Trinidad deny U.S. seventh successive 4×400 world title

first_imgBy Brian HomewoodLONDON (Reuters) – Trinidad and Tobago denied United States a seventh successive world 4×400 metres relay title when Lalonde Gordon overhauled Fred Kerley on the final straight to win a breathtaking final at the World Athletics Championships on Sunday.The U.S led for most of the race and appeared to be on course for another win after Michael Cherry ran a strong third lap to extend their lead before handing the baton to Kerley.But Gordon gave chase and ran a superb final lap for the Caribbean islands, catching the American on the home straight to give Trinidad their first world title in this event and add to the list of upsets at the championships.It was just reward for Lalonde who was part of the Trinidad team which took bronze on the same track at the London Olympics five years ago and won silver at the Beijing World Championships in 2015.Jereem Richards, bronze medallist in the 200 metres, and Machel Cedenio also kept them in contention in the second and third legs as Trinidad claimed their first and only gold of the championships.Martyn Rooney put up a brave chase for Britain but was unable to haul in the leading pair and the hosts took bronze.Trinidad’s time of 2:58.12 was the fastest this year.Jamaica and Bahamas, Olympic silver and bronze medallists respectively in Rio de Janeiro last year, both failed to qualify for the final as did Botswana, another of the favourites, after they dropped the baton in the semi-finals.The United States, who are also Olympic champions, last failed to win the world title in Paris in 2003.last_img read more

Tiger Roll unlikely to seek Grand National hat-trick , says owner O’Leary

first_imgBy Frank Keogh BBC SportTIGER ROLL is unlikely to go for an unprecedented third successive Grand National win at Aintree next year, according to owner Michael O’Leary.On Saturday, the nine-year-old gelding became the first horse since Red Rum 45 years earlier to claim back-to-back victories.Red Rum claimed a record third win in 1977 but no runner in the race’s 180-year history has won three in a row.“I feel no pressure to go back and try to win a third time,” said O’Leary.“Tiger Roll isn’t Red Rum – he’s Tiger Roll.”The Ryanair chief has said his target next season would again be the Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival and Tiger Roll could be retired if he wins, meaning the horse would bow out after a fifth victory at jump racing’s big March fixture.However, O’Leary’s comments have been met with scepticism as he had warned Tiger Roll would not go to Aintree this year after winning at Cheltenham last month.Sent off the 4-1 favourite on Saturday, the horse, ridden by Davy Russell and trained by Gordon Elliott, was the shortest-priced winner since Poethlyn 100 years ago, seeing off runner-up Magic Of Light by just under three lengths despite carrying 6lb more in weight than last year.O’Leary, who owns the horse through the Gigginstown House Stud operation he runs with his brother, knows he would almost certainly be made top weight in 2020 for the handicap chase, which would mean another 5lb to carry.Tiger Roll has looked an even better horse this year, and the way he travelled so sweetly in the National had some observers suggesting he should run in next year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup.“We are not tempted by the Gold Cup – he is a small horse, the Gold Cup is such an attritional race,” said O’Leary.“He has won four times at Cheltenham, and if he were to go back and win five times at Cheltenham – what more do you want from the horse? I think at that stage I would mind every precious hair in his body.”O’Leary flew back to Dublin on Saturday night with Elliott and Russell among the passengers on one of his aviation firm’s planes and he treated passengers to two free drinks each.On Sunday, the horse was paraded through the village of Summerhill, County Meath – near to where he is trained – and a crowd of about 2,000 people gathered for the homecoming.last_img read more

USC captures crown in UCI Invitational

first_imgIt was a long time coming, but the USC women’s water polo team finally got its rematch against reigning national champion No. 1 Stanford.Eyes forward · USC head coach Jovan Vavic and the women’s water polo team handed Stanford its first loss of the year in the championship game of the UCI Invitational to extend the Women of Troy’s 12-game winning streak. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan After Sunday’s game, it is fair to say they did not squander their opportunity.But the path to the much-anticipated rematch was not clear when play began on Sunday. After routing No. 18 Pacific and No. 7 San Diego State on Saturday to begin the festivities at the UCI Invitational, the Women of Troy (12-0) had to get past the semifinal game against crosstown rival No. 3 UCLA.Led by a scoring attack of freshman driver Anni Espar, sophomore driver Monica Vavic and senior driver Dominique Sardo — who each had a multigoal game — USC was able to set the pace, but the Bruins (16-2) were never far behind.With two seconds left on the clock in the fourth quarter and the score notched at 10-10, junior     two-meter Kaleigh Gilchrist rocketed the go-ahead goal past UCLA goalie Sami Hill. With no time to mount a threatening attack, the Women of Troy triumphed by a final score of 11-10.With the semifinal win, USC was matched up against rival Stanford in what would prove to be a                                                 star-studded championship game, with two 2012 first-team All-Americans squaring off against one another in USC’s Vavic and Stanford’s sophomore driver Kiley Neushul.The Women of Troy jumped out to a 4-2 lead at the end of the first quarter, but the Cardinal took the lead in the second quarter, rattling off four unanswered goals to take a 7-5 lead. It wasn’t until the final two minutes of the half that USC began their comeback effort, when junior two-meter Hannah Buckling tacked on two goals to even the score.It was the third quarter that made the difference in this one, however, as Buckling, Vavic and junior driver Kelly Mendoza scored three consecutive goals to put USC ahead 11-8. The team’s ability to hold strong, despite facing a multigoal deficit to the defending champions, was not lost on USC head coach Jovan Vavic.“They never quit,” Jovan Vavic said of his players. “We had an excellent third quarter, and that was the turning point of the game for us.”The Women of Troy would never trail again, holding on for the 13-10 victory in the rematch of last season’s national championship game.“It was the first time winning a SoCal tournament for a majority of the team, and it was great to have Anni [Espar] out there,” Monica Vavic said. “Those were her first games with us, so to win the tournament with her was huge.”In addition to the pride gained from defeating four in-state rivals, the Women of Troy gained something else from this tournament victory, something far more important: a greater chance of making the NCAA tournament.Eight teams make the field at the end of the season, and six of those eight spots are reserved for conference champions. Though winning the conference championship is the preferred method of entering the tournament, locking up at least a wild card spot is the aim of most teams, and Jovan Vavic knows just how important these wins are to his team’s tournament chances.“Every game is so important,” Jovan Vavic said. “Getting a 1-0 jump on conference rivals is huge if it comes down to head-to-head records.”The wins against UCLA and Stanford were especially important because USC meets those schools each only once more during the regular season. An early win against both of them only increases their chances of receiving a bid into the NCAA tournament and ensures, at the very, least a split in the teams’ season series.So far, the Vavic family has had a lot to celebrate in the past six months.  USC’s men’s water polo team, led by national player of the year Nikola Vavic, posted a 29-0 record en route to its unprecedented fifth consecutive national championship. The women’s team has yet to drop a game all season and is led by the aforementioned Monica Vavic, whose 38 goals this season far and away lead the team in scoring.  With one half of the battle already won, the possibility remains for Jovan Vavic to take home both men’s and women’s national championships, something he hasn’t done since the calendar year of 2010.USC, still yet to play a home game this season, will travel to Berkeley on Saturday, March 2 to take on conference rival No. 4 Cal at 1 p.m.last_img read more

McIlroy 5 off the lead at US PGA

first_imgShane Lowry fared slightly better, with a 3-over 74.Kevin Kisner and Thorbjorn Olesen share a one shot lead on 4 under. Photo © – Tipp FM Rory McIlroy is 5 off the lead on 1 over after a first round 72 at the US PGA Championship in Quail Hollow.Graeme McDowell ended 2 over.Padraig Harrington carded four double-bogeys in a disastrous 8-over par round of 79.last_img

David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Pondering some opposites on either side of the pond

first_img Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Share David CliftonNews from either side of the Atlantic Ocean within the last month shows a yawning gap between the UK on the one hand and the U.S. on the other, not only in terms of social responsibility and player protection requirements but also in relation to attitudes towards gambling generally.I am not for one moment suggesting that responsible gambling is not a matter of concern for U.S. gambling operators and regulators alike. Indeed, in a press release published in February, the American Gaming Association (“AGA”) stated that “the U.S. gaming industry commits more than $300 million to responsible gaming annually, supporting education, training and rehabilitation programs across the country”. However, it is abundantly clear that the measures in place to mitigate against gambling-related harm in its country are considerably less than those required of licensed gambling operators by the Gambling Commission here in the UK, notwithstanding higher rates of problem gambling prevalence in some parts of the U.S. than the “statistically stable” such rates in the UK, as evidenced by the Commission’s most recent “Gambling participation in 2018: behaviour, awareness and attitudes” Annual Report, published on 27 February.Once upon a time, one might have wondered whether that gap in terms of social responsibility and player protection measures might reduce over time, given the work being undertaken by the Responsible Gaming Collaborative, established last year by the AGA to:conduct a comprehensive review of current responsible gaming policies and regulations,identify programmes that work and those that fail to meet their objective,study regulations to determine which are based on solid evidence,determine whether government resources are being properly targeted toward effective programs and prevention,develop a set of recommendations and industry best practices andwork with regulators and other stakeholders to understand the best approaches.However, I can’t help but wonder whether the gap will expand ever further, given the quite relentless efforts by UK regulators to constantly raise standards in their quest to ensure that “consumers in Britain [are] able to enjoy the fairest and safest gambling in the world”, to quote Gambling Commission CEO, Neil McArthur last November. In the last month alone, the changes to age and identity verification requirements within the Commission’s Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (“LCCP”), about which I wrote in my last Licensing Expert article and which will come into force on 7 May 2019, have been followed by:a regulatory statement from the Committees of Advertising Practice, announcing (with effect from 1 April 2019) revised guidance containing new standards designed to protect children and young people from exposure to gambling advertisements and, as CAP puts it, “from irresponsible gambling ads”,a consultation by the Gambling Commission (that runs until 9 May 2019), this time on planned changes to requirements within its LCCP relating to customer interaction and alternative dispute resolution, also taking the opportunity to call for evidence on gambling website blocking software,a clear indication of what will be contained in the new National Gambling Strategy for 2019-22 (due to come into effect in April) following on from the Commission’s publication of a range of recommendations it has received from the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board in terms of priorities to reduce gambling harm,the Commission’s calls for evidence requesting, by 16 May 2019, data and views on greater player protections associated with category B gaming machines and gambling online with credit cards, andannouncement by the newly formed Gambling Related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group (GRH APPG) that it is undertaking an inquiry into the harms caused by online gambling, the likely outcome of which is not hard to guess, given that the group’s previous incarnation was as the FOBT APPG. With Brexit-related uncertainty looking set to continue for some considerable time yet, the possibility of a future Labour Party General Election victory cannot be discounted so, in addition to the above list of regulatory developments, we should add the 28 February speech by Tom Watson, The Labour Party deputy leader, in which he called for:mandatory limits on online gambling spending, staking and speed of play (with the issue of affordability firmly in mind) andthe introduction of a new “E Category” to gambling legislation to regulate online gambling products (focussing on maximum stakes and speed of play) in order to correct what he sees as a regulatory imbalance between online and land-based gaming products.From the above and all else that has been battering the UK industry in the recent past, it seems clear that the social responsibility regulatory burdens on the gambling industry on this side of the Atlantic are bound to become ever more burdensome. With that in mind, and also taking into account that public trust in the UK gambling industry continues to plummet (now down to 30% according to the most recent statistics), it has been interesting to read another recent AGA press release  (this time under the heading “New Research Reveals 90 Percent of Casino Visitors Practice Responsible Gaming”). With a sub-heading “Acceptance of Gaming at All-Time High”, it paints a very different picture of public attitudes towards gambling in the U.S. than those that currently exist in the UK.According to the AGA, its statistics indicate that:88% of American adults view gambling as an acceptable form of entertainment,80% recognise gaming’s role as a job creator, and60% believe that casinos help their local economies.Given the positive attitudes towards gambling (or at least casino gaming) evidenced by the above statistics, it is perhaps not surprising that, according to further research findings announced in an earlier AGA press release on 30 January 2019:as many as 63% of Americans support last year’s U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down the federal ban on sports betting and80% support legalising sports betting in their states.The AGA welcomed those findings, adding comment that it “will continue to advocate for the inclusion of sensible gaming policies wherever it is being considered, including consumer protections and reasonable tax rates that enable the legal, regulated market to compete with illegal bookies and offshore operators.”As sports betting developments proceed apace in the U.S. it will be intriguing to see (a) to what extent increased levels of gambling regulatory concern arise there in the same way that they have reared their head in recent times here in the U.K. and (b) whether the U.S. industry reacts to those concerns in a manner that succeeds in avoiding the degree of regulatory crackdown that has been experienced by UK operators in recent times.That may, of course, depending on how open-minded the American industry is to learn from the experiences of (and the mistakes made by) its UK counterparts. Some answers to that conundrum may be forthcoming at next month’s SBC Events‘ inaugural Betting on Sports America conference and exhibition, including the first panel session of Conference Day 1 on the subject of “Avoiding the pitfalls – lessons to learn from other regulated markets”, moderated by William J Pascrell III, Partner at Princeton Public Affairs Group, at which I will be speaking, together with:James T Plousis, Chairman, State of New Jersey Casino Control Commission,Martin Lycka, Director of Regulatory Affairs at GVC Group, andWilliam Bowers, Manager Human Resources at Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board. I hope to see you there…._____________________David Clifton – Director – ‎Clifton Davies Consultancy Limited Related Articles UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020last_img read more

Rio Ferdinand on Man Utd sporting director shortlist

first_imgUnited want a candidate who understands how the club works, which makes Ferdinand, who spent 12 years as a player at Old Trafford, an attractive candidate.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was appointed as United’s permanent manager last month, is willing to work with a sporting director and has been involved in discussions regarding the recruitment.In contrast, Solskjaer’s predecessor Jose Mourinho was against such an appointment.During his time as a player with United, Ferdinand made 455 appearances for the club, winning six Premier League titles, the Champions League and two League Cups.Since retiring four years ago, the 40-year-old has predominantly worked as a television pundit, and also briefly had plans to launch a boxing career. Ferdinand won 14 trophies during a 12-year spell as a player with United Rio Ferdinand is one of several candidates Manchester United have spoken to about becoming their first sporting director according to Sky SportsUnited executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has discussed the position with Ferdinand, and wants to finalise an appointment before the start of next season.last_img read more

Driver arrested for attempted murder after shooting into another vehicle

first_imgAuthorities in Sebastian, Florida have arrested a 19-year-old man who reportedly attempted to kill another man while driving on County Road 512.The incident occurred on Sunday near the 700 block of County Road 512.According to the report, the victim was traveling in the left lane when a black sedan driven by Jordan Lee Jackson, pulled up on the side of his vehicle. Jackson then fired two shots at the victim’s vehicle, striking it twice.Jackson then got in front of the victim’s vehicle and slammed on the brakes, causing the victim’s vehicle to slam into the back of his. Jackson then rolled down the driver’s side window again and the victim believing that Jackson was going to shoot at him again struck Jackson’s vehicle with his vehicle.Both vehicles then crashed into the median and into the westbound lanes of CR 512.Both drivers then drove away before the police were called.Authorities were later able to identify Jackson and quickly moved to make the arrest.Jackson has been charged with one count of attempted first-degree murder, one count of shooting a deadly missile into a vehicle and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.last_img read more

7 new frogs discovered in India, some smaller than a thumbnail

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 Article published by Shreya Dasgupta Amphibians, Animals, Conservation, Deforestation, Forests, Frogs, Habitat Loss, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Illegal Mining, Mining, New Species, Research, Species Discovery, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation center_img All the newly described species belong to the genus Nyctibatrachus, commonly known as night frogs.Apart from being tiny, these frogs live a secretive life under forest leaf litter or marsh vegetation and they sound like insects, making it difficult for researchers to locate them.But these species seem to be common and abundant in the locations they were found, researchers say.Despite being commonly encountered, all seven species might be threatened by habitat loss. Indian scientists have discovered seven new species of frogs in the Western Ghats, a biodiversity-rich mountain range in India.All the newly described species belong to the genus Nyctibatrachus, commonly known as night frogs.Four of these frogs are only 12 to 16 millimeters in length, making them smaller than a thumbnail. In fact, these miniature-sized amphibians are among the smallest frogs in the world, researchers report in a new study published in PeerJ. The world’s smallest frog is believed to be the 7.7-millimeter long Paedophryne amauensis, found in Papua New Guinea.Seven new species discovered from the Western Ghats. A. Radcliffe’s Night Frog (Nyctibatrachus radcliffei), B. Athirappilly Night Frog (Nyctibatrachus athirappillyensis), C. Kadalar Night Frog (Nyctibatrachus webilla), D. Sabarimala Night Frog (Nyctibatrachus sabarimalai), E. Vijayan’s Night Frog (Nyctibatrachus pulivijayani), F. Manalar Night Frog (Nyctibatrachus manalari), G. Robin Moore’s Night Frog. [(D-G. Size of the miniature species in comparison to the Indian five-rupee coin (24 mm diameter)] Photo credit: SD BijuFinding the night frogs was not an easy task.Apart from being tiny, these frogs live a secretive life under forest leaf litter or marsh vegetation and they sound like insects, making it difficult for researchers to locate them. These frogs may have remained undiscovered for a long time, but these species seem to be common and abundant in the locations they were found, researchers say.“The miniature species are locally abundant and fairly common but they have probably been overlooked because of their extremely small size, secretive habitats and insect-like calls,” said lead-author Sonali Garg, a PhD student at the University of Delhi.Despite being commonly encountered, all seven species are likely to be threatened by habitat loss, researchers say. They are all known only from the single locations where they were discovered, some of which lie outside protected areas. Moreover, much of the southern Western Ghats, where the new species were discovered, is currently threatened by illegal mining, construction of hydro-power dams and large-scale infrastructure development.Data from the University of Maryland visualized on Global Forest Watch show the southern Western Ghats, where the new frogs were found, lost around 1.5 percent of its tree cover between 2001 and 2014. The region is home to many previously known endemic amphibian species that are found nowhere else in the world. The NGO Alliance for Zero Extinction shows the ranges of four that are endangered.Two of the frogs, Radcliffe’s night frog (Nyctibatrachus radcliffei) and the Kadalar night frog (N. webilla) for example, were found inside private or state-owned plantation areas. The Athirappilly night frog (N. athirappillyensis) was discovered near the Athirappilly waterfall in the state of Kerala, which lies inside a reserved forest that is threatened by a proposed hydroelectric project. Similarly, the Sabarimala night frog (N. sabarimalai) was found close to a popular pilgrimage center that is estimated to attract over 100 million devotees every year.“Over 32 percent, that is one-third of the Western Ghats frogs are already threatened with extinction. Out of the seven new species, five are facing considerable anthropogenic threats and require immediate conservation prioritization,” Prof SD Biju, who led the new study and has also formally described over 80 new species of amphibians from India, said in the statement.Athirappilly Night Frog (Nyctibatrachus athirappillyensis) was discovered from areas adjoining the Athirappilly waterfall, site for a proposed hydroelectric project. Photo credit: SD Biju.Between 2006 and 2015, scientists described 1,581 new species of amphibians. Of these, 159 species were discovered in the Western Ghats-Sri Lanka region, making it one of the leading biodiversity hotspots for new amphibian species discoveries, researchers say.Until now, the night frog genus Nyctibatrachus included 28 recognised species, of which more than half were described over the last five years. The discovery of the seven new species raises the number of Nyctibatrachus species to 35.Vijayan’s Night Frog (Nyctibatrachus pulivijayani), a 13.6 mm miniature-sized frog from Agasthyamala hills in the Western Ghats, sitting comfortably on a thumbnail. Photo credit: SD Biju.Citation:Garg S, Suyesh R, Sukesan S, Biju S. (2017) Seven new species of Night Frogs (Anura, Nyctibatrachidae) from the Western Ghats Biodiversity Hotspot of India, with remarkably high diversity of diminutive forms. PeerJ 5:e3007 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.3007FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. 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Guatemala issues red alert as national parks burn

first_imgNorthern Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve comprises several national parks and other protected areas.Fire activity is concentrated in one park in particular – Laguna del Tigre National Park – where satellite data from NASA recorded more than 400 fires occurring over the past week.Land use is restricted in Guatemalan national parks, but officials say the fires are largely human-caused by illegal cattle ranching, logging, and drug trafficking. Budget challenges have limited the capacity of local institutions to effectively control the forest fires. The Guatemalan government issued a red alert for the Peten department Tuesday due to forest fires in national parks inside the Maya Biosphere Reserve.The biosphere reserve covers the northernmost fifth of the country and borders both Mexico and Belize. Along with adjacent areas in those two countries, the Maya Biosphere Reserve is part of one of the largest contiguous tracts of tropical forest north of the Amazon, according to the United Nations.A fire that began Saturday in the Laguna del Tigre National Park has proven to be especially challenging to combat, according to an official government video communiqué. The fires may have already consumed 30,000 hectares of land, according to the National System for the Prevention and Control of Forest Fires (SIPECIF).The red alert enables the mobilization of additional personnel and resources from the national government and other areas of the country to assist local officials, firefighters, and soldiers who have been struggling to get the forest fires under control.“We have two helicopter available that will probably spring into action. We hope they contribute to preventing the expansion of the fires,” Guatemalan vice president Jafeth Cabrera said at a press conference Tuesday.The Ministry of Defense has assigned 200 more soldiers to assist in the firefighting efforts, and seven more SIPECIF firefighters have also been assigned to Peten. The Guatemalan government has also requested support from Mexico.An aerial photograph taken Tuesday by government officials monitoring the extent of forest fires shows fires burning in the Maya Biosphere Reserve in northern Guatemala. Photo credit: Geovany Martínez/CONRED/FacebookThis particular fire in the southeastern area of the Laguna del Tigre National Park in Guatemala was reported and photographed on April 7. Photo credit: CONAP/facebookThe fires in Peten may have been started intentionally to clear areas for cattle ranching or other illegal activities, government officials speculated.While the Maya Biosphere Reserve is home to success stories like those of certain community forest concessions in the multiple use zone, it is also plagued by serious challenges, including illegal cattle ranching, wildlife poaching, and drug trafficking, particularly in the Laguna del Tigre and Sierra del Lacandón National Parks in the western half of the biosphere reserve.“[The forest fires] could be the actions of drug traffickers to take advantage and build clandestine airstrips,” Cabrera said. Determining whether fires are premeditated is difficult, he said, but human activity is almost always to blame.“Ninety-eight percent of fires are caused by people, by human activity, for various purposes [including] for hunting, for changes in land use,” National Protected Areas Council (CONAP) executive secretary Elder Figueroa said at a separate press conference Tuesday.Few activities are permitted in the Laguna del Tigre National Park, which is the largest core area of the Maya Biosphere Reserve. Still, there are exceptions. Two communities in the park, Maya Q’eqchi’ of Paso Caballos and Buen Samaritano, both have agreements with CONAP and have strictly regulated agricultural areas. Several oil wells and operations were also grandfathered in; however, a 15-year extension to the oil contract the Guatemalan government granted in 2010 generated significant controversy.Along with the largely neglected buffer zone, the Laguna del Tigre National Park has one of the highest deforestation rates of any area in the Maya Biosphere Reserve. Illegal deforestation in the park stems from a range of activities, and is largely concentrated in a swath of territory along the road – now dotted with unregulated settlements – leading to oil extraction operations. Illegal cattle ranching and drug trafficking also drive deforestation in the area, according to government officials.According to satellite data from NASA visualized on Global Forest Watch, 443 fires were detected in Laguna del Tigre National Park between April 4 and 11.Global Forest Watch shows fires occurring in and around Maya Biosphere Reserve between April 4 11, 2017. Many are concentrated in Laguna del Tigre National Park, where a clusters of fires are burning in forest near Guatemala’s last scarlet macaw breeding site.Official Guatemalan government data differs from that of Global Forest Watch, which registers individual hotspots and fires regardless of how and why they are burning, whereas the government data distinguishes between agricultural burns and forest fires, and likely register clusters of individual hotspots and fires as one forest fire.According to the Guatemalan government, there have been 407 forest fires since the beginning of this year, and the Peten and Quiche departments have been especially affected.One of the forest fires of particular concern in the Laguna del Tigre National Park is in the area of El Perú-Waka’, an important Mayan archaeological site. The last remaining scarlet macaw (Ara macao) nesting area in Guatemala is located in that same area. The park is also home to more than 180 other bird species, the endangered Baird’s tapir (Tapirus bairdii), and iconic near-threatened species like the jaguar (Panthera onca).Endangered Guatemalan black howler monkeys (Alouatta pigra) feed in trees in the southeastern area of the Laguna del Tigre National Park, currently affected by forest fires. Photo by Sandra Cuffe for Mongabay“It’s worrisome that [the fires] are destroying virgin forest,” Alma Polanco Solís, the regional CONAP director for the Peten, told Guatemalan newspaper Prensa Libre. “If it’s not fought, it could affect the only scarlet macaw nesting area,” she said.Budget challenges have limited the capacity of local institutions to effectively control the forest fires. CONAP has wide-ranging management responsibilities in more than 300 protected areas covering roughly 30 percent of Guatemalan territory, but has only received roughly 0.15 percent of the national budget in recent years.CONAP has requested an additional 40 million quetzales ($5.45 million) for SIPECIF, Figueroa said Tuesday. However, concerns about the lack of funding for forest firefighting were raised months ago, before the worst of the forest fire season.In January, SIPECIF officials presented a request to the Ministry of Finance for an additional $1.09 million, Nery Franco, the SIPECIF regional director for the Peten, told a local Peten media site this past February, when SIPECIF and other institutions created a Coordination Commission for Forest Fires. The additional funds would have doubled SIPECIF’s annual budget, which was basically only enough to cover limited personnel, according to Franco.“We don’t really have a way to cover the whole operational side of things at the moment,” Franco said. In past years, SIPECIF has had at least 140 personnel, he said, but this year there are only 70 people: 62 operational staff (firefighters), seven technical staff, and one administrator.Additional government and army personnel and resources continued to arrive to the region Wednesday morning, and firefighting activities continue. Agriculture, Birds, Cattle, Cattle Ranching, Drug Trade, Endangered Species, Environment, Fires, Forest Fires, Forest Loss, Forests, Habitat Degradation, Habitat Loss, Rainforests, Tropical Forests, Wildlife Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Citations:Banner image:  After a red alert was declared Tuesday in the Peten department of Guatemala, the Ministry of Defense assigned 200 more soldiers to assist firefighting efforts. Photo credit: Ejército de Guatemala/twitterNASA FIRMS. “VIIRS Active Fires.” Accessed through Global Forest Watch on April 12, 2017. www.globalforestwatch.orgcenter_img Article published by Morgan Erickson-Davis FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor 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

Forest conservation might be an even more important climate solution than we realize: Study

first_imgArticle published by Mike Gaworecki Adaptation To Climate Change, Climate Change, Climate Change And Conservation, Climate Change Policy, Conservation, Environment, Forest Carbon, Forests, Global Warming, Global Warming Mitigation, Mitigation, Rainforests, Research, Temperate Forests 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 Trees are a crucial regulating factor in the cycle of water and heat exchange between Earth’s surface and atmosphere — and thus forests play a key role in regulating local climates and surface temperatures, according to the authors of the study.The researchers discovered that forests often help keep temperate and tropical regions cooler, while contributing to warming in northern high-latitude areas.“Forests play a more important role in cooling the surface in almost all regions of the Earth than was previously thought,” Kaiguang Zhao, an assistant professor of environment modeling and spatial analysis at The Ohio State University and a co-author of the study, said in a statement. It’s estimated that deforestation is responsible for about 10 percent of global carbon emissions. Of course, in addition to the direct emissions created, the destruction of a forest means the removal of a valuable carbon sink, as well, which is why deforestation represents a “double jeopardy” scenario for Earth’s climate system.These are just two of the chief reasons why efforts to keep forests standing are considered critical if we’re to halt climate change. But according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change late last month, we may be underestimating the extent to which forest conservation and reforestation initiatives can help curb rising global temperatures, as sequestering carbon dioxide is only one of the climate-regulating attributes inherent to the world’s forests.Trees are also a crucial regulating factor in the cycle of water and heat exchange between Earth’s surface and atmosphere — and thus forests play a key role in regulating local climates and surface temperatures, according to the authors of the study.“Forests play a more important role in cooling the surface in almost all regions of the Earth than was previously thought,” Kaiguang Zhao, an assistant professor of environment modeling and spatial analysis at The Ohio State University and a co-author of the study, said in a statement. “This really affirms the value of forest conservation and protection policies in the fight against climate change.”In order to get a more complete picture of how land-use changes — such as conversion of forests to agricultural land or pastureland — can influence local climatic conditions, Zhao and colleagues created a model that combines locally collected meteorological data with extensive records derived from satellites and other Earth observation systems.After observing the differences in surface-atmosphere heat exchange between forests and areas converted into farms or pastures, the researchers were able to estimate the surface temperature change caused by switching the land from one type of dominant vegetation to another. They discovered that forests often help keep temperate and tropical regions cooler, while contributing to warming in northern high-latitude areas.“We find that forest cover gains lead to an annual cooling in all regions south of the upper conterminous United States, northern Europe, and Siberia — reinforcing the attractiveness of re-/afforestation as a local mitigation and adaptation measure in these regions,” the researchers write in the study.The researchers also examined the mechanisms that allow forests to help regulate surface temperatures and found that the transfer of water and heat from the land to the atmosphere via the processes of convection and evapotranspiration might be even more important than scientists previously thought — possibly even wielding a more significant influence in some areas than the sun.Past research that focused on albedo, or how much of the sun’s light is reflected back into Earth’s atmosphere after hitting the planet’s surface, as a measure of how forests can shape local climates has had inconclusive results, Zhao said. Forests, which tend to be darker than cropland or pastureland, absorb more heat and, in some cases, increase local temperatures, he added. Yet the results of the present study clearly show that forests can and often do lead to local cooling of surface temperatures.Ryan Bright of the Norwegian Institute for Bioeconomy Research, the study’s lead author, said that while it’s true forests often absorb more solar radiation than grasslands or agricultural lands, they also release more moisture into the air than the shorter vegetation found on farms or pastures. Thus, while replanting a forest that has been chopped down may lead to an albedo decrease (in other words, more solar energy being absorbed), that reforestation project could still “effect a cooling at the surface owing to enhanced evapotranspiration and turbulent mixing of air — two key non-radiative drivers of the surface energy balance,” Bright and his co-authors write.“What we are finding is that these mechanisms are often more important, even in some of the higher-latitude regions, where surface light reflection has been given more weight,” Bright added.These results suggest that non-radiative mechanisms such as evapotranspiration must be more fully taken into account by land managers and policymakers when designing local land-based climate mitigation or adaptation policies, Bright said.“In a world facing increasing competition for land resources for food and livestock production, sensible forest protection policies will be especially critical in our efforts to mitigate climate change, particularly local warming,” he noted. “Our research could help in the identification of regions where forest protection, re-forestation or policies promoting the creation of new forests should be started or ramped up.”Photo courtesy of The Ohio State University.CITATIONBright, R. M., Davin, E., O’Halloran, T., Pongratz, J., Zhao, K., & Cescatti, A. (2017). Local temperature response to land cover and management change driven by non-radiative processes. Nature Climate Change. doi:10.1038/NCLIMATE3250Follow 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.last_img read more