver was going about 70 on the interstate and remembered seeing a hawk swoop in front of the truck, Hess told The Dodo. He had no idea that he even hit him until he parked and saw the hawk stuck inside the grille with his wings sprawled out.

Hess showed up to the scene with a few tools and prepared for the worst. In his experience, animals hit at that high of speeds rarely survive their injuries.

Credit: Wildlife In Need Center

The hawk was definitely in shock after what happened, Hess said. It took maybe three or four minutes to cut enough of the grillwork out of the front of the vehicle.

Despite being prepared for the worst, Hess had a pleasant and very unexpected surprise: After removing the bird from the grille, he didnt appear to have any broken bones.

Credit: Wildlife In Need Center

Once he calmed down a bit, he was sitting upright using his legs just fine, Hess said. He looked to be in really good shape considering what he had been through especially gettin...


Dog Leads Rescuers To Puppies Hidden Beneath Branches On Roadside "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

On Sunday, Brooke Rapozo was painting the walls of her workplace when she got a phone call. A woman had caught a stray pit bull wandering along the road near Lemoore, California, whod been seen in the area for the last three days. It looked like the dog was nursing, but there didnt seem to be any puppies, the woman told Rapozo.

Rapozo, who is the vice president at Kings SPCA Halfway Home, didnt waste a minute  she put down her paintbrush and jumped into her car. The woman, Kelly Tarlton, gave Rapozo the address of her mothers home, where Tarlton was staying at the time.

Credit: Kings SPCA Halfway Home

When Rapozo arrived, she found Tarlton with a 1-year-old pit bull lazing in her lap, getting rubs and scratches from Tarlton.

Rapozo quickly saw that the dog, later named Darla, was full of milk, so she played a YouTube video of puppies crying on her phone.

Her ears perked up and she got up from Kellys lap, and [Kelly] put her on the ground, and went walking at a decent pace, Rapozo said. We followed her.

Credit: Kings SPCA Halfway Home

They walked on for a bit until Darla led them to a pile of trees and bushes on the side of the road. [It] was a burn pile, Rapozo said. Farmers and ranchers will pile up cut-down trees and brush to burn.

Darla headed into the pile, and Tarlton stayed right behind her.

Kelly didnt hesitate, Rapozo said. She jumped in. She just went over branches and under branches to the point where I could no longer see her anymore. And thats when she was like, I found them, I found them! And I asked, How many do you see?



Senior Pug Is Deaf, Blind And Overweight But Still Has So Much Love To Give "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When rescuers at Animal Haven first pulled Tugboat from a city shelter, they werent at all sure what to expect. The 10-year-old pug mix was overweight, partially deaf, had a tumor removed from her leg, and appeared to be completely blind all factors that might make it harder to get her adopted. But as soon as they got to know her a little, they began to realize just how unique she really is. 

Credit: Sophie Gamand

Tugboat got her name because of her size, of course, and because she sometimes needs a little help getting around. Shes not a huge fan of stairs and insists on being carried up and down them, but only if shes being held upright otherwise, she strongly objects. 

She has a LOT of spunk packed into her chubby little body  

Credit: Shannon McLaughlin Kirkman

and her rescuers are absolutely loving getting to know her as her personality comes out more and more each day. 

Credit: Shannon McLaughlin Kirkman

She is hilarious, Tiffany Lacey of Animal Haven told The Dodo. Very loving but just sort of hangs out. Loves food! Shelter life doesnt seem to faze her at all. She gets a lot of attention. 

Credit: Sophie Gamand

Her rescuers are still trying to determine if Tugboat is completely blind or just mostly b...


Dog Whose Favorite Toy Was Discontinued Gets The Biggest Surprise "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

While some dogs may be satisfied with any old squeaky toy, Jaxon has more discerning taste.

Credit: Twitter/Kelli Brown

The 12-year-old Chihuahua particularly favors one very specific plush green alligator. His mom, Kelli Brown, doesnt know what it is about the Top Paw chew toy, named "Greenie," but it is the only thing the senior dog will play with a fact that ended up going viral on Twitter.

"We have tons of toys in the house, but he only has eyes for his Greenie," Brown added.

Credit: Twitter/Kelli Brown

Jaxons much-beloved toy can get dragged around quite a bit, and as with all playthings, it occasionally needs to be replaced (Jaxon usually goes through two toys a year). 

However, when Brown went to her pet supply store to buy a new one last month, there were none to be found.

Credit: Kelli Brown

For Jaxon, it appeared the worst had happened: His favorite toy had been discontinued.

Not wanting to disappoint her pup, Brown canvassed the internet in search of Greenie but when she had no luck, she decided to reach out on social media for assistance.


Baby Rhino Who Lost Mom To Poachers Refused To Leave Her Side "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Pacing around and nuzzling her mothers body, the baby rhino couldnt stop crying.

Her mom wasnt moving and she had no idea why.

Credit: Facebook/Rhino 911

As the baby tried to nurse, her mothers body just lay limp in the dirt. She had been shot and her horns were stolen by poachers, leaving the 1-month-old baby with no one else to turn to.

This was the harrowing scene rescuers from Rhino 911 witnessed in a South African national park last week. As they watched the calf guarding her mothers body, the group devised a plan to bring the young orphan, whom they named Charlotte, to safety.

After tranquilizing the tiny rhino, the team loaded her into the back of their SUV and contacted The Rhino Orphanage, a rescue that specializes in raising babies her age.

To minimize the stress of the car ride, Charlotte wore a blindfold and small caps around her ears to block noise. She started on IV fluids right away, since she was severely dehydrated.

Credit: Facebook/The Rhino Orphanage

She did well through the night, rescuers said in an update the morning after. We are grateful for the team who found her and the rescue team who responded so swiftly.

While Charlotte was timid about drinking from a bottle during the first few days, caretakers gently worked with her to acclimate her to the new food source while she was still blindfolded.



Shelter Dog Has Been Returned Twice Because Hes So Scared Of Strangers "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Cloudy was just a puppy when he ended up at a big shelter in Alabama, likely after being picked up as a stray. He was taken in by Double Dog Rescue, where staffers assumed the sweet dog would be adopted out pretty quickly. The super friendly Lab mix had so much energy and just wanted to play and be pet what was there not to love about that? 

Credit: Stacey Lambert

Not long after arriving at the rescue, Cloudy was indeed adopted, and it seemed as if hed found his happily ever after, but sadly, he was returned. Another family was soon interested in him again, and once again he was adopted out. Staffers were hopeful that the second family would stick but unfortunately, poor Cloudy was returned for a second time. 

Cloudy is the absolute sweetest dog, but keeps getting returned because he is terrified of strangers

Credit: Stacey Lambert

Whatever happened to Cloudy before he ended up at the shelter has given him some serious anxieties about meeting strangers, and his first two families just werent able to cope with them. Once Cloudy is comfortable with someone, though, theyre his person for life he just needs a little time and patience to get to that point. 

We dont know what happened to him before, but we do know he has been tossed around A LOT and he isnt very trusting of strangers, Stacey Lambert, Cloudys foster mom, told The Dodo. However, once he is comfortable with someone, he LOVES his people. He is the biggest mushy love, so loyal and is just a big mushy lapdog with us at home.



Sweet Senior Dog Is So Sad After 2 Years Waiting In Shelter "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Diamond is 9 and a half years old, and shes been stuck in a city shelter for nearly two years.

In April 2016, Diamond arrived at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in Long Island, New York, after her former owners could no longer care for her. Diamond had lived with them since she was a puppy.

Credit: Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter

The people who had her was an older couple, and they basically told us that they couldnt take care of her anymore, Melissa Fogarty, kennel supervisor at Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter, told The Dodo. The woman was about 85. I know she was upset because she was trying to convince her two sons to take the dog, and they said they didnt want her.

Like any dog accustomed to living in a home, Diamond struggled to adapt to life at the shelter.

Credit: Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter

When she first came in, she was very nervous, and she didnt warm up to anyone very quickly, Fogarty said. She had a hard time in the kennel. She was barking a lot and jumping around her cage.

The shelter volunteers did their best to help Diamond. They took her for frequent walks and gave her lots of love and attention, and after some time Diamond did start to settle down.

Credit: Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter

Shes very sweet, Fogarty said. Shell run up to you when you come into the room. Shes a very friendly dog. She knows all of her commands...


Russia Could Kill Thousands Of Helpless Dogs To 'Clean Up' Before World Cup "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

To get crowds of stray dogs off the streets before the 2014 Winter Olympics, the Russian government deployed teams of exterminators across Sochi to poison them.

Locals and tourists witnessed dogs vomiting and barking in pain on the streets from the poison; when they died, their bodies remained in plain sight. People sprung into action then to protect as many strays as possible and now, four years later, theyre fighting to avoid another painful repeat of the debacle.

The FIFA World Cup will be hosted across Russia this June, and there are an estimated 2 million strays throughout the cities where games will be played.

Credit: PxHere

Canadian photographer Robin Macdonald was one of the many rescuers during Sochi and still remembers what he saw. He had counted over 80 dogs along the streets during just one short bus ride into the city and, just like other visitors, he and his then-partner, U.S. Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy, fell in love with the dogs.

They visibly had people during the Olympics going around capturing dogs, Macdonald told The Dodo. You could see it in plain sight. It wasnt until later on that I realized they were euthanizing them.

At one point he spotted a mother dog hiding underneath an Olympic security tent with her four newborn puppies, and knew, even though he couldnt save every stray he saw, that he needed to help this little family.

Credit: Robin Macdonald

Macdonald scooped up one of the smallest puppies and brought her to his hotel room and when officials learned of his intentions to save the rest, they demanded custody of them all.

We had went back to bring food to the rest of them and a government official was drugging the mom, Macdonald said. They took her and all of the puppies to what they called a vet clinic but it was really just a government office in Sochi. They were threatening and bullying me to bring the other puppy back, saying it wasnt my property....


Conservationist, imprisoned for spying, dies in Iranian prison "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Kavous Seyed Emami, a professor of sociology and a director of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, died in Tehrans Evin Prison earlier this month. Iranian authorities said he committed suicide after confessing to crimes, an assertion his sons say they doubt. Seyed Emami was arrested on January 24 and accused of spying for the U.S. and Israel, having installed cameras in the countrys strategic locations to monitor Irans missile activities, sending information to foreigners, the Tehran prosecutor, Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi, said, according to a detailed report today in the New York Times. Its just all so ridiculous, we dont even know where to start, Seyed Emamis son Ramin Emami told the paper. Those cameras, for instance, are for shooting wildlife, their range doesnt go beyond 25 meters. They are cheap and can be bought anywhere. Even if they wanted which they didnt how could they spy on the missile program with those? Kavous Seyed Emami. Photo courtesy of Center for Human Rights in Iran. Authorities have prohibited the family from securing an independent autopsy, seized the deed to the familys house, and warned family members not to speak out about the case, according to the paper. Seyed Emamis arrest and suspicious death appear to be part of a wider crack down on environmentalists, and come at a time of deepening social and political tension in Iran. Authorities arrested at least six other conservationists around the same time, many of them also affiliated with the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, according to

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Friday, 23 February


Faucet-Obsessed Cat Decides To See Where The Water Goes "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Curiosity didnt kill this cat but it surely gave his family the scare of their lives last weekend.

Two-year-old Sam the cat loves sitting on the kitchen sink to watch the water flow, so on Saturday he decided to check out where the water ends up: right down the drain.

Credit: Lynn Naimoli

But there were a few problems with his plan. His head got stuck, and the sink doubled as the garbage disposal.

Noticing their pet was in trouble, Sams family jumped into action to try to get him out. They spent two hours painstakingly taking apart the garbage disposal, but by midnight, they had no choice but to call for help.

Credit: Lynn Naimoli

At that point we had destroyed the garbage disposal so Sams head was exposed, Lynn Naimoli, Sams mom, told The Dodo. I called the police because I hoped that animal control would be available.

Sergeant Brian Hughes, with the Tredyffrin Township Police Department in Pennsylvania, showed up with some tools and coconut oil just in time. Sam was clearly stressed out and tired from the ordeal.

Credit: Lynn Naimoli

Hughes worked to disassemble the final part of the drain, which was still stuck around the cats neck. After an hour of additional tinkering, Sam was finally freed.



Tropical forest fragmentation nearing critical point, study finds "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Deforestation in the tropics is caused by many different human activities that vary in intensity depending on location. In South America, industrial agriculture is the big driver of deforestation while smallholder farming is pockmarking Congo rainforest and logging for high-value timber species is having devastating effects on the forests of mainland Southeast Asia. Yet, despite the diversity of these activities, a new study published this week in Nature shows they have had a surprisingly similar overall impact on the worlds tropical forests an impact that appears to be reaching a critical point past which the consequences may be catastrophic. The issue here is fragmentation. As humans move in and cut down trees, remaining forest is fragmented into smaller and smaller chunks that are increasingly farther away from each other. In addition to having severe repercussions for animals like jaguars and tigers that require vast tracts of connected habitat, forest fragmentation has a big carbon footprint. In order to find enough food, tigers need huge areas of habitat. Malayan tigers (Panthera tigris tigris) like the one pictured are critically endangered due primarily to forest fragmentation. Research published in 2017 revealed that the worlds tropical forests are currently cut up into around 50 million fragments, and their edges add up to about 50 million kilometers which put together would make it about a third of the way from Earth to the sun. The study found trees at these fragment edges are much more likely to die than those in the

Volunteering on the front lines of rhino conservation (commentary) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In mid-2017, Ed Warner visited Zimbabwe, which has the worlds largest black rhino population after South Africa, Namibia and Kenya, to volunteer for the International Rhino Foundation (IRF)s Zimbabwe Lowveld Rhino Program. Warner has volunteered for them doing rhino ops as he calls it several times, and chronicled it in a 2016 book Running with Rhinos. He has also since become a donor to the program. Traveling with IRFs Raoul du Toit (a 2011 Goldman Environmental Prize winner) and a number of others, Warner was part of a team working to track, study, and protect the rhinos living within conserved lands, by cataloguing calves (via ear notching and taking DNA and blood samples), RFID implanting, and de-horning (horns removed from rhinos by this team to reduce poaching risk are delivered to the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority for safe storage). Mongabay presents here his diary from those six days for the interest of readers who may be curious to know what this experience is like. The Editors Only about 5,000 black rhinos survive in the wild today. Photo by Lucas Alexander, Wikimedia Commons, public domain. Rhino Ops with the Zimbabwe Lowveld Rhino Program Raoul played his usual trick of working like someone possessed until the last moment of time. When we finally got to Charles Prince Airport he had made up his mind to fill up the Cessna 206 owned by the Lowveld Rhino Trust because it was going to be used, while we were gone, by our


Water Protectors to Paint Mural in Protest of Wells Fargo "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

As Wells Fargo Continues to Fund Oil and Gas Pipelines Indigenous, Environmental, and Climate Justice Groups Urge the Bank to Divest from Pipeline Companies In December, 2017, Wells Fargo announced a $50 million grant to Native Americans for renewable energy & clean water programs, cultural awareness and language preservation projects, among other things. At around the same time, Wells Fargo agreed to extend two credit facilities totaling $1.5 billion for Canadian oil corporation, TransCanada, to build the Keystone XL pipeline. Many Native American communities have been directly impacted by fossil fuel development, extraction, and transportation.


Tax Our Gas and Fund Our Educators in West Virginia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Teachers Work Stoppage for Information Picketing at West Liberty, WV

Lets Fully Fund Education Now Tax That Fellow Behind the Tree & Me

By Duane Nichols, Retired Chemical Engineer, Stewartstown, WV

This is the Second Day of work stoppage protest by the WV educators. This is important because we ALL benefit from a strong and comprehensive system of education. Education in West Virginia is under funded. There are over 700 openings in the 55 counties, because the salaries and benefits are too low.

The teachers held an incredible rally at the State Capitol in Charleston yesterday, very well attended and very active! The State Legislature, bent on tax cuts year after year, has a responsibility to fully fund education. Its even specified in our States Constitution.

There is money in our natural resources, coal, oil, natural gas, timber, wind, and solar. These sources need to be tapped as necessary to achieve a strong and vibrant state government. We are overdue for an increase in the gasoline tax.

We are overdue for a new tax called a carbon fee. Such a carbon tax can supplement education and be used for infrastructure in our state. Its primary purpose is to reduce the impacts of climate change. Lord knows it is time to start a real response to the effects of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The main effect is called global warming that influences our earth in many and various ways.

My education started in 1940, in a one room school for eight grades. Change is inevitable. Later, I was in a three room school until the eighth grade. My high school building had over 12 rooms, but the wood inner structure burned a few years after. The community had such pride in the schools that new and better facilities were constructed. West Virginians have very great pride in our educational system and our educators. Community spirit is high across the State.

We have always had a plentiful supply of coal and natural gas in West Virginia. These can and should be taxed. The coal and gas industries use our land and water (public water), and they dispose of their wastes on the land and in the air and water. These industries should pay for education!

Our teachers are becoming active and they are to be admired for that, as they care deeply! Information picketing has been underway statewide. I saw t...


FIRE-EARTH Conference: Criterion E Q & A (ER) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CJ IGE OCT TML TWM Criterion E: Verdict on Injustice  Q & A (ER) [FIRE-EARTH Tribunal in Absentia for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for High Crimes Against Nature, Rape, Pillage and Plunder (RPP) of Planet Earth.] Details available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. All Groups FIRE-EARTH ALERTS, FORECASTS, BULLETINS and MESSAGES available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. []


Multi-day heavy rainfall and flooding event continues in the central and southern U.S. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

At least three people have died in widespread floods across central and southern United States over the past couple of days. Friday, February 23 will be another day with heavy rain which will further increase the risk of flash flooding and long-term flooding in the...... Read more


Minnesota PUC Refuses to Adequately Consider Cultural Impacts of Line 3 Tar Sands Pipeline "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Minnesota PUC Refuses to Adequately Consider Cultural Impacts of Line 3 Tar Sands Pipeline

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Gabby Brown,

Natalie Cook,, 651-295-3483

St. Paul, MN -- Today, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) announced that they have rejected a motion that would have allowed them to ensure that Tribal concerns were being adequately considered in their review of the controversial proposed Line 3 tar sands pipeline.


Orangutan culture in focus in Person of the Forest: Q&A with researchers Cheryl Knott and Robert Rodriguez Suro "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Rafts of research in the past few decades have convinced scientists that theres less that separates humans from other animals than wed originally thought. Take the concept of culture, for example. Once thought to be the province of our species and ours alone, it has turned up on some surprising branches of the tree of life. In a recent documentary, Person of the Forest, researchers set out to record evidence of culture in one of our closest relatives, the orangutan. Different orangutan groups have unique ways of communicating, eating and even protecting themselves from the rain. And the teams work uncovers clues about how these behaviors develop, evolve and creep into the habits of other orangutans. A Bornean orangutan, pictured here in Sabah, Malaysia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay. At the same time, scientists studying orangutans know theyre in a race against time as habitat loss, hunting and the pet trade drive them toward extinction. The fact that unique cultures exist means that if we lose one group of orangutans to poaching or a new oil palm plantation, all of that knowledge will be lost with it, even if other groups are kept safe. The film features biological anthropologist Cheryl Knott of Boston University and field biologist Robert Rodriguez Suro, who is based in Puerto Rico. Person of the Forest is a finalist at the New York WILD Film Festival, which kicked off at the Explorers Club in Manhattan on Feb. 22. Mongabay caught up with Knott and Suro to


Washing Away "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The disappearing islands of Chesapeake Bay


In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, February 23, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Tropical forests DRC reissues logging concession licenses, violating its own moratorium (Mareeg). NGOs charge that reinstated logging rights in DRC are on peatlands (Nasdaq/Reuters). No-deforestation pineapples available from Costa Rica (UNDP Green Commodities Programme/PR Newswire). The Amazon rainforest is nearing a tipping point, scientists argue (Science Advances). We have the tools to stop global deforestation, UN official says (UN News). Assessing the state of the Amazon (Ensia). How tropical trees withstand droughts in the Amazon (UCR Today). Drilling down into satellite data to understand seasonal changes in the tropics (Brookhaven National Laboratory/Phys.Org). Illegal avocado plantations discovered in Mexican butterfly refuge (Los Angeles Times). DJ races to record forest sounds before theyre gone in Indonesia (VICE News). Has forest certification failed to protect forests? (Yale e360). Brazil nears a decision on drilling by French oil company Total in the Amazon River basin (Reuter). Other news Investment firm BlackRock to demand contributions to society from supported companies (The New York Times). Scientists claim to have found the worlds ugliest animal in the deep ocean (The Straits Times). Vegetarian and vegan diets could help cut climate-warming emissions by 70 percent (AccuWeather). A profile of modern climate-change activists (The New York Times Magazine). Animals increasingly hemmed in (The New York Times). Pangolins saved in a vehicle crash in Thailand (The Nation). Satellite data reveals the state of Antarcticas ice flow (NASA/Phys.Org). Extinction cascades possible with increasing biodiversity loss, new study finds (University of Exeter/Phys.Org). New research reveals decades of warming in the Pacific near


In our new war against ocean plastics - we have international law on our side "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In our new war against ocean plastics - we have international law on our side

brendan 23rd February 2018
Teaser Media


Ecologists and agriculturalists find common ground in the future of farming post Brexit "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Ecologists and agriculturalists find common ground in the future of farming post Brexit

Catherine Harte 23rd February 2018
Teaser Media


Making mountains out of molehills: system builds public-access big data from many sources "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

What if we had a public library for scientific data? The proliferation of sensors monitoring the Earthfrom space to planes, drones, vehicles, park rangers, camera traps, and even animal tracking collarshas generated so much information that researchers now need new technology to access and manage it. Scientists are increasingly uploading data to online platforms for storing and sharing genetic, taxonomic, and spatial datasuch as Movebank, GenBank, Barcode Of Life Data systems (BOLD), Wildbook, CollectEarth, Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), and Map4Environment. Forest along the Kinabatagan River in Sabah, Malaysia. Scientists increasingly rely on shared data sets to study complex systems and ecological processes. Photo credit: George Powell As part of U.S. President Obamas Big Data Initiative, the National Science Foundation (NSF) supported the formation of the Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE). This network of data repositories came together in 2012 to address the growing need to manage vast amounts of diverse scientific data and make them available for science. And like a library system, DataONE formalizes collaboration among these data centers to help scientists with three main big data challenges: Preserving and storing their data securely over time; Finding reliable data sets to help address large-scale and long-term research questions; and Visualizing and analyzing large amounts of data. These issues are especially important now as we deal with challenges that are long-term in nature, things like climate change, major movements of populations into new areas, and long-lasting droughts, said William Michener, DataONE principal investigator from the University of New


How wildfire prevention in California is threatening local bird populations - and increasing risk of fire "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

How wildfire prevention in California is threatening local bird populations - and increasing risk of fire

Catherine Harte 23rd February 2018
Teaser Media


Cat Wanders Into Third-Grade Class And Decides He's Never Leaving "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

No one knows exactly where this lovable orange cat named Tombi came from but there is no doubt at all that he has found the place where he belongs.

Credit: zlem Pnar Ivacu

Last month, Tombi appeared on the grounds of a public elementary school in the city of Izmir, Turkey. Unlike most stray cats, who can be quite skittish, Tombi was friendly and outgoing walking up to kids outside seeking attention and pets.

But Tombi didn't stop there.

Credit: zlem Pnar Ivacu

After a couple of weeks of hanging out exclusively in the school's garden, Tombi apparently decided to try his paws at a formal education. For a street-smart cat, the third grade seemed like a good place to start.

"He came into our classroom," teacher zlem Pnar Ivacu told The Dodo. "The children liked him very much."

Credit: zlem Pnar Ivacu

And just like that, Tombi became part of Mrs. Ivacu's class.

Credit: zlem Pnar Ivacu

Having a cat prowling around the classroom might seem like it would be wholly a distraction for young students, potentially hindering their learning but Ivacu found that Tombi was having the opposite effect.

Seeing the cat's playful curiosity had caused her kids to become more excited to be in class....


Dog With 3 Pounds Of Matted Fur Was So Relieved To Get Rid Of It "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

For far too long, little Timberly was kept outside in the middle of the cold Chicago winter. His mom had fallen incredibly ill, and she thought it would be best to keep Timberly outside so that he wouldnt somehow make her sicker. After a local cat feeder noticed Timberly shivering in the cold and contacted The Anti-Cruelty Society, rescuers got involved, and were able to convince the woman to surrender Timberly into their care. 

When Timberly arrived at the shelter, the first thing rescuers noticed about him was his matted fur. He was completely covered in thick, tangled mats, and it seemed as if the poor dog hadnt been groomed in years or maybe ever. 

Credit: The Anti-Cruelty Society

He couldnt move much and was wary of new people, Colette Bradley, of The Anti-Cruelty Society, told The Dodo. He was completely covered in mats of hair and he could only see out of one eye due to an overgrowth of hair. He moved very slowly and couldnt walk very far. 

Credit: The Anti-Cruelty Society

Rescuers knew they needed to free Timberly from his fur prison as quickly as possible, so they set about shaving him and soon realized his mats were even more severe than they initially thought. 

Credit: The Anti-Cruelty Society

They got his head and half of his back freed from the mats, but found a growth close to the skin and determined at that time that it was best for a professional groomer to continue to work...


Dog Whose Owner Died Wouldn't Look At Anyone Until He Met This Man "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Most dogs can have a difficult time adjusting to shelter life, but after living in a loving home for over a decade, this 10-year-old golden retriever mix was clearly shutting down.

Credit: Detroit Dog Rescue

It didnt take long for shelter workers to realize that what Rio was going through was not normal.

Since his arrival at the Detroit municipal shelter, he wouldnt eat, shuddered at the slightest human touch or pet, and, whats worse, he wouldnt turn away from the wall.

Rios owner had suddenly passed away, leaving the pup all alone. So instead of living out his golden years in comfort, Rio found himself in a loud kennel, far removed from the only life hed ever known.

Credit: Detroit Dog Rescue

Hanging his head in the corner hour after hour, Rio seemed to be in mourning, ready to just give up.

Employees at Detroit Animal Care and Control knew they had to act fast or possibly lose Rio forever, so they called Detroit Dog Rescue (DDR).

We take on [the shelters] tougher medical and mental health cases, so dogs who may be shutting down or suffering from kennel neurosis, Kristina Millman-Rinaldi, executive director of Detroit Dog Rescue, told The Dodo. A lot of people dont realize what intuitive and sensitive creatures dogs are. They sense, like humans, everything thats happening around them.

By the time Rio entered DDR, he had already earned himself a reputation as the saddest dog In Detroit. And, true to his nickname, Rio continued spiralling toward depression.



Lion Cubs Were So Scared After Poachers Killed Their Mom "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When rescuers opened the dark, concrete pen, two male lion cubs stared at them with wide, frightened eyes.

Just a short time before, poachers had killed their mom in Ethiopia, and took the cubs, now named Rea and Girma, planning to sell them as exotic pets in the illegal wildlife market. Fortunately, Ethiopian police officers caught the traffickers in time, and took Rea and Girma into their custody.

Credit: Born Free Foundation

But the police had nowhere suitable to keep two baby lion cubs the only place they had was a small concrete pen at a nearby military compound. So this is where Rea and Girma had to stay for many weeks.

This was temporary housing as [the] Ethiopia Wildlife Conservation Authority was looking for a suitable, permanent solution for them, and they were being cared for to the best of the abilities and resources available to the police, government and military officials, Maggie Balaskas, animal rescue and care manager at Born Free Foundation, told The Dodo.

Credit: Born Free Foundation

Wildlife officials eventually reached out to Born Free Foundation, and asked if they could take the cubs, along with an adult male lion and two cheetahs the police had also confiscated from wildlife traders. Of course, the team at Born Free Foundation agreed and they transported all of the animals to Ensessa Koteh, an animal rescue and educational center run by Born Free Foundation near...


Why Does My Dog Only Eat If Im In The Room? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Dogs will do anything for food beg, plead, look at you with the saddest eyes known to man, but when mealtime finally arrives, some pups can be persnickety.

For picky eaters, its not whats on the menu, but the atmosphere surrounding feeding time that affects their appetites, leaving pet owners to ask, Why wont my dog eat without me? If your dog is happy to chow down when youre in the room, but the second you leave he goes on a food strike, youre not alone.

This behavior is actually quite common. Heres why your pup may be losing his appetite, and how to help him learn to dine alone.

Your dog wants some company

Though our floppy-eared pets are far removed from their wild ancestors, some wolf-like behaviors still lurk within our domesticated dogs. Wolves hunt and eat in a pack, and your pup may be hungering for the same communal experience even if it's only dry kibble in his bowl, according to Shelby Semel, founder of Shelby Semel Dog Training in New York City.

Dogs find that meals are more fun with others, Semel tells The Dodo. By nature, dogs are social creatures and the company can motivate them to eat. If you don't mind hanging out while he eats, there's no harm in being in the room during mealtime.



Watch: France Deploys Heavy Police to Stop Protest Against Nuclear Waste Dump Project in Bure "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

First press release from Bure (Via: Stevenalan Mitchell) This morning at 6:15am the eviction of the Lejuc wood (Bois Lejuc) started with 500 riot cops, reinforced/orchestrated by a communication campaign from the home secretary (ministre de linterieur), the news channels diffusing shock images of military vehicles gathered next to the []

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Kitten Who Wouldn't Stop Crying Was Trying To Tell His Rescuer Something "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When Alana Hadley, of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, arrived home with her new rescue kitten, Ares, she was excited to help him settle into his new life but Ares seemed hesitant.

The 4-month-old kitten had come from the Wisconsin Humane Society's Door County Campus. It's a fair assumption that a homeless cat would be happy to be welcomed to his forever home for the first time. But something was obviously bothering Ares. He would not stop meowing no matter what Hadley did. 

Credit: Alana Hadley

"I originally thought he was meowing because he wanted attention and to be by us," Hadley told The Dodo. In addition to a lot of snuggling and attention, she tried giving Ares stuffed animals to help comfort him. 

Credit: Alana Hadley

But no matter what Hadley did, Ares would eventually start howling again. And Hadley had a hunch about what was really wrong. 

"I realized it's probably because he was never away from his sister and wanted her," Hadley said.

Credit: Alana Hadley

Ares had come into the shelter as a stray at the end of December with his sister, Aphrodite, a gray tabby.

Credit: Wisconsin Humane Society Door County Campus

When Hadley had gone to t...


Lovejoys Nuclear War: How a Single Man in 1974 Ignited Anti-Nuke Movement in the US [Documentary] "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

"Lovejoy's Nuclear War" is well worth the view to understand how the antinuclear movement took off in the United States by the nonviolent action of a single man who toppled the Montague Tower on February 22, 1974.

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Global Decline in Uranium Industry: Nuclear Power Fading Out "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Nuclear power has been stagnant for the past 20 years. Although power reactors account for an overwhelming majority of uranium demand, uranium production and prices have been up and down and all over the place.

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Woman Goes To Help Hundreds Of Abandoned Pet Rabbits And Sees The Worst Thing "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

For the past five years, Stacey Taylor has spent night and day caring for a colony of over 900 rabbits who live outside a psychiatric treatment center in Las Vegas.

They have individual personalities, friendships and, despite their large numbers, are even known by name to Taylor and her dedicated group of volunteers.

Credit: Bunnies Matter in Vegas Too

So when they showed up on Sunday and were only greeted by two of them, Taylor knew instantly that something was very wrong.

Usually when you walk out, youre greeted by 100 of them, Taylor told The Dodo. I cant even begin to explain the feeling. I felt weak. I felt like I couldnt breathe.

Credit: Bunnies Matter in Vegas Too

Walking across the property, dead rabbits were everywhere. Their tiny bodies lay in the grass with no signs of trauma as the survivors hopped among them. She started filming a live video on the page for her rabbit rescue group, Bunnies Matter in Vegas Too, which has since gone viral.

Volunteers frantically scooped up any rabbits that they could and loaded them into carriers, worried at the possibility of more deaths. Theyve managed to bring over 100 of them to safety while they await transfer to foster or adoptive homes but many are still on the property.

Weve named them, Taylor said. We know these rabbits. They were our friends.


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Adaptation Bangladesh: Sea Level Rise film shows how farmers are fighting climate change "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

This is a story of hope. Bangladesh is extremely vulnerable to climate change. Threatened by rising sea levels, storms and cyclones, floods have become commonplace, with seawater encroaching both homes and agricultural farms. But Bangladeshi people have found ingenious ways of adapting to the rising sea level. A recent documentary, Adaptation Bangladesh: Sea Level Rise, explores one such example of resilience. To keep their farms from flooding, Bangladeshi farmers have been building floating gardens  farms made of water hyacinth and bamboo that float on water, no matter what the water level. These floating gardens help the people fish, raise ducks, and grow produce, Aliz Carrre, a cultural anthropologist and National Geographic explorer, told National Geographic in 2016. Adaptation Bangladesh, featuring Carrre and directed by documentary filmmaker Justin DeShields, looks not only at simple floating farms that farmers have traditionally used in flood-prone areas, but also explores more advanced floating farms, schools and libraries, and even high-tech floating farms that could potentially provide food for entire cities. For Carrre, it was important to document these slices of hope. So while I sometimes wonder if people will criticize these stories as futile or inaccurate portrayals given whats coming down the pike, I have to remind myself that those small narratives (and practices) of resilience are all that we have left, she told Mountain film education. And frankly, most of what weve used so far to push people to action on climate change are doomsday narratives, which clearly havent been working. So why not try a new, more


Criterion E: Verdict on Injustice Q & A "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CJ IGE OCT TML TWM FIRE-EARTH Conference: Criterion E Verdict on Injustice  (Q & A) [FIRE-EARTH Tribunal in Absentia for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for High Crimes Against Nature, Rape, Pillage and Plunder (RPP) of Planet Earth.] Details available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. All Groups FIRE-EARTH ALERTS, FORECASTS, BULLETINS and MESSAGES available via FIRE-EARTH []


Communications/Video Summer Internship "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"



This summer, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is working to double renewable energy in Maryland, stop dangerous fracked-gas pipelines in Virginia, and implement the nations first progressive carbon fee-and-rebate policy in Washington, D.C.

Take part in these visionary campaigns to reduce climate change pollution in the Chesapeake region, while cleaning up our air, improving the health of our communities, and creating good-paying new jobs.

Were hiring smart, motivated students for a summer video internship to stand up and take climate action. Apply today!


The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is the only group in the Chesapeake region of Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. dedicated exclusively to building a powerful grassroots movement to fight climate change. Our mission is to build the kind of movement it will take to put our region on the path to climate stability, while using our proximity to the nations capital to inspire action in neighboring states, around the country and around the world.


Interns at CCAN work side-by-side with our experienced communications experts to create compelling content and run impactful media campaigns across our region. They gain valuable experience for careers in the communications and video industries.


  • Conceptualizing and creating compelling videos
  • How a media campaign works from start to finish
  • How to incorporate videos into social media outreach strategies
  • And having an amazing opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the organization that climate activist Bill McKibben has called the best regional climate organization in the world.


  • A driving passion to combat climate change despite a climate denier in the White House, and secure clean energy victories
  • A commitment to a fair and equitab...


Activists: Palm oil must not get wider access to EU under Indonesia trade talks "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

JAKARTA Environmental activists have called for the issue of palm oil to be excluded from discussions taking place this week between the Indonesian government and a European Union trade delegation. They fear that favorable terms for Indonesian palm oil to enter the EU market, under the auspices of the Indonesia-EU Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (I-EU CEPA) currently being hashed out, will only exacerbate the issues of deforestation and land conflicts that have long dogged the palm oil industry in the Southeast Asian nation. Palm oil must be excluded from the negotiations, said Yuyun Harmono, campaign coordinator for the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi), because open market access will benefit corporations and worsen climate change and social conflicts. A key sticking point for activists worried about a freer flow of Indonesian palm oil into the EU market is the issue of efforts to improve environmental sustainability in the industry. Paul de Clerck, head of the economic justice team at the European chapter of the worlds biggest grassroots environmental network, Friends of the Earth International (FOEI), said he had seen a leaked document from the Indonesian government which laid out the governments proposals for palm oil in the I-EU CEPA negotiations. He said the pitch called for the EU to ditch both tariff and non-tariff barriers, including prevailing environmental and health standards, to allow full access for Indonesian palm oil to the 28-nation EU market. Environmental activists from Indonesia and Europe talk about their concerns over the potential inclusion of palm oil

Drought-driven wildfires on rise in Amazon basin, upping CO2 release "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Looking up at the Amazon canopy in Amazonas, Brazil. Intensifying drought in the Amazon is drying out the forest, creating fuel. However, most wildfires are ignited by people, often to clear land for cattle. Photo credit: alextorrenegra on / CC BY Intensifying droughts in the Amazon basin are now a primary determinant of increases in forest fires, a reality that will hinder Brazils efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions solely by limiting deforestation, according to a new study published in Nature Communications. An international team of researchers led by Luiz Arago of Brazils National Institute for Space Research (INPE) combined satellite data with greenhouse gas emission inventories and historical climate data to assess and compare the impact of drought and deforestation on forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon between 2003 and 2015. They found that forest fires are becoming increasingly common, and they linked that increase to more frequent and severe droughts in the region. Those fires release a massive amount of greenhouse gasses to the atmosphere: the team calculated that forest fires in Brazil currently release around 450 teragrams of carbon each year roughly one third the emissions produced by Amazonian deforestation. Despite a 76 percent decline in deforestation rates between 2003 and 2015, fires were 36 percent more common during the 2015 drought than in the preceding 12 years. The study adds weight to research published in 2015 suggesting that a previously reported link between deforestation and an uptick in forest fires is beginning to become


Native voices on food and farming "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Kyle Powys Whyte

PAN board member Kyle Powys Whyte holds the Timnick Chair in the Humanities at Michigan State University. He is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Community Sustainability and a member of the Potawatomi Nation. PANs Executive Director Kristin Schafer recently chatted with Kyle about Indigenous food sovereignty and how PANs work intersects with his own.

What brings you to PANs board?

Im primarily a scholar and activist working on climate justice and environmental justice. But, since I work mostly with Indigenous peoples, these issues are almost always related to food. Indigenous peoples who are concerned with climate change are most often concerned with the food system, as theres a long history of Native peoples being dispossessed of their lands by the industrial agricultural system. So many of the issues PAN works on in fighting for a healthier food system are directly related to what I focus on in my own work.

How does industrial agriculture impact Indigenous peoples?

Historically, industrial agriculture wouldnt have been possible without the dispossession of Indigenous peoples from their homelands. Then the environment was transformed by deforestation and terraforming of the land required to install monocultures. The U.S. very deliberately tried to force Indigenous peoples to be...


Black Panther Film Reminder of Real Life Black Panther Party, Jailed Activists "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Screengrab via   The movie Black Panther has become a historic box office success and a cultural milestone shortly after its release on Feb. 16, telling the story of a super powered African king. Its three-day gross... Read More

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How climate change is provoking clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

How climate change is provoking clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria

Catherine Harte 22nd February 2018
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Were Not Individuals, Were Colonies "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Our existence is part of a continuum shared by many other beings that exist outside our bodies


Everything you need to know about the CEPA trade deal but were afraid to ask "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Everything you need to know about the CEPA trade deal but were afraid to ask

katie hodgetts 22nd February 2018
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Deadly landslide hits Java, over a dozen missing "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A deadly landslide hit the Indonesian island of Java on February 22, 2018, after several days of heavy rain. At least 5 people were killed and more than 15 are missing. The landslide hit the village of Pasir Panjang, Brebes district of Central Java around 08:00...... Read more

Peak food as modern agriculture fails "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In the following video presentation, Christian Westbrook, also known as the Ice Age Farmer, talks about huge agricultural losses caused by severe weather and suggests that we are now hitting peak food. "There will never be more food available at such low prices...... Read more

Year of Weather 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

EUMETSAT has just published its annual Year of Weather animation, which illustrates where 2017s major storms formed, the conditions that spawned them, and their tracks, as well as other significant weather events. The 11-minute animation is narrated by...... Read more

Seychelles announces two new marine protected areas the size of Great Britain "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Seychelles, a small island nation located off East Africa in the Indian Ocean, has announced the creation of two new marine protected areas covering 210,000 square kilometers (81,100 square miles), according to a press release from the U.S.-based conservation group The Nature Conservancy (TNC). The area covered by the two parks is the size of the island of Great Britain. The first marine protected area includes 74,400 square kilometers (28,700 square miles) of waters surrounding the extremely isolated Aldabra archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has remained largely untouched by people. The Aldabra Atoll is home to the elusive dugong (Dugong dugon) and the worlds largest population of about 100,000 rare giant tortoises (Aldabrachelys gigantea). The islands are also important nesting grounds for hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) and green turtles (Chelonia mydas). The second marine protected area covers 136,000 square kilometers (52,500 square miles) of a commercially important stretch of ocean between the Amirantes group of coral islands and Fortune Bank. This region is important for both tourism and fishing activities, some of which will be allowed under stricter regulations, according to TNC. Aerial view of Aldabra. Photo by Simisa via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0). The Seychelles government designated the two new marine protected areas as part of a debt-for-nature deal drawn up with the help of TNC. The deal allows Seychelles to restructure part of its national debt in exchange for its commitment to increase marine protection from 0.04 percent of its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) to 30 percent. Seychelles commitment to


Civil society decries FSANZ approval of Golden Rice "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The recent release of Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) approval report of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) application for a Golden Rice safety stamp and trade liability clearance have garnered negative reactions and widespread critique. 


Climate science denial group GWPF sees membership income double post Trump's election "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Climate science denial group GWPF sees membership income double post Trump's election

Catherine Harte 22nd February 2018
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Why economic growth is not compatible with environmental sustainability "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Why economic growth is not compatible with environmental sustainability

Catherine Harte 22nd February 2018
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Cost of Atlantic Coast Pipeline Estimated Now at $6.5 Billion "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Regulators neglect the cost of the pipeline impacts

Escalating Cost of ACP Pipeline Now Estimated at $6.5 Billion

By John Downey, Charlotte Business Journal, February 20, 2018

Duke Energy Corp. CEO Lynn Good says the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline could now cost as much as $6.5 billion to complete about 30% more than estimated when the project was first proposed just three-and-a-half years ago.

Good disclosed the latest estimate during Charlotte-based power companys earnings call.

Due to delays and more stringent conditions in the permitting process, ACP now estimates total project cost between $6 billion and $6.5 billion, Good told analysts on the conference call.

That would put Dukes share of the price at between $2.7 billion and $3.1 billion.

The joint project of Dominion Energy Inc., Duke and The Southern Co. was announced in September 2014. At that time, the partners (including Piedmont Natural Gas, which is now part of Duke) said it would cost about $4.5 billion to $5 billion to build.

The price has risen several times since then as the regulators demanded changes to the route and other specifications to meet environmental, cultural and safety objections.

Delays in construction have also added to the cost. The partners originally had hoped to start construction in 2016 and have the project in service by late this year. That has, over time, slipped to construction work starting by summer (there is pre-construction tree clearing already underway) and completion by late next year.


Report Released on Economic Impact of Atlantic Coast Pipeline NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA on March 1, 2016


Researchers shed new light on how hunting impacts the Amazon rainforest's ecosystem "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Researchers shed new light on how hunting impacts the Amazon rainforest's ecosystem

Catherine Harte 22nd February 2018
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Shelter Dog Insists On Holding Rescuer's Hand During Car Ride Home "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The big, wide world can at times feel like a pretty daunting place but certainly much less so when you have a friend. Fortunately for this sweet pup named Regan, she no longer has to face the future alone.

Credit: Kim Mozena Rezac

"So this girls person died and she found herself homeless," Kim Mozena Rezac, founder of Goofy Foot Dog Rescue in Tennessee, wrote online. "She was in our shelter for a couple days and I felt sorry for her so I brought her home."

Though Regan and Rezac were only recently acquainted, the dog seemed to understand that she now had a faithful companion by her side once again. During her ride to freedom in the passenger seat of Rezac's car, Regan insisted on holding hands with the woman shuttling her to a better life.

"I think she felt secure in touching someone familiar," Rezac told TODAY. "She was so nervous and scared in the shelter but as soon as she jumped into my car she seemed so grateful."

Rezac's video of Regan's sweet gesture has since gone viral, racking up more than 2.6 million views on Facebook. But that's not the end of the story.

TODAY reports that Regan was placed in the loving company of a foster family who, with any luck, will be there to hold the dog's hand literally and figuratively until she finds a new forever home of her own. 


Blind Pit Bull Wanders Into Junkyard, Hoping Someone Will Help Him "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

After wandering into a junkyard one day, 12-year-old Duncan crawled under a dumpster and lay down, tired and defeated. One of the employees noticed him under there and quickly brought the poor senior dog some food and water. The employee could see that Duncan was blind and in terrible condition, and while her boss wanted to call animal control, she knew he probably wouldn't last long in a public shelter. Instead, she quickly contacted a rescue. 

Credit: Hope for Paws

Hope for Paws got the call about Duncan and rushed out to the junkyard to save him. Rescuers offered him some more food, but the sweet old dog was so disoriented and confused, his rescuers knew it would be best to get him out of there as quickly as possible. 

Credit: Hope for Paws

They slipped a leash around his neck  

Credit: Hope for Paws

and being old, blind and sick, Duncan didnt object, and let his rescuers slowly pull him out from under the dumpster. 

Credit: Hope for Paws

Once he was out, they could see how truly neglected poor Duncan was. He had a piece of rope tied around his neck, meaning that someone had been responsible for him at one point, and had completely let him dow...


Stray Dog Who Lived At Garbage Dump Begged People To Rescue Him "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Every time the visitors parked their cars at a garbage dump in Corum, Turkey, a dog named Hercules raced over to meet them.

He was very good about recognizing the cars of the people who would come to feed, Amanda Cunefare, a volunteer for Rescuers Without Borders (RWB), an organization that rescues dogs in Turkey, told The Dodo. Hed jump up on the windows of the car, and he clung to every person. He was a people dog.

Credit: Rescuers Without Borders

But Hercules wasnt the only dog at the landfill. More than 800 other strays lived there too and life for all of them was incredibly difficult.

It is cold, there is no clean water and food is scarce, Cunefare said. You have to fight with 800 dogs for resources, and bury yourself in piles of garbage to stay warm. Its a horrible, horrible place to have to survive for years.

Credit: Rescuers Without Borders

About four years ago, a 23-year-old Turkish woman named Gocke Erdogan started feeding the landfill dogs, getting them vet care and rehoming as many as she could. And last year, volunteers from RWB, which is based in the U.S., joined forces with Erdogan. So far, the team has managed to pull 47 of the dogs from the dump, and rehome most of them in the U.S. They also help Erdogan continue to feed and give vet care to the dogs at this landfill, as well as dogs living in remote villages across Turkey.

Credit: Rescuers Without Borders



Schoolboy Writes The Sweetest Letter To Comfort Teacher Who Lost Her Dog "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Mrs. Dunne is a primary school teacher, instructing a class of mostly 8- and 9-year-olds in Glasgow, Scotland. Recently, however, it was actually one of her young students who taught the greatest lesson of all on what it means to be kind.

Credit: Lucie Dunne

When they weren't studying the basics of reading, writing and mathematics, Mrs. Dunne's students enjoyed frequent discussions on a less scholarly subject her family's dog, Charlie. Though none of the kids ever met the 18-month-old golden retriever, they all adored him just the same.

"My mum was so excited by Charlie and loved telling everyone about him and showing them photos, including her class!" Lucie Dunne, the teacher's daughter, told The Dodo. "The kids often drew pictures of the dog for her and asked about him."

Sadly, though, the Dunne family was hit with some heartbreaking news.

Credit: Lucie Dunne

Despite Charlie's young age, he was found to have a malignant growth on his chest. His family sought out help immediately, but nothing could be done to save him: "Before we knew it he was in intensive care with cancer and a massive tumor pressing into his heart. By the end he was oxygen-dependent and we had to let him go," Lucie said.

Charlie's family was devastated. The following Monday, Mrs. Dunne knew she wouldn't be her normal self in front of her class, so she decided then to let them know her dog had passed away. They, too, were saddened, of course but one little boy, named Callum, found a way to help his teacher heal.

"Callum had asked for paper in class on Monday, and wrote her the note without her realizing," Lucie said.

This is what Callum wrote:

Credit: Lucie Dunne



The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: February 14 - 20, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

New activity/unrest was reported for 2 volcanoes between February 14 and 20, 2018. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 12 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Mayon, Luzon (Philippines) | Sinabung, Indonesia. Ongoing activity: Agung, Bali...... Read more


Land plants may have evolved much earlier than we thought "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A new study drastically upends conventional wisdom about when plants colonized land, pushing back the date about 80 million years to around half a billion years ago. The new date more closely aligns with when land animals emerged, and could help advance our understanding of how and when Earths physical and biological systems formed. While previous estimates relied on limited fossil evidence to gauge when plants made the jump to land, researchers from the University of Bristol used molecular clock methods to analyze the genetic differences between living plant lineages. They then translated these differences to ages by comparing them to dated fossils to establish an evolutionary timeline for land plants as a group. Their results were published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Instead of emerging 420 million years ago the age of the oldest known fossil land plants the study indicates land plants first appeared around 500 million years ago. Rhynia gwynne-vaughanii 400 million-year-old fossil plant stem from Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Image courtesy of The Natural History Museum, London This pushes the emergence of land plants back into the Cambrian, a time period associated with a boom in the development and proliferation of multicellular life descriptively called the Cambrian explosion. Scientists believe land-dwelling arthropods first arrived on the scene mid-way through the period, which correlates to the studys new date for land plant emergence. Our results show the ancestor of land plants was alive in the middle Cambrian Period, which was similar


1,100 logs seized in illegal logging ops in Lawas "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

An operation dubbed as Ops Libas conducted by the General Operations Force (GOF) Battalion 12 led to the biggest seizure of the year, netting about RM2.5 million worth of logs suspected to be illegally extracted in Lawas district.

The team seized 1,100 logs believed to have been extracted from the forests between Beriwan and Ba Kelalan, three bulldozers, one excavator and three Nissan haulier lorries at the scene yesterday at about 10.10pm.

Commanding officer of GOF Battalion 12, Supt Tan Hiap Seng who confirmed the seizure, said a 45 year-old Chinese suspect was also detained to facilitate investigation.

Tan said he personally went to the scene which was accessible only by four-wheel-drive (4WD) vehicles, about 45 minutes from Lawas Town.

Tan said the suspected illegal logging activity was sniffed out by the intelligence gathering officers from the Miri-based battalion and Limbang-based Company C led by ASP Azhar Mohammad.

Piles of logs in three different locations and the heavy machinery were detected in the area before the enforcement officers swooped down on the scene.

A Chinese man who identified himself as a surveyor could not produce any relevant documents related to permitted logging and was subsequently detained to facilitate investigation, he said.

The seized logs and keys of the heavy machinery were later handed over to the Forest Department for further action to be taken, he added.

In noting that the seizure is the biggest this year, Tan said his men will not compromise but continue to mount similar operations against illegal logging.

He said the GOF Battalion 12 will continuously carry out intelligence gathering prior to carrying out Ops Libas operations to stamp out illegal logging activities in the areas of operation.


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Wednesday, 21 February


Electricity from Small Modular Reactors: Hope or Nuclear Mirage? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

M. V. Ramana | Courtesy: Energy Studies Institute In October 2017, just after Puerto Rico was battered by Hurricane Maria, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry asked the audience at a conference on clean energy in Washington, D.C.: Wouldnt it make abundant good sense if we had small modular reactors []

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Civil society decry FSANZ approval of Golden Rice "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The recent release of Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) approval report of International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) application for a Golden Rice safety stamp and trade liability clearance have garnered negative reactions and widespread critique. 


Civil society decries FSANZ approval of Golden Rice "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The recent release of Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) approval report of International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) application for a Golden Rice safety stamp and trade liability clearance have garnered negative reactions and widespread critique. 



Time for FSC to Embrace Traceability, Transparency and Technology "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

In a new article in Yale Environment 360, renowned environmental writer Richard Conniff identifies fundamental problems facing the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification group. Unfortunately, in too many parts of the world, organizations such as the FSC are merely certifying the status quo. This often undermines any meaningful reform efforts to truly protect the worlds forests, by instead offering governments and companies the false appearance of good forest management and sourcing practices.

The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) supports the principle and potential of certification to enhance legal and sustainable wood sourcing, and to improve forest governance. In the past, EIA has been encouraged by the possibility of responsible companies acting as role models for following the rule-of-law in forest producing countries.

However, it is becoming increasingly clear that certification be it under the FSC, PEFC or any of the dozen other labels - is not the same thing as due diligence, already a legal requirement for importers of wood products into the EU, US and Australia. FSCs lack of traceability and transparency make it difficult for buyers and the public to assess the claims of the certifier; under the current system, its all too easy for illegal and unsustainable timber to find its way into FSC-certified supply chains.

The passage of key amendments to the US Lacey Act in 2008 were followed by the entry into force of the EU Timber Regulations in 2013, and Australias Illegal Logging Prohibition Act in 2014. All of these laws prohibit imports of illegally acquired timber. Notably, they require companies importing wood products to conduct some form of due diligence to assess the level of risk that the trees were cut or traded in violation of the law. Knowing the origin of timber where the trees were cut is an essential first step in the due diligence process.

In the Yale360 article, FSCs director general Kim Carstensen states that the FSC system relies on external watchdogs to bring evidence of wrongdoings. However, at present, maps of FSC-certified concessions are not available to the public much less, details about when and where the timber was bought and sold through the production process. As a first step, release of FSC-certified concession maps would go a long way towards improving the system.

Ultimately, for the FSC to keep pace with evolving global norms, it must embrace technology. In a...

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Monday, 19 February


EPA weakens worker protections. Senators fight back. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Farmworkers in field

In October 2015, we celebrated with farmworker unions and advocates when a much-improved Worker Protection Standard (WPS) was approved. The WPS is the only federal rule that protects farmworkers from exposure to hazardous pesticides on the job, and hadn't been updated in more than 20 years.

Not surprisingly, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that it is planning to put the new rules on hold.

Rolling back commonsense safeguards

The WPS covers all workers and pesticide handlers who are exposed to pesticides in agriculture. In a December 2017 Federal Register notice, EPA announced its intent to reconsider the following protections for hardworking farmworkers across the country:

  • The minimum age requirement which prohibits children under 18 years old from mixing, loading and applying pesticides
  • The right of a farmworker to designate a representative who can request pesticide application and hazard information on their behalf.
  • The application exclusion zone (AEZ) which requires a 25-100 foot buffer zone between the application site and any worker or bystander (depending on the application method.)

These are commonsense protections that prevent children from handling pesticides, facilitate farmworker access to information about the pesticides they are exposed to, and prevent workers and bystanders from being sprayed or drifted on during pesticide applications....

Thursday, 08 February


A Tale of Two Laws: How European and US legislation can better combat illegal timber "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

This report explores new legal analysis by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) that outlines existing but previously unrecognised risks and liabilities under the USAs Lacey Act in relation to the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR).

Over the past year, EIA has both identified and explored the previously unrealised fact that the US Lacey Act prohibits timber which has been sold in violation of any foreign law protecting plants and that the EUTR is such a foreign law. In turn, EIA analysis concludes that placing wood on the EU market in violation of the EUTR is a predicate offense under Lacey and that wood sold in violation of the EUTR is, by definition, contraband under US law. Further, because the Lacey Act regulates all products containing wood, any product containing wood that was placed on the EU market in violation of the EUTR is contraband under Lacey.

The insight has significant implications, extending legal and/or commercial risks and liabilities to virtually all actors in the entire supply chain of any type of product incorporating timber traded from the EU to the US. As this briefing describes, these liabilities now extend to companies not even regulated by either the EUTR or Lacey, resulting in the intent of these laws embedding Due Diligence and Due Care into company procurement decisions being more likely to be applied by a far larger source of timber demand in both markets. 


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