Slug poison found in drinking water


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Slug poison was found in one in eight rivers and reservoirs used for drinking water in England and Wales according to the Environment Agency’s (EA) most recent survey.

This has prompted environmentalists to call for greater use of natural predators instead of chemicals. Last November, levels 100 times higher than EU regulations were detected at a water treatment intake on the River Stour in Essex, which supplies water to homes in Essex and Suffolk.

Levels spiked in late 2011 and persisted into 2012 due to wet weather creating runoff and ideal slug breeding conditions.

The obvious source of slug pellets is our gardens, but huge quantities of this chemical are also being used to grow rape seed oil, winter beans, sugar beet and brassicas such as broccoli.

There is currently no regulation to stop widespread use of the chemical and Pond Conservation director Jeremy Biggs said current methods for limiting runoff were ineffective, although he added there…

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Rights Trump Hate – Emily Martin


It’s almost time to ring in the new year — but instead it feels like we’re stepping back in time.

Why?

Because President-elect Trump’s nominees for top positions in his administration, if they’re confirmed, will form one of the most racist, homophobic, and sexist presidential cabinets we’ve ever seen.

It’s up to all of us to stop them. Help us prepare for the confirmation battles ahead by making a donation to the National Women’s Law Center today. And if you pitch in before December 31, our generous Board members will match your gift dollar for dollar, up to $175,000, so your donation will go twice as far!

Beginning in January, the Senate will start the confirmation process to determine whether Trump’s cabinet nominees are fit for office. Spoiler: Many of them are really, really not.

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ANDREW PUZDER IS AGAINST WORKERS’ RIGHTS — HELP US OPPOSE HIM.

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HATEFUL BELIEFS SHOULD DISQUALIFY A PERSON FROM BECOMING THE NATION’S TOP LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL — HELP US OPPOSE JEFF SESSIONS.

We’ve fought so hard for the progress we’ve made for women and their families. We can’t let the Trump administration throw it all away.

Join our fight to demand that the Senate block each of these dangerous nominations: Make a tax-deductible gift to the Center today.

In solidarity,
Emily Martin
General Counsel and Vice President for Workplace Justice
National Women’s Law Center

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Ecuador”s Environment Ministry wants to shutdown then raids grassroots org.Keep it in the Ground in this ear of trump


Ecuador became an even more difficult place to be a defender of indigenous rights and the environment in recent days. You would think a country with constitutionally-enshrined protections for Mother Nature would support and encourage indigenous and environmental rights defenders, but sadly that is not the case, and it has implications for the global climate change movement.

On Tuesday, Ecuador’s Environment Ministry announced its intention to shutter Acción Ecológica, the country’s leading grassroots environmental organization and one of the founders of the Keep It In The Ground movement, which has become a global call to support the scientific mandate to keep all remaining fossil fuels in the ground. The government made clear that the move was a direct response to the group’s efforts to raise awareness – like tweeting and posting blogs – about environmental and indigenous rights concerns over a planned copper mega-mine on the lands of the Shuar indigenous people in the southern Ecuadorian Amazon. That very same evening, the national police raided the offices of the Shuar federation, FICSH, and detained its president, Agustín Wachapa, who is still being held.

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It’s Not Over: Stop DAPL for Good – Jason Opeña Disterhoft, Rainforest Action Network


StopFunding_v1_FB_(1).pngUnder a new fossil-fuel friendly administration, there’s only one sure way to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) permanently: Cut Off Bank Financing. We’ve teamed up with a huge coalition to force banks to stop funding the DAPL.

For months the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Indigenous peoples, water protectors and allies have been under siege while peacefully resisting DAPL. They have been blasted with water cannons in freezing weather, tear gassed, and shot with rubber bullets.

The pipeline was initially approved without sufficient environmental reviews, adequate assessment of cultural properties and sacred sites, or the Free, Prior and Informed Consent of the Standing Rock Sioux affirmed in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

In addition to violating sovereign Indigenous rights, continued pipeline construction and any spills pose significant and direct threats to vital clean water supplies and sacred sites for the Standing Rock Sioux, who live less than a mile downstream. This disastrous project is a direct threat to the Missouri River, which provides drinking water to millions of people.

The companies responsible for the pipeline are Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics, who have a deplorable track record of pipeline spills and have shown a total disregard for tribal rights, land and water.

We can’t let this destructive project continue. Sign now to support the sovereignty and rights of the Indigenous people of Standing Rock and hold the DAPL banks accountable.

On December 4, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other water protectors who’ve been fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline for months won an important, but temporary, victory when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied an easement needed to finish drilling under the Missouri River.

But the Army Corps’ decision did not permanently stop DAPL. In fact, Energy Transfer Partners, one of the companies that is building the pipeline, insists they “fully expect to complete construction of the pipeline without any additional rerouting.”

Aggressive fossil fuel advocates are being named to the incoming Cabinet of the United States, so we know we can’t count on their help. But we know one way to stop this — tell 17 big banks, like Wells Fargo and Citibank, to stop funding the bulldozers, drilling equipment, and private security.

If DAPL does not deliver oil by January 1, shipper contracts will expire and the project will be in jeopardy.  These 17 banks haven’t yet disbursed all the loan funds they’ve committed. This means they now face a clear opportunity to reconsider further funding a project steeped in controversy and demonstrating material loss.

We have done this before and we can leverage our power as customers and account holders to pressure these lending banks to defund DAPL.

Click here to tell 17 big banks to defund the climate-killing Dakota Access Pipeline.

For thriving communities,

Ruth Breech

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Climate and Energy Senior Campaigner
Rainforest Action Network
http://www.ran.org/

Sources:

1. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/04/dakota-access-pipeline-permit-denied-standing-rock

2. http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20161204005090/en/

3. http://ieefa.org/ieefa-report-dakota-access-pipeline-driven-high-risk-financing-overbuilt-region-little-known-economic-weaknesses-controversial-project

4. http://standwithstandingrock.net/history/

5. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-pipeline-nativeamericans-safety-i-idUSKCN11T1UW

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