Digest of Socio-Ecological Union International for August 15, 2021. №32

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Digest of Socio-Ecological Union International for August 15, 2021. №32

Club of Roma report. Alvarez Pereira C. et al (2020) "Learning New Ways of Becoming Human. A discussion paper in the context of the Emerging New Civilization(s) Initiative (ENCI)". Club of Rome, October 2020. “A year ago the Club of Rome adopted the lemma “Emergence from Emergency” to signal the two-sided nature of the challenges humanity is facing. Through its Planetary Emergency initiative the Club is convening a growing number of states, organizations and individuals to acknowledge and respond to the depth and urgency of the intertwined crises in which we are involved. It looks like we are stuck and not reacting to them. We are moving at high speed but at the same time are gridlocked. Life is dynamic in essence and evolution never stops. The creation and resolution of tensions play a significant role in the dynamic. As anticipated 50 years ago by the Club of Rome, tensions between our ever-expanding modes of exploitation and the finiteness of the planet’s resources have now become a critical factor in the evolution of human societies.

Those tensions are not the only ones. We are caught in a civilizational trap, due to our deliberate attempt to undermine the relationships that are imperative to life. The ecological imperative is the most important in the long term.” The paper is openly available on the Club of Rome website.

This summer, Alexander Schiebel finally celebrated. He was stressed for months because he faced criminal charges merely for criticising his local government’s massive use of pesticides in its apples. Back in September, we joined forces to help Alexander and Karl Bär, activists fighting against the use of pesticides. The government of South Tyrol and the apple industry sued both of them in an attempt to intimidate and silence them.

Alexander Schiebel and Karl Bär criticising South Tyrol’s massive use of pesticides.

Now, Alexander has been fully acquitted and almost all of the complaints against Karl have been dropped.   This victory would have never happened without the protest and our outcry against this outrageous attack on freedom of speech.  From: David - WeMove Europe/ Read more

Miner Centennial Coal has drastically scaled back plans for a mine extension in a sensitive area of the Blue Mountains, Australia a move welcomed by environment groups who say rare upland swamps will be spared.

The threat of coal mining to a swamp in the Gardens of Stone area of the Blue Mountains has been reduced after Centennial Coal rewrote and cut down plans for its Angus Place mine.CREDIT:NICK MOIR

Centennial, owned by Thailand-based Banpu group, has submitted a new proposal for its Angus Place coal mine that has been mothballed since 2014. Instead of extracting about 135 million tonnes of the fossil fuel out to 2053, the revised Angus Place West project would dig up 12 million tonnes of coal over an eight-year period. Read more

Rapid biological and social inventories produced by a team from Chicago’s Field Museum were the basis for new areas dedicated to conservation in Peru, a new study shows. In the Amazonian department of Loreto, territory covered under some category of conservation went from 2 million hectares to 8.5 million hectares (4.9 million acres to 21 million acres). In 2000, Loreto had only one protected natural area, which was the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve (RNPS), today there are 14,” says Corine Vriesendorp, director of the Andean Amazon Program at Chicago’s Field Museum. The advance in ecosystem conservation in Peru’s Loreto department is the result of a series of rapid biological and social inventories carried out between 2000 and 2016.

Rapid inventory in the Cordillera Escalera, where 39 species new to science were found. Image courtesy of Luis Torres Montenegro/Field Museum.

This methodology focuses on identifying in situ those species that function as indicators of the conservation state of a habitat and that can be quickly inventoried. It’s basically a matter of registering the most important biological communities in the study area. The study found that advances in protecting Loreto allowed not only the region, but also Peru as a whole, to meet the Aichi Goal of getting 17% of the country’s territory under some category of protection. Read more

The sound of scuffling from the tangled undergrowth enclosing a secluded sandy coastal clearing heralds a curious event. Two chicken-sized maleos (Macrocephalon maleo) emerge and make their way to the open sand of their communal nesting ground. With primal vigor, the pair dig a deep hole in which the female lays one gigantic egg, the size of a grapefruit. They kick the sand back to cover it up and depart, their parental responsibilities fulfilled.

An adult maleo (Macrocephalon maleo). These megapodes lay one gigantic egg that is solely incubated by the geothermal heat stored in the sand or sediment. Image by Kevin Schafer/ALTO

The single outsize egg is incubated for two to three months solely by the heat stored in the sand. Then, under cover of night, the chick hatches and claws its way to the surface. Fully independent from birth, it flies off into the nearby forest to find its first meal, never knowing its parents. At least, that’s the theory. In practice, the solitary eggs are frequently dug up by people to be eaten as a high-status delicacy or sold illegally online for up to $2-$3 each. As a result, the maleo, widely viewed as an iconic species emblematic of Sulawesi’s unique wildlife, is in rapid decline, and many of its nesting grounds are now barren. But there is hope on the horizon. In 2006, residents of Taima, a small village in the Tompotika region of Central Sulawesi, noticed dwindling numbers of eggs being laid in a nearby, heavily poached nesting ground. Concerned that maleos were nearing local extinction, they enlisted the help of conservationists to revive the bird’s population. The villagers agreed to quit systematically removing eggs from the nesting ground and instead protect and monitor the site as part of a conservation project. Fourteen years later, the community-centered conservation project is paying off. The number of maleos using the nesting ground has quadrupled. Observing the success of their neighbors, other villages have now decided to replicate the initiative. Residents of Teku and Toweer villages, also in Tompotika, ceased poaching at their local maleo nesting ground in 2014 and consequently numbers have tripled. The community projects are the first documented case of conservation efforts generating a sustained increase in maleo numbers, according to the results of a recent study published in Global Ecology and Conservation. Read more

They disappeared centuries ago, but wildcats have returned to the forests of the southern Netherlands, local conservationists have said. The wildcat, which has longer legs and a flatter head than its domestic cousin, disappeared from modern-day Dutch territories in the middle ages as a result of hunting and forest clearance.

The European wildcat, seen here in a forest in Austria. Photograph: Alamy

The return of the animal, with its distinctive round-tipped and black-ringed tail, is a sign of the rewilding of forests in the southern Dutch region of Limburg, according to Hettie Meertens, a biologist who works for the ARK conservation group. The number of wildcats has been increasing in southern Limburg since 2013, she said, as they have moved from “saturated” habitats in the neighbouring Eifel mountains of Germany and the Belgian Ardennes to look for new territories. “The population is small but it is increasing. The situation is fragile, but we are confident in the expansion,” Meertens said, referring both to numbers and and the cats extending their territory to other parts of the Netherlands. Read more

Sprat returned to the River Clyde in Scotland. A small fish that plays a big role in the marine food chain has returned to the River Clyde in large numbers, according to a study by the University of Aberdeen. Researchers found that sprat, which is food for many other marine species, has increased its numbers 100-fold in the waterway since the late 1980s. Large concentrations of krill, which whales feed on, were also found. Like many rivers in the UK, the Clyde, which runs through Glasgow, has become heavily depleted due to pollution and overexploitation. However, life appears to be returning to the waterway, with benefits to the wider ecosystem. “Sprat form a critical part of the marine food chain, and are vital for other larger fish such as cod and whiting, as well as other animals further up the food chain,” said Prof Paul Fernandes, a fisheries scientist, who supervised the study. “It is fantastic to see these parts of the food chain recover. This should, in time, lead to recovery of the populations of the larger animals that feed on them.”  Read more

In the north of Sakhalin on Sunday afternoon, residents found a whale on the shore. The animal was giant bottle-nosed whale (Berardius bairdii). An adult animal, according to eyewitnesses, is 5-6 m long. The initial examination showed that he had small superficial wounds on the lateral fin and in the area of the tail, but this is not critical. On the same day, employees of the Okhinsky branches of the fish and forestry state departments arrived at the scene of the incident. They brought the equipment. The whale was loaded onto a tarpaulin with the help of a machine with slings and transported to a great depth so that the animal was washed with sea water while waiting for the tide.

To prevent the whale from getting burns, his back was covered with a wet blanket. Video Read more

 

 

 

 

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