quarta-feira, 23 de Abril de 2014

Joke can take American city empty reservoir with 143 million gallons of water

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At a time when drought proliferates by several u.s. States, the city of Portland, Oregon, are studying the emptying of a reservoir with 143 million gallons of water.

This thread is recurring in the United States, and the reason is usually the same: someone peed to the tank, which is filled with treated water.

The cameras recorded the action of the 19-year-old boy, at the beginning the morning of Wednesday, April 16 â€" a week ago. Because of the joke, the authorities are doing tests of water quality and one of the possibilities is to empty the reservoir.

In an interview with Associated Press Agency, the spokeswoman for the local water company said that the urine presents little risk, and that animals routinely deposit waste in the tank without creating a public health crisis. The problem is that, now, the company does not want to serve water that was deliberately contaminated.

"I may be wrong about this, but the reality is that our clients will receive drinking water that has been contaminated by someone who decided to pee in the tank," explained David Shaff.

If the disposal occurs, the water will drain to the sewer system that eventually, and after treatment, is dumped on the Columbia River.

Click here to see the video, released by the Associated Press.

Foto: Tom Topped/Creative Commons

Brazilian environmentalist movement wants to promote world day of the Environmentalist to June 4

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The environmental movement the Greens, a member of the International Environmentalist Federation (FAI), launched a petition to ask the United Nations establishing the day 4 June as world day of Environmentalist.

"[We want], in all nations where the defenders of the Environment Act, of animals and of human life, is celebrated the date for reflection and support for environmental causes, in defence of planet Earth," says the petition.

The objective of the environmental movement is reaching the 5,000 signatures. If you agree with this action, you can subscribe to it here.

On 5 June, recalled, the United Nations celebrated the world environment day.

Foto: aloshbennett/Creative Commons

Exhibition on packaging reuse kicks off Thursday at NorteShopping

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The NorteShopping receives, on 24 April, about 40 pieces of art â€" hearts constructed from reusing cartons for liquid foods â€" which were developed within the framework of a school contest sponsored by Tetra Pak, in collaboration with the ABAE-blue flag Association of Europe and the network of Eco-schools.

The exhibition, open to the public in the square 0 floor industry, combines environmental awareness to children's art, arousing us more new the ability to reuse the packaging used in the creation of original parts which, by its high originality, led to Tetra Pak to consider their public display, by selecting for effect more than four dozens of the best works that will be featured now at NorteShopping.

The show makes known the works that were up for tender in the initiative "on mother's day, the heart is Yellow" and whose motto of the hobby took students of Eco-schools around the country to create hearts, from cartons for liquid foods, combining the theme of mother's day the preservation of "mother nature".

Parallel to the exhibition, visitors can also participate, Norteshopping on 25 April and on weekends (from 10:00 to 11:00 pm), in the workshops of construction of useful objects from Tetra Pak cartons, through which you can prepare the gift to give on mother's day, for example, or take a photo against a backdrop drawn, from the theme of the exhibition, and they can take with them at the moment.

Learn more about the exhibition at Protects What's good.

terça-feira, 22 de Abril de 2014

Quercus will help municipalities to promote green economy. Murtosa and Vouzela have already joined.

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The municipalities of Murtosa and Vouzela were the first two to join partnerships for Biodiversity, a network of Portuguese municipalities that will collaborate with Quercus to demand that can be positively discriminated, with more revenue and more public investment directed to their economic and environmental recovery.

According to Quercus, the project aims at increasing the values transferred to the municipalities with classified areas, by means of a better weighting of allocation coefficients laid down in the law of Local Finances and from other taxes.

On the other hand, it assumes the increase of national and Community funds allocation to carry out private investments which allow the creation of jobs linked to the preservation and enhancement of biodiversity.

Is the proposal promoting entrepreneurship still connected to the environment, to encourage the sustainable recovery of hazardous areas; the creation of alternative models of taxation that discriminate positively investments and economic activities; and the implementation of local strategies for the conservation of biodiversity and adaptation to climate change, actively involving local communities.

The Protocol between the municipalities and the Quercus will be signed next tomorrow, marking the world day of the Earth.

Photo: Vouzela.  guymoll/Creative Commons

Italy will sell Islands, castles and palaces

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The new Italian Government, led by Matteo Renzi, will alienate a good portion of its real estate and natural heritage â€" from the island of Poveglia (View gallery), of which we have already talked in Green Savers, until a castle on the border with Slovenia.

The aim is to allocate the money raised from these sales to reduce its public debt, which amounted to 130 percent of GDP. According to El Pais, the Italian Government is unaware of the magnitude of its heritage, but it is estimated that he is among the €218 billion, according to a recent report by the Ministry of economy and finance in the country, and the €400 billion, as various private organizations.

Despite having 634 thousand buildings, which occupy a total of 300 million square meters, the Italian State spends $ 1000 million a year to rent offices and offices for officials.

Renzi's plan â€" which had already been put into practice by the new Prime Minister at the time of their passage by the House of Florence-provides for the disposal of empty buildings, neighbourhoods semi-abandonados or other infrastructure that are not being used â€" including castles, palaces and abandoned Islands, as Poveglia, which can be leased for 99 years.

Until then, however, Renzi has no other remedy that continue to sell State-owned companies, for which looks for a recipe between eight and € 10 billion in the short term.

Remember the photos of the island of Poveglia, considered the most haunted of Italy â€" maybe that's why the Italian Government the ponders to divest.

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segunda-feira, 21 de Abril de 2014

Toyota has already begun to replace robots by humans

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Carmakers have long embraced automation and replaced humans for robots. However, Toyota is taking a step back and replace the machines by people in some factories in Japan.

Toyota's decision is an unconventional choice for a Japanese company. The Japan has by far the largest number of industrial robots of any country. Is only surpassed by South Korea with regard to the ratio of robots for humans.

This new Japanese manufacturer's strategy is based on two aspects. First, Toyota wants to make sure that their workers perceive the work they are doing rather than just do get machinery and parts do not have utility when they malfunctioned. Second, the brand wants to develop ways to increase the quality of the Assembly process and make it more efficient in the long run. Automation assumes that the enterprise has many average workers and few artisans and masters.

Since Toyota has implemented this strategy in 100 factories, the waste of material on the production line has decreased 10% and the Assembly process has become shorter. Improvements were also recorded in the process of cutting of parts and reducing the cost of assembling the chassis.

"We can't just depend on machines that repeat the same task over and over again," said project director Mitsuru Kawai, quoted by Quartz. "To be master of the machines it is necessary to have the knowledge and tools to teach the machines", asserts.

Foto: epSos.de/Creative Commons

domingo, 20 de Abril de 2014

The nine lives of Lions

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If they say that cats have seven or nine lives, depending on the culture that says, so the Lions will have more. That's the whole idea of photographer Nina Sundén, who spent hundreds of hours photographing them and who claims to have seen it all: "I've seen them break bones, being cut in half and, a few days later, walking around like it was nothing," wrote Nina in your blog.

Last week, says Nina, she received the news that one of the lionesses of Bila Shaka, in Kenya, was attacked by a Buffalo, with lesions that speak for themselves (see image gallery).

Siena, so called the lioness, was cut on his back leg, and when we see the photos, it seems a miracle that she had survived. However, when the handlers found and contacted the veterinarians of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the future of Siena came out again.

The giant wound was cleaned and treated for 30 minutes, with Siena to sleep, and the two Italian veterinary, Francesca and Matteo, say she must regain 100%. See pictures and learn more of the work of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust here.

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