3 dead in Muntinlupa, Las Piñas fires
3 dead in Muntinlupa, Las Piñas firesRalph Edwin Villanueva(The Philippine Star) – November 22, 2020 – 12:00amMANILA, Philippines — Three persons died in two fires in Muntinlupa and Las Piñas since Friday night.Zozimo Asido, 73, and Maricel Asido, 56, died of suffocation when a fire broke out in Camella Homes in Barangay Putatan, Muntinlupa at around 6:30 p.m., according to the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).The fire reached first alarm and destroyed two houses before it was put out by around 7:17 p.m.The BFP estimated the fire damage at around P1 million. Investigators have yet to determine ...
Palm oil giant Korindo accused again of illegally burning Papuan rainforest
JAKARTA — Palm oil giant Korindo Group is alleged to have set fires to clear rainforest in Indonesia’s easternmost region of Papua, a practice that is banned by law.The allegation was raised by Greenpeace International and Forensic Architecture, a research group based at the University of London, whose joint investigation found indications of deliberate burning by the Indonesian-South Korean joint venture.To determine the origin and nature of the fires in a concession held by Korindo subsidiary PT Dongin Prabhawa in Papua’s Merauke district, Forensic Architecture looked at NASA satellite image...
The surprising connection between West Coast fires and the volatile chemicals tainting America’s drinking water
Photo © iStockphoto.com | Kara CapaldoNovember 11, 2020 — Editor’s note: This story is part of a nine-month investigation of drinking water contamination across the U.S. The series is supported by funding from the Park Foundation and Water Foundation. View related stories here.From his back deck, Bogdan Marian can see the scars running down into the San Lorenzo Valley: the pad of a destroyed home, the scorched brown trees at the ridge line.Marian is grateful to have a standing home. Yet his family and many others in the area still face another worry: the safety of their tap water. After fires ...
Video: Vets hail ‘victory’ as jaguar burned in Pantanal fires returns to wild
Ousado the jaguar could hardly walk. Fires had blown through his territory in the Pantanal region of Brazil, scorching the very ground the animal was running upon as he tried to escape. When a team of volunteer veterinarians eventually captured him in Encontro das Águas State Park, all four of his paws had turned beet red with third-degree burns.This year, the Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland region, spanning across Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia, has experienced catastrophic fires, believed to have been started by human activities such as agricultural land clearing. However, widespread dro...
Israeli army says Palestinian fires on Israel troops, is shot dead
A Palestinian who shot at Israeli troops near Nablus in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday was killed when soldiers returned fire, Israel's army said."Troops who were at a military post adjacent to the southern exit of the city of Nablus spotted an assailant driving out of the city armed with a pistol who fired at them, and responded with fire... The assailant has been neutralised," a statement said.An army spokesperson confirmed to AFP that the suspect was killed.No Israeli soldiers were injured and the suspect has not yet been identified.Israeli forces, who have occupied the West Bank since...
18 families left homeless in Navotas, Caloocan fires
18 families left homeless in Navotas, Caloocan firesMarc Jayson Cayabyab(The Philippine Star) – November 1, 2020 – 12:00amMANILA, Philippines — At least 18 families were left homeless in separate fire incidents in Navotas and Caloocan since Friday.In Navotas, 12 families lost their homes in a fire that reached second alarm along Los Martires street in Barangay San Jose before dawn yesterday.Fire probers estimated the damage to be P50,000.In Caloocan, six families were affected by a fire that razed a three-story building along Tanigue street in Barangay 14 on Friday afternoon.Investigators pegg...
Bulldozers were ready to fight California fires. Why did Forest Service turn them away?
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Loyalton fire was 2 days old and starting to pick up momentum in a heavily forested area 50 miles north of Lake Tahoe. That’s when Jeff Holland offered to help.Holland’s logging company, CTL Forest Management Inc., happened to have an array of firefighting equipment — bulldozers, water trucks, a wood-chipping machine called a masticator — parked on a property he owns in Loyalton, just west of where the fire started in mid-August. He proposed hiring out the equipment to the U.S. Forest Service, which was in charge of fighting the fire.He was turned down.“I had several p...
The Sacramento Bee
Far worse is coming for world with climate change
It is hard to imagine more devastating effects of climate change than the fires that have been raging in California, Oregon, and Washington, or the procession of hurricanes that have approached — and, at times, ravaged — the Gulf Coast. There have also been deadly heat waves in India, Pakistan, and Europe, and devastating flooding in Southeast Asia. But there is far worse ahead, with one risk, in particular, so great that it alone threatens humanity itself: the rapid depletion of Arctic sea ice.Recalling an Alfred Hitchcock movie, this climate “bomb” — which, at a certain point, could more tha...
The Bangkok Post
John Gray: the nationalist philosophe stoking ‘culture wars’ fires
There’s a battle under way at the heart of British politics and reactionaries are in the ascendancy. With the Brexit wind in their sails, when an issue of history or culture comes into prominence, they set the terms of the debate. Whether it is the singing of Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia on the closing night of the Proms; history teaching in schools; statues in public spaces: the Right has a consistent story to tell and they find plenty of places to say it. Whether it is tub-thumpers like Richard Littlejohn, Rod Liddle and Toby Young; opportunist academics like Matthew Goodwin and...
Wildlife emergency in Bolivia as fires threaten animal sanctuaries
[(https://imgs.mongabay.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2020/10/16165222/Ambu-Ari-5.jpg)Fire at Ambue Ari. Courtesy of CIWY.A ghastly orange grin extends across the treetops in Guarayos, Bolivia, marking a cruel turn of fate for rescued wildlife. On the ground, the air is too smoky to breathe, and hot enough to scorch. The woods are so dry that everything burns. Fire is eating its way through one of the world’s great efforts on behalf of wild animals rescued from illegal trafficking, poaching, and habitat destruction.The Ambue Ari Sanctuary of Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY) is under severe f...