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Des guirlandes de Noël américaines recyclées en pantoufles chinoises

first_imgDes guirlandes de Noël américaines recyclées en pantoufles chinoisesPendant les fêtes, les Etats-Unis accumulent près de 5 millions de tonnes de déchets solides, constitués notamment de guirlandes. Mais leur circuit industriel de recyclage n’étant pas encore bien développé, Shijiao, un village chinois, se charge de les recycler pour en faire… des pantoufles.Shijiao, un village en Chine, a été désigné comme la capitale du monde pour le recyclage des lumières de Noël qui sont jetés chaque année par les Américains. En effet, ce village situé de l’autre côté du Pacifique a réussi à trouver le moyen de réutiliser toutes ces tonnes de déchets accumulés durant les fêtes. Un moyen plutôt inhabituel puisqu’il vise à produire des pantoufles. À lire aussiQuand des Américains assistent à la naissance d’un bébé phoque sur une plageLes Etats-Unis autant que la Chine trouvent leur compte dans ce marché. Le recyclage de ce genre de déchets reviendrait trop cher aux Américains. De plus, les normes environnementales sont moins strictes en Chine et le coût de la main d’œuvre y est moins excessif. Les ampoules et les guirlandes lumineuses à piles sont vendus 1,2 dollar le kilo à la Chine. Les usines de Shijiao se charge ainsi chaque année de recycler près de 10 millions de kilos d’illuminations de Noël afin d’en extraire le laiton et le plastique. Ensuite, ces matériaux sont utilisés pour fabriquer différents produits dont des pantoufles.Pour cela, les ouvriers fragmentent dans un premier temps les ampoules en petits morceaux. Puis, ils les mélangent avec de l’eau, le tout sur une table vibrante. Enfin, à la manière de l’extraction minière de l’or, ils récupèrent le cuivre, le laiton, le verre et le plastique. The Atlantic explique le procédé : “en même temps que la table est secouée, les particules de cuivre les plus lourdes (du fil de fer) et celles de laiton (des douilles des ampoules) affluent dans une direction, et les éléments les plus légers en plastique et en verre (provenant de l’isolation et des ampoules) dans une autre”. Chaque matériau est ainsi récupéré pour être dispatché et réutilisé.Le 8 janvier 2012 à 11:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Ocean Rover Uncovers Rare Shark Nursery Off Irish Coast

first_img Woman Bitten Twice By Shark While Swimming in Hawaii BayDNA From Tooth Solves Shark Bite Mystery, 25 Years Later A rare shark nursery has been discovered among deep-water coral reefs some 200 miles west of Ireland.Footage captured in July by a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) highlights an unusual number of egg cases scattered some 750 meters (820 yards) under the sea.Such large concentrations, according to Ireland’s Marine Institute, are “rarely recorded,” and suggest females may gather in this area to lay their eggs.“We are delighted to report the discovery of a rare shark nursery on a scale not previously documented in Irish waters,” David O’Sullivan, chief scientist on the SeaRover (Sensitive Ecosystem Analysis and ROV Exploration of Reef habitat) survey, said last week.“This discovery shows the significance of documenting sensitive marine habitats,” he continued, “and will give us a better understanding of the biology of these beautiful animals and their ecosystem function in Ireland’s Biologically Sensitive Area.”O’Sullivan is a member of INFOMAR, a 20-year government initiative to map the physical, chemical, and biological features of Ireland’s seabed.A large school of blackmouth catshark (Galeus malestomus) swimming around the site indicates the eggs belong to this species—common in the northeast Atlantic Ocean.The sailfin roughshark (Oxynotus paradoxus)—a species of dogfish shark—was also observed.“Both species are of scientific interest as Ireland has an obligation to monitor deepwater sharks under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive,” Maurice Clarke, of the Fisheries Ecosystem Advisory Services at the Marine Institute, said in a statement.The solitary sailfin roughshark (via Marine Institute)The latter, listed as “near threatened” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, may have been feeding on the eggs, though there is no hard evidence to back that up.“No pups were obvious at the site and it is believed that the adult sharks might be utilizing degraded coral reef and exposed carbonate rock on which to lay their eggs,” O’Sullivan explained.“A healthy coral reef in the vicinity may act as a refuge for the juvenile shark pups once they hatch,” he continued. “It is anticipated that further study of the site will answer some important scientific questions on the biology and ecology of deep-water sharks in Irish waters.”SeaRover is the second of three surveys commissioned and jointly funded by the Irish government and the EU’s European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.More coverage on Geek.com:Scientists Rely on Public Sightings to Track Mysterious Shark SpeciesNew Species of Deep Sea Shark Discovered, Could Offer Ancient Evolutionary CluesDon’t Trust Everything You See on Shark WeekThe Greatest Underwater Predators in Movies Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Passage of Jammu and Kashmir bills momentous occasion new dawn

Passage of Jammu and Kashmir bills momentous occasion new dawn

first_imgNEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday hailed the passage of bills on Jammu and Kashmir in Parliament as a “momentous occasion” in parliamentary democracy and said new dawn awaits the state which is now free from the “shackles” of vested interest groups. “Together we are, together we shall rise and together we will fulfil the dreams of 130 crore Indians! A momentous occasion in our Parliamentary democracy, where landmark bills pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir have been passed with overwhelming support!” he said in a series of tweets soon after the Lok Sabha passed the bills. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us I salute my sisters and brothers of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh for their courage and resilience. For years, vested interest groups who believed in emotional blackmail never cared for people’s empowerment. J&K is now free from their shackles. A new dawn, better tomorrow awaits!— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 6, 2019 Parliament has given its nod to abolish the special status granted to the state under Article 370 and also to bifurcate it into two union territories. Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us “For years, vested interest groups who believed in emotional blackmail never cared for people’s empowerment. J&K is now free from their shackles. New dawn, better tomorrow awaits!” the prime minister said.The passage of key Bills pertaining to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh are a fitting tribute to the great Sardar Patel, who worked for India’s unity, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, whose views are well known and Dr. SP Mookerjee who devoted his life for India’s unity and integrity.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 6, 2019 Advertise With Us “Saluting sisters and brothers of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh for their courage and resilience,” he said, adding that the bills will ensure integration and empowerment of these regions. These steps will bring the youth into the mainstream and give them innumerable opportunities to showcase their skills and talents, he said, adding that local infrastructure will significantly improve.last_img read more

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