Southern Humpback Whales Staging One Big West Side Story Production

Scientists studying southern humpback whales have found that the species is essentially just staging one giant West Side Story production. The new research has found that whale populations form calving grounds, thanks to their loyalty.  The research, published under the title of “First Circumpolar Assessment of Southern Humpback Whale Mitochondrial Genetic Variation at Multiple Scales and Implications for Management”, is essentially the first act of the musical, without the big rumble.  In other words, thanks to the whale behaviour of staying faithful to where they came from, the Jets remain the Jets, and the Sharks remain the Sharks. Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: June 25- July 1

Happy Canada Day!  I know you’re all excited to celebrate the big 150 (unless you understand that the Indigenous people who have been using this land long before Europeans showed up are still being disenfranchised and ignored- so maybe you’re excited to protest it), but either way, before all of that gets underway, some news.  Here are all of the environmental news stories that caught our attention this week- let’s dive in! Continue reading

The Subreddit You Need To Check Out Today

So, today I’m switching things up a little bit.  Instead of giving you guys an article, I’m instead sharing with you all a PSA.  You see, on this wonderful thing we call the internet, there are many different websites.  What you are on right now, is just one of these things we call websites.  Now, these websites can be very different, and vary in what they house.  They could be for connecting people, selling things, sharing information, or really anything.  Take the Space Jam website, as an example.  That’s a website about the 1996 WB movie: Space Jam.  It’s also a website illustrating how far we’ve come since 1996 when it comes to web design and user interface, but that’s neither here nor there.  Today I want to share with you a subsection of the website Reddit.com.  The subsections, or subreddits as they are known, are each devoted to something different- and one of them is all kinds of awesome, and something you all be on.  That subreddit is: reddit.com/r/NatureIsFuckingLit/, and it’s all about sharing awesome clips of nature- and it’s so God damn awesome, it almost hurts (the clip above is the top rated post in the subreddit).  So instead of hanging out on our website today, do yourself a favour and check out https://www.reddit.com/r/NatureIsFuckingLit/. It’s seriously worth your time!

Let’s Talk About: Hammerhead Sharks

Since Michael Phelps is apparently going to race a shark for Shark Week (which I assume will take 2 minutes, meaning we’ll have to sit through 28 minutes of stupid commercials and bullshit interviews about how Michael Phelps has a chance), I thought it might be an appropriate time to talk about hammerhead sharks, cause they’re kinda funny looking, but also kinda terrifying.  And sure, they aren’t the biggest sharks out there, and they sometimes get eaten by tiger sharks, but hey, who am I to judge.  At the end of the day, they are one of the most interesting looking species out there.  So let’s talk about hammerhead sharks. Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: June 11-17

Welcome back to the Weekly Round Up!  I hope you had a good week.  Things are finally starting to get back to normal here at Earth|Unfiltered, after my shitty month of no internet, but unfortunately it’s anything but business as usual in the rest of the world- or at least anytime Trump and his government comes near any environmental issues.  This week we had lots of talk about the Paris Agreement, turkey vomit, and giant Australian turekys.  So without further ado, let’s dive in! Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: June 4-10

Hi again.  It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but now that I’ve got internet, I’m back here on a Saturday to bother you with all of the environmental news I found interesting this week.  There was a lot that went on this week, what with it being World Environment Day on Monday, Canadian Environment Week, and World Oceans Day on Thursday.  Outside of all of that, there were ancient birds, Macron trolling Trump, and whales in NYC.  So let’s dive in! Continue reading

Trump, The Paris Agreement, And It’s A Wonderful Life

Last week we talked about how Trump’s crazy Paris Agreement antics surprised absolutely no one, and the world just kept on spinning.  This week, I’d like to give a slightly different viewpoint.  Don’t get me wrong, we all saw this coming from a mile away, his reasons are faulty (as per usual), and most of what he said about backing out of the Agreement was patently false.  My slightly different viewpoint here has to do with the reaction.  Many companies have said that they are going to still work towards the agreement, as have tons of States- some of which have said they will go around the government to work with other nations on achieving the lofty targets set out in the Paris Agreement.  And while all of this seems great, I kind of don’t think it is.  Sure we’re still working towards lowering greenhouse gas emissions across the United States, but Trump is no longer being held accountable.  He kind of just got off scott free. Continue reading

My Weekend As A #WorldEnvironmentDay Youth Ambassador

I’m back baby!!!! After a month of no internet, and the multitude of problems that accompany not having internet, I’ve got everything set up once again!  And it’s just in time too.  We are currently in the midst of Canadian Environment Week, which was kicked off this past weekend with World Environment Day being celebrated on Monday.  For those of you not in the know, World Environment Day is a UN created day, all about celebrating positive environmental action.  For this year, Canada was fortunate enough to be chosen as the host country, with the theme of “Connecting people to nature”, and I was fortunate enough to be chosen as one of Canada’s six Youth Ambassadors for the day.  The day (well day and a half truthfully) was filled with tons of stuff, and I’d like to share with you all today what all went down. Continue reading

Rowers, Turtles, And An Accidentally Fixed River

(c) Scott Gillingwater/ OntarioNature

Life at the Thames River in London (the Thames River in London, Ontario, not the River Thames in London, England… cause people are ridiculous) has never been better.  A section of the river, near the Springbank Dam, has seen its natural ecosystem flourish over the past decade thanks to the dam itself being broken.  With the river allowed to naturally flow once more, spiny softshell turtles (an endangered species in Canada), fish, and snakes have been able to set up large population sizes, and turn the area back into an important wildlife hotspot.  This might all change however. Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: April 10- May 6

What?!?!?!?  A new Weekly Round Up?  But we haven’t had one of these in weeks???  After dropping the ball for a few weeks, it’s back baby, in all its glory.  I’ve scoured the internet and grabbed for you a group of environmental news stories that I think you’ll enjoy.  I’m talking fish eyeball parasites, CRISPR-HIV research, and a pretty damn cool cuttlefish battle.  So let’s dive in! Continue reading

Cool Shit From The Scientific Community

Well guys, it’s been a while.  We’ve missed some days, and been busy- really dropped the ball on our end- but I’m here to make it all up to you.  I’ve found three really cool recent stories out of the science community, and I’m going to share them with you today.  These are all stories that came out in the last week or so, that you need to hear about!  I’ve got some really cool star-nosed mole facts, some glowing mushroom research, and the god damn coolest looking research ship you ever did see. Continue reading

TEDTalk: Deepika Kurup’s Quest For Clean Water

As I’m sure you’ve all heard, we’re currently facing a global water crisis.  Most of the world does not have access to clean water, and as such, thousands of people die, every day.  When Deepika Kurup heard about this in 2012, she was determined to change this.  At the age of 14 she decided to start tackling this global problem.  Honestly, the more I see these types of videos, and hear about these stories, the worse I feel about myself.  I mean, I never made my kitchen into a lab, I just made it into a mess (zing, rimshot, lots of laughs).  Anyways, Deepika Kurup is pretty awesome, and has come up with a pretty neat solution- so check it out!

Let’s Talk About: Naked Mole Rats

(cc) Tim Evanson, cropped

Right off the top, here’s the deal with naked mole rats- they’re gross.  I know that the Disney channel has made you love ’em, and Rufus is the best, and Kim Possible was awesome, and blah blah blah early 2000s nostalgia (cause bullshit nostalgia’s a thing).  But seriously, they’re gross.  Fortunately, being gross doesn’t mean that they are not super interesting and pretty damn cool.  So today, let’s talk about naked mole rats! Continue reading

This TEDTalk About Smelfies and Synthetic Biology Might Be The Weirdest Thing You Watch All Week

This one is a bit of an odd one, and I kind of don’t know what sort of introduction to give because of it.  Smell is important, we are all effected by smells- so what if we could talk smells one step further.  What if we could create smell selfies- smelfies?  Whether or not you’ve ever asked this question before, Ani Liu’s talk on Smelfies and synthetic biology might just make you start.  Or at the very least, it may just open up your imagination to what we might be able to achieve through crazy new science experiments.

The Weekly Round Up: April 9-15

Welcome back to the Weekly Round Up!  I don’t really have much to say this week as an introduction.  I wish the worst thing happening right now would be the fact that the Blue Jays have gone 1 and 9 to start the season.  Unfortunately, it seems like the whole world has gone insane.  I’m going to try and keep doing my thing though, so here’s you’re weekly dose of environmental news.  This week we had spiders, the beginning of life on earth, and spiders.  Seriously, there was more spider news than usual this week.  So let’s dive in. Continue reading

TEDTalk: A New Idea To Recycle Styrofoam

We all know styrofoam is awful.  We can’t do anything with it, it takes a million (well maybe ~500) years to breakdown, and everyone loves to fight about whether or not it’s recyclable, or whether or not their city recycles.  Or maybe that’s just a discussion that I frequently have.  Anyways, we don’t really have any answers as to what to do with styrofoam- but that might be changing.  A group of kids might have just found the answer.

Koalas

Some days I have tons of time to write an article.  Some days I’m strapped for time, and am barely able to crank out a new done.  Some days I just collect pictures of koala bears and post them all in one place.  Today is the latter.  So…. here are a bunch of koalas.  Enjoy! Continue reading

We Can’t Let Trump Distract Us From Trudeau

Sure, the US’ environment might be going to hell in a handbag, but we here in Canada need to make sure we don’t let that train wreck distract us from our own country.  It might feel real good to live in a country where your leader understands that climate change exists, and believes in science, but that doesn’t mean that we should just stop scrutinizing his actions.  So while everyone is talking about Trump’s inability to properly run a country and protect its environment, today I want to check in with how Trudeau is doing. Continue reading

US Companies Challenge Trump’s Climate Change Ignorance

Well, like a monkey with a piece of shit, Trump is still flinging Executive Orders around all willy-nilly.  On Tuesday, Trump signed another executive order (I think he’s going for the record) that will essentially eliminate all the good that Obama did for the environment.  The order will help to dismantle the Clean Power Plan, lift the ban on coal leases, and make it so that the US has no hope of achieving the Paris Climate Change Agreements.  Like I said, he’s just flinging shit around at this point.  Fortunately, a handful of American companies are speaking out against this terrible decision. Continue reading

8 Weird Animal Body Part Names

There’s lots of weird shit out there.  We’ve got moles with star shaped noses, tapirs with mini trunks, and anteaters with tongues the length of my arm.  Unfortunately, the weirdness doesn’t stop there.  No, things can’t just look odd, we’ve got to give them weird names as well.  So, for you today, I’ve found 8 of the weirdest animal body part names out there.  Enjoy! Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: March 19-25

Welcome back to the Weekly Round Up!  This week was actually a pretty good week.  Sure, Trump issued a permit for the Keystone XL, coral reefs are in the shitter essentially globally, and Shell’s doing some real shady shit in Nigeria- but, scientists have reversed some of the signs of ageing in mice, plants can learn from environmental cues, and the dinosaur family tree might get a complete face-lift. So let’s dive in! Continue reading