Animals

Plastic Kills Whales in Large Numbers; Immediate Action Need of the Hour

February 7, 2012 / No Comments

Plastic pollution is becoming a huge problem in the world’s oceans. As per the Ocean Conservancy’s 2008 International Coastal Cleanup, a total of 11,439,086 items of debris were collected worldwide. Microplastics used as exfoliators in many facial cleansers are thought to pose a high risk to the marine environment. Their tiny size means they pass through wastewater treatment facilities and end ...

Dragonflies to Aid Future Flying Robot Design

November 25, 2011 / No Comments

Nature has always proved to be an inspiration for tech innovations. It is now the turn of dragonfly to inspire technological innovations in Robotics. A Duke University team has put together their hopes on the dragonflies’ flight dynamics to create better flying robots. They are reportedly dong this by fixing tiny sensors on the tiny creatures. Complex flight patterns of ...

Shark Fin Products Banned in Toronto

October 27, 2011 / No Comments

Shark fin products have been banned in Toronto, Canada. Councilors voted 38-4 to make Canada’s largest city a shark fin free zone after a three hour long debate on the topic. Sale and consumption of shark fin soup and other products within the city limits got banned with an effect from September 1, 2012. The objections to the ban were ...

Knit Sweaters for Penguins Hit by Oil Spill

October 26, 2011 / 1 Comment

The mute victims of the oil spill in Kiwi land are looking for help! Penguins caught in New Zealand’s recent oil spill incident are in need of sweaters to keep them warm. Animal lovers are calling for sweaters that will help them stay warm until they are well enough to be scrubbed down. The sweaters will also prevent the oil from ...

Red Squirrels in England Could Be Extinct in 20 Years

September 28, 2011 / No Comments

A recent study suggests that the red squirrel, which is commonly seen throughout Europe, could be extinct in England within the next 20 years. The population of the species has declined 50 percent in 50 years. The red squirrel and many other small mammals in England are facing troublesome times at the moment. The reasons for the decline in population include ...

Jojo Sneakers Strike an Eco-friendly Point with Carrier Pigeon Idea [Video]

July 8, 2011 / No Comments

Christoph Nagel and Matthieu Vaxelaire are in no mood to allow us to stereotype their Jojo brand of sneakers. In an extreme show of concern for the nature, they have gone in for a novel idea to deliver the sneakers. The sneaker brand has appealed to ecologists and animal lovers alike, though not essentially on the same spirits. The makers are, ...

Bahamas Recognizes Importance of Sharks; Gives Them a Sanctuary

July 6, 2011 / No Comments

The Bahamas is the latest in a train of countries that are giving top priority to shark conservation. They have converted 243,244 square miles of the country's waters into a shark sanctuary, prohibiting any commercial fishing of the animals. A Treehugger report quoting Jill Hepp, manager of Global Shark Conservation for the Pew Environment Group, said, “2011 is fast becoming the ...

Tyson Show Incurs PETA Wrath

March 8, 2011 / 1 Comment

Mike Tyson’s new reality series “Taking on Tyson”, which premiered on Animal Planet may have won him good fanfare, but he is getting brickbats too. Well, the second mentioned reaction is from PETA. It has been learnt that the animal rights organization is not that impressed with the show.

Scientists Play Cupid to Penguins

February 14, 2011 / No Comments

Scientists at the New England Aquarium are donning the new role of cupids, trying to find out the best mate among African penguins at the aquarium. Scientists are pushing for a collective effort to save a species that researchers predict will be extinct  in 15 years.

Stars Line Up Against Factory Farmed Pork

February 9, 2011 / No Comments

A new film, Pig Business, looks at how factory farmed pork are developed and supports to end the practice of raising animals in factories as well as better being of ‘farmed for food’ animals. Sienna Miller, Stella McCartney and other stars supporting the film are pushing for a ban on factory farmed pork in Europe.