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

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

Race Against Time To Protect Amazonian Reef

In 2012, an international team of researchers discovered a coral reef at the mouth of the Amazon River. The discovery wasn’t published until April of last year. It is believed that the reef covers 3,600 square miles, stretching almost 620 miles across the Brazilian coast. It was so startling to find a coral reef there because the little sunlight and low oxygen levels associated with the Amazon were widely assumed to be unable to foster such an ecosystem. Well the proof is in the pudding, because the first images of this rare ecosystem have been released. As we just begin to learn about this extraordinary reef, it is becoming clear that it is already facing major threats. 

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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 8-14

Holy shit do I have a good Round Up for you all this week.  First off, things were mostly pretty positive (ignoring that fact that ring-tailed lemurs are screwed and Japan is losing coral reef like nobody’s business), and secondly there were some amazing stories. Seriously, there’s footage of a monkey and a deer trying to get it on, and that’s not even this week’s most amazing story- #DoesItFart takes the cake easily.  So this week we’ve got farting animals, a beaver related gift for Canada’s 150th, and interspecies sex.  Truly though, the #DoesItFart spreadsheet should be all you care about.  Let’s dive in! 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

Obama Blocks Arctic Drilling Until 2022…I Mean Until Trump’s Inaugeration

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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

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

The Weekly Round Up: January 11-16

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Bit of a shorter Round Up this week, but none the less an interesting one.  I mean nothing as crazy as a new epoch or women breastfeeding cats, but still enough to hold it’s own.  It’s been more of an interesting than crazy week.  Ontario’s got a new environmental commissioner, we’re trying to invent our way to a cleaner environment, and animal tracking is kind of really cool. Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: June 15-19

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While everyone might be talking about the Pope’s encyclical, that’s not the only big thing that happened involving mother nature this week.  We also found out that Nutella is evil and that kangaroos might not be as helpful as you might expect.  Or maybe you never thought that kangaroos were helpful.  Either way, it’s time for the Weekly Round Up, so let’s dive in! Continue reading

April Conservation Series: Shell Exploration Plan

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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

Ten Worst Oil Spills in History

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To commemorate Shell’s successful bid to start exploratory drilling for oil in the Arctic, we here at Earth Unfiltered have decided to do some research and find the 10 worst oil spills ever.  You know, just as a non sequitur, it’s not like this could ever happen in the Arctic.  So fasten your seatbelts, and get ready, here’s just some fun ways we’ve left our mark on this world.  For this list we’ve included any type of oil spill, be it from drilling in the ocean, on land, or from a crashed tanker carrying oil- if oil was spilled from human actions, it’s here. Continue reading

April Conservation Series: Arctic Drilling

 

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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