just now getting into 3rd of fabulous 22 video lessons !
beautifully done, very reasonable $ ( -no, not to me ! )
do hope my readers will be checking in
come here to line up
here’s what’s awaiting us . . .
. . . and our planet !
( this article’s close to home
after taking it in, do have a look below
per howcome-here )
yes, this is a matter of our next taking our next big step
here at my own personal age way above where i’ve been
now very clear to me how success was that far away
no matter all that formal education & work
basic problem keeping me short -but no, not this dumb !
accordingly here, something like national dyslexia seems reducing us
just now past-world leader USA resembles post WW-II ex-world United Kingdom
but thanks to them now, positive side’s taking place of formal old habits
yes, national UK dyslexia for years showing advanced planet creativity !
we’ll be getting there !!
. . . about time to hear it & tell it, this money life of ours attempting to take it all
what a story !
do get the chance to see it in full, as we just did
thank you everyone
( . . . updated today
amy goodman + bill mckibben take us over all of it
then, i added more to my edited marches music-video
do have a look, let’s do keep bringing ma back . . . )
. . . and for these ma-pix always we’ve been needing
( from me too . . . soon )
In Panama, indigenous tribes are turning to a modern tool to help protect their homes: drones.
Vast rainforests, which once covered more than half of Panama’s land surface, are shrinking – eaten away by development, both official and unofficial. Forest land is becoming mines, hydroelectric projects, farmland, cattle habitat, and the site of illegal logging.
In response, seven indigenous tribes, whose members live in autonomous zones known as comarcas, have begun sending up drones to keep an eye on their forests.
Three members from each tribe received a month of training on how to use the drones, REUTERS REPORTS. That included FLIGHT PLAN DESIGN, ASSEMBLY, MANEUVERING, and image processing, reports the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).
Indigenous groups are running the program in conjunction with the Panamanian environmental authority, the Rainforest Foundation, and the FAO, a UN anti-deforestation program.
The FAO believes the program will help tribes monitor watersheds, crop harvests, and forest fires by taking high-resolution images, among other data, that identify deforestation and other negative changes to forest cover.
“These tools enable us to better know the forests’ characteristics and resources we have in our territories,” said Eliseo Quintero, a representative of the Ngäbe-Buglé tribe, in a statement to Reuters.
The Ngöbe-Buglé comarca, located in the western part of Panama, is both the country’s largest comarca and one of the two most affected by deforestation, along with Darien province along the border with Colombia.
The drones have proven especially helpful in monitoring areas where manpower is limited and the rainforest is vast. Last May, NPR reported that a Peruvian conservation group was using drones TO SURVEY AND TAKE PICTURES OF A 145,000-MILE SWATH of the Amazon that had come under pressure from illegal loggers and miners.
Drones have fought deforestation another way, too: planting trees.
The CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR’S KEVIN TRUONG reported in September that the group BioCarbon Engineering, led by a NASA engineer, was using drones “in the entire three-step planting method. First, using mapping software to create accurate imaging of the prospective planting area. Second, actually planting the trees. And third, going back to monitor the progress and growth of their technological handiwork.”
And it’s not a minute too soon. Panama LOSES ABOUT 50,000 ACRES (50,000 hectares) of rainforest annually, estimates ANCON, a Panamanian conservation association, while some 2 million hectares of land and water resources – an area the size of New Jersey – is degraded each year. Reforestation efforts have yielded about 75,000 hectares of secondary growth.
Deforestation hurts the economy, too. In a 2014 study, THE UN ESTIMATED that the damage to rainforest from 1999-2012 cost Panama about $3.7 million, adding that better stewardship could create jobs while producing more food and preserving watersheds and other natural resources.
Rosilena Lindo, head of the Climate Change Unit of the Ministry of Environment of Panama, called the drone monitoring system “part of our country’s commitment to address the adverse effects of climate change.”
She said the country hopes to increase the carbon absorption capacity of its forests by at least 10 percent, or more with international financial support.
. . . A new study, published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change, found that even members of the public who are “alarmed” about a warming planet show relatively low levels of public-sphere action, such as volunteering or protesting. The paper then sought to get to the bottom of why that is, investigating “what drives public actions of the certain segment of the population that’s already really concerned about climate change,” said Kathryn Doherty, a research associate at the Social and Environmental Research Institute in Massachusetts and lead author of the paper.
Why even the people who worry the most about climate change often take little action, Chelsea Harvey, May 16, 2016, The Washington Post, Energy and Environment
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( my return note yesterday . . . )
thanks seri & wash post – that’s where i am too
nearby activist friend john of clearly charged living
must also be asking that of me
ok, these goings on of my own don’t take me there
yet some do keep me chasing what to do for our ma
this retirement age – these final days
free at last, oh so happy keeping it so simple
plugged into earth’s sensitivity
what can be this beautiful, so very natural !
then too, what to do if wife & me really could ?
yes, live so in public – join an ecovillage
meantime every roadtime’s loaded with bumps
” why am i pumping so much carbon too ? ”
that’s when a cool intellect starts its message
” simply member of a culture; not your fault ”
get them to do it first, as naomi’s been showing
tax those fossil fuels for all the mess they’re giving us
meantime am doing what i can to spread the word
. . . compost too
that’s about it
not that much here either, wash post
tho at least this, an old familiar thing –
admitting as much of ME before saying so of OTHERS
~ jim rucquoi