In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, September 6, 2019

first_imgArticle published by John Cannon Conservation, Environment, Weekly environmental news update 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 overSponsoredcenter_img There are many important conservation and environmental stories Mongabay isn’t able to cover.Here’s a digest of some of the significant developments from the week.If you think we’ve missed something, feel free to add it in the comments.Mongabay does not vet the news sources below, nor does the inclusion of a story on this list imply an endorsement of its content. Tropical forestsMore than two-thirds of the world’s forests are at risk, according to a U.N. report (Down to Earth).Research suggests that we might be expecting trees to carry more of the carbon load than they can handle (Undark).To save Mexican rosewood, China needs to act (Dialogo Chino).Ethiopia is embarking on a quest to boost the cultivation of bamboo (Ezega).Illegal loggers are going after a rare tree in the Democratic Republic of Congo that’s highly valued in China in what one local leader calls an “ecological disaster” (Phys.Org).Tackling deforestation in the Amazon is only part of the solution to climate change, one commentator argues (New Republic).The biggest trees in the forests are the most likely to be felled by drought, pests and lightning (Science Magazine).Other newsA baby Masai giraffe was born at a wild animal park in Ohio in a win for the endangered species (Richland Source).Calls for freshwater protection follow the discovery of eight new species of mussels in Myanmar (Fauna & Flora International).Scientists say they’ve found a new species of beaked whale off the coast of Japan (Science Daily, Gizmodo).The spawning rhythms of coral species in the Red Sea are out of step (The Atlantic).Observers in fish markets could make a difference in protecting sought-after species around the world (Hakai Magazine).Woolly mammoth ivory is filling the gap left by the subsidence of the outlawed elephant ivory trade (Undark).Banner image of a painting of woolly mammoths by Mauricio Antón via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.5).FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. 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New app tracks down forest fires in Bolivia

first_imgAmazon, Conservation, Conservation Technology, Deforestation, Dry Forests, Environment, Fires, Forest Fires, Forest People, Forestry, Forests, Illegal Logging, Logging, Rainforests, Research, satellite data, Satellite Imagery, Saving Rainforests, Technology, Technology And Conservation, technology development, Threats To Rainforests, Timber, Tropical Forests, wildfires, Wildtech Article published by John Cannon A new app uses aerosol data and recent satellite images to find fires in the forests of Bolivia in real time.The application’s creators, from the Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project, say the novel use of the aerosol data, originally intended to monitor air quality, represents a significant advance over traditional, temperature-related alerts.According to the NGO Friends of Nature Foundation, more than 41,000 square kilometers (15,800 square miles) of Bolivia has burned in 2019. A new app aimed at tracking forest fires in Bolivia could shake up the way authorities and firefighters battle fires, allowing them to pinpoint their locations more accurately and safely.Called “Amazon Fires — Bolivia,” the application pulls in data on the pollutant particles that get trapped in the air above a fire from a sensor on the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-5 satellite. By combining that “aerosol” data with recent satellite images using Google Earth Engine, app users can plot out the locations of fires in “near real time.” Researchers from the Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project, or MAAP, which is run by the Amazon Conservation Association, created the app and published a description on Sept. 25.A recent fire in the dry forests of the Bolivian Amazon. Image courtesy of MAAP with data from Planet.Typically, authorities use differences in temperatures measured by satellites to locate fires. But ecologist Matt Finer, director of MAAP and one of the app’s developers, said this method often entails filtering through “a thousand red dots” with a lot of noise that may or may not indicate a fire that’s currently active.“At the same time, we discovered this new tool that’s just blowing our minds, which is this new [aerosol] data from the European Space Agency,” Finer said.The Sentinel-5 satellite’s Tropomi sensor uses the behavior of ultraviolet light in the atmosphere to detect the emissions of pollutants from fires, volcanic eruptions and swirling dust, helping scientists forecast possible public health problems related to air quality.But this new application has the potential to help firefighters react much more quickly — which is critical when natural forests are burning, Finer said.Fires burning near the border of Bolivia and Paraguay. Image courtesy of MAAP with data from Planet.More than 41,000 square kilometers (15,800 square miles) of land have burned in Bolivia in 2019, according to the NGO Friends of Nature Foundation. Thousands of hectares of standing dry forest in Bolivia’s Chiquitanía and Chaco regions have gone up in smoke this year, Finer said. (In contrast, Finer and his colleagues demonstrated that many of the fires that have thrust the Brazilian Amazon into the news recently have occurred taken place on previously deforested land.)In Bolivia, “There arose this need to get information to firefighters and government officials of where the active fires are,” he said, “because you do have these scenarios of fires raging through natural ecosystems.”The app allows users to drag a virtual curtain of the aerosol data over recent satellite imagery. A color gradient from the lowest (black) to the highest (red) aerosol levels indicates the intensity of the emissions in a particular area.Lucio Villa of the NGO Conservación Amazónica in Peru, who led the app’s design, said they used the traditional fire alerts to test how well the aerosol data allowed them to zero in on the largest and most persistent fires. They found that the aerosol data allows more accurate, real-time monitoring. What’s more, clouds don’t interfere with the calculations behind the UV aerosol index.A soy plantation abuts forest in the Bolivian Chaco. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.“You can see in an instant that there are major fires,” Finer said, calling the application a “major advance.”Marcos Terán, executive director of Conservación Amazónica, said he had shared this new tool with park managers in Bolivia.“They are noticing the importance of this kind of tool to try to move the park rangers and the other stakeholders in the area to fight the fire in an effective way,” Terán told Mongabay, both to save forests and the people in charge of protecting them.“The firefighters are really heroes in this case,” Terán said, “and we try to support with some tools … to improve the safety.”Banner image of the Chaco in Bolivia by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.John Cannon is a staff writer at Mongabay. Find him on Twitter: @johnccannonCitation:Villa L. & Finer M. (2019). Fires in the Bolivian Amazon — Using Google Earth Engine to Monitor. MAAP: 111.FEEDBACK: 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

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Conte out of running for Italy job, Di Biagio an option

first_img“Antonio Conte has pulled out,” Costacurta said, adding that Italy Under-21 coach Di Biagio, in charge for friendlies against Argentina and England next month, could be handed more than just an interim role.“We all have this ardour to enact a revolution and do something wonderful for Italian football, but clearly there’s a lot of work to do,” Costacurta told Sky Sport Italia.“A new Italy coach is fundamental, but many forget that there are several options who are under contract, so it’s difficult to really talk about it right now.“As Conte reiterated the other day, he wants to continue working as a coach on a day-by-day basis at club level for at least the next 18 months, the length of his Chelsea contract, so he has pulled out of the running.“There are others who are more or less available. For example, Roberto Mancini is under contract with Zenit. We’d have to work out who can be approached and who can’t.”Former Italy midfielder Di Biagio, 46, who played for Roma, Inter Milan and Lazio during his career, is seen as an outsider among a star line-up of names being linked with the job including Mancini, Conte, Claudio Ranieri and Carlo Ancelotti.“It’s not such an outlandish idea. I’ve been following Di Biagio’s progress for a few years, he took Italy to the European Under-21 Championship and made some really inspired choices,” said Costacurta.“If nothing happens in the meantime, the new national coach will be announced in June.”Gareth Southgate went from England Under-21 manager to interim senior coach before being handed the job full-time.“Southgate went along this path and it happens quite often. Di Biagio knows the talents who are in Italy.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Antonio Conte reiterates his commitment to Chelsea after turning down Italy © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLMILAN, Italy, Feb 4 – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has ruled himself out as Italy coach but interim boss Luigi Di Biagio could be an option, Italian football federation (FIGC) assistant commissioner Alessandro Costacurta said Sunday.Former AC Milan star Costacurta has been given the task of finding a replacement for Gian Piero Ventura who was sacked after Italy’s embarrassing World Cup exit.last_img read more

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Half-time: Millwall 0 Brentford 1

first_imgIn-form striker Andre Gray scored his third goal in three games to give Brentford a half-time lead at The Den.The centre-forward latched onto Alex Pritchard’s neat through-ball and smashed a fierce shot high into the far corner just before the break.Gray had previously gone close with an almost identical move, dragging a shot wide of the far post from Jon Toral’s pass.And Jota, who replaced the suspended Jonathan Douglas as Brentford’s only change, should have done better when he completed a swift counter-attack by firing high over the bar.Millwall put on a pre-match remembrance service that was highly commendable – which included appearances from World War II veterans and more recent members of the armed forces.The Lions, sporting a camouflage-style kit in their honour, went closest when Lee Martin flicked a shot that was saved well by David Button from close range.Brentford (4-3-3): Button; Odubajo, Dean, Craig, Bidwell; Judge, Diagouraga, Pritchard; Toral, Gray, JotaSubs not used: Bonham, Saunders, Dallas, Smith, Tarkowski, Yennaris, Proschwitz.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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10 months agoCrystal Palace monitoring Chelsea loanee Abraham

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace monitoring Chelsea loanee Abrahamby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace are monitoring Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham ahead of a potential move in January. The 21-year-old is currently on loan at Aston Villa, but Chelsea do have an option to recall in January.However, the Blues could recall Abraham and loan him back out again to a Premier League club.The Daily Telegraphclaim Crystal Palace would be keen on signing the Englishman as they continue to struggle in front of goal this season.Abraham has netted 12 times for Villa this season and manager Dean Smith remains hopeful he can retain his services for the second half of the season. last_img read more

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18 days agoBrighton goalscorer Neal Maupay says Tottenham heads quickly dropped

first_imgBrighton goalscorer Neal Maupay says Tottenham heads quickly droppedby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton striker Neal Maupay says Tottenham heads quickly dropped during Saturday’s 3-0 thrashing.Maupay scored Albion’s quickest ever Premier League goal after 150 seconds when the disorientated Hugo Lloris inexplicably dropped the ball before suffering a dislocated elbow when he fell.“We sensed their heads went down after the first goal – that’s why we kept pushing and ­putting pressure on them,” said Maupay. “Losing Lloris and the goal so early was hard for them and they looked worried. We knew they were having a tough time so we wanted to keep going at them. And it worked because they dropped a bit and we got the second goal.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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