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Thursday, 22 March


Lonely Dog Goes Viral After Stealing Book About 'Abandonment' Thrillist

No one can say for certain where this downtrodden-looking pup came from, or why he chose to take refuge on the campus of a college in Brazil.

But there is no doubt that he found the perfect way to get the attention he needed.

Credit: Infinity Livraria

The dog recently turned up at Feevale University, in the city of Novo Hamburgo, settling in front of the college's bookstore. What exactly the pup was doing there was anyone's guess, though the stray seemingly discovered a way to make it clear that he wasn't all alone by any choice of his own.

Last Friday, the dog decided to walk into the bookstore and steal a book. But not just any book. The novel he chose was "The Days of Abandonment a title quite likely describing his present predicament.

Surveillance video shows the brazen theft taking place. Moments later, a student enters and returns the recovered book, though the dog's story doesn't end there.

After the footage above was posted online, it quickly went viral, racking up more than 750,000 views in a matter of days. But more than just being an unusual occurrence caught on tape, all that attention had a life-changing effect.

This week, a group of local animal rescuers came to the college and changed the dog's life forever.

Credit: Infinity Livraria

The former stray dog has since been taken to the vet, vaccinated and given a bath.

But the best is yet to come....


Owners Leave Dog With Pet Sitter And Never Come Back For Him Thrillist

In late 2016, Pablo the Chihuahuas family dropped him off with their pet sitter and then decided to never come back for him.

Terrified and nervous in the unfamiliar place, Pablo wouldnt do anything but bark. It had been weeks since he had last seen his family, and he didnt know what had happened to them.

After five months, the pet sitter didnt want to listen to the noise anymore so he posted online that he would either be bringing the dog to a kill shelter or selling him on Craigslist.

Credit: AMA Animal Rescue

We learned that Pablo was being forced to live in a closet there because he was barking too much,' Michele Walsh, adoption coordinator for AMA Animal Rescue, told The Dodo. We jumped in and took him immediately.

Although he was finally safe, Pablos fears were far from over. He was so afraid of everything that the barking continued and he barely let people come near him.

He was especially afraid of men, Walsh said. We dont know everything that happened in his life to traumatize him so badly, but we have to assume that he had a really bad experience involving a man.

After being health-checked at the vet, Pablo was cleared to move on to a foster home that could help him tackle his fears and cut down on the barking. When looking for a foster home, Walsh was concerned that Pablo wouldnt open up to anyone but when Pablo met a potential foster, Alexia Perimone, he connected with her instantly.

Credit: AMA Animal Rescue

It was amazing to see, Walsh said. Within 15 minutes he was licking her hand and that was it. He asked her to be his foster mom.

Once he was settled in, Pablo began six months of regular training sess...


Evidence of one of the largest floods in Earths history in the central Mediterranean The Watchers Latest articles

An international team of scientists has uncovered evidence of one of the largest floods in Earth's history in the central Mediterranean seafloor. The flood, known as the Zanclean flood, is thought to have ended the Messinian Salinity Crisis (MSC), a period...... Read more

White Island's Crater Lake reforming after recent cyclones, New Zealand The Watchers Latest articles

Activity at New Zealand's White Island remains quiet after a small earthquake swarm nearby. While there are no apparent changes in activity after the swarm, scientists noted the reappearance of a Crater Lake on the floor of the Active Crater area. GeoNet...... Read more

Intense storms hit Spain, leaving at least 2 people dead The Watchers Latest articles

Intense storms hit Spain over the past few days, especially its north, northwestern and southern areas, bringing heavy rain, snow and strong winds to the area. According to media reports, as of March 20, one person has been killed in Jaen province and one in Seville...... Read more

Cities need forests too: A call for forests amid our concrete jungles (commentary) Conservation news

Human beings evolved among trees. Even today, hundreds of millions of people live in and around forests, and depend upon them directly for their food, fuel, and livelihoods. Many of us, however, now live in concrete jungles instead. More than half the worlds population lives in cities, and thats set to rise to two-thirds more than 6 billion people by 2050. Yet we still depend on forests more than we think. Take Hong Kong, where I live, for example. Its the very picture of a modern metropolis, and one of the most densely populated regions on Earth. Step back from the skyscrapers and the bustling streets, though, and nearly a quarter of Hong Kong is forested. Hong Kongs forests were once home to a vast range of species, including elephants and tigers. But over the centuries, large areas were cleared, and most of the remaining trees were felled for fuel during the Second World War. Over the last half-century, however, forests have been making a comeback through active replanting and natural regeneration. Protected parks cover around 40 per cent of Hong Kongs territory today, and, while there are no plans to reintroduce tigers, these parks harbor incredible biodiversity: more than 2,100 native plants, 50 species of mammals, over 500 species of birds, and 230 different butterflies. For a city of more than 7 million inhabitants, having these wild places around is critical, not just for nature but also for people. A wealth of research has shown that cities


The World Banks land program in the State of Piau, Brazil, is a license for land grabbing - english

The World Bank is financing a land titling, or regularization program in the Brazilian State of Piau, where large areas of land have been grabbed from local communities and illegally occupied by agribusiness. Local communities, including communities of descendants of runaway slaves (quilombolas) as well as indigenous peoples, are being violently displaced from their traditional lands and face contamination of water and soils, increasing violence against community leaders, deforestation and loss of biodiversity. 

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Wednesday, 21 March


Earthquake swarm under Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand The Watchers Latest articles

An episode of volcanic earthquakes is occurring beneath Mount Ruapehu since March 15, 2018. This is a common observation during a heating phase of the crater lake (Te Wai -moe), GeoNet scientist Brad Scott reports. Crater lake's current temperature of 39...... Read more


Colourfest - can Yoga and green tea really replace booze and drugs at a summer festival? What's new

Colourfest - can Yoga and green tea really replace booze and drugs at a summer festival?

Ethical Living
Catherine Harte 21st March 2018
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How to build houses - and save the countryside What's new

How to build houses - and save the countryside

Catherine Harte 21st March 2018
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Are online retailers stopping you from running an energy efficient home? What's new

Are online retailers stopping you from running an energy efficient home?

Ethical Living
Tim Hunt 21st March 2018
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4th nor'easter in 3 weeks to bring heavy snow, gusty winds and coastal flooding The Watchers Latest articles

The 4th nor'easter in 3 weeks will bring another round of heavy snow, gusty winds, and coastal flooding to the east coast US today and tomorrow. The last time 4 nor'easters marched through the region within 3 to 4 weeks weeks was in 2015 and before that in...... Read more

Leopards could reduce rabies by controlling stray dog numbers in India, study finds Conservation news

Leopards are among the most widespread of all big cats, with a historical range covering large parts of Africa and Asia. Though humans have whittled away about 80 percent of that area, the big cats still overlap with some of the worlds largest concentrations of people. That convergence can be a recipe for conflict, but a recent study finds that leopards in India could be helping to keep people in India safe from rabies-laden dog bites. While leopards often conflict with people over livestock like cattle and sheep and are frequently persecuted throughout their range, we show that these unique predators can also be beneficial to human societies, Christopher OBryan, an ecologist at the University of Queensland in Australia and co-lead author of the paper, said in a statement. Stray dogs in Mumbai. Photo  Steve Winter/National Geographic. Dog bites exact a heavy toll on people in India, leading to perhaps 20,000 deaths each year from rabies, according to the World Health Organization. OBryan and his colleagues were curious about whether Indian leopards (Panthera pardus fusca) had any influence on stray dog numbers in Sanjay Gandhi National Park, which sits in the midst of Mumbai. With more than 20 million people, Mumbai is the fourth-largest city by population in the world. The team mined past studies for clues about what leopards living in the city park ate, and discovered that stray dogs made up about 40 percent of their diets. Only about 41 leopards are thought to live in the parks vicinity. But according


March 22 is World Water Day Seeking Natural Solutions Frack Check WV

Fracking uses tons of water and produces tons of toxic waste

What is World Water Day?

World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about focusing attention on the importance of water. The theme for World Water Day 2018 is Nature for Water exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century.

Damaged ecosystems affect the quantity and quality of water available for human consumption. Today, 2.1 billion people live without safe drinking water at home; affecting their health, education and livelihoods.

Sustainable Development Goal 6 commits the world to ensuring that everyone has access to safe water by 2030, and includes targets on protecting the natural environment and reducing pollution.

Take action for World Water Day in 2018 Wherever you are and whatever you do on March 22, make it about nature and water.

Volunteer Pipeline Visual Assessment Program

The Volunteer Pipeline Visual Assessment Program was developed by Trout Unlimited and West Virginia Rivers Coalition to support and train volunteer citizen observers to identify, document and report pollution incidents associated with large-scale pipeline development.

During the programs free webinar, youll learn how to detect and report water quality impacts from pipeline development. To learn more, visit the program webpage.

To participate in the program, please register for our webinar on Tuesday, March 27 from 7:00pm-8:30pm. Register here.

The live webinar on March 27 is limited to 100 participants. If you register after we reach the live webinar limit, youll be sent a recording of the webinar to view at your convenience.

For more information, please contact Jake Lemon, TUs Eastern Angler Science Coordinator, at


Little Snake Is So Obsessed With Her New Birdhouse Thrillist

Its a natural instinct for many snakes to hide under rocks or logs in the wild. But one snake named Sammie has a rather unusual place that makes her feel safe and secure a place where snakes are not usually allowed.

Credit: Vivien Leanne

Vivien Leanne, a pianist and music teacher in Suffolk, England, had no plans to adopt a snake when she met Sammie. With a bearded dragon named Kit and two ancient tortoises already at home, another reptile was the last thing on her mind.

Out on a lunch break one day, Leanne was taking a walk down some unfamiliar streets when she came across a pet shop in trouble. With most of the tanks empty, one tiny albino corn snake, with red eyes and pink scales, caught Leannes eye.

Credit: Vivien Leanne

A local pet shop went bankrupt and all these tiny snakes desperately needed homes, Leanne told The Dodo. She was really too young to be sold and the first few weeks she got used to being pampered nonstop.

Though the first weeks were difficult, Sammie began to grow strong, and proved to be the perfect late-night companion for her busy mom. I got Sammie when I started my masters degree, as I needed something to cuddle while I studied, Leanne added. Shes nocturnal and it was so comforting when I was studying all night to have someone to talk to.

Credit: Vivien Leanne

Sammie has always liked to find secure, comfortable hiding places, though some are more convenient for Leanne than others.

She likes curling up under my hair and napping (so does Kit), Leanne said, but I have to be careful, as one time she actually tangled herself into my braids and...


Cat Who Loves Being Held Like A Baby Shows New Sister How It's Done Thrillist

Nala has been with her family since she was just a kitten, and has always taken great pride in being the beloved baby of the family. She loves hanging out with her parents and getting lots of attention and one of her favorite kinds of attention has always been being held like a baby

Since Nala grew up with her family, shes used to being held and being close to them, and seems to adore being cradled in her parents arms. While some cats hate being held, Nala has never been like that

Credit: Alexander Fredriksen

and often even seeks it out all on her own. 

Credit: Alexander Fredriksen

When her dad is playing video games, Nalas favorite thing to do is climb up on top of him, interrupting the game  

Credit: YouTube/Alexander Fredriksen

and then fall into the crook of his arm, so that shes being cradled. 

Credit: YouTube/Alexander Fredriksen

She always comes to me at nights and does the trust fall into my arms, Alexander Fredriksen, Nalas dad, told The Dodo. Its a routine Im quite fond of despite [the fact] that she always wakes me up. ...


Woman Chooses The Tiniest, Sickliest Puppy And Helps Her Grow Big And Strong Thrillist

Marcela Wedel was in no position to adopt another dog. She already had four rescue dogs in her care, and she was stretched for time and finances. But when Wedel watched a rescue dog named Maia give birth to a litter of puppies, she fell in love with the tiniest one the one shed name Puppy Grey.

I stopped breathing for a minute and just fell in love with her instantly, Wedel told The Dodo. I said to myself, This is the one Im keeping.

Credit: Marcela Castro Wedel

Six years ago, police rescued Maia and two other pit bulls from a drug lab in San Jose, Costa Rica. The dogs were chained up on the property, terrified and covered in blood. Its possible theyd been used as guard dogs or in dogfights, although no one knows for sure.

Credit: Marcela Castro Wedel

After being rescued by the police, the dogs went into foster homes and Wedels friend was the one who took in Maia, who was heavily pregnant at the time. Two weeks later, Maia gave birth to four puppies, including Puppy Grey, who was the runt of the litter.

Credit: Marcela Castro Wedel

It quickly became apparent that Puppy Grey was different, and not just for being the runt. When her three siblings started walking, Puppy remained immobile. She also didnt grow as quickly as the others, which led Wedel to suspect...


Man Moves To California But Doesnt Bother Taking His Dog Thrillist

When Rubbles owner moved to California, he didnt bother taking her with him. He just left her outside his old house in Houston, Texas, without food or water, and only a small mesh kennel for shelter.

The owner had bought Rubble to breed her. But when the 4-year-old American bulldog couldnt get pregnant, the owner decided he had no use for her  which is probably why he abandoned her so easily.

Credit: A Chance to Bloom Dog Rescue

After the owners departure, a couple of family members quickly realized that hed left Rubble. They tried calling him, but he wouldnt pick up his phone. So they reached out for help in the dog-rescuing community, and a woman named Alyssa Aguilar stepped up to help. She and her boyfriend immediately went to collect the abandoned dog.

Sadly, Rubble was already in terrible shape skinny, malnourished and suffering from a skin condition. Rubble was also covered in scabs from itching her skin. She urgently needed to see a vet.

Credit: A Chance to Bloom Dog Rescue

When I first saw her, I was in shock, then got angry, Aguilar told The Dodo. I just wanted to hug her and make her feel better. I was very upset that she was sleeping outside with her skin looking so bad. My heart broke for her.

Yet Rubble seemed to want just one thing love. Rubble was in great spirits. She came to smell us and let us pet her, Aguilar said. She was such a friendly baby.



Lonely Lamb Decides Family's Dog Is His New Mom Thrillist

When a little lamb named Jerry first entered the world, he was a disappointment. 

The runt of his litter at the Ontario farm where he was born, his mom rejected him in favor of his bigger, healthier siblings. Then the farmer decided it just wasn't worth the effort to bottle-feed him, which is what he would need to survive. 

Credit: Black Goat Farm and Sanctuary

"He would never get big enough to be 'worth it' [for the farmer]," Megan Mostacci, cofounder of Black Goat Farm and Sanctuary, told The Dodo. 

So that's how Jerry came to live with Mostacci and her husband at their sanctuary. But it wasn't easy at first.

Credit: Black Goat Farm and Sanctuary

"We got him and soon realized he also had a bad respiratory infection and a septic infection in all his joints," Mostacci said.

They rushed him to the vet for medicine and nursed him back to health with the help of their dogs, a Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever named Drake and an Australian shepherd named Lincoln.

Drake, particularly, was extremely attentive to Jerry on his first night at the sanctuary. "He was cleaning him, cuddling with him ... just being there with him," Mostacci said. 

Credit: Black Goat Farm and Sanctuary

Thankfully, the medicine kicked in and Jerry recovered a lot of his strength. He was even well enough to meet some of the other rescued residents at the sanctuary. ...


Health Canada approves GM Golden Rice not intended for sale in Canada - english

March 20, 2018. Ottawa Health Canada has announced its approval of the genetically modified (GM or genetically engineered) Vitamin A enhanced Golden Rice even though it is not intended for sale in Canada and has not yet been approved by regulators in the intended markets.



A real surprise: Study reveals low phosphorus doesnt hinder rainforest growth Conservation news

Scientists have long believed the lack of nutrients in tropical forests soils meant that they werent very productive when it came to plant growth. But at the same time, trees didnt seem to grow any taller when fertilizer was added to increase soil nutrient levels. A group of researchers sought to resolve this apparent paradox by looking at one specific, important nutrient phosphorus and how differing amounts in the soil affect tree growth. The studys results reveal that tropical forest trees have an unexpected ability to persist in low-phosphorus soils. The researchers say their study, published recently in Nature, could have big implications for human understanding and management of forests and crops. Phosphorus is an important nutrient for plants and is required for protein synthesis and cell division, among other critical processes. But phosphorus is typically scarce in the soils underlying tropical forests, having been washed away by frequent heavy rains and consumed by iron oxide compounds, which readily bind up phosphorus into a form that cant be used by plants. While rainforest trees can apparently handle low-phosphorus soils, crops often become stunted without nutrient inputs. This is often remedied through the application of fertilizer. But still, despite their poor soils, rainforests are host to a huge variety of plant life including very tall trees. And when scientists have added phosphorus fertilizer to the soil of tropical forests around the world, it didnt seem to have much of an effect on tree growth. So just how important


West Virginia: Peters Mountain Blockade Enters into Third Week Earth First! Newswire

from Its Going Down

The following is an update about the ongoing tree sit in West Virginia against the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which has now been active for three weeks and currently is threatened with eviction. For background information on the pipelines threatening Virginia and West Virginia, check out our podcast with local organizers here.

Monday, March 19th 2018.

For 21 days, the tree sit on so-called Peters Mountain has been occupying a section of land preventing the Mountain Valley Pipeline from felling trees where they plan to drill beneath the Appalachian Trail. They have faced blizzards and 60 MPH winds, and been greeted with massive community support. As of today, the sitters risk extraction attempts on multiple legal grounds.

On February 26th, Forest Service police informed the tree sitters that they had 21 days to remain in their sits based on federal legislation that places limits on a campsite. The forest service proceeded to enforce a closure of the easement, the access road, and 200 feet surrounding the access road. The sitters have remained strong and active in the closure.

The question of jurisdiction and enforcement remains convoluted. Initially, Monroe County Sheriff, Virginia State Police, West Virginia State Police and Forest Service Officers arrived at the sits in tandem and as independent entities. Some officers have appeared one day dressed as State Police, and the next as Forest Service toting body cams and bullet proof vests, begging the question if Forest Service is deputizing state police.

Tuesday, March 20th is the rehearing for the case MVP LLC brought against the sitters. Judge Irons of West Virginia first heard the case on March 13th, a...


New crevasses near Suswa shield volcano raise concerns, Great Rift Valley, Kenya The Watchers Latest articles

New crevasses appeared in Suswa shield volcano area, Kenya on March 19, 2018, severely damaging busy Mai Mahiu-Narok road just one week after a similar incident occurred on the same road. The tear is as much as 15 meters (50 feet) deep and more than 20 meters (65...... Read more

Pearl Jam invests in Amazonian reforestation to offset emissions from current Brazil tour Conservation news

Rock band Pearl Jam is voluntarily offsetting the carbon emissions of its current tour in Brazil. The band has partnered with Conservation International (CI) in purchasing carbon offsets for the estimated 2,500 tons of carbon dioxide emissions that will be generated by its Brazilian tour dates taking place this month. The offsets were purchased through Amazonia Live, a partnership between Rock in Rio, CI, Brazils Environment Ministry, the World Bank, and others. Proceeds from the purchase of the offsets will be used to support a tropical forest restoration project that aims to plant 73 million trees in the Brazilian Amazon by 2023, said to be the largest reforestation effort in the world. As a band, its important for us to recognize the environmental impact of our tours and do what we can to mitigate that, Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard said in a statement. This Amazonia Live project is exciting because it helps to offset the CO2 we will emit with our Brazilian tour dates, while providing local employment and food security opportunities. Pearl Jam is voluntarily offsetting the emissions from its current Brazilian tour. This is not the first time the band has sought to mitigate the climate impact of its tours. Photo courtesy of Conservation International. Rodrigo Medeiros, Vice President of CI Brazil, told Mongabay that the total cost of offsetting those 2,500 tons of carbon was $50,000, and that, more specifically, the money will go to an agroforestry project at the Uatum Reserve in Amazonas state, Brazil,


The Last Male Northern White Rhino On Earth Just Died Thrillist

Sudan, a 45-year-old northern white rhino who represented the last hope for the survival of his subspecies, has just died at a conservancy in Kenya. He was surrounded by people who have been taking care of him for nearly a decade.

Named for the country where he was born in the wild, when he was young Sudan was sent to the Dvr Krlov Zoo in the Czech Republic, where he lived for most of his life. In 2009, Sudan was transferred to Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, where he lived with two younger female rhinos, Fatu and Najin, in hopes that living in a more natural environment would encourage the animals to reproduce, saving the subspecies from extinction.

The last male of his kind, Sudan had 24-hour protection from armed guards determined to keep him safe from poachers. His horn was also removed to deter poachers from harming him.

Credit: Frank AF Petersens

But the aging Sudan and his potential mates did not succeed in procreating. Understanding that this was a race against time, people at Ol Pejeta worked to figure out another solution.

Preparations have kicked off in Kenya and Europe for the long-anticipated procedure that is...


LISTEN: Malinda Harnish Clatterbuck of Lancaster Against Pipelines Global Justice Ecology Project

Photo via   Last weeks Earth Watch guest on the Sojourner Truth Radio Show was Malinda Harnish Clatterbuck of Lancaster Against Pipelines, who discussed the dangers of the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline in Western Pennsylvania. Here is some... Read More

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Very heavy rainfall for central parts of NSW coast, warnings issued The Watchers Latest articles

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting very heavy rain for central parts of the New South Wales coast over the next few days, with dangerous conditions expected to develop. Many places are expected to get their normal monthly rainfall for March in just...... Read more

Very intense storm turns streets of Belo Horizonte into raging rivers, Brazil The Watchers Latest articles

A short but very intense storm wreaked havoc in the city of Belo Horizonte and other areas of the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil on March 16, 2018. According to Civil Defense, 74.6 mm (2.93 inches) of rain fell in just 20 minutes, which is around half the historical...... Read more

Audio: Exploring humanitys deep connection to water, plus the sounds of the Sandhill crane migration Conservation news

On todays episode, we discuss humanitys deep connection to water and hear sounds of one of the most ancient animal migrations on Earth, that of the Sandhill crane. Listen here: Our first guest today is marine biologist and conservationist Wallace J. Nichols, the author of Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, & Better at What You Do. The book not only examines the critical importance of mankinds connection to water but also seeks to provide a blueprint for how we can live a better life by understanding this connection. Nichols is here to tell us about the findings he details in the book about the critical importance of bodies of water to human health and well-being, as well as a movie also called Blue Mind that hes making right now on the same subject. We had to take the opportunity to ask J, as Nichols prefers to be called, about his past work in sea turtle biology and conservation, as well. Our second guests are Ben Gottesman of the Center for Global Soundscapes at Purdue University and Emma Brinley Buckley of the Platte Basin Timelapse project. Gottesman and Buckley are using bioacoustics to document Sandhill cranes on the Platte River in the U.S. state of Nebraska as the birds make a stopover during their annual migration. Not only are the researchers seeking to understand how climate change might be impacting the cranes migratory habits,


FIRE-EARTH Conference: Genetic Legacy of Interbreeding with Neanderthals Fire Earth

Resolution 2028 has been approved unanimously. FESC, FSCT 032002 CJ IGE OCT TML TWM Diseased Genes, Predisposition for Addiction, Brainwashing and Submissiveness Presented by FIRE-EARTH Science. Details are available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. All Groups Latest FIRE-EARTH ALERTS, FORECASTS, BULLETINS and MESSAGES available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. 032002, FIRE-EARTH Conference, Brainwashing, Diseased Genes, Interbreeding with Neanderthals, []


Who Owns Water? The US Landowners Putting Barbed Wire Across Rivers Latest News

New Mexico is a battleground in the fight over once public waterways


Fines Imposed for Mariner East 2 Pipeline Construction Noise Frack Check WV

NGL to be collected from OH, WV & PA for foreign countries

Sunoco Pipeline violated noise law in East Goshen, Southeast PA

From an Article by Bill Rettew, Daily Local News, West Chester, PA, March 19, 2018

EAST GOSHEN >> Sunoco Pipeline was found guilty March 13 in district court of exceeding allowable noise levels during pipeline construction.

District Judge Thomas Tartaglio, of District Court 15-1-02, found Sunoco guilty of exceeding permissible noise levels in a residential community on seven instances occurring between October 11 and December 15. The judge found in favor of Sunoco on two other dates.

The township financed a study by Pennoni, a noise testing service, to test at a site of drilling for the Sunoco Mariner East 2 pipeline, near the Giant Market, at the Hersheys Mill subdivision.

Sunoco was fined $1,000, plus costs, for each of seven violations for exceeding township ordinances limiting noise levels to 60 dBA, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.

The testimony presented by the testing firm showed that Sunoco was well over the threshold of the ordinance. Testing showed, noise levels reached more than 70 dBAs at the residential development.

Sunoco has attempted to remediate the situation by placing sound barriers at the site.

Township Supervisor Marty Shane said if Sunoco chooses it might appeal to the Court of Common Pleas. Depending on the outcome, either side might then appeal to Commonwealth Court.

We had worked closely with Sunoco during the entire process, Shane said. Its unfortunate that we had to cite them for the noise violations. Our residents have been very patient; however, they are beginning to run out of patience.

When asked for comment, Sunoco spokesman Jeff Shields said that Sunoco Pipelines policy is to not comment on pending legal matters.

Plans call for the now-under-construction Sunoco Mariner East 2 pipeline to stretch 350 miles from Marcellus Shale deposits in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania to the former Sunoco Refinery in Marcus Hook, Delaware County. The pipeline would carry highly volatile liquids within feet of senior care centers, schools and homes, through densely populated Delaware and Chester counties.

The Pennsylvania Senate Environmental Resources and Energy and Consumer Protection and Licensure Committees will hold...


Hailstorms and tornadoes cause significant damage across southeastern US The Watchers Latest articles

A line of severe storms swept through the southeastern United States on March 19 and 20, 2018, producing heavy rain, strong winds, very large hail and several damaging tornadoes. The storm downed trees and power lines, and caused significant hail and tornado damage....... Read more

How one of Indonesias biggest companies cut a secret deal to plant oil palm in Borneo Conservation news

In the leadup to the release of the second installment of Indonesia for Sale, Mongabays collaboration with The Gecko Project, we are republishing The Palm Oil Fiefdom, the first installment in our series examining the corruption behind Indonesias deforestation and land-rights crises. This is the first part of the article, which can be read in full here. (Bisa juga dibaca dalam Bahasa Indonesia.) Prologue: Jakarta, 2007 On Nov. 29, 2007, on the tenth floor of a marble-clad office block in Jakarta, the scion of one of Indonesias wealthiest families met with a visitor from the island of Borneo. Arif Rachmat, in his early 30s, was heir to a business empire and an immense fortune that would place him among the richest people in the world. His father had risen as a captain of industry under the 32-year dictatorship of President Suharto. After a regional financial crisis in 1998 forced the dictator to step down, Arifs father had founded a sprawling conglomerate, the Triputra Group, with businesses ranging from mining to manufacturing. Arif had come of age as one of the most privileged members of the post-Suharto generation, attending an Ivy League university and cutting his teeth in a U.S. blue-chip company. He had recently returned home to join the family firm, taking charge of Triputras agribusiness arm. Now he meant to position it as a dominant player in Indonesias booming palm oil industry. Arif Rachmat Arifs visitor that Thursday was Ahmad Ruswandi, a chubby young man with glasses and a propensity

Keeping carbon in the ground can cut emissions and boost food security, study finds Conservation news

A new study in Environmental Research Letters shows that applying a theoretic carbon tax one aimed at stimulating changes to farming and land-use practices that minimize emissions could have a major impact on food security, resulting in as many as 300 million more people suffering food deprivation. But add soil carbon-friendly farming into the mix, and you could limit the impact on food security and reduce calorie loss by 65 percent while at the same time sequestering more carbon in the ground. Soil carbon sequestration can help to address climate change, and because it also helps to increase productivity, can also help to address food security, said study co-author Peter Smith, an expert in soils and climate change from Aberdeen University in the U.K. Agriculture is responsible for 10 to 12 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Given the growing global population, experts expect agricultural emissions to continue to rise. Not all farming practices contribute to emissions equally, however. In fact, there is a growing awareness of farming techniques that remove carbon from the atmosphere, a process known as carbon sequestration, storing it in plant material and soils. Locking carbon on the farm During photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon dioxide. As they grow, the carbon is stored in their stems, leaves and roots. Once the plant dies or its leaves drop, soil microbes break down the material they leave behind. Some carbon is then re-released into the atmosphere, but a percentage can become stabilized and locked in the soil. Scientists

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We can feed the world and protect our forests but it requires system change What's new

We can feed the world and protect our forests but it requires system change 

brendan 20th March 2018
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UNs Tauli-Corpuz, accused of terrorism in her native Philippines, plans to keep investigating atrocities against indigenous peoples at home Conservation news

After Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the United Nations special rapporteur on indigenous rights, was included on a list of some 600 people the government of her native Philippines wants declared as terrorists, her colleagues described the move as retaliation for her speaking out against recent attacks on indigenous Lumad communities on the countrys main southern island of Mindanao. I agree with that totally, Tauli-Corpuz told Mongabay in a phone interview on March 16, citing a series of vitriolic remarks aimed at U.N. rapporteurs by the administration of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte since last December, when she publicly condemned the displacement and killings of Lumads in Mindanao. The region has been under a state of martial law since Islamist militants took over the city of Marawi there in May. (The U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, Agnes Callamard, has also provoked Duterte by criticizing the deaths linked to his war on drugs.) Tauli-Corpuz is the highest-profile name on a petition filed in court this month by the Philippine justice ministry accusing hundreds of people, many of whom are indigenous leaders and environmental activists, of being communist guerrillas associated with the New Peoples Army, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines. Tauli-Corpuz insists she has no connection with either group. A Kankana-ey-Igorot woman from the mountainous Cordillera region in the northern Philippines, Tauli-Corpuz has become one of the most prominent figures in the global movement for the recognition of indigenous rights. She worked for years as a community organizer on her

The worlds last male northern white rhino has died Conservation news

The fate of the northern white rhinoceros now hangs by an extremely thin thread. Forty-five-year-old Sudan, believed to be the worlds last surviving male northern white rhino (Ceratotherium simum cottoni), died at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya on March 19. Sudan fell gravely ill earlier this month following a series of infections and age-related health issues that developed last year. Veterinarians worked around the clock to save him, but his condition deteriorated considerably in the last 24 hours, with Sudan unable to stand up, according to a press release from the Ol Pejeta Conservancy and U.S.-based conservation group WildAid. Given the extent of the rhinos suffering, the team of veterinarians from the Czech Republic-based Dvr Krlov Zoo, Ol Pejeta and Kenya Wildlife Service made the decision to euthanize him. Sudan lived at Ol Pejeta with two elderly female northern white rhinos his daughter, Najin, and her daughter, Fatu  under 24-hour armed surveillance. The two females are now the last known members of this once wide-ranging subspecies. We at Ol Pejeta are all saddened by Sudans death, Richard Vigne, Ol Pejeta Conservancy CEO, said in the statement. He was an amazing rhino, a great ambassador for his species, and will be remembered for the work he did to raise awareness globally of the plight facing not only rhinos, but also the many thousands of other species facing extinction as a result of unsustainable human activity. One day, his demise will hopefully be seen as a seminal moment for conservationists worldwide. It is with great sadness that Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the

Sarawaks Penan now have detailed maps of their ancestral homeland Conservation news

LONG LAMAI, Malaysia The tallest tajem trees have slash marks clear up to the canopy. Each diagonal cut released some of the trees heart-stopping sap to tip someones darts, making him a more lethal hunter in the forests of Sarawak. The people of the Penan village of Long Lamai talk about the tajem trees the way they might about an old friend or family member. These poison trees, 26 of them, dot the homesteads of Long Lamai, on the banks of the Ba Balong River. In all, their trunks notched exteriors are more than just evidence of a peoples intimate relationship with the forest. Theyre a living testament to their presence in these forests, stretching back generations. Unfortunately for the Penan of Long Lamai and dozens of other villages, these poison-dart trees arent a solid basis for a longstanding legal claim to the land. The roughly 16,000 semi-nomadic Penan who live along the tributaries that carved the topography of central Borneo have struggled for decades to keep a hold on their land in the face of incursions by timber companies, and more recently by palm oil and rubber producers. So for the past 15 years, they have developed a tool they hope will be proof of their enduring presence in the region. The village of Long Lamai in Sarawak. Photo by John C. Cannon/Mongabay. Beginning in the early 2000s, 63 Penan communities came together to create 23 maps of their territory in the districts of Miri and Limbang in


The Long Lasting Nature of the Problems at Fukushima: 7 Years of the Nuclear Disaster and Counting

M V Ramana | The government has really no idea on what to do with these vast quantities of radioactive waste. As its report puts it euphemistically Currently, it is difficult to clarify methods of final disposal of such soil and waste.

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Russias Nuclear Projects in India Face Financial Crisis, Media Censored to Hide this Truth

The website has subsequently taken down the article obviously under pressure from the Indian government because it puts India in an embarrassing situation as PM Modi has announced a large number of indigenous projects as well as a mega nuclear park at Jaitapur in Maharashtra in collaboration with France.

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Vegetarian, vegan, flexitarian, ethical omnivore. And now we have the Wildevore diet What's new

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Heavy flooding, debris flows expected in Southern California as dangerous atmospheric river forms in Pacific The Watchers Latest articles

An atmospheric river event is expected to plummet Southern California bringing heavy rain and snow into the area. Flash flood warnings have been issued in parts of Southern California, with potentially very dangerous debris flows expected as the strongest storm of...... Read more


Dont Bank On The Bomb: Read the 2018 Report that Names the Companies Fueling Nuclear Armageddon

This report brings attention to how you can use this treaty to influence a powerful actor in the fight against nuclear weapons the financial institutions. By divesting from nuclear weapon producers, we can make it harder for those that profit from weapons of mass destruction and encourage them to cut the production of nuclear weapons from their business strategies.

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Shaaa, Well yeah They are collecting everything on everybody. Head Space

Out of delusions of greatness, humans overestimate the technical intellect and neglect the instinctive, creative power that propels it. The super technical surgeon, however, is helpless without the instinctual regenerative forces. Those forces heal the wounds inflicted by their tools. In every human being, there dwells an instinctual unconscious technician operating outside the conscious functions. []


'Crooked' Dog Finds The Sweetest Friend To Help Him Feel Better Thrillist

Saved from a high-kill shelter in Texas three months ago, rescuers werent even sure that Buttons could walk when they first saw him.

The shelter just wheeled him out to us in a wheelbarrow, Jessica Russell, president of A Chance to Bloom Rescue, told The Dodo. We had no idea what kind of shape he was in.

Credit: A Chance to Bloom

After a trip to the hospital, however, vets realized that 3-year-old Buttons' head was permanently tilted to one side. This could have been from two different scenarios: he just had a genetic neck deformity, or was locked in a crate that was too small for him to lift his head all the way so he became crooked as he grew.

We have no way of knowing for sure, but he was put on medicine to make sure his spinal fluids were draining correctly, Russell said. Hes perfectly healthy now, but his head will have a slight tilt all the time.

After sorting his health out, it wasnt long before rescuers realized how desperate for attention Buttons was.

Credit: A Chance to Bloom Rescue

They decided to introduce him to another special dog, 2-year-old Grace, who was found as a stray last November after she had been hit by a car. Her back leg was amputated after the accident, but even after healing, she still hadnt found a home.

She was lonely, too.

Credit: A Chance to Bloom

They both had this look of defeat when we first pulled them from the shelter, Russell said. But when they got together, everything completely changed. It was instantaneous.

The shelter staff put them into crates next to one another at first but a few minutes later, it was clear they wanted to be with one another. The...


Kitten Brothers Do The Cutest Thing So They'll Be Adopted Together Thrillist

Marlow and Mittens were two tiny kittens found together as strays but no one realized just how close they really were.  

From the moment they arrived at the RSPCAs shelter, staff could see that the pair were attached, but they decided they would have a better chance of finding forever homes if they posted about them separately and didn't require that they be adopted out together. The sweet kitten brothers, however, had other plans. 

Credit: Grace Serena

When Grace Serena and her partner saw Marlows face on the RSPCAs website, they immediately knew he was the kitten for them and decided to go in to meet him. They had no idea that Marlow had a brother but when the couple arrived, the little kittens quickly set a plan in motion to make sure they wouldnt be separated. 

Marlow and Mittens put on their cutest faces, snuggled up to each other fiercely  

Credit: Grace Serena

and snuggled up to their new potential parents as well, essentially sealing the deal. 

They did mention that this particular pair were closer than most, but were definitely willing to adopt them out separately, Serena told The Dodo. I myself was attached to Marlow, and my partner Jake was extremely fond of Mittens. After a long and hard deliberation, we decided it was either no cats or both cats, and lets be honest, no cats is NEVER a good idea. 

Credit: Grace Serena

Initially, the couple had decided to adopt a kitten because Jake was going through a rough time emotionally. As soon as they met Marlow and Mittens, though, all reasoning evaporated, a...


These Creepy 'Ghost Nets' Are Killing Thousands Of Animals Every Year Thrillist

In an upsetting video, a monk seal struggles to free herself after getting her neck caught in a piece of old fishing net. She kicks her flippers, trying to disentangle herself but the harder she tries to get away, the tighter the net becomes.

The person filming the monk seal eventually jumped into the water to save her he cut away the net and set her free. But other animals are not so lucky.

More than 650,000 marine animals, including dolphins, whales, seals and turtles, are killed or injured in fishing nets each year.

In many cases, animals get caught and die in nets that are being actively used by fishermen. For instance, thousands of dolphins are accidentally captured as bycatch in trawling nets off the coast of France every year most, if not all, of these dolphins die, and the fishermen simply toss their bodies overboard.

Credit: Kanna Jones/Marine Photobank

Yet lost, discarded and abandoned fishing nets referred to as ghost nets cause just as much damage, killing hundreds upon thousands of marine animals, according to a new report released by World Animal Protection (WAP).

Approximately 640,000 tons of fishing gear are left in our oceans every year, according to WAP. In some cases, illegal fishermen may deliberately dump their nets into the ocean to avoid getting caught. But most fishing vessels operating legally simply lose their gear due to poor weather, or because their nets collide with boat propellers, rocks or other fishing vessels.



Blockade Stops Bayou Bridge Pipeline Construction Earth First! Newswire

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Good morning ETP.

Early this morning a team of folks blockaded a Bayou Bridge Pipeline construction site, successfully stopping a fuel truck from fueling up equipment at other work sites across the pipeline route. The blockade lasted for an hour and no arrests were made.

We will keep taking action until we stop the Bayou Bridge Pipeline and #StopETP.

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March 21: Sandpoint WIRT Meeting & Screening Wild Idaho Rising Tide

Invite your friends and families, and join Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), the #No2ndBridge group, and the regional, climate activist community at 7 pm on Wednesday, March 21, at the Gardenia Center, 400 Church Street in Sandpoint, Idaho, for conversations about strategies and tactics opposing Northwest, fossil fuel extraction and transportation.  Among potluck food, beverages, and ideas, we will share current, issue updates and background on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway proposal to expand rail bridges and tracks across Lake Pend Oreille and downtown Sandpoint, and associated, state and federal, public comment periods, hearings, and other participation processes [1, 2].  Besides the March 30 and 31, Seventh Annual Celebration of WIRT benefit concerts in Moscow and Sandpoint, we are planning #No2ndBridge, public information sessions, targeted protests, and a summer, direct action camp, to further catalyze resistance to ongoing train derailments and fossil fuel pollution of essential watersheds and the shared, global climate.  See the January through March, Moscow and Sandpoint, meeting alerts on the WIRT website, for other, possible topics of discussion, and contact WIRT via email or phone, with your questions and suggestions.

For this third-Wednesday monthly, March 2018 gathering, we will screen Momenta, a 42-minute documentary released in Bellingham in June 2014, which describes the first years of the Northwest movement dedicated to educating, raising awareness, and activating communities to stop all proposed coal exports,rethink fossil fuels [and] their impacts on climate and environment, and accelerate the clean energy revolution [3].  We will also present the trailer for the upcoming documentary Choke Point, the story of the Inland Northwests fight against exploding oil trains and fossil fuels, produced by grassroots, Spokane videographers Rosie Ennis and Joe Comine of Dancing Crow Media, who need your donations for their ongoing work [4].  Choke Point is about trains transporting coal and highly combustible crude from the Bakken oil fields, through the area between Sandpoint, Idaho, and Cheney, Washington, known as the choke point.  These trains travel over our aquifer and water resources, across unstable infrastructure, and through the heart of our home,[and] tend to blow up when theres a derailment or due to equipment failure.  The completed film could include excerpts, which we will show, of talks by Spokane City Council president Ben Stuckart, Sightline Institute policy director Eric de Place, Spokane tribal activist Twa-le Abrahamson, and Railroad Workers United organizer Jen Wallis, recorded at the June 2015 Coal Exports, Oil Transport, and Solutions Forum, held at Gonzaga University in Spokane.



Bright fireball recorded over So Paulo, Brazil The Watchers Latest articles

A very bright fireball streaked across the sky over So Paulo, Brazil at 01:19 UTC on March 18, 2018 (22:19 local time, March 17). The event lasted several seconds and was seen from the region of Campinas, Itu and Limera and recorded by three Exoss network...... Read more

Baseball-sized hail hits Texas, extreme weather threatens Tennessee River Valley today The Watchers Latest articles

A powerful hailstorm hit parts of Brazos Valley, Texas on March 18, 2018, leaving impressively sized hail behind. On Monday, strong tornadoes, very large hail, and damaging winds are expected across parts of the Tennessee Valley and Southeast during the late...... Read more

Cerrado: Agribusiness may be killing Brazils birthplace of waters Conservation news

Small streams like this one are going dry even in the wet season. Correntinas people have long relied on these streams to irrigate and grow their food. Photo by Alicia Prager This is the third of six stories in a series by journalists Alicia Prager and Flvia Milhorance who travelled to the Cerrado in February for Mongabay to assess the impacts of agribusiness on the regions environment and people. It used to be right there, says Marcos Rogrio Beltro pointing to a rocky red sand depression under a small wooden bridge. Its the wet season in Correntina, a town in western Bahia state, and that depression should be filled with running water. But its bone dry. Another dozen or so nearby streams are either heavily silted, sluggish, or gone to dust in the 40 degree Celsius (104 degree Fahrenheit) heat of late February in Brazil. Beltro, a former small-scale farmer and now an environmentalist, was born in Correntina, so he has many years of seasonal memories to measure by. He guides us along a rural valley where small tributaries should be amply supplying the Arrojado River. It is flowing with 40,000 liters [10,570 gallons] per second during the wet season, he says, standing on the riverbank. This [weak flow] should be the amount in the dry season. Sixty percent of the 31,000 people living in Correntina rely on traditional water supplies, such as that coming from artesian wells, to grow their food on small farms and in garden plots. But


Expect tens of millions of internal climate migrants by 2050, says World Bank Carbon Brief

As many as 143 million people in three of the worlds most vulnerable regions could be forced by 2050 to migrate within their own country due to climate change, a new report says.

While such internal climate migration is often overlooked compared to international migration, it could lead to new and dangerous risks, the World Bank says.

But prompt efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions and incorporate climate migration into development planning could help reduce internal climate migration by up to 80%, the report finds.

Internal movement

The new World Bank report looks at how slow-onset climate impacts, such as water stress, crop failure and sea level rise, could affect future population distribution.

It covers three areas expected to be significantly affected by internal climate migration: Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America. Together, these regions represent 55% of the developing worlds population.

The report says that while cross-border migration has often tended to capture high-profile global attention, climate change is also expected to be a potent driver of internal migration.

In a foreword to the report, Kristalina Georgieva, chief executive of the World Bank, says:

There is growing recognition among researchers that more people will move within national borders to escape the effects of slow-onset climate change, such as droughts, crop failure, and rising seasInternal climate migration is a development issue. Unless we act it will become the human face of climate change.

The reports worst-case scenario, where little concrete climate and development action is taken, projects that up to 143 million people around 2.8% of the population of these three regions could move internally across the three regions due to climate change by 2050. Internal climate migration could also accelerate after 2050 unless concerted climate and development action is taken, the report says.

However, this could be reduced to a minimum of 31 million if action is taken to limit climate change and better manage migration, the World Bank says.

The report expects migration would occur from less viable areas with lower water availability and crop productivity and f...


States of emergency as rivers reach record levels, Croatia The Watchers Latest articles

Croatia is still battling major river levels after warm weather followed by heavy rains caused rapid melt of record-breaking snow that fell during Arctic cold outbreak at the end of February. States of emergency were declared over the weekend in several areas,...... Read more

Widespread damage after major flooding in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic The Watchers Latest articles

Heavy rains and overflowing rivers in Puerto Plata province of Dominican Republic, caused major flooding on March 17, 2018. Hundreds of homes were affected, and significant loss of property is reported in some parts of the region. Heavy rain started affecting the...... Read more

Belize creates one of Central Americas largest biological corridors Conservation news

Belize is set to establish one of the biggest biological corridors in Central America, connecting two nature reserves that are home to jaguars and pumas, among other wildlife. The Belize northeastern biological corridor, approved by the government on Feb. 13, will span some 110 square kilometers (42 square miles) of forest, according to a press release from the Corozal Sustainable Future Initiative (CSFI), a conservation NGO in Belize. It aims to provide safe passage for species such as jaguars (Panthera onca), pumas (Puma concolor) and Bairds tapir (Tapirus bairdii) to move freely between the coastal dry forests of the Shipstern Nature Reserve and the tropical forests of the Freshwater Creek Forest Reserve. This corridor is highly important, Heron Moreno, executive director of the CSFI, told Mongabay. It will not only guarantee the long term survival of wildlife within the area but it will also contribute to the strengthening of the Belize Protected Areas System. Most importantly, it will serve to highlight the importance of Government, NGO and private partnership in conservation initiatives. This hereby paves the way and serves as a model for other similar initiatives to follow in Belize. A Bairds tapir in the Shipstern Nature Reserve in Belize. Photo courtesy of Corozal Sustainable Future Initiative The push for corridors in Belize began about two decades ago through the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor Project, a Global Environment Facility-funded effort to interlink patches of forests from Mexico through Central America to Colombia. Belizes northeastern biological corridor was one of the potentially important links that the project highlighted.

Ecuador: Sarayaku leader Patricia Gualinga defends territory despite threats Conservation news

The struggle to protect the land and the environment in Latin America often costs lives. In 2017 alone, 116 environmental defenders were killed in the region, most of them for protecting their territories from activities such as industrial agriculture, mining, poaching and logging, according to the latest report by Global Witness. So when threats were made against land defender and Sarayaku indigenous leader Patricia Gualinga at her home in the city of Puyo, north of the Ecuadorean Amazon, it raised a red flag. This is the kind of dangerous situation that community leaders face every day. It was dawn on Jan. 5 when Gualinga was surprised by a man who broke the window of her room with a stone and threatened her. The next time I will kill you, he told me several times, Gualinga said in an interview with Mongabay. Her husband and parents were also there. I was shocked, nobody had threatened me during my leadership. A policeman passing by her house chased the attacker but never returned. The next day, Gualinga went to the provincial prosecutors office to file a complaint. It took some time, but eventually the crime report was registered. In an exclusive interview, Gualinga spoke recently with Mongabay about that day. The Sarayaku defender Patricia Gualinga at the press conference where she reported the threats she received on January 5, 2018. Photo courtesy Patricia Gualinga. I realized that it was a direct attempt, said the indigenous leader, who over the past 20 years has focused

Indonesia launches bid to restore national park thats home to tigers, elephants Conservation news

JAKARTA The Indonesian government has unveiled an ambitious plan to restore a heavily degraded national park that is one of the last remaining habitats on Earth for the critically endangered Sumatran tiger. The restoration of Teso Nilo National Park in Riau province, on the island of Sumatra, has been two years in the planning, and is expected to serve as a model for other national parks across the country if successful. A key focus of the plan will be engaging with the communities that have moved into the ostensibly protected area and over the years cleared the land to establish settlements and plantations. Hariadi Kartodihardjo, a member of a task force of government officials, conservationists and field workers set up in 2016 to survey the various issues on the ground, said the team went from village to village to study how the land was being occupied. What they discovered was that a long history of mismanagement had allowed tens of thousands of hectares of the park and two adjacent logging concessions which together make up the Tesso Nilo forest complex to be overrun with oil palm plantations and dozens of villages. The task force also faced hostility from the villager, who, despite occupying a national park and not having any title to the land, insist on remaining there. During the first meeting [with villagers] at the park, I was kicked out by the locals, Hariadi, a senior adviser to the minister of environment and forestry, said at


Froxn Commons: Help Defend one of Europes First Legally Recognized Commons Communities Global Justice Ecology Project

By Hannibal Rhodes Via   Nestled in Galicias fertile hills, the commons community of Froxn is engaged in a struggle to protect its territory and history from Spanish miner Sacyrs plans to re-open the San Finx tungsten mine.... Read More

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Global warming to date could obliterate a third of glacier ice Carbon Brief

The warming the world has already experienced could be enough to melt more than a third of the worlds glaciers outside Antarctica and Greenland regardless of current efforts to reduce emissions.

That is the stark conclusion of a new study, which analyses the lag between global temperature rise and the retreat of glaciers.

The relatively slow response of glaciers to global warming means it will take to the end of the century and beyond to see the benefits of mitigation efforts in the coming decades, the study says.

The baked in glacier loss from observed warming has largely been overlooked, another scientist tells Carbon Brief, meaning we really are on course to obliterate many of these mountain landscapes.

Ice cube

Glaciers are huge rivers of ice that ooze their way over land, powered by gravity and their own sheer weight. They accumulate ice from snowfall and lose it through melting.

As global temperatures have risen, many of the worlds glaciers have already started to shrink and retreat. Continued warming could see many iconic landscapes from the Canadian Rockies to the Mount Everest region of the Himalayas lose almost all their glaciers by the end of the century.

But glacier retreat does not happen overnight. So if global temperature rise stopped immediately, how much of the worlds glacier ice could be saved? And for how much is its fate already sealed?

This is what the new study, published in Nature Climate Change, aims to work out.

The study focuses on the lag between rising temperatures and how quickly glaciers adjust. An ice cube makes a suitable metaphor, as three of the authors Prof Ben Marzeion, Dr Georg Kaser and Dr Fabien Maussion explain to Carbon Brief over email:

If you take an ice cube from the fridge i.e. from one climate to the kitchen table i.e. a new climate it will, finally, but not instantaneously, melt. The time it takes to fully melt the cube depends on: a) the size of the cube; and b) the temperature in your kitchen.

In other words, the worlds glaciers have not yet caught up with the rate of warming over recent decades. This means...


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Grandfather Scales Tree, Erects Mid-Air Camp To Stop Kinder Morgan Clear-Cutting Rising Tide North America

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Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver) Early this morning Terry Christenson, a 70-year old Grandfather of two, and former Juno nominee, scaled a tree on the inside of Kinder Morgans fence (Westridge terminal side) and erected a mid-air camp suspended from its trunk. Terry constructed the high-flying structure to stop Kinder Morgans proposed tree clearing which is being done to enable the companys drilling through Burnaby Mountain.

This pipeline does not have consent of the Indigenous Nations it would pass through. It would endanger the livelihoods and economies of all those that depend on an oil free coast and I for one wont stand by and let it happen, said Terry Christenson. Im taking this action to protect my grandchildrens future. I care about this land, this coast and I wont let it be destroyed all so a Texas oil company can increase its profit share.

The National Energy Board approved Kinder Morgan to clear trees from the area and green lighted the company to begin drilling through Burnaby Mountain, flash point of protests against the project. The NEB has said Kinder Morgan needs to clear the area before March 26th to avoid interfering with birds migrating north for the summer. If clearing is not done by that date it would be a major set back for the company and plans could not proceed until after the migrating birds had left.

We are all in this fight together. We have better options to produce energy and move people around then building another dirty pipeline that the worlds scientific community has said we need to move away from, asserted Christenson. Its time that the Prime Minister got that message and Ill be doing my best to hang out here until he does.

This action is the latest in a series of action against Kinder Morgans construction plans. It is also just a week after a massive mobilization against the project that brought thousands to the streets of Burnaby.

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