New Report Finds “Eco-Awakening” By Consumers Globally

New Report Finds “Eco-Awakening” By Consumers Globally

A new report by the Economist Intelligence Unit found that overwhelmingly people around the world are seeking out sustainable goods and companies that operate that way — there has been a 71% increase in the popularity of web searches for sustainable goods over the past five years, and the percentage grew even during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Why This Matters:  When the G7’s big economic powers meet next month in the United Kingdom, both the climate and the biodiversity crisis will be on the agenda.

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Animal Activists Cautiously Celebrate as Federal Government Cracks Down on “Tiger Kings”

Animal Activists Cautiously Celebrate as Federal Government Cracks Down on “Tiger Kings”

When quarantine began, many of us were hooked on two things: Animal Crossing and Tiger King. Now, thanks to the hit Netflix docuseries, the federal government and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are having an animal crossover all their own. PETA hopes to use a series of lawsuits against privately-owned tiger and “exotic” animal “zoos” to set a precedent under the Endangered Species Act. 

Why This Matters: There is currently no federal law preventing the ownership of wildlife, endangered or otherwise.

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Securing a Sustainable Future for Buffalo, People, and Nature

Securing a Sustainable Future for Buffalo, People, and Nature

By Wizipan Little Elk On August 23, 1804, a shot rang out on the wind-swept prairie near what is now called southeastern South Dakota, marking the first buffalo kill of the famous Lewis and Clark reconnaissance expedition. For us Lakota, our neighbors, and our buffalo relatives, it signaled the beginning of what was to become […]

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Now Designated Separately, Two African Elephant Species are Facing Extinction

Now Designated Separately, Two African Elephant Species are Facing Extinction

Last week the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released a new Red List conservation assessment for African elephants, evaluating the status of both the savanna elephant and the smaller forest elephant. 

Why This Matters: The IUCN Red List currently lists over 35,000 threatened species of plants, animals, insects, and even fungi. A UN report found that one million species could be threatened with extinction in the coming decades due to climate change, illegal poaching and trafficking, and habitat destruction.

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The Public is Ready to Recycle as Congress Reintroduces Sweeping Plastics Reform click button

The Public is Ready to Recycle as Congress Reintroduces Sweeping Plastics Reform

Last week, federal legislators reintroduced the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act, which would pass sweeping recycling and single-use plastic regulations.  Experts from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) say that this bill has come at the right time, publishing a national poll that found 86% of Americans believe the U.S. must transition from a throw-away economy to one that emphasizes reuse and recycling.

Why This Matters: The U.S. is the largest plastic polluter in the world but only recycles 8.7% of its plastics. Much of that plastic takes the form of consumer packaging like plastic bags, wrappers, straws, and more.

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A Common Pesticide Is Making Bees Insomniacs

A Common Pesticide Is Making Bees Insomniacs

Two studies have found that bees and flies are losing sleep because of a common pesticide disrupting their internal clocks. In one study, researchers found that bumblebees that drank nectar laced the pesticide neonicotinoids had a much harder time foraging. Meanwhile, the second study found that flies exposed to pesticides called neonicotinoids had drastically different movement patterns.

Why this Matters: According to the WWF, 90% of wild plants and 75% of global crops depend on pollination. Bees are incredibly important in helping plants grow.

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