U.S. gives South Africa millions of dollars to combat wildlife poaching

December 24, 2015 by  
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South Africa is home to 80 percent of the world’s rhinoceros population, yet poaching practices are devastating the species. The first eight months of this year saw 749 killings of wild rhinos – up from 719 last year. South Africa’s recent decision to remove a ban on domestic trading of rhinoceros horns is now leaving many worried those numbers will continue to climb. The United States is taking action against poaching in this region, dedicating millions of dollars to research and training local officials to protect endangered species. Considering the U.S. has become the second largest market for illegal wildlife products and is key in smuggling poached contraband across the Pacific ocean, it is only right that officials take the matter seriously. The U.S.’ concern is not only for the wild animals needing protection, but also for national security. The same gangs that deal in poached animal parts are also known to smuggle guns, people, and drugs. Delaware Senator Chris Coons (D), who introduced legislation for strategy development based on individual countries, says, “The impacts of this rapidly growing crisis are spreading around the world, now even threatening our national security.” Some U.S. funding is going to the Endangered Wildlife Trust , who are training officials – normally only used to dealing with street crime and murders – to secure poaching crime scenes and collect evidence for prosecutors. The U.S. Department of Justice also just received $100,000 to train southern African judges and prosecutors to fight illegal plant and animal sales. Related: Can cameras embedded in rhino horns catch poachers? Luckily, it has been observed how effective these trainings and supports have been. In Kruger National Park, a prime spot for poachers, officials nearly doubled their arrests over the last few years, catching 138 criminals versus last year’s 81. The funding for night vision goggles, boots, and tents will allow local officials to ramp up their presence and abilities to interrupt even more poaching behaviors in the area. With continued attention from multiple governmental entities, the future of the rhinoceros and other African wildlife may be taking a promising turn for the better. Via The New York Times Images via Shutterstock ( 1 , 2 )

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Extinct Galapagos tortoises to be bred back to life

December 24, 2015 by  
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Lonesome George, the last of the Pinta Island saddleback tortoises, died in 2012 after living for over one hundred years. Though George is gone, his species may not suffer the same tragic fate. Scientists are hard at work reviving the Pinta Island saddleback, also known as Abingdon Island tortoise, through selective breeding of related species found on nearby  Galapagos islands . Read the rest of Extinct Galapagos tortoises to be bred back to life

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Google just unveiled the first functional prototype of its self-driving car

December 22, 2014 by  
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Google has revealed the first functional prototype of its new self-driving car, following the debut of the “early mockup” this last May. The shape of the Google’s self-driving car hasn’t changed that much over the last few months, but Google says that the latest prototype now has all of the parts that it needs to drive on the road. Read the rest of Google just unveiled the first functional prototype of its self-driving car Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: autonomous car , Google , google autonomous car , google car , Google car prototype , Google driverless car , Google self drive car concept , google self-driving car , green car , green transportation , self-driving car

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Ethical fashion lookbook offers a glimpse into true sustainable style

December 22, 2014 by  
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Inspired by a Twitter exchange about street style earlier this year, ethical fashion bloggers Sabina Eichmann (Consciously Sartorial) and Sonia Flotats (soGOODsoCUTE) from Spain, launched a challenge for fellow style bloggers from around the globe. The challenge consisted in submitting a look created from exclusively ethical brands, and eventually sharing it on social networks with the hashtag #SlowStreetStyle . The main aim was to prove that dressing ethically  does neither entail style sacrifices nor other limitations, and secondly, it created an opportunity for readers to get to know a large variety of ethical/sustainable fashion brands from different countries. The result of this challenge is a beautiful ISSUU Lookbook for the current A/W 2014/15 season, including a cover illustration by French blogger ApollineR . + Slow Street Style Lookbook on Issuu The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: accessories , Clothes , clothing , cruelty-free fashion , ethical clothing , Ethical Fashion , ethical fashion companies , ethical style , Fashion , fashion lookbook , lookbook , SlowStreetStyle , style , style lookbook , vegan , vegan fashion , Vegan style

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New study confirms ‘Limits to Growth’ prediction of imminent global collapse

December 22, 2014 by  
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The book Limits to Growth – a 1972 harbinger of the “death of the planet” – was largely dismissed in its time time as being improbable at best and at worst, alarmist. But new research shows that the book was likely right – not just about a few things – but about almost everything forecast about the planet’s collapse. Read the rest of New study confirms ‘Limits to Growth’ prediction of imminent global collapse Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative energy , anti-fracking , domestic oil production , fossil fuels , fracking , gas and oil production , offshore oil production , oil production , peak oil , resource consumption , shale oil

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Photos Capture the Staggering Air Pollution Plaguing China

January 31, 2013 by  
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  Image: ©  John E. Williamson Just a couple days ago we reported on the incredible blanket of pollution overtaking the city of Beijing. The problem had been plaguing the city for more than two weeks , but over the last few days pollution levels have spiked, giving way to poor air readings 40 times recommended safety levels. Visibility in the area at one point was reduced to about 600 feet, with some areas experiencing visibility as low as 300 feet. The near emergency state has resulted in cancelled flights and forced much of Beijing’s population indoors as they’ve been advised to stay inside to avoid respiratory illness. To capture the dire scope of the current situation, The Atlantic’s Alan Taylor gathered a collection of incredible eye-opening photos  taken over the last weeks of this city shrouded by pollution. SEE ALL THE PHOTOS AT THE ATLANTIC > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , air quality health , beijing air quality , carbon emissions , china pollution , environmental regulations , pm2.5 , pollution monitoring , respiatory disease , smog , World Health Organization

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B.I.O. TECture’s Hybrid Shades Double as Solar Hot Water Collectors

January 31, 2013 by  
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LA-based B.I.O. TECture is an integrator and manufacturer of unique building-integrated solar hot water collectors . The company’s flagship Solar Hybrid Shades ™ basically serve as a shading system for buildings. The breakthrough is that they have incorporated solar thermal collectors into the shading elements, giving architects and building owners an innovative one-two punch of improved energy performance and beautifully integrative design. + B.I.O. TECture The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , b.i.o. tecture , bio-tecture , biotecture , energy efficient building , Green Building , green design , Los Angeles , solar hot water collector , solar hybrid shade , solar thermal , Sustainable Building , sustainable design

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Farwaste’s 30,000 Pizzas Turns Reclaimed Tomato Cans Into a Bunker

January 31, 2013 by  
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Everyday, restaurants and pizzerias of Turin use approximately 14,900 tomato cans, resulting in 5 millions cans per year doomed to be left in a landfill.  30,000 Pizzas is an art installation and bunker built by Farwaste composed of 1,100 of those tomato cans reclaimed. Farwaste created the piece as a way to press restaurants and locals to reflect upon the size of this waste footprint and to encourage them to recycle. + Farwaste The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 30000 pizzas , art installation , eco-art , farwaste , green art , recycled art , tomato can art , tomato can installation

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Hilton to Recycle Used Hotel Mattresses

November 13, 2012 by  
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The global hoteliers have purchased a staggering 50,000 new mattresses over the last two years to replace old sets and furnish new hotels.

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QR Code Technology Speeds Up Cell Phone Recycling

October 15, 2012 by  
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There’s no doubt that smartphone recycling can be profitable. A series of buyback services have sprung up over the last few years, exchanging old cell phone technology that would otherwise end up as e-waste for cold hard cash. Those devices are…

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