first_imgThe current rash of COVID-19 cases and ensuing hospitalizations has prompted Johnson County commissioners to take a hard look at whether county operations are following their own health department’s advice.That focus has been trained in recent days on the Johnson County Parks and Recreation District, which is currently set to offer winter activities even as county health officials have urged public schools to cancel their winter sports in order to decrease transmission of the coronavirus.The Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting at 1 p.m. Friday to look at, among other things, whether the county park district should continue to offer indoor sports like basketball, volleyball and soccer this winter. The commission will also consider next steps in stemming the spread that has recently threatened hospital capacity.The agenda posted Thursday said the commission will look at reports and recommendations and “proposed actions,” which have not yet been specified.The meeting follows several days of increasingly worrying news on coronavirus cases in the county and criticism from Shawnee Mission School Superintendent Mike Fulton earlier this week as the board considered the county recommendation on indoor sports.‘We have to do something’Johnson County continues to surpass its previous worst weeks on infection, and the number of cases has shot up in the past fourteen days, which has also resulted in more crowded hospitals, health officials said.In his most recent coronavirus update, county Public Health Director Dr. Sanmi Areola said the number of cases is sharply up again for the week of Oct. 11, at 260 per day. The previous week was 179 per day. The percent of cases that are positive also is spiking, with 14.5 percent the latest number compared to 5.8 percent three weeks ago, he said.The exponential rise in cases is in danger of overwhelming contact tracers and investigators in their efforts to warn people who are exposed to stay home, he said.“We have to do something and do something now,” Areola said.The virus is spreading freely throughout the community, with much of the transmission among younger people and the elderly bearing the brunt of the deaths. Areola and county epidemiologist Elizabeth Holzschuh presented figures showing that 82 percent of the positive cases but only 5 percent of the deaths were among those 59 or younger, while people 70 or older made up only 9 percent of new infections but 85 percent of the deaths. Those in the 59 and below age range also accounted for 38 percent of hospitalizations and 28 percent of intensive care beds.Most of the infections have been in gatherings, Holzschuh said. An October 16 wedding accounted for 10 confirmed cases, and another on Oct. 17 for five. More clusters were found from a going-away party and in food service distribution, possibly from a food truck.The health officials also said two school classrooms – a second grade class and a fourth-grade class – were quarantining because of multiple cases. A private school in the area shut down for two weeks because of transmission attributed to social events like Halloween party, a charity dinner and a happy hour.In addition three daycares are closed and 17 positive cases were associated with day care staff and attendees on Monday alone. That’s up sharply from two weeks ago, when only a few a week would have been normal, according to the health department’s presentation to commissioners.A positive case was also linked to the Election Night party hosted by county Republicans.Health department officials have declined to name any of the schools, daycares or private businesses where clusters occurred, citing privacy concerns.Superintendent says county leagues put unfair burden on schoolsThe bad COVID-19 report Thursday followed a special meeting of the Shawnee Mission School boarg Tuesday in which Superintendent Mike Fulton expressed frustration at the county for discouraging winter school sports while offering county leagues for indoor basketball, volleyball and soccer.That puts an unfair burden on schools, he said, because kids whose parents can afford it will still play at park programs or ball clubs where they can contract the virus.On Thursday, county Commissioner Becky Fast noted Fulton’s comments and said she’d like to hear from all the county departments about whether they’re following best practices.“I walk by Meadowbrook (Park) seven nights a week and there’s always some party that’s going on with no masking,” she said. “This is a crisis. We have a fire and we need to start with our own organization.”Commissioner Janee Hanzlick agreed.“We’ve heard a lot about self responsibility. Well that’s not working. We need to protect our children, we need to protect business and we need to protect hospitals,” she said. “None of us wants to get into a car wreck and not be able to get into a hospital,” she said.County Park and Recreation Director Jeff Stewart said the park district has taken pains to limit spectators at the sports but that it does not have policing authority to force anyone to wear a mask. Because of the limits on attendance at games, the parks department’s situation is different from that of schools, he said.So far the park district has not received any recommendations directed at its programs, but stands ready to make changes if that happens, Stewart said.The park district offers sports year round, but now is the beginning of the heavier basketball league season, he said.“We also recognize that we’re still in a very fluid environment and sometimes those plans have to change depending on where we’re at in the community as it relates to the pandemic,” he said.The district will continue to review its programs with the health department, he said, and changes would be made with the health department’s guidance. “We recognize the value, the importance of having safe places for people to go to recreate, to exercise etcetera. If it’s determined by our health officials that we need to suspend that because we’ve had an extreme spike in cases, then we’ll be in alignment with that.”last_img read more

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first_img He also refused to agree with suggestions Ronaldo’s style of play has become more limited in recent months, pointing out that the Portuguese forward produced a good performance in Catalonia. “But we will not give up [in the title race]. We did very well in the first half and we need to try and play that well for 90 minutes. Upd. at 01:11 “Ronaldo’s game was very complete,” Ancelotti opined. “The league is not over. Barça have an advantage like we did before and anything can happen.” CET Sam Marsden 23/03/2015 Carlo Ancelotti lamented Real Madrid’s inability to play at the same level for 90 minutes after they were beaten by Barcelona on Sunday night. “He had a lot of chances, created chances, was always dangerous, hit the woodwork…. So, no, I do not think we are seeing a different Cristiano.” They had got back into the game through Cristiano Ronaldo and ended the first half in the ascendency. “We felt we did well for an hour, then fell away in the final 30 minutes,” Ancelotti told a press conference after the game. Pressed on whether Madrid will now put more effort into winning their 11th Champions League, the Italian insisted his players are still focused on achieving success on both fronts. Gareth Bale had the ball in the net only to see the lineman’s flag raised and the same player shot wide when the ball fell to him in the penalty area after a corner. However, after Luis Suarez scored at the beginning of the second half, it was Barca who took control and moved four points clear at the top of La Liga.last_img read more

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first_imgThe men’s team returns to the championship match for the second consecutive year for a chance to make their fifth trip to the NCAA tournament in the last seven years. The Islanders will face the Cardinals, who topped Nicholls 4-1 in the semifinal round. Nagy then followed with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Kranz in No. 1 singles. The two-time Southland Conference Player of the Year opened with an early 5-2 lead before Kranz answered with three straight games to knot the set at 5-5. Nagy then secured the win after winning two straight games. In the second set, the junior built an early 4-2 lead before earning the Islanders their third point of the day with a 6-4 second-set win. Nagy has won seven straight matches for an overall record of 19-3 at the No. 1 slot. The Islanders (18-9) came out strong to win the doubles point on courts one and three to take a 1-0 lead. The tandem of Peter Nagy and Guillaume Rauseo cruised to an 8-2 victory over Timo Kranz and Gonzalo Garcia in No. 1 doubles before the sophomore pair of Ricardo Mayagoitia and Javier Pujol grinded out an 8-5 win over Chris Appelgren and Rui Silva in No. 3 doubles. “Lamar is going to be super tough tomorrow. It’s a team that we know how good they are. They are healthy again, but it’s our home court, so we are going to come out and control the things we can control, and that means fighting as hard as we can humanly fight one point at a time in the present.” Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (6,1,5) Photo Gallery  |  Tournament WebsiteCORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – For the second consecutive year Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has advanced to the championships match of the Southland Conference Men’s Tennis Tournament. The No. 1 seed secured a 4-0 win over No. 4 New Orleans in the semifinals and will face No. 3 seed Lamar in the championship match at 11 a.m. on Sunday. With the Islanders in front 3-0, Rauseo squeezed out a third-set tiebreaker at No. 5 singles to clinch the match for the Islanders. The sophomore breezed past Romain Lefevre, 6-0, in the first set before dropping a 7-6 (3) second set. In the third, Rauseo fell behind 5-4, before battling his way back to force a tiebreaker. In the tiebreaker, Rauseo jumped out early and maintained his lead to win 7-4 and clinch the match for the Islanders.center_img  In the other three singles matches, Mayagoitia was leading 5-4 in the third set over Garcia in No. 2 singles, while Pujol was also in a third set, trailing Silva, 2-1, in No. 3 singles. In the final singles match, Westmoreland was going neck-and-neck with Gregor in the No. 4 slot in a third set. After a 28-point tiebreaker in the first set that led Gregor to a first-set win, Westmoreland garnered the second set, 6-4. In the third, Westmoreland was ahead 2-1 when the match was clinched. “New Orleans (6-11) played an incredible match against some tough seniors that really fought hard today,” A&M-Corpus Christi director of tennis Steve Moore said. “It was windy, we had to really pay the price and really suffer with our legs. I’m pride our guys and how they rose up at the end. It was a match that could have slipped away from us. (We have) a lot of respect for New Orleans. A&M-Corpus Christi kept fighting to win three straight in singles play to clinch the match. Freshman Paul Cook padded the Islanders lead to 2-0 after topping Appelgren in a straight-set match in No. 6 singles. Cook rolled past Appelgren 6-1 in the first before winning a tight 7-6 tiebreaker in the second. Cook fell behind 4-0 in the second set before fighting his way back to win a 9-7 tiebreaker and his sixth straight match. Doubles:1. Peter Nagy/Guillaume Rauseo (AMCC) def. Timo Kranz/Gonzalo Garcia (UNO) 8-22. Matt Westmoreland/Paul Cook (AMCC) vs. Blake Gregor/Luis Albuquerque (UNO) 7-4, unfinished3. Ricardo Mayagoitia/Javier Pujol (AMCC) def. Chris Appelgren/Rui Silva (UNO) 8-5 Singles:1. Peter Nagy (AMCC) def. Timo Kranz (UNO) 7-5, 6-42. Ricardo Mayagoitia (AMCC) vs. Gonzalo Garcia (UNO) 3-6, 6-3, 5-4, unfinished3. Javier Pujol (AMCC) vs. Rui Silva (UNO) 7-5, 4-6, 1-2, unfinished4. Matt Westmoreland (AMCC) vs. Blake Gregor (UNO) 6-7 (13-15), 6-4, 2-1, unfinished5. Guillaume Rauseo (AMCC) def. Romain Lefevre (UNO) 6-0, 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-4)6. Paul Cook (AMCC) def. Chris Appelgren (UNO) 6-1, 7-6 (9-7)last_img read more

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first_imgMongabay Latam confirmed that one of the new trafficking methods is the modification of fuel tanks in vehicles to allow room for more fuel, which is permitted by the Ministry of Transport and Communications.After Operation Mercury 2019, the communities of San Gabán (in the Puno region) and Amarakaeri (in the Madre de Dios region) were identified as areas that could see an influx of displaced illegal miners. Upon traveling through Lechemayo, a town in the Puno region of Peru, many visitors come to the conclusion that the town is a hub for fuel sales. The strong smell of fuel and the signs hanging on storefronts are just a few clues. The town’s combis, which are vans that normally carry passengers, instead hold barrels of fuel. The barrels are camouflaged because most of them will be transported from this unrestricted area to a region where fuel sales are currently banned: Madre de Dios. This is the region that has been hit hardest by illegal mining in the Amazon.The route is from Lechemayo to La Pampa, a setting that illustrates the impacts of illegal activity in Madre de Dios, and the vans filled with fuel must navigate through three different checkpoints managed by the police, agents from the tax department (known by its Spanish acronym SUNAT), and personnel from the energy regulator (OSINERGMIN). These obstacles are typically easy for traffickers to bypass.This short stretch of road is home to various illegal fuel pumps. A truck is supplying fuel to the area. Image by Vanessa Romo for Mongabay Latam.Although fuel trafficking has decreased since Operation Mercury 2019 and the execution of the Comprehensive Plan against Illegal Mining in La Pampa and Madre de Dios, the Puno region’s town of Lechemayo is the heart that pumps fuel to different arteries where illegal mining continues to devastate and contaminate the land. Furthermore, since the government intervention, new points of distribution have been opened.The heart of illegalityLike in many other communities in the Puno region, Lechemayo is driven by its fuel business. The problem is that in this town in the San Gabán district, this business often has an illegal destination. This small town, which can be traversed in 10 minutes, is not just a hub that makes fuel trafficking possible. It is also surrounded by a problem that appears much larger: illegal coca crops. On the horizon, along the buffer zone of Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, lie acres upon acres of the illegal coca.last_img read more

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first_imgArticle published by Genevieve Belmaker According to the report’s primary author, forested areas in Colombia that are less than 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) away from illicit crops are most likely areas to be deforested.Deforestation linked to armed conflict and coca cultivation was most prevalent in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, La Macarena, and San Lucas mountains, and in the regions of Tumaco and Catatumbo.All areas impacted in Colombia are those with high biodiversity and conservation value. Many of the world’s armed conflicts occur in areas with high biodiversity, according to a 2009 study published in Biological Conservation. The study found that more than 80 percent of such conflicts occurred in biodiversity hotspots, yet their impact on flora and fauna have rarely been studied since.Colombia is home to so many species that it is considered “megadiverse,” and it has also experienced relatively high levels of armed conflict. A new study published in Biological Conservation analyzed the relationship between armed conflict and deforestation in Colombia between 2000 and 2015. The study also involved 17 other related variables, including the distribution of coca crops, the plant from which cocaine is produced.One of the study’s main conclusions was that “[d]eforestation was positively associated with armed conflict intensity and proximity to illegal coca plantations,” especially in the Colombian Amazon. Higher amounts of deforestation were also associated with proximity to mining concessions, oil wells, and road networks.These maps published in the study show deforested areas, with red indicating more deforestation than green. Image courtesy of Negret et al., 2019.The effects of armed conflictPablo José Negret, a Colombian biologist at the University of Queensland in Australia, was the lead author of the study. “It has been speculated that there is a relationship between armed conflict and deforestation, but it had never been analyzed statistically. We showed that with more armed conflict comes more deforestation. Additionally, we analyzed coca crops, which had been done before. Researcher Liliana Dávalos has done lots of work with that topic,” Negret told Mongabay.Rather than ranking which of the 17 variables had the most impact on Colombia’s deforestation, Negret and the other researchers focused on determining the relationship between the variables and the deforestation patterns. The study involved researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and the Alexander von Humboldt Biological Resources Research Institute (IAVH) in Colombia.The 17 variables used in the study included elevation, slope, biotic region, soil erosion, department, population, the number of armed conflicts in the area, and whether the area was part of a national park, indigenous reserve, or Afro-Colombian collective land. The rest of the variables involved measuring the distance to the nearest previously deforested area, navigable river, paved road, unpaved road, coca plantation, mining concession, and exploited oil well.“For example, we found that forested areas fewer than 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) away from illicit crops have a higher probability of being deforested than those that are farther away. Additionally, forests fewer than 50 kilometers (31 miles) away from a road have a higher probability of being deforested,” Negret said.The Colombian Amazon after the land was deforested and set on fire. Image courtesy of the Foundation for Conservation and Sustainable Development (FCDS).The study found that when all 17 variables are considered, the deforestation in Colombia is mainly concentrated in the foothills of the Amazon and in the Andes region. However, when only the presence of armed conflict and coca crops is considered, the greatest amounts of deforestation are within the Amazon and some parts of Chocó department. “This makes sense because coca is an illegal crop, so people plant it in areas that are difficult to access, but this ends up affecting well-preserved primary forests,” Negret said.Martine Maron, a professor from the University of Queensland and co-author of the study, said the relationship between armed conflict and deforestation is complex.The authors say they hope this study will help generate more efficient and appropriate actions to save the Colombian forests that are at a high risk of disappearing in the short or medium term.The regions most affectedAccording to the study, deforestation linked to armed conflict and coca cultivation was most prevalent in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, La Macarena, and San Lucas mountains, and in the regions of Tumaco and Catatumbo. These are “all areas of high biodiversity and conservation importance.”In regions like La Macarena, where the now-disbanded Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) historically had influence and partial control, deforestation has increased since the signing of a peace agreement in 2016 between the rebels and the Colombian government. The authors of the study say this increase is likely caused by a lack of governance in the area since the FARC’s exit. “Strengthening of governance and local institutions in those areas is therefore urgent to stop forest loss,” the authors write in the study.Deforestation in the northeastern Colombian Amazon. Image courtesy of the Foundation for Conservation and Sustainable Development (FCDS).Coca cultivation and armed conflict are related because coca crops function as an important source of income for many illegal armed groups, increasing their ability to operate. These groups often cut down trees to create more space to cultivate coca, and more trees cut down means more income.Negret offered a potential solution in response to the study’s findings. “We analyzed the effects of the protected areas, indigenous reservations, and Afro-Colombian territories, and we found that these places have the most significant impact in relation to preventing deforestation. It would be good to generate conservation projects with these communities,” Negret said.The study suggested that national parks are generally effective in preventing deforestation, “even in areas of high deforestation pressure.” However, the parks that act as a corridor between the Amazon, the Orinoquía natural region, and the Andes are being deforested due to land grabbing and extensive livestock practices. A recent report by the Foundation for Conservation and Sustainable Development (FCDS) found that between April 2018 and March 2019, the Sierra de la Macarena Natural National Park lost more than 3,000 hectares (7,400 acres) of forest. The authors said that “the creation of protected areas in regions of high deforestation pressure is clearly necessary.”The loss of primary forest in four protected areas between 2015 and 2018. Image courtesy of Hansen/UMD/Google/USGS/NASA/RUNAP.Negret speculated that the cultivation of illegal crops “is the only profitable option that exists there. It is all connected to the lack of governance, and the government needs to look for alternatives to break these cycles.”Finally, the study called for more precise information regarding the armed conflict issue in Colombia, since it is fundamental for understanding its impact on deforestation and biodiversity loss.Citations:Negret, P. J., Sonter, L., Watson, J. E., Possingham, H. P., Jones, K. R., Suarez, C., … Maron, M. (2019). Emerging evidence that armed conflict and coca cultivation influence deforestation patterns. Biological Conservation, 108176. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2019.07.021Hanson, T., Brooks, T. M., Da Fonseca, G. A. B., Hoffmann, M., Lamoreux, J. F., Machlis, G., … Pilgrim, J. D. (2009). Warfare in biodiversity hotspots. Conservation Biology, 23(3), 578-587. doi:10.1111/j.1523-1739.2009.01166.xBanner image of burned land and roads in the middle of the Amazon, courtesy of the Foundation for Conservation and Sustainable Development (FCDS). Conflict, Featured, Forests, Governance, Government, Land Conflict, Rainforests, Resource Conflict, Tropical Forests, War 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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first_imgArticle published by Willie Shubert Climate Activism, Climate Change, Climate Justice, Climate Politics, Human Rights, United Nations Youth activists taking part in the global climate strike have underscored the urgency of taking meaningful action to mitigate the environmental and humanitarian disasters posed by the climate crisis.Many low-lying territories in Asia and the Pacific are already struggling with rising sea levels, posing a major challenge for governments dealing with unprecedented levels of internal displacement.The activists have also filed a petition with the U.N. Human Rights Commission, seeking to hold polluters accountable for the human rights violations arising from the climate crisis.They also want to countries like the Philippines, one of those considered most vulnerable to climate change impacts, to fight harder for justice from richer, more polluting countries. NEW YORK CITY — Climate change continues to pose an existential threat to many low-lying Asian and the Pacific island countries, with rising seas putting people’s lives, livelihoods, environment and culture at risk. At a more extreme level, some communities are already being relocated because of rising oceans, making movements across borders a worrisome reality of the future for many people, especially the young generation.“Our existence is at stake. The consequences of a burning planet is coming and is already felt in many parts of the world by our people,” said Lavetanalagi Seru, coordinator of the Fiji-based Alliance for Future Generations. “We are on a suicidal [course] and we need to act courageously, urgently and boldly. And that human rights should underpin the actions we take.”Seru was among thousands of protesters, many of them youths like himself, gathered in New York on Sept. 20 for a global climate strike to highlight the urgency of tackling climate change. Having arrived from his village in Fiji, Seru brought the dire message that some islands have already been submerged completely and that more people will be forced to move in the coming years, which will pose a massive challenge for regional governments in terms of dealing with internal displacement.“Young people have certainly realized the gravity of the climate catastrophe, and the possibility of inheriting an inhabitable planet. We share our frustrations of the lack of political will and climate inaction from our leaders and from our governments. Let us rise to the challenge … or we shall be judged by a jury that is yet to be born,” he said.In 2016 Hurricane Winston, a category 5 storm, battered this school in Tailevu Province, Fiji. Image by Australian Department of Foreign Affairs via Flickr.At the protest in New York, one of a series that took place in 150 cities around the world that same day, the young protesters chanted “this is what democracy looks like” and “climate justice now.” Children and adults alike carried banners and placards as they marched in unison along the streets of New York. The mass protest evolved from a solitary show of defiance by Swedish student Greta Thunberg  two years ago, and hit a high this week ahead of the United Nations climate summit in New York.“We are yet not done. We are just getting started,” said Alexandria Villaseñor, co-founder of US Youth Climate Strike. “For the past year, the youth has become the moral voice on the climate crisis, urging adults and world leaders to listen to scientists and take action for as long as it takes. The future of our generation and all humanity is at stake. And we will not stop until we will have one.”In October last year, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCCC) released a stark warning that the world needs to make a rapid and deep cut in greenhouse gas emissions to hold global warming to a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) over the pre-industrial baseline.Villaseñor said young people were demanding that world leaders and governments attending the U.N. climate summit respond to their pleas to stop all fossil fuel infrastructure projects globally and transition to a 100 percent renewable energy economy. They are also demanding that polluters be held accountable for the damage they are causing to the planet.“We are expecting world leaders to take bold climate action in order to give us the stable climate system that is our right as young people and as the generation that will be affected by the climate crisis,” Villaseñor said. “If our demands are not met at the U.N. Climate Summit, we are coming back again, larger and fiercer each time.”Speaking before more than 250,000 people who joined the march in New York, Thunberg said young people will spearhead the pressure on governments to address the public demands to address the climate crisis.“This is an emergency. Our house is on fire,” she told the crowd at Battery Park in Manhattan. “It is not just the young people’s house. We all live here and it affects all of us. We will not just stand aside and watch.”Demonstrators at the New York City Climate Strike in September 2019. Image by Imelda Abano for Mongabay.NGO supportVarious environmental and human rights organizations have also supported the youth-led massive march for climate action.Naderev “Yeb” Saño, executive director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia, called the climate strike a demonstration of the collective indignation of peoples and movements around the world, buoyed by fresh energy from the world’s children and youths clamoring for climate justice and ambitious action.“The strikes represent the will of the people,” he said, “and as we lose faith in our political and business leaders, we gain hope and inspiration that the people will rise up and make another world possible, and we will be unstoppable.”Saño cited the example of the Philippines, which this past week filed a petition with the U.N. Commission on Human Rights to hold big polluters accountable for the human rights implications of the climate crisis. He said the final memorandum filed with the commission summarizes the scientific and legal evidence about how carbon majors have contributed significantly to climate change and human rights impacts.“It will show how the fossil fuel industry misled and deceived the public on the science and the climate harms these have caused and continue to cause the Filipinos,” Saño added.Leon Dulce, national coordinator of the Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment, a Philippine NGO, said the lack of political will from governments to address climate change is bizarre.“Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, for instance, must immediately declare a ‘climate emergency’ that would expedite a comprehensive climate adaptation and resiliency package that will subsidize our farmers, workers and marginalized communities for long-term ecosystems protection and restoration, disaster risk reduction, and economic and social protection,” Dulce said.He added such a declaration must also lay out a master plan for a just transition toward renewable energy and national industrialization based on people’s needs, as well as put in place a mechanism for international advocacy to call on top climate-polluting countries and corporations to commit to deep and drastic emissions cuts and adaptation fund pledges.“As a consistently top climate-vulnerable nation, the Philippine government is not doing enough to keep us afloat in the deluge of climate crisis,” Dulce said.Philip Alston, co-chair of New York University’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, said “human rights will be rendered increasingly meaningless unless we act immediately.”“Climate change has been called a ‘false alarm’ but it is an alarm that will end up killing many of our children, and at least some of us,” Alston said. “The future disasters flowing from climate change are moving from possibilities to certainties.”This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 300 news outlets worldwide to strengthen coverage of the climate story.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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first_imgSinn Féin deputy Dáil leader Pearse Doherty TD has said it is time to consider the establishment of an all-Ireland soccer team.Deputy Doherty told the Dail we already have all-island teams that demonstrate that we can achieve great success when we work on an all-island basis.He said “The departure of Martin O’Neill as manager of the Ireland soccer team yesterday has been a major talking point. The past year has not been an easy one for Irish soccer fans and I want to say that Irish teams are stronger and better when they are all-Ireland teams. “We already have all-island teams in sports like hockey, rugby, and boxing; sports that demonstrate that we can achieve great success when we work on an all-island basis.“The fantastic result of the Irish rugby team against New Zealand at the weekend is just one example.”The former Taoiseach Enda Kenny raised this a number of years ago when he said an all-Ireland soccer team should take on England every two years to raise money for children.Deputy Doherty added “I don’t think it makes sense for our small island to have two separate teams, splitting the pool of talent and available resources. “A number of surveys show that a majority of people, north and south, support the idea of an all-Ireland team and I would urge the government to get behind the idea of an all-Ireland soccer team”.Donegal TD wants an All-Ireland soccer team was last modified: November 22nd, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Deputy Pearse DohertyIrelandMartin O’Neillsoccerteamlast_img read more

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first_imgShare This!We have so much Walt Disney World news to share this week. Let’s jump right in!NewsThe Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, presented by Cigna, is “running” through January 13. While the event does bring an influx of crowds, it shouldn’t change the wait times significantly on any attractions.Several events are beginning January 18. Let me break it down for you:Walt Disney World Resort will be offering 4-Park Magic Tickets. This allows guests to spend one day at each theme park over the course of four days (so, no Park Hopper option). Check out the Disney website for info on the different tiers and prices.Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration is coming to Magic Kingdom park! In addition to specialty food, entertainment, and merchandise, a new “Celebration Station” will be set up at Town Square Theater. Here, you can sign a guestbook and meet the two guests of honor, who will be dressed just for the celebration.Disney’s Hollywood Studios is debuting their new 30th anniversary logo. Be sure to look out for new interactions with Mike and Sully from “Monsters, Inc,” and The Incredibles.Epcot is introducing a new IllumiNations Dining Package. View the fireworks from the patio of Rose & Crown, located in the U.K. Pavilion. Get the details here!Finally, The Epcot International Festival of the Arts runs from January 18 – February 25. Check out all the visual content and enjoy even more acts this year during the Disney on Broadway Concert Series. Let us know in the comments if you want an in-park overview of this event!  WeatherFor the most current weather conditions, click here.Crowd LevelsFor more information about crowd levels, click here.Park Hours Attractions Closed For RefurbishmentsMagic Kingdom:Walt Disney World Railroad – FantasylandWalt Disney World Railroad – FrontierlandWalt Disney World Railroad – Main Street, U.S.A.Tomorrowland SpeedwayPeter Pan’s Flight (Closes 1/7)Disney’s Animal KingdomWildlife Express Train: Africa StationWildlife Express Train: Rafiki’s Planet Watch StationKali River Rapids (Closes 1/7)Typhoon Lagoon (Closes 1/6)What events will you be attending this month? Drop a line below!last_img read more

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first_imgDons can wrap up outright conference title with win at Loyal on ThursdayBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield Columbus Catholic volleyball team wrapped up its regular-season home schedule with a 3-1 win over Gilman, ensuring at least a tie for the Cloverbelt Conference East Division championship.The Dons won 15-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-19 to move to 6-0 in Cloverbelt East play. Gilman is now 4-2.Annie Baierl had 23 digs and three service aces, Brooke Neider had 35 assists and 12 digs, and Kate Turchi had 13 kills and five blocks for the Dons.Kenzie Hansen added 12 kills, Maren Seefluth had 11 kills and 13 digs, Jessica Jakopin recorded 10 kills and five blocks, and Katie Hall notched 14 digs and three aces for Columbus.Columbus Catholic plays at Loyal on Thursday and with a victory would secure the outright conference title.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

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first_img“They are lighter and deliver great mobility and sweat wicking characteristics, and the feedback from players has been overwhelmingly positive. “However, during game play we have seen a small number of athletes experience significant jersey tears. “We are very concerned to see any game day tear and are working quickly to implement a solve that involves standardizing the embellishment process and enhancing the seam strength of game day jerseys.“The quality and performance of our products are of utmost importance and we are working with the NBA and teams to avoid this happening in the future.”ADVERTISEMENT After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Malditas save PH from shutout MOST READ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers plays with a ripped jersey during the second half against the Boston Celtics at Quicken Loans Arena on October 17, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPNike on Tuesday vowed to fix issues with its NBA jerseys after a string of high-profile incidents which have seen shirts torn to shreds.The opening weeks of the NBA campaign have seen multiple incidents of torn jerseys, creating a public relations headache for Nike in the first season of an eight-year deal as the league’s jersey supplier.ADVERTISEMENT The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Several of the league’s biggest names, including LeBron James and Draymond Green have been seen wearing tattered shirts since the season began.Last week, Sixers star Ben Simmons’ shirt was almost completely torn apart as he tussled for the ball during his team’s game with the Indiana Pacers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingNike said it was working to remedy the situation in a statement on Tuesday.“Nike always puts the athlete at the center of everything we do and we have worked hard to create the most advanced uniforms in the history of the NBA,” the company said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 LiAngelo Ball, UCLA teammates arrested in China for shoplifting Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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