Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 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 esports As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Rio Olympic golf course eerily empty three months on Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao, left, performs during a press conference as he launches a small boxing gym named after him in Tokyo, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Pacquiao says his next fight will be in April or May next year as that fits his schedule best as Philippine senator. And he would like a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Pacquiao defeated Jessie Vargas for a welterweight title earlier in November. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO — Manny Pacquiao says his next fight will be in April or May next year as that best fits his schedule as a senator for the Philippines. And he would like a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr.Pacquiao, who defeated Jessie Vargas for a welterweight title earlier this month, told reporters Friday that the opponent for his next fight is still undecided.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Officially, Mayweather is retired, but speculation is rife about his coming out of retirement. The Mayweather-Pacquiao match was the richest in boxing history. Pacquiao reportedly earned $100 million.Pacquiao, 37, who started as a boxer at 16, acknowledged it wasn’t easy staying champ in eight divisions, and he has to “keep on eating and training hard.”He recommended consuming a lot of well-done beef, skipping rope and doing 30 rounds a day to stay in shape.“Don’t let laziness come to your mind,” said the boxer, who is 59-6-2.When asked why he had returned to boxing after just several months in retirement, he said: “I felt lonely inside.”ADVERTISEMENT But he is confident he will beat Mayweather, if there is a next time. His right shoulder, which had been injured for the fight last May, is now in “100 percent” condition.“It will help a lot,” he said in Tokyo, where he launched a boxing gym named after him, plastered with a giant photo of him on its outside wall.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliPacquiao, appearing dapper in a gray suit, flanked by two Japanese champions, Naoya Inoue and Akira Yaegashi, promised to visit often to advise younger boxers, and demonstrated with Inoue how best to punch so the other fighter can’t duck.He said he has not spoken to Mayweather since the Vargas fight, Pacquiao’s 22nd title bout. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine We are young 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas MOST READ PH among economies most vulnerable to virus EDITORS’ PICK Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH “I can still fight. My body is still OK. And I’m here,” said Pacquiao.“When boxing is your passion, every time you are walking up to the ring, you are always excited.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes
Article published by Morgan Erickson-Davis Citation: Curtis, P.G., C.M. Slay, N.L. Harris, A. Tyukavina, and M.C. Hansen. 2018. “Classifying Drivers of Global Forest Loss.” Science.Feedback: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. 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 Data source: Curtis et al. (2018), ScienceForests aren’t just important for wildlife; they are also critical storehouses of carbon and feature prominently in major multinational efforts to combat global warming.“The conservation, restoration and improved management of tropical forests, mangroves and peatlands could provide a quarter of the cost-effective mitigation action needed by 2030 to meet the Paris Agreement goal of limiting warming to two degrees,” Harris said.The study found commodity-driven deforestation remained constant throughout their 15-year study period, which the authors say indicates corporate zero-deforestation agreements may not be working in many places.“Despite corporate commitments, the rate of commodity-driven deforestation has not declined,” the researchers write in their study. “To end deforestation, companies must eliminate 5 million hectares of conversion from supply chains each year.”The study’s authors write that while wildfires, shifting agriculture, and forestry technically allow for regrowth, further study could provide a more nuanced understanding of the impacts of these drivers. For instance, they say that shifting agriculture in Peru is typically well managed, while this type of forest loss in Sub-Saharan Africa might lead to more long-term damage. Understanding where shifting agriculture plays more of a role in forest degradation could be important for companies that source from smallholder farmers, they write.The study found that clearing forests for oil palm plantations like the one above in Sabah, Malaysia, was the leading cause of deforestation in Indonesia and Malaysia during 2001 and 2015.The researchers hope their findings will help increase accountability and transparency in global supply chains. Now, they say, the nearly 450 companies that have set goals to eliminate deforestation in their supply chains have a clear map of priority areas to target for certification and traceability.“The analysis makes visual what we already knew – that the causes of tree cover loss vary significantly around the world,” said the authors in a statement. “This new information will enable companies, governments, and concerned citizens to recognize where efforts should be focused to achieve deforestation-free supply chains and to identify and act where other drivers are causing an unwanted increase in tree cover loss.” Agriculture, Cattle, Deforestation, Environment, Forests, Industrial Agriculture, Oil Palm, Palm Oil, Plantations, Primary Forests, Rainforests, Research, Rubber, Tropical Forests Recent advances in satellite-based forest monitoring technology have helped conservationists locate where deforestation may be happening. However, limitations in knowing the causes behind canopy loss have hindered efforts to stop it.A new study released this week provides a step forward toward this goal, identifying the major drivers of tree cover loss around the world.Overall, it finds 27 percent of all forest loss — 50,000 square kilometers per year — is caused by permanent commodity-driven deforestation. In other words, an area of forest a quarter of the size of India was felled to grow commodity crops over 15 years. The next-biggest driver of forest loss worldwide is forestry at 26 percent; wildfire and shifting agriculture amounting to 23 percent and 24 percent, respectively. The study finds less than 1 percent of global forest loss was attributable to urbanization.The study’s authors found commodity-driven deforestation remained constant throughout their 15-year study period, which they say indicates corporate zero-deforestation agreements may not be working in many places. They hope their findings will help increase accountability and transparency in global supply chains. Knowing where deforestation is happening is critical for efforts aimed at stopping or slowing it. Major breakthroughs toward this goal have been made over the previous few years, with NGOs harnessing the power of satellites to monitor and identify canopy loss in forests around the world. Now, a new study sheds more light on forest loss, determining the primary causes of deforestation around the world.In 2014, World Resources Institute (WRI) and partners launched an online platform to help governments, companies, and NGOs fight deforestation on a global scale. By taking advantage of the latest satellite and cloud computing technologies, the platform, called Global Forest Watch monitors the world’s forests in near-real time, providing tools, datasets, and maps to track forest loss.But not all causes – or “drivers” – of forest loss are equal in terms of impact, with some much more destructive, permanent, or preventable than others. Large-scale conversion of forest for agricultural land to grow commodity crops like oil palm and rubber tends to be more ecologically damaging than, say, occasional logging or wildfire.“Knowing whether or not a forest is lost permanently to a new land use like agriculture or is expected to regrow over time has major implications for improving our understanding about the role forests around the world play in influencing the global carbon budget,” said Nancy Harris, Research Manager at Global Forest Watch. “Forests can be either net sources or net sinks for atmospheric carbon depending on how we manage them.”However, the satellite tech behind forest monitoring platforms is unable to discern the underlying drivers of tree cover loss. Global Forest Watch, for instance, visualizes this as a rash of pink splashed across the world’s continents, growing especially dense in places like Brazil, Malaysia, and Indonesia.But a new study attempts to upgrade this essentially monochromatic view of tree cover loss by identifying the main drivers of deforestation on a regional level. Its results were published this week in Science, and are visualized on Global Forest Watch.A team of researchers from WRI, the Sustainability Consortium, and the University of Maryland developed this new map by looking at thousands of satellite images in Google Earth to create a predictive model. They then used this model to determine the most dominant driver of forest loss in a given 10 kilometer square area between 2001 and 2015.Overall, they found that 27 percent of all forest loss — 50,000 square kilometers per year — is caused by permanent commodity-driven deforestation. In other words, an area of forest a quarter of the size of India was felled to grow commodity crops over 15 years.“Hundreds of companies have publicly committed to the sustainable production and sourcing of global commodities like palm oil, soy, beef, and gold,” said Harris, who was coauthor of the study. “For the first time, we can now quantify how much tree cover loss is due to commodity production and evaluate the collective progress of companies towards meeting their commitments. Our results show that much work is left to be done.”The next-biggest driver of forest loss worldwide is forestry at 26 percent; wildfire and shifting agriculture amounting to 23 percent and 24 percent, respectively. The study finds less than 1 percent of global forest loss was attributable to urbanization, with around 1 percent caused by something other than these four main drivers.“There are public misconceptions that urbanization is a significant direct driver of overall deforestation rates because it is a change in the landscape that populations are, by definition, highly exposed to. Our results demonstrate that urbanization is a very minor driver of tree cover loss globally, which may be surprising to some people,” Harris said.The study indicates commodity-driven deforestation is concentrated primarily in Latin America and Southeast Asia. In Latin America, row cropping and cattle grazing were found to be the primary drivers of forest loss, while oil palm cultivation is the main cause in Malaysia and Indonesia. The study’s authors write that their results indicate these places should be targeted as key locations for eliminating deforestation from supply chains and developing policies designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation.