In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, August 10, 2018

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Article published by John Cannon There are many important conservation and environmental stories Mongabay isn’t able to cover.Here’s a digest of some of the significant developments from the week.If you think we’ve missed something, feel free to add it in the comments. We’ve collected a few stories that were published this week by other news outlets.Tropical forestsNew aerial images track the continued destruction of the Amazon for gold mining (Wired).Brazil’s environment ministry says it has cut its carbon dioxide emissions to below its 2020 emissions target (Reuters).The life span of captured Asian elephants is shorter than that of elephants born in captivity (University of Turku/Phys.Org).Funding for forest conservation must increase, conservation groups say (Environmental Finance).A World Bank-supported chimpanzee sanctuary in Guinea is now threatened by a World Bank-backed dam project (The Guardian).Fire is a more potent degrader of Amazon forest than logging, new research finds (Pacific Standard).A company building a new dam in Indonesia’s Sumatra Island as part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative insists it won’t cause the extinction of the Tapanuli orangutan, but scientists say the evidence suggests otherwise (National Geographic News, Christian Science Monitor).Opponents of a “new” dam in Malaysian Borneo say it’s the same project they’ve fought against for years because of the communities it will displace and the environmental problems it will cause (The Star).Lemurs use millipedes to treat the symptoms of threadworm infections (The Economist).A look back into our planet’s climate history reveals that the carbon dioxide we’re liable to add to the atmosphere by 2100 could radically change life as we know it (The Atlantic).Brazil has created a zero-extinction alliance to protect the habitat of some 230 species of wildlife (American Bird Conservancy).Women in Guyana lend their knowledge to help address climate change (Demerara Waves).A new study lays out three strategies that seeds employ to survive often hostile tropical environments (Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute/Science Daily).Other newsScientists have created “biological passports” to follow the movements of individual whale sharks (Science Magazine).Authorities confiscated more than 1,100 endangered Indian star tortoises in India on their way to Bangladesh (The Hindu).Right now, it looks like 2018 will be the fourth-hottest year ever recorded (The New York Times).The latest algal bloom in Florida is menacing the state’s wildlife (The New York Times).Trump administration officials must disallow the use of a pesticide harmful to children’s brain development, a court says (Los Angeles Times).The last of the 11 black rhinos moved to Kenya’s Tsavo East National Park in June has died after a lion attack (Capital News, The Daily Mail).California has signed on to a “green financing” pact (Global Climate Summit).Scientists warn of drastically different “hothouse Earth” climate, even if humans do cut carbon emissions (BBC News, New Scientist).The algae that live with corals may have evolved 160 million years ago, much earlier than previously thought (BBC News).Scientists turn up evidence that cities are driving the evolution of some wildlife species (The Guardian).A controversial $444 million grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation would force applications for taxpayer money to go through a private organization, critics say (The Guardian).A chronicle of a necropsy on the blue whale, the largest animal that’s ever lived (Hakai Magazine).Sixteen days after her calf’s death, a mother orca is still tending to her baby’s body (BBC News).The ocean’s mammals have lost the gene that protects land-dwelling mammals from the mind-altering effects of a pesticide (University of Pittsburgh/Phys.Org, The New York Times).Is this what the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge might look like with gas and oil drilling? (The New York Times).A corn variety acclimated to low-nitrogen soils could help cut the use of fertilizer (The Atlantic).White House officials reel back controls on a pesticide that may threaten essential pollinators like bees (The Guardian).Zoologists describe two new species of lizards from India (The Natural History Museum, London).New EU law holds promise for indigenous community rights around the world (Underrepresented Nations & Peoples Organization).A board member of the UN’s Green Climate Fund explains the turmoil surrounding a recent meeting, leading to a failure to approve around $1 billion in projects (Devex).Banner image of an Indian star tortoise by Davidvraju (CC BY-SA 4.0), via Wikimedia Commons.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.center_img Conservation, Environment, Weekly environmental news update last_img read more

Develop hidden qualities of youths – Commander Hicken

first_imgGuyana needs to create an atmosphere to help develop the hidden qualities of youths in a positive way, according to Divisional Commander, Clifton Hicken.“We need to develop the qualities of the youths and focus on them in a positive way and not exploit the youths in a wrong direction,” Commander Hicken was atA variety of food and products made by the youthsthe time addressing the gathering last Saturday at the Division Youth Group Brand launching, at the Police Officer’s Annexe, Eve Leary, Kingston.Commander Hicken added that it is the nation’s responsibility to explore the talents of the youths especially in the fields that they are interested in. He highlighted that the Police Youth Groups focus on the interests of the communities relating to the crime levels and productivity of the youths.Meanwhile, the Police Youth Groups will be providing training for the youths to shift themselves into entrepreneurship which will also assist in branding communities to bridge a relationship between the Police and communities.The Commander stressed that that the initiative will help develop young entrepreneurship skills. He noted that parents are also interested in the initiative.Commander Hicken noted that stakeholders are drawn to the initiative created to highlight the products made by the youths. He hopes that the products will be marketed within three months.The youths will be showcasing their products at GuyExpo 2017 as part of the effort to expand their businesses.The Police Youth Group is designed to develop the young people from various communities economically so that they in turn can positively contribute to their communities.last_img read more

Government Strongly Advise Turks Islanders Should Not Travel 5 West African Countries

first_img Recommended for you Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Oct 2014 – Turks and Caicos Islanders should not travel five West African countries because the government is strongly advising against it… you may find yourself unable to reenter the territory if you do. The government this morning issued a travel advisory around 8:30am which likely takes immediate effect… nations named were: Liberia, Guinea, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. No change on how long you could be quarantined; still 21 days according to the Minister of Health, Porsha Smith. Who explained, “We have been monitoring movements globally, and note that each day additional cases of Ebola are identified in various countries. We are not isolated from the world; therefore TCIG has issued a travel advisory as a precautionary measure.” The Turks and Caicos remains Ebola free.Questions arising now about how much influence the Premier has over his Cabinet as yet again, members of the governing side went MIA during voting on critical legislation. MM has confirmed that the Immigration Bill 2014 failed to get a second reading yesterday because both Minister of Health Porsha Smith and Minister of Government Support Services George Lightbourne were not in the House of Assembly during voting. The PDM with its eight NOs edged out the PNPs seven YESes. The governor’s appointed members abstained from voting. Minister Don Hue Gardiner who presented the bill for a second reading was encouraged to seek consultation. TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Related Items:donhue gardiner, george lightbourne, guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Pdm, pnp, Portia smith, Senegal, Sierra Leone, tci government Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’last_img read more

This is how Kareena Kapoor reacted when Parineeti expressed her crush on

first_imgKareena Kapoor and Parineeti ChopraTwitterActress Parineeti Chopra, who appeared on The Kapil Sharma Show, said that Kareena Kapoor has no issues with her liking for Saif Ali Khan and she would make a Jabariya Jodi, if she gets a chance.Jabariya Jodi is slated to hit the screens on August 2 and the makers are busy with its publicity activities. Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra will be seen promoting the upcoming movie on SET’s popular comedy show The Kapil Sharma Show. The duo had a fun banter with the host. They were caught teasing each other and sharing fun tales during their shoot for Jabariyan Jodi.Accompanying her will be charming actor Sidharth Malhotra and together, they will be seen promoting their upcoming movie Jabariya Jodi. The duo had a fun banter with the host Kapil Sharma and was caught teasing each other and sharing fun tales during their shoot for Jabariyan Jodi.Talking to Kapil Sharma, Parineeti Chopra opened to about her crush on Saif Ali Khan. Kapil asked her if she gets a chance to find her Jabariya Jodi from Bollywood, who she would choose. She replied, “If I get a chance, I would definitely kidnap Saif Ali Khan to make my Jabariya Jodi. I have always admired him. I have even mentioned the same to Kareena and she is very okay with the fact that I admire him.”She said that she is highly inspired from SRK’S dialogue in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai where he says pyaar dosti hai. She religiously follows the rule and makes everyone her best friend.Kapil will be seen taking fitness tips from Sidharth and take tips from him on getting rid of the side belly fat. Siddharth said, “I do it by not eating ice cream and maintaining a sea food diet where see food means just seeing the junk food and not eating it.”last_img read more

Manju resumes electioneering after 4hour boycott

first_imgNazrul Islam ManjuBNP’s mayoral candidate in Khulna City Corporation elections Nazrul Islam Manju has resumed electioneering four hours after his decision to refrain from the election campaign.Manju on Thursday morning boycotted his campaign protesting the arrest of 19 leaders and activists of the party.But he backtracked from his earlier decision at around 1:00pm Thursday and declared his decision to resume campaigning at a press briefing at Khulna BNP office.He said, “BNP has taken this election as a part of the ongoing movement, so there is no scope to keep away from election.”Then he resumed his campaign along with his supporters.On Wednesday night, law enforcers arrested 19 leaders and activists of BNP, including its city unit publicity affairs secretary Asaduzzaman Murad, Jubo Dal president Mahbub Hossain, district unit president Mostafaul Bari Lablu and district unit Jatiyatabadi Chhatral Dal general secretary Golam Mostafa Tuhin from different parts of the city.Manju alleged that the law enforcers were trying to terrorise BNP leaders and activists into keeping away from the election campaign.The BNP mayoral candidate also claimed that the ruling Awami League men were violating the election code of conduct but the Election Commission did not pay heed to his allegations.He also urged the authorities concerned to create a level-playing field and stop others from intimidating his party men.Khulna City Corporation election is scheduled to be held on 15 May.last_img read more

Virtual Singapore test bed for planners plotters

first_imgGeorge Loh, director of programmes at the National Research Foundation (NRF), showcases Virtual Singapore, a detailed 3D model of the city-state that will be fed with big data and could assist in everything from urban planning to disaster mitigation, at the National Research Foundation offices in Singapore on 21 September 2018. Picture taken on 21 September 2018. — Photo: ReutersWith the click of a button, Singapore’s security forces could soon use a digital version of the city-state to simulate a bomb threat at a sports stadium – and learn how to respond if there was a real attack.Yet officials worry that “Virtual Singapore” – available soon to state agencies before an eventual public rollout – could also aid would-be terror plotters which the government says have their sights set on the wealthy island.This is just one of many security conundrums facing developers of the 3D model that will be fed by big data and could assist in everything from urban planning to disaster mitigation in the city of 5.6 million people.Developers and experts say the scheme is one of the most ambitious of its kind and will be watched by other cities hoping to use new technologies to improve the lives of citizens.“This information will help our daily lives, but it could also fall in the wrong hands and create problems for Singapore,” said George Loh, director of programs at the National Research Foundation, a department in the Prime Minister’s Office which has been leading the project’s development for over three years.“We need to think about that. We need to be two or three steps ahead,” Loh told Reuters.He said some officials considered the system “too dangerous” because militants, for example, may try to access details like the height or view from buildings to plan sniper attacks.Cybersecurity was also a concern after the country suffered its biggest data breach this year in which 1.5 million people including the prime minister had information stolen.Virtual Singapore will be restricted to computers not connected to the worldwide web, so-called ‘internet separation’, when it is rolled out to government offices in the coming months.The problems become more complex when deciding on the amount and accuracy of the data that will be available to citizens using the 3D model at a later date.“If it is not accurate enough, nobody will use the platform. But if it’s too accurate, then there’s a problem. The question is the tradeoff and how we address the threats that we would face,” Loh said.ROLE MODEL?With a stable, centralized government, Singapore is seen as an ideal testing ground for new technologies. But some plans, such as a network of surveillance cameras with facial recognition software, have stoked privacy concerns.Scott Hawken, a lecturer in urban development and design at the University of New South Wales in Australia, said Virtual Singapore was among “the most advanced and comprehensive” 3D mapping projects and was seen as a model by other countries.However, he cautioned that such technologies also raised serious questions about privacy, surveillance and security.The S$73 million ($53 million) Virtual Singapore scheme is part of the government’s “Smart Nation” plan to use cutting-edge technology to improve people’s lives. The government has pledged to be sensitive to privacy, and Loh said some data on Virtual Singapore may be anonymised to address those concerns.Alexandre Parilusyan of Dassault Systemes, a French software firm working on the project, said other cities have used 3D modeling to address problems like transport planning, but the scale and ambition of Virtual Singapore makes it unique.Among its future uses, the 3D model could predict the spread of flash floods in the city, or simulate how microwaves travel through high-density areas and certain building materials to help detect dark spots in cellular network coverage.“When you look at what Singapore is doing today, you are already looking to the future in the crystal ball,” he said.last_img read more


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