International Ecocide — December 2023 UN Deems North Carolina Chemical Pollution a Human Rights Violation – Mother Jones The United Arab Emirates is destroying the biodiversity of a Yemeni archipelago. – CounterPunch.org On top of our ecological footprint, we have toxics footprint – Victoria Times Colonist Coastal Redwoods Have Remarkable Ability to Recover From Severe Wildfires, Study Finds – EcoWatch What Brazil should have said at COP28 but didn’t (commentary) ‘Every molecule of hydrocarbon will come out’ Traditional healers push for recognition and licensing of age-old Himalayan practice B.C. salmon farms linked to explosive spike in wild fish deaths – Victoria Times Colonist Bayer, BASF lobby pushed to scrap safety rules on new GM crops – even if they increase pesticide use Is the LNG industry gaslighting the path to net-zero? | Corporate Knights Afghanistan, Pakistan and climate breakdown Next Stop: Canada, for Tense Talks on a Global Treaty to End Plastic Pollution – Environmental Defence Overcoming Unprecedented Oil and Gas Industry Influence at UN Climate Talks – Union of Concerned Scientists Meatwashing at COP28 – CounterPunch.org Wildfires Have Erased Two Decades’ Worth of Air Quality Gains in U.S., Study Finds – EcoWatch Indian companies are bringing one of the world’s most toxic industries to Africa. People are getting sick. | Grist Nickel mine threatens Philippines biodiversity hotspot on Sibuyan Island (analysis) Chinese gold miners ‘illegally’ tearing up Cambodian wildlife sanctuary Indigenous groups rebuke court OK for palm oil company to raze Papua forests New GMOs: What citizens, farmers, food operators and nature can expect from EU agriculture ministers #climateactiontracker The fossil fuel… – Rolling Justice Bus | Facebook N.S. News: captive whales retirement home testing completed | CTV News Most of BC’s 2023 wildfires burned in a small area of BC subject to intense industrial development, but nobody is talking about that. Why not? – Analysis – Evergreen Alliance Facebook Facebook The forest beside the clear-cut In Michigan, the controversial Line 5 pipeline gets one step closer to the finish line | Grist Reef damage from 2024 Olympics surfing venue is avoidable (commentary) Tropical Forests 101: Everything You Need to Know – EcoWatch Unprecedented drought in the Amazon threatens to release huge stores of carbon – podcast ‘Stunned’: OPEC urges members to block action on fossil fuels at COP28 Deforestation falls for 8th straight month in the Amazon rainforest, but rises in the cerrado Nature’s silent scream Latest planned Amazon dam project threatens Indigenous lands, endemic species Tropical deforestation increases even as a few hotspots see respite, new data shows Why the World’s Most Popular Herbicide is a Public Health Hazard – CounterPunch.org Toxic hot spots threaten endangered salmon and killer whales – Victoria Times Colonist Alberta Sets a Methane ‘Super-Emitter’ Record | The Tyee Tuning in to Nature A lithium ‘gold mine’ is buried under one of Europe’s last heritage farming systems Iconic Indonesian raptor still threatened by habitat degradation, isolation In Laos, forest loss and carbon emissions escalate as agriculture intensifies A Japanese Zoo May Have Accidentally Killed 75 Percent Of Its Squirrels | IFLScience Ask a Scientist: Fighting Big Ag Pollution with Maps and Math – Union of Concerned Scientists Latest COP28 Draft Does Not Mention Fossil Fuel Phaseout – EcoWatch Most States Lack Warnings for PFAS Found in Freshwater Fish Bear euthanized after Imperial Oil unintentionally bulldozes den | CBC News ‘Immense body of knowledge’ at stake in Cambodia’s Prey Lang as deforestation soars 44,000 Species Are Threatened With Extinction, IUCN Reports – EcoWatch Updates on Montana State Bison Hunt Mining in Canada: Coal unit under increasing scrutiny | CTV News An EPA rule dramatically reduced smog pollution — in states that haven’t sued to stop it | Grist Wines tainted with ‘pesticide cocktail’ Philippines oil spill may reverberate long after cleanup declared complete Traditional small farmers burned by Indonesia’s war on wildfires Suriname preparing to clear Amazon for agriculture, documents suggest Melting snow overwhelmed Coastal GasLink sites after inspections | The Narwhal Colonialism wiped out Vancouver Island’s Coast Salish woolly dog: study – Vancouver Island Free Daily Facebook Turning Seals into Manure? An Open Letter to the Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development/Atlantic Canada Opportunities – Animal Protection Party Of Canada In the Ecuadorian Amazon, oil threatens decades of Indigenous-led conservation | Grist Breaking into TMX: Secwépemc allies try to stop construction of Canada’s pipeline | Ricochet Billions of barrels of oil COP28 cements goal to halt forest loss in 7 years, but where’s the money? A Rainforest Showdown over Green Energy Metals Mining | The Tyee Trans Mountain warns regulator of potential ‘catastrophic’ two-year pipeline delay Another beluga dies at Marineland, bringing total whale deaths to 15 since 2019 | CBC News BAN THE HUNTING OF NATIVE RARE BREED OLD… – Party4AnimalWelfare | Facebook The EPA’s innovative new way of policing methane super emitters | Grist Outcry as Brazil Congress overrides president to revive anti-Indigenous law Mega oil and gas auction in Brazil may threaten Indigenous lands Brazil’s “End-of-the-World” auction for oil and gas drilling (commentary) The Climate Villain You’ve Probably Never Thought About – Mother Jones Wheat intolerance might be due to glyphosate The American Chestnut Foundation Bails as GE Chestnut Develops Growth and Mortality Problems and Fails to Resist the Blight – CounterPunch.org Rosebank’s legal double whammy Farmers Receive No Response One Week After Oil Spill Was Discovered by Navajo Citizen, Impacting Navajo Grazing and Agricultural Land in Shiprock, New Mexico – CounterPunch.org Fernie seeks new backup drinking-water source amid mine pollution | The Narwhal ‘Unlabeled and Unregulated’: Synthetic Milk Protein with 92 Unknown Compounds Used by More Than a Dozen Food Brands • Children’s Health Defense Up to 70% of All Honey in U.S. Is Fake, Testing Reveals • Children’s Health Defense Scientists, lawyers unite behind ecocide law Grizzly Bear Killers Flout the Endangered Species Act — and Get Away With It Bringing back the buffalo with director Ken Burns | Mongabay Sessions Race to destroy the Amazon forest: Brazil’s National Congress set to force construction of Highway BR-319 (commentary) The fight to save one of Canada’s last deep-snow caribou herds | The Narwhal Marker of DNA damage seen in men applying Roundup and other glyphosate-based herbicides Endangered – Mother Jones 5 Big Ideas for Improving the Endangered Species Act – Mother Jones Toxic hydrocarbons found in B.C. orca population | CTV News Plan to stash planet-heating carbon dioxide under U.S. national forests alarms critics | Grist U.S. and U.K. lawmakers must wake up to the coffee problem (commentary) Contaminants From Sunscreen Found In Arctic Snow For First Time | IFLScience Scientific Society on Ecology (GfOE) and 100 researchers warn against genetic engineering without risk assessment A Haida Elder on Teal-Jones’ $75M lawsuit | The Narwhal Facebook Pacific Wild – BREAKING NEWS – Millions spent on B.C. wolf cull… | Facebook Causeway threatens mangroves that Philippine fishers planted as typhoon shield Nature-based recovery needed for Ukraine’s damaged protected areas (analysis) Unchecked Human Activity Is Pushing Ecosystems Toward the Brink – CounterPunch.org Brazil’s Congress Passes Bill to Pave Highway Through Heart of Amazon Rainforest – EcoWatch Facebook Study: Singapore biodiversity loss is bad — but not as bad as previous estimate Study: Flowers are Starting to Self-Pollinate Due to Fewer Insects – Mother Jones 3rd Beluga Whale From Marineland Dies at US Aquarium – Animal Justice Being Reasonable or Reliable? 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We expected them to listen… – Anti-Fur Society | Facebook Still on the menu: Shark fin trade in U.S. persists despite ban Reports allege abuses by Glencore in Peru and Colombia, and the banks funding them Hunger for gold means the Amazon has reached ‘tipping point’ of mercury contamination from illegal mining | CBC News In 2023, Nepal’s ‘uncelebrated’ wildlife continued wait for attention Top stories of change from Latin America in 2023 The Toxic Sands Threatening Fish in Lake Superior Deep Green Resistance | Facebook Inaction on Climate Change Is a Death Sentence for Emperor Penguin Chicks – DeSmog Facebook For forests, COP28 was better than expected, but worse than needed Nepal’s birds pay cost for country’s infrastructure development Will 2024 Be The Year Of The Anthropocene? | IFLScience Who’s Going to Win and Lose in the Seabed Mining Race? | The Tyee The environmental costs of EV batteries that politicians don’t tend to talk about | CBC News First Extinction Of A Marine Fish As A Result Of Human Activity Declared | IFLScience The ESA Is Not Protecting Wolverines https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=7215742308478625&set=a.106418736077720 https://ricochet.media/en/4017/climate-crisis-will-not-be-solved-until-humanity-breaks-addiction-to-economic-growth https://news.mongabay.com/2023/12/brazils-mammals-help-humanity-but-those-services-are-at-risk-study-says/ https://ricochet.media/en/4020/from-ontario-to-panama-indigenous-communities-are-rising-up-to-resist-canadas-mining-industry https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/red-chris-mine-violations-1.7064719 https://www.counterpunch.org/2023/12/21/how-big-oil-is-taking-us-for-a-fossil-fuelized-ride/ https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/kahnawake-wants-to-take-canada-to-court-over-major-construction-project-threatening-turtle-habitat-1.6698461 https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-as-canada-vies-for-un-human-rights-council-seat-some-indigenous/?