The Weekly Round Up: January 15-21

We’re back with another weekly roundup and holy chipotle has it been a crazy week! A lot has changed in our world and we want to make sure you guys are kept up to date with what’s going on with our environment. While some may be furiously stocking their underground bunkers for the impending apocalypse, not all of our stories from this week are bad news. However there are still so many issues out there that demand our attention! So here’s our bag of news trail-mix!  Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: December 18-24

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

Amazon Deforestation Rates Almost Reach 30% Last Year

FILE - This Sept. 15, 2009 file photo shows a deforested area near Novo Progresso in Brazil's northern state of Para. Brazil's government says destruction of its Amazon rainforest has jumped by 28 percent. The sharp jump in deforestation came in the August 2012 through July 2013 period, the time when Brazil measures the annual destruction of the forest. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

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Brazil has fallen back in their fight against deforestation of the Amazon rain forest. New satellite images show that the deforestation rate increased by 29% from August 2015 to July 2016. Estimates say that within this time more than 3000 square miles of Amazon rain forest was cut down. To put that into perspective, that’s roughly three times the size of Rhode Island. Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research claims that the loss of rain forest is due to illegal logging practices and the expansion of cattle and agricultural lands.  Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: October 23-29

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Okay okay, so maybe we missed putting up an article yesterday, but there was nothing we could do.  I was working all day, and then had to watch Brian hit on straight men for an hour and a half.  So, you know, super busy.  Not to fear though, we’re back today with a new article.  We’ve got a week’s worth of news for you all today, so get ready.  This week had tree planting, clear cutting, and ancient life.  There’s a lot to go over, so let’s dive in. Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: July 31- August 6

It’s that time of week again- it’s time for the Weekly Round Up!  Summer’s just hurtling by as we have our first August Round Up (it seriously still feels like summer’s just started).  We’ve got a bunch of news coming your way, so settle in with your cup of Joe, or tea, or oj, or whatever it is you enjoy to drink on a Saturday, no judgement here.  We’ve got happy volcanoes, snow in New Zealand, and superhero whales.  So let’s dive in! Continue reading

Ancient Non-Human Tools Found In Brazil

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Archaeologists dig up remnants of past civilizations, cultures, and human remains. However, new evidence of non-human stone tools were recently uncovered in Brazil’s Serra da Capivara National Park. Under the Brazilian savanna, stone tools, such as hammers and anvils, were uncovered and thought to have been used by bearded capuchins (Sapajus libidinosus), about 700 years ago. Continue reading

The Brazilian Environmental Disaster: Has Anything Changed?

By Senado Federal – Bento Rodrigues, Mariana, Minas Gerais

On November 5, 2015 an iron-ore tailing dam, located in Brazil, suffered a major failure and caused catastrophic flooding in the surrounding area. The event caused 17 deaths and a handful of other injuries. Massive mud flows flooded through the Doce River and reached the Atlantic Ocean within 17 days of the dam collapse. It has been reported that about 60 million cubic meters of mining waste was released during this event. The tailings (otherwise known as mining waste) were deemed toxic by the UN. The flood has been deemed as Brazil’s worst environmental disaster. 

This disaster went relatively unmentioned in mainstream news, and has therefore been more prevalent on blogs and other news outlets. The limited knowledge on the topic is disheartening and so we are going to catch you up on how this story has developed over the past few months. Continue reading