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Tuesday, 16 October

14:02

Senior Dog Was Returned To Shelter Because He Couldn't Go Up Stairs "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

When Mackenzie Purdy saw Charlie for the first time, it seemed like the shy dog had given up on finding a home of his own. The 7-year-old Shih Tzu mix refused to make eye contact with anyone who walked by he kept his back turned so that he faced the concrete wall of his kennel at Associated Humane Tinton Falls, a shelter in New Jersey.

Credit: Mackenzie Purdy

Charlie had first come to the shelter in May. A few months earlier, he had been adopted then quickly returned when he couldnt walk up the stairs in his new home.

His owner had been unable to bend down to pick him up and carry him, so Charlie found himself back in the same lonely kennel.

Credit: Associated Humane Tinton Falls

Purdy, who was visiting the shelter in hopes of adding another dog to her family, believed that behind Charlies cold exterior was a loving dog just waiting to come out; however, she feared other adopters might not be able to see the potential.

He was a bit older and he walked a little funny, so I had a feeling that not many people would be interested in him, Purdy told The Dodo. So many people won't be interested in the dogs that don't come to the front of the cage at the shelter.

But Purdy wasnt daunted by a few steps, and continued spending time with Charlie, looking for the slightest hint that he was ready to try again.

I asked the shelter staff if I could spend some time with him out in the yard, Purdy said. He was very reserved, and not very interested in me. He did not show much in the way of affection, but he did do a very little tail wag when I walked closer to him....

02:23

Can we buy our way out of the sixth extinction? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Money, its said, makes the world go round. The old adage appears to be true in conservation, too: A paper in Nature tracked $14.4 billion spent on conservation programs over a 12-year period around the world, and found that it was money well spent. All the money we have been spending on conservation has actually made a difference, says Anthony Waldron, lead author of the paper and research fellow at the National University of Singapore. To understand if spending was effectively making a difference in conservation, the authors compiled a dataset that took into account both species decline and conservation funding per capita in 109 countries. The researchers also looked at how development population growth, industrial expansion, and agriculture contributed to biodiversity loss. The model found that while development and GDP growth affected biodiversity negatively, money spent on conservation greatly reduced those impacts. In the 109 countries studied, all of them signatories to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the researchers found a median average reduction of 29 percent of species loss per country as a result of the billions spent in the period from 1996 to 2008. If we hadnt spent the money, we would have lost a third more biodiversity than we did, Waldron tells wildlife.org. The researchers also found that nearly two-thirds of global biodiversity loss during that period was concentrated in just seven countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, India, Australia and the United States (the latter

Monday, 15 October

07:23

New report highlights human rights abuses caused by SABL land grab Act Now! blogs

The appalling human rights abuses being suffered by the victims of the huge SABL land-grab in Papua New Guinea are the focus of a new report published by ACT NOW! and UK based charity, War on Want.

The SABL Land Grab: Papua New Guineas Ongoing Human Rights Scandal highlights the devastating impacts on people living in rural communities and gives a voice to those who have suffered the illegal loss of their land to logging and oil-palm plantations.

People like Peter Tai who says people were threatened, beaten and turned away by armed police and the army when they tried to stop the logging and oil palm planting on their traditional land

When the company uses the police and army, they twist the law and beat us up very badly, to the point where we are afraid to attempt stopping the company again. 

It is not only violence that people have suffered: 

We, the people have lost our God given birth right to our land for 99 years and significantly our traditions, cultures, customs, virgin forest and friendly environment, the eco systems we depend on and our peaceful community living and life setting, explains a landowner from Pomio.  

The report highlights how the SABL land grab, as well as breaching PNGs own land laws and Constitution has breached a whole raft of international laws and conventions.  These include the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, and the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, and many of the fundamental human rights protected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

ACT NOW! and War on Want are calling for immediate action to end the land grab and cancel the leases by the PNG government but are also asking the international community to be more proactive in pressuring for action by the authorities.

This includes calling on the UN Special Rapporteurs who have already written to the government expressing their concerns about the human rights abuses to come to PNG to see the impacts first hand and speak directly with the government.

They are also calling on China and the other countries taking logs and palm oil from the SABL areas to stop this illegal trade.

The testimonies that the report presents were collected over a two-year period by researchers who visited SABL affected communities in six different Provinces; Ne...

03:56

FIRE-EARTH Alerts: ONLW, QQYN, PRKO, GDJY, WNLO, NZDO, WTGP, ODVD, LQKR, ZPTN 101402 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

IN PROGRESS TIA  [September 24, Confidential 10] C&M02 [October 10, Confidential 6] Peacock 02 [October 14, Confidential 10] Nominated Groups: CJ UUT IGE OCT TML FIRE-EARTH Alerts: ONLW, QQYN, PRKO, GDJY, WNLO, NZDO, WTGP, ODVD, LQKR, ZPTN 101402  ALERTS issued by FIRE-EARTH Science and affiliated groups. Details available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. . . . []

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