Facial deformities in Uganda apes linked to pesticide use

August 29, 2017 by  
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Our pesticides may be harming animals that live nearby, according to new research. A group of 10 scientists led by Paris’ Musée de l’Homme and the Great Ape Conservation Project at Kibale National Park in Uganda found baboons and chimpanzees with facial deformities near an agricultural area where they were told around eight pesticides had been used. 25 percent of chimpanzees the researchers monitored displayed abnormalities like reduced nostrils, reproductive issues, hypopigmentation, cleft lip, or limb deformities. Kibale National Park is close to industrial tea plantations and gardens growing maize, which are often raided by the chimps and baboons, according to the researchers. But it appears pesticides in the crops they’re taking are harming them. Related: Bee-killing pesticides have been found in US drinking water The researchers asked people in tea factories and villages what pesticides were being used, and were told of eight: glyphosate , cypermethrin, profenofos, mancozeb, metalaxyl, dimethoate, chlorpyrifos , and 2,4-D amine. They took samples from soils, fresh maize stems and seeds, and river sediments near where chimpanzees reside between 2014 and 2016 and discovered mean pesticide levels were above recommended limits. They also found the pesticides imidacloprid and DDT, as well as its metabolite pp’ -DDE. And it appears these pesticides may be affecting the animals. Out of 66 chimpanzees monitored, 16 had deformities. The scientists also photographed 35 baboons, and at least six had severe nasal deformities. The researchers said in the abstract of their paper they think “excessive pesticide use…may contribute to facial dysplasia in chimpanzees and baboons.” The suggestion that our agricultural practices are physically altering animals is horrifying; the researchers noted the International Union for the Conservation of Nature lists chimpanzees as endangered . The animals are also of economic importance in Uganda as they draw in ecotourists. The researchers said it may be a conservation priority to minimize threats to their survival, as the use of pesticides may be. The journal Science of The Total Environment published the research online earlier this year. Scientists from institutions in France, Uganda, Canada, and the United States collaborated on the work. Via ScienceDirect Images via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )

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Edible schoolyards sprout across war-torn Syria

August 29, 2017 by  
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As the civil war continues into its sixth year, millions of Syrians remain in the divided, war-torn country. To meet basic needs and provide young people with a healthy place to play and learn, schoolyards across the country are being reborn as vegetable gardens . At these edible playgrounds, children learn how to grow tasty, nutritious treats, like peppers, eggplants, and cabbages. Then, when the time is right, they are able to harvest and eat what they have grown. This transformative experience offers students and their families an empowering experience of caring for one’s self and others. Young people, whose bodies and minds are rapidly developing, are particularly vulnerable to food scarcity and malnutrition . “Good nutrition is a child’s first defense against common diseases and important for children to be able to lead an active and healthy life,” said Adam Yao, U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) acting representative in Syria. FAO provides funding and logistical support for 17 primary schools to plant 500 square meter fruit and vegetable gardens. These gardens are being installed in both government and opposition-controlled territory, so that young people will be able to access healthy food regardless of the politics and violence that surrounds them. Another 35 schools are scheduled to receive an edible playground in the near future. Related: Food-starved Syrians are switching meat for mushrooms Many Syrians now depend on bread and food aid from relief organizations to meet their nutritional needs. This sparse diet is far from traditional Syrian cuisine, which includes dishes such as hummus, minced lamb with spices and pine nuts, vibrant salads, stuffed cabbage leaves, and vegetable stews. These dishes are more are well served by the edible schoolyards , which provide some of the rich vegetables that have become scarce during the civil war. Further investments in agriculture could help to secure the population for years to come. “ Agriculture has become a hope for (many) because they can grow their own food and survive – even in the besieged areas,” said Yao. The seeds planted in the minds of these young children may someday yield a brighter, healthier Syria at peace. Via Reuters Foundation, FAO Lead image via FAO / Zaki Khozam , eggplants via Deposit Photos , others via Celine Nadeau/Flickr and DFID/Flickr

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Rombaut makes cruelty-free leather shoes from discarded pineapple leaves

May 22, 2016 by  
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A creative Parisian company is making shoes out of a surprising material: pineapples. Rombaut, an experimental label that eschews animal hide, has created a line of unisex sneakers made from Piñatex, a vegan textile that feels like leather and is woven from discarded pineapple leaves. The cruelty-free shoe also includes other plant-based alternatives like fig tree bark from Uganda, tapa from the South Pacific, wild Amazonian rubber, coconut fiber, and potato starch. READ MORE>

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A creative Parisian company is making shoes out of a surprising material: pineapples. Rombaut, an experimental label that eschews animal hide, has created a line of unisex sneakers made from Piñatex, a vegan textile that feels like leather and is woven from discarded pineapple leaves. The cruelty-free shoe also includes other plant-based alternatives like fig tree bark from Uganda, tapa from the South Pacific, wild Amazonian rubber, coconut fiber, and potato starch. READ MORE>

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How oregano could save the world by reducing bovine belching

May 21, 2016 by  
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Long beloved for its distinct, powerful essence and its ability to make a pizza pop, oregano may soon have a second-shift gig that could help to combat climate change. A research team in Denmark is exploring the potential of oregano to reduce the rate at which cows are burping, an act of gaseous relief that also releases methane into the atmosphere. Methane is an exceptional potent greenhouse gas, more than 25 times more effective at trapping heat than carbon dioxide. Over a third of global methane…

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Liter of Light lamps illuminate inspiring Ross Langdon Health Education Centre in Uganda

March 14, 2016 by  
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Amazing dragon-inspired cliff house in Spain uses the Earth to stay cool

March 14, 2016 by  
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Sleep beneath the Milky Way in this tiny and remote alpine cabin on skis

March 14, 2016 by  
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Uganda to launch its first solar-powered bus this month

February 4, 2016 by  
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What better place to harness the sun’s power than right at the equator? After a successful test drive, the east African nation of Uganda will launch its first completely solar-powered bus , the Kayoola, later this month. The move marks a powerful first step in the pursuit of cleaner public transit. Read the rest of Uganda to launch its first solar-powered bus this month

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Africa’s Largest Urban Redevelopment Project Underway After Ugandan Government Approval

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Thanks to the support of UK-based charitable organization Made in Africa Foundation , a massive urban redevelopment scheme in Kampala, Uganda is now underway. The concept for the site was presented to the Ugandan Government by international designer Ozwald Boateng OBE , esteemed architect  David Adjaye OBE , and CEO of the Made in Africa Foundation Chris Cleverly. The 160-acre site in Naguru-Nakawa will be transformed with more than 3,500 residences, a church, school , commercial units, hotels, retail amenities, restaurants and leisure facilities . Read the rest of Africa’s Largest Urban Redevelopment Project Underway After Ugandan Government Approval Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Chris Cleverly , David Adjaye OBE , Irish billionaire Brian Comer , largest urban redevelopment project in Africa , Made in Africa Foundation , Naguru-Nakawa redevelopment , Nigerian Oil and Gas entrepreneur Kola Aluko , Ozwald Boateng OBE , Ugandan Prince Hassan Kimbugwe , urban redevelopment in Uganda        

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