Campaign For Ugly Animals

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We all know that when it comes to unspoken life rules, anything cute and cuddly takes priority above everything else. This is why cute animals rarely make it to the endangered species list, and when they do, the world rallies to save them. After all, we couldn’t live without cute lil’ Sea Lions swimming around, right? (ok, I take that back, those things are absolutely adorable). Here’s a quick video describing the UAPS and their mission: It’s because of backwards human psychology that ‘The Ugly Animal Preservation Society’ exists in the first place. Congratulations, world; you’re responsible for the extinction… read more

Common Crane Recolonizing in Scotland

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After centuries of absence, common cranes are beginning to recolonize in Scotland. The return was not an organized attempt by conservationists, but the natural migration and breeding of at least one mating pair. Beyond Scotland, small pools of cranes are turning up in northern and western Europe. Cranes are of an unmistakable symbolism, playing a role in the myths of regions as varied as France and east Asia. Flamboyant and temperamental, these lithe and leggy creatures are gifted with long, slender physiques, which they use to participate in lively mating rituals. This is perhaps the reason that a majority of… read more

Uncovering Under-Water “Mystery Circles”

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In the perilous waters of Amami Oshima, Southern Japan, sea beds lay inscribed with ornate circles of a once mysterious origin. Within these circles intricate sweeps and grooves create shapely mounds of sand that come together and part to constellate geometric works of art that mirror the symbolic art of ancient Celts just as much as they emulate crop circles. The “mystery circles” were first discovered 20 years ago, some 80 ft below the water’s surface. Images of the circles were captured by Yoji Ookata, a deep sea photographer, while diving in the southern tip of Japan’s coast. Having obtained his… read more

An Incredibly Insightful YouTube Video

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If you have 3-minutes to spare out of your busy day, we encourage you to check this video out. Edited by David Bayliss, the clips are taken from various documentaries about the earth. We’ve created a list of important eco films you should see when you get the chance, so consider this a sneak peak at the beauty you’ll discover by watching them.

5 Eco Films You Need To Watch Right Now

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You probably think you know quite a bit about our planet, but the truth is, you really don’t. These five films will blow your mind (which is such a cliche phrase, but totally applies in this case). Check it: Earth This BBC documentary is a long one to be sure, but definitely worth the time to sit down and take an adventure around our planet. Narrated by an epic cast including Patrick Stewart, James Earl Jones, and Ken Watanabe, ‘Earth’ is one documentary to remember. March of The Penguins Follow the annual journey of Emperor Penguins to their breeding grounds…. read more

Astounding Water Imagery Captured On Paper

Astounding Water Imagery Captured On Paper

Artwork often captivates us because it takes us to places we cannot see or imagine ourselves. It can inspire, provoke strong emotions and can resonate throughout our thoughts, just by seeing an image that we connect with in some way. Zaria Forman is an artist that produces visually captivating pieces, and once knowing the story behind her works they become even more riveting. Her water imagery is lovingly and ardently fueled by her mother’s memory and impressive career, which also generated beautiful works revolving around remote regions and aquatic landscapes. Working with pastels, each meticulous detail is placed on paper. Her… read more

Teaching Children About Biomimicry

Teaching Children About Biomimicry

Children love to learn more about the world around them. Feed their curious minds with age appropriate, free activities and lesson plans that revolve around biomimicry so they can further relate their outer surroundings to areas in their own lives. Teach Engineering has a hands-on activity for kids with a suggested age of around 3 through 5, though it can be altered to suit other ages. Provided from the College of Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the focus is on natural design and how engineers apply it to making products. Learners are asked to think about solutions… read more

The Ugly Side Of The Green Movement

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Sometimes in the name of a good cause, bad things tend to happen. This Kickstarter documentary by J.D. King investigates the ugly side of environmentalism, interviewing people and companies affected by new regulations, activists, scientists, historians, and government officials. The film received its full funding this past November, and is due for release this winter. It’s good to hear both sides of an argument in order to make the most educated decisions in life, and the green movement is a great example of such an argument. Have a thought? Share it in the comments below.

EPA Receives Protests Over Plant Labeling – and Listens

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If you’ve been keeping up with current news concerning the staggering rate of bee die-offs (or viewed Blackle’s recent post on the matter), you’ll be well aware the detrimental impact of insecticides on the global bee population. In addition to the decline of bee populations, this month’s coverage of insecticide-treated “bee friendly” plants from Home Depot and other garden centers has invoked powerful responses from environmentalists and concerned consumers alike. The insecticides used on these plants were neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides proven as harmful to pollinators and the food supply. After months of neglecting to respond to public concern,… read more

5 Projects To Connect You With Your Ancestors

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We always enjoy writing about DIY projects, because let’s be honest, they’re great fun, educational, and sometimes last longer than cheap store-bought products. This time, however, we’ll ditch the electronics entirely, and focus on projects your great-great-great-great grandfather might have made for fun. Build A Sundial Believe it or not, people used to tell the time by using rudimentary equipment that harnessed the magic of the sun. That’s code for “they didn’t have iPhones back in the day”. In eight easy steps, you too can harness that power in your backyard by following this simple tutorial from WikiHow. Build A… read more