Zombie anthrax outbreak hits Siberia after blistering heatwave

August 1, 2016 by  
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Zombie anthrax from a reindeer that has been dead for 75 years appears to have resurfaced after a recent heatwave hit Siberia, infecting 13 Yamal nomads and killing 1,500 reindeer, Washington Post reports . Governor Dmitry Kolybin of Russia’s Yamalo-Nenets autonomous district declared a state of emergency to manage the crisis, with dozens of indigenous Nenet herders and their animals under quarantine . Anthrax has long posed significant problems for public health and veterinary services in Russia, according to a study published in 1999 . “At the beginning of the century, 40–60 thousand cases of this infection were annually reported in the country in agricultural animals and about 10–20 thousand cases in people where each fourth (25%) was dying.” Related: Dangerous super-bacteria discovered in Rio waters ahead of Summer Olympics The last serious anthrax outbreak occurred in 1941 , according to NBC News, and the latest outbreak may not be the last. As temperatures climb in the arctic region, this year at least ten degrees Fahrenheit higher than usual, long-dormant anthrax spores that thrive in balmier weather are resurrected as active bacteria. This is of particular concern given swaths of dead reindeer that could unleash more anthrax outbreaks as temperatures continue to rise. Washington Post reports: “In 2011, two researchers from the Russian Academy of Sciences writing in the journal Global Health Action assessed the conditions required for anthrax to appear in Yakutia, a region to the east of Yamal that contains 200 burial grounds of cattle that died from the disease.” They estimated that anthrax can remain in the permafrost for 105 years – and the deeper the spores are buried, the longer they live. They said, “As a consequence of permafrost melting, the vectors of deadly infections of the 18th and 19th centuries may come back, especially near the cemeteries where the victims of these infections were buried.” Via Washington Post Images via X-plore Group

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INFOGRAPHIC: The real environmental impact of the 2016 Rio Olympics

July 27, 2016 by  
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The 2016 Olympics in Rio will begin in just over a week and despite several ongoing catastrophes , the games will go on. In light of this monumental event, we thought we’d take a closer look at its environmental impact and the solutions in place. Check out this thought-provoking infographic from Green Match for an inside look. Graphic via Green Match

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Body parts, police protests, and financial strain plague Rio just weeks before Olympics

July 1, 2016 by  
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A little more than a month from now, Olympic volleyball players will be spiking balls in the sand on the famous Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Preparing the city to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games is no simple task, but a series of unfortunate and embarrassing events have added to the skepticism about the fate of the massive international event. Yesterday, a beachgoer discovered a dismembered foot as well as another unidentified body part on the shore , washed up with the tide. The police investigation is underway, but this most recent development has critics wondering whether Rio can ever be ready to host the Games. Embed from Getty Images Upon initial investigation, police suggest the body parts may belong to a woman or a young adult, but no identification has been made as of this report. Although the discovery is ominous on its own, it compounds the recent string of ‘bad news’ in Rio de Janeiro , which is now just a few weeks away from the Games’ opening ceremonies. The problems are numerous, and widespread, leading many to wonder whether Brazil’s second largest city was a good choice for the epic sporting event. Related: Soldier kills a jaguar used in Rio 2016 Olympic torch relay Two days prior to the shore discovery, the acting governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro warned that the event might be a “big failure” due to the state’s insufficient finances. “I am optimistic about the games, but I have to show the reality,” Francisco Dornelles told Brazilian newspaper O Globo . “We can make a great Olympics, but if some steps are not taken, it can be a big failure.” Embed from Getty Images The economic situation is so bad that police and firefighters are protesting against the government over unpaid wages, warning visitors that their safety may be in jeopardy. Public demonstrations were held as recently as Monday over unpaid wages, and graffiti has popped up around the city related to the conflict. On an even broader scale, health officials are concerned about the still-present Zika virus and warning pregnant women to avoid the events and the city entirely, due to the high risk of severe birth defects associated with contracting the mosquito-borne disease. Despite these events, there has been little discussion about altering the plan for the Games. Via CNN Lead image via Eric Steffen/Flickr

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Dengue Fever Threatens the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

December 6, 2013 by  
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When teams from around the world battle it out on the field for the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil , spectators and athletes alike will also have to contend with the specter of dengue fever . The most severe form of the illness, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, can cause death in one out of four that are infected. As the host cities of Natal, Fortaleza, and Salvador prepare to welcome visitors , they will have to keep a careful watch on insects that spread the deadly virus. Read the rest of Dengue Fever Threatens the 2014 World Cup in Brazil Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aedes aegypti , Brazil , California , Climate Change , dengue fever , FIFA World Cup , florida , fortaleza , global warming , mmosquito abatement , mosquito , natal , public health , salvador , south america , stagnant water , Summer Olympics , texas , united states        

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Tokyo Wins Bid to Host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games

September 9, 2013 by  
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It is decided: Tokyo will host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge announced the winner at a ceremony held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Saturday. The Japanese capital received 60 votes in the final round while the other finalist, Istanbul, received 36 votes. This is the second time that Tokyo has been chosen to host this mammoth international event; the first was in 1964. Read the rest of Tokyo Wins Bid to Host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2020 Olympic Games Tokyo , fukushima daiichi , fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant , Green Olympics , nuclear powere Japan , Olympic Games , Olympic stadium , olympic village , Summer Olympics , Tokyo , Tokyo Games , Tokyo Olympic Stadium , winter olympics        

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BARNagain Solar-Powered Home Built With Family’s Own Reclaimed Wood

September 9, 2013 by  
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The Twist: MenoMenoPiu Architects Propose Solar-Powered Stadium for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

March 15, 2013 by  
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Sweatshop Protestors Project Anti-Adidas Video On a London Olympic Park Building

August 7, 2012 by  
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Sweatshop protestors took advantage of the massive crowds descending upon London’s Olympic Park Sunday, and used a building overlooking the park to show a video criticizing  Adidas for its alleged worker exploitation . Over 80,000 spectators leaving the men’s 100 meters final were met with War on Want ‘s 65-foot-tall projection detailing the low wages, abysmal conditions, and physical and verbal abuse facing nearly 775,000 workers in 1,200 Adidas-contracted factories worldwide. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2012 London Olympics , 2012 olympics , Adidas , eco-fashion , Ethical Fashion , green fashion , London Olympics , olympics , Summer Olympics , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable style , sweatshop labor” title=”War on Want Olympic Park Projection , sweatshops , War on Want , workers rights

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The Aston Martin One-77 Bicycle – If James Bond Was A Cyclist, He’d Ride This!

August 7, 2012 by  
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Aston Martin is famously known for being the sports car of choice for James Bond , but now the carmaker has teamed up with Factor Bikes to create a two-wheeled version of their iconic (and expensive) One-77 Coupe  – the One-77 Cycle . Clearly designed for the super-rich cyclists among you (or British secret agents), the One-77 Cycle is described as “the world’s most technologically advanced road bicycle” and features a high-tech computer system, a complex array of sensors, and a carbon fiber frame to keep the weight down. Read the rest of The Aston Martin One-77 Bicycle – If James Bond Was A Cyclist, He’d Ride This! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aston martin , bicycle , carbon fiber , carbon fiber cycle , cycle , Factor Bikes , high-tec bicycle , James Bond , One-77 Coupe , One-77 Cycle

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London’s 2012 Olympic Park Opens to the Public this Week After Years of Preparation

July 25, 2012 by  
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