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Thursday, 22 February


Deadly landslide hits Java, over a dozen missing The Watchers Latest articles

A deadly landslide hit the Indonesian island of Java on February 22, 2018, after several days of heavy rain. At least 5 people were killed and more than 15 are missing. The landslide hit the village of Pasir Panjang, Brebes district of Central Java around 08:00...... Read more

Peak food as modern agriculture fails The Watchers Latest articles

In the following video presentation, Christian Westbrook, also known as the Ice Age Farmer, talks about huge agricultural losses caused by severe weather and suggests that we are now hitting peak food. "There will never be more food available at such low prices...... Read more

Year of Weather 2017 The Watchers Latest articles

EUMETSAT has just published its annual Year of Weather animation, which illustrates where 2017s major storms formed, the conditions that spawned them, and their tracks, as well as other significant weather events. The 11-minute animation is narrated by...... Read more

Seychelles announces two new marine protected areas the size of Great Britain Conservation news

Seychelles, a small island nation located off East Africa in the Indian Ocean, has announced the creation of two new marine protected areas covering 210,000 square kilometers (81,100 square miles), according to a press release from the U.S.-based conservation group The Nature Conservancy (TNC). The area covered by the two parks is the size of the island of Great Britain. The first marine protected area includes 74,400 square kilometers (28,700 square miles) of waters surrounding the extremely isolated Aldabra archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has remained largely untouched by people. The Aldabra Atoll is home to the elusive dugong (Dugong dugon) and the worlds largest population of about 100,000 rare giant tortoises (Aldabrachelys gigantea). The islands are also important nesting grounds for hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) and green turtles (Chelonia mydas). The second marine protected area covers 136,000 square kilometers (52,500 square miles) of a commercially important stretch of ocean between the Amirantes group of coral islands and Fortune Bank. This region is important for both tourism and fishing activities, some of which will be allowed under stricter regulations, according to TNC. Aerial view of Aldabra. Photo by Simisa via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0). The Seychelles government designated the two new marine protected areas as part of a debt-for-nature deal drawn up with the help of TNC. The deal allows Seychelles to restructure part of its national debt in exchange for its commitment to increase marine protection from 0.04 percent of its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) to 30 percent. Seychelles commitment to


Civil society decries FSANZ approval of Golden Rice - english

The recent release of Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) approval report of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) application for a Golden Rice safety stamp and trade liability clearance have garnered negative reactions and widespread critique. 


Why economic growth is not compatible with environmental sustainability What's new

Why economic growth is not compatible with environmental sustainability

Catherine Harte 22nd February 2018
Teaser Media


Cost of Atlantic Coast Pipeline Estimated Now at $6.5 Billion Frack Check WV

Regulators neglect the cost of the pipeline impacts

Escalating Cost of ACP Pipeline Now Estimated at $6.5 Billion

By John Downey, Charlotte Business Journal, February 20, 2018

Duke Energy Corp. CEO Lynn Good says the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline could now cost as much as $6.5 billion to complete about 30% more than estimated when the project was first proposed just three-and-a-half years ago.

Good disclosed the latest estimate during Charlotte-based power companys earnings call.

Due to delays and more stringent conditions in the permitting process, ACP now estimates total project cost between $6 billion and $6.5 billion, Good told analysts on the conference call.

That would put Dukes share of the price at between $2.7 billion and $3.1 billion.

The joint project of Dominion Energy Inc., Duke and The Southern Co. was announced in September 2014. At that time, the partners (including Piedmont Natural Gas, which is now part of Duke) said it would cost about $4.5 billion to $5 billion to build.

The price has risen several times since then as the regulators demanded changes to the route and other specifications to meet environmental, cultural and safety objections.

Delays in construction have also added to the cost. The partners originally had hoped to start construction in 2016 and have the project in service by late this year. That has, over time, slipped to construction work starting by summer (there is pre-construction tree clearing already underway) and completion by late next year.


Report Released on Economic Impact of Atlantic Coast Pipeline NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA on March 1, 2016


Researchers shed new light on how hunting impacts the Amazon rainforest's ecosystem What's new

Researchers shed new light on how hunting impacts the Amazon rainforest's ecosystem

Catherine Harte 22nd February 2018
Teaser Media


Shelter Dog Insists On Holding Rescuer's Hand During Car Ride Home Thrillist

The big, wide world can at times feel like a pretty daunting place but certainly much less so when you have a friend. Fortunately for this sweet pup named Regan, she no longer has to face the future alone.

Credit: Kim Mozena Rezac

"So this girls person died and she found herself homeless," Kim Mozena Rezac, founder of Goofy Foot Dog Rescue in Tennessee, wrote online. "She was in our shelter for a couple days and I felt sorry for her so I brought her home."

Though Regan and Rezac were only recently acquainted, the dog seemed to understand that she now had a faithful companion by her side once again. During her ride to freedom in the passenger seat of Rezac's car, Regan insisted on holding hands with the woman shuttling her to a better life.

"I think she felt secure in touching someone familiar," Rezac told TODAY. "She was so nervous and scared in the shelter but as soon as she jumped into my car she seemed so grateful."

Rezac's video of Regan's sweet gesture has since gone viral, racking up more than 2.6 million views on Facebook. But that's not the end of the story.

TODAY reports that Regan was placed in the loving company of a foster family who, with any luck, will be there to hold the dog's hand literally and figuratively until she finds a new forever home of her own. 


Blind Pit Bull Wanders Into Junkyard, Hoping Someone Will Help Him Thrillist

After wandering into a junkyard one day, 12-year-old Duncan crawled under a dumpster and lay down, tired and defeated. One of the employees noticed him under there and quickly brought the poor senior dog some food and water. The employee could see that Duncan was blind and in terrible condition, and while her boss wanted to call animal control, she knew he probably wouldn't last long in a public shelter. Instead, she quickly contacted a rescue. 

Credit: Hope for Paws

Hope for Paws got the call about Duncan and rushed out to the junkyard to save him. Rescuers offered him some more food, but the sweet old dog was so disoriented and confused, his rescuers knew it would be best to get him out of there as quickly as possible. 

Credit: Hope for Paws

They slipped a leash around his neck  

Credit: Hope for Paws

and being old, blind and sick, Duncan didnt object, and let his rescuers slowly pull him out from under the dumpster. 

Credit: Hope for Paws

Once he was out, they could see how truly neglected poor Duncan was. He had a piece of rope tied around his neck, meaning that someone had been responsible for him at one point, and had completely let him dow...


Stray Dog Who Lived At Garbage Dump Begged People To Rescue Him Thrillist

Every time the visitors parked their cars at a garbage dump in Corum, Turkey, a dog named Hercules raced over to meet them.

He was very good about recognizing the cars of the people who would come to feed, Amanda Cunefare, a volunteer for Rescuers Without Borders (RWB), an organization that rescues dogs in Turkey, told The Dodo. Hed jump up on the windows of the car, and he clung to every person. He was a people dog.

Credit: Rescuers Without Borders

But Hercules wasnt the only dog at the landfill. More than 800 other strays lived there too and life for all of them was incredibly difficult.

It is cold, there is no clean water and food is scarce, Cunefare said. You have to fight with 800 dogs for resources, and bury yourself in piles of garbage to stay warm. Its a horrible, horrible place to have to survive for years.

Credit: Rescuers Without Borders

About four years ago, a 23-year-old Turkish woman named Gocke Erdogan started feeding the landfill dogs, getting them vet care and rehoming as many as she could. And last year, volunteers from RWB, which is based in the U.S., joined forces with Erdogan. So far, the team has managed to pull 47 of the dogs from the dump, and rehome most of them in the U.S. They also help Erdogan continue to feed and give vet care to the dogs at this landfill, as well as dogs living in remote villages across Turkey.

Credit: Rescuers Without Borders



Schoolboy Writes The Sweetest Letter To Comfort Teacher Who Lost Her Dog Thrillist

Mrs. Dunne is a primary school teacher, instructing a class of mostly 8- and 9-year-olds in Glasgow, Scotland. Recently, however, it was actually one of her young students who taught the greatest lesson of all on what it means to be kind.

Credit: Lucie Dunne

When they weren't studying the basics of reading, writing and mathematics, Mrs. Dunne's students enjoyed frequent discussions on a less scholarly subject her family's dog, Charlie. Though none of the kids ever met the 18-month-old golden retriever, they all adored him just the same.

"My mum was so excited by Charlie and loved telling everyone about him and showing them photos, including her class!" Lucie Dunne, the teacher's daughter, told The Dodo. "The kids often drew pictures of the dog for her and asked about him."

Sadly, though, the Dunne family was hit with some heartbreaking news.

Credit: Lucie Dunne

Despite Charlie's young age, he was found to have a malignant growth on his chest. His family sought out help immediately, but nothing could be done to save him: "Before we knew it he was in intensive care with cancer and a massive tumor pressing into his heart. By the end he was oxygen-dependent and we had to let him go," Lucie said.

Charlie's family was devastated. The following Monday, Mrs. Dunne knew she wouldn't be her normal self in front of her class, so she decided then to let them know her dog had passed away. They, too, were saddened, of course but one little boy, named Callum, found a way to help his teacher heal.

"Callum had asked for paper in class on Monday, and wrote her the note without her realizing," Lucie said.

This is what Callum wrote:

Credit: Lucie Dunne



The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: February 14 - 20, 2018 The Watchers Latest articles

New activity/unrest was reported for 2 volcanoes between February 14 and 20, 2018. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 12 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Mayon, Luzon (Philippines) | Sinabung, Indonesia. Ongoing activity: Agung, Bali...... Read more


Land plants may have evolved much earlier than we thought Conservation news

A new study drastically upends conventional wisdom about when plants colonized land, pushing back the date about 80 million years to around half a billion years ago. The new date more closely aligns with when land animals emerged, and could help advance our understanding of how and when Earths physical and biological systems formed. While previous estimates relied on limited fossil evidence to gauge when plants made the jump to land, researchers from the University of Bristol used molecular clock methods to analyze the genetic differences between living plant lineages. They then translated these differences to ages by comparing them to dated fossils to establish an evolutionary timeline for land plants as a group. Their results were published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Instead of emerging 420 million years ago the age of the oldest known fossil land plants the study indicates land plants first appeared around 500 million years ago. Rhynia gwynne-vaughanii 400 million-year-old fossil plant stem from Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Image courtesy of The Natural History Museum, London This pushes the emergence of land plants back into the Cambrian, a time period associated with a boom in the development and proliferation of multicellular life descriptively called the Cambrian explosion. Scientists believe land-dwelling arthropods first arrived on the scene mid-way through the period, which correlates to the studys new date for land plant emergence. Our results show the ancestor of land plants was alive in the middle Cambrian Period, which was similar


Neglected Dog Was So Scared He Wouldn't Let Anyone Comfort Him Thrillist

Whatever the dog had been through, it must have been bad.

Two and a half weeks ago, animal control officers found the dog tied up in a patch of woods near Dalton, Georgia. Someone had fastened a thick leather belt around his neck, and attached it to a heavy logging chain that was tied to a tree.

He was skinny, dirty and terrified.

Credit: Rebecca Rood Photography

Clearly this dog had a very rough past, Courtney Bellew, director of Special Needs Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation (SNARR), told The Dodo. I dont think well ever know what he actually went through, but the way he was found is a good indication that he had a pretty horrible life up until he was rescued.

The officers delivered the dog now named Stewart to Whitfield County Animal Shelter, but no one was able to get close to him.

Credit: Rebecca Rood Photography

He didnt want to be bothered, didnt want to be touched, Bellew said. He would growl, and then he would just go hide in the corner, and turn his face against the wall. He was totally terrified and shut down.

In fact, the shelter workers couldnt even remove the leather belt from Stewarts neck.

Credit: Rebecca Rood Photography

He would get so stressed anytime anyone would go near him, so they said, You know what? Lets just let him chill out and decompress, Bellew said. S...


Electricity from Small Modular Reactors: Hope or Nuclear Mirage?

M. V. Ramana | Courtesy: Energy Collective In October 2017, just after Puerto Rico was battered by Hurricane Maria, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry asked the audience at a conference on clean energy in Washington, D.C.: Wouldnt it make abundant good sense if we had small modular reactors that []

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Photo Ark a quest to document global biodiversity: Q&A with photographer Joel Sartore and director Chun-Wei Yi Conservation news

At turns haunting, humorous or just downright bizarre, the studio portraits of the thousands of animal species that photographer Joel Sartore has collected are more than just a catalog of life on Earth. When someone sees one of his photographs for the National Geographic Photo Ark, Sartore wants the encounter, often with an animal looking directly into the cameras lens, to be inspiring. A recent three-part film documents the lengths to which hell go to take the most compelling images and showcase our planets biodiversity. RARE: Creatures of the Photo Ark follows Sartore through jungle treks and sittings with ornery birds, and the filmmakers will be honored Thursday for Best Conservation Film at the New York WILD Film Festival, held at the Explorers Club in Manhattan. An endangered Malayan tiger (Panthera tigris jacksoni) at Omahas Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, in Nebraska, taken for the National Geographic Photo Ark. Photo by Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark. Sartore isnt picky about the species he photographs. Hes trained his lens on raccoons and dung beetles as eagerly as he has on critically endangered orangutans and rhinos. But theres a sense of urgency with the rarer animals. Yes, its an image for posterity, a snapshot of life as it exists at this moment in time before some of these animals disappear forever. But Sartore also knows that it might just be the push that someone needs to make a difference. I want people to care, to fall in love, and to take action, Sartore

DJ and ornithologists create wildlife music game Conservation news

Wildlife DJ Ben Mirin has teamed up with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Cornell Hip Hop Collection on a new online game that is sure to entrance nature lovers of all ages who also enjoy music. BeastBox users take sound recordings of wild creatures and transform them into loops, creating a wide variety of entertaining beats, breaks, and drops. Players also learn about the animals and the habitats they live in. Ben Mirin, aka DJ Ecotone, is an explorer, wildlife DJ, educator, and television presenter who creates music from the sounds of nature to help inspire conservation efforts. Last year he appeared on the Mongabay Newscast, Mongabays biweekly podcast, to discuss his work and to perform some mixes hes created (listen here from minute 5 on): Ben Mirin collects wildlife sounds. Photo courtesy of Of this new project, Mirin said in a statement, Ive used my passions for music and nature to explore the world, recording wildlife sounds and sampling them to create music that inspires conservation. BeastBox is another way to share that joy and knowledge with others. I hope people who play the game will be inspired to take their own creative approaches to nature, because the future of the planet depends on the ingenuity of people who care. BeastBox is a surprise mashup brought to you by scientists, musicians, designers, animators, and coders, said Mya Thompson, leader of the Cornell Lab of Ornithologys Bird Academy project. Its dedicated to the idea that we could


Sleepwalking to Armageddon: the Latest Must-Read, Edited by Dr. Helen Caldicott [Book Review]

Edited by Nobel Prize Nominee and pediatrician Dr. Helen Caldicott, this slim volume is a particularly timely book during this second year of an American administration that has openly flirted with nuclear war with North Korea. The current American administration has brought us closer to that un-winnable scenario than we have ever been since those terrifying days in 1962.

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Climate Justice Forum: Sandpoint Railroad Issues Meeting, Second Lake Rail Bridge Application, Payette Riverside Gas Wells, Anti-Silicon Smelter Meeting & March, Jordan Cove LNG Project Protest, Solar Panel Tariff 2-21-18 Wild Idaho Rising Tide

The Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features a recording of an Idaho Conservation League, railroad issues meeting in Sandpoint, and news and reflections on an application to build a second, Lake Pend Oreille, rail bridge, Alta Mesa gas well drilling next to the Payette River, a WIRT and Newport silicon smelter resisters meeting and march, an Oregon meeting disruption by Jordan Cove LNG project protesters, and a Trump administration tariff on imported solar panels.  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.


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Study: Biomass Energy Has Big Climate Impact Even Under Best Case Scenario STOPGETREES.ORG

Pelham, MA.  Burning wood in power plants will significantly undermine efforts to reduce greenhouse emissions over the next 10 50 years even under industry best-case scenarios where only forestry wastes are burned as fuel, according to a study published in Environmental Research Letters.
Not Carbon Neutral: Assessing the net emissions impact of residues burned for bioenergy, by Mary S. Booth, Ph.D., assesses net CO2emissions from burning tree tops and branches left over from forestry operations. Such materials are often considered to have zero net greenhouse gas emissions since they are assumed to emit CO2 from decomposition or incineration even if they are not burned for energy. The paper explodes this fallacy by demonstrating that even when power plants burn true wood residues and exclude whole trees specifically cut for fuel, net emissions are still significant.

To avoid dangerous climate warming requires us to reduce power sector CO2 emissions immediately, said Mary Booth, author of the study. However, this analysis shows that power plants burning residues-derived chips and wood pellets are a net source of carbon pollution in the coming decades just when it is most urgent to reduce emissions.
The study examines the net CO2 emissions impacts of biomass burned in US power plants and exported wood pellets that are burned to replace coal at the UKs massive Drax power station and other power plants in the EU. Combined, these facilities consume tens of millions of tonnes of wood per year. The study acknowledges that wood pellets are often sourced from whole trees, not forestry residues, but evaluates carbon emissions from residues-derived pellets because the biomass industry so often claims residues are a main pellet feedstock. It finds that even assuming the materials burned are true residues, up to 95% of the cumulative CO2 emitted represents a net addition to the atmosphere over decades.

Drax and other wood-burning power plants emit as much or more CO2 per megawatt-hour as when they burn coal, but the policy of treating biomass as having zero emissions means companies avoid pay...


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Widespread flooding hits US South and Midwest, excessive rain continues The Watchers Latest articles

Several days of heavy rainfall and snowmelt caused widespread flooding from parts of US South to Midwest, leading to numerous water rescues and leaving at least one person dead. Excessive rain and areal flooding will continue over the next couple of days, NWS warns....... Read more


Second Rail Bridge Application, WIRT & Smelter Resisters Meeting & March Wild Idaho Rising Tide

2/13 Second Lake Rail Bridge Application

At the Idaho Conservation League (ICL) After Hours convergence in Sandpoint on February 13, ICL conservation associate Matt Nykiel revealed that Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway has applied to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, for an individual (not a more lenient, general) permit to construct a second, parallel, 4800-foot, rail bridge over Lake Pend Oreille in north Idaho [1].  The public comment period on this federal, BNSF application could open any day and last 30 to 90 days.  BNSF must also first receive a permit from the notoriously oil and gas industry-friendly Idaho Department of Lands, before the Army Corps can approve the project.  North Idaho activists and residents are calling on the Northwest community to halt this expansion of the longest water crossing and most bottlenecked section of the Northwest, coal and oil pipeline-on-wheels.

In the wake of four significant, northern Idaho and western Montana, train derailments during 2017, and Washington Governor Jay Inslees January 29 rejection of the proposed, Tesoro Savage, oil train terminal at the Port of Vancouver, on the day after WIRT hosted the Idaho to Inslee: No Vancouver Oil Terminal! rally in Sandpoint, and BNSF ran four oil trains through north Idaho in eight hours, Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) continues to monitor and document full, westbound, coal and oil unit trains through the downtown Sandpoint frontline, the present, single-track, lake bridge, and the second bridge, pile load-testing site at Dog Beach Park, southeast of Sandpoint.

2/21 WIRT & Smelter Resisters Meeting

Please join the regional, climate activist community and #No2ndBridge group members at 7 pm on Wednesday, February 21, at the Gardenia Center, 400 Church Street in Sandpoint, for ongoing discussions and actions opposing Northwest, fossil fuel megaloads, trains, terminals, derailments, rail and lake bridge double-tracking, drilling, and waste injection wells, HiTestSands silicon smelter proposed for Newport, Washington, and exploratory, silicon drilling near Lakeview, Idaho.  For WIRTs third-Wednesday monthly, Sandpoint gathering, we have reserved a larger venue than the usual, Eichardts Pub, upstairs room, to foster interest and participation in these issues and to host organizers of several groups of Old Town, Idaho, and Newport residents, including Citizens Against the Newport Silicon Smelter (CANSS), presenting an information session about smelter resistance, and linking our various, overlapping campaigns.

Invite your friends and families for an evening of conversations sharing knowledge, exploring connections, and creating strategies and tactics in support and solidarity with the movement against extreme fossil fuels and for clean energy and livable communities.  Welcoming your ideas and input, we offer potluck food and beverages and current, issue updates and background at...


Analysis: BP significantly upgrades its global outlook for wind and solar again Carbon Brief

BP, the oil and gas major, has significantly increased its global outlook for wind and solar energy.

The main scenario in the companys latest annual Energy Outlook, released yesterday, shows renewables rising four-fold to 2,000 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe) by 2035. This is an upwards revision of around 400Mtoe compared to last years main forecast.

The projections also show, for the first time, global oil demand peaking by 2040. Oil remains the worlds largest fuel source, however.

This 2018 edition of BPs outlook also projects coal will peak before 2030, an even earlier projection than it gave last year.

Oil peak

BPs report focuses on its new evolving transition scenario, which replaces its base case scenario from previous years (see more on this below). However, it no longer says this is the most likely future scenario.

In this new projection, rising energy demand over the next 20 years is driven by fast-growing developing economies, with China and India accounting for half of the growth.

As the graph below shows, it projects a peak for both coal and oil in the coming decades, but continually rising demand for gas.

The path of global energy demand to 2040 by fuel, according to BPs evolving transition scenario, in millions of tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe). Wind & solar includes other non-hydro renewables, but excludes biofuels. Source: BP Energy Outlook 2018. Chart by Carbon Brief using Highcharts 

Oil consumption peaks for the first time at some point between 2035 and 2040. However, even in 2040, it will sit at around 4,800Mtoe, more than 50% higher than in 1990.

This is driven in part by falling demand from transport due to vehicle efficiency improvements and alternative fuels, says BP. By 2040, 40% of new cars sold are electric vehicles (EVs) in the evolving transition scenario, while 31% of kilometres travelled by car are in EVs. The scenario expects energy use in transport to plateau around 2035-40.


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Yellowstone earthquake swarm in the same area as last summer's Maple Creek swarm The Watchers Latest articles

Another seismic swarm is taking place at Yellowstone National Park since February 8, 2018. The swarm started with just a few events per day and intensified on February 15. Earthquake swarms like this account for more than 50% of the seismic activity at Yellowstone,...... Read more

Bright fireball over the State of Bahia, Brazil The Watchers Latest articles

A bright fireball was observed streaking through the night sky over the State of Bahia, eastern Brazil at 01:32 UTC on February 21, 2018. The event lasted about 3 seconds before the object disintegrated in a bright flash. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received...... Read more


Legal history made in ClientEarth case as judge makes exceptional ruling What's new

Legal history made in ClientEarth case as judge makes exceptional ruling

brendan 21st February 2018
Teaser Media


DC Carbon Pricing Summer Internship Chesapeake Climate Action Network


This summer, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, or CCAN, and our allies in the D.C. Carbon Fee and Rebate coalition are working to make D.C. the first place in the country to hold polluters accountable with a carbon fee and rebate for all.

And you can be a part of this historic fight.

Were hiring smart, talented students for summer internships on our campaign to pass the Carbon Rebate in D.C.


The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is the only group in the Chesapeake region of Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. dedicated exclusively to building a powerful grassroots movement to fight climate change. Our mission is to build the kind of movement it will take to put our region on the path to climate stability, while using our proximity to the nations capital to inspire action in neighboring states, around the country and around the world.


Washington, D.C. is at the forefront of cities nationwide when it comes to promoting clean energy and tackling the climate crisis head-on. Now its time for D.C. to lead againnot only in cutting fossil fuel pollution but in creating a more just and sustainable economy for all.

We know that putting a price on carbon is the most straightforward and cost-effective way to fight climate change and spur more clean energy.

Thats why we are working with partners across the District to move toward putting a price on carbon. By making fossil fuel polluters pay for the real and damaging costs of their emissions, we can unleash the clean energy solutions we need, and make D.C. families better off in the process.

A carbon fee will mean less carbon pollution wrecking our lungs and our atmosphere, more investment into energy efficiency solutions, and a faster transition to clean, renewable energy sources. D.C. families would benefit both economically and environmentally from cleaner air and water, new jobs created in energy efficiency and r...


VA Hampton Roads Summer Internship Chesapeake Climate Action Network



The Chesapeake Climate Action Network, or CCAN, is working to protect the Hampton Roads region from the catastrophic impacts of climate change.  

Climate Changecaused primarily by the burning of of fossil fuelsis the major driver of sea level rise globally and in Hampton Roads. The impacts of flooding are here now, and its only getting worse. Scientists say our coast could be inundated by as much as six feet of sea level rise within this century.


While the impacts of climate change are at our doorstep, so are the solutions. CCAN is working to help adapt our coast to rising tides, reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the root of the problem, and tap into Virginias vast wind and solar energy resources that means taking on the states biggest utility, Dominion Virginia Power, and stopping its dirty energy projects, like the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, in their tracks.


The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is the only group in the Chesapeake region of Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. dedicated exclusively to building a powerful grassroots movement to fight climate change. Our mission is to build the kind of movement it will take to put our region on the path to climate stability, while using our proximity to the nations capital to inspire action in neighboring states, around the country and around the world.


What you will learn:

  • Learn to organize campaign events and creative actions
  • Help conduct outreach, including tabling at events, phone banking and collecting petitions  
  • Help recruit new volunteers to the campaign
  • Write and publish your own letters to the editor and blog posts
  • Conduct campaign research
  • Support constituent lobby meetings with elected officials and legislators
  • Learn grassroots campaigning from an organization that climate activist Bill McKibben called the best regional climate organization in the world.

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Civil society decry FSANZ approval of Golden Rice - english

The recent release of Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) approval report of International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) application for a Golden Rice safety stamp and trade liability clearance have garnered negative reactions and widespread critique. 


Civil society decries FSANZ approval of Golden Rice - english

The recent release of Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) approval report of International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) application for a Golden Rice safety stamp and trade liability clearance have garnered negative reactions and widespread critique. 



Climate change could cause more severe droughts in 98% of European cities Carbon Brief

More than 500 European cities could face sharp increases in droughts, floods and heatwaves if climate change continues to rise unabated, a new study finds.

The UK and Ireland could experience the largest rise in urban flood risk out of any region in Europe, the research shows, while the greatest heatwave temperature increases could be felt in Austria and Germany.

The findings also show that more than 100 cities could face a rise in the risk of two or more types of extreme event by the second half of the century, with Leeds, Cardiff and Exeter featuring in the top 20% of cities at risk of both heatwave and flooding increases.

The study is an example of what might happen if we dont start cutting our carbon emissions in a timely fashion, a scientist not involved in the study tells Carbon Brief.

City concerns

More than 75% of the European Unions population live in urban areas and this figure is expected to rise to 82% by 2050.

The new study, published in Environmental Research Letters, estimates how climate change could affect the risk of flooding, drought and heatwaves in 571 European cities by the second half of the century.

For the study, the researchers used a collection of climate models to simultaneously assess the risk of floods, droughts and heatwaves for every city.


RCP8.5: The RCPs (Representative Concentration Pathways) are scenarios of future concentrations of greenhouse gases and other forcings. RCP8.5 is a scenario of comparatively high greenhouse gas emissions brought about by rapid population growth, high energy demand, fossil fuel dominance and an absence of climate change policies. This business as usual scenario is the highest of the four RCPs and sees atmospheric CO2 rise to around 935ppm by 2100, equivalent to 1,370ppm once other forcings are included (in CO2e). The likely range of global temperatures by 2100 for RCP8.5 is 4.0-6.1C above pre-industrial levels.

RCP8.5: The RCPs (Representative Concentration Pathways) are scenarios of future concentrations of greenhouse gases and other forcings. RCP8.5 is a scenario of comparatively high greenhouse gas emissions brought about by rapid pop...


Try a little tenderness - why compassion really is the best medicine What's new

Try a little tenderness - why compassion really is the best medicine 

brendan 21st February 2018
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Action Alert: Keep Protective Pollution Control Standards for the Ohio River Frack Check WV

The Ohio River needs monitoring & protection

Comment Period for Pollution Control Standards for the Ohio River

ACTION ALERT from the West Virginia Rivers Coalition, February 20, 2018

The Ohio River serves as a 256-mile border between West Virginia and Ohio. In this photo, the left bank is Chesapeake, Ohio and the right bank is Huntington, West Virginia.

The mighty Ohio River is in danger and the drinking water for millions of people who depend on it is at risk. The commission in charge of the rivers pollution limits is considering abandoning their responsibility by rolling back pollution control standards during their triennial review process.

Act Now: Contact the Ohio River commissioners, tell them you want strong and protective pollution control standards for the Ohio River.

The Ohio River already tops the list of the nations most polluted waterways. Dont let the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO), the commission charged overseeing the Ohios water quality, rollback critical protections!

Contact ORSANCO by Saturday, February 24, and tell them to say NO to eliminating pollution control standards for the Ohio River!


The Indigenous Climate Action women fighting for mother earth What's new

The Indigenous Climate Action women fighting for mother earth

brendan 21st February 2018
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Security Camera Shows Man Dumping Sick Puppies In The Middle Of The Night Thrillist

Back in September, Pablo and Penny (then called Pippin and Perdy) were only a few weeks old when someone put them in a bag, brought them to a random neighborhood around 9 at night

Credit: RSPCA

and dumped them over a wall and into someones garden. They were abandoned in the freezing cold and rain as if they were nothing but trash, and were discovered around 2:45 a.m. and quickly taken in by the RSPCA

Credit: RSPCA

The CCTV clearly shows a man walk past and then stop, before holding a carrier bag over the wall and tipping it out into the garden, Sally Bamforth, an inspector with the RSPCA, said in a press release. Then as he walks away, he pauses as the two tiny, disorientated puppies appear from underneath a bush and potter across the lawn. They must have been freezing and its a miracle that they survived until they were discovered. 

When rescuers came to collect the two tiny siblings, they were shocked by what terrible condition they were already in at only a few weeks old. They both had awful skin infections which had caused them to go almost completely bald, and needed immediate medical attention. 

Credit: RSPCA

It took weeks and weeks of intense treatment to finally get the pups completely healed  



Pig Can't Wait To See Her Favorite UPS Driver Every Day Thrillist

As a 30-year veteran of UPS, driver Scott Hodges knows to always come prepared with treats when delivering a package.

And if he doesnt, a sassy pig named Miss Porkchop will surely have something to say about it.

Credit: Scott Hodges

One day three years ago, Hodges was making a delivery to a vineyard in Newberg, Oregon, when he was greeted not only by the winery owners dogs, but also their pet pig.

The dogs seemed to have tipped her off about the treats they always got from delivery people and there was no way she was missing out on the goods.

She came right up to me along with the dogs, so I gave her a piece of my granola bar, Hodges told The Dodo. After that, she started coming out to greet me every time Id come for a delivery.

Credit: Scott Hodges

Since Miss Porkchop lives at the vineyard, she regularly greets visitors coming in for a wine tasting. But Hodges quickly became Miss Porkchops most-anticipated visitor, due to all the snacks and over the past few years, delivering to the winery has become the highlight of his week, too.

Shes super friendly. I think she thinks shes just one of the dogs, Hodges said. A lot of the time the dogs will come up into my truck waiting for their treat, but she can only get her front legs up on the steps since they're too short to climb all the way in. Which is good because shes 400 pounds and Im not sure how wed get her down.

Since the winery sends out quite a few orders, Hodges is usually there up to four times each week to pick up new shipments. While the dogs usually get biscuits, Miss Porkchop will get granola, carrots or apples depending on the day.

Since having piglets last year, Miss Porkchop has even brought her babies along for a few visits to Hodges. The small family recently moved into a new barn and outdoor enclosure next to the main building to keep them safe from cars, but the specia...


'Scary' Stray Dog Found Alone On Street Looks So Different Now Thrillist

No one knows for certain what life had been like for this dear little dog, named Frodo, prior to his rescue last year, but its clear he didnt have a friend in the world. His state of neglect was so extreme, merely looking at him was difficult to stomach.

But most shocking of all is just how much Frodo has changed since then thanks to love.

Credit: Klaudija Sigurnjak

Last May, Good Samaritans discovered Frodo wandering the streets of Croatia as a stray. The dog was emaciated and riddled with mange, and his eyes were swollen from an untreated infection. Frodo might have looked scary to some people, but he needed help so they reached out to veteran animal rescuer Klaudija Sigurnjak to assist.

Even she was taken aback by his appearance. 

Credit: Klaudija Sigurnjak

"I was stunned. I could hardly believe it was really a dog," Sigurnjak told The Dodo. "I immediately set about rescuing him."

And that was the moment everything began to change for Frodo.

Credit: Klaudija Sigurnjak

After offering Frodo food and winning his trust, Sigurnjak rushed him to get the expert care he needed. 

A veterinary vision specialist determined that the dog's right eye was so badly infected that it needed to be removed. Thankfully, his other eye could be saved, so Frodo would not be totally blind. Still, the dog's health was very poor overall.

"He was full of fleas and ticks, and starved to the bone," Sigurnjak said. "We were not sure whether or not he'd survive."...


Popular Tourist Spot Does The Worst Thing To Its Baby Tigers Thrillist

Pika never got a chance to be a normal tiger cub.

When he was just 6 weeks old, Pika was taken away from his mother at the Safari Park Open Zoo and Camp in Kanchanaburi, Thailand, so tourists could bottle-feed him and take selfies. Then, when Pika was about 2 and a half months old, he was sent to a vet to be declawed, a dangerous procedure in big cats that basically amputates their toes at the first knuckle.

After the declawing operation, Pika was never the same, according to a Michael, a volunteer who once worked at the Thailand zoo and helped raise Pika.

Credit: Big Cats Claw Back

He was declawed and came back with low energy, Michael, a spokesperson for the Facebook group Big Cats Claw Back, told The Dodo. He would not walk, play, bite or anything. He just lay in a corner. The only time he would move is if he didn't like being handled.

Pika stopped eating and drinking, and needed saline injections to stay alive. But Michael, who asked that his name be changed out of fear of retribution by the zoo, said that inexperienced volunteers were the ones who gave Pika his injections.

Credit: Big Cats Claw Back

He wasn't sent to vets because it was going to be too expensive to have them administer saline each day for months, he said. The cub was injected by inexperienced volunteers who were not informed [that] they would have to do this, [and] it involved the tiger screaming in pain and often bleeding out onto the floor because the vein was hard to find and the wrong part was pierced.

Pika somehow  surprisingly got better, although his paws would never be whole again. He was put back on display in the cub section of the zoo, where tourists could play with him or walk him on a leash.


Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Condemns the Rochford Mining in Black Hills: Committing to Additional Action Earth First! Newswire

from Native News Online

GREEN GRASS, SOUTH DAKOTA -The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe passed two (2) resolutions on 8 February 2018 opposing gold mining operations in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Mineral Mountain, LLC is a Canadian-based mineral extraction company preparing to drill hundreds of holes in the Black Hills in the search of gold.

 Its important that we protect and take care of Unci Maka Grandmother Earth as she has taken care of us. She has not only provided us a good life but all South Dakotans, commented Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier. South Dakota should wake up and see what is being done to our land. It must be a priority for all of us that live here in South Dakota to oppose all threats that would harm her. I am proud we are taking a stand and thinking about what our grandchildren will inherit from us. 

Resolution 17-2018-CR directly opposes the Canadian-based companys operations on the Black Hills. It begins by explaining the situation that has allowed the occupation of the Black Hills from Treaty to unconstitutional Acts by the U.S. Congress and how the land is managed by the Forest Service in violation of treaty agreements.

The resolution goes further to explain the proximity of the drilling to Pe Sla which is within a couple of miles of the proposed drilling and calls for government to government dialogue between the United States and the Great Sioux Nation. The resolution continues to remind the Federal government of its responsibilities under the National Historic Preservation Act and the National Environmental Act while opposing the exclusions this activity enjoys at the expense of Unci Maka Grandmother Earth.

Resolution 17-2018-CR calls on the Federal government to provide funding for the Great Sioux Nation to employ professionals to investigate the environmental and archeological impact of the Rochford Mining Project while authorizing litigation regarding the operations.

Resolution 18-2018-CR alliterates the history of pollution and environmental disasters associated with mining operation in the Black Hills that still plag...


Anti-Pipeline Activists Set to Converge on Burnaby Mountain in March Earth First! Newswire

by Tereza Verenca / Burnaby Now

Burnaby Mountain will once again be the site of a mass demonstration.

In response to Kinder Morgans $7.4-billion Trans Mountain expansion project, anti-pipeline activists are organizing a protest on March 10.

Photograph By NOW files

Its very important to protect our waters, said project leader Will George, also a member of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation. That pipeline produces so many dangers and hazards that we cant allow it to come to our water.

George said the protest has been in the works for the last two years and he anticipates upward of 500 attendees.

Members of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation launched a nationwide call-out on Feb. 6 to rise up and support the mobilization. The call-out went to hundreds of thousands of people, including environmental groups, civic society organizations and pipeline opponents.

The call-out came less than a week after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the CBC the pipeline expansion and two key programs the Oceans Protections Plan and carbon pricing are a package deal. Trudeau has maintained the pipeline is in the national interest and will get built.

Under no circumstances will we be blackmailed by (Justin) Trudeau into accepting the expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline, said Chief Bob Chamberlin, vice-president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, in a press release. We resent his threats to cancel the oceans protection plan and carbon cuts unless the pipeline goes forward. Well do whatever it takes to stop this pipeline. The question is, will Justin Trudeau do whatever it takes to build it?

In an emailed statement, Trans Mountai...


Chutka Nuclear Project: Former CM Digvijay Singh Voices Opposition, Will Indias Political Class Wake Up?

Kumar Sundaram | The former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh and senior leader of the opposition Congress party has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to rethink the Chutka nuclear power project proposed in the state. We urgently need suck reckoning across the political spectrum.

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Proposed Critical Mineral legislation undermines communities and clean water EARTHblog Earthworks

Thank you Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Lowenthal, and Members of the Subcommittee for the opportunity to testify before you in opposition to HR 520, the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act. My name is Aaron Mintzes, and I am with Earthworks. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the destructive impacts of mineral and energy development, while seeking sustainable solutions.

Our primary concern is that HR 520 undermines the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Under section 5(b)(1)(F), the lead agency can let any state or federal agency determine:

Whether public participation will occur during the decisionmaking process for authorizing actions under the permit.

So, a state could say no public participation allowed. I worry this may result in unintended consequences. If you shut the people out, it may invite litigation or create additional delays the lead agency could avoid if they listen to what the people say.  It may not deliver the regulatory certainty permit proponents seek.

NEPA ensures that Americans can take part in the review and development of projects affecting our social, economic, and environmental health. For nearly fifty years, NEPA has provided certainty and predictability through a transparent process well understood by federal regulators, permit applicants, and affected communities.

And it works. In 2016, the GAO reported that BLM and the Forest Service average two years to permit a mine plan of operations.  This period is competitive with Australia, Canada, and Chile. Especially controversial projects may take longer than average.  Yet, permitting delays primarily result from incomplete information provided by the project proponent. Sometimes for perfectly legitimate reasons like good faith changes in plans of operations or fluctuation in commodity prices.

The United States of America is one of the worlds best places to mine

America owes our mineral investment attractiveness to three factors:

  1. The strength and certainty of our democratic institutions (like NEPA)
  2. Our rich mineral endowment
  3. Our uniquely permissive mining laws and regulations

The 1872 Mining Law    

The General Mining Law of 1872 considers mining the highest and best use of public lands, even where our public lands may be better suited for oil and gas drilling, coal mining, grazing, hunting, fishing, recreation, or conservation; because of the 1872 Mining Law, mining wins.  This nineteenth-century law robs twenty-first century American...


Europe prepares for powerful Arctic cold blast - 'Beast from the East' The Watchers Latest articles

A blast of increasingly cold Arctic air, dubbed 'Beast from the East,' is arriving to Europe and is expected to hang over a large part of the continent through February and engulf all of it from March 5 for at least a couple of days. Very cold Arctic air...... Read more


Landmark Swedish Court Judgment against Nuclear Waste Repository: Read the English Translation

MKG, the Swedish NGO Office for Nuclear Waste Review has made an unofficial translation into English of the Swedish Environmental Court opinion on the power industrys Nuclear Waste Company SKBs license application for a final repository for spent nuclear fuel in Forsmark, Sweden.

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Sixty Years of the Peace Symbol that Gerald Holtom Designed

The Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear War were planning a huge Good Friday march from London to Aldermaston, Berkshire, in 1958, uniting with other antinuclear groups. But they needed a symbol that would represent all the participating protesters who were marching under the banner of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND).

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Broome hit by two years' worth of rain in two months, Western Australia The Watchers Latest articles

The town of Broome in the Kimberley region of Western Australia has officially endured its wettest year on record after just two months in 2018. Although January and February are usually its wettest months, updated figures show Broome was hit more than two...... Read more

Audio: Exploring the minds and inner lives of animals Conservation news

On this episode of the Mongabay Newscast, we speak with the co-author of a new book about the minds and lives of animals their memories, how we know that they dream, how some even like to get drunk and well hear all about Mongabays newly launched bureau in India. Listen here: Our first guest is Sy Montgomery, the author of two dozen books for adults and kids about animals including the classics Journey of the Pink Dolphins, The Good Good Pig, and The Soul of an Octopus, which was a National Book Award finalist in the U.S. Montgomery recently teamed up with her friend and fellow animal writer Elizabeth Marshall Thomas to write Tamed and Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind. The book is a collection of essays about dogs, hawks, house cats, lions, octopuses, sharks, snails, and more and Sy Montgomery is here to share a few of the stories from the book with us. Our second guest today is Sandhya Sekar, program manager for Mongabay India, the newest addition to the Mongabay family of environmental news sites, joining those based in Indonesia, the U.S., and Latin America. Sekar joins us from the capital city of the southern Indian state of Kerala, where shes based, and is here to tell us about the environmental challenges India is facing and what kinds of coverage youll find at Heres this episodes top news: Ecuador announces a new national park in the Andes The ozone layer is

Brazils fundamental pesticide law under attack Conservation news

Applying pesticides in the field. Brazil is the worlds biggest user of chemical pesticide. Photo by prodbdf on flickr Pesticides are flourishing on fertile economic ground in Brazil, thanks to the large government subsidies and low taxes granted to the companies manufacturing them, the negligible costs for national registration of active chemical ingredients, and virtually nonexistent pesticide use oversight. These and other incentives plus explosive agribusiness growth resulted in Brazil achieving a dubious record in 2008, when it became the largest pesticide consumer in the world, according to a Kleffmann Group study commissioned by the National Association of Plant Defense (ANDEF), representing Brazils pesticide manufacturers. (Oddly, a negative press response to the study caused ANDEF to deny its own findings  for years.) Number one or not, the national statistics are eye opening. ACCording to IBAMA, Brazils environmental protection agency, and other data, chemical pesticide active ingredient sales grew countrywide by 313 percent between 2000 and 2014, rising from 162,461 tons to 508,566 tons. So Paulo, Mato Grosso and Paran became the major trading states over that period. But even once small pesticide consumers, like Amazonas, Amap and Acre, saw exponential growth, with use soaring by 1,941 percent, 942 percent, and 500 percent, respectively, in sales per ton between 2005 and 2012 in these Amazon states. Brazilian pesticide consumption and related products (2000 2014). Vertical axis: 1,000 tons of active ingredient; horizontal axis: year. Chart courtesy of IBAMA. Data consolidation provided by the registrant companies of technical products, pesticides and the like, according to article 41 of Decree n 4,074/2002. Updated April 2016

Study delves into overlooked community perceptions of conservation impact Conservation news

Most conservation projects today must answer a key question: How does the project affect the local people? But high-quality studies that measure the impacts of conservation projects on peoples well-being remain few and far between. Whatever rigorous research does exist tends to focus on a narrow range of economic indicators, such as household income or expenditure, serving as proxies for peoples well-being. But well-being can mean different things to different people. And indicators like income, while objective, may not capture aspects of well-being that are actually important to the people themselves, some conservationists argue. Instead, the conservationists have called for complementing the more objective methods with approaches that measure what the people think are important to them, because peoples perceptions of impacts can determine future support for conservation projects. To that end, a new study published in World Development has found a novel way of measuring impacts on peoples lives, by letting them define what matters to them. To see how a strictly protected area and community forest management in Madagascar are affecting peoples quality of life, Ranaivo Rasolofoson, currently a researcher at the University of Vermont, U.S., and colleagues adapted the Global Person Generated Index (GPGI), an index that has previously been used in the health sector to see what people consider important for their quality of life, and lets the people rate the performance of their self-chosen domains. This is the first time the GPGI has been used to assess the social impacts of a nature conservation strategy, Rasolofoson said. Well-being includes


Berta Didnt Die, She Multiplied: Two Year Anniversary of Berta Cceres Assassination Global Justice Ecology Project

March 2 marks the 2nd year anniversary of the brutal assassination of Berta Cceres, co-founder and leader of the Council of Popular Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). In coming weeks, people around the world will respond to COPINHs call for... Read More

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Courts Call Out Trumps Blitzkrieg on Environmental Rules Latest News

A cascade of courtroom standoffs are beginning to slow EPA rollbacks thanks to the administrations disregard for the law


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Every five-year delay in meeting Paris goals could add 20cm to global sea levels Carbon Brief

Failure to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement within the next few decades could have long-lasting impacts on global sea level rise in the coming centuries, new research finds.

A study finds that each five-year delay in meeting the goal of reaching global peak CO2 emissions could drive sea levels to rise by an additional 20cm by 2300.

This amount of sea level rise is roughly equal to what the world has experienced since the start of the industrial revolution more than 200 years ago, the lead author tells Carbon Brief.

The findings reiterate that peaking global CO2 emissions as soon as possible is crucial for limiting the risks of sea level rise, the author adds.

Race to zero

Samples taken from ice cores, tide gauges and satellites show that global sea levels have risen by around 19cm from pre-industrial times to present, with recent research showing that the rate is likely to be accelerating.

The new study, published in Nature Communications, estimates how delays in meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement could affect the total amount of sea level rise by 2300.

Under the Paris Agreement, countries have pledged to cut their rates of emissions in order to keep future global temperature rise well below 2C. To achieve this, nations agreed to reach peak CO2 emissions as soon as possible. This will be key to achieving net-zero emissions within the second half of this century.

The new research shows that the speed at which the world can cut its greenhouse gas emissions is becoming the major leverage for future sea levels, says study lead author Dr Matthias Mengel, a postdoctoral researcher from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacts (PIK) in Germany. He tells Carbon Brief:

The way that emissions will evolve in the next decades will shape ou...


VA No New Fossil Fuels Internship Chesapeake Climate Action Network



This summer, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN), is working on a campaign to stop two fracked-gas pipelines in Virginia, incentivize clean renewable energy, and hold dirty polluters accountable for the damage that they do to our climate and communities.

Take part in this visionary campaign to grow grassroots and grasstops power across the commonwealth: all the while cleaning up our air, improving the health of our communities, and creating good-paying new jobs.

Were hiring smart, motivated students for fall internships to stand up and take climate action. Apply today!


The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is the only group in the Chesapeake region of Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. dedicated exclusively to building a powerful grassroots movement to fight climate change. Our mission is to build the kind of movement it will take to put our region on the path to climate stability, while using our proximity to the nations capital to inspire action in neighboring states, around the country and around the world.


We are leaders in the national clean energy revolution. Not only did we help make Maryland the first state to legislatively ban fracking and lead the public battle against Dominion to the political frontlines in Virginia, but we have consistently pushed Virginia to keep up with its neighbors in cutting greenhouse gases and fighting for electricity from renewable sources.  We are seeing a rising tide of public support for transformative energy policy in the Commonwealth, but we need to continue pushing forward with a bold vision if we want to win.

The campaign is called the No New Fossil Fuels Campaign and the primary components are below:

  •        Stop two massive fracked-gas pipelines that are proposed to be constructed in Virginia
  •        Shift the political climate in Virginia to not welcome further fossil fuels infrastructure projects
  •        Grow grassroots power across the commonwealth to counter the tremendous influence that the fossil fuels industry wields in Virginia

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



Its our home: Pygmies fight for recognition as forest protectors in new film Conservation news

The word pygmy conjures images of hunter-gatherers living deep in the Congo rainforest, far removed from the modern world. But that modern world is closing in on them, as the forests in which they live fall to provide the rest of the world with timber and make way for huge industrial farms. Now, the pygmies of the Democratic Republic of Congo are coming together to demonstrate both the value of the forest to their society and their role as stewards of this resource. Its the place of spirits, invocations, incantations and reincarnation, says Marie Lisenga in a recent short film, Pygmy Peoples of the DRC: A Rising Movement. Its our home.   The documentary is part of the If Not Us, Then Who? project, with its mission to showcase how communities are critical in protecting forests and tackling issues such as climate change. Like many indigenous groups around the world, the DRCs pygmies are struggling to hold onto the lands they have tended for generations. No indigenous are recognized, says Kapupu Diwa Mutimanwa, a leader of the Twa ethnic group and president of the League of Indigenous Pygmy Associations of Congo, known by the French acronym LINAPYCO. There are customary indigenous laws, but they are not recognized by others. So we must change this. The way the pygmies say theyre treated harkens back to racist beliefs dating to colonial times about who they are. We are considered as sub-human as an inferior race, people who cannot even think, says Joseph Itongwa Mukumo,

Scientists from Indonesia, Germany and the Netherlands win Indonesian Peat Prize Conservation news

JAKARTA A team of scientists from Indonesia, Germany and the Netherlands has won a competition two years in the making to come up with a fast, accurate and cost-effective way to map Indonesias vast tropical peatlands an all-important carbon sink that the government wants to conserve. The winner of the $1 million Indonesian Peat Prize, funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, was announced Feb. 2 to coincide with World Wetlands Day, two years after Indonesias Geospatial Information Agency (BIG) launched it to select a mapping proposal to serve as the standard for surveying the countrys peatlands. The BIG is pleased and excited that the prize has produced the best method for mapping peatland that combines accuracy, affordability and timeliness to support the BIGs work in mapping and providing geospatial data and information, agency chief Hasanuddin Zainal Abidin said at the announcement in Jakarta. The winner, the International Peat Mapping Team (IPMT), boasts members from Germanys Remote Sensing Solutions GmbH (RSS), Indonesias state-funded Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT), and Sriwijaya University in South Sumatra province. The BIG will have two years to fully adapt their methodology into the new peat-mapping standard, although some government agencies are clamoring to start adopting the system immediately. The IPMT proposal combines satellite-based technologies and the airborne high-resolution mapping technique known as lidar which involves beaming laser pulses at the ground from a plane and recording the reflected rays with on-the-ground measurements. The team started off

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Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the EU speaks out for Bialowieza Forest What's new

Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the EU speaks out for Bialowieza Forest

Catherine Harte 20th February 2018
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Halting deforestation: from aspiration to action Illegal Logging Portal

Imagine an area the size of Belgium, blanketed by forests and trees which provide food, fuel, medicine, shelter and incomes for local habitants while conserving soil and water for farms and absorbing carbon from the atmosphere.

Now, imagine that area stripped entirely of its trees. This is the amount of forest area lost to the world each year and the final cost of this deforestation is almost beyond measure, with an impact extending far beyond the forest itself.

Once forests and trees have disappeared, so too will the integrity of the soil and water systems they supported often permanently. 75 percent of all freshwater for farms, industry and homes comes from forests and wetlands. Forests also sequester more carbon than any other terrestrial ecosystem and when they are destroyed, this carbon is released back into the atmosphere, impacting adversely on the global climate.

Deforestations negative impacts for people and the environment are thus far-reaching and serious. Increased forest loss also means that, without major corrections in land use, the world will probably fail to meet crucial global targets, particularly the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Such a setback will also have ramifications for SDG-defined action on eradicating hunger and poverty, preserving health and fighting climate change targets that rely heavily on the goods and services that forests provide.

To put this degree of interdependence into perspective, we need to look at SDG 15 on Life on Land; progress on which will be the focus of high-level UN reviews later this year. It calls for deforestation to be halted by 2020, a highly ambitious target. It also requires the world to ensure that forests are managed sustainably and that we protect biodiversity, restore, and promote the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, and halt and reverse land degradation.

None of these measures can be achieved if forests are not included at the heart of policies, development strategies and actions that go far beyond the forest sector.

In fact, many drivers of deforestation lie outside the forest sector and are rooted in wider social and economic issues, including challenges related to reducing poverty, and policies that favor land uses which produce higher and more rapid financial returns, including energy, mining, transportation, and agriculture.

Further, a growing world population projected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050 makes it critically important to find ways to feed people while maintaining and expanding forests to meet other human needs. This can be done. Research published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has shown how, over the past quarter-century, more than 20 countries have improved food security while at the same time maintaining or increasing t...

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Civil Society Statement on the EU-Indonesia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) Illegal Logging Portal

This statement has been developed jointly by Indonesian and European civil society organisations. The signatories believe that an EU-Indonesia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) must first of all be approached as a means to serve the public interest. It should ensure that trade and investments contribute to equitable and sustainable development, the preconditions for which include a healthy environment, a climate-friendly economy, gender equality, security of livelihoods and decent work for all.


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Judiciary in turmoil as 100,000 Brazilian bull calves are prepared for shipment and slaughter What's new

Judiciary in turmoil as 100,000 Brazilian bull calves are prepared for shipment and slaughter

brendan 15th February 2018
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Roses for 'the one and only' this Valentine's Day impact the lives of thousands in east Africa What's new

Roses for 'the one and only' this Valentine's Day impact the lives of thousands in east Africa

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brendan 13th February 2018
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Can the crisis of food waste be solved with an iPhone app - or is Too Good To Go too good to be true?

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brendan 12th February 2018
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Saturday, 03 February


3 women in a Globe Blog - Reverend Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir

On January 30th Savitri D, Dragonfly and former choirmember Monica H climbed into the globe at Trump International just by Columbus Circle and unfurled a banner. They stayed in the globe for about 90 minutes and were arrested when they came down. A huge very supportive crowd had gathered and joined them in chants and song. They will be in court on March 13.

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