Animal rights groups work to "Open Cages" of animals on fur farms

December 24, 2019 by  
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The fashion industry has recently experienced a rise in fur bans , thanks to successful pressure by animal rights advocacy groups and heightened consumer awareness. But these fur-free policies also need to extend beyond the haute couture sector to change the agriculture industry as well. This is where the work of organizations like Tušti Narvai and Open Cages come into play. In 2014, Tušti Narvai, which translates from Lithuanian as Empty Cages, was founded in Vilnius. Its English branch, Open Cages, was then established in the U.K. four years later. As their names symbolize, both sister nonprofit organizations strive to “change the world for animals” by strengthening the protection of farmed animals , improving animal welfare and preventing their suffering. In fact, one of the key projects by Tušti Narvai and Open Cages is to end fur farms. The groups do so by mobilizing the public through education and legal change. Related: Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s to be fur-free by 2021 But who are Tušti Narvai and Open Cages? These organizations are members of Anima International (AI) , a coalition of European animal protection advocacy groups that “envisions a world where animals are not treated as products.” Both sister organizations have been conducting several campaigns to better the situation of farm animals by minimizing animal cruelty and demanding compelling change. These campaigns include the improvement of chicken welfare, the elimination of cages in industrial farming, the ban on foie gras and fur bans. Learn more about these campaigns here . The fur ban has been gaining traction within the fashion industry , in many ways due to the ongoing and very visible anti-fur movement by various animal rights groups. Tušti Narvai and Open Cages have jointly added to that momentum. In Great Britain alone, Open Cages has implemented the #FurFreeBritain campaign, together with the Humane Society International (U.K.). It is projected that the ban on fur will adversely alter the supply chain, therefore reducing incidences of unnecessary animal torture and mortality that stem from cramped living spaces, malnourishment, neglect and even brutality. For instance, Open Cages shared an exposé on a fox that was recently saved from a fur farm. “Now he lives happily in a sanctuary and is an ambassador of this cruel industry,” says the Open Cages website. Scientific American and the International Fur Trade Federation (IFTF) have stated that the majority of the fur industry’s pelts are now sourced from farm-raised animals, specifically mink, fox, chinchilla, lynx, muskrat and coyotes. Moreover, most of the remaining fur farms in the world can be found in Europe. These facts are what motivate the work of Tušti Narvai and Open Cages. From now until December 31, for every 10 euros in donations to the fur ban initiative, an anonymous sponsor will match them by $100. The campaign efforts are all to help in the fight against fur farms. In the words of Tušti Narvai, “Together, we can change the fate of animals kept on farms.” + Tušti Narvai + Open Cages Image via Clem Onojeghuo

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Renewable electricity could overtake fossil fuels in Britain by next year

January 28, 2019 by  
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A new report from British power analysts EnAppSys is predicting renewable electricity will overtake fossil fuels as the main source of Great Britain’s electricity generation by next year if current trends continue. In their annual market review report for 2018, EnAppSys says that the levels of power generation from coal and gas-fired power stations fell by 6.7 percent, while generation from renewables increased 15.2 percent. If renewables do pass up fossil fuels in Great Britain in 2020, it will be a first, and it will prove that renewable energy has staying power. “It’s clear that renewables will be generating most of our power in the years ahead, with wind playing the leading role,” said Luke Clark, RenewableUK’s Head of External Affairs, told Clean Technica. During 2018, a large number of offshore wind farms were commissioned or went into full operation and the increase of wind energy led the way in renewable energy generation. Since the cost of offshore wind continues to decrease this means it will likely become the primary source of renewable  energy generation, at least in the short term. Related: Greenhouse gas emissions rose during 2018 after three year decline Currently, offshore wind power generation has a 55.4 percent share of the renewables mix. Between the moratorium on onshore wind and the falling costs of offshore wind, that share should climb even higher. However, there are still some concerns about the UK fuel mix because of the suspension of their Capacity Mechanism— a measure designed to ensure the security of the electricity supply by paying for reliable sources. In November, the European Union ruled that the Capacity Mechanism was illegal. Those payments were going to old coal, gas , and nuclear plants, and some saw them as government subsidies. But, without that money, some of those plants may leave the market. If that happens, it will lead to “decreased security of supply.” Ultimately, the Capacity Mechanism payments will need to be reinstated or an alternative will need to be implemented to fill the gap created by the lost income. Via Clean Technica Image via Free-Photos

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Rolls-Royce is developing mini nuclear power plants

October 23, 2017 by  
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A consortium led by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, famous for its high-end vehicles , has crafted design plans for small-scale nuclear power plants. In an anticipated report to be released this week, the Rolls-Royce-led group is expected to receive approval to further develop its designs, which may eventually be implemented and constructed in the United Kingdom . The aforementioned report comes from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), which, in its study, will formally end a competition held to determine which low-carbon energy sources should be most supported. As highlighted in the report, nuclear power may be primed to experience something of a revival in Great Britain. A parallel Techno-Economic Assessment by the British government also concludes that designs for small nuclear reactors (SMRs), which are only a small fraction of the size of traditional nuclear reactors, will be among the most effective renewable energy technology in the UK. In doing this assessment, policymakers concluded that American designs for similar technology would not be as efficient to manufacture and maintain, and would not be commercially viable. Related: The UK’s newest nuclear power plant could literally shoot rainbows into the sky SMR development by Rolls-Royce and other companies will be partially funded by a £250m pledge by the UK government in 2015 to develop new nuclear-based energy technologies to help the United Kingdom meet its obligations under the Paris agreement . The report cited estimates that once SMR technology has been fully developed, it will deliver power at £60 per megawatt hour, versus £92.50 per megawatt hour at a giant conventional nuclear reactor. Although the stars appear to be aligning in the UK for a nuclear revival, Brexit may throw a wrench into the works by restricting the flow of skilled workers needed to develop and run these systems. Via The Telegraph Images via Depositphotos (1)

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Climate Change Uncovers a Lost Atlantis Swallowed by the Sea in Wales

June 26, 2014 by  
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In a striking irony, the effects of climate change on the coast of Great Britain are revealing insights into how earlier communities coped with the effects of climate change at the end of the last Ice Age. Since last winter’s brutal storms uncovered more of the submerged forest of Borth on the Welsh coast, archaeologists have been working frantically to record and preserve details of early human activity before the sea swallows it up again. Read the rest of Climate Change Uncovers a Lost Atlantis Swallowed by the Sea in Wales Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: archaeology , Borth , Cantre’r Gwaelod , Cardigan Bay , Climate Change , coastal erosion , forest of Borth , global warming , great britain , lost kingdom off the coast of Wales , lost kingtom of Borth , petrified forest , rising sea levels , Wales , Welsh Atlantis , wild weather

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Mexico’s House of Representatives Passes Landmark Climate Law

April 16, 2012 by  
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Mexico is poised to become the second nation in the world (behind Great Britain) to pass sweeping climate change legislation that calls for dramatically reducing carbon emissions over the next four decades. Last week, Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies (its House of Representatives) voted to approve a new General Law on Climate Change by an overwhelming margin of 128-10. To become law, which appears quite likely now, the law must pass the Mexican Senate and be signed by President Felipe Calderón. Read the rest of Mexico’s House of Representatives Passes Landmark Climate Law Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: binding climate law , carbon emissions , climate bill , Climate Change , climate talks , energy policy , General Law on Climate Change , global warming , Mexican congress , Mexican government , mexico , President Felipe Calderón , renewable energy , United Nations

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Nissan Does Away with the $99 Reservation Fee for its Leaf Electric Vehicle

April 16, 2012 by  
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When Nissan first launched the Leaf electric car , buyers had to make a reservation on Nissan’s website and pay a $99 reservation fee. Now Nissan is making the buying process easier by allowing customers the ability to buy a Leaf at their local dealer. Buyers that still prefer to order their Leaf online can continue to use Nissan’s  online reservation system , but now they will no longer have to pay the $99 reservation fee. The simplified buying process will make it easier for those buyers that were turned off by original buying process. Read the rest of Nissan Does Away with the $99 Reservation Fee for its Leaf Electric Vehicle Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco car , electric car , electric vehicle , ev , green auto , green car , green transportation , NISSAN , Nissan electric automobile , Nissan Leaf , nissan leaf ev , nissan leaf reservation fee

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Turning Off Electronics Is an Old Green Trick With a New Big Impact

July 2, 2010 by  
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Photo via Joel A Funk Jr Turning off lights when we’re not using them is an old, well-known way of saving electricity. So old, in fact, that it’s become a bit cliche to mention it as a way of trimming energy consumption. Bigger impacts like flying less or going vegetarian have started to take the spotlight, but the old OFF switch trick for lights and other electronics isn’t done yet.

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£30 Billion High-Speed Rail Plans for UK Unveiled

March 12, 2010 by  
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For years, the UK’s train system has been plagued by delays, expensive tickets and journey times that would be made shorter if you’d simply chosen to drive. However Transportation Secretary Lord Adonis is hoping to change all that by unveiling plans for a £30 billion high-speed rail network that if built, would reduce the journey time from London to Birmingham (194.9km apart) to a mere 45 minutes.

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