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

British Zoo May Lose License After Almost 400 Deaths

Some heartbreaking news has come out of Cumbria, UK, where a report has asked for the South Lakes Safari Zoo to lose its license after almost 500 animal deaths have occurred in the last four years. That means that the zoo has an animal death rate of 12% over the past four years. The report was given to members of Barrow Burough Council’s licensing committee, which will decide the zoo’s future.  Continue reading

The UK Unveils Their Plans For The World Solar Challenge

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Every two years the World Solar Challenge takes place in Australia stretching 3000 km from Darwin to Adelaide. Teams from across the world build imaginative and innovative solar vehicles that brave the harsh conditions! The rules are simple, you can only use 6 squared meters of solar panels, 4 wheels, and 5kW of stored energy! That means that all other energy must come from the sun or from the kinetic energy of the vehicle! The next World Solar Challenge is happening in October 2017, but a team from the UK has already unveiled its plan to squash the competition! Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: August 21-27

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Welcome back to the Weekly Round Up.  I hope you have all had a good week, and are ready to catch up on all of the environmental news that you might have missed.  This week was actually pretty uplifting, as we’ve got microbead bans, a new record breaking wildlife reserve, and some really cool new CO2 energy research out of the University of Toronto.  So without further ado, let’s dive in! Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: June 26- July 2

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Good afternoon everyone, hope you’re all doing well after your Canada Day festivities.  I’m glad you and your (maybe?) hangover have joined us today.  Hopefully your not too tired, but I’m glad you’re here.  A bunch of stuff happened this week, from endangered animal loopholes and North American partnerships, to smaller Antarctic ozone holes and nightmarish amphibious centipedes.  So let’s just dive right now! Continue reading

Brexit Could Seriously Harm UK’s Environment

Well guys, Britain did it: They are leaving the European Union (surpise! for those of you who don’t know yet).  Unfortunately for their environment (among other things, but really I’m just going to focus on the environment), this is a terrible, terrible turn of events.  There are a lot of moving pieces here that could negatively affect the environment, so I’m going to try and break them down, one by one, but essentially it all comes down to this- the EU is a huge defender of the environment, and the reason behind most of the policies protecting the environment in the UK. Continue reading

10 Things More Dangerous Than The Animals You’re Afraid Of

17006625277_19e62a760eThere seems to be a widespread misconception about the dangers of certain animals *ahem* sharks, wolves, and lions.  People villainize these animals (big bad wolf anyone) to the point where we hunt them down in fear for our own lives, when in reality they’re not that dangerous at all.  In fact, on average sharks and wolves both only kill about 10 people a year each, while lions- with the larger number- only kill about 100 people a year.  Yeah, scary.  So to try and counteract this public pandemonium about these “evil” animals, here are 10 things more dangerous than these scary guys- ignoring the real scary killers like cars (1.3 million a year) and cigarettes (6 million a year).  It’s time to get afraid of everyday things!

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Animal Testing Gets Refined in the UK

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After two years of review the Research Councils UK (RCUK)- the council which oversees all types of testing across the UK- has concluded that too many animals are meaninglessly used.  This is due to the fact that in the majority of studies, the amount of animals used is too small to create significant results.  This means that no matter what the results of the study are, they are meaningless in the grand scheme of things.  In the crudest of examples, it’s akin to saying that your drug works because 60% of mice were cured when given your drug, but you only tested 5 mice in total- not the greatest sample size.  This has consequently prompted the RCUK to modify its guidelines, causing researchers to prove, beforehand, that statistically relevant results can be obtained from the number of animals they wish to use.  In other words, studies will have to use more animals. Continue reading