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Enterprise 50M Tree Pledge Marks 10 Years & 10M Trees

(Originally published on InspiredEconomist.com) With funding from Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation, the Arbor Day Foundation is once again planting 1 million trees throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe this year. This is the tenth year in a row for Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) reforestation initiative, marking the tenth anniversary of its 50 Million […]

April 24th

World Forest Problems Include Deadly Fragmentation

  When environmentalists, farmers, and loggers speak about forests, the discussion usually revolves around the issue of deforestation, which is one of the largest contributors to climate change. As James Ayre pointed out in a recent PlanetSave article, forest cover estimates are currently a subject of hot debate because a new satellite imaging study contradicts the […]

March 26th

Get Carbon Offsets for Using New Biodegradable Credit Card

Many people find global warming an overwhelming issue, and have no idea how to contribute to a solution. But now, combating climate change can be as easy as a credit card purchase. Every time a Sustain:Green biodegradable card is used, a tangible contribution to the fight against global warming is made through carbon offsets, and […]

March 16th

“It is time to get serious about wildlife crime.”

World Wildlife Day not only offers a good opportunity to celebrate beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora. The day helps raise awareness of conservation and its many benefits to people as well. It also reminds us to step up the urgent fight against wildlife crime, with its wide-ranging environmental, economic, and social impacts. On December […]

March 3rd

Is Urbanization Causing Spiders To Get Bigger & Birds To Get Bolder? Research Exposes Rapid Evolution Caused By Human Changes To The Environment

It’s been noted for a number of years now that urbanization has an effect on various animal and plant species — driving changes in various qualities or traits. Spiders in cities are known to generally be larger than their compatriots in rural areas, for instance (possibly due to reduced predation and higher temperatures, etc); salmon […]

February 21st

Packagers Certified for Forest Diligence, But How About Waste?

Some good news for the world’s forests: assurance that along the entire supply chain, products from Tetra Pak, the world’s leading food processing and packaging company, support forest management with environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable practices. The company produces tetrahedron-shaped paper cartons coated with plastic. Last October, the Swedish corporation launched what’s believed to be the […]

February 19th

Where Would We Be Without Mangroves? (VIDEO)

We took up some basics about mangrove forests in a previous article, including how widespread and productive these ecosystems can be. Now people have begun to realize the importance of mangrove forests to the health of the planet. Not just for the obvious reasons, but for the single fact that mangroves are benevolent guardians of […]

February 18th

Plants Much Less Affected By Mass Extinctions Than Animals, Research Finds

Plants are apparently affected far less by mass extinctions than animals are, according to new research from the University of Gothenberg. Despite their ubiquity in the terrestrial environments of the last 400 or so million years, plants just don’t seem to be as affected by mass extinction events as animals are, according to the new […]

February 18th

Major Global Coral Reef Bleaching Events Predicted For 2015

Warm ocean temperatures in the tropical Indian and Pacific Oceans could be bringing major coral bleaching events to reefs around the world in 2015, according to the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) latest forecast. Coming fresh on the heels of 2014’s severe coral bleaching events, this prediction doesn’t bode well for one of the […]

February 17th

Shark Poaching Boat Sunk By Indonesian Government

A large Vietnamese ship containing two tons of drying shark fins or more was sunk by the Indonesian government. The ship had been illegally collecting a tremendous number of sharks to get their fins. Finning sharks is a disgusting, and very destructive practice that kills millions of sharks every year just to get their fins, […]

February 15th

Approval Of Dow Herbicide Could Harm Whooping Cranes

A request to stop the approval of a Dow herbicide called “Enlist Duo” has been filed by a coalition of environmental groups and farmers. This action is called a motion to stay in legal jargon. The coalition felt it was necessary to challenge the EPA’s October 2014 decision to approve the new herbicide. It is […]

February 9th

The Trouble With Mangroves (VIDEO)

One answer to human cravings for living at the shore has always been “filling the swamps.” In many areas of the world, shoreline wetlands of mangroves thrive. These plants live in a world of high salinity, tidal inundation and storms, and oxygen depletion—conditions fatal to most other vegetable species. Because people perceive swampy ecosystems as […]

February 5th

Manatee Swarm At Three Sisters Springs In Florida Shuts The Place Down

An enormous swarm of over 300 quite large manatees all decided to bear down together a few days ago on the Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River, Florida, forcing the closure of the springs to the public. The manatee swarm isn’t particularly unusual as manatees are known to spend significant amounts of time near springs […]

February 4th

Snake On A Fence — Hanging Dead Snake Photo, Real Or Fake?

Some images of what appears to be a very large dead snake hanging on a electric fence have been making their way around the net lately. Given the profusion of utter crap, lies, and just plain nonsense, on the internet it can sometimes be hard to tell exactly what’s real and what’s not. And this […]

February 4th

Mercury-Levels Rising Fast In Hawaiian Yellowfin Tuna, Research Finds

Mercury levels in Hawaiian Yellowfin Tuna have been rising fairly rapidly over the last few decades, according to new research from the University of Michigan and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The work — which was done by compiling and re-analyzing three previously published reports on yellowfin tuna caught near Hawaii — found that, in […]

February 3rd

20-25% Of All Well-Known Marine Species Headed Towards Extinction, Research Finds

A significant proportion — 20-25% — of all well-known marine species are headed rapidly towards extinction, new research from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Animal and Plant Sciences has found. The new work — which made use of the most comprehensive conservation data available for both marine and non-marine organisms — demonstrates that marine […]

February 2nd

Human Activity Has Pushed The Planet Beyond 4 Out Of 9 Boundaries For Life — Stability Of Biosphere Dangerously Compromised, Research Finds

Human activity has pushed 4 out of 9 of the processes that the stability of life on the planet is dependent upon past the point-of-no-return, according to new research from an international consortium of scientists across a number of fields. What the research means is that nearly-half of the processes that people depend on for […]

January 17th

Leopard Destroys Camera Trap In Bili Forest (Video)

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be eaten by a leopard? Wondered if it might just be a lot like getting attacked by a giant domestic cat? Well, if you have (and I’m not saying necessarily that you have…) then the video below would seem to confirm your suspicions — being […]

January 16th

Man-Eating Snakes of Borneo? Interesting Folk Story Raises Questions

I recently came across an interesting folk story about man-eating snakes, or “dragons”, in a remote village in Borneo, recounted in an interesting article that I was sent. The story is such an interesting one that I’ve decided to post it below in its entirety — with some comments on it following. Here it is. […]

December 31st

Fred The Cockatoo Turns 100 — Famous Bird Is Now (At Least) 100 Years Old

Fred the cockatoo — the infamous sulphur-crested cockatoo currently living at the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary — has just turned 100! Well, turned “at least 100” anyways, as the that number is a very conservative estimate. He could actually be considerably older than 100, going by what is currently known. The cockatoo’s birthday was actually recognized […]

November 4th