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Rhino Poaching has Increased 5000% in Past 6 Years

Rhino Poaching has Increased 5000% in Past 6 Years

Photo via Shutterstock A recent spike in the illegal wildlife trade is threatening to undo years of work by NGOs and governments around the world to save endangered rhinos. A new video series released

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Hundreds of Dead Sea Turtles Wash Up on Nicaragua’s West Coast

Hundreds of Dead Sea Turtles Wash Up on Nicaragua’s West Coast

Nicaraguan wildlife officials are investigating reports that hundreds of dead sea turtles have been washing up on the country’s western coast. The Nicaraguan Sea Turtle Conservation Network has called

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Nutcracker Teach Us About Farming and Regeneration?

The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Nutcracker Teach Us About Farming and Regeneration?

This morning I awoke to a blanket of soft white icing on the mountains around my Montana cabin, sweetly pink in the first light of day. Winter has breathed its first chill sigh here, and the lodge is

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Jellyfish Force Huge Nuclear Reactor to Shut Down in Sweden

Jellyfish Force Huge Nuclear Reactor to Shut Down in Sweden

One of the world's biggest nuclear reactors was shut down last Sunday by an unlikely foe: jellyfish. Sweden's Oskarshamn reactor was closed when tons of jellyfish clogged up the pipes that supply the

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Poachers Responsible for Killing 81 Elephants With Cyanide Get 15 Years and an $800,000 Fine

Poachers Responsible for Killing 81 Elephants With Cyanide Get 15 Years and an $800,000 Fine

Three men were arrested earlier this month in Zimbabwe for killing 81 elephants by dumping cyanide into their watering hole. Spurred on by the high prices ivory can fetch, the poachers were also

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Keystone XL to Take Heavy Toll on Endangered Species, Report Finds

Keystone XL to Take Heavy Toll on Endangered Species, Report Finds

There's no shortage of environmental concerns associated with the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. From projected annual spills of 34,000 gallons of oil to the ticking carbon bomb of 360 to 510 billion tons

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Is Google Helping Poachers Sell Illegal Ivory Online?

Is Google Helping Poachers Sell Illegal Ivory Online?

Google claims to be a company interested in renewable energy and sustainability, but some say the company's policies regarding international commerce prove just the opposite. According to an investigation

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NRA Lobbyist Tony Makris Televises the Killing of an Elephant on NBC Sports

NRA Lobbyist Tony Makris Televises the Killing of an Elephant on NBC Sports

Big game hunting is an atrociously cruel and unnecessary “sport” that doesn’t prove anything but hunters' ability to shoot an innocent animal from a safe distance. In just the latest string of gross

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can We Learn About Resilience, Weight Loss, and Kidney Disease from the Grizzly Bear?

The Biomimicry Manual: What can We Learn About Resilience, Weight Loss, and Kidney Disease from the Grizzly Bear?

I'm off to the wilds of Montana this week, doing some in-person, up-close biomimicry research, and I've got my fingers crossed I'll see a grizzly bear. But you know, over there, not over here. With five

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Yoda the Piglet Escapes Slaughterhouse, Finds Love and Safety

Yoda the Piglet Escapes Slaughterhouse, Finds Love and Safety

Yoda may be one of the luckiest and most courageous piglets in the world. Just last week, this little guy was bound for a slaughterhouse, along with many other pigs. But in a last ditch effort to save

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Sea Snake Teach Us About Viagra, Boat Hulls and Desalination?

The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Sea Snake Teach Us About Viagra, Boat Hulls and Desalination?

Let's say you decided to live in the ocean. Can you imagine the challenges you would face? Lot's of land animals have done exactly that, though the transition from land to sea happens gradually through

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Giant Hornets are Killing People and Eating Bees in China

Giant Hornets are Killing People and Eating Bees in China

If you're afraid of flying stinging insects, the Asian giant hornet might just be your worst nightmare. The bug can reach two inches long, fly at 25 miles an hour and their stings, which have been

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Bill Clinton Awards Students $1 Million for Insect Food Project

Bill Clinton Awards Students $1 Million for Insect Food Project

Former President Bill Clinton is supporting the future of alternative nutrition by awarding $1 million to an insect-farming project. The Clinton Global Initiative awarded students from Montreal’s McGill

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14 Adorable Baby Pandas Line up for a Photo Shoot in Chengdu, China

14 Adorable Baby Pandas Line up for a Photo Shoot in Chengdu, China

The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Sichuan, China recently announced that they have 14 tiny, fluffy, adorable panda cubs! Born at the center between July and September this year, the

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Climate Change Forces Polar Bears to Consume More Contaminants

Climate Change Forces Polar Bears to Consume More Contaminants

Polar bear photo from Shutterstock A recent study found that the East Greenlandic population of polar bears is being exposed to more contaminants in their diet. As Arctic ice melts, polar bears are

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Nairobi Terrorist Attack Made Possible by the African Ivory Trade

Nairobi Terrorist Attack Made Possible by the African Ivory Trade

A report by the Elephant Action League has revealed a link between the terrorist group responsible for the recent attack at Westgate mall in Nairobi and Africa's illegal ivory trade. Up to 40 percent of

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Bird-Mounted Camera Lets You Fly Like an Eagle!

Bird-Mounted Camera Lets You Fly Like an Eagle!

If you've ever wanted to fly like a bird, then you'll definitely want to check out this amazing video. A falconer strapped a small camera to the back of an eagle in the southeast corner of France, and

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700 South African Rhinos Already Slaughtered in 2013

700 South African Rhinos Already Slaughtered in 2013

The year hasn't even reached a close and already poachers have killed more rhinos is South Africa - home to 80 percent of the world's rhino population - than in all of last year. Poachers have slaughtered

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Whale Ear Wax Used to Form a Detailed Record of Ocean Pollutants

Whale Ear Wax Used to Form a Detailed Record of Ocean Pollutants

To understand the world's changing climate, scientists often look to tree cores and ice samples. For a record of ocean pollutants, researchers are beginning to turn to whale ear wax. Since whales are

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Over 20,000 Kilograms of Fake Beef Seized in Xi’an, China

Over 20,000 Kilograms of Fake Beef Seized in Xi’an, China

Late last week police seized over 20,000 kilograms of fake beef in the Chinese city of Xi'an. Police said that the fake meat, which was made from pork and treated with chemical additives such as paraffin

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Diamond Tooth Taxidermy “Recycles” Dead Animals Into Haute Couture Pieces

Diamond Tooth Taxidermy “Recycles” Dead Animals Into Haute Couture Pieces

During her time as a window dresser, founder of Diamond Tooth Taxidermy Beth Beverly would see birds hit the glass and fall to their demise. Passersby would hardly give the lifeless bodies a second

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Sloths Teach Us About Energy Efficiency?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Sloths Teach Us About Energy Efficiency?

It's a scientific fact that there's nothing cuter than a baby sloth in a bucket. But even if Facebook 'likes' turn out not to correlate with biological fitness, sloths are a runaway success by any

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Whale Spotter App Seeks to Reduce Collisions with Ships in San Francisco Bay

Whale Spotter App Seeks to Reduce Collisions with Ships in San Francisco Bay

Whale and commercial ship collisions are a tragic side effect of global shipping, but a new app called Whale Spotter has been designed to arrest such occurrences. In the busy ports of the San Francisco

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Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in Meat Leads to 23,000 Deaths Each Year

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in Meat Leads to 23,000 Deaths Each Year

Image via Shutterstock According to a new report released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday, antibiotic resistance in factory meat production contributes to nearly 23,000

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Bee Extinct in the UK Since the 1980s Now Buzzing Back into the Country

Bee Extinct in the UK Since the 1980s Now Buzzing Back into the Country

The short-haired bumblebee has been absent from the UK countryside since the 1980's. During the six decades before its disappearance, the insect's population plummeted due to the loss of wildflower-rich

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Entire Village Volunteers to Leave Their Homes So Wildlife Can Flourish

Entire Village Volunteers to Leave Their Homes So Wildlife Can Flourish

What once used to be a thriving farming community in India, teeming with people and daily activity, is now something closer to a ghost town, at least when it comes to humans that is. All 200 families that

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Giant Invasive Predator Tiger Shrimp Settle in the Gulf of Mexico

Giant Invasive Predator Tiger Shrimp Settle in the Gulf of Mexico

No one knows quite how the tiger shrimp made their way into the Gulf of Mexico; some suggest that the invasive species, which can be over a foot long, hitched a ride from Asia, while others posit that the

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223,000 Gallons of Molasses Spill Into Honolulu Harbor Killing Thousands of Fish

223,000 Gallons of Molasses Spill Into Honolulu Harbor Killing Thousands of Fish

This week Matson Inc, spilled 223,000 gallons of molasses into waters near Honolulu's Sand Island as the syrupy liquid was being transferred onto a container ship. According to the state Health Department

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Defiant Navy Releases Report that Shows Testing Could Kill Hundreds of Whales and Dolphins

Defiant Navy Releases Report that Shows Testing Could Kill Hundreds of Whales and Dolphins

Photo via Shutterstock Imagine experiencing a noise so loud that it could cause not only disorientation, but also physical trauma and brain bleeding, as well as bubbles that form in your organs. This

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Frigate Bird Teach Us about Flight?

The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Frigate Bird Teach Us about Flight?

The frigate bird is a powerful and aggressive seabird, with a deserved reputation as the pirate of the high seas. One of world's fastest birds, he swoops and soars up to 100 miles an hour, spending up to

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