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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

Severe Drought In The Amazon Is Caused By Climate Change, Study Finds

The Amazon rainforest has been suffering through the effects of a mega-drought, covering an area more than twice the size of California, since 2005, a new NASA-led study has found. This new research, “when combined with observed recurrences of droughts every few years and associated damage to the forests in southern and western Amazonia in […]

January 20th

Bengali Forests Are Rapidly Disappearing, Research Finds

The rapid deforestation of the Sundarbans Mangroves is expected to intensify as human development in the area continues and climate change worsens, according to a new report from the Zoological Society of London. This will result in the extinction of a great many plants and animals, including the Bengal tiger. The Sundarbans are currently losing […]

January 13th

Deforestation In The Amazon Is Wiping Out Microbial Communities

There is a enormous loss of microbial diversity and communities occurring in the Amazon being as a result of deforestation, new research has found. This is an extremely important finding, and an area of research that has mostly gone uninvestigated. Microbial organisms are an integral part of any healthy, functioning ecosystem, if a large enough […]

December 27th

Taking A Stand

  By Patrick O’Keeffe Miranda Gibson is a 31-year-old teacher who has spent the past year engaged in a remarkably courageous act. Miranda has been living on a platform which sits 60 meters above the floor of an ancient Tasmanian forest. The tree that she has called home since December 14, 2011 stands at 70 […]

December 23rd

The Future Of The World (Funny Cartoon)

Funny cartoon. And certainly true. Here’s some more information on human-caused species extinctions, deforestation and agricultural failure, human-caused climate change, and ocean acidification for those interested. Happy Holidays

December 22nd

Best Environment Infographic Ever

  Seriously. This is the best environment infographic ever. Politicians and oil companies might waste time debating whether or not we’ve reached peak oil. What they ignore is that we run out completely in under 40 years’ time, by which time a third of the planet’s biodiversity will be lost. In the meantime, tantalum, that great […]

November 14th

World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates List Released

  This is worth a read, courtesy of ScienceHeathen. The 25 most endangered primates in the world have been identified in a new report released by the UN’s Convention on Biological Diversity COP11 earlier today. The report, titled “Primates in Peril: The World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates 2012-2014,” was created by the Primate Specialist Group […]

October 16th

Transcanada Seizes A Grandmother On Her Own Property, Detains NYTimes Reporter, & Pays Local Police to Make Arrests… As The Tar Sands Blockade Digs In

  The Canadian fossil fuel giant Transcanada (net earnings 2011: $1.5 billion) is encountering increased resistance from the “Tar Sands Blockade” in eastern Texas — now in its 18th day of an extensively constructed “tree sit-in.” And it is employing increasingly draconian police measures to prevent any public awareness of the protests and confrontations. Today, two […]

October 11th

Going Green Tip: Business Cards with a Green Touch

I’ve been planning to get business cards for a long time now, if for no other reason than to share with the Greenpeace folks I quite frequently see on the streets here in Wroclaw (and maybe also to place in all the great vegetarian & vegan restaurants and health food stores in the city). The […]

September 4th

Veganism & the Environment (Infographic)

  We’ve covered the benefits of going vegetarian or vegan many times here on Planetsave, but I don’t think we could cover it too many times. Here’s a wonderful infographic on “veganism and the environment” that someone from the infographic company that made this for Culinary Schools:

July 13th

Protecting Your Favorite Piece of America

  My first trip to the Grand Canyon was epic: More than three weeks away from phones, city lights and noise. I went whitewater rafting and hiking and had a wonderful time. That was the trip of a lifetime and a great opportunity to think about what really matters, including time richly spent with family […]

June 30th

Over-Population: The Most Serious Environmental Problem for Science

  It would be difficult to drive down any popular street in this country without seeing some new development. Whether it is a new subdivision of McMansions, or a new strip mall, it seems just about every farmer’s fields are growing smaller to make more room for supermarkets, fast food chains, or housing developments. It begs […]

May 27th

Need 2 Earths by 2030 If We Don't Change, Study Finds

  The world is living far beyond its resources according to a new report by the conservation group WWF. So much so that at current levels of consumption the earth would need to be 50 percent larger, and by projected levels of consumption in 2030, two times the size it is now. Biodiversity has declined […]

May 15th

Selective Logging May Provide Third Choice

  A new study has shown that selective logging of tropical forests may be one of the few feasible options for conservation in the face of the huge financial incentives pushing developing nations and tropical landholders to convert forests into cash. The study analysed data from more than a hundred studies of tropical forests that […]

May 14th

Second-Generation Biofuels — Cellulosic Ethanol

  The need to save the world from the abundance of environmental problems is increasing apace. The daily wave of Armageddon-type scenarios thrust upon us from the minute we switch on our electronica is so unnerving it requires a significant amount of denial to prevent constant anxiousness. However, denial can only get one so far — […]

May 7th

Increasing Loss of Biodiversity Comparable to Global Warming in Ecosystem Damage It Will Cause

  Loss of biodiversity appears to negatively affect ecosystems as much as climate change, pollution or other major stressors. In some cases, it has reduced overall plant growth by over 10 percent. “Some people have assumed that biodiversity effects are relatively minor compared to other environmental stressors,” said biologist David Hooper of Western Washington University, […]

May 3rd

National Monuments Protect Our Wild Legacy

America is blessed with a great diversity of natural and cultural wonders: some of the most amazing archeological, historical, and ecological treasures on Earth. These places are too special for us to allow them to be destroyed by mining, drilling or clear-cutting. They are national treasures for current and future generations to share They should […]

May 2nd

#1 Environmental Issue This Earth Day — Can You Guess It?

  Today, the #1 cause of numerous environmental problems, including our #1 problem of global warming (perhaps the biggest threat humanity has ever faced), is related to our food choices. I could probably write a book on it, but a great post someone shared with me yesterday and a great video someone else shared with […]

April 21st

An Ancient Amazonian Farming Technique Could Help Save the Rain Forest

    [Updated post] A team of archeologists investigating a savanna region bordering the Amazon Rain Forest has found more conclusive evidence that a low-impact farming technique has been used for over 1500 years; the ‘alternative’ agricultural practice, used by some native populations including the Maya, is mostly abandoned today. But it just may be […]

April 18th

Earth Day Perspective: U.S. Ranks 49th in Global Environmental Index

  As we approach the quintessential ‘green’ holiday — April 22, Earth Day — one academic study should provide important perspective on the United States role in the world. The Environmental Performance Index (EPI), a project of the Yale University Center for Environmental Law & Policy, this year ranked the United States 49th in overall […]

April 4th