Archive | November 23, 2016

U.K. Judge ‘being driven from the public service’ for Backing Natural Marriage*

U.K. Judge ‘being driven from the public service’ for Backing Natural Marriage*

By Steve Weatherbe

Former judge Richard Page is suing the National Health Service in England for refusing to consider him for a director’s job he held for four years because he said in court and in the news media that children do better with a father and a mother of different sexes.

“Richard is being driven from the public service,” said Andrea Williams, head of the Christian Legal Centre, “simply for expressing the widely-held, lawful belief that children ideally need a mother and a father.”

Page has also made no bones about being an evangelical Christian who believes homosexual activity is a sin. “This is another of a growing list of cases where Christians are being hammered out of public life simply for expressing their beliefs,” Williams added.

It’s the second time Page has lost his job because of a “thought crime” against political correctness.

Page, 69, worked full time for the NHS before he retired and became a paid member of the NHS Kent-Medway region’s board of directors, a job he held for four years. When his term neared its end this spring, he was suspended by board chairman Andrew Ling and told he would not be rehired. When Page applied to other NHS regions, the national NHS told him he would never be considered.

Lang told Page that the publicity surrounding his comments that children do best with two heterosexual parents, which were made as a judge in an adoption hearing, “will have a negative impact on the Trust, its staff and most importantly its patients.”

At a hearing before the national NHS in August, the decision was confirmed. He was told “it was not in the interests of the health service for you to serve anywhere as a non-executive director in the NHS.”

The controversy began in 2014 when Page, serving as a family court magistrate in an adoption hearing involving a gay couple.

“I raised some questions in private with the other judges,” Page told LifeSiteNews, “including that I thought that because a baby comes from a man and a woman it made me think the child would be better off with a father and a mother than with single-sex parents. The other judges didn’t agree at all.”

The judges complained to Page’s bosses about his statement (though well supported by recent studies here and here, while reports to the contrary had been wrongly interpreted), which resulted in his suspension and an subjugation to a daylong re-education session.

But Page committed a second offense against political correctness when he went public, with the help of the Christian Legal Centre, talking extensively to the news media and defending his right to hold Christian beliefs and still be a good judge.

Page’s suspension was ultimately signed off by the Lord Chancellor and the Justice Minister, which is also why Christian Legal Centre is pursuing both dismissals in an employment tribunal rather than the courts. “My legal counsel told me that no judge would dare rule against his bosses,” Page told LifeSiteNews. “I was gob-smacked.”

Page said he was pursuing the case not only because he enjoyed serving as an NHS director but to stand up for other Christians. “I want to publicize the pressure that the government is putting people under to censor themselves or to not apply for government jobs because of their faith.”

He added that there was evidence of a healthy public expression of support from 6,500 people on social media with nary a negative comment.


Related Topics:

American College of Paediatricians Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage was a ‘A Tragic Day for America’s Children’*

Canada: The Effect of Homosexual Parenting on One Child*

Obama Spent $700 Million Promoting Homosexuality Overseas*

Surprise  STD Rates among U.S. Homosexuals ‘alarming,’*

Religious Schools Face Closure if they don’t Promote Homosexuality*

In Global War against Marriage and Family Pope Francis Denounces Gender Theory*

How the Left has taken Down the Family, Marriage, and the Nation*

Federal Court Overturns Ruling Upholding Natural Marriage in Puerto Rico, Orders Judge off Case*

Victory for Traditional Marriage in Alabama*

Gays Who Reject the Illuminati Agenda*

Iraqi Forces Kill over 950 ISIS Terrorists in Mosul*

Iraqi Forces Kill over 950 ISIS Terrorists in Mosul*

Federal police chief General Shaker Jodat said late Friday government troops had purged 1,850 square kilometres of Mosul’s Southern front of ISIS militants and freed more than 10,000 families, the al-Sumaria news website reported.

The Iraqi soldiers destroyed 25 car bombs, 83 motorbike bombs, 92 explosive belts and some vehicles equipped with weapons and missiles during their advances in the area, Jodat added.

He further noted that police forces had confiscated 36 mortar shells containing chemicals.

On Thursday, Joint Operations Command announced that the security forces continue liberating six areas in the western coast of the city of Mosul.

The command said in a press statement,

“Troops of Federal Policed in the southwest axis of Nineveh managed, today, to fully liberate al-Ezba village,” adding that, “Anti-Terrorism forces in the eastern axis continue liberating the areas of Adan, al-Bakr, al-Zahabiya, al-Khadra’, al-Qadisiyah al-Oula and al-Tahrir.”

“Troops of al-Hashd al-Shaabi in the western axis managed to besiege Tel Afar Airport, and continue the cleansing operations inside the airport,” the statement added.

Joint security forces, backed by Army Aviation and international coalition continue their advance in the battle launched in 17 October 2016, to liberate the city of Mosul.


Related Topics:

U.S. Airstrikes on Iraqi Army Slowing Advance on Mosul*

US-led Coalition Airstrikes Kill 60+ Civilians in Mosul*

Iraqi Army Drops Leaflets over Mosul ahead of Battle*

Media Blackout as Millions of Muslims March against ISIS in Iraq for Arbaeen*

Zionist Israelis Sneaking into Iraq*

What You Aren’t Being Told About The Iraqi ISIS Offensive*

Former Iraqi PM Slams the 60 nations in the U.S. –Led ‘anti’ ISIS Coalition*

Media Blackout as Millions of Muslims March against ISIS in Iraq for Arbaeen*

Media Blackout as Millions of Muslims March against ISIS in Iraq for Arbaeen*

The Iraqi city of Karbala, where the holy shrine of the third Shia Imam -Imam Hussein- is located, is swarming with millions of devoted Muslims, both Shiites and Sunnis, for mourning rituals marking Arbaeen, known as the largest religious gathering in the world.

Given the mainstream media’s constant sensationalized reporting on terror and Muslims in the Western world, the utter lack of coverage of Arbaeen’s march on Sunday and Monday revealed the double standard that exists in reporting on peaceful Muslims.

Monday marked the final day of the mourning for Imam Hussein who was martyred in a battle with the massive army of Yazid after refusing allegiance to the tyrant caliph. Yazid the caliph of Umayyad dynasty was promoting the same type of Islam as ISIS and Wahhabist preach today.

Millions of marchers participated in the annual Arbaeen Procession in Karbala. The marchers are said to come from over 60 countries, and most of them have marched all the way to Karbala from other Iraqi cities like Najaf and Baghdad in a show of devotion. Each year, Sunni Muslims and followers of other religious groups such as Christians join the journey to mourn the martyrdom of Imam Hussein.

Arbaeen, or mourning, is a Shia Muslim tradition to mark the anniversary of seventh-century social justice leader Imam Husain. Arbaeen is commemorated 40 days after Ashura, the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS) and his companions in 680 AD. However, in light of ISIS terror attacks globally, several people took the controversial step of turning their march political in order to denounce terror in all forms.

Tens of thousands of Muslims have been killed and displaced by ISIS’s declared caliphate, an exponentially larger number than those killed in attacks in the West.

The occasion has found additional significance in recent years as it has become a rallying cry for the campaign against ISIS terrorists who have frequently targeted the pilgrims.

Iraqi troops have been deployed to ensure security for the pilgrims. The northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by gruesome violence ever since ISIS terrorists began a campaign of terror in the country in June 2014.

The terrorist campaign, however, has not dissuaded pilgrims from around the world from making the journey.

It is noteworthy to mention the mainstream media blackout of the millions people marched gathering in war torn Iraq, battling the ISIS, as a clear sign of biased reporting.


Related Topics:

Mourning from Injustice: From Ashura – 9/11*

Former Iraqi PM Slams the 60 nations in the U.S. –Led ‘anti’ ISIS Coalition*

Syrian Catholics Denounce Western Media Biased Reporting on Aleppo*

Aleppo Doctor Attacks Western Media for Bias, Censorship and Lies*

Muslim Man Dies Saving Hundreds of Lives by Hugging a Suicide Bomber*

Central London’s Busiest Streets Brought to a Standstill on Ashura*

Syrian Elections 2016: US, NATO Criminals Failed Attempt to Deny the Will of the Syrian People*

Stop the International War of Genocide on Syrians Catholic Patriarch Demands*


Hundreds of Veterans Heading to Standing Rock to Defend DAPL Protesters from Police*

Hundreds of Veterans Heading to Standing Rock to Defend DAPL Protesters from Police*

By Carey Wedler

As protesters continue to stand against the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, facing off against heavily militarized police and their water cannons, rubber bullets, tear gas, and tasers, they have gained broad support. Celebrities and millions of social media users have raised awareness about the situation in North Dakota, and now, the “water protectors” have earned support from another group: veterans.

According to an article published by Business Insider that first appeared in Task and Purpose, a military-oriented news and culture site, two veterans are leading the charge in a show of dissent against the increasingly aggressive police. In the last several months, tensions have escalated as Natives and their allies have blocked the pipeline’s construction, citing fears surrounding water will be endangered and sacred burial sites will be destroyed (not to mention the fact their lands were forcibly stolen by the U.S. government over a century ago).

“This country is repressing our people,” says Michael A. Wood Jr., a Marine Corps veteran who recently retired from the Baltimore police force to work toward reforming law enforcement.

If we’re going to be heroes, if we’re really going to be those veterans that this country praises, well, then we need to do the things that we actually said we’re going to do when we took the oath to defend the Constitution from enemies foreign and domestic,” he asserted about his plans to go to Standing Rock.

Woods Jr. is joined by Wes Clark Jr. Clark Jr. is the son of General Wesley Clark, the famous military leader who once warned that shortly after 9/11, the government had its eyes on Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Iran. Clark would later attempt to distance himself from those statements but still managed to convince his son, a member of the Army at the time, to stay away from Iraq.

I was like, ‘I’m going back in. I’m going to go in there and fuck people up,’” Clark Jr. recalls of his desire to fight for the military after 9/11. He later changed his mind after his father warned him, as Task and Purpose summarized, “that as a soldier he would be fighting a war that had nothing to do with defeating al Qaeda.

Now, Wood Jr. and Clark Jr. are attempting to organize a mass, nonviolent protest against police action in North Dakota. Just this past weekend, a female protester was hit with a concussion grenade, causing severe damage to her arm and requiring surgery.

Other have been tear gassed, tased, beaten, and shot with rubber bullets. Anti-Media journalist Derrick Broze was tased by law enforcement immediately after he declared he was a member of the media. Another journalist was shot with a rubber bullet while standing away from a gathering of protesters as she interviewed an attendee.

Police have made over 470 arrests since August, and the Indigenous Environmental Network claims 167 people were injured just this past Sunday when police deployed water cannons in freezing weather.

Clark, a contributor to the Young Turks, explained that aside from the flagrant violations protesters are subject to in North Dakota, Natives are especially deserving of veteran support:

First Americans have served in the Unites States Military, defending the soil of our homelands, at a greater percentage than any other group of Americans. There is no other people more deserving of veteran support,” he said.

According to a Facebook event the two men created called “Veterans Stand for Standing Rock,” those who join the effort will arrive at the protest site on December 4, where they will stay until December 7.

The event description reads:

Come to Standing Rock Indian Reservation and hold the line with Wes Clark jr, Michael Wood Jr, Tulsi Gabbard and hundreds of other veterans in support of the Sioux nation against the DAPL pipeline. Bring Body armor, gas masks, earplugs AND shooting mufflers (we may be facing a sound cannon) but no drugs, alcohol or weapons.

Clark Jr. was clear he was not looking for violence and that the protest would be unarmed.

We’re not going out there to get in a fight with anyone,” he said.

They can feel free to beat us up, but we’re 100% nonviolence.”

As Task and Purpose explained:

With an eye toward the media, old military uniforms will be donned so that if the veterans are brutalized by the police, they are brutalized not as ordinary citizens, but as people who once served the government they are protesting against.

The event page makes it clear that the group will not tolerate “hate, violence or divisive behavior of any kind.”

We’re doing this to support our country,” they advise, “so let’s do it with honor, working together. We can stop this savage injustice being committed right here at home. If not us, who? If not now, when?

Over 250 veterans have already committed, but organizers hope to have a group of 500 or more by the time they head to Standing Rock.

Once there, the veterans intend to engage in a traditional native healing ceremony with protesters, with whom they have been coordinating, according to the veterans. Then, protective gear like gas masks and body armour will be issued to anyone who needs it. The soldiers will march to bagpipes and Sioux war songs as they head to the banks of the Missouri River to meet police.

Then, the veterans and their allies — or at least the ones who are brave enough — will lock arms and cross the river in a ‘massive line’ for their ‘first encounter’ with the ‘opposing forces.’”

Though the veterans have adopted a strict policy of nonviolence, they refuse to back down and apparently hope to use their military status to spotlight the egregious behavior of the police.

We’ll have those people who will recognize that they’re not willing to take a bullet, and those who recognize that they are,” says Wood Jr. “It’s okay if some of them step back, but Wes and I have no intention of doing so.”

Veterans Stand for Standing Rock is accepting donations to cover food, transportation, and supplies for those who travel to North Dakota. You can donate here. You can also donate directly to the water protectors.


Related Topics:

Pray with Standing Rock: a Global Call to Action*

2010 Gulf Oil Spill Caused Widespread Land Loss*

No Fly-Zone at Standing Rock*

Pennsylvania Pipelines Bursts, Leaks 55,000 Gallons Of Gas Into One Of US’ Most Endangered Rivers*

Indigenous Prayer Gathering at the Dakota Pipeline Ends with a Military-Style Raid*

DAPL is Just the Beginning of the end in the Largest Native American Land Grab in 100 Years*

DAPL is Just the Beginning of the end in the Largest Native American Land Grab in 100 Years*

Donations to Clinton Foundation Dry-up as Killary no Longer has a ‘product to sell’*

Donations to Clinton Foundation Dry-up as Killary no Longer has a ‘product to sell’*

Donations to the Clinton Foundation nose-dived last year amid Hillary Clinton’s presidential run, pay-to-play allegations, internal strife and a black mark from a charity watchdog.

Contributions fell by 37% to $108 million, down from $172 million in 2014, according to the group’s latest tax filings.

The cash plummeted as Hillary Clinton left the non-profit in April 2015 after announcing her ill-fated candidacy. The foundation became a major issue in the race, with Donald Trump vowing to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate it.

Whether that effort will go forward is not clear. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), head of the House Oversight Committee, has indicated a probe into the foundation will continue.

Not only did contributions drop, but so did revenue the Clintons brought in from speeches. That income fell to $357,500 from $3.6 million in 2014.

By the time the foundation’s Clinton Global Initiative held its annual conference in September 2015, many donors had bailed, including Samsung and ExxonMobil.

Donna Shalala, the former Health and Human Services secretary who was brought in to run the charity last year, suffered a stroke after the CGI meeting.

The foundation had been rocked by internal divisions after daughter Chelsea Clinton took a more active role in the organization in 2013, when the group was renamed the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

Eric Braverman, a pal of Chelsea’s, was brought in to run the group, but he clashed with Bruce Lindsey, a senior adviser in the Clinton administration who had been CEO and became board chairman.

Braverman departed in January 2015 after 18 months, receiving a $330,000 payout, according to the tax filings. Shalala replaced him.

The Clinton Foundation refused to comment, but Shalala told The Chronicle of Philanthropy last month that the foundation had taken in money pledged in earlier years but those donations were recorded on earlier tax filings.


Related Topics:

Hurricane Matthew and the Clinton Foundation Theft from Haiti*

Justice Department declined FBI Request to Investigate Clinton Foundation*

FBI Now Investigating Clinton Foundation Despite DoJ Objections*

IRS Launches Investigation of Clinton Foundation*

FBI Leak: Hillary Clinton Foundation Guilty of Treason*

The Rich are Begging the Poor for Help in India’s War on Cash*

The Rich are Begging the Poor for Help in India’s War on Cash*

By Amrit Dhillon

Driver Rahul Sharma, 25, remembers the exact day when his employer turned from a wolf into a lamb. It was November 9 when his employer called him  beta  – Hindi for “dear” – for the first time. The maid was asked to give him a cup of tea, for the first time.

“I was shocked at his sudden niceness. It went on for two days,” said Sharma.

For the past three years, his New Delhi-based employer has been abusive, bad-tempered, and imperious, often demanding that he turn up for work at 6am after finishing work at midnight.

“He didn’t even bother to remember my name. When he wanted to summon me, he’d call out ‘driver!’,” Sharma said.

“On the third day, the penny dropped. He asked me to deposit 250,000 rupees ($4900) in my bank account on his behalf so that he could get rid of his black money.”

Maids, drivers, nannies, and cooks in India are experiencing unusual politeness from their employers. Beyond the work they do every day, they suddenly have another use – to launder the undeclared cash which the rich have been hoarding in steel wardrobes, under the mattress and in under-bed storage.

This sudden outbreak of niceness is the outcome of India’s current crackdown on “black money” – income in the form of cash that has not been declared to the tax authorities.

On November 8, the day before Sharma’s employer became a lamb, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi scrapped 500 and 1000-rupee notes to root out corruption and force more Indians into the tax net.

In one fell swoop, the tens of millions of rupees that the rich kept at home in these denominations became worthless. If they deposit the money in the bank tax officials will pounce, imposing staggering penalties and taxes.

However until December 30, each Indian is allowed to deposit a smallish sum of 250,000 rupees in such defunct notes in their bank accounts without questions being asked. That is why the rich need the service of the poor.

A presswallah who irons the clothes in the Indian capital says he was asked by three clients to deposit 200,000 rupees in his account in return for a payment of 10,000. Photo: Amrit Dhillon


Sharma and others like him have been implored by suddenly humble employers to deposit the amount in their accounts by the deadline – to be returned to their employers later.

“I refused him. I don’t want to get into trouble later if someone asks me how I got this money when I’m only a driver,” Sharma said.

Coconut water seller Mohan Kishore says the cash crisis has made it hard for him to pay his suppliers but he feels the hardship is worth it for the “punishment” of the rich. Photo: Amrit Dhillon


Domestic staff and factory employees are going around with big grins, delighting in the panic and anxiety etched on the faces of the fat cats who never showed them any consideration, not to mention the delicious irony of being beseeched by their now squirming masters.

Modi’s message in a recent speech – “see how I make the powerful suffer with you” – has resonated powerfully.

“For once the rich are as troubled as we poor Indians are every day,” said Akash Atwal, a driver with a New Delhi car rental firm.

Greengrocer Bittu Bharati in Lajpat Nagar, south Delhi, has been offered payment in advance for the fruit his clients will buy over the next year. Photo: Amrit Dhillon


In return for depositing the scrapped notes, domestic staff and others are being offered 10 to 25% as commission. Some have accepted, happy to pocket an unexpected windfall; others, fearing trouble, have refused; and others have refused out of the principle that, if some big fish have been caught, leave them wriggling at the end of the line.

In their desperation to get rid of their ill-gotten money, rich Indians are dumping sacks of notes into the River Jamuna in New Delhi. Some have made a bonfire of their cash at some deserted place before running away to avoid identification. Police have stopped cars filled with suitcases stuffed with 1000-rupee notes, their drivers rushing to distant relatives they haven’t seen for years to ask them to deposit their cash.

Rupee withdrawal: customers wait in line to exchange discontinued rupee banknotes at a Bank of Baroda branch in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh, India. Photo: Bloomberg


“Some families who buy fruit from me regularly wanted to get rid of 100,000 ($1900) worth of notes by paying me in advance for the fruit they will buy over the next year” said Bittu Bharati, who runs a fruit stall with his uncle in Lajpat Nagar.

Others who are usually paid in cash – florists, beauticians, personal trainers and “presswallahs’ who iron clothes in neighbourhoods – have also been told they can have their services paid for two years in advance, just so that affluent families can dispose of their expired cash. Then it’s up to them to exchange the money at the bank.

Indians stand in a queue to deposit and exchange discontinued currency notes outside a bank in Allahabad, India. Photo: AP


Some Indians are being too clever by halfA divorced man who had defied the courts by refusing alimony to his wife was seized with a new respect for the law and offered to pay her the arrears – in the banned currency notes. The judge threw him in jail until he paid in the new notes.

Domestic staff have been chuckling while exchanging stories of what’s been happening in the homes of their employers: sudden palpitations, wailing wives, altercations over how to get rid of the banned notes, profuse sweating and pure despair.

Chemists have reported a spike in the sale of sleeping tablets. Mumbai hospitals have reported a surge in panic attacks. But some doctors are feeling queasy themselves – it’s estimated that about 40% of doctors are paid in cash.

“I’m an ordinary man and I’m suffering hardship too. I was in a long queue on Saturday. But it’s worth it. The rich need to be punished for being greedy. I am savouring the moment,” said a smiling Mohan Kishore, who sells fresh coconut water on a South Delhi street.


Related Topics:

Learning from the Rothschild’s: India Aim to Confiscate the People’s Gold *

A New Digital Cash System was Just Unveiled at a Secret Meeting for Bankers In New York*

The Global ‘War on Cash’: A Country by Country Guide*

Bank of Ireland Bans Small& Cash Withdrawals*

Why Central Banks HATE Cash and Will Begin to Tax It Shortly*

Financing the New World Order*

2010 Gulf Oil Spill Caused Widespread Land Loss*

2010 Gulf Oil Spill Caused Widespread Land Loss*

2010 photo of a shoreline in Bay Jimmy, Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, impacted by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Oil weakens and kills vegetation, leading to the loss of roots that help hold soil together. Credit: Bruce A. Davis, Department of Homeland Security



Dramatic, widespread shoreline loss is revealed in new NASA/U.S. Geological Survey annual maps of the Louisiana marshlands where the coastline was most heavily coated with oil during the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The marshlands in Bay Jimmy were inundated with oil from the BP spill earlier this year. The grass has been cut back, but the root system appears healthy. - John McCusker, The Times-Picayune

The marshlands in Bay Jimmy were inundated with oil from the BP spill earlier this year. The grass has been cut back, but the root system appears healthy. – John McCusker, The Times-Picayune

Following the spill, the length of shoreline that receded more than 13 feet (4 metres) a year quadrupled compared to the year before the spill. The land losses occurred mainly in areas where oil had washed ashore during the spill.

A research team led by Amina Rangoonwala of USGS used airborne remote sensing imagery to analyze shoreline loss across nearly the entire upper Barataria Bay, located on the western side of the Mississippi River Delta, beginning a year before the spill and extending for 2.5 years after it. To determine whether the erosion was likely to be caused by the oil, they also compared shoreline loss linked to the deposited oil with shoreline erosion caused by high waves from Hurricane Isaac in 2012.

Barataria Bay, Louisiana, shoreline changes, June 2009 to Oct. 2012, after the oil spill and Hurricane Isaac: a) high loss Year 1 post-spill, decreased loss Year 2, little loss after Isaac; (b) high loss Years 1/2 post-spill, little loss after Isaac; (c) high loss that intensified during Isaac. (Image by USGS/NASA-JPL/Caltech)

The team found that although erosion occurred at isolated sections of the shoreline before the spill, the pre-spill shoreline (as analyzed from 2009 to 2010) was largely stable. In the first year after the spill (2010 to 2011), the erosion pattern changed dramatically from isolated to widespread. Erosion occurred mainly along shorelines with documented heavy to moderate oil coating. In the second year after the spill (2011 to 2012), the higher loss rates extended to areas that had less oil coating. Oil is known to weaken or kill vegetation, leading to loss of the roots that help hold soil together.

In August 2012, two months after the two-year post-spill period, Hurricane Isaac made a direct hit on Barataria Bay. Erosion rates measured in the four months after the hurricane were higher than those measured after the spill. But this erosion occurred primarily on just a few shorelines that before the spill showed evidence of heightened susceptibility to wave-generated erosion.

Map of Northeastern Barataria Bay, Louisiana, showing shores oiled by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill during May to July 2010. The severity of oiling is indicated by the colors. The information is derived from a 2014 NOAA Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Techniques (SCAT) map. (Image by USGS/NOAA/NASA-JPL/Caltech)

Map of Northeastern Barataria Bay, Louisiana, showing shores oiled by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill during May to July 2010. The severity of oiling is indicated by the colors. The information is derived from a 2014 NOAA Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Techniques (SCAT) map. (Image by USGS/NOAA/NASA-JPL/Caltech)

“Our study uniquely shows that the patterns of shoreline recession seen in this region can be directly related to distinctly different causes: broadly dispersed erosion due to oiling from the Deepwater Horizon spill, and enhanced, but spatially limited, erosion due to intense storm impacts,” said Rangoonwala.

The wetland impacts of the spill documented by the team included both the loss of wetlands due to shoreline erosion, and island fragmentation, where small islands are broken into even smaller islands, creating more shoreline. Land lost from fragmentation is unlikely to be reestablished, particularly in this part of the Mississippi River delta where levees prevent an influx of new sediments from the river. This will alter natural coastal defenses against flooding.

The images collected in the annual surveys and following Hurricane Isaac were obtained from NASA’s Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR), developed and managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. UAVSAR flies on a C-20A research aircraft based at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center facility in Palmdale, California. UAVSAR’s polarized radar produced detailed representations of the marsh, which USGS scientists then used to develop a process to analyze the shoreline recession by mapping the change in shore location.

“Through this process, USGS and NASA scientists developed a repeatable, quantitative mapping method that will allow us to monitor shoreline erosion after oil spills in the future,” said study co-author Cathleen Jones of JPL. “Being able to compare shoreline losses in a year without any major storm to losses both after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and after the hurricane was essential to correlating the erosion of the marsh to its underlying causes.”

The study, “Wetland shoreline recession in the Mississippi River Delta from petroleum oiling and cyclonic storms,” is published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

NASA collects data from space, air, land and sea to increase our understanding of our home planet, improve lives and safeguard our future. NASA develops new ways to observe and study Earth’s interconnected natural systems with long-term data records. The agency freely shares this unique knowledge and works with institutions around the world to gain new insights into how our planet is changing.

Developed to test new technologies and study Earth surface dynamics, UAVSAR is informing the design and planning for a future spaceborne radar mission, the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR), which is planned to image almost the entire Earth’s surface at least once every 12 days.



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Media Silent as the Colonial Pipeline Spills in Alabama*

BP Oil Spill Victims Dying

Pennsylvania Pipelines Bursts, Leaks 55,000 Gallons Of Gas Into One Of US’ Most Endangered Rivers*

Native Tribes in U.S. and Canada Sign Treaty Again Opposing Oil Pipelines*

With Most of Dakota Access Pipeline Approved, Final Battle Remains Over Critical Portion*

Shell Oil Faces Second Lawsuit in Five Years over Spills in Nigeria*

Angolan Fishing Community Asks Chevron for Oil Spill Compensation*