Caribbean Coral Reef Could Soon Be Extinct

September 11, 2012 by  
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The International Union for Conservation of Nature has released a report saying that the Caribbean’s iconic reefs are in sharp decline, with live coral coverage down to an average of just eight percent. Shockingly, due to overfishing, pollution, disease and bleaching caused by rising global temperatures, that is down 50% from what it was in the 1970s. Read the rest of Caribbean Coral Reef Could Soon Be Extinct Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: caribbean , caribbean coral reef , Climate Change , coral reef , global temperatures , International Union for Conservation of Nature

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The Caribbean’s Coral Reefs Could Soon Be Extinct

September 11, 2012 by  
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The International Union for Conservation of Nature has released a report saying that the Caribbean’s iconic reefs are in sharp decline, with live coral coverage down to an average of just eight percent. Shockingly, due to overfishing, pollution, disease and bleaching caused by rising global temperatures, that is down 50% from what it was in the 1970s. The non-governmental organization unveiled the information at an international environmental conference in Korea where they said that time was “running out” for the region, and that stringent safeguards were needed. The report also stated that the coral destruction was worse in certain areas than others. However some parts of the reef including the Dutch islands of the southern Caribbean and the British territory of the Cayman Islands still have up to 30% cover in places. The rapid decline in coral growth was described as “critical” as with so little growth of live coral, the reefs are in danger of utter devastation. Carl Gustaf Lundin, director of the global marine and polar programme at the IUCN, said: “The major causes of coral decline are well known. Looking forward, there is an urgent need to immediately and drastically reduce all human impacts [if coral reefs] are to survive in the decades to come.” The picture for the world’s coral reefs is a bleak one with scientists from the World Resources Institute predicting that by 2050 virtually all of the world’s coral reefs would be in danger. In the Caribbean, it is estimated that 75% of the coral reefs were in danger along with 95% of those in South-East Asia. If you are planning on snorkeling in the near future and don’t wish to harm the reefs, it is important to note the following steps: (1) Remember that coral is alive; don’t step on or touch it and avoid stirring up sediment nearby; (2) don’t disturb or harass marine life; and (3) don’t remove marine life from its natural habitat or shells — and don’t buy souvenirs made from coral! + International Union for Conservation of Nature Via Wanderlust Lead Image: Beautiful view of sea life photo via Shutterstock Other Images: Sharife and Jim Bahn

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Swifty Scooters: Beautiful Hand-Made Adult Kick Scooters Designed for Urban Mobility

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A husband and wife team from the UK are the brains behind Swifty Scooters – a range of adult kick scooters that, through innovative design, “demonstrates a 21st century relevance to urban mobility, answering the need to save time and have fun.” Jason and Camilla Iftakhar , who are both graduates of the Royal College of Art , work together to design and hand-craft the scooters, whose parts are even locally sourced. The scooters are also designed to be ultra-slim and, when required, fold up so they can be carried onto public transport or stored away. Read the rest of Swifty Scooters: Beautiful Hand-Made Adult Kick Scooters Designed for Urban Mobility Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adult kick scooters , Camilla Iftakhar , commuting , jason Iftakhar , kick scooters , public transport , swifty scooters , swifty scooters website , swiftyOne , SwiftyOne Chrone , urban mobility , urban scooters

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DuffyLondon’s Awesome Swing Table Suspends Guests From Swaying Seats

September 11, 2012 by  
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DuffyLondon ’s new Swing Table turns even the most boring board meeting or an everyday meal into a fun affair – guests can swing and sway while starting their first course or discussing the latest hot topic. The modular stand-alone unit can be set up in any room without construction of any kind! Read the rest of DuffyLondon’s Awesome Swing Table Suspends Guests From Swaying Seats Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: DuffyLondon , eco design , forest stewardship council certified , green design , MOdular table , sustainable design , Swing Table

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Cannondale’s Chainless CERV Concept Bike Transforms as You Ride It!

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Priority Designs and Cannondale have joined forces to create a cutting-edge concept bike that transforms to change shape as you ride it! Known as the Continuously Ergonomic Race Vehicle (CERV) , the forkless, chainless, and dynamically adjustable bicycle made its world debut at EUROBIKE last month where it was hailed for its innovative transformer-like design. Read the rest of Cannondale’s Chainless CERV Concept Bike Transforms as You Ride It! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle , bike frame , cannondale , CERV , Continuously Ergonomic Race Vehicle , cutting edge technology , cycling , cyclists , eurobike , priority designs , transformer

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Honest Buildings’ Social Media Site for Property Gets a Huge Cash Injection

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Honest Buildings, the new real estate site that is looking to be the new social media hub for buildings, has just received a sizable cash injection topping $1 million. The site features over 600,000 projects in New York City, Washington DC, San Francisco, Seattle, Austin, Dallas, Houston, and Portland (OR), as well as many more across the US. What this means is that you can not only get all kinds of information on how a buildings in your area perform, but you can also connect with folks who can fix ‘em, and share insights and experiences of your own. Now with well over a $1 million to work with, the site is sure to grow ever more robust. If you haven’t taken a look yet,  head on over  now! + Honest Buildings Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: building socail media , Green Building , green building network , HB , honest building , honest buildings , how to find a building

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Gaza’s First Electric Vehicle Built from Recycled Materials For $1,000

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A 32-year-old taxi driver has created Gaza ‘s first electric vehicle in the face of a major fuel crisis. Munther al-Qassas decided that investing in an electric taxi would be cheaper and less time consuming than spending hours waiting in line for petrol. Despite holding a degree in political science, Qassas was able to build the car from recycled materials in a workshop on the roof of his home over several months. As a collector of old electronic gadgets, Qassas was familiar with the technology needed to make an EV. He opted to make the car’s frame entirely out of wood, and he salvaged tires from an old wheelbarrow. Due to the limited resources available, Qassas’ electric taxi is only capable of 12 mph at full speed, but it is more than enough to get around the city. Speaking to AFP , the innovative taxi driver said: “I thought about making a car which would suit our circumstances in Gaza, especially with the fuel crisis that forces people to stand in line for hours outside petrol stations or pay a huge amount of money. “I would like to make Gaza self-sufficient with this electric car, or even build a solar car. I’m sure if I was in a different country, I would have received more attention and I would have won some awards for what I do,” he added modestly but highly the fact that there is a serious lack of opportunity for scientific creativity in the Gaza Strip. “We need guidance and encouragement here,” Qassas said. “No one here cares about encouraging young people to study science, or to be innovative and develop their abilities.” The government, he said, should “sponsor young people and encourage scientific creativity”. There are certain drawbacks to the vehicle. For one, it can only carry two people, has limited speed capabilities (as previously mentioned) and has to be charged for five hours with an electric cable after which it can run only for four hours. Still, on the plus side, the car was built entirely from recycled materials! Via AFP and Phys.org

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