Innovation

Colombia receives international recognition for innovation in the tourism sector

Apolitical, a UK platform that recognizes good practices in public policy, recognized ProColombia for implementing creative and innovative solutions to boost tourism. ProColombia - entity in charge of promoting Colombian exports, tourism and foreign investment in the country - was recognized among 75 public agencies and non-governmental organizations worldwide. Apolitical seeks to contribute to the transformation of governments through public policies, and The distinction was awarded to ProColombia thanks to the implementation of creative and innovative solutions to boost tourism in the country.

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Flavia Santoro, president of ProColombia, pointed out that the entity was deserving of recognition thanks to a reactivation plan designed in 2020 due to the effect of the pandemic. For its part, Apolitical highlighted that ProColombia was among the 18 chosen agencies that have demonstrated leadership within the industry, in addition to innovating with new approaches and the use of technology and digitization to create more accessible tourist communities. The criteria that were taken into account to make the list were planning for the recovery of the industry (a criterion in which ProColombia stood out), promoting long-term sustainable investments and improving destination management.

Technology

Instagram wants to encourage teens to take a break from the social network

Instagram announced that it is working to make its platform a more favorable place for teenage users and they plan to include notifications for them to take a break. In an interview with the American medium CNN, Facebook's vice president of global affairs, Nick Clegg said the company will introduce new optional controls so that adults can monitor what teens do online.

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Instagram also plans to incorporate a tool for adolescents to view other types of content when the platform detects that they focus on content that does not favor their well-being. At the end of September, the social network announced that it would pause the creation of a version for children called Instagram Kids. This information became known around the same time that the platform denied being toxic to adolescents and contributing to their body image problems. This information was made known on behalf of the leak of an internal Facebook report, which included data such as the "32% of adolescent girls said that when they felt bad about their bodies, Instagram made them feel worse."

Science

International team of scientists say Earth is more resilient to climate change than previously thought

An international group of environmentalists and mathematicians pointed out that the Earth is more resistant than previously thought and that the concept of tipping points is too simple. Researchers refer to tipping points as those irreversible situations that climate change can generate. The group of scientists noted that warnings are often presented indicating that climate change may create tipping points, but these warnings are usually early warning signs and not devastating events. The study was based on years of collaboration between various research institutes in the Netherlands and other nations.

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Max Rietkerk, lead author of the research, stated in a statement which "The formation of spatial patterns in ecosystems is often explained as an early warning sign of a critical transition". As a reference, the researchers consider situations such as the transformation of a savannah into a desert or the fact that a stream stops flowing as a turning point. In that sense, Rietkerk clarifies that To really know which ecosystems are sensitive to tipping points, you must first determine which conditions and what spatial patterns give rise to tipping points in ecosystems on account of climate change. The study findings were published in the Science magazine.

COP15 kicks off today in China, the most important conference on biodiversity

COP15 takes place in Kunming (southwest China) and seeks to achieve the effective conservation of at least 30% of the emerged lands and maritime zones. This is the 15th version of the conference of the parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and it takes place in 2 stages. The first consists of a series of virtual sessions that take place from October 11 to 15; the second stage will be face-to-face meetings from April 25 to May 8 of next year.

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During the Japan conference in 2010, the convention member countries set 20 targets for 2020 in order to save biodiversity and reduce human pressure. To date, none of those goals have been fully met. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, executive secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, said that "Although there have been successes, not enough progress has been made to stop the loss of biodiversity of plants and animals on Earth". He also assured that this is the moment of truth and that if in 2050 you want to live in harmony with nature, you must act in this decade to stop and reverse the loss of biodiversity.

More ICT news

Facebook is changing its business policies to prohibit the sale of protected land on its marketplace

After a very tough week for Facebook, the company announced that it is changing its commercial policies to explicitly prohibit the sale of protected land on the social network, as well as on Instagram and WhatsApp. According The Verge, the announcement is made after an investigation of the with the BBC found several people illegally selling parcels of land from the Brazilian Amazon rainforest on Craigslist.

14% of the world's coral reefs have been lost due to rising sea temperatures

The report 'Coral Reef States of the World 2020', conducted by the World Coral Reef Network, revealed that since 2019 the world has lost about 11.700 square kilometers of coral reefs or what is equivalent to 14%. This report indicated that corals are the ecosystem that harbors the greatest biodiversity and that they are one of the most valuable and complex ecosystems on the planet. The main threats to corals are overfishing, development, unsustainable tourism and, above all, climate change. The research affirmed that global warming causes the waters to heat up and expel microalgae that cause the death of corals.

Tesla presents its gigafactory in Berlin, the company's first factory in Europe

Tesla gathered thousands of people on the outskirts of Berlin, Germany, to celebrate the construction of its first factory on European soil. The project was announced in November 2019 and, although it is not completely finished, the first vehicle is expected to leave the factory in 3 months. According to Elon Musk, Tesla's CEO, Tesla is expected to produce between 5.000 and 10.000 vehicles a week by the end of 2022.


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