Southern Humpback Whales Staging One Big West Side Story Production

Scientists studying southern humpback whales have found that the species is essentially just staging one giant West Side Story production. The new research has found that whale populations form calving grounds, thanks to their loyalty.  The research, published under the title of “First Circumpolar Assessment of Southern Humpback Whale Mitochondrial Genetic Variation at Multiple Scales and Implications for Management”, is essentially the first act of the musical, without the big rumble.  In other words, thanks to the whale behaviour of staying faithful to where they came from, the Jets remain the Jets, and the Sharks remain the Sharks. Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: June 25- July 1

Happy Canada Day!  I know you’re all excited to celebrate the big 150 (unless you understand that the Indigenous people who have been using this land long before Europeans showed up are still being disenfranchised and ignored- so maybe you’re excited to protest it), but either way, before all of that gets underway, some news.  Here are all of the environmental news stories that caught our attention this week- let’s dive in! Continue reading

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

Why Do Flamingos Stand On One Leg?

Along with finding solutions for the global hunger and water crises, climate change, and global financial inequity, researchers are hard at work finding out why flamingos only stand on one leg! This age-old question has been perplexing humans, and now we may be one step closer to solving this dumbfounding mystery. A team of researchers from Atlanta, Georgia claim that the one-legged balancing act is used to conserve energy. The famous flamingo pose is a passive stance which requires no active muscular energy, which means they use less energy.  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

Cool Shit From The Scientific Community

Well guys, it’s been a while.  We’ve missed some days, and been busy- really dropped the ball on our end- but I’m here to make it all up to you.  I’ve found three really cool recent stories out of the science community, and I’m going to share them with you today.  These are all stories that came out in the last week or so, that you need to hear about!  I’ve got some really cool star-nosed mole facts, some glowing mushroom research, and the god damn coolest looking research ship you ever did see. Continue reading

We Marched!

It’s true. We live in a time where we need to advocate for science! Good Lord! It turns out decision-makers are still not following science-based information, and so scientists and science-enthusiasts took to the streets last Saturday to fight for science! Honestly, it’s hard to sit back and not see the ridiculousness of the situation.  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

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: 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

Breaching Whales Are Actually “Yelling” Whales

HELLO EVERYONE, HOW ARE YOU TODAY?  GOOD?  YEAH?  COOL!  Have I got something cool to tell you today.  Research out of the University of Queensland in Australia has answered the age old question:  Why do whales jump out of the water?  It’s not to majestically get air, or to show off in a mating display.  Nope, instead it’s to “yell” at other whales.  How great is that??? Continue reading

The 10 Best Rogue Tweets

 

In case you haven’t heard, Trump has muzzled American scientists, and gotten mad at a bunch of the official twitter accounts of national parks, NASA, EPA- you know, intelligent people who know things about the environment- to the point where they really can’t disseminate actual information.  Fortunately, rogue accounts have been popping up like toast in the morning, with many accounts claiming to be run by current or former employees of either a National Park, NASA, or the EPA.  They are all pretty wonderful, so in case this is the first time you’re hearing of them, here are the 10 best rogue tweets from @ActualEPAFacts, @AltNatParkSer, @RogueNASA, and @AltForestServ. 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

The Weekly Round Up: January 15-21

We’re back with another weekly roundup and holy chipotle has it been a crazy week! A lot has changed in our world and we want to make sure you guys are kept up to date with what’s going on with our environment. While some may be furiously stocking their underground bunkers for the impending apocalypse, not all of our stories from this week are bad news. However there are still so many issues out there that demand our attention! So here’s our bag of news trail-mix!  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