REDD-Monitor’s round-up of the week’s news on forests, climate change, REDD, and natural climate solutions. For regular updates, follow @reddmonitor on Twitter.
30 September 2019
Oil Industry Set Agenda During Climate Summit Meeting with Big Greens
By Sharon Kelly, DesmogUK, 30 September 2019
Last week, as climate activist Greta Thunberg addressed the United Nations Climate Action Summit, invited leaders from major environmental groups spent their day listening to the leaders of fossil fuel companies discuss how they want to respond to the climate crisis.
Depending on which room you were in, you would have heard two very different messages.
Thunberg’s widely watched speech evoked the urgency of acting on climate change.
REDD+: A Scheme Rotten at the Core
By Jutta Kill, World Rainforest Movement, 30 September 2019
It has become difficult to get a clear idea of what is really happening with REDD+, the biggest international policy on forests. It has already shown to be a big failure for the climate, the forests and forest peoples, but many international funding agencies and governments continue to support and promote REDD+. The next round of the UN climate negotiations in November 2019 will discuss REDD+ yet again. This article takes a look at the continued failure of REDD+ to halt deforestation and fundamental flaws of the main international REDD+ initiatives.
Scientists from CIFOR-ICRAF showed examples of successful restoration techniques at the Global Landscapes Forum
By Rob Finlayson, CIFOR Forests News, 30 September 2019
A team of four scientists from the merged Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and World Agroforestry (ICRAF) impressed delegates at the Global Landscapes Forum in New York City, USA, 28 September 2019.
Susan Chomba, programme manager of the eight-country Regreening Africa project, which is funded by the European Union, began by pointing out that the Bonn Challenge has a target of restoring 350 million hectares of degraded land globally whereas Africa alone had at least 700 million hectares in need of restoration. Her question was: how can we accelerate restoration?
It’s time for individually determined contributions to reducing emissions
By Rob Finlayson, CIFOR Forest News, 30 September 2019
The director-general of World Agroforestry (ICRAF) introduces the Global Landscapes Forum in New York City with a call for immediate action at all levels.
Director-General Tony Simons of World Agroforestry (ICRAF) in his opening speech to the Global Landscapes Forum noted that we had 500 years of disruption, degradation and destruction to reverse in ten years.
‘We have to race, with Nature, not against it’, he said. ‘We have to make this UN Decade of Restoration work, together, now’.
Carbon Offsets 101
By Peter Miller, NRDC, 30 September 2019
The looming climate crisis means that we need to take collective and personal actions to significantly reduce the emissions of planet-warming greenhouse gases. While much of the change must come through government-level actions, individuals also can take such steps as purchasing an electric car, taking public transit, using energy efficient lightbulbs and appliances, and eating less meat. But what can we do about the emissions from activities like airline travel where climate-friendly alternatives are not yet widely available? The answer may be carbon offsets.
How Indonesia Can Prevent Forest Fires
By Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat and Willi Ashadi, Fair Observer, 30 September 2019
In recent weeks, Indonesia has been in the headlines due to forest fires. Having spread throughout the country in Southeast Asia, the regions of Jambi, South Sumatra, Kalimantan and Sulawesi have been severely affected while Riau Province has been the worst hit. According to the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), the first eight months of 2019 alone saw nearly 329,000 hectares of land completely scorched. Several provinces in Indonesia have declared a state of emergency.
Indonesian agency says it expects rainy season to help end forest fires soon
Reuters, 30 September 2019
Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) said it expects forest fires that have been raging through parts of Sumatra island and in Kalimantan on the Indonesian portion of Borneo island will end soon with the arrival of the rainy season.
Indonesia has spent months battling forest fires, often caused by slash-and-burn farming practices, as an El Nino weather pattern intensifies the annual dry season and fires create a choking haze across the region.
[Liberia] Residents Want GoL Provide 30% Commitment in Forestry LawBy Hannah N. Geterminah, Daily Observer, 30 September 2019
Residents of protected forest communities in Grand Cape Mount and Gbarpolu counties have called on the Government of Liberia (GoL) to provide the 30 per cent commitment made in the National Forestry Law of 2006, to foster development in their communities.
The community dwellers made the resolution at the end of a 3-day knowledge-sharing workshop with stakeholders organized by the Community Development Initiative (CDI) in collaboration with Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+).
1 October 2019
The Word Nobody Wanted to Say at the UN Climate Action Summit: “Offsets.”
By Lisa Song, ProPublica, 1 October 2019
The leaders of more than 70 countries have made a promise that sounds nothing short of revolutionary. By 2050, they say they will reach “net zero,” putting no more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than can be somehow canceled out.
While the net zero buzzword was as ubiquitous at last week’s United Nations Climate Action Summit as the presence of teenage activist Greta Thunberg, the details of how the countries would reach their ambitious goals were elusive. There was little talk of eliminating the use of fossil fuels, a drastic but economically tricky and politically painful step that would guarantee those emissions reductions.
Gucci is entirely carbon-neutral – here’s how the luxury brand has committed to sustainability
By Irene Pyne, Style, 1 October 2019
The increasing demand for consumer goods has outweighed sustainability and ethical standards in recent years. But some in the fashion industry, including the 150 brands that joined French President Emmanuel Macron’s “Fashion Pact”, recognise the need for sustainable practices. Such brands include Gucci, which has announced it is officially carbon-neutral.
Plant-for-the-Planet App Supports Trillion Tree Campaign
By Catherine Benson Wahlén, IISD, 1 October 2019
Seven young people from Plant-for-the-Planet Foundation have released the ‘Plant-for-the-Planet App’, which allows anyone to plant trees around the world with only a few clicks. The App is part of the Trillion Tree Campaign, which is contributing to global reforestation and climate mitigation efforts.
In the Wake of Climate Week, Here’s a Future Roadmap for Forests
By Akiva Fishman, Triple Pundit, 1 October 2019
As we were often reminded during the recent Climate Week events, forests are in full retreat around the world—and their loss has dire implications for countless species, including us.
According to a recent report, populations of forest-living birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles monitored by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have declined by an average of 53 percent, in less than a single person’s lifetime.
Scientists estimate Earth’s total carbon store
By Jonathan Amos, BBC News, 1 October 2019
There are 1.85 billion, billion tonnes of carbon on Earth, with more than 99% of it resident beneath our feet.
Scientists from the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) project have spent 10 years assessing the “reservoirs and fluxes” of the chemical element.
In other words, they worked out where carbon is held and in what form, and how it moves through the Earth system.
The Path to a Profitable and Protected Amazon
By Carlos Nobre, Scientific American, 1 October 2019
The Amazon is burning. Physically, the world has seen more deforestation and fires in Brazil’s portion of the Amazon this year than at any other point in nearly a decade. But figuratively, a conflagration over economic development in the region blazes even more fiercely.
Fires still being set in blazing Bolivia
By Claire Wordley, Mongabay, 1 October 2019
Despite over six weeks of firefighting, the infernos destroying Bolivia’s forests continue to spread. 5.3 million hectares (about 13.1 million acres) — an area larger than the whole of Costa Rica — have been destroyed, and about 40 percent of that area was forest. A perfect storm of factors — from an unusually dry year, probably linked to climate change, to a new law allowing burning of forest lands — have combined to make this one of the worst years this century for forest fires in the megadiverse nation.
Air France to offset all domestic flights
By Molly Dyson, Busying Business Travel, 1 October 2019
Air France says it will proactively offset 100 per cent of CO2 emissions from domestic flights starting in 2020 as part of its environmental objectives.
Labelled “Air France Horizon 2030”, the airline’s sustainability roadmap will see it voluntarily offset emissions on all flights within mainland France starting 1 January through participation in environmental projects.
Indonesia’s fires are bad, but new measures prevented them from becoming worse
By Dennis Normile, Science, 1 October 2019
Once again haze is suffocating Indonesia, but some scientists say it could have been worse. Acrid smoke from fires set to clear land for agriculture has sent scores to hospitals with respiratory problems and closed thousands of schools in Indonesia and neighboring Malaysia. At its thickest, in mid-September, more than 100 flights had to be canceled because of poor visibility. Although the government has tried to seed clouds for rain and dump water from the air, only the monsoon rains due later this month are likely to quench the fires.
Indonesia Expects Seasonal Rains to Douse Forest Fires Soon
Reuters, 1 October 2019
Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency, the BNPB, said it expects forest fires that have been raging through parts of Sumatra island and in Kalimantan on the Indonesian portion of Borneo island will end soon with the arrival of the rainy season.
Indonesia has spent months battling forest fires, often caused by slash-and-burn farming practices, as an El Nino weather pattern intensifies the annual dry season and fires create a choking haze across the region.
[Indonesia] Big brands sourcing illegal palm oil from habitat of orangutans, rhinos, elephants and tigers: study
By Robin Hicks, Eco-Business, 1 October 2019
Some of the world’s biggest consumer goods firms have been sourcing palm oil from plantations illegally developed in Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem, one of Southeast Asia’s most important remaining rainforests that is home to critically endangered elephants, rhinos, orangutans, and tigers.
2 October 2019
This is what the world promised at the UN climate action summit
By Chloé Farand and Natalie Sauer, Climate Home News, 2 October 2019
Too often countries and companies make climate commitments that grab the media and political spotlight, only for governments or priorities to silently change.
Last week, UN chief António Guterres gathered the world’s political, business and civil society leaders in New York in an effort to jump start action on climate change.
IBAC Urges ICAO, States To Foster Use of SAF
By Kerry Lynch, AINonline, 2 October 2019
The international business aviation community is calling on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to support incentives for use of non-fossil-fuel-based products and for states to increase use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). “This approach will be key to lowering our industry’s dependency on fossil fuels, and reducing the CO2 output from the industry, and its effect on climate change,” the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) said in a report submitted to ICAO on behalf of the Business Aviation SAF Coalition. The report was accepted by ICAO and included in the organization’s 2019 Environmental Report.
Fewer Fires Burned the Amazon in September, But Deforestation Continues
By Yessenia Funes, Gizmodo, 2 October 2019
In September, fires in the Amazon Rainforest dropped dramatically both compared to the number of fires the region saw in 2018 and from the outburst of flames the rainforest saw in August.
The State Secretariat for the Environment of Brazil (SEMA) released an announcement Tuesday that the state of Amazonas, which is covered by the Amazon Rainforest, saw a 39 percent reduction in hot spots last month compared to September 2018.
Amazon rainforest fires: Everything you need to know
By Andrew Moore, North Carolina State University, 2 October 2019
Since January, a staggering 121,000 fires have broken out across Brazil—and more than half of those fires are taking place in the Amazon, according to the country’s National Institute for Space Research.
The fires are destroying the homes of Indigenous tribes, threatening millions of animals, and even darkening the skies over major cities.
[Cambodia] Carbon credits on table with Germany
By Khy Sovuthy, Khmer Times, 2 October 2019
Cambodia has asked Germany to buy some of the Kingdom’s carbon credits earned from preserving its natural resources.
Interior Minister Sar Kheng made the request during a visit to Germany which concluded yesterday, a ministry statement noted.
It said Cambodia requested Germany to study the possibility, and also create official relations and cooperation between both countries on priority issues such as countering transnational crimes, security training and decentralisation reform.
Open letter on the increasing use of makar charges against Papuan activists to stifle freedom of expression
Letter to President Joko Widodo, Amnesty International, 2 October 2019
Amnesty International is writing to express our deep concern about the sudden surge in the use of makar charges against at least 22 Papuan activists in Jakarta and Papua over the past few weeks based on their peaceful exercise of the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly. The activists are being charged and detained under Articles 106 and 110 of Indonesia’s Criminal Code (KUHP), which cover crimes against the security of the state and impose life imprisonment as a maximum punishment.
Deforestation Threatens the Mekong, but New Trees Are Growing in Surprising Places
By Katie Reytar, Fred Stolle and Will Anderson, World Resources Institute, 2 October 2019
More than 70 million people live in Southeast Asia’s Mekong region, where trees and forests have multiple benefits for people and biodiversity. Trees lock soils in place, preventing landslides and protecting crops, while forests help regulate rainfall and water cycles. Wood and other forest products provide millions of people with food, materials and economic opportunities in rural communities across Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. The entire planet relies on the Mekong’s forests to store carbon and mitigate climate change.
3 October 2019
All Change and No Change: G20 Commitment on Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform, Ten Years On
By Laura Merrill and Franziska Funke, IISD, 3 October 2019
September 2019 marked ten years since the Group of 20 (G20) committed to “Rationalize and phase out over the medium term inefficient fossil fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption” as part of the Pittsburgh Summit in 2009. Very little has changed since then, despite urgent calls for action on climate change in the lead up to and at the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit, from voices representing the youngest advocates (Greta Thunberg explained how we spend much more on fossil subsidies than on nature based solutions) to the largest global organization (António Guterres did not mince his words when opening the Summit stating, “The biggest cost is subsidizing a dying fossil fuel industry, building more and more coal power plants, and denying what is plain as day. That we are in a deep climate hole and to get out, we must first stop digging”). G20 country action on subsidies still appears as words on the page, the absence of commitments, and certainly no clear, concrete plans to phase-out subsidies once and for all. This has got to change.
How Are Banks Doing on Sustainable Finance Commitments? Not Good Enough
By Ariel Pinchot and Giulia Christianson, World Resources Institute, 3 October 2019
Private sector banks can play a pivotal role in financing the transition to a low-carbon, sustainable future — and they face growing political, market and social pressure to do so.
Indeed, just last week at the UN Climate Summit in New York City, we saw banks making new commitments to disclose the carbon emissions of their investment and loan portfolios, adhere to the new Principles for Responsible Banking, and more.
Consultation key to overcoming the enormous challenges of restoring degraded land
UN environment, 3 October 2019
The world faces huge and unprecedented biodiversity and climate change challenges. One way we can help address these challenges is through the restoration of degraded land.
Restoring landscapes—done properly in consultation with local communities, governments and scientists—has huge environmental, climate mitigation but also, importantly, economic benefits. It also contributes to many of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Getting real about restoring the Earth at GLF New York
By Monica Evans and Gabrielle Lipton, CIFOR Forests News, 3 October 2019
Autumn Peltier has taken the weight of the world’s water on her shoulders. As Chief Water Commissioner for the Anishnawbek First Nation in Canada, she’s at once an advocate for clean water security and Indigenous rights. Peltier is 15 years old.
“Flowing within us is original water, lifeblood of Mother Earth that sustains us, as we come from this land,” Peltier said in an address to hundreds of people at the United Nations in New York on Saturday. “Mother Earth’s power is in the lifeblood of mother earth, which is our waters. Mother Earth has the power to destroy us all, and if we keep harming her, one day she may decide to destroy everything,” she said.
An interview with Fred Krupp
EDF, 3 October 2019
IBR: We would love to begin by talking about your undergraduate experience at Yale and your graduate experience at the University of Michigan, what you took away from your time at each institution, and how your education has impacted your career.
Fred Krupp: When I was a junior in Yale College, I took a class called the Environment and Man taught by engineering Professor Charles Walker.
Is the Amazon rainforest still on fire? Number of blazes dropped in September 2019 total is still a record high
By Hunter Moyler, Newsweek, 3 October 2019
Fires still blaze across the Amazon rainforest in South America, at a rate that continues to surpass the number of fires in 2018. But while August saw a nine-year high in fires, September—a dry month which the number of fires has historically tended to increase— saw a sharp drop. Scientists are not sure why.
Links between Amazon deforestation and World Bank exposed
Bretton Woods Project, 3 October 2019
In late August, with forest fires raging on a historic scale in the Brazilian Amazon, the gap between the rhetoric and reality of the World Bank Group’s (WBG) approach to forests was exposed in little over 24 hours.
Tweeting from the Group of Seven (G7) Summit in Biarritz, France, on 26 August, WBG President David Malpass noted, “I was…glad to see that the Amazon fires are a key priority for @G7 attendees & I share in their concerns. The @WorldBank Group is ready to work with our partner governments at all levels to scale up activities to protect forests & support sustainable development.” Malpass was referring to a $22 million aid package announced at the G7 to help fight the fires in the Amazon – which was ultimately declined by Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro.
The Amazon wildfires are causing a spike in children’s breathing problems
By Jessie Yeung, CNN, 3 October 2019
Wildfires raging in the Amazon rainforest are driving a spike in breathing problems and hospitalizations among children in Brazil, according to a new report.The fires, which have now been burning for months, are posing “a major risk to the health of the population,” said the report, published Wednesday by public health research institute Oswaldo Cruz Foundation.
[Australia] Shocked scientists find 400km of dead and damaged mangroves in Gulf of Carpentaria
By Graham Readfern, The Guardian, 3 October 2019
A cascade of impacts including rising sea levels, heatwaves and back-to-back tropical cyclones has created 400km of dead and badly damaged mangroves in the Gulf of Carpentaria, a scientific monitoring trip has discovered.
Prof Norman Duke, of James Cook University, spent 10 days monitoring 2,000km of coastline from a helicopter, as well as conducting land-based checks at 32 estuaries along the coastline between Weipa, Queensland, and Cape Barrow in the Northern Territory.
[Brazil] Bolsonaro didn’t start the fire!
By Dr. Noga Shanee & Nina Poletti, Reclaim Conservation, 3 September 2019
The burning of the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest has been a major story in mass and social media for the past week. From trending hashtags to opinion articles to emotional art representing the natural disaster, people have been sharing their fear and upset over this event. Much of this frustration and blame has been directed at Brazil’s president, Bolsonaro, notorious for his right wing pro-economic, anti-social, and anti-environmental statements and policies. Bolsonaro, on the other hand, denies culpability and instead has hurled accusations at environmental NGOs as those responsible for starting the fires. Surprisingly, we don’t entirely disagree with him.
Tropical forest success story under threat in Guatemala
BBC News, 3 October 2019
While much of the media spotlight has focused on the fires which have ravaged the Brazilian rainforest in recent weeks, a fight has been unfolding thousands of miles away to save a protected reserve in the largest area of tropical forest remaining north of the Amazon.
The Maya Biosphere Reserve in Guatemala is a deforestation hotspot, but there is a large swathe where the rate has been near zero since 2000.
Indonesian enforcement questioned as fires flare up on the same concessions
By Hans Nicholas Jong, Mongabay, 3 October 2019
At least three companies whose concessions were burned in the 2015 fires that razed huge swaths of forest in Indonesia are also caught up in this year’s fires, prompting calls by the government for a stern crackdown on repeat offenders.
The fires this year, mostly on Sumatra and Kalimantan, the Indonesian portion of Borneo, have burned 328,000 hectares (810,505 acres) of forest to date. They’ve also generated huge clouds of smoke that have sickened nearly a million people and caused the deaths of several, including a 4-month-old baby and a newborn.
[Indonesia] Officials rely on cloud seeding to combat forest fires
Jakarta Post, 3 October 2019
Put out the flame: Land and forest fire prevention patrol personnel attempt to extinguish fires engulfing peatland in Ganepo village, East Kotawaringin regency, Central Kalimantan, on Wednesday. Land and forest fires in several areas across the province continue even though rain has begun to fall. [R-M: Subscription needed.]
First UK architecture practice joins UN Climate Neutral Now
PBCtoday, 3 October 2019
Assael Architecture has become the first UK architectural practice to sign up to the UN Climate Neutral Now initiative, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As a signatory of the UN Climate Neutral Now initiative, Assael Architecture must calculate and disclose the current carbon footprint of the practice, including international air travel, and show a clear pathway to reducing it year on year.
4 October 2019
Iata raises key issues at key international civil aviation conference
By Rebecca Campbell, Engineering News, 4 October 2019
The International Air Transport Association (Iata) raised a number of important issues at the recent International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) fortieth (triennial) assembly, in Montreal, Canada. Iata is the representative body of the world’s commercial aviation (airline and air freight) industry, while ICAO (a specialised agency of the United Nations) is the global intergovernmental body which oversees civil aviation worldwide in terms of codifying and coordinating the procedures and principles of international air travel.
Analysts cut carbon price forecasts as Brexit clouds market: Reuters poll
Reuters, 4 October 2019
Analysts have lowered forecasts for the price of European Union carbon permits in the fourth quarter as the threat of a no-deal Brexit hangs over the market.
EU Allowances (EUAs) are expected to average 26.13 euros/tonne in Q4 2019, according to a survey of eight analysts polled by Reuters, a 3.4% drop compared with figures given in July.
[Indonesia] Peat Wildfires in Central Kalimantan
By Yudha Baskoro, Jakarta Globe, 4 October 2019
Smoke and haze caused by forest and peatland fires in Kalimantan were beginning to fade last week. The Technology Assessment and Application Agency (BPPT), the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) and the Indonesian Air Force have managed to create artificial rains to extinguish fire hotspots near Palangkaraya and Sampit.
There were fewer patients suffering from haze-induced breathing problems and upper respiratory tract infections at Sampit’s Dr. Murjani Hospital and at the Indonesian Red Cross shelter after artificial rains soaked the city.
My life in Indonesia, the country of haze
By Nasrullah, Greenpeace, 4 October 2019
My name is Nasrullah, a member of Tanjung Taruna Village in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. I am also the chairperson of the Forest Fire Community in my village, a community group whose main task is to put out fires during the fire season.
When my hometown was hit by forest fire disaster in 2015, everyone grieved. Forest and land fires were everywhere, and homes were surrounded by smoke. In order for me and my family to survive, our only option was to evacuate.
[PNG] Lack of funding for REDD+ activities
By Cedric Patjole, Loop, 4 October 2019
Adequate funding is needed to see real action in reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and the conservation, sustainable management and enhancement of forest carbon stocks.
According to Dr. Ruth Turia, Director of the Forest Policy & Planning Directorate of the PNG Forest Authority, Papua New Guinea has not received enough external and internal funding to support REDD+ activities and programs.
PNG Leads Rainforest Coalition
Post-Courier, 4 October 2019
The government and the Coalition for Rainforest Nations (CfRN) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for PNG to assume the chairmanship of the coalition.
PNG has been an active and founding member country of the coalition and will resume the role of chairmanship for 2019 to 2020.
The chairmanship follows the principle of regional rotation.
PNG, for the Asia-Pacific region, shall resume the chair from the date of signing of the MoU (Sept 27).
5 October 2019
U.N. agency weighs options for long-term plane emissions goal, faces China pushback
By Allison Lampert, Reuters, 5 October 2019
A U.N. agency agreed on Friday to prioritize studying options for a long-term goal to reduce aviation emissions aimed at combating climate change, but made no firm commitments and faced pushback from China and India.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which ended its 11-day assembly on Friday, said it would weigh long-term options for reducing emissions from international flights that would be presented at its next assembly in 2022.
It’s not just Greta Thunberg: why are we ignoring the developing world’s inspiring activists?
By Chika Unigwe, The Guardian, 5 October 2019
Ridhima Pandey was just nine years old in 2017 when she filed a lawsuit against the Indian government for failing to take action against climate change. Pandey’s fierce, astounding passion for the environment is not accidental. Her mother is a forestry guard and her father an environmental activist; and the whole family was displaced by the Uttarakhand floods of 2013, which claimed hundreds of lives.
[Argentina] Rise of the ‘wonder bean’: from deforestation to your plate
By Bibi van der Zee, Anna Gross, and Uki Goñi, The Guardian, 5 October 2019
The meat and dairy industry’s demand for soya is driving environmental crisis in one of the world’s most threatened forests. We trace the seven steps from the Chaco to the food we eat.
Hundreds of thousands voice outrage over Bolivian leader’s response to forest fires
By Daniel Ramos, Reuters, 5 October 2019
Hundreds of thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Bolivia’s largest city, turning up heat on President Evo Morales as they voiced outrage over his government’s response to wildfires that have razed broad swaths of the country’s forests this year.
Protesters in the wealthy, industrial city of Santa Cruz brandished placards at the demonstration late on Friday calling for a “punishment vote” against Morales in the upcoming Oct. 20 presidential election.
It all begins with a lit match: Long odds in hunt for forest fire culprits in Indonesia
By Kiki Siregar, CNA, 5 October 2019
A man in Muaro Jambi regency wanted to clear his land to plant coffee, and the easiest way was to light a match and fling it into the vegetation. When the fire spread quickly, he panicked. Then, someone called the police. “Based on a tip-off, we caught him red-handed and seized the evidence,” Commissioner Adjutant George Pakke, head of Muaro Jambi’s crime and detective unit, told CNA.
7 Singaporean hikers rescued from Indonesia’s Mount Raung after forest fires
CNA, 5 October 2019
Seven Singaporeans were among 13 climbers rescued from Mount Raung in Indonesia on Saturday (Oct 5) after they were trapped overnight by forest fires.
The hikers became trapped after forest fires broke out in the area around 6pm Indonesia time on Friday, making the paths inaccessible.
Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Authority told CNA that a joint search and rescue task force of 25 men was sent to rescue the group on Friday night.
[Kenya] Mr President we’re tired of threats, community pleads
By Stephen Rutto and Edward Kosut, Standard Digital, 5 October 2019
Members of an indigenous community living in a forest in Elgeyo Marakwet plan to walk to Nairobi to seek recognition and President Uhuru Kenyatta’s audience.
The more than 150 members of Sengwer community said according to the 2009 census they are about 12,000 in Embobut Forest alone, and should be recognised as a distinct tribe.
[UK] Tesco and M&S likely to have soya linked to deforestation in supply chains
By Anna Sophie Gross, Uki Goñi, and Bibi van der Zee, The Guardian, 5 October 2019
Tesco, M&S and several other UK supermarkets admit that they cannot guarantee that soya from deforested areas is not in their supply chain despite commitments to phase out its use, the Guardian has found.
An investigation has revealed that Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and M&S all buy products from UK farmers using animal feed that includes soya from Argentina. About 14% of Argentina’s planted soya is in the north of the country, where deforestation has laid waste to huge areas of the Gran Chaco forest.
[USA] SEC seeks lifting of stay in action against co-conspirator of Ponzi scammer Renwick Haddow
By Maria Nikolova, FinanceFeeds, 5 October 2019
Shortly after the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) provided an update to the New York Southern District Court on the proceedings against James Bernard Moore, one of the alleged co-conspirators of Ponzi scammer Renwick Haddow, the regulator has asked the Court to lift the stay in its action against Moore.
6 October 2019
As Amazon Fires Burn, Pope Convenes Meeting on the Rainforests and Moral Obligation to Protect Them
By Georgina Gustin, Inside Climate News, 6 October 2019
Pope Francis convened nearly 200 bishops, climate experts and indigenous people from the Amazon on Sunday for an unprecedented meeting in Rome to discuss the fate of the Amazonian rainforests and the world’s moral obligation to protect them. The meeting, or Synod, is the first of its kind to address an ecosystem, rather than a particular region or theme. It comes as fires continue to consume the Amazon rainforest, destroying a critical tool for stabilizing the climate, threatening the homes and health of indigenous people and drawing global concern.