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Thursday, 12 April


Significant eruption at Ambae volcano, more sulfur released than in any eruption over the past 3 years The Watchers Latest articles

Ambae volcano remains at the Alert Level 3 with sustained volcanic ashes/gases and villages from east to southeast of Ambae island can continue expecting ash fall and gases. Acid rain may occur during rainfall, Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department (VMGD)...... Read more

Severe storms hit Saudi Arabia again less than a week after hailstorm killed hundreds of animals The Watchers Latest articles

Less than a week after a powerful hailstorm killed hundreds of sheep and lambs in the middle of the Saudi Arabian desert, severe storms are again affecting the country. The city of Mecca and neighboring regions were hit hard by torrential rain today. Rainwater...... Read more

From galaxies far, far away to endangered species just over the hill Conservation news

An unlikely group of experts have teamed up to apply software developed to find distant stars to help solve problems in conservation ecology. The astro-ecology project at Liverpool Johns Moores University  (LJMU) uses machine-learning algorithms to train the software, normally used to detect distant galaxies, to recognize wild animals in thermal-infrared imagery taken by a camera attached to an unmanned aerial system (UAS, a.k.a. drone). Project leader Claire Burke, an astrophysicist at LJMU, and her colleague, Maisie Rashman, presented the project at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science last week in Liverpool, U.K. A need for automation How did a group of astrophysicists take on a down-to-earth wildlife and human detection challenge? Team member Serge Wich, professor of ecology at LJMU, has studied wildlife through drone imagery for several years. He and other researchers have begun putting thermal cameras on small drones to find animals and people in the dark. Studying nocturnal animals and finding wildlife poachers, who typically hunt at night, requires special thermal-infrared cameras. These sensors detect heat, not light, so they see living organisms, such as birds, rhinos, or people, against a background of cooler vegetation, soil, or water. A small project drone carrying a thermal-infrared camera ready to fly over the Karoo desert region of South Africa to search for large and endangered mammals. Photo credit: Claire Burke Drones offer an aerial view of a landscape and, despite their short flight duration, provide access to dangerous or remote areas. They are also relatively inexpensive to

Wildlife trade detective Samuel Wasser receives prestigious Albert Schweitzer Medal Conservation news

From dogs to poop, Samuel K. Wasser has used it all to monitor wildlife and track down poachers. A conservation biologist at the University of Washington, U.S., Wasser has pioneered methods that use DNA from elephant dung to identify poaching hotspots and pinpoint where seized ivory originates from work thats been instrumental in prosecuting some of Africas biggest ivory poachers. He has also spearheaded the use of detection dogs to sniff out the feces of wild animals over large landscapes. This innovative strategy has helped researchers monitor the health of threatened species without needing to actually spot any individuals in the wild. In recognition of his achievements, the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) has awarded Wasser with the Albert Schweitzer Medal. The medal, instituted in 1951 in honor of the philosopher and theologian Albert Schweitzer who would go on to win the Nobel Peace Prize a year later, recognizes outstanding achievement in the advancement of animal welfare. Past recipients of the medal include British primatologist Jane Goodall and American biologist Rachel Carson. U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington presented the award to Wasser in a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on April 10. Dr. Wassers groundbreaking work has paved the way for remarkable strides in the fight against wildlife trafficking, especially ivory trade, Cathy Liss, the AWI president, said in a statement. The Animal Welfare Institute feels privileged to have this opportunity to acknowledge his accomplishments with the Albert Schweitzer Medal. Samuel Wasser examining seized ivory. Photo by Kate Brooks. Mongabay caught up

Indonesian billionaire using shadow companies to clear forest for palm oil, report alleges Conservation news

The owner of Indonesias largest conglomerate has been accused of participating in the illegal deforestation of Borneos Ketungau peat swamp to make way for oil palm plantations. The Salim Group, owned by tycoon Anthoni Salim, Indonesias fourth-richest man according to Forbes, is reportedly linked either by ownership or association with the two companies that cleared nearly 10,000 hectares of the protected rainforest. The Salim Group notably includes Indofood, a joint-venture partner with major brands such as PepsiCo and Nestle, as well as First Pacific, the joint owner of Goodman Fielder, a leading food producer in the Asia-Pacific region. In a new report released today, Aidenvironment, a sustainability consultancy, said that the Salim Groups continuing reliance on shadow companies to sidestep legal oversight also raised questions over the complicity of major banks, such as Citibank, Mizuho, Standard Chartered, BNP Paribas and Rabobank, that finance the Salim Group. This report provides clear evidence of shady business dealings and inaction at the highest levels of business, all while tropical rainforests continue to fall for Conflict Palm Oil, said Gemma Tillack, forest policy director of Rainforest Action Network (RAN), which commissioned the research along with Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN) and SumOfUs. The report, titled Palm oil sustainability assessment of Salim-related companies in Borneo peat forests, also alleged that The Salim Group was made aware of the deforestation carried out by PT Duta Rendra Mulya majority owned by Anthoni Salim and PT Sawit Khatulistiwa Lestari linked with the tycoon through business associates

Activists fear for environmental protection under Indonesias revised Criminal Code Conservation news

JAKARTA A highly contentious set of revisions to Indonesias Criminal Code threatens to undermine the fight against environmental offenders and polluters, activists warn. Deliberations on the new draft are in the final stage in parliament, in what proponents are calling a much-needed overhaul and reform of a penal code inherited from Dutch colonial rule more than 70 years ago. Already the bill has drawn intense criticism for new provisions that, if passed as expected in April, would criminalize consensual non-marital sex, outlaw the promotion of contraceptives, and make it illegal to insult the president or religious leaders, among other points. But overshadowed by the furor over the looming rollback of personal freedoms and human rights are provisions that appear to weaken existing enforcement articles under the 2009 Environmental Protection Law. When we studied the draft, we found out that itll heavily affect existing environmental law enforcement and there are going to be many things that cant be enforced, said Reynaldo Sembiring, a researcher with the Indonesian Center for Environmental Law (ICEL). While the current law still has some weaknesses, those weaknesses will be amplified further in the new Criminal Code. These include making it more difficult to prove an environmental crime has taken place, watering down sentences for environmental violations, and a persistent failure to apportion accountability for these crimes. The fire from the oil spill in Balikpapan Bay, East Kalimantan province. Photo courtesy of the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) Balikpapan. Burden of proof Under the revised

Philippines Duterte suggests open-pit mining ban will stay in place Conservation news

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte continued his tough talk on mining this week, suggesting a ban on new open-pit metal mines will not be lifted anytime soon. Maybe next year, maybe, I will ban open-pit mining. Sleep on it, he told reporters in the Southeast Asian country on Apr. 9. The ban on new open-pit mines for gold, silver, copper and nickel has been in place since April 2017. It was first announced by then environment and natural resources secretary Regina Lopez, who was previously a well-known environmental activist. In justifying the policy, she cited the need to protect biodiversity, evidence of injuries to communities and water supplies, and violations of environmental law by the mining industry. The following month, however, Lopez was ousted from her position by a House-Senate committee charged with rejecting or confirming political appointments. The committee included politicians with ties to the mining sector. Her replacement, a former military chief named Roy Cimatu, supports lifting the ban, as does the inter-agency Mining Industry Coordinating Council, which asked the government to remove it last September. Duterte also ordered mining firms to undertake reforestation projects. I want trees as tall as me in six months, he said this week. If there is none, consider your permit revoked. Do not wait for the day of your sorrow. These would not be the first permit revocations by Dutertes administration  during her tenure, Lopez shut down or suspended 26 mines that failed to pass environmental audits, and cancelled approval of 75 proposed mines. Its not clear in the


Atlantic conveyor belt has slowed by 15% since mid-20th century Carbon Brief

The Atlantic Ocean current that brings warm water up to Europe from the tropics has weakened by 15% since the middle of the last century, new research suggests.

Two studies, published in the journal Nature, use different approaches to show that the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) is in a weaker state now than it has been for decades and possibly even centuries.

The two studies differ on when and how they think the weakening was triggered. While one suggests it began in the mid-20th century as a response to human-caused climate change, the second proposes that it began a hundred years earlier following a natural shift in regional climate.

Despite the debate on when the weakening started, the studies agree that there has been a continued decline in AMOC over the 20th century that may be attributed to recent global warming and melting of the Greenland ice sheet, one author tells Carbon Brief.


The Atlantic Ocean plays host to a perpetual conveyor belt that transports heat from the equator up to the North Atlantic.

The graphic below shows the two main features of the AMOC: the first is the flow of warm, salty water in the upper layers of the ocean northwards from the Gulf of Mexico (red line). This is also known as the Gulf Stream. The second is the cooling and freshening of water in the high latitudes of the Atlantic, which then sinks and returns southwards towards the equator at much deeper depths (blue line).

The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation. Source: Praetorius (2018)

The AMOC forms part of a wider network of global ocean circulations patterns that transports heat all around the world.

The warm water that the AMOC carries northwards releases heat into the atmosphere, which means it plays a crucial role in keeping Western Europe warm. Without it, for example, winters in the UK would be around 5C colder. Any changes to the AMOC could have serious implications for Europes weather and a knock-on effect on global climate.

One o...


Indigenous Peoples Take Bold Action on Pipelines, Tar Sands Global Justice Ecology Project

Edmonton, AB Kinder Morgan recently announced halting non-essential work on the Trans Mountain pipeline prompting Premier Notleys response that Alberta is prepared to do whatever it takes including buying shares in the pipeline. Prime Minister Trudeau has now taken a bold... Read More

The post Indigenous Peoples Take Bold Action on Pipelines, Tar Sands appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.

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Wednesday, 11 April


Environment groups to campaign together for nature legislation What's new

Environment groups to campaign together for nature legislation

Catherine Early 11th April 2018
Teaser Media


Is Trans Mountain Construction Continuing, Despite What Kinder Morgan Said? Earth First! Newswire

by Dylan Waisman / The National Observer

Only a day after Kinder Morgan announced it would suspend all non-essential spending on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, heavy machinery was at work digging at the site.

Nobody knows yet what this means for the pipeline, and Kinder Morgan has not responded to National Observers request for a comment. It hasnt been confirmed that the company doing the digging is Kinder Morgan. Yet it has some worried.

Obviously, we see theyre still constructing, said Will George, an Indigenous protester who expresses opposition to the pipeline. They said they were suspending construction. But theres a lot of construction near the watch house and heavy machinery going around.

As noted by Kinder Morgans chairman and chief executive officer Steve Kean in a talk with investors this morning, theres a lot of uncertainty around the project today.

We are at a point where our spending would need to increase significantly, in order to get full construction activity, he said.

The need for certainty becomes acute at this stage. Full construction would reach $200-$300 million a month. That level is unsupportable unless we are confident that we can finish what we start.

As for George, hes certain he will continue his opposition. Were just going to continue to push forward and make sure were stopping them, he said.


Lamb Liberated Earth First! Newswire

from Bite Back

A lamb destined to slaughter will now live a life of freedom and away from exploitation.

We are no longer prepared to sit back and allow injustice to happen. With this action we are calling for an unstoppable wave of direct action against any form of oppression.

Slash tyres, smash Windows, glue locks, rescue animals, make a nice fire! It is time to take direct action back to the forefront of the animal liberation movement. It is time to show that we are strong, we are ready and we will fight to end animal abuse.

It is your time to act.

Animal liberation front.


Unprecedented 200 000 homes without power as storm hits Auckland, New Zealand The Watchers Latest articles

A powerful storm that hit Auckland, New Zealand on April 10, 2018 left widespread damage and an 'unprecedented' 200 000 properties without electricity. In addition, cell phone network was severely damaged, leaving many citizens without service. Another front...... Read more

Deadly landslide hits Nakatsu City, Oita Prefecture, Japan The Watchers Latest articles

A massive landslide hit the mountainous area of Nakatsu City in Kyushu's Oita Prefecture, Japan on April 11, 2018, leaving at least 1 person dead and 5 missing. There was no significant rain in this region over the past 24 hours, leaving the cause of disaster...... Read more


Wastewater Injection Linked to Earthquakes in Oklahoma, etc. Frack Check WV

Sandstone bricks off Pawnee Co. Bank (9/2/16)

Oklahoma orders cut in water injection after earthquakes

From Oklahoma City, Associated Press, April 7, 2018

Sandstone bricks from the historic Pawnee County Bank litter the sidewalk after an early morning earthquake in Pawnee, Oka., on Sept. 3, 2016.

COVINGTON, Okla. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has directed a wastewater disposal well to reduce its volume of injection after more than a dozen earthquakes rattled part of northwest Oklahoma since Friday, April 6, 2018.

The U.S. Geological Survey recorded three quakes Monday, including one near Covington now rated magnitude 4.5 after a preliminary rating of 4.3. Magnitude 3.3 and 2.8 quakes were also recorded Monday in the area about 55 miles north of Oklahoma City.

Garfield County Emergency Management Director Mike Honigsberg says there are no reports of injury or severe damage. Damage typically begins with magnitude 4.0 or stronger earthquakes, but Honigsberg notes that the area is very rural.

Many of the thousands of earthquakes in Oklahoma in recent years have been linked to wastewater injection by oil and natural gas producers.


Parts of Oklahoma now have the same earthquake risk as California and a new study found a scarily direct link to fracking

From an Article by Erin Brodwin, Business Insider, February 2, 2018

Oklahoma is being pummeled by earthquakes, a phenomenon scientists have strongly tied to wastewater injection and the practice of fracking.

A new study highlights just how strong that connection is. According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake threat level in some parts of the state may now be approaching the level for some parts of California.

Over the course of a few days in August, Oklahoma was pummeled by seven earthquakes. The wave started on a Tuesday night, when five quakes struck the central part of the state in less than 28 hours. The shaking continued extended into the early hours of Thursday as two more hit.

Although none of those quakes was severe enough to cause significant damage, scientists are increasingly concerned about their cause. Rather than emanating from natural tectonic shifts deep...


Interview with Sir David King: Putting forward the climate restoration agenda What's new

Interview with Sir David King: Putting forward the climate restoration agenda

Nick Breeze 11th April 2018
Teaser Media


What is wrong with a system of laissez-faire economics? What's new

What is wrong with a system of laissez-faire economics?

brendan 11th April 2018
Teaser Media


Raising awareness on World Parkinsons Day CHANGING TIMES

Today is World Parkinsons Day and Changing Times is bringing you a detailed guest post from registered nurse and health writer Rebecca Evans along with information about alternative methods of healing.

Original text by Rebecca Evans, edited by Annette Gartland.

Imagine not being able to tie your shoes or to write a check legibly because tremors cause your hands to shake so badly you cant control them. Or, not being able to get out of a chair because your body wont move. Or not being able to lift your foot.

These are just a few of the symptoms that more than one million people in the United State...


People Couldn't Believe What They Found Inside This Whale's Body Thrillist

The body of a dead sperm whale that washed up on a resort town's shore reveals a sad truth about animals who live in the oceans. 

An autopsy at a local wildlife rescue center in Cabo de Palos, Spain, revealed that 64 pounds of trash including plastic bags, fishing nets and ropes had become lodged inside the whale's digestive tract, ultimately killing the animal. 

This is far from the first time marine animals have suffered the fatal consequences of garbage produced and discarded by human beings. In 2016, a pod of 13 sperm whales was wiped out from ingesting trash.

Recent footage shot underwater shows just how polluted certain parts of the oceans really are. ...


Dog Finally Catches His Tail And Has No Idea What To Do Next Thrillist

World, meet Levi an adorably determined dog who, after years of trying and failing, finally fulfilled a deep desire that can elude some pups for a lifetime.

But success seems to have filled him with feelings he wasn't quite expecting.

Credit: Tyson Lee Jones

Like many dogs born with a vigilant spirit, Levi was quick to notice that he was always being followed. Indeed, wherever he went, there was something constantly on his trail wiggling, wagging, taunting, tempting but alas, always out of reach.

That is, of course, his tail.

Levi had made a habit of trying to capture that rogue appendage, but to no avail. Whenever he'd move in to pounce, it would invariably dart away at that exact moment, as if the tail had been tipped off to his plan. All those failed attempts didn't keep little Levi from trying though.

And then, one fateful day, his persistence paid off. He finally caught his tail.

Credit: Tyson Lee Jones

Levi's owner, Tyson Lee Jones, was there to witness his dog's long-sought success.

"He was so proud. He held this pose for probably close to a minute," Jones told The Dodo. "He held it for so long, just staring at me. 'Look at me Dad!'"

It was probably Levi's greatest accomplishment to date, so he had good reason to be proud. But then a weird existential sort of feeling seemed to overtake him as he sat clutching his furry prize. Like, had he hit his peak too early? Was it all downhill from here?

Levi's eyes say it all.

Credit: Tyson Lee Jones

For as long as he'd been working toward this moment, it seemed now there was only one thing left for Levi to do to retain his sanity; magnanimously, he set his tail free.&nb...


Woman Rescues A Special Needs Dog Then Another Thrillist

Ten years ago, Paula Peek drove from her home in Waverly, Alabama, to a shelter in Georgia to pick up a litter of newborn puppies. She was going to deliver the puppies to a friend, who planned to bottle-feed them. But when Peek wandered into the back of the shelter to get the puppies, she spotted Weeble. The staff had him on an exam table, and they were getting ready to euthanize him.

They had the injection [needle] out, and I was like, Stop! You cant do that in front of me, Peek told The Dodo. And I was like, Whats wrong with him? And they said, Hes been here for 10 days. All of his other siblings got adopted. And he cant walk.

Credit: Paula Peek

It turned out that Weeble had spina bifida, a condition in which the spinal cord doesnt fully develop. This is probably why adopters had overlooked him. Peek, on the other hand, decided to take him home.

Credit: Paula Peek

I said, I will not have these puppies if I cant have that dog, Peek said. So they gave me Weeble and after about a month of playing and healthy food and a little bit of therapy, Weeble can now walk and run. Weeble can now jump on and off the bed. He is just a wonderful, happy and healthy dog.

Credit: Paula Peek

Peek has always had a soft spot for dogs who need help. For about eight years before she met Weeble, she fostered...


Puppy Trapped In Gutter Wouldn't Stop Crying Until Someone Helped Him Thrillist

When Felix hurt his legs while living on the streets of India, he ended up stuck in a sewage gutter, in so much pain that he couldnt move. All he could do was cry as loudly as he possibly could. He was desperately trying to find someone to come and help him, and, thankfully, the right people heard his cries. 

Credit: Animal Aid Unlimited

Animal Aid Unlimited found out about Felix and immediately rushed out to help. As rescuers approached the spot where he was, they could already hear his pained cries, and they knew that something must be terribly wrong with the poor pup for him to be crying so much. 

Credit: Animal Aid Unlimited

Rescuers knew they had to act quickly to get Felix the help he so desperately needed  

Credit: Animal Aid Unlimited

so they threw a blanket over him and scooped him up, eager to get him back to their hospital to figure out exactly why he was so upset.



Cats Get Automatic Feeder And Decide To Bring It Gifts Thrillist

It was almost two years ago when Cee Webster, who was having a bit of a bad day, decided to go pay some attention to the animals at the Pixie Project in Portland, Oregon.

That's where Webster first met two 8-week-old kittens brothers who were inseparable

Credit: Cee Webster

"Im allergic to cats, and definitely shouldnt have cats," Webster told The Dodo. Webster didn't expect that the visit would go beyond a quick if sniffly snuggle session.

"Tucker was this tiny little nugget and he started kneading on my face and purring," Webster said.

Then Webster went about the day but kept thinking about Tucker and Finley. "I just felt like those cats are special," Webster said. "I was like, 'I just have to go get them.'"

Credit: Cee Webster

Obviously, Webster couldn't imagine separating them. So that's how a person with a cat allergy ended up with two cats. "The mental health benefits outweigh having terrible allergies," Webster said. 

Credit: Cee Webster

Ever since Tucker and Finley were adopted, they've basically had it made. They are smothered with attention and their human is totally in love with them. 

"These guys are best friends," Webster said. "They sleep together and groom each other."...


Most detailed map of Earth's magnetic lithosphere The Watchers Latest articles

European Space Agency's used data provided by their trio of Swarm satellite and combined it with historical data from the German CHAMP satellite and observations from ships and aircraft to produce the most detailed map of the Earth's lithosphere. The map is...... Read more

Multiple tornadoes spotted in Fort Lauderdale, Florida The Watchers Latest articles

Severe storms dumped heavy rain and produced multiple tornadoes in Florida's Broward County on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Weather officials said at least two tornadoes were spotted in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday. The first touched down just north of Las Olas...... Read more


Police Hire Fluffiest Rescue Pup For The Very Best Reason Thrillist

Police have long been known as the fuzz but one department in Minnesota has taken it quite literally.

Late last year, Officer Kathryn Smith of the St. Paul Police Department was called out to a local farm because a stray mother dog and her puppies had been hanging around the property for a few days. She went out to the scene to bring them to safety, and ended up adopting one of the puppies, later named Fuzz, in the process.

But at the department office, the 5-month-old pup is now best known as Sgt. Fuzz.

Credit: St. Paul Police Department

Our chief brings his dog, Stella, in on Fridays, so we thought itd be nice to have the puppy come in here and there, too, John Lozoya, senior commander of community engagement for the department, told The Dodo. He was an instant hit with everyone.

Credit: St. Paul Police Department

Since they often deal with high-stress situations on the job, the officers and staff members found that visits from 5-month-old Fuzz gave them a small break to focus on something happy.

Credit: St. Paul Police Department

The department decided to hire Fuzz as its cuddle officer, working part-time at about 10 hours per week while his mom is there. He spends his days greeting staff members, playing ball and, of course, cuddling.

Hes very playful but also loves to be cuddled, Lozoya said. His personality is very welcoming. Hell lay down and let anyone pet him right away. Hes a very mellow puppy.  ...


Beloved Wild Elephant Was Just Shot Dead By A Hunter Thrillist

A beloved elephant with beautiful tusks was shot dead by a trophy hunter in Zimbabwe late last month and people everywhere are mourning the loss. 

Called a "big tusker" because of his long tusks that practically reached the ground, the bull elephant was being studied by researchers who had fitted him with a radio collar. But that didn't save his life. And there could be as few as 25 big tuskers left on the planet.

There is no law that protects a collared animal from being hunted in Zimbabwe," the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS), which was studying the animal, wrote in a statement about the animal's death. "But there is general acceptance that the ethical position is that a hunter will avoid shooting an animal with a collar."

Because of the ivory trade and habitat loss, elephants are dying far faster than they are being born if nothing changes, they could go extinct in our lifetime. The death of a big tusker removes strong genetic strands from the gene pool, further threatening elephants. 

"In trophy hunts, the elephants sought out are large males with big tusks as these make for the more impressive kill," a spokesperson from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT), an organization that helps elephants by raising calves orphaned by poachers, told The Dodo. "However, these older males are in fact the primary breeders and their size and age is in itself an indicator of their genetic health. Taking out these males removes this strong gene...


Lonely Puppies Cuddle Together In Middle Of Highway Thrillist

The puppies had been dumped alone on the streets and left to fend for themselves. They had no shelter and no source of food or water. But they did have one key thing  each other.

Last month, Crystal Carson, cofounder of Rescuers Without Borders, a U.S.-based organization that helps rescue dogs in Turkey, saw photos of the five puppies nestled together on a median strip in Iskilip, Turkey. She learned that the puppies had been outside for weeks. Sometimes people gave them bread, but no one had ever tried to rescue them.

Credit: Rescuers Without Borders

The temperatures were pretty cold by the time that they appeared in that town, so that made things a lot worse on them, Carson told The Dodo. They huddled together to stay warm and probably to feel safe. They also hid under slabs of concrete and huddled up on construction material.

Credit: Rescuers Without Borders

Rescuers Without Borders uses most of its resources to save dogs from a landfill in Corum, Turkey, thats home to hundreds of dogs, and the group was nearing its rescue capacity at the time. But Carson and the other volunteers couldnt turn away from the puppies, and they were determined to help them.

Credit: Rescuers Without Borders

Without intervention, they surely would have died all alone on the streets, Carson said. So we made an exception for this bunch....


Deadly floods, landslides hit West Java, Indonesia The Watchers Latest articles

At least 1 person was killed and 1 781 people affected by floods and landslides on April 7, 2018, in Bogor, Indonesia's West Java Province. Heavy rainfall caused landslides and caused the Cisarua river to overflow in Sukamakmur district. At least three...... Read more


FIRE-EARTH Conference: Nightmare Bacteria (2) Fire Earth

CJ IGE OCT TML TWM FIRE-EARTH Medical Conference (041002) Group A streptococcus (Streptococcus pyogenes), Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Vibrio vulnificus, Clostridium perfringens, Bacteroides fragilis [Genetic Legacy of Interbreeding with Neanderthals] Background summary: Germs with unusual antibiotic resistance are widespread. At least 2 million Americans become infected with germs resistant to antibiotics each year and more than []


New remote-sensing technique used to determine carbon losses in Sub-Saharan Africa Conservation news

Research published yesterday in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution finds that pressures from human activities and climate change caused the African continent to lose as much as 2.6 billion metric tons of carbon between 2010 and 2016. The study not only shows that there was an overall net carbon loss across sub-Saharan Africa, but also that substantial losses occurred in drylands savannahs and woodlands that fall outside of humid zones which lost approximately 5 percent of their total carbon stocks each year. When most people think of how changes in above-ground biomass affect terrestrial carbon storage, they probably think first of tropical deforestation. But, in addition to ongoing deforestation, Africa is experiencing one of the driest periods recorded in the past few decades. In order to quantify how all of these factors have impacted annual changes in above-ground biomass-carbon in sub-Saharan Africa, an international team of scientists used a new remote sensing technique based on a satellite system that employs low-frequency, passive microwave signals as opposed to the more common high-resolution photography. According to lead author Martin Brandt of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, data from remote sensing techniques using optical imagery or high-frequency microwave signals are restricted to the upper canopy layer, which is especially problematic in areas where vegetation is dense. The new technique Brand and team developed, however, gave them the ability to look deeper into the vegetation canopy layer with less interference from green, non-woody plants. We find that with the new

Animal trainers are teaching wildlife to conserve themselves Conservation news

Ken Ramirez honed his animal training skills working for many years with dolphins. Photo courtesy of Ken Ramirez Mention animal training and most of us imagine teaching a dog to sit up for a treat not something with an obvious conservation connection. But in fact, modern scientifically based wildlife training traces its origins not to canines, but to dolphins, aquatic mammals with whom trainers had to devise teaching methods neither involving force nor requiring direct contact. Today, the techniques first practiced with dolphins many decades ago are used with a surprising number of wild species, ranging from chimpanzees (not so surprising), to butterflies (quite surprising!). Notably, conservationists are finding that the skills of animal trainers can be effective in protecting animals, even in their natural habitats. The concept of training wild animals in their native environments seems strange to most of us, agrees Ken Ramirez, likely because we have the wrong idea about it. Theres a big misperception about what training is, he says. The simple definition of training is teaching, and teaching is not an unnatural thing. Wild animals teach their offspring how to find food, how to avoid predators; they are learning all the time via their interactions with their environment. The only thing a professional trainer does is we help guide that learning. Animal trainer Ramirez with an otter pup. Photo courtesy of Ken Ramirez Zoo learning Ramirez speaks from 40 years experience, including more than 25 years at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. He literally


Evictions Have Begun to Dismantle Collective; Zone A Dfendre Calls for Mobilization Global Justice Ecology Project

Photo via In January, after 50 years of mobilizations in one of Frances longest environmental campaigns, the proposed Notre-Dame des Landes airport in Western France was cancelled. This huge success was built by and from the ZAD ... Read More

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West Virginia Locals Organize and Shut Down Pipeline Logging Crew Earth First! Newswire

by Farmlands Fighting Pipelines / Its Going Down

In West Virginia on April 9th, construction crews attempted to clear trees on Bent Mountain. In response, locals organized themselves and stood the clearing crew down. The following report comes from Farmlands Fighting Pipelines, and shows how the slogan #TheFireIsSpreading is fast becoming a reality.

Earlier today, a peoples patrol unit was organized in Bent Mountain in order to monitor MVPs activity. We split up to cover our ground, and kept eyes on the places where we predicted construction crews would enter from. Around 8am, a caravan of Northern Clearing employees was spotted and followed. When asked by a local, the clearing crew refused to provide documentation of a Notice to Proceed for the section they were preparing to cut and told us to wait for someone named Steve who would deliver the documentation. Turns out, Steve is a Global Security mercenary of the company and had no knowledge of the legality of MVPs plans. Cmon Steve.

Steve and his partner, Jennifer, lied to us saying that all the the trees that were pertinent to the tree clearing deadlinewhich passed on March 31sthad already been cut. He told the crew to proceed to do their job. The peoples patrol unit tailed them to ensure that the illegal tree clearing would be monitored. We found this tactic to be surprisingly effective. While we were present, the crew was instructed to not fell any trees. We imagine they wanted to prevent any documentation of their activity. In fact, they chose a location that was far from the road and not visible to the public.

And while we were monitoring, we were able to speak to a rep from FERC who confirmed that absolutely no tree clearing wa...


Severe thunderstorm, snow and tornadoes wreak havoc across New Zealand The Watchers Latest articles

A complex low crossed New Zealand on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, bringing heavy rain, strong winds and destructive tornadoes, tens of thousands of lightning strikes and low-elevation snow. At least 30 000 homes were left without electricity. This was the season's...... Read more

Six staff killed in deadliest attack at Congos Virunga National Park Conservation news

Suspected members of an armed militia ambushed and killed five rangers and a driver in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday, park authorities said, in the deadliest attack yet at what is already one of the most dangerous conservation sites in the world. A sixth ranger was wounded but survived the attack, park authorities said in a press release. Established in 1925, Virunga is Africas oldest national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is best-known for hosting the critically endangered mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei). But it has also been beset by the long-running conflict in the eastern DRC, with armed rebels, militias and poachers encroaching deep into the park. The latest ambush was the deadliest yet in a long list of attacks that have claimed the lives of 175 park rangers to date, the authorities said. We are profoundly saddened by the loss of our colleagues yesterday, chief warden and park director Emmanuel de Merode said in the statement. Virunga has lost some extraordinarily brave rangers who were deeply committed to working in service of their communities. It is unacceptable that Virungas rangers continue to pay the highest price in defense of our common heritage and we are devastated that their lives have been cut short in this way. Those killed in the ambush were named as rangers Jean de Dieu Byamungu, 25; Barthelemie Kakule Mulewa, 28; Thodore Kasereka Prince, 25; Livin Mumbere Kasumba, 28, and Kananwa Sibomana, 22; and park staff driver Ila Muranda, 30. We


Marine heatwaves have become 34% more likely over past century Carbon Brief

Marine heatwaves are now lasting longer and occuring more frequently across the world than in the early 20th century, a new study finds.

The research, published in Nature Communications, compiles a global record of marine heatwaves going back as far as 1925 for the first time.

The new dataset shows that marine heatwaves have become 34% more likely and 17% longer between the early 20th century and the early 21st century.

As global temperatures rise further, we can expect a continued global increase in marine heatwaves in future, with important implications for marine biodiversity, the lead author tells Carbon Brief.

Scorching seas

As with a heatwave on land, a marine heatwave is an extended period of unusually high temperatures. But while terrestrial heatwaves regularly make headlines around the world, their oceanic equivalents receive relatively little attention.

Yet heatwaves in recent years have had considerable impacts on the marine environment.

The Great Barrier Reef, for example, has seen four mass coral bleaching events in recent years caused by prolonged exposure to high sea surface temperatures (SSTs). A marine heatwave in 2010-11 caused the loss of 36% of the seagrass meadows in Shark Bay a globally significant store of carbon in Western Australia.

Other impacts of these heatwaves include mass die-offs of marine species, shifts in range and structure of marine communities, and the need to restrict or close fisheries.

The new study quantifies, for the first time, the long-term changes in frequency and length of marine heatwaves as the climate warms.

The researchers uses a definition of a marine heatwave that was recently agreed by an international working group, explains lead author Dr Eric Oliver, an assistant professor in physical oceanography at Dalhousie University in Canada. He tells Carbon Brief:

In short, when daily ocean temper...

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It Will Burn Forever: From Appalachia to la ZAD Earth First! Newswire

by Three Sisters Resistance Camp / Its Going Down

The following is a statement of solidarity from the Three Sisters anti-pipeline camp in Appalachia with the ZAD (Zone to Defend), located in France. Over the last two days, the ZAD has faced brutal police raids by the French State in an attempt to clear the stateless territory. In response, thousands of people have fought back to defend their homes and farmlands. For more information on resistance to the raid and for background on the ZAD, go here.

Today, thousands of French police met fierce resistance in their attempt to evict the ZAD. From the forests of Appalachia, we are watching.

As momentum has built to stop the ACP, we have drawn much inspiration and strength in our struggles against infrastructure from near and far. Be it the indigenous struggles for autonomy and dignity at Standing Rock or the struggles against the airport and its world at Notre Dame des Landes. While we recognize these struggles for Tierra y Libertad extend back hundreds of years, across every continent, the ZAD at Notre Dame des Landes has represented a particularly resilient and uncompromising point of conflict against the state and capital. We have watched with tearful eyes and clenched fists as the forces of order once again attempt to dismantle the Zone.

As the snow falls in the foothills and mountains where we stand in occupied Monacan and Tutelo territory, we see the first signs of life after a long winter. As the seasons change, we are reminded that the only thing that makes their property lines real is that there is someone there to enforce them. We celebrate your resistance, our hearts beat...


Anti-Pipeline Demonstrators Again Shut Down Louisiana Construction Site Earth First! Newswire

by Leau Est La Vie Camp / Its Going Down

On the morning of April 9th, over a dozen water protectors from the Leau est la Vie resistance camp shut down the welding of pipe on a construction site of the Bayou Bridge pipeline for several hours. Dressed as crawfish and Kelcey Warren, the CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, the group performed a humorous musical while blocking pipeline workers from accessing machinery to carry out their work for the day. The performance was so enthralling that even the pipeline workers couldnt pull their eyes away from the scene or hold back from laughing.

After holding the space for multiple hours and receiving a dispersal order, the group headed east to another part of the pipeline easement in Maurice, LA and halted work on a site with a horizontal directional drill until being threatened with arrest.The craw clan struck hard and slowed down both welding and horizontal directional drilling work, which are two of the most expensive components of the construction process, in one day. The group took action to draw attention to the 700+ waterways including the Atchafalaya Basin and much of Louisianas only remaining natural crawfisheries that will will be impacted by the pipeline.

The Bayou Bridge Pipeline is the southern end and last remaining part of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the ETP project that sparked mass resistance in Standing Rock in 2016 said Mary Anne Mudbug, one of the crawfish in the performance. The Craw Nation has raised its claws in solidarity with those who took a stand against Energy Transfer Partners in so called North Dakota and has vowed to continue that fight here in the swamps.

For more than a year, a coalition of Louisiana landowners, crawfishermen and public interest organizations have battled against the Bayou Bridge pipeli...


Strong M6.2 earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile The Watchers Latest articles

A strong earthquake registered by the Chilean CSN as M6.2 hit Coquimbo, Chile at 10:19 UTC (07:19 local time) on April 10, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 95 km (59 miles). USGS is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 76.1 km (47.3 miles). EMSC is reporting a very...... Read more


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ACP Pipeline Questioned on Environmental Justice Frack Check WV

Environmental Justice Concerns and the Proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline Route in North Carolina

Research Triangle Institute, Report ISSN 2378-7813, March 2018

Authors: Sarah Wraight, Julia Hofmann, Justine Allpress, and Brooks Depro

ABSTRACT This report describes publicly available data sets and quantitative analysis that local communities can use to evaluate environmental justice concerns associated with pipeline projects. We applied these data and analytical methods to two counties in North Carolina (Northampton and Robeson counties) that would be affected by the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). We compared demographic and vulnerability characteristics of census blocks, census block groups, and census tracts that lie within 1 mile of the proposed pipeline route with corresponding census geographies that lie outside of the 1-mile zone. Finally, we present results of a county-level analysis of race and ethnicity data for the entire North Carolina segment of the proposed ACP route. Statistical analyses of race and ethnicity data (US Census Bureau) and Social Vulnerability Index scores (University of South Carolinas Hazards & Vulnerability Research Institute) yielded evidence of significant differences between the areas crossed by the pipeline and reference geographies. No significant differences were found in our analyses of household income and cancer risk data.

INTRODUCTION The Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC, (ACP) is a new underground natural gas transmission pipeline project that is proposed to run approximately 600 miles through West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina (Atlantic Coast Pipeline to build $5 billion natural gas system, 2015). In August 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) established an environmental review timeline that included the delivery of draft and final environmental impact statements (EISs) required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). One of the purposes of EISs is to provide a full and fair discussion of significant environmental impacts and inform decision makers and the public of the reasonable alternatives which would avoid or minimize adverse impacts or enhance the quality of the human environment (40 C.F.R. 1502.1, 1978). The draft EIS was prepared by FERC and released in late December 2016, marking the start of a 90-day public comment period. The final EIS was published in July 2017.

DISCUSSION The draft EIS claims that because ...


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Malaysians will go to the polls on May 9 CHANGING TIMES

After many months of speculation and anticipation, Malaysias Election Commission has announced the date of the countrys 14th general election. Polling will take place on Wednesday May 9.

April 28 has been set as the day for nominations for the 222 parliamentary seats and 587 state constituencies.

The date for early voting for military and police personnel and voters living abroad is May 5.

On Friday last week, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (king) consented to the dissolution of parliament, which came into effect on Saturday. The Election Commission (EC) then met to set the election date.

While the EC has the final say in deciding nomination and polling dates, the ruling party usually suggests the timing.

An election that takes place mid-week suits the ruling party as voter turnout is usually lower than at the weekend. The large diaspora of Malaysian voters  for instance in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Australia  would be less likely to be able to come back to vote on a Wednesday than on a Saturday or Sunday.

The Bersih 2.0 Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections said it condemned, in the strongest possible terms, the choice of polling day.

Not only is the campaign period only the minimum 11 days, it said, but polling day is on a Wednesday, a working day

Bersih 2.0 has appealed to employers to give their workers time off to vote, with no pay deductions, as required under the Election Offences Act. It is regrettable that this cost is now forced upon employers, Bersih said.

The Education Ministry has declared May 9 to be a special school holiday....


Is Nuclear Energy Essential for Bangladesh?: We Must Go Beyond Deceptions and False Choices

Mowdud Rahman | It is of course not too late. There is still scope for the government abandon its deceptive strategy and design a people and environment friendly power sector plan. Power sector still can be self-reliant and serve the peoples interest.

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World's Largest Armadillo Makes A Rare Appearance Thrillist

If you were to close your eyes and imagine an armadillo, this is probably the creature who would come to mind: a nine-banded armadillo commonly found across a broad range, including the southern United States.

Credit: Wikimedia

Nine-banded armadillos are among the largest animals of their type (some of whom are quite small), but this species is nothing compared to their enormous cousins south of the border. Chances are, it's an animal you've never seen before.

Giant armadillos, native to South America, can weigh up to 180 pounds and reach lengths of nearly 5 feet, head to tail. Despite their massive size, however, the giant armadillo is considered one of the most elusive animals on the planet so much so, in fact, that very little is known about them at all.

But just recently, one of these camera-shy behemoths decided to make a stunning rare appearance.

Credit: Edevilson Arneiro

Late last month, environmentalists from the group Friends of Animals received reports of a giant armadillo walking the streets of Barra do Garas, Brazil.

Fearing that the animal was injured or sick, they swooped in to save him.

Credit: Edevilson Arneiro

From there, the giant armadillo was taken to a vet to undergo an examina...


Puppy With A Heart-Shaped Nose KNOWS How Cute He Is Thrillist

When Wiley first arrived in his new home, his mom immediately noticed something special about him. Besides the fact that he was sweet, sassy and very silly, Wiley also had some very distinct markings that formed an adorable heart shape around his little nose.

Credit: Instagram/hi.wiley

Since Wiley was still so young, his family wasnt sure if the markings would stay that way, but as he grows, the heart remains, much to the delight of every person he meets. 

I wasn't sure if it was going to stick because the top left part of it was a somewhat detached spot, Lexi Smith, Wileys mom, told The Dodo. 

Credit: Instagram/hi.wiley

Wiley is a VERY friendly little guy who still has a ton of puppy energy and wants to play with anyone and everyone he comes across. Hes always quick to want to say hello to new people, and every single one of them is always happy to say hi back, especially once they see his little heart nose. 

Credit: Instagram/hi.wiley

Everyone notices the heart, Smith said. Can't take him anywhere without being mobbed, but he loves all the attention. He is cute and he knows it! He is a stubborn little sweetheart full of sass and constantly making me laugh. He is a cuddle bug when he wants to be, but when he is ready to play, you better be ready to, too. 


Lost Dog Lived By Himself In The Woods For Over A Year Thrillist

In October 2016, Bandit the black Lab escaped from a vets office in Gardiner, New York.

After traveling 10 miles from where he had originally escaped, Bandit settled into a dense patch of marshy woods near Walden, New York where hes lived ever since.

Credit: BDRR

Aside from a few spottings, the 3-year-old dog lived mostly under the radar for a year and a half until last month, when a motorist spotted him standing by the road at the edge of the woods. He was still wearing the collar his family gave him.

The motorist called Nicole Asher of Buddha Dog Rescue and Recovery (BDRR) right away.

We went and set up a trap and surveillance camera in the woods immediately, Asher told The Dodo. When I heard he was wearing a collar, I couldnt wait to find out who he really was and where he came from. I was hopeful we could reunite him with his family.

Credit: BDRR

Asher, who specializes in capturing lost dogs, carefully watched Bandit for days on the surveillance camera and returned frequently to bring him more food, toys and bones. After a few days of no luck with the trap, Asher set up a large, fenced enclosure with treats inside that would hopefully lure Bandit in.

He was very skittish, so everything new wed introduce to his area would spook him, Asher said. But after five days of getting used to having the enclosure there, Bandit finally started crossing over the doorway to the enclosure little by little and it was clear he had a playful side.

Watching his antics on video were a constant source of am...


Mind Control: Conspiracies That Are Not That Far Over The Rainbow Head Space

Dr. Jose Delgado the author of Physical Control of the Mind: Toward a Psychocivilized Society (Yale J Biol Med. 1970 Aug; 43(1): 5558.) postulated that the mind existed only in the brain; its existence as an independent entity was to him sheer nonsense. The concept of free will was rejected, and he proposed that the []


26-Year-Old Cat Had Nowhere To Go Until Woman Saw His Facebook Post Thrillist

Thomas was surrendered to a shelter when his owner became sick and could no longer care for him. As soon as he arrived at Baltimore County Animal Services, the staff there immediately began looking for a rescue to take him in. They decided that Thomas was a little more than they could handle because he was 26 years old. 

Credit: Laura Cassiday

Senior cats around 10 to 13 years old already have a hard time getting adopted, but, at 26, the shelter knew that Thomas chances of getting adopted were very, very slim. Not many people are willing to take on a cat that old, knowing all the medical challenges they often face. The shelter knew it would be a hard sell to try and find a rescue to take him as well, but they began posting about him anyway and before long, the right woman noticed him, and knew she could help. 

Laura Cassiday, webmail administrator and avid foster mom with Animal Allies Rescue Foundation (AARF), saw a post about Thomas and was immediately intrigued, especially since he was around the same age as her. She knew the super senior would have a hard time finding anyone willing to take him, and knew right away what she had to do.

Credit: Laura Cassiday

I was scrolling through my news feed and read 26 and stopped in my tracks, Cassiday told The Dodo. I had never even heard of a cat that old. It was a snap decision; I commented that they could stop looking and I'd take him, and we called the shelter to say AARF would pull him. I picked him up the next morning.



Critics say proposed changes to Mexicos Forestry Law threaten sustainable forest management by local communities Conservation news

The call goes out over the radio: An unknown car has entered Ejido Cruz de Ocote, a community-managed forestry operation in the state of Puebla, Mexico. A short time later, Constantino Corts Martnez, chief of surveillance for the ejido, discovers what the occupants of that unknown car were after: Tell Mario, and everyone else, to return here. Someone just knocked down a tree here, he says into his walkie-talkie. After inspecting the damage, Corts Martnez concludes that, I think they heard us and left. We did not see anyone. The would-be illegal loggers didnt even have time to harvest the tree they had felled. The entire episode is caught in the short film Ejidos, produced by If Not Us Then Who?, a US-based non-profit that seeks to raise awareness about the important role indigenous and local peoples play as stewards of the natural world. Ejidos are lands that are collectively owned and managed by local communities in Mexico. The ejido system is generally considered to be a successful means of conserving forests and providing economic opportunities in rural communities. But Mexicos General Law of Sustainable Forest Development, commonly referred to as the Forestry Law, has been criticized for not being sufficient to keep illegal wood out of the country, which imperils ejidos sustainable forestry enterprises. At the same time, proposed changes to the Forestry Law could put the entire ejido system in jeopardy, critics say. According to the Ejidos filmmakers, its been estimated that 70 percent of the wood on

How to help penguins (photos) Conservation news

Penguins are found in the Southern Hemisphere and come in all sizes ranging from 13 to 48 inches in height. The smallest is the little penguin from Australia and New Zealand; the largest is the emperor penguin of Antarctica. While these birds cannot fly through the air, they are very adept at using their wings to propel themselves through the water. Some penguins can dive to depths of about 1,750 feet. Their dark and light feathers are tightly packed 70 feathers per square inch keeping them insulated in the cold conditions of the marine environment where they live. Chinstrap penguins are found in Antarctica and the worlds other southernmost islands. Changing ocean conditions affect their main food source, krill. Credit: Julie Larsen Maher / WCS Penguins are social animals that live in colonies like this one of chinstrap penguins characterized by noisy vocalizations. Credit: Julie Larsen Maher WCS Penguins are noisy and use various calls to attract mates, find their chicks, frighten off would-be predators, or just fuss with their neighboring penguins. Several species have distinctive calls. Magellanic and gentoo penguins bray. Chinstrap penguins scream, causing quite a cacophony in their colonies. Today, penguins are in trouble. They depend on the sea for food and coastal lands to nest, rear their chicks, and molt. Close to two-thirds of the worlds 17 penguin species face population pressures from threats like overfishing, oil spills, and man-made changes to the birds environment. Macaroni penguins are among the penguin species that


FIRE-EARTH Conference: Antibiotic Resistant Nightmare Bacteria Fire Earth

CJ IGE OCT TML TWM FIRE-EARTH Medical Conference (040902) Nightmare Scenario: Antibiotic Resistant Genes Spreading Resistance to other Germs [Genetic Legacy of Interbreeding with Neanderthals] Background summary: Germs with unusual antibiotic resistance are widespread. At least 2 million Americans become infected with germs resistant to antibiotics each year and more than 23,000 die from these []


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Eco-Prisoner Marius Mason and Others Fight for Gender-Affirming Name Changes in Texas Prisons Earth First! Newswire

from Support Marius Mason

Marius Mason is an anarchist and an environmental and animal rights prisoner serving nearly 22 years in federal prison for acts of sabotage carried out in defense of the planet.

Currently, no person inside a Texas prison can update their name. Winning this case would set a precedent for prisoners state-wide.

Please spread the word about this case and donate to the legal fund at the link above.

Three specific plaintiffsall in federal institutionsare joining together to bring this suit, but the outcome will affect hundreds if not thousands of transgender persons across Texas who have been convicted of a felony and are struggling to live authentic lives. Currently, no person inside a Texas prison or a federal prison in the state can update their name or gender marker, nor can they update their name or gender marker on release until two years after completing all terms of their sentence. Someone serving a life or long-term sentence may never be able to update these important aspects of medically necessary transgender care.

The Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution bars denial of medically necessary care as a form of punishment, but that is what Section 45.103 of the Texas Family Code functions to do.

Some may object that this hides a persons identity and thus should be upheld. As all legal name changes are registered in state identity databases, this statute does not obscure anyones identity; it serves no other purpose but state-sponsored harassment, which disproportionately affects transgender persons by creating unnecessary barriers to our survival.


Borneo Oil Spill: Environmental Groups and Victims Family Call for Accountability Earth First! Newswire

by Adam Harvey /

Photo: Rohani Baso mourns the death of her husband and says she doesnt know how to care for their daughter without him. (ABC News: Adam Harvey)

Environmental groups want the head of Indonesias state-owned oil company to be fired over an oil spill that has killed five people and polluted an estimated 80km of Borneo coastline.

It took five days for Pertamina to admit the spill came from one of its crude oil pipelines.

For days the company claimed the huge quantity of oil in the bay had come from a ship even though there was no evidence of any ships sinking or running aground.

When the spill ignited, the fire killed five local men who were fishing in Balikpapan bay, including 41-year-old Imam Nurokhim.

His boat was trapped by the burning oil.

His widow Rohani Baso told the ABC that no-one from Pertamina or the local government had contacted her.

I dont know how were going to continue paying for our daughter, she said. Weve lost the familys breadwinner.

Imam worked as a designer and embroiderer in the local clothing industry and fished as a hobby.

Last Friday he left home in Balikpapan at 6am to go fishing with two friends.

At dawn he woke me so we could pray together, said Ms Rohani.

I wasnt aware of the oil spill until my nephew knocked at the door in the afternoon and showed me pictures of my husbands ID card that was found.

I went to the port, asking around then I went to the hospital and found him laying in the morgue. My daughter found out from her friends Facebook.

I miss him it feels so strange without him around. Hes fun, and always trying to make me happy.

The local authorities say that 7,000 hectares of mangroves are affected...


Columbia: Amazon Rainforest Granted Legal Rights Earth First! Newswire

by Anastasia Moloney / Reuters

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Colombias highest court has told the government it must take urgent action to protect its Amazon rainforest and stem rising deforestation, in what campaigners said was an historic moment that should help conserve forests and counter climate change.

In their ruling on Thursday, the judges said that Colombia which is home to a swathe of rainforest roughly the size of Germany and England combined saw deforestation rates in its Amazon region increase by 44 percent from 2015 to 2016.

It is clear, despite numerous international commitments, regulations that the Colombian state has not efficiently addressed the problem of deforestation in the Amazon, the supreme court said.

The ruling comes after a group of 25 young plaintiffs, ranging in age from seven to 26, filed a lawsuit against the government in January demanding it protect their right to a healthy environment.

The plaintiffs had said the governments failure to stop the destruction of the Amazon jeopardized their futures and violated their constitutional rights to a healthy environment, life, food and water.

Bogota-based rights group Dejusticia, which supported the plaintiffs case, said the verdict meant it was the first time a lawsuit of this kind had been ruled upon favorably in Latin America.

The Supreme Courts decision marks an historical precedent in terms of climate change litigation, said Camila Bustos, one of the plaintiffs and a researcher at Dejusticia.

In its ruling, the court recognized Colombias Amazon as an entity subject of rights, which means that the rainforest has been granted the same legal rights as a human being.

The ruling states the importance of protecting the rights of future generations, and even declares the Amazon a subject of rights, Bustos told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

The court ordered the government both at the local and national level ...


Drowning in Plastic: 25 Million Tons of Trash Polluting Beaches, Oceans Global Justice Ecology Project

From PET bottles and produce packaging to clothing, plastic is all around us. Yet only 30 percent is recycled in Europe, and the mountains of waste are growing. The EU wants to solve the problem with a new... Read More

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