Category: Evergreen

4 Facts That Prove Pigs Are Smarter Than You Think

Pigs are finally enjoying some time in the spotlight as the world realizes that these smart, playful animals make truly fantastic pets. While traditionally pigs have been thought of strictly as farm animals, people now see the unique intelligence that pigs possess. Much like dogs, they are highly social, creative, and a joy to cuddle with. Let’s take a look at some of the lesser-known facts about pigs that prove they belong in the family, not on a plate. Move Over Dogs — Pigs are the New Smart Pet When we think of animals that can relate to humans,...

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The Illegal Chocolate Trade Is Killing Chimpanzees and Elephants

Chocolate is a luxury, a snack, and a guilty pleasure — but exactly how guilty should we be feeling? While some popular chocolate corporations–such as Mars, Incorporated–propose sustainable initiatives, deforestation peaks while wages for cocoa farmers remain low. A new investigation has found evidence that illegal deforestation is still happening in protected areas, such as the national parks of West Africa, for chocolate. Despite the undeniable destruction of the natural environment, some of the world’s biggest companies continue to source cocoa illegally. The investigation — from Mighty Earth, a non-profit organization that helps protect and conserve threatened landscapes — reports...

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Here’s What Happened When the CIA Tried to Turn Cats into Spies

The 1960s proved a turbulent time for the United States. With the counterculture movement and tensions between the U.S. and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, the ’60s brought about change and general unease throughout the nation. As such, the American government was doing everything in its power to get the upper hand against Russia. According to 1960s writer Tom Vanderbilt of Smithsonian Magazine, “the U.S. government deployed nonhuman operatives–ravens, pigeons, even cats–to spy on Cold War adversaries.” Cats? Yes, cats. Cats, notoriously stubborn and disobedient creatures, were the CIA’s animals of choice to be trained for undercover work....

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Love Cosmetics, Hate Animal Cruelty: Learn How to Read Labels

By Nicole Noel More and more people around the world are starting to appreciate the benefits of cruelty-free cosmetics, which is great news for human health, environment, and animals. Still, every silver lining has a cloud, especially in the business sky, so it’s not a surprise many personal care brands aren’t running true to animal-friendly marketing slogans. These days, endorsements of cruelty-free testing and organic ingredients are often abused by brands looking to scoop up peak profits and attract fresh scores of green-minded buyers – and sometimes, telling true from fraudulent labels can be extremely difficult if you don’t...

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3 Quirky Jobs that Help Save the World

Author: Elizabeth Sharpe We all dream about having a job that makes a difference. But only a lucky few have a job that helps people, safeguards our planet for future generations and protects endangered animals. Here are three surprising jobs that are saving the world, performed by three amazing women who are leading their fields. Tangled turtle rescuer. A day in the life of Dr. Jillian Hudgins could involve wading into the turquoise waters of the Maldives to save sea turtles from entanglement in lost or discarded fishing nets. Senior project scientist for the Olive Ridley Project, a charity focused...

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Foam Cups & Elephants: the Longevity of Garbage

According to a new report, a plastic foam cup will take an estimated 50 years to decompose — the same lifespan of an African elephant. The new report by Save On Energy highlights the amount of time it takes for several common types of refuse to break down. Single use grocery store plastic bags take two decades to decompose. Cotton shirts take between 2 and 5 months. And it takes nearly 500 years for a disposable diaper to decay. Their report utilizes comparisons like a foam cup and African elephant to draw attention to the lifespan of our waste....

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