Can the Olympics boost sustainability?

August 19, 2016 by  
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Every four years, billions of dollars are poured into construction projects for the Olympic Games. Promises about sustainable development and protecting the environment follow. But host cities struggle to reach the goal.

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Why did this Olympic diving pool suddenly turn bright green?

August 10, 2016 by  
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After concerns over the water quality near Rio de Janeiro beaches before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games , now a supposedly clean Olympic pool has inexplicably turned green. At the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre, startling pictures showed a blue pool and a green pool next to one another. Officials allowed Olympians to continue diving in the green pool as they seek the cause of the weird color change. The change occurred overnight. One day the pool was blue and the next day it was green. Olympic officials tested the water quality and said there were “no risks for the athletes” in a tweet . They also said they’d be “investigating the cause.” Related: Experts to Rio Olympic athletes: Don’t put your head underwater While some speculated urine produced the color, Jim’s Pool Care national manager Brett Blair told The Guardian the Olympic pool was too large to have turned green from urine. Blair speculated poor filtration could be a cause. He told The Guardian, “…the main reason a pool normally goes green is lack of sanitation…The scary part is how at a world event, a pool could go green. It’s unbelievable.” Another leading theory is that algae caused the change , because the water is so cloudy. Some Olympic divers said they couldn’t see their partners when they dove into the green water. Algae blooms can also happen when chlorine levels in a pool change, and if that’s the case at the Rio pool, it might mean some worker wasn’t doing their job. Chlorine can probably solve the pool problem; Blair said the issue could be resolved in 24 to 48 hours. While the AP reported Rio spokesperson Mario Andrada saying that algae proliferated “because of heat and a lack of wind,” we’re still waiting for the official word from the Olympic committee on why the issue happened. Via The Guardian and Gizmodo Images via Tom Daley on Twitter and screenshot

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Penda unveils interlocked double-helix bridge for the Beijing Winter Olympics

July 25, 2016 by  
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The architecture studio , based in Beijing and Vienna, proposed this design as part of the larger infrastructure projects Beijing is undertaking in preparation for the Olympic Games. The bridge ’s name—San Shan—means “three mountains” in English, which is meant to describe the three peaks seen when looking at the bridge from either side. The elliptical shapes connect and link together to create the bridge’s overall shape, dressed in stark white against the forested background and the muddy river water. Related: Beijing selected to host 2022 Winter Olympic Games  The bridge’s helix-shaped arches were designed and engineered by ARUP , the British structural engineering firm. Their contribution enabled the bridge’s design to use the thinnest supports possible (without sacrificing strength), lending to the bridge’s delicate aesthetic. The surrounding area will be transformed into a hub linking bustling Beijing with its surrounding lands, gearing up for the Beijing Horticultural Expo 2019 and the Winter Olympic Games three years later. Austrian architect Chris Precht founded Penda with Dayong Sun in 2013 after working together for several years. In the intervening time, the duo have elevated their international firm to global acclaim, winning awards for several designs along the way. This bridge demonstrates the epitome of their combined talent. + Penda Via ArchDaily Images via Penda

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Soldier kills a jaguar used in Rio 2016 Olympic torch relay

June 25, 2016 by  
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With just over a month to go to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games , the Olympic torch is passing through Brazil in the traditional relay. Although the torch is considered a symbol of unity and peace, the relay turned deadly in the city of Manaus. A soldier shot and killed a female jaguar named Juma, who was used as an extra in the ceremony, after she escaped from her handlers. Activists are condemning the use of Juma in a situation that likely would have been stressful for her. The jaguar was shot with four tranquilizer darts, and then a soldier shot her with a pistol. Juma was likely upset by the commotion, according to University of Brasilia scientist Joao Paulo Castro. He told BBC Brasil, “It’s neither healthy nor advisable to subject an animal to such a situation, with lots of noise and people. Often, jaguars already are stressed by being kept in captivity, that’s only compounded when they’re exposed to hubbub.” Related: Criminal charges possible in Cinncinnati Zoo gorilla Harambe’s death The local committee that organized the event issued a statement saying they made a “mistake” to display the Olympic torch next to a “chained wild animal.” They said, “We guarantee that there will be no more such incidents at Rio 2016.” According to the World Wildlife Fund, jaguars are ” near threatened ,” and in the past they worked with the Brazil government to protect swaths of the Amazon forest as a habitat for the animals. Ipaam, the government authority that manages use of animals, said it was actually illegal to use Juma in the ceremony. They are currently investigating her death. Animal rights groups from around the world condemned the incident. Rio de Janeiro’s Animal Freedom Union said on their Facebook page, “When will people (and institutions) stop with this sick need to show power and control by confining, taming, and showcasing wild animals?” Via the BBC Images via screenshot and Wikimedia Commons

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Beijing Olympics déjà vu as city is chosen to host 2022 Winter Games

July 31, 2015 by  
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It was a close vote, but Beijing has been selected to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. The Chinese capital beat out Almaty, Kazakhstan 44 to 40 in an International Olympic Committee ballot today in Kuala Lumpur. The decision puts Beijing in the unique position of being the first city ever chosen to host both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. Some of the factors that helped push the city over the top include its plan to reuse some of its existing infrastructure from the 2008 Summer Olympics like Herzog and de Meuron’s famous Bird’s Nest stadium and the award-winning Watercube , as well as talk of a new high-speed rail system that would benefit the area well after the games are over. Read the rest of Beijing Olympics déjà vu as city is chosen to host 2022 Winter Games

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KREOD Unveils Curving International Trade Pavilion for 2016 Rio Olympics

June 12, 2014 by  
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3XN Chosen to Design the New Olympic Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland

April 23, 2014 by  
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Danish practice 3XN has been selected to design the new headquarters for the Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland. The team was chosen among 11 competing architectural firms and household names such as OMA, Toyo Ito and Amanda Levete. 3XN’s winning concept will provide an Olympic campus and accompanying administrative buildings. Read the rest of 3XN Chosen to Design the New Olympic Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3XN Olympic headquarters , 3XN Olympics , architectural competition , Danish architects , headquarters design , Laussane architecture , Olympic Games , Swiss architecture

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Russian Environmental Activist Yevgeny Vitishko Sentenced to 3 Years in Jail

February 13, 2014 by  
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Image of Yevgeny Vitishko courtesy of Amnesty International Russian environmental activist and Olympics skeptic Yevgeny Vitishko was sentenced to three years in prison for swearing in public when on probation during the Olympic Games in Sochi. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have already accused the Russian government of having a politically motivated case against Vitishko, who co-authored a report detailing the Olympics’ detrimental ecological impact. Vitishko and his supporters accused the Russian government of making false claims that the Olympic facilities are environmentally- friendly , which experts believe have caused him to become a target. Read the rest of Russian Environmental Activist Yevgeny Vitishko Sentenced to 3 Years in Jail Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: amnesty international , eco design , environmental activism , environmental destruction , Environmental Watch of the North Caucus , free yevgeny vitishko , green design , HUman Rights Watch , Olympic Games Sochi , Russian activist jailed , russian environmental activism , Sochi Olympics environmental footprint , sustainable design , yevgeny vitishko        

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Russian Billionaire Battles to Save the Stray Dogs of Sochi Olympics from Extermination

February 7, 2014 by  
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In preparation for the Olympic games in Sochi on Friday, Russian officials have been scrambling to make the town a welcome site for the 200,000 people expected to arrive. Incredibly, part of their policy to make the resort habitable for humans has been to round up and kill hundreds of stray dogs . In response to the lethal campaign that has been in effect since October, billionaire Olga Melnikova is spearheading an effort to save the animals. Read the rest of Russian Billionaire Battles to Save the Stray Dogs of Sochi Olympics from Extermination Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal shelter , animal slaughter , olda melnikova , Olympic Games , olympic village , pest control , povodog , russia , russian billionaire , Sochi , spay and neuter , stray dogs        

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Russia’s Sochi Games Aren’t Living up to Green Promises

February 5, 2014 by  
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Environmental groups say that Russia will not live up to its promise of a “zero waste” Olympic Games this month. While officials promised this year’s Games would be sustainable and “in harmony with nature,” local researchers say the event is shaping up to be anything but. Not only has the landscape been damaged , increasing the danger of landslides and mudflows, but the Games have also damaged biodiversity in the region. Read the rest of Russia’s Sochi Games Aren’t Living up to Green Promises Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2014 winter olympics , Biodiversity , education space focusing on biodiversity in the natural rainforest , environmental destruction , international olympic committee , Olympic Games , russia , russia sochi games , sochi environmental damage , sochi olympic games , zero waste olympic games        

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