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The Math and Mystery of Starling Murmurations

Written by on April 29, 2014 in Wildlife with 0 Comments
The Math and Mystery of Starling Murmurations

If you’ve ever seen a group of starlings in flight, you’ve appreciated one of nature’s most hypnotic sights — the lava-lamp-like flow of a murmuration. SciShow’s Hank Green explains the biology and mathematics behind this beautiful phenomenon.

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Sea for Yourself: Livestream Video of the Deep Seafloor

Written by on April 22, 2014 in Environment, Nature, Wildlife with 0 Comments
Sea for Yourself: Livestream Video of the Deep Seafloor

Research ship Okeanos Explorer is roaming the Gulf of Mexico, and its remotely operated vehicle is live streaming video that any landlubber can enjoy. The need to understand the Gulf should resonate this month, because the four-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion was Sunday, April 20.

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Government Agencies Battle Over Adverse Impact of Cell Tower Radiation on Wildlife

Written by on April 6, 2014 in Environment, Wildlife with 2 Comments
Government Agencies Battle Over Adverse Impact of Cell Tower Radiation on Wildlife

The dangers to people of Wi-Fi and the electromagnetic radiation emitted from cell phones and various “smart” devices are quickly becoming a non-debatable. There is also mounting evidence that these dangers extend to wildlife as cell towers are becoming more prevalent, deeper into previously non-explored areas. This potential threat to wildlife appears to be such that it has sparked an attack by the Department of the Interior against the FCC for what they claim are outdated standards.

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Half of European Bumblebees In Decline, Quarter Face Extinction – Study

Written by on April 2, 2014 in Environment, Wildlife with 0 Comments
Half of European Bumblebees In Decline, Quarter Face Extinction – Study

Almost one-quarter of European crops’ vital pollinators – bumblebees – could die out in the coming years, as half of the species are declining, a new study says. Citing human factor and climate change, it warns of “serious implications” for agriculture.

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Citizen Solution for Saving the Bees – You Can Help

Citizen Solution for Saving the Bees – You Can Help

Can citizens, rather than governments or corporations, solve the vanishing bee problem by making it easy to keep bees? Join the OSBH team to find out!

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The Magic of Pollination: Stunning Time-Lapse Photography

Written by on March 27, 2014 in Environment, Environmental Hazards, Nature, Wildlife with 0 Comments
The Magic of Pollination: Stunning Time-Lapse Photography

Honeybees are vanishing. Reignite your passion to save them by watching this stunning high-speed clip of the world of pollen and pollinators from Wings of Life.

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Eugene, Oregon Bans Bee Killing Pesticides

Written by on March 22, 2014 in Environment, Wildlife with 1 Comment
Eugene, Oregon Bans Bee Killing Pesticides

Eugene, Oregon has banned pesticides that can kill bees, taking a stand against the wave of bee collapse at the hands of harsh human pesticides. Tyrel Ventura and Tabetha Wallace look at the forward thinking step that has been taken by the Oregon community that is known for their liberal policies in this Buzzsaw news clip.

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These Baby Seals Are in Danger

Written by on March 22, 2014 in Wildlife with 2 Comments
These Baby Seals Are in Danger

Each year, tens of thousands of baby seals are slaughtered off the coast of Newfloundland — shot, stabbed, skinned — all for their fur. We need your help to end this horrific slaughter. Help Stop the Slaughter of Baby Seals

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UK Home Garden Diversity Aids Suffering Bee Population

Written by on March 20, 2014 in Environment, Wildlife with 0 Comments
UK Home Garden Diversity Aids Suffering Bee Population

If you plant it, they will come. A new study confirms the crucial aid that typical British gardeners might unknowingly provide to rapidly declining pollinators. According to Ecologists at Plymouth University, it matters not to busy bees where they are getting their food sources. When searching for nectar and pollen, urban gardens make happy destinations for bumblebees. In fact, it might seem counter intuitive but urban dwellings can provide a safer area for bees that otherwise might get exposed to so much agricultural spraying.

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Mass Scallop Die Off a ‘Red Flag’ for the World’s Oceans

Written by on March 17, 2014 in Environment, Environmental Hazards, Wildlife with 0 Comments
Mass Scallop Die Off a ‘Red Flag’ for the World’s Oceans

An increase of acidity in the Pacific Ocean is quickly killing off one of the world’s most beloved shellfish, the scallop, according to a report by the British Columbia Shellfish Grower’s Association.

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Millions of Scallops Dead Due to Ocean Acidification

Written by on February 27, 2014 in Environment, Wildlife with 0 Comments
Millions of Scallops Dead Due to Ocean Acidification

Lovers of seafood, beware. Ocean acidification is wreaking havoc on populations of seafood just about everywhere. The latest victim? Millions of scallops at a shellfish producer in British Columbia. The Parksville Qualicum Beach News reports that rising acidity in the waters off the west coast of Canada has claimed three years worth of scallops, worth more than $10 million, at Island Scallops, a local shellfish producer.

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Feds Unveil Plan To Save Honey Bees — And $15 Billion In Crops They Pollinate

Written by on February 26, 2014 in Environment, Wildlife with 0 Comments
Feds Unveil Plan To Save Honey Bees — And $15 Billion In Crops They Pollinate

Claiming that the future of American food production depends on a revived honey bee population, the Agriculture Department on Tuesday announced it will spend $3 million to help ranchers and farmers improve the health of the bugs, key to pollinating $15 billion worth of food.

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Environmentalists’ Valentine Day Wish to Home Depot and Lowes: Stop Selling Bee-Harming Plants

Written by on February 14, 2014 in Environmental Hazards, Wildlife with 0 Comments
Environmentalists’ Valentine Day Wish to Home Depot and Lowes: Stop Selling Bee-Harming Plants

More Than a Half Million People Demand Home Depot and Lowe’s Stop Selling Bee-Killing Pesticides. Dennis van Engelsdorp: “Why are we using these highly toxic chemicals on plants that have no human health risk or pose no food safety risk? Why are we marketing products that are so toxic to insects for purely ornamental use?”

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The Sixth Extinction: Elizabeth Kolbert on How Humans Are Causing Largest Die-Off Since Dinosaur Age

Written by on February 11, 2014 in Environment, Wildlife with 0 Comments
The Sixth Extinction: Elizabeth Kolbert on How Humans Are Causing Largest Die-Off Since Dinosaur Age

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In the history of the planet, there have been five known mass extinction events. The last came 65 million years ago, when an asteroid about half the size of Manhattan collided with the earth, wiping out the dinosaurs and bringing the Cretaceous period to an end. Scientists say we are now experiencing the sixth extinction, with up to 50 percent of all living species in danger of disappearing by the end of the century. But unlike previous extinctions, the direct cause this time is us. In “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History,” journalist Elizabeth Kolbert visits four continents to document the massive “die-offs” that came millions of years ago and those now unfolding before our eyes.

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Whale Wars Captain on Dolphin Slaughter Sabotage

Written by on January 30, 2014 in Environment, Wildlife with 0 Comments
Whale Wars Captain on Dolphin Slaughter Sabotage

Abby Martin speaks with Captain Paul Watson, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society about the slaughter of marine mammals in places like Taiji, Japan, and what his foundation is doing to counter the rampant poaching.

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