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Spectacular Solar-Powered Oakland Zoo Vet Hospital Boasts an EV Charging Station

Spectacular Solar-Powered Oakland Zoo Vet Hospital Boasts an EV Charging Station

The new Oakland Zoo Veterinary Hospital replaces a 1960's facility with advanced equipment and expanded capacity to house and treat animals. At 77,000-square-feet, the two-story hospital provides space

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Mass Pacific Starfish Die Off Linked to Warming Oceans

Mass Pacific Starfish Die Off Linked to Warming Oceans

For nearly a year, scientists have been scrambling to understand why starfish in the Pacific Ocean have been dying in droves. In fact, the problem has gotten so bad that many scientists expect entire

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Rainforest Connection’s Solar-Powered Smartphones Catch Illegal Loggers and Poachers

Rainforest Connection’s Solar-Powered Smartphones Catch Illegal Loggers and Poachers

Rainforest Connection (RFCx) has just launched a Kickstarter campaign that aims to protect some of the world’s most endangered rainforests using recycled smartphones. Each device monitors rainforest

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President Obama Announces Plan to Save the Bees (and Other Pollinators Too)!

President Obama Announces Plan to Save the Bees (and Other Pollinators Too)!

Adding to a string of great green initiatives coming out of the White House recently, President Obama recently announced the creation of a new Pollinator Health Task Force. The Task Force will address

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New Jersey’s Anti-Poaching Bill Aims to Protect Elephants and Rhinos

New Jersey’s Anti-Poaching Bill Aims to Protect Elephants and Rhinos

When we think of the illegal ivory trade, most people envision the large smuggling busts that happen in Africa or Asia. It may surprise you to learn that the port of Newark in New Jersey is a hub for the

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Activists Protest Chinese Dog-Eating Festival that Slaughters Thousands of Animals

Activists Protest Chinese Dog-Eating Festival that Slaughters Thousands of Animals

China's summer solstice festival is about to kick off, but one aspect of the festivities has drawn the ire of animal rights activists. That’s because, in addition to liquor and celebration, the festival

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why We Should All Eat Insects

INFOGRAPHIC: Why We Should All Eat Insects

Though some may balk at the proposal, eating insects can change the world for the better. They're efficient to produce, healthy, and absolutely delicious. They take only 8-10% of the resources needed for

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The Sixth Mass Extinction of Fauna and Flora is Imminent, Duke University Study Reveals

The Sixth Mass Extinction of Fauna and Flora is Imminent, Duke University Study Reveals

A new study has revealed that extinction rates for plants and animals are currently 1,000 times higher than they were before humans arrived. The rate is so high, in fact, that the planet hasn't seen

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Garlic May Be the Key to Reducing Cow Methane Emissions

Garlic May Be the Key to Reducing Cow Methane Emissions

Sometimes it’s the little things that make all the difference. For instance, in the battle between methane and global warming, garlic could prove to be the little allium that could. Methane is worse for

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President Obama Announces Executive Order to Fight Illegal Fishing

President Obama Announces Executive Order to Fight Illegal Fishing

This morning President Barack Obama announced sweeping new initiatives to combat illegal fishing and "seafood fraud." Using his executive power in the name of a major environmental issue for the second

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Powerful Images from the Frontline of West Africa’s Devastating Ivory Trade

Powerful Images from the Frontline of West Africa’s Devastating Ivory Trade

Morgan spent time with rangers, documenting their personal lives and then traveling with them on patrol. He quickly began to realize that there is in fact no "frontline" in this brutal battle, which has

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Auckland Zoo’s Angular New Giraffe House Fits Animals and Zookeepers Under One Roof

Auckland Zoo’s Angular New Giraffe House Fits Animals and Zookeepers Under One Roof

The entrance to the shelter is marked by a bright yellow door set in one of the lower sections of the black-stained timber façade, which shelters an oversized shed with two dens and a keeper area. The

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Japan Promises to Continue Whale Hunt Despite International Court Ruling

Japan Promises to Continue Whale Hunt Despite International Court Ruling

Despite an International Court of Justice order to stop whaling, Japan has publicly promised to continue its controversial Antarctic whale hunt. In March the court ordered Japan to end its more than

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Please Help Save This Colony of Cats

Please Help Save This Colony of Cats

A colony of cats in Plumb Beach, Brooklyn has been tagged for demolition, and local animal rights activists are working to save them or to at least buy a little time to find them new homes. The strays

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San Francisco Woman Found Living With 300 Rats that She Breeds and Releases in Parks

San Francisco Woman Found Living With 300 Rats that She Breeds and Releases in Parks

San Francisco police recently found a woman living in a small room with 300 rats – and there’s not much they can do about it. The 43-year-old woman known as Erica J., or more colorfully as “Rat

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New Feed Supplement Reduces Burping Cows’ Methane Production by 60 Percent

New Feed Supplement Reduces Burping Cows’ Methane Production by 60 Percent

Dutch company DSM has made a breakthrough in reducing the amount of methane released by burping cows. And, no, it's not etiquette lessons. We know that gassy livestock are a major source of greenhouse gas

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Researchers in Oregon Expect Wasting Disease to Completely Wipe Out Starfish Populations in the Near Future

Researchers in Oregon Expect Wasting Disease to Completely Wipe Out Starfish Populations in the Near Future

The sea star wasting syndrome has reached epidemic proportions and researchers expect that local starfish extinctions are all but guaranteed at this point. The awful disease causes starfish to tear

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What is Killing Maine’s Baby Puffins?

What is Killing Maine’s Baby Puffins?

It's fair to say that people tend to give more attention to endangered animal populations when the animals in question are cute. In the case of the ridiculously endearing puffins of Seal Island, their

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Retired Man Sculpts an Extraordinary 100-Foot-Long Dragon Hedge in England!

Retired Man Sculpts an Extraordinary 100-Foot-Long Dragon Hedge in England!

Located at the side of Brooker's home in East Rudham, this 100-foot-long mythical beast sitting comfortably near the road took ten years to complete. A retired fan maker, Brooker said his inspiration

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Help Save the Critically Endangered Irrawaddy River Dolphin From Going Extinct

Help Save the Critically Endangered Irrawaddy River Dolphin From Going Extinct

The WWF reports that construction of a dam on the Mekong River between Cambodia and Laos could spell the end for the last 85 Irrawaddy dolphins. Work on the Don Sahong dam, which is being spearheaded by

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The Ocean Has Become So Acidic it’s Dissolving Baby Oyster Shells

The Ocean Has Become So Acidic it’s Dissolving Baby Oyster Shells

When we talk about the acidification of the oceans, we sometimes focus on the impact that it will have in the future. But for Taylor Shellfish Farms, a fifth-generation farm in Oregon that harvests

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Canada Loses Appeal to Sell Seal Products in the EU

Canada Loses Appeal to Sell Seal Products in the EU

The World Trade Organization reaffirmed this week that when it comes to seal hunting, European countries aren’t buying. Canada has been battling a ban that prevents any products from the country’s

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Scientists Discover the World’s Loneliest Dinosaur – the Sole Survivor of Mass Extinction

Scientists Discover the World’s Loneliest Dinosaur – the Sole Survivor of Mass Extinction

For years scientists have believed that many types of dinosaurs died out after the great extinction at the end of the Jurassic Period, but recently discovered fossils show that at least one dinosaur

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Who is Shamu? Infographic Exposes Horrific History Behind SeaWorld’s Orcas

Who is Shamu? Infographic Exposes Horrific History Behind SeaWorld’s Orcas

SeaWorld is facing another nail in their coffin this week with a double-whammy of bad news. First was the revalation that orcas can live for over 100 years in the wild, compared to 20 years in captivity,

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20 Million Bees Swarm Highway After Truck Carrying Hives Overturns

20 Million Bees Swarm Highway After Truck Carrying Hives Overturns

A tractor-trailer carrying a cargo of 460 beehives overturned last night on a ramp into the I-95 North in Newark, Delaware. The accident released the insects from their hives, causing a swarm of an

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Honeybee Winter Die-off “Too High for Long-term Survival” – USDA Report

Honeybee Winter Die-off “Too High for Long-term Survival” – USDA Report

The preliminary results of the 2013–14 report on overwinter colony loss amongst U.S. honeybees have been announced by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The report shows that while

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Photographer Zack Seckler Snaps Rare and Beautiful Aerial Photographs of Botswana Wildlife

Photographer Zack Seckler Snaps Rare and Beautiful Aerial Photographs of Botswana Wildlife

Accompanied by an expert pilot, Seckler was able to compose his shots less than 500 feet from the ground. This unique vantage point gave him the opportunity to capture dream-like photographs unattainable

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Boneco the Beekeeping Donkey Has An Amazing Protective Suit

Boneco the Beekeeping Donkey Has An Amazing Protective Suit

Man’s best friend may be a dog, but beekeeper Manuel Juraci’s best friend is a donkey named Boneco. Juraci is an inventor and beekeeper from the town of Itatira, Brazil. He wears the standard

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Adorable LEGO Wildlife Garden With Frogs and Hedgehogs Opens in the UK

Adorable LEGO Wildlife Garden With Frogs and Hedgehogs Opens in the UK

Legoland Windsor's new Wildlife Garden has six unique habitats featuring local wildlife and their homes. A wonderful way to raise awareness, the garden was designed as a call on the British public to make

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Hong Kong Officials to Torch Over 61,000 Pounds of Illegal Ivory Seized From Smugglers

Hong Kong Officials to Torch Over 61,000 Pounds of Illegal Ivory Seized From Smugglers

Just four months after officials pulverized $10 million worth of ivory from its stockpile, China is once again taking a public stand against poachers and those who smuggle such items. In Hong Kong,

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