In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, July 5, 2019

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Conservation, Environment, Weekly environmental news update 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 forestsIllegal logging in Mozambique has exposed the country to potential devastation as a result of cyclones (The Epoch Times).As policy turns away from palm oil-based biofuels in the European Union, it’s still powering a lot of vehicles (Financial Times).A new law in Côte d’Ivoire aimed at stopping deforestation could lead to the eviction of as many as 2 million cocoa farmers (Africa Times).Paraguay is investing in silvopastoral systems to raise livestock, which proponents argue will help meet the global demand for food while protecting forest (Inter Press Service).Poachers intent on ivory are operating in Botswana, home to Africa’s largest population of elephants (The New York Times).A new dam could derail the UNESCO World Heritage Status of Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve (Devdiscourse).Other newsResearchers track an Arctic fox’s trek of more than 3,500 kilometers (2,175 miles) (The New York Times).The G20 is in near-unanimous agreement — with one notable dissenter in U.S. President Donald Trump — to address climate change (The Washington Post).Threatened salmon in California may benefit from access to flooded fields (Biographic).Rehabilitating confiscated pangolins takes a special touch (Biographic).A black rhino died on his way from the U.K. to the Serengeti (The Mirror, The Independent).Canada’s new fisheries act has promise, but some wonder if it’s coming too late (Hakai Magazine).Experts offer guidance on helping children understand climate change (The New York Times).The Netherlands is raising dairy cattle out at sea in a bid for increased sustainability (Hakai Magazine).European meteorologists peg June 2019 as the hottest June on record (The New York Times).Predators and the impacts they have on people present a tricky problem for conservation biologists (The Atlantic).Greenland’s melting ice sheet could have an unexpected benefit: freeing up sand to meet worldwide demand (The New York Times).Improving batteries could catalyze a shift to hybrid jets (The Economist).The 10 million people of Chennai no longer have enough water (NPR).Climate change could have a price tag of nearly $70 trillion by 2100, according to the consulting firm Moody’s Analytics (The Washington Post).A new species of fly shares its name with a Game of Thrones character (Fox News).Crews at a golf course owned by U.S. President Donald Trump in Scotland destroyed protected sand dunes — and then the government stripped the ecosystem’s protected status (E&E News).A perplexing surge in seaweed growth in the Caribbean is threatening marine life and fisheries (The Atlantic).Climate change is increasing conflicts over fisheries (Hakai Magazine).China could spearhead a conservation movement for the world’s oceans (World Economic Forum).Farmers are raising flies and beetles to be fodder for farmed fish (The Economist).Banner image of an Arctic fox by Rama via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0 fr). 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 Article published by John Cannonlast_img read more

Madagascar no longer insisting on selling its seized rosewood, for now

first_imgMadagascar has withdrawn its demand to be allowed to sell illegally harvested rosewood timber that it had previously seized.The move aligns Madagascar’s position more closely with that of the international community, which wants the country to crack down on the illegal logging and timber trade before a relaxation or lifting of the ban is even considered.However, the government hasn’t ruled out seeking permission for a sale in the future, raising concern among observers about the message this could send to illegal traders and to other countries also seeking to offload stockpiles of trafficked contraband. A ban on the international trade in rosewood, a prized timber, remains intact following the close this week of a global summit on the trade in wild animals and plants.What did change at the 18th Conference of the Parties (CoP18) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) was that Madagascar, a key source country for illegal precious wood, withdrew its demand to be allowed to sell rosewood stocks that it had previously seized in the international market.“I reiterate once again a paradigm shift that Madagascar will not consider marketing,” Lala Ranaivomanana, secretary-general of Madagascar’s Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, said at the CITES summit in Geneva. He added that the country would hold off on any plans to try and sell the stockpile until it had resolved issues surrounding inventory management and control.While selling the rosewood remains an option in the future, the latest decision aligns Madagascar’s position more closely with that of CITES: that the country needs to do more to crack down on the illegal logging and timber trade before a relaxation or lifting of the ban is even considered.“The first thing they need to address is the enforcement issue. The potential conversation on exports and sustainable management will come after that,” said Isabel Camarena, an official with the CITES Secretariat who tracked the discussions.In a July interview Alexandre Georget, Madagascar’s environment minister, told Mongabay that they would not allow any exports of rosewood. In the past, the country has repeatedly sought permission for a one-time sale of illegal rosewood that lies in government custody, a move that many fear would send the wrong signal to illegal traders and to other countries pushing for similar sales of trafficked commodities.“WCS commends Madagascar for announcing that they are no longer seeking permission from CITES for an international sale of seized stocks of rosewood,” Janice Weatherley-Singh, a director at the Wildlife Conservation Society-EU, said in a statement. “Allowing even just a one-off international sale of such a highly prized wood would provide an opportunity for increased illegal trade.”A 2009 coup led by the current president, Andry Rajoelina, fueled unprecedented destruction of Madagascar’s forests and rosewood extraction. The 2013 CITES ban led to a government roundup of illegally harvested rosewood. To date, however, Madagascar still doesn’t have a clear idea of how much illegal rosewood exists in the country, because some stocks have been declared by traffickers but aren’t in government custody, while others have been stashed away by timber traders.Without this baseline, the CITES committee is unwilling to consider any move to dispose of it. Madagascar said domestic use would be prioritized rather than allowing the wood to enter the global market, ending up largely in China.Wood from species in two genera found in Madagascar, Dalbergia (rosewood and palisander) and Diospyros (ebony), is considered precious timber. It’s coveted for its rich hues and fragrance and used in the production of fine furniture and musical instruments.During the 2013 CITES summit, in Bangkok, rosewood, ebony and palisander from Madagascar were placed in Appendix II of the convention. That means that while trade isn’t banned, it’s subject to strict regulation. An embargo was placed on trade in the precious timber, and an action plan approved to create an inventory of stockpiles and assess standing trees.Since then, CITES has extended the embargo and rejected iterations of the “Stockpile Verification Mechanism and Business Plan” presented by the Malagasy government for auditing and ultimately legally exporting the stock of precious wood in its custody.The justification offered by the government was that selling the confiscated timber would help it achieve “stock zero” and make it easier to track any new logging. But without accurate and reliable information about the volume of confiscated timber, there’s no knowing how much would have to be sold off to arrive at “stock zero.” There’s the added concern that timber traffickers could freely remove and sell logs from the cache that’s not fully under government control.The Malagasy government has been criticized for trying to take control of the inventory by compensating timber barons who control a substantial portion of the illegal stocks.At the CITES summit in Geneva, it was decided that Madagascar would account for all the stocks, not only a third of them as was previously required , including the undeclared and hidden ones, according to Susanne Breitkopf, forest policy manager at the Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group Environmental Investigations Agency, which participated as an observer at the meeting. Madagascar also committed to enforce the law and prosecute offenders at all levels.The shift in the government’s stance is being hailed by some, while others are more cautious in their optimism.“They did not present a new business plan here, also nothing about compensating traffickers. Per CoP decision they should submit a new use plan (not business plan), to the next Standing Committee, which is based on transparency and independent oversight mechanism,” Breitkopf said.However, government officials did not categorically rule out seeking permission for a future sale of the stockpile. “We continue working on the business plan taking account on these new recommendations,” Herizo Rakotovololonalimanana, the director-general of environment and forests and one of Madagascar’s delegates at CoP18, said in an email to Mongabay.Ranaivomanana, in his speech at the CITES meeting, noted that the decision on what to do would come after the government had secured all the stocks, the risks of illegal exploitation were fully understood, and it was able to deal with offenders more effectively.Camarena from the CITES Secretariat said the international community was still worried that once Madagascar did that, they might seek to sell the rosewood. “The use plan has not been approved, only the part about making the inventory,” she said. “The idea of the inventory management was well received but nobody wanted anything to do with sale.”The conference did amend the status of small finished items such as musical instruments, parts and accessories, exempting them from requiring CITES permits to cross borders. Madagascar’s plan to use some of the stock domestically to produce handicrafts could potentially benefit from this.However, it would only be part of the solution to the problem of what to do with the seized wood. “The needs for local handcrafts will be very small compared to the total size of the current stockpile, so this to me does not solve much of the situation and it does not mean that the stock is safe,” said Nanie Ratsifandrihamanana, the country director for WWF Madagascar, adding that “there has been no information shared on the status of the inventory so I suppose it is still at the same status as it was last year.”At the discussion, parties felt no progress could be made by pushing Madagascar into a corner and the need was to support them, Camarena said, a theme emphasized in the decisions taken during the meeting.“The challenge is still huge and Madagascar cannot solve the rosewood trafficking crisis in isolation,” Weatherley-Singh of WCS said. “The international trade suspension needs to be kept in place. Other countries also need to be ready to refuse imports of illegal stocks and provide financial support.”Banner Image: A file photo by Rhett A. Butler of rosewood being transported in Maroantsetra in northwest MadagascarMalavika Vyawahare is the Madagascar staff writer for Mongabay. Find her on Twitter: @MalavikaVyFEEDBACK: 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. Cites, Forestry, Forests, Governance, Illegal Timber Trade, Rainforest Deforestation, Rosewood, Timber, timber trade, Tropical Forests Article published by malavikavyawaharecenter_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

Mongabay’s 10 most popular stories for January 2020

first_imgEnvironment, most popular articles January 2020 was a record-setting traffic month for Mongabay with more than 11.2 million pageviews across Mongabay.com and Mongabay.co.id.Below are the 10 news.mongabay.com stories that racked up the most traffic during the month.This list does not include stories from our Indonesia, Latam, India, or Brazil bureaus. January 2020 was a record-setting traffic month for Mongabay with more than 11.2 million pageviews across Mongabay.com and Mongabay.co.id. Below are the ten news.mongabay.com stories that racked up the most traffic during the month.Women from the Xingu Territory unite against threats from Bolsonaro administration (12/18/19) Written by Maria Fernanda Ribeiro – 694,270 pageviews.In May 2019, some 200 representatives from 16 different ethnicities gathered for the first women’s summit in the Xingu Indigenous Territory’s in the state of Mato Grosso. Feeling under threat from policies regarding native peoples under the Jair Bolsonaro administration and tired of their community roles being restricted to domestic tasks, the women met to discuss ways to occupy leadership roles alongside men and, in doing so, gain strength to protect their territory.Even though many men in the Xingu still disapprove of female empowerment, the event itself already led to changes in local gender relationships: During the summit, some domestic partners took responsibility for household tasks and childcare while the women were away. In the village where the event was held, the men took over traditional female jobs like collecting food, fishing and cooking for the hundreds of women present.This is a particularly delicate time in the region: 147 square kilometers (57.8 square miles) of the forest were destroyed in the Xingu Socio-environmental Biodiversity Corridor between July and August 2019 — 172% more than occurred during the same period last year. A mosaic composed of 21 indigenous reserves and nine conservation units, the corridor is home to one of Earth’s largest concentrations of environmental diversity.Eu / Chinese soy consumption linked to species impacts in Brazilian Cerrado: study (12/24/19) Written by Sarah Sax – 188,390 pageviews.The Brazilian Cerrado, the world’s largest tropical savanna, is a biodiversity hotspot with thousands of unique species and is home to 5 percent of the world’s biodiversity.However, half of the Cerrado has already been converted to agriculture; much of it is now growing soy which is exported abroad, particularly to the European Union (EU) and China, primarily as animal feed. But tracing soy-driven biodiversity and species losses to specific commodities traders and importing nations is challenging.Now a new groundbreaking study published in the journal PNAS has modeled the biodiversity impacts of site-specific soy production, while also linking specific habitat losses and species losses to nations and traders.For example, the research found that the consumption of Brazilian soy by EU countries has been especially detrimental to the giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla), which has lost 85 percent of its habitat to soy in the state of Mato Grosso.Tool use in puffins may point to ‘underestimated’ intelligence in seabirds (1/8/20) Published under under Mongabay’s generic byline – 187,981 pageviews.A camera trap in Iceland captured video of an Atlantic puffin using a stick to scratch itself.The discovery, along with a similar observation in Wales in 2014, is the first evidence of tool use in seabirds.The findings suggest that seabirds like puffins may be more intelligent or possess greater problem-solving skills than once thought.Photos: Top 15 new species of 2019 (12/26/19) Written by Shreya Dasgupta – 183,796 pageviews.In 2019, Mongabay covered several announcements of new-to-science species.The “discovery” of a new-to-science species is always an awe-inspiring bit of news; the outcome of dogged perseverance, months or years of field surveys, and long periods of sifting through hundreds of museum records.In no particular order, we present our 15 top picks.Agroforestry ‘home gardens’ build community resilience in southern Ethiopia (12/5/18) Written by Tesfa-Alem Tekle – 129,426 pageviews.The village of Bule is believed to be the birthplace of traditional “home garden” agroforestry in Ethiopia.Farmers here practice this ancient multi-storied agroforestry system — the growing of trees, shrubs and annual crops together in a forest-mimicking system — around their homesteads, hence the name home garden.Trees provide fruit, timber, fodder or soil-building properties and shade for mid-story crops like coffee and enset, with vegetable and medicinal herbs growing on the forest floor.Farm families are more food secure, because the system provides economic, ecological and environmental attributes and provide year-round and marketable harvests.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worried (1/22/20) Written by Nanditha Chandraprakash – 107,268 pageviews.A plan to plant 2.42 billion trees by the Isha Foundation along the Cauvery River has attracted the chagrin of some scientists.While scientists say the project is well-meaning, they don’t believe it will cure the Cauvery River’s ills as promised.The Isha Foundation has yet to announce a number of details of the project, including what tree species will be planted.India’s rivers are suffering from numerous issues, but researchers contend mass tree planting is too simplistic to fix them all.2019: The year Sri Lanka’s stunning new species came to light (Commentary) (1/6/20) Written by Amila Prasanna Sumanapala – 106,987 pageviews.In 2019, biodiversity-rich Sri Lanka yielded up more than 50 species new to science, most of them endemic to the Indian Ocean island.Description of invertebrates scaled a new high with 32 new species discoveries recorded in a single year.The newly described species are mostly range-restricted species known from very limited localities that require immediate conservation efforts.This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the author, not necessarily Mongabay.Protecting India’s fishing villages: Q&A with ‘maptivist’ Saravanan (1/10/19) Written by Mahima Jain – 97,920 pageviews.Fishing communities across the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu are fighting to protect their traditional lands as the sea rises on one side and residential and industrial development encroaches on the others.To support these communities, a 35-year-old local fisherman is helping them create maps that document how they use their land.By creating their own maps, the communities are taking control of a tool that has always belonged to the powerful.Their maps allow them to speak the language of the state so they can resolve disputes and mount legal challenges against industries and government projects encroaching on their land and fishing grounds.Palm oil, fire pushing protected areas in Honduras to the ‘point of no return’ (12/31/19) Written by Leonardo Guevara and Lesly Frazier – 88,736 pageviews.According to the Honduran Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG), 190,000 hectares of oil palm are being cultivated in Honduras. They extend from the Cortés department to the Colón department along the country’s Atlantic coast.African oil palm has taken over 20 and 30 percent of the land in Punta Izopo National Park and Jeanette Kawas National Park, respectively.In 2016, a fire in Jeanette Kawas National Park consumed 412 hectares of land. Fire also damaged Punta Izopo National Park in August 2019.Indonesian man jailed for smuggling 7,000 ‘living fossil’ horseshoe crabs (12/3/19) Written by Ayat S. Karokaro – 83,795 pageviews.A court in Indonesia has sentenced a boat captain to 15 months in jail and fined him $3,500 for attempting to traffic thousands of dead horseshoe crabs to Thailand.All three horseshoe crabs found in Indonesian waters are protected under the country’s laws, but conservationists say the illegal trade continues largely unchecked.Horseshoe crabs have existed for nearly half a billion years, but today face rapidly declining populations across their range as a result of overfishing for use as food and bait, production of biomedical products derived from their blood, and habitat loss from coastal development and erosion. Article published by Rhett Butlercenter_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

Turning anger into charity

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 After bids for the helmet entered the millions of dollars, the auction was suspended by eBay. It appears Gordon intends to resume the auction once the bids are validated. But who would have thought it would generate such generosity, sincere or otherwise? As of Tuesday night, the winning bid was $8,000,400. As of Wednesday morning, the winning bid topped $10 million. By Wednesday afternoon, the auction was suspended to investigate the validity of the bids. It’s hard to imagine that one slightly damaged, well-publicized racing helmet could be worth $10 million and apparently eBay has its own suspicions. Here’s to hoping the winner makes good on his bid. “People started asking me almost immediately after the race if they could have my helmet, and rather than just giving it away we’ll use it to raise more money for the Harrah’s Employee Relief Fund,” Gordon said. “Obviously I’m still angry about getting wrecked intentionally, but at the end of the day I still have a house to go home to which is a lot more than a lot of people can say. I hope people will dig deep and think of the big picture when they’re bidding on the helmet.” Nice to hear Gordon can keep things in perspective. Apparently his fund-raising move has generated a new crop of Gordon fans, as the comments made on eBay will attest. Speaking of big pictures though, Gordon may need a little help in that department. “Getting wrecked intentionally” appears to be on equal footing with finding food, clothes, homes and jobs for those affected by Hurricane Katrina. There was no need to make reference to wrecking his race car – and make no mistake, Gordon was as much to blame for the incident as Waltrip. Gordon would have made himself look so much better if he just raised the money and kept quiet about the circumstances surrounding the celebrity-status of his racing helmet. But give Gordon credit for trying to make a very bad day into something worthwhile. If he can generate millions of dollars for his behavior, then maybe it was worth it. We’ll see if his friends at Jim Beam think the same way. Stewart’s surprise: Hate to say it, but there seems to be a dark cloud gathering over Tony Stewart. After the race at New Hampshire, the first in the 10-race Chase for the Championship, Stewart extended his lead over Greg Biffle to 20 points with nine races to go. The second-place finish at New Hampshire was nice, but conservative. It was probably the smartest race Stewart has run all year, but playing it safe is out of character and it’s angering the racing gods. Even Stewart wasn’t too happy with himself after the race. Then during a test session at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in North Carolina on Tuesday, Stewart crashed his car after only a few laps. Not a good way to prepare for a championship run. Further, he and the rest of the Nextel Cup Series drivers are headed to Dover International Speedway in Delaware, where Stewart has won two races in his NASCAR Cup career. But he also is coming off a career-worst 15th-place finish at Dover in June. Could it be a sign of things to come? “You never know what’s going to happen,” Stewart said. “There are always variables that are out of your control each week. Even though we’ve had some success in the past at some of these places, it’s no guarantee that we’re going to have success this time around.” To make matters worse for Stewart, his two closest Chase contenders are coming off wins at Dover. Biffle won the June race at Dover and Ryan Newman won the September race at Dover last year. Another Biffle or Newman win, and another Stewart 15th-place finish, would knock Stewart out of the Chase lead. That dark cloud could be downright black by Sunday night. Tim Haddock covers motor sports for the Daily News. He can be reached at (818) 713-3715 or timothy.haddock@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Gordon’s infamous helmet, the one he threw at Michael Waltrip’s car after wrecking in the race at New Hampshire, was being auctioned on eBay. The money generated from the auction was going to be donated to those displaced by Hurricane Katrina. “What happened Sunday is unfortunate, and I’m sorry for losing my temper following the race,” Gordon said in a statement, “but after a day or two of looking back at the race it’s easy to realize that it’s just not that big of a deal compared with what the people of the Gulf Coast are still going through.” center_img The debate is being waged whether Robby Gordon’s helmet-throwing outburst at New Hampshire International Speedway on Sunday is good for NASCAR. Little argument can be made that his temper tantrum can do some good for victims of Hurricane Katrina. last_img read more

MONTREALS JUST FOR LAUGHS FESTIVAL TAPS ANTHONY JESELNIK AND MICHAEL CHE TO

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Montréal, July 4, 2019 – Just For Laughs, in association with Loto-Québec, is excited to announce new artists added to this year’s Festival lineup.GALA SHOWComedian, writer, producer and podcaster, Anthony Jeselnik has found success on both television and the live stage. He currently hosts the weekly Comedy Central podcast The Jeselnik and Rosenthal Vanity Project opposite NFL Network analyst Gregg Rosenthal. He was the creator and star of Comedy Central’s The Jeselnik Offensive, and has written and appeared on many Comedy Central Roasts, most notably The Roast of Donald Trump and The Roast of Charlie Sheen. He wrote for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and has performed on many late-night shows. Jeselnik received praise for his hour-long special Thoughts and Prayers, which was released by Netflix in 2015. In 2019, he released his latest one-hour comedy special, Fire in the Maternity Ward, on Netflix which received rave reviews and critical praise.  He will next serve as host of the Comedy Central half-hour series Good Talk, which will premiere this Fall and will feature conversation, insight, and humor with well-known comics. The Anthony Jeselnik Gala will take place on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 7:00 PM, at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Having been named one of Rolling Stone’s “50 Funniest People,” Buzzfeed’s “50 Hottest Men in Comedy,” and Variety’s “Top 10 Comics To Watch,” Michael Che has established himself as one of the biggest comedy players working today. Che’s comedy uses humour to identify humanity in the most controversial actions. He applies street culture to world issues with a delivery that The New York Times describes as “a reflective, laid-back stage presence with jokes that draw as much from his city upbringing…as from blunt, insightful points that bring the abstract into focus.” Che is currently the co-anchor of Saturday Night Live’s iconic “Weekend Update” segment where he is also a co-head writer for the show. Prior to joining SNL, he was a correspondent on Comedy Central’s Emmy & Peabody Award-winning program The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. In 2016, he released his first hour-long stand-up special entitled Michael Che Matters on Netflix. Che has made numerous other television and film appearances. Most recently, he co-hosted the 70th Annual Primetime EMMY Awards on NBC. Che’s other appearances include Chris Rock’s Top Five, Comedy Central’s hit series @midnight, and as a weekly cast member on Vh1’s Best Week Ever. Catch The Michael Che Gala will take place on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 9:45 PM, at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.COMEDYPRO IN CONVERSATION ABC Presents Kenya Barris and Anthony Anderson: A Conversation about black-ish. Join creator and executive producer, Kenya Barris and star and executive producer, Anthony Anderson as they discuss ABC’s critically-acclaimed hit comedy series black-ish. Funny, truthful and timely, the Peabody Award winning sitcom has bravely tackled contemporary issues with humor and heart; becoming one of the most popular and influential series on television along the way. Join us for a conversation with Kenya and Anthony about what inspired the series, how it has grown over the past five seasons, and what they have in store for the future. ABC presents Kenya Barris and Anthony Anderson: A Conversation about black-ish will take place on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 3:45pm, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal.HOSTS of NEW FACES ANNOUNCEDOne of the “must see” showcases of the festival, New Faces returns this year with “must see” hosts!Comedian, actor, and writer Pete Holmes will host New Faces Group 1 on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 7:00pm; and New Faces Group 2 at 9:30pm, both at Salle Ludger-Duvernay at Monument-National. Holmes will return to host New Faces: Unrepped on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 9:30pm, at Salle Ludger-Duvernay at Monument-National.The inaugural New Faces: Canada will be hosted by comedian, writer and actor Ivan Decker on Friday, July 26, 2019 at 7:00pm at Salle Ludger-Duvernay at Monument-National.Comedian, and YouTube personality Franchesca Ramsey will host the New Faces: Creators on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 12:30pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal, in the Grand Salon Opera.OUTDOOR FREE CONCERT! Beginning as a stand-up comedian in Chicago, Craig Robinson first made his mark in the comedy circuit at the 1998 Just For Laughs Festival; and we’re delighted to welcome him back, this time to perform with his band, “The Nasty Delicious”! Robinson is best known for his role in NBC’s The Office, and movies including Knocked Up, This is the End, and The Hot Tub Time Machine Series. The Nasty Delicious formed in 2007, and has been rocking stages with Craig Robinson around the globe with their powerful fusion of electric funk, latin jazz, hard rock and soul. The members performing this evening include drummer Asa Watkins, guitarist David Sampson, bassist Brian Cockerham, saxophonists Lakecia Benjamin and Reggie Hines, trumpeter Wynston Byrd, and Craig’s younger brother and music director/keyboardist Chris “Rob” Robinson. All the members of the band have their own creative projects, and have also toured and recorded with countless legendary artists, including Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Lauryn Hill, Chaka Khan, Beyonce, Maroon 5, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Angie Stone, The Grateful Dead, Macy Gray, Anita Baker, and many, many more. The band has also been featured on Vh1’s Hip Hop Honors, Last Comic Standing, The Office, the Just For Laughs Festival and on the Hot Tub Time Machine soundtrack. This free, outdoor concert by Craig Robinson & The Nasty Delicious will be taking place on Saturday, July 27 at 9:15 PM at the main stage on the outdoor festival site. MORE PODCASTS RECORDED LIVE FROM MONTREAL!Recording live from Montreal this summer, The 500 Podcast with Josh Adam Meyers, and Starburns Audio presents The Patdown with Ms. Pat! Additionally, Mike Sweeney and Jessie Gaskell’s Inside CONAN: An Important Hollywood Podcast will be featured as part of An Afternoon with Earwolf.TBS’ CONAN writers, Mike Sweeney and Jessie Gaskell, take you behind the pompadour with exclusive and extended versions of their favorite interviews and stand-up from the week in late night, as well as the stories behind them. Discover the origins of characters like Crooner Ghost Artie Kendall, and meet people-who-should-be-characters like Jordan Schlansky. Plus find out why the second floor at Team Coco gets all the best snacks and who’s leaving dirty dishes in Andy Richter’s sink. Each week Mike and Jessie share the best and spill the dirt on everything CONAN, because they’re pretty sure their boss isn’t going to listen anyway. Come see them record Inside CONAN: An Important Hollywood Podcast live on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 4:00pm, in the Ovation Room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal.The 500 Podcast with Josh Adam Meyers counts down Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time with comedians, actors, and musicians. The 500 is the first Music Album Book Club representing the next decade of Josh’s life’s work, talking to creatives about the greatest recorded music in history. Bear witness to a live recording of Josh Adam Meyers’ The 500 Podcast on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 5:30pm, in the Ovation Room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal.Join Ms. Pat and her co-hosts Chris Spangle and Deon Curry as they bring their hit podcast The Patdown with Ms. Pat to JFL! After appearing on podcasts hosted by Joe Rogan, Marc Maron, Ari Shaffir, Tom Segura, and Eddie Ifft, Ms. Pat decided to start her own. She explains what it is like to appear on a podcast and have her career pop. Ms. Pat discusses her career in stand-up comedy, writing her autobiography Rabbit, and shooting her ex-boyfriend. Come see this podcast on Friday, July 26 at 5:30PM in the Inspiration Room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal.OFF-JFL’s NEWLY ADDED SHOWSFortune Feimster first made a name for herself as a performer and writer on E’s Chelsea Lately. She has since appeared on Idiotsitter, Mulaney, Glee, Two Broke Girls, Workaholics, Drunk History, @midnight, and Life in Pieces.  Most notably recognized as series regular on NBC’s Champions, and as ‘Nurse Collette’ on Hulu’s The Mindy Project, she has performed stand-up on CONAN, Comedy Central’s @midnight, and has her own Comedy Central half hour special. Don’t miss Fortune Feimster when she performs on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at 10:00pm, at Katacombes.Adam Cayton-Holland is a national touring headliner who was named one of Esquire Magazine’s “25 Comics to Watch” and one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch”. He will be bringing his one-man show, Happy Place to JFL, which is loosely based off his memoir Tragedy Plus Time. Cayton-Holland was plugging away in the world of stand-up, steadily climbing the comedy ladder, when the unthinkable happened: his little sister Lydia killed herself. His best friend, his earliest collaborator, the funniest person he knew, gone in an instant and he quit stand-up. Through time, plenty of therapy, and constant soul-searching, eventually Adam was able to put one foot in front of the other, to find joy in comedy again. Never shying away from the tough subject matter of mental illness, depression and suicide, Happy Place is a darkly funny exploration of going through the unimaginable, and learning to find your sense of humor again. Funny, sad, touching and real, it is a refreshing and honest look at the way life throws bad at you with the good, and the desperate struggle of trying to not drown under the weight of it all. Adam Cayton Holland’s Happy Place will take place Tuesday, July 23 through Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 8:30pm at Le P’tit Impro.Comedian, actor Fahim Anwar is a former Boeing Engineer-turned-comedian with his stand-up special There’s No Business Like Showbusiness receiving rave reviews. The New York Times has called Fahim a “most promising future star” and his popular sketch show special with his comedy group Goatface, currently airs on Comedy Central. His additional TV credits include Drunk History, Carmichael Show and Superior Donuts, with film credits including Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and Neighbours. Fahim Anwar will be performing on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 and Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 10:00pm, at Le P’tit Impro.In this day and age if it were all heavy it wouldn’t be a comedy special, it would be a depression special, and Alonzo Bodden is very aware of this. That’s why he goes back and forth, from Heavy to Lightweight, because he knows we need a break from news in comedy. Police description might be “big, scary black guy” but he’s regularly on NPR. How scary could he be? He isn’t afraid to talk about topics like slavery, then cell phones, the #MeToo Movement then millennials, Kanye and Taco Bell and a little bit about Israel too. He likes to mix it up and he hopes you will join him for a laugh and a think or two. Come see Alonzo Bodden in his show, Alonzo Bodden: Heavy Lightweight, on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 8:30pm, and Saturday, July 27, 2019, at 7:00pm, both at Newspeak.Jay Pharoah, actor and standup comedian is best known for his uncanny celebrity impressions and characters honed during his six seasons as a cast member of Saturday Night Live. In 2015, he debuted his first stand-up comedy special, Jay Pharoah: Can I Be Me? on Showtime. He has appeared in several films such as Ride Along with Kevin Hart and Top Five with Chris Rock, and had his own Showtime TV series White Famous. He’s voiced various roles in the animated series Family Guy, Bojack Horseman, Robot Chicken, and the upcoming Supermansion. Don’t miss Jay Pharoah when he performs on Thursday July 25, 2019 and Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 7:00pm, at Katacombes.Garnering over 2 million views, Chris Fleming is most known for his YouTube series Gayle, in which he stars as the titular high-strung suburban mom Gayle Waters. He’s currently wrapping up a cross-country standup tour, with his rising popularity on YouTube with Gayle, and music videos like I’m Afraid to Talk to Men and monologues like Teens Who Drink Coffee. Catch Chris Fleming when he performs on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 10:00pm, at Katacombes.Benito Skinner is a Brooklyn-based comedian who initially gained notoriety for his impressions and characters. He debuted his live comedy show as part of the New York Comedy Festival in 2018 to a sold-out crowd. His one-man show depicts his childhood and transformation from high school football star to viral sensation. This year, he took his show on the road with The Overcompensating Tour selling out multiple shows within hours all across the country. Don’t miss Benito Skinner when he performs on Friday, July 26, 2019 at 11:30pm, at La Chapelle Theatre.Join comedians Jak Knight and Jordan Temple as they co-headline at OFF-JFL this summer. Don’t miss your chance to see two great comics packed into one show for double the laughs! Double Threat: Jak Knight and Jordan Temple will take place on Friday, July 26,2019 at 10:00pm at Le P’tit Impro.Pre-sale tickets will be available starting today, Thursday, July 4, 2019 as of 10:00 AM at www.hahaha.comTickets will be available to the public starting Friday, July 5,2019 at 10:00 AM www.hahaha.comLooking for the best way to experience the Just For Laughs Festival? Get a JFLMTL Pass! Passes available include: the JFL 2-Show Pass for $99.99, 3-Show Pass for $139.99 and 5-Show Pass for $215. Each pass includes one free ticket every day from July 24 to July 27 (some restrictions apply).The Just For Laughs Festival, in association with Loto-Québec, runs from July 10 – 28, 2019 in Montréal, Canada.Find us on social #JFLMTLFacebook: @justforlaughsTwitter: @justforlaughsInstagram: @justforlaughsThe Just For Laughs Festival would like to thank its public partners: Government of Canada, Gouvernement du Québec, City of Montréal and Tourisme Montréal, as well as their sponsors: Loto-Québec, Bell, Sleeman, Le Groupe Maurice, DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal, SiriusXM, Tim Hortons and La Capitale, for their support.For tickets by phone, online or in person:The Just For Laughs Box Office, 514-845-2322, hahaha.comAbout Just For LaughsFounded in 1983, the Just For Laughs Group’s growth is concentrated on three major focal points: festivals (in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney); television production and stand-up specials (most notably Gags, seen in 135 countries and on 100 airlines); and live shows (Canadian tour dates for Jerry Seinfeld, Jeremy Hotz, Amy Schumer, Danny Bhoy, and Family Guy Live! to name a few). The Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, which will celebrate its 37th edition in 2019, is the world’s largest and most prestigious comedy event, welcoming more than 2 million people each summer. Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more