KTRK(CLEVELAND, Texas) — Most toddlers are learning how to write or count. Thankfully, one Texas 3-year-old learned how to call 911.Dorothy Craig, of Cleveland, Texas, may very well have saved her mother’s life — or her siblings’ lives — on Wednesday when she collapsed and fell unconscious on the floor, according to Houston ABC station KTRK.That’s when Dorothy, not even old enough to go to school, sprang into action. The youngster picked up a phone and immediately called 911.In audio released of the 911 call, the dispatcher who picked up the phone is heard answering, “Liberty County 911.” Dorothy responded, “Mommy.”However, the little girl was unable to provide more information as the diligent dispatcher stuck with it to try to get more information from the girl.Eventually, when asked where her mother was, Dorothy was able to say “on the floor.”The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office was able to track the cellphone to find out generally where the call was coming from and found Dorothy’s mother, Miranda, after going door-to-door for a half hour.“I’m extremely proud of her. She’s such a smart little girl and she’s so charismatic,” Miranda said.Dorothy has two younger siblings, 2-year-old and 5 months old, who were also in the house unattended with their mother unconscious.Miranda suffers from narcolepsy, which causes people to suddenly fall asleep and can include hallucinations, loss of muscle control and muscle paralysis. She was treated by paramedics who responded to her home.Dorothy isn’t a one-hit wonder though. Miranda said she’s called 911 for her mother before.“When she was really little, I taught her how to call 911,” Miranda said. “And she’s done it for me twice now, and she’s my little … she’s my little hero.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
“If Europe is serious about meeting the 2012 target,” says a Citibank analysis, “it has to encourage small cars, and discourage large ones.” It adds that this means expected growth in the SUV, sports cars and luxury car sectors will have to be “choked off”.The differing effects of legislation on different manufacturers will make it hard to find one common approach to reducing emissions.“The motor industry’s common position has broken down,” concludes the bank. “It’s likely to get ugly.”From Fiat to Volvo – how the car brands compare on C02Car brand (average CO2 emissions in 2005 (grams per kilometre)Fiat 139 European car industry organisation ACEA accused the Commission of hiding the true price of binding targets by leaving ECCP estimates out of its published assessment.But T&E, an environmental pressure group specialising in transport issues, says that the assessments were both based on outdated assumptions.The Commission says it is now working on a definitive impact assessment to accompany a proposal for legislation, not expected before the end of this year.EU industry analysts are also doing their best to work out what CO2 emission caps would mean for carmakers. An analysis by US bank Citibank says future legislation would give manufacturers producing small cars an advantage over those focusing on larger models. Fiat, Renault and PSA Peugeot Citroën in particular could see their profits rise, while BMW and DaimlerChrysler would start to lose money, at least in the short-term.Citibank singles out the Porsche Cayenne sports utility vehicle (SUV) as a model for which a CO2 cap in Europe would be “disastrous”. Opel/Vauxhall 156 Volkswagen 159 Toyota 163 Suzuki 165 Honda 166 Hyundai 170 Volvo 195 Source: T&E Germany has led countries arguing that binding targets would be too expensive for the European automotive industry, forcing investments and jobs out of the EU.A Commission impact assessment published this month said that hitting the 120g/km target could cost Europe up to €23 billion. An earlier draft impact assessment produced by the Commission’s European Climate Change Programme (ECCP) said the costs could run up to €60bn. Kia 170 Nissan 172 Audi 177 Mazda 177 Mercedes-Benz 185 BMW 192 Citroen 144 Renault 149 Seat 150 Ford 151 Peugeot 151 Skoda 152
All the nature studies conducted to date demonstrate that access to nature—both outdoors in natural settings and indoors through filmed footage, paintings, and photographs—can help people manage the stress and anxiety of modern life, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the whole story: Forbes More of our Members in the Media > A groundbreaking 2019 study in Scientific Reports found that spending a minimum of two hours a week in parks, woodlands, or beaches promotes physical and mental health and well-being and gives you a bigger perspective of your life circumstances. In the study, those who spent 120 minutes per week had better health and higher psychological well-being than the ones who didn’t spend any weekly time in nature or those who spent less than 120 minutes per week. The lead author, Mathew White, reported that it doesn’t matter how the 120 minutes are achieved. It can be done in one block or spread out over the entire week to get the benefit. It doesn’t seem to matter what activity you’re involved in, either, as long as you’re outdoors: sailing, biking, kayaking, walking or tennis. The types of news outlets, TV shows, movies, magazines, and newspapers we consume on a regular basis frame our perspective and impact our mental health and well-being. Long-standing research shows that chronic TV watchers and news followers have elevated fears because the events they observe start to seem as if they are happening outside their front door. And once we consume too much chronic, negative, and catastrophic information, we can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube. It stays in our minds, forming a template for how we think, feel, and respond to seismic events such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, scientists have found an antidote: watching nature documentaries. … Scientists have amassed a body of research that shows exposure to natural green spaces such as parks, woodlands, mountains, and beaches has healing properties on your mental and physical health and well-being. It reduces anxiety and rumination and improves depression. Living in greener urban areas is linked to lower incidences of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, asthma, mental distress, and mortality rates. The decades-old Japanese practice of forest bathing or shinrin-yoku (which means “taking in the forest”) is believed to provide stress reduction, relaxation, and deeper insights into life. Scientists have discovered that forest bathing lowers cortisol and depression in adults and boosts the activity of killer cells that fight off infection and cancer. American journalist Richard Louv coined the term “nature-deficit disorder” to describe the human costs of living disproportionately indoors alienated from nature. Hence, the importance of connecting with nature and letting it transport and calm you—infuse you with mental clarity to replace the stress and recharge your batteries. Studies show that simply viewing an aspect of nature from an office window is restorative. Patients with a view of nature from their hospital window heal quicker than patients without a nature view. Studies also show that bringing nature indoors does the trick. If you live in an urban area, you can bring in potted green plants, fresh flowers, or a terrarium. And research shows that a tabletop trickling waterfall, an aquarium, fishbowl, or a CD with nature sounds contain stress-relieving and restorative properties. One of the most recent studies indicates that you can get nature’s benefits without even leaving your sofa, that simply watching a nature documentary reduces anxiety and raises your mood. Psychologist Dachner Keltner of the University of California, Berkley collaborated on a study with the BBC Worldwide. The study, known as The Real Happiness Project, was a joint effort between Keltner and the British Broadcast Company’s (BBC) in-house research team. The study included over 7,500 nationally represented participants from numerous countries who watched footage from Planet Earth 2. Scientists used cutting-edge facial mapping technology to measure emotional responses to the nature videos before and after participants viewed them. Results showed substantial decreases in stress, nervousness, anxiety, fear, stress, and fatigue and significant increases in relaxation, contentment, excitement, enthusiasm, joy, and awe. …
Who: Spencer Gomez, Chef de Cuisine at Southern Belle and Georgia BoyInstagram: @ChefSpencerGomezChef Gomez’s Guest-Worthy Recipe: Blue Crab Beau Monde dipWhy?“Blue Crab Beau Monde dip is the ideal hors d’oeuvre recipe for guests, whatever the season. It has been a staple at our family holidays for years. If crab is not available, the dip is great on its own or topped with chow-chow or kimchi. At Southern Belle, we serve it alongside local grit bread and Benne seed crackers, but it can be paired with anything: from Ruffles chips to sliced crudité! A celery root purée is often subbed for the mayonnaise to celebrate the celery flavors. For the always-busy home cook, crab dip can be made ahead, refrigerated, and served cold the next day.”Ingredients:For Dip16 oz cream cheese4 oz sour cream12 oz mayonnaise30 g scallions, sliced45 g celery, minced35 g shallot, minced7 g salt (or to taste)2 lemons’ zest & juice6 g vegetable bullion (beef is great also)12 g Spice Islands Beau Monde SeasoningFor Crab Salad Topping12 oz jumbo lump crab meatOlive oilLarge flake sea salt and black pepperOne large lemon zest and juice20 g chive, mincedDirections:For DipPaddle cream cheese in stand mixer.Add sour cream slowly until combined with the cream cheese.Add the remainder of dip ingredients until smooth.Transfer to a large bowl and chill.Crab Salad ToppingClean crab by picking out all shells.In a separate bowl, mix crab with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and chives.Olive oil, salt, and pepper all added to taste.Spread out crab over the top of the previously finished dip.Chill and serve. Enjoy with crackers and bread, or as a spread on sandwiches or hors d’oeuvres. Share
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Kinrade, 28, signed this fall with Medvescak of the Russian Kontinental Hockey League after three seasons with SC Bern of the Swiss Nationaliga. This will be Zagreb’s Bears’ first time taking part in this tournament.First round opponents include Swiss A-leaguers and last year’s Cup winners HC Geneve-Servette and Team Canada, a team comprised heavily of Canadian players who play in Europe.On the other side of the draw is the KHL’s Salavat Yulaev from Ufa, Finland’s Jokerit Helsinki and home team HC Davos.For Kinrade, this is the third time playing in the Spengler Cup — the first two for Team Canada.During his inaugural stint, Kinrade was part of the 2012 Spengler Cup Championship team.The former Kootenay International Junior Hockey League rearguard with the Nelson Leafs was one of the unsung defenders called upon by Hockey Canada due to a shortage of Canadian defencemen playing in Europe at that time.The team was bolstered by a huge NHL contingent of Jason Spezza, Patrice Bergeron, John Tavares, Tyler Seguin, Jonathan Bernier, Carlo Colaiacovo, Devan Dubnyk, Sam Gagner, Matt Duchene, Cam Barker and Captain Canada Ryan Smyth. The players were available due to the NHL lockout.Kinrade has enjoyed an illustrious career playing in Europe after spending two seasons in the American Hockey League with the Ottawa Senators farm team, Binghamton Sens, winning the Calder Cup in 2011.After graduating from college hockey at Michigan Tech, Kinrade played ten games with the Norfolk Admirals after signing a free agent contract and made his NHL debut on April 9, 2009 for Tampa against the Washington Capitals.The Spengler Cup is an international hockey tournament with a long tradition since 1923.Along with the Stanley Cup is the oldest championship in the world. The Cup is played for every year in Davos, Switzerland, in the time between Christmas and New Year. It is organized by A-leaguers Davos, and 2014 will see its 88th edition. Only teams that are invited can take part, and six teams fight for the trophy.Throughout all of the years of the Spengler Cup, which got its name from doctor Carl Spengler, numerous clubs from around the world have taken part, and the most wins go to the home team: Davos-15, followed b y Team Canada-12.Kinrade’s Zagreb’s Bears play the loser between HC Davos and Team Canada Saturday before meeting the winner Sunday.The top teams advance to the semi finals Tuesday with the final set New Years Eve.For more information check out the Spengler Cup website. KHL Medvescak Zagreb now meets HC Salavat Yulaev Ufa in quarterfinal action at the 2015 Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzlerland after dropping a 1-0 decision to the host club Sunday in round robin action.The winner of the Monday contest advances to the semi final round.Kinrade, KHL Medvescak Zagreb drop 3-1 decision to Team Canada at Spengler CupTeam Canada scored twice in the first period to defeat KHL Medvescak Zagreb 3-1 in Spengler Cup action Saturday in Davos, Switzerland.Nelson Minor Hockey grad Geoff Kinrade plays defence for KHL Medvescak Zagreb.Bud Holloway, Stefano Giliati and Alexandre Giroux scored to give Team Canada a 3-0 lead after two periods.Pascal Pelletier scored the lone goal for KHL Medvescak Zagreb.KHL Medvescak Zagreb plays host HC Davos Sunday in the final round robin game. HC Davos opened the tournament with a 2-1 win over Team Canada.Kinrade’s squad needs to win to advance to the playoff round in the tournament.Nelson’s Geoff Kinrade back at Spengler CupNelson Minor Hockey grad Geoff Kinrade is back playing at the Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland.However, the six-foot, 195-pound Nelson Leafs product is not playing on Team Canada this time around.The smooth skating defenceman is anchoring the blueline for Medvescak Zagreb’s Bears.
Donnacha O’Brien to be Crowned Champion Apprentice Rider Pat Smullen was first crowned Champion Jockey in 2000 and he heads the list for the ninth time this year. He is on-course to better his 2014 tally of 108 winners and will certainly count his Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby success on Harzand as the highlight of his domestic season. He also enjoyed notable success with Fascinating Rock, Shamreen and Zhukova. For the second successive year, Smullen looks set to beat Colin Keane into second place in the title race.Donnacha O’Brien (18) is another to enjoy a tremendous season and in just his third season riding has captured the Champion Apprentice title. Closing in on 50 winners, Donnacha is clear of Gary Halpin, Killian Leonard and his sister Ana in the table. The standout moment of his season was undoubtedly his first Group 1 success which came at the Curragh on Longines Irish Champions Weekend where he won the Moyglare Stud Stakes on Intricately, trained by his brother, Joseph. For good measure, the filly was bred by their mother, Annemarie. Donnacha also won a listed race and a Group 3 race on Order Of St George during the season. The 2016 Flat season draws to a close at Leopardstown on Saturday, October 29th, and the day will be marked by presentations to the champion owner, trainer, jockey and apprentice. Aidan O’Brien to Retain Champion Trainer Title The title of Champion Owner looks set to go right down to the wire with Mrs Sue Magnier holding the slenderest of leads over HH The Aga Khan. Part-owner of the brilliant Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes winner Alice Springs and the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes winner Caravaggio, Mrs Magnier is bidding for her 14th owners’ title since 2000. HH The Aga Khan lies in a close second place in the current standings and he counts the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby winner Harzand and Longines Irish Champions Weekend winner, Shamreen among his big winners.Aidan O’Brien is once again the Champion Flat Trainer. The fillies Minding and Found were his big prize-money winners during another tremendous season for Ballydoyle. O’Brien saddled Seventh Heaven to win the Darley Irish Oaks while he also enjoyed Group 1 success with the two-year-olds Churchill and Caravaggio. His other domestic Group 1 winner in 2016 was Alice Springs who won the Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes at Leopardstown on Longines Irish Champions Weekend. Pat Smullen Set to Win Ninth Champion Jockey title print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
A SECTION of Manchester United fans want Spurs to pip Liverpool to the title – despite the shock win likely to cost them Mauricio Pochettino.The Argentine Tottenham boss is a leading name in the race to take over at Old Trafford next season.2 Mauricio Pochettino is being lined up as Jose Mourinho’s replacement at Old TraffordCredit: Getty Images – GettyBut he’s also dangerously close to guiding his Harry Kane-led side to Premier League glory, thanks to Manchester City’s recent blip.Another trophy-less season would likely push Poch closer to the White Hart Lane exit, just a few months after their scheduled return after the new stadium is completed.But United fans are fearful another nearly season will let Jurgen Klopp and their bitter M62 rivals run away with the crown.On a Reddit forum, a group of impassioned supporters debated what it would mean to have Liverpool miss out on the title but themselves miss out on one of the Prem’s top bosses.2 The Tottenham manager is one of the huge favourites to take over the helm at Old Trafford next summerCredit: Reuterslatest football newsPicturedHARRY’S HEROES Kane says goodbye to Tottenham team-mates Vertonghen and VormLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordLive BlogTRANSFER NEWS LIVESalah admits he could LEAVE Liverpool, how Sancho will fit in Utd XILive Blogblues newsChelsea transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeRevealedFORTUNE TELLERIncredible Hawkeye blunder saved Villa’s lives – but Smith says it was karmaChampak256 wrote: “There’s two downsides to Spurs winning for me: it wasn’t us, and we won’t get Poch.“First one applies to anyone, and second one doesn’t compare to the downsides of each and every other team.Malpy 42 said: “If Tottenham win though. Poch won’t leave them for us. That’s my dilemma I think he’s one of the best men for long term at Old Trafford.”Toasterb wrote: “We don’t want the scum or City to win the league, and they want us to do well enough that we keep OGS on and they get to keep Poch.”Paul Pogba gives inspiring team-talk before Man Utd win over Huddersfield
The Ladyjacks had three golfers notch top-five showings, led by junior Sydney Reed’s runner-up finish with a 10-over 223 as she recorded a 2-over 73 over the final 18 holes. It was the second top-10 finish of Reed’s career and her first top-five showing as the 223 sets a new personal-low, besting the 226 she posted at the ULM Fred Marx Invitational in 2013. Three more Ladyjacks made appearances in the top-10, including sophomore Ann Holcomb who recorded an 18-over 231 competing as an individual. Holcomb tied for seventh overall, giving the sophomore her first career top-10 finish. She finished one stroke ahead of fellow sophomore Courtney Ford, who posted a 19-over 232 as an individual, placing eighth and notching her first career top-10 showing. Entering the day with a 23-shot lead on the host Cardinals, SFA showed it had no intention of relinquishing the lead, shooting a 12-over 296 in round three, which is tied for the second-lowest round in program history. The 296 matches SFA’s total at the 2013 Harold Funston Invitational and was just two shots off the pace of the program-low 294 carded at the Challenge at Onion Creek in 2013. The win gives SFA some momentum as it heads into the break, having wrapped up the fall portion of its 2014-15 schedule. The Ladyjacks finished in the top-10 in each of their five fall tournaments, highlighted by a second-place finish at the ASU Lady Red Wolf Classic before the championship performance in San Antonio. SFA notched eight top-10 individual showings, including Lautensack recording her first career tournament title. SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin capped its historic weekend in the Alamo City, shooting the lowest 54-hole total in program history en route to the program’s first-ever tournament title. The Ladyjacks closed out the Incarnate Word Wyndham Garden Riverwalk Fall Invitational with a 55-over 907, besting second-place Incarnate Word by 26 strokes to capture the team title. Holding a comfortable 23-stroke advantage heading into the final round, SFA extended that lead to 26 strokes to defeat host Incarnate Word (81-over 933). Murray State (140-over 992) finished third with Incarnate Word’s “B” team (171-over 1,023) and Ranger College (240-over 1,092) rounding out the top-five. SFA closed out the 54-hole event with a 55-over 907, which is the lowest 54-hole total in program history. It was four strokes lower than the previous mark of 911 at the Harold Funston Invitational in 2013 and 10 shots better than the 917 posted at the Challenge at Onion Creek, also in 2013. Sophomore Jessica White recorded the first top-10 showing of her career as well, shooting a 14-over 227 to finish third individually. White posted a 2-over 73 in the final round and joined Reed on the All-Tournament team. Freshman Erica Lautensack recored her second-straight top-five showing, finishing tied for fourth overall with a 15-over 228 as she now has two top-10 and four top-20 finishes through the first five tournaments of her career. Junior Mackenzie Steiner placed 10th overall, giving SFA six golfers among the top-10. Steiner carded a 20-over 233, highlighted by a 4-over 75 in round three, notching the first top-10 and second top-20 showing of her Ladyjack career. Freshman Jamee Jorgensen rounded out the Ladyjack competitors with a 13th-place showing, finishing with a 27-over 240 and a 4-over 75 in round three. She now has recorded a top-20 finish in back-to-back tournaments.
A company in Indonesia plans to start mining gold in a district in the country’s West Papua province that forms part of the ecologically important Cendrawasih Bay National Park — an ostensibly protected area.The company is currently applying for an environmental impact assessment that would allow it to obtain a mining permit, but local officials involved in the process say they see little benefit to the proposed mine. They say they prefer a development model built on tourism based on the region’s rich biodiversity.The district chief, who has the final say in issuing the permit, has signaled he approves of the project — flip-flopping on a pledge he made at the end of last year to prioritize an environment-focused development framework. JAKARTA — Environmental officials have warned of the potentially catastrophic impact of a planned gold mine in a conservation zone in eastern Indonesia, amid mixed signals from the district chief responsible for approving the project.The proposed mine would cover 233 square kilometers (90 square miles), an area four times the size of Manhattan, in Wondama Bay district in West Papua province. Eighty five percent of the district, though, sits within Cenderawasih Bay National Park, while parts of it also overlap onto or border the Wondiwoi Mountains Nature Reserve — both protected areas. The planned site also straddles the ancestral lands of three indigenous groups: the Kuri Wamesa, the Rasiei and the NaikereThe company applying for the mining permit, PT Abisha Bumi Persada (ABP), is based some 3,000 kilometers (1,860 miles) west, in the city of Bandung on the island of Java. It reportedly plans to operate for 15 years, and expects to mine 800,000 tons of ore per year, yielding 200 kilograms (440 pounds) of gold annually.A company in Indonesia plans to mine for gold in Wondama Bay district in West Papua province, with the proposed site marked by the red pin. Much of the district falls within Cenderawasih Bay National Park, a protected area. Image by Google Maps.Ben Saroy, head of the agency that manages Cenderawasih Bay National Park, warned that establishing a large-scale gold mine like ABP has proposed could damage the wider conservation area. Among his top concerns, he said, was the waste from the mining operations, such as mercury, that could pollute the environment and wind up in the food chain.Mercury is often used to bind gold from ore, and is typically burned off and discarded afterward, eventually ending up in rivers. In 2017, the Indonesian government ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury, committing to phase out the use of the heavy metal in small-scale gold mining by 2020.“The impacts from any mercury contamination will be only apparent in 10 to 20 years, as babies are born blind, permanently disabled, and with other diseases,” Saroy told local media. “The waste must not be dumped into the sea.”He also warned that tourist arrivals to the national park could go down “if they know that the area has been contaminated with mercury.”The pristine marine ecosystem of Cenderawasih Bay National Park has attracted tourists from around the world. Image courtesy of Cenderawasih Bay National Park Agency.ABP is reportedly in the process of obtaining an environmental impact assessment, known locally as an AMDAL, as a prerequisite for getting a mining permit.Rudolf Rumbino, the head of the West Papua government’s environmental agency, said his office would not issue an AMDAL without assurances from environmental NGOs and the provincial government’s research and development agency that the benefits of the mine would outweigh any disruption to the environment.“Although some of the local communities have given their support, we will rely on the advice of NGOs and the R&D agency because they know better about the positive and negative impacts from this mining,” he told local media.Charlie Heatubun, who heads the R&D agency, was also skeptical about allowing gold mining in the district, saying it would create a lot of risks, including the further impoverishment of the local people.“Gold mining promises quick profits for the area, but that profit may not be worth the negative impacts,” he told local media.He said tourism remained the best option for the long-term development of Wondama Bay district. “If we develop tourism, we can ensure that the environment won’t be damaged,” he said. “The people can profit from the tourist visits and from related tourism businesses.”A swath of rainforest in Indonesia that was destroyed for gold-mining operations. Image by Boyhaqie/Mongabay-Indonesia.Prioritizing ecofriendly tourism over resource exploitation was the same argument used earlier by the Wondama Bay district chief, Bernadus Imburi, who has the final say on whether the mining permit is issued.“We don’t have forests or gold that can be exploited to help [develop the economy] in this area,” Imburi said last December at the signing of an environment-focused development framework with representatives from WWF-Indonesia and Cenderawasih Bay National Park.“We are confident that the potential of Cenderawasih Bay National Park and Wondiwoi Mountains National Reserve will serve as valuable capital to increase our regional revenue,” he added.“The tourism sector is the only top priority for Wondama Bay district in increasing our local revenue.”By February, however, Imburi appeared to have changed his mind, attending a discussion hosted by ABP with community representatives at which he spoke of a “win-win” situation for all sides.“I hope [ABP] manages everything by the book so that the company can operate and the local people can also live,” he said as quoted by local media.The discussion was part of ABP’s AMDAL obligation to allow communities that would be affected by its proposed operations a chance to weigh in. The district chief, though, appeared to discourage any opposition when he told those in attendance that “the local people must not act in such a way that the company can’t proceed.”In any case, there was little pushback from the community representatives, who said they approved of the proposed mining operation, as long as their rights as indigenous people were upheld and they weren’t “disadvantaged” further down the road. They also called on ABP to prioritize the hiring of workers from local communities over those from outside.The pristine forests of West Papua are being increasingly targeted for mines and plantations. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.The Indonesian half of the island of New Guinea, administratively split into the provinces of West Papua and Papua, is all too familiar with the “resource curse.”For decades, a subsidiary of U.S.-based Freeport McMoRan has run the world’s biggest copper and gold mine, Grasberg, in Papua province. But its operations, wildly profitable for the company and for the central government in Jakarta, have done little for the development of local communities. Papua and West Papua remain the most impoverished provinces in Indonesia, with life expectancies and infant and maternal mortality rates that are among the worst in Asia.Freeport’s subsidiary has also long been criticized for a litany of environmental offenses, as well as for funding security forces that have been widely accused of rights violations against indigenous Papuans.In recent years, another resource has threatened to destroy the ancient and pristine rainforests that make the island a biodiversity hotspot like no other: palm oil. Major plantation operators, having largely depleted the forests of Sumatra and Indonesian Borneo, are now increasingly eyeing the vast, untouched wildernesses of Papua and West Papua.Charlie Heatubun, the West Papua R&D agency head, summed up the quandary of a region awash in natural wealth but falling short of most human development metrics: “Right now, we may be [financially] poor, but we are so rich in natural resources. We could end up being poor in both ways, and that’s a huge problem.”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. Article published by Basten Gokkon Deforestation, Development, Environment, Forest Destruction, Forests, Gold Mining, Mining, Natural Resources, Pollution, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforest Mining, Rainforests, Threats To Rainforests, Tropical Deforestation, Tropical Forests, Waste, Water Pollution Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored