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Birds Lead Humans To Honey

In Mozambique, human honey hunters communicate and cooperate with a species of bird called the greater honeyguide in order to find bee hives. They do this by making a certain vocalization to the birds that they are ready to be guided. The birds come to where the humans are and then begin taking them to the locations. The […]

July 31st

Tiger Farms Should Be Closed

The International Day of the Tiger is July 29, but there are still thousands of tigers living in captivity. The World Wildlife Fund has estimated there are about 8,000 living on farms, with only 3,900 living in the wild. Countries like Laos, Vietnam, China and Thailand may have about 200 tiger farms, and some of them […]

July 29th

New Whale Discovered In Alaska

A new species of whale was discovered in a Alaska, but it has never been seen alive by scientists. In 2014, on St. George Island, a 7-meter beaked whale was found dead on a beach. A biology teacher noticed it and the next person to see the whale was someone who had worked previously as a seal researcher. This […]

July 28th

12 Fish Species In India Near Extinction

Pollution and climate change have put 12 indigenous fish species on the brink of extinction in India. Research is being conducted in the area between Bengaluru and Melekote in 10 lakes by Dr. M. Ramachandra Mohan, HoD, Department of Zoology and some students. “Of the 12 species, five are under the vulnerable category and the rest are endangered. […]

July 26th

445 New Species Identified In India

For the year 2015, 445 species that were new to science were identified by Indian researchers. Of the newly identified, 262 were animals and 183 were plants. New species were identified in all regions of India, and about 15% were higher vertebrates. The eastern Himalayas is where most of the new species are from. The Western Ghats, […]

July 8th

Glowing Vomit Attracts Female Crustaceans

On your next date, you might not want to try vomiting bioluminescent mucus, but for male crustaceans called ostracods it works like a charm. The female ostracods like it, say some researchers. “When you’re there watching this display it’s spectacular. You can have up to nine species all in the same area displaying at similar times. I […]

July 7th

Possums Can Kill Thousands Of Ticks

Sometimes possums are said to be ‘ugly’, ‘beady-eyed, or ‘scary’. They might also be perceived as vermin or having no purpose. However, some research has estimated that possums can kill thousands of ticks in a single year, and some of the ticks they kill are the same ones that carry Lyme disease, which obviously impacts […]

July 6th

Solar Farms Improve Local Biodiversity

The solar transition is well underway in the UK. Our sister site SolarLove has reported that solar energy generation surged by around 153% over the last year in the UK (2014–2015). So, without much ado, research about the effects of solar farms on biodiversity continues. The fertile news is that after a conclusive study of solar farms, the […]

May 11th

Royal Society For Protection Of Birds Installs Wind Turbine To Cut Emissions

The Royal Society For Protection Of Birds (RSPB) in the UK last week announced an objective that began about 10 years ago — a renewable energy project for the charity to offset its contributions to climate change. Collaborating with Ecotricity, the Royal Society For Protection Of Birds installed a new wind turbine at RSPB Headquarters at the Lodge. A 100-metre wind […]

January 31st

Cooking Data To Hate On Plants

Originally published on Chomping Climate Change. Walking by fruits, vegetables, or other plant material growing in sunshine, the fragrance is often exhilarating.  That’s in part because plant material in sunshine creates oxygen, at the same time as it absorbs greenhouse gas from our atmosphere. But walking by livestock, the opposite happens, either in daylight or nighttime;  there’s normally an unpleasant […]

December 21st

Dogs Prefer Electric Cars

Originally published on EV Obsession. The wildlife in my front yard feels completely at ease with my silent Nissan LEAF. I am not alone or imagining this — someone on the Tesla Motors Club forum shared an even more interesting story than mine. His two dogs prefer to ride in the quiet electric Model S, Leaf, or Roadster over […]

December 6th

Nearly 60% Of All Seabirds Have Plastic In Their Guts, Research Finds

Nearly 60% of all seabird species have plastic in their guts, according to new research findings published in the journal PNAS. The research, which utilized a number of published studies dating back to the early 60s, found a broad trend of rapid increase in seabird exposure to plastic pollution — in 1960 plastic was found […]

August 31st

Tanzania Has Lost Two-Thirds Of Its Elephants In Just The Last 4 Years

Tanzania has lost two-thirds of its elephant population in just the last 4 years, as a result of growing demand for ivory and the increasing professionalism of poachers, according to recent reports. Elephant numbers in the African country stood at around 316,000 individuals in 1976 (based on aerial surveys); 13,084 in 2013; and 8200 in […]

August 13th

Octopus Species Hunts By Tapping Prey On Shoulder When They Aren’t Looking, Then Ambushing; Displays Other Strange Traits

The larger Pacific striped octopus was first observed scientifically back in the 1970s, but owing to the fact that the behaviors observed by researchers seemed so strange the scientific community refused to publish any papers (only a single abstract) on the species. These earlier observations have been vindicated by new research though — with the […]

August 13th

3D Rhino Horns – Conservation or Exploitation?

If waves of cheap rhino horns 3D-printed with real rhino DNA are flooded onto the Asian markets, is this a form of rhino conservation or capitalistic exploitation? This critical question is gnawing at the root of a controversial business venture to use real rhino DNA in the commercial production of 3D-printed rhino horns. In a […]

July 6th

How Bringing Back The Great Whale Can Limit Climate Change (VIDEO)

The oceans are huge carbon sinks for the world. Fish and whales comprise only a tiny part of their overall biomass. Nevertheless, studies have shown that fishing and whaling by humans have altered the ocean’s carbon storage and sequestration capabilities by causing a change in the food chain, or a trophic cascade. As naturalist and […]

July 4th

Costa Rica Yoga Eco-Resort Protects Endangered Sea Turtles

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org     As endangered sea turtles are returning home to the gorgeous Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica, a new initiative to support conservation efforts is in full bloom at the Blue Osa Yoga Retreat. Expanding its vision as an enlightened eco-resort, Blue Osa has recently joined in to protect and conserve […]

July 1st

Recycling Flip Flops From Kenya’s Ocean Shores

Originally published on InspiredEconomist.com The world’s oceans are vast, floating dumps for plastic pollution. Without a serious plan for cleaning up the world’s oceans, this situation is dire and becoming worse every day. With a goal of retrieving and recycling 400,000 flip flops a year from the coast of Kenya, one small start-up in Nairobi […]

June 29th