To help stop illegal fishing, ban practice of transshipment on high seas, researchers say

first_imgEnvironment, Environmental Law, Fisheries, Fishing, Illegal Fishing, Law Enforcement, Overexploitation, Overfishing, Research 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 Mike Gaworeckicenter_img As detailed in a report released last month, Oceana found that close to 40 percent of suspected instances of transshipping occur on the high seas — areas outside of any national jurisdiction, which make up about two-thirds of Earth’s oceans.In a paper published in the journal Marine Policy last month, a team of researchers make the case that a global ban on the practice of transshipment on the high seas is necessary in order to curb illegal fishing and human rights abuses in the global fishing industry.Coastal waters are becoming increasingly overexploited, the researchers note in the paper, causing fishing vessels to travel further from shore in search of fish. Traveling to distant waters on the high seas is more expensive, of course, driving the fishing industry to seek government-sponsored subsidies, especially fuel subsidies, as well as cost-cutting measures like the use of forced labor and transshipments, which the industry defends on economic grounds. New research concludes that a total ban on the practice of transshipment on the high seas is necessary to help stop illegal fishing and reduce the human trafficking and labor rights abuses that often accompany unlawful fishing activities.“Transshipping enables fishing vessels to remain at sea for extended periods of time,” Washington D.C.-based oceans conservancy NGO Oceana explains. “Fishing vessels and refrigerated cargo vessels rendezvous at sea in order to transfer seafood, fuel or supplies. While this transshipping practice can be legal in many cases, it also can facilitate the laundering of illegally caught fish, especially on the high seas and in waters surrounding developing and small island nations with insufficient resources to police their waters.”As detailed in a report released last month, Oceana found that close to 40 percent of suspected instances of transshipping occur on the high seas — areas outside of any national jurisdiction, which make up about two-thirds of Earth’s oceans. Russia’s Sea of Okhotsk, the high-seas regions of the Barents Sea, the national waters of Guinea-Bissau, and just outside the national waters of Argentina and Peru are reportedly the world’s chief transshipping hotspots.Oceana’s report was based on an analysis of data collected by West Virginia-based environmental monitoring NGO SkyTruth and Global Fishing Watch, a partnership between Google, Oceana, and SkyTruth, which documented more than 5,000 “likely” cases of illegal transshipment and over 86,000 “potential” cases between 2012 and 2016.In a paper published in the journal Marine Policy last month, a team of researchers make the case that a global ban on the practice of transshipment on the high seas is necessary in order to curb illegal fishing and human rights abuses in the global fishing industry.“This practice often occurs on the high seas and beyond the reach of any nation’s jurisdiction, allowing ships fishing illegally to evade most monitoring and enforcement measures, offload their cargo, and resume fishing without returning to port,” Jennifer Jacquet, an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at New York University (NYU) and a co-author of the paper, said in a statement.Chris Ewell, the paper’s lead author, added: “More significantly, transshipment at-sea can facilitate trafficking and exploitation of workers who are trapped and abused on fishing vessels because there is simply no authority present to protect those being exploited.” Ewell was an undergraduate student at NYU at the time of the study.Coastal waters are becoming increasingly overexploited, the researchers note in the paper, causing fishing vessels to travel further from shore in search of fish. Traveling to distant waters on the high seas is more expensive, of course, driving the fishing industry to seek government-sponsored subsidies, especially fuel subsidies, as well as cost-cutting measures like the use of forced labor and transshipments, which the industry defends on economic grounds, arguing that it improves efficiency by allowing a single cargo vessel to bring the catches of several fishing vessels to port and leads to better fuel efficiency.Ewell and team looked at transshipment regulations adopted by 17 Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs), the international bodies responsible for governing fisheries on the high seas, in order to determine how strictly regulated the practice is around the globe.They found that while the majority of RFMOs have increasingly strengthened transshipment-at-sea regulations since the late 1990s, just five had mandated even a partial ban as of 2015, the year of study. Only one RFMO, the South East Atlantic Fisheries Organization, has adopted a total ban on transshipment.Yet, according to Ewell and co-authors, banning the practice altogether is crucial if we’re to rein in illegal fishing, estimated to cause somewhere between $10 billion and $23.5 billion in annual global losses, and ensure the future sustainability of fisheries.A global ban would also help cut down on the human trafficking, forced labor, and other human rights abuses that have become “unsettlingly common within the fishing industry,” Ewell and co-authors write. Transshipment helps make these human rights abuses possible because it allows fishing vessels to stay out to sea and thereby avoid shore-based regulatory and law enforcement agents.“Workers are largely recruited by manning agencies in developing countries, where they are made false promises of compensation, asked to pay ‘agency fees’ later used as justification for indentured servitude, robbed of their documents, and sold into conditions that constitute slavery,” the researchers write. “These fishermen are drastically underpaid or unpaid, and often held captive at sea for several years as fishing vessels receive supplies of food and fuel via transshipments at-sea. Transshipments at-sea have also been linked to other forms of organized crime such as drug, weapon, and other wildlife trafficking.”Ewel and his co-authors argue that “A total ban on transshipment at-sea on the high seas would support the ability of oversight and enforcement agencies to detect and prevent illegal fishing and also likely reduce human trafficking and forced labor on the high seas.”Members of the Ghanaian Navy and U.S. Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Detachment board a fishing vessel during combined joint boarding operations Feb. 04, 2016. Photo Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Army M. Ressler.CITATIONEwell, C., Cullis-Suzuki, S., Ediger, M., Hocevar, J., Miller, D., & Jacquet, J. (2017). Potential ecological and social benefits of a moratorium on transshipment on the high seas. Marine Policy, 81, 293-300. doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2017.04.004Follow 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

New carbon map will help protect the DRC’s rainforests

first_imgThe DRC is home to 60 percent of the Congo rainforest, the second-largest contiguous tract of tropical forests in the world.According to WWF, which partnered with the the Ministry of Environment of the DRC and researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) to map the aboveground biomass in the Central African country, the new carbon map will prove invaluable to the implementation of REDD+ initiatives in the DRC, and can also help guide land-use planning and development decisions.Researchers were able to map the aboveground biomass in the DRC down to the one-hectare level using high-resolution airborne Light Detection and Ranging, or LiDAR, in combination with satellite imagery and machine learning geospatial algorithms. Researchers have compiled the first-ever carbon map of rainforests in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).The DRC is home to 60 percent of the Congo rainforest, the second-largest contiguous tract of tropical forests in the world. These forests not only store an immense amount of carbon but also harbor more than 15,000 plant and animal species, making the Congo rainforest one of the world’s most important biodiversity hotspots. But the DRC’s forests are facing significant threats from firewood collection, logging, mining, and slash and burn agriculture, as well as the impacts of poaching.According to WWF, which partnered with the the Ministry of Environment of the DRC and researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) to map the aboveground biomass in the Central African country, “the success of the international initiative known as REDD+ (Reducing of Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) is essential to supporting efforts to reduce global climate change” — and the new carbon map will prove invaluable to the implementation of REDD+ initiatives in the DRC.The UN’s REDD+ program was included in the Paris Climate Agreement as a standalone article, signaling the importance of forest conservation and rehabilitation within broader efforts to rein in global carbon emissions and mitigate climate change. An estimated 10 percent of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions are due to deforestation.“This national map effectively estimates the carbon stock stored in every hectare of DRC’s forests, supporting national efforts to monitor forest cover and facilitate the assessment of carbon emissions from deforestation, in order to receive eventual payments from REDD+,” WWF said in a statement accompanying the release of the map and an associated report.Researchers were able to map the aboveground biomass in the DRC down to the one-hectare level using high-resolution airborne Light Detection and Ranging, or LiDAR, in combination with satellite imagery and machine learning geospatial algorithms, a method developed by Dr. Sassan Saatchi, an expert on tropical forests and the global carbon cycle at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Employing LiDAR data not only allowed for highly precise estimates of aboveground forest structure, the researchers note in the report on their findings, but also represents a cost-effective means of collecting the necessary data even in remote and inaccessible regions.They concluded that, overall, there are roughly 22.9 gigatons of carbon stored in the humid tropical forests of the DRC. Armed with that information, the DRC government can better plan its future conservation efforts — and how they might be funded.Carbon Map of the DRC via UCLA Institute of Environment & Sustainability report.REDD+ works by placing a monetary value, on a per-hectare basis, on the carbon stored in forests that is prevented from being released into the atmosphere by conservation initiatives, Saatchi notes in a statement. Prices typically range from $20 to $50 per hectare.“It becomes a huge asset for countries that have millions and millions of hectares of forest,” Saatchi said. “Each hectare has almost 100 to 200 tons of carbon. If you multiply the numbers, it becomes billions of dollars. It has developed a completely new economy in the world.”Saatchi and team also looked at how carbon distribution correlates to rainfall patterns, soil types, and the topography of the DRC. “It gives us a picture of how the land looks, the structure of the landscape, vegetation types and how it all changes over time,” he said.“We have detailed measurements that can tell us if a single tree falls or a little shack is built in the middle of the forest,” Saatchi added. “We captured that around the whole country.”In order to present the clearest possible picture of the carbon conservation opportunities in the DRC, Saatchi and team looked at forest cover and carbon storage not only at the national level but also in all 26 of the DRC’s provinces, thus providing baseline estimates that forest management and protection initiatives in the country can use in designing their conservation targets. What’s more, these estimates can be updated in the future in order to track the impacts of deforestation and economic development projects going forward, as well as the success of reforestation efforts.“Tropical forests provide valuable ecosystem services, notably by storing vast amounts of biomass, serving an important role for climate change mitigation,” the researchers write in the report. “In a national REDD+ policy framework, historical reference emission levels (potentially modified by one or several adjustment factors) will need to be set, and future emissions must be evaluated against the reference level as part of a monitoring (or measuring), reporting and verification (MRV) system to determine whether a country has or has not made significant emission reductions.”The researchers found that four provinces — Ituri, Sankuru, Tshopo, and Tshuapa — have the highest levels of aboveground biomass, at more than 300 megagrams per hectare (Mg/ha). Ten other provinces were estimated to have around 200 Mg/ha. Combined, those 14 provinces account for as much as 75 percent of the total carbon stored in the DRC’s rainforests, suggesting where forest carbon conservation initiatives might best be targeted.Bruno Perodeau, Conservation Director of WWF-DRC, expects the new biomass map to be a significant boon to forest conservation efforts in the DRC. “It will fill important knowledge gaps on the second largest tropical forest in the world, including its potential role in mitigating global climate change,” he said. “The results of this project will hopefully enable robust scientific monitoring, reporting and verification systems for performance payments for populations involved in REDD+.”The map will not only be used to inform REDD+ projects, however — it can also be used to help guide land-use planning and development decisions so that the most important forests, from a carbon storage standpoint, can be kept relatively intact.And the lessons learned through this research aren’t only applicable in the DRC. The researchers note in the report: “Our results indicate that the methodology can be applied to other tropical countries to provide cost-effective and efficient assessment of forest carbon storage and changes over large areas.”Congo Basin rainforest. Photo by Corinne Staley, licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.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. Article published by Mike Gaworecki Carbon Sequestration, Climate Change, Climate Change And Biodiversity, Climate Change And Conservation, Climate Change And Forests, Climate Change Policy, Conservation, Environment, Forest Carbon, Forests, Rainforest Conservation, Saving Rainforests, Tropical Forests 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

Dried lizard penis being sold online as rare ‘magical’ plant root

first_imgThe fake Hatha Jodi are not only being sold in stores in India, but also through major online retailers like Amazon, eBay, Alibaba, Snapdeal and Etsy to customers around the world.Laboratory tests have confirmed that the Hatha Jodi being sold online as plant roots are in fact dried penises of the Bengal monitor lizard and the Yellow monitor lizard, as well as their plastic replicas.The Bengal and Yellow monitor lizards are listed under Appendix I of CITES, which bans their global trade. Dealers in India are trying to sell dried penises of illegally caught monitor lizards to unwitting customers looking to buy a rare Indian plant root called “Hatha Jodi”, a wildlife investigation has uncovered.The root, thought to resemble two human hands, is being marketed as a “magical” good luck charm that can bring good health, happiness, and ward away evil spirits, the joint Indian and British team of scientists and investigators announced in a press release.The team found that fake Hatha Jodi are being sold in spiritual stores in cities like Delhi, grocery stores in rural parts of the country, and along pilgrimage sites. These are also being sold through major online retailers like Amazon, eBay, Alibaba, Snapdeal and Etsy to customers around the world.“I first became fully aware of this as a potential illegal trade issue of animal welfare and conservation concern in December 2016. That’s when I first saw evidence that ‘Hatha Jodi’ were being sold at spiritual stores in urban centre of Delhi,” lead scientist Dr Neil D’Cruze of World Animal Protection said in an email. “Soon after we sought — and established — that these items were also available for purchase in rural areas across India. Also online research, revealed after a few clicks, that they were also up for sale on all the major online retailers that spring to mind. The scope and scale was a real shock to the system.”Monitor lizard hemipenis being sold as Hatha Jodi on Amazon. Image courtesy of Neil D’Cruze.Investigators have seized large numbers of illegally sourced Hatha Jodi during raids conducted across the states of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan in India. A recent bust, for example, uncovered 210 Hatha Jodi in a house in Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha.Dealers claim that Hatha Jodi comes from a rare plant that grows in a few sacred sites in Lumbini valley in Nepal and Amarkantak hills in central India. But laboratory tests carried out by India’s Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) and Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK have confirmed that the Hatha Jodi being sold online and in stores are in fact dried penises of the Bengal monitor lizard (Varanus bengalensis), the Yellow monitor lizard (Varanus flavescens), or their plastic replicas.“If a real plant does exist at these extremely remote locations, then the four Indian species of Monitor lizard, given their wide distribution, would be easier and cheaper to source,” D’Cruze said. “If the plant does not exist then it is just a deceitful piece of marketing used to dupe customers.”Dealers most commonly target Bengal monitor lizard (top) and Yellow monitor lizard (bottom). Photo by Neil D’Cruze.“I suspect that there are a few customers that do know that Hatha Jodi is actually monitor lizard hemipenis — as some online retails specifically state ‘this item is real Hatha Jodi – not fake’ but do not explain what real and or fake means,” D’Cruze added. “But I suspect that the majority simple buy the Hatha Jodi thinking that it is in fact a holy root. As I say more research focused on consumers is need to truly get to the bottom of this bizarre situation — including when this trend started.”All four species of monitor lizards found in India — Bengal, Yellow, Water and Desert monitor lizards — are listed under Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972, making the trade in these animals or their body parts illegal in India. The Bengal and Yellow monitor lizards are also listed under Appendix I of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES), which bans their global trade.“This international illegal trade is of major concern for the continued survival of the lizard species involved,” lead investigator Aniruddha Mookerjee said in a statement. “Both Bengal and Yellow Monitor lizards are protected under Indian and international law. But even a quick search reveals hundreds of items on sale, sometimes at prices over £200 GBP apiece. If left unchecked, this demand could grow to the extent that it pushes some wild populations over the edge. The product is freely available online and in shops across every major Hindu pilgrimage site in India.”A store in Delhi, India, selling Hatha Jodi. Photo by Neil D’Cruze.Some Hatha Jodi are priced at over £200 GBP and estimate a street value of more than £50,000. Photo by Neil D’Cruze. 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 Dasguptacenter_img Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Environment, Herps, Lizards, Reptiles, Trade, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Trafficking last_img read more

Classy 59 for Taylor

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Highly ranked Jamaica and West Indies batsman Stafanie Taylor wasted little time in stamping her presence on the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League, reeling off an unbeaten half-century to help lift Sydney Thunder to a nine-wicket victory over city rivals Sydney Sixers here Sunday.Chasing 102, Thunder cruised to their target off 13.2 overs, with the right-handed Taylor leading the way with a polished 59 not out off 38 deliveries to earn Player-of-the-Match honours.The 24-year-old struck nine fours and a six and anchored an unbroken second-wicket stand of 89 with captain Alex Blackwell, who gathered an unbeaten 29 off 33 balls, with three boundaries.keep momentum”I started a bit shaky, but I caught up in the end,” Taylor said afterwards. “I was in that groove. You just want to keep the momentum going.”Thunder had earlier restricted Sixers to 101 for nine off their 20 overs after they opted to bat first at Howell Oval.Seventeen-year-old left-arm seamer Lauren Cheatle destroyed the innings with four for 20, leaving Sixers struggling to find momentum.Taylor is one of four West Indies players campaigning in the Women’s Big Bash. Deandra Dottin will feature for Perth Scorchers, 17-year-old opener Hayley Matthews has signed with Hobart Hurricanes while all-rounder Stacy-Ann King has joined Adelaide Strikers.last_img read more

Man arrested in fatal attack on Chihuahua

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWHALL – A Newhall man was arrested Wednesday, accused of a fatal attack on a neighbor’s barking Chihuahua. Jay Meierstein, 49, was booked on suspicion of felony animal cruelty and was being held on $20,000 bail, sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Cambra said. The tiny dog had to be destroyed after it was attacked in the patio area of its owner’s Vista del Canon condominium on Via Princessa, a friend said. Neighbors rushed the Chihuahua to a veterinarian, where it was treated, but later put down, Cambra said. Witnesses told sheriff’s deputies that about 11:30 p.m. Monday they heard Meierstein pounding on the door of Deborah Marshall’s home in hopes of quieting the dog. Marshall was not home at the time and the witness saw Meierstein scale the fence to her patio and heard him running about as the dog yelped, Cambra said. The intruder then threw an injured dog over the fence and onto the pavement, Cambra said. The dog, suffering cuts and a possible broken pelvis, limped to a grassy area where two neighbors tried to help, she said. pat.aidem@dailynews.com (661) 257-5251 last_img read more

Autopsy is done on Nash

first_imgAllen, whose contract expires this week, has 27 sacks in three years with the Chiefs. But he earned a base salary of $425,000 in the final year of his contract – well below the salaries of most other starting defensive ends. Feeley gets 3-year extension from Eagles: Quarterback A.J. Feeley and the Philadelphia Eagles agreed on a three-year contract extension, nearly eliminating the chance that Jeff Garcia will return to Philadelphia. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Dr. Gregory Ewald, a cardiologist, treated 25-year-old Darris Nash, Damien’s brother, and said he had a weakened heart muscle condition known as dilated cardiomyopathy. The ailment can be caused by a viral infection, inflammation or other causes. Ewald said some cardiomyopathy conditions run in families. He said he never met Damien Nash, but “the fact that Damien was doing high-level athletics may indicate that was not the problem.” Chiefs’ Allen wants trade:Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen formally requested a trade out of Kansas City after contract negotiations broke down over the weekend in Indianapolis, Allen’s agent, Ken Harris, said in a phone interview Sunday. The Kansas City Star reported that the team rejected the request, and Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson told the newspaper that the club plans to tender Allen on March 1, the deadline for teams to submit qualifying offers to restricted free agents. Chiefs spokesman Bob Moore could not immediately confirm the report Sunday. He said he was waiting on lab results to check for drugs or alcohol, and a look at tissue sections. He’s also asked a forensic pathologist who specializes in hearts to look at Nash’s heart. Nash died Saturday after coming home from a charity basketball game he’d organized in his brother’s honor to benefit heart transplant research. center_img The St. Louis County medical examiner’s office said results of an autopsy on Denver Broncos running back Damien Nash may not be known for days. “I didn’t see anything to point to a cause of death,” said Dr. Kamal Sabharwal, the medical examiner. last_img read more

Compared to Muskrat Falls, “Site C looks very good right now”

first_imgWith files from the Vancouver Sun and the Canadian Press FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Energy Minister Bill Bennett says that large differences between BC Hydro’s Site C Clean Energy Project and Nalcor’s Muskrat Falls Generating Facilty mean that the third dam on the Peace River won’t likely end up like its eastern counterpart.On Friday, the CEO of the Newfoundland and Labrador Crown Corporation Stan Marshall told the Canadian Press that the dam, which is under construction on the Churchill River, will now cost taxpayers $11.4 billion, roughly $4 billion more than originally budgeted back in 2012, when the dam was given the go-ahead. Marshall now also says the dam will first generate electricity in the fall of 2019, instead of in 2017 as originally planned.Speaking at a news conference on Friday, Marshall said: “In my opinion the Muskrat Falls project was not the right choice,”adding that original cost estimates were optimistic or overly aggressive. Marshall says electricity rates for domestic customers are now expected to rise to 21.4 cents per kilowatt hour in 2021, before tax, 6.3 cents higher than forecast when the project was sanctioned in 2012.- Advertisement -Speaking with Energeticcity.ca this afternoon, Bennett said that the Site C Dam differs from Muskrat Falls in that the planning and budgeting for the dam was subject to a rigorous seven-year process. Bennett said that in addition to planning that included an independent panel of experienced contractors, and having the project’s budget audited by KPMG twice, that BC Hydro has built a strong inflation budget into the project. Along with those, Bennett mentioned the $440 million contingency figure that the province included in the final figure. According to Bennett, approximately $4 billion of the dam’s $8.335 billion final budget has already been committed.“Newfoundland is in a bit of a pickle right now because they were kind of a one-trick pony. They depended almost entirely on offshore oil and gas. That’s gone away for them right now so at whatever cost that dam is going to have, they don’t need the electricity,” said Bennett. He says that in contrast, BC has lead the country in economic growth for the past two years, and is forecast to continue to lead the country in growth, jobs creation, and migration. According to Bennett, those factors mean that the province has no doubt about the need for the Site C dam’s electricity by the time it is complete in 2024.In response to statements made by NDP Hydro Critic Adrian Dix in an interview with the Vancouver Sun’s Vaughan Palmer that the provincial government is signing taxpayers up for “a 70-year contract for a flip phone” by using outdated hydropower technology, Bennett responded by mentioning a report by the Canada West Foundation. The report which was published by the think-tank on Monday looks at solutions to the problem of Alberta and Manitoba seeking to eliminate coal-powered electricity generation in the coming years. Bennett says that although hydroelectric projects have high up-front capital costs, the dams themselves quickly get paid off and continue to generate low-cost electricity for up to one hundred years. Bennett added that large-scale hydroelectric power generation is the reason for BC, Manitoba, and Quebec having the lowest residential electricity rates in North America.Advertisementlast_img read more

Championship round-up: Coke wonder strike gets Sheffield Wednesday off to winning start

first_img1 A wonder strike from Giles Coke was all Sheffield Wednesday needed to seal a 1-0 win at Brighton in their opening game of the new Championship season.The hosts were on top throughout the opening half, but Coke beat David Stockdale with a brilliant curling long-range effort just before the break to give the Owls the lead.Things got worse for Brighton when Andrew Crofts was sent off shortly after the restart, which left Wednesday to see out an excellent win.Bournemouth got their season off to a flyer as Callum Wilson netted a brace on his full club debut to help secure a 4-0 win at Huddersfield.Cherries forward Marc Pugh opened the scoring inside a minute with a neat close-range finish, with Wilson doubling their lead before the break.Yann Kermorgant then made it three after only four minutes of play in the second-half before Wilson grabbed his second on the hour-mark to seal an emphatic away triumph.Meanwhile, Nottingham Forest got their campaign off to a brilliant start as Tricky Trees legend Stuart Pearce’s first league game in charge ended in a 2-0 win over Blackpool.The Tangerines’ off-season fire sale meant boss Jose Riga could only name four substitutes of his allowed seven, having lost 27 players this summer.The Lancashire outfit had just eight full-time professionals under contract a fortnight ago and while they did sign 12 players in 12 days, their lack of depth was evident as two goals in five first-half minutes from Michail Antonio and Chris Burke handed Forest all three points.Hot title favourites Derby County left it late to beat promoted side Rotherham, Jeff Hendrick’s 82nd minute goal sealing a narrow 1-0 victory at the iPro Stadium.There was also a welcome return for Watford hero Matej Vydra, as the on loan striker netted in a 3-0 win over Bolton.The Czech frontman netted 24 goals for the Hornets two seasons ago and wasted no time in opening his account this time around having agreed another season stay from Italian outfit Udinese.Star man Troy Deeney got the opener with a neat chip before Vydra rifled in after 23 minutes, and Fernando Forestieri made it three in the second-half to condemn the below-par Trotters to defeat.Elsewhere, newly promoted side Brentford had Tommy Smith to thank as he salvaged a point for the Bees in their first second tier appearance since 1993, securing a hard-earned home draw against Charlton.Addicks’ summer signing Igor Vetokele put the visitors in front with a headed goal in the 64th minute, but striker Smith popped up with five minutes remaining to fire in the equaliser and send the home fans happy.James McArthur’s stoppage-time goal earned Wigan a share the points with Reading, following a thrilling 2-2 draw at the DW Stadium.Young winger Callum McManaman put the hosts in front in the first-half but the Royals replied with two swift goals from Shaun Cummings and Sean Morrison to take the lead, before McArthur’s header concluded a frantic finish.Meanwhile, goals from former Liverpool defender Daniel Ayala and Spanish striker Enrique Garcia gave Middlesbrough a 2-0 win over Birmingham, while Mark Beevers and Shaun Williams scored in a 2-0 win for Millwall as manager Dave Hockaday got off to a losing start in charge of Leeds.And in the day’s late kick off, relegated Premier League side Fulham were given a harsh welcome to the second tier, as Ipswich sealed a 2-1 win at Portman Road.Tractor Boys forward Daryl Murphy scored one and assisted David McGoldrick’s later strike to give the hosts a comfortable lead, and while Tim Hoogland did pull one back for the Cottagers, it was too little too late for Felix Magath’s new-look team. Sheffield Wednesday’s Giles Coke last_img read more

NHL resumes with search for answers

first_img6. Which sophomore will emerge as a star? In each of the last two seasons, a second-year player has eclipsed 100 points. Last year, it was Crosby who led the league in scoring. This year, keep an eye on Crosby’s teammate, Evgeni Malkin. He led all rookies with 85 points last season. 7. Will there be more penalty shots? In an effort to increase the opportunities for one of the most exciting plays in the sport, the NHL changed the rule to award a penalty shot if a player is fouled on any clear breakaway anywhere outside his defensive zone. Previously, penalty shots were given only for breakaways on the attacking side of the center line. 8. Can Andy Murray continue last season’s turnaround in St. Louis? Fired as Kings coach near the end of the 2005-06 season, Murray entered last season without a coaching job. Then the struggling Blues called 28 games in after firing Mike Kitchen. Off to a 7-17-4 start under Kitchen, St. Louis went 27-18-9 the rest of the way with Murray. That wasn’t enough to get the team into the playoffs, but a similar winning percentage over the whole season will do the trick this year. 9. Who is chasing history? Mike Modano is closing in on becoming the best of the U.S. The Dallas Stars center is seven points away from passing Phil Housley for most points scored by a player born in the United States (1,232 from 1982 to 2003). 10. Who starts off hot? For teams hoping to win the Stanley Cup – and nearly half the teams in the league have a shot – it’s a good idea to get off to a hot start. The last three Stanley Cup champions have a combined October record of 23-2-5. The last 10 champions are 78-17-14. Check the standings at the end of the month to see who leads and you might have the next winner. matthew.kredell@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 1. Can Sidney Crosby get even better? As a 19-year-old last season, the Pittsburgh Penguins center drew comparisons to Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Gordie Howe. He led the NHL with 120 points (36 goals, 84 assists). He helped the Penguins improve from 22-46-14 and last place in the Atlantic Division in his rookie year to 47-24-11 and second place last season. Now he’s the reason many are picking Pittsburgh as the destination for the Stanley Cup. 2. What will become of the Nashville Predators with the team being sold? The Predators have had a dramatic few months. Jim Balsillie, a Canadian billionaire, agreed to buy the Predators from owner Craig Leipold in May. A week later, he started negotiating a lease to bringing the team to Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario, and began accepting deposits for season tickets and suits. This angered the NHL and Leipold, who backed out of the sale. Then it looked like Leipold would sell the team to William Del Biaggio, a California businessman who was interested in moving the team to Kansas City. Instead, Leipold agreed in August to sell the team to an eight-man group of Nashville businessmen who plan to keep the team in the city. That’s the good news for Nashville. The bad news is, in preparation for the sale, Leipold started shedding salary on a team that had tied for the third-best regular-season record last season. The Predators traded captain Kimmo Timonen and goalie Tomas Vokoun, as well as allowing free agent Paul Kariya to leave for St. Louis. 3. Is this the end for Peter Forsberg? The injury-prone center is still recovering from offseason surgery on his ankle. He’s an unrestricted free agent, after finishing up last season in Nashville, but hasn’t signed with a team as the season begins. If he feels he is in condition to play during the season, he could join a team at a reduced price. Though he is 34 years old, several teams would have interest in a player who has scored 871 points over 11 seasons and helped lead the Colorado Avalanche to two Stanley Cups. His former teams, the Avalanche and Philadelphia Flyers, are possibilities. 4. Is this finally the year Ottawa takes it all? The Senators have been one of the best teams over the last decade, making the playoffs the past 10 seasons. They’ve finished with more than 100 points in six of the last eight years, including leading the league in 2002-03. They were many people’s preseason pick to win the Stanley Cup entering the 2005-06 season, but came up short. Last year, the Senators advanced to their first Finals, only to lose four in a row to the Ducks after taking the first game. In the offseason, General Manager John Muckler was fired. Head coach Bryan Murray was promoted to GM, and assistant coach John Paddock was named head coach. Ottawa enters this season with one of the best scoring trios in the league in Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza. But the three might not play together this year as Paddock has assigned Alfredsson to strengthen the second line. The defense was third-best in the Eastern Conference last season and has a Norris Trophy candidate in Anton Volchenkov. 5. Will this summer’s free agent splurge boost the Rangers? It was clear after the team was ousted by Buffalo in the second round of the playoffs that an infusion of offense was needed. So General Manager Glen Sather went out and signed not just one but two of the best free agent centers, spending a combined $86.75 million for Scott Gomez and Chris Drury. Drury played a part in the Rangers’ demise last season, scoring the tying goal with less than eight seconds left in Game 5 for the turning point in the Buffalo series. If you can’t beat him, get him to join you. The additions of Drury and Gomez could help star winger Jaromir Jagr have his best season yet. Now it’s up to the defense to show the Rangers can be Stanley Cup contenders. By Matthew Kredell STAFF WRITER The Kings and Ducks got the NHL season underway over the weekend with a split of two games in London. The rest of the teams will start their seasons over the next few days, with four games played today. Here’s a look at 10 storylines to watch as the NHL season begins: last_img read more

Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast – the best bits: Monday, June 29

first_imgDanny Kelly and Ray Wilkins were joined on today’s show by Paul McGrath, Will Hughes, Rob Key and Jason Dodd.last_img