Prologue: What was coming had been foreseen already when this year vast tracts of pristine forests were burned down on the bequest of rich landowners in a copy-cat move to what happened under right-wing "Nero" Bolsonaro in Brazil. The handwriting is clear. Indigenous peoples and their territories will come now under a full-fronted assault, if the tide can not be turned back. The military was bought and the police was paid to assist in the right-wing blow to the face of the first indigenous president of the American continent. Jeanine Añez must be held accountable for the ecocide and genocide in the making.

Jeanine Añez Proclaimed Herself “Interim President” in an Almost Empty Bolivian Parliament

Another USAmerican instigated and Conquistadores-backed coup in so-called 'Latin' America. Neo-colonialism as its best.

Opposition Senator Jeanine Áñez declared herself president of Bolivia on Tuesday night, despite not complying with the constitutional requirements, as Parliament did not achieve a quorum because the deputies of MAS (mayority) were not in attendance due to lack of guarantees for their security. The senator proclaimed herself president with only a minimum presence of deputies, all from the opposition, and violating articles 161, 169 and 410 of the Constitution.

“I immediately assume the presidency of the State and I undertake all necessary measures to pacify the country,” said Áñez, who is the second vice president of the Senate of Bolivia and the right-wing Social Democratic Movement party.

Tradition and taboo keep Guinea-Bissau’s forests standing

Albino Moreira Mendes is the Baloberu, a kind of spiritual gatekeeper, for the Cobiana sacred forest in Guinea Bissau. Image by Ricci Shryock

By  - 12 November 2019

  • Guinea-Bissau is home to countless sacred forests, where cutting down a tree is strictly prohibited by the community.
  • Efforts are also underway to develop community forests in communities that don’t recognize the concept of sacred forests, and imbue them with a similar understanding and reverence for the environment.
  • Despite these efforts, the country experienced a spate of illegal logging following a coup in 2012, prompting a logging ban to be imposed in 2015.
  • With the ban expiring in March 2020 and elections taking place this November, it’s unclear whether or how the government’s stance on the issue will change.

COBIANA, Guinea Bissau – He remembers the first time he heard the voice of Mama Djombo.

Albino Moreira Mendes was sleeping in his bed in Cobiana, a small town in rural northern Guinea-Bissau, when the messages, which he can only describe as coded noises, came to him. They told him how to perform a ceremony in Cobiana’s sacred forest, and that it was his turn take charge of the forest, to become what is known as the baloberu.

“Without the forest, a man like me … I am nothing,” says Mendes, who since that night 10 years ago has been the interlocutor between Mama Djombo, the spirit or iran of the sacred forest in Cobiana, and anyone who wishes to speak to it.

To save wildlife, African governments turn to private management

Ennedi Reserve, CHAD - Deep in the northeastern Sahara, the severe sandstone towers of the Ennedi plateau shield water holes, oasis vegetation, beleaguered wildlife, and ancient petroglyphs on canyon walls. The conservation group African Parks (AP) has assumed management of the Ennedi Natural and Cultural Reserve in a partnership with the Chadian government.

How this conservation group is successfully fending off human threats in Africa’s degraded parks.

By David Quammen (*) - NG - 12. 

The headquarters at Zakouma National Park, in southeastern Chad, is a sand-colored structure with a crenellated parapet that gives it the look of an old desert fortress. Outside the door to the central control room on the second floor hangs an image of a Kalashnikov rifle, circled in red, with a slash: No weapons allowed inside. Kalashnikovs are ubiquitous in Zakouma. All the rangers carry them. So do the intruders who come to kill wildlife.

Acacias shade the compound, Land Cruisers arrive and depart, and not many steps away, several elephants drink from a pool. Although the animals seem relaxed here, so close to the headquarters hubbub, they aren’t tame; they are wary but thirsty. Zakouma, a national park since 1963, has at times been a war zone for elephants. Fifty years ago, Chad as a whole may have had as many as 300,000, but from the mid-1980s that number declined catastrophically due to wholesale slaughter by well-armed poachers, until Zakouma became an uneasy refuge for the largest remnant, about 4,000 elephants.

Drought-hit Zimbabwe plans mass elephant rescue to save animals at risk of starvation

The carcass of an elephant lies next to a pool that used to be a perennial water supply in Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe Credit: AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

Zimbabwe is planning an enforced mass migration of wildlife away from a park in the country's south, where thousands of animals are at risk of death due to drought-induced starvation.

At least 200 elephants have already died at two other parks due to lack of food and water, along with scores of buffalo and antelope, Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) said on Monday.

"They will continue (to die) until the rains come. The biggest threat to our animals right now is loss of habitat," Zimparks spokesman Tinashe Farawo told Reuters.

The El Nino-induced drought has also taken its toll on crops, leaving more than half of the population in need of food aid.

Fact is we even do not know what 'over-population' actually means.

HOW MANY IS "TOO MANY" ???

By Jared Kukura - WTI - 

Elephants are heavily criticized for habitat destruction in many South African countries. Kruger and Chobe are seen as elephant sanctuaries where their large populations put other species’ survival at risk. But how can there be too many elephants when their population decreased 97% in the last century?

Let’s be very clear here, there are no such thing “too many” elephants in this day and age. Elephant populations are a tiny fraction of what they once were and are steadily declining. Down from an estimated 12 million in the early 1900s to about 300,000 today, the idea of elephant overpopulation is a misnomer. This misnomer allows elephants to be demonized across most of Southern Africa.

The global protection of wild fauna and flora must no longer be seen as business task, but as sacred duty for our own survival. Drastic measures have to kick in.

No Longer Business as Usual

By Adam Cruise (*) - 

How are conservationists now viewing our approach to protecting wildlife?

With over one-million species now facing possible extinction, according to the UN IPBES Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services, global conservation bodies have responded swiftly by taking urgent new measures to stem the tide.

Following the report, a number of high-profile conferences took place to look at new ways to conserve wildlife.

XR in Qatar, Beirut and Cape Town Target BigOil

Extinction Rebellion climate group seeps into oil-rich Middle East

Also XR in the Middle East targets BigOil

By Adela Suliman - 09. November 2019

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Extinction Rebellion, the grassroots green movement that has blocked city roads, nursed babies outside corporate headquarters and put climate change firmly on the political map in capitals from London to Madrid, is now gaining ground in the Middle East.

Off-shoots of the group that advocates peaceful protest as a way to pile on pressure to curb global warming are sprouting from Beirut to Doha, as activists in the oil-rich region want governments to ditch fossil fuels for renewable energy sources.

“Governments are not going to do anything unless they see that people themselves want that change - that’s how any movement starts,” said Iman, a member of the newly formed Extinction Rebellion (XR) group in Qatar who declined to give her full name for security reasons.

Civil Disobedience in a time of Climate Crisis

Jane Fonda leads activist to the Fourth Fire Drill Friday press conference. Photo supplied: Greenpeace

By Katie Redford - 08. November 2019

Last week, I decided to get arrested for the first time in my life. As a person who has believed in the power and rule of law as a force for good throughout my 25-year career as a lawyer, this was no small decision.

I firmly believe in the role and importance of civil disobedience as a critical strategy in social change movements – I grew up in the United States where the actions of people like Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks are celebrated, and even romanticised. But, as a human rights lawyer, I have always felt that getting arrested and breaking the law was not my role.

I reasoned that I was more useful to the human rights movement as a lawmaker, not a law breaker – as an “upstanding member of society” with a clean rap sheet. In my work at EarthRights, for example, when you go up against corporations like Chevron, Shell, or Chiquita, they’ll use anything against you – and I never wanted to give them the ammo that, “oh, these are just a bunch of rabble rousing lawyers who will do anything to prove their point: ‘look, she was just in jail last week – she doesn’t respect the law so why would you respect her and her position in this case?’”

Rain stops Amazon Forest Fires As Lula is Released

Rains bring some relief to surging deforestation in Brazil's Amazon

Smoke billows during a fire in an area of the Amazon rainforest near Porto Velho, Rondonia State, Brazil, September 10, 2019. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly/File Photo

By Jake Spring -  08. November 2019

BRASILIA (Reuters) - The pace of surging deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest this year eased in October, government data showed on Friday, with the onset of the rainy season making the muddy forest tougher to penetrate and helping prevent fires.

Compared to October last year, deforestation for the month was up 5%, according to preliminary data from Brazil’s space research agency INPE.

This was a minor increase compared to the 83% rise for January to October over the same period last year. For the first 10 months, deforestation totaled 8,408 square kilometers (3,246 square miles), an area more than 10 times the size of New York City.

Historic, but only the start

The Zero Carbon Bill passing into law in Aotearoa NZ was historic yesterday, but it is only the start. 

By Louise Aitken - 08. November 2019

The Zero Carbon Bill passing into law in Aotearoa NZ was historic yesterday, but it is only the start. Here I share my thoughts on what we must all do to really create an economy where people and the planet can thrive.

Yesterday, in the debating chamber of Aotearoa NZ’s Parliament, we saw history unfold. The passing of the Climate Change Amendment (Zero Carbon) Bill was a watershed moment, not just for the current coalition government, but for the huge number of people whose shoulders they stand on. The passion, drive and tenacity of people past present and future resulted in the creation of this bill; from those passed, like former Green Party co-leader Rod Donald, to those present in the chamber, like Dr Kennedy Graham, and those representing the future, Generation Zero, sitting proudly in the gallery.

The great paradox of our time: everything is both better and worse than ever before

An artificial reef near Tateyama, Japan. From the series 'Artificial Reefs' by Nicolas Floc'h.

In the past two centuries, fossil capitalism has made us wealthier, healthier, safer and more informed than ever. Now, however, this driver of progress has begun to cause our demise, making us feel cynical, or powerless. Yet there is always room for hope – that is the nature of humankind.

By Rob Wijnberg - 

Our world is better off now than at any point in human history, but at the same time things have never been worse.

It’s a contradiction that presents us with a seemingly unresolvable conundrum: the source of our progress has become the source of our downfall. Things are too good for us to change it all, yet too bad for us to leave anything as it is.

This is the great paradox of modern times.

 

Extinction Rebellion wins landmark legal challenge to Met Police ban on peaceful protest

XR London protests were lawful.

By Zoe Blackler - 06. November 2019

The High Court today ruled that the Metropolitan Police’s blanket ban on Extinction Rebellion protest during the October Rebellion was unlawful, in a landmark judgment that reasserts the fundamental right to peaceful protest.

The ruling follows a judicial review – brought on behalf of Extinction Rebellion by Baroness Jenny Jones, Caroline Lucas, Clive Lewis, David Drew, Ellie Chowns MEP, Adam Allnut and George Monbiot – into the legality of the Met’s attempt to shut down all Extinction Rebellion protests during most of the second week of the Autumn Rebellion.

How Unilever and other global brands continue to fuel Indonesia’s fires

Fires in peat land in Cengal of South Sumatra’s Ogan Komering Ilir district, Indonesia. Image by Nopri Isim/Mongabay Indonesia.

Makers of Oreos, KitKats among brands linked to Indonesia forest fires

By  - 06. November 2019

  • Consumer goods companies behind major brands are getting some of their palm oil from producers linked to fires in Indonesia that have burned an area the size of Puerto Rico.
  • The findings, in a report by Greenpeace, identify Mondelēz, Nestlé, Unilever and Procter & Gamble as among the companies exposed to these producers, along with major palm oil traders Wilmar and Cargill.
  • These are companies that have committed to sustainable and ethical sourcing of palm oil, and in many cases have blacklisted problematic suppliers.
  • Greenpeace attributes their repeated exposure to tainted palm oil on the opacity of plantation ownership in Indonesia, which leads big consumers not to recognize that many producers are part of producer groups with a record of environmental and labor rights violations.

UK High Court ruling upholds Ivory Act

A herd of African Elephants

The UK government has successfully defended a Judicial Review of the Ivory Act

By The Rt Hon Theresa Villiers - 05, November 2019

The High Court has today (05 November) upheld the Ivory Act and ruled against a claim brought by a part of the antiques sector that the ban was unlawful.

The group of antiques dealers unsuccessfully argued in court that the Ivory Act was unlawful under EU law, including that it would disproportionately and adversely affect their businesses and incomes.

Today’s ruling means that the government will now press ahead to bring into force the ivory ban as soon as practicably possible, with a likely implementation date of early next year.

Climate crisis: 11,000 scientists warn of ‘untold suffering’

A man uses a garden hose to try to save his home from wildfire in Granada Hills, California, on 11 October 2019. Photograph: Michael Owen Baker/AP

Statement sets out ‘vital signs’ as indicators of magnitude of the climate emergency

By 

The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists.

“We declare clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency,” it states.

Uprisings Bring Political Changes in the History of Our America

Chile in Revolt

By Paula Klachko - 05. November 2019

It’s not mechanical and there are not prearranged times but it seems to be consistent, when analyzing the history of our people especially in the most recent history that changes occurred in social and political relationship of forces in the management of the State following people’s rebellions.

This can be seen in Ecuador (2000 and 2006), Bolivia (2003) and Argentina (2001). It occurred at certain times in every place with their corresponding coordination, contradictions, failures and defeats.

But, inevitably, when people massively express their disposition for struggle, it’s not possible for the political order in force to keep unaltered like nothing happened.