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Rare All-White Humpback Whale, Migaloo, Caught On Camera Off Australia

Written by on June 20, 2014 in Wildlife with 1 Comment
Rare All-White Humpback Whale, Migaloo, Caught On Camera Off Australia

One of the world’s rarest whales was filmed frolicking in the ocean near Sydney by Australian camera crews. The mammal, an all-white male humpback named Migaloo, is making its annual migration up the south coast. According to Australian media, the famous whale can often be seen in the waters off the New South Wales coast during the last week of June.

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New Harvard Study Strengthens Link Between Neonicotinoids and Bee Colony Collapse

New Harvard Study Strengthens Link Between Neonicotinoids and Bee Colony Collapse

Two widely used neonicotinoids—a class of insecticide—appear to significantly harm honey bee colonies over the winter, particularly during colder winters, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).

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World’s No. 1 Pesticide Brings Honeybees To Their Knees, Say Scientists

Written by on May 12, 2014 in Environment, Environmental Hazards, Wildlife with 0 Comments
World’s No. 1 Pesticide Brings Honeybees To Their Knees, Say Scientists

A new study from Harvard implicates two neonicotinoid pesticides, imidacloprid and clothianidin, in the ongoing plague of honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder. Imidacloprid is the most widely used pesticide in the world, and both are approved by the EPA.

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An Unlikely Alliance Remaking The Climate Movement

An Unlikely Alliance Remaking The Climate Movement

The coalition of cowboys and Indians offers a radical departure from the environmental movement long criticized for being led by the so-called Big Greens — largely white, middle class membership groups whose interests don’t often represent those actually living in the frontline communities where the pipeline will be built. Moreover, it is a model of relationship-based organizing.

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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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