Working with communities to fight fires in Way Kambas National Park

first_imgAnimals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Deforestation, Endangered Species, Environment, Fires, Forest Fires, Forestry, Forests, Mammals, Protected Areas, Rainforest Animals, Rainforests, Rhinos, Sumatran Rhino, Wildlife Article published by Isabel Esterman Way Kambas National Park in southern Sumatra supports populations of Critically Endangered Sumatran rhinos, tigers and elephants, along with hundreds of other species.In 1997, forest fires hit 70 percent of the park, killing many animals and hampering regeneration in previously logged areas.Local authorities and conservation groups are now working with residents to prevent and fight fires, with notable success. Conservationists in Indonesia’s Sumatra Island are working with local residents to combat forest fires, aiming to transform communities near Way Kambas National Park into forest protectors, rather than threats to the ecosystem.Way Kambas National Park — 1,300 square kilometers (500 square miles) of swamp and lowland forest near Sumatra’s southern tip — is home to one of the last remaining populations of Sumatran Rhinos, one of the world’s rarest and most endangered mammal species. The park also supports populations of Critically Endangered Sumatran elephants (Elephas maximus sumatranus) and tigers (Panthera tigris sumatrae), Endangered false gharial crocodiles (Tomistoma schlegelii) and hundreds of varieties of birds.This extraordinary ecosystem was extensively logged in the 1950s and 1960s. Although it was designated a national park in 1989 and became part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004, Way Kambas is still threatened by habitat degradation — particularly due to fire.“Forest fires kill wildlife and hamper forest regeneration,” said Marcellus Adi, director of the Alliance of Integrated Forest Conservation (ALeRT). “For example, in 1997 almost 70 percent of Way Kambas National Park burned.”Sunset over a swamp forest in Way Kambas National Park. Photo by Rhett Butler/Mongabay.Fighting firesDuring the 1980s — in the interim period between Way Kambas being zoned as a timber concession and its formal designation as a national park — human settlements were established on around 125 hectares (0.5 square miles) of forest land. People also entered the forest for timber and hunting and cleared land for planting coffee or chocolate.“Many burned the forest to find prey. Almost 50 percent of the area is alang-alang grass (imperata). It becomes fuel for fire during the dry season,” said Adi.Now, conservationists work with the community to keep fires from reaching the park.Initially, local people accompanied ALeRT to map locations of frequent burning. From the resulting map, the team identified four key areas of vulnerability: Mataram Bungur, Bambangan, Sandat and Susukan Baru. Reforestation camps were set up to maintain these areas, relying on community members to provide around-the-clock protection.“They want to take shifts guarding the camp, because they are farmers who most visit their fields every day. They are willing to stay in the camp for up to three days, in shifts. Of course there is an incentive (payment), that’s natural,” explained Adi.In addition to staffing the camp, local people are also involved in planting “pioneer plants” (hardy species well adapted to colonizing damaged eco-systems) and fire-resistant plants, as well as fodder for elephants and rhinos.Sumatran elephants, pictured here in nearby Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park. Photo by Rhett Butler/Mongabay.“When plants grow, animals like birds and civets will come and help with pollination,” said Adi. “Feed crops are selected because the population of large mammals is greater in Way Kambas than in other national parks.”Fire-resistant and pioneer crops are planted in a checkerboard pattern, in hopes that doing so will create a living firebreak that protects uncultivated areas. The idea is that these squares of fire-resistant plantings will keep a fire contained if one does break out.Planting is followed by maintenance and efforts to reduce the growth of highly flammable alang-alang grass. Community members can also train to work as guards or fire control officers.The efforts of the ALeRT team, surrounding communities and park authorities have so far proved successful in controlling fires.In the Mataram Bungur area, for example, 100 hectares were reforested in 2010. A fire hit in 2012, but the plantings successfully limited the damage and vegetation was able to regrow quickly, Adi said. By 2015, thanks to the maintenance of firebreaks and intensive firefighting efforts, threatened fires were quickly extinguished.In the Bambangan and Sandat reforestation areas, each of which saw 50 hectares replanted in 2010, fires have not been spotted since — even in 2015, which was Indonesia’s worst fire season on record. Efforts at Susukan Baru, where illegal encroachment continues, have been less successful, with small fires reported each year.A baby Sumatran rhino at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary, located within Way Kambas National Park. Photo by Rhett Butler/Mongabay.Future plansIn addition to planting, the teams have also constructed reservoirs to serve as water sources during the dry season and in case of forest fires. “Ideally, we would have wells with solar powered pumps. We need sponsors. These could also be a place for animals to drink,” Adi said.Samedi, program director of the Indonesian Biodiversity Foundation (Yayasan Kehati), said reforestation efforts should be paired with other activities to promote sustainability. He proposes ecotourism as one way to ensure the long-term future of the reforestation program, since donor funds are not always available.Yuyun Kurniawan, program coordinator for WWF’s Ujung Kulon project said other options to explore include leveraging the potential of carbon sales as a result of reforestation of national parks.This story was reported by Mongabay’s Indonesia team and was first published on our Indonesian site on July 17, 2017.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Orangutans process plants into medicine, study finds

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 Citations:Morrogh-Bernard, H. C., Foitová, I., Yeen, Z., Wilkin, P., Martin, R., Rárová, L., … & Olšanský, M. (2017). Self-medication by orang-utans (Pongo pygmaeus) using bioactive properties of Dracaena cantleyi. Scientific Reports, 7(1), 16653.Banner image by Rhett A. Butler / MongabayFEEDBACK: 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. Article published by Morgan Erickson-Davis Scientists have observed Bornean orangutans chewing on the leaves of the Dracaena cantleyi plant, producing a soapy lather they then spread onto their skin.A new study finds D. cantleyi has anti-inflammatory properties, suggesting the orangutans are using it to self-medicate.Indigenous communities also use D. cantleyi as a pain reliever.The researchers say their study provides the first scientific evidence of deliberate, external self-medication in great apes. The natural world is full of medicines, many of which have been tapped by pharmaceutical companies to derive products that adorn our drugstore shelves and bathroom cabinets. But humans aren’t the only animals that can find and apply medicinal substances, and now new research adds orangutans to the growing list of species that self-medicate.Examples of self-medicating animals aren’t exactly uncommon. Some birds engage in “anting” by rubbing ants over their bodies; scientists think the formic acid produced by ants may be used by birds as a fungicide or bactericide. Capuchin monkeys have been observed rubbing their fur with plants that have anti-insect properties. And researchers believe chimpanzees often swallow whole the leaves of bitter plants they normally wouldn’t eat in order to rid their bodies of nematodes.But never before has this behavior been confirmed in Asia’s great apes, the orangutans. A study published last week in Nature upends this, showing that a plant used by Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) does indeed have anti-inflammatory properties. Its authors say their results indicate that the apes likely use it for its medicinal benefits and provide the first scientific evidence of deliberate, external self-medication in great apes.The plant is Dracaena cantleyi, a nondescript species with big leaves found in Southeast Asia. Its leaves contain saponin, a chemical compound that generally makes them bitter and unattractive as a food source.Dracaena cantleyi. Photo by Mokkie via Wikimedia Commons (CC 2.0)Saponin foams when agitated and, despite its bitterness, scientists have observed Bornean orangutans chewing D. cantleyi leaves and making a soapy lather that they then spread on their skin.The orangutans spit out any leaves they didn’t apply to their skin, which made scientists believe they weren’t simply eating them. But they didn’t know for sure if D. cantleyi had any medicinal properties that would help explain the behavior. To answer this question, a team of researchers from various institutions around the work set to work to figure out if the plant contained anything that might explain why orangutans are braving its bitter taste to make it into a salve.Their pharmacological analysis indicated D. cantleyi has anti-inflammatory properties. Most orangutans observed using it were females who spread it onto their arms, and the researchers suggest they may have been using it to treat arms that became sore from carrying offspring.Residents of human communities in Borneo reportedly also use D. cantleyi to treat joint and muscle pain.“The fact that local people use the crushed leaves for sore muscles and joints further supports the concept that orang-utans would use it to treat similar problems,” the researchers write in their study. “Local indigenous people in Borneo, for example, use it to treat pain in their arms after a stroke, for muscular pain, and for sore bones and swellings.”The researchers say their results could also aid the study of indigenous medicine.“This finding is also important for studies of ethno-medicine, as it is known that indigenous communities obtain knowledge of medicinal plants through observing their use by sick animals.” Animal Behavior, Animals, Apes, Biodiversity And Medicine, Borneo Orangutan, Environment, Ethnobotany, Great Apes, Medicinal Plants, Medicine, Orangutans, Plants, Research, Wildlife last_img read more

Sumatra’s ‘tiger descendants’ cling to their customs as coal mines encroach

first_imgArticle published by Basten Gokkon Sekalak village in southern Sumatra lies in one of the last remaining strongholds of the Sumatran tiger, a critically endangered species that the locals revere as both an ancestral spirit and the guardian of the forest.This respect for the tiger has sustained a generations-long pledge to protect the local environment, including the wildlife and water resources.However, the presence of a coal-mining operation in the area poses a threat to both the tigers and the villagers’ way of life: the mining road gives poachers greater access to once-secluded tiger habitat, and the mining waste is polluting the river on which the villagers depend. SEKALAK, Indonesia — The inhabitants of Sekalak village, in this forested region of southern Sumatra, have for generations passed down the legend of Puyang Baju Lantung, a man who was said to have transformed into a tiger to serve as the community’s guardian.The myth goes that Puyang, who lost a toe on his left foot while setting a fish trap known as a kalak (from which the village gets its name), had set himself the Sisyphean task of filling a pitcher with the eyes of a type of white fish that lived upriver. But try as he might, the eyes in the bottom of the pitcher would rot by the time he came close to filling it up, and he had to start all over again, resting only occasionally in a cave. When, years later, his son set out to seek the father he had never known, he found instead a tiger — one that was missing a toe from its left hind paw.“Puyang transformed into a tiger to protect the river and its fish,” says Matsun, a village elder who, like many Indonesians, goes by one name.The people of Sekalak village in southern Sumatra believe that this cave is the resting place of mythical ancestor Puyang Baju Lantung, who was said to have transformed into a Sumatran tiger. The site today is littered with mining waste from a nearby coal pit. Photo by Dedek Hendry/Mongabay-Indonesia.To this day, the villagers revere the Sumatran tigers (Panthera tigris sumatrae) that prowl the forest. Far from being seen as a threat, even when they encroach onto farmland or enter the village itself, the animals are a constant reminder for the people of Sekalak to protect the environment and the natural resources on which they depend.“We don’t get scared,” village chief Sudarmono says of the relationship with the tigers. “They don’t come to attack, but to check on their [human] descendants.”He says there have never been any reported tiger attacks or other conflicts between the villagers of Sekalak and the big cats, which usually show up before the harvest season, around the beginning of the year.Mining siteSekalak lies within the Bukit Balai Rejang Selatan region of Bengkulu province, one of six areas identified by wildlife NGOs as a tiger conservation landscape — a region that meets a minimum habitat size, where tigers have been confirmed to occur in the past 10 years and are not locally extinct.The problem, though, for both the tigers and the Sekalak villagers, is that Bukit Balai Rejang Selatan has been designated by local authorities a limited production forest, which means it is open to commercial exploitation. And that’s exactly what has happened: Since 2009, a company called PT Bara Indah Lestari (BIL) has operated a 10-square-kilometer (3.9-square-mile) concession for coal mines near Sekalak.Last October, three Sumatran tigers were seen at one of the company’s mining sites.Erni Suyanti Musabine, a wildlife expert with the Sumatran Tiger Conservation Forum, says mining is one of the top threats to the population of the Sumatran tiger, which is listed as “Critically Endangered,” or a step away from extinction, by the IUCN. There are an estimated 30 tigers in Bukit Balai Rejang Selatan, which now face a heightened risk of being hunted, thanks to the mining road that potentially allows poachers access deep into once-secluded tiger habitat, Musabine says.This photo shows the concession area of coal miner PT Bara Indah Lestari (BIL) which operates near Sekalak village, along a number of rivers, and in a landscape known to hold a strong population of the Sumatran tigers. Source: Environmental impact assessment document (AMDAL) of PT Bara Indah Lestari.The mining company has also been criticized for allegedly dumping waste from its six coal mines into the river that the village depends on. (The company was not reachable through any of its listed phone numbers or email addresses.)“The river is damaged because of the coal mine, and the fish stock is being depleted,” says Safri, a Sekalak elder. “The cave where Puyang would rest is now littered with chunks of coal, while the river is muddy from soil and coal sediment.”An independent investigation of the river by the provincial chapter of the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi), an NGO, confirmed the villagers’ fears about the pollution stemming from the mining operations.“Our report shows that PT Bara Indah Lestari has most likely abandoned its responsibilities [to mitigate pollution] as laid out in the company’s environmental impact assessments,” says Dede Frastien, Walhi’s campaign manager for the extractives industry.“The Sekalak villagers’ complaint about declining fish stocks is evidence of the river’s deteriorating water quality,” he adds.Dede says his office will submit its findings to the law enforcement unit at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry.“Walhi will also encourage the people of Sekalak to apply for state recognition of their local customs for protecting the river and the Sumatran tiger,” he says, citing a 2017 regulation from the environment ministry that formally acknowledges and protects sustainable practices by local and indigenous communities in the management of natural resources and the environment.A key river in Sekalak village has been polluted by chunks of coal and soil sediment reportedly coming from mining company PT Bara Indah Lestari, which operates nearby. Photo by Dedek Hendry/Mongabay-Indonesia.Authorities in Bengkulu have promised to look into the village’s complaint against the coal company.“We need the village to submit a written report to us so we can check and coordinate with the provincial department of environment and forestry for a follow-up,” says Ahyan Endu, head of the Bengkulu energy office, which oversees the local mining sector.Sudarmono, the village chief, sees a dark allegory in the myth of Puyang Baju Lantung, the proto-villager who, destined to spend eternity on the river, had become the guardian of its white fish and all that they stood for.“If [the pollution] continues, the river will get shallower,” Sudarmono warns. “Then the white fish will disappear.”This story was reported by Mongabay’s Indonesia team and was first published here on our Indonesian site on Jan. 27, 2018.Banner image: A Sumatran tiger at the Chester zoo in the U.S. Photo courtesy of Steve Wilson/Flickr Creative Commons.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. Activism, Animals, Coal, Community-based Conservation, Conservation, Environment, Environmental Activism, Forest People, Habitat Degradation, Indigenous Communities, Indigenous Culture, Indigenous Peoples, Land Conflict, Pollution, Rainforest Mining, Resource Conflict, Tigers, Traditional People, Water Pollution, Wildlife 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

ICC slams ‘disrespectful’ West Indies

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC):Cricket’s governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), blasted the West Indies cricket team for the behaviour of some of its players following the final of the Twenty20 World Cup in India earlier this month.In an unusual step yesterday, the ICC labelled the players’ behaviour as “inappropriate and disrespectful” and argued that it “brought the event into disrepute”.In a statement following a meeting of its board over the weekend, the ICC said it had even given “serious consideration” to bringing sanctions against the players.INAPPROPRIATE”The board considered the behaviour of some of the West Indies players in the immediate aftermath of the final and unanimously agreed that certain comments and actions were inappropriate, disrespectful, and brought the event into disrepute,” the governing body said.”The board acknowledged an apology by the WICB but was disappointed to note that such behaviour had detracted from the success of what was otherwise a magnificent tournament and final.”West Indies beat England by four wickets in a dramatic final over in Kolkata to win their second Twenty20 World Cup, following their triumph four years ago in Sri Lanka.Many of the Caribbean players celebrated wildly afterwards, with some removing their shirts as they danced in delight.West Indies captain Darren Sammy also stunned many by openly criticising the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) during the official post-game interview and highlighting the players’ ongoing pay dispute, which had marred the build-up to the tournament.Man-of-the-Match Marlon Samuels was also fined for his verbal tirade against bowler Ben Stokes during the final over of the game.While not specifying exactly what behaviour the ICC found offensive, the ICC chairman, Shashank Manohar, said the Windies players actions were not “acceptable conduct” for ICC events.”The sport of cricket is proud of its unique spirit and this involves being gracious in victory as well as defeat and respectful at all times to the game, one’s opponents, the sponsors and the fans,” Manohar said.”The Board also noted that very serious consideration had been given to bringing Code of Conduct charges in respect of the behaviour of the West Indies players and emphasised that this was not acceptable conduct at ICC events played out on a world stage in front of millions of people around the globe.”Following Sammy’s interview, WICB president Dave Cameron also tendered an apology for what the board deemed to be his “inappropriate” comments and promised to investigate.last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Monday, November 24

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers…Arsenal are showing interest in Basel centre-half Fabian Schar, 22, and could make a move for him in January. (Daily Star) Manchester United and Arsenal are competing for the £12m signature of 20-year-old Hull left back Andy Robertson, who cost the Tigers just £2.85m from Dundee United in the summer. (Daily Express) Everton manager Roberto Martinez wants to sign Wigan midfielder Shaun Maloney, 31, who he managed during his time as boss of the Latics. (Daily Mail) Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva, 27, could leave Anfield to join up with former Reds boss Rafa Benitez at Napoli in January. (Daily Star) Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, 21, dubbed the new Ronaldo, is being linked with a £28m summer move to Liverpool or Chelsea. (Daily Express) Liverpool are planning for life after Brendan Rodgers after lining up Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp as his potential replacement. (Metro)last_img read more

GAA NEWS: ST MARY’S, CONVOY CLUB NOTES

first_imgBingo in Hall tues @9 lotto results MN,TE,CN,DY 5 with 2 counties Jennifer O Keefe Convoy,Sheena Mc Namee Drumkeen,Oisin Porter Raphoe,Mrs Friel Raphoe Vera Mc Hugh Convoy NX wks JP €4700 Cardiac screening 14-30 yrs olds. €45 per person Contact Julia Blake 0862611290 Dont have to be a club member or gaelic playerReserves won v Na RossaSenior Game abandoned early into second half due to flood light failure Congrats to Raymond McNamee and Conor Cairns who represented the club with the county minorsu 8 have blitz away to Buncrana this Saturday morning and if the game changes, the club will let players know.GAA NEWS: ST MARY’S, CONVOY CLUB NOTES was last modified: May 27th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:convoyST MARY’S GAA NOTESlast_img read more