We all know elephants are intelligent and amazing creatures that are worth saving from extinction. You may also be aware of various populations of elephants around the world being in danger especially because of poaching. The Forest elephant population in a national park in Gabon has lost 11,000 in under ten years! This is such a huge drop in number and extremely sad. Of course there continues to be a huge market for ivory and until we put a stop to that poaching will continue to be the violent and sad threat elephants face.
Well, it finally happened! The Canadian penny is sleeping with the fishes. They've been talking about but today the penny was finally put to rest in Canada. According to the article Canadians will hardly notice the difference. I wonder how the the U.S.A. would respond to loosing the penny?
A recent job posting on Craigslist may just make you irritated or giggle. There wasn't a lot of information given about the company posting the job. They did want to hire people for twenty dollars to look like they were protesting wind power in Scotland and England. Honestly people, if you don't like certain types of climate friendly energy, fine. However, pretending you don't like wind power for twenty bucks is very sad.
Its difficult to know what to do with pennies. Should you save them, refuse to use them, make some art, throw them at your friends? Instead, why not build a battery with them? This slideshow will show you how to build a battery with those silly pennies and actually do something useful with them.
We know that coal is a gross, dirty source of energy. Let's face it though, its cheap, which is what makes it so popular regardless of its pollution factor. A company named CleanTechnica claims to have built a product that can produce energy via solar power that is far cheaper than coal. If their claim is accurate then coal should go the way of the dinosaurs.
Crocodiles are on the loose! You're probably safe unless you live in Southern Africa. The Rakwena Crocodile Farm lost about 15,000 crocodiles during some recent flooding. Many have been trapped but there are still 10,000 to find. Is it wrong to find this somewhat funny?
Dogs are capable of many amazing things. Not only are they great companions and excellent at helping people they are also great at environmental jobs as well. Check out this slideshow of dogs taking down poachers, protecting endangered species and helping scientists.
Victoria's Secret may not be a paragon of green goodwill. Their recent promise to make their products non-toxic is however is a good step in the green direction. Greenpeace has been pressuring big companies to make their products environmentally friendly and obviously that pressure is making a difference. Too bad Victoria's Secret didn't make this change of their own accord.
MIT's engineers have recently developed an artificial film which could one day serve as artificial muscles. This intriguing film is powered using water vapor. I could see this eventually being used in the bio-medical field as well as many other places.
Kathleen Starrie's boyfriend built her a beautiful multicolored, stained glass looking igloo. As an engineering student he was the right man for the job. However, the whole project was at the behest of Kathleen's mother who wanted to keep him busy and forcefully encouraged the whole project. The little ice house is lovely regardless of the unusual parental pressure.
If you think tricycles are still just for kids, think again. Check out these three pages of various cool tricycles. Some are pretty expensive and some are fairly affordable. All are fun to look at and would certainly be fun to ride. The options run from child transport to sporty to very experimental.
Chinese pollution due to lax regulation and heavy industry is legendary, but measurements of Beijing's air quality rates a 750... on an EPA scale that only goes to 500
Dutch architecture firm 24H-architecture has built a beautiful and impressive children's learning center in Thailand out of bamboo. Sure, people build things out of bamboo all the time. However this particular learning center overlooks a bay and looks very much like a manta ray. The building is certainly suited to the climate and surrounding area. The structure is just incredible and would wow kids as well as adults.
Australia is the world's largest exporter of coal, but it may also be one of the first victims of severe climate change caused by the burning of fossil fuels. Record heat waves an fires are scorching the Outback nation
The impacts of lead on behavior and child development are well known, but are the increased rates of crime from the 60's through the 80's a result of exposure from the wide use of leaded gasoline?