Money to burn: Study finds fire-prevention incentives in Indonesia don’t work
JAKARTA — Paying village in Indonesia to ensure they don’t burn their land for farming appears to have little to no effect on reducing fires, researchers have found. The implication is that without an alternative land-clearing method that’s cheaper, the use of fires to clear land may continue to be widely practiced across Indonesia for the foreseeable future, destroying what’s left of the country’s forests. The large-scale randomized controlled trial was carried out in 75 fire-prone villages in the Bornean province of West Kalimantan in 2018. The team of researchers, from Stanford University, ...
Doctors group asks Minn. governor to halt Enbridge pipeline construction because of COVID-19 concerns
MINNEAPOLIS — Doctors and northern Minnesota residents pleaded with the governor to halt construction of Enbridge’s controversial $2.6 billion oil pipeline, saying the project will draw thousands of out-of-state workers who could accelerate the spread of COVID-19.Health Professionals for a Health Climate, organized by the climate justice group MN350, held a socially distanced press event and rally Wednesday morning in front of the governor’s residence in St. Paul.Enbridge received a final permit from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on Monday, and on Tuesday started building the replacem...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
New TV docuseries shows how peregrine falcons hunt at night in Chicago: 'A real rarity'
A new Apple TV Plus docuseries gives a rare, up-close-and-personal look at how peregrine falcons hunt at night in downtown Chicago. Producers say they have captured “never before seen, never before filmed” behavior of a once-endangered species that has thrived in Illinois in recent years.“There were two types of animals we wanted to focus on in the series. One was really big, box office, exciting animals that people love — things like lions, jaguars, bears. And I would (classify) peregrine falcons as one of those really A-list animals. They’re the fastest animals on Earth, the fastest predator...
DNR turns to helicopters for restocking fish populations in remote Minnesota lakes
For years, low-flying pilots in stripped-down airplanes built up one of the strongest trout fisheries in the country by dumping hundreds of thousands of fish into Minnesota lakes at about 100 mph.Remarkably, when dropped from 100 feet in the air — high enough to keep the fish from skipping across the water — about 80% of the brookies, rainbows and brown trout prized by anglers would survive the fall, swimming away to repopulate dozens of Minnesota’s coldest, deepest and most remote lakes.This fall, for the first time, nearly 100% of the trout stocked from the air survived.That’s because Brad M...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Pulp producers pull off $168 million Indonesia tax twist, report alleges
JAKARTA — Two major pulp and paper producers associated with widespread deforestation and land conflicts in Indonesia may also have skimped on $168 million in taxes through a web of offshore tax havens, a new report suggests.PT Toba Pulp Lestari (TPL), which operates a pulp and paper mill in North Sumatra, and Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings (APRIL), Indonesia’s second-biggest pulp producer, are both affiliated with Royal Golden Eagle (RGE), a conglomerate controlled by Indonesian billionaire Sukanto Tanoto. Though the companies operate in Indonesia, RGE is headquartered in nearb...
Construction on Enbridge pipeline begins as new lawsuit filed to delay $2.6B project
Less than a day after Minnesota regulators gave the final approval for Enbridge to start building a new $2.6 billion pipeline across the northern part of the state, the Canadian oil company got to work.The building began “across Minnesota,” Enbridge said, even as an environmental and Indigenous groups launched another lawsuit seeking to stop construction.“We will continue to use every legal avenue available to stop the degradation of our waters for future generations to enjoy our treaty-protected resources on and off reservation,” White Earth Band of Ojibwe attorney Frank Bibeau said in a stat...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Hurricane Woodwork is a one-person show: 'Being a queer female in this trade is difficult at best'
PHILADELPHIA—For six months in 2015, EJ Duff worked on a construction project in Fishtown. She installed drywall and light fixtures. She painted rooms and carried bags of rocks and piles of ceramic tile up and down four flights of stairs.Although she enjoyed working with her hands and outside of an office environment, the work was too demanding for her 5-foot-4-inch body. But from that job, Duff's tool collection had grown to include a circular saw, a crowbar, a hammer, and a drill/driver.She used her tools to build a shoe rack with wood from recycled pallets that she had found on the roadside...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
California newspaper urges GM boycott, slams decision to abandon Trump plan
A California newspaper is slamming General Motors in a searing editorial urging consumers to give pause before buying a new vehicle from the automaker.It stems from GM’s move one week ago when GM did an about-face and said it will no longer back President Donald Trump’s effort to stop California from setting its own emissions rules.With that, GM withdrew from preemption litigation between California, the Trump administration and other non-government groups.GM CEO Mary Barra cited the alignment of GM’s electric vehicle goals with President-elect Joe Biden’s endorsement of EVs as the reason to w...
Detroit Free Press
2020: Strangest year of Atlantic hurricane seasons comes to an end
Like pretty much everything this year, the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season was an abnormality not ever seen before by meteorologists and hurricane specialists.As the official final day of hurricane season — Nov. 30 — arrives, forecasters have tallied 30 named storms, the most ever recorded; the next closest with 28 systems of tropical storm strength or greater was 2005.Both 2005 and 2020 have seen the same number of systems form into a tropical depression or greater — 31 — but systems could still form past Nov. 30, like 2005’s Tropical Storm Zeta that formed on Dec. 30. The NHC continues to mon...
Environment of violence
Do you think you live in a violent world? When you think of the word “violence,” what pops into your head?A gun? A splatter of blood? A scream of pain?Often when we think of violence, these are the sensations evoked. Images of warfare or heinous crimes, sounds of death and maiming. And violence encompasses all of those things… but it is also much more. Violence is just as often an omission as it is an action, equally likely to be a discriminatory law as it is a destructive weapon. In our modern times, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to say more violence is committed remotely by words than is d...