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Wednesday, 18 April

01:38

Attack on Construction Vehicle in Solidarity with the ZAD and Camp White Pine Earth First! Newswire

Submitted to Philly Anti-Capitalist

Dear international anarchist thugs, illegalists, casseurs, and defenders of wildness,

we are reporting live from Philadelphia. An attack has just been made, throwing a wrench in the cogs of the machinery of progress well more literally some wires were cut and windows smashed on one of their bullshit bulldozers.

We have word that this attack was done in solidarity with the ZAD and Camp White Pine (hi! both of which are facing their own local bullshit bulldozers. The attackers have also sent rebel greetings to area anarchists whove been keeping it live (and especially those who share the specifics of their attacks to allow others to reproduce them).

Fuck work
Fuck progress

Signing off for now,
Team Illegal

01:18

From Olympia: Long Live the Commune, Long Live La ZAD Earth First! Newswire

from Its Going Down

 

The following report back was originally posted to the counter-info site, Puget Sound Anarchists.

We gathered on the railroad tracks where the Olympia Commune has been to send insurgent greetings from Olympia, Washington to the brave ones currently defending La ZAD from eviction by the French state.

La ZAD is an autonomous zone in France populated by farmers, squatters, anarchists, and others resisting the construction of a new airport. Their struggle was successful and the airport was halted, but contrary to the wishes of liberals and many socialists, they continue to occupy La ZAD to build the world in which they want to live.

While the commune in Olympia didnt last nearly as long, we twice blockaded railroad tracks carrying fracking equipment, and experimented with new liberated ways of living. It is with the memory of the freedom that we found behind the barricades that we send our love and solidarity. La ZAD is an inspiration to rebels and communards around the world.

Tout le monde deteste les flics!

With love,

-some Olympia anarchists

01:11

One Week At War for La ZAD: A Timeline Earth First! Newswire

from Its Going Down

Since last Monday, the French State has been fighting to evict La ZAD, or the Zone to Defend, a stateless and autonomous region of French farmland that for decades has resisted the construction of an airport.

Over the last 6 years, hundreds of people have moved onto La Zad to stop the construction and in doing so, have built homes as well as a communal, anti-capitalist, and ecological way of life. The infrastructure found at La ZAD is extensive, from community meeting and banquet halls, a radio station, a weekly newspaper, and extensive farms and gardens. La ZAD has also grown to feature a wide variety of collectives, from farmers who have lived on the land for generations, to those who came experiment in new forms of life. In 2014, 21 year old Remi Fraisse was killed when a police flash bang grenade exploded during clashes over the construction of a dam, resonating with many at La ZAD and kicking off a fresh round of riots, attacks, and rowdy demonstrations.

In 2016, tens of thousands marched onto the territory and placed spears by the thousands into the ground in a statement that should the State move to evict La ZAD, that they would return to defend it. In January of 2018, it was then announced that the State would abandon the project, but still wanted to evict the hundreds of squatters that had moved onto the land in the past 6 years.

In the early morning hours of April 9th the eviction began, and continued off and on until Sunday, April 15th, when tens of thousands fulfilled their promise of defense of La ZAD, by returning to the land and helping to rebuild infrastructure. During the past week of evictions, not since the near revolution of May 1968 has the French State used as many riot police to quell a domestic uprising. Al...

01:00

CO2 emissions from wildfires have fallen over past 80 years, study finds Carbon Brief

The annual amount of CO2 emitted as a result of wildfires has fallen over the past 80 years, a new study finds.

The research finds that, over the past few decades, large areas of forest and savannah have been converted to cropland, meaning that the overall area that could be burned by wildfires has decreased.

However, this drop in wildfire emissions has not led to a large net drop in CO2 emissions from land use, the lead author tells Carbon Brief. This is because a rise in emissions from deforestation for cropland largely counteracted the decline in wildfire emissions over the past century.

The new research is innovative, but may overlook some factors, such as how wildfire severity has changed over time, other scientists tell Carbon Brief.

Feeling the burn

Most wildfires are triggered by humans as much as 90% in the US, for example while natural causes include lightning and lava. But the weather is the biggest driver of how far wildfires can spread. Temperature, humidity, rainfall and wind speed all play a role in providing the right conditions for a fire.

Wildfires play an important role in flammable ecosystems, such as forests, grasslands, savannahs, and shrublands. They can be managed to disperse plants, clear forests and promote grazing, or suppressed to protect human lives and property.

As plants burn, they release the carbon stored within their leaves, roots and trunks. This is why, on a large scale, wildfires can contribute CO2 to the atmosphere and, therefore, to the rate of climate change.

The new study, published in Nature Communications, estimates how annual wildfire emissions have been influenced by changes in land use and local population increases.

The research considers changes to wildfire emissions from unmanaged landscapes, such as forests, savannah and bushland. It does not consider peatland fires, which can lead to large releases of CO2.

It finds that the expansion of cropland into previously unmanaged areas has led to an overall decrease in the area burned by wildfires. This, in turn, has led to overall decrease in wildfire emissions.

However, this drop in emissions was largely counteracted by emissions from deforestation for cropland expansion, says lead author Dr Vivek Arora, a research scientist from the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis. He tells Carbon Brief:

Our paper shows that, since the 1930s...

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Tuesday, 17 April

23:39

Connecticut: DAPL Protester Vic Lancia Arrested and Fined 1 Year After Wells Fargo Lockdown Earth First! Newswire

by Dragonfly Climate Collective / Its Going Down

Update on Vic Lancia, who locked down to a Wells Fargo branch in Connecticut over a year ago against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

This an update and thank-you message for those who have supported our friend Vic Lancia. Almost one year after Vic shut down a Wells Fargo branch in Middletown, CT in April 2017, Vic was arrested in February 2018 and fined in March 2018.

On April 7 of last year, Vic, then about to turn 77 years old, locked himself to concrete barrels blocking the entrance to a Wells Fargo branch in Middletown during a protest against the banks funding of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and other fossil fuel infrastructure. Vics lock-down shut down the branch for nearly two hours. Meanwhile, 9 Wesleyan University students blocked the drive-through ATM. Police were unable to extract Vic from the barrels and made no arrests.

At the time, Vic offered the following statement:

Wells Fargo is a major funder of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Its full speed ahead for fossil fuels even as the destructive consequences of their use become more and more evident by the day. Their ONLY concern is profit! This is corporate tyranny! We, the people, will not continue to ignore this to the peril of the young, our planet, and its inhabitants. And thats why I am here today disrupting business as usual at Wells Fargo. I am here to say no to profiting from climate destruction. We are part of a worldwide movement TAKING A STAND against greedy and parasitic people.  We need to get in their way and tell them: NO!

The demonstration was organized by Wesleyan Coalition for Divestment and Trans...

23:24

Heavy rain and floods killed 41 people, destroyed 3 000 homes in Rwanda The Watchers Latest articles

Heavy rains that flooded Rwanda since the beginning of March killed at least 41 people and injured more than 160, Rwanda's Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs said April 16, 2018. The agency added that floods unleashed by heavy rains also killed...... Read more

23:16

Poland Violated EU Laws by Logging in Biaowiea Forest, Court Rules Earth First! Newswire

by Arthur Nelsen / The Guardian

The EUs highest court has ruled that Polands logging in the Unesco-protected Biaowiea forest is illegal, potentially opening the door to multi-million euro fines.

At least 10,000 trees are thought to have been felled in Biaowiea, one of Europes last parcels of primeval woodland, since the Polish environment minister, Jan Szyzko tripled logging limits there in 2016.

Greenpeace says that as many as 100,000 conifers and broad-leaved trees in the lowland forest may have been lost.

Poland had claimed that the chainsaws were needed to excise a spruce beetle outbreak but, in a damning ruling, the EU judges found that Polands own documents showed that logging posed a greater threat to Biaowieas integrity.

A minimum fine of 4.3m potentially rising to 100,000 a day  could now be levied against Poland unless the tree felling is stopped.

James Thornton, the chief executive of the green law firm ClientEarth, said: This is a huge victory for all defenders of Biaowiea forest. Hundreds of people were heavily engaged in saving this unique, ancient woodland from unthinkable destruction.

The EUs environment commissioner, Karmenu Vella, tweeted: Protecting biodiversity paramount. We welcome the Polish Govts recognition & look forward to implementation.

The European court of justice ruling follows repor...

22:22

Analysis: UK to seek advice on strengthening long-term climate goal Carbon Brief

The UK government has announced that it wants official advice on the implications of aligning its climate goals with the Paris Agreement.

Claire Perry, the UKs energy and clean growth minister, confirmed the move earlier today during a speech at the meeting of Commonwealth leaders taking place in London this week.

The UKs current aim is to cut greenhouse gas emissions 80% below 1990 levels by 2050, based on avoiding 2C of global warming above pre-industrial temperatures. The Paris deal set a higher ambition of staying well below 2C and striving for 1.5C. It also called for net-zero emissions in the second half of the century.

The government will ask what this higher ambition means for the UKs long-term climate targets, after the the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) publishes a special report on 1.5C in early October.

Its official climate adviser, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), has already said that a global 1.5C limit would mean a more ambitious 2050 goal for the UK, in the range of 86-96% below 1990 levels, as well as setting a net-zero target at some point. The UK may also need to tighten its legally binding five-yearly carbon budgets for the years before 2050.

Climate act

The UKs Climate Change Act, passed into law a decade ago in 2008, sets a legally binding framework for cutting emissions. Its headline 80% by 2050 target was designed as the UK contribution to a 50-50 chance of limiting global warming to 2C above pre-industrial levels.

Beneath this long-term goal, the Act mandates five-yearly carbon budgets, set in advance in line with advice from the CCC. The most recently agreed fifth carbon budget calls for a 57% cut in emissions during 2028-2032.

The Act also allows for but does not require the long-term goal and budgets to be changed. This can only happen if there have been significant developments in scientific knowledge about climate change, or European or international law or policy. Together, the upcoming IPCC report on 1.5C and the Paris Agreement would clearly meet this test.

(A charity, Plan B Earth, is currently pursuing a...

19:30

Rhea Fire: Deadly Oklahoma wildfire has now consumed over 100 000 ha (246 000 acres) The Watchers Latest articles

The Rhea Fire that started on April 12, 2018 in Western Oklahoma grew quickly with Red Flag fire weather conditions and has now consumed over 100 000 hectares (246 000 acres). The fire is blamed for the death of 1 person so far. This fire is located in Dewey County,...... Read more

19:21

Campaigners hail 'huge victory' for forest defenders What's new

Campaigners hail 'huge victory' for forest defenders

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19:05

DANGER: Earth May Warm by 2 Celsius Degrees in the Coming Decade Frack Check WV

Prof. Ingraffea: Methane gas is increasing rapidly

World May Hit 2 Degrees of Warming in 10-15 Years, Due to Fracking

From an Article by Sharon Kelly, DeSmog Blog, April 11, 2018

In 2011, a Cornell University research team first made the groundbreaking discovery that leaking methane from the shale gas fracking boom could make burning fracked gas worse for the climate than coal.

In a sobering lecture released this month, a member of that team, Dr. Anthony Ingraffea, Professor of Engineering Emeritus at Cornell University, outlined more precisely the role U.S. fracking is playing in changing the worlds climate.

The most recent climate data suggests that the world is on track to cross the two degrees of warming threshold set in the Paris accord in just 10 to 15 years, says Ingraffea in a 13-minute lecture titled Shale Gas: The Technological Gamble That Should Not Have Been Taken, which was posted online on April 4.

Thats if American energy policy follows the track predicted by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, which expects 1 million natural gas wells will be producing gas in the U.S. in 2050, up from roughly 100,000 today.

The Difference of a Half Degree

An average global temperature increase of 2 Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) will bring catastrophic changes even as compared against a change of 1.5 C (2.7 F). Heat waves would last around a third longer, rain storms would be about a third more intense, the increase in sea level would be approximately that much higher and the percentage of tropical coral reefs at risk of severe degradation would be roughly that much greater, with just that half-degree difference, NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory explained in a 2016 post about climate change.

A draft report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was leaked this January, concludes that its extremely unlikely that the world will keep to a 1.5 change, estimating that the world will cross that threshold in roughly 20 years, somewhat slower than Ingraffeas presentation concludes.

Earlier models, like an often-cited 2012 paper published in the peer-reviewed journal Science, dramatically underestimated the rise in temperatures, when its projections are compared against more than...

17:00

Video: All you need to know about the shipping sectors new climate deal Carbon Brief

Last week countries agreed to a new emissions reduction target for the shipping sector, as part of a wider climate deal.

The headline target, agreed at an International Maritime Organization (IMO) meeting in London, is to peak and then reduce greenhouse gas emissions at least 50% by 2050, compared to 2008 levels. This is the first-ever international climate goal for the shipping sector.

Carbon Brief highlights the main things to know about the the new deal.

Absolute target

Most significant is the fact that the new climate deal includes an absolute emissions reduction target for shipping. It also calls for emissions to be phased out completely, though without any timeline. This is shown in the third point from the agreed strategy, below.

Extract from the initial strategy on reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships, adopted on 13 April 2018 at IMO headquarters in London.

Many countries were pushing for more ambitious targets, arguing that the 50% goal is not in line with the Paris Agreement. However, other countries wanted to avoid any kind of absolute goal, setting only a carbon intensity target. Therefore, many were happy that an absolute goal had been set.

16:56

Enzyme which can digest most commonly polluting plastics discovered What's new

Enzyme which can digest most commonly polluting plastics discovered

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13:12

Puppy Found With Zip Tie Around Mouth Now Has A Whole New Life Thrillist

Driving down a country road in Travelers Rest, South Carolina, Liz Heatherly spotted something unusual out the window. It took a while to realize exactly what she was looking at, but when she did, it broke her heart.

A small, black puppy, barely 10 weeks old, was hobbling down the side of the curvy back road covered in fleas and ticks a cable tie, or zip tie, had been tightened around his jaw.

Heatherly parked the car in the first driveway she spotted, and doubled back on foot with her mom and sister. But wrangling the abandoned Lab-hound mix, who was spooked by passing cars, proved to be a difficult task.

Credit: Liz Heatherly

Once we walked back to the spot where we had seen him, he ran from us into a drainage ditch that was about 6 feet down, Heatherly told The Dodo. We had to slide on our bottoms to get down and my sister pulled us back up with a spare leash we had in the car.

The family immediately snapped the nylon cord off the puppys mouth, revealing open sores and severe scabbing where the plastic had rubbed his skin raw, and rushed him to the nearby Cleveland Park Animal Hospital.

Credit: Liz Heatherly

After a full medical exam, the vet, Dr. Bryant Phillips, determined the young pup was dehydrated, malnourished and suffering from intestinal parasites, but, in a stroke of luck, the zip tie had not caused any significant oral trauma.

...

13:07

Woman Gets The Sweetest Surprise For Her 103rd Birthday Thrillist

It's never too late to make a new best friend just ask this sweet centenarian named Lillian.

Credit: Ridgeview Gardens Assisted Living

Earlier this month, Lillian celebrated her 103rd birthday.

Her friends threw her a surprise party to mark the big day at Ridgeview Gardens Assisted Living in Utah, where she lives.

Credit: Ridgeview Gardens Assisted Living

There was plenty of good food, great company and birthday decorations but the biggest surprise was yet to come.

Credit: Ridgeview Gardens Assisted Living

A few years back, Lillian lost someone very dear to her her cat, Sammy. Her passing had left a hole in Lillian's heart, and she'd expressed a desire to have a feline in her life once again. In fact, that was her one birthday wish.

Meanwhile, across town, there was a homeless cat who had a wish, too. She wanted to find someone to love her.

And soon, both of their wishes were granted.

Credit: St. George Animal Shelter

Ahead of Lillian's birthday, staff at the assisted living facility contacted the ...

12:33

Dog Abandoned In Parking Lot Is So Grateful To The Woman Who Saved Him Thrillist

Someone spotted the pit bull in a lot near a busy road in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He was all alone, and hed been sitting in front of a chain-link fence for at least an hour. Most likely, someone had dumped him there.

Last Thursday, Janine Guido, founder and president of Speranza Animal Rescue, received a phone call about the pit bull along with a photo and she immediately leapt into her car to get him.

Credit: Speranza Animal Rescue

Every time you get called in for a stray, your adrenaline is pumping and youre not sure if theyre going to run off or anything, Guido told The Dodo.

When Guido arrived at the site, animal control was already there, and the officer (whom Guido is on friendly terms with) had caught the dog and put him in his truck.

I went up to Fred [the officer] and I said, How is he? Guido said. He was like, He was growling and snapping a bit. I had to catch pole him. I said, OK. Can I see him?

Credit: Speranza Animal Rescue

The officer obliged and opened the back of his truck, revealing a trembling pit bull.

I see this poor little dog, Guido said. He was cowered down with the saddest look in his eyes. I looked at his tail, and it was tucked so tight. He was terrified.

The dog, whom Guido named Vincent, also had cropped ears, and whoever had done it had removed most of the dogs ears.

...

12:12

People Find Someone Unusual Hidden In Paris Apartment Thrillist

A little lion cub now named King is finally feeling what it's like to be treated kindly but that was far from the case when he was found cowering in a wire cage last October in an abandoned apartment just outside Paris, France.

Credit: Born Free

After images surfaced on social media showing his "owner," a 24-year-old man, mistreating the scared little cub, the authorities managed to track the images to an apartment in Noisy-le-Sec. Firemen arrived just in time to save the starving cub. 

Thanks to the work of animal rescue organizations Fondation 30 Million dAmis and Refuge de lArche, King was transferred to a temporary enclosure at Natuurhulpcentrum rescue center in Belgium. 

King has already been through so much at just a few months old and he symbolizes so many thousands of other wild animals who are sold into the exotic pet trade just to be used and abused as playthings before being discarded.

That's why so many people want to do even more for him than just keep him safe they want him to truly feel at home.

Credit: Born Free

That's why the people at Born Free want to give King the best gift they can i...

11:59

Woman Does The Sweetest Thing For Dog Who Can't Sleep During Thunderstorms Thrillist

Bentley was adopted into his family three years ago after his former family moved overseas and couldnt take him with them. His new family is so happy they decided to take him in and couldnt imagine life without him. The 8-year-old Chihuahua is very tiny, and loves following his family around all day long because they make him feel loved and safe

Credit: Melanie Barr

Bentley is the most loyal little guy; he follows me and his human dad around the house trotting behind us to see what we are doing, Melanie Barr, Bentleys mom, told The Dodo. If you sit, he is instantly on your lap. He loves us unconditionally. I am lucky to work in a great environment that I can take Bentley to work with me; he visits everyone in the office, sitting on laps and generally being adorable. 

Bentley is definitely a very happy little guy but the one thing he is not at all a fan of is thunderstorms

Credit: Melanie Barr

Whenever a thunderstorm rolls in, Bentley immediately gets very on edge, and has a lot of trouble sleeping. He gets shaky and anxious, and ends up being up all night, even when his parents let him sleep in bed with them to try and ease his fears. 

Chihuahuas react to all emotions by shaking; their little bodies shudder uncontrollably, Barr said. Bentley has big wide eyes that get concerned. I think secretly he does like storms because he knows he gets extra special treatment! 

Credit: Melanie Barr

The morning after a recent storm, Barr could see that Bentley hadnt slept all night, and was overly tired and visib...

11:52

Rescue Cat Loves Rock Climbing With New Family Thrillist

When Sandra Samman decided to adopt a cat, she knew she wanted one who shared her love for adventure, and could keep up with her fast-paced, outdoorsy lifestyle. When she met Denali, she immediately knew he fit the role but had no idea just how adventurous he really was, or how much he would love rock climbing with his new family. 

Denali and his littermates were rescued from a barn in New Mexico and brought to Foothills Animal Shelter in Colorado. The 2-month-old kitten had only been at the shelter for a few days before his new mom found him, and she immediately knew he was meant to be a member of her family. 

Credit: Instagram/denaligato

He is extremely curious, has an adventure spirit which I noticed right away at the shelter and knew he would be a great fit, Samman told The Dodo. He is brave and not at all shy, timid or scared. If he enters a new place he walks around like he owns it. 

Samman became an avid rock climber after a trip through Southeast Asia; she spends a lot of time climbing at the rock climbing gym as well as outdoors. From the very beginning, Denali wanted to be with his mom all the time, going wherever she goes, so she started bringing him to the climbing gym, and was amazed by how much he loved it. 

Credit: Instagram/denaligato

Sometimes he follows me up the boulder problems, Samman said. Sometimes I put him in his pack and let the kids take him up climbs; they love it! People literally lose their minds. Everyone loves it and cant believe it. People are so used to only seeing the doggos, so seeing a kitty is a wonder! When kids see him, they get so excited we love this. We love spreading kitty joy and wonderment!

At this point, Denali is a local celebrity at the rock climbing gym, and is always welcome whenever his family stops by. He loves hanging out with the kids and saying hello to everyone  ...

11:51

No One Knew What Would Happen When 'Feral' Cat Met Family's Dog Thrillist

Running an animal sanctuary means that you hardly get any time off there's always another (adorable) mouth to feed or belly to rub. 

So when Kara Burrow who runs Ralphy's Retreat Animal Sanctuary in Ontario, Canada, with her husband, Kris finally had a night off, she planned to enjoy it with her husband. But the universe apparently had other plans. 

Through the sliding glass door that leads from her kitchen into the yard was a pair of gleaming eyes staring her down. 

Credit: Ralphy's Retreat

"As I walked into the kitchen, I saw a little black and white face peering in through the sliding doors," Burrow told The Dodo. "The cat had scratches all over his face. When he turned and ran away, I saw his tail was very badly injured."

Burrow's rescue focuses mostly on rescuing and rehoming pigs, but she had to do something. "I contacted a local trap-neuter-release program and borrowed a live trap," she said. But then she didn't see the little tuxedo cat for two days. "I thought he had gone."

Thankfully, the gleaming eyes revisited her. "One night, while shutting up the shipping container [a storage space for the sanctuary], I saw two eyes peering at me!" Burrow said. "I put the live trap in the container and locked the door. By morning, Ralph was in the trap."

And he did not seem happy. "Ralph was wild, hissing and running at the side of the trap," Burrow said. "He was also badly injured and needed a vet urgently."

Credit: Ralphy's Retreat

But the veterinarians Burrow called didn't want to deal with a feral cat who was obviously agitated and potentially dangerous. Finally, she called Purrfect Companions of Norfolk and asked for help. "Within an hour, they had secured an appointment at their vet for Ralph," she said. 

Ralph's tail was so badly injured it had to be amputated. But luckily...

11:24

Very Lucky Dog Has Scariest Potty Break Of Her Life Thrillist

This sweet dog named Sprocket is one lucky pup. Thanks to her lightning-fast reflexes, she was able to make it out unscathed when a near-tragedy struck.

Credit: Ben Lucier

On Sunday, a powerful ice storm hit Sprocket's home in Ontario, Canada setting the scene for potential disaster. Little could Sprocket have guessed, of course, as she stepped out to do her business in the backyard afterward, that she was about to have the most perilous potty trip of her life.

High overhead from where she was standing, a large tree branch was about to snap.

A camera outside the home captured what happened next, and the dog's quick thinking that ultimately saved her life.

Sprocket's owner, Ben Lucier, was there to watch the whole thing unfold.

"I was at my back door calling for Sprocket to come in after her bathroom break, but she was dawdling," Lucier told The Dodo. "You can tell when the tree branch snapped because she started to run when she heard the crack. Nobody was hurt, except our fence and maybe the BBQ."

Things could have been much, much worse if it weren't for Sprocket's fast response.

Credit: Ben Lucier

"It was shocking," Lucier said. "Were really lucky. We could be mourning the loss of our little furball."

Lucier has some cleaning up to do now, of course, but what matters most is that Sprocket is safe.

...

10:03

Ice storm wreaks havoc across Toronto area, Ontario The Watchers Latest articles

A powerful ice storm brought freezing rain and ice pellets to much of southern Ontario on April 14 - 15, causing power outages, fallen trees, flooding and an almost unprecedented over 1600 collisions on slippery Toronto-area roads. Ontario Provincial...... Read more

08:44

Monsanto merger approved: What's next? Pesticide Action Network

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Despite widespread opposition, The U.S. Department of Justice has green-lighted the Bayer-Monsanto merger. Next steps? Learn more

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08:36

Study finds glyphosate in pregnant women Pesticide Action Network

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A new study on glyphosate in pregnant women from Indiana confirms that this widely used herbicide ends up in peoples bodies. Learn more

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08:33

Climate Engineering Insanity, Manufacturing Winter Weather With Tropical Moisture Geoengineering Watch

a6e76Dane Wigington GeoengineeringWatch.org Planet Earth is being forced into an abrupt climate shift, the ongoing global climate engineering operations are further fueling the overall process. The combination satellite / radar image below reveals an extremely anomalous and alarming scenario: a massive, bizarre, and completely unnatural, straight, south to north flow of tropical moisture from the record warm waters

08:31

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06:09

Cooperative agroforestry empowers indigenous women in Honduras Conservation news

GUALCINCE, Honduras The Lenca call it a sacrificial stone, where their indigenous  ancestors went to make offerings to deities. A triangle of rock with different circles inscribed on its surface, it has remained intact despite the passage of time. The woods that surround the village of Gualcince, almost at the border with El Salvador, bear marks of their past, too. It was here on Congoln Mountain that Indio Lempira, the famed Lenca leader of Honduran indigenous resistance, died. Lenca culture flourished here in the pre-Columbian epoch, and people still find ancient artifacts. The Lenca villages ancient sacrificial stone. Image by Monica Pelliccia for Mongabay Despite the great depth of history, there are new traditions starting here as well. Amanda Abrego, a 36-year-old mother of four who lives near the sacred stone, is a board member of the Cosagual Lenca cooperative of women coffee growers. Like 21 other female cafetaleras, she is now cropping organic coffee under the shadow of timber- and fruit-yielding trees, following the traditional agroforestry system that the Lenca indigenous group to which the famous environmental activist Berta Cceres belonged before she was assassinated two years ago developed before the arrival of Spanish conquerors, and they are selling it in a new way. In 2014, the women launched an all-female growers cooperative as a part of the Cosagual coffee growers organization. Eva Alvarado, 60, is one of the founders of the cooperative. All of my life I worked as a cafetalera, she says. When I was

05:47

Unistoten Camp Spring 2018 Fund Drive! UNIST'OT'EN CAMP

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This winter has seen the greatest snowfall in living memory in the northern interior where the Unistoten Camp is located. This is addition to the extreme cold, and one more example of how the climate is changing and creating weather extremes of all kinds.

Around the healing centre the snow level reached the roof overhang of the kitchen/mess hall section. And of course the camp is located in the valley of the Wedzin Kwah (Morice River) so spring break-up could bring flooding both from the immediate vicinity and upstream.

The Camp has launched an urgent appeal for funds to purchase a used back hoe to do essential repair and protection work to prevent damage to the buildings and infrastructure that has been built with so much effort over the past number of years. Please go to our GoFundMe page, contribute what you can,  and share widely with friends and other land defender supporters to help us reach our goal.

You can always sustain the camp on a regular basis by becoming a monthly donor or by making a direct one-time donation on the Unistoten Camp DONATE page.

 

04:30

[Announcement] FIRE-EARTH Tribunal in Absentia: High Crimes Against Nature Fire Earth

CJ OCT TML FIRE-EARTH Tribunal: Rape, Pillage and Plunder of Planet Earth FIRE-EARTH Tribunal in Absentia for the Prosecution of Persons and Entities Responsible for High Crimes Against Nature, RPP of Planet Earth UPDATE The Tribunal hearings will resume on September 24, 2018. Full details and Record of Proceedings available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. FIRE-EARTH Tribunal []

03:45

Over 1 500 houses damaged, farms devastated as hailstorm hits northern Vietnam The Watchers Latest articles

Hailstorms and strong winds hit Vietnam's northern mountainous region on the evening of April 14, 2018, damaging houses and destroying crops. The storms have left many without a roof over their heads and destroyed crops that were ready for harvest. In the...... Read more

02:26

Law Enforcement Has Quietly Backed Anti-Protest Bills in at Least 8 States Since Trumps Election Earth First! Newswire

by Simon Davis-Cohen and Sarah Lazare / In These Times

MINNEAPOLIS POLICE UNION PRESIDENT LT. BOB KROLL told In These Times that he lobbied Minnesota lawmakers to advance a statewide law clamping down on protestslegislation that civil liberties advocates say targets Black Lives Matter.

The pending bill, HF 390/SF 676, would significantly increase fees and jail time for protesters who block highways, a common civil disobedience tactic, including at protests against police killings. According to the ACLU of Minnesota, the proposed legislation chills dissent and constitutes an attempt to silence Black Lives Matter movement.

I knew they were trying to pass it last year, and I encouraged them to do it again, Kroll told In These Times.

His acknowledgement of the lobbying by his union, Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, raises concerns that law enforcement is pressuring legislators to clamp down on protestsand specifically, on protests against police violence. Cops are going to keep pursuing ways to keep themselves above the fray and unaccountable for the things they do, says Tony Williams, a member of the MPD150, a police abolitionist project that recently released a 150-year performance review of the Minneapolis Police Department. Its a naked case of self-interest more than anything else.

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01:51

France: Report from April 15, or, The Magic of the ZAD! Earth First! Newswire

from Contra Info

Despite the state of siege imposed by the government, a crowd of 15,000 to 20,000 people has succeeded, whatever the cost, in reaching different points of the ZAD this Sunday. This afternoon new groups are arriving all the time. Since this morning, the state has done everything possible to break this huge surge of solidarity: there are road blocks and checkpoints everywhere; police checkpoint policeman at the exit lanes of the motorways, asking drivers not to to try to go to the solidarity gathering. This is the first time that the state has tried to prevent a big demonstration of this kind on the ZAD, and to wind up the tension. But here the collective spirit has not allowed itself to be intimidated by any such thing: the ZADs supporters know the country paths, and the fields, and they have been moving in groups in order to get round the police blockades. The movement that succed in forcing the abandonment of the airport project is here again today, in all its strength and diversity, to defend the ZAD.

At 2.00pm there was a solemn moment at the Bellevue Farm. The thousands of sticks and clubs (batons) planted on the 8th of October 2016 were dug up from the ground. We had made a solemn promise to come and collect them if ever the ZAD came under renewed attack. That time has now come!

People of all ages have set off along Le Chemin de Suez, escor...

01:24

One person killed after tornado hits Greensboro in Guilford County, North Carolina The Watchers Latest articles

Significant damage was reported in the Greensboro area of North Carolina's Guilford County on Sunday, April 15, 2018 after an apparent tornado swept through the area. An apparent tornado touched down near Greensboro about 17:15 EDT on April 15, damaging hundreds...... Read more

Asteroid 2018 GE3 flew past Earth at 0.5 LD The Watchers Latest articles

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 GE3 flew past Earth at a very close distance of 0.5 LD or 0.00129 AU (~192 981 km / 119 912 miles) on April 15, 2018. This is the 28th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and...... Read more

Dogs in India are a problem for wildlife, study finds Conservation news

Dogs may be a humans best friend, but can be a deadly menace to wildlife, including endangered species, according to a survey in India, home to the worlds fourth-biggest population of dogs. The findings, reported in a new study published in Animal Conservation, highlighted dog attacks on some 80 species, including threatened ones dwindling in numbers, such as the golden langur (Trachypithecus geei), the great Indian bustard (Ardeotis nigriceps) and the green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas). Nearly half of these attacks took place in or around protected areas, the survey found. India is home to about 60 million of the worlds estimated 1 billion dogs. In a bid to understand the impacts of free-ranging dogs on native wildlife in the country, which many experts claim is an underreported fact, Chandrima Home of the Bangalore-based Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) and colleagues zoomed in on dog-wildlife interactions in India through an online survey and scrutinized reports from national print media. We found it is largely a problem across India, despite the limitations of an online survey, Home told Mongabay-India. Dogs were reported to attack nearly 80 species of wildlife and most of the attacks were on mammals, largely ungulates like cattle and small carnivores. In some places, respondents reported multiple attacks. Majority of these attacks were by free-ranging dogs unaccompanied by humans and in packs. Nearly half of the attacks led to the death of the animal. A pack of dogs predating on a hog deer across the

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23:48

I'm skeptical of the synthetic age, says ecology philosopher Christopher Preston What's new

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23:01

Cape Town Nurtures its Water Supply in Anticipation of Taps Running Dry Latest News

If the South African city cant avert Day Zero, it will be the world's first metropolis to run out of water

22:42

Record-shattering rains trigger destructive floods in Hawaii, 699 mm (27 inches) in 24 hours The Watchers Latest articles

An upper level low west of Kauai and ample deep moisture have worked together to produce record-shattering rains in parts of Hawaii over the weekend. At least two homes were swept away by raging floodwaters and dozens more damaged. The hardest-hit area is between...... Read more

20:57

Guest post: The impact of climate change on mental health is impossible to ignore Carbon Brief

Prof Helen Berry is the inaugural professor of climate change and mental health at the University of Sydney.

It is now widely accepted that climate change is one of the worlds leading health risks. From driving up the number of people exposed to heatwaves to increasing the risk of infectious diseases, such as dengue fever, climate change is already causing significant harm.

Similarly, the body of evidence that climate change is increasing the frequency and ferocity of weather-related extremes is increasing year-on-year. More people are being exposed or, worse still, the same people are exposed more frequently to injury, loss of homes and businesses, environmental damage and even loss of lives.

All of these have profound, often long-term effects on mental health. Yet there remains relatively little research on this topic, and even less commitment to doing anything about it.

This is a mistake. Good mental health is essential to our capacity to cope with and make the best of what life throws at us, including climate change. But it is not something we can take for granted.

Neglected research

Each year, hundreds of millions of people around the world experience mental illness. For most people, this is frightening, distressing, confusing and painful potentially affecting every aspect of life. Work, relationships, finances, community participation and physical health are all touched.

19:05

The New Mail: Letters on Scott Pruitt at EPA Frack Check WV

There are 1344 Superfund Sites in the U.S.

Letters on Margaret Talbots article about Scott Pruitt and the US Environmental Protection Agency.

From The New Yorker Magazine, April 16, 2018 Issue, Page 5.

TITLE: Pruitt vs. the E.P.A.

Margaret Talbots article about Scott Pruitt paints a scathing picture of his assault on the Environmental Protection Agency (Dirty Politics, April 2nd). I was the first, and then the fifth, administrator of the agency. The environment is far healthier today than it was forty-seven years ago, when the E.P.A. was created, precisely because of the science-based standards that the agency implemented. Pruitt is systematically attacking both the E.P.A.s budget and its scientific framework. If he is successful, the very reason for the E.P.A.s creationillness and disease from pollutionwill remerge, and we will have to start from square one. The country must challenge the Trump Administrations war on science. Otherwise, as a result of actions taken by Pruitt and this Administration, the uncontrolled pollution that we have greatly reduced in the past five decades will return.

William D. Ruckelshaus, Seattle, Wash.

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Pruitt is not, as he claims, an E.P.A. originalist. He is merely a servant to wealthy corporate interests. He is not there to protect the countrys clean air. He does not care about the long-term damage that a mountaintop mining operation can do to our drinking-water supplies and to our fishing habitats. He is not looking out for the well-being of future generations. Science is knowledge, and Pruitts denial of knowledge makes him unfit for government service. It is also the reason that career scientists are overwhelmingly abandoning the E.P.A. under his leadership. Pruitt did not fight Trumps proposed twenty-five-per-cent cut to the E.P.A.s budget. He says that he is sticking to traditional priorities, such as cleaning up Superfund sites, but he has been co-opted by the very industries that he is responsible for regulating. This cleanup uses current taxpayer money to remedy past damage that should have been corrected by the offending private industries. Essentially, Pruitt wants to privatize profits from businesses while socializing their expenses. Unfortunately, that attitude will only produce new Superfund sites for future taxpayers to deal with.

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19:01

British public overwhelmingly support greater fisheries protections after Brexit What's new

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18:29

Hardwood forests cut down to feed Drax Power plant, Channel 4 Dispatches claims What's new

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14:06

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07:23

Massive storm system sweeps through US, at least 3 deaths reported The Watchers Latest articles

A massive storm system reaching from Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes has afflicted the central United States on April 13 - 15 with heavy snow, tornadoes, rain, and hail, forcing flight cancellations, creating dangerous road conditions and killing at least three...... Read more

03:18

Destructive flash floods, rare tornado hit Algeria The Watchers Latest articles

Severe weather conditions hit northern parts of Algeria on April 14, 2018, bringing heavy rain, flooding, and hail. A rare tornado was spotted in Batna Province. Rainfall of 25 - 50 mm (1-2 inches) was reported across north-central Algeria through the afternoon of...... Read more

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'Its more economic to cut down a tree than maintain it for twenty years' What's new

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