Experts blame Bolsonaro for surge in deforestation, warn of worse to come

first_imgArticle published by Karla Mendes 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 Between August 2018 and July 2019, an area of 9,762 square kilometers (3,769 square miles) of primary forest was cleared, according to data released by the Brazilian National Institute of Space Research (INPE) last week.The area, roughly the size of Hawaii’s Big Island, represents the highest deforestation rate in 11 years.Experts contacted for this story told Mongabay that the 30 percent surge of forest loss over the past year could be even higher for the coming months amid lack of enforcement and large cleared areas preceding fires in August and September 2019.The spike in deforestation is a direct result of the actions of President Jair Bolsonaro, who has been dismantling environmental agencies and environmental legislation to pave the way to open up Amazon protected areas to agribusiness and mining, experts said. The highest rate of destruction of the Brazilian Amazon in over a decade is likely to worsen through the term of President Jair Bolsonaro if effective measures to halt deforestation don’t come into force, experts warn.Between August 2018 and July 2019, a combined area of 9,762 square kilometers (3,769 square miles) of primary forest, roughly the size of Hawaii’s Big Island, was razed, according to data disclosed by the Brazilian National Institute of Space Research (INPE) last week.Experts contacted for this story told Mongabay that the 30 percent surge of forest loss over the past year could be even higher for the coming months amid lack of enforcement and large cleared areas preceding the massive fires of August and September 2019.“We are now in the new deforestation season which started in August 2019. In the first months of the new season, we are seeing even more deforestation than in the same period of the last season,” Carlos Souza Jr., a senior researcher at Imazon, a conservation nonprofit, told Mongabay. “If the federal government continues in the same way, there will be even more deforestation in this current season.”Official PRODES data showing annual deforestation (Aug 1-Jul 31 year) in the Brazilian Amazon since 1988.The Bolsonaro government has been highly criticized for its role in deforestation and forest destruction. While annual deforestation has increased over the past 11 years, the spike seen in 2019 is, according to many experts, a direct result of the government’s actions.“The surge [in deforestation] is definitely a result of both President Bolsonaro’s rhetoric and his concrete actions in dismantling IBAMA [Brazil’s environment agency],” Philip Fearnside, an ecologist at the National Institute for Research in Amazonia (INPA), told Mongabay. Fearnside has dubbed this “the Bolsonaro effect.”The damaging actions of the current government have been examined both by academics and the media. Some of these actions include weakening Brazil’s forest codes and environmental agencies, reducing protected areas, approving dangerous agrochemicals, overlooking and pardoning deforestation offenses, and denying climate change.“What’s so disheartening about Bolsonaro is that he’s tearing apart laws and environmental safeguards that have taken many years to create,” said William Laurance, a tropical ecologist at Australia’s James Cook University and a member of Mongabay’s advisory board. “The damage Bolsonaro is doing will last long beyond his tenure as president, as the demons he’s releasing are notoriously hard to control.”The Ministry of Environment did not reply to requests for comment.President Jair Bolsonaro has been criticized for dismantling IBAMA, Brazil’s environment agency. In this photo IBAMA agents remove deforestation machinery from the forest. Image by Vinícius Mendonça/Ibama [CC BY 2.0.]Why is deforestation increasing?Deforestation rates had been higher in the past — 27,000 square kilometers (10,400 square miles) in 2004, and 29,000 square kilometers (11,200 square miles) in 1995 — but these peaks of deforestation were closely linked to an expansion of the economy driven by a commodity boom, said Cláudio Almeida, a senior technologist at INPE.“The current increase has much lower absolute values. However, it is concerning that even in an economically difficult environment deforestation is on a steady upward trend for about seven years,” Almeida said.The increased pace of deforestation, said Souza, is alarming because soon more than 20 percent of the forest will be lost: “If we continue to lose forest at this pace, we may reach the forest dieback tipping point faster.”Natural forest covering in the Brazilian Amazon according to data aggregated by MapBiomas.Carlos Nobre, a senior researcher at the University of São Paulo’s Institute for Advanced Studies and a noted expert on the Amazon and climate change, expressed similar concerns.“The implications [of this data] are far reaching,” Nobre said. “Most worrying is the fact that a synergistic combination of deforestation, global warming and increased vulnerability of the forest to fires may drive 50 percent to 60 percent of the forest past a tipping point of savannization.”In this scenario, large areas of the Amazon would dry out and change from tropical rainforest to savanna. There is already evidence that the Amazon Basin is drying out faster than climate models have predicted. In the southern and eastern Amazon, the dry season is becoming longer, drier and warmer.“If duration of the dry season exceeds four months,” Nobre said, “[the Amazon] will turn into a dry tropical savanna. The impact will be huge, resulting in the release of over 200 billion tons of CO2, tremendous loss of biodiversity and impacts on rainfall systems in distant locations in South America.”Nobre said that areas such as river floodplains, where trees can access groundwater year-round, may retain forests, creating forest fragments. However, these fragments may be insufficient to support the wildlife that live in the Amazon, including animals such as jaguars and primates, which need large areas of connected land to thrive.What can be done?The biggest obstacle to reducing deforestation, according to Souza, is the lack of actions to implement measures to control deforestation. “Brazil knows how to do that, and had successfully reduced deforestation,” Souza said, referring to an action plan for the prevention and control of deforestation in the Legal Amazon, the region encompassing Brazil’s nine Amazonian states. Known as PPCDAM, this plan addressed land tenure and territorial planning, environmental monitoring and control, and fostering sustainable production, according to Souza.“What I believe,” Almeida said, “is that making deforestation rates fall again will require strong enforcement and oversight with the presence of the state, while society needs to renegotiate sustainable production measures, such as the moratorium on production only in areas deforested before the forest code.”A male jaguar  (Panthera onca palustris) rests along the Rio Negro, in Brazil. The animal is fitted with a tracker device around its neck which allows researchers to study its movements. Though riparian areas may retain forests fragments, animals such and the jaguar require large areas of connected land to thrive. Photo by Charles J Sharp [CC BY-SA 4.0]Brazilian beef, soy and mineral imports by countries and companies also continue to drive deforestation. If companies rigorously worked toward a deforestation-free supply, Nobre said, deforestation could be drastically reduced in as little as five years.However, unless there are rapid and systemic changes in supply chains and effective law enforcement action, Nobre said, “it is likely that deforestation in 2019-2020 will be out of control.”Banner image caption: Dead tree in a pasture area in Novo Progresso, Pará state. Image by Vinícius Mendonça/IBAMA [CC BY 2.0]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 Amazon Destruction, Amazon Logging, Controversial, Deforestation, Drivers Of Deforestation, Environment, Environmental Crime, Environmental Politics, Forests, Green, Illegal Logging, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforest Logging, Rainforests, Saving The Amazon, Threats To The Amazon, Tropical Deforestation last_img read more

The long goodbye: Study declares ancient Chinese paddlefish extinct

first_imgAnimals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Critically Endangered Species, Endangered Species, Environment, Extinction, Fish, Freshwater Animals, Freshwater Fish, Green, Saving Species From Extinction, Wildlife The Chinese paddlefish (Psephurus gladius) was last recorded by researchers in 2003. Subsequent local surveys failed to spot any individual.A new study based on a comprehensive large-scale survey in 2017 and 2018 and statistical analysis of previous records suggest that the species most likely went functionally extinct by 1993 and completely extinct by 2010.There’s always the possibility that individuals of a species declared extinct still survive somewhere, but in the case of the Chinese paddlefish that’s highly unlikely, researchers say.The factors that contributed to the paddlefish’s extinction, including the construction of a dam that split its population, also threaten other species unique to the Yangtze River basin. In 2003, researchers from the Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences captured, tagged and released a female Chinese paddlefish (Psephurus gladius) that had accidentally been caught in the Yangtze River. In just 12 hours, all communication with the fish tag was lost. That was the last time scientists saw a living Chinese paddlefish.The same team of researchers, led by Qiwei Wei, assessed the species as critically endangered (possibly extinct) for the IUCN Red List in 2009. But the Chinese paddlefish, listed among the world’s largest freshwater fish species with lengths reaching up to 7 meters (23 feet), likely went extinct before that assessment, a new study concludes. In fact, by 1993, the species was most probably functionally extinct; that is, it was unable to reproduce successfully and its population was too small to be significant in any manner, researchers have now determined.The Chinese paddlefish is, or rather was, a unique species. It was one of only two living species of paddlefish, the other being the American paddlefish (Polyodon spathula), part of an ancient group of fish known to have existed since the Lower Jurassic, 200 million years ago. It was also the only species in the genus Psephurus.“Given that the Chinese paddlefish was one of the two extant species of paddlefishes, loss of such unique and charismatic megafauna representative of freshwater ecosystems is a reprehensible and an irreparable loss,” Wei, a professor at the Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences and co-author of the study, told Mongabay.A map, top, shows the historic distribution of the Chinese paddlefish in, among other areas, the Liao, Hai, Yellow, Huai, Yangtze and Qiantang rivers, and coastal areas. Above, a specimen found below the Gezhouba Dam in 1993. Image courtesy of Zhang et al. (2019).The Chinese paddlefish wasn’t always rare. Historically it occurred across many large rivers that flow into the West Pacific, but since the 1950s it was seen mostly in the Yangtze River, researchers say. There, too, its numbers declined dramatically due to overfishing — estimates put harvests at around 25 tonnes of paddlefish per year during the 1970s — and fragmentation of its riverine habitat. A major death knell came with the construction of the first dam on the Yangtze River, the Gezhouba Dam, which blocked the routes of most migratory fish in the river, including the Chinese paddlefish. The dam split the fish’s population into two isolated groups, and prevented adult fish from moving upstream to spawn and young fish from swimming to downstream feeding areas.China listed the paddlefish among its protected species in 1989, which meant that it received more attention than many other endangered Yangtze River species. Wei’s team started carrying out smaller, localized surveys from 2002, but no paddlefish was ever seen.“There was mounting evidence over the years that the species is extinct, since it was not observed for so many years,” co-author Ivan Jarić, a researcher with the Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czechia, told Mongabay. “After the last survey in the Yangtze was completed and no Chinese paddlefish were observed, the burden of proof about its extinction became very large, and we realized that continued existence of the species needs to be carefully scrutinized.”The only way to do this was to launch a large-scale survey across the entire Yangtze River basin. So in 2017 and 2018, Wei and his colleagues collaborated with Jarić and other researchers from the Czech Academy of Sciences and the University of Kent, U.K., to investigate the status of the Chinese paddlefish by sampling the main arm of the Yangtze, its important tributaries, and two large lakes, Dongting and Poyang.By the end of the surveys, the researchers had identified 332 fish species. Not a single Chinese paddlefish was to be found among them.The research teams also scanned the available literature related to Chinese paddlefish from various published and unpublished databases, and found there had been a total of 210 sightings of the species between 1981 and 2003. Most of these records came from below the Gezhouba Dam. The researchers did a statistical analysis of the sightings and concluded that the species had become functionally extinct by 1993. In the upstream part of the river, the lack of reproduction, driven by the dam blocking migration of the fish, was likely the major reason for the species’ functional extinction. In the downstream section, its numbers fell both due to habitat degradation and because the fish would get entangled in nets meant for other species, the researchers say.As for the Chinese paddlefish’s complete extinction in the wild, the researchers estimate that it happened by 2005 and no later than 2010.Timeline of key events related to the decline and extinction of the Chinese paddlefish. Image courtesy of Zhang et al. (2019).Could the species have been saved at any point? Perhaps, if action had been taken long before 1993, the researchers say.“Conservation measures, such as enabling upstream spawning migrations, habitat restoration, fishing moratorium, bycatch reduction, and water pollution reduction were likely to provide the best outcome if they were implemented timely, before the species experienced decline to very low population size, during 1970s, or 1980s the latest,” Jarić said. “In 1990s, after it became very rare and experienced functional extinction, the only solution was to try to capture sufficient number of specimens to establish a broodstock and conserve it ex-situ, until habitat restoration and migration passage problem get properly addressed, but the likelihood of success at that point was already quite low.”A few attempts to capture live individuals of the species were made in the 2000s, but by then the species was already too rare, and later, already extinct, Jarić added.There’s always the possibility that individuals of a species declared extinct still survive somewhere, but in the case of the Chinese paddlefish that’s highly unlikely, the researchers say.As in the case of the Chinese paddlefish, the window of opportunity may be running out for several other Yangtze species. The team’s surveys, for instance, failed to record 140 other species previously reported in the Yangtze basin. Many of these species are highly endangered.The baiji (Lipotes vexillifer), or Yangtze River dolphin, was last recorded, with photo evidence, in the river in 2002, and has never been spotted again. Although listed as critically endangered, the baiji, too, is thought to be extinct. Other species, such as the long spiky-head carp (Luciobrama macrocephalus) and Sichuan shoveljaw fish (Onychostoma angustistomata), have also not been recorded from the Yangtze in many years, and their conservation status hasn’t been evaluated for the IUCN Red List.Assessing the extinction risk of all Yangtze threatened species is a gap that needs to be filled urgently, the researchers say. “In addition, the present search and rescue work on other possibly extinct species, such as Baiji and Reeves shad [Tenualosa reevesii], should not be stopped but intensified,” Wei said. “The dead are dead, take care of the species that are about to go extinct.”The Yangtze River is also a story of caution. The river’s fishery has collapsed, Wei said, with water conservancy projects, pollution, and navigation projects having had considerable negative impacts on fishery yields. “The maximum yield of 427.22 thousand tons was reported in 1954, and the minimum yield of 46.50 thousand tons was in 2011,” he said.The species of the Yangtze need urgent attention. But extinction isn’t usually seen immediately, and for some species it may already be too late.“Extinction often occurs with a lag, after the window of conservation opportunity closes, many other highly endangered species in the Yangtze basin have probably already passed the point of no return,” Jarić said.“Extinction of such a unique, large freshwater species, a relict of ancient fauna that inhabited the Earth for hundreds of millions of years, is a tragic loss,” he added. “Moreover, it shows that we are unsuccessful at preventing extinction even of such high-profile species that were getting a lot of public, research and conservation attention. What chances then all the other highly threatened species have, especially those inconspicuous and unattractive?”Citation:Zhang, H., Jarić, I., Roberts, D. L., He, Y., Du, H., Wu, J., … & Wei, Q. (2019). Extinction of one of the world’s largest freshwater fishes: Lessons for conserving the endangered Yangtze fauna. Science of The Total Environment, 136242. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.136242 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 Shreya Dasguptalast_img read more

For Colombia, 2019 was a year of environmental discontent

first_imgOn Nov. 21, 2019, widespread national strikes began to break out in Colombia and have continued on and off since then.The protests include public demands over matters like austerity measures and working toward a robust domestic environmental agenda.Among the most intense issues for Colombia in 2019 were deforestation, the murders of social, environmental, and indigenous leaders, the debate over fracking, the increase in extractive activities, and restrictions on citizen participation in deciding the latter. In Colombia, a year of crucial environmental decisions ended with a national strike that began on Nov. 21, 2019. Various social sectors say they are dissatisfied with President Iván Duque and his administration’s policies. Members of affected groups, including indigenous people, teachers, students, workers, and human rights activists, have been taking to the streets in protest.Several Colombian environmental leaders have also united under what has been called the “National Strike Committee,” which demands solutions and actions from the government in the face of the murders of environmental and social leaders. The public outcry has given momentum to existing movements on the issues of deforestation, fracking, limits on citizen participation, and the protection of biodiversity.Several Colombian artists organized free concerts on Dec. 8, 2019. This concert and demonstration in Bogotá attracted thousands of attendees. Image by Santiago Cruz (@SantiCruz) via Twitter.So far, two major environmental negotiation meetings have taken place. The first, on Nov. 28, created tension as Carlos Andrés Santiago, of the National Environmental Movement of Colombia and the Alliance for a Colombia Free of Fracking, said the protestors wanted “negotiation and agreements, and not just for the president to listen, but that he takes concrete actions directed at solving the requests.”A second meeting was held on Dec. 6. Ricardo Lozano, the minister of the environment, said the environmental issues would be prioritized and discussed during the next series of meetings.The fight against deforestationReducing Colombia’s deforestation rate was one of the country’s main goals for 2019. In 2017, deforestation in Colombia totaled 219,973 hectares (543,565 acres), and 65.5 percent of that forest loss was concentrated in the Amazon. It was expected that the rate would increase in 2018, but Colombians were surprised to see a decrease of about 10 percent, to 197,159 ha (487,190 acres). These figures were published in July 2019 by the Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies (IDEAM) of Colombia.However, a greater portion of the deforestation in 2018, 70 percent, was within the Amazon. Land grabbing, land speculation and extensive cattle ranching continue to grow, and three national parks — Tinigua, La Macarena, and Chiribiquete — continue to lose enormous swaths of forested areas.According to a report by IDEAM, there was a 12 percent decrease in the number of deforestation alerts in the Amazon during the third quarter of 2019 compared to the third quarter of 2018. Lozano hailed the reduction, saying in November: “These are convincing results. We are on a great path, and President Iván Duque’s administration will continue to roll out efforts in the fight against deforestation, which is one of the nation’s highest priorities.”But experts consulted by Mongabay Latam say they are still concerned by the situation. “I thought [the deforestation in the country] was very bad, like in all the Amazonian countries,” said Manuel Rodríguez, a former environment minister. He said the government’s goal of permitting between 600,000 and 1 million ha (about 1.5 million and 2.5 million acres) of deforestation over the course of four years seems “absolutely unacceptable; it does not make sense. This cannot be the goal of a government. It needs to be much more ambitious.” Rodríguez added that “the government juggles percentages of deforestation, but what matters in the end are the absolute numbers.”With the Artemisa campaign, the fight against deforestation has become a military objective for the first time in Colombia. Image by Efraín Herrera for Colombia’s Presidential Press Office.In May 2019, the Colombian government publicly launched the Artemisa operation, a strategy to deploy the military in the fight against deforestation in the Amazon. The operation began in some national parks, including Chiribiquete, La Macarena, Tinigua, and Cordillera de los Picachos. At this point, little is known about the success of the operation.Carlos Castaño Uribe is the director of the Caribbean Environmental Heritage Foundation and was the director of the Colombian National Natural Parks System for 11 years. In 1987, he took part in the scientific survey that would lead to the establishment of what is now Chiribiquete National Park. “I have not seen public reports, perhaps because it is still too early, but these military activities cannot be oblivious to a variety of complementary strategies,” he says. He adds it is necessary to provide opportunities to the many people living in the rainforest who, given their vulnerability, may end up being drawn into the destruction of their own forests. Rodríguez says it is important to create independent oversight processes and to follow up on their progress.Uncertainty over frackingAnother important issue for Colombia in 2019 was fracking. On Aug. 1, 2018, a bill was introduced in parliament that sought a prohibition on fracking. Carlos Andrés Santiago, the spokesperson for the Alliance for a Colombia Free of Fracking, said that if the bill was not debated between March 16 and June 20, 2019, when the legislative period ended, then the project would sink.That was exactly what happened, Santiago said, with parliamentary president José David Name, bumping the bill down to “sixth or seventh place on the agenda, and it was never debated, so the project sank.” Name has openly expressed favorable views of fracking, saying it “is a good alternative [to traditional oil and gas extraction] if done in a correct, controlled, and responsible way.”A march against fracking in San Martín, in the department of Cesar. Image by Gert Stenssens for CENSAT Agua Viva (the Colombian branch of Friends of the Earth).The debate over fracking did not end there. In February 2019, a committee of experts met to discuss the viability of fracking. They reported that Colombia did not yet have sufficient information or tools to execute the technique.The possibility of exploring and exploiting hydrocarbons using fracking was suspended by an order from the State Council, Colombia’s high court, in 2018. In late 2019, the State Council kept the fracking suspension in place, but ruled that it would allow pilot projects as long as they comply with the conditions determined by a committee of experts.The National University of Colombia’s anticipated report to the State Council is meant to help toward a definitive decision on fracking. “Before any pilot projects, the conditions set by the committee must be fulfilled. For us, that will take at least two years,” Santiago said.A definite ‘goodbye’ to popular consultationsIn late 2018, the Constitutional Court of Colombia said popular consultations could no longer hinder extractive activities in territories where such consultations were previously required. In 2019, not only was this decision maintained, but the court also ruled that mining and hydrocarbon exploitation cannot be prohibited through municipal agreements.“The ruling in late 2018 [about popular consultations] had another consequence, which was that it voided the Tauramena consultation of 2013,” says environmental lawyer Rodrigo Negrete. “They made the sentence retroactive for five years.” The current fear is that eight other popular consultations, which had all rejected proposed extractive activities, will also be voided.“That was what the government and the extractive sector wanted,” Negrete said. “Right now, there is a tutela” — a judicial mechanism for the protection of fundamental rights — “before the State Council since we consider [the sentence] unconstitutional.”Residents of Tauramena demand that the results of their popular consultation of 2013, when they said no to more hydrocarbon and mineral extraction in their municipality, be respected. Image by Diana Rey Melo for Semana Sostenible Magazine.Forty-eight municipal agreements had already been issued, but the vast majority were declared invalid by administrative courts in each department. “In 2016 and 2017, the Constitutional Court opened the door to activities like mining being prohibited using consultations and agreements, but two and a half years later, they said no,” Negrete said.In 2019, all avenues to stop extractive activities were closed. Negrete said these are regressive decisions that favor centralism and deepen extractivism while worsening the lack of environmental protection.Santiago said the government should do what is necessary to ensure that citizen participation has a binding effect on decisions about territory, because what they saw in 2019 was “a barrage of actions by the national government to limit the right to participation.”Obstacles in protected areasProtected areas in Colombia spanned a total 31.2 million ha (about 77 million acres) as of July 30, 2019. Although this number grows every year, the allotted budget does not grow at the same rate. In 2019, the National Natural Parks System opted to implement new resources to manage the large amount of land under its comtrol — an area almost the size of Italy. Its budget was close to $30 billion.Carlos Castaño knows firsthand how difficult it is to work without sufficient resources. “This is a growing problem because, despite all of the efforts made by the National Natural Parks System to continue adding to their protected areas, the resources keep decreasing,” he said.Chiribiquete supplies 60 percent of the surface water in the entire Colombian Amazon. Image courtesy of the National Natural Parks System of Colombia.According to Castaño, Colombia has one of Latin America’s lowest rates of investment in its national parks per hectares of protected land. “It is important to support the service of the National Natural Parks System so that they can do their job,” he said.In addition to financial constraints, those who protect Colombia’s national parks also face death threats. According to a collaborative article by Mongabay Latam and Rutas del Conflicto, park rangers have been threatened in the Colombian departments of Antioquia, Córdoba, and Norte de Santander, as well as near the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range.According to Harold Ospino of the Foundation for Conservation and Sustainable Development (FCDS), outlaw groups often aim to build a human presence in these territories so that they serve as a social base for their interests. “The protected areas have become corridors for armed conflict,” Ospino said. “It could be said that armed conflict turned protected areas into true war scenes,” he added.Unfulfilled promises to indigenous communitiesDuring 2018, three important pieces of legislation affecting Colombia’s indigenous people materialized. The first was the Línea Negra, which aims to protect the sacred sites of four communities living in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. The second was a law designed to strengthen the autonomy of four non-municipalized areas in the departments of Vaupés, Guainía, and Amazonas.Finally, a law was passed that created the National System of Prevention and Protection, which aims to protect indigenous communities living in voluntary isolation. During 2019, there was little progress.The environmental liabilities of mining companies are an area of major concern. Image courtesy of the Applied Biodiversity Foundation.Leaders murdered and threatenedOne of the key issues in Colombia’s environmental sector in 2019 was the murder of indigenous, environmental and social leaders, and the death threats leveled at many more.October was one of the most violent and critical months. One of the most impactful cases was the massacre of five indigenous leaders in Tacueyó, a town in Cauca department. Colombians had already been on edge since the June 2019 murder of María del Pilar Hurtado, the chief of the Administrative Department of Security. Her murder in Tierralta, in Córdoba department, sparked a large demonstration against the murders of social leaders in July.In spite of threats, Francia Márquez said he hasn’t lost the hope for a better future for the people of La Toma. Image courtesy of the Goldman Environmental Prize.The indigenous community is one of the groups that has suffered the most. “It is estimated that 140 indigenous people, of which 40 were recognized leaders in their communities, have been murdered this year,” said Diana Sánchez, director of the organization Somos Defensores. “It is a reflection of the fact that the situation has not improved and that it has intensified in some communities that show a lot of resistance in their territories.”Sánchez said that by Sept. 30, 85 murders had been reported. “October was highly violent; at least 11 indigenous people were murdered, and that is without counting environmental, community, or other types of leaders,” she said.According to Robinson López of the National Organization for Indigenous People of the Colombian Amazon (OPIAC by its Spanish acronym), “a genocide is being presented against the indigenous communities.” He said that in addition to the 41 leaders who have already been murdered, more than 53 others have received death threats in several departments.The indigenous people of Putumayo request protection for their territory. Image by Robinson López.Indifference fadesDespite the ominous scene for environmental and human rights activists in Colombia, several leaders and civil society organizations are hopeful: an increasing number of Colombians are pushing back against these murders and threats.“This year, even more than in previous years, there was a lot of solidarity, support, recognition, and legitimation of the work of human rights defenders by the national and international community,” Sánchez said. She recalled a demonstration on July 26, after the murder of María del Pilar Hurtado. “It was a really impressive expression of support,” she said, adding that the misconception that there were always armed groups behind these movements and that these defenders were not independent or had their own agenda had started to disappear.“There is proof that they keep fighting for their community rights even without guerrillas in their territories,” she said.Banner image: Members of the indigenous Jiw community at a meeting in Colombia’s Barrancón. Image by María Fernanda Lizcano. 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 Endangered Environmentalists, Forests, Governance, Illegal Logging, Rainforests, Threats To Rainforests, Threats To The Amazon, Tropical Forests, Violence center_img Article published by Genevieve Belmakerlast_img read more

TNT gets confidence back with game 2 win, says Castro

first_img98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Hotshots slip past Gin Kings for 2-0 lead LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESAfter three tries, TNT was finally able to solve the puzzle that was San Miguel.The KaTropa escaped with an 87-85 victory over the Beermen to level the best-of-7 semifinals series at 1-1 on Friday, giving them the confidence against the defending champions with still a long series ahead.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member “At least, our confidence is there again. It’s all we want to do, to win one, then let’s see. We know San Miguel is a strong team, so to beat them, we all need each other,” said Jayson Castro.TNT lost to San Miguel, 98-94, in heartbreaking fashion in their eliminations match last January 28 thanks to an Alex Cabagnot go-ahead three, and was again humiliated, 111-98, last Wednesday in Game 1, where Marcio Lassiter caught fire and poured 22 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnBut it was a whole different story on Friday with the KaTropa’s defense containing the Beermen snipers and forcing them to a woeful 7-of-26 shooting from three.Castro had a near triple-double with 10 points, 11 assists, and seven rebounds and was crucial in the clutch for TNT  after San Miguel roared back and took an 82-80 lead with four minutes left to play. Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte The KaTropa also shut down clutch performer Cabagnot in the end game, forcing him to give up the ball, and prevented Arwind Santos from making a game-winning attempt in the final 6.2 seconds.“We gambled to trap Alex so that he will give up the ball and it bore fruit. Again, it’s our one-on-one defense because we know that when it’s in the dying minutes, Cabagnot can shoot that ball,” he said.Castro said the KaTropa will bring in the same mindset when the two teams clash again on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“We can’t afford to be on in the first and second quarters, then be off in the third quarter. We can’t make too much mistakes because once we do that, San Miguel will run away from us,” he said. “We just have to give our team a chance to be always there in the end.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown View commentslast_img read more

Wladimir Klitschko says he’ll decide future within 2 weeks

first_imgThunder center Kanter’s father released from custody in Turkey  Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Klitschko, who reigned over the heavyweight division for a decade, is also fighting Father Time at the age of 41.His fight in London’s Wembley Stadium against 2012 Olympic champion Joshua, 14 years his junior, was one of the best heavyweight bouts in recent times.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundKlitschko fell to 64-5 in a career that began in 1996 after he won the Olympic gold in Atlanta. View comments Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. APHAMBURG, Germany — Former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko says he’ll decide whether to have a rematch with Anthony Joshua “within the next two weeks.”Klitschko, who lost by an 11th round TKO in a pulsating bout with the Briton on April 29, says in comments reported by news agency dpa, “My life isn’t only sport and boxing,” and that he’s planning “the career after the career.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Swing Out Sister back to PH this April End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Caymanas tips

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Region 2 projects moving at a snail’s pace

first_img… implementation of Budget 2016 lagging – Regional ChairmanThe implementation of Region Two’s budget has been moving at a snail’s pace, and scores of residents living in the agricultural region from Pomeroon to Supenaam have been complaining bitterly as many of the bridges and roads are still to be fixed.Region Two Chairman Devanand RamdattIn total, Region Two’s overall budget for 2016 is $3,432,836,000 which includes Capital and current expenditure.According to Regional Chairman Devanand Ramdatt, as of November 30, 2016, only 85 per cent of the budget or $2.9 billion was utilised.During an interview with Guyana Times on Wednesday, Ramdatt reminded that last year, approximately $79 million was sent back to the National Treasury. As a result, many beneficial projects which could have enhanced the livelihood of residents were not executed.He further explained that only 79 per cent of road maintenance works were completed.The Regional Chairman said many residents are visiting his office expressing their concerns over the condition of several roads and areas that are filled with pot holes.“There is still much to be done with regards to the maintenance of bridges, drainage and irrigation works and maintenance of infrastructure,” Ramdatt added.In relation to all the unspent monies, the Regional Chairman registered his concern that if there is not a timely utilisation of funds, then the region will see the allocation being sent back to the national coffers.Residents and farmers will then be denied meaningful developmental projects, he stressed.Residents are therefore calling on the Regional Executive Officer, Rupert Hopkinson, to ensure that the monies allocated for Region Two are spent wisely, to ensure the continued progress in all sectors within the region.last_img read more

Benzema blundered on sex-tape- Deschamps

first_img0Shares0000French head coach Didier Deschamps during the international friendly soccer match between Portugal and France held at Alvalade Stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, 04 September 2015. PHOTO/EFEMADRID, December 19- Karim Benzema has made a mistake over the sex-tape case and cannot play for France at Euro 2016 until his name is cleared, France coach Didier Deschamps said.The troubled Real Madrid striker faces criminal charges after allegedly becoming embroiled in a sex-tape blackmail attempt against international teammate Mathieu Valbuena. “For the moment it’s not possible” for Benzema to play at next year’s championships hosted by France, Deschamps told Le Parisien newspaper.“He (Benzema) hasn’t appreciated the situation he’s in” says Deschamps in reference to Benzema’s angry reaction at being left out of the national squad.“He’s made a mistake, that’s clear.”Deschamps said the decision to leave the player out “was both ethically and morally coherent”.Of Valbuena Deschamps said “he is the victim in this affair”.“I’m not here to defend him as he’s not accused of anything” added the France boss.In contrast to the reaction in France, Benzema has received full support from Madrid with both coach Rafael Benitez and club president Florentino Perez insisting they have faith that his name will eventually be cleared.“Benzema is doing okay. He’s going through a difficult time but his conscience is clear, sure in the fact that he has done nothing wrong,” Pérez told Madrid radio station Cadena Ser.“I’ve known him since 2009 and he’s never done anything wrong,” said Perez who recruited Benzema from French club Lyon.“In six years here he has only done good things. He’s never been late for training, he’s never been rude to a coach, and has never shouted at a teammate. He hasn’t even picked up many yellow cards,” Perez insisted.Given the pressure Benzema is under it would be understandable if his form dropped but paradoxically he has scored 12 goals in 14 matches for Real so far this season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Man Utd’s Jones, Smalling sidelined with ‘long-term’ injuries

first_imgJones withdrew from the England squad last week due to a toe injury that appeared to be sustained in a training ground duel with team-mate Smalling, who days later left the squad with fitness problems of his own.Smalling has been spotted with his right leg in a brace and Mourinho said they both face a substantial chunk of time on the sidelines.Asked how long he expects to be without Jones and Smalling, the United boss said: “I don’t know.“I know that Zlatan (Ibrahimovic) and (Ander) Herrera have the last match ban, so it’s easy to say they will be available after the match.“I think clearly the two English boys they are long-term injuries and (Paul) Pogba I have no idea. I don’t know.”Ibrahimovic and Herrera miss this weekend’s match against West Bromwich Albion through suspension, while France midfielder Pogba is out with a hamstring injury.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000England defender Chris Smalling (L) and teammate Phil Jones take part in a training session at St George’s Park in Burton-on-Trent, central England on March 21, 2017 © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 31 – Manchester United defenders Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have been ruled out with “long-term injuries” suffered on England duty.United manager Jose Mourinho revealed on Friday that Jones and Smalling won’t be back in action for a prolonged period.last_img read more

Exclusive – Rodgers was banking on Sturridge to replace Suarez’s goals, claims former Liverpool star

first_imgEmile Heskey claims Daniel Sturridge’s injury record has made life ‘very difficult’ for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.The Reds chief has come under considerable pressure this season, but saw his steeds halt a run of four straight defeats with a 2-2 Champions League draw against Ludogorets on Wednesday night.Star striker Luis Suarez joined Barcelona last summer, breaking a key-partnership between the Uruguayan and Sturridge, which saw the pair score 55 goals between them.The England forward has struggled to maintain his fitness this season, and Heskey claims Rodgers was relying on the 25-year-old to replace Suarez’s goals.“Everybody knew Suarez was going and Rodgers was obviously looking towards the following season and thinking he would have Daniel Sturridge for the majority of the season,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.“He was lethal himself, even when Suarez was suspended for the first ten games of the season.“When you lose Suarez, as well as Sturridge, and the strike force that you have coming in haven’t really hit the ground running, it makes it very difficult [for Rodgers].”last_img read more