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A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 LV3 will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.86 LD / 0.00219 AU (327 619 km / 203 573 miles) on June 15, 2018. This is the 35th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year. This...... Read more
Hurricane "Bud" reached Category 4 strength on June 12, 2018, thus becoming the second Category 4 hurricane in the Eastern Pacific within 4 days. This is only the third time on record the first two named Eastern Pacific storms of the season became major...... Read more
In the Mozambican village of Nakarari, deep in the bush of the Mutuali district, 2,000km north of Maputo, 40 villagers were meeting under a mango tree; children played around them, jumping with excitement whenever a fruit dropped. The villagers were hoping that a popular movement centred on Nakarari had dealt a fatal blow to Africas biggest agro-industrial programme, ProSavana. A popular movement centred on a small farming village in northern Mozambique has, for the moment, halted an attempt to move to cash-crop monocultures mainly for export.
Storing billions of tonnes of CO2 underground would be a safe and effective way to help limit the effects of climate change, a new study says.
The research suggests that large amounts of CO2 could be stored under the ground or sea with only a small risk of surface leakage in the following 10,000 years. However, if CO2 storage is poorly managed, higher amounts of leakage can be expected.
The findings help dispel common misconceptions about the dangers associated with CO2 storage, a scientist not involved in the study tells Carbon Brief.
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a process whereby CO2 is captured from the air and then transported to a storage site which could be, for example, a depleted oil or gas field or a deep rock reservoir beneath the sea.
Though the technology is currently restricted to a few small pilot projects, many view its large-scale development as an essential step to limiting the effects of future climate change.
One barrier to the development of CCS is the costs associated with directly capturing CO2 from the atmosphere. Another barrier is the fear that, once underground, stored CO2 could leak out into the atmosphere.
It is this second barrier that is addressed by the new research, which is published in Nature Communications.
To address the question of leakage, the researchers developed a new model known as the Storage Security Calculator which looks at what would happen if 12bn tonnes of CO2 were injected under the ground and left for 10,000 years. The 12bn-tonne target reflects the EUs ambition for CO2 storage by 2050.
The findings suggest that providing a suitable storage site is chosen the risk of CO2 leakage would be minimal, says lead author Dr Juan Alcalde, a...
Quite frankly and equally unashamed WE NEED YOU. I am asking you to make plans to joins us at Leau Est La Vie Camp ASAP, within the next 6-8 weeks (most effectively in the next four). Weve been fighting this battle to stop the tail end of DAPL, known as Bayou Bridge. We have won on both a state and federal level, yet the construction continues The hundreds-of-years-old Cypress trees continue to fall, the water and wildlife cry out from the war zone, and the people in the path are squashed even further beneath the shoes of the oppressor.
Building Solar XL is about showing what is possible. This partnership between the tribes and many different grassroots organizations is a powerful statement. It shows the unity we have built to go up against this evil zombie of a pipeline that threatens our water, land and our very lives. We've seen the devastation TransCanada has caused, from our relatives living near Alberta's tar sands to the recent pipeline explosion in West Virginia. Now we're showing the world what is possible through a project creating real solutions. Joye Braun, Indigenous Environmental Network
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Heavy rain associated with Tropical Cyclone "Bud" hit Guadalajara, Mexico on June 10, 2018, producing severe flash floods in several parts of the city, including the light rain system where 40 people had to be rescued. As reported by Mexico News Daily,...... Read more
JAKARTA In 2013, Bob Effendi was at a turning point. He wanted to leave the oil company he was working for. He had growing concerns about climate change and regretted the role his industry was playing in it. I had internal conflicts with my boss and my conscience, he recounts. Effendi, an engineer by training, quit and gave himself one year to study renewable energy. He attended seminars around the world, hoping to learn how to power a cleaner future with wind, solar, hydro and geothermal resources. Instead, he became a proponent of nuclear energy. But not just any nuclear energy. The ideas of a group of researchers spearheaded by a former NASA engineer named Kirk Sorensen had caught his attention. In the early 2000s, Sorensen had begun trying to revive interest in an alternative type of reactor, one that uses the element thorium instead of uranium to start the nuclear reaction, and liquid fuel instead of solid rods to sustain it. The technology was decades old, but never brought to commercial maturity. Sorensen came to believe it could make the next generation of nuclear power plants much safer and easier to manage, and provide the world with an abundance of clean, cheap and safe energy. To Effendi, it sounded too good to be true. But the more he studied the technology, he says, the more he became convinced it could solve the energy problems of his home country, Indonesia. The worlds fourth-most populous nation, home to some 260
Several mines around the world dispose of potentially toxic mine waste directly into the ocean. Environmentalists have criticized the practice, arguing that the waste smothers ocean habitat and leaches harmful chemicals and heavy metals that can poison marine life. Last month Citigroup, a major shareholder in four mining companies that either actively dispose of mine waste into the ocean or propose to do so, agreed not to finance any new operations that pipe mine waste into the sea. Citigroups move comes after pressure from an international coalition of NGOs that launched a campaign this year to end the disposal of mine waste in natural water bodies. The coalition, led by the Washington, D.C.-based environmental NGO Earthworks, is calling for a global ban on the practice and pressuring financial institutions to stop funding mining operations that engage in it. Earthworks announced Citigroups move in a May 2 press release. Citis decision says loud and clear: ocean dumping is dirty, unnecessary and wrong, Ellen Moore, who coordinates the Ditch Ocean Dumping campaign for Earthworks, told Mongabay. There are few signs of life on the bottom of Jssingfjord in southern Norway 35 years after dumping ceased at the Tellnes titanium mine. Scientists believe it may never recover. Image by Erling Svensen. Toxic tailings One of the key problems miners face is how to safely dispose of the huge quantities of waste rock and tailings produced in the mining process. The tailings, a fine-particle slurry left over after the target metal has been extracted
By Dustin White, Opinion Editorial, Charleston Gazette, June 8, 2018
Recently, weve been seeing a lot of opinion pieces and articles in the local media telling us how great the proposed Appalachian Storage and Trading Hub will be for our economy.
While the name of the proposed hub sounds benign, its anything but.
The project is a massive petrochemical complex that will rival the area known as Cancer Alley in Louisiana and will make the current Chemical Valley in Charleston look minuscule.
This new Cancer Alley in our region is being neatly packaged and sold to us by a select group of individuals seeking to make themselves rich at the cost of our health and economic well-being. The primary focus of this hub is to store and refine fracked gas liquids to manufacture more plastics, in a world already drowning in plastics.
First, a big incentive to build this petrochem infrastructure in West Virginia is a $83.7 billion Memorandum of Understanding with China. The Trump administration, with state government backing, signed this MOU last November without any input from the people of West Virginia.
I dont know about you, but I would like to be consulted before being sold to another country. This MOU has still yet to be released to the public, even after several Freedom of Information Act requests on the state and federal levels.
At the signing in China was our very own commerce secretary, Woody Thrasher. In what is obviously a conflict of interest, Thrasher still owns 70 percent of the Thrasher Group, which is a contractor for oil and gas fracking infrastructure and other projects that would feed this plastic manufacturing monster.
Then there is WVU professor Brian Anderson. Anderson lends his professional title as director of WVUs Energy Institute to scholarly studies supporting the hub. Anderson is also one of the chief principals for the Appalachian Development Group LLC the primary group signed on to the China MOU. The ADG is responsible for the initial concept and marketing phase and is owned jointly by the Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research and Innovation Center (MATRIC) and the WVU Innovation Corporation. ADG has also been invited to apply for a $1.9 billion loan from the Department of Energy, meaning taxpayer dollars will be tapped for this complex.
West Virginias congressional delegation on both si...
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A deep sub-tropical low hit New Zealand's North Island on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 with heavy rain and strong winds, causing flooding, power outages and landslides. The heaviest rain fell on the east side of the North Island. The storm dumped 130 mm (5.1 inches)...... Read more
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An adorable young pit bull named Sasha is being hailed a hero
this week and for good reason.
Thanks to her quick thinking, the dog's family avoided what could have been a fatal tragedy.
Following the dog's lead, Chai picked up Masailah and rushed ou...
At Stockton family is crediting their eight-month-old pitbull Sasha with saving them by waking them up and grabbing the baby by the diaper when their house caught on fire pic.twitter.com/he5QI4Xum6Tom Miller (@KCRAMiller) June 8, 2018
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When a tiny rhino first arrived at The Rhino Orphanage in South
Africa, he was the tiniest rhino patient there. At just over 10
days old, he'd already been through enough trauma for a
The rhino, who was named Marang, which means "ray of sunshine," had been found beside his mom's body in April after she'd been killed by poachers. His rescuers who are trying to save rhinos from extinction by raising orphaned calves into strong and healthy adults had the sad task of washing Marang's mother's blood off of him.
Credit: The Rhino OrphanageAnd while Marang has dedicated caretakers who keep watch on him day and night, the people at the orphanage know how important it is for young orphans to socialize with other animals, not just bond human beings.
Credit: The Rhino OrphanageBut because he's so small, becoming friends with another of his kind was complicated. "Because he is so much smaller than the other young rhinos at the orphanage, we are not able to pair him up with another rhino," Yolande, a caretaker for Marang at the orphanage, told The Dodo.
Credit: The Rhino OrphanageSo when a young little lamb named Elsa showed an interest in the tiniest rhino at the sanctuary, the people who care for Marang were overjoyed that there seemed to be a real connection.
disturbing photographs emerged of an
injured orca at SeaWorld Orlando named Katina Katinas dorsal
fin had been cut open and bore a long, deep gash. Two months later,
Katinas dorsal fin looks like its still in bad shape.
We went to check in on Katina today, Heather Murphy, founder of Ocean Advocate News, wrote in a Facebook post on Saturday. Although she seems to be improving, her dorsal fin definitely has permanent damage.
Credit: Ocean Advocate NewsWhen Katinas injury first appeared, SeaWorld claimed that it didnt know how she got injured, although the park mentioned in a blog post that shed been interacting with other orcas, including a 12-year-old male named Trua. The park also waited two weeks before publicly announcing that Katina was injured.
Credit: Ocean Advocate NewsThe fact that they claim they dont know is pretty mind-boggling, Rose told The Dodo in April. Theyre supposedly the ones who know everything about these animals daily, and they spend more time with them than they do with their own children. And theres cameras everywhere, so how is it that they dont know what happens to them here?
Blossom was dropped off at a Los Angeles shelter as a stray in
mid-April, and the shelter staffers were immediately baffled. The
tiny dog was pretty much
completely bald, and they werent sure if it was because of
mange, scabies or allergies. They couldnt afford to do extensive
testing on her and they werent sure how to go about treating her,
and so she sat in her kennel, untreated and unnoticed, waiting for
someone to take a chance on her.
Credit: Instagram/watch.me.blossomGretchen May was browsing shelter websites one day, looking for another dog to add to her already full household, when she came across a post about Blossom. She immediately felt a pull toward the sad little dog, and despite Blossoms appearance and obvious issues, something was telling May that this was the dog she had been looking for.
Credit: Instagram/watch.me.blossomSince May lives in San Diego, she reached out to Precious Pals Pet Rescue to see if the group would be willing to pull Blossom from the shelter. The rescue fell in love with Blossoms tiny bald face and quickly agreed, rushing her to the vet to get checked out before she headed off to her loving forever home.
Stretching across the southeastern U.S., wetland forests provide ecosystem services totaling $500 billion, according to a 2018 report by environmental watchdog group Dogwood Alliance. Today, Americas natural wetland forests exist in pockets, covering just a fraction of their former range. However, even in their depleted state, they provide crucial services. These highly biodiverse ecosystems are some of the most carbon-rich in the country, serving as a buffer against climate change. They also benefit the health and wellbeing of local communities, filtering air and water and providing aesthetic and recreational value. But conservation organizations like Dogwood Alliance say that despite their ecological importance, U.S. wetland forests are currently being drained, logged, burned, shipped across the Atlantic, and converted to monoculture pine plantations all in the name of renewable energy. Woody biomass: Renewable energy source or carbon loophole? In 2009, the EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED) was put in place to encourage EU member states to meet at least 20 percent of their energy needs with renewable sources by 2020. Burning wood for fuel as woody biomass is currently considered a carbon-neutral renewable energy source under RED, as well as RED II, which will go into effect after 2020. Ideally, wood pellets burned for biomass energy would come from waste wood in the form of lumber residue and fallen limbs. Since such residue would release carbon into the atmosphere as it decayed anyway, the thinking goes that it might as well be converted to energy. However, in practice, wood pellets are
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Two weeks ago, the House passed a national defense funding bill with a nasty rider completely unrelated to the security of our country: if it becomes law, any proposal to dig up a critical mineral would enjoy an expedited permitting process, minimal environmental review, and potentially no public input. Worse, the bill would redefine critical minerals to include almost any rock, including (yes, believe it) gravel.
Now we are hearing that theres a new proposal in the mixone that would, like Hellers amendment, erode the already flimsy environmental and community protections against the impacts of mining.
Alaskas Senator Murkowski has introduced an amendment (amendment 2573) that, at first glance, looks like a bipartisan agreement she developed with Senator Cantwell (D-WA) in 2015, as part of the Energy Policy Modernization Act. But theres one addition that youd miss if you werent reading closely: the amendment proposes adding President Trumps definition of critical minerals (which includes byproducts that we export, like helium) to the list of sectors covered by federal legislation that grants funds and speeds up infrastructure projects. That law, Fixing Americas Surface Transportation (aka FAST-41), passed in 2015. FAST-41, like the Heller amendment, guts public and environmental input into government decision making. Some Senators have already opposed adding hardrock mining to FAST-41.
Of all industries, the nations top toxic polluter should be the last to receive special treatment. Too often hardrock mines leave pollution that ruins communities drinking waterpollution that taxpayers must pay to clean up.
We hope Senators will block these special favors for the mining industry from the defense funding bill.
Telling your Senators to block these amendments to cut the public out of the govern...
The 1972-74 food price crisis is the stuff of policy legend. At a time when grain prices had been declining for decades, the global price of wheat tripled in the space of just three years.
Since the early 1970s, global food markets have only become more integrated. Just three staple crops corn, wheat and rice account for more than half of global calorie intake. For each of these crops, just three countries produce at least 40% of global production.
With growing demands for food, animal feed and biofuels, this leaves the global food market exposed to further price shocks. In 2007-08, for example, the overstretched grain market needed only relatively small crop losses in Australia (caused by heatwaves), record-high oil prices and poor policy choices to cause the world food crisis of 2007-08. The result was a doubling of cereal prices and food riots in dozens of countri...
Powerful thunderstorms that hit parts of central Europe over the past couple of days produced a furious outburst of sprites. "It was unreal," Martin Popek, a well-known photographer of the upward directed bolts, told SpaceWeather.com. "I recorded more...... Read more
Snow fell on parts of the US Northwest over the past weekend, just days before the first day of summer. This upper-level weather system, originating in the Gulf of Alaska, has sent temperatures plunging well below average across the region. In the higher elevations,...... Read more
As it seeks to diversify its sources of fuel, India is looking to get in on the ground floor of coal mining in previously unexploited deposits in Indonesian Papua. In exchange for technical support and financing for geological surveys, officials say India is pushing for special privileges, including no-bid contracts on any resulting concessions a prospect that could run afoul of Indonesias anti-corruption laws. The details of an Indian mining project in Papua are still being negotiated, but Indonesias energy ministry welcomes the prospect as part of a greater drive to explore energy resources in the countrys easternmost provinces. In the future, the ministry hopes mining for coking coal will support the domestic steel industry, while also bringing economic benefits to locals. Rights activists, however, fear the launch of a new mining industry could deepen tensions in a region where existing extractive projects have damaged the environment and inflamed a long-running armed conflict. Forest clearance and plantation development in PT Megakarya Jaya Raya (PT MJR) palm oil concession in Papua. New Guinea Island is home to the worlds third-largest rainforest, but is facing intense pressure due to the logging, palm oil and mining industries. Image by Ulet Infansasti/Greenpeace. Indonesias new coal frontier When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Jakarta last month, joint efforts to extract and process Indonesias fossil fuels, including coal, were on the agenda. Indias interest in investing in a new coking coal mining concession in Papua can be traced 2017, when officials from the Central
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania On the heels of the 3rd Annual Fight Toxic Prisons Convergence, dozens of organizers, community members, and friends and family of currently- and formerly-incarcerated peoples marched through downtown Pittsburgh, making stops at the headquarters of EQT and ending at a power plant belonging to coal utility NRG Energy on the North Side. The demonstration concludes a weekend of lectures, workshops, and discussion about mass incarceration and its links to environmental health.
EQT Corporation, a major oil and gas company notorious for poisoning drinking water supplies across rural Appalachia, is one of the largest companies involved in fracking, with 793 active wells in Pennsylvania alone. Theyre also one of the top ten worst polluters in the industry, according to a 2015 report published by the Natural Resources Defense Council. In 2012, EQT received several charges for water pollution and disturbance of waterways, and a $1.1 million fine for poisoning drinking water supply sources through a shale pit leak at Rock Run in Tioga County, PA, and has received several other fines, violations, and complaints as well.
The march culminated in a rally at the NRG Energy Center calling attention to the health and human rights atrocities occurring at SCI Fayette, a state-run prison that currently houses 2,176 inmates. SCI Fayette was built in 2003, directly on top of a toxic coal ash dump that has been in operation for decades, receiving millions of tons of waste from coal processing companies, including NRG.
The inmate population of SCI Fayette, and the surrounding community of Labelle, PA, have reported alarmingly high rates of health issues linked to the ash that blows off the dumping site and into the surrounding air.
Richard Mosley, a member of Fayette Health Justice and Put Peopl...
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By Biofuelwatch.org.uk 80 organisations from 35 countries have called on the UNs International Civil Aviation Agency (ICAO) to ditch plans for aviation biofuels and carbon offsets, as the Agencys governing body convenes in Montreal to finalize proposals... Read More
from Freedom News
Protestors fighting against a new opencast coal mine in County Durham have blocked the road in a rolling resistance for more than 28 hours to prevent the mining company, Banks group, to finish building the access road. At 8:30 pm on Saturday 2nd of June, the first pair of protestors were blockading with a lock-on device on the closed lane of the A692 between Leadgate and Dipton, in front of the Bradley opencast site. No traffic was affected.
At 6pm the next day, two new protestors locked-on in the same lane whilst the original pair was still in place. All protestors have now been arrested. Work stopped at 8:30 pm on Saturday and is yet to recommence.
Simon Daniels, one of the protestors locked-on says I spent four years studying the science behind climate change. Today, I am taking the data to its logical implications. Coal has got to stop. My actions are necessary.
Protestors say that it is essential to stop Banks Group from building the access road to ensure that the opencast does not go ahead. They say that the mine will have devastating effects on the health of the community as well as irreversible impacts on the environment. A number of protestors, including local residents, have taken direct action to delay Banks in their work.
At yesterdays action, the police chose not to manhandle the first pair of protestors, and instead called in the help of the fire brigade rather than that of a specialist cutting team, to free the arms of the protestors who were locked-in.
Campaigners disapprove of the involvement of the fire brigade: they argue that a specialised cutting team should have been dealing with the lock-on devices as the lives of the protestors were not endangered. Robyn Clogg, a local resident o...
Hurricane "Bud," the second hurricane of the 2018 East Pacific hurricane season, is strengthening off the southwest coast of Mexico and is expected to become a major hurricane today. Life-threatening flash floods and mudslides are possible across much of...... Read more
(Read Ghosts in the Machine here.) In the village of Tewah, in the heart of Indonesian Borneo, stands a wooden church named Immanuel. When the church was founded by German missionaries more than a century ago, Tewah would have been a very different place, surrounded by impenetrable rainforest, and accessible only via the Kahayan, a giant river flowing down from the mountains in the centre of the island. Today, Tewah is connected to surrounding villages by deeply rutted roads that cut through increasingly fragmented forests. Its narrow streets are dotted with shops that buy and sell gold, dredged up from the riverbeds by young indigenous men. The current custodian of the church is Mariyady, a charismatic priest with a young family and a Cheshire Cat smile. We heard about Mariyady in the nearby village of Sare Rangan, whose residents were navigating the complexities of a rapidly changing life, after discovering that their land had been licensed to a plantation firm to grow oil palms on a massive scale. The license was one of five issued by then district chief Hambit Bintih in 2012. These licenses were the subject of a 16-month investigation by Mongabay and The Gecko Project, in which we revealed how Hambit had used land deals to bankroll a corrupt election campaign in the district of Gunung Mas. The scheme worked like this: Hambit used his protg, Cornelis Nalau Antun, to set up a series of shell companies. Then Hambit issued the shell companies with permits for vast
Meat eaters! Will you swap just one meal for the health of our planet?
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from Support Marius Mason
Thank you for coming together again to support all the long-term anarchist prisoners. Your support and encouragement are the life breath for anyone trying to keep heart and soul together while spending so many years away from the inspiration and motivation that our committed communities of resistance provide. It seems like the longer I am away, the more those memories seem necessary to me, feeding my spirit with the knowledge that a new world is possible.
I want to wish my comrades in the Earth First!, IWW, animal rights and native sovereignty movements many victories, as well as to extend my love and hope to the good friends struggling for queer and trans rights. My blood pumps still because you live and fight. I want to send a wild wolf howl to all the anarchist buddies and friends yet to be met who have sent me their stories, their love and their vision describing a world without hierarchy. I see through your eyes and dream with you.
My life is small here, though still bigger than it was in my old constricted Unit. I have met many, many wonderful people and so many new trans friends. Yet I have such limited capacity and I have been feeling my age and some age-related health problems.but I continue to advocate for my request to complete my medical transition. I am discouraged that the TEC (which decides cases like mine for the BOP) has NOT met yet, though I had been told by staff here that my case would be heard this past week. I will keep our community informed as to how that process continues to unfold. It is a long arc towards justice, but with your help and support..surely, all trans prisoners asking for medical relief will be vindicated.
I feel like it is so hard now to contribute meaningfully to creating the world that we dream of so passionately. I find that it is difficult to follow the news of our campaigns in the free world to defend the water, to protect our animal brothers and sisters, to demand a society that is not built on hate and exclusion but rather built on love and inclusion..But I am committed to supporting my fellow prisoners here, and try to do that work with integrity, offering comfort and support in both their day to day hurts and troubles and in their/our long-term go...
by Ben Smee / The Guardian
Anti-Adani activists say they have launched an escalating disruption campaign against Queensland construction company Wagners, which is being targeted over a $30m contract to build an airstrip for the Carmichael coalmine.
Members of the group Galilee Blockade entered a Wagners industrial site at Pinkenba near the Port of Brisbane on Sunday afternoon, dressed as superheroes, as a precursor to further protests.
The company, which listed on the stock exchange in December, has previously said it would not be intimidated by activists if targeted for its role in the Adani Carmichael mine. Galilee Blockade has previously targeted contractors working with Adani on the project, and claims success for the decision by Downer EDI last year to back out of a $2.6bn construction deal.
A severe thunder and dust storm that hit the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on June 8, 2018, killed 26 people. Meanwhile, an intense dust storm hit national capital, causing traffic chaos. According to officials, dust storm and lightning killed 11 districts of the...... Read more
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia Authorities in Indonesia have blamed poachers for the death of an elephant found with one of its tusks hacked off, in one of the worlds most biodiverse and threatened habitats. The 27-year-old male Sumatran elephant (Elephas maximus sumatranus), named Bunta, had since 2016 been regularly trained and employed by forest rangers in Aceh province as part of a unit to ward off wild elephants encroaching on farms and villages. His body was found June 9 by forest rangers inside the Leuser Ecosystem, one of Indonesias last large tracts of intact rainforest, which is home to four of the most iconic and critically endangered species on Earth: the Sumatran elephant, tiger (Panthera tigris sondaica), rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) and orangutan (Pongo abelii). Citing damage to the elephants digestive tract, and traces from fruit found near the carcass, officials from the Aceh conservation agency, or BKSDA, say it was likely that Bunta was poisoned a common tactic used by poachers and farmers in the region. After the elephant died, one of its tusks was taken by slicing open its cheek, Wahyu Kuncoro, of the East Aceh district police, told reporters a day after the body was found. Bunta, pictured here with a ranger, was one of several elephants trained to take part in patrols to shoo wild elephants away from farms and villages, as part of a forest protection program in eastern Aceh province. Image courtesy of Junaidi Hanafiah/Mongabay-Indonesia. Sapto Aji Prabowo, the head of the Aceh BKSDA,
From an Article by Brett Israel, UC Berkeley News, March 29, 2018
Photo: Land degradation, caused by human activities like natural resource extraction and pipeline construction, is a global threat to humans and animals
More than 100 experts from 45 countries have published a three-year study of the Earths land degradation, calling the problem critical and saying that worsening land conditions undermine the well-being of 3.2 billion people.
The report was published by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) on March 26. Providing the best-available evidence for the dangers of land degradation for policymakers, the report draws on more than 3,000 scientific, government, indigenous and local knowledge sources.
Rapid expansion and unsustainable management of croplands and grazing lands is the most extensive cause of land degradation, creating significant loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services, which include food security, water purification, energy sources and other contributions essential to people, the report says. The problem is so critical that a co-chair of the report said, The degradation of the Earths land surface through human activities is pushing the planet towards a sixth mass species extinction.
Land degradation is also an underappreciated factor contributing to global conflict and migration, among other problems, according to study co-author Matthew Potts, UC Berkeley associate professor in forest economics in the College of Natural Resources.
Land degradation presents unique and persistence challenges to humanity, Potts said. This assessment shows that we are at a crossroads and must take urgent action to combat land degradation and restore degraded land if we want to create a happy and healthy planet for all humanity.
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Seismicity at Alaska's Great Sitkin volcano has been at elevated levels over the past couple of days, followed by a signal that may represent a short-lived steam explosion on June 11. The last known eruption of this stratovolcano took place in 1974. Seismicity...... Read more
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This year, the annual Round River Rendezvous will be hosted by Appalachia Resist from July 1-9 in so-called Southeast Ohio, on occupied Seneca, Shawnee and Tsalagi land.
The location will be near Athens, Ohio (directions will be posted soon) and the nearest airport is in Colombus, Ohio.
More info from Appalachia Resists website:
While we are still firming up the workshop schedule some likely workshops are: Map Reading, Radio Comms & Convoys, De Escalation, Solidarity with Impacted Communities, Community Self Defense, Pipeline Skills Exchange, Indigenous Resistance & Solidarity, Mutual Aid Disaster Relief, and standard Rondy fare such as; Direct Action, Plant identification, Know Your Rights, Digital Security, Jail Solidarity, Scouting, Pipeline Construction/Fracking Infrastructure, Security Culture, and Self Defense.
Average temperatures in this region in July are 84 degrees in the day with lows of 61 at night. It will be very humid. The record high for this week was 101 degrees with very high humidity. The record low was 47 degrees. Expect thunderstorms at some point in the week.
There will be many insects including mosquitoes and ticks. There is a high chance you will encount...
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