New Jersey first state to ban wild animals in circuses

December 20, 2018 by  
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Last week, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill banning the use of elephants, tigers and other wild and exotic animals in circus acts that travel through the state, making New Jersey the first state in the country to pass such a law. Known as “Nosey’s Law,” the bill is designed to protect animals in traveling circus acts from being exploited and abused. Nosey, the law’s namesake, is a 36-year-old African elephant that was forced to travel around the country with a circus even though the animal suffered from crippling arthritis. “These animals belong in their natural habitats or in wildlife sanctuaries, not in performances where their safety and the safety of others is at risk,” Gov. Murphy said in a press release . Governor Murphy said that the law finally became a reality because of the years of hard work by Sen. Ray Lesniak, and the bill passed the New Jersey legislature with only three opposing votes. The bill also overwhelmingly passed during the state’s last legislative session, but then-Governor Chris Christie refused to sign it. Christie’s pocket veto of the bill forced the legislature to start from scratch when Murphy became governor. One of the bill’s sponsors, Sen. Nilsa Cruz Perez, is now calling on other state’s to follow New Jersey’s lead. She said that circus animals suffer from routine abuse by their handlers for the sake of entertainment. But this law protects other animals from being abused like Nosey— who is now safe and living in an animal sanctuary . Last year, the public’s growing concern over animal welfare led to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus shutting down their “Greatest Show On Earth” after a 146-year run. When they removed elephants from their show tours, the circus was not able to recover from declining ticket sales. Illinois and New York have already banned the use of elephants in traveling or entertainment acts. But, New Jersey was the first to ban all wild and exotic animals. + State of New Jersey Via EcoWatch Images via Shutterstock

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Indonesia unveils first zero-waste restaurant built with sustainably sourced materials

December 20, 2018 by  
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Eliminating food waste is an arduous task for restaurants around the world. But one new eatery in Bali, Ijen , has implemented various strategic methods to become Indonesia’s first zero-waste restaurant. In addition to only serving sustainably sourced food and providing leftover food scraps to local farms, the forward-thinking restaurant was almost entirely built with reclaimed materials . Ijen is part of the Potato Head Beach Club , which has locations in Jakarta, Bali, Hong Kong and Singapore. The zero-waste restaurant is located on the grounds of the Jakarta location. The design and operation of the open-air venue was designed to reflect the company’s ethos of running hospitality zero-waste venues with absolute minimal impact on the earth. Related: Zero Waste Bistro offers four days of sustainable food and design in NYC Ijen’s building materials feature a number of sustainable products mostly made from reclaimed materials. The interior furnishings include items made out of old motorcycle foam remnants and ethically-sourced Mersawa wood. The flooring was made from a cement mix comprised of broken plates and glassware. The candles found throughout the restaurant were with used cooking oil. Deadstock cloth napkins were given new life thanks to a local dye house. Even the menus are printed on sustainably harvested paper bound to boards made from recycled tires provided by local flip-flop brand Indosole. Additionally impressive is the restaurant’s commitment to working with local fisherman and farmers to provide sustainable farm-to-table menu options . Executive Chef Wayan Kresna Yasa works with local fisherman to source fresh fish caught using a hand-reeling process. Vegetables are farm-fresh, and rice served at the restaurant is provided by the UNESCO-protected Jatiluwih terraces. Although the kitchen strives to use all of its stock, there are a variety of methods used to reuse any leftover food scraps. Ijen staff members meticulously separate organic and inorganic waste. Additional food remnants are fed to pigs at local farms or composted on site . Shellfish shells are powdered and used in animal feed or fertilizer. All dry goods are sent to be recycled through a local responsible waste management service. + Ijen Restaurant Via Treehugger Images via Potato Head Beach Club

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Stormwaters sweep beneath this coastal beach house raised above dunes

March 5, 2018 by  
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Rather than elevate this coastal beach home on stilts, New York-based Raad Studio sought a more natural method to protect the building from floodwaters. The home, located in Sea Bright, New Jersey, is raised on artificial dunes planted with beach grasses, while stormwaters are safely channeled through an opening beneath the home. To further complement the surroundings, the Beach House was built with local maritime construction techniques and clad in locally sourced timber. Surrounded by stunning views, the Beach House is bookended on two sides by water with the Atlantic Ocean on one and the Navesink River on the other. “Our design team sought to balance an embrace of outdoor natural beauty while seeking to accommodate the site’s vulnerability to storms,” write Raad Studio. “The design solution that resulted is the marriage of landscape and architecture.” Taking inspiration from the dunes in the parkland to the north, the architects used a design by Dirtworks Landscape Architecture to create artificial dunes made from sand piled atop a concrete foundation and stabilized with beach grasses and other plants. “By restoring our idea of the original natural state to the site, we created a set of hydrodynamic dunes with penetrations that allow water to sluice through the land, while simultaneously elevating the house well above the historic high water mark,” wrote the architects. Related: This high-tech solar funnel allows plants to grow deep underground The modern Beach House is built to look like two stacked timber boxes wrapped in Alaskan yellow cedar and ample glazing that make the most of landscape views. A stairway descends down the dune to a pool deck. The light-filled interior is oriented around outdoor views with the common areas on the ground floor and two bedrooms and bathrooms on the upper level. + Raad Studio Via Dezeen Images via Raad Studio , by Robert Wright

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The Garden State cuts food waste for climate goals

July 31, 2017 by  
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New Jersey state laws mandating food waste reductions create business opportunities for recyclers, composters and others.

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India moves into low-carbon mobility fast lane

July 31, 2017 by  
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The country has a unique opportunity leapfrog the model that pervades many Western nations, characterized by costly congestion, sprawling cities and unhealthy pollution.

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Toms River: Pollution and its cancerous wake

July 18, 2015 by  
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The story of chemical waste and its tragic consequences in the town of Toms River, New Jersey.

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Tesla is back in business in New Jersey after Governor Christie lifts sales ban

March 19, 2015 by  
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Tesla is once again able to sell their luxury electric cars from showrooms in New Jersey, following the signing of a bill that allows manufacturers of zero-emissions vehicles to sell directly to customers in the Garden State. Last week, the NJ Senate Commerce Commission passed the measure , allowing the bill to go to vote on the Senate floor, where it passed 30-2. Yesterday, Governor Chris Christie signed the bill. This win is a long-time coming for the electric car maker. Tesla hasn’t released a public statement in response to the bill’s passing, but surely, CEO Elon Musk is thrilled that this impediment has been lifted. Read the rest of Tesla is back in business in New Jersey after Governor Christie lifts sales ban Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: direct sales of electric cars , electric car sales , electric cars , elon musk , gov chris christie , governor chris christie , new jersey , nj tesla sales ban , tesla , tesla direct sales , Tesla sales ban , tesla sales ban lifted

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INFOGRAPHIC: No Tests and Other Reasons Montessori School Makes Sense

October 24, 2014 by  
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Have you ever considered an alternative education model for your child or children? One that values self-motivation, play, and plenty of time in nature? If you have, maybe Montessori will interest you. The Naudain Academy in New Jersey sent over this nifty infographic, which details the positive side of Montessori education. Some highlights include mixed age groups, emphasis on collaboration, and NO TESTS. We like this last reason the best. So hit the jump for the full infographic and let us know your thoughts in the comments. Is Montessori for you? Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: No Tests and Other Reasons Montessori School Makes Sense Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative education , Children , education , infographic , Montessori School , Montessori schooling , nature-centered education , Naudain Academy , new jersey , no test school , play time , positive side of Montessori

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Help Make This Fascinating Biomimicry Book a Reality and Get Cool Perks

October 24, 2014 by  
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If you’ve been following Inhabitat for a while, you’re probably familiar with Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker’s brilliant biomimicry articles . For the past year and a half, Tamsin has been pouring her heart and soul into researching and writing a book entitled  SuperOrganizations: Nature’s Game-Changing Guide To Faster, Smarter, More Valuable Companies.  In it, she describes how radically collaborators (like ant colonies and honeybee hives ) work together to create value, and how we can mimic them in our own organizations to do the same thing. Now she needs help to put the finishing touches on the book and get it out there, so she’s launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund it. She’s hoping to raise $15,000 towards this goal, and is already almost halfway there! This is a movement, and the time is now for a well-reasoned, scientifically-based, common sense platform we can all take to the bank. If the ants can do it, so can we. HELP FUND TAMSIN’S BOOK ON KICKSTARTER >  + Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker’s Biomimicry Manual Articles Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bio mimicry , biomimicry , book , books , crowdsourcing , Dr. Tamsin , Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker , fundraising , kickstarter , More Valuable Companies , Smarter , SuperOrganizations: Nature’s Game-Changing Guide To Faster , Tamsin , Tamsin Woolley-Barker

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New Jersey’s Anti-Poaching Bill Aims to Protect Elephants and Rhinos

June 22, 2014 by  
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When we think of the illegal ivory trade, most people envision the large smuggling busts that happen in Africa or Asia. It may surprise you to learn that the port of Newark in New Jersey is a hub for the illegal wildlife trade. The Garden State recently took a symbolic stand against this horrific practice by  passing a bill that eliminates the trade in  ivory  and rhinoceros horn. The politicians who sponsored the bill, along with those from top conservation organizations, applaud the move and are confident it will help to deter poaching around the world. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Elephant Poaching , elephant tusks , new jersey ivory ban , new jersey rhino horn ban , Rhino horns , rhino poaching

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