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 Article published by Glenn Scherer Amazon Agriculture, Amazon Conservation, Amazon Destruction, Amazon Mining, Amazon People, Controversial, Corruption, Environment, Environmental Crime, environmental justice, Environmental Politics, Ethnocide, Forests, Green, Illegal Mining, Indigenous Culture, Indigenous Cultures, Indigenous Groups, Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Rights, Land Conflict, Land Grabbing, Land Rights, Land Use Change, Mining, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforest Mining, Rainforests, Rivers, Roads, Saving The Amazon, Social Conflict, Social Justice, Threats To The Amazon Brazil is investigating possible violent incidents between illegal miners and farmers and two uncontacted indigenous groups in the Vale do Javari Indigenous Territory in Amazonas state bordering Peru.One alleged case involved gold miners operating dredges illegally on the Jandiatuba River, a tributary of the Solimões.In a second case, villagers in Jarinal, a Kanamari community on the Jutai River reported an attack against a Wakinara Djapar group, possibly carried out by people farming illegally in the Vale do Javari Indigenous Territory.Both reports are under investigation, but so far no solid evidence confirming the attacks has been produced. FUNAI, Brazil’s indigenous services agency, has been hampered in enforcing protections of uncontacted groups due to drastic budget reductions. This year, the Temer administration cut the agency’s operating budget by nearly 50 percent. Aerial view of an illegal gold mining dredge along the Jandiatuba River in Brazil. Photo © FUNAIBrazilian officials are investigating two reported cases of violent contact between indigenous groups that shun contact with wider society and outsiders who entered their territory illegally.Both incidents reportedly occurred in the Vale do Javari Indigenous Territory, a huge area encompassing 85,444 square kilometers (32,990 square miles) in Amazonas state bordering Peru, and home to the largest concentration of isolated indigenous people in the world.One case involved gold miners operating dredges illegally on the Jandiatuba River, a tributary of the Solimões. In mid-August, reports began circulating in the town of São Paulo de Olivença, on the Solimões River near Brazil’s borders with Peru and Colombia, of an encounter between miners and isolated people that occurred in late July or early August.At the end of August, four dredges on the Jandiatuba River were destroyed in a raid by the Brazilian Army, Federal Public Ministry and Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA). IBAMA also fined a group of miners about $340,000 for environmental damage in the region.Before the raid, miners in São Paulo de Olivença had shown off a bow, an arrow and a carved paddle taken from a canoe as proof of the indigenous encounter, according to sources familiar with the investigation.An illegal gold mining dredge on the Jandiatuba River burns in late August during a raid by the Brazilian Army, Brazil’s Federal Public Ministry and the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA). Photo courtesy of the Brazilian ArmyThere also were reports that as many as 10 indigenous people were killed. Those reports have not been confirmed, according to a press release issued September 11 by FUNAI, Brazil’s national indigenous affairs agency.“So far, no material proof has been found to prove the alleged massacre, so it is impossible to confirm the veracity of the [reports of] deaths,” the FUNAI statement said.It is difficult to confirm deaths in cases of violent encounters with isolated groups because victims’ bodies are almost never found, experts say.Reports of such cases generally come from the outsiders involved — like the miners in this case, or loggers or hunters who invade an isolated group’s territory — or from a neighboring tribe.In the second alleged case, villagers in Jarinal, a Kanamari community on the Jutai River reported an attack against a group of Wakinara Djapar people — a tribe of the same language group as the Kanamari — possibly carried out by people who are farming illegally in the Vale do Javari Indigenous Territory. That report is under investigation but has not been confirmed.Flying over the area in December 2016, FUNAI staff saw the charred remains of an isolated group’s maloca or communal house, but it is unknown whether the burning was related to incursions by outsiders.Charred remains of a maloca or communal house of an isolated indigenous group in the Vale do Javari Indigenous Territory. Photo © FUNAIEven when the encounter itself is not violent, contact with outsiders can be devastating to isolated groups, which have no resistance even to common diseases such as colds or flu. Even indirect contact — through pots, machetes or other items carried off from a settled village or a logging camp — can cause an epidemic that decimates a group, or forces it to seek medical assistance.The two new reports of violence come at a time when isolated tribes in the Amazon basin are under increasing pressure from drug traffickers, especially along the border between Brazil and Peru, plus pressure from dam construction, oil and gas operations, and deforestation for farming and ranching, according to Antenor Vaz, a former FUNAI official who has mapped the threats.“This model of development is the greatest risk factor for isolated indigenous people and those in recent contact,” Vaz said at an Amazonian anthropology conference in Lima, Peru, in late July.Although most of the isolated groups reported in Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Paraguay, Ecuador and Venezuela live in protected areas, that does not mean they are safe from unwanted contact with outsiders, Vaz said.Isolated groups are unaware of official borders and sometimes move back and forth across them. Even when they remain inside protected areas, lack of law enforcement makes them vulnerable to incursions by outsiders like the illegal miners on the Jandiatuba River.Aerial view of an isolated indigenous group in the Vale do Javari Indigenous Territory. Photo © FUNAIAlthough Brazil’s official policy is to protect the areas occupied by isolated groups, budget cuts implemented under the Rousseff and Temer administrations have forced FUNAI to close five of its control posts and cut staff at others. Miners moved up the Jandiatuba River into the indigenous territory after a FUNAI control post there was closed in 2012. FUNAI’s budget was nearly halved this year.Budget reductions and a transfer of some areas of responsibility, such as indigenous people’s health care and education, from FUNAI to other government agencies, have weakened the agency’s ability to protect indigenous people, according to Luiz Eloy Terena, who is a member of the Terena indigenous people as well as a lawyer for the Coordinating Group of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (Articulaçao dos Povos Indígenas do Brasil).A bloc of legislators, the bancada ruralista, aligned with large landholders, agribusiness and ranchers is also aggressively seeking to redraw the boundaries of indigenous territories, and hundreds of requests for territorial demarcation are now on hold, Eloy said.Road construction in the Amazon is another major threat to indigenous groups, Vaz noted. A road built in Brazil in the 1970s near the border with Venezuela led to a gold rush into territory of the semi-nomadic Yanomami people, where miners killed 16 members of the tribe in 1993.As outside pressures increase, Vaz said, “There are groups that are coming into contact because they no longer have the possibility of remaining isolated.”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.