Rare white giraffes spotted by Kenyan conservation group

September 12, 2017 by  
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Remarkable white giraffes have been sighted in northeastern Kenya . These creamy giraffes barely even look real, but the Hirola Conservation Program (HCP) captured two, a mother and baby, in a video. The animals have a genetic condition called leucism, which is not the same as albinism. The white giraffes were spotted in an area where HCP, a Kenya-based non-governmental organization and partner Rainforest Trust , are protecting habitat for the hirola antelope. Rangers reported the white giraffes after hearing about them from villagers who live nearby, according to HCP, which rushed to the scene to see for themselves. Related: Video footage of rare all-white moose in Sweden They caught sight of the mother and juvenile, noting the adult female pacing back and forth a few yards away from them while signaling the baby to hide in the bushes. HCP noted this behavior is characteristic of many wildlife mothers working to protect their children. Rainforest Trust said leucism turns animals’ appearance white . According to TreeHugger, skin cells in animals with leucism don’t produce pigmentation, but soft tissues do, like in the eyes of these giraffes, which are dark. White giraffes aren’t common in the area, and HCP said most elders say they’ve never seen the creatures. HCP quoted a ranger, Bashir, who said, “This is new to us. I remember when I was a kid, we never saw them. It must be very recent and we are not sure what is causing it.” White giraffes have been previously sighted in Kenya and in Tanzania . HCP said the first report of a white giraffe in the wild occurred just last year, in January 2016, in a Tanzania national park . Via Hirola Conservation Program and TreeHugger Images via screenshot

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How hurricane Irma changed the colors of these Caribbean islands

September 12, 2017 by  
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Hurricane Irma recently hit islands in the Caribbean with the force of a Category 5 storm. And now, NASA satellite images reveal how the devastating storm turned formerly green islands into a dull brown. NASA captured Hurricane Irma’s destruction from space via satellite imagery . They compared images from late August, before the storm, with images snapped in the last couple of days in September. The pictures show how islands once bursting with greenery are now brown. There are a few reasons this might have happened, according to NASA. Hurricane winds could have ripped away vegetation, allowing satellites to capture more bare ground. Or, salt spray from the storm could have dried out leaves while they were still on trees, giving them a brown appearance. Related: NASA researcher says Harvey flooding pushed Houston down two centimeters Over 30 people died in the Caribbean due to Irma, according to Weather.com . ABC News reported 11 people perished from the storm in the United States. Virgin Gorda, pictured above, is one of the islands that now looks mostly brown, although NASA Earth Observatory said the south and west of the island is slightly greener, perhaps because hills in the center shielded those areas from Irma’s winds. In the images of Virgin Gorda, the ocean after Irma looks bright blue in comparison with the ocean color before the storm; NASA said that could be because “rougher surfaces scatter more light, and appear brighter and lighter.” The island of Barbuda, shown above, endured an especially devastating hit from Hurricane Irma; 95 percent of the its structures have been damaged, according to Time . Antigua and Barbuda prime minister Gaston Browne said the destruction was heart-wrenching. Antigua fared a little better – the vegetation on that island seems to be relatively intact in satellite images. NASA Earth Observatory said Irma’s center passed to the north, and Antigua didn’t face as much damage. Via NASA Earth Observatory and The Verge Images via Joshua Stevens/NASA Earth Observatory

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Sea Creatures and Dinosaurs Inspire a Virtually Indestructible Home in Berkeley, California

June 17, 2013 by  
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People who live in Berkeley, California are certainly used to seeing some strange things on the streets of their city. But those who live in the neighborhood near 2747 Matthews Street may point out a structure that’s a little odd to even the most weathered of residents. Nicknamed “The Fish House” by locals, the Tsui House built by architect Eugene Tsui is touted by its creator as the one of the world’s safest dwellings . The design is based upon a small and segmented water creature known as a tardigrade , and also features a few architectural elements inspired by dinosaur physiology. Read the rest of Sea Creatures and Dinosaurs Inspire a Virtually Indestructible Home in Berkeley, California Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: berkeley , biomimicry , California , cholla cactus , dimetrodon , Disaster-proof design , Eugene Tsui , Rastra block , stegosaurus , stryofoam , tardigrade , the fish house , tsui house , water bear        

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AeroVelo’s Human-Powered Helicopter May Be On Track to Win the $250,000 Sikorsky Prize

June 17, 2013 by  
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The Atlas helicopter, designed and built by Canadian team AeroVelo , might be the first human-powered helicopter to reach a height of three meters for at least 60 seconds—two key parameters for the $250,000 Sikorsky Prize . The competition to build a human-powered helicopter was established in 1980, and it has not yet been won. Aerovelo’s helicopter hit precisely 3.3 meters and maintained flight for 65 seconds last Thursday, a result which could bring it the much coveted prize. The team submitted all the flight data and is awaiting the committee’s official review and validation. Read the rest of AeroVelo’s Human-Powered Helicopter May Be On Track to Win the $250,000 Sikorsky Prize Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AeroVelo helicopter , aircraft green design , American Helicopter Society , Atlas human-powered helicopter , Gamera , gamera helicopter , green transportation , helicopter design , helicopters , human-powered vehicle , Sikorsky , Sikorsky Prize , sustainable aircraft        

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Renzo Piano’s Tiny Diogene Hut is an Off-Grid Shelter for One Person

June 17, 2013 by  
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French EV Car-Sharing Service Autolib to Set Up Shop in Indianapolis

June 17, 2013 by  
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When it comes to hubs of alternative transportation and the sharing economy , one usually thinks of progressive hotspots like San Francisco or Portland. Thanks to French car-sharing service Autolib , however, the Midwest is about to stake its claim to a piece of collaborative consumption history. With diligence from famously green Mayor Greg Ballard, Indianapolis will be the first to see if Paris’ successful electric vehicle sharing program can find a foothold here in America. Read the rest of French EV Car-Sharing Service Autolib to Set Up Shop in Indianapolis Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative transportation , Car Sharing , collaborative consumption , electric cars , electric vehicles , EV car sharing , france , indianapolis , sharing economy        

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October 11, 2010 by  
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Being a steward of the Earth means being good to the Planet and all of the creatures on it too.  If you see a feral cat on your daily trek to the bus stop or hanging out around your campus or office complex, get involved.  Feral cats are free-roamers who may be a generation or two removed from domestication.  Many feral cats are abandoned pets or  the product of a domestic cat’s unwanted litter.  While these cats may be unable to adjust to house life, they can still live happily and can actually help the ecosystem by keeping the rodent population at bay.  The Human Society of the United States  runs a Trap-Neuter-Return program to help feral cats and the communities that they call home.   This program collects feral cats, vaccinates them against diseases such as rabies and treats them for any existing conditions, neuters the animal then returns it to the location where it was originally found (if it’s safe and appropriate) to go about its business.  Feral cats are typically territorial, so it will even keep other wild cats away — a win, win, win! Photograph by Jennifer Barnard.

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Girls, Gators, Giant Fish and Environmental Awareness: 25 Photo Galleries from 2009

December 31, 2009 by  
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Credit: A Nile perch caught in Uganda. By smudger888 , via Flickr

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