50% of Earth’s species face extinction by 2100

February 27, 2017 by  
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Biologists, economists, and ecologists have gathered at the Vatican to discuss what actions humanity can take to preserve Earth’s biosphere . Attending the Biological Extinction conference, these researchers say one in five species are currently threatened with extinction , but that statistic could skyrocket to 50 percent of all species on Earth by 2100 if we do nothing to stem the preventable carnage. The conference organizers said endangered species like the rhinoceros or tiger may make headlines now and again, but we’re largely overlooking the peril other living things face. In case we think otherwise, Earth’s animals and plants are vital for the planet and for us: they provide food and medicine, absorb carbon emissions , purify the air and water, and regenerate soil, to name a few functions. The organizers said, “The living fabric of the world is slipping through our fingers without our showing much sign of caring.” Related: First mammal species succumbs to climate change Paul Ehrlich, a biologist from Stanford University , blamed the destruction of the environment on the lifestyles of rich Western countries. He said, “Rich Western countries are now siphoning up the planet’s resources and destroying its ecosystems at an unprecedented rate. We want to build highways across the Serengeti to get more rare earth minerals for our cellphones. We grab all the fish from the sea, wreck the coral reefs , and put carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. We have triggered a major extinction event. The question is: how do we stop it?” Researchers will be at the Vatican today talking about economic and social changes we could take to try and save the planet’s species. The Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences are sponsoring the workshop, which continues until March 1 to explore several ecological issues. Ehrlich said, “If you look at the figures, it is clear that to support today’s world population sustainably – and I emphasize the word sustainably – you would require another half a planet to provide us with those resources. However, if everyone consumed resources at the U.S. level – which is what the world aspires to – you will need another four or five Earths.” Via The Guardian Images via Pixabay and Pexels

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Oregon Ducks hit a home run with ber-green Jane Sanders Stadium

February 27, 2017 by  
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The Oregon Ducks hit a home run recently with the addition of the Jane Sanders Stadium, a svelte new home for the university’s softball team that’s designed to achieve LEED Gold certification. As a beautiful example of sustainable stadium design, the sports venue features materials with high recycled content, prefabricated construction, and an energy reduction of 35 percent over the Oregon Energy Code. SRG Partnership designed the sustainably minded stadium that perfectly captures the Oregon Ducks spirit. Completed last year, the nearly 200,000-square-foot Jane Sanders Stadium was created as a gift from Robert Sanders and named in honor of his late wife. While sustainability and functionality were priorities in the design, so was brand integration. The University of Oregon’s identifying colors of green and yellow define the 1,500 fixed-seat stadium’s color palette. A canopy clad in home plate-shaped plywood pieces that sits above the prefabricated seating bowl and concourse serves as the iconic focal point, while its wing-like shape alludes to ducks in flight. Related: Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium to be NFL’s first-ever LEED Platinum venue The new stadium is integrated with the campus through enhanced pedestrian connections. The former ballpark’s history is also honored through the restoration of the historic Howe Gates that mark the entrance to the new public plaza from University Street. SRG Partnership designed the stadium to achieve LEED Gold certification and meet the university’s Oregon Model for Sustainable Development. In addition to a significant energy reduction over the Oregon Energy Code, the building also reduces water usage by 37 percent thanks to low-flow fixtures and smart irrigation practices. + SRG Partnership Via ArchDaily Images © Lawrence Anderson

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India could have its own Hyperloop system within 38 months

February 27, 2017 by  
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Past and present modes of transportation simply do not compare to the impressive abilities of  Hyperloop  technology. This efficient, low-cost vision of the future could be making its way to India in the next few years, according to Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) co-founder Bibop Gresta. He argues a system of high speed tubes that transport people and cargo could help ease the challenges associated with extreme population density and a dearth of infrastructure. Hyperloop technology involves a series of tubes with an interior vacuum-like environment, through which pods can zip from point A to point B at nearly the speed of sound. Forbes India interviewed HTT co-founder Gresta about his vision for the country – one he thinks could become reality in as little as three years. Related: BIG releases video sneak peek of Hyperloop designed to connect Abu Dhabi & Dubai “The Hyperloop is based on efficiency,” Gresta said. “The cost of creating it can sometimes be one-fourth the cost of a high speed rail, and the cost of operations can be one-fifth.” He also argues that construction and operation costs, as well as projected passenger rates of $20-$60, are based on American pricing and that these costs in India would be smaller. He has already met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the chief ministers of several states which his Hyperloop proposal would affect, and said the response was a positive one. Gresta said the country could have a functional Hyperloop system in place within just 38 months, once the project is approved. “We are ready with the technology and we can bring the money,” he explained. “We just need land and a commitment from the government of India.” A similar Hyperloop project is already underway in the capital of the UAE, where feasibility studies are being done to run the system between Abu Dhabi and the city of Al Ain. + Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Via Forbes India Images via Wikimedia , Getty Images

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Wearable biospheres could allow people to live on other planets

December 27, 2014 by  
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If humans are ever going to survive on different planets in our solar system, we are going to need a steady supply of oxygen, food and water. People have had any number of ideas to solve the problem, but this idea might be the most surreal yet. These bacteria-filled biospheres could produce all the light, water and food humans need in a portable, wearable suit. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biosphere , biosphere vest , life on mars , life on other planets , living on other planets , wearable bio technology , wearable biosphere , wearable food production , wearable oxygen , wearable technology , wearable water production

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What is your favorite Inhabitots story of 2014?

December 27, 2014 by  
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As 2014 draws to a close, we are looking back at the Inhabitot stories that inspired, amused and touched us. From natural fairy tale-like tunnels to a realistic Barbie doll  and enchanting images of life on a farm, 2014 has been full of stories that astounded readers and made us all take another look at the world around us. Read through our story round-up and tell us which one is your favorite. READ MORE >   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 13 year old builds a tiny home , 2014 best stories , 2014 Inhabitots , 9 year old photographer , falling fruit , harvesting fallen fruit , most popular Inhabitots story , natural bridges , natural tunnels , pictures of farm life , real barbie , real teen barbie , tiny homes

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Saudi Biome Concept Could Be World’s Largest Biosphere

October 4, 2010 by  
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Conceived by designer Phil Pauley , the Saudi Biome is a project that endeavors to “bring the rainforest to the desert” of Saudi Arabia. The massive domed city will contain a hotel, residential units and retail space and will employ water management and heat regulation systems.

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Alligator-Inspired Mixed-Use Development for Amsterdam

October 4, 2010 by  
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Read the rest of Alligator-Inspired Mixed-Use Development for Amsterdam http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , Amsterdam , Daylighting , eco design , green architecture , green design , maxwan , mixed-use development , rainwater infiltration , residential development , sustainable design

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Colorful Bowls Made From Recycled Macadamia Nutshells

October 4, 2010 by  
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These colorful Husque bowls are crafted using the recycled hulls of Macadamia nuts by Queensland-based designer Marc Harrison.

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Remnants of the Biosphere: Abandoned and Derelict

January 7, 2010 by  
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Three years ago we wrote about Biosphere 2 : “It was a glorious idea- build a giant terrarium and see if a self-sustaining microcosm of earth could keep people alive without importing food, water or even air. Constructed in the middle of nowhere in the 80’s, the $ 200 million project did not quite worked as planned- the plants did not produce enough oxygen and air was quietly pumped in; crops failed; ants over-ran the joint.” Then the University of Arizona said they would rent it out…

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120 Million Crabs Take to the Streets on Island

January 7, 2010 by  
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Crabs swarm the streets in droves on their yearly migration to the sea. Photos via Christmas Island Tourism Association / BBC Just as this time of year is heavy traffic season for humans, there’s plenty of congestion in the crab world as well. Every year around January on Christmas Island, over 100 million audacious young crabs make their way from spawning-grounds inland in a mass migration towards the sea–clogging up the island’s roads on the way

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