quinta-feira, 23 de Outubro de 2014

CGD promotes Sustainability in the future Conference

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Caixa Geral de Depósitos (CGD) will organise in the next few days 29 and 30 October, a Conference on the theme "Bridges for a more sustainable future", which aims to put civil society and the business world to "talk about Sustainability and act in harmony". The Culturgest in Lisbon, will be the stage of the event, which is part of the BCSD Portugal 2014 annual Conference.

At the Conference are confirmed names like Jo I confine, executive editor of the British newspaper The Guardian; Isabel Jonet, Self-help Association; Paula Viegas, Director of CGD's sustainability; Francisco Viana, director of communications and brand of CDG or Cláudia Coelho, Director of sustainable business solutions of PwC Portugal.

Among the main themes of the program are subject to debate panels schedule for a more sustainable Country, Environmental Reporting and Entrepreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship.

During the Conference will be also presented the results of the annual Carbon Disclosure Project Iberia and awarded prizes to Portuguese companies. The participation is free of charge, subject to prior registration. Registration can be done here and the program can be consulted in detail here.

The London offices of Google are planted vegetables

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Google has made great efforts to make their offices more fun for every employee, but are employees of the London offices who have the best of all.

The space has about 14,864 square meters and is equipped with furniture that was retrofitted to recreate the comforts of a home. On the roof of the ninth floor there is a terrace with garden and small lots that allow employees to grow vegetables and aromatic herbs.

Located in Covent Garden, the new offices have several indoor and outdoor leisure spaces, a gym, a Dance Studio, several cafes and restaurants and lounge areas. All these spaces are associated with a theme and equipped with recycled furniture, resulting in lower costs and reuse materials. In the construction of space were not used any toxic materials and wood used in finishes has a eco-statement, referred to in Inhabitat.

As for allotments which cultivation is necessary to fill in a registration form and wait until some is free, because demand is high, and the officials who neglect their plantations are them removed lots of cultivation.

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quarta-feira, 22 de Outubro de 2014

New toast of French gastronomy is a species of bird facing extinction

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The somber, a rare bird that exists, among other countries, in Portugal, is the new conqueluche of French chefs. According to The New York Times (NYT), the French are to revive the tradition of capturing the bird, sobrealimentá-la in complete darkness for 21 days, drown her with Armagnac, toast it and eat it all at once â€" just with one bite.

According to some gourmet chefs interviewed by NYT, the tradition is complete with the Act of hiding the bird under the dinner napkin. But the tradition isn't what it used to be, conservationists argue, and should stop immediately, under penalty of the rare bird become extinct.

In fact, the bird is protected in the European Union since 1979, although around 30 thousand somber being captured a year in France. The search for this tidbit led to population of the bird, which has only 15 centimeters, falling 40 percent in the last decade.

"The chefs and food lovers who believe they need to kill a bird in danger to keep its interesting gastronomic creations have little creativity," explained the President of Farm Sanctuary, Gene Baur.

The Organization BirdLife Europe has begun a petition to call the Ministry of the Interior to the question of illegal hunting of bleak in France. And, when you think that illegal hunting is an African and Asian phenomenon, it's hard to believe that, in a country with France's past, all just whistle for the side to protect this rare bird.

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Fotos: Vitalii Khustochka / Åsa Berndtsson / Ron Knight / Andrej Chudý / Biodiversity Heritage Librar

Korean artist transforms the Crystal Palace of Madrid in Kaleidoscope

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The Korean artist Kimsooja media is known for creating installations using the existing architecture, light and sound. In his latest work, entitled "To Breathe: the Mirror Woman", Kimsooja transformed Crystal Palace del Retiro de Madrid in a kaleidoscope, whose visual effect is accompanied by a soundscape created by the artist.

The greenhouse that now hosts the exhibition is usually a collection of exotic plants from the Philippines. Kimsooja turned this space into a sensory experience, covering the Windows of the greenhouse with a translucent diffraction film. This material diffracts more the Sun's rays, which are reflected in the mirrored surface that covers the entire floor, referred to Inhabitat.

Kimsooja presented a similar project at the Venice Biennale, in 2013, which also used translucent film to color the inside of the Korean Pavilion during the event.

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Latvian cyclists show the space that bikes can save on the road

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To celebrate the World Day Without Cars last month, a group of Latvian organisation cyclists Let's Bike It disguised their car bikes and took to the streets of Riga. The aim was to show to the users of the rent the space their vehicles occupy on the public highway.

For such structures were built, with colored materials, which were attached to bicycles, transforming them in a vehicle about the size of a normal car, showing drivers how absurd is a single person use road space to move.

Bicycles reduce traffic congestion by reducing the space occupied on public roads but also are environmentally friendly because it does not emit greenhouse gases nor produce noise pollution. Besides, they are a form of physical exercise.

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terça-feira, 21 de Outubro de 2014

Old mills of Graciosa Island are used for rural tourism (with video)

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In Graciosa, Azores, there are dozens of mills, remnants of the period in which there was a strong agricultural production on the island. Over the years, agriculture was losing power and windmills were left abandoned.

In recent years, there have been some recovery projects of these ancient spaces for rural tourism. The stone mill â€" built in the 1940, like most of the mills on the island â€" is one of the ten buildings were reused.

The space was acquired in 2002 by João Luís Silva, a native of Graciosa. For John, this stone mill is the realization of a project conceived long ago. "I've always liked mills and rustic stuff. A few years ago to work for this mill, "said João Luís Silva to the green economy.

After the purchase, the area went through a period of restoration, where it managed to preserve many of the artifacts that were inside the building at the time of purchase. Were restored utensils and built some pieces of furniture according to the lines of space decoration.

Currently, there are just over 4,000 inhabitants on the island of Graciosa, and 80% of the mill occupation of João Luís Silva is foreign.

For now, the stone mill is a supplementary source of income for João Luís Silva, who is a civil servant. However, in the near future, this Azorean hopes to leave the job to dedicate himself full-time to the project of rural tourism.

Meet the space in episode 317 of the green economy.



Photo: Paulo Vítor Martins/Creative Commons

Switzerland: reserve surplus animals serves local restaurant

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The animals in the Langenberg Wildlife Park, near Zurich, aren't just for views. An investigation revealed that the animals are to serve another purpose â€" are being served on plates in the restaurant of the Park to visitors.

The press Switzerland writes that employees of the recently admitted killing dozens of animals "more" â€" including deer and wild boars â€" to be served in the restaurant, as well as for sale for consumption. "Every year, hundreds of piglets and calves are born. For lack of space, are slaughtered and end up on the plate of the visitors, "says Park spokesman, Martin Kilchenmann, cites the Dodo.

According to the news website Der Landbote, park staff killed and cooked approximately 59 calves and piglets in 2012. Although the origin of the meat served at the restaurant of the Park is indicated in the menu, the information is written in small letters, by that most visitors never see.

The animal reserve spokesman defends the practice as a way to show visitors the "natural cycle". In turn, the animal rights organisations claim that the Park while allowing the deer and boars are reproducing in excess-and serve this "excess" visitors â€" is an attitude "reprehensible".

This case is not unique, since many zoos do not control playback of your animals, which ultimately create an amount of animals that can't handle spaces. The solution is to cull these animals, even if they're perfectly healthy.

Photo: Frank l./Creative Commons

 
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