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President Donald Trump is following through on a promise: that he will review 27 national monuments established by 3 former presidents and allow for new energy development on those sites. Put simply: your favorite national monuments could someday soon feature fracking wells.

First on the list is Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, which Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke would like to reduce the size of in order to open it up for oil and gas drilling. Bears Ears has been a political target in particular, as it was designated during the final days of Barack Obama’s presidency.

The national monument protects land deemed sacred by the Navajo Nation, encompassing 100,000 different archaeological sites as well as ancient abandoned cliff dwellings. Today, members of the tribe visit these sites for ceremonies and rituals.

These national monuments don’t just protect human antiquities, but fragile wildlife as well.

Giant Sequoia National Monument was established during Bill Clinton’s presidency, much to the dismay of logging companies. Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument serves to protect a myriad of oceanic life, like whales and sea turtles, from human encroachment.

All of the national monuments on the list will be reviewed by August.


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Pollution will be one of the lasting legacies of our era. You can look no further than Henderson Island, an atoll in the Pacific, for proof of that.

Henderson Island is a tiny chunk of land with no human inhabitants. In a sense, you could argue that humans have left it mostly untouched. And yet, our touch is still present on this pristine island.

Researchers have concluded that more than 3,500 pieces of trash wash up on the island every day, adding to the 38 million pieces of ocean-moved garbage already present on the island. Almost all of this trash is plastic.

“The quantity of plastic there is truly alarming,” Jennifer Lavers, a co-author of the report, said in an interview with the Associated Press. “It’s both beautiful and terrifying.”

Images like the one above, provided by Lavers, shows the variety of trash that washes up on the island, anything from plastic nets, helmets, water bottles, and even plastic garden planting buckets.

These pieces of plastic travel thousands upon thousands of miles through the South Pacific Gyre, a central point where tons of plastic trash accumulate.

Researchers spent a total of three months researching Henderson Island in 2015, analyzing the garbage. Most of the trash was found to come fro industrialized countries around the Pacific rim as well as Europe.

If there isn’t real action soon, the fate of Henderson Island could be seen around the world.


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Spring break isn’t exactly a celebration known for bringing the best out in people, but this is a new low for humanity.

A video (which I will not link to) showing a group of college bros, shared on the Total Frat Move Instagram account two days ago, forcing a beached shark to shotgun a beer has received more than 570,000 views and has sparked serious outrage.

As you can imagine, comments ranged from frustration at the mistreatment of an animal in trouble to one person remarking that “sharks r gay.”

This behavior is absolute rock bottom for humanity. You can argue that environmental destruction for the cause of furthering humanity is justified, but such disgusting disrespect for living creatures is a shame we all carry with us.

I expect so much more out of our dipshit college bros.


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Last week it was pretty widely reported that Gustavito, a beloved hippopotamus who lived at the National Zoo of El Salvador, had been beaten and stabbed to death by unknown assailants.

Prosecutors are now saying that it looks like Gustavito died of poor care after no signs of wounds were found on the hippo’s body during post-mortem exam.

Gustavito, who was 15, died last Sunday.

A more detailed exam indicated that the hippo died of a pulmonary haemorrhage. The hippo was likely unable to breathe because of blood in the lungs.

The zoo reported that Gustavito had been beaten brutally which naturally prompted international outrage. No attack was caught on any of the zoo’s cameras as there were none in Gustavito’s enclosure.

Officials aren’t completely ruling out that Gustavito was attacked, but at this time, it doesn’t look like that’s what happened.


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El Salvador has become known for violence. It’s among the world’s most violent countries, with an average of 14 people murdered each day. Most of the killings are carried out by various street gangs.

This violence now extends beyond people with the brutal beating of Gustavito, a well known, beloved hippopotamus who lived at the nation’s only zoo.

Many Salvadorans took to social media to mourn the loss of Gustavito. Some went to the zoo to pay their respects and leave flowers. Gustavito’s section of the zoo is closed until further notice.

“Here we’re used to seeing the dead every day,” Martin Castillo, a street vendor said Monday. “They kill us like flies, but this tops it all. They killed an animal that only entertained us.”

The attack happened last Tuesday night. Zookeepers did not see the hippo’s injuries until Thursday. Gustavo died late Sunday night.

The country’s justice minister has opened an investigation.


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The Trump administration, in their never-ending quest to ruin everything we hold dear, has imperiled the chances of the first bee to be classified as endangered in the U.S.

The Natural Resources Defense Council is stepping in and suing Trump for delaying action on protecting the bee. An executive order signed last month issued a 60-day halt on new regulations which stopped protection measures from going into effect.

“Without valid explanation, opportunity for public input, or other legally required process [the Fish and Wildlife Service] is denying the bee the essential protections of the law,” the complaint said.

The rusty patched bumble bee was once found in 28 states, but due to loss of wild prairies and exposure to pesticides as well as the impacts of climate change, the bee’s future is uncertain.

If you’d like to help, you can get involved by donating to the NRDC. They need all the funds they can get.


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A video published by Chinese Central Television, China’s state-run TV, has gone viral across the world. It features several tigers chasing after a drone, similar to how a cat plays with a toy.

But the dark truth of the video has started to emerge, particularly since Vice blew the lid off it. As they point out, the tigers in the video are clearly obese, a sign that the animals are being fattened for slaughter.

Across Asia, there are numerous tiger slaughtering facilities. At these farms, tigers are bred like any other livestock. During their lives, they are fed well and put on display for tourists to view.

But once their usefulness to tourists is up, the tigers are slaughtered and made into wine, medications, and meat. .

It’s estimated that in China alone there are as many as 6,000 tigers in captivity, 8,000 throughout Asia. With as few as 7 tigers remaining in the wild in China, you’d think it’d be more useful to breed them for reintroduction to the wild, not for useless medications.


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Since the release of the shocking documentary Blackfish and the subsequent public outcry, SeaWorld’s attendance has been in decline. The fact that they’re even still open is kind of a surprise to me.

SeaWorld Entertainment issued a report today showing that their attendance numbers in 2016 declined from 2015, from 22.8 million to 22 million. They credited the decline with overall reduced tourism in Orlando.

For years there has been sustained public pressure on SeaWorld to stop keeping large marine mammals captive and to stop forcing whales, like the Orca, to perform tricks for audiences.

The company expects their revenue to be about $30 million less from where it was at the end of 2015.


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This week, the surfing community is in mourning over the death of Alexandre Naussance, a 26-year-old surfer who was killed in a shark attack off the coast of Reunion Island.

Reunion Island has a robust population of sharks living off its shores. 20 surfers have been killed there in the last 6 years. This prompted Kelly Slater, an American pro surfer, to comment on Instagram:

“Honestly, I won’t be popular for saying this but there needs to be a serious cull on Reunion and it should happen everyday. There is a clear imbalance happening in the ocean there. If the whole world had these rates of attack nobody would use the ocean and literally millions of people would be dying like this. The French govt needs to figure this out asap. 20 attacks since 2011!?”

Naturally, there’s been some blowback to these statements, as they’re particularly incongruent with Slater’s overall pro-environmental conservation message. But the thing about protecting the environment is that you don’t just get to protect the parts of it you like.

I get that emotions are running high, but there is clear fault in this method of thinking. The ocean does not exist simply for humans to “use” especially if the use is a leisure activity like surfing. Your need to have fun on the seas does not trump the right for sharks to exist and for the natural environment to regulate shark populations.

Keeping surfers safe is not a good enough reason to cull sharks. But to his credit, he did punctuate his statement by saying “I surely don’t want to be a scientific authority in any way in this debate. It’s just one man’s opinion.”


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A new poll out from Quinnipiac University has found that a total of 61% of Americans oppose Trump’s rolling back of regulations that keep our air and water clean as well as combat climate change. 29% support the rollback.

The same poll found that 50% of Americans oppose reviving the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, while only 40% support.

Regardless of public opinion being against environmental deregulation, President Trump and Republicans in Congress have launched an assault on any regulation that seeks to keep the environment healthy.

The big question is: will the public remember this when it comes time to vote again in 2018 and 2020 or will they continue to reward the same bad behavior that they oppose? Only time will tell. If you aren’t registered to vote or need to update your voter registration to a new state or address, click here.

The poll surveyed more than 1,100 voters across the country and had a margin of error of +/- 2.9%.


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