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Thursday, 18 October


45 people and 33 000 livestock killed, 17 400 homes destroyed in Niger floods The Watchers Latest articles

At least 45 people have been killed in Niger since June 2018 when the region entered its rainy season. Nearly 209 000 have been affected. The numbers were made public by the United Nations on October 16, and are much higher than those of the government. The rains...... Read more

Fire erupting from cracks in the ground, Andhra Pradesh, India The Watchers Latest articles

Panic is spreading among people in Marrikunta Thanda of Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh after flames started erupting from newly formed earth cracks on October 13, 2018. Cracks in the ground were seen up to a depth of about 200 m (656 feet), a local news portal...... Read more

5 bird species lose protections, more at risk in new Indonesia decree Conservation news

JAKARTA A new decree from Indonesian authorities drops five bird species from a newly expanded list of protected wildlife, and potentially sets the stage for more to follow by widening the scope under which protected status can be rescinded. The capture and trade of the white-rumped shama (Kittacincla malabarica), Javan pied starling (Gracupica jalla), straw-headed bulbul (Pycnonotus zeylanicus), Sangihe shrikethrush (Colluricincla sanghirensis) and little shrikethrush (Colluricincla megarhyncha) will remain illegal without a government permit, but the lack of protected status means violators wont face the jail time or hefty fines prescribed in the 1990 Conservation Act. Four of the birds were among hundreds of species added to the ministrys list of protected species this past June. The fifth bird, the little shrikethrush, was on the original list published in 1999. All five have now been removed from the list following the publication on Sept. 5 of a decree from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry. The little shrikethrush. Image courtesy of Dominic Sherony/Wikimedia Commons. The capture of wild birds is to be regulated through a government permit-and-quota system that is supposed to consider recommendations from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), a state-funded think tank. Mohammad Irham, a senior ornithologist at LIPI, said his institution would reject requests to capture any of the five now-unprotected species from the wild. He criticized the rescinding of their protected status, saying it would hasten their decline in the wild. Our decision is based on scientific data, papers and surveys on the populations of these

Scientists map the impact of trawling using satellite vessel tracking Conservation news

A team of scientists has produced the most comprehensive assessment to date of trawling, a fishing technique that produces a sizable portion of the worlds seafood but is also seen as destructive and indiscriminate. The research tracked the movements of trawlers in 24 regions of the world, identifying the extent and intensity of their impacts the industrys footprint along continental shelves down to depths of 1,000 meters (3,280 feet). This is the first study that tried to map the impact of trawling at this global scale, Ricardo Amoroso, a biologist at the University of Washington, said in an interview. A beam trawler sits at the dock in Milford Haven, Wales, United Kingdom. Image by Jan Hiddink/Bangor University. Amoroso and his colleagues collected data from satellite-linked vessel monitoring systems, or VMSes, and logbooks from the past two to six years. They found that trawlers fished 14 percent of the ocean in the areas they studied, leaving 86 percent untouched by trawling. They published their work Oct. 3 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The figures quoted in the study raised concerns for University of British Columbia marine biologist Amanda Vincent, who was not involved in the study. It strikes me as an extraordinary apology for a fishing method that is really devastating, Vincent told Mongabay. I would be very concerned if this became a basis for policy decisions. An illustration showing how bottom-trawling works. A net is pulled along the oceans shelves and slopes. Image


Signs and Wonders or Natural Hazard? Flaming Methane Discoveries in Cracks and Holes Head Space

Eruption of fire from cracks in earth causes panic in Kurnool Fire erupted from cracks in the earth at Marrikunta Thanda, a hilly area in Owk mandal of Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh, India on Saturday. October 13th. Kurnool: Panic spread among people in Marrikunta Thanda, a hilly area in Owk mandal of Kurnool district on []


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Censorship recognizes the clear and present danger truths can have in exposing totalitarian control and its agenda. ~~~~~~~~~ Witnessing courage after the fact is one thing, but to experience it firsthand leaves an indelible mark upon our psyche, neither are ever fully erased from our memories. ~~~~~~~~~ IDK but if politicians would spend more time []


Landgrabbing, illicit finance and corporate crime: an update - english

Land grabbing is now considered a crime against humanity, but few land grabbers end up in jail. Instead, if you search the specialised website for news about law suits, court proceedings, convictions or imprisonment related to land deals, what you will largely find are reports of local communities being accused of wrongdoing for defending their own territories against powerful companies! Yet the links between crime, corruption and those engaging in agricultural land deals are real.


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Wednesday, 17 October


Guest post: How the Greenland ice sheet fared in 2018 Carbon Brief

Dr Ruth Mottram, Dr Peter Langen and Dr Martin Stendel are climate scientists at the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) in Copenhagen, which is part of the Polar Portal.

The end of August traditionally marks the end of the melt season for the Greenland ice sheet as it shifts from mostly melting to mostly gaining snow.

As usual, this is the time when the scientists at DMI and our partners in the Polar Portal assess the state of the ice sheet after a year of snowfall and ice melt. Using daily output from a weather forecasting model combined with a model that calculates melt of snow and ice, we calculate the surface mass budget (SMB) of the ice sheet.

This budget takes into account the balance between snow that is added to the ice sheet and melting snow and glacier ice that runs off into the ocean. The ice sheet also loses ice by the breaking off, or calving, of icebergs from its edge, but that is not included in this type of budget. As a result, the SMB will always be positive that is, the ice sheet gains more snow than the ice it loses.

For this year, we calculated a total SMB of 517bn tonnes, which is almost 150bn tonnes above the average for 1981-2010, ranking just behind the 2016-17 season as sixth highest on record.

By contrast, the lowest SMB in the record was 2011-2012 with just 38bn tonnes, which shows how variable SMB can be from one year to another.

We must wait for data from the GRACE-Follow On (GRACE-FO) satellite mission before we know how the total mass budget has fared this year which includes calving and melting at the base of the ice sheet. However, it is likely that the relatively high end of season SMB will mean a zero or close-to-zero total mass budget this year, as last year.

The period 2003-2011 has seen ice sheet losses on Greenland averaging 234bn tonnes each year. The neutral mass change in the last two years does not and cannot begin to compensate for these losses. The comparison here does show that in any given year, the mass budget of the ice sheet is highly dependent on regional climate variability and specific weather patterns.

Fresh snow

Although this year has seen similarly high SMB values to 2016-17, the evolution of the budget through the year has been quite different.

You can see how the two...


Deadly floods hit Texas after extreme rainfall, state of emergency declared The Watchers Latest articles

Central Texas received extreme rainfall over the past couple of days leading to major floods that claimed a life of at least one person and forced authorities to declare a state of emergency for 18. Texas governor urged "all Texans to take their safety into...... Read more


Gas to Liquids (GTL) Methanol Chemical Plants are Small & Larger Frack Check WV

Methanol will cause blindness if consumed

Primus Advances Small-Scale GTL Facility in Marcellus Country

From an Article by Jamison Cocklin, Natural Gas Intelligence, October 15, 2018

Houston-based Primus Green Energy Inc. is finally moving forward with plans to develop a small-scale gas-to-liquids (GTL) facility in West Virginia after partnering with an international engineering, procurement and construction firm to improve the projects economics.

The facility, which is planned to be at the site of Covestro AGs chemical production facility in New Martinsville, was initially slated to begin operations in 4Q2017. Service was later delayed until 2018, but Primus said this month operations would now start in 2020, thanks partly to a partnership with Jereh Oil and Gas Engineering Corp.

Primus has long envisioned development of a methanol plant in the Marcellus region, but it is our relationship with Jereh and other strategic partners that has resulted in substantially improved economics and will allow us to move the project forward, said Primus CEO Steven Murray. With gas supply and methanol offtake agreements from an integrated oil and gas company, assistance from Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. to arrange project debt financing, and design work by Koch Modular Process Systems, the project economics are very strong.

Similar small-scale GTL facilities, which have smaller and more efficient equipment, have been announced for the Appalachian Basin, but none have entered service. The modular plants are said to be deployed more easily, making them a cost-effective alternative to larger refinery-sized plants.

Primus said the modular units would be fabricated off site by Jereh and Koch Modular, then be transported to the project location for final assembly. The company has developed a technology for converting various feedstocks, including wellhead and pipeline natural gas, natural gas liquids and synthesis gas, into methanol, gasoline and diluent.

The facility would produce about 160 metric tons (mt) a day of methanol, using as little as 6 MMcf/d of feed gas. The technology has been tested at a scale plant in Hillsborough, NJ.

The facility would be the second of its kind to enter operations if it starts up as planned in 2020. US Methanol Corp. broke ground last year on a similar methanol plant that would use Marcellus Shale gas. That pla...


Governments must tackle meat over-consumption What's new

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Make manufacturers accountable for packaging waste What's new

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MPs must stop 'informing' on constituents What's new

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Couple Finds Tiniest Animal Abandoned In A Plastic Bag On The Street Thrillist

Jacqueline Panzo and her boyfriend were walking to the local pharmacy to pick up some cold medicine when they spotted a black plastic bag sitting near the sidewalk. Panzo quickly realized there was some sort of cage peeking out of the bag, so she went over to investigate and found a hamster curled up inside, cold, sick and terrified. 

Credit: Jacqueline Panzo

The door to the cage had been left open, meaning whoever had left the hamster there had intentionally abandoned him, even though there was no way he would be able to survive on his own. 

The first thing that came to mind was, There's no way I can just leave him here, Panzo told The Dodo. I felt so worried about him, and although I wasn't sure he was going to survive, I knew I had to do whatever I could to make him comfortable and warm again. 

Credit: Jacqueline Panzo

The hamster, later named Hamtaro, was a little apprehensive of Panzo at first, but after a short while he let her pick him up, and she and her boyfriend rushed him and his cage back to her place. On their way home, Panzo called her sister and had her pick up some supplies for Hamtaro, so they could make him happy and comfortable as quickly as possible. 

Credit: Jacqueline Panzo

Once Hamtaro was safe and sound in his new home, Panzo and her boyfriend brought him into the bathroom and checked him over to make sure he was doing OK after his ordeal. He had a large patch of fur missing on his lower back, but other than that, he seemed to be in pretty good shape. As she was looking him over, Panzo was st...


Guy Finds Sick Lizard Who Can't Open Her Eyes And Nurses Her Back To Health Thrillist

Cade Chesnut had just gotten home and was heading inside this past December when he noticed a lizard lying on the ground, very still and clearly injured. It was cold outside and he knew that in her condition, the little lizard likely wouldnt last through the night. Chesnut was already familiar with caring for reptiles, and immediately decided that he had to help her. 

I thought she was dead at first but I picked her up and she moved a little bit, so I took her inside and set her up in an enclosure with a spare 10-gallon tank I had, Chesnut told The Dodo. She was very cold because it was around December, so I put a heating lamp right above her. 

Credit: Cade Chesnut

Once the lizard, later named Stevie, had gotten a chance to warm herself up a bit, Chesnut took her out of her enclosure to determine the extent of her injuries. She had a handful of minor injuries all over her body, but Chesnuts main concern was her eyes. Stevies eyes were sealed shut and she was unable to open them at all, leaving her completely blind. Chesnut had no idea if her eyes would stay that way permanently, but knew that regardless, he would be there to help her through. 

Credit: Cade Chesnut

Since Stevie was completely blind, Chesnut was worried that she would struggle to eat, as she couldnt see any food being offered to her, and she was already stressed out from being injured and in a new environment. In order to make sure she was getting the food she needed, Chesnut started hand-feeding Stevie every day. At first, she didnt understand what was happening, but as soon as she realized that Chesnut was trying to help her she became much more relaxed and easygoing, and started recognizing the signs from her new dad that meant it was time to eat. 


Extremely Rare Tiger Found Dead In Trap And She Was Pregnant Thrillist

Sumatran tigers are the rarest in the world it's believed that under 400 individuals exist today and one little family was just entirely wiped out because of a snare trap

A 4-year-old pregnant wild Sumatran tiger was found dead late last month in a ravine in Indonesia. It was clear that she had struggled to break free from the trap, but it remained tight around her body. This constraint ruptured her kidney.

She had been expecting a male cub and a female cub before her life was cut short. 

This is a particularly cruel example of something that happens to wild animals across the world, according to Brooks Fahy, executive director of Predator Defense, an organization that aims to protect native wildlife in the U.S.

The loss of this pregnant Sumatran tiger is one more tragic example of how indiscriminate these devices are," Fahy told The Dodo. "Every year in the United States thousands of dogs and cats and other non-target wildlife are caught in snares and other traps.

Credit: Shutterstock

Local authorities are investigating the death a suspect has been brought in who is believed to have set the trap to catch wild pigs.

Critically endangered Sumatran tigers face other very pressing threats, as well. The expansion of palm oil plantations in the region means they have fewer wild forests in which to live. And poaching for tiger parts impacts tiger subspecies all over the world. ...


Dogs Family Was Having A Baby So They Dropped Him At The Shelter Thrillist

A couple weeks ago, Olena Kagui was scrolling through Facebook on the subway when she saw something that made her finger freeze on the screen. There was a post about a pit bull with wide, sad-looking eyes, who was going to be euthanized at a shelter in Brooklyn, New York.

I normally scroll past, because it makes me sad that I can't rescue all the dogs in need, but something about his face caught my attention, Kagui told The Dodo.

Credit: Facebook/Julie Carner

The post described the pit bull, named Smiley, as a friendly and outgoing dog who was house-trained and loved to play with squeaky toys. The only reason hed been taken to the shelter was because his family was having a new baby.

Sadly, Smiley hadnt found a new home yet. If no one rescued Smiley soon, he was going to be put down very soon.

Credit: Facebook/Julie Carner

I started bawling when I saw that no one in the comments said they could take him, Kagui said. My husband noticed me crying, read the post and said, We can't get a dog right now.

But Kagui was determined to be part of this dogs life, so she talked her husband into fostering Smiley. When they made inquiries, they connected with Pound Hounds Res-Q, a local group that planned to pull Smiley from the shelter. The only thing holding the group back was the lack of a foster home but Kagui and her husband filled that gap....


People Lower Cage Into Deep Well Because Someone's Stuck There Thrillist

By the time a team of worried people in India lowered a cage by ropes deep down into a well, they were all desperately hoping that their efforts would work.

It had already been several hours since locals had reported what they saw down at the bottom to the Forest Department, who then contacted Wildlife SOS, which dispatched an emergency rescue team and a life was on the line. 

Credit: Wildlife SOS

Locals had spotted a lithe and graceful figure 50 feet deep in the well, pacing back and forth in a panic.

It was a wild leopard.

And as tense and dramatic as the moments were when the rescue team tried to get the cat out of danger, what likely went through the minds of the rescuers was probably not about how unusual and worrisome the rescue mission was it was probably more like, "Not again."

Credit: Wildlife SOS

"In the last decade around 1,500 animals, including leopards, jackals, jungle cats, sambars and hyenas, have reportedly died after falling into open wells and uncovered water tanks, making these a growing threat to wildlife in Maharashtra," Wildlife SOS wrote in a press release. 

For this leopard, the team's first plan did not work. 

"The situation took a complicated turn," Wildlife SOS wrote.

Credit: Wildlife SOS

The 11-person team, which included a veterinarian, had hoped that the leopard would voluntarily climb into the cage they lowered 50 feet down into the hole. "On seeing the unfamiliar metal box the petrified animal darte...


Can social media save great apes? Conservation news

An orphaned baby chimpanzee rests his head on his rescuers arm as he takes in the scenery during a special flight destined for a sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The pilot, Anthony Caere, cradles Mussa and gives him a soft kiss on the head. Although Mussa was recently ripped from his mothers arms, he appears comfortable with Caere, and even plays with a few of the aircrafts knobs and switches during the flight. Over the past year, a number of great apes have experienced brushes with fame, including Ponso, the loneliest chimp in the Ivory Coast; Lulingu, the laughing baby gorilla; and Mussa, whose mother was killed by poachers. Their viral stories grabbed public attention on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and via large news organizations. Bonobos, gorillas, orangutans and chimpanzees face a fight for survival, and social media offers a new tool to help people connect with these endangered great apes. While great ape advocacy organizations are ready to wield the power of social media, theyre not just aiming for shares and likes, they say. Rather, sanctuaries and advocacy groups want to use those viral stories and social media in general to help save our closest relatives. Footage of a baby chimps rescue flight posted by the Lwiro Primate Rehabilitation Center went viral. Shared on social media as well as by media organizations, the video has been viewed more than 2 million times. Image courtesy of Primate Rehabilitation Center. Going viral The Lwiro Primate Rehabilitation Center in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)


Couple Comes Home To Find An Unwanted Little Animal Dumped In Their Yard Thrillist

When a woman and her partner were driving home the other night, they had no idea that there would be a little surprise waiting for them once they arrived. 

"It was dark outside when we found her," Kail Marie told The Dodo. "My headlights just happened to reflect off her in the driveway."

Credit: Kail Marie

As they got closer, they realized it was a scared little chicken and there was obviously something wrong with her.

Given the line of work Marie is in, finding animals in need dumped at her doorstep is sadly not all that unusual. Marie is the founder of Tallgrass Parrot Sanctuary, a rescue in Kansas for discarded pet parrots

Credit: Kail Marie

So, the good news for the chicken was she was abandoned at the exact right place. The bad news was that she would need extensive care to survive, which is another strain on the sanctuary's resources and there's no question for Marie that the animal would get the help she needed.

"We believe that every being suffers, feels joy and sadness; loves and feels love," Marie said. "We do not hold one being's value less than another. If we can save a life, or reduce suffering, we will."

Credit: Kail Marie

Marie named the little chicken Dorothy, after the heroine of the Wizard of Oz. And she brought her to get help. 

There was obviously something wrong with Dorothy's little leg Marie had put it in a tiny pink spli...


Grizzly Attacks Hunter in Mountains North of Yellowstone Earth First! Newswire

by Matt Volz / Associated Press

photo by Bob Legasa

HELENA, Mont. (AP) A grizzly bear attacked an elk hunter who surprised the sow and her cub north of Yellowstone National Park, with the bear sinking her teeth into his arm and clawing his eye before another hunter drove her off, the victim recounted Monday.

The mauling of Bob Legasa, 57, in the Gallatin National Forest on Saturday was at least the seventh bear attack on a human since May in the Northern Rocky Mountains.

Legasa, awaiting his second surgery on Monday, told The Associated Press in a phone interview from his hospital room in Bozeman, Montana, that he and his hunting partner were moving toward some elk when he heard a growl.

It was a 2-year-old cub and its mother about 12 yards (11 meters) away from the tree that he had just stepped away from. After the cub growled and moved aside, its mother charged, Legasa said.

I was hoping it was going to be a bluff charge, and halfway through I realized it was going to be the real deal, he said.

The bow hunter from Hayden, Idaho, didnt have time to reach for his bear spray; he barely had time to raise his arms in front of his face.

The grizzly bit his hand, leaving puncture wounds and breaking a bone in his...


Deadly floods hit Yemen, widespread destruction after Luban makes landfall The Watchers Latest articles

At least 3 people have been killed and dozens were injured after Tropical Cyclone "Luban" made landfall between Mukalla and Al Ghaidahnear, Yemen's Al Mahrah province on October 14, 2018. This is the 5th named storm of the 2018 North Indian Ocean...... Read more

Large landslide blocks a river in southwest China The Watchers Latest articles

A large landslide hit Bolo Township of Tibet's Qamdo, on the border between Sichuan Province and Tibet Autonomous Region in southwest China, on Thursday, October 11, 2018, blocking a section of Jinsha River. Water levels sharply rose and returned to normal late...... Read more

Is S&P Dow Jones greenwashing conflict palm oil? (commentary) Conservation news

Last month, S&P Dow Jones Indices, one of the worlds leading financial market index providers, released its annual listing of sustainable companies. The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) considers its yearly process to be the gold standard for corporate sustainability. However, despite touting an increasingly robust methodology, the decision to retain palm oil company Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) on the 2018 Asia/Pacific Sustainability Index indicates there are gaping holes in the DJSIs approach. According to reports and official complaints, GARs operations in Indonesia and Liberia are driving widespread deforestation, human rights violations and theft of communities traditional lands activities that can hardly be seen as sustainable as per the DJSIs criteria. Indeed, the expansion of industrial palm oil alongside other agricultural commodities like soy, cattle and timber is a primary driver of deforestation globally, as well as the second leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions after fossil fuels. In 2017, Asian palm oil producer GAR a subsidiary of the Indonesian agribusiness giant Sinar Mas became the first palm oil company to be listed on the DJSI Asia/Pacific Index. The Singapore-listed company has faced consistent and credible allegations of land grabbing, environmental destruction and violations of international sustainability principles documented through complaints filed with Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) the certification body for the industry. In 2018 alone, GAR and its Liberian palm oil venture Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) were found destroying globally significant rainforests, acquiring communities lands without their consent, and flouting the decisions of the


U.S. Embassy Issues Apology Over Accidental Invites To Cat Pajama Party Thrillist

Some things are just too good to be true. Sadly, this is one of them.

Last week, a curious email was sent out by the U.S. Department of State that deviated from the typical subject matter one might expect from the tight-buttoned government institution. The correspondence, labeled "Meeting", contained a photo of an adorable cat wearing a Cookie Monster onesie while holding a plate of cookies.

Recipients of the email were apparently being invited to something called a "cat pajama-jam."

Um, invitation accepted, obviously but then the truth came out.

Credit: Twitter/joshgnosis

Though it's unclear how widespread the email was, it seems regions Down Under may have been the epicenter.

Officials at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia, later issued an apology calling the invitation a "training error made by one of our new staff testing out our email newsletter platform.

They knew they messed up.

Sorry to disappoint those of you who were hoping to attend this cat pajama-jam party, but such an event falls well outside our area of expertise, Gavin Sundwall, U.S. Mission to Australia public affairs counselor, said in statement.

Needless to say, people were disappointed:

Interestingly, among those who had their hearts set on the "cat pajama-jam" being real, only to wind up having their dreams shattered, was the kitty at the center of it all.

Joey the cat's owner, who tweets under the username ...


FIRE-EARTH Report: Civilization Disease AFM Fire Earth

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Mapped: The Mediterranean world heritage sites at risk from sea level rise Carbon Brief

On the eastern coast of Gibraltar, steep cliffs conceal a network of caves containing artwork and engravings that were created by Neanderthals more than 39,000 years ago.

However, this world heritage site, along with dozens of others found across the Mediterranean coast, is now at risk of being damaged or destroyed as a result of sea level rise, a study finds.

Using data taken from the study, Carbon Brief has produced an interactive map showing the flood risk faced by 49 world heritage sites found in southern Europe and northern Africa at different levels of sea level rise.

The findings show that, today, 37 out of the 49 sites are already at risk and, by the end of the century, the average flood risk across the region could increase by a further 50%.

Where possible, it may be necessary to move these iconic sites further inland in order to protect them from climate change, the lead author tells Carbon Brief.

What does the map show?

The map shows 49 coastal sites across the Mediterranean, all of which located at less than 10m above sea level.

Each point on the map represents one of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisations (Unesco) world heritage sites. For a landmark to be considered a world heritage site, it must be of outstanding universal value, according to Unesco. In total, there are 263 world heritage sites across the Mediterranean.

Sites on the map include the iconic ancient cities of Venice and Naples in Italy, as well as lesser known sites including Gorhams Cave Complex, Gibraltar, which contains Neanderthal artwork, and the ruins of Butrint, Albania, a prehistoric settlement which was occupied by ancient Greeks and Romans.


One-two punch of habitat loss, capture hammers Southeast Asian birds Conservation news

JAKARTA Conservationists have underestimated the combined impact of deforestation and capture when assessing the threat to Southeast Asias bird populations a one-two punch that a new report warns could lead to the extinction of dozens of species by the end of this century. Focusing on 308 forest-dependent bird species in the Sundaland subcontinent, a biodiversity hotspot encompassing most of Southeast Asia, researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the University of Sheffield in the U.K. discovered that the loss of forest habitat, coupled with hunting or poaching, resulted in a much higher average population loss than when accounted for separately. The report, published Oct. 5 in the journal Nature, suggested that the population status of 51 species affected by the combined threat should be uplisted to vulnerable, endangered, and critically endangered. Only 27 of the 308 species studied are currently included in these threatened categories in the IUCN Red List. A white-crowned hornbill. Image by Simon Mitchell/DICE-University of Kent. Recent extinctions like the passenger pigeon and the dodo present common traits like the simultaneous combination of habitat loss and active hunting, William Symes, a Ph.D. graduate from the NUS and lead author of the report, said in a statement. The study showed that from 2000 and 2015 nearly nine out of 10 of the bird species studied had experienced an average habitat loss of 16 percent due to deforestation. Meanwhile, 77 species particularly prone to exploitation either captured for the pet trade or hunted for their

As climate change takes its toll, world leaders call for adaptation Conservation news

Leaders from 17 countries, including China and India, have joined a new initiative aimed at helping vulnerable nations deal with the fallout from climate change. The Global Commission on Adaptation, launched at The Hague on Oct. 16, is led by Ban Ki-moon, the former United Nations secretary-general; Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates; and Kristalina Georgieva, chief executive of the World Bank. The commission is looking beyond measures to rein in global warming and grapple instead with the question of how to help countries adapt to the threats posed by a changing climate. The launch of the global commission comes on the heels of a landmark report by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which warns that humanity only has 12 years to keep the global temperature increase to a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit). Failure to do so, the report predicts, will have catastrophic consequences: Up to 10 million more people would be exposed to permanent inundation, and several hundred million more to climate-related risks, rendering them susceptible to poverty. Malaria and dengue fever would be more widespread, and yields of crops like maize, rice and wheat would diminish, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and Central and South America. Its challenging but its feasible to stay below 1.5 [degrees Celsius], Ban said on a press call. Theres no question, reducing emission remains a priority and we must do all we can to prevent [global warming]. But even if emission reduction efforts succeed, the


Magnitude 6.3 and Magnitude 6.4 near New Caledonia October 16, 2018 BC-ESP Seismograms

USGS Event Page
Magnitude 6.3 170km ESE of Tadine, New Caledonia
2018-10-16 00:28:12 (UTC)
Location: -21.936S, 169.476E
10.0 km depth USGS Event Page
Magnitdue 6.4 167km E of Tadine, New Caledonia
2018-10-16 01:03:43 (UTC)
Location: -21.726S,  169.487E
10.0 km depth
Click on the link below to read about how a school seismograph can record weather related microseisms:

Watching the Weather using a Seismograph

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Bayou Bridge Pipeline: Media, Water Protectors Boats Sunk by Security Boat Global Justice Ecology Project

Via LEAU EST LA VIE CAMP FACEBOOK On Monday, while two boats carrying water protectors and media were legally observing a bayou bridge pipeline construction site, an Energy Transfer Partners security boat rapidly passing by intentionally caused a... Read More

Tuesday, 16 October


Out of the broom closet: there they go again Head Space

The scene begins in a dark cavern, a bubbling cauldron sizzles and hisses, then three witches suddenly appear onstage: Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble. Circling their cauldron, they chant spells while adding bizarre ingredients to their magical broth Eye of newt and toe of frog, Wool of bat and tongue of []


Tropical Storm "Tara" crawling near SW Mexico, life-threatening flash floods and mudslides possible The Watchers Latest articles

Tropical Storm "Tara," the 20th named storm of the 2018 Pacific hurricane season is approaching southwestern Mexico, dropping heavy rain. Tara should pass very close to the coast or possibly move inland today or Wednesday, October 17. At 09:00 UTC on...... Read more


Strong Earthquakes Strike New Caledonia Region Fire Earth

EQR 101602 M6.4 earthquake, preceded by M6.3, followed by significant aftershocks, occur E of Tadine, New Caledonia  Tsunami Evaluation: The earthquakes did not generate a destructive Tsunami. Earthquake Details M 6.4 167km E of Tadine, New Caledonia Location: 21.726S 169.487E Depth: 10.0 km Time: 2018-10-16 01:03:43 (UTC) M 6.3 170km ESE of []


Ohio Residents Have Had More Than Enough Fracking Wastewater Frack Check WV

Ohio residents point out water pollution & earthquake problems

Ohio Residents are VERY Fed Up with Fracking Wastewater from OH, PA & WV

From an Article by Julie Grant, The Allegheny Front, October 5, 2018

Much of the wastewater from Pennsylvanias fracking industry is trucked across the border to Ohio. Last year, Pennsylvania and West Virginia contributed nearly half of the more than a billion gallons of frack waste that were injected into underground wells in Ohio. Residents in at least one county say theyve had enough.

Michelle Garman used to marvel at the 22-acres of land around her home in Vienna, Ohio, less than 10 miles from the Pennsylvania border.

I would lean out my back window and say, oh my god, I never dreamed of owning this much land, she said.

LISTEN: Ohio Residents Fed Up with Fracking Wastewater

You can see and hear the injection well from Michelle Garmans property, less than 10 miles from the Pennsylvania border. Photo: Julie Grant

She didnt know much about fracking then, let alone frack waste injection wells.

But she remembers News Years Eve 2011, when a 4.0-magnitude earthquake shook nearby Youngstown, Ohio. Around a dozen smaller quakes followed. The state determined that the quakes were caused by an injection well. And one in New Castle, Pennsylvania was linked to fracking as well. The well believed to have caused the Youngstown quakes has been closed permanently.

Thats poison theyre pumping into the ground

But Garmans view changed in 2013 when an injection well was built on the property next door.

Where your looking at tanks and cement and fencing, it was trees and deer and turkey. And blue jaysand I never see them anymore, she said.

Garman describes big trucks carrying chemical-laced wastewater that squeal into the site at all hours. She can hear the pump from her yard. And Garman fears for her family.

How does it affect our health, my sons health? she wondered. I mean, it is toxic. Plain and simple, thats poison that theyre pumping into the ground.

Garman says her concerns didnt get much response from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), the agency with authority over injection wells. In Ohio, theres no local control of...


Callous or calamitous? the UK climate minister pulls the rug from under 1.5C

Behind the polished smiles & fraudulent oratory the Minister of Energy and Clean Growth, and her Welsh and Scottish counterparts, dispense with the Committee on Climate Change and embrace a Trumpian view of science.

The Governments climate Minister, Claire Perry, today (15.10.18) wrote to the Chair of the Committee on Climate Change requesting their advice on the implications for the UK of the IPCCs recent 1.5C report. Albeit three years overdue, a cursory reading of the letter suggests that the Governments reluctance to take climate change seriously may be thawing. Sadly, a few moments reflection dispels any such romantic notion.

The Minister opened her letter[1] with a disingenuous statement that did not bode well. The UK has apparently decoupled its emissions (down by over 40%) from economic growth (up by around 66%). Nonsense. Selective accounting and offshored emissions are the leading lights in this fairy tale performance. Include emissions from aviation and shipping and those associated with our import and exports, and the carbon footprint for UK plc. has barely changed since 1990. This certainly puts a very different complexion on the climate challenge but not one this government is keen to face.

In penning the letter, Claire Perry & the devolved signatories surgically scythed away the real substance of any review. The CCC is permitted only to comment on the implications of Paris for post 2032 by when most front benchers will be writing memoirs or fertilising daisies. The offending sentence notes how Carbon budgets already set in legislation (covering 2018-2032) are out of scope of this request.

The Minister then proceeds to toughen her preference for near-term Party politics over robust analysis and honest debate when, in bold, she orders the independent CCC to inform on long term targets, and later in the letter, what needs to be done by 2050. Nowhere does she acknowledge the IPCCs recent call for drastic reductions in emissions by 2030 if we are to have any chance of meeting our 1.5C commitment.[2]

But is any of this really unexpected? And perhaps more importantly, why have this government been allowed the space and time to embellish their climate rhetoric whilst forcing through high-carbon fracking, airport expansion and stifling solar pv and onshore wind.

Again I turn to my academic community where are our voices! This is an existential threat for so many people and species, yet we typically remain silent in the face of political and commercial interests.

In 1967 and as part of academias efforts to curtail the worse excesses of the Vietnam war, Bertrand Russell established the International War Crimes Tribunal. A half a century later and facing the threats posed by anthropogenic climate change, is it time again for academics to use their research as a platform for speaking out rather than...


Series of strong earthquakes near Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia The Watchers Latest articles

A series of strong earthquakes hit near the Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia on October 16, 2018. The sequence started with M6.3, registered by the USGS at 00:28 UTC. The quake was followed by M6.4 at 01:03 UTC and 14 quakes over the next 6 hours with magnitudes...... Read more


Resist fascism: building food sovereignty from people's unity What's new

Resist fascism: building food sovereignty from people's unity

brendan 16th October 2018
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Boycott Barclays while it fails on fracking What's new

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Chris Saltmarsh 16th October 2018
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Government 'to weaken tremor standards' as fracking starts What's new

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Mandy Kessell 16th October 2018
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Exxon funnelled climate denier cash through free market fronts What's new

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Energy Transfer Partners Security Sinks Two Boats Full of Water Protectors, Threatening Lives Earth First! Newswire

submitted by Leau Est La Vie Camp

St. Martin Parish, LA (October 15th, 2018)- Early this morning, two boats carrying approximately 15 water protectors and media officials were legally observing a Bayou Bridge pipeline construction site, when an Energy Transfer Partners security boat passed by at an aggressive speed, intentionally causing a large wake that swamped and eventually sunk the boats.

All passengers, including a documentary film crew, narrowly made it to shore before the boats completely sunk.

All passengers are accounted for and safe thanks to the help of a local Cajun fisherman who provided support when he found the stranded Leau Est La Vie crew.

The water protectors and attending media were there to legally observe an illegal Bayou Bridge Pipeline construction site preparing to conduct horizontal drilling beneath a waterway for project installation.

The water protectors continue to cite lack of action by Louisiana state officials to address illegal operation and construction by Energy Transfer Partners in the Atchafalaya river basin. Today is just another example of the illegal and cruel tactics ETP continues to use to intimidate water protectors who were acting within their legal right.

Leau Est La Vie Camp is a hub for pipeline resistance and peaceful opposition to the Bayou Bridge pipeline.

If you would like more information about local, regional, national and international Bayou Bridge pipeline resistance efforts please visit or contact us at resist@nobbp.or...


Communities Take Action Against Government Plans to Fast-Track Fracking Earth First! Newswire

by Ruth Hayhurst / Drill or Drop

Projected message onto government department in central London, 10 October 2018. Photo: Frack Off London

Opponents of government proposals to change the planning rules for shale gas developments have been taking part in protest events across England this week. 

The Let Communities Decide week has been coordinated to raise awareness of a public consultation on the proposals, which ends on 25 October 2018.

The government has proposed to count non-fracking shale gas sites as permitted development. This would mean companies would not need to apply for planning permission.

Another proposal is to classify major shale gas production as Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects. This would mean decisions would be made by a government minister, rather than the local authority.

DrillOrDrop has been collecting photos and reports from this weeks events. Please let us know about any events from your area. Well update this post with new events.

Last updated 14/10/2018

Hebden Bridge street theatre 14 October

Campaigners against fracking in Hebden Bridge brought a model fracking rig into the town and took part in street theatre and leafleting.



Senior Dog Was Returned To Shelter Because He Couldn't Go Up Stairs Thrillist

When Mackenzie Purdy saw Charlie for the first time, it seemed like the shy dog had given up on finding a home of his own. The 7-year-old Shih Tzu mix refused to make eye contact with anyone who walked by he kept his back turned so that he faced the concrete wall of his kennel at Associated Humane Tinton Falls, a shelter in New Jersey.

Credit: Mackenzie Purdy

Charlie had first come to the shelter in May. A few months earlier, he had been adopted then quickly returned when he couldnt walk up the stairs in his new home.

His owner had been unable to bend down to pick him up and carry him, so Charlie found himself back in the same lonely kennel.

Credit: Associated Humane Tinton Falls

Purdy, who was visiting the shelter in hopes of adding another dog to her family, believed that behind Charlies cold exterior was a loving dog just waiting to come out; however, she feared other adopters might not be able to see the potential.

He was a bit older and he walked a little funny, so I had a feeling that not many people would be interested in him, Purdy told The Dodo. So many people won't be interested in the dogs that don't come to the front of the cage at the shelter.

But Purdy wasnt daunted by a few steps, and continued spending time with Charlie, looking for the slightest hint that he was ready to try again.

I asked the shelter staff if I could spend some time with him out in the yard, Purdy said. He was very reserved, and not very interested in me. He did not show much in the way of affection, but he did do a very little tail wag when I walked closer to him....


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Guilty by Association: Judge me by the people with whom I surround myself. Head Space

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Destructive tornado, tennis-ball-sized hail hit Queensland, Australia The Watchers Latest articles

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Newly discovered asteroid 2018 TV5 flew past Earth at 0.28 LD The Watchers Latest articles

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 TV5 flew past Earth at 0.28 LD / 0.00068 AU (101 726 km / 63 209 miles) on October 6, 2018. This is the 55th known asteroid to flyby Earth since the start of the year, 2nd this month and 15th since September 3. 2018 TV5...... Read more

Land rights, forests, food systems central to limiting global warming: report Conservation news

The conservation and restoration of forests is an essential step to solving humanitys climate change problem, says a new report. Photo on VisualHunt A group of climate advocates released detailed findings today, saying that significant climate change mitigation can be achieved via a heavy emphasis on the land sector, and without reliance on costly or largely untested technologies such as bioenergy, carbon capture-and-storage and geoengineering. The report, called Missing Pathways to 1.5 degrees C: The role of the land sector in ambitious climate action, was released by the Climate, Land, Ambition and Rights Alliance (CLARA). The 53-page document recommends a combination of land-based strategies: secure land rights for indigenous peoples, restore forest ecosystems, and transform agriculture and dietary habits. Such an approach, CLARA says, would naturally sequester carbon and prevent greenhouse gas emissions as a significant contribution to achieving the Paris Agreement goal of holding global warming to a 1.5 degree Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) increase by 2100. Earth has already warmed about 1 degree Celsius since 1900. The CLARA study comes in response to the United Nations special report and Summary for Policymakers, released one week ago by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and authored by 91 scientists from 40 countries. The IPCC reports findings stunned the world though also fell on deaf ears by asserting that some of the most calamitous impacts of rapidly rising carbon emissions and climate change could come as soon as 2040 generations earlier than previously anticipated. The IPCC

For an Amazon tribe, phone cameras shine a light on their wildlife Conservation news

Chief Antonio Manquid Jimnez, an elder and shaman of the Matss tribe of northeastern Peru, hasnt always used a smartphone to document what he finds during his hunting and gathering forays. When Jimnez was young, the Matss still lived in voluntary isolation from modern civilization. Its 2018, though, and the phone has become a critical tool for recording and sharing information, even in this isolated forest of the Yavar River basin. Pairing youth with experience Jimnez, Csar Nacua Uaqui Cansh, and other Matss elders are partnering with younger members of their tribe and several North American herpetologists to survey the amphibians and reptiles of their traditional homelands, which straddle the border between Peru and Brazil. A leaf mimic toad requesting a selfie on the projects iPhone camera. Image courtesy of Acat Amazon Conservation. The Matss Comprehensive Herpetological Inventory aims to document the identity and location of the regions reptiles and amphibians, especially the presence of lesser-known species, by piloting the use of smartphone cameras by the people who live in this forest. Each field team pairs the knowledge the participating elder has gained from his decades of living in the rainforest with the enthusiasm and greater technological savvy of the boys and girls of his village. Although the Matss elders dont have an interest in using the phone cameras themselves, said David Fleck, field coordinator for the non-profit Acat Amazon Conservation, the younger Matss team members are quite adept at using them and work in the project as principal photographers and to

Watching the wildlife return: Q&A with a rural Senegalese river monitor Conservation news

This is the second story in Mongabays three-part profile of the Kawawana ICCA. Other stories will appear here once they are published. Senegal: After reviving fish and forests, Jola villages tackle new threats   MANGAGOULACK, Senegal Bassirou Sambou heads the biodiversity monitoring section of the Kawawana ICCA, a group of 12,000 residents of eight villages in the Casamance region of Senegal. The group has succeeded in repopulating fish stocks in their river, halting deforestation and attracting wildlife to their area. In the mid-2000s, villagers began to notice that their channels of the Casamance River were nearly empty of fish and that deforestation was contributing to the rising salinity of the water, threatening the availability of cultivable land. They formed a fishing association in 2006 that grew into a community-wide conservation group in 2010, and have since turned the dire situation facing their families around. In many cases, their methods involve returning to the way their ancestors managed the landscape, such as marking protected areas with fetishes to indicate that certain activities are prohibited. Ignoring fetishes can unleash evil spirits and bring bad luck, according to local custom. Kawawana means our local heritage to be preserved by us all in the Jola language, which is spoken by the ethnic group of the same name to which the community belongs. ICCA is a quasi-acronym denoting traditional lands conserved by indigenous and local community groups. In 2009, the Kawawana ICCA established a biodiversity division to monitor the environmental state of the river


Wildlife Officer Brags About Killing Entire Family Of Baboons Thrillist

Update: After public outcry, Idaho Governor C.L. Otter asked for Blake Fischer's resignation from his position as Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner. I have high expectations and standards for every appointee in state government, said Governor Otter said. Every member of my administration is expected to exercise good judgment. Commissioner Fischer did not. Fischer resigned and apologized. 

An entire family of baboons was just killed by someone who has a lot of power over the ethics of hunting here in the U.S. 

Even hunters were appalled by what Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner Blake Fischer did on a hunting trip to Africa, after he came back home and sent around an email bragging about it. 

Fischer returned from his trip and sent an email to over 100 of his friends and colleagues sharing photographs of his kills and many of Fischers connections (even those who are hunters themselves) were shocked.

According to Fischer's email, his wife wanted him to watch him hunt as soon as they arrived in Africa. "So I shot a whole family of baboons," he wrote, captioning a photograph of the dead baboon family. "I think she got the idea quick. Fischer is shown posing over them, grinning. A baby baboon was collapsed in an adult baboons lap. 

Many people are now saying that Fischer should resign. 

I dont know how you can say anything good about a photo of a guy smiling with a stack of dead baboons with a baby in front, Keith Carlson, a former Fish and Game commissioner, told the Idaho Statesman. And Im a hunter Ive been a hunter forever.

Im sure what you did was legal, however, legal does not make it right, Fred Trevey, who was a Fish and Game commissioner from 2007 to 2015, wrote to Fischer in an email obtained by the...


Community Victorious; Dominion Will Not Build Proposed Compressor Station Earth First! Newswire

AMP Creeks Council and Community Members protest the site of a now-defeated compressor station in Accokeek, MD. Photo: Anne Meador, DC Media Group

Submitted by Kelly Canavan/AMP Creeks Council

The AMP Creeks Council and greater Southern Maryland Community are Celebrating a Victory in a two-year fight against Dominion Energy Cove Points (DECP) efforts to build a giant fracked gas compressor station on 14 clear cut acres surrounded by fragile wetlands that often flood in the Accokeek/Bryans Road area. Emily Architzel, an AMP Creeks Board member who recently moved from Bryans Road to Accokeek and is disabled said, Holy cow! Im breathing a giant fracked gas-free sigh of relief. The pollution from this compressor station would have driven my family out of the area because of the potential impacts to my health.

This morning Dominion released the following statement:

Dominion Energy will not construct a natural gas transmission compressor station at its Charles County Marshall Hall site. We will continue our existing operations at that site, which consist of a field office, a warehouse, and pipeline inspection and safety-related equipment.We are actively evaluating alternatives for this component of our Eastern Market Access project. This requires the engagement of multiple stakeholders, as successful solutions must meet the needs of the projects customers. Discussions with customers are ongoing.

Dominions application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) included a schedule announcing November 1, 2017 as the date they intended to begin construction of the Charles Station compressor station. If built, the Charles Station compressor station would increase capacity on the Dominion Cove Point pipeline, purportedly to send gas to a power plant that now seems unlikely to get built in Brandywine and to Washington Gas and Light. None of the gas would go to the a...


Feeling that climate despair? Turning Climate Outrage into Action Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Record flooding. More hurricanes. Brett Kavanaugh. And now a dire warning that the world has until 2030 to stem the impacts of climate change.

How are you feeling?

Its a valid question. A new study indicates that changes in weather and the stress and anxiety around climate change  is impacting Americans mental health. With recent headlines like the UN IPCCs report, in which we are warned that we only have ten years to completely remake our energy system and cut carbon emissions in half, its okay to feel scared, and maybe a little bit helpless. Its easy to feel like we as individuals cannot stop the climate destruction thats happening or give in to the doom-and-gloom narrative that we see all around us.

But its NOT okay to do nothing about it. It is much harder, but far more important, to rise above hopelessness and come together as neighbors and do what we can to stop climate change from impacting our homes and our fellow Americans.

While there are times I still feel climate despair, Im constantly uplifted and inspired by the work we do every day at CCAN. Were empowering people across the Chesapeake region to take the climate fight into their own hands at the local level. In the near term, we cannot wait for Trumps EPA to take action for us at the national level the local level is where its at:

  • In D.C., the DC Climate Coalition is making moves on the bill that would move the District to 100% renewable energy by 2032 a comprehensive bill that is the result of over two years of organizing and meetings with impacted stakeholders to form a just and equitable bill.
  • In Maryland, hundreds of voters have taken pledges to vote for clean energy this November and have taken the No New Fossil Fuels pledge stating that they will not support any new gas pipelines or other harmful energy source to be constructed. Were also working to expand  Marylands Renewable Portfolio Standard by doubling and put the state on track to 100% renewable energy. . And were seeing residents from across Maryland say NO to pollution-spewing trash incinerators and sayin...


WATCH: 52 Years of the Black Panther Party Global Justice Ecology Project

Today, on the anniversary of its founding,  we recognize the 52nd anniversary of the creation of the Black Panther Party.  In January 2017, GJEP founder, consultant and photographer Orin Langelle photographed scenes of All Power to the People, an exhibit... Read More


Rojava: Between City and Village, Between War and Ecology Earth First! Newswire

by Resistance is Life/Its Going Down

The Rojava Revolution is an event deeply rooted in a specific place; a place that exists on a scale thats both personal and dauntingly immense. Rojava, or western Kurdistan, is part of the fertile crescent, the region where humanity developed agriculture and the other precursors of contemporary western civilization. This history goes back thousands of years, with evidence (both physical and social) surrounding the people that make their lives here and can be found in contemporary village life (jiyana gund) despite the existence of urban centers like Qamilo and Koban.

Both Rojavas social landscape and the mythology its writing about itself is deeply rooted in these gunds. Many villages are organized around a gir, which is a type of hill rising up like a dusty volcanic cone, houses clustered around the base. Beneath the surface there are thousands of years of history, dating back to the time when goddesses were worshipped. Between the houses are narrow streets flanked by traditional mud-brick walls that are built of straw and Rojavas mud. The streets are traversed by children, adults and livestock as they go about their work or tend to the outlying wheat fields. There are modern adaptations, too, like the use of cinder blocks and a resulting creative, free-from style of architecture.

Ive had the chance to visit a number of villages, but have spent the most time in Card, pronounced Jaroodey. Its an example of village life and functional democratic confederalism at its most fully functional. There are about 50 multi-generational families, primarily Kurdish, in the village, each with a small compound containing a house, outbuildings, trees, vines, flowers, and animals. Its about a fifteen minute drive from the closest city. In this village people wander freely into other homes to visit neighbors and relatives. Last time I was in C...


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Fracking begins in Lancashire What's new

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Early season snowfall, way below average temperatures in United States The Watchers Latest articles

Cold Canadian air is plunging much of the United States below to much below normal temperatures, especially across the High Plains, NWS forecasters said October 15, 2018. Meanwhile, heavy rains continue across the South Plains as moist air rides over this cold...... Read more

Landless movement leader assassinated in Brazilian Amazon Conservation news

Aloisio Sampaio, a trade unionist known as Alenquer, the leader of the KM Mil landless peasant occupation. He was murdered on 11 October. Image by Thais Borges. They can kill me at any moment, but they are going to regret it forever because, after Im dead, others will take my place. Alenquer The peasant leader, Aluisio Sampaio, known as Alenquer, was assassinated last Thursday afternoon in his home in the town of Castelo de Sonhos, located along the BR-163 highway that links northern Mato Grosso state, Brazils main soy-producing region, with the Tapajs and Amazon rivers. His home also functioned as the headquarters for SINTRAFF (Sindicato de Trabalhadores e Trabalhadoras da Agricultura Familiar/ Trade Union for Workers in Family Agriculture). Two suspects have been arrested in relation to land theft and Alenquers killing, according to Thiago Mendes Sousa, Castelo de Sonhos superintendent of civil police. The superintendent also reported that the civil and military police carried out a joint operation, travelling to the Mutum-aca ranch to arrest Julio Cesar, known as Julia da Guara, the man allegedly behind the assassination. Police were met by bullets and returned fire, killing a ranch employee. Julio Cesar was not found. According to the superintendent, the police have issued two arrest warrants for members of a criminal gang who invaded land and killed good people. The raids aim, he said, was to put an end to these crimes and stop the land grabbing that is occurring along the BR-163. The murder investigation is


Mega-Waves from Lake Superior Storm: Tettegouche State Park, North Shore, Minnesota October 10, 2018 (photos & video) The PhotoNaturalist

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