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‘How can we understand the miserable failure of contemporary thinking to come to grips with what now confronts us?’ Photo Credit: Piyal Adhikary/EPA

The Great Climate Silence: Denying Our Earth’s Decline

(CLIMATE CHANGE/GLOBAL WARMING) How can we plan for a future when we’re damaging the Earth in ways that threaten its very survival? Simply put, human activities are disrupting Earth’s ability to function. Yet despite surmounting evidence, influential voices–including our own president–claim nothing is happening and that scientists are deceiving us. But (believe it or not) […]

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Approximately 50 percent of sea turtles around the globe ingest plastic. Photo Credit: ShutterStock

Shell-ebrate World Turtle Day! Save Sea Turtles From Extinction

(TURTLES/OCEAN CONSERVATION) Today, May 23 marks World Turtle Day! Effective since 2000, World Turtle Day is a time to celebrate turtles and tortoises, and bring awareness to their diminishing habitats. While sea turtles have been around for millions of years, all seven sea turtle species are currently classified as endangered, with some facing extinction. Activists […]

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Kenya the lion was one of the animals euthanized at Lion's Gate Sanctuary. Photo Credit: Lion's Gate Sanctuary

Senseless Slaughter: Colorado Sanctuary Controversially Euthanizes All Of Its Animals

(ANIMAL NEWS/WILDLIFE SANCTUARY) Lion’s Gate Sanctuary in Central Colorado suddenly euthanized all 11 of their animals–which included 3 lions, 3 tigers, and 5 bears–after Elbert County commissioners denied the refuge’s request to move to a nearby, more urban location, citing safety concerns. The wild animal sanctuary maintains the animals had to be euthanized because recurring […]

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Buyers and sellers at Zhoushan fish market. China has depleted the seas close to home. Photo Credit: Gilles Sabrie for The New York Times

The King Of The Sea? How China’s King-Sized Appetite Is Sinking The Global Fishing Industry

(OVERFISHING/OCEAN CONSERVATION) As the world’s biggest seafood exporter, China has the largest fleet of deep-sea fishing vessels and an enormous population that accounts for more than a third of all fish consumption worldwide. However, this insatiable demand has a drastic impact on our world’s oceans as desperate fishermen are sailing farther to exploit waters across […]

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The Planet Can’t Stand This Presidency: ‘Breaking The Back’ Of The Climate

(CLIMATE CHANGE/GLOBAL WARMING) Despite the fact the Earth just experienced its hottest year on record, climate change denials are foolishly becoming national policy as U.S. President Donald Trump signs one executive order after another reversing President Barack Obama’s plans to reduce carbon emissions. Given this stark divide between scientific fact and what our politicians will […]

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Why We March: Thousands Stand Up To Those Who Belittle Science

(ENVIRONMENT/SCIENCE) Today, on Earth Day, tens of thousands are taking a stand against those working to undermine scientific data in the global “March for Science” in Washington D.C. and over 600 other cities across the world. In the dawn of U.S. President Donald Trump, who’s described climate change as a “hoax” and recently signed an […]

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A legal petition calls on the US Fish and Wildlife Service to label giraffes as endangered. Photo Credit: CNN

Giraffes In Trouble: Trophy Hunting Tourists Trigger “Silent Extinction”

(ENDANGERED SPECIES/WILDLIFE) In December, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) officially listed giraffes as a vulnerable species after giraffe numbers dropped below 100,000 in 2015. Now, with fewer giraffes than elephants in Africa, conservationists are urging the U.S. government to list the species as endangered in hopes of halting their “silent extinction.” As […]

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People who sell or eat dog meat face a fine of up to £6,500. Photo Credit: AP

Pets, Not Food! Taiwan Becomes First Country In Asia To Ban Dog & Cat Meat From Dinner Tables

(ANIMAL NEWS/DOG & CAT MEAT) In a landmark victory for domesticated animals across the globe, Taiwan is now the first country in Asia to ban the sale of dog and cat meat. The legislature also amends Taiwan’s animal protection law by maximizing fines and prison terms for animal cruelty violators–highlighting the country’s increasing awareness of […]

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Beavers are known to build complex and impressive dams in creeks. Photo Credit: Steven David Johnson via Flickr

Worth A Dam: 7 Fun Facts For International Beaver Day

(BEAVERS/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) April 7 is International Beaver Day, a day aimed at celebrating and raising awareness about these furry, dam-building rodents. Beavers are remarkable creatures, serving an important role in solving many of our planet’s major environmental problems. Their dams are considered one of the Earth’s best life support systems, restoring wildlife habitats for a […]

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It's important to avoid feeding your dog table scraps. Photo Credit: Don Mason, Corbis

The Good, The Bad, & The Healthy: 10 Best & Worst Pet Foods

(CATS & DOGS/PET FOOD) How much do we really know about what we’re feeding our pets? While modern pet product marketing focuses on consumers’ responsibility as pet parents and providing our beloved pets with “all-natural,” “human-grade” food made with the “highest quality ingredients,” we must remember to take food labels with a grain of salt. […]

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Rats laugh when they are tickled and during playtime. Photo credit: data.whicdn

Give A Rat’s Arse For World Rat Day!

(PETS/RATS) Today, April 4 is World Rat Day! There’s no doubt rats get a bad rap, but they’re actually really kind and helpful creatures, who can be wonderful pets for people of all ages. In fact, rats are some of the most social, intelligent animals in the world. But sadly, millions are used in research […]

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