Turtle hatchlings spotted on Mumbai beach for the first time in nearly 20 years

March 30, 2018 by  
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Plastic and trash used to pile five feet high in some spots on Versova Beach in Mumbai , India, but in 2015, local lawyer Afroz Shah launched what the United Nations described as the “world’s largest beach cleanup project” — and people recently spotted Olive Ridley turtle hatchlings there. The Independent and The Guardian said it’s the first time turtle hatchlings have been glimpsed on the beach in years. Week 127 . Fantastic news for Mumbai . We got back Olive Ridley Sea Turtle after 20 years. Historic moment Nested and Hatched at our beach. We facilitate their journey to ocean. Constant cleaning helps marine species. Marine conservation centre needed at @versovabeach pic.twitter.com/j79xCKamNh — Afroz Shah (@AfrozShah1) March 22, 2018 Around 80 to 90 turtle hatchlings recently crawled towards the sea at Versova, guarded by volunteers who The Guardian said slept in the sand to protect the baby turtles from birds of prey or dogs. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature classifies Olive Ridley turtles as vulnerable , and they may not have been born at this Mumbai beach for almost two decades. Related: Tiny treadmills for turtle hatchlings help scientists evaluate their stamina Scientist Sumedha Korgaonkar, who’s finishing a PhD on Olive Ridley turtles, told The Guardian it is possible small amounts of the animals nested on the beach in the past; she can’t be sure because “regular patrolling for turtle nests is not done in Mumbai.” However, she added, “Beach cleanups definitely have a positive effect on nesting turtles.” Yes yes .. We did it .. Thank you Afroz . Here is the journey . lovely Mumbaikars . we did . Urban cities getting our olive Ridley turtle back . pic.twitter.com/vg4ZJe5cTk — Clean Up Versova (@versovabeach) March 22, 2018 Shah has been leading volunteers to clean up the 5,000 tons of trash at Versova for more than two years. Around 55,000 people reside near the beach, and Shah started by offering to clean up communal toilets and picking up waste on his own. He told The Guardian, “For the first six to eight weeks, nobody joined. Then two men approached me and said, very politely, ‘Please sir, can we wear your gloves?’ Both of them just came and joined me. That’s when I knew it was going to be a success.” Shah’s effort flourished into a national movement; everyone from slum dwellers to politicians to school children to celebrities has joined in. UN Environment head Erik Solheim said in a 2017 press release , “What Afroz Shah has achieved on Versova beach is nothing short of remarkable. These 100 weeks of hard work and determination by Afroz and countless volunteers goes way beyond dealing with a local crisis. This has inspired what is becoming a nationwide and global movement to turn the tide on plastic and waste.” Via The Independent , The Guardian , and UN Environment Image via Wikimedia Commons

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Richard Branson signs deal for India’s first super-speedy hyperloop route

February 19, 2018 by  
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Travelers spend around three hours journeying from Mumbai to Pune by train today in India . A hyperloop could revolutionize the trip, slashing it down to a mere 25 minutes. And that’s exactly what Richard Branson -backed Virgin Hyperloop One aims to do. They signed an agreement with the state of Maharashtra, as the state announced their intention to construct what could be India’s first hyperloop route between Pune and Mumbai. Virgin Hyperloop One just signed an historic agreement with the Indian state Maharashtra. They plan to construct a hyperloop between Mumbai and Pune, a corridor 130,000 vehicles travel daily right now. They’ll begin with an operational demonstration track. Branson said in a statement , “I believe Virgin Hyperloop One could have the same impact upon India in the 21st century as trains did in the 20th century.” Related: Virgin Hyperloop One: Richard Branson invests in Musk-inspired high-speed transportation system 26 million people would be connected by the new route, which would link the two cities and Navi Mumbai International Airport. The electric transportation system would cut greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 150,000 tons a year. And a pre-feasibility study conducted by Virgin Hyperloop One revealed over 30 years the route could offer $55 billion in socio-economic benefits, as people save emissions and time. The hyperloop route would support 150 million passenger trips a year, according to Virgin Hyperloop One, saving more than 90 million hours. Devendra Fadnavis, Maharashtra chief minister, said the route would create tens of thousands of jobs in manufacturing, construction, service, and information technology. What comes after a signing? First, a six-month in-depth feasibility study. The study will scrutinize environmental impact, cost, funding models, regulations, and economic and commercial aspects. A procurement stage would follow to nail down a public-private partnership structure, and then construction would begin, with the demonstration track built in the first phase. According to Virgin Hyperloop One, the demonstration track could be built “in two to three years from the signing of the agreement,” and the second phase could see completion of the full route in five to seven years. + Virgin Hyperloop One + Virgin Images via Virgin Hyperloop One ( 1 , 2 )

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This trash fire in Mumbai is so bad it can be seen from space

February 3, 2016 by  
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In late January, a fire broke out in a landfill in Mumbai, India , and the plume of smoke being produced is so massive that NASA Earth Observatory is publishing pictures of the fire taken from space. While you can’t exactly see the landfill from so high up, the trash piles at Deonar dumping ground reportedly reach up to 30 meters, equivalent to nine stories tall — not surprising considering that the landfill handles 3,700 metric tons of waste every day. Read the rest of This trash fire in Mumbai is so bad it can be seen from space

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Containscrapers: could green-covered stacked shipping containers solve Mumbai’s housing crisis?

August 11, 2015 by  
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Steven Holl Architects wins precedent-setting competition to design Mumbai City Museum North Wing

December 17, 2014 by  
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Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill’s Imperial Tower Could Be Mumbai’s Tallest and Greenest Skyscraper

May 7, 2013 by  
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With projects like the Burj Khalifa under his belt, architect Adrian Smith has become synonymous with supertall skyscrapers – so it’s no surprise that his firm, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill , is the creative force behind Imperial Tower , a 116-story tower that’s proposed for Mumbai. The only problem with building such a tall tower in Mumbai is dealing with the wind, but AS+GG have come up with a solution for that. The firm claims that the skinny tower is aerodynamically shaped to “confuse the wind.” Strange as that may sound, the tower will also feature several sky gardens that the firm says will further help to break up wind currents around the building. Read the rest of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill’s Imperial Tower Could Be Mumbai’s Tallest and Greenest Skyscraper Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “Adrian Smith” , “AS+GG” , Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill , Bombay , gray water recycling , green skyscraper , green skyscrapers , high rises , Imperial Tower , India , Mumbai , rainwater harvesting , rainwater recycling , Sky-Gardens , skyscrapers , solar gain , supertall buildings        

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Mumbai’s Namaste Tower Resembles Two Henna-Covered Hands Clasped Together

March 11, 2013 by  
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Pepe Heykoop’s Bamboo Lampshades Empower Mumbai Craftsmen

February 8, 2013 by  
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The Carbon Emissions Globe Provides a 3D Visualization of the World’s Increasing Emissions

February 8, 2013 by  
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Sometimes it is difficult not to get bogged down in numbers when talking about carbon emissions ; it is hard to imagine the nearly 6-million tons that the United States spews into the atmosphere every year. Enter Robbie Tilton and his amazing carbon emissions globe. The globe is a digital simulation of the world’s emissions in an interactive display. Emissions are represented by a smoke-like plume on a slowly rotating planet and, as you can imagine, it paints a very scary picture. Read the rest of The Carbon Emissions Globe Provides a 3D Visualization of the World’s Increasing Emissions Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D Carbon Emissions , 3D Emissions Globe , 3D Pollution Visualization , Carbon Emissions 2006 , carbon emissions 2010 , Carbon Emissions Globe , Greenhouse gas visualization , greenhouse gases , robbie tilton

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Talstation Baiersbronn is a Green Launching Spot For Hikers in the Black Forest

February 8, 2013 by  
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