Three-way race for athletes for spot to Rio

first_imgThey are three time Olympian and four time Pacific Games 400m hurdles Champion Mowen Boino, double Pacific Games 400m champion and London 2012 representative Nelson Stone and rising star in the 200m and 400m Theo Piniau.Athletics PNG last year named the three contenders for this place and set out how the selection process will work.The athlete selected will be the one who, by the PNG Olympic Committee deadline of June 19, has the best performance by reference to the IAAF scoring tables in Athletics.The tables are a recognised method of comparing performances in different events, with each performance being worth a certain number of points.The better the time the more points it is worth. Whoever has the best performance this year up to June 19 will be selected.Athletics PNG President Tony Green said it will be very competitive.He said both Nelson and Mowen are determined to make it to Rio and with Theo improving it could be an one of these three.last_img read more

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Fantastic Beasts star Alison Sudol talks conservation and inspiration

first_imgIn an exclusive interview, the breakout star of the latest Harry Potter movie argues that it’s deeply important for people to connect with nature“Art has a profound ability to connect people to their own hearts, and to each other,” she says, and uses her art to inspire othersShe is herself inspired by how much more there is to know about nature, and were she not performing for large audiences, would perhaps like to study marine mammals Alison Sudol at IUCN’s World Conservation Congress, September 2016. Photo courtesy International Institute for Sustainable DevelopmentMusician and actress Alison Sudol has been connected to nature since she was a very young child growing up in Seattle. Playing under the name A Fine Frenzy in recent years, her songs have featured both subtle and overt environmental themes, so it was entirely natural that she became a Goodwill Ambassador for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 2011.Ms. Sudol attended the IUCN’s most recent World Conservation Congress in Hawaii in September 2016. One afternoon when not busy interviewing conservation luminaries for the IUCN’s official Youtube channel, she played a concert in one of the convention center halls for a huge crowd.The breakout star of the most recent Harry Potter film, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” in the role of Queenie Goldstein, she is now at work on a new film, “The Last Full Measure,” alongside Hollywood icons Samuel Jackson and Christopher Plummer. Despite her hectic filming schedule, she recently took time out to share what motivates her passionate activism for the planet.AN INTERVIEW WITH ALISON SUDOLErik Hoffner for Mongabay: Do you find the arts and activism to be good partners?Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”Alison Sudol: Art has a profound ability to connect people to their own hearts, and to each other. A large challenge in activism, one that I’ve personally struggled with, is how to open my heart enough to care what happens to nature, and how to maintain that openness despite the pain that it inevitably brings. The terrible things happening to the natural world on a daily, even hourly, basis can be devastating to the human being that lets themself feel it. It is also difficult to maintain a positive outlook, when the vastness of the destruction is considered. Honestly, it can get pretty depressing! However, I think it is deeply important to feel the connection to nature, to what we are fighting to protect, to the beauty and wonderment, the magic and the fragility, in order to pick ourselves up when we get discouraged. Art is a way of lending a human voice to nature, it can remind us of the great beauty within ourselves that connects all living things.last_img read more

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Government action needed on climate resiliency and food security in West Africa

first_imgIncreased extreme weather due to climate change and rising population could imperil West Africa’s food sources.Short-term planning and actions by non-state actors would do the least to combat hunger and climate impacts in the region.Burkina Faso and Ghana are already employing the study’s findings in their policies. While some leaders in Washington are barely getting their toes wet to address global climate change, researchers at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) have dived in head-first. A new study published in Global Environmental Change modeled potential future scenarios for climate change and food security in West Africa to determine how policymakers in the region can move toward a more sustainable and productive future.Ramatou Diouf is part of a women’s farming group that grows high-value crops for additional income. In Daga Biram Climate-Smart Village, farmers and scientists are testing a range of interventions to improve climate resilience and adaptation. Photo credit: V. Meadu (CCAFS)“Policymakers in the region have already used our scenarios to test their proposed climate adaptation strategies,” said Amanda Palazzo, a researcher with the IIASA. “When policy makers can visualize how their policies would work in the future, they can identify changes or actions to take that will yield more desirable results in all possible futures.”West Africans are extremely vulnerable to climate change because a large portion of their income is derived from rain-fed agriculture, according to the research. Three-quarters of the population also lives on less than two dollars per day.Potential future challenges include political instability and a rapidly growing population. Palazzo noted that the population could double or triple by 2050. Based on estimates from the United Nations, the population of West Africa could climb from its current number at approximately 371 million to almost 800 million in 2050. In order to slow the current rates of growth, fertility rates must decline – the current average is 5.47 children per woman. Empowering women through education and equal economic opportunities can lower fertility rates, thus slowing population growth, according to a large body of research.Increasing urbanization also adds pressure for more infrastructure to supply water and energy. Incomes may increase, potentially improving food security, but that may also lead to an increase in food imports if demand outstrips local production.Climate change has already begun to exacerbate food insecurities in West Africa, according to the authors of the study. The West African Monsoon (WAM) is critical to agricultural productivity, though records show that there have been large declines in precipitation during the monsoon season. During the 1970s through the 1990s, calamitous droughts were considered significant on a global scale, said Palazzo.According to the paper, projections show that rising levels of atmospheric carbon will lead to future declines in agricultural yields in West Africa.Mariama Keita (center) of Sikilo Village is a farmer who has actively been using climate forecasts to stay productive and thrive under climate change. Photos taken 29-30 September in Kaffrine and Niakhar, Senegal. Photo credit: V. Meadu (CCAFS).The IIASA study sought to be proactive on this issue, rather than reactive. Led by the CGIAR Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS), regional scenarios were created to show potential futures for West Africa up to 2050. These scenarios were linked with Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs), which are global scenarios developed to predict the future of our changing climate. In this way, global projections could be compared to the CCAFS’s regional scenarios and adapted for West Africa specifically.“For any intervention or change of practice to be successful in improving livelihoods or helping farmers to adapt to climate change, the local challenges have to be well understood,” Palazzo explained. “Applying a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach in adapting to climate change may not succeed because the challenges facing agricultural systems depend on the local conditions.”Two important variables for the CCAFS scenarios were whether long-term or short-term goals were prioritized for policy-making and whether state or non-state actors were more prevalent in the process of development. The results of the study show that taking measures to adapt to climate change and to invest in agriculture now will lessen the impacts of climate change in the future.When state-actors dominated and focused on long-term goals, food security improved the most and food prices fell. The opposite scenario, which is categorized by non-state actors and short-term needs, had the highest potential for increased food insecurity. Under this scenario, scientists also expected food prices to rise.A woman in Daga Biram picks groundnuts (peanuts), an important staple crop in Senegal. Photo credit: V. Meadu (CCAFS).Deforestation rates also varied between scenarios. Approximately 6.2 million hectares of land were saved from being converted to cropland under the state-actor, long-term scenario, compared to only 2.6 million hectares preserved when short-term goals were prioritized by non-state actors.The work done by the IIASA is already being applied by leaders in Burkina Faso, where in 2015 the scenarios were used to revise their National Plan for the Rural Sector (PNSR), leading to multiple policy recommendations. In 2016, leaders in Ghana also used the results of the study to inform policy at a local and national level, including a review of their National Livestock Policy. These examples show that research is already creating tangible change, pushing West Africa toward improved climate resiliency and food security.According to the study, the benefits of strong government action now will ultimately outweigh the costs in West Africa. If we want to prepare for the future challenges of climate change, we simply cannot wait. Government investment in agriculture, providing farmers with knowledge and resources such as climate-adapted seeds, and improving coordination between countries and NGOs will better prepare West Africa for the future challenges of a changing climate.Citations:Palazzo A, Vervoort JM, Mason-D’Croz D, Rutting L, Havlik P, Islam S, Bayala J, Valin H, et al. (2017). Linking regional stakeholder scenarios and shared socioeconomic pathways: Quantified West African food and climate futures in a global context. Global Environmental Change: 1-16. 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2016.12.002. Agriculture, Climate Change, Food, food security, Interns, Overpopulation, Research, Sustainability Article published by Maria Salazarcenter_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

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New York detective work saves rhinos in South Africa (commentary)

first_imgArticle published by Mike Gaworecki Animals, Anti-poaching, Biodiversity, Black Rhino, Commentary, Conservation, Editorials, Environment, Environmental Law, Law, Law Enforcement, Mammals, Poaching, Rhinos, White Rhino, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation The slaughter of rhinos is due to demand for the very appendage that distinguishes a rhino from other creatures – its horn. Rhino horn has long been used in Asian traditional medicine, but the recent surge in the illegal horn market in countries like Vietnam and China has sent the price of horn skyrocketing to upwards of $65,000 (USD) per kilogram – more than the price of gold.Southeast Asia isn’t the only market for smuggled rhino horns. In New York City, wildlife law enforcement officers and port authority agents are finding rhino horn in shipping containers and commercial luggage destined for markets in the United States and beyond.One of the major anti-poaching operations funded by the Wild Tomorrow Fund with money from court-ordered donations by sellers of illegal ivory busted in New York City is the dehorning of a black rhino population at Phinda Private Game Reserve.This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the author, not necessarily Mongabay. The sun is just about to rise over a savanna in Zululand, South Africa. Just like early morning in the city, the hum of insects is rising, the chorus of birds is revving up, and the traffic is thickening — as the wildlife gets moving.However, today the African sun is welcomed not by a symphony of nature, but by the buzz of helicopters and the growl of a chainsaw. This song of man and machine doesn’t announce the destruction of nature, but instead man’s attempt to preserve it. Today we begin dehorning an important black rhino population to quell the wave of poaching in the area.For the last decade, South Africa’s wildlife parks and reserves have fought a brutal war against rhino poaching. It’s a war we aren’t winning. Most conservationists in the country are at their wit’s end, working tirelessly to combat what seems like an unstoppable flood of poaching that is pushing rhinos to the brink of extinction.South Africa is home to over 80 percent of all of Africa’s rhinos, with less than 19,000 white rhino and 2,000 black rhino left within its borders. As such, it remains the last stronghold for these animals on the African continent. But, since 2007, the poaching of South Africa’s rhinoceros for their horns has increased from 13 rhinos in 2007 to a peak of 1,215 in 2014, according to South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs. This surge of rhino poaching has claimed the lives of well over 7,000 rhinos in the last decade alone.This slaughter is driven by the demand for the very appendage that distinguishes a rhino from other creatures — its horn. Rhino horn has long been used in Asian traditional medicine, but growing demand in countries like Vietnam and China has sent the price of horn skyrocketing to upwards of $65,000 (USD) per kilogram — more than the price of gold. With growing wealth in the region, rhino horn has become a status symbol worthy of high-end nightclubs and million-dollar business deals.Helicopter in flight to find rhinos. Photo by Peter Chadwick.Southeast Asia isn’t the only market for smuggled rhino horns. In New York City, wildlife law enforcement officers and port authority agents are finding rhino horn in shipping containers and commercial luggage destined for markets in the United States and beyond. A raw rhino horn seems like an usual item to find in New York City, and, indeed, rhino horn pales in comparison to the amount of elephant ivory being trafficked into the city.Yes, in addition to elephants and rhinos sharing the wilds of Africa, their body parts are finding each other again in cities around the world.Outside of Asia, New York City is one of the largest international markets for illegal ivory. Peering into shop windows in central Manhattan, you might just see beautifully carved tusks that once belonged on the face of an African elephant. That’s just what Wendy Hapgood, director and co-founder of Wild Tomorrow Fund, did a year ago.Until recently, it was legal to sell mammoth ivory, or the tusks from long extinct proboscideans (elephant-like species). Many shopkeepers, like the one Wendy stumbled upon, had been passing off ivory recently poached from elephants as mammoth ivory in order to circumnavigate the law. Between 2007 and 2014, the Savannah elephant population declined by 30 percent, or 144, 000 elephants (there are actually two species of African elephant, the Savannah elephant and the Forest elephant; a third species is found in Asia). This decline is primarily due to poaching for their tusks, so it’s perhaps no surprise that ivory is making its way to major cities across the world.Wendy’s discovery of “questionable mammoth ivory” led her to contact wildlife crime detectives with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). It just so happened that the NYSDEC detectives had already been investigating that very shop, and it was later revealed that the shop’s proprietors were in fact selling real ivory under false claims of it being mammoth ivory. Undercover work by the detectives resulted in a record bust with the seizure of more than $4.5 million in ivory items — the largest bust in New York State history. This case remains under investigation by the Manhattan district attorney’s office.Seized Ivory in New York. Photo by Wendy Hapgood.Seized ivory in New York. Photo by Wendy Hapgood.Since the laws governing ivory and rhino horn were strengthened, New York’s environmental conservation detectives have been working hard to shut down New York’s domestic ivory trade. Another store, Landmark Gallery, within footsteps of Central Park, was also found to be selling ivory illegally. In March 2017, the store owners were ordered to pay a penalty donation of $50,000 towards wildlife conservation work on top of additional legal penalties. Wild Tomorrow Fund was selected as the non-profit organization to receive the $50,000 donation to put towards our conservation work in Zululand. This donation is being used to fund a wide range of conservation operations, educational programs, and to purchase desperately needed equipment for wildlife managers and anti-poaching units across the region.One of the major anti-poaching operations we were able to fund with this money is the dehorning of a black rhino population at Phinda Private Game Reserve. The black or hook-lipped rhino is a critically endangered species with only around 5,000 left in the world. At the turn of the 20th century, there were as many as 850,000 black rhinos in Africa. By 1960, that number was 100,000. In the early 1990s, the species hit an all-time low of just over 2,000 black rhino left in the world. Most of the black rhino in Zululand are part of the Black Rhino Range Expansion Project, which moved portions of the remaining population to smaller protected areas to be managed as one. Phinda was the first reserve to receive black rhino with this program and has remained a critically important population for the species and its future.Several years ago, if you had asked conservationists and wildlife managers in Zululand if dehorning their rhinos was an option to stop poaching, most of them would have told you it hadn’t come to that yet. That changed in 2016, as poaching pressure in the area continued to climb and the number of rhinos killed continued to increase. Last year, Phinda started dehorning white rhino in response to the majority of the rhinos outside its borders being poached, leaving its population a vulnerable target. It was not a verdict that was made lightly; the war on rhinos is only getting worse in this area and the decision to remove the very thing that makes a rhino a rhino is a sign of the times.How to dehorn a rhinoThe team collects information from the animal before dehorning. Photo credit: Peter Chadwick.A rhino’s horn is just like our own fingernails: It is compressed hair made out of the protein keratin that grows throughout the life of the animal. Just like trimming a fingernail, we can cut the horn off a rhino without causing the animal any pain, and by cutting it just above the growth plate, it is allowed to slowly grow back. Dehorning does not stop poaching, but it does decrease the incentive for poachers while we increase security and thus the risk to the animals. This begins to shift the scales back to our side, where wildlife managers regain control of the situation.Since last year, Phinda has wanted to dehorn its black rhino population but has lacked the funding to do so. With its white rhino population dehorned and the majority of the surrounding reserves in the area having gone ahead with dehorning their black rhino, Phinda’s black rhinos had become a vulnerable poaching target. Through Wild Tomorrow Fund’s involvement at Phinda, however, a portion of the ivory bust penalty money was used to fund a black rhino dehorning operation.Last month, the Wild Tomorrow Fund Team joined Phinda’s habitat team in the extensive operation to save the black rhinos. This was no small task. Although there are far fewer black rhinos than white rhinos in the area, the black rhinos are much more difficult to find and work on. Unlike the docile white rhino, the black rhino is known for being extremely cantankerous and aggressive. Extra precautions need to be taken when working with them, as when they wake up, they wake up livid and with a bang!Led by local wildlife veterinarian Dr. Mike Toft and Phinda conservation manager Simon Naylor, the small team worked from a helicopter to locate and then dart individual rhinos while a ground crew followed through the bush. Once darted, most animals can be steered by the noise of the helicopter to a safe area for the ground team to approach. This is less true for black rhino, who instead will often try to attack the helicopter and sometimes even stand their ground as the chopper hovers just over them. Removing the front horn above the growth plate of the animal, which will allow it to grow back. Photo by Peter Chadwick.The author holds a rhino’s horn after dehorning. Photo by Peter Chadwick.As the drugs take effect, a running rhino crashes through everything it can find. Eventually the rhino comes to a halt as the drugs take full effect and cause the animal to stand still and eventually lie down. It’s then that the ground team can rush in to secure the animal, usually having to cut a path through brush to the animal using chainsaws and machetes. Once at the rhino, they immediately cool it off with water and leaf-blowers to stabilize its body temperature.The team works quickly to collect important DNA samples and body measurements used for research purposes. At the same time, the veterinarian, Dr. Toft, measures and marks the base of the horn where he will cut with his chainsaw to ensure the animal’s safety. We continue to collect information on the downed animal as the shavings of horn flies around us. Once we have all of our samples and the horns have been removed, Dr. Toft uses a grinder to smooth out the small amount of remaining horn. Next it is coated in an oily substance that smells like barbecue sauce to prevent cracking of the freshly trimmed horn. As quickly as possible, the equipment is loaded into vehicles and we drive far away from what will soon be a very angry rhino. Dr. Toft then administers the antidote for the drugs as the helicopter prepares to take off.Dr. Toft monitors the status of an anaesthetized black rhino. Photo by Peter Chadwick.As the helicopter hovers overhead, the rhino wakes up as if startled and immediately begins aggressively snorting and running around the area where the team has just been working. While the rhino feels no pain from the operation, it can be slightly drowsy from the drugs. Most often the rhinos bash a few trees angrily and run off in a huff; not because of what we have done, but because that is the nature of black rhino.This operation continued for days until all of the black rhino on the reserve had been successfully dehorned. Watching the rhinos wake up from the dehorning, it is difficult to see what we have taken from them. The black rhino embodies the rawness of Africa, with their aggressive temper and unruly nature; they represent the wild spirit of this continent. Dehorning them feels as though we have taken part of that away from them, however we all know that if these animals are to live, they must sacrifice their horns for now.Back in New York, the detectives at the NYSDEC continue their never-ending work to stop wildlife traffickers who are selling rhino horn and elephant ivory. Everyday these men and women work without the reward of witnessing the beauty of the living creatures they protect. Yet today their work on the other side of the planet has funded the protection of these critically endangered rhinos. Together, we can help to swing this war to the side of wildlife.Dr. Toft flies behind two black rhino, ready to dart. Photo by Peter Chadwick.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

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China sends first pandas to Indonesia under captive-breeding agreement

first_imgAnimal Welfare, Animals, Bears, Biodiversity, Captive Breeding, Conservation, Endangered Species, Environment, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Mammals, Pandas, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation, Zoos Banner image: A giant panda eating bamboo. Photo by Chen Wu/Wikimedia Commons. Article published by Basten Gokkon Two giant pandas from China arrived in Indonesia on a mission to increase the species’ population.The couple, a male and a female, will live in a special enclosure at a zoo outside Jakarta for the next decade.Zoo officials are open to trying every possible breeding technique to help the bears reproduce. JAKARTA — A panda couple arrived here on Thursday, kicking off a captive breeding program aimed at boosting the species’ population, which is already inching upward thanks to the efforts of conservationists.The male and female bears, named Cai Tao and Hu Chun, were flown in from the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu. They arrived at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport at 9 a.m. local time.The seven-year-old giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) are the first to come to Indonesia since both nations signed a lease agreement last year.Hu Chun, the female panda, arrives in Indonesia. Photo by Basten Gokkon/Mongabay.Indonesian environment minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar called the loan agreement an “international validation” for the country’s ex-situ conservation programs, in which organisms are cared for outside their natural habitat.“Hopefully, they will have a baby in the next two years,” she said.For the next decade, the pandas will live in a 1,300-square-meter enclosure at Taman Safari Indonesia, a zoo outside Jakarta. It was designed as a replica of their natural habitat. The zoo has a strong captive-breeding record, according to the minister.Special facilities for the pandas cost 60 billion rupiah ($4.5 million) to build, zoo president Tony Sumampouw told the Associated Press. These include a bamboo plantation for feeding the animals, and four cages: two indoor, one outdoor and a special one for mating, zoo director Jansen Manansang said on the sidelines of Thursday’s ceremony.“We also have a special team of 12 staff to take care of the pandas,” Manansang said, adding that they had studied every possible breeding technique for the panda, including artificial insemination.Cai Tao, the male panda, at Thursday’s ceremony. Photo by Basten Gokkon/Mongabay.The pandas will remain in quarantine for a month before a “soft launch” for public viewing.Giant pandas are a solitary and seasonal-breeding mammal that only mate between March and May, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Female pandas ovulate for just two days every year.The environment ministry will monitor the breeding program, said Wiratno, the ministry’s director general for natural-resources conservation.Less than 1,900 pandas currently live in the wilds of China. Last year, the IUCN downlisted the creature from Endangered to Vulnerable due to successful conservation efforts led by the Chinese government.Although its numbers are on the rise, its population remains threatened by climate change that is could wipe out more than a third of its bamboo habitat in the next 80 years, conservationists fear.center_img FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

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Alliance of the Bear: Native groups stymie Trump, tar sands pipelines

first_imgWhen Big Oil and Gas invaded rural North America to frack, drill and dig the Alberta tar sands, the firms were met by a scattered opposition from Native peoples who developed a novel strategy: oppose new pipelines to keep fossil fuels from getting to market.Gradually, First Nations resistance groups in Canada’s East and West joined up with Western U.S. Native groups. Last July, many of their leaders met at a Rapid City, South Dakota Holiday Inn to sign a treaty of alliance against the fossil fuel companies and their ongoing projects.In recent months, oil and gas projects that indigenous organizers had risen against began to fold, including the Petronas liquid natural gas refinery project in British Columbia, and TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline.In June, the Trump administration removed Endangered protection status for the Greater Yellowstone River Valley grizzly population. The powerful Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion vowed resistance, viewing delisting as both an attack on the sacred bear and as a means of exposing the land over which the bear roams to mining and drilling. Grand Chief Serge Otsi Simon of the Kanesatake Mohawk addresses a crowd in Montreal. Photo courtesy of the Treaty Alliance Against Tar SandsOn July 4, 2017, while the rest of America celebrated Independence Day with cookouts and fireworks, Grand Chief Serge Otsi Simon of the Kanesatake Mohawk stood before a gathering of North American tribal leaders, vibrating with anger. Simon, a powerfully built man with long, thick, graying hair cascading down his back, has spent years fighting for a pan-Indian alliance to challenge the expansion of pipelines across the continent. Now he quivered with controlled rage.“Relatives,” he said, “Let’s be realistic. If France did to Great Britain what the U.S. and Canada do to us, it would be an act of war. Well, why isn’t it war now? I keep peace in one hand, but dammit. I’m getting frustrated.”Simon was speaking out from an unlikely venue: inside a Rapid City, South Dakota, Holiday Inn conference room, addressing tribal leaders from the Western U.S. and all across Canada, who had gathered to sign their names to the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion (TAATSE), a still-growing mutual-defense pact between tribal nations he has built over the last two years.It was a poignant place and time for the meeting; Rapid City is known as the “City of Presidents,” where, wandering downtown, one may bump into bronze casts of Lincoln or Reagan, amid shops built atop ground that the Lakota firmly consider to be their sovereign, unceded territory — and on the weekend of both July 4th and Canada’s 150th anniversary, patriotic holidays regarded with ambivalence by many Native Americans.Casey Camp Horinek signs the July 4 Grizzly Treaty in Rapid City, South Dakota, while Larry Wright Jr., former chairman of the Ponca Tribe, looks on. Photo by Saul Elbein“We have nothing to celebrate,” announced Stanley Grier, grand chief of the Pikani Blackfoot, now of Alberta, but whose ancestral territory once sprawled across the northern Plains. On the podium in front of him a poster proclaimed opposition to what Grier calls “the real Axis of Evil.” Its banner headline read: “TRUMPWORLD INDUSTRIAL GENOCIDE: DAPL, KEYSTONE XL, GRIZZLY BEAR DE-LISTING.”In his first week in office, President Donald Trump signed executive orders pushing forward the Dakota Access Pipeline and granting approval to the Keystone XL — both objects of intense Native American resistance. Then came the grizzlies.The battle is joinedIn June, Trump Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke formally struck the grizzly population of the Greater Yellowstone River Valley from the list of endangered species, citing as the reason a modest population increase, from 136 in 1975 to 700 animals today.“This achievement stands as one of America’s great conservation triumphs; the culmination of decades of hard work,” Zinke said in a press statement announcing why, after 42 years, the federal government was now ending federal protection of the grizzly and returning management to the states. “As a Montanan, I’m proud of what we’ve achieved together,” Zinke added. He did not mention that a removal of ESA protection status meant the potential for renewed trophy hunts.Among Native Americans, the earlier announcement last spring that the Department of the Interior was considering delisting the Yellowstone grizzly was met with shock and disgust. The bear is sacred to the Blackfoot and Lakota, and to everyone in that Holiday Inn conference room. Likewise, the reason grizzlies were endangered in the Yellowstone Valley to start with is seen as sacrilege.Gen. George Armstrong Custer stands before a portrait of himself and the grizzly his expedition shot in the Black Hills. Photo in the Public DomainThere is a picture of U.S. Gen. George Armstrong Custer from the famous, and illegal, 1874 expedition he led to find gold in the Black Hills, and to offer an excuse for seizure of yet another piece of Native soil protected by treaty. In the photo, titled “Our First Grizzly,” he kneels behind the dead bear, and looks off as if in deep contemplation. The expedition, and the mining rush that followed, precipitated the war in which Custer died and in which the U.S. Cavalry finally crushed the Lakota.To the Holiday Inn gathering, the idea of a free wild being that lived off the land, being hunted for sport, rubbed raw — but Zinke’s announcement brought up practical considerations too. Grier spoke: “And I’ll tell you, if they take that sacred being away, they know what is underneath: minerals, land, water. They want to pillage. But we set aside our differences in the past to stand against enemies, against governments trying to destroy us.” Their Native flag, he said, had flown at Standing Rock, and now it would fly again.The new rural invasionIn recent decades, the rural U.S. and its Native American citizens have endured a new invasion, potentially as racially toxic as the genocide initiated by Custer. Energy companies arrived in a major way on the High Plains in the 1990s to frack for oil and natural gas, to blast for tar sands oil, to build vast, poisonous waste disposal ponds, and to construct road networks, storage tanks, pipelines and other fossil fuel infrastructure.This development of the rural plains brought with it gigantic drilling rigs and wells, lit by night, flaring natural gas into the sky in towers of flame, wiping out the stars. The industrial facilities sometimes leaked fracking fluids, waste and oil into aquifers and streams; drowned rural silence with the round-the-clock roar of compressors and the rumble of tank trucks coming and going. The fossil fuel assault also altered quiet Plains communities beyond recognition as roustabout trailer parks sprang up, with attendant drug, crime and prostitution epidemics, and their boom-and-bust economics.A gas pipeline crosses a river in British Columbia’s remote Peace River Basin, where local indigenous bands say unchecked oil and gas development has depleted the game they rely on for daily sustenance. Photo by Saul ElbeinBut that invasion has also driven a wave of alliances and treaty building among Native communities, starting on the Plains, then spreading across the North American continent, with the Standing Rock episode the most visible — though by no means the only — expression so far.As Trump backs a further expansion in fossil fuel pipelines and a rollback of existing environmental protections, these Native alliances have expanded to the point that they now pose serious obstacles to corporate attempts to export North American oil on both coasts, in both the U.S. and Canada.To Brandon Sazue, chairman of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, Trump is seen to have done one good thing. “Look at these Canadian allies!” he said gesturing to those convening at the Holiday Inn. “He’s uniting us all.”The coming of the monsterThe Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion began as the brainchild of Grand Chief Simon of the Mohawk. The Mohawk are members of the Haudenosaunee, the Six Nations, popularly known as the Iroquois Confederacy, which once controlled a vast republic stretching from New England up through New York State to Quebec and west and south to the Ohio Valley. Under Canadian rule, the Kanesatake, Simon’s people, were settled at Oka, at a spot just upriver from the Island of Montreal, where the Saint Lawrence is so broad and shallow one can walk half a mile into the stream without getting your knees wet.“It’s a nice place,” Simon said, “when no one is shooting at you.”As a younger man, he had taken part in the Standing Rock of his day: in 1990, when the city of Oka, just up the Saint Lawrence River from Montreal attempted to take Mohawk land for a golf course, without consultation and using eminent domain, a group of Mohawks blocked access to the disputed area. The mayor, a golf course proponent, called in the provincial police. The affair, now dubbed the Oka Crisis, degenerated into a 78-day armed standoff that, much like Standing Rock 30 years later, would bring indigenous land rights into the national consciousness.In this iconic photo of the 1990 Oka Crisis, Canadian private Patrick Cloutier faces Ojibwe warrior Brad Laraocque. Photo by Shaney Komulainen / Canadian Press FileIn the end, the Mohawks lost the land, and Simon was left bitter and wiser. “When [the U.S. and Canada] sign their treaties with us,” Simon would tell the leaders in Rapid City, “they sign them as long as the grass grows, as long as the rivers flow. And then when they break them, oh, it’s just a promise made to Indians.”Fast-forward 20 years beyond Oka: It was 2013 and Simon was now the elected grand chief of the Kanesatake First Nation. He heard about a new invasion, TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline, a $12 billion, 4,800-kilometer (3,000-mile) project meant to fulfill a long-held Canadian energy-sector dream linking the Alberta tar sands to “tidewater” — a seaport, in this case in New Brunswick. However, that project would also require the companies to cross through Kanesatake Mohawk Territory.Simon, like the local leaders before him, did some research into precisely what the Energy East would be carrying, and decided he wanted no part of it. In Canada, diluted bitumen makes up 97 percent of the country’s national petroleum reserves; bitumen not being liquid oil, but rather a heavy, sticky tar melted out of the ground beneath Alberta’s boreal forests, and a substance far more hazardous environmentally than conventional crude.Still, the company dubbed the proposed payload of the planned Energy East pipes “crude oil.” But the name masked the danger: should that bitumen burst from its pipe (more likely than with crude, because the thick substance must be pumped under high pressures), and should that spurting “crude” spill into freshwater, it would not rise to the surface to be easily skimmed off. Leaked bitumen would sink to the bottom of any river, melding with stream sediment and likely penetrating aquifers. Compare that with the size of Energy East — a million barrels a day, twice the capacity of Keystone XL — and the project chilled Simon’s blood.“That thing is a monster,” he said.Shorebirds covered in bitumen from a tar sands spill. Credit: Bold NebraskaNative resistance Simon started looking for allies to help fight the beast. The Quebec chiefs were reluctant to take a position against it; Standing Rock notwithstanding, Native American tribes and Canadian First Nations can be just as ambivalent about pipelines and petrodollars as any other Americans and Canadians. But Simon got something almost as good: a promise from the other provincial grand chiefs to support the Kanesatake’s right to resist.He began riding the circuit, reaching out to American and Canadian tribes in the path of proposed bitumen pipelines, and he became witness to the spontaneous emerging network of resistance spreading across British Columbia.In September 2016, as the Standing Rock protests were beginning to heat up south of the border, representatives of more than 50 First Nations met at parallel ceremonies in Montreal and Vancouver to sign the first Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion. (Nearly all of those who attended were Canadian, although Dave Archambault, former tribal chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux, flew in from the active conflict to Montreal to sign the treaty.)Signatories staked themselves in opposition to all the large pipeline projects attempting to break out of the Alberta Tar Sands in a race to pump bitumen to the sea and foreign markets. Those lines included TransCanada’s Keystone XL, pumping oil to the U.S. Gulf; Energy East, aimed at the Atlantic Coast; Kinder Morgan’s Transmountain, targeted for Canada’s West Coast; and Enbridge’s Line 3, to run down into Minnesota, and on to Chicago and Gulf ports.Lakota and allied activists occupy the Dakota Access Pipeline Route during the Standing Rock crisis. Photo by Saul ElbeinTo Simon, the indigenous treaty served a dual purpose. First, it established a principle of moral unity between the signatories. Second, it committed all to collective action in defense of their territorial sovereignty: pipelines would not cross their land “without a hell of a fight.” And lastly, Native leadership of indigenous communities would hopefully lead their onetime persecutors to a better world.On the reserves, “We raise our children between misery and injustice,” Simon said. “But we are becoming the conscience of the industrialized countries.”The tribes soon learned that pipelines, like rivers, could connect people who seem to have nothing else in common. TAATSE became just one of a number of regional alliances to spring up in the wake of the massive expansion in oil-and-gas exploration over the last decade. The resistance gained strength, even as the U.S. sought energy independence by drilling for fossil fuels at home.In far western Canada, a union called the Yinka Dene Alliance, started among the nations of the British Columbian interior, began to spread east. It mirrored Simon’s eastern-based alliance that was then expanding west. The two groups have now combined their efforts.A key element of the Treaty Alliance was its connection of the land movements from both sides of North America. On the far west of the continent, on the site of a proposed Petronas gas facility, Gitxsan activists prepare to move a tree to be used for a totem pole to claim their ownership of the site. Photo by Saul ElbeinIn May 2016, representatives from 5 coastal and upriver nations in the Skeena River watershed, in northern British Columbia near the Alaska border, signed the Lelu Declaration, committing to united opposition against provincial attempts to cross their territory with pipelines carrying liquid natural gas.These Canadian efforts have since joined with efforts on the other side of the “Medicine Line,” in the United States. When representatives from TransCanada’s Keystone XL tried to cross the American Great Plains, chiefly the Dakotas and Nebraska, they kicked up resistance among both white farmers and ranchers, and some of America’s best-organized tribal governments. Dakota and Lakota leaders have stood in the vanguard of the Native sovereignty movement since the 1970s, and tribal opposition to the pipeline broke out almost immediately.On the Lower Brule reservation, when it was learned that the tribal chairman signed a deal with TransCanada in secret, members of the local American Indian Movement established a spirit camp blocking the line, one of many that sprang up across Indian country in 2014 and 2015. The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe apportioned part of its budget to fund their spirit camp, at Pte Win; the Rosebud Sioux put up another.The Rosebud, like Grand Chief Simon, actively sought allies. They collaborated with the Bold Alliance, a group of Midwest landowners angered by Keystone XL’s threat to local water, along with TransCanada’s use of eminent domain to force access across their lands. Eventually this loose working group evolved into the Cowboy and Indian Alliance — a tongue-in-cheek reference to a defunct Black Hills anti-uranium mining coalition.Chief Reuben George of the Tsleil Waututh band, a signatory of the Treaty Alliance and a key leader in Western Canada’s fight against the tar sands. Credit: Bold NebraskaOut of this alliance, as in the north, gelled a suite of activist ideas: foremost, that the world was under unprecedented threat from climate change and an unprecedented global expansion of Big Oil, and that Native peoples were both uniquely exposed and uniquely positioned to stop that expansion. And in the hands of the resistance, the oil pipeline, once a humble piece of energy infrastructure, was transformed into a fearsome and terrifying symbol: the Black Snake, a figure borrowed from Lakota folklore that symbolized cosmic evil.And since the source of that cosmic evil, the tar sands, was located up north in Alberta, it was inevitable that Lakota chiefs ended up there too.After Standing RockIn April 2016, Brandon Sazue, the chairman of the Crow Creek Sioux, went up to Alberta at the request of Grier, the Pikani chief, to see the Alberta tar sands up close. Like many in Indian country, he had been radicalized by months at Standing Rock.“I spent six months making friends, telling dreams, telling stories, singing through the night, imagining life like it was 200 years ago,” Sazue recalled. He also got arrested by the Mandan County Sheriff’s Department, along with prominent Cowboy and Indian Alliance leader Casey Camp, sister to famed American Indian Movement leader Carter Camp.“When they took me and Sazue, we were praying,” Camp laughed. “I said, ‘What, was my song off-keyyyyy?’”When the two traveled to Alberta to film a documentary inside, as he said, “the belly of the beast,” Sazue began thinking about ways to connect the Dakota and Lakota alliance with what he saw happening to the north.Nebraska ranchers and indigenous leaders with the Cowboy and Indian Alliance ride on the US Mall at the 2014 anti-Keystone XL “Reject and Protect” event. Credit: Bold NebraskaJane Kleeb, founder of Bold Nebraska and a key organizer in the Nebraska anti-Keystone XL campaign, holds up a patchwork quilt at a meeting in early February, 2016, just after Donald Trump announced his approval of the Keystone XL. Photo by Saul ElbeinZinke’s delisting of the grizzly provided that opportunity. The grizzly bear is sacred to a great many of the nations of the Plains; many consider it a relative or a supernatural being; some consider eating it to be cannibalism. As a result, Plains tribal leaders greeted the Trump administration’s plan with great suspicion, moral disgust and outrage.At the TAATSE treaty signing, Grier and Sazue shook with anger as they described grizzlies stalked by trophy hunters. “Those beings adhere to Creator’s will,” Grier said. Grizzlies “know when to hunt, when not to hunt, when to hibernate, when to wake up. They want to kill this harmless animal, just to put them on a wall and brag to their friends.”The utter disregard of Native sovereignty by the United States only deepened the rage.“Zinke claimed he called all the tribal leaders before the delisting,” Sazue said, speaking at the Holiday Inn last July. “I got no such call. Have you?”To Sazue and others in the Rapid City conference room that day, the implications of the delisting were obvious: the Endangered Species Act operates as a sort of umbrella that, by protecting one species, like the grizzly, protects entire landscapes. Take away protection from the Yellowstone Grizzly, and you take away the protection of the Yellowstone Valley watershed itself, which flows into the Missouri watershed and the Lakota homelands.“They’re trying to wipe out a race again. That’s what the president is doing to all of us,” Sazue said.Which of these perceived outrages — the spiritual or the practical — was more relevant to those attending the South Dakota meeting? It is hard to say. Lakota and Plains leaders described threats to the bear in the same aggrieved tones, the sense of wrongness, which many Americans might when considering desecrations of the U.S. flag or the Bible.Map of tar sand pipelines released by the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands, with “x” marking the two that are now defeated and defunct. Credit: Treaty Alliance Against Tar SandsThis wrongness was reflected as well in how they discussed the pipelines. Grier talked about the unfairness of killing bears with high-powered rifles — “That’s just technology, anyone can do that” — almost in the same breath as he decried the collapse of Native access to clean water, “the 136 northern nations under boil-water advisories.”Ponca chairman Larry Wright Jr., from Oklahoma, spoke about oil extraction with the same ringing indignation he used to describe the effigies and graves vandalized during the conflict at Standing Rock. “We don’t know where our people are buried; we don’t have Christian ceremonies; we don’t leave a headstone. We may not know where they are, but that’s how it’s supposed to be. Leave them there.”Similarly, he raged: “Mother Earth has that oil for her own reason. It isn’t meant for us. Leave it there.”Unbroken and defiantIn the months that followed the conference in Rapid City, oil and gas projects that indigenous organizers had risen against began to fold.The month after the conference, the Malaysian company Petronas bowed out of its liquid natural gas refinery projects in Northern British Columbia. In October, to Simon’s pleasure and surprise, TransCanada announced that it was suspending Energy East (leading some energy analysts to conclude that the firm will be going all in on Keystone XL). Both companies blamed the plunge in oil prices; neither mentioned the land dispute or the organized resistance.But the facts are plain: despite the uneven legal playing field that favors the industry in both the U.S. and Canada, the pipeline companies couldn’t gain control of the land needed over which their bitumen would flow. The last major undefeated routes out of the Alberta tar sands are Keystone XL — subject to a ruling any day now from the Nebraska Public Service Commission as to whether it will go through — and Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain Expansion, which would terminate in Burnaby, a suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia.In both cases, activists and landowners have engaged in novel strategies: building structures and planting crops along the pipeline routes, even erecting solar arrays in the case of Keystone XL, and settlements of tiny houses in the case of TransMountian. And if legal options ultimately fail, leaders in both places say that mass civil disobedience and further conflict are nearly certain.Grand Chief Serge Simon and Chairman Larry Wright Jr. gaze at Bear Butte after the Treaty Signing, as the bear dancers prepare to dance. Photo by Saul ElbeinTreaty conferences, as many of those interviewed for this story remarked, are a common feature of Indian country. But what was striking about the Rapid City meeting last July was the sheer diversity, not just geographic but also ideological, present at the gathering. In the environmental fights of past decades, there have often been bitter divisions between elected tribal governments and Native grassroots rebels; between, say, people like Brandon Sazue and Casey Camp.Last July, they all met in the room together; everyone was on best behavior, with personal rivalries and bitter histories put aside. There was some ribbing: Stanley Grier told the Lakota, cheerfully, that seeing as their tribes were no longer on a war footing, the Blackfoot wouldn’t be stealing anything from the Lakota camps … this time. And when the Ponca recounted the history of how the U.S. Cavalry displaced them from their homeland, their leaders politely failed to mention that this relocation had been at the prompting of, and a benefit to, the Sioux.Near the end of the meeting, Harold Frazier, chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux, took the stage to declare, “Even if we lose, I’m going to be able to look my grandson in the eyes and tell him we tried.” My host, a grassroots activist and survivor of many battles with tribal leadership, turned to me with wonder in her eyes. “I can’t believe I’m seeing the chairman here and not wanting to curse him out.”After the signing, the group caravanned out to Bear Butte, a mountain north of Rapid City — a gigantic hunk of bedrock protruding above the Plains that looks, for all the world, like a massive grizzly that slept so long that the grass grew over her face and legs as a shaggy coat.Simon stood off to one side. Do you think the government will notice this time, I asked. He scowled. “They will never notice,” he said, “They are too afraid.”Members of one of the British Columbian tribes put on their bear regalia in the fierce July sun — bear skin, head, claws, rattles — and they danced the bear dance, circling three times as the gathered elders grabbed their backs and rubbed their fur, some of them crying openly.as the bear-men danced on, singing, their voices carrying high and lonesome over the Plains.SAUL ELBEIN’s work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and The Texas Observer and on This American Life. This story was supported by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.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.A North American grizzly bear (Ursus arctos ssp.). Photo by Gregory “Slobirdr” Smith licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license. Biodiversity Crisis, Controversial, Corporate Environmental Transgressors, Corporate Responsibility, Corruption, Culture, Energy, Energy Politics, Environment, environmental justice, Environmental Politics, Ethnocide, Featured, Forests, Fossil Fuels, Green, Indigenous Culture, Indigenous Cultures, Indigenous Groups, Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Rights, Infrastructure, Land Conflict, Land Grabbing, Land Rights, Land Use Change, Oil, Oil Drilling, Oil Sands, Oil Spills, Protests, Rivers, Social Conflict, Social Justice, Tar Sands Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Article published by Glenn Schererlast_img read more

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Sélection : Luc Holtz sort une liste pleine de petites surprises

first_imgAutre centre d’intérêt, le degré de performance de Laurent Jans, forcément ébranlé physiquement par plusieurs semaines sans jouer au FC Metz.Ni Bohnert (examens), ni Deville (opération de la main) n’en sont, même si le sélectionneur avait initialement compté avec eux. Mais Selimovic, empêché de venir en mars pour cause de retour de blessure, fera bien ses premiers pas dans ce groupe.À noter que Luc Holtz a aussi conçu la rencontre du 2 juin comme un moyen d’honorer la centième sélection de Mario Mutsch, à qui il fera disputer une grosse dizaine de minutes.Match amical international : Luxembourg A – Madagascar A, 02.06.2019.Matchs de qualification pour le championnat d’Europe de l’UEFA 2020 :  Lituanie A – Luxembourg A, 07.06.2019 et Ukraine A – Luxembourg A, 10.06.2019Joueurs sélectionnés :1. ALVES DA MOTA Daniel 11.09.1985 Racing FC Union Luxembourg2. BARREIRO MARTINS Leandro 03.01.2000 1. FSV Mainz 05 (D)3. BENSI Stefano 11.08.1988 CS Fola Esch4. CARLSON Dirk 01.04.1998 Grasshoppers Club Zürich (CH)5. CHANOT Maxime 21.11.1989 New York City FC (USA)6. DUARTE Clayton 23.03.2001 FC Metz (F)7. GERSON Lars 05.02.1990 IFK Norrköping (SWE)8. HOLTZ Kevin 06.03.1993 FC Etzella Ettelbruck9. JÄNISCH Mathias 27.08.1990 FC Differdange 0310. JANS Laurent 05.08.1992 FC Metz (F)11. JOACHIM Aurélien 10.08.1986 Royal Excelsior Virton (B)12. KIPS Tim 01.11.2000 1. FC Magdeburg (D)13. KORAC Seid 20.10.2001 1. FC Nürnberg (D)14. MAHMUTOVIC Enes 22.05.1997 Middlesbrough FC (GB)15. MALGET Kevin 15.01.1991 F91 Dudelange16. MARTINS DA GRACA Marvin 17.02.1995 FC Progrès Niederkorn17. MARTINS PEREIRA Christopher 19.02.1997 ES Troyes AC (F)18. MORIS Anthony 29.04.1990 Royal Excelsior Virton (B)19. MUTSCH Mario 03.09.1984 FC Progrès Niederkorn20. PHILIPPS Chris 08.03.1994 Legia Warschau (POL)21. RODRIGUES GOUVEIA Gerson 20.06.1995 FC Sheriff Tiraspol (MDA)22. SCHON Ralph 20.01.1990 FC Una Strassen23. SELIMOVIC Vahid 06.04.1997 Apollon Limassol (CY)24. SINANI Danel 05.04.1997 F91 Dudelange25. SKENDEROVIC Aldin 28.06.1997 SV Elversberg (D)26. THILL Olivier 17.12.1996 FC Ufa (RUS)27. THILL Vincent 04.02.2000 FC Pau (F)28 TURPEL David 19.10.1992 F91 Dudelange Ils seront donc… 28. Luc Holtz, qui a bien vu qu’il ne pourrait pas compter sur cinq joueurs (Chanot, L. Gerson, O. Thill, C. Martins et Gerson R.) pour le match amical contre Madagascar (2 juin), a appelé pas mal de joueurs qui honoreront leur première sélection afin de préparer les rencontres qui compteront vraiment : la Lituanie (7 juin) et l’Ukraine (10 juin), dans le cadre des éliminatoires de l’Euro-2020.Ainsi, Seid Korac (Nuremberg) et Clayton Duarte (FC Metz), respectivement solide défenseur central de 17 ans et ailier de bientôt 19 ans, seront testés en pensant à l’avenir.Dans l’immédiat, Luc Holtz cherchera surtout à savoir où en est physiquement Chris Philipps (Legia Varsovie), qui vient seulement de reprendre la compétition et risque de manquer de temps de jeu. Une décision sera prise avant le départ pour Vilnius, en fonction de sa performance contre Madagascar. Partagerlast_img read more

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Athlétisme : Bertemes conserve sa couronne

first_img Partager Tenant du titre, le Luxembourgeois a conservé, dimanche à Remich lors de la Route du Vin, celui de champion national du semi-marathon.Dimanche, à Remich, le Kenya est passé tout près d’un sans-faute, plaçant pas moins de cinq de ses représentants sur les podiums (messieurs et dames confondus). Chez les hommes, la victoire est revenue à Mbatha Nzoki (1h03’14”) devant ses compatriotes Mibei Kipngeno (2e) et Chumba Kibet (3e). Côté luxembourgeois, Bob Bertemes (8e/1h08’46”) conserve son titre d’un cheveu devant Pol Mellina (9e) et Christophe Kass (12e/1h11’40”). «Je suis content d’avoir pu défendre mon titre, sachant que je dois encore apprendre encore beaucoup sur cette distance», déclarait à l’arrivée Bob Bertemes.Chez les dames, si la victoire est revenue à la Kenyane Kiplimo Jemutai en 1h11’52”, Martina Mellina (48e) s’est quant à elle adjugée le sacre national en 1h20’49” devant Liz Nepper (86e/1h25’54”) et Anouk Krieps (231e/1h36’30”) C. M.last_img read more

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Court Demands Nigerian Convict Restitue US$9,850 of US$48K Theft Claim

first_imgSpencer E. Azubuike, convicted of theftA decision rendered by the judge of Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia last Thursday ignored the prison sentence of a Nigerian convict, Spencer E. Azubuike, who was declared guilty of stealing US$48,000.Instead, Judge Blamo Dixon requested Azubuike to immediately pay back US$9,850 out of the US$48,000, an amount which he swindled from MMI Venture, a Micro Finance Credit Business Organization where he served as agent, with the understanding that 5% of the interest of each loan he collected would be given to him as take home pay.The credit business is owned by another Nigerian, identified as Malachy Mbadupha, who pressed the criminal charge against defendant Azubuike.Moreover, the judgment fined Azubuike US$300 to be deposited into government revenue no later later than today.Dixon’s judgment did not explain the time frame and processes by which Azubuike is expected to begin the payment of the US$9,850 out of the US$48,000.The judge’s action resulted from his confirmation of the unanimous guilty verdict entered by the trial jury against the defendant.Surprisingly, the court judgment was challenged by Azubuike’s legal team, which has up to 30 days to appeal against it to the Supreme Court.With that action by Azubuike’s lawyers, it means Dixon’s judgment would not be enforced now pending the outcome of the matter at the Supreme Court, where the defendant sought redress, though there is no telling how long his appeal hearing could stay at the High Court.Before Dixon’s judgment, Azubuike, on March 28 this year, was arraigned before the court, where he was charged with theft of property, but he pleaded not guilty.Azubuike’s denial of guilt put the burden of proof on the Ministry of Justice, the prosecution, to legally establish the criminal charge against him.Having publicly responded with a not guilty plea, Azubuike, in line with the 1986 Constitution, asked to be tried by a jury, a request granted by Judge Dixon, who later constituted a 12 member jury panel that subsequently found defendant Azubuike guilty of theft.The case grew out of an allegation by MMI Venture Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Malachy Mbadupha, who charged that the defendant, while serving in the position that awarded 5% of every collateral business made on behalf of the entity, Azubuike criminally took away US$8,000 of money collected for his personal benefit.Apart from the US$8,000, Mbadupha alleged further that Azubuike could not account for two vehicles valued at US$12,000 as collateral entrusted to his care.Again, Mbadupha claimed that a 42-inch flat screen plasma television, valued at US$6,000, a video camera valued at US$2,000 and a Caterpillar (yellow machine) valued at US$36,000, totaling US$48,000, were all collateral that Azubuike misapplied.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Dalliwala farmers plead for support

first_img– Region 10 Chairman says farmers abandoning farmlands The riverine community of Dalliwala, situated in Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice), is a little farming community with just more than 20 farmers, who have depended on farming and selling their produce for a livelihood over the years.It is accessible by boat, with farmers utilising these very boats to dock at various points along the Demerara River, and in Linden, to sell their produce.Crops at DalliwalaFarmer Yogeshwar Rhambarrat, who hails from this community, has said more persons can become empowered through farming, but the community has, over the years, not received the much-needed help from the authorities in order to boost farming.According to Rhambarrat, these farmers contribute significantly to the food market in nearby Linden, and had even supplied food to areas outside of Linden during the 2005 floods. He explained that more can be done if assistance is given.“Let’s say (that) if Linden is producing 30 percent of the food for itself, Dalliwala alone (is) producing about 15 (percent). You can come out in the mornings and see the little engine boats providing greens, even wholesale… Imagine (what can happen if) if we get assistance; we ain’t only sending (produce) to Georgetown, we can send to the Caribbean, we can send to the interior. But we need some help; you gotta help the man who’s producing and who’s making (farming) a livelihood”, he pointed out.Region 10 Chairman, Renis Morian, during a recent statutory meeting of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), signalled interest in providing assistance and re-developing farming in the area, noting that the community’s farmers are abandoning their farmlands.Morian said the Council is awaiting support from the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority. “…they would have asked for a supplementary budget, so they could buy another machine that we could put at Dalliwala…we’re pushing the farmlands at Dalliwala. (They have) been abandoned for more than 15 years. The farmers have left the farms…,” the Chairman told the Region 10 Councillors.Rhambarrat has denied that the farmlands have been abandoned, but he says farming has been scaled down because of the lack of intervention, improper drainage, inability of farmers to access farmlands, and lack of a proper market facility, among other issues.“Dalliwala is not abandoned…farming is being done at Dalliwala on a reasonable scale,” Rhambarrat has said.Rhambarrat, who spoke very passionately about issues affecting farmers, has stressed that whenever assistance comes, it is mainly directed to farmers at West Watooka, Linden. He pointed mainly to the lack of land and market facilities specifically for farmers as the main requirements for farming.“All the Governments they have, previous and now, they’re very tight-handed in releasing the lands; and land is the foundation of farming. How are we going to farm (if) we don’t have land? We don’t have leases… A lease empowers the farmers to access finance, and if you don’t have a lease, you can’t access nothing”, Rhambarrat said.Stressing that a lease can be used to secure farming materials on hire purchase, Rhambarrat added that because there is no farmers’ market, some farmers are forced to ride and sell their produce.“This is probably the only town in Guyana that doesn’t have a farmers’ market,” he opined.DrainageRhambarrat said the previous administration had promised the community 2 canals in addition to roads; however, to date, this promise has not been fulfilled.He opined that leaders appear to just be “talking” agriculture, but not “doing” enough for agriculture and small farmers in Dalliwala.He also stressed that farmlands become inundated during heavy rainfall, cutting off the supply of oxygen to the plants.“That is why we want the intervention of the Government, to get some greenhouses so we can sustain a little pakchoi and ochro and bora”, he said.The farmer pointed out that it is discouraging to see trucks with produce to sell heading into the Linden community from other places when the region’s needs can be supplied by its farmers.last_img read more

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