The Effects of The Illegal Ivory Trade

The Effects of The Illegal Ivory Trade

Large numbers of elephants are slain for their ivory tusks everyday, and the numbers are on the sharp increase. Making big money for poachers and enticing collectors, the illegal ivory trade renders devastating effects. Places that have been listed as major contributors of illegal ivory sales include Thailand, Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Malaysia, the Philippines, China, and Vietnam. Although there are many other countries that also share this problem, central Africa has been regarded as the region with the largest number of illegal activity. One kilo of ivory can sell for at least $3,000 U.S. from these zones…. read more

5 Climate Change Myths Investors Believe

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Considering purchasing new stock in an environmental company? Do you have misgivings because of a climate “fact” you may have heard? Chances are you’ve fallen prey to at least one of these 5 myths before, though you wouldn’t be the first. Hopefully this list changes your mind, or helps you make it up. 5. Isn’t Putting Climate Change “On The Radar” Good Enough? Absolutely not. Imagine if President Lincoln had simply stated, “Slavery is bad” and everyone in Congress said, “Yeah”; do you think any action would have been taken to necessitate change? Climate shift should not be viewed lightly,… read more

Harsh Reality, Not Theory

Harsh Reality Not Theory

It is no longer excusable for anyone to believe climate change isn’t happening, nor is it excusable to think human activity is not causing it—or at the very least exacerbating natural climate change. For the purposes of this writing, regardless if one denies the existence of climate change or if one denies human activity is responsible for making it worse, they will be coupled together and regarded as a “skeptic.” It was allowable for skeptics to spew their scientifically unfounded opinions on climate change when the effects were just theoretical—no one knew better; it was a theory. However, it is… read more

Water Aid Project Takes Man Across Earth

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To raise awareness for Water Aid, independent filmmaker Graham Hughes traveled across the globe on a teeny-tiny budget, filming his adventure. As part of the trip, Graham didn’t travel by plane, rather, he hopped on trains, buses, cars, bikes, and walked to each destination. After it was all said and done, he made a video showing what every country on earth looks like for one second. Check it out below: Water Aid is a charity based in the U.K. that partners with local water sources to deliver aid to drought-suffering areas, and other services. Graham will soon be preparing a… read more

People Have Had It With GMOs

People Have Had It With GMOs

Cities across the globe have been participating in protests against the colossal agricultural company, Monsanto. There have numerous recent marches and awareness campaigns to address the increasing concerns over the use of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs and other agro-chemicals. The company has been scrutinized for holding back food safety research on GMOs that provides information which shows that they are harmful to the environment and human health. Researchers who have examined how they impact the body’s system, including animal research, have concluded that there are in fact staggering results from using the altered additives. Jeffrey Smith, an author and activist, points… read more

25 Largest Man-Made Environmental Disasters

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Chernobyl, the Exxon-Valdez oil spill, the Three-Mile Island explosion, and more. How well do you know your history regarding man-made environmental disasters? Educational YouTube channel ‘List 25’ has created a top 25 list that’s sure to leave you wondering how it’s possible for humanity to have screwed up so many different things all around the same time-period. What did you think? How many of those did you already know, and how many were new? It’s a sad fact, but in the next 50 years, most of those will likely be replaced by disasters we’ve yet to experience.

Update: Kenya’s Turkana Water Reserve

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Last month, news broke of a giant water reserve discovered in Kenya’s Turkana region. While initially this holds optimistic prospects in theory, we have perhaps gotten so carried away in our enthusiasm as to risk overlooking some of the kinks presented with this discovery. Just as a quick refresher, the water reserve in question was the largest of the five unearthed this year in Turkana, which lies in the northwest of Kenya. The aquifer, since named the Lotikipi Basin, is indeed colossal, spanning approximately 62 by 41 miles. It also holds more than 900% of Kenya’s current water reserves. But… read more

Effects of Prenatal Air Pollution Exposure

Prenatal Air Pollution Exposure

Health related research studies that recognize links between psychological dynamics and environmental factors provide a firsthand look into the significance of the relationship between the two. A study looking into psychological distress and air pollution exposure during maternal periods found that these can later have a negative effect on child behavior. Researchers from the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health at the Mailman School of Public Health conducted the study, which was recently published in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. It is a pioneering effort in that it attributes a relationship among mental states during pregnancy and… read more

Save Our Thirsty World

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With some places in the world facing scarce water supplies and some others trickling into the beginning stages of water shortage alerts, water conservation awareness is a must. Though many of us take having a daily water supply for granted, water scarcity around the world is a fundamental issue. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a typical U.S. household containing 4 members uses around 400 gallons of water per day just at home, with most of this being from indoor water use. This is more than twice the daily worldwide average, comprising a large amount of daily water use as… read more

Artful Integrations that Elevate Nature

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The following sculptural installations function to enhance human interactions with the natural environment and how it is viewed. In concept, these structures are not far off from lookout point telescopes. But today, designers are going further to encourage a higher frequency of outdoor excursions, which promise to offer wandering patrons a different perspective with each trip. Aurland Lookout Born from the creative collaboration of Todd Saunders and Tommie Wilhemsen, the Aurland Lookout promises uncompromising aerial views of the municipality for which it is named. The blond ledge extends far beyond the natural precipice, but is guarded with a thin, transparent… read more