🇩🇪Der 12-minutige Kurzfilm zeigt Wildtiere in der Steppe, im Wald oder im Dschungel. Es ist einer von zwei aktuellen Kurzfilmen im "The Wild Immersion". Erleben sie eine Kinosessel-Safari mit 360°Virtual Reality und fühlen sie Tiere hautnah in ihrem natürlichen Lebensraum. Der Film "Alba" führt über zugefrorene Seen hinein ins Herz einer faszinierenden Winterlandschaft. In "Terra" geht es dann in sonnige Länder, wo wilde Tiere anzutreffen sind. Findet in den Pathé-Kinos in Zürich (Dietlikon) statt.
🇬🇧The 12-minute short film shows wild animals in the steppe, in the forest or in the jungle. It is one of two current short films from "The Wild Immersion". Experience a cinema safari via 360 ° Virtual Reality and learn about animals close up in their natural habitat. The film "Alba" leads over frozen lakes into the heart of a fascinating winter landscape. In "Terra" it goes to sunny countries, where wild animals are found. Both films are shown in Pathé Dietlikon.
🇩🇪Der Park Seleger Moor bietet eine Fülle spannender Erlebnisse für Familien, für Kinder und für Schüler. Entlang der Entdeckerwege Vögel und das emsige Treiben der Wildbienen beobachten, im Moorlihuus der Geschichte des Parkmaskottchens "Moorli" nachspüren, Vogelstimmen erkennen, mit dem Forscherrucksack spielerisch und aktiv den Park entdecken oder eine der zahlreichen Veranstaltungen besuchen. Die Familientage zu Themebschwerpunkten wie z. B. Farne, Frösche, sowie fachkundige Führungen vermitteln viel Wissenswertes. Spezielle Führungen für Kinder und Geschichtenachmittage, bringen auch den Kleinsten die Natur auf spielerische Weise näher.
28.4. Morgenexkursion:Vögel im Park
10.5. Konzert Milou&Flint "Blau über Grün"
16.5. Erleben sie den Park im Abendlicht
🇬🇧The Park Seleger Moor offers exciting experiences for families, children and school pupils. Observe birds and wild bees along the discovery trail, learn the story of the mascot Moorli in the Moorlihuus, listen to the bird song, playfully explore the park with the research backpack or visit one of the numerous events. On the family days one can learn more about ferns or frogs. Special guided tours for children and story-telling afternoons will bring the little ones closer to nature in a playful way.
*Agenda for April / May
28.4. Morning excursion: birds in the park
10.5. Concert Milou & Flint "Blau über Grün"
16.5. Experience the park in the evening light
30 0 09:12pm 04/07/2019
🇩🇪Brünig Safari. Entlang der Brünigstrecke der Zentralbahn entführt Tierforscherin Lix kleine Entdecker - diese Saison zum letzten Mal - auf eine besondere Safari. Von Mai bis Oktober 2019 sind zwischen Giswil und Meiringen 13 jetzige oder frühere einheimische Wildtiere aus Holz so platziert, dass sie vom Zug aus gesichtet werden können. Die Suche wird von einem Flyer begleitet, der viel Interessantes über die Tiere und deren Lebensweise verrät. Die Idee stammt vom Zugbegleiter Jakob Enz, der auf seinen Fahrten entlang der Zahnradstrecke über den Brünig immer wieder Tiere beobachtete und auch den Blick der Passagiere schärfen wollte.
🇬🇧Brünig Safari. Along the Brünig track of the central railway, the biologist Lix takes small explorers - this season for the last time - on a special safari. From May to October 2019, between Giswil and Meiringen, 13 wild animals made of wood are placed so that they can be seen from the train. The search comes with a flyer, which reveals much interesting about the animals and their way of life. The idea came from the train attendant Jakob Enz, who kept watching animals on his journeys along the cog railway route over the Brünig and also wanted to sharpen the view for the passengers.
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The population of the world has reached 7.7 billion people this year, and by 2050 it will reach 9.7 billion people.
▶️According to the report submitted to the Commission on Population and Development at the UN headquarters in New York, the average birth rate is 2.5 children per woman, and by 2030 it will be about 2.4 children per woman. By 2050 more than 70% of the world's population will live in countries where the total fertility rate is below the level required for population reproduction.
▶️As for people aged 65 and older, their share is growing. They make 19% in Europe and 16% in North America, and by 2050, these numbers will increase to 28% and 23% respectively. During this period, the proportion of older people in Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean is also expected to increase from the current 8% to 18%. In Africa, where lives the youngest population today, by 2050 the share of the elderly people will be only 9%.
▶️About 56% of the world's population lives in cities. Almost all population growth in the future will occur due to an increase in the number of urban dwellers, who, according to the forecasts, by 2030 will account for 60% of the world's population, and by 2050 for about 68%.
▶️Over the past 25 years, the number of people living in extreme poverty and maternal mortality has decreased by 40%. From 1994 till 2019, the under-five mortality rate has decreased by 54%. Life expectancy worldwide has increased from 64.9 years in 1994 to 72.3 years in 2019 and will increase by another 2 years by 2030.
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24 0 11:40am 04/02/2019
Recently, on the International Space Station has started working a laser imaging system GEDI that allows to study the state of forests. With this installation it is possible to calculate the size and the shape of individual trees. Scientists need this, first of all, to understand how much carbon is still stored in forests. GEDI is becoming a high-tech alternative to very exhausting and expensive field work.
More than 30 large global companies have provided data on the production volumes of plastic packaging for the first time.
Coca-Cola takes the first place among those who has “opened up” with a large margin - 3 million tons of plastic annually. One-fifth of the world's total plastic packaging accounts for the famous producer of soft drinks - about 108 billion bottles a year. It is followed by Nestlé (1.7 million tons) and Danone (750 000 tons). However, we must admit that many companies could compete with the leaders of the list, but they still hide this data. Among the irresponsible are Pepsi Co, H & M, L'Oréal, Walmart and Marks & Spencer.
The average global indicator of the use of recycled materials in the production of packaging is only 2%. More than 150 companies have joined the commitment to increase this figure to 25% by 2025 as well as to stop using problematic and unnecessary plastic, including PVC and disposable plastic straws and bags.
Photo credit: Kaleb Tapp
Have you heard about energy self-sufficient cities?
Samsø is a small Danish island in the southern part of the Kattegat sea with a population of 3747 people provides themselves with 100% energy, using alternative energy sources such as wind generators, bio waste and so on.
Kisielice is a small town in Poland with a population of 2208 people also provides itself with 100% energy.
The German settlement Wildpoldsried in Bavaria, with a population of 2531 people, produces 3 times more energy than it consumes, namely 321%. In 1997, the mayor of the town announced that he planed to introduce renewable energy sources. Over the 14 years of his rule, a 100% indicator of ecological energy supply was achieved. Surplus of the produced energy is sold by the locals. The town has 5 biogas stations, 9 wind turbines, 3 small hydropower plants and most of the houses are equipped with solar panels.
Would you like to live in such a self-sufficient commune?
I have already written about joint purchases, but joint consumption is another useful thing.
Imagine the situation: it’s customary in your family to make handmade minced meat. Your grandmother, your mother, sister and you practice it! But instead of buying a meat grinder in each house, you buy one for all and use it in turn when necessary. Or for example an electric hammer drill, which is required every five years, and costs a lot of money. 💰 Of course, you can always ask for a tool from a neighbor, but if he doesn't have one or he is simply greedy? Then you buy one drill for two or three families and use it when you need it.
A friend once told me that they practice joint gifts. They give someone an expensive and necessary thing in the household, and then use it together by four families.
All these examples perfectly illustrate the principle of the sharing economy, which experts call the economy of the future. Its essence is in the collective use of goods and services. 👫👭👬 And it does not matter if we are talking about a drill or a car. So share expenses and share things! Think "for three." There is nothing wrong with that. On the contrary, you thereby save the resources of the planet, and not just money.
If you are already practicing something like this, tell in the comments to inspire others and toss some ideas!
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According to the recent survey, citizens of New Zealand consider water pollution the key problem in the country. People care less about rising costs for living and health services. According to the Ministry of the Environment, two third of New Zealand’s rivers are currently unsafe for drinking, swimming, fishing and even touching the water.
The decline in water quality over the past 20 years has happened due to a boom in the dairy industry — the country is the largest exporter of dairy products in the world. The waste from dairy cattle (the number of which is constantly increasing) and fertilizer drain destroy local ecosystems, causing, among other things, toxic algal blooms.
A few years ago, the lack of necessary control over farms had already led to the tragic consequences: 4 people died and 5000 got ill as a result of an outbreak of gastroenteritis in the town of Hawlock North. The probable cause was sheep feces that got into the local water supply system.
Photo credit: Tyler Lastovich
26 3 09:16am 03/10/2019
Today is the International Women's Day!I congratulate the female half of our planet. How to extend the life of flowers inevitably presented to you today?
No matter how hard we try to inspire everyone to give us only what we really need or simply impressions, we still get flowers as a gift. Here are some tips:
✔️ Before putting flowers in a vase, refresh the cut.
✔️ Flowers like room temperature water.
✔️ No magic bags attached to the bouquets will help if you do not change the water in the vase. It is desirable to do it every day.
✔️ But regular water change will not help if not to cut off the leaves from the stem. There should be no leaves in the water.
✔️ It is also advisable to refresh the cut periodically.
✔️ Remove the vase from any heat source.
✔️ Roses can be beautifully dried if to turn them upside down and hang.
Do you like beautiful bouquets?
Photo credit: Brigitte Tohm
27 0 10:25am 03/08/2019
It’s great that you and me are so eco-friendly. We reduce our ecological footprint and constantly improve ourselves in this field! But around us are a lot of people who do not know that the planet has a hard time and needs to be saved. And, more importantly, they have no clue that they can reduce their impact on the nature and improve their own lives with very simple everyday actions.
Let's talk with them! Without pressure and horror stories, but about good alternatives. Share your own experiences in social networks about how you collect garbage separately, how you use eco and veggie bags and bamboo toothbrushes, how you choose goods without packaging. Nowadays, anyone can become an eco-blogger! And if you speak out well, you can even organize a master class.
And the simplest thing you can do right now is to tell your friends about @naturapur .zurich and @zerowasteboxswiss accounts or share some posts. After all, we are doing the right thing and don't have to be shy for this. Even if not everyone around understands.
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36 0 07:42am 03/08/2019
Heat waves in the ocean: everything gets worse.
Invisible to humans, but deadly to all living beings, heat waves devastate the oceans. Since the mid-20th century, the number of heat waves in the world's oceans has doubled and all the indicators suggest that it will only get worse. They happen more frequent with temperature records.
The oceans can become completely lifeless. For the ecosystems of the planet, hot oceans have destructive consequences. Thus, the 10-day heat wave off the coast of Australia in 2011 led to the complete destruction of the local ecosystem: all fish moved south to colder waters. Another catastrophic climate event was the notorious “The Blob” off the coast of California. Over a vast territory, the temperature of the water throughout the year rose by about 6 degrees. This led to the rapid development of poisonous algae, as well as the massive death of sea lions, whales and birds.
Scientists say that the oceans soften up the effect of global warming. It is sea water that absorbs up to 90% of excessive heat. Without such a “buffer”, life on the Earth would become unbearable. But the ocean can not swallow everything without consequences and very soon we may feel it on ourselves.
The long-term sea level rises and threatens major coastal cities across the world. Here are some images showing how iconic locations — in London, Shanghai, Mumbai, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro, Durban and New York — could finish if the temperature gets 4 degrees higher.
Photo credit: climatecentral
35 2 02:51pm 03/06/2019
Have you ever heard about vegan condoms? The companies use safe and natural ingredients, fairly pay for the labor, do not test products on animals and donate money to sexual health funds.
❤️ L - brand source certified organic cotton for their period products and wipes, as well as natural rubber latex for their condoms. The company supports programs that make these products available through sustainable distribution channels: sending period products to serve homeless women and funding industrial production to create reusable pads for school girls.
🧡 Lovability is the company that claims to produce vegan and feminist condoms. The company's philosophy is "Gender equality in society is only possible if we practice gender equality in the bedroom." Lovability donates to Planned Parenthood with every purchase and employs mentally and physically disabled people. Lovability Condoms are made with 100% natural, vegan latex and smooth aloe infused silicone lubricant.
💛 Glyde condoms. Revolutionizing sexual health and wellness, Glyde is the first certified ethical, vegan & fair trade premium condom brand. The natural rubber is grown sustainably. Glyde’s consumer packaging is made with recycled materials, soy and vegetable inks. Glyde has donated millions of condoms globally for HIV/AIDS and STI prevention.
💚 Sustain Natural is also a vegan brand. Environmentalists from day one, they make the products with the planet in mind. From sourcing Fair Trade latex for its condoms, to organic cotton for its tampons. Sustain Natural gives 10% of its profits to women's healthcare organizations.
💙 Sir Richard’s makes the world’s finest condoms. Each of its all-natural latex products is free of glycerin, parabens, spermicide and petrochemicals. They are Vegan certified, PETA approved with minimal latex odor. The company's motto is “doing good never felt better”. To make safer sex available to the developing countries, the company donates a condom to these countries with every purchase.
Photo credit: bijlinews
32 0 06:52pm 03/04/2019
Sometimes big companies join the eco-movement. They improve their products or use more environmentally friendly materials.
This year the NHL plays in jerseys made of recycled ocean litter. We need to thank Adidas for this, not the first time it shows the initiative in the field of ecology. Adidas is also one of the founders of Parley for the Ocean, which has already represented collections of clothes and shoes from recycled plastic. By 2024, Adidas promises to stop using primary plastic for its goods completely.
The company Harley Davidson may seem to be the most distant from the environment, but even it releases their first electric motorcycle. It will be available for sale in 2019.
Eco-friendly IKEA plans to abandon packages and tubes by 2020. I hope that now the packaging of the furniture will not bring a mountain of meaningless trash. The company also plans a whole line of home goods based on solar energy.
And the cherry on the cake goes to LEGO brand that promises to switch to plastic made from sugar cane.
It is nice to watch the trend of global companies who care. In the meantime, I remind you to support local producers and not to get involved in the exceeding shopping.
Photo credit: Linda Sanchez
34 1 06:13pm 03/03/2019
Costa Rica has presented its program for achieving zero emissions by 2050. If everything goes according to the plan, in 15 years the country's carbon footprint will be at the level of 1940s.
The main source of emissions in Costa Rica now is transport. Therefore, the key goal of the program is to fulfill the electrification of public buses and taxis. In addition, the total number of cars in urban areas should be cut in half.
In order to refuse the use of the fossil energy sources without reducing government revenues, the government will have to raise fuel taxes. The plan also calls for the further expansion of forests, though it is mainly financed now from the revenues of mining companies.
The ambitious program assumes that the state distributor of oil in the country will change the course and will make research on alternative fuels, including hydrogen. The transition to the green future will require the adoption of significant social measures: employees engaged in the mining industry will have to be transferred to work in the field of clean energy without serious consequences.
Many people think that the plan is utopian. On the other hand, already 98% of electricity in the tropical country is provided by renewable sources. Besides the country is used to global challenges: 40 years ago Costa Rica had the highest rate of vegetation reduction per capita, but it was possible not only to stop deforestation, but also to double the total forest coverage for this period.
Photo credit: Atalas Malamov
18 1 12:54pm 02/27/2019
🇩🇪The German government has approved the food preservation program. The amount of food waste is planned to be cut by half by 2030. 11 million tons of food are thrown away in the country: 55 kg per person per year.
Among other things, the new strategy involves the introduction of smart packages with electronic chips that are programmed to read the daily shelf life of a product: when a product expires soon, a red indicator will light up on the package.
More than 260 thousand tons of food are already being rescued in Germany thanks to the food sharing services and supermarket activities. In the country there are also shops where one can buy products with a recently expired date with a significant discount.
Photo credit: Fancycrave
15 0 01:13pm 02/26/2019
How not to judge those beyond the zerowaste concept?
If you do not smoke and do not tolerate the smell of cigarettes like me (though it was not always like this), most likely you have your own counteracting mechanism against the smelly monster. I confess that I can endure the smell of flavored cigarettes and hookah, but this is never an endorsement. When I see an approaching cloud of smoke, I take a deep breath, hold my breath, pass by as soon as possible, deliberately distracting myself for something else, exhale only when the cloud is behind.
I have realized today that I have developed a very similar negative response mechanism to unreasonable consumption of others. How not to blame those who have not yet joined the zero waste movement?
When the newly acquired idealism of waste rejection (packaging, exceeding shopping etc.) encounters the cruel reality with uncomprehending friends and acquaintances, a person can experience a whole range of emotions, but mostly (judging by myself) despair and condemnation. The degree of despair is determined by the sensivity of a person.
If you recognize yourself in this description, here is my method: be alert, take a deep breath, walk by and breathe deeply till the trouble source is over. It is enough to distract yourself from the thought “How can they still do this???” to the idea "How can I send the idea of waste minimization to this particular person and people of his circle/age/etc.?" I would like your energy not to go to the silent criticism and condemnation, but to be sent to the creative direction: ask yourself a question "Where, to whom and how can I tell, where can I write about it or what can I draw on this theme?" Many of you have blogs in social networks. Promise yourself in response to every negative thought about people around you whose habits upset you, to make one repost, post or tweet about ecology, global warming and your circle.
In the meantime, tell me, do you criticize those who have not yet stepped onto the bright path of zerowaste?
17 0 12:07pm 02/25/2019
In 2014 Leonardo DiCaprio became the Honorary Ambassador for the United Nations. One of his main goals is the development of awareness on the global warming. The documentary movie "Before the Flood", 2016 with Leo was created with the support of National Geographic. The filmmakers travel the world, go to the melting glaciers, walk through deforested rainforests and also meet with the most influential people in the world, from Pope to Barack Obama, to learn their opinion about how to solve the problem of the global warming.
Photo credit: beforetheflood.com
28 1 05:21pm 02/22/2019
I like to watch the cosmic achievements of the humans, but I do not like to see how people manage to dirty the place where they plan to move in the future.
According to various estimates, there are currently from 600 to 700 thousand space debris objects on the Earth orbit. Space debris are dangerous not only for satellites, spacecrafts, but also for the ISS (International Space Station) itself. If debris happen to damage the lining of the space station, it can turn into a great tragedy.
12 0 12:47pm 02/20/2019
We are not alone in the struggle for the environment. The nature itself helps to solve the problems of plastic pollution. 🇯🇵In 2016, in Japan, biologists took the soil for the research purpose around a PET - poly ethylene therephthalate processing plant, a type of plastic that does not decompose in the nature. They found a Ideonella sakaiensis 201-F6 bacteria that was fed on PET. This is a new evolved microorganism, which uses plastic as food. 🇬🇧In April 2018, British, American and Brazilian scientists studied the functioning of these microorganisms and experimenting, made a change in the active center of the protein. The new enzyme learned to digest polyethylene furandicarboxylate that beer bottles made of.
The science and the evolution do not stand still. Plastic bottles can serve as food for harmless bacteria, or as biofuel and chemical raw materials for people. Our job is to be more attentive to the nature and use the tools that it gives us. And also not to create excessive problems that the nature can no longer solve.
Photo credit: Lucas Vasques
15 0 12:55pm 02/19/2019
How is it possible to live ecologically friendly, when such a lifestyle dictates to give up everything? I hear this statement very often from my acquaintances and friends.
If you look from the outside, it seems like this: coffee is not allowed, chocolate encourages slavery, beef is harmful, things from the mass market are evil. How to live? From the inside, everything seems different: non-smokers do not suffer from a ban on smoking, and I do not suffer from the rejection of plastic bags.
The ban is what is imposed on you from the outside, and environmental assistance is regulated only by your own wishes and desires. No one will ever force you to give up meat unless you come to it yourself.
You can start an eco-friendly lifestyle with what you are ready to change in your everyday routine. Perhaps it will be a purchase of reusable bags or a refillable coffee cup, or you can immediately start sorting out the waste. No need to rush to the barricades, because such ambitions may not last long enough. From the eternal prohibitions will appear bad mood and anger for everyone and everything around.
Photo credit: Matthew Henry
15 0 09:54am 02/17/2019
Now the livestock is responsible for 18% of the global emissions into the atmosphere. Scientists are trying to create artificial meat that would unload the livestock industry and help the environment.
Artificial meat is necessary for everyone! The first experiments were carried out by NASA in order to find a convenient and practical source of food for astronauts. The experiments on growing artificial meat are successful: in 2019 the company Memphis Meats is going to begin deliveries to high-end restaurants of meat balls and chicken sticks grown from animal cells. For ethical reasons, artificial meat has no competition: it is nutritional, tasty and no animals have suffered. Perfect!
But environmental problems are much deeper: industrial production of artificial meat will require much more energy and fossil fuels than traditional production, so the problem of livestock emissions can simply replace the problem of production emissions.
Photo credit: Adam Morse
Recently I have come across a very interesting article (2011) with a loud headline “Are cars the new tobacco?” In the article cars and tobacco are compared as a lifestyle that some people lead, and how it affects their health and the health of other people.
As you know tobacco negatively affects the health of smokers, killing 5 million people every year; and passive smoking is harmful too, so even non-smokers are at risk. The situation is similar with cars. Large-scale motorization has brought many negative consequences, which also influence people who do not own personal vehicles.
The impact of cars is enormous:
❗️ Accidents. Every year 1.3 million people dead and 50 million injured in the world. And about half of the deaths happens with the most unprotected road users - pedestrians, cyclists and children.
❗️Low physical activity and overweight. By replacing car rides with any other active form of transportation can significantly improve one's health. Every additional hour spent in a car per day is associated with an increase in this probability of obesity by 6%.
❗️ Air pollution. About 1 million deaths in the world annually. They are mainly associated with the increased mortality from cardiovascular diseases and cancer.
❗️ Noise. It is reported that the noise from the cars can cause sleep disturbances, hypertension, high blood pressure and some mental illnesses.
❗Severance. Motorization destroys communication within districts, because everyone drives in his car with the windows closed. People who live in more pedestrian quarters have more social interactions, higher level of trust and social participation than people who live on busy roads.
❗️ Climate change. About 22% of global CO2 emissions are from cars.
❗️Health inequality. The mortality and the injury rate in road accidents are higher for the less protected groups of people - pedestrians.
While tobacco harms individual smokers (active and passive), cars have more externalities, which damages the entire community and even global sustainability.
Photo credit: Ivana Cajina
16 0 07:10am 02/15/2019
IKEA in Britain is expanding further with its experiment of selling used furniture. Earlier, the residents of Edinburgh could return old furniture back to the store in exchange for a gift certificate. Now this opportunity have citizens of Glasgow.
The returned items are refinished by the company employees and re-sold. IKEA plans to extend this business model to other cities and countries. The Swedish retailer also launches a textile recycling scheme throughout the UK.
At the same time, the company @ikeaschweiz is starting a pilot project in Switzerland to rent out its furniture. At first these will be office and kitchen furniture. When the rental period comes to an end, consumers will be able to hand the items over for restoration and take something else in return.
Photo credit: jun jeorgho
10 0 11:02am 02/14/2019
Let's talk about food security.
According to the UN forecasts, by 2050 the world population will reach 9 billion people. World food production should increase by at least 50% in order to provide all the inhabitants of the planet with food in the required amount.
At the same time, climate change threatens to reduce yields by more than a quarter. Land resources, biodiversity, oceans, forests and other types of natural capital are being depleted at unprecedented rates.
If humanity does not find an alternative way of agricultural production and does not begin to use natural resources more rationally, food security will be threatened.
Look how many hungry people are in the world now:
South Asia 304 million people
East Asia & Pacific 239 million people
Sub Saharan & Africa 234 million people
Latin America & Caribbean 49 million people
Northern Africa & Western Asia 25 million people
Developed Countries 17 million people.
It is time for changes.
Photo credit: Thought Catalog
19 0 09:14am 02/13/2019
Evian @evianwater has revealed its first refillable glass water bottle, designed by the brand’s creative advisor for sustainable innovation design, Virgil Abloh. Made in collaboration with beverage brand SOMA, the limited-edition 17oz. water bottle is made of glass, with a bamboo lid. It will be available in four colorways: pink, purple, light blue, and dark blue.
Great job!👌 Photo and info credit: designboom
I have been wondering if our planet could ever recover from everything that we have done to it?
Let us imagine an utopian scenario, when the whole humanity suddenly switches to renewable energy sources, synthetic food and environmentally friendly production methods, and all the waste is safely processed. How long can the planet live in this situation? 💥 Or the plot is much simpler, the humanity suddenly disappears. Will the planet be able to regenerate and live a long and a happy life, or all the cataclysms provoked by a human are already irreversible? ☀️ According to the scientists, the Sun will still exist for 3.4 billion years, then it will be out, and the mankind will die anyhow. Stephen Hawking gives 1000 years for the Earth. The Russian biophysicist Alexei Karnaukhov have calculated that if CO2 emissions do not decrease, our planet will turn into a hot desert in just 300 years. ❄️ It turns out that without poisonous impact of humans on the Earth, with an optimistic forecast, the planet can live for about 4 billion years more. There is a version that there may come a new ice age, caused by the astronomical factors and the movement of tectonic plates. In this case, the planet will die earlier. 🌚 In the presence of the humanity with all its garbage and greenhouse gases, with the optimistic forecast, the global warming will destroy our planet in 6 000 years, with a realistic one in 300.
Photo credit: NASA
The Guardian study found out that wet wipes can change the riverbeds. 🚌 They stick together into lumps in the sewers and form so-called fatbergs i.e. giant hills of fat, dirt and garbage. In 2013 in London sewers there was found a fatberg with the size of a bus. 🏔 The researchers from the environmental organization Thames21 collected more than 5,000 used wet wipes from 116 sq.m. of the Thames embankment. Wet wipes get into the river from sewers and riverbanks and form underwater hills. These hills create unnatural riverbeds throughout the UK.
Photo credit: Luca Micheli
13 0 01:28pm 02/11/2019
Compost worms are already the past. In China, they are mastering a new trend - feeding food waste to cockroaches.
In the city of Jinan, a billion cockroaches consume 50 tons of kitchen waste every day at a processing plant. In the nearby future, it is planned to open three more such enterprises, which together will be able to process a third of the organic garbage from seven million people of Jinan.
Cockroaches are also used as recyclables: they are a good source of protein for pigs and other livestock. In addition, the Chinese make medicinal and cosmetic products from recycled insects.
However, experts question the environmental friendliness of the cockroach industry. Insects themselves produce methane ten times more than their body weight. Moreover, cockroaches in such quantities (if they run away suddenly) can cause serious damage to the surrounding ecosystem.
Photo credit: Sensei Minimal
21 1 01:34pm 02/08/2019
Planning is our everything! 🤓 This is a great way to avoid unnecessary shopping, save money and reduce waste. Catch a couple of tips from me!
📝Always make shopping lists. Get into the habit of making shopping lists for everything from food to cosmetics and clothing. Strictly stick to the list when you go shopping. You will save both money and time. My husband and I spend usually 15 minutes in the store at maximum, because we buy strictly according to our list and do not wander between the rows searching something to profit from.
🛒 Edit the contents of your shopping cart while buying online. When you have already filled the basket with goods, close the webpage and forget about its contents at least for a day. The next day review the basket, most likely you will delete something unnecessary, something that you added by the external impulse like a discount, offer 3 for 2, etc.
🤔 Ask yourself more often. If, nevertheless, there is a great temptation to buy something that is not on the list or is at a discounted price now, think, maybe you have already something similar. If not, imagine:
✅ What will you cook with these food?
✅ Where and with what will you wear this or that piece of clothing?
✅ Where will you store/put the item for your home?
Do you practice making lists before going shopping?
Photo credit:Cathryn Lavery
Being a coffee lover, I have decided to tell you about some eco-labels that are most often found on the coffee. By the way, you can also see the same eco-labels on the tea.
The standard was originally developed for coffee (Utz Kapeh in Maya language means “good coffee”). The principles of UTZ: care for the environment, support for farming communities and plantation workers, sustainable agricultural development. Today it is the world's largest sustainable agricultural coffee support program.
🐸 Rainforest Alliance
The icon with a green frog belongs to the organization Rainforest Alliance, which advocates the conservation of biodiversity, sustainable farming, land and forest management. The sign says that the product comes from a farm or forestry, meeting strict requirements that protect the environment, the rights of workers, their families and communities.
Means that the product contains at least 95% of ingredients produced in accordance with the standards of organic agriculture, as assigned in the EU Regulation.
👨🏼🌾 Fair Trade
The sign of fair trade guarantees the prohibition of child and slave labor, safety of the workplace, respect for human rights, a transparent supply chain, a fair price covering the cost of products. This is an ethical system, where people come first.
Of course, there are other signs, like the Soil Association or Bio-Siegel. Have you seen such markings?
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10 4 12:34pm 01/29/2019
The Swiss Analytical Center for the Protection of Animal Rights in Basel wants to grant the fundamental life rights to the anthropoid apes. These include chimpanzees, orangutans and bonobos. The Local reported this on Friday.
Apes are very smart. They can plan and memorize events, and are also able to suffer and feel sympathy.
The initiator of the measure proposes to bring this up to a referendum. And, in the case of a positive decision, the anthropoid apes should be provided with the basic rights to life, as well as mental and physical integrity.
The fact is that in Basel is based the most powerful Swiss pharmaceutical industry that conducts tests on animals. Giving monkeys a certain set of rights will allow to save lives of hundreds of individuals.
At the moment, the Center is collecting signatures for the referendum.
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The Pampers Group starts recycling diapers on a trial basis.
The gigantic diaper waste is an ecological problem. Here are some facts according to the Federal Office for the Environment in Switzerland:
▶️10% of household waste consists of used diapers. This is around 71 kg per person per year.
▶️5000 diapers are used on average until a child can use toilet.
▶️An infant produces 1 ton of diaper waste on average until he/she is dry.
▶️200 garbage bags are needed to dispose dirty diapers. A full 35-liter garbage bag weighs around 5 kg.
▶️A child needs 4 years on average, until he/she no longer needs diapers.
▶️3 percent of parents use cloth diapers.
Pampers manufacturer Procter & Gamble promises that diapers will become school benches, clothespins and cat litter. They opened a factory in Treviso, Italy in 2018, where diapers and sanitary bandages from hospitals and nursing homes are recycled. Every year 10'000 tons of diapers are to be processed there.
Previously it was considered too difficult to recycle diapers because they are made of different materials such as cellulose, polymer and plastic. If the pilot project is successful, 9 more plants will follow by 2030.
There are not many alternatives to disposable diapers. These are cloth diapers and compostable diapers. However, the later shouldn't be be put in the green waste, but composted privately.
The Federal Office for the Environment (Bafu) is rather skeptical to a diaper collection because of hygienic, health and disease-related issues.
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18 0 01:15pm 01/22/2019
Canadians have opened their eyes wide. According to the new study, more than half of food (58%) produced in Canada end up in the landfills. It was supposed that the main source of such waste are households. However, the experts have established now that 86% of food waste come from the food industry.
Vegetables and fruits are often thrown away simply because of their imperfect look or excessively low expiry date (marketing goal). It was calculated that half of the waste could have been completely saved and sent for the social purposes.
In addition to the economic damage, the problem has serious environmental consequences. Food production spends a significant amount of resources: land, water, and fertilizer. Meanwhile, food that goes to the landfills releases methane, which accelerates the climate change that we fight.
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