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Could a Mathematical Formula stop the extinction of species?

 07/26/2017 - 07:11
Hugh Possingham, chief scientist of the NGO The Nature Conservancy, who presented in Colombia this week a controversial mathematical formula that measures the cost-benefit of saving different species, in order to decide which should be given priority. EFE/NGO The Nature Conservancy

Math has already been used effectively in defining protected areas in places with productive activities in 150 countries over the past 15 years. The best example of that application is Australia's Great Barrier Reef, where a software called Marxan permitted the expansion of protected areas from 5 percent to 35 percent while preserving species and improving fishing. 

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Estados Unidos suspende la importación de carne bovina de Brasil

 06/23/2017 - 10:47
Fotografía de un corte de carnehoy, viernes 24 de marzo de 2016, en una churrasquería de Río de Janeiro (Brasil). EFE/Marcelo Sayão

El Gobierno federal anunció hoy que suspende todas las importaciones de carne bovina fresca procedente de Brasil, el mayor exportador mundial de ese producto, debido a "persistentes preocupaciones sobre la seguridad de los productos dirigidos al mercado" de Estados Unidos.

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[OP-ED]: Is your phone eavesdropping on your conversation about cannibalism? Mine may have.

 03/08/2017 - 18:41

Schutt investigates -- with dark humor -- how cannibalism works within different animal species and how it’s understood by humans of different nations, cultures and religions. Somehow he makes the subject fascinating, rather than gruesome.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

If you were to read biology professor Bill Schutt’s new book “Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History,” you’d have lots to talk about at the dinner table.

There are, for instance, sections on how cannibalism is portrayed in popular culture, news stories and historical texts. Schutt investigates -- with dark humor -- how cannibalism works within different animal species and how it’s understood by humans of different nations, cultures and religions. Somehow he makes the subject fascinating, rather than gruesome.

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Esther Cepeda

[OP-ED]: ¿Escucha a escondidas su teléfono sus conversaciones sobre el canibalismo? El mío tal vez lo hizo.

 03/08/2017 - 18:15
Schutt investiga—con humor negro—la manera en que funciona el canibalismo en las diversas especies animales y cómo lo comprenden los humanos de diferentes naciones, culturas y religiones. De alguna manera, hace que el tema sea fascinante en lugar de truculento.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Si usted lee el nuevo libro del profesor de biología, Bill Schutt, titulado “Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History,” tendrá mucho de qué hablar durante la cena.

Hay, por ejemplo, secciones sobre la forma en que se pinta el canibalismo en la cultura popular, en los artículos periodísticos y en los textos de historia. Schutt investiga—con humor negro—la manera en que funciona el canibalismo en las diversas especies animales y cómo lo comprenden los humanos de diferentes naciones, culturas y religiones. De alguna manera, hace que el tema sea fascinante en lugar de truculento.

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Esther Cepeda

Mexico City sex workers in an endless battle against oppression

 03/08/2017 - 12:38
"Damaris" of the lush black hair and inquisitive dark eyes is a single mom and for the past four years has been a sex worker in Mexico City, fighting day by day against discrimination and police harassment.EFE/Mario Guzmán

The approval of a new Law on Crimes of Human Trafficking, which identifies prostitution with exploitation, plus the closing down of tolerance zones where prostitution is permitted, have forced sex workers into dangerous areas. One of the darker aspects of the trade is police persecution, since cops have been known to abuse their authority over women working illegally.

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[OP-ED]: As the circus leaves town for good, may the increased respect for animals endure

 01/19/2017 - 07:29
An elephant from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus eats hay during the Behind-the-Scenes Experience, as part of the introduction of their Circus XTREME show at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida, USA, 13 January 2016 (reissued 15 January 2017). According to a statement by Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus on 15 January 2017, the circus will end what it calls 'The Greatest Show on Earth' after 146 years. EFE

I will never get to take my grandchildren to the circus.

For that matter, I’ll never again get to take my parents -- who adore going with their own grandchildren to the circus for the cotton candy, popcorn, acrobats and animals -- now that Feld Entertainment has announced that, after 146 years, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will close in May after a few final performances.

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Esther Cepeda