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Tuesday, 17 April

01:24

One person killed after tornado hits Greensboro in Guilford County, North Carolina The Watchers Latest articles

Significant damage was reported in the Greensboro area of North Carolina's Guilford County on Sunday, April 15, 2018 after an apparent tornado swept through the area. An apparent tornado touched down near Greensboro about 17:15 EDT on April 15, damaging hundreds...... Read more

Asteroid 2018 GE3 flew past Earth at 0.5 LD The Watchers Latest articles

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 GE3 flew past Earth at a very close distance of 0.5 LD or 0.00129 AU (~192 981 km / 119 912 miles) on April 15, 2018. This is the 28th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and...... Read more

Dogs in India are a problem for wildlife, study finds Conservation news

Dogs may be a humans best friend, but can be a deadly menace to wildlife, including endangered species, according to a survey in India, home to the worlds fourth-biggest population of dogs. The findings, reported in a new study published in Animal Conservation, highlighted dog attacks on some 80 species, including threatened ones dwindling in numbers, such as the golden langur (Trachypithecus geei), the great Indian bustard (Ardeotis nigriceps) and the green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas). Nearly half of these attacks took place in or around protected areas, the survey found. India is home to about 60 million of the worlds estimated 1 billion dogs. In a bid to understand the impacts of free-ranging dogs on native wildlife in the country, which many experts claim is an underreported fact, Chandrima Home of the Bangalore-based Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) and colleagues zoomed in on dog-wildlife interactions in India through an online survey and scrutinized reports from national print media. We found it is largely a problem across India, despite the limitations of an online survey, Home told Mongabay-India. Dogs were reported to attack nearly 80 species of wildlife and most of the attacks were on mammals, largely ungulates like cattle and small carnivores. In some places, respondents reported multiple attacks. Majority of these attacks were by free-ranging dogs unaccompanied by humans and in packs. Nearly half of the attacks led to the death of the animal. A pack of dogs predating on a hog deer across the

00:13

Frack Off April Newsletter: Fracking Industry Counts Cost Of More Delays Frack Off

Contents Jump straight to: Introduction Take Action Latest News Actions & Events Planning Applications & Appeals Local Anti-Fracking Groups Introduction Over a year into the fracking industrys latest offensive against local communities the sustained resistance it has provoked its having []

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Monday, 16 April

23:48

I'm skeptical of the synthetic age, says ecology philosopher Christopher Preston What's new

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23:01

Cape Town Nurtures its Water Supply in Anticipation of Taps Running Dry Latest News

If the South African city cant avert Zero Day, it will be the world's first metropolis to run out of water

22:42

Record-shattering rains trigger destructive floods in Hawaii, 699 mm (27 inches) in 24 hours The Watchers Latest articles

An upper level low west of Kauai and ample deep moisture have worked together to produce record-shattering rains in parts of Hawaii over the weekend. At least two homes were swept away by raging floodwaters and dozens more damaged. The hardest-hit area is between...... Read more

20:57

Guest post: The impact of climate change on mental health is impossible to ignore Carbon Brief

Prof Helen Berry is the inaugural professor of climate change and mental health at the University of Sydney.

It is now widely accepted that climate change is one of the worlds leading health risks. From driving up the number of people exposed to heatwaves to increasing the risk of infectious diseases, such as dengue fever, climate change is already causing significant harm.

Similarly, the body of evidence that climate change is increasing the frequency and ferocity of weather-related extremes is increasing year-on-year. More people are being exposed or, worse still, the same people are exposed more frequently to injury, loss of homes and businesses, environmental damage and even loss of lives.

All of these have profound, often long-term effects on mental health. Yet there remains relatively little research on this topic, and even less commitment to doing anything about it.

This is a mistake. Good mental health is essential to our capacity to cope with and make the best of what life throws at us, including climate change. But it is not something we can take for granted.

Neglected research

Each year, hundreds of millions of people around the world experience mental illness. For most people, this is frightening, distressing, confusing and painful potentially affecting every aspect of life. Work, relationships, finances, community participation and physical health are all touched.

19:05

The New Mail: Letters on Scott Pruitt at EPA Frack Check WV

There are 1344 Superfund Sites in the U.S.

Letters on Margaret Talbots article about Scott Pruitt and the US Environmental Protection Agency.

From The New Yorker Magazine, April 16, 2018 Issue, Page 5.

TITLE: Pruitt vs. the E.P.A.

Margaret Talbots article about Scott Pruitt paints a scathing picture of his assault on the Environmental Protection Agency (Dirty Politics, April 2nd). I was the first, and then the fifth, administrator of the agency. The environment is far healthier today than it was forty-seven years ago, when the E.P.A. was created, precisely because of the science-based standards that the agency implemented. Pruitt is systematically attacking both the E.P.A.s budget and its scientific framework. If he is successful, the very reason for the E.P.A.s creationillness and disease from pollutionwill remerge, and we will have to start from square one. The country must challenge the Trump Administrations war on science. Otherwise, as a result of actions taken by Pruitt and this Administration, the uncontrolled pollution that we have greatly reduced in the past five decades will return.

William D. Ruckelshaus, Seattle, Wash.

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Pruitt is not, as he claims, an E.P.A. originalist. He is merely a servant to wealthy corporate interests. He is not there to protect the countrys clean air. He does not care about the long-term damage that a mountaintop mining operation can do to our drinking-water supplies and to our fishing habitats. He is not looking out for the well-being of future generations. Science is knowledge, and Pruitts denial of knowledge makes him unfit for government service. It is also the reason that career scientists are overwhelmingly abandoning the E.P.A. under his leadership. Pruitt did not fight Trumps proposed twenty-five-per-cent cut to the E.P.A.s budget. He says that he is sticking to traditional priorities, such as cleaning up Superfund sites, but he has been co-opted by the very industries that he is responsible for regulating. This cleanup uses current taxpayer money to remedy past damage that should have been corrected by the offending private industries. Essentially, Pruitt wants to privatize profits from businesses while socializing their expenses. Unfortunately, that attitude will only produce new Superfund sites for future taxpayers to deal with.

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18:29

Hardwood forests cut down to feed Drax Power plant, Channel 4 Dispatches claims What's new

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14:06

FIRE-EARTH Alert: FESC 041602-2 Fire Earth

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13:45

FIRE-EARTH Alert: FESC 041602 Fire Earth

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07:23

Massive storm system sweeps through US, at least 3 deaths reported The Watchers Latest articles

A massive storm system reaching from Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes has afflicted the central United States on April 13 - 15 with heavy snow, tornadoes, rain, and hail, forcing flight cancellations, creating dangerous road conditions and killing at least three...... Read more

03:18

Destructive flash floods, rare tornado hit Algeria The Watchers Latest articles

Severe weather conditions hit northern parts of Algeria on April 14, 2018, bringing heavy rain, flooding, and hail. A rare tornado was spotted in Batna Province. Rainfall of 25 - 50 mm (1-2 inches) was reported across north-central Algeria through the afternoon of...... Read more

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Sunday, 15 April

23:50

New York: Prominent Gay Rights Lawyer Dies After Setting Himself on Fire in Protest of Environmental Destruction Earth First! Newswire

by Jeffery C. Mays / New York Times

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A lawyer nationally known for being a champion of gay rights died after setting himself on fire in Prospect Park in Brooklyn early Saturday morning and leaving a note exhorting people to lead less selfish lives as a way to protect the planet, the police said.

The remains of the lawyer, David S. Buckel, 60, were found near Prospect Park West in a field near baseball diamonds and the main loop used by joggers and bikers.

Mr. Buckel left a note in a shopping cart not far from his body and also emailed it to several news media outlets, including The New York Times.

Mr. Buckel was the lead attorney in Brandon v. County of Richardson, in which a Nebraska county sheriff was found liable for failing to protect Brandon Teena, a transgender man who was murdered in Falls City, Neb. Hilary Swank won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Mr. Teena in the 1999 movie Boys Dont Cry.

While serving as marriage project director and senior counsel at Lambda Legal, a national organization that fights for the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, Mr. Buckel was the strategist behind important same-sex marriage cases in New Jersey and Iowa.


Friends said that after he left the organization, Mr. Buckel became involved in environmental causes, which he alluded to in his note as the reason he decided to end his life by self-immolation with fossil fuels.

Pollution ravages our planet, oozing inhabitability via air, soil, water and weather, he wrote in the email sent to The Times. Most humans on the planet now...

23:48

FIRE-EARTH Alert: FESC 041502 Fire Earth

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23:36

The Facts Behind Bombing Syria Fire Earth

REVISED CJ OCT TML Alleged Use of Chemical Weapons V.  Prolific Use of DU Background Summary: Israel Saudi Arabia Chemical weapons versus depleted uranium (DU; also called Q-metal, or D-38). The US and NATO forces used 350 tons of DU penetrator rounds in the 1991 Gulf War, as well as in the Bosnia war, the []

19:05

Promoting Development, Local Chambers of Commerce Insensitive to Environment Frack Check WV

North Central West Virginia Business Summit (4/9/18)

Tearing down the walls for economic development

Editorial by John Miller (Executive Editor), WV News, April 13, 2018

Since its inception four years ago, weve touted the Bridges Without Boundaries Business Summit, which brings together members of four area chambers of commerce: Harrison, Marion, Monongalia and Preston, counties in WV.

The focus of the summit is to bring business and government leaders together to network, looking for opportunities to work together to enhance our economic development efforts.

This years event, held Tuesday, was the largest since its beginning and featured a number of guest speakers who shared insight into the regions economic future as well as ways to partner together.

The summit also featured dozens of booths set up by area businesses, which allowed visitors and participants to stroll the event hall and learn at their own pace.

As would be expected, a good amount of time focused on the regions role in the Marcellus Shale development, with WVU Energy Institute Director Brian Anderson sharing his expertise.

We have, in North Central West Virginia, a lot of natural gas resources, Anderson told the crowd. There have been some natural gas power plants in various stages of development here in North Central West Virginia. Thats one of the things that could certainly affect the area.

He stressed the real game changer could be the development of downstream manufacturing associated with the byproducts of the wet gas components, which are used in the plastics and chemical industries.

Theres a real opportunity in the supply chain, Anderson said. Theres an opportunity in manufacturing there, because of road connectivity to D.C. and some of the bigger population centers that way across I-68.

You can imagine that the supply chain goes from (a) cracker near the Ohio River, but then the next level being the dryer and processor can be here in North Central West Virginia. The manufacturer and finished product, as well, and then just ship it into D.C. We can certainly build all of those small manufacturers that are really a big multiplier.

While Andersons vision brings excitement in regards to the regions potential if parties work together, we were also thrilled to see Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto as a key...

06:51

Our star is rotating on a helical orbit while spiraling up and down (spiral oscillation) The Watchers Latest articles

According to my understanding, all structures in the Universe, including the largest one, are magnetically ordered and centrally powered. The Milky Way follows this standard cosmic model. The astronomical objects and celestial bodies of our galaxy are connected to...... Read more

04:38

Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, April 14, 2018, #140 Geoengineering Watch

5574rDane Wigington GeoengineeringWatch.org Biosphere collapse will push power structures to total desperation. As has been stated so many times on the Global Alert News hour, the rapidly unfolding implosion of the global climate and countless ecosystems, along with the quest for remaining resources, is (and will continue to) fuel unbridled aggression from military industrial societies like the

04:25

Global Epidemiological Emergencies Forecast Fire Earth

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04:14

The Facts Behind Bombing Syria Fire Earth

CJ OCT TML Alleged Use of Chemical Weapons V.  Prolific Use of DU Background Summary: Chemical weapons versus depleted uranium (DU; also called Q-metal, or D-38). The US and NATO forces used 350 tons of DU penetrator rounds in the 1991 Gulf War, as well as in the Bosnia war, the 2003 invasion of Iraq, []

01:37

Indigenous Environmental Campaigner Killed by Myanmar Government Earth First! Newswire

by Jonathan Watts / The Guardian

Indigenous activists in Myanmars Karen state are mourning the killing of a community leader who campaigned for a peace park to protect a local forest and its residents land rights.

Saw O Moo was ambushed by government troops on 5 April as he was riding a motorbike with a soldier from the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), a rebel group that is fighting for autonomy.

The military has claimed both men were pain-clothes rebels suspected of sabotage who were armed with grenades at the time of the shooting, according to the Irrawaddy newspaper.

But colleagues who worked with Saw O Moo say he was a peaceful campaigner who had simply given a ride to the KNLA soldier.

He was a civilian, and the allegations by the Tatmadaw (Myanmar military) that he was a plain clothes soldier are blatant lies, said Hsa Moo, media coordinator for the Karen Environmental and Social Action Network, which works for indigenous rights in the region.

Saw O Moo worked for the network for 12 years and was involved in the campaign to create a Salween Peace Park. This is a bottom-up initiative by the Karen people to protect their culture, land and wildlife. Spanning 5,400 sq km in the Salween river basin, it covers the habitats of Asiatic black bear and Sunda pangolin, which are threatened by mercury pollution from goldmines and the Hat Gyi hydroelectric project.

The government has never recognised the peace park, which is near an area of skirmishe...

Friday, 13 April

18:05

'Its more economic to cut down a tree than maintain it for twenty years' What's new

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