Restoring California’s Forests to Reduce Wildfire Risks Will Take Time, Billions of Dollars and a Broad Commitment | Best States

By Roger Bales and Martha Conklin

Many of California’s 33 million acres of forests face widespread threats stemming from past management choices. Today the U.S. Forest Service estimates that of the 20 million acres it manages in California, 6-9 million acres need to be restored.

Forest restoration basically means removing the less fire-resistant smaller trees and returning to a forest with larger trees that are widely spaced. These stewardship projects require partnerships across the many interests who benefit from healthy forests, to help bring innovative financing to this huge challenge.

The California Wildfires in Photos

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We are engineers who work on many natural resource challenges, including forest management. We’re encouraged to see California and other western states striving to use forest management to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire.

But there are major bottlenecks. They include scarce resources and limited engagement between forest managers and many local, regional and state

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Improving Wikipedia Pages Leads To Big Tourist Dollars

A new study has discovered that making small changes in Wikipedia can hugely increase tourist revenue for small cities and large towns.

As reported by The Guardian, the findings suggest that it makes more sense for small cities to just update their Wikipedia pages, rather than employing marketing agencies or publishing glossy brochures inviting people to visit.

The research was conducted by Assistant Professor Marit Hinnosaar at the Collegio Carlo Alberto in Turin, Italy and involving NEW in Mannheim, Germany.

The study discovered that making small improvements to city’s pages can have a really sizeable impact on tourists’ choices, leading to an increase in hotel stays of 9%—an annual increase in tourist revenue of $129,000.

The authors randomly selected Spanish cities and then added content to those city’s

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Social media deal earns advertisers’ ‘likes’, but not yet all their dollars

By Martinne Geller



text: 3D-printed Facebook and Twitter logos are seen in this picture illustration made in Zenica


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3D-printed Facebook and Twitter logos are seen in this picture illustration made in Zenica

LONDON (Reuters) – Advertisers who boycotted social media are not all rushing back, despite an agreement by Facebook, YouTube and Twitter on how to curb harmful content online.

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Unilever, one of the world’s biggest advertisers, told Reuters the move this week was “a good step in the right direction,” but would not say whether it would resume paid advertising on Facebook in the United States next year after stopping over the summer.

Coca-Cola also remains paused on Facebook and Instagram and declined to say if this changed its view. Beam Suntory, maker of Jim Beam bourbon and Courvoisier Cognac, plans to stay away from paid advertising for the rest of 2020 and reassess in 2021 based on how Facebook adjusts its approach.

Over 1,000 advertisers joined a Facebook

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Emerging biotechnology company Biocytogen raised 142 million dollars (USD) in support of Project Integrum

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BEIJING and BOSTON, Sept. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — In August, Beijing Biocytogen Biotechnology Co., Ltd. (“Biocytogen”) announced acquisition of Eucure Biopharma, which established Biocytogen as a clinical stage company. Now, Biocytogen is pleased to announce completion of series D1 Funding, successfully raising 142 million dollars (USD) meant to further secure the implementation of Project Integrum.

Project Integrum is a humanitarian effort to discover, develop, and bring to market novel therapeutic antibody candidates against all notoriously difficult druggable targets. Taking full advantage of Biocytogen’s integrated technology platforms for antibody discovery, Project Integrum will launch pre-clinical efforts into over 1,000 human diseases currently affecting countless lives.

Meticulous screening of antibody candidates both in vivo and in vitro improves clinical translatability dramatically. At the core of Biocytogen lie the humanized antibody RenMab Mouse

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