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Ecological Biocapacity Of World Is Now Surpassing 2013 Tipping Point

Global ecological biocapacity has hit 2013’s tipping point. From now through the end of the year, we are creating an ecological biocapacity deficit. Here’s more info on all this: Ecological Deficit 2013 Is Starting… Now (via Clean Technica) Originally published on Climate Progress.By Jeff Spross Today is Earth Overshoot Day 2013: the day humanity uses up […]

August 20th

Lavasoa Dwarf Lemur — New Primate Discovered In Madagascar

A new species of dwarf lemur — the Lavasoa Dwarf Lemur — was recently discovered in the south of Madagascar by researchers from the Institute of Anthropology at Mainz University. “Together with Malagasy scientists, we have been studying the diversity of lemurs for several years now,” stated Dr. Andreas Hapke of the Institute of Anthropology […]

July 31st

Livestock Production Is Not A Solution To Global Warming

Editor’s Note: Livestock production is actually estimated to account for about 51% of global greenhouse gas emissions from humans. A staggering amount. So, the theory promoted by Allan Savory that grazing livestock is a potential solution to global warming is a bit absurd. A wonderful post on the blog comfortablyunaware goes into this topic in much more detail, […]

July 28th

Caracal Kittens — Facts, Pictures, And Video

Some images of caracal kittens — the small wild cat kittens seen below — have recently been going viral on the internet, as a result I figured that it’d be a good idea to provide some background on the relatively unknown species of wild cat. As well as, of course, posting pictures of the adorable […]

July 15th

Baobab Tree — Adansonia Facts, Uses, And Photos

Baobab is the common name for the trees of the genus Adansonia — along with the names boab, boaboa, bottle tree, upside-down tree, and monkey bread tree. The genus contains nine different species, six of which are native to Madagascar, two native to the African mainland, one to Australia, and one to the Arabian Peninsula. […]

June 14th

Even Farm Animal Genetic Diversity Is Plummeting — Loss Of Genetic Diversity Amongst Wild And Domesticated Species Is A Slow-Moving Disaster

Along with the rapid disappearance of much of the world’s wild biodiversity over the past century, the diversity of domesticated plant and animal species has also been falling rapidly. This loss of species diversity and genetic diversity poses a serious threat to continuation of modern industrial agriculture, and perhaps much more importantly, to the free […]

May 29th

Forests May Help Prevent Spread Of Malaria

In 2010, an estimated 660,000 people died from malaria. (This number may be very low – the standard annual estimate is one million.) Malaria is spread by mosquitoes carrying a parasite. The parasite is injected into human bodies when mosquitoes bite them and suck their blood. Once inside the body, the parasite reproduces and spreads […]

April 29th

Elephant Bird Egg Sells For $101K

The enormous partially fossilized egg of an elephant bird just sold for the very large sum of $101,813 dollars at Christie’s auction house. It’s kind of funny when you consider that the elephant bird went extinct almost entirely as a result of deforestation/human activities, and that very little money is now spent to stop those […]

April 26th

The Great Green Wall Of Africa — A 4,000 Mile Defense Against Climate Change

One of the most unique large-scale international climate change projects is underway in Africa. A 4,000 mile “wall of trees” is being constructed across the east-west axis of the continent as a defense against rapid, expanding desertification of the Sahara. 11 nations — Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Djibouti […]

April 21st

Extinction Debt, Historical Legacy Of Population Losses More Significant Than Current Population Numbers

Extinction debt is playing a considerably more important role in recent extinctions than conservation practices, or the lack thereof, are, new research from the University of Vienna has found. Most recent extinctions are primarily the result of socio-economic stressors placed on environments in the early to mid 20th century, and the population/genetic diversity losses associated […]

April 16th

Metal Pollution Absorbed By Flowers Is One Of The Major Causes Of Bumblebee Decline, Research Finds

Bees, bumblebees, and variety of wild pollinating insects, have seen their numbers dropping considerably in recent years. Most recent research has found a strong connection between these declines and the use of of certain pesticides, loss of wild habitat/deforestation, and growing urban/agricultural areas. And now, another major cause of decline has been discovered, metal pollution, […]

April 2nd

Bill Gates Advocating For Big Cut In Meat Consumption

After making his fortune on computer software, Bill Gates has shifted his focus to social and environmental problems (of course, environmental problems are also social problems). While I don’t agree with everything he promotes or thinks, he definitely seems genuine and is putting a lot into these matter. One of his recent topics of focus […]

March 29th

Meat, Lies, & Videotape (A Deeply Flawed TED Talk)

By Robert Goodland A recent videotape that went somewhat viral begins with a factual statement by cattleman Allan Savory: “Fossil fuels… are by no means the only thing that is causing climate change.” Then Mr. Savory launches into opinion, saying there’s “only one option left to climatologists and scientists.” That’s to do “the unthinkable” — […]

March 26th

Protected Areas Help To Stop Deforestation In The Amazon, Work Much Better Than "Sustainable-Use Areas"

Protected areas where no resource extraction is allowed to any degree, such as national parks and biological reserves, are much more effective at stopping deforestation in the Amazon rainforest than their alternatives, “sustainable-use areas”, are, new research has found. The research, from the University of Michigan, really makes it clear that these “sustainable-use” areas do […]

March 12th

Correcting Myths About Recent French Study & Meat

Robert Goodland, who has extensively studied the relationship between food and global warming, recently posted the article below on Free From Harm’s website. I’m reposting it in full to help counter some of the major misconceptions that have surfaced after the publishing of a recent French study on these matters. Check it out: By Robert […]

February 21st

The Secret Ways Your Business is Damaging the Environment

How can your organisation lower its environmental impact? Business owners can no longer escape the need to ensure that their companies fulfill their environmental commitments. From high-profile, multi-national brands to small, independently-owned businesses, demonstrating green credentials is now an important part of a brand’s image. Your business probably already uses energy-saving light bulbs, recycles paper […]

February 6th

Environmental Impacts Of… Baseball Bats?

Baseball bats were made out of a strong wood known as hickory when the game came into existence. However, original bats were quite heavy. Players preferred lighter bats for quicker bat speed, so the manufacturers started to use maple and white ash to produce lighter bats. The preferred wood is white ash, and baseball bats […]

February 3rd