Lapsed fishing moratorium endangers Amazon river dolphins

June 19, 2020 by  
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They’re smart, rare, sociable and an incredibly coveted sighting for eco-tourists and wildlife lovers. But Amazon river dolphins are teetering on the brink of extinction as a five-year fishing moratorium has just expired, leaving them vulnerable to poachers. These playful mammals , which are sometimes pink, used to be abundant in the Amazon and Orinoco river basins. But their rotting fatty blubber is irresistible to piracatinga, a kind of catfish. Poachers illegally kill the dolphins for bait to catch piracatinga. Related: Amazon deforestation increased by 34% in 2019 In January 2015, then-President Dilma Rousseff’s administration put a five-year moratorium on piracatinga fishing in order to protect the dolphins . But current President Jair Bolsonaro — notoriously unfriendly to the Amazon ecosystem — seems disinclined to extend the ban. “I believe [the lack of a moratorium] could make them extinct,” said Vera da Silva, a researcher for INPA . “Not all the objectives of the moratorium were fulfilled, therefore the moratorium must be extended.” The Amazon river dolphin is the world’s largest freshwater dolphin, growing to about 8 feet in length. The dolphins use echolocation to hunt murky Amazon pools for turtles, fish and freshwater crabs. Similar creatures live in other rivers of South America and Asia, but they all face threats from humans. In 2007, China’s Yangtze River dolphin was pronounced extinct due to pollution, habitat degradation and overfishing. “They are very special creatures,” Natanael dos Santos said of the Amazon river dolphin. Dos Santos works as a guide at Brazil’s Mamirauá Institute for Sustainable Development . “They are extremely intelligent and can display a complex set of behaviors, even like humans.” Fishing is only one threat the Amazon river dolphins face. Hydroelectric dams and mercury poisoning from gold mining operations have also reduced their population. Marcelo Oliveira, a conservation specialist at World Wildlife Fund Brazil (WWF), urges stronger community engagement with fishermen in the Amazon basin. “Extending the moratorium could be a way to protect the dolphins, alternative baits could be a way, but we need to have a balance between development and biodiversity conservation,” Oliveira said. “It’s not a fight between the two. If communities are involved in conservation, the dolphins will be safer.” Via Mongabay Image via Gregory Smith

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Ennead designs a striking nature preserve to protect Chinas most important river

March 25, 2019 by  
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Ennead Architects and Andropogon Landscape Architects have won an international competition for the Shanghai Yangtze River Estuary Chinese Sturgeon Nature Preserve. The proposed design takes the shape of an undulating sculpture mimicking the curves of Asia’s longest river while referencing “biomorphic anatomy.” The building will be clad in translucent PTFE panels and engineered with sustainable, energy-efficient technologies such as geothermal heating and cooling loops. The purpose of the Shanghai Yangtze River Estuary Chinese Sturgeon Nature Preserve is to rescue critically endangered species and to restore the natural ecology of Yangtze River, which has been plagued by pollution and construction. The project also aims to engage the public and raise environmental awareness with immersive exhibit experiences. To achieve these goals, the 427,000-square-foot nature reserve building, which will sit on a 17.5-hectare site on an island at the mouth of the Yangtze River, will consist of a dual-function aquarium and research facility, bringing together efforts to repopulate the endangered Chinese Sturgeon and Finless Porpoise. Ennead Architects and Andropogon Landscape Architects proposed a dramatic design for the building that takes cues from nature. Split into three wings united around a central spine, the structure will be built with a cross-laminated timber structural system wrapped in a lightweight PTFE skin, which will fill the interior with daylight. Inside, constructed wetlands landscaped with local flora and aquatic plants provide a beautiful connection with the outdoors, sequester carbon and serve as a biofiltration system for aquarium water, “resulting in a new paradigm of environmental equilibrium,” the designers said in their press release. Related: Ennead Architects break ground on celestial Shanghai Planetarium The landscape design in and around the buildings mimics the natural shoreline ecosystems found throughout the Yangtze River basin and provides opportunities for breeding and raising Chinese Sturgeons and Finless Porpoises. Visitors will be able to view these pools from suspended walkways that weave throughout the campus grounds. + Ennead Architects Images via Ennead Architects

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Nature-inspired housing mimics the curvature of the landscape in Chongqing

October 1, 2018 by  
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International design practice Safdie Architects recently completed the Eling Residences, a nature-inspired housing development built to look like an extension of the highest plateau of Eling Hill in Chongqing , China. Elevated high above the Yangtze River, the residences are nestled in a densely forested environment yet enjoy close proximity to the city. In addition to optimizing residents’ access to natural light, ventilation and greenery, each unit is also equipped with a private balcony for indoor-outdoor living. Completed this year in the city’s Yuzhong District, the Eling Residences cover an area of 460,000 square feet with 126 apartments. The architects took cues from the existing slope to develop the various building designs, which change from terraced structures at the bottom of the hill to a pair of freestanding dome-shaped villas near the top. The stepped configuration and layout also helps ensure that every apartment enjoys uninterrupted views of the landscape. In addition to the apartment units, the Eling Residences also features a four-story clubhouse, multiple pools and additional recreational areas. According to the architects, these amenities not only help build a sense of community but are also reflective of the firm’s commitment to design spaces with humanizing scale and vibrant social atmospheres. Unlike the concrete jungle that defines much of Chongqing, the Eling Residences feels like a retreat into nature thanks to ample landscaping, organic curved forms and the use of a natural materials palette . Related: A sprawling green roof fuses this community center with Chongqing’s mountainous landscape “Complementing the sloped low-rise buildings is an intricate landscape system, which interweaves terraces , gardens, trellises, overlooks, stairs and promenades throughout the site,” the architects said. “The combination of landscape and architecture works together to evoke the character of lush, hanging gardens, integrating the project site with the green oasis of Eling Park. The terraced levels maximize residents’ access to light, air and greenery, while architectural screens partially shade individual apartments, extending living spaces outward into the garden landscape.” + Safdie Architects Via ArchDaily Images via Safdie Architects, by ArchExist

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Why Did This Chinese River Turn Blood Red Overnight?

July 27, 2014 by  
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Perplexed citizens and officials of a city in eastern China are curious about the mysterious transformation of their local river. China has experienced these red rivers before when the water gets polluted, but sources cannot find any chemicals to confirm any pollution or chemicals. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: blood red river , china , Jian River , mystery , Pollution , toxic river , Wenzhou , Wenzhou Environmental Protection Bureau , yangtze river , Zhejiang province

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Radical Confidence: A Tale of Two Rivers

May 19, 2011 by  
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The Yangtze River is at near-record low levels as the Mississippi River floods over its banks. What do these two waterways tell us about how buildings and countries alike will need to manage water use

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Defunct Climate Leaders Program Lives On in NGO Awards

May 18, 2011 by  
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The EPA accepted a joint proposal from The Climate Registry, the Pew Center on Global Climate Change and the Association of Climate Change Officers to co-sponsor a program with the agency to recognize corporate climate action.

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What’s Holding Back Corporate Sustainability Efforts?

May 18, 2011 by  
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At a prime-time panel on sustainability at SAP’s Sapphire Now event in Orlando this week, representatives from government, industry and nonprofits took the pulse of the greening of business and offered prescriptions for progress.

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Win $50 from Amazon, Just for Telling Us What You Think

May 16, 2011 by  
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 We need your help! It’s time for our annual reader survey, and we want to hear from you.

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China Cleaning Up Two Toxic Spills on Yangtze River, Drinking Water Source of Millions

November 3, 2009 by  
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Should Shipping on the Yangtze be Made Safer and Cleaner? Even when everything’s going according to plan, cargo ships can be major sources of air pollution (see ” Just 15 of the world’s biggest ships may now emit as much pollution as all the world’s 760m cars “), but when things go wrong and they’re carrying dangerous chemicals, things can degenerate quite a bit. Chinese workers are currently trying to clean up two spills that took place on the Yangtze River this week (oil was spilled in one case and hydr..

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Opportunity Green Kicks off with Tour de OG Bike Trip

November 3, 2009 by  
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Image credit: Tour de OG/Opportunity Green Business Conference When CEOs of the Big Three had to take a trip to Washington to ask for a public bailout, they took private jets. Several attendees of the Opportunity Green Business Conference are taking a lesson from this misstep: Instead of driving or flying, they’re cycling from San Francisco to LA for the event

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