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Greatest Environmental Hazards From Arctic Drilling (Part 3)

(The story of the Kara Sea oil well, which went from being multinational to being solely operated by Russia, continued) Now that the political dirt about arctic drilling is out of the way (Part 1 and Part 2 of this 3-part story), we’ll consider the threats from arctic drilling to the environment—the South Kara Sea between the Yamal […]

October 23rd

ExxonMobil Says Goodbye To Russian Arctic Oil Well (Part 1)

You may well ask why PlanetSave, a blog usually dedicated to positive developments and actions to save the earth, is reporting news about ExxonMobil and a Russian arctic oil well. The oil discovery appears to have nothing to do with solar or wind or most of our usual topics—we’re talking fossil fuels here, which have caused much […]

October 8th

Happy World Animal Day? WWF Extinction Report

Today’s World Animal Day, celebrated across the globe since a 1931 convention of ecologists in Florence, Italy, conceived of it as a way to highlight the plight of endangered species. They chose October 4 because it’s the Catholic Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. Since then, people have used the […]

October 4th

The Film That Environmental Organizations Don’t Want You To See

According to the filmmakers behind this recent release, this is the film that environmental organizations don’t want you to see, in part because it reveals the truth behind the world’s most destructive industry. That industry is not what you would expect, and in a world of limited resources, it’s surprisingly not nearly as popular of […]

September 30th

Take Three Minutes To Climate Watch This Weekend

It’s still Climate Week, though the marches and summit conference are over. If you’d like to spend some time doing a brief climate watch this weekend, here are a few suggestions. These short takes are the result of surveying over 500 free and publicly available videos. Each takes around three minutes or less to watch. […]

September 26th

The Film Everyone Needs to See: Plastic Paradise

The wide adoption of plastics for making everything from single-use shopping bags to toys to gadgets and electronics has been a boon for the consumer, but an environmental disaster for the planet. Being able to cheaply reproduce almost any shape in mass quantities has made it possible to make and distribute vast quantities of plastic […]

September 26th

The UN Climate Summit, Streaming Live All Day (VIDEO)

Years ago, countries of the world committed to lock in a new international climate agreement at the 2015 U.N. Climate Change conference in Paris, informally called COP 21. It’s coming up fast, considering that for the past 50 years, scientists have been expressing their sense of an impending showdown between the people of earth and […]

September 23rd

Gigantic Dino “Dreadnoughtus” Outsizes All Titanosaurs

Paleontologists in southern Patagonia, Argentina, have discovered fossils of a new long-necked, long-tailed dinosaur the size of 12 elephants. Bigger than a Boeing 737. At 65 tons, it’s now the largest terrestrial animal with a body mass that can be accurately determined from the fossil record. Ken J. Lacovara, from the Department of Biodiversity, Earth […]

September 4th

More On The Goliath Grouper That Swallowed The Shark

You saw the viral video last week of a huge fish gulping down a four-foot shark off the coast of Bonita Springs, Florida, right? Turns out that incident is a fairly common one. (If you missed the vid the first time around, here it is.) And here’s a similar scene from 2009, uploaded by dwhtyo, […]

September 3rd

Ebola: And Senegal Makes Five

As you may know, PlanetSave posts important health stories as well as the popular science, nature, and climate reports we’re usually known for. (In fact, we’re working toward 500 health posts over these few years!) Today we excerpt from Examiner.com some news that follows up our Ebola story and exclusive interview with public health expert Vince Silenzio […]

September 1st

Conversations Between Plants, Bacteria, And Fungi Explored By New Research

Most people may not think about plants or bacteria or fungi as being forms of life that carry on conversations with each other, but, in fact, that’s exactly what they’re doing nearly all of the time. The highly complex interactions of these different organisms via the mechanical forces and chemical signals that they release constitutes […]

August 31st

Weather And Climate — Similarities & Differences

Weather and climate are similar but different. For the most part, they are very distinct phenomena. Below, we talk about the weather first, and then delve into the climate. Weather We measure what’s going on in our atmosphere over a short period of time—usually in a particular place on a particular day—by assessing the weather. Could be […]

August 28th

Climate Synthesis Sent To World Leaders By IPCC

Or do you? It’s time to pay attention to climate change now—as if it wasn’t back in 1800, when our current problems started. We all need to acknowledge that stunning industrial achievements can carry with them enormous unforeseen risks and challenges. Americans should take particular note, because on the whole we are wa-a-a-y behind on this. […]

August 27th

Can Poverty Be Reduced through Environmental Protection of Natural Areas?

[Originally published at Inspired Economist] Little is known about the mechanisms through which ecosystem conservation programs affect poverty, but scholars are now accumulating evidence about the effects of environmental programs on social outcomes. A recent article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences highlights the progress being made by researchers in Costa […]

August 25th

World Time Calculator, or “Dial-a-Time”

Here’s one of the funniest ways to tell world time that I have ever seen. I call it “Dial-a-Time,” although that’s not the official name for it. (The official name is “xkcd.com/1335/”.) First of all, with this graphic you have to get used to the fact that you are looking at the world from Antarctica […]

August 15th

Ebola Deaths May Reach Over 1,000 By Next Week (Exclusive Interview)

West Africa may even reach 1,000 deaths from Ebola this weekend. That’s just a guess, but not a bad guess, considering the Olympic record of this hemorrhagic virus. At the beginning of July nearly 500 people had died from the disease; two weeks later, the numbers had increased by 20%,; and the most recent confirmed figure, […]

August 10th

Real-Life Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea Opens Tonight! (Video)

“Deep. Dangerous. Determined.” And now we all have a chance to go along. Today DEEPSEA CHALLENGE 3D opens—-the film in which James Cameron dives to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest known part of Earth’s oceans. “I’ve seen some pretty astonishing things in the depths,” says James Cameron of his dives to the […]

August 8th

Were All Dinosaurs Feathered? New Finding Suggests Maybe So

Were all dinosaurs feathered? Including scaled herbivores? Apparently, maybe so. The first ever example of a fossil of a plant-eating dinosaur with feathers and scales was recently discovered by researchers in Russia. Before this discovery only meat-eating dinosaurs were known to have had feathers — the new fossil discovery upends many previous assumptions. The new […]

July 31st

What Exactly Lies In The Deep-Sea? New Report Examines The Question

With the deep-sea more-and-more becoming an object of interest for those in the various mining and fossil fuel extraction industries that our civilization depends on, the question of what exactly is being threatened by said interest has come up. To put it another way, what invaluable services does the deep sea provide for free that […]

July 31st

The Nefarious Connection Between Agriculture and Our Rivers (Part 4 of 4)

By Brad Walker – Rivers Director, with illustrations and other contributions from Joe Mohr Part 4: Solutions In the three (1, 2, 3) previous segments of this series we have discussed the problems created on and within our rivers when special interests work together to manipulate the political system. In order to justify the destruction of […]

July 24th

Shape-Shifters, Vampires, And Chimeras Under The Sea (video)

Where did that octopus emerge from? (Gallo TED talk) Having recently visited Fabien Cousteau’s Mission 31 under the sea and a water creature from long ago (Lyrarapax unguispinus), we thought it might interest you to revisit what’s hiding deep in the oceans today. For this, we turn to a classic video from oceanographer David Gallo: “Underwater […]

July 20th

First light for China’s antediluvian sea monster, Lyrarapax unguispinus

 Lyrarapax unguispinus (artist’s impression, from Nicholas Strausfeld) Paleontologists headed by the University of Arizona’s Center for Insect Science announced an amazing find yesterday in the journal Nature. Near Kunming, southwest China last year, they found beautifully preserved fossil remains of Lyrarapax unguispinus, a half-billion-year-old arthropod now thought to be far-distant kin of modern spiders, scorpions, spiny lobsters—and […]

July 17th

Lower Great Lakes Waterspouts Early This Summer

Great Lakes waterspouts (NOAA file photo of Lake Huron) Very common over the warm water in September, when water temperatures peak after summer months and cooler air temps start moving in, Great Lakes waterspouts are cropping up early this year because of odd cool weather this July. (We won’t mention possible climate change links here.) A waterspout […]

July 16th

The Nefarious Connection Between Agriculture and Our Rivers (Part 3 of 4)

This is part 3 of a 4 part series by Brad Walker of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment analyzing The Nefarious Connection Between Agriculture and Our Rivers. Read parts 1 and 2 Part 3: Small steps towards river repair There are currently effective Congressionally-authorized programs on the Missouri, Illinois and Upper Mississippi Rivers that […]

July 16th

The Nefarious Connection Between Agriculture and Our Rivers (Part 2 of 4)

This is part 2 of a 4 part series by Brad Walker of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment analyzing The Nefarious Connection Between Agriculture and Our Rivers. Read Part 1 Part 2: The major culprit There are many well-documented critiques of the industrialized agricultural system, so we will not dwell in detail about why […]

July 10th

Ocean Fertilization: A Dangerous Experiment Gone Right

In July of 2012, the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation  in conjunction with American businessman Russ George, carried out an audacious and completely unauthorized ocean fertilization experiment. Approximately 100 tonnes of iron sulfate were spread across the surface of an ocean eddy, some 300 kilometers off the west coast of Canada’s Queen Charlotte Islands. When details of […]

July 2nd

Epic Mission 31 Night Dive Unlocks Secrets Of “Inner Space” (videos)

Underwater habitat at Aquarius Reef Base (photo provided to Flickr courtesy of Stephen Frink, www.stephenfrink.com/) On July 2, 2014, ocean scientists who have spent the last 31 days living in an ocean-floor habitat 63 feet underwater will decompress and return to the surface. They’ve been down there on “Mission 31” intensively studying ocean acidification and climate […]

July 1st

Bacterial Colony Aging And Diversity Explored By New Research

If you’ve ever pondered the seemingly great similarities between large-scale human settlements — such as cities — and bacterial colonies, then new research from INSERM may interest you. The new work is the first to track the life of individual bacterial cells in a colony as that colony ages, diversifies, and slowly collapses for lack […]

June 30th