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250 Million Pounds of Toxic Beads at Mardi Gras
March 4, 2014 04:13 PM - Judy Molland, Care2
Will you be celebrating Mardi Gras today, or are you more concerned about the environmental and ethical impact of 250 million pounds of plastic beads imported from China? A Christian holiday with origins in Europe, Mardi Gras, meaning "Fat Tuesday" in French, is recognized as a day of indulgence before the beginning of the penitential season of Lent on Ash Wednesday.
Why did the toad cross the road?
February 24, 2014 09:24 AM - Megan Drake, Care2
Have you given any thoughts to toads lately? They may not be the first creature that comes to mind when considering animal advocacy. Indeed, the mating ritual of amphibians is not usually a concern because most toads manage to travel from their wooded habitats to a body of water for mating all by themselves and without human intervention.
February 23, 2014 08:41 AM - Piper Hoffman, Care2
When an elephant sees another in distress, he consoles him. He touches him to calm him down, using his "trunk to gently touch [his] face." He may also put his trunk in the distressed elephant's mouth, much like a chimpanzee will put a hand into a distressed compatriot's mouth. One author of the study that made this finding (which was published in Peer J on February 16, 2014), Dr. Frans de Waal, says elephants "get distressed when they see others in distress, reaching out to calm them down, not unlike the way chimpanzees or humans embrace someone who is upset." They also make a high-pitched chirping sound to comfort each other. Sometimes a whole group of elephants will surround and chirp to a distressed individual.
El uso de gas natural es considerado como "limpio", pero una investigación reciente mostró una realidad preocupante
Just How Clean is Natural Gas?
February 20, 2014 10:23 AM - S.E. Smith, Care2
Just the other day I hopped on a natural gas bus to head to downtown Oakland, enjoying one of the East Bay’s many environmentally-friendly public transit options. But how friendly was that bus to the birds, the bees and the trees?
The Race is On: Which State Will Be the First to Ban Microplastics in Cosmetics?
February 19, 2014 01:47 PM - Margaret Badore via Treehugger.com, Care2
Here’s a race to cheer for: New York and California are neck-in-neck to become the first state to ban microbeads in body wash and other cosmetics. The tiny plastic bits that serve as exfoliants in personal care products are so small that they slip through municipal wastewater treatment, and end up in lakes, rivers and oceans. Once introduced to the aquatic environment, they are ingested by fish and other wildlife.
Un estudio indica que los cocodrilos son capaces de subir a los árboles
Time to Start Looking Up: Crocodiles Can Climb Trees
February 18, 2014 12:41 PM - S.E. Smith, Care2
If I were being attacked by a crocodile, I’d high tail it for high ground, preferably in the form of a nice, sturdy tree to climb up. With their stocky, solid bodies, crocodiles don’t look like they’re adapted for tree-climbing, and I figure I’d be pretty safe. As it turns out, though, I might be making a very poor life choice: a new study shows that crocodiles, despite all odds, can and do climb trees.
More contaminant troubles for West Virginia
February 13, 2014 09:18 AM - Judy Molland, Care2
On February 11, just one month after a chemical spill tainted drinking water for 300,000 people in and around the state's capital of Charleston, West Virginia experienced another environmental disaster: 100,000 gallons of coal slurry pour into stream.
Los efectos nocivos del cambio climático son cada vez más conocidos, y ahora aquí hay otra más: El derretimiento de la capa de hielo en Groenlandia tiene al país ahora preparándose para la fiebre del oro. Conforme el hielo se derrite a un ritmo récord en Groenlandia, los mineros del mundo, los trabajadores petroleros y equipos de construcción ya están planeando ir a ese país en los próximos años, para comenzar a excavar buscando minerales, hidrocarburos y menas por debajo de la capa de hielo en retirada.