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New activity/unrest was reported for 3 volcanoes between September 13 and 19, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 16 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Agung, Bali (Indonesia) | Dieng Volcanic Complex, Central Java (Indonesia) | Zhupanovsky,...... Read more
Less than a month after Mumbai was flooded by unusually high rainfall that killed many people, the metropolis has again experienced near-record rainfall that caused widespread flooding on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. It is the second wettest September day in...... Read more
Animals in the worlds oceans have faced an ever-increasing cacophony in recent decades. Theyre inundated with sonar intended to keep countries safe, air gun charges that help energy companies find new sources of oil and gas, and the sounds of the 60,000 commercial ships that ply the seas at any given time. A new film called Sonic Sea by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Imaginary Forces catalogs the growing risks that noise poses to whales, dolphins, and porpoises and what scientists and conservationists are doing about it. Its up for the Best Science in Nature prize at the 2017 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival beginning Sept. 24 in Jackson, Wyoming. The film Sonic Sea explores the impacts of sound in the ocean on whales, dolphins and porpoises. Photo courtesy of Imaginary Forces Cetaceans, the group that includes whales, dolphins, and porpoises, depend on sound to communicate, to hunt and to avoid predators. The problem is, in the ocean, we are injecting enormous amounts of noise, so much so that we are basically acoustically bleaching the ocean, said bioacoustician Christopher Clark of Cornell University in the film. All the singing voices of the planet are lost in that cloud of noise. The recent uptick in sounds in the ocean has also been linked to lesions on cetaceans organs and hemorrhaging around their brains. Its also been connected to mass strandings, in which large animals beach themselves, often with fatal consequences. Scientists suspect that they may be trying to get away from
by Hambach Forest Defenders / Earth First! Newswire
On September 19th at 8 oclock in the morning approx 100 cops entered the millenarian Hambacher Forest, occupied for last six years blocking the expansion of RWEs open cast lignite mine, to remove the The Tripod, a live-in barricade. The official state line was that it was to keep the roads open for emergency vehicles in case of accident occurring in the forest. The emergency vehicles are the harvesters, bulldozers and loaders of this years cutting season which will begin on Oct. 25 and the accident is the global climate chaos, millions of premature deaths a year, and irreplaceable habitat loss to which Hambacher (cynically named after the forest its destroying) Mine: single largest net CO2 emitter in Europe, is not an innocent bystander to but rather a culprit extending its effect through emission and pollutants and through RWE Global Power Conglomerate machine impacting and destroying communities and ecosystem from Colombia, England and Germany to Siberia.
When the police entered the forest they at first surrounded the Tripod to prevent supporters joining in the two blockaders, one of whom was locked on the ground to a concrete lock-on and the second who was in the top of the tripod which in its mid level included a platform with a tent. Through walkway from a neighbouring tree additional person was still able to join those on the inside. For the next 5 hours the cops massed up around the barricade as large bulldozers removed the barricades leading into the heart of the forest (each year a 500 meter swath which is cut to enlarge the mine) followed by back loaders loading the scrap metal and tarps which comprises left over material from the occupation and performing a function of trash removal for the struggle.
The barricade clearing was also immediately followed by peeps
emerging from the forest and rebuilding the barricades behind the
At least 12 people have died and another 92 are missing after heavy rains caused Bihambwe river to overflow its banks and flood two villages in Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu province on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Julien Paluku, the governor of the...... Read more
EJ activists celebrate move as an advance in the struggle to recognize the environmental rights of prisoners
(and other nonsense from Australias Bureau of Meteorology, the University of Melbourne and The Conversation). Dr. Bill Johnston Main points. Australias Bureau of Meteorology and climate scientists at the University of Melbourne should know that nowhere on planet-earth could rainfall be less than none! The Bureaus latest Seasonal Summary (winter 2017) spuriously claims rainfall is
The moronic fall-out by imbeciles jumping to conclusions has been contagious. But isnt it always? Trump pronounced it Nambia. Jokes aside, Namibia is a real African country Namibia is a real country in southern African and on Wednesday it got its 15 minutes of fame in America after President Donald Trump mistakenly referred to it 
From an Article by Ken Ward, Jr., Charleston Gazette-Mail, September 18, 2017
Photo: Air Quality Board Chairman Michael Koon (left) and board lawyer Mark Weiler announce the boards ruling Monday on an appeal of a permit for a US Methanol plant that is under construction in Institute, WV.
Members of a state board on Monday refused to hear a permit appeal from a citizen group that is concerned that potential fires, explosions or other accidents at the US Methanol plant under construction in Institute could pose health and safety risks for area residents.
The West Virginia Air Quality Board granted the Department of Environmental Protections motion to dismiss an appeal that the group People Concerned About Chemical Safety filed, agreeing with the DEP that the issues raised were beyond the scope of the state agencys job. The decision means the board wont hold a full hearing with testimony about the citizen group concerns.
In arguing against the appeal being dismissed, Bill DePaulo, attorney for the People Concerned organization, urged the board members to make clear what ruling for the DEPs motion would be saying to the public.
Win or lose, Id just like a clear ruling, DePaulo told board members. Do it in big, bold letters: We do not consider the human health and safety in issuing this permit.
US Methanol hopes to start production in mid-2018 at the plant that would convert natural gas to methanol, a common industrial feedstock. The facility, located at the Institute property now operated by Dow Chemical, would use parts from a deconstructed plant in Brazil.
A variety of political leaders, including Gov. Jim Justice and Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper praised the project, which promises 60 permanent jobs, during a groundbreaking ceremony two weeks ago. Construction had already begun, despite the pending challenge to the projects air pollution permit.
In the permit appeal filed in April, People Concerned argued that the DEPs Division of Air Quality did not examine the potential consequences for the surrounding community of a spill, leak, fire or explosion at the US Methanol facility.
The citizen group had planned to present an expert to testify to the board about what could happen if one of the facilitys largest tanks h...
by Emilee Gilpin / The Tyee
First Nations campaigners occupying fish farms on Vancouver Island received a boost of support last Friday when a group of supporters occupied the constituency office of Attorney General and Vancouver-Point Grey NDP MLA David Eby.
Jay Peachy, who played a key role in organizing the office occupation, said they wanted the government to followup on promises made during the election and the following summer.Were here to emphasize the moral imperative around Indigenous rights and reconciliation, said Peachy, who calls himself a fish warrior and is often seen at salmon-related events as Will the salmon, wearing a papier-mch sockeye head and rollerblades. Were here to remind this new government that they made critical promises.
Peachy referred to a statement made by Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Claire Trevena, who is also the NDP MLA for North Island. Trevena visited the Namgis First Nation bighouse in Alert Bay this past summer and promised fish farms would be removed from First Nations territories and move inland.
The bighouse is a sacred space for many First Nations, where official meetings, ceremonies and decisions are held. Peachy said that a commitment in a bighouse indicated a level of honour and responsibility from the government that the hereditary chiefs involved in the Vancouver Island occupation wont soon forget.
First Nations groups from the Namgis and Musgamagw Dzawadaenuxw have occupied two Norwegian-owned Marine Harvest fish farms in the Broughton Archipelago for more than...
by Allison Stine / The Guardian
Some days, the air would smell acrid, sharp like bleach, and I would hurry from the car into the house. Other days, the wind seemed normal, unremarkable. I didnt know why.
My south-eastern Ohio town in the Appalachian foothills is a small, rural place where the demolition derby at the county fair is a hot ticket, Walmart is the biggest store, and people in the even smaller villages surrounding the county seat must often drive for 30 minutes to grocery shop. We hold the unfortunate distinction of being the poorest county in the state: an area that is both stunning rolling hills, rocky cliffs, pastures and ravines and inaccessible, far from industry.
Its here that fracking companies dump their waste.
The Hazel Ginsburg well, an injection well built in the hillside decades ago, was meant to deposit saline and sand underground into porous rock. For the last few years, however, the well has held waste from out-of-state fracking operations done in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and other states.
A forgotten byproduct of fracking is the waste. What goes into the ground must come out: a sludge of toxic chemicals and undrinkable water, which trucks ship across the country. Far from the drill pads, far from the cities that profit from fracking, far from any city at all, the leftover wastewater is injected into the ground my countys forgotten ground.
These hills once held coal. Some still do. Though many of the mines have shut down, coals legacy remains. Some streams in the woods run red from the acid leaking from abandoned shafts. My step-grandmother, the daughter of a Kentucky miner, used to tell me stories of washing her clothes in red water, downstream from mines. Coal companies exploited employees like her father, paying him in company scrip and keeping him poor and exploiting the land.
That kind of abuse continues. It has just changed shape....
Germany goes to the polls this Sunday and current chancellor Angela Merkel is set to win a fourth term.
Merkel is likely to need one or two coalition partners from the five other parties expected to enter the Bundestag. This means the next governments priorities will have to be negotiated post-election and may not reflect individual party positions.
Germany has become a key player in international climate politics in recent years, yet it is falling behind its domestic carbon targets.
While the election outcome is unlikely to alter its global positioning, future government policy will likely affect its national climate progress.
Carbon Brief sets out the key climate and energy options facing Germans at the polls this week.
However, Germanys emissions have stagnated in recent years.
As a result, it is set to miss its interim 40% by 2020 target, according to a report released earlier this month. The research, from German think tank Agora Energiewende, found the country is on track to achieve only a 30-31% reduction.
A Shock Without Aftershocks When the blogger called the big magnitude 8.1 earthquake, which occurred off the coast of southern Mexico on September 8th, a rare event, he couldnt have known that our neighbor to the south would be shaken by an even stranger temblor 12 days later. The hypocenter of Tuesdays quake, which has 
Ongoing Public Health Crisis: HEPATITIS A USA (32): (CALIFORNIA) ************* Published Date: 2017-09-20 09:45:13 Subject: PRO/EDR> Hepatitis A USA (32): (CA) Archive Number: 20170920.5328456 Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017 3:50 PM PDT Source: Los Angeles Times [edited] Los Angeles [LA] County health officials declared a hepatitis A outbreak [Tue 19 Sep 2017], days 
PLAGUE MADAGASCAR (04): FATAL ********** Published Date: 2017-09-20 17:45:09 Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> Plague Madagascar (04): fatal Archive Number: 20170920.5329820 Africa Madagascar | Antananarivo Nationwide Location: 185600.0S 473100.0E Bio-hazard Level: 4/4 Hazardous Date: Wed 20 Sep 2017 Source: Outbreak News Today [edited] In a follow-up to a report last [Fri 15 Sep 2017], on 
BOGOR, Indonesia Scientists described four new toads from the hills of Sumatra, adding to the islands already astounding biodiversity. The discoveries mark the first Sumatran additions to the Philautus genus of shrub frogs since the early 20th century. Several were described in the Western Ghats of India in 2009. The researchers published their findings in Herpetological Monographs last month. They hail from the University of Brawijaya in Indonesia, and the University of Texas at Arlington and Broward College in the U.S. Specimens of the newly described species Philautus amabilis, Philautus polymorphus, Philautus thamyridion and Philautus ventrimaculatus were collected from 2013 to 2015 in jungles over 1,000 meters above sea level. As in the rest of Indonesia, the forests of Sumatra are full of unknown creatures, but are rapidly dwindling as industry expands, especially in the agriculture and mining sectors. Globally, scientists believe that more than 80 percent of species remain undiscovered. Maps showing the distribution of the Sumatran Philautus genus. Image courtesy of Herpetological Monographs. The four toads differ from one another in their skin patterns, limb shapes and voices. The last name of Philautus amabilis derives from a Latin word meaning charming or pretty. For the scientists, this defines the toads bright brown back and the dark lines that appear on its arms, thighs, hind legs and outer fingers. The name Philautus polymorphus was inspired by its variety of colors and patterns, but the animal is recognizable by the cone-shaped bumps on its eyelids. Philautus thamyridion was named after Thamyris,
But wait theres more Observable facts clearly show that Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D,TX) has proven to be a polarizing and divisive figure amongst her constituents with her flamboyant hubris and personality and a penchant for getting in front of any and all cameras to prove her ineptitude. Following are some of the notable 
Its been disconcerting watching the NZ election. Despite our
isolation, it seems we are not immune to the fake news cycles that
have increasingly plagued elections overseas. Theres a few reasons
why Fake News has become so prevalent, but it is a shame when it
impacts at the very heart of our democracy.
In the last week, National have been making sustained claims that Labour plan to increase income tax rates next year. And yet when you dig into the issue, Labour have actually said they will not be implementing Nationals proposed tax cuts. Not getting a tax cut is way different to increasing tax rates, and yet if the polls are to be believed, National has been rewarded for this dishonest scaremongering. Its not an isolated incident though. Earlier in the campaign, National claimed Labour had an $11b fiscal hole, a message that quickly gained traction on traditional and social media alike, and yet it was subsequently proven to be false.
The trouble is these Fake News stories travel so quickly, and have become a powerful tool for Politicians willing to exploit them. That something is false or dishonest hardly seems to matter anymore, but get used to it, as it is being driven by a number of forces.
Firstly, people no longer care for the details. We have become driven by soundbites, gifs and memes, and our Politicians have figured this out. When Bill English made his initial claims of Labour increasing income tax, he knew most people wouldnt bother checking into Labours policy. A simple sentence and the damage was done, with right wing media and pundits all jumping on to post the quote and share it around.
Secondly, social media can give anyone a voice. In some ways this is a good thing. I can post about conservation issues and get a decent audience, and it has to some degree weakened the hold of traditional media on the public consciousness. But it means nutcases with very skewed versions of reality can also become very influential. A disgruntled troll living in the basement of his mothers house may have as much media reach as a Journalist who spends weeks researching and fact checking.
The entire media landscape is also splintering. Leading up to the US election last year I was in Florida and watching both Fox and CNN covering the same issue, and yet it was like a completely different story. One would be praising Trump as the only many to solve the US problems, while CNN was likening him to Lucifer. As media sources have proliferated, so to have our options in terms of what we watch, an...
M7.1 Earthquake Leaves Hundreds Dead across Five Mexican States Mexico has declared a state of disaster, and three days of mourning, as the earthquake death toll continues to rise. A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck near Atencingo in Puebla state, about 120km SSE of Mexico City on September 19, at 18:14 (UTC). The earthquake destroyed scores 
Torrential Rains Trigger Severe Flooding Across Puerto Rico Hurricane MARIA has completely devastated Puerto Rico, plunging the Caribbean island into complete darkness, as widespread flooding submerge roads and inundate the rickety buildings and decaying infrastructure. HURRICANE MARIA MOVING AWAY FROM PUERTO RICO BUT TORRENTIAL RAINS CONTINUE WEATHER CONDITIONS DETERIORATING OVER EASTERN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC AND 
The Black Family is Struggling, and Its Not Because of Slavery The black family was stronger the first 100 years after slavery than during what will be the second 100 years. That the problems of todays black Americans are a result of a legacy of slavery, racial discrimination, and poverty has achieved an axiomatic status, 
Grace-285H Significant Earthquakes Strike Vanuatu, PNG, Japan Region Significant and Notable Earthquakes Strike Vanuatu, PNG, Japan Region. Vanuatu Magnitude: 6.4 mww Location: 18.798S, 169.095E [85km NNW of Isangel, Vanuatu] Depth: 200.2 km Time: 2017-09-20 20:09:49 (UTC) Papua New Guinea (PNG) M 5.9 165km N of Finschhafen, PNG Location: 5.110S 147.834E Depth: 10.0 km Time: 
Guest essay by Eric Worrall h/t John, Daily Caller Lisa Jackson, who may have broken federal law by using a fake email alias during her tenure as EPA chief, has demanded more EPA transparency. Apples Lisa Jackson says the EPA hasnt changed, leadership has changed Apples Vice President Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa
Boffins discover tightest black hole binary system and its supermassive Sitting less than one light year apart in spiral galaxy NGC 7674 Scientists have discovered the closest-ever supermassive black hole binary system. Its in the spiral galaxy NGC 7674, and the pair of voids are separated by a distance of less than one light year. Supermassive 
A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit Vanuatu at 20:09 UTC on September 20, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 200.2 km (125 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 204 km (126 miles). According to the USGS, the...... Read more
A team of researchers based in Australia and the United States have used historical nautical maps to determine that coral reef loss in the Florida Keys is much more extensive than previously understood. The British empire began mapping its overseas territories in the 18th century, and coral reefs in particular were quite thoroughly documented given the danger they posed to wooden-hulled ships. In the process, these imperial cartographers unwittingly provided a source of high-resolution spatial data on coastal areas that, as it turns out, can still be useful today in establishing historical baselines for the extent of coral reefs and assessing changes to those reef systems over the ensuing centuries. The degree of biologically relevant information recorded varied by cartographer, but the best of these British maps describes the depth, shape, and color of shallow-water corals and distinguishes them from other hard structures such as rocks, the authors of a study published in the journal Science Advances earlier this month wrote. The researchers used nautical charts dating from the 1770s to help quantify changes in the coral reefs of the Florida Keys over the past 240 years. The maps were essential to expansion of the British Empire, and luckily for us, they also included a lot of useful ecological information, according to Benjamin Neal, a postdoctoral researcher at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, Maine and a co-author of the study. Loren McClenachan, a professor at Colby College in Waterville, Maine who led the study, said that,
A new study published in the Nature Geosciences journal this week by largely UK-based climate scientists has led to claims in the media that climate models are wrong and have significantly overestimated the observed warming of the planet.
Here Carbon Brief shows why such claims are a misrepresentation of the papers main results. In reality, the results obtained from the type of model-observation comparisons performed in the paper depend greatly on the dataset and model outputs used by the authors.
Much of the media coverage surrounding the paper, Millar et al, has focused on the idea that climate models are overestimating observed temperatures by around 0.3C, or nearly 33% of the observed warming since the late 1800s. For example, the Daily Mail reported:
According to these models, temperatures across the world should now be at least 1.3 degrees above the mid-19th century average, which is taken as a base level in such calculations. But the British report demonstrates that the rise is only between 0.9 and 1 degree.
Lead author Dr Richard Millar and his co-authors have pushed back against such media coverage, releasing a statement which says:
A number of media reports have asserted that our [study] indicates that global temperatures are not rising as fast as predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and hence that action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is no longer urgent. Both assertions are false. Our results are entirely in line with the IPCCs 2013 prediction that temperatures in the 2020s would be 0.9-1.3 degrees above pre-industrial [levels].
[Carbon Briefs guest post by Dr Millar earlier this week includes the papers key figures. Additionally, one of his co-authors, Prof Piers Forster, provides further reaction at the end of this article.]...
A false prophet is one who falsely claims the gift of prophecy or divine inspiration, or who uses that gift for evil ends. How long shall there be lies in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies, and who prophesy the deceit of their own heart A true prophet is a truth-teller, one who 
Sometimes, having a bit of extra pudge pays off just ask this
rather corpulent kitty named Faye.
After a stint at the animal shelter, where her eye-catching size certainly made her hard to miss, she just landed a new forever home of her own to let it all hang out in.
Credit: The Jacksonville Humane SocietyFaye was rescued by Florida's Jacksonville Humane Society after her original owner was no longer able to take care of her but she clearly had no shortage of food at her last home. The affectionate kitty came in weighing a whopping 24 pounds, making her one of the chubbiest cats anyone there had ever run across.
Credit: The Jacksonville Humane SocietyWhile she's perhaps not the most cooperative model, photos of Faye were a hit on social media. In less than 24 hours, she racked up hundreds of likes and shares on the Jacksonville Humane Society's Facebook page. Adoption offers came pouring in after that, but one family took the initiative to ensure Faye was out of the shelter sooner rather than later.
Silvija Vil was attending a wedding at a gorgeous outdoor venue
in Lithuania, waiting for the couple to finally exchange their vows
when suddenly, out of the corner of her eye, she noticed the most
unusual wedding crasher: a big, excited dog. She seemed very
confused as to why everyone was there but VERY eager to join
At first, no one else really seemed to notice the uninvited guest but Vil, being a dog lover, was mesmerized.
Credit: Silvija VilThe dog wasn't a disruption at all, Vil told The Dodo. I think most people just focused on the wedding, whilst I couldn't resist but film the doggo.
Credit: Silvija Vilbut then decided against it, and went to try and mingle with the guests instead.
Credit: Silvija VilWhen no one seemed to be willing to play with her
Credit: Silvija Vilshe went off to play in a little stream right next to the bride and groom instead, completely oblivious to the wedding going on around her.
Guest essay by Eric Worrall Banks have become remarkably coy about demanding carbon tax cash, in return for support for climate investment, but at least one major bank wanted to make sure readers got the hint. Banking on climate change 19 Sep 2017 Andrew Cornell Leaving aside that the energy debate in Australia is almost
Category 4 Hurricane "Maria" made landfall in Puerto Rico at 10:15 UTC (06:15 AST) on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 with maximum sustained winds of 248 km/h (155 mph). This was the first Category 4 hurricane landfall in Puerto Rico since Hurricane...... Read more
ULU PAPAR VALLEY, Malaysia A gentle afternoon drizzle provides some relief from the tropical heat as six men from the village of Longkogungan dig a narrow, snaking channel that represents one of their two possible futures. The canal theyre building will carry water from the villages new micro-hydropower electrical system, a cooperative effort to manage the areas resources and retain the local population. Like birds, they fly, but they return home, Gosibin Lodukin says of his children and grandchildren, whom he hopes will come back from the nearby big city to Longkogungan. However, Lodukin and all residents of the Ulu Papar Valley will need to leave their villages if construction of the much larger Kaiduan Dam downstream proceeds and submerges their homes, rice fields and forests. No under any circumstance is the response of Irene Kodoyou, who leads the effort to fight any plan for a dam and resettlement. Kodoyou traces seven generations of her family back in Ulu Papar. She worries that leaving the valley would mean a loss of identity for future generations. The collective efforts at local control by Ulu Papar residents are competing with urban interests seeking a new water source for the growing population of the nearby Kota Kinabalu area. The outcome will determine the future course of the Papar River and the lives of the people dependent on it. Left: Stopped to help another truck stuck in the mud on the way to Ulu Papar. Right: Looking down the Ulu Papar Valley at
The kitten clung to the soldier, and the soldier clung to the
kitten. Neither of them wanted to let go of each other.
Corporal Orville Williams had found the tiny orange kitten while on duty with the Antigua military on the small Caribbean island of Barbuda after Hurricane Irma hit a couple of weeks ago. The hurricane had devastated Barbuda, flattening houses and forcing its residents to evacuate to the neighboring island of Antigua. Unfortunately, many animals got left behind.
Credit: World Animal ProtectionWhile driving through the island surveying for damage, Williams and a couple fellow soldiers heard a tiny, weak meow. When Williams got out of his truck and had a look around, he found the kitten.
Credit: World Animal ProtectionWilliams and the other soldiers named the kitten Irma, and they did the best they could to care for her, despite having limited means to do so.
Credit: World Animal ProtectionBut when a rescue team from WAP arrived on Barbuda to look for stranded animals, Williams knew what he had to do.
The ground had barely stopped shaking from the powerful earthquake that rocked Mexico City on
Tuesday before rescue efforts were underway. Many buildings had
toppled during the 7.1 magnitude quake, sparking a hurried search
for survivors amidst the rubble.
But while the death toll sadly continues to rise, scenes of hope have emerged that show the dedication of those countless volunteers who've stepped in to help both human and animal victims alike.
Credit: Twitter/@Dia0_NoticiasOne poignant rescue after the earthquake is quickly going viral. Digging through the remnants of one collapsed building on Tuesday, emergency crews happened upon a dog who'd been trapped beneath the debris confused and frightened, but miraculously still alive.
Climate Justice Forum: Tar Sands Pipeline Valve Turners Conversation with Wen Stephenson, Spokane Train Blockader Hearings, Second Lake Rail Bridge Equipment Removal, Smoldering Montana Coal Train Spill 9-20-17 Wild Idaho Rising Tide
The Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features a webcast conversation among the tar sands pipeline valve turners and independent author and activist Wen Stephenson, discussing their climate direct action motivated by hope and doom. We also cover upcoming court hearings of coal and oil train blockader George Taylor in Spokane, equipment removal from the second, Lake Pend Oreille, rail bridge, pile load test site near Sandpoint, and smoldering, uncleared coal at the August 13, Clark Fork River, coal train derailment and spill site in Montana. Broadcast for five and a half years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, community resistance to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.
At age 87, political activist Dolores Huerta is getting some long-overdue recognition for the central role she's played in the farmworker movement for years. It's a role well worth celebrating.
The documentary film Dolores, produced by director Peter Bratt, is now in theaters. The film puts Huerta's decades of organizing front and center where it should be, rather than portraying her as a "sidekick" of Cesar Chavez, as too many narratives have.
We learn, for example, that it was actually Huerta that coined the phrase Si se puede!, which has long been the rallying cry for the farmworker movement. The English translation also became the slogan for President Obama's presidential campaign in 2008; he rightly acknowledged this when he awarded Huerta the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.
Though it's not highlighted in the movie, Huerta has long been concerned about the impacts of pesticides on farmworkers, particularly women and children. As she noted in a recent interview:
The pesticides in the fields really affect women even more than they do men. They affect children...we have had so many women that have cancer, so many children have been born with deformities."
She's also an active supporter of PAN's current campaign to remove the brain-harming pesticide...
When a tiny baby chimp arrived at a sanctuary in Cameroon, he
wouldn't let anyone touch him.
That's because he'd already seen some of the worst things people can do to creatures like him. Now known as Farah, the 10-month-old chimp was confiscated from a man who was carrying him around in a bag, trying to sell him as a pet.
It was later revealed that the man had killed Farah's mother himself.
Credit: LAGAThe moment his mom died, Farah's life would never be the way it would have been in the wild. He was kept in the man's house, chained up, until authorities confiscated him.
Credit: Ian BickerstaffHe had no reason to trust people, but this time they were there to help. Rescuers from Ape Action Africa brought little Farah to their sanctuary for displaced animals like him.
Credit: Ian Bickerstaff"He was exhausted and very distressed, so he was given food and water, then quickly settled into our infant nursery with caregiver Romain for some rest," the organization wrote on Facebook. "Tired, hungry and anxious, its no wonder that little Farah refused to trust our manager when he tried to lift him from the back of the car. Or later when our director, Rachel, tried to smooth the blanket around him for sleeping. This is the cost of the illegal pet trade."
Guest post by David Middleton Back in my early days of debating climate change on the Internet, I ran across this New York Times article: From a Rapt Audience, a Call to Cool the Hype By WILLIAM J. BROADMARCH 13, 2007 Hollywood has a thing for Al Gore and his three-alarm film on global warming,
A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the JMA as M5.9 hit off the east coast of Honshu, Japan at 16:37 UTC on September 20, 2017 (01:37 JST, September 21). The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). USGS is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 10 km. If...... Read more
Few people get to witness the breadth and wonder of underwater life, from coral to kelp to fish and sea anemones. SCUBA divers gain a unique view of not only the beauty but also the condition of underwater communities. Unfortunately, they are increasingly seeing non-biodegradable trashmostly plastic but also metal, glass, rubber, cloth, ceramic, and cardboard on reefs and other marine habitats. Divers have the unique opportunity to observe sea life underwater, such as these sea goldies (anthias) at Little Brother, Red Sea, Egypt. Photo credit: Derek Keats, CC 2.0 According to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), marine debris injures and kills marine life, interferes with navigation safety, and poses a threat to human health. Some animals become entangled in ropes or fishing gear; others mistake debris for food, which can damage their tissues or cause them to starve. Plastics degrade very slowly and can leach harmful chemicals into the ocean. Fish and shellfish consume the waste particles and chemicals and are then caught and sold in our fish markets, causing concern about harmful substances in our food. A 2015 study calculated that 192 coastal countries worldwide generated 275 million metric tons (MT) of plastic waste in 2010, 513 million MT of which found its way to the ocean. Marine debris litters beaches across the globe, even those with little local human activity, as currents move trash across oceans. A sea turtle entangled in a ghost net, abandoned fishing nets that drift with ocean currents and harm
Snow leopards (Panthera uncia) are known for their elusive ways. Even people who share the mountains with the silvery felines seldom spot them. In spring 2014 a crew of filmmakers with Bristol, U.K.-based Brian Leith Productions undertook what the companys website describes as a mission impossible. They ventured to the remote mountains of Sanjiangyuan in Chinas western province of Qinghai to film wild snow leopards for Disneynatures 2016 movie Born in China. We were successful in capturing the best footage of snow leopards ever, and a wildlife first, to film snow leopard cubs in their natural environmental [sic], the website boasts. Ghost of the Mountains, a new film by the same company documenting the excursion, is a finalist for Best People and Nature Film in the 2017 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival taking place next week in Jackson, Wyoming. Almost 1,000 entries are competing for 25 awards. The winners will be announced next Thursday, September 28. Mongabay caught up with Ben Wallis, writer and director of Ghost of the Mountains, by email. Trailer for Ghost of the Mountains via Youtube.com. Mongabay: What drew you to make this film? Wallis: This film documents the behind the scenes adventures that took place as we attempted to film snow leopards for Born In China, a Disneynature movie. As soon as we knew we were making the film and had decided to film snow leopards, it was clear that a behind the scenes film would be very compelling. Mongabay: Snow leopards are often
Josephs transfer is now complete, and hes at FCI Coleman Low and no longer in SHU. He would really appreciate starting to receive letters, books, postcards, articles, etc. again. He just arrived at Coleman yesterday, but so far is doing well with starting to settle in there.
You can order a book for him of his book wish list here (make sure its mailed to his Coleman address) and send him mail to:
Joseph Buddenberg #12746-111
FCI Coleman Low
PO Box 1031
Coleman, FL 33521
September 21 is the international Day of Struggle Against
Monoculture Tree Plantations. The Campaign to STOP GE Trees is
coordinating with the World Rainforest
Movement to speak out against the social and ecological dangers
associated with tree plantations. Join us and share the following
stories and videos online to help spread this important
Video: Ten Replies to Ten Lies about Tree Plantations
This new short video summarizes the ten top lies of the timber and pulp industries in their justification of destroying native forests for the expansion of industrial tree plantations.
Duncan's face and body are covered in wounds and scars. His eyes
ask only for affection.
Sarah Rosenberg, community engagement manager for the LifeLine Animal Project in Atlanta, was there at just the right moment to give it to Duncan.
"One look at his chewed-up face and I knew he had been through a living hell, but his eyes were soft and warm and invited me to hold him," Rosenberg tells The Dodo. "I opened his kennel, and he melted into my arms."
Credit: LifeLine Animal ProjectDuncan had been found in bad shape on a porch in Atlanta, just after Hurricane Irma blew through. An animal control officer brought him to the shelter on September 14.
Credit: LifeLine Animal ProjectThat...
A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 SR2 will flyby Earth at a very close distance of 0.24 LD (~92 160 km / 57 265 miles) at 20:29 UTC on September 20, 2017. This is the second known near-Earth asteroid to flyby Earth at a distance of 1 LD today, the third...... Read more
A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 SM2 flew past Earth at 0.81 LD (~311 040 km / 193 271 miles) on September 20, 2017. This is the 30th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 LD since the start of the year and the second within the past 7 days, according to...... Read more
A bright green fireball was recorded above Montgomery, Alabama around 08:00 UTC (03:00 CDT) on September 19, 2017. The event lasted between 1 and 2 seconds and was recorded by a security camera. At this time, the American Meteor Society has no reports about this...... Read more
Six years ago, Michael Petruzzi lost his wife to cancer but
in some ways, she's never really left.
For as long as Michael had known her, his wife had been an avid bird lover. Throughout her life, she'd adopted numerous feathered companions whom she doted upon like real members of her family. Michael had always liked them too, but admits that he couldn't quite understand why she was so devoted to them going as far as to decline travel opportunities just to remain close at hand.
"I never knew how much she loved them," Michael tells The Dodo. "She had no children. They were her babies."
Now, Michael says he understands.
Credit: Michael PetruzziWhen Michael's wife became ill, she had 20 cockatiels under her care: "She would adopt so many. Because she loved them," Michael says.
Credit: Michael PetruzziSix years have gone by now since he lost his wife, but Michael still tears up when talking about her. In that time, four birds she'd left to him have passed away from old age. Still, he's heartened to share his golden years with the remaining four senior birds under his care creatures whom his wife had loved so dearly.
translated by Earth First! Journal
September 17, Albi, in the capital of crime, because crime pays.
Two members of FUMIER, who wanted to swap away whatsapps picture of laughing kittens, suddenly found themselves without the internet! They had already heard of Oranges participation in the capitalist world, somewhat hegemonic and somewhat in the brim So this network problem was really the drop that overflowed the pot
Without wasting time, they sent a fax, and decided to meet up that same night with the (bio) devil in Vigan Square. Furiously, they left quickly in the direction of Orange offices to file a complaint, and there they were offered a series of vehicles from that company. Without wasting time, five of them immediately were set fire! In fact, the secretary-general and his vice-mayor, who were always very angry people, placed several lighters under the front wheels.
That night, capitalism sobbed in fear, trembling with anguish, before the sudden birth of the United Front of Insurrectionalist Movements of Rural Areas!
The General Secretary, at the hands of his Vice-President, invites you to create local sections of DUNGHILL [FUMIER, ndt]. Because we are all and all DUNGHILL, and DUNGHILL is everywhere.
P.S .: We were a bit angry, but this is going to be worse, lets know!
Albi [Francia]: Atto di creazione di F.U.M.I.E.R (17/09/2017)
Fronte Unito di Movimenti Insurrezionalisiti delle Aree Rurali [F.U.M.I....
Photos and commentary by Anne Petermann, Executive Director, Global Justice Ecology Project (Exception: the last two photos are by GJEP Co-Director/Strategist Orin Langelle)
In June 2011 the Tree Biotechnology Conference hosted by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations took place in Bahia, Brazil where many industrial eucalyptus plantations are concentrated and where future plantations of genetically engineered eucalyptus trees are planned.
On Wednesday, June 29th, I joined conference participants for a tour of a eucalyptus plantation owned by Veracel, a major Brazil-based pulp and paper corporation. This photo essay describes the field trip, which shows eucalyptus plantations from their beginnings in the clonal greenhouse, to their end in the pulp mill. The tour was mainly a public relations ploy by Veracel and began at their visitors center next to to a patch of wild forest surrounded by eucalyptus plantations.
The photos below describe the Veracel guided tour of eucalyptus plantations:
First Stop: Veracel Forest Preserve where children and visitors are educated about the importance of eucalyptus pulp and the greenness of Veracel. Note that the human figure in the poster is exhibiting total dominance over the trees.
On the way into the forest preserve, children and visitors are presented with a native forest monster and representations of some of the scary wildlife that live in forests.
In the 6,000 hectare forest preserve consisting mainly of formerly logged lands and some primary forest, participants were treated to a canopy rope bridge and photo shoots with 4 large trees we encountered on the path. Most of the forest contained very young trees.
Its true that you wont find your pup binge-watching Game of
Thrones any time soon (even with all the direwolves), but that
doesnt mean dogs dont like TV far from it.
While the TV-watching habits (and tastes) of dogs are quite different from our own, plenty of dogs take pleasure in watching TV, and, under the right circumstances, leaving the screen on while youre away can even be beneficial for your pup.
When deciding whether or not to leave the TV playing for your dog, there are two things pet owners should keep in mind, explains Dr. Patrick Melese, a board-certified veterinary behaviorist in San Diego what the program is and what is normal for your dog in your household.
Those who tend to leave the TV tuned to a certain station as background noise when theyre home, be it cable news or a nature channel, should consider leaving the TV on the same channel when they head to work to make the transition easier for their pup.
Part of what youre trying to do is create an acoustical, visual environment that doesnt rock their boat. Whereas if you shut down the TV, close all the windows, do all the things you do when youre going to be gone all day, youre giving the dog a lot of things they have to deal with, Melese tells The Dodo.
No matter what station you choose for your dog, it is important to try it out first so you have an idea of what your pup will be exposed to while youre away.
Melese suggests sitting with your pet in front of the TV for an hour or so to assess how they respond to a program. If all things go well, and your dog benefits from it, watching TV can help your pup forget that his beloved person is gone.
Why are our dogs so engaged with the TV images in the first place? If your dog tends to bark or become excited when he sees a fellow pup on the screen, it is, in part, thanks to advancements in TV technology. In the decades since TV first entered the home, improvements in our viewing experience have had a profound effect on our pets.
This is my coworkers dog. We watch to see what he does when she's gone. He's watching TV pic.twitter.com/bsxSOBe56c&m...
Though jaegers look superficially like a species of gull, they have a quite different lifestyle (can birds have lifestyles?). Jaeger is the German word for hunter and that is exactly how the Parasitic Jaeger makes its living on the tundra. I found this active pair (*June 18, 2017) on a stretch of open tundra near 
from Dorset Hunt Sabs
With North camp up and running smoothly and a lovely base in the
South zone we enter the second week of the cruel badger murder. The
badger cull this year is covering pretty much all of Dorset and
having people living throughout the county we have paid the odd
visit to some old hot haunts in West Dorset. We can report things
are going very well throughout all three Dorset zones and we are
finding things in numerous locations and calling the pixies in to
assist us ! Sadly we were too
late for one poor soul as you can see in the enlarged photo from
the blood that remained in the cage from the day before but the
pixies assure us this wont happen again. This really does show how
concerned everyone is with bio security !!
We have found some beautiful setts complete with latrines whilst patrolling across the county which are all safely plotted on the map.
How can you help ??
1. Send us details of any setts you know about in Dorset incase
we do not have them plotted on our map.
2. Donate money we are travelling many miles across 2 and sometimes 3 zones in multiple vehicles and have accommodation in South and a camp in the North running costs. Not to mention new equipment we need which is not cheap !
3. Have you got an old iPhone kicking around ?? We could put it to serious use if you want to donate it condition does not matter it just needs to work !
4. If you see any badgers at the side of the road anywhere in Dorset please report them to us ASAP.
5. Come and join us either sett surveying, on a training walk or on a nightly patrol. We are a friendly group of people without egos or dramas who are getting the job done and with more help we could be as effective right across the county.
6. To give info or offers of help please send us a PM direct or email us at ...
Photo of (non-GE) eucalyptus monoculture plantation in Florida In July of this year Global Justice Ecology Project, the Campaign to stop GE Trees and a handful of other organizations, were successful in collecting signatures and comments from... Read More
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On September 8, 2017, an FBI agent attempted to visit a comrade in western North Carolina. They visited a house, and the person there stepped outside to talk to the agent, who repeatedly asked if the comrade in question lived there. The person at the house did not engage with those questions, and instead insisted on a card from the agent that a lawyer could call later. The agent said it was regarding a case being handled by another office.
This comes at a time when anarchists have been standing up to a grand jury and other FBI harassment across the state of North Carolina. The person who the FBI agent was seeking secured legal representation. On September 13, 2017, their lawyer called a number the agent wrote down, and the FBI specified that they were actually looking to speak with the persons child, a minor. The FBI said that they were seeking the original person because a legal guardian had to be present for the agent to talk to the minor. During that call the agent stated she wanted to ask about graffiti on a car related to a case being investigated by the FBI Field Office in Raleigh, NC. The minor in question has now secured legal representation. Nobody above is speaking to the FBI.
We cannot just hope that harassment like this stops. Get educated on how to protect yourself if the FBI shows up. If you are approached by the FBI, refuse to answer their questions. Know your rights! Please read If An Agent Knocks for more information. We cannot let them intimidate us and raise fear and distrust.
If An Agent Knocks: https://ccrjustice.org/if-agent-knocks-booklet
[Earth First! Newswire editors note: The FBI appears to have taken a special interest in North Carolina activists lately. See this article and the articles it links to for more information.]
DESIGNER HURRICANE MARIA BISECTING PUERTO RICO POSITION AND INTENSITY UPDATE 9:00 AM AST Wed Sep 20 Max sustained winds: 145 mph [~235 km/h, Cat. 4B hurricane on FEWW New Hurricane Scale] Location: 18.3N, 66.3W Moving: NW at 13 mph Min pressure: 927 mb Interesting Cloud Formations Filed under: News Alert Tagged: Cat. 4 hurricane, HURRICANE 
Guest rant by David Middleton Science denial not limited to political right September 19, 2017 In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, many claims have been made that science denial, particularly as it relates to climate change, is primarily a problem of the political right.  UIC Today Thats like saying in the wake
A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 SQ2 flew past Earth at a very close distance of 0.53 LD (~203 520 km / 126 461 miles) on September 14, 2017. The object flew past us 4 days before it was discovered. Asteroid 2017 SQ2 belongs to the Apollo group of...... Read more
Pangolins, one of the most trafficked mammals in the world, are fast disappearing from earth. Yet, we know very little about these solitary animals. Even basic information such as pangolins populations is severely lacking, scientists say, making it difficult to plan conservation actions to save the animals. Now, with the help of the Mro tribe in Bangladesh, researchers have found that pangolins do persist in many forested areas of the country, but in small, isolated populations. The numbers of these armored mammals have plummeted in Bangladesh largely due to poaching for their scales, concluded the study published in PlosOne. Lead author of the study, Scott Trageser of the Creative Conservation Alliance in Dhaka, Bangladesh, said that they first started looking into pangolins when a local honey collector in Lawachara National Park in northeast Bangladesh told them of a large, scaled fish, bon rui that was lurking in the forest. Lawachara is our main study site in the northeast but we had never seen a pangolin in years of surveying, said Trageser. This was exciting new information for us in 2015 so we began searching for a live individual as virtually nothing was known about them in Bangladesh. When we discovered the presence of several pangolins in Lawachara, we went one step further and decided to research which forested areas country-wide still harbored pangolins. The study found that pangolins occur in small, isolated populations in Lawachara National Park and surrounding areas. Photo by anonymous (public domain). Some of the studys findings
By Roger Roots, J.D., Ph.D., Founder, Lysander Spooner University www.lysanderspooneruniversity.com Glacier National Park (GNP) straddles the continental divide along Montanas border with Canada. Ever since Al Gores 2006 film, An Inconvenient Truth, the Park has been seen as ground zero in the international battle over manmade global warming. Almost every major figure promoting apocalyptic-manmade-global-warming-by-CO2 hysteria
Arctic sea ice has dwindled to its summer minimum for 2017, with its smallest extent for the year clocking in at 4.64m square kilometres (sq km) on 13 September.
At 1.58m sq km below the 1981-2010 average, this puts 2017 as the eight lowest summer minimum in the satellite record, according to preliminary figures from the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC). The record low remains 3.39m sq km, which was set in 2012.
Even though it wasnt a record low, an NSIDC scientist tells Carbon Brief that the long-term downwards trend has continued with sea ice extent falling below 5m sq km again this year. This had never happened in the satellite record before 2007.
Scientists have been tracking the daily changes in Arctic sea ice cover using satellites in a continuous record that stretches back to 1978-79. Notable events, such as the annual minimum and maximum extents, serve as an indicator of how the Arctic is changing as global temperatures rise.
Back in March, Arctic sea ice hit its lowest winter maximum on record for the third year in a row. Since then, Arctic sea ice has been on its annual decline through the melt season of spring and summer.
Scientists keep a close eye around the time the low is normally reached usually early-to-mid september then look for signs of ice accumulating again in order to pinpoint exactly when the summer minimum extent is reached.
This year, that minimum point was on 13 September, when Arctic sea ice extent declined to 4.64m sq km.
That means nine of the 10 lowest summer minima in the satellite record have occurred in the last 10 years, says Prof Julienne Stroeve, a professor of polar observation and modelling at University College London and senior research scientist at the NSIDC. She tells Carbon Brief:
Even though we didnt reach a new record low, the extent fell below 5m sq km, something which never happened before 2007.
The chart below shows how the Arctic sea ice extent (sq km) has changed from May to September over the past five years. Years shown...
From an Article by Susan Glickman, EcoWatch.com, September 15, 2017
As a native Floridian, I chose to ride out Hurricane Irma in my hometown of Tampajust a few miles north of where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play football. Like millions of other Floridians who evacuated low-lying beach communities for higher ground, I had the obvious safety concerns and worries about whether I would even have a home to return to. But as a public interest advocate who has worked on climate and energy issues every day for almost two decades, I also have intense concerns about the growing climate change/hurricane nexus.
So when EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt says its insensitive to
Floridians and Texans to talk about climate change during hurricane
emergencies, I say he missed the boat as to whats truly
Whats insensitive is not talking about the links between warmer surface water temperatures and more intense weather events. Whats insensitive is dismantling the Clean Power Plan that was put in place to reduce climate-changing carbon pollution. Whats insensitive is unraveling the environmental protections we all rely on so allies in the oil and gas industry can continue to pollute for free and have consumers pick up the tab.
Plain and simple, we are altering the climate of our planet for all living beings just so that a few people can make money selling, trading and producing fuels and products that emit greenhouse gas emissions. Its not okay and its got to stop.
Increased greenhouse gas emissions are fueling more extreme weather events. Its just that simple. The warmer ocean temperatures in the Atlantic and the gulf are contributing to more intense hurricanes. Climate change is causing sea level rise that adds to the threat of coastal flooding.
We have needed to act to reduce emissions for a long time, but now we are at a true crossroads. The Arctic is melting, and the permafrost is thawing. As goes the Arctic, so goes Florida. We must take serious action now to both adapt to the climate change impacts that are inevitable from carbon pollution already in the pipeline and to reduce our emissions and future impacts by transforming to a low-carbon economy.
Make no mistake, weve known about the problem for a long time. In 1965, three weeks after his inauguration,...
A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit Auckland Islands, New Zealand at 01:43 UTC (13:43 local time) on September 20, 2017. The quake hit at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). GFZ Potsdam (GEOFON) is reporting the same magnitude and depth....... Read more
From The Daily Caller Michael Bastasch 4:08 PM 09/18/2017 Former President Al Gore said Monday that Hurricane Harvey brought once in 500,000 year rainfall to parts of Texas, only to be questioned by scientists challenging his data. Within the last two weeks we have had two more record-breaking, climate-connected storms, Gore said at an World
The term controversial is inadequate to describe the So Manoel Dam. It is located only 700 m from the Kayab Indigenous Land and has already provoked a series of confrontations with the indigenous people (see here, here, here and here). As with other dams, So Manoel can be expected to negatively affect the fish and turtles that are vital food sources for the Kayab, Munduruku and Apiac indigenous groups. It also destroys sacred sites, as well as gravesites and archaeological locations that are revered by the group (see here), among many other impacts (see here and here). So Manoel is on the Teles Pires River in Brazils state of Mato Grosso. It is one of the 43 existing or planned large (> 30 MW installed capacity) dams in the Tapajs Basin (see here). The dam received its operating license on 5 September 2017, signed by the head (president) of IBAMA (Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources), which is the federal agency responsible for environmental licensing. This will allow the reservoir to be filled. The head of IBAMA overrode the formal technical opinion (parecer) of the agencys licensing department, which concluded that The absence of data that have been requested, and the noncompliance with demands made in several technical opinions issued by IBAMA that are identified here, impedes the present analysis from visualizing the true magnitude of the environmental impacts . Therefore, the present technical opinion will not present suggestions for preconditions for the operating license so long
Each Andean bear has distinct facial markings that can be used to identify individual bears. Credit: Julie Larsen Maher WCS There is only one bear species from South America the Andean bear (Tremarctos ornatus). Sometimes called the spectacled bear due to its cream-colored facial markings that can look like eyeglasses, these bears are found in parts of southern Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, and northern Argentina. Mostly shy and highly intelligent, Andean bears find refuge on the forested slopes of the Andes mountain range from which they get their name, often at 5-8,000 feet above sea level, and occasionally as high as 15,000 feet above sea level. Andean bears resemble the North American black bears in appearance, but are not closely related to them. Their nearest relatives were probably an extinct North American bear species called short-faced bears. Those bears grew to enormous sizes (as big as 12 feet when standing on its hind legs), and may have been among the largest land carnivores of that time. Todays Andean bears are not as big as their ancestors, with adult males weighing up to 400 pounds, and females slightly smaller. They are also less carnivorous than their extinct cousins likely were, subsisting on fruits, flowers, and other vegetation more so than meat. In the tropical forests where they are found, Andean bears spend much of their time in trees, often building nests where they sleep for the night. Andean bears are skilled at climbing trees and building nests in them
As recently as a few thousand years ago, the Indonesian island of Sumba was home to miniature elephants, giant rats and dragons, according to fossil discoveries reported in a scientific journal last month. The expedition marks the first discovery of a Komodo dragon fossil outside the islets off of Flores, an island east of Bali, prompting one scientist to wonder if the creatures might be reintroduced in Sumba. The report, published last month in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, described fossils of dwarf elephants (Stegodon florensis insularis), rodents as big as cats, and the worlds largest living lizard, the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), the only one of the group that still exists. The island of Sumba in eastern Indonesia. Image by Gunkarta via Wikimedia Commons. Some of these species are estimated to have inhabited Sumba as recently as 12,000 years ago, according to the paper. The expedition took place in 2011 and 2014 when scientists from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) collected fossils from several deposits on Sumba, part of a group of islands tucked between the continental shelves of Asia and Australia. The archipelago, known as Wallacea, was named in honor of the biologist Alfred Russel Wallace, who first identified the borders of species distribution across the region in the 19th century. The region received global attention in 2004 when a group of archaeologists described fossils of an extinct tiny human, dubbed the hobbit, or Homo floresiensis, on Flores, just north of Sumba. The discovery of
USGS Event Page
2017-09-19 18:14:39 UTC
5km ENE of Raboso, Mexico
51 km depth
All Groups FIRE-EARTH V-E Alert: RJV3 [Issued by FIRE-EARTH Science Team.] Details are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. Related Link: FIRE-EARTH V-E Alert: PDN3 Filed under: News Alert Tagged: Fire-Earth Alert, FIRE-EARTH PULSARS, FIRE-EARTH Science, FIRE-EARTH V-E Alert, PDN3, RJV3, V-E Alert
Heba-574M M 6.1 256km W of Auckland Island, New Zealand Magnitude 6.1 Earthquake Strikes W of Auckland Island, New Zealand Magnitude: 6.1 mww Location: 50.371S, 162.550E; 256km W of Auckland Island, New Zealand Depth: 10km Time: 2017-09-20 at 01:43:30 UTC Other Earthquakes in NZ: Magnitude 5.1 Earthquake Strikes Cook Strait Magnitude: 5.1 Location: 41.48S, 
I called the Arctic sea-ice turn upwards a few days ago here. From NASA/GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER and the you could also say 31st highest on record department. End-of-summer Arctic sea ice extent is eighth lowest on record Arctic sea ice appeared to have reached its yearly lowest extent on Sept. 13, NASA and the
A judge at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Canada has ruled that a financial disclosure case related to alleged money-laundering by relatives of the former chief minister and current governor of the Malaysian state of Sarawak, Abdul Taib Mahmud, will be held in public.
The case, brought by the Swiss-based Bruno Manser Fund (BMF), targets the multinational real estate corporation Sakto, which was incorporated in 1983 by Taibs daughter, Jamilah, and his brother, Onn Mahmud, and soon became one of the largest players in the Ottawa real estate sector.
A first hearing took place in Toronto on August 21 this year under...
The earthquake occurred 5km ENE of Raboso, Mexico, State of Puebla on Tuesday, 2017-09-19 at 18:14:39 UTC. Places nearby: Raboso, 4.5 km (2.8 mi) ENE; Izcar de Matamoros,7.2 km (4.5 mi) ESE; Atencingo, 23.6 km (14.7 mi) ENE; Atlixco, 36.1 km (22.4 mi) S; Puebla, 55.0 km (34.1 mi) SSW. (Est. population of 4,487,672 affected) . North America Mexico | 
Instead of shipping poached rhino horns whole or in chunks, transnational criminal networks have started manufacturing jewelry and other rhino-horn trinkets in southern Africa, according to a new report from conservation NGO Traffic. Beads, bangles and other carved rhino-horn trinkets have previously been found in destination countries like Vietnam and China. However, manufacturing such products before shipping them out of Africa represents a new tactic for evading detection, and indicates a possible shift in consumer demand. An undercover photograph of raw and carved rhino horn for sale in Vietnam. Image courtesy of Wildlife Justice Commission. I think it makes it extraordinarily difficult for law enforcement agencies, said Julian Rademeyer, a South Africa-based project leader for Traffic and one of the authors of the report. They are already overstretched and under-resourced, and whos going to be able to stop someone walking through an airport wearing a rhino-horn bracelet or bangle or beads, or carrying them in a bag? Its not the sort of thing that law enforcement agencies and customs officials are looking for. Theyre looking for whole horns or chunks of horns. Evidence that criminal networks of Chinese origin are processing jewelry and trinkets in Africa also suggests that rhinos are not only being poached for the perceived value of rhino horns for medicinal purposes or as a status symbol. In some ways the trade is morphing into a luxury market, particularly in China, it would seem, where there is demand from consumers for these objects, Rademeyer said. A rapidly
Music has a unique ability to inspire awareness and action about important issues and were excited to welcome a living legend onto the program to discuss that very topic. Bruce Cockburn, well known for his outspoken support of environmental and humanitarian causes, appears on this episode of the Mongabay Newscast. Cockburns multi-decade career has yielded 33 records, including his latest, Bone On Bone. This week, he will be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame alongside another outspoken icon, Neil Young. We spoke with Cockburn about how he came to his ecological worldview and why he wrote iconic songs like If a Tree Falls and If I Had A Rocket Launcher, as well as similar songs on his new record. We also discuss whether or not Cockburn agrees with what Paul Simon told us when he appeared on the Mongabay Newscast about hope being more inspiring than fear. Our second guest is Amanda Lollar, founder and president of Bat World Sanctuary, a wildlife rehabilitation center in Texas. Lollar discusses the efforts of a number of dedicated wildlife rehabbers, including staff at Bat World Sanctuary, who took action in the wake of Hurricane Harvey to rescue wild animals in Houston and other impacted areas. Heres this episodes top news: Fishing mortality of mako sharks ten times higher than fisheries estimates India and Nepal team up to rescue flooded rhinos Indigenous communities resist Chinese mining in Amazonian Ecuador Uncontacted Amazon indigenous groups reportedly attacked by outsiders Central Africas ivory trade shifts underground,
Kyle Hull has been dating his girlfriend Emily for around a year
now, and everything between them is going great. Everyone in her
life seems to love him except for her 5-year-old dog, Tuukka.
Tuukka has been with his mom for around four years now and, for the
longest time, was not happy to be sharing her with another
He was not thrilled about me when he first met me, Hull told The Dodo. There was no hatred, but it was obvious that he thought I was entering his territory and was incredibly protective of Emily.
Credit: Kyle HullEven after a year had passed, Tuukka was still not quite on board with Hull. He refused to let Hull sit alone with his mom on the couch, he wouldnt come to Hull when he called for him and only allowed Hull to scratch him on his own terms.
Credit: Kyle HullThe worst part was attempting to sleep in bed; his spot for the last four years had been right next to Emily on the pillow, and now that I have moved in, he has had to move which he has been very reluctant to do, Hull said.
Credit: Kyle HullEmily also has a pit bull named Zoey, who fell in love with Hull right away, so he just couldnt figure out why Tuukka was so reluctant to love him, too. Since a year had passed with no real progress, Hull decided to take his efforts to the next level by enticing Tuukka with one of his favorite things: a car ride.
Public Release: 18-Sep-2017 From Eurekalert University of Sussex IMAGE: Smart meter campaign poster in London Underground. view more Credit: Image by Benjamin Sovacool Lack of consumer engagement, insufficient information, and inadequate attention to vulnerability has slowed down the UK rollout of energy smart meters, according to a new study by researchers at the University of
An anonymous phone call to police near Dallas, Texas, led
rescuers to a very sad scene.
In a dilapidated shack, police found a young horse standing by the body of her mother. They called Becky's Hope Horse Rescue for help.
Credit: Becky's Hope Horse Rescue"The mom had died a few days before," Sarah McGregor, a spokeswoman for Becky's Hope, told The Dodo. "Who really knows how long they had been there?"
Credit: Becky's Hope Horse Rescue
Credit: Becky's Hope Horse RescueThey named her Silvie and brought her back to the rescue where she could recover from being abandoned and losing her mom.
Credit: Becky's Hope Horse Rescue"She is still pretty submissive with everyone and the other animals," McGregor said. But rescuers have discovered she loves getting pets and back scratches.
Gary Stokes was sure hed find sharks on the boat dead ones that
fishermen had illegally taken from the ocean. But two weeks ago,
when Stokes and a few colleagues and police officers boarded the Fu
Yuan Yu 9608, a Chinese fishing vessel anchored off the coast of
Timor-Leste, a small country in Southeast Asia, they initially
didnt find anything.
They hadnt looked in the freezer hatch, though, which was located in the bottom of the boat and when they did, they got a huge shock.
Credit: Jake Parker/Sea Shepherd GlobalI asked the crew onboard to open it up and I made sure that we had an armed police officer posted at the hatch as I didnt fancy being locked in a minus-28-degree [Celsius] freezer [minus 18 degrees Fahrenheit] Stokes, the Southeast Asia director of Sea Shepherd Global, told The Dodo. As I descended the ladder all I could see below was sharks. Greeting me at the bottom of the ladder was a 1.5-meter to 2-meter zebra shark."
Credit: Jake Parker/Sea Shepherd GlobalZebra sharks are listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), so catching and killing this shark was illegal. But it wasnt just one zebra shark in the freezer Gary spotted several others, along with the bodies of other shark and ray species, such as shovelnose guitarfish.
Credit: Jake Parker/Sea Shepherd GlobalI felt numb, as always, Stokes said. Ive seen too many dead sharks now for it to affect me. That said, seeing so many babies hit home hard.
A major earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.1 hit Puebla, Mexico at 18:14 UTC (13:14 local time) on September 19, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 51 km (31.7 miles). EMSC is reporting M7.1 at a depth of 30 km (18.6 miles). This earthquake comes just 12...... Read more
Solar wind impacts on giant space hurricanes may affect satellite safety From EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY Could the flapping of a butterflys wings in Costa Rica set off a hurricane in California? The question has been scrutinized by chaos theorists, stock-market analysts and weather forecasters for decades. For most people, this hypothetical scenario may be difficult
KMPH-902T M7.1 Earthquake Strikes 5km ENE of Raboso, Mexico USGS The quake violently shook high-rise buildings in the Mexico City megalopolis, sending tens of thousands of scared residents fleeing into the streets. Unknown no. of buildings have collapsed; major structural damage reported in parts of the capital. Large plumes of dusts were seen rising at 
A chimpanzee now known as Rudy was one of the youngest to ever
come into the care of a sanctuary in Liberia.
Credit: Liberia Chimpanzee RescueRudy arrived at Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue (LCR) after he was confiscated by Liberia Forestry Development Authority and taken in by a man named Rudolph, who runs a wildlife sanctuary for other animals in Liberia.
Credit: Liberia Chimpanzee RescueRudy was obviously scared and confused. His family had been killed for bushmeat and he was being traded as a pet when authorities found him.
Credit: Liberia Chimpanzee RescueThat's because he got the food and shelter he needed at the sanctuary but he also found someone special who helped him feel safe.
Three years that's how long Milo and Princess, two pit bulls
living in Fort Worth, Texas, spent chained up in their owner's
It's likely they forgot life had anything else to offer them other than a little plot of land with a ramshackle dog house. Their expressions were totally devoid of hope.
But when Judy Obregon, founder of local rescue organization The Abandoned Ones (TAO), arrived to help the pit bulls, they seemed to start to perk up.
Credit: TAOMilo and Princess strained against the pull of their chains to try to get closer to their rescuer.
Credit: TAOBut then rescuers had a stroke of luck the owners finally decided to surrender Milo and Princess to TAO instead of keeping them chained in the yard. "After three years they are free," Walker said.
Some people were walking along a boardwalk in Scotland, enjoying
the ocean views, when they looked off to the side and noticed a
fox, trapped under some metal wiring next to the
Credit: Scottish SPCAIt seemed the poor fox had tried to get himself under the wiring, but got stuck halfway through and couldnt move at all. He ended up completely wedged between the wiring and the rocks underneath it. Wanting to help, the passersby contacted the Scottish SPCA, hoping it could help free the little guy. Jan Toraman, an animal rescue officer with the Scottish SPCA, arrived to help, but quickly realized it was going to be trickier than they thought.
Credit: Scottish SPCADue to the little fox being trapped in a very strange and awkward space, it wasnt an easy rescue, Toraman said in a press release.
Credit: Scottish SPCAThis fox was very lucky to have been discovered as he would have perished otherwise, Toraman said.
By Dr. Roy Spencer. Partly in response to the crazy claims of the usual global warming experts (Stevie Wonder, Beyonc, Jennifer Lawrence, Mark Ruffalo, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Pope Francis), I decided to write another Kindle e-book. This one is entitled, Inevitable Disaster: Why Hurricanes Cant Be Blamed On Global Warming.
The production of AMAZONIA LOT 1-AB needs your help. Please donate at their Kickstarter campaign. Dark secrets of poisoned waters in the remote Peruvian Amazon are revealed in AMAZONIA LOT 1-AB (in production) a documentary political thriller where indigenous... Read More
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Hurricane "Jose" is a large tropical cyclone now swirling off the coast of the eastern United States, producing dangerous surf and rip conditions along the coast for several more days. At 15:00 UTC (11:00 EDT) on September 19, 2017, the center of Hurricane...... Read more
At least 56 people have been killed, nearly 200 000 are homeless and more than 11 000 homes have been destroyed by floods since the start of the rainy season in May, country's interior ministry reported Tuesday, September 19, 2017. The hardest hit is capital...... Read more
The Maran River in Peru and site of the proposed Pongo de Manseriche dam, which researchers say would be so catastrophically harmful to the environment that it should not be built. Photo by Rocky Contos, used under a CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license The Amazon and its tributaries are slated for intense hydroelectric development, aimed at supplying electricity to South Americas 400 million residents and for energy-intensive industries such as mining and smelting. But environmental groups and scientists have raised serious concerns over the huge impact of such dams, built within one of the most biodiverse and productive ecosystems on Earth. More than 275 dams are currently planned for the Amazon River basin, with most proposed for the Andes Mountains, where steep gorges allow for deep storage reservoirs. But in a paper published in PLoS ONE this August, the Amazon Waters Initiative expert working group predicted that these Andean dams could have severe environmental impacts downstream, affecting the entire Amazon basin, and threatening the livelihoods, diet and health of millions of people. The international research team combined historical data from Amazonian rivers with mechanistic models to predict the impact of six mega-dams currently proposed or under development in the Andes: four in Peru, the Pongo de Manseriche dam on the Maran River, the Inambari dam on the Inambari River, TAM 40 on the Ucayali River, and Pongo de Aguirre on the Huallaga River; plus two mega-dams in Bolivia, Agosto del Bala on the Beni River, and Rositas on the Grande River.
Photos and commentary by Anne Petermann, Executive Director, Global Justice Ecology Project (Exception: the last two photos are by GJEP Co-Director/Strategist Orin Langelle) In June 2011 the Tree Biotechnology Conference hosted by the International Union of Forest Research... Read More
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BTT-291D Significant earthquakes rattle Westwood, CA and Albion, IL USGS Earthquake Strikes 5km NW of Westwood, California Magnitude: 3.6 ml [USGS] Location: 34.087N 118.476W Depth: 10.5 km Time: 2017-09-19 06:20:44 (UTC) Felt Reports: 8,422 Responses Earthquake Strikes 12km ENE of Albion, Illinois Magnitude: 3.8 mw Location: 38.424N 87.910W Depth: 11.7 km Time: 2017-09-19 11:47:28 (UTC) 
WE WERE WRONG, CLIMATE SCIENTISTS CONCEDE Ben Webster, The Times Catastrophic impacts of climate change can still be avoided, according to scientists who have admitted they were too pessimistic about the chances of limiting global warming. The world has warmed more slowly than had been predicted by computer models, which were on the hot side
from Save Bialowieza
In our previous post we already wrote that after the Luxemburg hearing of Polish minister of environment logging, violence towards activists and hurried selling of wood are continued just as before. For example, on the 12th and 13th of September the harvesters logged over 160-year-old spruces and some almost 200-year-old oaks in the section 228ba. Therefore, activists are still blocking the logging and the machines whenever possible. They will not give up and will remain in the Forest as long as it is necessary.
What cannot be agreed upon is not only the logging itself, but also the arrogance, aggression and violence of forest guards, supported by the police, towards the activists. During yesterdays peaceful protest activists were pulled out of the site. The situation got very violent one of the activists was thrown to the ground, another one chained to the tree with a metal wire. The guards were blocking the possibility of contacting the lawyers, they tried to stop the recording, and they refused to show their ID, which is obligatory.
One of the activists was taken to the hospital. The Forest Guards strangled him, put his face in the ground. The doctors stated the hematoma on the head and cuts on the neck.
The situation is getting ridiculous. The minister in lying in Luxemburg, the guards are protecting illegal cutting, the activists are still here, with their human and citizens rights being broken. The peaceful protests are being violently pacified. Amongst so many problems in the world this one can get lost. But it cannot Bialowieza Forest ois one of the most important nature areas in the world!!
Peaceful protests have to go on! We need more activists urgently, to support the case and show solidarity!
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by Rabbit Ridge Resistance / Earth First! Newswire
In solidarity with sovereign rights of all indigenous people and exploited and oppressed people everywhere; in the interest of social justice and the elimination of racism, xenophobia, we have conducted, in accordance with common industrial safety procedures, an emergency lock-out/tagout operation of the Diamond Pipeline Damascus Pump Station Van Buren County, Arkansas. This action was taken by the people of the Natural State to protect the public safety.
This pipeline is unsafe. We know this from years of extensive monitoring, study, and observation supported with hard evidence ie photos, federal regulation, and personal observations by subject matter experts.
Almost six months after the authorized U.S. Corps of Engineers permit (USCOE) expired, rapid, unsafe, and shoddy construction practices continue violating OSHA, USCOE, and modern pipeline standards. Indigenous sacred areas associated with the Trail of Tears and newly identified locations are jeopardized. 14 Counties, 13 major rivers and creeks, 11 drinking water watersheds, 4 Arkansas NRC Priority Watersheds, 10 Critically Endangered Species, 2 Nuclear reactors as well as major portions of the Arkansas and Mississippi River, 5 Heritage crossing sites, and countless homes, farms and property owners are affected.
Using an eminent domain provision of the State Constitution -created in the last century, as well as very special Nationwide Work Permits from the USCOE, the Diamond Pipeline has been drilled, dug, and blasted across the Natural state. Plains-All American/Valero used every loophole on the books to avoid common sense review, mediation, and mitigation while misrepresenting those that opposed the threat as terrorists.
Dissent is patriotic and at times the only valid means of dissent is Non-Violent Direct Action.
And so it is.. public inclusion would have averted these issues and found a valid, safe, and renewable form of energy supply. There are so many solidifie...
From New Scientist Sumatra: the Sunda trench lies close by far beneath the ocean Planet Observer/Getty By Michael Marshall Here is a radical solution to dangerous climate change: create lakes of liquid carbon dioxide on the seabed, and keep the greenhouse gas out of the air. As well as cutting our emissions of carbon dioxide,
from Freshet Collective
We are so grateful for the sacrifices you have made to defend what is sacred. We are still here on the ground battling every day within the Morton County court system to bring justice for all water protectors.
Freshet Collective is an indigenous run collective of 7 people working in Mandan, ND, continuing to support those who were arrested at Standing Rock. We are past the halfway point of cases (407 state and 7 federal cases still pending). More and more cases are being dismissed for lack of evidence to go forward, and we hope to continue to see this happen.
DO I HAVE AN OPEN CASE?
Morton County has put out warrants, dismissed cases, recharged water protectors, and failed to send mail or contact arrestees regarding scheduled court dates. Many water protectors are unsure about the status of their cases. Freshet Collective is here to help, support, and inform you about the court system, and provide resources that you need to understand what is happening with your case.
We have been in communication with 256 (out of 432) arrestees who have had their cases closed, and it is cl...
Recent trip to region uncovered survival of endemic salamander thought to be extinct
Dane Wigington GeoengineeringWatch.org Global climate engineering operations are creating ever more extreme weather and temperature whiplash scenarios. The immense scale of climate forcing being carried out by the geoengineers is wreaking havoc on the biosphere. Over 70 years of covert climate intervention and weather warfare (along with countless other forms of anthropogenic activity) has done unimaginable
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