Striking portraits of endangered animals by Andreas Häggkvist

Swedish artist Andreas Häggkvist has taken the opportunity to use his art to raise awareness for endangered species. The artwork, along with his captions, creates a powerful and lasting emotion that moves the viewer to action. At least that is what he is hoping for.

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”Flovemingo” . Double-tap to fill the flamingo heart with your love. . Waaait a minute.. is this just some trick to get a few extra likes? Well, I´ll leave that up to you;) But above anything; No! This here is a little way to show respect. A chance to throw some much needed love back to the animals. Because they do deserve it. . Why? Well, I am so glad you asked. . Animals. Our companions, our workers, our eyes and ears, and for a lot of people; a source for love. They appear in ancient cave paintings, and on modern commercial farms. While some remain wild and are sometimes threatened by our activities, others have been domesticated and now serve as fellow companions in our lives. . They give so much, and being around them is nothing short of being around unconditional love. Animals are non-judgemental by design, and they constantly give people near them something to love. They comfort, the give support, and they stay by your side no matter what. . I was lucky enough to be allowed pets growing up. The love you receive from a pet is a truly great feeling. Their love is selfless and they care for others. No strings attached. When an animal displays it’s love for you, you know it’s for real:) . As Mahatma Gandhi would say, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” . We need animals. And the animals need us intelligent humans to love them back. So this post here, is dedicated to ALL the animals, not just the threatened ones. Because every animal alive deserve a little love. . And fellow animal lovers, be sure to follow my account for more surreal and dreamy images of our beautiful nature! See you there 💞

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Organic Architecture Grown From Living Trees

Architecture made out of living trees  requires not only using nature as it is but also shaping it to the required form. The first examples of using trees to create living structures are bridges across Asia.

Tree Cathedral Bergamo, Italy
The Cattedrale Vegetale uses trees and branches to create a cathedral-like structure. The frame was completed in 2010 as part of the United Nations’ International Year of Biodiversity, but beech trees take decades to fully mature.

Pava [CC BY-SA 3.0 it], from Wikimedia Commons

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Ice Stupas: Artificial glaciers solving water shortage in the Himalayas

Ice Stupa was invented by Sonam Wangchuk in Ladakh, India, and the project is undertaken by the NGO Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh. Ladakh is a cold desert and due to climate change, the region experiences hotter summers with increase in melts along with shift in the timing and precipitation of the melts. Subsequently, during the spring season water is more scarce which in turn impacts agriculture and food supplies.
Ice Stupa is a form of glacier grafting technique that creates artificial glaciers , used for storing winter water (which otherwise would go unused) in the form of conical shaped ice heaps.
In October 2013, Sonam Wangchuk created the first prototype of 6 metres (20 ft) Ice Stupa by freezing 150,000 l (40,000 US gal) in Leh without any shade from the sun. Water was piped from upstream using gravity. Electricity or machinery was not used for pumping water. The Ice Stupa did not melt fully till 18 May 2014, even when the temperature was above 20 °C (68 °F).
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Living Light – a lamp powered by photosynthesis

Living Light is a lamp which harvests its energy through the photosynthetic process of the plant. As the plant photosynthesizes, it releases organic compounds into a soil chamber below. The organic matter is broken down by bacteria fostered through a microbial fuel cell. When this happens, electrons are created and transported away from the soil. The electric current is passed along a wire and fed into a ring fitted with LEDs. These light up when a user touches the plant’s leaves.
Dutch designer Ermi van Oers and her team will start off with a small production in 2018. Plans are already in place with Rotterdam to illuminate a city park.

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Crown Shyness – A Phenomenon Where Trees Avoid Touching

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Crown shyness (also canopy disengagement) is a phenomenon observed in some tree species, in which the crowns of fully stocked trees do not touch each other, forming a canopy with channel-like gaps. The phenomenon is most prevalent among trees of the same species, but also occurs between trees of different species. There exist many hypotheses as to why crown shyness is an adaptive behavior, and the most prominent theory, is that the gaps prevent the proliferation of invasive insects.

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The Ubari lakes

By Jürgen Büttner (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Ubari Lakes are a group of about 20 lakes, set amidst magnificent sand dunes and palm fringed oases in the Fezzan region of southwestern Libya. The lakes were once one big lake but climate change caused the region, a part of Sahara, to gradually dry up between 3,000 to 5,000 years ago. The water is super-saturated with salts and carbonates, as lakes are being continuously evaporated and have no rivers replenishing them.

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The Monkey Orchid

monkey orchid 1Image: Columbus GV Team

These rare primate-esque flowers are formally known as Dracula simia. They  only grow in the cloud forests of southeastern Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 1,000-2,000 meters on the side of mountains. In the scientific name, “simia” refers to the monkey face and “Dracula” refers to the two long spurs that hang down, almost like fangs.

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