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Shh! That Zookeeper Is a Total *&^%#!

5 Dec

by the Center for Biological Diversitycottontop

In New York City’s Central Park Zoo, a group of cotton-top tamarins — cute, social, squirrel-sized monkeys — has been caught whispering in the presence of zoo staff they do not like.

According to a new study published in the journal Zoo Biology, researchers have discovered in these tamarins the first example of whispering by nonhuman primates. While investigating the monkeys’ human-directed mobbing calls, whereby the tamarins attempt to confuse would-be predators with loud cries, researchers noticed that the monkeys actually lowered the amplitude of their vocalizations in the presence of one particular zookeeper.

Turns out the zookeeper had been involved in the tamarins’ capture and had also taken part in medical procedures involving the animals. And while the researchers weren’t able to explain just exactly what the monkeys were communicating under their breath in the staffer’s presence, it’s worth noting that every revolution begins with conspiratorial whispers.

Lawsuit Launched to Protect Endangered Species From Fracking in Michigan

5 Sep

Risky Oil and Gas Production Threatens Rare Butterflies, Bats in Allegan State Game Area

by the Center for Biological Diversity

fracking-in-michiganGRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— The Center for Biological Diversity launched federal litigation today challenging the Bureau of Land Management for failing to protect endangered species like the Karner blue butterfly and Indiana bat by properly assessing the risks posed to them by fracking on public land being leased for oil and gas production in a game reserve in southwestern Michigan.

On Sept. 12 the federal government plans to auction off more than 27,000 acres of publicly owned mineral rights in the Allegan State Game Reserve but has not analyzed the harm fracking and drilling could do to all the area’s rare and protected species.   Continue reading

“Wolf Wars” Infographic

3 Sep

by the Center for Biological Diversity

Most wolves in the lower 48 states are about to lose Endangered Species Act protection. Since April 2011, when wolves in five states lost protection, more than 1,700 have been killed. Now the Obama administration wants to strip protection for nearly all wolves in the lower 48, and that means more of these majestic creatures will be hunted, trapped and killed.

Report: Toxic Fracking Fluids Killed Rare Fish in Kentucky

29 Aug

by the Center for Biological Diversity

Blackside dace photo by Richard G. Biggins, USFWS.

Blackside dace photo by Richard G. Biggins, USFWS.

LEXINGTON, Ky.— A federally protected fish called the blackside dace was among numerous fish killed in Kentucky’s Acorn Fork creek by a small spill of hydraulic fracking fluid that caused the fish to develop liver and spleen damage and gill lesions, according to a federal study released this week. The report documenting the 2007 incident, which comes a month after reports that a natural gas company repeatedly dumped polluted fracking water directly into the Big Sandy River, highlights the threat to wildlife and water quality posed by even small amounts of the toxic chemicals used to extract natural gas from fracking wells.

“These two sickening incidents in Kentucky make clear the growing threat that fracking poses to endangered species, public health and drinking water supplies across much of the country,” said Tierra Curry, a scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity.  Continue reading

Why You Should Stop Worrying and Learn to Love Clear-cutting

28 Aug

by Earth First! News

 

OK, forget what you’ve known in your heart, what you’ve learned in ecology class and what Earth First! has been fighting against for decades. A new video by ForestInfo.org, an offshoot of Dovetail Partners, Inc, wants to sell you a heaping helping of bullsh*t wrapped in green capitalist forest industry toilet paper.  

You’ll hear all about the virtues of clear-cutting, which according to the video, is the most ecologically sound logging method because it helps trees and wildlife thrive.  

Should you love or hate this video, it might be nice to call these hacks up at their office at 612-333-0430 or email them at info@forestinfo.org.  

You might also try contacting Dr. Sarah Stai, a so-called ecologist working with ForestInfo.org. Her email address is sarah@ecosmithconsulting.com. Ask her why she is using her degree to support the profits of the logging industry.

Forestinfo.org claims to be “your source for environmental information which is understandable, unbiased, accurate, and available in a wide variety of formats.” You can “friend” them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DovetailPartners and their office address is 528 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN. Pay them a visit sometime.

Klee Benally on Decolonization and Anti-colonialism

26 Aug

by Deep Green Philly

While in Flagstaff I caught up with the very busy Klee Benally who was gracious enough to sit down and discuss, among other interesting things, the subtle and not so subtle differences between decolonization and anti-colonialism.  

Klee Benally is a long time activist and is engaged in the ongoing struggle for indigenous liberation. He is also the former lead singer of the punk rock band, Blackfire, which he co-founded with his siblings in 1989.  

excerpt from the audio:  

Klee Benally: “…within anarchist scenes and communities I see people reject identity politics, but identity for indigenous people means something else than it means to non-indigenous people who have been stripped of their culture for thousands of years in some cases. Identity for us is very much a politicized thing, it’s very much something that we take very seriously because it’s the basis of our relationship to our natural environment and to Mother Earth. So, we’re deeply interconnected on that level, and not to say that that’s exclusive because everyone who is indigenous from wherever can express that understanding and embrace that. But again, to [clarify] what anti-colonial struggle can look like and where I think there’s some points of confusion: it can help if people could distingish what decolonization looks like to them and then what anti-colonial struggle could look like, and where there are points of intervention and where people can assert themselves and take initiative rather than sitting on their hands and waiting for the word from some token person… Looking at the tar sands issue I think that’s a perfect example of where people are engaged in anti-colonial struggle and also supporting decolonization at the same time.  

click here to listen to the interview. (Deep Green Philly is not affiliated with Deep Green Resistance)

 

Lions, Coatis and Bears (Oh My): Video

24 Aug

from the Center for Biological Diversity

Wild Wolf in Kentucky, First in 150 Years, Killed by Hunter

19 Aug

by Russ McSpadden / Earth First! News

According to a recent announcement by state wildlife officials, a 73-pound, federally endangered female gray wolf was shot dead by a hunter in Munfordville, Kentucky earlier this year. Were it Alaska or Idaho this wouldn’t be news, but Kentucky has not seen wild roaming wolves since the mid 1800s. The gray wolf was shot in March —but state officials were skeptical that it was even a wolf, believing that it was more likely someone’s German shepherd.  But following months of DNA analysis, scientists confirmed it was indeed Kentucky’s first wolf in over a century and also its last.

This photo posted on KentuckyHunting.net shows the first wolf to wander Kentucky in over 150 years, dead and exhibited as a trophy.

This photo posted on KentuckyHunting.net shows the first wolf to wander Kentucky in over 150 years, dead and exhibited as a trophy.

DNA from the wolf was analyzed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Wildlife Research Center in Colorado. According to the analysis, the Kentucky gray wolf had genetic traits akin to wolves in the Great Lakes Region. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory in Oregon carried out independent analysis and confirmed the USDA’s findings.

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Keystone XL Controversy: Investigation Reveals Scientific Misconduct, Abuse of Whistleblowers

8 Aug

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Scientists Punished for Objecting to
Downplaying of Pipeline Impact to Endangered Species

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by the Center for Biological Diversity

WASHINGTON— Yet another scandal surrounding the Keystone XL pipeline surfaced today: Media are reporting that an investigation by the Interior Department’s inspector general has found that agency scientists were improperly retaliated against after blowing the whistle on flaws with a map of American burying beetle habitat along the pipeline’s southern route.    Continue reading

Cyber-Sabotage Is Easy

5 Aug

by Thomas Rid / National Security

[editor’s note. This article, from an outlet centered on discussions of National Security, carried a pro-tech angle and is only reposted for the would-be hacker to glean useful information]

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Hacking power plants and chemical factories is easy. I learned just how easy during a 5-day workshop at Idaho National Labs last month. Every month the Department of Homeland Security is training the nation’s asset owners — the people who run so-called Industrial Control Systems at your local wastewater plant, at the electrical power station down the road, or at the refinery in the state next door — to hack and attack their own systems. The systems, called ICS in the trade, control stuff that moves around, from sewage to trains to oil. They’re also alarmingly simply to break into. Now the Department of Homeland Security reportedly wants to cut funding for ICS-CERT, the Cyber Emergency Response Team for the nation’s most critical systems.   Continue reading