quinta-feira, 24 de Julho de 2014

Industrial waste management Sector invoiced less 2% in 2013

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According to the study areas of Portugal, published by Informa D&B, the Portuguese sector turnover of industrial waste management has maintained a declining trend in recent years, against a background of unfavourable economic environment and contraction in industrial production. In 2013, the dispatching sector € 165 million, less than 2% in 2012.

Since 2011, when it has reached the maximum value of approximately €175 million turnover, the turnover has recorded falls â€" about 4% in 2012 and 1.8% in 2013. According to the study, this fall is due to the decline in demand, the reduction of public spending and cost containment measures adopted by the client companies of the sector.

Forecasts for the end of 2014 indicate to an additional reduction of the business sector, mainly due to the "strong pressure on prices and the slow recovery of industrial activity", in particular in some of the main waste-generating sources.

Foto: nmorao / Creative Commons

Litter of Mexican Wolves born in freedom for the first time in 30 years

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As most of the rest of the wolves in the world, the Mexican Wolves â€" a subspecies of the gray wolf â€" have had a complicated relationship with humans. After more than a century of intensive hunting, since they constituted a danger to livestock from farms that were built on their territory, the species became extinct nearly 30 years ago.

But now, after three years ago Mexican environmental authorities initiate a recovery plan and begin to create the species in captivity to be released in the wild, conservation efforts are beginning to pay off. For the first in three decades, a new litter of Wolf pups was identified in the natural habitat.

"This first litter represents an important step for the recovery program, because these wolves have never had contact with humans, unlike wolves born in captivity," says the National Commission for Natural Protected areas of Mexico said in a statement, quoting the Dodo.

The Commission now expects this to be the beginning of prosperity of the species, which will continue to be protected and monitored in their natural habitat.

Foto: palmerb16 / Creative Commons

New York: Nordstrom Tower will be the tallest residential building in the world

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Nordstrom Tower, which is being built in New York, will be the world's tallest residential complex, with 481.28 meters. A spiral roof will confer even more height to the building, a total of 541 metres â€" about 30 cm less than the World Trade Center 1, building which replaced the twin towers of the World Trade Center.

The new residential complex will be built in the city centre, at 225 West 57th Street, right in the Centre of Manhattan and part of the recent building boom that are initiated in the Centre of the island, referred to Inhabitat.

It is expected that Nordstrom Tower is ready in 2018. There will be more than 1.1 million square meters of residential space, which will include a large commercial area and which should occupy the first seven floors of the building.

quarta-feira, 23 de Julho de 2014

5 myths and facts about soy

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For many vegetarian and vegan, soy is part of the daily diet, replacing the meat as a source of protein. For others, who are lactose intolerant, the soy-based products, such as milk and butter, are an alternative.

Slowly, this grain was integrating Western diets, but many myths about this food persist. Soy is healthy for men? What is the link between soy and breast cancer? Learn the myths and truths about this grain, according to the portal my well-being.

Myth: soy is not a good source of protein.

Fact: soy is a complete protein, meaning it contains all the essential amino acids to the workings of the human body and that can only be extracted from foods, since the body produces. A cup of cooked soybeans contains 22 grams of protein, almost as much as a beef. Tofu, however, has less protein than soybeans.

Myth: soy-based products that mimic the meat are nutritious because they are vegetarians

Fact: give consistency to something that originates from soybeans in anything like a chicken nugget, a sausage or a Turkey Breast requires large amounts of processing, which translates to endless ingredients lists. Many of these ingredients are high in sodium and fat, which are added for flavor. As such, these products are not as healthy as they seem.

Myth: soy causes breast cancer

Fact: some types of breast cancer develop in the presence of estrogen. Soybeans, has constituted isoflavone, whose chemical structure is similar to estrogen and acts in a similar manner, referred to the Huffington Post. However, there is no direct link between soy consumption and the development of breast cancer. Studies in humans have shown that there is no connection between soy and breast cancer, either in your promotion wants on its reduction.

Myth: If you don't like tofu, the soy protein supplements are a good alternative

Fact: because of the health implications caused by soy supplements and which were revealed by some studies, most experts advise against the normal diet is supplemented with soybean derivatives, until more studies are done. The short-period may be safe, but long-term, the use of soy isoflavones has not yet been scientifically proven as beneficial. If you want to take advantage of the nutritional properties of soy, it is best to eat natural soy and not resort to grain-based supplements.

Myth: men should not eat soy

Fact: the fact that soy has components similar to estrogens have caused some worry that soy products can reduce testosterone levels in men. However, no clinical studies prove this fear. In fact, men may benefit from soy consumption, since the grain appears to decrease the risk of prostate cancer.

What to do with 150,000 plastic bottles? A private island

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Some people wait a whole year to build a solar cooker and make that long-awaited cake, but Richart Sowa waited nearly a decade to be able to enjoy your private island. This old Carpenter joined recycled garbage over almost seven years and built a private island near Cancun, with the material collected.

Richart Sowa joined more than 150,000 bags of plastic bottles, which held the old wooden pallets before the launch in the water. Later, he covered the pallets with sand and Earth, which somehow manages to sustain trees and other plants on their island of 25 metres, referred to Grist. Additionally, mangrove roots grow around the bags containing the bottles, which protects and hides, making the most natural island.

The old Carpenter still uses the garbage bags too heavy to float to build his flower beds, where it grows agave, ginger and hibiscus. Additionally, the island resort to systems of harnessing rainwater and solar panels to generate electricity. Sowa has created a composting Center with which fertilize your plants.

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Poaching of rhinos can reach the peak of the last decade in 2014

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Poaching for rhinos extrapolates the values really well known and, despite efforts to protect animals, 2014 is heading to be the worst year of the last decade when it comes to the number of animals killed by hunters.

Since the beginning of the year, hunters have killed more than 500 rhinos, mostly in South Africa. In 2013, 1,004 were killed rhinos, the highest annual figure since 2006, referred to the Inhabitat. Rhinos are hunted for their horns, which are popular in several Asian countries, where popular belief indicate that the rhino horn powder increases sexual performance.

Since 2007 that poaching has increased about 5000%, despite the efforts of several countries and conservation organizations. More than 80% of the world's rhinos live in South Africa and there are only 25,000 animals in the wild. Most of the deaths recorded this year already took place in the Kruger National Park in South Africa, a popular Park for its safaris and where died 351 rhinos since January.

Foto: davisesq212 / Creative Commons

terça-feira, 22 de Julho de 2014

The mass migration of animals

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The penguins, zebras migrating animals don't choose continent or species. Every year, millions walk miles to escape predators, find food or water, or to mate-many of these days of walking are passed in complicated terrain.

These photos depict one of the most beautiful and synchronized movements of animal life, on land or at sea. Some examples: 2.5 million flamingos fly to other regions when it comes to mating season; humpback whales travel the greatest distance of migration, about 8,500 miles to each side; about 750 thousand zebras or 1.2 million wildebeest trading area of Ngotongoro, in Tanzania, the Masai Mara, in Kenya.

See some of these photos, absolutely stunning. Missing only the images of human migration.

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