Papaka (1) champions of Hekari Central Cup

first_imgIt was a strong second half performance that sealed the win for Papaka in front of over 500 spectators.Papaka took the lead in the 50th minute of play when Leana Rawali powered a shot into the nets to bring the crowd into a frenzy.Papaka continued to dominate possession and put the nail in the coffin in the 71st minute after a mix up in Kalo’s backline allowed striker Ryan Gerega to score.Papaka (1) walked away with K8,000. Runners up Kalo settled for K4,000.In third and fourth placing final, Keapara beat their brothers Alukuni 10-8 in a penalty shootout.Keapara picked up K2,000 while  Alukuni received K1,000.last_img read more

The memorable night of Brujas del Espanyol in Sarrià

first_imgTalking about justice is erratic knowing what would happen against Bayer Leverkusen, but Espanyol deserved to reach that final after have eliminated, among others, Milan, Inter and Borussia Möenchengladbach, some of the most powerful clubs in Europe in those late 80s. However, on April 6, Javier Clemente’s team suffered its first defeat of the entire competition at the Belgian Olimpia Stadium. A 2-0 incited to the epic, to fill Sarrià two weeks later. And to believe. That’s how Diego Orejuela made it 1-0 at ten minutes and the ‘Pipiolo’ Losada equaled the tie in 61 ‘. It seemed that the most difficult had been achieved, but there was a world left. Scent of grass and cigar. To pipes. And to romanticism. The most genuine side of football met now 32 years ago, on April 20, 1988, in Sarrià. In a night of nerves, heart attacks and euphoria, in that order, which will be remembered as one of the most beautiful in the history of the stadium. Espanyol rallied against Bruges at the last second of the last moment of the return from the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup. The glory was only a step away but that day the sky was touched. DAILY AS ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Losada raised the 2-0 that equaled the tie between Espanyol and Bruges.DAILY AScenter_img And the extension was reached. And the minutes went by until the penalty shootout seemed inexorable. But it came the 120 ‘, the definitive. Bounced Tommy N’Kono, the ball reached John Lauridsenwho prolonged for Manolo Zúñiga. He resisted the rush of the Belgians and turned left to Miquel Soler, who sent a kind of center to the area so that ‘Pichi’ Alonso, more Angel than ever, stretch his left foot to score a goal. No goal: the goal. The one who put Espanyol in his first continental final in one of the most heroic ways possible. 32 years later, if Sarrià lives so alive in memory, it is for nights like that.last_img read more

Cruise ship wrecks one of Indonesia’s best coral reefs at Raja Ampat

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Coastal Ecosystems, Coral Reefs, Corporate Environmental Transgressors, Ecotourism, Environment, Environmental Crime, Law Enforcement, Marine Protected Areas, National Parks, Oceans, Protected Areas Article published by mongabayauthorcenter_img The ship ran aground on an uncharted shoal off the coast of New Guinea after it was caught in low tide.An official evaluation team is assessing the damage. One investigator told Mongabay the company should pay $1.28 million-$1.92 million in compensation.The company responsible, UK-based tour operator Noble Caledonia, said it deeply regretted the incident and that it was cooperating with authorities. JAKARTA — One of the main coral reefs at Raja Ampat, an Indonesian island chain home to perhaps the world’s richest marine biodiversity, was severely damaged last week when a Bahamian-flagged cruise ship smashed into it at low tide, according to an official report.The 90-meter Caledonian Sky, owned by tour operator Noble Caledonia, ran aground in an uncharted shoal in West Papua province after completing a bird-watching trip on Waigeo Island on Mar. 4.The British-headquartered company described the incident as “unfortunate” and said it was “cooperating fully with the relevant authorities.” Damage to the vessel was minimal and it has already set sail after being questioned by investigators.An official evaluation team found that the ship had been caught in low tide despite being equipped with GPS and radar instruments, according to team member Ricardo Tapilatu, head of the Research Center for Pacific Marine Resources at the University of Papua.“A tugboat from Sorong city was deployed to help refloat the cruise ship, which is something that shouldn’t have happened because it damaged the reef even worse,” Tapilatu said. “They should’ve waited for high tide” to refloat the vessel.The Caledonian Sky after it ran aground at Raja Ampat. Photo courtesy of Stay Raja AmpatThe 4,290-tonne Caledonian Sky, which was carrying 102 passengers and 79 crew on a 16-night journey from Papua New Guinea to the Philippines, damaged approximately 1,600 square meters of coral at a diving site known as Crossover Reef.The incident resulted in the destruction of the ecosystem’s structural habitat and the reduction or loss of diversity of eight coral genera, including acropora, porites, montipora and stylophora.“This is what we found during our investigation into the site,” Tapilatu said. “We are currently finishing the report and will submit our recommendations to the district office next week.”Local homestay operator Stay Raja Ampat posted on Facebook: “How can this happen? Was a 12 year old at the wheel? Anchor damage from ships like these is bad enough, but actually grounding a ship on a reef takes it to a whole new level.”Healthy corals just outside the impact zone, top, compared with those destroyed in the impact, above. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Venables/Marine Megafauna FoundationDue to Raja Ampat’s special biodiversity and its status as one of the world’s most popular dive sites, as well as the fact that the damage occurred in a national park, the evaluation team will recommend the company pay compensation of $800-$1,200 per square meter, for a total of $1.28 million-$1.92 million, according to Tapilatu. The standard rate is $200-$400 per square meter.“If the ship’s owner disagrees with the claim, then typically the government will take it to court,” Tapilatu said. If the company and government can reach an agreement, it will likely take a year or two for the district administration to receive the cash.Tapilatu said the money would be used to revive the reef, a process he estimated could take a decade; to set more mooring buoys across the area to prevent ships from sailing into shallow zones; and to map out sailing tracks.Raja Ampat in 2014. Photo by Ratha Grimes/Flickr“The government has had talks about compensation with the ship company, and I’m optimistic that this won’t go to court. Unfortunately, there will not be any moves for coral revival until we get the money.”Andi Rusandi, director for conservation and marine biodiversity at the Indonesian Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, said local conservation and revival efforts were within the local government’s authority, but he said he would follow the situation.In its statement, Noble Caldeonia said it was “firmly committed to protection of the environment, which is why it is imperative that the reasons for it are fully investigated, understood and any lessons learned incorporated in operating procedures.”Banner image: A clownfish in Raja Ampat. Photo by Neil Stead/Flickr*A previous version of this article described the company as British-owned. It is headquartered in the UK.last_img read more

From cryosphere to blogosphere, sea ice enthusiasts track Arctic melt

first_imgClimate, Climate Change, climate policy, Climate Politics, Climate Science, Earth Science, Environment, Environmental Activism, Featured, Global Environmental Crisis, Global Warming, Green, Monitoring, Polar Regions, Remote Sensing, Research, satellite data, Satellite Imagery, Science, Sea Ice Arctic sea ice extent has fallen precipitously since 2007, far surpassing all 18 computer models forecasting a drastically slower decline that wasn’t supposed to pick up speed until after 2050.As a result of these startling annual events, a dedicated group of bloggers is trying to parse out what is really happening in the Arctic. Led by Neven Curlin (known as Neven Acropolis on the web), the Arctic Sea Ice Blog and the Forum is citizen science at its best.Approximately 1,250 bloggers now gather annually online to work through all the conflicting seasonal Arctic evidence to make a forecast for the fate of the ice in September — will sea ice extent fall to a new low, impacting the world’s weather? Researchers from NASA’s shipborne ICESCAPE mission collect information atop sea ice in the Beaufort Sea. Photo by Kathryn Hansen/NASATo some, watching sea ice melt — each floe dissolving slowly away into the Arctic Ocean — might seem the cold-weather equivalent of watching paint dry. But for the roughly 1,250 enthusiasts who gather in cyberspace on the Arctic Sea Ice Blog and the Arctic Sea Ice Forum each spring and summer, swapping satellite imagery, scientific intel, carefully plotted graphs, and strongly worded opinions, it can be as riveting as a Stanley Cup shootout.A sampling: “HOLY SH*T: Fournier Triangulation Reversion Processed Image of the Lincoln Sea Ice reveals substratum of further leads and coastal regions made of pulverized pancake ice heading to Nares and Fram [straits],” wrote VeliAlbertKallio on June 6 in the Ice Forum’s 2017 Melting Season thread, which, at the time of publication, spans a whopping 44 pages.User jdallen followed: “I find it striking how the ice along all the larger leads that opened up is disintegrating into what almost looks like long channels, 10-20 KM wide of slush reaching deep into the central pack. If it is all disintegrating into sub 100 meter floes, that does portend rapid melting out of those channels and exponentially increasing instability as they do.”So goes the thread, with mostly ice nerds and citizen scientists — plus some seasoned Arctic researchers — chiming in with analyses riddled with jargon and acronyms baffling to novices, all arguing and offering evidence as to whether 2017 will set another record for low Arctic sea ice extent, or not.Every now and then, their respected leader, Arctic Sea Ice Blog and Forum administrator and founder, Neven Curlin — who goes by Neven Acropolis on the web, or simply “Neven” — jumps in with this own updates, and sometimes a warning to temper those who offer the most outlandish forecasts.A screenshot from Neven’s Arctic Sea Ice Blog in May 2017 at the start of this year’s melt season. The site has attracted some 1,250 enthusiasts who gather on the web to watch the Arctic icecap melt away each summer. Image courtesy of the Arctic Ice BlogNeven cautions newbies that predicting Arctic ice melt is notoriously difficult, and that things may not always be as bad as they seem: “I’ve been in contact with David Schroeder and he has confirmed (or rather his model [has confirmed]) that this year (again) there is lesser melt pond formation than in years with record low minimums,” he wrote on June 12.Fewer melt ponds early on, Schroeder says, might mean less extreme melt by September.Following the iceThe Arctic melt season typically begins in May, and over the course of the summer months, builds in intensity toward a day — always, so far, during September — when the Arctic sea ice minimum is reached, marking the ice cap’s smallest extent for that year.Since 2007, Arctic sea ice minimums have been dropping precipitously, and the ice is now declining at a rate of 13.3 percent per decade, relative to the 1981 to 2010 average. According to Arctic Sea Ice News, last year’s sea ice minimum was a near statistical dead heat with the second lowest ice record minimum, set back in 2007, when the Arctic ice covered only 1.60 million square miles (4.155 million square kilometers) in September. The lowest sea ice extent recorded to date came in 2012 when extent (usually defined as the area of ocean where there is 15 percent or more floating sea ice), fell to 1.31 million square miles (3.387 square kilometers).Clark University’s Karen Frey and Luke Trusel work amid sea ice in the Chukchi Sea on July 4, 2010, setting up an instrument to measure the optical properties of melt ponds. The research is part of NASA’s ICESCAPE mission to sample the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of the ocean and sea ice Photo by Kathryn Hansen/NASAThe record to beat. The 2012 September minimum was the lowest since Arctic record keeping began. Scientists theorize that the loss of summer ice, and the opening up of the Arctic Ocean which absorbs more solar energy, is continuing to warm the Far North at an alarming and escalating rate. Image courtesy of University of BremenThat’s partially why there’s so much excitement over what will happen this summer — will the sea ice extent continue in a downward spiral? Or will it rebound?In March, the Arctic sea ice winter maximum extent set a record low for the third straight year, meaning the Arctic is already starting off with less sea ice this spring. Furthermore, online users have noted a strange, unsettling, quality to this year’s ice. In the past, the Arctic was made up of far more thick, multi-year ice. This year’s ice is thin and highly fractured, which ice bloggers point out could make current satellite sea ice extent measurements look far healthier than they actually are — a matter of quality, not quantity.The argument goes that a battering from below and above by warmer Arctic Ocean and atmospheric temperatures this year could cause this fractured ice mosaic to just melt away by September, or summer storms could come along, as in past years, to smash the weak ice to smithereens.But some experts believe otherwise, that we might actually be heading toward a better-than-normal sea ice extent come September. The lack of melt ponds in June — always seen in previous record low years — is one indicator scientists like Schroeder point to.Though some bloggers argue fiercely back that maybe the lack of melt ponds this year is because the ice is just too fractured to hold melt water.The most seasoned bloggers have learned the hard way that predicting Arctic ice melt accurately — with new weather patterns and phenomena emerging daily — is harder than getting the trifecta at the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes combined. (Though that doesn’t stop them from placing bets: in 2011, blogger Rob Dekker had a $10,000 bet going with blogger William Connolley.)If you feel certain you know what’s going to happen, then you’re likely new to Neven’s Ice Blog.Birth of an obsessionTwelve years ago, Neven Curlin, a Dutch translator living in Austria, developed an interest in global warming, skimming through blog after blog. When the first major sea ice extent record was set in 2007, stunning scientists, he began digging deeper, spending hours online discussing events in the Arctic.In June 2010, the middle of the melt season, he decided to launch his own blog — a modest typepad account that’s changed very little in appearance since its inception. “I wanted to do something myself because I thought sea ice was such an important subject,” he says.Melt ponds and ice floes pose a complicated puzzle for scientists. Understanding the complex mix of ice dynamics, sea and air temperature, ocean currents, solar absorption, cloud cooling, storms and other factors have made modeling and forecasting future Arctic conditions exceedingly challenging. Photo courtesy of Dr. Pablo Clemente-Colon, Chief Scientist National Ice CenterWhile no one knows if a new record minimum will be set this September, the Arctic death spiral, as some bloggers call it, is showing no sign of abating. This chart, illustrating the September monthly average volume by decade and year from 1980 to 2016, clearly demonstrates the precipitous decline of Arctic sea ice volume over a mere four decades. Graph by Jim Pettit (jimpettit@gmail.com) sourced from PIOMASThough sea ice melt doesn’t affect global sea level rise (the ice is already floating atop the ocean and therefore doesn’t cause water to be displaced), disappearing sea ice has huge ramifications for global climate. The high reflectivity (albedo) of the white ice cap helps to keep the polar region cold, as sunlight is returned to space rather than absorbed by the surface. But as the ice melts, and more and more non-reflective blue water replaces ice in summer, the Arctic is warming — and so is the rest of the world.Armed with only a high school education in physics and mathematics, Neven began resetting his “alpha brain” which benefits from an aptitude for languages, by intently studying weather maps. “Most of the analyses were simply comparing between years,” he says. “And when it comes to scientific papers I usually only read the abstract and discussion.”Neven’s citizen science blog was an immediate hit among sea ice nerds, skyrocketing him to virtual stardom in the obscure subject. Three years later, Neven founded the Arctic Sea Ice Forum — an offshoot of his blog — to allow for a more vibrant discussion. Last month, the Forum had 2 million page views.“I thought at some point it’s going to stabilize, but it just keeps growing — even in winter. Arctic sea ice is getting more and more attention,” says Neven.Is the smart money on melt ponds?The growing numbers of people attracted to the Blog and Forum may be partly explained by rapid changes in the Arctic, as events there become more extreme and unpredictable.So what’s really going to happen in 2017? Following Neven’s post about the lack of “melt ponding” this spring, Mongabay reached out to David Schroeder, a sea ice modeler at the Centre for Polar Observation and Modeling, and an avid reader of Neven’s Ice Blog.Schroeder says that despite the fractured state of the ice, it’s best to remain cautious concerning a new record. Melt ponds form on Arctic sea ice when winter snow sitting atop it melts during late spring, which affects surface albedo by allowing more sunlight to be absorbed rather than reflected and therefore creating a positive feedback loop that exacerbates ice melt.A multi-year ice floe, riddled with melt ponds, on the starboard side of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy, as the ship heads north into even thicker ice. Photo by Patrick Kelley, U.S. Coast GuardIn 2012, Schroeder, Danny Feltham and Daniela Flocco from England’s University of Reading developed a model to simulate the evolution of melt ponds and their contribution to sea ice melt in hopes of generating greater predictive accuracy regarding the September minimum. Until then, accounting for melt ponds had been difficult as satellite imagery often couldn’t discern between open water and melt ponds atop ice. When the team ran simulations of climate models without accounting for melt ponding, they found that September sea ice volume was predicted to be 40 percent greaterBy looking at the positive feedback loops modelers can make a prediction as to what the sea ice state will be in the summer as early as May or June, though unpredictable weather by July will have a pronounced effect on the ice. “There’s a lot of impact from weather in the summer months, but we don’t know beforehand — we cannot predict the weather. However, it’s still possible to make predictions of this positive feedback through melt ponds.”As already mentioned, this year, researchers are witnessing a substantial lack of melt ponds. Normally, Schroeder explains, melt ponds will first appear near the sea ice edge early in May, but so far, the only area with substantial melt ponding is around the Beaufort Sea, north of Canada.“It’s a bit of a surprise when you look at what happened with sea ice last winter,” Schroeder says. “We had a very, very mild winter and the lowest sea ice volumes ever according to the PIOMAS [Pan-Arctic Ice Ocean Modeling and Assimilation System] for April. The ice is thinner and therefore more likely to melt earlier, but the weather conditions in May were not so favorable for melting.”In fact, in many Arctic regions this spring it was colder than prevailing climate conditions over the past 20 years. There was also more snow precipitation on the sea ice, which increased the albedo effect, meaning slower melt.Graphs of forecasts by 15 computer models of Arctic sea ice melt at the September minimum through the year 2100, as compared to actual observed sea ice melt through 2015 shown in red. Scientists have been stunned by the drastic plunge in ice extent, which they’ve as yet been unable to explain in their models. Image and estimates courtesy of Neven AcropolisPredicting the unpredictableAll that being said, it’s still way too early to tell whether 2017 will be spared a record-breaking year, and even the world’s top ice experts have been horribly wrong in the past. Ice modelers, for example, had repeatedly predicted in the past that the Arctic sea ice would stay intact and be safe from climate change until 2050 or later. Then in 2007, and again in 2012, the ice extent minimum fell far below all 18 computer models used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, shocking experts right down to their socks.So, back to 2017: what might lie ahead? “There are a couple things in favor of a record low year,” notes Neven, pointing to the mild winter and the low PIOMAS ice volumes Schroeder spoke of. But the things that stack up against a record are high terrestrial snow cover and cooler temperatures. “It’s been cold lately. The ice is melting less fast.”Of course, all this can change in a matter of weeks. As we near July, snow cover will vanish and sea surface temperatures may increase. If the ice is as thin as PIOMAS says — 10 to 20 percent thinner than previous first-year ice — and it stays sunny, Neven believes we have “high chances of seeing a record low.”It’s also possible that as the ice pack becomes increasingly vulnerable — like the fractured ice flowing out of the Far North right now — weather might not matter as much. Last year, for example, tied roughly with sunny 2007, even though June, July, and August 2016 were cloudy.A melt pond atop Greenland’s sea ice. Photo by Michael Studinger, NASA GSFCIce fatigueOn November 20, 2016, Neven took to his blog with a surprise announcement. He wasn’t sharing a new forecast, but rather declared he would be taking a sabbatical.“I have been struggling with Arctic burnout since 2012,” he wrote. “On the one hand it’s caused by everything that has been and still is going on in the Arctic. The learning curve, the excitement, but most of all the depression that comes with watching this steamroller just plough forward, is taking its toll.” Then, he linked to the Genesis song “It’s Gonna Get Better.”His post received 171 comments.Talking with Mongabay, Neven chalked up his temporary absence to a couple factors including the workload (“Even though the ice melts slow, there’s so much information and so many things to watch for.”), and the despair (“On the one hand, it’s exciting if spectacular things happen, but if you sit back and think about the implications and potential consequences, it can be a bit depressing.”)Last summer, when Andrew Slater died, a young cryosphere scientist whose work Neven had followed closely, it all became too much. “It made me so sad, and I thought maybe it’s time for a break.”By and large, he has stuck to his planned sabbatical over the past seven months, averaging just two to three posts per month, and allowing his fellow bloggers to take on much of the heavy lifting on the Ice Forum and Blog. But as melt season ramps up, it’s been harder to stay away, he says. And even though he’s blogging less, Neven has stayed active on the Forum.He is also using his time away to think more optimistically, considering where to take the website in the future. “I don’t want to just describe the train wreck in slow motion — I don’t find that very satisfying,” he concludes. “I’m hoping I’ll get some new ideas… about how to connect what is happening to a more positive outlook. I always like to insert a bit of humor in the blog, too.” Hoping against hope, Neven wants to believe It’s Gonna Get Better.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy dip their feet in a melt pond during Ice Liberty — a few hours during the ICESCAPE mission when scientists and crew could take a break and relax (or throw snowballs) on the sea ice. Photo by Kathryn Hansen/NASA Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Article published by Glenn Schererlast_img read more

Abdon Nababan, former head of Indonesia’s indigenous peoples alliance, to run for North Sumatra governor

first_imgArticle published by mongabayauthor *A previous version of this article mistakenly stated the total span of the nine reserves as 32,370 hectares. The correct span is 13,100 hectares, which is equivalent to 32,370 acres. *A previous version of this article mistakenly identified North Sumatra Governor Tengku Erry Nuradi as a member of the Golkar Party. He used to be, but he has since switched to Nasdem. FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Environment, Environmental Politics, Forestry, Forests, Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Rights, Land Rights, Rainforests, Saving Rainforests, Tropical Forests Banner image: Abdon Nababan speaks at the Global Landscapes Forum in Paris in December 2015. Photo by Pilar Valbuena for CIFOR/Flickr. Nababan announced his candidacy in a Facebook post today.He recently ended his tenure as leader of the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago.The current governor is unelected, having risen to the position after his running mate was arrested for corruption.Graft is an epidemic in Indonesia, serving the interests of mining, logging and plantation firms at the expense of indigenous groups. The outgoing secretary general of Indonesia’s main indigenous rights organization today declared his intention to run as an independent candidate for governor of North Sumatra, one of the Southeast Asian country’s biggest provinces.Nababan recently concluded his second five-year term as head of the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN). Under his leadership, AMAN won a major lawsuit that saw Indonesia’s highest court remove indigenous peoples’ customary forests from state control, although the government has dragged its feet in implementing the decision.For the first time at the end of 2016, President Joko Widodo recognized the rights of nine indigenous communities to the forests they call home. But the nine reserves span a total of just 13,100 hectares (32,370 acres), while AMAN has mapped more than 8 million hectares it says belong to the nation’s adat groups, as they are known here.“I never aspired to be a government official, let alone elected to lead my own village,” Nababan wrote in a Facebook post announcing his candidacy.North Sumatra is Nababan’s home province. The current governor is Tengku Erry Nuradi from the Nasdem Party. He rose to the position after Gatot Pujo Nugroho was arrested for corruption. The two had run on the same ticket. The province’s top mining official was caught red-handed taking a bribe earlier this year. The nation’s antigraft agency has instigated a massive push to review thousands of licenses held by mining and plantation firms across the country, many of which are exploiting indigenous lands without their permission.“We have no problem with development,” Nababan said in a recent interview. “The important thing is who controls the development: indigenous values or the greedy capitalist from Washington? If the community controls the model of development, I think no problems. They can grow themselves with development. But now development eats them. Because development is controlled by someone.”Abdon Nababan, right, congratulates Rukka Sombolinggi on her election as his successor as AMAN secretary general at the alliance’s congress in North Sumatra in March. She is the first woman to lead the organization. Photo by Philip Jacobson/Mongabay.Nababan posted this picture to Facebook today, asking for support for his run for governor.last_img read more

U.S. subnationals shoulder climate role in Bonn, Trump sidelined

first_imgcarbon, Carbon Dioxide, Carbon Emissions, Clean Energy, Climate, Climate Activism, Climate Change, Climate Change Denial, Climate Change Negotiations, Climate Change Policy, Climate Change Politics, Controversial, Energy, Energy Politics, Environment, Environmental Activism, Environmental Ethics, Environmental Law, Environmental Policy, Environmental Politics, Featured, Global Environmental Crisis, Global Warming, Global Warming Mitigation, Globalization, Green, Green Energy, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Renewable Energy, Sustainability, Sustainable Development Article published by Glenn Scherer The United States government under Donald Trump now stands alone, a rogue nation. Aligned against it at COP23 in Bonn, Germany, is every other nation in the world – all committed to meeting national emissions goals set in Paris in 2015.Completely bypassing Trump and the federal government at COP23 is the U.S. subnational delegation, led by Gov. Jerry Brown of California and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.The U.S. subnational delegation in Bonn represents non-federal actors in 15 states, 455 cities, 1,747 businesses and 325 universities. Combined they represent nearly half the U.S. economy. It remains to be seen if the delegation will be formally seated at COP23 as negotiators – a potential slap in the face to Trump’s tiny U.S. State Department delegation.The U.S. subnationals are committed to keeping America’s Paris goal of a 28 percent reduction in carbon emissions (over 2005 levels) by 2025. Supporters of America’s Pledge say they’re nearly halfway there. But it will take a far bigger push, and deeper cuts, to avoid the threat of escalating climate change, as heatwaves, extreme storms, and sea levels surge. The U.S. subnationals gather at COP23. Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg (left) greets Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto in Bonn, Germany, November 11, 2017. Photo credit: Bloomberg PhilanthropiesBONN, Germany – For 22 years, at United Nations climate summits dating back to COP1 in Berlin, Germany, the U.S. federal government has sponsored a large pricy pavilion that stood out among other international pavilions. It provided office space for U.S. negotiators meeting with dignitaries and for hosting high-level panel discussions. No more.President Trump made clear when he announced on June 1st his intention of pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement that his administration would pay for no such pavilion at COP23 now underway in Bonn. He also ceded the country’s leadership role in climate negotiations.In the days and weeks immediately following Trump’s announcement, an unprecedented climate-action initiative below the federal level formed to represent U.S. interests at COP23 (Conference of the Parties).Led largely by Gov. Jerry Brown of California and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg that unprecedented coalition also paid for a pavilion of its own – the U.S. Climate Action Center. The delegation underwrote a 102-page report describing non-federal U.S. progress toward meeting the nation’s Paris Agreement goals. And it hosted a standing-room-only event on Saturday, 11 November, at the end of the first week of the COP, dubbed America’s Pledge, with the hashtag We Are Still In.California Gov. Jerry Brown had to shout above protesters from his home state, but then told them that he agreed with them: U.S. actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are currently insufficient. Photo by Justin Catanoso“The federal government doesn’t decide whether or how the U.S. takes action on climate change,” Bloomberg told a crowd of international leaders and media. “Those decisions are made by cities, states, businesses and civil society. The goal of the federal government is to support and coordinate those efforts. But if Washington won’t lead, mayors, governors and CEOs will. And there is nothing Washington can do to stop us.”It was a stunning, high-profile rebuke of a U.S. president and an unambiguous message to the world: Trump may mock climate change as “a hoax,” but most Americans believe climate change is real; that it is impacting the U.S. with sea-level rise, powerful hurricanes, record wildfires and drought; and moreover that action must be taken in line with the Paris Agreement to reduce the rate of global warming.Bloomberg, (whose foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, is underwriting much of the initiative’s cost), and others who spoke throughout the day, including Brown, former Vice President Al Gore and a delegation of five U.S. Democratic senators all emphasized the same fact: that non-federal actors in 15 states, 455 cities, 1,747 businesses and 325 universities combined represent nearly half of the U.S. economy.A standing-room-only international crowd gathered at COP23 Saturday to hear Bloomberg and others speak. Photo credit: Bloomberg PhilanthropiesIf together those forces were a nation unto themselves, they would rank third in GDP behind only the entire U.S. and China. Also, their combined efforts in reducing emissions, increasing energy efficiency and promoting environmental protections are adding up.“Over the last decade, the U.S. has reduced its emissions more than any other large country in the world, and the federal government was on the sidelines for most of that progress,” Bloomberg said. “The U.S. Congress did not pass any comprehensive legislation requiring cuts to carbon emissions. And the major climate initiative of the former administration – the Clean Power Plan — was held up in court. Despite that, the U.S. is already halfway to the goal it set in Paris of reducing carbon emissions by 28 percent by 2025 (over emissions measured in 2005).”Still, everyone recognizes that there is a long, hard road ahead. Even meeting Obama’s goal of a 28 percent reduction won’t be even close to enough to prevent dangerous climate change.Grateful and bemusedAmerica’s Pledge speakers stressed that most real climate action in the U.S. has long come from below the federal level – occurring at the state, city, corporate, academic and NGO levels. But now, given the Trump Administration, real climate-action leadership, for the first time on the global stage, needed to come from the so-called subnationals as well.Two non-U.S. speakers at Saturday’s event appeared relieved, grateful and bemused by the post-Trump reality at this climate summit: Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the UNFCCC (UN Framework Convention on Climate Change), and Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, president of COP23.America’s Pledge represents a commitment by U.S. states, cities, companies and colleges to achieve the carbon cuts agreed to by the U.S. in Paris in 2015, despite Trump’s withdrawal from the agreement. Photo credit: Bloomberg PhilanthropiesA year ago, at COP22 in Marrakesh, Morocco, global leaders were thrown off balance by the unexpected election of Donald Trump. They openly feared the impact the loss of U.S. leadership would have on talks to strengthen the carbon-reduction pledges made in the Paris Agreement, negotiations that are crucial if average annual global temperature rise is to remain below 2 degrees Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2100.Now the two speakers embraced those Americans who claimed COP stands for Climate Outlasts Presidents: “This is a very special moment,” Espinosa told the crowd. “We welcome America’s Pledge and I will bring it to the parties (national-level negotiators) here in Bonn.”Added Bainimarama: “They may be called non-state actors in this process, but make no mistake, they are leading actors in guiding climate action in their cities and states. And we cannot do this without them.”Still to be decided is whether Bloomberg and/or Brown will get an unprecedented seat among national-level negotiators (even as the Trump administration fielded a small, staff-level State Department group at COP23). All indications suggested that they would be.Ironically, Brown’s 15-minute talk was loudly and persistently interrupted by protesters from California chanting slogans such as: “Carbon trading is a false solution for the planet.” “Nature is not commercial.” “Respect Mother Nature.” “No offsetting.”Brown, who has spent a lifetime in California politics, rolled with the hecklers and shouted above them, “I agree with you!” When the protesters quieted, he said: “This is why California has the most aggressive climate goals in the country; no matter what we do, we’re challenged to do more. And we will do more.”Laura Phillips of Walmart and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto told the crowd why they were eager participants in America’s Pledge. Photo by Justin CatanosoWhy they are inOther speakers at the event explained why they are committed to America’s Pledge.“With renewables, we found it to be really good for business,” said Laura Phillips, senior vice president of sustainability at Walmart, the U.S.’s largest employer. “We have more than 350 on-site solar installations in the U.S. alone. We’ve saved $1 billion in fuel given increased efficiencies over the past 10 years. These efficiencies are important to our suppliers and producers throughout our international supply chain.”Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto explained that his city’s renaissance – going from near-dead steel town to ranking among America’s most livable cities – has been built on environmental innovation, energy efficiencies and cleaner air and water.“If you look at what Pittsburgh has been able to do in changing its economy from the highest depression level in American history and building a new economy based on energy innovation,” Peduto said, “you can see where that can be expanded out to our friends and neighbors in coal country.”Aldon Meyer, director of strategy and policy for the Union of Concerned Scientists, attended the event. He said he was encouraged by the America’s Pledge initiative, but added:“It’s not going to be easy to get to the original [Paris Agreement] goal without the federal government. It will take more action at the subnational level. This effort is so important because they are going to try to get more people in the game. To reach the Paris goal of net zero emissions by 2050, we have to do much more. And that means getting the federal government back in the game, hopefully in 2021.”Justin Catanoso is a regular contributor to Mongabay and a professor of journalism at Wake Forest University. Follow him on twitter @jcatanosoFEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.Bloomberg addresses the COP23 crowd. Photo by Justin Catanosocenter_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Hornbill heroes: A conversation with a top Indonesian bird conservation NGO

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Article published by Rhett Butler With their ostentatious bills, raucous calls, and unusual behavioral traits, hornbills are arguably one of the most charismatic groups of birds in the tropics. No country is home to more species than Indonesia, which has 13.Hornbills in Indonesia are particularly under threat due to habitat destruction. Some species are also targeted by the wildlife trade, including, most notably, the helmeted hornbill, whose dense casque is made up of “hornbill ivory” that’s highly sought in China.Until very recently, the decline in hornbill populations in Indonesia has been relatively under-appreciated. But that changed in 2013 when Yokyok “Yoki” Hadiprakarsa, founder of Rangkong Indonesia, published a report estimating that the wildlife trade killed 500 helmeted hornbills a month in West Kalimantan alone.In June 2019, Mongabay interviewed Yoki Hadiprakarsa and Dian Hardiyanti from Rangkong Indonesia about their work to protect hornbills in Indonesia. With their ostentatious bills, often colorful plumage, raucous calls, and unusual behavioral traits, hornbills are arguably one of the most charismatic groups of birds in the tropics. While hornbills are found widely across tropical Africa and Asia-Pacific, no country is home to more species than Indonesia, which has 13. Within Indonesia, Sumatra leads the way with 9 species, followed by Kalimantan.Hornbills in Indonesia are particularly under threat due to habitat destruction. Vast areas of rainforest have been cleared for plantations and agriculture, while many of the forests that remain have been impacted by logging, which often focuses on trees hornbills depend upon for food and shelter. Some species are also targeted by the wildlife trade, including most notably, the helmeted hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil), whose dense casque (a showy protrusion atop the animal’s bill) is made up of “hornbill ivory” that’s highly sought in China.Rhinoceros hornbill in Indonesia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.The loss of hornbills is having real and significant impacts on Asian forests, since hornbills are critically important seed dispersers. When they are extirpated from a forest, that ecosystem’s ecological function is degraded.Until very recently, the decline in hornbill populations in Indonesia was relatively under-appreciated. But that changed in 2013 when Yokyok “Yoki” Hadiprakarsa, founder of the Indonesian Hornbill Conservation Society, better known in Indonesian as Rangkong Indonesia, published a report estimating that the wildlife trade killed 500 helmeted hornbills a month in West Kalimantan alone. That finding shocked NGOs and the Indonesian government into action.Today, Rankong Indonesia is recognized as one of the leading organizations working on hornbill conservation in Indonesia. In a recent visit to Kapuas Hulu, West Kalimantan, Mongabay had an opportunity to travel with Dian Hardiyanti of Rangkong Indonesia to one of the group’s projects with the Dayak Iban community of Sungai Utik. After the visit, Mongabay also spoke with Rangkong Indonesia founder Yoki Hadiprakarsa. Below is an interview with the two hornbill conservationists.Dian Hardiyanti. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.Yoki Hadiprakarsa in the field. Courtesy of Rangkong-Indonesia.AN INTERVIEW WITH DIAN HARDIYANTI and YOKYOK HADIPRAKARSAMongabay: What is your background and how did you come to work with hornbills?Dian: My educational background is Bachelor of Science at Pakuan University, Bogor. My passion for conservation led me to do research on the illegal turtle trade for my final thesis. After finishing my studies, I met Yoki and he invited me to join a very ambitious hornbill research project: a hornbills’ population assessment in a district located in Kapuas Hulu, West Kalimantan Province, Indonesia. I thought it would be a valuable opportunity to improve my understanding and expand my knowledge as a researcher and conservationist.Sunda wrinkled hornbill (Rhabdotorrhinus corrugatus). Photo by Rangkong Indonesia / Aryf RahmanWreathed hornbill (Rhyticeros undulatus). Photo by Rangkong Indonesia / Riki RahmansyahYoki: I have a passion for nature, that is why I took a wildlife biologist as my life path. In 1999, I received a research scholarship from Wildlife Conservation Society – Indonesia Program (WCS-IP) to spent a whole year to finishing my undergraduate research on hornbills in Way Canguk Research Station in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, Sumatra. In the same year, I also initiated long-term hornbill monitoring there, which led me to be hired by WCS-IP as a junior wildlife biologist. After graduating in 2000 I had a great opportunity to present my first hornbill research in the 3rd International Hornbill Conference (IHC) in Thailand. This became a milestone because the experience exposed and introduced me the international hornbill community.In the early years of my professional career, I spent most of the time in the research station monitoring hornbill population and breeding. In 2004 I had a special opportunity to conduct province-wide hornbill survey in Southern Sumatra. Later, this research was used for my graduate work at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia in the United States.For the 4th International Hornbill Conference in South Africa, I was appointed as co-chairman for the Asian Hornbill Network. As for now, I’m a member of the Steering Committee of the IUCN-SSC Hornbill Specialist Group and Research Coordinator for Helmeted Hornbill Working Group. At the national level, I was recently appointed as Chairman of the National Partnership for Indonesia Hornbill Conservation.Yoki Hadiprakarsa in the field. Courtesy of Rangkong-Indonesia / Nanang Sujana.Rhinoceros hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros). Photo by Rangkong Indonesia / Riki RahmansyahMongabay: What do you do? What does a day look like?Dian: I’m a research officer at Rangkong Indonesia. I focus on hornbill research in Kapuas Hulu District. Every month, we visit villages and forests to do interviews with local people. We ask villagers about their perspective on hornbills, like do they have local wisdom about hornbills, have they ever hunted a hornbill in the past, do they have customary laws to protect hornbills, do they use hornbill body parts for traditional ceremonies, and how they get hornbills from the wild. In general, the Dayak tribe has a strong relationship with hornbills, because hornbills were being used for customary needs and figures prominently in their mythology as a symbol of courage.On each visit we also spend 10 days in the forest to conduct a hornbill population survey, which cover eight hornbill species. We mark where we find hornbills and hornbill nests. We analyze whether the quality of habitat for hornbills, including the prevalence of trees important for their diets.In general, hornbills are very important for traditional Dayak culture.Helmeted hornbill head. Photo by Rangkong Indonesia / Yoki HadiprakarsaHelmeted hornbill head. Photo by Rangkong Indonesia / Yoki HadiprakarsaYoki: During my undergraduate research, I found hornbill conservation in Indonesia is lacking in many aspects, despite the fact that we have the richest hornbill assemblage with 13 species and the largest habitat for hornbills in Asia. For example, in a literature search I found only 40 scientific publications over four decades related to Indonesian hornbills. Most of this research was conducted by foreigners and there were no integrative conservation actions for Indonesian hornbills. It was a bitter finding that encouraged me to persistently work with the hornbills.Since then, I have taken every opportunity to work with hornbills, whether I had support or not. In 2009 I launched the Indonesian Hornbill Information Center website (Rumah Informasi Rangkong Indonesia – RIRI, in Bahasa). The idea was simple: provide any information on hornbills, both popular and scientific. I was also collecting information on hornbill sightings and scientific publications on hornbills. For this, I didn’t get any support, since it is difficult to get financial support for non-celebrity species like hornbills. Later, I also started using all mainstream social media along with the website.After returned from the U.S., I spent most of my professional career working with numerous development agencies on projects related to biodiversity and conservation. I also worked independently on sustainability-related issues on various concessions from mining to palm oil. During this period, I witnessed the beginning of the helmeted hornbill crisis and, with the generous support from Chester Zoo Conservation Fund, decided to conduct the first investigation on the issue. Those findings about the extent of the crisis shocked the world.Since then, I decided to establish Indonesia Hornbill Conservation Society/Rangkong Indonesia as part of a research unit in the Rekam Nusantara Foundation, which we established with Ridzki and four other colleagues. Afterward, I tried to advocate at the national and global level to persuade people to take action on the Helmeted hornbill crisis. Luckily this worked and policies have been put into place at both the international and national levels. These changes have impacted both directly and indirectly sources of threat: hunting and illegal trade.How? Well, today most famous big international conservation NGOs have prioritized the helmeted hornbill. The Indonesian government has launched a national conservation action plan for the next 10 years (2018 – 2028). This action plan is paramount for the government to allocate more budget and direct its partners to implement the plan. For assurance, the government established a National Partnership for Indonesian Hornbill Conservation, not just for helmeted hornbill.From a global perspective, the Global Conservation Action Plan is also in place and range state countries, as well as NGOs, have also prioritized hornbill conservation.I’m quite happy with these outcomes, which builds momentum on top of our earlier work. With Rangkong Indonesia and Rekam Nusantara Foundation, we are going always work on the frontline for Indonesia hornbill conservation.Yoki Hadiprakarsa in the field. Courtesy of Rangkong-Indonesia / Nanang Sujana.Sunda wrinkled hornbill (Rhabdotorrhinus corrugatus). Photo by Rangkong Indonesia / Aryf RahmanMongabay: Can you give more more specifics on your initiatives?Yoki: The helmeted hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil) is the most hunted hornbills for its unique solid casque. In 2013, we found at least 6,000 birds were being killed by opportunistic or organized poacher groups across West Kalimantan alone. Many of the hunters live in the area where the Helmeted hornbill occurs and killed the birds for their daily survival. This is a bitter fact that we are facing.However, there are many success stories of beneficial relationships between people and birds through birdwatching tourism that gives people income while ensuring that the birds thrive. We strongly believe these communities have a great potential to be a conservation frontline for guarding hornbills. This idea is possible if there is an economic relationship between birds and communities without killing the birds.Three years ago, we initiated a hornbill guardian project in collaboration with Nature Conservation Foundation, India funded by the Whitley-Segré Conservation Fund. This project has laid the foundation for a hornbill guardian program with the Sungai Utik people and beyond. Such initiative will be the first in Indonesia.Oriental pied hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris). Photo by Rangkong Indonesia / Riki RahmansyahMongabay: What have been some of the key findings of your work?Dian: We found helmeted hornbills are getting harder to find, even in the remote forest areas, which might be a full two days travel by boat. It’s surely the result of hunting and habitat loss. The best potential habitat for hornbills is still primary forest, but we find the best hornbill population in hutan desa (community forest). My hypothesis is that traditional people protect the forest. For example, when they go out hunting, they are also monitoring the forest.In the cultural context, hornbill is used in many traditional rituals, such as welcome dances for guests among the Iban and Punan tribes as well as wedding and birth ceremonies in Dayak Pangin and Dayak Punan.Dayak Punan and Iban communities have customary laws built around a mythology that hornbills are their heroes or gods. For example, there is a belief that if you hear a rhinoceros hornbill calling during tribal conflict, you follow the call because it will lead you to a safe place.Dayak culture is very closely tied to hornbills. Therefore if they let go hornbills go extinct, they will lose their culture.Yoki: At a species level, my studies found that hunting is seriously impacting the helmeted hornbill population in the wild. In some areas, helmeted hornbills have been extirpated due to the deadly combination of hunting and habitat loss, e.g Kutai National Park. Sadly, our ongoing project found that hunting is still occurring, despite a drastic fall in the population and increased law enforcement. Why is this still happening? The demand still out there! Including some indication of demand for live birds!At a local level, I’ve found that communities have great potential to benefit from the presence of hornbills via bird ecotourism.Rhinoceros hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros). Photo by Rangkong Indonesia / Aryf RahmanMongabay: In general, is the public very much aware of the status of hornbills?Dian: The general public isn’t that familiar with hornbills. Due to educational materials we have in school, they are more likely to know species from other countries than native fauna. People are often surprised to learn that hornbills are endangered.Even in public spaces, the authorities often make mistakes or misunderstand between hornbill species. Our role is to educate them about hornbills and their status in the wild. We are doing campaigns and awareness-raising in several villages and visiting schools.Yoki: At the global level, knowledge on Indonesian hornbills is still surprisingly lacking. Even mainstream media still confuse hornbills with toucans and make other mistakes like using the wrong name for species, let alone understanding their protection status. However thanks to social media, public awareness on hornbills is growing.The global wildlife conservation paradigm must be changed to to support non-celebrity or less-known species which face serious threats.Indonesian hornbills are one of our greatest biodiversity treasures. Their ecological function of nurturing our vast tropical rainforest is irreplaceable. Indonesians should be proud that we have them in our lives, now and in the future to come.Oriental pied hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris). Photo by Rangkong Indonesia / Riki RahmansyahMongabay: Do you have advice for anyone wanting to pursue a career in conservation in Indonesia?Dian: Very few people in Indonesia work in conservation. People often think it’s hard, low paid, and requires going to remote areas that are seemingly dangerous. But, if are passionate and work hard, you will cope with all the challenges and find opportunities. If you’re going into conservation research as a career, you need to be serious, patient, and curious. If you’re a life-long learner, a career in conservation can be very rewarding.Banner image: A fresh helmeted hornbill head. Photo by Rangkong Indonesia / Yoki Hadiprakarsacenter_img Animals, Archive, Biodiversity, Birds, Conservation, Endangered Species, Environment, Illegal Trade, Indigenous Communities, Interviews, Wildlife, Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Trafficking last_img read more

UN and policymakers, wake up! Burning trees for energy is not carbon neutral (commentary)

first_imgArticle published by Glenn Scherer Adaptation To Climate Change, Alternative Energy, carbon, Carbon Conservation, Carbon Dioxide, Carbon Emissions, Carbon Footprint, Carbon Negative Bioenergy, Carbon Sequestration, Clean Energy, Climate, Climate Activism, Climate Change, Climate Change Negotiations, Climate Change Policy, Climate Change Politics, climate policy, Climate Politics, Climate Science, Controversial, Emission Reduction, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Politics, Environment, Environmental Ethics, Environmental Law, Environmental Policy, Environmental Politics, Forest Carbon, Forests, Global Environmental Crisis, Global Warming, Global Warming Mitigation, Globalization, Green, Green Energy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Impact Of Climate Change, International Trade, Law, Monitoring, Plantations, Pollution, Renewable Energy, Research, Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Trade, United Nations On September 23, the signatories of the Paris Climate Agreement will gather at the United Nations for a Climate Action Summit to step up their carbon reduction pledges in order to prevent catastrophic climate change, while also kicking off Climate Week events in New York City.However, the policymakers, financiers, and big green groups organizing these events will almost certainly turn a blind eye toward renewable energy policies that subsidize forest wood burned for energy as if it is a zero emissions technology like wind or solar.Scientists have repeatedly warned that burning forests is not in fact carbon neutral, and that doing so puts the world at risk of overshooting the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C target.But that message has fallen on deaf ears, as lucrative renewable energy subsidies have driven exponential growth in use of forest wood as fuel. The world’s nations must stop subsidizing burning forest biomass now to protect forests, the climate, and our future. This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the author. The handfuls of wood pellets and the green sleeves seen here are part of a biomass industry-supported PR campaign claiming that burning wood to produce energy is carbon neutral. But it isn’t. Photo credit: #ODF on Visual hunt / CC BY.We’ve all watched in helpless horror as the Amazon and other forests have burned in recent weeks. But there’s another, deliberate forest conflagration happening, ironically a result of climate policy — burning forest wood at power plants to generate “renewable” biomass energy.While burning wood is widely treated as “carbon neutral,” the physical reality is that burning wood emits more carbon pollution than coal per unit energy. You don’t need modeling to understand that while trees may be technically renewable, cutting and burning a forest emits carbon quickly, but re-growing forests sequesters carbon slowly. Even burning forestry “residues” — the leftovers from logging jobs — causes carbon emissions to spike.The science shows that to avoid catastrophic climate change we must protect and restore forests, not cut and burn them for energy, and that climate mitigation can’t wait the decades to centuries required to regrow forests cut for fuel. Yet in a display of stunning defiance of such a basic principle, policymakers worldwide continue to shovel billions of dollars in renewable energy subsidies into so-called “zero carbon” tree-burning power plants, which devour forests, decrease the forest carbon sink, and pollute the air.A special culprit is the European Union, which sets renewable energy policy rules for member states. Despite abundant evidence that the biomass and wood pellet industry is trashing forests and increasing carbon emissions, the EU re-upped their renewable energy policy last year to continue subsidizing forest biomass for heat and power.  It didn’t seem to matter that the EU received a crush of input from scientists and advocates, including their own science advisors, who warned:The legal mandate to record forest biomass-fired energy as contributing to the EU’s renewable energy targets has had the perverse effect of creating a demand for trees to be felled in Europe or elsewhere in order to burn them for energy, thus releasing the carbon into the atmosphere which would otherwise stay locked up in the forest, and simultaneously drastically reducing the carbon sink strength of the forest ecosystems… The potentially very long payback periods for forest biomass raise important issues given the UNFCCC’s [the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s] aspiration of limiting warming to 1.5 °C above preindustrial levels to ‘significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change’. On current trends, this may be exceeded in around a decade. Relying on forest biomass for the EU’s renewable energy, with its associated initial increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, increases the risk of overshooting the 1.5°C target if payback periods are longer than this.Adding to the pressure on forests, many countries, including the US and EU member states, also subsidize wood heating, which constitutes more than half the wood burned in the EU. Increasingly, thousands of firewood and wood pellet companies in the EU are hollowing out forests, including old growth beech forests in the Carpathian Mountains, home of Europe’s last tracts of wilderness. This subsidized wood burning is murdering forest ecosystems that will never recover in the lifetime of anyone alive today — all in the name of climate change mitigation.The special hypocrisy around biomass will be on display at the United Nations Climate Action Summit and during New York’s Climate Week (Sept 23 – 29), where countries and companies are set to announce their deepened commitments to climate mitigation.There it’s likely we’ll see countries trumpet emission reduction goals with nary a word about how much of this ambition relies on burning forest wood and simply not counting the emissions. These nations may meet their carbon pledges on paper — but nature will know they cheated.The UK, for example, has set a goal of net zero emissions by 2050, but currently pays over a billion dollars a year in renewable energy subsidies to the Drax power station, which burns millions of tons of wood pellets from trees stripped from forests of the US, Canada, Spain, Portugal, and Poland, as well as northern EU countries with fragile boreal bog forests — Estonia, Latvia, Sweden.The Drax power stations in the United Kingdom, one of the largest users of woody biomass for energy production. Shown here is the Drax biomass dome, which once burned coal. The UK has nearly eliminated burning coal for energy, cutting its official IPCC emissions, but is ramping up its burning of woody biomass. The uncounted carbon from Drax flows into the atmosphere, adding to climate change. Photo credit: DECCgovuk on VisualHunt / CC BY-ND.Few at Climate Week are going to want to acknowledge this inconvenient truth. Policymakers, corporations, financiers, and the big greens organizing the New York jamboree don’t want to pull this particular thread because to do so starts to unravel the whole sweater, revealing the massive assumptions involved in treating forest wood as carbon neutral.The money at stake surely plays a role — the billions in subsidies underpinning the last ten years of exponential growth in the wood pellet industry are reflected in the heady share prices of companies like US-based Enviva, which exports millions of tons of wood pellets to the UK, EU, and even Asia. Industry partnerships with the big greens designed to burnish “sustainability” credentials of wood pellets don’t exactly enhance transparency about impacts, either. The camel’s nose of the biomass industry is under every tent.Pine forests cut to provide wood pellets for power plants are replanted, so this energy resource could technically be called carbon neutral, but only over the long term. It takes many years for those new trees to become mature and for the carbon equation to balance out. Photo credit: ChattOconeeNF on Visualhunt.com / CC BY.What to do in the face of such blatant and deliberate damage? Working with allies, my organization, the Partnership for Policy Integrity, has filed reports with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) highlighting the systemic misrepresentations of the wood pellet industry and asking the SEC to require better disclosures of the actual emission impacts of burning biomass.When advocacy and science failed to add real forest protections to the EU’s renewable energy policy, we worked with colleagues to file a lawsuit against the EU for its misrepresentation of burning trees as climate friendly (the court has not yet determined whether it will hear the case).We’re putting this issue on the agenda at Climate Week too, with a documentary that rips the green veneer off the biomass and wood pellet industries, followed by discussion about the EU biomass lawsuit and bioenergy policy around the world. Policymakers are especially welcome to attend.Burning forest biomass is a triple hit to climate mitigation — it increases emissions, decreases the forest carbon sink, and soaks up subsidies that could instead be allocated to zero emissions technologies or efficiency.However, there’s a simple — though not politically easy — fix to this problem. The modern biomass and wood pellet industry is a house of cards, dependent on subsidies. Countries must stop subsidizing burning wood, and preferably, start subsidizing natural forest restoration. Cutting and burning forests for “zero-carbon” fuel should be considered a Climate Crime, not subsidized with tens of billions of dollars. We should have a renewable energy policy that doesn’t destroy forests — we owe it to the world.Mary Booth is an ecosystem scientist and the Director of the Partnership for Policy Integrity, a US-based nonprofit organization. This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 300 news outlets worldwide to strengthen coverage of the climate story.  FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, September 20, 2019

first_imgArticle published by John Cannon There are many important conservation and environmental stories Mongabay isn’t able to cover.Here’s a digest of some of the significant developments from the week.If you think we’ve missed something, feel free to add it in the comments.Mongabay does not vet the news sources below, nor does the inclusion of a story on this list imply an endorsement of its content. Tropical forestsDeforestation in Brazil is affecting one of the country’s most biodiverse rivers (Biographic).A new “atlas” tracks infrastructure development in Indonesian Papua (CIFOR Forests News).A market for durian fruit in China is leading to deforestation in Southeast Asia (Reuters).Authorities have called on the military to protect the Basilan rainforests in the Philippines (The Philippine Star).Tanzania’s Hadza people won a prize for their work to address climate change (IPP Media).The environmental movement has its roots in the drive to save the rainforest (Vox).A hunter from the U.S. will be allowed to import parts of the lion he killed in Tanzania (National Geographic, The Guardian).Deforestation is rampant on the “lawless frontier” in the Brazilian Amazon (Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal).One expert argues that the biodiversity in Borneo is more financially valuable that the uses that require deforestation (Forbes).Other newsMammoths once made their last stand on an island in the Arctic that’s now a refuge for wild animals in a changing climate (Biographic).Young people are shifting the debate on climate change. Here’s why (Nature News, Los Angeles Times) …… As new research shows that the majority of U.S. teens worry about the crisis (The Washington Post).Greta Thunberg, one of the teenage leaders of the climate movement, told the U.S. Congress that lawmakers need to read the U.N.’s latest report (The Washington Post).The Trump administration aims to strip California of its abilities to impose stricter air quality standards on vehicle manufacturers (The Washington Post, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times).Scientists debate the merits of replacing an extinct subspecies of cheetah in India with one from Africa (The Atlantic).Climate change is threatening populations of Chinook salmon (The New York Times).Particulate from air pollution can end up in the placentas of pregnant women, scientists have found (Los Angeles Times).Gender equality needs to be a part of addressing climate change, a new report has found (Ensia).Fossil fuel companies plan to have a sideline meeting next week during the U.N. climate conference (The Guardian).The Mosaic expedition will study the effects of climate change on the Arctic (The New York Times).Climate change has a broad reach, says the Economist newspaper in an edition dedicated to the subject (The Economist).The U.N. Secretary General’s special envoy for the ocean says that commitments aren’t enough to save the world’s marine environments from climate change (Time).Banner image of a lion in Tanzania by John C. Cannon/Mongabay.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Conservation, Environment, Weekly environmental news update center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Audio: The sounds of tropical katydids and how they can benefit conservation

first_imgAnimals, Bioacoustics, Bioacoustics and conservation, Conservation, Environment, Insects, Interviews, Podcast, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Article published by Mike Gaworecki Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Laurel Symes is assistant director of the Center for Conservation Bioacoustics at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology at Cornell University in the United States. We’ve frequently featured bioacoustic recordings here on the Mongabay Newscast, and it’s not been uncommon for the researchers we spoke with to have used recording equipment designed at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, or to have received support and research assistance from staff at the Lab. So we thought it would be useful to get Symes to start off by telling us a bit about the Center for Conservation Bioacoustics at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and what it does.Symes’ own research is currently focused on using machine learning to detect and identify tropical katydids via the sounds they produce. Katydids are grasshopper-like insects that are important to the rainforest food web, as they eat a lot of plants and are in turn eaten by a lot of other species, including birds, bats, monkeys, frogs, and more.Symes is here today to discuss how the study of katydids might benefit tropical forest conservation efforts more broadly, how machine learning is aiding her bioacoustic work, and to plays for us some of the katydid sounds that she’s captured.Here’s this episode’s top news:2019 was second-hottest year on record, 2010s hottest decadeIndigenous lands hold 36% or more of remaining intact forest landscapesUpdate to biodiversity treaty proposes protecting at least 30% of EarthOne six-week expedition discovered ten new songbird species and subspecies in IndonesiaPhylloptera dimidiata. Photo by Laurel Symes.Lamprophyllum micans. Photo by Hannah ter Hofstede.Katydids can be as small as your thumb or as big as your hand — and can weigh as much as a bird, as Symes tells us in this episode of the Mongabay Newscast. Photo by Laurel Symes.If you enjoy the Mongabay Newscast, we ask that you please consider becoming a monthly sponsor via our Patreon page, at patreon.com/mongabay. Just a dollar per month will really help us offset the production costs and hosting fees, so if you’re a fan of our audio reports from nature’s frontline, please support the Mongabay Newscast at patreon.com/mongabay.You can subscribe to the Mongabay Newscast on Android, the Google Podcasts app, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, RSS, Castbox, Pocket Casts, and via Spotify. Or listen to all our episodes via the Mongabay website here on the podcast homepage.Follow Mike Gaworecki on Twitter: @mikeg2001FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. On today’s episode of the Mongabay Newscast we speak with Laurel Symes, a biologist who is using bioacoustics to study tropical katydids in Central America. She is also assistant director of the Center for Conservation Bioacoustics at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology at Cornell University in the United States.Symes’ research is focused on using machine learning to detect and identify tropical katydids via the sounds they produce. Katydids are grasshopper-like insects that are important to the rainforest food web, as they eat alot of plants and are in turn eaten by alot of other species, including birds, bats, monkeys, frogs, and more.Symes is here today to discuss how the study of katydids might benefit tropical forest conservation efforts more broadly, how machine learning is aiding her bioacoustic work, and to plays for us some of the katydid sounds that she’s captured. On today’s episode of the Mongabay Newscast we speak with Laurel Symes, a biologist who is using bioacoustics to study tropical katydids in Central America.Listen here:last_img read more