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You can now see the Antarctic from a minke whales point of view. For the very first time, scientists in Antarctica have attached a whale cam to the back of a southern minke whale (Balaenoptera bonaerensis), a small baleen whale that prefers the chilly waters of the southern hemisphere. The whale cam consists of a video camera that temporarily adheres to the body of the whale with suction cups for up to 48 hours. It also has a motion sensor, and is the first tag of its kind to be put on a minke whale. We had a very curious juvenile minke whale and we managed to put a tag on it while it was still being curious, Ari Friedlaender, a marine researcher at the University of California Santa Cruz and lead scientist on the project, said in a video statement. This animal just kept hanging around the boat, rolling over on its side, just as fascinated by us as we were by him, said Chris Johnson, senior manager of WWFs Antarctic Program, which supported the research. He then really put on a show breaching repeatedly. It really looked like he was having fun. Video courtesy of WWF. The minke whale is believed to be abundant, but remains very poorly understood. The video footage, however, is finally revealing some secrets and giving scientists a sneak peek into a day in the life of a minke. The Antarctic research team was especially surprised by how fast the minke whale moved, reaching speeds of
Its hard to adequately describe the importance of conch to the Bahamas. Conchs are ingrained in the culture; there are conch festivals, conch homecomings and conch-cracking competitions. On the Bahamian coat of arms, a queen conch takes pride of place, sitting right at the top. But new research finds that the queen conch (Strombus gigas), economically important as food and for its decorative shell, is facing unprecedented fishing pressure throughout its Caribbean range. The study in the Marine Ecology Progress Series journal found widespread decline and an aging population among the conchs of the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park (ECLSP), a marine protected area (MPA) in the Bahamas. The plight of this previously abundant and well-protected conch population is a troubling blow for this iconic marine mollusc. Besides being a staple to the local diet, harvesting and sale of conch supports entire island economies, the Bahamas National Trust (BNT), a non-profit organization that manages the countrys national parks, said in a statement. Conch meat is an important part of the Bahamian economy; domestic consumption is difficult to quantify but exports alone bring in an estimated $3.3 million a year. Not only are conchs economically and culturally important, but they also play a vital role in the marine ecosystem. Conch eggs and larvae, produced in the hundreds of thousands, are an important food source for a number of vulnerable and endangered marine creatures. Conchs also feed on the algae found on sea grass, preventing the sea grass from being smothered.
An intense earthquake swarm is taking place at Tjrnes Fracture Zone volcano near Grimsey island, Iceland over the past 7 days. More than 1 100 of earthquakes were detected in this region since Wednesday, February 14, 2018. The last known eruption of this...... Read more
By Beth Little, Mountain State Sierran, Volume 44, Number 2, Spring 2018
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline could not be built through the Monongahela National Forest without violating the law, so the law has been suspended.
I will explain. I say suspended because the amendments to the forests Land and Resource Management Plan included in the permit issued by the Forest Service are project-specific plan amendments. They apply only to construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
The Land and Resource Management Plan is law. It contains the regulations for how the forest is to be managed. It was developed by the staff of the Forest Service, including scientists and technicians, who are charged with protecting the forest from the ravages of the late 1800s and early 1900s, when a frenzy of logging resulted in massive flooding, huge fires, loss of life, destruction of local economies and disappearance of wildlife. Unregulated practices left a wasteland that took more than a century to recover significant productivity.
The Monongahela National Forest includes the highest mountains in West Virginia and the origin of major rivers in the East. These rivers have been cutting their channels for millennia, resulting in ravines with startlingly steep slopes. To truly appreciate how steep they are, you have to stand at the top and look down what appears to be a straight drop of hundreds of feet to rushing water. It is hard to believe trees can grow on slopes so steep, but then its the trees that maintain the slopes by holding the soil on them.
The forest also gets some of the highest rainfall in the continental U.S. So, if the trees (and all other vegetation) are removed, and a heavy rainfall comes, the soil is washed away, making the rivers run with sediment.
There are four standards in the forests management plan to be modified for the pipeline construction. The shortest example: Standard SW06: Severe rutting resulting from management activities shall be confined to less than 5 percent of an activity area.
This language is specific and easy to enforce. The modified standard reads: Standard SW06: Severe rutting resulting from management activities shall be confined to less than 5 percent of an activity area with the exception of the construction of Atlantic Coast Pipeline, where the applicable mitigation measures identified in the COM (Construc...
This dog can't talk but each day, his wagging tail says
Credit: Feed The Furbabies CanadaFeed The Furbabies Canada is a group dedicated to providing food and supplies to rescued pets, and to making sure that stray animals in rural communities don't go hungry.
People used to think that there were only a couple dozen
individuals left of the red handfish, considered one of the rarest
fish in the world.
Scientists thought that this critically endangered fish a distinctive-looking fish whose fins, shaped like hands, walk along the ocean floor lived in just one little nook of the sea, Frederick Henry Bay, off the southeast coast of Tasmania, Australia. But what divers discovered on a plunge late last month surprised everyone.
Credit: Antonia Cooper/Reef Life SurveyAfter a person off the coast of Tasmania thought he glimpsed the rare fish, a team of divers from the University of Tasmania's Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and the Reef Life Survey (RLS) went looking to see if this sighting was fact or fiction.
Credit: Antonia Cooper/Reef Life SurveyAfter a while searching the water, there was no sign of the colorful fish. And the divers were just about to give up.
Cora was rescued from a terrible
backyard breeding situation in July, a few months before her
8th birthday. She had given birth to over 15 litters throughout her
lifetime, and when her final litter only produced one healthy
puppy, her family decided it was time to get rid of her. She had so
many health issues and had never truly known what it was like to be
loved but with all the love she has to give, you would absolutely
never know it.
Credit: Madison PalmMadison Palm originally planned to only foster Cora, but ended up deciding to adopt her after she realized there was no way she would ever be able to let the sweet little dog go. Despite everything shes been through, Cora is so excited to meet every single person she comes across, and has such an incredible nature that her mom has decided to get her trained as a therapy dog.
Credit: Madison PalmCoras personality is so amazing; she is a lover, Palm told The Dodo. She is always right next to me and always keeps a close eye if shes not. If Im not available shell pick the next closest lap to sit on and nudges your hand unless you are petting her at all times. She is SO sweet and that is usually the first thing people say about her. Her gentle and kind nature never goes unnoticed.
Credit: Madison PalmThe sweet corgi loves to walk up to strangers when shes out and about, just to say hello. So when she and her mom were traveling and ended up stuck in an airport recently, she figured Cora wo...
As an avid musician, animal services officer Chad Olds is used
to playing for a crowd but he never expected that dogs would become
his biggest fans of all.
Every Friday night, Olds is on duty at Vance County Animal Shelter in North Carolina to help load animals for transport to adoptive homes or other rescues. Last week, he decided to bring in his guitar to pass the time after the work was done.
Normally I dont have a whole lot going on then, so I was just fiddling around with my guitar in the office, Olds told The Dodo. Somebody peeked their head in and said, Hey, you should try playing for the dogs!
Credit: Vance County Animal ShelterWithin a few days, Olds and shelter manager Frankie Nobles had arranged the details of the concert. It would start in front of the kennels at promptly 2:30 p.m. just before lunchtime.
Credit: Vance County Animal ShelterBut within seconds of the first note, the dogs had stopped barking and were intensely focused on the music. As Olds belted out the ballad and strummed his acoustic guitar, he slowly walked past each of the kennels and the dogs wouldnt stop wagging their tails.
Credit: Vance County Animal She...
No one could catch the stray
dog, no matter how hard they tried.
For days or maybe weeks the tiny terrier mix scurried around a parking lot next to a school and church in Monrovia, California, dodging cars on the busy road in front of the buildings.
Yet Piper Wood, founder of Hand in Paw, a rescue organization in Los Angeles, was determined to rescue the dog.
Credit: Piper WoodI had seen [Facebook] posts prior to this people posting pictures of her in the bushes, and in the churchs parking lot, Wood told The Dodo. So I decided, OK, I really need to do something now.
Credit: Piper WoodShe was just lying in the corner, and there were puddles of pee and feces that she was just sitting in because she was too scared to move, Wood said. She had tar hanging from her chin, and tar covering the pads of her feet. So Im sure it was pretty painful.
Credit: Piper WoodWhen I first picked her up ... she seemed really tense, and she almost wanted to get out of my arms, but I had a very good grip on her, Wood said.
His life now is any dogs dream.
Every day, Clover the golden retriever explores the rolling countrysides of England, plays with all the toys he wants and snuggles into a warm, cozy bed with his mom at night. His best friends are chickens, and he loves playing with other dogs, too.
He has a zest for life but he almost never got to experience any of it.
Credit: Skye WardleA little over a year ago, Clover lived on a dog meat farm in China that was raising him to be slaughtered for food. He spent his days inside a small cage with little food or water. He and his other pen mates often had no choice but to eat the decaying remains of dogs who had died from the horrible conditions.
Credit: Skye WardleBy the time he was a year old, Clover was starving and sick. There was no light in his eyes, and it was only a matter of time before he would be killed at a slaughterhouse in Changchun, China, one of the countrys largest hubs for dog meat. He was stuffed into a tiny metal crate and transported there.
February 15, 2018 marks the 5th anniversary of the Chelyabinsk event, the biggest asteroid airburst this century so far and the biggest one since the 1908 Tunguska event. This is also the only asteroid confirmed to have resulted in a large number of injuries. The...... Read more
From a News Report by D.K. Wright, WTRF News 7, February 15, 2018
UPDATE: XTO Energy will be bringing in a well control team from Texas after a loss of containment resulting in a gas well fire Thursday morning in Powhatan, OH.
Officials reportedly went door to door to residents and businesses within a two-mile radius suggesting that they evacuate. Evacuations are voluntary at this time, not mandatory. They are using an abundance of caution during this time.
According to Karen Matusic, XTO Public Relations, said that they hate that this happened to the community, but they are appreciative of the community being so welcoming.
Officials are in the process of setting up a claims line for everyone affected. 7News will keep you updated once that number is released. Officials are also setting up hotel rooms for those that need them.
Matusic said that there was no estimated time for residents to be allowed back at their homes.
XTO Energy is working with local county and state law enforcement to secure the roads. At this time, State Route 148 in Powhatan is closed.
ODNR has released a statement about the incident:
ODNR was notified at 9:38 a.m. of a potential incident on a XTO Energy well pad outside of Powhatan Point in Belmont County. ODNR, OhioEPA, and local authorities are all on scene working to mitigate the situation. The well is currently on fire and the local authorities have evacuated a one-mile radius.
A well control company will be onsite soon and will work to get the well under control. At this time, no injuries have been reported and well continue to monitor the situation from onsite.
State Representative Jack Cera is on the scene, because he wants to make sure all of the people living in the area are being taken care of properly.
JAKARTA The world lost nearly 150,000 orangutans from the island of Borneo in the past 16 years due to habitat loss and killing, and is on track to lose another 45,000 by 2050, according to a new paper in the journal Current Biology. The study, published Feb. 15, observed 36,555 orangutan nests across Borneo, an island that is shared between Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei, between 1999 and 2015. During that period, the researchers reported a steep decline in the number of nests they encountered over a given distance: the encounter rate more than halved from 22.5 nests per kilometer (about 36 per mile) to 10.1 nests per kilometer. That decline, they calculate, represents an estimated loss of 148,500 individual Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus). The data also suggested that only 38 of the 64 identified spatially separated groups of orangutans, known as metapopulations, now include more than 100 individuals, which is the accepted lower limit to be considered viable. They are disappearing even faster than researchers had envisaged, said Maria Voigt, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany and lead author of the new study. The major causes are habitat degradation and loss in response to local to global demand for natural resources, including timber and agricultural products, but very likely also direct killing, Voigt wrote. Forest and oil palm plantation in Borneo. Photo courtesy of Dr. Marc Ancrenaz. Some 288,500 orangutans were believed to live in Borneo in 1973, when three-quarters of the island
Animals that turn white in the winter to hide themselves in snowy landscapes could struggle to adapt to climate change, research suggests.
A new study finds that declining winter snowfall near the Arctic could have varying effects on the survival of eight mammal species that undergo a seasonal colour moult from summer brown to winter white each year.
Species most at risk of standing out against the snow include mountain hares, snowshoe hares and short-tailed weasels. Without blending into the background, these animals could find it harder to hunt prey or hide from predators.
However, there are some parts of the northern hemisphere where colour-changing mammals could have a better chance of adapting to climate change, the study finds.
These rescue hotspots, which include northern Scotland and parts of North America, should be protected by conservationists to give colour-changing animals the best chance of adapting to future climate change, the lead author tells Carbon Brief.
Visual camouflage is a vital tactic used by both predatory animals, who must hunt while avoiding detection, and their prey, who must hide to avoid being eaten.
But in parts of the northern hemisphere, the changing of the seasons offers a unique challenge to those trying to camouflage with their surroundings.
In winter, when the landscape is snowy and barren, animals with white colouring find it easiest to blend in. However, when spring arrives and snow is replaced with brown soils and growing vegetation, those with mottled brown colouring tend to find it easier to escape detection.
One solution to this problem, used by a range of animals, is to undergo a seasonal moult from brown to white each year.
Scientists have recorded 21 mammal and bird species using this colour-changing tactic, including the Siberian hamster, the collared lemming and the willow ptarmigan.
The new study, published in Science, focuses on how climate change could alter the survival chances of eight of these species.
Hey folks, sorry for all the false alarms! First we made a Newswire post declaring that the submission deadline for our Spring issue was February 8. Then we put out an email saying it was extended to February 15 But now:
Sorry for waffling. We realized too late that, because the 2018 Earth First! Organizers Conference happens later in the month than we are used to, our magazine schedule has to be shifted slightly into the future. Which means yall have a little more time to send in content for us to consider!
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We are looking for artwork,
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Carbon emissions from the Brazilian Amazon are increasingly dominated by forest fires during extreme droughts rather than by emissions from fires directly associated with the deforestation process, according to a study in Nature Communications.
The authors suggest that recurrent 21st century droughts may undermine achievements in reducing emissions from deforestation in this region.
Dr. Luiz Arago, from the University of Exeter and the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE), and colleagues used satellite data and greenhouse gas inventories to assess drought impacts on fire incidence and associated carbon emissions between 2003 and 2015 in the Brazilian Amazon.
The authors found that despite a 76 percent decline in deforestation rates over the past 13 years, fire incidence increased by 36 percent during the 2015 drought compared to the preceding 12 years.
They estimate that forest fires during drought years alone contribute on average emissions of one billion tonnes of CO2 annually to the atmosphere, which are more than half those from old-growth forest deforestation.
According to Dr. Arago, this is the first time scientists have clearly demonstrated how forest fires can become widely spread during recent droughts and how much they influence Amazonian carbon emissions in a decadal scale.
He emphasizes that the suite of satellites currently in operation allows the retrieval of data on current climate, atmospheric carbon content and the status of terrestrial ecosystems.
The combination of such data is already permitting Dr. Aragaos research laboratory at INPE to develop robust methodologies for understanding and accounting for carbon emissions from forest degradation, one of the bottlenecks for accurately monitoring, verifying and reporting the Amazonian carbon budget...
CJ IGE OCT TML TWM FIRE-EARTH Conference: Criterion E Verdict on Injustice 021502 [FIRE-EARTH Tribunal in Absentia for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for High Crimes Against Nature, Rape, Pillage and Plunder (RPP) of Planet Earth.] Details available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. All Groups FIRE-EARTH ALERTS, FORECASTS, BULLETINS and MESSAGES available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. 
from Hambach Forest
As Hambi Comrades have now been thrown into a jail for going on a month, not just in record numbers and for charges such as not identifying themselves and obstructing police for which all before were release pending trial. What they are really guilty of in the eyes of the State is resisting the opening up of the Forest for destruction, yes the one year hold on cutting this season does not mean anything if RWE is able to use the police this year to try to get rid of us and then continue to cut the forest in the next 2018 to 2019 logging season dumping into the atmosphere mega tons of Carbon and other toxins in contained in the lignite that rests under the forest floor. The Hambi9 and now still the Hambi4 are not just for these infractions that were never before used to hold people in jail for so long and also had their inquest for pretrial hearing on the validity of their detention rejected and not heard. They are there not just for these unprecedented infractions, they are there for protecting the forest, the climate and their homes in the ancient Hambacher Forest. Once again please support them and spread the world of their struggle and imprisonment.
Next week will be a month that they have been incarcerated.
There is presently problems with the Hambacher Forest twitter account so any crossposting of this would be very appreciated. Also if anybody would like to translate or share any statement and solidarity actions for the German side of this blog that would also be great help and support for the cause and attention of and for the Hambi4.
On February 7, 2018, the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service or CAMS, has successfully predicted the appearance of an ozone mini-hole over western Canada on February 12 or 13. Sudden stratospheric warmings like the one currently in progress have been shown to...... Read more
from Support Walter
Walter Bond has been transferred to the Terre Haute CMU.
Here is his new mailing address:
FCI Terre Haute CMU
PO Box 33
Terre Haute IN 47808
If you recently wrote to Walter at the Greenville Illinois prison address, your letter will probably be forwarded to the new address. If your letter is returned in the mail, just re-send it to the new address.
Thank you to all the supporters who have sent funds for Walter over the last few months while he was on hunger strike and later while he was in the SHU. Now that he is no longer in the SHU and transferred to a new location, your donations will be put to good use.
by Emery Cowan / The Guardian
To the Hopi tribe, the San Francisco Peaks are sacred. The cluster of mountains rise dramatically from grasslands and ponderosa forests in northern Arizona, and the Hopi say they are home to spiritual beings called kachinas that are believed to bring the rain and snow to their reservation.
But the tribe has been allowed to move forward with a lawsuit against a local ski resort over what the tribe deems to be a desecration of the holy mountains: spraying artificial snow made from treated sewage.
People compare it to baptizing a baby with reclaimed water, said Ed Kabotie, a Hopi tribal member and artist. Nobody would think about something like that.
Signs around the Arizona Snowbowl resort, about 15 miles from Flagstaff, warn skiers not to drink the water used in making snow, but state regulations allow for its use in irrigating crops and watering parks. It has been found to contain trace amounts of substances such as Prozac, Deet and ibuprofen. They occur on the order of a few dozen to a few hundred parts per trillion, which, for comparison, is far less than a grain of salt in an Olympic-size swimming pool.
In its complaint, the tribe contends that the purity of sacred sites and natural resources will be compromised by artificial snow that gets blown outside the ski resort boundaries or seeps into the surrounding forest as it melts.
Even the act of making snow of turning to manmade technology to replace the natural water cycle goes against Hopi beliefs, said Leigh Kuwanwisiwma, the recently retired...
submitted to Earth First! Newswire
The torrefied pellet plant will not be built on the Limousin mountain!
This is an invitation from the Limousin Mountain to all potential accomplices who oppose the industrial offensive currently taking place under the veil of an ecological transition.
To our dear Friends in struggle in Khimky, in Bure, in Iceland,
in Notre Dame des Landes, in Biaowiea, in Durham, in the the
Cevennes Mountains, in the Mikmaq Territory, in amazonia, the woods
of Charnie, in Cambo, in Salau, in the Susa valley, in Dompierre,
in Roia Montan, in Standing Rock, in Gueret, in Atenco, on the
Isthmus of Tehuantepec, in Chalkidiki, in Saint Victor, at the Lake
Baikal, in Wallmapu
(Mapuche-Territory), in Guayana, in Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche, in Pyhjoki, on the dunes of Trgor, in stanbul, in Landivisiau, at the Hambacher Forst, in the Woods of Chambaran, at the Makwa Camp (Ojibwe Territories), in Loc Envel, in the Kiche Territory, on the shores of Kafue, in the Wendland, in the Niger Delta, in the Gran Chaco, in Merlac, in Norra Krr Vttern, in the gardens of Lentillres, in the
Treburer Woods, in Jabiluka (Mirarr Territory) and everywhere people counter the industrial madness
We write to you from the mountains of Limousin, somewhere in
central France. Our region is being threatened with the
construction of a torrefied biomass plant. This large-scale
industrial project is being
planned in the small rural towns of Bugeat and Viam, in the Corrze region, an area that is a natural refuge with valleys, moors and forests.
The development plans are being lead by a venture capitalist*1 who stumbled upon a great opportunity to make a quick buck when he made friends with the president of the Corrze city council*2, who is known for his ties with the agro-industrial lobbies. Despite numerous concerns and well-argued opposition to the plan, the public inquiry has announced its support for the project. This makes it cle...
Leaked UK government numbers cast doubt on fracking industry predictions for the future
Recycling is not enough: We need bold solutions to deal with our plastic overproduction problem
New activity/unrest was reported for 3 volcanoes between February 7 and 13, 2018. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 15 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Fuego, Guatemala | Kadovar, Papua New Guinea | Mayon, Luzon (Philippines).Ongoing activity:...... Read more
A large stretch of a road near Vatican City in northwestern Rome, Italy collapsed on February 14, 2018, taking with it seven parked cars. There were no injuries reported but 2 nearby buildings with 22 families were ordered to evacuate. The event followed a day of...... Read more
The equatorial ecosystems of the Albertine Rift are packed with plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth. Formed as tectonic plates in eastern Africa have slowly pulled away from each other for millions of years, the unique habitats in this epicenter of biodiversity have rapidly come under threat in recent decades from conflict, poverty and a booming human population. Now, a coalition of conservation groups is working with authorities to mobilize a plan to protect the cloud and lowland rainforests, the lakes and rivers, and the savannas and wetlands that stretch from Lake Albert south to Lake Tanganyika. The six landscapes of the Albertine Rift. Image courtesy of WCS. The Albertine Rift is the most important site for vertebrate conservation in Africa, with more endemic and globally threatened vertebrates than any other region of the continent, Andy Plumptre, a conservation biologist with the Wildlife Conservation Societys Africa program and the papers lead author, said in a statement. WCS, in concert with local NGOs and the governments of Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, has pulled together research spanning 16 years. Theyve used these investigations to better understand the six geographic landscapes selected for the high concentrations of unique and threatened species they contain, and theyve put forth detailed plans to protect them. According to the report, the scientists estimate that it will cost about $21 million a year to set their proposals in motion, a figure they argue offers a greater bang for the buck
from Its Going Down
The Bayou Bridge Pipeline would cut across Southern Louisiana to bring fracked-oil from the Dakota Access Pipeline system to export facilities. Construction recently began on the pipeline, but frontline communities are resisting. The hub of this resistance is the Leau Est La Vie Camp.
The Bayou Bridge Pipeline is being proposed by Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline and other harmful projects across the continent. ETP is one of the most reckless corporations in the world and they must be held accountable.
Organizers are calling for solidarity actions targeting the major financial institutions that are backing ETP. Visit NoBayouBridge.global to find a target near your community and organize a demonstration, vigil, letter delivery or a direct action.
Please register your demonstration or action on this site if it is open to the public. For support organizing an action, please email us at actions@NoBayouBridge.global.
A partial solar eclipse will be visible in parts of Chile, Argentina and Antarctica on February 15, 2018. The greatest eclipse will take place at 20:52 UTC. The Moon will pass in front of the Sun today, creating a solar eclipse. However, the alignment will not be...... Read more
Spiders are one of the most ubiquitous creatures on Earth, found on every continent except Antarctica. Whether in underground caves in the Amazon or the icy climes of Mount Everest, there is a species of spider that has moved into practically every land habitat. But some arachnids are determined to not even let the oceans stand in their way and scientists have just discovered a new one. A spider named for the late reggae legend Bob Marley is the newest member of the 15 known species of so-called intertidal spiders. These weird spiders inhabit the intertidal zone: a stretch of land that is submerged during high tide and exposed during low. Scientists from Australias Queensland Museum and the Zoological Museum at the University of Hamburg, Germany, first found Bob Marleys spider (Desis bobmarleyi) in 2009 and described it last December. A male Bob Marleys spider (Desis bobmarleyi), discovered in Port Douglas in Queensland, Australia. Photo by Robert Raven The connection to Bob Marley was first through his song high tide [or] low tide as these spiders live in the high tide low tide zone, said Barbara Baehr, a research scientist from the Queensland Museum and the lead author of the paper. The mix of land and sea in the intertidal zone supports a wildly diverse set of habitats. For instance, Baehr found Bob Marleys spider on brain corals in shallow reefs on the rocky Queensland coast. But another intertidal species, Desis formidablis, or the formidable spider, lives under boulders
From an Article by Reid Frazier, The Allegheny Front, February 9, 2018
Michael Thomas didnt think the Marcellus shale industry, with
its multi-acre well pads and large drilling operations, would come
to the Pittsburgh suburb of Plum. But then one day last summer, it
I was on vacation and I got an e-mail from a council member that said, Are you going to the meeting tonight? said Thomas, the borough manager. And my response was, What meeting?
It was a public hearing for an underground injection well for fracking waste, held by the EPA. Around 200 residents came out to oppose the project. Pretty soon the borough got word that another company wanted to build shale gas wells in Plum.
This came as a surprise to Thomas, the boroughs manager for 13 years. There were small, conventional gas wells in Plum. But Thomas thought the drilling industry would stay in more rural parts of the state.
We were not anticipating a lot of requests or a lot of permit requests for wellheads in Plum because all things being equal you can get a lot more property up in Elk County, a lot cheaper, than you can in Allegheny.
But in the last couple of years, interest in gas drilling in Pittsburghs suburbs has slowly but surely increased. Wells have been permitted or are being planned for as close to four miles from the city line. And according to research from the oil and gas watchdog Fractracker Alliance, about 18 percent of Allegheny County is leased to gas drillers.
That has rekindled a debate about the risks and rewards of drilling in suburban Pittsburgh, as suburbanites and elected officials now have to decide what to do about fracking in their backyards.
Risk vs. reward
Fracking has brought jobs to Pennsylvania and riches for some landowners, but also controversy. Opponents say the process burdens local communities with truck traffic, emissions from gas wells, and potential harm to groundwater.
But that debate has largely skipped over Pittsburgh and its biggest suburbs until now. Its not hard to see why.
If you look at a map of oil and gas operations in Pennsylvania, youll immediately take note that Allegheny County looks like an island in a...
A year ago, a cat now known as Valentino couldnt even open his
eyes and he sat in a cage crying now hes almost unrecognizable.
Credit: At-Choo FoundationValentino had had a terrible case of sarcoptic mange. His eyes were swollen and sealed shut. All he could do at the Los Angeles animal shelter where he was being kept was whimper.
Credit: John Hwang"He reached out with his little paw and made the tiniest meow, Elaine Seamans, founder of the At-Choo Foundation, told The Dodo at the time. "It was like he was screaming without verbalizing it: 'Please help me."
Credit: John HwangSeamans got in touch with Toby Wisneski, founder of Leave No Paws Behind, who agreed to take Valentino in and try to find him a home o...
One night about two weeks ago, Callie Schenker arrived home to
her farm in Missouri and saw something utterly unexpected: Her
one-eyed miniature pony, Cricket, was being ridden by a neighbor's
Schenker had the wherewithal to capture the scene on video.
"I was astounded," Schenker told The Dodo. "I had no idea that, on the one hand, the dog could ride. And two, that Cricket was letting him do it."
Naturally, the video went viral, racking up more than 6 million views. Some of those viewers were skeptical, telling Schenker they didn't believe the corgi just happened to be on top of Cricket like that.
"People said I must have put the corgi up there. Tied him on there," Schenker said. "People were like, That's a corgi, he can't just get up on that pony. I'm like, He just did."
Still, Schenker hadn't even known that Cricket and the corgi were hanging out, let alone that they're riding buddies. And she was left with a lot of questions herself about how exactly this pair was accomplishing their circus-like trick.
On Tuesday, she got her answers.
Schenker was inside the house "putting on makeup," she said, when she heard some noises outside. She looked out her window and there was Cricket, being ridden by his corgi friend again.
"The corgi is like a captain," Schenker said.
She ran outside with her phone. By the time she got there, the corgi had dismounted. But Schenker stuck around.
Not long later, the corgi began to bounce and bounce, with what seemed like Cricket's encouragement, until he was able to hop onto Cricket's back.
"I kinda had a hunch that's how he did it. But it was cool to really see. And to see Cricket actually play around with him was cool," Schenker said.
Cricket, who is about 5 years old and 3 feet tall, has been living with Schenker and her husband Bob for about a year.
The couple found Cricket, then very underweight, for sale for just $80 at an auction.
This is Wayne Rowley a truck driver for a timber company in
British Columbia, Canada.
Last week, he saved a life.
Credit: Wayne RowleyOn Thursday morning, while heading on a run in his truck, Rowley spotted something strange sticking out of a deep snowbank along the roadside. He passed by so quickly, Rowley hardly had time to process what he'd seen so, he decided to stop.
Credit: Wayne RowleyThere's little chance an animal had survived long in that state, but Rowley felt compelled to take a closer look. And sure enough:
Credit: Wayne Rowley"I dug a hole right beside him so he could roll over and get back up on his feet. He was straight upside down with his feet up in the air, and the more he moved the deeper he went," Rowley said. "The snow was 6 feet deep, so it took a while! But I think the moose knew what I was doing."
Jamie Holt knows that her yellow
Lab, Joanie, doesnt
have much time left. Last August, Joanie celebrated her 16th
birthday, making her a true centenarian if you convert
her doggy age into human years.
Ive been home-cooking for her for the last 11 years, Holt told The Dodo. I swear thats part of the reason that shes gotten this far.
Credit: Jamie HoltJoanie was just 6 weeks old when she came to live with Holt and its hard for Holt to imagine life without her furry friend.
Credit: Jamie HoltHolt also named Joanie after her mother, who passed away when Holt was only 14 years old. And although Holt never had children of her own, she thinks of Joanie as her child.
Credit: Jamie HoltBut Joanie is a senior dog...
Millions of viewers are tuning in to watch the 2018 Olympic
Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, but out of the spotlight,
some athletes and coaches are using their downtime to accomplish
something just as important as bringing home a medal saving
Meagan Duhamel, a two-time world champion pair skater, is returning to Canada this year with an Olympic gold but her work wont stop once the games end. Off the ice, the figure skater has been working to raise awareness of South Koreas dog meat industry since rescuing a dachshund mix named Moo-tae last year.
Credit: Instagram/Meagan Duhamel"Most of the time, he just wants to sit in everybody's arms," Duhamel told AP. "He doesn't even care to play, he just walks up to everybody and wants to be held." Moo-tae sits with his mom while she meditates daily, a habit he might have picked up while living with Buddhist nuns.
Police in Tennessee got a call from a concerned citizen recently
who had seen something suspicious in the woods.
Credit: Amiee Stubbs/ARCMakeshift shacks and empty plastic chemical barrels dotted the forest floor about an hour west of Nashville, in Humphreys County.
Credit: Amiee Stubbs/ARCTethered with heavy, industrial-strength chains were several adult dogs, mostly pit bulls and German shepherds, all of them underweight and covered in sores. Several more dogs young puppies were found in cages, trying to keep warm in plastic containers.
Credit: Amiee Stubbs/ARCNone of the dogs had access to fresh food, and the few water containers there were either empty or frozen over.
Credit: Amiee Stubbs/ARCPeople from Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) arrived to rescue the dogs 16 in total as well as two cats found on the property.
When Floyd was about a year old, he discovered the wonders of
blankets for the first time. His family kept a throw blanket over
the couch and he kept trying to steal it, so finally they decided
to just give it to him to keep and from that moment on, Floyd was
absolutely obsessed with blankets.
Credit: EmilyFloyd is now around 2 years old and he carries a blanket with him everywhere he goes. Being a Great Dane, sweet Floyd is pretty gigantic, but for some reason, he still loves the security of having a soft blanket with him at all times. His size also means that sometimes he accidentally tears his blankets just from dragging them around and tripping over them, but his family always makes sure they have extra blankets on hand since being without one is not an option for Floyd.
Credit: EmilyHe's gone through quite a few, Emily, Floyds mom, told The Dodo. They get pretty torn up after a few months and now I keep extras. He also has one in the car, and another one at my boyfriend's house for when we visit.
Credit: Emilyor out exploring the world, there will be a blanket in his mouth, no matter what.
For almost two weeks, worried residents in Cool, California,
watched as a coyote navigated their yards wearing a rather strange
object on her head: a large plastic jar.
The coyote, a young female, was spotted in late January with the jar around her head, leaving only a tiny gap near her neck that allowed her to breathe.
Homeowners helped Gold Country Wildlife Rescue keep tabs on her. But while it was clear she was growing weaker and weaker every day since she was unable to eat, the coyote still managed to keep out of rescuers grasps.
Credit: Gold Country Wildlife RescueToward the end, we were relying a lot on sightings, Sallysue Stein, founder of Gold Country Wildlife Rescue, told The Dodo. We were trying everything to get her.
Credit: Gold Country Wildlife RescueShe hadnt been able to eat for at least 10 days, Stein explained. But there was no way of knowing how long she had been stuck in there before people spotted her. She was starving.
Credit: Gold Country Wildlife RescueFortunately, this coyote was foun...
Climate Justice Forum: Lake Rail Bridge & Silica Drilling Meetings, Fatal Railroad Crossing Upgrades, Fossil Fuel Industry in Public Lands, 2017 Oil & Gas Well Increase, North Dakota Valve Turner Incarceration 2-14-18 Wild Idaho Rising Tide
The Wednesday, February 14, 2018 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features a recording of the Idaho Conservation League, rail bridge update meeting in Sandpoint, and news and reflections on north Idaho, railroad crossing upgrades and an exploratory, silica drilling proposal, a Trump administration directive allowing fossil fuel industry exploitation of public lands, a nationwide increase of oil and gas drilling rigs last year, tar sands pipeline valve turner Michael Fosters North Dakota incarceration, and various, activist support appeals. Broadcast for six years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, community resistance to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.
Chris Packham hits out at RSPB ties with optics manufacturers linked to hunting
With a new government report projecting that Americas carbon footprint is on pace to be slightly larger in 2050 than it is nowa prediction that partially takes into account President Donald Trumps attack on environmental regulationsgreen groups are arguing that only a... Read More
The post Time for Tepid Market Schemes and Corporate-friendly Clean Energy Baby Steps is Over appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.
A damaging tornado formed hit the village of Zira, near the city of Tarn Taran in Punjab, India on February 12, 2018, causing 'huge' devastation and injuring up to 20 people. Within minutes, the twister sent cars, tractor-trolley, water tanks, iron sheds,...... Read more
Jarrod Hodgson is one of very few scientists who have used rubber ducks as part of their Ph.D. research. Hodgson and colleagues at the University of Adelaide compared the accuracy of counts of birds on an Australian beach from images taken from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to counts by ground observers. They brought in the ducks to serve as faux seabird colonies, each with a known number of individuals. The University of Adelaide research teams experimental site, filmed from the UAV. A colony of rubber ducks, posing as greater crested terns, is in the foreground at left. Ground counters, researchers, and other volunteers are scattered behind. Copyright: Jarrod Hodgson Their findings, published this week in the journal Methods of Ecology and Evolution, suggest that aerial imagery can offer scientists more accurate counts of at least some species than even experienced observers on the ground. Image vs. in-person observations UAV-derived imagery is increasingly being used to survey and monitor wildlife, including detecting and monitoring individual koalas and surveying orangutan and chimpanzee nests, but few researchers have tested the accuracy of UAV-based data collection relative to other, traditional methods. Counting birds and other colonial species from the ground is liable to miss some animals and double-count others. It also requires experts to invest time visiting a site, sometimes repeatedly, to collect the data, and their presence may scare or alter the behavior of the animals they are trying to study. Thus the drones and the ducks. The researchers simulated 10 breeding
Divers have discovered a new population of what is considered to be one of the worlds rarest fish. Until recently, scientists knew of only one tiny population of about 20 to 40 red handfish (Thymichthys politus), an unusual species that prefers to walk on the seafloor using its hand-shaped fins over swimming, from a strip of rocky reef in Frederick Henry Bay in southeast Tasmania. But last month, seven divers from the University of Tasmanias Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and the citizen science project Reef Life Survey counted eight more red handfish in a small area measuring 50 by 20 meters (164 by 66 feet) several kilometers away from Frederick Henry Bay. The team estimates that this new site, currently undisclosed, harbors about 20 to 40 individuals, doubling the number of known red handfish on Earth, according to a press release from the IMAS. Red handfish. Photo by Antonia Cooper/University of Tasmania/Reef Life Survey. Antonia Cooper, technical officer at the IMAS, had spent more than two hours diving with her team and was about to turn back when she spotted the first red handfish. My dive partner went to tell the other divers that we were going to start heading in and I was half-heartedly flicking algae around when, lo and behold, I found a red handfish, Cooper said in the statement. Finding a new population that is definitely distinct from the existing one is very exciting, she added. It means theres potentially a bigger gene pool and also that there are potentially
CJ IGE OCT TML TWM FIRE-EARTH Conference: Criterion E Verdict on Injustice (V) [FIRE-EARTH Tribunal in Absentia for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for High Crimes Against Nature, Rape, Pillage and Plunder (RPP) of Planet Earth.] Details available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. All Groups FIRE-EARTH ALERTS, FORECASTS, BULLETINS and MESSAGES available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. 
from the Internationalist Commune of Rojava
We, the Internationalist Commune of Rojava, want to contribute to the ecological revolution in Northern Syria. To this end, we have started the campaign Make Rojava Green Again, campaign in cooperation with the Ecology Committee of the Cizire Canton. The campaign has three aspects:
Building up the Internationalist Academy with an ecological ethos, to serve as a working example for comparable projects and concepts for the entire society. The academy will facilitate education for internationalists and for the general population of Rojava, to strengthen awareness and environmental consciousness, pushing to build up an ecological society.
Joining the work of ecological projects for reforestation, and building up a cooperative tree nursery as part of the Internationalist Academy.
Material support for existing and future ecological projects of the Democratic Self-administration, including sharing of knowledge between activists, scientists and experts with committees and structures in Rojava, developing a long-term perspective for an ecological Northern Syria Federation.
The first two concrete projects of the Make Rojava Green Again campaign are:
Realization of the concepts of an ecological life and work in the Internationalist Academy, partly with the building up a nursery as a part of the Academy. In the spring of 2018, we will plant 2,000 trees in the area of the academy, and 50,000 shoots in the nursery.
Practical and financial support for the Committee for Natural Conservation in the reforestation of the Hayaka natural reserve, near the city of Derik, in Cizire Canton. Over the next five years, we plan to plant more then 50,000 trees along the shores of Sefan Lake.
These are some of the ways people can support the the campaign Make Rojava Green Again, the e...
One person's meat-eating can take a big toll on animals, climate, and health over time
A powerful storm accompanied with very damaging hail hit parts of central and southern India over the past couple of days, destroying more than 125 000 hectares (309 000 acres) of crops and killing several people. Such powerful storms are not usual for this region...... Read more
A strong cold front hit the Australian states of Victoria and Tasmania on February 14, 2018, producing damaging wind gusts and lifting up some dust. At least one person was injured in Victoria and more than 50 000 homes were left without power. In Tasmania, the...... Read more
JAKARTA Zely Ariane, an editor at the Tabloid Jubi newspaper in Indonesias easternmost region of Papua, gets frustrated each time an acquaintance travels there and asks to meet up on short notice. None of them, it seems, realizes just how vast the region is. My friends always say, Hey, Im in Papua, lets meet up! Zely said in Jakarta recently. But where in Papua, though? If someone was to ask to meet you in Java, theyd surely say where [specifically], no? The name Papua typically refers to the western half of the island of New Guinea, which is split up into two administrative regions: the provinces of West Papua and Papua. Together, they cover more than 420,000 square kilometers (162,000 square miles) an area the size of California. Crucially, the two provinces account for 35 percent of Indonesias remaining rainforest, spanning 294,000 square kilometers (113,500 square miles). No one seems to have a good grasp of the geography of Papua, or at least almost no one, Zely said. This lack of understanding is due in part to the remoteness of the region Indonesias least developed and most impoverished and its harsh mountainous terrain, as well as to the security response to a low-level separatist insurgency simmering since the 1960s. The military and police have for decades maintained a strong presence there, and to date it remains the least accessible part of Indonesia for journalists in particular foreign reporters, who require a special permit just to
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