The world’s last male northern white rhino has died in Kenya

March 20, 2018 by  
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Devastating news for wildlife enthusiasts: Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhino , has died. Ol Pejeta Conservancy and the Dv?r Králové Zoo announced the 45-year-old rhino was euthanized at the 90,000-acre non-profit wildlife facility Kenya on March 19 after being unable to overcome age-related muscle and bone degeneration or debilitating skin wounds. “His condition worsened significantly in the last 24 hours; he was unable to stand up and was suffering a great deal,” Ol Pejeta wrote on their Facebook page . Ol Pejeta says Sudan escaped extinction of his kind when he was first moved to the zoo in the 1970s, and then sired two females, significantly contributing to the survival of his species. Before he was euthanized, they collected his genetic material in anticipation of advanced cellular technologies they might be able to use in future reproductive efforts. Related: The last male northern white rhino suffers declining health “We on Ol Pejeta are all saddened by Sudan’s death. He was a great ambassador for his species and will be remembered for the work he did to raise awareness globally of the plight facing not only rhinos, but also the many thousands of other species facing extinction as a result of unsustainable human activity,” said Richard Vigne, Ol Pejeta’s CEO. “One day, his demise will hopefully be seen as a seminal moment for conservationists world wide.” With Sudan’s death, the only remaining northern white rhinos are Sudan’s daughter Najin and her daughter Fatu, according to Ol Pejeta. In their statement, the conservancy said, “The only hope for the preservation of this subspecies now lies in developing in vitro fertilisation (IVF) techniques using eggs from the two remaining females, stored northern white rhino semen from males and surrogate southern white rhino females.” While Sudan died of old age, it’s worth noting that humanity is a main driver of the sixth mass extinction, which, according to a news report released last year, is killing off wildlife 100 times faster than normal . + Ol Pejeta Conservancy All images via Ol Pejeta

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World’s last male northern white rhino joins Tinder to avoid extinction

April 27, 2017 by  
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He may not make the coziest of bedfellows, but if a northern white rhino pops up on your Tinder screen, it might behoove you to swipe right. Dubbed by wildlife experts as the “world’s most eligible bachelor,” 43-year-old Sudan is the sole remaining male of his kind. “I don’t mean to be too forward, but the fate of the species literally depends on me,” the rhino’s profile reads on the dating app. “I perform well under pressure.” Sudan isn’t looking to make a love connection, however. There are only two remaining female northern white rhinos left, and neither are viable candidates for mating. To stave off the subspecies’s extinction, Ol Pejeta Conservancy , the Kenyan wildlife group in charge of Sudan’s care is hoping to raise $9 million for research into breeding methods such as in-vitro fertilization. Related: 21 rare one-horned Indian rhinos drown in monsoon flooding Tinder users who swipe right will be directed to a donation site where they can dig deep for the cause. “We partnered with Ol Pejeta Conservancy to give the most eligible bachelor in the world a chance to meet his match,” Matt David, head of communications and marketing at Tinder, said in a statement. “We are optimistic given Sudan’s profile will be seen on Tinder in 190 countries and over 40 languages.” Sudan lives under round-the-clock protection at Old Pejeta with the two females, Najin and Fatu. “The plight that currently faces the northern white rhinos is a signal to the impact that humankind is having on many thousands of other species across the planet,” said Richard Vigne, the conservancy’s CEO. “Ultimately, the aim will be to reintroduce a viable population of northern white rhino back into the wild, which is where their true value will be realized.” Via Time Photos by Unsplash

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Barn ruins transformed into contemporary home with spa

April 27, 2017 by  
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Parisian architecture studio Antonin Ziegler converted an abandoned barn into a metal-clad home crafted to evoke a “contemporary ruin.” Located in France’s Regional Natural Park of Boucles de la Seine, the adaptive reuse project, called The Barn, sits between a wheat field and river and was formerly used to store fodder for horses. With the barn’s weatherboarding worn away, the architects encased the timber structure in a new shell of zinc to preserve the building’s monolithic and distinctly agricultural gabled shape. The metal cladding was left untreated and will develop a patina over time. The original timber framework, however, is still visible from the outside and peeks through along a window that runs along the home’s stone foundation base. “The framework is the fundamental element of the new residence,” write the architects. “From the outside, it remains partially visible, beneath the zinc envelope, thus conferring an incomplete aspect to the construction, as though eroded by the surrounding nature. The windows and doors are visually understated: the archetypal house is kept at bay to give rise to another kind of habitat, more in keeping with the surrounding wilderness. A lone crack that pierces the roof and walls thus gives the project the appearance of a contemporary ruin .” Related: Zinc-clad Midden Studio hides a cozy interior with a see-through floor The interior echoes the facade’s simple and rustic appearance with a material palette of breezeblocks, battens, and exposed concrete. Natural light pours into the home on all sides and the windows frame views of the river and landscape. The ground floor is mostly open plan with few partitions, with the double-height kitchen, dining room, living room on one end, a double-height swimming spa on the other, and a master bedroom and utility room located in the middle. Four bedrooms are tucked away on the upper floor in the former hay loft. + Antonin Ziegler Via ArchDaily Images via Antonin Ziegler

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Northern white rhino dies at San Diego Zoo, leaving just 3 on Earth

November 23, 2015 by  
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There are now just three northern white rhinos on Earth, after the passing of 41-year-old Nola at the San Diego Zoo this weekend. The elderly female rhino was euthanized following a long battle with arthritis and, more recently, an infection in her hip. Zoo officials said in a statement that Nola had surgery on November 13 to drain an abscess from the bacterial infection, and her condition deteriorated in the days following the procedure. Nola is survived by three other elderly rhinos , all living on a preserve in Kenya. Read the rest of Northern white rhino dies at San Diego Zoo, leaving just 3 on Earth

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Giant bags full of biogas provide 4 hours of cooking fuel

October 8, 2015 by  
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A boy walks down the middle of a busy street in a small country town in Ethiopia , carrying an enormous backpack. He doesn’t fold under its weight because this special backpack is filled with biogas. The pack is part of a project by German start-up (B)energy , which helps people create small businesses making and selling methane gas. In regions where traditional cooking fuel, such as wood and charcoal, is expensive and rare, the biogas serves as a cheap and clean-burning alternative. Read the rest of Giant bags full of biogas provide 4 hours of cooking fuel

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Stealth GPS in fake elephant tusks maps illegal smuggling routes

August 18, 2015 by  
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Using GPS tracking devices, a journalist has mapped the smuggling route of elephant tusks out of Congo’s Garamba National Park. The devices, installed into a pair of fake ivory tusks, helped investigative journalist Bryan Christy track the ivory from Garamba through Sudan. “These tusks… operate really like additional investigators, like members of our team, and almost like a robocop,” Christy told Terry Gross in an interview on NPR . Read the rest of Stealth GPS in fake elephant tusks maps illegal smuggling routes

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Recipients for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture Named for 2013

September 7, 2013 by  
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In Lisbon on Friday, five recipients were named for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture . Established back in 1977, the prize divides $1 million amongst the architects. Given every three years, the Award focuses on the revitalization of historic sites, social centers, and infrastructure. Read the rest of Recipients for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture Named for 2013 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aga khan award for architecture , altach , Architecture , Austria , birzeit historic center , ichto , iran , islamic , islamic cemetary , Lisbon , marc mimram architecture , morocco , Muslim , palestine , portugal , rabat , riwaq center for architectural conservation , salam cardiac surgery center , sale , studio tamassociati , sudan , tabriz bazaar        

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Brown University Joins Growing Movement to Divest from Fossil Fuels

May 10, 2013 by  
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As a college student, you would hope to attend an institution that values enlightened ideals and sound investments. However, at many universities across the country, portions of large endowments have long been used to support the fossil fuel industry. Joining over 300 schools around the US, Brown University  is seeking to divest from dirty power. Receiving support from such organizations as 350.org , the Sierra Club, the Responsible Endowments Coalition, and As You Sow, the student-run campaign is asking the administration to pull its money from 15 coal and mining companies. Read the rest of Brown University Joins Growing Movement to Divest from Fossil Fuels Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 350.org , arch coal , As You Sow , big tobacco , brown divest coal campaign , brown university , chris bull , coal , college , duke energy , emily kirkland , hei hotels , midamerican , mining , npr , Sierra Club , South Africa , sudan , the advisory committee on corporate responsibility on investment politics , the responsible endowments coalition , university        

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Solar-Powered Salam Cardiac Centre is a Shipping Container Medical Facility in Sudan

May 3, 2013 by  
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Dark Towers to Beach Bunkers: Architecture of Hugon Kowalski

September 9, 2011 by  
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[ By Steph in Art & Design . ] Rising from natural surroundings, the towers of ‘Instant House’ are harsh and spare, a far cry from the often lush biologically-inspired visuals of eco-friendly architecture. Just from this one example, it’s clear that Hugon Kowalski of Polish firm H3AR Architecture and Design has a uniquely urban and utilitarian approach to sustainable structures that inevitably stands out from the crowd. Kowalski’s proposals, including the aforementioned Instant House , temporary residential units made of styrofoam concrete cylinders, stand like visions for a post-apocalyptic future. Although they are often described as bleak and reminiscent of the harsh clumsiness of now-abandoned Soviet structures, Kowalski’s projects are, above all, practical, meeting the challenges of the future head-on. Instant House is designed to be constructed quickly and easily; in 2014, Kowalski says, it will be possible to produce concrete from rice husks, reducing carbon dioxide emissions during the manufacturing process. Another project, House on the Beach , above, is inspired by the design of the four-legged concrete tetrapod, which is meant to prevent beach erosion – essentially giving beach houses a function. Rather than being little more than inevitable casualties during a tsunami or other disaster, they serve as the front line in a battle against the ravaging forces of nature, breaking up the waves. Kowalski imagines, for the stark deserts of Sudan, watertower skyscrapers that can access water in an existing underground lake beneath Darfur – the tenth largest in the world – and pump it to the surface. Inside these structures are not only the pumps but also a water treatment plant, a hospital, a school and a food storage center. Constructed using compressed dry clay bricks made on site from local materials, the towers would use some of the circulated water to heat or cool the buildings. Want More? Click for Great Related Content on WebEcoist: Airy Architecture: 13 Homes Open to Nature These 13 homes blur the boundaries between outdoors and in using large sliding panels, garage doors or perforated screens to open the home to the cooling breeze. Click Here to Read More »» Eco Expectations: 14 Green Buildings of Tomorrow What will the buildings and cities of the future look like? These futuristic designs all feature green walls or roofs to maximize their eco-friendliness factor. 2 Comments – Click Here to Read More »» Man-Made Jungle: Exotic Architecture for Rain Forests & More These 12 jungle dwellings – from tiny tree houses to entire communities – are uniquely suited for their harsh untamed environments. Click Here to Read More »» [ By Steph in Art & Design . ] [ WebEcoist | Archives | Galleries | Privacy | TOS ]

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