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first_imgView comments MOST READ Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town We are young “Team, I claim victory,” hollered Donaire while pointing a finger at Magdaleno, who sported a newly-dyed blonde hair.Donaire, a five-division world champion, later explained that the haka encapsulates his feelings on his defense of the WBO junior featherweight title against Magdaleno on Nov. 5.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“My hands will do the talking,” said Donaire (37-3, 24 KOs), Fighter of the Year in 2012.So unlike Magdaleno who seizes every opportunity to call Donaire an aging, fading champion. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports PH among economies most vulnerable to viruscenter_img Though nine years younger at 24 with a clean 23-0 slate laden with 17 knockouts, Magdaleno said he treats every opponent the same.“We’re both heavy hitters so I don’t expect it to go the distance,” said Magdaleno. “A right hook could be the key punch followed by other punches.”Neither does Donaire, who thinks Magdaleno isn’t among the Big Leaguers yet.ADVERTISEMENT Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Pacquiao built for the kill Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next EDITORS’ PICK Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Nonito Donaire (left) and Jessie Magdaleno are flanked by Top Rank knockout girls on the undercard press conference Thursday. Photo by Roy Luarca/INQUIRERLAS VEGAS—When Nonito Donaire Jr. approached the podium, members of the media expected him to counter Jessie Magdaleno’s incessant ramblings with venomous words.Instead, Donaire did a brief haka, the traditional war cry, dance of the Maoris of New Zealand.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_imgView comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Klay Thompson added 26 points with four 3s and Ian Clark scored 21 off the bench, while Draymond Green dished out 11 assists to go with nine boards in the Warriors’ ninth straight victory since losing at L.A. earlier this month.Golden State took care of the ball, too, committing just 10 turnovers.“That’s ridiculous – 47 and 10,” Thompson said.Rookie No. 2 overall draft pick Brandon Ingram scored a career-best 16 points in his first start for Los Angeles, which had no answers defensively as Golden State shot 61.6 percent with 19 3-pointers.Warriors coach Steve Kerr has repeatedly noted it might take time for his team to really click, yet at 15 games in Golden State was in top form – at least for one spectacular night of basketball.ADVERTISEMENT “”I mean 47 is a shocking number but getting 30 every night is not surprising,” Kerr said.“We don’t have to do anything spectacular, just keep the ball moving.”Walton, the former top assistant for Golden State , returned to Oracle Arena and saw his old guys thoroughly dominate a young, beat-up Los Angeles squad that got more bad news regarding point guard D’Angelo Russell’s knee injury.“That was a beautiful exhibition they put on us out there,” Walton said.Walton spent the first 43 games last season as Golden State interim coach while eventual Coach of the Year Kerr took a prolonged leave of absence dealing with complications following two back surgeries. Walton guided the Warriors to a record 24-0 start and 39-4 overall record while in charge.Golden State had 46 assists on Nov. 7, 1981, against Denver.Curry shot 11 of 18 and 7 for 12 from beyond the arc. The two-time reigning MVP already set the single-season 3-point record with 13 on the way to 46 points in a Nov. 7 win against New Orleans – three days after going 0 for 10 from long range against the Lakers to have his streak with at least one 3 snapped at 157 regular-season games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Golden State Warriors’ JaVale McGee (1) dunks against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)OAKLAND, Calif. — The pass-happy Golden State Warriors put on a spectacular offensive show for their former coach, and Luke Walton had to watch the onslaught against his Los Angeles Lakers from the other bench this time.Stephen Curry had 31 points with seven 3-pointers and nine assists, Kevin Durant scored 28 and Golden State discovered an astonishing first-half offensive flow to run away from the undermanned Lakers 149-106 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT The Warriors’ franchise-record 47 assists – on 53 baskets – are the most in the NBA this season and topped their previous best passing night more than 35 years ago.“That’s pretty crazy. We almost have more assists than rebounds. That’s sick,” Durant said. “That shows we’re getting more comfortable with each other.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliIt was the most assists in the NBA since Phoenix also had 47 on Nov. 29, 1991.Golden State had 26 assists on 29 baskets before the break, as in sync as the Warriors have been since adding Durant during the offseason and far better than when they took a 20-point beating at Los Angeles less than three weeks ago.center_img Love’s 34-point quarter powers Cavaliers past Blazers EDITORS’ PICK We are young MOST READ 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exerciselast_img read more

first_imgThe two-time league MVP has been vocal on his intention to stay with the only franchise he has ever known, but in a recent interview with The Charlotte Observer, the 28-year-old sharpshooter didn’t rule out a potential signing with his hometown Charlotte.“It’s on my radar,” the one-time NBA champion said. “But it’s not really on my mind as much day to day. Obviously I had a strong tie to Charlotte and would have loved to play there. I’m very comfortable in that city. It’s hard to say exactly what the situation will be this summer.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliIt is also worth noting that his father, Del—who’s a big influence on his career—spent 10 seasons playing for the Hornets. Curry’s parents currently reside in the “Queen City” and he also owns a house in the area.Dell, however, leaves the decision-making to his children, the report stated. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Although he admitted to be tempted with a homecoming, Curry clarified that he still prefers to stay where he is, and that Golden State still be his primary option come free agency.“Obviously I love it here in the Bay Area,” he said. “It’s all I’ve known in the league. And if the situation is right going forward, this is a place I would love to play.”  Khristian IbarrolaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next We are young Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH EDITORS’ PICK Senators to proceed with review of VFA Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes MOST READ Golden State Warriors’ guard Stephen Curry  (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)Despite the arrival of Kevin Durant this off season, Golden State Warriors’ superstar Steph Curry remains as the face of the franchise.Although it’s still early, his impending free agency by season’s end has already ignited multiple speculations on whether he would leave the Bay Area and play somewhere else.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Evolving well View commentslast_img read more

first_imgAgriculture, Archeology, Cloud Forests, Deforestation, Ecological Restoration, Ecology, Environment, Farming, Forests, History, Rainforests, Ranching, Research, Restoration, Tropical Deforestation, Tropical Forests As we seek to reverse global trends of deforestation and forest degradation, researchers are peering into the past to help chart a course forward for imperiled tropical forests.A study published in Nature Ecology & Evolution earlier this month found that, prior to the arrival of European colonists, indigenous peoples in the cloud forests of Ecuador cleared even more of the forests than we have cleared today.By studying this history, researchers hope to aid in the restoration of the forests that have once again been degraded for human purposes. At 1,200 to 3,200 meters above sea level, the montane cloud forests on the eastern Andean flank in Ecuador lie between the Andes’ high-elevation grasslands (known as páramo) and the tropical rainforests of the Amazon Basin. They are incredibly biodiverse and densely populated with moisture-loving trees and plants that cling to the steep Andean slopes, but the more accessible areas have been cleared for agriculture and cattle ranching, while ongoing deforestation is making landslides and fires worse.Of course, Ecuador’s cloud forests are hardly unique in this respect: forests the world over are being destroyed to make way for agriculture and ranching operations. As we seek to reverse global trends of deforestation and forest degradation, researchers are peering into the past to help chart a course forward for imperiled tropical forests.A study published in Nature Ecology & Evolution earlier this month shows that tropical forests may be more resilient in the face of human pressures than previously thought. The study, led by Nicholas Loughlin of the UK’s Open University (OU), determined that indigenous peoples farmed the land intensively before European colonists arrived. In fact, “prior to European arrival, indigenous peoples in the cloud forests of Ecuador modified landscapes to a greater degree than modern human populations,” including clearing even more of the cloud forests than we have cleared today, Loughlin told Mongabay.These intensive cultivation practices came to an abrupt end in the late 1500s as a result of the violence perpetrated against the indigenous peoples inhabiting the cloud forests by Spanish colonists. But by studying that history, Loughlin hopes to aid in the restoration of the forests that have once again been degraded for human purposes.Steep slopes covered in cloud forest near the town of Baeza. Photo by Nicholas Loughlin.Loughlin led a team that studied the Quijos Valley, an area in the eastern Andes of northern Ecuador that was a key trade route between the Incan Empire and native Amazonian peoples. From atop a floating platform, the researchers cored a small lake called Lake Huila in order to extract sediment and examine the charcoal, pollen, pottery, and spores trapped that had accumulated in the lakebed. Through radiocarbon dating the sediment layers, the researchers were able to put together a narrative of human influence in the region covering the past 1,000 years.They found that the cloud forests returned to a “structural form equivalent to ‘pre-human’ forests” just 130 years after the land was abandoned, Loughlin said. That means that “the 19th century explorers who described a ‘pristine’ wilderness were observing a ‘shifted’ ecological baseline that was, in fact, influenced by hundreds of years of previously unseen human activity.”Loughlin added that it’s likely that all areas of tropical forest have at some point been directly altered by people in some way, but that “this is along a gradient of human impact from almost unidentifiable (slight increase in species useful to indigenous peoples) to obvious (intensive maize agriculture) — which we see at our site.”A growing body of research aims to determine just how much of a hand humans have had in shaping what we today consider to be untouched forest. For instance, another recent study, published in Nature Plants, found that ancient farmers had a much more profound impact on the Amazon rainforest than was previously thought, introducing new crops to some areas, planting more of their preferred edible tree species, and using fire to improve the nutrient content of soil.Dr. Yoshi Maezumi of the University of Exeter led the Nature Plants study, which also used lake sediments, as well as charcoal, pollen, and plant remains in soil at archaeological sites, to examine the history of human influence in eastern Brazil. Maezumi suggests that we might have a lot to learn from these pre-Columbian farming practices.Nicholas Loughlin and study co-author Encarni Montoya coring Lake Huila in order to extract sediments. Photo courtesy of Nicholas Loughlin.“People thousands of years ago developed a nutrient rich soil called Amazonian Dark Earths,” Maezumi said in a statement. “They farmed in a way which involved continuous enrichment and reusing of the soil, rather than expanding the amount of land they clear cut for farming. This was a much more sustainable way of farming.”While these ancient communities likely cleared some trees and weeds from the forest’s understory to accommodate their crops, they maintained a closed canopy forest, Maezumi added. “This is a very different use of the land to that of today, where large areas of land in the Amazon is cleared and planted for industrial scale grain, soya bean farming and cattle grazing. We hope modern conservationists can learn lessons from indigenous land use in the Amazon to inform management decisions about how to safeguard modern forests.”Such historical studies can also play an important role in efforts to restore forests that have already been cut down or degraded, Loughlin said: “Palaeoecology allows us to observe vegetation composition and structure over periods beyond that of observational studies and has the potential to offer restoration ecologists and land managers a range of options in regards to the ecosystem services that can be restored to human impact environments.”Loughlin is now preparing a paper that connects his findings summarized in Nature Ecology & Evolution to specific restoration practices.“Next we are looking to link the past to the future of the cloud forest,” Loughlin wrote in a blog post. “Can the re-establishment of the forest observed by 19th Century explorers be used as a restoration target despite its history of human influence? Can palaeoecology itself help inform restoration and conservation efforts in the biodiverse forests of Ecuador and in the future how will a forest inherently linked to cloud cover and rainfall respond to predictions of human driven climate change?”Antisana Volcano rising above the cloud forest. Photo by Nicholas Loughlin.CITATIONS• Loughlin, N. J., Gosling, W. D., Mothes, P., & Montoya, E. (2018). Ecological consequences of post-Columbian indigenous depopulation in the Andean–Amazonian corridor. Nature ecology & evolution, 1. doi:10.1038/s41559-018-0602-7• Maezumi, S. Y., Alves, D., Robinson, M., de Souza, J. G., Levis, C., Barnett, R. L., … & Iriarte, J. (2018). The legacy of 4,500 years of polyculture agroforestry in the eastern Amazon. Nature Plants, 1. doi:10.1038/s41477-018-0205-yFollow Mike Gaworecki on Twitter: @mikeg2001FEEDBACK: 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 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

first_imgResidents of Wawonii have staged huge protests demanding the cancellation of mining permits on the island, located in Indonesia’s Southeast Sulawesi province.Last week, the deputy governor of Southeast Sulawesi, Lukman Abunawas, said he and Governor Ali Mazi had decided to revoke the permits, promising to do so within 10 days.The announcement came after a video surfaced showing police officers beating a student taking part in the protests. KENDARI, Indonesia — A coil of barbed wire separated Southeast Sulawesi Deputy Governor Lukman Abunawas and his police escort from the angry crowd as he read out the statement they had long been waiting for.Over the past two weeks, protests here demanding a permanent stop to mining on the nearby island of Wawonii had turned increasingly violent. College students and anti-riot police had exchanged stones and tear gas. Property had been damaged. With each day, more and more farmers were arriving in Kendari, the provincial capital, to join the demonstrations.Lukman had apparently seen enough.“I don’t want to harm my own family in Wawonii,” he announced. “I’m ready to risk my position and even my life. We will revoke the permits in Wawonii.”Lukman is uniquely placed to decide the fates of the mining concessions on Wawonii, an island no larger than New York City. He was the man who issued the permits, back when he was the head of Konawe district. Since then, the authority over mining permits has been transferred to the provincial level. On March 13, Lukman told the crowd he had met with Governor Ali Mazi, and that within 10 days, the permits would be revoked. Lukman also signed a statement to that effect.Lukman Abunawas, the deputy governor of Southeast Sulawesi, addresses the protesters on March 13. Image by Kamarudin for Mongabay.A few days earlier, after a night in which several policemen were bloodied by rocks hurled from the crowd, students were arrested and two cars were damaged, Governor Ali had called a press conference to announce that he was imposing a temporary halt to mining on Wawonii. But for the island’s farmers and those who supported their cause, it wasn’t enough.“We’re fighting for revocation,” said Sulhan, chair of the Kendari branch of Indonesia’s Muslim Students Association, or HMI. “We don’t want a moratorium. We want the permits to be cancelled.”Since 2014, hundreds of mining permits held by companies across Indonesia have been annulled as part of an official effort to combat the prevailing state of illegality in the sector. The initiative, and a similar one in the palm oil sector, has been spurred by the nation’s anti-corruption agency, the KPK.Wawonii lies off the coast of the starfish-shaped, Florida-sized island of Sulawesi. Image by Alzena2nd/Wikimedia Commons.The mayhem in Kendari caught the national spotlight on March 18, when deputy KPK commissioner Laode Syarif tweeted an image showing the extent of the area licensed out to mining firms in Wawonii and in Kabaena, another island in the province. He said the permits “not only violate [a 2007 law on small-islands management] but also constitute a crime against the environment and humanity.”The environment minister, Siti Nurbaya Bakar, one of several cabinet members tagged in Laode’s tweet, replied that she was looking into the matter, but was unfamiliar with the details as her ministry had not issued the permits.Menurut @KPK_RI PENGELUARAN IUP di P Wawoni Kab KonKep & P Kabaena Kab Bombana SULTRA yg hampir meliputi seluruh Pulau, tdk saja bertentangan dgn UU PWPPPK (UU No 27/2007) tp juga kejahatan Lingkungan & Kemanusiaan. @susipudjiastuti @SitiNurbayaLHK @IgnasiusJonan @Kemendagri_RI pic.twitter.com/Gc7vkuR1N2— Laode M Syarif (@LaodeMSyarif) March 17, 2019Nationwide, permits to plant oil palms and mine coal have received the most attention. But Southeast Sulawesi is home to vast nickel deposits, and their management has not gone unsullied by graft. In 2017, the head of North Konawe district, Aswad Sulaiman, was charged with corruptly issuing nickel-mining licenses to companies; the case is pending, though Aswad was sentenced six years in prison in a separate graft case last year. A former governor of the province, Nur Alam, received 12 years’ imprisonment for his role in another corruption case related to licensing for nickel mining.In Wawonii, residents have fought back. Following a round of protests last year, the provincial legislature formed a special committee to review plans for mining on the island. The body eventually recommended that the governor revoke the permits, as did the head of the district encompassing Wawonii. (Several years ago, the island broke from Konawe to form a new jurisdiction, Konawe Islands district.)As 2019 got underway, however, and the permits were still in place, the demonstrations escalated.On March 4, protesters massed in front of the governor’s office and tried to break through a security barricade, before finally retreating and staging a mock “die-in.” Two days later, after marching from Halu Oleo University to the governor’s office, they managed to pour into the building’s courtyard, prompting police to fire tear gas into the crowd.Students stage a mock burial to express their opposition to mining in Wawonii. Image by Kamarudin for Mongabay.Some fainted, while others were rushed to hospital. Mostly, they scattered in every direction, unable to open their eyes because of the pain. After the demonstration, a video emerged of the officers chasing down and thrashing a young protester with what appeared to be iron rods.“Our friends were beaten by the police like animals,” said Mando Maskuri, a field coordinator for the demonstrations.The injured that day included four policemen as well as four students and three farmers from Wawonii. One of the farmers was a 53-year-old woman named Hasinah. At the hospital, where she was recovering from exposure to the tear gas, she said she would continue to fight for the permits to be cancelled.“This is the consequence of our struggle,” she said. “We will die a slow death if our land is mined. Better to die at a demonstration in Kendari.”A woman faces the police at one of the protests in Kendari. Image by Kamarudin for Mongabay.The companies with permits to mine on the island include PT Alatoma Karya, PT Bumi Konawe Mining, PT Derawan Berjaya Mining, PT Gema Kreasi Perdana, PT Kimco Citra Mandiri, PT Konawe Bakti Pratama, PT Hasta Karya Megacipta, PT Pasir Berjaya Mining, PT Cipta Puri Sejahtera, PT Natanya Mitra Energy, PT Investa Pratama Inti Karya and PT Kharisman Kreasi Abadi (some companies have more than one permit).Officials have previously expressed concern that companies could sue if their permits were annulled, which has happened elsewhere in Indonesia. Still, after Lukman, the deputy governor, committed to revoke the permits and suggested that the governor was on board, opponents of the mines are optimistic that the administration will follow through. Some farmers are already starting to return to Wawonii.“We just want to maintain our culture,” said Mando, the field coordinator. “We are farmers and entrepreneurs selling cashews and copra. Not miners. We are afraid it will damage the environment. This is why we’re fighting.”A graphic being used to promote the #SaveWawonii campaign against mining on the island. Image by Fajar A. Sidik.A previous version of this article mistakenly said Aswad Sulaiman had been imprisoned for corruptly issuing nickel-mining permits. In fact, he that case is still pending. Aswad was sentenced in a separate corruption case last year. Banner: One of the students who was beaten by the police. Image by Kamarudin for Mongabay.This story was reported in part by Mongabay’s Indonesia team and was first published on our Indonesian site on Mar. 8 and 14, 2019.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 mongabayauthor Activism, Agriculture, Environment, Mining 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

first_imgArticle published by Rhett Butler 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 Healthy and productive ecosystems sustain life on Earth, but face accelerating threats from human behavior.A new initiative however aims to counter that trend by fundamentally transforming food, city, energy, and production and consumption systems.The Global Commons Alliance, launched this week at the Ecosperity 2019 conference in Singapore, will do this through an approach that leverages the best science to provide actionable guidance to businesses, governments, and the general public.Over 500 companies have committed to set science-based targets to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement. Healthy and productive ecosystems sustain life on Earth, but face accelerating threats from human behavior, including habitat destruction, pollution, species loss, and unsustainable resource extraction. The result is humanity is rapidly depleting the planet’s natural capital, sowing the seeds of its own demise, say scientists.Deforestation for soy production in the Bolivian Amazon and Chaco. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.A new initiative however aims to counter that trend by fundamentally transforming food, city, energy, and production and consumption systems. The Global Commons Alliance will do this through a four-pronged approach that leverages the best science to provide actionable guidance to businesses, governments, and the general public.“We have pushed our Earth systems to a tipping point,” said Global Environment Facility (GEF) CEO and Chairperson Naoko Ishii in remarks at the opening of the Ecosperity 2019 conference in Singapore on Thursday. “If we don’t change the path we’re on we will destroy the stable conditions that are the very foundations for our economies and societies.”“First, start using science to measure our impact on the global commons, and set targets to reduce the impact,” she said. “Second, we must foster collective action. Only by working together to achieve the same goal of sharing our common resource do we have a chance.”California coastline. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.So far, more than two dozen organizations have joined the initiative. Building on the success of the Science Based Targets initiative – where over 550 companies have already committed to science-based targets to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in line with the latest science – a group of organizations have also come together to form the Science Based Targets network. They are working to enable companies and cities to set science-based targets for operating within Earth’s planetary boundaries, including their ocean, biodiversity, land and water impacts. Will Steffen, an Emeritus Professor at Australian National University and a Senior Fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, said that without concerted action, humanity and the species with which we share the planet face a dire future.“Recent evidence clearly shows that the integrity of Earth’s biosphere, on which we depend for critical services, is deteriorating more rapidly than ever,” Steffen said. “Extinction rates are already today well above background levels and are projected to accelerate.”“The increasing erosion of the biosphere, coupled with a rapidly destabilizing climate system, is threatening our health and well-being, our security and our economies,” he continued. “If these trends are not rapidly halted and reversed, our children and grandchildren face a bleak future.”The platform will include four components. The Earth Commission is a group of 20 scientists who will develop the planetary “limits” that, if breached, could trigger catastrophic tipping points. This research will underpin the Science Based Targets Network, which is a group of international NGOs that provides actionable guidance to companies and cities. The interactions between these scientists, NGOs, and governments will led to new partnerships to drive what the Global Commons Alliance terms “Systems Change” needed to transform the fundamental nature of the global economy. To reach the public, the initiative will launch Earth HQ, “a media portal for the planet” that will serve as both a dashboard for tracking environmental indicators and communicating progress toward solutions.“The Global Commons Alliance brings together all stakeholders under a common goal: to avoid the tragedy of the commons,” said Ishii.Glass frog in Costa Rica. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.Christiana Figueres, Former Executive Secretary of UNFCCC and Founding Partner of the consultancy Global Optimism Ltd., added that the time for action is now.“Today you need to decide whether you will be part of the solution or not,” Figueres said. “We are only starting to write the history of the Anthropocene.” “There’s no reason the Anthropocene needs to be the era of planetary destruction. It could instead be the geological era of human betterment and regeneration of natural systems. It could be the era in which we turned history around and improved the present and the future for our children and grandchildren.Redwood forest in California. Photo by Rhett A. ButlerCORRECTION (6/11/2019): The original version of this article wrongly stated that over 550 companies and cities had set science-based targets for climate. At this point, they have only committed to do so. 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