Elephant Refugees Flee to Last Stronghold in Africa

We’re not talking about refugees. Not the kind that are flocking to Europe from Syria, but the four legged kind that are being over hunted.

A national park in Botswana is struggling to support the staggering number of animals fleeing from poaching in other countries.

Read about it over at National Geographic!

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Watch Old Sea Ice Vanish

Speaking of #ThanksNASA, using a really cool infographic, we can now see how sea ice since 1984 has been disappearing! Like a really sad kind of magic!

Ok I’m trying to be upbeat here, but really what we need to see and understand if that climate change is continuing to drastically affect the Arctic.

And understanding this is the first step in trying to stop the procession toward no ice.

Read about it here! 

 

#ThanksNASA

The incoming presidential administration has talked about axing funding for NASA earth science research.

This would result in a loss of 40% of funding dedicated to understanding our planet.

Why? It’s been suggested it has to do with NASA’s focus on what was called “politically correct environmental monitoring“.

In response, scientists have taken to twitter, with the hashtag #ThanksNASA to highlight the good work done at NASA

Read about it here! 

 

For Some, Scientist Aren’t the Authority on Science

A new study coming out in the journal Public Understandings of Science finds that many people believe that university and industry scientists are the authority to trust about sciency things (risks and benefits of technology and its applications).

However, among evangelicals, the pattern is very different. Rather they see religious organizations as the authority on science.

Which could play into the “fact free” society we are living in.

I don’t know how to change this conundrum. I don’t know how to make it clear that facts are facts. I’m open to suggestions.

Read about it here!

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More expensive plastic bags = fewer plastic bags!

The number of plastic bags found on UK beaches has fallen by nearly half over the last year.

And it was all due to the massive cost of plastic bags now imposed on the British public! Just kidding, it’s only a 5p levy.

Read about it over at the guardian, and start implementing a levy on all plastic bags!

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Stand up for NIH funding

Elizabeth Warren recently posted a piece on Medium about a bill to help advance medical innovation in the United States. But, as she points out, this bill does not provide money to basic research funded through the NIH, but rather is meant to make it easier for pharmaceutical companies to make money by lying to the public.

Needless to say this is upsetting, and given the current funding rates and the tightening of the federal budget for scientific research (NIH funding was cut by 20% over the last dozen years…), this bit of science news should inspire you to call your senator or congressman.

Read the piece here, and remember: This is not normal.

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Black Friday for the Environment

As with most things in the US, Black Friday is pretty divided. People either love it (And will camp out for the deals) or hate it and post on social media.

And this year, in wake of the election and asking “what can I do” Patagonia decided to put their money where their mouth is.

They pledged to donate all proceeds to grass roots environmental organization. Then they generated a record breaking 10 million dollars in profits (5x the projected amount).

And Patagonia STILL plan to donate it all to environmental organizations. Patagonia did not specify which groups, but they have a list of groups that have previously received grants.

Read about it here! 

TELLURIDE, CO - JULY 7, 2014: A Patagonia store is among the several shops catering to outdoor enthusiasts in Telluride, Colorado. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)

TELLURIDE, CO – JULY 7, 2014: A Patagonia store is among the several shops catering to outdoor enthusiasts in Telluride, Colorado. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)