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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 […]

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 […]

Five Ways to Celebrate Earth Day With Your Children

14 Apr

Want to help your children understand the importance of Earth Day and the environment? We've got some ideas for you in this post.

Today’s children are tomorrow’s environmental advocates, so it’s really important to teach them about ecology as soon as you can. Celebrating Earth Day is a great way to get started. It may be hard to think of age-appropriate ways to get them started in their journey to be eco-advocates, but we’ve got a few ideas […]

Scientists Use Big Data to Study the Decline of Stromatolites

10 Apr

Scientists are using "big data" to study the decline of stromatolites. Big data could help with synthesis and research on many subjects, including climate change.

Stromatolites are naturally occurring structures in the world’s oceans, built up by lime-secreting cynobacteria. If you haven’t heard of them, it might be because they’ve been pretty uncommon since the Precambrian era, just before the rise of multicellular life. They do still form in shallow lagoons, but much less often than they used to. Paleontologists […]

Celebrate Some Climate Victories Since the First Earth Day

7 Apr

It's easy to be depressed about the environment, but let's remember the big victories we've scored since the first Earth Day in 1970.

It’s easy to take a pessimistic attitude toward the future of our environment, given recent cabinet appointments and executive orders regarding the environment. But it’s just as important for eco-warriors to remember the victories as well as the steps backwards, because those victories build morale in the movement. Here are just a few of the […]

Four Eco-Friendly Things You Can Do on Earth Day and Every Day

31 Mar

Celebrate Earth Day every day by using these four simple tips to live a more eco-friendly life.

Earth Day is coming up soon—Saturday, April 22, to be exact—and there’s a lot going on, all over the world. From the March for Science to tree planting ceremonies, it seems like everybody’s working on big ways to save the planet. But what if you can’t march? What if you can’t plant a tree? Don’t […]

Crested Ibises and Little Egrets: Mixed-Species Flocks Are Beneficial

27 Mar

Crested ibises and little egrets: Mixed-species flocks benefit both birds.

The crested ibis is an endangered bird local to China, and was thought extinct until seven of them were discovered in 1981. Since then, they have made something of a comeback, but they still face many challenges. According to a recent study by researchers at the Beijing Forestry University, part of the way they deal […]

Earth Day Network Organizes 3-Year Climate Literacy Initiative

24 Mar

Earth Day Network is launching a 3-year global climate and environmental literacy campaign.

Earth Day Network (EDN), the global organizer for Earth Day, is launching a three-year campaign for environmental and climate literacy. Its goals are to promote mandatory environmental and climate literacy education, along with civic engagement and sustainable economic development. “We need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware […]

Potential Ebola Vaccine for Wild Apes Might Not Come to Be

22 Mar

Although an oral vaccine has been developed to treat Ebola in wild chimpanzees and other apes, it may be impossible to do any further research on it.

Unbeknownst to many, Ebola is running rampant among chimpanzees and gorillas. One third of the world’s gorilla population has been lost to Ebola over the last 30 years. Coupled with poaching and habitat loss, diseases like Ebola and anthrax pose a serious threat to the survival of these species, which is why the news of a […]

Scientists Will March on Washington on Earth Day

20 Mar

Scientists are going to march on Washington on Earth Day. But will their protest strengthen or dilute the message of Earth Day, and does it matter?

Earth Day isn’t just for planting trees anymore. On Saturday, April 22, scientists across numerous disciplines, from all over the country, will march for science in Washington, D.C. “The mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter,” the March for Science […]