Animals, Biodiversity, Birds, Conservation, Critically Endangered Species, Deforestation, Endangered Species, Environment, Extinction, Forests, Green, Research, Wildlife Article published by Shreya Dasgupta A new study has found that eight species of birds are likely to have completely disappeared in the past couple of decades.Researchers recommend that three species currently listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List be reclassified as extinct, while one be treated as extinct in the wild.Four more bird species are dangerously close to extinction, if not already there, and should be re-classified as critically endangered (possibly extinct), researchers say. Eight species of birds may have completely disappeared over the past couple of decades, a new study has found. Among these is the Spix’s macaw (Cyanopsitta spixii), a bird that inspired the character of Blu in the 2011 animated film Rio. Found only in Brazil, the bird has not seen in the wild since 2000.Like the Spix’s macaw, several other bird species are believed to have become extinct in recent years. To pinpoint the ones that may already be gone, researchers from BirdLife International, a global partnership of conservation organizations focusing on bird conservation, looked at 51 species of birds with a “reasonable possibility of being extinct.” These are species that have either not been seen in the wild for more than 10 years despite exhaustive surveys, or species that have been seen within the last 10 years, but whose tiny population has suffered well-documented decline.Stuart Butchart, BirdLife’s chief scientist, and his colleagues used a new statistical approach to arrive at the probability of extinction for the 51 species by combining information on the intensity of threats to the bird species, timing and reliability of records for the species, as well as timing and quality of efforts made to survey the species.Based on their results, the researchers recommend that three species currently listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List be reclassified as extinct. These include the cryptic treehunter (Cichlocolaptes mazarbarnetti), last seen in the wild in 2007; the Alagoas foliage-gleaner (Philydor novaesi), not seen in the wild since 2011; and the poʻo-uli (Melamprosops phaeosoma), not seen since 2004. The Spix’s macaw, which has some individuals surviving in captivity, should be reclassified as extinct in the wild, the researchers say in the study published in Biological Conservation.A poʻo-uli, or black-faced honeycreeper. Image © ciro_albano.Four more bird species are dangerously close to extinction, if not already there, the team found. These species — the New Caledonian lorikeet (Charmosyna diadema), the Javan lapwing (Vanellus macropterus), the Pernambuco pygmy owl (Glaucidium mooreorum) and the glaucous macaw (Anodorhynchus glaucus) — should be treated as critically endangered (possibly extinct), the researchers say. The “possibly extinct” tag applies to a subset of critically endangered species that are, based on available evidence, likely to be extinct. However, there could be local reports of the species that need verification, or there could be a small chance that future surveys might confirm the species’ presence.While most bird extinctions have previously occurred on islands, the rate of extinctions on continents is now increasing, the study found, driven mainly by deforestation and habitat loss, invasive species, and hunting and trapping. Five of the eight confirmed or suspected extinctions took place in South America. Of these, four occurred in Brazil, demonstrating how rampant deforestation is driving species extinctions, the researchers say.“Ninety per cent of bird extinctions in recent centuries have been of species on islands,” Butchart said in a statement. “However, our results confirm that there is a growing wave of extinctions sweeping across the continents, driven mainly by habitat loss and degradation from unsustainable agriculture and logging.”A Spix’s Macaw. Image © Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation.Citation:Butchart, S. H., Lowe, S., Martin, R. W., Symes, A., Westrip, J. R., & Wheatley, H. (2018). Which bird species have gone extinct? A novel quantitative classification approach. Biological Conservation, 227, 9-18.*Correction (09/09/2018): The photograph of poʻo-uli in the story originally mis-identified the bird as an Alagoas foliage-gleaner. We have corrected the caption. We thank our readers for pointing out the error. 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
The executive director of the Platform for Dialogue and Peace (P4DP), James Shilue, has returned to Monrovia from participating in a weeklong global forum in New York (USA) to articulate findings from a recently completed resilience study entitled: Frameworks for Assessing Resilience (FAR) in Liberia. FAR is a project led by Interpeace and implemented in collaboration with the Centre for the Studies on Peace and Development (CEPAD), P4DP, Interpeace-Guatemala and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI). Funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), FAR was undertaken in Liberia for several objectives, including de-emphasizing fragility and to promote the concept of resilience; lifting local voices into policy arena nationally and internationally; identifying local and national structures that help to build lasting peace and enhance social cohesion, especially as UNMIL draws down; contribute to the new deal objectives of legitimate and inclusive politics; and explore what practical measures women use in dealing with marginalization and other forms of violence.As in other pilot countries where the project was implemented, FAR projects sought to understand the sources of resilience in society that can be leveraged for building peace. In Liberia, the project was able to document both existing as well as potential assets and strengths within societies and institutions that enable Liberians to recover from, overcome and prevent violent conflict. At the end of the study, there were four key findings that demonstrated the resilience of Liberians. They include marginalization of women in Liberian patriarchal structure; resilience mechanisms women devised against structural and societal threats; perception of a weak state and governance deficits evidence by people’s reliance on innovative and adaptive measures for survival. The study also observed the threats associated with increasing pressure on land and the absence of effective regulation that creates various responses from Liberia, and most importantly how Liberia responded to Ebola.The global forum was intended to hear the unique findings from the various participating countries and provided an opportunity for practitioners, policy makers, donors, academics and members of the various multilateral organizations, including the United Nations, to understand and critically reflect and make inputs on draft document that could serve as guidance for assessing resilience for peacebuilding. The forum, which was organized by International Peacebuilding Alliance (Interpeace), Liberia, Guatemala and Timor Leste, in collaboration with Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, explored a variety of issues.With resilience for peace building being a new concept, the forum also unpacked the concept and findings from a global lens in order to identify positive peacebuilding resilience assets. The underlying principle was to deepen the deliberations and understand the nature and sources of societal and community resilience, viewed through a conflict transformation lens, points to the potential that endogenous process of re-stitching the social fabric of relationships damaged by violent conflict.This will not only serve as retrospective means of adaptation, but also operate as forward looking and preventive in nature.Shilue highlighted the added values of the research in Liberia and admonished participants, international policy makers, donors, UN entities and multilateral organizations to harness its rich findings, particularly as UNMIL draws down ahead of the pending 2017 election to help consolidate peace and fortify Liberia against stress and long term conflict. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dons now 17-1 overallBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Nadim Torbey scored twice to help the Marshfield Columbus Catholic soccer team to a 6-1 win over Wisconsin Valley Lutheran on Friday at Griese Park.The victory clinches the Mid-State Soccer Conference championship for the Dons, who improve to 17-1 overall and 11-0 in the conference. Columbus wraps up its regular-season schedule with a nonconference game at home Monday and its conference finale Thursday at Tri-County.Torbey, Charles Payant, and Ryan Dieringer scored in the first half, and Torbey, Tyler Fuerlinger, and Evan Dieringer added goals in the second half for the Dons.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Dons 6, Wolves 1Wisconsin Valley Lutheran 0 1 – 1Columbus Catholic 3 3 – 6First half: 1. CC, Nadim Torbey, 20:59; 2. CC, Charles Payant, 26:02; 3. CC, Ryan Dieringer, 34:58.Second half: 4. CC, Torbey (Nick Malovrh), 49:45; 5. CC, Tyler Fuerlinger (R. Dieringer), 50:29; 6. CC, Evan Dieringer (Kellen Heinzen), 70:48; 7. WVL, Connor Schubring, 79:52.Total shots: WVL 6; CC 30.Shots on goal: WVL 3; CC 20.Corner kicks: WVL 3; CC 9.Records: Wisconsin Valley Lutheran 3-8, 3-6 Mid-State Soccer Conference; Marshfield Columbus Catholic 17-1, 11-0 MSSC.
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Last week Yelp announced, and ReadWriteWebcovered, a number of changes the company had announced to its way of doing business. It was responding to complaints, and a class-action lawsuit, that alleged it had spiked bad reviews in exchange for fistfuls of Krugerrands from the businesses its users reviewed. Conversely, it was alleged, if a business owner did not want to pay, its negative reviews would be visible. One element that was not much covered was Yelp’s concurrent announcement that it had assembled a Small Business Advisory Council. “(I)n an effort to more formally integrate feedback from the business community, we’ve created a Small Business Advisory Council whose members will provide Yelp management with guidance and perspective regarding the concerns of small business owners,” Yelp’s CEO, Jeremy Stoppelman wrote on the Yelp blog.It seems to have taken a lawsuit and its attendant bad publicity to get the company to reverse its policies on promoting or withholding certain types of reviews and on making filtered posts visible. Perhaps the company has decided having a number of involved small business types busting their chops a little every day would be preferable to one goliath and unpredictably-timed crotch shot that does great damage to their credibility. Matt McGee of the Small Business Search Marketing blog quoted a letter sent out to small business owners with Yelp accounts.The Yelp Small Business Advisory Council “will be composed of 10 members representing diverse geographies and industries. The group will serve for an annual term. In addition to regular correspondence with Yelp’s executive team, the council will be relied upon to provide valuable input on changes to Yelp.”They are apparently still soliciting members for the council. Bottom photo by Marcelo Related Posts curt hopkins 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#crowdsourcing#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting
Arsenal outcast Granit Xhaka is reportedly looking for a property in Milan, as his link to the Rossoneri strengthens before the transfer window this January. Milan have been linked to the Swiss 27-year-old this week and now RSI reports that Xhaka has been studying the property market in Italy’s fashion capital. The Arsenal midfielder hasn’t played for The Gunners since he reacted with anger towards the club’s fans during a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last month. He has also been stripped from his captaincy by Unai Emery, who is now ready to let the Switzerland international leave the club. Milan’s managing director and former Gunner Ivan Gazidis might be ready to give the player he brought to London in 2016 a new opportunity at San Siro. Milan are 14th in the League and will face Napoli when they return to action after the international break. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer: It’s on Alexis & Lukaku to win starting spotby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez must take it upon themselves to break into his starting line-up.Both players have struggled this season, with just ten goals between them in all competitions.Another United star, Paul Pogba, has returned to form under Solskjaer in his first two matches in charge. But the Norwegian says the improvement of his players is down to their own desire.”I cannot do anything for their performances on the pitch. Paul has done it himself. The players have done the performances,” Solskjaer said ahead of United’s match against Bournemouth.”I’m here to help them, guide them on the path, and then it’s up to them to do it on the pitch.”I don’t agree I’ve done that with Paul, and I can do that with Romelu and Alexis. It’s up to them when they get a chance. That’s the name of the game when you’re a footballer. You’ve got to do it yourself.”Yes you want help from your manager and your team-mates. I give them some guidelines. There’s been loads of talk about freedom of expression, but that’s how I’ve always been as a manager.”You can’t tell all the players what to do. They are here for a reason – they are good players. It’s up to them to use their imagination, creativity and enjoy playing for this club, because that is the best time of your life. It’s not a bad time being a manager either, for a little while.”
Hearts manager Levein delighted with Man City winger Ryotaro Meshinoby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City winger Ryotaro Meshino is impressing on-loan at Hearts.Jambos boss Craig Levein says Meshino has been influential in the dressing room despite the many learning curves he is undertaking.“He isn’t fluent in English but he is taking lessons three times a week and that has improved,” Levein told The Scotsman.“The boys are teaching him a few words in the dressing room that maybe they shouldn’t be teaching him but he is a bubbly wee character. I think that will help him.“This is a fair change in culture, it’s a fair distance away from his home, it’s a different language. “Most foreign players who come to the UK, particularly from Japan, are very unlikely to be speaking fluent English. He’s got that to contend with, plus the football and the weather. He has been more to forefront in the dressing room that I would have thought.” TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 06: Taylor Swift attends the InStyle And Warner Bros. Golden Globes After Party 2019 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)Pop superstar Taylor Swift is going to be in Raleigh Tuesday night for the next stop on her 1989 World Tour. Apparently, NC State’s football team would appreciate if she stopped by to say hello while she’s in town. Unfortunately, that means that they produced the world’s worst “Shake It Off” parody video (and that’s saying something).There isn’t much else we can say to prepare you for this, so, here:Hey @TaylorSwift13 we did THIS to get you to come see us when you’re in town tomorrow! https://t.co/mSO3LoTHbY pic.twitter.com/h2apnYX26p— NC State Football (@PackFootball) June 8, 2015We somehow doubt that it’s going to persuade her to join them in their weight room.
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Production of The X-Files, one of the most notable TV series ever shot in British Columbia, will resume in Vancouver next spring, according to series creator Chris Carter.The series’ return comes after a revival run of six new episodes produced in B.C. last year, which aired in early 2016.While there has been speculation that The X-Files would continue following its recent rebirth, Carter offered a timetable in an interview with The Globe and Mail this week. Login/Register With: “I imagine we would be up there shooting in the spring of 2017,” said Carter, who will, this week, be in Vancouver to receive an Industry Builder Award from the Vancouver International Film Festival for his efforts to ensure that production on the recent round of episodes was environmentally sustainable.He said he expects to do “a small expansion” on the number of episodes in this latest continuation of the milestone show.His comments came after he confirmed that talks are well-advanced with key players in the series, which pitted FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) against paranormal creatures and conspiracies.“They are constructive negotiations so I can’t imagine [The X-Files] wouldn’t come back,” Carter said. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitter
APTN National NewsPeople are jumping into rivers, lakes and snow banks across Canada and posting it on Facebook.It’s a call to Aboriginal peoples across the country to get out and get active.APTN’s Shaneen Robinson reports about the social media phenomenon – winter challenge 2014.