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Clean Lakes Alliance provides Madison with year-round lake fun

On a chilly February day in Madison, Wisconsin, more than 8,000 people venture onto frozen Lake Mendota. Kids toast marshmallows and warm their hands over fires; people try curling, they skate, they slide, they fall on their butts — they have a great time. Kites brighten up the frozen landscape. Skydivers jump from planes and land on the lake’s glossy surface. This is the annual Frozen Assets Festival, a citywide party and a fundraiser for Clean Lakes Alliance. “The neat thing about Madison is ...
Tags: Design, Interviews, Environment, America, Conservation, Wisconsin, Madison, Water Quality, Lake, Water Issues, University Of Wisconsin, Dane County, Madison Wisconsin, Tye, Lincoln Nebraska, Mendota

Ivory Ella raises $96K to help animals affected by the Australian wildfires

Lifestyle brand Ivory Ella recently announced a generous donation of over $96,000 to Animals Australia, an animal protection organization giving aid to wildlife displaced and injured from the devastating bushfires that ravaged the country from September 2019 to February 2020. After the news broke about the bushfires in Australia and the heartbreaking effects on wildlife, Ivory Ella decided to slightly shift its platform to include an Australia Wildlife Rescue collection of organic cotton T-shirt...
Tags: Design, News, Australia, Clothing, Charity, Wildlife, Conservation, Bushfires, Ella, Animals Australia, Ivory Ella, Australian Wildlife Rescue, Australia Wildlife Rescue, Cathy Quain, Ivory Ella Animals Australia

Reintroducing the Eurasian Lynx to Scotland

The Eurasian lynx is so-called because it has been found in forests that stretch from Europe to central Asia, thus distinguishing it as the widest-ranging cat on our planet. Despite this, the species disappeared from Great Britain during the Middle Ages due to habitat loss and excessive hunting, according to the Journal of Quaternary Science. Now British scientists, spearheaded by the conservation group Lynx UK Trust, are pushing to have the Eurasian lynx reintroduced into the British Isles, esp...
Tags: Asia, Europe, UK, Design, Scotland, Animals, Environment, Features, Canada, Britain, Wildlife, Conservation, United Kingdom, Nature / Environment, Great Britain, British Isles

Why should the Scottish woodlands be protected?

Although Scotland is more heavily forested than England or Wales, much of its woodlands have been lost to logging, urban sprawl and climate change. Initiatives to reverse deforestation have been underway to contribute more trees, protect woodlands and ensure the ecology, sustainability and longevity of Scotland’s forest resources. Why has reforestation become important in recent years? Last summer, a YouGov poll found that the environment is now viewed as the third most critical public issue, g...
Tags: Europe, UK, England, Design, Wales, Climate Change, Scotland, Environment, Trees, Earth, Bbc, Features, Atlantic, Britain, Conservation, United Kingdom

How hobbyists are saving endangered killifish from extinction

Killifish biology has long intrigued fish enthusiasts and scientists. But human encroachment, habitat loss and climate change are dwindling killifish populations in the wild. Thankfully, collection efforts by conservationists are saving these creatures. The conservationists distribute specimens and their eggs to academic and hobbyist circles for captive breeding and stewardship. To date, at least 1,270 killifish species are known worldwide, according to Portland State University’s Podrabsky Lab...
Tags: Design, Interviews, Australia, Mexico, Animals, Environment, Earth, Bbc, Conservation, Antarctica, San Diego, Hobby, Southern California, Inhabitat, Portland State University, Monty

Sustainable agriculture cleans up rivers in Cuba

New scientific findings reveal that Cuba’s rivers are in better health than the Mississippi River. The research was a joint effort between Cuba and the United States, marking the two countries’ first collaboration in more than 60 years. The work was part of a study on Cuba’s hydrology, focusing on the water quality of the island’s rivers. Despite centuries of cattle and sugarcane farming, research results reveal there hasn’t been much damage to Cuba’s rivers thanks to the country’s other sustain...
Tags: Design, News, Environment, United States, Conservation, Agriculture, Cuba, Rivers, Gulf of Mexico, Sustainable Agriculture, Caribbean, Water Quality, Water Issues, Mississippi River, University Of Vermont, Hernandez

2019 Plant Discoveries Include a Cancer-Fighting Fungus and More

102 plants and eight fungi were officially named by experts at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in 2019 (roughly 2,000 new species are named worldwide every year). Among the roster of the recently identified are a few additions with remarkable attributes, including a bamboo fungus from Yunnan that can fight cancer; a “miracle” berry, from the Chimanimani Mountains, that tricks tastebuds; and a rubbery shrub, …
Tags: Design, Earth, Discoveries, Culture, Conservation, Preservation, Plants, Linkaboutit, Flora, Botanical Gardens, Yunnan, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Protected Species, Chimanimani Mountains

Museum of Plastic pops up during Art Basel Miami Beach

The Museum of Plastic is popping up once again, this time at the EDITION Hotel during Art Basel Miami Beach, from Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 8. Creative incubator Lonely Whale designed the art installation to raise awareness about plastic pollution in the oceans, first unveiling it earlier this year in New York during World Oceans Week. Lonely Whale is known for campaigns like the anti-straw Stop Sucking and the anti-single-use plastic water bottle Question How You Hydrate. Inha...
Tags: New York, Design, Interviews, Hp, Conservation, Adrian Grenier, Seattle, Art Basel, Public Art, Ocean Pollution, Art Basel Miami, Sustainability Initiatives, Plastic Pollution, Ives, Heron, Basel Miami Beach

San Diego Tropical Fish Societys Annual Show celebrates natural, eco-minded aquascaping

Founded in 1948, the San Diego Tropical Fish Society (SDTFS) is one of the oldest continuously running fish clubs in the United States. In early November 2019, the nonprofit organization hosted its Annual Fish Show, which has been held since the 1970s at Balboa Park. More than 3,000 people attended this year’s two-day event to see aquariums featuring aquatic animals and plants. Join Inhabitat on an exploration of the show, its history and its members’ efforts — past and present — in sustainabili...
Tags: Design, Interviews, Animals, Environment, Fish, Aquarium, United States, Conservation, Ferguson, Monterey, Fish Tank, Dorothy, Aquatic Life, Mark, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Qualcomm Stadium

Touring restored wetlands at a Wisconsin nature conservancy

The village of Williams Bay, Wisconsin hasn’t changed much since Harold Friestad was a kid, he told me as we walked through Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy (KNC). Now almost 80 and the conservancy’s chairman, Friestad is proud of being a factor in stunting the small town’s growth. He was president when the village board bought 231 acres of lakefront property in 1989 to create KNC. “What I want on my tombstone,” he said as our sneakers sank into the wetlands, “is, ‘Because of Harold, there will n...
Tags: Design, Interview, Environment, Features, Wildlife, Conservation, Wisconsin, Tour, Nature / Environment, Parks / Wildlife, Harold, Killian, Blanding, Geneva Lake, KNC, Williams Bay

Learn about polar bears during a free virtual field trip to the Arctic Tundra this November

Discovery Education and Polar Bears International have once again partnered to host an exciting, immersive and free virtual field trip to the Arctic tundra. Students from K-12 and teachers everywhere are welcome to virtually observe the polar bears of Canada’s Hudson Bay in their natural habitat. Registration is now open for this engaging, educational webcast, where audience members will be transported beyond classroom walls to the site of the annual Canadian polar bear migration. Students and e...
Tags: Design, News, Education, Animals, Environment, Canada, Wildlife, Conservation, Arctic, Polar Bears, Hudson Bay, Arctic Tundra, Central Time, Virtual Field Trip, Discovery Education and Polar Bears International, Kyle Schutt

National Geographic Photographer Andy Mann and Zodiac Collaborate on a Dive Watch

Called the Super Sea Wolf 68 Saturation, this blue-hued automatic timepiece fuses marine and everyday influences Though the inner workings remain mostly the same (it’s a retro-shaped 44mm-wide steel case filled with an in-house Swiss STP 3-13 automatic movement boasting 44 hours of power reserve) this Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 68 Saturation proves noticeably different. The watch brand tapped National Geographic photographer Andy Mann for the …
Tags: Design, Style, Marine, Watches, Nature, Conservation, Oceans, Sharks, National Geographic, Zodiac, Ocean Conservation, Timepieces, Sea Life, Andy Mann, Sea Legacy, Automatic Watches

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

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