New study outlines ways to prevent future pandemics

July 27, 2020 by  
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The coronavirus pandemic has left the world devastated in many ways. Besides the deaths the pandemic has caused, COVID-19 has lead to a serious economic slowdown around the world. Millions of people have lost their jobs. While there are vaccines being tested for this virus, there are uncertainties about future pandemics. Scientists are now worried about the possibility of another pandemic occurring sooner than we expect. While the world is busy fighting the novel coronavirus, a group of scientists has been busy trying to find ways to prevent future pandemics. A study in the journal Science has argued that it is possible to prevent future pandemics at a fraction of the cost used to fight COVID-19. The study suggests that we could avoid another pandemic by controlling human and wildlife interactions. COVID-19 is believed to have originated from wild animals , specifically bats. Related: WWF releases report on avoiding the next zoonotic disease pandemic The study now proposes ways of ensuring that viruses from animals do not transfer to humans. The scientists have suggested measures that could reduce human-wildlife interaction and help prevent the spread of diseases. At the same time, these measures could protect the environment. The proposed measures include ending illegal wildlife trade, preserving forests and enhancing disease surveillance. “We have a lot of examples of these actions curtailing risk,” said Aaron Bernstein, director of the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard University’s School of Public Health and one of the authors of the study. “So we know that it’s possible — but we haven’t really invested at all.” Although there have been similar measures undertaken by governments, the seriousness of these actions has always been questionable. The study now provides evidence that shows taming both the illegal wildlife trade and deforestation could be achieved at a fraction of the economic cost of managing the coronavirus. If such actions are not taken and there is the occurrence of another pandemic in the near future, the impact would be devastating for the world. + Science Via Grist Image via Annie Spratt

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Global warming expected to exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius

July 27, 2020 by  
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New projections show global warming is accelerating well past the recommended 1.5 degree Celsius target. A new study published in Reviews of Geophysics concludes that the absolute best case scenario is now about 1 degree Celsius hotter than scientists previously thought. Scientists have long debated exactly how much the planet will heat up. The general consensus was between 1.5 and 4.5 degrees Celsius hotter than it was in pre-industrial times. The new study tightens that window from 2.6 to 4.1 degrees Celsius. Related: Polar bears could go extinct in 80 years if global warming persists Twenty-five scientists around the world collaborated on the paper. They based their study on current warming trends, data from ancient climates and the most up-to-date understanding of factors that can slow or speed up climate change . After examining all the data, the international group of experts readjusted the bottom range after noting that the temperature is already up 1.2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. If emission levels continue unchecked, atmospheric carbon dioxide could easily double before the year 2100. Even if global warming reaches the midpoint of the range at 3 degrees Celsius, humanity will be in trouble. It will be the equivalent of a five-alarm fire for the planet, said Kate Marvel , a physicist at NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies and Columbia University. “The main message is that unfortunately we can’t expect that luck will save us from climate change,” said Reto Knutti , professor of climate physics at ETH Zurich’s Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science. “The good thing is that we’ve somewhat narrowed the range of future long-term warming, the bad thing is that we can no longer hope or claim that the problem will just magically go away.” + AGU Via EcoWatch Image via Jürgen Jester

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How COVID-19 changes perceptions of trade in wildlife

May 5, 2020 by  
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Between the COVID-19 pandemic and Netflix’s hit series “Tiger King,” wildlife trade is occupying our collective psyche at a level never been seen before.

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Reducing global supply chain reliance on China won’t be easy

May 5, 2020 by  
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It’s unsustainable when nearly all supply chains from consumer goods to medical gear lead back to a single nation.

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Are we prepared for the next big crisis?

May 5, 2020 by  
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The next major crisis facing the American people may be larger than the current pandemic. Here are five steps to take.

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Man caught smuggling 51 turtles in his pants pleads guilty

December 1, 2015 by  
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Is that a turtle in your pants or are you just happy to see me? Canadian Kai Xu just pleaded guilty to attempting to smuggle 51 turtles across the border by stuffing and taping the turtles down his pants. Officials saw Xu disappear behind a semi-trailer and when he reappeared, they saw, “irregularly shaped bulges under Xu’s sweatpants on both legs.” A second man was also charged in the smuggling attempt after being caught at a Detroit airport with over 200 turtles in his suitcase. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of Man caught smuggling 51 turtles in his pants pleads guilty

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Man Arrested Attempting to Cross the Border with 51 Turtles Stuffed in His Pants

September 29, 2014 by  
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Is that a turtle in your pants or are you just happy to see me? Canadian Kai Xu was caught last month while attempting to smuggle 51 turtles across the border by stuffing and taping the turtles down his pants. Officials saw Xu disappear behind a semi-trailer and when he reappeared, they saw, “irregularly shaped bulges under Xu’s sweatpants on both legs.” A second man was also charged in the smuggling attempt after being caught at a Detroit airport with over 200 turtles in his suitcase. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of Man Arrested Attempting to Cross the Border with 51 Turtles Stuffed in His Pants Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: illegal turtle smuggling , illegal turtle trade , illegal wildlife trade , illegal wildlife trade fail , poaching , turtle border smuggling , turtle poaching , Turtle smuggling , turtle smuggling fail , turtle smuggling hamburger , turtle smuggling pants , turtle smuggling underwear , wildlife poaching , wildlife trade

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ADJKM Unveils Updated Designs for Venezuela’s Simon Bolivar Complex for Social Action Through Music

September 29, 2014 by  
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DIY: Spice Up Your Child’s Lunch Box With These Cute Onigiri Panda Bears

June 22, 2014 by  
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Have you ever wanted to be a bento box master but don’t know where to start? Most food art we see on Pinterest can take hours to create, so we’ve tracked down a recipe that’s not only easy to make but adorable and healthy as well! These onigiri panda are fun to make with your kids and easy way to spice up an ordinary lunch box. Click through to see the step-by-step directions for how to make these cute panda bears! READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bento box , DIY , how-to , Onigiri , panda bear , pickled ginger , rice ball , Seaweed

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African Rhinos Completely Wiped Out in Mozambique Due to Poaching

May 2, 2013 by  
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The African Rhinoceros evolved over millions of years, and despite living on earth for eons, it has not been able to survive the greed of human beings. Conservationists have announced that the last 15 of the animals were killed by poachers last month in Mozambique’s section of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. Slaughtered for their horns , which fetch higher prices than gold on the Asian market for their supposed cancer-curing and aphrodisiac properties, rhinos in neighboring areas are also in peril. To add to the tragedy, authorities believe that the poachers were aided by the park rangers sworn to protect them. Read the rest of African Rhinos Completely Wiped Out in Mozambique Due to Poaching Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Africa , african rhinoceros , black market , Conservationist , game ranger , great limpopo transfrontier park , horn , international fund for animal welfare , kelvin alie , kruger , mozambique , poacher , South Africa , Telegraph , wildlife trade , Zimbabwe        

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