Elephants should be recognized as legal persons, argues Connecticut lawsuit

November 16, 2017 by  
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Should elephants be viewed as legal persons in the eyes of the court? A new lawsuit filed by the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) argues yes. The group says three elephants, owned by a traveling Connecticut zoo, should have “the fundamental right to bodily liberty” and be placed in an animal sanctuary instead. Beulah, Karen, and Minnie are three elephants owned by the Commerford Zoo in Goshen, Connecticut. The animals give rides and appear in circuses, fairs, weddings, and movies. They’re between 33 and 50 years old, and the zoo has owned them for at least 30 years. But according to the NhRP, the United States Department of Agriculture has cited the zoo more than 50 times for not adhering to the minimum standards of the Animal Welfare Act. People have described the elephants as sick or sad, with one Yelp review describing facilities as a “stockyard of despair.” Related: New Zealand river world’s first to obtain legal status as a person NhRP filed the lawsuit with the Connecticut Superior Court, requesting the elephants be released to the Performing Animal Welfare Society’s ARK 2000 sanctuary, where NhRP says “their right to bodily liberty will be respected.” NhRP founder and attorney Steven Wise said the case isn’t about animal welfare, but animal rights , saying in a statement, “What they are doing is depriving Beulah, Karen, and Minnie of their freedom, which we see as an inherently cruel violation of their most fundamental right as elephants. If Connecticut common law courts truly value autonomy, as previous rulings suggest they do, they too will see their situation in this light and order the elephants’ release from captivity.” Commerford Zoo owner Tim Commerford told The Washington Post, “It’s not right to rip them from my family, from their home.” According to The Washington Post, legal personhood has been applied to corporations in the United States, a New Zealand river , and chimpanzees and a bear in Argentina and Colombia. But Pepperdine law school professor Richard Cupp told The Washington Post it’s better to help captive animals with expanded animal welfare laws. Giving legal personhood to animals could loosen the definition, he argued, which could harm vulnerable humans. He said, “It would not surprise me if these animals could be put in a better situation. But we should focus on human responsibility…Our expansion of animal protection laws has been dramatic over the last 20 or 30 years. I’m arguing that should continue.” Via the Nonhuman Rights Project ( 1 , 2 ) and The Washington Post Images via Joel Mbugua on Unsplash and Anne Zwagers on Unsplash

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How it works: Biodegradable battery

August 10, 2011 by  
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Rina Nag: Biodegradable battery Eco friendly batteries Most of you want to have a long battery life so that you can use it to the fullest and need not to dispose it very quickly. Batteries which offer longer life are less harmful for the environment and in order to follow “Go Green” concept these batteries are perfect for usage. In the local stores you can always find two types of batteries; Rechargeable and Normal. Normal batteries you can use for a shorter time and need to dispose early. Now instead of buying these normal batteries, you can select rechargeable batteries which offer more service then the normal one. Both rechargeable battery and charger are available in the electronic retail shops. You can use rechargeable batteries more than 100 times unlike normal batteries as you can charge it again and again once it indicates low charge. Now, in order to support global warming concern you can always think about eco friendly products and when discussing about batteries; explore sugar powdered batteries which are lightweight biodegradable batteries. Sugar batteries are introduced as eco friendly product and it offers longer shelf life than the lithium batteries. Now if you want to know little more about these biodegradable batteries, explore this article to have a basic concept on this product. What it is: When coming for the definition of biodegradable batteries, it can be defined as lightweight batteries that include biodegradable components like glucose and anything sugary. It offers paper thin appearance with excellent long shelf life. Such a product has been invented by the researchers of Mintree to offer great support to the environment as well as its customers who can experience a longer usage. Materials used: The researchers have developed this battery that includes tree sap, flat soda pop and anything that is sugar. Scientist introduced and developed batteries from living things that uses sugar as a fuel and some specific enzymes from nature. Any sweetened drink can be the best option for sugar powered batteries. Fizzy sodas are not that good option for these biodegradable batteries as the carbonation often weakens the power cell. Apart from fizzy drinks any other source that uses sugar as a fuel can considered as the best option for sugar powered batteries. How does it work: These biodegradable batteries have been introduced for supporting environment and they are powered with the support of a sugary fuel. Enzymes from nature, flat soda pop and tree saps are used to produce these power cells. Mintree and her team mates included enzymes from nature that are capable of exploring charges from sugar which in turn generate electricity in these power cells. This natural enzyme is placed into membranes that is produced from crustacean extracted commercial compound. Now the integration of this membrane is done into the fuel cells to produce biodegradable batteries. Like any other fuel cell, these batteries combine sugar as a fuel. This sugary fuel combines with water which acts as by product and air that supports generating electricity. The sap from a tree, soda pops and any sweetened drink mixes are perfect to run these biodegradable batteries. With lots of researches it is found that the best result is obtained by combining table sugar with water. The best part is when into usage these sugar powered biodegradable batteries offer 3-4 times longer service when compared with lithium ion batteries.

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Architects plan shipping container infrastructure for California

August 10, 2011 by  
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Ritu Mathur: (RE)configured Assemblage Designed by We-Designs.org Shipping containers are generally used in shipments or at best the old shipping container are used for storage in huge godowns but now a New York based practice We-Designs.org , along with XP& Architecture , is planning a huge building parallel with the long beach of California which will link the City of Long Beach, Long Beach Blvd and Broadway Area. The project is named as ‘(RE)configured-Assemblage’. Picture Gallery (RE)configured Assemblage (RE)Configured-Assemblag Designed by We-Designs.Org The idea is to create a huge space for people to nurture communal relationships and interaction at a big scale in the boulevard. The shipping containers will be interlocked in such a way that this pattern will generate open courtyards to enjoy sunny days and soft breezes coming from the beach. The four stories of the urban landscape will have provisions of art galleries, shops, cafes and even an educational center to create a compact place for visitors to enjoy their leisure in a holistic manner. While the building has been designed to be solely made for the purpose of entertainment and fun, the developers have not forgotten to create this entertaining space in a responsible way. Various eco friendly systems have been integrated in the design of the building. The outer skin of the structure is made entirely from unfolded containers which are suitable for South California climate as this layer helps in protecting the interior container from excessive sunlight. The inner skin of the containers help in saving on HVAC consumption and helps in natural ventilation through out the building. Besides, the green roof of the containers and the recycled gray water help in nurturing and watering plants. Moreover, re-adapted containers have also been used as furniture/planters, which will be installed at the edges of the building on the ground floor. Via: Designboom

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Jay Walljasper’s Field Guide to the Commons (Podcast)

January 7, 2011 by  
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You know the word, but do you really know what the commons is? Hint: you’re a stakeholder.

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Creative Energy Conservation with Switches Too Gross to Turn On (Video)

July 16, 2010 by  
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Image via Make A clever designer has come up with great ways to get us to conserve energy. They built switches that keep us from wanting to, or being able to turn the electricity on in the first place.

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