Ramos bringing underdog mentality in return to Star

first_imgBevy of guards not a problem for San Miguel, says Austria 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND EDITORS’ PICK Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Aldrech Ramos in a Star jersey. Photo by Randolph LeongsonIt will be a homecoming of sorts for Aldrech Ramos.Returning to the Purefoods franchise he suited for in 2012, the 6-foot-6 forward is optimistic that he can make waves this time out for Star.ADVERTISEMENT PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town View comments Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports We are young Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine MOST READ Ramos also hopes to bring the underdog mentality he and Victolero had in Mahindra, as Star seeks to break out of the cellar this season.“Sana madala namin dito yung desire dumepensa at all-out effort. Ganoon rin naman yung team na ito dati,” he said. “Kulang-kulang kami sa Mahindra pero buo kami sa defense. Dito, mas may materyales na so hopefully, madala namin dito yun sa Star.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Masaya ako kasi dito ako nag-start. Ngayon, nandito na ulit ako,” he said.The Hotshots acquired the services of Ramos anew from Mahindra in the offseason.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentThe Cebuano forward averaged a career-best 13.3 points and 5.7 rebounds for the Enforcers last year as one of the team’s lead veterans. That role would obviously change in Star, but Ramos is optimistic that he can adapt, especially with coach Chito Victolero at the helm.“Excited din ako na makatulong dito. Yung big men naman kasi nila, more on the inside so malaking bagaypara sa akin na makatulong sa pag-stretch ng depensa,” he said.last_img read more

Gasol ties career-high, leads Grizzlies over Pistons

first_imgMOST READ Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol shoots while defended by Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond. APAUBURN HILLS, Michigan — Marc Gasol knew his shot would come back eventually.It didn’t take long.ADVERTISEMENT EDITORS’ PICK Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Senators to proceed with review of VFA PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Gasol was the only Grizzlies player to reach double figures until JaMychal Green got there with 1:03 to play.Van Gundy had planned to change his starting lineup after three straight losses, but Jon Leuer missed shootaround after being in a car accident. Leuer played, scoring 18 points, but Van Gundy decided to hold off on starting him until Friday against Golden State.“Jon’s been our most consistent player lately, so we wanted him on the floor as much as we could,” Van Gundy said.Reggie Jackson also scored 18 for the Pistons, while Andre Drummond had 13 points and 19 rebounds.“This was definitely a step in the right direction,” Jackson said. “We need to get better, but we battled tonight. The effort was better than it has been. We just made too many mistakes.”For much of the first half, it looked as though the Pistons were headed for another blowout loss, as they trailed by as many as 18 points. A 16-2 run cut the deficit to 42-38, but Memphis pushed it back to nine at halftime.Detroit made another run in the third quarter, but was never able to get enough stops to pose a serious threat. Gasol scored 14 in the period – his second double-digit quarter – and Memphis took a 79-63 lead into the final 12 minutes.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img View comments Harden, Gordon catch fire as Rockets down Suns Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town We are young After shooting 29-percent during a three-game losing streak, Gasol went 14-for-17 and matched a career high with 38 points as the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Detroit Pistons 98-86 on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time).“I knew I just had to keep shooting and keep trying to help the team as much as I could until things starting falling,” said Gasol, who went 18-for-62 during the slump. “Tonight I got going, and my teammates kept finding me. When you are making shots, everything seems easier.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliMemphis coach David Fizdale wasn’t surprised that his team turned things around one night after losing in overtime to the Boston Celtics.“This group never stays down for long,” he said. “It’s a tough-minded team and all I have to do is keep them coming back.” Detroit dropped its fourth straight, all by double figures.“I was getting good looks, but everything was going in and out, which happens in this league,” said Marcus Morris, who was 1-for-11 from the floor and guarded Gasol. “Marc’s a bad boy. He’s 7-foot-1 and he’s pump-faking before hitting 3s. That’s tough to guard.”Detroit’s defense, which had infuriated coach Stan Van Gundy over the last three games, improved against Memphis. The Grizzlies shot 42.7 percent from the field, but hit 40-percent of their 3-pointers and added 22 points on 17 Pistons turnovers.“I thought the defense was good enough to win, even with Marc having a career night,” Van Gundy said. “So that was a positive, and I thought we got good looks. But we couldn’t put the ball in the basket and we turned it over way too many times, so we’re still frustrated on offense.”Memphis was boosted by the return of Chandler Parsons, who missed the previous 17 games with a bone bruise on his left knee. He had two points and two rebounds in 15 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esportslast_img read more

More than 800 totoaba swim bladders confiscated by Mexican authorities in smuggling busts

first_imgAnimals, Biodiversity, Bycatch, Cetaceans, China wildlife trade, China’s Demand For Resources, Conservation, Critically Endangered Species, Endangered Species, Environment, Fish, Fishing, Illegal Fishing, Iucn, Law Enforcement, Mammals, Marine Animals, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Conservation, Marine Mammals, NGOs, Oceans, Overfishing, Saving Species From Extinction, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Traditional Medicine, Vaquita, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation In two separate arrests of Chinese nationals, Mexican police confiscated more than 800 swim bladders from a large fish called the totoaba.Totoaba swim bladders are used in traditional medicine and can fetch thousands of dollars per kilogram in Chinese markets.Fishing for totoaba has also pushed a small porpoise called the vaquita close to extinction. One recent estimate puts the number of animals left in the wild at 12. In a span of five days in late April, Mexican police arrested two men attempting to take hundreds of dried swim bladders, harvested from a critically endangered species of fish, out of the country, according to reporting by the Mexico News Daily.On April 22, officials caught a Chinese citizen at the Mexico City International Airport with 416 swim bladders, or maws — 355 of which came from the totoaba (Totoaba macdonaldi), a large fish that lives only in the Gulf of California. Three days later, authorities discovered 417 totoaba maws in two suitcases of another Chinese national who was on his way to Guangzhou in southern China via Tokyo, the office of Mexico’s attorney general said in a statement.NOAA Fisheries picture from 1992 showing a vaquita captured as bycatch (bottom) along with a totoaba (top) in Sonora, Mexico. Image by Omar Vidal (Public domain).Buyers in China prize the swim bladders for their use in traditional medicine, leading to a recent surge in demand for totoaba. The fishery has also exacted a devastating toll on the vaquita (Phocoena sinus), a small porpoise endemic to the Gulf of California. Entanglement in nets has driven the population down to a handful of individuals, and it’s considered the world’s most endangered cetacean. Andrea Crosta, who directs the investigative NGO Elephant Action League (EAL), recently told Mongabay that they believe that only 12 vaquita still live in the wild.Crosta was not optimistic about efforts to protect either species.“The central government of Mexico recently stepped up efforts to curb the use of gillnets in the area where the vaquita lives, but with very poor results, in my opinion,” he said in an interview published on March 8. In his recent trip to the Gulf of California, he said he saw “dozens” of illegal fishing boats in areas with vaquitas.“I think they are actually waiting for the vaquita to go extinct so they can fish more and with fewer restrictions,” Crosta said.A suitcase stuffed with totoaba maws confiscated on April 25. Image courtesy of Mexico’s Office of the Attorney General.At the average price of RMB 140,000 ($22,000) per kilogram reported in a 2017 EAL investigation, the 29.7 kilograms (65.5 pounds) of totoaba swim bladders confiscated on April 22 would be worth more than $650,000 in Chinese markets.The Mexico News Daily said that a judge ordered the man arrested in that instance to remain in Mexico, where he will be tried for “transporting endemic wildlife products for commercial purposes.”In the second case, the attorney general’s office said it turned the contraband and the alleged smuggler, known as Deqing “N,” over to a special prosecutor’s office. Authorities could charge him with transporting an aquatic species for which the season has been closed.In Crosta’s view, stamping out the illegal trade in totoaba maws is critical.“Given the dire circumstances surrounding vaquitas and the issues associated with the totoaba swim bladder trade in Mexico, including possible corruption and involvement of drug cartels, it is vital to fully research, investigate, and map all aspects of the totoaba supply chain,” Crosta said following EAL’s investigation in 2017.A vaquita swims in the Gulf of California. Image by Paula Olson/NOAA via Wikimedia Commons (Public domain).Banner image of totoaba maws courtesy of Mexico’s Office of the Attorney General. 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 overSponsoredcenter_img Article published by John Cannonlast_img read more

Ice-free passage for ships through the Arctic could cause problems for marine mammals

first_imgArticle published by John Cannon A new study suggests that increased ship traffic in the Arctic, as ice there melts due to climate change, could disturb marine mammal species.In their assessment of 80 subpopulations living along the Northwest Passage and Russia’s Northern Sea Route, 42 are likely to be affected by a greater number of commercial ships, researchers found.The team suggests that mitigation measures, such as those employed in other parts of the world to protect North Atlantic right whales, could be effective. An increasingly ice-free Arctic could test the adaptability of marine mammals, a new study has found, as hundreds of ships in recent years have used the newly open polar seas to transport goods and people.Ship strikes, increased pollution and light, and a noisier ocean could all potentially cause problems for whales, seals and bears, especially as scientists expect the number of vessels — as well as the routes open to them — to rise.“Even going right over the North Pole may be passable within a matter of decades,” Donna Hauser, a marine ecologist and the study’s lead author, said in a statement. “It raises questions of how to allow economic development while also protecting Arctic marine species.”A pod of narwhals in central Baffin Bay. Narwhals are the most vulnerable, among seven marine mammals studied, to increased ship traffic in the Arctic Ocean. Image by Kristin Laidre/University of Washington.To get a better idea of what all this new traffic will mean for seven marine mammal species that live in this part of the world, Hauser and her colleagues looked at 80 subpopulations of the animals living in the vicinity of two important shipping routes: The Northern Sea Route runs roughly parallel to most of Russia’s northern coastline, while the Northwest Passage connects the Atlantic to the Pacific passing through high-latitude Canada and around northern Alaska.Until recently, these routes were only an option for vessels that had powerful icebreaking ships plowing a path ahead of them. But the authors report that commercial ships are already using the Northern Sea Route, and other research shows that the Northwest Passage could be a viable option by around 2050.The team pinpointed the locations of the different species in relation to the routes during September, the time of year when polar waters are the most open. They also looked at each species’ sensitivity to factors such as spikes in noise, which could interfere with their hunting or communication, and the likelihood that they’d be hit. From these, they compiled a set of “vulnerability scores.” Based on these analyses, they found that the new ship traffic could negatively impact 42 of the subpopulations.The findings indicate that narwhals (Monodon monoceros), a whale species best known for its long spiraling tusk, are most apt to be affected.A bowhead whale in Disko Bay, West Greenland. Ships following the Northwest Passage would travel through Baffin Bay off Greenland’s west coast. Image by Kristin Laidre/University of Washington.“Narwhals have all the traits that make them vulnerable to vessel disturbances,” Kristin Laidre, a polar scientist at the University of Washington and co-author of the paper, said in the statement. “[They] stick to really specific areas, they’re pretty inflexible in where they spend the summer, they live in only about a quarter of the Arctic, and they’re smack dab in the middle of shipping routes.“They also rely on sound, and are notoriously skittish and sensitive to any kind of disturbance,” Laidre added.Walruses (Odobenus rosmarus), bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus) and beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) also rated high on the vulnerability scale.The researchers found that the risks for marine mammals rose by a factor of two or three at several “pinch points” along the route, such as the Bering Strait between the land masses of Asia and North America.“These obligatory pinch points are used by migratory species to get in and out of the Arctic, but they are also necessary passageways for vessels using these sea routes,” Hauser said. “Identifying the relative risks in Arctic regions and among marine mammals can be helpful when establishing strategies to deal with potential effects.”Beluga whales in the pack ice in West Greenland. Ships using the Northwest Passage would travel through Baffin Bay off Greenland’s west coast. Image by Kristin Laidre/University of Washington.Elsewhere, scientists have studied the interplay between ships and whales, including fin, blue, and North Atlantic right whales, Laidre said. Those insights have led to changes in the way ships operate when passing through high-risk areas.“I think we can learn a lot from areas that have already been thinking about these kinds of conflicts between ships and marine mammal populations,” Laidre said. “We could aim to develop some mitigation strategies in the Arctic that help ships avoid key habitats, adjust their timing taking into account the migration of animals [and] make efforts to minimize sound disturbance.”Banner image of a bowhead whale by Kristin Laidre/University of Washington.CitationHauser, D. D. W., Laidre, K. L., & Stern, H. L. (2018). Vulnerability of Arctic marine mammals to vessel traffic in the increasingly ice-free Northwest Passage and Northern Sea Route. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.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. Animal Behavior, Animals, Arctic Animals, Biodiversity, Cetaceans, Climate Change, Climate Change And Biodiversity, Climate Change And Conservation, Climate Change And Extinction, Conservation, Dolphins, Ecology, Endangered Species, Environment, Global Warming, Mammals, Marine Mammals, Oceans, Whales, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Global warming, human activities causing increased storm runoff, flash floods

first_imgA new study published in the journal Nature Communications this week looks at how storm runoff levels might respond to future changes in surface temperature and atmospheric moisture content driven by both natural causes and human activities.The research team behind the study, led by Pierre Gentine, an associate professor of earth and environmental engineering at Columbia University in New York City, says that there’s is the first global analysis to show that storm runoff extremes are rising sharply in response to climate and human-induced changes — and that the magnitude of storm runoff is likely to continue increasing in most regions at rates substantially higher than projected by previous climate models.Gentile and team argue that there is “an urgent need” to increase human society’s resilience to both climate change and the changing environment, because storm runoff extremes are intensifying as the world warms and our existing infrastructure systems may not be able to cope. According to a report by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, climate-related catastrophes like droughts, floods, and other extreme-weather events accounted for more than 90 percent of the 7,255 disasters recorded over the past 20 years, which collectively killed 1.3 million people and left 4.4 billion more either injured, homeless, or displaced.Of those climate-related disasters, 43 percent were flash floods, one of the leading causes of deaths and economic damages driven by severe weather events around the world. A 2017 study found that floods have been responsible for an average of $30 billion in economic damages every year for the past decade. And as global temperatures continue to rise and the impacts of human activities accelerate, increasing numbers of extreme precipitation events are expected to make flash flooding even more frequent and costly.A study published in the journal Nature Communications last week looks at how storm runoff levels might respond to future changes in surface temperature and atmospheric moisture content driven by both natural causes and human activities. The research team behind the study, led by Pierre Gentine, an associate professor of earth and environmental engineering at Columbia University in New York City, says that there’s is the first global analysis to show that storm runoff extremes are rising sharply in response to climate and human-induced changes — and that the magnitude of storm runoff is likely to continue increasing in most regions at rates substantially higher than previously projected by climate models.Jiabo Yin of China’s Wuhan University, the study’s lead author, is currently a visiting student at Columbia University in New York City, where he’s working with Gentine’s research group. He says the team performed a global-scale hydrological analysis in order to determine what physical mechanisms are driving increasing extreme precipitation and runoff events.“We know that precipitation and runoff extremes will significantly intensify in the future, and we need to modify our infrastructures accordingly,” Yin said in a statement. “Our study establishes a framework for investigating the runoff response.”After determining the mechanisms driving increased precipitation and runoff, the researchers systematically compared runoff rates and temperatures over the past several decades to precipitation levels across the globe. They found that changes in storm runoff extremes in most of the world are in line with or in some cases even higher than those of precipitation extremes.Because a warmer atmosphere can hold more moisture, and precipitation is the result of atmospheric water vapor condensing, climate scientists have long projected more intense precipitation extremes due to global warming. But Yin, Gentine, and team determined that storm runoff rates will have an even more dramatic response than precipitation to human-induced pressures like climate change and land-use changes such as deforestation, posing potentially severe threats to ecosystems and communities.“These strong responses imply that more attention should be paid to the potentially underestimated response of storm runoff to climate and anthropogenic changes in order to improve our understanding and projection of flash flooding events and to improve community resilience,” the researchers write in the study.Gentile and team argue that there is “an urgent need” to increase human society’s resilience to both climate change and the changing environment, because storm runoff extremes are intensifying as the world warms and our existing infrastructure systems may not be able to cope.“Our work helps explain the underlying physical mechanisms related to the intensification of precipitation and runoff extremes,” Gentine said in a statement. “This will help improve flood forecasting and early-warning alerts. Our findings can help provide scientific guidance for infrastructure and ecosystem resilience planning, and could help formulate strategies for tackling climate change.”Columbia Engineers lead first global analysis to characterize the responses of storm runoff extremes to climate and human-induced changes; study sheds new light on rising magnitude of extreme flash floods. Photo Credit: Eric Buermeyer/Shutterstock.CITATION• Roxy, M. K., Ghosh, S., Pathak, A., Athulya, R., Mujumdar, M., Murtugudde, R., … & Rajeevan, M. (2017). A threefold rise in widespread extreme rain events over central India. Nature Communications, 8(1), 708. doi:10.1038/nclimate1911• Yin, J., Gentine, P., Zhou, S., Sullivan, S.C., Wang, R., Zhang, Y., & Guo, S. (2018). Large increase in global storm runoff extremes driven by climate and anthropogenic changes. Nature Communications 9. doi:10.1038/s41467-018-06765-2 Article published by Mike Gaworecki Adaptation To Climate Change, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Change And Extreme Weather, Environment, Extreme Weather, Flooding, Global Warming, Impact Of Climate Change, Research, Weather center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Investors told to wise up over cost of environmental crime

first_imgLack of knowledge of environmental crimes doesn’t protect companies or financial investors from prosecution, warns a new Climate Advisers report.The case of U.S. hardwood flooring company Lumber Liquidators is a salutary reminder to others of the pitfalls of ignoring where timber products are sourced from.The report also calls for U.S. authorities to use a greater range of laws to tackle forest crimes. Companies and their investors are exposing themselves to massive legal and financial risks by trading, sometimes unwittingly, in products derived from illegally harvested timber, according to a new report.Published earlier this month by the Washington, D.C.-based consultancy Climate Advisers, the report recommends that U.S. authorities look beyond purely environmental legislation to prosecute any crimes associated with the illicit sourcing of timber products.“Despite recent progress, a continued lack of transparency in sectors most at risk of illegal forest clearing, such as cattle, oil palm, soy and timber, means that investors may not know the extent of their exposure to material financial risks from deforestation through companies they invest in,” the report says.The potential for companies to become involved in such activities is vast, with Interpol estimating the scale of illegal logging at somewhere between $50 billion and $150 billion a year.Climate Advisers highlights the case of Lumber Liquidators in its report: in 2016, the U.S. firm paid more than $13 million in fines and forfeited assets in connection with the importing of hardwood flooring from timber that had been illegally logged in Russia’s Far East.The Mongolian oak the company used for its products came from forests that are home to two of the world’s rarest big cats: the Amur, or Siberian, tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) and the Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis).Forest clearance and plantation development in PT Megakarya Jaya Raya (PT MJR) palm oil concession in Papua. New Guinea Island is home to the world’s third-largest rainforest, but is facing intense pressure due to the logging and palm oil industries. Image by Ulet Infansasti/Greenpeace.The Lumber Liquidators case showed “the true cost of turning a blind eye to environmental laws,” U.S. Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden said at the time in a statement released by the Department of Justice. “This company left a trail of corrupt transactions and habitat destruction. Now they will pay a price for this callous and careless pursuit of profit.”Lumber Liquidators was prosecuted under the Lacey Act, a law dating back to 1900 that bans trafficking in illegal wildlife. It was amended in 2008 to include plants and plant products such as timber and paper.More can be done, according to Anthony Mansell, director of policy and research at Climate Advisers. Mansell said his organization’s report highlighted how activities such as illegal logging could also be addressed using other laws. “Forest crime involves many of the same crimes or violations of the law that goes with any other organized crime,” Mansell said in an interview. “Crimes such as money laundering, racketeering and corruption, for example.”The next Lumber LiquidatorsThere are an increasing number of examples of corporate involvement in illegal forest clearing or land grabs leading to financial hits, according to Susanne Breitkopf, policy manager for the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). The nonprofit works to expose environmental crimes through its on-the-ground investigations, and was responsible for uncovering Lumber Liquidators’ role in the illegal timber trade.The share price of Lumber Liquidators fell nearly 90 percent, from a high of $119.44 before the scandal broke in 2013, to less than $20 in 2015.“This case had big consequences for the industry,” Breitkopf said in an interview. “Nobody wants to be the next Lumber Liquidators. But if investors are not looking where they are putting their money, especially when it comes to land banks, they are taking really high risks.”In a different case, in 2017 United Cacao was delisted from the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market after the EIA said it had financed more than 111 square kilometers (43 square miles) of illegal deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon. A report in the U.K.-based Mail on Sunday newspaper in February 2017 revealed that United Cacao’s share price had plummeted by a third in just over two years. It was described as having been “a disastrous investment.”Using the law more extensivelyThe Climate Advisers report sets out a whole suite of U.S. statutes, not specifically environmental in nature, that could be used against companies involved in illegal logging, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), anti-money-laundering laws, and wire and mail fraud legislation. The FCPA has already been used extensively in multiple international lawsuits against companies with complaints of aiding and abetting terrorism.The report gives a hypothetical example of a U.S. investor that funds an agricultural commodity producer knowing it will offer bribes to officials to turn a blind eye to illegal forest clearing.Red ruffed lemur (Varecia rubra), a species that lives in northeastern Madagascar, where rosewood logging has been severe. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.“Because of its global reach and robust enforcement, the FCPA has major, if untested, potential in application to forest crime,” the report says. “Bribes help unscrupulous companies to obtain forest land rights, to frustrate enactment and enforcement of relevant regulatory regimes, and to export and market illegally-trafficked agricultural products.”Mansell said one of the advantages of using laws other than the Lacey Act (or the Endangered Species Act), like the FCPA, was that it could make it easier to prosecute environmental crimes.“Proving something is a particular species is very hard,” Mansell said, pointing to highly technical issues like the need to demonstrate that a particular wood was illegally logged. “Money laundering is the same, no matter where it occurs.”The bottom line, according to the 2013 EIA report that blew the lid off the Lumber Liquidators issue, is that companies and investors should take extra precautions if timber is being sourced from countries where illegal practices are known to be rife.Breitkopf pointed out, though, that the concept of using additional laws on the books was still far from simple. “I agree there are more laws that lend themselves to prosecute this type of illegal activity,” she said, “but crimes such as corruption and money laundering are very difficult to prove.”Banner image: In 2015, the largest seizure of Peruvian timber was made from the ship called the Yacu Kallpa. Photo courtesy of the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). Article published by Genevieve Belmaker Deforestation, Forests, Governance, Illegal Logging, Illegal Timber Trade, Illegal Trade, Rainforests, Supply Chain, Timber, Timber Laws, timber trade, Tropical Forests center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more