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Sierra Club Green Home Sea Shepherd Conservation Society UN reports that 22,000 elephants were poached last year in Africa Elephants are one of Africa’s critical “keystone” species, and estimates place the total population of elephants around 450,000. The loss of 22,000 mostly adult elephants, or roughly 5%, is critical as elephant young require the care of the parent. The demand for ivory that fuels the poaching conducted on the continent comes primarily from Asia, and more specifically from wealthy Chinese who pay over $1000 per pound for what is seen as a status symbol. The poaching trade has advanced beyond automatic weapons and chainsaws in its process to harvest the animals' tusks. In September of this year, cyanide was used to poison the water supply of an area, killing 109 elephants. This technique is extremely detrimental as it not only poisons the elephants, but any species, including humans, that drink the contaminated water. Read more... Orphaned elephants don’t typically survive long after the loss of the parent.

Environmental Issues | Environment News | Green Blogs | Earth Times English e-books Earthwatch - Change the World. Yourself Navdanya How Fat Might Be the Key to Improving People's Lives Sometimes the most amazing scientific discoveries happen by accident; a loaf of moldy bread or a game of connect the dots with a public water pump becomes a clue to a breakthrough. Researchers at UCLA announced a similar happy accident this week: the discovery of human stem cells in adipose tissue, aka fat, taken from liposuction procedures. This is actually nothing new; researchers have noted the presence of adipose stem cells since 2001, and they’ve been used in a variety of procedures in both human and veterinary research. These cells, though, are particularly special. Known as Multilineage-differentiating Stress-Enduring cells (MUSE cells), they’re pluripotent, which means that can potentially develop all the various cell types found in the human body, unlike multipotent stem cells, which are only capable of differentiating into several different types of adult cells. Why?

serious spice: vegan garam masala cookies Wednesday May 25, 2011 If you were to do a search on my blog for garam masala you’d find the usual suspects. A pot of lentils and apples might be involved. Maybe you’d stumble over chickpeas and tomatoes or tofu with squash. Cauliflower and coconut milk? Think gingersnap spice cookies. These are vegan so they are perfect if you swing that way or are out of eggs like I was. I baked these for about 12 minutes which resulted in a crisp and crunchy cookie with a slightly chewy interior. elsewhere: So much good stuff is going on! vegan garam masala cookies(adapted from peach and plum) 1/2 c vegan margarine 1/2 c brown sugar 1/4 c granulated sugar 1/2 t vanilla extract 1 t garam masala (paste or powder)* 1 c flour 1/4 t salt 1/2 t baking soda 1/2 t cinnamon 1/4 t cardamomPreheat oven to 375F.

Humans of New York 10 Urban Spaces Around the World Reborn as Vibrant Green Parks In some cities, parks are replacing asphalt, and city dwellers are suddenly discovering new green space just steps away. To make cities more livable for an often growing population, government officials, activists and citizens are reclaiming unused or abandoned structures and lots and turning them into new, vibrant green spots that fill the surrounding areas with life. These 10 examples --- spanning four continents -- are perhaps just the beginning of the concrete-to-green revolution. A water reservoir until shut down in 1899, the Paddington Reservoir went on to become a garage, workshop and a commercial garage once more. After sections of the roof collapsed in 1991, the garage was shut down for the last time. Then architecture firm Tonkin Zulaikha Greer was commissioned for the restoration: They were supposed to cap-off the underground site and build a new arrangement on top. Photo: City of Sydney.

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