Gro Harlem Brundtland and Fernando Henrique Cardoso: Rio+20 must learn from the MDGs, emphasise sustainable development, and tackle climate change and gender inequality...
The same old wine but now in old bags; sorry Elders, but I have lost trust in you as you lack the courage to stand up really for the planet. The time for niceties and political pragmatism has past. History will judge you.
Secure Milk Supply Project Update - An update on the status of the Secure Milk Supply Project supplemental to ongoing Foot and Mouth Disease prevention and response planning with Dr. Pam Hullinger, UC-Davis Department of Veterinary Medicine and Epidemiology.
Rigorous evaluation of forest conservation efforts is scant and critically needed. A paper by Allen Blackman from Resources for the Future provides a comprehensive non-technical guide to navigate the challenges.
Do you buy Champagne? How about Kobe beef, Florida Orange Juice, or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese? Each of these are food items protected by trademark and international treaty through Geographic Indications. All but one of them is used correctly in the United States. This article provides deep insight into international use of food labels, or food brand names, how the U.S. government is not playing well, and the deep meaning of real Kobe beef.
GISuser provides developer news, articles, jobs, updates concerning GIS, LBS, GPS, map mashups, and geospatial technologies, Video - From Esri DevSummit, Getting Started with ArcGIS Runtime SDK for iOS...
Arc GIS Online + Google sites. Inúmeras ferramentas são disponibilizadas aos usuários do Google e Arc GIS Online para publicação de informações geográficas. Para quem deseja personalizar a publicação e disponibilização de mapas, trabalhar com as duas tecnologias é uma excelente opção gratuita. O Protótipo Amazon Maps apresenta uma série de mapas de caracterização fisica da região amazônica. Personalização de layout, cores, fontes podem ser editadas no Google Sites.
O Pará passa a integrar o seleto grupo dos Estados que já aderiram ao programa de Agricultura de Baixo Carbono (Programa ABC), do Ministério da Agricultura, Pecuária e Abastecimento (Mapa). Nesta quinta-feira, 24, acontece o Seminário de Sensibilização do Programa ABC, no auditório do Banco da Amazônia. “O Pará assume uma posição de liderança mais uma vez porque é um dos primeiros estados a estruturar o Comitê Estadual do Programa ABC”, afirma Hildegardo Nunes, titular da Secretaria de Estado de Agricultura (Sagri), que coordenará o programa no Estado.
For me, the most significant development at Esri’s 2012 Developer Summit was the pre-release of ArcGIS Runtime. ArcGIS Runtime represents a new direction for building lightweight, focused mapping applications with Esri technology. The resulting applications are responsive, trivial to deploy, cloud friendly, and optimized for their target platforms – be they mobile or desktop.
The first hints about Runtime came at the 2011 DevSummit, more was revealed at the 2011 UC (see especially the third slide for platform support), and this year’s Esri Federal GIS Conference brought a demo and technical overview.
I see Runtime as a natural extension of two larger trends: Esri’s focus on a web service architecture (e.g. the transition towards ArcGIS Server and ArcGIS Online), and the proliferation and success of small, focused applications on mobile devices.....
O Ministério Público Federal (MPF) anunciou nesta quinta-feira (10) que representantes da Associação Brasileira de Supermercados (Abras) e das maiores redes varejistas do País (Wal Mart, Pão de Açúcar, Carrefour) concordaram em fazer um acordo de cooperação técnica para estimular os fornecedores de produtos bovinos que se comprometerem com a regularização ambiental.
Workable financial mechanisms are essential to abate greenhouse gas emissions. Deforestation, which contributes a large proportion of total global emissions, must be avoided as an effective emissions-reduction tactic, and to alleviate biodiversity loss and poverty. However, incentives to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) have had mixed and suboptimal success because of opportunity costs and administrative and technical issues, in particular, leakage, permanence, and additionality. We show that these latter concepts can be ambiguous, potentially contrived and in some cases, generate perverse outcomes. Encumbering avoided-deforestation projects with these administrative shackles risks massive increases in global deforestation and a concomitant loss of biodiversity, ecosystem services and emissions-reduction opportunities. We offer a solution built on a proven insurance-based hedging principle, a concept we call iREDD, that could indirectly address specific technical and administrative challenges, whether real or contrived. Project-specific iREDD insurance policies and premiums would be negotiated upfront using a simple assessment of risk based on governance quality, the integrity of management plans, liquidity, monitoring and evaluation frameworks, and political acceptability. iREDD acts as both an incentive for prudent forest management given the seller's potential financial windfall if forests are diligently managed, and guarantees not to disenfranchise the buyer.