Sri Lanka wildlife tourism: A special narrative wanted

 

Wildlife tourism is a fast-growing phase of world tourism, extra so after COVID as many vacationers now search the pure outside setting.

 

Sri Lanka has a lot to supply on this area, however we’re nonetheless “treading the identical outdated cow path” selling the identical providing.

Present day vacationers are searching for a extra immersive expertise and understanding of wildlife. Subsequently, there have to be a change to the strategy and message. A special narrative is required urgently to achieve out to this necessary phase.

Biodiversity Emerges as New Risk for Asset Managers After UN Summit

Fund managers who haven’t cared about biodiversity may soon find they have to.

In the early hours of Monday in Montreal, a deal was struck that has the potential to shake up the regulatory landscape for the investment industry. After four years of talks, UN negotiators hunkered down for two weeks at the COP15 biodiversity summit to produce a framework that KPMG says provides “an unambiguous message” to firms on the need to start disclosing their biodiversity footprint.

The agreement “is a signal the financial community cannot ignore,” said Andy Howard, global head of sustainable investment at Schroders Plc. What’s more, it “should make financial regulators sit up and listen.”

UK health officials warn parents to be alert after 6 child deaths linked to Strep A infections

UK health officials warn parents to be alert after 6 child deaths linked to Strep A infections

What is Strep A? Cases surge post-Covid

Streptococcus A — or Group A Strep (GAS) — is a bacterial infection of the throat or skin, which typically arises during the winter months.

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Health officials in the U.K. are warning parents to be alert after a recent spate of severe Strep A infections resulted in the deaths of at least six children.

Increased distribution of fungal infections throughout the U.S.

About the study Study findings Implications Related Stories

Several fungal species including members of the Histoplasma, Coccidioides, and Blastomyces genera are endemic to different areas throughout the United States. Historically, the geographic distribution of both Histoplasma and Coccidioides was attributed to positive antigen skin test results, whereas that of Blastomyces was based on case and outbreak reports.

Over the past fifty years, an increasing number of fungal infections due to these different species have been reported outside of their endemic regions in the U.S. In a recent Clinical Infectious Disease study, researchers update the geographic distribution of these species throughout the U.S.

 

Trade must play its part to save the planet

 

For decades, environmentalists and free traders have surrounded each other suspiciously in mutual distrust. Dating back to when environmental activists helped bring down the fabled disastrous 1999 World Trade Organization conference in Seattle, each tends to view the other as, respectively, planet-destroying neoliberals. or ignorant Luddite protectionists.

This long-term dysfunctional relationship means missing out on a big opportunity – a strong trade dimension is notably missing from the COP27 climate conference, which wraps up in Sharm el-Sheikh this week. There has been an increase in defensive environmental measures in trade, leveling the international playing field to protect companies from imports produced to lower standards. But given the vast improvements in green technologies, from renewables to electric cars, the drive to reduce carbon emissions requires a stronger element of open trade and technology transfer.

Tonga volcanic eruption caused 57 km high ash cloud

the essentials in brief Precise measurement method for volcanic eruption is missing 50 kilometers above the earth’s surface More on the subject:

In January, a submarine volcanic eruption rocked the South Seas archipelago of Tonga. A gigantic ash cloud rose and reached a record height.

An explosive eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano in Tonga on January 15, 2022. (Archive image) – keystone

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Can a Nation replace its oil wealth with trees?

 

Evening and the rainforest. A riverbank packed with elephants. Treetops so dense they obscure all but a chimpanzee’s hairy arm. And, as the sun sets, a twinkle on the horizon: an offshore oil platform.

The nation of Gabon is so lush with forests and wildlife its nickname is Africa’s Eden. It’s also one of the continent’s major oil producers.

Gabon for decades has relied on petroleum to drive its economy. But officials know their oil won’t last forever. So they’ve turned to Gabon’s other abundant resource — a huge Congo Basin rainforest, full of valuable trees — to help make up the difference once the oil is gone.

MultCo's first Safe Rest Village at capacity as camps grow nearby

MultCo's first Safe Rest Village at capacity as camps grow nearby

 

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Months after Portland’s first Safe Rest Village opened in the southwest near Multnomah Village, KOIN 6 is getting an idea of its progress and how neighbors are stepping in.

In the four months since the Multnomah Safe Rest Village opened, those operating it say it’s at capacity with some already benefitting from services — including having at least four people transitioned into permanent housing and five people in the last month gaining employment.

Rio Tinto Naturescape | Creative STAR Learning

 

Whilst in Western Australia I had the privilege of meeting Alec Duncan, of Child’s Play Music. We met in one of Alec’s favourite places: Naturescape in Perth. In the words of the website, “…it is a place for children to connect with nature and learn to appreciate the unique Western Australian environment. It is a place to explore, climb rocks and ropes, wade through creeks, build cubbies and get dirty.“

As a concept, I initially found it discomfiting. Do we really need to package nature and offer it as an attraction to families to make it something worth doing?