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Forests And Water: The Unappreciated Link

News articles Add This Page Email this Page Print this Page Forests And Water: The Unappreciated Link Author: Kelli Barrett Science tells us that healthy forests make healthy rivers and lakes, but policy rarely reflects the connection. That could be changing as the general public comes to better understand the role that deforestation plays in climate change – an understanding that could ratchet up an appreciation of all the ecosystem services that forests deliver. Tweet 5 March 2015 | You’d think that a country blessed with 12 % of the world's freshwater would be immune to droughts. The people of Sao Paulo certainly thought so – until the Brazilian megacity went dry, leaving residents without water – often for days. Scientists tell us the drought happened because the country has demolished much of its natural infrastructure: the nearby forests and wetlands that sponge up rainwater for the city’s dry periods, and the far-away forests of the Amazon basin that have, in the past, provided humidity to fuel rains closer to home. It's a serious situation and one that has been receiving a lot of international attention. And, because of the clear connection between environmental degradation and worsened conditions, Sao Paulo's drought has also spurred talk about the connection between forests and water. This connection is hardly new. Conferences are held annually and committees are formed t...  

Indian prisoners win right to watch Cricket World Cup

The judge said "prisoners need recreation for a healthy mind" A prison in India is installing cable connections to allow prisoners to watch the Cricket World Cup after they argued it was a "fundamental right". Seven inmates at a prison in Guwahati, the capital of the north-eastern Assam state, had petitioned for the move. Justice Arup Kumar Goswami ruled: "Prisoners need recreation for a healthy mind." NDTV reported it will apply to "undertrial prisoners" - those who have not yet been convicted. "Watching television for news, sports and entertainment is a fundamental right within the purview of the Constitution of India," the petition read. Lawyers representing the prisoners had argued that viewing television was part of the "right to life and personal liberty" set out by India's constitution. Cricket is India's most popular sport and the national team are the defending world champions. On Wednesday, Gauhati High Court directed that cable connection be installed within five days. India play the West Indies on Friday and an official at the prison said installation had already begun. Of the seven successful petitioners, one is the former head of a local tribal council. Prisoners were already able to watch the state-run Doordarshan channel, which is screening India's matches. However, the majority of the games being played in Australia and New Zealand are only available to subscribers of the Star TV cable network. ...  

Badminton: Evans progresses at All England Championships

Scott Evans now faces eighth seed Viktor Axelsen from Denmark Scott Evans is through to the last 16 at the All England Championships in Birmingham after beating Hong Kong’s Hu Yun. The 27-year-old Dubliner fought back from losing the first game to win 20-22, 21-18, 21-17. Evans will now face eighth seed Viktor Axelsen from Denmark. Chloe Magee suffered double defeats, going down to current world champion Carolina Marin of Spain 15-21, 21-14, 11-21 in the singles and bowing out of the mixed doubles with brother Sam, after losing 12-21, 13-21 to world no. 4 pair Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia. badminton scott evans all england championship ...  

World Cup 2015: India-South Africa match watched by 257 million in India, a ...

NEW DELHI: The India-South Africa thriller on February 22 was watched by 257 million people in India, coming close to the 288 million number that the India-Pakistan match garner a week before, according to data provided by official broadcaster of the World Cup Star India. The match, which India won convincingly by 130 runs, got a rating of 12.9 TVR across the Star network and Doordarshan (DD), with 10.5 TVR on Star network and 2.4 TVR on DD among male viewers above the age of 15. According to Star, about 76% of the 257 million viewers saw the India South Africa game in their preferred language feed--in Hindi, Tamil, Bengali, Malayalam and Kannada - while the rest saw it in English. Through the first two weeks of the tournament, around 473 million unique viewers tuned in. The India-Pakistan match on February 15 was watched by 288 million people in India becoming the most watched event in the country since the last World Cup final. It had also created history on the digital front with Star India's digital platforms garnering over 25 million views, the highest in the world for a single game. ...  

China is getting ahead. Can the rest of the world keep up?

(Bigstock) I’ve visited China over a dozen times in the last decade. And I’ve seen dramatic changes during that time. But nothing compares to what’s happened in the last 18 months. The China of today is a very different place. At the rate changes are occurring, it will be very different another year from now. The question is: How is the rest of the world going to adapt? Is it going to be able to grow along with China, or will it be left behind? This applies not just to the United States but to any country trying to stay ahead in the 21st century. Here are some considerations. Laying the groundwork The first time I was in China, large multinational corporations were the dominant force in China’s economy and job market. Being part of one of these companies was the best job you could have. It meant prestige, good pay, security, and it was the goal for China’s brightest university students. With the increased presence of multinationals, the number of technology workers exploded. Massive investments in education, research and development gave China a vast number of talented, knowledgeable people in the productive 18-36 age range. But even that was just the beginning. About five years ago, I began to see a major attitude shift. Rather than thinking they had only two options — a multinational in China or a start-up in Silicon Valley — a new generation of entrepreneurs were beginning to believe that they could build start-ups in China. The atmosphere is unsettlingly wo...  

N.J. Politics Roundup: Christie aide linked to Exxon settlement; governor ...

TRENTON — A former New Jersey environmental commissioner said a top Gov. Chris Christie staffer "elbowed" his way into a now-controversial settlement negotiation with Exxon Mobil, according to an op-ed article. CHRISTIE DEFENDS PARCC EXAMS At his most recent town hall hearing,Christie defended the new and controversial Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exams, at least for now. (See video above.) Meanwhile, Christie said he's in favor of paid sick leave, but he's not in favor of requiring businesses to pay for it. The Republican governor said he will amend the strict and sweeping proposal drafted by his administration to promote community living for people with developmental disabilities but won't back off from a plan to return some 500 disabled people from out-of-state facilities. And here is an inside look at a Christie town hall. EXXON SETTLEMENT HEARING A state Assembly committee will hold a hearing on a controversial settlement agreement between Exxon Mobil and Christie's administration. Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-6th Dist.) decried the settlement. SNOW REMOVAL IN CHRISTIE'S BUDGET The new state budget unveiled by Christie last week cuts snow removal funding for the coming winter in half. CHRISTIE AND GAY CONVERSATION THERAPY BAN Will Christie's signing of a bill banning gay conversion therapy in New Jersey hurt his 2016 presidential chances? Meanwhile, the next issue of conservative magazine The National Review will cr...  

Adobe launches vulnerability disclosure scheme on HackerOne

CNET Adobe has launched a web application vulnerability disclosure program on HackerOne in an attempt to improve the security of its products.In a blog post on Wednesday, the software giant said the new bug bounty program, hosted on HackerOne, will allow developers to privately submit vulnerabilities to the company. While the web application vulnerability disclosure program does not appear to offer monetary rewards for now, developers who choose to submit bugs will boost their HackerOne reputation score with each accepted flaw.Pieter Ockers, Adobe's Security Program Manager of the firm's Product Security Incident Response Team said the project was launched "in recognition of the important role that independent security researchers play in keeping Adobe customers safe." In the bug bounty's disclosure guidelines, Adobe says security vulnerability disclosure is limited to Adobe-owned products, and the company encourages developers to focus on particular flaws including cross-site scripting, server-side code execution, injections, authentication flaws and security misconfiguration. Unless evidence is provided demonstrating an exploit, low-severity cross-site request forgery, password reset issues, missing http security headers and cookie flags as well as clickjacking on static pages are excluded from the program.To receive credit for disclosing a flaw, developers must be the first to report a vulnerability, and grant Adobe a "reasonable" amount of time to fix the issue before di...  

Achoo! 11 'healthy stocks' catch a cold

Getty Not sick? Chances are someone near you is. The same contagion seems to be running through Wall Street. There are 11 stocks in the Standard & Poor’s 500, including computer storage maker Seagate Technology (STX), equipment leasing company United Rentals (URI) and retailer Macy’s (M), that are down this year so far – after beating the market each of the previous three straight years. Grab a Kleenex! Investors are on a constant lookout for unstoppable stocks that might be getting a runny nose – as a tip off of what to expect from the rest of the year. The idea is that these perennially top stocks are dragging a bit highlights how trends that pushed markets higher since 2011 can change played out. You might want to tell investors in Seagate Technology “Gesundheit!” The company has been a big winner the past three years – as it builds out massive data storage centers for tech giants like Microsoft (MSFT) and Google (GOOGL). There’s a good chance your e-mails at Outlook.com are saved on a Seagate storage drive. Low expectations and good growth have powered the stock higher the past few years. Last year, shares jumped 18.4% – beating the market’s 11.4% gain. But the stock is down 13% so far this year – while the market is up nearly 2%. It’s a cold – not a flu – but still seeing this stock sneeze is somewhat out of character for th...  

Pleurobot is a robotic salamander skeleton

Robotics researchers like to base the robots they build off living creatures. Those living creatures can be humans, fish, donkies, and even salamanders. The latter is the animal that the Pleurobot is based on. The Pleurobot isn’t only designed to look like a salamander, it's designed to move, and swim like one as well. Pleurobot isn't supposed to look exactly like a salamander, it's more like the skeleton was pulled out of one and decided that it was going to keep doing its thing. To design the robot the researchers watched a lot of 3D x-ray movies of real salamanders as they walked around and swam. The team tracked up to 64 points on the animal's skeleton and recoded the bones in great detail. Using this technique, the team of designers recorded three postures for three different gaits they wanted their robot to mimic. Pleurobot has torque control for all of the active joints allowing it to apply neural network models of the spinal cord neural circuits of the salamander and activate virtual muscles to perform the movements of the real animal recorded in the x-ray movies. That means all the joints and muscles in the Pleurobot move just like a real salamander. It's rather creepy looking on the video, which you can see for yourself below. The robot is able to walk on land and swim underwater. The robot did need a waterproof swimsuit to go into the water. SOURCE: Spectrum ...  

Forget India, Pakistan also have a World Cup hoodoo against South Africa

Pakistan have brought their World Cup campaign back on track with a narrow win over Zimbabwe and a thumping win over UAE. But up next for Pakistan is a side that they have never beaten in World Cups. No, not India, but South Africa. Both Pakistan and South Africa have played each other thrice in World Cups, with Proteas winning in all three contests. (Full Coverage| Venues | Fixtures) Interestingly, Pakistan and South Africa played each other in the 1992, 1996 and 1999 World Cups, but since then their paths have never crossed in World Cups. So the Saturday clash at the Eden Park, Auckland will be the first World Cup match between Pakistan and South Africa after three editions. While all the focus in the lead-up to the World Cup was on Pakistan’s losing streak against India, no attention was paid towards their winless record against South Africa. READ: Pakistan win but creases remain Such was the dominance of South Africa over Pakistan in the 1990s that the Proteas won 14 consecutive matches for five years, from 1995-2000. South Africa proved to be tough ask for Pakistan at home, away and at neutral venues like Sharjah. The winning streak for South Africa started in January 1995 and finally ended in Sharjah in March 2000. Pakistan and South Africa played the first-ever ODI against each other in the 1992 World Cup. South Africa posted 211 for seven in their 50 overs in the match, thanks to opener Andrew Hudson’s knock of 54. Hansie Cronje with 47 ...  


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