first_imgArticle published by John Cannon 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 Oil palm plantations certified as sustainable by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil had less deforestation than non-certified plantations, according to a new analysis.Certification’s effect on the incidence of fires and the clearing of forest from peatlands was not statistically significant.The research demonstrates that while certification does reduce deforestation, it has not protected very much standing forest from being cut down. New research demonstrates that sustainability certification through the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil does cut down on deforestation in Indonesia’s palm oil industry. But the new study, published online Monday by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, also says that RSPO standards don’t appear to be saving a very large area of forest.“Even if we’re saying there’s a significant effect on forests, the amount of forests protected is tiny,” Kimberly Carlson, a land systems scientist at the University of Hawaii and the lead author of the study, said in an interview.A recently developed oil palm plantation in Indonesia. Photo courtesy of PNAS.Concerns about the amount of forest cleared for plantations have plagued the palm oil industry for decades. In part, that led to the inception of the RSPO in 2004, which was formed to address the environmental footprint, as well as issues such as land rights and the treatment of workers, in the production of the ubiquitous vegetable oil.But a lingering question has been whether RSPO certification standards diminish deforestation rates. Around 20 percent of the world’s production palm oil in 2015 was certified, and more than half of that comes from Indonesia, according to the RSPO website. To find some answers, Carlson and her colleagues’ analysis combined data on the boundaries of RSPO-certified and uncertified plantations with satellite imagery showing tree cover loss and fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo, from 2001 through 2015.During that period, the team calculated that only about 21 square kilometers (8.1 square miles) of Indonesia’s forest was saved from being cut down thanks to RSPO certification. That’s just a bit more than a third the size of the island of Manhattan in the U.S.“Twenty-one square kilometers is [next to] nothing, especially in the grand scheme of the deforestation that’s happened in Borneo as well as Sumatra,” Carlson said, “so there’s still a long way to go for the RSPO to actually have an effect on forest cover.”Young oil palm trees in a nursery in Indonesia. Photo courtesy of PNAS.They also found that, even though certified plantations were less likely to have fires or to have had forest cleared from carbon-rich peatlands, certification didn’t limit these issues in a statistically significant way.Most of the certified plantations that the researchers looked at were developed — perhaps at the expense of forest — before the RSPO existed. And now, a lot of certified plantations don’t have much forest within their boundaries, so certification often only protects a negligible amount of forest.Currently, RSPO standards prohibit clearing of primary and high-conservation value forest, but not all deforestation, which has led to criticism of the organization. But increasing how strict the standards are could also potentially exclude small-scale producers who might not have the means to bring their operations up to code, the authors write.“[High] stringency means that whatever certified product that you purchase is probably going to be very ‘sustainable,’” Carlson said. “But if you make the standard more stringent and have a more ‘sustainable’ certified product, you’re likely to … exclude producers for whom it’s just too costly to become certified.”Palm fruit bunches. Photo by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.That would leave them with even less incentive to protect standing forest, so the thinking goes. Still, Carlson said that the desire to get deforestation-free products into the hands of consumers exists, even if the current research shows that the RSPO doesn’t do that yet.“I don’t think that our findings suggest that everybody should drop the RSPO and run to something else,” she added. “As it’s currently written, the RSPO standard is not … sufficient for zero-deforestation commitments because … there is forest loss.”CITATIONCarlson, K. M., Heilmayr, R., Gibbs, H. K., Noojipady, P., Burns, D. N., Morton, D. C., … Kremen, C. (2017). Effect of oil palm sustainability certification on deforestation and fire in Indonesia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. http://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1704728114Banner image of oil palm nursery in Indonesia courtesy of PNAS.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. 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