Environmental activism? There are apps for that

first_imgFor Indonesia, forest conservation and efforts to mitigate and prevent land and forest fires has been a big focus area in the digital space. The severity of annual blazes, which managed to raze 1.65 million hectares of land last year, has pushed environmental groups and government agencies to develop digital tools to help mitigate the disaster.Here are a few examples of apps that look to bridge the digital divide in conservation efforts:Urundata is a crowdsourcing app that invites its users to help interpret landscape and environmental data for research and environmental restoration purposes.The app, launched in April last year, boasts over 1,000 downloads on Google Play Store, with 1,055 data contributors in 19 campaigns helping to observe 4,408,458 landscape spots. Conservation and environmental activism are no longer limited to professionals working and interpreting data in the field, as regular civilians can now pitch in through mobile apps that not only educate, but also invite people to contribute to conservation efforts from the screens of their smartphones.As the global community commemorates World Telecommunication and Information Society Day on Sunday, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres reminds people that new technologies are “powerful tools to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges”.“International cooperation on digital technology is essential to […] achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” Guterres said in his 2020 commemoration message. The app is a project of the RESTORE+ consortium, which consists of the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), World Resources Institute (WRI) Indonesia, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Indonesia, International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASS), as well as 10 higher learning institutions in South Sumatra.IIASS scholar Ping Yowargana, one of the developers of the app, said the group looked at crowdsourcing efforts such as Kitabisa or change.org and wished to implement similar methods for data gathering on landscape information to help restoration efforts and guide policymaking.“We wanted to try quality crowdsourcing that still fulfills some scientific criteria, resulting in efficient and cheap data gathering gleaned from people’s contribution” Ping told The Jakarta Post this week.The app gamifies data gathering and interpretation, in which users are presented with satellite images of various landscapes and then asked to identify what kind of landscape it is – informing users of the differences between primary forests and man-made plantations.The app has so far gathered data from South Sumatra and East Kalimantan, provinces that have a wide range of geographical make-up and are prone to annual forest and land fires.It is currently gathering national data for restoration landscapes, asking users to distinguish between primary forests, secondary forests, plantations, agricultural land, grass fields and savannas.Ping said the data would be made publicly available on the urundata.id website once all the data had been collected.The Peatland Restoration Agency (BRG) has also developed its own smartphone app dubbed Mitra Gambut (Peat Partners), together with the Partnership for Governance Reform (Kemitraan) nongovernmental organization.The app will serve as an online platform for villagers in peatland areas to share best practices on peatland restoration.The app, launched in 2018, has been installed on more than 1,000 devices, mostly by villagers and the project facilitators. It works like a social network platform, but puts an emphasis on geospatial features such as geotagging (marking the location of posts).The BRG’s deputy for promotional education and partnerships, Myrna Safitri, said Mitra Gambut was meant as a companion app for the agency’s Villages Care for Peatland program, so villagers and their facilitators have a platform to share their restoration practices and success stories.“The app is for them a place of education. They share what can be successfully planted in their villages, and in turn others are motivated to communicate [through the app],” she said.The Riau Police have developed a smartphone app called Lancung Kuning Nusantara to assist police and military personnel across 11 provinces in Sumatra and Kalimantan to aid prevention and law enforcement against land and forest fires.With the app, security personnel and civilians can volunteer by reporting land and forest fires when they occur. Once they register for an account in the app, users are also able to look for hot spots that have emerged within the past 24 hours – using various satellite data and imaging to inform.For more simplified data on forest fires within the last 24 hours, the LAPAN: Fire Hotspot app is a solid alternative.Both apps have been installed on more than 50,000 devices.The Environment and Forestry Ministry has also jumped on the digital bandwagon by launching its land and forest fires monitoring system SiPongi, which is available through the sipongi.menlhk.go.id website and as a smartphone app. Found on Google Play Store, the app has been downloaded and installed on more than 1,000 devices.Topics :last_img read more

Europa League: Why Man Utd failed against Sevilla – Fernandes

first_img Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MorePretty Awesome Shows That Just Got CanceledThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?12 Countries With Higest Technology In The World13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World Bruno Fernandes believes Manchester United played well in our semi-final defeat to Sevilla on Sunday, but was left disappointed with our finishing. The midfielder opened the scoring from the penalty spot in Cologne when he calmly dispatched his spot-kick in the ninth minute. However, Suso’s equaliser and Luuk De Jong’s subsequent winner meant the Spaniards progressed to this week’s final. Despite that, United dominated large periods of the match and produced 20 shots, seven of which were on target. While Bruno was pleased with the Reds’ creativity against Sevilla, he knows United must become more ruthless in front of goal. “It was more than impressive performance, it was a great game,” the Portuguese international told BT Sport. “We created a lot of chances, but in football it’s not enough. “When you create chances you need to finish, you need to score and today we missed a lot in front of goal. Of course, if you keep creating these chances you will score next time. “Obviously, everyone is not satisfied about this because we want to go through. We want to win the game and be in the final, but it’s not possible today. Now it’s time to rest, to refresh the legs and think of next season.” Sevilla owe much of their triumph to the outstanding contribution of goalkeeper Bono, something Fernandes acknowledged after the game. “Of course the keeper did very well,” said Bruno. “He was amazing like [the goalkeeper] in the last match against Copenhagen. They were two very good keepers – we can say nothing about that. We can say that he [Bono] saved his team two or three times.” Bruno has already established himself as a vocal figure in the United dressing, and the 25-year-old had plenty to say when De Jong bagged a late winner in Cologne. Yet, the midfielder was quick to play down the on-field disagreement with himself and Victor Lindelof following the goal. read also:LEAKED: Man Utd, Arsenal to open fixtures of 2020-21 season “I think it’s normal when you concede a goal and you have 10 minutes to score,” he explained. “Everyone was mad and it’s not about me and Victor. What happened between me and Victor is nothing; in football that happens. “It’s looking for challenges and many more times these things will happen in other teams. The most important thing now is to see the mistakes everyone has done and to look forward and improve in the next games.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

Erickson: “Men’s hockey proved me wrong, I don’t hate it”

first_imgSlightly laden down with tryptophan and a little too much pumpkin pie from my delayed Thanksgiving celebration, I sat in the press conference room of the Kohl Center at about 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 24, 2012.I was tired. I had just spent the entire day conversing with aunts and uncles I see on an average of twice a year. But the exhaustion from a marathon of conversation paled in comparison to the 60 minutes of hockey I had just witnessed. As I sat there, contemplating the game, all I could think was “not this again.”It was only 10 games into the season and the Badgers had just finished only their second home stand. I had only seen them play live a total of four times. Of those four games, Wisconsin had not won a single tilt. Up to that point in the season, the record stood at 1-7-2.It was the beginning of my second year on the beat. I had just covered a team that finished its 2011-12 campaign at 17-18-2 overall and 11-15-2 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Adding to their mediocre performance that year, the Badgers exited the playoffs after only one weekend.Last season had been just so-so, but this was just unfathomable.When I prepped for the start of the season only weeks earlier, the team spoke with so much confidence about its potential for the year. Certainly, teams will always say they expect to go far, but there was definite sureness in their voices – they knew what they could be capable of.Ten games later, that confidence was incredibly hard to find. In fact, no one was trying to make light of the situation. Senior forward and assistant captain Ryan Little didn’t hesitate to admit they were practically sitting at rock bottom.I wasn’t ready to give up on this team. I knew this team was capable of more than what they were putting on the ice. I had seen them develop a young team into a more mature one a year ago. I had seen young guys forced to take on more than they probably should have as freshmen and sophomores.More than that, I had seen them play at some of the highest levels. At the end of the 2011-12 season the Badgers traveled to Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis and held an eventually Frozen Four-bound Gopher squad to a 4-1 decision March 2, 2012. They entered one of the most hostile environments in college hockey and stole a win from a then-ranked No. 4 Minnesota.That night in November, I couldn’t quite put it all together. I saw the results, couldn’t explain it, but wasn’t ready to call it a season. But I was certainly fearful Wisconsin wouldn’t find a way to turn the ship – as head coach Mike Eaves chanted on end.I wasn’t ready to call it a season, but I resigned to the fact that I was bound to cover another “building” year.Then the unprecedented happened: Wisconsin went on a 21-5-5 tear that housed an 11-game unbeaten streak and an 11-game in-conference unbeaten streak en route to a Broadmoor Trophy and an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.On March 23, as I clutched my computer screen – unable to type due to nerves – and couldn’t control an inane bounce in my legs, which was only a further manifestation of my jitters, I watched Wisconsin defend a 3-2 lead over Colorado College in the WCHA Final Five Championship game and truly become the team I imagined they could be.My purported steely objectivity was out the door. I wasn’t cheering but, by God, I could not wipe the smile off my face. I thought back to that November night and it was hard to comprehend it was still the same season. Wisconsin had gone from the lowest of lows to one of the higher highs – the highest is still under pursuit, a national championship.Of course, after the win the main question on everyone’s mind was simply, how?How could a team that had one win in its first 10 games even come close to winning the WCHA playoff title?How could a team that seemed to have repeatedly shot itself in the foot and couldn’t win an overtime game to save its season possibly legitimately be in the hunt for a national title?Ask them and they’ll simply tell you they’ve been playing do-or-die hockey for months now.“We were playing for our lives,” senior defenseman and captain John Ramage said in a press conference Monday. “If we lost on Saturday against CC, we’d be out, and we’d be done. So we’ve been fighting for our lives for a while here. Like I said before, back in the Denver series, we were 1-7-2. If we didn’t start playing well then, our season would have been done really early. So just fighting for our lives.”Beyond playing for their season for weeks on end, Eaves and Co. credit getting the right mix on the ice with getting their full roster back after injuries were cured and suspensions served. That “right mix” created a chemistry that went on to find the back of the net – and often. The Badgers saw consistent production from its top two lines and help when needed from its third and fourth. Beyond just the forwards five different defensemen scored over the final stretch of their season, three of which have scored multiple times.All that depth led to 92 goals over their last 31 games to date (starting at Denver Nov. 30 with their turnaround). Thirty-six of those goals were scored over the Badgers last nine games where they went 8-9-0, winning six straight for the WCHA title.So while I’m certainly thankful I’ve been able to witness this incredible ride – with the NCAA tournament yet to be played – I’m just happy that part of me that was ready to give up on this season didn’t.But let it be known Wisconsin’s turnaround isn’t an attempt to stick it to the man, or to quiet critics – myself included.“I mean, I don’t feel like we really did it to prove other people wrong,” junior forward Tyler Barnes said in Monday’s press conference. “It was more for the locker room and to prove it to ourselves and reaffirm what we actually believed. I mean, you’re going to have people like that whether you’re having success or failure. So it’s not really something where you want to sit up here and stick it to somebody. We’re just happy with what we’re able to accomplish for each other.”Kelly is a senior majoring in journalism. Have you been along for this roller coaster ride with Wisconsin all season? Let her know at kerickson@badgerherald.com or give her a follow on Twitter @kellymerickson.last_img read more