Virginia governor announces Environmental Justice CouncilVirginia governor Ralph Northam has issued Executive Order 29, which reestablishes the Virginia Council on Environmental Justice. The council will be responsible for issuing recommendations focused on engaging minority, low-income, and underserved communities; public health; best practices for local governments; climate change and resilience; transportation systems; clean energy transition; and outdoor access. In a statement, Kendyl Crawford, Director of Virginia Interfaith Power & Light said that re-establishing the Council is one step towards making the state a more environmentally just place. “The recent treatment of environmental justice communities has made it clear that we have a long way to go,” said Crawford. “Environmental justice has been ignored in Virginia for too long.”Blue Macaw from “Rio” movie now extinct in the wildThe Spix’s macaw gained attention as a parrot named Blu in the movie ‘Rio’ who flew thousands of miles in an attempt to save his species. But a recently released study found that the Brazilian bird is now extinct in the wild. According to a report from BirdLife International, deforestation is the leading cause for the bird’s extinction. The report says the Spix’s macaw is one of eight bird species recently confirmed extinct or expected extinct. About 60 to 80 Spix’s macaws still live in captivity. Judge blocks Atlantic seismic oil permitting during government shutdownA federal court judge in South Carolina has ruled that the federal government cannot process seismic testing permits for offshore drilling while the government is shut down. The decision was issued in response to a motion filed by coastal cities and conservation and business groups opposed to the Trump administration’s effort to expand offshore drilling. Despite the shutdown, the Interior Department has recalled employees to continue working on permitting for both onshore and offshore drilling and testing, drawing widespread criticism from opponents of drilling. A spokesperson for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) says that the agency will comply with the judge’s orders.
In addition to solar-powered boats, canoes await visitors at the Plesmo pier. Important information for travel agencies is that boats will be able to be used on weekends and holidays with prior reservation, and during the week by appointment. Also, from the Krapje Visitor Center to the pier in Plesmo, visitors will be driven by an oldtimer tractor with a trailer. “Discover the Undiscovered – is a slogan that encourages guests to come to the Lonjsko Polje Nature Park, but also guides us in the development of visitor infrastructure and content. Namely, we who work in Lonjsko polje, as well as those who live here, know how important perspective is for experiencing the beauty of the local nature. That is why we want to provide visitors with a unique view of Lonjsko polje – both the one from the lookout point and the one from the river ”, He said Ivor Stanivuković, director of the Lonjsko polje Nature Park Public Institution. The second largest nature park in Croatia, Lonjsko polje Nature Park, guided by the slogan “Discover the Undiscovered ”, continues to develop its tourist offer. Lonjsko polje Nature Park is the second largest nature park in Croatia. In order for visitors to leave it with as many fond memories as possible, great attention is paid to the development of the visitor infrastructure and content. “Solar-powered boat rides in Struga allow tourists to sail silently into beautiful nature. They will pass by beaver habitats, see cattle grazing, experience the flight of birds for which Lonjsko polje is known among ornithologists around the world…” concluded Stanivuković. As of this weekend, two solar-powered boats will sail along the Strug River from the pier in the village of Plesmo. These are almost silent vessels that will enable tourists to discover the beauty of the hitherto self-contained tributary of the Sava River. Photo: Tomislav Kor
A joint operation involving 700 security personnel was held over the weekend to close down 23 holes from illegal gold mining activities within the area of Mount Pongkor in Bogor regency, West Java.The 700 personnel comprised police officers from the West Java Police, Bogor Police, the Indonesian Military (TNI), local forest police and security personnel of diversified mining company PT Aneka Tambang (Antam), Bogor Police spokesperson Adj. Comr. Ita Puspita Lena said.She said the operation to shut the illegal mining holes was to enforce order and protect the environment, especially following a string of natural disasters in the regency. The illegal mine holes were mostly located around bushes, each within 5 to 10 kilometers from each other, scattered in two different blocks in the mountain area. Authorities had to go up steep hiking trails and crossed the river to get to the illegal mining locations, she said.Thirteen of the 23 illegal mine holes were located in Citorek block, while the remaining 10 were located in Cisuren block, technically within a gold mining area owned by PT Antam.Read also: Five dead after landslides at illegal gold mine in Bogor”Such illegal gold mining activities have damaged the environment and caused natural disasters. They have violated Law No. 4/2009 on mineral resources and coal mining,” she said. Last month, the Bogor Police arrested two people after they were allegedly caught red-handed carrying out mining activities without a permit following an investigation by authorities to find out the cause of massive flooding that struck Sukajaya district in the regency on the first day of 2020.The police suspected illegal mining activities in Bogor had contributed to the floods, tempo.co reported.Pongkor is known to attract miners searching for gold despite their lack of skills and proper tools.Last year, at least five people died after being buried by landslides at in an illegal gold mining area in Pongkor following hours of heavy downpours. It was not the first fatal incident as 12 miners died in a similar accident in Pongkor in 2015. (afr)Topics :
After fighting through a thrilling triple-double showdown that just slipped out of his reach, Luka Doncic was bound and determined to avenge last month’s overtime loss to LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday afternoon.Thanks to a huge second-half run, that’s exactly what he did.Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks flew past the Lakers 114-100 on Sunday at the Staples Center, snapping Los Angeles’ impressive 10-game win streak.The Lakers jumped out of the gate to a 10-point lead, appearing more than ready to keep their win streak alive. Yet after rallying just before halftime, the Mavericks took off in the third quarter.Dallas mounted a massive 28-5 run spanning nearly nine minutes to start the second half, easily snagging a 20-point lead. Doncic dropped 16 of his 27 points in the third quarter, too, while helping the Mavericks hold the Lakers to just 17 total team points — their lowest output in a single quarter so far this season.From there, the Mavericks’ lead was simply too much for the Lakers to overcome. Dallas cruised to the 14-point win, marking its seventh in its past eight games.Doncic finished just one rebound shy of a triple-double, ending the night with 27 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds while shooting 10 of 23 from the field. Delon Wright added 17 points off the bench, and both Kristaps Porzingis and Dwight Powell added 15 points.Despite his near-triple-double, Doncic started out the day shooting just 2 of 9 from the field.Anthony Davis led the Lakers with a double-double with 27 points and 10 rebounds. James finished with 25 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.Even though they now have a marquee win against one of the best teams in the league under their belt, Carlisle said his focus going forward is keeping his team on track.