Up until now the waxworm was best known to fishers as a type of bait, but a new discovery from a Spanish biologist Federica Bertocchini shows that these unsuspecting invertebrates can ingest plastic! The report published in the journal Current Biology provides a potential solution to the trillions of plastic bags used around the world every year. Continue reading
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
Welcome back to the Weekly Round Up, where we’ve decided to adopt the new headlines format (Yaaaaay!). You’ve all spoken over the last few weeks, so it’s been decided that sharing the headlines of the articles that caught our attention over the week, is the best way to go. This week had a lot of stuff. Unfortunately, it’s mostly just people complaining about what a Trump presidency will mean for the environment (it’s bad) and how he’s going to put the worst people in charge of running environmental policies (not a surprise at all). So we’re not including any of that. We’ve talked about it before, the internet won’t stop talking about it now, and we would just be shouting into the void. So instead, here’s the rest of the news that turned our heads this week. Let’s dive in! Continue reading
Geology provides many clues into Earth’s past. Layers of sedimentation found in rock formations act as pages in a living history textbook, moving further back in time. For instance, a jump in metal iridium found in rocks is a date-stamp of the meteorite that is believed to have collided with Earth, wiping out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. Fossils of animals and plants also help geologists date rock specimens. For instance, if you found a fossilized Tyrannosaurus Rex you would know that you are looking at rocks from the late Cretacious period. Scientists are now trying to find out if humans have made enough of an impact to alter Earth’s geology. Continue reading
Well, after yesterday’s optimistic article, I’m back today with reality to smack you in the face- sorry. There was a lot of shit that went on this week while everyone was obsessed with the Cincinnati zoo and Harambe. It’s almost like everyone was trying to unload all of their crap quietly, while everyone worked themselves up into a ridiculous gorilla-fuelled frenzy. Anyways, we’ve got an update on the Tiger Temple situation (#JusticeForThailandTigers), lots of coral, and a great new policy out of Norway. Let’s dive in! Continue reading
Ocean pollution is a huge environmental issue that has been ongoing for decades. Unfortunately a lot of what we throw out eventually finds its way into our waterways. Currently it is estimated that 8 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year. The pollution in our oceans has been shown to harm ocean ecosystems, marine wildlife, our economy, and even our own health. Continue reading
For those unfamiliar with the mealworm let me introduce you.
This is a mealworm. Mealworms can measure up to 2.5 cm long, which is actually bigger than their 1.2 cm long final forms. Feeding hungrily while in this larva form, they’ll molt anywhere from 9 to 20 times before moving onto their next stage of life – another step closer to adulthood. He’s the larval form of the darkling beetle, and he’s here to save us. Continue reading
Plastic, as we all know, is not the greatest for the environment. The reason being that, when thrown out, plastics don’t decompose the same way that organic materials do. Bacteria that live underground are able to take materials like wood, vegetation, and other organic waste, and turn them into useful molecules. In fact when plastics finally get broken down, it’s by UV light, and not by bacteria. Oh and broken down plastic molecules have another more popular name to them- bisphenol A- our good old harmful friend BPA. Pretty grim, huh.
But then, right when all hope was lost, shining down from the heavens came our saviour, biodegradable plastics! Hallelujah!! Finally, we can consume and discard plastic without all of those gross, regretful feelings!
…Really humans?! Are we really that quick to assume that biodegradable plastics are the best option? Can we really go on with our overconsumption as long as we use this “greener” plastic option? Surprise, surprise- you can’t! Continue reading