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Pietrerzijl protest against fracking, photo by RTV Noord | Marco Grimmon

This photo shows today’s protest against fracking in Pieterzijl, a village on the border of Groningen and Friesland provinces. The banner says: Don’t let Friesland down. Behind it, the flag of Groningen province.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

About one hundred people have taken action at Pieterzijl

160 people live in Pieterzijl village.

against the latest drilling site of the NAM.

The NAM is a joint venture of Shell and Exxon Big Oil corporations. Their gas drilling has caused very much damage in Groningen and in Drenthe provinces.

They are afraid of still more earthquakes and protest against gas extraction through fracking. In fracking, also called hydraulic cracking, gas is extracted from deep underground by adding chemicals.

At the end of last month, Minister Wiebes decided that the gas drilling in Groningen should stop before 2030. At the same time it became known that the…

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Something unusual is happening with our planet’s magnetic field

MAGNETICThe South Atlantic Anomaly is an area where Earth’s protective magnetic shield is at its weakest. This image was taken by the Doris instrument onboard the satellite known as Jason-1. (Cnes/CLS)

For the past 160 years, it’s been weakening at an alarming rate. Scientists are concerned that one day, our magnetic poles could flip like they did 780,000 years ago. When that happens, we will lose a vital force field that keeps radiation from the sun and space at bay. It’ll also scorch the technology our society depends on.

There’s one spot in particular scientists are most worried about. It’s known as the “South Atlantic Anomaly,” which stretches from Chile to Zimbabwe where the field is at its weakest. Right now it’s hazardous for any satellites travelling through the zone because they’re exposed to…

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Caution: depressing study


The Extinction Chronicles

By Jennifer Fabiano, AccuWeather staff writer
April 11, 2018, 9:30:27 AM EDT

If carbon emissions continue to rise unchecked, half of the plant and animal species in the world’s most important natural places are at risk of local extinction by the turn of the century, according to a new study conducted by the University of East Anglia (UEA), the James Cook University (JCU) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

If little human effort is put into diminishing carbon emissions, there could be 4.5 degrees Celsius of warming by the end of the century. While 4.5 degrees isn’t the worst-case scenario possible, it was the most extreme case analyzed by this study.


This Dec. 3, 2016, photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows the world’s oldest known seabird, tending to an egg she laid, with her mate, at Midway Atoll. She was incubating an egg at the…

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Straight from the Horse's Heart

by Jenna Bardroff  as published on

“Wild horses play a crucial role in keeping the ecosystem of the west balanced…”

Welfare Cattle herded into Antelope Complex as wild horses are being rounded up ~ photo by Terry Fitch of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Imagine walking through a trail alongside the golden grasses of an open prairie in the Western United States when all of the sudden you are stopped frozen by the sound of a thunderous noise of hooves approaching from a distance. As you listen closely, you hear whinnying and soon, the herd is within your sight. With their power, grace, and majesty, horses can aesthetically make any landscape appear beautiful.

But horses also have a much greater purpose, as they help to physically maintain and benefit the health of prairie ecosystems. Millions of horses once roamed free in the Wild West. Unfortunately, by the time the first federal…

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Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin

The War On Wolves Continues. Wolf advocates we must make our voices heard. By Alex Krevitz, M.A. Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin Science Editor

In recent years state and federal natural resource agencies have targeted grey wolves Canis lupus, for elimination.  Scientific organizations and reputable non governmental wildlife organizations have had their peer reviewed scientific research eschewed by policy makers.   Individual scientists have had aspersions cast upon their professional legitimacy for questioning wolf management policies.

The purveyors of the anti wolf misinformation have been affiliated with groups associated with extractive industries, agricultural interests and trophy hunting. Their goal has been a mission to depict wolves as wanton killers of deer and livestock. Their interests have been served by legislators whose campaigns they have funded.  Cases before the Supreme Court of the U.S. such as Citizens United and Montana Copper Kings have infused those who seek to exploit public…

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The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

For those who are scientifically inclined, this dissertation might seem simplistic and unnecessary.  For everyone else, I hope it sheds some light on what technology is, how it is developed, why it is developed, and what drives its use and misuse.  This is relevant to modern society because in these highly contentious and uncertain times technology is increasingly being perceived as a panacea (which it is not) or as an evil (which it is not).

In short, technology is the application of existing knowledge of our natural world for practical purposes.  Today, it is known as engineering and applied sciences.  In contrast, natural science (a.k.a. pure science) pertains to the search and discovery of such knowledge.  Astronomy, biology, and physics are examples of the many natural sciences.  The search for knowledge and the development of technology are as old as our species. …

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Exposing the Big Game

Smart Mountain Gorillas Have Learned How to Dismantle Poachers’ Traps

Researchers working in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park in 2012 witnessed just how intelligent mountain gorillas are when they observed them dismantling traps laid by poachers.

Only days after a young gorilla died after being caught in one of these snares, two four-year-old gorillas were filmed working together to disassemble similar traps.

“This is absolutely the first time that we’ve seen juveniles doing that … I don’t know of any other reports in the world of juveniles destroying snares,” said Veronica Vecellio, gorilla program coordinator at the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund’s Karisoke Research Center. “We are the largest database and observer of wild gorillas … so I would be very surprised if somebody else has seen that,” Vecellio added.

Rangers patrol the forest daily, removing snares in continued efforts to protect the critically endangered mountain gorillas. It was…

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Mining Awareness +

The United Nations, European Union and human rights groups charge that firing at unarmed demonstrators is an excessive use of force, but Israel has rejected their demands for an inquiry.” (VOA News, April 7, 2018)

UN on Gaza: “Palestinians in Gaza are ‘locked in’, denied free access to the remainder of the occupied Palestinian territory and the outside world. Movement restrictions imposed by Israel since the early 1990’s and intensified in June 2007, following the takeover of Gaza by Hamas, have severely undermined the living conditions. The isolation of Gaza has been exacerbated by restrictions imposed by the Egyptian authorities on its single passengers crossing (Rafah), as well as by the internal Palestinian divide. The UN Secretary-General that the blockade and related restrictions contravene international humanitarian law as they target and impose hardship on the civilian population, effectively penalizing them for acts they have not committed. Major…

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Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic-Vote Our Wildlife

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In our hands now lies not only our own future, but that of all other living creatures with whom we share the earth.” ~ David Attenborough, BBC naturalist

We need to take a lesson from the Parkland, Florida, youth. Impatience for change and urgent action are a necessity and an honor when lives are at stake.

This is a call to strong women to stand for election to the two grassroots positions open April 9 in every county in Wisconsin — and every year in April, in every county — creating the sole citizen advisory body to the Legislature and Department of Natural Resources on policy governing our publicly purchased lands, waters, and wildlife. Because citizens do not know of this election, or its importance, wildlife in Wisconsin is being slaughtered.

It is simple to run for election. Take a friend, nominate each other that night, and write…

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Watts Up With That?

From Columbia University and the “that’s heavy” department:

New Study Suggests Tens of Thousands of Black Holes Exist in Milky Way’s Center

A Columbia University-led team of astrophysicists has discovered a dozen black holes gathered around Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), the supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. The finding is the first to support a decades-old prediction, opening up myriad opportunities to better understand the universe.

“Everything you’d ever want to learn about the way big black holes interact with little black holes, you can learn by studying this distribution,” said Columbia Astrophysicist Chuck Hailey, co-director of the Columbia Astrophysics Lab and lead author on the study. “The Milky Way is really the only galaxy we have where we can study how supermassive black holes interact with little ones because we simply can’t see their interactions in other galaxies. In a sense, this is…

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