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Sea turtles face growing danger due to plastic trash in Australian waters

Sea turtles face growing danger due to plastic trash in Australian waters

pic Sea turtles living off the coast of Australia face a growing danger in their own habitat: ocean plastic. The amount of plastic debris in the waters surrounding Australia is growing rapidly and so

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Chinese officials caught feasting on endangered giant salamander

Chinese officials caught feasting on endangered giant salamander

Whether or not a giant salamander is on the critically endangered list matters not, apparently, to Chinese officials determined to have their “treat” anyway. Journalists took pictures at the luxury

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Chemical pollutants are breaking polar bears’ penises

Chemical pollutants are breaking polar bears’ penises

Of all the creatures on Earth impacted by reckless human activity, polar bears are having a remarkably rough time of it. First, climate change eats away at their habitat and makes it harder to hunt, and

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Indian tiger population climbs by 30 percent thanks to conservation efforts

Indian tiger population climbs by 30 percent thanks to conservation efforts

The wild tiger population in India has jumped from 1,706 to an estimated 2,226 since 2011, marking a 30% increase for the endangered big cat. As a result, India is now home to around 70% of the world’s

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Dramatic decline in population of Lake Tahoe’s tiniest creatures is changing the entire ecosystem

Dramatic decline in population of Lake Tahoe’s tiniest creatures is changing the entire ecosystem

Lake Tahoe is world renowned for its dramatic natural beauty, but the attention it receives—and the pollution that comes with it—may play a role in the alarming decline in populations of small

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British Columbia to kill nearly 200 wolves in last-ditch effort to save caribou

British Columbia to kill nearly 200 wolves in last-ditch effort to save caribou

In a desperate attempt to save the caribou of British Columbia, the government there has ordered a death sentence for up to 183 grey wolves. Populations of South Selkirk caribou have dwindled into the

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US Environmental organizations sue wildlife services over outdated, sea turtle-killing cooling systems

US Environmental organizations sue wildlife services over outdated, sea turtle-killing cooling systems

The animal lovers are close to being at war. And this time it's not with meat plants or processing facilities like Smithfield. It's not with PETA over some ridiculous and scandalous ad campaign. It's not

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San Francisco sea birds dying due to mysterious transparent goop

San Francisco sea birds dying due to mysterious transparent goop

Scientists are investigating a mysterious slime that’s coating and killing San Francisco sea birds. First seen last Friday, the goop is coating hundreds of sea birds and killing “scores” of them,

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Joel Rea’s captivating surrealist paintings will make you feel tiny

Joel Rea’s captivating surrealist paintings will make you feel tiny

Rea captures the dynamic motion of natural elements inspiring a deep feeling of humility. He represents how small we are within nature, leaving us wondering who has ultimate control in this world. Using

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Study shows mass die-offs of birds, fish and marine invertebrates increasing

Study shows mass die-offs of birds, fish and marine invertebrates increasing

A new analysis of 727 mass die-offs of 2,500 animal species in the last 70 years has found a marked increase in deaths among birds, fish and marine invertebrates—and decreasing deaths for reptiles and

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PETITION: Free Ricky the bear from her inhumane cage at an ice cream shop

PETITION: Free Ricky the bear from her inhumane cage at an ice cream shop

Ricky is an 18-year-old bear who has spent her entire life inside a concrete-floored cage at Jim Mack’s Ice Cream Parlor in York, PA. The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) has filed a lawsuit against the

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Two endangered monkeys die after zoo leaves them out in the cold

Two endangered monkeys die after zoo leaves them out in the cold

Two tiny endangered monkeys died at a Louisiana zoo last week after being left out in the cold overnight, as temps dipped into the 30s F. A third monkey survived the exposure, and the zoo caretaker

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Smart Seattle dog rides the bus by herself to the dog park

Smart Seattle dog rides the bus by herself to the dog park

This cute canine has cracked the code on the Seattle Metro Transit bus routes. Two-year-old Eclipse, a black labrador mix, boards alone and then hops off when the bus reaches her stop: the local dog

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California chefs face death threats for foie gras dishes

California chefs face death threats for foie gras dishes

California chefs are facing death threats after a federal judge overturned a law stating that foie gras must be off menus in California restaurants. Foie gras is a duck's liver and the fatty delicacy is

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Chipotle pulls pork from menus after pigs found to be poorly treated

Chipotle pulls pork from menus after pigs found to be poorly treated

The field of ethical meat consumption is a complicated (and arguably oxymoronic) one, but that hasn't stopped some retailers from working to ensure that the meat products they serve come from animals who

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Formerly blind orangutan is released back into the wild

Formerly blind orangutan is released back into the wild

After cataract-removal surgery restored her sight, a rescued orangutan named Gober has been released into the wild with her twins. Gober was moved to the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme center

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Injured koalas need your DIY mittens to treat their burned paws

Injured koalas need your DIY mittens to treat their burned paws

In news of the painfully cute, injured koalas in and around South Australia are slowly recovering from burns they sustained as bushfires wreaked havoc on their habitat. Many of these adorable slow-moving

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Dinosaur farts may have caused prehistoric global warming

Dinosaur farts may have caused prehistoric global warming

We know that today's cows are responsible for producing staggering amounts of heat-trapping methane gas, a major driver of climate change, but British scientists now claim that dinosaurs with vegetarian

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Why is Canada refusing to protect 76 endangered species?

Why is Canada refusing to protect 76 endangered species?

Canada has chosen to reject an agreement to protect 76 endangered plant and animal species from international trade. Documents recently released from the 2013 Convention on International Trade in

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Fried egg jellyfish exist and they’re freaking adorable

Fried egg jellyfish exist and they’re freaking adorable

The world's oceans breed some of the most spectacular-looking creatures around - from the mantis shrimp to an apparent "living rock", there's all manner of aquatic eye candy to behold. And the two

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Vegua lets you grow plants and clean your fish bowl at the same time

Vegua lets you grow plants and clean your fish bowl at the same time

Ever thought of producing food with help of your pet fish? The Vegua enables you to grow herbs, vegetables and fruit in a creative and innovative way using the waste produced by your scaly companions. The

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USDA may finally recommend eating less beef to save the environment

USDA may finally recommend eating less beef to save the environment

The U.S. Department of Agriculture could finally add environmental concerns to their list of dietary recommendations. According to the Associated Press, the advisory panel in charge of dietary guidelines

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VIDEO: Artists transform plants into an amazing “Bioluminescent Forest”

VIDEO: Artists transform plants into an amazing “Bioluminescent Forest”

http://vimeo.com/115082758 A multimedia artist, an animator, and a movie producer have teamed up to make an enchanting short film around the ability that some organisms have to produce light. Tarek

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Tiger farming is cultivating a taste for luxury tiger products in China – and increasing poaching

Tiger farming is cultivating a taste for luxury tiger products in China – and increasing poaching

What do you do when you can’t poach tigers anymore? Why you raise them, of course. Instead of stopping the sale of tiger parts in countries like China, some enterprising Chinese entrepreneurs are simply

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Scientists have determined that inebriated birds sing drunkenly too

Scientists have determined that inebriated birds sing drunkenly too

Anyone who's ever visited a karaoke bar is likely very familiar with the fact that people sing a lot differently when they're drunk, versus when sober. Guess what? It turns out that the same goes for

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Swans still at risk in NYC parks, thanks to Governor Cuomo

Swans still at risk in NYC parks, thanks to Governor Cuomo

  A couple of weeks ago, Governor Andrew Cuomo vetoed a bill that would have protected the mute swans that flock to waterways in Brooklyn and Queens. The swans are not indigenous to the area

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The first ebola victim might have been infected by bats

The first ebola victim might have been infected by bats

The devastating Ebola outbreak in West Africa started with bats in a hollow tree, a new study says. A young boy, who died of Ebola in 2013, likely played with the bats in an area very close to his home.

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How to find a wolf sanctuary near you and meet some wild wolves!

How to find a wolf sanctuary near you and meet some wild wolves!

Did you know that there are wolves living near you in almost every state in the country? Sadly most of these wolves are not living in the wild, but in wolf sanctuaries, which are conservation

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Safer sonar protects dolphins while providing better images

Safer sonar protects dolphins while providing better images

There's a new type of seismic imaging called Acoustic Zoom, and it's better than older forms of sonar for both dolphins and scientists alike. It works by emitting smaller amounts of energy over a longer

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Russia to create ‘Noah’s Ark’ with the DNA of every animal on the planet

Russia to create ‘Noah’s Ark’ with the DNA of every animal on the planet

Moscow State University just received Russia's largest-ever scientific grant in a bid to create a vertible 'Noah's Ark' containing the DNA of every living and extinct creature on the planet. The concept

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