Despite odds, 43-year-old fulfills dream of joining PBA Draft

first_img“Nung nag-apply ako sa (draft), actually bibili lang kami ng ticket e. Nung una naghe-hesitate pa e kasi hindi naman ako kilala. Sino ba naman ako diba?” he recalled.“After noon hindi ko na alam anong gagawin. Nakita ko na lang sa internet na kasama ako sa 55 applicants. Nung una hindi ako naniniwala sa mga pino-post ng barkada ko until ako mismo nag-search. At least blessing na rin ‘to sa akin.”Caluya never played high school and collegiate basketball. His playing experience is only at his barangay, where he’s fondly referred to as “Kobe.”“Kasi sa community namin may basketball court doon na katatayo lang, sa tabing-riles. Yung mga bata pag naglalaro ako tinatawag akong Kobe. By the way, ang tawag sa akin Kobe Charles kasi ang ultimate idol ko si Kobe Bryant e.”Caluya has Jayjay Helterbrand, Mark Caguioa and Asi Taulava — the elder statesmen in the PBA — as his inspiration.It’s highly likely that Caluya, the smallest applicant at 5-foot-6, is going get drafted. But he said the experience of sharing the same court with some of the future of Philippine basketball alone is already something he would treasure.“Parang panalo na rin ako kasi to be around this bunch of rookies talagang magagaling sila. Ako wala naman akong pinanggalingan kundi sa maliit na barangay,” he said.“Hindi man ako makuha, nandito na ako e. Pero siyempre ang ultimate goal ko is to play sa PBA, to give the fans total entertainment. Kasi when I play basketball, I play with the crowds also. Ako talaga yung [weakest] dito e, kaya ipapakita ko na lang game ko e.”The PBA will release the final list of applicants on Friday. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town EDITORS’ PICK Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Caluya was unheard of until he became center of the media attention in the two-day 2016 Draft Combine.“Actually, longtime dream ko ‘to e,” said Caluya. “Hindi ko alam paano mag-apply sa draft noon pero I never stopped playing basketball. I never stopped dreaming. Sabi nga nila wala sa edad yan kung mangarap ka, as long as binigyan ka ng talent ni Lord, gamitin mo.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentCaluya said he’s not giving his PBA dreams a shot for himself but he’s doing it for the kids at his community in Sitio de Asis San Martin de Pores in Bicutan, Parañaque.“Actually hindi naman talaga ‘to para sa akin. Para sa mga kababayan ko na mga bata. Kasi may mga kids sa amin na hindi na nagaaral e. So gusto ko silang tulungan. Paano ko sila matutulungan wala naman akong trabaho? Naisip ko, binigay sa akin ni Lord ‘to, mag-try ako dito. Kung papalarin, matutulungan ko sila.” Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award00:50Trending Articles02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian01:31Taiwan 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 Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway MOST READ We are young But Caluya’s PBA hopes have been dashed even before the draft day.Caluya was not allowed to partake in the mini tournament on Thursday after failing to meet the standards set in the first day of the Combine.“He’s not fit to play based from the tests that were done yesterday by Focus Athletics. Today, we wanted him to observe and watch the games for the mean time,” said PBA deputy director for basketball operations Eric Castro.But the PBA official said that as of the moment, Caluya is still part of the list of the PBA draft hopefuls.He was with his friends looking for tickets to Game 4 of the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals when he decided to apply for the draft.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter 43-year-old Charlie Caluya fulfills dream of joining PBA Rookie Draft. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAmong the 50 plus applicants aspiring to make the PBA, an unknown hopeful stood out.At 43-years-old, Charlie Caluya looked like the unlikeliest player in the court as he joined and tried to compete against others half his age.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View from the bench: Former Supreme Court Justice roots for Cubslast_img read more

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NBA: Wizards’ Wall fined $25,000 for bumping ref

first_imgJohn Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards gestures to the referee during the second half of its game against the Houston Rockets at Verizon Center on Nov. 7, 2016, in Washington, DC. AFPWashington, United States — The NBA fined Washington Wizards guard John Wall $25,000 on Wednesday for bumping into official Marc Davis during a game against the Houston Rockets on Monday.The Wizards were trailing 111-106 with less than a minute to play when Wall, making his way toward the bench, brushed Davis with one side of his body. He was promptly handed a second technical foul of the contest and ejected.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Davis said after the game that Wall was ejected “for inappropriate language and using vulgarity toward a game official.”Davis said that after Wall bumped him he wasn’t sure of his intent, but when he told the player to watch himself, Wall responded with a verbal outburst. The Wizards lost the game 114-106.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“Washington Wizards guard John Wall has been fined $25,000 for inappropriate interaction with a game official and failing to leave the court in a timely manner following his ejection,” NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe said. CBB Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH MOST READ PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 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 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 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine View comments EDITORS’ PICK Eagles resurgent We are young Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol townlast_img read more

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WATCH: MMA fighter who lost fight accidentally punches ring girl

first_imgMan who recorded viral video of Taal crater irks Phivolcs chief PLAY LIST 01:17Man who recorded viral video of Taal crater irks Phivolcs chief01:06Pope Francis apologizes for ‘losing patience’ with worshipper00:50Trending Articles01:31Taiwan 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 The ring girl looked to be dazed by the punch, but surprisingly managed to keep her balance and stay on her feet.Whitney, on the other hand, appeared not to have done it on purpose and quickly rushed to the girl’s aid upon realizing what he had done.In the aftermath of the incident, Titan Fighting Championship CEO Jeff Aronson released a statement.“Our ring card girl was attended to by the ringside doctor and officials. She indicated she was fine and was more surprised by the punch than injured,” Aronson said.“Titan FC is broadcast around the world and we expect our athletes to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times. We have spoken with Andrew Whitney and his management and they are taking appropriate actions to make sure this unforeseen incident is not repeated,” he added.ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine The 32-year-old Whitney was on a four-fight winning streak losing to Sharipov on a unanimous points decision. It has yet to be known if he will face sanctions for his actions.  Khristian IbarrolaRELATED STORY WATCH: Enraged body builder slaps judge after losing contestSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next We are young Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter EDITORS’ PICK As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Senators to proceed with review of VFA Mixed martial artist Andrew Whitney thought he had the victory in the bag against Farkhad Sharipov during their title bout at Titan Fight Championship last week.Much to the fighter’s dismay, the decision went in favor of his opponent, which left him visibly frustrated.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliIn a fit of anger and disbelief, the brawler, nicknamed “The Beast,” reacted by swinging what seemed to be a random punch.However, as seen in a shocking video that has since gone viral, an unsuspecting ring girl was standing behind him and received the full-force blow straight on her jaw.center_img Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes View comments Being on the receiving end of a professional fighter’s clenched fist is never fun, especially if your only job is to simply carry signs that display what round it is.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports James Yap wants to beat old team Star Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PHlast_img read more

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First fern genomes sequenced — and they hold a lot of promise

first_imgArticle published by Shreya Dasgupta 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 Despite being one of the most diverse groups of plants on the planet, ferns were until recently the only major plant group to not have their genomes sequenced.Now, for the first time ever, biologists have sequenced the genomes of two tiny ferns, Azolla filiculoides and Salvinia cucullata, and their findings have some major implications for agriculture.The fern experts now hope to sequence other fern genomes and unravel more fern secrets. For the first time ever, biologists have sequenced the genomes of two tiny ferns, Azolla filiculoides and Salvinia cucullata, and they’ve revealed some interesting secrets.Despite being one of the most diverse groups of plants on the planet, ferns were the only major plant group to not have their genomes sequenced until now.“This however is not due to lack of interest, but the fact that fern genomes tend to be humongous,” Fay-Wei Li, a plant biologist at the Boyce Thompson Institute and Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, told Mongabay in an email.Ferns can have as many as 720 pairs of chromosomes and genomes as big as 148 billion base pairs of DNA sequences (Gb). By contrast, Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana), the first plant to have its genome sequenced, has only five pairs of chromosomes and a genome size of 0.135 Gb. (For comparison, the human genome has around 3 billion base pairs).Li and his team, however, found that both Azolla and its sister genus, Salvinia, have extremely small genomes — A. filiculoides is 0.75 Gb while S. cucullata is 0.26 Gb — making them good candidates for genome sequencing. “We were excited about this result, and an international consortium was assembled to sequence these two ferns,” Li said.Salvinia cucullata, or Asian watermoss. Image by Ziegler175 via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0).But there was a problem. Getting funding for the genome project wasn’t easy, and all their letters of intent were declined, Li said. So the researchers tried to get some funding through a crowdfunding site called Experiment.com.“We saw our colleagues doing a crowdfunding campaign to support their field expedition, and we thought, hey that’s cool,” Li said. “The first few days of crowdfunding were basically just us (and my mom!) throwing money into the pot. But with lots of social networking (I learned how to tweet for the first time! follow me @fern_way), the news spread…”With support from around the world, Li and his colleagues were not only able to obtain enough funds to sequence both species of fern, but they also connected with other researchers who then became involved in the genome project.Four years later, the researchers have published their results in Nature Plants.Tiny ferns with “super” powersThe ferns that the team selected have some very interesting traits. Azolla, for instance, is believed to have played a major role in cooling down the planet several million years ago, earning it the title of “super-plant.” In what geologists call the “Azolla event,” huge blooms of Azolla covered the Artic Sea some 50 million years ago, removing large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, turning a greenhouse Earth with warm temperatures at the poles into today’s planet with polar ice caps.Azolla is also used as a “green manure” in rice farms in Asia. The fern, sometimes called the mosquito fern or fairy moss, harbors a nitrogen-fixing cyanobacterium called Nostoc azollae within its leaves that captures nitrogen from the atmosphere and converts it into forms that the ferns and rice plants can use. But unlike most other plant-microbe symbiotic partnerships, N. azollae is associated with Azolla throughout its life cycle and transfers from a parent to offspring every time the fern reproduces. In most other plants, each generation has to get its symbiotic microbes from the environment.A macro photograph of Azolla filiculoides. Image by Laura Dijkhuizen.Li and his colleagues identified several genes that are specific to Azolla’s interactions with its symbiont bacteria, whose genomes have been sequenced previously.“Now that we have genomes available for both the fern and cyanobacterium, there is great promise for tapping into the secrets of this natural biofertilizer that may help lead to future sustainable agricultural practices,” Kathleen Pryer, a professor at Duke University, U.S., said in a statement.Ferns are also good at fending off insects. “When you walk into a forest, it’s usually very striking to find that ferns show little to no sign of insect damage,” Li said.But when the researchers tracked down the gene responsible for the insecticidal proteins in S. cucullata, also known as the Asian watermoss, they were surprised to find that the gene had likely come not from its plant ancestors, but from bacteria.“The finding that the fern insecticidal protein coming from bacteria was a big surprise,” Li said. “An important implication [of this] is that genes move around naturally among organisms, and perhaps GMOs” —genetically modified organisms — “are not as ‘unnatural’ as people tend to think. It’s a naturally modified gene, and now that we’ve found it, it could have huge implications for agriculture.”The fern experts now hope to sequence other fern genomes.“We are going fernatic to sequence more ferntastic genomes!” Li said. “Obviously the current two fern genomes do not give us the complete picture of fern genome structure and evolution. We want to eventually address why fern genomes can be so big… Currently we have about 10 fern species in the sequencing pipeline.”Tiny Azolla filiculoides on Fay-Wei Li’s fingernail. Image by Fay-Wei Li.Citation:Li, F. W., Brouwer, P., Carretero-Paulet, L., Cheng, S., de Vries, J., Delaux, P. M., … & Simenc, M. (2018). Fern genomes elucidate land plant evolution and cyanobacterial symbioses. Nature plants, 1. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41477-018-0188-8.center_img Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Science, Environment, Genetics, Green, Oceans, Plants, Research, Wildlife last_img read more

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In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, August 31, 2018

first_imgConservation, Environment, Weekly environmental news update Article published by John Cannon There are many important conservation and environmental stories Mongabay isn’t able to cover.Here’s a digest of some of the significant developments from the week.If you think we’ve missed something, feel free to add it in the comments. Tropical forestsThe “natural enemies” hypothesis, which argues that tropical forest biodiversity results from intense competition, isn’t the only factor (UPI).The effects of the Mayans’ use of forests in Central America centuries ago still linger today (Smithsonian Magazine).The chief minister of the Malaysian state of Sabah orders increased protection for Bornean elephants (The Sun Daily, Reuters).Managers in India use drones to move an elephant herd back into the forest and away from potential conflict with people (The Hindu).Anti-poaching forces have been deployed in areas with illegal logging in Thailand (Bangkok Post).A scientist explains how indigenous forestry techniques can be leveraged to rescue degraded forests (Yale Environment 360).A failed dam in Myanmar leaves 63,000 people homeless (Reuters).More tree species in forests could mean a higher capacity to absorb carbon (Carbon Brief).As urban areas explode in Central Africa, the incidence of disease outbreaks is rising as well (NIH/EurekAlert).A U.S. environmental group is no longer welcome in Russia (U.S. News & World Report).Hybrid pythons, the product of two Asian species, could be super predators when they invade wildlife-rich areas in Florida (The Guardian).Honeybees are helping in the fight against deforestation on the island of Zanzibar (Wired).Other newsFishers double their efforts in the lead-up to the designation of a marine protected area, study finds (The Atlantic).New research warns of the drastic potential impacts of climate change (The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic).The U.S. EPA’s plan to bring back coal could lead to an additional 1,400 deaths a year from poor air quality, scientists say (The New York Times).With warmer temperatures, crop-eating insect pests will become more active (The Guardian, BBC News, The New York Times).A judge has stopped plans for the first grizzly bear hunt in the Yellowstone ecosystem in four decades (Reuters).Logging may slow wildfires in some instances, but are the problems it causes for biodiversity worth it? (Pacific Standard).Plastic particles carry invasive species into new territory (National Geographic News).Dogs are helping authorities catch ivory traffickers in Kenya (BBC News).Researchers find a new species of high-altitude tarantula (National Geographic).Recent research links a drop-off in the ability to think with pollution in China (The New York Times).Officials express their concern that drones are interfering with breeding birds and mammals (BBC News).An underwater drone could protect the Great Barrier Reef from invasive (and coral-destroying) crown-of-thorns starfish (The Guardian).Banner image of a Bornean elephant by John C. Cannon/Mongabay.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.center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

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