Standing Rock protesters evicted by police at gunpoint

February 24, 2017 by  
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Yesterday police in riot gear evicted Standing Rock protesters after an evacuation deadline passed. Though the majority of demonstrators left the Oceti Sakowin camp before the February 22nd deadline, about 50 Dakota Access Pipeline protesters remained. Most of these passive resistors – including veterans and tribal elders – were arrested at gunpoint by officers clad in full riot gear. The raid was livestreamed on Facebook over the course of 4 hours throughout the day. The initial evacuation was ordered on the pretext of protecting demonstrators from seasonal floods, which could potentially affect the area. While this is certainly a legitimate concern, the fact that over 200 police officers were sent to clear the area, armed with rifles and military-style equipment, makes it clear that the protesters’ safety isn’t Governor Doug Burgam’s main priority. Related: Judge throws out request to halt Dakota Access Pipeline construction Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier told ABC News in a statement, “I am very happy to say that we finally introduced rule of law in the Oceti camp. I am hopeful that this announcement brings us closer to finality in what has been an incredibly challenging time for our citizens and law enforcement professionals. Having dealt with riots, violence, trespassing and property crimes, the people of Morton County are looking forward to getting back to their normal lives.” For many of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe members, there is no “normal life” to get back to. Now that the pipeline construction is slated to go forward , they live in fear that a catastrophic oil spill could put their community’s access to clean water at peril. The “violence, trespassing, and property crimes” they’ve been subject to at the hands of police in the past year include being attacked by security dogs , blasted with water cannons at hypothermia-inducing temperatures, and having land they claim was granted to them as part of a 1851 treaty given away to oil companies by the federal government. Related: Trump claims he received no calls about the Keystone and Dakota pipelines Though the protests are Standing Rock have been ended by force, the movement to force banks to stop supporting the Dakota Access Pipeline continues. Oakland , Los Angeles , and New York City are just a few of the local governments urged to divest from the pipeline. Seattle has already voted to end all financial support of the project by moving $3 billion of the city’s funds from Wells Fargo. Via ABC News Images via Kelly Hayes , Unicorn Riot , Jamil Dakwar , Standing Rock Rising

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Huge Shell oil spill in Niger Delta is largest in six years

December 5, 2014 by  
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The Niger Delta has seen oil spills before, with leaky oil pipes being a regular event. However, local fisherman were shocked at the scale of the latest spill from Shell’s facility  at Bonny Island in Nigeria, which has poured into the delta’s swamps and nearby ocean. According to an investigation launched by Shell and the local government, oil equivalent to 3,800 barrels has been released, ranking it as the worst spill  in Nigeria for years. Read the rest of Huge Shell oil spill in Niger Delta is largest in six years Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Africa , ecological damage , environmental disasters , fossil fuel , fossil fuels , Niger Delta oil , nigeria , oil , oil spills , Shell

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New “Polar Code” Signed to Protect Polar Regions as Shipping Increases

November 21, 2014 by  
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The International Maritime Organization has just signed off on an International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters, more simply known as the Polar Code . This was developed in response to already increasing shipping activity in the polar regions, which is expected to grow further in the Arctic in particular due to reductions in sea ice . New shipping lanes are opening, making it necessary to adopt measures to protect sailors and passengers in such dangerous conditions, as well as to protect the vulnerable polar regions from environmental disasters. Read the rest of New “Polar Code” Signed to Protect Polar Regions as Shipping Increases Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: antarctica , Arctic , Climate Change , environmental disaster , global warming , ice caps melting , IMO , increased shipping in Arctic , industrial accident , International Maritime Organization , marine , marine safety , melting sea ice , north pole , ocean , oil spills , polar , polar regions , SEA , shipping , Shipping lanes , south pole

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Eerie Photo Landscapes by Lori Nix Warn of an Apocalypytic Future

September 29, 2014 by  
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Gorgeous Timber Cultural Institute Modeled After Cree Longhouses in Quebec

September 29, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Gorgeous Timber Cultural Institute Modeled After Cree Longhouses in Quebec Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “natural materials” , Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute , Cree Culture , Cree people , Cree vernacular , eco design , green design , LEED-seeking , locally sourced wood , Ouje-Bougoumou , quebec , Rubin and Rotman Architects , sustainable design , vernacular architecture

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INFOGRAPHIC: A Look at Earth’s Oceans, and How We Can Help to Keep Them Healthy

July 28, 2014 by  
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Did you know that our tears have the same percentage of salt as seawater? Or that 90% of the ocean is yet unmapped, and would take 125 years to explore? Most people aren’t aware of just how vital our oceans are, or that untold damage has been done to them over the past half-century. In the last decade alone, 600,000 barrels of oil have been accidentally spilled from various ships per year , and the cumulative damage being done to ocean ecosystems from spills, garbage dumping , and chemical waste water is downright horrifying. This infographic offers both a sobering look at the damage humans have done to these waters , and advice on how each and every one of us can do our part to set things right, for all life on Earth. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: A Look at Earth’s Oceans, and How We Can Help to Keep Them Healthy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Avoca , Earth’s oceans , keep oceans healthy , ocean , ocean health , Ocean Oil Spill , Ocean Plastic , ocean pollution , oceans , oil spill , oil spills , plastic , plastic free , plastics , SEA , SEAS , sustainable fishing , water health , water pollution

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LEGO’s Partnership with Shell Pollutes Kids’ Imaginations Along with the Planet

July 9, 2014 by  
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Picture a group of children playing with their favorite LEGO set. Their imaginations will be running wild as they pop those little blocks together, building all kinds of structures and making the smiling characters take part in any number of cool adventures. In this particular LEGO set, huskies and polar bears frolic about on ice floes while folks with families fish in the water nearby. Now, picture those same kids pouring crude oil all over the scene for accuracy’s sake. Sounds horrific, doesn’t it? Well, it may not be all that far-fetched: LEGO’s partnership with Shell has toy sets and bricks branded with the oil company’s logo in one of the most inappropriate partnerships imaginable. Read the rest of LEGO’s Partnership with Shell Pollutes Kids’ Imaginations Along with the Planet Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Arctic , Arctic Drilling , Children , Climate Change , deep sea drilling , drilling , environmental destruction , flaring , fracking , gas , lego , lego block shell , legoblockshell , oil , oil and gas , oil drilling , oil spill , oil spills , penguins , petrochemical , petrochemical industry , polar bears , Pollution , Shell , toys

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ASMO Phone Charger Stops Eating Energy When You Unplug Your Phone

July 9, 2014 by  
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ASMO is the first mobile phone charger in the world that does not consume standby power. Every year, energy waste from the world’s 6.8 billion mobile phones costs us the equivalent of power produced by two nuclear plants . And the figures and waste are growing all the time. Which is why this simple gadget has the potential to revolutionize global electricity consumption. Unlike other chargers, ASMO automatically stops drawing energy when the phone is unplugged, yet it also fires right back up when the phone is plugged back in. The most common question we hear is: “How come no one has not come up with that idea yet?” Honestly, we don’t know. Luckily, we’ve got a patent pending. Just replace your old mobile charger with this unique technology, keep calm and start saving. If you’d like to own one of your own, check out the ASMO Kickstarter campaign . + ASMO Charger The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , ASMO Charger , charger that stops charging , clean tech , eco design , Energy Savings , green design , green gadgets , green mobile phone charger , mobile phone charger , reader submitted content , sustainable design , unplugged charger stops charging

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Burst Pipe Spills 10,000 Gallons of Crude Oil Onto the Streets of Los Angeles

May 15, 2014 by  
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10,000 gallons of oil spilled onto the streets of Los Angeles last night when a pipe burst at a transfer station in Atwater Village near Glendale. Fire crews worked to contain the spill overnight and an environmental cleaning crew is mopping up the remains this morning. A small number of businesses in the area were affected by the spill, and four people were evaluated for respiratory conditions with two taken to hospital for further observation. Read the rest of Burst Pipe Spills 10,000 Gallons of Crude Oil Onto the Streets of Los Angeles Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: crude oil , environmental disasters , Glendale , LA oil spill , Los Angeles oil spill , oil on the streets of LA , oil pipeline , oil spills

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Dolphins Affected by the 2010 BP Oil Spill are Sicker than We Thought

December 19, 2013 by  
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A new study has shown that the tragic 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has left dolphins in Barataria Bay much more sickly than originally thought. After studying 32 dolphins that live in the Louisiana waters, scientists found the spill’s lasting effects have left many of them in poor condition; the spill has also been cited as a contributing factor to the unusually high mortality rate of dolphins since 2010. Read the rest of Dolphins Affected by the 2010 BP Oil Spill are Sicker than We Thought Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BP oil spill 2010 , BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico , eco design , gulf of mexico oil spill , Gulf oil spill is making dolphins sick , oil spills , sickly dolphins Barataria Bay , sustainable design , what is making Gulf of Mexico dolphins sick?        

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