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Petition Seeks to Reform Secretive Federal Agency That Kills Millions of Wild Animals - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and allies petitioned the Obama administration today (see PDF) to reform the federal wildlife-killing agency known as “Wildlife Services,” which kills nearly 1.5 million coyotes, bears, otters, foxes, birds and other animals each year without any requirement to disclose its activities to the public. The secretive killing — which includes aerial gunning, traps and exploding poison caps — has gone on for decades with little public oversi...
Posted: Tue Dec 3, 2013 6:48PM
International Red List Ranks Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtles as Critically Endangered - by Teri Shore
New IUCN Red List Identifies Bycatch in Fisheries as a Primary Threat to Leatherbacks Worldwide Populations of critically endangered Pacific leatherback sea turtles continue to slide toward extinction due primarily to capture and death as bycatch in commercial fisheries, according to the new IUCN Red List assessment by the world's leading sea turtle scientists.
Posted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 12:10PM
House Approves Reckless Fracking Bill - by via Environment America
WASHINGTON, D.C. – By a vote of 235-187, the U.S. House of Representatives on November 20 approved its latest giveaway to the oil and gas industry: A bill to boost ‘fracking,’ the dirty process of drilling that has contaminated water supplies from Pennsylvania to New Mexico and is making families near drilling sites sick from air pollution.
Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 12:01PM
Groups Urge Air District to Protect Los Angeles From Fracking Pollution - by Center for Biological Diversity
LOS ANGELES— On November 22, a coalition of health and environmental organizations called on the South Coast Air Quality Management District to better protect Los Angeles and Orange County residents from air pollution caused by fracking and other dangerous oil and gas extraction methods.
Posted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:12AM
Tea Party Bill Would Eviscerate Endangered Species Act - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— Tea Party senators introduced a bill this week that would effectively end the protection of most endangered species in the United States and gut some of the most important provisions of the Endangered Species Act. Senate Bill 1731, introduced by Tea Party Sens. Rand Paul, Mike Lee and Dean Heller, would end protections for most of the species that are currently protected by the Act and make it virtually impossible to protect new species under the law. It would also eliminate pro...
Posted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:09AM
Can Brazil Save the Amazon? Deforestation a climate change issue at COP19 - by Cécile Schneider with Lachie McKenzie
Brazil's recent efforts to curb its deforestation have all but increased in the past year. Known as the world's lungs, the Amazon is one of the biggest carbon sinks. With each patch of dense jungle chainsawed and burned away, the rate of climate change increases.
Posted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:52PM
Poland: Korolec Goes Missing - Environment Minister sacked during climate talks - by Jeppe Fischer via Takver climateIMC
COP19 took a bizarre turn on Wednesday when Polish COP19 President Marcin Korolec was sacked as minister of the environment after a cabinet reshuffle. The Verb asks why?
Posted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:48PM
Reverend Billy charged with rioting at Chase Bank - by indyradio.nu
Bankers at the utterly corrupt Chase Bank could not see the humor in a 15 minute performance by Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir. The goal of the protest was to challenge fossil fuel investments that will make us all extinct. Billy Talen faces up to a year in prison, sign this petition in defence of free speech, and oppose the criminalization of performance art.
Posted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 9:11AM
Philippines: Let our people live! Climate justice now! - by PM / PLM/ PMCJ
The people are still reeling from the impacts of possibly the biggest typhoon to strike the country. Death toll numbers are rising rapidly. There is massive devastation. Many are still trying to contact their relatives, friends and comrades, but communication systems are down, in the hardest hit areas. How should we, as socialists, respond to the crisis?
Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:26PM
International Trade Union Confederation joins other NGOs in walkout protest at COP19 - by Takver - Climate IMC
The International Trade Union Confederation has joined many Civil society organisations in leaving the climate change negotiations today on mass in protest at the lack of progress in climate change negotiations and the level of corporate support and sponsorship at this COP in Warsaw.
Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:33AM
NGOs Abandon Warsaw Climate Change Talks - by Linh Do via Takver - Climate IMC
Civil society organisations have staged a walkout sending clear messages to the negotiators that they are displeased with the lack of progress. Participating organisations include the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance, Greenpeace, Oxfam, 350.org, the International Trade Union Confederation, WWF and Friends of the Earth.
Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:10AM
Warsaw Climate Change negotiations failing warn Friends of the Earth - by Takver - Climate IMC
Friends of the Earth International representatives said that COP19 United Nations climate change negotiations are set to fail due to the very low targets for emission reductions proposed by richer nations, especially with Australia and Japan having dramatically reduced their targets and ambition and with Europe maintaining a very low level of emissions cuts.
Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 3:14AM
Weather Modification is Very Real - by Beeline
Weather modification has been around for a long time. And using weather as a weapon is not new either. And those 'Chemtrails" in the sky are not innocent vapor trails.
Posted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 6:49PM
Tornado hits nuke facility: Operators dodging questions of what was damaged - by Monica Davis
A spokesperson for a nuclear enrichment facility in Kentucky says a tornado hit the plant: people want specifics on what was damaged.
Posted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 5:02PM
Arctic Sunrise 30 may face extended detention in Russia - by indyradio.nu
The Arctic Sunrise 30 have been held in Russian prisons for 2 months, and the Russian government is preparing hold them for another 90 days.
Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 1:11PM
Rare Abalone One Step Closer to Endangered Species Act Protection - by Center for Biological Diversity
ANCHORAGE, Alaska— In response to scientific petitions filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Center for Biological Diversity in summer 2013, the federal government announced Friday that pinto abalone may need protection under the Endangered Species Act. The 6-inch-long marine snails have declined by between 80 percent and 99 percent throughout much of their range, primarily as a result of rampant overfishing. Even with fishing now largely prohibited, the animal’s continued su...
Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 12:43PM
Plastic-covered Hawaiian Island Moves Toward Possible Superfund Designation - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— In response to a petition submitted by the Center for Biological Diversity, the Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to take a historic first step toward classifying a tiny Hawaiian coral island, Tern Island, as a Superfund site because of hazards posed by plastic pollution. The Center’s petition requested that the agency conduct a preliminary assessment of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and a portion of the enormous Pacific Garbage Patch within U.S. waters.
Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 12:37PM
Japan's reduced emissions target a setback to COP19 climate change negotiations - by Takver - Climate IMC
Japan, the third largest single economy, has announced in the Warsaw climate change negotiations a change in it's voluntary pledge emissions target to change from a 25 per cent emission cut on 1990 levels to a 3.1 per cent increase on 1990 levels by 2020.
Posted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 6:58PM
Gov. Brown's Fracking Rules Even Fall Short of S.B. 4 Requirements - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Gov. Jerry Brown’s oil and gas officials today released draft state hydraulic fracturing regulations that fall far short of protecting California’s air, water, communities and climate from fracking, a dangerously polluting practice that involves blasting chemical-laden water into the earth to fracture rock formations.
Posted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 1:21PM
Obama Administration Takes Important Step to Protect Endangered Species From Pesticides - by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency and several other federal agencies released new policies (see PDF) on November 14 designed to better assess the risks that pesticides pose to endangered species. These policies will ensure that mitigation measures recommended by the federal wildlife agencies are put in place to protect endangered species in agricultural areas, as well as in areas downstream that are affected by pesticide runoff. They come in response to an April 2013 report fr...
Posted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 3:35AM