How Earth Day began and how it helps the planet

April 17, 2017 by  
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Earth Day is April 22nd, and to get prepared for the big day, here are a few Earth Day facts that you may not know. Founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in, the first ever Earth Day was held on April 22nd, 1970. Earth Day not only marks the beginnings of moving toward a more sustainable world, it’s a time to come together and contemplate our global environmental situation, as well as participate in community and global “green” activities. Read on to find out all about this important eco-holiday . Earth Day is one of the most widely celebrated environmental events across the globe. The first Earth Day was focused on protesting an oil spill off the coast of California, but today, the focus is on increasing awareness of the planet and all the issues around its health, from fracking and water pollution to rainforest depletion and animal extinctions. More than 20 million people and thousands of local schools and communities participated in the first Earth Day of United States that took place on 22 April 1970, and one of the results of that first celebration was the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Clean Air Act. It became an international event in 1971, when UN’s Secretary-General U Thant spoke about it at a Peace Bell Ceremony at the United Nations in New York City. On that first celebration, NYC’s mayor shut down Fifth Avenue for use on Earth Day, and allowed it to be celebrated in Central Park. Today, over 1 billion people celebrate Earth Day around the world. Earth Day is celebrated in 192 countries. This day is a time dedicated to increasing awareness about the Earth, its issues and its problems, and people in different countries take action that will benefit their region the most. For example: On Earth Day 2011, the Earth Day Network planted 28 million trees in Afghanistan. On Earth Day 2012, more than 100 thousand people in China rode their bikes to save fuel and reduce CO2 emissions from motor vehicles. In Panama, in honor of Earth Day, they planted 100 species of endangered orchids to prevent their extinction. In 2014, NASA participated in Earth Day with the agency’s #GlobalSelfie event , asking people to take a photo of themselves outside and post it to social media using the hashtag #GlobalSelfie. We can all use Earth Day as a time to reflect on our personal impact on the environment. Simply implementing something that promotes sustainability, such as a weekly recycling regimen, can truly make a difference. Let’s use today as a starting point for great change, and make every day an Earth Day. + Vangel 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!

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For the first time, climate change has caused a river to completely reroute

April 17, 2017 by  
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For the first time on record, climate change has completely changed the route of a river. In a shift that researchers called “geologically instantaneous,” a river in Canada’s Yukon territory shifted from draining into the Bering Sea to draining into the Pacific Ocean below Alaska. What makes this particularly concerning is that while shifting rivers aren’t unheard of in the Earth’s history, never before to our knowledge has a river rerouted so quickly, causing an enormous impact on the surrounding environment. The Kaskawulsh glacier in Canada has been rapidly melting. That influx of meltwater choked out the Slims River, depriving the downstream Kluane Lake of water and causing it to drop rapidly. The water shifted to the Alsek River, which empties into the Pacific Ocean south of Alaska, where the ocean water will now see a rapid influx of freshwater. The shift began in 2016 when the melting water burst through an ice dam, depriving Slims River of its glacial water source. Now, the Kluane Lake level is dropping rapidly, which will put stress on the environment around the lake and could completely alter the geology of the area. Related: Scientists warn rapidly-melting glacier in West Antarctica could cause serious global havoc Scientists determined that this shift was driven by human-caused climate change after they looked at the Kaskawulsh glacier and calculated that there was only a minuscule chance of it retreating in a stable climate. They also believe that it is unlikely that the Slims River will return to its previous water levels. The researchers published their findings in the journal Nature Geoscience . Via The Washington Post images via Nature Geoscience, Murray Foubister and Nat Wilson

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T.Bar: enormous living green walls of lichen and moss line refreshing Panama Fusion restaurant

May 31, 2016 by  
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T.Bar, located in Panama City, took natural food a step further by bringing nature indoors. While the restaurant serves fast, causal food, they place an emphasis on natural, healthy fare. On their Facebook page they say they want guests to feel relaxed and cozy in their space, but they didn’t stop at comfy armchairs or the booth seating lining one wall. Flourishing plants really create an atmosphere of peace. Related: Nation’s largest green wall of native plants breathes life into SFMOMA According to a post written on Archilovers by Dos G Arquitectos founders Ivan Grippaldi and Ginette Gotti, they drew inspiration from the “inner courtyards that are so common in the old quarters of Europe.” Gotti and Grippaldi said they intentionally offered different types of seating for varying hours of the day, from the modern chairs designed for a quick lunch to the booths meant for those who can linger over a meal or cup of tea. According to the architects, T.Bar requested that patrons be able to watch their food being prepared, which they accomplished through ” a glass .” Concrete planters for the trees include tiny tables to allow patrons to get even closer to nature. The designers said this touch adds to the informal feel of the restaurant. Lichen and moss grow on living walls on both sides of the restaurant and in the back near the bathroom. The interior design of the restaurant takes green design literally, bringing the outdoors inside. Via Contemporist Images courtesy of Mosh Benjamin, Pro Pixel Panama

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Tesla’s Gigafactory to host grand opening on July 29

May 31, 2016 by  
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Ain’t no party like a Tesla party! The California-based luxury car company (turned battery company ) is gearing up for the grand opening of its enormous Gigafactory located outside Reno, Nevada. Tesla announced late last week that the battery factory will open in just two months, with a celebration scheduled for July 29 . Oddly, this grand opening will be a lot different than most others, in that the factory is nowhere near fully operational and construction will continue long after party goers have gone home. Embed from Getty Images Fortune broke the news last week, describing the event as a sort of customer appreciation party. Some Tesla customers learned about the bash via email, when they were informed about winning tickets to the July 29 event—a perk the company extended to previous buyers who referred at least five new Tesla owners. The email doesn’t say much about what will happen at the grand opening party or who else might be in attendance, but it’s probably safe to assume the company’s CEO Elon Musk would join in the revelry. (He’s a pretty fun guy , after all.) Those lucky Tesla owners could be the first members of the public to see inside the giant facility, where Tesla is already manufacturing Powerwall batteries for commercial clients. Related: Take a first look inside Tesla’s Gigafactory It’s difficult to say how much of the factory will have been built prior to party time. Actually, Tesla has already held a number of smaller (also private) events in the areas of the Gigafactory where construction is complete. As of the beginning of May, Bloomberg estimates only 14 percent of the factory had been constructed. There are no updates to suggest how much will be finished by the end of July. The massive $5 billion factory has a footprint spanning 130 acres, making it arguably the largest building in the world . We hope Tesla remembered to invite the folks from the Guinness Book of World Records to the party. Hopefully, they will also invite some members of the press to cover the event, so that nobody has to risk getting arrested just to get a look around. Via CNET Images via QLC Tech Videos (screenshot)

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SaLo House: 20-year off-grid dream home finally lands in Panama

September 17, 2015 by  
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Refugees Welcome is the sharing economy’s response to the crisis in Europe

September 17, 2015 by  
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The sharing economy has brought innovative responses to everything from reducing food waste to getting around town , so what could it do in the face of the unfolding European migrant crisis, now regularly described as the worst migration crisis since World War Two? Seeing the negativity facing migrants and feeling compassion for their plight, four young Germans have established Refugees Welcome , a service placing refugees into share accommodation with locals to help them integrate into their new environment. After successfully matching 134 refugees with housemates, Refugees Welcome have been overwhelmed with offers of support and accommodation, as well as inquiries about setting up similar systems in other countries. Read on for details about how it all works. Read the rest of Refugees Welcome is the sharing economy’s response to the crisis in Europe

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Frank Gehry’s Origami-Like Biomuseo Opens in Panama City

October 2, 2014 by  
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Frank Gehry’s Striking Biomuseo Nears Completion in Panama City

February 17, 2014 by  
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What Will Happen in Durban? Hints from Panama on COP17

October 8, 2011 by  
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The recent climate negotiations in Panama offer some insights as to what commitments might be made during the next big U.N. climate negotiation, taking place in South Africa in late November.

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