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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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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One Quarter of the World’s Cartilaginous Fish, Namely Sharks and Rays, Face Imminent Extinction

Posted by on January 23, 2014 in Environment, Wildlife with 0 Comments
One Quarter of the World’s Cartilaginous Fish, Namely Sharks and Rays, Face Imminent Extinction

One quarter of the world’s cartilaginous fish, namely sharks and rays, face extinction within the next few decades, according to the first study to systematically and globally assess their fate

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Dolphins Slaughtered in Japan’s Taiji (Killing) Cove (VIDEO)

Posted by on January 21, 2014 in Wildlife with 3 Comments
Dolphins Slaughtered in Japan’s Taiji (Killing) Cove (VIDEO)

On Tuesday, fishermen on Japan’s Pacific coast kill more than 200 dolphins as their annual hunt begins. The dolphins are driven into shallow water in Taiji cove by fishermen using nets and boat engines, where fishermen in boats and some in wetsuits tie their tails to stop them escaping. A tarpaulin is then erected to stop cameras from filming the killing and the blood seeping into the sea.

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Study: Pesticides Are Creating Smaller Worker Bees

Posted by on January 20, 2014 in Environment, Environmental Hazards, Wildlife with 0 Comments
Study: Pesticides Are Creating Smaller Worker Bees

Study findings show that the widespread use of the pyrethroid pesticide is causing worker bees to hatch at a smaller size and demonstrate ongoing retarded growth. The research, published today in the Journal of Applied Ecology, reveals that prolonged exposure to a pyrethroid pesticide, which is used on flowering crops to prevent insect damage, reduces the size of individual bees produced by a colony.

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SeaWorld Rigs Online Poll About ‘Blackfish’

Posted by on January 13, 2014 in Environment, Wildlife with 3 Comments
SeaWorld Rigs Online Poll About ‘Blackfish’

SeaWorld tried to rig an online poll about the “Blackfish” documentary in an unfortunate attempt to regain lost approval. The poll showed an overwhelming support for the aquatic theme park, but was soon discovered to be fixed in favor of SeaWorld as a result of the steady stream of consumer backlash following the release of “Blackfish.”

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The World Is Losing Its Biggest Carnivores: Study

Posted by on January 12, 2014 in Environment, Wildlife with 0 Comments
The World Is Losing Its Biggest Carnivores: Study

A new study from Oregon State finds the majority of the world’s largest carnivores have seen a population drop.

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As Predators Vanish, Ecosystems Thrown Off Balance: Scientists

Posted by on January 10, 2014 in Wildlife with 0 Comments
As Predators Vanish, Ecosystems Thrown Off Balance: Scientists

A steep decline in large predators is threatening endangered species and disrupting ecosystems from the tropic to the arctic, scientists warn. Over 75 percent of the 31 large carnivore species—including lions, dingoes, wolves, otters, and bears—face shrinking numbers, according to a Friday report in the journal Science. Of these, 17 species now live in less than half of the ranges they previously occupied.

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