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Live export disaster in the UK

Live export disaster in the UK | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
Drowning sheep, broken limbs and the possible death knell for a barbaric trade. I've called on Defra to permanently suspend live exports from Ramsgate, following Wednesday's welfare disaster. Please join me.
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A third runway at Heathrow would be an off-the-scale betrayal

A third runway at Heathrow would be an off-the-scale betrayal | Life on Earth | Scoop.it

Zac Goldsmith:

 

David Cameron will pay a high price if he opts for the unfair and unpopular non-solution that Heathrow expansion represents.

 

.The prime minister believes we face a crisis over aviation capacity in London. As a result, he has put Heathrow's third runway back into the mix. Given the "no ifs, no buts" pledge he made before the election, it's a major leap. Combined with the removal of the well-respected transport secretary, Justine Greening, and the equally respected aviation minister, Theresa Villiers, both of whom resolutely defended the government's stated opposition to Heathrow expansion, all this points to an imminent U-turn..

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Bee Lovely

Bee Lovely | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
The humble bee is under threat and needs our help.

Bees are vanishing from around the world. In Britain they're disappearing faster than in the rest of Europe.

Our award-winning campaign is back for 2012 and we need your support.

Sign our petition to ban deadly neonic pesticides
Plant wild flowers and create a bee friendly habitat
Raise funds for our partner charities with every Bee Lovely purchase
Nominate a charity or project to receive a Bee Lovely Grant

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Japanese Coast Guard assists Taiji dolphin hunters

Japanese Coast Guard assists Taiji dolphin hunters | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
Activists say that a pod of bottlenose dolphins fought for six hours to escape being captured before Taiji fishermen, with the help of the Japanese Coast Guard, wrestled the exhausted dolphins into submission.
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Resurgence • Article - Resurgence and Ecologist

Resurgence • Article - Resurgence and Ecologist | Life on Earth | Scoop.it

RESURGENCE AND ECOLOGIST

Setting the environmental agenda since 1970.
From Gaia to Greenpeace, Peace to Politics and Organic to Occupy, both Resurgence and Ecologist magazines have spent decades bearing witness to the emergence of what is now known as the green movement.

And in this, the first joint issue since these two magazines merged, we revisit an earlier time when, just like today, we joined forces to create a stronger voice for the whole environmental movement.

It is a reminder that, whilst we may seem very different in our outlook and even our appearance, our shared goals have never changed. It is a reminder too that our relationship stretches way, way back in time – and, in this instance, back to 1974, when we published a joint issue promising we would do the same job that we continue to do today: the job of bearing witness, questioning the status quo and supporting those who have the courage to hold the big vision and work together to speak with one voice.

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Africa's Massive Elephant Slaughter Increasingly Militarized, Mafia-ized

Africa's Massive Elephant Slaughter Increasingly Militarized, Mafia-ized | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
TreeHugger's covered the tragic, horrendous and increasing poaching of Africa's elephants many times, but a new piece in the New York Times really lays bare just how awful the situation is—and how the slaughter is now being carried out by militarized gangs, militias, and even national militaries that receive support from the US government.

The opening vignette: 22 elephants killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Garamba National Park, their tusks hacked off, apparently shot by marksmen operating from helicopters, probably by the Ugandan military. The take: Over a million dollars worth of ivory.

The elephants were found clumped together in circles, with the young in the middle for protection, likely corralled together by the poachers from the air before being shot. Rangers say this method of attack is something they hadn't before seen.

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Sea Shepherd :: An Odyssey for the Whales

Sea Shepherd :: An Odyssey for the Whales | Life on Earth | Scoop.it

An Odyssey for the Whales
“Once more unto the breach dear friends, once more.”
— William Shakespeare, “Henry V”

Photo: Barbara Veiga
It is September 10th and I have been free from Germany now for 50 days.

I can’t say that it has been unpleasant. As a matter of fact I don’t think that I have had the opportunity to enjoy nature so much in years. The number of species that I have seen up close in person over the last month and a half has been awesome and to me that is the true value of being alive – to see, hear, smell, taste and touch the natural world, to be amongst the dolphins and whales, seals and turtles, birds and fish, to experience life above, upon, and below that great and mysterious cradle of life we know as the sea.

And to see the stars at night, the broad infinite sparkling belt of light twinkling mysteriously from the past, to see meteors burning into fiery dust in the sky, the green flash of the sun as it dips into the sea, a cloud burst showering the decks with the crystal clear lifeblood of the Earth.

Sometimes we forget just what it is we defend and it is refreshing to be reminded about what it is all about, what really counts, what really matters.

It has been a sad month for me with the loss of my beloved brother Stephen. I regret that I was not able to attend the service for him but when we did speak I was so impressed at his lack of fear, his incredible optimism and his love for his family and for the world. He has always been and will always be a great inspiration to me. He asked me to bring his ashes to Antarctica and I intend to do so.

He was an artist and that is a special kind of warrior.

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Tell Pepsi to Stop Sponsoring Big Cat Exploitation - The Petition Site

Target: PepsiCo Americas Beverages- CEO Albert P. Carey, King Richard's Faire
Sponsored by: Animal Advocates
For more than 27 years, a South Carolina facility has been taking big cats (lions, tigers and ligers) to Carver, Massachuttes for a Renaissance festival, the King Richard's Faire. The Faire opened Sept. 1st and runs for 8 weekends until October 21st.

The big cats will be forced to perform in a show 3 times a day and be on display the rest of the time.

The owner of the big cats, Bhagavan "Doc" Antle, operates two facilities in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina where he regularly breeds tiger cubs in order to use them to make money at these locations. Antle has decades of animal care citations, violations and investigations dating all the way back to 1989.

Pepsi is one of the sponsors of King Richards Faire in Massachettes. Tell Pepsi and the Faire that big cats do not belong in circus acts or shows, should not be bred and used for entertainment, and should not be forced to travel the country simply so exhibitors can make money from them. The time has come to end the exploitation of bi... more

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Beware: Peppers, Pears and Grapes From Turkey Are Most Toxic Produce In Europe, Study Finds

Beware: Peppers, Pears and Grapes From Turkey Are Most Toxic Produce In Europe, Study Finds | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
Of 76 different fruits and vegetables recently evaluated, Turkish peppers contained the most excessive and dangerous amounts of pesticide chemicals, according to Food Without Pesticides, a new 26-page guide to European food released this week by Greenpeace Germany.

 

The rotten facts

 

Turkish peppers topped the list of “most contaminated” produce in the guide, with an average of 24 chemical substances found in the specimens analyzed. In second place, with an average of 10 chemical substances, were Turkish pears. Nine chemical substances were found in Turkish pears, on average, putting them at third place.

 

Eleven different Turkish crops were rated, using 582 samples. The guide used a green/yellow/red light system to show its ratings, with a red light meaning that more than one-third of the samples had dangerous levels of chemicals in them.

 

Of all 23 major fruit-and-vegetable-exporting countries that were evaluated in the report, Turkey had the highest number of crops in the “red light” category. The study was conducted using fruit taken from retail and wholesale stores in Europe in 2009 and 2010, but it is unlikely that pesticide use has declined significantly in Turkey since then.

Pregnant women, sick people, and children are especially advised to avoid food in the “red light” category, according to Greenpeace.
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No ban on pesticides despite links to sharp declines in bees

No ban on pesticides despite links to sharp declines in bees | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
Nerve-agent pesticides should not be banned in Britain despite four separate scientific studies strongly linking them to sharp declines in bees around the world, Government scientists have advised.

 

An internal review of recent research on neonicotinoids – pesticides that act on insects' central nervous systems and are increasingly blamed for problems with bee colonies – has concluded that no change is needed in British regulation.

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Rabbits show their pain

Rabbits show their pain | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
The extension of 'grimace scales' highlights their growing role in research.

 

Rabbits are the latest focus of work seeking to measure animal discomfort by assessing facial expressions.

Researchers working with animals often find it difficult to scientifically assess when their study subjects are in pain. Traditional methods rely on after-the-fact measurements involving weight loss or food and water consumption, or on subjective judgements such as how an animal moves. In an attempt to make pain assessment more scientific, geneticist Jeffrey Mogil at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and his colleagues developed the 'mouse grimace scale', which was published in Nature Methods1 in May 2010 (see 'Mice pull pained expressions').

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Palm oil need not come at expense of the environment

Palm oil need not come at expense of the environment | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
Palm oil production need not come at the expense of the environment, says Greenpeace in a new campaign that highlights a smallholder approach used by a community in Riau Province on the island of Sumatra..
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World’s most endangered Gorillas caught on camera!

World’s most endangered Gorillas caught on camera! | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
  The Most endangered species : Cross River Gorillas  Less than 250 these Gorillas left in the world today       Have you heard of Cross River Gorillas? They are the most endangered species among the great apes.
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Remarkable new monkey discovered in remote Congo rainforest

Remarkable new monkey discovered in remote Congo rainforest | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
In a massive, wildlife-rich, and largely unexplored rainforest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), researchers have made an astounding discovery: a new monkey species, known to locals as the 'lesula'.
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Organic Consumers Association: Millions Against Monsanto

Organic Consumers Association: Millions Against Monsanto | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
SEPTEMBER 17TH WEEK OF ACTION
Organic Consumers Association and Millions Against Monsanto are working with the Occupy Monsanto network to organize protests and direct action at Monsanto facilities during the September 17th Global Week of Action Against Monsanto.

Click here to join an existing Occupy Monsanto Genetic Crimes Unit.

Occupy not your style? How about organizing a Millions Against Monsanto rally or event? Contact us for flyers, posters and petitions and tell us about your event so we can help you mobilize.

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Super trawler plans torpedoed by cabinet

Super trawler plans torpedoed by cabinet | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
THE Gillard government was poised last night to approve an 11th-hour plan to stop the controversial super trawler Abel Tasman taking its huge fish haul from Australian waters.
Federal cabinet was due to consider giving the Environment Minister, Tony Burke, or the Fisheries Minister, Joe Ludwig, extra powers to impose stricter conditions on boats that use ''new fishing methods'' to vastly increase their catch.
The super trawler's operator had indicated it would still fish around the east coast despite the toughest conditions Mr Burke was able to impose under existing environmental law.

Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/environment/conservation/super-trawler-plans-torpedoed-by-cabinet-20120910-25oib.html#ixzz266detCwQ

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Op-Ed: Two harp seal pups scheduled to be destroyed at Aquarium des Iles

Op-Ed: Two harp seal pups scheduled to be destroyed at Aquarium des Iles | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
Time is running out for two six-month-old harp seals who are scheduled to be destroyed on Sep. 15 when the Aquarium des Iles closes for the season. The aquarium accepted the seals, knowing that they could not return them to the wild.
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Shark Finning - The Big Picture of a Big Problem: Endangered Species: Animal Planet

Shark Finning - The Big Picture of a Big Problem: Endangered Species: Animal Planet | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
Shark finning is a brutal practice. A shark is caught, pulled onboard a boat, its fins are cut off, and the still-living shark is tossed back overboard to drown or bleed to death. The wasteful, inhumane practice is done to satisfy a demand for shark fins, which can fetch as much as $300 per pound. The meat, on the other hand, is far less valuable, so fishermen toss it overboard to save space for more fins.
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Pilot badger cull faces further delay - 9/10/2012 - Farmers Weekly

Pilot badger cull faces further delay - 9/10/2012 - Farmers Weekly | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
A pilot badger cull to curb bovine tuberculosis in England could be delayed until next year, Farmers Weekly understands.

DEFRA had planned for culling to begin in late summer this year, but a number of factors are threatening to push back any start date into late autumn at the earliest, or even 2013.

The Badger Trust will seek to overturn a judge's decision to allow the cull to take place at a hearing at the Court of Appeal on Tuesday (11 September).

In July, a legal bid by the trust to block a cull in England failed in the High Court when a judge ruled it could go ahead as planned.

The Badger Trust was granted permission to appeal the decision on the grounds that culling would actually "cause the disease to spread, rather than reduce it".

It is understood the judge presiding over the trust's challenge on Tuesday will decide to reserve judgment for a period of about two weeks, or even longer.

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Best of British Awarded 'CBE' Medals in a Drive for Clean British Energy - News - Ecotricity

Best of British Awarded 'CBE' Medals in a Drive for Clean British Energy - News - Ecotricity | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
Commuters and passers-by in cities all around the country were surprised to see oversized red, white and blue ‘CBE’ medals around the necks of statues of iconic Brits this morning. The medals, secretly awarded in the early hours, mark the start of Friends of the Earth and Ecotricity’s Clean British Energy campaign, aimed at boosting green British power.

The Clean British Energy campaign calls on the Prime Minister to cut carbon emissions and create new jobs and industries by supporting home-grown energy from the wind, sun and water.

Members of the public are being urged to back the campaign and show their support for renewable power by signing a petition to Energy Minister Ed Davey and switching their energy supply at the campaign website.

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CBS, NBC, and CNN: Cover the story of the Dolphin massacre in Taiji, Japan

CBS, NBC, and CNN: Cover the story of the Dolphin massacre in Taiji, Japan | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
These dolphins are being massacred for poisoned meat and to fill the spaces left by deceased cetaceans in Aquariums through out the world.
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Rachel Carson: The green revolutionary

Rachel Carson: The green revolutionary | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
The book that changed the world is a cliché often used but rarely true, yet 50 years ago this week a book appeared which profoundly altered the way we view the Earth and our place on it: Rachel Carson's Silent Spring.

 

This impassioned and angry account of how America's wildlife was being devastated by a new generation of chemical pesticides began the modern environment movement: it awoke the general consciousness that we, as humans, are part of the natural world, not separate from it, yet we can destroy it by our actions.

A middle-aged marine biologist, Carson was not the first to perceive this, to see how intimately we are bound up with the fate of our planet; but her beautifully-written book, and the violent controversy it generated, brought this perception for the first time to millions, in the US, in Britain and around the world.

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Smart sharks pass on feeding tips

Smart sharks pass on feeding tips | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
Lemon sharks have the ability to learn from each other's behaviour, US scientists have found.

The team compared the performance of inexperienced juvenile sharks working with both trained and untrained partners.

The results showed that sharks working with trained partners could complete tasks more quickly and successfully.

The study is thought to be the first to demonstrate social learning in any cartilaginous fish.

"I think it's a really cool finding," said lead author Dr Tristan Guttridge from the University of Miami, Florida whose paper was published in the Journal of Animal Cognition.

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Arctic ice loss adding equivalent to 20 additional years of greenhouse gas emissions

Arctic ice loss adding equivalent to 20 additional years of greenhouse gas emissions | Life on Earth | Scoop.it

Melting of white Arctic ice, currently at its lowest level in recent history, is causing more absorption. Thirty years ago there was typically about eight million square kilometres of ice left in the Arctic in the summer, and by 2007 that had halved, it had gone down to about four million, and this year it has gone down below that. The volume of ice in the summer is only a quarter of what it was 30 years ago and that's really the prelude to this final collapse.

 

The polar ice cap acts as a giant parasol, reflecting sunlight back into the atmosphere in what is known as the albedo effect. But white ice and snow reflect far more of the sun's energy than the open water that is replacing it as the ice melts. Instead of being reflected away from the Earth, this energy is absorbed, and contributes to warming.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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Palm oil company in Cameroon drops bid for eco-certification of controversial plantation

Palm oil company in Cameroon drops bid for eco-certification of controversial plantation | Life on Earth | Scoop.it
Herakles Farm, a U.S.-based agricultural developer, will no longer seek eco-certification of its 70,000-hectare oil palm plantation in Cameroon, reports the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
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