Tel Aviv builds world’s tallest block tower to honor 8-year-old cancer victim

January 1, 2018 by  
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Tel Aviv is shooting for the stars with the world’s tallest LEGO tower . Technically, the 118-foot tower is made out of LEGO and other toy bricks, and the attempt isn’t sponsored by LEGO, like other towers have been. Instead, this tower is a playful way to honor an 8-year old cancer victim named Omer Sayag. Embed from Getty Images window.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:’LK_n8Ge2RURt1djGz5PRkw’,sig:’yDrTFkOxwQULu4XBM14CfRxI62Hm_kzNZ_MoNE5oTTo=’,w:’594px’,h:’396px’,items:’898930378′,caption: true ,tld:’com’,is360: false })}); Milan and Budapest have both made attempts at the world’s tallest LEGO tower, although both were in collaboration with LEGO. Tel Aviv’s tower is a collaboration between Tel Aviv City Hall and Young Engineers, a program that uses LEGO blocks to help teach kids engineering. Omer Sayang lost his battle to cancer in 2014, and his teachers, knowing how much he loved to build, started a petition to build what is being called Omer’s Tower. Related: Hungary Builds World’s Tallest LEGO Tower Embed from Getty Images window.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:’HfCEwf1aSJJ8hV_iH3ewQA’,sig:’zIl0az1XJK5K9FWYnapqRC0KoPvzgf8ZAAtIRFpdzZY=’,w:’594px’,h:’396px’,items:’898928316′,caption: true ,tld:’com’,is360: false })}); The tower stretches 117 feet 11 inches and required a half million toy bricks. Thousands of people collaborated to realize its construction, marking it with their team insignias and positive messages. The measurements were sent to Guinness and now the team is waiting for official confirmation that the tower is, in fact, the tallest ever, beating Milan by 35 inches. Embed from Getty Images window.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:’Dhg7nk98SkBUJyx9FCHqsQ’,sig:’Gi2GkMIY6wzABbr2ze7xbejRs0UzlxJDU0hExwjZZRg=’,w:’594px’,h:’396px’,items:’898928182′,caption: true ,tld:’com’,is360: false })}); Via the New York Times Lead image via Unsplash

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Out of control wildfires force thousands to flee their homes in Southern California

December 6, 2017 by  
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Relentless wildfires in Southern California have forced thousands of people to evacuate and threaten over 12,000 homes. The largest fire, centered around Ventura, has burned over 70,000 acres, shut down freeways, knocked out power for thousands and is so large it can be seen from space. Experts say that this is “just the beginning” of the problem, as the fires rage out of control in extremely dry conditions, pushed by the Santa Ana winds. Embed from Getty Images window.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:’isef-DPVSbhi6hrtOzU0gw’,sig:’8MVDCZMWHVWThSLQhpAV515zx5qbn9WZflUo-qOws8o=’,w:’594px’,h:’396px’,items:’886889264′,caption: true ,tld:’com’,is360: false })}); The Santa Ana winds – which usually blow during October – have rapidly pushed the fires over the past few days and there is zero percent containment at this point, which firefighters say will likely remain the case until the dry conditions and winds relent. Red Flag warnings have been issued from Santa Barbara to the Mexico border because the area is expected to have one of the driest two-month periods seen in over a century, prompting concerns about additional fires. Embed from Getty Images window.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:’-UQIwCqMSmV58VyTYJcNhg’,sig:’_e2bkc0_zyKQ46YhUpwm9nSBLej2HWDO52Ov1yX9fho=’,w:’594px’,h:’396px’,items:’886767680′,caption: true ,tld:’com’,is360: false })}); Related: Donald Trump believes California farmers who say “there is no drought” One fire, called the Skirball fire, threatens Los Angeles neighborhoods and the Getty Center and has jumped across the 405 Freeway – one of the most trafficked freeways in the US. The Creek fire rages out of control 20 miles north of Los Angeles and has devoured 11,000 acres in a short time. The largest fire, called the Thomas fire in Ventura, has forced 38,000 people to evacuate and has consumed 150 structures, including homes and apartment buildings. A fourth fire in San Bernadino has been 50 percent contained and has burned 100 acres. Embed from Getty Images window.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:’IaqOVadkQgFPtwp6RPF7cQ’,sig:’p0PsoBawHX52fAr2TOVQZusImKU4D6XwKbysWG6a07A=’,w:’594px’,h:’397px’,items:’886861778′,caption: true ,tld:’com’,is360: false })}); Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency, and residents are advised to heed all evacuations warnings for their own safety. Experts also warn people in the area to be extremely cautious, because another blaze could easily erupt due to the massive winds and dry conditions. Via ABC Lead image via Deposit Photo

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Desperation and fear mount in Irma-ravaged Caribbean

September 11, 2017 by  
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Over the past few days, Hurricane Irma has devastated islands in the Caribbean, Cuba , and parts of Florida. The Category 5 hurricane has since downgraded to a tropical storm, but the damage it caused will take years to recover from. On the island of Barbuda, for example,  “95 percent” of buildings were destroyed. Others, like Saint Martin and Barthelemy, have no water or electricity and food resources are running low. Embed from Getty Images window.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:’08x2NaWvTOxUX90CIZOdGA’,sig:’uqVCatca-d4wvEpEybaIWAYAXm9rhRToDSdClNU1oyA=’,w:’594px’,h:’396px’,items:’845717730′,caption: true ,tld:’com’,is360: false })}); Media coverage of the islands of Saint Martin and Barthelemy show extensive amounts of damage. Reuters reports that many streets remain submerged, boats and cars are piled on top of each other in multiple locations, and numerous houses have had their rooftops ripped off. Embed from Getty Images window.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:’e3nfT1wLSZ1a3dcHo2hX8w’,sig:’V00rpNIu06KQzy4dsUOcV07rpWebm3vc9QJ3US6w_2k=’,w:’594px’,h:’386px’,items:’845705546′,caption: true ,tld:’com’,is360: false })}); To make matters worse, looting is rampant. One Saint Martin resident told BFM TV that she heard gunshots and had seen several people breaking into homes and shops to steal food .  According to the French interior ministry, police forces have been boosted on the two islands following close to 500 reports of violence and looting following Irma’s passing. 11 people have also been arrested for “malicious actions.” Related: Trump’s USDA staff told to use ‘weather extremes’ instead of ‘climate change’ Embed from Getty Images window.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:’puQKjadATepuXcWxqYS-8Q’,sig:’okRdWoZCR1eoCZpiCMcjCy7_oRi5RmM_fyT8xB7HBi8=’,w:’594px’,h:’396px’,items:’845690278′,caption: true ,tld:’com’,is360: false })}); Between the two islands, at least 10 people have been killed . The Caisse Centrale de Reassurance, a state-owned reinsurance group in France , said Irma will go down as one of “the most damaging disasters in decades on French territory.” Losses total a staggering 1.2 billion euros, or $1.44 billion USD. + National Hurricane Center Via Reuters Images via  National Hurricane Center,  Pixabay

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M6.8 quake in Myanmar causes historic Bagan monuments to crumble

August 25, 2016 by  
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A magnitude 6.8 earthquake shook central Myanmar on Wednesday, damaging many historic temples dating back to the 11th century. In an ironic twist, much of the damage was actually sustained by modern building materials , which Myanmar ’s former rulers had ordered throughout numerous ‘restoration’ projections that disregarded the original architecture of the monuments in question. The powerful earthquake hit 310 miles from the border of India, and was felt as far away as Kolkata, but no deaths have been reported. Embed from Getty Images Rulers of Bagan, the capital city of the Pagan (pronounced PUH’-gahn) empire, built over 10,000 magnificent religious monuments during their 250-year reign, and around 2,000 were thought to remain prior to this week’s earthquake . Now, scores of stupas, temples, and monasteries may have been destroyed forever by the powerful tremor . Officials have secured the historic sites to prevent further damage or injury, while they devise a plan for how to proceed. Related: Dozens killed by powerful earthquake in picturesque rural region of central Italy Despite the age and historic significance of the Bagan monuments, the ruins were denied the label and privilege of World Heritage Site . UNESCO was not impressed with the restoration attempts, which started in the early 1990s, and the site became even less likely to ever receive the honor after the 2005 unveiling of a nearly 200-foot-tall viewing tower, which UNESCO officials criticized as detracting from the historic monuments. Via Phys.org Lead image via USGS

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Prince Charles Warns of Human Extinction

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Photo: Getty Images In his first speech as the head of the Worldwide Wildlife Fund UK, Prince Charles warned of a mass human extinction if dramatic steps aren’t taken to reduce the world’s consumption of natural resources. According to an article in The Telegraph , the Prince of Wales said, somewhat jokingly, that he too was an endangered species. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Join X-Games Champion Gretchen Bleiler in Creating a Sustainable Habit

April 22, 2011 by  
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Gretchen Bleiler practices for the ladies halfpipe final during the 2011 Sprint US Snowboarding Grand Prix. Photo credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images Practice makes perfect—and what is practice but repeating something over and over, day after day.

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Join MTV and Nickelodean on Earth Day for "The Big Help" (Video)

April 21, 2011 by  
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Photo credit: Skip Bolen/Getty Images This year, Nickelodeon and MTV are celebrating Earth Day all day with “The Big Help.” For 24 hours on April 22, Nick and Nick Jr. will feature a back-to-back lineup of eco-themed programming. In addition, Victoria Justice and other stars from the show Victorious will be…

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Alicia Silverstone’s Tips for a Green Valentine’s Day and More

February 11, 2011 by  
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Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images If you’ve left your Valentine’s Day plans until the last minute (again), then Alicia Silverstone can help: The eco-minded actress took to her website, The Kind Life , to list some of her favorite ways to put a green spin on your celebration. …

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High Blood Pressure? 10 Food Swaps to Bring it Down (Slideshow)

August 13, 2010 by  
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Credit: Thinkstock/Getty Images High blood pressure, or hypertension , caused by stress, aging, a poor diet, not enough exercise, obesity, smoking or just plain genetics, can have lasting — and negative — effects on everything from your heart to your brain. But for the 65 million Americans that have it, a few diet changes — like trading salt for fresh herbs and spices and ham for chicken — can go a long way toward keeping blood pressure under control. Here are 10 food swaps — also good for those who want to maintain low blood pressure — to cut your salt intake without sacrificing

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Gulf Oil Spill: The Black and Oily Demise of Wildlife (Slideshow)

May 3, 2010 by  
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Image credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images On the night of Tuesday, April 20, an explosion rocked an offshore drilling platform, launching an intense effort to fight the ensuing fires and find the 11 people that went missing after the accident. Now, days later, the spreading slick of crude has reached shore—and poses a serious threat to the fragile ecosystems along the coast

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