Peru is releasing half a million baby turtles to save species from extinction

November 3, 2016 by  
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When it comes to things in this world that make us smile, baby turtles rank quite high on the list, so the news that Peru is releasing 500,000 yellow-spotted Amazon River turtle tots into the wild is really something to celebrate. The National Service of Protected Natural Areas by the State (SERNANP), a government-run conservation group, has been setting the babies free in batches, with the first waddling into the wild in October and more to be freed in mid-November. The Amazon River turtle is a threatened species, and wildlife conservationists hope this massive baby turtle reintroduction project will give the turtles a stronger chance at survival in the long run. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gM-SgOjtzks When full-grown, the yellow-spotted Amazon River turtle (P. unifilis) is one of the largest turtles in South America, and locals call them Taricaya turtles. They can measure up to 18 inches long and weigh as much as 17 lbs and, in ideal conditions, live up to 70 years. Protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) appendix as well as the US Endangered Species Act, populations of the yellow-spotted Amazon River turtle have been in decline for years. Conservationists hope this massive release will change all that. Related: 3,800 critically endangered turtles found stacked in a shipping crate headed for China The baby turtles were conceived in the wild and, in order to give them a better chance at survival, volunteers and employees from SERNANP collected the eggs in August. They were then incubated in man-made habitats for 70 days, the same amount of time they would remain in their underground nests in the wild. Turtle eggs are a target for hungry predators desperate for an easy meal, so nests are often raided leaving few, if any, eggs to reach maturity. So far, around 17,000 turtles have been released. Two more phases will bring the grand total to around 500,000 baby turtles, who will live out the rest of their natural lives in the wild and hopefully reproduce successfully, securing a stronger future for the at-risk species. Via Treehugger Images via Harvey Barrison/Flickr and Wikipedia

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High-tech Louis Vuitton building lights up like a giant lantern at night

November 3, 2016 by  
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Although the façade of the maison’s flagship store in Ginza appears as a deep multi-layered structure, in reality it is made of two layers of 5mm-thick modular aluminum panels. Characteristic star- and funnel-shaped elements are produced in five different sizes and clad the entire building. The LED lamps hidden behind the star panels are integrated in the funnel plates and further accentuate the three-dimensional impact of the building’s skin. The innovative bumpy LV façade is a great low-tech device that is also capable of capturing and reflecting the ever-changing ambient light. Thanks to the relief shape and the pearl paint finish, the iconic new Ginza store is equally appealing during the day. This breakthrough design developed by Jun Aoki for his regular client is the result of restrictions the architect had to follow during the renovation of an earlier project. During reconstruction, the steel structure that supported the previous building envelope had to be maintained such that the new skin could be no thinner than 24 cm and its weight had to stay below 40 kg/2. Related: Jun Aoki Hides Omiyamae Gymnasium Underground to Create a Green Oasis for Suginami, Tokyo This beautiful building illustrates why this is the eighth project Aoki has completed for the Louis Vuitton company, including one in Hong-Kong and New York City . Each provides a new and fresh interpretation of the classic chessboard pattern applied to the scale of architecture. + Jun Aoki Images via Maria Novozhilova for Inhabitat

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The deep-sea lake that kills whoever wanders in

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Scientists have discovered an otherworldly brine lake around 3,300 feet under the surface of the ocean in the Gulf of Mexico . Called the “Jacuzzi of Despair,” the deep-sea pool is comprised of a toxic brew of salt, hydrogen sulfide, and methane gas, and any creature that inadvertently wanders in tends to die. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGLtMWx28hs The Jacuzzi of Despair stands apart from the surrounding sea inside a wall of salt deposits, bacteria, and giant mussels that feed on hydrogen sulfide and methane gas. Just inside the pool’s rim, the scientists saw creatures like isopods the size of laptops and deep-sea crabs that had crawled in and are now preserved in the toxins. Scientists visited the pool in Alvin, a research submersible, from the exploration ship E/V Nautilus ; their journey from the surface to the Jacuzzi of Despair took nearly an hour. Related: Hypnotic new jellyfish species discovered 2.3 miles under the sea Biologist Erik Cordes of Temple University was in that research vessel, and is the lead author of an article on the deep-sea pool in the journal Oceanography . Cordes told Seeker the brine pool was “one of the most amazing things in the deep sea.” The Jacuzzi of Despair is aptly named because it is a toasty 65 degrees Fahrenheit, much warmer than the sea surrounding it, which is 39 degrees Fahrenheit. Scientists say the warmth may have attracted the creatures found dead just inside the pool’s rim. These deep-sea pools are rare; this is not the first to be found but the other one discovered in the Mediterranean doesn’t possess such a thriving ecosystem as the Jacuzzi of Despair, with mussels and bacteria on its rim. Further deep sea research could help scientists think more deeply about life on planets across the solar system and maybe even the universe. Cordes told Seeker, “There’s a lot of people looking at these extreme habitats on Earth as models for what we might discover when we go to other planets . The technology development in the deep sea is definitely going to be applied to the worlds beyond our own.” Via Seeker Images via screenshot

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Canada refuses to protect 76 endangered species

January 9, 2015 by  
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Canada has chosen to reject  an agreement to protect 76 endangered plant and animal species from international trade. Documents recently released from the 2013 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species ( CITES ) show that Canada is the first nation to opt out of the proposed protections. Read the rest of Canada refuses to protect 76 endangered species Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Animals , canada , CITES , Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species , endangered , endangered species , international trade , international treaty , laws , legislation , plants , protection

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Energy efficient Cut Paw Paw house is “ridiculously inside-out” in Australia

January 9, 2015 by  
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Low-cost bamboo restroom in Vietnam is completely covered in leafy foliage

January 9, 2015 by  
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Texas Cheerleader Claims Hunting the “Big 5? in Africa is Conservation

July 2, 2014 by  
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19-year-old Kendall Jones, a cheerleader from Texas, has been hunting big game in Africa with her father for 10 years. Following in the footsteps of the reviled Melissa Bachman, she claims that her efforts to bag the Big 5 — elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, and Cape buffalo — are in fact “conservation.” With two online petitions currently being waged to either stop her activities or prevent her from promoting them through social media, it is apparent that many others see the situation differently. Read the rest of Texas Cheerleader Claims Hunting the “Big 5″ in Africa is Conservation Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Africa , Big Game Hunting , CITES , elephants , endangered animals , hippos , hunting , Kendall Jones , leopards , lions , namibia , petitions , rhinos , Zimbabwe

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Powerful Images from the Frontline of West Africa’s Devastating Ivory Trade

June 17, 2014 by  
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Trade in Polar Bear Parts to Continue Unabated Following Failed US CITES Bid

March 8, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock The United States proposal to ban the sale of polar bear parts was struck down yesterday after a bitter fight at the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species conference in Thailand. The US representative argued that until we are able to get a handle on climate change, which threatens the 20,000 or so polar bears that still exist in the wild, hunting adds an “intolerable pressure” to the populations. But Canada, the sole exporter of polar bear skins, teeth and other parts, claims that there is insufficient scientific evidence that the animal is on the verge of extinction. Read the rest of Trade in Polar Bear Parts to Continue Unabated Following Failed US CITES Bid Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: canada , CITES , Climate Change , cop16 , endangered species , global warming , IFAW , Inuit , News , nrdc , polar bear , Thailand , US , Wildlife , wildlife trade , wwf

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Researchers Call for Legalizing Rhino Horn Trade to End Poaching

March 1, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Some researchers believe that creating a legal rhino horn trade is the only way to curb runaway poaching of the endangered mammal. At present, roughly two rhinos are killed for their horns every day in South Africa, the BBC reports . The horns are sold mostly in China, where some people believe that it is an aphrodisiac. Dr Duan Biggs and others with the University of Queensland wrote in the journal Science that the ban on trading rhino horns has actually increased trade by driving up the price to $65,000 per kilogram, and that a legal trade would curb pressure on decreasing rhino populations. Read the rest of Researchers Call for Legalizing Rhino Horn Trade to End Poaching Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: china , chinese medicine , CITES , drones , Environment , illegal wildlife trade , legal rhino trade , Nature , News , poaching , rhino , rhino horn , science , Wildlife conservation

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