An Open Letter to People Who Boil Animals Alive

An Open Letter to People Who Boil Animals Alive

The following is an open letter to people who boil animals alive. Dear Reader, Being boiled alive is easily one of the worst ways to die. Imagine this: As boiling water touches your body, your extremities are the first to burn. These extremities include your fingertips, which have more nerve endings than many other areas of your body.

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Vancouver City Council votes to declare ‘climate emergency’

Vancouver City Council votes to declare ‘climate emergency’

Vancouver City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to declare a climate emergency. The motion was introduced by OneCity Coun. Christine Boyle. Now that the motion has passed, city staff will come up with new ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and set new climate change targets. Boyle says her motion passing unanimously proves how important it is to be a greener city.

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The World Is Choking on Digital Pollution

The World Is Choking on Digital Pollution

Tens of thousands of Londoners died of cholera from the 1830s to the 1860s. The causes were simple: mass quantities of human waste and industrial contaminants were pouring into the Thames, the central waterway of a city at the center of a rapidly industrializing world. The river gave off an odor so rank that Queen Victoria once had to cancel a leisurely boat ride. By the summer of 1858, Parliament couldn’t hold hearings due to the overwhelming stench coming through the windows.

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100 Practical Ways to Reverse Climate Change

100 Practical Ways to Reverse Climate Change

At a time when the science of global warming is under attack and many people complain of climate change fatigue, some cheering news occurred last month: A book about climate change became a New York Times bestseller in its first week of publication. Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, edited by environmentalist Paul Hawken, is the first environmental book to make such a splashy debut since Elizabeth Kolbert’s Field Notes from a Catastrophe in 2006.

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Whales share songs from other oceans

Whales share songs from other oceans

New research suggests that humpback whale populations in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans are picking up musical ideas from one another, and incorporating the new phrases and themes into their songs. According to the study, published November 28, 2018, in the peer-reviewed journal Royal Society Open Science, humpback whale populations in different Southern Hemisphere ocean basins (the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans) sing similar song types, but the amount of similarity differs across years.

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UPS driver saves dog from drowning in icy pond: ‘She wasn’t going to make it’

UPS driver saves dog from drowning in icy pond: 'She wasn't going to make it'

A UPS driver is being praised for braving an icy pond to rescue a young dog trapped in the ice. Ryan Arens was on his route shortly before Christmas when he rolled up to a house in Bozeman, Montana, and heard a dog in distress. "This dog was screaming and crying and going crazy," he said.

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Washington, D.C., will run on 100% renewable electricity by 2032

Washington, D.C., will run on 100% renewable electricity by 2032

A few blocks down the street from the White House, two dated 1970s office buildings are being combined and renovated into a space that will cut energy use and emissions by more than half. Soon, around half of the existing buildings in the city will also need to make changes under a new law.

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