Brazil declares official end to Zika virus epidemic

May 12, 2017 by  
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It’s time to pack your bags! For the past 18 months, travelers have been wary of visiting Brazil due to the mosquito-borne Zika virus – and for good reason. One of the defects, microcephaly, results in babies being born with abnormally small heads. Because cases have dramatically dropped in recent months, however, officials have finally declared an end to the threat. Between January and April, 2017, the number of Zika cases dropped by 95 percent, compared to the same period a year ago. Additionally, zero people have died this year, compared to eight people between January and April, 2016. This development is what prompted officials to declare an end to the public health emergency. The Guardian reports that during the 2016 Olympics , the threat of the Zika virus was at its peak. Athletes and spectators were concerned they would contract the virus, and one female athlete – a Spanish windsurfer – says she contracted Zika while training in Brazil ahead of the Games. In response to the outbreak, Brazil launched a campaign targeted at eradicating mosquitos in the country. Those efforts have resulted in a dramatic decline of Zika cases. Though the World Health Organization (WHO) lifted its own international emergency in November 2016, Brazil has only now declared an end to the virus – which is transported by mosquitos and sexual contact. Related: Zika virus can remain in sperm for twice as long as previously thought The WHO warns that the virus is “here to stay.” Though a decline in cases is a good sign, the battle will be an ongoing one. Said Adeilson Cavalcante, secretary for health surveillance at Brazil’s health ministry, “The end of the emergency doesn’t mean the end of surveillance or assistance” to those who are affected. She added, “The health ministry and other organisations involved in this area will maintain a policy of fighting Zika, dengue and chikungunya.” Via The Guardian Images via Business Insider , Alabama Today

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Construction Specialties is Our Pick for ‘Best Green Booth Design’ at Greenbuild 2013

December 4, 2013 by  
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One of the great ironies of Greenbuild is the disconnect between the myriad of “green” products and the anything-but-green booths in which companies show their wares. In relief to the candy-colored plastic and vinyl clad arrangements,  Construction Specialties used a low-tech paper tower to show off their high-tech green chemistry. By putting the message of sustainability in materials first, CS gets our nod as the best booth at Greenbuild 2013. Read the rest of Construction Specialties is Our Pick for ‘Best Green Booth Design’ at Greenbuild 2013 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: best booth , c2c , cradle-to-cradle , cs , green booth , GreenBuild , Greenbuild 2013 , LEED 4.0        

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Foster + Partners Unveil Plans for Glamorous Mixed-Use Development on Shanghai’s Bund Waterfront

December 4, 2013 by  
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Architecture firms Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio just unveiled their plans for the Bund Finance Center, a luxury mixed-use development that will bookend Shanghai’s most famous street and waterfront destination. The eight staggered buildings will offer a luxurious international experience complete with two 590-foot tall landmark towers with a “corporate mansion” feel. Located at the gateway to Shanghai’s Old Town, the Bund Finance Center will connect international influences with China’s traditional heritage. Read the rest of Foster + Partners Unveil Plans for Glamorous Mixed-Use Development on Shanghai’s Bund Waterfront Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bund finance center , china , european neoclassical , Foster + Partners , Heatherwick Studio , mixed-use development , neoclassical architecture , shanghai , shanghai old town , Shanghai waterfront , the bund , thomas heatherwick , waterfront        

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BOOK REVIEW: William McDonough and Michael Braungart expand on Cradle to Cradle With The Upcycle

April 15, 2013 by  
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The term “upcycle” – used to describe the process of turning something old and used into a new and useful item – has rapidly grown in popularity over recent years. The term was popularized by Cradle to Cradle pioneers Michael Braungart and William McDonough , and in their new book The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability — Designing for Abundance  they take the concept beyond the simple reuse of materials and propose a world in which everything we do improves the environment. The much-anticipated follow-up to their breakthrough book Cradle to Cradle , The Upcycle will hit the shelves  on April 16th, and we got a chance to check the book out ahead of its release – read on for a first look! Read the rest of BOOK REVIEW: William McDonough and Michael Braungart expand on Cradle to Cradle With The Upcycle Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: book review , cradle-to-cradle , green design , mcdonough , upcycle , upcycling        

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All-Electric SportStar EPOS Plane Takes First Flight

April 15, 2013 by  
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As electric vehicles claim an increasing share of the road, their counterparts in the air are just starting to take off. On March 28, the SportStar EPOS two-seater electric plane made its first 30-minute flight. Czech company Evektor-Aerotechnik designed the aircraft with a single 50-kW Rotex electric motor and a trapezoidal wing span of 10.46 meters. Powered by a 40-Ah battery from Kokam, the SportsStar EPOS can reach up to 260km/h with a cruising speed of 150km/hr. Read the rest of All-Electric SportStar EPOS Plane Takes First Flight Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aero friedrichshafen , czech , electric airplane , electric vehicle , evektor-aerotechnik , germany , kokam , lithium polymer cells , rotex electric , sportstar epos , vzlu pragu        

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Edison2?s New Very Light Car 4.0 Weighs Less than 1,100 Pounds

April 15, 2013 by  
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Edison2 just unveiled the latest version of its Very Light Car (VLC) at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. An earlier version of the vehicle won the $5 million Automotive X Prize back in 2010, and the new Very Light Car 4.0 incorporates safety innovations developed for long-distance racing cars and uses batteries and motors similar to those in standard EV’s. The new vehicle weighs less than 1,100 pounds, and the makers expect that their final production version will weigh under 1,400 pounds while still meeting federal safety requirements. Read the rest of Edison2′s New Very Light Car 4.0 Weighs Less than 1,100 Pounds Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: automotive x-prize , Battery powered vehicle , Edison2 VLC , Edison2 X Prize , electric powered VLC , electric vehicles , energy efficient cars , green car design , green transportation , low-mass vehicles , plug-in car design , recyclable car parts , Very Light Vehicle        

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Historic Florida Home Becomes Makeshift Houseboat as it Awaits New Land

April 15, 2013 by  
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A historic Florida home has ended up stuck at sea after is was was evicted from its seaside plot. The owners of the hundred-year-old Stambaugh Cottage were forced to move it to make way for an encroaching golf course. Instead of demolishing the quaint cottage , the descendants of the pioneer who built it put it on a barge in the Intracoastal Waterway with plans to move it to a new spot, but the home has remained at sea as it awaits historic preservation status. Read the rest of Historic Florida Home Becomes Makeshift Houseboat as it Awaits New Land Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , FLorida home at sea , green design , palm beach country club , Palm Beach maritime museum , peanut island , Stambaugh Cottage , sustainable design        

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Inside the Cradle to Cradle Institute

January 28, 2013 by  
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Cradle to Cradle certification has moved forward in fits and starts. Is it finally ready for prime time?

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Cradle to Cradle product certification enters new era

January 28, 2013 by  
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For the first time, a third-party organization can certify companies under Cradle to Cradle product design standard.

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A Cradle-to-Cradle Feedback Loop at Aveda

December 18, 2011 by  
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Chuck Bennett, the VP for Earth and Community Care at Aveda talks about the origin of his job title, the company’s commitment to Cradle to Cradle design, their synergistic relationship with parent company Estee Lauder, and more.

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