Political and Military Elites Seizing Protected Areas of Zimbabwe for Ivory Poaching and Energy Extraction

Political and Military Elites Seizing Protected Areas of Zimbabwe for Ivory Poaching and Energy Extraction

by Richard Lardner / AP

Political and military elites are seizing protected areas in one of Africa’s last bastions for elephants, putting broad swaths of Zimbabwe at risk of becoming fronts for ivory poaching, according to a nonprofit research group’s report that examines government collusion in wildlife trafficking. (AP Photo, File)

Political and military elites are seizing protected areas in one of Africa’s last bastions for elephants, putting broad swaths of Zimbabwe at risk of becoming fronts for ivory poaching, according to a nonprofit research group’s report that examines government collusion in wildlife trafficking. (AP Photo, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Political and military elites are seizing…

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Coal Ash Unmonitored In Fill Sites Across N.C.

Coal Ash Unmonitored In Fill Sites Across N.C.

by Bruce Henderson / Charlotte Observer

coal ashCoal ash, infamous for its recent splash into the Dan River, also lies along Charlotte’s outerbelt.

It’s next to a Huntersville car dealership and under a Lowe’s store in Mooresville.

The ash was used to level ground and fill gullies. Duke Energy once sold it for 50 cents to $1 a ton, disposing of waste – and a liability – it would otherwise have had to…

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Pennsylvania’s Natural Gas Wells Leaking Up to 1,000 Times More Methane Than EPA Estimates

Pennsylvania’s Natural Gas Wells Leaking Up to 1,000 Times More Methane Than EPA Estimates

More evidence that natural gas drilling, as practiced, is a significant contributor to climate change

by Lindsay Abrams / Salon

Credit: Jim Parkin/Shutterstock

Credit: Jim Parkin/Shutterstock

Fracking sites at Pennsylvania’s natural gas-rich Marcellus Shale are releasing way more methane than we thought — somewhere on the order of 100 to 1,000 times EPA estimates, according to a studyin the Proceedings of the National Academy…

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Four Years After The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, The Gulf Is Still Suffering

Four Years After The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, The Gulf Is Still Suffering

by Katie Valentine / Think Progress

CREDIT: AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

CREDIT: AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

In his 34 years living in Louisiana, Ryan Lambert can’t remember ever seeing young, dead dolphins on his trips out in the Gulf. In just the last few months, however, he says he’s seen two.

Lambert, who owns a charter fishing company in Louisiana, told ThinkProgress he’s worried that the dying dolphins he’s still seeing point to…

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Today We Remember Britches, Rescued from UC Riverside Lab on April 20, 1985

In 1985, a raid took place at a laboratory belonging to the University of California, Riverside (UCR) that resulted in the removal of a monkey by the Animal Liberation Front.

Conservationists and Marksmen of Malta Battle Over Annual Bird Hunt

Conservationists and Marksmen of Malta Battle Over Annual Bird Hunt

Hunters try to block referendum on traditional spring shoot, while British volunteers help patrol countryside to protect birds

by Patrick Barkham / The Guardian

Photograph: Chris Howes/Alamy

Photograph: Chris Howes/Alamy

As dawn breaks over the sea and ancient stone churches turn pink, the stillness of the morning is broken by volleys of gunfire. Tucked behind walls, sitting on armchairs in specially built turrets or else…

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HEARTBREAKING! 3,500 Pigs Die in Barn Fire

HEARTBREAKING! 3,500 Pigs Die in Barn Fire

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By Ari Solomon / Mercy for Animals

Tragedy struck a Canadian pig barn Monday night when a raging fire engulfed it, killing thousands of pigs.

The barn belonged to Olymel, Canada’s second-largest pork producer.

According to Chief Barry Hooper, a fire department volunteer who arrived on the scene, it was impossible to get inside the building: “There was just too much smoke,” he said. “Pretty well…

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Two New Animal Liberation Prisoners Need Your Support!

from Earth First! Newswire Two new Animal Liberation prisoners. Send em a letter, and hug a vegan.

Two New Animal Liberation Prisoners Need Your Support!

from Earth First! Newswire Two new Animal Liberation prisoners. Send em a letter, and hug a vegan.

Idaho Residents Protest Auction of Public Lands for Oil and Gas Drilling

by Blair Koch / Ecowatch Yesterday, prior to the Idaho Oil and Gas Commission auctioning of mineral rights for 17,700 acres of state endowment land, a small but lively group of residents protested the sale, which saw every tract awarded to Alta Mesa Idaho for $1,148,435 in “bonus bids.”

Idaho Residents Protest Auction of Public Lands for Oil and Gas Drilling

by Blair Koch / Ecowatch Yesterday, prior to the Idaho Oil and Gas Commission auctioning of mineral rights for 17,700 acres of state endowment land, a small but lively group of residents protested the sale, which saw every tract awarded to Alta Mesa Idaho for $1,148,435 in “bonus bids.”

West Country Farmers Protest Industrialisation

from North Devon Journal A group of 100 small farmers has held a Whitehall picket over what they claim is big business’s “stranglehold” over agricultural policy.

West Country Farmers Protest Industrialisation

from North Devon Journal A group of 100 small farmers has held a Whitehall picket over what they claim is big business’s “stranglehold” over agricultural policy.