first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Activism, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Coal, Corruption, Energy, Environment, Karst, Mining, Pollution Article published by Isabel Esterman This story was reported by Mongabay’s Indonesia team and was first published on our Indonesian site on March 25, 2017.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. Around 2,000 people, including convoys from communities affected by coal mining and coal-fired power plants, marched in Jakarta on March 23.A delegation from the protest was received by Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), where they presented reports on cases of alleged corruption.Demonstrators also rallied in solidarity with farmers from Kendeng, West Java, who have encased their feet in cement and are staging a sit-in to protest the construction of a cement factory in the Kendeng karst mountain area. Around 2,000 people from across the Indonesian archipelago gathered in Jakarta last week to call for investigations into cases of alleged corruption in the coal and mineral industry. Demonstrators visited the office of Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), bringing forward cases related to Indonesia’s extractive industries.Junainah, a 36-year-old resident of Rotang, in the Batang district of Central Java, made the eight-hour journey to Jakarta with her husband and children, and 600 other Batang residents. Since 2012, people in Batang have been fighting against the planned construction of a 2,000-megawatt coal-fired power plant.On March 23, at Jakarta’s Istiqlal mosque, the convoy from Batang joined protestors from other regions affected by coal plants or coal mines: Jepara and Cilicap in Central Java; Cirebon, Pelabuhan Ratu and Indramayu in West Java; Labuan in western Java’s Banten province; Bengkulu in southern Sumatra; and various parts of Kalimantan.People gather in front of the Corruption Eradication Commission building during a march in Jakarta, part of the global Break Free 2017 events. Photo by Jurnasyanto Sukarno/Greenpeace.“We continue to fight against the Batang coal-fired power plant,” said Junainah, who like many Indonesians goes by one name. “We have already been fighting for five years. Our fields are already finished. My husband is a fisherman and his fishing grounds are already covered with mud that was dug up during the construction of a dock.”Junainah’s husband, 41-year-old Karnoto, said he used to catch crabs, squid, fish and shrimp about three miles offshore. “Mud was dumped there. Now it is becoming increasingly difficult to find food,” he said.Yanto also traveled to Jakarta from Central Java to fight against a power plant. Along with hundreds of other Jepara residents, he came to urge the government to suspend the expansion of the Tanjung Jati B coal-fired power plant. In operation since 2006, the power plant currently has a capacity of 2,640 megawatts, with two additional 1,000-megawatt units (numbers five and six) planned.“The children are already suffering from air pollution. We want units five and six to be cancelled,” Yanto said.In a 2015 report, Greenpeace calculated the Tanjung Jati B coal plant in Jepara caused an estimated 1,020 premature deaths per year. This figure includes 400 deaths from stroke, 400 from heart disease, 60 from lung cancer, 90 from chronic respiratory ailments and 20 deaths of children due to acute respiratory infections.A protestor lies on the pavement to dramatize the impact of  the extractive industry on Indonesia. Signs refer to both a planned cement factory in West Java and corruption in the coal sector. Photo by Zamzami/Mongabay.The demonstrations last week were part of an international climate campaign, the Break Free from Fossil Fuels movement. Indonesian NGOs supporting the demonstrations include Indonesian Forum for the Environment (WALHI), Mining Advocacy Network (JATAM), the Auriga foundation, Greenpeace Indonesia and 350.org.Last year, demonstrations by Break Free partners in Indonesia focused on the Embassy of Japan — due to the government-owned Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and private Japanese banks’ involvement in financing coal projects in the country. This year, demonstrators directed their attention to the office of the KPK.“Coal is dirty energy — not just socially and environmentally. It’s a system that leaves a lot of room for corruption,” said Greenpeace energy campaigner Didit Wicaksono. “Corruption includes any irregularity in the management of natural resources that is financially detrimental to the state.”Dwi Sawung, urban and energy campaigner at Walhi said that stalled corruption cases relating to mining permits and power plants are clear examples of how coal not only pollutes the environment but is also a dirty business.Two performers in a giant file folder of “coal ash” symbolically represent the thousands of Indonesians affected by coal. The performance was part of a demonstration calling on Indonesia’s anti-graft agency to pursue coal-related corruption cases. Photo by Afriadi Hikmal/Greenpeace.A meeting with the KPKA delegation of protestors and NGO members met with KPK Deputy Chairman Laode M. Syarif. During the meeting, citizens and NGOs submitted reports of alleged corruption in the coal sector. These reports were symbolically represented by an enormous, four-meter by three-meter envelope holding two people rolling in coal ash — meant to represent the tens of thousands of people affected by Indonesia’s coal industry.Syarif said the KPK is interested in corruption cases in the mining sector. These cases, he said, “must be carried out in accordance with legal norms and free of corruption, collusion and nepotism.”Based on data from a KPK commission aimed at resolving governance issues in Indonesia’s mining sector (known locally at Korsup Minerba) there were 10,992 locally-issued mining permits in Indonesia as of early 2014. Of these, around 40 percent were judged not to be “clean-and-clear,” or fully in compliance with all legal and financial requirements. As of April 2016, that number reached 10,348 permits, of which 3,982 were not clean-and-clear. Around 41 percent of these non-compliant mining operations lack a taxpayer identification number, indicating they are not fulfilling their financial obligations to the state. In addition, the allotment of these non-clean-and-clear certificates has been connected to corrupt practices by mining companies and in the provincial offices charged with managing natural resources.Thousand of people impacted by the coal industry gathered outside the Presidential Palace in Central Jakarta, standing in solidarity with Kendeng farmers protesting against the construction of a cement factory. Photo by Andy Pranantyo.Solidarity with Kendeng farmersThe demonstration marched on to the Presidential Palace (Istana Merdeka), where they stood in solidarity with a group of farmers from Kendeng in West Java who have been protesting the construction of a cement factory near Kendeng’s karst mountains. Protestors say the factory, built for state-owned Cement Indonesia, will jeopardize their water supply and damage the local karst ecosystem. Since mid-March, around 50 farmers and have encased their feet in cement and staged a sit-in in front of the palace demanding President Joko Widodo shut down the factory.Peoples’ struggles should not be isolated from each other, because these industries are interconnected, said Greenpeace campaigner Hindun Mulaika. She noted that the struggle against cement is closely related to the struggle against coal, because cement factories are huge consumers of coal, which is used as a primary fuel in the cement-production process.last_img read more

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first_imgClimate Change, Climate Change Denial, Climate Change Negotiations, Climate Change Policy, Climate Change Politics, climate finance, climate policy, Climate Politics, Environmental Economics, Environmental Ethics, Environmental Law, Environmental Policy, Featured, Global Environmental Crisis, Global Warming, Global Warming Mitigation, Green, green growth, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Greening Of China, United Nations Article published by Glenn Scherer  Justin Catanoso, a regular contributor to Mongabay, is a professor of journalism at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. Find him on Twitter, @jcatanoso.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.Trump has dismissed climate science as “a hoax” and repeatedly promised to “cancel” President Obama’s US commitment to the Paris Agreement, despite corporate pleas to respect the pact. If Trump pulls out, the U.S. will stand alone among nations — rejecting the scientific consensus on global warming and embracing climate change denial as an international policy. Photo courtesy of NASA Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Policymakers from nearly 200 countries are gathering in Bonn this week for climate change talks aimed at fulfilling the promise of the Paris Agreement. U.S. negotiators will be there too, despite President Trump’s denial of climate change and his signaled alliance with the fossil fuel industry.Under President Obama, the U.S. played a key leadership role in climate negotiations, bringing China fully on board, and helping broker the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement. President Trump has threatened to withdraw from the pact — a four-year process — and claims he will make a final decision this month. It seems likely China would step into the leadership gap left by the U.S.Bonn negotiators remain unfazed by Trump’s climate change denialism or his threat to withdraw from Paris. Every signatory nation is going forward with meeting voluntary carbon reduction pledges. Some policymakers do worry how the parties to the Paris Agreement will make up the loss of billions of dollars in U.S. climate aid promised under Obama, but now denied by Trump.The feeling among Bonn participants is that the rest of the world will go forward briskly and effectively in combatting climate change by embracing alternative energy solutions that will bring jobs and prosperity to their countries, while the U.S. will play the role of a rogue nation that will share no part in the resulting economic boon. The opening session in Bonn 2016, as seen here, will look very much the same this week as policymakers of nearly 200 nations, including the U.S., convene for speeches in the main hall before heading off to hammer out the guidelines by which the Paris Agreement will be implemented. Meanwhile, the Trump administration continues its internal debate whether or not to renege on the Paris commitment made by the United States under President Obama. Photo by Justin CatanosoKaisa Kosonen, a political advisor on climate action for Greenpeace in Germany is prepping for the mid-year United Nations climate conference in Bonn, running May 8-18. But she pauses to answer my question. Here’s the set up, I say:Under President Obama, the U.S. played the lead role in global climate negotiations since 2014, drawing China into the fold, while pushing for the historic Paris Agreement in 2015, when 196 nations pledged to reduce their carbon footprint. Under President Trump, U.S. leadership is waning, or could become oppositional, as the president allies himself with the fossil fuel industry and threatens withdrawal from Paris. China, meanwhile, looks poised to step into the leadership vacuum. — How concerned are you?Kosonen responds: “Obviously, we need the U.S. to engage actively in solving this problem [of global warming]. And that’s what a clear majority of Americans want, too, across party lines. But it doesn’t seem like Trump will listen to his people, his top scientists or even American business,” which has lobbied loudly for the U.S. to stay in the Paris Agreement, as have some Republican lawmakers.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry signs the Paris Climate Change Agreement at the UN on Earth Day, 2016. The U.S. is bound by international law to abide by the agreement. Under its conditions, it would take President Trump four years to legally withdraw. Trump says he will make a decision by the end of May, with high level administration meetings scheduled this Tuesday to discuss Paris. Photo courtesy of US State Department.Then, as if running out from under a cloud of gloom, Kosonen sums up the consensus of nearly a dozen Bonn participants I interviewed for this story:“If the U.S. walks out, almost 200 countries and 87 percent of global emissions would still be [regulated under the agreement]. And I have not heard any country yet suggesting that if the U.S. is out, they’ll be out, too. Or that they’d roll back their climate action. On the contrary, the global transition to clean energy will continue with or without the U.S. because it is embedded in economic, social and technological trends that are bigger than any one country.”Sara Shaw concurs; the international program coordinator for Climate and Justice with Friends of the Earth International in London says that, “The rest of the world cannot let the U.S. drag them down; they must take immediate climate action without the United States. Global leaders should also use every economic and political pressure available to them, to force Trump to take the U.S.’s fair share of climate action.”Echoes of MarrakeshTrump’s election broke like a dark shock wave at COP22, the annual UN climate summit in Marrakesh, Morocco, last November, leaving global climate policymakers stunned. But then, instead of succumbing to the gloom and breaking their carbon-reduction pledges, every country signed the Marrakesh Proclamation, fully reaffirming their commitment to the Paris Agreement.In fact, Trump’s victory and his tweets calling climate change a hoax seemed to galvanize world leaders and climate activists, not divide them, as had happened with the election of George W. Bush in 2000 and his rejection of the Kyoto Protocol.At the 2016 mid-year UN climate conference in Bonn, participants were greeted by a triumphant photo taken after the signing of the historic Paris Agreement in December 2015. The United States is currently the only country considering backing out of the agreement. Photo by Justin Catanoso“The answer to the question of whether [Trump’s climate stance] creates a difficult backdrop for negotiations is clearly, yes,” says Paula Caballero, global director of climate programs for the World Resources Institute (WRI). “As a former negotiator, I know that this is not the first time that the climate negotiations have faced difficulties. Yet countries have always plowed ahead through difficult times.”In Bonn this week, negotiators will have little time for Trump’s tweets as they settle into nitty gritty policymaking efforts to create a rulebook for the implementation of the Paris Agreement, to be completed by late 2018. Global temperatures have already risen 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) since 1880; the goal of Paris is to keep temperatures well under another 1 degree Celsius by 2100. And that — as scientists and other experts have warned again and again — will be a very tall order.To achieve that goal and prevent the most catastrophic impacts of global warming will require even more ambitious carbon-reduction goals than those voluntary promises made in Paris. It will also require greater transparency in measuring emissions, plus billions of dollars to preserve forests as carbon sinks, and to help vulnerable nations adapt to escalating drought, sea-level rise and extreme weather.Trump has said he intends to decide by month’s end whether to start the four-year process of withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, and his advisors will meet this Tuesday for high-level meetings to discuss the fate of U.S. involvement in the pact.Still, a delegation of U.S. negotiators from the State Department is expected in Bonn, though the position of special envoy, the U.S. chief negotiator, has been left vacant by Trump. Instead, the delegation will be led by career Department of State staffer Trigg Talley, who remains — at least for now — the deputy special envoy for climate change, as he was under Obama and Bush.A wildfire in the Bitterroot National Forest in Montana. Last year, wildfires burned Fort McMurray in Canada, a tar sands oil support city; and Gatlinburg, Tennessee, a tourist town. As the world warms, wildfires are likely to greatly worsen, especially in the U.S., say scientists. Photo by John McColgan, Edited by Fir0002 courtesy of the USDAArctic melt ponds. The Arctic is currently seeing record lows in ice volume for this time of year; many experts fear that 2017 could see a crash in Arctic ice extent and volume by mid-September, with unknown destabilizing impacts on the world’s weather. Photo courtesy of NOAAThe U.S. will be sending a “much smaller” delegation than in the past, according to an unnamed State Department official, quoted by the Chicago Tribune, and it will be focused on ensuring that no decisions are made in Bonn “that would prejudice our future policy,” undermine competitiveness for American businesses or restrict U.S. economic growth.” Those goals could be very difficult to achieve, according to Mongabay sources.But even as the Trump administration remains undecided regarding Paris, U.S. monetary commitments to the agreement are already vanishing. Obama pledged $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund, but only delivered $1 billion before leaving office. The rest is gone for now. Some $2 million for the research-based Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been cut. Millions given to the UN for its climate administration offices in Bonn will likely also disappear.“No one is saying they will step up and fill the gap,” says Argentine native Mariana Pauncio-Feldman, senior director of International Climate Cooperation for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). “That is a problem. And it will be a hot topic of discussion. For many countries, they need international support to reach their [carbon reduction] goals. We could be bracing ourselves for real [economic] challenges there.”Enter ChinaThere was no question, nor hesitancy, when I asked policymakers and activists who will fill the climate policy leadership gap: China.“China is spending $360 billion on renewables — mostly solar, with some wind and hydro — by 2020,” says Brandon Wu, U.S. director of climate policy and campaigns for London-based ActionAid. “They have been on this path for awhile and are showing no sign of slowing up.”Chinese President Xi Jinping has restated his commitment to the Paris Agreement, and to a steady transition away from the coal-fired power plants that have left Chinese cities shrouded in smog. Sources stressed that China’s leadership and U.S. fossil fuel retrenchment could freeze America out of clean energy innovation and international markets that will likely cost domestic jobs and global credibility.Flooding, tornadoes, large hail and other extreme weather associated with an intense mid-latitude cyclone killed 15 people in the central U.S. in early May 2017, and likely caused damage topping $1 billion, according to a preliminary insurance analysis quoted on the Weather Underground blog. Such extreme events are becoming increasingly more likely as the world heats up. Photo courtesy of NOAASwaths of forest destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Climate change is expected to make staggering, often unpredictable, changes to ecosystems in the 21st century as global warming impacts escalate. The Paris Agreement needs to prevent additional warming of 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) if the world is to avoid catastrophic warming. Photo by Bob McMillan courtesy of FEMAIndia, the world’s third-largest carbon emitter, is also pledging a dramatic investment in renewable energy, while scaling back coal usage. The European Union remains fully behind the Paris Agreement, with Germany heading toward getting 50 percent of its energy from wind. Uruguay and Costa Rica have already nearly freed themselves from fossil-fuel reliance, while Norway and Sweden have promised to become carbon neutral by 2030 and 2045 respectively. Transnational corporations have made similar pledges, including Bank of America, Facebook, General Motors, Microsoft, VF Corporation, Starbucks, Walmart and Ikea, among dozens of others.“International leadership on climate is more diffuse than ever before, and other countries, large and small, are stepping up to lead within and outside the negotiations,” says Caballero of WRI.A variety of sources headed to Bonn note that, regardless of Trump’s federal actions, much of America is going its own way. U.S. cities and states are investing heavily in solar and wind power, electric public vehicles and LED street lighting. Coal burning for electricity is in rapid decline, as is the failing coal industry. Even as Trump proclaims a rebirth of coal, analysts wonder to whom the industry will sell its product. Meanwhile, the oil industry is trimming its long-term demand and profit forecasts due to the rapid development of electric cars.The Brazos Wind Farm Fluvanna, Texas. Trump’s unbridled support of fossil fuels could cripple alternative energy development in the U.S., as China and the rest of the world pull ahead. Photo by Leaflet licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported licensePhotovoltaic system with 19 Megawatts peak near Thüngen/Bavaria. The Trump administration is dedicating itself to coal, a 19th century technology; and oil, a 20th century technology; while the rest of the word is investing in cutting edge 21st century technology. Photo by OhWeh under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license“Thirty states have grown economically and reduced their emissions,” says Pauncio-Feldman at WWF. “The benefits to the U.S. economy by staying in the Paris Agreement is something we need to keep driving home. Delivering on the [Paris] targets means more jobs. We see this in other countries. We can show that U.S. leadership is not always national leadership.”Alex Hanafi, a climate negotiator with the Environmental Defense Fund in Washington DC, says pulling out of the Paris Agreement will likely damage the U.S. far more than the global climate action movement. He sees irony in one particular aspect of Trump’s failure to lead:“President Reagan used to say ‘trust but verify,’ and the U.S. has championed the concept of transparency in climate talks in a bipartisan way for years,” says Hanafi. “Trust and verify are at the heart of the Paris Agreement. If the U.S. pulls out, the transparency rules — which help determine if countries are meeting their pledges — are not likely to be as strong. If we’re not at the table, you don’t get to influence what’s on the table. That’s a key loss for the U.S.”last_img read more

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first_imgArticle published by Maria Salazar Agriculture, Cattle, Cattle Ranching, Deforestation, Forests, Illegal Logging, Protected Areas, Tropical Forests Clandestine landing strips are often built in forest reserves by cattle ranchers who are actually working for drug traffickers.After Mongabay-Latam and Plaza Pública reported on the runway’s existence, the Guatemalan Army was ordered to destroy it.It is unclear if the strip was abandoned or under construction, but such structures pose a threat to the health of Laguna del Tigre National Park (This is a collaborative article by Mongabay Latam and Plaza Pública, a Guatemalan investigative news outlet)The spokesperson for the Public Prosecutor’s Office, Julia Barrera, told Plaza Pública and Mongabay Latam on Monday (15th of May) that a secret runway had been found in the area and that the prosecutor was inspecting it. The investigation found that the strip – 8 meters wide by 250 meters long – wasn’t active. The weeds, trees and potholes would have prevented any aircraft from landing there.  According to a source from the prosecutor for drug-related crimes’ office, “the strip could had been used before and could have been reactivated. For this reason, it was destroyed.”Following judicial authorisation, the strip was destroyed using pickaxes and mattocks (similar to a pickaxe) and not using explosives, as is normally the case. The Selva Beos military brigade dug a ditch about a meter deep and six meters wide, according to the Public Prosecutor’s Office, in order to render the strip useless.Under a judge’s order, the Army destroys a secret runway located next to one of Perenco’s oil wells. Photo courtesy of the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Guatemala.But the job is not yet done. “We’ll need to coordinate with local authorities to see if they had any knowledge of the runway, and carry out an investigation to see who could have used the runway (legally or illegally),” explained the prosecutor for the drug-related crimes’ office.As far as the spokesperson for the Army – William García – is concerned, the strip was never used as a runway. “It’s too short to be a landing strip. Not even MacGyver could have landed a plane there. We’ve found 65 secret runways in total and this is not one of them. Perhaps they wanted to begin construction on a runway, but never finished it,” surmised García, adding that the Special Brigade for Jungle Operations would keep an eye on the strip so that it “doesn’t grow.”Read More: A new secret runway found in Laguna del Tigre National Park in GuatemalaOn Monday (15th of May), an article written in Spanish by Plaza Pública and Mongabay Latam revealed the existence of the strip. The area had recently been devastated by a fire. Before publication, an executive from Perenco said that they did not know of any runway next to the Xan-30 well, even though a technician told reporters that all of their wells are checked every day. Initially, the Army – which has a detachment to look after the area 6km away from the strip – also said they knew nothing of it.This time, instead of blowing it up, the authorities decided to dig a ditch about a meter deep by six meters wide in order to render the strip useless. Photo courtesy of the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Guatemala.Photo from the beginning of May, when the runway had just been discovered by a group of journalists. Photo by Manuel Morillo.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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first_imgIt will also be used in next year’s UEFA Super Cup and in the Europa League from the 2020-21 season.In addition, it will be used in the finals of the new Nations League competition, although only from 2021.UEFA’s move follows the use of VAR at the FIFA World Cup in Russia, when it was deemed largely to be a success.“We’re confident that introducing VAR in August 2019 will give us enough time to put in place a robust system and to train match officials to ensure an efficient, successful implementation of VAR in the UEFA Champions League, the world’s flagship club competition,” UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said.UEFA were meeting at their Swiss headquarters ahead of the announcement later of the winning bid to host Euro 2024, with Germany and Turkey competing for the right to organise the tournament.VAR has also been introduced in the top divisions in Spain and France this season, with those leagues following on from the German Bundesliga and Italian Serie A, although the English Premier League has been more cautious.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Video assistant referee (VAR), which was tested in Germany, can now be consulted even if the onfield referee did not commit an obvious errorNYON, Switzerland, Sep 27 –  Video Assistant Referees will be used in the Champions League from the 2019-20 season and will also be introduced at the 2020 European Championship, UEFA said on Thursday.European football’s governing body revealed a decision had been taken at a meeting of their executive committee to bring in the technology, which will be used from the playoff round preceding the group stage of the Champions League.last_img read more

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first_img0Shares0000Matteo Guendouzi (R) has earned rave reviews in his first appearances for Arsenal. © AFP / Roslan RAHMANSINGAPORE, Singapore, Jul 30 – French whizz Matteo Guendouzi said he hopes he’s embarking on a “big adventure” with Arsenal after a scintillating start which has drawn comparisons with the great Patrick Vieira.The 19-year-old midfielder, instantly recognisable by his long hair, had fans salivating in friendlies against Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain in Singapore. Guendouzi, a strong tackler with confident distribution, was a dynamo at the base of midfield, where against PSG he played alongside the similarly hirsute Mohamed Elneny.Arsenal have long missed a midfielder of the stature of Vieira, a member of the “Invincibles” side, which went through the 2003/2004 Premier League season unbeaten.With only three appearances so far — also including this month’s outing against Boreham Wood — it’s early days for Guendouzi, an under-20 international signed from Lorient.But he said there was a positive feeling at Arsenal as the London club opens a new era under Unai Emery, following Arsene Wenger’s 22-year reign.“I’m very happy about how the team played,” he told AFP, after Arsenal’s 5-1 demolition of a youthful PSG side at the International Champions Cup in Singapore.“It gives us confidence and it really made things easy for me. With such a good team and a good feeling around the team, I think we can really do some good things here.”– ‘Working, working, working’ –Arsenal is traditionally one of England’s biggest clubs but Guendouzi’s arrival is well timed as Emery rebuilds a team which finished only sixth in the Premier League last season.However, Emery has plenty of midfielders to choose from including Uruguay international Lucas Torreira, another new signing, and Switzerland’s Granit Xhaka.Guendouzi said he hopes to get his chance in competitive games but that he also wants to learn from team-mates such as Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey.“Yes I hope to play, that’s true but this is a big squad, with a lot of great players with a lot of experience,” he said.“It’s a question of working, working, working, and afterwards the coach will make his choices. But I hope to play a few games.”Arsenal complete their pre-season against Chelsea and Lazio before a tough start to the season when they play champions Manchester City and Chelsea in their first two games.But they have the advantage of working with a nearly full-strength squad as many of their rivals await the return of players after the World Cup.Emery has been drilling his players hard and his tactical changes have already been in evidence with a high-pressing, possession game with plenty of attacking threat.“It’s a great atmosphere. It’s a great environment to work in, we’re working really well in training and we’re playing well in the matches,” Guendouzi said.“But it’s only the start,” he added. “Hopefully this will be a big adventure with Arsenal.“These are only friendly matches so I need to keep working — that’s the most important thing for the future I hope to have at Arsenal.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_imgThe brand new Cooney’s Home and Garden store in Letterkenny.JOB VACANCIES: Cooneys Home and Garden in Letterkenny Retail Park is going from strength to strength and is looking to find dynamic individuals to become part of their team.The business currently employs THIRTY people and approaching their first year anniversary are looking to recruit for the following key positions.Retail Supervisor for Garys Pet World: This full time role has become available due to internal promotion.It requires retail experience with good merchandising skills and a passion for pets.This role could afford the right candidate a good opportunity for career progression within the company.Retail Supervisor for Our Garden Centre:This new exciting position will require the candidate to look after the day to day running of our successful Garden Centre.The successful candidate will have benefit of working with existing experienced team.Experience of working in a similar role essential.Warehouse operative:The role will require the candidate to look after the everyday operations involved in maintaining our Stores and Stock.Experience of working in a similar Warehouse environment would be preferred.The candidate must hold a C and a forklift licence.Attention to detail with the ability to communicate both verbally and written is essential.Online administrator: Experience in Magento and wordpress essential.The successful candidate will spend their day working on all aspects of our companies commerce.This is a full time position.Financial controller:Outstanding opportunity to join the management team of a fast-growing company, gearing up for a period of further growth and expansion.Reporting to the MD, the position will carry full operational responsibility for all aspects of the finance function, and for supporting strong profitable growth of the business.gary@petworld.ieT:+353 74 9176555M:+353 86 2520482 JOB VACANCIES: COONEY’S HOME AND GARDEN LOOKING TO RECRUIT NEW STAFF was last modified: August 11th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Cooneys Home and GardendonegaljobsletterkennyVacancieslast_img read more

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first_img 2 The Chelsea goalkeeper is currently on international duty with Belgium Courtois is away with Belgium preparing for Tuesday’s friendly against Portugal – a fixture which was switched to Leiria having initially been cancelled for security reasons in the wake of Tuesday’s Brussels terror attacks.And he believes he is training at a higher standard with his international colleagues than when with his club.“The level of training is higher among Devils,” he said. “There are only world-class players (here), while at Chelsea, there are some players a little less rated and we often train with youngsters as well.”Courtois is one of a host of Premier League-based Belgium stars to have suffered injury-plagued seasons, along with the likes of Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard, Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen and Manchester City pair Vincent Kompany and Kevin De Bruyne.And that is not something that has come as a surprise to the former Atletico Madrid loanee.“We have matches every three days, no winter break, there are many cup matches,” he said. “The pace is high and the contacts are tough.” 2 Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, while on international duty with Belgium, refused to give any assurances when quizzed about his long-term future.The London Evening Standard reported earlier this week that the 23-year-old is attracting interest from Real Madrid and the Blues were hoping to ward off interest with a £73m price tag.Speaking to Belgian broadcaster RTBF, however, Courtois admitted Chelsea’s unexpectedly troubled season had ‘changed’ him, and was diplomatic when asked if he would leave Stamford Bridge in the summer.Questioned if he will remain with Chelsea beyond the end of the season, the stopper crypitcally replied: “I do not say yes, I do not say no. I do not know: I still have three years on my contract. We must see what Chelsea want.“It is true that it (this season) has changed me. Until now I had always won a trophy every season. We hope that next season will be better.”Courtois, who missed three months of the campaign after undergoing knee surgery in September, insisted he has never doubted his ability even in testing times.“Especially mentally, you have to be strong,” said the former Genk stopper, whose sister and both parents have all played volleyball at a high level. “But with my character, and having grown up in a family of top athletes, I do not have too many problems with it. I never doubt.”last_img read more

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first_imgDD EXCLUSIVE: THIS is the first picture of the Polish woman at the centre of wrong claims this week – Gaia Kowalik.The 38-year-old, originally from Gdansk in Poland, now lives in Dunfanaghy.Known until now by the name ‘Magda’ she has been unemployed for the past two years and is hoping to start a new massage business in the seaside town. Ms Kowalik is pictured doing a fashion shoot for the popular Dunfanaghy magazine D2D.It’s understood she plans to fly abroad later today to get away from the growing media storm after an interview she gave to a Polish newspaper last month was mistranslated earlier this week.One friend told donegaldaily.com: “She has booked a week away in the sun and is flying out today (Saturday) for a week to get away from it all.”Said Gaia of her ordeal: “At first I was completely shocked. You don’t know what to think. How is it possible for anybody to publish something that is just not true, completely not true and it’s not just misinterpretation, you know, or mistranslation – it’s just a completely different story.” She said things had been added to even the Polish version of the story but said most of it was about her actual life in a town near Letterkenny in Donegal.“The thing is that jobs are scarce here. It is difficult, especially as I don’t drive so I can’t go to bigger towns.“The other thing is that I worked in the hospitality industry and qualified as massage therapist and that’s something I wanted to do for a really long time and I decided that’s an option to start my own business, to do what I really want to do.” Advertisement Gaia said that she has done a number of FÁS courses to help her set up her own business which she hopes to set up by Easter.Of her actual lifestyle on the dole she added: “My needs are not very high. That is in the article, I really try to live as cheap as possible. I don’t spend money on clothes, cosmetics, going out to the pub.“I don’t have money for that. I have money for basic survival and that’s okay with me.”Meanwhile the Poland-based Irish journalist who filed the controversial mistranslation of the story to the Irish Independent has apologised. Advertisement Norma Costelloe wrote on her blog: “The quotes I used were inaccurate. I apologise to anyone I have hurt or upset or anyone suffering from the fallout of a story never intended to inspire racism. I have spent years traveling abroad and living in different countries and have experienced racism myself.”LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com DD EXCLUSIVE: MAGDA GOES PUBLIC – SHE’S GAIA, FROM GDANSK was last modified: February 4th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DD EXCLUSIVE: MAGDA GOES PUBLIC – SHE’S GAIAFROM GDANSKlast_img read more

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first_imgWe won’t say a star was born when 49ers receiver Marquise Goodwin had the biggest game of his career on Monday night.But we will recommend you get to know a little more about the guy who torched the Green Bay Packers secondary under the prime time lights in Wisconsin. Goodwin did a lot of special things that shouldn’t get lost in San Francisco’s soul-crushing 33-30 loss on the game’s final play. For instance, his two first-half touchdown catches were a rarity for a 49ers receiver — it had …last_img read more

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first_imgPhotosynthesis, the light-harvesting capability of plants, was a black box 30 years ago, but more and more details have been elucidated by advanced probing techniques.  In the March 18 issue of Nature,1, a team of Chinese scientists determined the X-ray structure of a principal component acts like a light-harvesting antenna.  The structure utilizes special molecules that not only gather the energy of light, but also get rid of excess energy that could damage the plant.  They write, “Four carotenoid-binding sites per monomer have been observed.  The xanthophyll-cycle carotenoid at the monomer-monomer interface may be involved in the non-radiative dissipation of excessive energy, one of the photoprotective strategies that have evolved in plants.”1Liu et al., “Crystal structure of spinach major light-harvesting complex at 2.72 � resolution,” Nature 428, 287 – 292 (18 March 2004); doi:10.1038/nature02373.Nice observation, but another example of the Darwinian bad habit of assuming what ought to be proved.  Plants don’t evolve protective strategies.  That requires intelligence.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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