Activism, Commentary, Editorials, Energy, Forests, Fossil Fuels, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Rights, Oil, Oil Drilling, Pollution, Rainforests 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 Rhett Butler Ahead of next week’s Global Climate Action Summit, Amazon Watch’s Executive Director Leila Salazar-López argues that California Governor Jerry Brown can show true climate leadership by phasing out oil and gas production in the state.She notes that large volumes of crude oil from the Ecuadorian rainforest are processed in California, making the state complicit in the environmental problems plaguing indigenous communities in the Amazon and local communities living near refineries in the state.This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the author, not necessarily Mongabay. Protecting tropical forests is key to mitigating climate change. When California Governor Jerry Brown convenes the Global Climate Action Summit next week, he should seize the opportunity to make an announcement that will help address one of the root causes of both deforestation and climate change: a phase out of oil and gas production in California.Scientific consensus unequivocally demonstrates the need to accelerate a transition to a low-carbon economy – both in California and globally – in order to prevent the worst effects of climate change. To ensure this transition is both effective and doesn’t further afflict vulnerable communities, we need to stop expanding fossil fuel infrastructure around the world. As is, fossil fuel extraction is already harming people from California to the Amazon.Google Earth image showing oil storage units near neighborhoods in El Segundo, CA.Areas in California with more oil and gas development – like Bakersfield in the Central Valley and in the LA area – have demonstrably higher community rates of asthma, preterm birth, birth defects, and acute illness complaints from residents.Similarly, oil drilling in the western Amazon has resulted in devastating impacts on indigenous peoples and community health — including alarming cancer clusters — as well as rampant deforestation and frequent oil spills and waste water dumping. In Ecuador, California, and around the world, these burdens fall disproportionately on low-income communities and communities of color.The expansion of oil drilling in the Amazon and the deforestation it implies is occurring in no small part due to demand from California. As documented by Amazon Watch, California refineries purchase about 50% of all oil exports from the western Amazon basin. Refineries in the state then process that crude oil, spewing out pollutants that endanger public health in our communities and exacerbate the climate crisis.Continued oil extraction and deforestation in the Amazon has global ramifications. Tropical forests – particularly the immense Amazon rainforest – serve a key role in sequestering carbon and regulating global weather patterns. If they disappear, we will all experience the negative consequences. In fact, these repercussions will fall disproportionately on Californians: a Princeton University study concluded that a vanishing Amazon could cause up to a 50% reduction in rainfall in the Sierra Nevadas.Photo of a secret oil access road built in 2013 within Block 31 of Yasuni National Park, one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth. Photo © Ivan Kashinsky.Fossil-fueled climate change will — and already is — affecting us, and California stands to be hard-hit by these future impacts. California’s fourth Climate Change Assessment found that temperatures are expected to rise by 5.6 to 8.8°F by the end of the 21st century, and within 50 years Californians can expect thousands more heat-related deaths annually. Sea level rise and fire intensity are also expected to increase.As California Governor Jerry Brown prepares to welcome world leaders to San Francisco for the Global Climate Action Summit, he must acknowledge the fact that California is one of the country’s largest producers and processors of oil and gas. And he must reckon with the fact that if we continue to build out oil and gas infrastructure, climate change will accelerate and communities from California to the Amazon will suffer increasingly disastrous impacts as a result.In the coming week, Governor Brown needs to issue concrete plans for a managed decline of fossil-fuel production in California. As the leader of the world’s fifth largest economy, this action would have a ripple effect.Our communities and our climate cannot afford any less. And time is running out.Kichwa residents of the community of Rumipamba, along the Auca Road, clean up an oil spill left by Texaco and later taken over by Petroecuador. The spill, which happened in the 80s and 90s, came from the drilling site called “Pozo Sur 1” and is up the road from their community. Photo © Karla Gachet and Iván Kashinsky.