10 Killed in Hate Crime in Buffalo, New York 5/16/22

Hate Crime, Buffalo

(Esther Debbie Louis/)

The supermarket is in a predominantly Black neighborhood, near downtown Buffalo. Authorities are looking into whether white supremacist ideology motivated the suspect.

Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn issued the following statement: "Brooklyn is with the people of Buffalo in spirit tonight. I am praying for all the victims of this possible white supremacist attack.

We must pass laws that stop extremism and gun violence from continuously causing chaos in the lives of New Yorkers."

Protecting biodiversity has paid off for Costa Rica by Alejandra Echeverri Ochoa and Jeffrey R. Smith for the Conversation 4/25/22

biodiversity, Costa Rica

(Tico Times/)

We found that an abundance of animal species alone does not drive tourism; rather, in Costa Rica, our research shows that biodiversity needs to be paired with infrastructure like hotels and roads that enable access to nature. Costa Rica has shown other countries how to do this and is reaping benefits from it.

Our findings suggest that for countries like Costa Rica to continue deriving economic benefits from tourism, they need to invest in both infrastructure and biodiversity conservation. We believe that, rather than building large resorts or multi lane roads, countries would be wise to adopt Costa Rica's model of tourism infrastructure, which is mainly small ecolodges and nature hostels. Sustainability is a central theme of the nation's tourism policy, which emphasizes supporting small‐ and medium‐sized businesses.

A key issue on the agenda is evaluating and managing trade‐offs between protecting nature and promoting economic growth.

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