That Moment You’re Reminded That Sea Monsters Exist

I admit that quite often I get stuck in my own bubble. I have my house, I go to school, I write articles, and then I repeat. My immediate interactions with nature are limited to my bubble. For instance, I’m very well versed with squirrels, raccoons, robins, an array of spider species, and mosquitoes. Easily, I forget the diversity of life that inhabits the planet! That’s why my favourite animal fact is that the blue whale is the largest organism to have ever lived on Earth! The reason I love that fact so much is because it still lives on Earth, which means I’m currently sharing the planet with the largest creature EVER!  Continue reading

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

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 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

One Scientist’s Plea To Obama To Protect America’s Oceans

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There’s a debate among the scientific community as to how involved researchers should be in terms of activism. Some believe that a scientist’s job is to solely conduct objective research, and present the results to the public and allow them to take on their own actions, while others believe that it’s important for scientist’s to stand for something and be leaders. In the wake of Trump’s election, many scientists have stood up to confront the next president’s misinformed views on climate change. Miyoko Sakashita, Oceans Program Director at the Center for Biological Diversity penned a letter to Barack Obama, asking for one last-ditch effort to make a big difference to the future of our planet.  Continue reading

Have We Already Found Aliens?

In case you didn’t hear, SETI (the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) announced yesterday that they might have found something.  Since May 2015, the researchers have been investigating an interesting ping from a  star 94 million light-years away.  Now, obviously this is interesting and strong enough to merit some investigation, but don’t start celebrating/fearing the arrival of aliens just yet.  The SETI institute themselves are pretty skeptical, saying “The chance that this is truly a signal from extraterrestrials is not terribly promising.  Fortunately, here on earth we’ve essentially already found aliens.  Deep in our oceans live things only comparable to things that exist in science fiction movies.  True, extraterrestrials are probably out there somewhere, but we might already have aliens hiding deep in our oceans.  Don’t believe me?  Well check out this Ted Talk, where you might just be persuaded, by someone far smarter than me, that our oceans might just hold the incredible aliens we’ve all been watching in movies for years.

New Hope For The Green Sea Turtle!

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Most of the time, news stories about endangered species are usually crazy depressing (if you want proof just google the Sumatran rhino), but this time we have a success story for you! After decades of being listed as endangered, the green sea turtle populations from Florida and the Pacific coast of Mexico have been newly listed as threatened! That’s right, my dream of diving with sea turtles is not a lost cause, just yet!! Continue reading

#StartWith1Thing And Change The World

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Last night was the television premiere of a new documentary called Race Extinction on the Discovery Channel. The film looks at our ongoing approach towards the sixth mass extinction. They took a look at a lot of the environmental issues that are driving the loss of biodiversity, such as climate change, the wildlife trade, meat production, and many more. The major takeaway from the documentary was for everyone to #StartWith1Thing because a lot of little things can make a huge difference in our world. Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: November 9-14

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Some weeks, finding interesting earthy-type news to write about can be difficult.  Other weeks it’s all too serious for my liking.  But sometimes, sometimes you hit gold.  This week, I think we hit gold.  Deadly cows, freeing Willy, and new archaeological findings all kinda set this week apart.  We’ve got the smart with the funny, with a dose of weird in this week’s Round Up. Continue reading

June Conservation Series: “I Pollute You, You Pollute Me!”

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We use water every single day of our lives! Without it we would barely be able to survive for a few days! Even though our lives depend on this vital resource, we contaminate it with garbage and pollution on a daily basis. So how does our waste even end up polluting waterways and how can we prevent their contamination?

Water has always been considered a good place to dump our waste. Since the majority of humans spend their lives on land, and so oceans, lakes, and rivers all seem like good hiding places for the stuff we don’t want to deal with any more. Water pollution can have many sources, such as sewage, marine dumping, oil pollution, and many more. To make things a bit easier to digest, I’ll break them down into two categories; residential waste and industrial waste. Continue reading

June Conservation Series: Water… Can It Get Any More Obvious?

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Yesterday was World Oceans Day, and so, for this month’s conservation series, we will be talking about water. Water is a building block of life! Life began in oceans millions of years ago, and is still a critical aspect of all life on Earth today. In fact, 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water! The human body is made up of 60% of water and cannot survive for more than 3 days without it. So it’s obvious at how vital water is to all of us on Earth. Due to this dependence, human culture and society has been shaped by the presence of water. The majority of large, current and historical civilizations were founded on coastal lines. We find food, energy, entertainment, and recreation in water! Continue reading