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Coastal Redwood Forests: Carbon Offsets or Climate Mitigation - by Tomas DiFiore
Private corporate industrial commercial timberlands in Mendocino County do not have the standing timber volume inventory to merit carbon sequestration offsets accreditation. Mendocino Redwood Company should not be paid a green certified cent by large scale industrial polluters to ship the remaining redwood forests to expanding markets overseas for carbon offsets. The forest carbon offset marketplace is consumer-product oriented. The short-rotation carbon-decay curve diminishes the intrinsic v...
Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 2:06PM
Mendocino County Suspends Contract With Rogue Federal Wildlife-killing Program - by Center for Biological Diversity
MENDOCINO, Calif.— In response to legal pressure from a coalition of animal protection and conservation groups, Mendocino County officials agreed today to suspend the renewal of the county’s contract with the notorious federal wildlife-killing program known as Wildlife Services, pending an environmental review that will include consideration of nonlethal predator control methods. The county’s decision came after the coalition, and a Mendocino resident, filed a lawsuit against the county...
Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 4:57PM
California's Clear Lake Hitch Closer to Federal Endangered Species Protection - by Center for Biological Diversity
CLEAR LAKE, Calif.— In response to a Center for Biological Diversity petition, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that protecting the Clear Lake hitch — a large minnow found only in Northern California’s Clear Lake and its tributaries — under the Endangered Species Act may be warranted. Clear Lake hitch were once so plentiful they were a staple food for the original Pomo inhabitants of the Clear Lake region, but have declined to near extinction due to water diversions,...
Posted: Thu Apr 9, 2015 8:14PM
California Salmon and Wildlife Win Court Protection From Logging - by Center for Biological Diversity
YREKA, Calif.— A federal court has halted a logging plan in northern California that would have harmed old-growth forests and federally protected fish and owls. The decision by the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, stems from a lawsuit filed by three conservation groups against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service in 2013 for approving a “habitat conservation plan” for Fruit Growers Supply Company that allowed it to log thousan...
Posted: Tue Apr 7, 2015 9:23AM
California Must Support 'No New Offshore Drilling' From Alaska, to North Carolina - by Tomas DiFiore
China (SINOPEC) and Malaysia (Petronas) both state owned companies, under repressive regimes, own leases and drilling rights from Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico. America's Resources are being exploited for the sake of foreign countries. As Americans look towards renewables and clean energy, corporate international trade policies are selling the dirty polluting resources and drilling rights, to willing buyers – Asia, which have to commit to leaving their own hydrocarbon reserves in the ground.
Posted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 7:54AM
Ocean Salmon Season Will Open April 4 - by Dan Bacher
While the Sacramento River fall run Chinook returns were relatively abundant, it is crucial to understand the heavy impact that the mismanagement of Central Valley reservoirs and rivers and the Delta pumps by the state and federal governments will have on the 2016 to 2017 seasons.
Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 10:00AM
Petition for "Strategic Release" for Abdul Olugbala Shakur - by Steve Martinot
Abdul Olugbala Shakur is a political prisoner, one of the organizers of the Cal. prison hunger strikes, and a founder of the George Jackson University. He has stayed involved in black communities and the struggle for justice even while in prison. This is a petition to try to win parole for him.
Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 11:26AM
California Fracking Waiting On Your Comments - LAST DAY - 03162015 - by Tomas DiFiore
Concerned about loss of farmlands and forestlands? Region 6, (all) Northern California - Farmlands, Forests, Williamson Act Lands, Oil and Gas Development, Mitigations required for approval of Well Stimulation and/or new oil or gas field development include "Termination of Williamson Act Contracts"; even purchase of 'other' forestland of equal value (productivity index).
Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 8:28AM
March 2015 is “Say No To Palm Oil Month” - by Tomas DiFiore
The recent NPR story on All Things Considered about the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program and Doctor Ian Singleton, which was quite well done, made the claim that it is “illegal logging and land clearing for palm plantations” that threatens Orangutan habitat on Sumatra (Indonesia). There are many forms of legal pathways to deforestation used by Indonesia to expand plantations: the Plasma expansion for existing palm plantations, (the Small Holders option), legal interpretations of th...
Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 10:26PM
Cannabis in California: Legalization Update - by via ReformCA
There's a lot going on in our movement in California and across the nation.
Posted: Fri Mar 6, 2015 5:15PM
Palm Oil Industry Sustainable Policies Fail Global Zero-deforestation Commitments - by Tomas DiFiore
Uganda is one of the countries of the new frontier of palm oil destruction in Africa: as in Nigeria, Cameroon, and Liberia, South-East Asian palm oil companies are leasing or buying land to produce palm oil, thereby causing the same destructive effects on communities and the environment as have been seen in Indonesia and Malaysia. PepsiCo and Proctor and Gamble both have sustainable policies that take full effect in 2020. Wilmar has announced that as of January 2016 it would no longer buy oil...
Posted: Mon Mar 2, 2015 12:10PM
Feds Will Expand Habitat Protections for Endangered Killer Whales on West Coast - by Center for Biological Diversity
SEATTLE— The National Marine Fisheries Service announced today that it intends to expand critical habitat protections along the West Coast for endangered “Southern Resident” killer whales. The finding, which says a decision will be made in 2017, comes in response to a petition by the Center for Biological Diversity seeking to extend Endangered Species Act protection to the whales’ winter foraging range off the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California.
Posted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 12:51PM
Sustainable Palm Oil Certification: Principles And Criteria In Crisis - by Tomas DiFiore
Merging the Palm Oil Plantation development index on human rights abuses and the global oil and gas development index on human rights abuses One country takes the lead, Malaysia. (Other countries that produce palm oil and oil or natural gas for export include Indonesia, Liberia, Brazil, Venezuela). Land grabs for plantations are common place, and in some instances can be reversed. Global peasant and indigenous communities are rising up against corporate greed. The affluent health and cosmetic...
Posted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 10:39AM
Deforestation-Free And Zero-Deforestation, Palm Oil's Carbon Footprint - by Tomas DiFiore
Zero-deforestation, Temporary Deforestation And Sustainable Palm Oil Plantations, High Carbon Stocking and High Conservation Value Forests are concepts printed on paper from pulp likely linked to deforestation. Commodity certification standards 'Responsible' and 'Sustainable' undermine organic, fair-trade, and local food systems. Indigenous land uses and rights are acknowledged in different countries under different conditions of tenure and recorded history. Few countries acknowledge legal de...
Posted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 3:33PM
Eureka City Schools Officials Settle Lawsuit with National Center for Youth Law, ACLU - by ACLU of Northern California
Eureka – Eureka City Schools has reached a settlement agreement that resolves a lawsuit filed last year by the National Center for Youth Law and the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California. Under the agreement, the district will implement a community-wide collaborative process aimed at cultivating a positive and inclusive school climate where all students feel welcome and safe.
Posted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 8:04PM
HSU Students Take Over Native Forum - by Unified Students
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Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 11:12PM
Straight Talk About Klamath River Water and Salmon - by Felice Pace
A new government legal opinion that will help Klamath-Trinity salmon will do nothing to mitigate or end the high rate of salmon diseases in juvenile salmon migrating down the Klamath River. In 2014 100% of those juvenile fish were infected with diseases that are related to low flows and poor water qulaity. Three tribal governments are silent about these problems because they have agreed to a water deal which maximizes irrigation water diversion and delivery in the Upper Klamath River Basin in...
Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:57AM
Interior finally recognizes Humboldt County's right to Trinity River water - by Dan Bacher
“While this authority should have been acknowledged years ago, I am pleased that our arguments on behalf of Humboldt County, the county’s hard work on the issue, and the efforts by the Yurok, Hoopa and Karuk tribes have finally paid off,” said Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael). Photo of a traditional Hoopa/Yurok/Karuk Brush dance demonstration at a "Water Warriors" celebration and rally at the Lewiston Fish Hatchery on the Trinity River on August 27, 2014. After the rally en...
Posted: Fri Jan 2, 2015 7:27PM
Myanmar Ready For Global Investments And Human Rights For Christmas - by Tomas DiFiore
Have you ever wondered where the gargantuan Big Oil quarterly profits come from? It's not from a hike in gas prices at the pump! It's from toxic plumes and contaminates left behind in a forgotten dump, somewhere on the global landscape. It's profit stained with the blood of unknown names of family members and whole villages, those in forced labor, children, and nameless faces in human trafficking. It's profit realized from prescribed violence, alcohol and drugs and random violence, toxic tres...
Posted: Sun Dec 28, 2014 1:46PM
Corruption vs Corporate Social Responsibility And Community-Development Funds - by Tomas DiFiore
“People in the world's richest countries are rightly angry at the increasing job losses and house repossessions. What is less understood is that for much longer, failures by banks and the governments that regulate them have caused untold damage to the economies of some of the poorest countries in the world.” From timber revenues to oil and gas development contracts, vast sums of cash change hands. Banks hide the heists by cabinet members of stolen revenues, and the regimes in power invest...
Posted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 9:50AM