One Cool Thing: A Real Eagle-Eye Surveys Alpine Glaciers

Image: Alpine Eagle Race project 

Last week with a camera mounted on his back, a white-tailed eagle named Victor began a flight over the Alps to capture images of glaciers. As Reuters explained, Victor is part of the Alpine Eagle Race project, which aims to raise awareness of melting glaciers and other effects of global warming through the combined eyes of the eagle, a photographer, and a scientist. You can watch part of the video that he captured here.

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By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer

A coalition of environmental groups is urging the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to set an 11.5 mph limit on shipping speeds in an 11,500 square mile stretch of water off the Gulf Coast of Florida and Alabama. 

Why This Matters: Whales, despite operating at the top of their food chains, face mass casualties and mortal threats from human activity.

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UK Formally Recognizes Animals as Sentient Beings

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by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer The UK government is formally recognizing animals as sentient beings for the first time — a major win for animal welfare activists. This announcement comes along with a series of bills that ensure the health and safety of Britain’s animals, including microchipping cats, stopping the ownership of primate as […]

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Idaho Governor Sign a Law Allowing Hunters To Kill 90% of the State’s Wolves

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Why this Matters: This law is a step back for wolf conservation— Zoe Hanley of the Defenders of Wildlife said in a statement that this decision “marks a low point for gray wolf recovery in the U.S.” 

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