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Where most wars occur in Earth???

This might sound different but it is clearly determined that most wars on earth occur in rich biological regions. The study by leading international conservation scientists compared major conflict zones with the Earth’s 34 biodiversity hotspots identified by Conservation International . The hotspots are considered top conservation priorities because they contain the entire populations of more than half of all plant species and at least 42 percent of all vertebrates, and are highly threatened.

The richest storehouses of life on Earth are also the regions of the most human conflict and it tells us that these areas are essential for both biodiversity conservation and human well-being. Millions of the world’s poorest people live in hotspots and depend on healthy ecosystems for their survival, so there is a moral obligation in the form of political and social responsibility to protect these places and all the resources and services they provide.

The study found that more than 90 percent of major armed conflicts defined as those resulting in more than 1,000 deaths occurred in countries that contain one of the 34 biodiversity hotspots, while 81 percent took place within specific hotspots.

The consequences extend far beyond the actual fighting. War preparations and lingering post-conflict activities also have important implications for biodiversity hotspots and the people who live there.The fact that so many conflicts have occurred in areas of high biodiversity loss and natural resource degradation warrants much further investigation as to the underlying causes, and strongly highlights the importance of these areas for global security.

In total, the hotspots are home to a majority of the world’s 1.2 billion poorest people who rely on the resources and services provided by natural ecosystems for their daily survival. Environmental concerns tend to recede or collapse in times of social disruption, and conservation activities often get suspended during active conflicts.

The study concluded that international conservation groups and indeed the broader international community must develop and maintain programs in war-torn regions if they are to be effective in conserving global biodiversity and keeping ecosystems healthy. It also called for integrating conservation strategies and principles into military, reconstruction and humanitarian programs in the world’s conflict zones.

February 22, 2009 Posted by | Fact, Nature, Personal | , , , , | 13 Comments

Incredible Italy!!!

Italy, the Italian Republic is situated on the Italian peninsula in the Southern part of Europe. Italy shares its northern alpine boundary with France, Switzerland and Austria. Italy has been the home of many European cultures such as Estruscan and the Romans.

Today, Italy is a democratic republic and a developed country with 8th largest Quality-of-life index rating in the world. Here are some cool pics of INCREDIBLE ITALY!!!Italy

Excavations throughout Italy reveal a modern human presence dating back to the Palaeolithic period, some 200,000 years ago.In the 8th and 7th centuries BC Greek colonies were established all along the coast of Sicily and the southern part of the Italian Peninsula. Subsequently, Romans referred to this area as Magna Graecia, as it was so densely inhabited by Greeks.Ancient Rome was at first a small agricultural community founded circa the 8th century BC that grew over the course of the centuries into a colossal empire encompassing the whole Mediterranean Sea, in which Ancient Greek and Roman cultures merged into one civilization.

This civilization was so influential that parts of it survive in modern law, administration, philosophy and arts, forming the ground that Western civilization is based upon. In its twelve-century existence, it transformed itself from republic to monarchy and finally to autocracy.

In steady decline since the 2nd century AD, the empire finally broke into two parts in 285 AD: the Western Roman Empire and the Byzantine Empire in the East. The western part under the pressure of Goths finally dissolved, leaving the Italian peninsula divided into small independent kingdoms and feuding city states for the next 14 centuries, and leaving the eastern part sole heir to the Roman legacy.

December 15, 2008 Posted by | Nature, Personal | , , | Leave a comment