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Killing of Environmental Activists Rises Globally

Interesting that the investigators found that “authorities and security forces” (e.g., government) are complicit. I wonder how they found this information (or if they assumed it)?Anyone have this report? If so, can you kindly send it to me?

Remember this from last week? It’s supposed to be a sunrise projected due to high levels of pollution in China. Well, we’ve been duped. It’s an advertisement that plays year round, regardless time of day or pollution levels. From TechInAsia:

No, Beijing residents are NOT watching fake sunrises on giant TVs because of pollution

Over the weekend, a story that originated on the smut-ridden UK-based Daily Mail went viral among major media outlets across the world. TimeCBS, and the Huffington Post were among the dozens of online news media who published stories about Beijing residents flocking to giant TV screens to see fake sunrises during heavy pollution last week. Most of these stories were accompanied by the same photo of a massive TV screen in Tiananmen Square with a sunrise appearing on it.

In truth, that sunrise was on the screen for less than 10 seconds at a time, as it was part of an ad for tourism in China’s Shandong province. The ad plays every day throughout the day all year round no matter how bad the pollution is. … Look closely, and you can even see the Shandong tourism logo in the bottom right corner.

Digital drive aids Philippines relief

I am seriously considering stringing for Al Jazeera after my USAID adaptation contract is up. They are, by far in my opinion, leading the world in media, journalism, investigations, and “tone.”

What’s the connection between Super Typhoon Haiyan and climate change? Despite the conflicting headlines connecting climate change to massive storms, the science really is unclear. And this is a problem that science writers need to be clear about.  Tom Yulsman of Discover Magazine rounds up some very controversial and frankly terribly dishonest headlines about climate change and typhoons. Check it out if you have a chance.

Corruption in Peru Aids Cutting of Rain Forest

Here in Pucallpa, a city at the heart of Peru’s logging industry on a major tributary of the Amazon, the waterfront is dominated by huge sawmills piled high with thousands of massive logs. They are floated in from remote logging camps, pulled by small motorboats called peke pekes, while trucks stacked with logs and lumber jam the roads.

A military officer stationed here to patrol the Ucayali River said that he had largely stopped making checks of the riverborne loads of timber, though the checks are supposed to be mandatory. In the past, he said, he had repeatedly ordered loads of logs to be held because they lacked the required paperwork, only to learn that forestry officials would later release them, apparently after creating or rubber-stamping false documentation.

In some cases, he said, loads of mahogany, a valuable type of wood that has disappeared from all but the most remote areas, were given fake documentation identifying the wood as a different kind.

“It’s uncontrollable,” said the officer, who was not authorized to speak publicly. Referring to local forestry officials, he said, “The bosses give jobs to people they trust and then take a cut of the bribes they get.”

Mr. Berrospi, who worked as an environmental prosecutor until August, recited a bitter catalog of frustrations. The local authorities are paid off by loggers to create or approve false paperwork, he said. On one occasion, he said, he was offered about $5,000 to stop an investigation. He reported it to a local prosecutor who specialized in corruption cases, but said he was dismayed by the response.

“Listen, in one year here you’ll get enough to build yourself a house and buy a nice car,” he recalled the other prosecutor saying. “So take care of yourself.”

Devastating account of terribly corrupt culture in Peru, causing government officials to get rich while ignoring rampant deforestation in the Amazon. U.S. lumber companies might (surprise!) be partially to blame. Via NYTimes

LATimes: On letters from climate-change deniers

On why the LATimes avoids publishing op-eds by climate deniers. Well done, LATimes.

skeptv:

Wildlife Raw & Uncut Ep6 - INTERVIEW: Crew Witnesses Elephant Eaten Alive

A member of the Earth Touch camera crew who witnessed this horrific lion attack on a baby elephant sheds some light on this unusual & disturbing incident. Lions do not usually prey on elephants — but some extraordinary circumstances had pushed this desperate pride to the brink.

by Earth Touch.

Ambivalent coverage of climate change’s ‘new normal’
What Al Jazeera America Didn't Say About Climate Change

A surprise headline. The piece is in praise of Al Jazeera America’s coverage of climate change. Why? The new channel didn’t take the low road.

Bottom line: this was a great start. But just as encouraging as what Al Jazeera America discussed last night — climate change — is the list of things it didn’t do:

1. Provide False Balance.

Perhaps most significantly, Inside Story explored public opinion on climate science, and even presented differing views on climate policy, without once offering marginal contrarian viewpoints as a “counterbalance.” Ehab Al Shihabi, Al Jazeera America’s acting chief executive, has cited PBS as a model, and it showed. Other cable news channels have sometimes run afoul of this standard.

2. Focus On Politics.

Al Jazeera America focused on the impacts of climate change, with a complementary discussion of some possible ways of mitigating them through political action. Notably, no politicians were interviewed, as few politicians are credible sources of information on, say, sea level rise. Instead, the guests — Michael Mann, Heidi Cullen and Klaus Jacob — were all scientists familiar with the topic at hand. Television news outlets don’t always do this well: in 2012, 89 percent and 12 percent of Sunday and nightly news coverage of climate change, respectively, was driven by politics.

3. Show Weird Charts.

Discussing public opinion on climate change, Inside Story displayed two graphs showing recent polling. Both had proper vertical axes (starting at zero), showed accurate statistics and cited their sources. Previously, peer network Fox News has had some trouble with charts, maps and the like. They might want to compare notes.

Al Jazeera

4. Obscure The Cause.

Some attempts at climate coverage muddy the waters, but Al Jazeera America left no doubt that the phenomenon it was referring to is man-made. The segment treated the science as a “given,” and host Libby Casey made a point of mentioning the fact that a significant majority of scientists agree about it, as is continually re-affirmed by high-level research.

Via Media Matters

Climate change may be speeding coast redwood, giant sequoia growth

Something isn’t right about this story. The researchers are quoted as saying they don’t really know the source of the sequoia’s growth spurts.

Thoughts on the Washington Post's sale?

A question by dharmathroughkarma

I used to be in journalism, so this to me is excellent news. WaPo was bleeding cash for decades, only kept afloat by the corporate owner’s education publishing and testing divisions. It’s kept out of the hands of terrible potential owners, such as the Koch Brothers or Disney (yes). I suspect no changes to reporting. Some changes to business model - more online flashiness, apps, dataviz, that sort of thing. 

It also separates controversial education test publisher, Kaplan.

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