Mississippi River's Natural Nitrate Filtration Becoming Overwhelmed
Since water pollution became a worry, the mighty Mississippi River seemed impervious to it due to its natural filtration system. However, new evidence suggests that the rivers natural ability to filter out nitrates is being overwhelmed and leading to adverse...
Observations
Are Utah’s Stunning National Parks At Risk?
The Utah Division of Air Quality has given Emery Refining permission to build Utah’s first new oil refinery in 30 years. The refinery in eastern Utah would be within miles of Canyonlands and Arches national parks – two of the state’s...
Just How Much Metal Can A Plant Eat?
If you ever find yourself hiking through the western part of Luzon Island in the Philippines, be careful not to drop any spare change... Scientists from the University of the Philippines, Los Baños have discovered a new plant species with an...
Melting of Ice Cork in Wilkes Basin in Antarctica Could Yield Unstoppable Sea Level Rise
For years, it was widely believed that the ice in Western Antarctica was unstable, but a new study suggests that scientists overestimated the stability of the ice that hold millions of gallons of water in Wilkes Basin in East Antarctica.
Observations
River Bird Hormones Disrupted by Water Pollutants
Previous studies have confirmed that for some time now that chemicals in sewage and waste water have been disrupting the endocrine hormones in fish and are affecting the sexual development in them. However, new research indicated that these chemicals and...
Environmental Science
Likelihood of Storm Waters Flooding Manhattan Increased 20-Fold
A new study finds that the maximum water levels in New York harbor during storms have raised about two and a half feet since the mid-1800's. This makes the chances of storm surge overtaking the Manhattan seawall over twenty times...
Natural Disasters
Narco-Deforestation Deemed Major Threat to Central and South American Forests
What do you get when you combine narcotics and deforestation? Destruction and the newly coined term narco-deforestation. This newly coined termed is being used to describe the destruction of sensitive forest ecosystems in Central and South America and is being...
Observations
A Warning For International Mother Earth Day
Tomorrow is International Mother Earth Day, and this year’s event will focus on green cities and the mobilization of millions of people to create a sustainable, healthy environment by greening communities worldwide. Every year on April 22, over a billion people...
Is Defending The Planet The Most Dangerous Pursuit On Earth?
Killings of people protecting the environment and rights to land increased sharply between 2002 and 2013 as competition for natural resources intensifies, the new Deadly Environment report from Global Witness has revealed. The report, which is the most comprehensive global analysis...
Social Issues
Hidden Climate Change Impacts Found in Moth Study
There have been more and more studies appearing that are reporting climate change as the culprit for changes in size, population and adaption for different species. However, a recent study of moths has found that the increase or decrease of...
Observations
“Renewable Energy Is Unstoppable”
Greenpeace Germany activists demonstrated at Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate yesterday in a bit to urge governments and businesses to deliver “Power to the People – Clean Energy Now”. At the end of its week-long meeting in Berlin, the Intergovernmental Panel on...
Politics
Is Procter & Gamble Cleaning Up Its Act?
You may breathe a small sigh of relief for the rainforest. Following enormous public pressure, Procter and Gamble (P&G) has finally committed to a new ‘No Deforestation’ policy that will remove forest destruction from its products and provide full traceability for...
Is Your Fish Breaking The Law?
More than 20 per cent of wild-caught seafood imported into the US – a haul with a price tag of at least $1.3 billion – is likely to be illegal, according to a new study published in the journal Marine...
Desert Absorption Helping to Decrease CO2 Levels
A new study published in the Nature Climate Change journal has found that arid desert areas, which are among the largest ecosystems on the planet, are taking in surprisingly large amounts of carbon as the levels of carbon dioxide increase...
Environmental Science
What’s The True Cost Of The World’s Most Expensive Coffee?
The suffering involved in the production of civet coffee has been highlighted by World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) in a paper written for Oryx, the International Journal of Conservation. The paper examines the true cost of the world’s...
Where On Earth Is The Earth Hour Capital?
WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) has awarded Cape Town, South Africa, the title of Global Earth Hour Capital 2014. The city is recognized for its pioneering actions to combat climate change in its efforts to bolster the quality...
On Shaky Ground: LA Earthquake Shocking Wake-Up Call For Fracking Industry
The recent earthquakes in Los Angeles and Orange County are a rude wake-up call about the induced seismic dangers facing California, according the the Center for Biological Diversity. A recent report by Earthworks, the Center for Biological Diversity and Clean Water...
Research Suggests a Early Spring and Late Autumn are the New Normal
There are some skeptics that suggest that global warming or climate change isn't a real thing, however each year new evidence suggests that it is. Yet another study has come out that suggests that the seasons are changing. This research...
Observations
The World Turns On To Turning Off
In its eighth year, WWF’s Earth Hour continues to defy expectations by mobilising hundreds of millions of people around the planet. Famous landmarks confirmed to participate in the event include the Empire State Building, Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, Edinburgh Castle,
You Dirty Rat
South Georgia’s native flora and fauna has been under attack for over 200 years: By rats. These ferocious predators – which were introduced to the island by whaling and sealing vessels two centuries ago – feast upon the chicks and eggs...
The 25th Anniversary of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Still Sees Oil Clinging to Beaches
It was twenty-five years ago on Monday that the Exxon Valdez oil spill set off one of the most devastating environmental disasters in United States history. Years later, that oil couldn't possibly be still affecting the ecosystem, right? Bad news,
History
Will E.T. Ever Come Home?
With his big buggy eyes and day-glow heart, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial stole the hearts of millions of movie-goers back in 1982. In contrast, Atari’s video game based on the blockbuster movie left gamers stone cold. Dubbed “the worst game ever made”,
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