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Palm Oil Home Invasion In Everything From Snack Foods to Pet Foods
The link between livestock expansion and deforestation is not because the land that underlies tropical forests makes better pastures or produces higher crop yields. In fact, just the opposite is true. The soils of newly cleared tropical forest land are generally of poor quality, leading to low crop yields and sustaining few animals per hectare. But these lands are inexpensive or even free for the taking, usually increasing considerably in value once they are cleared. Palm oil expansion has re...
Posted: Sat Apr 30, 2016 7:58AM
Orangutans Fleeing Palm Oil Deforestation
As palm oil plantings expand to new frontiers, the same set of environmental impacts are spreading as in the case of the Great Apes of Africa. The Orangutan films presented here are painfully moving and joyous at times. The hope and caring love attended to the rescues of gorillas, elephants, and orangutans, are reciprocated in unique ways and obvious in these films. Rescue centers need help, volunteers, money, and protected forest habitat to return the animals to the wild. At the end of the a...
Posted: Sat Apr 9, 2016 12:28PM
Commission to Vote on Postponing Marine Protected Area Reviews
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) plan proposes to postpone regional scientific reviews of the effectiveness of “marine protected areas” from once every five years, as originally promised, to once every 10 years.
Posted: Tue Apr 5, 2016 4:34PM
UN Official Receives Formal Complaint from Solitary Prisoners’ Family Members & Advocates
CA – After months of public outcry, California Families Against Solitary Confinement (CFASC) and the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition (PHSS) have submitted a formal complaint to Juan Mendez, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Treatment or Punishment condemning the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) jarringly noisy and disruptive “security/welfare checks” in Pelican Bay State Prison’s Security Housing ...
Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2016 4:54PM
Scientists Urge Feds to Continue Fracking Moratorium off CA Coast
The opposition to environmentally destructive fracking in California's marine waters is building rapidly. On March 22, over 30 prominent scientists urged the federal government to continue the moratorium on fracking in federal waters off the California coast and to prepare a comprehensive environmental impact statement for the controversial oil-industry technique.
Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 11:54AM
Humpback Whale Monitoring Proposal Ignores Record Number of West Coast Entanglements
OAKLAND, Calif., March 21, 2016 — The National Marine Fisheries Service’s proposed plan for monitoring humpback whales ignores one of the fastest-growing threats to this iconic species: entanglement in fishing gear. Along the West Coast, a record 31 humpbacks were caught in fishing gear in 2015, according to new federal data.
Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 7:44PM
Respect farmworkers: Boycott Driscoll's
Costco 1006 West Wabash Ave, Eureka, CA and Eureka Labor Temple 840 E St, Eureka, CA
Event Date: Tue Mar 22, 2016 4:00PM
Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2016 7:59PM
Lawsuit Seeks Overdue Protection for Rare Frog in California, Oregon
SAN FRANCISCO, March 16, 2016 — The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a lawsuit over the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s lengthy delay in deciding whether to extend Endangered Species Act protection to the foothill yellow-legged frog, which has disappeared from more than half of its former streams in California and Oregon. This stream-dwelling amphibian faces a host of threats, including impacts from dams and water diversions, logging, mining, livestock grazing, roads, marijuan...
Posted: Wed Mar 16, 2016 5:56PM
Karuk Tribe, Conservationists Add Klamath National Forest to Westside Lawsuit
“The Westside proposal short changes our community by denying us an opportunity to restore the forest, manage wildfire, and put locals back to work,” said Karuk Chairman Russell “Buster” Attebery. “There is no way that the Forest Service plan will pass a legal challenge. The Karuk alternative, on the other hand, has the support of local conservation groups, provides significant opportunities for bringing timber to market, and complies with applicable state and federal law.”
Posted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 7:02PM
Fishery Council Adopts Ocean Salmon Options for 2016 Season
“The mix of salmon runs this year is unusual,” said outgoing Executive Director Donald McIsaac in a PFMC news release. “In the north, the return of fall Chinook to the Columbia River is forecast to be exceptionally high again, but expectations for wild coho runs to the Washington Coast and Puget Sound areas can only be described as disastrous. In the south, the Sacramento River fall Chinook are healthy, but Klamath River fall Chinook are so poor that the Council’s policy calls for a ...
Posted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:41PM
SEC Charges Westlands Water District with 'Enron Accounting'
Tom Stokely of the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN) noted that the SEC action “reminded me of a transcript from a Westlands board meeting where Birmingham, in response to a question, said the district would declare bankruptcy and default on bonds for BDCP, the predecessor to the California Fix, if necessary, and the landowners would not be held financially responsible.” The transcript from the Westlands Water District Board meeting of January 15, 2014, states: Q: If the D...
Posted: Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:39PM
Palm Oil Tax In France Opposes Continued Land Grabs and Deforestation
Palm oil expansion is 70 percent nightmare and environmental catastrophe and 30 percent transparent truths and lies. It's an Indonesian roshomon, a puzzle of GDP, corruption, land grabs of Indigenous community forests and national forests, transmigrant laborers, settlements, and employment figures, and poverty amidst the wealth of ownership statistics that dominate the palm oil sector at the landscape level. Malaysia has rejected Human Right for Indigenous Peoples at the UN 5 years in a row. ...
Posted: Sun Mar 6, 2016 12:19PM
Sacramento Salmon Ocean Abundance Forecast Is Half Of Last Year's
“The projection for 2016 salmon makes clear the damage done by water diversions and drought the last several years," said John McManus, Executive Director of the Golden Gate Salmon Association (GGSA). “The 2016 salmon number means more protections are needed in the Delta and Central Valley salmon habitat, not less. Any politician proposing more water diversions now from the Delta needs to look at the salmon numbers and stop proposing more harm to salmon and our coastal communities.” ...
Posted: Tue Mar 1, 2016 3:09PM
France Considers Palm Oil Paraquat Tax
The new 'RSPO Next' certification standards for palm oil finally bans the use of Paraquat! There are stockpiles though, of Paraquat left in outbuildings and in warehouses throughout the palm oil industry landscape. It's application and illegal use would endanger worker safety and the environment. There is specific language addressing Paraquat in the progressive tax under consideration in France right now for monitoring and cleanup. French lawmakers Aline Archimbaud and Jean Dessesard (both me...
Posted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 9:18PM
Say No To Palm Oil - Protect The Leuser Ecosystem
The Leuser Ecosystem is the only place on earth where Sumatran tigers, orangutans, rhinos and elephants all still coexist. Other species include the sun bear, white-handed gibbon, siamang, macaque, loris, lutung, clouded leopard, Asian golden cat, binturong, hornbills, falcons, pheasants, parrots, king cobra, python, turtles and tortoises. Of over 170,000 protected sites worldwide, the Leuser Ecosystem ranked 14th most irreplaceable for mammals in general, and 21st for threatened mammals acco...
Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 3:59PM
Feds Launch Review of Endangered West Coast Orcas
SEATTLE, January 25, 2016 — The National Marine Fisheries Service today announced a five-year review of endangered southern resident killer whales, which are down to just 84 orcas, to assess whether they are properly protected under the Endangered Species Act. The Fisheries Service last year announced plans to expand existing critical habitat protections from the killer whales’ summer habitat in Puget Sound to include 9,000 square miles of their winter foraging habitat along the West Coas...
Posted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 5:18PM
Consumers Demand Action Against Conflict Palm Oil
Lend your support and learn from “Kids Cut Palm Oil is an international group of school students who want to see an end to the destruction of our forests. We want this destruction to stop killing critically endangered animals. We want the destruction to stop because it is killing people, and leading to tremendous global carbon emissions that have never been seen before on this scale. We know how to stop it. We can stop it. And we will stop it. We can challenge this by becoming educated on t...
Posted: Tue Jan 26, 2016 3:15PM
Humboldt anarchist book fair
Manila Community Center - 1611 Peninsula Dr 95521-9658 CA
Event Date: Sat Jan 23, 2016 10:00AM
Posted: Sat Jan 16, 2016 3:41PM
Emergency Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Rare Alpine Flower
EUREKA, Calif., January 15, 2016 — The Center for Biological Diversity joined two scientists and the California Native Plant Society today in filing a petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeking Endangered Species Act protection for the Lassics lupine, a rare alpine flower found in Humboldt and Trinity counties and nowhere else on Earth. There are only two known populations of the lupine, both growing above 5,000 feet elevation on the talus slopes of Mt. Lassic and Red Lassic M...
Posted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 4:25PM
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. International Day of Service
Celebrate, observe, be in service and answer the call for human rights! "Request for your urgent intervention in the situation in Cameroon. It's necessary to give our help now to these environmental activists from Cameroon." You can send a fax! Urge the authorities to do what they can, to stop the repression of Besingi and other activists." A Form Letter, with 8 addresses to international officials, agencies and human rights organizations follows.
Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2016 9:10PM