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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
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 1/20/15
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
California Supreme Court to Review North Coast Railroad Environmental Lawsuit - by Teri Shore
For Immediate Release Patty Clary, Californians for Alternatives to Toxics (CATs) 707.834.4833 Scott Greacen, Friends of the Eel River (FOER) 707.502.4555 Conflicting appellate court decisions create uncertainty regarding environmental assessments required of High Speed Rail and other publicly owned railroads The state’s highest court on Wednesday agreed to review an appeal of a lower court’s decision that would exempt publicly owned railroads from having to comply with California’s ...
Posted: Fri Dec 12, 2014 10:08AM
Humboldt Anarchist Bookfair - by Humboldt Grassroots
1611 Peninsula Dr, Manila, CA
Event Date:Sat Dec 13, 2014 10:00AM
Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2014 12:19PM
Race, Poverty, And Chemical Toxic Trespass - The Critical Distance Of Vulnerability - by Tomas DiFiore
“The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) screened news media reports of 1,275 high consequence incidents over a recent five-year period, 2009–2013. High consequence incidents result in injury, fatality, acute environmental damage, evacuation or shelter-in-place of 500 or more members of the public, onsite property damage greater than $500,000, or offsite property damage. The CSB data do not represent the universe of all chemical incidents.” At the other end of the ...
Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2014 8:52AM
Honoring Chevron With The Secretary's Award for Corporate Excellence - by Tomas DiFiore
“But we went further in our own assessment of the top 100, we looked at the taxes paid over a period of time and that is why the federal inland revenue service is on the board. We also look at the employment they are generating and they have generated. We look at the level of investment they have in Nigeria and then their contributions in terms of social responsibility.” SIGN THIS PETITION! Tell the State Department: Don't honor Chevron for its "corporate excellence. "http://act.credo...
Posted: Tue Dec 9, 2014 9:17AM
Plans Halted for Widening Highway Through Ancient Redwoods in Richardson Grove State Park - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— After years of opposition, Caltrans has rescinded its approvals for a controversial highway-widening project that would endanger ancient redwood trees in Richardson Grove State Park, along Highway 101 in Humboldt County. Conservation groups and local residents this week dismissed a lawsuit they filed in federal court in July in exchange for Caltrans abandoning the project approvals and agreeing to restart the environmental review if the agency pursues the project. Caltrans ha...
Posted: Fri Dec 5, 2014 8:22PM
Pacific NorthWest LNG - North American LNG Exports - B.C. Won't Even Get The Jobs - by Tomas DiFiore
Big Oil And Bigger Oil - The Financial Times ranked the New Seven Sisters on the basis of resource base, level of output, company's ambition, scale of their domestic market, and influence in the industry. In order of prominence, they are Saudi Aramco, Russia's Gazprom, CNPC of China, NIOC of Iran, Venezuela's PDVSA, Brazil's Petrobras and Petronas of Malaysia. The New Seven Sisters control about one-third of the world's oil and gas production and reserves. In contrast, remaining descendants o...
Posted: Fri Dec 5, 2014 11:11AM
Brown Administration Abandons Raid on Fishing License Funds! - by Dan Bacher
The proposed use of the dedicated license funds to "manage" the alleged "marine protected areas" would have been a great mockery of justice, considering that these "marine protected areas" are not authentic ones that actually protect the ocean. The questionable "marine protected areas" created under the MLPA Initiative fail to protect the ocean from fracking, oil drilling, corporate aquaculture, pollution, military testing and all human impacts other than fishing and gathering. Map of...
Posted: Thu Dec 4, 2014 10:04AM
OlympicForest Warfare Range, articles & petitions - by Otter
Three articles and 4 petitions (sign petitions at your leisure. But deadline of 11/28/14 -Greenwich Mean Time- for public comments to US Forest Service) "...Is it legal? And more broadly, is this a new use of the people’s national forest that will set precedent across the country, introducing an increasing, intrusive militarism into our unique and often fragile national parks and national forests where the public seeks peace? ..." "the Navy Auditor wrote: ... The EA-18G (Growler) emits...
Posted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:43PM
Save U.S. Rainforest - Deadline Nov. 28 to comment re WA State Olympic Peninsula - by Marilyn
The last remaining rain forest in the US is ringed by the Olympic National Forest. The US Navy wants to make the area the "Pacific Northwest Electromagnetic Warfare Range" (PNEWR). The deadline to do something to save this precious fragile place is coming soon. This is a big, permanent, expanding, military project that will change the fragile Peninsula forever. It will likely be a prototype for militarizing more and more National Forests and Parks. We need real wilderness, not more militariz...
Posted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 5:21PM
SB 4 Well Stimulation Treatment Regulations - Second Revised Text of Proposed Regulations - by Tomas DiFiore
SB 4 and Seismic Activity in the Vicinity of Hydraulic Fracturing Subseismic activity of magnitude 2.7 - That's the operator's reponsibility threshold. Under the 'good' neighbor notification and well monitoring protocols, the public can ascertain the timeframe of the operations and monitor the area at the CISN for changes and trends. In the most recent, proposed SB 4 California Well Stimulation Regulations (Second Revised Text), the language regarding well bores and known faults have been s...
Posted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 5:30AM