St. Cloud man charged in trapping, death of neighbor’s pet cat

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ST. CLOUD — A St. Cloud man faces criminal charges on suspicion of trapping and killing a neighbor’s pet cat.

Timothy Lee Diederichs, 52, was charged with animal mistreatment, a felony, and two misdemeanors, including fourth-degree criminal damage to property and trapping without a license, according to Benton County court records.

The incident took place Sep. 9. Diederichs was charged in October and booked in the Benton County Jail last week, according to court records and the jail log.

The police report of the incident is not public while the case moves through the courts, according to St. Cloud Assistant Police Chief Jeff Oxton.

On Sept. 10, Oxton provided a brief summary of the incident…

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In case you missed it: Deadly storms cause travel chaos across US; New Mexico avalanche kills skier

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By Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather staff writer
January 18, 2019, 9:49:02 AM EST

A deadly winter storm took over the central United States and mid-Atlantic over the weekend, killing at least nine people in the process.

The winter storm began to unfold over the region on Friday afternoon with heavy snow and freezing rain across Missouri and Kansas. Some motorists became stranded on the snow-covered roads for hours.

All nine fatalities were due to vehicle accidents. One of the victims was an Illinois State Trooper, Christopher Lambert, who was struck by a car while responding to a three-vehicle crash.

Up to 20 inches of snow fell in some parts of Missouri. The storm progressed toward the East coast, pounding Washington, D.C., and surrounding areas with more than 10 inches of snow.

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A snowy scene captured by Aaron Jayjack reporting for AccuWeather in Washington, D.C. on…

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Permafrost Is Warming Around the Globe, Study Shows. That’s a Problem for Climate Change.

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Rapid changes in the long-frozen soil are raising concerns about a surge of planet-warming greenhouse gases as the permafrost thaws.

Lake and ponds like these at the foothills of the Brooks Range in Alaska form when permafrost thaws. Copyright: Josefine Lenz/Alfred-Wegener-Institut Lake and ponds like these at the foothills of the Brooks Range in Alaska form when permafrost thaws. The

Lake and ponds like these at the foothills of the Brooks Range in Alaska form when permafrost thaws. Thawing also releases methane and carbon dioxide. Copyright: Josefine Lenz/Alfred Wegener Institute

Vast areas of permafrost around the world warmed significantly over the past decade, intensifying concerns about accelerated releases of heat-trapping methane and carbon dioxide as microbes decompose the thawing organic soils.

The warming trend is documented in a new study published Wednesday in the journal Nature Communications. Detailed data from a global network of permafrost test sites show that, on average, permafrost regions around the world—in the Arctic, Antarctic and the high mountains—warmed by a half degree Fahrenheit between 2007 and 2016.

The most dramatic warming was found in the Siberian…

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Viewpoint: We should stop blaming cows for climate change

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As the scale and impacts of climate change become increasingly alarming, meat is a popular target for action. Advocates urge the public to eat less meat to save the environment. Some activists have called for taxing meat to reduce consumption of it.

A key claim underlying these arguments holds that globally, meat production generates more greenhouse gases than the entire transportation sector. However, this claim is demonstrably wrong, as I will show. And its persistence has led to false assumptions about the linkage between meat and climate change.

[Editor’s note: The contribution of animal agriculture, specifically methane emissions from cows, to climate change remains controversial. See these articles for an alternative perspective.]

My research focuses on ways in which animal agriculture affects air quality and climate change. In my view, there are many reasons for either choosing…

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Like so many Southeastern US states, North and South Carolina are already feeling the effects of the climate crisis. And also like in so many of these places, these effects will only become more pronounced unless we act boldly to slash greenhouse gas emissions.

“[I]n the coming decades, the region’s changing climate is likely to reduce crop yields, harm livestock, increase the number of unpleasantly hot days, and increase the risk of heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses,” according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Read on to learn more about how North Carolina and South Carolina could be affected by this ongoing crisis.


The beaches and barrier islands along the Carolina coastline…

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American hunter pays $100,000 to kill rare Himalayan ‘screw-horned’ goat, Pakistan’s national animal

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Officials say money from hunting licences goes to support local communities, but an animal rights group calls it a ‘complete shame’

Markhor watching terrain lying on the rocks
Markhor watching terrain lying on the rocks ( Getty Images/iStockphoto )

An American trophy hunter has paid $100,000 (£78,000) to kill a rare markhor or “screw horn” goat, the national animal of Pakistan.

Fewer than 6,000 markhors exist in the wild, most living among the mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the animal features on the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species.

Nonetheless, local officials in Gilgit-Baltistan have issued permits for hunters to kill four Astore markhors – a subspecies with trademark flared horns – during the current season.

The American hunter was named in Pakistani media as John Amistoso, and local newspapers ran photographs of Mr Amistoso posing with a dead markhor.

The hunt…

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Here at Climate Reality, we sometimes need to take a step back.

You know how your good friend Dave can rattle off pre-season stats with the precision of a brain surgeon, always seems to win your fantasy football league, and can’t begin to understand why you’re still rooting for [insert “Your Team” here]? Well, we’re kind of the Dave of climate action.

We’re so in the thick of climate everything that we can forget the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) report isn’t exactly flying off the shelves, so to speak, like Michelle Obama’s memoir Becoming.

But every so often, a headline will pop up that brings us right back down to the very Earth we’re working so hard to…

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Provincial patrols lead to night hunting charges

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Provincial patrols lead to night hunting charges

Some hunters are facing charges after provincial patrols say they spotted night hunting activity.

A pair of recent incidents have led to charges for a few hunters.

Manitoba Sustainable Development reports that recent night patrols, including aerial surveillance, have resulted in several night hunting related charges.

Officers patrolling near Ashern on Dec. 10, 2018, say they witnessed a vehicle driving down a municipal road, using a spotlight to light up areas just off the road. Officers watched as the occupants used the spotlight for more than a mile, before they stopped the vehicle. Two men from Lake Manitoba First Nation face a number of charges including hunting at night with lights, hunting on private land without permission and carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle. A 2017 Ford F-150 pickup truck, loaded rifle and spotlight…

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