Indonesian coral reefs video


This 12 November 2019 video says about itself:

Indonesia’s Coral Reefs

In the second installment of National Geographic’s “Into Water” 360 series, dive into the crystal clear waters of Indonesia with marine social ecologist and National Geographic Explorer Shannon Switzer Swanson. More than a quarter of the world’s aquarium fish population comes from Indonesia. Shannon works with local communities, documenting fishing practices. She is hoping to learn why some fishing families have developed sustainable practices while others have not. “Into Water: Indonesia” is the second stop on an around the world 360 tour that documents the work of female Explorers who’ve dedicated their careers to water-related issues.

While many conservation plans focus on only environmental indicators for success, a new coral reef program is trying a relatively new approach: focusing on both social and ecological processes and outcomes to ensure a long-term future for coral reef systems: here.

Stop Trump, stop NATO, 3 December, London


This 24 November 2019 video by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in Britain is called Donald Trump is meddling in our general election.

By Kate Hudson in Britain:

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Opposition to Nato and Trump needs to be stepped up

KATE HUDSON believes a mass turn out at demonstration next week in London will send a pertinent anti-war message to Donald Trump, Boris Johnson and Nato delegates

NEXT week, Trump is coming back to London for Nato’s 70th anniversary summit. He will no doubt take the opportunity to further promote his friend Boris Johnson — a case of foreign intervention in an election if ever there was one.

There are many reasons to oppose Trump, and his militarism, war-mongering and reckless addiction to nuclear weapons must feature pretty near the top of the list.

Looking back over his record in the White House it’s hard to believe that during his election campaign, Trump promised to put an end to pointless foreign wars and attacked spending on useless and massively expensive new military equipment.

The truth is that the Trump presidency has ushered in a new era of militarism and his defining policies indicate preparation for high-tech, massively violent wars against Russia and China, together with the development of a whole new generation of “usable” nuclear weapons.

During his election campaign, Trump also put a question mark over his commitment to Nato, but that turned out to be short-lived — he now sees it as a cash cow to fund his military aspirations.

When he attended his first Nato summit in Brussels in 2017, he took fellow member states to task for failing to meet the agreed annual 2 per cent of GDP spending on defence year, a target which few Nato countries meet.

At his second summit in 2018, Trump turned up late, threatening to pull out of Nato if member states didn’t cough up, and raised his demand to 4 per cent of GDP.

Nato’s role as a nuclear-armed alliance continues with US nuclear bombs stationed in five countries across Europe. Meanwhile, Nato has expanded steadily since the 1990s; most of the countries of eastern Europe have been admitted, including former Soviet republics.

This scale of expansion has contributed to international tension as Russia sees itself increasingly surrounded by US and Nato bases.

But developments have not been limited to expanding its membership.

At Nato’s 50th anniversary conference in Washington in April 1999, a new “strategic concept” was adopted. This moved beyond Nato’s previous defensive role to include “out of area” — in other words offensive — operations, anywhere on the Eurasian landmass. This fits neatly with Trump’s current orientation to dominate that massive expanse.

Subsequently, Nato has moved to adopt a global role for itself, often falsely posturing as a force for humanitarian relief. It has even moved into Latin America, with Colombia designated as a “global partner,” not to mention its extensive global alliances with other states and regional alliances.

Nato’s war continues in Afghanistan: begun by Bush in 2001, it is the longest war in US history, involving all Nato countries.

Nato’s war-fighting has also reached Africa, where Libya has been destroyed; the consequences have been terrible, as thousands have been forced to flee and refugees face further military brutality in the Mediterranean.

The international community urgently needs to bring an end to the militarisation of the Mediterranean Sea and to all military action against refugees.

Worldwide, people are in need of real peace which means social justice, environmental security, equal access to resources, a warm welcome for refugees fleeing wars and oppression and more.

It has been surprising, over the last few years, to hear members of the Labour front bench speak in glowing terms about Nato and very disappointing to see in Labour’s 2019 election manifesto, under the heading A New Internationalism, Labour reiterate its commitment to Nato, to replacing Trident and to spending at least 2 per cent of GDP on “defence”.

When Labour is challenging so much, surely Britain’s role in the world can be rethought too, rather than repeating policies designed to maintain the last knockings of Britain’s imperial splendours?

It’s a shame to see Paul Mason wasting time suggesting “How the Left could save Nato,” in the New Statesman this week.

What aspect of aggressive, nuclear-armed, expansionist, war-mongering and mass-murdering doesn’t he understand? It harks back to his 2016 piece “The left-wing case for nuclear weapons.”

There is no case where nuclear weapons make us safer, or enhance our security. These are weapons of mass destruction, designed to threaten, terrorise and destroy all life on earth.

He sadly misunderstands the values of the left if he thinks that they, or Nato, can ever be part of what it stands for.

Nato and everything it represents breeds war, global injustice, brutality and inequality and these are what the peace movement campaigns against.

We have marched at Nato summits, with the movements from Europe, the US and beyond, against the nuclear doctrine of Nato, against its expansionism, against its destabilising global power grabs.

And we will continue to do so, and to argue for an alternative, whoever is in government, because to condone and embrace Nato is to abandon the cause of peace, the pursuit of justice, and any vision of a world that exists for the people.

Please stand with us, march with us. Don’t let these crucial issues be sidelined and marginalised.

Because the truth is you can’t build a new internationalism if you play a role in Nato’s nuclear-armed, aggressive, global aggrandisement and embrace weapons of mass destruction.

A new approach to international relations is required – and membership of Nato has no part in that.

Join our counter-summit: The New World Disorder — Anti-Nato Summit today at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2, also join the demonstration: No to Trump – No to Nato – in London December 3 2019.

Tories play the Trump card. Donald Trump’s interference in the British general election is as unwarranted as it is undemocratic, writes MURAD QURESHI.

Fly agarics, other fungi, woodpecker of Terschelling island


Lichen, on 25 september 2019

After the first part of our woodland walk on Terschelling island, still 25 September 2019. Where this lichen grew. A young coniferous tree grew between it.

A great spotted woodpecker calling.

Still a few cross-leaved heath flowers. Penny bun fungi.

Shaggy mane fungi, 25 September 2019

A bit further we reached the Longway road. Along it, these young shaggy mane fungi.

Shaggy mane fungus, 25 September 2019

And one meter further, this one.

Fungi, 25 September 2019

Also, these fungi along a pine cone.

Then, off the Longway road, a sandy footpath to the north. Bovine bolete mushroms.

Fly agarics, 25 September 2019

Along it, these fly agaric mushrooms along still flowering common heather. And some no longer flowering crowberry plants (on the right of the photos, with leaves closer together than in common heather).

Fly agaric, 25 September 2019

Fly agaric, on 25 september 2019

Stay tuned, for more on Terschelling on 25 September 2019!

Climate change, what is it?


This 1 December 2019 video says about itself:

What is Climate Change?

The hard facts about global warming – a defining issue of our time.

Climate change is happening now, and even world leaders meeting for climate talks at this year’s Cop25 know we aren’t doing enough to stop it.

In fact, we’re going backwards. The UN says carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere are going up, and the earth is on track to warm by 3.2 degrees before the century is over. The consequences of that acceleration are already proving disastrous for communities around the world.

This week’s episode of Start Here cuts through the science and the politics, to get you what you need to know about what’s at stake for the planet.

20 MILLION HAVE FLED HOMES DUE TO CLIMATE CRISIS SINCE ’08 Fiercer weather and worsening wildfires drove more than 20 million people from their homes over the last decade ― a problem set to worsen unless leaders act swiftly to head off surging climate threats, anti-poverty charity Oxfam said. [Reuters]

Chile, Bolivia news update


This 1 December 2019 video says about itself:

From the South: Thousands in Chile continue to protest against the government’s neoliberal policies, while a song denouncing rape performed by Chilean women goes viral. Peruvian opposition leader Keiko Fujimori walks free from jail after spending over a year in pre-trial detention over corruption charges. And we’re speaking with Olivia Arigho Stiles, a PhD candidate researching indigenous mobilisation in 20th century Bolivia, on the latest from La Paz.

Chilean parents on police: ‘The tear gas is worst. My little daughter coughs all night’.

Germany pressing Bolivian coup regime to revive lithium exploitation deal scrapped by Morales: here.