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When cyclist Ozgur Nevres embarked on a training ride near his
home in Turkey late last month, he never expected that he'd end up
But that's exactly what he did.
Credit: Ozgur NevresAbout 30 miles into his bike trek, which placed him near a local airport, Nevres stopped for a moment to watch some passing planes. It was then that his ears were struck by the sound of an animal in distress. The tiny creature had clearly been desperate for someone to come along.
Credit: Ozgur NevresAfter giving the kitten food, water and a safe place to pass the night, Nevres worked to find her a forever home.
One Saturday morning, Nicki Fricker was in the parking lot of
the Jefferson County
SPCA in New York, waiting for the shelter to open, when
she saw an adorable dachshund sitting nearby.
Fricker had woken up early to drop off a stray dog she had found and asked the man with the dachshund if he was there to do the same.
He said no, Fricker told The Dodo. He's giving her up because his wife is about to have a baby. Then he asked if I wanted her.
He seemed a little sad, but said that this would be a huge weight off his chest, Fricker added.
Credit: Nicki FrickerThough she already had two large dogs at home, Fricker quickly agreed. She could see that the tiny, nervous dog wouldnt do well in a noisy shelter environment, suddenly far from everything and everyone shed ever known.
Poppy, a collie mix, and Daisy, a Jack Russell terrier, are best
friends who have lived together their entire lives. They were
surrendered to the RSPCA in 2016 after their owner
was evicted and could no longer care for them, and staffers at the
shelter worried about finding them a home together, as they were
already in their golden years. A couple fell in love with them
and stepped up to adopt them, but unfortunately, after they split
up, the dogs were returned to the shelter earlier this year.
Credit: RSPCAPoppy and Daisy are now 17 and 10 years old, and even though theyre senior dogs, they both still have so much love to give. The pair are absolutely inseparable, and refuse to go anywhere without each other. They were surrendered to the shelter for the second time seven months ago and have been waiting for a home ever since, and staffers at the shelter are desperate to find them a home as soon as possible so they can enjoy relax and enjoy the rest of their golden years.
Credit: RSPCASince both dogs are seniors and dont have as much puppy energy as they used to, theyre very low-maintenance and just want a family who will cuddle with them and give them a little love and attention. While Daisy loves going out for walks here and there, Poppy is content just having a yard to meander around in. Neither of them is very confident around other dogs except each other, so they would love to be the only dogs in their...
So great is their belief in their own rightness that no lie, corruption, or act of violence is unreasonable. Obamas Benghazi Body Bags No Mere Conspiracy Theory If you want to explain the promulgation of themes intrinsic to interethnic enmity and intolerance, it helps to find people who have profited from the promulgation, and these 
A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit southeast of Loyalty Islands at 19:31 UTC on September 10, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). According to the USGS,...... Read more
A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 RJ3 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.44 LD / 0.00112 AU (167 549 km / 104 110 miles) on September 7, 2018. This is the 6th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since September 3, including 2018 RW on...... Read more
As global warming continues to outpace the tepid international response, a range of environmentalists are raising their collective voice to demand full rights and recognition for those long associated with land stewardship connected to climate mitigation: indigenous peoples. On Monday, September 10, researchers released what they called the most comprehensive assessment to date of carbon storage on forested lands occupied by indigenous peoples and local communities in 64 tropical countries. One of the main findings of the research is that indigenous peoples are far better stewards of the land than their countries governments. Indigenous communities often work to keep forests intact, which, in turn, keeps carbon locked in trees, vegetation, roots, and soil instead of seeing it released into the atmosphere through deforestation and soil disturbance for ranching, mining, or timbering. In fact, the study, led by Rights and Resources International (RRI), found that indigenous peoples manage nearly 300 million metric tons of carbon stored above and below ground on their lands. That sequestered carbon, the study found, is equal to 33 years-worth of worldwide emissions, given a 2017 baseline. The findings came the same day United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres decried the paralysis of global leadership on climate action as impacts extreme weather, sea-level rise, wildfires, ocean degradation, deforestation continue to accelerate. He called on all nations to intensify their efforts after lackluster negotiations in Bangkok, Thailand last week. The RRI-led study aimed to emphasize the role indigenous peoples can play in their own countries when it
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A Louisiana Court has granted an injunction against Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), shutting down illegal construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline in part of the Atachafalaya Basin.
We have been tased, pepper sprayed, put into choke holds and beaten with batons to stop this illegal construction that ETP was carrying out despite not having an easement for the land.
Now a court has validated our claims and has banned all ETP employees and workers from the site and banned any form of construction activities.
While this is a major victory, construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline continues in other parts of the Atchafalaya Basin. We wont stop until we completely shut down the Bayou Bridge Pipeline.
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On July 17, 2018, the City of Arvin, CA passed a setback ordinance restricting new oil and gas wells from within 300 feet of residential and commercially zoned areas.
In a state such as California, local ordinances restricting the oil and gas industry are no small feat. In fact, this is the first local setback policy in a California county that is actively producing oil and gas. This accomplishment is thanks to the strength and tireless work of community and grassroots groups, especially the Central California Environmental Justice Network and The Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment.
In support of their efforts, Earthworks Community Empowerment Projects California team filmed methane and volatile organic compound (VOC) pollution at the citys existing well sites using optical gas imaging (OGI) technology.
Oil rights pre-date civil rights.
California is the golden state. For many, oil is black gold. For extraction companies like Chevron, Exxon, Valero and California Resources Corporation, the development of California oil fields was an industrial gold rush for most of the 20th century.Figure 1. The decline of California oil production since peak oil in 1985 is shown. Production has dropped 56% since then. (Nikolewski, Rob. 2018. The San Diego Tribune.) Californias ranking as an oil-producing state is slipping.
In the process these companies secured the corporate oil lobby as an appendage to every level of California government, a state of affairs which continues to this day. Thats why movements such as the Oil Money Out campaign have been pressuring the California legislature to remove oil money from politics, even a...
OPEN LETTER FROM THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF THE WORLD TO THE GOVERNOR OF CALIFORNIA AND THE GOVERNORS CLIMATE AND FORESTS TASK FORCE September 10, 2018 Ramaytush and Greater Ohlone Territory (San Francisco, CA) Original peoples and Indigenous nations of the world gathered on the Ramaytush and the greater Ohlone territory in California supported by ILO Convention 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples (1989) and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007) to protest the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) hosted by Governor Jerry Brown and the Governors Climate and Forests Task Force (GCF). The GCAS and GCF must not place a market value on the carbon sequestration capacity of our forests in the Global South and North. You cannot commodify the Sacred -- we reject these market based climate change solutions and projects such as the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation program (REDD+), because they are false solutions that further destroy our rights, our ability to live in our forests, and our sovereignty and self-determination. False solutions to climate change and climate disruption destroy both our material and spiritual relationship to the Earth. The GCF does not represent us and has no authority over our peoples and territories.
Some people say that the best way to forget something is through distance, and that is one of the arguments being repeated by the experts consulted for this story. It is part of their attempt to explain why the deforestation in Colombia is growing, despite the fact that warnings and alerts have become more frequent and detailed. The Amazon, one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet, is also one of the most ignored and forgotten areas by the Colombian government. With 144,14 hectares (356,195 acres) of the Colombian Amazon cut down last year alone, this region was home to 65.5 percent of the countrys deforestation in 2017 which is double the figure from 2016. The main cause of the deforestation has been land hoarding, which occurs when armed people, or people from outside a certain territory, systematically take over a protected or forested area. Up to this point, actions taken by the government to control the problem have been insufficient, according to the recent ruling by Colombias supreme court which recognized the Amazon as having legal rights. The judicial order presents an historic opportunity to turn the tide in favor of the environment: the court gave the government a period of four months to lay out concrete solutions to stop deforestation. However, the application of these solutions will lie in the hands of President Ivn Duque, who took office on August 7. The latest report by the Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology, and Environmental Studies (IDEAM) is not
Data from satellite tracking tags deployed on elephants in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and along the border of Angola and Zimbabwe have revealed that the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA), formally established in 2011, represents the worlds largest transboundary wildlife corridors. According to the non-profit Elephants Without Borders (EWB) the data from these tags have identified elephant corridors, migration paths and vacant habitats that could reduce negative impacts resulting from an increasing elephant population coming into contact with an increasing human population. It takes a teamElephants Without Borders scientists deploy a tracking collar on an elephant. Image courtesy of Elephants Without Borders. EWB program manager Kelly Landen said that the tags, deployed on 120 elephants in the five member states, were crucial in detecting elephants locations and identifying the major movement corridors across the five countries. With the discovery of some 90 elephant carcasses inside Botswana, until now considered a relatively safe haven for elephants, areas of intact vegetation that enable elephants to move freely may be more important than ever. There is now a critical urgency to conserve and safeguard these important identified ecological linkages that wildlife species are using to emigrate between countries, Landen said. If the corridors are compromised where elephants and other wildlife do not have safe passage across political boundaries, then one of the natural solutions to manage and maintain the largest population on the continent will be seriously threatened. Data shows wide-scale elephant movements The tracking tags have allowed EWB to monitor the
FLORENCE Rapidly Strengthens into a Major Hurricane with Maximum Sustained Winds of 210 KM/H Current Status: SUMMARY as of 1200 PM AST [1600 UTC] LOCATION: 25.0N, 60.2W About 925 KM SSE OF BERMUDA About 1,985 KM ESE OF CAPE FEAR NORTH CAROLINA MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 210 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT: W OR 280 DEGREES AT 20 
The potential unintended consequences of spreading genetically engineered American Chestnut trees was the topic of an op-ed column by Marlene A. Condon published in the Crozete Gazette: Transgenic organisms (those with the genes of a totally different species within them) could possibly alter the genetic blueprint for others of their kind in the wild, with 
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USGS Event Page
61km SW of LEsperance Rock, New Zealand
2018-09-10 04:19:02 UTC
Location: -31.842S, -179.334W
111.1 km depth
Most of South Africa's Western Cape was blanketed in snow over the weekend, causing temporary road closures and providing a new and snowy environment to animals not used to such wintry conditions. A cold front swept through parts of parts southern South Africa...... Read more
Very heavy rainfall caused violent flash flooding in the town of Cebola, Spain's Toledo province on September 8, 2018. While there were no injuries or fatalities reported, the infrastructural damage is high. Weather stations registered around 30 mm (1.18 inches)...... Read more
Hurricane "Olivia," the 15th named storm of the 2018 Pacific hurricane season, is intensifying as it tracks toward Hawaii. Little change in strength is forecast through late Monday (HST), with gradual weakening possible starting sometime Tuesday, September...... Read more
On the morning of March 1, 1954, the United States tested its largest thermonuclear bomb over Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Code-named Castle Bravo, the explosion was more than 1,000 times more powerful than the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs that had ended World War II a decade earlier. Explosion of the Castle Bravo atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll in 1954. Photo: United States Department of Energy. The Castle Bravo test surprised its engineers, yielding twice as much power as had been predicted, and a massive fireball that destroyed three neighboring islands and contaminated 18,000 square kilometers (7,000 square miles) of ocean with radioactive fallout to the east of Bikini. Directly in the path of the Castle Bravo fallout was Rongelap Atoll, where radioactive debris up to 2.5 centimeters (1 inch) deep was deposited on the atolls small islands and extensive coral reefs. The tragic impact of the nuclear fallout on the people of Rongelap is well documented, involving hundreds of deaths from radiation poisoning and cancer, and lingering health effects that plagued several generations of survivors. The Rongelapese were eventually evacuated south to Kwajalein Atoll, but the damage to their community and the surrounding environment was devastating and could not be undone. Visiting Rongelap Atoll is no quick day trip. Few ships run that far north in the Marshall Islands, and doing so requires open-ocean transits fraught with potentially rough seas. We entered the country via the U.S. Armys base on Kwajalein Atoll, then boarded a trawler converted for
Protests were planned ahead of San Francisco climate summit this week
Time is running short for countries to decide the practical details of how the Paris Agreement will be brought to life, known as the Paris rulebook.
Negotiators meeting in Bangkok have just concluded another round of climate talks. The key aim was to whittle down a series of lengthy documents into a set of clear options for politicians to choose from when they meet later this year.
As the talks concluded on Sunday, Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the talks, told reporters uneven progress had been made at an extra set of talks in Bangkok. It is now critical to achieve balance across all the different aspects of the rulebook, she said.
The diplomats leading the talks have been tasked with taking this process forward in the run-up to COP24 in Katowice in December, where the rulebook must be finalised. However, the knottiest aspects of the rulebook will only be resolved once higher-level diplomats and politicians get involved.
Good progress was reportedly made in areas such as carbon markets, but progress stalled in some others. Disputes included whether rich and poor countries should include the same types of information in their climate pledges, how developed countries should report on their contribution to climate finance, and where to include the sensitive issue of loss and damage in the rulebook.
The Paris Agreement on climate change was struck in 2015. By 2016, i...
The Global Climate Action Summit will bring leaders and people together from around the world to Take Responsible Ambition to the Next Level. It will be a moment to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of states, regions, cities, companies, investors and citizens with respect to climate action.
It will also be a launchpad for deeper worldwide commitments and accelerated action from countriessupported by all sectors of societythat can put the globe on track to prevent dangerous climate change and realize the historic Paris Agreement.
The decarbonization of the global economy is in sight. Transformational changes are happening across the world and across all sectors as a result of technological innovation, new and creative policies and political will at all levels.
States and regions, cities, businesses and investors are leading the charge on pushing down global emissions by 2020, setting the stage to reach net zero emissions by midcentury.
At the heart of the Paris Climate Change Agreement is the commitment by national governments to review their progress and rachet up the ambition of national climate action plans, known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
The Global Climate Action Summit, happening midway between Paris 2015 and 2020, is timed to provide the confidence to governments to step up and trigger this next level of ambition sooner rather than later.
The momentum we generate this year must lead to bending the curve of emissions down by 2020science advises us that this gives the world the best opportunity to prevent the worst effects of climate change. 2018 therefore must be the beginning of a new phase of action and ambition on climate change.
The Summit will underscore the urgency of the threat of climate change by mobilizing the voices and experience of real people, in real communities already facing real and stark threats. It will challenge and channel the energy and idealism of people everywhere to step up and overcome it.
At the Summit, international and local le...
Typhoon "Mangkhut" is dropping heavy rain and producing wind gusts of up to 204 km/h (126 mph) across Northern Marianas and Guam on September 10. The storm is heading westward towards the northern Philippines and Taiwan and is forecast to reach a Super...... Read more
A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.9 hit south of the Kermadec Islands, New Zealand at 04:19 UTC on September 10, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 111.1 km (69 miles). EMSC is reporting Mw7.0 at a depth of 130 km (80.8 miles). According to the...... Read more
Santander forced to distance itself from climate denial conference
The day Britain's most influential think tank hired an oil henchman to its helm
KMPH 091002 M 6.9 quake occurs 61km SW of LEsperance Rock, New Zealand Tsunami Evaluation: Based on the depth of this event, NO destructive tsunami expected. EQ Details: Magnitude: 6.9 mww [USGS] Location: 31.842S, 179.334W Depth: 111.0 km Time: 2018-09-10 at 04:19:02.420 (UTC)
Alert! Nasa Just Handed President Catastrophe Plan: Why Now? The Answer Is Chilling! Justus Knight Nasa Just Handed President Catastrophe Plan: Why Now? The Answer Is Chilling! Welcome to Truth Or Fiction Classified! This is where we explore the crossroads where fact and fiction meet. On todays broadcast, we are going to discuss 
The New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) is a voluntary and non-binding international declaration to take action to halt global deforestation. It outlines 10 ambitious goals related to protecting and restoring forests.
This latest assessment, 'Protecting the Worlds Forests: Are We on Track?', by Climate Focus, finds that deforestation is at a record high, with unsustainable activities driving increased forest loss and gaps in high level policy and data are failing to combat the issue. In summary political will and company pledges are insufficient to curb tropical deforestation and much more effort is required across sectors to achieve the goals.
As global warming continues to outpace the tepid international response, a range of environmentalists are raising their collective voice to demand full rights and recognition for those long associated with land stewardship connected to climate mitigation: indigenous peoples.
On Monday, September 10, researchers released what they called the most comprehensive assessment to date of carbon storage on forested lands occupied by indigenous peoples and local communities in 64 tropical countries. One of the main findings of the research is that indigenous peoples are far better stewards of the land than their countries governments.
Indigenous communities often work to keep forests intact, which, in turn, keeps carbon locked in trees, vegetation, roots, and soil instead of seeing it released into the atmosphere through deforestation and soil disturbance for ranching, mining, or timbering.
In fact, the study, led by Rights and Resources International (RRI), found that indigenous peoples manage nearly 300 million metric tons of carbon stored above and below ground on their lands. That sequestered carbon, the study found, is equal to 33 years-worth of worldwide emissions, given a 2017 baseline.
The findings came the same day United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres decried the paralysis of global leadership on climate action as impacts extreme weather, sea-level rise, wildfires, ocean degradation, deforestation continue to accelerate. He called on all nations to intensify their efforts after lackluster negotiations in Bangkok, Thailand last week.
The RRI-led study aimed to emphasize the role indigenous peoples can play in their own countries when it comes to climate action through enhanced land and forest protection and management. The authors note that deforestation rates are significantly lower on native-occupied lands but that governments often fail to recognize indigenous peoples legal claims to their land, thus jeopardizing their ability to manage it. This situation can also undermine those countries pledges to reduce carbon emissions and deforestation under the 2015 Paris Agreement.
Evidence from the last decade shows that developing-country governments and the broader international community are not moving fast enough to recognize and strengthen the rights of forest peoples, Alain Frechette, a...
A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.5 hit Solomon Islands 19:31 UTC on September 9, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 64.5 km (40 miles). EMSC is reporting Mw6.7 at a depth of 60 km (37.3 miles). This earthquake can have a low...... Read more
Hurricane "Florence" is forecast to rapidly intensify into a major hurricane by September 10, and remain extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane while it moves over the western Atlantic toward the southeastern United States. There is an increased risk of...... Read more
CJ UUT IGE OCT TML FIRE-EARTH Alerts: QLPR, MWCS, LDKM, CRBZ, FNRW, KJHP, MFSY, LBSC 090902 ALERTS issued by FIRE-EARTH Science. Details available to appropriate groups via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. Alerts 090902 . . . . .
A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 RE2 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.99 LD / 0.00255 AU (381 474 km / 237 037 miles). 2018 RE2 belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids. It was first observed at Palomar Mountain (ZTF) on September 7, one day after it...... Read more
A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 RR1 flew past Earth at a distance of 0.94 LD / 0.00242 AU (362 026 km / 224 953 miles) on September 3, 2018. This object belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids. It was first observed at Mt. Lemmon Survey on September 7,...... Read more
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The history, ecologies, and cultures of Appalachia are interwoven with the expansion of fossil fuel industries. Appalachia, both across its landscape and within its depths, has historically been a commodity frontier for Capital investment in low-wage and low-cost energy production. Appalachia, particularly Central Appalachia, serves as an appropriation zone for capital investment from core urban areas, such as New York and Philadelphia. (1) Appalachia has astounding similarities to both developing extraction regions of the Global South and the environmental toxic Locally Unwanted Land Use zones (LULUs) experienced by segregated communities of color throughout the United States. The poverty and marginalization of working-class Appalachians, the ecological destruction, including species extinction, and the deterioration of public health are all intimately bound up with over 100 years of the coal, petrochemical, and shale oil/natural gas industries drive for accumulation.
Outsourcing to cheaper labor markets in the Global South and the automation of the coal industry through extreme techniques like Mountaintop Removal and natural gas fracking has intensified this ongoing accumulation by dispossession through natural resource and land grabs. Neoliberal policies, state subsidies to fossil fuel industries, and financialization of new infrastructure projects, such as pipeline construction, has accelerated this accumulation. This drive for profit dispossesses those who work and live here, not only of their wealth, land, and resources, but also of their ability to sustain their communities in increasingly toxifying environments. (2) In Appalach...
A cold front swept through parts of Australia's New South Wales on Friday afternoon (local time), September 7, 2018, producing severe thunderstorms with 1 000 lightning strikes per hour and dropping heavy rain and a lot of hail. For parts of Sydney, it was the...... Read more
From an Article by Michael Kelly, OH Marietta Times, September 6, 2018
The withdrawal of two mineral leases set to be auctioned later this month in the Wayne National Forest was received with relief from an organization that had protested the proposal and frustration from the state trade organization for oil and gas interests.
The two plots, one of 35 acres and the other about 40 acres, are in Monroe County, and the mineral leases were scheduled for auction Sept. 20, according to an announcement in July by the Bureau of Land Management. The BLM announced Aug. 28 that the auction was canceled, citing Title 43 Code of Federal Regulations, paragraphs 3120.1-3, but offering no further explanation.
That part of the code refers to suspending the offering of a parcel while an appeal is under consideration.
Wendy Park, a senior lawyer for the Center for Biological Diversity, said Wednesday that her organizations protest was the only one she could find that was lodged against the lease offering. She said the center opposed the lease because of its potential impact on nearby water bodies and settled areas.
This is the first time the feds have pulled parcels from a Wayne National Forest lease auction after approving its fracking plan for the Wayne, in response to environmentalists concerns, she said.
When the 400,000 acres of the Wayne National Forest was opened to oil and gas extraction leasing in 2016, she said, the environmental impact examination was general rather than site specific, and the leases offered since then have not taken local conditions into account.
This is pretty much what weve been saying in all our protests, that theyre not taking a hard look at the impact of fracking on site-specific resources, she said. In addition to endangered species of bats, she said, there also are public health and cultural concerns.
There are homes and communities near these leases, and toxic chemicals and air pollution would certainly have an impact on the health of local residents, she said. They also have failed to comply with the obliga...
As governors of tropical forest states and provinces descend upon San Francisco for the Global Climate Action Summit and the annual meeting of the Governors Climate and Forests Task Force, Im writing to share some opportunities to improve the effectiveness of strategies for solving tropical deforestation. Tropical forests could be critical to avoiding extremely dangerous impacts of climate change. New strategies and commitments have inspired hope and driven important progress and innovations to slow tropical deforestation and speed its recovery following clearing, fire or logging. But forestsbroadly definedare still falling fast. To unlock this potential, the work that tropical forest governments has been doing must be understood, and some of their critical needs must be met. In this article, I describe three main challenges and associated opportunities. A forthcoming study of 39 tropical forest jurisdictions that contain 28% of the worlds tropical forests found that half are succeeding in slowing deforestation. All are striving to tackle tropical deforestation. GCF Task Force (35 jurisdictions) are in green; other jurisdictions are in purple. Challenge 1: Corporate deforestation pledges abound but few companies are partnering with tropical forest governments that have made pledges to slow deforestation The last decade has seen hundreds of commitments by companies, governments, and non-governmental organizations to do their part to slow deforestation. The most conspicuous pledges have been those by large corporations that have committed to remove deforestation from their supplies of commodities whose production can drive deforestation. Of the 473 companies committed to removing deforestation from their
'The Great Timber Heist-Continued: Tax Evasion and Illegal Logging in Papua New Guinea' makes public new evidence of financial misreporting and tax evasion in the logging industry in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
Following the Oakland Institute's 2016 report, which alleged that financial misreporting by foreign firms resulted in non-payment of hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes, the new report reveals drastic worsening of this pattern in recent years. According to the financial records, the 16 studied subsidiaries of PNGs largest log exporter, the Malaysian Rimbunan Hijau (RH) Group, have doubled their financial losses in just six years while increasing their exports of tropical timber by over 40 per cent.
The new report also analyses the effect of the progressive tax rate on log exports introduced in 2017 by the PNG government to address concerns around tax evasion. PNGs Minister of Forests and the forest industry have argued that this new tax has brought the industry to the brink of disaster, resulting in vanishing tax revenue for the country. However, the Oakland Institutes latest report clearly refutes these claims showing that the tax increase has generated additional fiscal revenue while contributing to an overall drop in exports in 2017.
The United Nations Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD) and FAO-EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Programmes have different mandates and areas of focus, yet they are in a unique position to work together to strengthen governance in the forest sector, clarifying land tenure, facilitating stakeholder engagement, increasing transparency and addressing illegal logging as a driver of deforestation and forest degradation.
At the same time, they have the potential to promote sustainable production and consumption, and improve local livelihoods.
As the team leaders of the FAO-EU FLEGT Programme and FAOs REDD+ Programme, we have watched an organic process of collaboration start at the country level, with these different initiatives working together to face common causes of deforestation and forest degradation, and improve governance. Some examples of how these synergies have transformed into structural collaboration can be seen in Colombia, Cte dIvoire and Viet Nam.
The FAO-EU FLEGT Programme in Colombia has been designed in alignment with the national REDD+ strategy, which has been developed with support from UN-REDD. Both programmes support the development of a community forestry model, and the strengthening of forest monitoring and traceability systems to increase the efficiency of timber traceability.
A common thread in all of these areas is forest governance. In addition, FAO, within the framework of the two programmes implementation, has used its convening role as a bridge between different branches of government, the private sector and civil society to coordinate action and support.
In Cte dIvoire, UN-REDD and FAO-EU FLEGT programmes have jointly supported the Government in developing and implementing decrees for the Forest Code that address holistic governance issues related to both timber legality and deforestation and degradation challenges.
In Viet Nam, FAO has supported the Government to develop five provincial REDD+ action plans and initiate implementation. Technical assistance has strengthened the capacities of smallholders, state-owned forest companies, and forest management boards to pursue sustainable forest management and certification, particularly for plantation forests. FAO has also assisted small- and medium-sized enterprises and smallholders to meet timber legality requirements.
On 20 July 2018, the 6th World Forest Week was held in conjunction with the 24th Session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO)...
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