Archive for March 28th, 2021

28/03/2021

‘Everything Is Burnt to Ashes’

Human Wrongs Watch

Rohingya refugees who lost everything in the massive fire that tore through a camp in southern Bangladesh on Monday prepare to start over, once again. Español   |  عربي

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Halima lost everything in the fire that ripped through a large area of Kutupalong camp, and she still does not know the whereabouts of one of her children. © UNHCR/Amos Halder


“When I went out, I saw fire coming towards us,” she said.

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28/03/2021

Indigenous and Tribal Peoples ‘Best Guardians’ of Forests

Human Wrongs Watch

Improving tenure in Amazon basin can lower deforestation rates and biodiversity loss

Photo: ©FAO/Rosaria Martin G./FAO

Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Latin America and the Caribbean are the best guardians of their forests when compared to those responsible for the region’s other forests.

Santiago, Chile/Rome (FAO)*Deforestation rates are significantly lower in Indigenous and Tribal territories where governments have formally recognized collective land rights, according to a new report launched on 25 March 2021.

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28/03/2021

Machine Learning Used as Weaponization by Adversaries

Human Wrongs Watch

By Fernando Velázquez*

27 March 2021 (Wall Street International)*  — As almost every new technology emerging, ML (Machine Learning) is a double-edged sword that can be used as a solution or as harm depending on the situation.

Machine Learning can be used as a solution or as harm depending on the situation
Machine Learning can be used as a solution or as harm depending on the situation | Image from Wall Street International.

So, it is only natural to assume that adversaries will become more and more interested in learning how to attack involving ML models.

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28/03/2021

Protecting the Oceans: Why Turning Vegan Can’t Be the Only Answer

During my time as an oceans campaigner at Greenpeace, I’ve sat in a tiny boat in the middle of the Indian Ocean, watching a fishing boat pull in miles of drift nets. The nets were full of tuna, but there were also dead spinner dolphins, manta rays, thresher sharks and more – a grim demonstration of devastation at sea. I’ve been right up close with some of the biggest fishing vessels in the world, watching as they haul out incomprehensible numbers of fish.

A shark is hauled into the hold of the Pedra da Grelo, a Spanish longliner targeting swordfish in the south Atlantic ocean. © Tommy Trenchard / Greenpeace
But I’ve also sat in rooms with representatives from fishing communities, people who rely on fish for their food and livelihoods, who are struggling to scratch together a living and are looking ahead at a bleak future.  There’s no simple solution to fix both.

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