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Thursday, 30 October 2008

similarities between the Carbon footprint and breaking wind

Climate Change is not a myth but a natural process and it seems we humans have had quite a role in accelerating it, hence the mention of "anthropogenic emissions" wherever and whenever climate change is mentioned. Reducing the carbon footprint comes as a viable alternative that conscious citizens from developed nations have resorted to as part of their efforts towards curbing their dependence on carbon.

This notion comes rather out of the blue and could serve to explain to people who still don't gt it (if reducing the carbon footprint has anything towards redressing the eminent impacts of climate change).

Please do excuse the rather awry sense of humour intended,

Imagine fifty people in a closed space. When someone in the room breaks wind (farts), everyone in the room bears the brunt (though at no fault of their own).

So asking people to reduce their carbon footprint is synonymous to asking all likely person/s who tend to break wind in closed spaces to avoid spicy meals (which they can pretty much do without). On the other hand, adaption here would imply asking the innocent others to equip themselves with a handkerchief or any other air purifying  equipment to help them pass through any unforeseen incidents like an accidental fart.
Granted that we from the LDC (Least developed countries) will not make much of a dent by trying to reduce our carbon footprint, but again we are contributing for the global good. :)

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

World database on protected areas revamped

The World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA), managed by the World Conservation Monitoring Center, maintains a list of protected areas from the world over. A joint project of the United Nations Environment Program and the International Union for Conservation of Nature, this initiative provided scientists & conservationists free data (Protected area boundaries among others) and information on different protected areas for non-commercial use.

The website has received a significant face lift from its earlier avatar, and now houses a mashup incorporating data from GBIF, Google Maps, Panoromio, Flickr and Wikipedia along with the conventional information from WDPA. The data download for protected area boundaries, too has been extended and incorporates KML support as well.

Screenshot from WDPA on a page for Sagarmatha National park

The product launch coincides with another similar product launch - Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool, or IBAT, from a partnership between the U.N. monitoring center, Birdlife International and Conservation International.
Both products are being showcased at the World Conservation Congress, in Barcelona, Spain.
via and Green Inc.

P.S.: Sadly, both bloggers suggest that the new WDPA product provides information on a Google Maps platform, but failed to mention that it is powered by ESRI, (as is evident on the website). ESRI must be pretty piqued at this!

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