Author Archive | Alisa Manzelli

President Obama’s effort to reduce carbon emissions by coal-burning power plants could be undone when President-elect Donald J. Trump takes office in January. Photo Credit: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Trump Tears Down Obama’s Climate Initiatives

(CLIMATE CHANGE/POLITICS) Following Friday’s inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, the White House website underwent several changes, actualizing Donald Trump’s campaign pledges into official policy. According to one statement on the website, the Donald Trump administration plans to eliminate Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule in […]

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The change in sea ice drastically effects polar bears and other animals. Photo Credit: | Jan Martin Will

In Hot Pursuit: Earth Sets Record High Temperature For 3rd Year In A Row

(ENVIRONMENT/CLIMATE CHANGE) Scientists tracking global temperatures report that 2016 was the hottest year ever recorded, marking the first time in the modern era of global warming data that temperatures surpassed previous records three years in a row. The average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 58.69 degrees Fahrenheit–approximately 1.69 degrees above the 20th […]

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Colo, who was the nation's oldest living gorilla, sits inside of her enclosure during her 60th birthday party at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Dec. 22, 2016.  Photo Credit: Ty Wright / AP

R.I.P. To Colo, ‘The Queen Of The Columbus Zoo’

(ZOO ANIMALS/ANIMAL NEWS) A year following the tragic death of Harambe, the world lost another famed gorilla last night. Colo, the world’s oldest known gorilla, died overnight in her sleep at the Columbus Zoo after being diagnosed with cancer last fall. The first gorilla born in captivity, Colo went on to become the oldest known […]

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NYC inches closer to banning the use of wild animals for entertainment purposes.

Curtains Close For Ringling Bros.’ Cruelest Show On Earth

(CIRCUSES/ANIMAL NEWS) In a major victory for circus animals everywhere, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced its “Greatest Show on Earth” will be closing for good in May. Kenneth Feld, chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment, which owns the circus, attributes to the closure to declining attendance, high operating costs, shifting public tastes, […]

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Elephants do fart, according to biologists. Photo Credit: Reuters/Denis Balibouse

Scientists Answer Burning Question: Which Animals Fart?

(ANIMAL SCIENCE/ANIMAL FACTS) It may seem juvenile, but scientists across the world are working to answer the burning question: Does it fart? We all know that humans fart, but what about other animal species? If you’re curious to find out, there’s now a Twitter hashtag, #DoesItFart, circulating, along with a Google Spreadsheet listing all of […]

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State Ranked Worst For Animal Welfare 10 Years In A Row

(ANIMAL WELFARE/ANIMAL LAWS) The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) just published its 11th annual report on the Best & Worst States For Animal Protection Laws in 2016. This report is considered the most authoritative of its kind, examining 15 distinct categories of animal protection laws across all 50 states. Illinois topped the list for the […]

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Pets & Power Don’t Mix: UAE Bans Exotic Pet ‘Status Symbols’

(ANIMAL NEWS/EXOTIC PETS) The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has passed a new law banning the private ownership of wild animals like leopards, tigers, and even cheetahs, which have been domesticated throughout the oil-rich Gulf State and other neighboring countries. Under the new ruling, exotic animals can only be kept in zoos, wildlife parks, circuses, and […]

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J2, or Granny, in the Salish Sea in 2010. Photo Credit: CWR via BBC

R.I.P. Granny, The World’s Oldest Orca

(OCEANS/ANIMAL NEWS) Scientists believe the world’s oldest known orca, “Granny,” has passed away. Last spotted in early October, researchers believe she lived off the shores of Washington in the Puget Sound region for what may have been as long as a century. Granny–also known as J2–was thought to be between 75 and 105 years old, […]

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Extreme Extinction: Which Animals Could Be Gone Forever In 2017?

(ANIMAL NEWS/ENDANGERED SPECIES) If 2016 was a difficult time for animals, then 2017 could be catastrophic. Scientists agree Earth is currently experiencing a sixth mass extinction, no thanks to humans. Climate change, destruction of wildlife habitats, hunting, and pollution are just a few reasons why species are disappearing at such an alarming rate. In fact, […]

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