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GE security beefed up after battle

Check out this story about a GE trees company in New Zealand feeling pressure. Roturua, NZ is home of forests known as NZ’s Redwoods. For background, you can check out this earlier article from the same paper on protesters destroying a field trial. Close readers of both will note a real change in tone: the first one largely sides with the company; the new one is much more skeptical of it. – GJEP

By Catherine Harris, February 3, 2014. Source: Timaru Herald

Scion, the Crown research institute which looks after forest research, has reinforced security around a trial of genetically modified pine trees following a recent court battle over genetically engineered science.

The institute told Parliament’s education and science select committee recently that it had invested $500,000 to extend GE field trials of up to several hundred pine trees at its Rotorua campus.

Walkway through tree fern understorey of native bush in Whirinaki Forest Park near Rotorua, New Zealand. Wikimedia Commons

Walkway through tree fern understorey of native bush in Whirinaki Forest Park near Rotorua, New Zealand.
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Some of the plants had been modified for herbicide resistance, others for greater growth and “pulpability”, Scion’s chief executive Warren Parker said.

The trials will continue for the next 23 years, with trees being removed before they reach the reproduction stage.

Last month Scion took the Bay of Plenty Regional Council to the Environment Court over its decision to adopt the “precautionary principle” over genetic modification. Continue reading

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Paraguay peasant leader Vidal Vega shot dead

2 December 2012.  Source: BBC News

Vidal VegaVidal Vega’s supporters were involved in a deadly land dispute in eastern Paraguay

The leader of a landless peasant movement in Paraguay involved in a land dispute with a powerful politician has been shot dead.

Vidal Vega had been co-operating with an inquiry into the deaths of 11 of his supporters and six police officers.

They died last June in an operation to evict farmers from land which activists say was illegally grabbed by a late senator in the 1960s.

Then-President Fernando Lugo was ousted over his handling of the deadly clash.

A prosecutor investigating his murder said two gunmen arrived at his home in Curuguaty in the eastern province of Canindeyu and shot him early on Sunday.

The prosecutor said police had later arrested a suspect who matched the description of one of the gunmen, but did not speculate on a motive.

He said there was no evidence so far linking Mr Vega’s murder to his role in the investigation into the killings in June.

Map of Paraguay

Mr Vega, 48, was expected to testify at the trial.

His movement of landless peasants had lobbied the Paraguayan government for many years to redistribute farmland in Canindeyu occupied by late senator Blas Riquelme more than 50 years ago.

They say the land was illegally taken during the military rule of Gen Alfredo Stroessner and distributed among his allies.

In May some landless activists moved into the farm.

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Nuclear weapons plant shut down after activists breach security

August 1, 2012. Source: KnoxNews.com 

Security stand-down ordered at Y-12; all nuclear operations put on hold; enriched uranium placed in secure vaults

In an apparently unprecedented action, the government’s contractor today ordered a “security stand-down” at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant. All nuclear operations are being put on hold and all nuclear materials will go into vaults while plant workers focus solely on security.

The order by B&W Y-12, and supported by the National Nuclear Security Adminstration, comes because of the security lapses that allowed peace protesters — including an 82-year-old nun — to penetrate the plant’s highest security area early Saturday morning.

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Earth Minute: Extreme Weather, Climate Change, and Taking Action

Global Justice Ecology Project teams up with the Sojourner Truth show every Tuesday for an Earth Minute and every Thursday for an Earth Segment interview with front line activists from around the world.

This week’s Earth minute focuses on the extreme weather that has been taking its toll on the US and asks what we can do about it.

To listen to or download the show, click on the link below:

Earth Minute, July 10, 2012

The text from this week’s Earth Minute is below:

Increasing numbers of people across the US experienced the impacts of extreme weather last week–from the immense wildfires devouring Colorado, to the heatwave that broke 4000 records across the country, to the wild and freakish derecho storms that left millions without electricity.

The National Weather Service is warning that dryness and drought will continue to increase both in extent and intensity across much of the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys, the Corn Belt region, the middle and lower Mississippi Valley, and much of the Great Plains.

These impacts were predicted by climate scientists.  That they are now real should be enough to shove our collective consciousness into high gear to find real and just solutions to the climate crisis.

That there will be a great shift in the way humans live on this planet is not in question.  The question is, will we be proactive in developing a new way to live in harmony with the earth, or will we do nothing, and hope that our children can survive on a decimated planet?

For the Earth Minute and the Sojourner Truth show, this is Anne Petermann from Global Justice Ecology Project.

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Anti-fracking Blockade in Pennsylvania’s Moshannon State Forest

Cross-Posted from Marcellus Earth First!, 8 July 2012

Tree-Sitters Halt Hydrofracking Operations

Blockade at EQT frack site in Moshannon State Forest, PA.

Activists from Marcellus Earth First! have erected a slash pile blockade and two tree sits blocking an access road to an EQT hydro-fracking site in Moshannon State Forest in Clearfield County, PA., halting drilling operations set to begin this week. The blockaders were joined by 40 supporters and concerned citizens, who turned around a Halliburton truck. The blockade is trying to stop the further destruction of Pennsylvania’s state forests—more than half of which have already been leased for drilling—and call attention to the devastating effects of hydrofracking on the state’s communities. The sitters’ anchor lines are blocking the road by crossing each other and the road, and if an anchor line is cut a sitter will fall. This action has been coordinated as the post-Rendezvous action. Each Summer Earth First!ers and allies come together to skill share, take part in discussion workshops, and keep it wild in our last remaining wilderness places in the US. Following a week in the woods, we take part in an action in support of the local organizers hosting the camp out, also know as the Round River Rendezvous, or Rondy.

Today’s blockade is the latest in a series of escalating actions of resistance to the destructive impacts of hydrofracking in the Marcellus Shale. Last May, residents of Butler County occupied the office of State Representative Brian Ellis, demanding accountability for widespread contamination caused by horizontal drilling. In June, seven families, along with dozens of supporters, blocked the entrance to the Riverdale Mobile Home Community to prevent their imminent eviction at the hands of Aqua America PVR. Aqua sought to destroy their homes and construct a water withdrawal facility permitted to extract up to three million gallons of water from the Susquehanna River daily for use in fracking. Residents were able to maintain the blockade for 12 days. On June 17, 1,000 Ohioans stormed the statehouse in Columbus and passed a “people’s resolution” banning hydrofracking. Most recently, a 31-year-old landowner from Athens County, Ohio chained herself to concrete barrels and shut down operations at one of Ohio’s 170 injection wells, which contain about 95% of the toxic and radioactive fracking waste generated from Pennsylvania drilling.

Momentum in the anti-fracking battle will continue to build across the Marcellus and Utica shale regions throughout July. Next weekend, residents from Ohio and beyond will gather at an anti-fracking action camp in Youngstown and prepare to enforce the “people’s resolution” against fracking. The upcoming months show the beginnings of a national rebellion against extractive industry across the board. On July 28, anti-frackers from across the nation will gather in Washington D.C. for “Stop the Frack Attack,” the largest mobilization against fracking ever. In West Virginia, Appalachians and allies will stand together at the “Mountain Mobilization” and shut down an active strip mine the last week of July. In Montana,the “Coal Export Action”, a ten-day campaign of civil disobedience at the beginning of August will target coal shipments from strip mines in the Powder River Basin, overseas. And later in the month, Texas residents have called for the “Tar Sands Blockade” to block the recently approved southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Where the government has failed to act to protect communities and the earth from the ravages of an out-of-control energy industry, the people are rising up to resist. No matter where you live, you have the opportunity to join the fight for our future. Find your place, stand your ground, and in the words of Mother Jones, “Boogie Chilluns.”

For updates go to Marcellus Earth First!


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Brazil: Hundreds of Indigenous Peoples Occupy Belo Monte Dam Site

Note: At the same time that Rio+20 Earth Summit participants were wringing their hands over what to do about the destruction of the Earth’s life support systems, Indigenous Peoples in Brazil were taking direct action to stop the devastation of their homeland for a massive dam project being built to power aluminum smelting.

–The GJEP Team

By  Jun 28, 2012

Cross-Posted from Intercontinental Cry

Photo: www.xinguvivo.org.br

Hundreds of Indigenous Peoples from the Xingu River Basin have occupied a Belo Monte Dam construction site on Pimental Island in the Xingu River in Pará, Brazil.

The protest began on June 21st, just a few short days after the Xingu+23 anniversary gathering came to a close. The gathering, which ran parallel to the Rio+20 Summit, marked the first major victory against the Belo Monte Dam since 1989.

Initially the protest was led by a group of about 150 Xikrin Peoples; but after successfully managing to paralyze work at the construction site, the group was joined by representatives from the Juruna, Araweté, Assurini and Parakanã.

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Action Alert: Denounce the Murder of Fishermen/Activists in Rio

Repudiation on the murder of AHOMAR fishermen

Please send your signatures to: gabriel strautman

The undersigned social movements and civil society organizations express in this manifest their indignation for the brutal murder of Almir Nogueira de Amorim and João Luiz Telles Penetra, artisanal fishermen and members of Homens e Mulheres do Mar Association (AHOMAR) in the Guanabara Bay. We demand that the State of Rio de Janeiro and the Brazilian State to take immediate mesures to investigate the facts and to protect the lives of threatened fisher folk.Almir and Pituca were leaders of AHOMAR, a local fisherfolk organization, in struggle against the social and environmental impacts created by big economic investments that are making artisanal fishing impossible in the Guanabara Bay. Both went missing after going out to fish on friday, June 22nd 2012. Almir’s body was found on sunday, June 24th, tied to the boat, submerged close to the São Lourenço beach in Magé, Rio de Janeiro. The body of João Luiz Telles, Pituca, was found on monday, June 25th, with hands and feet tied in fetal position, close to the São Gonçalo beach.

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Quebec activists protest extreme energy plan at Rio+20

By Lindsey Gillies for Climate Connections

June 16 – Rio de Janeiro - Quebec Premier Jean Charest was greeted by a line of protesters wearing red and black patches at a Rio+20 event on his administration’s controversial $80bn industrial development scheme, the Plan Nord.

Amara Possian, Canadian youth climate activitist, handed out the patches before Charest took the stage.  Said Possian, “[We’re here] to show solidarity with the Quebec student strike and make Charest feel right at home as he tries to promote an unsustainable project to the globe. He is doing with Plan Nord what [Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Environment Minister Peter Kent] are doing with the Tar Sands- putting the interest of big polluting corporations ahead of people.”
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