Teotihuacan the City of the Gods

Teotihuacan is the oldest ancient Mesoamerican city located 30 miles (50 km) northeast of modern-day Mexico City. The city, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, was settled as early as 400 B.C. and became the most powerful and influential city in the region by 400 A.D.

By the time the Aztecs found the city in the 1400s and named it Teotihuacan (meaning “the place where the gods were created”), the city had been abandoned for centuries. Teotihuacan’s origins, history, and culture largely remain a mystery.

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Teotihuacan (also written Teotihuacán) is arranged in a grid layout that covers about 8 square miles (20 square kilometers). It contains around 2,000 single-story apartment compounds, as well as various pyramids, plazas, temples and palaces of nobles and priests.

The main buildings of Teotihuacan are connected by the Avenue of the Dead (or Miccaotli in the Aztec language Nahuatl). The Avenue of the Dead is a 130-foot- (40-meter-) wide, 1.5-mile- (2.4-km-) long road that’s oriented slightly east (15.5 degrees) of true north and points directly at the nearby sacred peak of Cerro Gordo, an extinct volcano.

The city contains several large, important structures: The Pyramid of the Moon, the Pyramid of the Sun, the Ciudadela (“Citadel”) and the Temple of Quetzalcoatl (the Feathered Serpent).

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Pyramid of the Sun

Surrounded by smaller pyramids and platforms, the Pyramid of the Moon is situated at the northern end of the Avenue of the Dead and faces south. Standing at 140-feet (43-meters) high with a base measuring 426 by 511 feet (130 by 156 meters), the Pyramid of the Moon is the second largest structure in Teotihuacan.

Less than half a mile south of the Pyramid of the Moon stands the largest structure in Teotihuacan, the Pyramid of the Sun. Facing west, the pyramid stands at 216 feet (66 meters) with a base measuring approximately 720 by 760 feet (220 by 230 meters).

The Ciudadela is situated at the south end of the Avenue of the Dead. The 38-acre (15-hectare) courtyard contains multiple elite residential complexes and is dominated by the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, a kind of truncated pyramid that is adorned with numerous stone heads of the Feathered Serpent deity.

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Who Built Teotihuacan?

It’s unknown who built the ancient city. Scholars once believed the ancient Toltec civilization may have built the massive city, based largely on colonial period texts. But the Toltec culture (900-1150 A.D.) flourished hundreds of years after Teotihuacan peaked.

Other scholars believe the Totonacs, a tribe from the east, built and inhabited the city.

Another theory holds that immigrants flooded into the Teotihuacan valley following the eruption of a volcano, and those immigrants built or augmented the city. Teotihuacan appears to contain features of various cultures, including the Maya, Mixtec and Zapotec.

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Whatever the case, Teotihuacan was founded as early as 400 B.C., though the largest structures of the city weren’t completed until about 300 A.D. However carbon dating can be inaccurate if it was affected the by proven radiation.

It’s thought that the city reached its peak around 100 years later, with a population as high as 200,000 people. Little is known about the language, politics, culture and religion of the Teotihuacan people. They had a glyph-based written language, but it may have been limited to dates and names.

The art and architecture of the city shows it was a polytheistic society, with the primary deity being the Great Goddess of Teotihuacan, which is depicted as a spider goddess.

Other deities include Quetzalcoatl (a vegetation god whose meaning changed in subsequent civilizations), the rain god Tlaloc, and the god of spring Xipe Totec, among others. The Teotihuacan priests practiced ritual sacrifices of animals and people to these gods.

In 1989, researchers discovered 18 sacrificial victims buried in a long pit just south of the Temple of Quetzalcoatl. Other sacrifices at the pyramid include five canines (wolves or coyotes), three felines (jaguar or puma) and 13 birds (many thought to be eagles)—animals believed to be symbols of warriors.

Artifacts found in the city and sites across Mexico suggest Teotihuacan was a wealthy trade metropolis in its prime. Teotihuacan had a monopoly on obsidian trade—the most important deposit in Mesoamerica was located near the city.

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Ceramics, such as pottery and other luxury goods, were also highly prized export goods because of their elaborate decorations. Other goods coming into and out of the city likely included cotton, cacao and exotic feathers and shells, among other things.

Local harvests included beans, avocados, peppers and squash, and the city farmers raised chickens and turkeys. The art and architecture styles of Teotihuacan are found widely throughout Mesoamerica, suggesting the city had far-reaching influence.

Around 600 A.D., major buildings were deliberately burned and artworks and religious sculptures were destroyed. By 750 A.D., the remaining inhabitants of the city had all abandoned their homes to join neighboring cultures or return to their ancestral homes.

History.com / Crickey Conservation Society 2022.

Spiders use Earth’s Electric Field to Fly Hundreds of Miles

On October 31, 1832, a young naturalist named Charles Darwin walked onto the deck of the HMS Beagle and realized that the ship had been boarded by thousands of intruders.

Tiny red spiders, each a millimeter wide, were everywhere. The ship was 60 miles offshore, so the creatures must have floated over from the Argentinian mainland. All the ropes were coated and fringed with gossamer web.

Spiders have no wings, but they can take to the air nonetheless. They’ll climb to an exposed point, raise their abdomens to the sky, extrude strands of silk, and float away. This behavior is called ballooning.

It might carry spiders away from predators and competitors, or toward new lands with abundant resources. But whatever the reason for it, it’s clearly an effective means of travel. Spiders have been found two and a half miles up in the air, and 1,000 miles out to sea.

It is commonly believed that ballooning works because the silk catches on the wind, dragging the spider with it. But that doesn’t entirely make sense, especially because spiders balloon only during light winds.

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But Erica Morley and Daniel Robert have an explanation. The duo, who work at the University of Bristol, has shown that spiders can sense Earth’s electric field, and use it to launch themselves into the air.

Every day, around 40,000 thunderstorms crackle around the world, collectively turning Earth’s atmosphere into a giant electrical circuit. The upper reaches of the atmosphere have a positive charge, and the planet’s surface has a negative one.

Even on sunny days with cloudless skies, the air carries a voltage of around 100 volts for every meter above the ground. In foggy or stormy conditions, that gradient might increase to tens of thousands of volts per meter.

Ballooning spiders operate within this planetary electric field. When their silk leaves their bodies, it typically picks up a negative charge. This repels the similar negative charges on the surfaces on which the spiders sit, creating enough force to lift them into the air.

And spiders can increase those forces by climbing onto twigs, leaves, or blades of grass. Plants, being earthed, have the same negative charge as the ground that they grow upon, but they protrude into the positively charged air.

This creates substantial electric fields between the air around them and the tips of their leaves and branches—and the spiders ballooning from those tips.

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This idea—flight by electrostatic repulsion—was first proposed in the early 1800’s, around the time of Darwin’s voyage. Peter Gorham, a physicist, resurrected the idea in 2013, and showed that it was mathematically plausible. And now, Morley and Robert have tested it with actual spiders.

In response, the spiders performed a set of movements called tiptoeing—they stood on the ends of their legs and stuck their abdomens in the air. That behavior is only ever seen before ballooning.

Many of the spiders actually managed to take off, despite being in closed boxes with no airflow within them. And when Morley turned off the electric fields inside the boxes, the ballooning spiders dropped.

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It’s especially important, says Angela Chuang, from the University of Tennessee, to know that spiders can physically detect electrostatic changes in their surroundings. That’s the foundation for lots of interesting research questions.

How do various electric-field strengths affect the physics of takeoff, flight, and landing? Do spiders use information on atmospheric conditions to make decisions about when to break down their webs, or create new ones?

Air currents might still play some role in ballooning. After all, the same hairs that allow spiders to sense electric fields can also help them to gauge wind speed or direction.

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And Moonsung Cho from the Technical University of Berlin recently showed that spiders prepare for flight by raising their front legs into the wind, presumably to test how strong it is.

Still, Morley and Robert’s study shows that electrostatic forces are, on their own, enough to propel spiders into the air. This is really top-notch science. It seemed very clear that electric fields played a central role, but we could only speculate on how the biology might support this.

The Atlantic / Crickey Conservation Foundation

Melting Glaciers threaten Wildlife in Asia

Kyrgyzstan is one of the most bio-diverse areas of central Asia, but species are in danger from global warming. Kyrgyzstan’s glaciers are receding at what scientists say is an alarming rate, fueled by global warming.

And while experts warn of a subsequent catastrophe for energy and water security for Kyrgyzstan and neighbor states downstream reliant on its water flows, devastation to local ecosystems and the effects on plant and wildlife could be just as severe.

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Animals and vegetation will not be unaffected and the risks for some species will be great. More than 4% equal to – 8,400 square kilometers – of Kyrgyzstan’s territory consists of glaciers.

A natural process of water release from summer melting of the glaciers, which freeze again during the winter, feeds many of the country’s rivers and lakes. Up to 90% of water in Kyrgyzstan rivers comes from glaciers, local experts claim.

This flow of water is not just important to energy needs and farming, it also feeds interconnected ecosystems providing habitats for some of the world’s most diverse flora and fauna.

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Kyrgyzstan’s biodiversity is among the greatest in the region and stretches through a variety of climatic habitats, ranging from glaciers to subtropical and temperate ecosystems.

Although it only covers 0.1% of the world’s landmass, Kyrgyzstan is home to 1% of its species, according to reports submitted by the government to UN bodies.

A number of species are found only in Kyrgyzstan with endemic species and subspecies including over 200 plant species, more than 3,000 invertebrate species and 17 vertebrate species, as well as a further 47 sub-endemic vertebrates.

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The country is home to some of the world’s rarest animals, such as the Marco Polo sheep, the Himalayan brown bear and the Siberian ibex, as well as the endangered snow leopard, whose habitat is closely linked to the glaciers.

These glaciers are part of often unique mountain ecosystems. In some places one can go from a dry desert to lush green pastures in the space of two hours’ drive. Glaciers are driving much of that.

But scientists in Kyrgyzstan and at international climate monitoring bodies say that the glaciers have receded by as much as 35% in the 20th century and the melting is becoming more rapid.

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According to the Institute of Hydro Energy at the National Academy of Sciences in Bishkek the glaciers are now receding at a rate more than three times as in the 1950’s. Some groups say they have observed glaciers shrinking by 50 meters a year. Local experts say glaciers have their own ecosystems.

Their melting water flows into the soil which affects vegetation which acts as food for animals at lower altitudes, some of which are prey for other animals and so on. Certain animals are deeply connected to the glaciers, such as the snow leopard, and they will be affected by the rapid melting.

What will happen is that in the short term the level of underground water will rise but in the long term it will actually fall as glaciers disappear and this will have an impact on ecological systems around rivers.

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There are other serious threats to ecosystems from the process. As glaciers melt large deposits of sediment are deposited in valleys below. This affects the local land and rivers and their existing ecosystems.

Glacial melting can also lead to huge floods as natural dams formed by the ice burst, sending lethal torrents down mountains and destroying entire forests.

There have also been warnings from local experts that the melting of the glaciers, combined with a predicted rise in temperatures, will lead to an increase in desertification.

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The BIOM group told IPS studies it had been involved in predicted that climate change behind glacial melting could see a shifting of entire ecological belts with the altitudes of deserts, steppes, meadow-lands and mountain regions shifting between 100 and 400 meters.

One of the country’s most prominent areas of biodiversity is the Issyk-Kul Lake. At an altitude of 1,600 meters in the Tien-Shan mountains in the north of Kyrgyzstan it is the world’s second largest high mountain lake.

It has no water outlets and the rivers which flow into it are fed primarily by glacial waters. It has over 20 species of fish in the lake alone.

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A host of species live in the diverse landscapes around the lake which range from arid semi-deserts to the Tien-Shan mountain range – which is home to an estimated over 4,000 different native plant species.

The lake itself is also an important stop for migrating birds and as many as 80,000 water birds gather around it for wintering. Farmers say rivers once fed by glaciers have begun to dry up and plants are dying out from lack of water in some areas.

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Shepherds have told local media that they can no longer see some glaciers on mountains. In Kyrgyzstan’s submission to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, published last year, it was predicted that the country’s glaciated area would recede by up to 95% over the next century.

Some of the glaciers will have gone by the end of our lifetimes. We must accept a degree of global warming now whatever we do because of all the CO2 in the atmosphere. All we can do is hope that it can be limited.

Al Jazeera / ABC Flash Point News 2021.

World Animal Day since 1931

World Animal Day is celebrated every year on October 4th and is a day that unites all of us advocating for the improvement of animal rights and welfare standards.

The day has become a platform to pool knowledge and start proactive discussions on issues facing all animal kind, including pets, livestock and wildlife from around the world.

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World Animal Day was created by Heinrich Zimmermann, a German writer, publisher and animal protection activist, and held its first-ever event at the Sport Palace, Berlin in March 1925 where over 5,000 people attended the celebration.

A few short years later, the day was moved to October 4th, the feast day of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology. This was no accident – Saint Francis is often depicted in the company of animals, as according to legend, he had the ability to talk to them.

He was said to preach to animals, in particular birds that would gather to listen to him and is claimed to have bartered with a wolf, persuading the city of Gubbio to feed the wolf regularly, and in return, it would no longer prey upon the townsfolk or their livestock.

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Initially, Heinrich Zimmermann had found following in only a few European countries, notably Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Czechoslovakia, though through his continuous and tireless efforts to promote the day, it was universally accepted by the International Animal Protection Congress in Italy in 1931.

World days are a platform for everyone to become involved in raising awareness and creating mass action for important issues around the globe.

World Animal Day allows us to look at the ways in which individuals, businesses and nations affect the lives of animals on a daily basis, and see how we can become part of a social movement to effect legal reforms and provide a better future for all animals.

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There are many international conservation days which focus on a particular species or group of animals such as pets and livestock, but World Animal Day is the one day of the year which encompasses all animals and the unique concerns of each.

The participation in celebrating World Animal Day also continues to grow each year, with an estimated 1000 events in over 100 countries last year – an incredible increase from the 44 events held in 13 countries back in 2003.

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As the years have gone by, various small and large scale wins in terms of animal welfare, conservation and environmental issues have been celebrated.

In 2018 it was reported that a third of Britain’s population were vegetarian, vegan or have significantly reduced their meat consumption, London Fashion Week went fur-free and many travel giants stopped selling tickets to marine amusement parks such as Sea World.

The UK parliament passed a bill to end the use of wild animals in traveling circuses. Now, since the unusual year of 2020, nature began to thrive during nationwide lock-downs and live animal markets have been called into question.

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Now’s the time for all animal-lovers to show us their compassion because October 4 is World Animal Day and we’re planning to make a big roar.

Animals can’t talk in the conventional way that humans communicate with each other. But there’s one day where we can all give a voice to the animals who can’t speak for themselves.

On October 4, people spanning the globe will come together to celebrate World Animal Day. In any corner of the planet, no matter which country you explore, animals will consistently have a strong impact on the region’s culture.

The Great Projects.com / Crickey Conservation Society since 2007.

California Wildfires threaten famous giant Sequoia Trees

THREE RIVERS, Calif. — Firefighters wrapped the base of the world’s largest tree in a fire-resistant blanket as they tried to save a famous grove of gigantic old-growth sequoias from wildfires burning Thursday in California’s rugged Sierra Nevada.

The colossal General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park’s Giant Forest, some other sequoias, the Giant Forest Museum and other buildings were wrapped as protection against the possibility of intense flames.

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The aluminum wrapping can withstand intensive heat for short periods. Federal officials say they have been using the material for several years throughout the U.S. West to protect sensitive structures from flames.

Near Lake Tahoe, some homes that were wrapped in protective material survived a recent wildfire while others nearby were destroyed.

The Colony Fire, one of two burning in Sequoia National Park, was expected to reach the Giant Forest, a grove of 2,000 sequoias, at some point this weekend. The fire didn’t grow significantly as a layer of smoke reduced its spread, fire spokeswoman Katy Hooper said.

It comes after a wildfire killed thousands of sequoias, some as tall as high-rises and thousands of years old, in the region last year.

The General Sherman Tree is the largest in the world by volume, at 52,508 cubic feet (1,487 cubic meters), according to the National Park Service. It towers 275 feet (84 meters) high and has a circumference of 103 feet (31 meters) at ground level.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks Superintendent Clay Jordan stressed the importance of protecting the massive trees from high-intensity fire during a briefing for firefighters.

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Giant sequoias are adapted to fire, which can help them thrive by releasing seeds from their cones and creating clearings that allow young sequoias to grow. But the extraordinary intensity of fires — fueled by climate change — can overwhelm the trees.

That happened last year when the Castle Fire killed what studies estimate were 7,500 to 10,600 large sequoias, according to the National Park Service.

A historic drought and heat waves tied to climate change have made wildfires harder to fight in the American West. Scientists say climate change has made the region much warmer and drier in the past 30 years and will continue to make weather more extreme and wildfires more frequent and destructive.

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The wildfires are among the latest in a long summer of blazes that have scorched nearly 3,550 square miles (9,195 square kilometers) in California, destroying hundreds of homes.

Crews had limited ground access to the Colony Fire and the extreme steepness of the terrain around the Paradise Fire prevented it completely, requiring extensive aerial water and flame-retardant drops on both fires. The two fires were being managed collectively as the KNP Complex.

ABC Flash Point Nature News 2021.

Woongebied of Toeristisch Recreatie gebied?

Mag Eilandelijk woongebied ook aangewend worden toeristische en recreatie bestemmingen op Jan Thiel. Mogen EOP bestemmingen zonder Landsverordening gewijzigd worden teneinde wettelijk Conserverings gebied voor toeristische doeleinden aan te ontwikkelen.

LOB verzoek werd ingediend, maar werd verwijderd uit het computer bestand van de ventana di informashon? Bij Vista Royal op Jan Thiel, beter bekend als Little Holland, worden vakantie huurwoningen gebouwd om grote winsten te boeken, zonder daar ook maar 1 cent belasting over te betalen.

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De verhuur wordt in Holland afgerekend, dus wordt er ook geen OB afgedragen. De vakantiegangers zeggen bij aankomst op HATO vervolgens dat zij bij familie/vrienden op bezoek gaan en klaar is Kees.

Het EOP bevat wettelijke richtlijnen hoe de maatschappij ingericht dient te worden, zodat alles in goede delen ingericht kan worden en hinderlijke activiteiten niet teveel in woongebieden geschieden.

Op Vista Royal te Jan Thiel neemt de ontwikkelaar APC het niet zo nauw met de richtlijnen en welstandsbepalingen, omdat zij immers naar de pijpen dansen van de netwerken uit Den Haag.

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Met 30.000 vlieg toeristen per maand, waarbij minder dan de helft in hotels verblijven, kan men inschatten dat minstens 25% lokale woningen huren, omdat dit per persoon goedkoper uitkomt.

Als 7.500 toeristen per maand in vakantiewoningen verblijven, betekend dat a fl.125 p/p dit per jaar bijna 7 miljoen gulden aan OB zou moeten opleveren. Maar dat gebeurt dus niet en worden alleen de huisjes-melkers daar rijker van.

De hotels klagen over dit fenomeen en weigeren op hun beurt 9% room tax (kamer belasting) af te dragen. Echter verloren zij de rechtzaken en moesten tot betaling overgaan.

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Maar resorts zoals Morena en Chogogo gaven hier geen gehoor aan. Deurwaarders betekenen beslagleggingen aan, maar tot incasso overgaan gebeurt in de praktijk bijna nooit.

Aangezien de lokale belasting betaler de infrastructuur bekostigd en betaalt is de return on investment voor Curacao nihiel en komt de overheid in de problemen.

Stichting Crickey Amigu di Natura 2021.

In 2019 Cruise ships dumped more than 3 million pounds of trash in alaska

During the 2019 summer tourism season, cruise ship companies dumped more than 3 million pounds of trash at Juneau’s private landfill. That’s a concern to some in the community, especially since the local landfill is expected to be full in 20 years.

At a public hearing for the city’s Visitor Industry Task Force in January, Juneau resident Linda Blefgen listed a few of the items taken from cruise ships to the landfill last year.

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Bedding, 200 chairs in September, furniture, slot machines with electronics removed, water ship line and much more,” Blefgen said. “Why do they choose to dump here? Why are they allowed to dump this volume when we have such limited space for our landfill?

Blefgen said cruise ships dumped 3 million pounds of trash. And while she wouldn’t share where she got her information, data provided by the City of Borough of Juneau back up her figures — more than 3 million pounds of garbage came off of the ships between Jan. 1 and Oct. 31 in 2019.

City Manager Rorie Watt was not happy to learn that cruise ships are regularly dumping trash here. He said he immediately reached out to the industry to ask them to stop.

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But there’s not much the city can do beyond that. The landfill’s a private operation. The cruise ships are private operations,” Watt said. “We don’t regulate waste, garbage and hauling of garbage. So anything that we’re able to do will be by negotiation with the cruise lines.

Juneau’s landfill is operated by a Texas-based company called Waste Management. Last year, that company reported to the city that it accepted 1,534 tons of cruise ship garbage — more than 3.3 million pounds.

That’s even more than in 2018, when 830 tons, or 1.8 million pounds, of trash from cruise ships ended up in the landfill. About 30,000 tons of garbage typically go into the landfill each year.

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Even though cruise ship waste only makes up less than 5% of the total amount of garbage that went into the landfill in both 2018 and 2019, it’s still waste piling up in a space with a limited lifespan.

In November, landfill manager Eric Vance said Waste Management regularly surveys the area to determine how much space is left. Our model tells us we’ve got just over 20 years, and it’s been pretty consistent,” Vance said.

So in the next two decades, Juneau will need an alternative option to dispose of waste.

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There’s not a lot of extra space available to just open a new landfill site. Juneau could end up shipping it south like several other Southeast communities.

Vance said when the landfill accepts waste from cruise ship companies, they have to follow the same requirements as anyone else. That means no hazardous waste.

Mike Tibbles with Cruise Lines International Association Alaska said the organization became aware of the increase in dumping last year.

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“Right now we’re researching the issue a little bit more amongst our member lines to see which vessels are offloading and how much,” Tibbles said. “We definitely have a goal of trying to reduce that amount as much as we can going forward.”

Tibbles said the majority of trash produced on cruise ships is offloaded in the ports where they start — Seattle, Vancouver and Victoria.

He said his organization is working quickly, but he’s not sure whether there will be time to completely address the issue before next cruise season begins.

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Kirby Day is the Juneau director of shore operations for Princess Cruises and Holland America Line. He said the increase in trash coming off the ships is an unintended consequence of trying to reign in air pollution.

“I noticed it in the last couple years, that we were offloading a lot more garbage, both Princess and Holland America ships — and I think the industry in general — because many of the ships lost an incinerator when they went to the scrubber system for emissions,” Day said.

Scrubbers allow cruise ships to filter their exhaust. Many companies have added the systems to their ships in the last few years to meet new federal standards.

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But Day said that cut down the space available on board.

“Larger ships and less incinerators means you can incinerate less garbage,” he said, adding that Princess and Holland America are working to significantly cut down or end trash disposal in Juneau.

He said he’s also asked the ship’s hotel departments not to throw out furnishings while in port. Sometimes they donate items locally, like chairs no longer needed on board. But other things, like mattresses, often end up in the landfill.

Alaska Public Media / NPR / PBS 2021

Chinese Ships Dump Tons of Human Waste in Ocean

Multiple Chinese vessels dumping tons of human waste were spotted in the South China Sea, according to the US-based geo-spatial imagery company Simularity.

The report posted images appearing to show ships over the past five years that were taken by satellites of the European Space Agency.

When the ships don’t move, the poop piles up. The hundreds of ships that are anchored in the Spratlys are dumping raw sewage onto the reefs they are occupying”, Liz Derr, the CEO and co-founder of the company said. “This is a catastrophe of epic proportions and we are close to the point of no return”.

She claimed that at least “236 ships” had been spotted in the area, and noted that the growing amount of human waste affects the rise in Chlorophyll-a, which can cause harmful algae activity in the area.

According to her, this may result in a rapid decline in fish stock, creating “a dead zone” like in many other places in the world by over-fishing or even other pollutants are dumped in the sea.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian called the study a “big joke, accusing Simularity of “fabricating facts, violating professional ethics and spreading rumors about China”.

Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. tweeted the report was “fake”. However cruise ships and other transportation vessels dump oil and human waste in the ocean polluting the high seas.

Authorities in the Philippines have vowed to investigate the issue, but Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana shared the Chinese spokesman’s suspicions about the allegations, saying that “the photo of a ship seen dumping waste accompanying the report was found to have been taken in the Australian Great Barrier Reef in 2014?

Anti China Propaganda, fabricating BS to keep the phony ‘malign’ Chinese activities 24/7 in the combined western Fake-News/Propaganda MSM rotation.

The exact same picture we see in the combined European Fake-News/Propaganda MSM rotation for some years all over Europe fabricated + planted BS about some sort of ‘malign’ elaborate Russian activities 24/7 –

It’s called Information + Propaganda War – This is annoying insulting + pathetic, No wonder why nobody with functioning brain cells trust the western MSM BS’er + Gaslighter in general anymore.

Sputnik / ABC Flash Point News 2021.

UN warns that the World is facing an unprecedented threat of Food Shortages

Natural disasters, climate change, and grain and livestock diseases are exacerbated by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on agriculture and food security, according to a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization report.

The study highlighted that agriculture underpins the livelihoods of over 2.5 billion people – most of them in low-income developing countries – and remains a key driver of development.

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At no other point in history has agriculture been faced with such an array of familiar and unfamiliar risks, interacting in a hyper connected world and a precipitously changing landscape.

Industrial Agriculture continues to absorb a disproportionate share of the damage and loss wrought by climate disasters. Their growing frequency and intensity, along with the systemic nature of risk, are upending people’s lives, devastating livelihoods, and jeopardizing our entire food system.

According to the report, from 2008 to 2018, billions of dollars were lost as a result of declines in crop and livestock production in the aftermath of disasters.

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Loss over the period amounted to $30 billion for sub-Saharan and North Africa, and slightly lower for Latin America and the Caribbean, at $29 billion.

During the same period, Asia experienced crop and livestock production loss valued at a notable $49 billion. The United Nations warned earlier that more than a billion people could be driven into extreme poverty by 2030, due to the severe long-term impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

RT.com / Crickey Conservation Society 2021.

LOB Verzoek Verkavelings Vergunning Vista Royal en Overdrachtstermijn Infrastructuur

De bestemming van de woonwijk op Vista Royal te Jan Thiel wordt op misdadige wijze geschonden, door het gebied aan te wenden voor massale recreatie doeleinden en het in strijd met de wet verhuren van vakantie woningen, waar geen OB over wordt afgedragen.

De huurders die met de vliegende piratenschepen van de KLM en TUI op Curacao landen vertellen de Immigratie ambtenaren dat zij bij vrienden op bezoek gaan, zodat het verhuren van de dure villa’s niet aangegeven wordt.

Om bovengenoemde redenen mogen de eigenaren geen omzet belasting gaan betalen omdat zij anders zelf aangeven dat zij hun huizen in de woonwijk voor tonnen per jaar onderverhuren en daar niets over hoeven af te rekenen?

De wettelijke woon bestemming wordt dus met handen en voeten geschonden, waarbij feestende vakantie gangers voor veel geluidshinder zorgen, als deze verdwaalde geesten al zuipend ten onder gaan.

De speeltuin op Jan Thiel wordt ook gekenmerkt door schreeuwende kinderen die hun plezier niet onder de banken of stoelen steken, waarbij de basis opvoeding van deze toekomstige doelgroep veel te wensen overlaat.

Het pensioenfonds van Curacao (APC) is als verkavelaar de smaakmaker van deze belasting ontwijkende misdaad organisaties en weigert haar verantwoording te nemen inzake. Bouwvergunningen worden niet gecontroleerd of zij in lijn lopen met de bij de notaris ondertekende welstandsbepalingen die toeristische- en recreatieve activivteiten verbied.

Ook Chogogo, Papagayo en Morena resort wisten (*gedeeltelijk in 2008) in strijd met de EOP wetgeving in beschermd conserverings gebied hun betonnen nederzettingen te bouwen, waar zij de economsiche bezetters een slaap- en vertier plaats aanbieden.

Bij zowel de vakantiewoningen in de woonbuurt van Vista Royal als de vernoemde resorts vindt de afrekening plaats in NL, zodat alleen de lokale accountants er nog een draai aan moeten geven om deze vorm van belasting ontduiking rond te breien.

De toerisme industrie heeft inmiddels de mooiste lokaties van het eiland ingepikt, waar het zelfs op bepaalde lokaties (Corendon-Smeets/Sta.Barbare Plantation-Boase-Cas Abao) verboden toegang is voor het publiek om gratis te bezoeken?

Voor een sector die geen direkte belasting inkomsten opleverd voor het verarmde eilandgebied is dit een doorn in het oog voor de bevolking, die te kampen heeft met minimaal 40% werkeloosheid, veroorzaakt door mensenhandelaren die goedkope arbeidsmigranten in de aanbieding heeft.

De nieuwe regering wenst daarom de koers aan te passen, maar wordt direkt beschuldigd van anti-toerisme beleid door CHATA? Kennelijk wordt er nog niet genoeg verdiend door de rovers en plunderaars, die inmiddels al miljarden wisten weg te sluizen onder toeziend oog van de PAR regenten.

Crickey Amigu di Natura / ABC Flash Point News 2021.

Indonesia & Palm Oil are Killing Orangutans

In the worst man-made environmental disaster since the BP gulf oil spill, vast swaths of vital rain forest habitats in Borneo and Sumatra are being consumed by commercial fire.

These fires were intentionally set by palm oil and paper companies, simply because slash & burn agriculture is the cheapest, fastest way to clear land for plantations, because loggers take too much time to do the job for the multi-national corporations like Palmolive, Unilever and Proctor & Gamble.

But these rapid set fires in Indonesia– tens of thousands of them– are raging out of control due to record drought throughout the region.

In places like Pematang Gadung and Sungai Besar, where the forests are filled with orangutans and other endangered species, some animals have died from smoke inhalation, while others have been poached or abducted into the illegal wildlife trade.

But a precious few are being rescued by non-profit organizations such as International Animal Rescue.

But it’s not just animal life that’s endangered: The toxic haze from Indonesia’s fires has created a thick layer of smog over the entire country.

The city of Palangkaraya has become one of the most polluted places on the planet, and locals are literally choking on the devastating effects of unchecked never ending corporate greed.

Experts believe the impact of carbon released from these burning peat forests on climate change will be catastrophic if something isn’t done soon.

Orangutans are badly affected by the smoke. Some suffer upper respiratory tract infections, which can prove fatal. Some of the babies we’ve taken in recently have been suffering from dehydration and undernourishment through lack of food, as well as breathing problems from the polluted air.

Orangutans are seriously threatened by the composite effect of hunting, logging, conversion of habitat for timber, rubber and, especially, palm oil plantations.

Program Director of IAR’s Indonesian initiatives (Yayasan IAR Indonesia) delivers a rescue service for orangutans, providing sanctuary for those unable to be released, rehabilitation for young orangutans and those suitable for future release, and direct translocation for wild orangutans who need to be moved from one area of forest to another.

As with our other projects, we focus on law enforcement and education. We have a strong community element to our work, working with local people in areas of wild orangutan habitat to establish community forest patrols, ecotourism and alternative livelihoods.

We also have a Human Orangutan Conflict Response Team, which responds to instances of conflict– typically orangutans leaving degraded forest areas and moving onto farms in search of food.

Industrialized agriculture has been an important part of Indonesia’s economy since the 1980s, and large tracts of forests were cleared to make way for rubber and palm oil plantations.

But it’s only in recent years that palm oil has become the largest threat to wild orangutans. Massive amounts of lowland tropical rain forest– the orangutan’s preferred habitat– have been cleared in Sumatra and Borneo to make way for the crops.

In Ketapang, we’ve seen a steady increase in the numbers of orangutans in need of rescue. Up to 75% of the wild population is distributed in non-protected areas, which are mostly used for the development of industrial agriculture, logging and mining. So orangutans are under a lot of anthropocentric pressure.

But the main threat right now is the forest fires raging throughout Borneo, in both non-protected and protected areas. They’re very difficult to stop because of a long-lasting drought caused by El Niño. This will decimate the numbers of orangutans in the wild and, if it continues, put them at serious risk of extinction.

When fires are burning out of control and you see orangutan habitat being destroyed, it’s difficult to see how many of these small populations can survive. Even if we could rescue them all, there’s not enough rescue center space for all of them, nor suitable forest in which to release them.

Even in national parks– which should, legally, be safe havens for wildlife– fires are burning out of control. The largest populations of wild orangutans, in the Sebangau and Tanjung Puting National Parks, are severely threatened.

Fires are started sometimes by industrial plantations who log the area, then start fires to clear the land, which is illegal. Or by locals engaging in slash & burn agriculture. They’re spreading out of control, exacerbated by the unusually long dry season we’re having.

The only way to save the orangutans is by rescuing them and bringing them to the safety of the centre (if they have injuries or are malnourished) or to the wild (if there’s protected forest where they can be safe). At the moment this is difficult, because nowhere is safe from fires.

Rescues are always stressful– risky for the animals and risky for the people. It requires an experienced team that understands their behavior and knows when to take action.

The orangutans must be sedated with a dart gun. The vets calculate the dose and a sniper conducts the darting. The sedated orangutan will fall from the tree, so there has to be a team of people holding a net.

These rescues are often a life-or-death situation because they’re considered the last choice when it’s clear that the orangutan will not survive otherwise.

Once the fires are out, when the rainy season comes (which experts say could take months), we’ll have to assess the areas that have been burnt and can be reforested, and we’ll need funds for that.

Locals normally burn their land to prepare for the next crop rotation. This practice is ingrained in rural Indonesian culture.

To prevent this happening in the future, we’ll need to conduct awareness activities on prevention, such as training farmers in the use of organic farming techniques in which the land does not need to be burnt.

Their plight is very critical and the situation doesn’t seem to be getting better. But we must keep our hopes up, otherwise we wouldn’t be here. We must believe that more people will care about this situation and try to help in every way they can.

Our way of life in the west is directly impacting these orangutans. This palm industrially planted in Indonesia goes to western markets. We must change our way of life if we want to protect the environment. We must push the oil palm industry to stop forest destruction.

We won’t be able to save the orangutans if the private sector– the oil palm industry– does not take an active role in conservation and minimize the devastating effects of their business activities on the biodiversity of Borneo and Sumatra.

Baby orangutans normally learn survival skills from their mother, but orphans must learn from other orangutans. The rehabilitation center is like a “forest school” for these orphaned babies.

Our caregivers spend all day with these orangutans in the forest, so we need two to three shifts of people daily, because all orangutans must be under the watch of our caretakers and vets.

Green Global Travel/ Crickey Conservation Society Foundation Curacao.

Mount ETNA bursts into Action

Italy’s Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, erupted on Tuesday, creating a fountain of lava and sending plumes of orange smoke into the sky. The eruption forced Sicily’s Catania Airport to temporarily close — which often happens when the volcano is active.

Residents in the village of Pedara near the crater said it spewed not only ash, but also big chunks of volcanic stones throughout the area, but no injuries or deaths have been reported.

It was a rain of stones, resident Letizia Olivieri told the Associated Press. Something she never saw in her entire life. The Sicilian village was in emergency mode, the mayor said, as residents and municipal teams worked to clean up the ashes on the street Wednesday.

Large streams of red hot lava shot into the night sky as Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, leaped into action. Bursts of sweltering hot lava shot into the sky at around 9 p.m, on Wednesday.

The approximate 10,800-feet-high volcano can burst into spectacular action several times a year, spewing lava and ash high over the Mediterranean island of Sicily. The last major eruption, threatening the small town of Linguaglossa, was in 2002.

Kold News 13 / Crickey Conservation Society 2021.

USA Preparing for Winter Storms Next Week

It’s the dead of winter, but apparently Old Man Winter didn’t get the memo until the middle of January. Harsh winter weather and widespread, heavy snowfalls have largely been absent from the lower 48 states in recent weeks, but that drought is about to end in dramatic fashion.

A duo of storms, with the second one expected to be much stronger and larger, will deal wintry blows to portions of the Midwest and Northeast this weekend and early next week.

Both storms are likely to produce substantial delays on the highways and lead to airline delays and flight cancellations even if some of the major hubs in the Midwest and Northeast manage to dodge wintry precipitation from one or both systems.

For part of the North Central states, a one-two punch is possible with snow or a wintry mix potentially overlapping from both storms in parts of Nebraska, Iowa and the northern parts of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. Southern parts of Wisconsin and Michigan could also get walloped by back-to-back episodes of winter weather.

The first storm is forecast to produce a large swath of 1-3 inches of snow from parts of the northern Plains to the Midwest during this weekend.

Within this light snow area will be a patch of moderate to locally heavy snow with accumulations of 3-6 inches and an AccuWeather StormMax™ of 10 inches.

Snow could begin on Saturday afternoon in Minneapolis, and before it tapers off by late Saturday night, the city may be under a blanket of 3 to 6 inches of snow.

Chicago residents could wake up to snow falling on Sunday morning — after it begins late Saturday night. When all is said and done, the Windy City may be coated by an inch or so of snow from the storm.

From 3 to 6 inches of snow is forecast to fall on Green Bay, Wisconsin, Saturday night into the midday hours on Sunday. Snow is expected to taper off prior to the NFC Championship Game between the Buccaneers and the Packers on Sunday, but crews may be busy removing snow from the field, sidelines and stands ahead of the game.

Snowfall is forecast to diminish as the system approaches the eastern part of the Great Lakes region and the central Appalachians late Sunday and Sunday night. However, a bigger storm will already be starting to cause trouble over parts of the Plains by that time.

A storm for the first part of next week is on track to produce snow, ice and a wintry mix along an approximately 1,500-mile-long zone from parts of Kansas to eastern New York state and southern New England.

Travel woes could be felt across many areas of the country due to the extensive wintry precipitation predicted. Travel along I-25 in the Rockies and along the I-95 corridor in the East as well as along I-70 and I-80 in the Central and Eastern states is likely to become tricky — and motorists may face downright dangerous conditions on the roads over long stretches of highway.

Across areas farther south, mostly rain will fall. Even though visibility may drop in the heaviest rain and lead to hazardous travel at times, travel concerns are likely to be much less widespread.

The track of the second storm — which is expected to be both stronger and larger than the first — is not set in stone at this time. Which areas of the Central and Northeastern states get hit the hardest will depend on the northward versus southward extent of the storm’s long west to east swath of snow and ice.

It’s possible that the storm will trek farther to the north across the nation and move eastward from Kansas to Pennsylvania. A swath of significant snow on the order of 1-6 inches could fall from Nebraska to northern Pennsylvania, New York state and southern New England if the storm takes this more northern route.

If the storm dips a bit farther to the south instead and travels eastward from Oklahoma to Virginia, then snow and a variety of other types of wintry precipitation, including sleet and freezing rain, would aim for areas from Kansas to southern Pennsylvania, Maryland, northern Virginia, Delaware and southern New Jersey. The latter scenario could put places like Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., on alert.

Should the storm track somewhere in between those two scenarios, then the bulk of snow and ice could also shift around, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Courtney Travis.

A narrow swath or pockets of heavier snow, on the order of 6-12 inches, will occur where all or mostly snow falls. There is the risk of a small amount of freezing rain and/or sleet with the storm. Both can make for dangerous driving and walking conditions although a glaze of freezing rain can be especially treacherous for travel and power outage concerns.

Just as there could be pockets of heavier snowfall, there is the risk of locally moderate to heavy amounts of ice in parts of the Midwest and central Appalachians.

AccuWeather meteorologists are also monitoring the potential for a secondary storm to form along the mid-Atlantic coast at the last minute on Tuesday. If that storm develops, it is likely it would trap a wedge of cold air across the central Appalachians and along the mid-Atlantic coast.

Temperatures could be suppressed below freezing in the corridor from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia and New York City, with the potential for the storm to bring all or mostly snow and/or ice.

The Twin Cities were smacked by heavy snowfall earlier this season, but amounts have been falling short of normal since December 1. Minneapolis already eclipsed last season’s snowfall with 33.9 inches, compared to the 33.2 inches that fell during all of last winter.

Chicago and Indianapolis have received only about 50% of their normal snowfall for the season to date as of January 21. Chicago has picked up 8.6 inches, and Indianapolis has picked up 5.4 inches so far. One or both of these cities could trend close to their average snowfall to date in the wake of the winter storms into early next week.

Farther to the east, New York City, Boston and Philadelphia have experienced close to their average seasonal snowfall amounts to date, with 10.5, 17.5 and 6.6 inches respectively. Pittsburgh has picked up nearly double its normal snowfall to date with 34.6 inches.

However, not all of the East has received a boon of snowfall this season. Washington, D.C., is in the midst of a snowfall drought, much like the area had last winter. Less than 0.1 of an inch of snow has fallen in the nation’s capital so far this year. Normally, the city picks up an average of 6.1 inches to date.

Accu Weather.com / Crickey Conservation Society 2021.