Melting Ice Caps and a Warming World: The Unruly Fate of an Ice-Free Arctic
A recent article by The Guardian delves into the issue of Arctic sea ice melt via interview with Peter Wadhams, an ocean physicist who has spent his career studying the Arctic. He was one of the first scientists to prove that the Arctic ice caps were beginning to shrink. Wadhams now predicts that the downward trend of sea ice cover will result in an ice-free Arctic in the summer months. He believes that the central Arctic will become ice-free, making the North Pole passable by ship.Read more
What are Amazonian National Parks for? Plants and Inhabitants or Industry and Oil?
Over the past two decades, the Peruvian government has shown their commitment to protect
their natural areas. In November 2015, the Peruvian government established 1.3 million hectares of land in the western Amazon as a natural protected area, given the name Sierra del Divisor National Park. However, in recent news
there has been much debate on how well protected the park will be.
Climate Change Disastrous for Millennials’ Wallets
Beyond the negative environmental effects, new studies reveal that climate change will also have disastrous financial consequences, particularly on the up and coming generation of millennials. A NextGen report shares that if we fail to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or limit the amount and pace of global warming, a twenty-one year old
college graduate will lose $126,000 in lifetime wages and $187,000 in savings and investment due to climate change.
Twenty-Nine Sperm Whales Found Dead With Stomachs Filled With Plastic
In mid-August, 29 dead sperm whales washed ashore on North Sea Island in Germany. Environmentalists were saddened to discover the dead marine animals and even more horrified when they learnt their stomachs contained an alarming amount of plastic products. It is suspected that these toxic plastics may have led to these animals’ deaths.Read more
Nuclear Waste Mishap From 2014 Could Cost US Taxpayers Billions
You may have heard the devastating news back in February 2014 when a nuclear waste drum burst open in New Mexico’s underground cavern. The Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP) drilled through a salt deposit below the deserts of Carlsbad, New Mexico which would be used as a nuclear waste dump.Read more
End The Use Of Microbeads
Microbeads, tiny sphere-shaped plastic polymers, have been around for over 30 years. In that time, this invention has gone from genius to dangerous. Commonly found in makeup and self care products, microbeads are a major avoidable cause of plastic pollution and it’s time we do something about it.Read more
Dogs Track Illegal Ivory
Two highly trained dogs in Tanzania helped to sniff out and locate ivory elephant tusks, taken illegally by poachers in the area. With a depleting elephant population, are dogs the next step in locating illegal ivory and stopping poachers in their tracks?Read more
The Case of Gunshot Sea Otters Washed Up in California Under Investigation
Between August 12-20, four male sea otters were found dead, washed up on beaches near Santa Cruz, California. Ashley Spratt of the Fish and Wildlife Service said that the fourth death on August 20th had a suspected gunshot wound. She also tells The Guardian that finding gunshot otters in the same general area in a short amount of time is very unusual.Read more
Pesticide Spray Kills Millions Of Bees
On the last weekend of August, South Carolina residents woke up on Sunday morning to the death of millions of bees. This bee graveyard, found in Dorchester County, South Carolina, was due to the aggressive and invasive spraying of insecticide. Millions of bees died from acute pesticide poisoning. Read more
Trump’s Wall: A War On Wildlife
Infamous Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, is known for his outlandish claims, inaccurate facts and terrifying potential policies. Perhaps most infamous is Trump’s plan to build a concrete wall straight across the USA-Mexico border. And while many debate the financial feasibility (who is paying for this wall?) and social repercussions of building the wall, few realize the effect Trump’s wall will have on the delicate border ecosystem and the wildlife that calls this region home.Read more
The Ill Effects of Catch and Release Fishing
People have this conceived notion that catch and release fishing helps keep fish stocks from depleting and ecosystems healthy. However, research has shown that fish released back into the water don’t always have a high survival rate after being subject to the stressful situation. Read more
New Advancement in Dolphin Communication and its Resemblance to Human Conversations
Two dolphins were recorded having a conversation using an underwater microphone developed by scientists to distinguish the different voices of animals. Dolphins have been known to have an advanced form of communication with distinct clicks and whistles to show different emotions such as excitement, happiness and stress. Now scientists have discovered that dolphins have different volumes and frequencies of pulsed clicks which they use to communicate.Read more
Honest Selling Out?
Honest Company, the brainchild of actress Jessica Alba known for its organic baby and lifestyle products, is in talks to be bought out by a large consumer product corporation. But if Honest gets bought out by the likes of Walmart or Proctor and Gamble (P&G), will it remain Honest?
Guess What’s Here? Overshoot Day
Well, looks like we let down Mother Nature again this year. Overshoot Day, the day when human demand for ecological resources overpasses the earth’s annual ability to replenish said resources, occurred on August 8th, 2016. This means that globally we’ve used a year’s worth of ecological resources in less than eight months. Way to go, humanity.Read more
Trump Versus Paris Climate Accord
In December 2015, an astounding 200+ countries scored a victory for climate change by crafting a document after talks in Paris that aims to reduce human contribution to global warming. In the 9 months since, many countries, including the United States, have ratified this accord, making it a fundamental part of their national decision making. Come November, this could all be reversed thanks to the terrifying notion that Donald Trump may be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America.Read more