Guiao: ‘I really thought I would retire with Rain or Shine’

first_imgMainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIf there’s one who truly deserves credit for putting the Rain or Shine franchise on the PBA map, it would be none other than Yeng Guiao.Guiao was installed as the team’s head coach in 2010 and he led the Elasto Painters to two titles— the first in the 2012 Governors’ and the other during the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT “Napakabait nung pamilya ni boss Raymond Yu and Terry Que, and it’s really like family,” said Guiao. “Even with the players, with their families, wives, and kids, they understand me and they know me kahit nagagalit ako naiintindihan nila.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Manny hurting Freddie with stronger punches MOST READ Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town PH among economies most vulnerable to virus BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise But Guiao’s six-year-stay with the team isn’t all rainbows and happiness and just before the end of the 2015-2016 PBA season the fiery-tempered coach would leave the team and join the NLEX franchise.“I really thought I would retire with Rain or Shine,” said Guiao Thursday at SportsIQ, Inquirer’s omni-platform sports talk show. “It was really, it’s the most difficult decision I’ve made in my career.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentGuiao, with his no-holds barred attitude, was the personification of the team’s rugged brand of basketball.And even though Guiao would shout and curse at his team, that brutal honesty kept his players at their places during his time at the Elasto Painters’ helm, and earning the respect of team owners Terry Que and Raymond Yu. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine We are young EDITORS’ PICKlast_img read more

Board tackles trades, Season 42 format

first_imgPH among economies most vulnerable to virus EDITORS’ PICK Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 MOST READ The board will stay here until Sunday to discuss, among other things, the format that the Commissioner’s and Governors’ Cups will adopt.The last two conferences of the year are import-laden, and the team representatives will deliberate on what height limits will be enforced. The continued use of Asian imports in the season-closing Governors’ Cup will also be discussed.Meanwhile, GlobalPort team owner Mikee Romero will officially assume chairmanship of the board starting Thursday when the turnover is made.Robert Non of San Miguel Beer is the outgoing chair.ADVERTISEMENT Narvasa also joined the trip together with members of the board and will meet with his staff here to discuss the deal, which would later include powerhouse San Miguel Beer.Under the deal, the Beermen, who will open defense of the Philippine Cup starting Nov. 20, will ultimately land Garcia while giving up role player Ryan Araña and future Draft rights.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentStar, which also signed up a new coach in Chito Victolero in an effort to rebound from one of its worst seasons ever, is unloading some of its guards after tapping the talented Jio Jalalon from the Gilas Pilipinas Cadet Draft last Sunday.Ramos, who averaged close to 14 points for the Enforcers the past season, will stay with the Hotshots and be the team’s prime power forward. Mackie, Pocari Sweat overpower UST, claim top spot Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town View comments BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchisecenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. We are young 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSEOUL—The league’s brain thrust arrived in this bustling South Korean capital on Wednesday night to plot the PBA’s path for Season 42 opening later this month, with teams also spending the time to draw up trade plans and bolster their respective rosters.Mahindra and Star representatives came to terms that would ship Aldrech Ramos and a future pick for RR Garcia and Alex Mallari, the deal now awaiting the approval of commissioner Chito Narvasa.ADVERTISEMENT Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantinelast_img read more

Van Opstal relishes training with ‘inspiring’ San Miguel big men

first_imgArnold Van Opstal chats with his former coach and now San Miguel team manager Gee Abanilla.Joining a powerhouse San Miguel team, Arnold Van Opstal is seeing firsthand how intense the style of play in the PBA is.Not that he expected anything less.ADVERTISEMENT “He helps me a lot. He gives me tips. He’s really humble, really nice guy,” he said. “I’m just trying tolearn as much as I can from him. He tells me what to do or what I shouldn’t do. He tells me to just play my game and not think too much.”Though he comes out of San Miguel practices feeling the pain of the grind, Van Opstal believes that only help him improve his game.“It’s been good. I’m learning a lot and I’m definitely adjusting,” he said. “I’ve got great role models and it’s really great to see their experience and how good they are at reading the game. It’s inspiring.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc PH among economies most vulnerable to virus As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine EDITORS’ PICK With new faces in tow, chemistry a big concern for Mahindra Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND View comments Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town MOST READ Read Next Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 “I knew coming in that people are going to be bigger, stronger,” he said.Though Van Opstal already had numerous wars with foreign big men during his collegiate days, he said that those don’t compare to the duels he had in his short time in the Beermen practice against big men like three-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo and veteran big men Arwind Santos, Yancy de Ocampo, Gabby Espinas, and JayR Reyes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“Nothing really compares to facing someone like June Mar, but I’ve expected it to be more physical. For guys to be bigger and stronger, so it’s not that surprising,” he said.The Fil-German rookie also shared that training with Fajardo so far has been nothing short but great. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. We are young Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esportslast_img read more

Romasanta wants Pinoy for PH women’s team

first_imgGinebra teammates show love for Slaughter Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports View comments Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise EDITORS’ PICK MOST READ Senators to proceed with review of VFA Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND PSL-F2 Logistics Moro Branislav. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOLarong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. president Joey Romasanta yesterday said a Filipino should handle the country’s women’s national team even as Serbian coach Moro Branislav said he’s willing to steer the squad in the Malaysia Southeast Asian Games in August next year.Branislav coached PSL Manila in the FIVB Women’s Club Championships last October and steered Foton to the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix championships early this month.ADVERTISEMENT Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town “As for my opinion, I would love to stay in the Philippines for a long time,” said Branislav.  “But I don’t know who to talk to.”Romasanta, who is on leave as LVPI chief, said the formation of the national team will begin once they have identified the head coach.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“Acting president Peter Cayco is tasked to supervise the formation of the team, but for me the head coach should be a Filipino because a Filipino coach will be more committed to the national team,” said Romasanta.Branislav, he said, can serve as consultant just like what Ateneo coach Tai Bundit did for head coach Roger Gorayeb during the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore. Among those short-listed for the head coach post are Francis Vicente of Generika, George Pascua formerly from Petron, Kungfu Reyes of RC Cola-Philippine Army and Sammy Acaylar of Cignal.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Fil-Am Clarkson climbs NBA ladder Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. We are young Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PHlast_img read more

The world lost an area of tropical forest the size of Bangladesh in 2017

first_imgAgriculture, carbon, charcoal, Climate Change, Climate Change Policy, Deforestation, Environment, Featured, Forest Fires, Forests, Global Warming, Global Warming Mitigation, greenhouse gases, Indigenous Communities, Plantations, Rainforests, Research, Tropical Forests 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 According to new data, tropical countries lost 158,000 square kilometers (39 million acres) of tree cover in 2017 – an area the size of Bangladesh. The 2017 number is the second highest since the dataset began in 2001, and only a bit lower than the record high in 2016.Brazil came out on top for the most tree cover lost of any tropical country, a reversal from the country’s deforestation reductions over the past 14 years. Tree cover loss also rose dramatically in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Colombia. However, Indonesia’s numbers dropped by nearly half between 2016 and 2017.Experts attribute the upward trend in tree cover loss primarily to continued land clearing for agricultural purposes.The new dataset was discussed at the Oslo Tropical Forest Forum, which is taking place this week in Norway. OSLO, Norway — It has been a decade since the United Nations launched REDD+, an ambitious program to incentivize forest restoration and conservation in developing countries, as a part of a global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.The program has been heralded as an integral part of the solution to climate change as tropical forests and wetlands can deliver 23 percent of the total mitigation needed between now and 2030.As a result, billions of dollars have been poured into this scheme, and countless projects have been initiated to enable tropical countries to receive money in exchange of them reducing their deforestation rates.Norway, for instance, has invested about $2.8 billion into the program in the past decade, more than any other wealthy nation.On the other side of the equation, Brazil in particular has been lauded as a champion in REDD+ as it managed to slow down its deforestation rate nearly 80 percent in 10 years between 2004 and 2014.This week, representatives from these countries are gathering to celebrate the 10th anniversary of REDD+ at the Oslo Tropical Forest Forum in Norway.But instead of being celebrated for their achievement, these countries are in the hot seat as the conference came on the heel of new data from the University of Maryland (UMD) showing how tropical tree cover loss in many countries has been ramping up in recent years, including in Brazil.Brazil’s Atlantic Forest is one of the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems – and one of its most threatenedAccording to the data, tropical countries lost 158,000 square kilometers (39 million acres) of tree cover in 2017 – an area about the size of Bangladesh. The 2017 number is the second highest since UMD stared collecting data in 2001, and only a bit lower than the record high in 2016.Frances Seymour, a senior fellow at the U.S.-based think-tank World Resources Institute (WRI), who also serves as the program committee chair for the Forum, said that the conference provides a moment for reflection on what’s going wrong with REDD+ in these countries.“It’s a really good opportunity to celebrate all of the many real achievements that have taken place, as well as take stock of where we are, and see the road ahead,” she said during the opening of the forum in Oslo on Wednesday. “But it’s also important that we pause and reflect for what we haven’t achieved.”Seymour then proceeded to cite the new set of data, published on Global Forest Watch, a forest monitoring site run by WRI.“The 2017 tree cover loss numbers, which were released today by my colleagues at Global Forest Watch are not encouraging. 2017 is only slightly better than 2016, and that was a record bad year,” she said. “So you have to pause for a minute and think are we doing something wrong? I think we need to open to that possibility over the next two days.”Commenting on the recent deforestation trend in the tropics, Norway minister of climate and environment Ola Elvestuen said during the opening of the Forum it is “a crisis of existential proportions,” and reminded participants that “We either deal with it or we leave future generations and planet in ecological collapse.”Norway’s Minister of Climate and Environment Ola Elvestuen at the opening of the 2018 Oslo Tropical Forest Forum. Photo by Mats BakkenSeymour and Elvestuen’s opening speeches set the tone for the rest of the forum, where government officials, activists, researchers and indigenous communities will discuss why REDD+ doesn’t seem to be working as well as hoped after 10 years despite initial progress made in countries like Brazil.What went wrong?Seymour said just because tree cover loss rate is on the rise, it doesn’t mean that there’s no effort to save intact forests.“In fact, we implement a number of strategies to address this problem, including offering climate finance, to the Paris Agreement to reward reduced forest emissions,” she said. “We’re getting companies to stop buying products grown on recently deforested lands. We’re cracking down on illegal logging and securing indigenous rights.”But she said these efforts pale in comparison to pressure from the agriculture sector, which is often supported by mainstream policies and financing and which is considered the leading single cause of deforestation worldwide.A breakdown of the new UMD data shows Brazil experienced by far the most tree cover loss in 2017. Indonesia, while currently in the top three, nearly halved its tree cover loss between 2016 and 2017.According to Seymour, the amount of climate financing committed for forest conservation has averaged about a billion dollar a year over the last decade, while the amount of funding being poured into agriculture and other investments is 100 times greater.“As long as mainstream policies and finance continue to support deforestation as usual, we’re trying to put out a house fire with a teaspoon, even while more gas are being poured on the flames,” she said.Seymour attributed the upward trend in tree cover loss primarily to continued land clearing for agricultural purposes.“There’s really no mystery to the main reason why we’re seeing tropical forests disappear,” she said. “Vast areas continued to be cleared for soy, beef, palm oil and other globally traded commodities.  Much of this clearing is illegal and linked to corruption.”Seymour also cited lack of protection for environmental activists and indigenous communities as one of the reasons why forest conservation seemed to be failing.“Forest defenders continued to be murdered when they work to protect forests,” she said. “Most indigenous people still don’t have secured land rights, even though their territories have the lowest rate of deforestation.”Lastly, she said that other factors such as natural disasters like fires are also playing an increasing role in tree cover loss as climate change makes such events more frequent and severe. Adding to this is political and economic instability that could shift government focus away from conservation, like what’s happening in Brazil.The case of BrazilIn the early 2000s, Brazil’s deforestation rates started to decline. However, its tree cover loss began to spike upward in recent years, and in 2017 Brazil experienced its second-highest rate of tree cover loss, losing 45,000 square kilometers of tree cover.According to Mikaela Weisse, a research analyst at WRI, much of Brazil’s tree cover loss can be attributed to a strong fire season in the Amazon, with the region having more fires in 2017 than any year since recording began in 1999.The UMD data indicate fires caused 31 percent of the South American country’s tree cover loss. The university was able to come up with the figure as it recently added a new function that enables researchers to distinguish tree cover loss due to fires.Weisse said that the fires in the Amazon are mostly caused by humans who clear land using fires as they take advantage of the lack of enforcement on prohibitions of fires and deforestation, political and economic uncertainty, and the current administration’s roll-back of environmental protections.“As climate change and human land use interact to make forests more vulnerable to fire, many are concerned that extensive fires will become the new normal in the Brazilian Amazon,” Weisse said during a teleconference last week.She also pointed out that the blazes are likely to cancel out the climate impact of reduced deforestation in Brazil.Therefore, analysts believe that tackling forest fires not only in the Amazon, but also in other parts of the world, is crucial.Carlos Nobre, Brazil’s leading climatologist, said during the forum that if no action is taken to address this issue, then Brazil is at risk of going over the tipping point where so many of its forests have been burned and turned into savannas.And since savannas are much more tolerant to fire, he worries they will remain in that state indefinitely and forests will not return, even if deforestation is reduced to zero.“If the system tips into this other side of equilibrium, we will have savanna there, with much less biodiversity and carbon,” Nobre said during the opening of the forum.To avoid that from happening, Nobre recommends Brazil’s deforested area not exceed 25 percent of the country’s total land mass. Currently, Brazil has lost 18 percent of its total area.“We are very close to the limit because global warming is still operating and deforestation is still going on and forest fires are becoming more serious,” Nobre said. “So basically, urgent action is needed to stop Amazon deforestation completely.”Deforestation in Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler for Mongabay.New deforestation hotspots and a few bright spotsBesides Brazil, which has historically suffered from high rate of tree cover loss, the data set also shows Colombia and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as emerging hotspots of tree cover loss.Colombia faced one of the most dramatic increases in tree cover loss of any country, with nearly 4,250 square kilometers (around 1.1 million acres) of tree cover loss in 2017. That number represents a 46 percent jump above to 2016, and more than double the average rate of loss between 2001 and 2015.Almost half of the increase happened in just three regions on the border of the Amazon biome (Meta, Guaviare and Caquetá), with new hotspots of loss advancing into previously untouched areas.This sudden spike in tree cover loss coincided with the peace process that happened in the country last year, when the government signed a peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country’s largest rebel group.FARC used to keep tight control over land use and allowed little commercial use of resources. But with the peace deal, FARC was pushed out of large amounts of remote forest they previously controlled.“The increase seems to be related to the peace process,” Weisse said. “The demobilization of the FARC left behind a power vacuum, which has led to illegal clearing for pasture and cocoa, mining and logging by other armed groups, as well as rampant land speculation.”The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) also had record high tree cover loss in 2017, with the UMD data indicating 14,680 square kilometers (more than 3.6 million acres) lost, surpassing Indonesia for the first time.“DRC has had an increasing trend over the past 17 years, which is a cause for concern,” Weisse said.According to Weisse, the main drivers of tree cover loss in DRC include shifting agriculture, artisanal logging that is often illegal, and charcoal production.“Given the trend in 2017, it’s critical that DRC improves land use planning and critical law enforcement moving forward,” Weisse said.The DRC’s rainforests are home to many species such as the okapi (Okapii johnstoni), which is listed as Endangered by the IUCN and found nowhere else in the world.A bright spot in the new set of data is Indonesia, which managed to reduce its tree cover loss by a considerable amount, including a 60 percent decline in primary forest loss, bucking the trend in other tropical countries. The University of Maryland registered 13,000 square kilometers of tree cover loss in 2017 compared to more than 24,000 square kilometers of loss in 2016. (It should be noted that the UMD dataset lumps in tree plantations with natural forest cover, so some of this loss may be attributed to plantation clearing.)While some provinces in Sumatra still saw increased primary forest loss—including 7,500 hectares (18,500 acres) in Kerinci Sebat National Park— provinces in Kalimantan and Papua experienced a reduction.Weisse said the fact that there was no El Nino in Indonesia last year helped the Southeast Asian country significantly in reducing its tree cover loss rate.“The decrease can also be related to a national peat drainage moratorium, which has been in effect since 2016,” she said. “This year’s data shows an 88 percent decrease in tree cover loss on protected peatland, which suggests that the policy may be working.”The Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry said the declining rate of tree cover loss in Indonesia is a proof that the government’s set of policies is working.The ministry’s acting director-general for climate change, Ida Bagus Putera Parthama, said that the UMD data is in-line with the deforestation data published by the government, which reported a second straight annual decline in the country’s deforestation rate.The ministry recorded 4,790 square kilometers (1,850 square miles) of deforestation in 2017. That’s down 24 percent from the 2016 figure, which in turn represented a 42 percent reduction from 2015.“It’s not surprising because we have data indicating the same figure,” Ida said. “It means our efforts are successful. We will maintain the effort and this positive trend, including moratorium of the peat licensing and virgin forest licensing, improvement in peat management and more effective law enforcement and REDD+ implementation.”center_img Article published by Hans Nicholas Jonglast_img read more

Latam Eco Review: Witchcraft and wildlife trafficking in Peru

first_imgSigns of deforestation recorded by the Omega Task Force, a unit of the armed forces that operates in southeast Colombia. Image courtesy of the Colombian Air Force. Macabre Market: The role of witchcraft in wildlife trafficking in PeruA massive police operation to stop a wildlife trafficking market in the center of Peru’s capital seized around 1,000 live animals and animal parts. Of five stores searched, two specialized in the sale of toads and two in dried animals, where police found caiman heads, the head of a spectacled bear, the entire body of a deer, toads and dried frogs. The fifth store sold occult items and offered services in spells and witchcraft. The seizure reveals that people are not just buying wildlife for pets, decoration or even ancestral traditions, but for witchcraft.Heads of wild animals and crafts made with animal parts were seized in the raid. Image courtesy of Serfor.Fishing and plastics threaten northern Peru’s marine protected areasPeru’s Guano Islands and Capes National Reserve System is a marine protected area that extends from Piura in the country’s north to Tacna in the south, covering about 1,408 square kilometers (544 square miles). However, the situation for octopuses in northern Peru is precarious. Despite a fishing ban, in the high season each fishing expedition catches up to 2 tons of octopus every 10 days. Meanwhile, plastic pollution endangers life on the region’s most important islands.The Peruvian booby (Sula variegata) is found along the coasts of Peru and Chile. It is one of the principal guano birds of South America. Image by Antonio Escalante.Nesting projects could revive the scarlet macaw of Central AmericaIn the last scarlet macaw corridor in Latin America, which crosses Guatemala, Belize and Mexico, it is believed there are more of the colorful birds held in cages than the 1,000 estimated in the wild. After years of fighting wildlife trafficking in Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere and Mexico’s Montes Azules, two NGOs involved residents of both regions in the care of scarlet macaw nests. If these nesting projects are successful, in 10 years the species, Ara macao, could be strong enough to maintain its numbers.Two scarlet macaws about to turn 90 days old and be freed. Image courtesy of WCS/Guatemala.The war against plastic disposables: What’s the progress in Latin America?Mongabay-Latam surveyed efforts around the region to control plastic in the environment. Its findings included Latin America’s first law to ban plastic bags in both supermarkets and small stores in Chile; a bill to progressively eliminate single-use plastic in Peru; regional regulations to limit plastic straws and bags in Mexico; Colombia’s tax on plastic disposables; enforcement of rules on disposable plastic in the Galapagos Islands; disincentives against single-use plastic in Costa Rica; and the end of polyethylene bags within 24 months in Panama.Various Latin American countries are promoting national and local laws to confront the problem of single-use plastic pollution. Image by Alto Nivel.Read these stories in full in Spanish at Mongabay-Latam. Among the most read stories at our Spanish-language service, Mongabay-Latam, this past week were articles about a hydropower project in one of Bolivia’s most diverse protected areas; Colombian Air Force drones that revealed alarming deforestation in Tinigua Park; and wildlife trafficking and witchcraft in Peru.Bolivia’s Ivirizu hydroelectric project threatens the biodiversity of Carrasco National ParkExperts question how the construction of a hydropower plant was approved in a protected area, especially because of plans to clear 5 square kilometers (1.9 square miles) of forest and the confirmed use of dynamite. An elevational diversity gradient that runs from 300 to 4,700 meters (1,000 to 15,400 feet) above sea level makes Carrasco National Park one of the most biodiverse protected areas in Bolivia (if one of the least studied.) By 2017, 614 vascular plants were identified, although the National Protected Area Service (Sernap) calculates there may be more than 3,000. There are more than 300 orchid species inside the park, 50 of which are endemic. While a Sernap atlas counts 247 bird species, others put the number closer to 700, but they haven’t been identified.The few studies done have confirmed the presence of endangered or endemic species, as in the case of the famous “Romeo,” the last known Seheuncas water frog (Telmatobius yuracare). The frog’s habitat is in the Seheuncas valley, site of the Ivirizu dam. Image by Matías Careaga/Global Wildlife Conservation.Colombian Air Force drones reveal alarming deforestation in Tinigua ParkAir Force drone flights over Tinigua Park in central Colombia show 56 square kilometers (22 square miles) of forest replaced in the first three months of 2018 by coca cultivation, pastures and small-scale land grabs. Behind all of this, according to residents, are former FARC rebels who have taken over and redistributed the territory. The security situation is so complicated that park officials needed to leave over a month ago. The 2,150-square-kilometer (830-square-mile) park, created to unite high plains, montane forest and rainforest zones, is the only part of the country that connects the Orinoco with the Andes and Amazon regions. It serves as a corridor for wildlife, including jaguars, mountain lions and woolly monkeys. 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? 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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? 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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. 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George, the last known Hawaiian snail of his kind, dies at 14

first_imgArticle published by Shreya Dasgupta George, the last known member of the Hawaiian snail species Achatinella apexfulva, died on the first day of 2019.In 1997, researchers collected the last 10 known A. apexfulva specimens from the island of O‘ahu in a last-gasp bid to save the species through captive breeding. A few offspring did result from the program, but none survived, except George.George, who was 14 years old when he died, was emblematic of the plight of the Hawaiian land snails, which are threatened by habitat loss and the introduction of predatory species. On the first day of 2019, George, the last known member of the Hawaiian snail species Achatinella apexfulva, died. He was 14 years old.Named after Lonesome George, the last known Pinta Island tortoise (Chelonoidis abingdonii) from Galapagos, George was also a lonesome individual: he had spent most of his life in a terrarium at the University of Hawaii, all on his own.George’s life began in captivity. In 1997, researchers collected the last 10 known A. apexfulva specimens from the Poamoho trail on the island of O‘ahu in a final bid to provide a sliver of hope for the species. The captive-breeding program did produce a few offspring, but none survived, except George.While members of A. apexfulva are hermaphrodites, i.e. they have both male and female parts, the snails still need a partner to reproduce. But researchers, who refer to George as a “he”, failed to find him a mate despite several years of attempts.With no known individuals of A. apexfulva left either in the wild or in captivity, the species is now officially extinct. The only bit that remains is a 2-millimeter (0.08-inch) piece of George’s foot that was cut and sent to the Frozen Zoo at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, where it lies in deep freeze, waiting for future advances in technology that might allow cloning.“George’s passing is a significant loss to locals as he was featured in numerous articles and hundreds of school children have viewed him over the years,” Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) said in a statement confirming George’s death.George was also “an ambassador for the plight of the Hawaiian land snails,” said David Sischo, a wildlife biologist with the DLNR and coordinator of the Snail Extinction Prevention Program that has been working to prevent Hawaii’s at-risk snail species from going extinct.A. apexfulva was one of the first of more than 750 species of land snails to be described from the Hawaiian islands. But most of these snails are in trouble today, mainly because of habitat destruction from introduced animals like pigs, goats and deer. Predators introduced to the islands, such as rats and the rosy wolfsnail (Euglandina rosea) that feast on the native Hawaiian snails, have also contributed to the demise of many snail species. The rosy wolfsnail is, in fact, thought to be the main driver of A. apexfulva’s extinction.“Sadly, his passing is also a harbinger of what’s to come for our remaining Kāhuli (tree snails) if more is not done quickly to protect them from invasive species and climate change,” Sischo said. “Many of the island’s remaining land snails are facing imminent extinction.”George, the last known Achatinella apexfulva snail, has died. Image by David Sischo/Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources. Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Deforestation, Endangered Species, Environment, Extinction, Forests, Invasive Species, Invertebrates, Wildlife 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