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Saturday, 26 August


Mexico: Displeasure at Ecocidal Capitalist Extractive Model Inspires Forum Earth First! Newswire

by Rafael Sevilla / REMA

translated by Earth First! Journal

National Gathering Against the Extractivist Mining Model; October 7-8, in Malinaltepec, Guerrero, Mexico

A resilient movement runs through different geographies of Mexico, from the Tehuantepec Isthmus to Huasteca Veracruz; communities and towns are mobilizing in dislocated actions to manifest their displeasure against the capitalist extractive model, where the spoils are fused with ecocide.

After two days of reflection and analysis, [people in various towns] integrated in different organizational spaces to expose a total rejection of the extractive model that is reaching its worst expression with the imposition of the so-called Special Economic Zones, which represent the sites for megaprojects like mining, wind power, gas pipelines, dams, maquiladoras or REDD mechanisms that threaten all life. These will only maximize the already proven damages to the environment, health, society, economy, and culture that this type of project generates and which directly affect the lives of the original peoples who live in the territories they are trying to exploit.

The organizations integrated [see original article for full list] represent a sustained effort to support a strategy that has been found in the Mexican Network of Those Affected by Mining (REMA) and the Mexican Movement against the Dams and Defense of the Rivers, (MPDER), referring to organizational resistance, whose priorities are inscribed in the mobilization, in the countercurrent information of the mass media, in the care Of the land and its natural assets, in hundreds of training workshops on human rights, health and Social and environmental legal identity even within the legal framework already so adverse Everything,...


In Defense of the Guaran Aquifer vs. Petrel Energy Company Earth First! Newswire


translated by Earth First! Journal

This is the second largest potable water reserve on the planet, which supplies about 55 million people in the four countries where it is located Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.

Various organizations and movements of Latin American civil society gathered last Saturday (12) in the city of Salto, Uruguay, for the First Regional Forum in Defense of the Guaran Aquifer and the XVII Regional Forum against Fracking. Organized by the Salto Civil Environmental Association Salteos in Defense of Natural Property along with Latin America and COUSUS Latinoamericana against Fracking, the meeting aimed to draw up joint strategies for the protection of one of the most precious natural resources of the Continent and the world: the waters of the Guaran Aquifer.

[] At the end of the day, a document [READ COMPLETE LETTER BELOW] was drafted jointly by all organizations present on the oil drilling that threatens the Guaran Aquifer. In the last week, the Uruguayan government announced the decision to support a moratorium on fracking in the country for four years. But that is not a solution, because that possibility holds latent and, as long as Uruguay does not have a rule that prohibits it, the oil comp...


German Government Shuts Down Indymedia: What It Means Earth First! Newswire

by CrimethInc. Ex-Workers Collective / Its Going Down

If it succeeds, it could easily be used against other platforms, magazines, and projects, so that everyone spreading radical literature and ideas and documenting activism and social movements will become targets for this kind of repression and state violence.

The German government has shut down the German Indymedia site, the most widely used German-language platform for radical politics and organizing. They have also conducted raids in Freiburg to seize computers and harass those they accuse of maintaining the site, absurdly justifying this on the grounds that the alleged administrators constitute an illegal organization for the sake of destroying the German Constitution. This represents a massive escalation in state repression against what the authorities call left-wing extremism, disingenuously suggesting an equivalence between those who seek to build communities beyond the reach of state violence and Neo-Nazis organizing to carry out attacks and murders like the ones in Charlottesville last week.


Its over 4324 day major hurricane drought ends as Harvey makes landfall at Cat 4 Watts Up With That?

(Edited/updated) From NHC: EYE OF CATEGORY 4 HARVEY MAKES LANDFALL BETWEEN PORT ARANSAS AND PORT OCONNOR TEXAS CATASTROPHIC FLOODING EXPECTED DUE TO HEAVY RAINFALL AND STORM SURGE.. DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK At 1000 PM CDT (0300 UTC), the center of Hurricane Harvey was located near latitude 28.0 North, longitude 97.0 West. Harvey has just


Where the hell is Taralga? (Latitude -34.4048, Longitude 149.8197; BoM ID 94735) Watts Up With That?

Dr. Bill Johnston. (Former NSW natural resources research scientist.) Once a staging post on the track to Oberon and Bathurst, the delightful little village of Taralga is 44 km (27 miles) north of Goulburn New South Wales and 135 km (84 miles) from Canberra. The post office (Figure 1) is in the news recently because


Entitlement Privilege or something Head Space

Video shows (fat-shamed Black) woman (shoplifting) 18 bottles of liquor in clothes to survive poverty SHREVEPORT, La. Surveillance video catches a woman stashing 18 liquor bottles in her purse, pants and bra. Police in Shreveport, La., said the woman paid for one bottle of booze, then shoplifted the rest. The video shows her casually []


Tropical Storm "Pakhar" (Jolina) hits Philippines, heading toward Hong Kong The Watchers Latest articles

Tropical Storm "Pakhar," known in the Philippines as Jolina, made landfall in Aurora province on Friday, August 25, 2017. The storm is dumping moderate to heavy rainfall within 300 km (186 miles) from the center. After passing over the Philippines, Pakhar...... Read more

Re-peeling the effects of degradation: low-tech application of orange crop waste shows potential to restore tropical forests Conservation news

Researchers have come upon a new low-tech tropical forest restoration strategy, beginning with agricultural waste. They studied the effects on soil and forest health of the purposeful deposition of tons of processed orange peels and pulp on centuries-old rangeland remaining inside Guanacaste National Park in Costa Rica. In their study, published this week in the journal Restoration Ecology, they found three times the number and diversity of forest trees, a 176% greater aboveground woody tree biomass, and a dramatic increase in soil nutrients where the agrowaste had been applied, compared to an adjacent control site. The orange waste had been applied as part of an innovative public-private agreement to consolidate the conservation area and experiment with biodegradation of agricultural waste. The experiment resulted in not only a successful biodegradation, but also dramatic changes in soil productivity and vegetation cover. Aerial imagery of orange peel fertilized treatment area (mosaic of >10 meter trees and dense mats of herbaceous shrubs and vines to right of dirt road) and unfertilized control (rocky expanse of grass with scattered approximately 2 m tall trees to left of dirt road) taken by quadcopter drone in July 2015. Image credit: Tim Treuer A public-private partnership, interrupted The orange waste had been applied as part of an innovative public-private agreement to consolidate a conservation area and experiment with biodegradation of agricultural waste. In the mid-1990s, Daniel Janzen, a scientist working with the rea de Conservacin Guanacaste (Guanacaste Conservation Area, or ACG), offered to take on the waste products


I am you as you are me, and we are all together Goo goo g joob Head Space

There is a difference between white privilege and white accomplishment. Nobody cares about skin color, that care about cultural choices and it is pretty obvious that many many blacks have chosen to act the way they do by choice and not desperation. They are well fed, well housed and not pushed to even work. (That []


He's still a very good boy. Thrillist

Tucker is good boy and theres nothing he could do thatd change that.

After a recent mishap, however, the well-meaning pup apparently needed some convincing.

Credit: Jeff Brines

Last weekend, Tucker was on hand to see the sister of his owner, Jeff Brines, get married to her fianc, but he was far from some random guest. The future husband and wife had actually chosen the dog to be their ring bearer at the ceremony, delivering their wedding bands down the aisle tied to his collar with twine.

"They both just recognize Tucker as a really special animal," Brines told The Dodo.

But things didn't go quite as planned.

Credit: Jeff Brines

Moments before the ceremony was set to start, Brines briefly lost track of Tucker. It's unclear exactly what he was up to it was an outdoor wedding with lots of things to explore but Tucker evidently lost some precious cargo along the way. The rings were suddenly gone.

"When he came back ringless after disappearing for two minutes, I was shocked, to say the least," Brines said. "All I can think is a rose bush grabbed the twine and undid the knot."

A hurried search for the rings proved fruitless.

Credit: Emily Neuman

Observing the resulting commotion, Tucker seemed to understand that he'd screwed up.

"He was pretty bum...


"Meatball is home" Thrillist

Last weekend, Meatball the dog had a party, with a cake all for his own and a lot of friends. Meaty's family called it his first birthday party, even though actually he's about 10.

"Because it was his first year in a loving home and we don't want to count all the crappy years that had passed by previously for him," Kimberly Koster tells The Dodo.

Late one rainy night almost exactly a year ago, Meatball was found chained to a fence. He was in a horrific state his head was swollen, he had deep cuts behind his ears and on his chest, and he had puncture wounds all over his face.

"He was in bad shape and he needed us," Koster says.

Credit: Players for Pits

Koster and her husband Kevin, who share their home with three other rescue dogs, took Meatball in as a foster for the group Player for Pits

Their first two months together were spent nursing Meatball to health. "Caring for his wounds, giving him antibiotics, vitamins, medicated baths, etc," Koster says.

Credit: Kimberly Koster

It was only once he'd gotten better physically that Koster and her husband realized Meaty as they call him had become completely enamored with them, but "had absolutely no interest in meeting other humans."

"As our trainer put it, we came into Meatball's life when he could have taken or left being alive," Koster says. "I think Kevin and I swooped in at the perfect time to show him the good in life and to show him that life is worth living."...


"I blew lightly to see if she was going to fly away, but she stayed on, so I just made sure not to squish her. I figured she'd fly away when she wanted to. Thrillist

Mike Lee was out shopping one afternoon when he picked up a backpack to check it out, and a ladybug flew off of the strap. She landed on Lees arm, but rather than immediately fly away again, she decided to hang out with Lee for a while. 

Credit: Mike Lee

Lee continued to shop around, and the ladybug continued to hang out on his arm. He tried to see if maybe she was just nervous about flying away, but apparently, she had no intention of leaving Lee any time soon. 

After a few moments, I blew lightly to see if she was going to fly away, but she stayed on, so I just made sure not to squish her, Lee told The Dodo. I figured she'd fly away when she wanted to. 

Credit: Mike Lee

As the day wore on, Lee went biking

Credit: Mike Lee

stopped at a bike shop  

Credit: Mike...


Fat polar bears [and lots of them] drive public confidence in future of the species Watts Up With That?

From Polar Bear Science What is causing the death of the polar bear as a climate change icon? Fat bears are part of it, but mostly its the fact that polar bear numbers havent declined as predicted. Western Hudson Bay polar bears around Churchill, Manitoba appear mostly in good shape this summer despite the very


Your pup will thank you Thrillist

The last thing devoted pet parents want to think about is their dog or cat suffering an injury but what do you do if your pup eats a bag of chocolate chips? Or your cat accidentally burns her paw?

No matter how vigilant we are, the world is unpredictable, and knowing how to react in these scenarios can go a long way. Not only does being prepared in a medical emergency help you avoid the stress and panic that often accompanies these delicate situations it may even save your pets life.

Should your pet get injured, having cat and dog first aid supplies on hand and some basic know-how can buy you important time on the way to the vet, explains Andrea Arnold, program director of Lifesaving Enterprises LLC, who leads both pet and human first aid and emergency care workshops in New York City.

We find that the most commonly asked questions have to do with, When should I go to the vet? and theres a big distinction between first aid and veterinary care, because were not teaching people how to be vet techs, were telling them how to recognize and minimize damage to their animal, Andrea Arnold tells The Dodo. A simple cut or a bite from another animal can be taken care of at home, but at the point where you notice an infection happening you really need to take advantage of veterinary care for medications that you cant buy over the counter.

Pet first aid classes cover a variety of worst-case scenarios, including what to do when a pet is choking, resuscitation and CPR techniques, how to staunch bleeding, soft tissue issues such as burns, proper tick removal a...


She did everything she could to find him and even rented a helicopter to search from the air. Thrillist

Pure joy is what Anai Montero felt the moment she was reunited with her Boston terrier, Rex, after 12 days of agony. This incredible reunion is the result of a dog with a will to stay alive, and an owner who refused to stop searching for him.

Credit: Anai Montero

It all started in June, on what seemed like a perfect birthday for Montero. She, her boyfriend and Rex drove to Assateague Island in Maryland to spend the day on the beach. I got my birthday wish of spending it with my family, which of course, includes Rex, Montero told The Dodo.

Credit: Anai Montero

The trio had an amazing day. Rex absolutely loved the water and being out on the sand with us. Little did we know that this perfect day would soon literally take a turn for the worse, Montero said.

Credit: Anai Montero

On the way home they got into a horrible crash with another car while driving through Berlin, Maryland. It literally felt like an earthquake. I felt my whole body jolt. It happened really fast, Montero said.



"Like a dog she jumped into the front seat right away and tried to climb into my lap." Thrillist

Derek Beam was on his way home from work in bumper-to-bumper rush hour on the massive Washington D.C., beltway when he spotted something pink running against the flow of traffic.

"Suddenly I see this tiny, TINY little piglet running down the lane divider," Beam told The Dodo. "I get out of my car and try to close in on the out-of-place animal without scaring it into the next lane."

Another guy noticed what was happening and got out of his car too. With his help, Beam suddenly had a squealing pig in his arms.

Credit: Derek Beam

"I calmed her down, placed her in the back seat, and took off," Beam said. "Like a dog she jumped into the front seat right away and tried to climb into my lap."

Beam managed to convince the piglet to settle for the passenger seat beside him, where she promptly fell asleep.

Credit: Derek Beam

"I kept an eye out for other runaways, or the truck she might have come from, but there was nothing," Beam said. And he had to figure out what to do, exactly, with a little runaway piglet.

Credit: Derek Beam

Luckily, he got in touch with Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary, in Maryland, who was happy to give the little piglet a...


His name is Flame and he makes even the toughest days better. Thrillist

The firefighters at Belmont Fire Department in Greenville, South Carolina, never intended to adopt a cat. In fact, most of them didnt even think of themselves as cat people. But two years ago, everything changed when engineer Jordan Lide noticed a small, scrawny cat in the grass outside of the station.

We were out in the bays one evening, decompressing after the end of a shift, and when we started to head in, I saw a small cat in the grass, Lide told The Dodo. So I started slowly making my way towards him, and he didnt run. He was extremely malnourished and skinny as can be.

Credit: Flame the Arson Cat

Lide reached out a hand to pet the cat, and the cat melted. And as soon as I pet him, it was all over, Lide said. He was just climbing all over me.

Noticing how skinny the cat was, Lide went inside the fire department building, found some leftover chicken and brought it out to the cat.

Credit: Flame the Arson Cat

He just ate it like it was the best thing ever, Lide said.

After this, the cat refused to leave. He started hanging around the fire station every day. Lide continued to feed him, and so did some of the other firefighters.

Credit: Flame the Arson CAt

We started raiding guys cabinets, giving him food, and we gaine...


Her owners had just abandoned her at the "shipping pen." Thrillist

A scared and skinny horse wouldn't be alive if it weren't for 14 kind people who pitched in to save her life. 

"Extremely critical fundraiser ... Take a look at this poor sweet girl!" Blessed Warrior Equine Rescue (BWER), in Gainesville, Texas, wrote last week on its Facebook page.

The organization's aim is to save horses from "shipping pens," the last place they go before they're shipped to slaughter in Mexico. And this horse, who has a sweet little diamond shape on her nose, was next to go. "She really needs our help to get her safe," BWER wrote. "She has faithfully served her owners and they abandoned her in a place like this, in such poor condition."

Credit: BWER

Credit: BWER

About 100,000 American horses or more per year are sent to Mexico and Canada to be slaughtered. And this very nearly would have been the fate of this horse who is estimated to be about 16 years old and was still able to give rides to the workers at the shipping pen if people hadn't stepped up to help. 

Credit: BWER

Credit: BWER

Luckily, thanks to donations ranging from $...


They had to rappel down a cliff one by one to save his life Thrillist

Two researchers were observing a group of seals on a beach when they spotted one lying away from the rest of the group with a piece of netting stuck around his neck. Even from afar, the women could tell that the net had caused a bad injury, and they determined that the seal likely wouldnt survive without a little help. 

Knowing they wouldnt be able to rescue the seal on their own, the two women members of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust  contacted the British Divers Marine Life Rescue and the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, both of which sent people to help. It took a few hours to assemble the team and come up with a plan to help the seal without spooking him or any of the other seals on the beach. 

Credit: Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust

We had to approach very slowly and as quietly as possible so that none of the seals on the beach knew we were there until the last moment, otherwise they would startle and escape into the sea, including the victim, Dan Jarvis, welfare development and field support officer at the British Divers Marine Life Rescue, told The Dodo. 

In order to approach the seal without him noticing, the team rappelled down a nearby cliff one by one. They then crept around the back of the cove, trying to remain unseen until the last possible second. 

Once they were finally in position, they ran as fast as they could toward the seal  

Credit: Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust

and were able to quickly restrain him. ...


Friday Funny Advice from another scientist to Neil DeGrasse Tyson @neiltyson stick with eclipses Watts Up With That?

From the stupid, it burns department. Earlier this week, WUWT carried a story about why we should trust climate scientists because science is able to predict the eclipse years ahead. Never mind the fact that orbital mechanics is a precise calculation with essentially zero uncertainty, because the motions, masses, and speeds of bodies in


Records Show EPA Coordination with Monsanto to Slow Herbicide Review Global Justice Ecology Project

By CAREY GILLAM Originally Published at US Right To Know   Newly released government email communications show a persistent effort by multiple officials within the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to slow a separate federal agencys safety review of... Read More

The post Records Show EPA Coordination with Monsanto to Slow Herbicide Review appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.


Quilombolas community land rights under attack by Brazilian ruralists Conservation news

A protest against the marco temporal requiring quilombos to prove their existence in 1888 (the year slavery was abolished) and 1988 (the year of the new constitution). Quilombos were granted inalienable community land rights in 2003, but the ruralists, emboldened by Pres. Temers rise to power, recently challenged that ruling. Photo courtesy of Instituto Humanitas Unisinos With the recent onslaught of initiatives launched by Brazils wealthy ruralist elite to undo environmental and indigenous protections so as to seize more land for agribusiness, the plight of the Quilombolas the people living in the remote hinterland communities set up by Afro-Brazilians, largely runaway slaves has received little press. Yet for Quilombola communities, the consequences of a legal action challenging their land rights, awaiting judgement in Brazils Supreme Court, could be dramatic and devastating. Between the 16th to 19th centuries, an estimated four million Africans were transported from Africa to work as slaves on Brazils estates. Some escaped, fleeing slaverys brutality, and determined to preserve their African cultural heritage, which had been fiercely repressed during captivity. They avoided recapture by living unobtrusively in isolated regions, as far away as the Amazon, carving out homes in the rainforest. Having little contact with the outside world, some only learned of Brazils official abolition of slavery in 1888 decades after the event. Traditional inhabitants in the Quilombo of Paracatu in Minas Gerais state. The clash between the Quilombolas land claims and the counter claims of the ruralist elite have turned violent this year, with


FIRE-EARTH E-E ALERT 082501 Fire Earth

All Groups FIRE-EARTH E-E ALERT 082501 [Issued by FIRE-EARTH Science Team.] Details via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.  Filed under: News Alert Tagged: 082501, Fire-Earth Alert, FIRE-EARTH E-E ALERT, FIRE-EARTH PULSARS, FIRE-EARTH Science


And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed if all records told the same tale then the lie passed into history and became truth. Head Space

When are we going to wake up and see, that it isnt about race at all. It is about incrementally imposing communism? Communists disguise their genocide of the masses far better than the Nazis did.  In fact, the victims of communism are clearly disproportionately misrepresented in dogmatically entrenched, pro-Communist academia, mass media, entertainment industries and []


Hurricane Harvey: likely to be the next Katrina and Sandy for climate alarmists Watts Up With That?



3,700-year-old Babylonian tablet rewrites the history of maths and shows the Greeks did not develop trigonometry Watts Up With That?

From The Telegraph Sarah Knapton, Science Editor 24 August 2017 7:00pm A 3,700-year-old clay tablet has proven that the Babylonians developed trigonometry 1,500 years before the Greeks and were using a sophisticated method of mathematics which could change how we calculate today. The tablet, known as Plimpton 332, was discovered in the early 1900s


"Sad this cub will grow up without his mama." Thrillist

What officials found being smuggled under the seat of a car this week casts a light on the sad truth about captive tigers in the U.S.

Credit: U.S. Attorney's Office

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials stopped an 18-year-old driving back into California from Mexico and they discovered a baby Bengal tiger hidden on the floor by the passenger seat. The teenager, who initially told officials the tiger cub was just a regular cat, later said that he bought the cub for $300 from a man in Tijuana who was walking an adult tiger on a leash. Now he faces federal charges for illegally smuggling an endangered species, which could amount to up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. 

The incident is just one example of the sad plight of endangered tigers in the U.S. Because of the lack of laws against exotic pet ownership, tigers are bought and kept as pets far more often than people may think. When they get too big to handle, they are often sold to roadside zoos and kept in cages their entire lives. 

"The abuse begins when the cubs are prematurely and forcibly separated from their adult mothers usually during or immediately after birth depriving them of normal biological and behavioral development," Lisa Wathne, captive wildlife specialist at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), previously explained to The Dodo. "Rather than experiencing the warmth of their mother and interac...


Why Because its a Liberal Utopia? Head Space

LAs response to homeless encampments isnt working, councilman says Amid rising homelessness and mounting outcry from residents and business owners, a Los Angeles city councilman said Wednesday he wants to take a hard look at the way the city responds to the increasing presence of encampments and recreational vehicles. What we have isnt working, Councilman []


Make sure your doggo is a good boy and follows proper etiquette Thrillist

For pet owners, dog parks are an invaluable resource. They provide a safe place to exercise and socialize a pup, while connecting you instantly with a local community of pet parents. You can have a coffee and chat with fellow dog lovers while your pet socializes in his own way running free, making friends and generally enjoying the park ...

Sometimes even a little too much.

But along with the fun and excitement, new pet parents heading to the dog park for the first time may find off-leash play daunting. To avoid any issues, its important to understand dog park etiquette before setting foot within the gate.

To have the best possible time at the park, follow these simple dos and donts of taking your pup to the dog run:

Do: take your pup to the park often

Pet parents should make plenty of room in their schedule for quality time at the dog park, notes Anthony Newman, certified trainer and founder of Calm Energy Dog Training. When a dog is physically and intellectually engaged, troublesome behaviors at home tend to decrease but a once-a-week jaunt wont cut it.

It is crucial to socialize your dog outside in a natural park environment with lots of other new dogs of all ages, sizes and breeds, consistently every day, ideally multiple times a day, Anthony Newman tells The Dodo. So often I see problems caused on weekends by dogs whove obviously been pent-up all week. Just remember: A busy dog is a happy, healthy dog.

Dont: assume long walks are equivalent to time at the park



Guest Post: Why solar keeps being underestimated Carbon Brief

Dr Felix Creutzig is chair of sustainability economics of human settlements at the Technical University Berlin and is head of a working group on land use, infrastructure and transport at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change, Berlin.

There are competing ideas on the best technologies to rapidly decarbonise the energy system, as required to avoid dangerous climate change.

Some scenarios emphasise the role of carbon capture and storage to render coal- and gas-fired power plants more climate-friendly. Others point to nuclear energy and a third group is more optimistic on renewable sources.

But its plausible that even these more optimistic outlooks have greatly underestimated the potential of solar power. In an analysis, just published in Nature Energy, my colleagues and I ask why this has happened and how much solar could contribute to climate mitigation.

Solar scenarios

There is huge variability in renewables expected contribution to the future energy mix. A scenario comparison study that fed into the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) found global solar electricity generation ranging from 835 exajoules (EJ) per year in 2050, in scenarios consistent with keeping temperatures below 2C.

This corresponds to around 517% of global electricity supply. In contrast, the same study projects biomass-based energy supplying 5090EJ per year in 2050.

Energy futures are typically analysed in scenarios from the International Energy Agency (IEA) and energy system models deployed to inform the IPCC. Importantly, IEA scenarios are often used to calibrate the IPCC scenarios. The resulting projections indicate a large role for coal, coupled with capturing and storing CO2 underground, nuclear and biomass.



Science needs to catch up: Deep sea mining looms over unstudied ecosystems Conservation news

We know very little about the deepest parts of the ocean and are disturbing them faster than were learning about them, according a study published this week in Molecular Ecology. To see just how big this knowledge gap is, researchers at Oxford University conducted a survey of all known population genetics studies of deep sea invertebrates. Population genetics is the study of the differences between and within populations, and helps scientists understand how groups of plants and animals evolved and how they may respond to environmental changes. The researchers discovered that there have been 77 papers published on this topic in the last 33 years. Of these, just nine looked at areas deeper than 3,500 meters which comprise about half the planets surface. A juvenile octopus of an unknown species 1,200 meters down off the west coast of Scotland. Photo courtesy of JC136/Deeplinks/NERC/Univ of Plymouth / Univ of Oxford. These studies shine a valuable, if dim, light on an otherwise unknown expanse. They indicate the animals that live in the deep may be about as genetically diverse as shallow-water species, and that some populations are distinct and isolated from each other even in small areas. But thats pretty much it. Basic ecological information (e.g., species ranges, population subdivision, population genetic diversity, dispersal capability and demographic parameters) is lacking for all but a few species, the researchers write in their study. They warn that despite this lack of knowledge and exploration of the deep, human activities are leading to


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Worlds soils have lost 133bn tonnes of carbon since the dawn of agriculture Carbon Brief

The worlds soils have lost a total of 133bn tonnes of carbon since humans first started farming the land around 12,000 years ago, new research suggests. And the rate of carbon loss has increased dramatically since the start of the industrial revolution.

The study, which maps where soil carbon has been lost and gained since 10,000BC, shows that crop production and cattle grazing have contributed almost equally to global losses.

Understanding how agriculture has altered soil carbon stocks is critical to finding ways to restore lost carbon to the ground, another scientist tells Carbon Brief, which could help to buffer the CO2 accumulating in the atmosphere.

Soil as a carbon sink

The top metre of the worlds soils contains three times as much carbon as the entire atmosphere, making it a major carbon sink alongside forests and oceans.

Soils play a key role in the carbon cycle by soaking up carbon from dead plant matter. Plants absorb CO2 from the atmosphere through photosynthesis, and pass carbon to the ground when dead roots and leaves decompose.

But human activity, in particular agriculture, can cause carbon to be released from the soil at a faster rate than it is replaced. This net release of carbon to the atmosphere contributes to global warming.

New research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (pdf), estimates the total amount of carbon that has been lost since humans first settled into agricultural life around 12,000 years ago.

The research finds that 133bn tonnes of carbon, or 8% of total global soil carbon stocks, may have been lost from the top two metres of the worlds soil since the dawn of agriculture. This figure is known as the total soil carbon debt.

Around two-thirds of lost carbon could have ended up in the atmosphere, while the rest may have been transported further afield before being deposited back into the soil.

And since the industrial revolution, the rate of soil carbon loss has increased, says lead author Dr Jonathan Sanderman, a scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts. He tells Carbon Brief:

Considering humans have emitted about 450bn tonnes of carbon since the industrial r...


Shes 4 years old and just wants someone to love her. Thrillist

Jessica has been looking for a home for 1,488 days. Thats over four years, and at 4 and a half years old, thats four-fifths of Jessicas life.

Why cant this pit bull mix find a family? Cassiah Ward, a volunteer with Second Chance Rescue, thinks its just bad, rotten luck.

Credit: Second Chance Rescue

In 2013, someone dropped Jessica off at a shelter run by Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC), telling the staff that she was a stray. She was only about a-half year old, and the staff could tell that shed recently had puppies. However, the puppies werent with Jessica, and no one knows what happened to them.

Jessica also had incredibly bad mange, a condition caused by mites that burrow into a dogs skin.

Credit: Second Chance Rescue

She had horrible, horrible mange really bad, Ward told The Dodo. The best way I can describe it is that she looked like a plucked chicken. She also had small secondary infections she had scabs and then she developed kennel cough.

With all of these medical problems, the ACC staff didnt think Jessica had a good chance of getting adopted  so they put her on the euthanasia list. But then Second Chance Rescue got involved, and they pulled her from the shelter.



Canadian Oil Facilities in Peru Seized Amid Warnings of Wider Indigenous Uprising Earth First! Newswire

by Jorge Barrera / APTN National News

Hundreds of Indigenous people have reportedly seized oil facilities operated by the subsidiary of a Canadian company in Perus Amazon region amid warnings of a wider uprising over the Peruvian governments failure to consult with communities before allowing extraction on their traditional territories.

Members of the Indigenous Los Jardines community seized facilities in the Amazon region of Loreto operated by Frontera Energy Corp, a subsidiary of Canadian firm Pacific Exploration & Production, according to local and wire service reports. The people of Los Jardines also briefly occupied the airport in Loreto earlier this month.

The occupation is targeting one of the countrys largest oil fields. Frontera told Peruvian newspaper El Commercio the action has impacted the production of about 2,000 barrels per day, but the company continues to produce about 8,000 bpd from the oil field.

The same installation was hit with an occupation which began in April and ended in June after Frontera signed a deal with Los Jardines and Alianza Nueva Capahuari, two of 18 Indigenous communities whose territories include Lot 192, one of Perus richest oil fields, according to local reports. The communities had demanded US$1 million from the company for use of their territory.

Wilmer Chavez, the leader of the Organizacion Regional Indigenas Achuar del Pastaza, told Reuters the occupation would end the moment the Peruvian government agreed to consult with the regions Indigenous communities before renewing an extraction license for Lot 192, which will expire this year, according to reports.

Other Indigenous groups in the region are backing the occupation and warn there will be a wider uprising unless Peru begins proper consultations.

If there is...


Samsung under fire for partnership with forest-burning Korindo Conservation news

An online petition asking Samsung to drop its partnership with a Korean-Indonesian conglomerate over concerns of rainforest destruction on the island of New Guinea has garnered over 73,000 signatures. Samsung recently announced a joint venture with Korindo, in the logistics sector. Meanwhile Korindos palm oil operation has come under fire for devastating pristine rainforest in Indonesias easternmost Tanah Papua region, pushing endemic animals like the tree kangaroo to the brink of extinction, infringing on the rights of local communities and contributing to the Southeast Asian haze, all of which was documented in a 2016 report by Mighty Earth, an NGO. Mighty set up the petition, and its CEO Glenn Hurowitz recently delivered it to Samsungs office in Seoul, ahead of the companys launch of its new Galaxy Note 8 phone. Korindos customers in many sectors have stopped doing business with it because of its deforestation, but Samsung continues to financially prop it up, Mighty said in a statement. While Samsung is not cooperating with Korindos plantations arm, it does have a direct stake in the oil palm sector via its joint venture with the Ganda Group, which is controversial for its stake in a company that bulldozed peoples homes in Sumatra in 2011 to make way for its plantation.   Banner image: A pile of wood is ready to be burned in land controlled by Korindo in Papua. Photo courtesy of Mighty Earth.


The Global Average Temperature of Earth is Increasing Frack Check WV

Earth' Global Temperature vs. Time (years)

Global Temperature Reported by NASA

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This graph illustrates the change in global surface temperature relative to 1951-1980 average temperatures. Sixteen of the 17 warmest years in the 136-year record all have occurred since 2001, with the exception of 1998. The year 2016 ranks as the warmest on record. (Source: NASA/GISS). This research is broadly consistent with similar constructions prepared by the Climatic Research Unit and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The time series below shows the five-year average variation of global surface temperatures. Dark blue indicates areas cooler than average. Dark red indicates areas warmer than average.

Global Temperature Display for 1884

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Fish Farms Occupied in BC After Footage Released of Sickly Salmon Earth First! Newswire

by Jorge Barrera / APTN National News

Hereditary Chief Ernest Alfred, from the Nagmis, Lawitsis and Mamalilikala Nations, on the left, and and Karrisaf Glendale, who is Danaxdaxw, Namgis, Haida and Tsimshian from Alert Bay, B.C., sail in to being the occupation. Photo Alexandra Morton/Facebook

Indigenous leaders are calling on Fisheries and Oceans Minister Dominic LeBlanc to immediately halt fish farming along British Columbias coastal region following the release of video footage showing diseased farmed Atlantic salmon some blind, others with swollen gills and blistersswimming through pens thick with fish feces.

The calls came as a small, First Nation-led group occupied a Marine Harvest salmon farm on Swanson Island, about 17 km from Alert Bay, B.C., with a promise to remain until the provincial government revoked the operations license of occupation. This followed a brief occupation on Wednesday which targeted the Cermaq-owned farm on nearby Burdwood Island.

Hereditary Chief Ernest Alfred, from the Nagmis, Lawitsis and Mamalilikala Nations, was involved in the Swanson Island occupation which triggered a response from local RCMP who are also at the site.

This place is ours and were not moving, said Alfred, in a Facebook post published shortly after the occupation began. We must stop open-net fish farms in our waters. Its time to stand up and take a stand.

In an interview with APTN National News earlier in the day, Alfred said he planned to step it up against the fish farms.

You cant ignore the issue of rights and title, which are clearly being violated here, said Alfred. You have politicians traveling the country talking ab...


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Pipeline Companies Spooked by Sierra Club Victory; Could Shut Down Sabal Trail Earth First! Newswire

from WWALS calls it a critical decision yesterday, that could jeopardize the future for pipeline projects across the country; pipeline companies could be spooked and the court ruling raises the unsettling possibility that the project may be forced to shut down after billions were spent putting it in into service. Other stories say this huge win could also affect the Atlantic Sunrise, Penneast, Atlantic Coast, and Rover Pipelines, among others.

Sad for FPL, Duke, Spectra, and all the other pipeline-building purveyors of fracked methane, maybe, but glad for all the landowners whose land was taken, local citizens who dont want a 500+-mile IED next to their homes, schools, and waterways, and all people who want clean sun and wind energy, not more polluting fossil fuels.

Its good the industry press agrees with what I told the VDT: This is wind in our sails and could be the end of Sabal Trail.

Heres a news roundup, in addition to the ones I listed yesterday, with a few quotes from each story, organized roughly by themes, and Im sure I didnt catch all the stories about this Major Landmark Victory that is spooking the fossil fuel industry.


Calling on UKs Army of 27 Million Gardeners to Fight Road-Widening Scheme Earth First! Newswire

by Patrick Barkham / The Guardian

Grade II*-listed Garden Wisley could lose 10,000 sq metres of woodland if proposals are approved, warns horticultural charity

One of the [UK]s most important horticultural gardens is under threat from a road-widening scheme, the Royal Horticultural Society has said.

Wisley, a grade II*-listed RHS garden in Surrey, could lose 10,000 sq metres (2.5 acres) of woodland and 500 trees including endangered species and giant redwoods if proposals are approved.

Improvements to junction 10 of the M25 include proposals to widen the A3 in Surrey. Two options are being considered by Highways England to widen the road, one on the east side, and one on the west alongside the 120-year-old gardens.

The western option would involve removing a bank of trees that separates the road from the garden. The RHS says this would worsen noise and air pollution at the gardens and destroy the habitats of a wide range of wildlife, including birds, moths, badgers, beetles and moles.

The charity claims that trees more than 100 years old, five trees identified as threatened and endangered in cultivation, a tree planted by the Queen Mother, and giant redwoods are among those that would be lost if the short-sighted road improvement scheme went ahead.

Calling on the government to opt for the alternative proposals for the A3s expansion, on the roads east side, Sue Biggs, the RHSs director general, said it would be criminal to cut down historic trees when another viable option was available.



Marius Masons Thoughts on Ringling Bros Sanctuary in Florida Earth First! Newswire

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The Climate Change: Believe It Or Else Prize from @AGU Watts Up With That?

This essay is from the Real Climatologists blog, by Dr. Duane Thresher.  I strongly recommend their About Us page. HT/Science or Fiction August 21, 2017 The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has lots of prizes; they are very fond of congratulating themselves. One of these is the Climate Communication Prize, which is in recognition for the


Fed Court decision: Adani leases issued despite Traditional Owners express rejection Wangan & Jagalingou People

The Queensland State continues to authorise dispossession

Responding to a Federal Court decision today, in one of the long running cases bought by Traditional Owners against the Adani mine, the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners expressed their profound frustration with the way the native title and court processes have over-ridden their decision to reject an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) with Adani.

The appeal against the National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT), which authorised the issuing of mining leases to Adani by the Queensland Government, was dismissed. The Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Representative Council are seeking the advice of their senior counsel as to whether to pursue the matter in the High Court.

In May 2015, Adrian Burragubba, on behalf of W&J Representative Council, sought to uphold the decision of the W&J people in October 2014 to reject an Indigenous Land Use Agreement with Adani, the second time since 2012.

Senior spokesperson for the W&J Traditional Owners Council, Adrian Burragubba, says, We have fought and will continue to fight for our right to say no to the destruction of our country through mining and to have our rights properly recognised and respected by the State Government.

We are proud of our efforts to hold Adani and the Queensland Government to account through the Courts. The Courts are the place we have to pursue justice for our people and we will exhaust all legal avenues in pursuit of our right to self-determination and our right to give or withhold consent.

Todays decision hangs on the technical limits of judicial review of the issuing of leases for the Carmichael mine, and not the embodiment of our rights. We will redouble our commitment to uphold the original decisions of our people which are to oppose this mine of mass destruction.

We now look to our trial in March 2018 which focuses on Adanis fake ILUA. We have three times voted No to Adanis grubby deal.

Despite the entirely valid rejection of an ILUA by the W&J claim group in October 2014, Adani persisted. First by seeking a ruling from the NNTT to ignore our native title rights. Adani has actively worked to split our group. The ugliest display by Adani was to bankroll a sham meeting that they hold up as authorising an ILUA.

Youth spokesperson for the W&J Traditional Owners Council, Murrawah Johnson, says, Adani and the State Government didnt negotiate and achieve the free, prior, informed consent of the W&J people. Instead Adan...


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In our previous episode, we began a commemoration of the 5-year anniversary of Space News from the EU with a comprehensive summary of the most significant findings to date from comet missions. Today, we continue our commemoration with a review of the some of the...... Read more


STUDY: Al Gore Might Have Beaten Bush If There Had Been More Warming Watts Up With That?

Energy More Al Gore because [insert politically incorrect joke or blog policy violation here] ~ctm From The Daily Caller Michael Bastasch Former Vice President Al Gore might have won the 2000 presidential election if the temperature had been slightly higher on election day, according to a new study. Based on our model, an increase of


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Explosives found near multiple nuclear power plants Fire and explosion reported Large bomb just hundreds of feet from reactor site Military squads called in (VIDEO) North America USA | State of Florida, St. Lucie Nuclear Generating Station, Location: 272055.0N 801447.0W Present Operational Age: ~35 years, Aug 11, 2017 (emphasis added): More []


"I felt like this would be a good way to show my love for them." Thrillist

Tessa, Bruno, Cooper and Mia might be the luckiest pets on earth.

The four dogs live at home in Pennsylvania with their human companion, Aaron Franks. Despite having no real building experience to speak of, Franks just singlehandedly completed an incredibly epic construction project in his backyard entirely for his pups' enjoyment.

Credit: Aaron Franks

Two years ago, Franks began converting his back deck and yard into a three-story playhouse for his pets complete with a pirate-themed pool, running water, lights and plenty of space for his dogs to play and relax.

He wasn't sure exactly how it would turn out at first; he just started building.

Credit: Aaron Franks

For Franks, it was a labor of love.

Credit: Aaron Franks

"It just came together as I went along. I just went for it," Franks told The Dodo. "I worked on it a little bit at a time, sometimes just a few boards a month. Every time I got a couple of extra bucks, Id go out there and add to it."



Temer pays back ruralists: opens Brazil, Amazon to mining, say critics Conservation news

Bauxite mines in Paragominas, Brazil, Norsk Hydro ASA. President Temer this week decreed the opening up of mining in a vast national reserve, covering 4.6 million hectares (17,800 square miles) between the Amazonian states of Par and Amap. Photo by Hydro/Halvor Molland found on flickr What does it cost to hang onto the office of President? In Brazil, President Michel Temer paid for that privilege with R$13.2 billion (US $4.2 billion) worth of measures decrees and amendments aimed at securing sufficient votes in the Lower House of Congress to avoid a criminal investigation by the Supreme Court into the presidents alleged corruption. The August 2nd House of Deputies vote allowed Temer to keep his position, for now. The presidents costly promises and payouts, made one after another in the weeks before the crucial vote, and unveiled in the weeks since, came in the form of a rapid flurry of budget amendments, the refinancing of agribusiness debt, a decree opening a vast Amazonian region larger than Denmark to mining, and a decree announcing a new national mining code. On August 23rd, Temer issued a new presidential decree abolishing a gigantic national reserve that had been established in 1984, opening up 4.6 million hectares (17,800 square miles) between the Amazonian states of Par and Amap to mining. His decree abolished protection of the National Copper and Associated Reserve (Renca), an area originally created during the Brazilian dictatorship to provide mineral wealth for the nation, plans that were never executed. The region


They call them the "tripawd squad." Thrillist

When Breanna Sarver decided she wanted to adopt a puppy, she began searching around online for a typical, energetic golden retriever. When she came across Casey, it was love at first sight, and she knew Casey was meant to be her dog despite the fact that she had been born with three legs. 

Not long after seeing her picture, Sarver drove the two hours to pick up Casey and officially welcome her into her family. From the moment they met, Sarver and Casey were inseparable, and did absolutely everything together. Casey never showed any signs of knowing she was any different, and was just happy to be living her life with her mom and best friend. 

Credit: Breanna Sarver

The best word that anyone who had ever met her would use was happy, Sarver told The Dodo. She was always happy. Happy to go to work with me every day, happy to meet everyone, happy to come home at the end of the day, happy to go to Petco and pick out her favorite toy. She was so incredibly loyal and affectionate. She was my right hand for almost a year, I never went anywhere without her. 

Knowing how amazing Casey was and wanting to help others like her, Sarver and her boyfriend decided to welcome another three-legged dog into their home: a shepherd mix named Harper. Harper settled in nicely with Casey, and life was working out wonderfully until a month later, when tragedy struck. 

Credit: Breanna Sarver

Unfortunately, Casey passed away shortly after Harper was adopted in a freak accident. Her parents were absolutely heartbroken, and her mom had no idea how she was going to move on from such a tragedy. Two days after Casey passed, Sarver contacted the woman she had adopted Casey from to tell her the grim news. While the woman was heartbroken as well, she also had some incredible news: Caseys brother, who was also born with only three legs, was looking for a...


Churchill on Hudson Bay 2017: Willow Ptarmigan The PhotoNaturalist

I cant really even remember my Lifer Willow Ptarmigan any moreI looked back in my journal from my Churchill trip in June 1987 for the details. It was a glimpse of a male along the railroad tracks near a remote Cree village in Manitoba as I rode the rickety rails of the Muskeg Expressa 36 []


New Lab Report: How to Cut the Cost of Wind Energy in Half Watts Up With That?

  From Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy August 23, 2017 New energy science and technological breakthroughs could cut the cost of wind energy in half by 2030making it fully competitive with the fuel cost of natural gas. This new finding is outlined in a report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)


"Momma Goose surprised us ... She went into labor around 6:30 last night." Thrillist

Even though a 5-year-old dog had been used as a breeding machine for most of her life before she was abandoned, it didn't take much to make her smile. 

When Janine Guido, founder of Speranza Animal Rescue, was contacted this week by someone at a local shelter about Momma Goose, she knew she had to help the poor dog. "Momma Goose was surrendered to a local shelter two days before I got her," Guido told The Dodo. "They unfortunately don't have the place to accommodate her."

Guido received a photo of Momma Goose from the shelter, which showed "a sad and very pregnant dog [who] spent her life as a breeder. Now, dumped at the shelter by her owners."

Credit: Speranza Animal Rescue

As soon as Guido picked her up, Momma Goose already seemed to be in brighter spirits as she rode to Speranza Animal Rescue.

Credit: Speranza Animal Rescue

Credit: Speranza Animal Rescue

Even with her hugely pregnant belly, Momma Goose enjoyed a favorite canine pastime riding in the car with her head out the window.

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They're living out their golden years like kings and queens Thrillist

Sadly, many senior dogs end up in shelters as they grow old, and their chances of getting adopted can be slim. One organization is hoping to ease the stress for senior dogs whove found themselves in a scary, unfamiliar place.

Monkeys House is a hospice sanctuary that takes in senior and terminal dogs and gives them love and care until the end of their days.

Credit: Michele Allen

Michele and Jeff Allen first began fostering end-of-life dogs in 2010. After they took in their first one, Michele Allen recognized the urgency for sick and elderly shelter dogs to have a place to live out their days.

Credit: Tracey Mauro

I saw that there were zero resources available to a dog that needed end-of-life care, Michele Allen told The Dodo. Like a lot of people involved in rescue, we always have the need to do all that we can for them.

The couple founded Monkeys House in April 2015 on their 6-acre farm in Burlington County, New Jersey, in order to help more shelter dogs, focusing on the seniors and those with serious or terminal medical conditions.

Credit: Michele Allen

They were inspired to start the sanctuary after fostering an unadoptable 1...


Most people have seen the horrible conditions on fur farms, like the tiny, barren cages that the animals live in, but this was something new. Thrillist

The Arctic foxes look dangerously obese. Dense rolls of skin cover their bodies like heavy blankets, making it difficult for them to move. Their tails are unusually thick, and their faces are squashed between folds of fat.

These foxes could easily pass for creatures in a medieval fairy tale in fact, one Swedish journalist dubbed them monsterrvar, which translates into English as monster foxes. But theyre actually real. Fur farmers in Finland are deliberately breeding foxes to have extra large skin, according to Oikeutta elimille, a Finnish animal welfare group. Why? So the farmers get more money for the animals fur.

Credit: Oikeutta elimille

When I saw the pictures, I knew this was something that people havent seen before, Kristo Muurimaa, communications officer for Oikeutta elimille, told The Dodo. Most people have seen the horrible conditions on fur farms, like the tiny, barren cages that the animals live in, but this was something new.

There are over 900 fur farms in Finland, according to Muurimaa, and its a common practice for farmers to breed foxes to have extra rolls of skin. Muurimaa bases this assumption on the fact that Finnish auction houses frequently sell large skins that match the dimensions of these so-called monster foxes.

Credit: Oikeutta elimille

These animals are divided into size groups when their skins are sold in the auction house, Muurimaa said. More than 80 percent of the skins belong to the two biggest size groups.

But the animals pay a huge price for their fur their extra rolls of skin lead to many health issues that cause them to suffer more than they already are...


Usually when he comes for a visit, he stops by the front door first and gives one or two polite barks. If no one answers the front door, he will either try to go through the garage or go around through the backyard." Thrillist

Tommys family adopted him from a shelter when he was around a year old. Initially, the family had been looking for a girl dog and had set up meetings with a few potential matches. While they waited for those dogs to arrive from their foster homes, one of the staff members asked if the family would like to meet Tommy in the meantime. It was love at first sight for both the family and for Tommy. 

When it came time for him to go back out, he laid down on the floor trying his best not to leave us; she had to literally drag/slide him on his belly out of the room, Jenna Termolen, Tommys mom, told The Dodo. He had chosen his new family and was not willing to give us up. After meeting the other dogs, the boys all decided that he was the one. 

Credit: Jenna Termolen

For most of his life, Tommy lived with his family in Illinois, until 2015, when they moved to a neighborhood in upstate New York. Tommy had a lot of dog friends back in his old neighborhood, and seemed to be missing them after the move until he met Jackson. 

About a week after the family moved into their new home, Termolen was out running errands when she got a text from her youngest son saying that a very large, very shaggy dog with no tail had suddenly appeared inside their house. 

I immediately called him to see if everything was OK, Termolen said. He relayed that Tommy and the dog were getting along just fine; the dog seemed friendly, and Tommy was taking him on a tour of the house.

Credit: Jenna Termolen

After finally locating the dogs collar under all his fur, they discovered that his name was Jackson, and he lived right down the street. Termolen and her son walked Jackson home, and while his family was embarrassed that he had somehow found his way into someones home, they were not at all surprised that he was out and about trying to make fr...


Except maybe the Civil War and Crying wolf in the theater of the absurd Head Space

Update from a Senile and Botox-saturated Nancy Pelosi: Democrats Have Won Every Fight Against Republicans However Since President Donald Trump took office in January, Democratic candidates lost in Georgia, South Carolina, Kansas, and Montana, the Washington Free Beacon reported: Democrats have blown through $35 million on special elections since President Donald Trump took office and []


He had some things going for him, like his incredible will to survive." Thrillist

Shelley Jones had no trouble picking out the pattern to adorn her mini horse Pogo's prosthetic leg. It had to be a Superman pattern, because the 115-pound horse is such a little superhero.

"He's a super pony," Jones tells The Dodo.

Credit: Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine

Jones, founder of Helping Horses Alabama, rescued Pogo in May, after a local bus driver spotted him running loose.

Jones tracked Pogo down, and discovered he was suffering from severe injuries most significantly, he'd lost his right rear hoof. 

She learned that he and two other miniature horses had been attacked by dogs in December. The other two died; somehow, Pogo survived. 

The injury went untreated for six months which, remarkably, may be the very thing that saved Pogo's life. 

Credit: Helping Horses Alabama

It's commonly thought that horses can't learn to walk on three legs, and won't be able to use prostheses. This is a view that is changing, thanks to some veterinary innovators. But usually horses with these kinds of leg injuries are still euthanized. 


Shared Sentiments Head Space

The original intent of creating this website was to have a place where I could post my articles without being censored. The entire point of this website is to piss people off, wake them up to the evils being done by their government, uncover the fake data pumped out on a daily basis by the []


Harvey rapidly strengthened into a hurricane, expected to stall over Texas coast The Watchers Latest articles

Tropical Storm "Harvey" rapidly strengthened into a hurricane today and is expected to become a major, Category 3 hurricane before it makes landfall over the coast of Texas late Friday or early Saturday (local time), August 25 or 26, 2017. Preparations for...... Read more

Active volcanoes in the world: August 16 - 22, 2017 The Watchers Latest articles

New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes between August 16 and 22, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 18 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Kanlaon, Philippines | Pacaya, Guatemala | San Cristobal, Nicaragua | Sangay, Ecuador |...... Read more


Its more common than you think. Thrillist

Animal eyes come in a variety of beautiful, striking colors blue, green, brown, violet, yellow and, occasionally, a combination of two or more.

Having two different-colored eyes, a unique calling card for celebrities such as David Bowie and Kate Bosworth, can actually be quite common in household pets, namely dogs and cats.

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This condition, known as heterochromia iridum, has inspired quite a few myths and legends. One myth even claims that dogs with this special trait have the power to see heaven with one eye and earth with the other.

So what is the real reason why dogs and cats have two different-colored eyes? The cause of this trait is not quite as mystical as it seems.

Genetics rule

You can chalk this variation in eye pigmentation up to good ol genetics, explains veterinary ophthalmologist Dr. Laura Proietto.

Much like many other details of our body who make us who we are, DNA is the culprit. The color of the eye is determined by multiple genes that program how much pigment is present in the iris itself, Proietto tells The Dodo. A blue eye has less pigment than brown and this difference occurs during development in utero.

This differentiation in melanin, the pigment that gives our skin, hair and eyes...


Yemen: Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Fire Earth

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Biofuels from bacteria Watts Up With That?

Sandia Labs News Releases August 21, 2017 From Sandia National Labs Sandia helps HelioBioSys understand new clean energy source LIVERMORE, Calif.You might not cook with this sugar, but from a biofuels standpoint, its pretty sweet. A Bay Area company has patented a group of three single-celled, algae-like organisms that, when grown together, can produce high


After publishing new book critical of Al Gore, climate scientist has website shut down by attacks Watts Up With That?

This is the equivalent of a modem day book burning. As reported on WUWT on Tuesday, New book from Dr. Roy Spencer on Al Gores fallacies: An Inconvenient Deception  How Al Gore Distorts Climate Science and Energy Policy Al Gore has provided a target-rich environment of deceptions in his new movie. Now, Dr. Spencer reports his website


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Judge Awards Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Builder Rights to Seize Last Five Holdout Properties Latest News

Company granted possession of land held by nuns who built chapel in the pipelines path


Eight missing after major landslide at Piz Cengalo, Switzerland The Watchers Latest articles

Eight people are missing after a major landslide occurred at Piz Cengalo mountain in the Bregaglia range of Swiss Alps at 09:30 CET on Wednesday, August 23, 2017. Experts estimate some 4 million m3 (141.2 million ft3) of rocks tumbled down the mountain, known for...... Read more


How 139 countries could be powered by 100 percent wind, water, and solar energy by 2050 Watts Up With That?

Jacobson doubles down~ctm From Eurekalert Public Release: 23-Aug-2017 VIDEO: In this video, Mark Z. Jacobson explains the energy transition timeline for 139 countries to 100 percent wind, water, and solar for all purposes by 2050. view more Credit: Jacobson et al./Joule 2017 The latest roadmap to a 100% renewable energy future from Stanfords Mark Z.


All Things New Geoengineering Watch

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The National Climate Assessment Provides Scientific Information Frack Check WV

Climate Scientist Katharine Hayhoe on the National Climate Assessment

From an Interview by Theresa RileyMoyers & Company, 8/23/17


On Monday, August 7, before North Korea, and before Charlottesville, you might recall that The New York Times published an article entitled Scientists Fear Trump Will Dismiss Blunt Climate Report that kicked up a storm of press coverage. The draft report on the state of science relating to climate change and its physical impacts is part of the National Climate Assessment (NCA), which is congressionally mandated every four years.


We spoke with one of the report authors, climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, who is a professor in the department of political science and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. This interview has been edited for clarity and length.


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Study: Naomi Oreskes Claims Exxon Mobil Misled About Climate Watts Up With That?

Guest essay by Eric Worrall What do you do if nobody cares about your hardline green hate campaign against Exxon? You re-present your position as a study, of course. Assessing ExxonMobils climate change communications (19772014) Geoffrey Supran and Naomi Oreskes This paper assesses whether ExxonMobil Corporation has in the past misled the general public about


What if negative emission technologies (NETs) fail at scale: Implications of the Paris Agreement for big emitting nations

This new paper is published in Climate Policy and is available at: and

Authors: Alice Larkin, Jaise KuriakoseMaria Sharmina, and Kevin Anderson


A cumulative emissions approach is increasingly used to inform mitigation policy. However, there are different interpretations of what 2C implies. Here it is argued that cost-optimisation models, commonly used to inform policy, typically underplay the urgency of 2C mitigation. The alignment within many scenarios of optimistic assumptions on negative emissions technologies (NETs), with implausibly early peak emission dates and incremental short-term mitigation, delivers outcomes commensurate with 2C commitments. In contrast, considering equity and socio-technical barriers to change, suggests a more challenging short-term agenda. To understand these different interpretations, short-term CO2 trends of the largest CO2 emitters, are assessed in relation to a constrained CO2 budget, coupled with a what if assumption that negative emissions technologies fail at scale. The outcomes raise profound questions around high-level framings of mitigation policy. The paper concludes that applying even weak equity criteria, challenges the feasibility of maintaining a 50% chance of avoiding 2C without urgent mitigation efforts in the short-term. This highlights a need for greater engagement with: (1) the equity dimension of the Paris Agreement, (2) the sensitivity of constrained carbon budgets to short-term trends and (3) the climate risks for society posed by an almost ubiquitous inclusion of NETs within 2C scenarios.



California, schoolkids deserve better Pesticide Action Network

Rural school bus

Ah, back to school. It's a transitional time for parents and kids alike. But for those living in California's agricultural communities, this season also brings renewed worry and frustration that the state still hasn't taken steps to curtail use of brain-harming and cancer-causing pesticides near schools.

The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) recently announced a risk assessment for the insecticide chlorpyrifos but state officials are ignoring the wealth of research showing its neurotoxic properties. And a new state report highlighting air monitoring data shows that schools in rural, agricultural areas are still being drifted on by chlorpyrifos and other pesticides, including carcinogenic Telone, being used in nearby fields.

School should be a place of learning and growing, not a source of exposure to health-harming chemicals.

Time for chlorpyrifos to go

We have talked about the hazards of chlorpyrifos now for years, backed by a clear and compelling body of rigorous, peer reviewed scientific studies. Even the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined in 2016 that all food uses of chlorpyrifos should be stopped due to the high risk of children's exposure in utero or during critical periods of growth. Chlorpyrifos most directly impacts kids' developing brains and bodies, and has been linked to autism, ADHD and other neurodevelopmental issues.   

But in the...


The clear case against Clovis Pesticide Action Network

Sam Clovis Unqualified

Sam Clovis is not a scientist. Trump's absurd nomination for the top scientist post at U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is a former radio talk show host with a history of racist and homophobic commentary and zero scientific or agricultural background or credentials. Zero.

The Senate will consider whether to confirm Clovis when they reconvene after Labor Day and efforts to block the absurd nomination are gaining ground. This week, Senators Schumer (D-NY) and Schatz (D-HI) called on Trump to withdraw this "wildly unqualified" nominee.

The senators also linked the choice of someone with views as "backwards" as Clovis to the hatred on display at the white supremicist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last week. They warned that Trump's continued promotion of Clovis sends a "clear as day message that this Administration continues to tolerate hate."

An insult to farm communities

Choosing Clovis may also be illegal. As our friends at the Union of Concerned Scientists note, the Farm Bill explicitly requires that the top USDA scientist post be filled by an actual scientist.

Now more than ever, this matters.

Farmers are facing superweeds and devastating damage from herbicide drift. They are on the frontlines of the droughts, flooding and extreme weather events caused by climate change. Mountains of research points to increasing threats from changing weather patterns; Clovis calls all of this "junk science." Helping farmers build healthy soil and on-farm resilience should be a national priority, and top of the...

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