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Oct 18, 2011by Autumn Sakai
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Who needs a cattle dog? This enterprising rancher has hit upon a much more effective way of herding his cattle, a remote control car! It seems that the cows are equal parts fascinated and spooked by this little vehicle which makes it perfect for getting the beasts from point a to point b!
Oct 9, 2013:
This video clip from the World Bank features a number of innovative programs that have made Costa Rica a world leader in agricultural and forestry practices designed to reduce global warming through lessening carbon output.
Oct 1, 2013:
Barely back from the brink of extinction, America's wolves are under the gun. Defenders of Wildlife is waging an unprecedented initiative to convince the Interior Department to step up to its responsibilities and follow through on our nation’s commitment to restore gray wolves.
Sep 13, 2013:
For 20 years, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has fought to ensure all nations on the globe work to make the ideals enshrined within the Universal Declaration of Human Rights a reality.
Aug 28, 2013:
Fracking is a recent technological development used for extracting natural gas from rock. While the technique has increased the availability of natural gas, it has caused numerous environmental public health and environmental concerns.
Aug 26, 2013:
If population growth continues on the staggering pace it has for the last century, there might not be enough water to go around. The threat of a global water crisis is a real possibility.
Aug 12, 2013:
Soil erosion is among the major environmental problems in southwest China, threatening the livelihood of millions of rural poor people. Water shortages were also a serious problem for the people living in the region.
Aug 5, 2013:
This video features some easy ways to quickly identify if an item is GMO. Did you know you can sometimes tell if produce is genetically modified by its PLU number? Did you know that there are certain crops that should be almost entirely avoided if trying to cut GMOs from your diet?
Aug 2, 2013:
With all this talk about GMO's, it's worth taking a moment to explain what exactly makes a food product GMO or not. Essentially, GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) are plants and animals that has had its DNA changed to produce a certain outcome, often helping plants fight off bugs and other potential risks, which in turn ensures a stable yield for farmers.
Jun 24, 2013:
Following national pollinator week, the thoughtless use of a controversial type of pesticide has killed more than 25,000 native bumblebees in Wilsonville, Oregon. The bumblebees died as a direct result of the application of Safari, a neonicotinoid pesticide, that was applied inappropriately to more than 50 blooming linden trees in a Target parking lot.
Apr 25, 2013:
The court rejected an appeal this month to overturn the ban. A further legal challenge to the ban by the Canadian and Norwegian governments will be considered by the World Trade Organization at end of April.
Jan 9, 2013:
The Executive Director of the North Carolina Waterfowl sees many abandoned "pets" -- wild birds hand raised by well-meaning people and then unable to return to the wild. Learn more in this video.
Aug 21, 2012:
Have you seen vivid, breathtaking, cobalt-blue trees appear almost out of nowhere in your area? We're not talking about gaudy nylon holiday trees showing up early in the stores. We're talking about real trees, suddenly a vivid blue.
Jul 26, 2012:
The free Living with Wild Neighbors in Urban and Suburban Communities: A Guide for Local Leaders lets communities solve problems without resorting to poisoning, trapping or killing animals.
Jun 21, 2012:
The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and the United Nations have teamed up to encourage people around the world to tell "a forest story." Learn more in this gorgeous video featuring renowned nature/wildlife filmmaker.
Apr 21, 2012:
This clip from the winner of "Best of Festival" in the 2011 International Forest Film Festival shows a single sycomore fig, Africa's queen tree, as a microcosm of the eco-complexity of our planet.
Feb 21, 2012:
Rhiannon Tomtishen and Madison Vorva from Michigan received the 2011 Forest Hero award for the attention that they drew to the use of palm oil in Girl Scout cookies and how the production of palm oil impacts orangutans.
Dec 28, 2011:
Elderly and handicapped elephants living on a preserve in Thailand are treated to live piano performance of Beethoven's Pathétique Sonata. Don't worry! This piano has keys made exclusively of plastic and NOT ivory!
Nov 22, 2011:
In an awesome display of teamwork an entire herd of elephants comes the aid of a calf that has fallen into a river and is sure to drown. Elephants are, in ever sense of the word, herd animals and they always look out for one another!
Nov 13, 2011:
Did you know Bhutan is the only country on the planet to measure Gross National Happiness? Join Ben as he & a team of filmmakers undertake a 50-day journey documenting the story of four endurance athletes as they make an unprecedented border-to-border crossing of Bhutan by foot and by bike.
Nov 8, 2011:
The Amageza Run is a long-distance endurance challenge for motorcyclists that takes place in South Africa. In order to compete, one must qualify but during one rider's qualifying run he happened upon a calf stuck in an irrigation canal and didn't think twice about stopping to lend a hand!
Oct 25, 2011:
We are constantly amazed by how gorgeous the world around us really is. Nature has revealed another one of its incredible light shows.
Enjoy the Northern Lights as seen east of Martin, Michigan on October 24 2011.
Oct 25, 2011:
David Attenborough presents the amazing lyre bird, which mimics the calls of other birds - and chainsaws and camera shutters. This clever creature is one of the most impressive and funny in nature, with unbelievable sounds to match the beautiful pictures
Oct 19, 2011:
The average American eats about 250 pounds of meat per year. But the production of meat uses an incredible amount of resources and contributes hugely to global warming. Want an easy way to make a difference? Eat meat-free just ONE day per week!
Sep 16, 2011:
The scientists at NASA have been analyzing satellite images and data and the results are clear: Our planet is getting warmer and, unless something is done, we're going to be in very hot water.
Aug 30, 2011:
When you think "race" a tortoise may not come immediately to mind but don't tell that to Cruiser! This Sonoroan Desert Tortoise is giving scooter-driver Josef a run for his money as the two do laps in the backyard. My guess is that Josef's battery is going to run out of power before Cruiser does!
Aug 25, 2011:
A "bugnado" is a swirling vortex of insects that occurs when temperatures and heavy rains or floods causes a mass hatching and ALL the little buggies swarm at once, twisting and curling into the sky in a truly awesome column of bugs. Some swarms are so dense they can ever appear on radar!
Aug 9, 2011:
The fight over the spotted owl comes to Arizona, where efforts to protect its forest habitat have backfired, increasing the danger of devastating wildfires. Is there a way to protect the spotted owl and the land?
Jul 12, 2011:
While this video has been floating around the internet for awhile, we think it's definitely worth posting again. Clearly this guy is having an emotional moment with a double rainbow he spies in Yosemite.
Jul 6, 2011:
The worst drought in 60 years reaches crisis proportions in the Horn of Africa.Even with refugee camps in place to accommodate people displaced by extreme climate change, aid agencies are finding themselves overwhelmed.
Jun 27, 2011:
On scorching summer days, Texans look out for their own, whatever their species. When a baby armadillo sees his chance for a long cold drink, he lets his armor down and ambles on over -- to the delight of his human neighbors.
Jun 22, 2011:
This powerful video is a strong call to action. Global Climate change isn't a theory. It's not something that's up for debate. It's happening and it's going to irrevocably change our planet and our way of life if we don't take action NOW.
Jun 14, 2011:
Our planet is an AMAZING place! This video combines High Definition video of incredible nature scenes and beat heavy music from Beyonce's "I Am...Sasha Fierce" album. It might seem like a strange combo but the driving beats and gorgeous images combine for an inspiring experience.