Author name: Beth Graddon-Hodgson

Orphaned African Elephants Thrive at the Nairobi Nursery in Kenya

In many parts of the world, including Kenya, the elephant population is drastically declining and it is humans that are to blame. Over the past two decades, the elephant population in Africa has declined from 1.3 million to an estimated population of 5,000. Poaching for ivory and environmental changes mark the primary human impact factors.

Unfortunately, the price of ivory is currently soaring to record levels, and this means that African elephants are more at risk than ever, as the Kenyan population attempts to improve its declining economy, which was affected considerably due to the global recession’s effect on tourism in the region. This poaching means that there are many immature elephants left without their mothers, or the means to survive.

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The Evolutionary Transformations of the Triceratops: Why This Dinosaur Species Might Never have Existed

New evidence shows that the triceratops (like this fossil) may have simply been a shape-shifting juvenile of another dinosaur species. If you asked me a few decades ago what my favorite dinosaur was, you would have heard me answer “triceratops”. And my five year old self wasn’t alone in picking this rather cute three-horned dinosaur

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Darwin's Species Will Continue to Evolve: Galapagos Islands No Longer Endangered

The Galapagos Tortoise is one of the best known species on the famous Galapagos islands woff the coast of Ecuador. The region is now removed from the UN’s endangered species list. The Galapagos Islands have been essential to our understanding of the evolution of species and the origins of the animal planet. This exotic locale

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Should the Birds Affected by the BP Oil Disaster Be Saved or Euthanized?

Environmental groups debate whether it’s more humane to euthanize or save the wildlife impacted by the BP oil disaster in Louisiana. The great debate is on as environmental groups and other agencies around the world attempt to find the best way to manage wildlife, specifically birds, that have been victimized by the oil spill in

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Are GreenButts Environmental Cigarettes Going Too Far?

[social_buttons] Cigarette butts make up nearly 25% of collected garbage which degrade and allow chemicals like cellulose acetate to enter the earth and groundwater. It’s rare that we come across an environmentally-friendly alternative to a common item that just isn’t beneficial. More often than not, anything that can reduce the carbon footprint that’s placed upon

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Canadians Step Up for Animal Advocacy: Protesting Unreasonable Animal Euthanization

Hundreds of dogs and cats at the OSPCA in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada were set to be euthanized due to the spread of ringworm amongst shelter animals and people. Many were saved as a result of positive human impact. [social_buttons] Something has been happening in the Toronto area in Canada that hasn’t been receiving the international

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Why So Much Opposition Towards Plastic Bag Bans and Taxes?

Cities around the world are enforcing the use of reusable shopping bags. [social_buttons] Countries worldwide are slowly adopting plastic bag bans, or they’re enforcing plastic bag tax to charge those who are not using the reusable fabric bags that are being sold in many stores. I’m behind the idea, and have been using reusable bags

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Economy over Environment: The Limited Coverage of Louisiana's Oil Spill

Louisiana’s oil spill is releasing 42,000 gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, sure to threaten wildlife and resources. [social_buttons] It’s not hard to wonder why people are seemingly apathetic when it comes to environmental issues when there isn’t more focus going towards environmental emergencies that could cause severe degradation to natural resources

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Should Going Green Come With Big Monetary Costs? Ontario's Electricity Hike

$8 billion is to be spent on approved green energy projects, like wind farms, in Ontario. This will increase energy costs and has the public in an uproar. [social_buttons] Green initiatives typically aren’t cheap, meaning that some individuals are able to afford to dive all in to the green movement and others have to pick

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"Most Threatened" Species Category Doesn't Include Animals that Need the Most Help

Hundreds of endangered species not listed in most threatened endangered species category. Because they are hopeless? [social_buttons] The International Union for the Conservation of Nature released a report early last month that included categorizations of the most threatened species in the world, including well over 600 primate species that are at risk due primarily to

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