Environmental activist groups have grown in their ambitions over recent history, they have moved from climbing trees, trying to stop bypasses being constructed, to scaring governments into bending to their will. One of the most recent examples of this power being exerted, involved the honey bee. Neonicotinoids were chosen as the bad guy. A campaign to have the pesticides banned was formulated
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May there be a very hot place in hell for Arturo Aleman and Erasmo Nunez, who mutilated a mare’s genitals. – Debbie
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
- Arturo Aleman, 63, and Erasmo Nunez, 55, allegedly tied up mare, Yanaha
- Then cut off horse’s genitals, before leaving her for dead in field in Texas
- Mare, 5, was taken to veterinary hospital with serious injuries to genitalia
- One rescue worker said Yanaha’s largest wound ‘was the size of football’
- Suspects accused of cruelty to livestock animal; have both posted bond
Arturo Aleman, 63, and Erasmo Nunez, 55, reportedly tied up the mare, named Yanaha, and cut off her genitals, before leaving her for dead in a field they…
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Company has ties to Valley Meat, AG says
Processing horse meat for human consumption may still happen in New Mexico, but state officials are fighting to stop that.
For years a Roswell company called Valley Meat tried to slaughter horses in New Mexico and ship the meat overseas for people to eat. The company gave up the fight after years of court battles and a judge’s decision forcing it to stop.
Now a new company is trying to do the same thing, and the Attorney General is trying to stop it.
“Many of the same people who were behind Valley Meat are behind this new enterprise,” said Assistant Attorney General Ari Biernoff.
The AG argues the new company, called D’Allende Meats, is using the same plant and is proposing the same plan. Officials said the judge’s…
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Feds propose 226 million acres of critical habitat
FRISCO — One of the largest-ever critical habitat proposals won’t do anything to slow the decline of Arctic sea ice or halt the buildup of greenhouse gases, but it may give ice-dependent ringed seals a fighting chance to survive the Arctic meltdown.
Ringed seals were listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 2012 in response to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity. This week, the National Marine Fisheries Service proposed designating 226 million acres (350,000 square miles) of critical habitat in the Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort seas. Read more about the proposed protections.
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New research shows that ocean heat uptake across three oceans is the likely cause of the ‘warming hiatus’ – the current decade-long slowdown in global surface warming. Using data from a range of state-of-the-art ocean and atmosphere models, the research shows that the increased oceanic heat drawdown in the equatorial Pacific, North Atlantic and Southern Ocean basins has played a significant role in the hiatus.
from Top Environment News — ScienceDaily //feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/top_news/top_environment/~3/smoJfj4HPCk/141203083754.htm
Animal activists, media kept out of zoo meeting
SEATTLE — The elephant program at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo is closing.
Animal rights advocates want those elephants sent to a sanctuary instead of another zoo, and they gathered Tuesday night to voice that opinion at the Board of Directors public comment period during its scheduled meeting.
But the media and most of those who came to speak never got inside.
“They wouldn’t allow the press in, which I find appalling,” said Lisa Cane. “It is a public meeting. I don’t know how they could lawfully exclude the press and other witnesses for the rest of the community who would wish to be there.”
People were puzzled by the fact that access was limited even though the zoo is partially funded by public dollars. According to the zoo’s website, “public funding sources provide 30…
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You can hear the sound of former bustling coral reefs dying due to the impact of human activity, according to new research. Scientists have found that coral reefs impacted by human activity, such as overfishing, are much quieter than protected reefs, which can have a big impact on the fish and invertebrates which rely on the reefs for survival.
from Top Environment News — ScienceDaily //feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/top_news/top_environment/~3/sPquEgaKtRQ/141203083706.htm
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Yesterday, SeaWorld posted a video of Kalia giving birth to another Blackfish baby in captivity at SeaWorld San Diego. While the park celebrates, activists cringe.
Kalia is just shy of being 10 years old. She was not given a choice, but rather she was artificially inseminated last year in order to be a “cash cow” for SeaWorld’s breeding program. According to scientific studies, orcas in the wild do not produce their first calf until approximately 14-15 years of age.
Kalia’s calf will be the 11th killer whale housed at SeaWorld San Diego, cramped in a very small space. Behind the Thrills seems “thrilled” at the new birth and proudly state “the calf will not be removed from it’s mother (contrary to popular belief) but will instead be kept with the mother at all times.” It will be interesting to watch how long these two remain together before one…
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We’ve all heard about insects moving northward and bringing dengue fever, chikungunya virus, and other diseases with them. But the threat from birds, particularly to other wildlife species, hadn’t occurred to me before. Here’s a press release about a disconcerting new study in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment:
When wild birds are a big part of your diet, opening a freshly shot bird to find worms squirming around under the skin is a disconcerting sight. That was exactly what Victoria Kotongan saw in October, 2012, when she set to cleaning two of four spruce grouse (Falcipennis canadensis) she had taken near her home in Unalakleet, on the northwest coast of Alaska. The next day, she shot four grouse and all four harbored the long…
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Obama’s unconstitutional executive action “to shield millions of undocumented immigrants,” as The New York Times puts it, is a brazen effort to further impoverish the American middle class and convert the country into a third world wasteland.
This reality is ignored by the corporate media as it celebrates Obama’s “landmark” betrayal of the Constitution.
The establishment media fails to point out the obvious: the federal government has merged a huge underclass into the system, specifically the tax system.
Details were spelled out by Neil Munro of The Daily Caller on Thursday. He noted that the legalization of illegals will impose further financial obligations on American taxpayers.
“Illegal immigrants will receive huge payments from American taxpayers under rules now being imposed by President Barack Obama’s unilateral amnesty,” Munro writes.
He points out statements by Cecilia Munoz, a former immigration lobbyist who is now a top Obama aide. Munoz admitted millions of…
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by Mike Adams
The city of Sao Paulo is home to 20 million Brazilians, making it the 12th largest mega-city on a planet dominated by shortsighted humans. Shockingly, it has only 60 days of water supply remaining. The city “has about two months of guaranteed water supply remaining as it taps into the second of three emergency reserves,” reports Reuters. 
Technical reserves have already been released, and as the city enters the heavy water use holiday season, its 20 million residents are riding on a fast-track collision course with severe water rationing and devastating disruptions.
But this isn’t a story about Sao Paulo; it’s a report that dares to point out that human societies are incredibly shortsighted and nearly incapable of sustainably populating planet Earth. In numerous regions around the world — including California, India, Oklahoma, Brazil, China and many more — human populations are rapidly out-growing…
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Actor Joaquin Phoenix is lending his star power to lash out against the cruelty pigs endure at a Walmart pork supplier.
“Do you ever wonder where your pork comes from?” The “Inherent Vice” star asks in a Mercy For Animals video that exposes the “harsh reality” pigs undergo at a Seaborn Food factory farm in Colorado before their meat winds up in Walmart stores.
The shocking footage from an undercover investigation shows workers slicing off the tails of piglets and ripping out their testicles with razors or fingernails. Pregnant pigs are confined to gestation crates that are barely larger than their body so they are unable to walk or turn around or lie down comfortably for their entire lives.
“This is torture,” Phoenix says. “But also typical of Walmart pork suppliers across the country.”
Phoenix is the latest celebrity to join the fight against gestation crates. Bob Barker has called…
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December 2nd; 2014 (John Nassivera). Engineering student Alejandro Plasencia has created a biodegradable fishing net that aims to prevent marine animals from dying in fishing nets.
Thousands of sharks, dolphins, birds and other mammals get tangled as bycatch in nets and die every year.
The World Wildlife Fund pointed out that one dolphin or porpoise dies every two minutes from being caught in fishing gear, according to Discovery News.
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Oil company TransCanada has suspended construction of a terminal on a major pipeline along the St. Lawrence River after Canadian authorities classified a nearby population of beluga whales as “endangered”
December 2nd, 2014. Oil company TransCanada suspended construction of a terminal on a major pipeline along the St. Lawrence River after Canadian authorities classified a nearby population of beluga whales as “endangered.”
The arctic white whale, with its distinctive spherical forehead and smiling mouth, is present in and around Cacouna, Quebec where the terminal is planned.
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It’s only the 4th of December and Hudson Bay ice formation is way up over late 2000s coverage for this date — and higher than 2012, which had the lowest overall September ice extent for the Arctic since 1978.
This means boom times for Western and Southern Hudson Bay polar bears as sea ice formation is several days to a week ahead of last year. And as I mentioned in my last post, average November ice coverage across the Arctic this year was higher than 2003. Don’t forget that 2/3’s of the world’s polar bears live in Canada (see recent status update here; map below).
Polar bear population status in Canada. Courtesy Environment Canada.
More maps and charts below.
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It is with very heavy hearts that we at PAWS share news of the passing of our dear friend,Asian elephantAnnie – best known for her joyous romps in the lake that is part of our Asian elephant habitat at the ARK 2000 sanctuary. She had endured severe arthritis and foot disease, which gradually worsened over many years. After it became clear that the medications and treatments used to treat her chronic conditions were no longer providing relief, she was humanely euthanized on Tuesday, while lying on soft soil and surrounded by those who cared for and loved her. At age 55, she was among the oldest Asian elephants in North America.
“Everyone at PAWS will miss Annie. She was a very special elephant,” said PAWS president Ed Stewart. “I’m proud we were able to give her a peaceful and more natural life at the PAWS sanctuary for nearly 20…
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The unusual non-migratory group of humpback whales is currently classified as “Endangered” on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Some experts put the numbers of these Arabian Sea whales at less than 100.
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Average polar bear habitat for November 2014 was well within two standard deviations1 and higher than 2003, according to the November report from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (line and labels added, below).
Notice that the lowest average November level occurred in 2006 — not 2007 (after the second lowest September extent since 1978) and not 2012 (after the lowest September extent since 1978). Take note that the scale on the graph above does not go to zero but to a whopping ~9.5 million square km!
Quotes from the NSIDC monthy report and sea ice maps for November 2014 and 2 December 2014 below.
UPDATE 3 December 2014: CIS has issued a new ice map corrected for ice level on Hudson Bay – new map below.
“Arctic sea ice in November followed a fairly average growth pace. Ice extent was near average over much of the…
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You can now block Twitter trolls more easily than ever.
The social network has created a set of tools that allow users to flag inappropriate users and content amidst the 500 million Tweets sent each day in fewer steps. Blocking a user has always required filling out a report that details the alleged harassment, but less information is now required in the report.
Twitter released a short video that shows off its mobile-friendly new options.
On the back-end, Twitter has implemented a tool that allows for a more streamlined review of flagged tweets and users.
A court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida ordered authorities Tuesday to refrain from enforcing a controversial law that places restrictions on residents who feed the homeless.
Broward County Circuit Judge Thomas Lynch ordered a month-long suspension of the bylaw in order to allow all sides to enter mediation. The decision was a partial win for 90-year-old activist Arnold Abbot, who challenged the ordinance after being arrested twice in November for serving food to the homeless.
“We’re elated the judge has entered the stay,” John David, Abbott’s attorney, told the Sun Sentinel.
Under the regulation, which went into effect late November, outdoor feeding sites must be equipped with portable toilets and servers must have the permission of property owners to distribute food.
However, critics claim the ordinance unfairly targets the homeless and individuals providing relief to them.