Biosphere – Biofera http://biofera.org/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 04:21:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://biofera.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/biofera-icon-150x150.png Biosphere – Biofera http://biofera.org/ 32 32 Help shape the future of our Sunshine Coast biosphere https://biofera.org/help-shape-the-future-of-our-sunshine-coast-biosphere/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 01:00:50 +0000 https://biofera.org/help-shape-the-future-of-our-sunshine-coast-biosphere/

  • Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Are you a local resident and passionate about protecting and enhancing the future of our region?

If so, now is the time to consider applying for one of the three positions on the Sunshine Coast Biosphere Community Advisory Group.

The Community Advisory Group is made up of an independent chair and up to 14 community members representing a wide range of backgrounds and interests in our Sunshine Coast community.

Biosphere Community Advisory Group chair Will Shrapnel said expressions of interest are now open to up to three new members.

“Each of these three roles represents specific areas of interest to complement our existing members,” Mr. Shrapnel said.

“This includes education, social/health and small business, helping our group to remain representative and reflective of our diverse Sunshine Coast community.

“Our biosphere designation signals to the world that we are a community that values ​​our natural environment and that as a region we will take a balanced and sustainable approach to the opportunities and challenges we face as our region continues to grow. .

Mayor of Sunshine Coast Council, Mark Jamieson, said the Community Advisory Group plays an important role in providing essential information and ensuring the community remains actively engaged in implementing our biosphere.

“Our designation as UNESCO Biosphere is a significant achievement for our region that Council and the entire community can be proud of,” said Mayor Jamieson.

“As we continue the process of understanding and applying what it means to us to be a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, we remain committed to seeking additional input and perspectives from a range of groups through through the Sunshine Coast Biosphere Community Advisory Group.”

There are several ways for residents to submit their expressions of interest for the three Sunshine Coast Biosphere Community Advisory Group positions:

  • Email it to: biosphere@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au
  • Drop it off at the main reception of the council administration buildings in Caloundra, Maroochydore or Nambour
  • Send it to:
    Bag locked 72
    Sunshine Coast Mail Center
    QLD 4560

Completed expressions of interest are due by 5 p.m., Monday, December 5, 2022.

For more details and to download an expression of interest package, visit the council’s website haveyoursay.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.

WHAT IS A BIOSPHERE RESERVE?

Biosphere reserves are areas of terrestrial, marine and coastal ecosystems that are managed with the aim of balancing the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable use of natural resources. The planning and management of biosphere reserves relies on the participation of the local community and interested stakeholders. The World Network of Biosphere Reserves includes 738 biosphere reserves in 134 countries.

FAST FACTS

  • The World Network of Biosphere Reserves spans 134 countries
  • About 257 million people live in biosphere reserves around the world
  • The World Network of Biosphere Reserves almost the size of Australia
  • There are only five biosphere reserves in Australia, including the Noosa and Great Sandy Biosphere Reserves along the southern Queensland coast.*
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2022 Midterm Election – The Ukiah Daily Journal https://biofera.org/2022-midterm-election-the-ukiah-daily-journal/ Sun, 20 Nov 2022 16:55:05 +0000 https://biofera.org/2022-midterm-election-the-ukiah-daily-journal/

As I write this, Democrats have retained control of the Senate, even with Georgia heading to a runoff. The House GOP will have a very slim majority. The election results were lower than I expected, but better than I feared, as the red tsunami never materialized. In a November 10, 2022 Daily Kos article, Thom Hartmann described a possible reason.

World history can be seen as a progression of expanding society, organized first around families, then larger groups of tribes, regions and finally nations, including more people at each stage. In the birth of America, Thomas Jefferson noted that each generation brings new people to power, changing the perspective of what society should support. This was expanded in 1997, by Strauss and Howe in “The Fourth Turning”, who recognized that every fourth generation, about 80 years old, the world faces a massive crisis, both economic and political, caused by the limitations of previous generations. Dealing with this crisis is transforming society for the better.

For example, the American Revolution empowered common people in response to the tyranny of elite royalty, but the right to vote was limited to white men. Four generations later, the Civil War ended slavery and the economic structure it supported. Four generations later, women won the right to vote, and the end of World War II saw the rise of the middle class. Today, four generations later, our country and our planet are once again in crisis.

Several states are reverting to Jim Crow racism. American students are saddled with trillions in debt. Our country is flooded with more weapons than people. Wealth inequality is extreme, with media concentration funded by billionaires pumping out prejudice, hatred and lies. Homelessness is everywhere and affordable health care is scarce. Our biosphere is shredded, with critical insect species on the verge of extinction, threatening our food supply. Carcinogenic and hormone-distorting chemicals, as well as microplastic particles, pollute our bloodstream. Finally, the climate is warming up, threatening the foundations of the global economy.

All of these problems stem from rapacious, exclusive gain capitalism, the lifeblood of the Republican donor base. With no financial incentive for change, the GOP embraced extremism and fear to maintain political power, with no plan for progress, only for revenge. Based on history, the GOP expected a decisive victory this election. Despite their best efforts and spending billions of dollars, the fact that they failed in this goal is heartening. One way to read the midterm election result is that the extremist strategy did not play well with the voting public, especially with young people.

Broken down by generation, baby boomers (over 65) skewed the GOP by about 13%, and the youngest (45-64) skewed the GOP by 11%. Millennials (30-44) were roughly evenly split, but Gen Z (18-29) became 28% Democrats, which made the difference. By 2024, the two youngest generations will outnumber the oldest almost 2 to 1, which is why the GOP is so frantic to suppress the vote.

It is no coincidence that young people are more concerned about the climate crisis, as they will live long enough to see the real impact in their lives. It also fits with the idea that society is moving towards greater inclusion. The climate problem is global, affects everyone and requires a global solution. Nothing less will do.

As I’ve mentioned many times before, the reality of the world is oneness, and exclusive short-term gain is bankrupt suicidal fiction. We can no longer indulge in this fantasy because there are too many of us, and our whims are now amplified by technological powers previously attributed only to the gods. We must mature or die. All over the planet, more and more people are beginning to understand and experience this.

I worked in earthquake research, studying sudden physical changes, which encouraged my eager expectations of social change. But transformation is difficult and cumbersome, much like transforming a very large ship at sea. We transform on-board programming, modeling, and stories whose roots go back generations. Although these are often not for our own benefit, they shape the world we live in, defining our reality.

However, a fundamental tide is turning, perhaps barely noticeable at this time. But I take comfort in the unity of reality, as expressed in the climate issue, which cannot be denied and must be embraced.

Crispin B. Hollinshead lives in Ukiah. This article and previous articles can be found at cbhollinshead.blogspot.com.

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Artemis is our first step towards the colonization of space https://biofera.org/artemis-is-our-first-step-towards-the-colonization-of-space/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 18:00:00 +0000 https://biofera.org/artemis-is-our-first-step-towards-the-colonization-of-space/

In the early morning hours of Wednesday, November 16, NASA successfully launched the first test of its Artemis I space launch system. Because the launch was repeatedly postponed by technical issues or inclement weather, it was feared that misfortune hangs over the mission. Aside from the $4.1 billion price tag attached to that launch alone, the setbacks had commentators wondering what exactly was the point of all this effort.

But while there are valid criticisms — for example, of NASA not including reusable launch technologies — naysayers are missing a larger, vital point. The Artemis program goes well beyond this single launch. It is about the long-term future of humanity.

The Path to Lunar Citizenship

Artemis is an ambitious program that includes a number of landmark lenses and technologies. The first is the Space Launch System. While its appearance seems to borrow from the Apollo-era Saturn V rocket, there’s more to it. The system is a heavy lifting machine designed to detonate payloads weighing over one hundred tons in lunar orbit or beyond. This will be the workhorse of Artemis’ space infrastructure plans far beyond Earth orbit.

The Orion spacecraft is the next piece of the Artemis program. Crews of up to six astronauts will use Orion for long missions traveling to the Moon. Next is the Lunar Gateway space station. Orbiting the Moon once a week on a long, narrow trajectory that will oscillate in a 1,500 km halo 70,000 km from the surface, the Lunar Gateway will be a research hub and staging area for astronauts, as well as a kind of garage for equipment park destined for the surface of the Moon. To reach the surface itself, Artemis will use the Starship human landing system. This SpaceX project will take humans to and from the Moon using the massive Starship high-capacity rocket. The destination of these astronauts is the most exciting part of the goals of the Artemis program. The plan is to eventually establish a permanent lunar base near the lunar south pole, where water most likely resides in the shadows of craters.

Artemis will take us beyond the Moon

It should be noted that Artemis is a public, private and international effort. It brings together the space agencies of the United States, Japan, Europe and Canada. The robotic HERACLES lander, a large part of the Artemis infrastructure for the resupply of the lunar base, will be developed by the other space agencies.

So why is all of this important? We’ve been to the moon before. Why do we have to go back?

Well, there’s more to Artemis than just going to the Moon. What Artemis will do is take the first steps towards building expansion infrastructure in the solar system. Human beings haven’t left Earth’s orbit for 50 years, but even so, the real action for the future is beyond the Moon. To become a real space species, we must learn to travel all the terrain we find among the planets. This is where the real opportunities lie.

Imagine humanity surviving climate change – that we have at least as much time ahead of us as we have lived since, say, the Roman Empire. What are we going to do? Where is our future? The answer undoubtedly lies in the solar system. We are going to expand into every nook and cranny we can find on Mars, the moons of the large gas giant planets, and the floating habitats. We will expand, explore and build, because that is what we have always done. We will create new societies and experiment with new social forms that will hopefully allow more freedom, equality, justice and expression. And we’ll do all of this in a way that enhances Earth’s precious biosphere – once you get there, it becomes clear that Earth is truly precious.

Artemis, with its heavy launch vehicles, lunar-orbiting space stations and permanent lunar base, is much more than the Moon. It’s about everything beyond the Moon. It is about what the next hundreds or even thousands of years of the future of humanity will be like. It is about all that we can and must become.

And it all started on Wednesday, from the LC-39B launch pad, around 2 a.m.

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Medical serial killer movie focuses on ‘A good nurse’ who helped catch him – Reuters https://biofera.org/medical-serial-killer-movie-focuses-on-a-good-nurse-who-helped-catch-him-reuters/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 16:33:54 +0000 https://biofera.org/medical-serial-killer-movie-focuses-on-a-good-nurse-who-helped-catch-him-reuters/

FILM REVIEW BY CARROLL MCCUNE

THE GOOD NURSE

Adapted from the book “A Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine,

Madness and Murder” by Charles Graeber (2013).

Released by Netflix on October 26, 2022.

Director: Tobias Lindholm

Screenwriter: Krysty Wilson-Cairns

Director of photography: Jodi Lee Lipes

Sound: Biosphere

CAST

Jessica Chastain as Amy Loughren

Eddie Redmayne as Charles Cullen

Noah Emmerich as Tim Braun

Nnamdi Asomugha as Danny Baldwin

Kim Dickens as Mary Lund

Director Tobias Lindholm eschews the true detective genre, complaining that it’s not an art form. Therefore, “The Good Nurse” is a drama/thriller thriller based on the true story of infamous medical serial killer Charles Cullen (Eddie Redmayne) and his colleague Amy Loughren (Jessica Chastain).

Danish director Tobias Lindholm and Scottish screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns adapted their story from journalist Charles Graeber’s 320-page book of the same name, but focused only on the last four months of Cullen’s employment at Somerset Medical Center in New Jersey (called Parkfield Memorial in the film) and the weeks surrounding his arrest on December 14, 2003. Although Graeber’s book is a comprehensive account of Cullen’s sixteen-year career as a murderous intensive care nurse , the filmmakers have chosen to make Amy Loughren the protagonist of their picture and it is her story that we follow from beginning to end.

In a movie that claims to be about a serial killer, why would the filmmakers choose to elevate Amy Loughren’s story above Charles Cullen’s? Amy’s courage to risk everything to prevent more patients from falling victim to Cullen certainly qualifies her as a true heroine. She embodied the current plight of single working mothers, who are double-burdened and torn between conflicting responsibilities.

Tobias Lindholm said that after reading the script, “I was immediately struck by the stepping stones the screenwriter had left for a story where we wouldn’t be fascinated by the serial killer, which was the obvious choice, but we would be fascinated and identify with the nurse who stopped him.It was, for me, a way in which the material emphasized the value of humanity and not just the obsession with darkness.

Also, the mind of a serial killer may be unfathomable, but the mind of a woman who may love such a person invites exploration.

Amy was a single mother who suffered from cardiomyopathy and struggled to support her two young daughters by working night shifts in the intensive care unit in Parkfield. She needed four more months of work before she was eligible for medical benefits that would pay for heart surgery that could save her life. The film is about Amy’s courage, suffering and unlikely friendship with Charles Cullen, who helped her manage her difficult load of patients at Parkfield and care for her daughters.

The plot centers around the frustrated efforts of police detectives (Noah Emmerich and Nnamdi Asomugha) to bring charges against Charlie. Their efforts are thwarted by Mary Lund (Kim Dickens), the hospital’s risk manager’s determination to obstruct the police investigation in order to protect the hospital’s reputation and escape liability lawsuits. Amy’s cooperation with detectives as a confidential informant jeopardizes her job and her ability to obtain life-saving surgery.

Graeber’s book describes Charles Cullen as a brilliant, handsome, proud, and complicated man, who had “eyes that splayed, looking in two separate directions, as if each belonged to two separate beings”. He was soft-spoken and showed extraordinary kindness and compassion towards his patients and overworked nurse Amy.

While Jessica Chastain’s task was to convey Amy’s anxiety, physical pain and emotional turmoil, Redmayne’s task was to reveal Charlie’s inner malevolence which he accomplished almost entirely with his eyes while half of her face was generally shrouded in shadow. He also used his long fingers held in spider-like positions, curled into fists or hanging lifelessly at his side as he sleepwalked through the dimly lit hallways of the hospital to suggest sinister intent.

Since nothing horrifying happens onscreen, the film only hints at how Cullen passively kills without even being present when patients

succumb to missed medication – the filmmakers relied on minimalist cinematography, chiaroscuro lighting and chilling Biosphere sound design to create suspense.

The incessant synthesized hum and heightened sound of breathing, beeping from bedside monitors and other jarring ambient noises created a sense of impending doom.

Although Amy doesn’t know that Charlie is a killer, she is well aware that her own life may depend on his friendship and help. Although two of her patients “code” and die unexpectedly and Charlie steals a heart medication she needed but couldn’t afford, she doesn’t begin to suspect Charlie of foul play until when detectives arrive.

Charlie had made the mistake of explaining to her how he had stolen the drugs from her without raising the alarm. But hospital administrators were alarmed and launched an internal investigation into the suspicious deaths, eventually, albeit reluctantly, alerting the police.

The introspective filmmakers focused on Cullen’s humanity rather than her inhumanity, and completely ignored the crucial question of why or what drove the compassionate nurse to murder so many vulnerable patients.

Newspapers reported that Cullen allegedly killed up to 400 people at nine different hospitals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey from 1987 to 2003. Other hospital administrators suspected Cullen of playing a role in the inexplicable deaths of patients, but preferred to fire him for minor rule violations. and pass it along with neutral recommendations to unsuspecting hospitals.

The climactic scene at the end of the film in which Amy’s soothing presence prompted Cullen to finally confess – after the detectives’ aggressive tactics failed to break him – elevated Amy’s role within a blocked criminal justice system. And its ability to outsmart a corporatized health care system that essentially enabled Charlie’s killing spree underscored the film’s social commentary on the value of a single individual versus a powerful institution.

In fact, the film’s script gives no insight into Cullen’s compulsion to kill, an issue Eddie Redmayne discussed in an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival. Keith Bennie, Senior Director of TIFF, asked: “In a job like this, do you feel like part of your job as an actor, as a storyteller, is to help uncover a meaning or suggestion as to what might have motivated Charlie?” The Oscar-winning actor who is known for immersing himself in his characters, replied, “I’ll find it.” He then recited numerous incidents from Graeber’s book in Cullen’s early life that marked him out as an incredibly damaged person, beginning with his miserable childhood and the untimely deaths of both his parents from bullying and abuse. abuse by much older siblings, attempted murder of his brother-in-law when he was seven years old, twenty suicide attempts, several incarcerations in psychiatric wards, a psychiatric discharge from the navy, relationships failed love affairs and an arrest for harassment. However, Redmayne concluded, “I don’t believe there’s a single motivation; a reason.”

During the interrogation scene, when Amy asked Charlie why he did it, he only gave this cryptic answer: “They didn’t arrest me.” Which isn’t so much a revelation of Cullen’s motivation as an indictment of our for-profit health care system. The real Amy Loughren, who still calls Charlie her friend, thinks he had OCD gone wrong.

But if you want a more insightful analysis of the mind of a serial killer, read Graeber’s book or watch the documentary “Capturing the Killer Nurse” released by Netflix on November 10 and written and directed by British filmmaker Tim Travers. Hawkins.

It is more compelling than drama and features actual video of Charles Cullen’s interrogation and a taped interview with journalist Charles Graeber. Cullen says, “I couldn’t watch people get hurt… Sometimes there were things I could do to end their suffering.

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Celebration of World Biosphere Day – Selaine Saxby MP https://biofera.org/celebration-of-world-biosphere-day-selaine-saxby-mp/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 04:05:30 +0000 https://biofera.org/celebration-of-world-biosphere-day-selaine-saxby-mp/

Thursday November 3 marked the first-ever World Biosphere Day. There are 738 UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in the world, only 7 of which are in the UK. We are fortunate in North Devon to be home to the very first in the UK and one of the first in the world.

This year we have seen 40 degree temperatures that have affected everything from our local wildlife to farmers’ crops to our man-made infrastructure. As the climate crisis deepens, we must learn to live with and manage our environments. Our policy going forward must be to create a shared world that supports us and our native wildlife.

Launched 50 years ago, these “living laboratories” study the conflict between human activity and our natural environment. They now cover 5% of the earth’s surface, an area roughly the size of Australia. First designated in 1976, then the first UK Biosphere to meet new UNESCO criteria in 2002, the North Devon Biosphere has conducted innovative research and devised methods to protect and manage our environment.

As our government takes control of the opportunities offered by Brexit and provides more funding and grants to promote environmental protection, these decades of scientific research are crucial. We all want to see our beautiful countryside and our British coasts healthier. To effectively protect and restore them, we need to know what methods work and how best to approach the problem.

To celebrate the incomparable contribution of our biospheres, I had the pleasure of leading a debate in the House of Commons on the occasion of World Biosphere Day. As a resident of the Biosphere myself, I feel incredibly lucky to live so close to such important and well-protected habitats.

The success of the work over the past 46 years shows, on land and at sea, that they have given impetus to a local nature restoration plan; in our marine environments they improved the levels of phosphates, this was the first work of its kind in the country. They initiated projects in the 25-year environmental plan, under which they developed natural capital strategies for the region, which are now in operation with the Community Renewal Fund.

The work of our North Devon Biosphere is not limited to North Devon, but extends overseas with partnerships in Kenya, supporting Biospheres there to deliver projects. They work with the European biospheres to coordinate a network of forests. In Southeast Asia, they work on marine planning and conservation and community health.

As UNESCO’s oldest intergovernmental science programme, our Global Biospheres are a testament to what we can achieve as a world when we work together. Working together is the only way to tackle the global climate crisis, and as we transition to the presidency of the COP, November 3 should remind us of the importance of international collaboration.

The path the biospheres have charted over the past 50 years shows that we can live sustainably. It’s not a choice between modern life or saving our planet, both can be achieved, it’s up to us to make it happen.

Written by Selaine Saxby, MP for North Devon

Selaine Saxby, MP for North Devon – Credit: Submitted

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Biodiversity – why it matters and how to make your portfolio nature positive https://biofera.org/biodiversity-why-it-matters-and-how-to-make-your-portfolio-nature-positive/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 16:54:02 +0000 https://biofera.org/biodiversity-why-it-matters-and-how-to-make-your-portfolio-nature-positive/

Biodiversity is declining at an alarming rate and preventing this is becoming a new frontier in sustainable investing.

Biodiversity is the set of different types of living organisms in a region. From variety of animals to plants, fungi and even microorganisms like bacteria that make up our natural world.

The World Wildlife Fund’s 2022 Living Planet Index found that mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish have declined by an average of 69% since 1970. The report identifies several key drivers of biodiversity decline , including habitat loss, overexploitation of species, invasive species, pollution, climate change and disease.

This calls on governments and businesses around the world to assess how they can strive to be ‘nature positive’, as well as ‘net zero’.

While net zero encourages businesses to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, nature positive means building the resilience of our planet and societies to halt and reverse the loss of nature. This involves reducing our negative impact on nature and biodiversity, and taking proactive steps to restore and replenish.

The loss of biodiversity represents a great challenge for society, which also offers opportunities for investment. We look at why biodiversity matters to investors and how you can include it in your portfolio.

This article is not financial advice. If you are unsure whether an investment is right for you, seek financial advice. All investments can fall or rise in value, so you may get back less than you invest.

Why is biodiversity important for investors?

The integrity of the biosphere is one of the nine planetary boundaries. These represent the limits within which human civilization can safely operate. Crossing these boundaries increases the risk of generating abrupt or irreversible large-scale environmental changes, and the boundary of biosphere integrity has already been crossed, leading to biodiversity loss and extinction.

This does not mean that it is too late to act, but puts the preservation of biodiversity at the top of the list of global priorities.

Additionally, healthy ecosystems and biodiversity are the backbone of many communities’ livelihoods. Biodiversity sustains our food, drinking water, medicine, shelter and economy. In fact, half of the world’s GDP depends on nature and 75% of the world’s poor depend on agriculture for their livelihoods.

Without healthy biodiversity, we cannot have a healthy economy.

What are governments doing?

The United Nations Conference on Biodiversity (COP 15) takes place in December in Canada. This will be the largest biodiversity conference in a decade.

The conference should lead to an increase in funding for nature and a share of climate funding dedicated to biodiversity. And since half of the planet’s habitable land surface is used for agriculture, the focus is expected to be on land use.

The UK government has pledged to protect 30% of land and oceans by 2030 “30 by 30”. However, many activists have pointed out that the country is not on track to achieve this goal. Two years after the commitment, only 3% of English territory is effectively protected and managed.

Now that Rishi Sunak is in power, he assured the cabinet that he would lead an “environmentally-focused government”. Time will tell if the UK will protect and restore biodiversity at the pace needed.

What are companies doing?

Awareness of biodiversity loss may be growing, but there is still some uncertainty about how companies can assess their impact on nature.

The Task Force on Nature-Related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) is due to release its framework next year. The global initiative aims to describe how companies can assess their positive or negative impact on nature, and how nature affects company financial performance or long-term risk.

This means that investors will be able to assess companies’ TNFD reports, as they can with companies that have made statements against the task force on climate-related financial disclosures.

What do fund managers do?

Many fund managers don’t want to risk being left behind on biodiversity, as many have been on climate change. That’s why many managers we talk to incorporate biodiversity metrics into their broader ESG assessment. But also engage on topics related to biodiversity with the companies in which they invest.

Deirdre Cooper and Graeme Baker, principal managers of the Ninety One Global Environment Fund, aim to deliver “sustainability with substance” through in-depth analyzes of the companies’ services and products. This helps the team understand the impact of companies and their suppliers on biodiversity.

Biodiversity is also one of the fund’s main engagement themes. For example, they have engaged with Croda, a major producer of bio-based chemicals, in its decarbonization efforts. This year, they have expanded their discussions with the company to include its broader impacts on our natural capital. They set a commitment target to encourage the company to set targets and report on land use and biodiversity.

Legal & General is another fund group that champions biodiversity. Their Biodiversity Policy underscores their belief that it is essential for businesses to proactively consider and address biodiversity issues to generate sustainable results and value for all stakeholders. This broader commitment to hold companies to account means that they now consider biodiversity as a central indicator in their ESG rating.

For Legal & General’s Future World ESG Developed Index Fund, this ESG score dictates the fund’s capital allocation. The fund will invest more in companies that score higher, and those with low scores will most likely be underweight.

Most responsible funds produce a sustainability, ESG or impact report. This often describes their approach to ESG integration and their engagement priorities. You can find them on individual fund group websites.

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Not necessarily the end of the world | Bryan Appleyard https://biofera.org/not-necessarily-the-end-of-the-world-bryan-appleyard/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 00:13:53 +0000 https://biofera.org/not-necessarily-the-end-of-the-world-bryan-appleyard/

This article is from the November 2022 issue of The Critic. To receive the full magazine, why not subscribe? Right now we’re offering five issues for just £10.


Martin Rees cuts to the chase on page two: “Earth has been around for 45 million euroswalk inies, but this is the first cwalk inwhere a dominant species can determine, for good or ill, the future of the entire biosphere.” It is an alarming phrase: first, 45 million euroswalk inies is dizzier than usual 40.5 billion years old; even more dizzying is the terrible truth that all life now suddenly depends on the sanity or otherwise of humanity. Do we were everything TueTin Rees.

Rees, Astronomer Royal, Former Master of Trinity, Cambridgeand President of the Royal Society, is certainly an establishment figure but, unusually for such people, he is eminently sane. If science should save uslike his previous books and articles, is a balanced and careful assessment of the evidence and possible outcomes.

If science should save us, Martin Rees (Polity, £20)

The big and terrifying outcome in this case is human extinction, but Rees calms our nerves at the end of the book with his list of sane people. Pope Francis, David Attenborough, Bill Gates and Greta Thunberg are, he writes, “individuals who resonate with science, but who can inspire ethical guidance and motivation that science alone cannot provide.”.

The crux of the matter is that the greatest existential threat to humans now is humanity. The dinosaurs knew nothing about the asteroid that swept away their out 60 million years ago. We will know everything if we are never ended by climate change, nuclear war, hyper-intelligent machines or biotech bad actors who are now able, in the fetid intimacy of their rooms, to prepare the nextand finally, pandemic. We will know because we created their everything.

Rees summarizes and assesses the challenges in his first chapter. Rightly, I think, he says it’s “very likely” that atmospheric carbon dioxide will continue to rise in 2050. Public resistance to the required changes will stand in the way, just as anti-vaxxers stood in the way of resistance to the pandemic. Of course, the anti-vaxxers are crackpots, but it won’t just be crackpots who resist the kind of sacrifices needed to cool the planet. Then as 2050 professions, we will choose Plan B: CO2 extraction from the atmosphere or large and incredibly risky geo-engineering projects.

Dealing with biotechnology is even more complex, mainly because we don’t really know what we are are Do. What kind of people will emerge from a genetically lengthened or enhanced life? Artificial intelligence, meanwhile, is now a gold rush that cannot be stopped. Rees points out that when Google’s parent company Alphabet took over UK-based artificial intelligence company DeepMind, the latter’s ethics committee was disbanded. Geeks, I’m afraid, are not to be trusted.

History tells us that individual civilizations rise and fall, but what we know nowWhere should know is that we have through population growth and technology, has created a unique world civilization. We should have learned from Covid that when the bell rings, it rings for all of us. “In effect“, Rees writes: “we have no reason to believe that human civilization – or even humanity itself – can survive the worst that future technologies may bring.”

The Royal Society should be secular but not anti-religious

The remaining chapters attempt to answer Tolstoy’s question, “So what should we do?” A response, many of which have suggested, is to leave this planet full of risks. Rees rejects this: mass migration from Earth is an “illusion and dangerous”. Its solutions are more complex and interesting than that.

Generally speaking, as the title suggests, the solution is scientific. But Rees doesn’t believe in scientism, in the idea that science is the only path to all the truth in the world, especially when bolstered by the cult of the new atheism championed by the likes of Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins. Some of the NAs – “little Bertrand Russells”, he calls their – wreaked havoc on the Royal Society.

He replied that the RS should be secular but not anti-religious and, as proof, he provides a beautiful quote from Darwin, the NA’s greatest hero, on atheism: “The whole subject is too deep for the human intellect. A dog might as well speculate on Newton’s mind. Let everyone hope and believe as best they can.” Amen to that.

This is typical of Ree’s formsthought. It is not, for him, the work of science to be guided ideologically. Instead, it should be run by people with open minds and good intentions.

One of his heroes in this context is Joseph Rotblat, a physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project. He did this because he believed in the possibility that Hitler would first acquire an atomic bomb. When he no longer believed in it, he became the only scientist to leave the project. He then established the Pugwash conferences, which allowed the West and the Soviets to talk to each other during the Cold War. He also wanted to create a Hippocratic-style oath for scientists; they or they swear to do No problem.

All our main threats will have a global impact

At a lower level, we also need to distribute the money well. The UK Treasury assesses long-term projects using a discount rate of 30.5% up to 2050. That’s reasonable for an office building, completely ridiculous if you are spend to avoid the destruction of humanity.

Politics is, as always, the great stumbling block. A disgruntled electorate counting the cost of global warming will create a disgruntled political class. Similarly, a Chinese or Russian-style autocracy tends to create bad science (nor their Covid vaccines were a lot of good) or keep the good science to themselves. If that happens, there is no hope because, see above, all of our major threats will have a global impact.

“We need“, writes Rees, “to think globally, we must think rationallyand we have to think long term.”

One of the most appealing attributes of this book is Reess instinct for fairness. I first noticed the intensity and clarity of this when he explained to me what is wrong with our honors system. It is biased by class and, for all their flummery, it’s not high honors that have the most impact, but the weakest.

Here equity emerges in odd little asides. Each Nobel Prize, for example, cannot have a maximum of three recipients. But contemporary science is almost always a collective effort. The astronomical detection of gravitational waves was made by seven0 observatories in the world and the resulting published article had 1,000 authors. Rees observes that information technology has “democratized science”; this makes the restriction to three recipients absurd.

The book ends with a quote from TueGaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful and committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that has ever.” It’s Reess faith in a word or maybe its just his hope. Either way, this book is both enjoyable and essential – a guide to the worst that can happen to one of our best.

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Best laptops with i5 processors for all your business and personal needs https://biofera.org/best-laptops-with-i5-processors-for-all-your-business-and-personal-needs/ Mon, 31 Oct 2022 11:15:59 +0000 https://biofera.org/best-laptops-with-i5-processors-for-all-your-business-and-personal-needs/

Best laptops with i5 processors: The market is full of options if you’re looking for a laptop, it’s best to make a list of the features you’re looking for. Most professionals and gamers choose the Core i5 processor laptop which is known to deliver faster and smoother working and gaming experiences. These Laptop are designed as a mid-level consumer product that supports multitasking business productivity apps, and more.

If you’re looking for the same, here we’ve shared our top picks for the best laptops with i5 processors that suit all your business and personal needs. Choose the best according to your preferred brand and budget.

Read more: i5 laptops under 50,000.

Best Laptops in India with i5 Processors

Get familiar with high performance i5 processor laptop from HP, Dell, Lenovo and more here to make your working experience better and smoother.

HP ProBook 440 G8 14-inch Laptop

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HP is one of the leading laptop manufacturers in India and this HP laptop comes with an i5 processor which gives you more power. It has 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage space and has multi-layered security protection that protects your PCs against modern threats.

Keep your productivity high and reduce downtime with this best HP laptop which is fully integrated and automated with HP Biosphere Gen5 firmware system features. HP Laptop Price: Rs 50,990.

Read more: Best Laptops in India.

Acer Aspire v5 Thin and Light Laptop

portable

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This Acer Aspire is an 11th Gen Intel Core i5 processor that delivers unparalleled speed and intelligence that enables awesome creative, productivity, and gaming performance. This best laptop in India is ergonomically designed with hinged keyboards for comfortable typing.

It comes in a slim 17.9mm body that gives a professional appearance and comes with the latest connectivity options. Acer Laptop Price: Rs 44,990.

Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 3 15.6″ Laptop

portable

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Lenovo is one of the leading laptop brands, this Lenovo Ideapad comes with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage space with built-in Alexa. It comes with up to 6 hours of battery backup with 2 x 1.5W stereo speakers with Dolby Audio for better sound quality.

It is one of the best portable learning partners with a total weight of 1.65 kg. This i5 processor-based laptop offers a faster and smoother working experience. Lenovo Laptop Price: Rs 53,490.

New Dell Vostro 3400 Laptop

portable

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This Dell Vostro comes with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage space and the powerful processor takes care of all your work with the latest 11th Gen Intel processors. It’s charged with Express Charge which recharges the laptop from 0-80% in 1 hour and Dell Mobile Connects lets you access multiple devices and apps without catching your eye. Dell Laptop Price: Rs 57,499.

ASUS VivoBook 15 Intel Core i5

portable

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This 10th Gen ASUS Intel Core i5 features 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage space for better performance. The 15.6 inch anti-glare screen with LED backlight makes it more attractive. It comes with a preloaded Windows 11 Home with lifetime validity and the battery offers up to 6 hours of backup. ASUS Laptop Price: Rs 53,000.

Check out more best laptops with i5 processors on Amazon here.

Disclaimer: Jagran journalists were not involved in the production of this article. The prices mentioned here are subject to change from Amazon.

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The Pig Pen is back https://biofera.org/the-pig-pen-is-back/ Fri, 28 Oct 2022 20:18:43 +0000 https://biofera.org/the-pig-pen-is-back/

The Pig Pen is open once more

Chris Conger’s neighborhood bar Pig Pen is back. It’s been more than a year since the family-friendly Broadway bar and restaurant welcomed guests, and Conger took to Facebook on Monday to say they missed everyone and were officially back. The same nachos, grilled cheese, bloody marys and beers are on the menu. The restaurant was also a favorite for Sunday brunch and Conger says brunch will return this weekend.

The San Antonio Spurs have their own cafe

Spurs and Estate Coffee Co. announced this week that they have teamed up to create a specialty Por Vida Roast that fans can make at home. The Mexican Small Batch Roast is available online or at Estate, 1320 E. Houston St. The Spurs will also be offering tastes of the beer during tonight’s home game against the Chicago Bulls. Stop by the Fan Shop for a sample. The beans for the Spurs roast came from the buffer zone of the El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve in the Sierra Madre de Chiapas in Mexico.

2M Smokehouse expands to El Camino

James Beard Award-nominated barbecue restaurant 2M Smokehouse will add a food trailer in the coming weeks, owner Esaul Ramos Jr. has confirmed on social media. The trailer will open at El Camino Food Truck Park on Avenue B near River Walk. The trailer will serve a limited barbecue menu during the evenings. The restaurant on the southeast side has been open since 2016 and is known for its near-perfect brisket, impeccable house sausage, and exceptional accompaniments, like Mexican street corn.

Peruvian restaurant opens in Southtown

Leche de Tigre, a Peruvian restaurant that will serve ceviche, mariscos and other dishes, is preparing to open in the former Tutti’s: A Place for Foodies on East Cevallos Street. The restaurant will also specialize in pisco, a grape brandy from Peru. Guests can enjoy it as part of a classic lime pisco or in other concoctions, including a Chicha, which will include purple corn syrup, egg white, bitters and lime.

Bubby’s Jewish Soul Food celebrates a year with a revamp

The Jewish grocery store in Castle Hills announced this week that it will be closing until November 14 to make some interior improvements and expand its menu. When they reopen in November, just in time for their first anniversary, Bubby’s will have more hours, more food choices and more staff to serve customers, its owners wrote on their website. While Bubby’s is closed, owners have encouraged regulars to visit their friends at The Hayden, Max & Louie’s or Chicago Bagel & Deli.

Bakery Lorraine opens in Boerne on November 1

Bakery Lorraine will open its sixth outpost in Boerne on Tuesday, November 1. The bakery owned by chefs Anne Ng, Jeremy Mandrell and operator Charlie Biedenharn already has locations at Pearl, The Rim, Medical Center, DoSeum and The Estate in Austin. This new bakery will open on Oak Park Drive, just off Main Street in Boerne. The bakery is known for its Parisian macaroons and pastries as well as its breakfast and lunch menu that includes items like quiche Lorraine and salmon on an all-croissant.

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The Silicon Valley Counterfeit of the Garden Route Is Now Truly Dead and Buried https://biofera.org/the-silicon-valley-counterfeit-of-the-garden-route-is-now-truly-dead-and-buried/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 09:24:59 +0000 https://biofera.org/the-silicon-valley-counterfeit-of-the-garden-route-is-now-truly-dead-and-buried/

Farm 195, formerly known as Destiny Africa (Image provided: Galetti Corporate Real Estate)

  • The Destiny Africa project was meant to be a smart city, mimicking Silicon Valley on a 437 hectare site outside of George.
  • He received the backing of Western Cape Premier Helen Zille in 2009.
  • But the ambitious project, which was to include a city of knowledge, a business park, a university center and around 7,000 housing units, did not see the light of day.
  • More than a decade later, the property was sold to a private developer amid the liquidation of Destiny Africa investors.
  • Although details of the buyer and the amount paid are scarce, it is likely that the land will be used for a development, with retail and office space not out of the question.
  • For more stories, go to www.BusinessInsider.co.za.

A plot of land outside George, along South Africa’s Garden Route, was to be transformed into a smart city, combining business, learning and leisure. But the ambitious plan never materialized and the property has now been sold to an anonymous developer with not quite so lofty ambitions.

The Destiny Africa project was to “contribute significantly to the South African economy in the same way as California’s Silicon Valley”, Helen Zille, then premier of the Western Cape, announced in 2009.

Originally valued at over R28 billion, the project was to feature world-class conferences, a knowledge city, a business park, a university hub, medical and biosphere tourism and around 7,000 residential units.

This ‘ecosphere’ would occupy a 437 hectare site on the outskirts of George, giving a boost to the greater Garden Route region of the Western Cape and creating some 50,000 direct and indirect jobs over 10 years, according to Destiny Africa Investments Holdings .

But the project struggled to attract investors as its estimated value quickly soared to around R45 billion within a few years of receiving initial backing from Zille. A decade-long lull followed, with the Destiny Africa project, passing between various developers, all unable to innovate, remaining a pipe dream.

The final nail in Destiny Africa’s coffin came earlier in 2022 when its investors were finally liquidated, and Galetti Corporate Real Estate was appointed to dispose of the land. The property went on the market through a sealed bidding process in August. Galetti confirmed on Tuesday that the sale of “the asset officially known as Destiny Africa” ​​has been completed.

“I can’t tell you yet who the buyer is and how much has been paid. We will release that information once the transfers are completed,” Wesley Cowan, managing partner at Galetti who oversaw the deal, told Business Insider South. Africa.

The new owners of the land outside George are residential developers, Cowan revealed, and most of the properties would likely be for housing. “Along with this there are pockets of land that allow for commercial and industrial type developments [and] maybe a few desks,” Cowan said.

“There are beautiful views from up there [too]so i think you could potentially see some kind of hospitality [development].”

In the meantime, the buyers would work closely with the Municipality of George to finalize the appropriate zoning and development phases.

“It’s just about how they phase that development and how the developers approach it,” Cowan said.

“I think that’s where the Destiny Africa guys fell down is that they just tried to do too much at once, and I don’t think the infrastructure of the city can handle it all. at a time.”

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