Eco News

The Sims 4 Eco-Living Stuff: First Look at CAS

SimGuruGraham gives us a first look at some of the new items that will come with The Sims 4 Eco Living Stuff – a community Stuff Pack which we all helped build together throughout this year. As you can see on the panel on the right there are some new clothing items with some that still need to be created by the development team.

SimGuruGraham: Pieces of clothing are starting to appear in the build for our community Stuff Pack… others remain conspicuously absent #WorkInProgress

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The True Cost Movie

Directed by Andrew Morgan and Executive Produced by Livia Firth, Lucy Siegle and others, The True Cost is a fashion documentary about the human and environmental impact of fast fashion and the clothing industry in general.

Tom Ford attended the London Premiere and said “I was truly moved by it and I think anyone who isn’t moved by it would be callous. It is brilliant.”

Have you seen the film yet and what did you think?

Contrary to popular belief, the slow loris is not actually a venomous primate. Rather, the animal produces an allergen (Fel d1) from a gland in its armpit, which is transferred to the mouth when licked. When the loris then bites, this chemical doesn’t elicit a response because of toxicity; some individuals just have a strong allergic reaction. Quite astoundingly, this allergen is the same as that produced by the domestic cat. So in effect, if a slow loris is venomous, then so is the common house cat!

On a side note, can you see the small second tongue? It’s called a sublingua, and most likely functions to remove hair and debris from between the teeth - it’s basically a built in tooth pick!

Photo by David Haring (CC)

See: Krane S., (2003) “Venom” of the slow loris: sequence similarity of prosimian skin gland protein and Fel d 1 cat allergen

Reptile? No. Fish? No. Earthworm? No. Amphibian? Yes! This animal is a caecilian - in fact, the individual pictured here belongs to a recently discovered species!

Photo by Mark Wilkinson (CC)

See: Wilkinson, M. et al (2013), A new Species of Skin-Feeding Caecilian and the First Report of Reproductive Mode in Microcaecilia (Amphibia: Gymnophiona: Siphonopidae), PLOS ONE.

Although this image just looks like a rock formation, pictured here is actually a species of chiton, Acanthopleura granulata. Recent research on this animal identified functional eye-like structures on each of the shell plates. Rather than being formed from proteins, these “eyes” are actually composed of aragonite, a carbonate mineral. Interestingly, the team of researchers concluded that aragonite can be used to form a lens effective both above and below water.

Photo by Hans Hillewaert (CC)

See: Speiser, D. et al, (2011), A Chiton Uses Aragonite Lenses to Form Images, Current Biology, 21: 8, pp 665-670.

 

22 de abril: Día Internacional de la tierra.

Salvar al planeta depende de nosotros. La humanidad, la actualidad, la industria, la tecnología, el día a día, la cotidianidad, hay tantos factores que influyen en el deterioro de nuestro planeta, el cual tiene tanto que ofrecernos, tantos paisajes, tantos hermosos lugares, tantos recursos naturales, y muchas cosas mas.

FOTO: Salto Angel, Venezuela.

It’s Gettin’ Hot In Here: ‘China Starts Televising The Sunrise On Giant TV Screens Because Beijing Is So Clouded In Smog’

From The Daily Mail:

The smog has become so thick in Beijing that the city’s natural light-starved masses have begun flocking to huge digital commercial television screens across the city to observe virtual sunrises.

The futuristic screens installed in the Chinese capital usually advertize tourist destinations, but as the season’s first wave of extremely dangerous smog hit - residents donned air masks and left their homes to watch the only place where the sun would hail over the horizon that morning.

Serious air pollution plagues most major Chinese cities, where environmental protection has been long sacrificed for the sake of economic development. 

Coal burning and car emissions are major sources of pollution. In recent years, China has beefed up regulations and pledged financial resources to fight pollution.

Check out the rest of the article here.

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In 2009, The Canadian Press reported that witnesses saw up to eight males eating cubs around Churchill, Manitoba in one season. In the past, the bears were able to travel the iced-over Hudson Bay for food, but in recent years it was taking more time to freeze over. While tourism was considered a possible explanation, experts also considered that there may be a link to climate change.

Polar Bear Eats Cub: Cannibalism May Be On The Rise (GRAPHIC PHOTOS)

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