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BRAZIL: Amazon deforestation: Record High DESTRUCTION Of Trees In January

#AceNewsReport – Feb.12: The area destroyed was five times larger than 2021, the highest January total since records began in 2015.

#AceNewsDesk says the number of trees cut down in the Brazilian Amazon in January far exceeded deforestation for the same month last year, according to government satellite data.

By Georgina Rannard
BBC News

Aerial view of the deforestation of the Amazon, Apui, Amazonas State
Deforestation usually slows down in January because the rainy season prevents loggers accessing the forest

Environmentalists accuse Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro of allowing deforestation to accelerate.

Protecting the Amazon is essential if we are to tackle climate change. 

Trees are felled for their wood as well as to clear spaces to plant crops to supply global food companies.

At the climate change summit COP26 in Glasgow last year, more than 100 governments promised to stop and reverse deforestation by 2030.

The latest satellite data from Brazil’s space agency Inpe again calls into question the Brazilian government’s commitment to protecting its huge rainforest, say environmentalists.

“The new data yet again exposes how the government’s actions contradict its greenwashing campaigns,” explains Cristiane Mazzetti of Greenpeace Brazil.

Greenpeace are calling on supermarkets in the UK and elsewhere to drop suppliers who are involved in deforestation from their meat and dairy supply chains suppliers.

Deforestation totalled 430 square kilometres (166 square miles) in January – an area more than seven times the size of Manhattan, New York.

Felling large numbers of trees at the start of the year is unusual because the rainy season usually stops loggers from accessing dense forest.

Brazil’s vast rainforest absorbs huge amounts of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, acting as what’s known as a carbon sink. But the more trees cut down, the less the forest can soak up emissions.

A logger, an environmental policeman, a cattle rancher and an environmentalist share their views on Amazon’s future

But the area is also home to communities who say they need to use the forest for mining and commercial farming in order to make a living.

At the same time, indigenous communities living in the Amazon fight to protect the rainforest and their ways of life.

Mr Bolsonaro has weakened environmental protections for the region and argued that the government should exploit the area to reduce poverty.

There are a number of factors driving this level of deforestation. 

Strong global demand for agricultural commodities such as beef and soya beans is fuelling some of these illegal clearances – Another is the expectation that a new law will soon be passed in Brazil to legitimise and forgive land grabbing. 

The Brazilian government argues that in the period between August last year and January 2022, overall deforestation was lower compared to the same period twelve months ago. 

Environmentalists say that they are not surprised by the record January felling, given that President Bolsonaro has significantly weakened legal protections since he took office in 2019. 

At the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow last year, Mr Bolsonaro was one of the world leaders who promised to halt and reverse deforestation by the end of this decade. 

Political observers argue that despite this change in tone, the policies on the ground remain the same.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Feb.12: 2022:

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(NASA) NOAA Weather Observing Satellite Launch Report: GOES-T is scheduled to launch March 1, 2022, on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 541 rocket from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Jan.04: Media prelaunch and launch activities will take place at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Media wishing to take part in person must apply for credentials at:

#AceDailyNews NASA Report: Media accreditation is now open for the upcoming launch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) GOES-T satellite, the Western Hemisphere’s most advanced weather observing and environmental monitoring system….

An artist’s rendering of GOES-R.

International media residing in the United States must apply by Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022. U.S. media must apply by Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022.

NASA’s media accreditation policy is online. For questions about accreditation, please email: For other mission questions, please contact Kennedy’s newsroom at: 321-867-2468.

Credentialed media will receive a confirmation email with the latest COVID-19 guidelines. If you have special logistical requests, such as space for satellite trucks, tents, or electrical connections, please contact Allison Tankersley at by Feb. 21, 2022.

About GOES-T

NOAA manages the GOES-R Series Program through an integrated NOAA-NASA office, administering its ground system contract, operating the satellites, and distributing their data to users worldwide.

GOES-T will be renamed GOES-18 once it reaches geostationary orbit. Following a successful orbital checkout of its instruments and systems, GOES-18 will go into operational service as GOES West. In this position, the satellite will provide critical data for the U.S. West Coast, Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, Central America, and the Pacific Ocean.

The launch is managed by NASA’s Launch Services Program based at Kennedy, America’s multi-user spaceport. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, oversees the acquisition of the GOES-R satellite and instruments. Lockheed Martin designs, creates, and tests the GOES-R Series satellites. L3Harris Technologies provides the main instrument payload, the Advanced Baseline Imager, and the ground system, which includes the antenna system for data reception.

For more information about GOES-T, visit:

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-end-Last Updated: Dec 27, 2021: Editor: Robert Margetta

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Jan.04: 2022:


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These Politicians Are Helping Companies Take Gold From Public Lands for Free – The industry has extracted some $300 billion worth of these minerals from public lands in the U.S. since 1872 — Mother Jones

This story was originally published by High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  Amid the recent skirmishes over revising the reconciliation bill, known as the Build Back Better Plan, lawmakers once again skipped a chance to reform the General Mining Law of 1872. Under this outdated law, hardrock miners can extract… These […]

These Politicians Are Helping Companies Take Gold From Public Lands for Free – The industry has extracted some $300 billion worth of these minerals from public lands in the U.S. since 1872 — Mother Jones
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(AUSTRALIA) Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service (CHHHS) Report: Said a 48-year-old woman was stung at Yorkeys Knob on Monday, while a 61-year-old woman was rushed to hospital on Sunday after swimming on the Great Barrier Reef #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.09: Surf Life Saving North Queensland (SLSNQ) has told Tropic Now that will remain the plan this season unless beach drags reveal any Irukandji or box jellyfish.

#AceDailyNews says that early marine stinger incidents have prompted Cairns beach drags after people have this week been treated for box jellyfish stings at Cairns Hospital….Video below…

Renee Cluff, Editor Contact 07 Oct 2021, 12:30: ENVIRONMENT: HEALTH Image: Ellis Beach Surf Life Saving Club

A CHHHS spokesperson couldn’t provide details of the exact reef but said both women presented for box jellyfish stings and have since been discharged.

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Stinger nets are traditionally installed at the beginning of November.

A spokesperson said bluebottles have been abundant on Cairns beaches, but the more deadly stingers haven’t yet been found.

Box jellyfish. Credit: Australian Geographic

“We’ve done stinger drags and we haven’t picked up anything else,” they said.

“We start doing regular stinger drags from mid-October and from the first of November we will start installation of the stinger nets.”

Jelly blubbers (catostylus mosaicus) have also been reported at beaches from Cairns to Port Douglas, thought to have been brought in by northerly winds.

While both blubbers and bluebottles can sting, they’re typically not deadly like the box jellyfish or Irukandji, however their presence often precedes that of the more dangerous stingers.

For now, all beaches across the Surf Lifesaving North Queensland district are open.

You can check daily beach reports and lifeguard times here.

#AceNewsDesk report …………………Published: Oct.09: 2021:

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(AUSTRALIA) SA EPA REPORT: The main safety regulator of the Maralinga site say the ‘fallout from nuclear tests’ are worst than previously thought after millions of dollars have been spent in cleanup #AceNewsDesk report


#AceNewsReport – May.26: Australian researchers have found that radioactive particles released during nuclear tests more than 60 years ago at sites, including Maralinga, remain highly reactive:

South Australia’s Environmental Protection Authority (SA EPA) Report: Who is the main safety regulator of the site after millions of dollars have been spent cleaning up radioactive fallout from nuclear bombs detonated in outback of SA but recent tests show the contamination is worse than previously thought’

Three scientists look at analysed data on four computer monitors against a wall of diagrams
Dr Megan Cook analyses radioactive particles that have been scanned with a synchrotron in Oxford, UK.(Supplied: Megan Cook)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that this article contains names of people who have died.

Scientists initially thought that these particles in the soil were stable and inert.

However, research by Dr Megan Cook has revealed that the particles’ outer shell can break down in harsh, arid environments and release highly reactive, radioactive compounds into the environment.

“We now have a sustained and prolonged release of plutonium into the ecosystem,” Dr Cook said.

A diagram of plutonium particles from nuclear tests leach into the groundwater, be ingested by wildlife and inhaled by humans
Highly reactive radioactive particles can leach into the soil and groundwater and be absorbed by plants, wildlife and humans.(Supplied: Megan Cook)

Dr Cook, who is based at Monash University in Melbourne,  said these reactive nano-particles  — which normally are shielded from the environment — can interact with clay and organic matter in the soil over time and leach into groundwater, especially after heavy rainfall.

“There are some spots on the Maralinga site [where] we’re already seeing that,” she said.

“If it leaches into the groundwater, it can become part of the uptake by plants. It can become more easily inhaled or eaten by animals, and as it becomes part of their ecosystem, it will accumulate,” she said.

Fallout still very real today

A woman with dark curly hair holds up a document while sitting in a room with people behind her
Karina Lester says the research supports what Anungu people have long believed about the nuclear contamination on their lands.(Supplied)
A mushroom cloud rises from the desert after a nuclear blast
A mushroom cloud rises from desert after a nuclear weapons test at Maralinga.(Supplied)

Karina Lester is a second-generation survivor of the British nuclear tests. Her late father, Yami Lester, was blinded during a test at Emu Field.

Ms Lester said that the Anungu people always knew the ground was contaminated but the one missing link was the data needed to prove it.

“This haunting has been from generation to generation,” she said.

“Part of the concern that Anungu have had is that, without that data, we weren’t able to get the support and understanding of [the impacts] these tests were having on people and on country.”

Ms Lester said the research meant supports could now be put in place to protect the environment and wildlife, as well as address the health issues of Aboriginal people.

Responsibilities to country

Ms Lester said that many Anungu hunt, gather and cook native foods from the lands as part of their cultural responsibilities to country.

“They still use the earth to cook our food and practise our traditional ways,” she said.

Ms Lester said the spiritual connection for Anungu people extended beyond walking, gathering and eating food on country.

She said many Anungu see the country healing physically and can be torn between wanting to fulfil cultural responsibilities and the risk of environmental contamination.

An Indigenous person looks across the burnt desert landscape.
The harsh, arid environment breaks down the protective shell of particles, releasing highly reactive compounds into the soil.(Supplied: Oak Valley Ranger Group)

“Anungu science is very different to western science and I think one of our hugest challenges is trying to work through how country is healing, what it really looks like, and how people are suffering if they continue to practise those traditional ways,” she said.

“We need to spend some really gentle, delicate time with Anungu and bring them into this western science world so there’s that little bit of understanding about how it has impacted [them].”

Ms Lester said there were many difficult conversations to be had.

“We really need government sitting around the table to have a good serious think about how they can support our beautiful part of the country, and how we take good care of our people who have suffered for decades,” she said.

A sign on the side of the road indicating the way to Maralinga.
The EPA monitors the affected land to minimise the radiation hazard. (ABC North and West SA: Samantha Jonscher)

‘You can never pick up every bit’

South Australia’s Environmental Protection Authority (SA EPA) is the main safety regulator of the site.

SA EPA’s director, Keith Baldry, said the authority worked with the Maralinga Tjarutja, the federal government and other South Australian agencies to ensure the rehabilitated lands continued to be managed and monitored.

He said measures to protect people from radiation hazards at Maralinga included access controls, supervision during site visits, and monitoring by radiation experts. 

A film crew huddle an umbrella near a concrete block marking the Maralinga nuclear test site.
Soil particles from Maralinga Tjarutja, a former nuclear test site, are more reactive than previously thought.(Supplied: Max Mackinnon)

Lead researcher Dr Cook said the Maralinga site had been one of the best managed of its kind and was continually being studied and monitored by experts.

“You can never pick up every last bit of contamination, that is just not a possibility,” Dr Cook said.

“But what you can do is find that balance between the risk and the environment, which is what we’ve done at Maralinga and it’s been in full consultation with the Maralinga people.”

Dr Cook said more work needed to be done to understand how the particles broke down and how weather events contributed to leaching. 

She said she would like more international guidance on how to protect the environment that has been contaminated.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.26: 2021:

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(NEW SOUTH WALES) The Land & Environment Court Report: More than a hundred residents gathered to hear oral submissions about the Halloran Trust’s revised plans for the West Culburra development, at a conciliation hearing of the court held in the town hall on Monday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.14: A search [online] for any vacant residential land will show there is not one single block of land available in Culburra, that somebody could buy to build a house on,” Mr Muller said:

The Land and Environment Court has been told a village on the New South Wales south coast will struggle to survive if a controversial housing development is not approved, while environmental groups say it would have dire impacts on water quality, wildlife habitat and Aboriginal cultural heritage’

A map of a housing developement
Halloran Trust’s company Sealark has submitted revised plans for the West Culburra development: It includes 244 low and medium-density residential lots capable of providing up to 293 dwellings. (Supplied: Sealark Pty Ltd)

Culburra community at loggerheads over revised plans for housing development: Culburra Beach and Districts Chamber of Commerce president Brian Muller, who is a local real estate agent, said the seaside village had seen a sharp rise in houses being used for holiday rentals, leaving supply for permanent residents at “crisis point”.

“One recent sale of land and it wasn’t on the beach front, no views, it sold for $645,000. That price is extraordinary for a village like Culburra beach.

“It’s so unaffordable and unfortunately we will run out of businesses eventually if we don’t have a permanent population to sustain the businesses that are here,” he said.

Environmental concerns remain

The Independent Planning Commission rejected the original proposal for more than 650 low and medium-density residential lots, tourist accommodation, cafés and restaurants, in 2018.

The commission found the proposal was “inappropriate in scale” and had the potential to impact water quality in nearby catchments, and could “irreversibly impact on Aboriginal cultural heritage.”

The applicant later won an appeal in the Land and Environment Court to submit amended plans for almost 300 dwellings and 13 industrial lots but residents opposed to the project argued the changes do not go far enough.

“There’d be groundwater impacts on Lake Wollumboola but the water-quality impacts would be in the Crookhaven River catchment if this development was to go ahead,” Lake Wollumboola Protection Association president Frances Bray said.

“That would impact on oyster growing but also on fish and birdlife.”

“We’re so lucky here to have relatively undisturbed major wetlands and to think they would be degraded by this development is really very distressing,” she said.

Four people stand and smile for the camera
Members of Culburra Residents and Ratepayers Action Group opposed to the plans, Joe Pichler, Rebecca Sleath, Kingston Anderson and Rod Sleath attended the hearing on Monday. (Supplied: Claire Haywood)

‘It’s making me sick’

Residents opposed to the project also raised concerns about the one-road access into the village, particularly during emergencies, and claimed the development was at odds with its character.

Jerrinja Aboriginal Land Council CEO Alfred Wellington said he was also worried dozens of sacred Aboriginal sites including middens — believed to be thousands of years old — would be destroyed if the project was approved.

“There’s a lot of areas in these development footprints that our community hasn’t been able to access, so, there’s potentially a lot more sites out there that could be impacted by this development,” Mr Wellington said.

Jerrinja resident Graham Connolly Junior said he was disappointed the local Aboriginal community was not consulted more rigorously about the proposal.

“The land they’re going to be developing on has cultural significance to the Jerrinja Tribal People and we believe our sites should not be touched,” Mr Connolly said.

“It’s actually making me sick that my land is being impacted on without us being part of the process, to give knowledge about what needs to be recognised and what needs to be protected,” Mr Connolly said.

A decision on the project is due to be made in the coming weeks. 

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.14: 2021:

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(NASA) #ClimateChange Report: They do not just collect the data but are using it to monitor the impact of human beings impact on earths resources, sea levels and weather patterns #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.25: NASA is responsible for collecting much of the data that people use to explain humanity’s environmental impact on Earth, from documenting climate change and its impacts on ice, sea level and weather patterns, to monitoring the health of forests and the movement of freshwater.

NASA On a Changing Planet & Going Green across the United States that are each working toward becoming more sustainable workplaces. Across 47 million square feet and 5,000 buildings, it works to fulfill its mission of revealing the unknown while lessening its demand on the planet’s resources

Sandhill cranes are photographed in front of the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center.

“NASA is a scientific leader, globally and nationally,” said Denise Thaller, director of NASA’s Environmental Management Division. “We embody that focus on the stewardship of the Earth, so we need to lead by example. We need to evaluate everything we do and make sure we’re reducing our impacts on the Earth while we study the Earth.”

Each year, the agency reports its progress in several key sustainability efforts.

Energy Efficiency

NASA’s energy intensity continued its downward trend in fiscal year 2019 (Oct. 1, 2018, through Sept. 30, 2019), the most recent year with externally published data available. Energy intensity refers to the amount of energy used to enable NASA’s mission — using less energy reduces energy intensity. Intensity can be reduced through a number of methods, such as installing LED lighting upgrades, which was completed in 2019 at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and Stennis Space Center in Stennis, Mississippi. These projects and others are projected to save 51 billion British thermal units (Btu) annually; that’s enough energy to power more than 1,400 single-family homes.

NASA has made significant progress on reducing water intensity too, a similar metric measuring of how much potable water is used to accomplish NASA’s mission.


Renewable energy made up just over 13% of NASA’s total electricity use in fiscal year 2019. Much of the percentage stemmed from purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates, or credits that represent a certain amount of renewable energy that is produced elsewhere. In addition, on-site renewable energy continues to increase. For example, as part of 58 renewable energy projects across 10 centers, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida and Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, installed rooftop solar panels in fiscal year 2019, adding to the other 56 on-site renewable energy projects NASA has implemented across 15 centers.

NASA also kicked off three long-term initiatives meant to reduce energy consumption and cost. First, NASA initiated an agency-wide campaign to increase sustainability awareness among employees. Second, the agency began piloting the Department of Energy 50001 Ready program, which requires NASA to continually improve energy management with quantifiable results. Third, NASA has identified significant energy users among the approximately 40% of its facilities that aren’t currently included within federal energy reduction goals because of their unique mission applications. These users include facilities like wind tunnels, and NASA has begun prioritizing efficiency investments to improve their sustainable infrastructure.


“Our aging infrastructure costs a lot to maintain,” Thaller said. “One of the strategies is to renew by replacement. You have the opportunity to reduce your footprint not only by building a more sustainable building, but by building in energy efficiency, water efficiency, and how you optimize your square footage.”

Almost 20% of NASA buildings are considered sustainable, and the agency’s goal was to reach 25% in fiscal year 2020.

All new NASA facilities must meet specific federal requirements for sustainability, and receive at least a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification, a globally recognized mark of sustainable buildings. One of NASA’s new sustainable facilities is the Human and Health Performance Laboratory at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, which is designed to use the building’s orientation to help reduce solar glare and temperature rise within a space.


For current facilities, maintenance and upgrades are key. For example, multi-phase improvements to the Central Engineering Building at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, earned it a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Operations and Maintenance Gold Certification.

Old and inefficient buildings are phased out of use and torn down, as NASA has already done to 1.5 million square feet of property.

All of these methods support NASA’s “Reduce the Footprint” program, which aims to reduce the agency’s square footage by 25% to 30%.


Construction and demolition materials and refuse are two of the biggest sources of non-hazardous waste at NASA. In fiscal year  2019, NASA diverted 56% of its generated refuse, and 89% of its construction waste, from going straight into the landfill, which can reduce pollution, save money, and conserve energy and natural resources.

This does not include hazardous material, which has its own proper disposal methods.

Of the diverted refuse, 73% of it was recycled, 19% reused and the remaining 8% donated, composted or sent for energy recovery. Kennedy Space Center, for example, recycled over 7,000 pounds of refrigerant, generating revenue that in turn funded other recycling initiatives.

Composted waste includes yard trimmings, food waste and biodegradable food storage containers, said Shannah Trout, a member of the Agency Recycling and Sustainable Acquisition team. NASA prevented sending more than 2 million pounds of compostable items to the landfill in fiscal year 2019.

Adapting to a Changing World

Fewer people were at NASA centers during 2020 due to the pandemic, which led to less waste and less energy consumption. However, the reductions were less extreme than people might think. For example, buildings still ran HVAC equipment to maintain low moisture to prevent mold growth. And when mission-critical employees returned to work onsite, HVAC systems were required to run more often to provide more air changes to minimize risk of virus transmission.

Regardless of the unique circumstances created by the pandemic, in the coming years NASA plans to provide more data regarding its sustainability performance. It especially wants to reduce energy use in its most energy-intensive facilities and acquire energy-efficient equipment.

Thaller said there are two primary directives in progress on the agency level: creating a culture of sustainability and improving energy and water conservation. In addition, the president’s administration requires all agencies to create a climate action plan to help address climate change. NASA is already working on addressing climate change effects at their facilities, especially coastal launch ranges.

Maps of several of NASA centers with areas that may flood due to sea level rise in red.

“We will continue to address climate resiliency within our facilities, so that we can continue to improve mission success,” Thaller said.

By Emma Edmund
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

Last Updated: Apr 23, 2021

Editor: Rob Garner

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Apr.25: 2021:

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