Environment, taking care of our environment, Trade

Bolivia President’s “New Gold” Still Turning Amazon Forest into Ashes

As fire rages on in Bolivia’s section of the Amazon Forest, many are looking closely into Bolivia’s new trade agreements with China, particularly in the supply of agricultural products. After all, China’s decision to stop buying agricultural products from U.S. farmers, resulted to the Asian country’s increased demand to the farmers of Bolivia.

 

 

About a decade ago, President Evo Morales did not have the support of farmers. Yet everything changed when he made good on his promise to increase Bolivia’s agricultural space; promising as much as 13 million hectares by 2025. It was obvious that the only way this is possible is by clearing out large sections of Bolivia’s part of the Amazon Forest for agricultural use.

Eventually, President Evo’s government became a staunch supporter of ranching and farming businesses, turning agricultural commodities into the “new gold” that will replace natural gas, as Bolivia’s key export product.

Starting with several government pardons on those charged with illegal deforestation, the pardons served as a sign of encouragement for farmers to push further into the deeper recesses of the Amazon. In fact only this year, the Bolivian president authorized the clearings in the Amazonian section that is still raging with fire.

 

Now as if not having had a hand in the widespread destruction of the forest, Morales tweeted concerns for “Mother Earth;” of how people cannot survive without her. This was Morales’s original political stance before his government started focusing on agriculture as the new solution for Bolivia’s economic prosperity.

Still No Signs of Remorse coming from Leaders of Agricultural Businesses

Morales’ latest tweet has made agricultural business leaders edgy, presumably fearing that the support that President Morales had given them previously will be taken away in light of local and international pressures. The agricultural business is urging the Bolivian leader not to give in, to demands of imposing a clamp down on their industry, despite the results of the wildfires created by their clearing operations.

 

 

Oscar Pereyra, president of Bolivia’s prominent cattle-growing association, defends the laws introduced by the Morales’ administration as well thought out, and that they should not be repealed. Pereyra went as far as saying

“We cannot kill the goose that lays the golden eggs for the agricultural industry”

Perhaps, they are hoping against hope that President Morales is merely saying what the G7 leaders led by French President Macron wanted to hear, as a concession to the $22 million financial aid raised in the G7 summit to help Bolivia put out the raging forest fires.

Environment, taking care of our environment

Taking Care Of The Environment By Switching To Metal Straws: Is This Really Effective?

There are many ways for us to help save the environment. When we were little kids, we were taught how to dispose our trash properly and not just throw them anywhere. Later on, we were taught how to segregate our wastes so that they can be managed more efficiently for disposal. Likewise, we also learned about the importance of recycling so that we can minimize the amount of materials that we immediately throw away after use. In this digital age, we can even host a website while saving the environment.

As we grow older, we can see a much wider picture of what is really happening in our surroundings. The sad truth is that as long as we continue with our old ways, our environment will continue to suffer. While there are actual efforts to save the environment, institutionalized human practices such as manufacturing and usage of plastics negate whatever we are trying to do to help clean up our world. There are popular suggestions that can easily catch our attention in saving the environment, and one of those is to start using metal and bamboo straws instead of the regular plastic straws.

This one has potential of starting a domino effect of awareness for the environment, but the question is, will this suffice to actually protect mother nature?

Use Of Metal Straw May Be Less Damaging, But It Does Not Mean That There Will Be No Negative Setbacks

By using metal straws, one can avoid throwing dozens of plastic straws everyday after drinking bevarages in stores and fastfood restaurants. We can just buy one metal straw and bring it wherever we go. The good thing here is that we can just wash the metal straw after use, and its expected useful life is quite long, thanks to its reliable material.

All these things mentioned earlier may entice you to buy your own metal straw today, but many of us do not know that manufacturing metal straw already introduces toxic chemicals into the environment. Granted, the use of metal straws can help minimize the amount of plastic straws disposed daily, but the problem lies with the production of this supposed eco-friendly straw.

If Skybell vs Ring can also provide the same level of high security to our environment, the same way that it does to our homes, then we can rest assured that we can still enjoy our clean and green environment for many years to come. Unfortunately, this is not the case, and we should all help each other so that this world may still be enjoyed by the generation next to us.

Environment, taking care of our environment

Impact of Fishing In Our Environment

For centuries, mankind has harvested abundant fish and relied on the ocean to survive. In recent years, new technologies have enabled humans to capture fish from the sea on a large scale and provide food for the fastest growing population on the planet. Unfortunately, these practices have had many negative environmental impacts, and over fishing is considered to be the main cause of ecosystem damage in many aquatic systems.

The Impacts Of Fishing

Over-fishing

One of the main consequences of industrial fishing is that some species are almost extinct. Perhaps the most famous example is the Atlantic salmon. 17th-century people said that the northwest Atlantic has many corals that can go to the sea. Catfish fishing is the basis of the New England economy. Many people ride on their kayaks under 1000 and use their fishing rods for a living. In the 1960s, new technologies like radar and sonar were deeper than fishermen. 

Over the next few decades, large-eg landings began to increase sharply, but in the 1990s the fishery shrank rapidly. Other than Newfoundland, the world’s largest salmon fishery, salmon biomass is estimated to have declined by over 99%. Six other Canadian coastal resources have reduced biomass by more than 75%. 2 The number of fish is so small that Canada can suspend salmon fishing to restore resources. Reduce the time people catch and the total amount of salmon they catch.

Habitat Destruction

In addition to removing more and more fish from the sea, many industrial fishing methods destroy aquatic habitats. Dr is a common way of harvesting cockroaches, and large metal shovels are used at the bottom of the shore to collect cockroaches. This process cools the seabed sediment and hangs the water column, reducing the water quality. This practice also allows insects in caves to be excavated from sediment.

Solution

The impact of fisheries in recent years has become a source of more and more research interest. Much of this is due to the collapse of commercially valuable fishing and the endangered number of animals. Some species, such as the Mid-Atlantic Salmon and flo, have restricted fishing to successfully restore depleted resources. However, for other species, such as Atlantic salmon, this regulation did not cause population recovery. In this example, there may be other factors, such as an increase in water temperature that prevents recovery.