Rilu the snow leopard has passed away due to COVID

January 11, 2022 by  
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Rilu the snow leopard, a big cat at the Miller Park Zoo in Illinois, has died from COVID-19 complications. The 11-year-old leopard tested positive for COVID on Dec. 3 alongside three other big cats at the zoo. After struggling for over a month, the endangered cat was pronounced dead in an official announcement on Thursday. Rilu was not just any snow leopard but a celebrated cat whose photos were once projected on the New York’s Empire State Building to raise awareness about endangered animals . Joel Sartore, a wildlife photographer who took the images of Rilu that were projected on the building in 2015, says that snow leopards should be protected by those who work in their environment. Related: Wildfire smoke linked to almost 20,000 COVID-19 cases last year “Snow leopards are proving extremely susceptible to the disease, and it’s often fatal. If you haven’t received a vaccination and booster yet, please do so. It’s more than just human lives that are at stake,” Sartore wrote in a post. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the spotted mountain cat has a population of a few thousand. The animals face possible extinction, though they often enjoy a long lifespan in zoos . The snow leopards usually live up to 22 years in protected environments, a situation being threatened by COVID-19. Rilu is not the first snow leopard to test positive for COVID or succumb to the virus.  Three other snow leopards  died from COVID-19 related complications at a Nebraska zoo in November. Their deaths also came about a month after the animals tested positive for the virus. “Rilu’s personality and beauty will be missed by guests and staff, but he will not be forgotten,” Miller Park Zoo said in an Instagram  post . According to the Cornell Feline Health Center, humans can infect cats with COVID-19. It is also possible for cats to spread the coronavirus to other animals. Even so, the likelihood of animals spreading the virus to humans is low. It is, therefore, the responsibility of those who interact with wild animals to protect them from infections. The other cats that tested positive alongside Rilu continue to show mild symptoms, according to a zoo representative. Via HuffPost Lead image via Pixabay

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Motorcycle parts from GPR Italia are recyclable

January 5, 2022 by  
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Motorcycles often get a bad rap, environmentally speaking. The Italian motorcycle company GPR Italia is trying to change all that. “The motorcycle is the only truly sustainable mobility,” said Mauro Orlandi, owner and CEO of GPR Italia SRL. GPR’s Impact Zero Project focuses on creating high-quality products that are efficient, recyclable and manufactured to bring their carbon footprint down to zero. Their motorcycle parts are built from 51% to 71% recycled material, and up to 88% of the product weight is recyclable, according to a video GPR produced on its Impact Zero Project. Related: NAWA reveals hybrid electric motorcycle at CES 2020 An Italian motorcycle family business Milan -based GPR Exhaust System was founded in 1968, so they been around for more than 50 years. The company describes itself as starting out as “a typical family business,” but has modernized with the times. Especially in thinking about how to keep up with Europe’s increasingly stringent requirements around noise and emissions. Orlandi says that GPR was ahead of the market in adopting sustainability measures. “The family Orlandi, who owns GPR Exhaust Systems, has had always passion for the animals and the nature and moreover we have been always innovative regarding productions process,” he said. Orlandi is proud of being an Italian company with Italy having a phenomenal number of motorcycle and scooter riders. GPR offers exhaust systems for more than 1200 models of scooters and motorcycles. “ Italy is the home of engines and especially of motorcycles and any category of accessory was born in Italy and then eventually copied abroad,” he said. “So we think we know in advance what a motorcyclist wants even now that needs are changing.” Orlandi stresses the difficulty of guaranteeing that a product is really made in Italy. Many manufacturers may only apply an adhesive to parts made elsewhere and deem it Italian made. Making sustainable motorcycle parts When GPR decided to re-engineer its exhaust systems, the company looked at every part of the process. “Materials commonly used for the motorcycle sector, such as carbon and aluminum type anti-corodal colored with silicone paints, have been eliminated from the processes or reduced at minimal use. They have an extremely onerous energy consumption and negative environmental impact,” Orlandi said. Instead, the development department sourced recycled materials and stainless steel of Italian origin with green certifications. The lifetime of GPR exhausts was extended by 35%. All exhausts can be recycled when they’re no longer being used. “Not only new parts have been developed, but also new packaging without plastic and polystyrene and totally made with recycled and recyclable cardboard or with the aid of cotton bags,” Orlandi said. “The machine park has been expanded again, with the inclusion of new systems that significantly reduce the consumption of water and energy (air cooling), as well as a new generation laser cutting machine that allows sheet metal cutting without the use of gas, but only with compressed air or the new welding laser technology.” GPR is especially proud to be the first motorcycle exhaust producers to commit to Environmental Certification ISO 14021 . This means they pledge to comply with self-declared environmental claims that are accurate, specific and verifiable. “To explain in simple words, the Certification ISO 14021 puts the principles into practice of circular economy: reduce, reuse, recycle,” Orlandi explained. “It is the search for the production process that requires the maximum reduction in the extraction of new raw material, reduces material waste as much as possible and makes the final products easily recyclable as normal waste, and with a very high percentage of reusable material to make the cycle virtuous.” GPR recently debuted its new parts at the EICMA 2021 Trade Show in Milan. “We had a great response from the media during the EICMA fair,” said Orlandi. “Many interviews and services and the professional customers all appreciated the effort and the investments, especially because they were aware that it was not a market imposition, but a choice of company policy. They were also positively impressed by the fact that the new range of products will still have an affordable cost, with a price difference of only 10% compared to the previous range. For the public, the reaction will be slower because obviously the message must be conveyed daily, thanks to social media . A single event is not enough.” GPR Park offsets CO2 To bring its environmental impact down to zero, GPR created an offset park. The wooded area sitting on 10,000 square meters in the province of Milan was about to be logged before GPR saved it. The company renamed it GPR Park and tasks it with absorbing enough fine dust particles to offset the amount emitted from manufacturing motorcycle exhausts. GPR estimates that the park will offset 37.5 tons of CO2 per year, which more than makes up for the seven tons of CO2 emitted from the company’s current process. Motorcycles and sustainability According to Orlandi, electric vehicles are not a better environmental solution than motorcycles. “We continue to confuse exhaust pollution with the environmental footprint,” he said. “The new generation of endothermic engines has a low environmental footprint and a risible CO2 pollution emission, while an electric vehicle, which pollutes nothing during its use, has a very high environmental impact. Much higher than the endothermic engine because it requires continuously extracting the lithium for the batteries. By cutting down the forests to extract the lithium, they destroy the only real possibility of reducing global CO2 (i.e. the absorption of plants).” Ultimately, choosing the most virtuous products comes down to consumers , Orlandi said. “The key is in the hands of consumers, not the key of the motorcycle, but the key that can reward or penalize a company based on the crossroads on climate change ,” he said. “It is time for companies to change, but it is time for consumers to change, too.” + GPR Images via GPR

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Community center project allows people to play with triangles

January 5, 2022 by  
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The Center for Culture and Community, a research project by network of architecture (noa*), stands as a model for any community building anywhere in the world. Noa* worked with a philosophy that a community center should meet the needs of all members of the neighborhood. Dubbed CeCuCo: play your own way, the prototype project was not designed for a specific community, but rather an example of what’s possible anywhere. The design is modular in nature to accommodate a variety of needs.  Related: Public transport roof in China turns into a community space The architects at noa* began with the basic concept of a triangle . They then connected various sizes together. In this case, the smallest size could function as a ticket office, while the largest triangular section could serve as an auditorium or theater.  The idea is to allow the spaces to be whatever the citizens need rather than pre-designating a specific function. In this way, the size and number of triangles can be adapted to the needs of each community. Natural materials from, and suited to, the region are also addressed to allow for supplies that are available. It would also allow materials that function well in the specific environment where the structure is located.   Sustainable design is at the core of each building. As climate allows, a pergola over a large section provides natural shading. This could be used as a play area, meditation area or seating area for events.  Drawing on passive design , the doors and windows open in different directions from one side to the other to encourage cross-ventilation and natural cooling. The technique helps maintain a comfortable temperature while lowering energy consumption. Around the building, the landscape creates a microclimate forest of dense trees and other plants . Some roofs are equipped with gardens that further assist in natural cooling by shading the rooftop and interior. Rainwater collection feeds the rooftop gardens, as well as the ponds and other landscaping. Other roofs include solar panels that provide energy for the needs of the spaces. CeCuCo’s flexible, yet sustainable architecture allows for the building to react to climates that vary from desert to coast. While the “chess pieces” can be moved around for the right size and shape in the building as a whole, individual parts like doors and windows can be moved, raised, lowered or built in different sizes. In the end, the result of the research project CeCuCo is a modular space that can be used by children who want to play and adults who want to see play. “This cultural center could be located on a beach on a volcanic island, in the Scandinavian forests, on an abandoned lot in Detroit or on the roofs of socialist housing in Berlin ,” said noa*. “It is an architecture able to mold itself to the morphological and climatic requirements of the context while maintaining intact the concept of sociality and interaction between the building and those who live in it.” + noa* network of architecture Images via Omega Render

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8 positive environmental stories from 2021

December 29, 2021 by  
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All too often, headlines are built strictly from terrible and shocking stories. It’s easy to lose track of the kindness and generosity of humanity, as well as efforts to do good for the planet. If you’ve been following environmental news in 2021, like every year, has highlighted atrocities around the globe. Yet, there are countless stories of policy changes, local cleanup efforts, impactful corporate action and innovations all aimed at decreasing carbon, conserving trees, protecting wildlife and so much more.  1. Limiting oil and gas exploration This year’s COP26 saw nations from every corner of the planet focused on the same goals. With the environment in the forefront, seven countries pledged to end oil and gas exploration. None of the seven countries source significant oil from their own soil, but the resulting Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance gives other nations and regions a platform to join the effort. You can read more at 7 countries vow to end new oil and gas exploration . Related: Inhabitat’s Positive News page 2. New York City uses goats for invasive weed control The Riverside Park Conservancy has been battling invasive species in the park for fifteen years. Although they’ve seen an outpouring of volunteer efforts to clear the plants , they quickly return to the steep hillside that’s difficult to access. So they brought in two dozen goats in an event dubbed, “Running of the Goats.” The goats munched throughout the day and five remained for six weeks to happily eat away at the problem porcelain berry, English ivy, mugwort, multiflora rose and poison ivy. Allowing the animals to graze eliminates the need for toxic weed killers, which are harmful to the land and the citizens. 3. Lab-grown meat reduces environmental impact  It’s fairly well established at this point that raising livestock impacts the land in negative ways. There’s the issue with methane release, a greenhouse gas that’s more damaging than carbon dioxide. Plus, land requirements for production results in damaging the soil. Then there’s the concern in regards to animal treatment. Lab-grown meat is leading the way towards a reduction in animal reliance for food. Take, for example, this new facility in California that’s capable of producing 50,000 pounds of lab-grown meat annually and a short-term goal to raise that number to 400,000 pounds.  4. Protections for Tongass National Forest It’s our nation’s largest national forest , covering 16 million acres in Southeast Alaska. This area is home to 800-year-old trees, Indigenous people and 400 species of wildlife and fish. While there were previously protections in place, former president Trump had exempted the area in his last few months of office, which opened the door for building roads, logging and other damaging activities. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the reimplementation of the Roadless Area Conservation Rule, a win for the natives and the planet. According to the Alaska Wilderness League, Tongass National Forest is one of the world’s largest intact temperate forests. It stores more than 1.5 billion metric tons of carbon and sequesters an additional 10 million metric tons annually. 5. 110 countries pledge to end deforestation by 2030 Without policies to protect existing trees, we’ll be rudderless in our efforts to maintain air quality, slow global warming and mitigate the effects of erosion, landslides and wildfires . Another result of COP26, leaders from 110 nations signed the deforestation pledge, vowing to eliminate deforestation by 2030. It will limit investments in contributing projects and implement restrictions against tree removal to make room for animal grazing and growing of crops such as palm oil.  6. Reforestation projects abound In addition to protecting existing trees, replanting them is critical to nature’s long-term balance. Fortunately, myriad businesses have begun contributing to reforestation. In addition, non-profits around the globe are making a measurable contribution. One Tree Planted is one such organization. Its mid-year update reports 58,000 mangrove trees planted in a sensitive region in Haiti , the planting of 430,000 native trees in Minnesota , 40,000 native trees in Mexico and over 814,000 trees in California . Also, forests the size of France have been restored in the past 20 years, showing how small efforts grow into notable accomplishments. 7. Ocean Cleanup sees major achievement If you’ve never heard of it, Google the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. In short, it’s a massive area of the Pacific Ocean that has become a collection point for ocean pollution . A Dutch inventor decided to tackle the problem when he was just 18 years old. He began making a device to tackle the problem and started Ocean Cleanup, his organization aimed at eliminating 90% of the plastic floating in the ocean by 2040. After two previous launches that resulted in failure, during the summer and fall of 2021, Ocean Cleanup collected and removed 20,000 pounds of waste, which was brought back to shore and recycled.  8. Eastern barred bandicoot extinction reclassification  You likely don’t give this Australian marsupial much thought, but with the countless plants and animals going extinct each year, it’s good news that the bandicoot has been reclassified as endangered, which is an upgrade from the previous classification of “extinct in the wild.” Officials say it’s been a 30-year effort to protect the small furry animal that was almost completely eliminated by foxes and lack of suitable habitat.  Via Inhabitat , Eco Watch , NY Times and BBC Images via Pexels

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Gift the best vegan beauty products with this handy guide

December 16, 2021 by  
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The world is getting woke about the cosmetics industry, which for years has cruelly tested products on animals and heavily used animal products. Luckily, many big brands and celebrities are helping turn the tide in favor of sustainable, vegan and otherwise eco-friendly beauty products. Whether you’re looking for gifts to suit a glamour-obsessed, eco-conscious friend or simply searching for vegan alternatives to your favorite makeup brands, look no further than this guide to eco-friendly makeup . Makeup There’s no shortage of choices on the market if you’re looking for vegan lipstick, eyeshadow, foundation, face powder, eyeliner and mascara. If you’re interested in brand-name items, check out vegan and eco-friendly cosmetics lines by celebrities such as Doja Cat, Ariana Grande and even Youtuber Liza Koshy. Other stars who have launched vegan makeup lines include Halsey, Selena Gomez and Iggy Azalea. Related: The most Instagrammable vegan beauty products on the market Not interested in celebrity-led lines? Check out brands such as Beauty Without Cruelty and Tarte for a wide selection of vegan products. If you’re looking for lip balms, gloss and lipstick, try Clove + Hollow’s cruelty-free, vegan and PETA-certified cosmetics. The company offers a variety of lip products in a ton of vibrant colors. You can also check out Folly Fire for plenty of chic, vegan options from a cool indie brand. Shop Vegan Makeup on Amazon Beauty tools Good brushes in various sizes are always needed. Look for eco-friendly makeup tools to go with your vegan makeup and you will certainly delight the environmentalists on your gift list. We suggest looking for bamboo -based brushes and companies like EcoTools , which uses recycled and renewable materials. Shop EcoTools on Amazon Nail polish You may have heard of the “five-free” movement in the nail polish community, but if you haven’t, here’s the gist. Lots of nail polishes use chemicals that can be bad for you and the planet. Five-free nail polishes exclude five of the main offending agents, such as toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and or camphor. Brands such as Ella + Mila go the extra mile by being 17-free, vegan and eco-conscious. The company also offers nail care tools, so you can buy everything you need for a lovely, eco-friendly manicure. Shop Ella + Mila on Amazon Perfume Even perfume is being offered in vegan-approved, cruelty-free blends. Need some suggestions of good lines to try out? Ellis Brooklyn’s Rrose Eau De Parfum is 100% vegan and not tested on animals. You can also try out Quw’utsun’Made , a brand founded to help preserve the Coast Salish Nation’s traditional knowledge. It even offers its scents in soy wax candles! Images via Ulta, EcoTools, Ella + Mila, Quw’utsun’Made and Pexels When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn commissions at no cost to you .

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A radical plan for livestock is coming to The Netherlands

December 16, 2021 by  
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The Netherlands has too much manure. So the  Dutch  government announced a 25 billion euro plan to greatly reduce the country’s livestock. Earlier this week, a new coalition government unveiled the radical scheme to cut  nitrogen  pollution levels by buying out farmers. But the farmers aren’t happy about it. In the past, farmers have taken to the streets to protest new regulations and buyouts. Many farmers aren’t sure how they can switch to less intensive methods and fewer animals while still paying their debts. Related: 20 livestock firms emit more greenhouse gas than Britain, France or Germany “We don’t want the system to collapse,” said Marije Klever, a Utrecht dairy farmer, as reported by The Guardian. “I am a land owner, so a critical question is whether the  government  are allowed to push farmers out of the land. It can’t be The Hague telling farmers they must go, you need an agreement.” The plan’s time frame stretches over 13 years and includes paying some  farmers  to relocate their farms or change industries altogether. Others will transition to different farming methods involving more land and fewer animals. At first, the program will be voluntary. But it won’t remain that way if too few farmers accept the compensation and exit farming. By the end of 13 years, the government expects to have reduced the Netherlands’ cow, pig and chicken population by about one-third. Right now, there are more than 100 million of the animals. While the Netherlands is small, it’s Europe’s largest  meat  exporter. Livestock is more than four times as densely concentrated in the Netherlands as in the U.K. or France. A lot of pollution comes from all that animal manure. When mixed with animal urine, ammonia seeps into streams and lakes, carried by farm runoff. The excessive nitrogen in ammonia damages the natural habitat. “We can’t be the tiny country that feeds the world if we shit ourselves,” said MP Tjeerd de Groot, according to The Guardian. Via The Guardian Lead image via Pexels

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See pictures of baby Komodo dragons being born at Bronx Zoo

December 14, 2021 by  
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A pair of Komodo dragons at the Bronx Zoo welcomed adorably scaly babies last month. This is a first in the zoo’s 122-year history and a boon to the dwindling population of the world’s largest  lizard . The dragons bred in March, the female laid her eggs in April, and 212 days later, the hatchlings emerged. “The first dragon pipped its egg by using a special  egg  tooth on the tip of its snout,” Don Boyer, curator of herpetology at the Bronx Zoo, described in his  blog . “The dragon did not emerge right away – at times just an eye was visible through the slit openings in the egg. Sometimes the head (above), neck, and front limbs emerged only to retreat into the egg. Within 20 hours, the neonate dragon fully emerged.” Related: Designing sustainable habitats at the San Diego Zoo In the wild, hatchlings would quickly take to the  trees , staying arboreal for their first few years to avoid predators, including cannibalistic larger dragons. In the Bronx Zoo, staff transferred hatchlings to moist paper towels. There they stayed until their umbilical cords, which had been connected to yolk sacs, detached. Now they’re in a larger space with branches and bark slabs. “This is an important achievement for zoo staff and a significant milestone for the Bronx Zoo,” said Boyer in a statement. “Komodo dragons are one of the planet’s most fascinating species and these hatchlings represent a hopeful future for the species. They will be wonderful ambassadors for their wild counterparts as they help us raise awareness about  conservation  needs.”  Expert estimates range from 1,400 to 2,500 dragons left in the wild. The species, which can grow up to 10 feet long, is only native to Komodo and a few neighboring islands in  Indonesia . Last year, the IUCN Red List reclassified Komodo dragons from vulnerable to endangered. Loss of habitat and rising seas threaten their island home. Related: Locals protest tourism development in Komodo dragon sanctuary But it’s been a good year for captive Komodo dragon breeding. The  San Antonio  Zoo welcomed 10 baby dragons in October, born to a dragon named Kristika and her long-distance love Boga of the  Houston  Zoo. Captive dragons are matched through the Species Survival Program, a database that determines strong genetic matches. The Surabaya Zoo in Surabaya, Indonesia, has been especially successful in captive breeding. As of early November this year, the  zoo  had built up a population of 108 adult dragons, 35 youth, and 40 eggs in the incubator. The zoo staff hopes to return some captive-bred dragons to the wild. Via WCS , KSAT , Jakarta Post Images via Julie Larsen Maher © Bronx Zoo/WCS

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Hand-feeding program to help starving manatees in Florida

December 13, 2021 by  
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Wildlife officials in Florida will start feeding starving manatees to reduce their mortality rate. Officials have announced a hand-feeding program that will help rescue the sea mammals from starvation. Manatees rely on seagrass for food and usually return to warm water in winter to feed. This year, the gentle sea mammals are faced with a different scenario. In place of regular seagrass, the water is covered with algal blooms. The blooms have destroyed seagrass beds, leaving the mammals without the crucial feed. Consequently, the animals have been dying at alarming rates. The situation is more pronounced on Florida’s Atlantic coast, prompting wildlife officials to take action. Related: Leaking wastewater pond causes state of emergency in Florida Shannon Estenoz, assistant secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks with the Department of Interior, said in a press release that the officials are considering all possible short-term measures, including hand-feeding the animals . “Our agencies and Unified Command partners carefully considered all aspects of a short-term feeding trial,” said Estenoz. “It is critical we help manatees in the short term with actions that are compatible with their long-term wellbeing and resilience.” According to officials, the animals appear emaciated with protruding ribs. Further, the death rate is so high that rescuers are unable to deal with the dead animals. The corpses have overwhelmed locals and even become a problem to the natural ecosystem . To deal with the situation, officials are forced to tow hundreds of carcasses to remote islands. To salvage the situation and prevent further deaths, officials say that the only way out is to provide feed for the animals. While speaking to a local TV station, Paul Fafeita, president of the Clean Water Coalition of Indian River County, said, “They are starving, and I see it in person. I’m out there all the time. I’m witnessing it. It’s heart-wrenching.” The Florida government, alongside the federal government and wildlife officials, is now working on a feeding program. The program will include hand-feeding the animals with romaine lettuce and other vegetation . The program will also include setting up a temporary field response station along the Indian River Lagoon, where most of the manatee deaths have occurred. To facilitate the program, the Florida state legislature increased the annual fund for manatee rescue. Via The Guardian Lead image via Pixabay

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Climate change may be driving albatross divorces

December 2, 2021 by  
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Ever heard of an albatross divorce? A new study published in the journal Royal Society found that Black-browed albatrosses  may separate from their life partners due to global warming. According to the study, albatrosses are among a few species that mate for life, but climate change is affecting their mating. The research analyzed the mating patterns of over 15,000 albatross pairs in the Falkland Islands over 15 years. It found that, during the years when the average annual temperature was higher than normal, the albatross “divorce” rate spiked. This means that researchers recorded up to 8% of albatross pairs separating to find new mates. Related: These are the 67 best and worst countries for animal rights Typically, albatrosses mate for life and only divorce when unable to reproduce. Under usual circumstances, the albatross divorce rate ranges from 1-3%. In contrast, during warmer years, the divorce rate seems to rise. Researchers attribute the high divorce rate to various factors. According to the scientists, warm temperatures mean fewer phytoplankton in the waters. These organisms are vital to the marine ecosystem. When there is no sufficient food, albatrosses are likely to fly further and leave their mates behind in search of food. According to  Scientific American , phytoplankton help maintain the marine food chain and ecosystem. Scientists say these ecosystem imbalances drive the birds to fly further than usual. As a result, if a mate is late to return to its partner, the partner might pick up a different mate for reproduction. Francesco Ventura, a researcher at the University of Lisbon and study co-author, explained that there seems to be a serious lack of understanding between albatross partners due to these travels . “We propose this partner-blaming hypothesis ? with which a stressed female might feel this physiological stress, and attribute these higher stress levels to a poor performance of the male,” Ventura said. Recently, a smaller  study  found that birds in the Amazon are getting smaller in size thanks to global warming . These findings continue to sound the alarm bells for the world to address climate change. Via HuffPost Lead image via iStock

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Spend Cyber Monday supporting these environmental groups on Amazon Charity Lists

November 29, 2021 by  
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It’s that time of year again. Commercials are encouraging you to spend, spend, spend, and your loved ones are asking you what you want for the holidays . For those of you fortunate enough to have all you need, consider supporting these environmental charities during Cyber Monday.  Amazon’s Charity Lists compile all the items an organization needs, making it easier for you to give directly. Whether you want to give to animal rights or ocean conservation groups, this list will connect you to an easy way to support causes you care about. Helping India’s Wildlife for Wildlife SOS Wildlife SOS helps protect India’s wildlife from habitat loss and human exploitation. The organization’s Amazon Charity List includes items to support its team and the animals under their care. As the group explains on its list page, “A lot of this equipment is not available in India,” so sending them this vital gear is a big help. Friends of the Smokies Want to support America’s most-visited national park? Consider supporting the charity list for Friends of the Smokies. Friends of the Smokies needs help to keep its offices running so it can support Great Smoky Mountains National Park. By purchasing simple items such as trash bags and paper towels, you can make a big impact for this organization. International Wolf Center Between hunters and habitat loss, wolves often have to fight to survive. The International Wolf Center works to help them survive. By teaching about wolves, The International Wolf Center seeks to advance the survival of wolf populations. This year, you can support the group’s work through its Amazon Charity List. Salty Soul Foundation If you’ve ever participated in a beach cleanup, you’ll definitely want to support the Salty Soul Foundation. As the organization explains on its Charity List page, “By cleaning the trash from the beaches , we help keep it out of the oceans.” To aid this foundation in its beach cleaning efforts, consider donating a box of nitrile gloves, a bucket or a grabber tool. Pollinator Corridors Inc. Pollinators such as bees, birds, bats and butterflies are crucial for keeping the world’s flowering plants alive. Unfortunately, pollution and habitat loss threatens their existence. Enter Pollinator Corridors, a project that supports “healthy native plant habitats and their pollinators in the Greater Southwest.” With your help, Pollinator Corridors can grow their restoration projects and educational initiatives. Lead image via Pixabay

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