Watch Hoover the tiger released into nature after 12 dreadful years in a circus cage

June 16, 2016 by  
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After 12 years living in a circus cage and enduring terrible abuses, Hoover the tiger is finally free. He was rescued from a circus in Peru last April , where he had been enslaved his entire life. Circus trainers whipped and beat him, forcing him and up to 11 other tigers to perform on demand. After a year being nursed back to health by his rescuers, Hoover now lives in southern Florida, where he will enjoy warm breezes and shady grass for the rest of his life at a natural woodland sanctuary shared by other rescued tigers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRxrJv78J3Q Animal Defenders International (ADI) released the above video, which begins with a peaceful scene showing Hoover at his new home at Big Cat Rescue  wildlife sanctuary near Tampa. Hoover creeps cautiously toward a natural pool in a wooded area and, with trepidation, the big cat dips his toes into the water. It is perhaps the first time Hoover was ever able to experience nature directly after a lifetime at the circus. (For our readers who are sensitive to violence against animals , be aware that the above video contains graphic scenes after 0:30.) Related: Tiger populations have increased for the first time in 100 years Hoover’s freedom was hard-won. Animal rights activists were able to secretly film the abuses and alert Peru’s wildlife department, SERFOR (Peru’s forestry department) and police. The circus attempted to evade the law by hiding in the mountains for eight months. Eventually, authorities caught up to them and, in a surprise raid, Hoover was rescued by ADI. Unfortunately, the other 11 tigers in Hoover’s original group perished prior to the raid. Little is known about how or when each one passed away, but Hoover’s poor health and undernourishment suggest the other tigers may have succumbed to their handlers’ neglect and abuse. “Hoover was very lucky to survive,” said ADI President Jan Creamer. “His last cage mate had died before we could get to him. We were very grateful for the public support and information that helped us to track the circus down, now he can live in peace in his wonderful new environment.” + Animal Defenders International + Big Cat Rescue Images via ADI

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CO2 levels likely to stay above 400ppm for the rest of our lives, new study shows

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A new study reveals that carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations in the atmosphere are likely to remain above 400 parts per million (ppm) throughout this year and for many years to come. Scientists from the Met Office Hadley Centre and Scripps Institution of Oceanography scrutinized data from NOAA’s Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii and forecasted that levels would not dip below 400ppm for ‘our lifetimes.’ According to the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), CO2 concentrations of ” about 450ppm or lower are likely to maintain warming below 2 degrees Celsius over the 21st century relative to pre-industrial levels.” But lead author on the paper Richard Betts said we could pass that number in 20 years or less. He told the Guardian that even if we reduce emissions immediately, we might be able to delay reaching 450ppm but “it is still looking like a challenge to stay below 450ppm.” Related: Global CO2 concentrations exceed 400ppm ‘point of no return’ for first time Paper co-author Ralph Keeling said, “Back in September last year, we suspected that we were measuring CO2 concentrations below 400ppm for the last time. Now it is looking like this was indeed the case.” El Niño has played a role in climbing carbon dioxide levels, but we’ll likely see higher CO2 levels than the last large El Niño storm during 1997 and 1998 because ” manmade emissions ” have risen by 25 percent since that storm, according to The Guardian. Met Office experts are fairly confident in these projections. They predicted in November 2015 that in May 2016 “mean concentrations of atmospheric CO2” would hit 407.57ppm. The actual figure was 407.7ppm. During 2015, NOAA reported that the “annual growth rate” of C02 in the atmosphere rose by 3.05ppm . NOAA lead scientist Pieter Tans said “Carbon dioxide levels are increasing faster than they have in hundreds of thousands of years. It’s explosive compared to natural processes.” Via The Guardian Images via Rick Sharloch on Flickr and NOAA Photo Library on Flickr

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The new Tate Modern designed by Herzog & de Meuron opens its doors

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According to the Tate Modern , the Switch House is “the most important new cultural building to open in Britain since the British Library.” The Switch House will increase the size of Tate Modern by 60 percent with galleries, a panoramic viewing terrace, and the first permanent spaces for live art in old oil tanks. Building materials such as concrete, oak, and brick comprise the Switch House. High ceilings, spiral staircases, and tall thin windows add to the aesthetic. Related: Tate Modern’s Energy Efficient Redesign by Hertzog & de Meuron The Switch House will be the site of a new program Tate Modern is launching later in 2016 called the Tate Exchange. The ” open experiment ” will take over an entire floor and provide a space for innovative workshops and events. Tate Modern says 50 organizations will be part of the Tate Exchange, including artists, healthcare trusts, charities, universities, and community radio stations. Tate Director Nicholas Serota said it will be a “combination of the Open University, art school, TED talks, and Guardian debates, all wrapped into one.” The day before the museum opens to all, 3,000 schoolchildren from all around the UK will get to experience the Switch House. They will be the first members of the public to explore the building and artwork inside. Artist Bob and Roberta Smith will welcome the children. London Mayor Sadiq Khan said , “Bringing culture to this neglected area of London has transformed it.” Herzog & de Meuron designed Tate Modern’s Bankside Power Station conversion back in 2000 as well. + Tate Modern Via World Architecture News Photography by Iwan Baan

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