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Richmond Vale Academy to use 100% renewable electricity by May

100-renewable-electricity-blog RVA focuses heavily on sustainable living will have 100 per cent of its electricity generated by renewable energy by May
RVA focuses heavily on sustainable living will have 100 per cent of its electricity generated by renewable energy by May. The move by Richmond Vale Academy (RVA) falls under its 10-year programme, The St. Vincent Climate Compliance (CCCP) 2012 - 2021. Under the programme, the institution has trained hundreds of students to take action as well as in...
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Caribbean Leaders to Create World's First Climate Smart Zone

Caribbean Leaders to Create World's First Climate Smart Zone
With the right domestic and international reforms, the world can take climate change by the reins. The Caribbean will be home to the world’s first “climate start zone”, an initiative dedicated to the discovering new ways to break through the systemic obstacles that stall the flow of finances to climate-conscious investments. The announcement at the One Planet Summit in Paris Tuesday when the international assembly was called to discuss progress made since the signing of the Paris Agreement two years ago. The ambitious strategy centres around the belief that with the right domestic and international reforms, the world and the Caribbean can be weaned off its dependency on fossil fuels to adopt renewable sources. The plan will set the foundation for a US$8 billion investment plan to strengthen the Caribbean infrastructure for long-term resilience and transform 100 percent of the 3.2 million homes across the region to energy efficient households. “This is a great first step. Now we need to turn this possibility into a set of realities that benefit all our people,” said Grenada Prime Minister and CARICOM chair Keith Mitchell. “We all need to work together to change the rules of the game to accelerate climate-smart financial flows for the Caribbean and other small island developing states. Together we can build thriving economies fuelled by clean energy, nature-based resilient design and innovation. The time for...
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Do you know this numbers?

Do you know this numbers?
  2°C 565 Gigatons 2795 Gigatons Do you know this numbers? For us and our future generations it is very important to know about it. Our climate changes very fast, faster than we want to be true.  To explain the numbers I have to start with a calculation: In all medias we can read about CO2 and that we have to reduce the CO2 emission. But first we have to know how much is too much? Jim Hansen and his Team at NASA studied exactly this and published which said, that we don’t know enough to know how much is too much. However any value for carbon in the atmosphere greater than 350ppm is not compatible with the planet on which civilisation developed and to which life on earth is adapted. But 2013 we already had 395ppm CO2 and it is rising around 2 points every year. Everything frozen on earth is melting and the result is: - The great ice sheet of the arctic is reduced by more than the half- The oceans are about 30% more acidic than they were 30 years ago- The atmosphere is about 5% wetter than it was 40 years ago We have burned enough coal, gas and oil to raise the temperature of the earth one degree.  Now to the numbers... 2° C That’s how much the world has...
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Farming Beyond Drought

Farming Beyond Drought
The Caribbean accounts for seven of the world’s top 36 water-stressed countries and Barbados is in the top ten. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) defines countries like Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, and St. Kitts and Nevis as water-scarce with less than 1000 m3 freshwater resources per capita. [caption id="attachment_11290" align="aligncenter" width="654"] Caribbean farmers have been battling extreme droughts in recent years. A FAO official says drought ranks as the single most common cause of severe food shortages in developing countries, making it a key issue for Caribbean food security. Credit: Desmond Brown/IPS With droughts becoming more seasonal in nature in the Caribbean, experts say agriculture is the most likely sector to be impacted, with serious economic and social consequences. This is particularly important since the majority of Caribbean agriculture is rain fed. With irrigation use becoming more widespread in the Caribbean, countries’ fresh-water supply will become increasingly important. In light of the dilemma faced by the region, the Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC) is spearheading a climate smart agriculture project in which 90 farmers from three Caribbean countries, including Barbados, will participate over the next 18 months. Executive director of the CPDC Gordon Bispham said the aim of the project, in which farmers from Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines are also involved, is to support sustainable livelihoods and reinforce that farming is serious...
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5 Awesome ideas for reusing and recycling water!

5 Awesome ideas for reusing and recycling water!
Around the globe, people are working hard to protect natural resources before their depletion. People today are ‘going green’ to protect their land and to prove themselves as good citizens. Some think that the natural resources need not to be protected but increased pollution in rivers, streams and lakes has become a great danger for life. Other than that, due to increased population, the consumption of water has increased greatly. Therefore, it is very essential to protect water resources and to maintain the balance in the ecosystems. That's why you need to learn the benefist of reusing and recycling water. What are the Environmental Benefits of Water Recycling? In addition to providing a dependable, locally-controlled water supply, water recycling provides tremendous environmental benefits. Some of them are: #1- Decreases the Diversion of Freshwater from Sensitive Ecosystems Plants, wildlife, and fish depend on sufficient water flows in their habitats to live and reproduce. The lack of adequate flow, as a result of diversion for agricultural, urban, and industrial purposes, can cause deterioration of water quality and ecosystem health. People who reuse water can supplement their demands by using a reliable source of recycled water, which can free considerable amounts of water for the environment and increase flows to vital ecosystems. #2- It May Be Used to Create or Enhance Wetlands and Freshwater Habitats. Wetlands provide many benefits, which...
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St. Vincent’s geothermal development approach

St. Vincent’s geothermal development approach
St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) with a population of approximately 104,000 people is 150 square miles and lies 60° 56’ West longitude and 13° 15’ North latitude, approximately 100 miles west of Barbados, 68 miles north of Grenada and 24 miles south of St. Lucia. From a morphological point of view St. Vincent shares similarity to the other Windward Islands, consisting of a central axial range of mountains starting from La Soufriere (1,234m) in the north, to Mt St Andrew in the south. The island is entirely volcanic with six main volcanic centres located along its central axis. Like most of the CARICOM member states, with the exception of Trinidad and Tobago and to a lesser extent Barbados, SVG is heavily dependent on imported oil for commercial energy need, particularly in electricity generation. The all-time high electricity rate of USD 0.43/kWh in 2014 was attributed to a 56% fuel surcharge. In response to the high electricity cost and oil dependency, the exploration of indigenous sources of energy became a top priority for the Government. A geothermal project became the preferred option given the limited baseload power alternatives and the already exhausted exploitation of hydro energy. Geothermal energy development , as stated by Prime Minister Ralph E. Gonsalves, “will become the game changer for economic development in SVG” . The Prime Minister considers the reliance on imported oil...
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St. Vincent bans the killing of sea turtles

St. Vincent bans the killing of sea turtles
St. Vincent and the Grenadines has implemented a total ban on the killing of sea turtles or the harvesting of their eggs. The ban came into effect on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. The decision to impose a total ban on the killing of all sea turtlescame in late 2016 in response to the increased global threat to sea turtles and to their status as vulnerable, endangered and critically endangered. The Ministry of Fisheries initiative to protect all sea turtles comes under the theme “No Extinction In My Generation.” [caption id="attachment_10462" align="aligncenter" width="323"] Green Sea Turtle in Tobago Cays, St. Vincent and the Grenadines A report from the ministry outlined that this year SVG will seeincreased vigilance in the effort to ensure that all persons abide by the law and end the killing of sea turtles, the harvesting of their eggs, and the sale of their shells in the jewelry industry. The Ministry of Fisheries said it will continue to work with and support fisherfolk to assist former turtle fishers as they move away from turtle harvesting. “The ministry, together with National Parks Rivers and Beaches Authority, will pursue a national Sea Turtle Conservation Programme, which is working to make turtle watching a viable eco-tourism opportunity in rural coastal communities. The Windward communities of Colonarie, Byera and Sandy Bay, Big Sand have been identified for two turtle...
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Climate Change vs Health

Climate Change vs Health
Climate change does not only raise the temperatures and it won't bring us just warmer seasons. It will bring threats to our health. Extreme weather conditions will appear more often and more frequent, such as hurricanes, floodings, and heat waves. Older people, children, pregnant women, homeless people, and people with certain medical conditions will be affected the most. Especially in developing countries and coastline areas will this be an issue. Rising sea levels will destroy homes and affect the supply of fresh water. It will also heighten the risk of water-borne diseases and infections and other diseases spreading quickly over big areas. Also, the supply of medical and health services will be disrupted. People will have to wait to get food, water, and medical treatment. These are all essential and needed things in a functioning system. Exposure to extreme heat can cause dehydration, heat strokes, cardiovascular, respiratory, and cerebrovascular diseases. Breathing problems, heart attacks, and apoleptic insults are the consequences.Furthermore, the high temperatures raise the ozone level in the air which will increase the breathing problems and heart attacks. Another threat will be malaria and dengue fever. These diseases are influenced by the weather. Climate change will create perfect breeding conditions for mosquitos which then will spread the diseases. Malaria already kills almost 600,000 people every year and this number will increase. According to the World...
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St. Vincent bans Styrofoam

St. Vincent bans Styrofoam
All Styrofoam products will be banned in St . Vincent from May 1st, 2017. The announcement was made by the Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves inan effort to lower the cost of environmentally positive substitutes forplastics, including Styrofoam , and reduce the effects that plastics haveon our environment. Taxes on biodegradable packaging and food containerswill be removed. Styrofoam products are made with petroleum, a non-sustainable andheavily polluting resource. Styrofoam is made from the plasticpolystyrene, which is based on building blocks called styrene monomers.When you drink your steaming cup of coffee or chicken and rice out of a Styrofoam plate, you also take in doses of chemicals that leach from it. Here’s a list of cities in US that have completely or partially banned Styrofoam ; New York CityTakoma Park, MDSeattle, WashingtonWashington DCMiami Beach, FLFreeport, MainePortland, MaineNantucket, MassachusettsMinneapolis, MinnesotaPortland, OregonLos Angeles Country and St. Francisco [caption id="attachment_9654" align="aligncenter" width="400"] No more picking up of styrofoam trash at our beaches.
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The damage after Storm Matthews

By lily In St. Vincent there was a tropical storm not too long ago and the damage has been severe with landslides, power cuts and water shortages in several villages. So, from 28-29 September, St. Vincent experienced heavy rainfall. And extreme wind from the tropical Storm Matthews . T hat affected the whole eastern Caribbean. The whole island there has been effected. [caption id="attachment_7210" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Photo credit: mic Some hospitals reported that there was power cuts and water shortage due tenon-functioning as the generator was out. Then, many people on the East side of the island have lost everything and for several days lived in shelters. So, the reason most people lost their homes are due to flooding and landslides. Then, this makes it more difficult for NEMO to clear the roads. So, deliver emergency help, such as water. And food and shelter where necessary. The schools was closed for 2 days. And people were advised to stay indoors as well as off the roads. Then, sadly one person died during the storm matthews. Even though it has been several weeks since the storm matthews. And the effects are still visible. Here at Richmond Vale Academy (RVA) we are conscious about the effects that global warming and climate change have on a small developing country in the Caribbean. Because extreme weather happens more frequent and...
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Do you know about the damage caused by ExxonMobil?

ExxonMobil is the largest oil corporation in the world. It emerged as the Standard Oil Company in 1889. It is currently the result of the merger in 2000 of the Esso and Mobil corporations. Today operates in different regions under one of these names or as ExxonMobil. Its activities span more than 40 countries. Include the exploitation, processing and marketing of petroleum products and natural gas, as well as the manufacture of chemicals, plastics and fertilizers. Only oil, this company produces 2.6 million barrels of crude oil a day. Its founder was John D. Rockefeller .  But, what does this US Corporation actually hide? [caption id="attachment_6873" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Photo Credit: porttechnology.org Throughout history, ExxonMobil has carried out a series of actions that place it outside the law. And yet, in reality, they have remained unpunished. An example of this is the accusation that is made to this company to be linked to dictatorial regimes of countries.  Such was the case of ExxonMobil's alliance with the dictatorial regime of Mohammad Suharto in Indonesia. Different manifestations were made against this transnational, they ended with an endless number of dead, wounded and missing. Oil Spill Contamination The most acclaimed case of ExxonMobil's was in 1989. In that year,  Exxon Valdez oil tanker  caused an oil spill into the crystalline waters of Alaska. Although the company tried to hide the...
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NEWS: Climate Change and Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean

The Hurricane Matthew continues on its slow but steady track across the Caribbean and how the climate change must have affected this type of phenomenon is still something many are wondering about it. [caption id="attachment_6468" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Hurricane Matthew. Photo Credit: Patch . Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean The Hurricane is moving toward Haiti, Jamaica, and Cuba, experts caution that the storm's impact could be devastating. This fiercest Caribbean and category four's storm made landfall at the south-western tip in Haiti at about 12:00 GMT. The US National Hurricane Center said Haiti was "getting everything a major hurricane can throw at them". The damages have been serious with 40 inches (102cm) of rain and winds of 145 mph (230km/h). This storm is potentially triggering mudslides and flash floods. The one confirmed death in Haiti brings the total death toll from the storm to at least three. Also, one man died on Friday in Colombia. On September 28, one 16-year-old died in St Vincent and the Grenadines when the storm passed through the eastern Caribbean. Cuba has declared a hurricane alert for six eastern provinces. Cuban government is moving residents of low-lying areas and offshore islands into temporary shelters in government buildings. For the other part, Dominican Republic also has taken actions for the proximity of the Hurricane Matthew. The Civil Defence director for the Dominican Republic...
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INDC of St. Vincent and the Grenadines

The Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and it implementation helps in the plan for preserving the Environment and building resilience to Climate Change. [caption id="attachment_6445" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Photo Credit: Wikipedia . Saint Vincent and the Grenadines It is formed with 32 islands each with its own characteristics and multinational cultures. Located in the Eastern Caribbean, with more than 110,000 people living in the islands. St. Vincent is the largest of the 32 islands that form the nation, covering roughly 390 SQ. km (150 sq. miles). The Grenadines extend 72 km (45 miles) to the southwest. There’s others inhabited islands, like Young Island, Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau, Union Island, Palm Island, and Petit St. Vincent. Kyoto Protocol and INDC The Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (GoSVG) ratified the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1996 and the Kyoto Protocol in 2004. This next document talks how the geography, geology and socio-economic circumstances of St. Vincent and the Grenadines make it extremely vulnerable to climate-related natural disasters. Also, explain that due to its mountainous topography, most activities on the mainland are limited. Clarifies that these activities are focus on the narrow, low-lying coastline, at risk of sea-level rise (SLR). Besides the many risks for the coastal erosion, while the landscape also is dangerous on it landslides and...
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The Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme

A brief overview of this project,  Richmond Vale Academy had been working for some time already. St. Vincent and the Grenadines It is important to remember that we as humans are part of the environment. With over 6 billion of us on Earth, our combine actions also have a big impact on the environment. However, at least we are aware of that impact. We can do things as individuals and we can find ways to work together to lessen the detrimental impacts of billions of people. Environmental science fair project ideas explore such topics as air quality, water quality, the effects of climate change, and many others. Most of all, this project consists in the most important things like rehabilitating the trail. The 4.3mile long trail will be clear using cutlasses. Several big trees, which have fallen and are blocking the original path of the trail on the ridge, will be remove. In areas which are steep and hazardous stairs will be re-establish. Vetiver grass and trees will be plant in two critical areas where landslides are very close to the trail; so to prevent further soil erosion and strengthen the safety of the trail.  Select trees will be plant along the trail to counter soil erosion and to enhance biodiversity. Three (3) look out spots for visitors will be establish. The midway point of the...
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Why You Should Go To Your Favorite Beach This Saturday

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Sept 15, 2016:- Vincentians are being encourage to head to their favourite beaches this Saturday and join in cleaning them. This Saturday, Sept. 17, is being observe as International Coastal Cleanup day. The brainchild of Ocean Conservancy. An international group that encourages coastal communities and menbers of the public to help to clean beaches. In St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the Richmond Vale Academy (RVA) will participate in the activity on Sept. 24. Their efforts will focus primarily in North Leeward, where the academy is located. Rose Hall resident, Selwyn Patterson, a teacher at RVA, said the institution will join with community, sports and cultural groups in Richmond, Chateaubelair. Rose Bank, Troumaca and Cumberland to clean up the beaches in those areas. Patterson, who teaches Vincentian history and project management at RVA. However said that it is important that Vincentians take care of the nation’s forest, rivers, and beaches as they are vital parts of the ecosystem. “Whatever takes places in the forest. Rivers and beaches affects us all and each of us can play a part in keeping our environment clean.” Consequently, Patterson said that rivers can lead to floods and landslides and polluted beaches result in damage to reefs, which are essential to ocean health, including fish stocks. First of all, “Let us all come out and help to clean up our...
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Scorching July is World’s Hottest Month

Climate change is a phenomenon that continues increasing the heat of a world level. The NASA scientists informs  that July was the hottest month of 2016. According to data released by NASA, July was also the hottest month on record for the world the streak means that 2016 is still well on its way to upsetting last year as the hottest year on record. [caption id="attachment_6146" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Photo credit: NASA According to NASA, the heat is rising streak since October 2015, which was the first month in your dataset hotter than normal. July 2016 was hotter than the 1951-1980 average it wasAccording to NASA, the heat is rising streak since October 2015, which was the first month in your dataset Hotter than normal.above July 2015, the next warmest July in records that go back to 1880. The record July heat also means this was the hottest month the planet has seen over the course of NASA's records. That's because July is also generally the hottest month of the year due the fact that it's summer in the northern hemisphere where there's more land. [caption id="attachment_6141" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Photo credit: NASA Earth’s temperature spiral toward 2°C flirting with the 1.5°C threshold 2015 set frenzy of climate records. Will be the last record hot month most important of this year as the residual heat from an exceptionally...
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NEWS: Global Warming Will Expose Nuclear Waste In Greenland

[caption id="attachment_6005" align="aligncenter" width="500"] The Camp Century Base worked as a researc center for the United States. This base also conducted a top secret nuclear operation known as "Project Iceworm" - Photo Credit: Wikipedia Greenland's melting rate has tripled in recent years thanks to global warming; and thus the ice is melting at a faster rate than snow is falling. Besides the obvious threat of sea level rise this encompasses, new concerns of an equally insidious problem have arised. During the Cold War era, the United States had a military base in Greenland. The Camp Century based worked as a research center for the US military, who regularly conducted experiments such as drilling into the ice core. However, on the background, Camp Century was also the home of a nuclear operation known as "Project Iceworm". After the war ended, the US government decomissioned the Camp Century base; but almost everything inside it was left intact. At the time, they thought it would snow forever in the area and thus, the base would remain under a thick layer of ice. The truth proved to be much different. If the Greenland ice continues melting at this rate, we could have tonnes of nuclear waste, toxic coolants and fuel making their way into the ocean before the end of the year. Read the full article by The Telegraph below:...
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NEWS: Making Caribbean Transport Climate-Resilient

The Caribbean Development Bank has approved $768,000 to study and build climate-resilient roads in its Borrowing Member Countries. This study will be conducted in two countries, which will be selected on the basis of location and high risk profile. [caption id="attachment_5999" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Flooded road in Kingston during Hurricane Dean - Photo Credit: Wikipedia The end goal of the project is to develop mainstream measures in Caribbean countries to protect the roads from natural disasters; as well as rising sea levels and increasingly high temperatures caused by global warming and climate change. Read the full article by the Caribbean Journal below: MAKING CARIBBEAN TRANSPORT CLIMATE-RESILIENT The Caribbean Development Bank has approved funding to address the high incidence of damage to the road infrastructure in Caribbean countries by natural hazard events and the potential for loss of roads by rising sea levels. The Bank will fund a study on approaches for mainstreaming climate resilience into the road transport sector in its Borrowing Member Countries. The threat to road transport infrastructure in the region is heightened by the increased intensity of rain storms, sea level rise, and high temperatures. The Bank is providing $768,000 for the project, which aims to develop and pilot approaches for constructing road systems that are resilient to natural hazards and climate change. CDB will conduct the study in two countries, which will be...
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NEWS: Greenland's Melting Rate Has Tripled

What happens if the world warms up by 2°C? That seems to be the trillion dollar question everyone is asking. However, much smaller increments in temperature have already caused mayhem, as shown by Greenland this year. [caption id="attachment_5647" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Greenland's melt in 2012 - Photo Credit: Flickr Greenland's melt rates have increased over the years, but recent research shows that they might be faster than anticipated. The region lost 1 trillion tonnes of ice between 2011 and 2014, and scientists say it lost 9 trillion tonnes in the last century, most of which come from just five glaciers. Greenland could cause a rise in sea level of over six meters, were it to melt entirely. It is thought that this will happen over the next 140 years at this rate, with irreversible melting happening at temperatures 1.22°C above pre-industrial era. Read the full article, as published on The Independent , below: GREEN LAND LOSES A TRILLION TONNES OF ICE IN FOUR YEARS AS MELTING RATES TRIPLE Las century, Greenland's ice sheet lost about 90 billion tonnes a year, but this has now increased to 269 billion tonnes a year It’s no news that Greenland is in serious trouble — but now, new research has helped quantify just how bad its problems are. A satellite study , published last week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters...
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NEWS: What Africa's Drought Responses Are Teaching Us

Some parts of the world have been able to undergo climate change with relatively little damage. Others, such as the semi-arid regions of Africa and Asia, are already feelings its full-blown effects. [caption id="attachment_5504" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Namibia and Botswana are two of the many countries in the arid regions of Asia and Africa that are facing the full-blown effects of climate change. They chose to act on them - Photo Credit: Wikipedia Countries like Namibia and Botswana are pioneers in battling the effects of climate change . These countries are facing now what could become the new normal for the world in a few years time. So what do we do? We listen, we analyze and we learn. The unique socio-political and environmental circumstances of Namibia and Botswana have only been worsened by climate change. This calls for effective, long-lasting solutions. Both countries are involved in the Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) project. THe ASSAR initiative focuses on minimizing vulnerability and developing adaptation responses mainly through vulnerability and risk assessment workshops. In these workshops, people from all walks of life identify the issues and hazards of most concern and generate adequate responses. Read the entire article from The Wire below: WHAT AFRICA'S DROUGHT RESPONSES TEACH US ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE HOTSPOTS The world may still argue about whether or not climate change is for real....
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