Adventuring Naya becomes first wolf sighted in Belgium in a century

January 23, 2018 by  
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A female wolf originally from East Germany has traveled across Europe to arrive in Belgium , marking the country’s first sighting in at least 100 years. Farmers in Belgium’s Dutch-speaking Flanders region have been notified of Naya’s presence after she killed two sheep and injured one in the town of Meerhout. While it is unlikely they are thrilled by Naya’s adventurous spirit, her arrival is nonetheless an inspiring event for a continent that long ago hunted most of its wolves to near-extinction in most places. With the Belgian sighting in the books, wolves have now officially returned to every country in mainland Europe. The nearly two-year old Naya was first tagged with a tracking device by Technical University of Dresden when she was six-months-old. However, she did not depart from her pack rooted in rural Lübtheener Heide, a region between Hamburg and Berlin , until last autumn. She has since been living the dream of traveling through Europe , first traversing the Netherlands before arriving in Belgium. “She passed through four or five natural parks in the Netherlands but she left them all after one or two days showing that she was looking for something else,” Hugh Jansman, a researcher from the Wageningen University and research center, told the Guardian . Related: Wolves return to Rome’s periphery for the first time in 100 years Data gathered from her tracking device indicates that Naya has covered between 30 and 70 kilometers per night. “I followed the places where she stayed,” said Jansman . “We found leftover roe deer and hares, so she has been eating wild animals as well, as expected. And one thing we can tell is that she has totally avoided humans, and anything to do with humans.” Naya is part of a thriving movement of European wolves returning to live in their former habitats. “ Agricultural areas are being abandoned by people so they are re-wilding again, leaving lots of space for carnivores. The countryside is being abandoned by young people who are moving to the cities,” said Jansman. “This increase in wolves numbers and distribution area is going quite rapidly. So it is not a matter of if wolves are coming to the Netherlands , and probably Belgium, but how fast.” Via The Guardian Images via Depositphotos (1)

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Peru passes legislation to let roads slice through remote Amazon area

January 23, 2018 by  
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Part of Peru’s Amazon rainforest could be under threat with a recently passed law. The move would allow roads to be constructed in Purus, a region The Guardian describes as the country’s most remote and pristine. It is also home to isolated indigenous groups. The law declares constructing roads in border areas as a “national priority and interest”. The area includes four national parks , and could impact five reserves for indigenous people The Guardian described as living in voluntary isolation. Related: Scientists warn Amazon jungle faces “death spiral” Lizardo Cauper, head of Aidesep , a Peruvian indigenous rights organization, told The Guardian, “These projects don’t benefit indigenous people. This is an area with isolated people who are extremely vulnerable. Roads bring outsiders who traffic our land, log our timber, as well as drug traffickers and illegal miners .” According to The Guardian, the law contravenes multiple international commitments Peru has made, including ones on climate change and trade. The publication also reported that Environmental Investigation Agency Peru director Julia Urrunaga said the new law contradicts a court ruling declaring the protection of the forest in Peru’s national interest. The roads could could open up paths for deforestation – Urrunaga said 95 percent of this occurs less than six kilometers, or around 3.7 miles, away from a road. The law was announced in the country’s official gazette mere hours after Pope Francis’ visit ended; during his trip he said Amazon’s indigenous peoples have “never been so threatened in their territories as they are now,” per The Guardian , and called for an end to exploitation of timber, gold, and gas in the region. In a Friday talk in Puerto Maldonado, the pope spoke out against “pressure being exerted by big business interests,” destroying this natural habitat important for the entire Earth. Laura Furones of Global Witness told The Guardian, “This law makes a mockery of Peru’s climate change commitments and the recent visit by the pope.” Via The Guardian Images via Depositphotos ( 1 , 2 )

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Tech group 3D-prints a cutting-edge bike to highlight the power of collaborative innovation

September 1, 2016 by  
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A Belgian tech consortium has created a one-of-a-kind 3D-printed bicycle that solidly positions the country’s Flanders region as the leading innovator for the still-emerging technology. The group, composed of 15 companies and research institutes, is called Flam?D (Flame3D) and its masterpiece is known as the ?-bike, which nobody has any idea how to pronounce. Ironically, despite all evidence to the contrary, Flam?D insists that the ?-bike is “NOT a 3D-printed bike.” Is that a nod to the region’s rich history in surrealism, or are they just messing with us? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-_o_yAqDqk The main reason Flam?D has chosen to be so flippant about its cycle creation is quite simple. Rather than focus on the product, the consortium hopes to inspire tech industry folks to look at the process by which it was developed. As 3D printing technology advances—even in the region of Flanders where Flam?D notes that any number of companies could easily print a bicycle—what becomes most important in further innovations in the field is cooperation. By combining the efforts of 13 companies and two research institutes, Flam?D says its goal is “demonstrating real innovations in [3D printing] and an obvious eagerness to cooperate,” according to its website. “The result happens to look like a bicycle.” Related: Empire Cycles unveils world’s first ultralight 3D-printed titanium bike Essentially, the 3D-printed bike is not meant to revolutionize the field of bicycle manufacturing. Rather, Flam?D intends it to be a demonstration tool to show companies and students what 3D-printing technology (in a cooperative team environment) is capable of producing. The bike was unveiled Aug. 27 at an event at Zolder Race Circuit, and is now on tour, sharing its message of innovation and cooperation at other events and fairs. Flam?D consists of the following companies and research institutes: 3D&I, 3Dee, Formando, Hoet, KULeuven, Layered Prints, Materialise, MT3D, REIN4CED, RSPrint, Sirris, T&M Solutions, Tenco DDM, Ugent and Vamac. The consortium notes that the actual creation of the bicycle was made possible by further cooperative efforts by these firms: Ridley Bikes, r-l-f, Mobi-bikes, Bodycote IMT, koopjefiets.be and Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Via New Atlas Images via Flam?D

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Thailand’s tallest building opens with new green spaces for Bangkok

September 1, 2016 by  
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Ole Scheeren designed the tower while working at Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and completed the project with his own studio Büro Ole Scheeren. Located in the Central Business District in Bangkok , the new tower might not stay the tallest building in Thailand – the Rama IX Super Tower slated for completion in 2019 is expected to be almost twice as high as MahaNakhon. The solid facade of the tower is broken up by a pixelated effect meant to reveal parts of the inner life of the building. The carved volume forms green areas and balconies that offer great views of Bangkok. In addition to various residential and commercial spaces, the tower includes a large public space with public gardens and a transportation hub. + Büro Ole Scheeren Via Archdaily

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14 Gorgeous Green Designs From Belgium’s Biennale Interieur 2014

November 11, 2014 by  
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Belgium may be known best for its chocolate and beer, but the country has also cultivated a heady design scene – and it recently burst onto the international stage for the 2014 Biennale Interieur in Kortrijk. This landmark event showcased Belgium’s best and brightest alongside talented designers from around the world, and we spotted scores of green design gems throughout the show. From shining solar tables and LED lamps to transforming furnishings and reclaimed wood wonders, read on for 14 of our favorite finds. Read the rest of 14 Gorgeous Green Designs From Belgium’s Biennale Interieur 2014 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , belgium , Biennale Interieur , Biennale Interieur 2014 , Design Parcours , Design Platform Flanders , eco furniture , flanders , green design , green interiors , green products , Kortrijk , sustainable design , Sustainable Interiors

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Young Flemish Designers Unveil Innovative Designs at Belgium’s Ventura Interieur 2014

November 7, 2014 by  
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If you want to know where the future of design is headed, look to the young designers who are breaking ground today. This maxim rang true at this year’s Ventura Interieur in Belgium, where a group of up-and-coming Flemish designers stole the show with work that is innovative, experimental, and bursting with creativity. Design Platform Flanders invited Inhabitat to Kortrijk to check out the best of the best, and we’re happy to say that many of the designs on display look towards the future with sustainable materials, low-impact production techniques, and quality craftsmanship – read on for our favorite finds. Read the rest of Young Flemish Designers Unveil Innovative Designs at Belgium’s Ventura Interieur 2014 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 15 young designers , Belgian designers , belgium , Biennale Interieur , Design Parcours , Design Platform Flanders , flanders , Flemish Designers , green design , green interiors , interior design , Kortrijk , sustainable design , Ventura Interieur

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