Greenpeace to take Indonesian forestry ministry to Supreme Court over environmental data

first_imgActivism, Conservation Technology, Environment, Environmental Law, Environmental Policy, Forestry, Forests, Freedom of Information, Governance, Mapping, Rainforests, Technology, Technology And Conservation, Transparency, Tropical Forests Article published by mongabayauthor 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 Greenpeace wants the ministry to release seven different geospatial maps of Indonesia in the shapefile format.The ministry is willing to publish PDF and JPEG versions of the maps, but it says shapefiles can’t be reliably authenticated and could therefore be altered by third parties.Greenpeace contends the shapefiles could quite simply be digitally signed. Greenpeace will appeal a Jakarta court’s ruling against its freedom of information request directed at the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry, setting up an encounter between the NGO and President Joko Widodo’s administration in the nation’s highest court.Greenpeace wants the ministry to release a range of data pertaining to the management of the country’s natural resources, especially in the forestry, agribusiness and mining sectors. Much of the data is already available as PDF and JPEG files, but Greenpeace is specifically seeking it in the shapefile (SHP) format. Shapefiles allow for much more sophisticated analysis and watchdogs say it is crucial that they have it if they are to play a monitoring role in the world’s third-largest democracy. Indonesia is less than two decades removed from a military dictatorship historians describe as one of the modern era’s most rapacious and corrupt.Last October, Greenpeace won round one in the case at the Central Information Commission. But the ministry appealed the commission’s decision to the Jakarta State Administrative Court, and the verdict last month went the other way.Oil palm plantations border a rainforest in Borneo, a giant island shared by Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei. Photo by Rhett A. ButlerAt the heart of the dispute is whether it is possible to reliably authenticate a shapefile. The ministry argues that because it cannot watermark a shapefile in ink as it would a JPEG or PDF, the data must remain confidential, lest some rogue actor pass off a doctored version as the real thing.Greenpeace counters it is quite simple to digitally sign a shapefile using the Kleopatra certificate manager. The ministry could certify and timestamp a document in such as way that any forgery could be easily debunked. “Even if someone fakes the signature, it can still be detected,” said Greenpeace information technologist Yudho, who demonstrated the process in court. “It’s really impossible to fake.”He pointed to the 2008 Information Law, which says, “Electronic Signatures have an equal position to manual signatures in general, with legal force and legal effect.”The ministry has meanwhile referred to the 2011 Geospatial Law, which stipulates that bureaucrats can only release officially legitimate geospatial information to prevent misuse or alteration.Agribusinesses and extractive companies generally resist disclosure of such data on the grounds that it would disadvantage them vis-a-vis their competitors.Banner image: Fires burn on a peat swamp planted with oil palm on Indonesia’s main western island of Sumatra during the 2015 Southeast Asian haze crisis. Plantation companies are legally obliged to prevent fires on their land, but observers often struggle to determine whose land is burning because of a lack of transparency in the way of licensing data and concession maps. Photo by Rhett A. ButlerA previous version of this article identified the Greenpeace information technologist by his nickname, Iyoet.last_img read more

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Weather Eye Enjoy last few days of summer weather eclipse

first_img Fine summer weather continues around our area; I have no complaints. Those morning low clouds help keep us with highs close to normal, about 80 degrees. We have another weak weather system skirting by to the north today that will push more marine clouds in tonight and early tomorrow morning. The thickest clouds will be just north and west of Clark County but we will have some clouds Monday that hopefully fully clear out by eclipse time.For those in coastal areas, clouds may hang around a longer. The best viewing will be in the Salem, Ore., area where cloudiness will be absent.There are only 11 days left in the month before the weather and climate folks turn the page to the autumn season. Monday and Tuesday will feel like summer as highs get between 85 and 90 degrees. Then a cool down Wednesday and a slight chance of a shower overnight into Thursday. Then high pressure builds back for warm and dry weather.If you are heading to view or participate in the Washington State International Kite Festival in Long Beach this week, I’ve got the forecast. Expect the entire week to have various amounts of coastal fog or low clouds moving around but also plenty of blue skies and also brisk winds. Most likely some drizzle to freshen the air late Wednesday and early Thursday. But no big storms.Enjoy the week. I hope you safely see the eclipse and get out and enjoy these last days of summer.Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com. Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.last_img read more

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Praying football coach petitions US Supreme Court

first_imgSEATTLE — A former Bremerton High School coach who was terminated when he refused to stop praying on the football field is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his case.The Seattle Times reports attorneys on behalf of Joe Kennedy filed a petition Monday asking Supreme Court justices to reverse a lower court decision that sided with the Bremerton School District’s decision to fire the coach in 2015.The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Kennedy’s appeal earlier this year that claimed the district infringed on his religious and personal rights.Attorneys say the question for the justices is whether “public school teachers and coaches retain any First Amendment rights when at work and ‘in the general presence of’ students.”Kennedy led players in postgame prayers but the district ordered him to stop saying the practice violated the separation of church and state.last_img read more

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Double jeopardy Costa Ricas Health Ministry reports 2 people were infected with

first_imgComing down with dengue or chikungunya is a feverish nightmare. Now imagine having both viruses at the same time. That’s what happened to two residents of the Pacific community of Chomes, in Puntarenas, who tested positive for both viruses, Costa Rica’s Health Ministry reported Thursday.The dual diagnoses were confirmed in lab tests by the Costa Rican Nutrition and Health Research Institute.Roberto Castro, from the ministry’s Health Surveillance Department, said a double infection is possible because both viruses are transmitted by the same mosquitoes – the Aedes aegypti and the Aedes albopictus. Those two mosquitoes can carry the viruses simultaneously.Castro said both patients are in good condition, and surprisingly neither required hospitalization.The Health Ministry this week reported 61 cases of chikungunya in the country, of which 42 originated from abroad and 19 were local. All of the local cases originated in the Pacific provinces of Puntarenas and Guanacaste, in the communities of Chomes, Costa Pájaros, Manzanillo and Abangares.The most recent outbreak of chikungunya began in late November. Ministry staff are responding by fumigating and inspecting sites in both provinces to eliminate objects that collect stagnant water, which serve as breeding sites for mosquitoes.Also on Thursday, the Social Security System, or Caja, reported 972 cases of dengue at public hospitals nationwide. That number represents a decrease of nearly 80 percent over last year. Nevertheless, Caja officials urged the public to remaing vigilant.Most cases of dengue (62 percent) were diagnosed in the southern coastal regions, both in the Pacific and the Caribbean.Dengue and chikungunya cause high fever and severe joint pain. Chikungunya symptoms are more severe and can last for up to 10 months.Castro called on residents in coastal provinces to help eliminate breeding sites, as the ministry has not ruled out the possibility of additional dual-infection cases. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica registers 2 new cases of chikungunya virus, bringing total number to 47 Health officials testing first two cases of Ticos who could have the chikungunya virus Costa Rica Health Ministry confirms first case of chikungunya virus Costa Rican health officials seek preventive alert for chikungunya viruslast_img read more

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