Hawaii Moves To Ban Wild Performing Animals

The first state prohibition on exotic wildlife for entertainment appears headed for approval Hawaii likely will become the first U.S. state to ban the use of elephants, bears and other exotic wild animals for entertainment purposes. The Hawaii Department of Agriculture board on Tuesday unanimously approved a proposed rules change that would define “dangerous wild animals” and prohibit […]

Iceland signs major climate deal

A declaration on climate change has been signed in Iceland by the city of Reykjavik and more than one hundred businesses and institutions, pledging to take action to reduce carbon emissions in the build up to the COP21 United Nations climate summit. The agreement is supported by the UN and the progress will be monitored, […]

Only 3 northern white rhinos left on Earth

After a series of illnesses, one of last northern white rhinos on the planet died on Sunday, leaving just three others alive in the world. Nola, a 41-year-old female, had lived at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park since arriving in 1989 from the Dvůr Králové Zoo, in what is now the Czech Republic. According […]

Is SeaWorld really ending its captive whale program? Well, no …

The news broke yesterday and for a moment, the headlines trumpeted something animal activists have been after for years. “SeaWorld to end theatrical killer whale show,” reported the San Diego Tribune. “SeaWorld to replace ‘Shamu’ killer whale show in San Diego,” echoed Reuters. Hooray! The whales are free! “Blackfish” won! Alas. After reviewing firsthand accounts of […]

States Cut Power Plant Emissions Ahead of New EPA Rule

Next month, the Obama administration is set to finalize its climate ultimatum to states: Control carbon dioxide emissions from electric power plants or the federal government will do it for you. The ultimatum is called the Clean Power Plan, and before it takes effect, 42 states are already reducing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants […]

Biotech firm creates fake rhino horn to reduce poaching

A San Francisco biotech startup has managed to 3D print fake rhino horns that carry the same genetic fingerprint as the actual horn. It plans to flood Chinese market with these cheap horns to curb poaching. Pembient, based in San Francisco uses keratin — a type of fibrous protein — and rhino DNA to produce […]

#ivorycrush: U.S. crushes more than a ton of ivory in Times Square

The message was crushingly loud and clear: Stop the illicit ivory trade. And to highlight it, the United States destroyed more than a ton of elephant ivory in New York’s Times Square on Friday. Lawmakers, wildlife officials, conservationists and bystanders watched the ivory turn into sand-like powder as an industrial rock crusher descended on carvings […]

Can Pope Francis Bridge the Political Divide over Climate Change?

Seeking to supersede entrenched political divides over climate change, Pope Francis sought to frame the issue as a matter of faith and morality in a landmark Vatican encyclical blaming human activity for rising temperatures across the planet. In a passionate call to action, the 183-page document, released Thursday, ties environmental degradation to the pursuit of profits, […]