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Pros and Cons of Farm-Raised Fish vs. Wild Caught

August 26, 2020
farm raised fish vs wild caught

Farm-raised fish vs. wild-caught, which is better? Unfortunately, the answer is not so simple. The climate is changing, and the seafood industry is adjusting with it. 

Wild-caught fish may be more nutritious and support a more localized economy, but farmed fish provides a stable supply for a growing population. Comparing the two requires examining the social, economic and environmental impact of each. 

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The Pros and Cons of the Commercial Fishing Industry

August 24, 2020
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Commercial fishing has received a great deal of negative press in recent years, and for good reason. Overfishing has significantly affected marine life, hurt vulnerable populations and damaged sensitive ecosystems. However, proactive improvements can turn commercial fishing into a sustainable industry that does not harm the environment.

Fish serves as a nutritious food for worldwide populations. Many people rely on seafood for vital nutrients, like protein. Unfortunately, the commercial fishing industry is part of the global economy, meaning many regions now export the majority of their catch. This leaves coastal communities vulnerable to food insecurity. 

In addition, climate change and its effects on ocean health are directly impacting the fishing industry. Improving sustainability requires evaluating commercial fishing pros and cons, and then affecting positive changes from the information gathered.

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What Are the Top Pros and Cons of Aquaculture?

July 20, 2020
pros and cons of aquaculture

Aquaculture, or fish farming, is a practice that might sound relatively new but has been around for thousands of years. It dates back to 475 BC when a man in China named Fan Lai penned a book on how to raise fish for food. While he may have been raising food for his family or village, Fan Lai could never have imagined the sheer scale of the aquaculture industry as it exists today.

Aquaculture has also been in the news recently due to a presidential executive order that may open the doors to allow fish farms to operate in the open ocean. While aquaculture does provide a substantial portion of the fish we consume every year, environmental activists are up in arms against this executive order because of the potential damage that it could do to ocean ecosystems. 

If you want to learn more about this age-old trend, consider the pros and cons of aquaculture.

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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
how does plastic affect animals

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
climate change affect bird migration

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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