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REDD in the news: 20-26 May 2019

REDD-Monitor’s round-up of the week’s news on forests, climate change, and REDD. For regular updates, follow @reddmonitor on Twitter.

20 May 2019

There’s progress on climate standards for international aviation, but more needed
by Kristin Qui, EDF, 20 May 2019
If you fly, aviation emissions are likely the largest part of your personal carbon footprint. Absent policy change, aviation’s emissions are slated to triple in the coming decades, making it one of the fastest-growing sources of carbon pollution worldwide.
To achieve the Paris Agreement goals of holding warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius and pursuing efforts to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, we need to address emissions from all sectors. This includes international aviation and international shipping, which most countries do not include in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement. Back in 1997 when the Parties to the Climate Treaty couldn’t agree on how to allocate these international emissions, they asked the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the UN body that sets standards for international flights, and the International Maritime Organization, for ships, to address these emissions. How are their strategies stacking up?

Turning one greenhouse gas into another could combat climate change
By James Temple, MIT Technology Review, 20 May 2019
While carbon dioxide is the notorious villain of climate change, methane is actually a much more potent greenhouse gas.
The world doesn’t pump out nearly as much of it and its warming effect doesn’t last nearly as long, but molecule-for-molecule it traps 84 times more heat during the first two decades.
That fact provides the foundation for an unusual idea proposed in a paper released in Nature Sustainability today: By developing systems to capture a few billion tons of methane from the atmosphere, we could reduce short-term warming much more than we would by removing far more carbon dioxide.

[Indonesia] Eagle High Plantation commits 25 years of funding for conservation in Central Kalimantan
Lestari Capital press release, 20 May 2019
PT Eagle High Plantations Tbk (EHP) will provide 25 years of financing for the Rimba Raya biodiversity reserve in Central Kalimantan. The project will serve as a cornerstone of EHP’s responsible sourcing strategy in the area, marking a strengthened commitment to sustainable production and landscape protection.
“We work with Lestari Capital because they help us meet RSPO requirements, ensuring our financial commitments to biodiversity and conservation translate to long-lasting impact.” said Denys Munang, Director of Sustainability at EHP. “This is the first step in our commitment to sustainable production, which means we also need to protect areas surrounding the plantations that we source from,” he added.

[New Zealand] Former trustee of Far North Māori fund accused of swindling $1m in Serious Fraud Office trial
By Sam Hurley, New Zealand Herald, 20 May 2019
A former trustee of a Far North Māori trust left just $150 in the fund after allegedly stealing some $1 million with the help of his sister.
Stephen Henare, who is on trial in the High Court at Auckland, faces five charges of theft by a person in a special relationship and one count of perverting the course of justice.
He was a trustee of Parengarenga 3G (P3G) Trust and was appointed with his sister Margaret Dixon alongside five other people in June 2012.
The trust, which helped underprivileged people, managed a 512-hectare forest block on Māori land in Tai Tokerau District.

[New Zealand] Greenhouse gas emissions: Govt opts for harsher penalties
Newsroom, 20 May 2019
The government has proposed further changes to the emissions trading scheme, including tougher penalties and higher costs for emitting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
The proposed changes were announced last week.
One change would make sure that people who take part in the emissions trading scheme fully comply with their obligations.
There would be harsh financial penalties for defaulting on obligations by emitters, which could be three times the value of carbon costs that were avoided.

‘Perfect Flight’ across Sweden showcases aviation efficiency
By Toby Hill, BusinessGreen, 20 May 2019
A collaboration between Neste, Air BP, and Braathen’s Regional Airlines fuelled a pioneering low-carbon commercial flight across Sweden on Friday.
Sevety-two passengers travelling from Halmstad to Stockholm experienced the ‘perfect flight’ on Friday, as the aviation industry pooled its expertise to minimise carbon emissions from the one-hour journey.
Sustainable aviation fuel produced by oil refining specialist Neste powered the flight, while the plane – Braathens’s Regional Airlines ATR 72-600 turboprop – already produces 40 per cent fewer carbon emissions per trip than regional jets, according to the airline.

[UK] We shouldn’t be fooled by BP’s climate claims
Global Witness, 20 May 2019
At BP’s AGM tomorrow, the company will be under fire from shareholders over how its plans square with the Paris climate goals of limiting global warming to avoid climate breakdown. In its response, BP’s line is that its current strategy is already consistent with the Paris climate goals. But this is spectacularly far-fetched – in reality BP’s plans are a recipe for climate disaster.

[UK] Greenpeace activists block BP London HQ demanding end to oil exploration
By Guy Faulconbridge and Ron Bousso, Reuters, 20 May 2019
Greenpeace activists blocked the entrance to BP’s London headquarters on Monday, demanding one of the world’s biggest energy companies ends all new oil and gas exploration or goes out of business.
Greenpeace activists arrived at the building in St James’ Square in central London at 0200 GMT and encased themselves in specially designed containers to block all of the main entrances.

21 May 2019

4 common misconceptions about Indigenous Peoples and local communities, explained
By Lai Sanders, Rights and Resources Initiative, 21 May 2019
The evidence is clear: Indigenous Peoples and local communities have long been the backbone of the world’s environmental protection efforts, safeguarding what remains of our planet’s precious forests and natural resources despite mounting threats to their lands and their lives. While the full extent of communities’ contributions is unknown, recent studies have made strides in quantifying aspects of their impact: a 2018 analysis, for instance, finds that indigenous and local communities manage nearly 300 billion metric tons of carbon in their forestlands, while another study points out that they are investing substantially in conserving forests—up to US $1.71 billion in the developing world alone.

The future of forests: How to balance development with conservation?
By Robin Hicks, EcoBusiness, 21 May 2019
Despite efforts to protect them, tropical forests are dwindling at a near-record rate at a time when humanity needs them more than ever in the fight against climate change. In this interview with Eco-Business, World Resources Institute’s global forests director Rod Taylor argues that we need to rethink the balance between development and conservation.

The EU Takes Measures to Combat Forest Fires, 21 May 2019
The European Commission announced the establishment of a fleet of specialized planes to combat forest fires this summer. So far, seven firefighter planes and six helicopters will be part of the fleet, the commission said, quoted by BTA.
Five EU countries, often suffering from forest fires in recent years, have placed their available aircraft at commission’s disposal – Croatia (2 airplanes), France (1 aircraft), Italy and Spain (2 airplanes), Sweden (6 helicopters ).

Climate Change in PNG – what could be done to address
By Peter S. Kinjap, PNG Facts, 21 May 2019
The climate is changing and most people are aware of this fact that there is tangible change in the temperature. The earth has reportedly gone through very warm periods from 22°C some 50 to 70 million years ago and very cold periods at 6°C some 600,000 years ago. Currently the average global temperature is 14°C, according to experts.
Over the years, most of this variation was caused by the elliptical orbit the earth takes around the sun or by the release of carbon by extreme volcanic periods such as the uplift of the Himalayas 60 million years ago.

[Uganda] Cash for trees: Homegrown carbon offset program bears fruit
By Christopher Bendana, and Ryan Lenora Brown, Christian Science Monitor, 21 May 2019
When Marie Gorreti Kemiyonga flicks on her light switches in her two-room house in this rural district of western Uganda each evening, she thanks the trees.
A decade ago, Ms. Kemiyonga and her family were farmers living in a mud brick hut with a grass roof when they were approached by a local organization called the Environmental Conservation Trust of Uganda (ECOTRUST) with what seemed like a rather strange proposal.
Plant trees on two hectares (five acres) of their land, and in return, they would be paid about 3.5 million Ugandan shillings (a little less than $1,000) over the next 10 years.

Rewild a quarter of UK to fight climate crisis, campaigners urge
By Damian Carrington, The Guardian, 21 May 2019
A quarter of the UK’s land could be restored to nature, making a significant contribution towards cutting the nation’s carbon emissions to zero, under a new rewilding proposal.
The plan, published by Rewilding Britain, calls for billions of pounds in farm subsidies to be redirected towards creating native woodlands and meadows and protecting peat bogs and salt marshes. The group says wildlife would benefit, farmers would not lose money and food production need not fall.

[USA] How California can help state governments and indigenous peoples in the Tropics collaborate on forests and climate
By Maria DiGiano, Earth Innovation Institute, 21 May 2019
We often talk about the importance of forests for climate change mitigation—they are “the forgotten solution,” “one-third of the solution to climate change,” and even Cinderella. Yet, we can’t talk about conserving forests without talking about the people that live in forests and from forests.
It is estimated that over two-hundred million “forest peoples”- including indigenous peoples and local communities- live within and depend upon the tropical forests in the Amazon, Southeast Asia, Mesoamerica and the Congo Basin. Our ability to slow climate change is linked to these communities that are on the frontlines of conservation. To successfully mitigate climate change, we must find new forms of collaboration that meet the goals of forest-dependent communities for secure land rights, equitable participation in decision-making, and dignified livelihoods.

[USA] Eastern forests shaped more by Native Americans’ burning than climate change
Pennsylvania State University, 21 May 2019
Native Americans’ use of fire to manage vegetation in what is now the Eastern United States was more profound than previously believed, according to a Penn State researcher who determined that forest composition change in the region was caused more by land use than climate change.
“I believe Native Americans were excellent vegetation managers and we can learn a lot from them about how to best manage forests of the U.S.,” said Marc Abrams, professor of forest ecology and physiology in the College of Agricultural Sciences. “Native Americans knew that to regenerate plant species that they wanted for food, and to feed game animals they relied on, they needed to burn the forest understory regularly.”

22 May 2019

An (Even More) Inconvenient Truth: Why Carbon Credits For Forest Preservation May Be Worse Than Nothing
By Lisa Song, ProPublica, 22 May 2019
The state of Acre, on the western edge of Brazil, is so remote, there’s a national joke that it doesn’t exist. But for geochemist Foster Brown, it’s the center of the universe, a place that could help save the world.
“This is an example of hope,” he said, as we stood behind his office at the Federal University of Acre, a tropical campus carved into the Amazon rainforest. Brown placed his hand on a spindly trunk, ordering me to follow his lead. “There is a flow of water going up that stem, and there is a flow of sap coming down, and when it comes down it has carbon compounds,” he said. “Do you feel that?”

As extinctions loom, biodiversity warnings fail to resonate with governments, media
By Ajit Niranjan, DW, 22 May 2019
The day scientists warned one million species face extinction and nothing short of “transformative” action will stop ecosystem damage wrecking our way of life, British journalists went into overdrive. Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, had just given birth.
In the battle for public attention, the royal baby was king. It relegated next-day coverage of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) report from the front pages of all but two of Britain’s national newspapers. Globally, Google searches for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were 14 and 31 times higher than biodiversity the day the report came out.

Increasing ecosystem carbon is good for species, says new study
By Gloria Pallares, CIFOR Forests News, 22 May 2019
It is widely assumed that land uses that increase carbon in biomass and soil to mitigate climate change also benefit biodiversity. But that might not always be the case. Until recently, there was no clear picture on what the most likely carbon-boosting strategies, such as planting trees in open lands and halting deforestation, meant for biodiversity.

Sea level rise may double forecast for 2100
By Alex Kirby, Climate News Network, 22 May 2019
If you are among the many millions of people who live near the world’s coasts, it will probably be worth your while to read this: sea level rise could be much greater than we expect.
A team of international scientists led by the University of Bristol, UK, has looked again at the estimates of how much the world’s oceans are likely to rise during this century. It concludes that the figure could be far higher than previous studies suggested.
In an extreme case, the members say, sea level rise over the next 80 years could mean that by 2100 the oceans will have risen by around six feet (two metres) − roughly twice the level thought likely till now, with “pretty unimaginable” consequences.

The case for stabilizing forest carbon to mitigate climate change
By Steve Carr, University of New Mexico, 22 May 2019
There’s no doubt that climate change is affecting ecosystems as well as the lifestyles of plants and animals around the globe. As temperatures rise, so do the complexity of the issues. Scientists, both in the United States and around the world, are actively pursuing mitigation solutions while providing governments with the understanding of natural hazards to help stem the effects of climate change.

Could you give up flying? Meet the no-plane pioneers
By Emine Saner, The Guardian, 22 May 2019
It has taken Roger Tyers four days to reach Moscow by train from Kiev. His destination is Beijing: a trip that will take 14 days, with a couple of overnight stops along the way. Tyers, an environmental sociologist at the University of Southampton, is on his way to China to research attitudes to the environment, the climate emergency and personal responsibility. “Given that, I thought it would be somewhat hypocritical of me to fly,” he says over Skype from his hostel room.

As climate warms, Ecuador fights fires with forecasts
By Olivia Desmit, Conservation International, 22 May 2019
Ecuador is no stranger to wildfires.
In 2015, wildfires circled Quito, the capital, killing three firefighters and forcing evacuations.
As climate change raises the risks of seasonal wildfires in the South American country, a new twist on old technology is helping local authorities stop the fires before they start.

Gabon timber scandal: How 300 containers of kevazingo went missing
By Louise Dewast, BBC News, 22 May 2019
Gabon’s President Ali Bongo has sacked his vice-president and his forestry minister amid a timber-smuggling scandal.
No reason was given for the sackings but it comes after 300 containers of kevazingo wood – which is illegal to export – were discovered at a port.
There is demand for the wood in Asia where it is used to make furniture.
Nearly two-thirds of Gabon is covered in forests and the timber industry is important for the country’s economy.

[UK] Fraudster Gets Early Release On Freezing Order Sentence
Law360, 22 May 2019
A London judge granted an early release on Wednesday to a man jailed for six months for breaching two worldwide asset-freezing rulings tied to an order to pay at least £15 million ($19 million) to the Financial Conduct Authority for his role in an investment scam. Judge Marcus Smith said that Robert McKendrick, 60, could be released nine days before the halfway point of his sentence for contempt of court. The conman’s “exemplary behavior” since he was convicted was a “material factor” that justified his early release from Pentonville prison in London, Judge Smith said at the High Court. [R-M: Subscription needed.]

[Vietnam] PM’s Norway visit boosts multi-dimensional cooperation
VNA, 22 May 2019
An official visit to Norway by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his spouse looks to boost the traditional friendship and multi-dimensional cooperation, especially trade and investment, between the two countries.
PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his spouse will pay an official visit to Norway from May 24-26 at the invitation of Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

23 May 2019

Concerns raised about Redd+ scheme to conserve forests
By Katie Burton, Geographical, 23 May 2019
Deforestation and forest degradation are the second leading cause of global warming, responsible for about 15 per cent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It was with this in mind that the UN-backed Redd+ scheme was devised, to encourage tropical countries to halt and reverse forest loss. Under the scheme, countries submit baseline emission levels and become eligible for payment if they show a drop in emissions in comparison to those submitted levels.
In late February, the Green Climate Fund approved the first payout of $96million to Brazil in return for decreased deforestation in 2014 and 2015 (amounting to a reduction of 19 million tons of GHG emissions). Another 38 countries have submitted their levels and could be eligible for payments in the future.

What ProPublica’s forest carbon credits story gets wrong – and right
By Steve Schwartzman, EDF, 23 May 2019
ProPublica’s recent piece An (Even More) Inconvenient Truth is a deeply reported story on very real problems – and even bigger potential problems – with offset projects in existing and emerging carbon markets. But the evidence the article lays out does not support its conclusion about forest carbon crediting. And readers might come away without understanding that protecting forests, including through forest carbon credits, is one of the most important solutions to climate change out there, and the planet can’t afford to dismiss this opportunity to solve the climate crisis.

Opinion: ProPublica’s Inexcusable REDD+ Belly Flop
By Steve Zwick, Ecosystem Marketplace, 23 May 2019
By now, we’ve all seen the still-infrequent but appropriately dire headlines on climate change.
“We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe,” screams The Guardian. “Terrifying climate change warning: 12 years until we’re doomed,” shrieks even Fox News. The New York Times has been especially good at ramping up coverage of the climate challenge – to the point that they’re only 20 years too late (and quite proud of themselves for getting there, dot.Earth notwithstanding).

Tall and old or dense and young: Which kind of forest is better for the climate?
By Paul Koberstein and Jessica Applegate, Mongabay, 23 May 2019
In 2007, Richard Branson, the British business magnate, offered a $25 million prize to anyone who can invent a device capable of removing significant volumes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Andy Kerr, a noted Oregon environmentalist, drew a picture of a tree and sent it in. After all, a tree performs the job of sucking carbon out of the air far better than any technology yet devised by humans. But Kerr didn’t win, foiled by contest rules specifying the winner must be the inventor of such a device, and it’s certain neither Kerr nor anyone else invented the tree. An artificial tree might win if it could perform the implausible feat of inhaling CO2.

Plants are working hard to keep pace with increasing carbon dioxide
By Shreya Dasgupta, Mongabay, 23 May 2019
Thanks to human actions, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are soaring. But plants are thankfully removing some of that greenhouse gas. In fact, the amount of atmospheric carbon that plants absorb using photosynthesis to make organic matter has increased in nearly constant proportion to the rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, a new study has found. But there’s only so much plants can do.
“We’re lucky that plants are responding in this way and soaking up some of our emissions,” Lucas Cernusak, lead author of the study and an associate professor at James Cook University in Australia, told Mongabay. “We should take advantage of that and get to work to try reduce emissions and reduce the amount of CO2 being produced by our energy production.”

New report examines drivers of rising Amazon deforestation on country-by-country basis
Mongabay, 23 May 2019
A new report examines the “unchecked development” in the Amazon that has driven deforestation rates to near-record levels throughout the world’s largest tropical forest.
The main drivers of deforestation vary from country to country, according to the report, a collaborative effort by the Inter-American Dialogue and the Andes Amazon Fund. The Amazon River basin spans 2.6 million square miles across Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.

Former Brazilian enviro ministers blast Bolsonaro environmental assaults
By Thais Borges and Sur Branford, Mongabay, 23 May 2019
Eight former Brazilian environment ministers launched a manifesto in São Paulo on 8 May in which they fiercely criticized President Jair Bolsonaro’s environmental policies.
In an unusual move, they condemned the administration for “a series of unprecedented actions that are destroying the capacity of the environment ministry to formulate and carry out public policies” and accused the government of “compromising the country’s international image and credibility.”

Colombia’s Financial Sector Engaged in Improving Forest Protection and Environmental Sustainability
UN-REDD Programme, 23 May 2019
Colombia boasts 60 million hectares of natural forest, covering more than half of the country. It is the second most biologically diverse country in the world, home to about 10 percent of the world’s species. However, this rich biodiversity is threatened by deforestation caused predominantly by illegal mining and logging, agricultural conversion, coca plantations and forest fires.
The UN-REDD Programme has been working with the government of Colombia to reduce deforestation and forest degradation. Through UN-REDD Programme activities, stakeholders including indigenous peoples, Afro-Colombian communities, farmers, public institutions and the private sector have learned how REDD+ can support their empowerment by improving mechanisms that can assist in forest conservation while also improving their own livelihoods.

[USA] British Citizen Arrested For Conspiracy To Defraud Investors Of More Than $36 Million
US Attorney’s Office Southern District of New York, 23 May 2019
Savraj Gata-Aura, a/k/a “Sam Aura,” Participated in a Conspiracy with Renwick Haddow and Others to Make False and Misleading Representations to Investors in Workspace Sharing Company; Haddow Has Pled Guilty and is Cooperating with the Investigation.
Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney Jr., the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), announced the unsealing of an Indictment in Manhattan federal court charging SAVRAJ GATA-AURA, a/k/a “Sam Aura,” with wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud for engaging in a scheme to defraud victims by making material misrepresentations about the management and operations of a company called Bar Works Inc. and related entities (“Bar Works”). GATA-AURA was arrested this morning and will be presented later today in Manhattan federal court before U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman.

[USA] California may let polluters offset carbon by preserving rain forests. Here are the pitfalls
By Lisa Song, L.A. Times, 23 May 2019
California, a global leader on climate change, is poised to take the lead once again as it considers expanding its carbon offset program to allow polluting companies to compensate for their excess emissions by paying to preserve the Amazon rainforest.
That sounds like a winning proposition: The carbon preserved in trees spared from deforestation would cancel out the corresponding amount of pollution from, say, refineries. But as I found on a recent trip to the Amazon, forestry offsets are more complicated than they seem.

24 May 2019

Forest carbon credits ‘worse than nothing’? There’s more to this story
By Joanna Durbin, Conservation International, 24 May 2019
More than 3,000 people in the United States had a heart transplant last year.
This life-extending procedure crossed from the theoretical to the experimental to the commonplace thanks to decades of research and experimentation — and failure.
So has it gone with one of the signature ideas for tackling the climate crisis.
The idea: Pay countries to not cut down their forests through the sale of “carbon credits.” Polluters in developed countries could buy and trade credits, the idea goes, with the revenue being paid to landowners in developing countries as an incentive to leave their forests standing. Ultimately, market forces would discourage carbon pollution as prices for these credits rose over time, while forests would absorb more climate-warming carbon from the atmosphere.

[Canada] More intense wildfires are here to stay and we need to adapt: report
By Michael Brown, Folio, 24 May 2019
Zac Robinson remembers hiking through B.C.’s Monashee Mountains last August and, on a cloudless day, staring directly into the sun.
What made his look upwards a possibility was the smoke collecting from more than 560 B.C. forest fires all burning in unison, making the air quality in Western Canada the most hazardous in the world.

Costa Rica has doubled its forest cover in the last 30 years
By Mary Jo Dilonardo, MNN, 24 May 2019
Long committed to the environment, Costa Rica has often been praised for making inroads on sustainability, biodiversity and other protections. The most recent headline is that Costa Rica plans to get rid of fossil fuels by 2050.
In an interview with The New York Times, the country’s first lady, urban planner Claudia Dobles, says that achieving that goal would combat a “sense of negativity and chaos” in the face of global warming. “We need to start providing answers.”

EU sends planes to Israel to tackle forest fires
New Europe, 24 May 2019
The EU Civil Protection Mechanism has been activated to tackle forest fires, after a request for assistance from the Israeli authorities on 23 May.
In an immediate response, the European Union has already helped mobilize 4 firefighting planes, two of which from Italy and two from Cyprus, to be dispatched swiftly to the affected areas.
The European Union’s 24/7 Emergency Response Coordination Center is in regular contact with the Israeli authorities to closely monitor the situation and channel the EU assistance.

[Pakistan] PTI govt clueless about land covered by forests in country
By Shabbir Hussain, The Express Tribune, 24 May 2019
The government lacks any actual data regarding the total area of the country which is under forest cover with the last effort to compile data coming in 2011. Moreover, there is no parameter to measure the increase or decrease in forests in the country after the billion tree tsunami programme.
Sources in the climate change ministry have disclosed that two years ago, the previous government led by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had conducted a survey under the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation and sustainable management of forests (REDD Plus) programme.

[Republic of Congo] A Colonialist Land Grab Is Happening Right Now in Congo
By Fiore Longo, Common Dreams, 24 May 2019
It was cold when I arrived in Brussels, yet in the sumptuous atrium of the Royal Museum for Central Africa, it didn’t feel cold at all. This lavish building was formerly known as the Palace of the Colonies, and in the late 1800s it served as a paean to the Belgian “civilizing mission” in the Congo. The exhibitions here included a human zoo, in which three “tribal villages” were built in the grounds of the palace and inhabited by “imported” Congolese people, instructed to “act indigenously” for the benefit of visitors. It was cold in Brussels back then too, and, wearing only what they had worn back in Africa, seven of these “villagers” died.

US Attorney announces unsealing of guilty plea by Ponzi scammer Renwick Haddow
By Maria Nikolova, FinanceFeeds, 24 May 2019
In the plea, Haddow admits to his own involvement in the fraudulent scheme related to Bar Works, as well as to making material misrepresentations about Bitcoin Store Inc.
After numerous continuances granted in the case against Ponzi scammer Renwick Haddow, there has finally been some development in the proceedings and it is related to the activities of Sam Aura, another member of the “Bar Works” conspiracy.

25 May 2019

26 May 2019

[Australia] ‘Revenues not restoration’: Scientists warn NSW tree-planting scheme does more harm than good
By Jonathan Hair, ABC News, 26 May 2019
There are fears national parks in NSW are being damaged by a revenue-making tree-planting scheme, after revegetation works were carried about in the Capertee National Park.
About three hours’ drive west of Sydney, Capertee National Park was a working cattle property until 2010, when it was purchased by the State Government and turned into a protected area.
But because of overgrazing, the National Park and Wildlife Service (NPWS) ordered habitat restoration works there.

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