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On Wednesday, 20 September, at 6:20 am, some forty gendarmes [cops] entered the House of Resistance, kicking in the door. They also broke many windows of vehicles and caravans all around. About fifteen gendarmes were present at the Gare de Lumville. The home of another militant in Commercy was also searched and computer equipment seized. They stayed there until 4pm.
As the mobilization against CIGEO increases and this [nuclear] landfill project is being criticized by official bodies for the risks it entails, the only response from the authorities is the repression and criminalization of the militants!
[There was a call yesterday] for rallies of support everywhere in France before the Prefectures, from all those who carry Bure in them and they, who feel touched by what is framed by us !!
More than fifteen rallies were held last night throughout France.
The vmc.camp site compiles reports of these gatherings as well as testimonials from people who have undergone the search [all reports not translated; click link for original French content.]
 As one neighbor said, For me, through this strategy of tension they are creating the conditions for amplification of the revolt. You feel the everyday exasperation in the locals who talk about it more and more, violence, cops, like a litany.'
Vagues de perquisitions Bure, appel soutien partout en France
Mercredi 20 septembre 6h20 du matin, une...
from Bite Back
CHILE, Sept. 20: Arson attack against the rodeo ring of Olmu in Valparaso (Chile): On September 7, an incendiary attack was carried out against the infrastructure of the Olmu rodeo ring in the Cajn Grande sector in the fifth region of Valparaiso. There were no injuries or arrests. No pamphlets were found at the site and so far no group has claimed the action.
ENGLAND, Sept. 17 : [In] Cornwall: According to a report from a family member within the shooting estate, thousands of pounds worth of damage were caused at two locations by anti badger cull activists. After smashing badger cages, anti cull activists broke two release pens, got rid of multiple electric fences and took feeders and drinkers away, allowing the game birds to free roam and decide where they want to live
FRANCE, Sept. 22: A butcher shop entrance door lock have been glued this saturday night at Saint Pierre La Palud (Rhne), France.
FRANCE, Sept. 8: Last night, four vegan activists destroyed five shooting towers in the West of France. They were tagged with ALF
GERMANY, Sept. 21: August 2017, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany: more than 40 posters and banners of circus Charles Knie damaged and/or sabotaged and spraypainted with messages against animal abuse. Charles Knie is earning money in exploiting animals. sadly we havent destroyed all the posters. animal abuse in circus and every other case is not welcome in freiburg. well fight and we will continue until every cage is empty. ALF
SWEDEN, Sept. 10: Several hunting lodges burned down and several hunting towers destroyed in northern Sweden. ALF anti-hunt division
Described by Group Against Smog & Pollution (GASP), Newsletter, September 23, 2017
Join the growing regional conversation on Wednesday, September 27 at 5 p.m. at an Opening Night Cocktail Reception for the art exhibit Petrochemical America, from Cancer Alley to Toxic Valley.
The exhibit was inspired by the book Petrochemical America by Richard Misrach and Kate Orff (New York: Aperture, 2012), which tells the story of the degradation of the Louisiana landscape and the people who live there.
This presentation features drawings from the book by landscape architect Kate Orff and SCAPE Studio alongside photography from the Photographers of the Marcellus Shale Documentary Project, audio recorded by Public Herald, and a selection of documentary films. It relates a unique narrative of the people who live in the midst of a growing web of fracking well pads, pipelines, cryogenic plants and, soon, petrochemical plants. This show is curated by Sophie Riedel in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon Universitys CREATE Lab.
On September 27, keynote speaker Wilma Subra will share stories and photographs about the people she has served in Cancer Alley and beyond. A chemist and scientist, she has devoted the last 30 years to helping defend local communities and workers against the oil and gas industries. Described as the Rachel Carson of Louisiana, she is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellow Genius Award, recognized for helping ordinary citizens understand, cope with, and address environmental issues that come with the growth of the petrochemical industry.
Those seeking knowledge about the petrochemical industry and the impact it will have on the environment and peoples health will find this exhibit illuminating. RSVPs are required.
Learn more about this event and more by visiting the Eventbrite page.
Wednesday, September 27, Time: 5 to 8 p.m.
812 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
The legacy of Obamaism is still around. And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed if all records told the same tale then the lie passed into history and became truth. And yet the past, though of its nature alterable, never had been altered. Whatever was true now was true from 
Guest essay by Eric Worrall According to Indian External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, the only way to save future generations in poor countries is to give them lots of money and free stuff. Developed world must help less fortunate ones on climate change: Sushma Swaraj UNITED NATIONS: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today said the
Energy From The Daily Caller Michael Bastasch 11:51 am 09/22/2017 A United Nations report admits its impossible to link man-made global warming to a jump in world hunger statistics, but then goes ahead and does make that link anyway. The new U.N. report estimated global warming helped increase the number of people around the world suffering
September 22, 2017 From American Thinker By Daren Jonescu Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has been doing the leftist media interview circuit recently, pressing his peculiar thesis that professional (i.e., paid) scientists are a superior class of humans whose conclusions are intrinsically beyond reproach and must therefore be accepted blindly by unscientific lunks like you. In
A huge dust devil formed on a highway in So Paulo, Brazil on September 22, 2017 and was recorded by Alysson Martins while passing by it. Enorme Diablo de Polvo en una carretera de So Paulo, #Brasil el 22.09.2017 por Alysson Martins, #Massive...... Read more
Hmmmmwhat does everyone think of this? ~ ctm Here is the abstract: Contrasting Greenland and Antarctic temperatures during the last glacial period (115,000 to 11,650 years ago) are thought to have been driven by imbalances in the rates of formation of North Atlantic and Antarctic Deep Water (the bipolar seesaw). Here we exploit a bidecadally
A major hailstorm hit the city of Teruel and surrounding region in Aragon, eastern Spain on Friday, September 22, 2017. The event lasted up to 30 minutes, paralyzing traffic on some of the most important city roads. The hailstorm which began at about 21:00 CET...... Read more
Dane Wigington GeoengineeringWatch.org How is our societal programming affecting our sense of reason? Why dont the facts matter in so many cases and with so many people? Countries all over the globe are maneuvering and preparing for the coming overturning of the reality we have known. An increasing number of countries are finally disconnecting from the US petrodollar,
Energy From The Daily Caller Michael Bastasch 2:50 PM 09/22/2017 A recent report claims Germany is not on track to meet its goal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions 40 percent by 2020, despite the country spending billions on green energy subsidies. German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces election on Sunday, and even though shes expected to
When Barking Dogs bite I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve. Isoroku Yamamoto On August 6, 1945, during World War II (1939-45), an American B-29 bomber dropped the worlds first deployed atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The explosion wiped 
All Groups FIRE-EARTH ALERTS: SDTQ, NJRK, TVBD, KXMM [Issued by FIRE-EARTH Science Team.] Details via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. Advertisements Filed under: News Alert Tagged: 092301, All Groups, Fire-Earth Alert, FIRE-EARTH Alerts, FIRE-EARTH PULSARS, FIRE-EARTH Science, KXMM, NJRK, SDTQ, TVBD
A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit Oaxaca, Mexico at 12:53 UTC on September 23, 2017 at a depth of 9 km (5.6 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 30 km (18.6 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was located 6.9 km (4.3...... Read more
Authorities in Puerto Rico issued a Flash Flood Warning for Isabela and Quebradillas municipalities on Friday, September 22, 2017, after Guajataca Dam operators reported that a failure at the dam is imminent. At 01:30 AST (05:00 UTC) on September 23, dam operators...... Read more
The Alert Level for Aoba volcano, also known as Ambae, was raised to the second highest (4 of 5) on Saturday, September 23, 2017. The activity at the volcano gradually intensified over the past couple of weeks and continues to intensify. The activity forced...... Read more
HIGH SWELLS ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE ALONG PORTIONS OF THE SE UNITED STATES COAST NHC Hurricane Status as of 5:00 AM EDT Sat Sep 23 Location: 24.8N 72.0W Moving: NNW at 9 mph Min pressure: 952 mb Max sustained winds: 120 mph [~193 km/h, Cat. 3A hurricane on FEWW Hurricane Scale] Filed under: News Alert 
Applyn-037M M6.1 Event Occurs 19km SE of Matias Romero, Mexico USGS REVISED EQ Details [USGS] Magnitude: 6.1 mww ( 0.1) Location: 16.736N, 94.946W ( 6.5 km) Depth: 9.0 km ( 2.8 km) Origin Time: 2017-09-23 12:53:02.240 UTC .Filed under: News Alert Tagged: Applyn-037M, earthquake, M6.2, Matias Romero, Mexico, Middle America Trench
Applyn-112E M 5.8 quake occurs 48km SW of Paredon, Mexico Earthquake Details: Magnitude: 5.8 mww ( 0.0) Location: 15.698N, 94.162W ( 10.3 km) Depth: 74.2 km ( 10.0) Origin Time: 2017-09-23 10:38:08.980 UTC [USGS] Filed under: News Alert Tagged: Applyn-112E, earthquake, FE Region OFFSHORE CHIAPAS, M5.8, Mexico, Paredon
Address to the Alumni of Warrane College, University of New South Wales Academic Dinner, September 2017 Dr Howard Thomas Brady No matter our age we are all adapting to circumstance. I would never have thought, after I went away to be a Catholic priest at the age of 16, that 20 years later I would
Essay by S. Tom Bond, Resident Farmer, Lewis County, WV
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo banned fracking in New York State in 2014, citing health risks. Many other states have been spread eagle for fracking. As time goes by it appears that Cuomo was right. This essay is based on research about what has been verified by peer-reviewed research.
Shortly after fracking came into existence people living near this new type of well raised a host of complaints such as 24 hour light, noise, with heavy, congested traffic on rural roads; strange odors in the air, tastes and sediment in well water, and significant health complaints.
Youd think, since it is a democracy, that would cause some caution and serious investigation. But complaints of individual citizens came up against the prospect of millions of dollars profit, and the political organization that kind of money can buy. Most of the complaints were overruled for the common good, in spite of global warming and the very marginal economic nature of the enterprise (fracked oil is marginally profitable and the natural gas is carried by the attendant liquids, which are a starting material for plastics, etc.). Health complaints, and the extensive use of toxic chemicals are a more significant complaint.
However the industry united behind the claim of anecdotal evidence only, and the judges who tried early claims against the companies, doubtless were impressed by the financial claims of the industry and indifferent to the unsophisticated rural types who made the claims.
Scientific studies of the health related to fracking, on both workers and the normal rural residents, requires big money. Obviously, the companies would not finance anything that might inhibit their way of doing business, or add more cost. Government was not inclined to put up money for the needed research. And, state or federal law does not require research on the public health or impacts on neighborhoods around chemical and petrochemical plants, factory farms and other facilities.
Private foundations have heard the need, and slowly the research is getting done. One of the early published papers was done in 2010 by Theo Colborn and co-workers. They surveyed the chemicals used in fracking, some 632 compounds, of which 353 had Chemical Abstracts Service numbers, a unique identifier. They found, More than 75% of the chemicals could affect the...
Alert Level for Ambae volcano is raised from Level 3 to Level 4 [0-5 scale] Authorities in Vanuatu were preparing to evacuate up to 5,000 people on Saturday, as eruption on the 400sqkm Ambae island [Manaro Voui] continued to intensify. Volcanic activity at Ambae is continuing to increase. The Alert Level for Ambae volcano is 
Wild cats around the world face a long list of challenges as their habitat is degraded, their food supply diminished, and the cats are hunted for their body parts and meat. Despite notable conservation efforts, including National Geographic Societys Big Cats Initiative founded with conservationists and filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert, wild cats face a long road ahead. According to the IUCN Red Lists global status of the 38 existing species of wild cats (Felidae), five are Endangered. Here are those five most threatened wild cats by the current population numbers, as well as some notable current threats, existing conservation efforts, and global policy. Borneo Bay cat (Catopuma badia) A Boreno Bay cat in captivity in 2005. Jim Sanderson/Wikimedia Commons. Mature population: 2,200 Habitat: Forest-dependent, endemic to the Indonesian island of Borneo. Threats: Poaching for the skin and pet markets, and habitat loss due to commercial logging and oil palm plantation plantings. Conservation: Borneo Bay cats are fully protected under Indonesian law, but they remain one of the least studied wild cats in the world. Status: Endangered with a declining population of mature individuals. Andean cat (Leopardus jacobita) Andean Cat (Leopardus jacobita). Photo by Jim Sanderson/Wikimedia Commons. Mature population: 1,378 Habitat: Primarily rocky and steep terrains, particularly in arid and sparsely vegetated areas of the high Andes. Threats: Agricultural expansion, livestock impact, hunting, and other types of habitat loss and degradation. Conservation: Community-based conservation, alongside protective legislation in four South American countries and focused lobbying by special interest groups have contributed to
Bali Volcano Threatens to Blow Up to million people are urged to evacuate Mt Agung precinct on the island of Bali, eastern Indonesia, as the restive volcano threatens to explode imminently. Authorities raised the warning to the maximum level four on Friday night, indicating a dangerous eruption was imminent within hours. Up to 2,000 tremors 
Grace-173G M 5.7 218km W of Ferndale, California EQ Details: Magnitude: 5.7 mww [USGS] Location: 40.416N, 126.828W; 15.1 km depth 218km W of Ferndale, California Time: 2017-09-22 19:50:15 UTC AG: Diagnostics now available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. Filed under: News Alert Tagged: california, earthquake, Ferndale, FIRE-EARTH PULSARS, Gorda Escarpment, Mendocino Ridge
Yet another ocean receding event occurred on the coast of Brazil on Thursday, September 21, 2017, causing panic among people, not just in Brazil. The latest event happened in Guaratuba, a city in the state of Paran, considered to be one of the most beautiful...... Read more
Guest essay by Eric Worrall h/t The Spectator Guardian author John Gibbons has written an extraordinary piece which blames climate denial on old white people. Climate deniers want to protect the status quo that made them rich Sceptics prefer to reject regulations to combat global warming and remain indifferent to the havoc it will
From Eurekalert (Dont we all want our corporate investments to be inclusive) ~ctm Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies Recognizing the critical role that private capital flows will play in moving society toward a more sustainable future, Yale University has launched the Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance (YISF). This new academic effort will provide
A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M5.7 hit off the coast of Northern California, US at 19:50 UTC on September 22, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 9.1 km (5.6 miles). The epicenter was located 58 km (36 miles) W of Ferndale, 58 km WNW of...... Read more
Last week, the Minnesota Department of Commerce shocked us all with its formal testimony in opposition to Line 3:
Oil market analysis indicates that Enbridge has not established a need for the proposed project; the pipeline would primarily benefit areas outside Minnesota; and serious environmental and socioeconomic risks and effects outweigh limited benefits.
Minnesota would be better off if Enbridge proposed to cease operations of the existing Line 3, without any new pipeline being built.
A wayward cat found just the person to get him the help he
needed (and he wasn't about to take "no" for an answer).
Officer Rick Butler, of Ohio's Oxford Police, had been out on patrol early Friday morning when he happened upon the random feline by no choice of his own. While the officer was stopping to check on a local church, the brazen orange cat reportedly leapt through the cruiser's open window. He then proceeded to demand attention and pets.
Credit: City of Oxford, Ohio - Division of PoliceButler, of course, was happy to oblige.
Credit: City of Oxford, Ohio - Division of PoliceButler might have thought it would be just a momentary encounter, but the cat evidently had something else in mind. Rather than slink away, having had his fill of the officer's affection, the kitty then staged a sit-in.
Credit: City of Oxford, Ohio - Division of PoliceThoroughly disarmed by the charming cat, Butler didn't have the heart to turn the little guy away so he let him stay. The police station doesn't have facilities to house cats, so as the department announced online, Butler has decided to become his foster dad, at least until the cat's rightful owner is found or someone comes forward wanting to adopt him. (The cat, "not the officer," the police department was q...
An ancient proverb states that cats have nine lives, and that
has never been more true than for Nutmeg.
The grumpy tabby who held the title for worlds oldest cat lived her life to the fullest until she passed in September at the age of 32 or 144 in cat years.
Now a new upstart in Werribee, Australia, could be the next feline to hold the title. At 26 years old, Teddy is Australias oldest living cat, and his owner, Fran English, is applying to the Guinness Book of World Records to make it official.
English adopted Teddy in 2014 when his elderly owner could no longer care for him, and was shocked when Teddys microchip revealed that he was born in 1991.
The long-haired black cat is in surprisingly good shape for his advanced age, still finding plenty of time each day to prowl around Englishs garden and play in the sun.
Teddy has a rather unusual secret to his longevity, English notes on his Facebook page. Each day he eats a sprig of rosemary from the garden and then gets nice and clean in the shower.
"He used to try and get in the shower with me so I decided to let him get in one day and it just took off from there," Fran told Yahoo News. Teddys fascination with water has only increased over the years. Now he goes into the shower and waits for it to be turned on, and after his rinse, gets toweled off by his doting mom.
Diagnosed with arthritis earlier this summer, he now takes medicine daily to keep him comfortable and active, along with his normal diet of canned tuna and kangaroo meat. His mom even built him a ramp up to the bed.
But despite a few gray hairs, hes still friendly and outgoing. Teddy loves to go out for a wander according to his moms Facebook posts, gnawing on herbs and drinking from his own little fountain outside. The average life expectancy for an indoor cat is between 12 to 18 years old, while cats...
Pepper was living on the streets of India, suffering from a
horrific case of mange, when some locals noticed her and decided to
call for help. If shed been left alone on the streets even a little
longer, her condition may have become critical, and she may not
have made it through.
Animal Aid Unlimited responded to the call and went out to rescue Pepper. When they approached her, she was hiding under a car
Credit: Animal Aid Unlimitedbut as soon as she saw her rescuers, her tail began wagging like crazy
Credit: Animal Aid Unlimitedand she scurried out from under the car and straight to them, eager for the food and love they were happy to offer her.
Credit: Animal Aid UnlimitedOnce she was out from under the car, the rescuers could see that the poor dog was completely bald, and had scabbing on her face as well. They knew they needed to treat her as quickly as possible, so they gently scooped her up and took her with them. Pepper didnt object at all, and seemed to know that they were there to help her.
Alan Reynolds, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute DeSmogBlog contributor Farron Cousins writes, Newsweek Gives Cato Institute Climate Denier A Platform. That means my piece, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Cant Be Blamed on Global Warming. But how could I possibly be a Climate Denier when I openly accepted NASAs estimate that Globally-averaged temperatures in 2016 were 1.78
Many animals suffering from drought in Africa are desperate
for rain but when it comes, it can cause some unexpected
For one devoted elephant mom with a newborn, a sudden shower threatened to separate her from her baby forever.
Credit: DSWTThe baby had slipped into a drinking trough in Kenya's Tsavo National Park, and the mud made it impossible for the newborn's little legs to climb out.
Credit: DSWTThe mother elephant was trying desperately to shelter her baby, and to help her out of the trough, but she couldn't get a good grip on her infant.
Credit: DSWTIt took three men to lift the newborn out of the trough. They were gentle and tried to keep the baby calm while she was separated from her wo...
When Oxana Fedorova saw photos of two beluga dolphins inside a
tiny, plastic-lined pool, her heart broke.
I felt helpless, Fedorova, founder of Save Dolphins, a Russian organization that helps marine animals, told The Dodo. I knew I wanted to do everything in my power to help them."
Credit: Save DolphinsA local citizen photographed the two belugas, named Tom and Una, in the Russian city of Krasnoyarsk, where they were performing in a traveling circus whose name translates to Russian Traveling Dolphinarium.
Credit: Save DolphinsTom and Unas life in the Russian Traveling Dolphinarium started approximately five years ago, when they were captured in the Sea of Okhotsk off the coast of Russia, Fedorova explained. Since then, theyve been forced to travel from city to city to perform in SeaWorld-like shows along with seals and dolphins.
Credit: Save DolphinsIn addition to the Russian Traveling Dolphinarium, one other traveling company operates in Russia, according to Fedorova the Moscow Traveling Dolphinarium. However, Russia also has permanent facilities that mirror the conditions of these traveling dolphinariums.
A resident of Adelaide, Australia, recently got a bit of a
surprise when he checked his pet duck's little house where she lays
Credit: FRSA"He got a surprise when he reached under the super mum and felt fur!" Fauna Rescue of South Australia (FRSA) wrote on Facebook. The duck seemed quite protective of the little squatter: a tiny brushtail possum who lost her mom. "Little Daisy had been kept warm all night by the duck who had the orphan tucked under her wing."
Credit: FRSAThe man knew, however, that in the long term it would be better to turn Daisy over to people who knew how to raise orphaned possums, so he contacted FRSA for help. Daisy will be brought up there until she can be released back into the wild.
Credit: FRSADaisy now has a warm place to sleep and plenty of food at the rescue center. She even has a new friend. Daisy recently bonded with a little boy possum about her age who will be her adoptive sibling as the pair grow up and get stronger.
Following a sharp increase in seismic activity, Indonesian authorities have raised the alert level for Agung volcano in Bali from 3 to 4 (of 4) at 20:30 local time (13:30 UTC) on September 22, 2017. Massive evacuation of communities around the volcano is in...... Read more
Before arriving at the shelter, Blinker and Chilli Pepper had
never set eyes on each other. But the moment they did, the dogs
Animal control officers had picked up the two male dogs, who are both about a year old, and brought them to the shelter run by DeKalb County Animal Services in Georgia. Chilli Pepper had come in first in August, animal control officers picked him up as a stray. Then in early September, officers found Blinker illegally tethered to a property without any kind of shelter.
Any dog who comes into a shelter has probably been through a lot. So whenever possible, the staff try to pair dogs with a roommate so they have a friend to keep them company inside their kennels.
Credit: DeKalb County Animal ServicesBlinker and Chilli Pepper turned out to be a particularly good match.
Credit: DeKalb County Animal ServicesI like to think it must be nice to have a friend to hang out with while in the shelter, Garrett added. It may help with the stress some dogs feel when coming into the shelter.
Credit: DeKalb County Animal ServicesDespite being so close, Blinker and Chilli Peppe...
The Guggenheim Museum in New York City is about to exhibit a
video that shows eight scarred pit bulls, described as "fighting
dogs" by the artists, facing each other on treadmills a tool
commonly used to train dogs for fighting. The dogs run at each
other into exhaustion.
Credit: Sun Yuan & Peng YuThe video, called Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other, was created in 2003 by Sun Yuan and Peng Yu a pair of Chinese artists who regularly collaborate. It began as a live performance the dogs were "installed" on their treadmills in a museum in Beijing. (The Dodo reached out to the artists to ask where the dogs came from, and what happened to them after the performance, but has not gotten a response.)
Credit: GuggenheimNeedless to say, animal lovers aren't happy about the upcoming exhibit.
Dane Wigington GeoengineeringWatch.org Was Puerto Rico the target of weather warfare from Hurricane Maria manipulation? Was the case the same with Texas and Hurricane Harvey? Cuba and Hurricane Irma? What are the mathematical odds of the US and Caribbean nations experiencing a sudden rash of catastrophic hurricanes after a 12 year major hurricane landfall drought? Why was
Originally published by telesurtv.net Indigenous Mapuche leaders have denounced that Argentine police entered their territory without a judicial order with the excuse of searching for disappeared activist Santiago Maldonado. The Neuquen Mapuche Confederation said in a statement that police... Read More
The post WATCH: Mapuches Denounce Illegal Police Operations in Argentina appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.
If human emissions made Irma worse, did they also bring the 12-year lull in Cat 4-5 hurricanes? Paul Driessen Hurricanes Harvey and Irma brought out the best in us. Millions of Americans are giving money, toil and sweat to help victims rebuild. Unfortunately, the storms also highlighted some peoples baser instincts. Some advanced ideological commitments
Records found in abandoned research station contain a treasure trove of tree growth data dating back to 1930s
Hurricane "Maria" has left a trail of destruction across the Caribbean islands and has so far claimed the lives of at least 37 people. Maria is the 13th named storm, 7th hurricane, 4th major hurricane, and the 2nd Category 5 hurricane of the unusually...... Read more
The Liberian government designated a new national park in August 2017 that will protect an important population of Critically Endangered western chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes verus), as well as several other species of large mammals. The rainforests of the new Grebo-Krahn National Park in southeastern Liberia are home to some 300 western chimpanzees, according to the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation (WCF), based in Leipzig, Germany. A decade in the making, the 961-square-kilometer (371-square-mile) park won the approval of Liberias legislature on Aug. 22. Now, it only requires signatures from the president and the Minister of Foreign Affairs formalities, WCF says to become officially designated. Grebo-Krahn National Park is situated in southeastern Liberia and is part of the Ta-Grebo-Sapo forest complex that extends into Cte dIvoire. Map courtesy of the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation Creating a new national park is of course very exciting after years and years of collecting data and engaging the various stakeholders, said Annika Hillers, a primatologist with WCF, in an email. What bigger reward could there be? But those years of work that WCF, other conservation organizations, and the Liberian government have put it were just the beginning, Hillers said. It is now that we all have to work harder than ever, to make sure that Grebo-Krahn National Park is effectively protected and local communities are adequately involved, she added. Grebo-Krahn forms the heart of the Ta-Grebo-Sapo forest complex, extending into neighboring Cte dIvoire. The contiguous habitat is a critical home to not only chimpanzees, but
After years of documenting some of the worlds bloodiest conflicts, a vacation in Kenya inspired photojournalist Kate Brooks to turn her lens to a different kind of violence: the slaughter of elephants and rhinos to feed black-market demand for ivory and rhino horn. Poaching is having a devastating impact on Africas wildlife. From 2006 to 2015, the population of African elephants is estimated to have declined by around 110,000, leaving just 415,000 still alive in the wild. The situation is no better for the continents rhinos: demand for their horns as decorative items and in traditional medicine has caused more than 7,100 to have been poached in the last decade, leaving a population of just 25,000. In her film The Last Animals, war-photographer turned filmmaker Kate Brooks traces this deadly trade across four continents traveling from protected areas in Africa to wildlife markets in Asia and North America in order to illustrate the complex web of global consumer demand, transnational criminal syndicates and local conflicts and political problems that contribute to the current poaching epidemic. Along the way, Brooks also meets with investigators, scientists, zookeepers and rangers engaged in an all-too-often life threatening struggle to preserve the last remaining elephants and rhinos. The Last Animals is a finalist for the Special Jury award in the 2017 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival taking place September 24-29 in Jackson, Wyoming. Winners in 25 awards categories will be announced September 28. In an email interview, Kate Brooks shared her experience documenting the
HURRICANE CONDITIONS OCCURRING ON THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS NHC Hurricane MARIA Status as of 11:00 AM EDT Fri Sep 22 Location: 22.3N 71.0W Moving: NW at 8 mph Min pressure: 958 mb Max sustained winds: 125 mph [~200 km/h, Cat. 3B hurricane on FEWW New Hurricane Scale] Filed under: News Alert Tagged: Caribbean islands, 
A bright fireball was observed and filmed over Amsterdam, Netherlands at 19:00 UTC (21:00 CET) on September 21, 2017. The event lasted more than 5 seconds, flaring several times before disappearing. While the fireball was primarily seen from Amsterdam, users...... Read more
The majority of Malaysia and Singapores most popular brands have failed to push for the use of sustainable palm oil in their products, with some refusing to disclose who they buy from, according to a new survey by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Earlier this year, the international NGO surveyed 47 locally based food and restaurant-chains, with 27 from Singapore and the rest from Malaysia. The survey is called the Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard (pdf). Of the 47 companies that were contacted, only 16 disclosed information on their palm oil usage. And half of those had taken no action to support the use of sustainable palm oil. Even though 100% certified palm oil is available today, most businesses in Malaysia and Singapore are still not sourcing it, the report of the survey read. A snapshot of Singapores brands surveyed by the WWF in its Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard. Image courtesy of the WWF. Palm oil is one of Southeast Asias biggest industries, with Malaysia and Indonesia responsible for most of the worlds production. These countries are also home to many manufacturers that use palm oil. For its part, Singapore serves as a base for the regional operations of major growers and refiners in the industry, as well as a financial hub by supplying loans and investments to these companies. As the industry expands across the world, calls for more sustainable practices have intensified as well on the back of environmental concerns. Many oil palm companies take community lands without their
As the old saying warns, its bad enough to put all your eggs in one basket. If you have to, though, at least try not to leave that basket sitting on the beach under an active volcano. Unfortunately, thats basically the situation of the last population of the Javan rhino (Rhinoceros sondaicus). The Javan rhino was once found throughout Southeast Asia, but since the poaching of the last member of its mainland subspecies in Vietnam in 2009, its only population is found in Ujung Kulon National Park on the western tip of Indonesias Java Island. Such a limited geographic distribution puts any species at risk, but to make matters worse, this location is subject to a number of hazards. One is the volcano Anak Krakatau, growing basically right next door where the famous and deadly Krakatoa once stood. Recently published work also shows that the locations the rhinos prefer are at high risk from tsunamis. On the bright side, this research is collecting previously unknown information thats crucial for ensuring the future of this little-known species. However, the findings also add to the pressure to find a location for a second population a process thats far from simple. Ujung Kulon National Park sits on the western tip of Java Island, and is one of a few intact forested areas on the densely populated island. Map created using Map For Environment. Where the rhinos are Although they are all in a limited area, its not easy to study these animals,
From the Fabius Maximus Blog. Reposted here. By Larry Kummer. From the Fabius Maximus website, 21 Sept 2017. Summary: The gridlock might be breaking in the public policy response to climate change. Lets hope so, for the gridlock has left us unprepared for even the inevitable repeat of past extreme weather let alone what
From the Blog entitled The Wheeling Alternative, Internet Blog, September 2, 2017
On Wednesday, the top-of-the-front-page headline in both Wheeling papers highlighted what looked to be an important story for the Ohio Valley:
>>>Ethane Storage Could Bring 100,000 Jobs
The sub-headline further explained:
>>> WVU study looks at possible $36B investment
And here is the storys lead paragraph about a just-released WVU study:
>>> West Virginia University researchers believe a Marcellus and Utica shale ethane storage hub could help create $36 billion in investment and more than 100,000 permanent jobs some of which could occur at industrial sites left behind by Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, Weirton Steel and Ormet Corp.
100,000 jobs? Thats a lot of job creation. Investment of $36 billion? If the reporting is correct, the study certainly looks good for the tri-state region. Unfortunately for the Ohio Valley, the WVU study doesnt mention any of the above. The reporter, Casey Junkins, who last year misrepresented a study on the retraining of coal miners to draw an opposite conclusion, once again makes claims for findings that are not in the study.
Here is a link to WVUs Appalachian Oil and Natural Gas Research Consortium which then links to the WVU study as a PDF. The study is very technical and science-oriented. Fortunately, a PDF program that can open the study will usually have a search feature which will look for specific words or phrases. So if you open the study, try jobs or investment. You should get the same results that I did both will be highlighted only once in the 181 page document and both are in the same sentence:
>>> In the United States, petrochemical projects are expanding. Industry investment and jobs have increased; the value of NGLs has increased; and fractionation capacity has increased as new processing plants come on line.
Thats it there are no other references to job creation or investment in the study.
But if its not in the study, where did the headlines $36 billion in investment and 100,000 jobs come from? With a little research I found both figures side-by-side in a different study published by the American Chemistry Counc...
As an environmental reporter, its not every day that I get to communicate good news the state of our environment often feels pretty bleak. But today, at least, there is a victory to celebrate: Thanks to the persistence of a small group of prison ecology advocates, the support of their allies,  prisoners rights and environmental justice advocates have a new tool to add to their activist arsenal.
This summer, the EPA added a prisons layer to its Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool. Known as EJSCREEN for short, the tool can be used by the public to assess possible exposure to pollutants that might be present in the environment (i.e., land, air, and water) where they live or work.
The new layer allows the public to overlay the locations of the countrys 6,000-plus prisons, jails, and detention centers with information about environmental hazards like superfund and hazardous waste sites, something the nonprofit Human Rights Defense Center has been pushing for as part of its campaign for the EPA to consider prisoners within an environmental justice context. For the prison ecology movement, which addresses issues at the intersection of mass incarceration and environmental degradation, it could be a game changer.
Its huge, says Panagioti Tsolkas, cofounder of the Prison Ecology Project, a program of the Human Rights Defense Center. Its one of those things that I think if you just look at it quickly, it seems almost mundane to have added a layer to this existing map. And in the absence of a movement present to actually use it for something, it could be meaningless. But in the presence of what weve been doing over the last thr...
Mt Agung threatens to explode The volcano is ejecting white smoke and ash to a height of more than 3km above the crater, which could affect air travel. Volcanic activity remains high and there are indications of magma rising to the surface and causing tremors, the National Disaster Management Agency has said, warning nearby residents 
Since July 7th, 2017, four Mapuche Political Prisoners have maintained a hunger strike that has now lasted upwards of over 107 days. They have been held in pre-trial custody for over a year, under what has been considered an abusive and irregular process under the Anti-Terrorist Law in using anonymous witnesses. Despite the announcements made by the Prosecutor, Luis Torres, in finalizing the investigation seven months ago, bypassing the recent Chilean Independence celebrations, the trial has yet to commence. Family members and support networks have solicited the Chilean government to deal with the prisoners situation, recurring to regional authorities and even to the Ministers of the Interior and Justice, but these have remained evasive and broad in their response. Family and prisoner support networks had given a 72-hour ultimatum, which ended on Wednesday September 20th, 2017, with no response from government officials.
Various protests have taken place nationally and internationally that demand justice for Lonko [Chief] Alfredo Tralcal Coche, and brothers Ariel Alexis Trangol Galindo, Benito Rubn Trangol Galindo, and Pablo Ivn Trangol Galindo, imprisoned in the Penitentiary Centre of Temuco. They wait for the word of Mario Fernandez, Minister...
A report released earlier this month from Pesticide Action Network (PAN) UK found that children across England are exposed to significant pesticide residues in the governments School Fruit & Veg Scheme. Food for Thought documents more than 123 different pesticides on school produce, and calls on officials to source more local, organic produce to protect schoolchildrens health.
The report draws on analysis of 12 years of pesticide residue data, and among key findings reveals that produce provided in the school program has significantly higher residues than mainstream produce found on supermarket shelves.
In 2015, for example, 90% of school program apples contained the residues of multiple pesticides, while for conventional apples in the supermarket this figure was just under 60%.
The governments fresh produce scheme is designed to encourage healthy eating habits in kids, and PAN UK states that they in no way mean to stop children eating the fruit and vegetables they need.
Yet many of the detected pesticides have well-documented potential to harm human health, with links to cancer, hormone system disruption and neurodevelopmental delays. Young children are particularly vulnerable to these impacts.
Another key finding is that much of the produce showed multiple residues, a serious concern as the scientific community still has little understanding of the complex interaction of different chemicals. One hundred percent of raisins analyzed had multiple pesticide residues, with soft citrus, pears and strawberries all close behind....
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