Amanita Ananiceps ? No common name.
At the back door.
Amanita Ananiceps ? No common name.
At the back door.
Apr 5, 2019 —
“ This is what a dying bee looks like when it has been poisoned – they die with their tongues sticking out. I have lots of these in the grass in front of my hive. See the pollen on her legs? That would be dandelion pollen. This is what happens when we participate in a culture that sees dandelions in a yard as a failure of citizenry rather than a symbol that you recognize that vanity and conformity are not more important than survival. Please stop spraying your weeds. “ Stephanie Jordan
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Let nature heal climate and biodiversity crises, say campaigners
Restoration of forests and coasts can tackle ‘existential crises’ but is being overlooked
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Damian Carrington Environment editor
Wed 3 Apr 2019 16.00 AEDT
Last modified on Wed 3 Apr 2019 16.45 AEDT
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The restoration of natural forests and coasts can simultaneously tackle climate change and the annihilation of wildlife but is being worryingly overlooked, an international group of campaigners have said.
Animal populations have fallen by 60% since 1970, suggesting a sixth mass extinction of life on Earth is under way, and it is very likely that carbon dioxide will have to be removed from the atmosphere to avoid the worst impacts of global warming. Trees and plants suck carbon dioxide from the air as they grow and also provide vital habitat for animals.
“The world faces two existential crises, developing with terrifying speed: climate breakdown and ecological breakdown,” the group writes in a letter to the Guardian. “Neither is being addressed with the urgency needed to prevent our life-support systems from spiralling into collapse.
“We are championing a thrilling but neglected approach to averting climate chaos while defending the living world: natural climate solutions. Defending the living world and defending the climate are, in many cases, one and the same.”
The signatories include the school strikes activist Greta Thunberg, the climate scientist Prof Michael Mann, the writers Margaret Atwood, Naomi Klein and Philip Pullman and the campaigners Bill McKibben and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
Rowan Williams, the former archbishop of Canterbury, Mohamed Nasheed, the former president of the Maldives, and the musician Brian Eno are also among the signatories of the letter, which was instigated by the Guardian writer George Monbiot.
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The group emphasises that natural climate solutions are not an alternative to the rapid decarbonisation of energy, transport and farming. Both are needed, the campaigners say.
The United Nations announced a Decade of Ecosystem Restoration at the start of March. “The degradation of our ecosystems has had a devastating impact on both people and the environment,” said Joyce Msuya, the head of the UN Environment Programme. “Nature is our best bet to tackle climate change and secure the future.”
Recent research indicates that about a third of the greenhouse gas reductions needed by 2030 can be provided by the restoration of natural habitats, but such solutions have attracted just 2.5% of the funding for tackling emissions.
The greatest impact is likely to come from the restoration of forests, particularly areas in the tropics that were razed for cattle ranching, palm oil plantations and timber. But natural climate solutions must not compete with the need to feed the world’s growing population, the letter says, and must be implemented with the consent of local communities.
Effective ways of restoring habitat often overlap with the conservation of wildlife, the group says. Boosting the populations of forest elephants and rhinos in Africa and Asia would help spread the seeds of trees that have a high carbon content, for example, while more wolves would lead to fewer plants being eaten by moose.
The fastest accumulation of carbon occurs in vegetated coastal habitats such as mangroves, saltmarshes and seagrass beds, research shows, which also protect communities from storms. Here, carbon can be sequestered 40 times faster than in tropical forests. Peatlands must also be protected and restored, the group says, as they store one-third of all soil carbon despite covering just 3% of the world’s land.
Other suggested ways of removing carbon dioxide from the air include burning wood to generate electricity and burying the emissions, but to work at scale this would require vast amounts of land.
A website, Natural Climate Solutions, is launched on Wednesday calling on governments to back such measures and “to create a better world for wildlife and a better world for people”.
“Our aim is simple: to catalyse global enthusiasm for drawing down carbon by restoring ecosystems,” said Monbiot, who has written a report for the website. “It is the single most undervalued and underfunded tool for climate mitigation.”
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Cooler days which has seen me back onto the edges of the rain forest. 2 years of lantana slashing, layering and mulching means follow up, pulling what we missed and clearing around a variety of rain forest tree seedlings. numerous red cedars and celery woods abundant.
Very satisfying after being enclosed with heat and rain, where my companion was the radio and the news.
The gardens are producing again. Tamarillos, pineapples, avocado, salad mixes. Turmeric by the hundreds of kilos and ginger less so.
Several thousand individuals who have been exposed to Monsanto’s (now Bayer) flagship herbicide Roundup and suffered from cancer are in the process of suing the agrichemical giant. This week saw the completion of the second trial, and the second ruling in favor of the plaintiff.
On Wednesday, March 27, a jury found the Monsanto corporation liable for a California man’s cancer caused in part by Roundup. Monsanto (Bayer) has been ordered to pay Edwin Hardeman $75 million in punitive damages, $5 million for past and future suffering, and more than $200,000 to cover medical bills.
Hardeman was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2015 after using Roundup to kill poison oak and other invasive plants on his property for more than two decades. The lawsuit alleged that Monsanto knew or should have known of the risks associated with the use of the herbicide, and failed to provide adequate warnings about the harmful product.
Bayer indicated it would appeal the verdict, continuing to argue that the herbicide is safe. But in 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classified glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup) as probably carcinogenic to humans. During the case, the jury heard evidence that Monsanto was aware of studies that showed an association between Roundup and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and that the agrichemical giant went so far as to ghostwrite scientific papers.
This ruling in favor of Hardeman, alongside the ruling in August 2018 in favor of school groundskeeper DeWayne Johnson — the first of these glyphosate cancer trials — sets a precedent into the future. Pesticide Action Network Senior Scientist Marcia Ishii-Eiteman shares:
“Edwin Hardeman’s victory in court is a landmark moment — it signals a turning tide. For too long, corporations have profited from toxic pesticides without being held accountable for damages. For decades, Monsanto assured farmers, farmworkers, pesticide applicators, and homeowners that glyphosate was harmless. As Monsanto (Bayer) is finally held accountable for its impacts, we must also hold our public agencies accountable to science. Public opinion is already shifting, with school districts and communities across the country working on banning glyphosate. It’s time to get carcinogenic pesticides off the market, and support the transition to ecological pest management approaches.”
Vietnam has announced that it has banned the import of all glyphosate-based herbicides with immediate effect following the latest cancer trial verdict from San Francisco, in a move which has shaken Bayer’s Asian market for its top-selling product.
Hoang Trung, Director of the Plant Protection Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, stated Saturday to Tuoi Tre newspaper that the import and trans-national trading of herbicides containing glyphosate would be banned immediately. Glyphosate herbicides are currently widely used in Vietnam.
“As soon as there was information that the second trial in the U.S. ruled that glyphosate was related to cancer, we put a ban on the import of new herbicides containing the active ingredient. And the removal of this substance from the list of pesticides allowed to be used in Vietnam will be done in the near future,” Trung said.
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Trung added that to prohibit a certain substance that has been circulated his department must proceed with the correct legal procedures.. The new Plant Protection Department has prohibited the import of new shipments of glyphosate-based herbicides, while the consignments of glyphosate-based herbicides currently in circulation in Vietnam will still trade normally.
Vietnam’s move comes less than a week after a California federal jury foundthat Monsanto‘s Roundup weedkiller was likely a substantial factor in causing a man’s cancer, delivering a major blow to the Bayer AG unit in the first such federal bellwether trial and setting the stage for a second phase to determine damages.
Five women and one man reached their unanimous verdict in favor of plaintiff Ed Hardeman after deliberating for a week. In reaching its decision, the jury effectively rejected Monsanto’s argument that there is no way to know what caused Hardeman’s Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
The verdict marked the end of the first phase of the closely watched two-part trial that began Feb. 25. In the initial phase, the jury was tasked with deciding whether science supports the conclusion that Roundup and its active ingredient, glyphosate, can generally cause Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and whether it specifically caused Hardeman’s cancer, leaving damages and other claims to be decided in the second phase.
In 2017 the Vietnamese government also officially announced a ban on Syngenta’s paraquat, a highly hazardous pesticide (HHP) and Dow Chemicals’ 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D), an organic compound found in Agent Orange, which was heavily used during the Vietnam War.4K96