Beaver numbers in Scotland more than double in three years, study shows

Support us and go ad-freeThe number of beavers in Scotland has more than doubled in the last three years, according to a new study. Bouncing back NatureScot, the country’s public body for natural heritage, found about 1,000 of the animals now reside in territories which have also more than doubled to 251. The range of where these territories are has grown too, from Glen Isla to Dundee and Stirling, Forfar to Crianlarich – and likely to expand into Loch Lomond in the future. Robbie Kernahan, NatureScot director of sustainable growth, said: Wildlife is declining in Scotland so this extensive survey, which reveals an increasing beaver population, is great…

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Steven Donziger, Lawyer Who Sued Chevron over Amazon Oil Spills, Marks 2 Years Under House Arrest

Protests across the United States are calling for the immediate release of environmental and human rights lawyer Steven Donziger, who has been held under house arrest in New York for two years after being targeted by the oil giant Chevron. Donziger sued the oil giant in Ecuador on behalf of 30,000 Amazonian Indigenous people for dumping 16 billion gallons of oil into their ancestral lands. Ecuador’s Supreme Court ordered Chevron to pay $18 billion a decade ago, a major victory for the environment and corporate accountability. But Chevron refused to pay or clean up the land, and instead launched a legal attack targeting Donziger in the United States.…

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A Cycle of War Crimes: Today’s Crisis in Afghanistan Grew Out of 20 Years of U.S. War

As the United Nations Security Council holds an emergency session to discuss the crisis in Afghanistan, we speak with Polk Award-winning journalist Matthieu Aikins, who is based in Kabul. The Taliban have been seizing territory for months as U.S. troops withdraw from the country, and the group is now on the verge of taking several provincial capitals. “In the 13 years I’ve been working here, I’ve never seen a situation as grim,” says Aikins. Source link

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Five Kill The Bill protesters were just sentenced to over 14 years in jail. They need our support.

Support us and go ad-freeOn Friday 30 July, five Kill the Bill protesters were collectively sentenced to over 14 years in jail. Four people pleaded guilty to riot in relation to protests in Bristol on 21 March. They received sentences ranging from 3 years and 3 months to 3 years and 11 months. One person pleaded guilty to public indecency and was sentenced to five months. In response, Bristol Anarchist Black Cross (ABC) and Bristol Defendant Solidarity (BDS) have issued a joint statement. It sets out exactly why we all need to act in solidarity with those imprisoned and those still facing charges. Entitled We are proud of…

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After two years of hot air, charities demand Boris Johnson honours his care pledge

Support us and go ad-freeCharities say they will continue working to make sure the government doesn’t “forget the commitment it has made”. This is in reference to the prime minister’s promise to fix the social care crisis, made exactly two years ago. An empty promise? Age UK analysed data from NHS Digital. It said local authorities in England have turned down some 1.4 million requests for care from older people since Boris Johnson’s historic pledge. This equates to nearly 14,000 people aged 65 and over a week not getting the vital care and support they believe they need. In 24% of these cases, the local council found they…

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After 140 Years, Native Youth Lead Return of 10 Children’s Remains from Carlisle Indian School in PA

The remains of nine Indigenous children were buried by the Rosebud Sioux in South Dakota after being transferred back from the former Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania, where the children were forcibly sent over 140 years ago. Carlisle was the first government boarding school off reservation land, and it set the standard for other schools with its motto, “Kill the Indian, Save the Man.” The schools were known for their brutal assimilation practices that forced students to change their clothing, language and culture. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe negotiated the return of the children’s remains buried at the school, and a caravan of Rosebud Sioux youth returned them to…

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‘Major structural damage’ had been identified years before Miami building collapsed

Support us and go ad-freeA 2018 report found evidence of major damage in the high-rise South Florida building that partially collapsed last week. The report raised concerns about “cracking and spalling” in the parking garage of Champlain Towers South in Surfside. The report also raised concerns about structural damage to the concrete slab beneath the pool deck. Some residents have told NBC News they weren’t told about the findings of the report. It’s not yet clear what the exact cause of the partial pancake collapse of the building on 24 June was. As search efforts continue, the death toll has been rising. 12 people have been found dead so far,…

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Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab’s mobile number has been online for years

Support us and go ad-freeFresh questions for the security services have been raised after it emerged Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab’s private mobile number has been available online for a number of years. The discovery came weeks after it was revealed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s phone number was freely available on the internet for more than a decade. The Foreign Office said on Tuesday Raab’s number and other private information was swiftly removed once the department was made aware of the oversight. Since 2010 The Guardian, which first reported the number’s availability after being notified by a reader, said it appeared to have been online since before he became…

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Ministers accused of ‘covering up’ underfunding of early years education

A new report by an early years organisation says ministers knew they were underfunding the sector, passing on the costs to parents and driving down quality. Early Years Alliance (EYA) conducted a two year FOI investigation. The alliance found that the Department for Education (DfE) only gave local authorities two-thirds of the money needed to fully fund early years places for three and four year olds. Research has previously found that missing out on good quality early years education disproportionately affects disadvantaged children. Lowered quality The data EYA obtained from the DfE shows that in 2015 civil servants estimated that funding early years places for three and four-year-olds…

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50 Years After Pentagon Papers, Ellsberg Reveals U.S. Weighed 1958 Nuclear Strike on China over Taiwan

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! I’m Amy Goodman. This week does mark the 50th anniversary since The New York Times published the first excerpts of the Pentagon Papers, leaked by our guest, the legendary whistleblower Dan Ellsberg. Last month, he made headlines again after sharing a top-secret document with The New York Times revealing that the U.S. military in 1958 pressed then-President Dwight Eisenhower to prepare a nuclear first strike against mainland China during the Taiwan Strait crisis. The document shows U.S. military planners were ready to accept the risk that at the time the…

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