African leaders met at a summit to discuss land restoration across the continent on Nov. 13, ahead of the U.N. Biodiversity Conference in Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt.Representatives from several African countries shared their countries’ pledges to restore hundreds of thousands of square kilometers of degraded and deforested land in the coming decades.The summit’s leaders said they hoped the deliberations during the day-long summit would help African countries in both their contributions to international targets and to the improvement of their natural ecosystems for the benefit of their citizens. African leaders came together on Nov. 13 to back the restoration of hundreds of thousands of square kilometers of degraded ecosystems ahead of the start of the U.N. Biodiversity Conference.The day-long summit in Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt, which included some 100 government ministers, ambassadors and partner staff from across Africa, culminated in support for the Pan-African Action Agenda on Ecosystem Restoration for Increased Resilience, which the summit’s leaders say will aid in both achieving international targets and improving the resiliency of African countries for the people who call them home.A farmer walks through the Sahel in Niger. Image by John C. Cannon/Mongabay.Cristiana Pașca Palmer, executive secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, said in a statement that the commitments would help Africa contribute to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, aimed at stemming biodiversity loss. Paşca Palmer also highlighted the importance of the effort in the “New Deal for Nature and People,” which makes a case for biodiversity protection and the essential role that healthy ecosystems play for humanity.“No region of the world has a more important role to play in protecting the future of humanity and the future of the planet than Africa,” she said in her remarks at the summit. “The Secretariat of the Convention stands ready to further support this work.”Cameroon plans to restore 120,000 square kilometers (46,000 square miles) of forest like that pictured here. Image by John C. Cannon/Mongabay.The commitments to bolstering natural ecosystems came from across the continent. In the Sahara and the Sahel, representatives from Niger, Burkina Faso and Algeria said their countries would restore thousands of square kilometers of degraded land. Uganda, Cameroon and Madagascar all plan to restore large areas of forest. And Ethiopia detailed its efforts to engage farmers in bringing back 150,000 square kilometers (58,000 square miles) of forest.Delegates to the summit endorsed the Pan-African Agenda, with its formal adoption contingent on the support of leaders at the African Union meeting coming up in January 2019. The United Nations Environment Programme said in the release that the pledges would serve as a foundation for further restoration on the continent.Land cleared for farming in Madagascar. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.“I am honoured to have hosted this first African Ministerial Summit on Biodiversity which I am convinced will lead the way to promoting natured-based solutions for increased resilience and wellbeing of people in Africa,” Yasmine Fouad, Egypt’s environment minister, said in the statement.Banner image of a male mongoose lemur (Eulemur mongoz), native to Madagascar, by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. 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Article published by John Cannon Agriculture, Biodiversity, Biodiversity Crisis, Climate Change, Climate Change And Biodiversity, Climate Change And Conservation, Climate Change And Extinction, Conservation, Deforestation, Degraded Lands, Dry Forests, Ecological Restoration, Ecosystem Restoration, Environment, Extinction, Extinction And Climate Change, forest degradation, Forests, Impact Of Climate Change, Landscape Restoration, Rainforest Agriculture, Rainforest Animals, Rainforest Biodiversity, Rainforest Conservation, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Restoration, Tropical Forests, United Nations, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation 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
Share This!©DisneyWith all the changes occurring at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge have officially been renamed. The Villas are now called Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. This was done to more accurately reflect that infamous railroad theming that Guests can experience when visiting. (Like the Carolwood Pacific Room, where you can see two railroad cars that once ran around Walt Disney’s backyard.)Establishing the Boulder Ridge Villas name is part of a project to expand the Disney Vacation Club presence at the resort, with the upcoming Copper Creek Villas and Cabins expected to open in 2017.Stay tuned for more info about the changes occurring at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge!Save
American author Jeffery Deaver has writtenthe latest installment in the phenomenallysuccessful James Bond franchise.(Image: Jeffery Deaver) MEDIA CONTACTS • Claire Richards PR, Jonathan Ball Publishers +27 21 469 8900 RELATED ARTICLES • Jock to grace SA screens again • SA short film makes festival finals • Cape Town: Africa’s Hollywood • SA-set sc-fi satire huge hit in USLyndon JafthaJames Bond – the name is synonymous with beautiful women, action-packed missions, cars, gadgets and explosions.To date, there have been 36 James Bond novels, of which 24 have made it onto film. Now, the big screen version of Carte Blanche, the 37th and latest Bond novel, will be partially filmed in the city of Cape Town, these days a popular destination for film, television and advertising shoots.Author Ian Fleming wrote the first Bond novel, Casino Royale, in 1953, introducing the world to one of its most enduring heroes.The British author published 14 Bond books between 1953 and 1964, using his own naval intelligence experience as background material. There have been suggestions that Fleming based some of his characters on real people – himself included.However, the new 007 is written by American crime author Jeffery Deaver, and was launched in Cape Town earlier in 2011. There have been over 100-million James Bond books sold since Casino Royale first hit the bookshelves, and Deaver promised that his new book will live up to the standard of the franchise.Speaking via Skype at the Cape Town launch, Deaver said: “True to James Bond novels, Cape Town is exotic and beautiful.”Carte Blanche is set in mid 2011. Former naval officer Bond has just joined the Overseas Development Group (ODG), an independent unit of British security. His assignment is to “identify and eliminate threats to the country by extraordinary means.”After preventing the derailment of a Serbian train carrying a toxic material, the suave spy focuses on Green Way International, a waste disposal group led by one Severan Hydt. The ODG allows Bond to investigate Hydt, after it learns that he was involved in the Serbian train plot. Bond tracks him to Dubai, then to South Africa.In South Africa, Bond poses as a Durban-based mercenary and fools Hydt into welcoming him into his inner circle. But then he finds out that he and the ODG were misled.Showcasing the cityAccording to a report on FilmContact.com, production will start in the southern hemisphere spring, with a release date scheduled for October 2012.The South African part of the film will be set in Cape Town’s townships, vineyards, along the Atlantic seafront, and on top of the famous landmark Table Mountain – capturing all aspects of the city.The actor most recently cast in the role of the super-spy, Daniel Craig, is likely to return as Bond. But, said Deaver, “If he is not available to play the part, I will be available. I would be happy to be in Cape Town again.”Actors who played the role of Bond over the years include Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Craig.Popular with the international film communityIn recent years Cape Town has become increasingly popular as a film destination, with a number of international films being shot, either partially or in full, in the city. Blockbusters such as Ask the Dusk (Colin Farrell, Salma Hayek, Donald Sutherland), Blood Diamond (Leonardo DiCaprio, Arnold Vosloo, Djimon Hounsou) and Lord of War (Nicholas Cage, Jared Leto) have been filmed in Cape Town.Earlier productions include Broken Arrow (John Travolta, Christian Slater), Red Dust (Hilary Swank) and the television series The Adventures of Sinbad.Numerous Bollywood productions have taken advantage of Cape Town’s unique offerings, such as Cash (2006), directed by Sohail Maklai, No Problem (2009) starring Anil Kapoor, Tum Mile (2009) directed by Kunal Deshmukh, and Blood Money (2011), directed by Vishal Mahadkar.Humble beginningsThe first ever newsreel was shot in South Africa during the Anglo-Boer War, which ended in 1902. The weekly newsreel ran for more than 60 years.Film production began in 1916 when IW Schlesinger set up Killarney Studios in Johannesburg, and the studio cranked out 42 movies between 1916 and 1922.When access to international markets became limited in the 1920s, the so-called 30-year lull began, and it was only in the 1950s that the market picked up again, when Afrikaans filmmakers developed an interest in the industry.In the 1980s, South Africa gave foreign companies the opportunity to film cheap straight-to-video movies in the country by giving them tax breaks. After 1994, the local film industry lagged behind international films. However there were several that were well received overseas, such as Cry, the Beloved Country, filmed in 1995, which won a number of awards, including one from the Screen Actors Guild.The local film industry has matured since then and has now earned international recognition. The 2005 film Tsotsi won an Oscar in 2006 under the category Best Foreign Language Film. In 2009, the sci-fi hit District Nine was nominated for an Oscar for Best Film.
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The Touch OS: Windows 7While its easy to see the usefulness of touchable handheld devices, others have questioned how exactly touchscreen computers – such as the upcoming Windows 7 OS – would be useful to consumers. Suggestions have included everything from control panels for the smart home to kitchen PCs for touch-based recipe look up to touchscreen Media Centers. However, the answer as to what could really impact touchscreen PC adoption may be as simple as this: games.At this year’s CES, a demo of a Windows 7 air hockey game demonstrated the potential for a new type of human-computer interaction…like an iPhone but much, much bigger. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Yet there still is a question as to whether the iPhone-like multi-touch capabilities of a touchscreen OS will become as big of a hit in traditional computing as they were on the smartphone. These above examples of touchscreen-based computing demonstrate the new ways we may interact with technology – and therefore the web – in coming years. It’s a glimpse into the future of a world where our interactions with technology come more easily and more naturally than ever before. This trend will continue to move computing away from being an activity for technophiles alone and will make it an activity that everyone – even mainstream users – will enjoy. Disclosure: Sarah Perez also blogs for Microsoft’s Channel 10. Image credit: iPhone – JulianBleecker sarah perez Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Features#NYT#Trends#web In addition, Microsoft also introduced two new Surface applications for Windows 7 at CES as well. One that allowed for photo manipulation and another for interacting with maps. Related Posts It’s tempting to give Apple’s iPhone credit for the birth of touch-based computing, but it was not the first touchscreen user interface – nor is it the only one in existence today. Long before the iPhone, touchscreen LCDs were common, as were touch smartphones from Palm, Sony Ericsson, HTC, and others. In addition, back in 2001 – long before the iPhone launch – Microsoft began work on Microsoft Surface, a touchscreen tabletop computer. Yet it was the iPhone’s multi-touch capabilities along with its stellar design that really got the ball rolling for touch computing. The only question that remains now is what will come next?Besides the Surface and the Kindle, we’ve recently encountered some other touch-based computing products that may one day revolutionize computing, too. Plastic Logic’s ReaderThe first product on our list is Plastic Logic’s upcoming e-book reader. A demonstration of this device at the past DEMO08 conference left many people amazed at how incredibly thin this potential “Kindle-killer” is. The company says they’ve perfected a way of printing polymer transistors onto flexible plastic displays. This particular revolution won’t be just a transition to lighter and “bendier” touchscreens, it will also lead to lower power consumption and longer battery life. But perhaps what’s best about Plastic Logic’s technology is the cost. The polymer-based circuitry will be able to bring new products into market where silicon microchips were simply too expensive. Since the displays are flexible enough to be rolled up like paper, the potential for this new type of computing is nearly limitless. Is this the future of the newspaper? Perhaps, but it could also be used in smart electronic tags that track merchandise and large flat-panel displays. Plastic Logic will begin their entry into the market in the second half of 2009 with pilots and trials with key partners and will prepare for further sales by 2010.Pressure-Sensitive Computing: ImpressFor an inventive, “out-there” product that could make the cold, stiff computer a thing of the past, look no further than this touch screen flexible display called “Impress” (PDF). Made of foam and force sensors, Impress works with both touch and the intensity of pressure. This computing technology lets the user squeeze out information or put objects in motion by deforming the surface of the computer. The end result is pretty amazing, though it may not end up being as practical as the flexible polymer displays. However, it’s easy to imagine how it could be put to use in entertainment-based computing at the very least. (Or maybe huggable, touch-enabled teddy bears? We can only hope!)
In the summer of 1956, 10 scientists and mathematicians gathered at New Hampshire’s Dartmouth College to brainstorm a new concept assistant professor John McCarthy called “artificial intelligence.” According to the original proposal for the research project, McCarthy — along with fellow organizers from Harvard, Bell Labs, and IBM — wanted to explore the idea of programming machines to use language and solve problems for humans while improving over time.It would be years before these lofty objectives were met, but the summer workshop is credited with launching the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Sixty years later, cognitive scientists, data analysts, UX designers, and countless others are doing everything those pioneering scientists hoped for — and more. With deep learning, companies can make extraordinary progress in industries ranging from cybersecurity to marketing. It’s just a matter of knowing where to start.Think of AI as a machine-powered version of mankind’s cognitive skills. These machines have the ability to interact with humans in a way that feels natural, and just like humans they can grasp complex concepts and extract insights from the information they’re given. Artificial intelligence can understand, learn, interpret, and reason. The difference is that AI can do all of these things faster and on a much bigger scale.“In the era of big data, we have the need to mine all of that information, and humans can no longer do it alone,” says Mark Simpson, VP of offering management at IBM Watson Marketing. “AI has the capacity to create richer, more personalized digital experiences for consumers, and meet customers’ increasingly high brand expectations.”The knowledge companies stand to gain by using AI seems to have no bounds. In healthcare, medical professionals are applying it to analyze patient data, explain lab results, and support busy physicians. In the security industry, AI helps firms detect potential threats like malicious software in real time. Marketers, meanwhile, can use AI to synthesize data and identify key audience and performance insights, thus freeing them up to be more strategic and creative with their campaigns.There’s something else AI is very good at, and that’s improving the relationship between companies and consumers. “Even in its earliest iteration, AI helped companies better understand how to be human,” says Brian Solis, author and principal analyst at Altimeter, the digital analyst group at brand and marketing consultancy Prophet. “The irony is that it took this very advanced technology to make them think differently about how they should communicate with their customers.”Over the past 50 years, Solis says, advances like speech technology, automated attendants, virtual assistants, and websites have opened a chasm between companies and customer engagement while also multiplying consumer touchpoints. But AI has the potential to close that gap.By helping marketers collect data, identify new customer segments, and create a more unified marketing and analytics system, AI can scale customer personalization and precision in ways that didn’t exist before. Connecting customer data from sources like websites and social media enables companies to craft marketing messages that are more relevant to consumers’ current needs. AI can deliver an ad experience that is more personalized for each user, shapes the customer journey, influences purchasing decisions, and builds brand loyalty.IBM’s Watson Marketing is leading the charge with a platform that capitalizes on all that AI has to offer. Products like Customer Experience Analytics lets marketers visualize the customer journey and identify areas where consumers might be experiencing friction. Companies get a more complete view of the customer journey, which they can then optimize to improve customer engagement and conversion rates. Since it’s delivered through a single, unified interface, IBM Watson Customer Experience Analytics makes gaining actionable intelligence a seamless process for brands.According to market research firm TechNavio, the AI market in the US is expected to grow at a compound actual growth rate of about 50% through 2021. In its 2017 report Artificial Intelligence: The Next Digital Frontier? the McKinsey Global Institute urges companies not to delay “advancing their digital journeys” — especially when it comes to leveraging AI. “It’s those who understand how to use AI in new ways, to create new mindsets and paradigms, that will instill a competitive advantage that wasn’t there before,” Solis says.We’ve entered the age of deep learning, and with human guidance AI is finally reaching its true potential. Today, the technology McCarthy and his colleagues dreamed about in 1956 takes the form of AI platforms like Watson Marketing. And now is the right time to truly harness the power of AI and put it to work for business success.Find out more about how Watson Marketing can uncover insights to help you better understand your customers. 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A felony stalking suspect is on the loose in Callaway County.Authorities say Jeffrey Ennis is also accused of the felonies of domestic assault and leaving the scene of an accident.Ennis is a 49-year-old from Auxvasse. Call Crimestoppers at 573-592-2474 or go online here if you have tips.