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

Trump, The Paris Agreement, And It’s A Wonderful Life

Last week we talked about how Trump’s crazy Paris Agreement antics surprised absolutely no one, and the world just kept on spinning.  This week, I’d like to give a slightly different viewpoint.  Don’t get me wrong, we all saw this coming from a mile away, his reasons are faulty (as per usual), and most of what he said about backing out of the Agreement was patently false.  My slightly different viewpoint here has to do with the reaction.  Many companies have said that they are going to still work towards the agreement, as have tons of States- some of which have said they will go around the government to work with other nations on achieving the lofty targets set out in the Paris Agreement.  And while all of this seems great, I kind of don’t think it is.  Sure we’re still working towards lowering greenhouse gas emissions across the United States, but Trump is no longer being held accountable.  He kind of just got off scott free. Continue reading

The World Says “No Big Deal” To Trump’s Exit From The Paris Agreement

My regularly scheduled Wendy Williams Show watching was interrupted for a “Breaking News” bulletin where President Donald Trump exited from his sunless tanner bath to announce that the USA would be leaving the Paris Climate Agreement. While many politicians, CEO’s, and others voiced their displeasure with the announcement, it appears that days afterwards this really isn’t that big of a deal. 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

We Can’t Let Trump Distract Us From Trudeau

Sure, the US’ environment might be going to hell in a handbag, but we here in Canada need to make sure we don’t let that train wreck distract us from our own country.  It might feel real good to live in a country where your leader understands that climate change exists, and believes in science, but that doesn’t mean that we should just stop scrutinizing his actions.  So while everyone is talking about Trump’s inability to properly run a country and protect its environment, today I want to check in with how Trudeau is doing. Continue reading

US Companies Challenge Trump’s Climate Change Ignorance

Well, like a monkey with a piece of shit, Trump is still flinging Executive Orders around all willy-nilly.  On Tuesday, Trump signed another executive order (I think he’s going for the record) that will essentially eliminate all the good that Obama did for the environment.  The order will help to dismantle the Clean Power Plan, lift the ban on coal leases, and make it so that the US has no hope of achieving the Paris Climate Change Agreements.  Like I said, he’s just flinging shit around at this point.  Fortunately, a handful of American companies are speaking out against this terrible decision. 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: 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

There Is Still Not Enough Media Coverage Over The DAPL

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As I’m sure you all have heard, the Dakota Access Pipeline is back on the menu thanks to one of Trump’s many executive orders and presidential memoranda.  This pipeline was heavily protested at the end of Obama’s final term, leading to the pipeline being cancelled.  Even then, however, coverage of the protests was essentially not existent on major news sources.  And as we resume this media blackout, construction of the pipeline has resumed as of last Thursday. 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

Are National Parks Throwing Shade At Donald Trump?

Good Lord! Donald Trump has been in the oval office for what seems like an eternity, and everyday there’s a crazier news story than the day before! That’s why when I woke up today and saw a headline claiming that U.S. National Parks were #resisting the president, I had to do some investigating! This story started making waves online and in the mainstream news when three tweets from the Badlands National Park addressing climate change were removed. Many on the Internet claimed that these tweets were in direct dissent to Donald Trump and his claims that climate change is a “hoax”. Many others saw the removal of these tweets as a form of censorship. You know me, I love some juicy gossip, so let’s dive in! Continue reading

Trump Just Took 2 Pipeline Sized Shits On The Environment And Indigenous Peoples

Looks like the Keystone XL and DAPL are back on the menu.  Yep, the US is definitely under a new presidency right now.  Honestly, I don’t really know what to say.  On Tuesday January 24th, the president of the United States of America signed two executive actions (possibly???) advancing the Keystone XL pipeline and the DAPL- time to dust off those #NoDAPL tweets.  Now, I just need to understand this all, so if you feel the same, come along with me. 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

Turns Out Trump Is Just One Of Many Animals That Enjoy A Golden Shower

Yesterday, the word “unsubstantiated” went down in history as a leaked dosier was released to the public explaining claims that Russia has materials that may be used to blackmail president-elect Donald Trump. Later, reports surfaced that the content of this material included a video of Donald Trump soliciting prostitutes at the Ritz-Carlton in Moscow. Then stuff got even crazier when it was reported that these videos included the prostitutes giving each other golden showers on beds that were later slept in by the Obamas! As we mentioned, all of these claims are UNSUBSTANTIATED, but it got me thinking about how other animals around the world enjoy golden showers… 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

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

The Weekly Round Up: November 6-12

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Good morning everybody.  How’s it going?  I hope all is well, and that you are still sane after this crazy week.  I don’t know about you guys, but this week absolutely felt like a week.  Yep, there were definitely seven whole days in this one.  All that being said, I’m doing this fairly last minute again… sorry.  So once again, here are the headlines that turned our heads here at Earth|Unfiltered.  There were giant mystery snowballs, squirrel leprosy, and Cecil the Lion.  Let’s dive in! Continue reading