Climate cartoon of the day

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A Tale of Two Stripes: Interpreting the Colors of Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss

Ed Hawkins, National Centre for Atmospheric Science, UoR.

At first glance, you might mistake this image for modern abstract art. Strips of shifting colors, each telling its own story. However, they represent a stark reality that’s impacting us all. In fact, out of my concern for our planet, I’ve been using the climate stripe as the banner image for this blog for several years.

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Weathering the Storm: A Peek into LAVCA’s Q1 2023 Startup Investment Climate

The Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LAVCA) has just dropped its Q1 2023 report on investment activity in Latin America, and it’s not painting a pretty picture. Reflecting what many of us have been witnessing firsthand on the ground, the serious dip in startup investment that began at the end of 2021 is still present in the first quarter of 2023, dropping to a meager $0.8B dollars from the impressive but unsustainable $5.2B peak in Q3 2021.

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The Rise of chatGPT: Are We Sacrificing Our Creative and Logical Minds for Convenience?

Recently, my son, who is currently studying at university, shared a revelation with me that I was already expecting: most of his classmates are producing their assignments mainly by using ChatGPT. Large Language Models (LLMs) like ChatGPT are artificial intelligence systems trained on vast amounts of text data to generate human-like responses and provide assistance with various language tasks.

This reliance on LLMs for every writing task might be an early warning sign that humans, especially the younger generations, will lose touch with the essential skills of critical thinking, creativity, and language proficiency. As we continue to witness remarkable advancements in language technology, tools like ChatGPT will become an integral part of our lives. The seamless generation of well-structured and coherent text – although with some “hallucinations” every now and then – at the touch of a button undoubtedly will make our lives more convenient. However, we cannot ignore the potential consequences of an overreliance on these tools. Are we, as a society, heading towards a decline in our ability to write logically, just as calculators have impacted our mathematical capabilities?

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Alterleap: a community for women passionate about the Planet

I am delighted to invite you to join Alterleap, a purpose-driven community founded by my amazing wife Ariana Gómez, for women who are passionate about the planet and eager to take action 🌿💚. Alterleap is focused on providing a supportive space where women can come together to share knowledge, resources, and experiences, while working towards a common goal: protecting our Earth 🌎.

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Book recommendations – April 2023

In this post, I’m sharing a curated list of books I’ve recently enjoyed, featuring a strong presence of female authors. Delve into these captivating reads and discover stories that span various genres and themes. Only fiction works in this batch.

  • Las Viudas de los jueves by Claudia Piñeiro: An engaging novel by an Argentine writer that explores life in a gated community outside Buenos Aires during the early 2000s economic crisis. Piñeiro deftly examines classism and racism in Latin American countries through a realistic lens.
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson: This classic gothic novel from 1962 masterfully portrays a dysfunctional family in a small town, capturing the eerie atmosphere and dark undertones throughout.
  • Vista Chinesa by Tatiana Salem Levy: This powerful short novel delves into the emotional aftermath of a rape in Rio de Janeiro. Be warned – it’s not an easy read, but it’s an important one.
  • Pelea de gallos by María Fernanda Ampuero: In her first collection of short stories, this Ecuadorian writer presents a series of violent, brutal, and shocking narratives that leave a lasting impact. These intense stories will challenge and engage you with their raw depictions.
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New realities of AI

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White paper: Sostenibilidad para Startups

Les comparto este white paper sobre Sostenibilidad para Startups, creado por el Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), en el cual colaboré. El documento enfatiza la necesidad de integrar la sostenibilidad en el modelo de negocio y la estrategia de una startup y destaca los beneficios de hacerlo. Los puntos claves del documento:

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Greenhouse gases keep accumulating in the atmosphere and warming the planet

The key greenhouse gases methane and CO2 continue accumulating in the atmosphere. They are responsible for the warming of the planet that drives climate change. These gases are being generated by modern society through the burning of coal, oil, and natural gas, modern beef production, and other human activities.

Global atmospheric methane concentration reached 1,920 ppb for the first time in over 800,000 years. The following chart is just incredible and very discouraging.

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Evolution of Smart Products

I have to share this cartoon by @marketoonist 😂

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