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How legal cannabis will shake up NY’s retail landscape

first_img Full Name* Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the legislation to legalize adult-use cannabis last month. (Getty)Somewhere in the East Village, a pizza joint slings cannabis-infused pies in a speakeasy-like environment.Stoned Gourmet Cannabis Pizza — the brainchild of the so-called “Pizza Pusha” Chris Barrett — has operated in a sort of gray area since it opened last October. Reservations are made by direct messaging with a private Instagram account, which captures photos of guests lighting joints and dining on THC-infused pepperoni pizza and “Ganja” (Garlic) Knots. On one wall is a red neon sign that reads “Either light up or leave me alone.” And police have, thus far, looked the other way.The establishment is one of an unknown number of underground marijuana speakeasies in the city. But with recreational marijuana now legal in New York, those businesses may be able to emerge from the darkness — and enter a retail landscape that’s desperate for business.ADVERTISEMENTState lawmakers recently passed a bill, which was quickly signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, that legalizes cannabis usage and sales. Dispensaries and “consumption sites” — i.e., pot cafes — are now allowed, along with changes like the loosening of medical marijuana restrictions.But there’s more than just smoke in the air; a framework for what this might look like is still being hashed out by a newly formed Office of Cannabis Management will be tasked with overseeing licensing, public health, equity and regulation. Some things — like smoking in public — are legal now, but bigger changes may take years to implement.Here’s what pot purveyors may be facing as they seek to enter the New York market.LandlordsDispensaries and lounges are still a ways off from getting up and running; it’s estimated that they would be able to open by 2022 at the earliest. But the injection of legal cannabis into New York’s retail market may have landlords seeing green.By 2023, the market for cannabis in New York state is estimated to be worth $4.6 billion a year, with about 350 retail licenses expected to be issued, according to a report by MPG Consulting prepared for the New York Medical Cannabis Industry Association.But by 2027, the report estimates the number of licenses will balloon to 900, with market size expected to grow to $5.8 billion. The total economic impact by 2027 could be upwards of $10 billion.By comparison, Colorado, which legalized recreational cannabis in 2012, hit $2.2 billion in sales in 2020. California, where recreational cannabis has been legal since 2016, reached $4.4 billion.Craig Delsack, a corporate and real estate lawyer who focuses on assisting cannabis businesses, says that he expects the value of buildings housing cannabis retailers to increase.“Those landlords have a desired commodity, as opposed to the landlords that are close to a school, close to a house of worship or in a community [with a] board that goes ‘Not in my backyard,’” Delsack said.Read moreSeeing green: New York set to legalize recreational marijuanaJackpot: Cannabis REIT has $120M in capital to lend to operatorsRetail sales are bleak, unless you’re selling pot Message* cannabismarijuanaRetail Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink Tags With pandemic-spurred storefront vacancies increasingly prevalent in New York City, the legal cannabis industry will present a new option for retail landlords, many of whom have seen rent revenue fall during the past year.Greg Tannor, a principal and executive managing director at commercial real estate brokerage Lee & Associates NYC, has been looking for landlords willing to rent to cannabis retailers. So far, he has vetted 150 property owners across Manhattan and Brooklyn.Legalization is “really going to help some of the mom-and-pop landlords out there that have been struggling for years and years with vacancy,” Tannor said.“It’s a feeding frenzy right now because of the vacancy rate in the city, and this is just a great program to absorb that,” he added.New York law reserves a portion of the business licenses for minority applicants, and those affected by marijuana-related policing. Still, there’s an expectation that larger corporations will be attracted to New York.“Unfortunately, I think the trend away from these smaller businesses with character could well continue,” said Joseph Bondy, a criminal defense and cannabis business attorney of an eponymous law firm.But there may be challenges. Opening a dispensary or lounge requires flexibility from a landlord; applicants must show that they have possession of the premises 30 days after having their license approved, either through a lease or through owning a property.And not all landlords can house marijuana retailers. Because federal law still prohibits the sale of marijuana, properties with federally chartered loans and mortgages can’t rent to dispensaries.Openings may also have an impact on surrounding businesses, attracting some while repelling others.“That’ll be something interesting to see in New York that we don’t necessarily see in more suburban-type markets,” said Barry Wolfe, the senior managing director of investments at Marcus & Millichap, who has worked with marijuana retailers and investors in other states.ZoningLike tobacco stores, marijuana retailers cannot be within 500 feet of a school or church, per the legislation. No other locations are forbidden.But cities and towns can use their zoning authorities to determine where dispensaries and other retailers can be. That could involve placing dispensaries on the outskirts of towns, as adult businesses often are, or spreading the retailers out to avoid a cluster of businesses in one or several locations.“You may want to look at site plan issues, traffic control, parking. You may want to look at buffering, what should and shouldn’t be seen from the road,” said Patricia Salkin, a professor of law at Touro College’s Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center and an expert in zoning. “It just depends upon how welcoming the community is.”Localities can also choose not to allow dispensaries and sites for consumption altogether — the legislation has a provision allowing municipalities to opt out of retail sites by Dec. 31, though they may later reverse that decision. Some Long Island towns have debated opting out, while others have said they will examine new zoning laws concerning where retailers could set up shop.OperationsBarrett’s cannabis pizza restaurant might lose its clandestine vibe once consumption sites are given the green light to operate in New York City.Under the approved legislation, dispensaries will need to have a separate license to allow for on-site consumption. Similar to liquor stores and bars, there are separate categories for where consumers can buy the product and where they can consume it. And as of now, laws also prohibit the sale of food and beverages at cannabis lounges, though that could change as the Office of Cannabis Management firms up regulations.It “is disappointing for the restaurant industry and any existing hospitality industry,” said Robert Bookman, a partner at Pesetsky & Bookman and the general counsel of the New York City Hospitality Alliance.But Barrett’s restaurant could follow the model of the Coffee Joint in Denver, which bills itself as the city’s first “licensed consumption lounge.” The cafe is located next to a dispensary, where customers can purchase edible cannabis products or THC concentrates, and then consume them at the cafe for a small fee.Rita Tsalyuk, the Coffee Joint’s CEO, said the establishment does not bring in much profit, unlike the dispensary next door, but she runs it to educate the public by showing that marijuana can be consumed responsibly.“Sometimes you just do things that don’t bring you money and we think that we were very successful in it because it really accomplished what we wanted to,” Tsalyuk said.Contact Sasha Jones Email Address*last_img read more

Irrigation Project at Botanical Gardens progessing smoothly, says Project Supervisor

first_img Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Irrigation Project at Botanical Gardens progessing smoothly, says Project Supervisor by: – July 12, 2011 Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Technician and Project Supervisor, Mr. Daryl SamuelOn March 21st, 2011 the Forestry Wildlife and Parks Division commenced a one million dollar irrigation project at the Botanic Gardens which is expected to significantly enhance the Botanic Gardens ensuring that it is kept green throughout the year especially during the dry season. In an exclusive interview with our reporter Mr. Daryl Samuel, Technician at Enviro Plus Consultants and Project Supervisor gave an update on the progess of the project.“At present it is just winding down, we are laying electrical conduits and electrical valvues so that the system will just be able to operate from one control panel; all valvues will be controlled from one panel” he said. The water which will be sourced from the Elmshall river was designed similar to the one in place at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium currently. It is going to be an automated pop-up sprinkler irrigation system which will irrigate the ornamental section of the Gardens, that is about eighteen point six five (18.65) acres of the total Botanic Gardens.Mr. Samuels explained that the proper pipes required to transport the water from the river to the Botanical Gardens has to be sourced out of Dominica. “Presently there is one major outstanding activity in terms of excavation on the Elmshall Road to bring water to the Botanical Gardens. The contractor is in the process of sourcing the pipes required, however in the meantime they are clearing the site to restore it to its original state. This stage entails regrassing of the lawns and road repair works at the Botanical Gardens” he said.Although the project suffered a two week delay during the excavation stage earlier in March of this year, Mr. Samuels reported that the porject is running smoothly. “The two week delay was due to huge rocks and boulders which were found on the site, it is anticipated that the irrigation will be completed by the end of July. Some of these rocks had to be  dug out, smashed and transported from the site therefore incurring further costs which was not anticipated” he said.Various sections of the Botanical Gardens has been closed to vehicular traffic, pedestrians and visitors to facilitate the project.Dominica Vibes News 33 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Japan builds coal plants abroad that wouldn’t be allowed at home: Report

first_imgArticle published by Hans Nicholas Jong Air Pollution, carbon, Carbon Emissions, Clean Energy, Climate, Climate Change, Coal, Emission Reduction, Energy, Environment, Fossil Fuels, Fossils, Green Energy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Pollution, Renewable Energy Banner image of activists demanding that Japan stop financing coal projects overseas during the 2018 U.N. climate talks in Katowice, Poland. Image by Hans Nicholas Jong/Mongabay. 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 Japan is investing heavily in building coal-fired power plants overseas that would fall short of its own domestic emissions standards, according to a Greenpeace report.Pollution from these plants, in places such as India, Indonesia, Vietnam and Bangladesh, could potentially lead to 410,000 premature deaths over the 30-year lifetime of the plants.Japan is the only country in the G7 group of wealthiest nations still actively building coal-fired plants domestically and overseas, which threatens international efforts to reduce carbon emissions and stall global warning.Activists say by building on its own renewable energy potential, Japan can set a positive example for the countries in which it’s investing in energy infrastructure. JAKARTA — Japan is exporting pollution and endangering public health overseas by funding coal-fired power plants that wouldn’t meet the strict emissions standards it imposes at home, a new report says.Emissions from the plants being financed by Japanese public institutions could lead to 410,000 premature deaths over a 30-year period, according to the report published Aug. 20 by Greenpeace. That’s because the countries in which they’re located, including India, Indonesia, Vietnam and Bangladesh, typically have less stringent emissions controls than in Japan.In some cases, the report says, the Japanese-funded plants could emit up to 13 times more nitrogen oxides, 33 times more sulfur dioxide and 40 times more dust pollution than coal-fired plants in Japan.Japan is the only country in the G7 group of wealthiest nations still actively building coal-fired plants domestically and overseas, according to Greenpeace. Exacerbating this “pollution export” is the fact that many of the countries hosting these overseas plants already struggle with poor air quality from other causes, including forest fires, vehicle emissions, and burning of fuelwood.“Japanese investments in coal power are making it even harder for these countries to reduce air pollution and meet public health standards,” the report says.Activists protesting the construction of a Japanese-funded coal power plant in Java wear ghost costumes as they demonstrate outside the Japanese Embassy in Jakarta. Image by Safir Makki/Greenpeace.‘Not good enough’By continuing to fund coal projects overseas with poor emission standards, Japan has broken its own promises of exporting quality infrastructure, said Hanna Hakko, Greenpeace Japan senior energy campaigner.The policy is also at odds with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s global call to “join Japan and act now to save our planet” by reducing the use of fossil fuels, as well as Japan’s past environmental leadership as the host of the landmark 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which committed nearly 200 nations to cutting greenhouse gas emissions.“Japan should honor its trading partners and citizens of those countries by promoting energy technologies that stop hurting people’s health and the environment,” Hakko said.Tata Mustasya, Greenpeace Southeast Asia regional climate and energy campaign coordinator, said Japan’s double standard on emissions standards was unacceptable.“If it’s not good enough for Japan, it’s not good enough for Indonesia,” he said.Indonesia could potentially account for up to 72,000 premature deaths as a result of exposure to the pollution from the Japanese-funded coal-fired power plants there over the 30-year lifetime of the plants, the Greenpeace report estimates. It also warns of up to 160,000 premature deaths in India, 36,000 in Vietnam, and 14,000 in Bangladesh.Japan has faced criticism for its involvement in Indonesia’s coal industry. Here, a street theater performance is held in front of the Japanese Embassy in Jakarta to protest Japanese financial institutions’ support of a coal-fired power plant in Java. Image by Jurnasyanto Sukarno/Greenpeace.More money in coalAs a growing number of governments around the world, including Indonesia, push to phase out coal in favor of cleaner energy sources, Japanese banks, insurance companies and trading houses have begun scaling back their investments in coal projects.But the Japanese government continues to pour money into coal plants overseas through its public finance agencies: $16.7 billion between January 2013 and May 2019, according to Greenpeace.As a result, Japan is the second-biggest public investor in overseas coal plant projects among the G20 countries, behind only China.In Indonesia, Japan has underwritten nearly 3,000 megawatts of coal power plants in the past eight years, and China nearly 1,000 megawatts, according to an analysis by the local NGO Association of Ecological Action and People’s Emancipation (PAEER). By 2022, Japanese- and Chinese-funded coal plants will account for more than double that capacity, nearly 9,000 megawatts.“Japanese and Chinese companies’ involvement in coal-fired plants helps to dictate the energy landscape in Indonesia,” PAEER researcher Jasman Simanjuntak said. “In coming years, their involvement in coal will increase. But the destructive impact that goes along with it also needs to be considered.”Japan’s continued investment in coal infrastructure both at home and overseas makes it an outlier among developed countries, with an estimated development pipeline of 18 gigawatts.That may be because of how lucrative the coal power business remains in developing countries. A 2018 survey of energy stakeholders in Indonesia by the consultancy PwC found that most expected returns of more than 15 percent on investments in power plants. The global average was 10.6 percent.Greenpeace activists and fishermen occupy piling barges in Batang, Central Java, on March 30, 2017. a 2,000-megawatt coal-fired power plant, said to be the largest in Southeast Asia, is being built there at a cost of $4 billion, funded in part by the government-owned Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). Image by Micka Bayu Kristiawan/Greenpeace.Starting at homeIn Japan, coal accounts for about a third of the energy mix, a reliance that the government has justified on the fuel being “cheap and more economical with scale.”The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) says the country faces insurmountable challenges, particularly geographical ones, in promoting renewables. Due to the mountainous terrain, there’s not much suitable land for solar farms, making solar generation twice as expensive per kilowatt hour in Japan as in Europe.But analysts say developing renewables over coal energy still make financial sense in the long run. Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) estimates that a new utility-scale solar PV will be cheaper than coal in 2024, while the best new onshore wind projects will be cost-competitive with new coal before 2030.The government has a target of increasing the share of renewables in the energy mix from 15 percent in 2016 to up to 24 percent by 2030. During that same period, it also envisions reducing the share of coal from 32 percent to 26 percent.Giving up coal would also allow Japan to contribute to international carbon-reduction efforts to limit global warming under the 2015 Paris Agreement. Japan’s current policies and plans for new coal-fired power generation would result in levels of carbon pollution almost three times what’s consistent with the Paris deal between now and 2050, according to a report published by Climate Analytics with the collaboration of the Renewable Energy Institute of Japan (REI).That should give the government in Tokyo a good reason to tap into Japan’s renewable potential and start exporting clean technology overseas to set an example for other countries, Greenpeace’s Hakko said.“Japan could become a champion for renewables, but that requires giving up the harmful export of polluting coal technology,” she said.The governments in the countries hosting the Japanese-funded coal plants should also take action to limit the pollution and emissions from these plants, Greenpeace’s Tata said. They can do this by “setting stronger emission standards and rapidly transitioning away from coal to clean and renewable energy,” he said.“This change in policies and investments has to happen now, for human and environmental health, and to safeguard the future of our planet,” Tata said. 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.last_img read more

At the UN, losing the race against time to fight climate change

first_imgActivism, Climate, Climate Activism, Climate Change, Environmental Activism, Global Environmental Crisis, Governance, Government, United Nations World leaders gathered on Sept. 23 to address the climate crisis, but activists say they still aren’t doing enough.Although nearly 70 countries committed themselves to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, aside from the European Union most were relatively small and largely incidental to the global economy.The urgency of the summit was underscored by leaked details of a U.N. report set to be released this week, which suggests sea ice is melting much faster than expected and that irreversible tipping points have already been reached. NEW YORK — Against the fitting backdrop of a hotter-than-average late September day in New York City, world leaders gathered at the United Nations yesterday to share what they were doing to tackle climate change. “We have had enough talk,” said U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his opening remarks. “This is not a negotiation summit, because we don’t negotiate with nature. This is a climate action summit.”But dozens of speeches and announcements later, there was little to suggest that the scale of change needed to avert catastrophe is on its way. Although nearly 70 countries committed themselves to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, aside from the EU most were relatively small and largely incidental to the global economy.The urgency of the summit was underscored by leaked details of a U.N. report set to be released this week, which suggests sea ice is melting much faster than expected and that irreversible tipping points have already been reached.Inside the darkened, cavernous hall of the U.N. General Assembly, a procession of prime ministers, presidents, kings, and business titans touted their individual efforts while warning of imminent danger to the planet. As they spoke, images of coral reefs and forests were projected onto the walls above them to remind the audience of what they stand to lose.“Time is running out to respond to the climate crisis and its effect on the survival of species,” said Costa Rican President Carlos Quesada.The day featured some notable announcements that pointed toward measured progress. Chancellor Angela Merkel, fresh off the release of a climate plan for Germany that’s drawn criticism from environmental groups, said her government would double funding for global climate protection to 4 billion euros ($4.4 billion). A coalition of large investment and insurance firms committed to making their portfolios carbon-neutral by 2050. And Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the United Kingdom was set to earmark 11.6 billion pounds ($14.5 billion) in aid for developing countries to combat climate change between 2021 and 2025.Russia announced that after a lengthy holdout it would ratify the Paris Agreement, although researchers at Climate Action Tracker rated its emissions reduction target as “critically insufficient.”UN Climate Week-related rally. Photo courtesy Imelda Abano.But China, the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, declined to make any new commitments. And notably absent from the speakers’ list was the United States, which announced in 2017 that it planned to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.Numerous leaders took veiled shots at the U.S. for its refusal to cooperate with the rest of the world on addressing climate change. French President Emmanuel Macron said it would be “deeply hypocritical” to negotiate trade deals with countries that are “running counter to the Paris Agreement.” And China’s special representative, Wang Yi, promised that the “withdrawal of certain parties would not shake the collective will of the international community.”But overall, the mostly subdued mood inside the hall stood in stark contrast to the fury and frustration of millions of protesters who poured onto streets across the world last week. Teenage activist Greta Thunberg channeled those demonstrations in the summit’s opening session, as she excoriated the assembled leaders in a fiery speech that quickly traversed social media.“People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing,” she said. “We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth.”Thunberg’s outrage was shared by delegates on a panel of small island developing states, who could see their countries washed away by rising sea levels and increasingly destructive storms in the absence of robust action.“Make no mistake, there will be mass migration by climate refugees that will destabilize the countries of the world that are not on the front line of this climate crisis,” said Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados.Representatives of the 47 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) called for more funds to be allocated to climate resilience and adaptation programs for the world’s poorest nations.“When we talk about LDCs, you’re basically talking about Africa,” said Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank. The continent has been “shortchanged,” he added, pointing out that despite contributing only 4 percent of global emissions, it’s already suffering some of the worst effects of climate change.According to a press release handed out by LDC representatives, 69 percent of people killed by climate-related disasters over the past 50 years were from an LDC.The Climate Action Summit was a precursor to next year’s U.N. Climate Change Conference. Known as COP26, the conference is set to be held in Glasgow and will be the first major check-in on how well countries are living up to the promises they made in 2015’s Paris Agreement. Yesterday’s summit was a signal that the conference is likely to be contentious, with climate activists walking away frustrated by what they see as inadequate progress in addressing the threat.“We need far greater national leadership on climate action — and we need it now,” said Andrew Steer, president of the World Resources Institute.Secretary-General Guterres sounded a more hopeful note in his closing speech, thanking “young people from around the world for leading the charge and holding my generation accountable.”“We have been losing the race against the climate crisis,” he added. “But the world is waking up.”Banner image: Child protesters during Climate Week. Photo courtesy Imelda Abano.Ashoka Mukpo is a freelance journalist with expertise in international development policy, human rights, and environmental issues. His work has been featured in Al-Jazeera, Vice News, The Nation, The Guardian, and elsewhere. Follow him on Twitter at @unkyoka.This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 300 outlets worldwide to strengthen coverage of the climate story.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 overSponsoredcenter_img Article published by Genevieve Belmakerlast_img read more

Indonesia softens stance on WWF termination as programs fall into limbo

first_imgArticle published by Hans Nicholas Jong Conservation, Deforestation, Environment, Forests, Palm Oil, Plantations, Protected Areas, Rainforest Conservation, Rainforest Deforestation Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored 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. Mongabay Indonesia reporter Lusia Arumingtyas contributed to this report Banner image: A young Sumatran elephant, one of the many species whose habitats are threatened, in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia. Image by Rhett A.Butler/Mongabay. Indonesia’s environment ministry says it’s open to working with WWF again on conservation programs after terminating their long-running partnership.A senior government official said the NGO would have to address the concerns cited for the termination, but also agreed that WWF Indonesia should be allowed a wider scope for work should the partnership be revived.WWF Indonesia has welcomed the possibility of resuming its work, which includes conservation projects on critically endangered species such as Sumatran and Javan rhinos and Sumatran elephants.The termination of the partnership has already forced WWF Indonesia to lay off a team of elephant rangers and threatens to end funding for ranger patrols for Javan rhinos. JAKARTA — Indonesia’s environment ministry says it’s willing to revive a partnership with WWF after abruptly terminating its long-running cooperation with the conservation NGO over a perceived social media slight.But a top ministry official conditioned such a move on WWF’s local office addressing the ministry’s concerns about its work, improving communications, and not trying to score social media points.“If [WWF Indonesia wants] new MOU, then go ahead,” Wiratno, the environment ministry’s director-general of conservation, told reporters in Jakarta. “[The opportunity] is still open. But I suggest WWF to do self-evaluation on what they’ve done that have raised the ministry’s concerns.”Wiratno’s statement came after the ministry formally published its decision last month to end its partnership with WWF Indonesia on forest conservation, signed in 1998 and due to expire in 2023. It cited violations by WWF Indonesia of the terms of the agreement, including the NGO’s work on issues beyond those defined in the memorandum of understanding.Wiratno cited the case of Bukit Tigapuluh National Park in western Sumatra, where WWF Indonesia had since 2015 been responsible for a forest restoration project. The project site was one of several areas burned by forest fires in 2015 and again in 2019. The ministry sealed off the concession after the latest burning last September, in what Wiratno called evidence that WWF Indonesia had failed to carry out its task of conserving the area.“If [they] have an ecosystem restoration area to manage, then they shouldn’t have let it burn,” he said. “Working on the ground [to prevent fires] is very important.”Wiratno also addressed the aftermath of the burning, which appeared to be the catalyst for the termination of the partnership. He criticized social media posts by two popular actresses who had served as ambassadors for WWF Indonesia and who had notably omitted mentioning the ministry when crediting WWF Indonesia and others for working hard to fight the fires. The ministry had condemned the posts for painting it in a bad light, and Wiratno said WWF Indonesia should focus more on educating the public rather than using celebrities to score points on social media.“Some of our personnel died [fighting the fires],” he said. “There’s no need to use artists. We’ve gone all out on the ground [to extinguish the fires]. Us working in the field is cooler than just talking on social media.”Tamed Sumatran rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) named Rossa in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia. Image courtesy of Gert Polet/WWF Indonesia.Narrow scope of workWiratno said WWF Indonesia also needed to improve its communication with the ministry, after failing to report its activities on a routine basis.“There should be a yearly evaluation [of WWF Indonesia’s operations],” Wiratno said. “[Meetings] should be held together, including with partners. [The communication is] not intensive enough.”Another reason cited for the termination of the partnership was that WWF Indonesia had been working on initiatives outside the scope of the original MOU, which focused on forest conservation. Wiratno acknowledged that this scope of work was too restricted, given the number and variety of conservation challenges that have arisen since that original agreement was signed more than 20 years ago.A new MOU, drafted once WWF Indonesia can address the ministry’s concerns, should allow a wider scope that could potentially include climate change and waste management, Wiratno said.WWF Indonesia’s acting CEO, Lukas Adhyakso, welcomed the opportunity to restore the partnership with the ministry under a broader brief. He also said it was regrettable that the original MOU was terminated instead of simply revised, given the impact on the various projects that WWF Indonesia administers throughout the country.“We’re still calculating the impact, but what’s serious is the fact that we have expertise that we contribute [to forest conservation],” he said. “Now we have to stop our conservation [work] in areas that fall under the authority of the environment ministry.”WWF Indonesia has five decades of experience in forest and wildlife conservation in the country, run through 24 field offices across the archipelago. It’s been involved in describing 400 new species of plants and animals in Borneo; one of its most prominent recent roles has been the capture, for the first time ever, of a wild Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) in Borneo for a planned captive-breeding program.But that program, one of 30 that WWF Indonesia has been forced to withdraw from as a result of the partnership termination, is now in limbo: while WWF Indonesia is prohibited from being involved, the rhino sanctuary continues to depend on its veterinarians and keepers to care for the rhino.“Some [outside conservationists] have expressed [their concerns] and lamented [the ministry’s decision],” Lukas said. “We have the expertise that they need and we actually also need them. So it goes both ways.”Sumatran tiger cubs. Bukit Tigapuluh is famous for its diversity of mammals, including Sumatran orangutan, Sumatran tiger, Sumatran elephant, Sumatran rhinoceros, Asian tapir, sun bear, siamang, Sumatran surili, Sunda loris, and clouded leopard, among others. Photo courtesy of WWF.Programs in limboAnother program that’s at risk is a peatland restoration initiative in Sebangau National Park in Central Kalimantan province, home to critically endangered Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus). Prior to being designated a national park in 2004, the area was a logging concession. The companies that operated it dug a network of canals to drain the peat soil, drying out the thick ground layer of semi-decomposed vegetation and rendering it highly prone to burning.WWF Indonesia was tasked with blocking the canals and rewetting the land. Now, however, without the group’s involvement, that project could be compromised “in the blink of an eye,” Lukas said.“Maybe the [canal blockers] will get stolen, and if the water table is lowered there’ll be great fire risks,” he said. “We’re not saying we’re the only ones [protecting the peat forest], but what we’re contributing is huge.”WWF Indonesia’s partners on the ground have also raised concerns about how to pay to continue these projects, given the significant amount of funding that the organization has historically contributed. WWF Indonesia spends about 350 billion rupiah ($25.6 million) each year on its conservation activities. Some of that money goes toward monitoring and protecting critically endangered Javan rhinos (Rhinoceros sondaicus) at Ujung Kulon National Park in Java, where the NGO began its conservation work in Indonesia in 1962.Anggodo, the head of the national park agency, said the park might face financial constraints without funding from WWF Indonesia, which last year paid for 10 months’ worth of ranger patrols in the area.“There’s a likelihood that [our] operational budget will only be enough for the next two months,” he said as quoted by Tempo magazine. “We’ll have to cover the rest with other partners because WWF [Indonesia] is not here anymore.”At Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park in Sumatra, WWF Indonesia has had to lay off 20 rangers tasked with protecting critically endangered Sumatran elephants (Elephas maximus sumatranus) from being killed in conflicts with humans.“I’m sad that I can’t enter the national park anymore because there’s a ban,” said Rusmani, a member of the team.The termination of the partnership puts greater onus on the Indonesian government to fund and administer the various conservation programs that WWF Indonesia has had to withdraw from.“Maybe it’s already time for a transition, [for these programs] to be returned to the government,” said Alexander Rusli, chair of the WWF Indonesia board. “Maybe our role is not much needed anymore like at the beginning.”last_img read more

Antarctica: new frontier for South Africa’s ocean economy

first_imgVenturing into Antarctica could provide numerous economic benefits to South Africa. Norway and South Africa recently held a workshop to flesh out the potential of such a venture.Opportunities in Antarctica can improve South Africa’s ocean economy. (Image: Vincent van Zeijst, Wikimedia Commons)Brand South Africa reporterDuring the Antarctica and Southern Ocean Workshop, South Africa looked into opportunities that the icy southern continent could provide for the ocean economy and the country’s international partners.“As part of the future strategies, South Africa plans to co-operate with Norway to see how it can service countries that leave for Antarctica through the country,” said the Department of Environmental Affairs after the workshop, held on 3 November in Cape Town.South Africa is also exploring the possibility of air corridor tourism activities such as snow skiing, ice skating and snow kite-boarding, as well as marine, animal, scenic and bird viewing in Antarctica to boost the nation’s ocean economic.Norway, the department said, had a wealth of experience in the ocean economy.SA intends to cooperate with Norway to see how SA can service countries that leave for the Antarctica via South Africa #SANorwayScienceWeek— Environmentza (@environmentza) November 3, 2016PartnershipThe two countries have been key partners with a variety of joint research programmes and share a historical and common interest in Antarctica.Norway also provided South Africa with its first base in Antarctica in 1959.With the theme “Value Creation in Ocean Space – New Opportunities in the Blue Economy”, the shared Science Week involved stakeholders, infrastructure holders and key players from higher education, research, innovation and business in South Africa and Norway, who exchanged perspectives and expertise.“Although progress has been made regarding research on Antarctica, there still remain vast opportunities for scientific research and innovation on which South Africa and Norway can collaborate,” the department said.Opportunity for growthSouth Africa is ideally situated to act as a gateway to Antarctica for many countries that have a presence on the icy continent.6 to 10 international Antarctica National programmes are transiting Cape Town to the Antarctica annually. #GatewaytoAntarctica @ANN7tv— Environmentza (@environmentza) November 3, 2016“There are, however, a number of budget constraints which require finding new sources of funding that can be identified and ventured into.”The are budget constraints for the SA Antarctica Region Science & therefore new sources of funding need to be explored. #GatewaytoAntarctica— Environmentza (@environmentza) November 3, 2016“Some key economic reasons to allocate budget towards the Antarctic region are that South Africa has a global position, status and stewardship and there is public goods provision, gateway income and support of sustainable development such as catching fish,” the department said.Source: South African Government News AgencyWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

What’s All This Hot Air About Air-Sealing Measures?

first_imgRecessed lightingRecessed light fixtures are airtight, IC rated and sealed to drywall unless fixtures are in conditioned space. FireplaceFireplace walls include air barrier. Electric/phone box on exterior wallAir barrier extends behind boxes or air-sealed-type boxes are installed. Ceiling/AtticAir barrier in any dropped ceiling or soffit is substantially aligned with insulation, and any gaps are sealed. Attic access (except unvented attic), kneewall door, or drop-down stair is sealed. ComponentCriteria Rim joistsRim joists are insulated and include an air barrier Crawl space wallsInsulation is permanently attached to walls. Exposed earth in unvented crawl spaces is covered with Class I vapor retarder, with overlapping joints taped. WallsCorners and headers are insulated. Junction of foundation and sill plate is sealed. Significant changes in the energy provisions of the 2009 edition of the International Residential Code (IRC) include air-sealing measures. Section N1102.4, “Air Leakage,” has been completely rewritten to include detailed prescriptive air-sealing measures.The builder has two options to demonstrate compliance. One is commonly known as a blower-door test, ostensibly be performed by a third party who would issue a report to the builder to pass on to the inspector. The test ensures that air leakage is less than 7 air changes per hour (ACH) with a pressure of 50 pascals (0.007 psi).The second option is a visual inspection (by an inspector) of several air barrier criteria and insulation. Table N1102.4.2 breaks down what is required for each component: Air barrier and thermal barrierExterior thermal envelope insulation for framed walls is installed in substantial contact and continuous alignment with building envelope and air barrier. Breaks or joints in the air barrier are filled or repaired. Air-permeable insulation is not used as a sealing material. Narrow cavitiesBatts in narrow cavities are cut to fit, or narrow cavities are filled by spray sprayed/blown insulation.center_img Shafts, penetrationsDuct shafts, utility penetrations, kneewalls and flue shaft opening to exterior or unconditioned space are sealed. Garage separationAir sealing is provided between the garage and conditioned space. Plumbing and wiringInsulation is placed between outside and pipes. Batt insulation is cut to fit around wiring, and plumbing or sprayed/blown insulation extends behind piping and wiring. Shower/tub on exterior wallShowers and tubs on exterior walls have insulation and an air barrier separating them from the exterior wall. Common wallAir barrier is installed in common wall between dwelling units (condo or townhomes). Windows and doorsSpace between window and door jambs and framing is sealed. HVAC register bootsHVAC register boots that penetrate building envelope are sealed to subfloor or drywall. Floors (including above garage and cantilevered floors)Insulation is installed to maintain permanent contact with underside of subfloor decking. Air barrier is installed at any exposed edge of floor. In addition to these measures, this section also adds a few extra requirements:New wood-burning fireplaces have gasketed doors and outside combustion air.Windows, skylights, and sliding-glass doors have air infiltration rates of no more than .3 cubic feet per minute (CFM).Recessed lighting installed in the building thermal envelope must be IC rated and sealed to prevent air leakage.last_img read more

You Are Not a Machine

first_imgLast week a picture of robots standing in front of computers wearing telephone headsets crossed my social feed. The point is that sales is being automated, and a machine will soon do your job better than you.Another article suggested that B2B salespeople would soon be gone unless they became social sellers and engaged with buyers in the way that they prefer (apparently buyers are holding out hope that the salespeople that call on them will first communicate with them on Twitter or LinkedIn).If your LinkedIn feed is anything like mine, you are inundated with new, technological solutions designed to improve sales. You’ll also see no end of technology companies that want nothing more than to eliminate human beings from their business, believing that every sale is a transaction and that buyers prefer not to speak with a human in all cases. Some of these companies sincerely believe that there is no need for a human to human interaction.All of this is to say that you are not a machine, and neither are the people who you serve. What you are is very hard to replicate with technology. Technology provides efficiency, but in human relationships, efficiency is not the goal. Effectiveness is the goal.It is easy to believe that when people have questions they want answers. But is it true that answers alone are what is necessary to have an effective interaction, maybe one that ends in a sale? Could it be that the question is really being asked because the person asking needs greater reassurance, isn’t sure what the right decisions is, and is trying to discern whether they can trust the person they’re buying from? Could communication carry more than the answer to the question?How do you feel about Alexa? How about Siri? Do you think about them when they are not around? Do they think about you? Do you believe that they are concerned for your well-being? Would an automated response change how you feel about your relationship with these still-primitive attempts at Turing’s test, a computer that feels human? If you were fooled, would that be enough to change the nature of your relationship with a microchip?We are human, and we are going to remain so for a long time. Augmentation and automation are coming, but the deep human stuff isn’t going to change any time soon—if it ever changes at all. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Garden Hills food security project getting noticed

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe remote First Nation of Garden Hill in northern Manitoba has been working hard to tackle food insecurity.The Meechim Farm is a self-sustaining community project.It’s creating jobs producing affordable food and teaching youth traditional food practices.It’s even caught the attention of a documentary filmmaker.APTN’s April Johnson has this story.last_img