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Thousands of turtles, marine animals victims of plastic fishing nets polluting Gulf of Carpentaria
Wednesday November 01st 2017, 10:31 PM

Plastic fishing nets, some the size of football fields, are washing up on Australia’s northern coastline and creating a global hotspot for plastic pollution.

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Puget Sound recovery far off, says new report
Wednesday November 01st 2017, 10:30 PM

The 10-year Puget Sound Partnership says it will not meet its goal of recovering the ecosystem by 2020.

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Monsanto, BASF weed killers strain U.S. states with damage complaints
Wednesday November 01st 2017, 9:06 PM

U.S. farmers have overwhelmed state governments with thousands of complaints about crop damage linked to new versions of weed killers, threatening future sales by manufacturers Monsanto Co and BASF SE.

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Fossil fuel companies undermining Paris agreement negotiations – report
Wednesday November 01st 2017, 9:05 PM

A new report says the outcomes of climate negotiations have been skewed to favor the biggest corporate polluters.

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Now it’s oilmen who say fracking could harm groundwater
Wednesday November 01st 2017, 8:58 PM

It’s no longer just environmentalists who suspect hydraulic fracturing is contaminating groundwater. Oil companies in Oklahoma – ones that produce from older vertical wells – have raised that prospect as they complain about the practices of their larger brethren.

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An Alaska senator wants to fight climate change and drill for oil, too
Wednesday November 01st 2017, 8:56 PM

Senator Lisa Murkowski’s views will take center stage this week in a hearing on opening an Arctic wildlife area to oil drilling.

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Very hungry snails are guarding coastal ecosystems against climate change
Wednesday November 01st 2017, 8:54 PM

The unheralded sea creatures that give other organisms room to grow.

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New Zealand wants to create visas for people displaced by climate change
Wednesday November 01st 2017, 8:51 PM

New Zealand’s Pacific neighbors are already threatened by sea level rise.

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Antarctica’s winds increasing risk of sea level rise from massive Totten Glacier
Wednesday November 01st 2017, 8:37 PM

The little-studied glacier in East Antarctica holds enough ice to raise global sea level by more than 11 feet.

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How Monsanto captured the EPA—and twisted science—to keep glyphosate on the market
Wednesday November 01st 2017, 6:33 PM

This must read, two-year investigation by Valerie Brown and the late Elizabeth Grossman found “incontrovertible evidence that Monsanto has exerted deep influence over EPA decisions since glyphosate first came on the market—via Roundup—more than 40 years ago.”


Together the authors examine how Monsanto selectively interpreted toxicity studies, manipulated science, and aggressively smeared a small non-profit called

Moms Across America

, a group that detected glyphosate in breast milk samples in a small 2014 study. The organization’s founder, Zen Honeycutt, was criticized for the testing because it was not a “formal scientific study.”

Her intention, however, was to use the informal study to further more formal ones, and “…to provoke a movement so that policies would be changed.”

The 2014 breast milk study wasn’t the first time Honeycutt and Moms Across America alleged glyphosate was showing up in food:

There are several memorable quotes in the story that illustrate Monsanto’s four-decade long pursuit of questionable toxicology, but one in particular stands out as a true affront to science:





“The scientific integrity of a study should not be doubted because of the inability to observe all primary recording of data.”


A solution to evaluating glyphosate’s safety was proposed in 2016, EHN founder Pete Myers being one of the 14 authors: ”

force some daylight between regulators and the regulated

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UK mining firm in court over claims it mistreated environmental activists
Wednesday November 01st 2017, 2:16 PM

Environmental activism has increasingly become a dangerous pursuit, with activists often in the line of fire from police officials, local business interests, and monster corporations with big pockets. This latest article from the

Guardian

describes a Peruvian lawsuit claiming the mining firm Xstrata is responsible for alleged police violence against demonstrators near a mine.

In the Xstrata case, two protesters died, and several others were injured. This is just the proverbial tip of the iceberg, however.

Worldwide, hundreds of activists have disappeared or been killed for their defense of the environment:

    • 2017 is on course to set a record for the number of ‘

      land defenders’ killed

      , according to Matthew Taylor of the Guardian.
    • Land rights activist Bill Kayong was shot and killed last year in Malaysia; representatives of a palm oil plantation company were charged with the murder – and later acquitted. Is

      international investment

      to blame for increased deaths?
    • A proposed reduction in forest protections may be linked to attacks on inspectors and campaigners, environmental groups said after two

      land rights activists

      were murdered in Brazil in July.
    • In September, groups from 29 countries across Africa, Latin America and Asia told the UN that the fight to protect natural resources has become

      too dangerous

      in the face of violence from state forces, private security groups and state-sponsored vigilantes.
    • Meanwhile, industry forces are using the court system to

      paint activists as criminals

      engaging in illegal conspiracy. These million-dollar cases are having a chilling effect on the activist community.

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    (AP) Judge gives reprieve to Montana coal mine, averting layoffs
    Wednesday November 01st 2017, 1:18 PM

    (AP) A large Montana coal mine averted dozens of layoffs on Tuesday after a judge allowed work to proceed on an expansion, even as the government reconsiders the mine’s contribution to climate change.

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