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Cuttlefish, Masters of Camouflage, Have Newly Discovered Super Power

Cuttlefish – the cephalopods known for their stunning ability to instantly change color and texture to blend into surroundings – have another, newly …

Zoology

Palm oil is destroying the planet and killing animals – and it’s in almost everything

Have you ever heard of palm oil?<p>If not, you’re guaranteed to have tried it – because it’s used in almost everything you eat, drink and use.<p>For …

Sustainability

Orcas can imitate human speech, research reveals

Killer whales able to copy words such as ‘hello’ and ‘bye bye’ as well as sounds from other orcas, study shows<p>High-pitched, eerie and yet distinct, the sound of a voice calling the name “Amy” is unmistakable. But this isn’t a human cry – it’s the voice of a killer whale called Wikie.<p>New research …

Killer Whales

12 Bizarre Events From The World Which Prove That We’ve Done Some Serious Damage To The Planet

<b>For decades, we have been told that climate is changing and this change will cause serious irreversible damage to the Earth's ecosystem.</b> But it seems …

Global Warming

Vaquita porpoise facing extinction after £3m rescue plan abandoned

Only hope for world’s most endangered marine mammal now rests with bid to stop illegal fishing<p>A last-ditch attempt to save the world’s most endangered marine mammal, the vaquita, by taking them into human care has been abandoned. The chances that this rare species of porpoise will become extinct …

MPs refuse to recognise that animals feel pain or emotion in Brexit bill vote

MPs have voted to reject the inclusion of animal sentience – the admission that animals feel emotion and pain – into the EU Withdrawal Bill.<p>The move …

Many Sharks Live a Century—Longer Than Thought

Radioactivity from nuclear bombs has helped reveal lengthy lifespans, a new analysis says.<p>We humans go to great lengths to appear younger than we are. Sharks, it seems, do it naturally.<p>About a decade ago, studies began to hint that many sharks have longer lifespans than previously suspected. Now, a …

Biology

The 'Most Famous Wolf in the World' Lived Hard—and Died Tragically

This alpha female dominated the wolves of Yellowstone. But outside the national park, she was vulnerable.<p>In 2012, “the most famous wolf in the world” was shot by a trophy hunter outside the sanctuary of Yellowstone National Park. She was known as ’06, and her death caused an international outcry …

Wildlife

The Chinese 'miracle' elixir that threatens donkeys around the world

Chinese demand for donkey gelatine is hammering the Chinese and African donkey populations, putting the price of donkeys out of reach for subsistence farmers<p>It was a bout of period pain that led to Liu Yanan’s first taste of donkey gelatine. The 13-year-old was visiting family in Beijing when her …

The eco guide to sanitary products

Menstrual pads are hard to talk about, and also an eco disaster on our beaches – but we need to change our ways<p>This column nearly didn’t happen. When a manufacturer of eco friendly menstrual pads bounded up to me and asked me brightly in public: “Are you a flusher or a binner?” I stared at her in …

Stunning Photos Show the Alaska Refuge Under Threat

Opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for drilling has been a contentious debate for decades. See what's at stake.<p>When Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was established in the 1960s, the U.S. government had several goals in mind—chief among them protecting the region's unique …

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Fatal extraction: how demand for hippos’ teeth is threatening them with extinction

The black market’s insatiable demand for ivory has turned poachers’ attention away from well-protected elephants to more vulnerable hippos<p>It seems almost incomprehensible that the desire for an ivory ornament or piece of jewellery justifies the slaughter of a majestic elephant, but as their …

Walruses face 'death sentence' as Trump administration fails to list them as endangered

Fish and Wildlife Service decides Pacific walrus may be able to adapt to loss of sea ice and is unlikely to be seen as endangered ‘in the foreseeable future’<p>The Trump administration has declined to list the Pacific walrus as endangered after deciding that the huge tusked mammals may be able to …

The world’s 17 most critically endangered animals

World Animal Day is celebrated every year on October 4 and highlights the issue of protecting and saving the world’s most endangered species.<p>The aim …

We’ve Grossly Underestimated How Much Cow Farts Are Contributing to Global Warming

A new NASA-sponsored study shows that global methane emissions produced by livestock are 11 percent higher than estimates made last decade. Because …

Plasma Rock is a new material made from 100% recycled landfill waste

Could our overflowing landfills be converted into gold mines? Designer Inge Sluijs has found an way to turn landfill waste into “Plasma Rock” – an …

UN urges global move to meat and dairy-free diet

Lesser consumption of animal products is necessary to save the world from the worst impacts of climate change, UN report says<p>A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate change, a UN report said today.<p>As the global …

What Do Sharks and Other Marine Animals Do During a Hurricane?

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused massive destruction across the Texas and in Florida — millions of people were displaced; lives were lost, and homes …

Extreme Weather

A pile of trash in the ocean has grown to the size of France—and some people want it recognized as a nation

There’s a country-sized problem in the north Pacific Ocean: a patch of trash has grown to the size of France. So the environmental charity Plastic Oceans Foundation has paired up with the news and entertainment publication LadBible to campaign for it to be recognized as an official country.<p>The …

Pollution

How children are taught to stop loving and start eating animals

<b>An interesting research paper explains how subconscious cultural reeducation occurs throughout childhood, legitimizing meat consumption.</b><p>Several years …

The forgotten fish: a new look at our underwater friends

Fish are one of the most misunderstood species of the animal kingdom. Long believed to be unfeeling, primitive creatures, scientists are now …

Animals
Extinction

Daiya vegan cheese is now owned by a company that tests on animals

The Daiya brand of vegan cheese was acquired by a corporation that tests on animals. What are vegans to do?<p>Cheese has, improbably, been a pretty big …

Thousands of Sharks Found on Boat in Huge Illegal Haul

The confiscation of the Chinese ship and arrest of its 20 crew in the Galápagos show just how hard it is to protect marine sanctuaries.<p>On Sunday marine ecologist Pelayo Salinas was on his way back from a 12-day research mission on a Galápagos National Park patrol ship when at 6 a.m. the captain …

Biodiversity

Pets have the same environmental impact as 13.6 million cars, study shows

According to a new study, America’s cats and dogs are having a hugely detrimental effect on the planet.<p>Due to the millions of meat products consumed …

Plan to Save World's Most Trafficked Mammal Ignites Debate

Six zoos and one nonprofit have teamed up to breed pangolins before it’s too late—but critics say the scaly African creatures will likely die in captivity.<p>If during the past decade you’d wanted to see a scaly creature about the size of a house cat with a long skinny tongue for slurping up ants, …

Wildlife

Taxpayers Fund Subsidies for Animal Agriculture

<i><br>“A new report finds that $62 of every $100 that U.S. farmers earn comes from one level of government or another. In 2009, that added up to a</i> …

Agriculture

Adorable 'Panda' Porpoise Could Go Extinct As Soon As 2018

Mexico's vaquita porpoise is likely to go extinct without an immediate effort to save it, the World Wildlife Fund warned yesterday (May 18).<p>Vaquitas …

Extinction

A New Theory for Why Killer Whales Go Through Menopause

Humans and killer whales parted ways millions of years ago, evolutionarily speaking, yet the stately cetaceans have a lot in common with us: complex …

Will clothes companies do the right thing to reduce microfiber pollution?

Synthetic fibers are polluting the world’s oceans – but a new report shows how apparel companies have been far too slow to respond. Can they change their ways?<p>Over the past few years, evidence has been mounting that synthetic textiles such as polyester and acrylic, which make up much of our …