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Climate leadership means keeping fossil fuels in the ground in tropical forests and beyond (commentary)

first_imgActivism, Commentary, Editorials, Energy, Forests, Fossil Fuels, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Rights, Oil, Oil Drilling, Pollution, Rainforests 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 Rhett Butlercenter_img Ahead of next week’s Global Climate Action Summit, Amazon Watch’s Executive Director Leila Salazar-López argues that California Governor Jerry Brown can show true climate leadership by phasing out oil and gas production in the state.She notes that large volumes of crude oil from the Ecuadorian rainforest are processed in California, making the state complicit in the environmental problems plaguing indigenous communities in the Amazon and local communities living near refineries in the state.This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the author, not necessarily Mongabay. Protecting tropical forests is key to mitigating climate change. When California Governor Jerry Brown convenes the Global Climate Action Summit next week, he should seize the opportunity to make an announcement that will help address one of the root causes of both deforestation and climate change: a phase out of oil and gas production in California.Scientific consensus unequivocally demonstrates the need to accelerate a transition to a low-carbon economy – both in California and globally – in order to prevent the worst effects of climate change. To ensure this transition is both effective and doesn’t further afflict vulnerable communities, we need to stop expanding fossil fuel infrastructure around the world. As is, fossil fuel extraction is already harming people from California to the Amazon.Google Earth image showing oil storage units near neighborhoods in El Segundo, CA.Areas in California with more oil and gas development – like Bakersfield in the Central Valley and in the LA area – have demonstrably higher community rates of asthma, preterm birth, birth defects, and acute illness complaints from residents.Similarly, oil drilling in the western Amazon has resulted in devastating impacts on indigenous peoples and community health — including alarming cancer clusters — as well as rampant deforestation and frequent oil spills and waste water dumping. In Ecuador, California, and around the world, these burdens fall disproportionately on low-income communities and communities of color.The expansion of oil drilling in the Amazon and the deforestation it implies is occurring in no small part due to demand from California. As documented by Amazon Watch, California refineries purchase about 50% of all oil exports from the western Amazon basin. Refineries in the state then process that crude oil, spewing out pollutants that endanger public health in our communities and exacerbate the climate crisis.Continued oil extraction and deforestation in the Amazon has global ramifications. Tropical forests – particularly the immense Amazon rainforest – serve a key role in sequestering carbon and regulating global weather patterns. If they disappear, we will all experience the negative consequences. In fact, these repercussions will fall disproportionately on Californians: a Princeton University study concluded that a vanishing Amazon could cause up to a 50% reduction in rainfall in the Sierra Nevadas.Photo of a secret oil access road built in 2013 within Block 31 of Yasuni National Park, one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth. Photo © Ivan Kashinsky.Fossil-fueled climate change will — and already is — affecting us, and California stands to be hard-hit by these future impacts. California’s fourth Climate Change Assessment found that temperatures are expected to rise by 5.6 to 8.8°F by the end of the 21st century, and within 50 years Californians can expect thousands more heat-related deaths annually. Sea level rise and fire intensity are also expected to increase.As California Governor Jerry Brown prepares to welcome world leaders to San Francisco for the Global Climate Action Summit, he must acknowledge the fact that California is one of the country’s largest producers and processors of oil and gas. And he must reckon with the fact that if we continue to build out oil and gas infrastructure, climate change will accelerate and communities from California to the Amazon will suffer increasingly disastrous impacts as a result.In the coming week, Governor Brown needs to issue concrete plans for a managed decline of fossil-fuel production in California. As the leader of the world’s fifth largest economy, this action would have a ripple effect.Our communities and our climate cannot afford any less. And time is running out.Kichwa residents of the community of Rumipamba, along the Auca Road, clean up an oil spill left by Texaco and later taken over by Petroecuador. The spill, which happened in the 80s and 90s, came from the drilling site called “Pozo Sur 1” and is up the road from their community. Photo © Karla Gachet and Iván Kashinsky.last_img read more

Huawei, LG may manufacture two separate Nexus devices this year

first_imgNexus devices have been Android’s frontier smartphones and thecompany uses these devices to expand its pure Android operating system. Every yearthe company collaborates with different manufacturers to create a new Nexusdevice. According to a report from IBTimes,Huawei will be the next manufacturer that might release the purported Nexus 7. This mightcome as a surprise as this will be the first time the Search giant will becollaborating with a Chinese company for a Nexus device.After the launch of Android M at the Google I/O event,people have been speculating the next manufacturer who will pair up with theSearch giant to build the next Nexus device. Earlier Google has worked with industry giants like Samsung, HTC, LG andMotorola to create these power oriented devices. This new partnership will be mutually beneficial for boththe companies. Huawei is on the top spot in the Chinese market but it does nothave a strong hold on the Western smartphone market whereas Google might gainacceptance in the biggest market of the world. Google’s decision to work withHuawei might possibly invite a lot of flak from the American government asthere were rumours that Huawei has colluded with the Chinese government.According to the report, the company will work things out with the Chinesegovernment to provide users with the Google services.Earlierwe reported that Google might also be planning to launch another Nexus devicein collaboration with LG, which could mean we might get another Nexus device inthe same period of the year. The next Nexus device is rumoured to sport a 5.7-inch screen which is smaller than the previous 6 inch Nexus 6 but still fallsin the phablet category. A lot of users and developers believe that the phabletcategory is not ideal for a Nexus device which is why the information about asecond Nexus device sporting a normal 5 inch screen might be apossibility. advertisementAlso read: AndroidM top features, how you will get it, and everything else you need to knowlast_img read more

North European Ports to Make Cruise Industry Greener

first_imgzoom Ten North European ports have joined forced to find solutions to make the growing cruise industry greener through a three-year project.The project, which will focus on finding a practical and commercial way to supply cruise ships with green energy, was launched as the cruise ship market is predicted to grow 3.3 percent by 2030, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).Led by the Hamburg Port Authority, EU Interreg project includes Hamburg Cruise Center, Rostock Port, Freeport of Riga Authority, Klaipeda State Seaport Authority, Maritime Institute in Gdansk, and the ports of Bergen, Tallin, Helsinki and Esbjerg.With a budget of EUR 2.9 million, the project has the aim of examining how the ports can help cruise ship operators become greener and more sustainable.“The rapid growth of the cruise industry makes it interesting for the ports, but the industry’s growth poses certain challenges as well, particularly in relation to neighbouring areas. All ports face these same challenges, so the idea is to collaborate on finding solutions. In an ideal world, cruise ships should meet the same standards and rules in every port,” Ingo Fehrs, Senior Adviser Port Strategy of the Hamburg Port Authority, said.A detailed account of ways the ports can help enhance sustainability in the cruise shipping sector is set to be presented at the project’s closing conference in 2019, Fehrs said, adding that the project would look at areas where more regulation is needed.Shortly after the ten ports met at the opening conference in Hamburg on October 27, 2016, the environmental committee of the UN’s International Maritime Organisation (IMO) set the implementation date for the new global sulphur emission regulations to 2020.The new regulations impose stricter requirements on the shipping industry and lower the cap on sulphur content of marine fuels from 3.5 percent to 0.5 percent.last_img read more

Brian Gallant to announce plans to step down as New Brunswick Liberal

first_imgFREDERICTON — Former New Brunswick premier Brian Gallant will be stepping down as Liberal leader, and asking the party to organize a leadership convention.The Canadian Press has learned from sources close to Gallant that he intends to remain as Opposition leader until the party chooses a new head.An official announcement is expected Thursday.Gallant became leader in 2012, and premier in 2014 at the age of 32, but came up short in September’s provincial election.Gallant’s minority government was toppled two weeks ago in a confidence vote on the throne speech, and Progressive Conservative Premier Blaine Higgs and his minority government were sworn-in last week.On his last day in office, Gallant said if he was to quit as leader, he would remain as MLA for his riding of Shediac Bay-Dieppe.Donald Wright, a political scientist at the University of New Brunswick, says ideally the new Liberal leader will be someone from outside the party who can bring new ideas and new energy, and not be associated with the last four years.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

RitzCarlton sets up signs for 12storey on Grace Bay

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Right next door to the Seven Stars Resort is where the RitzCarlton Residences, Turks and Caicos Grace Bay is advertising that it will be erected. On Monday, a passerby sent us a photo of the coming soon banner now cradling the fence surrounding the vacant lot. As many as 34 services are being touted for the property which is now promoting the sales of these luxury residences on the World’s #1 Beach. Despite strong objection, it appears that nothing will stop the 12 storey structure and there are artists’ renderings to show how the soon to be tallest building in the TCI, will look on Grace Bay. Deserollos Hotelco will develop the site which features two and three bedroom residences at around 3,300 square feet. On the pro side of this feisty argument, residents welcome more development and the construction boom this Deserollos project is expected to bring. The ‘stop the 12 storey developments in Turks and Caicos’ petition had up to broadcast time, 956 signatures against the development; the goal is 1,500. If you want to see the video of what the resort with 60 private condominiums and spanning 688 linear feet along the coastline will look like, go to our report at MagneticMediaTV.com and follow the link. http://www.theresidencesturksandcaicos.com/ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Maskanoo to take over Grace Bay strip Boxing Day Saturday Local Atty says Govt going against public consultation; says NO to taller resort plan Opposition says: Govt slow to restore construction industry; 12-storey debacle no surprise Related Items:12 storey, deserollos hotelco, grace bay, ritz carltonlast_img read more

People on the Move

first_img In her previous role, Blanchard served as head of communications for NBCUniversal’s Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media division, comprised of a diverse portfolio of businesses including Telemundo Media, Bravo Media and Sprout, among others. “Communication is central to everything we do as we transform Condé Nast to the premier media company of the future,” said Sauerberg.  “Cameron is a uniquely qualified executive with extensive experience in media, and will be the ideal partner to me and the team to lead our communications and strategic efforts during the next phase of our growth.” Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move:  AtlanticLIVE, the events division of The Atlantic, has hired Emmy award-winning journalist Rob Hendin as its executive producer. Hendin has served as a senior producer at CBS News’s Face the Nation since 2011. Prior to his tenure at Face the Nation, he held numerous leadership roles at CBS including chief White House producer, senior political producer and chief justice producer. International Business Times, a digital global news publication, has announced that award-winning journalist, Carter Dougherty, has joined the newsroom as senior international economics writer. Dougherty has covered international economic issues for nearly 20 years, starting at the specialty publication Inside U.S. Trade in Washington. Meredith Corporation has announced that chief strategy officer Kim Martin will be expanding her responsibilities to include oversight for Meredith National Media Group’s original video programming development across all platforms. Prior to joining Meredith, Martin served as president and general manager of WE tv for nine years.center_img Trusted Media Brands, Inc. (formerly Reader’s Digest Association) announced that Alec Casey has been appointed chief marketing officer. With more than two decades of publishing experience, Casey joins from Bloomberg, where he served as head of global circulation and production.  Condé Nast president Bob Sauerberg has appointed Cameron Blanchard executive vice president of corporate communications. Blanchard succeeds Patricia Röckenwagner and was previously senior vice president of corporate communications at NBCUniversal. Fusion.net has announced several hires to their audience development and analytics teams: Alton Phillips as their new executive director of audience development, and Diana Ryan, who will serve as a growth editor. Adam Neuman has been promoted to senior analytics manager and Harry Cammer has joined as analytics associate to support Adam. Farm Journal Media has named Melissa Sanders Carroll to the new position of general manager of Top Producer Executive Network (TPEN)–Farm Journal’s three year-old, rapidly growing peer-to-peer network for executive level producers. Most recently, Sanders Carroll served as general manager for Adayana’s government-focused consulting service in Washington DC.last_img read more

Showcasing united colours of India under one roof

first_imgThe national Capital is a cultural hub where various events are held to promote different cultures of different states. When it comes to artworks, Delhi perfectly plays its role as the capital city of India. Nearly all states find their respective authentic and twisted artworks scattered in the city. In order to bring a taste of the art and culture from different states under one roof, Delhi Tourism in association with Dastkari Haat Samiti has organised a festival of colours at Dilli Haat, Janakpuri from March 11 to March 20. This unique festival aims to present the artistic works of various Indian artisans and portray the blend of traditional and modern art through their works. Leading artisans from different parts of India have been invited to display their artistic works such as Khurja pottery, terracotta, handmade wooden items, Gujarati tie and dye items, banana/natural fibre items, silver jewellery, kites from Gujarat, paper craft and wire craft, Rajasthani Shibori art and tie and dye. Dilli Haat, Janak Puri is a multi-purpose, socio-cultural complex with a ‘bazaar’ feel to it. It is an urban version of the traditional weekly market, with a delightful mix of craft, cuisine and culture.last_img read more

Dwijen Mukhopadhyay breathes his last at 91

first_imgKolkata: Vocalist and Rabindrasangeet exponent Dwijen Mukhopadhyay died at his Salt Lake residence on Monday. He was 91. His mortal remains will be kept at Rabindra Sadan for people to pay their last respects. He will be cremated with full state honours.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee went to Rabindra Sadan and paid her respects. Banerjee, who had cordial relations with Mukhopadhyay, was shocked to hear the news of his death. She tweeted: “I am at a loss for words. Dwijen Da (Mukherjee) is no more. End of an era. Huge loss for the music industry of #Bangla. This is also a personal loss. We had felicitated him with ‘Banga Bibhushan’ award in 2011. Condolences to his family and fans.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeMukhopadhyay had sung more than 1,500 songs, of which 800 were Rabindrasangeets. He had taken training in music from Sunil Lahiri and later from great Rabindrasangeet exponents like Pankaj Mullick, Anadi Ghoshdastidar, Santosh Sengupta, Shantideb Ghosh and Niharendu Sen. Mukhopadhyay got the Padbibhusan award in 2010 and also got an award from Sangeet Natak Akademi. He got Bangabhusan in 2011 and Sangeet Mahasamman in 2012 by the state government.last_img read more

5 Steps to Keeping Your Private Communications Secure

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » In today’s world, a sent email isn’t just between the sender and the recipient. Without the proper precautions, hitting send could expose information to people other than those listed in the recipient list. Stories of hacking, government surveillance and information theft abound.Whether discussing the terms of a client contract or a sensitive HR issue, employers typically lose control of a message after hitting send. Many entrepreneurs accept this lack of security as a hazard of contemporary digital culture and use limited tools to mitigate the risk: writing strongly worded subject lines (“Do Not Forward”), starting emails with “please keep this to yourself” or stamping “confidential” on all documents.Related: 5 No-Brainer Tips to Avoid Getting HackedYet every week there’s another story about compromised information or apologies for data breaches. In response, the Federal Trade Commission has tightened its privacy policies to further inform and protect consumers. But that’s not enough once the damage has been done (see Heartbleed). Yet business owners no longer have to cross their fingers and hope for the best when sending sensitive email. It’s now possible to control where emails go, how long they can be seen and most important retrieve them when necessary — even after hitting send. Here are five simple steps to protect a business where it matters most: the in-box:Related: Yahoo Unveils Massive New Encryption Scheme to Protect Users1. Protect (digital) assets. Require employees to use end-to-end encryption tools for all communications. This ensures that the contents of email are secure from in-box to in-box and that no one can access the information while in cyber transit. Encryption was once hard, but new tools are now available that make encryption easy and available to everyone.2. Know the audience — literally. Protect the business from careless email forwarding. Disable the ability to forward messages and ensure that content stays only with the intended recipients.3. Set expiration dates. Some emails need to endure, but most don’t. They are meant to transmit information quickly and be read, responded to and deleted. Help employees manage their in-boxes by setting expiration dates on email. It will improve efficiency and allow them to focus on what’s most important.Related: 3 Biometrics Startups Heating Up the Password Security Race 4. Double down with two-factor authentication. Turn on this feature. It incredibly simple and incredibly powerful. And best of all, most email services, social networks and accounting software offer this protection. It’s the most effective way to secure what matters most to a business.5. Maintain the upper hand. Negotiating contracts? Discussing strategy? Reserve the right to revoke and rescind emails and set expiration dates. This means no earlier versions of documents will be floating around And there will be less confusion and more productivity among employees. Plus no more company secrets will be accessible once a contract expires. My company, Virtru, offers a plug-in for Gmail and other web mail systems by which a person can revoke any message after it has been sent with no limitations. So if a person shares some intellectual property in an email and then a contract expires, the sender can later revoke the message, making the content unreadable. While everyone uses email, most organizations haven’t taken the basic steps to minimize their risk and exposure. Small businesses like large enterprises should take preventative measures to manage email risks and minimize loss or theft of sensitive or confidential information.Related: The Threat Lurking in Bringing Your Own Device to Work June 9, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

TPI unveils new logo at annual conference

first_imgTPI unveils new logo at annual conference Share Monday, November 28, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Travel Professionals International (TPI) has announced that after 22 years, it has updated its brand and launched a new logo, which was unveiled at the 2016 TPI Annual Conference, ‘Sea Change’.“Our new brand is a reflection of our legacy of 22 years in the travel industry. TPI’s brand is synonymous with excellence, integrity, and strong relationships. Our network of over 800 travel advisors are truly professionals who have earned the title ‘advisor’ by always exceeding expectations for their clients. Today, our brand retains these same key elements with a new modern style.”The refreshed look builds on TPI’s previous logo while evoking feelings of the ‘Golden Age’ of travel. This new logo reawakens the feelings of the past in a fresh way, as countless studies reveal that more and more travellers are realizing the value of a travel advisor.“Today, advisors heard about how we’re continuing on our innovative journey – expanding on enhanced programs and margin growth for existing advisors – and focusing our recruitment efforts to bring on highly-qualified travel advisors to our team to better increase our buying power for the benefit of all advisors. Continuing on that journey today, we were excited to present a refreshed branding for TPI”, Chia continued.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongThe 2016 TPI Annual Conference welcomed nearly 200 TPI travel advisors, guests, staff and travel partners. It was presented by TPI and its preferred partners, including Celebrity Cruises, Air Canada, Air Canada Vacations, Allianz Global Assistance and Transat Holidays, among others.center_img Posted by Tags: TPI Travelweek Group last_img read more