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Resistance Radio – Deborah Tabart – 03.19.17

Deborah Tabart OAM, CEO of the Australian Koala Foundation, is fondly known as the Koala Woman. She has been at her post since February 1988. At that time she was told to raise $5m and “save the Koala.” Since then, Deborah has focussed her attention on mapping Koala habitat. If you cannot save a habitat, you will never save any species. The AKF takes no Government funding and has, over the years spoken more and more confidently about the plight of the Koala. The AKF scientifically estimates there are between 50,000 and 100,000 Koalas in the wild remaining. Deborah believes that the lower number is the accurate figure. Between 1890 and 1927, the AKF has found manifests for 8m koala skins which were sold on the New York and London fur market. Today we discuss the plight of the koalas.

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Melissa Breyer – Animals are smarter than most people think

Dutch primatologist Frans de Waal is one of many scientists rethinking the way we think about animals thinking. Gus Lubin at Business Insider asks what’s the smartest species in the world? “You might think it’s humans by a long shot,” he continues, “but the reality is a lot more complicated.” I’m guessing that a lot of you reading this wouldn’t …

Tom Engelhardt – Tomgram: Engelhardt, Will Trump Make 1984 Look Like a Nursery Tale?

[Note for TomDispatch Readers: It’s that moment when TomDispatch closes down until the New Year. Let me just remind all TD readers in this holiday season that, with the age of Trump just ahead, this site is digging in for the long haul. As a start, many thanks to all of you subscribers who responded in such a heartfelt manner …

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Zarah Strong – Why Donkeys Are (Often) Better Than Dogs At Guarding Livestock

It’s not uncommon to see dogs in pastures with livestock to serve as protection from predators, but many people do not realize that donkeys can be excellent guards, as well. They are typically suited for protecting calves, sheep and goats, and will easily fend off canine attackers, fox or even bobcats. Of course, as it is with dogs, they should …

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Senay Boztas – Poo power: Dutch dairy industry launches €150m biogas project

The air smells fruity, slightly alcoholic. Against the strong hum of machinery, 175 cows are eating hay. As their dung drops to the slatted floor, a machine sweeps it through and it runs underneath the barn to a futuristic dome outside. The Heegs’ 75-hectare family farm in remote Friesland, in the north-west of the Netherlands, where cows outnumber people almost …

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An unbalance in nutrients threatens plant biodiversity

An unnatural balance of nutrients threatens biodiversity in a survival of the fittest scenario, according to the results of a world-first global experiment published in the prestigious Nature journal. Professor Jennifer Firn, from QUT’s Science and Engineering Faculty, is part of a global network of researchers who have tested the impact increased nutrient levels is having on grasslands across six continents. The …

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Marjorie Cohn – Numbers in Obama’s Drone Deaths Report Just Don’t Add Up

More than three years after President Barack Obama pledged to be transparent about the United States’ lethal drone program, his administration has finally come forward with an accounting of the numbers of civilian deaths that resulted from drone strikes between Jan. 20, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2015. But they only cover airstrikes “outside areas of active hostilities,” which encompasses Pakistan, …

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COLIN TODHUNTER – Violence on the Factory Farm: How Not to Feed the World

The amount of meat humans eat is immense. In 1965, 10 billion livestock animals were slaughtered each year. That number is now over 55 billion. Factory farming is the fastest growing method of animal production worldwide. While industrialised nations dominate this form of farming, developing countries are rapidly expanding and intensifying their production systems. Violence on the farm A new virtual …

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Colin Todhunter – The Toxic Agriculture Of Monsanto And Big Agribusiness vs Agroecology Rooted In Communities And Locally Owned

Based on the results on his farm in Gujarat, Indian farmer and campaigner Bhaskar Save demonstrated that by using traditional methods, his yields were superior to any farm using chemicals in terms of quantity, nutritional quality, biological diversity, ecological sustainability, water conservation, energy efficiency and economic profitability. Bhaskar Save died in October, but in 2006 he published a now quite …