Italy bans the use of animals in circuses

November 13, 2017 by  
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Animal rights activists are winning victories as more countries prohibit animals in circus acts. This month the Italian Parliament adopted legislation to phase out animals in traveling shows and circuses, according to Animal Defenders International (ADI). It’s a big move, as there are an estimated 100 circuses with 2,000 animals in Italy . Italy became the 41st country to pass measures prohibiting animals in circuses. ADI said on their Facebook page that Italy’s Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini promoted the legislation to phase out animals in circuses. Related: America’s largest animal circus closes after 146 years ADI president Jan Creamer said in a statement, “Traveling from place to place, week after week, using temporary collapsible cages and pens, circuses simply cannot provide for the needs of the animals. Through ADI’s undercover investigations we have shown the violence and abuse that is used to force these animals to obey and perform tricks. We applaud Italy and urge countries like the UK and the US to follow this example and end this cruelty.” It’s not yet clear how Italy’s phase-out will play out; ADI said within a year, Italy will outline how the law will be implemented through a ministerial decree. It’s not yet known how long circuses will have to phase animals out of their shows. ZME Science highlighted some of the issues with animals performing in circuses, pointing to an investigation from researchers at Wageningen University. They found 71 percent of observed animals were experiencing medical issues, and 33 percent of lions and tigers didn’t have access to an outdoor enclosure. They said circus lions spent 98 percent of their time inside on average. Elephants spent 17 hours a day shackled on average, and tigers – though scared of fire – were often forced to jump through flaming hoops. Ireland also stood up for animal rights recently , with a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses that will take effect on January 1, 2018. Via Animal Defenders International ( 1 , 2 , 3 ) Images via Wikimedia Commons and ~Pawsitive~Candie_N on Flickr

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Red Mountain Retreat captures the essence of the rugged Icelandic landscape

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The Red Mountain Retreat captures the mystique and mystery of the Icelandic landscape. Johanners Torpe Studios designed the proposal for a spa and wellness retreat that offers an escape from the stresses of everyday life and provides stunning views of a nearby glacier. The resort is located on the Western peninsula of Snæfellsness, where the river meets the sea. It faces a majestic glacier covered stratovolcano and references old Icelandic tales that celebrate the union between man and nature. The design explores the interplay between nature and architecture and aims to facilitate a journey of self-discovery. This is done by exposing the guest to nature in various ways, whilst maintaining a sense of protection and basic principles of shelter. Related: The world’s first 100% solar-powered five-star resort has opened The spa sits at the heart of the resort and captures several natural elements to create wind tunnels, fire baths and ice pools. The outdoor lagoon looks like a natural extension of the river and features shallow passages, areas with currents, and still water pools . Concrete reinterprets the rocky landscape of the surroundings, creating contrasting rough and smooth textures, as well as patterns inspired by those found in the layers of the turf houses. Green roofs references traditional building techniques and intensify the connection between the architecture and nature. + Johannes Torpe Studios [galley]

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ThyssenKrupp unveils world’s first cable-free, horizontal-vertical elevator

June 28, 2017 by  
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The elevator was invented over 160 years ago, and engineering firm ThyssenKrupp evidently thinks it’s time to shake things up a bit. They’ve designed the MULTI : a rope-less horizontal-vertical system that’s drawn comparisons to Willy Wonka’s crazy sideways-moving elevator. And now they’ve brought their designs from paper into the real world at an 807-foot-high test tower in Rottweil, Germany . ThyssenKrupp’s technology allows multiple elevator cabins to run in a loop – “like a metro system inside a building,” according to the firm. And no cables or ropes are necessary; the cars move due to a magnet -based drive system as might be found in Maglev trains. The test tower boasts 12 test shafts, with cars that can travel as rapidly as 59 feet per second. Related: This Italian elevator transports passengers vertically and horizontally The MULTI system has numerous benefits over the traditional elevator. ThyssenKrupp Elevator AG CEO Andreas Schierenbeck said in a statement, “We believe MULTI is a genuine game-changer that will truly transform the way people move, work, and live in our built environment. It will reduce waiting times for passengers and take up significantly less space within the building.” Add to that a reduced carbon footprint – the system uses as much as 60 percent less peak energy than traditional elevators. ThyssenKrupp said their system has no height limitations, and as it can move sideways and vertically it opens up new architectural possibilities. This is crucial because as more people move to the world’s cities , the design of high-rise buildings will make an impact on a city’s carbon emissions . These benefits aren’t without their costs. The new system is reportedly almost five times more expensive than conventional elevators, so adoption of the new design could take a while. But ThyssenKrupp already has its first customer: OVG Real Estate . The MULTI system will be installed in Berlin in their East Side Tower, which could be finished in 2019. + ThyssenKrupp MULTI Via ThyssenKrupp and New Atlas Images via ThyssenKrupp ( 1 , 2 )

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Elkebana’s fun botanical wall trophies are so much better than dead animal heads

August 29, 2015 by  
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Alaska’s whimsical Dr. Seuss House is an architectural marvel

August 29, 2015 by  
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Striking Palazzo Italia is a smog-eating machine

June 16, 2015 by  
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Why we should worry about the cocaine problem facing Italian eels

June 11, 2015 by  
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There are vast quantities of man-made waste polluting our oceans and waterways—studies have found that fish are being poisoned by plastic microbeads and around 50 percent of sea turtles are ingesting our plastic waste . But the eels of Italy’s Sarno River have an additional concern; around 15 grams of cocaine flow down the highly polluted waterway every day—that’s around $1300-1800 worth. Scientists have been exposing European eels to low doses of the drug to see what the long term effects are, and while there’s no word on whether or not the slippery creatures become outrageously tedious to their friends, it’s clear the drug has some highly troublesome effects on the eels. Read the rest of Why we should worry about the cocaine problem facing Italian eels Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cocaine river , eels cocaine , eels pollution , environmental health , italy eels , polluted waterways , sarno river , water issues , water pollution

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“YES IN MY BACK YARD!” garden made from reused plastic bottles challenges throw-away culture

April 27, 2015 by  
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Timber artist’s house and atelier imitates northern Italy’s mountainous landscape

January 28, 2015 by  
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Tiny refuge in the Alps built in memory of young Italian mountaineer

January 27, 2015 by  
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