At first, all is calm along the White Salmon River in Washington State, its roughly 100-year-old Condit Dam doing its job to maintain a reservoir.
Then blaring sirens sound, signaling that the dam has outlived its purpose and river restoration is on the agenda.
With a shout of "fire in the hole" the thundering noise of explosives is heard followed by a cloud of dirt and a rush of water as the reservoir is broken. more >>
Ferngully beware! There is a new machine that can effectively cut down and chop up a tree in as little as a handful of seconds.
Known as the EcoLog 590, this claw-like creature can grab hold of a tree, cut it down, and then quickly remove its branches while sawing it into more smaller parts.
In a video posted to YouTube back in March, the EcoLog is shown making short work of its arboreal prey. more >>
Anglican leader the Most Rev. Justin Welby and Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, joined together in a speech urging the world's Christians to lead the fight against climate change.
Bartholomew, the spiritual leader of close to 300 million Orthodox Christians, visited Welby at the Lambeth Palace in London this week, The Telegraph reported, and insisted that climate change is a "moral crisis."
Bartholomew called on Christians and people around the world to change their day-to-day behavior, instead of relying only on politicians making treaties concerning the environment. more >>
Size doesn't matter when it comes to a love of cuddling. Just ask this 1-month-old baby elephant in the Asian nation of Thailand.
At the Chai Lai Orchid ecolodge, the baby elephant recently took a liking to a human being named Allie.
Wanting a warm hug, the placid long-trunked behemoth decides to go in for the kill — killer cuddling of course. more >>
Roman Catholic bishops from around the world have signed an appeal to government leaders calling for them to agree on a "transformational climate agreement," and warned of a pending "disaster" unless actions are taken.
Catholic News Service reported that the leaders of the U.S. and Canadian bishops' conferences, along with leaders of the regional bishops' conferences of Asia, Africa, Latin America, Oceania and Europe, all signed an appeal Monday at a summit in Paris calling on governments to reach a "fair, legally binding and truly transformational climate agreement."
Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, president of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences, revealed that the appeal is a response to Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment. The appeal seeks to express "the anxiety of all the people, all the churches all over the world," and says that "unless we are careful and prudent, we are heading for disaster." more >>
Who doesn't love a furry kitten? Even rough-and-tumble, chest-pounding gorillas show their softer side when a box of cuddly kittens shows up. Hey, gorillas want some feline friendship too.
In this video, Koko, a 44-year-old western lowland gorilla, receives a box full of kittens for her birthday. She adopts two as pets.
Koko is not your average primate. She's learned several phrases in sign language, courtesy of her trainers who seek to champion what they call "interspecies communication." more >>