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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Brilliant Sun Memories Lamp lets you record and "replay" your favorite light

September 26, 2016 by  
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A sensor captures the color temperature and brightness of light at any moment of the day. The sensor can record the particular quality of light for around six hours, and users can then turn that captured light into a ” sunlight recordings playlist .” An app sends that recording to the lamp. If users want to share a sunrise or sunset with a friend or family member, they can even send their playlist to others. Related: Solar-powered Lucy reflects sunlight indoors to brighten any room According to Olive Creative Lab’s product description, “The software embedded in the lamp drives a power RGB LED capable of recreating the daylight in all its features: its color, intensity, and fickleness from the moments of shadow to the vibrancy of a sunny day.” The designers behind Olive Creative Lab were inspired by memory as well as how much light impacts our lives, especially when many are deprived of that light in winter. They wanted to design a lamp that seemed “alive,” and hope users will feel as if they’ve brought sunshine into their home, no matter the weather outside. The designers, who are based in Torino, Italy , started their design lab this year and Sun Memories Lamp is their first product. They aim to build an interdisciplinary lab that covers fields from “product to graphic, from interaction to sustainability.” Inhabitat spotted the Sun Memories Lamp at Designersblock at the 2016 London Design Festival . + Olive Creative Lab + London Design Festival + Inhabitat coverage of London Design Festival Images via Mike Chino for Inhabitat and Olive Creative Lab

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Dutch parliament votes to shut down all of the country’s coal plants

September 26, 2016 by  
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The Dutch parliament voted Thursday night to shutter the nation’s coal industry in order to achieve a 55-percent cut in carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. The vote, which is not yet binding, would require shutting down the five coal power plants currently operating in the Netherlands, three of which just came online in 2015. Slashing CO2 emissions by 55 percent would bring the country’s emissions in line with the targets set by the Paris climate deal last December, and set a strong precedent among European nations for policies to slow the effects of climate change . The Netherlands’ Liberal and Labour parties led the 77 to 72 vote on September 22, in favor of the 2030 emissions reduction goal. Parliament will next move to get the plan into effect. The decision comes on the heels of the discovery that the nation’s CO2 emissions have jumped 5 percent over the last year, which analysts blame on the three new coal-fired power plants. Turning away from coal power is the fastest and simplest method for drastically reducing emissions over time. Related: Peak number of coal plants are shutting down in 2015, ushering in a greener era “Closing down big coal plants–even if they were recently opened–is by far the most cost effective way to achieve the goals of the Paris agreement, and all countries will need to take such far-reaching measures,” the Dutch Liberal MP and vice president of the parliament, Stientje van Veldhoven, told the Guardian. “We cannot continue to use coal as the cheapest source of energy when it is the most expensive from a climate perspective.” The most recent vote echoes the court order last year which demanded prime minister Mark Rutte’s government make climate change a bigger priority by cutting emissions 25-percent by 2020. That short-term goal is included in the measure approved last week. Opponents of the plan have argued that the Dutch coal plants are cleaner than those operating elsewhere in the world, and many are concerned that the leading candidate in March’s election for a new government would block the initiative. Supporters hope the current government will act quickly to move the plan forward, in an effort to secure a greener future for the nation—or at least delay the ill effects of the next administration. Via The Guardian Images via RWE and Shutterstock

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DIY: How To Make Vegan Wild Mushroom & Olive Tapenade in a Few Simple Steps

September 20, 2013 by  
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Lionhead High-Speed 3D Printer Includes its Own Built-in 3D Scanner

September 20, 2013 by  
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With the ability to fabricate whatever you design or scan, 3D printing can make a maker out of anyone. But even with a top of the line 3D printer it can take hours to create even the smallest objects. Radiant Fabrication believes it can fix this problem with its new Lionhead 3D printer , which can print up to eight times faster than those currently on the market. Hydra might have been a more fitting name for the Lionhead, because this printer has four to eight printing heads that all work together to print at (relative) lightning speed. Read the rest of Lionhead High-Speed 3D Printer Includes its Own Built-in 3D Scanner Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “Making” , 3D printing , 3d scanning , Best 3D Printer , DIY , Eight Printing Heads , fabrication , Faster 3D Printing , filament , Lionhead , Lionhead Bunny , makers , Radiant Fabrication , Radiant Li        

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DIY GIFT IDEA: Flavored Cooking Oils In Beautiful Bottles

December 1, 2012 by  
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Eco-Luxe Spanish Farmhouse Lures Vacationers With Mediterranean Views and On-Site Farm

September 6, 2011 by  
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Mathias Bengtsson’s Zebra-Like Biodegradable Paper Chair Brings Danish Design to the Cutting Edge

September 5, 2011 by  
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Making our way across town at this year’s  Copenhagen Design Week , we spotted the Paper Chair – a striking sculptural seat that combines a humble biodegradable material with cutting-edge technology. Created by Danish-born, London-based designer Mathias Bengtsson , this stripy, zebra-like, layered chair is made from thousands of paper sheets glued together. The Paper Chair is a great example of the potential of  eco-design , as it has no frame, no joints and no screws, but still manages to boast a stunning, modern form! Read the rest of Mathias Bengtsson’s Zebra-Like Biodegradable Paper Chair Brings Danish Design to the Cutting Edge Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , biodegradable materials , composting furniture , copenhagen design week 2011 , Danish design , DIY , Green Design Events , green products , paper chair , recycling / compost , Sustainable Materials

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