Latam Eco Review: Killing jaguars for arthritis creams and wine

first_imgConservation, Corruption, Endangered Species, Environment, Environmental Policy, Fishing, Forests, Illegal Fishing, Illegal Trade, Infrastructure, Jaguars, Mining, Oceans, Rainforests, Sharks, Wildlife, Wildlife Trafficking Article published by Maria Salazar Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img The top stories last week from our Spanish-language service, Mongabay Latam, followed the fate of Suriname’s hunted jaguars, Bogota’s urban forest preserve, and Chile’s Humboldt Archipelago.Suriname’s jaguars killed for arthritis creams and wineSuriname’s jaguar population is being decimated for the Asian market in arthritis cream, soap, aphrodisiacs and even wine, according to an investigation by World Animal Protection. The inquiry uncovered a chain of hunting and secret trade with high evidence of animal cruelty. Local hunters sell the jaguars for around $260 to Chinese traffickers. Jaguars are increasingly being substituted for tigers, which have become rare, to meet Asian demand for wildlife parts.A jaguar shot in Suriname and transported in a canoe. Image courtesy of World Animal Protection.Mine and port project threatens Humboldt ArchipelagoA mine and port project in Chile’s Humboldt Archipelago could damage the marine life of nearby protected areas, including the Humboldt penguin. While approval for the Dominga project is on hold, authorities have already set a worrying precedent by approving a similar, though much bigger, mining project nearby. More than 560 species could be affected if the project goes through.Marine shelf in La Higuera. Image courtesy of Eduardo Sorenson/Oceana.Bogotá’s urban forest imperiled by controversy and inertiaA recent judicial order backing a mayoral plan to carve up the Thomas Van der Hammen Reserve is just the latest controversy around this urban forest. After an outcry from environmentalists and academics, the order was revoked, leaving the reserve in the same state without any progress on an environmental management plan created in 2014. Created from increasingly valuable land just north of Bogotá, the reserve’s wetlands and streams are essential to a complex water cycle. Some 514 species inhabit its grasslands, wetlands and forests, which include the area’s last primal forest, the Mercedes Woods.Wetlands in the Thomas Van der Hammen Reserve. Image courtesy of Sapiens.Elections leave Peru’s Amazon in questionable handsThe results of recent elections have started to generate doubts among conservation activists about the new regional governors and the decisions they will make over the next four years. Among the winners and run-off election candidates in the Amazon regions are politicians mired in legal controversies and with a record of causing environmental damage.The owner of a mining concession is among the candidates in a run-off election in Madre de Dios, the region most affected by illegal mining in Peru. Image courtesy of the Air Force of Peru.Sharks worth more alive than dead“A living shark is worth more than $5 million over its lifetime, while its teeth are worth about $200 in the Chinese market,” Colombian researcher Juan Mayorga says in a recent interview. Mayorga is seeking to increase transparency in the world’s fishing industry and stop overfishing and illegal and unregulated fishing.Juan Mayorga. Image by Juan Mayorga.Banner image of a jaguar (Panthera onca palustris) on the Piquiri River in the Pantanal, Brazil. Image by Sharp Photography via Wikimedia Commons.Read these stories in their entirety in Spanish at Mongabay Latam.last_img read more

London 2017 | Thompson steps back into global spotlight

first_img ‘GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT’ LONDON, England: When Yanique Thompson won gold in the 100 metres hurdles at the 2013 World Youth Championships in Donetsk in a stunning 12.94 seconds, it seemed certain she would be storming tracks and dominating at the senior level in no time. However, injuries and several other factors have contributed to what has been a rough and miserable transitional period for the one-time Holmwood Technical star sprint hurdler, who, a year later, lost both at Champs and at the World Junior Championships, before finishing eighth at the Pan Am Junior Championships. She had almost become the forgotten wonder, but four years after that run in Donetsk, Thompson is just a few days away from stepping back into the global spotlight at the World Championships in London, where she will make her debut at the senior international level. Her coach, Maurice Wilson, describes the comeback as his greatest coaching achievement, and revealed that it took a lot of recommitment on her part – and a reality check on his – to get the former teenage sensation back on track. “She is the greatest achievement for myself as a coach as well as the team around me. The transition was extremely difficult for her. She came to us with a lot of injuries and the psychology of not understanding what it meant to be a senior. It is easy when you can beat athletes at your age group, but when you are against world beaters, the transition, approach and discipline are totally different,” Wilson told The Gleaner before pointing to a frank discussion between himself and Thompson, which might have changed her career. “The turning point for her was when I informed her that if I was not able to assist her this season, I would personally seek out other coaches who could assist her. I am not afraid to ask Glen Mills or Stephen Francis or whoever. As a matter of fact, I would have asked Stephen Francis a year ago, but I did not actually get a response from him, or else she would have been over at MVP. Stephen is not the type of person who loves to intervene when it comes to coaches and athletes, but I think that made a difference,” said Wilson. Wilson is now hoping the 21-year-old will continue to apply herself and has no doubts she will achieve similar success as a senior if she does so. “I am hoping that she now has the understanding of what it takes to perform at this level, and I really believe that she is going to be one of the world beaters in the next two years if she continues in this mode,” said Wilson, who has been coaching her for more than seven years. Thompson lowered her personal best to 12.69 seconds to finish third at the National Senior Championships in June. andre.lowe@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

Oxlade-Chamberlain set for Arsenal return in two weeks, confirms Wenger

first_img1 Arsenal are hopeful that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will return to action in two weeks.The midfielder has been absent since the Gunners’ Premier League 2-0 victory over Manchester City earlier this year.Prior to that setback the England international had been enjoying one of his best seasons at the Emirates since joining the Gunners for £12m from Southampton in 2011, scoring two goals in 32 appearances.Wenger has now revealed the 21-year-old should return within a fortnight’s time, but Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy face longer on the sidelines.“Oxlade-Chamberlain is about two weeks away from returning but Arteta and Debuchy will still be out for a while,” Wenger said. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in action for Arsenal last_img read more

NHL roundup

first_img Colorado 4, at Phila. 3 at Montreal 6, San Jose 2 Andrei Markov had two goals and two assists in a six-goal second period to help Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey win in his coaching debut. Jose Theodore made 23 saves for Montreal. Vancouver 8, at N.Y. Islanders 1 Todd Bertuzzi scored twice on the Canucks’ first three shots en route to his fifth career hat trick in a win over the Islanders, who lost for the ninth time in 11 games. !textPhoenix 4, at Toronto 3 Paul Mara, Geoff Sanderson, Ladislav Nagy and Fredrik Sjostrom scored goals to help the Coyotes overcome a three-goal, first-period deficit. Wayne Gretzky coached his first game in Toronto, and former Maple Leafs goalie Curtis Joseph, playing his first in Toronto since leaving in 2002, made 25 saves. Columbus 5, at Florida 4 OT David Vyborny scored a power-play goal with 12 seconds left in overtime, and Pascal Leclaire made 48 saves for the Blue Jackets. The Panthers tied it with 47 seconds left in regulation when Nathan Horton deflected a shot by Jay Bouwmeester. Calgary 4, at Minnesota 1 Jarome Iginla scored early in the third period to help the Flames snap a three-game losing streak with the win over the Wild. Daymond Langkow, Kristian Huselius and Tony Amonte also scored for Calgary. Ottawa 5, at Edmonton 3 Vaclav Varada scored twice and Dany Heatley added his team-leading 28th goal for the Senators, who are tied with Philadelphia and Detroit for the NHL lead with 63 points. Marc-Andre Bergeron scored all three goals for the Oilers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Dallas 2, at Boston 1,(SO) Jussi Jokinen scored the only goal of the shootout for the Stars in their season-high sixth straight win. Dallas goalie Marty Turco made 26 stops before turning aside Patrice Bergeron, Marco Sturm and Sergei Samsonov in the shootout. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita (OT) Alex Tanguay scored with 45.8 seconds left in overtime, helping the Avalanche spoil Peter Forsberg’s first game against his former team. Colorado took nine of its 34 shots in overtime and held the Flyers without a shot. at Detroit 4, N.Y. Rangers 3 Brendan Shanahan’s second goal of the game snapped a third-period tie and Detroit broke the Rangers’ streak of seven games in which they earned at least a point. last_img read more

Mats’ receiver still out

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 2:00 p.m. La Mirada’s struggling offense can ill-afford to be without any key players, but the Matadores will be minus wide receiver/cornerback Kyle Risser at least one more week. The senior pass catcher is still recovering from a severe groin pull. Coach Dave Rush said Carlos Zavala and Chris Dixon most likely will fill Risser’s spot.last_img read more

Eagles hope for an upset

first_imgLANCASTER – Canyon High is a Southland football Goliath that as recently as two weeks ago was ranked No. 22 in the nation by USA Today. Lancaster is an emerging Golden League power that along with the rest of the league is experiencing growing pains as a result of expansion and heavy graduation losses. Lancaster (1-2) looks for its biggest upset in any sport tonight when it plays host to Canyon (1-2) at 7:30. Canyon, a defending Southern Section Div. II champion, is led by BYU-bound running back J.J. DiLuigi, who came out of nowhere last season in a breakout junior year, rushing for 1,870 and scoring 43 touchdowns. Unfortunately from a Lancaster standpoint, tonight’s opponent is unlikely to be in an upset-type state of mind. The Cowboys are coming off gut-wrenching losses to St. Bonaventure of Ventura and Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks. “It’s going to be a mighty challenge, but that shouldn’t diffuse us or give us reason to not really play hard. The point is show your character and strive for that big upset,” Cortez said. “Upsets happen.” (661) 267-7802 WHAT: Canyon vs. Lancaster nonleague football game WHERE: Lancaster High, 44701 32nd St. W., Lancaster WHEN: 7:30 tonight PLAYER TO WATCH: Canyon RB J.J. DiLuigi. The BYU-bound DiLuigi has scored three touchdowns and is averaging 99 yards. OUTLOOK: Heavily favored Canyon (1-2) was ranked in USA Today’s top 25 as recently as two weeks ago before losing to perennial state powers Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks and St. Bonaventure of Ventura. Lancaster is coming off a 10-7 upset loss to Chatsworth.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsTo hear Lancaster Eagles coach Jeff Cortez tell it, the Cowboys are talented and deep at virtually every position. “They’re just fantastic,” Cortez said. “What really sets them apart from most teams is their offensive and defensive lines. They do such a great job of getting off the ball, and they have a running back (DiLuigi) who’s quick and has great vision.” Cortez acknowledged that his team will need to be nearly perfect in all phases of its game. Especially crucial for Lancaster is the play of linebackers Mike Nicholas, Gino Monaco, Davieon Stephenson and Chris Williams, and its lines on both sides of the ball. Lancaster is coming off a tough 10-7 upset loss to Chatsworth. last_img read more

INDOT Preparing For Another Winter Storm

first_imgIndiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) officials are monitoring a large winter storm making its way to Indiana.Forecasts from the National Weather Service indicate the opportunity for accumulating snow of more than 6 inches in northern Indiana while motorists in southern Indiana will see a combination of rain, ice and snow.INDOT preparations In anticipation of the storm, state highway crews pre-treated bridges, interchanges and roadways with salt brine to minimize icy precipitation from bonding to the road once the storm begins. INDOT continued to receive shipments of road salt from its suppliers during the recent break in winter storms and has adequate stock for the upcoming winter storm.INDOT’s top winter priority is to plow and treat its more than 30,000 lane miles of interstates, U.S. highways and state routes. Winter operations staff will continue to monitor evolving forecasts and its statewide network of road and bridge sensors to deploy the needed personnel, equipment and materials ahead of the storm.Record winter National Weather Service offices in Chicago, Fort Wayne and Indianapolis have recorded the highest snowfall totals in more than three decades. INDOT estimates its yellow plow trucks have logged more than 7.4 million miles during this record winter through Feb. 15 or the equivalent of 300 trips around the earth. In the same time period, state highway crews have deployed 387,000 tons of granular salt and more than 4 million gallons of salt brine.INDOT estimates it has used nearly $50 million in operational resources through Feb. 15. By comparison, the average cost of INDOT’s winter operations including labor, fuel and salt has been $33.8 million over the past five years.Conditions worst during storm Each INDOT plow route takes 2 to 3 hours to complete with salt assisting in melting between passes. With the predicted arctic temperatures, salt and other melting agents will have to work harder to melt ice and snow from the roadway. As a result, motorists should expect road conditions to be worst during the storm and any blowing or drifting that follows.Drivers are strongly encouraged to not put themselves or first responders in harm’s way during these times by avoiding optional travel and heeding county travel advisories posted at who must venture out play an important role in keeping the highways open and safe for other travelers by reducing their speeds according to conditions. Accelerate gradually, drive slowly, brake early and allow greater distance between the car in front of you. Allow room for INDOT’s yellow plow trucks so they may safely clear their routes without delay.Stay updated The Indiana State Police and other law enforcement agencies encourage the public to keep emergency phone lines open and to access updated road conditions and closures at or by dialing toll-free 800-261-ROAD (7623) or 5-1-1 on your mobile phone. Road conditions reported as difficult (violet) are covered in snow and ice, fair (blue) have isolated snow and ice or wheel tracks, and good (gray) are generally clear.INDOT’s Southwest Indiana district will also be posting regular social media updates during the storm at District and read more

The State of Phishing [Infographic]

first_imgThe email message from your financial institution looks valid, warning you about a security issue on your account, but how can you be sure it’s not a phishing attack?Phishing is an attempt to trick users into providing personal information by using email messages, websites, or phone calls. In the second half of 2013, over 115,000 unique phishing attacks occurred worldwide, a 60 percent increase over the first half of 2013. This infographic from GovDefenders and DLT Solutions describes the types of phishing attacks, why they still work, and what you can do protect yourself and your organization against phishing. While the infographic focuses on government employees and agencies, the information and tips apply to everyone on the Internet.Check out the key takeaways.Source: The State of PhishingKey TakeawaysEvery day 156 million phishing emails are sent, 15.6 million make it through spam filters, 800,000 click on the phishing links, 80,000 people provide their information, and 8,000 are opened by the recipientAlmost 40 percent of Canada’s Justice Department clicked a phishing link in their emailExamples of phishing include: link manipulation: a link is manipulated to take the user to a hacker’s website; filter evasion: images are used to get past spam filters, website forgery: opening a fraudulent link shows a legitimate address bar, and phone phishing: automated calls from a bank or financial institution asking for account numbers or PIN numbers, with legitimate-looking caller ID. Army Thrift Savings Plan Phishing Test targeting U.S. Army employees showed phishing works. It took three weeks to track down the sender of the security test. By that time, U.S. employees had forwarded the email to thousands of friends and colleagues. To avoid phishing:Keep your anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-malware applications currentKeep your applications and operating systems current and fully patchedIf you work at a government agency, keep all cyber-intelligence services maintained and up-to-date. If your agency doesn’t have a cyber-intelligence service, consider subscribing to one.Phishing attacks target everyone, interns to members of Congress (and anyone on the Internet). Education and awareness programs are good investments of time and expense.If you received a “phishy” email, delete it and report it to your cybersecurity personnelShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedCelebrating 44 Years of Email [Infographic]Who would have guessed email is 44 years old this year? Hard to believe, but it was 1971 when computer engineer Ray Tomlinson sent the first electronic email message. Since then, email has grown to be one of the most used communication tools. My own memories of email date back…In “Internet”7 Infographics About Email and Email MarketingWhen my friend Lee contacted me last week, he asked about an email infographic I had published this year. “Deborah, I remember it was something about how to be more productive with email, but I can’t remember when you posted it. Can you help me out?” I did a quick…In “Email marketing”7 Annoying Features on the Internet [Infographic]Imagine you’re opening your email application for the first time today, and there’s no spam. And there’s no spam folder. In fact, there’s no concept of spam. Wouldn’t that be lovely? Did you know that before 1988, spam was virtually non-existent? Tested in 1978, the first spam message sent by…In “Internet”last_img read more

Nedbank, AMD connect schools

first_img5 April 2007South African financial services group Nedbank and American technology company Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) have entered into a partnership to provide technology solutions to five historically disadvantaged schools in the country.The two companies opened the first fully equipped computing centre at the Nelson R Mandela High School in Gugulethu outside Cape Town on Monday.The school was selected as the first of several schools that will implement Learning Labs, and the companies hope it will have a lasting impact on Gugulethu.Learning Labs is an initiative by AMD to provide benefactors with computers and internet connectivity, as well as professional, educational and personal development tools to provide new ways for teachers and pupils to interact with each other.The labs feature systems capable of operating Windows or Linux and come with installed content and applications. To ensure the sustainability of the project, the partners will also provide the schools with teacher training programmes and maintenance and support for the labs.Microsoft, Cisco, Tarsus, First for Business, CompuTainer, @tlantic and Learnthings will also provide additional support for the Learning Labs.“We are confident that this learning lab and the others to follow it will greatly enhance the local educational system’s ability to provide students with the skills and information they need to achieve success in an increasingly competitive, digital world,” said Nedbank South Africa chief executive Tom Boardman.He said the partnership was an innovative way to meet the needs of South African communities and address the digital divide. The labs also use low-power systems that are compact and sealed, enabling them to last in a harsh environment.Several Learning Labs around the world together form part of AMD’s 50×15 initiative, launched at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in 2004, which aims to provide access to computing and internet connectivity to 50% of the world’s population by 2015.“The positive effects of the Learning Labs extend beyond the students and teachers at the schools and into the greater community by providing an incredible community resource for educational and economic development opportunities,” said AMD vice president Gautam Srivastava.According to the AMD statement, experience at previous lab deployments have shown that access the internet persuades students to stay enrolled in school for longer and make use of the available technology.The two partners want to learn from their experiences in Gugulethu, hoping it will enable them to expand the Nedbank-AMD 50×15 partnership across South Africa in the “coming months” reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Research centre for African oceans

first_imgSignatories at the inauguration of theNansen-Tutu Centre included diplomats,academics, and Archbishop DesmondTutu, centre front. (Image: University of Cape Town) MEDIA CONTACTS • Patricia LucasUCT Media Liaison Officer+27 21 650 5428 or +27 76 292 8047RELATED ARTICLES • South Africa protects its oceans • Climate-friendly development • SA marks Year of Biodiversity • SA biologist wins thesis awardJanine ErasmusSouth Africa and Norway are teaming up to address climate change and boost marine science in Africa, with the recent launch of the Nansen-Tutu Centre in Cape Town in May.The newly launched facility is the fifth in the international Nansen group of research centres, each of which has a different focus.The other four centres are located in St Petersburg, Russia (1992); Bergen, Norway (1986); Kochi, India (1998); and Beijing, China (2003), making the South African facility the only one to be located in the Southern hemisphere.The Nansen group was founded by oceanographic professor Ola Johannessen, who retired as director of the Bergen facility at the end of 2009 and was succeeded by Stein Sandven. Johannessen still holds the post of group director.The new centre is named after its patron, South Africa’s Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, and Norwegian scientist, explorer and diplomat Fridtjof Nansen.Both men are distinguished Nobel Peace Prize laureates – Tutu received the accolade in 1984 for his tireless work in abolishing apartheid in South Africa, and Nansen was honoured in 1922 for outstanding humanitarian work as a high commissioner for the League of Nations, later to become the United Nations.Both are also known for their commitment to global peace and care of the natural world. The Nansen-Tutu Centre was “greatly honoured” by Tutu’s allowing the use of his name, said a statement from the centre.The centre’s goal is to study and develop models for the three oceans associated with South Africa – the Indian, the Atlantic, and the Southern oceans. Oceanographic research will also help to determine the oceans’ influence on the African environment and climate.The inauguration function took place in the office of Archbishop Tutu at Mpilo Ministries in Milnerton, Cape Town. Mpilo is the cleric’s middle name.International partnershipThere are seven partners involved in the international scientific project. They are the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Oceanography department, Princeton University’s Geosciences department, the Ma-Re Institute of Marine Research at UCT, the African Centre for Climate and Earth System Sciences in Cape Town, the Geophysical Institute at the University of Bergen, the Norwegian Institute of marine Research, and the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre.The Nansen-Tutu Centre is hosted at the Ma-Re Institute and will be headed by Prof Frank Shilling  of Ma-Re and Prof Johnny Johannessen of the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre. The academics will hold their tenure for three years.They are to be assisted by a board of eight, half from South Africa and half from Norway. A team of six scientists and students, also equally split between the two countries, oversees all academic activities.According to Ma-Re manager Emlyn Balarin, the centre is to grow over the next six years, increasing its staff complement to 20.The centre’s annual budget is currently around R3.7-million (US$500 000) but this is also expected to increase to around R11.2-million ($1.5-million).Ideal marine study situationSouth Africa is in an advantageous position in terms of marine research, as it is surrounded by both cold and warm oceans, a situation that gives rise to unique marine and terrestrial ecosystems.To better protect these vulnerable ecosystems, an ability to scientifically predict potential marine conditions, in time scales ranging from days to decades, is needed – just as meteorological services are able to forecast climate conditions.The Nansen-Tutu Centre aims to do just that, by enhancing current knowledge of marine- and climate-related systems, and complementing the existing framework for marine research in South Africa.There is a need for regular reports on ocean behaviour, as there is with rainfall and weather patterns. Providing more accurate oceanic data will also enhance rainfall and seasonal weather reports, said Ma-Ra director John Field, because the oceans are hugely influential in global weather trends.The centre will use real-time data, gathered by bodies such as the South African Operational Oceanography Committee, on the Benguela and Agulhas currents and the Southern ocean, and implement it in ocean models.It also plans to foster joint research amongst scientists from all the founding partners, promote student exchanges, offer bursaries and supervision to postgraduate students, develop capacity through training, research and workshops, and conduct outreach programmes.Areas that will benefit from this improved knowledge are, among others, coastal management, fisheries, maritime security, recreation and tourism.last_img read more