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National Climate Assessment Pulls No Punches About US Options

(All figures are from the 2014 National Climate Assessment draft.) Later today (Tuesday, May 6), at 8 a.m. EDT, the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee of experts meets by conference call to approve the final version of the Third National Climate Assessment. The gist of their message, as Suzanne Goldenberg of The Guardian […]

May 6th

Bill Gates Right, PlanetSave Wrong!

Thinking we might fool somebody, we began our February story about the Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) with “The most dangerous creature in the world is not what you think it might be.” Of course, it’s not the shark at all. Sharks kill fewer than 50 people per year, most of whom get dispatched by […]

April 29th

Caution: Now Entering The "Years Of Living Dangerously"

Last week something rare and extraordinarily positive occurred on American television. Fortunately, through YouTube and, the rest of the world got to see it too. “Something positive?” a critic questions. “If climate change is as bad as you tree-hugger people claim it is, how can anything about it be positive?” The phenomenon tends to […]

April 20th

Busy Beavers—You Bet! (Video)

Beaver with a mouthful, Calgary, Canada (from John Cena video on YouTube) It has less than 8000 hits on YouTube so far, but this video of a beaver family in Canada mending their house of branches is heading for viral on Facebook for sure! If you’ve never known why these animals (Castor canadensis) are called […]

April 15th

Who-o-o-o? Zefrank1 Owls

Okay, so people have seen this video about owls five million times since zefrank1 published it on YouTube last July (photo: ear of an owl). Zefrank1 owls is still one of the wackiest and most fact-filled nature specials you’ll ever see. Watch it again here! If you liked this short vid, the guy has 156 […]

April 12th

Two Giant Oarfish Spotted Off Mexican Beach (Video)

Not again. Last year, as PlanetSave’s James Ayre reported, dead giant oarfish—-bizarre and terrifying serpents of the sea (Regalecus glesne) five and six yards long—-washed ashore at separate locations off the California coast during one week in October. Also last year, National Geographic documented video by a remotely operated undersea vehicle of a giant oarfish […]

April 11th

Dogs Learn To Drive Cars, Really (VIDEO)

This is pretty awesome. Of course, it’s fun to watch dogs driving cars, but it’s also cool because the purpose of this dog driving course, conducted by a charity in New Zealand, is to get more people comfortable with the idea that rescue dogs are intelligent, can be trained, and are worthy of adoption. I […]

April 3rd

Giraffe Kisses Maintenance Worker Dying From Cancer

Beautiful. I love giraffes. Apparently, a maintenance worker at Rotterdam’s Diergaarde Blijdorp zoo is dying from cancer. He requested that he be brought to the zoo to pay a last visit to some kind giraffes. “Heart-breaking pictures have emerged of the moment a giraffe said goodbye to a terminally ill zoo worker, who had spent most of […]

March 22nd

Factory Farm Article Overstates Cow Tail Docking

In “9 Facts About Factory Farming That Will Break Your Heart,” The Huffington Post yesterday announced a shocking “fact” that over 82% of U.S. dairies use tail docking. Instant reaction: horror. Wouldn’t cutting off tails not only hurt the cattle, but also embolden disease-carrying flies around them? (It does.) However, the US Department of Agriculture […]

March 18th

Trapped Western Screech Owl Flies Again

Western Screech Owl (Megascops kennicottii) from Montana (source: Last week, a small, grayish tufted screech owl found itself in big trouble. Softly gliding at dusk through a forested northern California neighborhood, the owl had his curious eye on a nearby chimney. Maybe it saw movement there, or maybe the chimney hole resembled the bird’s […]

March 2nd

Potoo Bird — Facts, Photos, And Meme

The Potoo bird, also known as the Great Potoo or the common potoo, isn’t actually a single species, but a group of related species of near-passerine birds in the family Nyctibiidae and the genus Nyctibius. They are also sometimes referred to as “Poor-me-ones” — on account of their haunting calls. While all of that is […]

February 21st

Sand Cat — Arabian Dune Cat Facts, Photos, And Videos

The sand cat (Felis margarita) is probably one of the most interesting animals that you’ve never heard of — just imagine something like a domestic cat, but with giant ears, furry paws, a very curious personality, and a desert home. 🙂 Got your attention yet cat lovers? If I have, then enjoy the article below. […]

February 20th

8-Foot Octopus Wrestles Camera From Diver (VIDEO)

If you’ve ever had the urge to watch wild animals attack the nosy tourists who get too close to them on their quest for the perfect picture (or video), well, now’s your chance. The video below — that’s currently going viral — shows what happens when an 8-foot octopus decides it doesn’t like having a […]

February 18th

Crazy Ants Rely On Secret Weapon In War Against Fire Ants, Research Finds

The highly invasive species of ants commonly known as ‘crazy ants’ have been spreading rapidly throughout the US southwest in recent years, generally displacing the larger and more-venomous fire ants. The reasons for this somewhat strange changing of the guard have been something of a mystery — how does the larger, more venomous species lose? […]

February 15th

New & Extremely Rare Species of River Dolphin Discovered in Brazil

Imagine: You are a zoologist on a research expedition, exploring the remote riverine ecosystems in some of the remotest parts of the Brazilian Amazon river basin…You have heard rumors from the local tribes people of a large, strange, long-nosed creature that inhabits the waters here (it’s bad luck to kill a such a creature)…You know […]

January 26th

Polar Vortex Freezes US, Record Heat Takes Out Bats in Australia

While most of the northern US was hit with a polar vortex and record cold earlier this month, Australia and New Zealand were hit with a polar opposite record heat wave (see what I did there?). How hot was it? Australian newspaper, the Star, started off its article with the words “Bats are dropping from […]

January 21st

Lions Going Extinct Due to "Catastrophic" Population Collapse

What is being call a catastrophic collapse in the lion population has left fewer than 250 adults of breeding age left the wild. As such, there is a real possibility that nothing can be done to prevent West African lions going extinct, according to a recent survey. The research behind the survey was conducted by […]

January 20th