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Monday, 20 November


Call-Out in Response to Imminent KXL Decision Earth First! Newswire

anonymous submission / Earth First! Newswire

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On Monday, November 20th, the Public Service Commission, an elected board representing the so-called state of Nebraska, will most likely vote in favor of approving Transcanadas route for the Keystone XL pipeline through the ancestral home of the Pawnee, Otoe, Ponca, Sioux and Omaha peoples. This vote comes on the heels of large public upheaval against this specific pipeline and a 200,000 gallon oil spill from the original Keystone pipeline this week. This is the last political hurdle the pipeline needs to clear before the state can then begin eminent domain proceedings to seize the few tract of lands that Transcanada currently doesnt have access too.

For years, the climate movement has concentrated its efforts on non-violent and democratic efforts to stop KXL. We, on the other hand, have never held hope for these efforts, for history has proven that democratic efforts are bent to the will of politicians, professional organizers and industry. We do not adhere to the democratic path, the dominant ideology, that enough signatures, enough non-profit dollars will be able to halt this black snake. It is naive to think that reasonable actions will halt this project, therefore, for us, to be of use means to resist.

We would like to inspire conversations around tactical responses to KXL and other pipelines because we do not want to march and go home. We want to see this pipeline ended and create a new opening, a tear in the fabric, to find even deeper affinity and explore what is possible. We are here to confront...


Radiative Heat Transfer by CO2 or whats the quality of your radiation? Watts Up With That?

Note: This is a contentious subject, and I have often shied away from it because it often erupts in food fights. However, Mr. Gill is making a good-faith effort here, and asks some relevant questions that I consider worth discussing. His original essay was sans graphics, and Ive added two relevant graphics to aid in

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Sunday, 19 November


COP23: Key outcomes agreed at the UN climate talks in Bonn Carbon Brief

Climate change was again placed at the centre of global diplomacy over the past two weeks as diplomats and ministers gathered in Bonn, Germany, for the latest annual round of United Nations climate talks.

COP23, the second conference of the parties since the Paris Agreement was struck in 2015, promised to be a somewhat technical affair as countries continued to negotiate the finer details of how the agreement will work from 2020 onwards.

However, it was also the first set of negotiations since the US, under the presidency of Donald Trump, announced its intention earlier this year to withdraw from the Paris deal. And it was the first COP to be hosted by a small-island developing state with Fiji taking up the presidency, even though it was being held in Bonn.

Carbon Brief covers all the summits key outcomes and talking points.

Two US delegations

After Trumps decision in June that he wanted to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement, all eyes were on the US official delegation to see how they would navigate the negotiations.

During the first week of the talks, a civil society group known as the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance called for the US delegation to be barred from attending the negotiations, due to its decision to leave the Paris deal.

Meanwhile, a seemingly pointed message was sent on day two of the COP, when Syria announced it would sign the Paris Agreement. This now leaves the US as the only country in the world stating it doesnt intend to honour the landmark deal.

However, the delegation itself kept a relatively low profile bar a ...


Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia The Watchers Latest articles

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit the Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia at 09:25 UTC (20:25 local time) on November 19, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 25.3 km (15.8 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 10 km (6.2...... Read more

Mapping functional diversity of forests with remote sensing The Watchers Latest articles

Productivity and stability of forest ecosystems strongly depend on the functional diversity of plant communities. UZH researchers have developed a new method to measure and map functional diversity of forests at different scales from individual trees to...... Read more


Over 15,000 Scientists Just Issued a Second Notice to Humanity. Will We Listen Now? Frack Check WV

CH4 and CO2 are greenhouse gases

Reassessing warning issued 25 years ago, the second notice to humanity warns of widespread misery and catastrophic biodiversity loss unless business-as-usual is upended

From an Article by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams, November 13, 2017

Humanity is not taking the urgent steps needed to safeguard our imperiled biosphere, over 15,000 scientists warned in a letter published November 13th.

Over 15,000 scientists hailing from more than 180 countries just issued a dire warning to humanity:

Time is running out to stop business as usual, as threats from rising greenhouse gases to biodiversity loss are pushing the biosphere to the brink.

The new warning was published in the international journal BioScience, and marks an update to the World Scientists Warning to Humanity issued by nearly 1,700 leading scientists 25 years ago.

The 1992 plea, which said Earth was on track to be irretrievably mutilated baring fundamental change, however, was largely unheeded.

Some people might be tempted to dismiss this evidence and think we are just being alarmist, said William Ripple, distinguished professor in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, and lead author of the new warning. Scientists are in the business of analyzing data and looking at the long-term consequences. Those who signed this second warning arent just raising a false alarm. They are acknowledging the obvious signs that we are heading down an unsustainable path.

The new statementa Second Notice to humanitydoes acknowledge that there have been some positive steps forward, such as the drop in ozone depleters and advancements in reducing hunger since the 1992 warning. But, by and large, humanity has done a horrible job of making progress. In fact, key environmental threats that demanded urgent attention a quarter of a century ago are even worse now.

Among the especially troubling trends, they write, are rising greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation, agricultural production, and the sixth mass extinction event...


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Virginia goes Don Quixote Watts Up With That?

State will defy Trump, double down on renewables and CO2 reductions and hurt poor families Guest essay by Paul Driessen Democrat Ralph Northam had barely won the Virginia governors race when his party announced it would impose a price on greenhouse gases emissions, require a 3% per year reduction in GHG emissions, and develop


Images of strange solar system visitor peel away some of the mystery The Watchers Latest articles

A strange visitor, either asteroid or comet, zipping through our solar system at a high rate of speed is giving astronomers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to examine up close an object from somewhere else in our galaxy. "Its a really rare...... Read more

Influx of Earth-bound positrons must have exotic origin, study suggests The Watchers Latest articles

The excess positrons arriving at Earth must have a more exotic origin than nearby pulsars, report researchers. Their results are based on observations from the High-Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) gamma-ray observatory in Mexico, which detects the shower of...... Read more

Solar minimum surprisingly constant The Watchers Latest articles

Using more than half a century of observations, Japanese astronomers have discovered that the microwaves coming from the Sun at the minimums of the past five solar cycles have been the same each time, despite large differences in the maximums of the cycles. In...... Read more


Climate Hypocrite President Macron Sucking Coal Power from Britain Watts Up With That?

Guest essay by Eric Worrall According to The Guardian, a temporary shortage of nuclear power in France forced France to buy substantial amounts of dirty coal power from Britain right at the time French President Macron was taunting President Trump, and pushing for climate trade tariffs against countries which do not share the EUs


Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, November 18, 2017 Geoengineering Watch

uuijDane Wigington Deception and devastation are the calling cards of the cabal that runs the world. While an unfortunately high percentage of global populations are still pretending that bigger picture events are not their concern, they will soon discover just how small the world really is. The November 18th installment of Global Alert News is below. What can


A Reply to Cook and Oreskes on Climate Science Consensus Watts Up With That?

By Warren Pearce, , Reiner Grundmann, Mike Hulme, Sujatha Raman, Eleanor Hadley Kershaw and Judith Tsouvalis Published in: Environmental Communication In their replies to our paper (Pearce et al., 2017), both Cook (2017) and Oreskes (2017) agree with our central point: that deliberating and mobilizing policy responses to climate change requires thinking beyond public belief in a scientific consensus.


Claim: plant respiration of CO2 into atmosphere underestimated by 30% Watts Up With That?

From the UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA and the blame the plants not the humans for climate model failures department. Carbon emissions by plant respiration will have large impact on climate Study finds that emission rates are 30 percent higher than previously predicted New findings by researchers from the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural


Reno sets new record for greatest annual precipitation, Nevada The Watchers Latest articles

After record daily rainfall on November 16, the city of Reno, Nevada has also set its new record for the greatest precipitation total in any calendar year. A record rainfall of 20.57 mm (0.81 inches) was set at Reno-Tahoe International Airport on November 16, 2017,...... Read more


Institutional decay in climate science Watts Up With That?

Roger Pielke Jr. describes the decay of climate science By Larry Kummer. From the Fabius Maximus website Summary: Science and public policy collide in climate science as they have in few fields. Here Roger Pielke Jr., describes an example of how the resulting stress has begun to corrupt the field. Pielke on Climate Part


Oreskes Inability to Keep Her Mouth Shut & the Big Erik Conway Problem Watts Up With That?

Guest essay by Russell Cook Excerpt:  If Conway and Oreskes were placed under oath in courtroom appearances or in congressional hearing appearances, would their narratives be forced to line up right? Thats a good question. At a rock-bottom level, this question must be asked: if a particular set of details is as damaging to Dr


FIRE-EARTH Tribunal in Absentia: RPP of Planet Earth Expert Witnesses VI Fire Earth

CJ OCT TML FIRE-EARTH Tribunal: Rape, Pillage and Plunder of Planet Earth (Session 4) FIRE-EARTH Tribunal in Absentia for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Crimes Against Nature, RPP of Planet Earth Details including Record of Proceedings available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. All Groups Latest FIRE-EARTH ALERTS, BULLETINS and MESSAGES available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.   Advertisements Filed []


Tropical Storm "Kirogi" about to slam into southern Vietnam The Watchers Latest articles

Southern Vietnam, hit by devastating floods produced by Typhoon "Damrey" on November 4, is bracing for yet another tropical cyclone landfall this week. Heavy rain, floods and landslides are expected over the weekend. Tropical Storm "Kirogi"...... Read more


Woman Injured in Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Still Being Investigated Earth First! Newswire

from Red Power Media

Police tear gas protesters during a protest against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S. November 20, 2016. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

A New York City woman who suffered a serious arm injury while protesting the Dakota Access pipeline last year is preparing for her fifth surgery, even as she faces assertions by the government that she or her fellow protesters are at fault for an explosion they blame on police.

Recently unsealed court documents indicate the government last spring sought evidence that might implicate Sophia Wilansky of federal crimes dealing with homemade explosives by searching her Facebook account.

Wilansky was injured during a violent clash between protesters and police in November 2016 thats become the emblematic skirmish of the months-long protest in North Dakota against the recently finished pipeline thats carrying oil to Illinois.

Protesters tried to push past a blocked highway bridge near their main encampment but were turned back by authorities using tear gas, rubber bullets and water sprays. Police said protesters threw objects including rocks, asphalt and water bottles at officers.

Wilansky suffered a left arm injury in an explosion. Protesters allege the blast was caused by a concussion grenade thrown by officers, while police maintain it was caused by a propane canister that protesters rigged to explode.

There is probable cause to believe that violations (of explosives laws) have been committed by Sophia Wilansky, FBI Special Agent Brian VanOosbree said in an affidavit accompanying the March 28 application for a search warrant for her Facebook account.

Eight months later, Wilansky hasnt been charged with any crimes, though the investigation is ongoing, according to the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Exp...

Saturday, 18 November


Another Blockade in Olympia! Earth First! Newswire

from Puget Sound Anarchists

At the time of this posting, people are gathering at the downtown Olympia intersection of 7th Ave & Jefferson to block a train full of fracking proppants headed out from the port. Police are currently standing by with riot gear. Comrades are requesting that more people show up, and if you can bring:

  • couches
  • air pots for coffee
  • tarps
  • food

Stay tuned for more information! Block the ports! All power to the communes!


Committees for Territorial Defence and Decolonisation Earth First! Newswire

from MTL Counter-Info

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A breach was opened by an now well-known anonymous group . Their autonomous action to reoccupy the territory demonstrated the inseparability of ecological and decolonial perspectives. By blocking Junexs oil project and by affirming the legitimacy of traditional Mikmaq sovereignty on the territory, their action made space for new possibilities of successful struggle. This call to organize is done with the audacious spirit of the first barricades, now fallen.

Since the dismantling of the barricades, the River Camp has become a central anchor in the fight against fossil fuels and fracking in Gaspesie. Beyond being a place of meaningful daily existence, the camp furthers efforts to build a force to oppose the economy of death, brought about by the extractivist state and the fossil fuel industries that it finance. By rallying inhabitants from everywhere in Gaspesie, in the rest of Quebec and the Maritimes, this space has proved that it has great potential in terms of creating encounters and alliances.

In their declaration of support at the Junexit banquet, two traditional Mikmaq chiefs wrote that after the fall of the barricade, the fight has only begun. Relationships are forming between the Mikmaq District Chiefs, as well as native and non-native water and land protectors. We call on all groups and individuals concerned for the protection of the water and the land on the territory of Gespegawagi to give their support, and to join the struggle here.

The call for a week of action was a success in multiple regions, seeing banner drops, occupations, protests, and train blockades. The cause, taken up by ecological as well as decolonial activists, became a symbol of the defense of the territory, of the necessity to protect the land and the forms of life we belong to. Everything to lose, nothing to gain. Even more than just opposition to projects of extraction, we want to express o...


An Inconvenient Sequel This Movie is Worth Seeing Frack Check WV

Tokyo International Film Festival, 11/3/17

An Inconvenient Sequel the science, history, and politics of climate change

From an Article by John Abraham, The Guardian, November 15, 2017

Al Gores new movie An Inconvenient Sequel is, in some ways, similar to his groundbreaking Inconvenient Truth project, but different in other ways. Those key differences are why I recommend you watch it.

This movie successfully accomplishes a number of interweaving tasks. First, it gives some of the science of climate change. Gore gets his science right. I remember his first movie, which I thought was more steeped in science and data than this one, so based on my recollection this new picture is somewhat abbreviated. Thats a good thing because the science is settled on climate change. That is, the science is settled that humans are causing current climatic changes and the science is settled that we are observing these changes throughout the natural world.

The opening of the new film shows a sample of the misguided attacks on Al Gore, exclusively from conservatives in the United States. It was so clear to me, when watching and listening, that these attacks are the same ones that we climate scientists constantly have to endure. Most scientists have not been attacked as consistently or for such a long duration as Mr. Gore, but the types of attacks he has had to handle are close cousins to what my colleagues and I experience on a regular basis.

Many conservatives, and some progressives too, claim that Al Gore made climate change political. But I now realize he didnt. Al Gore was simply the first major political figure that took a stand on climate change. He would have loved to have been joined by anyone of any political persuasion. I firmly believe that the denialism we see from conservatives in the USA is partly because they cannot bring themselves to admit he was right.

In many peoples subconscious, it is better to deny the science and damn the world than admit a liberal former vice president was correct. And that failure is on them. Better people would rise above gut emotions and follow facts faithfully to where they lead. Instead, most US conservatives have tied their legacy to a climate denial movement that is causing and will cause irreparable harm to the planet, its biology, and human societies.

A party that calls itself conservative has acted o...


Alert raised for Iceland's rfajkull volcano, last eruption was in 1728 The Watchers Latest articles

A new ice-cauldron has formed this week within the rfajkull volcano caldera, prompting the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) to raise the aviation color code for the volcano to yellow. The last eruptive episode of this volcano started in...... Read more


Are these the Fat Cats you were speaking of? Head Space

Resistance Royalty: Pelosi, Soros Headline Lefts Biggest Dark Money Conference Anytime a major problem or issue arises in society think about who will gain or profit from it. Then remove yourself from the equation and take a step back to look at it from a third party perspective. See the so-called problem, look at who []


Strong and shallow M6.9 earthquake hits SW China / India border region The Watchers Latest articles

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by CENC (China) as M6.9 hit Milein County, Nyingchi City, Tibet (SW China / India border region) at 22:34 UTC on November 17, 2017 (06:34 local time, November 18). Both USGS and EMSC report it as M6.3 at a depth of 10 km...... Read more


Quote of the Week effects of The Science Police Watts Up With That?

From Keith Kloors excellent article this past summer The Science Police which in my opinion is well worth a read. In an ideal world, it shouldnt matter. But in the zero-sum world that governs the climate debate, every blog post, every op-ed, every tweet, and every study tends to be viewed through an us against them lens. As


Factory Worker Gets Surprise Visit From Pack Of World's Largest Rodents Thrillist

What likely began as just another day on the job soon took a rather bizarre and unexpected turn for one factory worker in Brazil all thanks to a wayward gang of enormous rodents who decided to drop by for a surprise visit. 

Credit: Flickr/Tanya Durrant

On Wednesday, a family of nine capybaras somehow managed to find their way onto the floor of WEG Industries, an engineering and technology company based in the city of Itaja. (It is believed that they gained entrance by digging under an exterior fence.)

Once inside on their casual factory tour, the animals caught the attention of the unnamed employee. Although he presumably has no formal training on the subject, the man soon found himself tasked with the duty of a giant rodent wranglin'.

Here's footage showing how that went.

Fortunately, the impromptu visit ended without incident. The capybaras were reportedly ushered back outside peacefully with no damage done. (And that hole in the fence was later patched.)

It's unclear exactly why the capybaras decided to stop by in the first place, but enjoying a little social engagement wouldn't be out of character.

Credit: Wikipedia

In addition to being the world's largest rodents, capybaras are said to be among the friendliest animals on the planet.


Fuzzy 'Grandpa' Bat Looks Just Like A Dog With Wings Thrillist

As furry, mammalian denizens of the sky, bats often do have a vaguely canine-esque appearance (hence the term flying fox). But this oddly adorable fruit bat bears more than just a passing resemblance.

He looks just like a dog with wings.

Credit: Nicolas Nesi

Nicolas Nesi, a postdoctoral research associate at Queen Mary University of London, studies the evolution of fruit bats. In 2009, while working on his PhD thesis in the lowlands of West Africa, Nesi came across an individual from this striking species a Buettikofer's epauletted bat one of the most impressive he had seen. This is just how nature made them.

He looks to have a dog head because this is an adult male specimen, Nesi told The Dodo. Adult males have a large snout with large lips (that look like a dogs).

Males from this species also have epaulettes of long white hair around scent glands on their shoulders, which can be puffed out or retracted, and are used to attract potential mates. It also adds to the fluffy dog-like look. So much so, in fact, people often have a hard time believing this bat is really real.

I work with this species, so I know what to expect, Nesi said. [But] I can understand how people can be surprised and say that it is Photoshopped.

Credit: Nicolas Nesi

While these animals are quite remarkable to look at, they are more than just a cute face. Like all bat species, Buettikofer's epauletted bats play an integral role in keeping their ecosystems in balance. 

Fruit bats are very important because by eating fruit they spread seeds, and in doing so, contribute to the regeneration of forests, Nesi said. Also, fruit bats are, like insect and bird [species], very i...


Shelter Dog Cant Stop Smiling After She Finally Gets A Haircut Thrillist

Sometimes, all it takes to start feeling better again is a brand-new haircut. Luckily, Holland the poodle-Maltese mix also got a new family in the process and she cant stop smiling about it.

In late September, the young dog was dropped off at an open-access shelter in horrible condition. Covered entirely with mats, Holland itched and rubbed her face all the time trying to ease her irritated skin. Her matted ears hung down like dreadlocks on either side of her face, measuring at least 6 inches, and dirt was embedded into her hair from months of neglect.

Credit: Facebook/Trio Animal Foundation

Credit: Facebook/Trio Animal Foundation

Trio Animal Foundation in Chicago, Illinois, took Holland in to start freeing her of all the hair but even grooming scissors couldnt cut through the thick mats. Not used to people touching her, Holland began getting very stressed about the groom, so rescuers decided to bring her in for a grooming session under sedation with a veterinarian. The inches of fur encasing Holland were so thick, vets needed to use a scalpel to cut through it.

A shell-like casing of matted fur covered most of her back and it looked like an exoskeleton from behind, her rescuers wrote on Facebook. This was the only safe way to free her from the prison of her own fur.

Credit: Facebook/Trio Animal Foundation

Credit: Facebook/Trio Animal Foundation



Dolphins Are Being Kept In Popular Chain Hotel's Tiny Basement Swimming Pool Thrillist

The dolphins should be in the ocean. Instead, theyre trapped inside a small, shallow swimming pool in the basement of a hotel, where all they can do is swim laps  back and forth, and back and forth.

Margaux Dodds, cofounder of Marine Connection, first learned about the dolphins through a contact whod visited the Best Western Paradise Hotel Dilijan, a hotel near the Armenian capital of Yerevan, and saw the dolphins in person.

What they saw were the two dolphins in something thats akin to a public swimming pool, Dodds, whose group campaigns against cetacean captivity, told The Dodo. [The hotel is] saying that it was purposely built for the dolphins, but sorry I dont quite believe that. I think it has been their indoor swimming pool for their guests, and theyve now just switched to using it for the dolphins.

Credit: Roger Allen

The two dolphins are owned by Star of Sea, a Russian company that operates a dolphin assisted therapy (DAT) program in Sochi, Russia, according to Dodds. However, Marine Connection is currently investigating how Star of Sea got these two dolphins in the first place.

Since 2002, international law has prohibited the capture of wild dolphins from the Black Sea, which is the large body of water off the coast of Sochi. Additionally, the Convention of International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) places some regulations on the transport of dolphins for instance, export permits are only supposed to be granted if the species isnt harmed as a result of the trade.

The CITES permit used to bring the dolphins into Armenia stated that the dolphins had come from the Morskaya Zvezda Dolphinarium in Sochi on Russia's Black Sea, Dodds explained. Yet Marine Connection wants to make sure that this is correct its possible that the dolphins were actually caught from the wild, not captive-bred dolphins who originated from a dolphinarium.



How To Crate Train Your Dog Thrillist

Sleep is a precious thing thats never more clear than when you have a puppy in the household.

Puppies require time, attention and oh so much patience while they adapt to your schedule and learn the necessary skills to help them grow into healthy and independent dogs.

During the first few weeks in their new home, one of the most challenging lessons a puppy needs to learn is how to go to the bathroom outside rather than in your shoe. This seemingly simple skill is not actually so easy.

Crate training your puppy is a great way to help with housetraining and teach bladder control, notes Shelby Semel, senior trainer and founder of Shelby Semel Dog Training. A puppys crate will (in time) become a comforting space within your home for your dog to rest and relax voluntarily, in addition to saving that proverbial shoe.

Crate training is not only beneficial for the dog, but can help with owners peace of mind, too. The crate provides a safe and contained area for times when you are not home, Semel tells The Dodo, but also helps avoid dogs from ingesting something dangerous and destroying your household.

With all the howling, scratching and whining that can accompany this teaching, severely sleep-deprived pet parents may be tempted to put off crate training, but the sooner you start, the faster you can eliminate any fear or discomfort your dog has about using the crate, Semel explains. I would begin on day one or two of getting your puppy or as soon as possible, Semel notes. You can begin using the crate even if its during the time you are home or during feeding time.

Every dog is different, so some may get the hang of using the crate faster than others. Crate training can take days, weeks or months depending on your dog. So its highly recommended to begin using the crate with the dog as soon as they come home, Semel explains.



Lonely, Injured Gorilla Has Spent 28 Years Living In The Same Cage Thrillist

Gaping wounds. Rotting food in enclosures. Barren concrete walls stained with excrement.

These are just a few of the conditions shown in photos leaked last week by a former employee of Monkey Jungle, an 84-year-old roadside zoo in Miami-Dade County, Florida, that is now under fire for alleged abuse to its animals, including two of its longtime primate residents: a gorilla and an orangutan.

Credit: Melanie Lustig

In the photos, the orangutan, named Mei, is shown standing against bars in her enclosure with her back to the camera, fully wet with what is believed to be urine. In other photos, King, the zoos only gorilla, is shown with multiple wounds on his stomach, and stuck inside a small concrete enclosure, clutching at metal bars. More photos show birds inside tiny, dirty cages stacked on top of one another, stuck inside a small room with no ventilation.

Melanie Lustig, the former ape caregiver who originally posted the photos online, had worked at the zoo for about seven months before quitting on September 15 a few days after Hurricane Irma ravaged the state. While the zoo denies the abuse allegations and says the photos show the animals after being secured in buildings for several days during the hurricane, Lustig told The Dodo she witnessed multiple instances where management neglected the animals.

Credit: Melanie Lustig

Other examples, she said, included spraying stubborn animals with hoses to force them into different enclosures, denying them food when they wouldnt perform in shows and improperly dosing out medication, resulting in the death of at least one animal.  

Every day I found one more thing that made me want to stop working there, Lustig said, noting that her suspicions of abuse started very soon after her hiring. I would have to hold back tears seeing how the animals were treated by management and how they told us to care for them. When...


Little Dog Stuck In Shelter Won't Leave His Big Friend's Side Thrillist

Mona Ahmed stopped in front of a kennel holding two dogs Felix, a little black Chihuahua mix, and Oscar, a larger yellow dog with a missing paw. Felix was snuggled up against Oscar, resting his head against his fur.

My heart just melted to see the love they have for each other, Ahmed, who works as a volunteer photographer at a city shelter in Fresno, California, told The Dodo. Right away I took my phone out and took a picture.

Credit: Mona Ahmed

Every week, Ahmed goes into this Fresno shelter  which has a high euthanasia rate to photograph dogs and post their images on Facebook, hoping to help get them adopted. But when Ahmed tried to photograph Felix and Oscar separately, this proved to be impossible.

She had a really hard time separating them, Christi Camblor, cofounder of Compassion Without Borders (CWOB), an organization that rescues dogs in the U.S. and Mexico, told The Dodo. If she pulled one out, the other would start whining.

Seeing how bonded Felix and Oscar were, Ahmed was horrified to learn that they were slated for euthanasia that very day at 5 oclock.

Credit: Compassion Without Borders

She started putting out all of her emergency feelers, Camblor said. She begged the folks at the shelter to please just give them one more day. [Felix and Oscar] just really tugged at her heartstrings.

The shelter workers agreed to give the dogs one more day, but no more than that Felix and Oscar had contracted kennel cough, a contagious respiratory illness, and the staff didnt want the disease spreading to other dogs at the shelter.

This was just enough time for Ahmed to connect with volunteers for CWOB, who happened to be in Fresno picking up a few other rescue dogs....


People Have The Best Reaction When A Scared Moose Gets Stuck Thrillist

People really had their priorities straight when they spotted a moose who seemed stranded in the shallows of a lake near a busy road in Ontario, Canada. 

Not only did they empathize with the young bull moose while moose are great swimmers, he seemed disoriented, almost unsure of how he ended up where he did  they also called the authorities at Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) so that he could get whatever help he needed to go back to the forest. 

And the good deeds didn't stop there. 

Credit: MNRF

"During the morning of November 15, MNRF staff responded to a call from the North Bay Police about a young bull moose located along the City of North Bays waterfront on Lake Nipissing," the MNRF wrote on Facebook

Upon arrival, and not totally sure what the best course of action in the situation would be, authorities decided to ask for some advice from a wildlife professional at National Wildlife Center Canada (NWCC). They determined that the best thing to do would be to put the moose's state of mind over human convenience: They shut down the road. 

"The police temporarily closed Memorial Drive for the day to allow space for the moose to calm down," MNRF wrote.

Credit: MNRF

And then they waited. And waited. 

"MNRF were on scene all day and monitored the moose closely to ensure it did not injure itself on the rocky shoreline," the agency wrote.

And such patience finally paid off.


Major meteor shower: Leonids peak this weekend The Watchers Latest articles

The Leonid meteor shower is a major meteor shower (Class I), running annually from November 5 to December 3. This year, it will reach its maximum rate of activity on the night of November 17 and the morning of November 18. The maximum rate of meteors expected to be...... Read more

New research projects two percent increase in global emissions in 2017 Conservation news

Delegates at the UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany (COP23), which concludes today, were hoping to make progress toward reining in global climate change. But this week also saw the release of new research that shows that, even as the nations of the world (with at least one notable exception, of course) are getting down to the business of meeting the Paris Climate Agreements goal of limiting global temperature rise to two degrees Celsius or less, we still have not turned the corner in terms of drawing down global carbon emissions. Throughout the 2000s, total worldwide carbon dioxide emissions from industry and the burning of fossil fuels grew more than three percent per year, on average. But that growth began to slow in the 2010s. Emissions even remained flat the past three years, from 2014 to 2016, bucking the upward trend altogether and providing some cause for cautious optimism that emissions were at last on a more climate-friendly trajectory. But a new report from the Global Carbon Project and the University of East Anglia projects that emissions will have risen about two percent by the time 2017 draws to a close. Robbie Andrew, a senior researcher at CICERO Center for International Climate Research in Oslo, Norway and a co-author of the report, said that the increase in emissions in 2017 shows just how tenuous the recent slowdown in emissions really was and that the Paris Agreements targets can still easily slip out of reach if we dont take more

To feed a growing population, farms chew away at Madagascars forests Conservation news

SAVA REGION, Madagascar Squatting barefoot in a field of mud on the outskirts of Marojejy National Park, easing rice seedlings from the earth, Paul Tiozen shrugged out one of Madagascars most pressing conundrums: how to get more rice? He looked bitter. Rice is the source of Malagasy life. Its so difficult to work the rice, because we need the shovel, and water to work it. I need more land. I have a big family, so I need more. What I want is half a hectare, he said. Therein lies the catch. Madagascars population is about to boom. The International Futures center at the University of Denver estimates that by 2060 Madagascar will have close to 60 million people, up from 25.5 million today. And yet, only 1.2 million hectares of land are used for rice cultivation, a tiny proportion of the islands total size. To feed its people, agricultural productivity must rise. Rice farmer Paul Tiozen says he needs half a hectare of land to grow enough rice for his family, more farmland than he currently has. Photo by Dan Ashby and Lucy Taylor for Mongabay. But population growth in this largely rural and agrarian country is giving birth to a piece-by-piece land grab of plots, often in the worst possible way for the environment. In the hilly tracks off the mountain road to the town of Andapa in the countrys northeastern Sava region, one can see the plot problem written onto the sides of hills and around the

COP23: Leaders vie for protection of incredibly important African peatland Conservation news

BONN, Germany A few weeks ago, international scientists, government officials and forest advocates visiting a remote community in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) confirmed the presence of one of the worlds largest and most important carbon sinks a vast and deep peatland the size of England. Here at the 23rd United Nations Climate Summit, COP23, where European and African nations gave presentations over the past two weeks regarding the overlooked importance of peatlands for carbon sequestration, recent word of the huge finding on the border of DRC and the Republic of Congo made the rounds. Its phenomenal and its incredibly important, said Bronson Griscom, director of forest science for The Nature Conservancy. Most forests max out when it comes to carbon stocks. But wetlands and peatlands dont max out. They keep storing carbon in the soil, decade after decade, century after century. These are the most carbon dense systems on earth. In terms of a hotspot for conservation biodiversity and carbon storage its a no brainer to protect it. That, of course, is the biggest concern now that this 155,000 square kilometers of peatland has been located in two poor African countries desperate for development. he recently discovered peatland is believed to be the largest tropical peatland in the world. Image courtesy of Dargie et al., 2017. Scientists are racing to learn more about the peatland as loggers move to fell and drain the forests above it to make way for roads and developments

COP23: Alliance pledges an end to coal; other key summit goals unmet Conservation news

A full-house greeted the Powering Past Coal event, a positive highlight of COP23. Photo by Justin Catanoso BONN, Germany This United Nations climate summit, short on big news or significant steps forward to curb climate change, achieved something to cheer about Thursday, 16 November, when nineteen nations led by Canada and the United Kingdom announced plans to phase out coal burning by 2030. To keep our Paris Agreement goal of staying well below 2 degrees Celsius [3.6 degrees Fahrenheit] by 2100 we need to phase our coal, said Catherine McKenna, Canadas minister of the environment and climate change. There is also an immediate urgency. Coal is literally choking our cities and our people. Claire Perry, the United Kingdoms minister of state for climate change and industry, added In the UK, a country that iconically started our industrial revolution on the back using the coal under our island, has now in a very short number of years reduced our reliance on coal almost entirely. In July 2012, we still had 40 percent of coal in our [energy] generation profile. In July of this year, it was down to 2 percent. And in April of this year, we had our first full day of energy without coal since 1882. McKenna and Perry, talking side-by-side to a standing-room-only COP23 press conference, pulled together what they called the Global Alliance to Power Past Coal in just the last couple weeks. Other key members include France, Finland, Italy, Mexico, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium


Dog Chases Squirrel Onto Tiny Island And Immediately Regrets It Thrillist

A little Pomeranian named Bruce Almighty was out for a walk with his grandpa one day when he saw a squirrel and immediately decided he had to chase it. In his efforts to catch the squirrel, Bruce ended up swimming across a freezing lake to a little island in the middle, but since the water was so cold and the island was so far, after his squirrel-chasing adrenaline wore off, he had absolutely zero desire to swim back again, and suddenly found himself very, very stuck

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He saw this squirrel and went to chase it next thing I know he was on this little island, Glen Wadeson, Bruces grandpa, said in a press release. He must have thought that the green slime on top of the water was grass. He wouldnt come back over as he was frightened. 

Once he realized there was no chance that Bruce was going to swim back through the freezing water again, Wadeson contacted the RSPCA in hopes that it would be able to help. Animal welfare officer Steve Wickham and animal collection officer Gina Ratcliff arrived at the park, and concluded that the only way to rescue Bruce would be for one of them to wade through the water and over to the island to get him. 

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Wickham put on his wet gear and waded over to Bruce, who was barking like crazy and seemed pretty shocked to see that someone had decided to brave the cold water just to help him, since Bruce himself refused to go back in for ANY reason. Wickham gently slipped a leash around Bruce, scooped him up  



Tourists Find A Puppy On Side Of The Road And Take Her To The Coziest Place Thrillist

It was almost nighttime in Costa Rica when a group of tourists on their way back from sightseeing spotted something furry along the side of the road.

On closer inspection they realized it was the tiniest little puppy and she was all alone.

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"The people who found her were visiting this area and came back from the hot springs," Tania Cappelluti, cofounder of Charlies Angels - Animal Rescue - Costa Rica (CAARCR), told The Dodo.

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The tiny puppy wasn't doing well she seemed to be weak and she was covered in fleas. "They were everywhere in her eyes and ears," Cappelluti said. "I have never seen so many fleas on a dog."

The tourists scooped the puppy up and brought her to Cappelluti after asking around for someone who could help the stray dog

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Cappelluti named her Fiona, and she hurried to get the puppy warm, dry and full. "I gave her a warm bath and she had a nice dinner," she said. 



Guy Can't Stop Saving Orphaned Baby Lambs Thrillist

Ward Young never intended to adopt Louis the lamb he only planned on fostering him. But there was something about Louis sweet, fleece-covered self that wormed his way into Youngs heart.

Earlier this year, volunteers from Melbourne Sheep Save, an organization that rescues sheep in Victoria, Australia, rescued Louis from a local farm after Louis mom died giving birth to his sibling.

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We decided that we wanted to treat him like a king, given that his first day of life was so miserable, Young, a paramedic and independent animal rescuer, told The Dodo.

Young and his fiance Georgie Purcell Kyneton bottle-fed Louis to help him grow big and strong and in the process, they both fell in love with Louis.  

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When you spend time with a lamb, they get so excited at seeing you and receiving bottles, Young said. Their tails flick around a million miles an hour. They are really just like pet dogs, but unfortunately people don't see them that way.

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As soon as Louis got a little bigger, he started racing around the acreage Young and Kyneton bought earlier this year.

He is such a kind and loving boy, Young said. When he sees our car come down the driveway, he sprints up to the gate to meet us. Really, lambs absolutely love human interaction, but on massive farms they so rarely receive it. So we're just glad that we can give him the love he craves....


Sri Lankan leopard Yala National Park wonderful world of wild

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Id heard Sri Lanka was a great place to visit to see wildlife. However, did I actually believe Id see a leopard? Not in my wildest dreams!

The Sri Lankan leopards are elusive creatures and are one of eight, and the largest, leopard sub-species. With the highest leopard population density in the world, your chances of seeing a leopard when at Yala National Park, Sri Lanka are increased drastically.

On our travels, we had just 10 days to see as much wildlife and as much of Sri Lanka as we could, so Yala was a natural choice. However, we had heard it could get a bit crazy, with the safari Jeep drivers being a little over-keen to seek out wildlife for their passengers. On the flip side, the abundance of tourists seeking their wildlife experience, means plenty of patrols- ensuring poachers are kept well away, and meaning the animals can thrive in their habitat.

So, after a stay in a nearby village hotel, where a German shepherd dog patrols the area to keep the water buffalo away from the hotel pool , we woke at 4am, collected a packed lunch from the hotel staff and hopped in our rickety safari Jeep. Without any warning, our driver sped off and travelled along the roads to the Yala gateway. Only once we arrived did our driver give a shy sorry for my driving and went on to explain it was because he wanted to beat the other drivers to the park. So we realised this experience may be chaotic for what perhaps should be a calm wildlife watching experience. However, once in the park areas- all drivers dispersed their separate ways and suddenly we were feeling much more alone with the nature and scenery.

The driver would find out from other safari drivers if there had been a sighting and speed off to see if we could spot it too, but once the Jeeps are around animals the drivers calmed right down and often just waited patiently, often not seeing anything because by this point the animals had moved on.

I had a slight expectation the animals would be frightened of the Jeeps, in fact I think they were habituated to the hussle and bussle that occasionally followed their paths, like animal celebrities being watched by paparazzi has it become the norm to these animals? Probably.

We saw some stunning wildlife on route, but our driver reassured that wed see more of the more common wildlife later, the best time to spot leopard was early. I was happy with this choice, as a I knew how exciting itd be to see a big cat.

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Kids Make Special Newspapers For Their Cat To Read While Hes In The Litter Box Thrillist

Baba Ganoush joined his family when he was just a kitten. Hes 7 years old now, and has had many wonderful years of bonding with his family, including his human big sisters. When you have siblings, you rarely have any privacy, and so one day, while Baba Ganoush was doing his business, his sisters noticed he was just staring at the wall the whole time and thought that seemed a little too boring for their favorite cat. 

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The girls, ages 10 and 12, decided that Baba Ganoush should have something to do while he went to the bathroom, and so they decided to make him his very own newspaper, and posted it on the wall above his litter box. 

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They have made a couple issues so far and it started when we moved recently, Jarrod Krieger, Baba Ganoushs dad, told The Dodo. Probably early fall. They are all the girls' ideas. 

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Now, whenever Baba Ganoush sits down in his litter box, hes greeted by a colorful newsletter with riveting headlines and great content, with stories about topics like Hurricane Purma and fancy show cats  

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Exploding Meteor lights up the Arctic Watts Up With That?

Video follows. On the evening of Nov. 16th, aurora tour guide Tony Bateman of northern Finland was indoors, warming up between auroras, when his surroundings began to vibrate. There was a huge bang and the cottage shook violently, he reports. At first I thought it was an earthquake. Or maybe a tree fell on the cottage roof!


Stray Cat Who Climbed Into Woman's Lap Is Still Looking For A Home Thrillist

A stray cat from the streets of Salt Lake City is still looking for a home after her rescue story went viral

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The little cat, now named Freya, was hanging out in the parking lot of a school when she spotted a woman, Susannah Nevison, a doctoral student at the University of Utah, walking toward her car. 

"When I got to my car, I opened the door and climbed in," Nevison told The Dodo. "While I was putting my purse in the passenger seat, the little cat jumped right up in my lap!"

Credit: Susannah Nevison

Credit: Susannah Nevison

Stunned and allergic Nevison knew she had to do something to help the cat, even if she couldn't take her home. "She just sat in my lap purring and nuzzling, and eventually climbed up on my shoulder," Nevison said. 

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While tapping into her network of friends and acquaintances to see who could give this sweetest cat the home she deserves, Nevison took Freya to Salt Lake County Animal Services (SLCAS) to get her help for her left eye, which seemed to be bothering her.

At SLCAS, the staff gave Freya an exam. The 1-year-old cat didn't have a microchip and had likely been fending for herself on the streets. Amazingly enough, that rough kind...


Norwegians Are Challenging Arctic Oil Exploration in Court Earth First! Newswire

by Fanny Malinen / Novara Media

Oil rig in arctic waters

On Norways Arctic coast lies the worlds most northerly town. Surrounded by breathtaking fjords and mountains, Hammerfest was clearly once a beautiful place. Today, however, the coast has been taken over by industrial developments and, as far as the eye can see, oil and gas tankers plough into the horizon. The town is the fossil fuel industrys hub in the Arctic; a hub which is only set to expand. For the first time in over 20 years, Norway has opened up new oil drilling areas, granting 13 oil companies generous licences in the Barents Sea.

Two environmental organisations, Nature and Youth (or Young Friends of the Earth Norway) and Greenpeace Norway, are challenging their countrys drive to exploit its oil deposits in Arctic waters in a court case beginning on 13 November. Norways constitution guarantees current and future generations the right to a healthy and safe environment. But both of these groups argue that granting the new licences cannot be reconciled with the commitments Norway made when ratifying the Paris Agreement last year, promising to reduce emissions to help limit the global temperature increase to 1.5C.

Head of Greenpeace Norway, Truls Gulowsen, expects that the states responsibility for protecting the climate will be raised on the agenda, not only in Norway, but internationally too:

If the environmental paragraph in our constitution is interpreted as other laws, we should win this case. The science of global warming is clear, the 1.5-2C target is well established as a limit for dangerous interference, and there is no r...


Study: Warmer Water is Pressuring Scottish Shags Watts Up With That?

Guest essay by Eric Worrall A new study claims that Scottish sea birds are being forced to diversify their diet by a shortage of their favourite prey species. But in my opinion the study ignores other issues, such as chemical pollution and long term radioactive contamination in regions adjacent to the study location. Warmer water


Rare Mediterranean tropical-like cyclone forms, heading toward Greece The Watchers Latest articles

A rare tropical cyclone-like storm dubbed 'medicane' formed in the Ionian sea on November 17, 2017, and is affecting the region with heavy rain and strong winds. This strengthening storm is expected to hit the western coast of Greece on Saturday, November 18...... Read more

Jane Goodall interview: The most important thing is sharing good news Conservation news

This weeks podcast featured a discussion between Mongabays founder and CEO Rhett A. Butler and Jane Goodall, the worlds most recognizable conservationist and one of this media outlets esteemed advisory board members (listen to excerpts of it here). Rhett and Jane check in regularly, but given the recent research vindicating her long (six decade) contention that animals from the chimps she studied to the everyday animals we are all surrounded by are individuals with personalities, just like humans, we decided to record and share the conversation. In this context they discuss the idea that trophy hunting is an important component of funding the conservation of species like lions and rhinos (Dr. Goodall calls that rubbish for multiple reasons, including the loss of accumulated wisdom and experience held by elder animals). Also discussed is Chinas increasing environmental awareness; the importance of conservation groups working with communities on multiple levels like health and education, and not just the environment; the recent disasters like in Puerto Rico and northern California; news that the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI)s youth program Roots and Shoots now has perhaps 150,000 chapters worldwide; and an update on JGIs network of village-level volunteers, which in combination with tech tools like remote sensing, is able to provide the latest observations of whats happening all over the world, as in the examples she shares from Tanzania and Burundi. The two spoke just before Dr. Goodall set off on her latest speaking tour: at 83 she travels 300 days a


Groundbreaking Carbon Pricing Report Released by Indigenous Group at COP 23 Global Justice Ecology Project

In-depth Analysis By Grassroots Exposes Carbon Trading Markets as False Solutions to the International Climate Crisis **Link to live stream of Press Conference** Bonn, Germany While city, state, and national leaders gather at the UN Climate Talks... Read More

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FIRE-EARTH Tribunal in Absentia: Testimonies by Expert Witnesses V Fire Earth

CJ OCT TML FIRE-EARTH Tribunal: Rape, Pillage and Plunder of Planet Earth (Session 3) FIRE-EARTH Tribunal in Absentia for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Crimes Against Nature, RPP of Planet Earth Details including Record of Proceedings available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. All Groups Latest FIRE-EARTH ALERTS, BULLETINS and MESSAGES available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.Filed under: News Alert []


Bonn Climate Summit Makes Progress But Leaves Much To Do Latest News

UN negotiations lay the groundwork for implementing the landmark Paris deal, though difficult decisions lay ahead


Company Behind DAPL Paid Mercenaries To Build Lawsuit Against Environmentalists Global Justice Ecology Project

THE PRIVATE SECURITY firm TigerSwan, hired by Energy Transfer Partners to protect the controversial Dakota Access pipeline, was paid to gather information for what would become a sprawling conspiracy lawsuit accusing environmentalist groups of inciting the anti-pipeline protests in... Read More

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100 Scientists Urge NC Governor To Protect Forests From Pellet Industry


Over 100 scientists from around the world sent a letter to North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, urging him to protect North Carolina forests and address the threats of the industrial-scale wood pellet industry. The scientists, who study climate change, forests, wetlands, ecology and energy, called on Governor Cooper to ensure that scientific facts about forests and climate are at the forefront of policy decisions, specifically when it comes to the unchecked growth of the wood pellet industry. Key points from the letter:

Forests are our most important tool to mitigate climate change.

Forests soak up carbon from the atmosphere, but deforestation and degradation also account for a significant amount of global greenhouse gas emissions. Forest conservation and restoration play a central role in the Paris Climate Accord, and Governor Cooper has pledged to uphold the goals of the climate agreement. Protecting and restoring NC forests is critical to meeting emissions reduction goals at home.

Healthy, natural forests are vital for climate change adaptation and disaster readiness.

As we pass the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Matthew and as recent hurricanes have brought tragedy and tremendous cost to the US and our neighbors, it is more urgent than ever that we invest in standing forests to prepare for increasingly frequent and extreme weather. Natural forests increase the resiliency of low-lying and flood-prone areas.

The wood pellet industry is one of the most urgent threats to the people and forests of North Carolina.

Tens of thousands of acres of North Carolina forests are cut down each year to meet the demands of Envivas wood pellet facilities. The industry is propped up by heavy subsidies in Europe, which are driven by misguided energy policies. While biomass is painted as a green energy solution, burning trees for electricity, in fact, rele...

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