Category: Editorial

Forced Baby Panda Separation From Mom Is Latest Zoo Cruelty Controversy

Is conservation of endangered species in zoos more about publicity and visitors than species survival? Numerous organizations have studied conditions at zoos and concluded that captive animals do not live happy or healthy lives. PETA, Captive Animals, Global Animal, Animals Australia, Huffington Post, Slate, Vegan Peace, and many other organizations and publications have researched the practices of zoos and concluded that the facilities are inhumane and exploitative. Tigers and lions have around 18,000 times less space in zoos than they would in the wild. Polar bears have one million times less space. Sadly, they suffer when trained to perform tricks. They exhibit stereotypic behavior...

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Urbanism: The Ultimate Threat to Wildlife

Having lived in a thriving university town these past five years, I have witnessed the unrelenting traffic that winds through the town like our very own toxic river. In the big city, the traffic rules the way. Natural habitats that were here long before our urban cities have been sacrificed for our, on average, “two cars… on the same driveway.” Urban towns are fast paced and dynamic places, so it’s easy to become blind to the threats our cities have on the wildlife we share our streets with. There are now more cars, more pollution, more fly tipping and...

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Impossible Foods Ramps Up to 1 Million Pounds of Plant-Based ‘Meat’ a Month

Scarcity no more! If you’ve been dying to get your hands on the elusive — and eerily beef-like — Impossible Burger, your lucky day may be drawing near. Impossible Foods, a Silicon Valley startup known for its vegan burger that looks and tastes just like the real thing, has launched its first large-scale facility which, over the course of 2017, will be able to produce 1 million pounds of plant-derived meat per month. The new plant, based in Oakland, California, is expected to grow quickly with at least 80 new recruits during 2017, and to produce enough meatless beef for 4...

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Human ‘Stuff’ Weighs 60,000 Times More than Actual Humans

Human-made stuff on Earth is now estimated to be more than 60,000 times as heavy as actual humans. This human-made “technosphere” is made up of anything and everything humans produce—from buildings & iPhones to the impressive amount of trash people make. According to a recent report published in the Anthropocene Review, the technosphere weighs 30 trillion tons. It is more diverse than our planet’s actual biosphere. And if divided across the Earth, there would be a mass of more than 50 kilos of it for every square meter of the Earth’s surface. There are over six billion people living...

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Ethics: Fast Fashion from the Thrift Store?

As awareness of the ever-increasing pollution levels and resulting ecological destruction rises, people have started getting accustomed to wearing clothing from secondhand stores. Once you learn about all the dangers that threaten our planet, we’re faced with a choice: do we continue buying fast fashion products from thrift stores? This isn’t an easy decision, but we’re going to try and weigh both sides. Let’s start from the beginning Thrift shops are not a bad thing. On the contrary, they developed from various charity organizations (like Goodwill) that sell clothes, accessories and household items. Basically, they recycle unwanted items by...

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As Climate Deniers Take over Washington, China Invests Big in Renewables

President Elect Donald Trump may think he knows a thing or two about investments — but in this case, someone has him beat. Chinese government officials recently announced that they will invest $361 billion into renewable energy within the next three years. The investment brings along with it an estimated 13 million jobs for the clean energy sector. Talk about job creation! It’s safe to say that the “foremost power” of coal pollution is looking forward to a brighter future with the help of clean energy. The same cannot be said about the “foremost power” of the world, the...

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The World Responds to the Death of Tilikum, Infamous Killer Whale

After decades of captivity at SeaWorld, Tilikum the killer whale died Friday at age 35, rekindling the debate on the ethics of housing whales and other marine mammals in aquariums and forcing them to perform. Tilikum was the inspiration behind ‘Blackfish,’ the documentary that effectively outed SeaWorld for serial animal abuse. You may remember the troubled orca for his involvement in the deaths of three people, including one in mid performance. Following Tilikum’s death, animal activists across the nation have released statements expressing their grief. World Animal Protection International said, “We are deeply saddened by the news of Tilikum’s...

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6 Reasons Why Trump Will Be Impotent Against Progressives

As the shock wears off and practical reality of a Trump presidency sinks in, the question of what he can actually accomplish comes to the forefront of the conversation. The hatred and fear, bigotry and misogyny, and view of what makes America great that Donald Trump espoused during his campaign and in his nascent transition to power is not what a majority of people in this country value. He represents a minority, both in the general population and with our leaders on all levels. That’s why he won’t get away with many of the absurd policies and frightening threats....

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