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Proposed Florida bill could require prescription for sunscreens in effort to save coral reefs

In a bid to protect the Sunshine State’s reefs from coral bleaching, a new legislative bill has been proposed that requires a physician’s prescription for sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, on grounds that these chemicals are harmful to marine coastal environments. The two ingredients are found in roughly 80 percent of all commercially available sunscreens. Discouraging their widespread use can help protect Florida’s fragile coral ecosystems. Following in the footsteps of Hawaii an...
Tags: Florida, Design, News, Environment, Policy, United States, Conservation, Hawaii, Noaa, Coral, Marine Conservation, Pacific, Ecosystem, Coral Reefs, Eco-friendly, Coral Reef

Federal agencies propose designated marine habitat to help protect Pacific humpback whales

Earlier this week, three federal government agencies — the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Commerce Department — jointly proposed the creation of a critical marine habitat for Pacific humpback whales. Measuring more than 300,000 square nautical miles, the proposed area only covers waters within the United States’ jurisdiction. The proposed region for the protected marine habitat hugs the coasts of California, Oregon, Wa...
Tags: Design, News, Animals, Environment, Esa, United States, Conservation, Alaska, Endangered Species, Whales, Pacific, Endangered Animals, Endangered, Commerce Department, California Oregon Washington, National Marine Fisheries Service NMFS

Which cities are the most sustainable? WalletHub releases Top 100 Greenest US Cities 2019

Ever wonder which American cities are the most eco-friendly? WalletHub recently unveiled its list of 2019’s Greenest Cities in the U.S., after comparing 100 of the country’s most populated cities across 28 underlying indicators of environmental-friendliness and sustainability. Some of the key factors surveyed were greenhouse gas emissions per capita, green job opportunities per capita, smart energy policies and clean initiatives. Interestingly, nine of the top 10 greenest U.S. cities are on the ...
Tags: Design, News, Environment, US, San Francisco, Green, Conservation, Portland Oregon, West Coast, Jacksonville Florida, San Francisco California, Washington D C, Sacramento California, Irvine California, San Diego California, Detroit Michigan

Last male Sumatran rhino in Malaysia dies

On Monday, Malaysian authorities reported that the last male Sumatran rhino died in a nature reserve on Borneo island. Currently, there is only one female from the same species remaining in Malaysia. The male, Tam, is thought to have died from old age after he was discovered on a palm oil plantation. Efforts to breed Tam with females of the same species were unsuccessful. Related: Koalas declared functionally extinct Sumatran rhinos are one of five rhino species, and only one of three found in...
Tags: Asia, Design, News, Indonesia, Bbc, Conservation, Malaysia, Laos, Borneo, Extinction, Tam, Sumatran, International Union, Sumatran Rhino, Cathy Dean of Save, Rhino International

National Geographic’s Tips on Ethical Wildlife Tourism

In an attempt to navigate tourists away from problematic and unethical wildlife experiences, National Geographic has published five tips for tourists.  To prevent animals’ suffering, one must tread lightly and look for red flags. Research, of course, is most important. As tourists love animals and the industry can be responsive, we must all look through potentially misleading terms like “gives back to conservation,” “sanctuary,” and “rescue,” …
Tags: Travel, Design, Animals, Nature, Culture, Wildlife, Conservation, Tourism, National Geographic, Linkaboutit, Wildlife Tourism

Tibetan antelope are being decimated to produce opulent shahtoosh scarves

Poachers are taking advantage of a fashion trend to turn Tibetan antelope into expensive scarves. It takes four Tibetan antelopes to make the single opulent wrap known as a shahtoosh, and the hunt is decimating the antelope populations. These scarves, once used as dowry items in India, are seeing an increase in demand by Westerners willing to pay upward of $20,000 a piece. Over the past century, conservationists have measured a 90 percent drop in antelope numbers, mostly due to increasing wool ...
Tags: Design, News, China, Animals, India, United States, Conservation, Switzerland, Wool, Poachers, Wildlife Service, Animal Conservation, Animal Trafficking, Tibetan antelope, Shahtoosh

8 sustainability podcasts to listen to this Earth Day

Give your daily commute a boost by subscribing to an eco-friendly podcast. Not only do these podcasts make your drive pass by a little faster, but they will also keep you informed on the latest trends in sustainability — just in time for Earth Day. Here is a quick list of the best sustainability podcasts for your morning drive. Sustainable Jungle This podcast tackles current and future problems in the environmental realm. The hosts of the podcast, Lyall and Joy, tour the planet to discuss bi...
Tags: Design, Podcasts, Climate Change, Earth, Features, Conservation, Electricity, Ecosystem, Eco-friendly, Tiny Home, Plastic Waste, Josh, Ryan, Addison, Prairie, Lyall

No more neglect: Mongolia says rangelands are a global priority

When most people think of conservation, they often picture the large, hallmark mammals (think pandas) or key ecosystems like coral reefs and rainforests. Few people think about or even understand rangelands as a priority for land restoration, even though rangelands cover more than 50 percent of all land on earth. In March, Mongolian community-conservation leaders persuaded the United Nations to acknowledge the importance of rangelands and commit to global action to fill glaring gaps in data. As...
Tags: Design, News, Environment, Livestock, Conservation, Agriculture, Mongolia, Land Restoration, Rangelands, Grazing

Analysis of Wikipedia searches reveals high wildlife conservation trends

A recent study analyzed billions of Wikipedia searches and found that the public’s interest in plants and animal species is often linked to the seasonality and migration patterns of wildlife. The findings contribute to a body of research that uses internet search data to understand and gauge the public’s interest in environmental topics. Researchers believe this information can ultimately help guide more effective wildlife conservation campaigns. The study: Wikipedia searches and species The...
Tags: Google, Science, Design, London, Internet, Wikipedia, Architecture, Wildlife, Conservation, Ikea, University of Oxford, Baltimore Orioles, Wildlife Conservation, PLOS Biology, India Nepal, Mittermeier

Nick Brandt's best photograph: elephants and building workers share a crowded Africa

‘We photographed the animals with motion sensors, then the humans. In the final edit, the exchange of looks between mother elephant and man was a wonderful surprise’ Poaching in southern Kenya is largely under control now, thanks to the numbers of rangers in place, but there is a bigger issue these days: the invasion of humankind into the wildlife habitat and the conflict that ensues. There is only so much space for people and animals to coexist. That is what I wanted to depict in This Empty Wor...
Tags: Art, Books, Photography, Africa, Environment, World news, Culture, Wildlife, Conservation, Art and design, Kenya, Amboseli National Park, Nick Brandt, Art and design books

Brazilian Biodiversity Information System is bringing Brazil's biological diversity to the internet

As one of the most biologically diverse countries on Earth, Brazil is taking steps to consolidate all of the nation’s biodiversity data and information into one place to support scientific research, as well as decision-making and creation of eco-friendly public policy. In an effort to achieve those goals, the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications (MCTIC) has created the Brazilian Biodiversity Information System (SiBBr), which is an online platform that gives free acces...
Tags: Design, Earth, Features, Conservation, Farmers, Innovation, Brazil, Un, Biodiversity, Cargill, Endangered Animals, Sustainable, Species, Eco-friendly, Nunes, Scientific Research

This distillery helps you make delicious, carbon-negative cocktails

Do you ever think about how your happy hour is affecting the environment? Manufacturing alcohol in the United States creates harmful carbon dioxide that can wreck the earth’s system of natural resources, and a massive amount of the materials needed to package and distribute alcohol (bottles, plastic caps, etc.) end up in the trash. Los Angeles-based Greenbar Distillery, however, is changing the game entirely with its carbon-negative company model. One of the world’s largest selections of USDA-...
Tags: Design, California, Environment, Trees, Los Angeles, Usda, Organic, Beverages, United States, Conservation, Innovation, Bulgaria, Cocktails, Sustainable Food, Wall Street Journal, Central America

Wildlife conservation aided by a Chesapeake Bay retriever named Train

A Chesapeake Bay retriever named Train is playing an important part in wildlife conservation. Train, who was too energetic to make it as a drug dog, is lending his nose to sniff out endangered species by smelling their poop. Train is helping conservationists like Karen DeMatteo track down some of the world’s most elusive animals, such as oncillas and jaguars, by finding their scat in the wild. DeMatteo and her colleagues are focusing their research in Argentina, and Train is helping them discov...
Tags: Design, News, Animals, Wildlife, Conservation, Argentina, Endangered Species, Nebraska, Wildlife Conservation, Chesapeake Bay, Habitats, Karen DeMatteo, DeMatteo, Argentina DeMatteo

The Refill Shoppe enforces zero-waste packaging, provides bulk refill solutions for myriad household and beauty products

With the nearly constant conversation about zero waste and minimization in general, single use packaging is a hot topic. For many consumables, customers don’t seem to have many options in avoiding packaging waste. Think about the liquid products in your home and you’ll know what we’re talking about here. Shampoo bottles, hand soap containers, dish soap, cleaners, bubble bath and massage oils are just a few commonly-used items that come to mind. One company has taken a stand against single-use p...
Tags: Design, Mexico, Oregon, Environment, US, Sustainable Business, Features, Gmo, United States, Conservation, Beauty, Shipping, Usps, Recycling, Packaging, Waste

Stop Fish Bombing! uses gunshot detection technology to foil marine criminals

A nonprofit organization called Stop Fish Bombing! (SFB) is combating a famously destructive and illegal fishing practice. By adapting technology developed by the California company SST Inc. to detect gunshot locations, the nonprofit hopes to catch villains who are destroying the underwater world through fish bombing. Fish bombing — also called blast or dynamite fishing — uses explosives to stun or kill fish, making it easy to gather them up en masse. Dynamite doesn’t discriminate. Everything f...
Tags: Hong Kong, Design, News, California, Environment, Fish, South Africa, Conservation, Marine Life, Oceans, Nicaragua, Coral Reefs, Environmental Destruction, Shotspotter, Sabah Malaysia, SFB

Atelier COLE completes eco-friendly bear sanctuary in Vietnam

Phnom Penh-based Atelier COLE recently completed an environmentally friendly bear sanctuary that not only promotes wildlife conservation but also champions affordable prefabricated design. Located in Cát Tiên National Park in the south of Vietnam, the inspiring project was in part influenced by the hard-to-reach location that made the delivery of supplies difficult and time-consuming. As a result, the architects turned to lightweight gabion wall construction that has the added benefit of reduci...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Conservation, Bear, Vietnam, Laos, Green Roof, Gabion Walls, Prefabricated, David Cole, Locally Sourced Materials, Cole, Fruit Trees, Cross-ventilation, Animal Sanctuary

TSI to Present at this week’s IACD Conference

TSI’s President Betty Brennan and Interpretive Planner Leah Rainey are off to Starved Rock State Park this Friday to give a presentation on interpretive planning and exhibit copy writing at the 2019 Illinois Association of Conservation Districts (IACD) Conference. Committed to restoring and sustaining our natural resources, IACD comprises professionals from park districts, conservation districts, and forest preserves throughout the state. We look forward to meeting with some of our fellow nat...
Tags: Design, Park, Conservation, Other, Illinois, Tbt, Diorama, Visitor Center, Betty, TSI, Starved Rock State Park, Nature Center, State Park, Lifecast, Betty Brennan, Naturalist

Photographer Adrian Steirn’s “Pangolin Men” Series

Striking and tender portraits aimed at spreading awareness For Australia-born, South Africa-based Adrian Steirn, capturing the beauty of Africa is intrinsically linked to efforts at protecting the world’s only scaly mammal, the pangolin—of which two species live on the continent. The animal also happens to be among the world’s most trafficked. According to recent statistics, more than one million pangolins have been hunted and killed in …
Tags: Photography, Design, Australia, Animals, Africa, Culture, South Africa, Conservation, Zimbabwe, Animal Conservation, Pangolin, Adrian Steirn, Conservation Award

Court allows Trump's border wall to violate several conservation acts

Donald Trump is moving forward with the construction of his controversial border wall, even if it means sidestepping important environmental laws. A federal judge ruled in favor of Trump’s wall construction along California’s southern border, a project that is expected to violate several conservation acts. The federal court ruled that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has the power to wave environmental laws in the construction of the border wall, including the National Environmental Po...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Design, News, California, White House, Animals, Environment, Dhs, Conservation, Donald Trump, San Diego County, Endangered, Environmental Destruction, Trump, Department of Homeland Security DHS

Ghost gear is haunting our oceans

Fishing gear isn’t just deadly when there’s a fisherman at the other end of the line. Lost and abandoned equipment continues to kill, rampaging beneath the ocean’s surface, tangling fish, drowning seabirds and smothering reefs. This ghost gear haunts common and endangered species indiscriminately. According to a UN Environment and FAO report, another 640,000 tons of ghost gear is added to the undersea dump each year. In Southeast India, workers at the Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institut...
Tags: Design, News, California, India, Conservation, Marine Life, Ocean, Un, Marine Pollution, Maldives, Edward, Ghost Gear, FAO, Coral Reefs, Indian Ocean, Nature / Environment

7 ways to conserve water and reduce your water footprint

When it comes to conserving water, making small changes can have a huge impact. But many of us don’t really think about water shortages unless we are in the middle of a heatwave, when temperatures are consistently at 85 degrees or more. Extreme heat or not, the water system is overstretched, and with climate change, we can expect to put even more pressure on the depleting water supply. Here are some ways to do your part in conserving water. According to Friends of the Earth, 97.5 percent of the...
Tags: Design, Water, Features, Conservation, Water Conservation, Water Issues, Water Footprint, Sasin Tipchai, Save Water, Ways To Conserve Water, Jerzy Gorecki Pierre Gilbert Charles Deluvio Steve

Californias Monarch butterfly population hits 'potentially catastrophic' low in 2018

California’s Monarch butterfly population hit a record low in 2018 after dropping a whopping 86 percent from the previous year. According to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, the total population has declined 97 percent since the 1980s, but this latest one year drop is “potentially catastrophic.” In the western part of the United States, monarchs migrate to California for the winter, traveling from Idaho and Utah. In 2017, the traditional California coastal sites like Pismo Beac...
Tags: Utah, Weather, Design, News, California, Animals, Climate, United States, Conservation, Migration, Wildfires, Idaho, Ecology, Urban Development, Vancouver, Flowers

9 sustainable living tips to take from our grandparents

Our grandparents and great-grandparents lived in a simpler time, and we aren’t just talking about technology. During the Great Depression, many rural areas didn’t have running water or electricity, and things like proper refrigeration, freezers and air conditioning were a luxury. What’s more, big-box chains and massive supermarkets didn’t exist, and you didn’t have the option of throwing a pre-packaged meal into a microwave or hitting a drive-thru for lunch. Many modern conveniences are great, ...
Tags: Cooking, Garden, Gardening, Design, Environment, Features, Conservation, Recipes, Food Waste, Waste, Bright Ideas, Eco-inspiration, Sustainable Eating, Reduce, Strawberry Shortcake, Minimalism

National Parks are being trashed during the government shutdown

As the government shutdown continues, many National Parks are suffering from a lack of staff as well as a complete disregard for the rules by visitors. According to multiple reports, some parks — like Yosemite National Park in California — are being overwhelmed by trash, vandalism, human waste and destructive off-roading. “It’s a free-for-all,” said Yosemite worker Dakota Snider, who added that the heartbreaking situation is the worst he has seen in his four years living there. The Los Angeles ...
Tags: Utah, New York, Design, News, Yosemite, Colorado, California, Government, US, Conservation, National Parks, Waste, Government Shutdown, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Yellowstone

Guest Post Review: The Dam

        Anastasia Gonis has been reviewing books for over twenty years. Her reviews and interviews have appeared in Bookseller & Publisher, Good Reading magazine, Australian Book Review, The Age, The Herald Sun, AllWrite, and many other publications. Anastasia currently writes both articles and reviews and is a revered reviewer for Kids’ Book … Continue reading Guest Post Review: The Dam The post Guest Post Review: The Dam appeared first on The Boomerang Books Blog.
Tags: Art, Books, Music, Environment, History, Nature, Social Issues, Conservation, Guest Post, Loss, Anastasia, Book Reviews - Childrens and Young Adult, New Book Releases, Children's Picture Books, Dimity Powell, David Almond

3D-printed vegan steak could aid world hunger relief efforts

3D-printed food has arrived. With options coming to the marketplace from a variety of companies, those high-capacity printers from a few years ago that took eight hours to produce a small, basic shape have evolved into a viable, mass-produced food option. Giuseppe Scionti, Italian bioengineer with a PhD in biomedicine, has further advanced printed technology with the invention of a plant-based meat substitute. With this innovation in hand, he created Novameat, a company intent on commercializa...
Tags: Design, Conservation, 3d Printing, 3d Printer, Vegan, Eat & Drink, Giuseppe, World Hunger, 3D printed food, Elzelinde van Doleweerd, Novameat, Giuseppe Scionti, Scionti, Hunger Relief

Zero-waste kit ensures reusable essentials are always nearby

The zero-waste movement has consistently gained momentum over the past ten years with many millennials focusing on minimalist lifestyles and conservation of natural resources. More than any generation in nearly a century, attitudes towards lower consumption, conscientious purchasing and limited waste are a big part of societal discussion and awareness. One advocate who has practiced a zero-waste lifestyle for several years has taken the next step in helping others do the same. Marina Qutab, a ...
Tags: Design, America, Architecture, Conservation, Pakistan, Kickstarter, San Diego, Kickstarter Campaign, Marina, Zero-waste Life, Zero-waste Design, Marina Qutab, Alex Mortenson

Federal judge blocks the Keystone XL Pipeline

In a major setback for President Trump and his administration, a U.S. district judge has issued an order to block construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline while the State Department studies its impact on the environment. Last year, the Trump administration approved the controversial 1,179-mile pipeline, but Judge Brian Morris’ 54-page order is preventing it from being built — for now. The decision does not permanently stop construction, but it is putting the development on hold until the State ...
Tags: Design, News, Obama, Environment, Oil, Canada, Conservation, Keystone Pipeline, Npr, State Department, Keystone XL pipeline, Pipeline, Trump, Environmental Protection, Morris, NEPA

An ancient Jaipur palace property is transformed into a modern restaurant

New Delhi-based, multidisciplinary design practice Studio Lotus has transformed a portion of Jaipur’s lavish City Palace Museum into Baradari, a contemporary fine dining restaurant that pays homage to its rich architectural roots. Formerly used as a fairly nondescript palace cafe, the 14,000-square-foot property has been given a sumptuous revamp using traditional craftsmanship and artisanal techniques. The adaptive reuse project is not only a hybrid of centuries-old elements and modern aestheti...
Tags: Design, India, Architecture, Restaurant, Gallery, Conservation, Preservation, LEDs, New Delhi, Craftsmanship, Historic Preservation, Jaipur, Rajasthan, Pavilion, Green Renovation, Lime

Zambia plans to cull 2,000 hippos over the next 5 years

Two years ago, the Republic of Zambia in south-central Africa suspended its plans for the controlled slaughter of up to 2,000 hippos over five years following protests from animal rights activists. The country has recently revived those plans, claiming that the water levels in the Luangwa River — where most of the hippos are located — can’t support the current hippo population. According to Zambia’s tourism minister Charles Banda, it would be too costly to move the hippos to another part of the...
Tags: Design, News, Free, Animals, Africa, Conservation, Zambia, Ecosystem, Culling, Population Control, Reuters, Banda, Saharan Africa, Lars Plougmann, Born Free, Hippos

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