Category Archives: ecology

Spain: Why We Defend the Earth

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We defend the Earth from those who want to privatize it; we defend the Earth from those who think it belongs to them; we defend the Earth from those who want to destroy it!   from Contra Madriz  translated by Earth First! Journal

We are sick of watching the land where we live get destroyed; where there used to be mountains now there are now quarries. We do not want to continue being indifferent before the destruction of rivers, forests, mountains, and animals; this is why we use action to defend the Earth. Continue reading Spain: Why We Defend the Earth

Is Climate Chaos triggering Earthquake Disasters?

Last week we heard that the Earth’s wobble has changed due to massive ice-melt already in April. This week 5 massive earthquakes have struck in 2 days…

EARTHQUAKE AND CLIMATE

Climate change will shake the Earth

  A changing climate isn’t just about floods, droughts and heatwaves. It brings erupting volcanoes and catastrophic earthquakes too.

As the Earth’s crust buckles, volcanic activity will increase.

reblogged from The Guardian  The idea that a changing climate can persuade the ground to shake, volcanoes to rumble and tsunamis to crash on to unsuspecting coastlines seems, at first, to be bordering on the insane. How can what happens in the thin envelope of gas that shrouds and protects our world possibly influence the potentially Earth-shattering processes that operate deep beneath the surface?images

The fact that it does reflects a failure of our imagination and a limited understanding of the manner in which the different physical components of our planet – the atmosphere, the oceans, and the solid Earth, or geosphere – intertwine and interact.


‘GPS measurements reveal that the crust beneath the Greenland ice sheet is already rebounding in response to rapid melting, providing the potential – according to researchers – for future earthquakes, as faults beneath the ice are relieved of their confining load.’

If we think about climate change at all, most of us do so in a very simplistic way: so, the weather might get a bit warmer; floods and droughts may become more of a problem and sea levels will slowly creep upwards. Continue reading Is Climate Chaos triggering Earthquake Disasters?

Shock: Monsanto could lose Europe Glyphosate Battle

”All in all this is adding up to a refreshing popular revolt against the GMO death industry. Hooray for those of us who wish to live”.
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by  F. William Engdahl       Last month three EU member states unexpectedly refused to go along with the decision of the EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to re-approve the world’s most widely used weed killing chemical, Glyphosate.
This dramatic and encouraging developments suggest that for the first time the power of GMO agrochemical giants like Monsanto and Syngenta, Dow and DuPont, BASF, Bayer could undergo a devastating defeat.
Were this to happen, it could well be the death knell for the misbegotten Rockefeller Foundation Genetic Manipulation project that has destroyed much of Western farmland and poisoned hundreds of millions of GMO fed farm animals and humans.

monsanto-death-logosee also:  Will Monsanto’s Cancer Chemicals be approved? Glyphosate banned in 50 Spanish Cities

Continue reading Shock: Monsanto could lose Europe Glyphosate Battle

Eco-Prisoner Rebecca Rubin ‘Released’!

rebecca-rubinfrom Earth First! Newswire

Rebecca Rubin has been released and moved into a halfway house! Sentenced in 2014 to five years in federal prison for numerous Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front actions—including the arsons of Vail Ski Resort and US Forest Industries, as well as liberating horses from and burning down BLM Wild Horse Facilities in California and Oregon.

Rebecca is out of prison almost a year and a half before an expected release date of September, 2017. Glad you’re out, Rebecca!

Don’t forget Rebecca’s birthday on April 18th! (Stay tuned for more information about Rebecca’s situation, mailing address, and ways to provide support.)

Rebecca will likely still want to receive mail at the halfway house. Stay tuned for possible updates on her address.

Wolves returning to Catalonia after 80 years

The return of the wolf in Catalonia, excellent news that the government should strengthen
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 en catalá  sota    The appearance of wolves in the counties of Cerdanya and Ripollès is good news for biodiversity in Catalonia. The wolf, like all predators, is a ey element in the operation and restoration o biodiversity.

see alsp)o: ‘Live Wolf Protected Wolf’ yell 10,000 in Madrid.. ‘Lobo vivo, lobo protegido

The wolf is back, and has even been spotted in Valles Oriental County, just 50 kms from Barcelona!( see map)

Until the nineteenth century, the wolf was distribute in most of the Catalan region, the last one was reortedly killed in 1929. Last year remote cameras were installed in the Ripolles County with 6 sightings and 3 in Cerdanya.  It is hoped that stable breeding packs will become established and pass the threshold of no return to boost Catalan biodiversity.
Continue reading Wolves returning to Catalonia after 80 years

Will Monsanto’s Cancer Chemicals be approved? Glyphosate banned in 50 Spanish Cities

Monsanto Causes CancerCorporate Looting  vs  Public Health

Demonstrators protest Monsanto Co. in Paris on May 23. The company says it will appeal a ruling by a French court that its herbicide Lasso poisoned a French farmer. (Mal Langsdon/Reuters)
Demonstrators protest Monsanto Co. in Paris last year
Last year the World Health Organisation finally labelled the biggest selling weedkiller Roundup as ‘probably cancer causing’. This after decades of sellout to Monsanto’s tame scientists and the incalculable suffering of millions of people. (The word ‘probably’ is just to defend against the lobby’s legal machine, there are thousands of documented deaths).
Nowadays Roundup is everywhere, cumulative and persistent, in your food, in parks, crops, picnic spots, roadsides… By chance its authorization in the EU has just come up for renewal and all hell has broken loose as Monsanto tries everything to covertly bribe or threaten officials (ie. lobbying) and citizens and victims campaign try to ban it.

The owners of this US corporation have made countless billions and continue selling a product they KNEW FROM THE BEGINNING causes cancer and all kinds of deformations Continue reading Will Monsanto’s Cancer Chemicals be approved? Glyphosate banned in 50 Spanish Cities

Eureka! and Oh Shit! moments as Microbe Science takes off

Climate Change is Putting World’s Microbiomes at Risk?

Researchers are only beginning to understand the complexities of the microbes in the earth’s soil and the role they play in fostering healthy ecosystems. Now, climate change is threatening to disrupt these microbes and the key functions they provide.

by jim robbins.   from   Environment 360 with thanks

The spores of an opportunistic soil fungus, Penicillium sp. View gallery.  Photo: PNNL

In 1994, scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory moved soil from moist, high-altitude sites to warmer and drier places lower in altitude, and vice versa. In 2011, they returned to the sites and looked again at the soil microbes and found that they had done little to adapt functionally to their new home. That’s a bad sign, experts say, for a world convulsed by a changing climate. Continue reading Eureka! and Oh Shit! moments as Microbe Science takes off