Audio: Naomi Oreskes on what stories we can’t let get lost in the noise of 2017 and why scientists should speak up

first_imgArticle published by Mike Gaworecki Animals, Big Cats, Biodiversity, Biodiversity Crisis, Camera Trapping, Climate Change And Biodiversity, Climate Change And Conservation, Climate Change Denial, Climate Change Policy, Climate Change Politics, Conservation, Conservation Technology, Endangered Species, Environment, Lemurs, Mammals, New Species, Palm Oil, Podcast, Primates, Protected Areas, Species Discovery, Technology And Conservation, Wildlife Because there is so much uncertainty around the new Trump Administration, especially around its energy, environment, and climate policies, we decided to dedicate this episode to trying to answer some of those questions.We continue to take a look at what this year will bring for energy and the environment under President Trump with Bobby Magill, a senior science writer for Climate Central and the president of the Society of Environmental Journalists.We also welcome Jeff Ruch, executive director of the non-profit service organization Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, to share with us what he’s been hearing so far from employees of the Environmental Protection Agency about their concerns with the Trump Administration’s environmental policies. Normally we’re focused on international conservation and environmental science news here at the Mongabay Newscast, just as our reporting on is. But because there’s so much uncertainty around the new Trump Administration, especially its energy, environment, and climate policies, we decided to dedicate this episode to trying to answer some of those questions.We’ve assembled quite a distinguished panel of experts to discuss what we can and can’t say about the Trump Administration’s plans. On this episode of the Mongabay Newscast, we first welcome Harvard professor, climate historian, and noted author Naomi Oreskes to talk about what stories she’s worried will get lost in the media’s hyperfocus on the chaos surrounding the new Trump Administration in the U.S. as well as her recent lecture at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in which she laid out an evidence-based case for why scientists should be speaking out about their work in public.Oreskes has been Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University since 2013. Her research focuses on the Earth and environmental sciences, with a particular interest in understanding scientific consensus and dissent. Her 2010 book, Merchants of Doubt, How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco to Global warming, co-authored with Erik M. Conway, was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and received the 2011 Watson-Davis Prize from the History of Science Society. It was also made into a documentary of the same name.We continue to take a look at what this year will bring for energy and the environment under President Trump with Bobby Magill, a senior science writer for Climate Central and the president of the Society of Environmental Journalists, which recently released a special backgrounder entitled “Turbulent Prospects on Environment-Energy Beat Likely in Trump Era.”And we also welcome a third guest to the show, Jeff Ruch, executive director of the non-profit service organization Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. Jeff shares with us what he’s been hearing so far from employees of the Environmental Protection Agency about their concerns with the Trump Administration’s environmental policies.Here’s this episode’s top news:The Philippines declares more than 100,000 acres as critical habitatAfrican bush babies gain a new genusCamera traps reveal undiscovered leopard population in Javan forestWill there really be enough sustainable palm oil for the whole market?Trump administration delays listing of rusty patched bumblebee as endangeredNew species of dwarf lemur discovered in MadagascarWant to stay up to date on all of Mongabay’s top news on the issues you follow closely? You can get email alerts when we publish new stories at on specific topics that you care most about, from forests and oceans to indigenous people’s rights and more. Visit and sign up to keep on top of all your top issues.Also, we’re excited to announce a new special reporting project that will explore the effectiveness of conservation projects in Madagascar. If you’re a journalist with strong analytical skills, story-telling abilities, and experience in doing deep investigative reporting on complex issues, please visit to learn more and send us your pitch. Travel funding is available, too.If you enjoy this podcast, please write a review of the Mongabay Newscast in the Apple Podcasts app, iTunes store, Stitcher page, or wherever you get your podcasts from. Your feedback will help us find new listeners! Simply go to the show’s page on whichever platform you get it from and find the ‘review’ or ‘rate’ section: Stitcher, TuneIn, iTunes, Google Play, or RSS.With over 7 inches of global sea level rise since 1900 (and today’s rise occurring even faster), the potential for storm surges and flooding is higher than ever. This photo shows the Bayside Picnic Area in Maryland’s Assateague Island National Seashore after Hurricane Sandy. Naomi Oreskes tells the Mongabay Newscast that we must continue to report impacts of climate change, such as the one pictured, that are occurring right now, rather than discussing climate change as some future threat. Photo by NPS Climate Change Response / Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

At what point will our indebtedness be repaid?

first_imgDear Editor,Having read the International Monetary Fund’s Guyana: Staff Concluding Statement of the 2018 Article IV Mission, I feel compelled to share my analysis in layman’s terms.I believe the pertinent paragraph is “Guyana’s medium-term prospects are favourable. The commencement of oil production in 2020 will be a turning point. The main direct effect on the domestic economy will be through higher fiscal revenue, and spillovers to supporting activities. The balance of payments will swing sharply to positive after 2020. Oil revenue significantly improves the fiscal outlook, and is expected to place the public debt on a downward trajectory. The mission welcomed the progress made on establishing a comprehensive fiscal framework for managing oil wealth”After the wheat is separated from the chaff, the report leaves no doubt that our nation’s economic survival is now dependent on oil production in 2020.In three short years, the dreaded ‘Dutch disease’ has overtaken a formerly robust economy. Our forecasted growth targets are not being realized. Spending is up, we have moved from a $10 billion surplus to a $48 billion deficit. Maladministration, caused by lack of vision; ad hoc approaches in place of policy; profligate spending; bypassing of procurement procedures; payment of billions in legal settlements; questionable tenancy agreements; refusal to declare assets to the Integrity Commission; expensive Commissions of Inquiry handed out like sweets to cronies; the list of reckless acts with the public purse is long, and continues to grow.The direct consequence is: the only way back to solvency for Guyana in the medium term is for ExxonMobil to pump oil and bail us out.Editor, while the IMF report speaks positively of a “comprehensive fiscal framework for managing oil wealth”, I must ask at what point will our indebtedness be repaid, so the saving could begin? With two more years of APNU/AFC spending ahead of us, I can only see the “downward trajectory” alluded to by the IMF getting steeper.This report makes it clear why the APNU/AFC Administration will not countenance the possibility of reopening negotiations with the oil company; for when one’s hand is in the tiger’s mouth, one must pat the tiger’s head.Sincerely,Robin Singhlast_img read more