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Papua New Guinea has announced its commitment to creating 7,500 square kilometers of marine protected areas in the Bismarck Sea by 2021. The government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) made the announcement at the 5th annual Our Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia with the support of two conservation NGOs: the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Marine Protected Areas Fund and Oceans 5. The PNG government has pledged to triple the coverage of its current marine protected area (MPA) network, and this new 7,500-square-kilometer (nearly 2,900-square-mile) commitment will achieve that goal. According to WCS president and CEO Cristin Samper, the new MPAs will also help the country meet its Aichi Target goal of protecting 10 percent of its territorial waters and coastline by the year 2025. Lavongai islands. Photo Credit: Elodie Van Lierde. The new MPA network will encompass 2,500 square kilometres of coastal areas around Tikana and Lavongai islands, including key coral reef systems, in the Bismarck Sea, as well as 5,000 square kilometres of offshore areas identified as high priorities for marine conservation in New Ireland Province. We applaud the Government of Papua New Guinea for its recently announced commitment to protect an enormous expanse of one of the worlds natural wonders: the Bismarck Sea, Samper said in a statement. Papua New Guinea is already well known as a land of great cultural diversity and home to the famous birds of paradise; what is less known is that the countrys marine riches are just as spectacular, and the Bismarck
Little by little, the ocean floor of Chapaco Bay is being blanketed in sludge. Hctor Zuleta is no longer able to harvest shellfish from among the caves, ridges and woodlands of the bay because everything is clogged up. Recently, fishers and shellfish gatherers have had to go and find other places to work. Zuleta attributes the reduction in marine resources to the activity of a local iron processing plant, but hes only confirming what the authorities already suspect. Compaa Minera del Pacfico (CMP), a member of the mining and steel conglomerate CAP (Compaa de Acero del Pacfico), has been discharging its mining waste into the sea in the port city of Huasco in northern Chile since 1978 dumping it directly on the beach initially, before piping it out into the bay from 1993 onward. Huasco sits on a patch of the most arid desert in the world, and in 2012 it was declared a sacrifice zone due to its high pollution levels. Huasco, Atacama region, Chile. Image by Claudia Pool/Oceana. That mining waste is being dumped in the bay has long been an open secret. However, what the inhabitants were not aware of was that CMP, the main iron ore producer on the western coast of South America and the largest steel manufacturer and processor in Chile, was doing so without environmental authorization. When the marine conservation organization Oceana submitted complaints to the environment superintendent in August 2017, the latter sanctioned the company for 20 regulatory infringements. Today, CMPs
HO CHI MINH CITY The European Union has signed an agreement to support Vietnams forest governance improvement goals, aimed at ensuring that the timber it imports from the Southeast Asian country is legally sourced. The Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) was signed Oct. 19 in Brussels by Federica Mogherini, the EU high representative for foreign affairs, and Nguyen Xuan Cuong, Vietnams minister of agriculture. The implementation of the VPA will involve multiple steps, according to Bruno Angelet, ambassador of the EU delegation to Vietnam. Currently timber and timber products exported to the EU from Vietnam are subject to the due diligence requirements of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), which prohibits placement of illegally harvested timber on the EU market, Angelet wrote in an emailed response to Mongabay. They [Vietnam] will remain under the EUTR regime even after the ratification of the FLEGT-VPA until such time that Vietnam develops and implements the Vietnam Timber Legality Assurance System (VNTLAS) foreseen in the VPA. Vietnam now has to draft legislation to establish the VNTLAS, after which it and the EU will set up a committee to monitor implementation of the VPA. Phuc Xuan To, a program analyst with Forest Trends, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, said he was hopeful about the impact of the agreement, but cautioned that major challenges remained. Vietnam imports 4-5 million cubic meters [141 million to 177 million cubic feet] of timber from more than 100 countries every year, consisting of 150-170
Sir John Armitt is the chair of the National Infrastructure Commission. He was awarded a CBE for his services to the rail industry in 2007 and a knighthood in 2012 in recognition of his role as chair of the Olympic Delivery Authority. He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Civil Engineers.
China has backtracked on a recent decision to legalize the controlled use of rhino and tiger parts for cultural and medicinal use. In an announcement on Oct. 29, the Chinese government said it would permit the use of rhino horn and tiger bone, obtained from farmed animals, for medical purposes, and the use of powdered forms of the products in traditional Chinese medicine by qualified doctors in qualified hospitals. Trade in rhino and tiger parts that qualified as cultural relics would also be allowed. But the implementation of these regulations has been postponed after study, Ding Xuedong, deputy secretary-general of Chinas State Council, the countrys highest goverining authority, said in an interview published in state media on Nov. 12. China had previously banned the trade in tiger bone and rhino horn in 1993, removing both products from the list of medical ingredients in traditional Chinese medicines pharmacopoeia and curriculum. Despite the ban, illegal trade in parts of the two endangered species has continued in the country. The October circular relaxed some of these restrictions, prompting criticism from conservationists. But even with the ban restored for now, activists remain worried. Its critical that a clear message is sent about the acceptability of animal parts in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Peter Knights, chief executive of WildAid, a U.S.-based nonprofit environmental group, said in a statement. With effective alternatives available, opening the door to some uses only muddies the water, and puts every wild rhino and tiger in jeopardy. WildAid hopes the ban reversal will be
Money from pension funds has fuelled the financial sector's massive move into farmland investing over the past decade. The number of pension funds involved in farmland investment and the amount of money they are deploying into it is increasing, under the radar. This unprecedented take-over of farmland by financial companies has major implications for rural communities and food systems, and must be challenged. Leaving it to the companies to police themselves with their own voluntary guidelines is a recipe for disaster.
The Middle East has been hit by several waves of severe storms over the past 30+ days and registered anomalously high amounts of rain in very short periods. For some of the regions, the storms were the worst in decades. More than 50 people were killed. Severe storm...... Read more
Honduras has committed to protecting part of the tropical rainforests found in the Moskitia region, a move that conservation groups say will protect the regions rich wildlife, carbon stocks and indigenous groups from recent incursions by ranchers. The Moskitia is Central Americas second largest rainforest, one of the last wild places in the region, and contains expansive areas of primary forest, Chris Jordan, who heads the Central America and Tropical Andes program for the NGO Global Wildlife Conservation, said in a statement. Putting a stop to deforestation in the Moskitia will change the course of history for Honduras. A river flowing through the Moskitia region. Image by John Polisar/WCS. President Juan Orlando Hernndez announced the program SOS Honduras on Nov. 8, aimed at ridding the Ro Pltano Biosphere Reserve in the Moskitia of cattle and livestock ranching. The U.S.-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) says illegal ranching has caused 90 percent of the deforestation in the 21,000-square-kilometer (8,100-square-mile) Moskitia. Also beset with wildlife trafficking and the looting of its archaeological sites, the Moskitia has lost 30 percent of its forests in the past 15 years, WCSs research shows. As a state, we have taken actions to protect Ro Pltano, but the problem is so serious and delicate that it is necessary to redouble efforts to guarantee that it remains one of the most important protected areas of Honduras and at the same time a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Institute of Forest Conservation, a government agency, said according to the statement.
From an Article by Kate Mishkin, Charleston Gazette, November 8, 2018
As battles over two major natural gas pipelines play out in court, state regulators have continued to cite the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipeline for environmental problems.
The Mountain Valley Pipeline has received 19 violation notices from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection for failing to comply with the projects West Virginia/National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System general water pollution control permit. The violation notices date back to early April, and the most recent was issued in early October, according to the DEPs database.
The violations happened in several West Virginia counties, including Greenbrier, Harrison and Doddridge. The pipeline is approved to span 303 miles from Wetzel County, West Virginia, into Pittsylvania County, Virginia.
In many cases, a DEP inspector visited the site of construction and warned the site operator to take measures to comply with its permit. Then, the inspector wrote up a Notice of Violation, telling developers to provide a written response to the violation within 20 days. The violations dont come with a monetary penalty.
In the most recent case, an inspector followed up on a citizen complaint in Monroe County and found sediment was flowing off the right-of-way. The inspector, Jason Liddle, issued a Notice of Violation, citing three sections of the permit the pipeline builders had violated. Liddle also wrote that developers had violated state legislative rules governing water quality standards by letting distinctly visible settleable solids in pond and stream. Photos that accompany the Notice of Violation show muddy water and sediment deposits.
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which would also start in northern West Virginia and span 600 miles into North Carolina, has been cited twice for problems in Upshur and Randolph counties. Neither pipeline company responded to inquiries about the violations.
These are the kinds of problems residents feared from the very beginning, said Joan Walker, senior campaign representative for the Sierra Clubs Beyond Dirty Fuels campaign....
In light of the deadly wildfires burning across large swaths of
California, knowing what to do in the event of such emergencies has
never been more important. But humans aren't the only ones brushing
up on their preparedness skills.
A group of adorable service dogs at one training facility was recently given a refresher course on just what to do in case disaster strikes.
Credit: Guiding Eyes for the BlindGuiding Eyes for the Blind is a New York-based nonprofit that specializes in shaping dogs into perfect companions for people with visual impairments. The group's training schools are host to well over 100 eager pups and keeping them safe from harm is the upmost priority.
You know, you can put lipstick on a pig, but its still a pig. Michelle Obama says Melania Trump has never reached out to her for advice Washington Post (headline only) Why would she? Typically stereotyping and dividing: Michelle Obama: Any Woman Who Voted for Donald Trump Voted Against Their Own Voice Considering the reasons behind 
Firefighter Chris Harvey and Sacramento Fire Chief Gary Loesch
were driving down Honey Run Road in Paradise, California, on
Saturday when they came across something entirely unexpected.
Just days before, the deadly Camp Fire had ripped through the Sierra Nevada foothill community of Paradise, leaving behind the charred remains of homes and husks of cars. The fast-moving blaze had claimed both human and animal lives, transforming a town of retirees and young families into something eerily deserted.
Or so they thought.
Credit: Facebook/Sacramento Fire DepartmentWhile en route to investigate an accident caused by a falling tree, Harvey and Loesch spotted two weary animals emerging from the smoke.
Credit: Facebook/Sacramento Fire DepartmentWe pulled over to let them pass, and saw that they looked very tired, worn out and thirsty, Harvey told The Dodo. I tried to give them some water in my hand from a water bottle, but it kept spilling out.
Credit: Facebook/Sacramento Fire DepartmentHarvey knew that after what the donkeys had been through the animals needed more than a few sips of water, so he grabbed the apples out of his and Loeschs sack lunches and fed them to the donkeys.
by Jonathan Watts / The Guardian
The world has two years to secure a deal for nature to halt a silent killer as dangerous as climate change, says biodiversity chief.
The world must thrash out a new deal for nature in the next two years or humanity could be the first species to document our own extinction, warns the United Nations biodiversity chief.
Ahead of a key international conference to discuss the collapse of ecosystems, Cristiana Paca Palmer said people in all countries need to put pressure on their governments to draw up ambitious global targets by 2020 to protect the insects, birds, plants and mammals that are vital for global food production, clean water and carbon sequestration.
The loss of biodiversity is a silent killer, she told the Guardian. Its different from climate change, where people feel the impact in everyday life. With biodiversity, it is not so clear but by the time you feel what is happening, it may be too late.
Paca Palmer is executive secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity the world body responsible for maintaining the natural life support systems on which humanity depends.
Its members 195 states and the EU will meet in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, this month to start discussions on a new framework for managing the worlds ecosystems and wildlife. This will kick off two years of frenetic negotiations, which Paca Palmer hopes will culminate in an ambitious new global deal at the next conference in Beijing in 2020.
The world may never again use as much coal as during a peak in 2014, according to the latest World Energy Outlook from the International Energy Agency (IEA).
The weighty annual outlook is one of the most widely respected and eagerly anticipated publications among energy analysts and policymakers. The 2018 edition runs to 662 pages and contains the IEAs latest view of how the future of global energy might play out, depending on political and societal choices.
Its prominence means the report is also a frequent target of criticism for having often failed to anticipate the rate or direction of change.
In its main scenario based on existing national policies, plus pledges and targets not yet codified in law the 2018 outlook points to a 25% increase in energy demand by 2040. This growth, largely driven by Asia, would be twice as large in the absence of continued improvements in energy efficiency, it says.
Rapidly growing renewables and nuclear are not expected to cover this new demand, the IEA says. This means that oil, gas and CO2 emissions will likely continue to increase. Even with coal use remaining flat, this leaves a huge gap to meeting the Paris Agreements climate goals, the IEA adds.
In its 2018 edition, the IEA is keen to emphasise what the outlook is, as well as what it is not. The report is based around a series of scenarios designed to explore possible futures and the actions that could bring them about. The IEA explains:
There are no forecasts in the WEONone of these potential pathways is preordained; all are possible. The actions taken by governments will be decisive in determining which path we follow.
The outlook has two main pathways a new policies scenario (NPS) and a sustainable development scenario (SDS). Each one models the worlds energy system between now and 2040.
Like all efforts to model the worlds economy, society and climate, the IEAs scenarios rely on a range of assumptions about the...
In 1950 Immanuel Velikovsky threw down a gauntlet to astronomers in his sensational best-selling book, Worlds in Collision, where he proposed, on the basis of documentary evidence, that gravitation is an electromagnetic phenomenon. Leading American astronomers were...... Read more
A meeting of the ruralista group major supporters of agribusiness with then candidate Jair Bolsonaro at center in white shirt. Tereza Cristina, to the right of the new president, is Bolsonaros choice as Minister of Agriculture. The Bolsonaro administration takes office in January. Photo: FPA / Flickr. Throughout his campaign, now victorious presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro pledged that he would abolish Brazils Ministry of Environment (MMA) and fold its functions into the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA) a very controversial position. Two days after winning the race, the former army captain announced the fusion of the two ministries as part of a plan to reduce Brazils current 29 cabinet posts by half. His explanation, given in a March interview, seemed to be based on his blame of the environmental ministry for economic harm: The MMA manages to do damage to what should not be done, he declared. In comparison, Bolsonaro sees agribusiness as paramount to Brazils wellbeing, as seen in an October speech: We need a president who will not get in the way of the rural producer. We will not have any more conflicts in that area. Bolsonaros reasoning is supported by an outspoken and extreme group within the ruralist agribusiness faction mostly cattle ranchers represented by Luiz Antonio Nabhan Garcia, president of the Ruralista Democratic Union (UDR). Garcia was a frequent figure seen alongside the candidate during Bolsonaros campaign and also in the first round of official acts as president in Brasilia last
When facing the opposite direction, it is impossible to see the light at the end of the tunnel is a train. CNN political commentator and pro-Russian Congressman Dana Rohrbacher aide Tara Setmayer has been a diehard Never Trump while supposed still claiming to be a conservative, Republican, or something along those lines. But like almost 
IN PROGRESS TIA [September 24, Confidential 10] TNWG [October 22,Confidential 10] Nominated Groups: CJ UUT IGE OCT TML TWM FIRE-EARTH PRESENTATION 111202 Thermonuclear War Games: Scenario No. 4 The Apocalypse The War Games designed and supervised by FEWW-UUT. Details available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. Related Links: Thermonuclear War Games: Scenario No. 1 Thermonuclear War Games: 
A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 VC7 will make a close approach to our planet at a distance of 0.87 LD / 0.00224 AU (335 099 km / 208 221) early November 13, 2018. 2018 VC7 belongs to the Aten group of asteroids. It was first observed at ATLAS-MLO, Mauna...... Read more
Tropical Cyclone "Gaja" formed over the Bay of Bengal on November 10, 2018, as the 6th named storm of the 2018 North Indian Ocean cyclone season. The cyclone is moving WSW offshore towards southern India and northern Sri Lanka, bringing heavy rain and...... Read more
Alarmed by the entry of poachers who illegally cut down and stole the oldest trees from their territory, members of the Shawi indigenous community organized an assembly this past August to decide how to take action against the loggers. The trees were taken out on the only road that connects the Shawi community, in the northwestern Peruvian Amazon, to Balsa Puerto, the nearest district. After the road was destroyed by the heavy trucks that the loggers used to carry the cut sections of the trees, the Shawi created a roadblock and checkpoint to stop them. They accomplished what the Peruvian government has been unable to: control timber trafficking routes. But it led to a series of violent threats against the leaders of the Shawi community. It wasnt the first time traffickers had threatened indigenous leaders. In September 2014, one of those threats was carried through to its grim conclusion: A group of illegal loggers murdered Edwin Chota, Leoncio Quinticima, Jorge Ros and Francisco Pinedo, all members of the Saweto indigenous community in Ucayali, a region of Peru close to the Brazilian border. Chota, the communitys president, spoke out against timber trafficking for 12 years before his murder, but authorities have yet to begin a serious investigation. Nobody has been sentenced for the murders, and law enforcement hasnt improved safety measures for other leaders being threatened, or reduced logging in prohibited areas. The trees cut down from these forests continue to feed into the sophisticated, multimillion-dollar timber trafficking industry in Peru.
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil Called To Task for Certifying Violent, Destructive Companies On November 12, with the endorsement of organizations from five continents, Friends of the Earth International and World Rainforest Movement publish an open statement denouncing the failure of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to eliminate the violence and destruction that oil 
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The release of the GM mosquito poses risks, including the incidental release of some biting female GM mosquitoes during the experiments. While Target Malaria claims that the number will be small, nevertheless, since GM female mosquitoes can bite humans and spread disease, the release of biting females still poses some risk to local people.
Camp Fire has exploded in size since November 8, 2018, and is now the deadliest and most destructive individual wildfire in California history. On November 12, the death toll climbed to 31 and there are still 121 people missing. As of 19:36 PST, November 11 (03:36...... Read more
NUSA DUA, Indonesia The Indonesian government is set to make consumer goods manufacturers more responsible for managing the waste from their product packaging, in a bid to tackle one of the worst plastic trash problems in the world. The regulation, expected before the end of this year, is part of a wider effort to cut Indonesias waste output by 30 percent by 2025 from current levels, according to Rosa Vivien Ratnawati, the environment ministrys head of waste management. The so-called extended producer responsibility (EPR) regulation will oblige producers and retailers to redesign their product packaging to have a higher proportion of recyclable material. It will also require that they take greater responsibility for the management of waste from their products. Those affected will include makers of processed foods and beverages, who rely heavily on plastic packaging for their products. Retailers such as supermarkets and convenience stores will also be subject to the EPR requirements in terms of the packaging options they offer customers, as will food and beverage outlets that currently use plastic utensils, plates and cups. The roadmap addresses the way [producers carry out] waste reduction, especially for plastic, Vivien told reporters on the sidelines of the recent Our Oceans Conference in Nusa Dua, Bali. Indonesia is one of the worlds producers of plastic waste, much of which ends up in the sea. Image by Tommy Apriando/Mongabay Indonesia. Vivien said an EPR requirement already exists under the Waste Management Act of 2008, but it hasnt been easy to
No hay nada bueno que suceda en un vaco. There is nothing good that happens in a vacuum. Two of the largest and most powerful cartels in Mexico are trying to take over this territory to send drugs across the southern border into the US. Think about this statement: If we do not protect 
Interview by David Nutt, Atkinson Center, Cornell University, October 18, 2018
In March 2017, Natalie Mahowald, professor of earth and atmospheric sciences and the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Futures faculty director for the environment, was selected by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as a lead author on the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius.
The final report made international headlines when it was released Oct. 8. Among its key findings: scientific evidence is clear that human activities have caused 1 C of global warming since the late 1800s, and current trends suggest if the planet keeps warming at the same rate global warming will pass 1.5 C around 2040, with disastrous consequences for humans and ecosystems alike. (In Fahrenheit, a change of 1 C is 1.8 F and 1.5 C is 2.7 F.)
In this Q&A, Mahowald discusses her role in the report, its findings and proposed solutions, and the work everyone must do to limit global warming.
How would you describe your role in preparing the IPCC report?
My title is lead author, and I worked on Chapter One: Framing and Context. I was also asked to be an author on the Summary for Policymakers, which is actually line by line approved by governments. I was in South Korea for that process last week.
Ninety-one authors and review editors from 40 countries worked on the report. What does that kind of collaboration look like?
Theres 400 pages for the whole report if you look at it in a Word file. We each have our own section that were the lead on. We spent a lot of time talking to each other and making sure were reaching consistent assessments of the peer-reviewed literature. We included citations of 6,000 articles, so its a huge amount of work. This report was unique in the way it was so cross-disciplinary. That means everyone speaks a slightly different language. And yet we have to make sure we speak consistently across the whole report.
How does involving that many people shape the findings?
In a lot of ways, its really a consensus document. This is what we can all agree to. It goes throug...
Yes, there are many American people that are just that stupidand they will eventually get the dystopia, destitution and destruction, their corrupt politicians will gladly provide, so they can rule over them. There is a big difference between being governed and being ruled, but the moron is not aware of such things. Whatever, the outcome 
A strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake was registered in the North Atlantic Ocean at 14:03 UTC on November 11, 2018. USGS is reporting a depth of 7.3 km (4.5 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was...... Read more
Professor Valentina Zharkova gave a presentation of her Climate and the Solar Magnetic Field hypothesis at the Global Warming Policy Foundation in October 2018. Principal component analysis (PCA) of the solar background magnetic field observed from the Earth,...... Read more
October 22, 2018 (Monday) **ALL OF THE BELOW PHOTOS ARE SINGLE FRAMES AS TAKENI DID NOT ADD THE MOON IN PHOTOSHOP I ran into several photographer friends down in Wisconsins Crex Meadows Wildlife Area yesterday. I guess we were all thinking the same thingTwo days before the full moon is a perfect time to try 
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