domingo, 23 de Novembro de 2014

Dubai offers Prize in gold who swap car for public transport

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The road to sustainable mobility is coming to countries where, until recently, it was impossible to be: the transport authority of Dubai's chance to win generous prizes inhabitants if they leave the car in the garage and use public transport.

Second minus one Car, the authority will give away 4 kg of gold to celebrate the Day of public transport, which marks the day on November 1. The idea is to convince people to leave their cars at home. The prizes will be distributed via lottery.

The aim is to "avoid dependence on private vehicles and use public transportation," says Al Yousuf Ali, responsible for Roads and transport authority of Dubai.

This is another measure to reduce the traffic and car use in the city, once in Dubai there are an average of 2.3 cars per household and only 13% of citizens use public transport.

Besides the gold, there are prizes worth € 214,000 ($ 680,000) and a basketball tournament, with first prize valued at approximately € 2,100 ($ 6,600) and the presence of basketball player Kareem Abdul Jabbar, who will dispute a match in a bus terminal, according to the BBC.

To enable itself to win the prizes, all stakeholders must have a ticket to Dubai transport.

Foto: Metro do Dubai/KINKISHARYO/Creative Commons

sábado, 22 de Novembro de 2014

6 tips to start running and avoid injury

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The race is fashionable and attracts an increasing number of fans every day. Much of the success of the race due to the fact that it can be practiced at any time, without being subject to the timetables imposed by the gym, and practicality, since it simply slip into sneakers and run. However, we must take into account a series of advice for that training is not harmful to the body.

To practice this sport in the best possible way, the Spanish site ABC shares a series of tips and tricks to get the most during your workout, avoiding injuries.

Read all about races and runners in our aggregator brother, my well-being.

1. Paciência

Running is a very aggressive mode due to contact with the ground. The first few times it's normal that I don't feel comfortable running. There needs to be a period of adjustment that could last about a month.

2. Advance progressively

A Council that is intended to people who are sedentary. Ideally start by racing with interim walk, I mean, take a minute and walking three.

3. control weight

Combine the practice of physical exercise with a balanced diet will help you lose weight in a short time. In the case of a person who has never raced and overweight, it is recommended to do elliptical or static bike before you start running.

4. choose the material

Running is one of the cheapest sports there is. The equipment should include breathable t-shirt and shorts and, above all, some good sneakers. Ideally, ask for advice in a specialty store, once the footwear must adapt to the weight and trodden on every person. There are three types of stomp:

-Pronadora (When you are with the inside)

-Neutral (When with the central part).

-Supinators (When you are with the outside of the foot).

5. strengthen the muscles

The ideal is to combine the race with gym exercise to strengthen muscles and consult the physiotherapist to relax the muscles if you have trained a lot.

6. Adapt the technique

Each person has a different way of running. It is necessary to adapt the technique to the characteristics of each race.

Photo: Adrià Ariste Santacreu/Creative Commons

The danger of the storm drains for men and animals

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There's a lot to know about the danger of the storm drains, or sewer holes, for the safety of the people, especially the young and children. However, they represent quite a bit more than that: also the animals, big or small, can quietly falling in these urban traps.

In the case of donkey Nile, who found himself stuck in a sewer hole of Pratteln, Switzerland, the just saved by firefighters. The donkey-nicknamed Shrek by firefighters due to similarities â€" left the zoo where she was for years but, distracted, not avoided falling into the hole.

Bruno Scheinder, a citizen of Pratteln, saw the ass trying to get out of the hole-it was impossible to do it alone â€" and called the authorities.

According to police, Nile wasn't hurt and was always conscience-the donkey of 13 years he's recovering from shock in the local zoo.

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sexta-feira, 21 de Novembro de 2014

Excess salt in the soil destroy terrains the size of Manhattan every week

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A new study of the United Nations (UN) reveals that the excess salt in the soil, destroyed over the past 20 years, about 20% of all global irrigated land â€" an area equivalent to the size of France. This corresponds to the average daily destruction of 2,000 acres of irrigated plantations in arid or semi-arid areas spread across 75 countries over the last two decades.

In 2050, the world population is expected to reach 10 billion people and, as such, human civilization cannot afford to lose agricultural land fertile and arable. The amount of land destroyed by excess salt increased from 45 million hectares in 1990 to 62 million at present.

The destruction of land by salt happens in areas where rainfall is too low to generate a regular flow of rainwater through the soil and where irrigation is practised without a natural or artificial drainage system. The salt then begins to accumulate in the soil, even if irrigation is done with the cooler water as possible, and as the water evaporates, the salt particles are piling up in the grounds. Additionally, the crops selectively filter the salt water through its root system, further concentrating the load of salt in the soil, referred to Inhabitat.

The study, "Economics of salt-induced land degradation and restoration" was published in Natural Resources Forum. Additionally, the document reveals the extensive costs of salinisation, including €21,9 billion in agricultural losses per year.

Foto: BITS_flux/Creative Commons

The most beautiful train stations in the world

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There's something particularly beautiful, enigmatic and even nostalgic train stations. They resemble the departure and arrival, and that connects us, invariably, to our most intimate emotions.

Maybe that's why we all like lists of the most beautiful stations in the world. And they appear to an incredible pace, sponsored by newspapers and media from around the world.

This time the list was developed by the Daily Mail and puts the Eastern Station, in Lisbon, in the ranking of the most beautiful in the world.

The British newspaper says we love train stations because, for the most part, they are made and practices. That's why the station of Santiago Calatrava and other few, around the globe, are viewed with awe and admiration.

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1. Gare do Oriente, Lisboa (Portugal)

2. Chhatrapati Shivaji, Bombay (India)

3. Kings Cross, London (England)

4. St. Pancras, London (England)

5. Liege-Guillemins, Liège (Belgium)

6. Antwerpen-Centraal Station, Antwerp (Belgium)

7. Royal Botanic Gardens, Madrid (Spain)

8. Gare de Strasbourg, Strasbourg (France)

9. KL Sentral, Kuala Lumpur (Malásia)

10. Grand Central Terminal, New York (USA)

11. CFM Station, Maputo (Mozambique)

12. Kanazawa Station, Kanazawa (Japan)

13. Southern Cross, Melbourne (Australia)

14.Hundertwasser-Bahnhof, Huelzen (Alemanha)

15. World Trade Centre Transport Hub, New York (USA)



Photo: Feliciano Guimaraes/Creative Commons

quinta-feira, 20 de Novembro de 2014

Reforestation program will restore one-sixth of the territory of Ethiopia

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For 15 years, the villages near Abrha Weatsbha, in northern Ethiopia were close to being abandoned. The slopes of the mountains were naked and communities, devastated by drought and floods, needed constant food aid.

Currently, Weatsbha, Western Abrha Tigray, is unrecognizable and an environmental disaster was avoided by planting millions of trees and shrubs. The wells were dry have water again, the soil is more nutritious and the valleys and slopes of the mountains are green again.

The reforestation of the area, achieved in a few years and with low cost, resulting from the joint work of the communities, they spared water, have created unique and pastures were replanted trees, will be now replicated in about one-sixth of the territory of Ethiopia, an area equivalent to the size of England and Wales. The more ambitious targets of this plan of afforestation is to reduce soil erosion and increase food security.

"Large areas of Ethiopia and the Sahel have been devastated by successive droughts and excessive grazing of animals during the years 1960 and 1970", indicates Chris Reij, investigator of the World Resources Institute in Washington, cites the Guardian. "There was a significant decrease of rainfall and the people had to increase the cultivated areas, which caused destruction of land and an environmental crisis throughout the region of the Sahel. But the experience in Tigray, where more than 224,000 hectares of land have been restored reveals that the recovery of the vegetation of dry zones can be a quick process, "adds the researcher.

Rather than plant only trees, which is impractical and expensive in dry areas, farmers have adopted ecological forms of agriculture, too, which combine crops and trees in the same parts of Earth.

In the region of Tigray, the recovery of the land involved the construction of miles of walls and levees for retain water from heavy rains on the slopes of the mountains, the closure of bare land to allow natural regeneration of trees and vegetation and planting millions of seeds.

Now, until 2030, Ethiopia wants to restore 15 million hectares of land.

Foto: Rod Waddington/Creative Commons

Malaysia: rare outbreak of malaria may be linked to deforestation

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In Malaysia, a rare form of malaria caused by Plasmodium knowlesi parasite is causing more patients the remaining parasites Plasmodium family, accounting for 68% of malaria cases identified in 2013 in the country.

Although the theory is not yet proven, Balbir Singh, director of the malaria research centre at the University Malaysia Sarawak, believes that deforestation is putting the primates of the genus Macaca-common hosts of parasite-in greater contact with humans, resulting in increased parasite transmission between species.

According to a study published in 2013 on Science, the Malaysia lost about 14 percent of its forests between 2000 and 2012. Deforestation occurred mainly due to logging and conversion of forests into plantations of palm oil.

"This is a form of malaria that in the past was rarely seen in people, but today, in some of the remotest areas of the country, all cases of malaria in contact with indigenous are caused by the parasite Plasmodium knowlesi. If the number of cases continue to increase, the transmission between humans through mosquitoes will be a possibility, "indicates Singh, cites the Inhabitat.

Although it is not considered the deadliest parasite Plasmodium family, the Plasmodium knowlesi has a great speed of replication, only 12:0 am â€" while other parasites from the same family takes 48 or 72 hours to make more of themselves. The rapid replication of the parasite makes enough testing and diagnosis of patients before the disease if install in the body. The great speed of multiplication allow the disease to spread more quickly.

 
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