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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229022/opportunities-drive-the-global-distribution-of-protected-areas
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Germán Baldi, Marcos Texeira, Osvaldo A Martin, H Ricardo Grau, Esteban G Jobbágy
BACKGROUND: Protected areas, regarded today as a cornerstone of nature conservation, result from an array of multiple motivations and opportunities. We explored at global and regional levels the current distribution of protected areas along biophysical, human, and biological gradients, and assessed to what extent protection has pursued (i) a balanced representation of biophysical environments, (ii) a set of preferred conditions (biological, spiritual, economic, or geopolitical), or (iii) existing opportunities for conservation regardless of any representation or preference criteria...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225546/making-travel-to-cuba-work-for-health-and-sustainable-development
#2
Conner Gorry
In 2015, a record-breaking 3.5 million visitors-1 million from Canada alone-traveled to Cuba to explore its history, culture, natural splendor, and visit family. That same year, US President Barack Obama relaxed travel restrictions, giving general authorization for a dozen categories of legal travel by US citizens and residents. As a result, US visitors to the island ballooned by 80% between January 2015 and June 2016. And the numbers keep growing: the latest data show that foreign arrivals reached 4 million in 2016...
January 2017: MEDICC Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215556/toward-a-better-guard-of-coastal-water-safety-microbial-distribution-in-coastal-water-and-their-facile-detection
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REVIEW
Yunxuan Xie, Ning Qiu, Guangyi Wang
Prosperous development in marine-based tourism has raised increasing concerns over the sanitary quality of coastal waters with potential microbial contamination. The World Health Organization has set stringent standards over a list of pathogenic microorganisms posing potential threats to people with frequent coastal water exposure and has asked for efficient detection procedures for pathogen facile identification. Inspection of survey events regarding the occurrence of marine pathogens in recreational beaches in recent years has reinforced the need for the development of a rapid identification procedure...
February 16, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207032/commentary-on-complications-after-cosmetic-surgery-tourism
#4
Kaveh Alizadeh
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 16, 2017: Aesthetic Surgery Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197112/relationships-between-personal-and-collective-place-identity-and-well-being-in-mountain-communities
#5
Igor Knez, Ingegärd Eliasson
The aim was to investigate the relationships between landscape-related personal and collective identity and well-being of residents living in a Swedish mountain county (N = 850). It was shown that their most valued mountain activities were viewing and experiencing nature and landscape, outdoor recreation, rest and leisure, and socializing with friends/family. Qualitative analyses showed that the most valued aspects of the sites were landscape and outdoor restoration for personal favorite sites, and tourism and alpine for collective favorite sites...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188735/cross-jurisdictional-management-of-a-trophy-hunted-species
#6
Jacob Hochard, David Finnoff
Gray wolves (Canis lupus) are managed for competing uses in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). Tourism benefits Yellowstone National Park (YNP) visitors while trophy hunting benefits hunters outside of the park. We investigate the policy scope of gray wolf management across jurisdictional boundaries by incorporating three foundations of the behavioral ecology of wolves: refuge-seeking behavior, optimal foraging group size and territoriality. Tradeoffs between and within consumptive and non-consumptive human benefits and wolf population fitness and life history indicators are quantified as a set of elasticities, providing clear implications to resource managers...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185869/disease-and-economic-burdens-of-dengue
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REVIEW
Marcia C Castro, Mary E Wilson, David E Bloom
The burden of dengue is large and growing. More than half of the global population lives in areas with risk of dengue transmission. Uncertainty in burden estimates, however, challenges policy makers' ability to set priorities, allocate resources, and plan for interventions. In this report, the first in a Series on dengue, we explore the estimations of disease and economic burdens of dengue, and the major estimation challenges, limitations, and sources of uncertainty. We also reflect on opportunities to remedy these deficiencies...
February 6, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185732/water-resources-management-in-the-urban-agglomeration-of-the-lake-biwa-region-japan-an-ecosystem-services-based-sustainability-assessment
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Xiaochen Chen, Yuqing Chen, Toshiyuki Shimizu, Jia Niu, Ken'ichi Nakagami, Xuepeng Qian, Baoju Jia, Jun Nakajima, Ji Han, Jianhua Li
An innovative ecosystem services-based sustainability assessment was conducted in the important urban agglomeration of the Lake Biwa region, Japan, covering the time period from 1950 to 2014. A 22-indicator system was established that was based on the major ecosystem services of Lake Biwa and its water courses, i.e., provisioning services regarding aquatic products and water; regulating services regarding floods and water quality; cultural services regarding recreation and tourism, scientific research, and environmental education; and supporting services regarding biodiversity...
February 6, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185651/the-ugly-face-of-tourism-marine-debris-pollution-linked-to-visitation-in-the-southern-great-barrier-reef-australia
#9
Scott P Wilson, Krista M Verlis
Marine debris is one of the most significant issues facing oceans worldwide. The sources of this debris vary depending on proximity to urban centres and the nature of activities within an area. This paper examines the influence of tourism in the southern Great Barrier Reef (GBR), and its contribution to litter levels in the region. By conducting beach debris surveys on occupied and unoccupied islands, this study found that debris was prevalent throughout the region with significant differences in material types between locations...
February 6, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185603/outbreak-investigation-of-fever-mimicking-dengue-in-havelock-island-an-important-tourist-destination-in-the-andaman-nicobar-archipelago-2014
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C Kartick, G S J Bharathi, P Surya, M Anwesh, S Arun, N Muruganandam, R Avijit, P Vijayachari
An upsurge of fever cases of unknown origin, but resembling dengue and leptospirosis was reported in Havelock, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, an important tourism spot, during May 2014. Investigations were carried out to determine the aetiology, and to describe the epidemiology of the outbreak. The data on fever cases attending Primary Health Centre (PHC), Havelock showed that the average number of cases reporting per week over the last 2 years was 46·1 (95% confidence interval 19·4-72·9). A total of 27 (43·5%) patients out of the 62 suspected cases were diagnosed as having DENV infection based on a positive enzyme immunoassay or reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction...
February 10, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183028/estimates-of-the-non-market-value-of-sea-turtles-in-tobago-using-stated-preference-techniques
#11
Michelle Cazabon-Mannette, Peter W Schuhmann, Adrian Hailey, Julia Horrocks
Economic benefits are derived from sea turtle tourism all over the world. Sea turtles also add value to underwater recreation and convey non-use values. This study examines the non-market value of sea turtles in Tobago. We use a choice experiment to estimate the value of sea turtle encounters to recreational SCUBA divers and the contingent valuation method to estimate the value of sea turtles to international tourists. Results indicate that turtle encounters were the most important dive attribute among those examined...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182667/environmental-and-social-change-drive-the-explosive-emergence-of-zika-virus-in-the-americas
#12
REVIEW
Sofia Ali, Olivia Gugliemini, Serena Harber, Alexandra Harrison, Lauren Houle, Javarcia Ivory, Sierra Kersten, Rebia Khan, Jenny Kim, Chris LeBoa, Emery Nez-Whitfield, Jamieson O'Marr, Emma Rothenberg, R Max Segnitz, Stephanie Sila, Anna Verwillow, Miranda Vogt, Adrienne Yang, Erin A Mordecai
Since Zika virus (ZIKV) was detected in Brazil in 2015, it has spread explosively across the Americas and has been linked to increased incidence of microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS). In one year, it has infected over 500,000 people (suspected and confirmed cases) in 40 countries and territories in the Americas. Along with recent epidemics of dengue (DENV) and chikungunya virus (CHIKV), which are also transmitted by Aedes aegypti and Ae. albopictus mosquitoes, the emergence of ZIKV suggests an ongoing intensification of environmental and social factors that have given rise to a new regime of arbovirus transmission...
February 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173862/pre-travel-malaria-chemoprophylaxis-counselling-in-a-public-travel-medicine-clinic-in-s%C3%A3-o-paulo-brazil
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Tânia do Socorro Souza Chaves, Wuelton Marcelo Monteiro, Jessé Reis Alves, Marcus Lacerda, Marta Heloisa Lopes
BACKGROUND: Malaria is one of the most prevalent parasitic diseases in the world and represents a threat to travellers visiting endemic areas. Chemoprophylaxis is the prevention measure used in travel medicine, avoiding clinical manifestations and protecting against the development of severe disease and death. METHODS: Retrospective and descriptive analysis of malaria prevention data in travellers was recorded from a travel medicine clinic in São Paulo, Brazil, between January 2006 and December 2010...
February 7, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153499/petroleum-hydrocarbon-concentrations-in-marine-sediments-along-nagapattinam-pondicherry-coastal-waters-southeast-coast-of-india
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K Kamalakannan, S Balakrishnan, P Sampathkumar
In this present study, petroleum hydrocarbons were statistically analyzed in three different coastal sediment cores viz., (N1, P1 and P2) from the Southeast coast of Tamil Nadu, India to examine the viability of PHCs. The significant positive relationship between mud (silt+clay+sand) and PHC unveiled that high specific surface of area of mud content raise the level of PHCs. Cluster analysis was used to discriminate the sediment samples based on their degree of contamination. The present study shows that instead of expensive and destructive PHC chemical methods, magnetic susceptibility is found to be a suitable, cheap and rapid method for detailed study of PHC in marine sediments...
January 30, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151557/a-global-review-of-seabird-mortality-caused-by-land-based-artificial-lights
#15
REVIEW
Airam Rodríguez, Nick D Holmes, Peter G Ryan, Kerry-Jayne Wilson, Lucie Faulquier, Yovana Murillo, André F Raine, Jay Penniman, Verónica Neves, Beneharo Rodríguez, Juan J Negro, André Chiaradia, Peter Dann, Tracy Anderson, Benjamin Metzger, Masaki Shirai, Lorna Deppe, Jennifer Wheeler, Peter Hodum, Catia Gouveia, Vanda Carmo, Gilberto P Carreira, Luis Delgado-Alburqueque, Carlos Guerra-Correa, François-Xavier Couzi, Marc Travers, Matthieu Le Corre
Artificial lights at night cause high mortality of seabirds, one of the most endangered groups of birds globally. Fledglings of burrow-nesting seabirds, and to a lesser extent adults, are grounded by lights when they fly at night. We review the current state of knowledge of light attraction, identify information gaps and propose measures to address the problem. Although other avian families such as Alcidae and Anatidae can be involved, the most affected seabirds are petrels and shearwaters: at least 56 species, more than one-third of them (24) threatened, are grounded by lights...
February 2, 2017: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151012/-better-than-bank-robbery-yuezi-centers-and-neoliberal-appeals-to-market-birth-tourism-to-pregnant-chinese-women
#16
Yadong Ji, Benjamin R Bates
"Birth tourism" has rarely been addressed by scholars. The ways that pregnant women are encouraged to leave their homelands and give birth abroad have not been investigated. Birth tourism agencies may seek to persuade women that particular destinations-such as the US-are ideal places for giving birth. An examination of how birth tourism agencies frame birth tourism may offer initial insights into this phenomenon. This study examines 34 agencies' home pages and their arguments advocating birth tourism for Chinese expectant mothers...
February 2, 2017: Health Communication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149693/effects-of-groundwater-abstraction-on-two-keystone-tree-species-in-an-arid-savanna-national-park
#17
Eleanor Shadwell, Edmund February
BACKGROUND: In arid systems with no surface water, deep boreholes in ephemeral river beds provide for humans and animals. With continually increasing infrastructure development for tourism in arid wildlife parks such as the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in southern Africa, we ask what effects increased abstraction may have on large trees. Large trees in arid savannas perform essential ecosystem services by providing food, shade, nesting sites and increased nutrients for many other plant and animal species and for this are regarded as keystone species...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146086/evaluation-and-analysis-of-eco-security-in-environmentally-sensitive-areas-using-an-emergy-ecological-footprint
#18
Han-Shen Chen
In this paper, the overall ecological and environmental sustainability in the Cing-Jing region in Taiwan is examined. As land use and cover change has been found to be an important analysis method, an emergy ecological footprint model was applied and the eco-security assessed to ensure authorities maintain a balance between ecological preservation and tourism development. While the ecological environment in the Cing-Jing region from 2008 to 2014 was found to be within safe levels, all related indices had increased considerably...
January 30, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122576/response-to-fever-and-utilization-of-standby-emergency-treatment-sbet-for-malaria-in-travellers-to-southeast-asia-a-questionnaire-based-cohort-study
#19
Christof D Vinnemeier, Camilla Rothe, Benno Kreuels, Marylyn M Addo, Sabine Vygen-Bonnet, Jakob P Cramer, Thierry Rolling
BACKGROUND: Guidelines in several European countries recommend standby emergency treatment (SBET) for travellers to regions with low or medium malaria transmission instead of continuous chemoprophylaxis: travellers are advised to seek medical assistance within 24 h in case of fever and to self-administer SBET only if they are not able to consult a doctor within the time period specified. Data on healthcare-seeking behaviour of febrile travellers and utilization of SBET is however scarce as only two studies were performed in the mid-1990s...
January 25, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116048/comparative-mitochondrial-and-chloroplast-genomics-of-a-genetically-distinct-form-of-sargassum-contributing-to-recent-golden-tides-in-the-western-atlantic
#20
Linda A Amaral-Zettler, Nicholas B Dragone, Jeffrey Schell, Beth Slikas, Leslie G Murphy, Clare E Morrall, Erik R Zettler
Over the past 5 years, massive accumulations of holopelagic species of the brown macroalga Sargassum in coastal areas of the Caribbean have created "golden tides" that threaten local biodiversity and trigger economic losses associated with beach deterioration and impact on fisheries and tourism. In 2015, the first report identifying the cause of these extreme events implicated a rare form of the holopelagic species Sargassum natans (form VIII). However, since the first mention of S. natans VIII in the 1930s, based solely on morphological characters, no molecular data have confirmed this identification...
January 2017: Ecology and Evolution
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