Archive | May, 2017

Plastic Pollutes Even the Remotest of Islands

24 May

Remote Henderson Island is the most polluted place in the world, according to a team of researchers.

Henderson Island is one of the most remote islands in the world. It sits in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean, part of the UK’s Pitcairn Islands, more than 3,000 miles from the nearest major population centers. It’s also the world’s most polluted island. More than 17 tons of plastic litter the beaches of […]

Pebble Mine Can Now Pursue Permits in Bristol Bay

17 May

The EPA has granted permission for the Pebble Mine to pursue permits for a site in Bristol Bay, Alaska.

The Environmental Protection Agency has granted Pebble Limited Partnership permission to pursue permits for the development of a huge copper and gold deposit. This is a reversal from the EPA’s earlier stance. But the agency reached a legal settlement on May 11, allowing the company to apply for permits and develop site plans. The proposed […]

Earthworms Being Harmed By Tillage Farming Practices

10 May

Populations of earthworms are being severely harmed by a common farming practice.

You may not think much about earthworms, but they are crucial to healthy soil. In fact, Charles Darwin called them “nature’s plough” because they are constantly eating and defecating soil, making it more nutritious and better aerated—and therefore more fertile. But a widely used farming practice is severely damaging those earthworm populations. Tillage farming, also […]

New Research Shows That Elephants Are Aware of Their Own Bodies

3 May

New research shows that elephants are aware of their bodies.

Elephants have a long relationship with humans, especially Asian elephants, which have been used as work animals for centuries at least. In places like Thailand and India, they not only live alongside humans, but are also in competition for land and resources. In order to help preserve elephant spaces, and elephants themselves, it’s important that […]