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Journalist faces unprecedented criminal charges over coverage of Muskrat Falls protest

When Justin Brake made the move that would ultimately result in criminal charges against him, the journalist did not see himself as breaking the law.<p>He thought it would protect him.<p>A journalist with Newfoundland online news outlet The Independent, Mr. Brake was in the midst of an intensive stint of …

Journalism

Despite Terrorizing Black People, the Serial-Killing Suicide Bomber Was Not a Terrorist Because, Well ... He’s White

The words are back.<p>You know which words I’m talking about. The politically correct nouns, verbs and adjectives used to shield their sayers and …

Austin Bombings

The flawed case for fossil-fuel divestment raises a carbon debate

<i>Robert Walker is vice-president, Ethical Funds and ESG Services, at NEI Investments.</i><p>Climate change was raised as a global concern more than half a century ago. The cries of crisis were dismissed as fearmongering for much of this time. But no longer can any business, government or consumer deny the …

Roundup: The Met's controversial new logo, Shia LaBeouf in an elevator, L.A.'s future transit system

A new logo sends the art and design worlds spinning. An Egyptian gallery reopens after being shut down by authorities. Shia LaBeouf hangs out in an elevator. Plus: 3D printed re-creations of destroyed artifacts, the life of "Las Meninas" and Damien Hirst's new restaurant. Here's the Roundup:<p>— The …

The Point of No Return: Site C Hydro Dam

I want to tell him to be careful because the light rain we had this morning has made the compact snow slippery but he beats me to it.<p>“Watch your …

Scientists trace cancer-linked pollutant to oil sands stockpiles

Dust blown away from stockpiles left over after oil sands upgrading is very likely a key source of a cancer-linked pollutant commonly found in the …

Oil

Fracking waste more likely to be located in poor communities and neighborhoods of color

Hydraulic fracturing — using a high-pressure injection of liquid into rock to release natural gas or oil — involves using <i>a lot</i> of water. Once that …

Journalism

Instead of Pardon, Obama Gave Leonard Peltier a Death Sentence

This year’s anniversary of the arrest of Leonard Peltier is not like any other that had passed as he marks his 41st year behind bars a few weeks …

European Parliament Votes for Nature

2 Feb 2016<p>In a huge vote at the <b>European Parliament</b> this lunchtime, Europe’s political representatives have stood up to defend key under-threat EU …

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A public inquest will be held into the death of Deanna Renee Desjarlais, whose body was found in a British Columbia park. She was 27, originally from …

Caribou still under threat despite changing political climate, report says

A report released today by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society shows the woodland caribou are still under threat across the country.<p>But the …

Canada

Indigenous Brazilian Broadcasts Urgent Plea for Help

<i>“The Indigenous genocide of America is the biggest genocide in the world, and we must join forces and fight for the end of this violence.” Daiara</i> …

Brazil

Mrs. Universe calls for First Nations to vote out Harper

Days after being crowned Mrs. Universe, Canada’s Ashley Callingbull has called upon First Nations people to vote out Stephen Harper.<p>“I urge all First …

Are the Gulf's Marine Mammals Fluked?

Photo: NOAA<p>Among the oil rig inferno images that filled our TV and computer screens five years ago were birds smothered in brown crude and dolphins …

Oil & Gas Industry

The Munduruku Indians: Weaving Resistance

The Brazilian government is planning to build a vast number of big dams on the rivers around the Amazon Rainforest, destroying biodiversity and …

Why New York’s fracking ban is a victory for communities everywhere

From here on out, one fractivist tells Salon, “it’ll be hard to get people to believe there’s nothing they can do”<p>Fracking took a beating yesterday, when New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on the heels of a stern recommendation from the state's acting health commissioner, announced his intention to ban …

Obama Permanently Protects Alaska's Bristol Bay From Oil and Gas Development

In a victory for fisheries, recreational sportsmen, Native tribes, wildlife, local communities and the environment, President Obama Tuesday put …

Jellyfish are stepping up their ocean invasions—and humans are helping them

Jellyfish have a nifty trick: Out of nowhere one day, they’ll invade a patch of sea, hundreds of millions of them, clogging nets, beaches, even power-plant cooling systems that happen to be nearby. And then, just like that, they’ll disappear again for another few decades.<p>These cryptic cycles raise …

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Victory for Yukon Wilderness Is "Game-Changer"

Historic ruling protects much of pristine Peel River Watershed.<p>Environmentalists and indigenous people across northern Canada are celebrating a historic legal victory that protects one of the world's last major pristine river systems. In a December 2 ruling, Yukon Supreme Court Justice Ron Veale …

Animals out in the cold - in pictures

Japanese Macaques have a ‘hot tub culture’ and Emperor penguins huddle

Tribes buy final piece of Pe' Sla

The Great Sioux Nation has purchased the final 437 acres of Pe' Sla, a high mountain prairie that is sacred to the seven Native American tribes.<p>The …

How a ruby-red Texas town turned against fracking

Last month, Denton, a college town not far from Dallas, voted to ban hydraulic fracturing – thanks in no small part to a dedicated band of mainly female activists. How did they manage to beat big oil? Suzanne Goldenberg reports<p>Texas town makes history as residents say no to fracking<p>The fracking ban …

Strange Chinese Appetites Driving Wildlife Toward Extinction

A while back, we wrote about some of China’s more obnoxious exports to the United States – poisonous pet food, toxic drywall, <i>et al</i>. We thought – quixotically – that businesses and governments might think about this when considering trade arrangements with the world’s second largest economy.<p>Today, …

Once Thought Extinct, North America's Rarest Mammal May Bounce Back

The black-footed ferret is returning to prairies, but it still faces steep challenges.<p>The black-footed ferret, North America's rarest mammal, is returning to the western prairie 35 years after being declared extinct.<p>The comeback trail for Mustela nigripes began in 1981, when a ranch dog with a dead …

Scientists Say They've Figured Out Why Starfish Are Melting

From Mexico to Alaska, starfish have been mysteriously melting for more than a year. When a starfish first gets sick, its arms pretzel up and white lesions form on its skin. Next, the starfish, normally plush with water absorbed to keep its shape, starts to deflate. Then suddenly, its limbs begin …

Keystone XL Heads to Senate Vote

A single vote in the Senate on Tuesday could determine the fate of legislation that fast-tracks approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. …

5 Unions Oppose Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline and Efforts to Force Its Approval

In advance of a major Senate vote later today on whether to approve Keystone XL, five unions representing workers in nursing, health and domestic care, and public transit have released a statement opposing the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and efforts to force its approval. The Senate is scheduled …

Small fish in a big pond: the plight of the lemon damsel fish

Research by marine scientists into Great Barrier Reef fish populations remind us of the need to protect the tiny creatures in a vast ocean<p>Back when Bill Clinton was the president of the United States, UTS professor David Booth and his wife Gigi Beretta started an extraordinary experiment that …