Over 20,500 people have signed a petition to keep Starbucks out of Yosemite

January 16, 2018 by  
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Should Starbucks be present in a national park like Yosemite ? More than 20,500 signers of a Change.org petition don’t think so. The petition says opening the Starbucks would pave the way for more undue development and the national park “will lose its essence, making it hardly distinguishable from a chaotic and bustling commercial city.” The idea of a Starbucks in Yosemite National Park has people livid. “National parks are some of the only free, clean, beautiful and pollution free places we have left. Multi billion dollar corporations don’t belong!” said petition signer Rebekah Stevens of Mariposa, California on Change.org. Signer Felicia Flick of Foresthill, California said, “John Muir would roll in his grave.” People saying they’re from places all over the United States and the world have signed the petition to be sent to representative Tom McClintock, senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein, and the Yosemite National Park Administration. Related: White House kills ban on bottled water at National Parks The Starbucks would be part of Base Camp Eatery , Yosemite Hospitality’s renovated food court. Yosemite Hospitality is a corporate subsidiary of Aramark , and senior director of corporate communications David Freireich told Thrillist , “The petition is not an accurate representation or reflection of what is being planned. The Starbucks offering will occupy existing space. No new structures or free-standing stores are being built as part of the food court renovation.” National parks right now aren’t free of corporations, according to National Park Service spokesman Jeffrey Olson, who told Mashable , “Many of our current concessioners are multi-national corporations. Concessioners fill a vital role in helping the National Park Service carry out its mission. Private companies are drawn to working with NPS in order to offer services to park visitors, which are not provided directly by the government. Concessioners specialize in these operations and are thus able to provide quality services at reasonable prices.” Aramark became a concessioner at Yosemite in 2016 under a 15-year contract . People continue to sign the petition – at time of publication the number was just over 20,500. Find out more here . Via Change.org , Thrillist , and Mashable Images via Pixabay and Aniket Deole on Unsplash

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Chinese company unveils wild new electric SUV with a 370-mile range

January 16, 2018 by  
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Need detachable headlights or augmented reality in your car ? Chinese automaker GAC Motor has you covered. They unveiled a concept car at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit that boasts these features – and a range of 370 miles on one charge. The Verge and Engadget covered the compact new-energy SUV, the Enverge, that GAC debuted as part of their effort to start selling cars in America next year. Gull-wing doors and a flatscreen dashboard are among the flashy features included in the Enverge. The concept car offers virtual reality screens in side windows and removable fog lamps – dubbed G-Torches – that also serve as flashlights for exploring. Related: One of China’s largest car makers just broke ground on a $6.5 billion EV park Here comes to the moment to reveal our Enverge concept car! Tailor-made for North American market, Enverge, the first compact new-energy concept SUV, looks stunning! @NAIASDetroit #GACMotor #Enverge #SUV #Detroit #NAIAS pic.twitter.com/4YfDC5T8JO — GAC MOTOR (@Gac_Motor) January 16, 2018 And then there’s the alleged range of the car – which at 370 miles on one charge is farther than the Tesla Model 3 , The Verge pointed out. The 71 kilowatt-hour battery can be charged wirelessly – and 10 minutes could reportedly provide drivers with a range of 240 miles. The Enverge is a deadly looking electric car from a company you’ve never heard of https://t.co/ME0ypmdeA9 pic.twitter.com/ulQuVbcXsx — The Verge (@verge) January 15, 2018 Will the Enverge see the light of day beyond car shows? That remains to be seen – in a press release GAC Motor seemed to indicate they presented the car to show off “the company’s cutting-edge technologies and tremendous potential in the fields of vehicle electrification, networking, and intelligent system.” The company also unveiled the GA4 sedan , designed as a family car. GAC Motor sold around 500,000 cars in China last year. Inhabitat covered GAC Motor last year when they started construction on a $6.5 billion electric vehicle park to manufacture EVs and self-driving cars. GAC Motor is reportedly talking with Fiat Chrysler about distributing cars in America. The company said they showed their cars at the auto show to demonstrate “the brand’s sincerity and determination to enter the North American market” – a move which could happen in 2019. Via The Verge , Engadget , and GAC Motor/PRNewswire Images via GAC Motor/PRNewswire

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Most active volcano in the Philippines sends locals and tourists fleeing

January 16, 2018 by  
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Mount Mayon, the most active volcano in the Philippines , sent lava billowing down its slopes on Tuesday and prompted an evacuation of more than 21,000 locals who live in threatened areas. According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, lava flowed as far as 1.2 miles from the crater while ash from the volcanic activity spread to several communities in the northeastern Albay Province, where Mayon is located. Although the sight of an active volcano is breathtaking, authorities have advised that people remain beyond the 3.7-4.3 mile danger zone around Mayon. “They say it’s beauty juxtaposed with danger,” Office of Civil Defense regional director Claudio Yucot said, according to CBS News . Of the at least 21,800 people to be displaced by Mayon’s most recent eruptive episode, over 16,800 have taken shelter in 22 schools throughout the region. Others found safety at the homes of relatives far from the danger zone. Locals have expressed concern for their livestocks, which authorities have met by setting up evacuation areas for animals such as pigs, poultry, water buffalo, and cattle.  Despite the vivid display of danger, the volcano’s current lava spell was sparked by lava fragments splitting from the lava flow, not from an explosive eruption from within the crater. Further, scientists have not observed the level of volcanic earthquakes that would indicate an imminent eruption. If such an eruption were to appear imminent, authorities say that they are ready for a large-scale evacuation operation. Related: Scientists construct new theory of Yellowstone’s supervolcano hotspot Mayon has erupted about 50 times in the past 500 years, often with great strength. Its first recorded eruption was in 1616 while the most destructive occurred in 1814, when 1,200 people were killed and the town of Cagsawa was buried. The most recent episode before the current occurred in 2013 when an eruption of ash killed five people who attempted to climb the volcano despite warnings. While Mount Mayon may be the most active, it certainly is not the only volcano in the Philippines. Mayon is a part of the Ring of Fire, an area in the Pacific in which seismic faults are plentiful and often produce earthquakes and volcanic activity. Via CBS News Images via Denvie Balidoy/Flickr and Tom Falcon/Flickr

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Solar-powered Miami office is made entirely from repurposed shipping containers

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Argentina-based Reale Arquitectos just unveiled plans for a stunning office building made completely out of shipping containers . Currently under construction in Miami, the contemporary structure is made out of four repurposed containers strategically configured to give the building plenty of open spaces and great ocean views. In addition to the shipping containers, the project take advantage of a variety of green building strategies including solar power and a rainwater harvesting system. Since its inception, the project focused on combining sophisticated design with sustainable systems . The use of repurposed shipping containers cuts down on building and transportation costs. Additional sustainable features include water heating panels, garden terraces, and a greywater harvesting system . The building also features interior and exterior LED lighting as well as energy-efficient appliances. Related: Affordable shipping container village can pop up almost anywhere in the world To fit into the Miami landscape, the containers were painted a stark white, which also helps with passive cooling. The strategic placement of the containers provides the interior with beautiful views of the Miami shoreline, as well as optimal natural light throughout the interior. The configuration was also pivotal in providing the building with a number of outdoor garden spaces for relaxing, working, or entertaining. + Reale Arquitectos Images via Reale Arquitectos

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8 ways to help the water protectors at the Standing Rock Reservation

November 23, 2016 by  
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As the world watches the Dakota Access Pipeline protests and the horrific police attacks that have injured hundreds of people , you may be wondering what you can do to help. Despite President Obama calling for a halt to construction to the DAPL pipeline in September to explore a new route, the company behind the 1,172-mile-long underground pipeline is forging ahead with construction anyway – in defiance of the president’s orders . Meanwhile hundreds of activists fighting for clean water have faced violent resistance and brutal attacks by local police , including police attacks this past weekend with rubber bullets, freezing water and tear gas that left 26 people hospitalized and hundreds injured . If you want to support the water protectors but are feeling helpless, know that you CAN make a difference from your home through phone calls, donations, and social media . You can even close accounts at banks financing the pipeline or go to North Dakota to stand with the protesters . Here are eight ways to help the Standing Rock activists. Support the protesters financially on GoFundMe and FundRazr So far people have donated over $1.5 million on Sacred Stone Camp’s GoFundMe campaign , but with winter coming they still need donations. Campaign organizer Howaste Wakiya says money will go towards necessities like food and blankets, means of power generation like solar panels , and winter gear like wood stoves and teepee liners. As protesters are arrested, the activists also need help with legal defense; you can contribute at FundRazr . If you’d like to donate a physical item Sacred Stone Camp has a list of supplies they need on their website and an Amazon wishlist . Related: Dakota Access Pipeline protesters raise over $1 million on GoFundMe Sign 21 different petitions at Change.org You can make your voice heard on the issue through numerous petitions online. Change.org has a ” Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline ” movement page with 21 different petitions. There you can sign the Rezpect Our Water petition started by Standing Rock youth or petitions targeted towards the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and President Obama . Call President Obama, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and North Dakota governor Jack Dalrymple Let the president know how you feel about the Dakota Access Pipeline. You can call the White House at (202) 456-1111 or at (202) 456-1414. You can send an email here or send a letter to The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500. You can call the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at (202) 761-0011, fill out a contact form on their website, or write to Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 441 G Street NW, Washington, DC, 20314. You can also reach out to North Dakota governor Jack Dalrymple at (701) 328-2200 or via his website’s contact form . You can write to him at Office of Governor, State of North Dakota, 600 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, ND, 58505. Call or email Energy Transfer Partners executives Tell Energy Transfer Partners executives to stop building the pipeline . TheFreeThoughtProject.com provided contact information for three Energy Transfer executives . You can call Executive Vice President Lee Hanse at (210) 403-6455 or email him at Lee.Hanse@energytransfer.com. You can call Vice President Glenn Emery at (210) 403-6762 or email him at Glenn.Emery@energytransfer.com. Both men can be written to at 800 E Sontera Boulevard #400, San Antonio, Texas 78258. You can also call Lead Analyst Michael (Cliff) Waters at (713) 989-2404 or email him at Michael.Waters@energytransfer.com. You can write to him at 1300 Main Street, Houston, Texas, 77002. Join a local peaceful protest You can search Facebook events under #NoDAPL to find an event near you, or organize your own peaceful protest at ActionNetwork.org . Peacefully protest or close accounts at banks financing the pipeline Multiple large banks are financing the Dakota Access Pipeline, including Citibank, Wells Fargo, and the Bank of America. According to Food & Water Watch Senior Researcher Hugh MacMillan who spoke to Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! , there are numerous banks from around the world involved. Find out if your bank is funding the pipeline in Democracy Now!’s interview or in this article by Yes! Magazine . If you bank with an institution financing the pipeline, you could consider closing your account, peacefully protesting at bank locations, or contacting bank executives. Create a #NoDAPL Solidarity video to share on social media If you can’t travel to North Dakota yourself, you can show solidarity on social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter. On the Sacred Stone Camp’s Solidarity with Standing Rock Tumblr page, you can upload a video or picture with the hashtag #NoDAPL showing your support. A Tumblr account is not necessary to post to the page. Raise money creatively, such as through a bake sale What if you want to donate but don’t have much extra money to spare? The author’s friend held a bake sale and garage sale at her home in California and raised nearly $400 for Sacred Stone Camp’s GoFundMe. You just might have a few items lying around you don’t need anymore and could sell or donate; or if you’re crafty or love to bake you might be able to make items to sell to raise money. Share your ideas and the ways you’ve either raised money or supported the movement on social media with Inhabitat on Facebook , Twitter , and in the comments section of this post. + Standing Rock Sioux Tribe + Sacred Stone Camp Images via Fibonacci Blue on Flickr ( 1 , 2 , 3 ), Sacred Stone Camp GoFundMe , screenshot , Lars Plougmann on Flickr , Carl Wycoff on Flickr , Sacred Stone Camp Facebook , and Wikimedia Commons

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Sign This Petition to Save Beau the Dog from Being Unlawfully Euthanized

October 28, 2014 by  
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The city of Dyersburg, Tennessee is gaining national attention after making a brash and merciless decision to sentence a dog to death. The two-and-a-half-year-old Golden Retriever and White German Shepard mix named Beau was caught by animal control officials after he killed a neighbor’s duck, which wandered onto his own property. Though Beau has no previous history of aggression, the city seems to be taking unnecessarily cruel measures to reprimand the pup for an isolated incident. Beau’s owner, Danny Higgins, is now fighting back with the rest of the country to circumvent his dog’s heart-wrenching fate by petitioning Dyersburg to free poor Beau before he is euthanized on November 20, 2014. The petition on Change.org has gained over 300,000 signatures, but over 180,000 are still needed. SIGN THE PETITION> Read the rest of Sign This Petition to Save Beau the Dog from Being Unlawfully Euthanized Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal control , animal rights , beau the dog , change.org , danny higgins , dyersburg , mayor john holden , petitions , save beau’s life , tennessee

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Art or Animal Abuse? Tortoises Carry iPads for Controversial New Exhibition in Aspen

August 8, 2014 by  
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The Aspen Art Museum (AAM) hasn’t even officially opened its doors to the public yet, but one of its exhibitions is already causing massive controversy. Cai Guo-Qiang’s installation Moving Ghost Town features three African Sulcata tortoises roaming around a rooftop enclosure, each with two iPads affixed to its shell. The gadgets display video footage of local ghost towns. The AAM claims the artwork is “cultivating a site-specific approach to culture and history,” but animal rights activists have slammed it as outright animal abuse. What do you think? Read the rest of Art or Animal Abuse? Tortoises Carry iPads for Controversial New Exhibition in Aspen Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal abuse , animal welfare , Art , aspen art museum , Cai Guo-Qiang , exhibitions , iPads , petitions , tortoise , tortoises wearing iPads , Turtle Conservancy

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