Turtle hatchlings spotted on Mumbai beach for the first time in nearly 20 years

March 30, 2018 by  
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Plastic and trash used to pile five feet high in some spots on Versova Beach in Mumbai , India, but in 2015, local lawyer Afroz Shah launched what the United Nations described as the “world’s largest beach cleanup project” — and people recently spotted Olive Ridley turtle hatchlings there. The Independent and The Guardian said it’s the first time turtle hatchlings have been glimpsed on the beach in years. Week 127 . Fantastic news for Mumbai . We got back Olive Ridley Sea Turtle after 20 years. Historic moment Nested and Hatched at our beach. We facilitate their journey to ocean. Constant cleaning helps marine species. Marine conservation centre needed at @versovabeach pic.twitter.com/j79xCKamNh — Afroz Shah (@AfrozShah1) March 22, 2018 Around 80 to 90 turtle hatchlings recently crawled towards the sea at Versova, guarded by volunteers who The Guardian said slept in the sand to protect the baby turtles from birds of prey or dogs. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature classifies Olive Ridley turtles as vulnerable , and they may not have been born at this Mumbai beach for almost two decades. Related: Tiny treadmills for turtle hatchlings help scientists evaluate their stamina Scientist Sumedha Korgaonkar, who’s finishing a PhD on Olive Ridley turtles, told The Guardian it is possible small amounts of the animals nested on the beach in the past; she can’t be sure because “regular patrolling for turtle nests is not done in Mumbai.” However, she added, “Beach cleanups definitely have a positive effect on nesting turtles.” Yes yes .. We did it .. Thank you Afroz . Here is the journey . lovely Mumbaikars . we did . Urban cities getting our olive Ridley turtle back . pic.twitter.com/vg4ZJe5cTk — Clean Up Versova (@versovabeach) March 22, 2018 Shah has been leading volunteers to clean up the 5,000 tons of trash at Versova for more than two years. Around 55,000 people reside near the beach, and Shah started by offering to clean up communal toilets and picking up waste on his own. He told The Guardian, “For the first six to eight weeks, nobody joined. Then two men approached me and said, very politely, ‘Please sir, can we wear your gloves?’ Both of them just came and joined me. That’s when I knew it was going to be a success.” Shah’s effort flourished into a national movement; everyone from slum dwellers to politicians to school children to celebrities has joined in. UN Environment head Erik Solheim said in a 2017 press release , “What Afroz Shah has achieved on Versova beach is nothing short of remarkable. These 100 weeks of hard work and determination by Afroz and countless volunteers goes way beyond dealing with a local crisis. This has inspired what is becoming a nationwide and global movement to turn the tide on plastic and waste.” Via The Independent , The Guardian , and UN Environment Image via Wikimedia Commons

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Interface is Creating Recycled Carpet Using Discarded Fishing Nets

February 6, 2013 by  
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Fishing net photo from Shutterstock The UN reports that about 10 percent of all marine trash is made up of discarded fishing gear, and while some programs have sought to clean up the waste, flooring manufacturer Interface had an even better idea: making carpet using recycled fishing nets. Carpet manufacturers use a lot of nylon to produce their goods, and what better place to get that nylon than from discarded fishing nets, which are made from the same material? It’s all part of Interface’s Mission Zero, a goal to be environmentally neutral by 2020. Read the rest of Interface is Creating Recycled Carpet Using Discarded Fishing Nets Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: beach clean-up , fishing waste , Interface Global Flooring , Interface Mission Zero , Interface recycled carpet , Interface recycled fishing nets , marine trash , protecting coral reefs , Recycled Nylon Carpet , Recycling fishing nets , recycling nylon , Zoological Society London

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Gubbins Arquitectos’s Casa Mava House is Built into a Hillside Overlooking the Ocean in Chile

February 6, 2013 by  
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a bicycle built for two.

February 9, 2010 by  
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If you have a big date coming up, or are just looking to spend some time with a new crush, consider putting an eco-spin on things.  Instead of a movie, consider going on a bike ride (climate permitting).  Rather than a pricey dinner, consider doing some urban gardening, participating in a beach clean-up or going tree planting together.  Adding service to your relationship might help to deepen your bond and make your time together a little more meaningful.  Besides, who isn’t in the market for new and creative date ideas?  They say that “the couple that plays together stays together”,  but we say “the couple that serves is ahead of the curve”.  Ok.  We don’t say that, but you get the idea.  Thanks to Philip Holdsworth for suggesting this tip!

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