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Spanish Rangers Fear for Lives since Double Murder a Year Ago this Week – January 19, 2018

The killing of two wildlife defenders marked a chilling turning point for colleagues facing increasing violence in the line of duty

On a hill above the olive trees and dun scrublands of western Catalonia, two rusty iron silhouettes maintain a still and silent vigil. One peers out over the land through a pair of binoculars; the other kneels and holds a bird forever on the cusp of release.

photo of Mitsubish Agents RuralsPhoto by AsPARC, via Wikimedia CommonsLast January, two rangers called in a dead animal they passed on the road in western Catalonia. They drove on to make sure hunters hadn't strayed into a protected area in the region, and were soon shot by a hunter named Ismael Rodríguez.

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by: The Guardian

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New York City’s Fossil Fuel Divestment Could Spur Global Shift – January 12, 2018

Economists say city’s status as financial and cultural giant means move will catalyze others around the world to follow

New York City’s decision to sever ties with its fossil fuel investments is set to prove a catalyst to other cities in the face of the Trump administration’s staunch support for coal, oil, and gas interests, according to several leading economists.

photo of new york city winterPhoto by Roman Kruglov>New York City's plans to divest $5 billion from fossil fuel-linked money could build the momentum required to stave off the worst consequences of climate change.

On Wednesday, city officials announced that New York was to divest its pension funds of about $5 billion in fossil fuel-linked money… more

by: The Guardian

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FERC Rejects Trump Plan to Prop Up Coal and Nuclear Power Plants – January 9, 2018

Unexpected decision by Republican-controlled energy agency is a blow to the president’s promise to revive US coal industry

An independent energy agency on Monday rejected a Trump administration plan to bolster coal-fired and nuclear power plants with subsidies, dealing a blow to the president’s high-profile mission to revive the struggling coal industry.

photo of trump digs coal signPhoto by Tammy Anthony BakerFERC unexpectedly rejected Trump's plan to provide provide fresh government support for coal-fired and nuclear power plants. 

The decision by the Republican-controlled Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) was unexpected and comes amid repeated promises by Trump to rejuvenate coal as the nation’s top power source. The industry has been besieged by multiple bankruptcies and a steady loss… more

by: The Guardian

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Community Leader Tortured and Killed for Opposing Land Trafficking in Peru – January 4, 2018

José Napoleón Tarrillo Astonitas murdered for work to protect Chaparrí Ecological Reserve, say local witnesses

A criminal gang involved in land trafficking has tortured and murdered a community leader in northern Peru, according to his wife and local villagers who witnessed the killing.

José Napoleón Tarrillo Astonitas, 50, was attacked by four men in his home on Saturday night. His wife, Flor Vallejos, told police he was bound by his hands and feet, beaten with a stick and strangled with an electric cable.

photo of spectacled bearPhoto by Santiago RonLocal witnesses say Astonitas was killed for his effort to protect Chaparrí Ecological Reserve, which has one of the largest populations of the spectacled bear in South America.

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by: The Guardian

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Vehicles Now America’s Biggest CO2 Source But EPA Is Tearing Up Regulations – January 1, 2018

Transport overtook power generation for climate-warming emissions in 2017 as the Trump administration is reversing curbs on auto industry pollution

Some of the most common avatars of climate change — hulking power stations and billowing smokestacks — may need a slight update. For the first time in more than 40 years, the largest source of greenhouse gas pollution in the US isn’t electricity production but transport — cars, trucks, planes, trains, and shipping.

photo of trafficPhoto by Jim Sheaffer In 2016, US transportation carbon emissions increased nearly 2 percent on the previous year, making transportation the most polluting sector in the country.

Emissions data has placed transport as the new king of climate-warming pollution at a time when the Trump administration… more

by: The Guardian

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