Scotland’s defenders of the seas: the volunteers standing up for sea life

An unofficial network of fishers, divers and scientists are banding together to stop illegal fishing and curb coastal destructionScotland’s coastal waters are in trouble. They contain some of the world’s richest and most diverse marine life: bottlenose dolphins, porpoises, minke whales and orcas are among 20 cetacean species found along its coast, while seagrass and kelp forests host otters, octopus, lobsters, sea urchins and squid.But these waters are vulnerable. A sobering assessment by the Scottish government in 2020, found that it had failed to meet targets to prevent damage to priority marine environments, causing five large seabed habitats to shrink.……

Five U.S. states to vote on forced prison labor in November

Over 1.2 million people are currently incarcerated in state and federal prisons across the United States. Approximately, two-thirds of them are forced to work, according to the American Civil Liberties […] The post Five U.S. states to vote on forced prison labor in November appeared first on FreedomUnited.org.

‘The American lawn feels irresponsible’: the LA homes ditching grass for drought-friendly gardens

With water a precious commodity in California, residents are turning to native plants – saving money without sacrificing beautyA lush green lawn has long been a symbol of the perfect American home. But as a prolonged drought reshapes life in California, many residents are rethinking what a beautiful yard should look like.In Los Angeles, which imposed sweeping restrictions on outdoor water use this year, thirsty lawns are out – and California native plants are in. From mansions in Brentwood to old family homes in Koreatown to neighborhoods in South LA, Angelenos are installing climate-friendly yards full of California buckwheat, toyon,……

Between burns and biofuel: Burdekin canegrowers seek environmental sweet spot

As pollution concerns mount and lucrative opportunities emerge in the sustainable economy, the days of cane field burning may be numberedSign up for the Rural Network email newsletterJoin the Rural Network group on Facebook to be part of the communityAs the sun sets over the Burdekin north of Townsville, an eruption of smoke stretches across the horizon. Torched cane fields force a flurry of fauna into a frenzied escape, only to get picked off by circling vultures. The firestorm is over in minutes, covering the district in a sprinkle of silt known as “Burdekin snow”.The spectacle, which has become a……

Special Master Tells Trump Lawyers to Explain False “Planted Evidence” Claims

Judge Raymond Dearie, the special master assigned to investigate whether or not government documents retrieved from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property last month are privileged, has ordered Trump’s lawyers to explain whether they believe the FBI “planted” evidence during their search of the estate. Dearie’s demand was part of a broader order in which he instructed Trump’s lawyers to examine an 11-page inventory of items removed from Mar-a-Lago and indicate which items are privileged or personal property of Trump’s by September 30. Since the search of Trump’s property in Palm Beach, Florida, the former president and his allies have repeatedly insinuated…

Sanders, Warren Say Manchin Big Oil Deal Would “Steamroll” Frontline Communities

As environmental groups and experts express fury and frustration over coal millionaire Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-West Virginia) fossil fuel permitting overhaul deal released on Wednesday, Senate Democrats are highlighting concerns that the deal could set environmental justice advances back by years. In a letter sent to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) on Thursday, eight senators, led by Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon), wrote that they share concerns expressed by environmental justice groups in recent weeks. They emphasized that the deal, which would blow open the permitting process for federal fossil fuel projects and fast track dangerous projects like the Mountain…

California Is Dependent on Prison Labor for Fighting Fires. This Must End.

On September 7, 2022, after many attempted delays from the City of Susanville, California, a Lassen County judge ruled in favor of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to close one of Susanville’s two prisons. The court case and public debate over the prison closure has been almost entirely based on the anticipated loss of 1,000 jobs in the prison, but the closure of this facility marks an enormous shift in the use of prison labor for public work. The California Correctional Center in Susanville is set to be closed by June 2023. It is one of two remaining training hubs for…

GOP Senator Plans to Force Vote to End COVID National Emergency Declaration

Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kansas) says he plans to force a vote to end the national emergency declaration relating to COVID-19, even as hundreds of Americans die from the virus each day. Marshall explained that his planned congressional resolution to end the declaration is in response to President Joe Biden’s comment on CBS’s “60 Minutes” program on Sunday that the pandemic “is over.” “Since President Biden used his appearance on 60 Minutes to declare COVID is over, he must immediately terminate the COVID-19 national emergency declaration and wind down other emergency authorities that his Administration continues to force us to live…

Thousands call for ‘climate reparations and justice’ in global protests

Fridays for Future ‘strikes’ in about 450 places demanded rich countries pay for damage from global heatingThousands of young people have staged a coordinated “global climate strike” across Asia, Africa and Europe in a call for reparations for those worst affected by climate breakdown.From New Zealand and Japan to Germany and the Democratic Republic of Congo, activists walked out of schools, universities and jobs to demand rich countries pay for the damage global heating is inflicting on the poor. Continue reading… Source – Full Article Thousands call for ‘climate reparations and justice’ in global protests

GOP Senator Plans to Force Vote to End COVID National Emergency Declaration

Health experts largely agree that the country is "still a long way off" from being safe from COVID-19.

Between burns and biofuel: Burdekin canegrowers seek environmental sweet spot

As pollution concerns mount and lucrative opportunities emerge in the sustainable economy, the days of cane field burning may be numberedSign up for the Rural Network email newsletterJoin the Rural Network group on Facebook to be part of the communityAs the sun sets over the Burdekin north of Townsville, an eruption of smoke stretches across the horizon. Torched cane fields force a flurry of fauna into a frenzied escape, only to get picked off by circling vultures. The firestorm is over in minutes, covering the district in a sprinkle of silt known as “Burdekin snow”.The spectacle, which has become a…

Advocates and diplomats agree: Uyghur issue threatens U.N. credibility

This past week, world leaders have assembled at the United Nations (U.N.) in New York for the annual opening of the General Assembly. While some diplomats have taken to the […] The post Advocates and diplomats agree: Uyghur issue threatens U.N. credibility appeared first on FreedomUnited.org.

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