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Thursday, 22 February


Yellowstone earthquake swarm in the same area as last summer's Maple Creek swarm The Watchers Latest articles

Another seismic swarm is taking place at Yellowstone National Park since February 8, 2018. The swarm started with just a few events per day and intensified on February 15. Earthquake swarms like this account for more than 50% of the seismic activity at Yellowstone,...... Read more

Bright fireball over the State of Bahia, Brazil The Watchers Latest articles

A bright fireball was observed streaking through the night sky over the State of Bahia, eastern Brazil at 01:32 UTC on February 21, 2018. The event lasted about 3 seconds before the object disintegrated in a bright flash. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received...... Read more


Legal history made in ClientEarth case as judge makes exceptional ruling What's new

Legal history made in ClientEarth case as judge makes exceptional ruling

brendan 21st February 2018
Teaser Media


DC Carbon Pricing Summer Internship Chesapeake Climate Action Network


This summer, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, or CCAN, and our allies in the D.C. Carbon Fee and Rebate coalition are working to make D.C. the first place in the country to hold polluters accountable with a carbon fee and rebate for all.

And you can be a part of this historic fight.

Were hiring smart, talented students for summer internships on our campaign to pass the Carbon Rebate in D.C.


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.


Washington, D.C. is at the forefront of cities nationwide when it comes to promoting clean energy and tackling the climate crisis head-on. Now its time for D.C. to lead againnot only in cutting fossil fuel pollution but in creating a more just and sustainable economy for all.

We know that putting a price on carbon is the most straightforward and cost-effective way to fight climate change and spur more clean energy.

Thats why we are working with partners across the District to move toward putting a price on carbon. By making fossil fuel polluters pay for the real and damaging costs of their emissions, we can unleash the clean energy solutions we need, and make D.C. families better off in the process.

A carbon fee will mean less carbon pollution wrecking our lungs and our atmosphere, more investment into energy efficiency solutions, and a faster transition to clean, renewable energy sources. D.C. families would benefit both economically and environmentally from cleaner air and water, new jobs created in energy efficiency and r...


VA Hampton Roads Summer Internship Chesapeake Climate Action Network



The Chesapeake Climate Action Network, or CCAN, is working to protect the Hampton Roads region from the catastrophic impacts of climate change.  

Climate Changecaused primarily by the burning of of fossil fuelsis the major driver of sea level rise globally and in Hampton Roads. The impacts of flooding are here now, and its only getting worse. Scientists say our coast could be inundated by as much as six feet of sea level rise within this century.


While the impacts of climate change are at our doorstep, so are the solutions. CCAN is working to help adapt our coast to rising tides, reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the root of the problem, and tap into Virginias vast wind and solar energy resources that means taking on the states biggest utility, Dominion Virginia Power, and stopping its dirty energy projects, like the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, in their tracks.


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.


What you will learn:

  • Learn to organize campaign events and creative actions
  • Help conduct outreach, including tabling at events, phone banking and collecting petitions  
  • Help recruit new volunteers to the campaign
  • Write and publish your own letters to the editor and blog posts
  • Conduct campaign research
  • Support constituent lobby meetings with elected officials and legislators
  • Learn grassroots campaigning from an organization that climate activist Bill McKibben called the best regional climate organization in the world.

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Wednesday, 21 February


Climate change could cause more severe droughts in 98% of European cities Carbon Brief

More than 500 European cities could face sharp increases in droughts, floods and heatwaves if climate change continues to rise unabated, a new study finds.

The UK and Ireland could experience the largest rise in urban flood risk out of any region in Europe, the research shows, while the greatest heatwave temperature increases could be felt in Austria and Germany.

The findings also show that more than 100 cities could face a rise in the risk of two or more types of extreme event by the second half of the century, with Leeds, Cardiff and Exeter featuring in the top 20% of cities at risk of both heatwave and flooding increases.

The study is an example of what might happen if we dont start cutting our carbon emissions in a timely fashion, a scientist not involved in the study tells Carbon Brief.

City concerns

More than 75% of the European Unions population live in urban areas and this figure is expected to rise to 82% by 2050.

The new study, published in Environmental Research Letters, estimates how climate change could affect the risk of flooding, drought and heatwaves in 571 European cities by the second half of the century.

For the study, the researchers used a collection of climate models to simultaneously assess the risk of floods, droughts and heatwaves for every city.


RCP8.5: The RCPs (Representative Concentration Pathways) are scenarios of future concentrations of greenhouse gases and other forcings. RCP8.5 is a scenario of comparatively high greenhouse gas emissions brought about by rapid population growth, high energy demand, fossil fuel dominance and an absence of climate change policies. This business as usual scenario is the highest of the four RCPs and sees atmospheric CO2 rise to around 935ppm by 2100, equivalent to 1,370ppm once other forcings are included (in CO2e). The likely range of global temperatures by 2100 for RCP8.5 is 4.0-6.1C above pre-industrial levels.

RCP8.5: The RCPs (Representative Concentration Pathways) are scenarios of future concentrations of greenhouse gases and other forcings. RCP8.5 is a scenario of comparatively high greenhouse gas emissions brought about by rapid pop...


Try a little tenderness - why compassion really is the best medicine What's new

Try a little tenderness - why compassion really is the best medicine 

brendan 21st February 2018
Teaser Media


Action Alert: Keep Protective Pollution Control Standards for the Ohio River Frack Check WV

The Ohio River needs monitoring & protection

Comment Period for Pollution Control Standards for the Ohio River

ACTION ALERT from the West Virginia Rivers Coalition, February 20, 2018

The Ohio River serves as a 256-mile border between West Virginia and Ohio. In this photo, the left bank is Chesapeake, Ohio and the right bank is Huntington, West Virginia.

The mighty Ohio River is in danger and the drinking water for millions of people who depend on it is at risk. The commission in charge of the rivers pollution limits is considering abandoning their responsibility by rolling back pollution control standards during their triennial review process.

Act Now: Contact the Ohio River commissioners, tell them you want strong and protective pollution control standards for the Ohio River.

The Ohio River already tops the list of the nations most polluted waterways. Dont let the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO), the commission charged overseeing the Ohios water quality, rollback critical protections!

Contact ORSANCO by Saturday, February 24, and tell them to say NO to eliminating pollution control standards for the Ohio River!


The Indigenous Climate Action women fighting for mother earth What's new

The Indigenous Climate Action women fighting for mother earth

brendan 21st February 2018
Teaser Media


Security Camera Shows Man Dumping Sick Puppies In The Middle Of The Night Thrillist

Back in September, Pablo and Penny (then called Pippin and Perdy) were only a few weeks old when someone put them in a bag, brought them to a random neighborhood around 9 at night

Credit: RSPCA

and dumped them over a wall and into someones garden. They were abandoned in the freezing cold and rain as if they were nothing but trash, and were discovered around 2:45 a.m. and quickly taken in by the RSPCA

Credit: RSPCA

The CCTV clearly shows a man walk past and then stop, before holding a carrier bag over the wall and tipping it out into the garden, Sally Bamforth, an inspector with the RSPCA, said in a press release. Then as he walks away, he pauses as the two tiny, disorientated puppies appear from underneath a bush and potter across the lawn. They must have been freezing and its a miracle that they survived until they were discovered. 

When rescuers came to collect the two tiny siblings, they were shocked by what terrible condition they were already in at only a few weeks old. They both had awful skin infections which had caused them to go almost completely bald, and needed immediate medical attention. 

Credit: RSPCA

It took weeks and weeks of intense treatment to finally get the pups completely healed  



Pig Can't Wait To See Her Favorite UPS Driver Every Day Thrillist

As a 30-year veteran of UPS, driver Scott Hodges knows to always come prepared with treats when delivering a package.

And if he doesnt, a sassy pig named Miss Porkchop will surely have something to say about it.

Credit: Scott Hodges

One day three years ago, Hodges was making a delivery to a vineyard in Newberg, Oregon, when he was greeted not only by the winery owners dogs, but also their pet pig.

The dogs seemed to have tipped her off about the treats they always got from delivery people and there was no way she was missing out on the goods.

She came right up to me along with the dogs, so I gave her a piece of my granola bar, Hodges told The Dodo. After that, she started coming out to greet me every time Id come for a delivery.

Credit: Scott Hodges

Since Miss Porkchop lives at the vineyard, she regularly greets visitors coming in for a wine tasting. But Hodges quickly became Miss Porkchops most-anticipated visitor, due to all the snacks and over the past few years, delivering to the winery has become the highlight of his week, too.

Shes super friendly. I think she thinks shes just one of the dogs, Hodges said. A lot of the time the dogs will come up into my truck waiting for their treat, but she can only get her front legs up on the steps since they're too short to climb all the way in. Which is good because shes 400 pounds and Im not sure how wed get her down.

Since the winery sends out quite a few orders, Hodges is usually there up to four times each week to pick up new shipments. While the dogs usually get biscuits, Miss Porkchop will get granola, carrots or apples depending on the day.

Since having piglets last year, Miss Porkchop has even brought her babies along for a few visits to Hodges. The small family recently moved into a new barn and outdoor enclosure next to the main building to keep them safe from cars, but the specia...


'Scary' Stray Dog Found Alone On Street Looks So Different Now Thrillist

No one knows for certain what life had been like for this dear little dog, named Frodo, prior to his rescue last year, but its clear he didnt have a friend in the world. His state of neglect was so extreme, merely looking at him was difficult to stomach.

But most shocking of all is just how much Frodo has changed since then thanks to love.

Credit: Klaudija Sigurnjak

Last May, Good Samaritans discovered Frodo wandering the streets of Croatia as a stray. The dog was emaciated and riddled with mange, and his eyes were swollen from an untreated infection. Frodo might have looked scary to some people, but he needed help so they reached out to veteran animal rescuer Klaudija Sigurnjak to assist.

Even she was taken aback by his appearance. 

Credit: Klaudija Sigurnjak

"I was stunned. I could hardly believe it was really a dog," Sigurnjak told The Dodo. "I immediately set about rescuing him."

And that was the moment everything began to change for Frodo.

Credit: Klaudija Sigurnjak

After offering Frodo food and winning his trust, Sigurnjak rushed him to get the expert care he needed. 

A veterinary vision specialist determined that the dog's right eye was so badly infected that it needed to be removed. Thankfully, his other eye could be saved, so Frodo would not be totally blind. Still, the dog's health was very poor overall.

"He was full of fleas and ticks, and starved to the bone," Sigurnjak said. "We were not sure whether or not he'd survive."...


Popular Tourist Spot Does The Worst Thing To Its Baby Tigers Thrillist

Pika never got a chance to be a normal tiger cub.

When he was just 6 weeks old, Pika was taken away from his mother at the Safari Park Open Zoo and Camp in Kanchanaburi, Thailand, so tourists could bottle-feed him and take selfies. Then, when Pika was about 2 and a half months old, he was sent to a vet to be declawed, a dangerous procedure in big cats that basically amputates their toes at the first knuckle.

After the declawing operation, Pika was never the same, according to a Michael, a volunteer who once worked at the Thailand zoo and helped raise Pika.

Credit: Big Cats Claw Back

He was declawed and came back with low energy, Michael, a spokesperson for the Facebook group Big Cats Claw Back, told The Dodo. He would not walk, play, bite or anything. He just lay in a corner. The only time he would move is if he didn't like being handled.

Pika stopped eating and drinking, and needed saline injections to stay alive. But Michael, who asked that his name be changed out of fear of retribution by the zoo, said that inexperienced volunteers were the ones who gave Pika his injections.

Credit: Big Cats Claw Back

He wasn't sent to vets because it was going to be too expensive to have them administer saline each day for months, he said. The cub was injected by inexperienced volunteers who were not informed [that] they would have to do this, [and] it involved the tiger screaming in pain and often bleeding out onto the floor because the vein was hard to find and the wrong part was pierced.

Pika somehow  surprisingly got better, although his paws would never be whole again. He was put back on display in the cub section of the zoo, where tourists could play with him or walk him on a leash.


Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Condemns the Rochford Mining in Black Hills: Committing to Additional Action Earth First! Newswire

from Native News Online

GREEN GRASS, SOUTH DAKOTA -The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe passed two (2) resolutions on 8 February 2018 opposing gold mining operations in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Mineral Mountain, LLC is a Canadian-based mineral extraction company preparing to drill hundreds of holes in the Black Hills in the search of gold.

 Its important that we protect and take care of Unci Maka Grandmother Earth as she has taken care of us. She has not only provided us a good life but all South Dakotans, commented Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier. South Dakota should wake up and see what is being done to our land. It must be a priority for all of us that live here in South Dakota to oppose all threats that would harm her. I am proud we are taking a stand and thinking about what our grandchildren will inherit from us. 

Resolution 17-2018-CR directly opposes the Canadian-based companys operations on the Black Hills. It begins by explaining the situation that has allowed the occupation of the Black Hills from Treaty to unconstitutional Acts by the U.S. Congress and how the land is managed by the Forest Service in violation of treaty agreements.

The resolution goes further to explain the proximity of the drilling to Pe Sla which is within a couple of miles of the proposed drilling and calls for government to government dialogue between the United States and the Great Sioux Nation. The resolution continues to remind the Federal government of its responsibilities under the National Historic Preservation Act and the National Environmental Act while opposing the exclusions this activity enjoys at the expense of Unci Maka Grandmother Earth.

Resolution 17-2018-CR calls on the Federal government to provide funding for the Great Sioux Nation to employ professionals to investigate the environmental and archeological impact of the Rochford Mining Project while authorizing litigation regarding the operations.

Resolution 18-2018-CR alliterates the history of pollution and environmental disasters associated with mining operation in the Black Hills that still plag...


Anti-Pipeline Activists Set to Converge on Burnaby Mountain in March Earth First! Newswire

by Tereza Verenca / Burnaby Now

Burnaby Mountain will once again be the site of a mass demonstration.

In response to Kinder Morgans $7.4-billion Trans Mountain expansion project, anti-pipeline activists are organizing a protest on March 10.

Photograph By NOW files

Its very important to protect our waters, said project leader Will George, also a member of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation. That pipeline produces so many dangers and hazards that we cant allow it to come to our water.

George said the protest has been in the works for the last two years and he anticipates upward of 500 attendees.

Members of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation launched a nationwide call-out on Feb. 6 to rise up and support the mobilization. The call-out went to hundreds of thousands of people, including environmental groups, civic society organizations and pipeline opponents.

The call-out came less than a week after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the CBC the pipeline expansion and two key programs the Oceans Protections Plan and carbon pricing are a package deal. Trudeau has maintained the pipeline is in the national interest and will get built.

Under no circumstances will we be blackmailed by (Justin) Trudeau into accepting the expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline, said Chief Bob Chamberlin, vice-president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, in a press release. We resent his threats to cancel the oceans protection plan and carbon cuts unless the pipeline goes forward. Well do whatever it takes to stop this pipeline. The question is, will Justin Trudeau do whatever it takes to build it?

In an emailed statement, Trans Mountai...


Chutka Nuclear Project: Former CM Digvijay Singh Voices Opposition, Will Indias Political Class Wake Up?

Kumar Sundaram | The former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh and senior leader of the opposition Congress party has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to rethink the Chutka nuclear power project proposed in the state. We urgently need suck reckoning across the political spectrum.

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Proposed Critical Mineral legislation undermines communities and clean water EARTHblog Earthworks

Thank you Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Lowenthal, and Members of the Subcommittee for the opportunity to testify before you in opposition to HR 520, the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act. My name is Aaron Mintzes, and I am with Earthworks. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the destructive impacts of mineral and energy development, while seeking sustainable solutions.

Our primary concern is that HR 520 undermines the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Under section 5(b)(1)(F), the lead agency can let any state or federal agency determine:

Whether public participation will occur during the decisionmaking process for authorizing actions under the permit.

So, a state could say no public participation allowed. I worry this may result in unintended consequences. If you shut the people out, it may invite litigation or create additional delays the lead agency could avoid if they listen to what the people say.  It may not deliver the regulatory certainty permit proponents seek.

NEPA ensures that Americans can take part in the review and development of projects affecting our social, economic, and environmental health. For nearly fifty years, NEPA has provided certainty and predictability through a transparent process well understood by federal regulators, permit applicants, and affected communities.

And it works. In 2016, the GAO reported that BLM and the Forest Service average two years to permit a mine plan of operations.  This period is competitive with Australia, Canada, and Chile. Especially controversial projects may take longer than average.  Yet, permitting delays primarily result from incomplete information provided by the project proponent. Sometimes for perfectly legitimate reasons like good faith changes in plans of operations or fluctuation in commodity prices.

The United States of America is one of the worlds best places to mine

America owes our mineral investment attractiveness to three factors:

  1. The strength and certainty of our democratic institutions (like NEPA)
  2. Our rich mineral endowment
  3. Our uniquely permissive mining laws and regulations

The 1872 Mining Law    

The General Mining Law of 1872 considers mining the highest and best use of public lands, even where our public lands may be better suited for oil and gas drilling, coal mining, grazing, hunting, fishing, recreation, or conservation; because of the 1872 Mining Law, mining wins.  This nineteenth-century law robs twenty-first century American...


Europe prepares for powerful Arctic cold blast - 'Beast from the East' The Watchers Latest articles

A blast of increasingly cold Arctic air, dubbed 'Beast from the East,' is arriving to Europe and is expected to hang over a large part of the continent through February and engulf all of it from March 5 for at least a couple of days. Very cold Arctic air...... Read more


Landmark Swedish Court Judgment against Nuclear Waste Repository: Read the English Translation

MKG, the Swedish NGO Office for Nuclear Waste Review has made an unofficial translation into English of the Swedish Environmental Court opinion on the power industrys Nuclear Waste Company SKBs license application for a final repository for spent nuclear fuel in Forsmark, Sweden.

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Sixty Years of the Peace Symbol that Gerald Holtom Designed

The Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear War were planning a huge Good Friday march from London to Aldermaston, Berkshire, in 1958, uniting with other antinuclear groups. But they needed a symbol that would represent all the participating protesters who were marching under the banner of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND).

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Broome hit by two years' worth of rain in two months, Western Australia The Watchers Latest articles

The town of Broome in the Kimberley region of Western Australia has officially endured its wettest year on record after just two months in 2018. Although January and February are usually its wettest months, updated figures show Broome was hit more than two...... Read more

Audio: Exploring the minds and inner lives of animals Conservation news

On this episode of the Mongabay Newscast, we speak with the co-author of a new book about the minds and lives of animals their memories, how we know that they dream, how some even like to get drunk and well hear all about Mongabays newly launched bureau in India. Listen here: Our first guest is Sy Montgomery, the author of two dozen books for adults and kids about animals including the classics Journey of the Pink Dolphins, The Good Good Pig, and The Soul of an Octopus, which was a National Book Award finalist in the U.S. Montgomery recently teamed up with her friend and fellow animal writer Elizabeth Marshall Thomas to write Tamed and Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind. The book is a collection of essays about dogs, hawks, house cats, lions, octopuses, sharks, snails, and more and Sy Montgomery is here to share a few of the stories from the book with us. Our second guest today is Sandhya Sekar, program manager for Mongabay India, the newest addition to the Mongabay family of environmental news sites, joining those based in Indonesia, the U.S., and Latin America. Sekar joins us from the capital city of the southern Indian state of Kerala, where shes based, and is here to tell us about the environmental challenges India is facing and what kinds of coverage youll find at Heres this episodes top news: Ecuador announces a new national park in the Andes The ozone layer is

Brazils fundamental pesticide law under attack Conservation news

Applying pesticides in the field. Brazil is the worlds biggest user of chemical pesticide. Photo by prodbdf on flickr Pesticides are flourishing on fertile economic ground in Brazil, thanks to the large government subsidies and low taxes granted to the companies manufacturing them, the negligible costs for national registration of active chemical ingredients, and virtually nonexistent pesticide use oversight. These and other incentives plus explosive agribusiness growth resulted in Brazil achieving a dubious record in 2008, when it became the largest pesticide consumer in the world, according to a Kleffmann Group study commissioned by the National Association of Plant Defense (ANDEF), representing Brazils pesticide manufacturers. (Oddly, a negative press response to the study caused ANDEF to deny its own findings  for years.) Number one or not, the national statistics are eye opening. ACCording to IBAMA, Brazils environmental protection agency, and other data, chemical pesticide active ingredient sales grew countrywide by 313 percent between 2000 and 2014, rising from 162,461 tons to 508,566 tons. So Paulo, Mato Grosso and Paran became the major trading states over that period. But even once small pesticide consumers, like Amazonas, Amap and Acre, saw exponential growth, with use soaring by 1,941 percent, 942 percent, and 500 percent, respectively, in sales per ton between 2005 and 2012 in these Amazon states. Brazilian pesticide consumption and related products (2000 2014). Vertical axis: 1,000 tons of active ingredient; horizontal axis: year. Chart courtesy of IBAMA. Data consolidation provided by the registrant companies of technical products, pesticides and the like, according to article 41 of Decree n 4,074/2002. Updated April 2016

Study delves into overlooked community perceptions of conservation impact Conservation news

Most conservation projects today must answer a key question: How does the project affect the local people? But high-quality studies that measure the impacts of conservation projects on peoples well-being remain few and far between. Whatever rigorous research does exist tends to focus on a narrow range of economic indicators, such as household income or expenditure, serving as proxies for peoples well-being. But well-being can mean different things to different people. And indicators like income, while objective, may not capture aspects of well-being that are actually important to the people themselves, some conservationists argue. Instead, the conservationists have called for complementing the more objective methods with approaches that measure what the people think are important to them, because peoples perceptions of impacts can determine future support for conservation projects. To that end, a new study published in World Development has found a novel way of measuring impacts on peoples lives, by letting them define what matters to them. To see how a strictly protected area and community forest management in Madagascar are affecting peoples quality of life, Ranaivo Rasolofoson, currently a researcher at the University of Vermont, U.S., and colleagues adapted the Global Person Generated Index (GPGI), an index that has previously been used in the health sector to see what people consider important for their quality of life, and lets the people rate the performance of their self-chosen domains. This is the first time the GPGI has been used to assess the social impacts of a nature conservation strategy, Rasolofoson said. Well-being includes


Berta Didnt Die, She Multiplied: Two Year Anniversary of Berta Cceres Assassination Global Justice Ecology Project

March 2 marks the 2nd year anniversary of the brutal assassination of Berta Cceres, co-founder and leader of the Council of Popular Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). In coming weeks, people around the world will respond to COPINHs call for... Read More

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Courts Call Out Trumps Blitzkrieg on Environmental Rules Latest News

A cascade of courtroom standoffs are beginning to slow EPA rollbacks thanks to the administrations disregard for the law


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Every five-year delay in meeting Paris goals could add 20cm to global sea levels Carbon Brief

Failure to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement within the next few decades could have long-lasting impacts on global sea level rise in the coming centuries, new research finds.

A study finds that each five-year delay in meeting the goal of reaching global peak CO2 emissions could drive sea levels to rise by an additional 20cm by 2300.

This amount of sea level rise is roughly equal to what the world has experienced since the start of the industrial revolution more than 200 years ago, the lead author tells Carbon Brief.

The findings reiterate that peaking global CO2 emissions as soon as possible is crucial for limiting the risks of sea level rise, the author adds.

Race to zero

Samples taken from ice cores, tide gauges and satellites show that global sea levels have risen by around 19cm from pre-industrial times to present, with recent research showing that the rate is likely to be accelerating.

The new study, published in Nature Communications, estimates how delays in meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement could affect the total amount of sea level rise by 2300.

Under the Paris Agreement, countries have pledged to cut their rates of emissions in order to keep future global temperature rise well below 2C. To achieve this, nations agreed to reach peak CO2 emissions as soon as possible. This will be key to achieving net-zero emissions within the second half of this century.

The new research shows that the speed at which the world can cut its greenhouse gas emissions is becoming the major leverage for future sea levels, says study lead author Dr Matthias Mengel, a postdoctoral researcher from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacts (PIK) in Germany. He tells Carbon Brief:

The way that emissions will evolve in the next decades will shape ou...


VA No New Fossil Fuels Internship Chesapeake Climate Action Network



This summer, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN), is working on a campaign to stop two fracked-gas pipelines in Virginia, incentivize clean renewable energy, and hold dirty polluters accountable for the damage that they do to our climate and communities.

Take part in this visionary campaign to grow grassroots and grasstops power across the commonwealth: all the while cleaning up our air, improving the health of our communities, and creating good-paying new jobs.

Were hiring smart, motivated students for fall internships 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.


We are leaders in the national clean energy revolution. Not only did we help make Maryland the first state to legislatively ban fracking and lead the public battle against Dominion to the political frontlines in Virginia, but we have consistently pushed Virginia to keep up with its neighbors in cutting greenhouse gases and fighting for electricity from renewable sources.  We are seeing a rising tide of public support for transformative energy policy in the Commonwealth, but we need to continue pushing forward with a bold vision if we want to win.

The campaign is called the No New Fossil Fuels Campaign and the primary components are below:

  •        Stop two massive fracked-gas pipelines that are proposed to be constructed in Virginia
  •        Shift the political climate in Virginia to not welcome further fossil fuels infrastructure projects
  •        Grow grassroots power across the commonwealth to counter the tremendous influence that the fossil fuels industry wields in Virginia

As we face Trumps rollbacks on climate change policies, we must continue to act on the state level.  You will be on the front lines of this statewide campaign!



Its our home: Pygmies fight for recognition as forest protectors in new film Conservation news

The word pygmy conjures images of hunter-gatherers living deep in the Congo rainforest, far removed from the modern world. But that modern world is closing in on them, as the forests in which they live fall to provide the rest of the world with timber and make way for huge industrial farms. Now, the pygmies of the Democratic Republic of Congo are coming together to demonstrate both the value of the forest to their society and their role as stewards of this resource. Its the place of spirits, invocations, incantations and reincarnation, says Marie Lisenga in a recent short film, Pygmy Peoples of the DRC: A Rising Movement. Its our home.   The documentary is part of the If Not Us, Then Who? project, with its mission to showcase how communities are critical in protecting forests and tackling issues such as climate change. Like many indigenous groups around the world, the DRCs pygmies are struggling to hold onto the lands they have tended for generations. No indigenous are recognized, says Kapupu Diwa Mutimanwa, a leader of the Twa ethnic group and president of the League of Indigenous Pygmy Associations of Congo, known by the French acronym LINAPYCO. There are customary indigenous laws, but they are not recognized by others. So we must change this. The way the pygmies say theyre treated harkens back to racist beliefs dating to colonial times about who they are. We are considered as sub-human as an inferior race, people who cannot even think, says Joseph Itongwa Mukumo,

Scientists from Indonesia, Germany and the Netherlands win Indonesian Peat Prize Conservation news

JAKARTA A team of scientists from Indonesia, Germany and the Netherlands has won a competition two years in the making to come up with a fast, accurate and cost-effective way to map Indonesias vast tropical peatlands an all-important carbon sink that the government wants to conserve. The winner of the $1 million Indonesian Peat Prize, funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, was announced Feb. 2 to coincide with World Wetlands Day, two years after Indonesias Geospatial Information Agency (BIG) launched it to select a mapping proposal to serve as the standard for surveying the countrys peatlands. The BIG is pleased and excited that the prize has produced the best method for mapping peatland that combines accuracy, affordability and timeliness to support the BIGs work in mapping and providing geospatial data and information, agency chief Hasanuddin Zainal Abidin said at the announcement in Jakarta. The winner, the International Peat Mapping Team (IPMT), boasts members from Germanys Remote Sensing Solutions GmbH (RSS), Indonesias state-funded Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT), and Sriwijaya University in South Sumatra province. The BIG will have two years to fully adapt their methodology into the new peat-mapping standard, although some government agencies are clamoring to start adopting the system immediately. The IPMT proposal combines satellite-based technologies and the airborne high-resolution mapping technique known as lidar which involves beaming laser pulses at the ground from a plane and recording the reflected rays with on-the-ground measurements. The team started off

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Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the EU speaks out for Bialowieza Forest What's new

Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the EU speaks out for Bialowieza Forest

Catherine Harte 20th February 2018
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Queen Elizabeth Seriously Concerned About Plastic Wastes in the Environment Frack Check WV

Queen Elizabeth seeks to stop spread of plastics

Queen bans plastic straws and bottles from royal properties

From an Article via Lazer Tecnologia, February 12, 2018

Queen Elizabeth has long expressed admiration for David Attenborough, an environmentalist with a track record of creating handsome, compelling movies about our planet.

Julian Kirby, campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said: Blue Planets reach now extends to the Royal households which shows how much momentum is building behind the war on plastic pollution. But it also explored the disastrous effects of waste on the worlds waters.

Queen Elizabeth II wants to live in a cleaner and greener environment.

After watching Attenboroughs BBC documentary Blue Planet II a year ago, Queen Elizabeth II spearheaded a campaign that requires the guests and organizers of royal events to not use straws and bottles. According to The Telegraph, straws will also be phased out of all public cafes inside the royal residences.

Water will be served from glass bottles in all meetings at the palaces. At all levels, theres a strong desire to tackle this issue.

Across the organisation, the Royal Household is committed to reducing its environmental impact, a Palace spokesman told the Telegraph.

Plastics and other detritus line the shore of the Thames Estuary on January 2, 2018 in Cliffe, Kent. Plastic pieces, including microplastics, also end up swallowed by fish which then causes them to die. Prince Charles has delivered several speeches about damage to the oceans. In one recent talk, he warned of an escalating ecological and human disaster from refuse in the seas. Charles and Dame Ellen MacArthur teamed up to offer a million-dollar cash prize to anyone with a great idea for keeping garbage out of the ocean. Ten per cent of that ends up in the sea. There are also some predictions suggesting that plastic waste in the sea will outweigh the fishes by 2050.


The Spanish meat scandal making waves in Britain is no isolated incident What's new

The Spanish meat scandal making waves in Britain is no isolated incident

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Green fireball streaks over Washington and British Columbia The Watchers Latest articles

A bright fireball streaked across the night sky over Washington, US and British Columbia, Canada at 04:55 UTC on February 19, 2018. The event lasted several seconds. The American Meteor Society received 39 reports, mostly from Washington and several from British...... Read more


Halting deforestation: from aspiration to action Illegal Logging Portal

Imagine an area the size of Belgium, blanketed by forests and trees which provide food, fuel, medicine, shelter and incomes for local habitants while conserving soil and water for farms and absorbing carbon from the atmosphere.

Now, imagine that area stripped entirely of its trees. This is the amount of forest area lost to the world each year and the final cost of this deforestation is almost beyond measure, with an impact extending far beyond the forest itself.

Once forests and trees have disappeared, so too will the integrity of the soil and water systems they supported often permanently. 75 percent of all freshwater for farms, industry and homes comes from forests and wetlands. Forests also sequester more carbon than any other terrestrial ecosystem and when they are destroyed, this carbon is released back into the atmosphere, impacting adversely on the global climate.

Deforestations negative impacts for people and the environment are thus far-reaching and serious. Increased forest loss also means that, without major corrections in land use, the world will probably fail to meet crucial global targets, particularly the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Such a setback will also have ramifications for SDG-defined action on eradicating hunger and poverty, preserving health and fighting climate change targets that rely heavily on the goods and services that forests provide.

To put this degree of interdependence into perspective, we need to look at SDG 15 on Life on Land; progress on which will be the focus of high-level UN reviews later this year. It calls for deforestation to be halted by 2020, a highly ambitious target. It also requires the world to ensure that forests are managed sustainably and that we protect biodiversity, restore, and promote the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, and halt and reverse land degradation.

None of these measures can be achieved if forests are not included at the heart of policies, development strategies and actions that go far beyond the forest sector.

In fact, many drivers of deforestation lie outside the forest sector and are rooted in wider social and economic issues, including challenges related to reducing poverty, and policies that favor land uses which produce higher and more rapid financial returns, including energy, mining, transportation, and agriculture.

Further, a growing world population projected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050 makes it critically important to find ways to feed people while maintaining and expanding forests to meet other human needs. This can be done. Research published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has shown how, over the past quarter-century, more than 20 countries have improved food security while at the same time maintaining or increasing t...


Cyclone "Gita" to bring damaging winds and heavy rain to central New Zealand The Watchers Latest articles

Cyclone Gita, currently located over the Tasman Sea, is forecast to track southeastwards and cross central New Zealand late Tuesday and early Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (local time). The passage of Gita is expected to bring a period of high-impact severe weather...... Read more


Red Clouds Revolution: Oglalla Sioux freeing themselves from fossil fuel Conservation news

Henry Red Cloud, founder of Lakota Solar and the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center. Photo by Saul Elbein Its high summer in South Dakota, and a cruel sun beats down with an endless floodtide of photons that burns skin through t-shirts and tinted car windows. Thats the way Henry Red Cloud likes it. To Red Cloud descendant of a great Lakota insurgent chief, founder of Lakota Solar, and self-proclaimed solar warrior that July sun is key to the independence of his fellow Lakota and native peoples across America; it also embodies a hot business opportunity. Its July 5, the tail end of Red Clouds Energy Independence Day weekend, first announced in the wake of the Trump Inauguration, and meant to spread off-grid skills throughout Indian country possibly with radical purpose. I walked out of the sun and indoors to find Red Cloud leading a solar workshop, holding forth to a group of eager indigenous participants about photovoltaic cells and the danger of phantom loads the way in which many appliances continue drawing current even when switched off. Vampire loads are a constant suck on household energy, consuming electricity and thereby emitting carbon to no purpose while also draining an off-grid setup with limited juice. A set up, like, say, the remote, off-grid camps at the Standing Rock Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protests in 2016. Red Cloud offers up a hypothetical: Lets say you have a Water Protector camp, your solar array is charging, you notice


How Peru Excludes Indigenous Voices in its Quest to Develop the Amazon Earth First! Newswire

by Adrian Gonzalez / The Conversation

Pluspetrol(an oil and gas company)=murder. Graffiti in Iquitos, regional capital of Loreto. Limited consultation means that graffiti becomes one way local people can express their anger over oil development. Photograph taken by author (May 2015)

The Peruvian government has a clear development agenda for its Amazon rainforest regions. Oil extraction is already happening on a large scale. That will be supported by significant investment in new gas pipelines, proposed hydroelectric dams and other large transport projects.

But what do people who actually live in the region make of all this? In my research, I have shown that Perus development plans are deliberately restricting the ability of local citizens to provide consent for these projects.

This is no accident. Most people living in Perus Amazon regions are indigenous, a group of people who remain excluded and discriminated against. According to one former president, indigenous people are an obstacle to development, ar...


Study Finds 73% of Deep Water Fish Ingested Microplastics Latest News

The sampled fish may have originated from a particularly polluted patch of the Atlantic Ocean


Animals are Using Colorados Wildlife Crossings, Reducing Collisions Earth First! Newswire

by Shannon M. Hoffman / The Denver Post

A herd of deer walk through a CDOT animal underpass last summer. Colorado Department of Transportation.

Wildlife bridges and underpasses led to a dramatic decline in animal-related car crashes, according to Mark Lawler, a biologist for Colorado Department of Transportation.

The five underpasses and two overpasses that cross Colorado 9 south of Kremmling have reduced wildlife related crashes by almost 90 percent, Lisa Schwantes communications manager for CDOT said Thursday.

There are more than 30 passages, which vary in construction, across the state of Colorado, only two of them cross over the highway.

Theyre extremely important, Jeff Peterson, wildlife program manager for CDOT, said. When you get into conflicts with wildlife that raises the issue.

Statistics obtained by CDOT show that from 2006 to 2016 on U.S. 160, in the area between Durango and Bayfield, there were 472 car-animal collisions, a large number of them involving mule deer.

According to Lawler, the number could be higher, however, since vehicle-wildlife collisions are often underreported.

An underpass crossing U.S. Highway 160 between Durango and Bayfield was completed in the fall of 2016 by CDOT. Photographs taken with a remote camera at the underpass show the passageway is being used by deer, coyotes, raccoons and other small animals.

At the (Durango) underpass were seeing a large number of mule deer going through the structure daily, Lawler said. Animals are using the structure; were not just moving the problem.



Films celebrate big cats on World Wildlife Day Conservation news

Big cats around the world face many challenges, from diminishing prey populations and habitat degradation, to poaching for their meat and body parts. A current spike in the killing of Bolivias jaguars for the illegal trade in their teeth for jewelry is perhaps the most recent and egregious example of the latter. But there are notable efforts to raise awareness and galvanize support for these important apex predators led by some governments and NGOs like the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Panthera, National Geographic Societys Big Cats Initiative, and many others. Cheetah with cubs. Photo courtesy of ZSL Now added to this list is an upcoming event for World Wildlife Day on March 3. A key celebration of this global event will be the International Big Cats Film Festival, on March 2 and 3, jointly presented by Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. The festival will be hosted at the United Nations headquarters in New York City and the Explorers Club, as well as many other places around the world. When it comes to big cats, there is an urgent need for action, now, Lisa Samford, executive director of Jackson Hole WILD, told Mongabay by email. The International Big Cats Film Festival creates a bank of programming for free local events that raise awareness on a global scale to empower local stakeholders and cat conservation advocates as they address local issues. By working

Coral reef monitoring takes to the skies: drone-mounted hyperspectral cameras help scientists assess health of coral reefs Conservation news

Why are scientists turning to aerial images to monitor the health of ecosystems found beneath the oceans surface? Coral reefs support millions of species ranging from single-celled algae to sharks and sea turtles. However, this diversity, coupled with the scattered and often remote (underwater) locations of reefs, makes it challenging to monitor these ecosystems effectively. To survey reefs, experts must spend time in the water, identifying and counting species. This approach requires substantial time and resources and may also lead to biased results that are difficult to compare over time. Scientists typically survey various reef habitats and species by getting in the water and counting. Photo credit: Greg Asner | Recently, scientists have begun surveying reefs using images captured from satellites. Analyzing images allows researchers to more accurately compare surveys from different time periods and to cover a larger area with each survey. However, the usefulness of these satellite images is limited by their low resolution. Researchers in Australia are now conducting surveys using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and hyperspectral cameras to gather more detailed images and data on the health of coral reefs. What is hyperspectral imaging? Receptors in the human eye detect a narrow range of wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrumthe area we call visible light, consisting of three bands of energy that our eyes perceive as red, green and blue. The combination of these bands that an object reflects determines the colors we see. Similarly, a standard camera captures an image recorded in these three bands

As Indonesia gears up for elections, activists brace for an environmental sell-off Conservation news

JAKARTA Environmental issues in Indonesia will once again be both bargaining chip and valuable stake this year as the country prepares to hold sweeping elections, according to an environmental outlook released last month by the countrys main environmental watchdog, the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi). Voters in the worlds third-largest democracy will head to the polls in June to vote for 17 provincial governors, 115 district heads and 39 mayors. Up for grabs: control of natural resource-rich regions, including in Indonesian Borneo, Sumatra and Papua. Elections at the local level in Indonesia have long been marred by corruption: business lobbies bribe their favored candidates with the expectation of a quid pro quo once in office; incumbents engage in pork-barrel programs and blatant vote-buying schemes; and in each region, the promise to permit the plunder of natural resources timber, coal, land, water forms a central part of each candidates platform. In this political year, there will be a great amount of money circulating, says Even Sembiring, the policy assessment manager at Walhi. So we have to remain alert. An illegally logged tree in Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo. Habitat loss played a critical role in reducing rhino populations, but most experts now believe the species low birth rate is a more pressing problem. Photo by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay. Decentralizing corruption A key aspect of Indonesias vibrant, if imperfect, democracy is the decentralization of power from Jakarta to the regions, introduced after the downfall in 1998 of the late dictator


Guest post: How enhanced weathering could slow climate change and boost crop yields Carbon Brief

Prof David Beerling, director of the Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation, and Prof Stephen Long from the Department of Crop Sciences and Plant Biology at the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign.

Achieving the Paris Agreement goals of keeping global warming to well below 2C, or to 1.5C, above pre-industrial levels will require rapid decarbonisation of human society.

But national commitments to rein in greenhouse gas emissions are currently insufficient to meet these agreed limits. It is increasingly likely that negative emissions, or carbon dioxide removal, technologies will be needed to take up the slack.

These techniques involve extracting CO2 from the atmosphere and storing it indefinitely. Scientists have proposed a range of different approaches and we now need realistic assessment of these strategies, what they might be able to deliver, and what the challenges are.

In a new paper for Nature Plants, we tackle an under-discussed technique of CO2 removal called enhanced rock weathering. Our research highlights the potential wider benefits for crop yields and soil health, and sets out a research agenda for the next steps.

What is enhanced weathering?

As you might remember from geography classes at school, chemical weathering is a natural process that continuously erodes away rocks in our landscapes and sequesters atmospheric CO2 over millions of years.

The process begins with rain, which is usually slightly acidic having absorbed CO2 from the atmosphere on its journey to the ground. The acidic rain reacts with the rocks and soils it lands on, gradually breaking them down into minute rock grains and forming bicarbonate in the process. Eventually, this bicarbonate washes into the oceans, where the carbon is stored in dissolve form for hundreds of thousands of years or locked up on the sea floor.

Enhanced weathering scales up this process. It involves pulverising silicate rocks such as basalt left over from ancient volcanic eruptions to bypass the slow weathering action. The resulting powder, with a high reactive surfac...


Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project Speaking Tour Coming to a City Near You! Earth First! Newswire

Submitted to Earth First! Newswire

The Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project (BMBP) is excited to announce a series of lectures by Karen Coulter, veteran Earth First!er, lifelong forest advocate and founder of BMBP. Anyone in the Northeast or Northwest who is interested in the history and praxis of forest defense is encouraged to attend. All three lectures are free and include refreshments and a Q&A session with Karen afterwards. The schedule is as follows:

February 22, 4pm at the Evergreen State College, Olympia WA

February 27, 6pm at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs NY

March 2, 3pm at NYU, New York NY (32 Waverly Place, Silver Room 220)

For more info on BMBP and how to get involved, click here


Catalonia: 6 Activists Face Up to 7 Years in Prison for Tower 66 Anti-MAT Resistance Earth First! Newswire

from The Free Online

On February 27, the trial begins of six demonstrators who fought against the placement of Tower 66 of the very high voltage line in Fellines, for whom the Prosecutors Office, Red Elctrica Espaola and the Catalan Government request between 2 and 8 years in prison.

look carefully and you can see our brave companions hanging from this mega tower


The very high tension line (Muy Alta Tensin M.A.T.) is an electrical motorway which transports at least 400,000 volts. It was constructed in order to connect European States to each other and also Europe with Africa. It is necessary in order to sell and distribute excess energy produced by nuclear power plants and buy and sell excess fossil fuel energy.

At the same time, it is the network which capitalism needs in order to supply the electricity necessary for other projects and infrastructures of death and destruction, such as high-speed railway lines [TAV]. Those responsible for all this are alway...


Verdict on Injustice (The Thought Process) Fire Earth

CJ IGE OCT TML TWM FIRE-EARTH Conference: Criterion E  The Thought Process [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.   Posted []

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Monday, 19 February


Civil Society Statement on the EU-Indonesia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) Illegal Logging Portal

This statement has been developed jointly by Indonesian and European civil society organisations. The signatories believe that an EU-Indonesia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) must first of all be approached as a means to serve the public interest. It should ensure that trade and investments contribute to equitable and sustainable development, the preconditions for which include a healthy environment, a climate-friendly economy, gender equality, security of livelihoods and decent work for all.


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Thursday, 15 February


Judiciary in turmoil as 100,000 Brazilian bull calves are prepared for shipment and slaughter What's new

Judiciary in turmoil as 100,000 Brazilian bull calves are prepared for shipment and slaughter

brendan 15th February 2018
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Wednesday, 14 February


Roses for 'the one and only' this Valentine's Day impact the lives of thousands in east Africa What's new

Roses for 'the one and only' this Valentine's Day impact the lives of thousands in east Africa

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brendan 13th February 2018
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Monday, 12 February


Can the crisis of food waste be solved with an iPhone app - or is Too Good To Go too good to be true? What's new

Can the crisis of food waste be solved with an iPhone app - or is Too Good To Go too good to be true?

Ethical Living
brendan 12th February 2018
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Saturday, 03 February


3 women in a Globe Blog - Reverend Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir

On January 30th Savitri D, Dragonfly and former choirmember Monica H climbed into the globe at Trump International just by Columbus Circle and unfurled a banner. They stayed in the globe for about 90 minutes and were arrested when they came down. A huge very supportive crowd had gathered and joined them in chants and song. They will be in court on March 13.

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