How blockchain gaming could benefit wildlife conservation

first_img 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 overSponsored Blockchain has been one of the hottest sectors in tech over the past couple of years, but blockchain has applications well beyond underpinning cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, including gaming and art.A new initiative aims to raise money and awareness for conservation by leveraging the popularity of CryptoKitties, one of the world’s first blockchain games.Seeking to capitalize on this interest, Axiom Zen, the company behind CryptoKitties, is auctioning off a sea turtle-inspired CryptoKitty called “Honu”. Proceeds will go to sea turtle conservation in the Caribbean.In an interview with Mongabay, Axiom Zen’s Cassidy Robertson discussed how blockchain games could help conservation efforts. Blockchain has been one of the hottest sectors in tech over the past couple of years, with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum soaring in value as they captured the public’s attention. But blockchain has applications well beyond underpinning cryptocurrencies, including gaming and art.On that latter front, a new initiative aims to raise money and awareness for conservation by leveraging the popularity of CryptoKitties, one of the world’s first blockchain games. A CryptoKitty is effectively a digital collectible — a piece of electronic art that is unique, tradable, and can be “bred” to produce more CryptoKitties. While the concept may seem abstract to the uninitiated, there is currently a market for CryptoKitties — in May, one Kitty sold for $140,000 at auction. More than $20 million in CryptoKitties have been transacted to date.Seeking to capitalize on this interest, Axiom Zen, the company behind CryptoKitties, has just created “Honu“, a sea turtle-inspired CryptoKitty, in partnership with NGOs Ocean Elders and ACTAI Global. On Monday, Axiom Zen and the two groups put Honu up for auction, aiming to raise money for sea turtle conservation efforts in the Caribbean by supporting the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in Antigua and Barbuda and Unite BVI. The bid stood at $25,000 as of 6 pm Pacific time on July 10th.If the pilot proves successful, the idea could be expanded says Axiom Zen’s Cassidy Robertson, who spoke to Mongabay about how blockchain games could help conservation efforts.AN INTERVIEW WITH CASSIDY ROBERTSONMongabay: What is your background and how did you get involved with blockchain?Cassidy Robertson: My background is in entrepreneurship, pursuing hackademics instead of formal education allowed me to try a lot of different things really quickly. I joined Axiom Zen a couple years ago and quickly learned how to introduce mainstream consumers to emerging technology and haven’t looked back! Before tech, I was working in the nonprofit sector, advocating for the environment as well as bringing leadership training to teens. I was working on the communications team at the Sierra Club, at the time I was living in a city who’s job force depends heavily on oil and gas so I spent most of my time encouraging folks to spend more time outside and organized a lot of day trips and hikes to showcase what needs to be protected. Once people had a chance to connect with nature they were more receptive to the other initiatives we lead. These were more actional oriented, ie introduction to gardening or hydroponics, creating sustainable cosmetics, and lots of speaker series to help our members feel more empowered to protect our planet. Cassidy RobertsonMongabay: For those who aren’t familiar with CryptoKitties, what is the basic premise?Cassidy Robertson: CryptoKitties is a game built on the blockchain, players collect and breed digital cats. Certain breeding combinations can unlock rare or new cattributes creating new exciting cats. We built CryptoKitties as a way to make blockchain more approachable, we believe blockchain will play a big role in our future and we want to ensure it’s inclusive to as many people as possible. Mongabay: And how could something like CryptoKitties benefit conservation efforts?Cassidy Robertson: We’ve partnered with Ocean Elders and ACTAI Global to support fundraising efforts for various sea turtle conservation efforts. We’re working to bridge conservation and technologists together to create a larger impact. This is the first time we’ve done something like this and are excited to see how the pilot goes, check it out here! Proceeds from the Honu auction will support the work of Operation Jairo, lead by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in Antigua and Barbuda, the funds will also benefit Unite BVI, in the British Virgin Islands protecting endangered sea turtles during mating, from poachers and from illegal harvesting. The winning bidder of Honu with get to decide what happens to Honu (it could be breed, resold or simply remain a collector’s item) but the auction beneficiaries have already been chosen this time.Mongabay: Scarcity is the enemy of exploited endangered species — the rarer they become, the greater their value to collectors or poachers. Would there be a way to engineer this issue into SpeciesChain/CryptoSpecies such that the value increases as a species recovers? For example, if an endangered Javan rhino has a calf in real life, could the associated token also increase in value?Cassidy Robertson: This is such a cool idea, we’ve been thinking about how the cats can be a larger force for good and this concept of reverse scarcity has come up during brainstorming. It would require a new smart contract to implement, but it’s definitely possible! I’m heading up the kittyverse, and working to better support extensibility- some of our community has been thinking of ways to do this as well and I’m eager to see what build together. Mongabay: How else could blockchain support wildlife conservation? Cassidy Robertson: I’m eager to see how the blockchain can support more sustainable supply chains, we don’t need to store all information on a public ledger, but having a source of truth in regards to where problem materials are coming from could make it a lot easier for consumers to make better decisions. Having access to this data could also support stronger environmental protection policies. Green sea turtle. Photo by Rhett A. Butler. Article published by Rhett Butlercenter_img Environment, Herps, Interviews, Reptiles, Sea Turtles, Technology, Technology And Conservation, Wildtech last_img read more

Tiger to play at PGA National

first_img0Shares0000MIAMI, Florida, February 15 – Tiger Woods, trying to win his first US PGA title since September 2009, will play the Honda Classic for the first time since his amateur days and compete in the next two World Golf Championships events.The 14-time major champion, who is chasing the all-time record of 18 major crowns won by Jack Nicklaus, announced on Tuesday on his website his upcoming schedule, which includes an unusual start at PGA National between WGC events. Woods has not won a tour-level event since the Australian Masters in November of 2009 just before the infamous sex scandal that led to divorce from Elin Nordegren and prompted a move from Orlando to the Miami area.The move puts Woods near the course of the Honda Classic on March 1-4, making it the perfect fit between his usual stops at the WGC Match-Play Championship next week and the WGC Cadillac Championship, to be played on March 8-11.“I’ve heard great things about the Honda Classic and now that I live here I want to play whenever possible,” Woods said.Woods shared third last month at Abu Dhabi in his 2012 season opener and shared 15th last week at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in his US season debut, falling out of contention with a 75 in the final round.“I’m excited about my start and look forward to keep building,” Woods said. “I’ve made great strides from last year and hopefully all my hard work will pay off with a victory soon.”Woods won the World Challenge last December, a limited-field invitational event that serves as a fundraiser for his foundation but also offers world ranking points.Former world number one Woods, now ranked 18th, is a three-time winner at the WGC World Match-Play, having taken the title in 2003, 2004 and 2008, and has won eight times at Doral, site of the other WGC event. His most recent triumph there was in 2007.Woods has not played the Honda Classic since 1993, when he missed the cut as a 17-year-old amateur when the event was played at Weston Hills.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more