By Julia Conley
The fight to protect land, homes, livelihoods, and wildlife from destructive, pollution-causing industries turned deadly for more than 160 environmental defenders in 2018, international human rights group Global Witness revealed Monday night in a new report.
Organizers campaigning against the destruction of the environment face governments, contract killers, and private security firms trying to stop them—sometimes working together. In total, 164 people were murdered last year while fighting such forces as the mining, logging, and agribusiness industries from taking over swathes of ancestral lands, communities, and natural habitats.
Read more via Disturbing New Report Reveals How Many Environmental Activists Are Murdered Each Week —
Chlorpyrifos—described by some as “the most dangerous pesticide you’ve never heard of”—is an insect-killing organophosphate. Organophosphates trace their roots back to Nazi-era IG Farben nerve gases; contemporary scientists still describe the compounds as “junior-strength nerve agents” that have a mechanism of action comparable to sarin. Dow Chemical—the company that helped bring the world mustard gas during World War I and napalm and Agent Orange during the Vietnam war—is the manufacturer of chlorpyrifos-containing insecticides.
Read more via Chlorpyrifos: Playing Pesticide Politics with Children’s Health — Collective Evolution
Australia’s massive deforestation in the east coast is a threat to the habitation of koalas and other native species living there.
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) headed by the president Pavan Sukhdev has given a warning to Australian leaders about the danger in extinction of koalas by 2050.
Read more via World Wildlife Fund Warns Australia That Deforestation Would Lead To The Extinction of Koalas By 2050 — True Activist
(TMU) — In a big win for animal rights advocates, Canada will no longer allow whales, dolphins and porpoises to be bred and held in captivity for the purpose of entertainment.
The Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act, which was passed by Canada’s parliament on Monday, will ensure that cetaceans—or aquatic mammals—will no longer be subject to the trauma of confinement in aquatic entertainment parks, which animal rights activists have blasted as amounting to a system of animal cruelty.
Read more via Canada Officially Bans Dolphin and Whale Captivity — The Anti-Media
Dr. Mercola, Guest
Exposure to electromagnetic field (EMF) and radiofrequency (RF) radiation is an ever-growing health risk in the modern world. The Cellular Phone Task Force website1 has a long list of governments and organizations that have issued warnings or banned wireless technologies of various kinds and under various circumstances, starting in 1993.
A long list of organizations representing doctors and scientists are also among them, including an appeal for protection from nonionizing EMF exposure by more than 230 international EMF scientists to the United Nations in 2015, which notes that:2
Read more & videos via The 5G War – Technology Versus Humanity — Waking Times
Elias Marat, TMU
In Denmark’s Faroe Islands, the centuries-old tradition of butchering whales was in full-swing last week as the waters off of Torshavn Bay were turned into a sea of deep red. Anywhere from 130-150 pilot whales and 10-20 white-sided dolphins were brutally killed in the annual mass hunt.
The summer slaughter brings the number of slaughtered sea mammals—or cetaceans—to about 500 as of this year—par for the course in an old tradition dubbed Grindadráp by the local Danish community.
Read more via Sea Turns Red With Blood After 150 Whales and Dolphins Slaughtered — Waking Times
It’s hard to comprehend how some people can take pleasure out of killing innocent animals that mean them no harm.
In a shocking series of photos that have surfaced on Facebook, a group of heartless poachers in Malaysia are seen posing with the carcass of a rare clouded leopard, seemingly taking pleasure at the poor animal’s death. The beautifully-marked cat species, known scientifically as Neofelis nebulosa, is identified as “vulnerable” in the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s list of animals nearing extinction, making the incident truly atrocious.
Read more & photos via Cold-Blooded Poachers Have a Field Day Posing with Rare Leopard Species They Murdered — True Activist