As Amazon deforestation rises, sensational headlines play into Bolsonaro’s agenda (commentary)

first_imgArticle published by Rhett Butler 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 over Commentary, Deforestation, Editorials, Environment, Environmental Journalism, Forests, Green, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Remote Sensing, Satellite Imagery Deforestation appears to be on the rise in the Brazilian Amazon, but sensational headlines are playing into the Bolsonaro administration’s campaign to undermine science-based monitoring of the Amazon.For example, administration officials are actively calling into question Brazilian space agency INPE’s data, according to BBC News, which last week quoted General Augusto Heleno Pereira as saying that data on deforestation rates in the Amazon are “manipulated.” Pereira’s claim is completely unsubstantiated, but is nonetheless consistent with a reported push by the Bolsonaro administration to privatize deforestation monitoring.It is critically important that deforestation data is reported accurately by the media. The damage being wrought right now is certainly real and significant. There is no need to embellish or misrepresent the data. Doing so only furnishes the Bolsonaro administration with more ammunition for its war on journalism, science, and the environment.This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the author, not necessarily Mongabay. In recent weeks, some media outlets have run eye-popping headlines on rising deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon: “Deforestation of Brazilian Amazon surges to record high” read a June 4th headline in The Guardian; “Monthly deforestation up 88.4% compared with a year ago” stated a summary bullet-point The Guardian added to the top of a story syndicated from Reuters on July 3rd; and “Brazilian deforestation spiked 88 percent under Bolsonaro“, said a July 4th piece in The Hill. These sensational headlines, which aren’t an accurate interpretation of the numbers, are playing into the Bolsonaro administration’s campaign to undermine science-based monitoring of the Amazon.While deforestation does indeed appear to be climbing in the Brazilian Amazon, the data from the two leading sources that track deforestation in the region — Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) and Brazilian NGO Imazon — do not put it anywhere near all-time records, as implied by the headline The Guardian, or nearly twice the rate of last year, as claimed in the other two stories. The mistake these headlines make is they fail to account for the high variability of deforestation during the rainy season and early dry season in the Amazon, when cloud cover can reduce the accuracy of short-term, alert-based satellite monitoring systems. An article Mongabay published in 2015 explains:Month-to-month deforestation is highly variable leading to frequent misreporting in the media. Both MODIS and Landsat [satellite sensors] cannot penetrate cloud cover, so during the rainy season — from roughly November to April — estimates are notoriously unreliable when compared to the same month a year earlier. Furthermore, most forest clearing in the Amazon occurs when it is dry. So if the dry season is early, deforestation may increase earlier than normal. For these reasons, the most accurate deforestation comparisons are made year-on-year. For Brazil, the deforestation “year” ends July 31: the peak of the dry season when the largest extent of forest is typically visible via satellite.Nonetheless, short-term MODIS data isn’t useless — it can provide insights on trends, especially over longer periods of time. Generally, comparing 12 consecutive months of MODIS data will provide a pretty good indication of deforestation relative to other years.So when a headline makes a claim that deforestation is “up 88%” over the prior year based on one month of data, it’s providing only part of the picture. An analysis should at least look at multiple months’ worth of data, especially when the time period in question is outside the peak deforestation season from June-September. For example, the accumulated deforestation according to INPE and Imazon’s alert systems for the 12 months ended May 31, 2019 is 4,633 square kilometers and 4,916 square kilometers respectively, representing an increase of 1 percent and 43 percent over the prior year. The trend was actually looking worse at the beginning of 2019, when the moving average was over 5,000 square kilometers according to each system. This doesn’t mean of course that deforestation won’t continue its upward trajectory. Why this mattersMisconstruing the numbers is a problem because it plays into the narrative the Bolsonaro administration is using to undercut the credibility of journalists, civil society groups, and scientists that track and report on deforestation. For example, administration officials are actively calling into question INPE’s data, according to BBC News, which last week quoted General Augusto Heleno Pereira as saying that data on deforestation rates in the Amazon are “manipulated.”“If you add up the percentages that have already been announced to date of deforestation in the Amazon, the Amazon would already be a desert,” he said.Pereira’s sentiments were echoed by Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina, who said in an interview with Globo’s CBN newspaper last week that “there are many distortions of information” regarding deforestation in Brazil. She added that Brazil needs to have “a single” and “correct” source of data.While neither the general’s remarks nor the minister’s statements indicate much depth of knowledge on Brazil’s own deforestation-tracking technologies or how deforestation is measured, they are consistent with a reported push by the Bolsonaro administration to privatize deforestation monitoring. Critics fear that effort could divert resources away from INPE’s system and foster uncertainty about the results it produces.More broadly, the comments square with the administration’s ongoing attack on science, scientific institutions, and environmental protection, including cutting funding for scientific research programs, education, and environmental law enforcement as well as policy moves like shifting the indigenous affairs bureau FUNAI under the control of the agriculture ministry.For these reasons, it is critically important that deforestation data is reported accurately by the media. The damage being wrought right now in the Amazon is certainly real and significant. There is no need to embellish or misrepresent the data. Doing so only furnishes the Bolsonaro administration with more ammunition for its war on journalism, science, and the environment.Header image: Google Earth image showing deforestation around Arara in the state of Pará.last_img read more

New monkey species found in Amazon forest area that’s fast disappearing

first_imgAnimals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Deforestation, Environment, Forests, Green, Hydroelectric Power, Mammals, Mining, Monkeys, New Species, Primates, Rainforests, Research, Species Discovery, Tropical Forests, Wildlife Article published by Shreya Dasgupta 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 overSponsoredcenter_img From a stretch of the Amazon forest lying between the Tapajós and Jamanxim rivers in the Brazilian state of Pará, researchers have described a new-to-science species of marmoset.The marmoset, with its distinct white tail, white forearms with a beige-yellowish spot on the elbow, and white feet and hands, has been named Mico munduruku after the Munduruku, an indigenous group of people who live in the Tapajós–Jamanxim interfluve.At the moment, given the scarcity of information on M. munduruku, the researchers recommend listing the marmoset as data deficient on the IUCN Red List.However, the Amazon forest that’s home to the newly described species is being rapidly cut for agricultural expansion, logging, mining, and infrastructure development. From an area of southern Amazonia, where forests are rapidly being cut for gold mining, agriculture, cattle pastures, and construction of dams, researchers have described a species of marmoset that’s new to science.“The spread of deforestation is pretty visible,” said Rodrigo Costa Araújo of the National Institute of Amazonian Research, Brazil.Araújo and his colleagues had been surveying the stretch of Amazon forest lying between the Tapajós and Jamanxim rivers in the Brazilian state of Pará for primates when they first spotted the marmosets, they report in a recent study published in PeerJ.“The first time I recorded the new species was a very exciting moment!” Araújo, lead author of the study, said in an email. “I saw a small group of three marmosets in the border of the forest, before entering the trail so I was surprised with such a lucky encounter. Immediately I took my binoculars and my heart started to beat hard when I saw their white tails.”White tails are very rare among primates that live in South America; only one other primate species, Leontocebus melanoleucos, is known to have one, Araújo said. (Leontocebus melanoleucos is one of the synonyms for Leontocebus weddelli melanoleucus, commonly known as the white saddle-back tamairn.)So the tail was an indication that the marmoset could be a new species. To confirm this, Araújo and his colleagues trekked through the forests and canoed up streams, recording details of every individual marmoset or troop they observed. They also collected five specimens of the monkey as well as samples of their muscle tissue in the field under appropriate permits. They later analyzed the specimens to confirm that the marmoset species was indeed new to science.The marmoset, with its distinct white tail, beige-yellowish lower half, white forearms with a beige-yellowish spot on the elbow, and white feet and hands, has been named Mico munduruku after the Munduruku, an indigenous group of people who live in the Tapajós-Jamanxim interfluve.A boat on Tapajós River with a view of the forest where Mico munduruku is found. Image courtesy of Rodrigo Costa Araújo.The discovery of M. munduruku wasn’t entirely unexpected. Only a handful of primate and mammal surveys have been conducted in the region between the Tapajós and Jamanxim rivers, the researchers say, and no marmosets have ever been collected from there. The forests in the area are also largely isolated from the range of other similar species by the rivers, Araújo said.“These facts triggered the expeditions to the Tapajos-Jamanxim interfluve and, although finding new species is quite unpredictable, I had a strong sense that a distinct species could be found,” he said.Moreover, people living in the region, including those who spend time in the forests mining gold, had told the researchers about the species. “They are aware of the marmosets and were able to give accurate descriptions of the species — locally these marmosets are called as soins,” Araújo said.At the moment, given the scarcity of information on M. munduruku, the researchers recommend listing the marmoset as data deficient on the IUCN Red List.A sketch of Mico munduruku. Image by Stephen NashHowever, the Amazon forest that’s home to M. munduruku is under tremendous pressure. The forests are being rapidly cut for agricultural expansion and logging, and four hydroelectric power plants have been approved for construction there, Araújo said. Gold mining is also rampant.“The region is a hotspot for gold miners, so there is dredging and digging of the river bed and its tributaries,” Araújo said in a statement. “It is a little-studied region and the biodiversity there is poorly known. Having a new primate species described here clearly demonstrates that the habitat of still unknown species are being destroyed.”It’s a race against time, but the researchers plan to continue to survey southern Amazonia and collect more data on all the marmosets that occur in the region, so that effective conservation actions can be designed.Rodrigo Costa Araújo was part of the surveying team that described the new-to-science species of marmoset. Image courtesy of Rodrigo Costa Araújo.Citation:Costa-Araújo, R., de Melo, F. R., Canale, G. R., Hernández-Rangel, S. M., Messias, M. R., Rossi, R. V., … & Farias, I. P. (2019). The Munduruku marmoset: a new monkey species from southern Amazonia. PeerJ, 7, e7019. doi:10.7717/peerj.7019last_img read more

Wildfires spread to planned site of new Indonesian capital

first_imgArticle published by mongabayauthor Fires raging across Indonesia have flared up in an area of Borneo where the government recently announced would be the site of the nation’s new capital.The location had been chosen in part because it was believed to be at low risk from fires and other disasters.Haze from the fires has affected local communities as well as a nearby orangutan rescue and rehabilitation center.Authorities have arrested two farmers for setting fires on their land, but activists say they were doing so in a controlled manner and with the permission of local officials. SAMARINDA, Indonesia — Indonesia’s wildfire emergency has spread to the part of eastern Borneo where President Joko Widodo wants to relocate the nation’s capital.On Aug. 26, President Widodo announced plans to move the capital to an area straddling the border between North Penajam Pasar and Kutai Kartanegara districts in East Kalimantan province. The decision was based in part on the area’s low risk of natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides and forest fires, as opposed to the current capital, Jakarta, which is sinking.This month, though, Indonesia faces its worst fire and haze crisis since the catastrophic fires of 2015, which razed 26,100 square kilometers (10,100 square miles) of land across the country — an area nearly the size of Hawaii. And the site of the new capital has not been free of the fires.Shahar Al Haqq, the head of damage control and security at the provincial forestry office, said fires had been burning in the area for the past few weeks. The fires, he said, were relatively small, compared with those in Jambi province on the island of Sumatra, where photos of skies turned an eerie blood-red color have gone viral as fires burn there.Fires in East Kalimantan are typically smaller than elsewhere on Borneo, he said. If the province experiences haze, he added, it’s usually from fires in West and Central Kalimantan provinces elsewhere on the island.“Even though the fires aren’t big, the firefighters are still facing difficulties because of the steep location [where the burning is happening],” Shahar said. “In almost all fire locations there are no groundwater sources.”Based on data from SiPongi, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry’s wildfire monitoring system, the area of land burned in East Kalimantan in 2019 is 67 square kilometers (26 square miles). That figure stands at 448 square kilometers (173 square miles) for Central Kalimantan and 259 square kilometers (100 square miles) for West Kalimantan.A map showing East Kalimantan province (light red) and two districts: North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kartanegara (deep red). Image courtesy of President Joko Widodo’s Twitter account.Fires in North Penajam Paser are concentrated in the Nenang, Mount Seteleng and Lawe-lawe areas, according to the district disaster mitigation office. In Kutai Kartanegara, they’re mainly in the Samboja and Bukit Soeharto areas.“All of our forces are focused on extinguishing these fires,” said Nur Kholis, the head of Samboja subdistrict. He is working with the military, the police and a special subdistrict-level task force on firefighting, as well as local volunteers.The area is home to Samboja Lestari, an orangutan rescue, rehabilitation and reintroduction center run by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation. The Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) is a critically endangered species. The center is also home to dozens of sun bears (Helarctos malayanus).“Since March 2019, we at BOSF have sounded the alert of forest and land fires,” said Jamartin Sihite, CEO of the BOSF. “At the moment, thin smoke which is thought to be the result of wildfires has hit Samboja Lestari in the last few days.”The center’s medical team has provided the 130 orangutans under its care with milk and multivitamins to protect their health as the haze spreads. They are also reducing the animals’ outdoor activities and spraying the cages with mist to keep them cool. “Without exception, every one of them is receiving intensive care,” Jamartin said.Fires in Samboja, East Kalimantan. Image by Yovanda for Mongabay.On Sept. 20, two residents of Paser district, not far from the planned site of the new capital, were arrested for allegedly setting forest fires.The arrest was criticized by AMAN, Indonesia’s main advocacy group for indigenous peoples’ rights, because the individuals were setting controlled fires to clear small fields in accordance with local custom. The two people had already obtained permission to set the fires from local authorities, said Margareta Setting Beraan, the head of AMAN’s branch in East Kalimantan.“During the dry season, Paser residents farm their land in accordance with local wisdom,” she said. “We condemn this arrest.”She added, “Don’t look for scapegoats [for the fire and haze crisis] by accusing indigenous people who are farming.”Banner: A Bornean orangutan in Kalimantan. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Animals, Biodiversity, Crime, Endangered Species, Environment, Environmental Crime, Environmental Law, Environmental Politics, Forestry, Forests, Governance, Haze, Indigenous Peoples, Law Enforcement, Mammals, Palm Oil, Plantations, Rainforests, Southeast Asian Haze, Tropical Forests, Wildlife center_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 overSponsoredlast_img read more

Audio: The sounds of tropical katydids and how they can benefit conservation

first_imgAnimals, Bioacoustics, Bioacoustics and conservation, Conservation, Environment, Insects, Interviews, Podcast, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Article published by Mike Gaworecki 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 Laurel Symes is assistant director of the Center for Conservation Bioacoustics at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology at Cornell University in the United States. We’ve frequently featured bioacoustic recordings here on the Mongabay Newscast, and it’s not been uncommon for the researchers we spoke with to have used recording equipment designed at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, or to have received support and research assistance from staff at the Lab. So we thought it would be useful to get Symes to start off by telling us a bit about the Center for Conservation Bioacoustics at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and what it does.Symes’ own research is currently focused on using machine learning to detect and identify tropical katydids via the sounds they produce. Katydids are grasshopper-like insects that are important to the rainforest food web, as they eat a lot of plants and are in turn eaten by a lot of other species, including birds, bats, monkeys, frogs, and more.Symes is here today to discuss how the study of katydids might benefit tropical forest conservation efforts more broadly, how machine learning is aiding her bioacoustic work, and to plays for us some of the katydid sounds that she’s captured.Here’s this episode’s top news:2019 was second-hottest year on record, 2010s hottest decadeIndigenous lands hold 36% or more of remaining intact forest landscapesUpdate to biodiversity treaty proposes protecting at least 30% of EarthOne six-week expedition discovered ten new songbird species and subspecies in IndonesiaPhylloptera dimidiata. Photo by Laurel Symes.Lamprophyllum micans. Photo by Hannah ter Hofstede.Katydids can be as small as your thumb or as big as your hand — and can weigh as much as a bird, as Symes tells us in this episode of the Mongabay Newscast. Photo by Laurel Symes.If you enjoy the Mongabay Newscast, we ask that you please consider becoming a monthly sponsor via our Patreon page, at patreon.com/mongabay. Just a dollar per month will really help us offset the production costs and hosting fees, so if you’re a fan of our audio reports from nature’s frontline, please support the Mongabay Newscast at patreon.com/mongabay.You can subscribe to the Mongabay Newscast on Android, the Google Podcasts app, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, RSS, Castbox, Pocket Casts, and via Spotify. Or listen to all our episodes via the Mongabay website here on the podcast homepage.Follow Mike Gaworecki on Twitter: @mikeg2001FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. On today’s episode of the Mongabay Newscast we speak with Laurel Symes, a biologist who is using bioacoustics to study tropical katydids in Central America. She is also assistant director of the Center for Conservation Bioacoustics at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology at Cornell University in the United States.Symes’ research is focused on using machine learning to detect and identify tropical katydids via the sounds they produce. Katydids are grasshopper-like insects that are important to the rainforest food web, as they eat alot of plants and are in turn eaten by alot of other species, including birds, bats, monkeys, frogs, and more.Symes is here today to discuss how the study of katydids might benefit tropical forest conservation efforts more broadly, how machine learning is aiding her bioacoustic work, and to plays for us some of the katydid sounds that she’s captured. On today’s episode of the Mongabay Newscast we speak with Laurel Symes, a biologist who is using bioacoustics to study tropical katydids in Central America.Listen here:last_img read more

Mongabay staffer Philip Jacobson released from jail, transferred to ‘city detention’

first_imgPhilip Jacobson, an award-winning editor for the environmental science news outlet Mongabay, has been transferred from the Palangkaraya Class II detention center to ‘city detention’ in Palangkaraya.Jacobson was arrested and incarcerated on January 21 for an alleged visa violation.The story is developing. “Mongabay staffer Philip Jacobson was just moved from prison to ‘city detention’ in Palangkaraya,” said Mongabay Founder and CEO Rhett A. Butler on January 24, 2020. “We are grateful that authorities have made this accommodation and remain hopeful that Phil’s case can be treated as an administrative matter rather than a criminal one. We thank everyone for their continued support.”Philip Jacobson, an award-winning editor for the environmental science news outlet Mongabay, has been transferred from the Palangkaraya Class II detention center to ‘city detention’ in Palangkaraya. Jacobson was arrested and incarcerated on January 21 for an alleged visa violation.Phil preparing to enjoy some durian fruit after his release from the detention center in Palangkaraya on January 24, 2020.Jacobson, 30, was first detained on December 17, 2019 after attending a hearing between the Central Kalimantan parliament and the local chapter of the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN), Indonesia’s largest indigenous rights advocacy group.He had travelled to the city shortly after entering Indonesia on a business visa for a series of meetings. The day he was due to leave, immigration authorities seized his passport, interrogated him for four hours and ordered him to remain in the city pending their investigation.On January 21, more than a month later, Jacobson was formally arrested and taken into custody. He was informed that he faces charges of violating the 2011 immigration law and a prison sentence of up to five years.Jacobson was held at Palangkaraya Class II detention center in a cell with five others. During his detention, he said we was treated well.On January 24, after meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Joseph R. Donovan, the Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs (Kemenko Polhukam) Mohammad Mahfud MD said he would order Jacobson to be deported from Indonesia “immediately.”“We are encouraged by the coordinating minister’s statement today,” said Mongabay’s Butler. “We’ve been hoping for quick resolution to this matter.”Header image: Philip Jacobson shortly after his release from the Palangkaraya Class II detention center on January 24, 2020. Environment, Environmental Journalism, Mongabay 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 overSponsoredcenter_img Article published by Rhett Butlerlast_img read more

Hockey coach Harendra resigns after India’s loss to Malaysia

first_imgIndian men’s hockey team national coach Harendra Singh on Tuesday resigned from his post after his side crashed out of the Asian Games final with a 3-4 defeat by Malaysia in the second semifinal in Guangzhou, China.India’s hopes of a gold medal and a direct berth in the 2012 London Olympics were dashed by a spirited Malaysia, who rode on Muhammad Amin Rahim’s 75th minute golden goal to progress to their maiden title clash, where they will meet seven-time champions Pakistan, on Thursday.Soon after the unexpected loss, Harendra tendered his resignation to Hockey India secretary general Narinder Batra taking full responsibility of the team’s disastrous showing in the semifinal.”Keeping in view of the dismal performance of the men’s hockey team in the semifinal match against Malaysia today, I hereby tender my resignation as the national coach of the men’s hockey team with immediate effect,” he wrote in his resignation letter to Batra.”I accept the moral responsibility for the debacle at the 16the Asian Games,” Harendra added.In his resignation letter, he also thanked the HI and various government bodies apart from the players and his colleagues for their support during his association with the national team.”I am grateful to Hockey India, Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, Government of India and Sports Authority of India for all the support and encouragement I received during my tenure as a national coach.”I am thankful to all the officials of the said organisations for giving me this wonderful opportunity to serve for the country. I would also convey my gratitude for the kind of unconditional support I received from my countrymen as well as well wishers form various countries during the said appointment,” he wrote.advertisement”I would also like to put on record the support I received from the members of the media. I would fail in my duty If I do not convey my sincere thanks to all my players and support staffs who stood by me in each and every occasion during this eventful tenure. I wish all the luck to the Indian men’s hockey team for the future,” Harendra signed off.However, Batra said, in no way, the federation would accept Harendra’s resignation at this crucial juncture and had asked him to continue with the job.”I had received his mail and also talked with him over phone. I told him that it is not right to be emotional. We have a bronze medal match to play and I asked him to concentrate on that match,” Batra told PTI.”It is good that he has taken moral responsibility but it is not the right time to take this step. All this can be sorted out after returning to India. I asked him to be with the team and work together so that we can return with the bronze medal,” he added.last_img read more

How To “Market” In A Poor Economy

first_img Originally published Mar 25, 2008 8:24:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 into creating and improving your modern marketing a lot of money audiences. less and less effective consumed by increasingly receptive over time as people like you get better at better at blocking out these traditional forms of interruption and you turn to search engines, bloggers, and peers on social media sites to more effectively learn and shop. flattening . Second, they are all becoming sending him more traffic, and all this traffic meant that he was getting talked about in the social media sites (i.e. Digg, Reddit) sending him even more traffic. The links, the search engines, and the social media sites created positive reinforcing loops that produced a snowball rolling down a hill effect. Unlike even 5-10 years ago, if you say intelligent/creative things about your industry, those ideas are much more efficiently discovered and spread. who was writing a couple of times per week between classes and thesis work at MIT and spending zero dollars on it. The juxtaposition was amazing to me. My business partner’s (Dharmesh’s) blog was getting 5x more traffic than any of the venture backed startups I was consulting for that were spending millions on the outbound marketing programs like I described above and typically had staffs of 3-4 dedicated marketing professionals. Dharmesh’s blog articles were able to generate many links which sent traffic to his site, these links informed the search engines that his blog was important which moved him up the It turns out that to really crank up your traffic and leadflow, the key is to stop thinking about efficiently allocating your So, when your boss delivers you the bad news that he is cutting your marketing budget, but he wants you to meet the lead goals outlined prior to the budget cut, I recommend putting your head down and starting work on your inbound marketing strategy for the organization by creating more assets and improving the quality of those assets in a systematic manner. It will work better than the more expensive forms of marketing and it will cost you little to nothing to implement, other than than some creative thought poured out onto the internet. into increasingly resistant audiences and to start thinking about efficiently allocate your This is primarily my company’s mode of marketing. I’d be happy to hear from folks have comments on this approach…center_img rankings dollars programs ” in a way that allows good ideas to rise to the surface more efficiently than ever. Before I started my current company, I was consulting for venture backed startups with large marketing budgets. While I was doing that, I was occassionally contributing to my business partner’s brainpower/creativity assets The thing about the world today is that it is ” I talk to several marketing executives per week and my favorite question to ask them is about how they are building sustainable lead generation machinery for their businesses to grow. In response, I typically receive a similar set of responses: trade shows, seminar series, telemarketing, email blasts to toward traditional outbound marketing purchased lists, “pr” (press releases), and maybe some advertising. I call these techniques “outbound marketing.” There are two things these outbound marketing programs have in common. First, they all cost of So what’s a modern marketing “asset?” Well, if you work for Ford, your assets are inventory, factories, machine tools, etc. If you are a modern marketer, your assets are web pages, links into those pages, organic ranks on keywords, and individual online reputations. Just like in a manufacturing company, you want to efficiently create more assets (i.e. web pages, blog articles) and improve the qualify of those assets (i.e. search friendly pages, links into pages, page submissions to social media sites). The improvement of these marketing assets costs virtually nothing other than creating a little steam from rubbing braincells together and it works a heck of a lot better. blog Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

Top Links from Links.HubSpot

first_imgHere are some of my favorite articles from links.hubspot.com for this week:7 ways to get more blog comments”Active commenting is one of the first signs that a blog has some real life – with it comes more readers, so put in the work it takes to grow this important tool.” What is a #1 Google Ranking Worth?”As large as Google’s revenues are, more searchers click on the free / organic search results than the paid ads. With that in mind, I thought it would be fun and rewarding to create a guide to estimate the value of ranking for particular keywords in major search engine” Forced Continuity and Delivering an Honest Sales Pitch”As this industry matures, I believe that sincerity would be a virtue that would be appreciated. People want to buy from someone they can trust for a second purchase. After all, it costs more to gain a new customer, than to retain a repeat buyer.” 16 Great Ways To Approach Social Media Marketing – A Beginner’s Guide”Since the social web allows you to interact with others, create and promote content that can get links and viral attraction, you can – with the right strategy – reach key influencers using this medium. We all know what blogs alone can do, and they are pretty search engine friendly out of the box.”In addition, here are some great articles from the HubSpot “best of” archives for all of our new readers who may have missed them the first time:The Importance of Google PageRank: A Guide For Small Business ExecutivesBlue Ocean Strategy: A Small Business Case StudyUnderstanding RSS: A Quick Guide For The Insanely Busy ExecutiveHave a happy Friday! Originally published May 2, 2008 1:14:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 Social Media Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

Great Inbound Marketing Requires Passion and Sharing

first_imgRecently, MITX hosted a panel about using social media for lead generation recently, and someone asked a question about what a traditional print design firm could do to leverage inbound marketing (social media, blogs, search engines) for their business.  I captured two of the answers on video, and the common theme was “passion”.Chris Brogan a blogger and social media guy talks about how the Smart Car is a great design, and people are passionate about it, and maybe the print firm could talk about the good and bad aspects of the Smart Car design to demonstrate their design expertise.  “Good design encourages us to take an action.”Chris Penn, a podcaster and blogger, talks about how passion is important and knowing what’s important to your audience.  He starts his answer by mentioning how his passion for marketing led him to start a “Marketing Over Coffee” podcast series, and he continues with some ideas of what someone passionate about design might be able to talk about. Passion is Essential to Inbound MarketingI agree with Chris and Chris that the print design firm needs to think about what content it could create that would be interesting to marketing people (the people they sell to).  Here are some other ideas for how a traditional design firm might use inbound marketing:Start a blog with images of good and bad design and how to evaluate design from a marketing perspectiveBlog about how to select the best print design vendor for youCreate a series of videos about how to get the most out of your print design firmCreate a group on Facebook dedicated to using print design in marketingNotice anything?  Each of these ideas require someone at your company to be passionate about what you do, and then share their passion with the world.  Who is passionate at your company?  How do you share that passion with the world? Originally published Aug 1, 2008 10:08:00 AM, updated October 01 2019 Topics: Inbound Marketingcenter_img Social Media Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

How I Used Inbound Marketing to Find a Job in a Recession

first_img and saw that I had fairly high scores for both. Inbound marketing, of course, is the idea that the marketing of the future is not interruption. . I also had a pretty unique positioning strategy, labeling myself the social media and viral marketing scientist. Webinar: Blogging for Business established blog Outbound marketing says you buy commercials or print ads and interrupt content that your target audience is interested in, inbound marketing says you should actually be creating content that your audience will be interested in Outbound or interruption personal marketing would have told me that I could rest on my laurels while I had a job and then just start spamming every HR person, recruiter and email address I could find with my resume and cover letter. In a booming economy this might have worked, but in the new economy it won’t. , a respective Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack So I wasn’t starting from zero that morning I was told I no longer had a job @mvolpe graders , a couple thousand under my belt and a little over a hundred . Inbound marketing teaches us that we have to give before we get, we have to become magnets to attract the right kind of attention. Download the free webinar There are plenty of other qualified candidates out of a job and doing the same old school things to find a new one . and After starting to work at HubSpot my personal brand was such that industry blog ReadWriteWeb thought that my new job was big enough news to feature not only on their Once I had this increased personal brand awareness, I created things that people wanted to use and let them come to me I also imagine that the 9 recommendations from coworkers and clients I had listed on my LinkedIn page functioned as sort of social media references ) accelerated the growth of my personal brand, garnering me mentions on top industry blogs, and more followers and LinkedIn connections. Rather than trying to interrupt people in my space with advertisements about myself, I was able to start leveraging social media to target specific companies I thought would be cool places to work . I’ve been a fan of that idea since before I knew of the term “inbound marketing”, so when I was laid off in the beginning of December, it was natural that I would leverage that concept to find my next job. . As a result of one of my earlier tweets about looking for work, someone DM’d me to mention that HubSpot was hiring. I knew I was following a few people from the company, so I tweeted asking who worked there and was almost immediately greeted by a few employees pointing me in Mike Volpe’s ( new jobwire site Outbound marketing would dictacte that I stop and wait after I submitted my resume, but instead I followed through with a multi-touch strategy. I’m not sure of the exact proceedure Mike took when reviewing my resume, but I know that he ran my site and my Twitter account through their Want to learn more about publishing a blog on your business website? . ReTweet Mapper their homepage connections on LinkedIn , but also on That first month I did a few things that ended up helping my job search. I posted a handful of times on Twitter that I was looking for a job and that led to a few leads (in both @ replies and DMs). I also started building a few tools that I didn’t have a time to when I was gainfully employed and those tools (The to learn how to create a thriving inbound marketing blog. ) direction. I went through the normal resume submission process outlined by the website and @ messaged Mike, mentioning my interest in working for HubSpot. few speaking gigs TweetBacks/TweetSuite . I was lucky enough in December to have had an existing personal brand, I had an followers on Twitter . Using Twitter I was able to make personal connections not only with my potential boss, but also a few of the people I’ve come to be working alongside of Originally published Feb 17, 2009 6:16:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 . I came in for a few interviews and the rest is history, I have an awesome job at a cool company and I have my personal brand and social media prescence to thank for it.last_img read more