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image President Obama Asked to Stop U.S. Military Project That Threatens Endangered Dugong 480_dugong_flickr_matthijs_1.jpg original image (570x330) by Center for Biological Diversity
OKINAWA, Japan, May 26, 2016 — During President Obama’s visit to Japan for the G-7 summit, the Center for Biological Diversity called on him to abandon his controversial plan to build a large new military base in biologically rich and sensitive Henoko and Oura Bay. The bay is home to the dugong — a marine mammal related to manatees that is an ancient cultural icon in Okinawa — and other endangered species. That project is strongly opposed by residents of the island, which has had a hu...
Posted: Thu May 26, 2016 7:29PM
image And Here’s Another Thing the Clinton’s Fucked Up. 480_boycottpaper2.jpg original image (984x1030) by Lloyd Hart
In the late nineties Duh Prez. appointed General Barry McCaffery to be the Drug Czar!
Posted: Wed May 25, 2016 9:57AM
text Who Owns the Sky? The Climate in the Globalization Trap by C. Methmann, A. Haack and J. Eisgruber
The bad news is that there are more inconvenient truths. Climate change is present, not future. Globalization and protection of the atmosphere do not go together. Climate policy has a policy. Economic profit dominance always has priority over climate protection. The logic of the financial markets to which climate protection often falls victim must be broken. A whole bundle of measures is necessary. Climate protection must go hand-in-hand with fighting poverty.
Posted: Tue May 24, 2016 4:07AM
text New UK Report Supports Strong Action on Antibiotics in Ag by via Center for Food Safety
WASHINGTON, May 20th, 2016 — A report commissioned by the government of the United Kingdom (see PDF) recommends reducing “the extensive and unnecessary use of antibiotics in agriculture” in order to curb the global spread of infections. The Review on Antimicrobial Resistance released its final report this week, calling for quick movement to ban or restrict the use of antibiotics in animals that are vital for human health, among other measures.
Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 3:37PM
text House Passes Most Environmentally Destructive Defense Authorization Act in History by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON, May 18, 2016 — In a partisan vote today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which, if enacted into law, would gut protections for several endangered species, including the American burying beetle and lesser prairie chicken, and remove the Clean Water Act’s ability to control destructive invasive species. The must-pass legislation now moves to the Senate for further consideration.
Posted: Thu May 19, 2016 5:20PM
document National Research Council GMO Study Compromised by Industry Ties
 under_the_influence_mational_research_council_and_gmos.pdf_140_.jpg original image (x) by via Food & Water Watch
Washington, D.C., May 16, 2016 — One day before the National Research Council (NRC) is scheduled to release a multi-year research report about genetically engineered (GMO) crops and food, Food & Water Watch has released an issue brief detailing the far-reaching conflicts of interest at the NRC and its parent organization, the National Academy of Sciences.
Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 2:51PM
text Study: Biodiversity Essential to Protect Ocean Fishes From Climate Change by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON, May 16, 2016 — Biodiversity is essential to maintaining the health of our oceans in the face of climate change and ensuring an adequate supply of the fish that billions of people around the world rely on for protein, particularly in developing countries. That’s the conclusion of important new research published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study suggests that maintaining biodiversity by reducing overfishing in reef ecosystems is crucial not...
Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 1:53PM
image Save the Multinational Species Conservation Fund 480_tiger_stamp_1.jpg original image (1200x1200) by Tomas DiFiore
2016 Wildlife Conservation Society petition to U.S. Congress - Act now to save the 'Multinational Species Conservation Fund'. There's also a postal stamp funding mechanism. The MSCF Stamp “had a premium cost of 55 cents, with 9 cents from each stamp purchased supporting wildlife conservation. From September 20, 2011, to December 31, 2013, stamp sales raised $2,567,000 for the conservation of all MSCF species - elephants, tigers, lions, and more. Unfortunately, the wildlife stamp was not mar...
Posted: Sat May 14, 2016 5:06PM
image Vaquita Population Plummets to Just 60 Individuals 480_vaquita_porpoise_paulolsen_noaa_1.jpg original image (570x330) by Center for Biological Diversity
ENSENADA, Mexico, May 13, 2016 — Scientists announced today that fewer than 60 vaquita porpoises likely remain on Earth, down from 245 in 2008. The vaquita is the world’s smallest and most endangered porpoise, found only in Mexico’s northern Gulf of California. Without permanent and fully enforced protections, the species could be effectively extinct within six years.
Posted: Sat May 14, 2016 1:59PM
image Two Years Frack-Free in the Sespe! 480_sespe_1.jpg original image (584x438) by Save the Sespe
Environmental advocates celebrate two-year halt on fracking in Los Padres National Forest
Posted: Sat May 14, 2016 8:46AM
image Groups Ask FDA to Protect Consumers from Misleading Labels on “Natural” Foods cows-feedlot-usda.jpg by via Animal Legal Defense Fund
COTATI, CA, May 10, 2016 – Americans are paying more attention to food labels, but that does not mean that current government regulations adequately ensure that those labels mean what consumers expect them to. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has the opportunity to take significant strides towards protecting consumers from unscrupulous producers of meat and poultry products who sell their factory farmed meat with misleading “natural” labels.
Posted: Thu May 12, 2016 4:26PM
image Australia: #Breakfree climate protestors close down Newcastle coal port 480_20160508-newcastle-breakfree-kayaktivism_1.jpg original image (600x400) by john Englart (Takver)
When the politics has failed in taking necessary rapid climate action, more people are stepping up, to protest, to put their bodies on the line in civil disobedient actions. As part of the Global BreakFree mobilisation Australians are blockading Newcastle coal port on Mothers Day, Sunday 8 May 2016
Posted: Sun May 8, 2016 5:58AM
image Hawai‘i Legislature Provides Landmark State-Funded Tax Credit Supporting Organic Farmers 480_hawaii-farms_1.jpg original image (488x272) by via Center for Food Safety
(May 5th, 2016) Hawai‘i lawmakers hope to strengthen and expand the state’s organic farming sector after passing unprecedented legislation that would allocate $2 million in state-funded tax credit for certified organic food production (House Bill 1689 CD 1). The state-funded tax credit is the first of its kind in the United States, and is designed to complement existing federal programs that help organic farmers overcome the financial barriers of certification.
Posted: Sat May 7, 2016 3:26PM
image Wales: #BreakFree climate activists invoke Welsh dragon in Ffos-y-fran coal occupation 480_20160503-flickr-welsh-dragon-reclaims-coalmine2_1.jpg original image (640x426) by john Englart (Takver)
Welsh climate activists invoked the mythical red dragon to say 'Break Free from fossil fuels' and 'No New Coal'. A red puppet dragon was used in the civil disobedient occupation of the Ffos-y-fran open cut mine in South Wales on May 3. This is the largest open cast coal mine in the United Kingdom.
Posted: Fri May 6, 2016 4:35AM
image Philippines: 10,000 march to #BreakFree from #coal in Batangas city 480_20160504-flickr-breakfree-philippines_1.jpg original image (640x509) by john Englart (Takver)
Twenty seven coal power stations are planned for construction in the Philippines. As part of the global #BreakFree protests, around 10,000 Filipinos marched in Batangas City on May 4 demanding an end to coal and transition to renewable energy. The protest comes just five days before national elections.
Posted: Thu May 5, 2016 10:44PM
audio Vote Your Hopes, Not Your Fears: Building the Green Party (audio/mpeg 3.4MB) by Ann Garrison
Socialist Alternative, led by Seattle City Councilor Kshama Sawant, and others have called for Bernie Sanders to found an independent left party for the 99 percent and run as an independent, or to appeal to Jill Stein and the Green Party to join their ticket, despite Sanders's oft repeated promise to endorse the Democrats’ nominee. With little time left to get a new party on the ballot in most states, I looked into Green Party ballot access in the 50 states and spoke to Bruce Dixon, Georgia...
Posted: Thu May 5, 2016 12:57PM
image Grape and nut glut drying up Golden State cadroghtmap_1.jpg by Patrick Porgans
California water officials and mainstream media assertions this epic drought has caused socioeconomic and a financial disaster to the State's economy is not supported by the facts published in government reports.Three years into the drought and the Golden State's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) reached a record $2.31 trillion, agriculture revenues higher than ever, statewide building permits doubled, and more water-guzzling permanent crops planted, and state mandated cutbacks in urban water use,...
Posted: Wed May 4, 2016 5:53PM
image France: Greenwashing - Dirty secret revealed from Australia at Engie Group AGM 480_20160503-engiesecret-hazelwood-feature_1.jpg original image (800x400) by john Englart (Takver)
Don't you like corporate greenwashing? French company Engie have this marvellous vision and plan outlined at their AGM for reducing CO2 and transitioning to renewable energy to tackle climate change. Except nobody told their Australian subsidiary companies who want to invest millions of dollars in upgrading turbines at Loy Yang B coal power station which will either lock in carbon and particulate pollution from burning brown coal for years to come, or end up being stranded assets.
Posted: Wed May 4, 2016 7:06AM
text EPA Uses Industry-funded Studies to Determine Glyphosate Does Not Cause Cancer by Center for Biological Diversity
PORTLAND, Ore., May 2, 2016 — An EPA analysis relying heavily on unpublished, industry funded studies has determined that glyphosate, commonly known as Roundup, is “not likely to be carcinogenic to humans.” The EPA determination, released to the public on Friday, stands in sharp contrast to a finding last year by the World Health Organization’s cancer-research arm that glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen.
Posted: Tue May 3, 2016 3:08PM
text Chernobyl + 30 by Michael Steinbertg
Thirty Years after the nuclear cataclysm at Chernobyl, the disaster continues.
Posted: Mon May 2, 2016 3:52PM