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Concerned About “Murder Hornets?” Here’s a Quick Guide to Identifying Different Types of Hornets, Bees and Wasps

July 6, 2020
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Hornets, bees and wasps are common summertime pests. In addition to trying to taste the food at your family BBQ and make nests around your home, they also deliver a nasty sting. This year, Americans have yet another stinging insect to worry about — the murder hornet. This giant Asian native made its way to North America late last year. 

While scientists work to get rid of them before they make the United States their new home, you can protect yourself by learning to identify them and other stinging species. 

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The Surprising Benefits of Wildlife Tourism

June 29, 2020
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Wildlife tourism is a major business, accounting for 20% to 40% of the entire tourism industry’s net value. However, this kind of tourism can also have a detrimental impact on animal populations and their habitats. As people flock to take selfies with sedated tigers or ride abused elephants, they fuel the cycle of unsustainable ecotourism. Their actions further fund animal cruelty, captivity and destruction. 

Yet, many other wildlife tourist attractions actually work to protect animals and their habitats. In allowing tourists to come and experience these animals in their natural environments, these organizations change wildlife tourism — and the future of animals everywhere — for the better. 

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How Does Plastic Affect Animals and How Can We Help Wildlife?

June 24, 2020
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It’s difficult to ignore the detrimental effects of climate change. Sometimes, it’s even more complicated to understand it. We know that vehicles emit tons of carbon dioxide, and many of our energy sources operate on fossil fuels. Air pollution harms the Earth’s atmosphere and our own health, but what about plastic pollution?

The majority of us aren’t directly affected by plastic waste. Unfortunately, millions of animals are and that’s why it’s so important to learn about its impacts. This world belongs to all creatures, so we need to become informed and prepared so we can take action.

Check out the effects of plastic pollution and see how you can help.

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Animals Brought Back From Extinction in the Past Decade

June 15, 2020
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Sustainability is all about finding new ways to protect the planet. You might conserve natural resources or recycle more, but you should also think about how people can help the animal kingdom. Animals survived throughout most of history without depending on people, but now human pollution and hunting habits have brought some species to near extinction, and it’s our job to ensure those species are animals brought back from extinction.

It’s created more of an urgency for people to jump into conservation efforts. Sometimes this means enacting laws, and other times it’s about putting a species on endangered lists. When you’re beginning your journey to a more eco-friendly life, you should learn about which species are most at risk and what people do to save them.

Here are some animals brought back from extinction in the past decade. The efforts that saved them may help other species that become endangered.

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Environmental Volunteering Could Be the Key to Saving the Planet

June 8, 2020
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If you’re passionate about recycling, education, wildlife or clean water, environmental volunteering is right up your alley. And even if you aren’t particularly enthusiastic about these things, you can be. All it takes is a single volunteer experience to change the way you see the Earth and find a new appreciation for all it provides. Plus, your actions truly do benefit the planet. In fact, they might even help save it.

By getting involved, you take one step towards a cleaner, healthier Earth. Furthermore, you inspire others to join in and do the same. And global participation will, more likely than not, result in worldwide change. Below, you’ll find a few key components to a healthy Earth and ways in which you can begin to manifest and inspire lasting change.

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How Does Climate Change Affect Bird Migration?

May 15, 2020
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Climate change affects every living organism on Earth. From polar bears to rabbits, each creature struggles to adapt to rising temperatures, longer and shorter seasons and limited resources. Among them are birds. Hundreds of species rely on subtle changes in temperature to find food, breed, nest and relocate. 

So how does climate change affect bird migration?

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How Environmental Reading Is Beneficial for All Ages

April 15, 2020
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Everyone grows up understanding the importance of education. Whether you graduate from a public or private school or head to a university, everyone knows new knowledge changes who you are. It informs you and shows you the world so that you become a more well-rounded person.

Much of that change comes from reading, especially when kids start at a young age. Children may get books about making friends or sharing with their siblings, but they can grasp more essential topics as well. That’s why so many authors have published books for all ages that discuss the environment.

Check out how environmental reading is beneficial for all ages. It may make you more curious to pick up a book for yourself or bring some home to your family. 

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Have Australian Bushfires Led to Wildlife Extinction?

April 10, 2020
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The Australian wildfires are unprecedented. More than 25 million acres burned — around the size of Indiana in the U.S. With such widespread destruction, it can be difficult to process just how much of an impact these fires had on the environment. The bushfires resulted in the loss of human life, thousands of homes, millions of acres of forest and more than 1 billion animals. 

Like the California disaster of 2019, the most devastating wildfire in the state’s history, the Australian bushfires have a significant effect on both humans and the environment. While it is too soon to state with certainty whether the wildfires have led to wildlife extinction, little-known species will likely feel the greatest impact.

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Scientists Search for Animals Spreading Coronavirus

March 30, 2020
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In early December, the city of Wuhan, China, became the epicenter of the novel coronavirus. Since then, the virus has spread across the globe, infecting more than 500,000 people and killing more than 20,000. As scientists race to find the culprit behind the infection, evidence points to animals — namely those sold at a specific market in Wuhan. 

While numerous species remain suspect in investigating the cause, including bats and pangolins, the mystery remains unsolved. Meanwhile, the virus continues to spread. 

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What Does Ocean Habitat Destruction Mean for Our Planet?

March 27, 2020
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Human activities have been affecting our oceans and the life within them for centuries. But, only recently has the world begun to notice these detrimental effects. From low oxygen levels to ocean oil slicks, entire marine ecosystems are rapidly taking a turn for the worse. In many areas, our actions have even created unlivable ocean conditions, endangering marine life and, therein affecting our own economy and food supply. If we hope to recover from these effects, we must work together to restore the marine ecosystems we’ve so carelessly destroyed. 

Polluted Seas

As humanity’s dependency on plastic continues to grow, so will its effect on ocean habitats. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, for instance, stretches 1.6 million square kilometers and largely consists of plastic objects and small microplastics. Marine animals mistake this floating debris for food, but these plastics are indigestible, filling their stomachs until they starve. Thes plastic particles also spread hazardous chemicals that can climb up the food chain and destroy entire ecosystems. Currently, ocean debris directly affects more than 800 marine species.

Humanity’s demand for oil has also resulted in a more polluted ocean. Oil spills contribute about 12% of all ocean oil, while shipping, drains, dumping and drilling produce the other 88%. New methods of hunting for oil also have a significant impact on marine life. Seismic blasts used to detect new drill sites have decreased the number of zooplankton, which are an essential food and oxygen source for many species like fish and whales. Therefore, increased drilling operations have the potential to affect every level of the aquatic food chain.

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