Majority of protected tropical forests “empty” due to hunting

By Jeremy Hance, mongabay.com Protected areas in the world’s tropical rainforests are absolutely essential, but one cannot simply set up a new refuge and believe the work is done, according to a new paper in Bioscience. Unsustainable hunting and poaching is decimating tropical forest species in the Amazon, the Congo, Southeast Asia, and Oceana, leaving … Continue reading Majority of protected tropical forests “empty” due to hunting

Judges allow Indians to remain on ancestral land

By Survival International Judges in Brazil have allowed a Guarani community to stay on its ancestral land, which it reoccupied having been forced to live in a makeshift camp for over a year and a half. The judges have suspended an eviction order which threatened to force the Indians to leave their land and face … Continue reading Judges allow Indians to remain on ancestral land

Two dead and 40 injured in Panama police attack

By Survival International A week-long protest ended violently on Sunday after police moved in on a group of Ngobe-Buglé Indians in the Chiriquí province of western Panama. Protestors had blockaded part of the Pan-American Highway, the main transport link connecting the Americas. But on Sunday the police moved in with tear-gas, forcing the crowds to … Continue reading Two dead and 40 injured in Panama police attack

Obama’s Unprecedented War on Whistleblowers

By Peter Van Buren On January 23rd, the Obama administration charged former CIA officer John Kiriakou under the Espionage Act for disclosing classified information to journalists about the waterboarding of al-Qaeda suspects. His is just the latest prosecution in an unprecedented assault on government whistleblowers and leakers of every sort. Kiriakou’s plight will clearly be … Continue reading Obama’s Unprecedented War on Whistleblowers

U.S. approves first nuclear plant in decades

By Agence France-Presse   The US approved its first new nuclear power reactors in decades on Thursday, despite objections from the country’s top regulator that safety issues raised by last year’s Fukushima meltdown were not fully addressed. Commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted 4-1 to approve the construction of two 1,100 megawatt Westinghouse-Toshiba AP1000 … Continue reading U.S. approves first nuclear plant in decades

30,000 Domestic Drones to Fill the Sky, Civil Liberties at Risk

By Common Dreams staff A bill has passed in the House and Senate this week that would increase the presence of drones in U.S. civilian airspace. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act requires the FAA to alleviate many current rules on domestic drone authorization. Drones would now be able to fly in the same … Continue reading 30,000 Domestic Drones to Fill the Sky, Civil Liberties at Risk

Man Beats Wife, Judge Orders Him to Take Her Out to Red Lobster and the Bowling Alley

By Melissa McEwan A judge in Florida has sentenced a man charged with domestic battery to take his wife, and victim, on a date. Or as MSNBC puts it in their disgusting lede: “Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a Florida judge ruled on Tuesday that a man involved in a scuffle with his wife treat her … Continue reading Man Beats Wife, Judge Orders Him to Take Her Out to Red Lobster and the Bowling Alley

Chinook Salmon Population Study Shows Many Salmon In Wild Aren’t Really Wild Salmon

By Joe Satran Four years ago, the once-mighty Chinook salmon runs in California and Oregon were so small that the states agreed to an unprecedented moratorium on fishing. The conservation measures, along with some strategic modification of the dams that had hurt salmon in the past, seemed to work. Salmon watchers seemed optimistic that stocks … Continue reading Chinook Salmon Population Study Shows Many Salmon In Wild Aren’t Really Wild Salmon

Billions of tons of water lost from world’s glaciers, satellite reveals

By Steve Connor The total volume of water that has melted from all of the world’s polar ice sheets, ice caps and mountain glaciers over the past decade would repeatedly fill Britain’s largest lake, Windemere, more than 13,000 times, according to one of the most comprehensive studies of the Earth’s frozen “cryosphere”. Using a unique … Continue reading Billions of tons of water lost from world’s glaciers, satellite reveals

Video: The True Story of Chevron’s Ecuador Disaster

Over three decades of oil drilling in the Ecuadorian Amazon, Chevron dumped more than 18 billion gallons of toxic wastewater into the rainforest, leaving local people suffering a wave of cancers, miscarriages and birth defects. Now, with the support of an international campaign for justice, the communities affected by Chevron’s negligence are holding one of … Continue reading Video: The True Story of Chevron’s Ecuador Disaster

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