The Weekly Round Up: April 10- May 6

get link 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

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: June 5-11


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

Featured Contributor Marina Rose: Bright Eyes For the Future

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In today’s day and age, we often times hear people talk about the younger generations and how much times have changed. We hear sayings such as, “kids these days are so lazy”, or how about, “when I was younger I spent all my time outdoors. Now the only things kids care about is video games and television”. It’s true that we have clearly seen an increase in childhood obesity and sickness, due to factors such as lack of exercise and appreciation for the great outdoors, and that yes, there are so many technological advancements, that children seem to get their daily activity by playing Playstation or texting all night. I am proud to say, however, that each year I get the pleasure of meeting young people who go against this so called “norm.” And although it sometimes is scary to see what has been happening to our planet, and the people’s attitudes whom inhabit it, I see a glimmer of hope through the young lives that show me they care. Continue reading

Zoos: In or Out?!

tigerThe earliest known zoo was discovered during an archaeological dig in Hierakonpolis, Egypt, dated at 3,500 B.C. It’s believed that the pharaohs collected exotic animals for entertainment as well as demonstrating their wealth. Ever since then, humans have been obsessed in seeing exotic animals.

The first zoo in America was opened on July 1, 1874. Today, there are currently 212 zoos in America, 35 zoos in Canada, and approximately 10,000 zoos worldwide. Zoos provide an opportunity for entertainment as well as education. However, an issue that has been gaining momentum recently, is whether or not we should have zoos removed. Costa Rica was the first country in the world to jump on this issue, announcing the closing of all their zoos in 2013. Is there a good reason to close zoos? Are zoos still relevant in today’s society, or have we moved past them? Continue reading

Flamingos Have Friends Too?


In the department of incredible news, we have Paul Rose and his flamingos.  Have you ever asked if flamingos have friends?  Cause Paul has.  A PhD student at the University of Exeter, UK, Paul is interested in animal welfare and husbandry, specifically making the lives of flamingos in captivity better.  Paul Rose has already found that flamingos can become friends, but he doesn’t know if this is just families sticking together, or true bffls.  With your help, he now hopes to find out the genetics behind flamingo friendships. Continue reading