China is creating a giant panda park three times the size of Yellowstone

March 8, 2018 by  
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China just announced that it has secured over $1.6 billion in funding for a massive panda reserve that will help the animals recover their numbers in the wild. The Giant Panda National Park will cover 10,000 square miles – twice as big as Yosemite Park and three times as big as Yellowstone – of mountainous wilderness where pandas can breed and live without human encroachment. The park will be constructed in the Sichuan , Gansu and Shaanxi provinces. All of the 2,000 wild pandas in the world live in these three provinces, with 80% in Sichuan. Pandas in the different provinces are currently isolated, but creating a park will allow them to join together and, hopefully, reproduce. Related: Giant pandas removed from the endangered species list in huge conservation win China announced plans for the park last year, but the project didn’t have the funding to make it a reality. The Bank of China and the Sichuan Department of Forestry joined together to make the park happen over the next five years. Via Phys.org Images via Flickr and Deposit Photos

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The Tesla Semi just made its first cargo trip transporting battery packs

March 8, 2018 by  
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The Tesla Semi recently hit the roads on its very first production cargo trip, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk , who posted a picture to social media. The image showed two of the heavy duty trucks Musk said would ferry battery packs from the Nevada Gigafactory to Tesla’s California car factory. First production cargo trip of the Tesla Semi heavy duty truck, carrying battery packs from the Gigafactory in the Nevada mountains to the car factory in California A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on Mar 7, 2018 at 11:23am PST Tesla Semis recently embarked on the 258-mile trip between the first Gigafactory and Tesla’s factory in Fremont, Inverse reported . The journey would take around four hours and pass through Sacramento. Production on the trucks isn’t anticipated to start until next year, so Inverse said it isn’t clear if the cargo trip is basically a real-world test or marks the beginning of regularly scheduled deliveries. According to Electrek , Tesla vice president of Trucks and Programs Jerome Guillen said in 2017 the company would be their own first customer, utilizing the vehicles to transport cargo between the Gigafacory and Fremont car factory. Related: Tesla is selling its solar products in Home Depot stores starting in July Inverse pointed out this is the first time since Tesla unveiled the Semi late last year we’ve glimpsed the vehicle with an attached trailer. Other sightings had shown the Semi on its own. The Semi will have a range of 300 miles or 500 miles, with expected base prices of $150,000 or $180,000, respectively, according to the Tesla Semi web page. Tesla said the truck features “badass performance,” boasting an acceleration of zero to 60 miles per hour in 20 seconds. The vehicle, which they described as the safest truck ever, will be equipped with four independent motors and Enhanced Autopilot. The company also said the Tesla Semi offers $200,000 or more in fuel savings, saying, “ Electric energy costs are half those of diesel .” Inverse said Tesla has accepted preorders from UPS, Walmart, Pepsi, Sysco, and Anheuser-Busch, to name a few companies. + Tesla Semi + Elon Musk Instagram Via Inverse Images via Tesla

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BIG reveals new yin yang-shaped Panda House for Copenhagen Zoo

March 28, 2017 by  
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The Copenhagen Zoo is giving the starchitect treatment to the home of its most anticipated new tenants. Bjarke Ingels Group unveiled designs for a beautiful yin and yang-shaped enclosure that will be completed just in time for the arrival of two giant pandas from Chengdu. The new Panda House will feature a circular habitat divided into two lushly landscaped halves that mimic the panda’s natural habitat and the Taoist symbol for balance. Created in collaboration with Schønherr Landscape Architects and MOE, BIG’s Panda House circular shape slots in between the existing buildings at the intersection of multiple walkways and is split into two yin and yang -shaped halves. The division of the 2,450-square-meter enclosure serves the practical purpose of separating the males from the females—an essential feature given the animals’ unique solitary nature and to increase the probability of mating since the pandas should not be able to see, hear, or even smell each other for most of the year. The separation, however, is visually unnoticeable and the two halves appear to blend seamlessly together. “Architecture is like portraiture,” said Bjarke Ingels. “To design a home for someone is like capturing their essence, their character and personality in built form. In the case of the two great Pandas, their unique solitary nature requires two similar but separate habitats – one for her and one for him. The habitat is formed like a giant yin and yang symbol, two halves: the male and the female, complete each other to form a single circular whole. The curvy lines are undulating in section to create the necessary separation between him and her – as well as between them and us. Located at the heart of the park, we have made the entire enclosure accessible from 360 degrees, turning the two pandas into the new rotation point for Copenhagen Zoo.” Related: Zootopia: BIG Unveils Bold Plan to Build the World’s Most Animal-Friendly Zoo The Panda House comprises a 1,250-square-meter indoor site and a 1,200-square-meter outdoor area spread across two floors. The bottom parts of the yin and yang shapes are lifted upwards to create underground space for stables and a restaurant. The resulting sloped terrain also allows direct views into the panda habitats from the ground floor and from the visitor’s main circulation loop above. The vegetation and hilly landscape mimics the panda’s natural habitat in western China, from dense mist forests to light green bamboo forests , and offer “the freest and most naturalistic possible environment for [the pandas] and relationship with each other.” The new Panda House is scheduled to open in 2018. + Bjarke Ingels Group

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Giant pandas removed from the endangered species list in huge conservation win

September 5, 2016 by  
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Finally some good news in the animal kingdom – the giant panda has been removed from the endangered species act after significant population growth over the last decade. They are now listed as “vulnerable” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s red list. In 2009, officials declared the panda would go extinct within three generations without concerted measures to save them, according to Science Alert . Now, despite extraordinary odds, there are said to be roughly 2,060 pandas living in the wild – up 17 percent since China first instilled wide-ranging protective measures. “Evidence from a series of range-wide national surveys indicate that the previous population decline has been arrested, and the population has started to increase,” according to the updated IUCN report . “The improved status confirms that the Chinese government’s efforts to conserve this species are effective.” Related: Adorable photo of panda babies melts the internet Measures to restore the wild panda population in China include forest protection and reforestation – to ensure necessary habitat. There are now 67 reserves throughout China dedicated to preserving two thirds of the global panda population. As Science Alert notes , pandas need to eat up to 14 hours a day – or up to 27.5 pounds of bamboo – in order to survive. That combined with their poor breeding habits, particularly in captivity, makes protecting this species particularly challenging – and leaves them vulnerable to climate change. Although the population is currently increasing, climate change is predicted to eliminate more than 35 percent of the Panda’s bamboo habitat in the next 80 years, and thus the Panda population is projected to decline,” according to the report. “The threat of declining bamboo availability due to climate change could, in the near future, reverse the gains made during the last two decades.” While the future still looks bleak for pandas, it’s not the first time it has appeared this way. The challenges we still face to save this and other species, including our own, are still not insurmountable. Marco Lambertini, WWF Director General, said in a press statement, “The recovery of the panda shows that when science, political will, and engagement of local communities come together, we can save wildlife and also improve biodiversity.” Via Science Alert

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Green Overdrive Video: The Eco Water-Spraying Fiat Panda

October 8, 2010 by  
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There’s only one of the Fiat’s fuel cell hybrid cars in the world — called the Panda because of its cute, boxy frame — but for this week’s Green Overdrive video show , we got to take the Fiat Panda on a test drive around the streets of San Jose, Calif.

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