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Obama budget has $2M for CDRLF, $233.5M for CDFIs

first_imgPresident Barack Obama yesterday released a proposed budget of nearly $4 trillion for fiscal 2016 that includes a slight increase for the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund.Obama’s budget would increase the CDFI funding from $230 million to $233.5 million; it would maintain the same funding for the NCUA Community Development Revolving Loan Fund at $2 million. The budget indicates the NCUA Central Liquidity Facility would have $5.1 billion in borrowing authority. Under the Federal Credit Union Act, the CLF is permitted to borrow up to 12 times its total subscribed capital stock and surplus.The budget estimates the amount of revenue lost due to the credit union tax exemption at more than $1 billion for 2015 and more than $2 billion for 2016. However, an independent study commissioned by NAFCU in 2014 showed that removing the credit union tax exemption would actually cost the government $15 billion in lost income tax revenue over 10 years. The study also showed eliminating the exemption would cause the gross domestic product to drop by $148 billion, and cause the loss of 1.5 million jobs over a decade. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Northport Man Pleads Guilty to Carjacking With Uncle

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 23-year-old Northport man has admitted to his role in a carjacking with his uncle who drove into two Suffolk County police officers trying to stop them last year.Nicholas Franzone pleaded guilty to charges of robbery, criminal possession of stolen property, unauthorized use of a vehicle, petty larceny and unlicensed operation of a vehicle Tuesday at Suffolk County court.The plea came two weeks after his uncle, 35-year-old Chad Moriszan, also of Northport, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for pleading guilty to similar charges plus assault, assault on a police officer and leaving the scene.Authorities said Moriszan stole a Ford Explorer from Commack. When two police officers pulled him over in Huntington, he drove into the officers with the SUV as he fled the scene in September 2014.Morizsan and Franzone then carjacked another vehicle and stole credit cards from its 87-year-old owner in Commack. They were arrested at a Central Islip store hours later when they tried to buy a TV with the woman’s stolen cards, according to investigators.The two Suffolk officers who were struck, Nicholas Guerrero and Heriberto Lugo, were hospitalized for treatment of their injuries. Officer Guerrero suffered severe head injuries, underwent surgery and required physical therapy during his recovery.Judge Fernando Camacho is expected to sentence Franzone to 3 ½ years in prison on Sept. 9.last_img read more

BH National Futsal Team in the Qualifying Play-Off

first_imgBH National Futsal Team has secured entry to the barrage to qualify for the European Championship 2016 in Serbia.The team of the head coach Boro Matan last night in Zetra, Sarajevo, overpowered the National Team of Latvia with the result of 7:3, in the 2nd round of the qualifications.Goal getters for our team were Novoselac (1′), Hrkač (15′), Radmilović (19′, 22′), Mulahmetović (26′, 33′), and Bevanda (40′), while the Latvian goal scorers were Nagibins (27′) and Sens (34′, 39′).With this second victory, BH futsal players have secured the 2nd position in the group, after winning over Netherlands on Wednesday with the result of 2:1. In the last, third round, BH team will fight for the first place in the group and qualification to the European Championship against the Russian team.Results:1st Round (18th March)B&H-Netherlands 2:1Russia-Latvia 5:02nd Round (19th March)B&H-Latvia 7:3Russia-Netherlands (8 p.m.)Table:Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 2 0 0 9 : 4 6Russia 1 1 0 0 5 : 0 3Netherlands 1 0 0 1 1 : 2 0Latvia 2 0 0 2 3 : 12 0(Source: FENA)last_img read more

SANTA ANITA ANNOUNCES ARABIAN RACING FESTIVAL TO BE HELD APRIL 2, INCLUDING GRADE I STAKES RACE, OVER $100,000 IN PRIZES & $100,000 DONATION TO PDJF

first_imgSanta Anita Park and HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival are proud to showcase the “HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Awards Stakes” at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, April 2.  This Grade I event will feature a $100,000 purse for Arabian horses competing at one mile on the main track.  The Arabian race at Santa Anita Park is part of a global series of over 100 events in 81 countries hosted by the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival to promote Arabian racing at top venues throughout the world.Fans attending Santa Anita Park on April 2 are encouraged to dress their best with unbelievable prizes rewarded for the ‘Best Fashion’ and ‘Best Hat’ contest.  Prizes will include the winner’s choice (in each category) of a ROLEX watch courtesy of Sheikh Mansoor Festival (estimated retail value $9,500), a trip to Rome for the winner and a guest to the World Arabian Horse Racing Festival in Italy from May 24-30, 2016, or a CHOPARD necklace (estimated retail value $6,000).A total of six prizes will be given away to the top three contestants in each category (best overall fashion and best hat.)  A panel of judges will select the winners, so dress up to show off your best racing ensemble!There will also be three all-inclusive trip giveaways to Abu Dhabi!  Fans in attendance at Santa Anita Park on April 2 will receive a contest card as they enter the gates with drawings held in the Winner’s Circle throughout the day.The Santa Anita Park Infield will include Family Fun Day activities for the kids including pony rides, face painting, bounce-houses plus, free temporary tattoos as well as free popcorn and cotton candy.  There will also be a special falconry exhibition with other cultural displays.In addition to increasing awareness for the Arabian breed, the Sheikh Mansoor Festival is also focused on celebrating the jockeys as world class athletes.  Part of the festivities at Santa Anita Park on April 2 will include a check presentation from Santa Anita Park and the Sheikh Mansoor Festival for $100,000 benefitting the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF).Event sponsors include Emirates Airlines and the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority.last_img read more

GUTIERREZ RETURNS FROM PIMLICO TO WIN GRADE II, $200,000 CALIFORNIAN BY ONE LENGTH ABOARD SECOND SUMMER; EURTON TRAINEE GETS 1 1/8 MILES IN 1:48.29

first_imgFLORIDA-BRED GELDING EYES GRADE I, $500,000 GOLD CUP AT SANTA ANITA ON JUNE 25 ARCADIA, Calif. (May 22, 2016)–Although disappointment reigned 24 hours ago, jockey Mario Gutierrez returned from his third place finish in yesterday’s Preakness Stakes with previously unbeaten Nyquist to guide longshot Second Summer to a solid one length win in Santa Anita’s Grade II, $200,000 Californian Stakes. Trained by Peter Eurton, Second Summer dispatched heavily favored Lieutenant Colonel turning for home en route to a final clocking of 1:48.29 for a mile and one eighth.A recent winner of two consecutive allowance races, Second Summer, who broke from post position two in a field of six 3-year-olds and up, sat a joint third into the Club House turn, hugged the rail around the far turn and angled just outside the favorite approaching the quarter pole as he marched to his first-ever stakes win in Santa Anita’s final major steppingstone to the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita going a mile and a quarter on June 25.“Every single race he has improved a lot and he showed it today,” said Gutierrez. “Today, he had a good race, he pulled it through and was very game every time I asked him. I’m very happy with him.”When asked about returning from the huge disappointment aboard Nyquist at Pimlico, Gutierrez responded, “That’s horse racing. After the race, everybody has their opinion on everything that happened. The horse came out of the race good and it looks like we’re going to run in the Belmont.”Owned by Sharon Alesia, Ciaglia Racing, LLC, Marc Ferrell and Slam Dunk Racing, Second Summer was off at 9-1 and paid $20.80, $8.80 and $4.20. A 4-year-old Florida-bred gelding by 2009 Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird, Second Summer got his fourth win from 13 overall starts and with the winner’s share of $120,000, he increased his bankroll to $270,610.“He has an affinity to quicken and his stamina is just amazing…When I saw him at the three eighths pole, he just looked like he was loaded. It looked like he was going to get boxed in for a second and when Mario made the move to go in-between the two of ’em (Lieutenant Colonel and Point Piper)…that was just such a great, money move.“I can’t say enough good things about this horse, he just keeps getting better…We’re so excited (about running in the Gold Cup on June 25). It could be a fun summer…I’ve never had a colt that was this good, going long on dirt. I didn’t realize that the Gold Cup was a Breeders’ Cup ‘Win and You’re In’ race.”With Lieutenant Colonel tiring at the rail late, 2015 Gold Cup winner Hard Aces charged late to grab second by a half length. Ridden by Abel Lezcano and trained by John Sadler, Hard Aces was off at 5-1 and paid $5.40 and $2.60.“He ran very well, no complaints at all,” said Larry Benavidez, assistant to Sadler. “The winner got a seamless trip. Right now, it’s on to the Gold Cup and we’ll be back to defend our title.”Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Lieutenant Colonel sped to the lead as expected, but was no match for the winner through the drive as he finished 2 ½ lengths clear of stablemate Point Piper. Off at 4-5, Lieutenant Colonel paid $2.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.09, 46.52, 1:10.59 and 1:35.59.Retired trainer Mel Stute, who won his first-ever hundred grander 55 years ago with First Balcony in the 1961 Californian at Hollywood Park, was on-hand to present the trophy.Racing resumes with a five-day week on Thursday at Santa Anita. First post time is at 2 p.m.last_img read more

MOKAT, PRIZE EXHIBIT, HILLHOUSE HIGH & WILD AT HEART ALL PROMINENT IN WIDE OPEN GRADE II, $200,000 BUENA VISTA STAKES ON SATURDAY; FIELD OF 11 OLDER DISTAFFERS TO CONTEST FLAT MILE ON TURF

first_imgILLUMINANT: Owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, she lends considerable depth as a supplemental entry for McCarthy.  Idle since running the best race of her career in the Grade I Gamely last May, this 5-year-old mare by Quality Road has an abbreviated work tab for her return, with five works showing–four of them half miles dating back to Jan. 4.  Her most recent drill was at five furlongs, in 59.60 here on Feb. 12, which was fourth best of 26 at the distance.  While she is winless in two starts over the Santa Anita turf, all four of her lifetime wins have come on grass.  With earnings of $367,650, she brings an overall mark of 11-4-2-1 to the Buena Vista. WILD AT HEART: Well beaten by budding superstar Vale Dori in her last two starts on dirt, this lightly raced 5-year-old mare by Indian Charlie faces no such standout on Saturday as she tries turf for the second time.  In her lone grass attempt came three starts back in the Grade III Senator Ken Maddy Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf, she came running late.  Owned by Ramona Bass, it’s likely Wild At Heart will employ stalking tactics in her first two turn spin on turn.  A maiden special weight winner here two years ago at seven furlongs, she is 10-2-4-2 with earnings of $211,305. PRIZE EXHIBIT: “In Mike Smith he trusts.”  So it goes with Jim Cassidy and Prize Exhibit, who benefited greatly from Smith’s deft touch in taking the Grade III Megahertz Stakes here at one mile on turf Jan. 16.  With Smith rationing her energy, Prize Exhibit came with a short burst to win the Megahertz by 1 ¼ lengths, leaving little doubt that one mile looks to be her ceiling in terms of distance.  With ample speed signed on, look for Smith to try to work out a similar trip Saturday, as he’ll try to make the last run.  A 5-year-old English-bred mare, Prize Exhibit has four wins from 11 tries over the Santa Anita turf and she’s four for 13 at one mile on grass.  Owned by Deron Pearson’s D P Racing, Prize Exhibit is 31-7-3-2 overall with earnings of $637,045. THE GRADE II BUENA VISTA STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 9                                                                                                          Approximate post time 4 p.m. PT ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 15, 2017)–A wide open field of 11 older fillies and mares will contest Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes at Santa Anita, with Mokat, Prize Exhibit, Hillhouse High, Wild At Heart and Illuminant all figuring prominently at a flat mile on turf.Current Winter Meet leading trainer Richard Baltas will be represented by both Mokat and Hillhouse High, while Jim Cassidy’s recent stakes winner Prize Exhibit shoots for two wins in a row,  Richard Mandella’s Wild At Heart will try two turns on turf for the first time and Michael McCarthy’s Illuminant will make her first start since taking the Grade I Gamely Stakes here on May 30.center_img                 HILLHOUSE HIGH:  Idle since running a big third as the pacesetter in the Grade II Goldikova Stakes at one mile on turf here Nov. 6, she is a head and a half length away from being unbeaten in her three Southern California starts for Baltas.  Originally based in New York with Chad Brown, she appears plenty dangerous as a fresh commodity in the Buena Vista.  Dismissed at 17-1 in the Goldikova, the 6-year-old Exchange Rate mare seeks her first stakes victory in what will be her 21st career start.  Owned by Golden Eagle Farm, Hillhouse High has been in the money in seven out of nine starts at one mile turf and is 20-3-6-5 lifetime with earnings of $292,487. MOKAT: Twelfth, beaten 5 ¾ lengths here in the Grade I American Oaks at a mile and one eighth on turf Dec. 31, this 4-year-old Uncle Mo filly gets back to what may be her preferred distance on Saturday.  Winless in three Grade I stakes since winning the Grade II San Clemente Handicap at a mile turf July 23, she has two wins, a second and a third under these conditions and could merit top billing in what shapes up as a truly wide open fray.  Owned by J K Racing Stable, Mokat kept company on the main track last year with superstar Songbird and has a good deal of class from which to draw upon.  She is 12-2-2-2 lifetime with earnings of $318,385. Illuminant–Brayan Pena–122Lily Pod–Martin Garcia – 120Mokat–Kent Desormeaux–124Do the Dance–Tyler Baze–120Prize Exhibit–Mike Smith–122Hillhouse High–Santiago Gonzalez–120Evo Campo–Brice Blanc–120Jeremy’s Legacy–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–120Juno–Luis Contreras–120Pretty Girl–Corey Nakatani–120Wild At Heart–Flavien Prat–120First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.  For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more

Stunning new wrasse species underlines need to protect deeper-lying reefs

first_imgA new species of wrasse discovered in mesophotic reefs off the coast of Zanzibar, Tanzania, underlines how little is known about marine environments.Deeper-lying reefs are just as threatened by climate change and other human impacts as shallow reefs and need greater protection.Mesophotic reefs could be an important and under-recognised source of fish larvae that supports coastal fisheries. A striking new species of wrasse discovered off the coast of Zanzibar, Tanzania, underlines how little is known about marine environments — even those relatively close to shore. Deeper-lying reefs like the one that is home to the newly described fish are ecologically connected to their shallower neighbors, and need greater protection.Luiz Rocha and Hudson Pinheiro, from the California Academy of Sciences (CAS), were into the fourth day of a Hope for Reefs diving expedition off the coast of Zanzibar. In the dim light 70 to 80 meters (230 to 260 feet) down, the team saw rock falls, sponges, hard, pinkish-red coralline algae and soft corals; there were plenty of fish, glimpses of familiar anthias, damselfish, and other reef species.Hope for Reefs is a five-year project aimed at better understanding and protecting reefs, and Pinheiro and Rocha’s team was conducting a general biodiversity assessment of a mesophotic reef, which are found at depths of between 30 and 150 meters (100 to 500 feet), are less well-studied than shallower reefs, but are also richly diverse ecosystems.Then something spectacular swam by.Vibranium fairy wrasses have deep purple scales so pigmented, they retain their color (which is typically lost) when preserved for research. Photo: Luiz Rocha/California Academy of Sciences“When we saw the fish we stopped right away and thought ‘Wow,’” Pinheiro says. “It was super beautiful. That is the first impression that we had.”The fish Rocha and Pinheiro saw was a kaleidoscope of colors: a pale yellow head, fading into white or pinkish scales, a bluish-purple dorsal fin, bright fuchsia on other parts, with almost translucent magenta pelvic fins, a transparent blue tail, and a chain link of purple markings across the rest of its body. This unique shading inspired the name the researchers gave the fish: the vibranium fairy wrasse, or Cirrhilabrus wakanda, after the mythical African kingdom of Wakanda from the Marvel comic books and movies, and the miracle element from which it draws its power.Rocha, the CAS curator of fishes and Follett Chair of Ichthyology, has discovered and described more than 30 species. “We were both 99 percent certain it was a new species. I really knew it was different though when I looked at the picture I took (with strobes) which revealed the purple markings,” he tells Mongabay.Rocha and Pinheiro sent a picture to a fish taxonomy savant in Sydney named Tea Yi-Kai. Tea, an ichthyology Ph.D. student at the University of Sydney, was aware of other fairy wrasse species in the Indian Ocean, but he knew there was a missing species.“Cirrhilabrus wakanda happens to belong to a particular group that is pretty well studied. We can predict, based on their patterns of distribution, that a species could very well occur along the East African coast — and this was it,” he tells Mongabay.The wrasse family is hugely diverse, with close to 600 species; there are nearly 60 known species of Cirrhilabrus alone — “habitat specific”, Tea says, mostly living in rubble zones adjacent to coral reefs. If C. wakanda is like other wrasses, it lives in large groups of mostly females, juveniles and a few males.“The bright purple markings and the overall pattern of this fish is very reminiscent of the fabric motifs and colour scheme of the clothes worn by the native Wakandans,” Tea says. “The details are also similar to Black Panther’s suit, which is made of a rare substance called vibranium. We thought this was a nice complement to its species name, wakanda,” Tea says.Cirrhilabrus wakanda sp. nov. Photo: H.T. Pinheiro and B. Shepherd.Extend protection to deep-lying reefsWhile fairy wrasses are common across a range of oceans, including the Pacific and Indian oceans and the Red Sea, the identification of a new wrasse species here is particularly significant for its habitat and future conservation.Scientists know relatively little about mesophotic reefs as these areas are too deep for conventional diving, yet too shallow for submersible research vessels. Diving to these depths requires scientists to be trained in the rebreather method, carrying additional tanks that recycle the air they breathe as they go.Last year, Rocha, Pinheiro and others published a report in Science outlining how these deeper-lying reefs are just as threatened by the climate crisis and other human impacts as shallow reefs and urging greater protection for them.“The species that are down there are different than the shallow ones, it’s a different community,” Rocha says. “Think rainforests versus savanna, they share a few trees but most species are different between these two habitats, and both are threatened, so nobody claims that one is a refuge for the other. Same for deep versus shallow reefs.”Dominic Andradi-Brown, a scientist at the WWF working to support marine protected area (MPA) monitoring and evaluation activities, is familiar with the Science report and has collaborated with several of the scientists who produced the research.“It’s hard to truly predict what’s at stake when we still have so much to learn about the biodiversity that inhabits mesophotic reefs,” he tells Mongabay in an email. “Much of the unknown biodiversity that relies on these unique ecosystems could be destroyed before we discover and identify it.”He adds that the role of mesophotic reefs in supporting coastal communities is likely overlooked, as “deeper reefs could be an important and under-recognised source of fish larvae for supporting coastal fisheries.”Dive site off Zanzibar: exploring mesophotic reefs requires scientists to be trained in the rebreather method, carrying additional tanks that recycle the air they breathe as they go. Photo: Luiz Rocha/California Academy of SciencesThe Hope for Reefs dive off Zanzibar found trash, abandoned fishing gear and sedimentation (likely linked to coastal soil erosion and can affect coral health). One way to better protect mesophotic reefs like the one where C. wakanda was discovered is to extend marine protected areas to include them.There are currently 23 MPAs in Tanzania, including in Zanzibar, that protect mangroves, coral reefs, seagrass beds and the open sea.“Because most people thought deep reefs were immune to human impacts, many marine protected areas don’t include them. We are trying to change that view and include them in more protected areas, as well as create some specifically for them,” Rocha says.But the ecosystems of shallow and deeper-lying reefs are connected. Many species, born and raised in the shallow reefs, cross the continental shelves and spend other parts of their life cycle in the deeper reefs.The discovery of the beautiful vibranium fairy wrasse may be the way to ensure these areas are protected, Pinheiro says.“It’s very important for us to be discovering and showing this biodiversity we have and be discussing with the public and managers about how to better take care of these habitats,” he says. CitationsTea, Y-K, Pinheiro, HT, Shepherd, B, Rocha, LA (2019) Cirrhilabrus wakanda, a new species of fairy wrasse from mesophotic ecosystems of Zanzibar, Tanzania, Africa (Teleostei, Labridae). ZooKeys 863: 85-96. doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.863.35580Rocha, LA, Pinheiro, HT, Shepherd, B, Papastamatiou, Y, Luiz, OJ, Pyle, RL, Bongaerts, P (2018) Mesophotic coral ecosystems are threatened and ecologically distinct from shallow water reefs. Science vol 361, issue 6399: 281-284. doi: 10.1126/science.aaq1614Banner image: Female Cirrhilabrus wakanda. Photo: Luiz Rocha/California Academy of Sciences.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. Article published by terna gyuse Animals, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change And Coral Reefs, Conservation, Coral Reefs, Environment, Fish, Fishing, Marine, Marine Animals, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Conservation, Marine Protected Areas, Oceans, Protected Areas, Wildlife 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

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

Climate adaptation begins with how we manage water (commentary)

first_imgSome 70 percent of the world’s freshwater is used for agriculture, but cities and other sectors have growing demands on the same water resources. To adapt to climate change without undermining food security and farmers’ livelihoods, we will have to fundamentally rethink agricultural water usage, our food systems, and our diets.A major new report from the Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA) makes this case loud and clear. The report urges us to face the fact that climate change will require ‘massive’ adaptation. It urges us to meet this challenge with urgency and resolve.The GCA report paints a sobering picture of our water and food security futures. We can and must adapt more quickly and effectively. Adaptive water management is an important place to start.This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the author, not necessarily Mongabay. The world is in a slow-moving, persistent water crisis. Rapidly rising water usage, increasingly uncertain rainfall, and widespread water pollution push more of our world into water stress and intensify competition for water — a competition that tends to be lost by the poor and by our ecosystems. Meanwhile, sea level rise, floods, droughts, and storms continue attacking cities, communities, and crops.Climate change is expected to exacerbate all of these challenges. Our changing climate means we will face more frequent and more severe extreme weather events. Higher temperatures mean thirstier crops, quenched with less predictable rains.Some 70 percent of the world’s freshwater is used for agriculture, but cities and other sectors have growing demands on the same water resources. To adapt to climate change without undermining food security and farmers’ livelihoods, we will have to fundamentally rethink agricultural water usage, our food systems, and our diets.A major new report from the Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA) makes this case loud and clear. The report urges us to face the fact that climate change will require ‘massive’ adaptation. It urges us to meet this challenge with urgency and resolve.A contributor to the GCA report, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), where I am Director General, is already developing many practical solutions that can be scaled up to adapt to the immense water challenges posed by climate change.Firstly, adaptation efforts must focus on the needs of smallholder farmers, who will be hardest hit and are least equipped to cope. They will be the front lines in the battle of adaptation. And in fact, the report calls for doubling the scale of agricultural research through the network of which we are a part, CGIAR.Smallholders farmers (with less than 10 hectares) manage up to 80 percent of the farmland in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. They are fundamental to food security in the developing world and they are extremely vulnerable to the climate. Building the resilience of these farmers is an urgent climate adaptation priority.Pyawt Ywar Pump Irrigation Project in Myanmar’s Central Dry Zone. Creating an institutional framework to connect farmers to irrigation scheme managers and boost equitable access to water. Photo Credit: Madeline Dahm / IWMI.Solar-powered irrigation technology, for instance, allows farmers to irrigate their crops on-demand, which provides resilience against untimely rainfall. In many places, solar pumps are replacing diesel pumps and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In India, farmer collectives are also earning additional income by selling excess energy back to the grid. This diversifies farmers’ incomes, helps ‘green’ the energy mix, and discourages the overexploitation of agricultural groundwater. This innovative model is now set to scale out across the country.Elsewhere, pastoralists in the drylands of Ethiopia contending with increasingly intense floods have worked to build resilience through the construction of small dams. These dams can slow and capture floodwaters, then distribute it to grazing and crop lands, in turn boosting productivity.Secondly, research must support the vital role that water plays in preserving our natural environment.Wetlands are a prime example. They perform vital services for people and the environment. They provide air and water purification, water flow regulation, carbon sequestration, and flood and drought mitigation.Preserving and restoring wetlands around the world is also essential for resilience. Sri Lanka’s capital of Colombo was recently accredited as a Ramsar Wetland City. The city’s multipurpose wetlands provide a sustainable habitat for birds and aquatic life and are an excellent example of an integrated ‘green and grey’ (natural and man-made) flood management system — using nature to enhance ecosystem and urban resilience.Thirdly, investing in preventing water-related hazards from turning into food supply disasters is essential.Floods, for example, can cause huge losses to life, crops, and property. But using early warning systems can help farmers and governments prepare in advance and minimize the impacts of heavy flood seasons. Where harm cannot be avoided, flood insurance can be developed that meets the needs of small farmers.The GCA report paints a sobering picture of our water and food security futures. We can and must adapt more quickly and effectively. Adaptive water management is an important place to start.Pyawt Ywar Pump Irrigation Project in Myanmar’s Central Dry Zone. Photo Credit: Madeline Dahm / IWMI.Claudia Sadoff is Director General of the International Water Management Institute. Adaptation To Climate Change, Agriculture, Climate Change, Climate Change And Extreme Weather, Commentary, Drinking Water, Drought, Editorials, Environment, Extreme Weather, Farming, Flooding, Food Crisis, food security, Global Warming, Researcher Perspective Series, Water, Water Crisis, Water Pollution, Water Scarcity Article published by Mike Gaworeckicenter_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

Greta and Mesoamerica’s five great forests (commentary)

first_imgArticle published by Mike Gaworecki Cattle, Cattle Ranching, Climate Change, Climate Change And Forests, Commentary, Deforestation, Drivers Of Deforestation, Editorials, Environment, Forest Fires, Forests, Global Warming, Indigenous Peoples, Ranching, Researcher Perspective Series In New York’s Battery Park last Friday night, Greta Thunberg rightly said, “This is an emergency. Our house is on fire.” She continued, “This Monday, world leaders are going to be gathered here in New York City for the U.N. Climate Action Summit. The eyes of the world will be on them. They have a chance to take leadership, to prove they actually hear us.”In Mesoamerica, leaders are listening and acting. During the Climate Summit, Mesoamerica’s leaders announced their commitment to protect the “Five Great Forests of Mesoamerica” and shared some of their governments’ lessons learned to date to reduce forest fires and tackle deforestation.We are supporting them by promoting an initiative in which governments, Indigenous Peoples, and civil society are coming together to protect 10 million hectares and restore 500,000 hectares in these critical forest areas, thereby helping safeguard the world’s climate.This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the author, not necessarily Mongabay. This week’s Climate Strike mobilized and inspired millions of people around the world, including us.On Friday, we stood with young protesters in New York’s Battery Park, listening to Greta Thunberg’s speech. Her courageous words, her grit, her honesty, her powerful presence, the overwhelming gravity and urgency of her message coming from such an unlikely leader… Greta brought us to tears.We both belong to conservation organizations and have dedicated our lives and careers to protecting forests and wildlife. In other words, we are already believers in Greta’s message. We know that the world’s intact forests, along with the ocean, sequester half of humankind’s carbon emissions every year, and that protecting them and working to restore ecosystems around the planet are the most efficient ways to mitigate climate change.We have seen firsthand the magic and majesty of Mesoamerica’s last five great, intact forests. Spanning from Mexico to Colombia, this “Amazon” of Mesoamerica covers an area three times the size of Switzerland and is home to more than 7.5 percent of the planet’s biodiversity, such as the jaguar and endangered Baird’s tapir. The five forests hold nearly 50 percent of the region’s forest carbon stocks and provide important ecosystem services to 5 million people, including clean water, clean air, food security, and climate stability.The jaguar’s range currently extends from Mexico through Central America to South America. The species is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List and the population is declining. Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher.Yet we have also seen the devastation. Since 2000, an insatiable global demand for beef has driven reduction of three of Mesoamerica’s five great forests by more than 23 percent. Ninety percent of deforestation in the five forests results from illegal cattle ranching — sometimes used as a front for organized crime and drug trafficking and sometimes connected to international markets.To make matters worse, climate change-induced drought has sparked widespread forest fires, with smoke eclipsing the sun and choking both humans and wildlife. At times, it feels apocalyptic.Greta rightly said, “This is an emergency. Our house is on fire.” She continued, “This Monday, world leaders are going to be gathered here in New York City for the U.N. Climate Action Summit. The eyes of the world will be on them. They have a chance to take leadership, to prove they actually hear us.”In Mesoamerica, leaders are listening and acting.During the Climate Summit, Mesoamerica’s leaders announced their commitment to protect the “Five Great Forests of Mesoamerica” and shared some of their governments’ lessons learned to date to reduce forest fires and tackle deforestation. We are supporting them by promoting an initiative in which governments, Indigenous Peoples, and civil society are coming together to protect 10 million hectares and restore 500,000 hectares in these critical forest areas, thereby helping safeguard the world’s climate.The Five Forest Initiative follows four key principles that give us hope for its success.A movement, not a projectThe Five Forests Initiative will convene and support a “Five Forests Alliance,” including the region’s governments, civil society, universities, and local and indigenous communities, collectively working along a single, coherent strategy. Through mass mobilization of resources channeled to an alliance of the most effective partners in each of the forests, the initiative will effect broad and lasting impact.Addressing the primary threatGreater than 90 percent of the deforestation within the Five Forests is caused by illegal cattle ranching that has been allowed to invade protected areas and indigenous territories. The Five Forests Initiative will work to address illegal ranching while providing economic alternatives for local people that result in more trees and fewer cows and that are compatible with local and indigenous cultures.Local solutionsNearly half of the Five Forests of Mesoamerica are governed by Indigenous Peoples who have lived and worked sustainably in them for centuries. They have time-tested solutions for how to live and work in these landscapes in ways that promote biodiversity conservation and limit forest degradation and deforestation. The Five Forests Alliance is committed to integrating local and indigenous voices as leaders to understand, promote, and scale community-based solutions.Trust in local capacityThe Five Forests Initiative endeavors to empower the conservationists of Mesoamerica to create the conditions in which they can implement their own innovative ideas and generate the change needed to save the region’s forests, including consistent and well-paid employment.Mesoamerica’s people, culture, biodiversity, economic health, resilience to climate change—the very essence of Mesoamerica—all depend on these five great forests. To survive as a planet and stave off the worst effects of climate change, we all depend on the success of movements like Mesoamerica’s Five Great Forests Initiative.As Greta famously said, “I want you to act. I want you to act as if our house is on fire.”Mesoamerica’s forests are literally on fire. The region’s governments, Indigenous Peoples, civil society, and the broader conservation community now commit to protect them.La Mosquitia is a region of rainforest in the easternmost part of Honduras. Photo Credit: John Polisar, WCS.CITATION• Baccini, A. G. S. J., Goetz, S. J., Walker, W. S., Laporte, N. T., Sun, M., Sulla-Menashe, D., … & Samanta, S. (2012). Estimated carbon dioxide emissions from tropical deforestation improved by carbon-density maps. Nature climate change, 2(3), 182. doi:10.1038/nclimate1354Dr. Jeremy Radachowsky is Regional Director of Mesoamerica and the Caribbean for WCS and has worked for more than two decades to conserve Mesoamerica’s forests.Dr. Chris Jordan is the Central America and Tropical Andes Coordinator for Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC).FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.center_img 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