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Saturday, 16 September


MVP is Creating Stress and Distress in the Region Frack Check WV

MVP -- From stress to distress and more

The Mountain Valley Pipeline: From motivating stress to debilitating distress

Letter from E. Scott Geller, alumni distinguished professor at Virginia Tech, Roanoke Times, September 11, 2017

Every societal or cultural issue influences human dynamics psychology and vice versa. The proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) crisis is no exception, but the psychological impact of the MVP has not been given much attention. Yes, it is a crisis and its causing severe distress among numerous citizens of Southwest Virginia. I did say distress, not stress.

Stress is okay. It means we are under pressure to accomplish something were under the gun to get things done. Stress is actually motivating and not debilitating.

In contrast, distress is debilitating and painful both physically and psychologically. This proposed pipeline is causing severe distress among the majority of residents who understand the devastating environmental impact of the MVP. And this distress has caused severe, life-threatening illnesses for some folks in our community.

Why distress and not stress? The difference between motivating stress and debilitating distress is the perception of personal control. When people believe they can control a stressor they feel stress, and they work hard to conquer the stressor and move forward. The proposed MVP is a stressor, and for more than three years citizens throughout Southwest Virginia have worked diligently to remove that stressor. They sponsored rallies, conducted neighborhood surveys, wrote newspaper editorials, and produced and shared professional videos to increase public awareness and garner anti-MVP support.

They hired soil specialists, geologists, and lawyers to make the science-based case that the proposed MVP route is unsafe and dramatically destructive to the environment and its resources, including watera life necessity. They wrote data-based opposition letters to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), explaining the irrationality of the proposed MVP. Yet it seems all of these stress-reduction strategies have fallen on deaf ears. None have yet worked to dissuade the construction of the proposed MVP.

At the same time, these dedicated and hard-working Americans must listen to the industry-oriented and ill-informed dialogue from those advocating for the proposed MVP. It will bring us new jobs. It will bring needed industry to Roanoke. It will improve our economy. Besides being grossly inaccurate and shortsighted, all arguments for the...


Arctic sea ice melt may have turned the corner this season with no new record low Watts Up With That?

This was the news from NSIDC on Sept 5th, 2017: Average sea ice extent for August 2017 ended up third lowest in the satellite record. Ice loss rates through August were variable, but slower overall than in recent years. Extensive areas of low concentration ice cover (40 to 70 percent) are still present across much of the Eurasian


Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, September 16, 2017 Geoengineering Watch

rrgf1Dane Wigington The 911 anniversary has again come and gone, this time with hardly a mention. Where are all the self-proclaimed patriots? Why have so few Americans never even questioned the blatantly false official narrative for 911? How many are having increasing respiratory issues? Difficult breathing is not just from the completely contaminated air column


Forest fires discovered during the cold climate of the last ice-age Watts Up With That?

Forest fires are not limited to hot or temperate climates A joint Canada-France study shows that there were wildfires in the Alps during an ice age 20,000 years ago UNIVERSITY OF MONTREAL Forest fires and wildland fires are common in summer in the temperate boreal forest, rarer at high altitudes, and unheard of in an


Wildlife Photographer Wishes This Viral Photo Didn't Exist Thrillist

Its a photo thats getting wildlife photographer Justin Hofman international attention. Its also a photo that he wishes did not exist.

While snorkeling off on island south of Borneo, in Indonesia, Hofman happened upon a tiny orange seahorse drifting in with the tide. But what began as a pleasing encounter with one of the ocean's most recognizable animals soon took a heartbreaking turn. Slowly but surely, pollution in the surrounding waters began to drift in as well a wave of debris and waste left behind by humans that the little seahorse had no hope of escaping.

"It was literally sewage; you could smell the water change. It was disgusting," Hofman recounted to The Dodo. "Eventually, this little scene unfolded in front of me."

Now awash in floating litter, the seahorse moved from one piece of debris to the next eventually clinging to a plastic cotton swab that had sadly found its way into her fragile habitat.

"To see this little seahorse its heartbreaking," Hofman said.

Credit: Justin Hofman/Natural History Museum

"Its a photo that I wish didnt exist but now that it does I want everyone to see it," Hofman later wrote on Instagram. "What started as an opportunity to photograph a cute little seahorse turned into one of frustration and sadness as the incoming tide brought with it countless pieces of trash and sewage."

Hofman's powerful photo has since gone viral and was selected as a finalist in the London National History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. Instead of acclaim for himself, however, Hofman wants the image to inspire a change in behavior on the part of all who see it.

"I hope it helps people think about what they consume, choosing things that are paper instead of plastic," he said. "People might look at the picture and think, Were doomed. But if every person did their part, it would add up to a huge impact. We can all not let our trash go down the drain. We can all put things in a trash bin and recycle. Its easy."

On Saturday, people around the world will gather together to do even more for the planet's oceans and waterways....


Zoo Monkey Spends Every Day Trying To Get Out Of These Chains Thrillist

In an upsetting video, a chained macaque monkey holds his face in his hands as he neurotically rolls on the ground. A moment later, he stands and tries to walk forward. When the chain around his neck stops him, he rocks back and forth, looking visibly distressed. Then the macaque doubles back, plops down on the dirt and grabs tiny bits of grass to stuff into his mouth. But he cant eat much the freshest, greenest grass lies just beyond his reach.

Last month, members of the Scorpion Wildlife Monitoring Group, an Indonesian organization that works to protect animals, captured this footage at the Taman Galaxy Zoo in East Java, Indonesia.

It was heartbreaking, Marison Guciano, director for investigations for Scorpion Wildlife Monitoring Group, told The Dodo. We do not understand why they have to keep the macaques in this condition. Do they have no conscience?

But it wasnt just one distressed macaque at the Taman Galaxy Zoo five other macaques were also on display, either chained by the waist, or locked up in tiny cages without enrichment or access to food or water.

Credit: Scorpion Wildlife Monitoring Group

Guciano believes that all of these macaques were stolen from the wild, so keeping them in these captive situations was particularly cruel.

Dozens of other animals, such as hornbills, owls, eagles, gibbons, snakes, crocodiles and deer, were also being kept in small cages at the zoo, Guciano said.

Credit: Scorpion Wildlife Monitoring Group

Unfortunately, the Taman Galaxy Zoo isnt the only facility in Indonesia keeping animals in this way. Jason Baker, vice president of PETA Asia, told The Dodo that many zoos in Indonesia keep animals in poor conditions, and that...


Couple Finds Tiny Hummingbird Who Can't Fly Trapped In Flowerpot Thrillist

Michelle Perner and her boyfriend were wandering around outside when they noticed a tiny hummingbird lying in a flowerpot, weak and injured. Another smaller pot had fallen on top of her and they quickly removed it, hoping that would help, but the poor bird appeared to be too injured to fly away. 

Credit: Michelle Perner

After we removed the pot she made several attempts to fly, but only fell down again, Perner told The Dodo. 

Not wanting to leave her to suffer, the couple scooped up the little bird and took her home with them. They boiled some water with sugar, allowed it to cool, and then filled a water bottle cap with the mixture and held it up to the hummingbird, who eagerly accepted it. 

Credit: Michelle Perner

I used my finger to drop bits of the water near the birds beak, Perner said. She was very thirsty and her little tongue just kept drinking! There was a physical change in her appearance after she drank, but she still couldn't fly.

Credit: Michelle Perner

Even though the sugar water helped the hummingbird regain her strength, her wing was still too damaged for her to fly away. Knowing she probably wouldnt survive on her own like that, and not having the skills or resources to care for her themselves, the couple decided to contact a local wildlife rescue to come and take the hummingbird. 



Nuclear Event Automatic Reactor Trip: (Unusual Event Emergency Declared) Waterford Unit 3, Killona, LA [UPDATE] Head Space

North America USA | State of Louisiana, Killona, Waterford Unit 3 Nuclear Power Station Location: 295943.0N 902816.0W Present Operational Age: ~32 years Emergency Class: UNUSUAL EVENT 10 CFR Section: 50.72(a) (1) (i) EMERGENCY DECLARED 50.72(b)(2)(iv)(B) RPS ACTUATION CRITICAL 50.72(b)(3)(iv)(A) VALID SPECIF SYS ACTUATION 50.72(b)(3)(v)(A) POT UNABLE TO SAFE SD Nuclear Event []


What you need to know and are not told about hurricanes Watts Up With That?

By Larry Kummer. From the Fabius Maximus website Summary: Millions of words were expended reporting about Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, but too little about the science connecting them to climate change. Here are the details, contrasted with the propaganda barrage of those seeking to exploit these disasters for political gain. Lets listen to these scientists


Mama Dog Who Lived In Junkyard Is So Happy Her Puppies Are Safe Now Thrillist

For years, the only home the dogs knew was a junkyard in an alleyway in Baltimore. While theyd technically been owned by someone, the owner had recently passed away, and the dogs had been fending for themselves ever since.

Thankfully, someone alerted animal control.

Credit: BARCS

When the officers arrived a few weeks ago, they found two dogs a male Labrador mix and a petite golden-furred female whod be named Goldilocks. But as the officers were getting the dogs onto their transport vehicle, they heard something squeaking. A swift search led them to three tiny puppies two black ones and one brown huddled behind a junk pile.

Credit: BARCS

[Goldilocks] had been caring for them, but they just werent visible to animal control when they got there, Maureen Sosa, intake director at the Humane Rescue Alliance, told The Dodo. But she allowed them to pick her puppies up, and she was very sweet about the whole thing.

Credit: BARCS

The officers took the dogs back to Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS), and kept them there for their stray hold.

They wanted to make sure that nobody was going to come forward for them, like a family member, Sosa said. But no one did.



Fall's Favorite Flavor Is Surprisingly Good For Pets Thrillist

Every year when the weather turns colder and the days get shorter, America restarts its pumpkin obsession.

With all the pumpkin-flavored treats available, from pies to lattes to pumpkin spice pizza, October might as well be pumpkin appreciation month. But the seasonal favorite isnt just ideal for baking and decorating pumpkins are surprisingly good for pets, too.

Adding pumpkin to your pets diet can have a wide variety of health benefits, notes New York City-based veterinarian Dr. Rachel Barrack. Pumpkin is chock-full of valuable nutrients, such as vitamin C, potassium and beta-carotene. In humans, studies show that the gourd can help lower blood pressure, promote digestive health and weight loss, and reduce the risk of developing heart disease and even certain types of cancer.

So what do you need to know about adding a scoop of pumpkin to your pets food bowl? Heres how and why this fall veggie deserves to be part of a healthy diet for both dogs and cats.

Pumpkin keeps pets regular

If your dog or cat suffers from gastrointestinal issues such as constipation, diarrhea or an upset stomach, it may be time to break out the pumpkin.

Pumpkin has a high fiber and water content, and fiber is one of the best ways to keep both people and dogs regular, Barrack tells The Dodo. Extra fiber from pumpkin that may be currently missing in your dogs diet can aid in constipation or diarrhea and bulk up their stool.

Barrack suggests adding a little canned natural pumpkin to your pets regular food to improve their digestion, and give them an antioxidant boost. Pumpkin is also high in beta-carotene, vitamins A and C, iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc. Canned pumpkin has a high water content and can be helpful in cats prone to hairballs, Barrack notes. A win-win for cat owners and their carpets.


GJEP report and photos from the front lines of Irma Global Justice Ecology Project

Journal from GJEP GE Trees Campaigner Ruddy Turnstone, from her home base in Lake Worth, FL, where she rode out the Hurricane. (all photos by Ruddy Turnstone) September 13th: Today I was just outside of BJs waiting for... Read More

The post GJEP report and photos from the front lines of Irma appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.


Spot the pattern: Whisker-prints and citizen science Conservation news

Recent advancements in technology and social media have spurred the growth of citizen science, a phenomenon through which non-scientists contribute to the collection of scientific data. According to Nature, results collected by citizen scientists can be valuable and can help both to generate data and to inform policy. More importantly, as the University of Manitobas Whiskerprint Project shows, citizen science can not only aid researchers, but also cultivate the next generation of environmental stewards and enrich STEM education among fledgling scientists. Led by University of Manitoba professor and behavioral ecologist Dr. Jane Waterman, the Whiskerprint Project is pioneering the use of whisker pattern analysis to identify individual polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba. In an interview with Mongabay-Wildtech, Waterman addressed the need to identify and track individuals in order to investigate bear behaviors and interactions, potential human-polar bear conflict, and impacts of climate change on the bears whose habitat requires sea ice currently under threat. The virtual mark-and-capture method of identification and data collection offers a noninvasive process through which direct human contact with polar bears can be limited. Polar bear mother and cubs cross the ice. Each bears whiskers create a print of black markings unique to the individual. Photo credit: George Powell Waterman explained that as a polar bears whiskers grow, they part the bears fur, revealing spots where the animals black skin can be visible against its white coat. These spots create a distinctive pattern on each side of the bears face that can be used to

What works in conservation? In-depth series starts next week Conservation news

How do you solve a conservation problem? Do you protect a wild leopard that has entered a village by removing it and releasing it into a forest far, far away? Or do you work with the people living in the village and help them live with the leopards and other wildlife that might stray into their backyards? Do you save a patch of tropical forest by declaring it a protected area and keeping people out? Or do you let local communities take charge? The answers to these questions are, as might be expected, not straightforward. But we do need answers. The endangered Indochinese lutung (Trachypithecus germaini) is native to Southeast Asia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler. We are in the middle of what some scientists call a sixth mass extinction event. Our planet is losing species at least 100 times faster than historical levels. Halting this ongoing human-induced extinction will be neither easy nor cheap. Nearly every country has committed to reducing the loss of globally threatened species and protecting their habitats under the Convention on Biological Diversitys (CBD) 2020 biodiversity targets. This would cost about $80 billion per year, scientists estimated in 2012. But the overall picture is poor, CBD noted in its 2016 report. With just three years left, most countries have made inadequate progress in achieving the 2020 targets and have weak levels of future ambition to do so, the report found. Funding for conservation, too, is becoming increasingly scarce. So figuring out how to spend this money prioritizing


Neighbor Hears Tiny Meows Coming From Wall In Abandoned House Thrillist

When residents of a neighborhood in Fort Worth, Texas, heard tiny meows coming from behind an abandoned house, they knew just what to do.

Judy Obregon, founder of a local animal rescue called The Abandoned Ones (TAO), routinely rescues abandoned dogs and needy strays in the area. The people who heard the meows called Obregon for help. 

Credit: TAO

Obregon rushed to the scene and discovered with a flashlight that there were several kittens stuck inside a wall of the house. 

At first, there was no mother cat around at all. And Obregon became concerned that the tiny kittens might not survive if she didn't find their mom. 

Luckily, that worry didn't last long when the mother cat came back to check on her kittens, Obregon could take the whole family to a safe place to recover. 

Credit: TAO

Credit: TAO

No one is sure how the family got inside the wall of the house, but rescuers suppose that they might have been trying to seek shelter from the rain.

"What we do know is we were not leaving them behind!" TAO wrote on Facebook.



The U.S. Government Just Secretly Killed An Extremely Endangered Wolf Thrillist

There are just about 113 Mexican gray wolves in the wild and the U.S. government just shot and killed one of them.

It's the first time in a decade the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has killed a Mexican gray wolf, which is one of the most endangered kinds of wolves on the planet. The female wolf was part of the Diamond pack, which is being blamed for preying on cattle being raised for meat in Arizona.

Credit: WCC

It is our intent to minimize the effects of Mexican wolves on livestock producers, John Bradley, a spokesman for the USFWS, told the Santa Fe New Mexican in an email. 

But the agency has also been tasked with saving the Mexican gray wolf from extinction. After the species had been trapped and hunted so rampantly, the wolves were nearly nonexistent. Then, in the 1970s, when the Mexican gray wolf was listed as an endangered species, there were so few Mexican wolves left that the government had to capture wild wolves to breed them for release into the wild. 

So when the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services assigned blame to a pack of Mexican wolves, the Diamond pack, after investigating several dead cows on ranchers' land on August 2 and determining that one was killed by wolves, another might have been and the third had died of "natural causes"  people advocating for protecting the critically endangered wolves were shocked that lethal action on the pack would be permitted. 

Especially since, as some people point out, leaving carcasses of dead cows on the land only attracts predators, like the Mexican wolves. 

"Scavenging is known to habituate wolves to prey on livestock," Maggie...


Water Protectors Lockdown At Wisconsin Enbridge Site Earth First! Newswire

from West Fargo Pioneer

t09.14.17 Bob King 091517.N.DNT.PROTESTSUPERIORc4 Tasina SapaWin (center) of Cloquet, makes points about treaty rights, land and energy use with Superior police officer Joe Markon during a protest at Michels Corp LLC, a contractor for Enbridge, in Superior Thursday morning. At right, officer Marc Letendre, listens in. About a dozen protestors were present. Bob King /

SUPERIOR, Wis. Five people were arrested during protests Thursday, Sept. 14, after blocking entrances at an Enbridge pipeline contractor in Superior.

It was the sixth lockdown protest in roughly three weeks by people identifying themselves as water protectors, and the first one inside the city limits.

The protesters against the Line 3 project locked themselves to their vehicles and attempted to block two gates outside the entrances to the Michels Corp. facility on Stinson Avenue. Authorities arrived en masse and, after hours of negotiation, ended up cutting through the locking devices used by protesters.

We tried to first negotiate, said Assistant Superior Police Chief Matt Markon. As a last resort we had to get them out of the positions theyd put themselves in.

The protesters were arrested on misdemeanor charges ranging from trespassing and resisting arrest to disorderly conduct including one woman who Markon said elevated...


Running Down the Walls in Bloomington Will Raise Funds for Marius Mason Earth First! Newswire

from Support Marius Mason

Running Down the Walls is an annual 5k run/walk/jog organized by Anarchist Black Cross chapters internationally to raise money for political prisoners/prisoners of war. This is the first year that Bloomington ABC will be participating.

Register as, or Sponsor, a Participant

* Promote Print and distribute the poster to friends and around town.

* Run/walk/bike/roll in the 5k If you want to participate, please contact us to register with your name (or an alias) and how much money you plan to pledge. We are asking for $20, but any amount of money will work. Please contact us at rundownthewallsbloomy [at] riseup [dot] net to register.

* Sponsor a participant. If you have a friend or family member participating in the 5k, you can sponsor them by giving them money to bring to the event, or coming yourself and donating there.

All money raised during Running Down the Walls will go directly to eco-anarchist trans prisoner and former Bloomington resident Marius Mason.

The 5k

We will be starting on at Ninth Street Park, aka Rev Ernest D. Butler Park. More info on the precise starting point coming soon.

For a list of Running Down the Walls runs in other cities, visit Its Going Down.


Hubble telescope observes strange pitch black planet Watts Up With That?

From the ESA/HUBBLE INFORMATION CENTRE Astronomers have discovered that the well-studied exoplanet WASP-12b reflects almost no light, making it appear essentially pitch black. This discovery sheds new light on the atmospheric composition of the planet and also refutes previous hypotheses about WASP-12bs atmosphere. The results are also in stark contrast to observations of another similarly


Hybrid Humans: Moral Rigor Mortis Setting In Fire Earth

All Groups FEWW-R Hybrid Humans rapidly relapsing into vicious Simiiformes Biological errors? [Presentation prepared by an affiliated scientists.] Available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.  Filed under: News Alert Tagged: biological errors, Evolutionary Regression, FEWW-R, FIRE-EARTH PULSARS, Hybrid Humans, Moral Rigor Mortis, Simiiformes


Community Resistance Throwing Wrench in Pipeline Plans Global Justice Ecology Project

By Skyler Simmons / Earth First! Newswire   In the past week the West Virginia Department of Environmental Quality announced that it is rescinding the water quality permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline to be built through their state, while North... Read More

The post Community Resistance Throwing Wrench in Pipeline Plans appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.


2017 Great NorthEast ShakeOut! BC-ESP Seismograms

The Great NorthEast ShakeOut!
10:19 a.m. on October 19th, 2017.

Please click on the link below for more information on this event and to register your School:

Mark your calendars! Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:19 a.m. on October 19*. You are invited to join them by participating in the 2017 Great NorthEast ShakeOut!



Sarawaks Rainforests The Borneo Case: Screenings worldwide tomorrow

Almost 90% of Sarawaks rainforest is gone, thanks to former Chief Minister and current Governor of Sarawak, Abdul Taib Mahmud. New mega-dams are planned for the forest that remains.  View the trailer for The Borneo Case below.

Tomorrow is Malaysia Day, commemorating the establishment of the Malaysian federation on 16 October 1963. In conjunction with Malaysia Day, the film The Borneo Case which details the destruction, the repression and the 30 years of campaigning to stop the logging will be screened in 30 cities worldwide.

film focuses on four people who have worked to expose the corruption behind the destruction of Sarawaks forests. Mutang Urud is a Penan from Sarawak. Peter John Jaban is a DJ who worked on Radio Free Sarawak. Clare Rewcastle Brown is a journalist, who set up the website Sarawak Report and Radio Free Sarawak. Lukas Straumann, executive director of the Bruno Manser Fund and author of Money Logging: On the trail of the Asian Timber Mafia.

The Borneo Case shows clearly why Indigenous Peoples must be given sovereign control over their territories, and what happens when Capitalism rules over common sense. Forests are the life blood of the planet and the utter decimation of forests, as we see in the Borneo Case, cannot be allowed to continue if we wish to see a future for life on the Earth.

Get informed, get involved and help stop the destruction of the worlds forests, in solidarity with the Indigenous Peoples and other communities that depend on them.

Here is the trailer:

Find more on their website

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FIRE-EARTH Alert: BDLN Fire Earth

All Groups FIRE-EARTH Alert: BDLN [Issued by FIRE-EARTH Science Team.] ALERT details available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.  Filed under: News Alert Tagged: 091501, All Groups, BDLN, Fire-Earth Alert, FIRE-EARTH Alerts, FIRE-EARTH PULSARS


Typhoon "Talim" closing in on Kyushu, after dumping record-breaking rain on Okinawa The Watchers Latest articles

After ripping through the Okinawa island chain, Japan and passing close to China, forcing the evacuation of more than 200 000 people, Typhoon "Talim" is now on its way toward mainland Japan. It is expected to be a Category 1 hurricane equivalent when it...... Read more

Amazon mining unleashed (commentary) Conservation news

On August 23, 2017, Brazils president Michel Temer issued a decree revoking the RENCA (National Reserve of Copper and Associated Minerals), an area the size of Switzerland on the northern side of the Amazon River straddling the states of Par and Amap. The Ministry of Environment had not been consulted and Brazils environmentalists and public were caught by surprise. Actually, in March the Temer administration had announced its intention of revoking the RENCA at a convention of mining companies in Canada. The choice of venue is telling. A firestorm of criticism in Brazil and abroad (see here, here, here, here and here) led Temer to revoke the decree on August 28th and replace it with a new one. However, this widely trumpeted revocation didnt mean ceasing to abolish the reserve, as the new decree merely tacked on some language stating that protected areas and environmental regulations would be respected. Needless to say, these regulations were already in place, and the original decree implicitly assumed that they would remain so. On August 30th a federal judge issued a preliminary decision (liminar) suspending the decree and directed that the matter should be decided by the National Congress. However, the National Congress is presently dominated by representatives with a decidedly anti-environmental stance (see here, here and here). In addition, preliminary judicial decisions such as this are easily overruled by interested parties, such as the presidential administration, by seeking out friendly judges to issue a counter decision. This occurred many times when decisions halting


FIRE-EARTH E-E ALERTS 091501 Fire Earth

All Groups FIRE-EARTH E-E ALERTS 091501 [Issued by FIRE-EARTH Science Team.] Details via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.  Filed under: News Alert Tagged: 091501, E-E ALERTS, FIRE-EARTH Alerts, FIRE-EARTH E-E ALERT, FIRE-EARTH PULSARS, FIRE-EARTH Science


Rescue Dog Comforts Lonely Shelter Kitten Who Lost Her Family Thrillist

Natural instinct predicts that dogs and cats shouldnt get along. The two species have had a famously antagonistic relationship through the years.

Just dont tell Labrador retriever Barney

Credit: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

Barney was still a young puppy when his owners decided that they were unable to care for him, and brought him to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in the UK. It was there that the rambunctious Labrador met the clinics head nurse, Rachel Abdee, and both knew instantly that Barney would be going home with her.

Ab'dee had a soft spot for Labradors and their happy, easygoing nature, but wanted to give other families a chance to adopt Barney before filling out the paperwork herself. I had recently lost my own Labrador retriever and my first thought upon seeing Barney was, Id love to have him, but I thought that he would find a home very quickly," Abdee told The Dodo. "When a week had passed and Barney was still in kennels without a home, I knew it was meant to be.

Though he had found a forever home, Barney continued to travel to the clinic office each day with Abdee to keep her company while she worked, and it didnt take long to discover that the rescue pup had a very special talent.

Barney was an expert kitten-sitter.

Over the past three years, Barney has acted as foster dad to nine kittens including a litter of four last Christmas. The arrangement works perfectly for both Abdee and Barney. Barney looks forward to coming to work with his mom, and Abdee loves spending time with her pup as they both perform their very important jobs at the clinic.

While Barney loves all kittens, no relationship has been quite as special as the bond he has built with 5-week-old tabby Ava. Found shivering and alone in a London garden at just a few days old, things looked bleak for Ava. She was rushed to Battersea, and began to gain strength, but without brothers or sisters she was isolated from other an...


Community Resistance in the South is Throwing a Major Wrench in Pipeline Plans Earth First! Newswire

by Skyler Simmons / Earth First! Newswire

In the past week the West Virginia Department of Environmental Quality announced that it is rescinding the water quality permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline to be built through their state, while North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper just announced that his DEQ will be delaying a decision on granting water quality permits for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline until December.

While neither of these decisions are the final death blow for these destructive pipeline projects, they do represent major victories for the grassroots efforts throughout the South to fight dirty energy projects. It is important to understand that these decisions did not come out of the goodness of the hearts of state governments. They came because strong social movements have forced them to do so.

These decisions came as activists coordinated multiple protests in VA and NC against the piplelines. In VA, protests were held at every Department of Environmental Quality office in the state, culminating in a blockade of the DEQ headquarters in Richmond resulting in 19 arrests. Meanwhile in NC, a group of activists are conducting a two week long fast in front of the DEQ headquarters in Raleigh and held a large rally on Sept 20th. A solidarity rally was also held at the DEQ office in Asheville, NC, the seco...


Images from Assateague Island Latest News

Ecology and wonder on a barrier island


Alert level raised for Agung volcano, site of one of the largest eruptions of 20th century The Watchers Latest articles

Indonesian authorities have raised the alert level for the Agung volcano in Karangasem district of the province of Bali from 1 to 2 (of 4) on Thursday, September 14, 2017, following an increase in volcanic earthquakes detected on Wednesday, September 13. The last...... Read more

Pygmy death shows need for land reform, group says Conservation news

An organization that advocates on behalf of forests and forest peoples, Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), says that a key land reform issue is to blame for the August 26 death of a Pygmy native. Christian Mbone Nakulire and his father Munganga Nakulire were looking for medicinal herbs in the forests of Kahuzi-Biega National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). According to FPP, Christian was shot and killed by armed park rangers who patrol the area for the regional conservation authority. His father suffered a gunshot wound to the right arm. The rangers were reportedly guards for the ICCN (Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature), the semi-governmental organization that oversees the management of DRCs protected areas. Neither the ICCN for the FPP could be reached for comment. Organizations that work with the Pygmy communities in the area, including The Indigenous Peoples and Vulnerable Minority Indigenous Peoples Centre, have condemned the killing and called for an investigation. Local Pygmy response has also been strong, including a sit-in protest they staged a few days after the incident. We have never killed a gorilla, let alone an eco-guard or a tourist, so why are we killed in this way? said Ntavuna, a Pygmy native and head of the Buyungule village, in the Miti group, according to a press release from FPP. The organization also said that proper recognition of the land rights of the Pygmy indigenous people, the Batwa, is crucial. Had a planned land management road map been followed, FPP says that


Report: Ocean Cycles, Not Humans, May Be Behind Most Observed Climate Change Watts Up With That?

An eminent atmospheric scientist says that natural cycles may be largely responsible for climate changes seen in recent decades.  In a new report published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation, Anastasios Tsonis, emeritus distinguished professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, describes new and cutting-edge research into natural climatic cycles, including the well known


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Email a copy of your cover letter and resume to CCANs Director of Maryland Volunteer Outreach, Liz Lee, at Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.



Were the largest and oldest grassroots group fighting for bold and just solutions to climate change in the Chesapeake region of Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland.

Weve put a stop to new coal plants in Virginia, expanded clean energy in Washington DC, and pressed the pause button on fracking in Maryland.

Not only was Maryland the first state to legislatively ban fracking, we overrode Governor Hogans veto thereby expanding Marylands requirement of electricity from renewable sources to 25 percent!  We have made great strides in clean energy in Maryland so, lets keep pushing forward with bold vision to attain a cleaner and more just state.

The campaign is called the Clean Energy Jobs Campaign and the primary components are below:

  •  Increasing Marylands RPS law for electricity to 50% renewable energy by 2030
  •  Investing in clean-energy workforce development while targeting economically distressed parts of the state and individuals who have historically experienced barriers to  employment
  • Making more funding available for investment capital and loans to help minorities and women grow within the clean energy economy
  • Phasing out incentives for the incineration of trash under Marylands current RPS law for renewable power

As we face Trumps rollbacks on climate change policies, we must continue to act on the state level.  You will be on the front lines of this state-wide campaign!



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Guest post: What will be in the next IPCC climate change assessment Carbon Brief

Dr Valrie Masson-Delmotte is a senior researcher at the Laboratoire des Science du Climat et de lenvironnement in France and co-chair of Working Group 1 of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

At a meeting in Montreal last week, the member countries of the United Nations reached an important decision about the next few years of the IPCC the scientific body that assesses climate change. All countries agreed on the outlines for the three main components of the next major report, due in 2021-22, which is the vital groundwork that will now guide the contributions of climate change researchers from all over the world.

My colleagues and I at Working Group 1 (WG1) the group that examines the physical science basis underpinning past, present and future climate change have taken a brand new approach that we think will make our work more accessible, holistic and in tune with policymakers needs.

Assessing evidence

Every five or six years, the IPCC performs an exhaustive assessment of the state of knowledge on all aspects of climate change, through a thorough analysis of the scientific literature.

These reports are the work of hundreds of volunteer scientists selected to be lead authors, coordinating lead authors and review editors as well as thousands of experts who review the drafts. The sixth report in the series is due in 2021 and 2022, and will be known as the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6).

Dr Valrie Masson-Delmotte at IPCC-46 and Working Group I, II, III Sessions in Montreal, Canada, 6 10 September 2017

My colleague Prof Panmao Zhai and I are the co-chairs of WG1, which deals with the...


Claim: Cost of not adapting to climate change would be at least five times higher Watts Up With That?

A study on damage to coastal considered only real estate loss. If nothing is done, researchers say, losses might be up to ten times higher if the predicament includes the spreading of flood- and global warming -related diseases. From FUNDAO DE AMPARO PESQUISA DO ESTADO DE SO PAULO Coastal cities deal with the constant


Typhoon "Doksuri" hits Vietnam with powerful winds and heavy rain The Watchers Latest articles

Typhoon "Doksuri" made landfall near Quong Dong, Ha Tinh province of northern Vietnam around 03:00 UTC on September 15, 2017 with maximum sustained winds of 148 km/h (92 mph) and gusts to 185 km/h (115 mph). This made Doksuri a Category 2 hurricane...... Read more


Something New: The OFF Act can Bury Fossil Fuels Frack Check WV

The OFF Act Is a Climate Game Changer

From an Article by Mark Schlosberg, Food & Water Watch, September 7, 2017

Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) introduced the Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act (OFF Act) last week. This visionary bill comes as the nation bears witness to the devastation being brought by the climate change-super charged storm Harvey to Texas and Louisiana and braces for Irmas impacts. Storms like this and other extreme weather events will become all the more frequent and intense unless bold action is taken.

Gabbards billthe strongest yet introduced in Congresswill put us on a path towards avoiding increased climate chaos: It will place a moratorium on new fossil fuel projects and move the country to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035, with a focus on a rapid transition in the next ten years. The bill is co-sponsored by Representatives Nanette Barragan (D-CA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Ted Lieu (D-CA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL).

This legislation could not be more needed. While the impacts of Harvey are readily apparent to all, it is not an isolated occurrence. Evidence continues to build of the severity and urgency of the climate crisis. And while Trump flew to Texas and talked about helping communities there, he and fossil fuel-funded members of Congress continue to put the planet on a collision course with climate chaos. They deny climate change and are suppressing our governments ability to address it; they are moving to increase drilling and fracking on public lands and off our coasts; they are promoting development of more pipelines; and they are exporting more oil and gas abroad while wrecking the environment here at home.

In this dysfunctional political environment, a broad movement has grown to resist Trumps foolish and dangerous agenda. Hundreds of thousands of people have marched in the streets in DC and across the country. Thousands more have called members of Congress, written letters, and gone to town halls and community meetings opposing this destructive agenda. This is heartening and powerful, but we must do more.

To win on climateto really move off of fossil fuels and transition our economy to 100 percent renewable energy on a time frame that will actually prevent even greater climate catastrophewe must continue to resist Trumps agenda, but we need to do more than that: We need to propel a bold agenda for a...


The Shackles of Dialectical Materialisms Social Transformation Head Space

The Marxist Archipelago No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as any manner of thy friends or of thine []


Hurricane Harvey and the impact of sea level changes Watts Up With That?

Guest essay by Philip Lloyd Hurricane Harvey broke the 12-year pause in Major tropical cyclones making landfall on the continental US. Inevitably, believers in Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming [CAGW] had a celebration. They had correctly predicted climatic disaster. It mattered not that there had been earlier, stronger storms. Harvey was clearly the result of humans


Jupiter's auroras present a powerful mystery The Watchers Latest articles

Scientists on NASA's Juno mission have observed massive amounts of energy swirling over Jupiter's polar regions that contribute to the giant planet's powerful auroras - only not in ways the researchers expected. Examining data collected by the...... Read more


Nicaraguan beef raised illegally in biological reserve mostly exported Conservation news

(This article is a collaboration between Mongabay-Latam and Onda Local, read the first article here) Indio Maz Biological Reserve, Nicaragua When I see my Chontaleos and Boaqueos (people from Boca de Sbalos and around the Chontaleo river) compatriots burning forests and planting grass, I ask them: what is the benefit if you have to burn four hectares of forest to raise only one cow that produces three liters of milk? Why dont you set aside part of those hectares for reforestation, without stopping being a cattle rancher? recalls Jaime Incer Barquero, presidential advisor on environmental matters. This anecdote reflects what it is happening with the Nicaraguan cattle ranching model: it grows at the expense of the forest instead of shifting to sustainable cattle ranching practices. It is uncommon in Nicaragua for a presidential advisor to recognize this type of problem. This model is seen in one of Central Americas most important reserves. It is a paradox that in the Indio Maz Biological Reserve, an area of forest is less valued than an area of deforested land. Here people ask you: how is your farm going? Is it already productive? referring to deforested areas, explains Sal Obregn, of the Rio Foundation. Cattle found in the core area of Indio Maz Biological Reserve. Photo by Rangers of the Rama-Kriol Territorial Government The logic of cattle ranching Buying land inside the Indio Maz Biological Reserve is cheap and profitable. This has facilitated the arrival of many people from Nueva Guinea, Boaco, El


Office Cat Loves Money So Much He's Stealing It From Strangers Thrillist

Nothing gets by Sir Whines-A-Lot. Well, certainly not any dollar bills.

Credit: Facebook/CASHnip Kitty

The lovable rescue kitty has been making quite a name for himself around the office of marketing firm GuRuStu, where he lives full time in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma. During the day, hes your typical feline employee, happy to offer a pleasant break for his colleagues, or hop atop their keyboard to send garbled emails on their behalf.

Its in the evening time, however, that Sir Whines-A-Lots real work begins.

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Upon returning to work one morning, GuRuStu founder Stuart McDaniel noticed some cash on the floor near the glass door where Sir Whines-A-Lot likes to sunbathe and people-watch.

How the money got there was a mystery one that only grew deeper.

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It kept happening, but we didnt know why. So we decided to test a theory, McDaniel told The Dodo. We tried sliding money through the gap in the door, and the cat hopped up and snatched it.

Turns out, Sir Whines-A-Lot had been procuring all that cash himself at night while he has the run of the place. And the money just continued adding up.

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McDaniel surmised that Sir Whines-...


Study: Now we have to worry about climatic existential threats Watts Up With That?

New climate risk classification created to account for potential existential threats Researchers identify a one-in-20 chance of temperature increase causing catastrophic damage or worse by 2050 From the UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO A new study evaluating models of future climate scenarios has led to the creation of the new risk categories catastrophic and


Mama Shelter Cat Gives Her Baby The Perfect Mohawk Thrillist

Punk's not dead a least, not if this mother cat has anything to do about it.

Credit: Exploits Valley SPCA Adoptables

Not long after being picked up as a stray in Newfoundland, Canada, the then-pregnant cat named Perm was placed under the care of the Exploits Valley SPCA. There, Perm gave birth to a single offspring an adorable kitten that got more than her fair share of affection from her doting mom. You might say that lone baby was receiving a litter's worth of love.

But it came at a price. Most notably to her 'do.

Credit: Exploits Valley SPCA Adoptables

Naturally, she earned the name Mohawk.

"As the kitten started to grow, we thought something was wrong. Her body was growing normally but her head was so tiny," Sarah MacLeod, the shelter's spokesperson, told The Dodo. "A vet trip confirmed: Her adorably diligent mother was cleaning her only kitten too well. All of Mohawk's fur and even whiskers were being licked right off!"

All that licking resulted in the kitten's rather rebellious appearance.

Credit: Exploits Valley SPCA Adoptables

Perm, despite her overzealousness at bath time, is a good mom and Mohawk is in otherwise good health. So, the shelter introduced her to a foster kitten, named Pigtail. He ended up with more of a fauxhawk look from all that cleaning.

Mohawk is still unmistakable.


Car Full Of Dogs Freaks Out When They Find Out Where They're Going Thrillist

A lot of dogs get very excited when they find out theyre going to the park (and then dont want to leave once theyre there) but when you have multiple very large dogs, that excitement happening all at once can get a little crazy. 

Every time one man takes his four huge dogs to the park, everything seems sort of calm and manageable at first

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until Dad says to the gang, Alright yall, where we going?

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and the dogs figure out EXACTLY where theyre going. 

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After that, they completely lose their cool

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and feed off of each others excitement to the point where their dad almost has to pull the car over to calm down his crazy dog family. 



Becoming a Neo-Luddite Paradise: The pain, the blame, and the Introduction of Cargo Cultism after Cataclysmic Disasters Head Space

Maslows Hierarchy of Needs Abraham Maslow (1954) attempted to synthesize a large body of research related to human motivation. Prior to Maslow, researchers generally focused separately on such factors as biology, achievement, or power to explain what energizes, directs, and sustains human behavior. Maslow posited a hierarchy of human needs based on two groupings: deficiency []


Woman Devotes Her Life To Saving Gibbons From The Pet Trade Thrillist

The moment Mariani Ramli held the baby gibbon in her arms, she knew shed do absolutely anything to protect him.

In 2012, rescuers found the baby gibbon, named Ellek, clinging to the body of his dead mom in an area of protected forest in Malaysia. While no one knows exactly what happened to his mom, Ramli believes poachers shot her with the aim of taking Ellek to sell as a pet. But something must have spooked the poachers, because theyd taken off without Ellek.

The mother gibbons body was cold when rescuers found her, which led them to believe shed been killed several days ago and Ellek had probably been holding on to his mom the entire time.

Credit: Mariani Ramli

Ramli, who previously worked as a wildlife ranger with the Department of Wildlife and National Parks in Peninsular Malaysia, offered to act as Elleks surrogate mother. Ellek was only about 6 or 7 months at the time, and he needed around-the-clock care similar to a human baby.

I promised him that I would help him, Ramli told The Dodo. I wanted to release him back into the jungle.

Credit: Mariani Ramli

Even though Ramli knew she could never replace Elleks real mother, she tried to teach him everything hed need to know to survive in the wild.

I taught him to climb, showed him how to find food, to eat young leaves and look for insects, Ramli said. Training time was always his favorite time.

A year later, Ellek contracted a dangerous bacterial infection. Ramli did everything she could to nurse Ellek back to health, but unfortunately, Ellek passed away a few weeks later.

Credit: Mariani Ramli

On his last day, I l...


Severe windstorm hits Germany, killing at least 3 The Watchers Latest articles

At least three people have been killed after a powerful windstorm swept across northern Germany on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. Named Windstorm "Sebastian" by the German weather service (DWD), this storm is known in the United Kingdom as Storm...... Read more

G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storm in progress The Watchers Latest articles

Our planet is under the influence of a positive polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) which is causing isolated periods of G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storming. Geomagnetic K-index of 5 (G1 - Minor) geomagnetic storm threshold was reached at 15:43 UTC. G2 -...... Read more

Active volcanoes in the world: September 6 - 12, 2017 The Watchers Latest articles

New activity/unrest was reported for 4 volcanoes between September 6 and 12, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 17 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Aoba, Vanuatu | Fernandina, Ecuador | Nevados de Chillan, Chile | Villarrica, Chile....... Read more

Rehabilitating wildlife in the aftermath of Harvey Conservation news

When the team at Bat World Sanctuary in Weatherford, Texas, a town about 30 miles west of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, heard about what was happening to bats as Hurricane Harvey battered Houston, they knew immediately that they had to help. Bat World Sanctuarys lead animal caretaker, Erika Quinzel, headed down to Houston with a boat in tow. Her first stop was the parking garage of a skyscraper close to downtown where hundreds of bats had taken refuge from the storm. Bats are small creatures, typically about the size of a hummingbird, and they simply couldnt fly in the strong winds generated by Hurricane Harvey. By the time Qinzel arrived, the bats were already starving and dehydrated even in a flood, animals can become dehydrated, because most animals wont drink flood water. Amanda Lollar, founder and president of Bat World Sanctuary, estimates that tens of thousands of bats lost their lives during the storm and subsequent flooding. Bats must first drop off of whatever theyre clinging to in order to take flight, but the waters rose so high that many were unable to leave their roosts under bridges. There were bridges that were entirely engulfed by flood waters, where whole colonies drowned. Some that tried to leave their roosts dropped into the water and didnt make it out. Many of the bats that did manage to fly out from their roosts still ended up in the water. Its the equivalent of a human in a tsunami, its inescapable, Lollar

Protest against hydropower plant in Sumatra ends with injuries Conservation news

Dozens of indigenous people gathered in a village in western Indonesia last month to protest against the development of a planned 510-megawatt hydroelectric dam that threatens to evict them from land they hold sacred. The protest, which took place Aug. 24 in Luat Lombang village of North Sumatras Sipirok subdistrict, turned sour as violence erupted between locals and people claiming to be land surveyors working for the projects developer, PT North Sumatra Hydro Energy (NSHE). In this image, provided by local activists, a demonstrator appears to be knocked over during a standoff between dozens of protestors and people identifying themselves as representatives of hydropower developer PT NSHE. Demand and supply With officials estimating that electricity demand will increase by 9 percent per year, Indonesia is in the midst of an intensive drive to increase its energy production. At the same time, the country has declared its intention to increase renewables to 23 percent of the national energy mix by 2025. Geothermal, hydropower, and biofuels are top investment priorities. The vast archipelagic country is estimated to contain up to 26 gigawatts of hydropower potential, according to the 2011 Masterplan Study for Hydropower Development in Indonesia. However, as of 2013, the country had less than 4,100 megawatts of installed hydropower capacity, according to the energy ministry. The hydropower plant in South Tapanuli district, which was announced in 2012, is said to be the largest on Sumatra island and is considered a priority project by the federal government. The development, which is scheduled


Greece: Electrical Transformer Destroyed by Fire Earth First! Newswire

from Anarchist News

We are confronting technology to the extent that it is a tool in the hand of the bosses and capitalism, taking away our capabilities practical or not. Their target is to establish any kind of technology as crucial for each one of us, to enslave each mind and body to one or the other technological means that at first sight makes our lives easier and more pleasant.

The real consequence on the other hand, is the destruction of social and human relations and of the earth and nature. All of this for the development of robust social control and making profits.

An inner part of the technological complex is telecommunications, which cause people many harmful symptoms.

Telecommunications are part of a totalitarian plan for control, where recording communications feed the data banks of states for domestic security reasons. The national and multinational corporations that have monopoly of these tools cooperate with the state, collecting data and actively take part in that repressive system.

Moreover, the telecomunications of today, within cutting-edge smartphones and web social networks, develop fake relationships away from what we consider the reality of social relationships, allowing us to communicate more when at the same time we meet each other less and less.

On the evening of the 3rd to 4th of May we got in and incinerated the box of the high voltage electronic transformer at the OTE building at Sykies. It is the same building in which the telecommunications antennas are stationed. In this way we tore a hole in the invisible network that is all around us.

Anarchist Cell Destruction of the Existent


Nineteen Virginians Arrested In Richmond to Protest Gov. McAuliffes Fracked-Gas Pipelines during Final Day of Peoples Pipeline Protest Statewide Chesapeake Climate Action Network

After devastating hurricanes, two days of prayer vigils and protests in Richmond, Roanoke, Harrisonburg, Woodbridge, Virginia Beach, Glen Allen and Abingdon culminated on Thursday September 14 with a peaceful sit-in in Richmond. The first-of-its-kind statewide protest connected extreme weather with fossil fuel policies. Protesters showed compassion for storm victims and growing opposition to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipeline in call for Virginia Governor to reject the pipelines.

RICHMOND, Virginia On September 14, hundreds citizens across Virginia gathered for the final day of the Peoples Pipeline Protest, two days of action at all seven of Governor Terry McAuliffes controversial Department of Environmental Quality offices. During the protest in Richmond, activists engaged in a peaceful sit-in at the Richmond DEQ office, effectively blocking the office entrance for over an hour, and resulting in 19 arrests.

Those arrested today included landowners, physicians and faith leaders opposed to the pipeline. Governor McAuliffe plans to make a final decision on water permits for the controversial pipelines this autumn. He has the full legal authority, under the Clean Water Act, to stop them based on the massive impact the pipelines would likely have on drinking water and rivers and wetlands across 1000 miles of their proposed pathways. Protesters today asked the Governor to deny the water permits sought by Dominion Energy and other energy companies. The sit-in arrestees were released by Richmond city police after receiving misdemeanor tresspassing charges.

The protests and vigils this week aimed to honor the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma while protesting the pro-fracking and pro-pipelines policies of Governor Terry McAuliffe that make climate change worse. Opponents of two controversial gas pipelines called the events the most ambitious and creative environmental protests ever organized in Virginias history.

Harrison Wallace, Virginia Policy Coordinator for CCAN Action Fund, said, Our human rights to clean air, clean water, and a livable climate are threatened by the dangerous Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines for fracked gas. Today, sat on the frontlines of the Richmond DEQ offer to amplify the pleas of frontline Virginians who are urging Governor McAuliffe to do the right thing.

Russell Chisholm, Vice-Coordinator of Preserve Giles County along the path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, and US Army Veteran of Desert Storm, said: Let DEQ Director David Paylors legacy be one of protecting Virginias water for generations, especially in vulnerable rural areas like Giles County where we rely on springs and wells. The thousands of people served by the Roanoke river depend on McAuliffe and the DEQ to protect their drinking water. Its time to reject these pipel...


Dicamba drift? This is on you, Monsanto. Pesticide Action Network

Like a wildfire burning out of control, the epidemic of dicamba drift blowing across 20 states this summer has already damaged over three million acres of soybean cropland. Learn more

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Equity for farmers of color in California Pesticide Action Network

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Canada: Indigenous People Occupy Illegal Fish Farms Earth First! Newswire

from subMedia

After 30 years of peaceful opposition, indigenous nations of western Canada have had enough and have begun occupations of illegal fish farms to disrupt their operations. A call has been made to occupy the offices of the ruling New Democratic Party (NDP) of British Columbia to help put an end to the harmful practice of fish farms, that endangers the local salmon populations.

To find out how you can help visit


People Rush To Save Baby Deer Caught In Hurricane Thrillist

Even though their houses were half-underwater after Hurricane Irma thrashed the whole state of Florida, some Orange Park residents managed to come together to save a very special little life. 

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Local resident Erica Simmons was surveying the damage to her neighborhood this week when she saw a neighbor, Lexi Mars, sitting on the ground with an animal she thought was a dog under a blanket. 

Lexi had been at her grandfather's house in Orange Park, trying to save his belongings from severe flooding. "My parents and I hurried over to his house to get as much off the ground as possible," Lexi told The Dodo. "While my parents were walking back to the car a neighbor called out to them about a baby deer in his yard."

Lexi noticed the animal seemed scared as she approached. "I gently started petting her to gain her trust," she said. "Once the deer seemed to be OK with me being next to her, I cuddled up to her to keep her warm."

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Even though the little deer was wrapped in a blanket, she was still shaking. It's no wonder, considering what the young deer had been through. Lexi was told that another neighbor, a young man named Austin, had seen exactly what had happened to the deer during the storm.

"He saw the deer hitting her head on the fence while trying to follow after her mom," Lexi said. "He went into the deep water and carried her out to dry land."

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Dog Kept In Basement For A Year Goes On Epic Adventures With Her New Dad Thrillist

Penni spent the first year and a half of her life locked in the basement of a drug house. She was abused verbally and physically every day, and by the time she was finally rescued, absolutely everything in the world scared her. Her rescuers were worried that she might have a hard time getting adopted because of all her issues until she met Blaine DeLuca. 

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DeLuca had been searching around at different rescues for a while, looking for a dog who would be his perfect match. When he first met Penni, the staffers at the rescue warned him that she was very timid, and might need some time to warm up to him. They had him sit down against a wall, and slowly brought her over to him but instead of being scared, Penni licked him, then turned around and plopped herself into his lap. In that moment, DeLuca knew Penni was his dog. 

After bringing her home, though, DeLuca realized that Pennis past had taken a toll on her, and the poor dog was terrified of everything, from people to places to inanimate objects. 

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You could see it in every inch of her demeanor, DeLuca told The Dodo. She was absolutely terrified of everything under the sun. It was awful. It was an uphill battle for quite a while. I couldn't even get her to walk. She would just sit in the corner with her head down. Six months, no eye contact; she was a full-blown disaster at that point." 

But DeLuca refused to give up. He did everything he could to try and get Penni used to the world. He had friends bring their dogs over, and even moved in with roommates who had dogs so that Penni could hopefully learn from them that the world wasnt actually as scary as shed been taught it was. 

At that point, the pair lived in New Jersey, where it was often cold and hard to spend time outside. They lived in a downtown city area, and the whole environment just wasnt very invi...


West Virginia DEP Withdraws Approval of Mountain Valley Pipeline Earth First! Newswire

from WDTV

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) West Virginia environmental regulators say they are rescinding approval for building the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would carry natural gas down the center of West Virginia for 195 miles.

In a letter Thursday, the Department of Environmental Protection says its vacating the water quality certification issued in March, which followed review of the projected impact on the states waters.

The pipeline would extend south from north-central West Virginia through 11 counties to the Virginia state line and 108 miles through six counties in that state.

In June, five citizen groups asked a federal appeals court to overturn the state approval.

DEP spokesman Jake Glance says during a review of that appeal, it was determined that the information used to issue that certification needs to be further evaluated and possibly enhanced.

(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


Natural Hazard Extreme Weather Event: Hurricane Irma Caribbean Aftermath Head Space

Hurricane Irma Turns Caribbean Islands Brown Hurricane Irma churned across the Atlantic Ocean in September 2017, battering several Caribbean islands before moving on to the Florida Keys and the U.S. mainland. As the clouds cleared over places like the Virgin Islands, the destruction became obvious even from space. These natural-color images, captured by the Operational []


For Leonard Peltiers Birthday: A Statement from Florida Indigenous Rights and Environmental Equality (FIREE) Earth First! Newswire

Artwork by Leonard Peltier


[Note: Amidst recovery from an unexpected triple bypass heart surgery and the largest hurricane threat seen in years, political prisoner Leonard Peltier turned 73 this week, on September 12, inside Coleman Federal Correctional Complex in Central Florida. FIREE released the following statement on his birthday and , September 15, the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons will hold a rally in downtown Gainesville, FL to honor him and call for his freedom after over four decades of torture and slavery inside the worlds largest prison system. Find out more about Peltier, including his address to send a birthday card, here.]



The Florida Indigenous Rights & Environmental Equality (FIREE), Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons, and other organizations this September celebrate the birthday of Anishinabeg and Lakota Akihito political prisoner Leonard Peltier.

Peltier remains a Prisoner of Americas longest war, its war on the Indigenous peoples of this great Turtle Island. Ostensibly Peltier was convicted on the killing of two Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents who invaded the sovereign Oglala Lakota Nation with a warrant they did not have to arrest someone they knew was not there.  Members of the American Indian Movement (AIM) who were at the Jumping Bull Tent City location on June 25, 1975 defended the women and children of the camp from the unkn...


Biological Health Hazard Religious migration and infectious pilgrimages Head Space

The Hajj: a threat to infectious disease prevention? See: Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) August 31, 2017 (Outbreak News Today) This week, millions of Muslims will make their pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, known as the Hajj. For observant Muslims, the Hajj is a religious duty and important act of faith. For public officials in Saudi Arabia and []


Wild Elephant Decides To Help Himself To Some Hay Thrillist

When a wild elephant in Thailand's Khao Yai National Park had a craving, he knew just how to satisfy it.  

This week, according to witnesses, the elephant emerged from the forest and obstructed the truck's path by just standing there. Then he went ahead and grabbed a bale from the top of the stack on the truck.

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''I don't know how the elephant knew the truck would be there carrying hay," Kanchit Srinappawan, the park's chief, observed. "He may have sensed it or saw them approaching in the distance ... The elephant came out from the trees and made the driver stop then grabbed the hay.''

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Srinappawan added that this is a rare occurrence in the area. But it isn't rare in many parts of Asia and Africa for elephants to come close to people because of habitat loss and fragmentation. Sometimes this close proximity can even cause deadly conflict. 

Luckily, in this case, drivers along the road let the elephant have his way.

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The elephant stood there for a moment with his bale of hay as the truck drove on. 

Then he flapped his ears and grabbed some of the hay, tossing his spoils onto his back as if in celebration.



Biological Health Hazards Emerged Pathogens: Infectious Diseases, Neisseriaceae (Kingella Infections) Head Space

Kingella organisms colonize the human respiratory tract. They cause skeletal infections, endocarditis, and bacteremia and, rarely, pneumonia, epiglottitis, meningitis, abscesses, and ocular infections. Kingella, which belong to the family Neisseriaceae, are short, nonmotile, gram-negative coccobacilli that occur in pairs or short chains. The organisms are slow-growing and fastidious. Kingella are recovered from the human respiratory []


What Does It Mean When Your Dogs Nose Is Dry? Thrillist

A dogs nose is a thing of wonder.
With approximately 220 million scent receptors, compared to our measly 5 million, a dog can use his snout to detect subtleties in odor completely lost on his owner. The wetness of dogs noses plays an important role in their miraculous sense of smell, so it makes perfect sense that pet owners may be concerned if they notice their pups snout looking a bit, well, dried out.
While a wet nose can be an indicator of a dogs well-being, judging your pets health is not as simple as whether their nose is wet or dry. So what does it mean if your dogs nose is dry? Should you be concerned? Not necessarily, explains Dr. Kate Earl, of DoveLewis Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital in Portland, Oregon.
Its very normal for your dog to have a dry nose, Earl tells The Dodo. It generally just means that your dog has not licked his nose in a while, which is usually the reason a dogs nose will be wet.

Dogs lick their noses for a variety of reasons, but the main purpose of the behavior is that it helps with the olfactory process how they smell.
A dogs nose secretes a layer of mucus that helps to trap tiny scent particles on the surface. According to Vetstreet, a dog will lick his nose so that these chemicals can then be analyzed by the olfactory glands on the roof of his mouth. A wet nose may help dogs pick up a scent more easily, but if their nostrils arent glistening, dont worry just yet.

What does a healthy dog nose look like?

While a dogs nose can sometimes be an indicator of an illness, its not as reliable as other symptoms, Earl explains. The temperature of a dogs nose fluctuates throughout the day. So, not all dogs will have a cold, wet nose, which many pet owners incorrectly think is the sign of a healthy dog.
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A popular notion suggests the world appears to dogs as outlines and shapes in shades of gray, or even that theyre color-blind, but in reality, what they see is far from monochrome.

The term color-blind when applied to dogs is not entirely incorrect, but rather a misrepresentation of what dogs can intuit about their surroundings. Dogs can certainly see color, just like their owners, and the way they perceive their surroundings suits them perfectly.

Similar to humans who have redgreen color blindness, defined as a difficulty distinguishing between red and green and the most common form of color vision deficiency found in humans, dogs are unable to differentiate between certain tones, explains veterinary ophthalmologist Dr. Laura Proietto, which is most likely where the misguided myth that dogs cant see colors started.

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I think we were all told growing up that dogs only saw in black and white, but really all that they can't see is the color green. They can appreciate blues and reds and how they overlap to make different colors just fine, Proietto adds.

So what about all that green grass they love to frolic through? Are our pets missing an important piece of sensory information concerning their environment?


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Thursday, 14 September


Climate & Faith Groups Announce Bold New Clean Energy Jobs Campaign in MD Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Faith, Community and Climate Leaders Announce Campaign To Double Wind and Solar Energy in Maryland

Baltimore, MD On Wednesday, September 13, at 10:00 a.m. at the Episcopal Diocesan Center, 4 East University Parkway in Baltimore City, Maryland faith, community and climate leaders will announce a new campaign to require that 50 percent of Marylands electricity come from renewable sources by 2030. The campaign will unveil a legislative proposal that calls for expanding and strengthening Marylands Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), which requires utilities to buy a certain percentage of renewable energy each year, from the current target of 25% by 2020. The campaign will also call for a substantial investment in training for good clean energy jobs with a livable wage and assistance for minority and women owned businesses working in this field.

Campaign leaders will lift up the more than 300 faith, community, labor, business, climate and environmental groups from across Maryland that have already endorsed this proposal. The Campaign also plans to have hundreds of additional groups endorse in the next few months and will call on Maryland groups to join by going to

In addition to being endorsed by the Ecumenical Leaders Group of Maryland and many Maryland faith groups, the Campaign is endorsed by the Maryland State Conference of NAACP Branches and is a priority campaign for the Maryland Climate Coalition, whose groups include the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, the Maryland League of Conservation Voters, Interfaith Power and Light (DC, MD, NoVA), SEIU 1199, and the Maryland Environmental Health Network.

Quotes from Maryland Leaders:

We call on the Maryland General Assembly to double our goals for renewable energy during the 2018 Session so we can save lives and transition our energy sector away from harmful fossil fuels and toward a clean energy economy, said Public Health Advocate Vincent DeMarco, who recently formed a new nonprofit, the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Initiative, Inc., whose goal is to elevate climate issues in the electoral process. There is no time to waste, so our organization will put all we have into making renewable energy and clean energy jobs one of the top issues in the 2018 state elections.

As the federal government moves backwards on climate, Maryland is moving forward, said Karla Raettig, Executive Director of Maryland League of Conservation Voters. We believe that committing to a 50% RPS is a reachable and meaningful steppin...

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