Women in small-island states exposed to high levels of mercury: study

first_imgArticle published by Basten Gokkon 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 Air Pollution, Coal, Environment, Environmental Policy, Fish, Gold Mining, Health, Marine, Marine Animals, Marine Crisis, Mercury, Ocean Crisis, Oceans, Pollution, Public Health, Renewable Energy, Saltwater Fish, Water Pollution center_img Tests of hair samples from hundreds of women in small-island countries and territories found 75 percent had mercury levels high enough to cause fetal neurological damage.Nearly 60 percent of the women had mercury levels exceeding a threshold beyond which brain damage, IQ loss, and kidney and cardiovascular damage can occur.The report attributed the mercury pollution in fisheries in these regions to air emissions of the toxic heavy metal emanating from coal-fired power plants and artisanal gold mining.The researchers have called for a complete ban on the trade in and use of mercury, and urged a transition away from coal power to renewables. Women of childbearing age from small-island states and countries have been found to have toxic levels of mercury, a potent neurotoxin that can harm unborn children, a new report shows.The study took hair samples from 757 women between the ages of 18 and 44 years from across the Pacific, the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean. Nearly 60 percent of them were found to have mercury levels of more than one part per million, or 1 ppm — the threshold above which brain damage, IQ loss, and kidney and cardiovascular damage can occur, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).The mercury level associated with the onset of fetal neurological damage is lower, at 0.58 ppm, and the number of women whose hair samples exceeded that level for mercury was 75 percent, the study found.The researchers used hair samples from women ages 18 to 44 to analyze the mercury levels in their bodies. Image courtesy of IPEN.The study, published Nov. 19, was carried out by scientists from the nonprofit Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) and IPEN, a global coalition of health and environmental groups.They took hair samples from women in 21 countries and territories — including Fiji, Barbados, Comoros, Sri Lanka, and the U.S. islands of Molokai in Hawaii and Saint Lawrence in Alaska — where industrialization remains low and the population relies on local fisheries as a major source of dietary protein.“The highest level found in the sampling that can be confirmed was over 20 ppm,” Lee Bell, IPEN’s mercury policy adviser and lead author of the report, told Mongabay in an email.The report attributed mercury pollution in these areas to distant air emissions of the toxic heavy metal from sources such as coal-fired power plants and other industries, as well as air emissions from mercury use in small-scale gold mining, eventually contaminating the ocean fish. Waste incinerators and cement kilns are also big sources of mercury pollution, Bell said.“This study presents stark evidence that mercury pollution poses an immediate threat to a significant portion of the world’s population,” Pam Miller, IPEN co-chair, said in a press statement that noted that more than 66 million people live on small islands.“They are facing a double-edged crisis from coal-based energy,” Miller said. “Their homes are threatened with flooding as climate change causes sea levels to rise, while their food supply is increasingly contaminated with mercury from coal burning emissions.”Mercy Ritte, the coordinator of the Molokai hair sampling, described the findings as “devastating,” particularly after learning that her community’s traditional island diet posed the risk of infant brain damage and reduced childhood development.“I was pregnant during the study, as were a number of other women in my community,” Ritte said as quoted in the statement. “It is unfair that we are suffering here on our tiny little island because governments far away are not ending toxic coal energy, when we all could be using renewable resources.”On top of health and environment impacts from mercury pollution, the report also estimated a total of $77.4 million in lost economic productivity assuming a 1 ppm reference level, and $130 million if no reference was used.The researchers called for a complete ban on the trade and use of mercury, and for phasing out coal-fired power for renewable energy across the world to resolve the global mercury pollution.“As long as there is a mercury trade, it will get into the hands of small scale gold miners and be released into the environment either legally or illegally,” Bell told Mongabay. “There are many substitutes for all mercury uses and no need to use it any longer in any industrial process or product. It is no longer a necessary commodity.”Mercury is commonly used in artisanal and small-scale gold mining. Much of the toxic heavy metal, burned off after being used to bind gold, ends up contaminating the ocean fish eaten by coastal communities. Image courtesy of IPEN.A global framework agreement on the issue, the Minamata Convention on Mercury, came into force in August 2017. Countries that ratified the convention are expected to apply best environmental practices to cut back on the use of mercury. But the convention has been criticized by environmental activists, who say its restrictions apply only to new coal-fired power plants and can only be legally enforced five years after the treaty enters into effect for each ratifying party.Green groups have also taken issue with the convention’s lack of provisions to limit the number of new coal-fired facilities that countries can build, and questioned the effectiveness of the convention’s concept of “best environmental practices” for these facilities.There are approximately 3,700 coal-fired power plants worldwide, with another 1,600 being built or planned. These additional plants would boost global coal-fired power output by 43 percent.IPEN and BRI published a report last year showing that 86 percent of the 1,000 women of childbearing age they surveyed in 25 countries around the world had mercury levels above the 1 ppm safety limit, with most over three times that.“We are not optimistic under current arrangements. At the moment things are getting worse,” Bell said.He cited a recent report from United Nations Environment Programme that showed mercury pollution in the atmosphere had surged by 20 percent in the five years between 2010 and 2015 due to an increase in artisanal and small-scale gold mining and the operations of more than 3,000 coal-fired power stations.“If the Minamata Convention and instruments such as the Paris Agreement can’t deliver immediate action to end the global trade in mercury and replace coal-fired power with renewable energy, then politicians should seize the moment and issue unilateral bans on mercury imports and exports and declare an end to coal fired power,” Bell said.“No amount of gold or coal is worth the poisoning of the ocean and the damage it will cause to women and their children,” he said.Banner image of mercury used in artisanal gold mining by Manuel Sadarriaga.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. 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State governors support Bolsonaro’s Amazon mining, agribusiness plans

first_imgAgriculture, Amazon Agriculture, Amazon Conservation, Amazon Destruction, Amazon Logging, Amazon Mining, Cattle Ranching, Controversial, Deforestation, Drivers Of Deforestation, Environment, Environmental Politics, Forests, Green, Illegal Mining, Indigenous Rights, Industrial Agriculture, Infrastructure, Land Rights, Land Use Change, Mining, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforest Logging, Rainforest Mining, Rainforests, Threats To The Amazon, Tropical Deforestation 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 In a meeting with nine Amazon state governors called by Jair Bolsonaro to discuss the region’s wildfires, the president pushed the states to back his policies which seek to bring major mining and agribusiness operations onto indigenous lands. Doing so would be a direct violation of the 1988 Constitution.Backing Bolsonaro were the governors of Acre, Roraima, Tocantins, Rondônia, Amazonas, Mato Grosso and Amapá states. Only the Pará and Maranhão governors opposed opening more forest areas to development and favored upholding current indigenous land use rights.Most of the state governors agreed with Bolsonaro that indigenous groups hold control over too much Brazilian land that could be mined or turned over to agribusiness, greatly profiting the nation, while also bringing indigenous people into mainstream Brazilian society.The federal Congress is presently crafting legislation that could open indigenous lands to mining and industrial agribusiness. It is also preparing to vote on a bill that seems likely to pass and would allocate R$ 1 billion (US$ 240 million) to combat deforestation and fires in the Amazon and carry out land regularization. Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro met with the nine Amazon governors on August 27, 2019. The governors are seated on the right. Image by Marcos Corrêa / Agência Brasil.It is not only President Jair Bolsonaro who views rainforests and indigenous people as obstacles to Brazilian economic development. Seven of the nine Amazon state governors are in line with the policies of the chief executive, as attested to at an August 27 meeting between the president and representatives of the states within Legal Amazonia.Although the agenda set for that day was a discussion of deforestation and the Amazon fires, Bolsonaro used the meeting instead to push his development goals: abolishing Indigenous Lands (TIs) and protected areas to facilitate agribusiness and mining expansion.Those aligned with the president include the governors of Acre, Roraima, Tocantins, Rondônia, Amazonas, Mato Grosso and Amapá states. Only Helder Barbalho, representing Pará, and Flávio Dino, of Maranhão, opposed opening more forest areas to development and favored upholding indigenous rights as they currently exist.The need for continuing the Amazon Fund — with most of its assets now frozen by Norway in protest against Bolsonaro’s policies — and the need for land regularization were the only subjects on which the nine governors seemed to agree.Bolsonaro barely spoke of the Amazon fires, except to say that they “are below average compared to the last few years,” which is false; the last time January-to-August fire totals were higher than now was 2010, according to the administration’s own data. Bolsonaro spent more time attacking the demarcation of indigenous lands and the extent of preserved areas.One example: when Acre Vice Governor Wherles Fernandes Da Rocha asked for federal help with the fires, the president completely changed the topic:“You talked about an environmental problem. Approximately how much of your state is taken over by indigenous reserves and ecological stations?” the president asked.“We have 14 percent open areas; the rest is forest,” replied the vice governor.“So on 86 percent [of your state’s lands] you cannot do anything. It is a state that has 86 percent of its territory unfeasible [for production], even for sustainable exploitation,” said Bolsonaro.The President responded with similar single-mindedness after other governors spoke, asking about, or quoting numbers of, existing and yet to be demarcated indigenous lands and protected areas in the respective states.Bolsonaro asked Roraima Governor Antonio Denarium: “Do you have any idea why so many indigenous lands were demarcated in your state?”“It was the result of indigenous policy,” Denarium replied. “Roraima is not [only] the richest portion of land in Brazil, it is the richest portion of land in the world, and indigenous areas and NGOs throughout the country are concentrated there where we have our wealth.… We have to do mineral exploration in indigenous areas. Roraima can be the nation’s [economic] savior as long as it exploits minerals [on indigenous lands].”In March, the Bolsonaro administration announced plans to permit mining on indigenous lands, including in the Amazon, with or without indigenous consent. The government also intends to allow mining right up to Brazil’s borders, abolishing the current ban along a 150-kilometer-wide swath at the frontier. The indigenous mining plan is in direct opposition to indigenous land rights as guaranteed under Brazil’s 1988 Constitution.The rainforest burns out of control in the municipality of Colniza, Mato Grosso state on August 24, 2019, just days before the nine Amazon state governors met with Bolsonaro. Image by Victor Moriyama / Greenpeace.“Indians want to work”Rondônia Governor Marcos Rocha briefly addressed the Amazon blazes: “It is not the farmers who are burning our Amazon,” he stated, offering no evidence to back his claim.Then, like Bolsonaro, he switched subjects: “I went to the Roosevelt Indian Reserve with [Environment Minister Ricardo] Salles and we talked with the Indians. They want to work because those places have the greatest riches in Brazil. Diamonds, niobium, gold, cassiterite and so many other ores. It is possible to use those resources sustainably in a manner that preserves the environment and at the same time enrich our people,” he asserted. While some indigenous people do approve of mining or agribusiness on their lands, there is no evidence that Rocha’s is a majority view, though this is a storyline pushed hard by the administration.Opening the rainforest to mining companies is also part of the plans for Amazonas state. According to The Intercept website, last June governor Wilson Lima began negotiations with The InterAmerica Group, a Washington DC-based lobbying company, to attract US mining and agribusiness companies to the state.Mato Grosso Governor Mauro Mendes spoke about the fires and on behalf of agribusiness expansion: “Brazil’s image is extremely important to our relations with most of our clients [in the] outside world. Sixty percent of the state’s GDP comes from exports. So when we have a problem [like the one] that happened a few days ago [with the Amazon fires] and took undesirable [international criticism], I got very worried.”He added: “There are 43 indigenous ethnic groups in the state. Next October we will have a seminar on mechanized agriculture on indigenous lands, and we already have 24 groups interested. That is because they want to have their dignity through their work, by exploring their lands.”Bolsonaro reassured the governor, saying, that Brazil can “include the Indian in our society; to a great extent he already wants that. We want to legitimize illegal mining [as well]. This [plan] is moving forward in the Ministry of Mines and Energy, and we soon intend to present a proposal to Congress, as there are very rich lands underfoot in the Amazon.”The federal government is currently preparing legislation to regulate exploration and extraction of minerals, energy and water resources on indigenous lands. According to official estimates, the document will be ready to begin moving thru Congress next month.The same day Bolsonaro met with the governors, the Brazilian House of Deputies’ Committee on Constitution and Justice (CCJ) approved a proposal for a constitutional amendment that would allow agricultural and forestry exploitation on indigenous lands. The text, which must go through a special commission and be approved by Congress, would allow indigenous communities to “be autonomous to manage their assets and the selling of production.”The President of the House Rodrigo Maia, however, said he will not create a special commission to move the bill if any controversy arises. Likely referring to the Amazon fires, he said “If something generates more negative narratives for Brazil, [the measure] will stay where it is, at the CCJ.”Members of the Brazilian Armed Forces, the Pará Fire Department (CBMPA) and IBAMA (the nation’s environmental protection agency), fighting fire hotspots in the municipality of Novo Progresso, in Pará state, September 3, 2019. Image courtesy of CMN.Voices of dissentContrary to Bolsonaro’s position, Pará Govenor Helder Barbalho defended the need for G7 aid and the Amazon Fund, by which developed nations provide money for sustainable projects that limit deforestation. “It is not right to give up that income. We all know the fiscal difficulties our states face,” he said. “And if the G7 signals with $20 million, which by the way is a very small resource… for the seven biggest global powers, I think we have to ask for more resources.” Bolsonaro has for now rejected the $20 million G7 offer.In addition, the Pará Governor proposed that private landowners be rewarded not to deforest, even in permitted areas. “We need to negotiate with them: ‘You will be paid by the federal and state governments to leave the forest standing and to produce more on the lands you already have anthropized [converted via human action],’” he said.Barbalho advocated not for converting more rainforest into agricultural lands, but for intensification of production to better utilize already degraded lands. “Our ratio is 0.9 head of cattle per hectare, and we have 21 million head. If we move to an average of three head of cattle per hectare, we will go from 21 to 60, [to] 65 million head [of productivity] without killing a tree. It would be an extraordinary solution, matching the conservation of the forest with the power and vocation of production,” he said. This is a deforestation solution that conservationists strongly advocate.Bolsonaro replied that no more lands would be conserved because the process has already generated “a true psychosis regarding demarcation and expansion of [protected] lands in Brazil.”About the Amazon Fund the president said: “Much of the money comes from abroad, and it comes at a price: demarcation of indigenous lands, conservation areas, quilombolas, national parks. That leads to a place we already know, Brazil’s insolvency. We will have to face that issue somehow.” He offered no evidence that receipt of Amazon Fund moneys has ever been linked to any kind of mandatory land conservation.Maranhão Governor Flávio Dino also opposed the president by arguing the importance of NGOs in managing environmental programs in cooperation with indigenous groups. “Demonizing NGOs is a mistake because there are very serious [nonprofit] organizations in Brazil and around the world, so we cannot say they are our enemies. Many of them have been operating in the country for decades… and they can help protect the Brazilian Amazon.” Bolsonaro strongly disagrees with this role for NGOs, and sees them instead as an invasive international influence and threat to Brazilian sovereignty.Dino continued: “In the same sense of cooperation, I would like to highlight the role of indigenous peoples. They are Brazilians, holders of rights that must be respected, [and their rights] are inscribed in the Constitution and we cannot ignore [them].”To which Bolsonaro replied: “Do you know how many certified quilombola territories [populated by descendants of runaway slaves] exist in Legal Amazonia alone, and how many are in the final stage of the demarcation process? 936. Indigenous reserves in the final phase, 54, and in the next few months, 314. That war is beyond the states, it is Brazil’s war. With all the quilombolas, the reserves, and with environmental protection, our agribusiness will be made impossible. And if agribusiness is over, our economy is over.”Determined to set his vision in motion, Bolsonaro ordered his ministers to meet with the governors on September 2 and send a package of new measures to Congress. In that meeting, five Amazon governors and ministers discussed measures to combat environmental crime and to promote forest preservation, while also exploring economic development. Among those attending were Minister of Agriculture Tereza Cristina (a ruralist with large agricultural holdings) and Minister of Defense Fernando Azevedo, who confirmed the arrival in the Brazilian Amazon of two firefighting aircraft from Chile.On September 2, Amazon governors met with a delegation of federal ministers in Belém, Pará state, for a new round of discussions about the environment. At center, Minister of Agriculture Tereza Cristina, and to her right, Environment Minister Ricardo Salles. Image by Marco Santos / Agência Pará.Congress actsOn September 3, Chamber of Deputies head Rodrigo Maia and the bancada ruralista agribusiness lobby met at the Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock (CNA). Perhaps fearful of international sanctions, they opposed Bolsonaro’s draconian environmental policies, and set an alternative environmental agenda to counter criticism from the international community for the increase in deforestation.Maia hopes to quickly put to a vote some bills that have consensus in Congress, including one that combats illegal Amazon deforestation and another that establishes a National Payment Policy for Environmental Services. If approved by the legislature, R$ 1 billion (US$ 240 million) will be allocated to combat deforestation and fires in the Amazon, with R$ 630 million (US$ 153 million) going to the Armed Forces, the Ministry of Environment and IBAMA (Brazil’s environmental agency), to combat and prevent fires, as well as for land regularization in the region. The states suffering from fires would receive the remainder.How exactly Bolsonaro’s plans to move large-scale mining and agribusiness operations onto Amazon indigenous lands will fare remains to be seen, especially now that the Amazon fires have attracted world attention. But it is clear that the president has strong, though not unified backing among Amazonian states.Banner image: President Jair Bolsonaro during the Amazonian governors meeting, August 27, 2019. Image by Marcos Corrêa / Agência Brasil.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 Article published by Glenn Schererlast_img read more

Hundreds protest pollution from coal-fired power plant in Java

first_imgHundreds of people in central Java earlier this week staged a protest demanding a resolution over waste mismanagement at a coal-fired power plant that has polluted their village.Residents of the village of Winong have since 2016 blamed the Cilacap plant and its Jakarta-based operator for polluting their air and depleting the water table.The local environment agency had carried out an investigation last year and ordered the operator to take measures to remedy the problem.However, the results of that investigation were not released untilthis week, and then only after protests from the villagers. The evaluation of the remedial measures has still not been published. CILACAP, Indonesia — Hundreds of people in this city in central Java staged a protest this week demanding a meaningful solution to a long-running air pollution problem caused by ash from a coal-fired power plant.The protesters, from the village of Winong in Cilacap district, gathered outside the district environment agency office on Sept. 30 to call for sanctions against PT Sumber Segara Primadaya (S2P), which operates the Cilacap power plant. They carried signs that read “The People Need Clean Air” and “The People Are Showered by Coal Dust,” as well as “We Need Proof, Not Promises,” in reference to previous statements by local officials vowing to resolve the problem.Protesters hold up a banner that reads “The People Are Showered With Coal Ash.” Image by L. Darmawan/Mongabay Indonesia.A map showing the location of Cilacap power plant. Image courtesy of Google Earth.Residents of Winong, a village of fewer than a thousand people, have since 2016 blamed the power plant for polluting the water and air in area. They say the plant’s operations have depleted the water table, and that any water they can draw up from their wells is salty. They also complain of a constant rain of ash peppering their homes, forcing them to clean up every day. Local children have reportedly been diagnosed with pollution-related ailments, including bronchitis and skin rashes.The plant, including its waste management facility, known as the ash yard, is located just 20 meters (66 feet) away from the village.After multiple complaints and protests, the villagers finally got an opportunity to make their case to the Cilacap district head, Tatto Suwarto Pamuji, in August 2018. Following that meeting, Tatto ordered an investigation the next month into the plant and the operator. The investigation involved environmental experts from Diponegoro University in Semarang, the Central Java provincial capital, and two of the Winong villagers.But the results of that investigation were never made public, according to Agus Mulyadi, from the Forum for Winong People Care for the Environment (FMWPL), who was present at the meeting with Tatto. Instead, the Cilacap environment agency and PT S2P met in November 2018 with the villagers to resolve the air pollution and mismanaged waste — without ever revealing the true scale of the problem. The agreement also called for an evaluation of the company’s efforts after four months.That evaluation was due this past March. “But as of September, there has been no evaluation,” Agus said, adding that the people were still suffering from the pollution attributed to the plant and its ash yard.“We don’t care how, but the point is, the ash yard has to be relocated because it has clearly polluted the environment, especially in Winong,” Agus added.Protesters hold up a sign that says “The People Need Clean Air.” Image by L. Darmawan/Mongabay Indonesia.Awaludin Muri, the head of the Cilacap district environment agency, wearing beige, meets with protesters from Winong village to address their complaints over the power plant. Image by L. Darmawan/Mongabay Indonesia.At their protest this week, the villagers met with Awaludin Muri, the environment agency head. They told him that their village continued to be enveloped in dust, adding “Please resolve this. Don’t let us continue to be victims of pollution.”The pressure appeared to pay off, with Awaludin handing over the results of the investigation to the crowd. In doing so, he said he had “paid off one of the people’s demands.”But another demand that remains unfulfilled is the publication of the promised evaluation of the plant operator’s efforts to address the problem. The protesters gave Awaludin’s team a deadline to resolve the issue within a month.“We acknowledge, because we’ve also gone to the site, that pollution is still happening,” Awaludin said. “In principle, we are working. But it’s unlikely to be resolved in a month.”Awaludin also said there had been a delay in efforts to contain the pollution from the ash yard. “The Cilacap [district] environment agency and the Central Java [provincial] environment agency have been working together with PT S2P on the environmental impact assessment,” he said.He added his office would boost efforts to manage the environmental impact in Winong from the power plant, including creating a dome to contain the ash from burning coal, and spraying water to prevent the ash from dispersing into the air.The Cilacap coal-fired power plant is located near a fishing port. Image by Tommy Apriando/Mongabay Indonesia.This story was first reported by Mongabay’s Indonesia team and published here on our Indonesian site on Oct. 3, 2019.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. Article published by Basten Gokkon Air Pollution, Coal, Energy, Environment, Fossil Fuels, Mining, Pollution, Social Conflict 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

Des supporters portugais se trompant de Francfort : c’était un coup de pub

first_imgParmi d’autres indices relevés par franceinfo, le compte du supposé Alvaro Oliveira n’avait été créé que quelques jours avant son voyage supposé. De même, taper “Francfort” sur un GPS depuis le Portugal génèrerait par défaut Francfort-sur-le-Main, rendant ainsi impossible de se retrouver dans l’autre Francfort, plusieurs centaines de kilomètres plus à l’est.C’est finalement du compte Instagram d’ “Alvaro Oliveira” qu’est venue la clé de cette intox : une publicité pour le magazine allemand consacré au football 11Freunde, “un des rares magazines auxquels vous pouvez faire confiance”, y a été postée vendredi. LQ/AFP Elle avait été relayée par de nombreux médias, dont l’AFP : l’histoire des deux supporters du Benfica Lisbonne qui s’étaient soi-disant trompés de “Francfort” en consultant leur GPS était fausse et conçue pour une campagne publicitaire.Jeudi, de nombreux médias ont rapporté cette histoire insolite : deux supporters portugais, partis de Lisbonne en voiture, s’étaient retrouvés à 600 km de la Commerzbank Arena où l’Eintracht Francfort accueillait jeudi leur club du Benfica en quart de finale retour de la Ligue Europa de football. En tapant “Francfort” sur leur GPS, ils étaient censés s’être retrouvés à Francfort-sur-l’Oder, situé à la frontière germano-polonaise, soit à 600 km de Francfort-sur-le-Main où se trouve le siège de l’Eintracht.Mais il s’agissait en fait d’une intox, révélée vendredi par franceinfo qui s’est appuyé sur plusieurs indices pour démonter la supercherie. Tout d’abord, l’auteur de publications sur le réseau social Instagram décrivant leur supposé périple, un certain Alvaro Oliveira, s’avère être en fait un acteur, Marcelo Rodrigues. Celui-ci avait publié une photo sur son propre compte Instagram le localisant en Allemagne, alors qu’il était censé être encore au Portugal.center_img Partagerlast_img read more

Racisme, corruption : Rodange contre-attaque, accuse Mühlenbach

first_imgC’est Joao Machado qui l’a confirmé mercredi à son président : il a pris sur lui d’appeler la fédération et Jean-Jacques Schonckert, la personne de référence pour toutes les affaires présumées de corruption. Le jeune portier de 20 ans et le vice-président de la FLF ont passé de longues minutes au téléphone, Machado a livré un témoignage circonstancié et il doit encore passer à Mondercange pour donner à sa déposition une tournure officielle.Il a forcément été conseillé au garçon de ne rien ébruiter. Mais déjà dans le club de Rodange, l’information a filtré : ce sont 1000 euros qui lui auraient été proposés par un intermédiaire ayant approché le garçon, prêté par le Progrès, afin qu’il laisse passer quelques ballons. Il en a immédiatement averti ses entraîneurs pour se «sécuriser s’il y avait eu la moindre histoire». Et là, l’histoire prend des proportions gigantesques.Le portier de Rodange se serait vu proposer 1000 euros«C’est la première fois que ça m’arrive, une chose comme ça, se désole Machado. Je ne m’attendais pas à ce que ça m’arrive un jour. Vraiment pas du tout. Et je trouve ça triste. Tout le monde m’appelle. J’ai 20 ans et je préférerais ne rien avoir à faire avec toute cette histoire et je me retrouve pourtant au beau milieu, avec des gens qui se disent ou doivent se dire que je raconte des bêtises. Non, jamais je n’inventerais une histoire comme ça!»La démarche est en tout cas extrêmement courageuse et risque de ne pas s’arrêter à un simple témoignage. Car aujourd’hui, si la tentative de corruption venait à se confirmer, la FLF organiserait très certainement une confrontation entre Machado et l’homme, toujours officiellement non identifié, qui a tenté d’acheter ses largesses.Le connaît-il? Son club semble indiquer que oui et Semin Civovic est formel : «Joao sait de qui il s’agit.» Cet homme a-t-il agi en son nom propre ou au nom de son club, ce qui serait extrêmement grave? «Je ne peux pas répondre à votre question», lâche Machado, bien conscient de ses responsabilités et prêt à se rendre à la confrontation pour faire éclater la vérité, celle qu’il a vécue en tout cas : «Je n’ai aucun doute sur le fait que la FLF fera son travail dans cette histoire.»Son président aussi. Assez remonté que le versant «SMS raciste» ait pris le pas sur la tentative de corruption, il tente désormais de rétablir une forme de logique dans l’acte d’accusation. «Finalement, je suis content que ce SMS soit sorti et l’affaire avec. Parce qu’il semble avéré que nos adversaires ont tenté de truquer cette rencontre. On peut gagner sur le terrain, mais pas avec des enveloppes!»Au milieu de tout ça, le championnat de Promotion va tenter de suivre son chemin. Les deux actuels «montants» sont sous la pression immédiate du Swift, qui pourrait bien profiter de cette situation explosive pour gérer tranquillement la fin de parcours et coiffer tout le monde au poteau. Dimanche, Mühlenbach a un déplacement très ardu en terre wiltzoise tandis que Rodange accueillera, lui, Canach. Avec un Joao Machado pas du tout ébranlé entre les poteaux : «J’ai la tête totalement libre. Moi, je n’ai rien fait de mal, je ne suis coupable de rien.»J. M. Partager [PROMOTION D’HONNEUR] Un SMS nauséabond a révélé une affaire tout aussi embarrassante de tentative de corruption. La FLF a commencé son enquête.«Hier (NDLR : mercredi), j’étais vraiment choqué.» Semin Civovic, le président de Rodange, a retrouvé ses esprits et son club a préparé un communiqué. Pourquoi? Pour plein de raisons. Pour se désolidariser du SMS extrêmement injurieux envoyé par un ancien membre de son comité, encore actif au club et qui a prévenu Rachid Boulahfari, ancien joueur du club et désormais à Mühlenbach, que la FLF allait être saisie pour une tentative de corruption sur Joao Machado, le jeune gardien de but du club rodangeois, actuel leader de PH, vendredi dernier.Sur la connotation raciste du message, Semin Civovic est clair : «Il l’a envoyé en son nom privé, dans le cadre d’une conversation avec un ‘ami’. Il n’a rien à voir avec notre comité et n’exprime nullement notre opinion. Si Mühlenbach veut porter plainte, cela ne peut pas être contre nous. Mais on dirait surtout qu’ils veulent nous mettre en accusation, alors que les victimes, c’est nous!». Et le processus visant à établir clairement les torts dans toute cette histoire est déjà en branle.last_img read more

Iker Casillas rassure ses fans après son infarctus

first_img“Tout est sous contrôle”, l’ex-capitaine de l’équipe d’Espagne Iker Casillas a rassuré ses fans en postant sur ses réseaux sociaux une photo de lui alité à l’hôpital, tout sourire et pouce en l’air, après son infarctus mercredi.“Tout est sous contrôle ici, une grosse frayeur mais toutes mes forces sont intactes”, promet le gardien de 37 ans, hospitalisé mercredi après un accident cardiaque.Le champion du monde (2010) et double champion d’Europe avec la Roja (2008 et 2012) “a souffert d’un infarctus aigu pendant la séance d’entraînement” de mercredi matin et a dû être hospitalisé, avait écrit le FC Porto, son club actuel dans un communiqué mercredi. “Casillas va bien”, son état de santé est “stable” et “son problème cardiaque a été résolu”, assurait le club du nord du Portugal, sans plus de précisions.Todo controlado por aquí, un susto grande pero con las fuerzas intactas. Muchísimas gracias a todos por los mensajes y el cariño pic.twitter.com/i3TXsELUGD— Iker Casillas (@IkerCasillas) 1 mai 2019 Partagerlast_img read more

Briana Williams reprimanded without any period of ineligibility

first_imgThe Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel (IADP) has ruled that sprinter Briana Williams will be reprimanded with no period of ineligibility after her two-day anti-doping hearing earlier this week. The ruling means Williams is now free to join the rest of Jamaica’s track and field team, to which she was provisionally named for the IAAF World Championships which starts in Doha, Qatar on Friday. Williams tested positive for the banned substance hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) and faced the IADP to determine whether she was at fault for it being found in her system. She pleaded not guilty in the postive test. A statement released by the IADP on Thursday afternoon says “The IADP is unanimously persuaded to the standard of proof on the evidence presented that the athlete, Miss Briana Williams, was in breach of article 2.1 of the 2015 Anti-Doping Rules as she had in her body a specified substance namely “HCTZ”. “The IADP finds that the athlete has established no significant fault or negligence as she was given tablets by her guardian and had no intention to cheat in her In-Competition sprint event on June 21, 2019. The IADP was referred to article 10.5.1.1 of the Anti-Doping In Sport Rules and this is relied on in its findings. “The IADP recommends that the athlete undergoes another education programme on Anti-Doping In Sports Rules as soon as JADCO carries out same.” More on this story in Friday’s Gleaner.last_img read more

Master Queen versus KZEE BIGNAME

first_imgRecent rumors circulating in the entertainment industry about a possible fight between two top entertainers has everyone talking.“The fool who hurt my Master Queen will not hear the end of it,” stated Michael Smith on facebook.“My boy KZEE is too caring and nice to ever hit on a woman.  I’ve known him for years and he has never lifted a finger to do so” stated Romeo Kamara on FaceBook.What happened on the night of March 21, 2015 between Hip-Co and Gbema artist KZEE and HottFm 107.9 radio personality and promoter Master Queen is unclear.Confirmed reports by the Metro Depot on center street say Master Queen made a report there claiming she was assaulted by Kolano Zulu, commonly known as KZEE Bigname.“KZEE accused me of not allowing him to perform at Soul Fresh’s show during their four day Hip-Co Crusade. I being a promoter for the Liberian entertainment industry would never stop anyone from performing and told KZEE that I was only reading artists whose names were listed by Soul Fresh,” she stated.According to the radio diva, KZEE became upset and rumor began reaching to her that he wanted to address her on the issue.“I heard it was bothering him after the show and one night while at a club, I saw KZEE and his woman there. His girlfriend approached me about it in the bathroom and accused me of trying to disrespect KZEE. Being that she didn’t know anything about the industry, I told her excuse and left the bathroom,’ she added.According to a witness who was on the scene, he says he watched and heard Master Queen and KZEE begin to exchange words in the parking lot of the club.“KZEE told Master Queen how he was just as important as she was and that her career was nothing without his. And  I heard Queen telling him that she would make sure his music or any content would never get played again,” added Ras.“Next thing I saw was KZEE trying to grab Queen and threatening her, but I didn’t see him throw any blows,” Ras shared.According to Master Queen, she was assaulted by KZEE.“He had a beer bottle in his hand and was trying to use it as a weapon on me. I remember even having to tell him that his bottle was too close to me and his beer was spilling on me,” she added.“KZEE swung at me and pushed me down. Other artists were there as witnesses and saw him do it. HottFM was called to come to my rescue, but he had escaped before they could arrive.” She added.Meanwhile, according to KZEE who left the country a day after he was accused of assaulting Master Queen, he is innocent.“I have a clear heart. God comes first, I never touched her. She said she would make sure that my career spoils and I told her I was popular before her. She said my songs will never play, and I told her that it wouldn’t happen and that’s how the argument went. It was not a fight,” he added.“Quincy B was on the scene, FA was on the scene, FA held my hand and pushed me back and said that I should forget about her. When I got home, I heard that she said I fought her and pulled her clothes off, which I could never do,” he added.According to KZEE, he went to the police and explained to them his side of the story and was never arrested.“I don’t have a problem with Master Queen. She’s my sister. I don’t take this to mean anything. It was just a normal argument, and I was surprised to see her posting stuff on FaceBook. She should have told me that I offended her rather than go to the police,” he added. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fort St. John Youth Advisory Council hosting writing and colouring contest for upcoming election

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Youth Advisory Council has caught some election fever as they have started a colouring and writing contest to spread the word of the upcoming election.The colouring contest is for kids aged three to 12 and will see participants colour an election-themed Frozen John. The writing contest is a little trickier as it will see children aged 13-18 write what they believe is the biggest problem for youth in Fort St. John. In addition, they will also have to solve the problem.Two children will be crowned winners of the contest where the will receive a prize. Prizes include a free Bouncy Castle Birthday Package Or an Archery Tag Birthday Party at the Kids Arena Field House.- Advertisement -The prize will be awarded before election day which is scheduled for October 20th.Colouring and writing sheets can be printed or picked up at the Visitor Centre and City Hall. The sheets can be found below:FrozenJohn-Election-ColouringContestAdvertisement Election-YouthWorksheetlast_img read more

TRANSFER ALERT! West Ham and Southampton ready to battle it out for Juve striker

first_img Simone Zaza in action for Juventus 1 Southampton and West Ham have been put on alert over Simone Zaza.The striker, eyed by both Premier League sides, is to hold crunch talks with Juventus over his future.Zaza only joined Juve from Sassuolo in 2015 but was restricted to just five Serie A starts last season, prompting rumours that he will be on the move again this summer.West Ham and Watford tried to sign the Italian last summer but the Hornets have dropped their interest this summer, which has allowed Southampton to emerge as potential suitors.According to Italian TV station Qui Studio A Voi Stadio, West Ham and Southampton are eagerly awaiting the outcome of Zaza’s talks with Juve and a bidding war could take place should the 24-year-old become available.With Juve planning to make wholesale changes to their squad this summer, Zaza is expected to be told that there is no guarantee he will be given more playing time next season and that he is free to move on when the transfer window opens in July.last_img read more