ELLSWORTH — The Down East Family YMCA Little League will host the 2015 state baseball and softball championships for ages 9-10 July 17-23.And the YMCA could use a little help, according to Little League President Todd Wagstaff.“We are looking for sponsors for this tournament,” he said. “We estimate at least 500 people will be traveling to Ellsworth for this event. This is a great opportunity for local businesses to get positive exposure for being a part of this huge event.”Those wishing to participate can call Wagstaff at 266-4398 for more information.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEllsworth last hosted the same tournament, which draws teams from every Little League district in Maine, six years ago.Under the tournament format, each district champion will play every other champion once, guaranteeing each team five games in baseball and four in softball.The two teams with the best records in softball and baseball then will meet in the state championship games on the final day of the tournament.Games will get under way on Friday, July 17, but opening ceremonies for the event will take place after the first baseball game on Saturday morning.All games will take place at the DeMeyer Field complex, and food concessions will be in operation throughout the tournament.Bob Stevenson of Bangor and Dana Verge of Thomaston, who have a combined 120 years of involvement with Little League, will throw the ceremonial first pitches on Saturday morning.Later this month, on the weekends of June 20-21 and 27-28, Little League District 1 will hold the Bob Dorr Tournament of Champions for baseball and softball players ages 7-10 in Machias.Eight baseball teams and five softball teams are expected to participate in that tournament. Bio Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. [email protected] GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Latest Posts
After starting out the season 2-0 for the first time since 2004, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team hits the road for a pair of games against Boston’s finest.The No. 2 Badgers (2-0) will take on No. 7 Boston College (1-1) Friday night before heading to a meeting with No. 15 Boston University (3-0) Saturday. Both are a one-game series showdown of some of hockey’s most successful names, and UW will be eyeing success in its first contests against ranked opponents of the season.“Road series are a blast. We love traveling together. I think a lot of us look forward to on the roadies,” junior defenseman Jake McCabe said. “Going to two programs that are as competitive as they are, it should be fun.”Determined to take it one game at a time, UW has solely focused on BC in its preparations this week, knowing it will be facing a faster and more skilled opponent than it has seen thus far.“Boston College is known for small, chippy, fast forwards. We are focusing on that and finding their key players and taking them away from the puck,” McCabe said. “They have a great squad and a lot of offensively gifted players.”BC is coming off a 7-2 win over Rennselaer Sunday. All seven of BC’s goals were scored by different players, showing the depth of the team’s strength UW will have to be ready for.“They are very strong down the middle. They have three seniors in center ice. They have some good size on the defense,” head coach Mike Eaves said. “They have abilities and they like to play at a high tempo. They are going to jump at us and try to take time and space away.”Yet BC’s defense will face a similarly strong team in Wisconsin. In last Friday night’s matchup alone, 10 Badger players recorded points. Currently leading the team in goals is freshman forward Grant Besse, who scored the game winning goal in a thrilling game two against Northern Michigan Saturday. While the freshman still has a way to go in learning the offensive schemes of his new Badger team, the depth of Wisconsin will pose a huge challenge to BC skaters and goaltender.Sophomore center Nic Kerdiles is riding a 14-game point streak, starting off the season on a strong foot with a goal and two assists alongside linemates senior Michael Mersch and junior Joseph LaBate. Adding to the depth are seniors Mark Zengerle and Tyler Barnes, who together have tallied a goal and three assists on the season. While freshman redshirt linemate Morgan Zulinick has yet to earn a point this season, his highly anticipated return after a season-ending injury last year did not go unnoticed last weekend.While on the depth chart Kerdiles might be listed on the second line, Eaves sees little distinction between the two top lines.“I would say, and some will say, that we have two first lines and two third lines. I think that’s a pretty good analogy,” Eaves said.Working on the power play will be a key to Wisconsin’s success come Friday. BC suffered its first loss of the season to UW’s new Big Ten conference foe Michigan on Thursday. In the 3-1 defeat, the Eagles fell victim to the power play, giving up two goals while a man-down.Wisconsin showed fluctuating strength on the power play last weekend with a strong set of skaters in Barnes, Mersch, Zengerle, Kerdiles and McCabe leading the man-advantage squad. However, Wisconsin scored on just one of 10 power play opportunities against Northern Michigan. Against ranked teams this weekend, UW will need to capitalize on these opportunities if it hopes to return with a pair of wins.“We have some good personnel on it and we are clicking right away and coach is happy about that,” Kerdiles said. “We all feel confident it’s just going to take some more reps for it to start getting even better.”Eaves confirmed junior goaltender Landon Peterson will start in net for UW to begin the weekend. Peterson and junior guard Joel Rumpel split the series against NMU, as they did for most of last season before Rumpel earned the starting job come playoff time.Historically, BC holds a 12-9-0 record over UW, beating the Badgers the last two times the teams faced off at Kelley Rink in 2008 and 2002.After the game with Boston College, UW will head Agganis Arena to play the Terriers the following night. Boston University is riding a 3-0 start to the season with wins against St. Francis Xavier, Massachusetts and Holy Cross, all within a two-goal margin.Like BC, the Terriers have a widespread set of scorers that will be called to action against the Badgers.Giving up just three goals thus far and two coming from power plays, the ability to capitalize on the man-advantage will be equally as important in the second game of the weekend.
WE RECOMMEND SUBSCRIBE TO US Sujay Chakraborty COMMENT 10 months ago Dream11 BOS vs PHI: Team news, predictions and other NBA updates Written By Grant Williams, at 6-foot-6, may seem a bit undersized to be playing center. But during our home-opening win, the jack-of-all-trades rookie proved why he’s a great fit for the role when called upon. https://t.co/MYgBOv8k3d— Boston Celtics (@celtics) October 26, 2019 10 months ago NBA anti drug: Deandre Ayton and other times when players were banned First Published: 30th October, 2019 00:22 IST 10 months ago NBA: Watch Giannis Antetokounmpo score first triple-double of season NBA: Celtics vs Bucks; Match ScheduleVenue: TD GardenWhen: Thursday, October 31Time: 5:30 AM ISTWhere: SONY LIVAlso read | NBA 2019-20: Boston Celtics Vs Toronto Raptors Player Ratings Boston Celtics will be facing a stern challenge from the Milwaukee Bucks, when the sides clash on Thursday, October 31. Celtics’ last season ended in the playoffs with four consecutive losses to the Bucks. But the new season brings new faces and Celtics will be looking to get on over the Bucks early on. LIVE TV 10 months ago NBA: Scores, updates and highlights from all the games on October 24 FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE Also read | NBA: Watch Giannis Antetokounmpo Score First Triple-double Of SeasonNBA: Celtics vs Bucks; Squad NewsBoston CelticsWhile both Kyrie Irving and Al Horford have departed, Celtics roped in point guard Kemba Walker, who is expected to be a key player this season. Walker has been joined by Enes Kanter, Vincent Poirier, Grant Williams, Romeo Langford, Carsen Edwards and Tremont Waters. Point-forward Daniel Theis was injured last Thursday and might be unavailable for the game.Roster: Jaylen Brown, Carsen Edwards, Tacko Fall, Javonte Green, Gordon Hayward, Enes Kanter, Romeo Langford, Semi Ojeleye, Vincent Poirier, Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum, Daniel Theis, Kemba Walker, Brad Wanamaker, Tremont Waters, Grant Williams and Robert Williams.Also read | Ferrari Aims For Pole And To Avoid Team Duel In MexicoMilwaukee BucksIn the pre-season draft, the Bucks bought back Brook Lopez, Khris Middleton and part-time closer George Hill successfully. However, they lost Malcolm Brogdon to the Indiana Pacers. Thanasis Antetokounmpo and Dragan Bender are two more additions to their revamped roster. Thanasis will be uniting with his younger brother Giannis for the very first time in the NBA.Roster: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Dragan Bender, Eric Bledsoe, Sterling Brown, Pat Connaughton, Donte DiVincenzo, George Hill, Kyle Korver, Ersan Ilyasova, Brook Lopez, Robin Lopez, Frank Mason, Wesley Matthews, Khris Middleton, Cam Reynolds, Rayjon Tucker and D.J. Wilson.Also read | NBA Anti Drug: Deandre Ayton And Other Times When Players Were BannedNBA: Celtics vs Bucks; Match PreviewThursday’s encounter between the conference rivals will provide a chance for both the sides to dominate early in the NBA season. Celtics had a pre-season win over the champions Toronto Raptors as Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown combined well to sink the Raptors. Meanwhile, Bucks have a highlight of their own as they beat James Harden-led Houston Rockets last Friday. It was a great show by their talisman Giannis Antetokoumpo, posting a triple-double; first in the season, to erase a 16-point deficit and rally past the Rockets.Giannis vows to fight for Milwaukee Last Updated: 30th October, 2019 00:22 IST NBA 2019-20: Boston Celtics Vs Milwaukee Bucks Match Preview Celtics vs Bucks: This clash at 5.30 am on Thursday promises to be yet another exciting clash of the West. Can the Antetokoumpo brothers rally past the Celtics? 10 months ago NBA 2019-20: Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors player ratings And he rightly did well against the Rockets “Down by as many as 16, Giannis supercharged the comeback by scoring eight straight to start the fourth.”— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) October 25, 2019 For the people of Milwaukee.#FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/ieUxMdItqZ— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) October 25, 2019
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The following are sports results that we have for Tuesday, Sept. 13:â€”â€”â€”Wellington eighth grade volleyballWellington over Mulvane, win: Set 1: 25-17 WLexi Clift Â 2 assists, 2 aces, 1 dig.Kayleigh Smalley Â 7 aces, 2 digs.Allison Buresh Â 2 kills, 1 dig.Mykiland French Â 2 assists, 1 ace.Â Draven Warnock Â 1 kill, 1 ace, 3 digs.Myriland French Â 1 kill, 5 digs.Kadin Brown Â 1 dig.Â Set 2: 25-21 WLexi Clift Â 1 kill, 2 assists.Kayleigh Smalley 2 kills, 1 ace, 2 digs.Allison Buresh Â 1 ace.Mykiland French 1 kill, 5 assists.Draven Warnock Â 4 digs.Myriland French Â 3 kills, 2 digs.Kadin Brown Â 2 digs.Â Wellington A Team vs. Rose Hill, win: Set 1: 21-25 LÂ Lexi Clift 3 kills, 2 assists, 1 ace, 1 dig.Kayleigh Smalley 1 ace, 3 digs.Allison Buresh 1 kill.Mykiland French 1 dig.Draven Warnock 2 kills, 3 digsÂ .Myriland French 2 digs.Kadin Brown 3 digs.Set 2: 25-20 WLexi Clift Â 2 kills, 1 Assist, 1 ace, 1 dig.Kayleigh Smalley 1 kill, 2 aces, 2 digs.Mykiland French 1 Assist, 3 aces.Draven Warnock 1 kill, 4 digs.Myriland French 2 aces, 2 digs.Kadin Brown 1 dig.Set 3: 15-10 WLexi Clift Â 1 Assist, 1 dig.Allison Buresh 1 kill.Mykiland French 1 ace.Draven Warnock 3 digs.Myriland French 1 ace, 1 dig.A Team Season Record 3-1 Â Â A Team League Record: 0-0.â€”â€”â€”Wellington B Team vs. Mulvane – WONSet 1: 18-25 LSet 2: 25-21 WSet 3: 15-6 WÂ Wellington B Team vs. Rose Hill – LOSTSet 1: 25-11 Â LSet 2: 25-21 Â LÂ B Team Season Record: 3-1 Â B Team League Record: 0-0â€”â€”â€”Wellington seventh volleyball: 7A25-14 Wellington over Rose Hill25-13 Wellington over Rose Hill25-21 Wellington over Mulvane25-15 Wellington over Mulvane25-19 Mulvane over Rose Hill25-21 Rose Hill over Mulvane15-10 Mulvane over Rose Hill7B25-23 Wellington over Rose Hill25-18 Wellington over Rose Hill25-23 Wellington over Mulvane25-17 Mulvane over Wellington15-4 Mulvane over Wellington25-16 Mulvane over Rose Hill25-21 Mulvane over Rose Hillâ€”â€”â€”Wellington Middle School tennis: The Wellington Middle School Girls tennis team traveled to Haysville yesterday and dominated their opponent winning every match.Â â€œWay to go ladies, awesome job,â€ said WMS girls tennis coach Terri Driskell. â€œGood luck this Thursday at Goddard Ike.:â€”â€”â€”Freshman-Sophomore football: El Dorado 20 Wellington 14. Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments
A new study calculates that, worldwide, mangroves were storing 4.19 billion metric tons of carbon in 2012, representing a 2 percent loss since 2000. It estimates that number had dropped further to 4.16 billion metric tons by 2017.In total, the study estimates that this lost carbon translates to as much as 317 million tons of CO2 emissions per year, equivalent to the annual emissions of around 67.5 million passenger vehicles in the U.S. and more than the 2015 emissions of Poland.The researchers found Indonesia harbors the lion’s share of the world’s mangroves – around 30 percent – while also experiencing the biggest proportion of its 2000-2012 mangrove carbon loss, with deforestation there accounting for more than 48 percent of the global total. Other parts of Southeast Asia, such as Myanmar, are also undergoing high rates of mangrove deforestation, making the entire region a hotspot of global mangrove carbon loss.Previous research estimates that between 30 and 50 percent of the world’s mangroves have been lost over the past 50 years. Deforestation for shrimp, rice and palm oil are among the biggest drivers of mangrove decline. Seemingly nondescript messes of tangled branches and exposed roots, mangrove forests cling to the coasts of many tropical countries. However, mangroves are far from unexceptional, providing critical ecosystem services like erosion control, flood mitigation and nurseries for fish. Mangroves also store a lot of carbon, with a hectare of mangrove forest sequestering up to four times as much carbon as a similarly sized tract of rainforest.But mangroves are in trouble. Studies estimate between 30 and 50 percent of the world’s mangroves have been lost over the past 50 years as they are deforested for shrimp, rice and palm oil production, drowned by rising seas, and starved of freshwater by dam-building. And as mangroves disappear, so do their wildlife communities and carbon stores.But just how much carbon do mangroves contain, and how much is being lost to their deforestation? To find out, researchers at Salisbury University in the U.S. and National University of Singapore analyzed the carbon content of mangrove vegetation as well as the soil underneath it. Their results were published recently in Nature Climate Change.Mangrove trees are able to survive in environments that would kill most other vegetation.They discovered that, worldwide, mangroves were storing 4.19 billion metric tons of carbon in 2012. Most of this carbon – 70 percent – is locked up in the soil underlying mangroves while the remainder is contained within their living vegetation. The study lists Brazil, Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea as the world’s top mangrove carbon storehouses, comprising more than half of the total amount of global mangrove carbon.While 4.19 billion metric tons may sound like a lot of carbon, the researchers found that it’s about 2 percent less than the amount stored 12 years prior in 2000. In total, they estimate that this lost carbon translates to as much as 317 million tons of CO2 emissions per year. For perspective, this is equivalent to the annual emissions of around 67.5 million passenger vehicles in the U.S., according to EPA numbers, and more than the 2015 emissions of Poland, according to the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency.The researchers found that, globally, mangrove carbon losses were similar year-to-year between 2000 and 2012. They estimate that if mangrove deforestation rates continued at a similar rate after 2012, then by 2017 mangrove carbon should have dropped a further third of a percent to 4.16 billion metric tons.Mangroves support a high level of biodiversity, providing important habitat for both aquatic and terrestrial wildlife.In addition to estimating how much carbon mangrove deforestation released, the study also looked at the impact of this activity on the mangroves’ overall carbon-sequestering ability. They found that had no mangroves been deforested between 2000 and 2012, then they likely would have taken an additional 3.5 million to 4.5 million metric tons of carbon out of the atmosphere.Zooming in, the study found Indonesia harbors the lion’s share of the world’s mangroves – around 30 percent – while also experiencing the biggest proportion of its 2000-2012 mangrove carbon loss, with deforestation there accounting for more than 48 percent of the global total. Other parts of Southeast Asia, such as Myanmar, are also undergoing high rates of mangrove deforestation, making the entire region a hotspot of global mangrove carbon loss.The study singled out Indonesia as the country with both the most remaining mangroves and the the biggest mangrove carbon losses. Data source: Hansen/UMD/Google/USGS/NASA, accessed through Global Forest WatchThe researchers write that as disappearing carbon storage powerhouses, “mangroves are strong candidates for inclusion in nationally determined contributions (NDCs) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and payments for ecosystem services (PES) programs that financially incentivize the conservation of forested carbon stocks.”However, they say that the emissions inventories and monitoring that are used to determine PES compliance require high-quality datasets that exceed their study’s 13-year period. To fill this gap, the researchers recommend more analyses of mangrove carbon stocks and losses, both to establish baselines further back in time – which, they write, are widely lacking for many tropical countries – as well as modeling what may happen in the future. Article published by Morgan Erickson-Davis Agriculture, Aquaculture, carbon, Carbon Dioxide, Climate Change, Coastal Ecosystems, Dams, Ecosystem Services, Ecosystem Services Payments, Environment, Fish, Forests, Global Warming, Mangroves, Oceans, Oil Palm, Palm Oil, Plantations, Rainforests, Research, Rice, Tropical Forests Citation:Hamilton, S. E., & Friess, D. A. (2018). Global carbon stocks and potential emissions due to mangrove deforestation from 2000 to 2012. Nature Climate Change, 1.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. 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
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 An African monkey first described to science more than 150 years ago has now been elevated to full species status.The Blue Nile patas monkey is found in the Blue Nile basin of Ethiopia as well as in eastern Sudan. Its range is geographically distinct from that of other patas monkeys, as Sudan’s Sudd swamp region and the Ethiopian highlands isolate the Blue Nile patas in the extreme northeast end of patas monkeys’ known distribution range.Patas monkeys are ground-dwellers and the fastest runners amongst all primates, capable of reaching more than 30 miles per hour. They were, up until now, considered to be one species, Erythrocebus patas — the only species within the genus Erythrocebus. Or at least it was the only recognized species in the genus until Erythrocebus poliophaeus, the Blue Nile patas monkey, was recently elevated to full species status by Spartaco Gippoliti, a scientist with the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group.The Blue Nile patas monkey has a black face and nose as well as a tuft of fur below its nose that looks distinctly like a white handlebar moustache. The species does not, however, have the band between ears and eyes that is characteristic of other patas monkeys.Gippoliti wrote in a recent study published in the journal Primate Conservation that “New data on the distribution and physical appearance of patas monkeys in Ethiopia, together with a review of the old taxonomic literature, allows to us disentangle some questions concerning the taxonomy of Erythrocebus in northeast Africa.”Adult male Blue Nile Patas Monkey (Erythrocebus poliophaeus), Beijing Zoo. Photo courtesy of Jonas Livet.The Blue Nile patas monkey was first described and given the name Erythrocebus poliophaeus in 1862. But a taxonomic revision of Erythrocebus was done in 1927, and it was erroneously determined at that time that the genus was monotypic, meaning it consisted of just one species.According to Gipolliti, “Given the huge distributional range of Erythrocebus, it seems unlikely that the current monotypic classification describes the diversity of the genus correctly, all the more since other savannah dwelling African primate genera, such as Papio and Chlorocebus, comprise multiple species.” Even in 1927, there were enough differences observed among various populations of patas monkeys that three subspecies were identified — and a fourth subspecies was added in 1950.In 2008, the IUCN assessed Erythrocebus patas as a monotypic genus with no subspecies and classified it as a species of Least Concern. This was “undoubtedly the result of the deficient current taxonomy, the ample geographic range and the scarcity of research,” Gippoliti writes in the study. “Further, savannah primate species are generally believed to be less at risk than forest primates, but this is clearly an oversimplification that may be encouraged by an excessively-lumped alpha taxonomy.”Gippoliti adds that, though the results are still unpublished, Erythrocebus patas was reassessed as Near Threatened by the IUCN in 2016. The conservation status of the three subspecies initially recognized in 1927 were also assessed, for the first time ever. Erythrocebus patas patas was found to be Near Threatened, E. baumstarki to be Critically Endangered, and E. pyrrhonotus to be Vulnerable.Blue Nile Patas Monkey (Erythrocebus poliophaeus). Illustration by Stephen NashGippoliti notes in the study that Erythrocebus poliophaeus is threatened by habitat loss, and that while we still know very little about the extent of its range, the species’ distribution is “certainly limited” and therefore “the species is a cause for conservation concern.” But Gippoliti also argues that, now that it’s been established as taxonomically distinct, the monkey could serve as something of a flagship species to help spur the conservation of the wildlands of Ethiopia and Sudan.“Refining the taxonomy of the patas monkey was particularly rewarding for two main reasons,” he said in a statement. “The basic concept of the genus Erythrocebus was unchanged for about 100 years now, and the discovery of a distinct species living in eastern Sudan and western Ethiopia will put in the spotlight a little-known region of Africa, offering opportunities for new conservation projects in the area.”Gippoliti detailed his findings in an issue of Primate Conservation published at the end of 2017. The Blue Nile patas monkey is just one of several discoveries reported in that issue. Among the others is Grove’s dwarf lemur, found in Madagascar, and two new species of tarsier found on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.Anthony Rylands, primate conservation director for Global Wildlife Conservation, also serves as deputy chair of the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group, which publishes the journal Primate Conservation. He said in a statement that “Patas monkeys occur west to east across sub-Saharan Africa, and there is notable variation in these remarkable primates. It’s only through this kind of painstaking research that we get a proper handle on their diversity so that we can more effectively protect these species from the threats they face.”Adult male Blue Nile Patas Monkey (Erythrocebus poliophaeus), Beijing Zoo. Photo courtesy of Jonas Livet.CITATIONS• Gippoliti, S. (2017). On the Taxonomy of Erythrocebus with a Re-evaluation of Erythrocebus poliophaeus (Reichenbach, 1862) from the Blue Nile Region of Sudan and Ethiopia. Primate Conservation, 31, 53-59.• Kingdon, J., Butynski, T.M. & De Jong, Y. 2008. Erythrocebus patas. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T8073A12884516. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T8073A12884516.en. Downloaded on 16 March 2018.Follow 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. Animals, Conservation, Environment, Mammals, Monkeys, New Discovery, Primates, Rediscovered Species, Species Discovery, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Article published by Mike Gaworecki
DUBAI, 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.
Source: BuaNews 18 October 2010 The proposed Mthombo crude oil refinery will help South Africa escape from the “dependency trap” of having to import refined automotive products, ultimately saving the country billions of rands, says President Jacob Zuma. At the same time, the refinery, to be built at the Coega Industrial Development Zone near Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, would showcase South Africa’s competitive ability to its counterparts globally. Construction on the refinery, which will be the biggest in Africa, is expected to start in 2012, which would bring the refinery on stream by 2015. The US$11-billion refinery, which would have a 400 000 barrel a day capacity, is meant to ensure security of fuel supply in South Africa. The country is currently dependent on international oil companies to provide for its liquid fuel energy needs. “With Project Mthombo, this country stands to save an estimated R12.6-billion a year in energy costs once the refinery is running, and could export oil across Africa,” Zuma said last week. Zuma was speaking during a visit to PetroSA’s gas-to-liquid refinery in Mossel Bay in the Western Cape. The visit by Zuma and Energy Minister Dipuo Peters was to obtain a first-hand account of PetroSA’s operations, his office said. “We welcome the fact that PetroSA is making its impact, not only in job creation but in empowering the people as well. It employs close to 2 000 people, while 27 500 more will be absorbed within the crude oil refinery that is planned,” Zuma said. Zuma welcomed the impressive growth of PetroSA following its successful merger of Mossgas, Soekor and parts of the Strategic Fuel Fund in 2002. PetroSA is reaching markets in Europe, the United States, Caribbean, Middle East and Far East, which Zuma said was an important achievement. He also commended the National Oil Company for the role it was playing in reducing the country’s dependence on imported refined fuel.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dan MillerProgressive Farmer Senior EditorBobby Morris heads out early on hot and humid Louisiana summer mornings to inspect his sugarcane fields. You can hear the cane growing, he says, more than an inch per day as its sword-shaped leaves rise toward 14 feet.Morris Farms Partnership tends 3,200 acres of sugarcane in soils from heavy clays to sand, much of it within a baseball throw of Port Allen, one of Louisiana’s huge Mississippi River levees. Sugarcane is this state’s No. 1 crop and has been tended for more than 200 years. It grows today on 400,000 acres in 22 parishes and spins off $2 billion a year to cane growers and raw sugar factories.ONE FARM, ONE CROPIf there is cushion gained from harvesting multiple crops, Morris Farms thrives or dies on decisions made about managing this single crop.Morris’s farm’s acreage has doubled twice. “Each time we acquired more acreage, drainage, grass pressure and yields were all well below our standards,” he says. “With sugarcane being a ratoon crop, these key problems took years to rectify. But, I can say our yields have steadily increased on the new land.”Cane was first produced on Morris Farms in the mid-1980s, and Morris, a fourth-generation farmer, took over the farm from his parents six years ago. It takes a certain flow to produce sugarcane, Morris says. “You have to have a pretty sharp mind to keep everything flowing. It’s all about the flow.” One step leads to the next. An entire year’s planning focuses on moving 7-inch lengths of cut sugarcane to the mill at Alma Plantation, in Lakeland, Louisiana.Planting for next year’s crop begins about the first week of August (the crop planted this coming August won’t be harvested until 2020). Morris’s cane fields are planted by hand, whole stalks laid into furrows opened in laser-leveled fields. One crew plants up to 7 acres per day. Morris runs seven crews.Sugarcane seed is sourced from other fields on Morris Farms. One acre of cane seed plants 7 acres of cane. New plantings will be harvested every year for three to four years. “Once it is planted, you are married to it,” Morris says. An acre costs $1,200 to $1,500 to plant. “You are pretty much putting all your eggs into one basket.”Harvest begins in late September. Once that starting gate opens, harvest moves forward every day until early January. “Mud, rain, snow, sleet: We don’t stop harvesting,” Morris says. His quota with Alma Plantation last year was 80,000 tons. He delivered 35 to 40 semitrailer loads per day, 25 tons per load.STREAMLINE STRATEGYMorris always hunts for better ways to manage sugarcane and meet his income projections. He participates in the American Sugar Cane League Secondary Station Program. This gives Morris Farms early access to new varieties of sugarcane.“Yes, it means that we take a bigger risk with some of our acres, but the rewards outweigh the risks,” he says.“Typically, the new, experimental varieties we grow on our farm produce higher yields and perform better than varieties available to other farmers.” Morris Farms is a high-yielding sugarcane producer.Morris pays close attention to the efficiency of his equipment line. “To improve our time management and efficiency, we have learned it is imperative to have up-to-date and reliable equipment,” he says. He plans to replace his equipment every four to five years.The farm has added GPS mapping and laser grading. “Implementing GPS mapping gives us the means to efficiently and accurately apply chemicals, and allows us to be more accurate when we report acreage to the sugar mills,” he says.ELIMINATING ENEMIESThe laser grading created larger, farmable blocks. Larger blocks offer improved drainage and reduced costs, and result in better weed management. Fewer ditches mean fewer grass-infested ditches. Weed control in a cane field is labor intensive.“Sugarcane is not a Roundup Ready crop,” Morris says. “We have found that eliminating the enemies of sugarcane, johnson- and bermudagrasses, involves spraying Roundup with the use of backpack sprayers and cotton gloves soaked in Roundup.”It’s a practice that has worked. “We no longer need to blanket-spray our crop. This, in turn, has saved us on chemical, labor and fuel costs,” he says.“My adrenaline gets pumping when I look across the fields and see the tractors moving and the dirt turning,” Morris says. “It’s that passion that gets me going in the morning, working through the day and awake at night. We only have 100 days to get our crop out of the fields during sugarcane-grinding season. There is no storing the crop in the field. When it’s time to harvest, it’s go time, and I love every minute of it.”Dan Miller can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @DMillerPF**Editor’s Note: This is the fifth and last of the profiles of our ninth class of DTN/The Progressive Farmer’s America’s Best Young Farmers and Ranchers. They represent the future of agriculture through their sense of tradition, use of new technology and business acumen.To see videos of all the 2019 winners, and for an application for next year, see https://spotlights.dtnpf.com/…(ES/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. At first they used grants and the winnings from competitions to finance the company. One of those competitions was the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge, which gives a huge chunk of money (~$700,000) to the business with the best idea for reducing CO2 emissions. They entered in 2008 and won. RELATED ARTICLES Alternative WallsStraw-Bale WallsNatural Building In NicaraguaThe Natural Building MovementGBA Encyclopedia: Insulation OverviewGBA Encyclopedia: Insulating Roofs, Walls, and FloorsGBA Encyclopedia: Insulation Choices Rather than blowing agents, this insulation uses growing agents. It’s natural. It’s made with agricultural waste and fungi. You can grow it in place. No hydrocarbons are involved, and it yields little to no toxic waste. Compared to most other insulation materials, it takes little energy to make the stuff (low embodied energy). Indoor air quality is likely to be better, too.Wow! If you’re looking for a super green insulation, mushroom insulation could be for you… if you can wait a bit longer. Mushroom insulation sprouts in New YorkThey decided that using their materials as a replacement for packaging was the most marketable direction to go, so mushroom insulation got put on hold for a while. They’ve since picked it back up, and their focus has been on building tiny houses and growing the insulation in the assemblies. They’ve got a nice blog about the project, and it’s called — you guessed it — Mushroom Tiny House. One of the things you’ll find there is a nice little video explaining how they make insulation from mushrooms.I recently spoke with Sam Harrington of Ecovative Design, the company started by Bayer and McIntyre, and got the scoop on where they’re going with this. The plan at first is to grow insulation that can be used in board form and as structural insulated panels (SIPs). The mushroom tiny house is basically a grown-in-place SIP.Harrington said they’re benchmarking their product against extruded polystyrene (XPS). The advantages are that it uses natural materials, doesn’t have the global warming issues associated with the blowing agents in foam insulation, and has much lower embodied energy. The main drawback is the lower R-value. XPS is about 5 per inch, and mushroom insulation ranges from 1.8 to 4 per inch, with the typical material coming in at about 3 per inch. That means that your walls are going to have to be thicker with mushroom insulation. How mushroom materials science got its startI first heard about this a while back when I saw a TED Talk by Eben Bayer, Are mushrooms the new plastic? While studying engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Bayer and his classmate, Gavin McIntyre, came up with the idea of using mycelium, the white vegetative strands of fungus you find under logs, to grow materials that could replace plastics.They’ve gotten a lot of great media coverage, and I recently read a really nice article in the New Yorker about them. According to that piece, the two young engineers worked on developing their idea in their senior year at RPI and then took it full time into a business incubator upon graduation. The challenges were numerous, as they experimented with different varieties of mycelium and substrates. But, along with starting a few fires in their lab, they persisted and promoted and had some good help from advisers who saw the potential of their idea. Mushroom insulation and indoor air qualityTheir longer-term plans include using it to replace as many environmentally-harmful materials as possible: plastic foam, acoustical tiles, medium density fiberboard (MDF), particle board, adhesive, and engineered wood. One advantage of their materials is that the mycelium is their adhesive, so they don’t have to use the stuff with nasty volatile organic compounds (VOCs). That means better indoor air quality.But wait, I hear you asking, what about the IAQ problems of having fungus and spores and who knows what from the oat hulls and wheat chaff substrate? Ah, but there are no spores. They’re using mycelium only. And although they call it mushroom insulation, you’ll see no mushrooms sprouting from the walls. The substrates used as the filler material that the mycelium feeds on and weaves together are sterilized to prevent other organisms from growing. Then, once the mushroom insulation has finished growing, they hit it with steam to stop the growth. Get ready for mushroom insulationNone of the mushroom insulation products is ready for market yet. If you’re an early adopter, Ecovative Design is taking pre-orders. (According to their blog, the cost is about $0.66 per board foot.) To get shipments of mushroom board insulation, SIPs, or the other materials they’re working on, you’ll need to wait a while longer.When their building products enter the market, I hope they can scale it up so that the cost is competitive with the other materials out there. It’s also going to be important for them to do enough R&D to reduce the number and severity of problems that new products so often have.Yeah, it’s still fairly early in the development of mushroom insulation, but I’m excited to see this material getting ready to enter the building products market. When it does, it may well be the greenest insulation available.