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May 11, 2012
Julia

Venice is Sinking

Venice is sinking. The city of canals continues sinking because of the rising of the sea level. This was according to a report by the Institute of Oceanography, University of San Diego California (USA).

Although previous studies have given a positive result by saying that the city’s immersion into the sea had stabilized, new measurements indicate that the historic center of the city continues to sink slowly and even leans slightly, according to the study.

“Venice continues to sink at a rate of about two millimeters a year. It is a small effect, but it is important,”said the surveyor, Yehuda Bock, California high school.

A concern is that, in the next twenty years, the Italian city can sink eighty millimeters.

Sinking of Venice was recognized as a major problem for decades, said Bock, “When scientists realized that the pumping of groundwater beneath the city, there was hindering in the settlement. However, since the water pumping technique was abandoned, the post-2000 studies indicated that the submergence had ceased,” the expert explains.

The current collapse is due to natural causes, such as the shifting of the tectonic plates.

May 8, 2012
Julia

Germany Promotes Wind Farms Offshore

Germany ‘s chancellor, Angela Merkel, will promote the construction of offshore wind farms and the expansion of the electricity distribution network in Germany within the framework of its policy of energy change, following the decision last year to abandon nuclear energy until 2022.

“We are currently preparing the legal framework for that goal,” Merkel said in the Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper. Merkel also announced that the second major project of this policy is to expand the distribution network “for the north wind to come south”.

“We must work together to resolve some important issues about wind farms offshore,” said Merkel, who stresses that “the coming months will be crucial for the implementation of energy exchange”, which focuses on renewables. For its part, Liberal Philipp Rösler, wants to optimize the plan to accelerate the energy shift in Germany and consider “crucial companies to invest now”.

“I therefore propose to optimize the planning process for the expansion of electricity networks and build new power plants,” said Rössler. He also announced that the target will be at the end of the year.

Meanwhile, the leader of the opposition of the Social Democrats, Sigmar Gabriel, has accused the government of Merkel in failing on their project for the energy change. “Neither in the development of networks, building sanitation, or the promotion of renewables and energy efficiency have advanced a single step,” Gabriel said.

Apr 16, 2012
Julia

Wild ass of Africa (Equus africanus)

Did you know?

That the African wild ass is the ancestor of the domesticated donkey? In the 16th century, the African wild asses were domesticated in the southwestern part of the United States. The descendants of the animals, better known as burros, still roam the Southwest.

The African wild ass has a height to the shoulders of 125-135 cm and weighs about 230-250 kg. It has a relatively large head with a long, narrow head, ears pricked and mobile. It has an erect mane and forelock without clumps. The legs are thin, narrow hooves high. The coat is short, gray with a pinkish tinge on the body and the bottom, legs and whitish muzzle. The legs are striped like of a zebra that is striking. The African wild ass can be easily differentiated from the Asian wild ass’ coat color. The African wild ass’ coat is gray, not brown. The also have longer ears than the Asian wild ass.

Apr 9, 2012
Julia

Alinaranja Amazon (Amazona amazonica)

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That Alinaranja Amazon male is eating for two, for himself and the female, while incubating the eggs and feed the pigeons? The male regurgitates the food for the female to eat it.

This medium-sized Amazon has a total length of 31-33 cm and a weight of about 300-470g. The plumage is mostly green with a yellow patch on the crown and cheeks. The blue color is separated from the front of the head, while the throat is tinged with blue green. The bases of the secondary feathers are orange. The central tail feathers are green, while the feathers on the side of the tail are green with yellowish green tips. The inner surfaces of the wings are orange red with dark green. The bill is horn in color, becoming dark gray near the tip. The eye ring is white-gray. 

During the day, the Alinaranja Amazon usually travels in pairs. However at night, they congregate in large numbers (often several hundred) to sleep in communal roosts. Like other Amazons, the alinaranja nests can be found in natural cavities of trees or in former woodpecker holes. A clutch can have up to 5 eggs. They feed on fruits, seeds, nuts, berries, buds and leaf buds.

Mar 24, 2012
Julia

Sloth Bear (Melursus ursinus)

 

Did you know?

That sloth bears are the only bears that carry their young on their backs? In 1700, the first Europeans who saw sloth bears described them as sloths, because of its ungainly appearance and long claws. The Hindi word for bear “bhalu” inspired Rudyard Kipling character’s bear, Baloo, in The Jungle Book.

The sloth bear is a bear of medium size, with males larger than females. The length is 130-180 cm, shoulder height is 65-100 cm and weighs 55-145 kg. They have a long snout with protruding lips moving and a broad nose blackish brown that can be closed voluntarily. The eyes and teeth are small, the first upper incisor missing. It has tufts of hair on the ears. The coat is long (80-200 mm), thick and dense, typically black or blackish brown (sometimes cinnamon, or “red”), except the face and mouth where hair is short and dirty white, beige or brown . A white, yellow, or brown on the breast with a V-shaped mark is present. The hair is straight or wavy hair is longer on the neck and shoulders. The soles of the feet are bare. The claws are white, cream or light brown from time to time. Their claws are very long, strong, and curved.

 

Mar 6, 2012
Julia

Global Warming Harms Glaciers of Patagonia

 

CANCUN, Mexico – The glaciers of Patagonia, covering parts of Argentina and Chile, have suffered along with some in Alaska the major impacts of climate change have major meltdowns in recent years, said the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

A report by the agency, in the UN world conference on climate change in Cancun, said that between 1960 and 2003, the glaciers of Patagonia have been reduced by 35 meters, 25 in Alaska, and about 10 meters in Asia. “Most mountain glaciers are losing mass due to climate change,” he said. The rise in temperatures began in the 1980s, as ice is beginning to deteriorate. “The glaciers could disappear from some mountainous regions towards the end of the century, given the current rate of melting,” he said. But although the overall trend of glaciers is their reduced mass, in some areas such as western Norway, and in the Cordillera Darwin, Tierra del Fuego, there has been an increase in its size due to increased rainfall. The report warned that melting glaciers could lead to a reduce in water availability in some areas of Central Asia, Chile, Argentina and Peru, where rainfall is low.

The UN agency recommended strengthening research and international collaboration to monitor glaciers, and improve models for measuring precipitation patterns of water availability in mountain regions, particularly in Latin America and Asia. They also called for support coping mechanisms related to natural disasters.

Jan 23, 2012
Julia

Cardboard furniture: cheap and green

Cardboard furniture is first made of cardboard …. So let’s start there.

What is cardboard?

The carton is made of cellulose from wood and often recycled materials. The wood can come from sustainably managed forests. The kraft is purchased in rolls transported by sea, rail or road.

The material is corrugated Kraft in our partner factories certified ISO 14001, with water-based glue. Ink and wash water passing through the treatment plant site and are reused in a closed circuit. The waterproof membrane such tables is obtained by applying a varnish food starch-based non-toxic.

Many cardboard furniture are made in France. They are 100% recyclable and reusable because their installation is done by folding and interlocking, no glue or other assembly materials such staples, screws, nails etc..

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Jan 23, 2012
Julia

LED 4G launches new range of LED ribbons

The French specialist in LED lamp starts at the beginning of the year, a new range of flexible LED ribbons. For those who have yet to meet such’éclairage, LED tape is a very flexible band (self-adhesive or simply fixable) covered with LEDs.

The tapes led to the brand LED 4G are intended mainly for the interior and exterior lighting of dwellings or businesses. This new range offers a choice to install an innovative lighting design and offering a warm atmosphere. These tapes allow LEDs to balance design and low power because their power is limited to 2.4 watts per meter.

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Jan 6, 2012
Penny

Robin Wright Is Against Congo’s Conflicting Metal War

The tragedy of Africa is that it appears to be sitting on a mountain of gold and it almost seems impossible to grow. Congo is a prime example, it’s been the scene of the deadliest conflict since World War II with 5.5 million deaths between 1996 and 2003.

The country’s basement is filled with reserves of tantalum, gold, tin, and tungsten (material used in the manufacture of mobile phones, computers and other broadcasters) coveted by the government (which seems quite legitimate) but also by armed military groups.

Hence there is opposition, the whole is a rule in a bath of blood and violence.

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