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10Feb/20

Latam Eco Review: Spectacled bears in the spotlight

first_imgAnimals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Ecosystems, Endangered Species, Environment, Marine Protected Areas, Oceans, Protected Areas, Tropical Forests, Wildlife Among the most read stories at our Spanish-language service, Mongabay-Latam, this past week were articles about camera traps providing new insights into the spectacled bear’s natural habitat in Peru, and in Ecuador both private and governmental initiatives which are successfully fighting to protect the dry forest ecosystem in the southern part of the country.The banner image above shows a butterfly (Lasaia agesilas), known as the glittering sapphire, in the reserve of Tambopata, Peru. Stay up to date with Mongabay-Latam by following on Facebook and Twitter.Videos: spectacled bear’s home in the dry forests of Peru revealed“Laura” is a spectacled bear that lives in the Batán Grande Archaeological Complex, Peru. Camera traps have provided insight into how she and other bears live in the dry forest of Peru, their natural habitat.The spectacled bear of the dry forest feeds mainly on sapote. Photo courtesy of SBC Peru.The dry forest: a threatened jewel in EcuadorDeforestation, agriculture and livestock have put a lot of pressure on the dry forests of Ecuador, threatening these ecosystems’ great biodiversity. But there are positive private and government initiatives that are successfully fighting for conservation.Native trees of the dry forest. Photo courtesy of Naturaleza y Cultura Internacional.Chiribiquete Park in Colombia is now a mixed World Heritage SiteThe announcement that the Chiribiquete National Natural Park is now a World Mixed Heritage Site comes at a key moment for the conservation of the largest protected area in Colombia. After its expansion, the challenge of the new government is to confront the economic and illegal interests that cause the deforestation of this wonder.Chiribiquete is an important area for the conservation of birds. Photo courtesy of Parques Nacionales.Bolivia: three main threats to the Sama ReserveThe Tajzara Basin, a wetland of international importance, faces serious threats due to overgrazing, the construction of a road and intense droughts. What is the impact on the fragile ecosystem of the Cordillera de Sama Biological Reserve?Overgrazing, the construction of a road, and the intense and prolonged droughts generate significant impacts on the fragile ecosystem of the Cordillera de Sama Biological Reserve. Photo courtesy of Sernap.Chile: new marine reserve will protect species and ecosystems of the Rapa NuiThe creation of the Rapa Nui Marine Protected Area generated positive expectations, and is the largest in Latin America. The government of Chile and the Rapa Nui people will manage it and only traditional artisanal fishing will be allowed.The management of the new protected area will be in the hands of a governing board composed of six representatives of the Rapa Nui people and five from the Chilean government. Photo courtesy of Governorate Easter Island.Setting a price on carbon could save millions of hectares of tropical forestA recently published study found that setting a price of $20(US) per metric ton of carbon dioxide could reduce deforestation by about 16 percent.A logging road in Gabon. Photo by Rhett A. Butler/ Mongabay.Read all these stories in Spanish here. Article published by Maria Salazarcenter_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 overSponsoredlast_img read more

17Dec/19

Interoperability in Virtual Worlds: Experts Discuss Possible Futures

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Is the move towards interoperability a meaningful announcement and what kind of future could it lead to? I asked three industry experts for their opinion this morning.A Musical Tour of Select SecondLife Locations Professional virtual world gadfly Eric Rice told me this morning that it would not be easy to translate identities from one platform to another. He’s known as the character Spin Martin in most of the worlds he visits, including Second Life where he’s the owner of one of the premier event spaces in the world. That’s not the case in the warfighting world of Halo, however, where Rice feels the need to operate under a more battle-ready identity. Likewise, graphics standards are wildly different from world to world and Rice said that residents of some of the more visually high-end worlds would likely take on a “Not in My Backyard” attitude about ugly avatars from less visually compelling worlds if interoperability presumes a direct translation of avatars. Rice also predicted that some worlds would only respect standards in theory while in practice building non-compliant but technically superior avatars and functionality for their users. It’s a logical next step for the medium of virtual worlds and one that could cause their number and size to grow substantially. It could also lead to bitter, if sometimes humorous, conflict between users identified primarily with different sites. Nick Carr warned this morning that the move will likely lead attacks on peaceful Second Life residents by ogres from World of Warcraft. Innovation in IdentityBarb Dybwad, Producer of the gaming Joystiq and Engadget networks at Weblogs, Inc, says the interoperability announcement raises the possibility of a standards based environment of incredible fecundity – the kind of thing the web at large should embrace more than it does. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting “It’s basically mashing up Second Life with concepts like OpenID and web standards and turning a once proprietary walled garden model into open architecture,” she said, “and that’s a good thing for users and businesses alike.” Innovation Through Open Architecture“I think digital identity/avatars is one component of it,” Barb Dybwad told me in response to Rice’s concerns, “but they go beyond that and are talking about opening the architecture in the platform itself – including transactions and integration with existing web services using web standards. That could be big.” Dybwad believes this type of platform could become nearly ubiquitous online someday soon. “I’m playing a few other MMOs and I definitely see a future where gamers and even people who don’t identify as gamers are spending much more time inside virtual worlds,” she told me. “It’s an incredibly compelling experience. It’s experiential in a way that things like Facebook and Myspace don’t quite get … until they make their own 3D platform on top of themselves.” Increasing User NumbersWagner James Au is the founder of New World Notes, a blog focused on Second Life. He was an embedded reporter on staff with Linden Labs in the games early years and is now working on a forthcoming book about SL. Au told me that he sees the interoperability announcement as very related to today’s release of the Electric Sheep Company’s simplified Second Life browser; both are events that could be key in turning Second Life into “a truly mass market phenomenon.” That seems plausible to me; other virtual worlds are far more populated than Second Life and its official client is notoriously difficult for beginners to use.Making mass access to virtual worlds more viable could lead to any number of events. IBM dealt with a relevant situation just last month when it was the target of what’s believed to be the first labor strike in Second Life. Nearly 2000 people from around the world stormed the company’s SL business center is solidarity with striking Italian IBM workers on the 27th of September.center_img Standards are never an easy thing to agree upon but it’s exciting to thing that these questions could be close to seeing some working answers developed. One thing’s for sure – when the time comes I’d appreciate if you’ll have pity on my poor, under-dressed avatar. Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick I asked Barb if she thought the move could make Linden Labs more relevant to the virtual world market in general than it currently is. “What this work could do is open the market completely so almost everyone could add virtual world functionality on top of their existing services; so there would be a million second lifes. It distributes the virtual world market instead of hoarding it under linden lab and i think that’s a smart move for them.” Linden Labs, makers of Second Life, announced a partnership with IBM and nearly 30 other companies today to work on creating a layer of interoperability across all online virtual worlds. This layer, the plans for which are being discussed publicly for the first time at today’s Virtual Worlds Expo in San Jose, would allow users to port identities and other assets from one virtual world to another. 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15Dec/19

Web Development Reading List #177: Getting Started With Components, CT-Header, And New Regular Expressions

first_img Posted on 7th April 2017Web Design FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share From time to time, we need to take some time off, and actually, I’m glad that this reading list is a bit shorter as the ones you’re used to. Because one thing that really stuck with me this week was Eric Karjaluoto’s article.In his article, he states that, “Taking pride in how busy we are is one of the worst ideas we ever had.” So, how about reading just a few articles this week for a change and then take a complete weekend off to recharge your battery?The post Web Development Reading List #177: Getting Started With Components, CT-Header, And New Regular Expressions appeared first on Smashing Magazine.From our sponsors: Web Development Reading List #177: Getting Started With Components, CT-Header, And New Regular Expressions HomeWeb DesignWeb Development Reading List #177: Getting Started With Components, CT-Header, And New Regular Expressions Related postsInclusive Components: Book Reviews And Accessibility Resources13th December 2019Should Your Portfolio Site Be A PWA?12th December 2019Building A CSS Layout: Live Stream With Rachel Andrew10th December 2019Struggling To Get A Handle On Traffic Surges10th December 2019How To Design Profitable Sales Funnels On Mobile6th December 2019How To Build A Real-Time Multiplayer Virtual Reality Game (Part 2)5th December 2019 Web Development Reading List #177: Getting Started With Components, CT-Header, And New Regular ExpressionsYou are here:last_img read more