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Wildlife tourism The plight of the African rhino

Wildlife tourism The plight of the African rhino | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it

The current plight of Africa’s rhino population, as disturbing as it is, pales in comparison to a much less widely reported wildlife crisis of considerably more staggering proportions – the loss of hundreds of thousands of elephants.

 

In 1980 there were in the region of 1,2-million elephants in Africa spread across some 37 range states. In 33 years that figure has been reduced to an estimated 420,000 animals. That’s 780,000 elephants lost to the world. Some of this loss can be attributed to reduction of habitat due to human expansion, but the main reason is ivory poaching, and when it comes to ivory, the market is driven by one country - China....


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One day workshop in Gurgaon - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - March, 2014

One day workshop in Gurgaon - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - March, 2014 | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
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Register for our workshop and celebrate April-the "Earth Month"

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Human and Ape Empathy One and the Same

Human and Ape Empathy One and the Same | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it

Empathy is universal across different species, new research suggests. After comparing the "yawn contagion" effect between humans and bonobos, researchers found that having a relationship carries significantly greater weight in stirring empathy than belonging to the same species.


"Emotional contagion" is the most basic form
of empathy, the ability to experience feelings
of another individual.

 

"Emotional contagion" happens when feelings disclosed by facial expressions (for example sorrow, pain, happiness or tiredness) are passed from an "emitting face" to a "receiving face". Mirroring the sender's facial expression will trigger similar emotion in the recipient.

 

 The findings are published in the peer-reviewed journal PeerJ.


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Practical Empathy for Business - A Full-Day Workshop

Practical Empathy for Business - A Full-Day Workshop | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
Why Empathy for Business?
There is tremendous power in an organization that can collectively see their customers through a lens of empathy. Empathy has a direct impact on what you create for customers and understanding the “deeper drivers” of customers will equip you with the insight needed to move the needle on your business metrics.


There are two parts to empathy:
developing it, then applying it.

 

We’ve constructed a two-part workshop designed to give you the skills required to first harness empathy and then share it with impact.
Lunch will be included. Please contact us if you have special dietary requirements.


Who Should Attend This Workshop?
Anyone making decisions about the direction of a product, service or process (external or internal) for your organization.

 

For example: Developers, Project Managers, Design Researchers, Technical Writers, Team-Of-One Folks, Entrepreneurs, Higher-Ed, Non-Profits.
Morning Workshop – Empathy Is Not An Interview
Many have been taught to collect data in traditional interview formats in which they simply ask a standard list of questions and then compare the answers across multiple people. This is the wrong approach to empathy. To develop empathy, you need to be able to hear participants’ inner reasoning in order to uncover the guiding principles that influence their reactions and behaviors.


This workshop will help you gain confidence with “questionless” listening sessions. You will learn how to:

Helping others to empathize with the customer starts by piquing their curiosity about the customer and what it would be like to take a walk in the customers’ shoes.

 

About Indi & Brian:
Indi Young is an expert consultant in empathy research and user experience. 
 


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Nature's fury strikes Odisha, Rajasthan and Himachal

Flood in Odisha, flashfloods in Rajasthan and landslide in Himachal Pradesh -- the country seems to be reeling under the impact of torrential rains, with several lives shattered For more...
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Yao Ming: From basketball star to wildlife defender

The former NBA star and Chinese basketball icon Yao Ming has dedicated the last few years to raising awareness for wildlife protection. Recently, he made two trips to Africa on a conservation...
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Watch the you tube video.  It shows when  people -especially national icons care a lot- it can make a difference.    The caring has to go beyond short appearances on TV.  

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Quiz on elephants-Part II - Indian Wildlife Club

Quiz on elephants-Part II - Indian Wildlife Club | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
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You can attempt this quiz on Asian elephants online.   Try the quiz as many times as you like, till you get all answers right.

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Pictures: The World's Tigers—There Are Only 3,200 Left in the Wild

Pictures: The World's Tigers—There Are Only 3,200 Left in the Wild | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
Global Tiger Day was created to promote conservation of Asia's most iconic cat.
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Tales from leopard country - The Hindu

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The Hindu Tales from leopard country The Hindu “Those who have never seen a leopard under favourable conditions in his natural surroundings can have no conception of the grace of movement, and beauty of colouring, of this the most graceful and the...
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Local people preserve the environment better than governments - environment - 03 August 2014 - New Scientist

Local people preserve the environment better than governments - environment - 03 August 2014 - New Scientist | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
Conventional wisdom says governments are best placed to protect forests and wildlife, but the evidence shows that local communities can outdo them

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Governments know this but are loathe to give up control!

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Gordon McGlone's curator insight, August 4, 2:12 AM

Local people are good guardians of their forests.  Will the same be true for English parishes in the face of nuclear waste and tracking bonus government backed pay-off schemes? 

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Next big idea in forest conservation: Reconnecting faith and forests

Next big idea in forest conservation: Reconnecting faith and forests | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
'In Africa, you can come across Kaya forests of coastal Kenya, customary forests in Uganda, sacred forest groves in Benin, dragon forests in The Gambia or church forests in Ethiopia...You can also come across similar forest patches in South and...
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A very sad tour of the warehouse where confiscated wildlife goods end up - Salon

A very sad tour of the warehouse where confiscated wildlife goods end up - Salon | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
A very sad tour of the warehouse where confiscated wildlife goods end up Salon Shoes, clothing and tchotchkes made from the bones and skins of threatened and endangered animals, victims of illegal wildlife trafficking, often end up up at the...
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Aging Water System in the U.S. is a Catastrophe Waiting to Happen

Aging Water System in the U.S. is a Catastrophe Waiting to Happen | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
As water crises continue to pop up across the nation, little attention is being given to the need to upgrade our nations centuries old water infrastructure.
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The aging water systems are a warning to all cities which try to bring water from far away rivers.  Developing countries   have a lesson to learn here.

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Organic bazaars carry on tradition of city district bazaars

Organic bazaars carry on tradition of city district bazaars | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it

http://www.todayszaman.com/news-353403-organic-bazaars-carry-on-tradition-of-city-district-bazaars.html


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New technology helps farmers conserve fertilizer and protect their crops - The Guardian

New technology helps farmers conserve fertilizer and protect their crops - The Guardian | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
The Guardian
New technology helps farmers conserve fertilizer and protect their crops
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It is the broad swath at the bottom of our own human food pyramid and it is applied by farmers to agriculture fields all over the world.

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Technology can help in regulating fertilizer inputs. This is an innovation which was long overdue!
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Sylvain Rotillon's curator insight, August 22, 7:08 AM

This is also a way to minimize pollution

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Dialogue In the Dark, Empathy through experience.

Dialogue In the Dark, Empathy through experience. | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
In Hamburg, Germany, there is a museum called Dialogue in The dark where you can experience the daily life of blind people.

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6 Surprising Ways Nature Improves Your Memory And Productivity - Business Insider

6 Surprising Ways Nature Improves Your Memory And Productivity - Business Insider | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
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6 Surprising Ways Nature Improves Your Memory And Productivity
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The effects were so pronounced that the researchers concluded that "doses of nature might serve as a safe, inexpensive, widely accessible new tool ...
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I am certain that the health benefits multiply if you start observing flowers, birds, butterflies etc around you, even on a casual walk.  Communication with nature is what de-stresses you. 

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India: Selling Out To Monsanto. GMOs and the Bigger Picture - Center for Research on Globalization

India: Selling Out To Monsanto. GMOs and the Bigger Picture - Center for Research on Globalization | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
India: Selling Out To Monsanto. GMOs and the Bigger Picture Center for Research on Globalization Its practices and colonisation of institutions have led to it being called the 'contemporary East India Company' [4], and regulatory bodies are now...
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Organic farming boosts environment and nutrition

Organic farming boosts environment and nutrition | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it

We have long allowed ourselves to be deluded by the notion - promoted mainly by proponents of high tech, intensive monoculture farming - that all methods of farming are pretty much equivalent in of the crop you get at the end.

What makes one farming method superior over another, we are told is yield. In other words we have for many years focused on quantity over quality.

The agro-chemical treadmill and declining nutrition

The problem is that farming doesn't happen in a laboratory or vacuum where yield is the sole measure of success. Intensive monoculture farming can produce big yields, but the costs, which fall outside of the realm of how many and how big your oats or your apples or your tomatoes are, are big as well.

Conventional farmers are caught on a vicious treadmill. They add chemical fertilisers to the soil in the hope of increasing crop yields. But doing so ultimately increases many plants' susceptibility to pests. So more pesticides are used. But pesticides can also affect the soil's capacity to sustain and generate fertility.

Pesticides such as benzene hexachloride (BHC), DDT, DDD, aldrin, lindane and heptachlor, for example, all prevent nitrogen-fixing bacteria from forming the necessary root nodules on leguminous plants (such as beans, peas, clover and alfalfa). This means less nitrogen is available for the soil so farmers use more fertilisers.

Using synthetic fertilisers to make plants grow in otherwise depleted soils has other disturbing consequences.

For instance, while the fertiliser will stimulate the plant to grow in the absence of any of the usual protective nutrients they should contain, the plants will also take up more of the heavy metals in the soil such as aluminium, mercury and lead, and these, in turn, are passed on up through the food chain.

All the while, the nutritional value of our food is plummeting and people continue to go hungry in spite of the fact that globally, we currently produce enough calories to feed 14 billion people.

Organic versus GMO - guess who wins?

 --------------------------GM maize has been found to  lack some of the fatty acids and amino acids found in non-GM maize.

How we farm, the techniques and technologies that we use to produce the food that we eat, matters. The nutritional quality of our food matters.

My money happily goes to organic because I want to encourage farming that protects the ecosystem 'out there' as well as my own internal 'ecosystem'.

The simple truth is: More isn't better. Better is better.

 

 


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The Birds Are Coming-an IWC outreach through EuroRSG in 2006 - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - August, 2014

The Birds Are Coming-an IWC outreach through EuroRSG in 2006 - Indian Wildlife Club Ezine - August, 2014 | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
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Bird watching has initiated many young people into understanding the need for nature conservation;  Birds chirping in a backyard which is free from fertilizers and pesticides add value to any property.  

 

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Nature can play a role in countering the unforgiving pace of big-city life - The National

Nature can play a role in countering the unforgiving pace of big-city life - The National | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
The National Nature can play a role in countering the unforgiving pace of big-city life The National The incidence of such mental problems “is almost doubled for individuals born and brought up in cities”, Dr Pruessner pointed out in the study,...
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How Conservation and Groundwater Management Can Gird California for a Drier Era

How Conservation and Groundwater Management Can Gird California for a Drier Era | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
Experts see a mix of conservation and groundwater management as the cheapest way for Californians to grapple with deepening drought.
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Mother India Cannot Survive Without Grandmother Nature - Huffington Post

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Mother India Cannot Survive Without Grandmother Nature
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What does Narendra Modi's emphatic win portend for India's natural riches?
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"Unlike Western creeds, Hinduism does not believe other species were created only to meet human needs. Such an affirmation of the intrinsic right of other species to exist is a precursor to the modern idea of species conservation"

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Why We Have to Save Wildlife to Save Ourselves - TakePart

Why We Have to Save Wildlife to Save Ourselves - TakePart | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
Battle Creek Enquirer Why We Have to Save Wildlife to Save Ourselves TakePart Midway through the new special issue of Science, about the global loss of wildlife, my heart caught on this idea: We now live with a steady, imperceptible loss “in...
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Doctors prescribing outdoors time: Nature is good for you. - Slate Magazine

Doctors prescribing outdoors time: Nature is good for you. - Slate Magazine | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
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Doctors prescribing outdoors time: Nature is good for you.
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Why don't more doctors prescribe nature? They used to do so regularly. The practice gained popularity in the mid-19th century as cities rapidly expanded.
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"We manipulate our environment in ways to compensate for its deficiencies. We see pharmaceuticals, gyms, and standing and walking desks as a fair trade for the outdoors. And while they are certainly better than nothing, the research suggests that they may not be enough."

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Where the wild things are

Where the wild things are | Wilderness Conservation | Scoop.it
The Vanvadi collective, a group of about 20 like-minded city folk, is helping nurture a large 65-acre tract by farming organically as well as regenerating the forest cover, which holds a sizeable number of uncultivated foods

 

http://www.mid-day.com/articles/where-the-wild-things-are/15463153

 


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California Approves Fines for Water-Wasters During Drought as Conservation ... - ABC News

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California Approves Fines for Water-Wasters During Drought as Conservation ...
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California Approves Fines for Water-Wasters During Drought as Conservation Proves a Tough Sell. SACRAMENTO, Calif.
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Do we see the future of the National Capital Region in this article?  It is time to protect our natural water bodies or whatever is left of them.

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