Animals, Great Pics

Dissecting the colossal squid – this is only the second specimen ever found

Dr Kat Bolstad, who led the dissection, showing the colossal squid's tentacles.

Smaller, yet heavier then their legendary brethren, the giant squid, the colossal squid is an elusive animal that lives deep in the Antarctic waters. Scientists have known of their existence since the 1920s, judging from scraps  found inside whales and sucker imprints on whale skin. It wasn’t until 2007 that the first complete specimen was found, and the same ship that…

Environment, News

Norway to pay Liberia to stop cutting its woods

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Norway will pay impoverished African country Liberia $150m (£91.4m) to entirely stop deforestation by 2020. Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world, and its economy is extremely underdeveloped. Mix this current situation with the recent Ebola outbreak, and you get a recipe for disaster. Logging is a simple source of revenue in such situations, and Norway wants to…

Environmental Issues, News, World Problems

Eric Schmidt: ALEC is lying about climate change and funding them was a mistake

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt speaks at the Chinese University in Hong Kong on November 4, 2013. PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images

Environmental groups were outraged when Google announced in 2013 that it would fund the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a well known anti-global warming organization who’s on a mission to kill renewable energy projects and introduce climate change denial literature in schools. Now, Eric Schmidt, former CEO and current Executive Chairman of Google, says that funding ALEC was a big mistake,…

Environment, News

400,000 People Gather in New York for Climate Change March

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Some 400,000 people participated in the New York Climate March – which has become the largest climate march in history. The march began at 11:30 am, and several government officials and celebrities participated as well (UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, former vice president Al Gore, NY mayor Bill de Blasio, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Senator Bernard Sanders, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, Leonardo di Caprio, Mark…

News, Pollution, World Problems

For the first time, China surpasses the EU in per capita CO2 emissions

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Despite significant steps towards a more sustainable future, China is still the world’s most polluting country – and it’s not only their sheer population that’s the cause. A new study conducted by two British researchers revealed that China emits more CO2 per capita than Europe. They also estimate that we have already released two thirds of the fossil-fuel emissions allowable under…

Animals, News

Japan continues whaling, despite international ban

Japan killed 3,600 whales since 2005 alone. Photograph: ISSEI KATO/REUTERS

Tokyo announced a new round of culls in the Southern Ocean despite the International Whaling Commission (IWC) banning them from doing that. Sadistic hunts Despite sparking international outrage due to whaling, Japan shows no signs of stopping. A UN ban didn’t stop them, and apparently, neither will and IWC one. The 65th meeting of the world’s whale conservation body voted by 35 to…

News, Pollution, Renewable Energy

Public transportation holds key for cleaner city, fights against climate change

A bus in Dubai - public transportation can go a long way in sustainability and climate stability.

It may seem clear, but you need a study to have certainty: public transportation is cheap and “green”. A recent research concluded that effective public transit systems can provide a cost-effective solution to fighting global change at a global level. If public transits are improved throughout the entire world, the report shows that urban transportation could be cut by more than half by…

Animals, Biology

Meet the aye-aye: the strangest looking primate in the world

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Exclusively found in the north-eastern parts of Madagascar, these peculiarly looking primates may both be the strangest and adorable looking things you’ll see all day. Aye-ayes (Daubentonia madagascariensis) are dark brown or black and are distinguished by a bushy tail that is larger than their body; and they also look like gremlins. Distinguishing features include big, penetrating eyes, large sensitive ears and very…

News, Pollution, World Problems

Greenland’s ice is no longer white – and that’s bad news for climate change

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Everyone knows that Greenland isn’t exactly green – it’s covered in snow, so it should be white. Except… it’s not white anymore. Jason Box, a member of the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, has been studying the snow in Greenland over the summer and his observations are seriously disturbing. According to him, the snow is darker than ever, and this…

Environment, News, World Problems

Texas proposes rewriting school text books to deny manmade climate change

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Texas wants to rewrite 6th grade school books to deny that climate change is caused by humans, falsely claiming scientific disagreement on the topic. The proposed Texan science book writes “scientists…do not agree on what is causing the [climate] change”. Let’s take a moment to analyze the facts here. While climate change denial may be given a lot of air…