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Tuesday, 21 November


Powerful tornado hits Kelapa Dua island, near Jakarta, damaging 34 houses The Watchers Latest articles

A powerful tornado swept through parts of Kelapa Dua island, north of Jakarta, Indonesia on Sunday, November 19, 2017. This is the second damaging tornado to hit the islands within a week and it comes after three waterspouts were spotted in waters off the Thousand...... Read more

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Monday, 20 November


Planned Pipeline near D.C. Putting Potomac River at Risk Frack Check WV

Protesters gather Saturday to pressure Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to block TransCanadas proposed Potomac pipeline

Protesters Target Proposed Potomac River Pipeline

From an Article by Emily Wells, Truthdig, November 8, 2017

More than 100 people gathered Saturday on the banks of the Potomac River to protest a proposed 3.5-mile underground natural gas pipeline that would cross far below the river in the DMV areaa local abbreviation that stands for Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. The pipeline project, which has gone largely uncovered by mainstream media, would be built by TransCanada, a company behind the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

This fracked gas pipeline would go through very porous bedrock under the Potomac River. Whennot ifthe pipeline leaks, it would be dangerously easy for any pollutants to get into our drinking water, putting 6 million peoples health at risk. DMV residents came together today to stand up for our water and against reckless, unnecessary fossil fuel projects, said Ntebo Mokuena, a member of 350 DC, one of the groups that sponsored Saturdays protest, in a press release.

Sebastian Medina-Tayac, an event organizer and a member of the Piscataway Indian Nation and a group called Rising Hearts, added, As the original people of this region, we depend on the river for our spiritual and material sustenance. Any threat to the river is a threat to our way of life and the future of our nation. Our elders tell us we come from the river and that it flows through our veins, the same way it flows through this great land now known as Maryland and Washington DC.

The press release continues:

DMV-area groups and concerned residents have been building pressure on [Maryland Gov. Larry] Hogan to follow the lead of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has rejected Clean Water Act water quality certificates for several proposed pipelines, blocking their construction. A similar water quality certificate rejection from Hogan would stop the Eastern Panhandle Extension from being built.

This pipeline and fracked gas pipelines in general are becoming the new threat to this country. Its not going to benefit Marylanders whatsoever, Denise Robbins, spokeswoman for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, told the Sun.

H. Wood Thrasher, West Virginias secretary of commerce, says the pipeline is vital to the economy of eastern West Virginia, which has no underground natu...


Latest Daft Green Marketing Idea: Pictures of Natural Disasters on the Sides of New Cars Watts Up With That?

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Professor Simon Dalby thinks the way to discourage buying petrol cars is to decorate new cars with mandatory images of climate disasters. Thank you for not driving: Climate change requires anti-smoking tactics November 20, 2017 9.21am AEDT ust before the delegates for the annual Conference of the Parties on climate


NASA detects solar flare pulses at Sun and Earth The Watchers Latest articles

When our Sun erupts with giant explosionssuch as bursts of radiation called solar flareswe know they can affect space throughout the solar system as well as near Earth. But monitoring their effects requires having observatories in many places with many...... Read more

Three decades of measurements show ozone's ups and downs The Watchers Latest articles

Climate scientists studying three decades of ozone measurements from seven satellites see a positive trend in global recovery after international efforts to curb ozone-depleting substances. The part of Earths atmosphere with high concentrations of ozone gas...... Read more


Very strong M7.0 earthquake hits New Caledonia, small tsunami produced The Watchers Latest articles

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.0 hit the Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia at 22:43 UTC (09:43 local time) on November 19, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M7.0 at a depth of 12 km (7.4...... Read more


Irony can be so Ironic Trumps solution to AGW: Drill, Baby, Drill! Watts Up With That?

Guest commentary by David Middleton Daily Comment In Bonn, Trumps Answer to Global Warming? Drill, Baby, Drill! By Elizabeth Kolbert November 15, 2017 Every year around this time, negotiators from across the globe meet in one city or anotherMontreal, Marrakech, Copenhagen, Paristo resolve that the world really ought come up with a plan to do something about


Astronomers discover a star that just keeps shining The Watchers Latest articles

An international team of astronomers led by Las Cumbres Observatory (LCO) has made a bizarre discovery; a star that just keeps shining. Supernovae, the explosions of stars, have been observed in the thousands and in all cases they marked the death of a star. But in...... Read more

Closest temperate world orbiting quiet star discovered The Watchers Latest articles

A temperate Earth-sized planet has been discovered only 11 light-years from the Solar System by a team using ESOs unique planet-hunting HARPS instrument. The new world has the designation Ross 128 b and is now the second-closest temperate planet to be...... Read more


Manipulating, controlling and bullying the uninformed citizen. These are the Consequences theyre looking for. Head Space

Financial Tyranny: We the People Are the New Permanent Underclass in America When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it. Frdric Bastiat, French economist Americans []


More Drone Repellent Head Space

Nammos 40mm Anti-Drone Programmable Airburst Ammunition Norwegian ammunition company Nammo has come up with a solution to the anti-drone predicament. The companys answer is to develop 40x53mm high-velocity grenades using programmable components that allow soldiers to lase the distance to an enemy UAV, transmit that data into the grenade, which then programs that grenade to airburst at that []


Fantastic visualization of Earths atmosphere in 2017 Watts Up With That?

How can you see the atmosphere? By tracking what is carried on the wind. Tiny aerosol particles such as smoke, dust, and sea salt are transported across the globe, making visible weather patterns and other normally invisible physical processes. This visualization uses data from NASA satellites, combined with mathematical models in a computer simulation allow


FIRE-EARTH Tribunal in Absentia: RPP of Planet Earth Expert Witnesses VII Fire Earth

CJ OCT TML FIRE-EARTH Tribunal: Rape, Pillage and Plunder of Planet Earth (Session 5) FIRE-EARTH Tribunal in Absentia for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Crimes Against Nature, RPP of Planet Earth Details including Record of Proceedings available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. All Groups Latest FIRE-EARTH ALERTS, BULLETINS and MESSAGES available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.   Advertisements Filed []


Call-Out in Response to Imminent KXL Decision Earth First! Newswire

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On Monday, November 20th, the Public Service Commission, an elected board representing the so-called state of Nebraska, will most likely vote in favor of approving Transcanadas route for the Keystone XL pipeline through the ancestral home of the Pawnee, Otoe, Ponca, Sioux and Omaha peoples. This vote comes on the heels of large public upheaval against this specific pipeline and a 200,000 gallon oil spill from the original Keystone pipeline this week. This is the last political hurdle the pipeline needs to clear before the state can then begin eminent domain proceedings to seize the few tract of lands that Transcanada currently doesnt have access too.

For years, the climate movement has concentrated its efforts on non-violent and democratic efforts to stop KXL. We, on the other hand, have never held hope for these efforts, for history has proven that democratic efforts are bent to the will of politicians, professional organizers and industry. We do not adhere to the democratic path, the dominant ideology, that enough signatures, enough non-profit dollars will be able to halt this black snake. It is naive to think that reasonable actions will halt this project, therefore, for us, to be of use means to resist.

We would like to inspire conversations around tactical responses to KXL and other pipelines because we do not want to march and go home. We want to see this pipeline ended and create a new opening, a tear in the fabric, to find even deeper affinity and explore what is possible. We are here to confront...


Radiative Heat Transfer by CO2 or whats the quality of your radiation? Watts Up With That?

Note: This is a contentious subject, and I have often shied away from it because it often erupts in food fights. However, Mr. Gill is making a good-faith effort here, and asks some relevant questions that I consider worth discussing. His original essay was sans graphics, and Ive added two relevant graphics to aid in

Sunday, 19 November


COP23: Key outcomes agreed at the UN climate talks in Bonn Carbon Brief

Climate change was again placed at the centre of global diplomacy over the past two weeks as diplomats and ministers gathered in Bonn, Germany, for the latest annual round of United Nations climate talks.

COP23, the second conference of the parties since the Paris Agreement was struck in 2015, promised to be a somewhat technical affair as countries continued to negotiate the finer details of how the agreement will work from 2020 onwards.

However, it was also the first set of negotiations since the US, under the presidency of Donald Trump, announced its intention earlier this year to withdraw from the Paris deal. And it was the first COP to be hosted by a small-island developing state with Fiji taking up the presidency, even though it was being held in Bonn.

Carbon Brief covers all the summits key outcomes and talking points.


Two US delegations

After Trumps decision in June that he wanted to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement, all eyes were on the US official delegation to see how they would navigate the negotiations.

During the first week of the talks, a civil society group known as the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance called for the US delegation to be barred from attending the negotiations, due to its decision to leave the Paris deal.

Meanwhile, a seemingly pointed message was sent on day two of the COP, when Syria announced it would sign the Paris Agreement. This now leaves the US as the only country in the world stating...


Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia The Watchers Latest articles

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit the Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia at 09:25 UTC (20:25 local time) on November 19, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 25.3 km (15.8 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 10 km (6.2...... Read more

Mapping functional diversity of forests with remote sensing The Watchers Latest articles

Productivity and stability of forest ecosystems strongly depend on the functional diversity of plant communities. UZH researchers have developed a new method to measure and map functional diversity of forests at different scales from individual trees to...... Read more


Over 15,000 Scientists Just Issued a Second Notice to Humanity. Will We Listen Now? Frack Check WV

CH4 and CO2 are greenhouse gases

Reassessing warning issued 25 years ago, the second notice to humanity warns of widespread misery and catastrophic biodiversity loss unless business-as-usual is upended

From an Article by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams, November 13, 2017

Humanity is not taking the urgent steps needed to safeguard our imperiled biosphere, over 15,000 scientists warned in a letter published November 13th.

Over 15,000 scientists hailing from more than 180 countries just issued a dire warning to humanity:

Time is running out to stop business as usual, as threats from rising greenhouse gases to biodiversity loss are pushing the biosphere to the brink.

The new warning was published in the international journal BioScience, and marks an update to the World Scientists Warning to Humanity issued by nearly 1,700 leading scientists 25 years ago.

The 1992 plea, which said Earth was on track to be irretrievably mutilated baring fundamental change, however, was largely unheeded.

Some people might be tempted to dismiss this evidence and think we are just being alarmist, said William Ripple, distinguished professor in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, and lead author of the new warning. Scientists are in the business of analyzing data and looking at the long-term consequences. Those who signed this second warning arent just raising a false alarm. They are acknowledging the obvious signs that we are heading down an unsustainable path.

The new statementa Second Notice to humanitydoes acknowledge that there have been some positive steps forward, such as the drop in ozone depleters and advancements in reducing hunger since the 1992 warning. But, by and large, humanity has done a horrible job of making progress. In fact, key environmental threats that demanded urgent attention a quarter of a century ago are even worse now.

Among the especially troubling trends, they write, are rising greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation, agricultural production, and the sixth mass extinction event...


How corporate giants are automating the farm - english



Virginia goes Don Quixote Watts Up With That?

State will defy Trump, double down on renewables and CO2 reductions and hurt poor families Guest essay by Paul Driessen Democrat Ralph Northam had barely won the Virginia governors race when his party announced it would impose a price on greenhouse gases emissions, require a 3% per year reduction in GHG emissions, and develop


Images of strange solar system visitor peel away some of the mystery The Watchers Latest articles

A strange visitor, either asteroid or comet, zipping through our solar system at a high rate of speed is giving astronomers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to examine up close an object from somewhere else in our galaxy. "Its a really rare...... Read more

Influx of Earth-bound positrons must have exotic origin, study suggests The Watchers Latest articles

The excess positrons arriving at Earth must have a more exotic origin than nearby pulsars, report researchers. Their results are based on observations from the High-Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) gamma-ray observatory in Mexico, which detects the shower of...... Read more

Solar minimum surprisingly constant The Watchers Latest articles

Using more than half a century of observations, Japanese astronomers have discovered that the microwaves coming from the Sun at the minimums of the past five solar cycles have been the same each time, despite large differences in the maximums of the cycles. In...... Read more


Climate Hypocrite President Macron Sucking Coal Power from Britain Watts Up With That?

Guest essay by Eric Worrall According to The Guardian, a temporary shortage of nuclear power in France forced France to buy substantial amounts of dirty coal power from Britain right at the time French President Macron was taunting President Trump, and pushing for climate trade tariffs against countries which do not share the EUs


Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, November 18, 2017 Geoengineering Watch

uuijDane Wigington Deception and devastation are the calling cards of the cabal that runs the world. While an unfortunately high percentage of global populations are still pretending that bigger picture events are not their concern, they will soon discover just how small the world really is. The November 18th installment of Global Alert News is below. What can


A Reply to Cook and Oreskes on Climate Science Consensus Watts Up With That?

By Warren Pearce, , Reiner Grundmann, Mike Hulme, Sujatha Raman, Eleanor Hadley Kershaw and Judith Tsouvalis Published in: Environmental Communication In their replies to our paper (Pearce et al., 2017), both Cook (2017) and Oreskes (2017) agree with our central point: that deliberating and mobilizing policy responses to climate change requires thinking beyond public belief in a scientific consensus.


Claim: plant respiration of CO2 into atmosphere underestimated by 30% Watts Up With That?

From the UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA and the blame the plants not the humans for climate model failures department. Carbon emissions by plant respiration will have large impact on climate Study finds that emission rates are 30 percent higher than previously predicted New findings by researchers from the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural


Reno sets new record for greatest annual precipitation, Nevada The Watchers Latest articles

After record daily rainfall on November 16, the city of Reno, Nevada has also set its new record for the greatest precipitation total in any calendar year. A record rainfall of 20.57 mm (0.81 inches) was set at Reno-Tahoe International Airport on November 16, 2017,...... Read more


Institutional decay in climate science Watts Up With That?

Roger Pielke Jr. describes the decay of climate science By Larry Kummer. From the Fabius Maximus website Summary: Science and public policy collide in climate science as they have in few fields. Here Roger Pielke Jr., describes an example of how the resulting stress has begun to corrupt the field. Pielke on Climate Part


Oreskes Inability to Keep Her Mouth Shut & the Big Erik Conway Problem Watts Up With That?

Guest essay by Russell Cook Excerpt:  If Conway and Oreskes were placed under oath in courtroom appearances or in congressional hearing appearances, would their narratives be forced to line up right? Thats a good question. At a rock-bottom level, this question must be asked: if a particular set of details is as damaging to Dr


FIRE-EARTH Tribunal in Absentia: RPP of Planet Earth Expert Witnesses VI Fire Earth

CJ OCT TML FIRE-EARTH Tribunal: Rape, Pillage and Plunder of Planet Earth (Session 4) FIRE-EARTH Tribunal in Absentia for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Crimes Against Nature, RPP of Planet Earth Details including Record of Proceedings available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. All Groups Latest FIRE-EARTH ALERTS, BULLETINS and MESSAGES available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.  Filed under: News []


Tropical Storm "Kirogi" about to slam into southern Vietnam The Watchers Latest articles

Southern Vietnam, hit by devastating floods produced by Typhoon "Damrey" on November 4, is bracing for yet another tropical cyclone landfall this week. Heavy rain, floods and landslides are expected over the weekend. Tropical Storm "Kirogi"...... Read more


Woman Injured in Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Still Being Investigated Earth First! Newswire

from Red Power Media

Police tear gas protesters during a protest against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S. November 20, 2016. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

A New York City woman who suffered a serious arm injury while protesting the Dakota Access pipeline last year is preparing for her fifth surgery, even as she faces assertions by the government that she or her fellow protesters are at fault for an explosion they blame on police.

Recently unsealed court documents indicate the government last spring sought evidence that might implicate Sophia Wilansky of federal crimes dealing with homemade explosives by searching her Facebook account.

Wilansky was injured during a violent clash between protesters and police in November 2016 thats become the emblematic skirmish of the months-long protest in North Dakota against the recently finished pipeline thats carrying oil to Illinois.

Protesters tried to push past a blocked highway bridge near their main encampment but were turned back by authorities using tear gas, rubber bullets and water sprays. Police said protesters threw objects including rocks, asphalt and water bottles at officers.

Wilansky suffered a left arm injury in an explosion. Protesters allege the blast was caused by a concussion grenade thrown by officers, while police maintain it was caused by a propane canister that protesters rigged to explode.

There is probable cause to believe that violations (of explosives laws) have been committed by Sophia Wilansky, FBI Special Agent Brian VanOosbree said in an affidavit accompanying the March 28 application for a search warrant for her Facebook account.

Eight months later, Wilansky hasnt been charged with any crimes, though the investigation is ongoing, according to the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Exp...

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