Conservation

3,200 People Prepare to Evacuate as Arizona ‘Slide Fire’ Burns Out of Control

3,200 People Prepare to Evacuate as Arizona ‘Slide Fire’ Burns Out of Control

A wildfire burning out of control between the towns of Sedona and Flagstaff in northern Arizona was most likely "human caused," say authorities. The blaze has been dubbed the "Slide Fire" due to its

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Ecosystem Services Benefit Agricultural Productivity

INFOGRAPHIC: How Ecosystem Services Benefit Agricultural Productivity

There exists a fabulous symbiosis in nature between a healthy ecosystem and the diversity of life that flourishes in its vicinity. From microbes and mycelium to insects and birds, through to plants and

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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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Environmentalists Sue US Government to Get Bees Listed as Endangered Animals

Environmentalists Sue US Government to Get Bees Listed as Endangered Animals

What’s an insect have to do to get on the endangered species list these days? That’s the question some environmentalists are asking after a failed attempt to get a vanishing bumble bee species added

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Could Hyper-Evolved ‘Designer’ Coral Reefs Survive in Warmer Oceans?

Could Hyper-Evolved ‘Designer’ Coral Reefs Survive in Warmer Oceans?

Coral reefs aren’t just home to a whole ecosystem of sea life, they also protect nearby land from wave surges - but the 2014 National Climate Assessment reports that reefs are in big trouble.

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Eco-Cleaning Company Ecover is Making Bottles Out of Recycled Ocean Plastic

Eco-Cleaning Company Ecover is Making Bottles Out of Recycled Ocean Plastic

Right now there are about 46,000 pieces of trash floating around in every square mile of the ocean, which is why Belgian company Ecover is now making their cleaning product packaging from plastic fished

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New Wave of Amazon Dam Building to “Force Industrialization of the Jungle”

New Wave of Amazon Dam Building to “Force Industrialization of the Jungle”

Ecosystem collapse and social unrest could be in the Amazon's future if plans for 412 hydroelectric dams move forward. According to a new report, a wave of dam building threatens the Amazon river and five

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British Airways Plans to Use London’s Garbage for Jet Fuel

British Airways Plans to Use London’s Garbage for Jet Fuel

The city of London is going to start paying British Airways to take its trash, but what on Earth does the airline company want with all that garbage, anyway? The airline giant plans to turn it into jet

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Spanish Island to be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

Spanish Island to be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

A tiny Spanish island with just 10,000 residents is about to do something amazing. El Hierro, the smallest of the Canary Islands, plans to completely sever ties with the traditional power grid and move

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Annie Leonard of “The Story of Stuff” Named New Executive Director of Greenpeace USA

Annie Leonard of “The Story of Stuff” Named New Executive Director of Greenpeace USA

Annie Leonard, the creator of the viral video "The Story of Stuff," has just been named Greenpeace USA's new executive director. A longtime environmental activist, Leonard has proven her gift for crafting

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Aye-Aye Teach Us About Echolocation?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Aye-Aye Teach Us About Echolocation?

You know bats and dolphins 'echolocate' to find their prey, sending out blips of squeaky SONAR-like sound waves that bounce off fish or moths in the dark. And people do it, too, using expensive equipment.

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Eggpicnic Prints: Bringing Awareness of Bird Extinctions Through Art

Eggpicnic Prints: Bringing Awareness of Bird Extinctions Through Art

Did you know that according to recent findings by Bird Life international, 1 in every 5 bird species could be extinct in the next 50-80 years? Take a quick look at the birds around you the next time you

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Pornhub “Gives America Wood” by Planting a Tree for Every 100 Video Views

Pornhub “Gives America Wood” by Planting a Tree for Every 100 Video Views

In celebration of Arbor Day, Pornhub has launched a campaign called "Give American Wood" that will plant a tree for every 100 video watched in their "Big Dick" category. So far, the site has racked up

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South American Plastic Banks Turn Pollution into Currency

South American Plastic Banks Turn Pollution into Currency

Canadian Entrepreneurs David Katz and Shaun Frankson are on a mission to tackle poverty and plastic pollution in one fell swoop. Their startup Plastic Bank recognizes that many areas affected by plastic

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The 6 Most Pressing Environmental Issues—And What You Can Do to Help Solve Them

The 6 Most Pressing Environmental Issues—And What You Can Do to Help Solve Them

Image via Shutterstock CLIMATE CHANGE While 97 percent of climate scientists agree that climate change is occurring and greenhouse gas emissions are the main cause, political will has not been strong

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Japanese Government Officials Feast on Whale Meat to Protest World Court Ruling

Japanese Government Officials Feast on Whale Meat to Protest World Court Ruling

In a show of defiance against a recent court ruling by the UN's International Court of Justice, hundreds of Japanese government officials, lawmakers, and pro-whaling lobbyists attended a feast that

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Lady Gaga Accused of Wasting 356,000 Gallons of Water to Fill Swimming Pool During California’s Drought, Denies Accusation

Lady Gaga Accused of Wasting 356,000 Gallons of Water to Fill Swimming Pool During California’s Drought, Denies Accusation

Rumors are swirling around claims that Lady Gaga wasted 356,000 gallons of water to fill a swimming pool at Hearst Castle in drought-stricken California. Lady Gaga recently used the pool to film a video

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Killing the Lorax: 900 Environmental Activists Slain in the Past 10 Years

Killing the Lorax: 900 Environmental Activists Slain in the Past 10 Years

A shocking new report finds that in addition to waging war against the only planet capable of sustaining human life, we're also attacking those who would seek to protect it. The survey, conducted by

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World’s Biggest Online Whale Meat Retailer Ends All Whale Product Sales

World’s Biggest Online Whale Meat Retailer Ends All Whale Product Sales

Rakuten, Japan’s biggest online retailer, has announced that it will no longer sell whale and dolphin meat after the International Court of Justice ordered all whale hunting in the southern ocean to

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Honduran Palm Oil Cooperative Named World’s Most Sustainable by Rainforest Alliance

Honduran Palm Oil Cooperative Named World’s Most Sustainable by Rainforest Alliance

Palm oil plantations are destroying animal habitats, threatening forest peoples, and ravaging rainforests in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Papua New Guinea. However it doesn't have to be that way - Hondupalma

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More Than 10 Tigers Slaughtered in a Show for Officials and Businessmen in China

More Than 10 Tigers Slaughtered in a Show for Officials and Businessmen in China

Police recently revealed that over 10 tigers have been tortured and killed in China in order to entertain wealthy businessmen and government officials. The tigers were killed in so-called “visual

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Grim Map Shows Former Lion Habitat Versus Their Current, Dwindling Range

Grim Map Shows Former Lion Habitat Versus Their Current, Dwindling Range

The magnificent lion has captured our imaginations for centuries, but disease, loss of habitat and other general human nastiness has decimated the lion populations in Africa. Where there was once around

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House Republicans Hope to Block President Obama’s Ability to Form New National Parks and Monuments

House Republicans Hope to Block President Obama’s Ability to Form New National Parks and Monuments

House Republicans are hoping to pass a bill tomorrow that would limit the ability of the president to designate new national monuments. If the “Ensuring Public Involvement in the Creation of National

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Dodo Down: Help Crowdfund Conservation Efforts to Save Two Spectacular Samoan Birds

Dodo Down: Help Crowdfund Conservation Efforts to Save Two Spectacular Samoan Birds

As the Samoan rainforest dwindles, the region's unique birds are slipping quickly into extinction. Voracious alien rats seek out eggs and nestlings, endangering creatures such as the elegant giant

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Lotus-Shaped Rainforest Guardian Skyscraper Harvests Rainwater to Fight Fires in the Amazon

Lotus-Shaped Rainforest Guardian Skyscraper Harvests Rainwater to Fight Fires in the Amazon

The general shape of the Rainforest Guardian Skyscraper is inspired by the lotus flower, a plant well known for its ability to survive for many decades in a watery environment. Like the lotus flower, the

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Ghana is Adding a Whopping 600 Megawatts of Solar to its National Power Grid

Ghana is Adding a Whopping 600 Megawatts of Solar to its National Power Grid

Image of solar panels / Shutterstock Ghana just made a major investment in solar energy with plans to build over 600 megawatts worth of photovoltaic power parks. Better still, the companies working

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Conservationists Scar Shells to Protect Endangered Tortoises

Conservationists Scar Shells to Protect Endangered Tortoises

Tortoises are among the most endangered species on the planet, and a good shell can fetch tens of thousands of dollars. In order to protect the world’s tortoises, conservationists are defacing their

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Snow-Melting Road Salt Wrecks Havoc on the Environment, Infrastructure

Snow-Melting Road Salt Wrecks Havoc on the Environment, Infrastructure

Road salt photo from Shutterstock It's been a particularly harsh winter for the Eastern United States, and many local governments have exhausted their stockpiles of salt used to melt ice on roads and

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USDA Pledges Millions to Help Honeybee Populations Recover

USDA Pledges Millions to Help Honeybee Populations Recover

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is pulling out the big guns to save struggling honeybee populations, pledging millions of dollars to help ranchers and farmers nurture bee colonies for food production.

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Minnesota Hockey Player Shoots Grizzly Bear for Sport

Minnesota Hockey Player Shoots Grizzly Bear for Sport

Last year, Minnesota professional hockey player Clayton Stoner reportedly shot and killed a young male grizzly bear before skinning him and hacking off his head and paws to mount as trophies. But Stoner

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