Plastic Microfibres Are The New Microbeads!

Microbeads were so 2016! Remember, them? We all read those articles about how plastic microbeads in our toiletries were making their way into lakes, rivers, and oceans and being consumed by animals! Now I just rub my face two times a week with my cat’s litter; super sustainable! But there’s a new plastic villain on the scene, and if you’re not careful, it could be right on top of you! They’re called plastic microfibres and they exist in a lot of our clothing!  Continue reading

Dead Killer Whale One Of The Most Contaminated Animals!

An autopsy of a killer whale, named Lulu, that was found on the Isle of Tiree in Scotland showed her body contained some of the highest levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) ever recorded. Lulu’s body was said to contain twenty times more of the toxic chemical than the safe level that cetaceans are able to handle. These chemicals which were banned in the 1970s are still present in the oceans and build up in animals. Now scientists fear that the other members of Lulu’s pod could also be highly contaminated.  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

How Your Pencil Is Fixing Water Scarcity

My apologies for the click-bait title, but this research is so cool it deserves your undivided attention. As most of us know, we have a serious problem when it comes to water scarcity. It is estimated that 2.8 billion people in the world do not have access to viable drinking water for at least one month each year. This also puts a strain on Earth’s fresh water systems which are already threatened by pollution and over consumption. With drought instances increasing across the world, it is expected that water scarcity will only increase. However, there is a group of scientists who released a study claiming that they have created a sieve that can filter salt from seawater. The sieve is created from a chemical derivative called graphene oxide.  Continue reading

Could Robots Save The Environment?

Elon Mush made news this week when he made plans to connect the human brain with artificial intelligence. While this has some people fearing we are slowly turning into real-life terminators, we shouldn’t write off robots all together. In a TED Talk, engineer Jonathan Rossiter, explains how future robots can help us in removing pollution and even diagnosing human diseases.  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

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 20-26

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Miss us yesterday???  We’ve been super busy here at Earth|Unfiltered, so some things may have fallen through the cracks.  But fear not, we are back today, with all of this week’s environmental news that turned our heads- or really just my head, because I’m the one writing this… I HAVE ALL THE POWER!  Anyways, this week there were light tasting animals, helpful Arctic poop, a dubious smog tower, and the end of neonics in Canada?!?!?  So let’s dive in! Continue reading

Featured Contributor Adam Morgan: Many Dead As Catastrophic Floods Sweep Across China

Students use their chairs to cross flood waters to safety. Source: Getty Images/The Guardian

Students use their chairs to cross flood waters to safety.
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As each year passes, I constantly find myself watching the news, reading the newspaper, scrolling through Facebook only to find that another environmental disaster is being reported somewhere in the world. From the permanent flooding of towns in the UK, to the wildfires in Fort McMurray, it’s clear that humanity’s relationship with the environment is decaying rapidly. If there’s anywhere in the world where the environment is on the brink of irreversible catastrophe due to ineffective environmental policy, it has to be China. Undermined by global capitalism, China’s environmental policy is more or less non-existent.

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The Weekly Round Up: June 5-11

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Do you live in the GTA?  Are you on your computer right now?  Well then get off, because there’s a huge BioBlitz going on in the Credit River Watershed that you should probably go to (like right now!).  For everyone else, welcome, it’s good to have you.  We’ve got tons of news for you, all the news you could want!  We’ve got pollution, and some new research, and some even more pollution! Hurray!  Too much pollution if you ask me.  That being said, let’s dive in! Continue reading

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

The Weekly Round Up: March 14-19

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Welcome back to the Weekly Round Up!  Your source fall all news environmental that may have flown under the raider, or maybe is so big that I can’t help, but talk about it (I mean the SeaWorld news this week is pretty big).  This week we’ve got some great news for cetaceans, our killer environment, GPS frogs, and mutant Alzheimer’s mice.  So grab a cup of Joe, and join me as we talk all about this week’s news! Continue reading

New Technology Could Clean Up Our Oceans In 10 Years

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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

The Weekly Round Up: January 4-9

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New year, new round up.  Although, I guess, last week was also a round up in a new year… And there’s nothing really especially “new” about this round up, except of course that it’s the news of this week.  But it always is, so it’s like the run of the mill weekly round up new.  Anyways, what I’m trying to say is that it’s a new year and a new news week.  Moving along, this week’s weekly round up is all over the place.  We’ve got lawsuits, geological epochs, chickens, and the FBI.  It’s been something, so let’s dive right in. 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

The Weekly Round Up: October 26-31

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Oh man, oh man, oh man, oh man!  Guys, guys, guys- big news!  People were talking about poop this week!  Like, professional people- it’s not just us anymore who talk about poop.  Sure, other stuff happened this week- processed meat is bad for you (no shit), we might need to “hack” the environment, and a guy prostituted out his dog.  BUT, lots of people were talking about poop, and really, that’s what I’m most excited about.  So here’s all the cool, crazy things that happened this week, and the poop research that got everyone talking! Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: October 19-24

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Once again, nature continues to both amaze and puzzle us at the same time! Scientists were able to create a robotic insect, as well as link coral destruction to sunscreen, and a Coca-Cola bottle facility was charged with falsifying pollution data. In some good news, Oslo plans to ban cars in the city! But in some bad news, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency can’t work with dead fish… Enjoy! Continue reading

Featured Contributor Liz Clark: Mealworms To The Rescue

For those unfamiliar with the mealworm let me introduce you.

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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

The Weekly Round Up: September 21-26

Happy Saturday everyone!  This week the news was all about good guys and bad guys.  On the side of good we’ve got Leonardo DiCaprio and nature megaphones, and on the side of bad we’ve got Volkswagen and Brad Pitt- kinda like Pocahontas.  The hero DiCaprio must use his wits and the sounds of nature to fight off the evil Brad Pitt and his VW empire Hollywood give me a call.  If that doesn’t interest you, however, I don’t know what will- so let’s jump into this week’s Weekly Round Up! Continue reading