Hippos could be threatened with extinction due to demand for their teeth

October 10, 2017 by  
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To satisfy black market demand for ivory , poachers have turned to hippos . Hippopotamus teeth offer an unfortunate alternative as elephant populations plummet. But now the animals could face extinction – with one estimate suggesting the species could vanish within 100 years . The International Union for the Conservation of Nature classifies hippos as vulnerable . Their populations have fallen in Africa as their habitats have shrunk, and they’ve been hunted for teeth, skin, and meat. They’re in trouble – but according to Anglia Ruskin University teaching fellow Ben Garrod, writing for The Guardian , “The simple truth is that they are not high on the priority list of the international conservation community.” Related: China promises to end ivory trade by the end of this year A study published earlier this year in the African Journal of Ecology dug into the issue; two researchers at the University of Hong Kong found discordance in trade data that they said could undermine regulatory measures and harm African hippo populations. They said 90 percent of the global hippo teeth trade goes through Hong Kong . 75 percent of the imports come from Uganda or Tanzania . But Hong Kong declared a different volume of imports than the exports those two countries reported. The researchers think the trade in hippo teeth exceeds quotas that have been agreed upon internationally, saying more than 14,000 kilograms – around 30,865 pounds – are “unaccounted for between Uganda and Hong Kong, representing more than 2,700 individual hippos – two percent of the global population.” According to Quartz, demand for hippo teeth spiked after a 1989 ban on the international trade of ivory from elephants. Also, it’s far less difficult to smuggle hippo teeth than elephant tusks. Lead author Alexandra Andersson said in a statement , “It is imperative that authorities in both exporting and importing nations cross check the volumes of threatened species declared on paper to those actually received, work together to understand the cause of any discrepancies, as well as correct any reporting errors or fraudulent declarations. The fate of hippos – and a plethora of other species – could depend on it.” Garrod said hippos now desperately need our help as do elephants, and will until there’s a change in the demand for ivory. Via The Guardian and Quartz Africa Images via Pixabay and Pexels

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These Dutch designers are harvesting stardust from rooftops

October 10, 2017 by  
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Did you know that 37,000 to 78,000 tons of stardust falls on the earth’s surface every year? The dust is made up of micrometeorites that make it through the earth’s atmosphere – and now two Dutch designers are collecting this rare material from rooftops in the Netherlands. Kirstie van Noot and Xandra van der Eijk are exploring ways to utilize these mini meteorites as a precious resource that literally falls from the sky. Kirstie and Xandra believe that stardust could become a new resource for a world that is quickly using up its own natural resources: “As terrestrial resources are depleting and rare earth metals are arguably indispensable for our way of life and our survival as a species, we are in dire need of alternatives,” explains van Noot in her website. To salvage stardust, the pair first collects matter from the rain gutters and roofs of houses. They then incinerate the matter and use magnets to pull out particles for inspection. By studying the shape and composition of these particles, the pair is able to identify which ones came from outer space. The designers recently displayed their star dust exhibition, “As above, so below” at this year’s London Design Festival. The exhibition included the star dust itself as well as a solid cube made of meteoric material. + Dutch Invertuals Collected + Kirstie van Noot + Xandra van der Eijk + London Design Week Coverage Photography by Ronald Smits Photography

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VICE explores the incredible mission to resurrect the woolly mammoth

April 16, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Recently, VICE headed to South Korea to explore the incredible mission to resurrect the woolly mammoth. Host Ben Makuch and his team spoke to researchers at the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation, where scientists are working to bring back the extinct mammal. When asked why, the director of the project, said, “not to play God, but I believe we are obligated to bring it back as humans.” Check out all the entire story, including how the Russian mafia got involved, at VICE’s Motherboard channel . + VICE Motherboard Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal clone , animal cloning , animal extinction , extinct animal cloning , vice , VICE Motherboard , Vice Woolly mammoth , Woolly Mammoth , woolly mammoth clone , woolly mammoth DNA , woolly mammoth extinction

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This ring is made of smog harvested from Beijing’s polluted skies

April 16, 2015 by  
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Previously, we wrote about Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde’s  incredible vacuum cleaner that can suck urban smog right out of the air , a design which Roosegaarde hopes to have functioning in Beijing by next year. Now the designer is turning that smog vacuumed from the skies of Beijing into rings of soot that you can wear right on your fingers. Each ring comes with either a fake diamond made from soot or a stone with a cube of soot in the center, and Roosegaarde hopes the project will help bring awareness to the issue of air pollution. Read the rest of This ring is made of smog harvested from Beijing’s polluted skies Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution solutions , air pollution vacuum , beijing air quality , Beijing air quality issues , Beijing pollution , Beijing smog , Beijing smog vacuum , Climate Change , climate change art , Daan Roosegaarde , Daan Roosegaarde art , Daan Roosegaarde Beijing pollution , Daan Roosegaarde beijing smog , Daan Roosegaarde pollution ring , Daan Roosegaarde smog project , Daan Roosegaarde smog ring , global warming , pollution vacuum , smog vacuum

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Tower of Refuge is a self-operating Noah’s Ark that fights extinction

April 2, 2015 by  
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