Gatti’s use of Google’s ‘pretty earth’ confirmed

Gatti’s use of Google’s ‘pretty earth’ confirmed

Challenge a liar often enough, and he’ll get tangled in his own lies. This is what just happened to @robertocgatti on Twitter:

The time series posted by @BartWvanAssen show nothing else than the replacement of forest by palm oil plantations! Sorry, I will no longer discuss complex scientific issues to disprove ridiculous allegations with 280 Twitter’s characters! This an habit of people from the industry

The thing is, Google Earth’s ‘pretty earth’ and its ‘historical images’ aren’t ‘complex scientific issues! Talk to anyone with basic training in remote sensing and Google Earth (Pro) and (s)he’ll explain to you in 5 minutes why they have no scientific confidence in these ‘historical images’ and why they may show much, much older information.

As for the particular time series shown, it’s 1984 image shows that the area clearly is not “almost intact tropical forests”. Gatti allowed us a glance inside his mind, and showed the prejudice within.

EB |  Banks responsible for continuing deforestation in Southeast Asia

EB | Banks responsible for continuing deforestation in Southeast Asia

In Southeast Asia — the region that drives the world’s deforestation problem, alongside Central Africa and the Amazon —  only 9 percent of banks have adopted No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) policies in varying forms, according to a study by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Even then, the implementation of these policies has been slow and patchy.

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FAO | Global Forest Resources Assessment 2020

FAO | Global Forest Resources Assessment 2020

This publication contains the main findings of the Global Forest Resources Assessment 2020 (FRA 2020). The data in FRA 2020 have been obtained through a transparent, traceable, reporting process and a well- established network of officially nominated national correspondents. The information provided by FRA presents a comprehensive picture of the world’s forests and the ways the resource is changing. Such a clear global picture supports the development of sound policies, practices and investments affecting forests and forestry.

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MSI Integrity | Not Fit for Purpose

[Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives] are not designed or equipped to be effective tools for protecting rights holders against human rights violations, holding corporations accountable for abuse, or providing survivors and victims with access to remedy.

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AAAS | Claim that coconut oil is worse for biodiversity than palm oil sparks furious debate

But Sheherazade says she worries the paper will be used to undermine environmental activism against unsustainable oil palm practice in Indonesia, especially now that new plantations are springing up in pristine forests in Papua. “Oil palm is still a huge threat to biodiversity,” she says. “The palm debate is very polarized, extra care is needed to avoid creating new myths,” Van Noordwijk adds.

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LT | Borneo Indigenous Peoples Rights Under Threat

The coalition of NGOs – all of whom work with indigenous communities across Kalimantan’s borderlands – have found the government of Indonesia’s failure to take corrective action since the 2007 submission has caused the situation to deteriorate, whereby the State is supporting the imminent taking of massive areas of indigenous lands for additional plantations and concessions along the borderlands.

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SciTotEnv | Certified “sustainable” palm oil took the place of endangered Bornean and Sumatran large mammals habitat and tropical forests in the last 30 years

SciTotEnv | Certified “sustainable” palm oil took the place of endangered Bornean and Sumatran large mammals habitat and tropical forests in the last 30 years

  • This study adopted an unprecedented historical perspective over a 30-year time series.
  • Remotely sensed imagery (1984–2020) of Sumatra and Borneo were analysed.
  • Deforestation showed a strong relation to the development of certified “sustainable” palm oil.
  • Currently certified oil palm plantations are also located in the 1990s large mammals habitat.

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