The Weekly Round Up: April 10- May 6

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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

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

The Weekly Round Up: March 5-11

I’m so conflicted over this week.  Look, there were some really great stuff that happened this week, and I should be ecstatic.  The VW emissions scandal is finally coming to a close, we might have a cure for face cancer in Tasmanian devils, and- drumroll please– Shell is divesting from the oilsands!!!!!  Unfortunately, the WHO released a real terrifying report, and Scott Pruitt is an absolute moron, definitely setting up some hard times for the environment in the states.  So yeah, it’s been a week- let’s dive in! Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: January 1-7

Welcome to 2017’s first Weekly Round Up (yaaaaaaaaaaaay!).  Similarly to the Round Ups in 2016, we’re going to be bringing you all of the past week’s environmental news that turned our heads.  AKA, we’re keeping the exact same format as last year- woohoo new year, new you!  Anyways, this week there was some dire news about our oceans, walruses playing with seabirds, and awful air in London.  So let’s dive in! Continue reading

2017 Could Be The Year Of Solar Power

As I’m sure many of you have heard, solar energy is now cheaper than fossil fuels to produce.  As we now move forward into 2017 and beyond, it’s becoming more and more likely that solar energy will pave the way into a bright, clean future.  And it’s not just us crazy environmentalists saying this- it seems like everyone has caught on.  So while the US’s environmental future is fairly uncertain right now (or certainly awful), what I’d like to do is remind you all that America is just one country, and across the globe, 2017 might be the year solar power really starts to take over. 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

The Weekly Round Up: November 6-12

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Good morning everybody.  How’s it going?  I hope all is well, and that you are still sane after this crazy week.  I don’t know about you guys, but this week absolutely felt like a week.  Yep, there were definitely seven whole days in this one.  All that being said, I’m doing this fairly last minute again… sorry.  So once again, here are the headlines that turned our heads here at Earth|Unfiltered.  There were giant mystery snowballs, squirrel leprosy, and Cecil the Lion.  Let’s dive in! Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: October 30- November 5

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Welcome back to this week’s Round Up.  I hope you all had a lovely week, and are ready to catch up on all of this week’s environmental news.  I might be writing this a little last minute (and there’s tons of news to go over), so get ready for a rapid fire update this week.  We had solar roof panels, idiots on the internet, and the haka.  So without further ado, here are the articles that turned our heads this week. Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: August 21-27

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Welcome back to the Weekly Round Up.  I hope you have all had a good week, and are ready to catch up on all of the environmental news that you might have missed.  This week was actually pretty uplifting, as we’ve got microbead bans, a new record breaking wildlife reserve, and some really cool new CO2 energy research out of the University of Toronto.  So without further ado, let’s dive in! Continue reading

Around The World In 505 Days…If You’re Flying A Solar Powered Plane

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History was made today as the Solar Impulse 2 landed in Abu Dhabi, at the same airport it took off from in March 2015, after completing a historic trip around the world without using any fuel! The 17-leg trip took the one-seater aircraft to stops in India, China, Japan, Italy, Spain, and several U.S. locations. Swiss aviator Bertrand Piccard and pilot Andre Borschberg took turns flying the aircraft for 40,000 km, garnering eight world records in the process. Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: June 26- July 2

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Good afternoon everyone, hope you’re all doing well after your Canada Day festivities.  I’m glad you and your (maybe?) hangover have joined us today.  Hopefully your not too tired, but I’m glad you’re here.  A bunch of stuff happened this week, from endangered animal loopholes and North American partnerships, to smaller Antarctic ozone holes and nightmarish amphibious centipedes.  So let’s just dive right now! Continue reading

Solo Monkey Takes Out Kenya’s Power

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Guys, the animal uprising is starting.  We’ve got capybaras on the lam in Toronto, dodging police and zoo staff like it’s nothing, and now something even bigger in Kenya.  What’s one thing we can’t live without?  That’s right, electricity.  We have all become so connected with everything electrical, that our dependence on electricity will surely be our downfall.  And it seems like our furry brethren have taken notice.  Yesterday the entire country of Kenya experienced a power loss all thanks to one smart monkey. Continue reading

Biogas Plant Teams Up With The Toronto Zoo

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Oh man!  If there’s one thing we love to talk about here at Earth|Unfiltered it’s poop- and have I got a story that’s bound to make a splash ( source url poop puns!).  After six years, the energy cooperative ZooShare is finally achieving its dream of turning poop into power.  Construction started yesterday on a biogas plant near the Toronto Zoo, that will, I shit you not, turn poop from the zoo’s animals into energy for people! Continue reading

Morocco’s Got Some Bright Ideas About Energy

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Earlier this week the King of Morocco (yeah, apparently they have a king- learn something new every day) just flipped the switch on what will be the world’s largest solar plant.  The Ouarzazate solar plant is being built just off of the Saharan desert, and will supply 580 MegaWatts (MW) of power to 1.1 million people when completed in 2018.  Also, it makes me all giddy inside.  The massive undertaking is something pretty incredible, and actually makes me hopeful for our planet- something that doesn’t happen anywhere near enough. Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: January 18-23

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Man, I’m pretty excited about this week’s Round Up.  This week, some pretty darn crazy stuff happened, and I bet you heard about none of it.  Not to worry though, we’re here for you for that specific reason.  To give you an idea of what happened, tardigrades once again blew everyone’s minds, new game changing brain research on addiction came out, and the squirrel army is finally being reported on.  Seriously, squirrels are starting to take over.  If nothing else, you should just learn about the squirrel army before you find yourself huddled around candles in your basement, powerless to the crushing wave that is the squirrel uprising.  So let’s get to it. Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: December 14-19

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You know what this cat isn’t??? A Star Wars spoiler. Look at it not spoiling anything.

Guess what, this is potentially the only place on the web where you won’t see Star Wars spoilers.  That’s right, this article is certified Star Wars spoiler free.  So, while you’re avoiding reddit, facebook, and youtube like the plague, why not catch up on this week’s environmental news in a safe space.  We’re talking soothing animal tv, evil heads of lettuce, and ugly Christmas sweaters.  That’s right, none of those things are related to a galaxy far, far away.  You’re welcome internet. Continue reading

An Argument For Green Roofs

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Green roofs are cool.  If you’ve never heard of them before, chances are you’ve seen them or can guess as to what they might be.  Simply put, they’re rooftop gardens, except the whole roof is the garden.  They’re pretty much living roofs, and they’re really helpful.  Unfortunately, most people don’t consider green roofs as something other than aesthetically pleasing, even though there are a ton of benefits for both the owner and the environment.  There’s more to green roofs than what meets the eye (see what I did there… cause it’s more than just aesthetics), and I honestly think more people should consider making their roof green, and here’s why: money. Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: November 23-28

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Just like the grass on the other side, this week was greener…  does that make sense?  I mean, last week was research heavy, and then this week is on the other side of that week.  Okay, so the weekend is a fence, and the weeks are lawns…  What I’m trying to say is this week was mostly environmentally conscious.  Rwanda’s going solar, Alberta’s fighting carbon, oh and Nelly was not the prophet we asked for, but the prophet we needed.  It’s the Weekly Round Up! Continue reading

1 Ontario County, 1 Big Goal: Become 100% Renewable.

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The Paris Climate Change Conference begins on November 30 and continues until December 11. In those 10 days, world leaders will discuss climate change and  will, as many hope, create a plan that countries will follow, unlike the Kyoto protocol. I don’t know about  you, but I’m getting pretty tired of all of the hype for another climate change conference. It seems like many discussions are had and yet not a lot changes. I have definitely had a handful of cynical moments dwelling on this. And then I learned about Oxford County. Continue reading