2021 tropical forest loss figures put zero-deforestation goal by 2030 out of reach

  • The world lost a Cuba-sized area of tropical forest in 2021, putting it far off track from meeting the no-deforestation goal by 2030 that governments and companies committed to at last year’s COP26 climate summit.
  • Deforestation rates remained persistently high in Brazil and the Democratic Republic of Congo, home to the world’s two biggest expanses of tropical forest, negating the decline in deforestation seen in places like Indonesia and Gabon.
  • The diverging trends in the different countries show that “it’s the domestic politics of forests that often really make a key difference,” says leading forest governance expert Frances Seymour.
  • The boreal forests of Eurasia and North America also experienced a spike in deforestation last year, driven mainly by massive fires in Russia, which could set off a feedback loop of more heating and more burning. 

Source: 2021 tropical forest loss figures put zero-deforestation goal by 2030 out of reach

Biden administration suspends Georgia plan to block access to ACA website

Federal regulators said Kemp’s planned changes in the marketplace could breach federal rules around insurance waivers and cause too many people to be dropped from coverage.

The letter from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, gives Georgia until July 28, 2022, to formulate a “corrective action plan … ensuring that the waiver will provide coverage to a comparable number of residents, that the coverage will be at least as comprehensive and affordable as coverage provided without the waiver, and that the waiver will not increase the federal deficit.”

Source: Biden administration suspends Georgia plan to block access to ACA website

Sea levels rising twice as fast as thought in New Zealand | Otago Daily Times Online News

The major new projections show infrastructure and homes in Auckland and Wellington – as well as many other places – risk inundation decades earlier than expected.

For example, in just 18 years parts of the capital will see 30cm of sea level rise, causing once-in-a-century flood damage every year.

Previously, councils and other authorities had not expected to reach this threshold until 2060 – halving the time to plan for mitigation or retreat.

Source: Sea levels rising twice as fast as thought in New Zealand | Otago Daily Times Online News

Marii Freire Pereira

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Sabe aquela sorte que falta bater na sua porta? Que ela chegue em breve.

Que os bons ventos possam te guiar no mar dos desejos.

Que os seus pés ao tocar na areia, possa criar a trilha do amor

E que você, ao se deparar com com situações contrárias, possam acreditar ainda mais na sua capacidade.

Gente de bom coração, não guarda rancor, nem acumula maldade, porque sabe que ter e fazer – o bem de maneira consciente, é um ganho pessoal.

Por isso, tenha pressa de inclinar o seu coração as coisas boas. Esse gesto condiz com a sua índole, não com o gesto do outro, ou dos outros.

Que os seus olhos se voltem a benevolência. E que você saiba apreciar as boas surpresas que encontra pelo caminho.

Pense nisso!…

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Earth Day 2022 postscript: Two priorities for Jamaica and the Planet

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Earth Day 2022 just slipped past me, while my back was turned – which is most unfortunate. However, I did contribute to a really nice pictorial article produced by Global Voices’ Caribbean team (headed by my ever-encouraging editor, Janine, in Trinidad). We shared our personal memories and thoughts reflected in the photographs we chose. You can take a look here.

Earth Day is not only a time for reflection; it wasoriginally intended back in 1970 as a day of action. Having taken a quick look at what was happening on and around the day (apart from webinars) it struck me that two key issues stood out for Jamaica: Solid waste management and deforestation. This reminded me of our “Voices for Climate Change” tour around the island. On visiting rural communities, when we asked what were the major concerns there we were told “people cutting down trees” and “the…

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Grave of more tortured victims of Russian invaders found in Kyiv oblast

According to Andriy Niebytov, Head of the Kyiv Regional Police, a pit was found on 29 April in the Bucha raion, with the bodies of three men whom the Russian soldiers first tortured, and then killed.  He says that the victims were tortured for some time, with bullet wounds to their limbs, before finally being killed through shots in the ear.  The victims had their hands tied and were blindfolded, with one man also having a gag in his mouth.  The bodies are so disfigured that they could not be identified.  The police are in no doubt that the Russians were responsible, and believe they tried to conceal their crime by throwing the bodies into a pit and covering them with soil. Source: Grave of more tortured victims of Russian invaders found in Kyiv oblast