Animals
California bans sales of rabbits at pet stores to prevent abandoned Easter bunnies

California bans sales of rabbits at pet stores to prevent abandoned Easter bunnies

Californians will have to stick to Peeps bunnies for their Easter celebrations as they will no longer be able to buy real bunnies at a pet store. As the Mercury News reported, “California became the first U.S. state to pass a law aimed at stemming a post-holiday deluge of maturing rabbits being abandoned or euthanized. […]

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Climate change causing more far female sea turtles

Climate change causing more far female sea turtles

Pollution, coastal development, toxic algae, and gillnets all pose a threat to the existence of sea turtles but climate change may pose the biggest threat of all. It turns out that the heat of the sand where eggs are buried ultimately determines whether a sea turtle becomes male or female. As NatGeo reported, since climate […]

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Bright Lights Kill Millions of Birds In Big Cities

Bright Lights Kill Millions of Birds In Big Cities

It’s spring and time for annual bird migrations, but for the more than 70 percent of U.S. birds, which are migratory, it is increasingly dangerous. A new study published last week in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment is shedding “light” on the problem that light pollution poses for the vast majority of U.S. migratory birds because they travel at night when they are much more likely to crash into buildings, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, which led the study. 

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Two Cool Things: Great New Nature Documentaries

Two Cool Things: Great New Nature Documentaries

Environmentally-themed documentary films and TV series are having a Renaissance.

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One great thing: USDA halts kitten-killing program after public outcry

One great thing: USDA halts kitten-killing program after public outcry

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week that it will formally end its controversial research program that has resulted in the death of thousands of cats.

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Japan Nears End of Scientific Whale Hunts

Japan Nears End of Scientific Whale Hunts

Japan’s last controversial “scientific” whale hunt in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary just concluded, Japan Today reported.  The government said they killed 333 minke whales, and of those, 122 of them were pregnant females.  Japan will no longer conduct this “science,” the government announced last December, and will no longer participate in the International Whaling Commission.  

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