Those Olympic anti-sex beds? Theyre actually for recycling.

July 21, 2021 by  
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Among all the news about the Tokyo Olympics, you might have heard one particularly wild story about the beds in the Olympic Village. These beds got an unforeseen amount of press coverage when American runner Paul Chelimo joked that the cardboard material was used to discourage “intimacy among athletes.” While the idea of an ‘anti-sex’ bed design captured peoples’ interest, this story is merely a joke gone wild. But there’s still a good reason to talk about these cardboard beds — they’re recyclable .  Many outlets, from the New York Post to Sports Illustrated , have covered the Olympic ‘anti-sex’ beds. Beyond this myth, the truth behind the design raises poignant concerns about the Olympics and the environment. Designed for easy recycling, the beds represent an attempt to make the notoriously eco-unfriendly Olympics more sustainable. Related: Tokyo’s Olympic medals will be made from recycled phones From displacing communities to using immense amounts of resources to construct facilities that will rarely be used outside of the games, the Olympics aren’t known for being sustainable — no matter how hard the International Olympic Committee (IOC) tries to prove itself . While recyclable cardboard beds and green buildings seem like strong, eco-conscious efforts, it can be difficult to judge how useful these attempts are in minimizing the Olympics’ environmental impact. To address this issue, a 2021 publication in Nature detailed a nine-indicator model researchers developed to determine how sustainable past Olympic Games were and to make predictions for the Tokyo Olympics. As the study explained, “The Olympic Games claim to be exemplars of sustainability, aiming to inspire sustainable futures around the world. Yet no systematic evaluation of their sustainability exists.” The nine indicators fall into three categories: ecological , economic and social. A few key measures within these categories include new construction, visitor footprint, event size and long-term viability. According to this model, the study found “that the overall sustainability of the Olympic Games is medium and that it has declined over time.” While the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics ranked as most sustainable, both Sochi 2014 and Rio de Janeiro 2016 earned low scores. Even more troubling is that no Olympic Games scored in the model’s top category. These results seem to suggest that despite the IOC’s efforts, cardboard beds included, Olympic sustainability efforts simply aren’t winning the gold. Via Sports Illustrated Lead image via Pixabay

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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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INFOGRAPHIC: The real environmental impact of the 2016 Rio Olympics

July 27, 2016 by  
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The 2016 Olympics in Rio will begin in just over a week and despite several ongoing catastrophes , the games will go on. In light of this monumental event, we thought we’d take a closer look at its environmental impact and the solutions in place. Check out this thought-provoking infographic from Green Match for an inside look. Graphic via Green Match

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New solar-powered machine converts urine into beer

July 27, 2016 by  
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“We call it from sewer to brewer,” say the creators of a solar-powered machine that turns urine into beer . Belgian scientists hope to expand the technology to remote areas needing off-the-grid methods for creating drinkable water , but not before asking festival goers to #peeforscience and a truly unique brew. Ghent University researchers developed the energy-efficient system with developing countries in mind, where solar power is optimal. By collecting urine in a heated tank and passing it through a membrane, clean drinking water is collected, as well as nutrients to be used as fertilizer . This way, both resources can be made readily available to people in need by using what is (no longer) considered a waste product. Related: Urine-powered batteries could provide cheap energy where it’s needed most The team behind the innovation featured it at a 10-day music and theater event, where the pee of thousands of festival goers was turned into 1,000 liters of drinkable water. In true Belgian fashion, the water collected from the event will be brewed into beer . The implications for both crowded, urban sporting and music events and rural areas needing access to clean water are vast. We just have to ask ourselves one question: would you drink it? Via Daily Mail Images via Pexels ( 1 , 2 )

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Rio Olympic Village with exposed wires and blocked plumbing is unfit housing, delegates complain

July 27, 2016 by  
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The preparations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the upcoming Summer Olympic Games have been anything but smooth . The city has suffered a financial crisis and a police strike, contributing to major setbacks in the enormous construction project of the Olympic Village. With less than two weeks remaining before the opening ceremonies, the 31-building complex opened Sunday to welcome athletes from Australia, but the Olympic hopefuls found the conditions unfit for occupancy, with exposed wires and blocked plumbing among the many complaints. Rio’s Olympic Village is comprised of 31 separate 17-story towers, and more than half of the buildings have yet to pass safety inspections. When the Australian Olympic delegates arrived on Sunday, they were rather displeased with the first impression of their accommodations. “We felt that our building was not safe, because of a combination of plumbing and electrical issues,” the Australian Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller told the press. The group refused to take up residence in the Olympic Village, opting to stay in hotels until the problems are resolved to their satisfaction. Related: Body parts wash up on Rio beach just weeks before the Olympics The Olympic athletes from Argentina have also checked out and refused to move into the village, citing many of the same concerns. “While the apartments look finished outside, and even inside, when we started testing them, we found some problems that have to do with plumbing and electricity,” said Gerardo Werthein, president of the Argentine Olympic Committee. With the Summer Games set to kick off August 5, Rio de Janeiro officials have little time to remedy the problems, but they aren’t giving up. Luckily, they have some help. The Italian National Olympic Committee has actually hired its own electricians, plumbers and masons to finish repairs on the Olympic Village building designated for their use. It’s clear nobody wants to take any chances, given the series of challenges Rio has already faced in the weeks leading up to the opening ceremonies. Via CNN Images via Rio 2016

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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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Sir Ben Ainslie eyes America’s Cup win

May 4, 2016 by  
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The most decorated sailor in Olympic history is steering toward a sustainability victory for his team and his sport.

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COP21 is giving sustainability a sporting chance

December 9, 2015 by  
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Innovation in sports took a front row at the U.N. climate talks, as Olympic pros explored future wins alongside execs from BT and Dow.

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Zaha Hadid abandons bid for the new 2020 Olympic Stadium in Tokyo

September 23, 2015 by  
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Zaha Hadid Architects and their Japanese partner, Nikken Sekkei , have withdrawn from the competition for the 2020 Olympic Stadium in Tokyo due to the failure in securing a construction company. Zaha Hadid Architects had won the competition in 2012, beating 45 other entries, but the futuristic design has been scrapped by Japanese minister Shinzo Abe after the construction costs rose to almost twice the initial estimate. Read the rest of Zaha Hadid abandons bid for the new 2020 Olympic Stadium in Tokyo

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Norway’s 2016 Youth Olympics student housing is a passive house block clad in sustainable wood

August 28, 2015 by  
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