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

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

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

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

There Might Still Be Hope For The States

So, we all know that the EPA is screwed, right?  Scott Pruitt lacks the basic knowledge concerning climate change and carbon dioxide to competently run the Environmental Protection Agency.  Fortunately, the American Meteorological Society is on his case already.  BUT, sweeping in from left field is US Defence Secretary James Mattis.  In some seemingly impossible way, Trump let in a man who believes, and understands the dangers of, climate change.  I think the US just won the lottery. 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: February 19-25

Welcome back to the Weekly Round Up!  If this is your first time here, it’s nice to meet you!  Grab a seat, get comfortable, settle in- cause it’s been an interesting week.  We’ve got some shitty stuff- like more microplastics in our oceans than imaginable and an end to the on ground protests against the DAPL- but also some really great stuff- like California moving to save the environment from Trump and some bee research that is seriously cool.  Honestly, the bee research is real fascinating.  So without further ado, let’s dive in! Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: January 22-28

Holy shit this week was a mess.  Trump just can’t seem to quit being an all around awful human being, and because of it, the US is looking pretty broken right now.  It does explain all the rain we’ve been getting here though- it should be snowing, but since we live up above a giant flaming pile of refuse, it’s just too hot.  I honestly don’t know how to respond to any of it- it’s pretty shocking, disgusting, mindboggling, scary- so I’m just going to try and run things as per usual.  Things aren’t as per usual, things are anything but usual, but I need this to run the same.  So I know there is bigger news out there, I get that, but this news here will be the same as usual.  So, here’s the environmental news that caught my attention this week. Continue reading

Fire Up The Shredders! Exxon Mobil Told To Give Climate Change Documents!

Do I want to see the world become a sustainable, green, utopia? Of course! Am I enjoying the reality-show level shade that’s going on until we get there? Hell yeah! We got a big taste of that recently as Exxon Mobil was ordered, on January 11 by a Massachusetts judge, to hand over 40 years of documents related to climate change. This ruling comes after allegations were reported that the gas giant had extensive knowledge of gas and oil production effects on the climate, but failed to tell consumers and share holders in order to do business! THE SHADE! The reports go even further claiming that Exxon Mobil also actively sowed the seeds of doubt towards climate change in the public to undermine other’s research and publications! 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

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

Multiple Environmental Records Set in 2015

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Well guys, it’s time to break out the champagne, call the Guinness Book of World Records, and celebrate.  A new report released this week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has found that, thanks to climate change, we’re just crushing record after record.  Turns out we’re creating an earth never seen before by humans, which is just peachy.  Honestly, I’ve always wanted to experience what it would be like to live in a perpetual sauna, so this is nice. Continue reading

Climate Change Is Real And Needs To Be Recognized

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Honestly, I’m tired.  I’m tired of hearing about climate change deniers, tired of people joking about the existence of global warming in winter, tired of the ongoing debate in the States about whether climate change actual exists.  What’s the point of having scientists if they are not believed and trusted by policy makers?  We need to see some sort of dramatic shift when it comes to talking about climate change.  No longer can the discussion be whether or not it’s real, we need to move past that and talk about what we now need to do about it.  What I’m trying to address today is the dichotomy we have in the public forum.  On the one hand we have an imbecile, who just so happens to be a US Senator and the chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, and on the other we have Dr. Natalia Shakhova, the lead scientist of the Russia-U.S. Methane Study at the International Arctic Research Center. Continue reading

Scientists Turn CO2 Into Rock!!!

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How about this awesome story to whisk you into a beautiful weekend?  Thanks to some new research coming out of Iceland, scientists might have found a pretty nifty way of storing carbon dioxide, without having it warm up our Earth.  By pumping it into the ground- specifically into Icelandic volcanic rock- they were able to turn the gas into, what is essentially, limestone, after it reacted with the basalt present there.  How cool is that?!?! Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: May 22-28

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Well, the Raptors lost yesterday.  So, while you’re lament the end of an incredible season, why not catch up on all of this week’s environmental news?  I promise it’s more uplifting than last week… but then again just about everything is more uplifting than last week.  We’re talking coral reefs, new snakes, and green energy.  Let’s dive in! Continue reading

Caitlyn Jenner Has Some Strong Words About The Environment!

First off, I’m sorry! Caitlyn Jenner said nothing about the environment or climate change, but I’m desperate! You see, people don’t google climate change or the environment nearly as much as they search for stories about Caitlyn Jenner and other celebrities. I’m not saying that celebrities don’t care about the environment (if I had millions of dollars I would make sure to take a #selfie in every biome on the planet), but it’s a shame that when something really major happens in the environmental science-world nobody cares to read about it. So I’ve come up with a compromise, okay? I’m going to discuss some VERY important climate research that was just published while also offering up some celebrity gossip, sex appeal, and cat videos! That’s right, this article has it all! Continue reading

Ontario Needs Its Own Grolar Bears

As many of you probably know, over on the Western side of our country, polar bears and grizzlies are putting aside their differences to create something magical- hybrids.  Unfortunately, there’s not too much going for grolar bears (other than a great name), and it’s actually a blemish in terms of their environment and ecosystem health.  You see, grolar bears only exist because of global warming, which has pushed grizzly bears farther north, into polar bear territory.  The big issue surrounding this whole thing is loss of biodiversity.  As the two species hybridize, we’re ultimately losing entire species, as well as genes from their separate gene pools- which isn’t good.  Loss of diversity ultimately hinders the health of an ecosystem, as well as of the species themselves, as they become less capable of adapting to any sort of change.  For that reason, and bear with me, Ontario needs its own grolar bears. Continue reading

The Moment From The Oscars That Went Viral!

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Everyone said that 2016 was Leo’s year, and they were completely right! On Sunday night, after years of anticipation, Leonardo DiCaprio won the Oscar for best Male Performance for his performance in the movie The Revenant. As much as this was a personal triumph for the actor, he took the time in his acceptance speech to once again address the issues of climate change and global warming. Luckily this time Lady Gaga didn’t get in the way…  Continue reading