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Ahead of election, deforestation continues to climb in the Brazilian Amazon

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Newly released analysis of satellite data by Imazon, a Brazilian NGO, shows that deforestation in the Amazon is continuing to climb.Imazon’s deforestation alert system detected 545 square kilometers of forest clearing in August, a tripling of the area deforested the same month a year agoThe Brazilian government’s own deforestation detection system, run by the national space research institute INPE, also shows a recent rise in deforestation, albeit a substantially less dramatic increase relative to Imazon.The apparent rise in deforestation this year in Brazil is not unexpected due to current political and economic trends. Newly released analysis of satellite data by Imazon, a Brazilian NGO, shows that deforestation in the Amazon is continuing to climb ahead of the country’s presidential election.Imazon’s deforestation alert system detected 545 square kilometers of forest clearing in August, a tripling of the area deforested relative to the same month a year ago. For the twelve months ending August 31, Imazon’s system picked up 4,656 square kilometers of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, the highest such tally since July 2007. Article published by Rhett Butler Conservation, Deforestation, Environment, Forests, Governance, Government, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Satellite Imagery, Threats To Rainforests, Tropical Forests The Brazilian government’s own deforestation detection system, run by the national space research institute INPE, also shows a recent rise in deforestation, albeit a substantially less dramatic increase relative to Imazon. INPE’s twelve month deforestation figure stands at 4,853 square kilometers.Brazil uses a separate system for tracking deforestation on an annual basis using August 31 as the end of its “deforestation year”. The preliminary data for the 2017/2018 year is expected to be released in late November or early December. For the 2016/2017 year, deforestation amounted to 6,947 square kilometers, a 12 percent decline from the prior year, according to INPE.The apparent rise in deforestation this year in Brazil is not unexpected due to current political and economic trends. Donald Trump’s trade war with China has reduced the competitiveness of American agricultural products, boosting soy and beef exports from Brazil, including the Brazilian Amazon, which is a major producing region. Brazil’s weak currency is also increasing the profitability of agribusiness in the country at the same time that Brazilian lawmakers are pushing through measures to weaken environmental regulations and protections for indigenous peoples.Rising deforestation bucks a long-term trend of declining rates of forest loss in the Brazilian Amazon. The annual rate of deforestation in the region dropped from 27,772 square kilometers in 2004 to 4,571 square kilometers in 2012, leading scientists to cheer Brazil as a leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.Annual deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon since 2009 according to INPE. Brazil started to lose ground in its progress toward meeting its emissions from deforestation reduction goal in 2015, when deforestation exceeded its official target. It has now missed its mark three years in a row.Correction 10/3/2018: This article originally misstated INPE’s twelve month deforestation figure at 4,656 square kilometers. It was corrected to 4,853 square kilometers on October 3, 2018 at 16:00 Pacific Daylight Time.last_img read more

Former staffer says she was sexually assaulted by Ontario legislator Lawyer

first_imgTORONTO – A former political staffer is alleging she was sexually assaulted by a Liberal member of Ontario’s legislature when she was working for him more than a decade ago, the woman’s lawyer said Friday.John Nunziata, who represents the woman, said he is not willing to release the name of the accused, but identified him as a Liberal politician who once held a cabinet portfolio.Premier Kathleen Wynne said no sexual misconduct allegations have ever been raised against cabinet members who served under her or her predecessor Dalton McGuinty.Nunziata said his client, who once worked for the Liberal politician as an executive assistant, alleges the sexual misconduct took place around 2006 and 2007.“She’s not doing this for the money or for fame,” Nunziata said of his unnamed client in a telephone interview.“She has been hurt by this whole process. Not just the premier’s office at the time, but how it was handled at Queen’s Park.”Nunziata, a former Member of Parliament, said the woman shared some details of the allegations in a letter sent to Wynne’s constituency office three weeks ago.The letter, dated Jan. 26, references the man’s alleged “repulsive and adulterous groping, propositioning, and innuendo and chronic inebriation,” according to Nunziata.The complainant wrote that she reported her concerns about the man’s conduct to human resources, who ultimately directed her to the Liberal Caucus Service Bureau for reassignment.She ultimately went to work for a different legislative member, but said she was told that no further action would be taken.“I realize that these egregious breaches of trust and abuses of power were not on your watch,” Nunziata said the woman wrote in her letter to Wynne. “What I would like to underscore is that the degradation and humiliation caused by the member and the others in the premiers’ office were long lasting. The collateral damage is permanent.”Wynne expressed similar sentiments on Friday speaking at the International Auto Show in Toronto, praising the courage of women who come forward after years of bearing the pain of such experiences.She said she herself was not made aware of the allegations when they were mailed to her constituency office, but said the government’s process for addressing such allegations immediately took effect.Wynne said staff reviews the information, engages outside council, and if necessary then hires a third-party investigator to look at the claims, adding that the privacy and wishes of the complainant are always top of mind.“It’s very important to me that whenever there is an allegation, whenever there is a complaint, that that process be engaged and that action is taken,” Wynne said. “My understanding is in this case that that’s exactly what happened.”Wynne said the latest allegation had not reached the stage in the process at which she would have needed to personally be notified.Nunziata said his client is not satisfied with the mechanisms that are currently in place, saying she felt “uncomfortable” after hearing from Wynne’s lawyer and arguing that he did not constitute a true third party. The lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Nunziata said establishing a transparent process would unleash a flood of other allegations.“It’s one thing in the #MeToo movement to come forward and praise women and men who come forward, but there has to be a process. People just don’t want to walk down to the local police station,” he said. “If a process is set up, this is just the beginning, there will be many more allegations involving other people within the legislature and within the bureaucracy.”Accusations of sexual misconduct have already caused upheaval in Ontario politics. Allegations levelled against former Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown prompted his abrupt resignation and touched off a leadership contest due to conclude in March.Brown vehemently denies the allegations, which were reported by CTV but not independently verified by the Canadian Press, and has recently embarked on a vocal campaign to clear his name. He announced his intention to sue CTV for its handling of the story and has publicly challenged the veracity of the accounts provided by two women.Nunziata was elected to the federal legislature as a Liberal in 1984, but was eventually tossed from caucus after failing to support his party’s budget. He was re-elected as an independent in 1997, but was ultimately defeated in 2000.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly called Nunziata a former member of provincial parliament.last_img read more