‘Extreme Numbers’ Of Large Invasive Spiders In Georgia May Be A Good Thing

Georgia residents would be forgiven for being a little creeped out by the thought of copious palm-sized invasive spiders taking up lodging in their state. But scientists say there’s no reason to fear the creatures, which are actually beneficial. Joro spiders are large spiders with bulbous yellow abdomens and thin yellow stripes on their legs. […]

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Rare Flower Found At Site Of Planned Lithium Mine May Get Endangered Status

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials proposed endangered species protections Friday for a desert wildflower known to exist only on a remote Nevada ridge where an Australian company plans a lithium mine. This photo taken in June 2019 in the Silver Peak Range of western Nevada about halfway between Reno and Las Vegas shows […]

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US Says Ivory-Billed Woodpecker, 22 Other Species Extinct

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Death’s come knocking a last time for the splendid ivory-billed woodpecker and 22 more birds, fish and other species: The U.S. government is declaring them extinct. It’s a rare move for wildlife officials to give up hope on a plant or animal, but government scientists say they’ve exhausted efforts to find […]

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David Letterman Asks Kevin Durant Dumb (And Funny) Questions On Media Day

When “Dave from Basketball Digest” asked Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant on Monday “Why do people call you KD?” you knew something had to be up. The reporter was none other than former “Late Show” host David Letterman, who peppered Durant with incredibly silly questions on a media day call. It wasn’t clear if Durant […]

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What A 1921 Texas Flood Tells Us About The Latino Climate Struggle Today

It was two days before Yom Kippur, and Char Miller was thinking about the dead. The Pomona College environmental historian had dedicated the entire final chapter of “West Side Rising,” his new book on the deadly 1921 storm that laid waste to San Antonio’s mostly Latino barrios and sowed the seeds of the community’s environmental […]

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Alaska Officials On The Hunt For Aggressive Otter Group After Attacks

Wildlife officials in Anchorage, Alaska, have issued a warning about aggressive otters after three reported attacks on humans and pets. On Friday, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game implored the city’s residents to “be alert around local lakes and rivers” after a spate of incidents that may or may not have involved the same […]

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COVID-Sick Zoo Lions Fed ‘Tempting’ Baby Food, Chicken Broth To Amp Up Appetites

Some of the big cats who tested positive for COVID-19 last week at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., have been struggling with lack of appetite, so zookeepers have had to get creative. “We saw a real decrease in appetite interest, so this week they’ve done more to stimulate their appetite,” spokesperson Pamela Baker-Masson told […]

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Eco-Friendly Beauty Brands That Are Innovating The Industry

When it comes to saving the planet, beauty and skin care brands are realizing that vanity and sanity aren’t mutually exclusive. Consumers and companies alike are subscribing to the idea of going green in an effort to create a cleaner and safer environment, and the beauty industry isn’t new to the eco-friendly movement. While it’s […]

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McDonald’s Begins Phasing Out Plastic Toys In Happy Meals

McDonald’s plans to “drastically” reduce the plastic in its Happy Meal toys worldwide by 2025. The burger giant said Tuesday it’s working with toy companies to develop new ideas, such as three-dimensional cardboard superheroes kids can build or board games with plant-based or recycled game pieces. McDonald’s said it’s also exploring using recycled plastic toys […]

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