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Why Canada's the No. 2 Best Country, Again

Added: 26.03.2017 9:25 | 0 views | 0 comments


1. Canada took the top spot in five attributes in the 2017 Best Countries survey, more than any other country: respects property rights, trustworthy, religious freedom, politically stable and well-developed public education system. 3. In a time when nearly 90 percent of global survey respondents agree that there is a global leadership crisis, the election of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the end of 2015 only helped improve global perceptions of Canada. A quarter of global survey respondents said that the event improved their view of the country to some extent, while another 62 percent were neutral.

Exclusive Star Citizen Interview With Sean Tracy & Eric Kieron Davis - JPS

Added: 26.03.2017 9:25 | 0 views | 0 comments

Just Push Start recently sat down with Sean Tracy & Eric Kieron Davis from Cloud Imperium Games, both from the LA studio of the global company behind Star Citizen. Transcript Available On Just Push Start

Norwegian signs partnership with Expedia Affiliate Network

Added: 26.03.2017 8:46 | 0 views | 0 comments

Low-cost airline Norwegian has launched a global partnership with Expedia Affiliate Network giving the carrier’s loyal customers access to exclusive rates at a broader range of hotels while earning cost savings on all Norwegian flights.

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[Perspective] Using fire to promote biodiversity

Added: 26.03.2017 8:26 | 0 views | 0 comments

Fire profoundly influences people, climate, and ecosystems (1). The impacts of this interaction are likely to grow, with climate models forecasting widespread increases in fire frequency and intensity because of rising global temperatures (2). However, the relationship between fire and biodiversity is complex (3, 4). Many plants and animals require fire for their survival, yet even in fire-prone ecosystems, some species and communities are highly sensitive to fire. Recent studies (2, 3, 5, 6) are helping to define fire regimes that support the conservation of species with different requirements in a rapidly changing world. Authors: L. T. Kelly, L. Brotons

[Policy Forum] A roadmap for rapid decarbonization

Added: 26.03.2017 8:26 | 0 views | 0 comments

Although the Paris Agreement's goals (1) are aligned with science (2) and can, in principle, be technically and economically achieved (3), alarming inconsistencies remain between science-based targets and national commitments. Despite progress during the 2016 Marrakech climate negotiations, long-term goals can be trumped by political short-termism. Following the Agreement, which became international law earlier than expected, several countries published mid-century decarbonization strategies, with more due soon. Model-based decarbonization assessments (4) and scenarios often struggle to capture transformative change and the dynamics associated with it: disruption, innovation, and nonlinear change in human behavior. For example, in just 2 years, China's coal use swung from 3.7% growth in 2013 to a decline of 3.7% in 2015 (5). To harness these dynamics and to calibrate for short-term realpolitik, we propose framing the decarbonization challenge in terms of a global decadal roadmap based on a simple heuristic—a “carbon law”—of halving gross anthropogenic carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions every decade. Complemented by immediately instigated, scalable carbon removal and efforts to ramp down land-use CO2 emissions, this can lead to net-zero emissions around mid-century, a path necessary to limit warming to well below 2°C. Authors: Johan Rockström, Owen Gaffney, Joeri Rogelj, Malte Meinshausen, Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber

[Report] Dengue diversity across spatial and temporal scales: Local structure and the effect of host population size

Added: 26.03.2017 8:26 | 0 views | 0 comments

A fundamental mystery for dengue and other infectious pathogens is how observed patterns of cases relate to actual chains of individual transmission events. These pathways are intimately tied to the mechanisms by which strains interact and compete across spatial scales. Phylogeographic methods have been used to characterize pathogen dispersal at global and regional scales but have yielded few insights into the local spatiotemporal structure of endemic transmission. Using geolocated genotype (800 cases) and serotype (17,291 cases) data, we show that in Bangkok, Thailand, 60% of dengue cases living <200 meters apart come from the same transmission chain, as opposed to 3% of cases separated by 1 to 5 kilometers. At distances <200 meters from a case (encompassing an average of 1300 people in Bangkok), the effective number of chains is 1.7. This number rises by a factor of 7 for each 10-fold increase in the population of the “enclosed” region. This trend is observed regardless of whether population density or area increases, though increases in density over 7000 people per square kilometer do not lead to additional chains. Within Thailand these chains quickly mix, and by the next dengue season viral lineages are no longer highly spatially structured within the country. In contrast, viral flow to neighboring countries is limited. These findings are consistent with local, density-dependent transmission and implicate densely populated communities as key sources of viral diversity, with home location the focal point of transmission. These findings have important implications for targeted vector control and active surveillance. Authors: Henrik Salje, Justin Lessler, Irina Maljkovic Berry, Melanie C. Melendrez, Timothy Endy, Siripen Kalayanarooj, Atchareeya A-Nuegoonpipat, Sumalee Chanama, Somchai Sangkijporn, Chonticha Klungthong, Butsaya Thaisomboonsuk, Ananda Nisalak, Robert V. Gibbons, Sopon Iamsirithaworn, Louis R. Macareo, In-Kyu Yoon, Areerat Sangarsang, Richard G. Jarman, Derek A. T. Cummings

Chinese Conglomerate HNA to Buy Stake in U.S. Asset Manager

Added: 25.03.2017 23:58 | 0 views | 0 comments

A unit of HNA Group agreed to acquire a stake in U.S. investor OM Asset Management, the latest deal in the Chinese conglomerate’s ambitious global buying spree.

Selena Gomez Joins The Weeknd During His Tour in Colombia After Romantic Toronto Trip

Added: 25.03.2017 19:55 | 0 views | 0 comments

Selena Gomez and The Weeknd's romance has gone even more global. We are up to continent No. 3! On Friday, Gomez was photographed arriving at El Dorado International Airport in...

North Korea’s Rising Ambition Seen in Bid to Breach Global Banks

Added: 25.03.2017 18:56 | 0 views | 0 comments

An attack late last year targeting more than 20 Polish banks suggests that hackers linked to North Korea are becoming more sophisticated and brazen.

AnimeJapan 2017 Shows That Anime Is Now A Global Force To Be Reckoned With

Added: 25.03.2017 16:30 | 0 views | 0 comments

This year’s AnimeJapan was very busy, with a surprising amount of mobile game companies on the event floor. However, there is clearly now a big push to bring anime to a global audience.

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