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Boston’s Bearly Dead Had Fans Lining The Streets For Dead & Co After Show Performance

first_imgSaturday night in Boston was smoking hot as Dead & Company wrapped up the east coast leg of their tour at Fenway Park.  While Donna Godchaux was the special guest on stage inside the park all night, the after show across the street was just as incredible. Boston’s Bearly Dead performed at The House of Blues for a music hungry crowd that sold out the show in a matter of minutes. The show was in such demand that hundreds of people lined the street outside hoping to get in, even after every ticket was gone.The members of Bearly Dead are Tyler Brooks and Brian Sayers on drums, David Becker on bass, James Owens on vocals, Milt Reder, Jeff Vetstein and Nick Swift on guitar, Andrew Johanson on keys, and Liz Ann Biggar on vocals. However, Saturday’s performance featured very special guest Steve Molitz, keyboardist for Particle. Needless to say, the stage was crammed with musicians as the venue was packed elbow to elbow with dancing fans ready to keep the party going. Fans were treated to one giant super set that ran over two and a half hours, without a break. Molitz was relentless and pulled out all the stops during the set. The energy in the room was simply magical, as the music flowed seamlessly from one song to the next. The smoking hot set list blew the crowd out of the water. In a nutshell, fans that were lucky enough to get in the door were not disappointed and left with exhaustion from the nonstop vibes. When in Boston, make sure to catch this energy packed band, guaranteed to keep you dancing the night away.  For more information on Bearly Dead, please visit their Facebook page.Setlist: Bearly Dead at The House of Blues, Boston, MA – 7/16/16Set: Don’t Let Go, Beat It On Down the Line, New Speedway Boogie, Greatest Story Ever Told, Eyes of the World, Viola Lee Blues>Cumberland Blues, Music Never Stopped, Scarlet Begonias>Fire on the Mountain, Jack Straw, I Need a Miracle, Alabama Getaway, Brown Eyed Women, It Takes a Train to Cry, Hard To Handle, Terrapin Station, Lovelight, The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion).Photos courtesy of Sean BemandWords by Sarah Bourque. Follow on Twitter.last_img read more

Spanish La Liga Watch: Eibar Ease Relegation Fears With ‘Surprise’ Betis Victory

first_imgEibar have eased their relegation worries in the Spanish La Liga after they surprisingly produced their best game of the season to emphatically dispatch 10-man Real Betis 5-0 at home.The lowly outfit started scoring in a fortunate manner after Spanish defender Jordi Amat put through his own net in the 6th minute before Argentina midfielder Gonzalo Escalante added a second goal on the half hour mark to give his side a 2-0 lead at the interval.The game ended as a contest ten minutes into the second half after Betis defender Assier Mandi was sent off for a professional foul in the box and the subsequent penalty was dispatched by Charles. The former Malaga and Celta Vigo forward completed his brace after 71 minutes before Sergei Enrich netted to make it a comprehensive 5-0 victory.The win moves Eibar four points clear in the battle for survival while Real Betis drop one place from 8th to 9th following the thrashing they were handed by their hosts on Monday night. RelatedSpanish La Liga Review: Villareal Stun Madrid As Atletico And Valencia Keep Pressure On Leaders BarcelonaJanuary 14, 2018In “Europe”La Liga Review: Madrid Edge Betis In Thriller As City Rivals Atletico Trim Barcelona’s Lead To Seven PointsFebruary 19, 2018In “Europe”La Liga Review: Madrid Thrash Vigo In Final Home Game To Secure Top-Three FinishMay 13, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more

Trump Unveils Plan to Reopen Economy, Tells Governors “You’re Going to Call Your Own Shots”

first_img“My highest priority on this task force will be to ensure the federal government’s efforts to reopen our economy are bipartisan, data-driven, and based on the expertise of public health professionals,” said Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia.Business leaders also told the President during calls on Wednesday that a significant increase in testing, in addition to wider availability of protective equipment, is necessary before they can safely restart operations.The federal government foresees a gradual national recovery from the coronavirus. That means disruptive mitigation measures may be needed in some places at least until a vaccine becomes available, which may not happen until next year.“It’s not going to immediately be a situation where we have stadiums full of people,” said Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson on Thursday. “We’re Americans. We will adapt,” he added.President Trump said on Wednesday that data indicates the U.S. is “past the peak” of the COVID-19 epidemic. He added that the numbers have “put us in a very strong position to finalize guidelines for states on reopening the country.”Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, added that the data shows the nation “improving,” but cautioned that Americans had to recommit to social distancing in order to keep up the positive momentum.There are 654,301 cases and 31,628 deaths across the U.S. as of Thursday morning. Florida had 22,235 confirmed cases and 662 deaths. New White House guidelines reportedly outline a phased approach to restoring normal commerce and services across the country, but only for areas that have strong testing and are seeing a decrease in COVID-19 cases.President Trump unveiled his administration’s plans to ease social distancing requirements on a call Thursday with the nation’s governors.Places that have a declining number of infections and strong testing would start a three-phased gradual reopening of businesses and schools, with each phase lasting at least 14 days, in order to ensure that the outbreak does not accelerate again.“You’re going to call your own shots,” Trump told governors, according to an audio recording obtained by The Associated Press. “We’re going to be standing along side of you.”Under the federal guidelines, those most susceptible to the disease would be advised to remain sheltered in place until their area enters the final phase. Even after that point, they will be advised to take precautions in order to avoid close contact with other people.Trump held conference calls earlier Thursday with lawmakers that he has named to a new congressional advisory task force.New federal data shows that at least 22 million Americans have been laid off or furloughed in the last month.However, the legislators also urged the President not to risk public health in an effort to reopen the economy.last_img read more

First Golf and Health Week set to launch

first_img Tags: Golf and health 19 Mar 2019 First Golf and Health Week set to launch England Golf is backing a campaign to raise awareness of the health benefits of golf for people of all ages and abilities.The first ever Golf and Health Week will take place from 15-19 April and will aim to encourage golfers, non-golfers and lapsed golfers to take part in the sport.A number of health-related themes will be promoted during the week of the campaign, including:Monday 15 April: Fitness – professionals and amateursTuesday 16 April: Mental health, including dementiaWednesday 17 April: Disability golfThursday 18 April: Golf for everyone, featuring various health projects such Parkinson’s, loneliness, strokeFriday 19 April: Club focus, including fitness, food, drink and gym classesIt will run across digital and social media channels using the hashtag #GolfHealthWeek and include content which highlights the physical and mental health benefits of playing golf and projects being delivered by golf bodies and clubs.Nick Pink, England Golf Chief Executive, said: “It’s great to spread the message that golf is good for you. We know golf can make a real difference to health and well-being and we need to share that with the wider community.“We’re very proud to be involved in a scheme which has successfully pioneered golf on referral from GPs, with impressive results. We also know that golf, and being active, can significantly cut the risk of dementia and heart disease. These are just some of the benefits – and the very good reasons to encourage more people to take up and keep playing the sport.”The collaborative campaign is being co-ordinated by The R&A with the support of England Golf, Scottish Golf, Wales Golf, the Golfing Union of Ireland, Irish Ladies Golf Union, the European Tour, the Ladies European Tour, The Professional Golfers’ Association and the Golf Foundation.A number of other organisations have expressed interest in supporting the week, including EDGA, formerly the European Disabled Golf Association, the PGAs of Europe and Golf Australia.The campaign is also to be backed by professional golfers including Annika Sorenstam, Brooke Henderson, Padraig Harrington and Zach Johnson, who are ambassadors for the Golf and Health Project.The dedicated week builds on the work of the Golf and Health Project, which since 2016 has studied the many and varied health and wellbeing benefits of golf, considered any risks and had research published regularly in international, peer-reviewed journals.To drive interest and encourage activity in the days before the dedicated week, golfers will be asked to tweet their steps achieved and calories burned from any golf they play, again using #GolfHealthWeek. The week then finishes on Good Friday at club level, with golfers to be encouraged to head for the fairways over the Easter holiday weekend.Last year, a global consensus amongst leaders in public health, public policy and sport backed golf in the race to tackle physical inactivity and the prevention of illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer of the breast and colon.Evidence linking golf and health, commissioned by the World Golf Foundation and supported by The R&A, was presented at Westminster following research led by the University of Edinburgh and published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.Previous research has also highlighted that those that play golf live five years longer than those that don’t play, while the sport has been shown to have self-esteem and self-worth benefits.last_img read more

Clippers stage silent protest to owner

first_imgLos Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, right, answers questions during a pregame news conference before Game 4 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday, April 27, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers chose not to speak publicly about owner Donald Sterling. Instead, they made a silent protest.In response to Sterling’s purported comments urging a woman to not bring black people to his team’s games, the Clippers on Sunday let their uniforms become a show of solidarity.They ran out of the tunnel for Game 4 of their first-round playoff at Golden State wearing their warmups. Then they huddled at center court and tossed their warmups to the ground, going through their pregame routine with their red Clippers’ shirts inside out to hide the team’s logo.Players also wore black wristbands or armbands. They all wore black socks with their normal jerseys.“It’s just us, only us. We’re all we got,” Clippers star guard Chris Paul could be heard shouting to teammates before they ran out.The Warriors’ sellout crowd of 19,596, decked out in gold shirts, booed the Clippers — as they always do — during introductions.Sterling’s wife, Shelly, was sitting courtside across from the Clippers’ bench. Commissioner Adam Silver had said Donald Sterling would not be at the game.Clippers coach Doc Rivers said before the game that he would remain the only one to speak for the team on this, saying players want to remain focused on basketball. Even he, though, acknowledged that has not been easy since TMZ released the alleged recording of Sterling on Saturday.“Our message is to play,” Rivers said. “Our message is that we’re going to let no one and nothing stop us from what we want to do. And I think that’s a good message. I really do. I think that’s the message we’re trying to send. And if we can pull this off all the way, I think that would be a terrific message.”While the Clippers wanted to let their play do the talking, other NBA players continued to speak out on the subject.Some talked about the hurt Sterling’s alleged words caused. Others urged Silver to take an aggressive stance against Sterling, who has a history of alleged discrimination. Most of them hoped Sterling would be removed as the team’s owner someday soon.“We’re more than basketball players,” Wizards guard Garrett Temple said. “We’re human beings, first and foremost, and when you hear something like that, it’s very unfortunate that whoever that is talking feels that way, and I don’t think there’s any place in this game or in the world, for that matter, for thoughts like that.”Miami Heat star LeBron James said Silver needed to take action, going so far as to suggest “there is no room for Donald Sterling in our league.” Lakers star Kobe Bryant wrote on his Twitter page that he couldn’t play for Sterling. Warriors coach Mark Jackson, who played for the Clippers from 1992-94, said he could forgive Sterling but couldn’t play for him right now, either.Jackson also wanted to make clear that the audio affected his team, too. He said they spoke about the comments Saturday and decided to use the issue as a platform to spark change.“You stand up there and you answer questions as an African-American man,” Jackson said, “and you sound intelligent and you carry yourself and conduct yourself to answer and let people know.”The Clippers-Warriors game in Oakland provided a bigger platform than anybody in the organization could remember in the past two decades.The Warriors said they had more than 100 credential requests since Saturday for a total of about 220 media members approved. The team said there were only about 140 to 150 credentialed media for Game 3 on Thursday, and there were about 60 for regular-season game this past season.For the players, concentrating on the game might have been the toughest task.“As much as this is about basketball, this is life,” Rivers said. “And our guys, they have family. They have friends. And that have cellphones. And I can’t imagine how much they’ve been pulled on and talked to and what you should do and what you shouldn’t do and what you should say.”___AP Sports Writer Joseph White in Washington contributed to this story.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

Into the abyss with deep sea biologist Diva Amon

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Biodiversity, Deep Sea, Deep Sea Mining, Featured, Interviews, Oceans, Research Article published by Erik Hoffnercenter_img Dr. Diva Amon was raised on the shores of the Caribbean Sea and has become an expert on what lies deep below its surface, where light refuses to go.“We can’t effectively manage what we don’t understand or protect what we don’t know,” she tells Mongabay in a new interview.The promise and peril of deep sea mining is just one of the reasons she and her colleagues are working hard to understand the biodiversity of the oceans’ greatest depths.Dr. Amon is speaking at the upcoming Jackson Wild Summit in Wyoming later this month. Deep sea biologist Diva Amon is a Trinidadian who was raised by the shore of the Caribbean Sea, but has become well known not for the sea’s edge, but rather for what lies deep beneath it. She co-founded SpeSeas, a non-profit NGO focused on increasing marine science, education and advocacy in Trinidad and Tobago, and is currently a Research Fellow at the National History Museum, London.She will be part of the deep sea session of the upcoming Jackson Wild Summit in Jackson, WY, September 21-27, which will have a focus on ‘Living Oceans’ (more information and registration for the event is here).Prior to heading for Wyoming, Dr. Amon took a break to answer a few questions.Diva Amon in a research submersible. Photo courtesy of Novus Select.Mongabay: Hydrothermal vents and the communities that thrive on them have been a regular source of  discovery in recent years, can you describe your new study‘s assessment of their biodiversity?Dr. Diva Amon: Cruise reports, initial observations and assessments from research cruises are an overlooked source of biological information. This recently published study has used all available cruise reports from cruises that went to hydrothermal vents to show that global research effort has been skewed geographically. We know much more about vents in the Northern Hemisphere, in places like the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, while regions such as the Southern and Indian Oceans are practically unexplored. Under business as usual scenarios, this would propel us scientists to increase our work in understudied areas, but with mining of hydrothermal vents looming, it is an alarm bell.We must make it a priority to gather more data so that accurate environmental assessments of the impact of mining can be made, especially vent sites [that] are unique, and many more vent sites are threatened by deep-sea mining in the Southern Hemisphere. As it currently stands, as Andrew, the lead author says, “we’re drawing on data from very different ecosystems. It’s like trying to understand the impacts of logging in a tropical rainforest, but only using forestry data from the Pacific Northwest.” We desperately need to correct this if mining at deep-sea hydrothermal vents is to move forward responsibly.What gaps are there in our knowledge of these communities? Our assessment also reminded us that despite hydrothermal vents being some of the most well-explored deep-sea habitats, when compared with terrestrial ones, we know next to nothing about them. Globally, many sites are only inferred from chemical signals and have never been visited [and] others we don’t even know exist. For those where scientists have been working, a big gap is the natural variability of these habitats and the communities there.Hydrothermal vents were only discovered in 1977, with new sites being discovered nearly every year. Many of these sites have only been visited once, or a handful of times, so that temporal aspect is missing. We also are only now grasping how communities are connected with – and travel between – vent sites, not just on local scales, but also regionally and globally. And what about the big roles that vents are playing for the rest of the deep sea, our oceans and our planet?One of Dr. Amon’s favorite animals to see on a dive, the dumbo octopus. Image via Smithsonian Institution.Collaboration is a key way to gather those missing pieces! Firstly, between scientists from around the world, especially from countries that have not previously had the financial or technological capability to conduct studies, even within their own waters themselves. Secondly, with industry. Industry may have access to resources and data that science may not, and vice versa. Thirdly, with the regulators, so that  regulations can be adopted, as well as enforced, effectively. We must continue to explore the deep ocean in order to understand it better.What inspired you to study these nearly impossible to reach depths?I’m Trinidadian and grew up in the Caribbean, which meant spending a lot of time by the sea. I knew I loved the ocean but I never gave the deep ocean any thought. It wasn’t until my first deep-sea biology course, I was struck hearing that less than 1% of our deep ocean had ever been explored. That is a staggering figure! Everyone has some inner desire to explore, to see things no one has ever seen, to answer questions that have never been answered, to have experiences that few have ever had. Deep-sea science was my gateway to that excitement of never knowing what you’re going to see in an unexplored and ever-changing ocean.You are a leader of the Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI)’s minerals working group: what is that group doing to safeguard the deep ocean and inform sustainable use of things like deep-sea minerals? DOSI is an expert group that seeks to integrate science, technology, policy, law and economics to advise on ecosystem-based management of resources in the deep ocean and strategies to maintain the integrity of deep-ocean ecosystems. We work across a range of issues, from deep-sea fishing to oil and gas extraction, deep-sea mining, and even the Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) negotiations at the UN. Many of us assist in collecting mandatory and crucial deep-sea data and then we take that science, as well as from other colleagues, and translate it so that it can be used to guide policy through conversations with stakeholders.A submersible inspects a newly discovered hydrothermal vent. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas.What are the chief challenges to meaningful deep sea stewardship? Lack of data and understanding! Less than 1% of the deep sea has ever been imaged or seen, so it’s currently very difficult to make stewardship decisions. Not only do the deep ocean, its inhabitants, and their functions amaze and inspire us, but they also have the potential to provide solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges, but we just don’t know yet. We can’t effectively manage what we don’t understand or protect what we don’t know.What creature has given you the greatest joy of seeing in the deep so far during one of your expeditions?Dumbo octopus get me every time! They are just so cute! Also headless chicken monsters (Enypniastes eximia), which are a type of sea cucumber capable of swimming. Their movement is just hypnotic, like a lava lamp. We see these often but there is great video from a cruise to the Gulf of Mexico in 2017.What do you yearn to see?Has to be giant tubeworms from the Pacific vents (Riftia pachyptila). They are one of the most iconic deep-sea species, and would be like seeing a big cat during a safari. It’s on my bucket list!Photo of one of the largest concentrations of Riftia pachyptila ever observed, with anemones and mussels colonizing in close proximity. Image courtesy of the 2011 NOAA Galapagos Rift Expedition.Dr. Amon will be part of the deep sea session of the Jackson Wild Summit in Jackson, WY, September 21-27, which will have a focus on ocean health. More information and registration for the event is here.last_img read more

Education, compensation, and spiritual outreach protect threatened whale sharks

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored In the 1980s and 90s, whale sharks were being killed in their hundreds off the western coast of India. Demand for the shark’s fins and meat in south-east Asia meant a fisherman could earn as much as $7,000 for a large shark.In 2001, India declared the whale shark a protected species. In 2004, the Whale Shark Conservation Project began its effort to spread awareness of the ban among the fishermen in the state of Gujarat, where the killing was taking place, and to convert the fishermen from hunters to protectors of the fish.Through a combination of community outreach, participation of a popular spiritual leader, and financial compensation, the community was convinced to stop killing the sharks. Since then, 710 whale sharks have also been rescued after getting entangled in fishing nets, while scientists have been able to tag eight sharks for research purposes. In the 1980s and 1990s, whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) were being slaughtered by the hundreds in the waters off the coast of Gujarat, a state in western India famous for being the last refuge of the Asiatic Lion. While the lions were protected under the Indian Wildlife Protection Act (WPA), 1972, the whale sharks were not.A whale shark from the Indian Ocean. Image by Abe Khao Lak, CC 4.0.Demand for the shark’s fins and meat in south-east Asia drove a roaring export trade. According to one study published in 2000 in the journal Current Science, over 1,700 whale sharks were killed between 1988 and 1998.  A further 600 were killed between 1999 and 2000, according to another study by WWF-India published in 2001. A single whale shark could earn a fisherman anywhere from $2,500 to $7,000, depending on its size.“It was happening because of greed,” Tulsibhai Gohel (bhai is an honorific that shows respect), the 42-year-old president of the Sagar Putra Foundation, a local fisherman’s association, told Mongabay. “We were getting so much money, it was impossible not to kill them.”In 2000, a documentary by Mike Pandey called Shores of Silence, which included footage of men cutting off a whale shark’s dorsal fin while the fish was still alive, drew widespread attention to the plight of these gentle giants. The government was lobbied and a year later the fish was added to Schedule 1 of the WPA, giving it the highest legal protection in India.Awareness campaignHowever, awareness of the shark’s protected status remained limited in Gujarat. In order to spread the message, the Whale Shark Conservation Project (Gujarat) was founded in 2004 as a partnership between Tata Chemicals, a public company, the Wildlife Trust of India, an NGO, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, and the Gujarat Forest Department.“To lose a species that has been estimated to be as old as the dinosaurs, and about whom enough knowledge has not been gained, would be a big loss. This prompted Tata Chemicals Ltd. to partner with the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) to embark on the Whale Shark Conservation project,” Alka Talwar, the head of sustainability and corporate social responsibility at Tata Chemicals, told Mongabay.The port of Veraval, one of 5 fishing villages participating in the Whale Shark Conservation Project. Image by Tariq Engineer for Mongabay.Tata Chemicals has provided about $700,000 in funding since the project’s inception as part of its corporate social responsibility, WTI the scientific and conservation expertise, and the Gujarat Forest department legal sanction and economic support for the communities. The collaboration among a public company, an NGO, and the state is one of the project’s two pillars; the other is the fishing community. “The model has been so successful because we were able to convert the community from hunters to saviours,” Farukhkha Husenkha, WTI’s assistant manager, sociology for the project, told Mongabay.Husenkha joined the project in 2012 and operates out of Veraval, a fishing town that is the field base of the project. The project extends for roughly 160 kilometers (110 miles), and includes four other major fishing villages: Mangrol and Porbandar to the northwest of Veraval, and Sutrapada and Dhamlej to the southeast. The fishing seasons runs from September to June and can be quite lucrative, with fishermen earning up to $45,000 in a good year.In addition to the ban on killing the sharks, the fishing communities have been taught to rescue the shark if it gets entangled in their nets. The nets are 20 meters (66 feet) wide and 5 meters (16 feet) deep. As many 100 nets can be cast into the sea and left overnight, creating a wall over a mile long.Husenkha is one of three WTI employees in the region. He is joined by biologist Charan Kumar Paidi and field officer Prakash Doriya, a former fisherman who has been trained to help rescue and tag the sharks. “My role is to make sure that the fishermen’s motivation [to protect the shark] is maintained,” Husenkha said.The project has documented 710 whale shark rescues as of March 2019. Eight sharks have also been tagged for research purposes, while five whale shark pups have been logged by the local fishing community. According to BC Choudhury, the lead investigator of the project, the pups prove that whale sharks breed in the Arabian Sea off the western coast of India.The Project brings together a public company, a major scientific NGO, and state, and the local fishing community.These two photos show Project staff and fishers rescuing and tagging a whale shark in December, 2017. Images by Farukhkha Hunsekha.A spiritual approachTo win the hearts of the fishing communities, Morari Bapu – a spiritual leader who has a large following in Gujarat – was appointed the brand ambassador for the campaign. He would prove to be the perfect messenger.“The best thing that worked in the whale shark initiative was the involvement of Morari Bapu,” Anju Baroth, a scientist with the Wildlife Institute of India, told Mongabay. “If a scientist had gone and given a lecture about conservation, nothing would have gone into their heads. An approach which is close to their heart was required.”Since whale sharks are a migratory species, Bapu told the community a simple story: The whale shark, which he named Vhali, or ‘dear one’, was like a relative coming home to give birth. The community would not harm such a relative but protect and care for her and her child. In the same way, they must protect and care for the shark, which, despite its size, is a gentle creature that causes no harm. He also appealed to the community’s sense of Dharma. Killing the shark was a sin, he told them, while saving it would bring them good karma. To drive the message home, actors performed a skit based on this theme.Though it took a few years to convince all the fishermen to get on board, today, “there is a total ban [on whale shark hunting]. The mind-set has changed,” Gohel said.A 2016 community event in Porbandar that shows the life-size inflatable whale shark. Image by Maheshbhai (Porbandar).The project reinforces Bapu’s message every year with two community events. Since 2015, the project has celebrated international Whale Shark Day on August 30th. In addition, a culturally significant day in the Gujarati calendar has been designated Gujarat Whale Shark Day by the Forest Department. “On that particular day, the fishers will not go out to sea. It is an important day to spend with their families,” Husenkha said.Follow the leaderThe project’s other important activity in building community support was getting the community heads, known as Patels, on its side. Such is their tradition that the writ of these heads is the law in their communities. Tulsibhai Gohel is the Patel in Veraval and heads an association that counts 2,100 fishing boat owners as members. Those who do not follow their Patel’s instructions are blackballed.“Once the community leader has decided not to hunt, if someone offers even $10,000 for a shark, we won’t kill it,” said Patel Jivabhai Bariya, former head of the Sutrapada Koli Fisherman’s Association. Jivabhai has personally helped rescue around 50 whale sharks. There is a sense of pride that has come with being part of the project too. “The world knows that we have been protecting the whale shark and we are proud to be part of the project,” Jivabhai said.The project has also built community support through collaboration with village leaders, known as Patels, whose decisions traditionally serve as informal law in their communities. Three Patels spoke with Mongabay about their work with the Whale Shark Conservation Project: Patel Jivabhai Bariya (left), Patel in Sutrapada, Ratilal Haridas (center), Patel in Dhamlej Tulsibhai Gohel (right), Patel in Veraval . Image by Tariq Engineer for Mongabay.Monetary compensationIn late 2005, the Gujarat Forest Department agreed to compensate the fishermen for the nets that were ruined when they cut the shark free. “When the hunting stopped, the whale shark population increased and more were getting stuck in the nets,” Ratilal Hardas Bariya, Patel from Dhamlej, said. “It was causing the fishermen a lot of trouble.”The department has paid out around $130,000 in compensation up to 2018, the latest year for which data are available. In 2010, the department also agreed to let fishermen document the rescues themselves using plastic film cameras provided by the project. This significantly cut down on the time taken to rescue the shark, and thereby reduced the stress on the fish. This year, the project has launched the Vhali app, so the fishermen can take photos or video on their smart phones.“The institutionalisation of the process for providing monetary relief to fishermen for net damages incurred during whale shark rescue operations has also contributed to the project success,” Tata’s Talwar said.A holistic modelIn 2005, Tata Chemicals was awarded the Green Governance Award for the project, and in 2014, the Gujarat Forest Department received a Biodiversity award from the UNDP and the Ministry of Environment. The Project has just started a similar project in Kerala in India’s far south.The Whale Shark Conservation Project has been successful because each partner brought something different to the table. “All these blocks were put together and the puzzle was solved,” Baroth said. “Companies have the money and traditionally the research community is always in the need of money.”For Talwar, it also provides evidence that companies can play a big role in conservation, with or without the CSR act. “The need is for environmental organizations, which have knowledge about ecosystem and biodiversity, to raise the issues and rope in different companies depending upon their areas of influence.” Community-based Conservation, Conservation Solutions, Corporate Social Responsibility, Education, Endangered Species, Fishing, Oceans, Sharks, Whale Sharks Article published by Sue Palminteri FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. 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Tanker identified as possible Brazil oil spill perpetrator

first_imgControversial, Diseases, Environment, Governance, Government, Green, Ocean Crisis, Oceans, Oil, Oil Spills, Pollution, Regulations, Water Pollution Article published by Glenn Scherer 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 The disastrous oil spill on Brazil’s northeast coast began August 30, with 116 municipalities already impacted and 6,000 tons of crude recovered so far. The oil continues to move southward and is now threatening Rio de Janeiro state. However, almost three months into the spill, the debate over its origin continues.Yesterday, an expert from the Federal University of Alagoas reported to Congress that the tanker responsible for the spill may be the Voyager I, which he said was off the coast of Brazil with its location transponder turned off during the period the spill would have occurred. Satellite detection of two slicks seem to implicate Voyager I.But other experts disagree, saying transponder evidence puts Voyager I near India during the critical late July period when the spill occurred. Since this story’s publication, Voyager I representatives have also provided evidence of the India location at the time of the spill (see box and links at end of this story).More than 100 ships passed through the seas near the eastern tip of Brazil between July 19 and 24. As a result, debate over the source of the oil spill is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. The Voyager I tanker, which Federal University of Alagoas researchers have implicated in the oil spill. Other researchers disagree with this conclusion. Image © MarineTraffic.comThe massive oil spill on Brazil’s northeast coast beginning August 30 has now impacted 675 locations in 116 municipalities, with experts expecting the crude to soon reach as far south as Rio de Janeiro state. Yet, nearly three months after the first oil came ashore, speculation over the disaster’s source continues.However, this week may have seen a break in the case. On November 17, the Laboratory for Analyzing and Processing Satellite Images (LAPIS) at the Federal University of Alagoas issued a statement saying that it had identified a possible culprit.Yesterday, November 21, LAPIS director Prof. Humberto Barbosa testified to Brazil’s Congress that satellite images suggest a Marshall Islands-flagged tanker, the Voyager I, is responsible for the disaster.Barbosa told the Chamber of Deputies that the Voyager had its AIS location transponder turned off during the July 19 to 24 period when satellite images first identified slicks off the coast of Paraíba and Rio Grande do Norte. “Both [oil slicks] correspond considering the ship’s normal speed and course, although the Voyager I had its transponder turned off in that region,” he testified.However, oil pollution watchdog SkyTruth raised questions about LAPIS’ conclusions. SkyTruth analyst Bjorn Bergman told Mongabay via email: “This doesn’t make sense because AIS shows other vessels at the scene. I also still haven’t seen anything to confirm that the vessel [Voyager I] ever left port in India in July.”LAPIS reports that between July 19 and 24, 111 ships passed through the seas near the eastern tip of Brazil.Emmanuel Belostrino, a crude oil market analyst, added data to support Bergman’s doubts. Belostrino works with Kpler, a data intelligence firm offering transparency solutions in commodity markets. Belostrino told Mongabay via email that the Voyager I’s signal registered off the coast of India on July 6. The ship’s next available signal registered on July 24, again near the port of Vadinar in India. According to Kpler’s calculations, a one-way journey from Vadinar to the port of José in Venezuela via Cape Town, South Africa takes 35 days at a speed of 12 knots.Asked about this discrepancy, Barbosa told Mongabay that LAPIS had identified the Voyager I´s transponder signal off the Brazilian coast.Bergman wondered whether LAPIS has additional information that hasn’t been made public. He also noted that SkyTruth has identified a bilge dump that seems to have originated from a Brazilian-flagged ship on July 19th. Bilge is the dirty water, oil and other contaminants that collect in the bottom of a ship’s hold. This bilge water is periodically pumped out either properly in port or improperly into the ocean. In the latter case, it is called ”bilge dumping.” Earlier this month, Bergman authored a blog post discussing ships that were “loitering” in the area off Brazil that analysts have identified as the location where the spill likely originated.Communities all along the contaminated sections of the Brazilian coast responded to the call to action and joined in the cleanup. Image by Clemente Coelho / State University of Pernambuco.As of now, more than 6,000 tons of oil have been recovered from the Brazilian coastal environment according to CBN Radio. The Brazilian Navy reports the beaches of Espirito Santo, the state just north of Rio de Janeiro, were clean of oil as of November 20.Even so, many observers continue to be critical of the government’s disaster readiness. Fabiana Martins, a board member of the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association, wrote in an article that her calls for better regulations to prevent and deal with marine accidents have met with skepticism.A Voyager I representative responds Nov. 23, 2019: I’m writing on behalf of the owner of the Voyager 1, Sanibel Seatrade. (I’m the director of Navigate Response, a London based public relations agency). Our client has independent evidence (satellite imagery, port authority data) that the evidence presented by Prof Humbero Barbosa was completely incorrect. Its vessel Voyager 1 was 11,000 km away in India between 20 June and 21 Aug 2019. The Marshall Islands flag has also backed this up: There’s a story here where this is reported. The quote from the Marshall Islands is: “The Republic of the Marshall Islands Maritime Administrator confirms that the Pole Star Long Range Identification and Tracking data shows the vessel VOYAGER 1 (IMO 9233789) in the vicinity of Vladinar Terminal, India between 20 June and 21 August 2019.” Our statement can be downloaded here. I would be grateful if you could update your story to reflect this.Kind regards — Bill LinesBanner Image caption: More than 100 ships were off the Brazilian coast in the proximity of the oil spill at the time it occurred, so finding the guilty tanker is proving a challenge for scientists, especially since tankers moving oil out of U.S. sanctioned Venezuela often turn off their locator transponders becoming “dark ships” to avoid detection. Photo on Visual huntFEEDBACK: 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

For Ecuador, a litany of environmental challenges awaits in 2020

first_imgArticle published by Genevieve Belmaker Deforestation, Drivers Of Deforestation, Economics, Forests, Mining, Rainforests, Tropical Forests, Water For its size, Ecuador has the highest annual deforestation rate of any country in the Western Hemisphere.Experts say they believe that slowing the spread of deforestation and improving water management systems should be national priorities in 2020.In addition to oil exploitation, Ecuador is also facing the expansion of large-scale mining operations in high-biodiversity areas with large numbers of endemic species and in indigenous territories.The country’s ongoing economic crisis and a dependence on fossil fuels will likely continue to fuel clashes with communities protecting their territories. Looking back, 2019 was a year of mixed outcomes for Ecuador’s environmental agenda. The country’s ongoing economic crisis fossil fuel dependence will likely continue to fuel clashes with communities protecting their territories. Experts are now saying that national priorities in 2020 should center on limiting deforestation and improving water management systems.Mongabay Latam has highlighted five issues that will be central to the sector in 2020.Ecuador’s most deforested areasAlthough deforestation is a top environmental concern for 2020, Ecuador does not officially publish deforestation data at periodic intervals like other Latin American countries. According to data from the Ministry of the Environment, Ecuador had 12.6 million hectares (31.2 million acres) of native forest in 2016; by 2018 it had lost 116,857 ha (288,760 acres). Between 1990 and 2018— just over 2 million ha (4.9 million acres) of forest were lost in Ecuador.“The most recent data that I have knowledge of showed a deforestation rate of more than 70,000 hectares [about 173,000 acres], which is a very high figure for a country the size of Ecuador,” says Santiago Ron, an Ecuadoran biologist and professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador (PUCE).Ron says that for its size, Ecuador has the highest annual deforestation rate of any country in the Western Hemisphere, “which is disgraceful.” He adds that “changing that tendency should be the main challenge for this year. When forests are destroyed, it affects all organisms. We are talking about thousands, or hundreds of thousands, of species that could be affected.”Manuel Bayón, a founding member of the Critical Geography collective, says that projects with a major impact on nature are promoted by the Ministry of the Environment, and that environmental education regarding Ecuador’s primary forests is very important. “The only policies that are established are restrictive — there are not only deforestation challenges, but also the abandonment of the populations that live in the most intact ecosystems,” Bayón says.An aerial view of deforestation due to oil palm cultivation in Esmeraldas, a province in northern Ecuador. Image by Eduardo Rebolledo.Carmen Josse, the scientific director of the EcoCiencia Foundation, says she believes deforestation will cause alarm in 2020. Although lower deforestation rates were achieved after a period of very high forest loss between 2000 and 2008, the rates are rising once again.In addition to deforestation, Josse says she is also concerned about forest degradation, or the deterioration of a forested area in terms of soil function and the loss of plant and animal species. “There is a significant loss of forest biomass that does not necessarily end up being registered as deforestation, which can be degradation through selective logging. It is an issue that we want to focus on more,” Josse says.Another issue is the continued weakening of the Socio Bosque program due to Ecuador’s economic crisis. Socio Bosque, which began in 2008, focuses on the conservation of forests and native páramos (alpine tundras) by providing economic incentives to villagers and indigenous communities who choose to make a commitment to conservation.PUCE’s Ron says there are mixed opinions about the efficiency of Socio Bosque. Although some people received funding from the government to maintain certain forested areas, “the monitoring system is difficult because they were not monitoring remotely with satellite technology. Instead, they were monitoring in person using personnel from the Ministry of the Environment, and in some cases that did not work very well,” he says. However, he says he recognizes that some reserves have benefited from the program and that it has been an effective way of showing support for those who voluntarily protect their forests. “It is sad to see that the program has less and less funding, and that is not going to facilitate a reduction in the deforestation rate,” Ron says.Extractive activities and large-scale agroindustryAnother ongoing environmental issue in Ecuador is the expansion of extractive activities. Oil extraction has been going on for decades, but the large-scale mining industry has been growing in recent years and will likely be discussed widely in Ecuador in 2020.Esperanza Martínez, the founder of the environmental organization Acción Ecológica (Ecological Action), says that “although [Ecuador] has improved regarding the rights of nature, and environmental discussions have permeated government entities, the intention to accelerate extraction is entirely present.”According to Martínez, the problem with the oil and mining industries is that they are still present in vulnerable areas like Yasuní National Park and other places with páramos or indigenous territories. “What is at stake is the expansion of the [extractive activities] toward places where logic and laws prohibit them,” Martínez says. The palm oil industry is also growing in Ecuador, especially in the north.Water used for mining pours back into a river while children from the Shuar community swim. Image by Carlos Medina.Experts say they believe extractive and large-scale agricultural projects will continue to grow this year. Many Ecuadorans say they feel there have been obvious shortcomings in several environmental studies presented by the companies that want to exploit natural resources, according to Andrea Encalada, an aquatic ecologist and director of the Biosphere Institute at San Francisco University in Quito. To Encalada, the mining boom in Ecuador seems more urgent than oil extraction. “In Ecuador, the oil tanker moved into the background, but what’s coming are large-scale mining projects in the south. It is highly concerning to see mining concessions in southern Ecuador, because we know that many of those projects received poor environmental assessment reports,” Encalada says.Southern Ecuador is extremely biodiverse, but not many studies have been conducted there.“The destruction of an entire mountain or an entire river cannot be environmentally friendly from any point of view,” Encalada says. She adds it seems as though the reason the Ecuadoran government does little to stop these extractive projects is because most of its attention is focused on the country’s economic crisis.Bayón adds that miners working at the Mirador, a large open-pit mining project in the province of Zamora-Chinchipe, have already begun to extract copper, but the area has no roads or ports to transport it.The Mirador mining project. Image courtesy of EcoCiencia.Josse, from EcoCiencia, says that mining leaves “tremendous” environmental liabilities. Mining concessions are scattered throughout Ecuador, and “there were cities that had most of their territory covered by mining [concessions],” she says. One of these cities is Zamora, the capital of Zamora-Chinchipe province. “The government has proposed a mining map, but it is not available yet,” Josse says.Pressure on Yasuní National ParkA popular consultation regarding Yasuní National Park remains a pending issue in 2020. Two years ago this month, Ecuadorans were asked if they agreed to increase the area of the intangible zone of Yasuní for indigenous peoples in isolation by at least 50,000 ha (about 123,600 acres) and reduce the area of oil exploitation authorized by parliament from 1,030 ha to 300 ha (about 2,550 to 740 acres). The citizens were in favor.The issue is still unfolding because the decree that President Lenín Moreno followed up with to comply with the referendum result has several problems, according to social and environmental organizations. First, the decree would allow oil exploitation in the buffer zone of the park’s intangible zone. The second problem is that such an expansion would be made within the Waorani indigenous community’s territory. A response to the proposed decree is expected this year.Organizations like YASunidos and Acción Ecológica insist that a new consultation should be conducted, such as the one they intended to do before the government held its referendum in 2018. They want to explicitly ask Ecuadorans if they want oil to be exploited in Yasuní or if they prefer that it stays underground.The National Electoral Council (CNE) has not pursued this proposal because, according to Martínez from Acción Ecológica, the lawyer who signed off on the proposal, Julio César Trujillo, died last year. “[A]nd that is why the CNE states that there is no right to consultation. We argue in a complaint that this process is backed by more than 600,000 signatures, not just by a lawyer,” Martínez says. A decision on this matter is also expected later this year.A view of the forest in Yasuní National Park, located in the provinces of Pastaza and Orellana. Image by José Schreckinger.There is a third issue awaiting a government response. The projected rate of deforestation within the park if Moreno’s decree passes in its current form would exceed the 300 ha approved during the referendum, according to reports from several entities, including the Critical Geography collective and the Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP).While the government must respect the decision of Ecuadorans to not exceed 300 ha of deforestation by the oil industry, Ron, the biologist, says he believes the most serious issue lies elsewhere: “The impact of oil expansion will come later, after the [completion of the] roads that are currently being opened. There is a good precedent for what could happen, and it is the same as what is happening today inside the park with a road that opened in the 1990s for the extraction of what was produced in the northern blocks,” he says. “The road of more than 100 kilometers [60 miles] was said to be environmentally friendly, as it would not allow colonization or deforestation, but that was not the case.”Ron says he is convinced that the most serious impacts will be seen in the future and that they will be linked not only to deforestation, but also to the risk of oil spills. That risk “is something that cannot be quantified for now. These are medium- and long-term impacts,” he says.A focus on waterEcuador, a megadiverse country, not only has the challenge of conserving its water sources, but also of reducing pollution by treating its wastewater. Encalada, the aquatic ecologist, says she believes a lot of work must be done on this issue. “How can a country that, until recently, boasted that it was very good at every economic issue not have wastewater treatment plants in its main cities?” she says.Ecuador’s capital, Quito, dumps all of its wastewater into the Machángara River, which flows into the Guayllabamba River. According to Encalada, only 2% of the water is treated at the Quitumbe plant.Near the cities of Lago Agrio and Coca, the tributaries of the Napo River basin are in a critical state. Image by Pierre Lesage.This triggers a domino effect, since the wastewater from some cities ends up in the Esmeraldas River, which thousands of people, who live in areas with very poor access to water treatment plants, rely on as a source of water. “In Quito, we are lucky because we get our water from the páramo, which has excellent quality, and then we filter it through excellent water treatment plants,” Encalada says. “But from then on, the rest of the chain is disastrous. We are lacking a national initiative to care for our rivers.”Encalada says that another issue threatening Ecuador is the plastic pollution found in the country’s rivers, which eventually ends up in the ocean. She says river pollution is the reason behind about 80% of the garbage in the world’s oceans.Climate change and how it affects rainfall and the hydrological cycle is another concern. Encalada points to studies that indicate that much more rain will fall in the Ecuadoran Amazon, which will bring important economic changes. “For example, a road that was built less than five years ago — which goes from Quito to Tena and had a large investment — is already destroyed by the high amount of rain we received in the area last year. We are not prepared, and we are not investing in understanding how we are going to adapt. Our agriculture and our way of life depend on that,” Encalada says.Making territorial decisions based on popular consultationIn March 2019, Ecuador held its first popular consultation regarding a mining issue in the canton of Girón, in the southern province of Azuay. Residents of Girón had rejected the Loma Larga project, a gold-mining venture in the Quimsacocha páramo. The site sits at an elevation of 3,600 to 3,900 meters (11,800 to 12,800 feet), only 35 km (22 mi) from Cuenca, the third most important city in Ecuador. Loma Larga was close to the mining stage; the third exploratory phase had already been completed and the operators were only waiting for an environmental license.However, these citizen participation initiatives, in which people decide on the future of extractive activities in their territories, have a long and difficult way to go. Bayón, from the Critical Geography collective, says the government publicly questioned the popular decision.Members of different communities in the canton of Girón hold a protest in opposition to mining in Quimsacocha. Image by Bolívar Quezada.“The government was trying to delegitimize the consultation, but they cannot do that because it has all its legal procedures in check,” he says. “It started as a popular initiative but soon reached the level of the National Electoral Council, which authorized it, and then the consultation was carried out with massive participation. Even though the government does not like the ruling, it is very difficult for them to legally delegitimize it.”Banner image of an open-pit mine that is part of the Mirador project, courtesy of the residents of Tundayme, Ecuador.This article was first published in Spanish by Mongabay Latam on January 16, 2020.  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