This short 'Story of Stuff' animation shows how tiny plastic microbeads go down the drain and into our rivers, lakes, and oceans and what we can do to stop this unnecessary assault on our public waters. TAKE ACTION: bit.ly/banthebead
 

 
 
 
 





Dow Chemical just unveiled its newest milkweed-destroying herbicide -- Enlist Duo -- which will continue the assault on North America’s already ravaged iconic monarch butterfly populations. Monarch populations have plummeted dramatically in recent years, from a total of 1 billion 20 years ago, to 57 million in the winter of 2015 -- the second lowest count on record.

Tell Dow’s CEO to reverse course, shelve the company’s plan for selling Enlist Duo and save imperiled monarchs. Sign the petition: nrdc.org/1K0TKgY
 

 
 
 
 





Elephant calf rescued from well in Kerala, India.

The rescue is as scary as the situation.

Once the calf was safe, he fled back into the forest. 

According to foresters he did not suffer any injuries....

 

 
 
 
 





Climate change is real, so why the controversy and debate? Learn to make sense of the science and to respond to climate change denial in Denial101x, a course from UQx and edX.

What you'll learn:

 
    How to recognise the social and psychological drivers of climate science denial
    How to better understand climate change: the evidence that it is happening, that humans are causing it and the potential impacts
    How to identify the techniques and fallacies that climate myths employ to distort climate science
    How to effectively debunk climate misinformation
 
Given by: University of Queensland, Length: 7 weeks. Free.


To discuss the videos, enroll at: edx.org/understanding-climate-... and join us in the edX discussion forum
 

 
 
 
 





Rescued tigers swim for the first time...
International Fund For Animal Welfare's Kelly Donithan visits tigers Carli and Lily at Safe Haven Rescue Zoo in Nevada and witnesses the first time they are able to feel what it's like to swim! They were confiscated together by the Department of Environmental Conservation in New York in 2014. They had been caged by a private individual for 12 years. For more information go to www.ifaw.org

 
 
 
 





An experimental timelapse video created for SKYGLOWPROJECT.COM, a Kickstarter quest (April 3 - May 9th, 2015) designed to explore the effects and dangers of urban light pollution in contrast with some of the most incredible Dark Sky Preserves in North America.


Learn what you can do to help! Please contribute to the SKYGLOW campaign now or before May 9th if you can or help us spread the word, so we can all help save the night skies! 

Inspired by the "Darkened Cities" stills project by Thierry Cohen, this short film imagines the galaxy over the glowing metropolis of Los Angeles through composited timelapse and star trail astrophotography. Shot by Gavin Heffernan (SunchaserPictures.com) and Harun Mehmedinovic (Bloodhoney.com). SKYGLOW is endorsed by the International Dark Sky Association darksky.org. SKYGLOWPROJECT.COM

 

 
 
 
 





Stand For Trees.
Dear Future Generations...sorry...
standfortrees.org

 
 
 
 



 


Populations of tiny forage fish, such as herring and sardines, fluctuate naturally, and sometimes collapse. This can have harmful effects on the fishing industry and on larger animals (including whales, tuna, birds, and seals) that depend on forage fish for sustenance. But a 2014 study offers a clue as to how we might make such collapses less severe.

The study, led by Pew marine fellow Tim Essington, found that intense fishing makes collapses worse than would be expected from natural fluctuations alone. That means we may be able to make a big difference for fishermen and forage fish if we time our fishing right. pewmarinefellows.org
 

 
 
 
 




 

When you see a sea otter, they’re usually either eating or digesting,” often munching on urchins, says ecologist Anne Salomon, a Pew marine fellow. That's a good thing for some kelp beds. Without otters to control urchin numbers, the spiky shellfish can devour the beds, leaving barren seascapes behind.

Fifty years ago, sea otters were so sought after for their fur that they disappeared from the Canadian coast. But now they're bouncing back and—as seen in this video—competing with humans for the region's shellfish. www.pewmarinefellows.org

 

 
 
 
 





Five years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, leading scientists tell NRDC science scribe Perrin Ireland what happened to BP's oil and what they know about its impact on the Gulf. Learn more: www.onearth.org/gulf

Scientists, in order of appearance:

Michael J Blum, Tulane University
Christopher Reddy, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Thomas Ryerson, National Ocean and Atmospheric Institution
Elizabeth Kujawinski, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Samantha Joye, University of Georgia

See the list of Gulf Impacts here: onearth.org/gulfimpacts
 

 
 
 
 





Scientists aboard the remotely operated research vessel Nautilus got photobombed in a big way when, much to their delight, a sperm whale took an interest in their vehicle. The team, led by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Robert Ballard (of Titanic fame), was working off the Louisiana coast on April 14th when the surprise struck (or actually, nudged and circled around). The gray beauty did twirls for the ROV’s camera nearly 2,000 feet beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. Such encounters are incredibly rare.
 

 
 
 
 




 

Earth is an oceanic planet, and its seabeds remain largely unexplored. Andrew Wheeler and his team use ROVs to collect core samples from the deep ocean, their layers revealing Earth's geological history. Andrew tells the story a grain of sand taken from the deep ocean, and how it has changed our understanding of how Ireland's landscape was shaped two million years ago.

Andrew Wheeler is a marine geologist and ocean explorer. He has led many deep-water surveys mapping and sampling the seabed. Andrew's studies have taken him from the Arctic to sub-tropical Pacific, from mid-ocean ridges to shallow shelf, and he is fascinated by the geology of cold-water coral reefs.
 

 
 
 
 





As founder and principal designer at SCAPE, a landscape architecture and urban design office, Kate Orff works every day to bring her passion for sustainable development, biodiversity and community-based change to life. In this engaging talk at TEDxGowanus, Kate highlights her Blue Mussel Pilot project, among others, and how a new approach to coastal protection can transform New York Harbor and the communities that share it. This talk also provides an update on her original TED.com talk here: www.ted.com/talks/kate_orff_oy...
 

 
 
 
 





Koen Olthuis studied Architecture and Industrial Design at the Delft University of Technology. In his vision today's designers are an essential part of the climate change generation and should start to enhance their perspective on urban components to become dynamic instead of static. His solution called City Apps, are floating urban components that add a certain function to the existing static grid of a city. More info on www.tedxvilnius.com.
 

 
 
 
 





Bill Moyers presents and introduces the short documentary Dance of the Honey Bee. Narrated by Bill McKibben, the film takes a look at the determined, beautiful and vital role honey bees play in preserving life, as well as the threats bees face from a rapidly changing landscape. "Not only are we dependent on the honey bee for much of what we eat," says Bill, "there is, of course, a grace and elegance they bring to the natural world that would diminish us all were they to disappear."
 

 
 
 
 





The accomplishments of Playwright and Actress Kaiulani Lee.

The most alarming of all man’s assaults upon the environment is the contamination of air, earth, rivers, and sea with dangerous and even lethal materials. This pollution is for the most part irrecoverable; the chain of evil it initiates not only in the world that must support life but in living tissues is for the most part irreversible. In this now universal contamination of the environment, chemicals are the sinister and little-recognized partners of radiation in changing the very nature of the world — the very nature of its life. — Rachel Carson

Read more: billmoyers.com &
Kaiulani Lee: billmoyers.com
 

 
 
 
 






A colony of Patagonian seabirds nesting across the coast of Argentina.

 
This amazing footage was taken by a drone and shows 5,300 pairs of nesting birds, covering a staggering 2,000 square metres. www.catersnews.com
 
 
 
 
 





As people spend more time indoors, ecotherapy is emerging as a way to help rebuild our relationships with nature—and improve mental and physical health. James Hamblin visits San Francisco to learn more. twitter.com/jameshamblin
 

 
 
 
 





Can you see the stars at night? Only a few centuries ago, the Milky Way was visible from almost anywhere in America. Today, more than 99 percent of the population in the continental U.S. live in light-polluted areas. It's impossible to see the Milky Way in more than two-thirds of the country.

While it's unclear exactly how this change affects our culture and health, scientists are beginning to take notice of the disappearing night sky. The International Dark Sky Association works to reverse light pollution by studying the ways we light our streets and cities. Major metropolitan areas in Los Angeles and New York City are already transitioning to LEDs, which have the potential to greatly reduce the amount of light pollution in the sky. Maybe, just maybe, there's hope for our stars. www.theatlantic.com/video

 
 
 
 




 

LOPIFIT a new Walking Bike invention.

Meet Bruin Bergmeester of Holland who in his spare time has invented a new form of transport: the Lopifit. The Lopifit is a totally new way of moving. With the electric assist it takes no more effort to walk then “a walk in the park”. The electric assist in combination with the gear is boosting your walking pace up to the speed of a regular bike. 40km range. www.lopifit.nl

 

 
 
 
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