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Endangered rhinos airlifted to new home
How do you move a sleeping rhino? With a helicopter and a whole lot of rope. Nineteen black rhinoceroses recently took flight as part of an effort to establish new, safe habitats for the critically endangered animals. The 1.5-ton rhino species has been devastated by poaching; in the early 1990s, there were only 2,000 black rhinoceroses left in the wild, according to the World Wildlife Fund for Nature of South Africa. The rhinos are coveted for their horns, which are sold as aphrodisiacs on foreign markets. WWF’s Black Rhino Range Expansion project aims to protect the species by expanding their range. But rhinos aren’t easy to transport. Prior translocation efforts have involved sedating rhinos with tranquilizer guns, and then either moving them in trucks or airlifting them in nets to waiting vehicles. Now, a new — and visually striking — procedure dispenses with the nets in favor of suspending the... Continue Reading
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Open Source Ecology
What if we took all that civilization has learned today and apply it to an experiment for making a better world? This is an brief overview of Open Source Ecology, the best sustainable project I’ve seen so far. Note: Most of the text in the this blog post is taken from the Open Source Ecology Wiki, blog and their Proposal 2012. It is really well described there, so no interpretations were needed by myself and I have just copied it. If I had to quote it almost everything would have to be in quotations and it would disturb reading, so... Continue Reading
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All Natural Graffiti Made from Moss
I just love a DIY urban beautification project! Whether we’re talking about Kintta’s yarn graffiti or using seedbombs to spread greenery to blighted spaces, I’m struck by how much a little color can impact the urban landscape. Moss graffiti definitely falls under this umbrella. Unlike spray paint, moss graffiti is all natural and healthy to work with. You can paint words or images, and the moss fills in like magic! It’s easy as pie to whip up a batch of moss paint. Here’s how: In your blender, combine: One can of cheap beer or 1 1/2 cups buttermilk A few... Continue Reading
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New Collective Artist Titus Burger
Orphan Sunday Project by Titus Burger from Amber Burger on Vimeo. Titus is one of the coolest kids I have had the privilege of meeting.  To see someone this young having the passion to help others is both humbling and inspiring.  I would pay the 4 dollars for his artwork (and already have) just to make this kid’s project successful. Seeing that the money is going to help clothe orphans makes this opportunity even more beautiful. So often we are hindered by our thoughts, and we allow ourselves to believe that our “small” contributions won’t make a difference.  A penny here…a... Continue Reading
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The 7 Deadly Sins of Social Good — And How to Avoid Them
We’ve all been there — you discover an unbelievable non-profit supporting a great cause, only to find that there’s just something not right. Perhaps it’s unclear how much money is being donated, its Facebook page looks outdated or it’s murky about what the organization wants from its fans. It’s not easy running a non-profit, but it’s crushing to find good people committing one of the seven deadly sins of social good. Any one of these sins can turn someone away from supporting a non-profit and even jeopardize the organization’s ability to do good. So what are the sins and how... Continue Reading
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Bill Gates is asking for more Western aid to fight poverty
Cannes – Microsoft chairman Bill Gates is calling on Western nations assembling for the latest G20 summit to promise greater efforts to fight global poverty. Microsoft chairman Bill Gates is calling on Western nations assembling for the latest G20 summit in Cannes, France, to promise a stronger financial commitment to fight global poverty. Gates is set to release a report to the G20 nations that spells out creative ways in which Western nations can do more to fight poverty. The report also stresses the economic imperatives of fighting poverty as a means of keeping the global economy stable. “The world... Continue Reading
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Civilisedmoney: A Crowd-Funded, Ethical Alternative to Mainstream Banks?
Whether it’s local investing in everybody eats restaurants, the microfinancing of entrepreneurs through Kiva, or citizen-funded clean energy through eco-bonds, we’ve featured plenty of ways to get passed the big banks and put your money to work. Peer2Peer Finance Goes Mainstream In the UK there are already a number of peer2peer lending sites, like ZOPA, that are offering rates of return far better than your traditional bank. A new venture called civilisedmoney is aiming to take this model even further, offering a fully transparent, crowd-funded alternative to every service offered by mainstream banks: Eventually civilisedmoney will offer all the services... Continue Reading
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Back to the Start: Willie Assists Chipotle’s Quest To End Factory Farms
In this charming music video from Chipotle, Willie sings about going “back to the start” of American farming, before animals were pumped with antibiotics and kept in factories. A farmer, not content with his small family farm, starts to modernize. He turns his farm into a factory, pumping drugs into his pigs and pollutants into the water. But one night, he has a revelation: This is not what his life needs to be. He lets his animals roam free and raises them naturally (though still eats them). That’s the premise of the new music video commissioned by Chipotle, featuring Willie... Continue Reading
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Anatomy of a smart city
The dramatic shift of the world’s population into urban areas is encouraging citizens, city planners, businesses and governments to start looking at visions of ‘smart’ cities. Below we look into what is driving the need to establish these networked environments, how smart city concepts and projects are different in the developing world, and what technologies and systems are needed to make them a reality. Quick Facts and Stats: Up until 1975 there were just 3 Megacities (New York, Tokyo and Mexico City). Today there are 21. The top 600 urban centers generate 60% of global GDP By 2025, the number... Continue Reading
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