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President Obama Asked to Stop U.S. Military Project That Threatens Endangered Dugong
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
New UK Report Supports Strong Action on Antibiotics in Ag
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
House Passes Most Environmentally Destructive Defense Authorization Act in History
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
New Community Resource: It's a Trap!
(May 6, 2016) Today the National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (NLGSF) released a simple but critical piece of public education on undercover law enforcement, informants and cooperating witnesses. It's a Trap! (see PDF) provides basic information that everyone should know about the tactics of law enforcement, but that may be particularly important for political activists and those who are, or who are perceived to be, Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim or South Asian.
Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 3:01PM
National Research Council GMO Study Compromised by Industry Ties
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
Study: Biodiversity Essential to Protect Ocean Fishes From Climate Change
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
Vaquita Population Plummets to Just 60 Individuals
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
Groups Ask FDA to Protect Consumers from Misleading Labels on “Natural” Foods
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
Hawai‘i Legislature Provides Landmark State-Funded Tax Credit Supporting Organic Farmers
(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
EPA Uses Industry-funded Studies to Determine Glyphosate Does Not Cause Cancer
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
UFW wins election to represent 240 farm workers at Ventura County companies
Farm workers at two related Oxnard, Calif. companies with a total of 240 employees at peak season voted April 20, 2016 (today) to be represented by the United Farm Workers in an election conducted by the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board. Workers at Hiji Bros., Inc. and Seaview Growers Inc. cast ballots to decertify and replace the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 5 with the UFW on a vote of 111 for the UFW, 61 for UFCW Local 5 and 6 for no-union. Hiji Bros. grows celery, lettu...
Posted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 4:35PM
SPLC survey: Presidential campaign leading to widespread fear, bullying in schools
(April 13, 2016) A survey of approximately 2,000 teachers by the Southern Poverty Law Center indicates that the presidential campaign is having a profoundly negative impact on schoolchildren across the country, according to a report released today.
Posted: Sun Apr 17, 2016 3:00AM
RNs Welcome Bill to Step Up Public Safety for Patients in Hospital ‘Observation'
(April 15, 2016) California nurses are heralding the advance of a State Senate bill that would significantly expand public oversight and protections for one of the least reported problems in U.S. hospitals – the placement of patients in “observation” status, where they can be held for hours or days with less public oversight and fewer protections.
Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 3:58PM
Obama Administration's Weak New Offshore-drilling Rules Fail to Protect Oceans, Climate
WASHINGTON, April 14, 2016 — Nearly six years after BP’s Deepwater Horizon exploded and gushed oil into the Gulf of Mexico for three months, the largest oil spill in U.S. waters, the Obama administration today announced new rules for offshore oil and gas operations. The rules focus on standards for blowout preventers and largely adopt what is already common industry practice; they do not go nearly far enough to protect oceans, wildlife or climate from the risks of offshore drilling.
Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 3:29PM
West Coast Water Quality Standards Not Strong Enough to Fight Ocean Acidification
OAKLAND, Calif., April 13, 2016 — A new scientific paper published today in the journal Ocean & Coastal Management concludes that current water quality criteria are inadequate to address ocean acidification on the West Coast. This paper and a related report published last week call for major changes in how California, Oregon and Washington deal with ocean acidification triggered by the high carbon emissions that are also causing climate change.
Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 3:02PM
Monarchs Are Not on the Road to Recovery
Endangered Species Act protection essential to monarchs’ survival
Posted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 3:27PM
AWI Statement on Proposed Animal Welfare Regulations for the Certified Organic Label
April 7, 2016 - The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) commends the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) for proposing requirements for the welfare of animals raised under the Certified Organic label. AWI generally supports the proposed regulations, which are based on the recommendations of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), an advisory body to the USDA’s organic program.
Posted: Thu Apr 7, 2016 4:40PM
EPA Analysis: 97 Percent of Endangered Species Threatened by Two Common Pesticides
PORTLAND, Ore., April 7, 2016 — The Environmental Protection Agency’s first rigorous nationwide analysis of the effects of pesticides on endangered species finds that 97 percent of more than 1,700 animals and plants protected under the Endangered Species Act are likely to be hurt by malathion and chlorpyrifos. Another 79 percent are likely to be hurt by diazinon. The results released this week are the first in a series of biological evaluations the EPA must complete as part of a settlemen...
Posted: Thu Apr 7, 2016 4:23PM
BLM OKs Industrial Solar Project That Would Block Bighorn Sheep Movement in Mojave
BARSTOW, Calif., April 5, 2016 — The Bureau of Land Management today issued a decision allowing the Soda Mountain Solar project to move forward on developing more than 2,813 acres of public land directly adjacent to the Mojave National Preserve that would cut off a vital route for desert bighorn sheep and damage other desert resources.
Posted: Wed Apr 6, 2016 2:48PM
Green Sea Turtles Recovering on U.S. Coasts
WASHINGTON, April 5, 2016 — The success of green sea turtles’ recovery on the U.S. Atlantic and Pacific coasts warrants downgrading their status from “endangered” to “threatened,” according to today’s announcement by National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in response to a petition from the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs. But the agencies emphasized that the growing threat of climate change and sea-level rise — particularly on low-lying nesti...
Posted: Wed Apr 6, 2016 2:39PM