Jenny Gonzales, Guest
Thousands of miners in search of gold within Brazil’s Amazon Indigenous Territories (TIs) and Conservation Units (UCs), are illegally clearing forests and polluting rivers at an alarming rate in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic — more than 88,000 Brazilians are dead of the pandemic, with more than 430,000 cases reported in the Amazon as of 28 July. →
Read more via Goldminers Overrun Amazon Indigenous Lands as COVID-19 Surges — Waking Times
Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams
A new report released Tuesday draws attention to the worldwide decline in insects and calls for global policies to boost the conservation of both agriculture and the six-footed creatures.
The publication, entitled Insect Atlas, comes from two progressive networks: Brussels-based Friends of the Earth and Berlin-based Heinrich Böll Foundation. →
Read more via Save the Insects, Save the Farmers, Save Ourselves: New Global Report Calls for End of Industrial Agriculture — Waking Times
Rhett Butler, Mongabay
Despite global concern over last year’s catastrophic forest destruction and associated fires in Earth’s largest rainforest, deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon continues to rise, according to data from Brazil’s national space research institute INPE. →
Read more via Deforestation in Brazil continues torrid pace into 2020 — Waking Times
Malavika Vyawahare, Mongabay
Madagascar has embarked on its most ambitious tree-planting drive yet, aiming to plant 60 million trees in the coming months. The island nation celebrates 60 years of independence this year, and the start of the planting campaign on Jan. 19 marked one year since the inauguration of President Andry Rajoelina, who has promised to restore Madagascar’s lost forests. →
Read more via Madacascar Is Planting 60 Million Trees in Ambitious Drive Inspired by Its President — Waking Times
By Mayukh Saha,
(Prepare For Change) At a meeting of the Royal Geographic Society of London, Earthwatch Institute declared bees the most invaluable species on this planet, as reported by The Guardian in 2008. And along with it comes this disturbing piece of news. If the bees were to disappear today, mankind would follow suit very soon! Scientists and wildlife experts have joined bees to the list of species that are doomed to extinction in the near future if humanity does not do something about its most beneficial insects. →
Read more via The Bee Has Been Declared “The Most Important Living Being On The Planet” — Prepare For Change
John Vibes, Truth Theory
It is estimated that people in the United States alone will spend $2.7 billion on candy for Halloween, and not many of us really think about where that money is going. Unfortunately, many of the companies behind our favorite Halloween candies have some extremely unethical business practices, including the use of child labor in slave-like conditions overseas. →
Read more via Happy Halloween – Rankings of The Worst Candy Companies Contributing To Child Labor and Deforestation — Waking Times
(True Activist) With the rainforests of the world being destroyed and burnt down at a rapid rate by the human society in order to profit from the area of the once lush jungle and home to wild animals, this becomes another problem for those living there.
Animals that seek refuge in jungles and forests have suddenly been displaced and oftentimes have nowhere else to go.
The orangutan population has further diminished because of land urbanization that they are on the brink of extinction, all thanks to human activity. →
Read more via A Pregnant and Hungry Orangutan Has Been Spotted Holding On To The Last Tree Left While Bulldozers Ravage Her Home — True Activist
September 19, 2019 – Elias Marat, The Mind Unleashed
Peru has vowed to put an end to palm oil-driven deforestation by 2021, according to reports, in a move that is being hailed as a “momentous win” for wildlife and sustainable agriculture by conservationist group the National Wildlife Federation (NWF).
The Andean nation joins Colombia in its pledge to produce the oil without deforestation. Palm oil cultivation has been a booming crop across Latin America, but has also been one of the foremost drivers of deforestation in rural regions. →
Read more via ‘Huge Win for Wildlife’ – Peru Vows to End Deforestation Driven by Palm Oil — Waking Times
(Collective-Evolution) Innovation comes from all ages, and this is further seen in the story of Xóchitl Guadalupe Cruz, an eight-year-old girl from Chiapas, Mexico who invented an entirely solar-powered device for heating water. The impact her invention could have on others around the world is immense, and this has inspired the UNAM’s (National Autonomous University of Mexico) Institute of Nuclear Sciences to award her. →
Read more & video clips via 8 Year-Old Mexican Girl Invents A Solar Water Heater & Wins Nuclear Science Prize — Collective Evolution
(True Activist) Wildfires damaging thousands of kilometres of land are happening all over the world right now. About 21,000 square miles of Siberia’s forests have gone up in flames earlier this month, which brings the worst wildfires in Russia on record. These blazes have shrouded major cities in the country with smoke, including Novosibirsk, and has even crossed the Pacific Ocean sending billowing clouds of smoke to the United States. →
Read more via The Amazon Rainforest Wildfires, Why Brazil’s President Is Being Blamed, And Its Massive Destruction To The Planet — True Activist