April 1, 2015

Could Woolly Mammoths Again Roam the Colorado Plateau?

Woolly mammoths roamed the Earth during the Pleistocene period, tens of thousands of years ago. The large animals are thought to have abounded on the Colorado Plateau (modern-day Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico) before their extinction, which was likely the result of hunting and environmental change. Earlier this year, the most complete woolly mammoth carcass Read More

April 1, 2015

5 Gyres Goes to Antarctica! (4 in a 5 Part Series)

I hear the exhale before I see the fin atop the arched back of a juvenile humpback whale, then the wide white fluke before a long dive.  The second whale followed.  Ice swirls on the surface where they had been, then looking beyond them you understand that you are in their space.  “You” are the Read More

April 1, 2015

Mexico Pledges to Cut Pollution 25 Percent by 2030

In what is being hailed as a “climate change milestone,” Mexico has pledged that it will cut its total global warming pollution by 25 percent by 2030. On Friday, Environment Minister Juan Jose Guerra Abud told reporters that Mexico expects to peak its greenhouse gas emissions by 2026. Its complete global warming pledge has two Read More

April 1, 2015

China Attempts to Save World’s Only Freshwater Porpoise

The Chinese government is racing to save the world’s only freshwater porpoise from extinction. With less than 1,000 finless porpoises remaining in the Yangtze, China’s biggest fear is that the species will soon meet the same fate as that of the Yangtze River dolphin, also known as the Baiji dolphin, which was declared functionally extinct Read More

April 1, 2015

With ‘Save Our Concrete,’ Anti-Tree Group Crusades Against a Shady LA

With a handful of members that is quickly growing to a handful and a half, the Save Our Concrete movement is galvanizing Angelenos to strike back against the green menace that has infested this city. “Trees are dangerous, bringing unpredictable growth and wildlife to our cities,” said Todd Stevens, an SOC member, during a Tuesday Read More

March 31, 2015

Team Marine Trio from Santa Monica High School Wins First Place at LA County Science Fair

This past Saturday, Santa Monica High School Team Marine members Martin Liu, Kimberly Fuentes, and Zoe Parcells were awarded first place out of 16 teams in the Environmental Management category at the Los Angeles County Science Fair and will now advance to the state fair. Their project, titled Cigarette Pollution and Mitigation in Santa Monica, CA, Read More

March 31, 2015

The Gag Order on ‘Climate Change’

It’s been a controversial few weeks in terms of the public dialogue on climate change. The sheer proliferation of political shenanigans here is astounding. Politicians on both sides of the issue are inserting themselves into the scientific process by threatening and coercing researchers. What’s going on here? First, on the heels of the Willie Soon Read More

March 31, 2015

EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Marcus Eriksen Reports From Antarctica

Dr. Marcus Eriksen, Director of Research and co-founder of the 5 Gyres Institute, is currently in Antarctica investigating the dispersal of plastic in the region’s soil. In this exclusive Planet Experts clip, Dr. Eriksen explains how plastic breaks down into micro pieces and embeds itself in the ecosystem. To learn more about Dr. Eriksen’s Antarctic Read More

March 31, 2015

Expansion of Four Utah Uranium Mines Halted

MOAB, Utah— In response to formal objections by Uranium Watch and other conservation groups, the Manti-La Sal National Forest on Tuesday halted plans to allow the uranium industry to expand the La Sal Mines Complex — a complex of four old uranium mines located in La Sal, Utah. Citing violations of the National Environmental Policy Read More

March 31, 2015

Expedition Plastic: The Journey to Cocos Keeling

We set sail again to continue our expedition. Next stop, Cocos Keeling, the journey should take another four to five days by boat. Meanwhile, Marcus Eriksen has left us and we are now sampling on our own. Since the oceans are huge and collecting data for proper statistics is not easy, and time consuming, it Read More

March 31, 2015

This Billboard Makes Drinking Water in the Desert

Here’s an idea that is so practical, simple and beneficial, you might be wondering why no one ever thought of it before. Well, we at Planet Experts like to think of it this way: Someone’s thought of it now, and it’s a pretty sweet deal. In the Peruvian village of Bujama, an area that sees Read More

March 30, 2015

Chevron’s CEO Brings Dishonor Upon an Honorary Award

This article was written by Paul Paz y Miño We just found out that the Commonwealth Club of California – the “nation’s oldest and largest public affairs forum” – plans to honor Chevron CEO John Watson as a “distinguished global citizen” who has “given back” to the global community. They’re actually going to honor Watson’s ability Read More