3 reasons why you should stop raking leaves this fall and never look back.

August 20, 2017

Here’s a thought: Skip the whole raking leaves thing this fall. Heck, stop raking leaves forever. In a post published to the organization’s blog, the NWF outlines three important reasons why raking leaves is actually harmful for the environment and the creatures that live in your ‘hood. (Side note: The blog post was actually published in 2014, but as further proof that humans detest raking leaves has spread across the…

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This 16-year-old artist uses fallen leaves to create stunning paintings.

August 19, 2017

Meet 16-year-old Joanna Wiraka, part of a new generation of artists who use the Earth as their canvas. Traditional art techniques are beautiful, but they can sometimes have an ugly side. Toxic paint thinners and solvents. Aerosol cans. Certain glazes used in ceramics. In other words, if it smells like it might be bad for the environment, it just might be. But there’s some good news! In recent years, we’re…

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Prince Harry’s devastating photos from South Africa are why poaching needs to go.

August 19, 2017

Prince Harry’s tour of Kruger National Park in South Africa quickly become emotional for the 31-year-old royal. Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images. (Warning: Potentially upsetting image below). The prince was heartbroken to see the carcasses of endangered animals left behind by poachers. Photo by Paul Edwards/Getty Images. “This belongs to South Africa and it’s been stolen by other people. And the body’s left here, wasted,” the prince said upon viewing…

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How a shelter dog is helping a military vet adjust to life back home.

August 19, 2017

This is Tiger. And every day is his lucky day. GIF via USA Today/YouTube. The happy, social pup was adopted from a shelter in Georgia. Plucked from the bunch for his high energy and social skills, Tiger was granted a new “leash” on life as a service dog because Angela knew he’d be perfect. This is Tiger’s human, Angela Simpson. Since meeting Tiger, every day’s been her lucky day too….

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2 Australian southern right whales decided to hang out with this paddleboarder, and it was amazing.

August 18, 2017

We don’t often get to see ginormous southern right whales hanging out with humans. This might have something to do with the fact that we hunted them nearly to extinction. Or it could just be because our homes can’t comfortably accommodate a 50-foot-long, 60-ton aquatic houseguest. Either/or. GIF via Jaimen Hudson. So it’s easy to understand the excitement that filled local residents when they heard that a pair of these…

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The oldest whales on the planet are more ancient than ‘Moby-Dick’ and have the harpoons to prove it.

August 18, 2017

You’re perhaps familiar with the literary classic “Moby-Dick.” But in case you’re not, here’s the gist: Moby Dick is the name of a huge albino sperm whale.( Get your intellect outta the trough .) There’s this dude reputation Captain Ahab who really really dislikes the whale, and he goes perfectly bonkers in his seeking to hunt and kill it, and then everything is awful and we all vanish unsatisfied with…

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Activists are celebrating as the world’s biggest ivory market officially closes its doors.

August 17, 2017

Elephants are having a pretty good 2016 so far. Early this year, the Ringling Bros. circus announced that it would retire all elephants from its performances by May 2016, more than a year ahead of its original schedule, which would’ve had the elephants working until 2018. Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/activists-are-celebrating-as-the-worlds-biggest-ivory-market-officially-closes-its-doors?c=tpstream

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Most animals don’t have grandmas. But elephants do. And what Granny does is awesome.

August 17, 2017

For those of us lucky enough to have grandmas( and grandpas !), we know they can be a blessing. Grandparents can be sources of prudence, comfort, or exhilaration. Not to mention that many of us actuallygrew up with our grandparents category doesn’t justmeana moms and pops elevating adolescents. We’re a lot more diverse than that. In fact, the percentage of adolescents living in households run by a grandparent has more…

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Worms that can eat plastic could save us from destroying the planet.

August 17, 2017

You tell me what’s more repulsive: A Styrofoam cup laying on the ground… Photo by jnyemb/Flickr …or a pile of slimy, pulsing mealworms? Photo by OakleyOriginals/Flickr Wait! Before you answer, what if it was more than just one piece of Styrofoam like 33 million tons of it? And what if it wasn’t just cups, but Styrofoam packaging, water bottles, and all different kinds of discarded plastic? And what if it…

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Try not to jiggle while watching these amazing bladeless wind turbines.

August 17, 2017

The wind: A cool breath, a breather of fresh air, a pollen delivery system. When it’s not inverting your umbrella, knocking over your pitcher of iced tea, or sadistically heralding a bag away from a scream offspring, the wind is capable of doing some pretty powerful substance. Photo by Christof Stache/ AFP/ Getty Images. Most notably, the wind can generate electricity, which, for the most duty, involves turbines that look…

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