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Thursday, 26 October


First vaquita rescued in bid to save the porpoise from extinction "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

For the first time, a team of scientists has captured and then released a vaquita (Phocoena sinus), a rare porpoise in the Gulf of California, as part of a project called VaquitaCPR aimed at hauling the critically endangered species back from the edge of extinction. The successful rescue made conservation history and demonstrates that the goal of VaquitaCPR is feasible, said Rafael Pacchiano, the minister of the environment and natural resources in Mexico, in a statement. No one has ever captured and cared for a vaquita porpoise, even for a brief period of time. Members of VaquitaCPR scan the sea for signs of vaquita in the Gulf of California. Photo credit: VaquitaCPR. The VaquitaCPR team, comprising members from at least seven countries, caught a 6-month-old calf on Oct. 19 with the aid of underwater acoustic monitoring, but team veterinarians noticed that the animal seemed to be stressed out. Once they had taken tissue samples for later genetic testing, they released it back into the location where they had found it. While we were disappointed we could not keep the vaquita in human care, we have demonstrated that we are able to locate and capture a vaquita, said Lorenzo Rojas-Bracho, a government scientist and the head of VaquitaCPR, in the statement. Short for Vaquita Conservation, Protection and Recovery, VaquitaCPR is a Mexican government-led project aiming to find the porpoises in the wild and house them in specially built pens. Its a last-ditch effort to save the remaining vaquita, whose numbers have declined to fewer than 30, one that

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Wednesday, 25 October


Surgeon Comforts Orphaned Wombat In The Middle Of The Night "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

A little wombat lost everything along a road in Australia after her mother was hit and killed by a car but now she's getting the love and comfort she needs. 

"That is a common reason for wombats and other species coming into care," Dr. Howard Ralph, a veterinary surgeon who founded Southern Cross Wildlife Care (SCWC), told The Dodo. "Rosie came to us because she had been hiding in her dead mothers pouch for several days and the carer rightly felt that Rosie was very unwell and was not interested in drinking a bottle."

Credit: Howard Ralph

It was the early hours of the morning when Dr. Ralph comforted Rosie, giving her treatment for severe dehydration and pneumonia. This is often the life of a wildlife veterinarian so devoted his patients.

"We often are involved in late night care of patients," Dr. Ralph said. "The need is enormous ... The days are usually consumed by the urgent matters that often continue into the night and early morning with intensive care." 

Credit: Howard Ralph

Credit: Howard Ralph

Dr. Ralph has been helping wildlife for many years even as a kid he was fascinated by wild animals. Later, he knew he wanted to become a veterinarian.

"During my time at university studying veterinary medicine, it became apparent to me that wildlife generally did not receive the degree of respect that was due and that existed for other species such as domestic patients," Dr. Ralph said. "During my childhood and later as a teacher in Papua New Guinea I had regular contact with wild creatures so that a certain rapport became established early. After graduation the contact with wild patients gradually increased until eventually I undertook post graduate study in wildlife medicine."

Now that he founded and runs SCWC, he gets to spend much of his time helping all kinds of animals who live...


Blockade Stops Logging, Forest Protectors Need Help "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

McKENZIE BRIDGE, OR On October 23, Cascadia Forest Defenders [CFD] erected a road blockade at the entrance to the W Timber Sale to protest the current logging on National Forest Land. Already clashes have resulted in one... Read More

The post Blockade Stops Logging, Forest Protectors Need Help appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.


Ten People Face Court Over Efforts to Stop Adanis Dangerous Coal Mine "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

from Frontline Action

Bowen, 24th October: Ten people will face court in Bowen and Townsville today for participating in peaceful civil disobedience to stop mining giant Adani building their mega coal mine in Central Queensland.

Three people are facing charges of failure to move on after they peacefully occupied Adanis Townsville Headquarters, five people are facing trespass charges for blockading the road into Adanis Abbot Point coal port and two women are facing railway interference charges after they blocked the rail line into the port.

Speaking about why he occupied Adanis offices, grandfather and former business-man Garry Kelly said:

I must do whatever I can to ensure my children and grandchildren arent forced to endure a future that has been wrecked by the corporate greed of the fossil fuel industry.

Joel Rosenzveig who occupied Adanis headquarters said:

The approval of and taxpayer loan to the Adani mine speaks to a corrupt, impotent and irrelevant political class wholly compromised by the fossil fuel lobby. I stand by my actions in Townsville, but regret that they seem the only avenue left in helping to protect our national interest. I hope that history will reveal who are the real criminals in this struggle.

Emma Briggs, who blocked the rail line into Abbot Point, said:

Australia and the world cannot afford to allow Adanis coal mine to go ahead and it has been left to the ordinary citizens of this country to show our leaders the way forward to a sustainable existence on this planet.

John Ross, a nurseryman from Coramba, near Coffs Harbour, said:

India and the world do not need or want Adanis coal and the majority of Australians do not want this disastrous mine. I am...


Dog's Perfect 'Mop' Costume Just Won Halloween "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Sure, there is no shortage of cute and clever outfits for pets to put on in celebration of Halloween (if they're up for it, of course). But while its one thing to wear a costume, its another thing entirely to actually be the costume.

Just ask this adorable pup named Keki aka "Mop Dog."

Credit: All Creatures Animal Hospital

The sweet puli, a Hungarian livestock dog known for their long, curly locks, was a standout among costumed canines at last Sunday's MainStrasse Paw-Rade in Covington, Kentucky. It wasn't a contest, per se, but she more than "cleaned up" in the praise department. 

"This is the greatest thing in the world right now," Twitter user Darth wrote.

Capturing the essence of that ubiquitous floor-cleaning implement is no easy task. Well, except for Keki.

Clearly, she's owning this.

The best thing about her "Mop Dog" costume is the leisurely way she got to parade it about.

Rather than waddle around in some more cumbersome cos...


Black rhinos in Tanzania now monitored via sensors implanted directly in their horns "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

In a first for the species, several black rhinos in Tanzanias Mkomazi National Park have had small, networked sensors embedded directly in their horns in order to allow park rangers to monitor the animals much more closely than in the past. The sensors make use of LoRaWAN technology (which stands for Long Range Wide Area Network), a wireless communication protocol and system architecture that is expected to do for the Internet of Things (IoT) what 3G and 4G connectivity did for mobile phone networks. In other words, LoRaWAN is designed to allow low-powered devices, like sensors in rhino horns, to communicate with Internet-connected devices, like computers in a ranger station, over long-range wireless networks. The sensors were deployed by a company called The Internet of Life, which uses IoT technology to protect endangered wildlife, and the ShadowView Foundation, which specializes in applying innovative new technologies to environmental and wildlife conservation. Instead of GPS, a relatively power-hungry technology, the battery-powered sensors use a geolocation system developed by a company called Semtech that makes it possible to update the rhinos location as much as a couple times every hour. Many GPS-enabled IoT applications consume so much energy that updates are only possible once or twice a day. All of the location data generated by the sensors is transmitted to a command center, where each black rhino being tracked appears on a digital map. Various other systems are integrated into this control room, according to project leader and Internet of Life founder Tim

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Tuesday, 24 October


Mischievous Baby Orca Sneaks Up On Unsuspecting Swimmers "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

It's beach season in New Zealand, and hundreds of people were enjoying the sun and surf at Hahei Beach last week when some of them got a very unexpected visitor.

Credit: Kelly Lindsay/Storyful

Four wild orcas were thought to be hunting stingrays off the coast when one of the baby orcas became curious and swam right up to people wading in the clear water. And the sight of a dorsal fin coming straight at them sent the swimmers scurrying for the shore. 

Credit: Kelly Lindsay/Storyful

Credit: Storyful/YouTube

Orcas are very intelligent and social animals who stick with their families their whole lives, and baby orcas like this one learn to hunt from their parents and relatives in their pod. 

Credit: Kelly Lindsay/Storyful

So maybe the beachgoers were right to be startled by the baby orca he might have been practicing his newly acquired skills on them. 

But the swimmers had no hard feelings toward the little orca. "He's just playing," one person can be heard saying. ...

Monday, 23 October


Death of journalist sparks national debate about domestic violence "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

With the country's outcry to claims of brutal Domestic Violence leading to the death of a prominent PNG Journalist, it is clear that PNG men and women by heart know that 'Our PNG Ways' is not one of domestice violence or any kind of violence for that matter. The 5th National Goal and Directive Principle in our Constitution promotes our 'PNG WAYS'. Stop the violence, that is not 'Our Model of Development'.

Source: The Guardian

Aunt uses eulogy to allege Rosalyn Albaniel Evara had been violently assaulted and to show graphic photos of the 41-year-olds bruised body

Rosalyn Albaniel Evara was a journalist for Papua New Guineas largest newspaper, the Post-Courier.


The death of a high-profile Papua New Guinean journalist at the age of 41 has sparked a national debate about the countrys continuing epidemic of violence against women, after graphic photographs were shown at her funeral.

Family members of Rosalyn Albaniel Evara, who was an editor at PNGs largest newspaper, have received support from the Port Moresby governor for their calls for a police investigation into her death.

Evara died last week after she collapsed at her Port Moresby home, and was rushed to hospital. The Post-Courier journalist was farewelled at a funeral in Port Moresby on Monday, where an aunt, Mary Albaniel, used her eulogy to allege Evara had been violently assaulted.

Albaniel, wearing a say no to violence T-shirt, showed photographs of her battered body and alleged a history of abuse.

When I heard that you died, I regretted that I should have done more than just talk to you, but how? said Albaniel.

She said they discovered the bruises when preparing Evaras body, and decided to take photos in the hope it may lead to criminal prosecution.

Albaniel told the Guardian she felt compelled to raise the allegations at the funeral, which was attended by Evaras husband.

Im using the same surname as the deceaseds maiden name. To continue advocating in my job as a defender of human rights would be useless if I cant get justice done,...

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