Fences have big effects on land and wildlife around the world that are rarely measured
Australia's dingo fences, built to protect livestock from wild dogs, stretch for thousands of kilometers.Marian Deschain/WikimediaontheWilliamCreekRoadbetweenCooberPedyandWilliamCreek,South_Australia.jpg),CC BY-SAWhat is the most common form of human infrastructure in the world? It may well be the fence. Recent estimates suggest that the total length of all fencing around the globe is 10 times greater than the total length of roads. If our planet’s fences were stretched end to end, they would likely bridge the distance from Earth to the Sun multiple times.On every continent, from cities to rur...
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Ministry hears sea gypsy plight
Ministry hears sea gypsy plight Action promised on loss of land, livelihoodsVarious problems, from alleged land encroachment by authorities to dwindling livelihoods, have beset the sea gypsies on Koh Lipe, the Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment has been told.Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa toured the island in Satun and was briefed on the problems faced by the ethnic groups who have occupied the island for generations.Accompanied by the ministry’s executives, Mr Varawut met the sea gypsy residents to follow up on the authorities’ work to restore the eth...
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Autumn grain sowing carried out on large area of land in Azerbaijan
By TrendThe autumn plowing is scheduled to be on over 1 million acres of land in Azerbaijan, the Ministry of Agriculture of Azerbaijan told Trend.Of the mentioned 1 million acres, 564,793 hectares is irrigated, 472,714-hectare rainfed land. the autumn plowing will be carried out in 61 districts and Azerbaijan’s Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic in 2020.As of November, 27,87% of the projected acreage was actually plowed, and 678,616 hectares were sown. To date, farmers planted wheat 421,379 hectares, barley – 257,237 hectares.Compared to previous years, farmers prefer to use certified seeds for au...
Dennis Anderson: Generations hunt together, relate with the land
BARRONETT, Wis. — Somewhere in a tree maybe a half-mile from my stand Saturday morning was my friend Norb Berg. Staring hard now at his 89th birthday, he remains as fascinated with deer today as he was more than a half-century ago when he returned from Korea and scrounged places to hunt with friends in northern Minnesota.The shot I heard in the distance at 7 a.m. on opening day of the Wisconsin firearms deer season might have been Norb’s. Or perhaps it was that of his great grandson, Sean Thornton, cracking off a round, which would have delighted Norb even more.A self-described champion of los...
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Fruit trees grown on Moroccan Jewish land transplanted to Muslim-owned farms
*Inter-religious cooperation a model for other countries*By Yossef Ben MeirYossef Ben-MeirMARRACKECH, Morocco — One ought not to doubt the Kingdom of Morocco’s abiding sincerity in its commitment to the principles of multiculturalism and to the diverse identities that constitute the whole of this Islamic nation. This embracing on the part of the government and the general public is a real, constant, and codified one, even synonymous with what it means today to be Moroccan. However, the lived pluralistic experiences of the people must take new forms with every generation, and its translation in...
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UEFA Women’s Champions League last-32 draw: Lyon land Juventus as Man City get Goteborg
Holders Lyon will face Juventus in the last 32 of the UEFA Women’s Champions League, while Manchester City take on Goteborg.Elsewhere, Chelsea have been paired with Benfica and Barcelona line up against PSV.Another battle between continental heavyweights will see Ajax and Bayern Munich lock horns and Paris Saint-Germain must navigate their way past Gornik Leczna.Lyon have been the dominant force across the women’s game for several years now, with the French giants claiming the Champions League crown seven times in total and in each of the last five seasons.Goal 50 Revealed: The best 50 players...
Smart City project a source of conflict
The row over a plan to purchase land from a community behind the old Mor Chit Bus Terminal to build an elevated road as part of a “smart city” project around the mass transit station has raised questions about the way the state spends taxpayer money on land expropriation.The issue caught media attention early this month after residents from a community in Soi Vibhavadi 5 came out to accuse the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) of violating the Land Expropriation Act.The BMA in August issued a land expropriation decree to enable the purchase of 25 land plots along a 530-metre stretch fr...
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Ulysses agriculture damage nears 4 billion
Ulysses agriculture damage nears 4 billionLouise Maureen Simeon(The Philippine Star) – November 19, 2020 – 12:00amMANILA, Philippines — Damage to agriculture in areas battered by Typhoon Ulysses has ballooned to almost P4 billion.In its latest bulletin, the Department of Agriculture (DA)-Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Operations Center said 101,904 hectares of agricultural land were damaged, with production losses at 160,873 metric tons.At least 104,733 farmers in the Cordilleras, Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon and Bicol were affected.The agriculture sector is still ...
Book review: 'The Kingdom' a slow-burn thriller from Jo Nesbo
“The Kingdom” by Jo Nesbø, translated from the Norwegian by Robert Ferguson; Knopf (549 pages, $28.95)———The kingdom, as it is often called, is a massive piece of land owned by two brothers, located just outside of Os, a small mountaintop village in Norway. The land, mostly forest, is the inheritance of Roy and Carl Opgard, who have co-owned the land since their parents were killed in a car accident not far from the house.The brothers’ dynamic, fostered by their controlling father and, in many ways, their meek mother, fuels the intricately plotted “The Kingdom,” a stand-alone novel by Norwegia...
Alro changes regulations on how allocated land is used
The Agricultural Land Reform Office (Alro) has revamped its regulations to allow Sor Por Kor landholders to develop their plots into apartment buildings, gas stations and food-processing plants, among others.The Sor Por Kor programme was enacted in 1975 with the aim of distributing degraded forest tracts to poor and landless farmers to harvest crops.However, some people have over the years abused the programme by developing their allocated land to house commercial buildings.Vinaroj Sapsongsuk, secretary-general of Alro, on Friday said the office has revised the rules to permit farmers to maxim...
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