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Amazon, Facebook, and Family: Agriculture Nature bogleech: revretch: awed-frog: Prairies are some of the most endangered ecosystems in the world, with the tallgrass prairie being the most endangered. Only 1-4% of tallgrass prairie still exists. Prairies are critically important, not only for the unique biodiversity they possess, but for their effect on climate. The ability to store carbon is a valuable ecological service in today’s changing climate. Carbon, which is emitted both naturally and by human activities such as burning coal to create electricity, is a greenhouse gas that is increasing in the Earth’s atmosphere. Reports from the International Panel on Climate Change, a group of more than 2,000 climate scientists from around the world, agree that increased greenhouse gases are causing climate change, which is leading to sea level rise, higher temperatures, and altered rain patterns. Most of the prairie’s carbon sequestration happens below ground, where prairie roots can dig into the soil to depths up to 15 feet and more. Prairies can store much more carbon below ground than a forest can store above ground. In fact, the prairie was once the largest carbon sink in the world-much bigger than the Amazon rainforest-and its destruction has had devastating effects. [source] I just have to add–that extensive root system? It’s not just how the plant eats, and how it keeps itself from getting pulled out of the ground during storms, or dying when its aboveground portion is eaten… it’s how it talks to its friends and family, how it shares food with its friends and family, and more than likely, how it thinks. That’s a whole plant brain we’ve domesticated away, leaving a helpless organism that has trouble figuring out when it’s under attack by pests, what to do about it, has very little in the way of chemical defense so it can do something about it, and can’t even warn its neighbors. Even apart from the ecological concerns, what we’ve done is honestly pretty cruel. Here’s some more articles on this too!https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/may/02/plants-talk-to-each-other-through-their-rootshttp://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20141111-plants-have-a-hidden-internethttps://www.the-scientist.com/features/plant-talk-38209Whether or not you think this should qualify as a form of “intelligence” as we know it (which in itself as a pretty nebulous and poorly defined thing), plants exhibit complicated interactive behaviors that help them grow and thrive, and the way we harvest a lot of them for our produce just doesn’t even give them a chance to reach their maturity and begin trading nutrients the way they’re supposed to.

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Abc, Being Alone, and America: . Outdoor cats face danger from cars, disease, predators and cruel humans Domestic cats DO NOT belong outdoors as they're not a natural part of our ecosystem. They're a genetically modified species & a non-native, invasive predator Cats kill up to 3.7 billion birds 20.7 billion mammals, 800 million lizards and 300 million frogs every year. . Domestic pets like dogs & ferrets & even exotic pets like snakes & lizards do not roam free & hunt outside. Why should cats? A 2011 study indicates that cats have caused the extinction of 33 species of birds, mammals and reptiles kaijutegu: fantasticbeastsandhowtokeepthem: wildlife-rehabilitator: hotcommunist: withgoldenfire: hotcommunist: findchaos: wildlife-rehabilitator: Some of you may have seen my reply to a post and the ask I received about outdoor cats, so here is a little infographic about outdoor cats. Don’t let your cats outside.Don’t let your cats outside.Don’t let your cast outside. No exceptions. Nope, I don’t care if Muffles is super-special and adventurous. Nope, still don’t care that it’s different where you live. Please refer to the original bullet points.  (*gets ready to hit ‘Block’ on a thousand angry cat owners*) this is a mess have you gobshites genuinely never fucking heard of farm cats jesus wept, if i never see another fucking townie animal rights activist it’ll be too fucking soon. the current political system we live under doesn’t give a fuck about nature. wildlife charities have had a huge downward swoop in donations due to the recession caused by the powers that be, fracking is being done on national parks and nature reserves, roads are hastily built through wildlife rich areas and adequate warning signage is not provided… but no, it’s us ordinary people and our pesky outdoor cats that are the cause of…extinct….species…? really? is this the hill u want to die on OP??? get back 2 me I’m not refuting that humans kill far more animals than cats do, but over a billion animals are killed annually in the US by outdoor cats. That’s also a huge problem. I’m also aware that wildlife rescue organizations are losing donations - I’m the vice president and co-founder of a 501©(3) non-profit organization and not only do we scrape by on small donations while dozens of animals come in a month, many of which are injured by cats. We just had to euthanize a yearling squirrel because it was mauled by a cat and had full hind-end paralysis from the attack. Believe me, I understand. “An estimated 60 to 88 million cats are owned in the US and an estimated 60 million more are feral… While loss of habitat is the primary cause of extinction, cats are responsible for the extinction of 33 species of birds worldwide. Cats kill an estimated 480 million birds per year (assuming eight birds killed per feral cat per year.)” That is a grossly conservative number, and only accounts for feral cats, not outdoor pets. And that’s just birds. Plus the other wildlife that are killed by cats annually. Here’s another resource, a smaller scale research program called Kitty Cams: “Hunting cats captured an average of 2 items during seven days of roaming. Carolina anoles (small lizards) were the most common prey species followed by Woodland Voles (small mammals). Only one of the vertebrates captured was a non-native species (a House Mouse).” From the same group: “44% of cats were witnessed stalking or chasing prey; 30% captured wildlife.” An article from Mental Floss, sources listed at the bottom of the article:  “84 million House cats in the United States 4 to 18 Birds killed by a typical house cat every year 8 to 21 Small mammals killed by a typical house cat every year 30 million to 80 million Free-roaming, feral cats estimated to be living in the United States. They either survive alone or live in colonies. In Washington, D.C., for example, there are estimated to be some 300 outdoor cat colonies. 23 to 46 Birds killed by each feral cat every year 129 to 338 Small mammals killed by each feral cat every year 1.4 billion to 3.7 billion Total birds killed by America’s cats every year 15 Percentage of all bird deaths estimated to come at the hands — er, paws — of cats 6.9 billion to 20.7 billion Total small mammals killed by cats every year” From a report on ABC News: “Cats are responsible for the deaths of 1.4 to 3.7 billion birds and 6.9 to 20.7 billion mammals every year, according to research conducted by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.” From the American Bird Conservancy: “If we extrapolate the results of this study across the country and include feral cats, we find that cats are likely killing more than 4 billion animals per year, including at least 500 million birds.” (Also you’re putting your cat in unnecessary danger from tons of different threats by letting them outside unsupervised. So even if you don’t wanna give a shit about wildlife, maybe try giving a shit about your cat’s health life.) (Also farm cats are often not treated well, not provided with proper veterinary care, and there are other options for rodent control that doesn’t put other wildlife in as much danger) also consider: this is 100% something that you, as an individual, can do to mitigate some of the natural disaster that is the anthropocene. We’re on track to lose something like 80% of global biodiversity by the end of the century, and there’s almost nothing that your average citizen can do about it. But keeping your cats inside to help preserve local biodiversity and mitigating the damage that ferals do is actually something that you can do. 
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Animals, Bad, and Dope: omosexuality is Natura Bonobo Homosexuality is Natural Dolphins Bonobos Basts SwansLionsPengins Penauins Homosexuality is Natural Homosexuplity is Naturat wins sixpenceee: jellyfish-jelly: moderatelyfunctional: kidddulthood: grimrapper11: sixpenceee: wubberduckzilla: asleepymonster: eyesonhorus: sixpenceee: Homosexuality is natural! Here are animal species where homosexual behavior occurs frequently.  Dolphin: Sex is often performed in non-reproductive ways, using snout, flippers and genital rubbing, without regard to gender Bats: More than 20 species of bat have been documented to engage in homosexual behavior.In the wild, the grey-headed flying fox. In wild Bonin flying foxes (Pteropus pselaphon), males perform fellatio or ‘male-male genital licking’ on other males. Male–male genital licking events occur repeatedly several times in the same pair, and reciprocal genital licking also occurs.  Bonobos: which have a matriarchal society, unusual among apes, are a fully bisexual species—both males and females engage in heterosexual and homosexual behavior, being noted for female–female homosexuality in particular. Roughly 60% of all bonobo sexual activity occurs between two or more females. Sexual activity is the bonobo’s answer to avoiding conflict. Swans: An estimated one-quarter of all black swans pairings are of males. They steal nests, or form temporary threesomes with females to obtain eggs, driving away the female after she lays the eggs.  Lions: Both male and female lions have been seen to interact homosexually. Male lions pair-bond for a number of days and initiate homosexual activity with affectionate nuzzling and caressing Penguins: Penguins have been observed to engage in homosexual behaviour since at least as early as 1911. In early February 2004 the New York Times reported that Roy and Silo, a male pair of chinstrap penguins in the Central Park Zoo in New York City had successfully hatched and fostered a female chick from a fertile egg they had been given to incubate. Other penguins in New York zoos have also been reported to have formed same-sex pairs. In Odense Zoo in Denmark, a pair of male king penguins adopted an egg that had been abandoned by a female, proceeding to incubate it and raise the chick. (Source) Homophobia on the other hand, only exists in one species: HUMANS You can order a shirt here Please also note we are the most closely related to bonobos I just bought this for my mom for mother’s day. She gets a lot of flack from her family about shit like this, so I think she’ll be proud to have it. Fun-filled fact, homosexuality is present in across nearly every taxa and is an expression of biodiversity. Being gay is as natural as having ears. Kinda shocked at the homophobia in the comments! But even more reasons to promote this shirt ;) I still can’t truly understand homophobia, but l am so happy to have stumbled upon this post and share the beauty of nature. Aw I actually love these! Dope! I. WANT. THIS. SHIRT. This shirt is awesome! Being lgbtq is not bad and I hope y'all can love yourselves! People will hate and berate but you living and being proud of yourself is what makes them mad the most, so keep living just to piss the assholes off! LESS THAN 1 DAY LEFT TO ORDER!!!LESS THAN 1 DAY LEFT TO ORDER!!!LESS THAN 1 DAY LEFT TO ORDER!!!
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Animals, Driving, and Family: omosexuality is Natura Bonobo Homosexuality is Natural Dolphins Bonobos Basts SwansLionsPengins Penauins Homosexuality is Natural Homosexuplity is Naturat wins sixpenceee: wubberduckzilla: asleepymonster: eyesonhorus: sixpenceee: Homosexuality is natural! Here are animal species where homosexual behavior occurs frequently.  Dolphin: Sex is often performed in non-reproductive ways, using snout, flippers and genital rubbing, without regard to gender Bats: More than 20 species of bat have been documented to engage in homosexual behavior.In the wild, the grey-headed flying fox. In wild Bonin flying foxes (Pteropus pselaphon), males perform fellatio or ‘male-male genital licking’ on other males. Male–male genital licking events occur repeatedly several times in the same pair, and reciprocal genital licking also occurs.  Bonobos: which have a matriarchal society, unusual among apes, are a fully bisexual species—both males and females engage in heterosexual and homosexual behavior, being noted for female–female homosexuality in particular. Roughly 60% of all bonobo sexual activity occurs between two or more females. Sexual activity is the bonobo’s answer to avoiding conflict. Swans: An estimated one-quarter of all black swans pairings are of males. They steal nests, or form temporary threesomes with females to obtain eggs, driving away the female after she lays the eggs.  Lions: Both male and female lions have been seen to interact homosexually. Male lions pair-bond for a number of days and initiate homosexual activity with affectionate nuzzling and caressing Penguins: Penguins have been observed to engage in homosexual behaviour since at least as early as 1911. In early February 2004 the New York Times reported that Roy and Silo, a male pair of chinstrap penguins in the Central Park Zoo in New York City had successfully hatched and fostered a female chick from a fertile egg they had been given to incubate. Other penguins in New York zoos have also been reported to have formed same-sex pairs. In Odense Zoo in Denmark, a pair of male king penguins adopted an egg that had been abandoned by a female, proceeding to incubate it and raise the chick. (Source) Homophobia on the other hand, only exists in one species: HUMANS You can order a shirt here Please also note we are the most closely related to bonobos I just bought this for my mom for mother’s day. She gets a lot of flack from her family about shit like this, so I think she’ll be proud to have it. Fun-filled fact, homosexuality is present in across nearly every taxa and is an expression of biodiversity. Being gay is as natural as having ears. Kinda shocked at the homophobia in the comments! But even more reasons to promote this shirt ;)
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Africa, Children, and Facebook: International Number Ones Because every country is the best at something 2016 edition Norway PIZZA EATERS POP MUSIC weden NEWS MEDIA in CASHLESS PAYMENTS Denmark WIND POWER START-UPS ELECTRICITY USE BILLIONAIRES WOMEN Netherlands COFFEE DRINKERS Ireland uania WORKING CONDITIONS ALCOHOL DRINKERS Belarus BEST PASSPORT Germany INNOVATION PAID TIME OFF Austria WHISKEY DRINKERS PORNSTARS Hungary DASHCAMS KIDNEY TRANSPLANTS LGBTTOLERANCE Kazakhstan URANIUM KIWI FRUITS MATERNITY LEAVE FACEBOOK ADDICTS ongolia VELOCIRAPTORS Greece CHEESE EATERS CORK TWITTER CENSORSHIP ur Kyrgyzstan WALNUT FORESTS nited Stat SPAM EMAILS orgia HOMOPHOBES anistan China OIL WEALTH HAUTE CUISINE OPIUM JAILED JOURNALISTS MEDICAL RESEARCH Taiwan Pakistan Mexico L LEMONS ppines SOCIAL NETWORKING Puerto Rico Morocco Guatema CARDAMON ARGAN OIL MURDER CHEAPEST PETROL D Honduras LEAST POLICE PEPPER Vietnam a Egypt FAT KIDS HEAVY WOMEN Venezuela Costa Rica WELL FORESTS Suriname Niger RUBBER GLOVES Malaysia ngapore HEALTHIEST PEOPLE CHILD BRIDES ARMS IMPORTS BIODIVERSITY Papua New Guinea Eritrea Yemen GENDER INEQUALITY HEALTHIEST DIETS CHiLD LABOUR GUM ARABIC Sierra Leone MATERNAL MORTALITY ria Ethiopia Indonesia MAHOGANY COCAINE UNDERWEIGHT CHILDREN South Sudarn OIL DEPENDENCY ru SCRABBLE PLAYERS COCONUTS BRAZIL NUTS EMALE GENITAL MUTILATION Liberia LOWEST PUBLIC DEBT ENTREPRENEURS ganda UNHAPPINESS CASHEWS ôte d'lvoire Par POSITIVITY Kenya DATA BREACHES on WOMEN IN PARLIAMENT FARMLAND on Chile COPPER FEMALE WORKERS Tanzania CHILD MORTALITY New Zealand CHINOOK SALMON HORSE MEAT Argentina FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS Madagascar Namibia CAR CRASHES LANGUAGES DIAMONDS GRAPHITE Mozambique South Africa DEATH COMMODITY PSYCHOLOGY ECOLOGY GASTRONOMY ECONOMY NICETY HUMANITY TECHNOLOGY NASTY David McCandless// v 2.0 Oct 2016 Research: David Mccandless, Stephanie Smith, Esther Kersley Additional Design: Fabio Bergamaschi Sources: CIA, NYTimes, Bloomberg, UN, The Economist, World Bank, Reuters, BBC, Forbes, The Guardian, WSJ & others. I/ data: http://bit.ly/lIB IntNoOnes mostly per capita / % of population data // very small countries excluded InformationIsBeautiful.net <h2>¿En qué es líder cada país del mundo?</h2><p>Libia en niños gordos.</p><p>Italia en kiwis.</p><p>Francia en bebedores de Whiskey.</p><p>Claro que sí, guapi.</p>
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Animals, Complex, and Food: jackafz: diamond-dogsick: jackafz: earthenwares: typewriterdaily: bruises-bedtimestories: niadil: Koko, a female gorilla that can communicate using sign language has a message for mankind. This is unbelievable why doesn’t this have more notes what the actual fuck holy actual fuck if she decided to say this herself w/out direction then like??? oh my GOD This is so important Omg you freaks watch the PBS documentary on her!!!! It’s unreal and she’s my hero OMG I’m already stanning for her. The queen of pop!! this made me cry. we have ruined the world, and it is our responsibility to protect the earth that gave us life, that gives us food, shelter, that inspires awe and wonder. We have to protect the species who did nothing to deserve a world where their deaths seem imminent. This planet is all we have. There is nothing else to do and nowhere else we can go. Sure some of us can go to mars but there are almost 7 billion people on earth. Also, it is immoral to escape this planet and leave it behind because we killed everything that lived in it. we HAVE to start putting environmentalism at the TOP of our list. Rich countries must help poor countries. We must do it for ourselves but also for the countless species that did nothing to deserve this. If you know anything about biology/ecology, in a sense, we are all in this together. We are all related genetically since we  all came from a common ancestor. We are interconnected genetically, but also for survival.. it is a complex chain that often depends on antecedent parts within that “chain/web/tree”. For example, without bees, certain birds, certain animals, we will have no food, flowers, fruits, etc. We are all in this together because we depend on each other. Humans have a little leeway since we have technology and science to help us “beat” this chain reaction, but there will be a point where a decrease in plant and animal biodiversity will kill us off too- no matter how hard we try to survive without our animal and plant brethren. We owe it to ourselves (and our future generations) but also to them. 
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