Drugs and Environmental Damage

first_img Cocaine hydrochloride is a fine, crystalline powder similar in appearance to confectioner’s sugar. According to estimates by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, or UNODC, 1 hectare produces enough coca to generate more than 4 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride. This means that to produce 1 gram of cocaine hydrochloride, drug traffickers destroy approximately 6.5 square meters of forested area. According to the UNODC, the raw chemical materials used in processing cocaine hydrochloride destroy the ground cover of native plants, the ecological niches, the food chains, and the flora and fauna, drastically altering rainfall and weather patterns. The damage caused by illegal cultivation is “very dangerous because 1 hectare of illegal cultivation can destroy 3 hectares of forest in protected areas of Honduras,” said Gen. Walter López Reyes of Honduran Community Development. Nevertheless, the environmental impact of illicit cultivation cannot be measured solely in terms of the number of hectares or square kilometers affected, according to the Colombian Environment Ministry. The processing of drugs such as cocaine and heroin has a significant impact on the environment; that is, both coca and poppy are grown on a large scale in a process that involves deforestation, cultivation and the use of pesticides against weeds, insects and disease-causing organisms. “Although the total surface area used for these activities is relatively small, a high proportion of illicit cultivation and drug production occurs in remote areas near to, or in critical parts of, the biodiversity areas, something that certainly may happen in the region of La Mosquitia,” the general affirmed. According to a report by the Landscape Ecology and Environment Group of the University of Buenos Aires, or GEPAMA, refining coca into cocaine causes severe environmental damage because of the irresponsible disposal of the toxic chemicals used in the process. When illicit drug manufacturers dispose of the toxic residue, they often dump it indiscriminately into the nearest stream or river, where the damage increases significantly. “So, as in Colombia, it’s not going to be easy or quick to repair the damage caused by the production of illicit drugs in the woods and forests of Honduras if we don’t start to do something immediately,” Gen. López Reyes said. Disaster Mitigation After Hurricane Mitch led to landslides and floods that buried towns and destroyed more than 100 bridges in Honduras, the practices that had exacerbated the floods such as indiscriminate logging, cultivating only one type of crop and rapid urban expansion continued. The importance of protecting the forests lies in the fact that forests absorb, accumulate and release water, as well as protect the watershed from erosion caused by the winds and torrential rains of hurricanes. “Poorly-managed forests and drought conditions in Honduras have contributed to creating an environment in which the ecosystems are prone to forest fires,” said Rodolfo Stechmann Andino, a co-founder of Honduran Community Development. By Dialogo January 01, 2011last_img read more

Congressional leaders echo CUNA’s call for rulemaking pause

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), chair of the House Financial Services Committee, have echoed CUNA’s call for a pause in rulemakings from federal regulators unless they are designed to help them during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.Such a moratorium was first on the list of suggestions in a letter CUNA sent to the administration this week outlining changes that could help credit unions better serve members affected by the COVID-19.CUNA’s letter to the administration called on NCUA and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to “suspend all pending rulemakings – and not propose additional rulemakings – except those intended to reduce regulatory burden or to facilitate credit unions service to members during this crisis.” continue reading »last_img read more

Atwood, Lamar host Central Ark.

first_img February 4, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditCentral Arkansas (7-15, 6-5) vs. Lamar (11-11, 5-6)Montagne Center, Beaumont, Texas; Wednesday, 8 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Two guards will be on display as Rylan Bergersen and Central Arkansas will face T.J. Atwood and Lamar. The junior Bergersen is averaging 16.4 points over the last five games. Atwood, a senior, has scored 22 percent of the team’s points this season and is averaging 14.6 over his last five games. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Atwood, Lamar host Central Ark.center_img Associated Press STEPPING UP: Atwood is averaging 15.8 points and 6.7 rebounds to lead the way for the Cardinals. Davion Buster has complemented Atwood and is accounting for 15.1 points and two steals per game. The Bears are led by Bergersen, who is averaging 15 points and 4.9 rebounds.TAKE IT UP A NOTCH: The Bears have scored 81.5 points per game and allowed 78.4 points per game in conference play thus far. Those are both solid improvements over the 68.8 points scored and 94.8 points given up per game to non-conference foes.BRILLIANT BERGERSEN: Bergersen has connected on 22.5 percent of the 111 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 10 of 25 over his last five games. He’s also converted 68 percent of his foul shots this season.WINLESS WHEN: Lamar is 0-9 this year when it scores 62 points or fewer and 11-2 when it scores at least 63.STREAK STATS: Lamar has lost its last four home games, scoring an average of 62.8 points while giving up 71.3.DID YOU KNOW: The Lamar defense has forced opponents into turnovers on an impressive 24.9 percent of all possessions, which is the 13th-highest rate in the country. The Central Arkansas offense has turned the ball over on 23.1 percent of its possessions (ranked 339th among Division I teams).last_img read more

South Haven girls win SCBL Tournament Championship Saturday

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The South Haven girls won the South-Central Border League Basketball Tournament over Sedan 44-34 held at Cowley Community College Saturday evening.West Elk would beat Udall 51-47 for first place in the boys division (see brackets here: Final SCBL girls BB bracket 2015 and SCBL boys BB bracket 2015).Caldwell would defeat Oxford 52-37 for third place in the boys division. Caldwell girls would finish fifth.•••••South Haven’s championshipSouth Haven captured the SCBL tournament crown with a 44-34 victory over Sedan Friday night. The Cardinals opened with an 11-8 first quarter lead, but trailed at the half, 18-17.The Cardinals would outscore the Blue Devils 11-8 and 16-8 in the third and fourth quarter for the win.South Haven was led by Chloe Ralls with 12 points. Deborah Morrison had 10 and Paige Turek 9 (see full stats here: South Haven vs. Sedan girls stats).The Cardinals were 13 of 35 from the field for a 37 percent success rate, and 17 of 30 from the free throw line. Baylee Tanner led the team in rebounds with 8.South Haven is now 8-4 overall and 2-0 in league play. South Haven1161116—44 SCBL Tournament Championship girls      Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down ProudDAD · 289 weeks ago These games were awesome. the CCCC campus was a good place to hold this. My daughter Esther got to Play some good defense. The Team did an awesome job. Report Reply 0 replies · active 289 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Follow us on Twitter. South Haven: Harris 2, Morrison 10, Ralls 12, Turek 9, Tanner 4, Ray 2, Hawkins 5. Total: 13 (1) 17-30 44. Sedan81086—34last_img read more


first_imgDonegal’s Ulster Final will take place in Clones, Monaghan, despite suggestions that the game will take place in Croke Park, Dublin. The game will go ahead on the 17th of July. Dublin GAA legend Ciaran Whelan said there was an argument for having the Ulster Final in just two weeks time at GAA headquarters, however this was over-looked and it was announced today that it would instead take place in Clones.Tír Chonaill abú – bring on Tyrone!DONEGAL VS TYRONE ULSTER FINAL VENUE CONFIRMED… was last modified: July 5th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ClonesCroke ParkdonegalGAATyroneUlster Finallast_img read more