segunda-feira, 28 de Julho de 2014

Hidden pools of New York

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Sometimes, life in cities can be boring, with both concrete and no green spaces â€" especially at the peak of summer, when temperatures are highest. No rivers or streams for cooling off, who can help themselves from swimming pools to relax â€" but are rare people with the capacity for this fun artificial.

It would be normal that, in a city like New York, this was also the rule, but the exclusive neighbourhood of Manhattan has a hidden luxury but perfect for summer-swimming pools on top of some buildings.

According to The New York Times, who photographed some of these equipment, an apartment in these buildings can cost around €5,5 million ($ 166 million). For the vast majority, however, cool in the summer of New York will still have to pass by throwing water balloons at each other or vandalize the hydrants.

As New York is growing â€" increasingly â€" vertically, urban wellness solutions are moulding themselves to life in the cities. See some pictures of these urban paradises and, like us, please feel envy.

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Extraction of Tin is decimating the Indonesia island of Bangka

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A remote island of the Indonesian archipelago is being gutted of its forests and resources due to the exploration of Tin, used to manufacture millions of cell phones, computers and tablets. Most of the Tin extraction on the island of Bangka is illegal and made dangerously. However, nobody seems to be doing nothing to stop it.

The island is being butchered by excavation sites and are left only small patches of forest, creating a devastating craters scenario.

Tin mining is the main activity of the inhabitants of this island, they begin to work on mineralogical exploration since very young. Workers are subject to health problems and being arrested for operating illegal, says the Guardian. Still, the small amounts of Tin that remove soil from Bangka yield more than fishing or farming.

The Bangka Tin finish, eventually, as weld on millions of mobile phones, computers and other electronic devices in Europe, United States and Asia, since the big brands have little or no control as to the provenance of the Tin they use in their equipment.

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domingo, 27 de Julho de 2014

How to make recycling an opportunity to feed the abandoned dogs

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Each time an inhabitant of Istanbul put a plastic bottle in one of the special ecopoints, which were installed in the streets, has the opportunity to help feed the stray dogs.

The ecopoints were created by Pugedon and allow passers-by to leave some of its water to animals. Subsequently, it is possible to leave the empty bottles on the Smart recycling Recycling Boxes. When the bottle is introduced in the recycling bin, is released a small amount of food that falls into a container suitable for the homeless animals.

The proceeds from recycling plastic allows the Pugedon to buy food for dogs, referred to the Dodo. The initiative keeps the city clean and the animals fed. It is estimated that there are about 150,000 stray dogs and cats on the streets of the largest city of Turkey.

The oldest animal reserve in Africa

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The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, in South Africa, is a natural oasis abundant in rhinos, elephants, leopards, Lions and more than 300 species of birds. However, the species in the wild areas of the Park are in danger due to plans to build an open-pit coal mine.

This South African Reserve is the oldest animal sanctuary in the world, created in 1895. Once this place was exclusive famous hunting ground chieftain Shaka Zulu. The reserve functions as a power Park, since it helps populate other protected areas. As such, its ecosystem is particularly important.

The shrine is home of the "big five" of Africa â€" elephants, rhinos, buffaloes, Lions and leopards. Currently there are about 600 elephants in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, spanning 96,000 hectares of Savannah, forest and mountain pastures, says the Guardian. Due to conservation efforts, the Park now has the largest population of white rhinos in the world.

However, the plans to start extracting coal in the region could threaten the habitat of the species in the Park. Separating the buffer and the location of the mine there is only the Umfolozi River, which marks the boundary of the Park.

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sábado, 26 de Julho de 2014

Amy Tan: the woman who stood face-to-face with a whale shark

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"On my last dive [in Isla Mujeres, Mexico] I was face-to-face with a whale shark. Breathe calmly and the shark swam calmly, while staring at me. When I calmed down, he also calmed down. For a long time we swam so â€" when finally stopped, he also stopped swimming, and when I put the head out of the water he turned and swam to the other side ".

So Amy Tan explained her adventure face-to-face with a whale shark. Amy, who wrote about his adventure on the site The Dodo, admitted that this was one of the rare moments when you realize an animal is, indeed, a be patient. "The shark was able to sense my calm and was never in danger", advanced.

Although I do not recommend anyone a similar adventure, the truth is that Amy's text has the Mojo to appeal to consumers to ensure that their actions are considered â€" especially when it comes to food consumption linked to fishing. Amy was in Isla Mujeres at the invitation of WildAid, an NGO that has a very direct approach to biodiversity.

"When the buying stops, the killing will stop too," explains the NGO. For shopping we mean, for example, the famous shark's fin soup, very consumed in China. According to WildAid, when Chinese consumers realized where it came from that piece of cartilage without flavor, many no longer ask the soup â€" and consumption fell 70%.

With the fall in consumption, the killing of sharks also declined. The consumer always has the last word when it comes to sustainability and biodiversity, believes the WildAid. Here are some pictures of Amy Tan and interiorize adventure that their actions are really important when it comes to the preservation of animal life. Even if you don't have this notion.

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Photographer waiting three hours to photograph chorus of birds

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Steve Ward, wildlife photographer, he got up at six in the morning and waited three hours to be able to document the moment four bird chicks were fed by the dam.

Aligned in position of chorus and with beaks wide open as if they were singing, the animals were waiting for breakfast on a door of an old barn in Merseyside, England. The photographer discovered bird chicks while driving through the city of Crosby. "I found the Cubs while going home from work through Little Crosby Village", indicates the photographer, quoted by the Daily Mail.

"At the time I didn't have my camera and, knowing that soon they would abandon the place, I went back the next day and after I got up at six o'clock in the morning I had to wait three hours for the mother to come to feed," says Steve Ward.

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sexta-feira, 25 de Julho de 2014

Discovered the largest aquatic insect in the world

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A giant water bug has been discovered in China, with a wingspan of about 21 cm. The insect belonging to order Megaloptera, but little more is known about the specimen. However, scientists believe that may be the biggest species of insect ever discovered water.

According to the Chinese newspaper Xinhua News, representatives of the Insect Museum of West China found the large insect during a recent expedition to a mountain in Sichuan province. Locals have been delivering the copy to the experts of the Museum.

Experts have investigated, then the specimen and concluded that it is a large specimen similar to species of aquatic insects native to China and Vietnam, referred to the Huffington Post.

 
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