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
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
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
Welcome back to the Weekly Round Up! A bunch of stuff happened this week- like a gutting of the EPA and the development of a new raindrop-to-energy solar panel. So let’s just dive right in! Continue reading
Hey all! It’s been a while since the last Weekly Round Up, but we’re back in full force this week. I’ve scoured the internet over the past seven days to find the best of the best/the stories that I find interesting, and I’ve got them all collected here for you right now! We’ve got incredibly old bacteria, solar roads, and intelligent “brainless” slime. Here are the headlines that turned our heads this. Continue reading
Miss us yesterday??? We’ve been super busy here at Earth|Unfiltered, so some things may have fallen through the cracks. But fear not, we are back today, with all of this week’s environmental news that turned our heads- or really just my head, because I’m the one writing this… I HAVE ALL THE POWER! Anyways, this week there were light tasting animals, helpful Arctic poop, a dubious smog tower, and the end of neonics in Canada?!?!? So let’s dive in! Continue reading
Barack Obama made news when he and his administration blocked oil drilling in the Arctic until 2022! The plan was met with mixed feelings from environmental organizations. Many like the CEO of WWF applauded Obama for this decision, while others said that the plan placed more stress on other areas, such as the Gulf of Mexico, that are in desperate need of protection. Regardless of how progressive the new plan is, it begs the question, is it worth making the plan and signing the bills since Trump will take office in a couple of months? Continue reading
Canada is dominating more than just baseball, we are killing it when it comes to wildlife photography! The award for Wildlife Photographer of the Year went to Don Gutoski, from London, Ontario! The amateur photographer (who is also an accident and emergency physician) beat out 42,000 other entries from 96 countries to win the title.
Environmentalists took a collective sigh on Monday when the Royal Dutch Shell company announced that it would no longer be exploring for oil in the Arctic for the “foreseeable future”. The decision came down to a trifecta of factors that caused the multi-billion dollar oil company to put an end to this controversial project. Continue reading
Last week we took a look at how the Royal Dutch Shell Company was able to use its financial power to convince the US government to allow exploration drilling in the Arctic this summer. Although it seems like the odds are in the favour of the oil company, environmental organizations, and people just like you, are using other tactics to prevent Shell from drilling this summer, in hopes to save the Arctic environment. Continue reading
Often times it is hard to understand how some of these environmental issues even begin. In the example of the Shell arctic drilling issue, it seems like there are many technicalities working against the oil company. First off, the Shell Company does not have the best track record when it comes to environmental competence, with a long list of oil spills and pollution lawsuits in the past. Secondly, the process of drilling for oil in the arctic has come under fire for being too risky and being more susceptible to environmental disaster. Finally, Shell has already experienced a failed attempt at exploration drilling in the Arctic when the Kulluk oil rig ran aground in 2012. So with all of this evidence mounting against the company, how was the company able to get a new Arctic exploration plan accepted by the US government?
The answer is easy, money. Continue reading
Last week, we brought attention to the recently approved proposal from the Royal Dutch Shell Company (Shell) to continue exploratory drilling within the Arctic. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) now has 30 calendar days to analyse and evaluate the proposal and either approve, conditionally approve, or disapprove it. The director of BOEM’s Alaska OCS region said, “We will be carefully scrutinizing this revised EP [Exploration Plan] to determine whether it meets stringent environmental and regulatory standards,” The public also has two opportunities to comment on the proposal; for 10-days, ending on April 20, and for 21 days, ending on May 1. The EP is quite long, at 139 pages, and so it’s doubtful that many members of the public are going to take the time to read the whole document.
Luckily for you, we’ve already done that, and have summarized the main similarities and differences between the new EP and the one that Shell presented in 2012. Continue reading
We decided to focus on arctic drilling for this month’s conservation series because of the news that recently came from Washington- that the US government gave the go-ahead for the Royal Dutch Shell company to continue explorative drilling in the Arctic.
This proposal comes three years after a failed attempt to perform drilling in the same region, when an oil rig ran aground. That past drilling endeavour, in 2012, cost the Shell company $5 billion and the company was fined for pollution. Yet, they still believe that drilling in the Arctic is worth the risk. Continue reading