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Latam Eco Review: Spectacled bears in the spotlight

first_imgAnimals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Ecosystems, Endangered Species, Environment, Marine Protected Areas, Oceans, Protected Areas, Tropical Forests, Wildlife Among the most read stories at our Spanish-language service, Mongabay-Latam, this past week were articles about camera traps providing new insights into the spectacled bear’s natural habitat in Peru, and in Ecuador both private and governmental initiatives which are successfully fighting to protect the dry forest ecosystem in the southern part of the country.The banner image above shows a butterfly (Lasaia agesilas), known as the glittering sapphire, in the reserve of Tambopata, Peru. Stay up to date with Mongabay-Latam by following on Facebook and Twitter.Videos: spectacled bear’s home in the dry forests of Peru revealed“Laura” is a spectacled bear that lives in the Batán Grande Archaeological Complex, Peru. Camera traps have provided insight into how she and other bears live in the dry forest of Peru, their natural habitat.The spectacled bear of the dry forest feeds mainly on sapote. Photo courtesy of SBC Peru.The dry forest: a threatened jewel in EcuadorDeforestation, agriculture and livestock have put a lot of pressure on the dry forests of Ecuador, threatening these ecosystems’ great biodiversity. But there are positive private and government initiatives that are successfully fighting for conservation.Native trees of the dry forest. Photo courtesy of Naturaleza y Cultura Internacional.Chiribiquete Park in Colombia is now a mixed World Heritage SiteThe announcement that the Chiribiquete National Natural Park is now a World Mixed Heritage Site comes at a key moment for the conservation of the largest protected area in Colombia. After its expansion, the challenge of the new government is to confront the economic and illegal interests that cause the deforestation of this wonder.Chiribiquete is an important area for the conservation of birds. Photo courtesy of Parques Nacionales.Bolivia: three main threats to the Sama ReserveThe Tajzara Basin, a wetland of international importance, faces serious threats due to overgrazing, the construction of a road and intense droughts. What is the impact on the fragile ecosystem of the Cordillera de Sama Biological Reserve?Overgrazing, the construction of a road, and the intense and prolonged droughts generate significant impacts on the fragile ecosystem of the Cordillera de Sama Biological Reserve. Photo courtesy of Sernap.Chile: new marine reserve will protect species and ecosystems of the Rapa NuiThe creation of the Rapa Nui Marine Protected Area generated positive expectations, and is the largest in Latin America. The government of Chile and the Rapa Nui people will manage it and only traditional artisanal fishing will be allowed.The management of the new protected area will be in the hands of a governing board composed of six representatives of the Rapa Nui people and five from the Chilean government. Photo courtesy of Governorate Easter Island.Setting a price on carbon could save millions of hectares of tropical forestA recently published study found that setting a price of $20(US) per metric ton of carbon dioxide could reduce deforestation by about 16 percent.A logging road in Gabon. Photo by Rhett A. Butler/ Mongabay.Read all these stories in Spanish here. Article published by Maria Salazarcenter_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more


Triple centurion Karun Nair to join sparsely populated club if he’s not selected for Hyderabad Test

first_imgA century in one Test normally guarantees you a place in the team for the next one as well. But in this Indian team, even a record-shattering triple hundred does not assure a player a spot in the starting XI in the following match against a weaker opponent. Such is the class and such is the strength of Virat Kohli’s side.Players sitting out of next Test (for any reason) after scoring a triple-ton:Andy SandhamLen HuttonInzamam-ul-HaqKARUN NAIR#IndvBan Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) February 9, 2017Focusing on football type team management where you go with your fixed starting XI nine times out of 10 barring the odd horses-for-courses occasion, Kohli and coach Anil Kumble have always maintained that Team India has a fixed XI which will be persisted with as long as the players are performing consistently. (Also read: Virat Kohli settles Ajinkya Rahane – Karun Nair debate ahead of Hyderabad Test)Kohli said in a press conference before the match that Rahane comes back because he deserves it.”One game does not overshadow two years of hardwork from another player. That’s my point-of-view. You have to understand what Jinx has done for this team. He is probably the most solid batsman in this form of the game”Kohli hailed Nair’s feat – he had scored a triple hundred in only his third Test – but said Rahane’s contribution to the Indian team’s rapid rise in the traditional format would not be forgotten.”What Karun did was remarkable. As I said, you cannot overlook two years of hard work from Ajinkya. He walks back into the team whenever he is fit,” he saidadvertisementWhile this is a commendable decision and a welcome change in the system, this could be a little unfair for India’s only other triple centurion after Virender Sehwag – Karun Nair.TOUGH LUCKAfter scoring a match-turning 303 from 565 balls with an impressive strike rate of 79.52 against England in the fifth Test in Chennai, Karun is all set to left out of the one-off Test against Bangladesh in Hyderabad in place of Ajinkya Rahane.Karun, who replaced the injured Rahane, played a gritty knock as he stayed there for hours and carried India to a huge total of 759/7. He became only the third batsman in Test history after West Indies’ Garfield Sobers and Australia’s Bob Simpson to convert his maiden hundred into a triple hundred.But, luck has not been kind to him and he is all set to be out of the next Test his country plays after his triple ton. Jinx is likley to return to the team against Bangladesh after successfully recovering from his finger injury. While many would question his inclusion straight away, in reality, it is a logical choice.DESERVING INCLUSIONThe Mumbaikar has been brilliant for India over the last few years scoring everywhere he has played. He has performed in every situation and most recently his 188 with Kohli by his side when India were in a tricky situation against New Zealand underlines his impact and requirement in the team. Rahane has been the backbone of the Indian Test team for the last two-and-a-half-years and he has always performed when the team needed him. Be it England or Australia, he has put up his hand whenever the team has needed him in all whites.The 28-year-old has played 32 Tests and scored 2272 runs at an average of  47.33. The numbers are phenomenal, especially because he had to replace the great VVS Laxman at No. 5 and that was not an easy task. Therefore, Rahane getting a go is not at all questionable but a much deserving move.Reuters PhotoMoreover, the Kohli-Kumble duo has always maintained that first choice players walk straight into the team when fit and they have shown it previously with the likes of KL Rahul and more recently Wriddhiman Saha – the Bengal keeper was selected ahead of Parthiv Patel, who was very good in the three matches he played against England in Saha’s absence.UNFORTUNATE KARUNIt’s unfortunate that Karun joins the rare list consisting of only one player – Andy Sandham of England – who was left out after scoring 325 in a timeless match versus West Indies back in 1930 in Kingston, Jamaica. Although Sandham’s case was not as sad as Karun’s, as he was almost 40 years old when he achieved that feat.The only other notable occasion has to be when Geoffrey Boycott was dropped after scoring a ‘boring’ 246 against India in Leeds. The Englishman was accused of being very selfish and was dropped for the next match.advertisementlast_img read more