Category: Environment

  • A third of ‘protected’ nature zones are quietly being ruined

    A third of ‘protected’ nature zones are quietly being ruined

    Above Picture: The Niassa Reserve in Mozambique is supposedly a protected area Roads, farmers, loggers and house-builders are ruining at least one third of the world’s 200,000 protected areas, where nature is supposed to be flourishing. The largest survey to date of human incursion into protected areas found that 32.8 per cent of protected land […]

  • THE EU JUST VOTED TO COMPLETELY BAN SINGLE-USE PLASTICS

    THE EU JUST VOTED TO COMPLETELY BAN SINGLE-USE PLASTICS

    Stepping Up Let’s all welcome the European Union (EU) to the anti-plastic pollution movement. On Wednesday, EU lawmakers voted 571 to 53 in favor of a complete ban on 10 single-use plastics including straws, cutlery, and coffee stirrers. This adds the EU to the growing list of governments committed to helping the world address its plastic waste problem. “Europe has to come […]

  • Half the planet should be set aside for wildlife – to save ourselves

    Half the planet should be set aside for wildlife – to save ourselves

    If we want to avoid mass extinctions and preserve the ecosystems all plants and animals depend on, governments should protect a third of the oceans and land by 2030 and half by 2050, with a focus on areas of high biodiversity. So say leading biologists in an editorial in the journal Science this week. It’s not just […]

  • “Below 1%”: The Monarch Butterfly Is Approaching Total and Irreversible Extinction

    “Below 1%”: The Monarch Butterfly Is Approaching Total and Irreversible Extinction

    The monarch butterfly, the majestic black-and-orange pollinator that once covered winter trees like leaves from the Baja California Peninsula up to California’s Central Coast, is facing a sharp population decline that could spell its irreversible doom. According to a new survey conducted by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, the iconic North American butterfly, which migrates […]

  • Fortnite Creator is Buying Thousands of Acres of Forest to Stop It From Being Cut Down

    Fortnite Creator is Buying Thousands of Acres of Forest to Stop It From Being Cut Down

    Creator of the online video game Fortnite, Tim Sweeney, has been captivating audiences for decades by developing intricate and interactive digital worlds for players. However, it is his work away from the screen that is currently grabbing attention from gamers and non-gamers alike. Sweeney is best known for founding the video and 3-D software company Epic […]

  • Japan to Allow Commercial Whaling for the First Time in 30 Years

    Japan to Allow Commercial Whaling for the First Time in 30 Years

    The government of Japan recently announced plans to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and will again allow the commercial killing of whales. This will be the first time since 1986 that Japan has explicitly allowed whale hunting for commercial purposes. For years Japan promised to hunt whales only for scientific research, but whalers […]

  • Russia positions itself to supply the world with organic food

    Russia positions itself to supply the world with organic food

    Russia is poised to become the world’s largest supplier of organic foods, after taking a stand against genetically-engineered seeds last summer, saying that it has “chosen a different path.” The decision is based on healthy scepticism as Russia refuses to breeze over the fact that GMOs have not been proven safe for long-term consumption.(1) The […]

  • Study Claims That Attending A Concert Once Every Two Weeks Can Add Nine Years To Your Life

    Study Claims That Attending A Concert Once Every Two Weeks Can Add Nine Years To Your Life

    Nearly everyone loves to go to a good concert. Whether you’re seeing Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters or even something more obscure like The Presidents of the United States of America, people always seem to have a blast at concerts. There’s a good reason for this; concerts are fun social events where you can meet and hang out […]

  • That Viral Video Of Toads Hitchhiking On A Friendly Python Is Actually Pure Filth

    That Viral Video Of Toads Hitchhiking On A Friendly Python Is Actually Pure Filth

    Yeah! 2018 is over! The year that brought us “shower rat is in incredible pain, actually” and “the adorable bear cub in that video you shared probably died” has finally been defeated! It’s time to march forward into the bright future of 2019, a year of hope, progress, and – wait, what? *sigh* We regret to inform you that […]

  • On Island of the Colorblind, Paradise Has a Different Hue

    On Island of the Colorblind, Paradise Has a Different Hue

    An island in the Pacific has a unique genetic history that affects how its people understand color. PINGELAP ATOLL, A Micronesian island in the South Pacific, sometimes goes by its other name, the Island of the Colorblind. That’s the moniker Oliver Sacks assigned the island in his 1996 book that explored the human brain. Pingelap piqued […]