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13Jul/130

Aleratec Pledges its Full Support for MAC OS X Snow Leopard; Best Selling LightScribe Duplicators Now Work with MAC


Chatsworth, CA (Vocus) January 6, 2010

Aleratec Inc., leading developer and manufacturer of "Prosumers' Choice" solutions for the USB, Flash, HDD, Blu-ray, DVD CD, duplicating, and DVD/CD publishing markets, announced today that it is putting its full support behind Apples new MAC OS X Snow Leopard Operating System by offering a software upgrade application program that integrates the leading LightScribe duplicators.

Aleratec is pleased to announce the RoboRacer LS Duplex Win/Mac, P/N 280113, and the DVD/CD LightScribe Publisher Systems Win/Mac, P/Ns 260170 (1:4), 260179 (1:3), and 260167 (1:2). These new products feature support for the Windows and MAC platforms.

RoboRacer LS Duplex Win/Mac- P/N 280113

The Aleratec RoboRacer LS Duplex Win/Mac is a fully-automated, DVD/CD publisher, which allows the user to Burn, AutoFlip, Burn the disc using Aleratecs LightScribe technology. The Input and Output hoppers can handle up to 100 DVD or CD discs. With few moving parts, it has maximum reliability and is capable of multiple unattended direct to disc LightScribe labels and disc copies. Just load it with 100 blank LightScribe discs, use your PC to select the disc image and label with the powerful Aleratec Disc Publishing Suite. Enter the number of published discs needed and DVD/CD RoboRacer LS Duplex will automatically produce DVD/CD copies with silk screen quality labels and no operator intervention.

Key Features of the Aleratec RoboRacer LS Duplex Win/Mac include:

15Aug/120

Endangered Snow Leopard Habitat Threatened by Climate Change, WWF Study Shows


Washington D.C. (PRWEB) July 16, 2012

A new study shows that climate change presents a heightened threat for snow leopards in the Himalaya Mountains, according to conservation group World Wildlife Fund.

The study, carried out by WWF scientists and published in the journal Biological Conservation, shows that if greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase steadily, 30 percent of snow leopard habitat in the Himalayas may be lost to treeline shift.

Snow leopards, an endangered species with a remaining population roughly estimated to be between 4,000 and 6,500 individuals, are sparsely distributed in the mountains of northern and central Asia, including part of the Himalaya Mountains. In the Himalayas, snow leopards live in high alpine areas, above the treeline and generally below 16,000 feet, where they are able to stealthily track their prey.

According to the study, warmer and wetter conditions in the Himalayas will likely result in forests ascending into alpine areas, the snow leopards preferred habitat.

We know that snow leopards rarely venture into forested areas, and theres a limit to how high these animals can ascend. If the treeline shifts upwards, as our research predicts it will, were looking at the snow leopard faced with diminishing options for where it can live, said Jessica Forrest, a WWF scientist and one the studys authors.

The study used both computer modeling and on-the-ground tracking efforts in high elevation areas, and modeled the impacts of various warming scenarios on the Himalayan portion of the snow leopard range. Warming at high elevations in the Himalayas is occurring at rates higher than the global average.

The researchers first used field-based data and environmental information such as land cover, terrain ruggedness, and elevation to map current snow leopard habitat. They then used statistical methods to look at the potential impact of climate change on the Himalayan treeline under three greenhouse gas emissions scenarios available from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC projects temperatures in the region to increase by 3-4 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, accompanied by an increase in annual precipitation.

Researchers identified areas that are likely to remain resilient to the effects of climate change, and would thus provide habitat to snow leopards under future climate conditions. Many of these areas span national boundaries, emphasizing the need for transboundary cooperation to protect this rare species.

Researchers also emphasized the need to minimize pervasive threats like illegal hunting, human-wildlife conflict, and overgrazing of livestock in snow leopard habitat. Minimizing these concurrent threats will help snow leopards better deal with the additional stress of losing habitat to climate change.

Loss of alpine habitat not only means less room for snow leopards, but also has the potential to bring them closer to human activities like livestock grazing. As grazing intensifies and the leopards natural prey decline, they could begin preying more heavily on livestock, resulting in increased retaliatory killings, said WWF snow leopard expert and study co-author Dr. Rinjan Shrestha.

As part of their findings, researchers also recommended monitoring the impacts of climate change as they evolve, and adapting management strategies accordingly.

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