Indonesia is currently on the brink of another haze crisis as the archipelago is seeing an increase in the number of forest and land fires, facing an environmental disaster.
Wild Fires from drained peatlands have caused massive air pollution, or ‘haze’, causing respiratory and other illnesses.
Stopping the inferno requires a commitment to sustainable management of forests and peatlands. Especially religious minorities are now under threat.
According to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), the number of hot spots increased to 2,002 on Augustus, 2019.
Indonesia’s fire and haze crisis this year has been described by many in the international community as an environmental disaster.
The hot spots were largely detected in the provinces of Riau, West Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan.
Apart from the hot spots, wildfires also burned more land area. The Environment and Forestry Ministry recorded wildfires had burned 42,740 hectares of land across the country between January-May, nearly twice the area burned in the corresponding period last year, which was 23,745 ha.
This occurred roughly three years after Indonesia started ramping up efforts to mitigate the impacts of forest and land fires across the country, which seems to be bearing fruit as the country has yet to suffer large-scale wildfires since then.
It raises concerns about a possible repeat of the 2015 haze crisis that badly affected the country, as well as neighboring countries Malaysia and Singapore.
El Niño is a climate pattern linked to warming waters in the central and eastern areas of the equatorial Pacific Ocean.
Such weather phenomena are known to trigger an extension of the dry season in Indonesia, which can increase the risk of wildfires.
Some regions have not seen rain for more than 100 days. The BMKG predicted that the rainy season would not start until October.
The government has been making several efforts to prevent wildfires. However, they have not yet been able to do enough to prevent another crisis due to a lack of resources to execute it.
In the last two months, the ministry had intensified joint patrols with police and military personnel in areas deemed prone to wildfires. Indonesia has also ramped up measures to extinguish fires at the hot spots.
The Djakarta Post / Crickey / Amigu di Natura News 2019.
Ethiopia’s Foreign Ministry has dismissed Egypt’s latest proposal regarding, a massive Nile River dam project, shortly after Cairo said a new round of talks over the filling and operation of the soon-to-be-finished $5 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam failed to achieve progress.
The dam was originally called “Project X”, and after its contract was announced it was called the Millennium Dam. On 15 April 2011, the Council of Ministers renamed it Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Ethiopia has a potential for about 45 Giga Watts of hydro-power.
Egypt fears Africa’s largest hydroelectric dam could reduce its share of the Nile, which serves as a lifeline for the country’s 100 million people. Ethiopia has roughly the same population and says the dam will help its development as one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies.
The eventual site for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam was identified by the United States Bureau of Reclamation during a Blue Nile survey conducted between 1956 and 1964 during the administration of Aklilu Habtewold.
Due to the coup d’état of 1974, however, the project failed to progress. The Ethiopian Government surveyed the site in October 2009 and August 2010. In November 2010, a design for the dam was submitted by James Kelston.
On 31 March 2011, a day after the project was made public, a $4.8 billion contract was awarded without competitive bidding to Salini Costruttori and the dam’s foundation stone was laid on 2 April 2011 by then Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.
A rock crushing plant has been constructed along with a small air strip for fast transportation. The first two turbines are expected to become operational after 44 months of construction.
Egypt, which lies downstream, opposes the dam which it believes will reduce the amount of water that it gets from the Nile.
Zenawi argued, based on an unnamed study, that the dam would not reduce water availability downstream and would also regulate water for irrigation.
In May 2011, it was announced that Ethiopia would share blueprints for the dam with Egypt so the downstream impact could be examined.
The main contractor is the Italian company Salini Costruttori, which also served as primary contractor for the Gilgel Gibe II, Gilgel Gibe III, and Tana Beles dams. Simegnew Bekele was the project manager of GERD from the start of construction in 2011 up to his death on July 26, 2018.
Crickey Conservation Society 2007.
Lokale natuur organisaties, zoals Stichting Crickey Amigu di Natura (CAdN), vinden sinds 2007 dat de overheid op Curacao betere resultaten moet leveren als het gaat om het optreden tegen eco-terroristen die omwille van onbegrensde zelfverijking publieke eigendommen vernielen.
Het handhaven van wettelijke bepalingen opgenomen in het Eilandelijk Ontwikkelings Plan (EOP) van 1997 laat veel te veel aan willekeur te wensen over.
Op de BES Eilanden geeft het Wereld Natuur Fonds (WNF/WWF) specifieke aanwijzingen aan de NL’se bestuurders.
Het eerste bezoek van minister Carola Schouten (LNV) aan Bonaire werd door het World Wildlife Fund (WWF) aangegepen om haar te herinneren aan de bedreigingen voor het koraal.
Het WWF vraagt de minister om in actie te komen voordat het te laat is. De koraalriffen worden niet alleen ernstig bedreigd, maar zijn ook van economisch belang voor de Caribische Eilanden.
Ook op Curacao wordt de druk op de koralen en andere beschermde gebieden steeds groter door toenemend toerisme. Over de afgelopen 50 jaar is meer dan 75% van de riffen verdwenen.
Vooral cruise schepen en duiktoerisme verhogen de druk op bijbehorende handhaving, maar ook de onbelaste rioolvervuiling van de hotels verstoren de balans in de natuur en zorgen in toenemende mate voor problemen.
Ook worden de natuur en de koralen door klimaat verandering aangetast. Vooral op Jan Thiel laat handhaving veel te wensen over, mede omdat het APC haar inkomsten boven de wettelijke handhaving stelt.
Het WWF zegt dat er verschillende concrete oplossingen te realiseen zijn die zullen helpen om on andere de koralen te onderhouden.
Volgens CAdN zijn rioolwaterzuivering, het tegen gaan van plastic afval, bodemerosie en bescherming van kwetsbare gebieden, zoals de zoutpannen en de flora an fauna op Jan Thiel.
Massa toerisme staat gelijk eco-terrorisme, waaraan de toeristen fabrieken aan de zuidkust van Curacao een kwalijke bijdrage leveren.
WWF / Crickey Amigu di Natura
In a televised address Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro said that above-average temperatures and dry weather have led to the fires in Amazon states, adding that he had authorized use of federal troops and equipment to fight the fires.
Bolsonaro said that the government is aware of Amazon fires and is taking actions to try to contain them. More than 20% of the world’s Oxygen is produced by the Amazon Rain forest.
As news reaches around the world that the Amazon rain forest is burning at an unprecedented rate, people are beginning to ask questions about who is responsible.
In the past weeks, since August 15, over 9,500 new forest fires were reported in Brazil, most of them spread across the Amazon basin.
According to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, over 74,000 forest fires were started in Brazil this year, which is nearly double the 40,000 fires that were recorded in 2018.
This represents an 83% increase in wildfires when compared to the same time last year, making it the most fires recorded in a single year.
Brazil’s pro-business President Jair Bolsonaro has been blamed for emboldening farmers and loggers in Amazonia to set fires to the forest, the planet’s carbon dump, to clear the land for exploitation.
Among his disputable decisions was the sacking of Ricardo Galvao, the head of INPE, earlier this month, who accused Bolsonaro’s government of increasing the pace of deforestation in the Amazon region.
Even before this ominous development, things were looking pretty bleak for the Amazon.
Experts and activists have suggested a variety of reasons for the recent burning, but the government is allowing the rain forest to be ravaged by farmers and corporations for their own personal gain.
The newly elected president Jair Bolsonaro campaigned on a misguided platform of stimulating economic growth by opening up the Amazon to industry.
Since coming into office, his administration has significantly scaled back environmental protections, essentially giving a green light to loggers, miners, and ranchers to violently expel native tribes from their lands and destroy the local ecosystem.
Amazon Watch is not alone. Amnesty International secretary-general Kumi Naidoo also made a statement blaming the current condition of the Amazon on the controversial president.
They must change their disastrous policy of opening up the rain forest for destruction, which is what has paved the way for this current crisis.
One of the tactics listed was framing the Amazon crisis as a wedge issue to divide liberals and conservatives.
If the destruction of the Amazon can be reduced to a simple “political opinion,” the legitimate concerns from activists and experts can be easily dismissed as nothing more than a dissenting political opinion.
Sleek, muscular bodies of sharks slice through the water—powerful predators of the ocean, striking fear in smaller fish—and sometimes humans.
After extensive coverage of shark attacks on people in local and national media, readers may be left asking why there seems to be a “spike” in recent incidents.
5. North Carolina is the shark haven of the USA. Fisherman call it the swarm farm of the ocean. Luckily only 1% of the shark attack victims face sudden death.
International Shark Attack File (ISAF), ISAF focuses on the number of unprovoked attacks, reporting that the overall trend has increased worldwide over recent decades.
4. California is best known for its Great White shark attacks during summer time vacations.
3. South Carolina has the Black Tip sharks roaming the shallow waters where swimmers also try to enjoy a sunny day at the beach.
A notable difference exists in the number of recent incidents on the U.S. Atlantic coast versus the Pacific. The reasons may surprise you.
2. Hawaii has the problem with Tiger Sharks, that eat anything in their path, hearing heart beats of prey from a distance of 1 mile.
Within the continental United States, more shark-human encounters occurred in the Atlantic Ocean—only four attacks were reported in the Pacific (three from Hawaii) compared to 27 in the Atlantic.
1. Florida is the number one shark domain in the USA, With over 100 kinds of prey moving around, including humans the US beaches become a threat to humans.
This Sunshine State has over 1200 miles of coastline where 10 foot Bull Sharks are the most dangerous in these waters. From above you are able to see that the sharks are swimming between the people in the water.
Most victims of attacks are swimmers or surfers. That also explains why more shark incidents tend to occur in warmer months, because that’s when more people pursue those activities.
A female Bull Shark an weigh over 500 pounds, making it a real deal to cope with. Bull Sharks are the only shark species that an survive outside salt water, making them look for prey in river systems and sweet water lakes.
Florida has more shark attacks registered then the rest of the top-5 all together. With 26 million beach goers visiting the warm waters during the three month summer vacation time that does not surprise the scientists.
Working with sharks on a day-to-day basis, one of the things that you realize is how vulnerable they are, and the extent to which we are a greater threat to them than they ever will be to us,”
Over 150 million sharks are killed every year, most of them for shark fin soup and other human cut backs.
Wikipedia / Crickey Amigu di Natura News 2019.
An ominous new study has found that Cockroaches will soon be impossible to kill with standard pesticides, as they can develop cross-resistance to poisons they’ve never encountered within a single generation.
German cockroaches – the small, quick-scurrying type whose traces can be found in 85% of US urban homes – are rapidly becoming impervious to pesticide chemicals, developing cross-resistance to a variety of insecticides within a single generation, a study published in Scientific Reports has demonstrated.
And even the researchers who conducted the experiment are creeped out by the evolutionary capabilities of the ubiquitous six-legged natural cleaners.
Michael Scharf, chair of the Entomology Department at Purdue University and co-author of the study, said in a statement last week. “Cockroaches developing resistance to multiple classes of insecticides at once will make controlling these “pests” almost impossible with chemicals alone.”
One experiment in which 10% of cockroaches started off resistant to a particular pesticide actually saw populations grow over the six months during which the researchers sprayed, a disconcerting result in itself.
But it was the multi-chemical experimental groups that really caused a stir – cockroaches who survived treatment with one insecticide developed immunity not just to that chemical, but to other chemicals they hadn’t even been exposed to – increasing their resistance “four- to six-fold in just one generation,” Scharf marveled.
Cockroach populations targeted with multiple chemicals also tended to spread out, infesting adjacent apartments to those being tested – so not only did total population numbers not decrease as they were expected to, but entire buildings fell to six-legged armies that were once content with smaller domains.
Female German cockroaches may lay up to 400 eggs in a lifetime, and the insects’ 60-day lifespan makes for a quick-evolving species. They thrive in human habitats – particularly where food is left behind – and rely on humans for shelter in cold climates.
They also have wings – but at least the humans can take some small comfort in knowing the species “very rarely flies,” according to Orkin?
RT Science / Crickey Amigu di Natura Foundation News 2019.
The bad news is that cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide.
The good news is that death rates from cancer in the U.S. have declined steadily over the last 25 years, according to the American Cancer Society.
This notable drop of about 1.5% per year has a lot to do with lifestyle changes.
Certain cancers are determined by genetics, which means it is out of our control to prevent it from occurring.
However, in many instances the food we eat, the lifestyles we live, and the chemicals we breathe and ingest can dramatically increase the risk of some cancers.
Business Insider recently delved deeper into the medical world to determine which known carcinogens (cancer causers) and other factors can increase that risk. Based on that report, here are 11 things that could be linked to cancer:
Sugar. Eating too much sugar has been linked to diabetes and weight gain, but those are not the only health risks that come with polishing off all those bags of sweets or drinking sodas.
Consuming too much sugar can also damage cells, increasing your chances of developing cancer.
Processed foods. The chances are that if the food you are eating has little to no resemblance to its original form (a piece of fruit or vegetable) it is probably bad for your health.
Foods that have been plastic wrapped to last for ages on the shelves have also been linked to certain cancers. This could be from the ingredients that give the items their extended shelf life or the plastic packaging they come in.
Smoking. By now you probably know just how bad smoking is for your health and that it can cause cancer. However, it is not just smokers who are at risk.
Tobacco smoke contains at least 70 chemicals that can cause cancer, putting people who inhale secondhand smoke also at risk of developing deadly cancers.
Charred meat. Meats that have been charred, or cooked over an open flame, contain compounds that have been linked to cancer. Those dangerous chemicals are released when meat such as beef, poultry, and fish are cooked over an open flame or even pan-fried at high temperatures.
Alcohol. Drinking more than the recommended limit on a regular basis can increase your risk of developing several types of cancer affecting the liver, colon, and digestive system.
Diesel exhaust. Research has found that diesel oil contains more than 30 airborne chemicals that have been linked to lung cancer and possibly bladder cancer, the American Cancer Society noted.
Processed meats. While hot dogs, bacon, and ham all taste great, they are not doing your health any favors. These processed meats are crammed with cancer-causing preservatives.
They have also undergone various treatments that can all up your risk of developing cancer. If that is not enough, studies have found that red meat, even when unprocessed, has also been linked to certain types of cancer.
Birth control. This has been a strongly debated topic, but some research suggests that using birth control pills could increase a woman’s likelihood of developing cervical cancer.
However, on the opposite end of the spectrum, other studies found the opposite to be true. There is also evidence that birth control pills may reduce the risk of developing other cancers.
Viruses. Some viruses like human papillomavirus (HPV), hepatitis B and C viruses, the Epstein-Barr virus, and even the H. pylori bacterium could increase the risk of cancer.
Obesity. Being overweight can put you at risk of various health issues, and cancer is one of them. Obesity can increase your chances of developing several types of cancer affecting the kidneys, pancreas, breast, and colon.
Business Insider / Crickey Amigu di Natura 2019.
Corendon wordt overgenomen door de Zweedse investeerder Triton. Die zal de reisorganisatie samenvoegen met Sunweb (sponsor wielrenner Tom Dumoulin), waar de Zweden eerder een meerderheidsbelang in verwierven.
De verkoop betreft de activiteiten van de touroperator in Nederland en België. De hotels van Corendon en de eigen luchtvaartmaatschappijen in Turkije en Malta zijn geen onderdeel van de verkoop.
Corendon werd in 2000 opgericht door Atilay Uslu en Yildiray Karaer. Aanvankelijk was het bedrijf gespecialiseerd in reizen naar het land van de grijze wolven in Turkije.
Later kwamen daar andere bestemmingen bij. De activiteiten werden uitgebreid met luchtvaartmaatschappijen in Turkije (2005), Nederland (2011) en Malta (2017). Ook opende Corendon hotels in Turkije, Nederland, Ibiza en Curaçao.
Vorig jaar handelde Corendon in meer dan 750.000 vakantiegangers uit Nederland en België. Corendon behaalde daarmee een omzet van 515 miljoen euro.
NOS / ABC Flash Point Travel News 2019.
De Clowns en Schapen dwalend in het politieke moeras op Curacao weten heel goed hoe ongewenste mede-acteurs van het toneel moeten worden verwijderd om de omkoperij en corruptie vrij baan te blijven geven.
Het belangerijkste gereedschap om dit gedaan te krijgen is om oneindig verwarring te zaaien in de lopende zaken, om de geldwasmachines op volle toeren te laten door draaien.
Morena resort heeft de tijdelijke zandweg voor het bouwen van Morena fase II (2015) met toestemming van APC (voorheen APNA) aangelegd, doch zonder aanleg vergunning van ROP (voorheen DROV).
De tijdelijke zandweg werd als bewijs van ‘powerplay‘ dwars door het conserveringgebied, pal voor de woning van de natuurstichting Crickey Amigu di Natura aangelegd.
De bouw van Morena resort Fase 2 werd in de December 2016 door uitvoerder Frits van Zwienen opgeleverd. Op deze wijze probeert Kruithof de publieke pensioenen van de harde werkers te waarborgen?
Uit informatie van APC blijkt dat Morena weer onrechtmatig een stuk grond in het conserverings gebied van het pensioenfonds heeft aangekocht om het resort (fase 3) weer verder uit te gaan breiden?
Hoogstwaarshijnlijk zal Morena resort deze zandweg op Jan Thiel weer gebruiken voor de uitbreiding van het resort van de Brummelhuisjes.
Om verder nog meer druk uit te oefenen op de bewoners van Vista Royal wordt deze gelegenheid wederom aangepakt om deze van nog meer 7-daagse geluidshinder te voorzien in de komende jaren.
De politici en bijbehorende ambtelijke stromannen kijken als toezicht houders erop toe dat dit plan wederom feiloos zal kunnen gaan verlopen.
Dwz, de KPC (politie) treedt niet op, OW (voorheen DROV), Officieren van Justitie en ROP kijken gewoon toe, zodat hun bijbehorende netwerken belastingvrij miljoenen mogen gaan binnenscheppen.
De Toeristen fabrieken op Jan Thiel behoren tot een van de meest vervuilende setoren in de maatschappij. Vliegtuigen vervuilen per km per persoon 10x zoveel als het rondrijden in een V8 auto.
De carbon footprint wordt verder opgevoerd doordat onafbreekbare chemische afvalstoffen niet worden verwerkt en dus de natuur verder ter kwader trouw aantasten.
De mensenhandel zorgt verder voor goedkopere arbeidskrachten die ingezet worden om de winsten van de kapitalisten te vergroten en de werkeloosheid en armoede op Curacao verder te stimuleren.
In 2019 werd een LOB verzoek ingediend om de status van de onrechtmatig aangelegde zandweg te laten bevestigen. Met deze bevestiging werd in Januari 2020 het Kabinet verzocht om de zandweg die dwars door Conserveringsgebied loopt via handhaving te laten verwijderen.
Daar werd na doorverwijzing naar het Ministerie van Verkeer, Vervoer & Ruimtelijke Planning tot op heden (Oktober 2020) nog geen reactie op ontvangen? Om de kwestie wat kracht bij te zetten, zal de Ombudsman van Curacao ingeschakeld worden, in een poging om verdere onrechtmatige praktijken een halt toe te roepen.
ABC Flashpoint News 2019.
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It doesn’t take an animal activist to realize that animal theme parks are an unsophisticated display of mankind’s imposed dominance over caged animals.
We have reached a juncture in anti-captivity efforts that will lead us toward the possibility of a post-captivity society and align us with other anti-captivity countries, like Costa Rica.
Thanks to social media and a little documentary that you might have heard of called “Blackfish,” the American public (not just activists) are demanding change and freedom for animals in captivity.
The film has captivated the interest of people from all walks of life and has called into question the purpose of captive animals in today’s society.
Finally, the ramifications of holding animals captive have breached the headlines of mainstream media and they are here to stay.
When it comes to captivity, animals pay the ultimate price. Like the Taiji dolphin hunt(happening in Japan) is driven by the demand for marine mammal entertainment.
Animals die prematurely in captivity because their social, physical, and mental needs are not adequately met, and cannot be met because animals do not belong in captivity.
Death in captivity isn’t limited to animals, it also happens to their caretakers. Keeping wild animals in captivity is a dangerous business that has no place in our society. Both the animals and humans involved must be protected from the greed of the business.
Captive flamingos and elephants, alike, suffer from foot problems due to being heldin unnatural habitats, captive chimpanzees suffer from heart disease, and now, captive elephants are suffering from weight problems.
In 2011, PETA filed suit against SeaWorld for violating the rights of five captiveOrca’s (Tilikum, Katina, Kasatka, Corky, and Ulises) citing that they are forced to perform and are being held as slaves, which is a violation of the 13th Amendment.
Flamingos do not belong in Denmark, or polar bears do not belong in the hot European sun, and whales certainly do not belong in bathtubs.
The big business of animal theme parks is a lackluster endeavor that, despite its prominence, is largely unpopular with the American public.
Animal abuse for human entertainment has been blacklisted for some time now. Worldwide circuses are being closed together with most of the sea aquariums in the USA.
Some Caribbean aquariums remain open, like in Curacao were dolphins are being tortured 7 days per week to rake in profits disguised as swimming with dolphins. One person must pay hundreds of dollars to experience a caged dolphin encounter.
This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t experience wild animals. Hop on a boat and take a whale tour, grab a pair of binoculars and go birding, visit a sanctuary, volunteer at a wildlife refuge, or simply take a hike!
There are so many ways to experience wildlife, in the wild! Sometimes, all you need to do is look around you.
One Green Planet.org / Crickey Conservation Society 2018.
Scientists say climate change is prompting “unprecedented” ecological change across the Antarctic Peninsula, which is home to the Gentoo and chinstrap penguins.
Antarctica, the desolate southernmost continent boasting the coldest climate on Earth, usually brings to mind visions of ice, snow and penguins.
But global warming is transforming Antarctica’s icy expanses, new research from the University of Exeter in the UK shows. Parts of the continent are “greening,” researchers say — and exponentially fast.
Moss has been growing on the Antarctic Peninsula at a dramatically faster rate in the past 50 years, and warming temperatures are the culprit. If you’d taken a photograph of these parts of the peninsula 50 years ago it would have been a monochrome shot of ice. Nothing but glaciers.
The Antarctic Peninsula, the northernmost part of the continent, is known to be one of most rapidly warming region on Earth. Average temperatures there have jumped about 1 degree Fahrenheit each decade since the 1950s.
Previously, scientists only identified such a response in a single location at the far south of the Antarctic Peninsula, but now we know that moss banks are responding to recent climate change across the whole of the peninsula.”
Antarctica is following in the footsteps of the planet’s other polar region, the Arctic, which has been experiencing a similar greening because of climate change.
The changes aren’t just ecological; melting Arctic and Antarctic ice has the potential to significantly contribute to sea level rise in the coming decades, which poses a threatto millions of coastal dwellers around the globe.
Huffington Post / Crickey Conservation Society 2018.