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

Has the ‘Human Epoch’ Begun and is a Mass Extinction Near?

As we near 2011, I know I must try to prepare myself for 2012, and the (next) wave of apocalyptic doom-saying that, according to the ‘fin-de-cyclists’, was predicted by the ancient Mayan mathematicians over 3 thousand years ago. Of course, they never predicted an End, per se, it’s just that they only extended their 260

One Fifth of Plants Face Extinction

A global analysis of the extinction risk for the world’s plants has found that more than a fifth of all plant species on Earth are threatened with extinction. This is the first time the true extent of the threat to the estimated 380,000 plant species has been revealed. The research was conducted by the Royal

Massive Human Impact on the Deep Seafloor

It won’t come as a surprise to many to know that the impact we are having on our ocean’s deep seafloor is growing with each decade that passes. New findings have revealed for the first time the actual physical footprint we are leaving on the oceans seafloor, and the biggest problem area is bottom-trawling commercial

Human Activity Flips the Brazos River

A new study has found that human activity on the Brazos River in Texas has reversed the natural flow of the river. “The natural factors that influence carbon dioxide cycling in the Brazos are fairly obvious, and we expected the radiocarbon signature of the river to reflect those influences,” said study co-author Caroline Masiello, assistant

70% of Human DNA Same as Sea Sponges

Ever wonder how much you have in common with a sea sponge? Probably not. Probably assume “not much.” Well, it turns out 70% of your DNA is the same as theirs. Apparently, Australian scientists have determined this after completing the genetic sequencing of sea sponges from the Great Barrier Reef. The real good news (for

Canada Says Chemicals Used In Cosmetics Could Cause Cancer

[social_buttons] In shocking news, the Canadian government has announced that two chemicals used in cosmetics are carcinogens that are severely harmful to human health. A further two chemicals found in lipstick and other personal care products have also been found to be highly toxic to the environment. The two cancer-causing chemicals, isoprene and epichlorohydrin, have

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