Illegal ivory trade continues to thrive in Europe

July 11, 2018 by  
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International rights group Avaaz says the illegal ivory trade is still alive and well in Europe after the group purchased 109 ivory products from 10 countries and found that many of these items were illegaly sourced from wildlife after 1989. The findings further support Avaaz’s mission in calling on Europe to completely end its ivory trade and protect elephants . During its four-month investigation, the non-profit was able to successfully purchase ivory items in 10 European nations, including Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain and the United Kingdom. The ivory products were then shipped to Oxford University , where researchers used carbon dating to determine their authenticity and age. According to Avaaz, approximately 20 percent of the discovered items were harvested in 1990 or later. Under international regulations, it is illegal to sell any ivory taken from animals after 1990, when sanctions on the organic material went into effect. Related: United Kingdom moves to ban most of its ivory trade The good news is that the majority of items found date back as far as 1947 and later, meaning no new animals were killed or threatened for ivory. While this is a major win for animal conservation , pre-1990 ivory trade is only allowed with official documentation — Avaaz was able to purchase the items illegally. “This proves beyond doubt that illegal ivory is being sold across Europe,” Bert Wander, campaign director for Avaaz, said in a media statement. “Every day the sale of these trinkets continues is a day closer to wiping out majestic elephants forever.” The undercover operation is part of a wider awareness campaign by Avaaz to stop all ivory trading across Europe. In a recent update , the activist organization accused the European Union of being open to future trading opportunities. Furthermore, Avaaz claims the EU does not support a proposed five-point plan to protect all elephants from poaching for their tusks. Avaaz is not the only group calling for the outright end of ivory sales. Tusk , a charity championed by Prince William , is demanding the U.K. end all ivory trading, claiming the nation is the third-largest supplier of illegal products to the U.S. + Avaaz Via The Guardian

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Scientists find first contagious cancer transmissible between species

June 30, 2016 by  
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Scientists have seen contagious cancer before, in Tasmanian devils, in dogs, and in soft-shell clams in Prince Edward Island. Now, researchers are adding one more occurrence to the list: a contagious, leukemia-like disease that appears to be widespread among shellfish with hinged shells, called bivalves, such as clams, mussels, and cockles. Researchers discovered evidence, for the first time ever, that this particular disease can spread between species , making it slightly more terrifying. A team of Spanish scientists initially found the cancerous phenomenon in shellfish off the coast of Galicia, Spain but other researchers working in Canada have also observed the contagious disease. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ir5H-yZONg8 Scientists learned that the disease was spreading among ocean creatures  belonging to related, but different species after a genetic analysis of the cancer cells. Cancer originates from mutated cells but are genetically similar to the host, so analyzing the cancer cells helped researchers determine their origin. So far, the disease has been found in mussels off the coast of British Columbia and in cockles and golden carpet shell clams in Spain, and it is very similar to a disease soft-shell clams in Prince Edward Island have suffered. Related: Clams could clean up oil spills without chemicals This discovery of a transmissible cancer is probably just the beginning, according to study coauthor Jim Sherry, an Environment Canada scientist based in Burlington, Ontario. “It may be more widespread in nature than we know,” he said. Instead of being very similar to the genetic makeup of their host, cancer cells of this variety are “wildly different from the host,” according to lead author Stephen Goff, a professor of microbiology at Columbia University. The cancer cells they found in golden carpet shell clams had originated in the pullet carpet shell, a related species of shellfish . “This had to be a case of cross-species transmission,” Goff said. Luckily, the scientists think the contagious cancer is a rare occurrence, and isn’t likely to spread to unrelated species. The study, published in the journal Nature , describes the nature of the contagious cancer in shellfish in Spain, Canada, and the northern United States. Via CBC Images via CUMC

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700 barrels of crude oil spill in California as pipeline breaks

June 23, 2016 by  
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An oil pipeline just began to leak in Ventura, California . Early Thursday morning, firefighters rushed to the scene to try and prevent the crude oil from spilling into the ocean . Ventura County Fire Department spokesperson Mike Lindbery originally said the leak could involve as much as 5,000 barrels of crude oil . Crimson Pipeline owns the leaking pipeline. On their website they say they ” safely ” own around 1,000 miles of pipeline throughout California, in Ventura, Orange, Kern County, Los Angeles, and some areas in Northern California. The oil in question belongs to Aera Energy , one of the largest producers of oil and gas in California, who on their website say they “take pride in our excellent safety and environmental performance.” Related: Why didn’t the California pipeline that spilled 101,000 gallons of oil have an auto shut-off valve? NBC Los Angeles reports that the pipe ” burst ” around 5:30 AM local time. Both the Ventura County and Ventury City fire departments initiated investigations . A hazmat team was also dispatched to the scene. Crews saw crude oil spilling ” into the Prince Barranca ,” a water flow that leads to a beach. Firefighters are now working to try and make sure the oil doesn’t reach the ocean. Crews are utilizing bulldozers to build barriers, but also hope a natural basin will help catch the oil as well. Crimson Pipeline shut the pump off, but while the pipe is depressurized, oil continues to flow because of gravity. According to officials, they notified the California departments of environmental health and fish and game about the leak. California has battled oil spills and even an Exxon Mobil oil refinery explosion in the past. Over 100,000 gallons of oil spilled into the ocean near Santa Barbara, California due to a pipeline crack just over a year ago. Via the Los Angeles Times Images via J Brew on Flickr and Wikimedia Commons

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Kimbal Musk’s new Memphis eatery will offer healthy meals on the go for $5

June 23, 2016 by  
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Regular readers of Inhabitat know of our continued intrigue with Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk , but we haven’t reported as much on his youngest brother Kimbal Musk . The younger Musk brother is a busy man, sitting on the boards of Tesla, SpaceX and Chipotle Mexican Grill – and his own venture, The Kitchen Community , is a nonprofit that puts educational gardens in schools and other community spaces. Now, Kimbal Musk is launching a healthy “grab-and-go” café called The Kitchenette, which will offer healthy meals for just $5. The flagship location of The Kitchenette is planned for Memphis, Tennessee and is expected to open this August. In fact, they are already hiring . The location will be unique, situated inside the visitor center of Shelby Farms Park , a sprawling urban park and nature conservancy which has more than one million visitors each year. At Musk’s café, healthy food will take the spotlight, including $5 meals on-the-go. The menu will consist mostly of sandwiches, soups, and salads. Musk and his cofounder and chef Hugo Matheson have aspirations to expand the concept to other cities, but no solid plans are in place yet. Related: Plummeting sales show Americans are basically over McDonald’s Healthy fast food joints seem to be the latest trend in the food service industry, but many existing options aren’t exactly budget friendly and lunch for one can easily cost $15-20. In order to provide true competition to common fast food restaurants, like McDonald’s, Musk knew he had to keep the prices down. To that end, no single item on the menu at The Kitchenette will be priced over $10. Musk told Tech Insider that he’ll keep prices down by partnering with local farmers , which seems like a smart move, both for diners and for the local economy. The only downside we can see is that The Kitchenette won’t have a drive-thru window. Via Tech Insider Images via Kimbal Musk/The Kitchen

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Airbnb wants a family to sleep in this Great Barrier Reef floating ‘house’, but is it safe?

June 23, 2016 by  
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The Airbnb listing calls the accommodations an “apartment” but it is decidedly not that. Composed of an open-air floating platform , the space is elaborately decorated with white linens and natural elements. The reef-adjacent guest space sleeps up to four people, so Airbnb is marketing this particular giveaway to families in partnership with Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory , which opened June 17. The contest entrant must be at least 21 years old, and the winner can bring along three immediate family members. The prize also includes return airfare to Cairns (the nearest city), as well as accommodations there in an Airbnb property on the night before and after the Great Barrier Reef adventure. Related: Airbnb is offering a night in an underwater bedroom surrounded by 35 sharks The main bedroom area features what appears to be a queen-sized bed, while a second sleeping area is situated behind a dividing wall positioned at the head of bed. There, a bunk bed is adorned with colorful Disney-themed bedding, but the kids sleeping area is also dangerously exposed, without so much as a railing between the “bedroom” and the open sea. If you choose to ignore the obvious safety concerns, the space is decidedly beautiful. The open walls feature billows of gauzy curtains which are more for aesthetic appeal than privacy or protection from the elements. Unfinished wood make up the floor and sofa, while fluffy pillows in white and sandy colors offer cool places to enjoy the view. This dreamy floating getaway is also conspicuously missing a bathroom, although there is a sink positioned between the bedroom and the lounge area. Par for the course with Airbnb giveaways , the winners will do more than just sleep on the waves. The prize also includes a late lunch featuring from local produce, prepared by Neil Perry, one of Australia’s most famous chefs. In the afternoon, the winners will go on a guided dive, and tour private coral gardens with a marine biologist. Entries will be accepted until June 30 and a winner will be announced soon after, with the trip planned for July 12 to 14. The entire prize package is worth $30,000, according to Airbnb, which seems like a lot of money to put behind a floating room that gives parents major cause for concern about the safety and comfort of their children. + Airbnb Night At Great Barrier Reef Via MyModernMet Images via Airbnb

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Solar Impulse 2 nails world’s first solar-powered flight across the Atlantic Ocean

June 23, 2016 by  
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The experimental solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse 2 made history early this morning when it touched down in Seville, Spain after a three-day nonstop flight from New York City. The landing marks the first-ever solar, electric, and zero-emission crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. The culmination of a partnership between Swiss pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, Solar Impulse 2 is sure to snag another world record for this accomplishment, the latest in a series of firsts in the plane’s round-the-world journey. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ExvAfoWwuo Piccard endured three days and three nights (71 hours and 8 minutes) in the one-man aircraft, covering 4,203 miles without fuel. The all-electric airplane draws all of its power through solar panels , which charge the plane’s batteries during the day to power its nighttime flying. Piccard landed Solar Impulse 2 successfully at the Seville Airport at 7:38am local time, ending the epic ocean crossing. Ground crews have already set to work evaluating the aircraft’s performance and checking for failures to ensure that everything is in good condition before Borschberg takes off on the next leg of the journey. Related: Solar Impulse 2 begins 4 day nonstop flight across the Atlantic on the longest day of the year Last year, Borschberg was at the helm when Solar Impulse 2 successfully flew across the Pacific Ocean from Japan to Hawaii , and each leg of the historic journey seems to deepen the pilots’ conviction about the power of clean energy and its significance on a global scale. Following his landing in Spain this morning, Piccard waxed poetic about the cross-Atlantic flight. “The Atlantic has always revealed the transitions between the ‘old’ and the ‘new’ worlds,” he said. “But while theses worlds used to be geographical continents, today they are states of mind. The ‘old’ world is the world of inefficient polluting devices, depleting the Earth’s resources. The ‘new’ world is the world of modern clean technologies that can halve our global energy consumption, save natural resources and improve our quality of life. With this transatlantic flight our aim is to inspire the adoption of clean technologies everywhere.” This marked the 15th leg of the experimental solar-powered aircraft’s round-the-world journey, which began in Abu Dhabi last March. The team expects at least two more flights to complete the global adventure. + Solar Impulse Images via Solar Impulse

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Prince Charles turns royal gardens into a woodland playground for grandson Prince George

August 2, 2015 by  
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Even England’s royalty can’t resist a good treehouse . Prince Charles recently renovated a portion of the Highgrove gardens into a royal woodland playground with a treehouse for his two-year-old grandson, Prince George. The new toddler wonderland is located in The Stumpery, a playground designed by William Bertram for the then five and three-year-old princes, William and Harry. The original design included a thatched roof treehouse, designed for William’s seventh birthday, which has now been relocated and passed down to Prince George. READ MORE>

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President Obama Slams Opponents for Single-Minded View on Energy

March 15, 2012 by  
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With the barrage of misinformation coming out of the Republican party these days about rising oil prices , the safety of the Chevy Volt , the state of global climate change , and President Obama’s energy policy , it seems the Commander in Chief has finally had enough. Today, at Prince George’s Community College in Maryland, the President threw up his fists and took his critics head on, announcing that he was willing to fight for clean energy because he knows that’s where the future is headed. Read the rest of President Obama Slams Opponents for Single-Minded View on Energy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: clean energy policy , energy debate , energy policy , obama administration energy policy , obama renewable energy policy , president obama , president obama energy policy , renewable energy policy

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Landis+Gyr Beefs Up Smart Grid Capacity with Ecologic Purchase

January 12, 2012 by  
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The Swiss firm has made its first acquisition since it was purchased by Toshiba, snapping up the remaining stake in the smart-grid software company — and further tightening the market for smart grid technologies.

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Finding Hope and Sustainability in Rebuilding Haiti

January 12, 2012 by  
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The U.S. Green Building Council, along with HOK as the pro-bono design partner, have been working to design and construct Project Haiti, a LEED Platinum orphanage and children's center in Port au Prince.

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