quarta-feira, 26 de Novembro de 2014

Underwater discovery in the Aegean Pompeii

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Researchers at the National Hellenic Research Foundation and the Ephorate of Underse Archeology, in Greece, discovered a species of "underwater Pompeii" in the Aegean Sea. According to the international press, were found remains of an ancient village â€" including your workshop â€" on the seabed near the island of Delos (photos 5 to 9).

Archaeologists have discovered 16 terracotta pots and remnants of an ancient furnace, according to Discovery News, describing the find as "a little Pompeii".

"In the past, these ruins had been identified as port infrastructure," explained the Minister of culture of Greece. However, the survey revealed that, instead of a port, they are part of an ancient village. "Workshops were found equal in Pompeii and Herculaneum".

Other structural elements of the village, as columns or walls, were also collected along the coast. The village, probably linked to maritime activities or crafts, disappeared in mysterious ways. Later, the sea took it upon himself to hide from people.

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New giant crater appears in Russia

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2014 seems not to be the best year for land in Russia. After three giant craters that appeared in the region of Siberia, appeared another in Perm region.

However, unlike the other craters, whose origin is still unknown, this giant hole is the result of the collapse of a potash mine, which opened a massive crater in the middle of an abandoned mining town.

Although the village is uninhabited, the same mine is also located in another village, a few miles away, which is inhabited. Experts and officials now fear that the mine may collapse also in the locality inhabited, writes the Inhabitat.

Uralkali, a company that produces potash fertilizer and responsible for extraction at the mine, announced recently that the works were abandoned in Solikamsk-2 mine, after the site has been flooded by salt water. Shortly after, appeared the giant crater.

terça-feira, 25 de Novembro de 2014

The Lisbon that doesn't come on tour rankings

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The last two years have been excellent for sightseeing in Lisbon. The city receives more and more people, the local economy gets a new breath and the municipality raises funding which allows you and will rehabilitate some of the most degraded areas of the city.

In parallel, and fruit of major investment in marketing and communications, the city has gained great notoriety abroad, mainly due to reports and articles that they realize that Lisbon is fashionable and has some of the most pleasant places to visit across Europe, a mixture of eagerness, cosmopolitan Beach, culture and history â€" and is therefore assiduous presence in the rankings of travel and tourism.

However, not everything is perfect â€" starting in one of the ex-libris of interest, precisely, of the city, the Elevador da Bica. The calamitous state of this national monument was in the genesis of a third citizen â€" Bernardo Ferreira de Carvalho, Fernando Jorge and Moimoi â€" the municipality.

"We protest the fact that the vehicles are vandalized, the lower station keep up with tile gaps, persists the bad state of conservation, the waste and lack of" composure "(for lack of a better word!) in general presentation (dustbin, Chair) to customers ", explains the three citizens, in a note published in the LX Citizenship, one of the best-known blogs about Lisbon.

According to the three citizens, each trip by now costs €3,60 â€" all the more reason for it to be properly preserved. "We take this opportunity to ask why the schedule was reduced lift, ending now at 8:0 pm when in an area such as that concerned the tram can and should have a much broader role in mobility between the waterfront and the Hill of Santa Catarina/Bairro Alto/Chiado?", conclude the citizens. This Lisbon, definitely not enters the international lists.

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Covilhã: Portuguese artist Bordalo II transforms trash into Owl serrana

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The street performer Arthur Bordalo, Portuguese of 26 years, transformed a bunch of junk sculpture of an OWL, which installed on the wall of a building in Covilhã. According to the Bored Panda, the sculpture is called "OWL Eyes" and was built with tractor tires, chunks of corrugated metal and other debris from urban waste.

The creation of Bordalo was built to the annual WOOL festival, promoted in Covilhã to celebrate the urban arts.

The author, known as Ruel II, has created several works from trash or recycling, smart and resourceful.

According to the magazine Saturday, Bordalo II had the first contact with the world of the arts in the workshop of his grandfather, the painter Real Bordalo. Currently, attends the painting course at the Faculty of fine arts of Lisbon. Remember the story of Saturday and see the work "OWL Eyes".

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What are the participatory budgets? (with video)

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There are more and more municipalities with participatory budgets, and this is a great news for the connection of the constituents to the activity local Executive, but also to promote areas of society which are not priority of local power, such as culture and environment.

Is this the example of participatory budget Lisbon, the first to be implemented by a European capital in 2008. "The OP de Lisboa distinguishes itself from other experience (...) because it is a truly deliberative process, giving effective decision-making to citizens to submit proposals for their city and vote for the projects they consider priorities ", can be read on the website of the initiative. Unfortunately, often the money delay himself.

This year, the participatory budget Lisbon will distribute €2,4 million for 13 projects â€" seven of them are directly linked with sustainable development. One of those who sat out for the third consecutive year, was the project "Give wings to the Heritage", conceived by SPEA (Portuguese society for the study of birds) to rehabilitate the Palacete da Quinta das Conchas. With 2,357 votes, the project was the third most votes among those who cost € 150,000 and € 500,000, becoming once more to be accomplished.

According to Luis Costa, executive director of the SPEA, the aim is to rehabilitate the historic mansion and makes it an environmental centre devoted to birds. "As association dedicated to bird conservation, we hope to contribute and help make educational programs and an environmental education center to show the birds and nature [that surround the Villa]," explained the charge to green economy.

In 2008, only a thousand people voted in the projects. Last year, that number grew to 37,000 â€" insufficient, however, to reach the number of participatory budgeting of Cascais, which this year led the vote of 41,005 citizens.

Currently there are 57 Portuguese authorities (municipalities and Parish Councils) with participatory budgets, involving about €14 million. Since the country began to take the first steps in this model of participatory democracy, in 2002, the citizens decided the fate of €54 million, through a hundred OP, according to the public.

Foto: Yiannis Chatzitheodorou/Creative Commons



segunda-feira, 24 de Novembro de 2014

U.s. will help countries threatened by climate change with €2,4 billion

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Barack Obama recently announced that the United States intends to provide up to €2,4 billion to help countries that are being affected by climate change. The funds will enable these Nations to adapt to the new conditions of life, as well as to invest in clean energy.

However, the White House won't provide the money at zero cost. So that the amount is released, Barack Obama indicated that other G20 countries must have a similar attitude and provide amounts, even if in smaller values, referred to Inhabitat.

Although the action may seem generous and well-meaning, the approach chosen is to throw money to the problem, instead of taking effective action against climate change. Still, the money will allow the poor countries to invest in clean energy and adapt to more extreme conditions.

Foto: Barack Obama/Creative Commons

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

 
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